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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Here is a full list of participants in case there are any issues.

 Thanks for visiting today! 


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

 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely and talented, Monika.

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Here is a full list of participants in case there are any issues.

Judy May   ---> you are here!

 

Thanks for visiting today! 


AWH Blog Hop - Holiday Catalogue

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Today some of the girls from the Art with Heart team are sharing fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you, with products from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available from 1 September until 2 January 2018. If you don't have a copy yet, click on the Contact Me button in the left side bar and I will pop one in the post for you. 

I have to confess to sometimes buying kits and then not putting them together, so I am going to break that mold and share with you the new 'Be Merry' kit from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. Although it appears to be a set of 12 hanging decorations (which it is), I want to show you some other options for these lovely rosettes. This is what the kit looks like.

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 The kit contains everything you need to make the 12 hanging decorations as shown above. 
 
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I wanted to show you the decorations as per the directions in the kit, but I couldn't help switching the colours. The kit has the green trees and green tulle together and the red candy canes and red tulle together, but I prefer the colours contrasting. You can mix and match as you choose as there are 4 combinations. Here is the completed tree rosette. The tulle has sparkly pieces scattered throughout, so it looks very pretty in the light.
 
Stampin' Up! Be Merry Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Here is a closeup of the rosette.
 
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This is the completed Candy Cane rosette. This one took a lot less time as I fluffed around with the tulle on the first one. My recommendation is to fold the tulle circles in half, then half again and half again. You end up with a small cone that is much easier to glue between the folds.
 
Stampin' Up! Be Merry Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
In addition to using the rosette as tree decorations, they would also make fabulous (and fancy) gift tags. The small white small that is adhered on the reverse can be used to write your greeting.  For something more in keeping with a tag, I have stamped the greeting from the 'Add a Little Glitz' stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist and cropped it with the largest of the stitched circles and layered it on a larger Real Red circle. I would recommend you write your greeting on the circle and then adhere to back of the rosette.
  
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Another option is to use the rosette to embellish a purchased gift bag. On this one, I added a hook inside the top of the bag (a 1/2" circle attached with a small Dimensional) to attach the rosette. This way, it decorates the bag  and the recipient can take it off and add it to their tree as an ornament.
 
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Here is another version, where I have used the rosette just as an embellishment on the gift bag. To make it pop against the white bag, I have added a Real Red scallop circle. 
 
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Finally, I have added the rosette as an embellishment to a card. I have used the tree design paper from the Quilted Christmas paper stack and layered it on an Old Olive mat and then onto my Real Red base card. 
 
Stampin' Up! Card with rosette from Be Merry Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
For the inside, I have added a strip of the DSP at the base of the writing panel and the large greeting from the 'Add a Little Glitz' stamp set has been heat embossed in gold.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Add a Little Glitz
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Quilted Christmas DSP
 Ink Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark
Accessories Be Merry Kit, Year of Cheer Speciality Washi
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Glue gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Gold EP, Heat gun
 
Now it's time to hop over to see what Monika has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Alisha Watson
2. Claire Daly
3. Ros Davidson
4. Judy May           <----------------- You're here!
5. Monika O'Neill
6. Rebecca Jacovou
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan 
9. Caroline Manwaring
10. Catherine Proctor
11. Tina Gillespie
12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
13. Rachel Woollard
14. Sharon Davern
15. Kimberly Hern

 Thanks for visiting! 

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The Heart of Christmas - Week 5

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Welcome to week 5 of Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team. Despite my best efforts I haven't been able to participate in the past couple of weeks, but I'm glad to be back this week.  The card I'm sharing today uses a new stamp set from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, that isn't a Christmas stamp set, but I think it works really well for the purpose.  The stamp set is 'Hello Friend' and in case you haven't seen it or can't recall it, I've included a pic below for you. It is the coordinating stamp set for the 'Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit'. The kit looks fabulous, but I think the elements in the stamp set are great by themselves too.

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I've used that lovely wreath as the focal point for my card, which is in traditional Christmas colours. I stamped the wreath in Garden Green ink and then die cut it with one of the scallop circle dies from the Layering Circles framelits. I cut the centre out with a smaller plain circle at the same time. You could stamp the semi-circle of small flowers directly onto the wreath, but I chose to stamp and fussy cut the single flower on the end and pop them up over the wreath.

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

I popped up the wreath on a panel of the Cherry Cobbler starry design from the 'Be Merry' designer paper pack. I embossed about an inch of each end of the Garden Green base layer with the Cable Knit embossing folder and then centred the Cherry Cobbler panel over the top. It is trimmed at each end with some of the yummy new gold Mini Sequin Trim, as you can never have too much bling at Christmas! The greeting from the 'Santa's Sleigh' stamp set was heat embossed in gold and flagged into a banner. I curved the banner at each end with my bone folder and placed it over the wreath, securing it in the centre and at each end.  Finally, I added the gold bow at the top and some small pearls coloured with a marker on each end of the banner. You can see more of the details in this closeup.

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For the inside I embossed part of the Pine Bough in the top right corner and added a strip of the Cherry Cobbler DSP at the bottom. The cute dotted washi in Garden Green adds a finishing touch.

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Finally, he is a view from the top, that shows up all the gorgeous gold bling.

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

 All of the products used in this card are now available in my Online Store. Click on the product links below.

Project Details
Stamps Hello Friend, Santa's Sleigh
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick), Garden Green, Be Merry DSP
 Ink Garden Green, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories Gold 1/8" Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels, Basics Pack 2 Washi set
Tools      Layering Circles Framelits, Pine Bough TIEF, Cable Knit TIEF, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

If you would like to see more Christmas inspiration, hop over to Claire's blog for details of the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for looking!

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AWH - Favourite Bundle

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Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It's a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

Today, I'm sharing a project with the Daisy Delight bundle. This bundle has been soooo popular that all of the stock that was intended to last for months has been sold in weeks. Never fear, it will be back.  Products in the bundle are the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set and the fabulous Daisy Punch. It also coordinates with the Delightful Daisy designer paper and the Faceted Gems.

 
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I've made a fancy fold card that uses all of these products. It is called a Double Display card and I saw a tutorial by Amanda Bates. Her card is 6" square, using 12 x 12 card stock.  I wanted to use our A4 card stock and have altered it to fit and also to make it slightly smaller (it is rectangular). 
 
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
This is the card closed with the belly around it and resting on the custom box-elope as it is quite thick when folded. The base card is Soft Sky and I've used Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral as accent colours with the gorgeous floral design from the Delightful Daisy paper pack.
 
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
  
This is the card fully open. I have used the small floral design paper on the inside panels. In the centre the Wisteria background has been embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder. I have used the Happy Birthday Thinlits for a bold greeting, cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer. I have created a shadow using Silver Foil underneath and slightly offset, which is easier to see in the close-up below.
 
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I have added a writing panel on the reverse of the centre panel, with a DSP trim and simple stamped flower from the Daisy Delight stamp set.
 
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For the belly band, I have placed a stitched circle underneath and the Calypso Coral banner on top, as I didn't want the Wisteria circle to be too dominant. In the centre is my fluffy white daisy with Calypso Coral and So Saffron centre, topped with a clear Faceted Gem. 
 
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Finally, this is the card from the top, showing the folds.
 
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Project Details
Stamps Daisy Delight, Big on Birthdays
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Delightful Daisy DSP, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver Foil
 Ink Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral
Accessories Clear Faceted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Daisy punch, Blossoms punch (retired), Bitty Butterfly punch (retired), Simply Scored Board, Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Write markers
 
Now it's time to hop over to see what Tina Gillespie has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Rachel Palmieri
2. Caroline Manwaring
3. Kate Morgan
4. Alisha Watson
5. Claire Daly
6. Rachel Woollard
7. Rebecca Jacovou
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Judy May  --------------------------> You are here!
10. Tina Gillespie
11. Catherine Proctor
12. Andrea Roberts
13. Sharon Davern
14. Monika O'Neill
15. Ros Davidson

 Thanks for visiting!

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AWH Annual Catalogue Sneak Peak

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Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas from the brand new  2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, to inspire you. All of the new product I'm using in my projects today will be available on 1 June 2017 - that's less that 2 weeks away. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

One of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that we get to purchase some of the fabulous products from the new Annual Catalogue in advance. I've decided to focus on the 'Delightful Daisy Suite' for my projects today. Products in the suite include the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set, the fabulous Daisy Punch, gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and yummy Faceted Gems. I think you can guess that I really love these products!

 
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There are lots of colours in the Delightful Daisy DSP, including Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. Although not listed, there is also Wisteria Wonder in the floral designs and Soft Sky works beautifully as well. I'm sure you will find some designs that you love. The stamp set and punch are bundled with a 10% discount for $54.75.
  
One of the gorgeous floral designs from the Delightful Daisy designer paper pack takes centre stage on my first card. This is one of my favourites and I've paired it with Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral. I've punched out 4 layers with the Daisy punch using thick Whisper White as it is more robust if you want to curve the petals with your bone folder.
 
Stampin' Up! Delightful Daisy Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
I used the Simply Scored scoring tool to create the embossed panel at the top. The greeting is from the new 'Wood Words' stamp set and I've cropped it with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I also punched out 2 of the mid-sized flower in Calypso Coral with the (retiring) Blossom punch and offset them; it makes the perfect 'frill' that you get round the centre of a Gerbera. Next is a 1/2" circle and on top is one of the new gold facted gems - love these! Here is a close up for you.
 
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I've kept the inside very simple, just adding a strip of the DSP at the bottom of the writing panel and a little border of Pool Party.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Wood Words, Special Reason
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Delightful Daisy DSP 
 Ink Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories White Baker's twine, Facted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Daisy punch, Classic Label punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue
 
For my second card, I've used  the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set to create a focus panel for my card. It sits on a Night of Navy design from the paper pack and is matted on Wild Wasabi. It is difficult to see, but I have used a Blender Pen to pull some ink from the centre of the daisies for a little soft colour. 
 
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For the inside, I've added a little more daisy garden on the right side to complement the front.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Daisy Delight, Eastern Beauty
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Delightful Daisy DSP
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green
Accessories Night of Navy Baker's twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Blender Pen
 
Now it's time to hop over to see what Catherine Proctor has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Tina Gillespie
2. Ros Davidson
3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
4. Kate Morgan
5. Andrea Roberts
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Alisha Watson
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Monika O'Neill
10. Claire Daly
11. Sharon Davern
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Caroline Manwaring
14. Judy May  --------------------> You are here!
15. Catherine Proctor
16. Rebecca Jacovou

 Thanks for visiting!

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AWH Favourite Retiring Products Blog Hop

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Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some projects using our favourite retiring products from both the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off but are only available until sold out. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May. You don’t want to miss out – ask me how!

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 full list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. 

There are so many favourite stamp sets retiring. However, as it is my husband's birthday next week, I thought I would get double value by making him a card with one of my favourite masculine stamp sets - 'Wetlands'. This stamp set (shown below) has 3 fabulous greetings in a lovely font and 3 very flexible images to use singly or together. 
 
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This set is still available in wood mount, but of course you can always mount the rubber onto EZ Mount foam  to use it with your acrylic blocks. In this card, I've combined both the goose and the sandpiper images in a scene on a sponged background. I cut a rectangular frame using the Layering Squares framelits  (move the square along and cut a second time to create your rectangle) and used it as a mask for my sponged background.  The goose was stamped first, slightly outside of the frame and a mask placed over it before progressing to the sponged background. I started at the bottom and worked upwards to the sky.
 
  Stampin' Up! Wetlands - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
 
I stamped the goose a second time in Early Espresso ink and used my Copic markers to colour him. You can see in this close-up that I have fussy cut and popped him up on foam pads for extra dimension. The finished art piece was layered on Early Espresso card stock and I wrapped some Linen Thread around it and finished it with a retired metal button. I'm sad that buttons are out of vogue at the moment, but I hope they make a reappearance in the future. I debated about using one of the greetings from 'Wetlands', but opted for the more low-key 'happy birthday' from the 'Teeny Tiny Sentiments' stamp set. I stamped it in Early Espresso ink and punched it out with the Classic Label punch and sponged the edges in Soft Sky ink for definition. I coloured a pearl with a grey Copic marker to give it a metallic look. The whole panel was popped up onto the Soft Sky base card.
 
 
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For the inside, I did some light sponging at the bottom and stamped my favourite sandpiper image over the top. 
 
Stampin' Up! Wetlands - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
Project Details
Stamps Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Whisper White
 Ink Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Accessories Linen Thread, Pearls Basic Jewels, Basic Metal Buttons (retired)
Tools     Layering Squares Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot, Classic Label punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Copic Markers

 Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely and talented Rachel Woollard has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Catherine Proctor
2. Ros Davidson
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Monika O'Neill
5. Rebecca Jacovou
6. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
7. Rachel Palmieri
8. Kate Morgan
9. Judy May ---------------------> You are here!
10. Rachel Woollard
11. Claire Daly
12. Andrea Roberts

 Thanks for visiting!

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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

 Now it's time to hop over to see the lovely project Catherine has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Judy May  ---------------------> You are here!
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard

 Thanks for visiting!

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AWH Blog Hop - Occasions Catalogue

AWH_Blog_Hop_GraphicHi there

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration!
 
If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a FREE item with every $90 you spend (before shipping) in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (contact me for a brochure and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31 March 2017.  
 
Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join with me during Sale-a-bration, you get 2 extra free stamp sets of your choice (of any value) plus $235 product (whatever you choose). That's up to $414 product for just $169. You also get free postage! It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me about joining today.
 
You may have hopped to me from the blog of the lovely Tina Gillespie, but if you are visiting me, you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next blog. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.
 
Today I have 3 projects to share with you, using the 'Beautiful You' stamp set. This has been a very popular item from the Occasions Catalogue with it's great set of line images and sentiments for many occasions. It also lends itself to a number of techniques, so you get more ways to use it and love it! The first card is a great one to have in your stash and it would look fabulous in a range of bright colours. Black, white and red is definitely one of my favourites, though.
 
Stampin' Up! Beautiful You Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
I have stamped the lady in in Basic Black Archival ink and then used the brushstroke stamp over the top in Real Red. You can't get easier than that. The image was cropped with the largest oval from my favourite Stitched Shapes Framelits (now back in stock!) and matted on a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits. The greeting was stamped on thick Whisper White and then cropped with the banner framelit from the Cupcake Cutouts set. It has score marks to fold the tails for a lovely 3D effect. I finished with some bling and a cute heart from the Brights Enamel Shapes.  You  can see that I have also decorated the envelope with the heart topiary from the 'Vertical Greetings' stamp set (from the current Annual Catalogue) in the same colours for a coordinating finish.
 
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For the inside, I have added a strip of the (retired) Candy Cane Lane spotted washi at the bottom and the heart topiary image from the 'Vertical Greetings' stamp set. I used ink pads to colour the heart and pot and then a Stampin' Write marker for the stem.
 
Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Vertical Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Real Red
Accessories Brights Enamel Shapes, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Candy Cane Lane Washi (retired)
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Cupcake Cutouts, Big Shot, Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker

The next card I have is a fancy fold called Double 'Z' Joy Fold. I love how special looks, but it is very easy to make.  I have used the image of the dancing lady on this one, which I have coloured with the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen. 

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base layer of the card is Melon Mambo and the top layer is thick Whisper White. I've added the small floral design from the Brights Designer Paper Stack to the inside of the base.  The coloured art piece has been adhered to a Basic Black mat with a trim from the Flourish Thinlits dies on the left edge.  You can see I've also stamped the envelope, using the floral cluster from the 'Birthday Blossoms' stamp set.

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the card open, where you can see the other two panels. The middle panel has the leaf die cut from the Flourish Thinlits and the black bird die cut from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits. For the end panel, I have used the brushstroke stamp (stamped off) as a background for the Live, Laugh, Love sentiment.

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The writing panel is on the reverse side of the base and I have used the floral cluster from the 'Birthday Blossoms' set on the corners with the greeting also coming from the same stamp set. I've used the Watercolour Pencils to shade the banner on the greeting and finished with another black bird in the corner. You can get a tutorial for this fancy fold card in my Tutorial Store here.

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Birthday Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Brights DSP Stack    
 Ink Melon Mambo, Basic Black Archival
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Flourish Thinlits, Birds & Blooms Thinlits, Big Shot, Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pen

My final project uses the image of the lady with the umbrella and the paper piecing and reflection techniques. Paper piecing is a great option for any line images as an alternative to colouring. I suggest using paper with a small design for images of this size. I have used the Watercolour Pencils to add a little colour to the umbrella and the reflection. 

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Reflection & Paper Piecing Techniques - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is Sweet Sugarplum stamped with the leaf from the Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Avant Garden'  in Versamark ink. The art piece has been matted onto Rich Razzleberry card stock with the vanilla Lace Trim on the edge. The greeting has been die cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits and finished with a tiny flower from the (retired) Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack. 

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For the inside, I've finished it with a strip of washi from the Playful Palette set and the flower from 'Avant Garden' stamped in Rich Razzleberry.   

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Avant Garden (Sale-a-bration)
Card stock & Papers     Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Watercolour paper, Blooms & Bliss DSP
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Lace Trim
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Watercolour Pencils, Aqua painter, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (retired)

Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Kate Morgan has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Ros Davidson
2. Rebecca Jacovou
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Judy May    -----------------> You are here
5. Kate Morgan
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Kathryn Ruddick
10. Claire Daly
11. Rachel Woollard
12. Alisha Watson
13. Kim Dallinger

 Thanks for visiting!

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AWH Blog Hop - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

AWH_Blog_Hop_GraphicHi there

Today, ladies from the 'Art with Heart' team are sharing some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you, with the theme, It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have tags,  gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.
 
You may have hopped to me from Catherine's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next blog. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.
 
I love creating for Christmas and this year I have really enjoyed using the 'Candy Cane Lane' suite of products. The colour combo of Real Red, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso is definitely one of my favourites and the cute  images from the coordinating 'Cookie-Cutter Christmas' stamp set are fun to use. Gift tags are a 'must have' at this time of year and you can never have too many - you can always use them next year. They also make a great pre-Christmas gift for friends who appreciate handmade with love. I was inspired by the fabulous Stampin' Up! project kit 'Tin of Tags' to make this 'Box of Tags' with the Candy Cane Lane suite of products.
 
I've decorated the top with the Candy Cane Lane DSP matted onto Real Red card stock. The centre piece is one of my new favourite Stitched Shapes framelits matted onto Real Red and topped with 'TAGS' cut from Red Glimmer paper. It is very sparkly in real life and matches the bow and buttons on the gingerbread girl. The finishing touch is the gorgeous Stitched Edge ribbon that is wrapped around the lid. 
 

Stampin' Up! - Box of Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Originally I was going to buy a box and decorate it, but then couldn't find the 'Goldilocks' size - not too big and not too small. I wanted the box to fit tags of different shapes, so I ended up making my own. It is sized at at 6" x 4" x 2" using Crumb Cake card stock for the base and lid. To make it really sturdy plus add colour and interest, I lined the box and lid with Real Red card stock.  You can see the lining and a sneak peak of the tags inside.

Stampin' Up! - Box of Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've created the tags in a number of different styles, to give you a few different ideas, but all use the same products for a coordinated set. I had a heap of fun making them and you really are only limited by your imagination. I did want to keep them quick and easy though. First up is a quick make set created with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. You could just make a heap of these with different greetings, but I love the 'Go ahead, tear it open' from the 'Tin of Tags' stamp set.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I then gave my Stitched Shapes framelits a work out with the next few sets.  I love the finishing detail it adds to your project. They should be back in stock on 5 December 2016, if you haven't purchased your set yet. This set uses the oh-so-cute bear stamp from 'Cookie-Cutter Christmas' stamp set and I gave them a Christmas touch with the Santa hat using the Jolly Hat Builder punch.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The next set is a banner style and I've used the Banner Triple punch to flag the end of the card stock and candy designer paper. I kept the top of the tag straight for a sharper look. You can't really see in the photos, but all of the Santas have been trimmed with Dazzling Diamonds glitter for extra sparkle.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used the Layering Squares and Stitched Shapes framelits for the next set, using the pair of greetings from the 'Greetings from Santa' stamp set with the Santa image. Santa is very quick to colour, using markers of your choice and then a glue pen on the white trim of his suit and a sprinkle of Dazzling Diamonds to add Christmas sparkle.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This last set uses the Layering Ovals framelits with the Stitched Shapes framelits. I love how well they work together, both the plain and scalloped shapes.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Now, if you think this is all too much effort for tags, then you can use the designs as toppers for quick-make cards. I've made a basic card using the small red design from the Candy Cane Lane designer paper at the top and bottom with the Cable Knit embossed Crumb Cake between.  I've attached one of the oval tags to it and voila! 

Stampin' Up! - Candy Cane Lane Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I added a strip of another design from the Candy Cane Lane designer paper and a coordinating strip of Gold Glimmer. 

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Finally, this is the pile of tags I made, but there is still plenty of room in the box for more!  I hope this gives you some ideas for your Christmas tags this year.

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Tags with Candy Cane Lane Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

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Project Details
Stamps Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Tin of Tags, Greetings from Santa, Candy Cane Christmas, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Candy Cane Lane DSP, Gold Glimmer, Red Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Baker's Twine Trio pack, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon, Crumb Cake Stitched Satin ribbon (retired), Real Red Stitched Edge ribbon, Burlap ribbon, Metallics Enamel Shapes, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tools     Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Framlits (Circles, Squares, Ovals), Little Letters Framelits (retired), Cheerful Tags Framelits, Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, Jolly Hat Builder punch, Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Banner Triple punch, Classic Label punch, 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), 1/4" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Glue Pen, Copic Markers (R29, R20, E51,N5, C1)

 Now it's time to hop over to see what Rebecca has to inspire you. Click on the arrow below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O'Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May   <-------------- You are here

 

Thanks for stopping by!