Colour Creations - Cinnamon Cider

Welcome back to Week 10 of Colour Creations Showcase!


This week the talented crafters are exploring everything warm and delicious with Cinnamon Cider, one of our new 2020-2022 In Colors.

I was amazed how many of our packs of Designer Series Papers include Cinnamon Cider in their designs - it’s clearly a really versatile colour.


This week, I could not go past the Gnome For The Holidays stamp set again. With Melbourne going into Stage 4 lockdown, I have SO many more “No Place like Gnome” cards to make!


I don’t have the Cinnamon Cider Blends or ink pad, but I found the Bronze and Ivory Blends worked beautifully as a substitute, and on one card I have used Daffodil Delight for a cheerful, uplifting pop of colour, and on the other I have used Mint Macaron as a soft, gentle alternative.


How is this sweet girl gnome on the Cinnamon Cider Memories and More Card, with a layer of Cinnamon Cider stripes from the Flower For Every Season Designer Series Paper pack?


The matching envelopes add a very nice touch!


This cheerful guy is on a Whisper White card base with a different design of paper from the Flowers For Every Season pack for the layer on the bottom half of the card front. Did you realise that the sunflower centres are also Cinnamon Cider?


How welcoming is that Daffodil Delight door? I bet it’s warm and cozy in there!


A little added touch to each card is the door knob for which I used one of our gorgeous new shiny gold gems. So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by to visit my gnomes! They hope you are staying safe and well!

To see the rest of the gorgeous Cinnamon Cider creations, please pop over to Cathy’s blog.

Take care, and see you soon with ink on your fingers ( hopefully soon!!).


Kathryn xx

Share Sunshine!

This week in Melbourne we are expecting abysmal weather, real winter stuff, all week! It's a bit hard to take after the glorious spring like day we had yesterday, and our move into Stage 4 lockdown overnight . . .  Oh well! Let's run with it!! 

Straight to the craft room with a rug around our knees!

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I want to share this gorgeous cheerful product that is coming up on the 11th August. 

The Box of Sunshine card kit is from Paper Pumpkin. In North America it is a monthly subscription kit, but here in Australia we have only ever had one limited release before (The So Shelli kit last year).

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This is a lovely cheery sunshiney kit to lift us all out of the Covid/Winter doldrums and the great thing is, it was truly designed to help us SHARE SUNSHINE to our loved ones near and far.

Here is the video of Stampin' Up! CEO Sara Douglas sharing the contents of the kit.  VIDEO

I know I am going to enjoy making boxes of sunshine to send to people I love! I hope you will embrace this concept too and get prepared to share some sunshine when this kit becomes available to order on August 11th.


Talk soon,



Hello August! Cardmaking Tutorials

Hello August!

August Creative EightThis month's amazing Creative Eight Wow Tutorials are all focused on the beautiful World of Good Product Suite in the Stampin' Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

It's an amazing array of products focussed on world travel, with a fabulous masculine spin for those hard to make cards and masculine projects.

You will find such great inspiration in these eight tutorials.

Get the whole lot free when you order $50 of Stampin' Up! products through me, or buy the tutorial bundle for only $12 AUS -  that's only $1.50 per tutorial! Bargain!

Pop over to my Tutorial page to buy it now!



See you soon with Ink on your Fingers!!


Kathryn Ruddick

Croydon North  (Australia)


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Art With Heart Colour Creations - Cherry Cobbler

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Week 9 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase is a favourite colour for lots of people!

I grew up thinking of Christmas Red as the same fire engine red of Santa's suit. In Stampin' Up! terms this would be Real Red and it was certainly the first red ink pad I purchased from Stampin' Up! But then a few years later, along came Cherry Cobbler - now this is a red that makes any shade of green into a traditional Christmas palette.

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Just about every year for the last 13 years since I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, I have been running a Christmas in July event. That couldn't happen this year with our Stage 3 Lockdown here in Melbourne, but I can't let July go by without doing something Christmassy, and especially since it's Cherry Cobbler week!

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Are you excited about the new Aug-Dec Catalogue coming out late next week?  I am!! These two cards feature 4 new products that will be in the catalogue - Christmas ones of course!

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The cards feature the Dove of Hope Bundle and include 2 other products from the Wonder of the Season Suite : 'Tis the Season Designer Series paper which if full of traditional Christmas colours and designs, and Wonder of the Season Cards and Envelopes which have beautiful red foil accents.

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For the first card, I cut a window in the card front using a scallop rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.


I used a Cherry Cobbler card base with the DSP adhered to it then adhered the "frame" using the Foam Adhesive Strips to pop it up a bit higher. The dove was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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For the second card I used up the stitched rectangle which I had cut out of the front of the first card, and the leftover strip of DSP as the basis of a new design.  I embossed some Whisper White with the utterly gorgeous Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder - thank you to all my enabler demonstrator friends who "MADE" me buy it!

And I arranged the dove's wings slightly differently - Oh boy! I love how they work both ways!

Don't forget to decorate the inside of your cards!

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The Designer Series paper is in a pack of 48 - 24 different double sided designs with a good mix of traditional Christmas images but also patterns that could be used for masculine or other occasions cards!




If you would like to see the rest of the Cherry Cobbler creations go to Cathy's blog here.

I hope you are enjoying our Colour Creations Showcases each week!  If you would like to see each week's colour creation post without missing any, please feel welcome to subscribe to my blog so you get the post via email each time. I normally post about once or twice per week - on a Wednesday night and perhaps over the weekend.  Click here to subscribe. 

I hope to see you soon with more inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Croydon North - Australia)


Four new products:

  • 153406  Dove of Hope Stamp Set ($38.00)
  • 153526Detailed Dove Dies ($57.00)
  • 153489  'Tis The Season 6x6 Designer Series Paper (48 sheets $20.00)
  • 153539  Wonder of the Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (20 cards & env, $20.00)

(Dove of Hope bundle155158 - Stamps & Dies 10% off $85.50)

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AWH Colour Creations - Calypso Coral

Welcome again for another Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Showcase. Each week some talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators for Claire Daly's team are show casing a colour out of the Stampin' Up! range. We are working our way through the alphabet and this is week 8, so if you haven't seen our colour showcase before, be sure to hit the home button at the top of the page and scroll down through my blog to see each week's showcase.

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Week Eight of Colour Creations Showcase brings us Calypso Coral and I have created a colour suggestion chart for you based on the colours in the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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Calypso Coral is not actually one of the colours in the paper, but it works beautifully with Terracotta Tile and is a great contrasting colour for the greens in the paper.

I am SO excited to show you what I made with Calypso Coral and the Ornate Garden paper. I selected a Christmas stamp set from our August-December Mini Catalogue (starting in a couple of weeks) and I made some NON-Christmas cards that are perfect timing for our miserable Round #2 Stage 3 Wear Your Mask Everywhere Covid19 Lockdown.

Gnome for the Holidays Stampin Up Cards

Aghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! How CUTE are those Gnomes?  I LOVE them!

The stamp set is called Gnome For The Holidays and is an 8 piece Cling Rubber stamp set.

When I stamped the images I used some Washi tape to mask off the particularly Christmas bits, and I added the tiny flower from the Special Someone stamp set as it was a perfect fit for their little hands.

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I've used the Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends for most of the colouring on the images - along with Crumb Cake, Pool Party & Old Olive, and Calypso Coral Cardstock for the scallop layer under each image, as well as two of the base cards.

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These ones are definitely going out in the mail to cheer up someone stuck at home in miserable wintery Melbourne. 

Most of the products I've used are shown below (except the Gnome stamp set which is not available until August).

If you'd like to see the rest of the Calypso Coral Creations this week, here is the link to Cathy's blog . You will find all of the links to the other artists there.

I would love you to leave a comment by going to the comments tab right at the bottom of this post - I love reading what you think!

Take care, stay safe!

Kathryn xox

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AWH Colour Creations - Cajun Craze

Yippee! Are you still with us for Week 7 of the Colour Creations Showcase?

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This week is one of my favourite, but rarely used colours - Cajun Craze.  I know it sounds silly since I don't use it very often, but every time I do use it, I think - I just LOVE Cajun Craze! It's such a warm, vibrant colour and it seems to go SO well with so many other colours!

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This week I have chosen to use Cajun Craze as my base colour and for all of the stamping on the cards, and I have teamed it with the World of Good Suite including stamp set, dies and Specialty Designer Series paper featuring the beautiful new In Colour Cinnamon Cider.  These are both really simple, easy cards, a little bit of stamping, a little bit of embossing and a little bit of die cutting.

The talented Art With Heart ladies who are participating in the Colour Creations Showcase would LOVE you to visit each of their blogs to see what they have created - you are just going to fall in love with Cajun Craze, the warm, yummy, versatile colour.

To visit the other blogs, please pop over to Cathy's blog where she has a link for each person - oh, and if you have time, please also leave a comment or two as you visit, so we know what you think! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Freshly Brewed Projects - Tags and Labels

This week I am joining in with the Freshly Brewed Team for another great little blog hop.

We are exploring how tags and/or labels can be use on a papercraft project, but not just as tags or labels. What a fun challenge!

I think I cheated and took the easy route!

A background of layered tags all in a gorgeous patchwork effect.


I just love all the beautiful blues in the Boho Indigo Kit with it's lovely brushed gold highlights.  I started by cutting out a heap of tags from the Trio of Tags Dies, then layering them on a cardfront size piece of Night of Navy card.


The effect is so pretty I didn't even want to put anything else on there! LOL

But, what's the point of making a card with no sentiment or message? So I bit the bullet and used some of the ribbon and tags also from the Boho Indigo Kit to complete it.


I'm not entirely convinced that I love how it's finished, but it was quite a quick card to make and I really do love the background!

If you would like to see the rest of the creations in our little blog hop group, the list of participants is below.

Please leave some blog love (a comment) and I do hope you enjoyed these inspiring projects.

See you soon!


AWH Colour Creations - Bumblebee


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It's week 6 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase and this week we are buzzing around like little Bumble Bees!

I haven’t purchased the Bumble Bee Ink Pad yet, but I had card stock AND I had 2 lots of Designer Series Papers that had plenty of Bumble Bee in the designs - the Flowers for Every Season DSP and the Ornate Garden DSP.

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In the end I settled on Flowers for Every Season so it would coordinate with the Four Season Floral Stamp Set I wanted to use - and I kept the colour scheme VERY simple, just Bumble Bee and Whisper White with some black stamped images.

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In light of the announcement of Stage 3 Covid19 restrictions that hit Melbourne at 4pm yesterday, I chose the Comfort and Hope stamp from the Comfort and Hope stamp set so that today I could post out three very timely cards for friends who I am particularly thinking of now that we are back in Stay at Home restrictions.

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Why three? Well the design I have used - which was inspired by very cute Zebra cards by Emma Goddard lends itself to making 3 cards at once - as you cut each piece into 3 for the front panel.

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I have used one die each from the Rectangle Stitched Dies and the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to cut out the sentiment panel. The stamped roses from Four Season Floral are actually coloured with Stampin’ Blends - Daffodil Delight Dark & Light and Light Crumb Cake, and each of the coloured images are fussy cut with my Stampin’ Snips - they are very easy images to quickly cut out.

As usual, don't forget to stamp the inside! I keep it nice and simple!

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The sentiment on the inside is also from the Comfort and Hope stamp set and reads "Sending you a paper hug".

Well, that's my creation for the week! If you would like to see what the other Art With Heart talented ladies have made with a Bumble Bee colour scheme, please pop over to Cathy's blog where you will find the list of creators. 

Products I have used are listed below - click on them for more details, and I would love you to leave me a comment!

Thanks for checking in for week 6!

Kathryn Ruddick


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AWH Colour Creations - Blushing Bride

Welcome to Week 5 of our Colour Creations Showcase where members of Claire's Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team are taking a journey through the whole Stampin' Up! colour range in alphabetical order.

Colour 5 is Blushing Bride - which I guess you either love or hate! LOL

I'd be the first to confess it's not a pink I have ever been particularly drawn to as it's not a pure clean pink, it has grey undertones making it look quite dirty next to some of our fresh crisp colours.  And yet last year we had the beautiful Magnolia Lane paper which coordinated beautifully with it. And this year at a push it works well as a tone on tone colour with some of the In Good Taste and Peony Garden Designer Series Paper packs, proving it is quite a versatile colour!

Last week I worked with the Gorgeous Posies Card Kit for our Blackberry Bliss showcase. The card kit also features Blushing Bride and try as I might, I could not step away from it!

A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Sharon Davern who is also participating in the Colour Creations Showcases posted a Bermuda Bay card demonstrating the Double Open Joy Fold card - there's one I had never heard of before! (Click on the card name to see it).

I loved Sharon's card so much, I straight away wanted to use one of the card fronts in the Gorgeous Posies Kit to do a Blushing Bride version!

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Now I want to make a hundred of them! So cute!

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I used one card front and one label from the card kit, and teamed it with some extra Gold Foil Card, Blushing Bride card, the Blushing Bride woolly texture paper from In Good Taste DSP pack, some Blushing Bride stamping on Whisper White for the panels to write on and I stamped the front sentiment in Calypso Coral - just because my Blushing Bride ink pad stamps greetings a little too light to read.

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Oh my gosh, how good is all that colour coordination?

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To see the rest of the amazing Blushing Bride projects, please visit Cathy's blog here to get the list of participants.

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this gorgeous card, and check the supply list below to see what I have used.

See you next week with Bumblebee! 

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AWH Colour Creations - Blackberry Bliss

Welcome to Week 4 of Claire’s Art With Heart Team Colour Creation Showcase!


This week we have the heavenly Blackberry Bliss to steal your soul!

It's once of my favourite colours for it's richness and warmth. When I saw this colour on our list for week 4, I instantly thought of a gorgeous new kit that Stampin’ Up! have just released. Mine had only just arrived in the mail, so I couldn’t wait to open it and see just how well it did go with Blackberry Bliss so I could use it for this colour showcase.


It’s the GORGEOUS POSIES KIT and Blackberry Bliss goes beautifully, complimenting the soft feminine colours and images. This kit has an absolutely gorgeous colour scheme and a splash of shiny gold. Oh! I DO love it!

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The kit has really lovely, but quite basic cards - simple enough for beginners to enjoy making, but with a lot of wow factor. However, those of you who know me well, know that 25 years of stamping means when I see a kit like this, I want to step it right up and use the pieces to create something that will make even the very experienced crafters want to buy the kit!


I had in mind to start with Twisted Easel cards, but I’ve made so many of them over the years, I wasn’t feeling challenged enough. But I googled easel cards anyway to see what might come up and found this amazing project by Jan B. 

A Triple easel card! She has such easy to follow clear instructions and you can actually fast forward through bits of the video just to pull out the relevant measurements and where to put the glue.

So, what does it look like made with the Gorgeous Posies Kit?

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Despite all the folds and layers, the easel cards still fold flat and small enough to fit in our standard envelope.

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I used two of the card fronts out of the kit along with 2 die cut labels and a small die-cut printed flower.

I used the stamp set to stamp an extra large flower in Blackberry Bliss and some extra leave.  The greetings were also stamped with Blackberry Bliss and as you can see, I used Blackberry Bliss for the base card and the square layering pieces.

The other touch of Blackberry Bliss on the card is on the rhinestones - I coloured them with the Blackberry Bliss Dark Stampin' Blend!  So good - I truly love how we have all these co-ordinating products.

To visit the rest of the talented ladies in the Blackberry Bliss Colour Creations Showcase, Click on this link to go to gorgeous Cathy's blog to see everyone's links.

Please leave a comment, and don't forget to come back next week for Blushing Bride.

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