Cardmaking & Papercraft Tutorials

Expressions in Ink Stampin' Up! Tutorials

Our beautiful monthly bundle of tutorials is available to buy now. This month we have featured the gorgeous Expressions in Ink product suite from Stampin' Up!. The seven tutorials all show you unique ways to use the Artistic Expressions stamp set, Artistic Dies, Expressions in Ink Designer Series paper and other coordinating products from the Stampin' Up! current catalogues.

There is a range of papercraft projects and techniques - not just cards.

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August Stamping Time

Hey folks!

How are you surviving?

There's a lot going on at Stampin' Up! during August, including a mini mid-year Sale-a-bration. A bit like Christmas in July, only a week too late LOL.

SAB AugClicking on the picture will take you to my Sale-a-bration page on my online shop.

There is also a joining special - so if you have ever thought of joining the Stampin' Up! family - or perhaps you were a demonstrator once before and have considered topping up your stash again, by means of the Starter Kit, this month you can get a full extra bundle of products in your starter kit  at no extra cost - what a bargain that makes the Starter Kit.

Read about it by clicking on the photo below.


And, it that's all too much for you and you just want to create products and use up your stash, then I have some beautiful projects for you in my July and August tutorial bundles which are now available to purchase over on my tutorials page.

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If you do happen to order $50 of product this month, you will receive the August bundle free.


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Talk soon!


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Hi Strangers!

Well, the first semester of 2021 was crazy and I'm so glad to be on a tiny bit of a break now for just a couple of weeks - so I can catch up with everything Stampin' Up! (and do my tax LOL).

For those of you who were cheering me on for going back to uni - thank you so much for your support - you'll be please to know that I got really high marks (in the 90s) for several of my assignments. Got to be happy with that kind of result for your effort!

So, what has been happening in the stamping world?

1)   We have a new Annual Catalogue. It started last month and has some really lovely stamp sets, dies and papers.

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2)   For the month of July we have a small sale on our beautiful Designer Series Paper Packs.

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3)   I have a brand new tutorial bundle available - first one since March!

You can receive the bundle of seven (7) papercraft tutorials as a thank you gift when you purchase $50 of Stampin' Up! supplies via my online shop.  OR you can buy the bundle of tutorials on my Tutorial Page here.

AWH Creative Tutorial Web Advert-July 2021The July tutorials feature projects with a masculine theme and include cards, techniques, fancy folds and a gift package suitable for male recipients. Several of the projects also include the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers which are on sale this month to give you some inspiration for using them.

4)   Do you follow my Facebook Business page? Over the next week or 2 I hope to do a couple of FB live presentations showing a couple of the new Kit Collections and a Stamp-a-stack which also uses up your paper stash.

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I hope to see you soon with ink on your fingers!



Stampin' Up! Colour Discovery - Purple Posy

Hey everyone,

I am a little late posting my Colour Discovery tonight. I have been away for 6 days Farm-Sitting for a family member and even though I got home last night, today Meeowie had her annual vet check and I had a uni class in the afternoon AND I also made time to have snuggles with a very gorgeous baby boy! So special!

So, no, you haven't gone crazy, it is already after 10pm instead of my usual 8pm . . . !

This week I have such a sweet colour for you - and talking of babies, this colour is heavenly for a soft baby card. 

What colour is it?

It's Purple Posy!


I've deliberately left a space on this card for the greeting, because while it would make a beautiful baby card, I think it would also be lovely for a little girl's birthday card and there is room for a large number - a 1, 2 or 3 - which I would stamp and die-cut and pop up with Dimensionals, as well as more than enough space for a rectangular greeting panel layered partially over the trim.


This is such a simple, yet versatile design, using various stitched rectangles and squares and limiting the colour palette to just Purple Posy, Basic White and Crumb Cake. 

Purple Posy is one of the In Colors which will retire this year - I think I need to stock up on Stampin' Blends and that beautiful trim, as this is such a dear colour!

If you would like to see here  what some of my lovely stamping friends have created with Purple Posy, I invite you to visit lovely Cathy's blog here she has the links to each of their projects.

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Stampin' Up! Colour Discovery - Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is one of my MOST used colours - it goes with everything! It's warm, friendly and versatile.

Today I have taken a card sample from page 75 of the mini catalogue and transformed it by switching out the colour for Pumpkin Pie. This gives the card a whole new look.

Here is the original in the catalogue.

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I have switched the Pool Party base cards and heart for Pumpkin Pie, and also swapped the stamped pink hearts for the image of the bunch of flowers in the stamp set. I inked the stamp using the Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Write Markers. They are so good for multi-coloured images.

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I selected a piece of striped background paper from the Ice Cream Sorbet Designer Series Paper and have included a strip of that on the inside of the card too, with an extra Pumpkin Pie heart. The hearts are die-cut - there is a tiny heart die in the coordinating Kangaroo Dies.

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I love using the card layouts in the catalogues for inspiration, and I love it even better when they come out looking so good using different colours and patterns!

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Some of my dear stamping friends are also exploring Pumpkin Pie this week over on the Colour Creations Showcase. If you would like to see what they have created, please pop over to Cathy's blog where she has links to all their pages. 

You'll be glad to know that first week back at uni is going well, very hectic, but so far I am in LOVE with my classes - even though we are just online this week . . .  It's good to be back into it!

Well, I hope you'll leave me a comment, and I hope that you go and visit my friends and see what they have created with Pumpkin Pie,

Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Stampin' Up! Colour Discovery - Pretty Peacock

Hi there,

This week I have been frantically preparing for uni to start next week - I even went into RMIT today to collect a stack of gorgeous materials (hey, all art and craft materials are gorgeous, right??) for my Wednesday class. While the majority of our learning will still be online this year, I am SO excited to start back as the class descriptions this year are AWESOME!!

So, with tomato harvest coming to the fore this week, and the inundation of emails and class schedules for uni, I really lost time to create any new cards for my weekly exploration of the Stampin' Up! colours.

However, that doesn't mean I haven't got anything to share with you!


This week's colour is the beautiful, rich Pretty Peacock and I found this lovely card and matching envelope on which is Mary Fish's blog. I love her style. This card can easily be re-created with our current Pretty Peacock Designer Series Paper and the beautiful "Posted for You" bundle which includes a postage stamp punch - WHO doesn't need one of those in their life?

I also found this beautiful card.


This shows how lovely Pretty Peacock is as a bold background, with beautiful Gold Foil Card cut with the Detailed Bands dies to form a frame for a white embossed sentiment. I think the different layers in this card are just exquisite and I am so glad Stampin' Up! has talented concept artists to share such lovely ideas with us.


I also fell in love this cute card. The In The Pines bundle is no longer available, but we have a lot of different pine tree stamps in various stamp sets, so this card can easily be re-created with a slightly different pine tree stamp. How beautiful is that Pretty Peacock sky with the watered down Craft White Ink spattered over it? I love it!

I have some dear friends who have been working with Pretty Peacock this week. If you'd like to see what they created, all of their links are over on Cathy's blog here

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


Stampin' Up! Colour Discovery - Poppy Parade

Hi! It's Kathryn here and for 36 weeks some of my dear stamping friends and I have been bringing you an alphabetical journey through the Stampin' Up! colours. This week I would like to share with you the brilliant, bright red, Poppy Parade.

Stampin' Up! Colour Discovery

I have chosen to use the Stampin' Blends to colour some of our lovely Designer Series Paper which is a black and white design and is perfect for colouring.

True Love DSP

This patterned paper pack is called True Love Designer Series Paper, and it's in our January to June mini catalogue. There are 12 sheets, 12"x 12", beautiful florals on one side and versatile patterns on the reverse.


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I chose the Poppy Parade Blends Duo, Old Olive Blends Duo, Dark Daffodil Delight and Light Cherry Cobbler Blends to colour the rose images.

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If you have never used Alcohol markers before and have been a bit intimidated by the massive range of colours on the market, the Stampin' Blends are the perfect place to start, to learn how to blend and to have perfectly coordinating dark and light shades, that also match with your Stampin' Up! inks and cardstock.

I have teamed my coloured panel with a Poppy Parade base card and Basic Black card for mats.

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The sentiment is from Pretty Parasol stamp set and is stamped in Memento Black ink on Basic White card.  I attached an extra strip of the paper to a Poppy Parade mat and added it to the white layer inside the card.

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I am always hesitant to use Poppy Parade because it is such a bright colour . . . but in real life, this card looks amazing! I love how well the Blends have worked on the DSP. I was going to post this card to someone straight away, but I might need to leave it on my bedside table for a few days! LOL

I know my dear stamping friends have been using Poppy Parade this week too, so if you would like to see some more clever creations using this fabulous bold colour, I invite you to pop over to Cathy's blog where she has a list of links to each of the talented stampers and you can check out what they have done with Poppy Parade.

See you again soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Berry Delightful Sheetload of Cards

This week on the Colour Creations Showcase, I shared a stack of 9 cards using the Snail Mail Suite, inspired by the Call Me Crafty Al February Sheetload of Cards.

I was planning to do the Sheetload of cards project for my team night on Thursday, but I was so enjoying making the cards up with the gorgeous, fun, whimsical Snail Mail Designer Series Paper, that I ended up finishing them all long before Team Night started!

So, if you saw my blog post, you may have seen that I promised to come back with a whole new Sheetload of Cards project that I was actually going to do AT team night LOL

And here it it!

Berry Delightful - Stampin' Up

I selected the beautiful Pacific Point and mixed Green papers from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper. This paper is a Sale-a-bration gift with purchase and comes with a matching stamp set of different summer berries.


When following the Call Me Crafty Al cutting plan, you are left with a strip of the paper leftover, so of course it goes on the inside of the cards!


I stamped the sentiment panel with the small sprinkles stamp from the Icecream Corner stamp set, using Just Jade Ink, stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping onto the sentiment.

I also found an unopened packet of the lovely Iridescent Pearls embellishments from last years July to August mini catalogue which were a perfect colour  to bling up the front.


I used Night of Navy card for the base card, and Garden Green and Night of Navy for the two mat layers. And in this photo you can see I also embossed the Night of Navy banner with Meadow Moments embossing folder.


Another sparkly embellishment that works really well is the Night of Navy jewels in the Holiday Rhinestones pack. I hope you like these - I can't believe there used to be a saying, "Blue & Green should never been seen unless there's a colour in between". I think these cards prove that blue and green are perfect partners!

If you'd like to find out how you can get your hands on this beautiful paper, don't hesitate to contact me - Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Colour Creations Showcase - Pool Party

Hey! It's Kathryn here, and this week's Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase is a big favourite for lots of people!

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Welcome to the Pool Party Colour Creations Showcase!

I have been playing with the gorgeous Snail Mail Suite a lot over the past week, and when I checked this weeks's colour, I was really pleased because even though Pool Party is not in the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper pack, there are toned down shades of Bermuda Bay which would work really well with this week's colour . . . . . !

Colour Creations Showcase

This week is also my monthly team meeting (still via Zoom), and when I was looking for inspiration for a stamping project for this week, I remembered that I follow a Youtube channel "Call Me {Crafty} Al" where Alicia does a once a month Sheetload of Cards and puts up a video and templates for what we might call a Stamp-a-stack. When I looked at her February project, I could straight away see myself using the Snail Mail DSP with Pool Party base cards.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

I gathered my supplies and started chopping! There are 9 base cards and 3 pieces of each size of every patterned paper. Crafty Al uses US card sizes so I tweaked the measurements to suit our A4 card stock sizes, and also took the liberty of flipping one of the sheets over since our papers are double sided and I really like the red hearts sheet. This gave me more variety too.

The sentiments are actually a free printable download from Crafty Al which she shared in January. Rather than go through my collection looking for stamps all around the same size, I decided to print the sentiment sheet on our Basic White card, stamp the mushroom image in Pool Party ink and use our Paper Trimmer to cut them out.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

The Detailed Trio Punch was used on some of the corners, then all the layers adhered with Stampin' Seal adhesive.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool PartyThe one inch wide Pool Party banners were created with the Triple Banner Punch, then embossed with the Meadow Moments Embossing Folder with the butterflies on it (it's a pack of two embossing folders that fit the new Mini Cut & Emboss Machine).

The banners were stuck down with Tear'n'Tape and then the sentiment piece was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. I decided at the last minute to adhere an extra layer of Pool Party card as a mat under the sentiment (as you do LOL).

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

I was supposed to be saving these to work on in steps whilst chatting to my team on Zoom tomorrow night, but whooops!! Once I started, I couldn't stop LOL Now I will have to make another set!

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

Thank you so much Alicia (Crafty Owl) for your amazing inspiration and excellent downloadable instructions and cutting sheets! #SUYSFeb2021 #ShowUsYourSheetLoad 

I hope you will hop over to Cathy's blog and use the links there to visit each of the other Art With Heart team members who have created with Pool Party this week.

And I guess I will be back in a few days to show you the second set that I ACTUALLY make at my team night!

Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


If you live in Australia and would like to buy any of these products from me so you too can make your own Snail Mail Sheetload of Cards, you can click on any image below and it will take you straight to the online store.

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Snail Dies

Stampin' Up! Snail Mail Suite

I adore the new Snail Mail Product Collection from Stampin' Up!

For years I have wanted some miniature envelope dies and stamps and I have seen a few different ones from other brands but as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I really wanted a set I could create with that I could then also be confident that my customers could buy the same stamps and dies to use themselves.

So when our January to June Mini Catalogue came out, I was very happy to see these!

Snail Mail Suite

This week our Colour Creations Showcase was Petal Pink and even though the pink in these papers is Blushing Bride, I was happy to mix and match the pieces to make 4 cute cards - two fancy fold cards for the blog hop, then 2 really quick standard cards using up the leftover bits.

Here's my Colour Creations Showcase post.

And here is the first of my extra cards made with the leftover pieces.

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Most of these pieces are die-cut from the Designer Series Paper in the suite. There is a tiny bit of stamping in the background just to anchor the toadstools and snail to the ground.

On the inside of the card I put a simple strip of the DSP.

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I wanted the second card to be even more simple with a bigger "white space" to rest the eyes from the bright images.

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Again, on the inside I kept the decoration simple with a strip of DSP on a layer of the same Bermuda Bay card which adds depth to the card front.

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Aren't they cute! 

I can't wait to do a bit more with this product suite. I can see myself needing another packet of the Designer Series Paper really soon!

Did you know you can earn a free Sale-a-bration item if you order this Product Collection. Ask my more about it today.

Talk soon,