Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Eclectic Layers: Lemon Lime Twist and Black

The Eclectic Layers dies and coordinating Oh So Eclectic stamp set are retiring on 2nd June, which makes me very sad because they're two of my favourite products!  So this card is a fond farewell to them.
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A sad farewell to the Eclectic Layers dies
To a Thick Very Vanilla card base I added a thin frame of Sahara Sand.

I then added various elements cut with the  Eclectic Layers dies from Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Black cardstock.

The retiring products (including the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock) will be available only until 2nd June or while stocks last.  Click here to visit the Last Chance section of my online store.

The label is stamped with black ink onto Sahara Sand cardstock using the Label Me Pretty and Very Vintage stamp sets and I cut this out by hand.  I then used the Pretty Label punch to create the Lemon Lime Twist layer and punched two more from Basic Black which I cut in half and adhered to create a small border at the top.

Lastly I added some sequins.

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Stephanie

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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Florentine Thank You

This card is very personal to me.  It's a very heartfelt thank you to the very talented and compassionate radiographer who tried and succeeded where others had given up.  I'm so very grateful for the early diagnosis she has provided - it's a game-changer.
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Saying thank you with the Florentine Filigree Bundle
I cut two sets with the Florentine Thinlit, one in Balmy Blue and one in Blueberry Bushel , offset them and adhered them to the Gray Granite base card.

I then used the largest Stitched Rectangle die to cut the Blueberry Bushel frame.

I used the coordinating Florentine Filigree stamp set and Blueberry Bushel ink to stamp into the centre of the larger cutouts.  TIP:  Since I was stamping over two layers of cardstock, I inked and stamped with only one image on the stamp (the stamp actually stamps five images at once) to avoid smudging ink onto the lattice.

I then added Rhinestones which I had coloured with a Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blend alcohol marker.

I stamped the greeting onto Gray Granite with Blueberry Bushel ink and cut it out with one of the Layering Ovals dies.  I then used one of the Stitched Shapes dies to cut a layer from Blueberry Bushel cardstock.

For the finishing touch I added a Breast Cancer ribbon cut from Flirty Flamingo cardstock with one of the Support Ribbon framelits.

The Florentine Thinlit and Florentine Filigree stamp set is retiring and will only be available until 2nd June or while stocks last.

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Stephanie

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Garden Scene with Shimmer Paint

This was a bit of an experiment because I wanted to find something different to do with my retiring Garden Scene dies.

So I used the die in one corner of a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then lightly sponged with Frost White Shimmer Paint.

I found an oval label on my desk, left over from something-or-other, and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Stitched All Around stamp set.
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Sponging with Shimmer Paint onto Basic Black cardstock with a debossed pattern.
The black leaf is cut with one of the Flourish dies.  Then this simple card is finished with some Black Shimmer Ribbon, Basic Adhesive Sequins and Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems.

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In this first attempt at sponging on the shimmer paint - I was a bit too heavy handed and filled in all the indentations

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By being a bit more light handed and sparing with the shimmer paint, the black lines of the embossed pattern show nicely
Click here to take a look at the retiring products before they disappear for good on 2nd June.

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Stephanie

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek - Butterfly Wishes

Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer (The Crafty Thinker) from Australia.

Our theme this month is to provide sneak peeks from the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue, which takes effect from 3rd June.  

I've chosen to use the Butterfly Wishes stamp set Stitched Nested Labels and Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.
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The beautiful new Perennial Essence paper and Butterfly Wishes stamp set

I inked up the entire stamp with Blushing Bride ink and then added Mint Macaron and Soft Suede to the branches and leaves before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.

TIP:  Breath heavily onto the inked stamp before stamping down onto the card.  The moisture in your "huff" will be sufficient to ensure that the ink is activated.
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Give more depth to the butterfly by adding some lighter wings with Stampin' Dimensionals
I stamped the butterfly onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Cherry Cobbler and then, without re-inking, stamped again for a lighter shade.

I then cut out the entire darker butterfly and just the wings of the lighter one which I adhered to the darker butterfly using glue and bits of Stampin' Dimensionals before gluing the finished butterfly to the cardfront.

If you live in Australia and don't currently have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, contact me for your copy of the new catalogue.  

The following products will be available for purchase from my online store from 3rd June 2019:
Stitched Nested Labels
Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper
Butterfly Wishes stamp set

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Stephanie


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Eastern Medallions with Repeat Step Stamping

Another set of products that's retiring on 2nd June - The Eastern Beauty stamp set and coordinating Eastern Medallions thinlits dies.  I've also used one of the retiring In-Colours - Lemon Lime Twist.
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Eastern Beauty stamp set & Eastern Medallions dies are both set to retire on 2 June 2019
It's easy to make a die cut label the correct length for your sentiment

I did a little "step stamping" with the ever-useful Stamparatus to make the background and then used the dies to create the focal piece.

I cut out the greeting with one of the Merry Christmas dies, shortening it using this method.  I then used Rectangle Stitched Framelits to cut the coloured layers.

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Stephanie

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Negative Space Frosted Bouquet Butterfly

It's been a scary week for me.  As I shakily set out on my breast cancer journey, I think this card is a timely reminder to look for the beauty in the negative.

As some of you may know, I tend to hang on to bits and pieces "because they might be useful later"!  So long ago now that I can't even remember it (although my son would tell you that doesn't really narrow things down too far!) I cut a black sprig from a scrap piece of cardstock.  Then I looked at the negative piece and thought it might be useful later!
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A beautiful negative: Frosted Bouquet Die

So here it is - later has arrived!  I trimmed the scrap into a neat rectangle with one of the Stitched Rectangle dies and then layered it onto some Champagne Foil Sheet.

Then there's another black layer that I ran though the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder and a little edge of Champagne Foil (I always cut out the middle to use for other projects).
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Discarded pieces from die-cutting can be turned into pretty cards

I added a wrapping of black ribbon before adhering it all to the Basic Black card front.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is cut out with the Classic Label Punch.  I used this method to shorten it.

I used Stazon ink to stamp just a small butterfly from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and then used the coordinating Butterfly Bouquet punch to punch it out and also a second, unstamped butterfly.  I adhered these to the card, using bits of Stampin' Dimensional to pop up the wings of the stamped butterfly.

Then I went crazy with gold Metallic Pearls!

I rather liked the result, so I made a variant that includes some butterfly themed paper that I had left from Saleabration.  Now I've got a little black sprig die cut that might be useful later .....!
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Using the negative space to create a pretty card when die-cutting

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Stephanie

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