International Project Highlights


International Project Highlights

Welcome to our International Project Highlights using current Stampin' Up!® Products. We have created this gallery of projects to inspire you!

We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see a close up of our projects. You can see the gallery below and this will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost.

At my team night last week, I asked the girls if they wanted to work on Christmas, Halloween or One Sheet Wonder projects. There were a couple of votes for Halloween - and I think that's because Halloween just isn't big in Australia, so if we are going to have half a catalogue full of Halloween images, then we need all the inspiration we can get in order to use those stamps!

Cookie Cutter Halloween

My lovely team member Michele brought along her Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set, then Jenny, Alisha, Heidi, Michelle, Michele and I decided to use the mummy stamp to make some get well cards after seeing one that was pinned on Pinterest by Peggy Melott. 

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I love how these came up, and as Michelle stamped a few extra mummies for me, I decided to come up with another one.

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I used the papers from the "A Little Foxy" Designer Series Paper stack, teaming it with Calypso Coral and Pool Party card stock. The greeting stamp is from Thoughts and Prayers stamp set.

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Isn't that cute?

Thanks for visiting our blogs today, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. We know that you will love our gallery of projects made by Stampin' Up!® demonstrators from around the world!

Christmas Card Class

Stampin' Up! Merry Mice Gift Bag of Cards

During the recent school holidays I hosted a class of 10 and 12 year olds who made a cute gift bag with three matching cards inside.

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cute Designer Series Paper Bag-in-a-box gift bags that my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK, Caroline Hallet created a great video for.  I have made heaps of them now with all different themes and styles.

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For the class, I decided to use up some of last year's Designer Series Paper Christmas patterns - because I hadn't met any of the girls before, and wasn't sure how they would go, and since I had a fair bit of this paper, I could cut extras. I love the size of these bags, because you get 3 bags per 12 x 12" sheet of paper.

We stamped the images just in Black Stazon Ink and added labels in Cherry Cobbler.

Because the class was just for two hours, this is as far as we got, and the girls were instructed they could either colour the images themselves at home, or they could give them as a "Colouring In" gift to a friend.

They liked this idea!

Later on, I came back and coloured mine and sent them photos on their phone.

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In keeping with the very simple style of the cards, I limited the colouring to just three colours - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Marina Mist, all applied with Blender Pens.

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They really are very sweet, right?

The Merry Mice stamp set is available in Stampin' Up! quality red rubber in the wood mount or clear mount.

You can find it in our online shop buy clicking on the image below.

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Don't forget to check out my classes and events for everything that is happening in fourth term, in the lead up to Christmas. The link is at the top of my blog.

See you soon!

Kathryn Ruddick

Stampin' Up! Merry Mice


When I first saw the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, I was very taken with it, but hesitated to order it because I didn't think I would really use it that much.

BOY!! Was I wrong!

I love this stamp set and have used it heaps!

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I was the co-host of a Stampin' Retreat towards the end of September, and one challenge we offered all the guests was to borrow my Merry Mice stamp set and make a card to donate to the Ronald MacDonald House Charities which Stampin' Up! supports. We thought maybe 5 or 6 of the ladies would take part in the challenge. Wrong again! Everyone made a Mice card, and some ladies made more than one! This is one I made and I cased the sample that is actually in the Holiday Catalogue.

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I just think those mice at too cute - and I love how the still say "Christmas" even when they are not coloured in all traditional colours.

I then re-created this card, with a stepped up version. I love this one!

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See how it is exactly the same layout (page map) of the card, but I have added lots of extra layers?

So firstly I added a layer of Designer Series Paper to the base card, then I have added Basic Grey and Real Red card stock layers behind the image and the greeting. I think this is so cute! I might have to keep this one for myself!

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The colouring on this one is done with blender pens, and I have used Real Red, Old Olive and Smoky Slate inks.

The following week I had a School Holiday class where the girls created a gift bag and 3 note cards with Merry Mice. I'll be back soon to show you those!

Buy Merry Mice Stamp Set by clicking on the shopping cart button!

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Classes and Events

Just letting you know I have done a big update to my class and event calendar today!

You can see all the details by clicking on the picture below, and scrolling through October, November and December.

Most classes are held in my purpose designed classroom at the rear of my home in Croydon North, and while we can seat up to 12, we usually keep it nice and small 5-6 so it's manageable.  Please RSVP on the website or by sending me a message. Most classes need to be pre-booked so kits can be prepared or ordered.

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World Card Making Day Free Class

Hey everybody,

World Card Making Day really snuck up on us this year, particularly being on the same day as the AFL grand final. We are not huge footy fans in our house, but when a team sneaks into the top eight, who hasn't won a Grand Final since 1954, and they get through all the finals, and you live in Melbourne and your husband's step-father is a big Doggie's fan, you've kind of got to get involved!

So World Card Making Day came and went . . . And the Doggies won the Grand Final in a very exciting close game!

However, the awesome surprise promotion that Stampin' Up! put on for World Card Making Day wasn't limited to Saturday, it actually runs for 5 days and so it is still on until 11.59pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

There are only a few items on the sale, but they are ALL awesome! And I just wanted to point a couple of them out and see if I can't entice you!

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First is the Designer Tin Of Cards Kit. - watch this Watch Now

This is a brilliant kit, containing all the materials for 16 completed cards - 4 each of 4 designs. I love this kit so much that I am willing to offer a free class voucher (for assembling the kit) to anyone who purchases it while the promotion is still running. We will organise a date and get together to make up the cards in the kit.

The kit is normally $47.00 but during the promotion it is just $35.25 which works out at just over $2.20 per card.

There is also a separate 33 piece photo-polymer stamp set which co-ordinates with the kit. The very versatile stamp set is just $45.00 and would be very useful for a whole heap of other cards, not just for assembling the kit.

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Also in the World Card Making Day special is Fast Fuse Tape with a free refill.

If you've been stamping with me lately, you'll have seen that this is now my GO TO adhesive.

Now that I've worked out how to use it, I love it's super sticking power and I think it's fantastic that the refill is 20m instead of just 12m like the original and the Snail and Snail Refill.

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The Fast Fuse is normally $13, and the refill is $11. During the special, order a Fast Fuse and get a refill free! How awesome is that??

Actually, I'm so in love with this kit and the Fast Fuse that not only will I offer a free class to anyone ordering the kit, if you order all three items (Designer Tin of Cards, Tin of Cards Stamp Set AND Fast Fuse - with free refill), I will give you free postage AND a Stampin' Up! photopolymer Angel Policy Stamp from the "Better Than Email" Stamp Set to stamp the backs of your cards with. Total cost is $93.25, postage is normally $5.95 and the Angel Policy stamp is worth $2.33.

If you message me (via Facebook - ) or send an email to that you would like to take up the offer, and can phone me with your credit card details during the day tomorrow, then I will make sure these items are delivered to your door with free postage!

But, I need to hear from you and confirm your credit card details before the sale ends tomorrow - and given that we normally go to bed relatively early, don't ring me after 9pm!

Don't forget - Buy the Kit, get a voucher for a free class where we can all sit and assemble our kits, using my extra supplies.

Buy the Kit, Stamp Set and Fast Fuse with free refill and get free postage and an extra "Copyright" stamp for stamping the backs of your cards.

Email or message me in the next 23 hours!

September Stamping Retreat

If you are in Victoria, Australia and are looking for a little weekend get away, we have a couple of beds left on our upcoming Stamping Retreat near Creswick out Ballarat way. Dates are 5pm Friday 23rd September until 4pm Sunday 25th September, it's fully catered AND it only costs $200.00 per person!

You bring your own stamping supplies to work on your current projects for the whole weekend, and we will have a few nice little surprises thrown in for each person. It is set in a rustic, bush setting in basic bunkhouse style dormitories, with a large dining hall, and seperate recreation hall so we can keep our projects set up all weekend and stamp as much (or as little) as we like.

Current people registered to attend are all Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Victoria, mostly Melbourne and a couple from the Western Districts. We are friendly, caring, inspiring, sharing, and we would love to have you come along. Bring a friend so you can share a room with them, or throw yourself in with our lovely girls.

Phone me on 0418 361 931 or email me to get all the details.

The retreat is less than three weeks away so I need dietary requirements and room requests locked in with payment by the end of this week.

Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue




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Wow! We ARE loving all the new products in the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue - there is such variety, something for everyone, and so it's great to share that not only with you, our regular blog readers, but with our fellow demonstrators in a blog hop. It's amazing to see what different tastes we all have, and what projects we have come up in the short time since we were able to pre-order the products.

I knew straight away I wanted to order the Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set. I could see the cute angel not only coloured in with water colour, but also paper-pieced. Those of you who've known me for a while, know that I don't mind a bit of fussy cutting with the fine scissors and I loved laying out all the new papers to see which ones would work well with the angel.

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I'll show you some close up photos in a second, but before that, in case you are just joining us here (or have received this as an email as one of my blog subscribers), today is ESAD Blog Hop Day!

What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.

You may have arrived on my blog from Papillon Papercraft - or you may be just starting here. Welcome, enjoy the wonderful inspiration.

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So, more details of my projects!

My team always does a product share when there's a new catalogue, so we all get samples of all the new papers / ribbons / embellishments etc. So when I was looking for a patterned paper for my paper pieced angels, I layed out all my samples of the Designer Series Papers and straight away I settled on "Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack". 

At first the designs and colours didn't really appeal to me, but when looking at the style of the angel, something about these rustic, homey, folk arty, old fashioned quilt type images jumped out at me and screamed patchwork angels!

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I settled on three combinations using 6 sheets of the paper, along with Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Basic Black Card Stock

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This first one is a "Z-fold" card, which laid flat looks like this.

It's such a simple fold, and when standing seems less flimsy than a normal card.

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For my second card, I went for exactly the same folds, but when you place them vertically, they become a really simple easel card.

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For my third design I also wanted a fancy fold card rather than a flat card, so I rewound the clock about 2 years and created another square pop-out window card - remember those?

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I am just so happy with how cute those papers work in making some rustic, olde worldy patchwork type Christmas Cards - love them! Can't wait to try some other designs!

I hope you love them too, but now I really need to send you on your way to the next blog on the blog hop, that of my lovely friend Michele Jutrisa. Click on the blue arrow and enjoy Michele's work. You can click on the blue arrow at the bottom of each blog to do a full circle. Enjoy the inspirational journey!

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Best Birds Card Ideas

As soon as I saw the Best Birds Bundle in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, I knew I would be adding it to my collection - and luckily I earned some free product in the last Stampin' Up! year, so I was able to get it straight away!

With our Christmas in July coming up, I decided to have a bit of a play with it - after all, do you remember all those zillions of snow filled Christmas cards with little Robin Redbreasts on the front?

First I decided to create layers on my card with the Lots of Layers Framelits and my first layer was to be sponging some of the gorgeous Irresistably Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. I wanted to make 12 cards, so my object was to cut 12 pieces out of one sheet of 12" x 12" paper to reduce wastage.

Now, as you know, you can't fit a full sheet of 12" x 12" through the standard Big Shot machine to cut out the framelits, so here is what I did!

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That's right!

I traced around the framelits to get 12 onto the sheet, then I carefully cut between each row so I would have three strips that would fit in the Big Shot.

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I then sponged each one with Pear Pizzazz ink, dark at one end and lighter at the other, then stamped my birds and boughs on more Whisper White card using the Momento Black ink pad. This is not my favourite ink pad for watercolouring, but it is my favourite for using with the Photopolymer stamps - especially when I am stamping them 12 times each!

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Each of these shapes has a co-ordinating framelit, so I just stamped then on the thick Whisper White card to make them a little sturdier - also because I planned on watercolouring them all too.

Now, given the length and thinness of the branch stamp, you might be wondering, how did I get it to stick on my block in exactly the right position so that it would line up with the Framelit?

I saw a little trick on Face Book a week or so back, and thought it was brilliant! You place the framelit cutting side down on the table first, then you press the photopolymer stamp into the back of it so you can easily get it lined up perfectly, then you press your "H" block onto the stamp. Lift up, peel off the framelit, ink up, stamp, then cut out with the Big Shot.

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Next was colouring - and those of you who visit me regularly know that I use the aqua painters, and pour re-inker into the lid of my stamp pads and use them like a paint pallet. For these I used : Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.

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I wasn't all that excited by how the Real Red came out when it was dry, it was a little pale and insipid compared to what I pictured, so I added a pop of colour another way.

In fact, I did a super quick 1 minute video on YouTube to show you what I did! Watch it here.

Next a cut 12 more Lots of Labels pieces in the next size up, from Soft Suede card, stamped some of the cross hatch texture from the stamp set onto more Whisper White then assembled all the pieces.

I also added 2 greeting stamps - the "Merry" is from Snow Place stamp set and the "Christmas" is from Time of Year Hostess set.

What do you think?

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You can see these cards in real life and a whole stack more at our Christmas in July event, next Saturday the 30th July at Wonga Park. We'd love to see you. Buy tickets on line here.

Northern Lights Technique for Cards

Step By Step

A little while ago one of my stamping team members asked if we could do the Northern Lights Technique at Team Night, so she could learn how to do it.

You can make some pretty effective cards with this lovely technique.

Here's what I did!

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Use the Stampin' Up! Sponge Daubers to apply Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise Inks across your Whisper White card.

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Mask off the lovely "sky" with a piece of torn scrap paper, then sponge the whole bottom section using Night of Navy Ink, and a little Early Espresso and a little Black if you feel the need to go darker.

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Gently start sponging some of the darkness into the sky.

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Stamp a gorgeous silhouette image over your background - I used the ever popular "Lovely As A Tree" stamp set.

Add some white dots to the sky for stars, and layer onto your base card. I've used a thin layer of Whisper White onto a base card of Wild Wasabi. The greeting is heat embossed with white embossing powder.

So effective, don't you think?

Don't forget July is Bonus Days month with Stampin' Up! If you place a product order for $90 (plus postage) you will receive a $9 coupon to redeem in August. Click on the Bonus Days picture belong to go to my online shop to find out more!

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Masculine Card Ideas

Finding images to go onto cards for males can be a challenge - and then even when you find a great image, putting it with the masculine colours and textures can take us outside our comfort zone.  It's SO easy to make cards to suit women when there are so many more choices of products!

When I was asked to create a 21st Birthday Card for a friends much loved grandson, I was pleased to hear he likes "old things", old leather bags, box Brownies, vintagey, antiquey things!

Out comes the trusty Stampin' Up! stamp set Traveler along with From Land to Sea (he likes lighthouses too!) and I decided on a collage style card in a slightly larger size than our standard A6.

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First I stamped each of the images and added a swathe of colour using the paint brush swipe images from Work Of Art stamp set.

Then I added a bit of extra colour using Blender Pens and Ink pads and layered each piece onto Basic Black.

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I then just played around with how they best fit onto the card front, rearranging them a couple of times until I was happy with it, added the number 21 in gold glimmer paper and some scraps of various Designer Series papers behind, and stuck them all down.

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Something this special also needs to have the inside decorated, but I also had to aware of leaving enough room for Grandma to write a special birthday message.

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By all accounts, she was very, very happy that she asked me to create this special card and the young man loved it. How nice is that to have been a part of his 21st birthday celebrations and helping to create special memories for them both.