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Colour Creations - Highland Heather

Welcome to the weekly Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team.

HeaderThis week we have a beautiful light purple shade from our Subtles family - Highland Heather.

I needed a special milestone birthday card this week, so I decided to make my blog hop project with that card as an end goal, and I went online looking for some fancy fold card designs that might suit the supplies I had pulled out to use.

I found a pretty pink card by Heather Thomas - The Songbird Stamper UK, which not only had all the measurements spelled out with easy to follow instructions, but also a quick video showing how to assemble the card.

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So in no time I was cutting up card and paper! I found I had to create my own sheet of Designer Series Paper, as I didn't have many in my collection which featured Highland Heather.

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I started with Highland Heather ink on Basic White card, randomly stamping the paint spill stamp from Artistically Inked stamp set. When I had enough of that on the card, I then stamped the silver-plate jewellery background text stamp from the Ranunculus Romance stamp set.

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Next, I inked up the Stacked Stone stamp and leaving the stamp face up, I carefully pressed portions of the card onto the inked stamp - in order to just get patches of the inked image. Then lastly, I changed to Garden Green ink and stamped the spatters from Quiet Meadow stamp set.

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Once this piece was dry, I cut it into three and mounted it onto the base layers following Heather's measurements.

For the patterned paper layers on the three squares, I chose a sheet from the Tea Boutique 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper pack, with a small floral image.

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In addition to the original measurements, I also used the Tailor Made Tags Dies to create a label for the front, and a smaller one for the middle square inside the card. I used the Alphabest stamp set to stamp "30" and punched the numbers with the Best Label punch.

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The bunch of flowers stamped on the front label, and on the rear panel and all of the sentiment stamps come from the Amazing Year stamp set.

I put the extra panel on the back to have more space to write, considering it is a milestone birthday.

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The inside square is attached to a pop-up type support so it sits out from the back of the card, but still layers behind the card front. It's a very simple attachment.

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The bunch of flowers on the front was stamped with Garden Green ink so that the leaves and stems were already the correct colour to match the colours in the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper I used in the layers on the squares. I coloured the flowers using the Highland Heather Stampin' Blends.

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Now it's time for me to go and check what my talented stamping friends have also been creating with Highland Heather. The next blog belongs to the lovely Theresa Gerrard. Click on the next box below to continue on the blog hop.

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

See you again soon with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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AWH Colour Creations - Wild Wheat

Wild Wheat is the fifth of our new In Colors and this is week 5 of the Art With Heart blog hop where Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team members share our Colour Creations featuring this week's colour.

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Wild Wheat is a funny golden shade like dirty mustard and while it may seem like a difficult colour to use, it's perfect for the centres of flowers. Today I have used three of our new In Colours teamed together, just the way Stampin' Up! has in the Fresh as a Daisy Designer Series Paper pack.

First thing I did was grab out the paper and cut a couple of pieces for card fronts. I decided on simple Wild Wheat base cards as the paper already has a lot going on.

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Then I cut a stack of flowers and leaves from the coordinating Cheerful Daisies Dies. I just cut them in Basic White card as I wanted to replicate the flowers on the paper and could just use a sponge dauber to add a touch of the ink to the flower centres and the leaves.

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I usually spend a little bit of time at this stage arranging them on the card front to see what works best, and it is at this point I got out my trusty sponge daubers and sponged a small amount of Wild Wheat and Pebbled Path onto the flower centres and leaves.

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I was going to mount the paper straight onto the Wild Wheat base card, which would have been fine, but the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to add the thinnest border of white around it to frame the images.

 That definitely makes it pop more and was worth doing. It adds a formal touch. I could have roughed up the edges of the Designer Series Paper for a more shabby chic look, but I was happy to go with the crisper finish.

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I layered the die-cut daisies over the daisies on the printed paper - offsetting them a little so you can still see the layers underneath.

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I chose the greeting stamp and label die also from the Cheerful Daisies Bundle to stamp and cut the sentiment piece and adhered most of the pieces with Stampin' Dimensionals or a spot of Tombow Liquid Glue.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. Now if you would like to see what the other AWH team members have created with Wild Wheat, please click on the NEXT image below to go to lovely Caroline's blog to continue the journey.

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If you find a broken link on the blog hop, click here to go to Cathy's blog where she has the complete list and you can easily find the ones you have missed.

See you again soon with another Colour Creation!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield VIC

 

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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!

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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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AWH 2023-2024 Colour Creations - Moody Mauve

This week the Art With Heart Team explores the amazing new In Colour, Moody Mauve in our Colour Creations Blog Hop.

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You are going to love this colour! It goes so well in many of our colour combinations. In our new catalogue, the Moody Mauve is showcased with the other four new In Colors in the Fresh As a Daisy Suite Collection, and I have chosen that suite and a couple of those colours to share with you tonight, along with one of our brand new Colour Refresh Colours.

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How pretty is that colour combination!! I cased my card and the colour scheme direct from page 110 of the catalogue.  I just made a couple of subtle changes to the card shown in the middle of the page. For example, I made a much larger card - 6" x 5 1/2" so there is more space around the flowers and you get to see more of the Designer Series Paper underneath.

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Also, I used Moody Mauve card stock for the base of my card. And I switched out the Pebbled Path circle for a Basic White tag,  using the tag die that comes in the Cheerful Daisies Dies.

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for my background layer of Bubble Path Pink card, I used the beautiful Fern 3D embossing folder. I am so happy that this embossing folder carried over from the past catalogue.

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Please go and visit the other blogs in our blog hop and see what the other talented Art With Heart Team Stampin' Up! demonstrators have created. Click on the NEXT image below to go to beautiful Cathy's blog - where she also has a list of all the blogs and their links.

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Thanks for visiting us this 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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Heart of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome back to our final blog hop for the Heart of Christmas 2022.

HeaderWhen planning my project this week, I took a look back over all the projects I have created for this season of Heart of Christmas blog hops - and I pulled out a lot of leftover pieces from my basket of stamped and die-cut images.

I came back to a couple of favourites. Favourite Designer Series Papers, favourite card layout, favourite elements on a card, and I jiggled them into two new cards.

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Traditional Christmas colours have featured on many of my projects this past few months, and that lends itself to traditional images as well.

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The Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper has been a firm favourite! As have the holly images from the Boughs of Holly Suite including stamp set, dies and printed paper.

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I've done my fair share of fussy cutting throughout our blog hops, inspired by the beautiful samples in the catalogue.

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And I have been inspired by my friends to remember to include some of our gorgeous ribbons and trim on my Christmas cards, for that extra sparkle and feeling of luxury.

Thank you for coming along on the Heart of Chritmas journey with us. I hope we have inspired you to make lots of cards to send out to your loved ones this Christmas.

To continue on the blog hop, clcik on the NEXT box below which will take you to lovely Rachel Woollard's blog.

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, our host this week is again my lovely friend Sharon. Click here to go to her blog for a full list of participants and their blog links.

Thanks again for joining our creative journey!

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

 

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Colour Creations - Melon Mambo

Welcome to Melon Mambo week with the Colour Creations Blog Hop!
HeaderEach week, some of my stamping friends from the Art With Heart stamping team in Australia get together on a Wednesday night to feature one of the Stampin' Up! colours.

We are gradually working our way through the alphabet! And tonight we have the boldest strong pink for you, so I have toned it right down on a white on white card, so you are just getting that POP of pink.

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I have chosen to use the Framed Florets bundle which is a new release stamp and die set, putting it with the Elegant Eucalyptus 3D Embossing Folder

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The greeting stamp and leaf background are from the Cup of Tea stamp set, stamped in Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green.

My second card has the extra layer of oval dies, and I brushed the embossed card front with Melon Mambo ink using a Blending Brush. I also used a few extra pearls, and mounted the card front on  Melon Mambo base card.

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I can't wait to see what my friends have created with  Melon Mambo. You can join me by going to lovely Theresa's blog by clicking on the Next box below.

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I will see you again soon, with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

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Heart of Christmas - Festive Florets

Welcome to another week of Heart Of Christmas, with the stampers from the Art With Heart Team in Australia.

HeaderOn November 1st, a new suite of products became available and this week I have created a simple card featuring them.

The Fitting Florets Collection contains two stamp sets, a set of dies, beautiful all occasions Designers Series Paper and some lovely gold embellishments.

IMG_3283The Christmas greeting set, Framed and Festive, the designer series paper, and the gold embellishments are only available for a limited time - until January 4th. The Framed Florets stamp set and dies are available now and into the next mini catalogue (January to June).

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A couple of my dear stamping friends and I have created a tutorial pdf with four beautiful projects using the Fitting Florets product suite. If you order the Framed Florets bundle or Fitting Florets Collection from Cathy Proctor, Sharon Davern, Andrea Sergant, or myself, we will gift you the tutorial pdf.

Now that you have seen my card, it is time to move through the blog hop. The next blog is lovely Cathy Proctor. Click on the next box below to go to her blog.

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, our weekly host is my friend Sharon Davern. On Sharon's blog here, you will find all the participants and their links.

See you again soon with very inky fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield Vic).

 

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Heart of Christmas - Holly

Welcome to our regular Monday evening Heart of Christmas blog hop with the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team in Australia.HeaderThis week I am featuring the lovely Boughs of Holly Suite from the Stampin' Up! July to December Mini Catalogue.

I took inspiration for my cards this week from one of the card samples on page 24 of the catalogue.

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I really love the use of the beautiful Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper in the sample, and how the poinsettia flowers were fussy cut and layered over the subtle striped Evening Evergreen print paper. So I decided to use that idea, but I also wanted to use the beautiful die-cut label from the product suite, so I changed the cards just a little to suit myself.

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I chose to use Evening Evergreen for the base cards, and leave a small border showing behind the Designer Series Paper. And I used the up the incomplete flower prints from the sides of the paper to self-frame the second card.  

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When you have a patterned paper with bold prints, designed for cutting out individually, this is a great way to use up those pieces around the edges of the paper, that might otherwise go to waste.

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These cards could easily be stepped up with layered die-cut foliage, rhinestones or other jewels, the cute wooden Textural Elements that are part of the suite, and some ribbon or trim. In fact, I might even come back and add a stack of rhinestones to each one to give them that Christmas sparkle.

At the moment I have kept them really simple (and flat) because I know there is less chance of them being damaged in the post, or in having to pay extra postage for them. Have you posted your overseas Christmas cards yet? Better get on to that quickly!

Next in our Heart of Christmas blog hop is Rosa Leydon, I always look forward to seeing her creations. Click on the NEXT box below to go to Rosa's blog!

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Please leave a comment and I will see you again soon!

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?

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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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See you again soon with inky fingers

Kathryn Ruddick,

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

 

 

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