Thursday, 17 January 2019

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Beginner, Casual, Avid: Something for Everyone

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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 inspiration for all stampers - beginner, casual or avid!

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One stamp set (Incredible Like You) makes cards suitable for the beginner, casual or avid cardmaker
For the Beginner:
In designing this card I had in mind a fictional person who had taken their first steps into cardmaking by purchasing the gorgeous Incredible Like You Project Kit (Occasions Catalogue 2019) and associated products.
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A simple card using the Incredible Like You stamp set - suitable for a beginner
This card includes simple stamping and requires minimal products (the inks and stamp set that my fictional person already owns after completing the Incredible Like You Project Kit plus a Shaded Spruce ink pad and a pack of Subtles A4 cardstock).

For the Casual Crafter:
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This clean & simple card featuring the Incredible Like You stamp set uses
two step stamping and masking - suitable for the casual crafter
I've added a Petal Pink ink pad and a pack of A4 Whisper White cardstock to the product list.

I've also added a couple of new techniques:  Masking and two-step stamping

Tip: Stamp the flowers first, mask them, then stamp the other images before removing the masks.

For the Avid Crafter:
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Combining the Incredible Like You stamp set with foliage cut with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies
This card includes some more products and tools that an avid crafter is likely to already have in their craft room such as a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, if not - they'll want them!

There's also another couple of techniques - a little bit of Out of The Box die-cutting and some stamping off

Tip:  I added some colour to the die-cut foliage by using a small paintbrush (or aquapainter) to pick up some of the Shaded Spruce ink left on the stamps.

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Stepping up the design for the beginner, casual and avid crafter
All of the cards feature the gorgeous Incredible Like You stamp set
I haven't gone into a lot of detail in this post but will be happy to answer any questions or provide more information - just leave a comment or contact me.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed these cards.  You are currently visiting Stephanie Fischer - please see the list below and click on the next person on the list to hop through all of the people to see all of our projects.  You don't want to miss any!

Finally, I'd like to thank Vicki Hunter who has taken over the reins of organising these wonderful Blog Hops from the wonderful Jessie Holton so that they can continue!  YAY!!

'Til next time!
Stephanie


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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

All That You Are - Dimensionally

I love to craft and have delved into many things over the years: cake decorating, painting, embroidery, knitting, ceramics, porcelain painting ..... and I've found some of the techniques transfer very helpfully to cardmaking.  At this point I'm wondering why I never tried paper tole!
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The main image from the All That You Are stamp set in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue
I have absolutely no idea how to do paper tole - which is quite apparent - but I still quite like my finished card.

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Layering individual petals onto the flower provides a bit of 3D depth
All That You Are stamp set
I stamped the image onto Gray Granite card with Gray Granite ink and then stamped the flower several more times onto a strip of Gray Granite card.

I coloured the images with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers - both on the card front and on the separate strip.  Each of the flowers on the strip yielded only one or two petals because I cut them to ease overlapping and gluing.

After cutting them out and lightly curling with the help of a bone folder,  I applied a shiny layer to the individual petals with a Fine Tip Glue Pen because I wanted to give them a bit more substance.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

Product List - All products needed for this project are available for purchase in my online store

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Incredible Like You Project Kit

Kits are fantastic for anyone just starting out in cardmaking, anyone wanting to make a bunch of cards quickly and easily and anyone who loves pretty things!  The Incredible Like You Project Kit is STUNNING!
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The four card designs in The Incredible Like You Project Kit are simply stunning!
The kit includes four each of the four designs, an instruction sheet, envelopes, a reusable storage envelope and all of the embellishments.  (There are a few other things required to complete the cards - see the list below). 

And here's the thing - you can make adjustments.  I didn't do very well when I stamped my first greeting - so I turned the label over and sponged a bit of ink onto the edge.  I also changed some of the sentiments for ones from other stamp sets that I own (Humming Along and Golden Afternoon)

You may also notice that I changed the ink colour on some of the cards. 
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Made a mistake?  Never mind - just turn the label over and do it again.

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The Incredible Like You Project Kit is simply stunning!

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I think this may be my favourite design in the Incredible You Project Kit.
I tried using different colour inks for stamping

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All the finished cards and envelopes fit into this gorgeous case
The stunning Incredible Like You Project Kit
TIP FOR BEGINNERS:  Make the cards in the order of appearance in the Instruction Sheet 

What could be better than easily making these gorgeous cards?  Well, by purchasing the required supply list (see below), you'll be eligible for a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and would like some catalogues, please contact me.

To make these cards you'll need:
Incredible Like You Project Kit
Incredible Like You Stamp Set
Coastal Cabana Ink Pad
Lovely Lipstick Ink Pad
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 11 January 2019

Dandelion Wishes Meets Botanical Butterflies

How to finish a card quickly!
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The butterflies are cut or punched from the gorgeous Botanical Butterfly paper pack
(which is FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $90 product purchase)
After demonstrating a technique, I was left with the Dandelion Wishes piece.  It's a piece of Glossy White cardstock, the Dandelion Wishes image is heat embossed in black and then I sponged on a little Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide inks which I spritzed with a bit of water.

Before adhering this panel to the Tranquil Tide base card, I added a piece of Organdy Ribbon.  The Combo Pack of five colours is available FREE from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure with a $90 product purchase.
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Trim the paper as required before punching in order to avoid punching bits from surrounding butterflies
Then I opened my pack of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (I got it FREE from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure with a $90 product purchase).  I hand cut the largest butterfly and glued some black thread to it for antennae.  The other two butterflies I punched from the patterned papers using the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.  TIP:  Since it's a double punch, roughly cut the patterned paper to prepare it for punching so that you don't punch bits out of the surrounding butterfly images.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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