Stamp set & Punch bundles

Kelly's Friends

Kelly's friends blog header

I'm delighted this evening to share a happy, happy blog hop with lots of stamping friends, brought together by our inspiring creative friend Kelly Kent from WA, who celebrated her 5th Stampin' Anniversary in May and wanted to send around some cheer and brightness to celebrate.

It's so nice to just create some really cheerful bright cards to counter this grey, murky Melbourne weather. I have a favourite stamp set for making bright cheery cards, it's a Go To stamp set for me and I'm so glad it is carrying over into our new Annual Catalogue!

Flower Shop Happiness (650x133)

Did you guess it is Flower Shop Stamp Set and the matching Pansy Punch?

Ive teamed it with greetings from Best Birds stamp set, Birthday Blooms stamp set and Suite Sayings. And a background stamp from Best Birds and my favourite leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic, which is sadly retiring with the old catalogue and won't be available to purchase after today 😥

Flower Shop Happiness 2 (550x324)

And I've loved using a mix of old and new colours. Did you notice on the 1st card I've used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, and on the second card I've used the new Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst.

Flower Shop Happiness 5 (550x262)

The highlights on the first and third black and white cards are Lemon Lime Twist, and the second card features Berry Burst.

Flower Shop Happiness 4 (550x254)

These three cheery cards feature some favourite bright colours - Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Dapper Denim, and I pulled some rather old Washi Tape out of my collection to try to use up.

Then I pulled an old favourite layout out - this is one I use in EVERY beginner stamping class, because it's so easy but so wow factor, and again mixed old with new colours.

Flower Shop Happiness 3 (550x261)

I really love how many different looks you can achieve with the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch!

Next you are off to Valerie's Blog - click on the "Next" picture to see it! Enjoy the blog hop!

 

Kelly's friends next button

In case there is a broken link, you can come back to this list :

  1. Kelly Kent - http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/05/31/stamping-with-friends-celebrating-5-years-part-two/
  2. Billie Moan - http://ramblingrosestudio.com/kellys-stamping-friends-2/
  3. Rochelle Blok - http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  4. Kayla Renee MacAulay - http://www.stampinwithkayla.com/2017/05/tickled-pink-for-you-kellys-stamping.html
  5. Jacqui Crouch - http://crouchingdoggraphics.com.au/2017/05/31/celebrating-kellys-5-years-of-stampinup
  6. Tina Gillespie http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-happy-blog-hop.html
  7. Kathryn Ruddick http://www.katlodesigns.com/stamping_with_kathryn_low/2017/05/kellys-friends.html
  8. Valerie Moody - http://www.stampingwithval.com/2017/05/31/happy-anniversary-kelly/
  9. Jo Weedon- http://joweedon.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/happy-5th-birthday-kelly.html
  10. Danielle Bennenk http://wp.me/p7kGAo-Dc
  11. Nikki Spencer http://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  12. Sylvia Verhulst-Batenburg http://mijnfreubelhoekie.nl/2017/05/31/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  13. Richelle Fletcher - https://stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  14. Chloe Evans - http://chloscraftcloset.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop-happy.html
  15. Rachael Lewsley - http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop/
  16. Lou Kitzelman - http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  17. Courtenay Heuston - http://bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop.html
  18. Denita Wright-Smee - http://denitawright.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  19. Christine Blain: http://christineblain.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  20. Martha Groeger: https://www.cookiescraftco.de/2017/06/01/kelly-s-stamping-friends-blog-hop-celebrating-5-years/
  21. Patrice Easton: http://springblossommusings.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  22. Sandra Collett: http://sanzstamps.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  23.  Cheryl O'Bree - http://nyobre.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/stampin-friends-blog-hop.html

Stampin' Newsletter and End of Sale-a-bration

On Monday evening I emailed out my customer newsletter. 

It had a one off, special offer in it for this final week of Sale-a-bration.

I don't do special offers too often, but given that March is my birthday month, and given that the Occasional Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure have some truly gorgeous co-ordinating products, I wanted to give Sale-a-bration a lovely send-off.

Who can go past the Hot Air Balloons in the the Lift Me Up Bundle, matched with the stunning free Sale-a-bration paper?

Lift Me Up Bundle

Carried Away DSP

Or the Dragonfly Bundle and the fun Inside the Lines Colouring Paper?

Dragonfly Dreams

Inside the Lines

Here are some projects made by myself and a couple of my team members to show you how we've been using these amazing products.

Hot Air Balloons and Dragonflies

There are several other bundles in the Occasions Catalogue which co-ordinate beautifully with items available FREE through Sale-a-bration, as a free gift with $90 product order.

But Sale-a-bration ends midnight this Friday.

In my newsletter there is an extra free gift, limited to the first 15 customers who place a Sale-a-bration order online before midnight Friday.

Australian Shoppers please use this Stampin' Rewards Code when placing your order On Line : AM3YZQ4S

Shop Online Here

If I normally place your orders for you, I will be doing so this Friday afternoon. You will need to have payment to me prior to that. If your order is $90, you will need to select a FREE Sale-a-bration item on top of that (pick two just in case your first preference is no longer available). And if you are within my first 15 buyers this week you will also get one of my special March Madness End of Month gifts.

 


Centre Step Card Ideas

I love it when I get asked to make a really special card for someone's significant birthday.

Firstly, it's a compliment that someone loves my work enough to invite me to craft something beautiful for them to give to someone they really care about, and secondly, it allows me a chance to extend myself beyond my normal everyday cards.

I was recently asked to make a 90th Birthday Card for a much loved Mum - something bright and floral and larger than standard size.

Blooms & Bliss Botanical Centre Step Card (5)

I teamed Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper with Botanical Blooms Thinlet Dies and the Numbers of Years and Letters for You stamp sets and framelits to create this centre step card. I love it! And so did the lady who asked me to create it.

Here's a couple of the steps.

The base card is full A4 Shimmer White card, scored in half and then the centre step scorelines and cuts made at 3cm in from each edge.

The mats of Rich Razzleberry and the DSP were then cut to fit inside each panel (lots of measuring with a clear ruler).

Blooms & Bliss Botanical Centre Step Card (1)

I then cut stacks (more than I would need) of flowers and leaves from the Botanical Blooms Thinlets in Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry Card Stock and stamped the lines on the leaves.

Blooms & Bliss Botanical Centre Step Card (2)

The numbers and letters were stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Shimmery White and cut out and it was all adhered together with a mix of mini gluedots, Stampin' Dimenionals and Fast Fuse Tape.

Blooms & Bliss Botanical Centre Step Card (3)

I love that it was big enough to put MUM on the inside with still plenty of space to write.

Blooms & Bliss Botanical Centre Step Card (4)

A few people have commented to me that the Numbers of Years and Letters for You bundles of stamps and framelits are just too expensive. However, I have used them so much already that they have certainly paid for themselves! And they are in our Annual Catalogue which means they are available to order for another seven (7) or so months, so you can certainly get your money's worth!

Or, consider getting them as part of a Stampin' Up! starter kit, where you select $235 of product but only pay $169 for it. Bargain!

Ask me about it today!


Stamping Retreat Challenge

We are still relaying stories of our wonderful weekend stamping retreat at the end of September. It was such a wonderful get away for 25 of our fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators, to get to know each other, to be inspired by each other to get a stack of cardmaking and scrapbooking done! Can't wait for the next one now, it was just SO good!

One of the things we organised - thanks to my lovely fellow demonstrator Michelle Corbett, bringing along a shoebox full of cut and stamped bits that were leftover from unfinished projects, was a THREE PIECE CHALLENGE

3 Piece Challenge pieces

We spread all the pieces over a table and each participant came along and selected just THREE pieces, and the objective was sometime over the weekend they had to make a finished project incorporating the three pieces. We got them to take a photo of the three pieces first, then when they had finished, they lined their finished project up alongside all the others on the table.

The variety was amazing! There were gift bags, straight cards, fancy fold cards, gift boxes! Such talent!

Here's mine!

3 Piece Challenge (2)

I loved the colours in the retired Designer Series Paper tag and could definitely see them teaming with the butterflies. After thinking about it for a while, I felt it deserved a fancy fold card, so I settled on a Centre-Step-Card.

3 Piece Challenge (1)

And the fantastic thing about being on a weekend stamping retreat is that you are with 25 other ladies who all brought along CAR LOADS of stamps - some of which you may not own! Like this one!

Petals & Paisleys (400x400)

I borrowed Paisleys & Posies from Michelle to complete my card. Paisleys & Posies is an 18 piece photopolymer stamp set which is in the current Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue, complete with matching Paisley Framelits, Pretty Paisley Embossing Folder and gorgeous Petals & Paisley Specialty Designer Series Paper.

You can view the whole product suite byclicking here or on the photo above.

This was a really great challenge, everyone enjoyed it and we were all "wow-ed" by each others creations.

We will be running two retreats next year - one for our stamping clients and another one for our team members. Be sure to ask us how you can attend.


International Project Highlights

 

International Project Highlights

Welcome to our International Project Highlights using current Stampin' Up!® Products. We have created this gallery of projects to inspire you!

We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see a close up of our projects. You can see the gallery below and this will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost.

At my team night last week, I asked the girls if they wanted to work on Christmas, Halloween or One Sheet Wonder projects. There were a couple of votes for Halloween - and I think that's because Halloween just isn't big in Australia, so if we are going to have half a catalogue full of Halloween images, then we need all the inspiration we can get in order to use those stamps!

Cookie Cutter Halloween

My lovely team member Michele brought along her Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set, then Jenny, Alisha, Heidi, Michelle, Michele and I decided to use the mummy stamp to make some get well cards after seeing one that was pinned on Pinterest by Peggy Melott. 

Cookie Cutter Halloween Get Well Cards (2)

I love how these came up, and as Michelle stamped a few extra mummies for me, I decided to come up with another one.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Get Well Cards (1)   Cookie Cutter Halloween Get Well Cards (4)

I used the papers from the "A Little Foxy" Designer Series Paper stack, teaming it with Calypso Coral and Pool Party card stock. The greeting stamp is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Get Well Cards (6)

Isn't that cute?

Thanks for visiting our blogs today, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. We know that you will love our gallery of projects made by Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from around the world!



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!

Best Birds Bundle (1)

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.

Best Birds Bundle (2)

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!

Best Birds Bundle (4)

Best Birds Bundle (5)

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.

Best Birds Bundle (3)

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.

Best Birds Bundle (6)

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?

2016-07-21 16.25.40 (499x307)

Best Birds Bundle (7)

Best Birds Bundle (8)

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.


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!

Botanical Blooms Cottage Garden Note Cards (1)

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

Botanical Blooms Cottage Garden Note Cards (2)

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!

Botanical Blooms Cottage Garden Note Cards (6)

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?


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.

Botanical Blooms (16)

Botanical Blooms (17)

Botanical Blooms (21) Botanical Blooms Bundle Birthday Cards (8)  Botanical Blooms Bundle Birthday Cards (4)  Botanical Blooms Bundle Birthday Cards (9)

There are so many variations you can do!

Which one is your favourite?

Botanical Blooms Stamp Set 140757G (400x400)   Botanical Builder Framelits 140625G (400x400)

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 Inspiration

A Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop with the Art With Heart Team  Art with Heart Blog Hop Badge (250x250)

How did you enjoy the ESAD Blog Hop earlier this week? So many fabulous ideas, and all so totally different, that today I am doing it all again with some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls.

When new catalogues come out, one thing Stampin' Up! demonstrators LOVE to do is participate in card swaps so we can share all sorts of ideas and inspiration with each other. It's a great way to get lots of samples of finished cards, without having to buy all the stamp sets in the catalogue.

If that interests you, you should seriously consider joining Stampin' Up! on an active team like ours where you not only meet awesome stamping friends, but you get lots of opportunities to stamp with them and share your creativity. Ask one of us today (after you've done a full lap of the blog hop!).

Today for my post, I want to show you two different cards I made, with the same stamp set, for two different card swaps.

The Stamp set is from the Sparkly Season Bundle

Sparkly Season Bundle

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I knew it was going to have to join my collection as I just love the nutcracker stamp - reminds me of the beautiful collection my favourite auntie used to bring out each Christmas to decorate her house.

I stamped the Nutcracker on the new Thick Whisper White card and water-coloured it using the aquapainter with Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green ink pads and then some tiny touches of extra shading with the Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Smoky Slate markers.

Sparkly Season cards (1)

Yes, I had to make 12 cards for the swap . . . 

Sparkly Season cards (4)

 

For the other card swap, I chose to use the ballerina stamp from the same bundle of products.

Sparkly Season cards (5)

This one is also water-coloured, but because she is such a tiny image, I decided to step her up into a shaker card, and I chose to use several bits out of the To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit - this is such an awesome kit with so many bits and pieces in it!

To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit (499x499)

Here's a close up of some of the gorgeous sparkly sequins from the kit, surrounding the tiny dancer. So cute!

Sparkly Season cards (2)

Plenty of other bits and pieces to use in the Shaker Card Kit, and plenty more stamps in the Sparkly Season stamp set that I haven't used yet!

Well, if you arrived from Jenny's blog, then it's time to let you continue on the blog hop. If you are just joining us here, click the Next button at the bottom of each post to travel through the blog hop. We hope you are inspired to get creating with the new Holiday Catalogue.

The next blog in the hop belongs to the delightful Tina Gillespie. Art With Heart Blog Hop Next Blog Badge (250x202)

 

 

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. Rachel Woollard
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kate Morgan
  4. Judy May
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Tina Gillespie
  9. Kathryn Mangelsdorf