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Colour Creations - Cajun Craze


This week's Art With Heart  Colour Creations features one of my favourite Stampin' Up! colours.

Cajun Craze

I love how strong and bright this colour is. For me, this colour reaches into my soul. It is the beautiful rich red soil where Tasmanian farmers plant their potatoes and onions. The soil of my childhood, where we pulled a carrot from the rainforest smelling ground, rinsed it under the hose and then ate it, standing right there in the garden.

It's also the colour of our continent, our Country. From Big Red, near Birdsville, to that big red rock in the heart of our Country, all the way to the Pindan and the coastal cliffs of Cape Leveque. Though the name doesn't suggest it, Cajun Craze represents the epitome of Australia.

I have heard several people say they never use Cajun Craze, so today I have paired it with two other colours in one of my favourite combinations that I hope will inspire you.

Something to keep in mind with Cajun Craze is, its much easier to use, if you use it in context. So think about where Cajun Craze appears in the world? It appears in nature as I showed you above. And it especially appears in the centres of flowers like sunflowers, all sorts of native Australian plants and in the centre of daisies and echinacea flowers.

So, I selected our Nature's Harvest stamp set as my key image, complimented by images from a couple of other stamp sets along similar themes, and several sets of dies for labels and foliage. All of the products I have used are pictured at the bottom of this post if you scroll right down.

So, do you want to see the cards?? LOL

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (1)

I stamped and cut two lots of daisy images, and coloured them with our Stampin' Blends.


I cut some Designer Series Paper pieces from the gorgeous Sun Prints Designer Series Paper pack, and cut a stack of different foliage pieces in Night of Navy, Cajun Craze and Gray Granite. 

For the first card, I stamped the daisy in Cajun Craze ink on Basic White card, then used a water painter to blend the colour - just like when you were a kid and had the water painting books where the colours spread as you painted over them with water.

I confess that I did pick up a little more ink from the ink pad with my brush as I like the colour a little more intense.

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (7)

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (6)
You'll notice that the second card is exactly the same layout as the first, but with a Night of Navy card base and the image coloured with Blends instead.

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (4)

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (5)

The third card (and possibly my favourite), drops the Night of Navy and really makes the Cajun Craze the focal point with the Gray Granite as the background. I changed the shape of the Designer Series Paper and added some background stamping with Gray Granite ink.

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (2)

Nature's Harvest Stampin' Up (3)

I hope I have made you fall in love with Cajun Craze! It really is a beautiful warm, versatile colour. 

If you are still uncertain, then please, please, PLEASE!! click on the NEXT button below and go and see what the rest of the clever Art With Heart creators have done with this wonderful colour! The next artist you will see is my lovely friend Sharon. Click the box now to be taken to her blog.

Next Button

Should any of the links in the Blog Hop be broken or not taking you where they should, my dear friend Cathy Proctor is the host of this blog hop and has a list of all the links at the bottom of her blog post. Click here to find them.

See you next week for more beautiful colour creations!

Kathryn Ruddick


Product List

Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends
Mango Melody Combo Pack Stampin' Blends
Harvest Dies
Meadow Dies


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Great colour combination, Kathryn - and I love how your cards show the colours used so differently. The third card is my favourite, too, although the first is very close. Really lovely cards.

Rosa Leyden

Beautiful beautiful cards Kathryn that reflect serene scenes in nature. I love how your inspiration is from childhood and the Oz landscapes. Great colour choices to pair with Cajun Craze and I love the intensity of the watercoloured flowers in your first card.

Tina Gillespie

A delightful trio of cards, Kathryn! You've used the colours and images so perfectly to create beautiful works of art.

Catherine Proctor

Kathryn, yes i am nodding my head furiously in agreement with your comments about context ( I think you'll have a little chuckle when you see my card!). This is the colour of Australia and I love all three of your cards but the third card is definitely my favourite one too. It just looks so wonderful with Sahara Sand!

Kate Morgan

So true, Kathryn, it sure reminds me of the 'red dust' collected driving through the centre of this country of ours. I love your choice of flowers too, loads of different varieties in our desert areas. Beautiful cards!

Rachel Palmieri

All three cards are just lovely, the navy really does provide a great contrast to the rust and yellow. Nice choices in stamps and dies too.

Andrea Sargent

Beautiful cards Kathryn. I love your context intro - I could picture you pulling and eating carrots as a child and also feel the emotion of this colour's place in Australia. So true. Your cards brilliantly show Cajun Craze in differing ways. xxx

Rachel Woollard

Stunning cards Kathryn, Your colour combination really highlights Cajun Craze. I love the layering on your cards from the background stamping to all of the floral die cuts.

Theresa Gerrard

Great cards Kathryn! Like you my fave is the third one. It's such a strong colour combo but you have used it beautifully. Good idea to think about how Cajun Craze is found in everyday and then use that idea in card making.

Diane Furniss

Beautiful Spring cards Kathryn, please don't ask me to choose a fave as I can't.

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