CASE-ing the Catty - Holidays

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This week we're taking inspiration from the Holidays section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 92-103. This is perfect timing for Christmas in July and will be my first Christmas cards for the season. 

You may have come from visiting Kathryn's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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I've taken my inspiration from this card on page 101 using the new 'Stylish Christmas' stamp set. I've added a bit more detail and dimension to my card, but stayed fairly close to the design in the sample. The poinsettia and leaves are DistINKive style stamps where you get amazing depth from a single stamped image.

Stampin' Up! Stylish Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used the new 'Call Me Clover' green for the base card and paired it with Real Red for a bright take on the traditional Christmas colours. For the main panel, I loaded up one plate of my Stamparatus stamping tool with the two greetings and leaves and stamped them all at once in Call Me Clover ink. This makes it a great design for creating multiples as you can quickly stamp a lot of panels and then assemble them in production line style.  On the second Stamparatus plate I had the flourish, so you would stamp and emboss all the panels with the top positioning and then change to the bottom and stamp and emboss them.

Stampin' Up! Stylish Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Finally, I stamped the poinsettia in Real Red ink on a smaller piece of Whisper White and then adhered it to another piece of Whisper white before fussy cutting. This makes the image more robust for popping up on foam pads over the leaves. I added some gold pearls from the new Metallic Pearls to the centre of the poinsettia. You can see the detail in the stamped images in this closeup pic.

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I've kept the inside simple; gold embossing a small section of the flourish in the corner and adding a strip of Call Me Clover spotted designer paper at the bottom. It is fabulous having a matching designer paper for every colour of card stock!

Stampin' Up! Stylish Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

While I was playing around with my prototype, I decided to try out the flourish in Real Red as another variation. I really like it, as it adds more brightness to the card. I'm sure there are other great colour combos to use with this stamp set. Which option do you prefer? 

Project Details
Stamps Stylish Christmas
Card stock & Papers; Call Me Clover, Real Red, Whisper White, 6 x 6 2018-20 In Colour DSP
 Ink Versamark, Real Red, Call Me Clover
Accessories Metallic Pearls
Tools     Stamparatus, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals 

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Kids & Babies

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Kids & Babies section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 80-91. 

You may have come from visiting Peta's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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I've taken inspiration from this card on page 87. I love the extra dimension you get with the recessed background as well as all the little details that have been included in this card. I'm not overly fond of foxes, so I decided to ink up the cute bear from the 'A Little Wild' stamp set for the first time, using Stampin' Blends to colour him.

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've stayed fairly close to the layout of the sample by using the Layering Circles framelits to cut the circle in the Balmy Blue layer. I spritzed the front of the card stock and then embossed it with the 'Subtle' embossing folder. I love the linen-like texture that results. You do get a more defined and even result if you spritz with water first, so I highly recommend that.  I chose Balmy Blue for a sky background so I added some clouds with Shimmery White embossing paste and the mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the background behind the circle, I cut a piece of Whisper White slightly larger and then sponged it lightly with Sahara Sand ink to soften the stark white. I stamped the leaves from the 'Foxy Friends' stamp set and the toad stools from the 'Hedgehugs' stamp set to add interest.  Foam pads were closely spaced around the circle on the reverse of the Balmy Blue layer and then positioned over the background. The tree stump, bear, bee hive and greeting were then placed in position. I added more foam pads around the edges of the Balmy Blue layer and adhered it to the Crumb Cake Base card. This close-up gives you a good view of the dimension and the details.

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For the inside, I have a Balmy Blue mat for the writing panel and I stamped some grass, the bee hive and bees at the base and finished with a strip of the striped Crumb Cake designer paper. 

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Project Details
Stamps A Little Wild, Foxy Friends, Hedgehugs, Itty Bitty Greetings
Card stock & Papers; Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, 6 x 6 Neutrals DSP
 Ink Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green
Accessories Silver Baker's Twine
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers, Stampin' Blends, Shimmery Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Birthdays

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I'm pleased to be back with the Crew, case-ing the fabulous new Annual Catalogue. This week we are taking our inspiration from the Birthdays section of the catalogue on Pages 66-79

You may have come from visiting Rachel's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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I've taken inspiration from the square shaker card on the bottom of page 68. I don't have this set of products, but it was the frame itself that inspired me as I thought it would form a nice base for the lovely rose from the new 'Healing Hugs' stamp set. I love that we now have a stamp set with sentiments to send get well wishes. The rose image is one of the new DistINKtive type stamps that create amazing depth with just a single stamped image.

 
Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I started with a base card of thick Whisper White and added a panel of the new Balmy Blue card stock embossed with the new 'Tufted' Dynamic embossing folder. I love this clear blue that reminds me of the long retired Bashful Blue. The embossing folder adds a lovely diamond pattern that is still quite subtle and perfect for background interest. I created a multi-layer frame using the squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits and added some of the striped designer paper from the new 6" x 6" stacks in each of the colour collections to the reverse of the smallest frame. I'm really happy we have a matching designer paper for every colour again.

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I stamped the gorgeous rose in Berry Burst ink and the leaves in Garden Green ink and fussy cut them on edge of the images. I don't often do this, but I liked it better without the border. Go around the edge of your image with a coordinating marker (from the reverse side) to cover the white core. I used a single colour this time, but you can create lovely effects by layering on additional colour with a sponge dauber to create shaded and variegated roses. I white embossed one of the greetings on the new Blueberry Bushel card stock and added a flagged end. This is also a gorgeous clear blue. You can see some of the details in this closeup.

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I created a border at the base of the writing panel with two of the other images in the 'Healing Hugs' stamp set. To add a bit more pop, I added a 3mm border of the Berry Burst striped designer paper at the top and bottom. 

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Healing Hugs
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Berry Burst, Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, 6 x 6 In Colour & Subtles Designer Series Paper
 Ink Berry Burst, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories Pearlized Doilies, Basic Jewels Rhinestones
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Squares Framelits, Tufted Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, White EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals

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I'm Back! Plus Updated Resources

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I've returned from our wonderful 7 week holiday in Europe, to the very chilly weather of Melbourne in Winter. The cold has been such a shock after the warm weather of the northern hemisphere spring/summer. We try to celebrate our anniversary every 5 years with a nice holiday overseas and this year was our 35th anniversary. Not sure where all the years have gone, lol.

I hope to have some cards for you shortly as I reboot my crafting mojo with the fabulous 2018 Annual Catalogue. Sooooo many lovely products available and a fabulous updated range of colours. I have spent a couple of days cleaning and tidying my craft room and organising my new supplies in preparation. However, today I have a couple of updated resources for you.

Sponge Dauber Box Insert

If you use one of these boxes for your sponge daubers, then I have an updated insert with the new colours, for you. 

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I use a labelling machine to add a robust label to each dauber and then store them in their colour collections in this box. I have a second box for In Colours and retired colours. If you want to update your dauber box with the new insert, then use the link below to download it. I print it on Whisper White card stock, then laminate it (or cover with clear adhesive film) and trim right on the edge of the border and it fits snugly in the lid of the box. If you want more details about the box and where to buy it, then you can see it here

Download Sponge Dauber Box Template_2018.pdf (23.0K)

Download Sponge Dauber Box Template_2018_InColours.pdf (20.5K)

 

Colour Chart - HEX/RGB & Copic Matches

I have an updated chart for you with the colour codes to use for printing text with your computer and printer as well as matches with Copic markers. For the first time, Stampin' Up! have provided the actual HEX colour codes for the 50 colours, which are fabulous for use online. However, if you want to print Stampin' Up! colours using your computer, then you need the RGB colour codes. My updated chart has the Stampin' Up! Hex codes and the RGB codes so you can print colour matched text for the re-vamped colour collections and In Colours. You can use the link below to download it. I print this on Whisper White, laminate it and keep it handy to my craft desk.

Download 2018_ SU_RGB_Hex_Copic_Colours.pdf (86.3K)

Blends
Stampin' Up! now have the fabulous Stampin' Blends alcohol markers available in 22 of the 50 available colours. Using these markers for your colouring will provide you with an exact match with other Stampin' Up! products. These are definitely my preference as you have a light and dark shade for each colour, making it so easy to add depth to your colouring.

However, if you have a stash of Copic alcohol markers or want to use a matching colour for the other 28 Stampin' Up! colours, then I have provided my best match for the Copic colour. Additional Copic colours are released each year, so better matches may become available over time.

I hope you find these resources useful.

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2018-19 Catalogue Now Live!

Hi there

You haven't heard from me for a while as I've been having a wonderful time in Europe for the past month. I'm now in the U.K. for a few weeks. Here I am at a fabulous teddy bear shop in York.

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I just wanted to pop in and welcome the new 2018-19 Annual Catalogue.

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You can start purchasing items from your Wish List right NOW by clicking on the link to my Online Store in the sidebar. If you don't yet have a hard copy of the new Catalogue in your hand, then click on the image in the side bar to view online or Click here to view and/or download the PDF version.

A few items of note:

1.  The long awaited Stamparatus stamping platform is now available for purchase. It is a fabulous aid for achieving crisp images and accurate placement as well as lots of creative opportunities with the two hinged plates. PLUS, breaking news, there WILL BE a Stampin' Up! carry case for the Stamparatus later in the year. Stay tuned for more details.

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2. The original colours in the  Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (excluding Pink Pirouette, which is now retired) are available again. The BRAND NEW colours in the Stampin' Blends will be available around the middle of June. I will let you know when more information is available. I can't wait!

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3. If you would like to update your colour collections after the Colour Revamp (click on the image to see all the details), Stampin' Up! have provided some bundle options for the ink pads and markers in the new colours.  Save 10% on the Classic Stampin' Pads New Colour Assortment  - 16 colours in total, in the new design case. The Stampin' Write Markers New Color Assortment bundle makes it easy to update your markers and The New Color Collection A4 Cardstock gives you 2 sheets of each of the 16 colours to get started.

4. There are a few typos in the new Catalogue. You can see the details and corrections below.

Page 122 - Item #147377

The stamp set includes artwork with a grammatical error. The “Grateful Everyday for You” image should read “Grateful Every Day for You.” Please contact Stampin' Up! to receive a replacement stamp that has the correct artwork (you will not receive an entirely new stamp set, just the “Grateful Every Day for You” stamp).

Page 193 - Item #141699

The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of Tiny Treat Boxes as $13.00 AUD. The correct price is $13.25 AUD.

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The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of Mini Pizza Boxes as $10.50 AUD. The correct price is $10.00.

Page 200 - Item #144179

The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of 1/4" (6.4 mm) Copper Trim as $10.50 AUD. The correct price is $10.00 AUD.

Page 200 - Item #144631

The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of Real Red 1/8" (3.2 mm) Solid Ribbon as $12.25 AUD. The correct price is $12.00 AUD.

Page 202 Item# 101406 and 102566

We recommend that that you clean StazOn ink from stamps with StazOn Cleaner. The description should include this sentence: Clean with StazOn Cleaner (p. 206).”

Page 213 - Item #110755

The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of Multipurpose Liquid Glue as $6.00 AUD. The correct price is $7.00 AUD.

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The catalogue incorrectly lists the prices of Tear & Tape Adhesive as $10.00 AUD. The correct price is $9.00 AUD.

Well, that's all for now. I can't wait to order some of the fabulous new inks, stamps and papers from my Wish List, so they are ready and waiting when I get home in a few weeks. You can still contact me by Email if you have any questions about the new Catalogue.

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AWH Blog Hop - We're Saying Goodbye!

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Hi there

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring products from the last chance (retiring) products list. There are lots of products to choose from with retiring stamp sets, ink pads and ink refills guaranteed to be available until 7 May (and all other products while supplies last). Use the Contact Me link in the side bar to get in touch with your order or go to my Online Store and place your order. Browsing the Last-Chance Products in the Online Store is the best and easiest way to see what is retiring.

Although it was not intentional, I have managed to incorporate a number of retiring products into my project. The focus of my card is the lovely 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. This is a 2-box set of 11 stamps that is available in photopolymer, clear and wood mount. It has such a great range of images and you can create different styles of cards from clean and simple to layered and collage. I haven't given it much love recently, so I wanted to do something a bit different to my normal style. This is the stamp set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits Dies are also retiring.

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I've started with a panel of Whisper White and stamped the little hexagon background all over  in Daffodil Delight ink. I masked off a half centimetre on the edges to give it a more random finish (this is so NOT me, lol). The lovely fern image came next, stamped in Old Olive, both first and second generation images.  Then came the Delicate White Doily which is another retiring product and my off-centre stitched square backed with vellum to frame the floral image. 

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
The greeting is from the 'Hello Friend' stamp set (another favourite that is retiring), stamped in Old Olive and popped up on a Marina Mist circle cut with the (retiring) 1-3/8" Circle punch. The finished panel was adhered to the Marina Mist card base. Marina Mist is a retiring colour that I will miss.

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The flower was coloured with Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. As Pink Pirouette is a retiring colour (sob), the corresponding Blends markers are also retiring. I have fussy cut the flower and popped it up over the frame. I have finished with some of the small gold Metallic Enamel Shapes that are retiring and a double bow of white Baker's Twine. This photo shows more of the details of the layers and dimension.

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For the inside, I've stamped the hexagon background at the base of the writing panel and topped it with the slanted line. On the side, the fern has been partially stamped with first and second generation images and I added the sweet butterfly in Marina Mist. The Bitty Butterfly punch is already retired, but it doesn't take much to fussy cut it.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Hello Friend
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Whisper White, Vellum
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes, White Baker's Twine. Delicate Lace Doilies
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot,  1-1/4 & 1-3/8 Circle punches, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends (Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight)

 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Caroline Manwaring who is sure to have something fabulous to share with you.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project

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Today the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are starting to say goodbye to the Occasions Catalogue that finishes on 31 May 2018. I just can't keep up with how fast this year is disappearing. This week we're looking at our favourite Big Shot project and that is a hard ask as there are so many great products with coordinating dies in this catalogue. 

You may have come from visiting Sandra's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This gorgeous box in the photo above took my eye as soon as I saw the catalogue. I love making pretty gift packaging and the recipient is always wowed that you made it for them. I'm really pleased the Cake Soirée stamp set and coordinating Sweet Cake Framelits Dies will be carrying over to the new 2018-19 Annual Catalogue. However, they won't be sold as a bundle, so if they are on your wish list, take advantage of the 10% bundle discount by purchasing before 31 May.  

 You may remember that I used this sample as inspiration previously, turning the box into a layout for this card. Today I decided to make the box and the tag. Making gift packaging is a great way to use up designer paper that you have been saving (for a rainy day that rarely comes, lol).


Stampin' Up! Sweet Soiree Gift Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I'm not sure what size the box in the photo is as photos can be very deceiving.  I decided to make the biggest one I could with a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock. I prefer to make the base of my boxes from card stock so that they are very sturdy and reusable (and re-giftable) and it also uses less designer paper too. My box is 6" x 4" x 3" deep, which is a great size for a couple of candles, treats, a scarf, jewellery, crafting goodies and many more possibilities.

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I decided to go with Berry Burst for the box base and I adhered the designer paper after I had cut and scored it and before assembling, so I could get a really neat finish. I sandwiched the centre flap between the 2 side flaps to get a really neat finish on the inside too. When I went to make the top I realised that I only had one piece of the striped Old Olive foil left and the stripes were going the wrong way, so I had to improvise! The lid of the box is Old Olive, so that it isn't noticeable that the designer paper was a few millimetres short. When you open it, it looks bright and funky.

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I have cut the lacy tag with the Sweet Cake Framelits and stamped the 'for you' at the top in Berry Burst ink. I added one of the greenery elements die cut in Lemon Lime Twist and some vellum leaves from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. The silver foil open flower was die cut and I traced around it to create the Berry Burst backing and then popped it up on the leaves. It is attached with the silver and white Baker's twine. 

This is a really great bundle for any celebratory occasion, so make sure you get yours at a bundle discount before 31 May!

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soirée
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Silver Foil, Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper
 Ink Berry Burst
Accessories Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver & White Baker's Twine
Tools     Sweet Cake Framlits Dies, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Tombow glue, Glue Dots

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Hostess Sets and Memories & More

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It's Sunday, so that means the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are back with more creative inspiration for you. This week we're looking at Hostess Sets and Memories & More Card Packs from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogues. 

You may have come from visiting Megan's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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I've taken my inspiration from this pretty sample on page 56 of the Annual Catalogue using the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and the Petal Garden DSP Stack. I think it is a gift box, but I've created a card using the same layout.

Stampin' Up! Petal Garden Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've changed up the colours a bit, but kept the square layout, using Old Olive for the basic card. I added some of the Sweet Sugarplum trellis design paper to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock and layered on a banner using a coordinating design from the Petal Garden DSP stack and tucked half a Delicate White Doily underneath. I wrapped the Old Olive ribbon around the panel twice, crossing it over and finishing in a bow on the right.

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I selected the 3" x 4" card with the wreath design from the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and stamped the greeting from the (sadly retiring) 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. I popped the card into my Stamparatus stamping platform and placed a scrap piece of acetate over the top of the card. It allowed me to stamp the greeting and check the positioning in relation the wreath image. Before adhering the gold foil overlay, I trimmed down the wreath card slightly and rounded the corners so they didn't poke out and then popped it up over the banner.

There are coordinating floral die cuts in the card pack, but I chose to stamp the matching image from the 'Graceful Garden' stamp set. I used Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry direct to the rubber to create the outline image in coordinating colours. Using the Stamparatus stamping platform it was easy to add some extra colour to the image where I needed it.  Stampin' Blends alcohol markers were used to colour the flower before fussing cutting and popping it up in the corner. I love the softer look that is achieved by using the markers on the outline image.

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For the inside I have a Sweet Sugarplum mat for my writing panel. I added some washi at the bottom in Old Olive and what I thought was Rich Razzleberry, but is actually Berry Burst. However I think it all blends in without a problem. In the top corner I've heat embossed part of the trellis in gold and then added another of the coloured and fussy cut flowers. 

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The asymmetric layout doesn't come naturally to me, but I quite like the end result. When I asked my husband what thought, the first thing he said was that it was crooked. I hope the lady who is going to receive it doesn't think that! I'm going to be using this as a 'get well' card, I think it would also be perfect for Mother's Day.  

If you love this look, you will need to order the Petal Garden DSP Stack and Memories & More Card Pack now, as both products are retiring.

Project Details
Stamps Graceful Garden, Butterfly Basics 
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Petal Garden DSP Stack, Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack, scrap Gold Glimmer
 Ink Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories Delicate White Doilies, Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Basic Packs 1 & 2 Washi
Tools     Stampin' Blends (Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - True Gentleman

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the True Gentleman section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 44-51. As you will see, there isn't anything masculine in sight in my project!

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I'm taking my inspiration from the scrapbook page shown in the photo above using the lovely 'Southern Serenade' stamp set. I've taken the main decorative elements from the page and created a soft and pretty birthday card.

Stampin' Up! Southern Serenade - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My card is surprisingly close to the layout of the scrap page, with the blossom spray sitting on a vellum oval, which I embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder to add some background interest. I didn't end up using the lacy background image you can see in both corners of the sample, as it seemed to 'muddy' the clean look of the card. I have used a simple band of card stock at the base to ground the blossom spray and allow the doily to peak out.

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I have stamped the blossom spray with Memento Rich Cocoa ink to match the pink tones and then coloured it with Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers. I have fussy cut the image and popped it up on the foam pads.

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At the top left I have a little strip of Pink Pirouette card stock with the doily peaking out and a silver Baker's Twine bow and some pearls to finish this cute embellishment. I have die cut the 'friend' in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and stamped the birthday greeting above it.

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For the inside I have a Sahara Sand mat and I've stamped part of the blossom spray in the top right corner and coloured it with the Stampin' Blends. I've added a single  flower at the base sitting on a strip of Blushing Bride washi tape to finish.

Stampin' Up! Southern Serenade - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


This is definitely one of my favourite colour combos:

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Project Details
Stamps Southern Serenade
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Vellum, Dazzling Diamonds
 Ink Memento Rich Cocoa 
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Sweet Hedgehugs!

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Today I'm sharing a card that I made while I was playing in my craft room over Easter. The 'Hedgehugs' stamp set jumped out at me when I first saw the Occasions Catalogue; I think it is such a sweet collection of images and it is good to finally get it inked up. I was intending this to be for CASE-ing the Catty last Sunday, but I ran out of light to photograph it. 

Stampin' Up! Hedgehugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I started with a panel of Sahara Sand card stock and stamped the little flower randomly at the bottom in Soft Suede ink and then I embossed a smaller section at the top with the 'Simple Stripes' embossing folder, choosing to use the de-bossed side for subtle texture. I used my Stamparatus stamping platform to position the 3 stamps on the panel of thick Whisper White card stock. Using Stampin' Write markers directly to the rubber generally results in a lighter image, but using the Stamparatus I was able to use the markers a second time on the toadstools to get more depth of colour, knowing it was going to be perfectly positioned. 

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The hedgehogs were inked in Soft Suede ink and I used the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to add some extra colour to them and to create the background. The greeting was stamped in Soft Suede ink and then I stamped over it with the flower that I had inked with the Stampin' Write markers. I finished with a soft bow in the pretty organza ribbon and a trio of the small silver Enamel Shapes at the top.

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For the inside of the card, I have a Sahara Sand mat for my writing panel, which I have decorated on the left side with the cute bird on a branch image that was also coloured with Stampin' Write markers. The greeting is from the 'Birthday Wit' stamp set and I've finished with a strip of Flirty Flamingo washi at the bottom.

Stampin' Up! Hedgehugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I stamped the little bird on the branch image again on the envelope for a coordinating touch.  

Project Details
Stamps Hedgehugs, Birthday Wit
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Sahara Sand
 Ink Soft Suede, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes, 1/4" Organza Ribbon
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits, Simple Stripes TIEF, Big Shot, Glue Dots, Stamparatus

 

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