Thursday, 23 February 2017

All About Bugs and Beetles AWH Blog Hop

I'm excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin' Up!® Team. Today we focus on the kids in our lives, from birthday cards to party ideas.
SALE-A-Bration continues and this week we have three new additional items you can earn for free with a $90 order - ask me how!

Thank goodness my days of throwing kids parties are over. After raising 5 boys, I never want to return to that time again. It was far too hectic and crazy! I do like making cards and gifts for my six grandchildren, 5 of whom guessed it - boys!!!!
I have enjoyed a bit of crafty fun last weekend, putting together a cute fancy fold card - Peekaboo Flap Fold. Stamp & Scrap With Frenchie provided a video and measurements, and I have just changed them slightly, to suit the way we make cards in Australia. This one wasn't particularly difficult and adds a nice touch of interest. 

I decided to use Beetles and Bugs to make a card and bug box. My little boys have a great interest in insects, so it was a must-have on my Occasions Catalogue wish list. It's a photopolymer stamp set on page 38, and the sample hasn't worried one bit about realism, anything goes it seems. I went with Garden Green and a retired DSP to begin with and featured a big green beetle. I used the hexagon from the Build It Framelits to cut the opening in the flap in the card, and the piece that the beetle is stamped on so that they fit together perfectly. There is a slightly larger brown hexagon for it to sit on, which I hand cut by allowing a border all around the die cut piece.The 'nine' has been diecut four times in Pear Pizzaz and glued with Tombow before being stacked. It is attached to the card so that it can also hold it closed.


Initially, there was a trail of ants to add interest, but overnight I had a brainwave! I had a retired stamp set, The Great Outdoors, which I've kept as it features camping, and some family are keen on that, so it's handy to hang on to. I knew there was a larger ant in that set, and thought that would look great under a magnifying glass.

 I cut three black rings using two circle framelits together, and used the icypole stick from Cool Treats as a handle. Two circles fitted on top of each other on the front, for depth and the handle, then a window sheet circle. Finally, to finish the magnifying glass off neatly, a black ring is glued to the back. When I use Tombow liquid glue on a tiny project like this, I leave it until it turns clear, and it is less messy. One of my team, Carmela, shared this tip with our team, and I use it often.

Some more insects have been stamped and coloured inside the card, along with a sentiment from Cool Treats.

The boxes are very easy using Window Box Thinlet Dies. It is made from two main pieces, and this one is very simply decorated. Every alternate panel has 'air holes' punched and the plain panels have a large beetle stamped in black. The white hexagon on the lid is another die cut with Build It Framelit Dies and for the Garden Green, I cut another 'box lid' segment and then cut it smaller using a mark on the trimmer as a guide. I was very pleased with how perfectly it turned out. You don't have to have these in graduated sizes after all!!!

Again, the Tombow glue allowed to set a little, is the way I chose to put my box together. All the folds are made with the framelit, and folded and scored with a bone folder prior to constructing. The stamping and other main decorations are also completed before adhering the little box together.

I bought the plastic bugs and beetles at a local chain store, and was able to fit 20 into the box without too much trouble. The other rather delightful thing with these boxes is how nicely the lid tucks in and stays put. If you'd love to make a Beetles & Bugs gift set, you'll find them 24/7 in my online shop under Occasions. The Window Box Thinlet Dies are paired with Window Shopping stamp set (page 43) for 10% discount for the life of this catalogue, or if you can manage with just one of the set, of course they can be purchased separately. Bugs & Beetles stamps is on page 38, at less than $30 it's a must-have if you make cards for kids.

I do hope you're enjoying this blog hop. Now it's time to hop along to see what Tina Gillespie has shared. She's so clever, it's bound to be great!

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

Happy crafting
Cheers, Rachel

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Colour INKspiration CI #04

Another delightful colour combination from Colour Inkspiration for challenge #04. We are a group of Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up!® demonstrators, creating samples based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches. There is a Facebook group for Stampin' Up!® enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations. You don't need a blog, and you don't need to be a demonstrator. This colour swatch with the four different pictures and strong shades of purple and yellow was almost too inspiring, I had trouble deciding where to go with it, and was very tempted to use Beautiful You.

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Eventually, I decided on Garden In Bloom, a photopolymer stamp from page 146 in the Annual Catalogue. This stamp set has lovely flowers, leaves, butterfly and bee, all perfect for stamping in two-step stamping to fill with colour, or just stamp the outline, like I did for my card, and use ink and aquapainter to fill it in. Timeless Textures, and in particular the small splatter stamp, are out on my table a great deal of the time these days, and it has made another appearance here. The colours are Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry and Whisper White.

On the inside the card has been lined with Elegant Eggplant and another bloom stamped with Archival Basic Grey Ink. This ink is waterproof, easy to clean from your stamps, and the grey is softer than Basic Black. This 'friends' sentiment belongs to Garden In Bloom, while the sentiment on the outside is from Suite Sentiments. Suite Sentiments is at the very back of the Occasions Catalogue, and it contains sentiments for Easter, Graduation, birthdays and guys. What's more, they're in fonts that match sets in the Occasions Catalogue and it shows you which. Although it's not particularly supposed to be paired with this stamp set, don't you think the two sentiments fit together just like a hand in a glove?

When I coloured this card, I squeezed my closed inkpad to get a pool of ink in the lid. I was able to use it fairly concentrated to get the strong purple shade on some petals, or watered right down to put a wash of Crushed Curry onto the background. It is such a relaxing thing to do.

It would be fun to see what you decide to craft using these colours and Stampin' Up!® products,don't forget to share at our spot on Facebook.

You are now heading to Nikki Spencer


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Happy Anniversary CTC #116

CASE-ing The Catty this week is focussing on pages 20-31 of the Occasions Catalogue, beginning with the Succulents Suite. That stamp and paper suite is so popular, but I decided to delve a little deeper into the section to make an anniversary card. On page 28 is a simply sweet card using Mediterranean Moments. I liked that the focal image was circular and began there.

Firstly, the image was stamped using Stampin' Up! Archival Ink Basic Grey, because it is waterproof. The new watercolor pencils provided enough choice to colour this little scene before blending lightly. It was then die cut with the largest circle in the Stitched Shape Framelits.

The sentiments for this card are all taken from Falling For You, the prettiest little stamps for weddings and anniversaries which you will find on page 51 of the Occasions Catalogue. I like the font and the way this one fitted comfortably onto the Tags and Labels Framelits. As well as the linen thread, I've recycled a safety pin from a clothing purchase to attach the tag.

As we enter the second half of the Annual Catalogue's year, I'm on a mission to use up my existing Designer Series Paper (DSP) because Stampin' Up!® is always bringing out new gorgeous colours and patterns.This one is from the pack Moroccan DSP, the colours are rich and varied, just as suited to the Mediterranean as to Morocco.

 Another stamp set that hasn't seen enough ink yet is Tuscan Vineyard. The row of corks were added along the bottom of the Crumb Cake base, along with a smattering of splatters from Timeless Textures

As I mentioned earlier, all the sentiments are from Falling For You, and aren't these so sweet? This card is for my special person, a little later this year. We are celebrating a big anniversary, one of those that ends in '0'. I'd love to be heading to the Med. to celebrate, but sadly, not this time.  Another strip of DSP has been added inside, along with a corkscrew (Tuscan Vineyard). I really did go all out to make this card, with love.

If you'd like to challenge yourself to make something CASE-ing pages 20-31 of the Occasions catty, we'd love you to share it here on our Facebook site. You don't need a blog to share, but if you have you can leave your link when you post.

Our CASE-ing The Catty page is here, that may help if a link is broken.
Now continue on to see what the fabulous Tricia has shared this week (it's such a cute card)

Cheers, Rachel

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Birds of a Feather TGIFC95

I was a little bit excited to see this challenge at TGIF Challenges,the minute I saw Hey Chick at Onstage in Brisbane last November, I put it to the top of my wish list. I've actually had a lot of use from it too. It's funny, because everyone seems to love these flamboyant ladies! It was fun to bling this card up with a strand of sequins over the washi tape, and every bird is a different colour, thanks to the Stampin' Up!® Watercolour Pencils. My fingers are crossed that more colours are coming in the Annual Catalogue, because all my ladies are feeling so much more confident about colouring since these were introduced. They're even happier to try the ink now they're getting the hang of it!!!

I've taken another picture from a different angle to try to show up the colours, which are mainly from the brights range with a few neutrals added in. I'm in the process of making one of the cute egg cartons match this card, its been sprayed with alcohol rub and Melon Mambo ink from a re-inker so far.

Last night I had a card class, and during SALE-A-Bration, I always feature one card using a SAB stamp. February's pick was Hey Chick and the ladies were thrilled to bits with their cards. We used a very simple masking technique and coloured  with the Watercolor pencils, with every creation being a little different from the next. Suite Sentiments has been a source for the perfect greeting for this cluster of girls, don't you think? You'll find it at the back of the Occasions Catalogue.

Don't forget to pop over to TGIFC to see all the other birds, and maybe add your own creation.

Happy crafting
Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Delicate Details CTC#115

Welcome back to our weekly CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. You may have come from Liz Gross in Queensland and now you're with me, Rachel Palmieri in Melbourne. This week we are sharing something inspired by the SALE-A-Bration catalogue, pages 8-11. Page 9 with Delicate Details FREE with purchase SAB stamp set, was my inspiration this week. The rows of lace really appealed to me, such a sweet look. My choice to stamp was Basic Grey archival Ink, and I used some SAB paper from this time last year, in various shades of yellow. After stamping, this was mounted onto Crushed Curry, then  Basic Gray card, and lastly a So Saffron card base.

Two layers of flower from Botanical Builder Framelits were adhered after stamping some stamens, and a fern leaf is poking out behind. Suite Sentiments is a fabulous stamp set, at the very back of the Occasions Catalogue. There are sentiments for every event, and I thought this one quite apprpriate. It has been cut with a Stitched Oval Framelit, but purposely with one end chopped off, to not cover so much background. Delicate Details is one of the FREE choices you can have with your $90.00 order from January4th-March31st, check out my online store for more choices.

Don't forget to link to our Facebook challenge, using the same pages of the SAB as inspiration.

Happy Crafting

 If you get lost or find a broken link along the way, you can get back on track here.
Now you should check out what the very lovely Julia Quinn  on the Sunshine Coast has shared

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Moments For Wishing Colour INKspiration #03

Already our 3rd challenge at Colour INKspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators creating paper projects, inspired by Pinterest colour combinations. Loved this one as I have just returned from a lovely relaxing time at the beach with my hubby, eldest son, delightful D-I-L, and their three cherubs. So, in truth it wasn't always relaxing, but it is probably a lot better having at least one adult per child (and a spare). I'm the person who arranges crafting activities and quiet time reading, I'll leave the action to the others, thanks. So this lovely cafè scene is perfect for me...

I had the opportunity to make a card using Mediterranean Moments (they're my favourite kind of moments!!!) stamped and die cut with the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies. Have you heard that they are FINALLY back in stock? Just add  item#145372 to your order. In Australia they retail at $50.00 but I'm sure you'll get good value from them.

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I love colour, but often feel overwhelmed by more than 3 colours at a time. Do you relate to that? In case the graphic is hard to read, the colours this week are Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Peekaboo Peach and Whisper White. That's why I thought it would be a great challenge to participate at Colour INKspiration, and you can too (just check for the link at the end). I've developed a system of picking each of the ink pads from the shelf, and studying them, piled at the end of my table. Now you don't need to use lots of each colour, but after I had completed my sweet scene, it seemed a little bland with only the cushions water coloured Peekaboo Peach. The difference stamping a part of the sentiment from Balloon Celebration made was amazing!

Sometimes its fine to leave the card base plain, but the brick work from Ghoulish Grunge very subtle in Soft Sky on Soft Sky, with paint drops (not blood) in Marina Mist, from the same stamp set, seem to add some interest. Unfortunately, Ghoulish Grunge was a Holiday Catalogue item and is no longer available in my online shop. Such a shame, as it complements several of the Occasions stamp sets very nicely.  Don't miss out on anything you fancy in the current Occasions Catalogue.
These blogs are going to post at 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. You can join in and post your creation on FB here.
Now it's time to head over to check out Bronwyn's amazing work

I hope you do join us
Happy crafting

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sending Love CTC#114

Hello and welcome to CASE-ing The Catty. This week the assignment is to CASE from pages 14-19 of the Occasions Catalogue. CASE can mean copy and share everything or copy and selectively edit. Our design team at CASE-ing The Catty use the Stampin' Up!® catalogues to ignite our own creativity. You may have come from Rebecca's Blog, wasn't her project awesome? If you missed it, never fear, blogs go full circle and you'll get back there.

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The card on page 16 with the rocking horse appealed to me and I decided to CASE it using Circle Of Spring. This is a stamp set found in your Annual Catalogue, page 94. I think this wreath is particularly pretty, and very easy to colour, which ever method you choose. I've used the new Watercolor Pencils; - Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. It's actually coloured quickly and easily. The points I most liked and imitated from the design were doilies peeking out from behind the label, the strips of Old Olive and the de-bosssed Seaside TIEF. De-bossed is when the designs 'wrong' side is used, it's actually smoother.

Two labels the same size were cut with Lots Of Labels Framelits, and the white one trimmed a little to show Old Olive borders each side. Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies are also really useful for cutting the wreath out, although you can use it without cutting it out also. My Big Shot Die Cut machine is my biggest and most expensive craft expense so far, but it pays for itself over and over. I love the fact that Stampin' Up! carries such a big range of dies and embossing folders to use with this machine, and everything co-ordinates with stamps. The Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies also co-ordinate with another stamp set, Wondrous Wreath on page 32.

Although I've stamped a sentiment from a new stamp set, Suite Sentiments, in the Occasions Catalogue, Circle Of Spring actually includes six sweet sentiments already. From Happy Birthday all the way through to Easter and Mother's day, there is something for everyone. Those sentiments can all be fitted inside the centre section if you choose. I've stamped onto an Oval Stitched Framelit and lay it over part of the wreath.

You can join in with this challenge by posting on FB here
If the link is broken along the way you can get back on track at the CASE-ing The Catty Blog.

Now it's time to see the lovely card for Easter that the lovely Julia has to share this week.

Happy Crafting