Northern Lights Technique for Cards

Step By Step

A little while ago one of my stamping team members asked if we could do the Northern Lights Technique at Team Night, so she could learn how to do it.

You can make some pretty effective cards with this lovely technique.

Here's what I did!

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Use the Stampin' Up! Sponge Daubers to apply Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Inks across your Whisper White card.

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Mask off the lovely "sky" with a piece of torn scrap paper, then sponge the whole bottom section using Night of Navy Ink, and a little Early Espresso and a little Black if you feel the need to go darker.

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Gently start sponging some of the darkness into the sky.

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Stamp a gorgeous silhouette image over your background - I used the ever popular "Lovely As A Tree" stamp set.

Add some white dots to the sky for stars, and layer onto your base card. I've used a thin layer of Whisper White onto a base card of Wild Wasabi. The greeting is heat embossed with white embossing powder.

So effective, don't you think?

Don't forget July is Bonus Days month with Stampin' Up! If you place a product order for $90 (plus postage) you will receive a $9 coupon to redeem in August. Click on the Bonus Days picture belong to go to my online shop to find out more!

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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 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.


Memory Keeping

I am really, really bad at making time to scrapbook my photos and record all our treasured events and memories. I am years behind!

And I'm not talking about each year of a child's life or their schooling, I am talking about our wedding, and several overseas trips and a gorgeous Tasmanian holiday and working in the Kimberley, and my stamping journey - because while I have been a paper crafter forever, I have also been with Stampin' Up! for 8 years, so it's a pretty big part of who I am and what I do.

After the events of the past weekend - while we were attending a fantabulous Stampin' Up! training day and new catalogue sneak peak, news started to filter through about the terrorist attacks in Paris - and I got to thinking that it's more important than ever for us to keep our memories alive, celebrated and up to date and there has to be a faster and easier way to do it than the traditional scrapbooking - which looks amazing, but get's put off because everything has to be "Just so . . . " 

Very timely this week as our regular monthly Blog Hop is all about Memory Keeping! Join me after 8am on Thursday morning to see what project I came up with to do some super quick, fun saving of my memories and to see what else my stamping friends have been working on.

Pop Out Swing Card - Super Easy

Have you seen one of the popular techniques going around at the moment?

Pop-Out Swing Cards

Everyone's making them and when I had to make a birthday card recently for a special person, I decided I would give it a go, instead of just making a standard card. 

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I actually can't believe how easy it was to just whip this card up!

For the front panel, I used the Square Framelits to cut the window - they just happen to be on the Weekly Deals this week (Wed 5th Aug to Tues 11th Aug) in case you were thinking they might be a must have in your collection!

The cute candles are from the Build a Birthday stamp set on page 11 of our Annual Catalogue.

This is the kind of card we make at my Stamp Club or my Business Women's Unlock your Creativity Networking group - nice and easy so you can recreate it at home, but plenty of wow factor so you can give it someone special.

If you are looking for project inspiration that isn't hard to repeat when you get home, ask me about my events today.


Art With Heart Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop


And since I've had my first real big holiday from stamping, and classes and everything else, I should also say "Happy New Year!!".

What an exciting way to come back from a good long break - with Sale-A-Bration in full swing and a Blog Hop to show you lots of the gorgeous products we have been using to make lovely, lovely projects!

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Today, along with some of my fellow team members from the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team, we have a blog hop for you, focusing on the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Seasonal Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration!

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If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (ask me for a Sale-A-Bration Flyer and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31st March. 

Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join during Sale-a-bration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $235 worth of product (that’s a huge discount!) and you also get to choose between two free product options. It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!

Now let’s get into showing you what you can make with the great new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues. You may be starting here or may have come to my blog from my gorgeous friend in Adelaide, Kathryn Mangelsdorf.

Just have a lovely browse and at the end of each blog post you'll see a link button to take you to the next one, eventually you'll go full circle.

I chose to show you a couple of my FAVOURITE Sale-A-Bration products today - a stamp set, and a fabulous, gorgeous, wonderful Specialty Designer Series Paper ( DSP).

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I decided to start with the DSP - it's called Irresistably Yours and yes, it's all white with delicious white embossed motifs - in this case stars. This means you can sponge, brayer, spritz all over it and then wipe the excess ink back to reveal the embossing - how could I resist sponging rainbows over it?

I teamed the lovely star design with the Confetti Stars Border Punch which was in our Holiday Catalogue and is a carry over item - along with lots of other Christmas goodies.

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I then matched these two products with the cute and fun Big Day Stamp Set which is a stamp set you can choose for FREE with your Sale-A-Bration $90 order. Love this fun set!

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Quite a number of Art With Heart team demonstrators attended a Stampin' Up! event last Saturday - Partytime Warragul which was a really fun day out - and as part of the preparations I made these twelve card fronts for a team swap which my team did to coincide with the event.

I loved the bright primary colours so much, and I wanted to use the stamp set a bit more, so I made another card using all the same products.

First I sponged more of the rainbow background.

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Then I stamped and coloured the cake from the stamp set.

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Then I put them together with some layers of Pacific Point Card stock and the super delicious White Jute Ribbon from the Occasions Catalogue. Love this card - so happy and cheerful!

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Well, as you can see - I just had too much fun with these - such cheerful colours and such fun images that truly do co-ordinate with products we already have!
But, we'd better keep this blog hop hopping. Next person to visit today is Claire Daly. Click on the heart to go to her blog.

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Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to email me to get a copy of the Occasions Seasonal Catalogue or Sale-a-bration flyer, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team, and please leave a comment as we love to get feedback!

1. Kate Morgan
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Kathryn Ruddick
4. Claire Daly
5. Judy May
6. Christine Gibbins
7. Genna Gifford
8. Nikki Sadler
9. Rachel Woollard
10. Ros Davidson

Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Tutorial

How I coloured the HOLIDAY HOUSE stamp set

using Stampin' Up!'s new Alcohol Markers

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When I published this screen card on Facebook the other day, it got more LIKES and COMMENTS than anything else I have ever posted, - pretty exciting for little ol' not very tech savvy me!

So many people asked how did I make the houses look so 3 Dimensional?

So, I decided to try a quick video to show you what I did. Unfortunately, colouring those houses is not a quick task, so even though I worked faster and less carefully than I normally would, it's still a pretty long video . . . apologies for that! I hope you think it's worth the 14+ minutes to watch, and I'd love to know what you think!

Here it is! Holiday House and Blendabilities Video by Kathryn Ruddick.

Ohhh and p.s. I don't work with a script, so there's a couple of bloopers in there! Hilarious - if you're in Australia and you are the first to reply with what the two really obvious errors are, I'll send you some pre-coloured houses, so please comment below, and please feel share.

Hope you are having a great time working on gorgeous Christmas projects too.


Cardmaking Ideas at the Papercraft Expo

Hey there!

I promised I would show off some of the bits and pieces from our beautiful Stampin' Up! stand at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo last week.

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At the Expo, I demonstrated our new Spiral Flower Originals Die which is on page 32 of the Celebrate the Everyday Occasions Catalogue.

This die allows you to make the cutest flowers! One of my kind team members made a couple of sample projects and half a dozen spare flowers for our Create, Care & Share event earlier this month and it inspired me to make a few more samples and to take the die to the show to teach others what it can do.

This card was inspired by a wall frame decor piece I saw online, created by Cindy Hall at

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I've stamped the Swallowtail Butterfly stamp twice, lining it up on the reverse of the same piece of card, and colouring it with our fabulous Stampin' Write markers.

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The butterflies antennas are drawn onto the card base with the black Stampin' Write marker, and one wing is attached lying flat on the card.

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The Little Leaves Sizzlet creates the leaves to compliment the Strawberry Slush flower made using the Spiral Flower Originals Die.

I'll be back over the weekend to give you some more closeups of some of the show projects - in particular the heart box which has a Spiral Flower on the lid.

Sale-A-Brate with Sale-a-bration!!

Wow, what an exciting day for papercrafters! Lots of new cardmaking and scrapbooking ideas with Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions Catalogue arriving!

I love some of the stamp sets in the new catalogue and have been having a play with one called So Very Grateful.

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It's a lovely stamp set for watercolouring and if you're a bit like me and don't mind a bit of fussy cutting, you can get a bit carried away with the lovely floral designs!

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I've created this Card-in-a-box with a base of Smoky Slate Card, mat layers of Calypso Coral and the very gorgeous Watercolour Wonder Designer Series Paper that is also in the Occasions Catalogue.

The rear panel of the box has the space to write your greeting on, with Whisper White card being used.

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I need to acknowledge Rachel Woollard as the inspiration for these lovely Card-in-a-box projects which have been popping up everywhere. Rachel shared her creations at a team stamping day last November and since then they have become very popular.

You can see lots of projects like this including many new products from Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions Catalogue at our Create, Care & Share Cardmaking event on February 9th.


Tea For Two Collage Cards

Hey Everybody! Hope your weekend's off to a good start?

I had my first techniques class for the year yesterday and we kicked it off with a fun collage technique. Whilst I adore simple, elegant, uncluttered cards, I did come into Stampin' Up! several years ago having worked on lots of altered books and collagey, "arty" projects, and I love getting a little messy and trying different things.

On top of that, I had recently visited the blog of an amazing mixed media artist, Donna Downey who's work just gives me goosebumps! It's so fresh and bright and free spirited. I wanted to try to recreate some of that into fun cards.

Our first card was simple shapes that easily became houses, and really all it consisted off was very simple rectangles and triangles cut from patterned Designer Series Paper, stamped on, daubered around the edges, attached to a background, and some texture added with faux stitching.

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I've used the Tea For Two Designer Series Paper, Everything Eleanor and Elements of Style stamp sets for the floral images, Loving Thoughts stamp set for the couple of words, Stampin' Write Markers & White Gel Pen for a bit of doodling and Island Indigo card stock for the base card and punched window.

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I this would make a fun housewarming card with a small tweak to include the words NEW HOME, or CONGRATULATIONS.

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I felt this kind of technique would lend itself very well to a punch of flowers, also stamped on patterened paper, torn around and arranged on a card front.  The card for this one didn't come out in what I would describe as an actual "collaged" project, however it is still fun and cheerful and has given me lots of ideas for the next one!

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I do love simple and elegant, but I have to confess to being a sucker for lots of texture too! This card really provides that!

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Well, I can't wait to get back into my craft space and make more mess, so I better sign off here, finish some chores, and hopefully I can find some creative time later!

See you again soon!


Sale-a-bration cards

Hi everyone,

Hope you're staying safe from bushfires or flooding rains. This sunburnt country sure is giving us a dose of everything this month and my heart goes out to anyone directly affected by our wild summer weather.

Over the last week or so, I've had a bit more of a play with the Sale-a-bration products - loving the colours in the Designer Series Paper and ribbon & button pack, and wanted to try a new technique too.

These two cards are done with the same Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Cardstock and some masking with the actual stamping, as well as some masking with the framelit. Loving trying out that new technique.

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The card on the left with Indigo Island Cardstock & ink uses the World Treasures Stamp set, and the lighter card on the right uses stamps from a set called Take Care, and the Hello greeting stamp from the Pretty Petites Stamp set, punch with the Petite Curly Label punch.

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The Tangerine Tango ribbon & button are from the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack - a Sale-a-bration free gift.

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I've also been lucky enough to have a play with some of the sneak peak products from the new Seasonal Mini Catalogue which comes out on the 1st February.  I'll show you some of those fun cards in the coming week too.

Well, once again, stay safe!

Catch you soon,