Sunday, 28 May 2017

Favourite Occasions Catalogue Project CTC130

CASE-ing The Catty is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the South Pacific, all through Australia and New Zealand. We love to get together to CASE the Stampin' Up!® catalogue, to inspire each other, and you, to create. We love it when you join in with our challenges to share your work and all you need is a Facebook presence. 
Stampin' Up!® Catalogue Sample


This week is our last week of CASE-ing the Occasions Catalogue. Chase Your Dreams stamp set appealed to me as I love to travel, and it's a nice addition to scrapbooking, even the words, let alone the rough sketches. Chase Your Dreams was still available in the retiring sale last time I checked, and the clear-mount stamp set in Australia, is only $24.80.




I've CASE-d the card shown above in Crumb Cake, using Peekaboo Peach. It's not as straight and orderly as the catalogue sample, but I've managed to fit all the images on the card somehow. I masked with a post it note cut to the shape of the stamped image. If you're not sure what I mean, leave me a message and I'll take a photo to show you.


I must admit that I was thinking 'scrapbooking' when I bought this set and initially I thought the sketches were a bit rough and ready. I do like the way they're layered up in this composition. Maybe it is a good card to wish someone a "Bon Voyage" or to say "Thank you" to your travel agent!!!



Initially, I made the card in Tip Top Taupe, and it is probably a slightly clearer image - until with the very last stamp, the Empire State Building, I've made a big oopsie with the ink! 
It is a little bit sad, and as it was a one-layer card, I don't think I can save it.

If you would like to join in the challenge, and we really would love to see you CASE your favourite project from the Occasions Catalogue. You don't have to have a blog, just Facebook. You don't have to write too much, just tell us which project you've CASE-d. You don't need to use the same stamp set, or colours, that's what it's all about. Being inspired by something and letting your creativity take over. Share it here with us.

Now you're heading off to my sweet friend Kelly Kent, you're bound to be inspired by her project.





Happy crafting,
Rachel


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Mainly Masculine SUO #175

Because I am planning classes for the next months well in advance, I have been playing about with masculine cards for my August class. This happily coincides with a challenge at SUO Challenges, Mainly Masculine.


Guy Greetings is such a favourite stamp of mine, and I have used all the images, except the man, quite frequently. As we are nearing the end of the catalogue, I am cutting my DSP into card-front-sized pieces and making every effort to use them myself, or in classes. This is from the Nailed It suite, which I am so sorry is not carrying over. Maybe Stampin' Up!® will reconsider, if we let them know that people still want to purchase it. I know for a fact that it totally sold out in Australia, soon after the retiring list was announced.


This is quite a classic card design, often best for a masculine card. The Smokey Slate Stitched Oval features a vintage car and the birthday sentiment, while a banner of Crushed Curry carries the sub-title.
There are some more nice designs over on the Stampin' Up!® Only blog, check it out.

Enjoy a crafty weekend,
Rachel Palmieri

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Just Breathe Every Season CI#10


Colour INKspiration is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the South Pacific, all through Australia and New Zealand. We love to get together for these colour challenges, to inspire each other, and you, to create. We love it when you join in with our challenges to share your work and all you need is a Facebook presence. You can link in here on Facebook.

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The colour palette at Colour INKspiration this fortnight, reminds me of Autumn. While the northern hemisphere is happily heading into Spring, those of us down south are bracing for the strong winds and cooler days. The leaves in the inspiration  picture suggested the same idea.


Colorful Seasons arrived this week in my pre-order, but as I unpacked it, I made the discovery that I had entered the wrong code and hadn't bought the Framelits bundle at 10% discount at the same time. I hope you won't make the same mistake, as it is more expensive to send for the framelits separately. I do like this stamped leaf and I'm not sure if I've spoilt the effect stamping with Work of Art in the Delightful Dijon. Timeless Textures speckles in Cajun Craze don't concern me as much.


The inside has been given a similar treatment. Take a look at my next card, and you can tell me if Grunge or Clean is your preference.


The cleaner version has been stamped onto Very Vanilla in Cajun Craze and watercoloured with ink from the lids, with an Aqua Painter. Such a fun way to colour things.


The card has been tilted for a small difference and the gorgeous Copper Trim (#144179) has been added in a bow. I have only about 50cm left and it is already on backorder in Australia - we are still in the pre-order phase when it's only demonstrators ordering. Do you think it will be on your Wish List?


The new Glitter Enamel Dots (#144200) are visible in this picture, they're also very pretty. I know some ladies who are needing this card at the moment. Life gets crazy for everyone at some time doesn't it?
Let's head off to check out what Tanya Bell made.



Happy Crafting. Rachel

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rose Wonder CTC#129


We are Case-ing our favourite project from the Annual Catalogue, which is really difficult, like picking which of your children is your favourite. You may have just arrived here from Kelly Kent, but if you are starting here, don't forget that blogs are full circle and you can check out what all the design team selected by pressing the next button at the end.

Rose Wonder is a beautiful stamp set with some wonderful sentiments and I CASE-d a card using this on page 133 of the almost retired catalogue, to make my version.

Stampin' Up!® Catalogue Sample





I was searching for something fun for my ladies to make at our next stamp class. It is often hard to decide on something which will challenge them without overwhelming and so I've made a plain sample of white on white, and then my attempt at CASE-ing the other catalogue sample.Again, I glued white to the base, and then I had fun with re-inkers and an Aqua Painter. Also used the speckles from Touches of Texture. I know I will be using Touches of Texture, and probably that particular splatter stamp a lot now that Gorgeous Grunge is retiring. Bonus is, there are some lovely flowers included in the Touches Of Texture stamp set.


I decided not to stress too much when I couldn't cleanly remove all the pieces from the die as it hadn't cut right through, I just went with what I had. Really, the problem was not using the Precision Base Plate which is suggested for more intricate dies.

If you get lost along the way or a link is broken you can get back on track here.

We always love to see what you are crafting too, so what is your favourite project from the Annual Catalogue? You can link to our Facebook site here if you'd like to share.


Now head on over to see what the talented Rebecca Scurr has made.


Happy Crafting, 
Rachel

Friday, 19 May 2017

Daisy A Day


Can't remember who sang that song, "I'll give you a daisy a day" at the moment. Maybe it will come to me in the early hours.... or I could just Google it!!!

This card was made as a private personal challenge to not use the Daisy Punch. It's not that I don't like the punch, I sure do, but there have been some concerns that they will be on backorder soon after the catalogue goes live on June 1st. You don't HAVE to have the punch to make a pretty card with Daisy Delight, but you might prefer to buy them bundled together at 10% discount if you like to make every dollar count (like most of us!). This is another of the pretty papers in that suite, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.

Happy crafting
Rachel

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Everyday Occasions AWH Blog Hop


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Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogue, which is available 1st June. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!




I was so excited to win Special Celebrations in Prize Patrol at Onstage, I'd already marked it in the catalogue as a 'must buy'! Stampin' Up!® are a very generous company and there are some nice little sweetners like Prize Patrol that keep us coming back to these events. I think maybe it is also getting together with all the other crafty folk who go to these functions too!


 Anyway, I was mighty pleased to bring Special Celebrations home with me, and started using it as soon as possible. For my first card I've paired it with Bella & Friends, and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I ordered the paper without the stamp or punch which is part of the suite, because I thought the paper was just too gorgeous to wait for!




The sweet puppy has been stamped onto a Stitched Shape Circle, along with the Happy Birthday sentiment. Burlap ribbon has been laid behind for a little more interest.


 This accompanying verse for birthdays is lovely, don't you think?


I totally enjoy water colouring now, and used the Aqua Painter with ink from the lid of the ink pad. The new glitter enamel dots are a perfect finishing touch, with gradients of colour and speckles through them.


With this paper, also from the Delightful Daisy DSP pack, I used a flower from Garden In Bloom. It seems to go quite nicely with this paper, and I took a cue from the colours and added some Tranquil Tide to the flower. I love it! What about the Faceted Gems? This is the gold, and there is clear too. It's a great flower centre. I nearly forgot to mention this new copper trim. It is a loose weave, so you can leave it as a slim ribbon. or tease it out a little, as I have here, and it is like net.




I hope you're feeling excited about the new Stampin' Up!® catalogue, I certainly am. Every time I walk into my craft room, I have an urge to make something, and I've only a handful of new products at the moment.



I did think it was a good idea to share the inside of this card, so you can read another delightful verse from the  Special Celebrations stamp set. paired up with a flower from Garden In Bloom.


 Your next stop on this blog hop is Alisha Watson

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:


Happy crafting
Rachel

Monday, 15 May 2017

Best Birds



Best Birds stamp set and matching Birds and Blooms Thinlets made its way to my house last week, while I was still able to order it as a bundle at a 10% discount. That will finish on May 31st, the discount that is, not the stamps or Thinlets. I love the way the thinlets cut out these birds with tiny details (hearts) cut out.

Vintage Leaves were already stamped and die cut for another project but these colours look so fine together, don't you think.


It's a good stamp set with some pretty images and useful sentiments in an elegant font. I'm sure you'll see a lot more of this stamp and framelits over the coming year, and not just on my blog.

Happy crafting everyone,
Rachel