Floral & Butterfly Cards

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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Daisy Delight

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!

To A Wild Rose Bundle

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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If you'd like to add any of these supplies to your stash, click on the thumbnail below.

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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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Stamparatus
$85.00

 


Kelly's Friends

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I'm delighted this evening to share a happy, happy blog hop with lots of stamping friends, brought together by our inspiring creative friend Kelly Kent from WA, who celebrated her 5th Stampin' Anniversary in May and wanted to send around some cheer and brightness to celebrate.

It's so nice to just create some really cheerful bright cards to counter this grey, murky Melbourne weather. I have a favourite stamp set for making bright cheery cards, it's a Go To stamp set for me and I'm so glad it is carrying over into our new Annual Catalogue!

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Did you guess it is Flower Shop Stamp Set and the matching Pansy Punch?

Ive teamed it with greetings from Best Birds stamp set, Birthday Blooms stamp set and Suite Sayings. And a background stamp from Best Birds and my favourite leaf stamp from Kinda Eclectic, which is sadly retiring with the old catalogue and won't be available to purchase after today 😥

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And I've loved using a mix of old and new colours. Did you notice on the 1st card I've used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, and on the second card I've used the new Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst.

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The highlights on the first and third black and white cards are Lemon Lime Twist, and the second card features Berry Burst.

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These three cheery cards feature some favourite bright colours - Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Dapper Denim, and I pulled some rather old Washi Tape out of my collection to try to use up.

Then I pulled an old favourite layout out - this is one I use in EVERY beginner stamping class, because it's so easy but so wow factor, and again mixed old with new colours.

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I really love how many different looks you can achieve with the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch!

Next you are off to Valerie's Blog - click on the "Next" picture to see it! Enjoy the blog hop!

 

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In case there is a broken link, you can come back to this list :

  1. Kelly Kent - http://mypapercraftjourney.com/2017/05/31/stamping-with-friends-celebrating-5-years-part-two/
  2. Billie Moan - http://ramblingrosestudio.com/kellys-stamping-friends-2/
  3. Rochelle Blok - http://rochelleblok.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  4. Kayla Renee MacAulay - http://www.stampinwithkayla.com/2017/05/tickled-pink-for-you-kellys-stamping.html
  5. Jacqui Crouch - http://crouchingdoggraphics.com.au/2017/05/31/celebrating-kellys-5-years-of-stampinup
  6. Tina Gillespie http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-happy-blog-hop.html
  7. Kathryn Ruddick http://www.katlodesigns.com/stamping_with_kathryn_low/2017/05/kellys-friends.html
  8. Valerie Moody - http://www.stampingwithval.com/2017/05/31/happy-anniversary-kelly/
  9. Jo Weedon- http://joweedon.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/happy-5th-birthday-kelly.html
  10. Danielle Bennenk http://wp.me/p7kGAo-Dc
  11. Nikki Spencer http://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  12. Sylvia Verhulst-Batenburg http://mijnfreubelhoekie.nl/2017/05/31/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop/
  13. Richelle Fletcher - https://stampingwithrichelle.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  14. Chloe Evans - http://chloscraftcloset.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop-happy.html
  15. Rachael Lewsley - http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop/
  16. Lou Kitzelman - http://withabowontopbylou.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  17. Courtenay Heuston - http://bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stampin-friends-blog-hop.html
  18. Denita Wright-Smee - http://denitawright.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  19. Christine Blain: http://christineblain.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  20. Martha Groeger: https://www.cookiescraftco.de/2017/06/01/kelly-s-stamping-friends-blog-hop-celebrating-5-years/
  21. Patrice Easton: http://springblossommusings.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  22. Sandra Collett: http://sanzstamps.blogspot.com/2017/05/kellys-stamping-friends-blog-hop.html
  23.  Cheryl O'Bree - http://nyobre.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/stampin-friends-blog-hop.html

Centre Step Card Ideas

I love it when I get asked to make a really special card for someone's significant birthday.

Firstly, it's a compliment that someone loves my work enough to invite me to craft something beautiful for them to give to someone they really care about, and secondly, it allows me a chance to extend myself beyond my normal everyday cards.

I was recently asked to make a 90th Birthday Card for a much loved Mum - something bright and floral and larger than standard size.

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I teamed Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper with Botanical Blooms Thinlet Dies and the Numbers of Years and Letters for You stamp sets and framelits to create this centre step card. I love it! And so did the lady who asked me to create it.

Here's a couple of the steps.

The base card is full A4 Shimmer White card, scored in half and then the centre step scorelines and cuts made at 3cm in from each edge.

The mats of Rich Razzleberry and the DSP were then cut to fit inside each panel (lots of measuring with a clear ruler).

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I then cut stacks (more than I would need) of flowers and leaves from the Botanical Blooms Thinlets in Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry Card Stock and stamped the lines on the leaves.

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The numbers and letters were stamped in Rich Razzleberry on Shimmery White and cut out and it was all adhered together with a mix of mini gluedots, Stampin' Dimenionals and Fast Fuse Tape.

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I love that it was big enough to put MUM on the inside with still plenty of space to write.

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A few people have commented to me that the Numbers of Years and Letters for You bundles of stamps and framelits are just too expensive. However, I have used them so much already that they have certainly paid for themselves! And they are in our Annual Catalogue which means they are available to order for another seven (7) or so months, so you can certainly get your money's worth!

Or, consider getting them as part of a Stampin' Up! starter kit, where you select $235 of product but only pay $169 for it. Bargain!

Ask me about it today!


On Stage Swaps - Card Making

Do you like a production line?

It's great when you've worked out a design you love, and can then quickly cut up the card stock and stamp out all the images in a very short amount of time.

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However, it's no so much fun when you work so quickly that all of a sudden you have 48 card fronts stamped and cut, and then you have to do some colouring in, and add ribbon and embellishments, and adhere them all together! That can sure take a while!

And here's proof!

This was me two weeks ago, sitting on my Qantas Flight to Brisbane for Stampin' Up!s Onstage Live event, with my fast fuse in one hand and my swaps spread out on the tray table so I could start sticking the layers together!

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See, not even coloured in yet, and ribbon needing to be attached - oh, but you can't CUT ribbon on a plane because you can't take scissors!!

Later on, in the hotel room, sitting cross legged on the floor at the coffee table with two of my team-mates helping me . . . cut, colour, attach . . . cut, colour, attach . . .

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And bagging them up in cello bags, and sticking labels on the backs . . . 

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I loved the finished item with it's super quick collage stamping, and high-lighting the stunning stamp from Fabulous Flora stamp set. There were eight variations - a portrait and a landscape version in four different colour versions - featuring Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder.

I loved working with these colours - and you know what? I loved the design idea so much, I have now made another half a dozen variations, but I'll show you those another day!

And you know another really cool thing?  I got the idea for these cards straight out of the catalogue. That's right, the flower image is from one of our hostess rewards stamp sets called Fabulous Flora and the sample shown on page 199 of our annual catalogue was all I needed to see to inspire my 48 card front swaps for On Stage.

Thanks Stampin' Up! for making it so easy!


Botanical Blooms Cardmaking Ideas

Well, a couple of days ago I shared a whole stack of cards I made - very simple but colourful cards using the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set and matching Botanical Builder Framelits and I said I would share some other projects that I have made.

This one is really special to me because a gorgeous lady I met through a women in business network group and happens to go to the same gym as me, asked if I could do some little thank you / note cards that she could hand out to clients of her business "Everlasting Flowers".

When I saw her business card and brochure I nearly died of shock because the colours and designs almost perfectly match a really cute stamp set and Designer Series Paper pack we had a few years ago called Cottage Garden - and I just happened to have nearly a full pack of the paper still in my stash!

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I couldn't wait to get started with these divine colours and have a play with some of our new products!

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I had a day on our casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre, so I deliberately packed these colours of card, ink pads and paper - don't you just love how the Stampin' Up! range all co-ordinate so you just can't go wrong?

I chopped and cut all day and had a lovely old time trying different combinations!

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All that's left to do now is check which greetings she'd like on them - all "Thank You's" or a range of "For You" and I plan to stamp them with Old Olive or Rich Razzleberry.

Great way to use up some old paper out of my collection and a lot of fun playing with this colour combination.

Do you have a favourite Designer Series Paper Pack that you keep going back to? Or maybe one of the new ones in the brand new catalogue?