Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wetland Birdlife CI#08

Colour INKspiration is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the South Pacific, all through Australia and New Zealand. We love to get together for these colour challenges, to inspire each other, and you, to create. We love it when you join in with our challenges to share your work and all you need is a Facebook presence. You can link in here on Facebook.

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As usual we've been challenged with some great colours, and maybe I took a wee hint from the subject matter too! I pulled the retiring Wetlands of my shelf, to stamp this 'Thinking of you' card. Thinking of you can be for many things, just as it says, for someone facing illness or another challenge, and even for condolences. It is handy to have a few on hand so that a note can be penned quickly and popped into the post. Recently at Onstage, Sara Douglass, the CEO of Stampin' Up!® asked us whether we had lots of cards at home. Of course, we all chorussed, 'yes' and Sara's reply was - "What's the good of that? Send those cards, so that people know you're thinking about them!" She's right isn't she?

This afternoon I wrote a card for a work colleague whose mother passed away before Easter. It's not a big thing, but I remember the comfort gained when I opened cards with notes in them after the deaths of my parents-in-law and my own mother. So although this is not the card I have sent, this one can take it's place in the box of cards I keep on hand.

Wetlands is a stamp set containing this subtle trail of waterbirds. I've stamped it twice, purposely flowing off the side of the Stitched Circle Framelit. The scalloped Delightful Dijon, and plain circle in Early espresso were added later. As far as I know, the clear mount and wood mount stamps are both still available in this stamp set. Thinking of You and Birthday Wishes are the 2 sentiments included, and there is a large duck and the grassy plant you can see on the inside of the card, also included in this stamp set.

I played about to colour the water colour paper like a setting sun going down into the ocean. Every time you water colour you end up with a different result. I must admit that I'd have loved to add some orange or purple shades in too, but not this time!

Head on over to the lovely Mel Pagano

Cheers, Rachel

Monday, 24 April 2017

Made with Love is Retiring


Hard to believe that Made With Love (sold out) and Happy Happenings are both retiring at the end of May. I adore when we have the opportunity to use some sentiments in French (Italian would be lots of fun too!!!)

It is always easy to make a card for a sweet new baby, and this pretty in pink version, kept fairly simple, was an absolute joy.

I will be finalising my April order using the Host code 3VS77ZH6 on Sunday 30th April at 9pm. You can order in my online shop using the host code and items will ship direct to your address at the low cost of $5.95 (or 5% of order value). It is well worth checking out the retiring list to order your favourites before they sell out. You can also contact me to make a smaller order that you can collect from South Morang and I'll pay your shipping.

Phone 0417 500 681 or email, I'll need your credit card details to put the order through.

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Favourite Big Shot Project CTC125

Welcome back to CASE-ing The Catty. This week we are CASE-ing our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions Catalogue. The only problem is that on the 11th April, the Retiring List was released and most of my chosen suite has SOLD OUT! The wood mount stamp set in Nailed It is still available, but no clear mount stamps, nor framelits. You can still get the Urban Underground designer series paper.

The minute I saw this suite at the Onstage last November, they were in my shopping basket! My husband and 3 of my sons are in trades, plus all enjoy a bit of tinkerin' on the weekend, so why wouldn't I grab this one? Added to the fact that my carpenter son had my make a 21st card for one of his employees a few years back and I had to hand cut the hammer and saw!!! So much easier with dies and a Big Shot!

This card was made to show how you can use the stamp set when you don't have a Big Shot. Colouring the various tools was so relaxing with the watercolor pencils, just like using a child's colouring book with these big, clear images. It could also be a really cute card/gift if you left the images uncoloured and tied 3 or 4 pencils onto the card. The big greeting in the middle is from Suite Sentiments, another retiring stamp set, available in woodmount or clearmount.

Because there are small faces included in the stamp set, I challenged myself to find a way to include them. It didn't take too long to come up with this birthday card for a boy, using primary colours and a bold sentiment. Birthday Bright is another stamp which hasn't carried over into the Annual Catalogue, but is still available. I found it hard to understand why Nailed It hasn't carried over into the new Annual catalogue, as it fills a gap in the masculine market but the lesson learned from this is, don't wait too long to order something.

You might like to CASE your favourite Big Shot project form the Occasions Catalogue and share it with us on Facebook.

Next it's time to hop on over to Mel Pagano, I wonder what her favourite is?

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 20 April 2017

AWH 2017 Stampin' Up!® Retiring Product Blog Hop

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 Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 Annual and 2017 Occasions Catalogues!
 Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place your order before they run out, finishes May 31st.

It's always strange once the demonstrators have seen the new catalogue. There is huge excitement at the new stamps, framelits, papers and accessories featured there, but there is a sadness too. We always feel sorry to say goodbye to some of our favourites, whether that is a stamp set or retiring colours. I am going to feature my favourite (or one of) retiring colour, Mint Macaroon and a very showy thinlet, Party Pop-Up Thinlet.

Officially it is current until May 31st, but they always sell out well before that, so if you MUST have some of the card or ink in Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaroon or Cucumber Crush, NOW is the time to act. Some, including mixed packs are reduced but could run out early.

You can go straight to my online store and check out all the Clearance items. There will be some price reductions but others will be too much in demand to be on special. The Host Code for April is 3VS77ZH6, add that at checkout and you will receive a gift from me in the mail.

Mint Macaroon features here, along with Party Pop-Up Thinlets (#140620) in black. This thinlet is also retiring at the end of this catalogue or sooner if stock runs out. It cuts the Happy Birthday on a cake stand, to be a pop up card insert, but here I have trimmed it to fit inside a circle and feature at front and centre of this card front.

This is the second framelit in the Party Pop-Up Thinlet set, and again, it is usually a stand out feature in the centre of a card. It can also be as a card front by trimming the sides. You can have it with the background colour showing through, or add a third colour. 

Now there's a version done the opposite way. A black circular background supporting the framelit cut in thick Whisper White card. For extra interest, it has been coloured by sponging with ink and sponge daubers.

 Which version do you like better?

Enjoy all the different projects along the Art With Heart Retiring Blog Hop. Next you're heading over to Kate Morgan, who was chosen to exhibit at Stampin' Up!® Onstage Sydney. Her work is amazing!

Cheers, Rachel Palmieri

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Sunday, 16 April 2017

CASE-ing The Hostess Stamps CTC#124

Stampin' Up!® Annual Hostess Sample

Although this Hostess stamp is in my collection, I decided to use Touches Of Texture, a stamp which will be returning to the Annual Catalogue in 2017. Touches of Texture is a useful stamp because it not only contains three different styles of flowers, but you can use it with or without an outline in one case, which I reckon makes for four flowers - that's a bunch, right? There is even a small dragonfly and bee included, plus lots of lovely texture stamps. A pretty lace background is on the cream art piece as well as the Watermelon background.

Instead of kraft card as my first layer I went up-market with Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate instead. Don't forget to peel the layer of plastic off the silver side before you adhere it. I use Tombow multi-purpose glue sponged on lightly - it works a treat and is invisible!

The gold twine was used in place of linen thread and because there were no sentiments in the stamp set, I grabbed the Iconic Occasions hostess set from Occasions Catalogue, for this 'happy birthday'.
This particular sketch is a really good one for almost any image, so I'll try to remember to use it again.
Now you are heading over to WA to the lovely Kelly Kent

Cheers, Rachel

Saturday, 15 April 2017

 A very quick Easter Saturday post to share the gift I made for my room mate on the recent trip to Perth for Stampin' Up! Onstage. It was fairly easy, using the Window Box Thinlits and the Window Shopping stamp set. Until May 31st, they are available to buy as a bundle at 10% off from the Occasions Catalogue. After May 31st, they'll still be available but there is no discount.

As I said, its fairly easy. You begin by cutting two of the largest piece for the box. You will need one for the top half and another for the bottom. This makes a difference when you cut the designs into the sides, as the heart in the centre of this one needs to be cut correctly and the same applies to the birthday candles.

To emphasise the pretty pattern, small squares of Peekaboo Peach have been placed inside the box, but it can look just as sweet with the see-through effect. It's such a handy feature that the ink colours, card, ribbon and other embellishments all match in the Stampin' Up!® range. Matching is never hit and miss!!

This box is a good size for edible treats, but I placed a Body Shop small body butter in here and it is a perfect size for those gifts also. Even though it is too late for Easter gifts there is still time for Mothers Day and you'll be really early for Christmas!
I have a class this Friday (21/04) evening at 7pm or Saturday (22/04) at 2pm, if you're able to come to South Morang, Vic to join us.A couple of my regulars have found themselves with holidays and reunions happening at the same time, so we have gaps at the table and product already cut. We're also making a bag with the Gift Bag Punch board, and a couple of tags to match your gift box & bag. Call or email, for your spot. 0417 500 681, I'd love to meet you and help solve your crafting problems.

Cheers, Rachel

These are some more variations of the boxes.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Menagerie of Balloons

Balloon Builders was a cute little stamp set brought out a couple of years ago when they introduced the Balloon Builder Punch and isn't that a totally handy tool? I guess this stamp set has now run its course, as it is on the retiring list. It is still available in my online shop -$28.00 (as I write this) and I want to share some cards made using this set.

For these I CASE-d the catalogue, used the colours in the DSP (designer series paper) for my colour choices, and incorporated a retired stamp set for the verse inside and 'Baby' on the front. To me, the 'bear' needed eyes, so there are dots in the appropriate place.

This 'mouse' is celebrating a birthday, but it's hard to see if she's having a good time or not. You know every time you stamp these critters they turn out quite differently from the one before?

Another 'mouse' and balloons, but with longer 'arms' and this one isn't one of the 3 blind mice, she has her eyes, and nose on what is going on. I glimmered things up a bit with Wink of Stella clear too. When you look on Pinterest, you'll see endless possibilities for this stamp set - rabbits, dogs, lions, flowers - you name it. I've hardly explored the possibilities.

What about a big bunch of blue balloons? Nice, quick & easy.

I hope you are spending time doing what you enjoy on this longer than usual weekend.

Cheers, Rachel