Colour Creations - 2023-2024 - Copper Clay

This week, the Art with Heart Team share the second of our brand new In Colors, in our Colour Creations Blog Hop.

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Copper Clay is a glowing warm baked cookie brown - much like the gingernuts my grandmother used to make.

This week I have used Copper Clay for the base of my card, and to set the scene of cute ballerinas on stage - a Copper Clay stage in a Copper Clay theatre!


The cute dancers come from the Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper, and the dies which cut out the dancers, flowers AND the stage curtains are from the Zany Zoo Dies, all part of the Zoo Crew Suite Collection.


I love the way the Copper Clay stands in and takes the place of the traditional dark red theatre curtains. It is a lovely earthy shade which makes a beautiful background for the Petal Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party in the other images. 


The next creator in our blog hop is the very talented Rachel Woollard. I can't wait to see what she has made. Click on the "next" image below to go to her blog.

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If you find a broken link in the blog hop, our lovely host Cathy has all of the links on her page here.

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield VIC

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Colour Creations 2023-2024 - Boho Blue

Welcome to a whole new Stampin' Up! catalogue and a wonderful colour refresh!

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We start the new round of Blog Hops with the new 2023-2025 In Colors, and this week we have a great new Blue!

My favourite new product suite is Zoo Crew, I love the fun images in the stamp set and dies, and the gorgeous coordinating Designer Series Paper. So today I have made two simple cards, with a bit of fussy cutting, and mixing and matching the Designer Series Paper with several other packs, to show off our lovely new Boho Blue.

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The first card is a simple Z-fold card, where the front is folded back on itself, and I have layered it with a mixture of pieces. The Night of Navy scallop edge is cut with a die from the Zany Zoo Dies.

The cute star background DSP is from the Bright & Beautiful DSP pack. The striped paper inside the card is from the Countryside Inn DSP pack.

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The elephant and cute little scooting bunny are from the Zoo Crew DSP pack and I have added a touch of Boho Blue to the elephant's body using a water painter to pick up just a tiny bit of Boho Blue ink from the Classic Ink Pad. Both images are fussy cut using my trusty snips.

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My second card is a basic landscape card, using Boho Blue card for the base, and more paper from the Bright & Beautiful DSP pack for the background layers, over Night of Navy scallops.

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This time, I die-cut the alligator from the Designer Series Paper. On both cards, the main image is mounted onto a die-cut rectangle using the Scalloped Contours Dies. Also on this card, I tested out the beautiful Boho Blue Textured Ribbon, across the middle of the card. Despite the texture, it has a lovely sheen.

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Thank you for visiting my blog. Please take a tour around the rest of the blog hop and see what the other talented Art With Heart Ladies have created. Click on the image below to go to lovely Cathy's blog. Cathy is also our blog hop host and coordinator, so if you find a broken link in the blog hop, please come back to her blog where she has a full list of all the links.

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 Thanks again for visiting! Enjoy the awesome inspiration from our talented creators! See you again next week!

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield (Vic)

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Colour Creations - Soft Suede

This is our very last week of Colour Creations for the 2022-2023 Annual Catalogue, and this week we have a colour that I am VERY SAD!!! to see retiring out of our collection.

HeaderThis week, the Art With Heart blog hoppers say a very fond farewell to Soft Suede.

Soft Suede is a warm, soft brown, and I have used so many packets of it, and I even have two Soft Suede ink pads!

This past week or so, there has been a heck of a lot of stuff going on in my extended family, as well as it being garlic planting time, so I only had time to make a very simple card. I chose to use Soft Suede as my base card, to show you what a wonderful, warm, versatile colour it is.

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More often than not, I would choose to use a white base card with the Country Floral Lane Designer Series Paper, but I think in this case, the Soft Suede really enhances the casual country feel of the card.

Country Floral Lane on Soft Suede card

While Soft Suede and the Country Floral Designer Series Papers are retiring with the 2022-2023 catalogue, the Country Bouquet stamp set and co-ordinating punch are carrying over into the new catalogue, which makes my heart very happy!

Anyway - if you are on the blog hop, it's now time to go and visit the blog of my dear friend Tina Gillespie, so click the NEXT box below and you will be taken to her blog.

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If you come across a broken link, our wonderful blog hop coordinator Cathy has all of the links on her blog here.

Thanks for looking at our blog hop! Don't forget, there are only a couple of days left of this catalogue, after which, you will not be able to buy the discontinued items. Several of them are heavily discounted, so jump on the online shop today and don't miss out!

See you again soon, with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


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Colour Creations - Soft Succulent

The Art With Heart team creators are bringing you another beautiful colour tonight in our colour creations blog hop.

HeaderThis week, we give a final salute to one of our much loved 2021-2023 In Colours - Soft Succulent. It is a real favourite with many people.

If you turn to page 179 in your current catalogue - the one which finishes in a couple of weeks - you will see a green card with the two chairs with cat images from the Stampin' Rewards stamp set SIT STAY RELAX. I used this card as inspiration for my projects tonight. I switched the greens up to Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, and swapped the cardstock circles for very pretty Designer Series Paper circles.

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The first card uses a rectangle card front of gold foiled pattern from the Texture Chic Specialty Designer Series Paper. I stamped the chair image with Soft Succulent, and used Early Espresso and Daffodil Delight watercolour pencils to add a little yellow and brown.

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Don't you love the way the sunlight hits the gold foil on the background paper?

On the second card I have stamped the chair image with Evening Evergreen, stamped flowers from the Jar of Flowers stamp set onto the Soft Succulent card base, and die-cut circles from Texture Chic and Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper.

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The Layering Circles Dies were so handy for these projects as I think different size circles always look good layered together. For the cats in chairs images and greeting, I used the Scalloped Contours Dies - which will be carrying over into our new catalogue.

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I would love you to leave a comment, and then hop over to dear Rosa's  blog by clicking on the NEXT box below.

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If you would like to see all the Soft Succulent creations, just keep clicking the "Next" box at the bottom of each person's post. If there is a broken link, Cathy has all the links on her blog post here.

Don't forget!! Many of these products are retiring in just a couple of weeks and some will sell out. Today there is free postage for all Stampin' Up! orders over $65, so jump online and grab your favourites before they are gone for good!

Thanks for stopping by,

Kathryn Ruddick

Mansfield Vic.

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Colour Creations - So Saffron

Time to say goodbye to a colour that has been in the Stampin' Up! colour range as long as I can remember!


This week Stampin' Up! announced a huge colour refresh in the new annual catalogue coming in May. And tonight the Art With Heart Colour Creations team are showcasing one of the colours that will be leaving our colour range to make way for new fresh colours.

Last week I used the gorgeous Happy Forest Friends Designer Series Paper to show off Smoky Slate. Since the DSP is also a "retiring" product, and it has So Saffron in it, I couldn't resist using it again for this weeks blog hop.

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I have made two really simple cards, where the Designer Series Paper does all the work, and just a little bit of stamping is required for a greeting.

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For the second card, I used up the leftover strips from the first card, flipping them over for the reverse side design. I took a photo with just the paper panels, calling it finished, but then I decided it needed a little something, something . . . 

So Saffron Happy Forest Friends thanks card

So I stamped and die-cut the cute owl and tree stump in Soft Suede ink (okay, I am dying about now!!!) and a Sweet Sorbet toadstool to pop up on dimensionals in the bottom corner of the card. I like it MUCH better.

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So Saffron Happy Forest Friends card detail

If you would like to see how the rest of the team has used So Saffron, in our final goodbye to a colour that has done some long yards (!!), then hop over to Di Furniss' blog now by clicking on the box below.

Next ButtonTo see all the So Saffron creations, follow the Next link in each one. If there's a broken link, you can find a full  list of them on Cathy's blog here.

See you again soon, with inky fingers!

The Arty Farmer


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Colour Creations - Smoky Slate


I have been missing for a while - I had no idea how busy summer would be in the high country!


However, I have a market stall coming up at the Mansfield Easter Bush Market, so I sat down on Sunday night and made 20 cards, and I decided to make an extra one or two in Smoky Slate for this week's Colour Creations! So good to be back!

Smoky Slate has been one of my favourite grey's. And I really love the Happy Forest Friends Designer Series Paper. It always makes me just the teensiest bit sad when an Annual Catalogue is coming to an end, and the Designer Series Papers will all retire . . .  I think that's why I own SO MUCH patterened paper - because I can't bare to run out of any of the patterns LOL!!

Of course, when I start working with paper this CUTE, it's really hard to stop at one card! And this paper has such a sweet range of colours in it! I want to make ALL the cards! But then I WILL HAVE TO buy another packet of paper before they are sold out!

I chose to use Smoky Slate as the base card, cutting an A4 sheet in half vertically for two portrait cards. I stamped sentiments with Smoky Slate ink and mounted them on Basic Gray card scraps.

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For the card fronts, I simply cut a portion of the Designer Series Paper to fit on the card with a small border top and bottom on card one, and on both sides on card two.

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The sentiments are popped on with a couple of mini glue dots, and I also stamped some cute toadstools in Calypso Coral Ink, die-cut them and stuck them on with mini glue dots.

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These really were the simplest cards to make, and they are so cute!

Please hop on over to the next blog in our Art With Heart Colour Creations blog hop. Click on the box below to go to Theresa's page.

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If you get lost in the blog hop, you can always come back here and click right here to go to lovely Cathy's blog where she has all the links for all the participants.

See you again soon - hopefully!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC).

The River - 2023 Calendar

UPDATE!! ONLY 10 CALENDARS LEFT! 22nd December 2022.

Pre-sale sold out, and only ten calendars are left from the limited edition print run. Order before Christmas or pick up a copy in store at Ink Bookshop Mansfield or Loyola Jewels Mansfield.


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Thanks for visiting my blog today! 

Many of  you will know that I recently ran a pre-order campaign through Kickstarter, to pre-sell a minimum number of calendars, in order to cover the cost of printing a full run of beautiful A3 spiral bound Art Quality calendars for 2023.

The pre-order campaign was a success, and at this moment the calendars are being printed!

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If you missed the pre-order, but still would like a calendar, you can now purchase one right here!

There are three payment methods.

  1. Direct Transfer - you will need to message me for bank details.
  2. Credit Card - manual transaction over the phone. Message me, and when I have my Eftpos machine nearby I will ring you to take your number verbally - I punch it in straight away while I have you on the phone, so that I am not writing anyone's numbers down and having to store or destroy records.
  3. Buy a calendar in store at Ink Bookshop Mansfield or Loyola Jewels Mansfield.

Postage is $13.25 for one calendar or $16.50 for two calendars, and will need to be calculated separately for more calendars. Express post is another option. Please contact me privately is you need assistance with this.

Calendars are being printed right now - Friday 9th December - and it is my hope that we will have them before Christmas, but I will keep you updated with the progress.  (PRINT COMPLETE AND CALENDARS POSTED 20.12.2022). 

Thanks so much for your support. If you would like to ready my essay about the creation of the work which is included in the RMIT Graduate Profile, you can read it here.

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Again, thanks for visiting my blog!

Talk soon,

Kathryn Ruddick

(the arty farmer - Mansfield VIC).

Heart of Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome back to our final blog hop for the Heart of Christmas 2022.

HeaderWhen planning my project this week, I took a look back over all the projects I have created for this season of Heart of Christmas blog hops - and I pulled out a lot of leftover pieces from my basket of stamped and die-cut images.

I came back to a couple of favourites. Favourite Designer Series Papers, favourite card layout, favourite elements on a card, and I jiggled them into two new cards.

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Traditional Christmas colours have featured on many of my projects this past few months, and that lends itself to traditional images as well.

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The Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper has been a firm favourite! As have the holly images from the Boughs of Holly Suite including stamp set, dies and printed paper.

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I've done my fair share of fussy cutting throughout our blog hops, inspired by the beautiful samples in the catalogue.

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And I have been inspired by my friends to remember to include some of our gorgeous ribbons and trim on my Christmas cards, for that extra sparkle and feeling of luxury.

Thank you for coming along on the Heart of Chritmas journey with us. I hope we have inspired you to make lots of cards to send out to your loved ones this Christmas.

To continue on the blog hop, clcik on the NEXT box below which will take you to lovely Rachel Woollard's blog.

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Should you find a broken link in the blog hop, our host this week is again my lovely friend Sharon. Click here to go to her blog for a full list of participants and their blog links.

Thanks again for joining our creative journey!

See you soon with ink on your fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)


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2023 Calendar - The River

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Today I am sitting at the front desk of the First Site Gallery in Swanston Street, Melbourne, minding the exhibition where my enormous river work is on show.

I worked on the 11 metre work during the two big lockdowns in 2021 - mostly rolled out on my driveway on sunny winter days.

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I have an essay about the creation of the work which is included in the RMIT Graduate Profile which just went public online yesterday. You can read it here.

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Not everyone can get into Melbourne CBD to see the calendar in real life, so I have created a Fine Art Calendar for 2023. You can have segments of the painting in your own home, to enjoy all year. To pre-order your quality A3 spiral bound calendar, please click on the image below.

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Again, thanks for visiting my blog!

Talk soon,

Kathryn Ruddick

(the arty farmer - Mansfield VIC).

Colour Creations - Melon Mambo

Welcome to Melon Mambo week with the Colour Creations Blog Hop!
HeaderEach week, some of my stamping friends from the Art With Heart stamping team in Australia get together on a Wednesday night to feature one of the Stampin' Up! colours.

We are gradually working our way through the alphabet! And tonight we have the boldest strong pink for you, so I have toned it right down on a white on white card, so you are just getting that POP of pink.

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I have chosen to use the Framed Florets bundle which is a new release stamp and die set, putting it with the Elegant Eucalyptus 3D Embossing Folder

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The greeting stamp and leaf background are from the Cup of Tea stamp set, stamped in Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green.

My second card has the extra layer of oval dies, and I brushed the embossed card front with Melon Mambo ink using a Blending Brush. I also used a few extra pearls, and mounted the card front on  Melon Mambo base card.

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I can't wait to see what my friends have created with  Melon Mambo. You can join me by going to lovely Theresa's blog by clicking on the Next box below.

Next ButtonIf you would like to journey around the whole blog hop, click on the same "Next" box on each blog. If you find a broken link, our lovely host Cathy has all of the participants and their links in her post. Find that HERE.

I will see you again soon, with inky fingers!

Kathryn Ruddick

(Mansfield VIC)

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