Floral & Butterfly Cards

Botanical Blooms Cardmaking Ideas

Well, a couple of days ago I shared a whole stack of cards I made - very simple but colourful cards using the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and matching Botanical Builder Framelits and I said I would share some other projects that I have made.

This one is really special to me because a gorgeous lady I met through a women in business network group and happens to go to the same gym as me, asked if I could do some little thank you / note cards that she could hand out to clients of her business "Everlasting Flowers".

When I saw her business card and brochure I nearly died of shock because the colours and designs almost perfectly match a really cute stamp set and Designer Series Paper pack we had a few years ago called Cottage Garden - and I just happened to have nearly a full pack of the paper still in my stash!

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I couldn't wait to get started with these divine colours and have a play with some of our new products!

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I had a day on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, so I deliberately packed these colours of card, ink pads and paper - don't you just love how the Stampin' Up! range all co-ordinate so you just can't go wrong?

I chopped and cut all day and had a lovely old time trying different combinations!

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All that's left to do now is check which greetings she'd like on them - all "Thank You's" or a range of "For You" and I plan to stamp them with Old Olive or Rich Razzleberry.

Great way to use up some old paper out of my collection and a lot of fun playing with this colour combination.

Do you have a favourite Designer Series Paper Pack that you keep going back to? Or maybe one of the new ones in the brand new catalogue?

Detailed Floral Thinlets Cardmaking Ideas

Square Tea Light Holder or Lantern

I said I was going to show you more projects I have made recently with the Botanical Blooms Builder Framelits, but I have scheduled that post for another day, because in the meantime, THIS happened!!

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I posted this photo on a demonstrator only group on Facebook and in less than 24 hours had 500 reactions!! And plenty of really lovely comments too! Including requests for the instructions.

So, since it has been so well liked, I thought I had better share it with my other stamping friends too, not just demonstrators!

Start with an A4 sheet of Crumb Cake Card stock. Cut it in half lengthways. You'll have two pieces, each measuring 10.5cm x 29.8cm.

Score at 11cm and 22cms, then cut off the end at the 22.5cm mark.

Cut a 13 x 13cm square also of Crumb Cake, score all four sides at the 1cm mark. Snip out the corners.

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Line up the largest thinlet from Detailed Floral Thinlets within each square of the side wall pieces and cut it using the Big Shot. You will need to cut it twice in each piece.

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Apply Stampin' Up! Tear 'n' Tape as shown in the picture and join the two side wall pieces together.

Decorate by stamping and sponging with Cajun Craze and Soft Suede Ink Pads. I used the border stamp from the co-ordinating Floral Phrases Stamp Set and the spatter stamp from Swirly Bird Stamp Set and lots of sponging with my Stampin' Up! sponge daubers.

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When you have done enough "antiquing" its time to attach layers of vellum on the inside of each panel. I used the Stampin' Up! Card Stock Vellum - love this gorgeous, smooth, thick vellum. The start attaching the base by wrapping the long side wall panel around the base starting in one corner and working each side.

Insert a battery operated tea light and enjoy the gorgeous warm glow.

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How much do you love that antiqued look and the beautiful cut-out design?

The Detailed Floral Thinlets are $49.00 AUS or can be purchased in a bundle with the lovely co-ordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases which is available in Stampin' Up!s quality red rubber in woodmount or clearmount, to adhere to your clear blocks.

There is in fact, a whole beautiful product suite on pages 76 & 77 of our catalogue. See it here.

Cardmaking Ideas with Botanical Blooms

I just love the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and Botanical Builder Framelits by Stampin' Up!

When I first saw them at the product release in Melbourne last November, I was a bit "Ho Humm" not inspired but then one person did one project with them and I HAD to have them. Since then, the framelits have probably been my most used cutting tool ever!

I have made dozens of cards with them - mostly already given away but several also sold at our little regular kiosk at our local shopping centre, along with several gift boxes.

Here's just a small sample of the cards I have made. Please keep in mind, some of the patterned papers on these cards were from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration paper or from the Occasions Catalogue.

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There are so many variations you can do!

Which one is your favourite?

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I have a few more of these to show you - very similar design but in completely different colour schemes. I totally love them. If you would like to make sure you see them when I post about them, please click on the words "subscribe to this blog's feed" at the top left of this page so it comes to you as an email.

See you again soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Cardmaking Techniques - Sponging

Butterfly Sunset Cards

Have you tried sponging on your cards and wondered how to get it all blended smoothly without the blotches that just seem to come naturally with the sponge daubers?

I am running a class tomorrow afternoon to address exactly that!

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I DO love a gorgeous rainbow of colours softly blended into each other.
I would love to show you how it's done, so book into this fun, relaxing class where you will get to make all three of the pictured cards. You will be able to practise lots of sponging while you are here, but also have three lovely finished cards to take away, to keep as samples, or to post to some lucky person!
I have allowed a very generous three hours for this class, so even if you are an absolute beginner, we should have plenty of time left over to make one or two extra cards each (which ever was your favourite) to donate to the https://www.facebook.com/CombatCardsVictoriaAustralia/ collection to send to our soldiers posted overseas for them to write in to send to their families.
For the class :
You will need to bring 5 (five) Stampin' Up! sponge daubers to the class, either new, or if you are an experienced stamper and have been around me long enough and have pre-inked ones, you will need Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon.
If you don't have any sponge daubers, a packet of 5 from Stampin' Up! is $9.00. 

Class cost - $25 includes all materials and refreshments - add on $9.00 if you need me to order sponge daubers for you.


Last Days to Sale-a-Brate

A Blog Hop with ESAD

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I can't believe there is just one week left of Sale-a-bration 2016. The Sale-a-bration gifts this year have been so much fun to create with! Even though it's sad that Sale-a-bration is coming to an end, it is a real pleasure to get out some of my crafty items and do some creating, and it's even more of a pleasure to use my favourite Sale-a-bration gift this year and show you what I have been creating with it.

If you have just started blog surfing here, you may not know that I am participating in a blog hop tonight with ESAD.

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.

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My most loved Sale-a-bration product has been the WILDFLOWER FIELDS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.

I can't get enough of this paper, have used it heaps and when we talked about this blog hop, I definitely wanted to pull out the pretty designs, patterns and colours in this paper and play with it some more.

For those who follow my blog or Pinterest boards, you will know that I have been making of lot of cute little bags with matching note cards in them. These were originally inspired by an awesome YouTube video by Caroline Hallet - a talented demonstrator from the UK. I have made stacks of them now on various themes and colour schemes.

Here is what I created for the blog hop.

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My sister and I both love teapot and cup stamps and dies and when we saw CUPS 7 KETTLE FRAMELITS DIES in the current Occasions Catalogue, there was no doubt it was going to join my collection. I just love it so much with the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.

The Calypso Coral Tea Pot and Old Olive Cup have been stamped using Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, heat embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder. I haven't pulled out the Tea Lace Doilies for quite some time so it was lovely to add bits of them as finishing touches too.

Don't you think this would make a really cute gift for someone special?

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Well, thanks for visiting me, now I better let you go and see what the rest of the crew have created to celebrate the tail end of Sale-a-bration. Click on her name to go to the next blog - that of lovely Nicole Wilson.

In case you get lost or the next link doesn't work, here are all the participants in the blog hop.


  1. Emily Campbell


  1. Rachael Lewsley - Party Pants & Metallics Glitter Tape


  1. Monique Fielder


  1. Kathryn Ruddick 


  1. Nicole Wilson


  1. Amity Knight


  1. Kelly Kent


  1. Lou Kitzelman


  1. Pauline Bennetts


  1. Narelle Fasulo


  1. Jackie Noble


  1. Carly Middleton


  1. Barbara Williams


A Little Arty Bird

And now for something a little arty . . . 

Over the weekend I decided to run an (impromptu) "Virtual Party" for my team on our Secret Facebook Group. It was my birthday on Friday and my hubby had to go away for the weekend, so what better thing to do in the evening than spend a couple of hours (okay, okay, about 8 hours) in my stamping room with my team chatting online, and whipping up some creativity!

I posted an inspiration photo and a Crafty Bingo board image on the group and invited them if they didn't have any projects already on the go, to use the suggestions on the Bingo Board and/or the cute image for their inspiration to make something. The image of a very cute cake with bird and bow, came from a Facebook post with no reference or link to who the original cake decorator was.

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Now, I do love a cute bird, and I think the colours in this image so match the Stampin' Up! colours and some of our current stamps and Designer Series Paper patterns.

I grabbed out a stack of supplies in these colours and patterns and whilst chatting to my team, asking them "Get to know you" type questions on the group and setting some challenges for them, I started thinking about how I could make an effective card with these products :

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As it happens, because I was very much multi-tasking, I decided to pop over to my Pinterest boards and have a look through the projects there. Did you know I even have a Bird Projects board on Pinterest for just such a moment?

 Martha Lever Bird in Watercolour Pin

I love this cute bird by Martha Lever, so rather than trying to find a Stampin' Up! tool that I could use to cut out a bird, I decided to draw one by hand similar to this one. I love the sketchy black outline and the collage of images in different layers.

I pulled out several stamp sets including "By The Tide" for the seashell text stamp, "Tap Tap Tap" for the typewriter letters, "You are Remarkable" for the branches, "Butterfly Basics" for a bit of fernery. I also used sponge daubers, aqua wash pen, white gel pen, white embossing powder and Black Journalling pen.

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I drew the bird onto the Blushing Bride floral print paper from the Subtles Paper Stack, hand cut it, then sponged it with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Inks.

I collage stamped the background images all over the 8" x 6" piece of Soft Sky floral print paper.

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I watercoloured the leaves using Old Olive ink and the Aqua-wash pen, and sponged Lost Lagoon, Old Olive and Not Quite Navy over all of the images, leaving some lighter areas.

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I stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder, the sea shell text stamp from "By The Tide" onto the birds body twice. Love that effect!!

Then handwrote with black journalling pen the words around the edge from Victor Hugo :

"Be like the bird,

that pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight,

feels them give way beneath her, and sings . . .

knowing she hath wings."

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My last step was to add a tiny touch of white gel pen to some of the leaves and the birds tail to bring back a little more light into the overall image, then looked around my room and by some sort of miracle saw this A4 document frame sitting on a shelf. Perfect!

I am so excited to have a new piece of art for the walls of my room. Funnily enough I have been carrying it from room to room throughout my house since Saturday night, so I can keep pausing and admiring it!

Do you ever do any collage stamping? I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below if you'd like to know more about the techniques used or perhaps attend a class on sponging and collage stamping.

See you soon with Ink on your Fingers (and there's plenty of that with sponging!).



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And just a reminder that the below Weekly Deals end on Tuesday night:


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.


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!



Awesomely Artistic - ESAD Blog Hop


Welcome to our inspirational exploration of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. You may be one of my regular visitors, or you may have arrived here via the ESAD blog hop, from the blog of the lovely and talented Pauline Bennets. Either way, welcome!

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I'm always getting asked how do I watercolour, so today I wanted to show you just how easy watercolouring is, showing off the gorgeous flower stamp in the Stampin' Up! stamp set Awesomely Artistic - there are pretty much just three easy steps.

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Step 3.  I chose Crushed Curry and Old Olive inks and came back with the blender pen to add some depth and shading to really make those flowers and leaves jump off the page.

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These projects were inspired by one I saw on Pinterest about 6 weeks ago, by Tricia Raineri, another Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I copied Tricia's sketch and changed the colours for some variety.

One of my very favourite things about this time of year is what's flowering in the garden, and this year is no different. Every time I walk out my back door to go to my stamping room, or to pick some winter vegies out of our garden, I am greeted by glorious Daphne!

I was pondering what other ways I could colour the flowers in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and it suddenly hit me! It looks like Daphne!

So out came the Rose Red ink pad and blender pens, and this time for the leaves I did a gentle (think, very light-handed here) combination of Cucumber Crush and Old Olive for the leaves.

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It doesn't look exactly like Daphne, but you can see the colour inspiration!

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I decided on the same sketch for the first one, but changed it up a bit for the second "Daphne" card.

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On the second sample, the background leaves are stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink, but I stamped it off onto scrap paper first, before stamping onto my base card.

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Well, that's probably enough inspiration from me, please leave me a comment below to let me know what you thought of these sweet cards using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, then please continue on the blog hop to see the work of the other ESAD ladies.

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 and 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, please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address and I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.


Next person in the blog hop is Barbara Williams. Blog Hop Next Button 2015 Catalogue (250x250)

Please click on the arrow picture to continue on the blog hop, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! Thanks for stopping by!




A Special Wedding Card

Cardmaking for someone really special . . . 

Firstly, apologies! I was going to share this card with you on the weekend, however by the time I got through all the preparations for the wedding, then attended the pre-wedding dinner, and the wedding itself, AND the post wedding breakfast . . . I kind of lost time to do any blogging over the weekend!

Now, since everyone loves a happy occasion, and everyone loves a radiant bride, I guess I better start with that! Here is the totally gorgeous bride, with her handsome new husband, the father-of-the-bride and the step-mother-of-the-bride (that would be me!).

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The wedding of such a beautiful couple brought with it the challenge of a really unforgettable, special card and with a little inspiration (particularly for the bouquet and lace edge) from this Pin by Cecile Ortiz this is what I came up with . . . 

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I've used the beautiful Designer Series Paper - Something Borrowed, along with the Your Perfect Day and Butterfly Basics Stamp sets, all from our Occasions Mini Catalogue. The Blushing Bride Rosette Trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit also from the Occasions Catalogue.

The leaves of the fern stamp are all fussy cut - yes, that took me a very long time!

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Because the card was so dimensional, I then had to find a way of keeping it safe without squashing it or tearing off any of the ferns, so the next thing was to make a cute little window sheet box to store it in.

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The box is 1.5cm deep and rather than cut more ferns, I decided the leaves from the Two-Step Bird Builder Punch might be sturdier.

You can still get all of these products in our current Annual and Occasions Catalogues through until June.

If you'd like a copy of either, please let me know.

I'll be back in a day or two with the super cute thank you cards I made for the bridesmaids.

See you then,


Black & White Mystery Box - Post 7

Hey again!

How's your week been?

Did you manage to get in any creative time? I hope you had a chance to drop in on our blog hop yesterday? If not, scroll down to my next post and follow the links.

Today I've got more of the Black and White Mystery Box contents to show you. And since we are on the Easter theme already - this actually was last year's challenge for April - hence the retired Designer Series Paper - Modern Medley, and the retired stamp set Blessed Easter.

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The challenge was to make a gift box and matching card - and when we sent the Mystery Box out at the end of the year, the idea was, the Easter gift box should be full of goodies. Given we had some very hot days around Dec / January when the Mystery Boxes were in the post, I hope they all made it safely with no melted chocolate accidents.

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Over the weekend I've got something totally different to show you - a wedding card that took me close to seven hours to make! Yep, very special family wedding this weekend, so be sure to check back in and have a look at the card I slaved over - oh the hassles of being a perfectionist!