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!

Stampin' Up! Classic Color Combo

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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AWH Colour Creations - Bermuda Bay

Hi again!

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team - Colour Creations Showcase.

If you are just joining me, this week our creation divas are exploring one of my favourite Stampin' Up! colours - Bermuda Bay! We would love you to check out everyone's work and leave us some feedback in our comments.

If you would like to see all of our team's Bermuda Bay creations, go to gorgeous Cathy's blog here and get all the links there. 

So let's take a look at Bermuda Bay!

In our 2020 January to June Handmade for You Mini Catalogue, our Birthday Bonanza product suite had one of the most gorgeous colour combinations. One of those colours has since retired, but is easily substituted to still give you a lovely rainbow of six beautiful shades to work with. 

Stampin' Up! Classic Color Combo

These colours sing to me of ocean reefs, fish and coral. So it's no wonder I pulled the stamp set Seaside Notions off my shelf.

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For this card front I did something slightly different. I literally drowned the reverse side of the Thick Whisper White card stock with water and Bermuda Bay Ink from the Ink refill and let it soak through.

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I love the new embossing folder - Seabed and I enjoyed stamping, watercolouring and fussy cutting these cute images. A bit of ribbon, some gems from the Holiday Rhinestones pack and half a dozen Stampin' Dimensionals are enough to make these cards pop with all the lovely textures.

For the next card, I removed the yellows and oranges and just stuck with the Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. 

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Again, that embossing folder is sublime!

I've stamped all the images with Bermuda Bay and just done a very light watercolour wash with Coastal Cabana over them.

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Whilst Bermuda Bay is not exactly Santorini Blue, I couldn't help thinking of a bit of Mediterranean home decor with this colour scheme too. I have recently acquired Country Home stamp set - to do rustic vintage style cards - but I was suddenly picturing a Bermuda Bay jug full of bright blooms on a white washed stone windowsill . . .  

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Thank you to my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends who cruised the Greek Islands last year for all your inspiring photos!

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In this card, I stamped the jug using Jet Black Stazon Ink onto Coastal Cabana card stock, then added shadows with Bermuda Bay ink. The jug is then cut by hand and popped up with a couple of Dimensionals.  I'm not sure why in this photo the flowers come out brilliant blue when on the card they are exactly the same colour as the jug - the joys of technology!

All of the products I have used for these three cards are shown below. 

Please leave me a comment about which card is your favourite and why?

You can go to the next blog on the list lovely Christine's blog, by clicking here or  hop over to Cathy's blog to check out the rest of the Art With Heart Team's Bermuda Bay projects.

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AWH Colour Creations - Basic Gray

Hi again!

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Welcome to Week 2 of the Art With Heart Team - Colour Creations Showcase.

If you are just joining me, this week our creation divas are exploring the Stampin' Up! staple colour - Basic Gray and helping you discover what an amazing, versatile colour it is!

At the very bottom of my post you will find all the links to all the creators, or if you get lost or a link is broken you can go back to gorgeous Cathy's blog here and get all the links there. 

We would love you to check out everyone's work and leave us some feedback in our comments.

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I have chosen to use Basic Gray as the base card and the main mat layer (Ornate Layer Die frame) on my cards. The image and sentiment are also stamped with Basic Gray.  For such a dark gray, it is a truly versatile colour.  AND I have actually cased the card from page 1 of our brand new catalogue. The card in the catalogue is made with Just Jade, but I have switched it out for Basic Gray.

All the products I have used are in the thumbnail picture grid if you scroll down, but in summary I have used the Ornate Garden Suite and teamed it with Rococo Rose and some of the purples from the Stampin' Up! range - Highland Heather Stampin' Blends and Pretty Posy scallop linen ribbon.

The sentiment is from Butterfly Gala stamp set and the label die is from the Ornate Label Dies.

Ornate Layers and Rectangle Stitched Dies

I just love that one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies fits perfectly inside the Ornate Layer Die.

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How beautiful is the inside front of the card with that beautiful embossing? And don't forget to stamp inside too!

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Rococo Rose is probably my most used Stampin' Up! colour from the last 12 months and I was SOOOO pleased to see these scallop linen ribbons carry over into our new catalogue.

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Don't you just love all the textures and the simplicity of this card? And it could be used for so many different occasions.

If you would like to see what my Art With Heart friends have been making, off you go now to Cathy's blog.

Don't forget to leave me a comment, check out all the products I used in these projects, and if you get lost in looking for through the other projects, you can always come back here where the other links are at the bottom. 

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Just click on the links below to see what they’ve all made.

  1. Kate Morgan
  2. Caroline Manwaring
  3. Tina Gillespie
  4. Sharon Davern
  5. Vicki Boucher
  6. Christine Blain
  7. Diane Furniss
  8. Theresa Gerrard
  9. Michele Taylor
  10. Andrea Sargent
  11. Sujatha Harding
  12. Fiona Bell Ryan
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Ros Davidson
  15. Rachel Woollard

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!

Stampin' Up! Classic Color Combo

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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Would you like the tutorial bundle as a gift?

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

But hold on!! There is SO MUCH going on this month at Stampin' Up!

1)  The new Annual Catalogue starts this Wednesday 3rd June,

2)  Along with that there's an amazing opportunity with the Stampin' Up! starter kit. $169 gets you $235 worth of any product you want . . .  PLUS you also choose ANY stamp set & punch bundle OR stamp set & dies bundle on top of that, no extra charge. That's amazing!

3)  As if that's not enough there's also a Stampin' Rewards bonus this month - gather $400 of product orders between you and your friends, place it as one order and receive an extra $40 Stampin' Rewards. That's right! $80 in free products of your choice!

Look out for more information via my newsletter and my Facebook updates.

And if you have any questions, be sure to get in touch!

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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Blueberry Bushel

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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