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September 2010

Friends Never Fade, Piece d'Resistance

And now, for the final rainbow conglomeration in my medley of Friends Never Fade cards - I just loved how they looked when I layed them all out together.

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There's a much bigger picture among my photos on my Facebook page - that's the katlo designs one, not the Kathryn Ruddick one . . .if you're on Facebook, make sure you check it out and when you're on the katlo designs page, click Like so you'll automatically receive updates. 

Chocolate Chip Chic

I think Chocolate Chip will always be one of my most useful and loved colours, and I was so happy to see it included amongst the variety of colours in the Greenhouse Gala DSP pack - it's a real powerhouse colour, bringing all those other wild frivolous colours back to reality with a nice solid base!

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It's just a go anywhere, do anything kind of colour - bit like the real thing - who needs an excuse to include chocolate in any occasion for any reason?!?!?!?

Hopefully by now I have also managed to convince certain triathletes amongst present company that now the World Champs is over, some delicious Parisian chocolat is not out of the question . . . and you know how I love to photograph divine desserts . . . I'll try to get some up here for you to drool over!

Bon Appetite!

So Saffron Sublime

Tomorrow we are off on the train from Paris, to take a lovely bicycle ride through the countryside and visit the home and garden of Claude Monet, one of my favourite artists ever . . . I am quite certain I will  find various shades of So Saffron among the blooms in the garden.

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I can't wait to see the garden in real life and to be cycling along country lanes waving "Bonjour" to all I see! I should have bought myself a lovely floral print Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron frock so I could do it in style! 

Certainly Celery Chic

These Friends Never Fade cards have to be called Chic, purely because I arrive in Paris today, and have already booked and paid for tickets to climb le tour Eiffel at 7.30 this evening . . .

How excited am I??

These are the Certainly Celery cards I made in my bunch of 12 using the Greenhouse Gala DSP. Love that Green!!

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A close up of that one with the REAL RED shouting out from it - must be a French colours, it's so BOLD!

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 And another, just to give you a closer look at the marker direct to rubber technique - don't forget to "Huff" on it, in a very un-Parisian manner!

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Well, I'm off to enjoy some galleries and museums! Catch you again soon with the So Saffron versions of the Friends Never Fade cards . . . 

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Today I'd like to treat you to some Baja Beauties from Budapest - by the time you get this I will be in Budapest, but the joys of pre-setting blog posts will tell you that these little cards were actually made and photographed well before that!!

In fact, before I left, I had great fun playing with the gorgeous papers in the Greenhouse Gala DSP pack. It's full of designs and colours I would never have imagined, and they are so OUT THERE, I had to have a bit of a play! I've have made one card using each pattern of the dsp.  I'll show you the Baja ones today and be back later on with Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron - so look out for those ones in coming days!

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I have used a left over scrap of last year's Pumpkin Pie ric rac on all of the cards, and inked up the stamp using Stampin' Write Markers. Very simple cards. 

Cute by the Inch

I know you hate it when I show you hostess sets that you can't buy, but the thing is, it's soooo easy to earn them, and this one is an absolute must have in any serious stampers collection! It is so versatile and just too cute for words!

This project using "Cute by the Inch" Level 2 hostess set, was another project we made at the very fun catalogue preview afternoon.  I was inspired by this one by Jen Mitchell and we don't have the new Blushing Bride card or ribbon yet, but I think Melon Mambo was a good swap.

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How cute are those little birds?  And there are 8 other very useful images in the set.

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It's very easy hosting a workshop. All you have to do is invite a handful of friends, have a packet of biscuits for them to snack on, and tell them all you are going to have lots of fun!

If you'd like to know more, email me today. [email protected]

Printed Petals Fancy Favour Box

Hi again everyone,

Have you enjoyed browsing your new catalogue yet? Just wanted to show you some more cute projects from my catalogue preview afternoon.

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I was inpsired for this little box by a similar project we made at Stampin' Up! Convention 2010.

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It was nice to see my talented stamping friends doing their own variations of the same project, using both Printed Petals and the level 3 hostess set "Playful Pieces".

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I am very excited about some of the embellishments that are available this year, such as the clear rhinestone brad shown here, packs of paper daisy's, adhesive jewels, antique brads and library clips. They are all on pages 138-140 of the new catalogue - yummmm! 

Check in again soon for some more inspiration!


Woohoo!! It's here, up and running and live, and TEN of my lucky, on the ball customers already have orders placed so they will have lovely new goodies in their hands early next week!!

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Of course, if you're only new here, you won't have a clue what I am talking about . . . it's the much anticipated arrival of the the brand new Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Ideas Book and Catalogue. Some of my stamping friends enjoyed a nice little preview afternoon last Saturday, playing with some new stamp sets, and I'd love to share what they made.

This new Designer Series Paper is called Greenhouse Gala, and it coordinates beautifully with "Friends Never Fade", a stunning 4 piece stamp set, which has been inked up here with Stampin' Write Markers.

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This card with the Two Step Bird Punch and Greenhouse Gala DSP was made by Mary.

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Teena was the creative mind behind this sweet card

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Don't you just love how the colours and shapes all coordinate so easily?

All the guests at my catalogue preview afternoon, also got to make this sweet little card and matching envelope using the Petal Prints stamp set - this was a project we made at the Stampin' Up! Convention back in May.

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One of the awesome things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is getting so much inspiration from our conventions and regional training days, not to mention getting such great sneak peaks, and even receiving some of these stamp sets so many months ahead of when they are available to buy.

That's one of the things I love about being part of the Stampin' Up! family.  Another thing is the great special offers, and right now, to coincide with the new catalogue which contains 5 gorgeous, new In-Colours, SU! are offering new In-Colour Kits FREE to all new members of the SU! family who join in September! That's an amazing freebie to add to your starter kit for no extra charge.  The excellent value starter kits have also changed with the new catalogue. I've put more information on my special page.Click here to read all about it.

If you'd like to receive a discount on all your stamping and scrapbooking supplies, get lots of inspiration from a great company and awesome fellow stampers, get lots of sneak previews and hear about great offers in advance, make some pocket money or even build a thriving business, there's no better time to look at joining the Stampin' Up! family. If you'd like a free (no obligation) information pack, email me today [email protected]

I'll be back soon with some other cute projects we made at the catalogue preview - and don't hesitate to contact me to arrange to get a catalogue to you - You NEED to have one!!

Cheers,  Kathryn.