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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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Mothers Day Cards

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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Painted Poppies Cards

Have you seen the Painted Poppies stamp set in the Stampin' Up! 2020 Mini Catalogue?

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There is a whole suite of poppy products but today I wanted to just look at the one stamp set - because, you know, sometimes you don't need the whole lot . . . .

We have become so reliant on the coordinating dies, the matching Designer Series Paper and all the embellishments, that sometimes we forget to even stamp, so I challenged myself to create a card that didn't have ALL the trimmings, and used up the card-stock from my stash, an embossing folder that we've had in our catalogue for a couple of years and just stamps and ink.

What do you think?

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The mat layers are Cherry Cobbler, Real Red and Calypso Coral and the Stampin' Blends for the colouring are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Read Red and Cherry Cobbler with Granny Apple Green.

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I actually made 6 of them for a swap, but forgot to make an extra one for myself! I'll have to get to it and make another!

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If you would like to have a go at replicating these cards, the products I have used are listed below. If you don't have a particular one, click on one of the thumbnails and it will take you straight to the online shop where you can purchase it.

Don't forget I am taking part in Creative 8 Wow Tutorials every month this year, so every order for $50 of product will receive the Creative 8 tutorial pdf via email as a thank you.  The February Creative 8 is available now.

 

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A Little Simple Stamping Blog Hop

Art With Heart Simple StampingThis week I am joining in on an Art With Heart Team blog hop showing you how simple stamping can be!

We are sharing creative projects featuring Simple Stamping, which means our projects feature only paper, stamps and ink. It’s a great way to create a quick and easy card for new stampers or for when you need a card at short notice. These projects highlight how Stampin’ Up! inks, paper and card stock co-ordinate perfectly.

If you would like a copy of the 2019 - 2020 Annual Catalogue, or the Holiday Catalogue (we're ordering them now) contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

20190726_084845I've chosen To A Wild Rose stamp set - because if you are not fond of Colouring In, this stamp set does it for you!

Yes, this is a two step (or even a 3 step) stamp set which has outline stamps, and also more solid images to fill in the colour.

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For the first card I've stamped the outline of the rose in Merry Merlot ink, then stamped the "infill" stamps one with Rococo Rose and the second one with Merry Merlot, but stamped off on scrap paper first.  The leaf outlines were stamped with Pretty Peacock, then the infill stamp was also stamped with Pretty Peacock stamped off first.

This simple layer was then adhered to a Rococo Rose base card.

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For a slightly stepped up version of this card, I stamped the rose and leaf outlines with Momento Black ink, then the "infill" colours with Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot and Pretty Peacock. What lovely colour combinations!

I added an extra layer of card to this one with a fine border of Pretty Peacock under the white layer, before adhering to the Rococo Rose base. I hope you like them!

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Rebecca Jacovou

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Tina Gillespie

Kathryn Ruddick

Rebecca Jacovou

Rachel Woollard

Sharon Davern

Vicki Boucher

Christina Barnes

Kate Morgan

Rachel Palmieri

Ros Davidson

Catherine Proctor


BRING ME A DAISY A DAY

Daisies are such cheerful flowers - all sorts of daisies are my favourites!

So I was VERY happy to see the new Daisy Lane stamp set and a medium size daisy punch come in our new annual catalogue last month, to coordinate with the Daisy Delight stamp set and Large Daisy punch we already have in our range.

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You know sometimes you receive a new stamp set and it seems like forever before you use it?  Well, not this time! I have already used the Daisy Lane bundle heaps - and I've only had it a couple of weeks!

I went for some non-traditional colours, including Seaside Spray, Basic Gray and Gray Granite for this little project.

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This gorgeous seaweed design paper is from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper pack - I've sliced a sheet up and sponged the edges with Basic Gray.

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Initially I planned the card as a landscape format, but once I'd gotten this far, I discovered it looked much better as a portrait card with the spray of daisies in the top left hand corner.

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Isn't it so soft and lovely with the Seaside Spray blue and all the grey tones and that touch of dramatic black? I'm really pleased with it! Probably all I would do differently is maybe add some form of bling to the centres of the daisies. Haven't decided on those yet!

For the month of July I am giving away an encyclopedia of projects using the Daisy Lane bundle - a 25 page pdf with 11 full tutorials in it - to anyone who purchases the Daisy Lane bundle. Pdf will be emailed to you after the order is finalised. Order online or message me about it today!

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Talk soon,

Kathryn 


TO A WILD ROSE

Don't you just LOVE a good rose stamp set? The newest one in my collection is from the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 catalogue and is a 3 step stamp set called TO A WILD ROSE.  It's beautiful, and a dream to stamp with the Stamparatus.

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And even better?

It has a coordinating set of dies to make cutting out easy!

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Recently, many of us have been making "Floating Frames" cards using Glad Press'n'Seal - which in Australia we buy at Costco. It's a really wow factor technique and not that difficult, so long as you select bigger images, with matching dies and you have a bit of time up your sleeve for stamping and cutting and then arranging your layout.

I love the effect - and here's two cards I created using the one sample piece.  When you cut the "window" you end up with a second smaller piece you can put in the centre of a new card.

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I'm looking forward to trying a new technique using the Press'n'Seal at next week's team night. What other kitchen products do you use in your stamping?

 

Kathryn.


Sale-a-brate with Stampin' Up!

Did you know January to March are the most fun months at Stampin' Up! with lots of awesome products being given away?

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If you like butterflies, Stampin' Up! has you covered with 2 huge bundles of stamps and cutting tools in the Occasions Catalogue (out until May 31st), as well as the very beautiful Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper - a free Sale-a-bration gift available until the end of March. 

See all the Sale-a-bration items in my online shop here.

Order online, or if you have an questions, send me a message, email or text and I'll call you back.

Kathryn Ruddick

(Melbourne, Australia).


Simple Card Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Share What You Love - Crafting Forever

Stampin' Up! had some organised swaps on our Alaskan Cruise for which we prepared 26 identical cards before we went, handed them in to the Stampin' Up! staff in the Stamper's Base Camp when we got onboard Explorer of the Seas, and on day 4 or 5 of the cruise we able to pick up a bag of "swapped" cards to take home, containing 26 cards designed and created by other Cruise Achievers.

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I used a few different tools and products for my swaps including the Tailored Tag punch for punching the elongated hexagons of Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

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The base layer of the card is pretty straight forward. Punch 7-8 hexagon shapes with the punch, then starting from the bottom of the card front, layer them up the card with a tiny 1-2mm gap between each one. I used the grid paper and a clear plastic ruler to make sure they were lined up straight.

Die cut flowers and border were attached with Fine Tip Glue Pen and Velvet Trim stuck down with Tear'n'Tape.

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The Stamparatus got a workout next.

By cutting the A4 card in half lengthwise (10.5cm x 29.75cm) I was able to use the Stamparatus and it's magic 1" step markers to stamp 4 of the jar of paintbrushes images on each piece of card (remember, I had to make 26). I stamped 2 one way, then flipped the card around and stamped 2 more at the other end facing the other way - you'll see it in another photo further down :)

I had to make sure there was enough space between each one to cut out with the oval Stitched Shape framelit, so using the Stamparatus was perfect.

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Having stamped the images in Black Stazon, leaving the stamp in exactly the same place on the Stamparatus, I then inked it using the Stampin' Spots (Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst and Soft Suede) and gave it a very heavy spritz with water. Not just 2 quirts but 5 or 6 squirts. You can see in the photo how wet it is.

One of my downline team members Karen Lincoln showed this technique at our team night many months ago after she learnt it from (I believe) Tandra Boyers.  It's a really fun technique that really appeals to my creative, love of wet-on-wet watercolouring, messy side!

In google searches the technique has been named Stamparatus Slap technique, though for some reason my brain keeps calling it Stamparatus Splat technique, so excuse me if I mix and match the two . . . I meant the same thing!

After spritzing, you then want to bring the plate up to vertical, then give it a good slap (or splat) down onto the cardstock. Not so that you break it, but let's just say it may not be a good technique for 2am if you co-habit LOL.

Your images won't quite look like mine above, because the original Stamparatus Slap technique does not have the Stazon stamped image underneath. I stepped it up to include the black outline as I wanted a little more definition underneath, knowing that I was going to make my coloured part really wet. And the Designers Series Paper includes black, so I wanted them tonally closer rather then the pot of paintbrushes looking a bit wishy washy (no, not Washy Washy LOL).

This one possibly wasn't quite wet enough for my liking, as you want to get little splatters or splashes across the card. I made them wetter and wetter as I went along.

 

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At this point, I decided to add more colour to the pot the brushes are sitting in, and like any good old fashioned kids water colouring books - you know the ones with the lines of colour already on the image and all you needed was a brush and a jar of water, and you spread the colour as you wet it - you can do the same here. Just drag the colour that's already on there. Or if you are like me, and want some intensity and love the blobby wet on wet look, scoop up some extra Soft Suede ink from the lid of your inkpad using the Aquapainter and swoosh that on.

I also touched up the tips of the paintbrushes on some of the images.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (7)Now I just want to point out for the benefit of my team members that LOOK!!! I used the magnet! I used one of the magnets that comes with the Stamparatus! I said I was never going to use them, as they are not needed every single time you stamp, and I'm definitely not using 2 of them so I don't break them, but here is my witness! I used one LOL!

After setting these aside to dry for a while, it was time to cut them with the oval Stitched Shape Framelits.

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These closeups give you a much better view of the splats and splatters from the technique.

Crafting Forever - Stampin' Up (11)Layered onto a Blackberry Bliss scallop oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits - really makes it pop! Then layered onto the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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I really love how these came out, and I have to also take a moment to heartily thank Jenny Wren and Alisha Watson for spending hours with me on the Saturday night before the cruise, punching, sticking and trimming so I had these finished to take with me.

I think the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper with it's pearlescent finish on several of the sheets is one of my favourite paper packs from Stampin' Up! in the nearly 11 years I've been using their paper.  If you would like some of your own, or to buy any of the other products I have used on this fun project, click on the thumbnail below and it will take you right to that item in my online store. 

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