Sunday, 28 August 2016

Mixed Thanks

As the end of the year draws closer, I try to start early to increase my supply of 'Thank You' cards. Maybe you find that you also have to do that. There are so many people to remember, my hairdresser, doctor and the very much appreciated man who delivers my Stampin" Up!® supplies.


Mixed Borders is the fun set used here, and I combined a couple of die cut leaves from Vintage Leaves tied with twine on the green version.Both have 'thanks' from the Hello You Thinlets, and the gap in the borders is especially designed to fit the sentiment in, and they include four of these, from thanks to birthday.

You can see more of this stamp set on pages 122/123 of you Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue.
Don't forget, if you're making an order through my online shop, it will ask for the HOSTESS Code before you check out. August 21st - Spetember 20th it is P2KYFUU9

Cheers, Rachel

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Birthday Bears and Trucks

Originally, this was the card I was making for CASE-ing The Catty (Artistic Expressions Blog Hop) but as I am away from home and my computer, also the internet most likely, it wasn't possible to link in for this week. I don't actually own Country Livin' but one of my lovely team brought it to a stamp day and I stamped out a few images. 

I've enjoyed colouring these trucks in, and I have to confess that I mainly used the retired Blendabilities on Shimmery White card. I had no issues with any of mine, so I hung onto them. I always enjoyed the smooth way they blended and can't get that effect yet with the other popular alcohol-based marker. I still hope we will hear that the problems of drying out etc have been sorted, and Blendabilities return or another substitute is found. I based my card on this one on page 131 of the Annual catalogue. Instead of coloured DSP, I cut a layer of the kraft corrugated card, also retired and stapled a loop of Burlap Ribbon in the top right corner. 
There has been some clear Wink of Stella added in
strategic places too, and the 'happy birthday' 
sentiment comes from Guy Greetings. This card was for my son's birthday, nearly a month ago and I also helped his two-year-old son make his Daddy a card too, while I cared for him one day. This is the youngest child I've ever stamped with, and I had decided that two splatter stamps from Work Of Art and a small one from Gorgeous Grunge were most suitable for some background colour. Oliver stamped the splatters, and adhered the two bears which had dimensionals attached already. I only had to stamp the words, and the two bears, plus die cut them. Guy Greetings provided all the words, Bear Hugs is the set with these gorgeous bears. I think he did a great job with this card, but he still prefers playdough over stamping for his crafting activity!

Don't forget, if you're making an order through my online shop, it will ask for the HOSTESS Code before you check out. August 21st - Spetember 20th it is P2KYFUU9

Cheers, Rachel














Friday, 26 August 2016

Big Birthday Blossoms

This card has truly been put together using bits and pieces from my scrap basket. I had a small piece of textured impressions embossed plum card, and a strip of DSP which toned nicely. The pieces were put together very much as you would construct a patchwork quilt, trimming and adjusting as needed.
The sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms, stamped over with a splash of colour from Gorgeous Grunge. It is quite a simple idea, but made quite a quick and easy birthday card. Of course, it would have been easy enough to add a punched or stamped flower but not really necessary.

Don't forget, if you're making an order through my online shop, it will ask for the HOSTESS Code before you check out. August 21st - Spetember 20th it is P2KYFUU9


Cheers, Rachel

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Botanical Art

I'm going to be absent on holiday for just a little while but have left a few posts preloaded to give you something pretty and new to look at if you happen to pop by. Maybe this card, using Painters Palette and the glorious Botanical Blooms might give you a tiny hint of where I've headed to, with my guy.
It is warm.....and tropical.......with palm trees......and hibiscus.....
I did love the way this card came together, using the rather bright new InColors along with an old fave, Rose Red. A strip of Playful Palette designer series paper stack helps to tie many of the colours together.

Even though I'm away, my online shop is open any time of the day or night. Stampin' Up! do a great job of updating the website with current specials, so check in any time. When you place an order and use the current HOSTESS code, P2KYFUU9 you will receive a small gift in the post from me.

Cheers, Rachel

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches is a versatile stamp set with matching framelits, which Stampin' Up!®
released for sale during August. What is great is that the stamp set can stand alone if finances can't stretch to purchasing the bundle, and I have found it suitable for birthdays, sympathy cards and even Christmas cards.

This birthday card borrowed a sentiment from Butterfly Basics and a generous splattering of gold Wink of Stella. You can spy the Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon which is coming in the Holiday catalogue, 1st September. Loved using the stamp to colour the tree leaves in all different pretty colours.

 For the 'thank you' card I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper behind, to showcase the glorious colours in that suite. The sentiment is included in the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, along with a lovely 'Thinking of You' and others.




Again, it was just so easy to 'pull' colours from the paper to use on the foliage of this trio of trees. Aren't the colours so rich and luscious, totally like those gorgeous tiles all through that part of the world. The Burlap ribbon adds another earthy touch to this card.

You have about a week to check out this stamp set before the offer ends on August 31st. I do have a sneaky suspicion that Thoughtful Branches might reappear in a future catalogue because it has been so popular, but then again......
Don't forget, if you're making an order through my online shop, it will ask for the HOSTESS Code before you check out. August 21st - Spetember 20th it is P2KYFUU9


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Cheers, Rachel



Sunday, 21 August 2016

Everyday Occasions - CTC92


Sunday has arrived very quickly for me this week, but it might just be that I have an awful lot on my plate at the moment. Welcome back for another turn of CASE-ing The Catty blog hop. Did you like Julia's  pretty card made with Thoughtful Branches? We are always telling you how there is so much inspiration to be found within the pages of the catalogue. I do hope you are finding it useful to check out the catalogues to see what the talented designers at Stampin' Up! have made before CASE-ing it. That might mean using the sketch, the colours or some other aspect to stir your creativity into action.



The first card CASES the sketch on page 70 of the Annual catalogue, but changes the colours from yellows to pink and plum. Instead of stamping on the base card, I used my favourite piece of patterned paper from Blooms & Bliss DSP. The stamp set is the same as the catalogue sample, Crazy About You and I even used exactly the same Hello You Thinlet and sentiment. 


The second card uses the same idea, but the banner has been changed to a piece of washi tape, the Hello You Thinlet  has been used with a different sentiment along with Jars of Love stamp set. Jars of Love is one of my favourites amongst the new additions to my stamp shelves, and just wait until you see the Christmas version in the Holiday Catalogue. It is called Jar of Cheer and you can order from the Holiday Catalogue from September 1st 2016- January 3rd 2017. Although I've only used the matching thinlets to cut flowers on this card, they can come in quite handy when you want to make a shaker card using this set too, as I did a while back. 
Don't forget, if you're making an order through my online shop, it will ask for the HOSTESS Code before you check out. August 21st - Spetember 20th it is P2KYFUU9

Next you're heading over to the lovely Krissy Buck, to see what loveliness she is sharing this week. I love it!


We'd love you to share your creations here too. The link to do that is here at CASE-ing The Catty.


I will be absent from CASE-ing The Catty for a few weeks while I take my hard-working hubby on a well-deserved holiday in the sun. There will be other posts from me over the next couple of weeks, but its too hard to link in with the CASE-ing The Catty Crew from afar!!!
Cheers, Rachel

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Touch of Texture WWYS#77

Touch of Texture is a beautiful stamp set. You can find it in the 'Artistic Expression' section of your Stampin' Up!® catalogue on page 141. There are 15 red rubber stamps in this set, a great mix of texture and pretty florals, plus a bee and dragonfly. The stamp I really love is the long, lacy stamp.


I will use these as RAK (Random Act Of Kindness) cards, so the sentiment from Love & Affection, 'sending a smile your way' is a perfect choice. It was my first inking up of this gorgeous stamp set, so I cut a number of pieces of white card, and some of my favourite stamps to stamp a variety of images.




I was glad to see that What Will You Stamp? featured Touches of Texture this time, so I could share a couple of my favourites with you. Do you like the Festive Textured Embossing Folder behind the art piece?


If you have been inspired, you can link to the challenge at What Will You Stamp? too, and make sure you check out the design teams creations.

Cheers, Rachel