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Art With Heart Colour Creations - Cherry Cobbler

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Week 9 of the Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase is a favourite colour for lots of people!

I grew up thinking of Christmas Red as the same fire engine red of Santa's suit. In Stampin' Up! terms this would be Real Red and it was certainly the first red ink pad I purchased from Stampin' Up! But then a few years later, along came Cherry Cobbler - now this is a red that makes any shade of green into a traditional Christmas palette.

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Just about every year for the last 13 years since I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, I have been running a Christmas in July event. That couldn't happen this year with our Stage 3 Lockdown here in Melbourne, but I can't let July go by without doing something Christmassy, and especially since it's Cherry Cobbler week!

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Are you excited about the new Aug-Dec Catalogue coming out late next week?  I am!! These two cards feature 4 new products that will be in the catalogue - Christmas ones of course!

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The cards feature the Dove of Hope Bundle and include 2 other products from the Wonder of the Season Suite : 'Tis the Season Designer Series paper which if full of traditional Christmas colours and designs, and Wonder of the Season Cards and Envelopes which have beautiful red foil accents.

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For the first card, I cut a window in the card front using a scallop rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

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I used a Cherry Cobbler card base with the DSP adhered to it then adhered the "frame" using the Foam Adhesive Strips to pop it up a bit higher. The dove was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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For the second card I used up the stitched rectangle which I had cut out of the front of the first card, and the leftover strip of DSP as the basis of a new design.  I embossed some Whisper White with the utterly gorgeous Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder - thank you to all my enabler demonstrator friends who "MADE" me buy it!

And I arranged the dove's wings slightly differently - Oh boy! I love how they work both ways!

Don't forget to decorate the inside of your cards!

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The Designer Series paper is in a pack of 48 - 24 different double sided designs with a good mix of traditional Christmas images but also patterns that could be used for masculine or other occasions cards!

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If you would like to see the rest of the Cherry Cobbler creations go to Cathy's blog here.

I hope you are enjoying our Colour Creations Showcases each week!  If you would like to see each week's colour creation post without missing any, please feel welcome to subscribe to my blog so you get the post via email each time. I normally post about once or twice per week - on a Wednesday night and perhaps over the weekend.  Click here to subscribe. 

I hope to see you soon with more inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Croydon North - Australia)

 

Four new products:

  • 153406  Dove of Hope Stamp Set ($38.00)
  • 153526Detailed Dove Dies ($57.00)
  • 153489  'Tis The Season 6x6 Designer Series Paper (48 sheets $20.00)
  • 153539  Wonder of the Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (20 cards & env, $20.00)

(Dove of Hope bundle155158 - Stamps & Dies 10% off $85.50)

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AWH Colour Creations - Calypso Coral

Welcome again for another Art With Heart Team Colour Creations Showcase. Each week some talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators for Claire Daly's team are show casing a colour out of the Stampin' Up! range. We are working our way through the alphabet and this is week 8, so if you haven't seen our colour showcase before, be sure to hit the home button at the top of the page and scroll down through my blog to see each week's showcase.

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Week Eight of Colour Creations Showcase brings us Calypso Coral and I have created a colour suggestion chart for you based on the colours in the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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Calypso Coral is not actually one of the colours in the paper, but it works beautifully with Terracotta Tile and is a great contrasting colour for the greens in the paper.

I am SO excited to show you what I made with Calypso Coral and the Ornate Garden paper. I selected a Christmas stamp set from our August-December Mini Catalogue (starting in a couple of weeks) and I made some NON-Christmas cards that are perfect timing for our miserable Round #2 Stage 3 Wear Your Mask Everywhere Covid19 Lockdown.

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Aghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! How CUTE are those Gnomes?  I LOVE them!

The stamp set is called Gnome For The Holidays and is an 8 piece Cling Rubber stamp set.

When I stamped the images I used some Washi tape to mask off the particularly Christmas bits, and I added the tiny flower from the Special Someone stamp set as it was a perfect fit for their little hands.

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I've used the Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends for most of the colouring on the images - along with Crumb Cake, Pool Party & Old Olive, and Calypso Coral Cardstock for the scallop layer under each image, as well as two of the base cards.

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These ones are definitely going out in the mail to cheer up someone stuck at home in miserable wintery Melbourne. 

Most of the products I've used are shown below (except the Gnome stamp set which is not available until August).

If you'd like to see the rest of the Calypso Coral Creations this week, here is the link to Cathy's blog . You will find all of the links to the other artists there.

I would love you to leave a comment by going to the comments tab right at the bottom of this post - I love reading what you think!

Take care, stay safe!

Kathryn xox

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Christmas Card-making

Happy New Holiday Catalogue!

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The gorgeous new Holiday Catalogue starts today - and boy oh boy are there some gorgeous projects and stamping products in there!

I have just submitted Assignment 1 for Uni semester 2 and now I am looking forward to really getting creative with Christmassy themes over the next couple of days.

I hope you can come and have a look at all this gorgeousness! I am planning on being in my stamping room in Croydon North from 10am until 1pm this Friday 6th September. Come and have a cuppa, make a card or some tags, pick up your hard copy of the Holiday Catalogue, and check out the beautiful products!

Send me a text message on 0418 361 931 if you need the address.

2019_AC_P080_B_2WRAPPED IN PLAID Product Suite incorporates traditional Christmas colours in timeless tartan with a fantastic versatile 13 piece photopolymer stamp set, Pine Tree Punch, Specialty Designer Series Paper, beautiful ribbon, bells and gold mini pizza boxes.

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Pages 36-39 contain the Joy of Giving Tag Kit, Christmas Countdown Project Kit (advent calendar box drawers) and the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley. These kits make a beautiful gift for someone else, or if you are busy and on the go, they are the perfect quick project to start your Christmas Crafting.

Experienced stampers can assemble the Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar in a morning session and have it ready to fill with surprises for December. 

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The Joy of Giving Tag Kit includes everything you need - a 17 piece stamp set, Poppy Parade Stampin' Spot, and all the die-cut pieces required for 30 deluxe gift tags in a designer box. This kit suits beginners through to advance stampers.

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For those who like to create using their imagination, the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley doesn't come with instructions, but it does come with a massive stack of products for you to create dozens of coordinating Christmas projects. I will be putting together a pdf of beautiful Project Ideas for all those advanced stampers who purchase this medley from me or via my online shop.

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DON'T FORGET!

Come and see some of the products in real life and have a cuppa this Friday morning 6th September, 10am-1pm.

And also look out for World Card Making Day activities at the end of this month and into early October. World Card Making Day is Saturday October 5th.

 

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11th Stampin' Anniversary Gift

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Can you believe it's 11 years today since I joined Stampin' Up!

Happy anniversary to me!

There are also 11 business days left in November and we still have the sublimely beautiful Snowflake Showcase products on sale this month only.

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Soooooo to celebrate my 11th Anniversary, over the next 11 business days (and all the weekend days in between) I am giving  away a Snowflakes and Stars Wire Elements plus Joyous Noel 6"x 6" glimmer paper pack worth $11 for every order of Snowflake Showcase (or any other product order) totalling over $111.00.

If you order online via my shop, your GIFT will be sent separately. If you place your order direct with me your GIFT will come in your order. Happy Anniversary!!

 

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Gift Packs made up with these items : 

So let me run that by you again . . . Place an order of $111.00 of any Stampin' Up! products (or especially the Snowflake Showcase!!) before the end of November and receive a gorgeous $11 gift from me which includes a selection of divine Copper Wire snowflakes and Stars and beautiful Glimmer Paper.

Don't forget, the Snowflake Showcase products will not be available after 30th November.

Happy Stampin' Anniversary Shopping!!   Click on any of the images to go to my Online Shop, or send me a message if you normally get me to place your order for you.


A Quilted Christmas

Simple Cardmaking Ideas

The Tailored Tag punch makes it simple to create a very eye-catching Quilt Pattern design on your Christmas cards using Designer Series Paper - in this case, Under The Mistletoe DSP from the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue.

And what's more - you can punch out dozens of the elongated hexagons in a very short time, so it's perfect for your Christmas card production line.

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This first photo shows the fun I had coming up with a design for our Christmas in July class. It got better!

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I loved making the samples using the new Designer Series Paper, but when it came to prepping for the actual event, because of the timing of the event vs when the new catalogue started, vs me coming back from Italy and then going to Alaska . . . I decided to use up a heap of This Christmas DSP that was already in my stash from last year! It meant changing from Real Red to Cherry Cobbler, and from Shaded Spruce to Garden Green, but I think the design still works just as well.

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At the event we had several card making stations, so for each of the projects I prepared a 12"x 12" board with some basic instructions to help less experienced people get through.

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It was also a great opportunity to use up heaps of that excess Cherry Cobbler ribbon I seem to have accumulated, and to use those beautiful wooden snowflakes which I was storing for "one of these days".

I'm certain all of us have Christmas paper, ribbon and embellishments in our stash that need to be used up not hoarded?

If you go ahead and make some cards like these ones, I would love to see them!

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Christmas Card Making

Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Ideas

Are you a person who likes to make dozens of Christmas cards to send out to your loved ones, or even to give to charity or to send out to a worthy cause?

When November clicks onto the calendar, it's quickly getting to be that crazy time of year when your realise if you're going to get started, it better be now!

 Over the next little while I'm going to share some of our projects from Christmas in July (and since then) including many of the details of how they were created. Hopefully this will inspire you to get started, or get on with it!

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One thing I love is a good production line!

But not too many fancy steps, and not too many cards.

There's nothing worse than coming up with a design which includes colouring and fussy cutting, cutting all the card stock to make 100, and then realising what a massive task you've got before you! If you're going to do a production line, keep it to 15-20 cards and have more easy layers rather than lots of colouring or fussy cutting.

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Pre-cutting the pieces like this also means making it very transportable. If you are going away for a weekend, or going to watch the boys play cricket, you can easily pop all the bits into one small plastic tub and take it with you to do some assembling! My dear friend Wendy Costa-Davis is an expert at this, preparing in advance so she can complete dozens of cards when she is away on craft retreat weekends.

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My most excellent Stampin' Up! buddy, Michelle Corbett designed this sweet and simple Christmas Card for our classes at the Stitches and Craft Into Christmas Show at the Royal Exhibition Building last November. It was a great one to revamp for Christmas in July.

It uses the Painted Harvest stamp set which is not a Christmas stamp set so it gives you a great variation for how to use the sunflower stamp, and we used up a stack of last years' In Color Designer Series Paper in the gorgeous Tranquil Tide which is a perfect darker Christmas green.

The card also uses Cherry Cobbler ink, the Every Day Label Punch and the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. A very simple and yet effective card.

I'm sure you have several of these items in your craft collection. Why not have a go at a card like this today? 

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I'll be back with more of our Christmas projects before you know it! See you then!

Kathryn


Simple Packaging Ideas

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These days we give (and receive) lots of gift cards or vouchers rather than physical presents.

In our house we like to top those gift cards up with some stocking filler type gifts too and for me, it seems really important to then go to some effort in packaging these tiny token gifts so the recipient can see that some effort has gone into it.

It's kind of the opposite of tying a bow around a new Masserati . . . and no, I'm not planning on doing that for anyone this Christmas LOL.

The packaging doesn't have to be complicated. These shiny gold striped treat bags from Stampin' Up! are perfect for adding a tag and a bow and creating a very elegant gift. There are 10 bags in a pack and they are food safe if you are into baking Christmas goodies!

The tag(s) in this case are so simple - layered squares of white cream and gold with the initial of the recipients name cut in gold foil card adhered to the top. Easy!

Why not give simple gift packaging a go next time you have a trinket or treat to give someone? 

 

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Mini Album - Santa's Workshop

Hey there papercrafters!

I promised some friends I would add a few details of my latest project here to the blog, so hopefully you can get enough information from it to give this project a try yourself.

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My project inspiration came from a gorgeous album I saw on Instagram. You can see it here.

Start with Chipboard for your covers - 3 pieces, front, back and spine.

Connie's album is 9.5 x 9.5 cm. I found chipboard which was 11 x 15.4 cm so I decided my album was going to be 11 x 11 cm so I'd only have to do one cut in each piece with the steel ruler and craft knife. The off-cut of one piece then also became the spine, so there was little wasted.

I selected the piece of designer series paper which was going to form my cover  - I had a stack of 6" x 12" pieces from my team product share - and I laid the chip board pieces on it to see if it would wrap around like when you are covering school books.  It was pretty much the perfect size leaving about a 2cm fold on all four edges, with about 1/2 cm between the pieces to allow the covers to fold in. If you butt each piece of chipboard hard up against the next one the DSP will tear when you try to close the book - you need to leave a gap so it's flexible.

I applied double sided tape all over one side of each piece of chipboard then placed them sticky side down on the DSP. Then fold in the edge pieces, sticking them down as you go exactly if you were covering school books. You can see a bit of what that looks like in the photo below.

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Next up was the concertina fold which forms the mechanism of the spine. The pocket pages are each attached to one of these tabs.  I made the tabs 1cm deep and 0.5cm apart.  In effect that meant scoring the Whisper White card at 4cm, 5cm, 6cm, 7cm, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 12.5 . . . or at intervals 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm, 1cm, 1cm, 0.5cm etc until you have as many tabs as you need. I could have easily fitted one more in this spine so I had 7 pages, but I was happy having the extra 1cm on each end.

Attach this into the cover with Tombow Mono Liquid Glue or Tear'n'Tape.

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I then attached 2 lengths of Poppy Parade ribbon to the inside of each cover and cut 2 squares of Poppy Parade card to cover the make sure the spine mechanism is more strongly attached to the cover. I then added a diagonal DSP pocket to each cover using that gorgeous flocked striped paper from the Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper pack. It is such heavenly paper!

 Next step is the pages and Oh Happy Day! because I made the album covers 11cms, I could get away with cutting my A4 card stock in half lengthwise so I had two 10.5cm x 29.7cm pieces. I used Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry and Gray Granite.

Score at 10.5cm, and 21.1cm, then trim off the end so you just have a 2-3cm flap for joining the piece in a loop.

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The fun part was coming up with the decorating and I knew I wanted to use lots of the cute images from Santa's Workshop DSP and also from the Memories and More card pack.  Rather than trying to plan each page out one at a time, I find it easier to just cut a stack of images and coordinating papers then mix and match them.

Out comes the trusty Big Shot, because guess what!! Yes, the DSP is designed so that the images also fit the set of Santa's Signpost Framelit Dies which in turn matches the stamp set - HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!!

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How Awesome is that!! Depending on how you line them up on the platform, you can cut up to 6 images at once!

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I used matching pieces of patterned paper from our 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper Stacks - Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana and Garden Green and also added a couple of ovals of Whisper White cut with the Layering Ovals Dies and the Stitched Shaped Framelits.

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This shows you just how simple it can be.

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Next I selected Memories and More cards to be the basis of the pull out tabs would be hidden inside each of the pocket pages, matched them up with card stock to make them 10cm x 9cm and punched a tab for each one.  I also went back over each page and insert tab to see if there were any glittery die cut stickers in the Memories and More kit that I could add to the each page to embellish it without over-doing it.

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With the pages all finished it was time to attach the pockets to the spine of the album. I run a thin bead of Tombow Mono Liquid glue on each side of one tab (one at a time) and slide the pocket page over the tab, centering it vertically in the album, then hold it in place for a minute or so until the glue grabs, before moving on to the next one.

I then let is sit overnight before inserting my pull out tabs into each pocket too.

And Voila!

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Last night I created a Facebook Live presentation of the finished album on my Facebook Business page. If you would like to see it, click on the photo below.

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All of the products in this project are currently available through my online shop, to shoppers anywhere in Australia.  Click on the thumbnail images below to go straight to the item to order your own, or contact me if you need help. 

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Thanks for reading all this way!! Remember, if you need help with this, check out the video for a closer look, and send me a message if you need more information. Talk soon!

Kathryn


Christmas in July Card Class

Well, it's that time of year again for our wonderful Christmas in July card making and papercraft event.

This is an event where several of my Stampin' Up! team members work together to bring you a variety of Make & Take projects, awesome display of projects and products, a sumptuous afternoon tea and the opportunity to make an extra card or two for a deserving charity.

I have been researching on Pinterest (wink!!) all sorts of amazing Christmas projects using some of the stamp sets and tools which you may have purchased from your demonstrator last year - so you will get a whole range of new ideas for using products already in your collection. Or if you haven't already got them, these are products which carried over into the new annual catalogue, so you can still order them.

Here's a screenshot of some of the ideas I have been gathering - thanks to the clever demonstrators who created them for sharing such fun ideas!

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We won't necessarily be making all of these cards exactly but they are a great source of inspiration and we will have some lovely variations! There will also be some new Christmas products on display.

So, if that has whetted your appetite, you'd probably like to know some of the details right?

WHERE: ParkLife Church Cafe, 1 Saint John's Road, Wonga Park Victoria (easy to find, off street parking, accessible).

WHEN : Saturday 7th July 2018 from 12 noon until 4pm.   Afternoon tea is quite lavish, so feel free to have just a light lunch or brunch before you come and use some of the time in the afternoon to enjoy a cuppa and refreshments while catching up with your stamping friends in between making cards and Christmas projects.

COST: $40 each - tickets to be purchased via Eventbrite prior to the event. Buy Now.

WHAT TO BRING:  Your basic tool kit - pencil, scissors, adhesive, babywipes, bonefolder, etc named and in your little pencil case. No need to bring large tools.

Any questions?

Contact me on 0418 361 931, or via Facebook Messenger.

 


Making Merry Monday#8

Hey there!

Can you believe its Monday again?

And its almost over! Just sneaking in a really quick Making Merry Monday.

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Our lovely Stamp Club ladies got to create a couple of Z-fold cards last week to compliment the other Be Merry Christmas Cards I had finished earlier.

They made an awesome display at our casual kiosk on Friday.

I'll be putting together some Christmas card stamp-a-stacks for coming weeks.

Let me know which weekday you can attend.