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Easter Card and Gift Ideas

Happy Easter to You!

Hope you  have a safe and enjoyable day with your families no matter where you are and what you are doing.

In my "We Create Wednesday" class this week, we created some pretty Easter projects.

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We decorated the mini egg cartons by spritzing with Mint Macaron Ink Refill, and wrapping with Sweet Sugar Plum Patterns Paper from the In Colour Paper Stack.

The little bunny stamp is from the Made With Love stamp set, the gorgeous greeting stamp is from Suite Sentiments stamp set, the little lamb is from Barnyard Babies and the "eggs" are upside down balloons with the knot cut off, from the fun stamp set, Balloon Adventures.

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These were all really quick, easy projects and next time Easter falls right at the end of the school holidays, projects similar to these would be great to make with the kids when you start to hear, "Mum, I'm bored!"

Have an awesome day and stay safe!


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.

Art With Heart Blog Hop Header

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!

Art With Heart Blog Hop

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

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.

Merry Mice Cards (1)

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.

Merry Mice Cards (3)

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.

Merry Mice Cards (2)

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


World Card Making Day Free Class

Hey everybody,

World Card Making Day really snuck up on us this year, particularly being on the same day as the AFL grand final. We are not huge footy fans in our house, but when a team sneaks into the top eight, who hasn't won a Grand Final since 1954, and they get through all the finals, and you live in Melbourne and your husband's step-father is a big Doggie's fan, you've kind of got to get involved!

So World Card Making Day came and went . . . And the Doggies won the Grand Final in a very exciting close game!

However, the awesome surprise promotion that Stampin' Up! put on for World Card Making Day wasn't limited to Saturday, it actually runs for 5 days and so it is still on until 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There are only a few items on the sale, but they are ALL awesome! And I just wanted to point a couple of them out and see if I can't entice you!

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First is the Designer Tin Of Cards Kit. - watch this Watch Now

This is a brilliant kit, containing all the materials for 16 completed cards - 4 each of 4 designs. I love this kit so much that I am willing to offer a free class voucher (for assembling the kit) to anyone who purchases it while the promotion is still running. We will organise a date and get together to make up the cards in the kit.

The kit is normally $47.00 but during the promotion it is just $35.25 which works out at just over $2.20 per card.

There is also a separate 33 piece photo-polymer stamp set which co-ordinates with the kit. The very versatile stamp set is just $45.00 and would be very useful for a whole heap of other cards, not just for assembling the kit.

Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (499x499)

Also in the World Card Making Day special is Fast Fuse Tape with a free refill.

If you've been stamping with me lately, you'll have seen that this is now my GO TO adhesive.

Now that I've worked out how to use it, I love it's super sticking power and I think it's fantastic that the refill is 20m instead of just 12m like the original and the Snail and Snail Refill.

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The Fast Fuse is normally $13, and the refill is $11. During the special, order a Fast Fuse and get a refill free! How awesome is that??

Actually, I'm so in love with this kit and the Fast Fuse that not only will I offer a free class to anyone ordering the kit, if you order all three items (Designer Tin of Cards, Tin of Cards Stamp Set AND Fast Fuse - with free refill), I will give you free postage AND a Stampin' Up! photopolymer Angel Policy Stamp from the "Better Than Email" Stamp Set to stamp the backs of your cards with. Total cost is $93.25, postage is normally $5.95 and the Angel Policy stamp is worth $2.33.

If you message me (via Facebook - www.facebook.com/katlodesigns ) or send an email to kathryn@katlodesigns.com that you would like to take up the offer, and can phone me with your credit card details during the day tomorrow, then I will make sure these items are delivered to your door with free postage!

But, I need to hear from you and confirm your credit card details before the sale ends tomorrow - and given that we normally go to bed relatively early, don't ring me after 9pm!

Don't forget - Buy the Kit, get a voucher for a free class where we can all sit and assemble our kits, using my extra supplies.

Buy the Kit, Stamp Set and Fast Fuse with free refill and get free postage and an extra "Copyright" stamp for stamping the backs of your cards.

Email or message me in the next 23 hours!


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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (1)

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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (2)

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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (3)

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (4)

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.

Detailed Floral Thinlets Square Lantern (5)

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.


Special Stamping Gift

One of the exciting things that happened on our wider (local) Stampin' Up! team in the past couple of months was a Platinum promotion. Now if you are not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, that probably means zero, zip, zilch to you. But to my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators, it means an awful lot.

Since our "career plan" changed in October last year, this was the very first promotion to Platinum level in Australia and it was our very own Claire Daly from Lilydale who promoted. I think this promotion is a big deal, and obviously all our Stampin' Sisters / cousins / grandmas etc across Australia thought the same, because when I suggested creating a special handmade Platinum gift for Claire to commemorate her promotion, lots of people jumped on board.

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I suggested each person cut out and decorate a scallop circle and include their name and that somehow I would assemble them all into some sort of frame or album. Kathryn Mangelsdorf from Adelaide suggested we stick to a colour scheme - obviously the silver for platinum, but also Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride. Before I knew it, all sorts of gorgeous scallop circles were arriving!

I got far too many to fit into a frame, so I decided to use the Lots of Labels Framelits and make an accordion book with a black base to mount them all onto.

Claires accordian book

This "banner" ended up being 2.7 metres long! So of course it then had to have a gorgeous box to keep it in. I felt a black base, with silver lining, and an acetate lid would do just the trick. so I measured up my folded banner to see what size I would need to make, and constructed a box with separate lid.

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I was heading off to Auckland for 4 days in late March, so in the end it was a real rush to pull all this together, but for such a special promotion, I was glad to spend the time and make a really special gift, and the look on Claire's face when she received it, along with a ginormous arrangement of flowers and a bottle of bubbly, was definitely worth the effort!

Congratulations again Claire for setting a benchmark and achieving your goals as a Stampin' Up! team leader and business builder!

#likeaboss #likeagirl #tickingboxes #gogetthosegoals #platinumpromotion #artwithheart #stampinup 

 


Last Days to Sale-a-Brate

A Blog Hop with ESAD

Sale-a-bration Picture

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.

BLOG HOP PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Emily Campbell

http://tinykiwicards.blogspot.com.au/

  1. Rachael Lewsley - Party Pants & Metallics Glitter Tape

http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/esad-sale-a-bration-2016-last-chance-blog-hop

  1. Monique Fielder

http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au/

  1. Kathryn Ruddick 

http://www.katlodesigns.com/stamping_with_kathryn_low/2016/03/last-days-to-sale-a-brate.html 

  1. Nicole Wilson

http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com/2016/03/2016-sale-bration-last-chance-blog-hop.html

  1. Amity Knight

http://stampinamity.com.au/

  1. Kelly Kent

http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2016/03/24/goodbye-sale-a-bration-2016-esad-blog-hop/

  1. Lou Kitzelman

http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/2016-sale-bration-last-chance-blog-hop.html

  1. Pauline Bennetts

http://paulinebennetts.com/stampede/

  1. Narelle Fasulo

http://www.simplystampingwithnarelle.com/

  1. Jackie Noble

http://www.creativejax.co.nz/blog/

  1. Carly Middleton

https://cardsbycarly.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/2016-sale-a-bration-last-chance-blog-hop

  1. Barbara Williams

https://stampingbarb.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/2016-sale-a-brat…-chance-blog-hop/


A Few More Christmas Projects

We had such a busy month in July with our Christmas in July event and trying to kick the Christmas crafting into gear, that I still have a couple more projects I haven't shown you close up!

Stampin' Up! Snowman and Santa Chocolate Slider

This first one is such a fun gift!

In the basket is a stack of Chocolate Sliders.  What is a chocolate slider? Well, essentially it's a cute cover with a bow attached that you pull, to slide the chocolate out from the cover. It's a really cool way of giving someone what is in essence, a really simple gift, but it's been personalised in a really special way for them.

I don't have a template for this, because each time I have made chocolate sliders, I have purchased the chocolate block first, then made a new template in the matching size - in other words, I get out a steel ruler and make the cover from scratch each time depending on the size of the block.

Can you see that the snowman on the Soft Sky chocolate slider (and the coordinating card in the background) is made entirely from different Stampin' Up! punches?

The 1" square for the hat, the Word Window for the hat brim, a circle punch for his head, two scallop circles for his body, the Tree Builder punch for his arms and the hearts on his chest.

The Santa's body Chocolate Slider uses a circle punch and the 1" square punch too.

Let me know if you'd like to attend a class to make these. They are such fun to make, and to give as gifts, I'd be happy to schedule a class to teach you how.

 


Santa's Gifts Stamp Set

Santa's Gifts Stampin Up Gift Tags

How Uber Cute are these gift tags I made using the very sweet stamp set Santa's Gifts which is a set of 10 stamps on page 68 of our 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.

I don't even own this set, I just borrowed it off a demonstrator friend at a recent stamping get together (that's what you do when you're part of an awesome Stampin' Up! team - you get together and stamp), and I stamped a few images in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White card, to have a play around with.

So glad I did! These tags ended up on a tree full of gift tags for a display at our recent Christmas in July event, along with a stack of other tags I made.

Stampin' Up Christmas Gift Tag Tree (1)

And notice the Cherry Cobbler tag right at the top of the tree with the Christmas trees on it? That tree stamp is from the same set.

Stampin' Up Christmas Gift Tag Tree (3)

Stampin' Up Christmas Gift Tag Tree (2)

The other stamp sets predominantly used here are the new Lots of Joy stamp set and a returning favourite, Festival of Trees stamp set.

I stamped enough images from Santa's Gifts to do a couple of other things, and since I was on a bit of a roll with the gorgeous Floral Frames Accordian cards (see my older post for more details on that), I decided to make one more with these fun images.

Santa's Gifts - Floral Frames Stampin Up card

I just loved how this card turned out with it's soft neutral background and lovely, cheery bright images.

These are just a couple of the cute Christmas stamp sets in Stampin' Up!'s offering this year.

Did you know a brand new Holiday Catalogue comes out in September. Please let me know if you'd like me to post a copy to you, I should have my stocks of them in the next week or so.


Christmas in July

Hi folks,

Sorry its taken me so long! I just had to come on and share some of our photos from our Christmas in July event - it was such a fun day - so many creative people in one room!

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Displays (1) (500x330)

Superstar Heidi's display items (3) (500x302)

Busy Beavers at work (1) (500x321)

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Displays (4) (346x500)  Margi's beautiful display (320x500)

A huge thank you to everyone who came along - we hope you got to make the gift card tote, the self-closing box, the pop-up diamond card, the floral frames card, the three gift tags and the four cute birdie note cards - or at least take home all the pieces and instructions!

Also a massive thank you to all the members of the Aussie Inkpressionist Stampin' Up! team for making such wonderful displays, fantastic projects for the guests to make, clever demonstrations, delicious food and bringing along your team members, family, friends and guests to enjoy the wonderful day!

We should definitely do more days like this!