Sunday, 22 January 2017

Cupcakes & Carousels CTC#112

Thanks for visiting again for CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. This week we are CASE-ing Cupcakes & Carousels, pages 8-13 of the Occasions Catalogue. This is a very tempting section, as it's all about birthdays, and aren't birthday cards the ones we give the most? When I saw Carousel Birthday demonstrated at Onstage Brisbane last November, I immediately thought of my young granddaughter. I was sure she'd love the carousel horse, and what about the ferris wheel with cupcakes?

Of course, the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack is a perfect fit for the stamp set, and you get 48 6" by 6" sheets, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. They're all so gorgeous, I'm almost ready to order another stack! My first project was a CASE of a gift bag on page 8. It's in the centre of the picture below.

I'm very pleased with the way it turned out, but I still wanted to CASE the ferris wheel card shown in another pic on the same page. Now there's a tricky little secret to share with you here. if you look carefully in the catalogue, you'll see that the base of the teeny, tiny cupcake and the icing can be cut with a die. But where is that die? It's on page 10 - as part of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies!!!!

Now, I wasn't going to buy the Lift Me Up Bundle, but my birthday came around and the very sweet, clever Kelly Kent sent me a birthday card. You guessed it - it was the hot air balloon and I saw how gorgeous it is, and the bundle went onto my December order. Oh dear! No restraint here, is there?

The background paper had to be substituted because I'd used all 4 pieces already, but I happily cut clouds and some cupcake bases from the blue swirly paper. Stamped all the icing the same colour, actually, you stamp out the whole ferris wheel and then die cut the icing pieces.

I do think that Alice is going to prefer the card on the left most, but her birthday isn't till March, so no rush to decide. I just have to make sure I don't put it in a safe place and can't find it again' like I did for her parents' 10th wedding anniversary card!!!
Both cards are finished on the inside, it just seems to add a little more love to your handmade creation.

I'd love you to leave me a comment, maybe tell me which of the two cards you like best. Next you can hop on over to Kelly Kent. You're going to love what she has shared!

If you would like to add your CASE of the Cupcakes and Carousels section, pages 8-13 of the Occasions Catalogue to our FB challenge you can link here. 

Cheers, Rachel

Here is a full list of everyone taking part if you happen to get lost along the way.

Elizabeth Gross -
Rachel Palmieri - -you are here
Kelly Kent -
Rebecca Scurr -
Kathryn Mangelsdorf -
Jackie Noble -
Judy May -
Mel Pagano -
Julia Quinn -
Monique FIelder -

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Let's Taco Sale-A-bration CTC#111


Welcome back to another Sunday Blog Hop with CASE-ing The Catty. You may have arrived from my lovely friend Kelly , but if you started here, don't worry, just keep on hopping from blog to blog, using the link at the end and you'll get to see what everyone on the crew has shared this week.

Sale-A-bration always gets everyone excited, from demonstrators through to loyal customers. I have mailed out the Occasions and the Sale-A-bration catalogue to anyone who has registered with my shop in the last 2 years, but if you haven't received one, please let me know as I may not have a current address for you. Sale-A-Bration is the reason I joined up nearly six years ago, because I wanted it all - and Sale-a-bration is a good time to join. You still get your starter kit, $235 value in products but pay $169 and free shipping on this order, but during SAB, Stampin' Up!® let you choose two EXTRA stamp sets up to a value of $179!!! How good is that?

This week, to celebrate Sale-A-Bration, I decided to start at the very beginning - the front cover - and CASE the cute card up on the top left. This stamp is called Tasty Trucks and it can be yours for free when you place a $90 order. SAB is only till the end of March though and if you'd like a party to help you earn even more Hostess goodies, then let me know and we'll try to work out some dates.

I originally used a tangerine background for this card but I wasn't too comfortable with how it looked, so I've switched it to Daffodil Delight. It's a Taco Truck and underneath it says, 'Let's Taco About How Awesome You Are.' Not sure if a 7 year old will 'get' that, but never mind! I grabbed another SAB set Any Occasion, for the 'happy birthday' banner. This little boy is dairy-free due to excema and asthma, and although cup cakes can be made dairy-free with a bit of thought, for fun I went with the tacos.
I loved the Truck mounted on a circle and the two strips under to ground it so included those details on my CASE.  I do have a confession to make. I had a little ooops when I was stamping tassels on the banner, and had to grab a small splatter stamp from Timeless Textures to cover up the accident.    "A mistake is an opportunity to embellish".

The reverse of the striped paper is this lovely banner, so on the inside we have banners at the top and some more stripe at the bottom. Very pleased with how that looks!

The sentiment is from Balloon Adventures and I know I will be using that stamp heaps this year. If you purchase the Balloon Adventures Bundle, page 4 of Occasions Catalogue, you will immediately qualify for one free Sale-A-Bration item. It might be hard to choose which one you'll get! You can check out a pastel version of the Tasty Trucks here.

Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle

If you'd like to participate in our Facebook challenge this week, here is the link  to view the challenge and attach your entry. 

It's time to head to Krissy, you'll love her project this week

And if a link is broken, go to CASE-ing The Catty to get back on track.

Cheers, Rachel

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Pretty Pastel Popsicles - Colour INKspiration

Challenges are a great way to stretch your creativity and I've always enjoyed them whether its a sketch or colour challenge. Colour INKspiration is a group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators creating paper projects inspired by Pinterest colour combinations. These blogs are going to post at 7.00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. You can post your creations on our FB page, if you'd like to join in.

Don't you love all these pretty soft pastel shades? I had a lot of fun colouring this new Stampin' Up!® SALE-A-Bration stamp in these colours. As there are six colours in this challenge, feel free to use at least 3 and you can also use neutrals, black, white, vanilla, kraft and Sahara Sand.

You can find Tasty Trucks on page 12/13 of the SAB catalogue. The truck sells tacos, pancakes,cupcakes, hot dogs or ice cream - something for every taste!

The big, bold sentiment actually comes from another new stamp in the Occasions Catalogue, Balloon Adventures. I liked the way I was able to colour the letters to match all the colours in the inspiration picture too. LOVE this HUGE greeting too, so dramatic!

SALE-A-Bration is an annual event for Stampin' Up!® from the beginning of January through to the end of March. In Australia, the qualifying order is $90 to qualify for a free pick from the SAB catalogue. This is what made me decide to join as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator 6 years ago. During this time you can join for the usual $169.00 (but order $235.00 worth of products) plus you get two extra stamp sets. That should be enough to really set you up for some great crafting!!!This offer may not be right for everyone but everyone is welcome to give it a shot. Stampin' Up® is a great company to work for, a very caring bunch of people and the demonstrators support and encourage one another like you wouldn't believe. Do you want to know more? Feel free to contact me (0417 500 681) for more information or check for more information at the top of my page 'Joining Stampin' Up!®'

Cheers, Rachel

Now it is time to check out what Paula Dobson has made using these pretty pastels, it will blow your mind!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Party Animal CTC #110

After a short break, CASE-ing The Catty is back!!! There is the Occasions AND a SALE-A-Bration catalogue to discover together - I do hope you have your copy in your hot, little hands, but if not, you'd best let your demonstrator know that you NEED one now! This week we are CASE-ing pages 4-7 of the Occasions catlaogue, Party Animal. Did you see what Tricia made? If you haven't, it's okay, you'll go around in a circle until you're back at the starting point.

When you're a family of 17, there's always a birthday around the corner. My d-i-l has already celebrated for this year and soon it's her eldest son, but not before another of my grandsons turns 7 the week before. This card is for 'Mr Almost-9' and I do hope he's happy with it. I'm actually considering adding his name, stamped, below the sentiment - just to personalise it a bit more. It is called Balloon Adventures and has a couple of bold greetings as well as some slightly smaller ones.I used the 'ink to rubber' technique to create a two-colour sentiment, which does tend to be softer in colouring. Basically, you colour the rubber with Stampin' Write markers in the chosen colours, 'huff' on it, then stamp.

These tags were the starting point for my inspiration, and I tried to amalgamate the two on the right into one card. The Balloon Builder Punch is an asset when it comes to punching out those balloon bases and if you have that already, you might think it unneccessary to invest in the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlets. You can manage without it but the pop-up insert is very dramatic. I've already used it for Mr Almost-9's brother already though, so it will get a rest for this card. I did utilise the spotted and striped decoration for the balloons. If you purchase the Balloon Adventures Bundle #144708 at $90.75 plus shipping, you will qualify for one FREE Sale-A-Bration item.
Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Bundle

 Now you should head over to see what loveliness Krissy has created this time...

 We are starting the new year with a new format and we hope you will love it! Every Sunday at 7pm (AEST), we will be sharing a new section of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues to CASE.
The CTC Crew will start off with a blog hop and then you have all week to create and join in. Make sure you put your photo in the challenge album by 7pm Saturday to be included.There is no requirement to be a demonstrator or have a blog to join in.
The weekly challenge with links to the album will be pinned to the top of the page.

If you'd like to participate in our Facebook challenge this week, here is the link  to view the challenge and attach your entry. 

Cheers, Rachel

Friday, 6 January 2017

Magical Mediterranean Moments

No doubt, if you follow Pinterest, or other demonstrators blogs you will have seen this layering of stamps, particularly Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments, which go together so beautifully. If I were viewing this charming lane, I'd like to be kicking my heels up and dancing too!

I was away at the holiday house for the weekend, and the weather was a little disappointing for summer. We did get to take a nice long walk along the beach on the first day, but after that it was a bit too cool and blowy for my liking. A project like this is ideal to take along as it takes up very little space. All it requires is Whisper White card, Archival Black ink pad, the stamps (and mine are woodmount, so no need for blocks), a set of new Watercolour pencils and a blender pen.

Actually, I've stamped and coloured heaps of images, and then when I come home I finish the cards by mounting on coloured card etc.
There is no sentiment on this one yet, I haven't decided what or who it is for, but it was so relaxing playing around with these new supplies. I'm so glad that Bermuda Bay, my favourite colour, is included in the set of pencils. They are mostly from the Brights range with black, white, grey and Early Espresso included.

Cheers and happy crafting

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Beautiful You - The Most Elaborate Version

My daughter-in-law is a beautiful girl, and my son is very lucky to have her in his life. She has a huge enthusiasm for life, so when I saw this stamp set, I knew I'd use it for her birthday card.

This is another version of the cards I've been sharing with you this week, but I stepped it right up to the max (as far as I'm concerned anyway)!! There are several layers on this card and after the dancing girl was coloured, I've fussy cut her and attached her to the sentiment banner and patterned paper.

The colours in Cupcakes & Carousels DSP stack are very summer-y and suggested the card colours I should use. So Saffron is the soft yellow shade and it is teamed with Bermuda Bay with a touch of Early Espresso. The inside of the card has been layered up, partly to give a more finished look, but also to balance the card with all those layers (and weight) on the card front.

Happy Birthday, gorgeous appears inside this card, while it was on the front of the other two. Live, Laugh, Love made it onto the front here on a slightly wider banner.

I've lined the three cards up here so you can see and compare the little additions made to each. What is your favourite - basic, stepped up or master class? Over the next few days, I will share some more, using different techniques with this lovely new stamp set, Beautiful You.

Cheers, Rachel

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Beautiful You - Step-It-Up

While the basic card was sweet, sometimes you just want to step-it-up a notch. To do that, I mounted the same DSP onto some Early Espresso card and stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Bermuda Bay which I mounted onto the same rectangle of Early Espresso. A few embellishments picking up the colours in the DSP help to tie it together. It is still a fairly easy card to make, with some additional points of interest.

Beautiful You is a great stamp set to make cards for your girlfriends and sisters. There are three different female forms, and 8 different sentiments. I've stuck to the same image and DSP (designer series paper) for some continuity through this series.

If you want to take advantage of SALE-A-Bration to order and score some freebies, the requirements for this card would easily qualify. From 4th January - 31st March, every $90 on your order (before shipping) earns you one free SALE-A-Bration item. $180 earns you 2 and so on. You can view online what is available, or contact me for copies of the Occasions Catalogue and SALE-A-Bration Catalogue. I'm an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator in Melbourne, Australia, and if you live anywhere in Australia, you can order anytime from my Online Store .

Beautiful You (woodmount)         143004 - $68.00
or...Beautiful You (clearmount)    143637 - $49.00
Watercolor Pencils                     141709 - $27.75  
Blender Pens (3)                        102845 - $17.00    
Archival Stampin' Pad Black      140931 - $12.25    
Whisper White Thick Card         140490 - $12.25    
Totals $137.25 with wood mounted stamps/$118.25 with clear mount                            
Maybe you want to add some Designer Series Paper or something else, and you might get two SAB items on your order.

Join My Team
During SALE-A-Bration is a great time to join Stampin' Up!®. Not only do you get to choose $235.00 of products of your choice, and pay only $169.00 with free shipping, during SALE-A-Bration you can add an additional two stamp sets to your Starter Kit. You can join as a hobby demonstrator and so long as you meet the quarterly minimum ($440.00) you remain a demonstrator and get a 20% discount on your crafting purchases. Naturally, you can get orders from family and friends to help you reach those minimums. Or you can hold parties, classes or workshops, and with customer orders, earn an income. It is totally up to you how you run your Stampin' Up!® business.

Want more information? You can find a tab at the top of my page "Joining Stampin' Up!®" where a lot of your questions are answered or give me a call, 0417 500 681.

Cheers, Rachel