Thursday, 20 September 2018

Spring Bike Ride

A few days off work gave me time to put together a card for this challenge at The Paper Players, Clean & Simple: sports.


Bike Ride has always been a favourite of mine, but now that I use the Stamparatus, I find it even more fun to put these bicycles together.  There are layered labels behind the bike, a Stitched Shape Oval in white, and the large, lacy one from Stitched Labels, as is the one with the sentiment.


That sentiment, 'Happy birthday, gorgeous' is from Beautiful You.


If you are looking for inspiration, head over to the Paper Players and check out all the cards there.




Country Home For AWH Blog Hop

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the Holiday Catalogue. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative and make some fabulous Christmas creations. If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.


My favourite from the Holiday Catalogue is actually a non-Christmas suite, Country Lane on page 42-43. I like the rustic decor style, and oh wow! what about that Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder? The suite also contains Braided Linen trim, Galvanised clips and beautiful pattern paper Country Lane DSP. The stamp set, Country Home, comprises 14 photopolymer stamps so plenty of options. 


Bermuda Bay and Night Of Navy were my main colour choices, and when it came to colouring the flowers, I used every shade of green I had, and the new Cajun Craze. We really do have a wonderful range of colours in the alcohol-based markers, Stampin' Blends, with new additions at each catalogue release.


I inked the embossing folder before rolling it through the Big Shot, which helps to emphasise the delightful tile pattern. The sentiment, which is from First Frost, has been heat embossed in white.


I couldn't resist showing off my beautiful collection of Stampin' Blends, and I love nothing better than relaxing in the evening with a bit of colouring to do.


For something a bit different, I included Apron Of Love for the jug of utensils & rolling pin, and a die cut lid from Jars Of Love is the low vase. Next up is the very talented Monika O'Neill

If you miss someone out or lose your way, you can get back on track here. You are currently at the blog of Rachel Palmieri.






Sunday, 16 September 2018

Santa's Workshop CTC196


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 18-27, the Santa's Workshop section.


I CASE-d the green card on the bottom left shelf, but used First Frost and Picture Perfect Birthday stamps and dies. The catalogue illustration doesn't really do First Frost any favours, as it stamps out so prettily.


Mint Macaron was my choice of green, so soft to complement the pinks, and of course it is used in the wonderful extra luscious DSP Frosted Floral. I guess it has the pearl finish, to celebrate Stampin' Up!® and the 30th Anniversary, but I describe it as like silk.


You'll find the stamps and paper on pages 36-37 of the Holiday Catalogue. Let your demonstrator know if you need a copy, although you can take a peek online too. Next stop along this hop is the amazing Judy May. I love her work and you may too.



If you feel like a challenge, perhaps you'd like to CASE pages 18-27 of the Holiday Catalogue, and share your project here on Facebook. It would be nice to see new names as well as our regulars.


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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Stampin' In The Round

The Stamparatus has been the greatest tool introduced to the crafting market since the Big Shot and I say that, depite being the owner of one of the stamp placement tools by "that other company". The size of the Stamparatus is more compact and it stacks very nicely on a handy shelf in my craft room, so I often pull it out to stamp even fairly straight forward projects. Perhaps one of its strongest selling points are the two hinged plates, so multiple stamps can be mounted and in use at the same time. 


I had been hanging to try the Stamparatus "stamping in the round" technique, or you may have also 
heard it referred to as "wreath stamping". It requires you to make a template and then by placing the same-size square of card in it and rotating, you create a wreath. To make it a bit more fun, I've used some flowers from a favourite stamp set of mine, Bike Ride. This involves two-step stamping, which is so much easier with the Stamparatus anyway, but for consistent repeat stamping like this, an absolute essential. The black outline is one stamp, the flowers are another and the leaves are a third stamp.(I have noticed that the leaves aren't perfectly aligned, I'll keep on trying!)


For some additional fun, I've stamped the background with stamps from Stitched All Round and the 'lovely friend' is also part of that stamp set. I'm dying to keep on experimenting and I'll share with you how it goes.

You can shop with me for your Stampin' Up! products by emailing me & paying in cash or direct deposit or 24/7 in my online shop using your credit card. I'm happy to give you the support you need to use your purchases successfully. Let me know if you need a Holiday Catalogue too. If you shop online and use the code below, I share the Host benefits with you.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Regal CI#41


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.


The three colours I have focused on are Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry and Old Olive. There is a hint of Real Red and Rich Razzleberry too, in the ornaments.

 Beautiful Baubles is a classic Christmas stamp. You will be able to make a selection of different Christmas cards with the included stamps, even without the co-ordinating dies. However, the dies are just a bit special. There is one which die cuts all these baubles at the one time, an ornate bauble and two which nest together and produce a very ornate circle cut out. You really need to go to page 10 of your holiday catalogue and check that out.







Next stop along this hop is the talented Julia Quinn and if you like heading back, it's Liz Gross


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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Festive Farmhouse CTC195

 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 12-17 and I chose to top up my supply of baby cards for new baby girls.



Sweet Baby is my go-to baby stamp at the moment. I love colouring the babies with Stampin' Blends, and the dies definitely make them more fun to cut out. The Detailed Baubles Thinlet Dies has a beautiful large lacy die, which seems perfect for these sweet little cards. It seems like it's the same one used in the catalogue sample too.


It is lovely sitting and colouring, and a bit of fun dreaming up colour combinations too. The new Tufted textured impressions embossing reminds me of a soft quilt, perfect for our baby.


Petals & More thinlets has this die to cut out the sentiment, just a touch fancy, and a little longer to accommodate this particular one. It helps when the stamp set has a sweet little sentiment for the inside, like the one below. It has a lovely font, don't you think?



Stampin' Up!® Catalogue sample





Here is a second variation using the same key products. It is a different pink card, and I borrowed a sentiment from the fabulous stamp set Better Together. At least I'm ready now for the next couple of arrivals, so long as they're girls!





Next along on the blog hop this week is the talented Angela in New Zealand


If you'd like to share your creativity from CASE-ing the Catty, remember it is pages 12-17 this time, and you can pin it on the wall here on Facebook.


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Sunday, 2 September 2018

All Is Bright CTC194


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 4-11 of the NEW Holiday catalogue. Do you have one of those in your hands now? You can order on the 5th September in my online shop, or place your order with your demonstrator, or me, if you don't already have a demonstrator.


Is September too early to think about Christmas? Once upon a time, I hated any mention of  Christmas until after my birthday on November 30th, but if you want to craft beautiful handmade cards, gifts and decor pieces it is the perfect time to begin. However, being a tad lazy I decided to do an almost exact replica of the catalogue sample of the card on page 6, and change up the colours a bit for non-traditional.


 Making Christmas Bright stamp set  is a cute, fun, tasteful set. There aren't the funny santas, or other quirky characters, but it isn't religious either. I think it can be perfect for friends and workmates from other cultures too, who obviously get the holiday, but may not celebrate in a traditional way. The stamp set is reasonably priced at $37.00, there is the option to bundle it with the Christmas Bulb Builder Punch and by using a special code for those two items bundled, (#149947) you save 10% off the total. Another option is to pop in the You Can Make It Code on page 7 and with the one code you get all the pieces listed. However, if you already own some of the items, that might not work as well, so I've put my suggested checklist at the end.


I chose Making Christmas Bright stamp set  because it is great for

1. Mass Production
2. Beginner stampers




Step 1: Plan

The key to mass production (and that could be talking about 10 cards or 100) is to do things in steps, beginning with planning your project. If you are CASE-ing the Catty like I did, the planning has been done.

Step 2: Cut card.

I cut my card bases 14.5cm by the width of a sheet of card. Remember I am in Australia, and our card is different dimensions to the States. I score at half, which is 10.6 cm if you like to use the scorer on your Stampin' Trimmer.
Whisper White card for the front - 14cm by 10cm
Whisper White for inside with another layer is 13.5cm by 9.5cm. The coloured layer is 10cm by 14cm.Maybe you're noticing that each layer is a half centimetre less? It's an easy recipe.

Step 3: Stamp

The catalogue sample uses Call Me Clover, Real Red and Crushed Curry. I used Memento Black, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody. Call Me Clover Stampin' Blend was one of the bulb colours.
All the card front pieces would be stamped with strings of bulbs at the one time. Remember, less is more, you can add some later.
Next I stamped the sentiment and cut the circle. I used a Stitched Shape die on the Big Shot, but a 2¼" circle punch (#143720) will also do the job.

Step 4: Banners

The banners behind the sentiment are strips of card up to 5cm wide. They can have the flag ends hand cut, or use the Banner Triple Punch (so called because there are channels for 3 sizes of strip to fit nicely, but with experience you can use any size up to 5cm wide.

Step 5: Assemble your card. 

Adhere the stamped card front to the base using your preferrred method. For speed and accuracy, I use Tombow multi purpose glue, others use Snail adhesive. Banners and sentiment are raised on Dimensionals. These products are all shown on our adhesives page 213.
If you decorate the inside of the card you can just add a 10 by 14cm piece of card, coloured if you want two layers or white if you keep it simple. The second layer is cut .5cm smaller. A little stamping gives a nice touch.

I have provided more information after the next button, but for now you are hopping over to the fabulous Sandra, who is sharing the same stamp set for more inspiration.



Remember, there are no silly questions, so feel free to ask. You can leave a comment at the end of my post or Message me via my Facebook page - Rachel Palmieri Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator.
Here is a list with Item number and Australian price which you might choose to order to complete your project. Click this link for my online store. You can message me with questions, Like my facebook business page to be kept up to date with specials, promotions, my creativity and classes.


Making Christmas Bright bundle (stamp & Bulb Punch) 149947 $61.00 
***Just for ordering this bundle, I will give you 3 6" X 6" sheets of glimmer paper to make the glimmer bulbs on this card.***

Whisper White Thick card 140490   $13.50
Coloured Card, mixed colour pack - pages 188-191 of Annual catalogue, Holiday Catalogue pages 6, 13, 37 & 49(halloween colours) 
2¼" Circle Punch               143720   $31.00
Banner Triple Punch          138292  $38.00
Paper Trimmer/scorer       129722   $50.00

Your choices from the Annual Catalogue of

Ink pads pages 182- 187 
Adhesive page 213

You're already getting creative? Share your project, inspired by pages 4-11 from the Holiday catalogue at this Facebook page. You don't have to have a blog to join in. 


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