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Colour Creations Showcase - Mossy Meadow

Hi there, it's Kathryn here!

How's your run into Christmas going after this crazy year we've been having?

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Week 29 and our last Colour Creations Showcase for 2020 includes a beautiful Christmas Colour, so I had every intention from the start to make this week's card an inspiring Christmas card using this versatile staple colour - Mossy Meadow.

I have been making lots of bright cheery Real Red and Garden Green cards with bold images using the Tag Buffet Project kit, so when I pulled out Mossy Meadow card stock and ink pad, I decided I wanted a more elegant and toned down card.

I am also in the process of using up all of last year's Christmas products and that includes the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley which is still available.. My card is actually a new version of some I did last year which were inspired by Linda Dalke.

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Stampin' Up! Christmas card focussing on Mossy Meadow for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase

The lovely pine tree stamp comes from the Most Wonderful Time stamp set and is stamped with 2nd and 3rd generation stamping (ie, keep stamping without reinking to get the depth of the forest).

The deer is a printed die-cut piece from the Product Medley popped up on dimensionals, and the greeting stamp is from Perfectly Plaid stamp set stamped with Soft Suede ink.

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Stampin' Up! Christmas card focussing on Mossy Meadow for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase

The Crumb Cake panel is layered onto Mossy Meadow using Dimensionals, then this is layered onto Whisper White which is layered onto the Mossy Meadow Base Card.

The inside is decorated in a similar manner. 

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley Stampin' Up! Christmas card focussing on Mossy Meadow for the AWH Colour Creations Showcase

I loved using the deer die-cuts from the kit, I could never stamp them with such a beautiful subtle colour!

Well, if you would like to see how our other creative friends have used Mossy Meadow, please hop over to Cathy's blog where she has all the links. Don't forget to leave a comment - we love to hear what you think!

See you again on 6th of January for Night of Navy.

Kathryn Ruddick

 

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Colour Creations Showcase - Mango Melody

Welcome to week 24 of the Art With Heart team Colour Creations Showcase!

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This week the star of the show is Mango Melody.  And do you know, I can't remember EVER using this colour before? 

And yet it is such a bright, cheery, pick me up kind of cocktail colour!

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When I realised which colour was this week, I had a bit of a panic about what to make with it, but then I saw a stamp set on my shelf which hadn't been opened and used - and it just screamed out to be used with Mango Melody - hmmmmm! Mango cocktails! What a perfect thing in this suddenly humid weather we've been having!

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I also grabbed out the leftover bits from my Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit and suddenly I was making way more than one card - so much brightness and fun!  The colourful strip along the bottom of this first card is one of the card fronts from the Share Sunshine cards, cut into 1" strips. And I added some sequins out of the kit for a bit of sparkle.

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This card contains another 1" strip of card front from the Paper Pumpkin kit, along with the pineapple, black and white polka dot piece and more sequins.  The stamp set has 26 pieces for lots of mix and match greetings AND there's a coordinating die set for cutting out those cute cocktails!

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The stamp set is photopolymer so it's really easy to line up the words to make a fun background - this one is inked with Mango Melody and every  second image is stamped off (or "second generation stamping").

But WAIT!! There are not just cocktail stamps in this set! How could I use the set without also making at least one COFFEE card!?!  And how cute and funky are those coffee cups!

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I can't believe what a fun colour Mango Melody is, after ignoring it for so long! I really enjoyed designing these cards and putting them together!

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See the lovely touch of gold on the pineapple? And here is what the inside of the card looks like:

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I really hope you will check out the rest of the amazing projects by my Art With Heart stamping friends. You can do that by clicking here and going to lovely Cathy's blog where she has ALL the links.

Hope to see you again next week when we showcase Melon Mambo.

Kathryn Ruddick

 

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Colour Creations Showcase - Gray Granite

Hello!! Welcome to Gray Granite week!

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Can you believe we are up to week 20 in the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase?  That is a record for me to have blogged 20 weeks in a row, and sometimes twice a week.  I will have to remember to be thankful for Covid19 restrictions for helping me to develop this habit!

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Gray Granite is a beautiful warm, earthy grey - kind of the grey of the rocky outcrops in the nearby Strathbogie ranges - which of course is known for its granitic outcrops . . . It's the kind of grey that a beautiful old stone house would be built with, or the grey of a dear old elephant mama's hide, or the grey of a snuggly plush bunny for a new born baby's cot.

It's also an ethereal elegant colour, understated and perfect for setting off Whisper White and Gold Foil, and this week's project does just that.

Boho Indigo in Gray Granite - Stampin Up (1)

Don't you love the way the Gold Foil reflects across the table - it's so shiny!!

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I have used Gray Granite card for the base, second layer and some of the leaves cut using the Boho Indigo Dies. The first layer, more leaves and the label are in Whisper White card with Gray Granite ink for the greeting. The gold foil panel and loose leaves are all from the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty paper on page 152 of the Annual Catalogue.

Boho Indigo in Gray Granite - Stampin Up (2)

The lovely birthday greeting is from the Boho Indigo stamp set in the Boho Indigo product medley - one of my most used groups of products since this current annual catalogue came out in June. And the other embellishment on this card is the Gold Hoop which comes in a pack of 10 on page 156 of the annual catalogue. After taking this photo, I changed my mind and pulled some of the foliage bits through the hoop so they overlapped it.

I can't wait for someone to have a special birthday in the next couple of weeks so I can send this to them!

I would love you to visit the other creative Art With Heart team creators and see their gorgeous creations using Gray Granite. To do so, please go to Cathy's blog here where she has all the links!

See you again soon with ink on your fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick
 

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AWH Colour Creations - Gorgeous Grape

Hi! It's Kathryn here!

Welcome to Week 18 of the Colour Creations Showcase where the talented Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team members share amazing creations focusing on one particular colour from the Stampin' Up! colour families.

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This week we are showcasing Gorgeous Grape - a popular new purple in the Stampin' Up! range.

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Right back at the start of the 2020 Colour Creations Showcase, when we looked at Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride, I chose to use pieces from the absolutely delicious Gorgeous Posies Card Kit.

This week I found myself going back to the Gorgeous Posies card kit, because the colour combination is so beautiful!  And I threw in a little surprise so I could make a magical little message to send out to someone like me, still dealing with Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne.

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How cute is this little witch and her pet mouse from the Flight of Fancy stamp set?  I think Gorgeous Grape is the perfect colour for this cheerful little "good witch".

How can she spread anything but joy with those colours!

Flight of Fancy Stampin' Up

I stamped the cute image on Thick Whisper White card with Black Stazon Ink, then used a Blender Pen with the Gorgeous Grape inkpad to colour her dress, hat and the mouse. The yellow on the broom and the stars and her hair is Bumble Bee Stampin' Write Marker and the broom stick and shadows on the straw are Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Write Marker - applied direct to the image.

The image was fussy cut with paper snips. You can't see it on these images, but I also used a Sponge Dauber to apply Blushing Bride ink to her face.

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The label on the front of the card is a mixture of words made up from 3 separate stamp sets:

  • "Sending you" comes from Comfort & Hope Stamp set
  • "A little" comes from Gnome for the Holidays stamp set
  • "Magic" comes from Poinsettia Petals stamp set

Each of the words were inked with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin' Write marker and stamped "near" each other for a whimsical little greeting.

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I added half a dozen Champagne Rhinestones to the front for that extra magic bling, and the final step was to include a Whisper White insert inside the Gorgeous Grape base card. Along the bottom of the insert I stamped the sparkle image from Flight of Fancy in Gorgeous Grape ink.

I'd love to know what you think, so you're very welcome to leave a comment if you'd like, then please check out all our other beautiful Gorgeous Grape creations in the Colour Creation Showcase. Once again, lovely Cathy is hosting and the full list of participants can be found at her blog here.

Hope to see you again soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Melbourne Aus.)

 

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Blender Pens
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Lots of Happy Card Kit

Colouring with Alcohol Markers

I was absolutely delighted that the self-contained Lots Of Happy Card Kit carried over into our Annual Catalogue this year, along with it's refill kit.

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It truly is one of the most gorgeous card kits I have ever seen. And even though it comes with it's own beautiful Watercolour pencils in the kit, I just love, love, love that it can also be coloured with our Stampin' Blends - the alcohol markers.

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The kit contains sheets of pre-printed, die-cut images ready for colouring, either with the pencils in the kit, or with your own favourite colouring tools.

I started with the dark Old Olive Stampin' Blend, then moved onto the lighter one. Here's a look at how I colour.

Step 1. Add a touch of the darkest colour into the corners of the image.

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Step 2. Blend in the lighter colour to the dark.

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Step 3. Keep going until you've coloured the whole sheet - or need to stop for coffee (or wine) . . .

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Step 4. Change colours and start doing the flowers and berries! (okay, so maybe don't have wine . . . LOL).

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Step 5. Just keep colouring, just keep colouring, just keep colouring!

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It's amazing the variety you can create with just 7 of the Stampin' Blends.

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Step 6. Get SERIOUS and change the colours up!

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Step 7. Stand back and admire your colouring!

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Step 8. Now it's time to pop them out of the sheet and assemble a stack of beautiful cards!

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 Oh! and don't you just LOVE the lined envelopes and vellum leaves that come with the kit too?

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You know you need this kit (and a refill) to start colouring right now, don't you?

 Click on any of the thmbnails below to order today - or come and see me at the kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre tomorrow to see the finished cards and the Stampin' Blends in person!

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We'll be at Chirnside from 9am until 5pm so call in and say "hi"!

Kathryn.


Card kits for sale

During late November, some of my lovely Stampin' Up! team members and I were at the Stampin' Up! stand at the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show.

We love meeting people at the Craft Shows - and the Royal Exhibition Building is something super special - except for the fact that the weather was like this week and that dear old building doesn't have Air Conditioning!! Boy was it hot!!

I've taken a break from the major craft shows for the last year or two, as it's a) a lot of work!! and b) quite expensive . . . but this year to offset our costs of having the stand there, we agreed to prepare and sell kits for various papercraft projects.

There are a few of these left over, and I'd like to share them with you, in case you didn't get to the show and would like to get your hands on some great ready to make kits, and excellent instructions.

Explosion Box Card

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Aaa Christmas Explosion box (6)First we we have two Explosion Box kits. 

Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.

In-Colour Butterfly Explosion Box, and Christmas music Explosion Box. $20 each + postage. Kit size is 12" x 12"

 

Next : Box in a Card Kit

Box in a Card

Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.  Kit is $10 + postage.

 

Third, a cheerful, floral all occasions card.

Could be used for birthday or thinking of you.

Karen's Kit

Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.  Kit is $8 + postage.

If you would like to purchase any of these kits. please comment below with your email address, or email kathryn@katlodesigns.com  Payment via DD, CC or Paypal. Kits will be posted as soon as payment is received. Multiples of each kit still available.


Cardmaking success with Stampin' Up! Product Bundles

Do you sometimes get stuck with your card-making ideas, because even though you have an idea in your head, sometimes the products you have in your stash just don't quite go together?

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Stampin' Up! Product Suites ensure product co-ordination problems are a thing of the past!

Stamp sets have matching cutting tools, papers have co-ordinating patterns and even images to cut with the same tools, ribbons and embellishments compliment the colours in the product suite. It's a real win, win and sure makes creative cardmaking a whole lot easier and whole lot more rewarding with the stunning results.

You can get everything you need in some awesome 10% off bundles to create gorgeous papercraft projects, plus, because I am trying really hard to reach a sales goal which will a) help me advance in demonstrator title, and b) help me earn more points towards the Stampin' Up! annual Incentive Trip, if you buy one of these bundles with the listed coordinating product from me, before close of business on 31st August, 2017 you will receive the pictured extra coordinating items for free, from me as a little thank you.

1. Eastern Palace Product Suite (page 18-19 of Annual Catalogue)

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Buy the Photopolymer Bundle plus the Specialty Designer Series Paper, receive the beautiful Gold Vinyl Stickers as a free gift. 

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2. Coffee Café Product Suite (page 30-31)

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Buy the Photopolymer Bundle, plus the Designer Series Paper, plus the Corrugated Elements, receive 2 metres each of the Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbons to really enhance your projects

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3. At Home Bundle (page 54)

At Home Bundle

Buy the At Home Photopolymer Bundle plus the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and receive at packet of Boxwood Wreath Embellishments to hang on those doors and make them look so Christmassy!

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4. Birthday Memories Suite (pages 68-69)

Birthday Memories Suite

I just love that the Birthday Delivery Bundle includes stamp set, Framelits and Designer Series Paper and that many of the images in the paper can be cut with the framelits! Buy this bundle along with the Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments and receive 2 metres each of the 4 coordinating Stitched Edge Ribbons - that's 8 metres of ribbon in Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. 

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5. Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite) (pages 76-77)

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite

For Gift Packaging, gift tags and gorgeous greeting cards, you can't go past the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Suite. Order the Stamp Set and Thinlets Bundle, together with the luxurious Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and a roll of Berry Burst Fine Woven Ribbon to tie your packages and receive a packet of matching Mini Gift Bows. So Cute

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Don't you just love all the delicious product coordination? I know I do! It sure makes creating easier.

If you would like to order any of these product bundles, you may contact me direct or click on the image to be taken to the online shop to order for yourself. If you do order online, your free gift (listed with the bundle items) will be mailed to you separately from me after your order is finalized.

Don't forget I am also running a 50-50 board at the moment, so anyone ordering one of these bundles will have their name on the 50-50 board twice and will have 2 chances to win a $50 Stampin' Up! gift voucher.

I will be back tomorrow with 5 more fun product bundles to keep you creating successfully!


Making Merry Monday #6

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I just love how many Christmas products there are in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - a good mix of cute new ones, but also, delightfully, a lot of last year's favourites carried over, which means we get to enjoy them for longer! This makes me happy!

And, I have all sorts of ideas for Christmas in July swirling around in my head!

This year there is a return to traditional red and green. I know a few people who will be very happy with that, and to celebrate, I am offering product shares of the beautiful traditional papers, ribbon and embellishments on pages 112 & 113 of the catalogue - from the BE MERRY SUITE.

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I will be using all of these products during my Christmas in July events, so you will get lots of inspiration, and if you order a bundle now, you will have your own stamp set to use at the events.

There are several options for these product shares. 

First Option, there's the I Want It All Bundle which consists of full packs of all the products in the product suite:

Your order will include:

Merry Mistletoe Stamp set, in either woodmount $47 or clear mount $33
Be Merry Designer Series Paper 12 sheets, 12"x 12"  $19.25, Boxwood Wreaths x 12 $10.50, Be Merry A4 Cardstock Pack - 24 sheets, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Thick Whisper White $14.00,  Metallic Enamel Shapes 100 pieces in silver and gold, $12.25, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched 1/4" ribbon $12.25
Total bundle Woodmount $115.25 + postage or Clear Mount $101.25 + postage

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Second Option - Half share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And half share of all other products in the suite:   Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 full sheets) $9.65, Boxwood Wreaths x 6 $5.25, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 12 sheets $7.00, Metallic Enamel shapes x 50 $6.15, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/2 roll (4.55m) $6.15
Total : Woodmount $81.20 + postage or Clear mount $67.20 + postage

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Third option - 1/4 share
Your order will include the Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in either Woodmount $47 or Clearmount $33

And a one quarter share of all other products in the suite : Be Merry Designer Series Paper (6 sheets, 12"x 6") $4.85, Boxwood Wreaths x 3 $2.65, Be Merry A4 Cardstock x 6 sheets $3.50, Metallic Enamel shapes x 25 $3.10, Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon x 1/4 roll (2.25cm) $3.10
Total : Woodmount $64.20 + post or Clearmount $50.20+ post.

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I just love the quirky stamp set images and the gorgeous traditional colours of this product suite, teamed with such awesome embellishments. I can't wait to start showing you some project inspiration at my Christmas in July events. If you want to start getting prepared, you can order Option 1 - The I Want It All Option by clicking here and ordering online.

If you would like to order one of the half or quarter share bundles, phone or email me with your order as I will have to divide up the paper, ribbon and embellishments for you. Payment accepted via cash drop off, Direct Debit or Credit Card.

NOTE: If you don't live locally to me, there may also be a postage cost from my place to your's after I cut and sort the shares. This is normally $8.50 in a red satchel but with the stamp set, may be extra and will need to be weighed and cost confirmed at time of posting.

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Project Life Cards - As Cards

I adore the Stampin' Up! Project Life card collections - the colours and themes are so lovely - it's that same feeling like when you walk into a stationery store and you want to breathe in the smell and touch all those beautiful rainbows of pens and papers - there's nothing like that slightly musty "tons of paper and dusty old shelves" smell, and the excitement of seeing all those colours!

You know what I mean don't you? LOL

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My trouble is, I am not a BIG scrapbooker. Not that I don't want to, I've got tons of photos to scrapbook! It's just that I love cardmaking SO much, that I never prioritise my time to do the memory keeping!

However, that doesn't mean that I haven't collected squillions of the Project Life By Stampin' Up! (PLxSU!) kits! You know, those ones I am saving for that rainy day when I get around to printing all the photos and deciding to pop them in pockets in an album!

Anyway, recently I decided that I better do something about that and I pulled out a stack of tiny 2" x 2" PLxSU cards from the Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack and made them into cards! 

Yes!!! I know!! Unbelievable right??

I teamed the cards with the Stitched with Cheer stamp set from the same Holiday Catalogue, and used our Notecards & Envelopes to quickly whip up about 15 cards in just a couple of hours! (I made a hash of one, so it's not in the photo - just in case you think I can't count).

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I love how quick and easy these were, and a wonderful way to show off the gorgeous theme in the Project Life cards and the stamp set!

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If you have never sampled Stampin' Up! Project Life cards, the Hello December 2016 Collection is a great way to give it a try - much smaller set of cards, beautiful accessories - document your December, or do what I did and whip up some Christmas cards!

Buy it online by clicking here or on the photo above.


World Card Making Day Free Class

Hey everybody,

World Card Making Day really snuck up on us this year, particularly being on the same day as the AFL grand final. We are not huge footy fans in our house, but when a team sneaks into the top eight, who hasn't won a Grand Final since 1954, and they get through all the finals, and you live in Melbourne and your husband's step-father is a big Doggie's fan, you've kind of got to get involved!

So World Card Making Day came and went . . . And the Doggies won the Grand Final in a very exciting close game!

However, the awesome surprise promotion that Stampin' Up! put on for World Card Making Day wasn't limited to Saturday, it actually runs for 5 days and so it is still on until 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There are only a few items on the sale, but they are ALL awesome! And I just wanted to point a couple of them out and see if I can't entice you!

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First is the Designer Tin Of Cards Kit. - watch this Watch Now

This is a brilliant kit, containing all the materials for 16 completed cards - 4 each of 4 designs. I love this kit so much that I am willing to offer a free class voucher (for assembling the kit) to anyone who purchases it while the promotion is still running. We will organise a date and get together to make up the cards in the kit.

The kit is normally $47.00 but during the promotion it is just $35.25 which works out at just over $2.20 per card.

There is also a separate 33 piece photo-polymer stamp set which co-ordinates with the kit. The very versatile stamp set is just $45.00 and would be very useful for a whole heap of other cards, not just for assembling the kit.

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Also in the World Card Making Day special is Fast Fuse Tape with a free refill.

If you've been stamping with me lately, you'll have seen that this is now my GO TO adhesive.

Now that I've worked out how to use it, I love it's super sticking power and I think it's fantastic that the refill is 20m instead of just 12m like the original and the Snail and Snail Refill.

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The Fast Fuse is normally $13, and the refill is $11. During the special, order a Fast Fuse and get a refill free! How awesome is that??

Actually, I'm so in love with this kit and the Fast Fuse that not only will I offer a free class to anyone ordering the kit, if you order all three items (Designer Tin of Cards, Tin of Cards Stamp Set AND Fast Fuse - with free refill), I will give you free postage AND a Stampin' Up! photopolymer Angel Policy Stamp from the "Better Than Email" Stamp Set to stamp the backs of your cards with. Total cost is $93.25, postage is normally $5.95 and the Angel Policy stamp is worth $2.33.

If you message me (via Facebook - www.facebook.com/katlodesigns ) or send an email to kathryn@katlodesigns.com that you would like to take up the offer, and can phone me with your credit card details during the day tomorrow, then I will make sure these items are delivered to your door with free postage!

But, I need to hear from you and confirm your credit card details before the sale ends tomorrow - and given that we normally go to bed relatively early, don't ring me after 9pm!

Don't forget - Buy the Kit, get a voucher for a free class where we can all sit and assemble our kits, using my extra supplies.

Buy the Kit, Stamp Set and Fast Fuse with free refill and get free postage and an extra "Copyright" stamp for stamping the backs of your cards.

Email or message me in the next 23 hours!