Friday, 22 February 2019

Ink it! Stamp it! International Design Team Blog Hop - 3D Project - Retirement Mini Album

Welcome to the Ink It! Stamp It! Design Team Blog Hop - we hop every month so be sure to pop back and visit us again!  

Today our theme is a 3D Project.

You are currently at my page - Stephanie Fischer, The Crafty Thinker.  At the end of my post there is a full line up of team members, please click on the name after mine in the list to continue the hop.

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The closed memorabilia "retirement card" album
Since this post is very image-heavy, I'm not going to say a lot.  But I do have a tutorial (with diagrams and pictures) of the basis of this project for anyone who would like it.
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First stage of opening the album.  I could have put something on that right side - but the paper is just too pretty!
We are so blessed in our company - we have wonderful staff who seem to enjoy their work and so they stay ... until they retire!  When someone retires, I like to make a "card" that also acts as a piece of memorabilia for them.  This is for the most recent retirement.
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Second stage of opening the album
The base is created with three A4 pieces of Tranquil Tide cardstock, decorated with Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.
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The "flip mechanism" has space for 12 photos
There's space for lots of photographs, providing memories of people, events and activities through the years.
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The third stage of opening the album reveals some of the pockets holding personal messages
There's also space for individual cards on which co-workers will write personal messaages.
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The fully opened album
Underneath all of the flip photos there is a card, written in my poor attempt at calligraphy, with a company message and the start and finish dates for our retiree.
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The album and presentation box
I didn't have time to correct the situation but I should have made an even deeper gusset to allow for the depth of all the photos.  Something I've corrected in my tutorial.  I also made a presentation box.
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A close up of the "dedication" on the top of the album
I have not included a tutorial or any instructions here because the post is already so long, but I'll be happy to provide them - just contact me or leave a comment below.

Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you'll join us again next month when we'll be showing you our favourite colour combo

I'm Stephanie Fischer and, to keep hopping around, see the list below to see who is up next with another great project.

Thanks for visiting
'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Eclectic Swirly Scribbles - Anniversary Card

My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in February (wow, the years are mounting!) and I've made this card for him.  Yes..... that's Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet on a masculine card!

I've always found it fascinating that we, as a society, subscribe gender to certain colours like pink.  Why is it considered feminine?  I don't really know but I do know that it's a comparatively recent thing.  So here I am saying that pink can be masculine and let's give it some gender equality! :)
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Who says pink can't be masculine? 
Swirly Scribbles, Eclectic Layers and Lovely Lipstick for a masculine anniversary card
It's also true to say that I had that piece of Lovely Lipstick pre-cut on my desk and saw an opportunity to use it!  Better yet - while love is priceless, that gorgeous foil sheet is currently free (with a $90 product purchase) during Sale-A-Bration.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Wonderful Romance - no line watercolour on So Saffron card

The Wonderful Romance stamp set had it's first outing in my craft room this morning!

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Wonderful Romance stamp set watercoloured on So Saffron cardstock
I didn't have time to do anything particularly clever, so this is a pretty simple no line watercolour.

The base card is Rich Razzleberry, followed by a layer of Granny Apple Green and then the So Saffron piece.

The image was stamped with Pineapple Punch ink and then watercoloured with Call Me Clover, Granny Apple Green and Rich Razzleberry

The finishing touch was the Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Incredible Like You: Black, Granite & Calypso Coral

As I mentioned when I shared this card, I was too excited by the theme for our November Ink It, Stamp It International Design Team Blog Hop to wait (don't worry - I'll make another card for the hop!) and found tremendous inspiration in the pages of a store catalogue that had been thrust into our mail box and would normally have gone straight into the bin.
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A simple colour scheme, flowers and stripes makes for a striking card
For this card I used the Incredible Like You stamp set for the stripes and the flowers and a Frosted Bouquet die for the leaves and stems. 

The flowers use the two-step stamping technique and I used Calypso Coral and Poppy Parade inks on Calypso Coral cardstock.

I cutout and layered the greeting using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I did find it helpful to use my Stamparatus when stamping the greeting so that I could repeatedly stamp in the same spot to intensify the depth of colour.

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The inspiration for my card - a store catalogue rescued from my junk mail rubbish pile
Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Birthday

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 "Birthday" inspiration - which really helped me focus on making this 40th birthday card for my niece!  The inspiration for the floating frame part of the card came from a card I saw that was made by Terri Gaines.
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A very bright & cheerful 40th birthday card for a very bright & cheerful person!
My card has different dimensions:  The Basic Black base card is cut to 9" x 5.5" and scored on the long side at 4.5" and 7
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Butterfly Gala, Layering Ovals dies and Tufted embossing folder provide the main elements in this easel card
I cut the oval from the centre of the Lovely Lipstick foil sheet and then embossed with the Tufted embossing folder.  I also cut the same oval shape from the centre of the front of the card. 

The window sheet is glued between the black and white frames.  TIP:  I find that I get the best result when gluing window sheet by using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The butterflies inside the card are stamped individually (it's a double stamp) by applying the ink to one butterfly at a time on the stamp using a Basic Gray Marker Pen.   When adding the Melon Mambo colour with the two step stamping technique, I stamped off first to reduce the ink saturation.  To achieve the slightly darker bottom wings on the large butterfly I repeated the process.
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The easel card looks like this when it's closed
To cut the numbers, I had to resort to using a retired die set.  

The punched out butterflies were left over from a previous card.

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Stephanie


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