Sunday, 4 December 2016

Cookie-Cutter Tags CTC#107

It's Sunday night, welcome back to CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. I expect you already know that the idea of a bloghop is to go from blog to blog, seeing what each crafter has made with the challenge. Please make sure you do a full circuit so you miss out on nothing. You may have come from the lovely Julia, or started here with me, Rachel Palmieri, welcome.We have been challenged to choose our favourite punch from the Holiday Catalogue, and the Cookie-Cutter Punch is easily my fave and much used. Maybe it's yours too, but if not, I know my team mates have picked different ones for you to check out. And...if you'd like to share yours, there is a link at the end for you to link your blog.  
Teeny Tiny Sentiments provided the nice little Merry Christmas sentiment, while Go Ahead, tear it open is from Tin Of Tags. I used the second largest Stitched Oval Framelit to cut a piece of Warmth & Cheer designer series paperstack, one of those neat little 6" by 6" packs of paper. I'd have liked to have stitched the red tag top onto the Crumb Cake but time was running out, so I stapled. I understand there are still some staplers left in stock, and luckily they come with a lot of staples, because they won't be available much longer. The staples should be available at good stationers or office supplies though. 

Finally I'm making some headway with my Christmas preparations, so with the grandkids presents purchased, they need to be wrapped before anyone discovers them! The littlest guy spends Friday's with me and he has discovered gifts hidden in the wardrobe already, so I know I need to be careful with him, and another three are here on the weekend so I really do need to get these gifts wrapped and stowed. My delivery from Stampin' Up! arrived Friday morning so I set my helper to work making the wrapping paper, and while he slept in the afternoon the gifts were wrapped.

I used a new die that you will be able to purchase in January to make the top of the tags. Balloon Pop-up Thinlets pairs nicely with Balloon Adventures and because I attended Onstage in Brisbane, I was able to order my set extra-early. If you want it NOW, and you live in Australia, you could consider joining my team too. Demonstrators, even hobby demonstrators can order from the Occasions catalogue from December 1st AND earn SALE-A-Bration rewards at the same time. There is information on my blog under 'Join Stampin' Up!®' which will answer many questions for you, or get in touch if you want to talk about this opportunity.

Next you're heading over to Kathryn in South Australia

If you have a something to share with us at CASE-ing The Catty, this is the link to use.

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Another Stampin' Up!® Sale!

It's hard to believe but Stampin' Up!® are having another promotion. This time it is the clearance of Holiday Catalogue items with some reduced 20%, 50% and even 60%. You just have to pop over to my online shop to check it all out.

December Hostess Code is DGBTH76C

Some bundles are listed because even though the items will carry over, they will not be bundled at 10% discount once the Holiday Catalogue ends on January 3rd.
Stampin' Up!® only bundle the stamps and dies or stamps and punches for the life of one catalogue. Sweet Home, Paisleys, Seasonal Bells are all amongst the sets that WILL carry-over but won't have the 'Bundle & Save' offer any longer.

Hope this is some help to you

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 27 November 2016

My Favourite Hostess Set CTC106

All the Hostess stamp sets are fabulous, but I picked Pun Intended to CASE this week. I can hardly wait to do the Blog Hop to see what the other Crew members have made this week. We're CASE-ing ANY Hostess set, from the Annual or Holiday Catalogues. I love beeing on the CASE-ing The Catty Crew, because the other members inspire me so much! I'm following the special K's - Kathryn and Krissy and you can pop back to Krissy's blog here.

My first card is almost a direct CASE of the light globe card. The base card is a different colour, of course, I've stamped light globes as the background stamp and cut a double banner instead of the rectangle the Stampin' Up!® designers used. Because the Dapper Denim is a dark card, the inside has a layer of Whisper White added with a strip of Peekaboo Peach washi tape and another stamped image.

For the second card, I was also inspired by the picture. I took Sunshine Sayings from the shelf, and chose the framelit of the flower to use on Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (both sides of the one piece). Then I had to use the square Stitched Framelit, and the Sweet Sugarplum card was cut with a scalloped square. The bee was stamped twice, and fussy-cut before the Peekaboo Peach body was glued on top. It is dragging a banner saying 'Happy Bee-day' if you aren't sure. Another sentiment from Watercolor Wishes is on the card below the washi tape.

My third card comes pretty much from my head. I stamped 'Snappy Birthday' all over the background. Then I had an accident with the Momento black inkpad, smudging a rectangle shape onto the base card. I cut four different sizes of card in shades of blue with the Stitched Framelit squares, and strategically covered the 'Ooopsy!' Previously, I'd planned to stack the squares so it was only a variation.

You might be wondering how you can get your hands on some of these 'Hostess Only' stamp sets we're featuring this week. Actually, it's not that hard.

You host a party, invite some friends over to have some stamping fun, I'll come with a demonstration and a Make & Take and they order up because they love the products too......

Or you can hold a Catalogue party where you show the catalogue to friends, work colleagues, anyone really and with a Hostess Code (supplied by me) all those online orders are grouped together with you as the hostess.....

Or then again, maybe you're like me, and you could easily spend $250 getting some stamp sets and inkpads and card that you've really been wanting for ages, after all Christmas is coming....

Do any of those scenarios sound good? If so, feel free to contact me - Rachel Palmieri - I'm an independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator in South Morang, Victoria - or contact another of the crew if they're closer to you. Email me or phone 0417 500 681 or just go straight to my online store to make an order.

We love it when you join our challenges, and you can do that by linking here.

Next you're heading over to another very special lady, Kelly Kent

See you soon
Cheers, Rachel

Friday, 25 November 2016

Number Of Years

Large Numbers Framelits Dies

Thought I should draw your attention to an item in the Online Extravaganza which is in the 20% off section. This continues while stock lasts or until 28th November, whichever comes first. Large Number Framelits are one of the most used items in my kit. Hardly a week goes by when I don't use them for something and I really believe they're a must have item.
Instead of the usual $54.00 they are $43.20 until 28th November, and this Lego card is one you could make with them, with just a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment and a circle punch.

Boys Will Be Boys is a retired stamp set which had Lego as one of its stamps, so this set remains in my stash while I have 5 young grandsons to craft for (and with). For the Lego on the front of the card, I have cut squares and rectangles and punched small circles in the same colour to construct the blocks. This card was for the recent birthday of one of my grandsons, along with the Lego gift.

For this next card, I was creating a card for a lady turning 60. The Number Framelits cut a Dazzling Diamonds 6 & 0 for the centre of this floral display, from Timeless Love. It was fun to colour the flowers all different shades of pink. Another stamp from Timeless Textures is stamped over the background, and the sentiment comes from Cottage Greetings.

When making a card for such a significant birthday, I do use a few layers, including on the inside,I find it helps to balance the card a bit better, and just looks more luxurious.

A little close-up of those lovely numbers and the watercolouring.

I'm planning to put a small order through on Sunday night,so if you are wanting anything from these specials and can collect them from me, you can have free shipping. You just need to text 0417500681 or email me your order and let me know how you'll be paying by 7pm Sunday 27th November. You can also order online yourself at anytime of the day or night, remember to use the hostess code SVAGUCMK before checkout, and you'll receive a surprise from me in the mail.

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 24 November 2016

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas AWH Bloghop

Today some of the Art With Heart Stampin' Up!® team have created some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you with the theme, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!" We have tags, gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.

To begin, I'm sharing this gift box, which I used to hold a gift for my Onstage room mate, Kathryn Mangelsdorf. Merriest Wishes was put to good use on this gift box, with simple stamping of the graduated spots all around, just in Smokey Slate. I had to put it aside and leave it to dry, as the box is so shiny it takes a while to set. There is an acetate sleeve included with these white boxes, which I tied a piece of the  silver ribbon around, to attach the tag. 

My chosen colours for the decorations were Emerald Envy and Real Red, and I cut one of each in the various dies in Merriest Tags Framelit Dies, that co-ordinate with the Merriest Wishes stamp set. Eight of these folded tags fit comfortably in this box, you could probably fit ten without any problems.

Using thick whisper white, I cut the cards 14cm by 7cm and managed to get quite a few from each sheet. Simply score at 7cm and you have a perfect square tag.

This year I was determined to get on top of the Christmas cards early, and surprisingly, considering how busy life has been these last few months, I think I've done it!!! My secret is mini-mass production, and if you think that sounds like a contradiction, I'll explain. 

Once the design has developed in my mind, I've endeavoured to make multiples. Ten or twelve is a good number to aim for, because once you've sorted the measurements you're already half-way there.

These Christmas cards are almost the same with some colour changes, but all the patterned paper was cut from Presents and Pinecones designer series paper, at the one time, so I kept repeating the dimensions (easy to remember that way). For the card above I chose to use the Jar Of Cheer with the sentiment stamped on the jar.

This card was even easier as I had the banners and trees already cut from another set of cards I made. Peaceful Pines and Banners For Christmas are the stamp sets for this.

Here we see Merriest Wishes back again, this lacy bauble is my absolute favourite. I have made good use of this set, it's a favourite for sure.

Card Base - cut a sheet of A4 lengthwise at 10.5cm, score at 15cm
First layer - Fancy Frost SDSP (30% off 21-28 November) cut 10cm x 14.5cm
Second layer - 8.5cm x 13 cm
Third layer  -  DSP cut at 8cm x 12.5cm

Next, have a session of gluing. My choice for this is the Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, mainly for the way it gives a little leeway to line papers up evenly.
Lastly, decide on the embellishments you're using.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O'Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May

 So now you are leaving me, Rachel Palmieri, and heading over to the awesome Claire Daly

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Fancy Frost CTC105

It's Sunday here, which means it's time for another bloghop at CASE-ing The Catty. You may have arrived here from my buddy and roomie, Kathryn Mangelsdorf or perhaps you are starting out here, either way, bloghops go full-circle so make sure you check out what the crew has shared this week.

We are CASE-ing pages 36-45, Fancy Frost this week and I have to say, the colour palette is my favourite thing here. Well...perhaps it's those sparkly sequins in such sweet colours. I had to have them, but I'm notorious for forgetting to add the bling to my cards, so very proud of today's effort. I was inspired by the bottom image, but ended up moving things around to suit myself!

Flower Patch provided the pretty blossoms, there is a glimpse of the NEW Dragonfly Dream (available January 2017) in copper foil and some other stamps from Birthday Blossoms. A little copper metallic thread and a scattering of those sequins finished of this card.

It is always nice to take the time to finish the inside too and this one has been finished with another couple of stamps from Birthday Blossoms and some washi tape. Love the grouping of blossoms in this stamp set, and the script for the sentiments is certainly pretty too.

I'm keeping it short and sweet this week, as there has been such a lot going on in my life and I desperately need an early night. Don't forget the online extravaganza starting after midnight, with bigger savings on the first and last days. You can go straight to my online store if you'd like me to be your demonstrator and if you use the Hostess code, (SVAGUCMK) I'll send you a surprise in the mail. I do hope you like my card, please leave a comment.

Cheers, Rachel

You're heading to Kelly over in Bunbury, WA

And if you'd like to share your creations with us, this is the link for the whole of November

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Cards For Significant Birthdays

It's great when people appreciate a handcrafted item, and I love it when someone orders a card for some special event. Over the year there are a number of these special orders which don't make it onto the blog and so I thought I would just write a post to share some.

At work this year, a couple of lovely ladies reached this significant milestone, and since 60 is the new 40, subdued tones weren't going to suit these girls. One has been trimmed with pieces cut with Flourish Thinlets. They look so elegant in black on the Emerald Envy and the other uses a selection of Botanical Blooms on Flirty Flamingo and a similar layout for both cards.

The 50th birthday card uses a retired stamp set and a lovely lacy scroll cut in Wisteria Wonder with the Flourish Thinlet again. Those Large Number Framelits cut dramatic numerals from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Now this 40th, for a fun loving girl who loves diamonds. I did my best to meet the criteria with gems in silver on Crumb Cake card, another lovely set of numbers cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and some Flirty Flamingo to bring it all to life.
Perfect for someone who loves a touch (or more) of bling!!

This last card for Darren might just have been the most fun of all! I was told that Darren likes camping and fishing ( and was being given a gift card from the local fishing and boating store.) With all this information, earthy tones seemed ideal, along with linen thread. After stamping a couple of Vintage Leaves, I placed them behind and through the '40'. These numbers were cut from corrugated cardboard and inked up around the edges.

I had some watercolour paper leftover from another project, so I stamped the little fish onto that and cut them out with the matching die from Bear Hugs.
You can see here that the pocket for the gift card was stapled in place, but the back of the staples were covered when I adhered the second layer onto the front cover. Some more fish to trim the inside of the card and a crisp sentiment from Guy Greetings.

I hope you've enjoyed this summary of some of the cards made for special orders this year. Cards usually cost $6-7 (depending on size, layers etc) plus postage, if you are interested in ordering one.

Cheers, Rachel