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Colour Creations Showcase - Mint Macaron

Hey there! It's Kathryn here, welcoming you back to another Art With Heart Colour Creations Showcase!

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I'm kind of disappointed that this week is Mint Macaron, as my gorgeous niece's long awaited wedding is next week and one of her wedding colours is Mint Macaron . . .  so I have been making stuff that I CAN'T SHOW YOU!! Aaaghhhh!!

However, I decided that since none of my family ever looks at my blog, I could pop in a little sneak-peek . . . LOL

Forever Blossoms Mint Macaron Double Zig Zag Card Stampin' Up! using Ornate Labels, and Ornate Borders Dies

Whatever you do, don't tell!

I have been putting together this double Zig Zag fold card using Mint Macaron prints from a couple of different packs of Designer Series Paper, and Soft Sea Foam Card stock.

I've used the Mint Macaron & Gold Foil embossed paper from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper and two other Mint Macaron Copper & Gold Foil embossed sheets from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Paper (in the Aug-Dec Mini catalogue).

Forever Blossoms Mint Macaron Double Zig Zag Card Stampin' Up! using Ornate Borders, Ornate Labels, Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper

I've also used some of my favourite ever fluffy vellum - the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper - such a nice luxurious addition to any project.

Forever Blossoms Mint Macaron Double Zig Zag Card Stampin' Up! using Ornate Borders, Ornate Labels, Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper

I've actually not finished the inside yet - it has a secret flap that lifts up so there are two places to write - and I think I need to stamp some more flowers and leaves for that. The stamped images are all from the Forever Blossoms stamp set.

Forever Blossoms Mint Macaron Double Zig Zag Card Stampin' Up! using Ornate Borders, Ornate Labels, Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper

Do you like how nice the Plush Poinsettia vellum looks layered over the top of Mint Macaron cardstock?

If you would like to see what the rest of the creative Art With Heart Ladies have made with Mint Macaron, please hop over to Cathy's blog HERE  where she has all the links.

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

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Colour Creations Showcase - Just Jade

Welcome to the 22nd Colour Creations Showcase for 2020! This week's colour is beautiful Just Jade from the 2020-2022 In Colors. I hope you'll join me in visiting each of the blogs of the talented Art With Heart Stampin' Team creators to see what they have done with this beautiful shade of green.

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I have just five days left to complete all my uni work and submit it for assessment - so even though I had big plans to make gorgeous creations with Just Jade, I had to settle for quick and simple, even though I love the colour AND there are SO many products available featuring Just Jade.


So, for my quick and simple card, I selected the Just Jade card and envelope from the Flowers For Every Season Memories and More Cards & Envelopes. Then rather than adding layers of card, I stamped straight onto the card, masking the edges of the rectangle and stamping inside it.

I have used my favourite new stamp from the Dandy Garden Variety Bundle which will be available next January to June.

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Then it was just a matter of adding a bit of embellishment.

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The dragonfly and greeting are from the same stamp set, stamped in Just Jade on Shimmery White card stock.

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The ribbon is from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and the label die is from Ornate Frames Dies.

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The Dandy Garden Variety Bundle includes the Dragonfly Punch. I stamped it with Just Jade, then used the black Stampin' Write marker to just darken the body a little.

This was a super quick card and it looks delightful in real life - I might have to make some more of those!

I hope you will click on this link to go to Cathy's blog and see what everyone else has created using the beautiful Just Jade!

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick





Colour Creations Showcase - Highland Heather

This week the Art With Heart ladies are showing off lovely Highland Heather in our Colour Creations Showcase.

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Highland Heather is such a pretty pastel purple. It's lovely for all those lavender flowery type cards, as well as being a gorgeous shade for baby cards.

It even features in two different packs of our Christmas paper this year, in the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper AND the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper.

I have taken a small piece from each pack and teamed them with some brand new products for a very different look.

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Yes! This is a bit of a sneaky peek at the Dandy Garden Variety Bundle which will be available in next January-June Mini Catalogue - it includes the gorgeous Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set, a Dragonfly Builder punch and amazing Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.

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My card base is our standard A5 card, but instead of scoring it in half for an A6 card, I scored it on the 14.85cm line for a square card which will fit in a 6"x 6" (or 15cm) envelope.

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Instead of adhering the second half of the front panel to the inside of the card, I decided to let it fold all the way out so there would be more white space for writing inside the card, instead of on the back of the main card base.

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There's a really beautiful bunch of wildflowers stamp in the Dragonfly Garden stamp which I have stamped in Highland Heather ink on the Snowflake Splendor DSP on the front panel.

The dragonflies were stamped with Black Memento Ink and coloured with Light Purple Posy and Highland Heather Blends Duos. And can you see the Wink of Stella glimmering at you?

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And on the inside panel I stamped the small multiple dragonfly stamp in Highland Heather ink onto the Feels Like Frost DSP.

These colours are all so pretty together, don't you think!

I would love you to leave me a comment to tell me what you think, then, if you'd like to see what the rest of the creative Art With Heart team ladies have done, please hop over to Cathy's blog where she has all of the links.


Hope to see you again next week for the Colour Creations Showcase!

Kathryn Ruddick



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.

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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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Colour Creations Showcase - Granny Apple Green

Hey there!

Who wants to see this week's amazing fresh colour creations with beautiful Granny Apple Green?

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That's right! The Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team are back this week with our 19th Colour Creations Showcase and it is the beautiful Granny Apple Green, a lovely bright, fresh green just like a summer Granny Smith Apple.

I have done a real mix and match of many of my Stampin' Up! products to create today's projects. And I really love how they came up, looking so fresh.

Boho Indigo Granny Apple Green cards

I selected the stamp set and dies from the Boho Indigo Product Medley on page 9 of the Annual Catalogue and stamped with Granny Apple Green ink, and die cut Granny Apple Green and Garden Green leaves for accents.

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I chose a sheet of mostly Granny Apple Green printed paper from the Whale of a Time 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper pack. That is the more gorgeous paper pack ever!

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The greeting stamp is from Seaside Notions stamp set, stamped in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cards and die cut with a label die from the lovely Beautiful Boughs Dies.

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For my second card, I used the leftover strip of paper from the 6" x 6" DSP together with a piece of Granny Apple Green card , dry embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder, and a piece of Whisper White, dry embossed with the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder.

The other pieces on the card are the same as the first card.

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Cards are layered on Whisper White, with a Granny Apple Green base card and a Whisper White insert.

To see the rest of the gorgeous Granny Apple Green creations by my talented stamping friends, please hop over to Cathy's blog where you will find all the links to the other blogs.  Thanks again Cathy for all the work you do in hosting this Colour Showcase so we can inspire each other and be inspired by the beautiful Stampin' Up! colours!

Please leave me a comment if you would like to, and I look forward to seeing you again next week!


Kathryn Ruddick

(Croydon North VIC).


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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!

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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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AWH Colour Creations - Flirty Flamingo

Welcome back to Wednesday night's little treat! And what a treat it is! What DO you do with a bright strawberry gelati colour?

The Art With Heart Team creative ladies are going to show you tonight with our Colour Creation Showcase of Flirty Flamingo.

Bright pink makes me cringe. However, I happen to know that LOTS of people LIKE bright pink. So, I keep a favourite colour combination up my sleeve that never fails to work - and by keeping the brightest pink to the smallest percentage of colour on the project, you can get away with it!

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This week I have used a brand new stamp set which just arrived in the mail on Monday. It is part of a stamp set / dies bundle in the Annual Catalogue, however, I opted to only purchase the stamp set because I couldn't really see myself using the dies - and that means I can get more stamp sets, right?

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The stamp set is Prized Peonies. I have stamped the main image with Basic Gray ink on Thick Whisper White card, then rather than cutting the whole peony image out, I have used my trimmer to cut a straight line about 1cm in from the left edge of the image - lifting the trimmer blade over the leaves, then continuing on the same line below the leaves.

Then on the bottom of the image I have done the same, lifting the trimmer blade over the stem, then continuing the cut after the stem. Then I used my Paper Snips to trim around the leaves and stem so they appear to stick out from the white layer of the card, even though it is only one piece.

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The image is coloured using the Flirty Flamingo and the Granny Apple Green Blends Duos.

The other large peony stamp in the set is stamped in Flirty Flamingo Ink onto Blushing Bride card stock for the base card. 

The gorgeous trellis effect die cut in Basic Gray is from the Fabulous Florals Dies. The final addition to the front of the card is a couple of Champagne Rhinestones touched up with the Dark Flirty Flamingo Blend.

And of course, you must stamp the inside!  I have left it without a greeting for now - I am saving space for a happy birthday stamp!

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I hope you will pop over to Cathy's blog to see the rest of the Flirty Flamingo creations and learn how our talented team have incorporated this bold colour into their crafting.

If you have time, please leave me a comment and I hope to see you back again next week for Garden Green!

See you then!

Kathryn Ruddick


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AWH Colour Creations - Balmy Blue

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The brand new 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue started today and it's time for a new journey through the beautiful Stampin' Up! colour families. 

Every week the Art With Heart Stampin' Up! team will explore another colour from the Stampin' Up! range. This week's Colour Creation Showcase is Balmy Blue!

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I've selected one of my favourite colour combinations and teamed it with some new products to show you how fresh and lovely Balmy Blue is with just black and white.

Using the ORNATE LAYERS DIES from the Ornate Garden Suite I have cut several layers in each of the three colours, keeping the smallest layer white to be the main front panel. Base cards are Basic Black and Balmy Blue, so make sure you cut extra Ornate Layers Dies in Whisper White for the inside of the cards.

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Because the dies are so detailed, I want the rest of my card to be just understated elegance. I selected two new stamp sets - Comfort and Hope along with Tasteful Touches to provide some soft background stamping in Balmy Blue and Black.

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 I stamped the leaves from Comfort and Hope onto vellum with Balmy Blue ink and set it aside to dry, and I cut some leaf outline shapes using the sprig die from the Wild Rose Dies and also a vine like die from Detailed Bands Dies in Basic Black card for some extra layering detail.

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It's amazing how much depth is created with a little layered stamping of elements and some die cut pieces.

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The sentiment stamp is from Butterfly Gala stamp set. With the change over to a new catalogue I will now be looking for some new greeting stamp sets, as I seem to chosen in the past lots that are now retired!

The stamped greeting is cut with a simple shape from the Ornate Frames Dies. I was going to also do the ornate frame that matches perfectly to layer with this piece, cutting it out in vellum - but it was going to become too fussy. Sometimes you've just got to know when to stop, right?

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Don't forget to make the inside of your card just as pretty as the outside!

Thanks for stopping by to visit Katlo Designs blog. I would love it if you scroll right down to the bottom and leave me some feedback - either about my cards, or about what you are most looking forward to getting from the new catalogue!

To see the other Balmy Blue creations by my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends, visit Catherine's blog to see the full list of participants sharing Balmy Blue projects tonight : click here.


See you soon with ink on your fingers!!

Kathryn Ruddick (Croydon North VIC)


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Social Stamping - Sunshine!

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It's time for another Social Stampers Blog Hop!

When my friend Kelly said this week's theme would be Share Sunshine, I didn't hesitate to join in! The first thing that pops into my head when I think of sharing sunshine is bright bunches of daisies.  I just love seeing gardens full of daisies with their faces turned to the sun. I am going to have a garden full of daisies one day! 

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I really love that we currently have two Daisy stamp sets and two daisy punches in our Stampin' Up! catalogue!

I have left Delightful Daisy on the shelf this time and selected Daisy Lane to use. And I've used a whole mix of retiring, carrying over and NEW products!

I wonder if you can pick them?

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For the greetings on my cards I have selected two different ones from the Share Sunshine Product Giveback pdf that Stampin' Up! has produced as a wonderful way to raise money for two charities who are working on the front line of containing and finding a vaccine and cure for Covid19.

100% of the purchase price of the pdf goes to the charities. You can get the pdf here.

Share Sunshine 1 (3)Don't forget to decorate the inside of your projects!!! See that sneaky daisy!

For my second card I have used the same daisies stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White, but this time I have thrown a little curveball into the mix. Can you pick it?

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Yes! This time I have used a brand new paper from our demonstrator pre-order for the new catalogue which is coming in June. The gorgeous, delicate Misty Moonlight coloured Designer Series Paper I have used for the front layer on this card is from the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper Stack and is part of the extensive Flowers For Every Season collection.

The fancy fold on this second card is quite easy. I have made dozens of cards with this fold. I haven't included instructions because if you google "Pop & Swing Card" you will find stacks of tutorials and videos.

You can see all the rest of the products I have used by scrolling down toward the bottom of this post. In the meantime, there are LOTS of other bloggers sharing sunshine today and you may find the full list of them at Kelly's post here .

OR you can click on the next box to be taken to Julia's post and follow the full circle.

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Freshly BrewedA new blog hop for me tonight, joining in with a just a couple of my very clever stamping friends to bring you some gorgeous inspiration.  The theme this week is Mother's Day, but this one is a bit of a double whammy because last week we got to know which products were retiring from our current Stampin' Up! catalogue and not carrying over into the new one in June.

So I have used a stamp set that I have had almost since it first came out - and it's never seen ink . . . . !!! And now it's retiring. I truly can't actually believe it! But, better late than never right?

The stamp set is Tea Together and I have used the two Mother's Day stamps, one on the cover and one inside.

I have teamed it with Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder - one of my favourites!

And Forever Blossoms Stamp Set. The base card is Gray Granite, with a layer of thin Whisper White.

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I've also introduced another favourite product into this card - our vellum cardstock. Not only have I stamped the Forever Blossoms on to it, but I have used vellum for the main base layer - that gorgeous textured pink layer.

The flowers are stamped using Basic Gray Classic Ink. The embossed vellum is sponged on the reverse side with Rococo Rose Ink.

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The greeting is stamped in Basic Gray and the label die is from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. There is a Basic Gray fancy die cut layer and a few gems from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones finish the front.

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I couldn't leave the inside blank, so I added more die cut and sponged vellum flowers and leaves and an extra strip of the Basic Gray Border die cut.

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Most of the elements are adhered with mini glue dots.  You can see thumbnails of the supplies at the bottom of this post, and please let me know what you think by leaving a comment xx

I'm the final blog in the group, so if you started with me and want to see the rest, click on the next button below to be taken to Leonie's blog from where you can continue on the blog hop.

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