AWH Colour Creations - Garden Green

Garden Green is such a popular Christmas colour . . . I would be guilty of never using it any other time of the year for anything else.

And that is what I LOVE about this Colour Creations Showcase I am participating in with the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team. It makes me think about Stampin' Up! colours that I rarely use, or that I only use in one way and I am trying new ways of using them.

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For Garden Green this week, I selected the Rooted In Nature Stamp set. I have had this stamp set for a long time, but like Garden Green, it has had very limited use! Shame on me!

Taking my inspiration from a card by UK demonstrator Kate Bolt, I decided to do a Beginner crafters card, a casual crafters card and an experienced crafters card - 3 versions of the same card but stepped to suit different levels of crafters.

Rooted In Nature Stampin' Up (1)

The beginners card is a single layer card with the skeleton leaves from Rooted in Nature stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie and Terracotta Tile, with the greeting stamped in Garden Green over the top.

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My Terracotta Tile ink pad is brand new and very inky, so it ended up a little blotchy even though I stamped it off.

For the smaller leaves on each end, can you see that I inked them first with Pear Pizzazz, then just light dipped one end in Pumpkin Pie for a two-tone image?

Rooted In Nature Stampin' Up (2)

For my second card, this is very similar to Kate Bolt's card. Kate used Granny Apple Green which I switched out for Garden Green, and I also added Pumpkin Pie to this card. For the twine I have used the Misty Moonlight and Whisper White Bakers Twine from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack

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Some Metallic Pearls added some extra bling.

For the third card, I changed to a Garden Green base card and added a Whisper White window on the front.

Rooted In Nature Stampin' Up (3)

There are lots of Stampin' Dimensionals used on this card to pop up the three layers! I have also changed from Pumpkin Pie to Soft Suede, though in hindsight, I think I would change back as the Soft Suede makes the whole card feel a bit darker, whereas the Pumpkin Pie would have been bright.

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I really enjoyed challenging myself with a colour that I rarely use for anything but Christmas, and a stamp set which I have not used again since the first time I opened it a couple of years ago . . .

If you would like to see what my talented stampin' buddies have been creating with Garden Green, please pop over to Cathy's blog where you can find all the links to all of their amazing projects.

Also, I would love it if you would leave me  a comment as feedback, AND I also want to say, thanks so much to everyone who ordered today in the Stampin' Up! 24 hour sale! What a busy day!  If you haven't ordered yet - the sale finishes at midnight tonight! Get on it!

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Stampin' Up! News and Events

So much exciting stuff going on in the Stamping world at the moment!

We have our August - December Mini Catalogue out full of beautiful Christmas products. To show you some of these I am hosting an amazing mega stamping day for World Card Making Day on Saturday 3rd October.

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Now, I live in Melbourne, and as you know, we are still in Stage 4 lockdown with seemingly, no end in sight. So my event is going to be online! You will want to create a Zoom log-in and once you are registered for the event I will send all the connection details to all participants. We already have a Facebook group set up for the event, so we can chat and share projects there, and on the day we will be able to chat to each other from the comfort of our own stamp rooms or dining tables via Zoom and work our way through 30 beautiful Christmas projects.

All the details are HERE.

From midnight tonight Stampin' Up! are having a 24 hour flash sale, with 15% off a STACK of stamp sets from the annual catalogue.


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If you need help placing your order, please get in touch.

Otherwise, click on the Shop Now button to go to the online store to order for yourself - sale starts midnight tonight!

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AWH Colour Creations - Flirty Flamingo

Welcome back to Wednesday night's little treat! And what a treat it is! What DO you do with a bright strawberry gelati colour?

The Art With Heart Team creative ladies are going to show you tonight with our Colour Creation Showcase of Flirty Flamingo.

Bright pink makes me cringe. However, I happen to know that LOTS of people LIKE bright pink. So, I keep a favourite colour combination up my sleeve that never fails to work - and by keeping the brightest pink to the smallest percentage of colour on the project, you can get away with it!

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This week I have used a brand new stamp set which just arrived in the mail on Monday. It is part of a stamp set / dies bundle in the Annual Catalogue, however, I opted to only purchase the stamp set because I couldn't really see myself using the dies - and that means I can get more stamp sets, right?

Prize Peony Stampin' Up cards (1)

The stamp set is Prized Peonies. I have stamped the main image with Basic Gray ink on Thick Whisper White card, then rather than cutting the whole peony image out, I have used my trimmer to cut a straight line about 1cm in from the left edge of the image - lifting the trimmer blade over the leaves, then continuing on the same line below the leaves.

Then on the bottom of the image I have done the same, lifting the trimmer blade over the stem, then continuing the cut after the stem. Then I used my Paper Snips to trim around the leaves and stem so they appear to stick out from the white layer of the card, even though it is only one piece.

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The image is coloured using the Flirty Flamingo and the Granny Apple Green Blends Duos.

The other large peony stamp in the set is stamped in Flirty Flamingo Ink onto Blushing Bride card stock for the base card. 

The gorgeous trellis effect die cut in Basic Gray is from the Fabulous Florals Dies. The final addition to the front of the card is a couple of Champagne Rhinestones touched up with the Dark Flirty Flamingo Blend.

And of course, you must stamp the inside!  I have left it without a greeting for now - I am saving space for a happy birthday stamp!

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I hope you will pop over to Cathy's blog to see the rest of the Flirty Flamingo creations and learn how our talented team have incorporated this bold colour into their crafting.

If you have time, please leave me a comment and I hope to see you back again next week for Garden Green!

See you then!

Kathryn Ruddick


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AWH Colour Creations - Early Espresso

Welcome to Week 15 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase. This week we have an important staple colour : Early Espresso - the new Black!

Click the image to see ALL the Early Espresso options in my online store . . .

For the previous 14 weeks of Colour Creations, I have been making really feminine cards. With a strong colour this week, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and create a masculine card.

I have spent a great deal of time over the last week planning my World Card Making Day event using the Tag Buffet Project Kit and Stamp set.  The images in the stamp set are simple and bold, and so I was keen to see if I could pull off a masculine Christmas card using Early Espresso. You know every year when you have that one single, male family member that you want to send a Christmas Card too, but all your cards seem to "frilly and fussy"?

Tag Buffet Stampin' Up cards (1)

Who would have ever thought of a brown Christmas card?  But, I like it!

Not frilly, not fussy, perfectly suitable for an adult male - favourite uncle or older brother.

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The lovely background layer is one of the Early Espresso pieces from the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack. The stocking is stamped on a separate piece of Very Vanilla card, lightly coloured in part with the Crumb Cake Blends Duos, and fussy cut as it is such a simple shape to cut out.

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

If you would like to see the rest of the Early Espresso creations by our talented artists, go to Cathy's blog here.

See you next week!



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World Card Making Day - Card Buffet

I have an exciting online class scheduled for World Card Making Day

Saturday, 3rd October 2020

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World card making day

On World Cardmaking Day, we will join via Zoom and I will step your through the projects. Then we will work on them at our own pace for a little while, and I will share some videos and other instructions to keep you going. We will come together again on Zoom a bit later to see where everyone has gotten to, and to see how the next steps work. I will be contactable the whole time even though we definitely won't be on Zoom the whole time!

There are lots of ways for you to join in this fun, very productive class depending on your budget, and your stamping experience.

Option 1#  Buy the Tag Buffet Project Kit and make the 30 tags along with me. You can use any Christmas Greeting stamp set that you already have - or as an optional extra, order the Tag Buffet stamp set with the Project Kit.

Option 2# Buy the Tag Buffet Project Kit AND buy the Card Base Kit from me and work along with me making the 30 tags and then turning them into 30 cards. Use the Christmas Greeting stamps out of your stash.

Option 3# Buy the Tag Buffet Project Kit AND stamp set, AND buy the Card Base Kit extra from me and work along, making exactly what I am making.

Option 4#  Buy TWO Tag Buffet Project Kits AND the Card Base Kit and make 30 tags AS WELL AS 30 cards, working along with me.

Option 5# If you don't have many stamping supplies, here is ALL you need to make 30 Christmas cards, working along with me!

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Wherever you are in Australia, you can order the Tag Buffet Project Kit, Tag Buffet Stamp Set, co-ordinating ink pads and other Stampin' Up! products by clicking on each thumbnail image below.

If you would like to be a part of this amazing fun event, RSVP on my event calendar here or contact me direct to order your Card Base Kit - I will need to cut and package your card, ribbon and embellishments and post them out to you - and we need to give Australia Post as much time as we can . . . . to make sure you have them in time for World Card Making Day on October 3rd.

Get in touch and let's get the ball rolling so we can enjoy together a wonderful productive World Card Making Day.



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During September if you become a member of the beautiful Stampin' Up! community, there are extra stamp sets and card kits available in your Starter Kit. To see my suggested Christmas Starter Kit which includes all the Tag Buffet products, click here.

AWH Colour Creations - Daffodil Delight

This week's Art With Heart team Colour Creation Showcase is one of my favourite colours!

We are focusing on Daffodil Delight, which is simply just a pure bright yellow.  It is perfect for colour combinations incorporating other primary colours because on the colour wheel it is the perfect yellow. 

Colour Creations Showcase

Daffodil Delight sings of sunshine to me, and since we have just slid sideways into spring and have been having some lovely sunshine (despite the pretty crook wind), I really wanted to make some sunshiney happy cards.

Under My Umbrella Stampin Up card (1)

I selected the Under My Umbrella stamp set and Umbrella Builder Punch, and had some very relaxing time colouring the images with some of our lovely bright Stampin' Blends - the alcohol markers blend so beautifully to give your coloured images a 3D look.

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For this first card I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp with Daffodil Delight ink for one of the layers mounted on Daffodil Delight card stock.  The white layer is cut with the largest scallop rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly die set and randomly stamped with the rain drops stamp in Balmy Blue ink.

Under My Umbrella Stampin' Up cards (1)

The second card has squares cut from the Stitched Shapes Dies, and even though you can't see it in this photo, the white square is also embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I meant to add some of the yellow adhesive sequins from the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin kit but forgot at the last minute.

The raindrops are stamped directly onto the base card with Daffodil Delight ink.

Under My Umbrella Stampin' Up cards (2)

All of the layers are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals and I have used a couple of Mini Glue Dots just to secure some of the flower bunches a bit more.

Under My Umbrella Stampin' Up cards (3)

Hello Sunshine is inked with Poppy Parade ink. Don't you just love this cheerful, happy, fresh colour combination? It's really improved my mood today!

If you would like to see the rest of the sunshiney creations using Daffodil Delight please head over to Cathy's blog where you will find all the links.

For a list of products, and to see larger pictures and all the details, please click on the images below.

Thanks for checking in on my projects, I really love making these each week!

See you again soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick


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AWH Colour Creations - Crushed Curry

Wow, who's excited that it's Wednesday again and that means Week 13 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase!

The sun is shining in Melbourne today - after a pretty cold, miserable past week, so it's lovely to have the sun filtering through the curtains onto the bright cheery Crushed Curry project I have been working on. With all the inspiration in the last week or so of the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin kit that people have been using, I wanted to do a lovely cheery floral card.

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When I was deciding what to use for this project, I didn't have a catalogue handy, so I jumped online to my Stampin' Up! online store to look for big substantial floral images (and preferably one that I already own!!).  The first key word I tried was "rose" and to my surprise, the beautiful Christmas Rose Bundle came up.

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This bundle was available in around the middle of last year to kind of keep us going with Christmas projects before the Holiday Catalogue came out. It was a while stocks last item and for some reason I had in my head that it was only available for the one month in which it came out.  Turns out, it is (and has been) still available, all this time!

So, I was delighted to pull out my set and make another card with it - although this time, rather than a red Christmas rose, I have gone for Crushed Curry. It's the perfect pick me up colour for Melbourne in Stage 4 Lockdown in winter!

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (1)

In last week's Colour Creation Showcase I used Very Versailles stamp set as the feature set. This week, I pulled it out again, and used it as the background set, stamping all of the images in Crushed Curry ink on the Whisper White background layer.

Then I stamped the main rose image in Black Stazon ink on another piece of Whisper White and using the Stamparatus, I stamped the solid images (the colour) in Mossy Meadow, Mango Melody, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry onto that. I then die-cut that piece with the coordinating Rose die.

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (2)

I stamped an extra main rose image in Black Stazon on Whisper White, and just stamped the solid image for the Rose in Crushed Curry on this image. I hand cut the rose and bud out and using Dimensionals, popped them up on top of the full colour image.

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (3)

I added 5 of the sequins from the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin kit because they reflect the yellow beautifully. And the one of the rose petal almost looks like a dew drop. And for a bit of extra texture, I die-cut the lovely fretwork trellis die from the Rose Dies pack also in Crushed Curry. I really love how it adds to the texture and interest of the card without stealing the thunder of the main image.

Thank you for visiting again! I would love it if you are able to leave me a comment, but then also, please do go and visit the other talented ladies in this Creation Showcase and see what THEY have done with beautiful Crushed Curry.

You will find the links to all of their blogs on Cathy's blog post HERE.

See you next week with a different shade of ink on your fingers!

Kathryn xx


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AWH Colour Creations - Crumb Cake

Welcome back to week 12 of the Art With Heart team Colour Creations Showcase.

This week we are showing off one of the staple colours in the Stampin' Up! range. This is a colour you can't do without!

At the start of this year, I had planned out classes for Term 1 and Term 2 for a local community centre.  Thanks to Covid19 those classes were all cancelled, but I still have baskets of supplies sitting here all prepped for what should have been the first class in the middle of March.

Very Versailles Stampin' Up card

These cards were designed around the use of Crumb Cake card, and feature just ONE stamp set - Very Versailles.

Very Versailles Stampin Up Crumb Cake cards (2)

These cards are really simply collage stamped with a couple of layers of other stamped pieces.  Lack of embellishment makes them very economical to make lots of cards and the collage stamping makes a really simple production line. So if you are wanting to make a stack of say 10 cards at once, this design is a great one to try.

Very Versailles Stampin Up Crumb Cake cards (1)

I think one thing I really love about Crumb Cake is that while it gives a nice soft vintage look to projects, it also makes the Very Vanilla card really pop - it stands out so fresh and clean in contrast. And the Crumb Cake being a light neutral can go with most colours enhancing rather than detracting from them.

I would love you to leave a comment for me AND come back next week to see what I do with Crushed Curry.

If you would like to see the other Crumb Cake Creations, please go to Cathy's blog here to see what our talented team members have been making.

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AWH Colour Creations - Coastal Cabana

Welcome to week 11 of the Art With Heart team - Colour Creations Showcase where members of the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team come together each week to explore one of the Stampin' Up! colours. We are gradually working our way through them alphabetically.

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This week we have beautiful cool Coastal Cabana to showcase.

When I started thinking about this project, I had a strong urge to use one of my most favourite products in the new mini catalogue - the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper - a luscious flocked vellum.

I started by pulling it out together with a stack of products in Coastal Cabana - there's quite a few to choose from - so lots of options.

Coastal Cabana Stampin Up

One of the awesome features of the Plush Poinsettia Paper is the shape of the images matches the dies so you can cut out individual flowers, leaves and sprigs of berries! I love this!


Without even having a design in mind, I just cut out half a dozen images and start laying them out on the other Coastal Cabana patterned papers to see what is going to look lovely together.


I even cut out some of the "part" flowers from the edges of the papers to layer onto my card front for extra texture and depth - so subtle, but it just pushes some of the snowflakes further back and adds another dimension - so use up those scraps!


I stamped a couple of poinsettia images in Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White card and cut with the same die that I used for cutting the flocked flowers. And I cut a rectangle frame using 2 of the Stitched Rectangle Dies.


These dies are THE BEST because they have the stitched lines on the inside AND the outside of the cutting line, so you can use the leftover piece for another card and it also has the stitching!

Of course I had to use up that extra rectangle, so it went onto the main card with the vellum poinsettias.


 I know not everyone is into blue and sparkly Christmas cards, but I do think these are really pretty and I am pleased with how they turned out so easily because of the clever way that so many Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well with each other!



If you would like to see all of the beautiful Coastal  Cabana creations please visit Cathy's blog here

I would love if you would leave a comment to let my know what you think of these sparkly Christmas cards. And if you would like to see all the products I used, please scroll down.

See you next week for Crumb Cake!

Kathryn Ruddick


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