Friday, 19 January 2018

Cards For Men

Most people say that cards for men and boys are the hardest, but perhaps not so hard if you have the right materials. My mission last weekend was 
  • to increase my supplies of masculine cards
  • to see how many cards you can make from a quarter pack of Designer Series paper.
Firstly, I cut my DSP. For this suite, True Gentleman, a pack contains 12 double-sided sheets of paper measuring 30cm square.Taking 6 sheets, I cut them in half, which left me a quarter pack. If the DSP is going onto a card front, the cut is 9.5cm by 13.5cm. so initially there were a lot of fronts straight off.

Three stamp sets were chosen, all current. Guy Greetings is a versatile set in more ways than one. It is available in red rubber - wood mount and clear mount and it is also available in photopolymer, the least expensive of the 3 choices. Truly Tailored is the stamp which belongs with the True Gentleman suite and it can be bundled with the label punch to get them at 10% off retail. The third stamp was the SAB set you can earn free with an order of $90, Epic Celebrations. This is a fabulous set for teens and younger people, certainly many girls would like this too with the converse-like sneakers, headphones and electric guitar.

With double-sided paper and the three stamp sets it wasn't too hard to ring the changes, and sometimes I cut a front and turned one part over, or laid a smaller front over. It was fun trying to make all these different cards, and finally I used strips to finish off the insides too.

These were amongst my most favourite in the batch of 17 I was able to make! If it were possible to make a whole pack up in a similar fashion that would be a mind-numbing 68 cards from one pack of DSP. I haven't actually done the maths on the card I used, because these are all layered cards, it may well be a whole pack, but the card bases themselves amount to 9 sheets - not bad, is it?

This picture includes everything I used to make the cards. If you were to order all of this it would cost you $255.50 AU plus shipping and you would be able to claim your Epic Celebrations stamp from SAB plus one other. You are actually $14.50 away from a 3rd free item. This order is "One With The Lot".

A more basic order would be the Truly Tailored stamp set bundled with the Tailored Tag Punch.
Truly Tailored Bundle  clear mount stamps                                   #147752        $59.25
True Gentleman Card (crumb cake, night of navy,tranquil tide)    #145651        $14.00
Very Vanilla Card                                                                          #106550        $15.75
Night Of Navy Stamp pad                                                              #126970        $11.50
True Gentleman DS Paper                                                            #145593        $19.25
Chocolate Chip & Tranquil Tide Stampin Write Markers                 #145732        $12.25

This totals $132.30 which will allow you to also add the SALE-A-Brations free set Epic Celebrations to your order. If you added Guy Greetings in Clear mount #138828 at $61.00 you can add a second SAB item. If you decide to go to my online shop and make an order, key in the Host code when requested because I would love to send you some additional products.


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Team Meetings

I really enjoy the team gatherings when we sit and chat without any pressure to "get it right." You can see with the cards from the 'Lots Of Happy' kit that we all used random colours for colouring and I even forgot to place my gold banner under the tag! We've decided that this is a great kit, with everything you need (maybe add some Tombow or snail) to make the set of cards up. The base set would give 4 participants 5 cards each to make, take home and send out. An enjoyable way to practise colouring. There are even 4 pencils included, so you can complete these cards in Old Olive and Lemon-Lime Twist for the leaves and Rich Razzleberry and Flirty Flamingo for the petals.

After we'd completed and admired those cards, I shared the challenge I had set for them. I felt like You're So Sweet hadn't been getting much inky love lately, so I printed off some pages from Pinterest and asked the ladies to CASE a card. I was actually surprised and very happy with the way they rose to the challenge with enthusiasm even!

Leanne knew exactly who she was making her card for and used splatters from Timeless Textures as well as a sentiment from a retired stamp, and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlet dies which go with this stamp set.

Angela decided she'd use mainly washi tape and has made such a nice clean card, perfect to send a note to anyone.

Mine wasn't too far different with the same star and 'hello' die cut and 'my friend' another stamp from You're So Sweet and the new washi tape from the Myths and Magic suite in the Occasions catalogue.

Hopefully next time even more of the team will be able to gather for a fun few hours. Would you like an opportunity to buy your supplies at 20% discount, get an amazing starter kit worth $235. retail for $169? Even better for the next couple of months Stampin' Up! are allowing you to order two extra stamp sets to the value of $174 and not charge you a cent more than $169. Feel free to ask me more, because I'd love to share this opportunity with more people who love to craft.

 If you'd rather remain a customer, you can purchase anytime from my online store. Don't forget that for every $90, you choose one free SALE-A-Bration item.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

SAB CTC #161

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.

With CASE-ing the SALE-A-Bration Catty, we aren't restricting it to any particular pages. However, I can see no good reason to start anywhere but the beginning and I've picked page 5, two out of three of the cards pictured at the bottom of the page.

This embossing folder, Garden Trellis is a favourite of mine, so I didn't hesitate to choose the same one, but I changed to Wisteria Wonder, even though I do love Pool Party. The Sweet Sugarplum tinsel is in the new Occasions Catalogue paired with gold. The red and silver were popular at Christmas, so I'm sure these two new colours will be too.

 There is a pack of 6 inch square glimmer paper on page 37 of the Occasions Catalogue in three colours, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and I guess it might be Powder Pink. This is the softest, prettiest shade of pink and I cut some flowers from Eclectic Layers Thinlet and Rose Garden Thinlets. I thought they made a cute little bunch beside the sentiment and label from Rose Wonder.

To finish, I tucked a Christmas doiley, which I've coloured pink, just for fun.

For the second CASE, I chose the same colour as the catalogue, Sweet Sugarplum. I echoed the circle, using the Starburst Punch, because punches are so quick & easy, and so was stamping this little bird. It comes from a new stamp set, Petal Palette which has a lot of images and also a lot of sentiments. The narrow Textured Impressions Embossing Folders are from the Petal Passion Suite and come in a pair. The floral one in the catalogue is beautifully detailed, but I used the other vine-like one on vellum for something different.

A scrap of DSP cut with a label die from Petals & More Thinlets, and stamped with one of the sentiments in Petal Palette. That ornate little piece behind the 'thank you' label is another die in that set and I've used it a bit, because it is so pretty.

My youngest son bought me four of these sweet china Christmas ornaments and they also inspired my card.

Now, we want you to CASE the SAB catty and share here on our Facebook page. Don't forget to say which project you've CASE-d.

Then,  make time to pop on over to see the lovely Angela


Thursday, 11 January 2018

February Class - Birthdays for Everyone

Samples are ready for my February class for the more experienced stamper. You don't need to be an expert, mind you, but there are pre-cut layers and stamping then diecutting. This is scheduled for Friday 16th February at 7pm. You make 3 cards in 2 to 3 hours and the total cost is $20, no need to purchase any supplies for this particular class.Bookings are open now, and you can text me (0417 500 681) or message through Facebook if you prefer.
Bookings for this one close 9th February.

My first class for the year is on Thursday February 1st for beginners and those not sure about stamping/card making. I will begin to teach you the fundamentals of this craft. This will take about an hour or less of your time, cost from $10 for one card or $15 for two. All the supplies are cut and scored for you. You assemble under my instructions and stamp and colour the image. There are 2 time slots for this class, Lots of Lavender:-
10 am
7 pm
Bookings for this one close on 26 January.

Another FUNdamentals class is scheduled for Thursday 1st March. Same deal with cards and cost.
10 am
Bookings for Party Pandas close 26 February

If you have any questions about these classes, please call (0417 500 681) or email

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happy Wishes CI#25

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What a lovely colour combination we are working with this time, and a delicious looking picture too. I'm mad keen on SALE-A-Bration, it's the reason I joined Stampin' Up! nearly 7 years ago, just so I could carefully calculate my purchases, at a discount, and get all the SAB stamps I wanted. I'm still having lots of fun with stamps and paper!!!

If you are interested in this opportunity, you can join my team any time that's good for you. However, I must point out that NOW is a particularly good time, because you can order $235 worth of any products on your "wish" list, and pay only $169. Shipping is free on this order, and in addition you get to choose 2 extra stamp sets free (up to a value of $174.00) so I'd be picking a couple of those large expensive sentiment sets like Better Together, Happy Celebrations, Flourishing Phrases, Special Celebrations. Call me if you would like my information, or would like to come to a team meeting on 16th January to see if it might be something that interests you.
 Happy Wishes is a 16 piece stamp set with 2 large words - happy, best - and then all these phrases in script. Very, very usable, for so many cards. Birthday cards are the most sent card in the western world, so I started the year off with one of those. The Lemon-Lime Twist ribbon is new to the Occasions catalogue, and since its one of my favourite colours, I had to grab a roll. I was quite generous with it, since most of it is hidden behind the label, but there is no other way to get that look.
A little texture embossing paste has been added to the wood grain paper for some extra dimension while some Glitter Enamel Dots echo the lovely shades of green. Not strictly Lemon-Lime Twist, but close enough.
"Best' is the other stamp in the larger format, and I added that to the inside of the card, along with a strip of DSP to tie in the colours even more.

Next up is Bronwyn Eastley, at Addinktive Designs and her project is sure to inspire you

Happy Wishes is a red rubber set and can be ordered in clear mount (you need acrylic blocks of your own for these) or wood mount. This set is at the back of the SAB catalogue, page 19, and it does actually need a spend of $180 to get it for free, but it is a BIG stamp set. Maybe you'd like to consider having a party (in your home or a catalogue party) or perhaps this is the time for you to join my team and get your crafting needs at 20% off? Get in touch if you'd like to discuss some options.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Hello Cockie!

This card came about because I was dying to try Bird Banter and the masking technique Courtenay Heuston demonstrated at Onstage Melbourne in November 2017. I arrived home and grabbed scraps to stamp on, made my mask for the cockie from a post-it note and away I went.

I'm thrilled that they included the balloon, because balloons mean birthdays - right? Another free set I came home with from Onstage was Picture Perfect Birthday, which has supplied me with this fab sentiment - and several others too. Another free stamp set I came home with was Magical Day, my Prize Patrol freebie, so I am well set up with card-making supplies for a while. 

Want to be part of this?

Onstage is a demonstrator only event that Stampin' Up! offer to their demos every 6 months, at the beginning of April and again early in November. In April the Australian events will be in Sydney (at Luna Park) and Perth, on April 7th. I'm very excited because I get to be a display artist at this event, something I've had as a goal for 12 months, and didn't really think would happen. Stampin' Up! has not only supplied me with enough craft supplies for a lifetime, I have found new like-minded friends, and self-confidence.

Now is a really good time to join my team and I'd love to chat to you about this opportunity, just reach out. You can text, or phone me on 9417 500 681 or email if you prefer to communicate this way. It costs you $169.00 and you choose your starter kit to the value of $235.00 plus two extra free stamp sets. Potentially $409.00 value for $169.00.

I am having a team meeting on 16th January at 7pm where a little bit of training and a whole lot of stamping takes place. If you are happy to travel to South Morang and join in (even if you are only thinking about joining you'd be most welcome. No pressure, just the facts!!!

If you prefer to just continue being a customer, that's okay too and you can shop directly with me or online in my store. If you remember to use the Host code, you'll receive a thank you gift from me.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Try Something New In 2018

FUNdamentals Class

There will be a class featuring this stamp in my South Morang Studio on Thursday, February 1st: 
10 a.m or 7pm, if you want to learn or refresh the basics of stamping. One card/one hour/$10, or make a second card for just $15. Feel free to email me if you'd like to know more, or put your name down.

It's an opportunity to find out if stamping is for you, and there will be absolutely NO PRESSURE to purchase any products.