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Colour Creations - Cherry Cobbler

Such a beautiful, much loved colour this week in the Art With Heart - Colour Creations Blog Hop!


Cherry Cobbler truly is one of my most used colours. Namely because it's a go to Christmas colour - and we sure do make a lot of Christmas projects each year! I had to really scratch my head to think about what other current Stampin' Up! products I have that I could use to really show off the beauty of this colour. It didn't take me long to remember the gorgeous Ranunculus stamp set - that flower is perfect!

Ranunculus Romance Stampin' Up cards (1)

There are just a couple of small differences with the two cards I made. On the first one, I stamped the ranunculus with Early Espresso ink, coloured with Blends, then die-cut the beautiful image from Ranunculus Romance stamp set.

I also included a scrap of Sun Prints Designer Series paper as a layer under the label. The background stamping is Gray Granite to go with the Designer Series Paper.

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On the second card, I stamped and coloured the image, in the same way, but then rather than die-cutting it, I tore the Very Vanilla card on a slight angle across the bottom and mounted it onto an extra piece of Cherry Cobbler card. The background stamping is Crumb Cake and I added a few pieces of foliage, die-cut in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, which I had sitting on my desk, left over from making Blushing Bride Tea Cup cards a few weeks ago.

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These cards are quite formal, but not at all difficult to make, as long as you have a set of foliage dies, and enjoy a bit of colouring in. I have listed all of the products used at the very bottom of this message if you would like to scroll down.

The next person in our Cherry Cobbler blog hop is  Rachel Woollard. Click on the box below to go to her blog and I hope you enjoy seeing what all the team have done with Cherry Cobbler.

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If you find a broken link in the blog hop, you can go to Cathy's blog, where she is wonderful enough to list all the participants and their links.

That's it from me, see you again soon with ever so slightly inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Victorian High Country)


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Heart of Christmas - Seasons of Christmas

Last week in the Heart of Christmas blog hop, I showed you two cards using the Seasons of Christmas bundle.

This week, I am using the very same set and colours, (actually I am using up all the leftover pieces from last week) but I have changed the backgrounds and rearranged the pieces completely.HeaderEach week until the end of Novermber, the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team demonstrators will show different ideas for making Christmas projects using Stampin' Up! products.

These are the sets I used last week, Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember stamp sets, and the Seasonal Labels Dies.

I have made a basic tri-fold card - cutting the A4 card lengthwise at 14.85cm and scoring into three panels, with the card front and card back being 10.5cm, and the right hand panel which folds inside being approximately 9cm.

Evening Evergreen Seasons of Christmas Stampin' Up (1)

The front of the card is very simple. I have cut a window with the largest label die from the Seasonal Labels Dies, attached a greeting across the window, and some foliage just below the greeting.

The inside (right hand panel) has lots of the leftover pieces from last week arranged into a wreath, with some of the pieces popped up with Dimensionals, and others attached with Mini Glue Dots.

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Here's another view with a close up of those pieces - hopefully you can see which ones are popped up.

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I've used the Sun Prints Designer Series Paper for the background layer on this panel, and a slightly different pattern from the same pack on the inside panel where you would write your message.

Evening Evergreen Seasons of Christmas Stampin' Up (3)

I really love these traditional colours with these stamp sets, and I think that patterned paper suits it so well, rather than just white or cream inserts.

Evening Evergreen Seasons of Christmas Stampin' Up (5)

Time for you to go and visit the other creative stampers in the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop. You can click the box below to be taken to Caroline Mainwaring's blog - I can't wait to see what she has created.

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If you are following the blog hop and one of the links doesn't work, you can find all of the links for tonight on Sharon Davern's blog by clicking here.

Below are the products  I have used for this project. Enjoy the blog hop and hope to see you again next week!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Colour Creations - Calypso Coral

Today the Art With Heart team Colour Creators are showcasing Calypso Coral.


I find Calypso Coral a challenging colour to work with. Not that I don't like it, but its not orange, it's not red, it's not really pink, it's a kind of in between colour. And it's also a strong colour.

To show it off, for the bold colour it is, I have deliberately teamed it with just one other colour, plus the white base card, for a couple of simple projects today.

From page 16 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, I have selected the Bottled Happiness Bundle, which includes the Bottled Happiness stamp set and Vintage Bottle Punch.

I stamped the leaves with Parakeet Party Ink, then stamped the flowers and bottle with Calypso Coral. The bottle is stamped on a separate piece and punched out, then overlayed on to the card layers.

Bottled Happiness Stampin' Up cards (1)

Card layers are Basic White and Calypso Coral. I was chatting to people on Zoom as I was creating today, so rather than getting out tons of supplies, I just gathered up pieces from my stash that were cut previously, and made them into new designs.

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I can't believe I completed two cards while talking to people on Zoom! Just goes to show what you can create with the supplies you have at arms length.

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I think these two colours look great with all that crisp white space around them. On a mantlepiece full of cards, this would surely stand out.

If you would like to see what my stamping friends have created using Calypso Coral, please click on the Next rectangle below and you will be taken to the blog of my sweet friend Sharon.

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Should the blog hop have a broken link, you can find the full list of participants by going to lovely Cathy's blog here.

Enjoy all this inspiration and creativity and I will see you again soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield Vic.)


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Heart of Christmas - Christmas in July

This year I moved up to the Victorian High Country, and it is my first year in a very long time when I am actually seeing REAL snow, in July. Today was probably our coldest day so far, and I had the wood heater chugging away all day.

I can really start to imagine what a northern Christmas might be like! So it seems appropriate to join in the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team, Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, in time for a snowy Christmas in July!Header

Because today had such wintery weather, I decided to go with very traditional  Christmas colours and images. I selected two stamp sets from our Annual Catalogue, which both share the same coordinating die set.

The Christmas Season stamp set and Christmas To Remember stamp set both contain images matching the Seasonal Labels Dies.


Because I never do things by halves. I started by stamping and die-cutting a stack of the pine-cone and foliage images on Very Vanilla card. I used Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.

I dry embossed card front size pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Merry Melody 3D embossing folder, then gently inked the embossed piece with Versamark ink. I lightly applied gold embossing powder and heat set it, for a shiny gold vintage finish for the backgrounds.


For the first card, I layered the musical background layer straight onto a Cherry Cobbler card-base, then played around with arranging the stamped and die-cut pinecone images.


If most of my stamping stuff wasn't still in boxes from moving house, I probably would have added something shiny, like Champagne Rhinestone Jewels. Instead I have the gold embossing on the background and a piece of the lovely Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon across the card, to add a little sparkle.

My second card had extra layers.


I cut the music background slightly smaller, and layered it on an angle on Evening Evergreen card, which I then layered onto Very Vanilla, before layering that onto a Cherry Cobbler base-card.


I've used the same luxurious gold ribbon to wrap around the top layer. I also decorated the inside of both cards, and realise that I have completely forgotten to photograph the insides!

I would love you to continue on the blog hop and see what the other Art With Heart stampers have created. To do so, click on the box below and it will take you to onto the next person who happens to be the lovely Cathy Proctor . . . 

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Should the blog hop have a broken link, you can always visit the webpage of the blog host where there is a full list of participants. The lovely host is Sharon Davern. Click on her name to see the list of creators.

Below is a full list of the products I have used. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring.

Kathryn Ruddick


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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

Colour Creations - Blushing Bride


This week the Art With Heart creators are showcasing the Stampin' Up! colour, Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride is a warm pink that has been in our collections for many, many years. I love using it with some of the browns in our colour families.

This week I have chosen to use the lovely Cup of Tea Bundle to make some pretty tea cup cards using a favourite colour combination.  These cards were very much inspired by the very talented Gail Ellis of Blue Rose Paper Treasures.

Please be sure to notice and empathise with the extremely frosty landscape where I photographed my cards!

Cup of Tea Stampin' Up cards (1)

I have used lots of sets of dies to cut out foliage pieces to mix and match for these cards. For a complete list, scroll to the bottom of this post. I also complimented the Cup of Tea stamp set with a couple of elegant stamps from Quiet Meadow stamp set.

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On the Crumb Cake card I have used heat embossing with White embossing powder to stamp the images on the tea cups. On the Blushing Bride card, I have die-cut the tea cup shapes from Whisper White card and sponged the edges of the solid image with Blushing Bride Ink.

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The Crumb Cake card has a stamped background, where as the Blushing Bride card has an embossed background. Both cards have lots of depth thanks to all the shadows created by all the different die-cut foliage.

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If you would like to see what all the other talented crafters have created with Blushing Bride, please follow our blog hop by clicking on the Next button to visit the very talented Rachel Woollard.

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If you get lost on the blog hop or a link doesn't work, the full list of participants is on Cathy's blog and you can find that by clicking here.

Enjoy hopping and see you again soon!!

Kathryn Ruddick  (Mansfield VIC).


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