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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A Big Birthday

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I've got a masculine birthday card to share with you today. Mum's husband John has just turned 80, so I wanted to make a special card to recognise this fabulous milestone. John is a wonderfully kind and caring man and he looks after Mum so well. He is also a fabulous handyman and can fix just about anything, so I thought the retired 'Nailed It' stamp set would be perfect for his card.

I have chosen the Bridge Fold as it has a lot of presence without being too fussy. This is a larger size card that requires a custom envelope and extra postage, but it is worth it for this special occasion. The finished size when folded flat is 15.5cm x 21.5cm (6 1/8" x 8 1/2").

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is Real Red and the first matte is Pacific Point and the background is one of the wood grain designs from the Wood Textures Designer Paper stack.  I have stamped the tools on Silver Foil with Stazon Ink and die cut them with the coordinating framelits. I stamped them again on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Stampin' Blends alcohol marks to colour the handles. I had to use a colour matched Copic for the Pacific Point screwdriver. I fussy cut the handles and added them to the die cut Silver Foil tools.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the centrepiece I have die cut the 'happy birthday' in Pacific Point, Silver Foil and Real Red card stock and layered them to up the wow factor and complement the silver in the tools and trim.

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I have put the writing panel on the centre back of the card, using more of the images and die cuts from the 'Nailed It' stamp set and coordinating framelits to decorate it. The greeting is from one of my favourite and unfortunately retired stamp sets 'Balloon Adventures'.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The card is folded toward the right to make it flat. You can see the embossed foil panel that wasn't really visible in the first photo, that matches the bridge across the front that the '80' is mounted on.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a presentation envelope from a 12" x 12" piece of Pacific Point card stock, as I am pretty sure he will want to keep it. I then popped it into a standard C5 envelope to post.

Project Details
Stamps Nailed It (retired), Balloon Adventures (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Stazon, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes
Tools     Hexagon Dynamic TIEF, Build It Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Big Shot, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers, Copic Markers, Envelope Punch Board

If you would like any further information about this card, please get in touch.

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Fairy Celebration

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I have something other than a Christmas card for you today (hooray you say!). I have a lovely friend who wanted to make a spinner card with the 'Fairy Celebration' stamp set, so I was happy to take up the challenge. This lovely stamp set is in the Annual Catalogue and is fabulous for those who (like me) love colouring and of course, fairies. It comes in either wood mount or clear mount and is a set of 9 stamps.

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I love spinner cards too; it is fabulous seeing the whirling and twirling and very hard to put down! This is the card I came up with.

 

Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration Spinner Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used the largest image as the focus of my spinner card, colouring it with Copic markers. I cropped the image with a circle framelit and then added it to a Melon Mambo circle. I then chose another circle framelit that would be approximately 1cm  (3/8") larger and used that to work out the size of Melon Mambo square. I have stamped fairy dust across the top and half way down the sides and then heat embossed it in silver for lots of sparkle and added the greeting to the bottom edge

Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration Spinner Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I added the Melon Mambo square to the thick Whisper White base card using the 1/8" foam strips. The strips need to be edge to edge all the way around the square for a firm finish and also around the centre circle, ensuring it is about 6mm (1/4") in from the edge so it doesn't interfere with the spinner mechanism. Once the Melon Mambo square is attached to the card base, centre the coloured fairy in the space. To attach, place a strip of the foam tape all the way around the underneath edge of the stamped and matted circle, ensuring it is 6mm (1/4") in from the edge.

I have coloured and fussy cut the small fairy image and added it to my washer mechanism. (I have previously explained how to make the washer mechanism in this blog post.) It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I have added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the wings of both fairies and it is very sparkly in real life.

Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration Spinner Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have stamped the third fairy image in the top corner of the writing panel and coloured it with Copics. I added the checked Melon Mambo washi at the bottom and topped it with the narrow silver washi from the Year of Cheer Specialty set. A mat of Melon Mambo was added to the writing panel and attached to the inside of the card. The final size of the card is 13.7cm square  (5 3/8") so it fits nicely into a 14cm square envelope.

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Here is a view from the top. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. If you've never made a spinner card, then please give it a try.

Project Details
Stamps Fairy Celebration
Card stock & Papers     Whisper white, Melon Mambo
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Basics Pack 1 Washi, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, 1/8" Foam Strips, Dimensionals, 1/2" Circle punch, 1/4" Circle punch, Copic markers, Silver EP, Heat gun

Stampin_Blends

Finally, I'm delighted that Stampin' Up! will be releasing their own alcohol markers very soon (actual date still to be announced). The markers are called Stampin' Blends and come in 12 colours, featuring a light and dark marker in each colour. There is also an ivory and bronze marker for skin tones and a colour lifter. The light and dark markers can be purchased as a combo pack and all of the markers will also be available individually. The lid design on these markers has been modified to ensure that there is no evaporation of the ink. One of benefits of being a Demonstrator is that I get to order these markers first and in fact they just arrived yesterday, so I'm looking forward to giving them a work out. Here are few of the benefits of these markers, as I see it:

  • There is a lovely range of colours that match the Stampin' Up card stock and embellishments perfectly.
  • These markers are very easy to use, giving a smooth layer of colour on Whisper White card stock.
  • The light and dark markers allow you to add depth and shading to your coloured images, without it being tricky or complicated.
  • The colour lifter allows you to remove colour if you go outside the lines (love this!).
  • The marker has a brush tip and fine tip, which is great for colouring large areas and fine details.

I'll be back soon with some projects using my Stampin' Blends!

Thanks for looking!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Birthdays!

We're back CASE-ing the new Annual Catalogue and taking inspiration from the Birthdays section this week on pages 68-85. 

You may have come from visiting Julia'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 been looking forward to breaking open the new Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series paper, so I've used the samples in the photo above for my inspiration. If you haven't already guessed, I can't get enough of the gorgeous new In Colour Berry Burst, as I'm a pink girl from way back. I also love making packaging, so I decided to go with a gift box as well.

Stampin' Up! Gift Box with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP & Happy Birthday Gorgeous for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've sized my gift box  at 5.75" x 8" x 1.25" deep to fit some stamping goodies. I made the base of the box from Berry Burst card stock and the top from the new Foil Frenzy DSP.  The Foil Frenzy paper is thicker than the usual designer series paper, but not as heavy as card stock, so I cut the lid to have an extra width on all sides to turn in, to make it stronger. I also lined the inside of the lid with Berry Burst card stock.  Doesn't that gorgeous foil on the Kraft background pack a punch of yummy!

Stampin' Up! Gift Box with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP & Happy Birthday Gorgeous for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To decorate the box, I have stayed with the layer of Vellum card stock down the centre of the lid with the Berry Burst ribbon. The embellishment is a mash-up of both samples, with the largest of the 'Lots of Labels' Framelits used to cut the Lemon Lime Twist background, which is a bright contrast to the Kraft and Berry Burst. I added the Delicate White doily and the Soft Sky circle frames the greeting that has been cropped with the second largest of the Stitched Shapes circles. I've used the 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' stamp set for the greeting and the fussy cut flowers decorating the edge. This is fast becoming a go-to stamp set. You can see these details in the close-up pic below. 
    

Stampin' Up! Gift Box with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP & Happy Birthday Gorgeous for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

All of the flower outlines were stamped in Berry Burst and the small ones were stamped again in Powder Pink. I stamped off with Berry Burst for the large flower. I like the softening effect of the Soft Sky frame.

Project Details
Stamps Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Card stock & Papers     Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, Vellum 
 Ink Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
Accessories Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon, Delicate Lace Doilies, Rhinestones, White Baker's twine
Tools     Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored Scoring tool, Dimensionals, Tombow liquid glue, Glue Dots

 Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see super cute project Bronwyn has to inspire you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your CASE from the Birthdays section of the new Annual Catalogue using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Inspired by Favourite Kit

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from project kits from either the Occasions or the Annual Catalogues.

You may have come from the blog of the super talented Kelly Kent,  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 have chosen the 'Perfectly Wrapped' Project Kit on page 159 of the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration. This is such a great kit with everything you need to make 8 bags and 8 boxes for gift giving. However, I want to show you what I have made using supplies I had on hand, plus my favourite 'Pop of Pink' Designer Series Paper.

      Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

First up, I made the little treat box, using the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). They are so cute and perfect for a small gift such as jewellery, favours for weddings or events.  I cut a 5.1cm (2") strip of the gold flecked design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 5cm with my trimmer and it fits perfectly into the box. I added a small gold doily to the top and a 1" black circle forms the base for the Melon Mambo bow which is the perfect size for this treat box. I added some gold sequin trim and a flagged greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set. This is a fabulous set with a great range of large and small greetings.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

The gift bag starts with the flat 15.2cm x 20.3cm Cellophane Bags (also page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). To create a base in the bag, I flattened and folded over the corners and used a glue dot to hold them in place as shown in the pic below. I folded over 1", so the base of my bag becomes 2", so you can decide how large or small you want the base to be. 

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I cut a  3 3/4" wide strip of the Melon Mambo striped design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 1", 3", 9 3/4" with my Scoring Board and cut it at 10 3/4". I popped the scored strip into the bag  and used glue dots to attach the DSP (at the 9 3/4" score line) to the top of the bag. The flap then folds over the front and is held in place by the Gold Binder Clips.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

With the bag done,  it is a matter of decorating the front and the banner makes the perfect backdrop. You can attach it to the front flap or just hold it in place with the binder flip. I stamped another greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set in Melon Mambo and then went over the top of the 'fantastic' with a black Stampin' Write marker and cropped it with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. It is matted on a 2" circle of Melon Mambo and then popped up on the large gold doily. I finished it with a gold glimmer heart and a string of the gold sequin trim. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and shows how easy it is to create gift bags with a pack of beautifully coordinated designer series paper. Here is a closeup of the details.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Designer Tin of Cards
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Melon Mambo
Accessories Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Cellophane Bags, Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Foil Doilies,
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, 1" Circle punch, 2" Circle punch, Bow Builder punch, Heart Confetti punch, Black Stampin' Write marker, Glue dots, Scoring Board

 Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the lovely project Kathryn has for you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of any of the project kits from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Big Shot Project

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I'm back this week with the CTC Crew to look at our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions catalogue. 

You may have come from looking at the lovely project on the blog of the talented Mel Pagano, 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 have lots of favourite Big Shot projects in the Occasions Catty, but I decided on one of the bundles that was a must-have purchase, but hasn't seen nearly enough love. So this week, I'm looking at page 4 of the Occasions Catty and CASE-ing the shaker card at the top right of the page.  I've created a girly birthday card using the 'Pop of Pink' designer series paper as the basis for my colour choices. You will have to excuse the artificial lighting on these pics. With the days getting shorter, I need to get my photos done earlier in the day.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My base card is black and I've used the Melon Mambo polka dot design from the 'Pop of Pink' DSP as the mat and background to my shaker element. I die cut the balloon panel with the Balloon Pop-up Thinlits in thick Whisper White and then trimmed it to size. As I wanted to see through the shaker to designer paper background I have used Window Sheet (clear acetate) behind the die cut and then as the 'lid' to the shaker element after placing the adhesive foam strips around the edges. I also added an extra strip of foam tape at the bottom edge of the die cut (just below the bow), to stop the hearts from disappearing to the bottom where they couldn't be seen.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the front, I have decorated the balloons with Gold Glimmer die cuts, also from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits and the middle one is punched out of the gold flecked design from the 'Pop of Pink' DSP with the Balloon Bouquet punch and I've popped it up. Love that these products work together. I tried a lot of options for the banner and ended up with stamping and heat embossing the banner from the coordinating 'Balloon Adventures' stamp set, in gold. I then stamped the 'let's celebrate' in Melon Mambo. 

   Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This closeup shows the cute little glimmer hearts punched with the Heart Confetti border punch. To stop your confetti from sticking to the foam strips, run your Embossing buddy around the inside of the strips and then wipe off any dust with a micro fibre cloth.  It does make a big difference. You can see the confetti doesn't go past bottom of the die cut.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I've used the black and gold design from the 'Pop of Pink' washi set  at the base of the writing panel. The string of the balloon has been heat embossed in gold and a gold glimmer die cut added to a Melon Mambo balloon punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  

Project Details
Stamps  Balloon Adventures
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink  Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories  Gold cabochon (not SU), Pop of Pink washi
Tools      Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits, Big Shot, Balloon Bouquet punch, Heart Confetti punch, Heat gun, Gold EP

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Monique has for you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of your favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions Catty using our new Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

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

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Sale-a-bration finishes next Friday 31 March, so this week the CTC Crew are CASE-ing a project of our choice from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue or the Second Release brochure. 

You may have come from looking at the inspiring project  on 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 gold and white striped tin. I've had this in mind for a few weeks, so this was the perfect opportunity to do it. These tins are fabulous for storing your finished cards, embossing folders, washi tape, pearls and rhinestone embellishments and many more besides. I'm going to use my tin to take swaps to the next Stampin' Up! OnStage event that is  just over 2 weeks away - woohoo!  Love these events and we will get to see the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue for the first time, plus get our own copy to pore over.

 

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Tin for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've stayed with Night of Navy for the letters  as it coordinates so well with the gold and white. The letters were die cut with the 'Large Letters Framelits', which were a fortuitous recent purchase. I cut a strip of card stock and adhered Sizzix adhesive sheet to it and then cut the letters. The result is instant stickers that make for a quick and mess-free embellishment. I removed the backing paper from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and also adhered the adhesive sheet before cutting the flourish from the 'Flourish Thinlits' dies. I attached the S, W, P and S first and then partly adhered the flourish and wove it through the A. 

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Here is a close-up showing all the yummy sparkle. I did trim off one leaf behind the 'A' and re-positioned it. I didn't want anything too delicate for the embellishment, so I think this fits the bill. Now I have to get my act together so I will have something to put in it, lol.

Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Night of Navy, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Sizzix Adhesive Sheet (retired)
 Ink None
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Flourish Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Big Shot

I had time to squeeze in one more project, although there were more that I would like to have done. This one is from the Sale-a-bration Second Release brochure. It isn't a particularly good photo, but hopefully you can see it is a clean and simple card using the 'Reverse Words' stamp set.

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I have swapped to a portrait style card, still using the 'cheers' stamp in Sweet Sugarplum to match the glimmer paper at the top and bottom. I wanted this to be a congratulations type card, that you could give to a colleague or friend. I don't have any stamp sets with wine glasses, so I improvised using the little bird cage from the 'Builder Birdcage' stamp set the other way up. I wanted the final result to still have a clean look, so I've left lots of white space and not too much extra embellishment.  

Stampin' Up! Reverse Words Sale-a-bration for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Reverse Words, Crazy about You
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Sugarplum Glimmer paper, Sweet Sugarplum
 Ink Versamark, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Playful Palette washi
Tools     Silver EP, Heat gun, Versamarker (not SU), Stampamajig, Copic marker

There is still time to place your $90 qualifying order so you can choose one of the fabulous Sale-a-bration FREE products. Did you know there are 8 additional products from our current catalogues that you can also choose - you can see them here. You can contact me to place your order or shop in my Online Store until 11.50pm AEDST on 31 March 2017.

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Monique has for you today. 

 

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of the Sale-a-bration Catalogue using our new Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

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AWH Easter Blog Hop

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AWH_Logo_2017Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

Sale-a-bration is a great time to join or place a $90 order to get extra free items – ask me how! There are only 8 days left and there are 8 fabulous new items that you can choose for your FREE gift. Don't forget my special promotion for March - win $50 of Stampin' Up! product of your choice. You receive an entry into the draw for every $90 of product you purchase, plus you get an additional gift from me if you use this month's Hostess code shown in the left sidebar.

Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!  

I have a cute Easter treat box (well, a basket actually) to share with you today. I've used the fabulous Window Box framelit dies to create the basket and decorated it with the super cute images from the 'Basket Bunch' stamp set. There is a co-ordinating framelit die for each image, plus some extra dies for the grass and some cute eggs.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
To create the basket I cut one of the window box die as normal and then using the left over strip, I cut just the side panel, as it only needs the base and not a lid. Before putting the basket together I stamped it with the 'Hardwood' background stamp for a woodgrain look. On the panel with the base, you trim off the tabs on the straight panel that forms the sides as they aren't needed for the basket. You then put it together as normal.  
  
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To give the basket extra strength I lined the base and sides with Daffodil Delight card stock as you can see in the pic above. Cut just the hexagon for lining the base and trim off the tabs and place into the bottom of the basket first. To create the side lining, cut a strip 4.7cm x 28cm. Score at 4.6, 9.3, 14, 18.7 and 23.4. Fold on the score lines and check it fits snugly and does not peek over the top. Place some Tombow liquid glue around the top inside edge and down both sides of the corner where the strip starts and finishes, as there is no overlap.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Here is a close-up showing the decoration around the base of the basket. I've cut 6 panels using the grass die. I found I got the best result by cutting the cardstock the exact size required, rather than trimming it as I adhered it.  Aren't the images sooooo cute! You can see the Melon Mambo egg on the side which is one of the extra dies and I've backed it with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
 
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Finally, here is a view from the top showing the Lindt hen and eggs. The basket fits quite a lot of treats in it, as you can see. 
 
Project Details
Stamps Basket Bunch, Hardwood
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
 Ink Soft Sky, Memento Gray Flannel
Accessories  
Tools      Basket Builder framelits, Window Box Framelits, Big Shot, Bow Builder punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch (retired), 1/2" Circle punch, Glue Dots, Tombow Liquid glue, Simply Scored board, Copic markers

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Window Shopping Gift Box

Hi there

Today I'm sharing this gift box I made with the Window Box Thinlits dies. I have cut the base from thick Whisper White card stock and used Sweet Sugarplum accents. This is a really good sized box, perfect for treats, a small gift, jewellery etc. 

  Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits & Succulent Framelits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The greeting is from the 'Lift Me Up' stamp set which I have cut into a flag and layered on top of the folded Sweet Sugarplum Ruched ribbon and the silver metallic ribbon from the Sale-a-bration bundle. 

Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits & Succulent Framelits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the embellishment on the top, I cut a circle of Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper from the Sale-a-bration Glimmer Assortment pack and topped it with a lace doily. The flower was made from the Succulent Framelits dies layered up and topped with a large pearl (retired).  

Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits & Succulent Framelits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used one of the small dies that come with the set to cut the cute hearts design in alternate panels on the base with the sweet daisies in the other panels. The daisies are made with 2 of the smallest Succulent flowers layered with petals alternated and topped with a circle of glimmer. 

Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits & Succulent Framelits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have lined the base, sides and lid of the box with Sweet Sugarplum card stock which makes it very sturdy. This is such a versatile box and I'm looking forward to showing you some different variations and embellishment options in future posts.

 

Stamps  Dragonfly Dreams
Card stock & Papers      Thick Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer
 Ink  Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories  Silver Metallic Ribbon (Sale-a-bration), Jewels Basic Pearls Large (retired), Sweet Sugarplum Ruched ribbon, Lace Doily
Tools      Window Box Thinlits Dies, Succulent Framelits Dies, Big Shot, Tombow glue, Glue dots

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Another Christmas Gift Card Holder

Hi there

I've just returned from 2 weeks away visiting family and friends in Western Australia.  I had a lovely time, but it has left me scrambling to get ready for Christmas.  I hope you are feeling more organised and relaxed that I am, lol.

Today, I'm sharing another gift card holder option.  My husband declared that he didn't like gift cards as there was nothing to unwrap on Christmas morning. I took up the challenge today as I needed to post off a parcel that included gift cards.

I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a box that holds the gift cards that come on a backing card, such as those for music and retail stores. I added some DSP to decorate the front and a belly band holds it closed. I used one of the tags from my Box of Tags project, as a topper on the belly band. A glue dot just under the twine allows the tag to be lifted up to see your greeting. This is how it looks closed.

 

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Here I've removed the belly band and you can see the gift card fits snugly in the box. You could probably fit a treat in the box as well.

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I made a second one using another of the DSP designs from 'Candy Cane Lane' and another of my tags as a topper for the belly band. 

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

If you would like to make one of these, cut a piece of card stock 8 1/8" x 8 1/8". Make your first punch at 4 1/8" and the second punch at 4 7/8". Turn the card stock and line up the pointer on the 2 score lines and punch and score. Complete on the remaining sides and use the corner rounder on the 4 corners. Decorate the front of the box and then assemble. For the belly band cut a strip of card stock 1 1/2" x 10".  

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