AWH Colour Creations - Balmy Blue

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The brand new 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue started today and it's time for a new journey through the beautiful Stampin' Up! colour families. 

Every week the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team will explore another colour from the Stampin' Up! range. This week's Colour Creation Showcase is Balmy Blue!

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I've selected one of my favourite colour combinations and teamed it with some new products to show you how fresh and lovely Balmy Blue is with just black and white.

Using the ORNATE LAYERS DIES from the Ornate Garden Suite I have cut several layers in each of the three colours, keeping the smallest layer white to be the main front panel. Base cards are Basic Black and Balmy Blue, so make sure you cut extra Ornate Layers Dies in Whisper White for the inside of the cards.

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Because the dies are so detailed, I want the rest of my card to be just understated elegance. I selected two new stamp sets - Comfort and Hope along with Tasteful Touches to provide some soft background stamping in Balmy Blue and Black.

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 I stamped the leaves from Comfort and Hope onto vellum with Balmy Blue ink and set it aside to dry, and I cut some leaf outline shapes using the sprig die from the Wild Rose Dies and also a vine like die from Detailed Bands Dies in Basic Black card for some extra layering detail.

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It's amazing how much depth is created with a little layered stamping of elements and some die cut pieces.

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The sentiment stamp is from Butterfly Gala stamp set. With the change over to a new catalogue I will now be looking for some new greeting stamp sets, as I seem to chosen in the past lots that are now retired!

The stamped greeting is cut with a simple shape from the Ornate Frames Dies. I was going to also do the ornate frame that matches perfectly to layer with this piece, cutting it out in vellum - but it was going to become too fussy. Sometimes you've just got to know when to stop, right?

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Don't forget to make the inside of your card just as pretty as the outside!

Thanks for stopping by to visit Katlo Designs blog. I would love it if you scroll right down to the bottom and leave me some feedback - either about my cards, or about what you are most looking forward to getting from the new catalogue!

To see the other Balmy Blue creations by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends, visit Catherine's blog to see the full list of participants sharing Balmy Blue projects tonight : click here.


See you soon with ink on your fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick (Croydon North VIC)


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Hello June! Welcome Winter!

Monday June 1st 2020

Well, brrrrr!! The weather sure convinced us that winter arrived today!

What excellent weather for staying indoors! If you need an excuse then you're in luck! The June Creative Eight Wow Tutorials are ready for you!  $15 gets you 8 really amazing tutorials, different artists, different techniques, different Stampin' Up! products.

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Receive them  from me with any $50 Stampin' Up! product order in my online shop this month.

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Talk soon!



Social Stamping - Sunshine!

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It's time for another Social Stampers Blog Hop!

When my friend Kelly said this week's theme would be Share Sunshine, I didn't hesitate to join in! The first thing that pops into my head when I think of sharing sunshine is bright bunches of daisies.  I just love seeing gardens full of daisies with their faces turned to the sun. I am going to have a garden full of daisies one day! 

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I really love that we currently have two Daisy stamp sets and two daisy punches in our Stampin' Up! catalogue!

I have left Delightful Daisy on the shelf this time and selected Daisy Lane to use. And I've used a whole mix of retiring, carrying over and NEW products!

I wonder if you can pick them?

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For the greetings on my cards I have selected two different ones from the Share Sunshine Product Giveback pdf that Stampin' Up! has produced as a wonderful way to raise money for two charities who are working on the front line of containing and finding a vaccine and cure for Covid19.

100% of the purchase price of the pdf goes to the charities. You can get the pdf here.

Share Sunshine 1 (3)Don't forget to decorate the inside of your projects!!! See that sneaky daisy!

For my second card I have used the same daisies stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White, but this time I have thrown a little curveball into the mix. Can you pick it?

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Yes! This time I have used a brand new paper from our demonstrator pre-order for the new catalogue which is coming in June. The gorgeous, delicate Misty Moonlight coloured Designer Series Paper I have used for the front layer on this card is from the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper Stack and is part of the extensive Flowers For Every Season collection.

The fancy fold on this second card is quite easy. I have made dozens of cards with this fold. I haven't included instructions because if you google "Pop & Swing Card" you will find stacks of tutorials and videos.

You can see all the rest of the products I have used by scrolling down toward the bottom of this post. In the meantime, there are LOTS of other bloggers sharing sunshine today and you may find the full list of them at Kelly's post here .

OR you can click on the next box to be taken to Julia's post and follow the full circle.

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Retiring In Colors

Freshly BrewedTime for another Wednesday Freshly Brewed Blog Hop. These blog hops are tiny, just a handful of people, so it's perfect for a quick visit around to gather some ideas. This week we are farewelling the retiring In Colors - five new colours come out each year and stay in our range for 2 years. When the new catalogue goes live on June 3rd, our current five colours from the 2018-2020 catalogues will be gone and we will have 5 new ones.

Today I am focussing on just one of these colours -the much loved Blueberry Bushel.

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I have used Blueberry Bushel as the foundation colour for a couple of cheerful cards showing off the Birthday Bonanza Suite AND the Share Sunshine pdf.

That's right, the greetings are from a pdf Stampin' Up! created in response to the Covid19 pandemic. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the pdf go to 2 charities which are working on the ground to fight the virus and find a vaccine.

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The greetings in the pdf containe a combination of funny / serious sentiments, and also a good variety of coloured images, not just black and white.

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I know a lot of my stamping friends will be sad to see Blueberry Bushel go out of our range - it's such a useful colour!

If you would like to see what my fellow creative friends have been doing with the retiring In Colors, please click on the next button or follow the links below. Products used in these projects are further down. 

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Mothers Day Cards

Freshly BrewedA new blog hop for me tonight, joining in with a just a couple of my very clever stamping friends to bring you some gorgeous inspiration.  The theme this week is Mother's Day, but this one is a bit of a double whammy because last week we got to know which products were retiring from our current Stampin' Up! catalogue and not carrying over into the new one in June.

So I have used a stamp set that I have had almost since it first came out - and it's never seen ink . . . . !!! And now it's retiring. I truly can't actually believe it! But, better late than never right?

The stamp set is Tea Together and I have used the two Mother's Day stamps, one on the cover and one inside.

I have teamed it with Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder - one of my favourites!

And Forever Blossoms Stamp Set. The base card is Gray Granite, with a layer of thin Whisper White.

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I've also introduced another favourite product into this card - our vellum cardstock. Not only have I stamped the Forever Blossoms on to it, but I have used vellum for the main base layer - that gorgeous textured pink layer.

The flowers are stamped using Basic Gray Classic Ink. The embossed vellum is sponged on the reverse side with Rococo Rose Ink.

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The greeting is stamped in Basic Gray and the label die is from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. There is a Basic Gray fancy die cut layer and a few gems from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones finish the front.

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I couldn't leave the inside blank, so I added more die cut and sponged vellum flowers and leaves and an extra strip of the Basic Gray Border die cut.

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Most of the elements are adhered with mini glue dots.  You can see thumbnails of the supplies at the bottom of this post, and please let me know what you think by leaving a comment xx

I'm the final blog in the group, so if you started with me and want to see the rest, click on the next button below to be taken to Leonie's blog from where you can continue on the blog hop.

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If you want to jump to different places on the blog hop, click somewhere on this list;

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Virtual Party & Share Sunshine!

We may be in lockdown, and I know it's really hard for lots of people, to not get out, not see their friends and family, not go to places they regularly go to.

That's why I am really grateful for any initiatives to keep people actively staying in touch with each other - and as you would know, that means of lot of extra online stuff.

Some things that I am really excited about are two brand new initiatives by Stampin' Up! to keep us #sharingsunshine - sending cards and well wishes to our family, and even to strangers.

In the last 24 hours they released a #sharesunshine pdf of Covid19 appropriate sentiments to print out, cut out and put on your cards.  The pdf is not free, its $12US (around $18.50 Australian) for 15 pages of sentiments (WHOA!!) and get this, EVERY.SINGLE.CENT goes to global charities that are working to support communities through the pandemic. 100% of your purchase $$ go to the charities.

WIN WIN ! You get an awesome pdf that you can use over and over, and a global charity benefits 100% from your purchase.

You can buy the pdf by going to 

 How cute are these cards made with some of the sentiments?  (Oh and yes, the pdf is not just black and white, it contains colour images too!!).


I can't wait to print them out and start Sharing Sunshine with these great sentiments!


Another great initiative - a FREE one this time, is an invitation for you to attend a Facebook Live Virtual Party that Stampin' Up! are hosting for us. This is a first and I can't wait to participate and see what they are going to show us!

The virtual party is online, on a FB group set up specifically for the event. You can join the group now.

The party is 6.30pm tomorrow night (Thursday 30th April) and if you can't attend right away because it's right in the middle of dinner, the great thing about FB Live events is you can always come back and watch them in your own time later.


I will definitely be online during the event, watching from my laptop, and I invite you to join me in doing so, and I will have my ipad & phone nearby during the event so if you want to you can send me a message via text or messenger during or after the party.

I hope I see you tomorrow, and I hope you take a look at the gorgeous #sharesunshine pdf of sentiments for this time.



Social Stamping


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In these strange times of #stayingathome and #physical distancing, I did wonder what we would do and how we could follow our family traditions of ANZAC Day.

Standing at the end of the driveway with a candle rather than marching down to our local cenotaph seems a bit lame. But as far as sacrifices go, it's not even close to the sacrifice of running up the beaches at Gallipoli.

And the sacrifices that 2 generations of young men and women made, means that it is relatively safe for us to loiter in our driveways before dawn . . . . so not a hard decision for us to join those of our neighbours keeping apart physically but together in spirit.


I made this beautiful 12" x 24" double page layout earlier this year for a tutorial group I am involved with - yes I do have it for sale on my tutorial page. It is a celebration of my visit to the Shrine in Melbourne on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. My mum and friend Lisa and I truly enjoyed seeing all the gorgeous knitted and crotcheted poppies on display.

When I saw our January to June Mini Catalogue and the stunning Peaceful Poppies Product Suite, I knew I was going to do some pages to celebrate these memories.


I have loved using these poppy dies from Stampin' Up! and was inspired and motivated to dig them out again yesterday to whip up a quick remembrance wreathe for ANZAC Day today.

Peadeful Poppies Remembrance Wreath

No-one who lives in Melbourne can help being affected by the tragic death of 4 police officers earlier this week, so I just loved Jo Weedon's idea of adding 4 blue poppies to our ANZAC wreathe. 

While the wreathe looks like A LOT of work, I actually completed it in under 2 hours - and made a timelapse video of assembling it - what fun!

This ANZAC Day, I am also joined by my stamping sisters in another blog hop. This is my entry in the circle of blog posts about War & Peace. To see all the participants, visit Kelly's blog here.

To go to the next blog on our War & Peace Blog Hop, click the next button below :

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I hope you've had a good day and find time to stamp over this ANZAC weekend.

Keep #stayingathome and #stayingsafe,



Social Stamping - HELLO!

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This evening I'm joining with a few stamping friends to send some happy hello's soaring all over the internet, in the form of gorgeous papercraft projects.

The full list of participants is HERE.

I have a cute and very simple idea for you using the 3" x 3" Best Dressed Note-cards in our mini catalogue. I have teamed them with cute characters from the Birthday Bonanza Suite - in this instance, the Designer Series Paper, die-cut with the Bonanza Dies.

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In this crazy insane time of being stuck at home, these are really quick and easy cards to make. So if your brain is feeling fried from the over-saturation of Covid19 updates, and you're feeling unmotivated and lacking inspiration to craft, you could easily whip up a stack of these in no time.  There are 24 cards and envelopes in the Note Card pack, imagine brightening 24 lives when you send them out.

Or better still - give them to a crafty tween to make a heap for her home school art class!

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For this card I've used the Stamparatus to step the greeting evenly down the side of the card, and stamped in Calypso Coral Ink.  The hello stamp is from the Free as a Bird stamp set.

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The toucan card has the greeting stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and flowers stamped in Daffodil Delight ink. The flower stamp is a tiny one from the Thoughtful Blooms Sale-a-bration stamp set.

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On this card the greeting is stamped with the Memento Ink Pad and the flowers are stamped with Highland Heather.  Oopsie - I must have wobbled on one of those flower petals!

To see all of the rest of the amazing creations from our group you can access the master list HERE.

Or, if you'd like to just move on to the next person, you can click the NEXT image below.

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you're taking good care of yourself and staying safe and well!

Talk soon,

Kathryn xx


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Are you ready for the prettiest thing ever?

As you may remember, last Saturday was our Stamper's Therapy Day - and thank goodness it was such a beautiful day out with our stamping friends, because given what's happening right now, we may not have another stamping get together for some months. 

I put together a few displays for the day and I am SO, SO in love with these ones using the Parisian Blossoms Product Suite. So many beautiful products all designed to coordinate.

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Firstly I cased this beautiful sampler from one shared by Joanne Mulligan as her display project for On Stage. I used a different selection of the Parisian Blossoms Designer Series Paper (to show off more of it) and where Joanne used the Label Me Lovely Punch and Layering Ovals Dies, I used the Stitched Rectangles, Stitched So Sweetly and Ornate Frames Dies. I also selected different greeting stamps and added a pile of vellum die-cut flowers.

Here are some close ups for you.

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Don't you love how the Champagne Foil and Rhinestones sparkle?

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The Cherry Blossoms Dies have four small flower dies with tiny embossing lines on each petal which are perfect for cutting and embossing from vellum.

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The Ornate Frames Dies are a perfect accompaniment to this suite.  The flowers are coloured with the Stampin' Blends - the Stampin' Up! range of Alcohol markers.

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For this panel I used Partial Die Cutting to create a Stitched Rectangle that fit inside one of the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

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Coloured the image with Light & Dark Pool Party and Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends and die-cut them with the coordinating dies. Double stamped the background text on the oval with Pool Party Ink.

I really had fun making such a pretty project!  Here are the items I used. If you click anyone of them it will take you to a bigger image in the online shop.

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Also, don't forget I have 3 bundles of tutorials for sale - one each for January, February and March for the Creative Eight Wow Tutorials.  Check them out here.  The 3 bundles of tutorials all contain 8 different projects to keep you inspired and give you lots of ideas. 

Enjoy these beautiful projects, talk soon,

Kathryn xx