Sunday, 18 November 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Special Guest: Dena Rekow

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Dena Rekow - we are thrilled to have Dena join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her.

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Whether you are starting the blog hop here at my blog, Stephanie Fischer - The Crafty Thinker, or have come from the person before me, be sure to click on the person listed under me further down the page to continue your journey through the blog hop.

Dena didn't make it easy to choose a card to CASE - there are so many gorgeous cards over on her blog!  The balance was tipped in favour of this one because, as well as being a beautiful design, it's a great way to use up some of those little scraps of Designer Series Paper that I can't bear to throw away - especially the gorgeous Joyous Noel papers!

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Easy Christmas card using pretty paper and the Tailored Tag punch
The greeting is from the Nature Sings stamp set and I used Merry Merlot ink.

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Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Baby Bear in Velvet

It's really too bad that you can't feel the texture of this Baby Bear - so soft and velvety!
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A velvety Baby Bear!

I just received my order of White Velvet Paper and set about experimenting to see what I could do with it other than cut snow scenes or snowflakes.  The White Velvet Paper will be available for purchase from 1-30 November only.

Baby Bear is a 3-step stamp - three images that work together to create beautiful depth and shading.  I stamped directly onto the Velvet Sheet using Crumb Cake for the first two layers and Soft Suede for the last - bearing (sorry!) in mind that I work from the most basic image to the most detailed one.
TIP: Patience may be required to allow the ink to dry.... although, since I lack patience, I used my heat tool to hasten the process!

I simply cut him out and adhered him to my card with a jaunty little ribbon.  I haven't added a sentiment because it remains to be seen whether he will be a child's birthday card or to celebrate the birth of a new baby.

I went on to experiment with heat embossing and colouring with alcohol markers and I'll be sharing those cards in early December.

Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop: Theme - Christmas (Winter Woods Centre Step card)

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Welcome to the monthly Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop.  This month we are sharing Christmas projects.

You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer (The Crafty Thinker) from Australia.  I hope you enjoy my card.

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A Christmas scene using Dashing Deer and Winter Woods bundles
I love fun folds and one of my favourites remains the centre step card.  I've included a template below.  

The main panel of Smoky Slate cardstock was stamped with the Winter Woods stamp and I then added a snowy hill by hand-cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhering it.

The deer from the Dashing Deer stamp set were stamped onto Smoky Slate cardstock with black ink (TIP:  I used the Stamparatus to ensure that I could keep stamping the images until I was happy with the intensity of the ink).  I then cut the deer out with the coordinating Detailed Deer Thinlits dies (TIP: The stamps and dies are available together as the Dashing Deer Bundle for a 10% saving)

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A centre step fun fold provides depth to this card featuring a Christmas scene
The Whisper White panels were embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I added the Real Red ribbon and bow and I then adhered the trees which were cut with the In The Woods dies and painted with Frost White Shimmer Paint.
TIP:  In The Woods dies and Winter Woods stamp set are available as the Winter Woods Bundle at a saving of 10%.

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Metric template for the Centre Step Card
I hope this card has inspired you and 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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'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Galloping along the Country Road

This is an appreciation card for one of my much-loved cousins who loves horses.  For many years, her best friend was a huge and beautiful black horse called Duke and I know she misses him terribly.
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Selectively ink the stamp to turn a weather vane into a galloping horse
This is an easy card to make, as long as you work in the right order.
  1. Stamp the grass from the Enjoy Life stamp set.  I used Call Me Clover ink.
  2. Use a Stampin' Write Marker (I used Basic Black) to ink only the horse in the weathervane image from the Country Road stamp set and stamp the horse.
  3. Make a mask by stamping the horse again on a piece of scrap paper or a Post It Note and cutting it out just inside the lines.  
  4. Place the mask over the stamped horse.
  5. Tear a piece of scrap paper to form some hill shapes and place it so that the torn edge is facing down towards the grass.  Sponge a lighter green between the stamped grass and the torn paper edge.
  6. Punch a small circle (keep the remaining piece with the hole as a stencil) and place as a mask in the sky area.
  7. Lightly sponge the sky (I used Balmy Blue).  If you're concerned about sponging blue onto the grass area, you can mask the grass with the other piece of torn paper.
  8. Remove the mask from the sky.
  9. Place the punched hole over the white circle in the sky area and sponge lightly with yellow ink to create a sun (I used Pineapple Punch).  Remove the stencil.
  10. Stamp the trees from the Winter Woods stamp set (I used Soft Suede ink)
  11. Remove the mask from the horse.
There are lots of ways to play with the design:
  • Create a road and lower the horse's hooves closer to the road surface
  • Change the colours to create a night sky, leaving the circle white for a moon.
  • Add some stippled green foliage to the trees for a summery look or
  • Add some stippled amber/gold foliage to the trees for an autumnal look.
  • Make a wider card and have several horses running together or chasing each other
Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Ready For Decorating The Christmas Tree

I love the ritual of putting up and decorating the Christmas tree.  It's always more fun with the help of family members and we sing along to Christmas Carols as we go.  When we've finished, as night falls, we sit in the darkness watching the twinkling lights and celebrate our creativity with a festive drink!
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This Christmas card features a lady putting the star on top of her Christmas tree

Perhaps we should all have a stairway to nowhere in our homes - apparently it makes it a breeze to put the star on top of the Christmas tree!  Ooops - I didn't really think that one through, did I?
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The Christmas tree was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to add depth to the card.

I decided to place the table legs under the tree because the composition seemed to be lacking something - perhaps this lady likes the convenience of an artificial tree.

The little baubles are stamped with Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint and coloured with a variety of Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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