Tuesday, 15 January 2019

AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop #31 Mossy Meadow

Mossy Meadow is our featured colour this week, and I need to confess that first appearance (when it was an InColor) I did not like it at all. I've decided that I do like it after all, and particularly with Berry Burst to add some life. The collection of softer greens work well with Mossy Meadow also.

When a friend's father passed away recently, having lived a long and mostly happy life filled with song, laughter and family, I wanted to let her and her family know I was thinking of her, but not in a sombre way - more like a warm hug. Rooted In Nature provided most of the stamps and dies for this card, with a bird cut from Birds & Blooms thinlet dies. There is a flower die cut with Eclectic Layers thinlit dies.

You can check out what other Art With Heart team members have made by clicking back to Catherine at What Cathy Made.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

All My Love CTC#211

Welcome back to another week of CASE-ing The Catty. The crew is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.You are at the blog of Rachel Palmieri, Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, share Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project. This week the design team are focusing on pages 4-9 of the Occasions catalogue,   from which you can order 3rd January - 3rd June 2019.

After getting the pack of free Organdy ribbon from SAB, I was itching to try it out, so chose Balmy Blue for my card, as that was one of the ribbon colours. I am not the greatest at tying bows but found this ribbon quite easy to work with. Stampin' Blends are perfect for colouring this image, and I kept to the softer shades.

A scattering of adhesive backed sequins, so easy to use and perfect for a touch of glamour. I'm hoping you'll join the challenge this week, just CASE something from page 4-9 of the Occasions catalogue. Add your pic here on our Facebook page. Don't have a catalogue yet? Let me or your usual demonstrator know that you'd like one.

Hop on over to Kelly Kent now, her project will amaze you!


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

AWH Colour Creations #30 Mint Macaron

A big welcome back and Happy New Year! Each week, Colour Creations has been creating with a colour from the Stampin' Up! colour family and this week the featured colour is Mint Macaron. It isn't obviously the main player on my card. That is Soft Seafoam, which tones so beautifully with Mint Macaron, in its role as key support. Most greens sit happily alongside each other.

When I saw Wonderful Romance stamp set in the Occasions catalogue, it was the one I wanted to order most of all, but because it wasn't on the Product Purchase Premier (that's a special limited offer for demonstrators who attend SU events) I thought I was going to have to be patient. 

Just like it seemed that I would have to be patient with Prize Patrol too. It was a 3-day event in Orlando, and my number was the absolute last number called - on the last day. BUT, big bonus, I came home with Wonderful Romance. Naturally, I was thrilled and could hardly wait to ink it up.

 I've kept my card quite simple - a stamped image, coloured with Stampin' Blends and 3 pearls for embelishment. You may notice background stamping on the card base too, which is a delightful way of tying it all together.

The inside is plain, but has been layered with Mint Macaron behind the Whisper White, so plenty of space to write a long message, or I can still stamp a suitable sentiment when I know who the recipient will be. Now you can pop over to Catherine Proctor, see what she created using Mint Macaron and check out the list of other bloggers participating.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Lovely Lattice CTC #210

Welcome back to another week of CASE-ing The Catty. The crew is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand. We have some new crew members joining us this year, so it will be fun to see their creations on the CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. You are with Rachel Palmieri, Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, share Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project. This week the design team are focusing on the SALE-A-Bration Catalogue, which shows products and projects made with SAB items, combined with Annual and Occasions Catalogue items. SALE-A-Bration runs from 3rd January -31st March, and for every $90 ordered, you can add one of these limited free items to your order.

My #1 pick from the SAB was Lovely Lattice. The flowers displayed on the oval 'doily' are begging to be coloured using your favourite medium. I chose Stampin' Blends in retired Pink Pirouette. As I write this, the light shade is on Clearance Rack for $3.25. It really doesn't matter what colour you choose when you are only giving the slightest hint around the edges of the petals.

There are no sentiments with this particular stamp set, but a very sweet, single bloom and a line of overlocked stitching. Better Together is one of those more pricey stamp sets, but it is always useful with a sentiment and something for the inside for most events. I particularly like to send a handmade condolence card, its just that extra personal touch, but it helps if they are already-made ready-to-go when news like that comes along.

This image is upside-down going by the picture in the SAB catalogue (page 15) but it can actually be turned anyway you like. After CASE-ing the card below, I couldn't bear to cover any of the flowers over, and chose to use the large white space for my sentiment.

Do you think you'll join us for the challenge this week? CASE anything from the SAB catalogue , take a picture and link to our Facebook page here.

You may have come to me from Elizabeth Gross but if you are starting here you can continue on to Julia Quinn. Lucky me, being sandwiched between these two lovely, Talented Queenslanders!!!
It's a big blog hop this week, everyone is keen to start the New Year right, plus you'll meet new crew members as you hop around. If you can leave a comment to say hi, they'll be very happy.

January Host Code

Thursday, 3 January 2019

January 2019 - What's New?

Hello and Happy New Year. I hope you have enjoyed the festive season and look forward now to an adventure-filled year ahead. I have had a few days away at Phillip Island, where the weather was great for walking and crafting, but not really swimming! One of our sons has gone to take our place today, and they look to be having much hotter weather than we did.

On January 3rd, the Occasions Catalogue launches with new stamps, embellishments and colours in Stampin' Blends amongst the offerings. It is selling through to June, when the next Annual catalogue is released. I will be advertising catalogue pick up opportunities on my Facebook business page over the next couple of weeks, and if you have a few extra minutes to spare, I'd love you to pop into my craft room and make a quick card.

My Top Five Catalogue Faves.

1. Wonderful Romance Bundle -stamps and dies.
There is a beautiful bunch of flowers, 2 differents leaves , a small single flower and 3 sentiments. The stamps are the new cling type, which look like those we called clear mount, but they have sticky labels. The dies cut out these 4 floral images, and then there is a gorgeous edging with leaves (see the soft seafoam card) and an oval for sentiments with an interesting border.
2. Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies - 13 sizes
Hidden away on page 28 are these rectangle framelits we've been hanging out for, and they do not disappoint. They fit with the sizes we use in Australia, a real bonus as the cards are different dimensions in the States.   

3.  Nine Lives and Happy Tails - cat and dog stamp set with punches to match! The cat punch is an existing item in the Annual catalogue, but you can buy Happy Tails bundled with its punch for a 10% saving and if you already have the cat punch, the stamp set is only $25. Happy Tails Bundle (stamp and punch) is $53 with the 10% discount.

4. Classic Garage Suite - something for the guys, and even a few girls I guess. It is hard to pick what I like most about this suite, but you can't go wrong starting with the 6" X 6" Classic Garage designer series paper. With 48 sheets of paper in the pack, you will be able to make a huge variety of cards. Classic Garage Metal Elements doesn't really tell you how cute these trinkets are. A car key and a tiny spanner are so cute, and I have already added some to cards for "New Wheels", maybe for 18ths and 21sts too?

5. Incredible Like You Project Kit - This one is flexible with lovely layered cards and a label for the sentiment. Although it is designed to be used with the Incredible Like You stamp set (available separately) you could use any sentiment on these labels. I have made up some of these while I've been away and found them a delight to play with. 
I can assure you, there is plenty to fall for in the catalogue, and when you consider that SALE-A-Bration is on through to the end of March, it could be the time to buy some packs of card, stock up on adhesive and score yourself one of the exclusive limited time offerings in the SAB catalogue. With every $90 ordered, you can choose one item from the SAB catalogue at no extra cost. It really is a fun time of year for crafters!

Host An Event
It is also a great time to host your Stampin' Up! event at home. Not only will you earn SAB items on your purchases, your guests do too. There are also extra Host dollars paid during SALE-A-Bration, and I'd love to hold an event for you. Together we'll plan the project you'd like to share with your friends. January has a lot of days available because I'm not at my 'other' job. Evenings and some Saturdays are available in February and March if you like to plan well ahead.


Simple Stamping Class Dates for 2019
2 easy cards/ $18. All materials and tools supplied.

February - Gala Butterfly                    Friday 15th February 1:00-3:00                                                Friday 15th February 7:00-9:00

March - Sprinkled With Love
Thursday 14th March 1:00-3:00
Friday 15th March 7:00-9:00

Monthly Casual Stampers Class Dates available for 2019

Bookings close a week before the regular class, in order to prepare materials.

Coming soon......
February - Caring & Sharing        
Thursday 21st Feb 1:00pm-3:30pm
Friday 22nd February 7:00pm-9:30pm - 

March - 4 Notecards with no-cut folder
Thursday 21st March 1:00pm-3:30pm
Friday 22nd March 7:00pm-9:30pm         

Thursday 25th April 1:00pm- 3:30pm
Thursday 26th April 7:00pm -9:30pm 

Thursday 23rd May 1:00-3:30pm
Friday 24th May 7:00pm-9:30pm 
Thursday 27th June 1:00pm- 3:30pm
Friday 28th June 7:00pm-9:30pm

General Class Information
I hold classes at my house in South Morang, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA. Address supplied on booking.
For the more experienced crafter, there is a mix of technique classes and "building up your stock of greeting cards" although hopefully something new is learnt in every class. I can help you discover new ways to use product you already own, and order more craft items from the Stampin Up!® catalogue. Three cards is usual in this class.
Simple Stamping is a class for those starting out. The cards are easier, to make sure you experience success. As you progress, the level of difficulty can increase also.You can choose whether to make one or two cards.

Class size:  There's a maximum of 6 people per class.
If a class you're interested in is booked out, please ask to go on the waiting list in case of cancellations.
Cost:   1 card for $15 (about an hour) 2 cards for $20 (1½ hours)3 cards for $25 (2½hours)

Book your place: Phone: 0417 500 681 or Email: rpalmieri5@bigpond.com

I usually need about a week's notice to prepare for a class. If you cannot make a class you've booked for, please let me know as soon as possible so that someone else can possibly take your place at the table.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas

A last-minute quick post to share some easy gift packaging and tag ideas. I found a die for the tag top in the Hearts Come Home (Hometown Greetings edgelits) bundle and cut card at 5cm to match the size of the die. The heart, tree and gift shapes are from Sweetly Stitched die set, in the discounted retiring stock. They are reduced to $33.75 for 11 pieces, including the zig zag and scalloped stitching. Click on names to see these products in greater detail.

I had pendants to gift to friends, and used our acetate boxes, with a belly band of some retired acetate and flocked 'paper'.

This tag was stamped using Many Blessings stamp set which is retiring January 2nd and is currently discounted to only $21.00.  I particularly like the sunflowers and Christmas mug in this stamp set too.

I do hope you have a peaceful and Merry Christmas, and I'll see you in the New Year.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Favourite Holiday Project CTC209

Welcome back to another week of CASE-ing The Catty. The crew is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.You are at the blog of Rachel Palmieri, Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, share Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project. This week the design team are focusing on our favourite Holiday project. I'm sure if you love Stampin' Up! products, you will have a favourite project too.

So Santa was a last-minute purchase for me. In the end I couldn't resist, because he suits our Australian Christmas so well. I made a quick little decoration for the ever-handy Pizza Box, which has Christmas tea light candles inside. I based the colours on the decoration I found at my local supermarket - isn't he fun? 

My next task was to make 23 Christmas cards for the children in the classroom I work in at school. I began with stamping notecards. This is #simplestamping at its best. The sentiment is stamped below the image, to make simple one-layer cards.

Probably, I could have left them as they were, so the kids could colour them in, but I decided some minimal colour was called for. The watercolour pencils were handy to use, as I did it in odd moments between other chores this week. 

Then just because I couldn't leave them alone, I've stamped 'clouds' using a stamp from an upcoming stamp set called Geared Up Garage. Check your Occasions catalogue for that one and place your order from January 3rd.

The image on the Pizza Box was coloured using Stampin' Blends, but no matter what your favourite way to colour is, this So Santa stamp set is a good one to try. My preference is the clear mount stamps, which are $40 here in my online shop but because wood mount are being phased out, they retail for $37.80 and you'll find them in the Year-End Close-Out Sale.  This special ends January 2nd, in time for the Occasions Catalogue starting. If you do order through my Online Shop and remember to use the Host Code WAN2Q3HZ at checkout, you'll receive product in the mail from me.

Maybe you'd like to share your favourite holiday project too, and pop on our Facebook page.

Next crew member on the bloghop is the wonderful Rose Packer