A Little Simple Stamping Blog Hop

Art With Heart Simple StampingThis week I am joining in on an Art With Heart Team blog hop showing you how simple stamping can be!

We are sharing creative projects featuring Simple Stamping, which means our projects feature only paper, stamps and ink. It’s a great way to create a quick and easy card for new stampers or for when you need a card at short notice. These projects highlight how Stampin’ Up! inks, paper and card stock co-ordinate perfectly.

If you would like a copy of the 2019 - 2020 Annual Catalogue, or the Holiday Catalogue (we're ordering them now) contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

20190726_084845I've chosen To A Wild Rose stamp set - because if you are not fond of Colouring In, this stamp set does it for you!

Yes, this is a two step (or even a 3 step) stamp set which has outline stamps, and also more solid images to fill in the colour.


For the first card I've stamped the outline of the rose in Merry Merlot ink, then stamped the "infill" stamps one with Rococo Rose and the second one with Merry Merlot, but stamped off on scrap paper first.  The leaf outlines were stamped with Pretty Peacock, then the infill stamp was also stamped with Pretty Peacock stamped off first.

This simple layer was then adhered to a Rococo Rose base card.


For a slightly stepped up version of this card, I stamped the rose and leaf outlines with Momento Black ink, then the "infill" colours with Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot and Pretty Peacock. What lovely colour combinations!

I added an extra layer of card to this one with a fine border of Pretty Peacock under the white layer, before adhering to the Rococo Rose base. I hope you like them!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rebecca Jacovou

Art With Heart July 2017 Next

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Ruddick

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Rachel Palmieri

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor


Since the middle of April we have been seeing A LOT of projects with the new Bird Ballad bundle from Stampin' Up!

Demonstrators who went to On Stage events could order it early - and it seems like they ALL did! Clearly it's a much loved stamp set with beautiful coordinating Designer Series Paper.

One of my team members asked if we could make a little bird house at Team Night as she had seen some online. Definitely! Too cute!

Do you have in your stash of cutting dies, the Baker's Box Die which was in our catalogue a couple of years ago? That is what we used for the box - only we stretched to give us a taller bird house.


I would pop a piece of acetate inside the front of the box then fill it with chocolates or maybe a beautiful soy candle for someone special!

The Free as Bird Stamp set can be purchased individually, or as part of the Free as a Bird bundle with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, or as part of the much bigger Bird Ballad Suite which has such gorgeous products in it.

Bird Ballad

July is Bonus Days month and by ordering this suite you could earn a coupon voucher for a credit to use on an August order. For every $90 you spend in July, receive a $9 voucher for August (multiples allowed).

OR if you are keen to make some of the projects I have been showing you - maybe you'd like to come along to Team Night as a member of my little stamping family?  The Stampin' Up! starter kit is only $169 - you select $280 of products for only $169, and you also get a $16 voucher the following month to apply to your first order.  And you can come to team night!

Send me a message to tee up a time for coffee and a chat about it!



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Daisies are such cheerful flowers - all sorts of daisies are my favourites!

So I was VERY happy to see the new Daisy Lane stamp set and a medium size daisy punch come in our new annual catalogue last month, to coordinate with the Daisy Delight stamp set and Large Daisy punch we already have in our range.

Daisy Lane

Daisy Delight

You know sometimes you receive a new stamp set and it seems like forever before you use it?  Well, not this time! I have already used the Daisy Lane bundle heaps - and I've only had it a couple of weeks!

I went for some non-traditional colours, including Seaside Spray, Basic Gray and Gray Granite for this little project.



This gorgeous seaweed design paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack - I've sliced a sheet up and sponged the edges with Basic Gray.


Initially I planned the card as a landscape format, but once I'd gotten this far, I discovered it looked much better as a portrait card with the spray of daisies in the top left hand corner.


Isn't it so soft and lovely with the Seaside Spray blue and all the grey tones and that touch of dramatic black? I'm really pleased with it! Probably all I would do differently is maybe add some form of bling to the centres of the daisies. Haven't decided on those yet!

For the month of July I am giving away an encyclopedia of projects using the Daisy Lane bundle - a 25 page pdf with 11 full tutorials in it - to anyone who purchases the Daisy Lane bundle. Pdf will be emailed to you after the order is finalised. Order online or message me about it today!

Daisy Lane Tutorial Ad

Talk soon,



Don't you just LOVE a good rose stamp set? The newest one in my collection is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 catalogue and is a 3 step stamp set called TO A WILD ROSE.  It's beautiful, and a dream to stamp with the Stamparatus.


And even better?

It has a coordinating set of dies to make cutting out easy!

To A Wild Rose Bundle

Recently, many of us have been making "Floating Frames" cards using Glad Press'n'Seal - which in Australia we buy at Costco. It's a really wow factor technique and not that difficult, so long as you select bigger images, with matching dies and you have a bit of time up your sleeve for stamping and cutting and then arranging your layout.

I love the effect - and here's two cards I created using the one sample piece.  When you cut the "window" you end up with a second smaller piece you can put in the centre of a new card.


I'm looking forward to trying a new technique using the Press'n'Seal at next week's team night. What other kitchen products do you use in your stamping?



20% off Rosy Kit and Stampin' Up! Sale


Stampin' Up! just announced that some of the Retiring (Last Chance ) Items will be on sale tomorrow for between 10% up to 25% off!  That's awesome news!

And secretly - I think it means they are trying to make room in the warehouse for the new catalogue products!! - Let's help them out with that!!

Here's the list!

Discounted Annual Catalogue ItemsAnd in the Occasions Catalogue there are a couple of items discounted too :

Discounted Occasions Catalogue Items

I realise they might be a little hard to read on here - that's what happens when you take a screen shot of a pdf file LOL

The discounted items will be highlighted in the online store as off 4am tomorrow.  You'll be able to see them then, and order them.  There are a lot of sets of our beautiful dies on sale. See them here now.


Tomorrow is also the final day for ordering the Everything is Rosy product suite.  This is such a gorgeous suite - I am sure you have all seen the dozens of samples on Pinterest and your craft groups.

Alles-wunderbare-stampin-up Silwia SchreckSilwia Schreck from the Artisan Design Team made these beautiful projects.

61394228_2746711172037246_1840397068338724864_nThe concept artist at Stampin' Up! made this lovely layout.

Stesha Bloodhart cards Stesha Bloodhart cards 2Stesha Bloodhart from the Artisan Design Team made the 8 gorgeous cards above.

Here's another look at some of the products in the suite.

Everything-is-Rosy-Product-Photo-Foil - Stesha Bloodhart

Everything-is-Rosy-Product-Photo-Designer-Series-Paper SB
Everything-is-Rosy-Product-Photo-Stamps-and-Dies SBThere are also beautiful ribbons, die cut card stock printed flowers, Rose Gold embellishments and Rose Gold Shimmer Paint in the product suite.  Thank you so much to all of the Artisan Design team members for their beautiful projects and photos.

As tomorrow is the very last day to order this product suite, I am offering 20% off in a one day May Madness sale!  This is not a Stampin' Up! sale, I am doing this off my own bat, because I think everyone should have a chance to own this gorgeous product suite, and with only one day left, why not celebrate it with a special price!

The product suite is normally $137, plus $6.85 postage.  Save yourself $27.40 by ordering through me before 10pm Friday night (tomorrow). 

To get this divine product suite for only $116.45 including postage, you need to contact me to order for you - if you order via the online shop there is no way of applying the discount. I will order for you and have the items sent direct to your preferred address. Payment by credit card.

Why not combine your order with discounted Retiring products too for further savings?

Send me a text message on 0418 361 931 or email me kathryn@katlodesigns.com to confirm your order items and payment details and I will get them ordered for your tomorrow and posted direct to you!

Talk soon, and thanks so much for your support while I've been enjoying my very first semester as a uni student!

Kathryn R. xx

Hugs from Shelli - Paper Pumpkin in Australia


Many of you know of the Paper Pumpkin subscription kits that have been available to North American Stampin' Up! customers for many years but have not been available in Australia.

Exciting news!!

Although we are not getting the subscription option at this time, a very special limited release Paper Pumpkin kit WILL be available globally to order this coming Wednesday 15th May.


Stampin' Up! Co-founder and Board Chair Shelli Gardner has been personally involved in the design of this beautiful kit and if you love her vintage style, you are going to adore this kit.

May PP

The kit will be $37.00 (Australia) and will only be available while stocks last.  Now, the next point is important. This kit was announced at On Stage Events back at the start of April, where demonstrators got to make the above card as their Make & Take project. Everyone loved it, Everyone is dying to buy it. People will be logging in at midnight to order their kits and those for their customers. This kit is expected to sell out super fast.


If you NEED this kit in your collection (and you know you do!!) you will need to  do one of 2 things.

1). You will need to be online at midnight when the item goes live in the online shop to order it for yourself.

2). If you don't do online ordering, you will need to have your payment to me by 10pm Tuesday so I can order it for you. That doesn't mean doing a bank transfer at 10pm Tuesday, that means doing a bank transfer before 4pm today so it appears in my bank on Tuesday, so I can stay up late and order for you tomorrow night.  If I have your credit card details saved on file, then you are covered.

About the kit??

It's a fully self-contained card kit, containing colour coordintated ink spots, card bases, embellishments, a great stamp set, ribbon and 4 different designs of cards with instruction sheets. It would make a beautiful Christmas gift for a new stamper as it has everything needed to complete the cards.

For more experienced stampers, you will want it because it's just so darn cute, the stamp set is very versatile and the designs coordinate with the beautiful new Bird Ballad product suite in the upcoming new Annual Catalogue. So as an avid stamper, you are going to get a lot more bang for your buck!!

Hugs from Shelli

Look at that deliciousness in stock just waiting for midnight Tuesday to tick over!!

Don't hesitate - if you need me to get it for you, I need your payment confirmation or permission to charge your credit card before 10pm Tuesday, or if you are going to order it for yourself, pop a calendar reminder in your phone now so you don't miss out!



Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted on my blog since the middle of March - where did that time go?

If you've missed me - don't worry! EVERYTHING IS ROSY!

Did you know I started a 3 year university degree this year? It's amazing that we have only had 2 and half months of classes - I feel like I've been going for 6 months already!

Where does this leave my stamping?

Well, when I can I am still making cards! I had my lovely team night last Thursday where we tried the amazing Floating Frames technique using Press'n'Seal - a kitchen supply item.

How beautiful do these cards look?

Floating Frames Technique Stampin Up

I've used the First Frost Stamp Set and Frosted Bouquet Framelit dies which were in the Holiday Catalogue but carried over and are still available. You can see all of the carryover items here.

Next week I also have my monthly Stamp Club. If its something you've been thinking of doing, our new time is 10am-12noon Friday 17th May.

In the meantime, Stampin' Up! have been running some amazing product promotions for us. Have you seen the EVERYTHING IS ROSY Product Medley?


This is not a kit. It's a range of luxurious coordinating products for you to create your own projects - cards, scrapbook layouts, 3D and off the page projects.

Everything Is Rosy Product Medley - item code 150059
Medley includes these exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1" (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6" x 6" rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4" (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

Creativity comes easy when you've got amazing coordinating products. Coordination is one of Stampin' Up!s strong points. The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is a perfect example. Products in this medley are exclusive to this medley and cannot be purchased anywhere else. You'll love the happy, rosy feeling you get as you create with these fun and flowery products. Available for a limited time. Get them while you can!

I've compared them to similar products in our Annual Catalogue which would cost you around $180.00, and having to enter a dozen items codes, but for one single Item Code, you can get this beautiful product medley for just $139.00.

Here is the Stampin' Up! Youtube video of these great products.  VIDEO

And here is where you can buy the lovely product medley online and have it delivered straight to your door.  BUY HERE

Anyone who purchases the Everything is Rosy product medley through me this month will receive a pdf at the end of the month with sample projects and instructions for cute Everything is Rosy projects.

Stampin' Up! is also putting out another amazing, very exciting product this coming Wednesday 15th May. Check back on my blog tomorrow to learn all about that!

Do you follow my Facebook or Instagram pages?

I post on my FB business page several times each week. Follow it here. https://www.facebook.com/katlodesigns/

And I post quite regularly on Instragram too.  https://www.instagram.com/kathrynruddick/

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see what other beautiful product is coming on Wednesday, and in the meantime, check out lots of photos of projects made with the  Everything is Rosy Product Medley on my Pinterest board here.

Last weeks of Sale-a-bration

Kathryn’s $1,000 Catalogue Party Event

Here's something extra fun to consider....



  1. Email me by March 24th that you wish to participate – you’re commitment is a product order of at least $100. (I need 10 people to sign up for it to work). All 10 orders from the 10 participants will be put together to make up one $1,000.00 workshop order.  All Stampin’ Rewards / Hostess Benefits of the $1,000 party will be dispersed between all 10 participants.


  1. Email me at least a $100 order by March 26th -- email your order to me. DO NOT enter your order online -- I must enter it for it to count for this special. You may pay by cash or credit card for your order or arrange direct transfer.


  1. Everyone that emails at least a $100 order will receive your choice of Sale-a-bration level 1 gift as well as $20 to spend on anything else in the catalogue.

One person will have the option of selecting a half price item!


How does it work again? If we get $1,000 in total orders:

10 participants will get to choose $20 in FREE SU items of their choice

10 participants will get to choose a Level 1 Sale-a-bration item free

1 participant will get to choose an item for 50% off


N.B. If you choose to place a larger order of $200.00 you may select 2 x Level 1 SAB gifts (or a Level 2 gift) and will receive $40 in Stampin’ Rewards.

(and we will need less participants)


I will need your choice of free products on your order email so we don’t have to wait for you to decide before we close the order.


Email me NOW to SIGN UP to be one of the 10 Participants – sign up by March 24th, order by March 26th.


E: kathryn@katlodesigns.com

Sale-a-bration Rewards You!

Sale-a-bration is such an awesome time of the year for Stampin' Up! fans - lots of extras and different options and this year is no different.

People often ask me how does it work - the whole online shopping thing is so confusing anyway, so I'm going to spell it out in bullet point form.

  • Spend $90 on Stampin' Up! products, select a Level 1 Sale-a-bration (SAB) gift free.

2019 Level 1
2019 Level 1 a
2019 Level 1 b

  • Spend $180 on Stampin' Up! products, choose 2 x Level 1 SAB gifts OR one Level 2 SAB gift free.2019 Level 2
  • Multiples of $90 increase your gifts, no limit. So $90, $180, $270, $360, $450 etc etc gets you 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 gifts or a combination of Level 1 and Level 2 gifts.
  • All orders over $250.00 also receive  10% of the order total in free catalogue product - so for example if you order totalled $270, you could choose three Level 1 SAB gifts PLUS $27.00 to put towards any item in the catalogue.
  • All orders over $400.00 earn even more Stampin' Rewards, you get your SAB gifts, plus 10% of your order total to put towards other product PLUS a bonus $40 credit to put towards extra items.
  • You can combine these orders with your friends - ask me how! 
  • There are Framelits you can buy which coordinate with the SAB stamp sets - so pop those framelits on your order and get the matching stamp set free.

2019 SAB Coordination

Want to see some of my favourites up close?

2019 DSPThis packet of 12 sheets of 12"x 12" double sided quality printed paper has been extremely popular. It is SO beautiful and makes cardmaking so simple. Place your $90 product order today and get this packet of printed paper (valued at $19.95) free.

2019 ribbon

There are 5 rolls of beautiful Organza Ribbon in this pack, and it coordinates with our Gingham Gala paper stack AND the beautiful butterfly SAB paper. This ribbon was SO popular at the start of Sale-a-bration it sold out within a couple of days and was switched off. But the next shipment has arrived and it is currently (at the time of publishing) still available as an SAB gift. Get your order in quickly if you want this ribbon as your freebie because this one is very definitely ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST.

Place a $180 order and select the beautiful butterfly paper AND the Organza ribbon.

2019 DSP SeasonsThe Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper is another very popular Sale-a-bration gift. Everyone especially loves the paper with the toadstools on it!

This paper is available individually as a level 1 gift, or with a coordinating Painted Seasons Stamp set as a Level 2 gift . . . but wait there's more!  You can order matching Framelits so you have a full product suite for easy coordination on your projects.

There are so many other options with Sale-a-bration.

Click on ANY of the pictures in this post to go to the Sale-a-bration page and see all the details.  

If you need help placing an order, please send me an email. I am at Uni 4 days a week, but with only 2 weeks left of Sale-a-bration I will be checking my emails regularly to make sure you don't miss out!

Treasured Babies

Trigger Warning - this post may trigger grief response in some readers. Please know you are loved and there is support available as you continue to process the loss you have experienced. 

  • GriefLine - 1300 845 745
  • Red Nose Grief and Loss Services on 1300 308 307

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This morning I had such a beautiful experience. I visited the home of the Treasured Babies Program in Mooroolbark. 

What a truly gorgeous, caring, wonderful group of people. Lovingly assembling packages of clothing and gifts for bereaved families, hand painting Memory Boxes and Angel boxes, die-cutting butterflies to go on the lids of Remembrance boxes and tubes for naming certificates, sorting and putting together booties, bonnets, nightgowns and blankets for tiny, tiny babies who's spirits have already flown home with the angels.

Treasured-Babies-Program1( Picture from Red Nose Grief and Loss Website. )

I am so privileged to meet these lovely, kindhearted ladies (and one sweet gentleman) who give their time so generously to make, assemble and distribute these exquisite gifts.

All of the items for the Treasured Babies Program are donated and I'm not a crotcheter or someone who does fine needlework, but I was moved to ask what else do they need that my community, my tribe may be able to help with.

And the response was so simple and so easy, so I'm putting it here for you as I know so many of you will be willing and able to contribute too.

They need:

  • Pastel printed papers for the butterflies they cut out and adhere to the boxes and tubes.  Definitely light pastels, mostly blues and pinks but some yellow, green, white, cream.  Any small scraps you know you aren't likely to use. The die cuts can be quite tiny so they accept all small scraps.
  • Empty Inner tubes or cores from rolls of paper towel - in particular, Aldi Handy Paper towel - the empty inner core tube is the perfect size

  Pastel Paper

I will be more than happy to collect these items and take them to these hardworking and dedicated volunteers. To that end, I will have a box in my Stamping Room for people who attend classes, Stamp Club or team night to drop off items into, or if you don't get to my classes let's work out a time to catch up and I can collect items from you.

Such a simple request - scraps of pastel coloured printed papers, and empty inner cores from paper towel rolls.

I know we've all got some, so please get in touch today and we'll work out how we can get your donation to Mooroolbark.

If you have an A4 envelope full of paper scraps, I'm happy for you to post it to me to deliver.

These lovely people are making such a difference, let's see if us paper hoarders can make a difference to them!