Cardmaking Background Bubble Techniques

Back late last year in the lead up to my presentation at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event at Melbourne Park, I had so much fun creating arty farty messy bubble backgrounds for some cards using the Stampin' Up! Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite.

So much so that I turned the samples into a kids school holiday class in January and then followed up with a Stamp-a-stack class for adults earlier this week.

The first technique was Blown Bubbles - this is so random and messy and fun!

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You'll need some plastic cups or disposable sauce containers, a couple of bottles of Bubble Magic, or some water and a few drops of dish-washing detergent, and Stampin' Up! Re-Inkers in your chosed colours. We went for Crushed Curry (I wanted a bright yellow, but when watered down in the solution, Daffodil Delight was too light. And Flirty Flamingo for the pink, which ended up being a tad too light as well so we added a drop or two of Melon Mambo to spice it up.

One needs to blow bubbles in the solution with a drinking straw until the mixture piles up over the top of the cup (without spilling down the edges), then press your Thick Whisper White card into it to get bubble patterns. Keep repeating until you have the depth of colour you like - I probably blow and press about 4-5 times.

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Repeat that all again with the second colour, and then I have used the bubble stamp in the Bubble Over stamp set to stamp a few random bubbles just to add a little more depth and definition.

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Cut out a few bottles using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits, sponge them using the same colours as the background then layer them with torn vellum, bakers twine, a greeting panel and bottle labels to suit your chosen greeting stamp. I also added Silver Foil Card bottle caps and drinking straws also cut with the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits.

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Here are a few colour variations which my team members experimented with at our January team night.

The Bottles and Bubbles bundle of stamps and framelits is available in our Summer Occasions catalogue through until the end of May, but the coordinating Bubble and Fix Designer Series Paper is only available until next Saturday 31st of March as a free Sale-a-bration gift with your $90 product order.  The paper is really fun in bright, versatile colours.

Why not get your free paper in this next week (value $18.95) by ordering the Bottles and Bubbles Bundle online, along with some card or ink so your product total is $90 (plus postage).  Come and see me today at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre all day if you need a hand with that!

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Bottles and Bubbles Coke Bottle Cards

In my last post (read it here), I mentioned that I also made a couple of coke bottle cards. These are terrific for teenagers / masculine cards or just for the Coca Cola addicts in your life.

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The bottle stamps and framelits are very much beer bottles with straight sides, so I used my Stampin' Snips to cut a tiny divet in each side of the bottle to give it more of the traditional Coke bottle shape.

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I also tweaked the shape of the Real Red label - cut with the framelit, but then moved higher up the bottle and trimmed with scissors to a shape more reminiscent of the famous label.

On the next card I went away from the black card stock for the bottles and used Early Espresso - our darkest brown, so I could also sponge it for a bit of depth.

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This card also has the Clear and Glitter Epoxy shapes as effervescent bubbles coming out of the bottle, placed on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper background.

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I was pleased with how these came out, given I am not a Coke drinker, but there are plenty of people who are, who might appreciate a personalised card like this.  These are also very different cards from the others I made with this product bundle, showing how versatile the Bottle and Bubbles product suite really is.  I'll be back in the next day or so to show you what else we made - particularly the cards we made in the kids school holiday class and what we were working on yesterday in the class.

In the meantime, if you have discovered that you love these products for their versatility - teenagers cards / masculine cards, and you want to get your hands on them while Sale-a-bration is still running, order them online by clicking on the thumbnail pictures below.


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Bottles and Bubbles Wine Crate and "Vintage" Card

Technology is getting the better of me today!

Do you have those days when you just want to throw your phone / laptop out the window?? A few years ago (well, probably 15 years ago) my dad sat his mobile phone on the back wheel of a tractor while he did something that needed both hands. Hours later he was looking for his phone and found the very flat remains on the track where he'd backed over it . . . 

LOL so on days like this, I say I want to take my device out into the driveway and reverse over it a few times!

It's either that, or open a bottle of wine early! Which brings me to what I was trying to share with you!

Last November I presented the Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite at Stampin' Up!'s On Stage Event at Melbourne Park. In preparing my presentation I also took lots of step by step photos and I only just realised I hadn't shared most of them!

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This is the Stampin' Up! Woodcrate Framelit Die cut in Soft Suede card stock and stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp. I also sponged all of the corners with Soft Suede to make them look a bit old and well-loved.

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Bubble Over stamp set bottles stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green and cut with the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies and mounted onto a soft suede card strip cut and scored to fit inside the crate.

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The labels on the bottles were also stamped and decorated, then some Linen Thread, a hand stamped and sponged tag and a tiny wreath (from our Holiday catalogue) were added to the front of the crate.  Very cute, don't you think?

The bottles in the set are very much beer or cider bottles, but as we're not beer drinkers, I wanted to be able to make more variety of wine bottles with them too,

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I stamped them again in Cherry Cobbler, sponged the white edges that are left from cutting with the framelits, cut and stamped labels in Basic Black and Crumb Cake and sponged the smaller one.

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The background of the card includes lots of collage stamping and some strips of left over Designer Series Paper.

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The bottles are layered on with some bakers twine and a couple of embellishments cut with the framelits and sponged for 3D effect, and the gold foil bottle caps are gold foil card cut using the bottle framelits, then scored across for the ridges and trimmed slightly on the corners to fit.  Not perfect, but I think it works.

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I changed the bottles also to coke bottles and I will share those cards soon (see them here). I am also doing a class next Tuesday - a Bottles and Bubbles Stamp a Stack class where you will get to make 8 cards minimum using this fun bundle and some great simple background techniques. If this interests you, please check out my event details and book in!

If you can't attend the class, buy the products here:

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March Stamping Classes - Melbourne

March Stamping Classes – Croydon North with Kathryn Ruddick


Thursday 15th March – Stamp Club – 7.30pm-10pm Croydon North

Monthly Stamp Club ladies make up to 3 card or gift box projects, experiment with new techniques and fancy folds and earn free Stampin’ Up! products if everyone in the group places product order. Class cost is $25.00 or free with $50 product order.

Tuesday 20th March – Bottles and Bubbles Stamp-a-stack Class – 10am – 3pm Croydon North

The Bottles and Bubbles Product Suite is fantastic for making all types of cards for males/females/ variety of ages and occasions and in this class you will get to make at least 8 cards – 2 each of 4 designs, learn several fun techniques, become an expert stamper, sponger and die-cutter and go home with a variety of cards to send out. Depending on your skill level, you may make more cards, cost will be initial class price of $40 (for 8 cards + envelopes x 4 hours) plus $4 for each extra card made.

BYO lunch, and small tool kit including favourite adhesive. Tea / coffee supplied.

Should you wish to purchase the Bottles and Bubbles Product Bundle to use in the class, please book in before Tuesday 13th March. Those purchasing the product bundle will get the class for 25% off.

Wednesday 21st  March – Absolute Beginners Stamping Class - 10.00am-12noon Croydon North

Learn how to get the most out of your Stampin’ Up! stamps and Ink Pads and take home some finished cards to send out to friends. $25.00 all materials included

Wednesday 21st March – Mystery Hostess Stampin’ Up! party – Croydon North 7pm

I will host a Stampin’ Up! party / workshop for all those who have never seen or used the products before, or who want an update on what is new in the product range. Everyone bringing someone along I’ve not met before will get a little thank you gift. Everyone placing a product order that qualifies for a Sale-a-bration free gift will also receive a share of the hostess gifts

Friday 23rd March – Yarra Valley Papercrafters at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre

We’ll be on the casual kiosk at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre from 9am-5pm so come and visit us and see what we are creating. Free to stop and chat. Collect a catalogue, buy a finished card, book into a class.

Saturday 24th March – Perennial Birthday Project Kit Class 1pm-4pm – Croydon North

Beautiful Gift Boxed Birthday Cards with monthly dividers so you never forget another birthday. Make 16 cards and keep them organized in this delightful storage box. Class and materials kit only $55. Suitable for beginners.

Purchase the stamp set, a Stampin’ Up! adhesive as well as the material kit and select a free Sale-a-bration item too.

 Works out at less than $3.50 per card and you get to keep the gorgeous divider box and stamp set if you added that to your booking order.

Book with Kathryn Ruddick                         0418 361 931                       email:                                                                      

Women on the Go Expo

Tomorrow I will be at Eastland Shopping Centre all day celebrating International Women's Day by participating in the Maroondah Council's Women on the Go Expo.

I will be talking to my visitors about Being Part of Something Amazing. This means different things to different people and I will be sharing experiences and opportunities for you to be part of my something amazing. 

I would love to see you there. The expo is open from 9am until 5.30pm inside Eastland Shopping Centre, Level 1 between Myer and the Coffee Club.

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Happy March!!!

Wow! Can you believe how fast this year is going? I don't even want to think about it.

Some exciting news! You'll remember that late last year we were fundraising for Alysia's Wish - to send Alysia on a cruise to New Zealand, her first real holiday. Well, she's been and is home now, printing her photos and getting ready to make a scrapbook album of her fun memories.

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We have some items from the fundraiser left over - we found out later that apparently there was some sort of Facebook glitch and people who were wanting to bid on the silent auction items online without attending the event couldn't actually see the items to bid on. Ooooops! Sorry about that, we had no idea that was happening!

The good news is, we are now ready to auction off the remaining items. All funds raised will go back into Alysia's account to help pay off some of her trip expenses.

The auction will start today, March 1st and run through until Sunday March 11th and there are 30 items to bid on.

You can find all the items, photos, descriptions etc in THIS ALBUM

Please place your bids by commenting on each specific photo. Bidding will close at 8pm next Sunday 11th March at which time the highest bidder on each item will win the item. Payment will need to be made through Alysia's Go Fund Me page and collection of purchases arranged via email to Alysia.  If you require a purchased item to be posted to you, you will need to pay postage.

Good luck on the bidding!!

Note: All items were donated from various people specifically to be auctioned off to raise money for Alysia's Wish fundraiser.  All proceeds are going directly to Alysia's holiday trip and no other person is benefitting in anyway from the sale of these items.

Card kits for sale

During late November, some of my lovely Stampin' Up! team members and I were at the Stampin' Up! stand at the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show.

We love meeting people at the Craft Shows - and the Royal Exhibition Building is something super special - except for the fact that the weather was like this week and that dear old building doesn't have Air Conditioning!! Boy was it hot!!

I've taken a break from the major craft shows for the last year or two, as it's a) a lot of work!! and b) quite expensive . . . but this year to offset our costs of having the stand there, we agreed to prepare and sell kits for various papercraft projects.

There are a few of these left over, and I'd like to share them with you, in case you didn't get to the show and would like to get your hands on some great ready to make kits, and excellent instructions.

Explosion Box Card

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Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.

In-Colour Butterfly Explosion Box, and Christmas music Explosion Box. $20 each + postage. Kit size is 12" x 12"


Next : Box in a Card Kit

Box in a Card

Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.  Kit is $10 + postage.


Third, a cheerful, floral all occasions card.

Could be used for birthday or thinking of you.

Karen's Kit

Kits include all pre-cut pieces, card, paper, labels and ribbon, as well as full instructions. You will need to provide adhesives and in some cases a Christmas (or other) greeting stamp set.  Kit is $8 + postage.

If you would like to purchase any of these kits. please comment below with your email address, or email  Payment via DD, CC or Paypal. Kits will be posted as soon as payment is received. Multiples of each kit still available.

Alysia's Wish - Fundraising Afternoon


This Saturday 2nd December is the Big Day!

We are raising money to make Alysia's Wish come true! You may read all about Alysia here.

What are we doing?

From 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, we are gathering at the Eltham Senior Citizens Hall, in Library Place Eltham where we will have a fun afternoon with lavish afternoon tea, lots of fun Stampin' Up! inspired Bingo Games with dozens of give-aways, a raffle, a silent auction, and a truly gorgeous Make & Take Project, which several team members spent all day yesterday cutting and stamping bits and pieces for you.

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We have some amazing sponsors for the event which we'd like to thank!!

Ministry of Cakes - for a biscuit hamper

SPC - Food Factory Sales - for a food voucher

Phillip Island Nature Parks - 4 Parks Pass

The Comic's Lounge - Passes

Emily's Professional Beauty - Massage Voucher

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery - Ice cream Vouchers

Paperazzi Stampin' Up! team - Venue, marketing and support crew on the day

 Aussie Inkpressionists Stampin' Up! team - advertising, marketing, Make & Take kits, Silent Auction prizes


And we have a massive array of different goodies for the silent auction and raffles!

Some of these include stamping and papercraft supplies like this:

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Other items include :

  • Cuttlebug Die cutting machine – new in box
  • Wooden Table Easel with drawer & Canvas Pad – new in box
  • Clip-it up mini Card Holder – new in box
  • 2 x Clip-it up Original Card Holders – new in box
  • Nutrimetics  Make Up / Toileteries bag with Coconut & Lime Body Duo
  • Mode Photo Clutch
  • PCA Leather Band Watch
  • Rodo Evening Clutch
  • Dunna Ice Pack
  • Body Shop Faves Pencil Tin with Soap and Body Butter
  • Leather Look Photo Frame
  • Lomani Eau de Toilette
  • Detox, Herbivore Botanicals Dead Sea Salts
  • David Jones Pink Rose Mug
  • Red Vanilla Owl Mug
  • Maxwell and Williams – Lilac Rose Tea For One
  • Braun Silk Epil
  • David Jones Blue Butterfly Floral Mug
  • Unity Gifts Cat Mug
  • Royal Albert Snowdrop Cup and Saucer
  • Dusk – Mood Mist Lavendar Essential Oil & Mood Mist
  • De Nove Electric Ceramic Hair straightening Brush
  • Handmade Christmas Fabric Tote Bag
  • Thin Lizzy - First Class Beauty Luxury Kit
  • Banana Yellow – Kikki.K planner and bonus kits
  • Roxy O’Reilly – The Deck of Destiny – Love Insight Cards
  • Stampin’ Up! – Limited Edition Travel Jewellery Case full of Craft Embellishments
  • Stampin’ Up! Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote
  • Original Paintings by Alysia
  • Toys, Books, DVD’s.

You can see there is something for everyone - so many bits and pieces to give away in the goodies bags and Bingo games and so many items for you to bid on in the auction.

Bring your lose change for the raffle and your serious cash for the auction and maybe snag an item or two you can use for Christmas presents for your family and friends. Not all items are stamping related!

Door charge is $30 per person - for which you get Make & Take Kit, 3 Bingo cards, afternoon tea and giveaways. You may pay at the door - cash or EFT, or if you'd like to get that part out of the way before arriving, you may like to make your payment via Alysia's Wish Go Fund Me Page. Your receipt will be your door ticket.

Stamping Team members who are helping out may buy a goodies bag with Make & Take Kit and Bingo Cards for $20.00, if they'd like to play along.

RSVP to Kathryn - 0418 361 931

Or on the event page : Alysia's Wish



Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show

Kathryn and her team members and stamping friends will be at the Stampin' Up! stand at Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show next weekend - Thursday 23rd through Sunday 26th November.

We will be running a class each day at 2pm in the Make & Take rooms, book at the stand.

We will be demonstrating the new Stampin' Blends, artist quality alcohol markers and taking orders for them and our other fantastic Stampin' Up! products.

If the Stamparatus 1st release hasn't sold out we will also be assisting you to get registered to receive the best Stampin' Tool ever.

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Alysia's Wish

Our friend Alysia has a dream. A dream to go on a real holiday. We are helping to make this dream come true and will be hosting a fun, creative afternoon with cardmaking, bingo, games, raffle, silent auction, and of course, afternoon tea!

Alysia's Wish

See all the details and RSVP

Donate to Alysia's trip fund


The Best Stamp Positioning Tool Ever!

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It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it! Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement


I need product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$85.00 AUD/$99.00 NZD


With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer per reservation window. (Note: The Stamparatus is not a Cash-and-Carry item.)
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • To place your reservation after 8am Friday 17th November click here.

You will need to create an online account or sign in if you already have one.