Sunday, 21 October 2018

Holiday Catalogue Cover CTC201


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 the front and back cover of the Holiday catalogue. That sounds a bit restricting, but I'm sure you'll find lots of variety in the design team projects. I went to the back cover and borrowed the design of the brown tag, expanding it into a birthday card for a very dear friend.



You can probably see that I replicated the elements of the tag: the foliage, the circle in the centre. Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies cut the foliage in silver foil paper and Sparkle Glimmer Paper, and the retired Large Numbers, were a 'must', also in Sparkle Glimmer paper.

My friend loves hot pink, in the Stampin' Up!® colours that equates to Melon Mambo. Although her birthday was last Friday, unfortunately her party is the day after I head off to the States for a Stampin' Up!® Convention (after some touristy things). She tells me there are hot pink balloons for the tables - I'm sure they'll look fabulous!


I've used the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both pieces of card, I love the way it roughs up the finish on the paper.


I've just received Happiness Surrounds, a photopolymer stamp set only available while stock lasts in November. I thought the sentiments were very thoughtful, and in a pleasing font. Order #149744 $30 for 14 stamps, after November 1st. There are flowers in Happiness Surrounds too, hopefully I'll get to make something else this week!!!


We'd love to see your project CASE-ing the Front of back cover of the Holiday catalogue. Please share on our Facebook page.




Next you are heading over to visit the very talented Monique Fielder


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Monday, 15 October 2018

Tulips in a Black Vase

A quick and easy card for this post, using Varied Vases, a little strip of DSP, a fancy strip die cut from the Sweet Baby dies. There are patterned vases in the stamp set, along with plain, and a punch to make things easier too.


With the flowers, a variety of colours were punched to get a bright vase of tulips. Tulips are flowering in the Dandenong Ranges, outside Melbourne at the moment.


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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Toil & Trouble CTC200


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 48-55, and I headed straight to page 55 and the Hostess stamp set Hung With Care. CASE-ing is an acronym for 'copy and share everything' and the Stampin' Up!® catalogues are the most logical places to start.


I don't have Hung With Care stamp set....yet, so I substituted Beautiful Baubles, because of the similarities. Stockings and baubles both hang, and there was a long sentiment to place above. It was more effective in a portrait orientation, rather than the landscape used for Hung With Care. On the catalogue sample, one of the stockings has been 'fussy cut', but the Beautiful Baubles Dies includes a die to cut out all those hanging ornaments in one move. 



It was much easier to colour them with Stampin' Blends before die cutting, and 3 of the baubles are raised on mini dimensionals. You do know that there is a special code to use when buying both the Beautiful Baubles stamp and the Detailed Baubles Thinlet Dies? That code (#149920) activates a 10% discount, your reward for buying them as a bundle. You can check out this set on page 10 of the Stampin' Up!® Holiday Catalogue.


The Stamparatus really comes into its own when it comes to making Christmas cards, as they are often a card you'd make multiples of. Another wonderful accessory is the 6 inch square grid paper, recently introduced, along with spare plates. I was using the regular grid paper cut down, but there was a bit of wastage with the size it is. I find the grid lines very useful for lining up the strings from the baubles, words etc. The Stamparatus itself saves wasting card, because when you stamp an image missing pieces like shown in the pic above, you can re-ink and re-stamp for a clear, crisp image.


I CASE-d the green card with multipe stockings.



You are very welcome to join in and CASE pages 48-55 also, then link into our Facebook page to share your creation.


Rebecca Scurr, that very talented Queenslander is your next stop on this blog hop.


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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Best Fishes


The first card was made with fish from Jar Of Love and although I've used the Stamparatus to stamp in the round, it came out a little more random than I'd expected. That doesn't matter here, because it looks rather like a bowl of fish.


These fish are much more organised, swimming in single file!!! The centre piece is from Stitched All Round, a delightful stamp set in the Annual Catalogue. Everything else is from Jar of Love.

Do you like the soft colouring or the bolder colours?
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Colourful Vases CI#43


 Colour INKspiration is a fortnightly blog initiated by Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania. The design team 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 colour challenge is pretty easy, because you can use 1,2,3,4 or all In Colors plus any basics. Varied Vases is a more diverse set than you might imagine, and because it is a stamp and punch combo, you don't need to have the Big Shot in your craft room.


I'm not sure if it is permissable to use Flirty Flamingo as the card base, but I did like the way it went with the Garden Impressions DSP. Not an exact match, but oh-so-complementary! I am a fan of bright and cheerful colour, so this DSP really appeals,as does the new InColors. The vases are Pineapple Punch, a very muted second-generation stamping of Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel. The flowers are also coloured with the InColor Stampin' Write markers. This card, in particular the placement of the vases, was inspired by a card designed byMelbourne Stampin' Up!® demonstrator Rachel Woolard for a gathering we had in Melbourne with Claire Langsford, from Sydney Head Office.


This is another variation of the same card with the orientation altered but the same placement of the vases. They were set up on a acrylic block and I was able to stamp multiple versions of the same card. Such a timesaver when you need to get a larger number made in a hurry. The base and DSP of this card are both Lovely Lipstick and the vases are Melon Mambo, Lovely Lipstick and Berry Burst. Again, those pinks together are gorgeous, don't you think?

Head on over to see what the very artistic Liz Gross has shared this time. If you want to go back, Rose Packer is before me.


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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Birthday Boys


The end of September, beginning of October has always been a crazy time in our family, but a little less crazy nowadays - I don't have to make birthday cakes for my five sons! My husband and I were married in September, number 2 son arrived 28th September, luckily #3 was July, but #4 arrived 8 years after #2, on October 6th so that made for too much cake, too close together. 


Happy birthday for your recent birthdays, boys! Mr 39 has received the somewhat subdued shirt-style card.I was actually thrilled with how it turned out, and you can place money or a gift card in the shirt pocket. I loved the pattern on the Best Route DSP (designer series paper) and using Pocketful Of Sunshine to stamp and diecut the pocket, plus to stamp stitching down the shirt front really tickled my fancy. I had just enough of the retired metal buttons for this project, but I will order the Galvanised buttons on page 13 of the Holiday catalogue as I feel they may be similar.


There is a die in Pocketful Of Sunshine dies that is a half -circle, for a sun in a pocket, and I cut the tee-shirt neck with that, before hand drawing the ribbing. This is such an appropriate card for Jake as on Father's Day (early September in Australia) we were talking about hand-me-downs and homemade clothing. I reminded Jake how he used to order specific items of clothing, including picking out the fabrics with me.That's how he had one-of-a-kind MC Hammer pants!!! I used to sew all my kids clothes including shirts and even suits when they were young. Much easier to just put together a paper shirt!


Both cards are finished off inside in the same way, except Will has the train included, because he catches trains to get around town. The pair of stamps on the inside are from Perennial Birthday, and they are go-to stamps for any birthdays. That stamp set is a Stampin' Up!® suggested stamp set to begin your collection with and I totally agree with that suggestion.

I had a bit more trouble coming up with a card for Will, turning 31. He is an active member of the Melbourne Parkour community, who headed to Sydney recently for a gathering, so I settled on the plane DSP from Best Route. That was before I found out it was a road trip!!!

When I ordered the Best Route paper and En Route stamp set, I also added the Memories and More cards. "You're The Best" is actually a sticker from the Memories & More Cards, and later this month I'll share the Thank you card (using more stickers) I made for the travel agent who arranged the trip to the States for my travel buddy in Adelaide and me.


They will come in very handy when I scrapbook our big adventure I think. So many of the cards seem very appropriate for our first trip to the USA, for both Kathryn and me. We are feeling very brave planning it and travelling independently.


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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Pretty Kitties


Today we are revisiting two adorable stamp sets, Pretty Kitty and Bella & Friends. It is always fun to play with these two, but I added in the new Swirly Frames, to give a 'cartoon' effect. There are no end of combinations you can make with this set up.


This is just a single image from Pretty Kitty coloured with Stampin' Blends. My old black cat Jasper has been sick for a few weeks, but despite being at death's door 11 days ago, the vet has treated him, and sent him home so we can have a few last precious weeks with him. Well, they said days, but he is still eating and interacting with us, so we are very grateful for any extra time, and have sent a thank you in the mail.




You can shop with me in person or through my Online Shop.When you use the Host Code (below) I share the Host dollars with you with gifts of product. Need a Holiday catalogue? If you have an Australian postal address, I can put one in the mail for you too.


I wanted to share a picture of two of my grandchildren having fun on a stay with Grandma, crafting new bookmarks.

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