Monday, 20 November 2017

Sneak Peek Occasions Catalogue: Cozy Cottage with Petals & More

I can't wait until January - there are so many great products that will be available in the new Occasions Catalogue and then there's all the freebies and special offers during Sale-A-Bration!  Fortunately, one of the great perks of being a Demonstrator is that I don't have to wait quite so long - only until December! 

This card provides a sneak peek of two great products in the new Occasions Catalogue that runs from 3 January to 31 May 2018: Cozy Cottage stamp set and Petal & More dies.  

The dies are part of the Petal Passion Suite and coordinate with a stamp set called Petal Palette (they'll be avaliable as a bundle for a saving of 10%).  I'll show more of that beautiful suite in coming posts.
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The Cozy Cottage stamp set is very versatile: Housewarming, Valentine, birthday or  a masculine card (without the flowers!)
I stamped the wall with the gate first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock, masked it and then stamped the house and garden.  I coloured it all with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  

I cut the Pool Party and Basic Gray layers to size and then used the largest Lots of Labels die to cut the window in the centre of the Basic Gray layer, centreing it over the image.
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A double layer of the paper-pieced Petals & More die cuts provides depth as well as framing
I cut the flowers with the Petals & More dies using Smoky Slate and Pool Party cardstock and paper-pieced them together.  I then repeated the process to build a second layer to provide depth to the card as well as some framing.

The finishing touch was to place some Black Rhinestones in the centres of the flowers.

Cozy Cottage is an exclusive stamp set in the new Occasions Catalogue which will be available only to event hosts with qualifiying purchase values.  The really great news is that during Sale-A-Bration (3 January to 31 March 2018) hosts with qualifying sales will receive an extra $40 in rewards as well as freebies from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Bird Banter - Sneak Peek

Stampin' Up are very generous with the freebies for those who attend events!  One of the three stamp sets that I came home with from On Stage Local in the Gold Coast is called Bird Banter.  It has several cute little birds together with some funny and punny little greetings!
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Sneak Peek of the toucan from the Bird Banter stamp set in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue

I coloured this toucan with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (my new go to colouring tool!) and then cut him out with one of the Stitched Shapes dies.  There isn't a black marker and the Dark Basic Gray wasn't dark enough, so I added a layer with the Dark Night of Navy marker.

The base card is Night of Navy to which I added a layer of Whisper White decorated with small pieces of the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and some Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron Ribbon.

The greeting is stamped with Night of Navy ink.

Thank you for visiting.
' Til next time!
Stephanie

Friday, 17 November 2017

Colour Me Happy with Blends

This card is entered into the Crazy Crafters Team Highlights this week.  Click here to see the other projects and vote for your favourites.

In this card, I used up the other piece of Basic Gray cardstock leftover from cutting labels.  I described the process I used here.

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A quick & easy card using the Color Me Happy stamp set

This was such a quick and easy card!  I stamped the bird (from the Color Me Happy stamp set) with Memento ink onto the Very Vanilla card top and then coloured it with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.
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It's so satisfying to find a purpose for leftover bits and pieces I find on my craft table!

Then I simply added the Basic Gray frame and the branch (which was also a leftover piece already on my desk!).  I was tempted to leave it at that but decided to add the Faceted Gems to create more balance.  I (carefully) coloured them by dabbing at them with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend so that they would match the bird and the Calypso Coral layer on the card.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Favourite Technique: Monochrome Watercolour

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Welcome to this month's Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer from Australia. 

I hope you enjoy my project with the Theme: Favourite Technique.   Please remember to click on the next person in the line up at the end of my post to continue enjoying all the wonderful projects in the hop.

I really love to paint and colour - and a technique that has given me a lot of pleasure over the years is to paint a stamped image as a monochrome.  In the past I've always used watercolouring (examples here  and here) but for this hop I decided to extend myself a bit and try using the wonderful new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to achieve a similar result.
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If you're wondering about that gorgeous lacy die cut - it's a sneak peek of a die in the new Petals & More thinlits set.

I started out with a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock with the You've Got This flower stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink.  I then coloured the flower using the Stampin' Blends in Pink Pirouette Light, Calypso Coral Light and Calypso Coral Dark.
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I tested the colours on a scrap of the cardstock

I cut the flower out with a square Stitched Framelit (using this technique to extend the shape) and layered it onto a piece of Powder Pink cardstock.  The base card is Flirty Flamingo with a layer of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper in Powder Pink.

I used Flirty Flamingo cardstock and one of the new dies in the Petals & More Thinlits (sneak peek!) to create the lovely lacy strip and added a label made with Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo cardstock and the Stitched Shapes and Layering Ovals dies.  The greeting is from the Watercolor Wings stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamped off.

I hope this project may have inspired you & brightened your day. You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer. Please hop through all of the people on the list below to see all of our projects. You don't want to miss any!

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Stephanie




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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

On Stage Local: Gold Coast, Australia November 2018

I thought I'd share some photo's from On Stage Local in the Gold Coast last Saturday - what an awesome day it was!  And even better - my husband and I took the opportunity to make a weekend of it!


This is a view from our balcony and to the left, the large, low building with the roundish roof is the Convention Centre where we attended On Stage.

There's always a surprise in the bag (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of that!) and this time we all received a special pin to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Stampin' Up!  The Crazy Crafter leader, Kylie Bertucci, could not attend this year but made sure that we all received special Crazy Crafter lanyards -she's so thoughtful and generous!
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Most of the Crazy Crafters team attended the Melbourne On Stage Local but this is the team that was at the Gold Coast - small but fun!  It's always wonderful to actually meet up with people who play such an important part in our day to day stampin' lives!
The Crazy Crafters, On Stage Gold Coast 2018, Stampin' Up Australia

Stampin' Up! also gave us all a gorgeous mug, an awesome planner and some pens.





One of the many exciting opportunities at a Stampin' Up! event is the opportunity to meet and swap projects with other demonstrators.  I didn't have time to make very many swaps this year see here for what I made to swap) but this is what I received in return.

The weather was very kind to us and it was a pleasure to just look at the view from our room!

But we did spend some time exploring the beautiful coastline - only a few minutes from our hotel!

The beach was very popular (this is Miami beach in Queensland!) with competitions for little nippers (surf lifesaving for the kids).  That's Surfers Paradise at the other end of the beach.


Then there was this little guy!  I love lizards and this little Bearded Dragon was great fun - running around in the grass catching and eating flies!

I'm so happy I managed to catch him with his yellow tongue extended to catch the fly!



In the weeks to come, I'll start providing some sneak peeks of new products in the Occasions and Sale-A-Brations brochures .... and there's so much to drool over!

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Meanwhile, coming up soon is the opportunity to reserve one of the first Stamparatus tools!  I nearly fell off my chair when this product was demonstrated - it's AWESOME and like none of the other stamping tools on the market.  I can't wait to try the Hinge-Step technique!  If you've not yet seen the Stamparatus - check out this video and then (if you live in Australia and don't have a regular Demonstrator) sign up for an account here from 8am on Friday 17 November to reserve one for yourself.



Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie















Monday, 13 November 2017

You've Got This Blend

I'm currently having a great weekend in the Gold Coast - the highlight being On Stage on Saturday.  I'll share more information on that later in the week and I'll share sneak peeks from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue as soon as possible!
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My swaps for On Stage - I made several in each colour

These are samples of the swaps I took with me to On Stage.  The You've Got This flowers are coloured with the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers and cut out using the out of the box technique (keep scrolling down for a tutorial on that technique).
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Cherry Cobbler and You've Got This
I used four alcohol markers for each flower.  For the Cherry Cobbler version I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' blends as well as the Calypso Coral.
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Daffodil Delight You've Got This
For the Daffodil Delight version, I used the Pumpkin Pie markers as well as the Daffodil Delight pair.
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Rich Razzleberry You've Got This
For the Rich Razzleberry sample, I used team those two markers with the two Pink Pirouette markers.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Out of The Box Technique Tutorial

Out of the Box Technique - Step 1
Position your chosen die on your project and use a pencil to lightly draw around the inside of the die

Out of the Box Technique - Step 2
Determine which parts will be outside of the die cut and, using your snips, cut straight up to those parts of the image - try to cut at a 90 degree angle to the image.
Note:  I had quite a few separate pieces sticking out of the die cut so there are quite a few cuts!

Out of the Box Technique - Step 3
Carefully fussy cut around the parts of the image that stick out from the pencil line (which is where the die will cut)

Out of the Box Technique - Step 4
Making sure that the cutting edge is facing down towards your project, slip the die underneath the parts of the image that will be outside of the die cut.  Tip:  You may need to turn the die to make this step easier and then straighten it once you've successfully slipped it under the necessary parts of the image.

Run the piece through your Big Shot (or similar die cutting machine) in the usual way.
Out of the Box Technique - Step 5 - the finished piece