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AWH Colour Creations - Pebbled Path

Welcome to another week of Colour Creations with the Art With Heart stampers.

Blog Header ImageThis is our fourth week of exploring the In Colors in the new annual catalogue and this week we have a wonderful new natural colour called Pebbled Path.

I couldn't help myself with my favourite Designer Series Paper which has touches of this colour in the fun characters. So this week I quickly whipped up three really simple but very fun birthday cards!

Pebble Path Zoo Crew cards

It's kind of strange, because I never would have thought of a mid to dark tone brown as the base for cheery birthday cards, but I just love the way the Pebbled Path ink on the Oh, Happy Day stamp breaks up the background, and how the small touches of brown in the characters ties it all together.

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I think I might come back with an Early Espresso watercolour pencil and just add a bit of brown to the bear and the turtle. What do you think?

Pebbled Path is obviously a very popular colour, easy to work with, because there are 13 talented ladies on our blog hop tonight. Please go and visit all of them, starting with lovely Caroline - click on the box below to go to her blog!

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If you find a broken link in the blog hop, once again, our dear friend Cathy has all the links on her blog post HERE.

See you again next week!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield VIC

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Colour Creations - 2023-2024 - Copper Clay

This week, the Art with Heart Team share the second of our brand new In Colors, in our Colour Creations Blog Hop.

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Copper Clay is a glowing warm baked cookie brown - much like the gingernuts my grandmother used to make.

This week I have used Copper Clay for the base of my card, and to set the scene of cute ballerinas on stage - a Copper Clay stage in a Copper Clay theatre!


The cute dancers come from the Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper, and the dies which cut out the dancers, flowers AND the stage curtains are from the Zany Zoo Dies, all part of the Zoo Crew Suite Collection.


I love the way the Copper Clay stands in and takes the place of the traditional dark red theatre curtains. It is a lovely earthy shade which makes a beautiful background for the Petal Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party in the other images. 


The next creator in our blog hop is the very talented Rachel Woollard. I can't wait to see what she has made. Click on the "next" image below to go to her blog.

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If you find a broken link in the blog hop, our lovely host Cathy has all of the links on her page here.

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield VIC

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Colour Creations 2023-2024 - Boho Blue

Welcome to a whole new Stampin' Up! catalogue and a wonderful colour refresh!

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We start the new round of Blog Hops with the new 2023-2025 In Colors, and this week we have a great new Blue!

My favourite new product suite is Zoo Crew, I love the fun images in the stamp set and dies, and the gorgeous coordinating Designer Series Paper. So today I have made two simple cards, with a bit of fussy cutting, and mixing and matching the Designer Series Paper with several other packs, to show off our lovely new Boho Blue.

Zany Zoo Boho Blue Cards (1)

The first card is a simple Z-fold card, where the front is folded back on itself, and I have layered it with a mixture of pieces. The Night of Navy scallop edge is cut with a die from the Zany Zoo Dies.

The cute star background DSP is from the Bright & Beautiful DSP pack. The striped paper inside the card is from the Countryside Inn DSP pack.

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The elephant and cute little scooting bunny are from the Zoo Crew DSP pack and I have added a touch of Boho Blue to the elephant's body using a water painter to pick up just a tiny bit of Boho Blue ink from the Classic Ink Pad. Both images are fussy cut using my trusty snips.

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My second card is a basic landscape card, using Boho Blue card for the base, and more paper from the Bright & Beautiful DSP pack for the background layers, over Night of Navy scallops.

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This time, I die-cut the alligator from the Designer Series Paper. On both cards, the main image is mounted onto a die-cut rectangle using the Scalloped Contours Dies. Also on this card, I tested out the beautiful Boho Blue Textured Ribbon, across the middle of the card. Despite the texture, it has a lovely sheen.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. Please take a tour around the rest of the blog hop and see what the other talented Art With Heart Ladies have created. Click on the image below to go to lovely Cathy's blog. Cathy is also our blog hop host and coordinator, so if you find a broken link in the blog hop, please come back to her blog where she has a full list of all the links.

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 Thanks again for visiting! Enjoy the awesome inspiration from our talented creators! See you again next week!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield (Vic)

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Colour Creations - Gray Granite

Who doesn't love a warm gray for a neutral colour on your cards?


I know I do! And I am glad to be sharing in the Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art With Heart stamping team today as we show off Gray Granite!

Normally each week with the Colour Creations, I really feature the chosen colour as the main colour on the project. This week, I have gone for something a little different. I have taken all the pieces for two of the cards from the Birthday Cards Organiser Kit and I have added Gray Granite base cards, and added a Gray Granite item onto the card front.

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I had to trim the card fronts that were supplied in the kit, to fit our card size better, then mounted it onto Gray Granite. Then for my first card, I die-cut the largest detailed butterfly from the Brilliant Butterflies Dies and adhered that to the card front, placing the small greeting from the kit over it.

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I think the Gray Granite butterfly really softens the whole look of the card.

For the second card in the kit, I took inspiration from the supplied kit pieces and replaced the Sahara Sand rectangle layer, with a Gray Granite layer, cut with the Rectangle Stitched Dies.

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To further soften this card, I switched out the 'white on black' label for Evening Evergreen text on a white label, also die-cut with the Stitched Rectangles.

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Using the Stampin' Up! card kits makes card-making really straight forward and fast. But by adding different base cards and other layers, you can stretch the kit contents out and make more cards with similar pieces and colour schemes.

I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team has created using Gray Granite. Please join me by hopping over to my lovely friend Christine Blain's blog post by clicking on the next box below.

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If you find a broken link in our blog hop, our regular blog hop host, Cathy Proctor has all the participants and links on her blog post here.

See you again soon with inky fingers

Kathryn Ruddick,

(Mansfield, VIC - earthquake & tiger snake capital of 'Straya)



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Colour Creations - Evening Evergreen

I really LOVE the 2021-2023 In Colours, and this week's Colour Creations features one of my favourites!

HeaderThis week the Art With Heart creative team are celebrating Evening Evergreen - a beautiful, useful, Christmassy, pine forest green!

I have been making a lot of Christmas cards lately with this beautiful colour, so for this week's blog hop, I wanted to steer away from Christmas and make something else. I found some gorgeous inspiration from UK demonstrator Mikaela Titheridge here.

So, let's just say, I got a little bit carried away!!

Artistically Inked Stampin' Up Evening Evergreen cards (12)

Once I started stamping and die-cutting those divine floral images from the Artistically Inked stamp set and Artistic Dies, I didn't know where to stop, and when I put the exquisite brushed gold detailed die-cut against the Evening Evergreen, I just wanted to do more!! 

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I started with the easel card - blame my friend Sharon for that - I always want to do at least one fancy fold now, not just standard cards!

So the base of the easel card is Evening Evergreen.

Then I used the largest of the Seasonal Labels Dies to cut a card front. I managed to get such a large piece by doing a clever technique where you only roll half the die-cut through the die-cutting machine, then you flip the whole thing around, leaving a gap, and run the other half through, then you use your trimmer to join the die-cut lines so you get an elongated label.

Does that make sense? I have done this technique dozens of times. It's really useful for creating a bigger shape. I use it with the Rectangle Stitched Dies all the time.

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How beautiful is that shimmer of gold from the Brushed Metallic cardstock? It goes so well with the Gold Shimmer Ribbon. And inspired by my friend Cathy, I actually used two different ribbons on this card front.

I really love how the Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check ribbon coordinates AND contrasts with the card front. The colour match is perfect, and the formal gridlines are really soothing to the eye, to balance out the over-abundance of  detailed floral lines.

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How's that shimmer of gold in the luxe ribbon, and the detailed die-cut? And in contrast, how is that heavenly watercolour effect from the background stamp from the Artistically Inked stamp set?

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On the inside of the easel, I used the same Seasonal Labels die as the front panel, without extending it. I kept a really simple greeting stamp and panel, to leave room for writing my message. And I popped up a stamped rose to hold the easel in place.

I like the two different sprigs of leaves. It's very whacky to have watercolour-ish green leaves, and very formal gold die-cut leaves adorning the same flower, but with this stamp set, it just works so well!

And I love the gold against the Evening Evergreen.

I could have stopped right there - that was enough for the Blog Hop . . . . but I loved the colours and the images so much, that I just cut up and stamped more Evening Evergreen card-bases, and kept adding the Brushed Gold and Polished Pink floral images!

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This second card contains the same two ribbon pieces as the easel card, and a smaller Seasonal Labels die-cut with the greeting stamped in Polished Pink.

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Again, there is such a beautiful shimmer between the Gold Shimmer Ribbon and the Brushed Gold detailed die-cut.

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For the third card, I cut out the gold ribbon and added a big bunch of white bakers twine. I also added small floral images in Pale Papaya.

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For the fourth card, I switched out the two ribbons altogether, for Soft Succulent Satin ribbon - so luxurious!!

I used greeting stamps from Artistically Inked, Ranunculus Romance and Quiet Meadow stamp sets.

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I stamped the inside of all of the cards, with or without any sentiment stamps. The background image is stamped in Soft Succulent, and the greeting stamped in Evening Evergreen. I had actual people in mind for a couple of these cards, so I had to leave room for the handwritten messages.

That's really a lot from me - I better let you go and see what all of my other talented friends have created featuring Evening Evergreen ink, card and paper.

Join me on the blog hop by clicking on the box below to go to my dear friend Christine Blain's blog. Her cards are so elegant, and I know this is one of her favourite colours too, so I can't wait to see what she has created!

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If you are journeying through the blog hop and you find a broken link, you can always come back here and follow THIS LINK to Cathy's blog - our lovely blog host. Cathy has a list of all participants and links on her post.

Thanks for joining us! See you again next week for more colour inspiration - but don't forget to check back with us in the morning to see the 2nd week of September Weekly Deals!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


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Berry Delightful Sheetload of Cards

This week on the Colour Creations Showcase, I shared a stack of 9 cards using the Snail Mail Suite, inspired by the Call Me Crafty Al February Sheetload of Cards.

I was planning to do the Sheetload of cards project for my team night on Thursday, but I was so enjoying making the cards up with the gorgeous, fun, whimsical Snail Mail Designer Series Paper, that I ended up finishing them all long before Team Night started!

So, if you saw my blog post, you may have seen that I promised to come back with a whole new Sheetload of Cards project that I was actually going to do AT team night LOL

And here it it!

Berry Delightful - Stampin' Up

I selected the beautiful Pacific Point and mixed Green papers from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper. This paper is a Sale-a-bration gift with purchase and comes with a matching stamp set of different summer berries.


When following the Call Me Crafty Al cutting plan, you are left with a strip of the paper leftover, so of course it goes on the inside of the cards!


I stamped the sentiment panel with the small sprinkles stamp from the Icecream Corner stamp set, using Just Jade Ink, stamped off once on scrap paper before stamping onto the sentiment.

I also found an unopened packet of the lovely Iridescent Pearls embellishments from last years July to August mini catalogue which were a perfect colour  to bling up the front.


I used Night of Navy card for the base card, and Garden Green and Night of Navy for the two mat layers. And in this photo you can see I also embossed the Night of Navy banner with Meadow Moments embossing folder.


Another sparkly embellishment that works really well is the Night of Navy jewels in the Holiday Rhinestones pack. I hope you like these - I can't believe there used to be a saying, "Blue & Green should never been seen unless there's a colour in between". I think these cards prove that blue and green are perfect partners!

If you'd like to find out how you can get your hands on this beautiful paper, don't hesitate to contact me - Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Colour Creations Showcase - Pool Party

Hey! It's Kathryn here, and this week's Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase is a big favourite for lots of people!

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Welcome to the Pool Party Colour Creations Showcase!

I have been playing with the gorgeous Snail Mail Suite a lot over the past week, and when I checked this weeks's colour, I was really pleased because even though Pool Party is not in the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper pack, there are toned down shades of Bermuda Bay which would work really well with this week's colour . . . . . !

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This week is also my monthly team meeting (still via Zoom), and when I was looking for inspiration for a stamping project for this week, I remembered that I follow a Youtube channel "Call Me {Crafty} Al" where Alicia does a once a month Sheetload of Cards and puts up a video and templates for what we might call a Stamp-a-stack. When I looked at her February project, I could straight away see myself using the Snail Mail DSP with Pool Party base cards.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

I gathered my supplies and started chopping! There are 9 base cards and 3 pieces of each size of every patterned paper. Crafty Al uses US card sizes so I tweaked the measurements to suit our A4 card stock sizes, and also took the liberty of flipping one of the sheets over since our papers are double sided and I really like the red hearts sheet. This gave me more variety too.

The sentiments are actually a free printable download from Crafty Al which she shared in January. Rather than go through my collection looking for stamps all around the same size, I decided to print the sentiment sheet on our Basic White card, stamp the mushroom image in Pool Party ink and use our Paper Trimmer to cut them out.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

The Detailed Trio Punch was used on some of the corners, then all the layers adhered with Stampin' Seal adhesive.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool PartyThe one inch wide Pool Party banners were created with the Triple Banner Punch, then embossed with the Meadow Moments Embossing Folder with the butterflies on it (it's a pack of two embossing folders that fit the new Mini Cut & Emboss Machine).

The banners were stuck down with Tear'n'Tape and then the sentiment piece was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up. I decided at the last minute to adhere an extra layer of Pool Party card as a mat under the sentiment (as you do LOL).

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

I was supposed to be saving these to work on in steps whilst chatting to my team on Zoom tomorrow night, but whooops!! Once I started, I couldn't stop LOL Now I will have to make another set!

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Pool Party

Thank you so much Alicia (Crafty Owl) for your amazing inspiration and excellent downloadable instructions and cutting sheets! #SUYSFeb2021 #ShowUsYourSheetLoad 

I hope you will hop over to Cathy's blog and use the links there to visit each of the other Art With Heart team members who have created with Pool Party this week.

And I guess I will be back in a few days to show you the second set that I ACTUALLY make at my team night!

Talk soon!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Colour Creations Showcase - Petal Pink

Who doesn't love a versatile soft pink which goes with everything??

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It's Kathryn here, and I am excited to share that this week's AWH Colour Creations Showcase is Petal Pink!

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In our January to June Mini Catalogue we have the cutest product suite - Snail Mail. The Snail Mail Designer Series Paper is loaded with beautiful bright colours and for this week's showcase I decided to introduce Petal Pink as the base colour and bring in the colours out of the suite, using fussy cut and die-cut images from the paper and a little bit of background stamping.


IMG_8213One of the first things I love to do with new Designer Series Paper that has coordinating dies, is sit and cut out a heap of shapes that I can then use on cards or other projects. By the time you have cut a dozen or so, the ideas are flowing.

IMG_8217I thought all these cut out shapes really loaned themselves to a couple of simple fancy fold cards so after cutting out a stack of shapes, I made a very straight forward "Z" fold card - Petal Pink as the base and Basic White panels.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Petal PinkThen it was just a matter of adhering the die cut (and a few fussy cut) images to the card. For the front panel I also stamped the toadstool image in Petal Pink and used the white Watercolor Pencil to add a couple of highlights.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up cards (20)The big toadstool on the front right of the "Z" fold hides the snail that appears only when the card is open. You can see that I also stamped the toadstool image on the "Z" piece.

Next I made a basic easel card with more of the pieces I had cut out earlier.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Petal PinkAll of the die cut shapes are cut from the coordinating Snail Dies set in the same catalogue - I often add other dies to the mix, but I didn't need to with this amazing product suite.

Snail Mail Stampin' Up! cards for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase Petal PinkI ended up making two more cards from all the pieces I had cut out of the paper! I will leave them for another day - because by the time I took full photos and close up photos I had about 20 photos. I don't think my blog platform will like it if I do a blog post with 20 photos in it! LOL

Anyway, you see how well the Petal Pink goes being used as a base card - kind of a substitute neutral colour on these cards. Feel free to pop back in a couple of days to see the other two cards - they are standard cards, not fancy fold - and I whipped them up in about 10 minutes each just using the leftover pieces. Got to love that!!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my Snail Mail projects, and if you would like to see how the rest of the Art With Heart ladies have used Petal Pink, please hop over to Cathy's blog where she has all the links for their posts.

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Colour Creations Showcase - Old Olive

Hey! It's Kathryn here, welcome to the  Colour Creations Showcase where some of my lovely demonstrator friends on the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team share ideas for how to use each of the Stampin' Up! colours. Each week we showcase a different colour and this week it's Old Olive.

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This week I have tried something different.  I have my team night tomorrow night which like all of last year, is going to be via Zoom. So over the weekend I went looking for some card sketches and posted them on my group to challenge the ladies to put together mini kits for themselves that we can make while we are chatting on Zoom tomorrow night.


I have been subscribed to Becky Fleck's pagemaps for many years so I was very happy to see these cardmaps - one landscape and one portrait for January 2021.


I have been LOVING using up my collection of Designer Series Papers recently, and when I saw these sketches, along with knowing that this week's colour is Old Olive, I KNEW I was going to use the new delicious Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper from the January to June Mini Catalogue. (And in Melbourne' it's been perfect weather for icecream too!).


Don't you love all those bright gelato colours?

Here's what I came up with:

Ice Cream Corner Stampin' Up! cards for the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase

Don't you love the way the Old Olive base card and the Old Olive ink in the stamped greeting really brings out the green in the papers?

Ice Cream Corner Stampin' Up! cards for the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase

For the portrait card I chose the smaller pattern on the reverse side of one of the papers for the background of the top half, and opted for a few less banners as the paper was so pretty anyway.

Ice Cream Corner Stampin' Up! cards for the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase

Ice Cream Corner Stampin' Up! cards for the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase
Please leave a comment and if you'd like to see what the other talented ladies have created featuring Old Olive, then please visit Cathy's blog here where she has the link to each of their Old Olive articles.

See you next week!

Kathryn Ruddick


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Simple Card Ideas

When You Don't Want Your Card Making to Take Hours . . .

I would be the first person to say I never make single layer cards, that a card doesn't look "finished" if the images and embellishments are just on the base card.

But then I look back through my creations or through the samples in the Stampin' Up! catalogue and I realise there are lots of beautiful cards where the base card has been stamped and minimal embellishments or layers have been added.

I can tell you one thing! It sure works out more economically and usually a lot faster!

And when I say economically, that's because it's the ideal time for using up some of those scraps in your unfinished projects basket.

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With all the projects I did earlier in the year, I had lots of scraps of Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I look at what colours are in the paper and pull out coordinating card bases and in this case Basic Black which is an amazing mat layer for this paper as it really ties in with the patterened paper but also makes the small layers pop off the card.

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The Love What You Do stamp set from the same Product Suite coordinates so well with the paper, so I also pulled that out, along with the  same ink pad colours I had selected for the card stock. I also gathered some leftover embellishments from the same Product Suite - in this case labels from the Share What You Love embellishment kit and some Pearlised Doilies.

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These designs really are so simple and fast to make, and yet I think they look lovely and would be thrilled if I found one in my mailbox!

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