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AWH Colour Creations - Crushed Curry

Wow, who's excited that it's Wednesday again and that means Week 13 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase!

The sun is shining in Melbourne today - after a pretty cold, miserable past week, so it's lovely to have the sun filtering through the curtains onto the bright cheery Crushed Curry project I have been working on. With all the inspiration in the last week or so of the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin kit that people have been using, I wanted to do a lovely cheery floral card.

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When I was deciding what to use for this project, I didn't have a catalogue handy, so I jumped online to my Stampin' Up! online store to look for big substantial floral images (and preferably one that I already own!!).  The first key word I tried was "rose" and to my surprise, the beautiful Christmas Rose Bundle came up.

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This bundle was available in around the middle of last year to kind of keep us going with Christmas projects before the Holiday Catalogue came out. It was a while stocks last item and for some reason I had in my head that it was only available for the one month in which it came out.  Turns out, it is (and has been) still available, all this time!

So, I was delighted to pull out my set and make another card with it - although this time, rather than a red Christmas rose, I have gone for Crushed Curry. It's the perfect pick me up colour for Melbourne in Stage 4 Lockdown in winter!

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (1)

In last week's Colour Creation Showcase I used Very Versailles stamp set as the feature set. This week, I pulled it out again, and used it as the background set, stamping all of the images in Crushed Curry ink on the Whisper White background layer.

Then I stamped the main rose image in Black Stazon ink on another piece of Whisper White and using the Stamparatus, I stamped the solid images (the colour) in Mossy Meadow, Mango Melody, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry onto that. I then die-cut that piece with the coordinating Rose die.

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (2)

I stamped an extra main rose image in Black Stazon on Whisper White, and just stamped the solid image for the Rose in Crushed Curry on this image. I hand cut the rose and bud out and using Dimensionals, popped them up on top of the full colour image.

Christmas Rose Stampin' Up Crushed Curry (3)

I added 5 of the sequins from the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin kit because they reflect the yellow beautifully. And the one of the rose petal almost looks like a dew drop. And for a bit of extra texture, I die-cut the lovely fretwork trellis die from the Rose Dies pack also in Crushed Curry. I really love how it adds to the texture and interest of the card without stealing the thunder of the main image.

Thank you for visiting again! I would love it if you are able to leave me a comment, but then also, please do go and visit the other talented ladies in this Creation Showcase and see what THEY have done with beautiful Crushed Curry.

You will find the links to all of their blogs on Cathy's blog post HERE.

See you next week with a different shade of ink on your fingers!

Kathryn xx


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AWH Colour Creations - Crumb Cake

Welcome back to week 12 of the Art With Heart team Colour Creations Showcase.

This week we are showing off one of the staple colours in the Stampin' Up! range. This is a colour you can't do without!

At the start of this year, I had planned out classes for Term 1 and Term 2 for a local community centre.  Thanks to Covid19 those classes were all cancelled, but I still have baskets of supplies sitting here all prepped for what should have been the first class in the middle of March.

Very Versailles Stampin' Up card

These cards were designed around the use of Crumb Cake card, and feature just ONE stamp set - Very Versailles.

Very Versailles Stampin Up Crumb Cake cards (2)

These cards are really simply collage stamped with a couple of layers of other stamped pieces.  Lack of embellishment makes them very economical to make lots of cards and the collage stamping makes a really simple production line. So if you are wanting to make a stack of say 10 cards at once, this design is a great one to try.

Very Versailles Stampin Up Crumb Cake cards (1)

I think one thing I really love about Crumb Cake is that while it gives a nice soft vintage look to projects, it also makes the Very Vanilla card really pop - it stands out so fresh and clean in contrast. And the Crumb Cake being a light neutral can go with most colours enhancing rather than detracting from them.

I would love you to leave a comment for me AND come back next week to see what I do with Crushed Curry.

If you would like to see the other Crumb Cake Creations, please go to Cathy's blog here to see what our talented team members have been making.

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AWH Colour Creations - Coastal Cabana

Welcome to week 11 of the Art With Heart team - Colour Creations Showcase where members of the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team come together each week to explore one of the Stampin' Up! colours. We are gradually working our way through them alphabetically.

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This week we have beautiful cool Coastal Cabana to showcase.

When I started thinking about this project, I had a strong urge to use one of my most favourite products in the new mini catalogue - the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper - a luscious flocked vellum.

I started by pulling it out together with a stack of products in Coastal Cabana - there's quite a few to choose from - so lots of options.

Coastal Cabana Stampin Up

One of the awesome features of the Plush Poinsettia Paper is the shape of the images matches the dies so you can cut out individual flowers, leaves and sprigs of berries! I love this!


Without even having a design in mind, I just cut out half a dozen images and start laying them out on the other Coastal Cabana patterned papers to see what is going to look lovely together.


I even cut out some of the "part" flowers from the edges of the papers to layer onto my card front for extra texture and depth - so subtle, but it just pushes some of the snowflakes further back and adds another dimension - so use up those scraps!


I stamped a couple of poinsettia images in Coastal Cabana ink on Whisper White card and cut with the same die that I used for cutting the flocked flowers. And I cut a rectangle frame using 2 of the Stitched Rectangle Dies.


These dies are THE BEST because they have the stitched lines on the inside AND the outside of the cutting line, so you can use the leftover piece for another card and it also has the stitching!

Of course I had to use up that extra rectangle, so it went onto the main card with the vellum poinsettias.


 I know not everyone is into blue and sparkly Christmas cards, but I do think these are really pretty and I am pleased with how they turned out so easily because of the clever way that so many Stampin' Up! products coordinate so well with each other!



If you would like to see all of the beautiful Coastal  Cabana creations please visit Cathy's blog here

I would love if you would leave a comment to let my know what you think of these sparkly Christmas cards. And if you would like to see all the products I used, please scroll down.

See you next week for Crumb Cake!

Kathryn Ruddick


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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!

Paper Pumpkin image

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).

Box of Sunshine image

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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