Sunday, 23 October 2016

Favourite Annual Catalogue Bundle CTC#101

This week at CASE-ing The Catty, we are CASE-ing our favourite bundle from the Annual catalogue. It's so nice to return to this amazing source of inspiration, but I had so much trouble deciding which bundle to CASE! In the end, my friend persuaded me to use HER favourite bundle - Sunshine Sayings stamps and Sunshine Wishes Thinlets Dies. They are on page 97, bundled together at a saving of 10% for this catalogue only, and such a versatile combo!

My son and D-I-L went to the wedding of a very good friend yesterday, and we had the pleasure of having their wee man stay overnight. This is one of the cards I made for her to choose from, and actually the one she did choose, using the lovely hearts tied together with some copper metallic thread. I adore copper, it is such a warm colour!

Continuing on with that theme, LOVE has been die cut from copper foil, while 'is in the air' has been heat embossed with versamark and Copper embossing powder. All of these products can be purchased from my online shop, and I'm happy to help you learn how to use thes products.
The paper on both these cards is Serene Scenery, a 6" by 6" paper stack with photographic images on one side and lovely muted colours on the reverse.

There are 26 rubber stamps in this set, mostly words and short phrases and when I mounted the stamps and adhered the labels to my wood mount set, I confused these two, so instead of wasting a card, I went ahead and embossed them at the same time and changed up the card a touch.

I had to include the big sunshine from Kinda Eclectic because my friend was asking me how you would use that stamp. Stamped in So Saffron it adds a nice touch here. I wonder which will be your favourite bundle, or do you have a favourite already?

Time to head over to my friend Kathryn and see which her favourite bundle is.

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Pretty Papers - Art With Heart October Blog Hop

Today some of the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of a new Stampin' Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit!

 The DSP included in this offer is Floral Boutique, Moroccan, Fruit Stand, Blooms and Bliss, Festive Birthday, By The Shore, Presents and Pinecones and Candy Lane. There is still more than a week left for these specials.

You may have come to my blog from the very talented, Judy May. Now you're visiting, me, Rachel Palmieri in Victoria. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

Floral Boutique is totally lovely in just two colours - Night of Navy and Whisper White. For the card on the left I used a square framelit and cut a couple of squares from each of the papers, and arranged them on a square of Night Of Navy in a pleasing patchwork pattern. The bow was from the same suite of paper, and punched out with the Bow Builder Punch. The sentiment is from Suite Sayings. The second card features the 'folded back' effect. I have no clue what it is actually called but it sure does show off two sides of pretty paper! Mixed Borders provided a few similar flowers and sentiment on a circle.

I needed a 'thank you' card for a party hostess and decided to CASE my friend Kelly, and the lovely card she sent me earlier this year. Using a different paper, Moroccan is the name of this DSP, in rich shades of Cajun Craze, Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy and Very Vanilla. The Hello You Thinlets provided the big 'thanks' and I added another little piece from the Paisley Framelits cut from gold foil. It's a simple design which really allows your patterned paper to show off its design.


This card also uses the Moroccan DSP, but a more subdued pattern this time. I used Fa-La-La-La Friends for the daddy bear and baby bear. It was inspired by the photo bombing Llama, but this reminds me of when a dad throws the baby up and catches him again. Again, it is a good showcase for the delightful DSP, which is buy 3, get the 4th free for October.

Now it is time for you to continue around the blog hop, and you're going to Tina Gillespie next. If the links don't work or you get lost along the way, there is a full list at the bottom for you to rejoin the hop.
Thanks for visiting,

Cheers, Rachel

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Birthday Foxes

Another birthday celebrated this past weekend and I just had to use some foxes on this one. The one on the left is from the Foxy Friends stamp set in the Annual Catalogue, and the other is from a hostess set at the front of the Holiday catalogue, Cozy Critters. That also has the branch I've inked with Stampin' Write Markers and the owl with enormous eyes.

The tree stump is from Foxy Friends too, just hand cut, whereas there is an owl punch and a fox punch if you don't much fancy hand cutting.
I used a tutorial from Bronwyn Eastley ( for the basic dimensions of this card, and it fits beautifully into a Stampin' Up! envelope.

Mine is a much simpler card, Bronwyn's are absolute works of art.
Kirsten was thrilled with her card when she opened it, and I have to admit, it gave me a lot of pleasure making this Z-Fold card. I'm wondering if anyone wants to come and do a class for this card - let me know if you do.

Have a productive week
Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Holiday Tags CTC#99

Apparently Christmas is fast approaching! All I can say is, "Thank goodness we don't have to celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving in Australia, or there just wouldn't be enough time to fit Christmas in!!! We are having a VERY long school term in Victoria: 11 weeks and 2 days, when the optimum time is meant to be 10 weeks. It won't only be the teaching staff that are tired and towie, the kids will be uncontrollable by the last few weeks.

You may have just hopped from my friend Kathryn's blog, but if you started here with me, make sure you go full circle for your weekly dose of inspiration. This week at CASE-ing The Catty we are focusing on some tags. I took a look through the holiday catalogue, and decided that tags made with the jar stamps and framelits would be super cute.

After cutting a couple of strips of extra thick Whisper White card, I stamped the jar shape from Jar Of Cheer. There are now three different stamp sets that co-ordinate with the Jar Framelits. The first one was Jar of Love in the Annual catalogue, Jar of Cheer and Jar of Haunts in the Holiday Catalogue. You can still save 10% if you bundle and save the Jar of Love stamps with Everyday Jars Framelits. 

Once the jars were die cut, I began stamping out the sentiment. Next, it was time to tackle the lids and so far I have made them with the Gold and Bronze foil paper, and I think silver may just get a look in too. I CASE-d the jar from the Christmas card on page 25 of the Holiday Catalogue, but I don't have the Pretty Pines framelits, so I improvised and used a small leaf from Jar of Love.

If you take another look at the top picture, you'll see that to and from is stamped on the back. This stamp is a handy little one from Merriest Wishes. The tags are finished off with a bow tied in Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine. This comes packaged with a roll of Garden Green and Gold, so there is plenty of variety for all your Christmas crafting. If you'd like to shop for some crafting goodies, my online shop is open for you all day, everyday and when you use the Hostess code before checkout, (M7F6343W) you'll receive a little something from me in the post too.

We love it when you share your projects with us at CASE-ing the Catty. Just link up here.

Now it is time to hop along to see what clever Kelly  has shared on her blog.

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 2 October 2016

CTC #98 Warmth And Cheer

Welcome back to the CASE-ing The Catty Bloghop. You may have started here with me, Rachel Palmieri, or hopped from the marvelous Monique. Either way, do make sure you do a complete circuit of the hop, we're all dying to share something with you.

I have a very full calendar at the moment with no. 2 son having a birthday last Wednesday and no. 4  son celebrating his this Thursday. I'm way behind on their cards, let alone buying them gifts, so the only way I could take part in this weeks CTC challenge was by using it to make a birthday card. I'm demonstrating that the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack papers don't have to be "just for Christmas", they're rather good for masculine cards too. I tried using one of the plaid patterns but there didn't seem to be any "warmth " in that card, and I went with the stars on crumb cake which could be warmed up with some Cajun Craze.

 The stamp set is Marquee Messages, it's quite flamboyant in a way, especially with all these rhinestones added!!! That was a fun excercise, just as well I had my paper piercing tool to apply them precisely where I wanted them.

I've had one of my five grandsons staying for three days, and while I made his uncle's card, he has crafted one for my husband's upcoming BIG birthday. I love the way he chose stamps to suit his Poppy's hobbies, in this case, gardening. It really is a lot of fun to have an opportunity to stamp with a child who loves to create. He has spent a lot of time, cutting pasting and drawing in a big scrapbook as well.

These paper stacks are great value, with a terrific range of papers in them. As well, Stampin' Up!® have a fantastic promotion for October. Buy three packs of Designer Series Paper, get a fourth free. If you think four packs are too many for you, do as I do, and buddy up with a friend (or three) and divide the savings between you.

We love it when you join our challenges and share what you have made. Here is the link to do that.

Now you are off to see what the delightful  Kathryn has presented this week.

If you happen to get lost along the way or a link is broken, here is a full list of participants.

Kathryn Mangelsdorf -
Deb Speijers -
Elizabeth Gross -
Judy May -
Julia Quinn -
Kelly Kent -
Jackie Noble -
Monique Fielder -
Rachel Palmieri -

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Favourite Holiday Bundle CTC #97

Welcome back to another CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. You may have just 'hopped across the ditch" from Jackie Noble, or perhaps you are starting here with me in Melbourne. Whichever it is, please make sure you complete the circle to see what the team have shared. This week the design team at Caseing the Catty are CASEing their favourite Holiday Bundle. That's a difficult one, with so many great bundles in this Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.
Stampin' Up! catalogue sample

In the end I decided to feature Merriest Wishes on page 21 of the catalogue. My October classes will feature three different Christmas cards using three different stamp sets, and this will be one of them.

The layout of this card is perfect, and I just substituted some Candy Cane Lane DSP (patterned paper) for the background. After cutting a number of different tags with the Big Shot, I chose three main ones and a mini bauble to place on the card. I totally stole the idea to stamp the sentiment on a white bauble, straight out of the catalogue. and added some sponging around the outside, along with splatters from the Wink of Stella Gold {love this}. The gold foil tree has been backed with Chocolate Chip and that bauble with the intricate edging would have to be my favourite from this set.

I'm just a little bit excited by the fact that these jars I bought at a TYPO factory outlet are an exact match for Emerald Envy. this week an order with the 3 bakers twine including gold, arrived. That's it tied around the neck of the jar.I really wish I had waited to use that on the card too, as the fine gold thread has ended up almost invisible. The ladies at class will get to use the thicker gold twine on their cards though.

Do you want to join in our challenge this month? You'll find the link below if you do.

Now it is time to leave me, Rachel Palmieri, and continue the hop. You are off to visit with Judy, and I bet she has something super to share.

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Merry Mice AWH Blog Hop Holiday Catalogue

Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available now until 3rd January 2017. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

You have come to my blog from the very talented, Kathryn Mangelsdorf, in South Australia. Now you're visiting, me, Rachel Palmieri in Victoria. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

Of course, there is so much to like in the holiday catalogue but I have to say that the very first set to catch my eye was Merry Mice. I worried that it wasn't 'really Christmas' till my friend pointed out those magic words - " 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
And onto my order it went!!!

I think my favourites are these larger single figures, and it was so much fun water colouring them after stamping onto Shimmery White cardstock. I just squeezed extra ink into the top of my stamp pad and coloured with an Aqua Painter. It's not perfect, it's handcrafted with love! I wish you could see how it glimmers and gleams on the Shimmery card, and the gold star and top of the bauble are coloured with the gorgeous Wink Of Stella gold.

This mousie Chorister is a cutie too, and there are some hints of the clear Wink Of Stella highlighting the areas around him. These are set on scalloped squares in Cherry Cobbler. The next layer of Crumb Cake has been embossed using the Lucky Stars TEIF. The base card is Emerald Envy, which is deeper in colour IRL, and looks very 'Christmassy'.

If you've followed me for a while, you'll know that I'm an advocate for mass-production, especially when it comes to Christmas cards and invitations. I cut all the card at one time, emboss all the pieces. When I stamp, I stamp all the images, before sitting down for a session of water colouring. It just is easier to do each step of the process at one time. I'm very happy to have a dozen of these all finished for Christmas, including the inside all stamped. Did you get a glimpse of that in the first photo?

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
Meanwhile, you should be heading off to the lovely Rachel Woollard

Cheers, Rachel Palmieri