Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

When I first glimpsed this kit in the Holiday Catalogue, I kind of thought, "Cute, but ho hum . . . "

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THEN . . . I saw one of my lovely team members creating cards from the kit while she was on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, and I changed my tune! These cards are so bright, cheery AND EASY TO MAKE!

The kit contains all the pieces you need to create 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs. And did you notice the gold foil envelope inserts? Oh MY!! they are the shiniest gold paper inserts you ever saw!

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And there is a co-ordinating stamp set with cute Christmas sentiments, as shown in the pictures above - OR you could use Christmas greetings already in your collection.

I ordered the kit for myself, and shared it at last week's We Create Wednesday class. The pieces included are great, and you don't have to stick with just the designs in the kit, you can come up with your own projects using the pieces.

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We made 3 of the cards from the kit, and we added extra gold stars using retired star punches, gold foil card and some gold glimmer paper, and on the red card we added the cute mini tinsel trim.

Then . . . we stepped away from the kit designs and cut up one of the cards, to make a matchbook cover instead.

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The Matchbook Cover holds a sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals, and because this little gift can be used any time of the year, we went away from the Christmas Greeting and stamped "For You" instead. This particular sentiment stamp comes from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set which was an amazingly popular limited edition set we had for a short time last year.

The other thing I did differently is stamp the greetings with Tranquil Tide ink instead of Basic Black which is what the kit suggested. I think the dark green is so much nicer than a black greeting.

Last week I featured lots of the product bundles from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and offered a small extra item with every bundle ordered. This week I am looking at all the gorgeous bundles in the Holiday Catalogue and since my sales goal for the 2017 Stampin' Up! year continues until the end of September, I am going to offer some beautiful ribbon to anyone who orders the 3 products below.

See the cute striped ribbon in the photo of the matchbook cover? It's $12.00 for a roll of 9.1 metres. I will send half a roll, (4.5 metres) to anyone who orders the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad during September. 

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Order online by clicking on the thumbnail pictures above, and when I receive confirmation of your order, I will post out your ribbon separately.

Just keep Stamping!!

Kathryn

 

P.S. I have just featured this set in another class - Christmas Extravaganza and will be sharing the projects online. Keep your eye out for them by checking on the event page here.


Cardmaking Ideas for Men #GDP103

GDP103_Theme_For_HimI hear the same thing so often, and I agree! It can be a real struggle to find products and come up with cardmaking ideas for masculine cards. So I love that the Global Design Project team has inspired and motivated us with a masculine themed challenge this week for #GDP103.

 

My latest masculine card idea inadvertently came from my husband a couple of months back, for a card that I could give him. I tucked the idea away secretly in a safe space in my brain and let it perculate for a few weeks, so I could make it into his 2017 birthday card.

So where did the idea come from?

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A couple of months ago, Tony did a weekend leathermaking course and he came home with a borrowed template to make a leatherworkers apron. I helped him make his own template - funny how I had all the right tools in the stamping room, along with a steady enough hand to cut all the curves freehand with a craft knife . . . 

He was so rapt with the finished template, it got me thinking, this year I could get away with making him an "Apron" birthday card. And so, I did!

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I used a full A4 sheet of our Soft Suede Card Stock, cutting 2 each of 1cm wide strips from the long side of the A4 card for the straps before scoring the remaining card in half for the apron.

I used one of our Oval Framelits to draw a pencil line for the curves at the top of the apron, and since I was not at home at the time, I cut the curves just with my Paper Snips.

I then sponged the edges of the card, straps and pocket with Soft Suede ink and one of our sponge daubers.

I hand drew the stitching with an Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker and stamped the tools from Guy Greeting Stamp Set on Sahara Sand card with Soft Suede ink and cut them out with the Paper Snips too.

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I cut an insert from Whisper White card for the inside and stamped it with the same tools and words from the Guy Greetings Stamp Set.

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I softened the straps by running them over my bone folder (like you do when you are curling ribbon) to break all the fibres in the paper, then scrunched each one up tightly and smoothed it out again. This helped to ease the card into an envelope without having to actually bend the straps, or leave obvious crease marks in them.

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I told Tony he was getting the best birthday card ever, and by his reaction, I think it must have come pretty close!

I'm so glad that the timing of his birthday / Father's Day worked in so well with this week's Global Design Project #GDP103 Theme - All About HIM. I wouldn't have wanted to post the photos of his card BEFORE I gave it to him LOL!

His birthday is extending out for another week anyway as one of his gifts was a Paddock to Plate Long lunch which we are going to enjoy this coming weekend. Let's hope the weather has warmed up a little by then! In the meantime it's perfect stamping weather, so I'm going to keep stamping! So many stamps! So little time!

If you'd like to come and stamp with me, I am planning a stamp afternoon in my stamping room on Saturday 16th of September - weekend after next. Look out for further details to come out in the next day or two.


Stampin' Up! Product V.I.P.'s

 

10-for-250

I am currently running a very special VIP 10 for 250 challenge.

I'm looking for 6 more people to place orders totalling $250 of product - when 10 spaces are filled, 1 of those 10 people will receive a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree. You can place your own $250 order to claim one of the spots, or gather orders from friends and as a $250 hostess you can claim a spot.
If your wishlist has been growing since the Annual Catalogue came out in June, now's the time to grab some of those items because until the end of August I'm offering a stack of extra freebies to the first 10 people who order $250 of products.
If 10 people place $250 orders before the end of this month three (3) people will receive a half price item - any current catalogue item - could be a Big Shot, or a set of Framelits, a bundle. AND seven (7) people will each be able to choose an extra $45 (minimum) in product for free. 
Also, once all the orders and Stampin' Rewards are claimed, all 10 buyers names will be entered in an online random name selector and the person chosen will receive an extra $250 Stampin' Up! Shopping Spree!! Yes, that's right! Another $250 to spend on your favourite Stampin' Up! Products! 
What are you waiting for? Four spaces have already gone and there are just 6 left. Get in touch and I'll help you with your order.

The Nitty Gritty!
If ordering online, be sure to include this Host Code PZHD26P6

Failure to include the Host Code means your order will not count in the 10 and you will receive just $25 in Stampin' Rewards instead of $45 or a half price item.
Can you imagine what you can buy with a $250 shopping spree?

Reward products can be selected from the current Annual Catalogue, or from the new Holiday Catalogue which starts on September 1st.

Shop online right now! 

When you shop online, I receive an email with your order total. As soon as the 10 for 250 challenge is full, I will use the random number selector to pick a winner!

(Not open to entrants from ACT or SA due to gaming restrictions in those states).

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

Every year Stampin' Up! offers an amazing all expenses paid Incentive Trip to demonstrators and their partners. We earn the trip by accruing "Flex points" (kind of like Fly Buy points) by undertaking certain activities all year, these include our product sales, recruiting new team members, leading our team, participating in Stampin' Up! run promotions.

I achieved the 2013 "Grand Vacation" and Stampin' Up! took Tony and I to Utah for the most amazing holiday! We loved every minute. This year, the trip on offer is an Alaskan Cruise, and I am working so hard to try to achieve it. I'm getting closer by the day, and am miles ahead of where I was this time last year. I would dearly love to achieve this trip, and every single order you place counts. That's why I want to reward you in return!

Don't forget, if 10 people place $250 in orders, all of the 10 people will get extra free products or a half price item and ONE of those people will get a $250 Stampin' Up! shopping spree from me!

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Cardmaking with Coordinating Product Bundles

Coordinating products sure do make cardmaking easier for successful, eye-catching projects.

Yesterday I looked at 5 Stampin' Up! product suites that include product bundles and a range of coordinating papers, ribbons and embellishments. Today I give you 5 more, each with a free gift if ordered from me by the end of August.

1. Celebration Time Bundle (page 81).

Celebrate Time Bundle

Buy the Celebration Time Bundle together with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and receive a gift of 2 metres each of 4 gorgeous sparkly ribbons - the Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party and Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon.

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2. Oh So Eclectic Bundle (pages 132 & 133)

These are such beautiful coordinating products. Every card I have made with this product suite so far, I have loved because the products compliment each other so beautifully!

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Buy the Oh So Eclectic Bundle, together with the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper and the Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays and receive 2 metres each of luxurious Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in 4 colours

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3. Colour Theory Suite (pages 146-147)

The beautiful Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Thinlets Dies are complimented perfectly with several coordinating products including paper, ribbon, glitter dots and Memories and More Cards.

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Buy the stamp & thinlet bundle, along with the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and receive a packet of the Glitter Enamel Dots as your free gift

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4. Wood Textures Suite (pages 158-159)

I adore these country style designs with the warmth of natural timber - so cosy!

Wood Textures Suite

Order the Wood Words Bundle and the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and receive a roll of the delicious versatile Copper Trim as a gift.

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 5. A Little Wild Bundle (page 108)

These dear little animal stamps make gorgeous swing tags when teamed with the Little Loves Framelits Dies - perfect for welcoming a new baby.

A Little Wild Bundle

Purchase the bundle, along with the Bundle of Love Cardstock Pack and a packet of Linen thread and receive as your gift 2 metres each of the gorgeous Ombre Ribbon, so soft and gentle for your baby gifts.

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 The Fine Print:

All items can be purchased separately as well.

Click on the items to shop online. Or contact me direct to order. If you order online, your free gift will come separately from me after your order is finalized. If you order direct with me, your gift will be enclosed with your order.

My 50-50 promotion is still running. Anyone who orders one of these bundles (total product value around $100 mark) will get 2 entries in the 50-50 promotion - ie 2 chances to win a $50 Stampin' Up! gift voucher.

Yesterdays' Post with 5 other bundles.


Cardmaking success with Stampin' Up! Product Bundles

Do you sometimes get stuck with your card-making ideas, because even though you have an idea in your head, sometimes the products you have in your stash just don't quite go together?

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Stampin' Up! Product Suites ensure product co-ordination problems are a thing of the past!

Stamp sets have matching cutting tools, papers have co-ordinating patterns and even images to cut with the same tools, ribbons and embellishments compliment the colours in the product suite. It's a real win, win and sure makes creative cardmaking a whole lot easier and whole lot more rewarding with the stunning results.

You can get everything you need in some awesome 10% off bundles to create gorgeous papercraft projects, plus, because I am trying really hard to reach a sales goal which will a) help me advance in demonstrator title, and b) help me earn more points towards the Stampin' Up! annual Incentive Trip, if you buy one of these bundles with the listed coordinating product from me, before close of business on 31st August, 2017 you will receive the pictured extra coordinating items for free, from me as a little thank you.

1. Eastern Palace Product Suite (page 18-19 of Annual Catalogue)

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Buy the Photopolymer Bundle plus the Specialty Designer Series Paper, receive the beautiful Gold Vinyl Stickers as a free gift. 

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2. Coffee Café Product Suite (page 30-31)

Coffee Break Suite

Buy the Photopolymer Bundle, plus the Designer Series Paper, plus the Corrugated Elements, receive 2 metres each of the Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbons to really enhance your projects

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3. At Home Bundle (page 54)

At Home Bundle

Buy the At Home Photopolymer Bundle plus the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and receive at packet of Boxwood Wreath Embellishments to hang on those doors and make them look so Christmassy!

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4. Birthday Memories Suite (pages 68-69)

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I just love that the Birthday Delivery Bundle includes stamp set, Framelits and Designer Series Paper and that many of the images in the paper can be cut with the framelits! Buy this bundle along with the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments and receive 2 metres each of the 4 coordinating Stitched Edge Ribbons - that's 8 metres of ribbon in Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. 

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5. Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite) (pages 76-77)

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite

For Gift Packaging, gift tags and gorgeous greeting cards, you can't go past the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite. Order the Stamp Set and Thinlets Bundle, together with the luxurious Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and a roll of Berry Burst Fine Woven Ribbon to tie your packages and receive a packet of matching Mini Gift Bows. So Cute

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Don't you just love all the delicious product coordination? I know I do! It sure makes creating easier.

If you would like to order any of these product bundles, you may contact me direct or click on the image to be taken to the online shop to order for yourself. If you do order online, your free gift (listed with the bundle items) will be mailed to you separately from me after your order is finalized.

Don't forget I am also running a 50-50 board at the moment, so anyone ordering one of these bundles will have their name on the 50-50 board twice and will have 2 chances to win a $50 Stampin' Up! gift voucher.

I will be back tomorrow with 5 more fun product bundles to keep you creating successfully!


Making Merry Monday #9

Whooops!!! Well, it's not Monday!

But it's only just a little bit after, right? LOL

And I did do a Facebook Live video solely for Making Merry Monday!

Here it is! WATCH VIDEO

 

I'll be back tomorrow with lots more bundles of products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue to share with you - with some Freebies I am offering this month!

Buy the Carols of Christmas Bundle here. 

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Favourite Colour Combinations

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It's another Thursday evening blog hop with my stamping friends on the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team and we are exploring our favourite Stampin' Up! colour combinations.

Choosing the right colour scheme can be essential to your design and with Stampin’ Up!s stunning collection, there are 50 colours to choose from. There’s sure to be some combinations that work really well together and you can take inspiration from.

If you are starting here, or if you've already been hopping through the blog roll, welcome. I would love you to leave a comment at the bottom before clicking on the arrow to go to the next blog. You can do a full circle of the blogs and come right back here, just by clicking the "Next" arrow at the bottom of each one.

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Recently I have been playing with the colour combination Night of Navy and Whisper White. These two are a power packed pair of colours on their own, but I LOVE how together they can be combined with nearly every other colour! 

 

And one of the loveliest things to do is apply our favourite colour combinations to brand new Product Suites, or look at the colours in new packets of Designer Series Papers and discover gorgeous new colour combinations that you may not have thought of yourself.

I have loved experimenting with the Oh So Eclectic Product Suite which includes stamp set, framelits and beautiful Designer Series Paper, which really lends itself to Night of Navy and Whisper White base cards with a pop of colour.

Oh So Eclectic cards

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Z-fold card

 Using Night of Navy and Whisper White as your base sure makes an elegant, bold statement, no matter which other colour you add to the mix.

I'd love to know what you think, so please leave a comment and then it's time to continue on the blog hop to the blog of the very talented Andrea Roberts. Click on the arrow to go there.

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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:

 


Making Merry Monday#8

Hey there!

Can you believe its Monday again?

And its almost over! Just sneaking in a really quick Making Merry Monday.

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Our lovely Stamp Club ladies got to create a couple of Z-fold cards last week to compliment the other Be Merry Christmas Cards I had finished earlier.

They made an awesome display at our casual kiosk on Friday.

I'll be putting together some Christmas card stamp-a-stacks for coming weeks.

Let me know which weekday you can attend.

 


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.

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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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Got any questions? Contact me!

Kathryn Ruddick

0418 361 931

kathryn@katlodesigns.com

 

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New Stampin' Up! Favourites

ESAD Favourites July 2017

Time to share some more love from the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. It's just over a month old now, and my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends on the Facebook Group ESAD are loving it! So tonight we are sharing the love with you!

You may have arrived here from the blog of Maree McIntosh, or you may be starting here, either way, welcome!

I've chosen to work on some Christmas in July projects - it always seems that way as the new catalogue always starts just when I am about to start planning those fun wintertime events, so I was very pleased to see the gorgeous new product suite, BE MERRY in the catalogue.

Be Merry Stampin' Up!

 Before I go ahead and show you my projects, just in case you are wondering what ESAD is . . . 

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I loved having a play with the Merry Mistletoe Stamp Set and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper and to get myself started, I decided to CASE one of the cards on page 112 of the catalogue. You can see I changed it a little, leaving out the vellum layer but schoozing up the banner label.

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Creating this card left me with two leftover strips of the DSP which loaned themselves beautifully to a simple white on white card, with a jazzy label. I've used the very yummy new Dynamic Embossing Folder "Ruffled" on the top white layer - but unfortunately in our blue grey winter daylight it's a bit hard to capture in a photo!

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 This got my mojo really happening and I started playing around with another half a dozen fun simple cards using the stamps and Designer Series Paper. None of these are stuck down yet, I want to incorporate the Boxwood Wreaths and the Cherry Cobbler Stitched Ribbon, but you can see the track I am taking - and I just have to say, I am SO loving the traditional Christmas colours!

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I can't wait to finish them off, but in the meantime, please leave some comment love in the comments section and then you could continue on the blog hop to the blog of Rosalie Desmond by clicking on the next arrow.

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If you get lost on the blog hop, please come back to this list and find your way again! Have fun! xx

Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton