Colour Creations - Basic Gray

Hi! I am back after a short hiatus! Moving to the country and getting set up on the farm will do that!


I am glad to be back joining in with the Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop tonight with a classic colour - Basic Gray.

It's great to revisit these timeless colours that have been in the Stampin' Up! colour families for many years, and to see how they continue to be so versatile with the newer products.

This week, for a little fun, and also by way of reminder that time is fast running out for the January to June Mini Catalogue, I wanted to use a stamp set that is only available for a couple more weeks. This stamp set is one you can earn for free with a $250 order (which can be a combined order between friends).

I really love the cute images and handy greetings in the Mischievous Mice host rewards stamp set. And when I saw that this week is Basic Gray, I had to colour some little gray mice.


I made a very basic Z fold card - just take a standard A6 card and fold the front back on itself. I used Basic Gray card for my base card, and a piece of Basic White for the inside.

I embossed an extra piece of Basic Gray card with the Bricks & Mortar 3D embossing folder, then touched the embossed image very gently onto the Basic Gray ink pad to highlight some of the texture.

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The mice were stamped with Basic Gray ink onto Basic White card then coloured with Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight & Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Duos. I also used the Colour Lifter in a couple of places on the mice fur.

The images were fussy cut with my trusty Stampin' Snips.


The mouse with the balloon was popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.


The mouse with the cheese was stuck flat on the inside of the card.


I have always loved gray and yellow as a colour combination, and I think the different tones created by the Basic Gray Ink on the Basic Gray cardstock, and the different shades of yellow work perfectly with these images to create a super cute universal card.

Now, it's time to check out the rest of the blog hop and see what the other talented ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin' Team have created with Basic Gray. Please go on and visit my friend Theresa by clicking on the "NEXT" image below.

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If at any time the link doesn't work, please go to Cathy Proctor's blog where she has the main list of participants. Enjoy the blog hop! I hope you get lots of inspiration - and don't forget, the January to June mini catalogue finishes in just a couple of weeks, don't miss out on your favourite items, like the Mischievous Mice.

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Colour Creations - Parakeet Party

Week 2 Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop

HeaderThis week we celebrate a vivacious green:

I was very happy to see this lovely colour in our new 2022-2024 In Colours. I have been wanting a lighter green that was much brighter than Pear Pizzazz. This one tones beautifully with Granny Apple Green.

The HUES OF HAPPINESS Designer Series Paper contains Granny Apple Green in all the leaves, originally painted in such a way as to provide several light and dark tones of the colour - some of which are very close to PARAKEET PARTY.

So when it came to making cards using Parakeet Party, I really wanted to show off the beautiful designer series paper again. 

Parakeet Party Stampin' Up cards

I chose Parakeet Party A4 card stock for the base cards. If you mark 7cm on one short end and 14cms on the other short end, then cut on that diagonal line right across the card, you get two matching pieces to make two Zig Zag Fold Cards.

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I used the Parakeet Party Ink Pad for the greeting stamps, finding a mix of greetings from a couple of different stamp sets, which I stamped onto Basic White card stock, die-cut with the smaller label die from the Painted Labels Dies.

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The flowers from the Designer Series Paper are all fussy cut with my favourite Paper Snips, and adhered with Stampin' Seal.

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I love how the Parakeet Party base cards really make the colours in the flowers and greetings pop.

If you would like to see more ways to incorporate Parakeet Party into your projects, I would love you to visit the blogs of my Art With Heart Team fellow stampers and check out what they have created. Click the next box below to go there.

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Stampin' Up! Colour Creations


Hello there!

Welcome to a brand new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue and a new batch of very beautiful In Colours.


Each year when the new Annual catalogue comes out, 5 colours retire and we get 5 new colours. These are referred to as In Colors and they give our colour palette a lovely refresh, complimenting our regular colour families and adding a beautiful fresh twist.

For Week 1 of the 2022-2023 Colour Creation Showcase, I welcome in the lovely new colour Orchid Oasis, and I celebrate this wonderful colour with some of my stamping buddies from Claire Daly's, Art With Heart Team - a very creative team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators here in Australia.

I have chosen to team Orchid Oasis card stock and ink with some of our Designer Series Paper to highlight how the colours coordinate across our colour range.

Orchid Oasis Stampin Up card (1)The base card is Orchid Oasis, with a Basic White layer. Then the heavenly patterned paper is from the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper Pack. I've used the Drapery Fold technique for the paper to add some depth and intrigue while showcasing both sides of the beautiful pattern.

Orchid Oasis Stampin Up card (4)Orchid Oasis is not listed as a colour in the paper pack, but it sits nearly perfectly midway between the blues and purples in the paper design.

To tie it in even more, I used a Blender Pen and Orchid Oasis Ink pad to add a little more colour to some of the hand cut flowers from the paper, for the inside of the card.

Orchid Oasis Stampin Up card (2)These are really beautiful papers and gorgeous colours. I'm so excited that the papers are here for the next 12 months of the new catalogue, and the In Colours are here for two years! I can see myself using them a lot!

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If you would like to see the products I used, scroll down further, but in the meantime, if you are starting at my blog, I invite you to visit the other AWH blogs to see how my talented friends have enjoyed using Orchid Oasis in their creations this week. Click on this box to go to gorgeous Cathy's blog to see the rest of the creations.

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If at any time you find a broken link, please head to the blog of this week’s host of the AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop, Cathy
Proctor, and she will have the list of all participants.

Thanks for visiting!!

Kathryn Ruddick



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Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue

Happy New Catalogue!!

In ColorsOne of the things I most look forward to is seeing the new In Colors, and this year they are BEAUTIFUL!!

And there is an awesome way of getting your hands on them with huge savings!

The In Color Starter Kit is here, only for the month of May.  See all the details on my Starter Kit Page. 

I have hard copy catalogues here for all my regulars who normally get them from me. If you don't have a regular Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and would like a catalogue, you may click on the image below to have one sent direct to you.



Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Patterned Paper Shares


Who doesn't like some beautiful new papers to kick start your inspiration for the new year?

With the new January to June 2022 Mini Catalogue, we have 8 new Designer Series Paper packs, along with a pack of beautiful patterned vellum.

I love getting a sample pack of all the papers so I can then have a play around and decide which one I like the most and need a full pack of for further creating.

If this sounds like something you would like too, then I invite you to participate in my Paper Share.

There are $200 worth of papers (nine packets).  For $50 (including postage) you will receive a quarter share of every paper in the nine packs.

That's 42 pieces of 12"x 6" paper, plus 12 full sheets of 6"x 6" paper and 12 sheets of 6"x 4" paper. Total of 66 pieces as shown in the images below.

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ALSO:  Sale-a-bration is on right now! The order will qualify to redeem two Sale-a-bration items for free. So you will also receive at no extra cost, quarter shares of the vibrant Sunshine & Rainbows Sale-a-bration paper and my favourite, the glorious Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper. You will receive 6 pieces of 12"x 6" Daffodil paper and 12 full sheets each of the 6" x 6" Rainbows paper - for free, included automatically.

So you will receive a total of 84 pieces of double sided Designer Series Paper (some of which are specialty papers), all for $50 inclusive.

For the product share to go ahead, I need at least 3 participants (I will be the fourth participant).

Email or message me today to indicate your interest and preferred method of payment (any). When I have 3 people I will send you an invoice for $50 and payment will need to be received prior to me ordering the papers.


If you would like to see any of the paper patterns close up, just click on each image. You can also go ahead and buy any full packs you fall in love with, without waiting for the Paper Share to go ahead.

I hope you will join me in this paper share so we can all enjoy our sample packs very soon!

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Stampin' Up! Flash Sale


Time to act quickly!

All your favourite red rubber Cling Stamps are on sale 15% off today ONLY!

Click on the stamp sale image above to go direct to the sale page in my online store.

What are some of my favourite sets?

One I have used a lot lately is Artistically Inked.

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We love it so much, we even devoted our whole September tutorial bundle to the Product Suite!  See the stamp set in the online shop by clicking on the photo.

Get your 15% off stamp sets in my online shop today and if you spend $50 or more you will receive the October tutorial bundle pdf via email free. 

BONUS! If you order Artistically Inked stamp set, I will also send you the September tutorial bundle free!

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Don't forget, the 15% off sale ends at midnight tonight. 

Stampin' Up! in October

Happy October!

What is new this month at Stampin' Up?

Love Santa TagsThe very cute Love, Santa Tag Kit has just come into the online shop. Self-contained kit with all the supplies to make 12 tags, includes a stamp set.

Item code : Love Santa Tags 2

Did you also see the cute Christmas Whimsy Card Kits which came on board during September?

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Just a reminder that anyone placing a $50 order with me each month will receive my monthly bundle of cardmaking and papercraft tutorials.

This month the 7 tutorials are all about beautiful springtime blooms!

Creative Wow Tut Front Page-for web-October 2021Get it free when you order - or buy it via paypal for $12 anytime.


See you soon with ink on your fingers!


World Card Making Day is coming up fast!

I am planning a day of supercharging my batch of Christmas cards ready to send out this year. I will be using the gorgeous Tidings of Christmas bundle which is in our Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.

I invite you to play along with me. I will be stamping on Zoom from 11am on World Card Making Day until around 5pm and you are welcome to pop in anytime and say hi and check out what I am doing. I will also be sharing progress images and instructions on Facebook as I go. I have a suspicion that this stamp-a-stack is going to take me a lot longer than 1 day, so I will schedule other catch up times later (working around my uni assignments).

Click on the images below to see more info on my Stampin' Up! website and be taken to the Shopping Cart with all required items.

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Anyone purchasing the product suite before the end of September will qualify for Sale-a-bration rewards, (one free Sale-a-bration item with each $90 retail order) and will receive my September bundle of tutorials via email.

I can't wait to get all Christmassy next weekend! I hope you'll join me in some way.


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Expressions in Ink Stampin' Up! Tutorials

Our beautiful monthly bundle of tutorials is available to buy now. This month we have featured the gorgeous Expressions in Ink product suite from Stampin' Up!. The seven tutorials all show you unique ways to use the Artistic Expressions stamp set, Artistic Dies, Expressions in Ink Designer Series paper and other coordinating products from the Stampin' Up! current catalogues.

There is a range of papercraft projects and techniques - not just cards.

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August Stamping Time

Hey folks!

How are you surviving?

There's a lot going on at Stampin' Up! during August, including a mini mid-year Sale-a-bration. A bit like Christmas in July, only a week too late LOL.

SAB AugClicking on the picture will take you to my Sale-a-bration page on my online shop.

There is also a joining special - so if you have ever thought of joining the Stampin' Up! family - or perhaps you were a demonstrator once before and have considered topping up your stash again, by means of the Starter Kit, this month you can get a full extra bundle of products in your starter kit  at no extra cost - what a bargain that makes the Starter Kit.

Read about it by clicking on the photo below.


And, it that's all too much for you and you just want to create products and use up your stash, then I have some beautiful projects for you in my July and August tutorial bundles which are now available to purchase over on my tutorials page.

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If you do happen to order $50 of product this month, you will receive the August bundle free.


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Talk soon!