Heart of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome back to our final blog hop for the Heart of Christmas 2022.

HeaderWhen planning my project this week, I took a look back over all the projects I have created for this season of Heart of Christmas blog hops - and I pulled out a lot of leftover pieces from my basket of stamped and die-cut images.

I came back to a couple of favourites. Favourite Designer Series Papers, favourite card layout, favourite elements on a card, and I jiggled them into two new cards.

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Traditional Christmas colours have featured on many of my projects this past few months, and that lends itself to traditional images as well.

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The Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper has been a firm favourite! As have the holly images from the Boughs of Holly Suite including stamp set, dies and printed paper.

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I've done my fair share of fussy cutting throughout our blog hops, inspired by the beautiful samples in the catalogue.

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And I have been inspired by my friends to remember to include some of our gorgeous ribbons and trim on my Christmas cards, for that extra sparkle and feeling of luxury.

Thank you for coming along on the Heart of Chritmas journey with us. I hope we have inspired you to make lots of cards to send out to your loved ones this Christmas.

To continue on the blog hop, clcik on the NEXT box below which will take you to lovely Rachel Woollard's blog.

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, our host this week is again my lovely friend Sharon. Click here to go to her blog for a full list of participants and their blog links.

Thanks again for joining our creative journey!

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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2023 Calendar - The River

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Today I am sitting at the front desk of the First Site Gallery in Swanston Street, Melbourne, minding the exhibition where my enormous river work is on show.

I worked on the 11 metre work during the two big lockdowns in 2021 - mostly rolled out on my driveway on sunny winter days.

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I have an essay about the creation of the work which is included in the RMIT Graduate Profile which just went public online yesterday. You can read it here.

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Not everyone can get into Melbourne CBD to see the calendar in real life, so I have created a Fine Art Calendar for 2023. You can have segments of the painting in your own home, to enjoy all year. To pre-order your quality A3 spiral bound calendar, please click on the image below.

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Again, thanks for visiting my blog!

Talk soon,

Kathryn Ruddick

(the arty farmer - Mansfield VIC).


Colour Creations - Melon Mambo

Welcome to Melon Mambo week with the Colour Creations Blog Hop!
HeaderEach week, some of my stamping friends from the Art With Heart stamping team in Australia get together on a Wednesday night to feature one of the Stampin' Up! colours.

We are gradually working our way through the alphabet! And tonight we have the boldest strong pink for you, so I have toned it right down on a white on white card, so you are just getting that POP of pink.

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I have chosen to use the Framed Florets bundle which is a new release stamp and die set, putting it with the Elegant Eucalyptus 3D Embossing Folder

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The greeting stamp and leaf background are from the Cup of Tea stamp set, stamped in Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green.

My second card has the extra layer of oval dies, and I brushed the embossed card front with Melon Mambo ink using a Blending Brush. I also used a few extra pearls, and mounted the card front on  Melon Mambo base card.

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I can't wait to see what my friends have created with  Melon Mambo. You can join me by going to lovely Theresa's blog by clicking on the Next box below.

Next ButtonIf you would like to journey around the whole blog hop, click on the same "Next" box on each blog. If you find a broken link, our lovely host Cathy has all of the participants and their links in her post. Find that HERE.

I will see you again soon, with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

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Heart of Christmas - Festive Florets

Welcome to another week of Heart Of Christmas, with the stampers from the Art With Heart Team in Australia.

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The Fitting Florets Collection contains two stamp sets, a set of dies, beautiful all occasions Designers Series Paper and some lovely gold embellishments.

IMG_3283The Christmas greeting set, Framed and Festive, the designer series paper, and the gold embellishments are only available for a limited time - until January 4th. The Framed Florets stamp set and dies are available now and into the next mini catalogue (January to June).

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A couple of my dear stamping friends and I have created a tutorial pdf with four beautiful projects using the Fitting Florets product suite. If you order the Framed Florets bundle or Fitting Florets Collection from Cathy Proctor, Sharon Davern, Andrea Sergant, or myself, we will gift you the tutorial pdf.

Now that you have seen my card, it is time to move through the blog hop. The next blog is lovely Cathy Proctor. Click on the next box below to go to her blog.

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, our weekly host is my friend Sharon Davern. On Sharon's blog here, you will find all the participants and their links.

See you again soon with very inky fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield Vic).

 

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Colour Creations - Highland Heather

Welcome to the weekly Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team.

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I needed a special milestone birthday card this week, so I decided to make my blog hop project with that card as an end goal, and I went online looking for some fancy fold card designs that might suit the supplies I had pulled out to use.

I found a pretty pink card by Heather Thomas - The Songbird Stamper UK, which not only had all the measurements spelled out with easy to follow instructions, but also a quick video showing how to assemble the card.

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So in no time I was cutting up card and paper! I found I had to create my own sheet of Designer Series Paper, as I didn't have many in my collection which featured Highland Heather.

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I started with Highland Heather ink on Basic White card, randomly stamping the paint spill stamp from Artistically Inked stamp set. When I had enough of that on the card, I then stamped the silver-plate jewellery background text stamp from the Ranunculus Romance stamp set.

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Next, I inked up the Stacked Stone stamp and leaving the stamp face up, I carefully pressed portions of the card onto the inked stamp - in order to just get patches of the inked image. Then lastly, I changed to Garden Green ink and stamped the spatters from Quiet Meadow stamp set.

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Once this piece was dry, I cut it into three and mounted it onto the base layers following Heather's measurements.

For the patterned paper layers on the three squares, I chose a sheet from the Tea Boutique 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper pack, with a small floral image.

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In addition to the original measurements, I also used the Tailor Made Tags Dies to create a label for the front, and a smaller one for the middle square inside the card. I used the Alphabest stamp set to stamp "30" and punched the numbers with the Best Label punch.

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The bunch of flowers stamped on the front label, and on the rear panel and all of the sentiment stamps come from the Amazing Year stamp set.

I put the extra panel on the back to have more space to write, considering it is a milestone birthday.

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The inside square is attached to a pop-up type support so it sits out from the back of the card, but still layers behind the card front. It's a very simple attachment.

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The bunch of flowers on the front was stamped with Garden Green ink so that the leaves and stems were already the correct colour to match the colours in the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper I used in the layers on the squares. I coloured the flowers using the Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.

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Now it's time for me to go and check what my talented stamping friends have also been creating with Highland Heather. The next blog belongs to the lovely Theresa Gerrard. Click on the next box below to continue on the blog hop.

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If you find a broken link in the blog hop, our lovely host Cathy Proctor has all the participants and links on her blog here.

See you again soon with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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Heart of Christmas - Holly

Welcome to our regular Monday evening Heart of Christmas blog hop with the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team in Australia.HeaderThis week I am featuring the lovely Boughs of Holly Suite from the Stampin' Up! July to December Mini Catalogue.

I took inspiration for my cards this week from one of the card samples on page 24 of the catalogue.

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I really love the use of the beautiful Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper in the sample, and how the poinsettia flowers were fussy cut and layered over the subtle striped Evening Evergreen print paper. So I decided to use that idea, but I also wanted to use the beautiful die-cut label from the product suite, so I changed the cards just a little to suit myself.

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I chose to use Evening Evergreen for the base cards, and leave a small border showing behind the Designer Series Paper. And I used the up the incomplete flower prints from the sides of the paper to self-frame the second card.  

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When you have a patterned paper with bold prints, designed for cutting out individually, this is a great way to use up those pieces around the edges of the paper, that might otherwise go to waste.

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These cards could easily be stepped up with layered die-cut foliage, rhinestones or other jewels, the cute wooden Textural Elements that are part of the suite, and some ribbon or trim. In fact, I might even come back and add a stack of rhinestones to each one to give them that Christmas sparkle.

At the moment I have kept them really simple (and flat) because I know there is less chance of them being damaged in the post, or in having to pay extra postage for them. Have you posted your overseas Christmas cards yet? Better get on to that quickly!

Next in our Heart of Christmas blog hop is Rosa Leydon, I always look forward to seeing her creations. Click on the NEXT box below to go to Rosa's blog!

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Please leave a comment and I will see you again soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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Colour Creations - Gray Granite

Who doesn't love a warm gray for a neutral colour on your cards?

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I know I do! And I am glad to be sharing in the Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art With Heart stamping team today as we show off Gray Granite!

Normally each week with the Colour Creations, I really feature the chosen colour as the main colour on the project. This week, I have gone for something a little different. I have taken all the pieces for two of the cards from the Birthday Cards Organiser Kit and I have added Gray Granite base cards, and added a Gray Granite item onto the card front.

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I had to trim the card fronts that were supplied in the kit, to fit our card size better, then mounted it onto Gray Granite. Then for my first card, I die-cut the largest detailed butterfly from the Brilliant Butterflies Dies and adhered that to the card front, placing the small greeting from the kit over it.

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I think the Gray Granite butterfly really softens the whole look of the card.

For the second card in the kit, I took inspiration from the supplied kit pieces and replaced the Sahara Sand rectangle layer, with a Gray Granite layer, cut with the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

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To further soften this card, I switched out the 'white on black' label for Evening Evergreen text on a white label, also die-cut with the Stitched Rectangles.

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Using the Stampin' Up! card kits makes card-making really straight forward and fast. But by adding different base cards and other layers, you can stretch the kit contents out and make more cards with similar pieces and colour schemes.

I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team has created using Gray Granite. Please join me by hopping over to my lovely friend Christine Blain's blog post by clicking on the next box below.

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If you find a broken link in our blog hop, our regular blog hop host, Cathy Proctor has all the participants and links on her blog post here.

See you again soon with inky fingers

Kathryn Ruddick,

(Mansfield, VIC - earthquake & tiger snake capital of 'Straya)

 

 

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Heart of Christmas - Lights Aglow

This week in the Heart of Christmas blog hop, I am using up a heap of leftover pieces from last week.

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The Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper is definitely a favourite, and I had fun working out the best way to use up the leftover pieces from last week.

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I had 4 long narrow strips of the DSP, as well as extra front panels, so I took this card design which uses the full length of an A4 card, cut to 14.9cm high, folded it into three equal panels, then folded the first two in half to form a small accordion fold.

I added extra card for what forms a kind of pop-out section, which has the greeting layers on it.

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I really love all of the designs in the patterned paper, they all work so beautifully together.

Lights Aglow card aI had some leftover circles from last week's projects, so I was able to do a bit of layering without having to cut any more pieces.

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This is quite a simple card to make, so long as you can work out the measurements of the layers. and stick the pop-up bit in such a way that the card still folds flat for the envelope.

Time to check out the other Heart of Christmas creations from my Art With Heart friends.

Click on the box below to go to the blog of my lovely friend, Sharon Davern. Sharon is the next blog on the blog hop, and she also has a full list of participants and their links on her blog, in case you come across a broken link.

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Please leave a comment, as I love you feedback, then continue on the blog hop.

See you on Wednesday for Colour Creations!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

 


Heart of Christmas - Brightest Glow

Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas Blog Hop where a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from the Art With Heart team, in Australia, share our Christmas card creations with you weekly.

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Everyone I know is really loving the beautiful Lights Aglow Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Lights Aglow product suite. I love it too, and since my cards have been featuring a lot of Designer Series Paper recently, I decided to just use the paper, along with the Brightest Glow stamp set to make a stack of quick cards.

Two of the designs in the paper are a collection of stars forming four frames, two square and two round, and the design is easy to cut into four separate 3"x 3" pieces with a frame in the centre of each piece. So I took one Cherry Cobbler sheet and one Soft Succulent sheet and cut them in quarters, giving me the start of eight cards.

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Each frame image becomes a 3"x 3" square piece, either with a round or square frame image in gold stars. The inner square is 4.5cm x 4.5cm. On the image on the left you can see a 4.5cm square of Very Vanilla card comes right to the edge of the gold star frame. In the image on the right I have cut the Very Vanilla at 4.2cm and this leaves a lovely border of the plain Cherry Cobbler showing inside the gold star frame.

I used Cherry Cobbler and Evening Evergreen inks to stamp several of the smaller greeting stamps from Brightest Glow stamp set and cut some of these with the Layering Circles dies, and some of them I cut with the trimmer into 4.2cm squares. I cut the long narrow one using the Seasonal Labels Dies.

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The base cards and greeting panels are Very Vanilla card stock and I have created layers with the lightest gold in the Brushed Metallic card, some scraps of Evening Evergreen card and a variety of other sheets from the Lights Aglow DSP.

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I have added a touch of luxury with some Gold Shimmer Ribbon, which is in our Annual Catalogue - it has such a beautiful sheen and matches perfectly with the Brushed Metallic Card.

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Another favourite ribbon is the Gold & Vanilla Satin-Edged Ribbon in our July-December catalogue. I have actually misplaced mine, but for some reason this very similar one from a year or so ago was on my desk. Maybe I put the wrong one away - that wouldn't surprise me! Either ribbon would go perfectly!

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These were super quick, simple cards to make, and with the designs in the Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper pack, you can easily whip up a stack of 16 Cherry Cobbler cards and 16 Soft Succulent cards. I made four of each colour this time around, and they were all unique, but very similar. I also used just a very small array of products to make these - you don't need stacks of supplies. The thumbnails of the products are at the bottom of this post, scroll down to see them!

Well, that's enough from me, I'd love you to see what the other Art With Heart creators have made. The next blog on the blog hop is the very talented and creative Andrea Sargent. Click on the next box to go to her blog!

Next Blog ButtonIf you find a broken link on the blog hop, please go to lovely Sharon's blog here where she has the full list of participants and their links.

Thanks for visting me! See you again soon, with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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Colour Creations - Gorgeous Grape

Welcome to another Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team.

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This week we feature a strong warm purple which reminds me of Salvias, Pansies and Lavender.

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While Gorgeous Grape works really well in a monotone project with lots of other purples, it also looks wonderful with bright, sunshine colours, and so that is what I have chosen this week.

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When planning what I would make for the Colour Creations blog hop this week, I looked through my collection of stamp sets to see what I have that lends itself to the week's colour. I also like to see if there is a stamp set that I haven't used yet, which needs to see ink.

That lead to a fairly easy decision to use the Speedy Recovery Stamp set which I got in the recent 24 hour stamp sale.

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Speedy Recovery is a simple, sweet stamp set with a mixture of images and nice "Get Well Soon" type sentiments in a really lovely font. The main images are really easy to fussy-cut with Stampin' Snips, so the set does not have a coordinating punch or die-set.

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Today I went for the easiest background ever! I went through my files of cardstock scraps and pulled out the thin strips of leftover card, and basically glued them to a white Stitched Rectangle die-cut and then trimmed them to the desired length - which was pretty much random.

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The background image was stamped directly on the layers of card using a dark green ink, then I added a tiny touch of white to the tag and flowers using the White Chalk Marker.

The main image was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink on Basic White card, fussy-cut with Paper Snips, then mounted with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up off the card. The whole card front was then adhered to a Gorgeous Grape card base.

Speedy Recovery Stampin' Up cardsFollowing the very good and inspiring example of a couple of my stamping friends, I added a strip of the colour and a stamped image on the insides of the cards too.

It is now time to see what the other lovely Art With Heart stamping team members have done with Gorgeous Grape. If you click on the next box below, it will take you to Diane Furniss' blog, and so on . . . .

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, each week all the participants and their links are listed on lovely Cathy Proctor's blog here.

See you again soon with very inky fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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