AWH Blog Hop - We're Saying Goodbye!

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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. 

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

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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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 
Accessories Lacy Doilies, Silver Baker's Twine, Pearls Basic Jewels, Basic Pack 1 Washi
Tools     Layering Ovals Framelits, Lovely Words Thinlits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue

 

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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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CASE-ing the Catty - Myths & Magic

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This week the crew from CASE-ing the Catty are taking inspiration from the Myths & Magic section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 36-43. 

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'm taking my inspiration from the gorgeous card in the photo above. The main image is from the 'Flying Home' stamp set which is a collection of sweet images featuring bird houses, birds and garden critters. I'm also using the same stamp set for my card (a good opportunity to finally get it inked up!), but a different image.

Stampin' Up! Flying Home - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've kept fairly close to the layout of the sample card, adding a panel of Pear Pizzaz card stock to the Pink Pirouette card base instead of designer paper. For the background,  I've continued the garden theme and covered the Pear Pizzaz panel with the large leaf spray, cut with the die from the 'Petals & More' Thinlits. It gives a very textured tone on tone effect. This is another way to get more use from your dies and create your own unique backgrounds in the process. To make it super easy, I added Adhesive Sheet to the card stock before I cut the leaf sprays, turning them into stickers. I roughly arranged the sprays first and then adhered them to the panel and used my guillotine to trim off the pieces that went over the edge.

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The cute bird house hanging from the flowers was coloured with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers and cropped with the largest of the stitched circle framelits. I added a scallop circle mat in Pink Pirouette to complement my Pink Pirouette card base. The 'hello friend' greeting is from the 'A Good Day' stamp set and I added the sweet little wooden heart at one end and the little fussy cut bird at the other.

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For the inside I have a Pear Pizzazz mat for my writing panel with a strip of Daffodil Delight washi at the bottom. In the top corner I have stamped part of the main image again, masking the bird house so I would have just the flowers. I used the same Stampin' Blends to colour the image, adding a soft background of Pool Party that helps to make the flowers pop. The final touch is the cute little (tiny!) fussy cut bee that has been popped up on the way to those tasty flowers!

  Stampin' Up! Flying Home - Judy May, Just Judy Designs  

Project Details
Stamps Flying Home, A Good Day
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Adhesive Sheets
 Ink Memento Espresso Truffle
Accessories Basics Pack 2 Washi, Hearts & Stars Elements
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Petals & More Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Bronze, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue

 

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Another Side to Sweet Soirée

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The Sweet Soirée Suite has to be one of my favourites from the Occasions Catalogue. I think it started when I was fortunate enough to get the stamp set for free from the box of goodies at the last Stampin' Up! OnStage event. It is one of the fun things about the event - all the new products used for the make and takes are divided up amongst the people at the table.

The bold floral papers with the silver accents really stand out in the Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer paper pack, but although not as obvious, is this pretty blue, yellow and olive spotted design. Blue, yellow and white is one of my favourite colour combos because it is fresh and bright and for those in the northern hemisphere, epitomises spring. I think it would also make a lovely Mother's Day card.

Stampin' Up! Sweet  Soirée Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've layered some of the pretty spotted paper onto a Marina Mist mat and then added a strip of Marina Mist card stock across the centre that has been embossed with the 'Simple Stripes' embossing folder. Some of the beautiful silver metallic edge ribbon was wrapped around the whole panel and finished with a knot at the right end and then added to the Daffodil Delight card base.

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The focus of the embellishment is the silver embossed vellum flower spray, which I have coloured on the reverse with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (I thought I would give it a try), but you can use Stampin' Write markers as well. This die cut  and many more come from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. They are perfect to colour coordinate with other elements on your project. I adhered it to the stitched oval by placing a glue dot underneath the Clear Faceted Gem and in the centre of the yellow flower. The Stitched Oval was adhered to a Marina Mist scalloped oval and then onto a plain Silver Foil oval and popped up on the left side.

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For the inside of the card, I have a Marina Mist mat for my writing panel, which I have decorated on the right hand side for a change. I've used a small strip of the spotted paper and a band of the olive and silver foil paper (unfortunately, it is the opposite side to the spotted design). At the top is a small cluster of stamped and die cut flowers and some coordinating greenery.

My clean and layered card fits well with the The Card Concept Challenge this week - 'Spring has Sprung'. This is the inspiration photo they have provided.

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This scene certainly screams 'spring' with the bright yellow and white features and touches of blue and what looks like green to me in the striped carpet. 

Stampin' Up! Sweet  Soirée Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soirée
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Soirée Specialty DSP
 Ink Versamark, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories White Metallic-Edge ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit, Clear Faceted Gems
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Simple Stripes TIEF, Big Shot, Silver EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Sale-a-bration Last Hurrah!

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We are in the final week of the Sale-a-bration promotion, so this will be the last time the Crew will be CASE-ing from the Sale-a-bration catalogues. There is still time to earn the Sale-a-bration products on your Wish List with an order of $90 or more (before shipping) enabling you to choose one of the many fabulous Level 1 products. A $180 or more order (before shipping) enables you to choose two Level 1 products or one of the Level 2 products. Don't forget the extra Sale-a-bration products that were released in February and March - you can see all of the products available here.

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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This week, I'm taking my inspiration from the samples in the photo above using the beautiful 'Springtime Foils' Designer Series paper. This is much more like card stock than paper, with mixed metal foil designs and a glossy finish; perfect for 3D projects such as boxes and bags. There are 4 single-sided designs, with 3 sheets of each. You can use the paper as it is or colour it with sponges, daubers, brayer or ink pads to name a few.

Stampin' Up! Springtime Foils DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

My first card is inspired by the design on the bottom left of the sample photo. This layout really focuses on the designer paper, so I didn't want the embellishment to compete with it. I started by colouring all the leaves with an Emerald Envy Stampin' Write marker. As it is a pretty intense colour, I have wiped off some of the ink with a synthetic chamois before it dried. I then used my Pool Party ink pad and swiped it across the panel to create the soft background that blends with the leaves. I added the panel to an Emerald Envy card base and then created the embellishment.

Stampin' Up! Springtime Foils DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've chosen to highlight the gold in the design by looping some Mini Sequin Trim under the Emerald Envy scallop circle. The wooden heart was adhered to the circle and the greeting stamped in Emerald Envy was adhered to the heart. I finished with 2 small flat gold cabochons. My camera couldn't capture the vibrancy of the Emerald Envy, so you will have to take my word that it is very pretty and the gold leaves really pop!

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I have kept the inside super simple, with a white writing panel and a strip of the designer paper at the bottom. I highlighted the gold again with a narrow strip of foil above the designer paper.

Stampin' Up! Springtime Foils DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My second card is inspired by the one on the far right in the sample photo. I have used a landscape orientation for my card; staying with the gorgeous rose gold dotted paper and pairing it with Pink Pirouette and Copper Foil accents to create a soft and pretty card. I think this would make a lovely Mother's Day card.

Stampin' Up! Springtime Foils DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have heat embossed the greeting from the 'A Mother's Flair' stamp set in copper, cropped it with a circle framelit and adhered it to a Pink Pirouette stitched circle. I popped half a doily under the designer paper so that it frames the circle. On the left side is the pretty floral die cut from the 'Petals & More' Thinlits Dies in Copper Foil. I added a piece of the Adhesive Sheets to the reverse of the copper foil before die cutting, creating an easy to adhere sticker.


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For the inside, I went all out with a Copper Foil mat for the white writing panel. I added a strip of the designer paper at the base, topped with a narrow strip of Pink Pirouette. In the corner I have the other smaller floral die cut from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies with a small pearl in the centre of the flower.

Stampin' Up! Springtime Foils DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I hope this has inspired you to get out your pack of 'Springtime Foils' and try some colouring techniques and create something beautiful to light up someone's day!

Project Details
Stamps A Mother's Flair, Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Pink Pirouette, Copper Foil, Springtime Foils DSP
 Ink Versamark, Pool Party, Emerald Envy
Accessories Pealrs Basic Jewels, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Delicate White Doilies, Hearts & Stars Elements, Flat back gold cabochon (not SU)
Tools     Petals & More Thinlits Dies, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Confetti Heart border punch (retired), Copper EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Adhesive Sheets, Emerlad Envy Stampin' Write marker

 

 Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Megan has to inspire you this week. 

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AWH Blog Hop - It's Nearly Easter!

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Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing inspiration for Easter, just in time for you to make some cute projects of your own to share with friends and family. 

Don’t forget,  there is just over a week left of the Sale-a-bration promotion to run (it finishes on 31 March 2018) so you still have time to earn FREE products with your purchase. Plus, it is the BEST time to join Stampin’ Up! to save money on your craft supplies or to start your flexible home-based business. You get 2 additional FREE stamp sets of your choice in your starter kit, adding up to $174 of extra value (depending on what you choose). Contact me to have a chat and get more details of this great opportunity. 

A couple of weeks ago, I created a box using the 'Lots to Love Box' Framelits to hold a set of thank you cards. While I was doing that, an idea for this Easter project popped into my head and I was delighted that there were some Easter treats that fitted in it. I love it when your idea turns out exactly as you saw it in your head; I wish it happened more often, lol. So here is my 'Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box'. My ladies had fun making these in my classes this month.

Stampin' Up! Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have mainly used dies with a couple of punches to create the cute bunny, which is popped up on the 'Lots to Love Box'. The greeting the bunny is holding is from the 'Sweet Little Something' stamp set. I've added a handle to the tabs at the top of the box, which makes it feel more like a gift, if that makes sense. Through the acetate covered hole in his tummy, you can see the pretty spotted Lindt eggs that fit perfectly in the box.

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This is how many Lindt mini eggs fit into the box, so you may want to add some of the crinkled Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie to the bottom of the box first. These pretty coloured eggs work perfectly with the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist designer paper I have used on the Smoky Slate boxes. Here is a close-up of the bunny.

Stampin' Up! Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used a sponge dauber and Smoky Slate ink on the edges of all of the pieces to add depth. The inside of the ears was sponged with Pink Pirouette, using the stitched oval die as a stencil.

If you want to gift some larger Easter treats, then I another option for you with this open box version. The bunny is the same apart from not having the peep hole in the tummy and the paws are on the front of the box. You can also pop your treats into a cello bag and tie it with a ribbon and then add to the box. I have added some of the Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie to the bottom of the box, to make a nest for the hen and eggs.

Stampin' Up! Easter Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

If you're looking for something super cute and suitable for your children to give to their friends, then I have my third option using the 2" cello tubes that were new in this years Annual Catalogue.  They fit larger treats such as the small Lindt bunny and the larger Lindt egg (not shown). I've added the bunny head to a stitched circle and then added his front paws to hold the Easter greeting and his back paws to the bottom of the tube. I think the combination of the small spotted eggs and the bunnies works well. The photo doesn't really do him justice; he is super cute in real life.

Stampin' Up! Easter Bunny Tube - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I hope to have a tutorial available for the 3 treat options I have shown you, so check back to my Tutorials & Kits page in a few days.

Project Details
Stamps Sweet Little Something
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Florals DSP Stack, Window Sheet (Acetate)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 2" Cello tubes
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Circles Framleits, Big Shot, 1/2" Circle punch, Holly punch, Confetti Hearts border punch (retired), Simply Scored Scoring board, 2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker, White Gel pen, White EP, Heat gun

 

Of course, Easter is more than bunnies and chocolate, although they are fun and yummy. I have a card for you as well, that reflects the Christian meaning of Easter, that I'll be sending to my Mum.  It seems that very few people send cards for Easter nowadays (or here in Australia, at least), but I know Mum will appreciate it.  

Stampin' Up! Hold on to Hope Easter Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I used the large aqua painter to create the background wash on water colour paper, using Elegant Eggplant and Rose Red. I wanted the background for the cross to symbolise a beautiful sunrise, so I hope I achieved that. After the piece was dry I ran it through my printer to print the Easter greeting at the bottom. I did a couple of trials on normal paper first, to get the right placement. 

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Next I heat embossed the floral spray from the 'Hold on to Hope' stamp in white and then popped up the cross over the top. The cross was created with the 'Cross of Hope Framelits Dies' with the background cut in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer and the filigree overlay in Silver Foil. I added the ribbon and rhinestones for the finishing touches. You can see the lovely cross in more detail in this closeup. The finished art piece was layered on to Silver Foil and then popped up on the Rich Razzleberry base card.

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I have kept the inside simple, with the verse printed on the writing panel and then the floral spray partially stamped in the corners in Rich Razzleberry. The panel was layered onto a silver mat and finished with a little butterfly stamped in Flirty Flamingo as it was the best match for the pink wash.

Project Details
Stamps Hold on to Hope
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Water colour paper
 Ink Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories 1/4" Organza Ribbon, Clear Faceted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Cross of Hope Framelits Dies, Big Shot,  Aqua painter, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, White EP, Heat gun, computer & printer

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Tutti Frutti

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Tutti-Frutti section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 28-35. 

You may have come from visiting Liz'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 this week from the card above on page 30, using the 'You're Inspiring' stamp set. This set has a large and small line image of daffodils to colour, plus 5 greetings and the dots background stamp. They look a bit like bubbles, but could be rain drops (being spring in the northern hemisphere). 

Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


I have taken a number of design elements from the sample, but my resulting card is quite different.  My base card is Old Olive and the next layer is Soft Sky. I stamped the dots in Soft Sky ink all around the edge of the Soft Sky layer to add interest to the background without adding any other colours. The finished art panel has been popped up on foam pads.

Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have coloured the daffodil image with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers, choosing to go with yellow and orange daffodils. The fine tip end is perfect for the the smaller sections of the stems and leaves. The Color Lifter marker is amazing at fixing up any bleeding or colouring outside the lines. Some colours move very easily and others will need a couple of goes to move. You use the Colour Lift to move the colour back inside the lines. I keep my heat gun close to hand, so I can dry the area where I have used the color lifter really quickly, which prevents any further bleeding and allows you to use it again if you need to.

After colouring the image, I added it to a larger piece of Whisper White and added the border of Old Olive and Silver Foil designer paper to the top and bottom. The Linen Thread was wrapped around the panel and threaded through the button and finished with a bow. I used the birthday greeting from the 'You're Inspiring' stamp set, but it also includes an Easter and Mother's Day greeting so it is very flexible. I finished with some pearls at the top and on the greeting banner. 

Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I have used the smaller daffodil stamp across the bottom of my writing panel.  I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the exact placement of the image and it works best if you stamp the right hand side first as the daffodils fit together without any masking being required. I've used the same colours as the main image and you do need to take some care with the narrow stems. I added the panel to a Soft Sky mat exactly the same dimensions as the front panel, and it was also stamped with the dots around the edge.

Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps You're Inspiring
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Sweet Soiree DSP
 Ink Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky
Accessories Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, True Gentleman Buttons
Tools     Stampin' Blends (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Heat gun

 

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