AWH Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

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Today some of the ladies from the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin' Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit! This offer applies to the designs shown in the picture below.

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You may have come to my blog from the lovely Rachel Woollard. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.

Using designer series paper on your cards provides a lovely focus point and does much of the 'heavy lifting', so your layouts can be quite simple, but still pack a punch. I decided to try a technique that I haven't used before, to create my card. It looks a lot like parquetry to me, with strips of DSP laid out to create a simple geometric design. This is a great way to use many of the designs in the pack. There is no right or wrong way, just place the colours and designs so they look balanced and pleasing to the eye. I have used the 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP for my card, but this technique would work with almost any set of DSP if it has a number of small prints. 

Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To maintain the focus on the DSP and layout, I have used the 'Noel' die cut in Gold Glimmer paper as the greeting. For the inside, I have used the Pine Bough embossing folder in the right hand corner and more of the DSP at the base with the Gold Glimmer trim to finish it off. 

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Here is a close up of the paper parquetry and the lovely sparkly greeting.

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Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Gold Glimmer
 Ink None
Accessories None
Tools     Pine Bough Embossing folder, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot

 

My second project uses one of my 'go to' layouts for using designer series paper as the focal point of the card. It is clean and simple and it always looks great. Just pick out which colours in the DSP you will use as highlights and the rest is a matter of construction. This card uses the 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP with Early Espresso highlights.

Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP & Cookie-Cutter Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I 've used Crumb Cake as the mat with some of the lovely spotty washi tape from the Candy Cane Lane set and a cute gingerbread man finishing it off.

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Here is a closeup of the lovely greeting with the 3 thread bow of Candy Cane Lane Baker's twine and the cute enamel heart.

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Project Details
Stamps Cookie-Cutter Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Washi, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Rachel Palmieri 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. Judy May   <----------- You are here!
2. Rachel Palmieri
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Ros Davidson
5. Monika O'Neill
6. Kate Morgan 
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Claire Daly
10. Rachel Woollard

 

Thanks for stopping by!


AWH Blog Hop - Holiday Catalogue

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Today, girls from the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team  are sharing fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you, using products from our brand new Holiday Catalogue. The catalogue and all products are available NOW until 3rd January 2017. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

You may have come to my blog from the very talented Claire Daly. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.

There are so many fabulous products in the new Holiday catalogue it is hard to choose, but I've decided on 2 of the items that I just had to have on my preorder (one of the cool benefits of being a Demonstrator is that we get to order in advance!). I think that is a good indication that I really love them!

The first up is the gorgeous 'Star of Light' stamp set and the coordinating 'Starlight' Thinlits Dies. They are so many elements in this bundle to combine in different ways, you could make  your entire Christmas card list this year. I love lots of sparkle at Christmas, so you might need your sunglasses for this one. It is a pretty simple layout, but one that you could replicate quite quickly and in different colours and it doesn't need a huge amount of supplies.

I started with a thick Whisper White base card and added some strips of Silver Glimmer down the sides. The main panel of my card is cut from Dapper Denim card stock which is one of the new In Colours this year. I've heat embossed the gorgeous star swirl in silver. Until you see this close-up you can't appreciate how fine the detail is how and how beautifully it embosses. The finished star is popped up over the star swirl and the greeting, also from the 'Star of Light' stamp set, is silver embossed and sits on a Silver Glimmer banner. I've added some smaller stars in silver glimmer and a sprinkle of rhinestones to finish. The Dapper Denim panel has then been popped up on the white card base. I love the finished result, but the photo doesn't really do it justice.

Stampin' Up! Star of Light - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

For the inside, I've stamped part of the star burst across the corner in Dapper Denim and added a Silver Glimmer star in the middle. A little Silver Glimmer trim at the bottom finishes it off. When you have all of your supplies out, it doesn't take long to decorate the inside and it gives a beautiful finish to your cards.

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Here is the design in 2 alternative colours, the first is Real Red.

Stampin' Up! Star of Light - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the second alternative in Emerald Envy. Which is your favourite?

Stampin' Up! Star of Light - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Star of Light
Card stock & Papers     Whisper Whte, Dapper Denim, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Versarmark, Dapper Denim
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Starlight Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Silver EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals

 

For my second project, I have used the 'Greetings from Santa' stamp set and coordinating 'Detailed Santa' Thinlits Dies. I loved the look of the jolly Santa and and the array of elements in the stamp set that could be used together or separately.

I've started with a card-sized panel of Soft Sky card stock and then cut a panel slightly smaller in thick Whisper White from which I die cut the Santa. I positioned the Santa die cut and then stamped the 'Ho Ho Ho' in Versamark ink  and silver embossed it. The next bit was a little fiddly, cutting the elements for his hat, face, beard, eyes and glasses separately from small scraps. The end result is a mix of raised and indented elements that brings Santa alive. I've silver embossed the scroll and given it a little curve with the bone folder and popped it up next to the 'Naughty or Nice' greeting. This is one of my favourite Christmas colour combos and I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Stampin' Up! Greetings from Santa & Detailed Santa Thinlit Die - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

I've kept the inside simple; adding some of the Candy Cane Lane striped washi tape and the card stocks strips to coordinate with the front. I dry embossed a little bit of the Pine Bough embossing folder in the top corner.

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Project Details
Stamps Greetings from Santa
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Sky, Real Red, Basic Black, Night of Navy, Rose Red, White Glimmer
 Ink Versamark, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Washi
Tools     Detailed Santa Thinlits, Pine Bough EF, Big Shot, Silver EP, Heat gun, Sponge Dauber, 1/8" punch, Stampamajig

 

Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Monika O'Neill 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.    Kate Morgan
2.     Ros Davidson
3.     Tina Gillespie
4.     Kathryn Mangelsdorf
5.     Rachel Palmieri
6.     Rachel Woollard
7.     Claire Daly
8.     Judy May <-------------- you're here
9.     Monika O'Neill
10.   Rebecca Jacovou

Thanks for stopping by!


CASE-ing the CTC Crew

Hi there

It is the last of the CASE-ing the Catty for this year, but we will be back next year with inspiration from the wonderful new Occasions catalogue. You may have come from Helen's Blog, but if you are visiting me you can join the trail by using the button at the bottom of this post.

For something a little different, we are finishing up by CASE-ing a CASE from one of the CTC crew! I'm casing this card from the lovely Rachel Palmieri. I love the softly coloured nutcracker image and the Pool Party and Real Red colour combo Rachel has used. 

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I didn't end up purchasing the 'Sparkly Seasons' stamp  set although it got on the list a couple of times. I do like snow globes and it is quite a versatile set with the ballerina in addition to winter, Christmas and Halloween images. I might relent now it is in the amazing End of Year sale.  So, to my card.  I have improvised by creating my snow globe with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits and Circles Collection framelits; creating a night scene with the sparkly black glimmer paper in the background, Lost Lagoon in the middle and gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds in the foreground. I've finished it off with a wooden Snowflake element a little bow of silver cording trim.

Stampin' Up! Snow Globe with Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Christmas Greetings Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps Holly Jolly Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Lost Lagoon, Whisper White Thick, Black Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Silver Foil
 Ink Lost Lagoon
Accessories Snowflake Elements, Silver Cording trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Circle Collection Framelits, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Big Shot, Precision Plate, Dimensionals

Next up is the lovely Rachel, so I hope you continue on and visit all the CTC crew taking part today.

 

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As always, you can head over to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog and see the full list of today's participants.

 

Thanks for looking!


Art with Heart Blog Hop - Colour Challenge

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Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for October. This month we have a colour challenge for you.

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I have to say that I found this set of colours more than a bit challenging. I nearly passed, but I pushed outside my comfort zone and managed to come up with a couple of cards. 

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Ruddick, but if you are visiting me, you can join the trail using the button at the bottom on this post.

For the first card, I used the Hostess set 'A Whole Lot of Lovely', stamping the cute little solid floral image all over to create a background panel. 

  Stampin Up - 'A Whole Lot of Lovely' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 I chose Watermelon Wonder for the base card and sentiment to bring it together. This is a very simple layout, but works well with the busy background.

Project Details
Stamps A Whole Lot of Lovely
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
 Ink Pink Pirouette, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     2" Circle punch

For my second card, I have used the 'You've Got This' stamp set, water colouring the floral image in Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron and fussy cutting. I used a touch of Crumb Cake (as a neutral) in the centre of the flower as well.

Stampin Up You've Got This and One Big Meaning - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  I think I prefer the second one, but I'm glad I gave it a go!

Project Details
Stamps You've Got This, One Big Meaning
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer 
 Ink Basic Black (Archival), Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake
Accessories Tea Lace Doily, Pearls, Basic Jewels
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelit Dies, Polka Dot TIEF, Big Shot, Owl Builder punch, Aqua-painter, Dimensionals

Now it's time to head over to the lovely Jenny van Dijk to check out her inspiration.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1.  Tina Gillespie
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Genna Gifford
  4. Kathryn Ruddick
  5. Judy May - that's  me!
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kate Morgan

Finally, have you heard about the GREAT opportunity to earn more as a hostess between 8th October and 9th November? Did you know you can use your hostess benefits to reduce the cost of your Starter Kit when you join Stampin' Up!? There's no better time to host a party or even a virtual party on Facebook. Contact me to find out more. You will love being part of our awesome Australia wide team. We are all about fun, friendship, inspiration and support.

Thanks for visiting!

 


CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Winter Wonderland

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Hi there

Well, another week has flown past and it is time for the CASE-ing the Catty Crew to give you some more great inspiration for your festive crafting. This week we are looking at the 'Winter Wonderland' section on pages 22-45 of the Holiday Catalogue.

You may have come from Tricia's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can join the trail using the button at the bottom of this post.

I have chosen to use the 'Winter Wonderland' suite of products that are displayed on pages 22-24 for my card today.  I have taken my inspiration from this photo on page 24. 

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I often find with specialty designer papers that I don't use as much as I should as I'm saving it for a special occasion (which often doesn't arrive, as I've moved on, lol). So, this is a great opportunity to cut into the very elegant 'Winter Wonderland' specialty paper. 

Instead of a treat bag, I have created a card, following the layout of the sample pretty closely. I have mixed up the centre panel a bit, as I wanted my greeting to stand out a little more. 'The perfect blend of simple elegance and a luxurious touch of gold' describes the Winter Wonderland suite and hopefully my card.

Stampin Up - 'Winter Wonderland' DSP, Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


The gold foil makes a luxurious background and the Softly Falling embossing folder adds gorgeous texture.  I recommend that you go around the edges of the foil card with a gold marker if you have one. I use the retired gold Stampin' Dazzle marker to cover the white core and give a professional finish.

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This photo shows the top part of the card close-up. I have used the gold striped washi to border the panel and the black crackle design in the centre. It makes a perfect background for the greeting, which has been gold embossed and die cut with the label from the Project Life framelits. I've added one of the wooden Snowflake Elements with a gold Cording Trim bow. Personally, I don't think rhinestones suit gold as well as they do silver.

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 For the inside, I've finished it off with some of the gold striped washi and the lovely greeting from the 'Embellished Ornaments' stamp set, heat embossed in gold.

Project Details
Stamps  Wonderland, Embellished Ornaments
Card stock & Papers      Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Gold foil, Winter Wonderland DSP
 Ink  Versamark
Accessories  Snowflake Elements, Gold Cording Trim, Winter Wonderland Washi Set
Tools      Banner Framelits, Project Life Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Gold Embossing powder, Heat gun, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Stampamajig

Now it's time to hop over to Emma's blog to see the inspiring project she has for you. 

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You can see the full list of participants over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for looking and have a great week!


CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Gift Tags

Hi there

Welcome to our CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop this week when we are taking inspiration from the Holiday Catalogue  for gift tags. I love making gift tags as gifts for friends and if you approach it as a production line, it doesn't have to take too long to produce a set of lovely tags.  

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf, but if not, you can start the journey here and follow the trail using the button at the bottom of this post.

The first set of tags I have made using the Delicate Ornaments framelits. You can see it used on Page 15 of the Holiday Catalogue. These are very quick to make for a set of elegant tags. I think the largest ornament is the perfect size for a tag and I have made these so that they open and you can put a message inside. 

Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornaments Gift Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows how they open and I have put a simple Christmas greeting inside. There is still plenty of room to write as well.

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This is a closeup of one of the ornaments, showing the matching foil and glimmer paper. I have coloured the Iced Rhinestone with colour matched Copic markets for the gold and red tags.

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Project Details
Stamps Petite Pairs
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White Thick; Gold, Silver and Red Foil; Gold, Silver & Red Glimmer Paper
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Iced Rhinestones, Silver & Gold Cording Trim
Tools     Delicate Ornaments Framelits, Big Shot, Stampamajig, Tear and Tape, 

 

The next set was inspired by the tags on the bottom of page 8 of the catalogue.  The images on the 'Home for Christmas' are crying out to be fussy cut! 

Stampin' Up! 'Home for Christmas' DSP, Fussy Cut Gift Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

This time I have used the Circles Collection framelits, cutting a red and Very Vanilla in the larger size which are held together with the silver cord, to create an opening tag.  Of course, you can go with just the one layer as well.

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To add some sparkle, I have used Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the Pool Party circle - this is a quick way to create sparkle on any colour cardstock. Just press your die cut into the Versamark ink pad, sprinkle on the embossing powder and heat set as normal. This closeup shows it more clearly.

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You need to use strong adhesive or dimensionals to stick your images and greeting to the embossed circle.

Project Details
Stamps Jolly Christmas, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Very Vanilla, Pool Party
 Ink Real Red
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Silver Cording Trim
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Iridescent Ice Embossing powder, Heat gun, Word Window punch, Dimensionals. 

Now it is time to hop over to Monique's blog to see what inspiring projects she has for you.

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You can check out the full list of participants over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your week!


CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - 'Home for Christmas'

Hi there

Welcome to our CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop this week, in our new time slot of Sunday evening 7pm, Australian Eastern Time. This week are looking at the 'Home for Christmas' section on pages 8 -21 of the Holiday Catalogue - probably my most favourite section.

You may have come from Rebecca's blog, but if not, you can start the journey here and follow the trail using the button at the bottom of this post.

There are so many great products and ideas in 'Home for Christmas' section and the cute little elf on the bottom of page 19 caught my eye. I have combined the water coloured image with the lovely contemporary colour combo of Real Red and Pool Party from the 'Home for Christmas' DSP.

  Stampin' Up! 'Christmas Cuties' and 'Woodland' TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs.

The 'Woodland' embossing folder provides a great background for this cute elf as he trips through the forest. I used an Early Espresso marker to highlight the Birch trees and a sponge dauber and Whisper White Craft ink to whiten up the trunks, masking them off to minimise the ink getting onto the rest of the background. This also takes the edge off the darkness of the marker (although it looks darker in the photo). I added some Dazzling Diamonds sparkle for the ground and some Silver Glimmer stars hanging from the trees.  

Project Details
Stamps Christmas Cuties
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Home for Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds and Silver Glimmer paper, Watercolour paper
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Craft White. Elf Colours - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride
Accessories Silver Cording trim, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Woodland TIEF, Big Shot, Confetti Stars Border punch, Gel pen, Sponge dauber, Aquapainter, Early Espresso marker, Dimensionals

Now it's time to check out the inspiration over at Monique's blog, so click on the button below.

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You can check out the full list of participants over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog.

 Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

Hi there

It's Friday evening and the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are taking inspiration from the new Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalogue.

You may have come from Jackie's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can continue with the blog hop by using the arrow button at the bottom of the post. 

My favourite DSP from the Holiday Catalogue has to be 'Home for Christmas'. I love the combination of traditional Christmas colours mixed with more contempory colours along with the super cute images of a jolly Santa and deer. There are lots of opportunities to fussy cut images from this DSP as well.

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The card I'm sharing uses a traditional Christmas colour combo with the beautiful rich green design (I think it is mistletoe?) from 'Home with Christmas' providing the backdrop for my poinsettia flower. It does all the heavy lifting on this card

  Stampin' Up! 'Home for Christmas' DSP and Festive Flower Builder Punch. Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used the new Festive Flower Builder punch to create the poinsettia flower. I didn't want to overwhelm the card, so I  used the smaller of the single petals for the first 2 layers and 4 sets of the double petals for the centre. The Gold Glimmer stamens add a little sparkle. I always start with a 1" circle to provide a base for the petals and use glue dots for a quick and mess-free build of the flower. I haven't popped up the layers, but it still has lots of dimension.

The greeting is from the lovely Hostess set 'Antique Tags', coloured with Stampin' Write markers direct to the rubber.

Project Details
Stamps Antique Tags
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Home for Christmas DSP, Gold Glimmer paper
 Ink Stampin Write markers (Mossy Meadow, Real Red)
Accessories Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes 1 1/4" Satin Ribbon, Gold flat back cabochons (not SU)
Tools     Banner Triple punch, Washi Label punch, Festive Flower Builder punch, 1" Circle punch, Glue dots

That's it from me, so click on the button below to head to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog which has the full list of participants and you can start at the top of the list.

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Thanks for looking!


Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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Today I'm getting together with some of the lovely Demonstrators from the 'Art with Heart'  Stampin' Up! team to share projects made with the fabulous products from the new Holiday Catalogue. You can purchase these products now, until 4th January 2016.

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kate Morgan, but if not, you can start the journey here and continue to the next blog using the button at the bottom of this post.

I decided to focus on the 'Embellished Ornaments' and matching 'Delicate Ornaments' Thinlits dies for my projects today. First up is a shaker card in striking gold, black and white to mirror the 'Wonderland' suite of products.  This is not a colour combo I have ever used for Christmas, but I think it is very elegant.

Stampin' Up! Shaker Card using 'Embellished Ornaments' & 'Delicate Ornaments' Thinlits. Judy May, Just Judy Designs.

 To create the gold frame for the shaker bauble, I used the 1 3/4" circle punch to cut a circle in a piece of gold foil paper and then used the next size up framelit from the Circles Collection to create the gold frame. I cut just the 'hanger' part of the round Delicate Ornaments bauble using the framelit and carefully glued it behind the frame. It is a tiny bit larger than the bauble framelit, but I don't think it is noticeable. Here is a close-up of the baubles.

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The front panel was first embossed with the lovely 'Softly Falling' embossing folder before cutting the circle for the shaker with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  Then comes a 2" square of Window Sheet over the hole and the 3D foam strip that is gently molded around the circle. Now that Stampin' Up! doesn't carry the shaker frames, I use the Couture Creations 1/8" wide 3D Foam Strips; they make shaker cards fast and easy. I popped in the confetti from the Metallics Sequin Assortment and added a Dazzling Diamonds lid. Once the shaker is finished you can add the gold frame to the front and complete the rest of the details. I hand cut the Dazzling Diamonds backing for the other detailed bauble, by tracing around the thinlit die. 

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When attaching your shaker component to the card mat or base card, I recommend that you add the foam strips all the way around your piece as shown in the pic above. It makes for a great professional finish and prevents buckling and sagging. 

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Finally, for the inside I have stamped the holly spray in Encore Gold ink in the top right corner and added a strip of the 'Wonderland' gold striped washi to finish.

Project Details
Stamps Embellished Ornaments, To You and Yours Too
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Dazzling Diamonds and Gold Glimmer paper
 Ink Versarmark, Encore Gold (retired)
Accessories Metallics Sequins Assortment, Flat Back Gold pearls (not SU), Gold Cording Trim, Wonderland Washi set
Tools     Falling Softly TIEF, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate. Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, 1/8" 3D Foam Strips (Couture Creations), Tombow, Stampamajig

 

The next card I have uses the long bauble from the 'Embellished Ornaments' stamp set in traditional Christmas colours of Real Red and Mossy Meadow. It is clean and simple and a great layout to mass produce. 

Stampin' Up! 'Embellished Ornaments' & 'Delicate Ornaments' Thinlits. Judy May, Just Judy Designs.

I have added some Cherry Cobbler ink around the edges of the bauble to give it more depth and some sparkle with the holly berries in Red Glimmer paper. This has been followed through on the lovely sentiment from this stamp set. The new Fine Tip Glue Pen was the perfect option to add the small red glimmer circles for the berries.

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 To finish the inside there is another spray of holly with sparkly berries and some striped DSP on the bottom edge. 

Project Details
Stamps Embellished Ornaments
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Red Glimmer paper, Brights DSP Stack, Gold foil
 Ink Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Gold Cording Trim
Tools     Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, Big Shot, 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), Owl Builder Punch, Dimensionals, Stampamajig, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Glue dots

 

My final card uses the large detailed thinlit from the 'Delicate Ornaments' set. The new Precision Base Plate does a great job of cutting these detailed dies and they come out cleanly and easily from the die.

Stampin' Up! 'Delicate Ornaments' Thinlits. Judy May, Just Judy Designs.
 

This is another clean and simple layout in a regal colour combo of navy, white and silver, but would also look great in colours like Island Indigo, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry. I've added a band of the new white Glitter ribbon across the centre for contrast. The ribbon is surprisingly soft and easy to work with and you can never have too much bling for Christmas!

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I backed the die cut with Silver Foil and the small flower thinlit  in Silver Glimmer adds sparkle to the centre of the bauble with one of the new Iced Rhinestones to finish it off. 

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The inside has been finished with a  border of silver stars from the 'Holly Jolly Greetings' stamps set at the top and some silver sparkle at the bottom.

Project Details
Stamps Lots of Joy, Holly Jolly Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Silver Foil
 Ink Versamark, Encore Silver (retired)
Accessories White Glitter Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Iced Rhinestones
Tools     Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, Big Shot, Banner punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Silver embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals

Now it is time to head over to see the inspiring project on Claire's blog. Click on the button below.

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If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rachel Woollard
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kate Morgan
  4. Judy May - that's me!
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kathryn Ruddick
  8. Tina Gillespie
  9. Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Thanks for visiting today!


CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop - Make a Difference!

Hi there

Tonight the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are looking at the 'Sprinkles of Life' stamp set which is this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. Stampin' Up! has been supporting this charity for more than 10 years and has contributed over $1,000,000.00. These funds support families who need to stay away from home for their children to receive medical treatment, including in Australia. For each purchase of this stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 AUD to RMHC.  It's a great stamp set and a great cause, so I hope you will consider purchasing it and help make a difference!

You may have come from Rebecca's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can continue the journey by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post.

'Sprinkles of Life' is an incredibly versatile stamp set and unfortunately I only had time to make one card.  I've created a fun shaker birthday card featuring an apple tree and a bunch of apples that you need to get into the basket on the corner.  I saw this idea at Convention and have been wanting to try it out. I'm sure there is a name for these games that I remember from childhood. To add some extra interest you have to manoeuvre around the apples on the tree!

It was difficult to photograph the card due to the reflection off the window sheet, which you can see on the right hand side.

Stampin' Up! 'Sprinkles of Life' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs.

I created a taller tree by stamping a second tree at the first junction of branches. If you carefully wipe off the bottom edge of the tree after you have inked it, it meshes together quite well. 

Project Details
Stamps Sprinkles of Life, Sheltering Tree
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede, Cherry on Top Stack
 Ink Early Espresso, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist, Soft Sky, Versamark
Accessories Brights Candy Dots, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Tree Builder punch, Early Espresso Embossing powder (retired), Heat gun, Aquapainter, Stampin Write Markers, White Gel pen

Now it is time to move on to check out the inspiration on Elizabeth's blog. Click on the button below.

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As always, you can see the full list of participants in today's blog hop and join in by linking up your creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog.

Thanks for looking!