Christmas

Warmth & Cheer Card Making Ideas

When I saw the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, my first thought was kind of along the lines of what am I ever going to do with daggy old knitted tartan print patterns??

Well, if you saw my Angel cards using the Wonder of Christmas stamp set a couple of months back, you will know I soon got over that negative thought! I had olde worlde patchwork quilt patterns popping up every where!

But that wasn't the end of it!

No way!

Because then we went to Stampin' Up!s famous global get together - On Stage Live, in Brisbane and saw the amazing products that are coming in Sale-a-bration in January and one of the stamp sets sang to my heart, and to my Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack!

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Oh My Gosh!

How beyond cute are these fat hens from the "Hey Chick" stamp set which is one of the stamp sets you can receive free with your qualifying order in January through March! You can't buy this set, but you can receive it as a gift.

I just love, love, love it!

And of course, the paper stack is available to purchase now - in fact, if you want to recreate these cards, you will need to order the paper stack now because it's in the Holiday Catalogue and won't be available to purchase after January 3rd.

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Click on the picture of the paper to go to the Online shop - and don't forget to check out the other retiring Christmas and Holiday Catalogue products while you are there!


Stampin' Up! Christmas Favourites

Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls 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.

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I have been absolutely loving the Candy Cane Lane Product Suite and all the gorgeous projects I have seen made with it, but as usual, I haven't made nearly enough time to use it myself - so tonight's blog hop was ideal.

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And you know how much I adore those little gift bags with the 5"x 3 1/2" note cards in them?  So quick and so cute!

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I've used the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set, the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper. I can see myself making many more variations of these!

The next person on the blog hop is : Kate Morgan. Click on the picture below to go to her blog!

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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

Stitched Shape Framelits

Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. Giving a stitched gift shows just how much you value that relationship.

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Now you have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets.

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With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart.  There are several stamp sets that bring out the beauty of the Stitched Shapes Framelits – and they are all 25% off until 30 November. Get your Stitched Shapes Framelits and a co-ordinating discounted stamp set during November.

 

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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares

$50.00 AUD/$60.00 NZD

No Discount

142069 (HC P. 11)

Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD

$35.25 AUD/$42.75 NZD

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Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD

$24.75 AUD/$30.00 NZD

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Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

142049 (HC P. 19)

Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set

$61.00 AUD/$73.50 NZD

$45.75 AUD/$55.13 NZD

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Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$40.00 AUD/$48.00 NZD

$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD

142145 (HC P. 23)

Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD

$22.50 AUD/$27.00 NZD

142180 (HC P. 33)

Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

142206 (HC P. 43)

Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$49.00 AUD/$59.00 NZD

$36.75 AUD/$44.25 NZD

142209 (HC P. 43)

Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$35.00 AUD/$42.00 NZD

$26.25 AUD/$31.50 NZD

140386 (AC P. 31)

Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

141859 (AC P. 61)

Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

$45.00 AUD/$55.00 NZD

$33.75 AUD/$41.25 NZD

141784 (AC P. 139)

Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

$37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD

$27.75 AUD/$33.00 NZD

Buy the Stitched Shape Framelits Here.


Project Life Cards - As Cards

I adore the Stampin' Up! Project Life card collections - the colours and themes are so lovely - it's that same feeling like when you walk into a stationery store and you want to breathe in the smell and touch all those beautiful rainbows of pens and papers - there's nothing like that slightly musty "tons of paper and dusty old shelves" smell, and the excitement of seeing all those colours!

You know what I mean don't you? LOL

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My trouble is, I am not a BIG scrapbooker. Not that I don't want to, I've got tons of photos to scrapbook! It's just that I love cardmaking SO much, that I never prioritise my time to do the memory keeping!

However, that doesn't mean that I haven't collected squillions of the Project Life By Stampin' Up! (PLxSU!) kits! You know, those ones I am saving for that rainy day when I get around to printing all the photos and deciding to pop them in pockets in an album!

Anyway, recently I decided that I better do something about that and I pulled out a stack of tiny 2" x 2" PLxSU cards from the Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack and made them into cards! 

Yes!!! I know!! Unbelievable right??

I teamed the cards with the Stitched with Cheer stamp set from the same Holiday Catalogue, and used our Notecards & Envelopes to quickly whip up about 15 cards in just a couple of hours! (I made a hash of one, so it's not in the photo - just in case you think I can't count).

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I love how quick and easy these were, and a wonderful way to show off the gorgeous theme in the Project Life cards and the stamp set!

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If you have never sampled Stampin' Up! Project Life cards, the Hello December 2016 Collection is a great way to give it a try - much smaller set of cards, beautiful accessories - document your December, or do what I did and whip up some Christmas cards!

Buy it online by clicking here or on the photo above.


Christmas Card Class

Stampin' Up! Merry Mice Gift Bag of Cards

During the recent school holidays I hosted a class of 10 and 12 year olds who made a cute gift bag with three matching cards inside.

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cute Designer Series Paper Bag-in-a-box gift bags that my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK, Caroline Hallet created a great video for.  I have made heaps of them now with all different themes and styles.

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For the class, I decided to use up some of last year's Designer Series Paper Christmas patterns - because I hadn't met any of the girls before, and wasn't sure how they would go, and since I had a fair bit of this paper, I could cut extras. I love the size of these bags, because you get 3 bags per 12 x 12" sheet of paper.

We stamped the images just in Black Stazon Ink and added labels in Cherry Cobbler.

Because the class was just for two hours, this is as far as we got, and the girls were instructed they could either colour the images themselves at home, or they could give them as a "Colouring In" gift to a friend.

They liked this idea!

Later on, I came back and coloured mine and sent them photos on their phone.

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In keeping with the very simple style of the cards, I limited the colouring to just three colours - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Marina Mist, all applied with Blender Pens.

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They really are very sweet, right?

The Merry Mice stamp set is available in Stampin' Up! quality red rubber in the wood mount or clear mount.

You can find it in our online shop buy clicking on the image below.

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Don't forget to check out my classes and events for everything that is happening in fourth term, in the lead up to Christmas. The link is at the top of my blog.

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


Stampin' Up! Merry Mice

 

When I first saw the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, I was very taken with it, but hesitated to order it because I didn't think I would really use it that much.

BOY!! Was I wrong!

I love this stamp set and have used it heaps!

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I was the co-host of a Stampin' Retreat towards the end of September, and one challenge we offered all the guests was to borrow my Merry Mice stamp set and make a card to donate to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities which Stampin' Up! supports. We thought maybe 5 or 6 of the ladies would take part in the challenge. Wrong again! Everyone made a Mice card, and some ladies made more than one! This is one I made and I cased the sample that is actually in the Holiday Catalogue.

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I just think those mice at too cute - and I love how the still say "Christmas" even when they are not coloured in all traditional colours.

I then re-created this card, with a stepped up version. I love this one!

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See how it is exactly the same layout (page map) of the card, but I have added lots of extra layers?

So firstly I added a layer of Designer Series Paper to the base card, then I have added Basic Grey and Real Red card stock layers behind the image and the greeting. I think this is so cute! I might have to keep this one for myself!

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The colouring on this one is done with blender pens, and I have used Real Red, Old Olive and Smoky Slate inks.

The following week I had a School Holiday class where the girls created a gift bag and 3 note cards with Merry Mice. I'll be back soon to show you those!

Buy Merry Mice Stamp Set by clicking on the shopping cart button!

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Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue

 

 

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Wow! We ARE loving all the new products in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue - there is such variety, something for everyone, and so it's great to share that not only with you, our regular blog readers, but with our fellow demonstrators in a blog hop. It's amazing to see what different tastes we all have, and what projects we have come up in the short time since we were able to pre-order the products.

I knew straight away I wanted to order the Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set. I could see the cute angel not only coloured in with water colour, but also paper-pieced. Those of you who've known me for a while, know that I don't mind a bit of fussy cutting with the fine scissors and I loved laying out all the new papers to see which ones would work well with the angel.

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I'll show you some close up photos in a second, but before that, in case you are just joining us here (or have received this as an email as one of my blog subscribers), today is ESAD Blog Hop Day!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

You may have arrived on my blog from Papillon Papercraft - or you may be just starting here. Welcome, enjoy the wonderful inspiration.

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So, more details of my projects!

My team always does a product share when there's a new catalogue, so we all get samples of all the new papers / ribbons / embellishments etc. So when I was looking for a patterned paper for my paper pieced angels, I layed out all my samples of the Designer Series Papers and straight away I settled on "Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack". 

At first the designs and colours didn't really appeal to me, but when looking at the style of the angel, something about these rustic, homey, folk arty, old fashioned quilt type images jumped out at me and screamed patchwork angels!

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I settled on three combinations using 6 sheets of the paper, along with Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Card Stock

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This first one is a "Z-fold" card, which laid flat looks like this.

It's such a simple fold, and when standing seems less flimsy than a normal card.

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For my second card, I went for exactly the same folds, but when you place them vertically, they become a really simple easel card.

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For my third design I also wanted a fancy fold card rather than a flat card, so I rewound the clock about 2 years and created another square pop-out window card - remember those?

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I am just so happy with how cute those papers work in making some rustic, olde worldy patchwork type Christmas Cards - love them! Can't wait to try some other designs!

I hope you love them too, but now I really need to send you on your way to the next blog on the blog hop, that of my lovely friend Michele Jutrisa. Click on the blue arrow and enjoy Michele's work. You can click on the blue arrow at the bottom of each blog to do a full circle. Enjoy the inspirational journey!

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Best Birds Card Ideas

As soon as I saw the Best Birds Bundle in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, I knew I would be adding it to my collection - and luckily I earned some free product in the last Stampin' Up! year, so I was able to get it straight away!

With our Christmas in July coming up, I decided to have a bit of a play with it - after all, do you remember all those zillions of snow filled Christmas cards with little Robin Redbreasts on the front?

First I decided to create layers on my card with the Lots of Layers Framelits and my first layer was to be sponging some of the gorgeous Irresistably Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. I wanted to make 12 cards, so my object was to cut 12 pieces out of one sheet of 12" x 12" paper to reduce wastage.

Now, as you know, you can't fit a full sheet of 12" x 12" through the standard Big Shot machine to cut out the framelits, so here is what I did!

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That's right!

I traced around the framelits to get 12 onto the sheet, then I carefully cut between each row so I would have three strips that would fit in the Big Shot.

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I then sponged each one with Pear Pizzazz ink, dark at one end and lighter at the other, then stamped my birds and boughs on more Whisper White card using the Momento Black ink pad. This is not my favourite ink pad for watercolouring, but it is my favourite for using with the Photopolymer stamps - especially when I am stamping them 12 times each!

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Each of these shapes has a co-ordinating framelit, so I just stamped then on the thick Whisper White card to make them a little sturdier - also because I planned on watercolouring them all too.

Now, given the length and thinness of the branch stamp, you might be wondering, how did I get it to stick on my block in exactly the right position so that it would line up with the Framelit?

I saw a little trick on Face Book a week or so back, and thought it was brilliant! You place the framelit cutting side down on the table first, then you press the photopolymer stamp into the back of it so you can easily get it lined up perfectly, then you press your "H" block onto the stamp. Lift up, peel off the framelit, ink up, stamp, then cut out with the Big Shot.

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Next was colouring - and those of you who visit me regularly know that I use the aqua painters, and pour re-inker into the lid of my stamp pads and use them like a paint pallet. For these I used : Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.

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I wasn't all that excited by how the Real Red came out when it was dry, it was a little pale and insipid compared to what I pictured, so I added a pop of colour another way.

In fact, I did a super quick 1 minute video on YouTube to show you what I did! Watch it here.

Next a cut 12 more Lots of Labels pieces in the next size up, from Soft Suede card, stamped some of the cross hatch texture from the stamp set onto more Whisper White then assembled all the pieces.

I also added 2 greeting stamps - the "Merry" is from Snow Place stamp set and the "Christmas" is from Time of Year Hostess set.

What do you think?

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You can see these cards in real life and a whole stack more at our Christmas in July event, next Saturday the 30th July at Wonga Park. We'd love to see you. Buy tickets on line here.


Happy New Year!

I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2016.

As some of you know, I was away in England for a couple of weeks experiencing my first very cold (but not White) Christmas with family. It was lovely to experience life in a small English village and to see the amazing Christmas decorations and all the wondrous displays in the shops.

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These utterly gorgeous, larger than life reindeer were set up in the garden at Aston Pottery and I think I definitely need some of these for our front garden!

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This extremely old and fragile nativity scene was set up beautifully in an even older amazing barn - the 800 year old Great Coxwell Barn. So beautiful!

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Each model stood over a metre high, and they were very detailed. They don't make things like they used to!!

And how is this delightful Christmas tree in front of that darling old (restored beautifully) barn?

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I arrived home in time to have my family Christmas on New Year's eve and Tony's family Christmas on New Year's Day, so I am a bit slower than everyone else in packing up Christmas and throwing myself into the new year. However, I did "undress" the tree yesterday with help from my darling little white friend who missed me terribly while I was away - at least, she had cuddles ALL day the day I got back and has gone back to ignoring me ever since - except when the tinsel came off the tree.

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Isn't she just too cute! She has been guarding the tree quite noticably - with a look on her face which says, "They are my presents, hands off!". She hid under the bed when the family was all here, but came out later and stalked around the tree with some look on her face!

Today when I put the tree out on the front verandah to go in the green bin, she sat at the front door sniffing and sniffing, like she knew I had taken away her latest toy!

I hope you had as exciting a Christmas as she did!

What have I got planned for the New Year?

Well, there's lots happening right now! Sale-a-bration - our biggest promotion of the year started on Tuesday, along with our new (very gorgeous) Occasions Catalogue. Later this month I am going to be at Chirnside Park shopping centre for our regular kiosk appearance, however this month and next are slightly different and quite special!

This month our booking coincides with the Chirnside Park Twilight Market, so we will be there ALL DAY Thursday 21st until 9pm AND we will be there again all day Friday - two full-on days of card-making and meeting the lovely local people.

We will repeat that again in February with the Twilight Market on Thursday 25th and following it with our normal day on Friday 26th February.

Because I've been away, I haven't had much of a play with new products from the new catalogue or Sale-a-bration, but I have loved seeing what my fellow demonstrators have been creating with their pre-order products. There are lots of suites of products this time around, which is delightful as it gives you such amazing coordination options. One of my favourites is the Botanical Gardens Suite.

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How much fun are those lovely rainforest images and funky colours?

I am definitely going to be having a play with that over the next few days!

If you'd like a close up look at the Botanical Gardens Suite of products, click here. The stamp set, framelits and Designer Series Paper are all available in a 15% off coordinating bundle.

If you order the gorgeous bundle and add one more small item bringing the product total to $90 you can choose any FREE Sale-a-bration item to  go with your order. There is a super cute Vellum Paper stack that coordinates with the Botanical Garden Suite.

Need help with that, or want to see a hardcopy of the catalogues? Send me a message on 0418 361 931 or leave a comment below.

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn

 


It's Show Time!

We had such a busy, lovely day on the Stampin' Up! stand today at the Caulfield Stitches and Craft Show.

The show is on until Sunday and I am back on the stand all day Saturday.
We are running our Christmas card class again this year, at 1pm. Make 4 cards, 2 each of 2 designs, in a fast-paced 50 minute class. Just $20, all materials and tools supplied.
Book at the stand when you arrive at the show.

I won't be at Caulfield tomorrow because it's our normal day back on the Yarra Valley Experiences kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre tomorrow.

I hope you can visit me and the team on one of these days!

See you soon,
Kathryn