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Colour Creations - Fresh Freesia

Welcome to another Art With Heart Team, Colour Creations Blog Hop.

HeaderAs I was collecting items from my stash to make my project this week, I knew I would be watching the Queen's funeral as I created. And it was kind of fitting that this week's colour is a beautiful pastel shade which she most definitely wore in her usual style.


This week, I am celebrating a wonderful life, well lived . . . .  and the gorgeous colour, Fresh Freesia.

I thought about my memories of Her Majesty, and what would be a fitting style of card project that I would enjoy making, thinking of her and creating while watching the amazing funeral coverage on BBC.

I settled on the Tea Boutique Suite of products, because in my family, we always talked about popping in to have a cup of tea with "Aunty Betty".

Tea Boutique Fresh Freesia

When it came time to choose a green for the foliage, I could only select Parakeet Party - again in honor of Her Majesty and her wonderful colour choices. She wore this stunning ensemble for Harry & Meghan's wedding, and it came with her usual thoughtfulness towards the meaning and messages given by colour choices.

Parakeet Party

My first card is a very simple card - a layer of the lovely Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper for the background, overlaid on the left with the sparkly Metallic Mesh Ribbon. Then a panel cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies, stamped with the foliage and small flowers. A separate tea cup stamped and die-cut and popped up on Dimensionals over the base of the foliage.

Tea Boutique Fresh Freesia 3

My second card is a simple Z-fold, with an extra panel on the front. I started with stamping and die-cutting a few teacups in different combinations of Fresh Freesia and Basic White using the Cup of Tea stamp set and Teacup dies. Then die-cut another Stitched Rectangle panel. I felt then it needed bigger foliage so I also stamped and die-cut the bigger leaves with Parakeet Party ink.

Tea Boutique Fresh Freesia 1

I used the same piece of Designer Series Paper for the strip on the front panel. The smaller foliage was a sweet addition to the inside panel. I also decided to use a sponge dauber to add a little shadow and depth to the tea-cups. Isn't it funny how the ink comes up much darker?

Tea Boutique Fresh Freesia 2

I haven't put any sentiments on either of these cards - they would both be suitable for a Happy Birthday, Sending Hugs, Thinking of You - any occasion really. But at the time I was making them, while watching the fantastical production of the incredibly emotional funeral, I didn't have the heart for Happy Birthday stamps. That can come later when I decide who I am sending them to.

Thanks for stopping by. Now it's time to go and see what the other Art With Heart team members have created with Fresh Freesia. You can go to my lovely friend Tina's blog by clicking on the box below.

Next ButtonIf you find a broken link in the blog hop, you can come back here to click on Cathy's blog where Cathy has a list of the participants and their links.

Thanks again for visiting, see you soon with ink on your fingers.

Long Live the King!


Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


Product List

Teacup Dies


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Catherine Proctor

What a FAB-U-LOUS tribute to the queen and all of her vibrant colours she wore, Kathryn! Both your cards are wonderful but I especially love your Z-fold, with the extra panel on the front and the sponging on the t-cup. Here's cheers to having a cup of tea with "Aunty Betty"!


A lovely colour combination, Kathryn. That delicately-patterned background paper is perfect for the tea cup, floral and foliage images. So pretty.

Tina Gillespie

Your cards are so beautiful, and a wonderful tribute to Aunty Betty. The colours, the teacups - perfection!

Andrea Sargent

Two delightful cards Kathryn. Your inspiration from the late Queen Elizabeth led you so well. Keeping the cards without sentiments until you know who you are giving them to is an appropriate idea. Xxx

Diane Furniss

beautiful cards Kathryn, I so love the Cup of Tea bundle so much and it looks so pretty in the colours you have chosen.

Theresa Gerrard

Kathryn such a lovely tribute to our Queen and such an appropriate bundle to use. Snap on the colour combo too!

Kate Morgan

What gorgeous cards, Kathryn, both are stunning., They may be simple, but super effective and a lovely tribute to our wonderful Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II who loved her cuppa!

Rachel Palmieri

Such an informative and entertaining post Kathryn & your cards are equally delightful. The sponged colour on the cup really tickles my fancy.

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