Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Jars of Love CI#06

Don't you love these colour INKspiration Challenges? Well, I surely do, because it forces me to look at little used colours. This week it is Calypso Coral which I'm not really fond of, and actually still have the old style ink pad. The colours for the challenge are Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and gold foil.

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I've renewed my love affair with Jars Of Love, after one of my hostesses recently requested to use that for her party. It is a lovely set which has a matching framelit set, Everyday Jars Framelits, although it is a super stamp set all on its own anyway. My customer doesn't have a Big Shot yet, although she can use her mother's one when they get-together to craft. I love the way you can put all sorts of things into jars. No wonder they are so 'on trend' now.

For a colour that is not a favourite, doesn't Calypso Coral give a lovely accent on these little flowers from the Jars Of Love stamp set? Tip Top Taupe has also made an appearance as a neutral on the leafy stems.

Tin of Cards stamp set has a great variety of sentiments and I like the way they fit into a Stitched Shape (circle) Framelit. The flowers on the tag were the only item I used the Everyday Jars Framelits for this time, although I was actually cutting a stack of these flowers for another project coming up in a couple of weeks. There is some gold heat embossed trim on the jar on the left ( and plenty more on my big project too!) The little insects (fireflies???) have clear Wink of Stella on the wings and gold Wink Of Stella on the bodies. Just a shame that it is so hard to capture the glimmer in a photograph.

Washi tape makes an appearance, and even some gold metallic thread. It was a fun card to make for the challenge and we'd love for you to join us and share your creation too. Remember, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and gold foil are the colours. Neutrals are also allowed. We have a Facebook page just for entries and you'll find it by clicking on Facebook here.

While Jar Of Love was still out, an idea came to me. I was planning swaps for Stampin' Up!® Onstage in a few weeks, but I've canned this idea. The thought of lining up a dozen fish on multiple cards would NOT be fun. It worked out fine here with some lines pencilled in and rubbed out afterwards, but not something you'd want to do over and over. 

After realising it required a larger than standard card front, I decided on a 5½ inch square card, which gave an opportunity to use the Seaside textured embossing folder. I really like that embossing folder which made its first appearance in the Annual Catalogue in June 2016. I can hardly wait to see what surprises Stampin' Up!® have in store for us with the next Annual Catalogue.

Thought I'd share a bonus card this week, not in challenge colours, but showing some more fun things to put in jars. Beetles and Bugs is a new stamp in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue. I wonder if it will make the cut to the next Annual catalogue? I bought it especially for my young grandsons' cards. The goldfish comes from the Jars of Love stamp set, a cute addition to any jar. Happy is from Happy Celebrations and the streamers are from Balloon Adventures, all Occasions catalogue items.

Now you're heading over to visit with Rose Packer, you'll love her project

You can join our colour challenge here on Facebook
Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Carousel Birthday Meets Urban Underground CTC #120

Urban Underground, pages 46-49 is the section of the Occasions Catalogue we are CASE-ing this week at CTC. Sometimes it is a real challenge to get inspiration and at these times it is great to have a Stampin' Up!® catalogue to refer to. It doesn't have to be the same stamp set, or even the same colours.

For my card today I've used the layout of the card featuring the large 'DAD' on the front. I've replaced the stamp set featured here with Carousel Birthday and Balloon Adventure, which are both in the Occasions Catalogue.  Imitating the design, there are three images stamped across the central panel (tents from Carousel Birthday).

I've used scraps of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP along with another scrap of Flirty Flamingo, which was sprayed with Melon Mambo re-inker in alcohol, before being rolled through the Big Shot in that amazing folder, Hexagons Dynamic TIEF. It has a very dramatic 3-D effect which is hard to pick up from photos.

Perhaps you can see the texture better in this shot, side on. A sentiment from Balloon Adventure has been added at the far right. I couldn't resist adding some balloons and some Enamel Shape embellishments. They match the colours of the inks and papers so it is easy to pick which to add. You'll also get a glimpse of the inside of the card finished with Whisper White, another strip of DSP and a stamped balloon from Balloon Adventures 

Another view of the inside shows the second sentiment from Balloon Adventures, along with a stamped balloon.

You might need some products before the end of March, to qualify for your SALE-A-Bration freebies, so if you're in Australia, you can check into my online shop here. If you also use the Hostess Code 2RFDUTSY at checkout, you'll receive a thank you gift from me. You can also contact me directly (0417 500 681) Between 3pm and 9pm I should be able to pick up, or leave a message, and a time I can call you back. Otherwise there is email ( I am planning to submit a demonstrator order on Wednesday 29th March, and I'll offer free shipping (Sydney-Melbourne) if you're able to collect your order from South Morang.

You can link to our Facebook page if you'd like to CASE (copy & selectively edit) the same section of the catty. It is lots of fun! Go on, go take a look...
And now you should pop over to Rebecca at The Paper And Stamp Addict

If a link is broken, you can get back on track here

Kelly Kent-
Rachel Palmieri - - you are here
Rebecca Scurr -
Julia Quinn -
Mel Pagano -
Simone Bartrum -
Judy May -

Cheers, Rachel

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Friendly Birds

Trying to share all the fun cards I've made with the SALE-A-Bration stamps before SAB ends for 2017. March 31st is your last day to place an order and score a free item (there are more than stamp sets available). Hey Chick was top of my list when I saw them previewed, and these two in particular take my fancy. Trying different ways to use them, on the pink card I coloured them using the splashes of colour stamps from Beautiful You.

I was happy with the aqua chicken on the right with just two stampings, but the girl on the left - well...she needed more. She's such a bright sticky-beak, she needed intense colour. I used nice bright shades for the mats as well, and liked the askew arrangement here.When in doubt:stamp is from another SAB stamp set, Designer Tee.

This time our chook is much more demure. She has been water coloured in soft sky and a marker used for the comb and the hatching chicks legs. The background is from retired stamp set Ghoulish Grunge and Happy Birthday is another from the SAB set Designer Tee.

My online shop is always open for business and you can choose your SALE-A-Bration freebie once your order reaches $90 before shipping. The Hostess Code until 22nd March is 2RFDUTSY

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Tee-Shirt CTC #119

Another Sunday night at CASE-ing The Catty and we've returned to the Sale-a-bration catalogue. You may have arrived from the blog before me, but you can complete the circuit. This week we are focussing on pages 16-19 and I've gone straight to Designer Tee

I used to play with paper dolls when I was a little girl, designing new outfits for them from scrap paper. As a teen I dreamed of being a dress designer, but I probably wasn't talented/motivated enough!!! I did make my own and my boys clothes for many years. The boys loved their rapper pants and t-shirt/board short combos too. So this stamp, along with it's companion in the Occasions Catalogue, Custom Tee (page 30) and the Tee Shirt Builder framelits were certain to make it over to my house. Designer Tee is in SAB as an add-on and must-have. The cute sentiments can be used very happily on their own too. This super-cute stamp set can be added to your $90 order at no additional cost, and it adds lots of variations to the outfits you can make. There's heaps more inspiration on Pinterest. Remember there is only another fortnight before SALE-A-Bration is over for 2017.

For my first card I've CASE-d the background which the Stampin' Up!® artists have watercoloured and added sequins. I cheated a little and stamped Happy Celebrations and Timeless Textures. Although I've CASE-d the SAB Catty, I had to use the Custom Tee stamps to create this 'outfit'. Of course, the Tee-shirt Builder framelits were vital to my crafting. 

 This card has also had the inside finished off to match with a layer of Mint Macaroon under the white. A little stamping in one corner, and a ribbon banner stapled into the opposite corner are the other finishing touches.

The second card is a closer CASE of the sketch of the same card on the far right. It consists of a narrow centre panel with the art work on it and a contrast colour at the side of the panel, plus a pair of banners behind. Loved this specialty paper from the Tasty Treats DSP, with strawberries and cherries on it. There was a strawberry die and tiny leaves in the Cool Treats suite (Frozen Treats Framelits) also, which I was going to put on the Tee-shirt but later decided to lie beside it. Happy Stamper is a sentiment from the Custom Tee stamp set too,

Although I had used the banner from Bunch Of Banners Framelits before, I hadn't noticed that it made a neat little frame for the banner, so instead of cutting one of each colour and using just the narrow centre of two colours, I framed the Flirty Flamingo with the Pear Pizzazz.

You might need some products before the end of March, to qualify for your SALE-A-Bration freebies, so if you're in Australia, you can check into my online shop here. If you also use the Hostess Code 2RFDUTSY at checkout, you'll receive a thank you gift from me. You can also contact me directly (0417 500 681) Between 3pm and 9pm I should be able to pick up, or leave a message, and when I can call you back. Otherwise there is email ( I am planning to send my demonstrator order in on Wednesday 22nd March.

Now it's time to head to West Australia and Bunbury, to check out what the amazing Kelly Kent has made this time

Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Pretty Kitty Pop 'n' Twist Card

 For quite a while now I've been wanting to try a Pop 'n' Twist card. My dear cat-crazy friend was having a birthday, and it seemed a fun way to include lots of kitty images onto one card.

My instructions came from a few sources, but mainly a US demo, France Martin. She made her sample using the Butterfly Basics and a few other butterfly related sets. It might be an idea to watch her video a couple of times before you attempt one. I am planning to hold a Saturday class in May at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria. It will be the one card and an envelope, everything supplied, $20. You'll have a choice of images to use, so don't worry if cats aren't your 'thing'.

After choosing a DSP, I elected to use Mint Macaroon as the main colour. If this is a favourite shade of yours, it's time to check your stock and order, as this is one of the five colours which will drop at the end of May. Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder also co-ordinate with Birthday Bouquet DSP. That DSP is no longer available, but I did have some hoarded away!!!

The mechanism of this card isn't as hard as it may seem, and once you've made one, you'll be pumping them out all the time. It's quite amazing seeing the images unfold, and the colouring of these is very relaxing too. As this card featuring Pretty Kitty (page 101, Annual Catalogue) has already left my house, I have partly-made another with Bella & Friends, (also page 101, A.C) which has a cute wee dog. They are two sets which are perfect to mix 'n' match together.

More of the Birthday Bouquet DSP featured inside, and the colouring was done with the new Watercolour pencils from the Occasions Catalogue. I even made a matching Mint Macaroon envelope with the In Colour Envelope Paper, it's only $4.20 AU in the Clearance rack for a pack of 20 12inch square sheets - bargain!

If you do shop in my online store, use the hostess code 2RFDUTSY,and I will send you a thank you.
Let me know if you're interested in a Saturday afternoon class. I have 6th May and 13th May free at present.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Blushing Baby CI#05

Welcome back to Colour INKspiration. You may be starting here with me or maybe you've come from Nikki Spencer. Another delightful colour combination from Colour Inkspiration for challenge #05, pretty pastels this time. 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 selection is so soft and sweet, it said "baby" to me.

To retain that softness, I stamped in Stampin' Up!® Archival Ink in Basic Grey. Made With Love provided all of the pictorial stamps, while an embossing folder Celebrations Duo TIEF and a photopolymer stamp set, Happy Celebrations, were the source of the words. With a little ink from the stamp pads and an Aqua Painter, it was easy to colour these cute animals.

It might be difficult to see, but the Embossing Folder impresses 'Happy' into the card, and to emphasise this, I watercoloured with Blushing Bride in the letters. Because this will be for a baby girl, there are some pink blossoms scattered around and some lovely, soft, white ribbon.

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Next stop on this blog is Tricia Raineri, you'll be amazed at her gorgeous wedding card box!

Cheers, Rachel

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Three (Cool) Treats CTC #118

Hey there, welcome back to another round of CASE-ing The Catty. Sadly, this is the second time I've written this post, but apparently I failed to save it first time. I'm sure I won't be half as witty this time round, ha, ha! You may have arrived here from my lovely friend Elizabeth Gross, but if you've started here with me, do keep on following the links and go full circuit around the Blog hop. You will visit all parts of Australia and New Zealand. If any of the links are broken, you can get back on track here, just remember that you are visiting Rachel Palmieri, in Melbourne, Australia at the moment.

My inspiration for these cards comes basically from the rule of threes. Items placed in a group of three are most pleasing to the eye, as seen in the catalogue picture at the top of my post. There are three scoops of ice cream in the sundae dish and three icy poles on the card at the far right. Also, one of my very most-pinned cards, which I was attempting to CASE with new product, is from SALE-A-Bration last year and it has a similar layout to those ice creams.

When I have an opportunity to stamp, I often stamp a whole lot of one image, die cut them and keep them in a plastic container ready to use. This was the case with Cool Treats, and makes it so easy to try out different combinations. The Tasty Treats designer specialty paper is part of this suite of products, so it's natural that the perfect paper for the ice cream cones was included, and the die gives it delicious texture around the top. The background sheet of DSP has sprinkles on it. You can see this suite, Cool Treats on page 32/33 of your Occasions catalogue, online or ask me for a copy.

I happened to have scraps of the kraft 12" by 12 " card on my work table, after making boxes, so I used that for the Stitched Ovals. I love the definition the stitching gives to these shapes. I also happened to have a stamped flower image die cut on my table and thought it added a sweet feminine touch to the card.

The sundae was a bit of fun. After seeing our CEO, Sara Douglass, colour the glue in a fine tip glue pen, I wondered how it would work just layering the same glue on top of the die cut choccie pieces. I laid a few rows of them out on my teflon mat, dropped the glue till they were well-covered and left them overnight. I think you can see the luscious shininess on them, just like the real thing!!! The sprinkles were a little harder to apply as they are very, very small. A spoon cut from silver foil is just perfect too.

Happy Celebrations was on my table too, so I added the splattery colour using one of the stamps from that set. Instead of a doiley, I've used the two banners and a different sentiment, so it's not a direct copy of the catalogue. I really did like the Pool Party check paper though, and wanted to stick with that.

Don't forget, if you'd like to purchase any of these products, it's as easy as clicking onto my online shop, and checking out the various categories for the products you want. The Hostess code for March is 2RFDUTSY. 

I'm sure you'll find plenty of inspiration as you hop from blog to blog. I do hope you enjoy it all.
Now you are heading off to Jackie Noble in New Zealand

Cheers, Rachel