Kids

Cardmaking ideas for kids - #GDP095

As a member of Stampin' Up!'s Global Events Council team, I was delighted to get to play with prior and demonstrate the gorgeous Birthday Memories Suite of products at our demonstrator training day "On Stage" in April. Since then I have taught several classes using these super cute products, and they never fail to give gorgeous results!

Recently, I needed to do a really basic beginners class, and I switched to the Birthday Memories Suite again because it is so versatile for really easy kids card making ideas and projects.

Birthday Memories

These super simple and very economical cards are simple variations of the cards I showcased at On Stage, and my demonstrator friends will agree when I say how perfect these are to show to someone who is seeing card making, rubber stamping and papercraft for the first time.

Anyone can give these a go and create a fun card!

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I don't often have time to participate in online cardmaking challenges, so I was very stoked to realise that my recent card class fitted right in with this week's Global Design Project theme #GDP095 - kids! Thanks Kylie and crew! It's so nice to share the love of our amazing Stampin' Up! products, and be inspired by the talented members of the GDP team and other participants.

If you haven't got your hands on these gorgeous products yet, click on any of the icons below to order today.

 

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Kathryn Ruddick

0418 361 931

kathryn@katlodesigns.com

 

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Swirly Bird Card Making Ideas

Just a really quick post today, to share a rebuild of an old favourite!

When the latest Stampin' Up! annual catalogue came out in June, I think just about every demonstrator pre-ordered Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Thinlets.

I've seen a few variations of this card now, and this is the 4th or 5th one I have made, but it never ceases to be a fun card to make, and to get a great reaction from the recipient.

Welcome Swirly Bird Minnie!

Swirly Bird Minnie Mouse

Featuring Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper and Ruched Ribbon, Petite Pansy Punch and Bow Builder Punch, this is a fun card to make, and easy to do with the 8-12 year old girls who would probably most love it!

Give it a try today!

Buy Swirly Bird Online Here.


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


Punch Art Kiwis for my New Zealand family

So, I DID promise to tell you a bit about where on earth I have been since late March, and why I haven't been on here telling you all about the end of Sale-a-bration, and the end of the Weekly Deals as we know it, and the Retiring Products and end of our 2016 catalogue.

Well, in the lead up to my husband's first full Ironman event, we decided to take a long weekend and head across the ditch to catch up with some family. Since his dad passed, we have felt it more and more important to stay in touch with the New Zealand side of his family and re-connect with his roots.

And the Kiwi's are SO hospitable!

It was very much a flying visit, but I think we caught up with about 30 relatives in under four days!

And we managed to fit in some recreation and inspiration at the same time.

We went with his gorgeous cousin and dear aunt to a garden centre for lunch - and I have to say, I was REALLY, REALLY taken with this beautiful wall art!

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How stunning is that? And SO many Stampin' Up! colours in there! I can't wait to make something inspired by it!

After our lunch, we had a wander through the garden centre shop and OMG! Look what the heck I found!

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Now, for some reason I seem to have collected a few of those exciting new adult colouring in books, but I've never coloured in any of them, however, this got me really excited! Ha ha! Have you done any colouring yet?

We managed to find a time slot to have a swim in the stunning new Millenium Swimming Pool, which was quite a miracle since every amazing swimmer in New Zealand was there trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics. We also got to see Tony's young cousin play a couple of awe-inspiring water polo matches in the same pool on the Saturday.

We wanted to fit in a long run (for the Ironman training) while we were away, so we headed north to the Orewa Lagoon and did a lap of the lagoon and half a dozen laps of the gorgeous beach, clocking up 23kms in the stunning conditions. If you're ever in the area, the beach is lovely and a walk around the lagoon would be a beautiful way to pass a couple of hours!

When we arrived back in Melbourne, I really wanted to make a thank you card for each of the households who hosted us or went out of their way to catch up with us over that weekend. I had a bit of a search on Pinterest and found some punch art Kiwi cards, which I thought were very cute, so I decided to create a handful of similar ones.

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To start with, that's a lot of circle punches, and lots of "eyes" from the Owl Builder Punch.

There's also a little bit of guess work in cutting the beaks from Word Window Punch shapes.

I used the "A World Of Thanks" stamp for the background and the grass image from "Wetlands" stamp set.

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Each card was just ever so slightly different, depending on the placement of the eyes and beaks of the kiwis. So much fun and I love how they came up!

I got some lovely response from over the ditch too, so how nice is that - to have ones creations appreciated!

I felt we were no sooner back from Auckland than I headed to Sydney for a long weekend for the Stampin' Up! On Stage event where we had our Product Premiere and new Catalogue Launch. I'll be back to share some of that excitement with you in a day or so!

Kathryn


Black & White Card Projects

During 2014 I was involved in a Mystery Box Swap with a group of my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.

We had a list of projects to make through out the year, and many of us picked a theme to work with. I chose a colour theme - Black & White.

Modern Medley Stampin' Up!

For each months' given projects, I made them mostly using or featuring Black & White. This worked really well because at the start of the year, the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue had a packet of

Designer Series Paper (DSP) called Modern Medley

which was a selection of Very Vanilla and Basic Black prints, and then when we got the new catalogue in July, there was a gorgeous new DSP pack called

Back to Black. 

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I'm excited to show you some of the projects I made for the 2014 Mystery Box swap - keep in mind that as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I generally show you projects containing only products that are current - you can order them now - however, for the Mystery Box project, we were able to use products that were current "At any time" during 2014. So some of the products you see may no longer be available to order.

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Boys Will Be Boys Stamp Set

I love the funky retro robot from Boys Will be Boys Stamp set and some of our Designer Series Paper prints are perfect just for adding that cheerful background to really step up quite a simple card.

The Robot is stamped in Momento Black Stazon Ink and coloured with the Blendabilities.

We had to make three kids cards to include in the Mystery Box, and I loved the robot so much, I decided to make another using it. This one had a little more work involved.

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Yep! It's MAGIC!! Don't you love it!

I have to say that I admire with the utmost respect any cardmaker who has successfully made one of these magic window cards - as it took me lots of goes and lots of wasted cardstock to get it right! Well done to all you talented ladies who get it right!

My third card in the Black & White for kids was much simpler! A bit of happy heat embossing, and a cheerful colour combo.

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Again, the DSP in this case just lends itself to a happy, funky background to make the stamped image pop. Don't be shy to test out those printed papers for the layers of your cards!

I'll be back in a day or two with more Black and White gorgeousness for you!

Happy Stamping!

Kathryn


Foxy Stampin' Up! Blendabilities

My Stamp Club ladies asked me to show them how to use the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilites. They are a new product in this year's Annual Catalogue. Have you seen them yet?

I hadn't done much playing with them, so it was great to do a bit of research and plan some projects for the Stamp Club. 

I chose the Life in the Forest stamp set, as the images are quite small and simple - which is good when you have 6-8 ladies all waiting to use the same stamp and the same markers.

We made three cards, all of them inspired by ones I had found on google images and adapted to suit the Blendabilities instead of other methods of colouring.

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For this first one we kept the card really simple, stamping the background with Lovely as a Tree stamp set and then just lightly sponging the green and blue. The card which inspired this was watercoloured all over.

We stamped the fox from Life in the Forest direct onto the card and sponged around.

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The second one was much the same again, no background stamping, but the same sponging, accessorised with the polaroid framelit from On Film Framelits set and a couple of other finishing touches that added texture and colour, inspired by a card from Maria Willis.

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For our third practice run of colouring the fox with the Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, we really stepped up the card - again inspired by one on Google Images which unfortunately didn't have a legible name on it and I've not been able to find again, but a really lovely card - we all adored how the black layers underneath made the other colours pop.

By this time the Stamp Club ladies had coloured the fox three times for practise and also coloured the trees and the mushroom, so it was a great introduction to the Blendabilities.

This coming Saturday is World Card Making Day and I will be having a casual stamping get together in my stamping room from 11 until 3 (finishing at 3pm sharp).  If you've not coloured with the Blendabilities before, come along and give it a go.  I am also planning on trying out a couple of techniques I've not done for a while, including Brick Wall and Faux Tiles.  Let me know if you can come along.

World Card Making Day specials - from 1st to 6th October, Stampin' Up! are offering some discounted items, including ink pads, A4 card stock, some envelopes, Fast Fuse and refill and several stamp sets. Pop back tomorrow to see the full list and the link to my online store.

Catch you soon!


Retiring Products Blog Hop

Welcome to our final ESAD blog hop for the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, especially if you are coming to me from Andrea Buckland's blog - welcome.

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These retiring products have been among our favourites, so we thought we’d give them another good bash before they are no longer available for sale.

Which retiring products am I going to miss?

I've picked out three of my favourites from the last catalogue year - Betsy’s Blossoms Stamp Set, Bug Me Stamp Set and the really gorgeous Simply Fabulous Simply Sent Kit.

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But, before I show you more of my Bug Me Betsy Blossom Cards, you may be wondering :

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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I've had these little frames in my collection for a while and decided to fill them up with cheerfulness - I've loved Bug Me and Betsy's Blossoms stamp sets and will be keeping them in my stash as they are so useful and cute!

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Can you imagine these grouped on a nursery wall?

Or even without the frames, they'd make a super cute pack of note cards for someone special.

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If you've left me a comment and are ready to continue on the blog hop, click on her name here to go to Sally William's blog now.

Here's the list of participants in the blog hop. If you get lost or disconnected, you can always come back here and copy the next persons link in to your browser.

1.  Narelle Hoggard

www.handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com

2.  Emily Campbell

www.tinykiwicards.blogspot.co.nz

3.  Kelli Gordon

www.kelliskards.blogspot.com.au

4.  Kelly Kent

www.mypapercraftjourney.com

5.  Andrea Buckland

www.creatingcardswithandrea.blogspot.com

6.  Kathryn Ruddick - YOU ARE HERE

www.katlodesigns.com

7.  Sally Williams

www.sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz

8.  Keryn Campbell

www.kerynscards.com

9.  Yvonne Walker

www.yvonnescreativecorner.blogspot.com

10.  Richelle Fletcher

www.stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com

11.  Teresa Leggo

www.teresascreativecards.blogspot.com

12.  Clare Mcilhatton

www.crafty-cow.com


Stampin' Up! Chalk Talk Choo Choo!

I love the Chalk Talk Bundle from Stampin' Up!

For our major craft shows in October last year, I created a whole poster of cards and a banner featuring this awesome set.

Chalk Talk Bundle

Well, I haven't gotten bored with it yet! I'm still using it regularly and still loving it!

I was recently looking for some ideas to use Zoo Babies stamp set and I came across a super cute idea by Susan Campfield - www.suestampfield.com.

Of course the idea grew very fast from two carriages to one in each of the In-colours, but this time I decided to steer away from Baked Brown Sugar and use So Saffron instead.

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I just love how there are so many cute animals to choose from in the Zoo Babies set!

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These are really simple and fun to make and how cute would that look as the centrepiece at a kids birthday party - and at the end of the day each child gets to take a train carriage home!

If you haven't purchased the Chalk Talk Stamp Set or Framelits yet, did you know you can get it with a 15% discount if you buy both the stamps & framelits as a bundle?

You can order these items by emailing or texting me, or if you are a FB user, send me a private message. If you'd prefer to order them yourself, it's easy with our online shopping.

What are you waiting for? Get your Chalk Talk stamp set & framelits at 15% off by ordering the bundle today.

Kathryn. 

 


Happy Chocolate Bunny Day to You!!

Of course this is a little tongue in cheek. Easter means so much more to a whole lot of people than just chocolate eggs. In fact, a great many people don't really relate chocolate eggs to the whole Easter story at all . . .

However, if you have little ones, or if you are a granny to little ones, there is a fairly good chance you may have been among those up early this morning helping them to seek out chocolate goodies one sneaky nocturnal visitor may have left in various places around the house. Or if you're like me - any excuse for an extra dose of chocolate! LOL!

Today, it is a pleasure to share with your some cute Easter gifts my mum Jenny made recently.

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These cute gift boxes in adorable colours were made using the Big Shot and Fancy Favour Die along with the very lovely Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper, all from Stampin' Up!

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This cute little purse gift is also made from the Fancy Favour Die, just use the extra score lines to fold in the creases for the gusset. And a Designer Label Framelit was used for the bag topper. See how my clever mum has made sure the adorable birds are lined up perfectly in the Framelit to go on the front of the bag?

Nice job mum!!

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Well, best wishes to you and your family for a very safe and happy Easter. If you ducked away for a long weekend, travel safe! If you're having a lovely traditional roast lunch at home with your family today, have an enjoyable and memorable family meal.

As of this coming week I am working fulltime in my stamping business. I will be busily finishing off my room and kicking off some more classes. Hope to see you very soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

Stampin' Up! Senior Manager