CASE-ing the Catty - From my (want to be) age page

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This week we have something a bit different and fun for you. We are CASE-ing a project from the page in the catalogue that is our age or want-to-be age!

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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This week, I'm taking a break from Christmas cards to CASE this project on page 45 of the Holiday Catalogue. I'll leave it to your imagination as to whether it reflects my actual age or want-to-be age lol. The number really doesn't matter anyway; it is all about how you feel in your head! I love this sample from the catalogue and pink and black is one of those classic colour combos that is ageless.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Merry Little Christmas DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've changed things up by converting the treat bag sample into a birthday card and using Berry Burst with the black and white check designer paper for an extra level of brightness. I deliberately cut the check paper so the white and striped checks were on the outside edges, to give it more of a pop against the black mat. I have placed this panel towards the left side of the Berry Burst card base, allowing the embellishment to flow over as it does in the treat bag sample. You can also see that I've embossed the flap of the envelope with the 'celebrate' from the Celebrations Duo.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Merry Little Christmas DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This pic shows the embellishment in detail. I have taken a lot of the elements from the sample, including heat embossing the greeting from 'Birthday Blooms' in gold, which was then die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits. I added a little piece of gold metallic doily at the bottom edge of the label and popped it up over a swirl of gold mini sequin trim and a strip of Berry Burst woven ribbon that was attached to the vellum scalloped circle. I finished it off with a Bitty Bow in Berry Burst and a sprinkle of gold metallic hearts.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Merry Little Christmas DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I have a mat of Basic Black to pop against the Berry Burst card base. At the base of the writing panel is a strip of the check DSP topped with the spotty Berry Burst washi.  I stamped the small flower from 'Birthday Blooms' in the top right corner and coloured it with Copic markers.

Finally, here is a view from the top, that shows all the lovely gold accents.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Merry Little Christmas DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

Project Details
Stamps Birthday Blooms
Card stock & Papers     Berry Burst, Basic Black, Whisper White, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Vellum
 Ink Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basics Pack 1 Washi, Metallic Foil Doilies, In Color Bitty Bows, 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Metallic Enamel Shapes
Tools     Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Celebrations DUO TIEF, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Copic markers, White Gel Pen

 

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A Little Refresh & Christmas Joy

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Over the past few days I've been giving my blog design a bit of a refresh so that it is responsive to the size of mobile devices. So apologies if you tried to get to my blog and found issues with it loading the content. There was a little bug in the menu, but that was has been resolved now. I still have a few things to tidy up, but I hope that you find it easier to read my blog on your smart phone and tablet now.

Now onto the card I have to share today. This is one I have had in head for a while and I finally got the time to bring it to fruition. I wanted to use a Christmas carol as the background, so I printed this 'O Come, All Ye Faithful' music image that I found on the Internet onto Very Vanilla card stock. I wanted a softer look than either black or white and I added some Crumb Cake ink around the edges to soften it as well.

Stampin' Up! Night in Bethlehem & Boxwood Wreath - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The card was very hard to photograph with the reflection from the gold accents, so by changing the angle, it hardly looks like gold at all now. The 'j' and 'y' were die cut in Red Glimmer paper using the Large Letters framelits and I cut a second set in Gold Foil and slightly offset them to add a bit more oomph. For the 'o' I joined two of the Boxwood Wreath embellishments together and adhered some small 'berries' punched out of the Red Glimmer.

Stampin' Up! Night in Bethlehem & Boxwood Wreath - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The wreath was adhered first with glue dots and then I popped up the letters either side of it, using mini dimensionals. The Mary and Joseph image was heat embossed in gold, fussy cut and then popped up in the centre of the wreath. I finished it off with a bow in my favourite vanilla and gold satin ribbon.

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I have kept the inside simple, with a mat of Garden Green card stock for my vanilla writing panel. I added some of the Year of Cheer Specialty washi at the base and heat embossed the shepherd image in gold on the right. The greeting in the centre from the 'Merry Mistletoe' stamp set is stamped in Real Red.

Stampin' Up! Night in Bethlehem & Boxwood Wreath - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 This view from the top shows the lovely gold accents on the card. I hope you like it. 

Project Details
Stamps Night in Bethlehem, Merry Mistletoe
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Gold Foil, Red Glimmer (retired)
 Ink Versamark, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Accessories Boxwood Wreath, Gold Metallic Edge ribbon, Year of Cheer Specialty washi
Tools     Large Letters Framelits, Big Shot, 3/16" circle punch (not SU), Gold EP, Heat gun, Glue dots, Mini dimensionals, Sponge dauber

 

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Reserve your Stamparatus Now!

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You can reserve the fabulous Stampin' Up! Stamparatus stamping platform right NOW! This reservation window will be open until 31 December for delivery from 19 March 2018.  This is the last time you can acquire the new stamping platform before the  2018 Annual Catalogue becomes available on 1 June 2018.

A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely and get complete ink coverage.

It was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want:

  • Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • 2 bar magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Rulers on 2 sides for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can use larger paper
  • Multiple hinges for more placement options
  • 2 reversible plates for 4 sides to work with
  • 1 foam mat for use with photopolymer
  • 1 base with grid
  • Magnet storage areas under the base

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The Stamparatus has a new double hinged design that allows you to create layered projects quickly and easily.

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Yes, there are other stamping platforms on the market, but the Stamparatus has some great features that the others don't have, plus it is backed by Stampin' Up! and is a very reasonable price at $85. Check out this short video to see all of the features in this great tool.

 

You will need to reserve your Stamparatus via your account in my Online Store. If you don't yet have an account, you can quickly create one. The reservation process requires you to provide your credit card number, but it won't be charged until the Stamparatus is despatched to you. You will receive an email confirmation of your reservation.

I can't wait for mine to arrive. Don't miss out on yours!

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The Heart of Christmas - Week 27

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Welcome to week 27 of Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team and the last for 2017. I've really enjoyed bringing you inspiration for your holiday projects and it has helped me to get my Christmas card stash built. I managed 18 out of the 27 weeks, so I'm pretty happy with that after being out of action for some time with my knee replacement surgery.

This week is all about scraps - using them up, that is. After my Wednesday ladies made the luxe gift card holders that I showed you last week, I was left with two 5cm strips of the gold and white check designer paper from the 'Year of Cheer' pack. It could easily have been left unused and then forgotten, so I made it my mission to use it up this week. I've made two clean and simple cards in gold and white. You don't need to add too much with the lushness of the gold foil, designer paper, washi and embossing. 

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I started with a piece of Whisper white and then added the gold check designer paper at the bottom and then moved upwards adding the block of gold embossed trees in the centre and the gold embossed greeting from the 'Merry Mistletoe' stamp set at the top. I did something I wouldn't normally do and added the gold and vanilla bow at the bottom, when the rest is gold and white. It all seems to blend harmoniously, though. I layered the panel onto a Gold Foil mat and then popped it up onto the thick Whisper White card base.

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For the second card I started with a panel of Whisper White and added a strip of gold and white check DSP to each side. I trimmed the DSP first so that it would have white edges showing on all sides, so it would pop against the gold foil mat. The strip of gold foil in the centre hides the join and I added a white strip embossed with the Quilt Top design. My gold embossed greeting from the 'Snowflake Sentiments' stamp set was die cut with a stitched oval and then popped up on a gold foil scalloped oval. This is a super simple layout that would work with any designer paper teamed with a contrasting colour for quick and easy cards, which is just what we need at this time of the year.

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Project Details
Stamps Snowflake Sentiments, Merry Mistletoe
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Gold Foil, Year of Cheer DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Gold Metallic Edge ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Year of Cheer Specialty washi
Tools     Quilt Top TIEF, Stitched Shapes & Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

If you would like to see more Christmas inspiration, hop over to Claire's blog to see who else is participating this week

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Just a quick post today to let you know that Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING all day today until 11.59pm AEDT.  This is a great time to stock up on supplies to finish your holiday cards. If you forget something, no problems, you can order that too!

You can click on the image above to go straight to my online store, or contact me and I can place the order for you. 

We are having Christmas with my husband's family this year, so I've been enjoying buying bits and pieces to fill these stockings for our nieces. I purchased the stockings and I've used the Large Letters dies to personalise with their names. I bought some sparkly felt and added double-sided interfacing to the reverse and then die cut the letters and ironed them in place. 

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They cut very crisply and you could personalise lots of items this way, making these dies even more useful. Of course, you could combine them with the Large Numbers dies too.

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I hope you can take advantage of the free shipping today; I know I will be !

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CASE-ing the Catty - Add a Christmas Twist

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This week the CTC Crew are adding a Christmas twist to a project from the Annual Catalogue. 

You may have come from visiting Monique'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 CASE-ing a project from the Heat Embossing Project Kit on page 16 of the Annual Catalogue. The clean lines of this sample attracted me, so I have kept my card clean and fresh too.  I've changed up the colours, using Emerald Envy for the base card which is a bit brighter and really pops with the Real Red accents (although it looks more like Tranquil Tide in the photos, unfortunately). I've also chosen a square card, which is a favourite of mine.


Stampin' Up! Hello Friend for Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The wreath image is from the 'Hello Friend' stamp set that coordinates with the Heat Embossing Project kit. I really like all of the elements in this set and it works beautifully for Christmas, too. I chose not to dry emboss the Emerald Envy background as I didn't want to distract from the wreath.

Stampin' Up! Hello Friend for Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used Sahara Sand card stock for the centre panel and stamped the wreath in Emerald Envy ink. It looks darker in the photo, but it is actually quite bright IRL. I simulated the white border in the sample (the panels in the kit are pre-printed) by adding a narrow Whisper White mat and then another panel of Sahara Sand. The 'poinsettias' were stamped in Real Red ink, fussy cut and popped up on a foam pad.  I love the Merry Christmas greeting from the (retired) 'Merry Patterns' stamp set. It is a really great size (ie not too big, lol). I've popped that up too and added a little gold cabochon at each end for a touch of bling. At the top of the wreath is Real Red bow in my favourite (retired) ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Hello Friend for Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I have a double mat of Real Red and Emerald Envy for the writing panel. I added a strip of striped washi at the base and the lovely greeting from 'Season Like Christmas' stamped in Emerald Envy ink in the centre. A gold embossed tree at the bottom adds a touch of bling.

Finally, here is a view from the top.

Stampin' Up! Hello Friend for Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

Project Details
Stamps Hello Friend, Season Like Christmas, Merry Patterns, Merry Mistletoe
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Real Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
 Ink Emerald Envy, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon (retired), Gold cabochon (not SU), Candy Cane Lane Washi (retired)
Tools     Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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The Heart of Christmas - Week 26

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Welcome to week 26 of Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team. This week I'm sharing a luxe gift card holder. Gift cards have become a very common gift giving option and can be a little underwhelming when it comes to presentation, so dressing them up is essential to make your gift a bit special.

Stampin' Up! Luxe Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

I have gone with a white and gold colour combo using the 'Year of Cheer' designer paper and Gold Foil to create a really luxurious look. The extra pop of colour comes from the Real Red bow on the front. This gift card holder is a bit like a Tardiis, but takes only one sheet of A4 card stock. I've used Whisper White for the base and added the Gold Foil embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder to the front.  The label from the 'Labels to Love' stamp set has been embossed in gold and sits in the punched out space and keeps the holder closed.

Stampin' Up! Luxe Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

When you open the cover, you see the panel of beautiful gold and white checked designer paper. I've added a gold Foil Snowflake as a background for the label.

Stampin' Up! Luxe Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

When you fold down the front panel, you see the gift card in its slot and the writing panel for your message immediately below. I've continued the luxe feel with a Gold Foil mat to the writing panel and the swag from 'Merry Mistletoe' stamp set has been embossed in gold. The base has been trimmed with the Year of Cheer Specialty washi tape.

Stampin' Up! Luxe Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


This gift card holder fits into a standard envelope and I've embossed the back flap with the 'Oh My Stars' embossing folder for some extra texture.  

All of the new products in the Holiday Catalogue are available to purchase from my Online Store now.

Project Details
Stamps Labels to Love, Merry Mistletoe
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Gold Foil, Year of Cheer DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Foil Snowflakes, Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon (retired), Flat back gold cabochons (not SU)
Tools     Softly Falling TIEF, Oh My Stars TIEF, Big Shot, Everyday Label punch, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue

If you would like to see more Christmas inspiration, hop over to Claire's blog to see who else is participating this week

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For the next 7 days there is a great variety of Stampin' Up! products on sale. I have grouped them for you, to hopefully make it easier to browse. The sale starts at 12:00 am on Monday 20 November and finishes at 11.59pm AEDT on Sunday 26 November, except for the stamp sale which is Monday only. You can click on any thumbnail photo to go directly to my Online Store to purchase. Make your list now and get ready to place your order online or contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you. 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Gift Packaging

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I'm back CASE-ing the Catty this week and we are taking inspiration from gift packaging projects from both the Holiday and Annual Catalogues.

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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This week, I'm CASE-ing the project on the front cover of the Holiday Catalogue. It is an acetate box that has been decorated with a tag. Unfortunately, it isn't the best photo, but you can check it out more closely from the Holiday Catalogue. I've decided to take the key elements and make a card instead.

Stampin' Up! Cheery Chirps - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I started by Googling Australian robins and found that many have bright orange breasts, so I proceeded to colour the image from the 'Cheery Chirps' stamp set with my Stampin' Blends. I did have to use a few colour matched Copics too, to get the range of colours I wanted. The image was die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Next, I coloured the leaves from the partridge image from the same stamp set and fussy cut them. The leaves were positioned and adhered around the stitched circle. I cut a rectangle from the red gingham paper from the 'Quilted Christmas' stack and adhered it to some Real Red card stock to make it more robust. I trimmed the corners and punched the top before adding the banner made with the Every Day Label punch. The robin was then popped up on the tag.

Stampin' Up! Cheery Chirps - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The finished tag was popped up on the Bermuda Bay background that was embossed with the Quilt Top embossing folder.  I decided to add the greeting from 'Merry Patterns' at the base of the tag. The doubled Baker's twine was wrapped around and threaded through the hole in the tag. The panel was then layered on the Real Red mat and then onto the Whisper White card base. There is a lot of detail in the tag, so I decided to omit the doily and gold frame behind the tag, that is in the Stampin' Up! sample. It didn't work with the portrait style layout I had chosen.


Stampin' Up! Cheery Chirps - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have kept the inside very simple with a Bermuda Bay Mat for the writing panel and a narrow strip of the red gingham paper at the base. I have stamped the greeting and swap from the 'Merry Mistletoe' Stamp set in the set in coordinating colours.

Finally, here is a view from the top.

Stampin' Up! Cheery Chirps - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

Project Details
Stamps Cheery Chirps, Merry Mistletoe, Merry Patterns (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Quilted Christmas DSP, Christmas Around the World DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black Archival, Bermuda Bay, Real Red
Accessories White Baker's Twine
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Quilt Top TIEF, Big Shot, Every Day Label Punch, Classic Label punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends, Copic Markers

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


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Graceful Garden for Freshly Made Sketches

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I have a pretty and feminine card to share today, using this weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  It is absolutely ages since I have participated in a sketch challenge and I'm not sure what it is about this sketch that got the creative juices going. However, I really enjoyed colouring the images and creating this card. Here is the sketch, so you can see how I interpreted it.

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I have used the images from the lovely 'Graceful Garden' stamp set for my card. The flowers were stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink and coloured with the new Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. The dark brown ink gives a less bold/harsh look than Tuxedo Black, especially for soft colours. I have used light and dark Pink Pirouette with shading in light Rich Razzleberry for the flowers and light and dark Old Olive for the leaves.

I love how these markers blend and the Color Lifter is awesome if you go outside the lines - more effective than the Copic equivalent in my opinion. I strongly recommend that you use Whisper White card stock for colouring with Stampin' Blends as you will get a truer colour from the markers and I always give my stamped images a blast with the heat gun to make super sure the ink is dry before I start colouring. You only need a very light touch to get lovely streak-free coverage. The lids are air tight and easy to get off and on. Don't forget Stampin' Blends are now available to purchase in my Online Store as individual markers, colour packs of light and dark or the entire collection.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden for FMS313 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To add interest to the Whisper White background, I heat embossed the lattice image in gold in the bottom right corner and then stamped the birthday greeting from 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' above and to the left in Rich Razzleberry ink. The fussy cut leaves were adhered (flat) under the large rose, which was  popped up on foam pads. The smaller rose and leaves were positioned in the opposite corner and attached in the same way to complete the elements in the sketch.

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Here is a close-up of the large rose on the gold embossed lattice background. The finished art piece was layered onto Gold Foil and the panel popped up with foam pads onto the Rich Razzleberry card base. I finished with a scattering of Powder Pink sequins.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden for FMS313 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have heat embossed a small part of the lattice in the top corner of the writing panel and popped up the small rose image on 1mm foam pads. At the base is a strip of Rich Razzleberry washi and the narrow gold washi adds a border above. The writing panel was layered on a Pink Pirouette.

 

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden for FMS313 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Finally, a view from the top.

Project Details
Stamps Graceful Garden, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Gold Foil
 Ink Versamark, Memento Espresso Truffle, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Basics Pack 1 Washi, Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi
Tools     Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers (Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive)

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