CASE-ing the Catty - Birthdays


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I'm pleased to be back with the Crew, case-ing the fabulous new Annual Catalogue. This week we are taking our inspiration from the Birthdays section of the catalogue on Pages 66-79

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I've taken inspiration from the square shaker card on the bottom of page 68. I don't have this set of products, but it was the frame itself that inspired me as I thought it would form a nice base for the lovely rose from the new 'Healing Hugs' stamp set. I love that we now have a stamp set with sentiments to send get well wishes. The rose image is one of the new DistINKtive type stamps that create amazing depth with just a single stamped image.

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I started with a base card of thick Whisper White and added a panel of the new Balmy Blue card stock embossed with the new 'Tufted' Dynamic embossing folder. I love this clear blue that reminds me of the long retired Bashful Blue. The embossing folder adds a lovely diamond pattern that is still quite subtle and perfect for background interest. I created a multi-layer frame using the squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits and added some of the striped designer paper from the new 6" x 6" stacks in each of the colour collections to the reverse of the smallest frame. I'm really happy we have a matching designer paper for every colour again.

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I stamped the gorgeous rose in Berry Burst ink and the leaves in Garden Green ink and fussy cut them on edge of the images. I don't often do this, but I liked it better without the border. Go around the edge of your image with a coordinating marker (from the reverse side) to cover the white core. I used a single colour this time, but you can create lovely effects by layering on additional colour with a sponge dauber to create shaded and variegated roses. I white embossed one of the greetings on the new Blueberry Bushel card stock and added a flagged end. This is also a gorgeous clear blue. You can see some of the details in this closeup.

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I created a border at the base of the writing panel with two of the other images in the 'Healing Hugs' stamp set. To add a bit more pop, I added a 3mm border of the Berry Burst striped designer paper at the top and bottom. 

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Healing Hugs
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Berry Burst, Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, 6 x 6 In Colour & Subtles Designer Series Paper
 Ink Berry Burst, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories Pearlized Doilies, Basic Jewels Rhinestones
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Squares Framelits, Tufted Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, White EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals

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CASE-ing the Catty - Hostess Sets and Memories & More


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It's Sunday, so that means the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are back with more creative inspiration for you. This week we're looking at Hostess Sets and Memories & More Card Packs from both the Annual and Occasions Catalogues. 

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I've taken my inspiration from this pretty sample on page 56 of the Annual Catalogue using the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and the Petal Garden DSP Stack. I think it is a gift box, but I've created a card using the same layout.

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

I've changed up the colours a bit, but kept the square layout, using Old Olive for the basic card. I added some of the Sweet Sugarplum trellis design paper to a piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock and layered on a banner using a coordinating design from the Petal Garden DSP stack and tucked half a Delicate White Doily underneath. I wrapped the Old Olive ribbon around the panel twice, crossing it over and finishing in a bow on the right.


I selected the 3" x 4" card with the wreath design from the Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack and stamped the greeting from the (sadly retiring) 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. I popped the card into my Stamparatus stamping platform and placed a scrap piece of acetate over the top of the card. It allowed me to stamp the greeting and check the positioning in relation the wreath image. Before adhering the gold foil overlay, I trimmed down the wreath card slightly and rounded the corners so they didn't poke out and then popped it up over the banner.

There are coordinating floral die cuts in the card pack, but I chose to stamp the matching image from the 'Graceful Garden' stamp set. I used Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry direct to the rubber to create the outline image in coordinating colours. Using the Stamparatus stamping platform it was easy to add some extra colour to the image where I needed it.  Stampin' Blends alcohol markers were used to colour the flower before fussing cutting and popping it up in the corner. I love the softer look that is achieved by using the markers on the outline image.


For the inside I have a Sweet Sugarplum mat for my writing panel. I added some washi at the bottom in Old Olive and what I thought was Rich Razzleberry, but is actually Berry Burst. However I think it all blends in without a problem. In the top corner I've heat embossed part of the trellis in gold and then added another of the coloured and fussy cut flowers. 

Stampin' Up! Petal Garden Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
The asymmetric layout doesn't come naturally to me, but I quite like the end result. When I asked my husband what thought, the first thing he said was that it was crooked. I hope the lady who is going to receive it doesn't think that! I'm going to be using this as a 'get well' card, I think it would also be perfect for Mother's Day.  

If you love this look, you will need to order the Petal Garden DSP Stack and Memories & More Card Pack now, as both products are retiring.

Project Details
Stamps Graceful Garden, Butterfly Basics 
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Petal Garden DSP Stack, Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack, scrap Gold Glimmer
 Ink Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories Delicate White Doilies, Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Basic Packs 1 & 2 Washi
Tools     Stampin' Blends (Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue


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CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Love & Sympathy

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It's Friday evening again and time for the CASE-ing the Catty Crew to bring you more inspiration from the Stampin' Up! catalogues. This week we are looking at the 'Love and Sympathy' section on pages 19-30 of the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue.   

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This week I have taken my inspiration from the card at the bottom of Page 20. I've been wanting to try out the sweet ribbon treatment on this card for ages, so I decided to case the layout to go with it. I love that this card is very clean and simple with lots of white space and my version is bright and cheery as well, which I think is perfect for a 'get well' card. I have used a selection of elements from a range of stamp sets. 

CAS Get Well with 'Everything Eleanor'

After stamping the flourish from 'Everything Eleanor' I added a strip of 6mm double sided tape to the edge of the Whisper White card stock.  Start at the bottom placing the Melon Mambo ribbon on the tape for about 2cm  (leave a short tail to fold under the card) and then fold back the ribbon for 1cm and then forward another 2cm to create the pleat. Do this 3 times and then continue the ribbon to the far end of the card. Cut the ribbon and fold it under the card at each end. Create and attach the bow in the centre separately with a glue dot. I used a glue dot to hold down the first pleat, but the rest stayed in place without any adhesive.

This is how I finished the inside of the card, using a strip of the Bermuda Bay washi tape from the 'Cherry on Top' set.



Project Details
Stamps Everything Eleanor, Thoughts & Prayers, Kinda Eclectic, Butterfly Basics
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
 Ink Bermuda Bay, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Tea Lace Doilies, Melon Mambo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Cherry on Top Washi set
Tools     Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Corner Rounder punch

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Moon Lake Get Well

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Masculine cards are more in demand in my house since my husband joined Rotary. Unfortunately, the need is always 'right now' and yesterday I managed to turn the Moon Lake duck card from a birthday to a get well in double quick time.  So, I'm going to try and get ahead by building up my stash of male cards. I really like the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalgoue for masculine cards . This time I have used the boat and tree image to create a water scene with ink pads and an Aqua Painter.

I used my new Argyle embossing folder for the first time to add some texture at the top and left the Crumb Cake base show at the base. The Early Espresso candy dots finish it off.



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Delightful Dozen, Serene Silhouettes (Inside)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Water Colour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories Neutrals (Early Espresso) Candy Dots
Tools     Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for looking!

A New Year and New Toys!

Hello, hello

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday season.  Summer holidays are in full swing here in Australia, so I hope you are getting some time to craft.

Yes, it has been way too long since my last post. December turned out to be a whirlwind; between preparing for my Christmas Craft market, followed by 10 days in Western Australia visiting family and friends, a few days home and then 2 weeks in New Zealand for Christmas and New Year. We had a fabulous time in Northland in the North Island of New Zealand. I can highly recommend it as a holiday destination. It is subtropical, so warm and the scenery is stunning. 

I finally have a couple of cards to share using the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp  set from the fabulous new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue. This is definitely going to be one of my favourites and I'm sure it will be one of yours too if you like colouring. Both cards use the same layout with some of the fabulous 'Irresistibly Yours' DSP from the Saleabration Catalogue.  This is a set of white on white designs that allow you to create emboss resist backgrounds using your favourite method.  This time I have used a sponge and ink pad to colour the 2 panels, but you could also spritz or brayer them.  You can get this DSP FREE with an order of $90 (before postage) - you can click on the catalogue in the sidebar to see the other free products available during Saleabration.


The flower spray was coloured with Pink Pirouette Blendabilities (or 'Blendies' is less of a mouthful!) with a touch of Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi for the foliage.  I love these lighter colours, both of which are new in the Occasions Catalogue. I sponged Sahara Sand ink on the left hand panel. This card is for a lady in my husband's Rotary Club.


The colour combo on this card gives it a more vibrant look. I have sponged So Saffron ink on the left panel and coloured the floral spray with the new Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Blendies. I also used a touch of Night of Navy on the shading. The butterfly and greeting also come from the 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. The touch of Sahara Sand lace is also new in the Occasions catty. This card is for a special friend having a milestone birthday. 

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SAB), Bazzill White Linen, Marina Mist
 Ink Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Accessories Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, Basic Pearls
Tools     1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Owl Builder punch (heart), Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilities (Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight), Sponge dauber, Dimensionals.

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Masculine Get Well

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With my husband being the president of his local Rotary Club this year, I have been asked for more masculine cards recently. This time, it was a get well card. I went to my current masculine 'go to' stamp set "Wetlands" and with some inspiration from Pinterest, I created this card. It is very 'flat', which is unusual for me. I had to resist the temptation to add more embellishment, however, I like the clean lines of it.

I made a mask with the Squares Collection Framelits to create the sponged background. I suggest you cut your mask the exact size of your finished piece to make placement easy without further trimming being needed. The images from 'Wetlands' were stamped after the mask was removed.  The background colours are Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist and Soft Sky.


This is the inside of the card, where I have done some 'freehand' sponging to ground the goose image from 'Wetlands'. To me, decorating the inside of the card is one of the things that makes a handmade card 'special' and it doesn't take that much longer when you already have everything out on your desk.



I think I will be making a few more of these to have in my stash.

Project Details
Stamps Wetlands, Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Whisper White
 Ink Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky
Accessories None
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponges, Stampamajig

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Blendies Bloom


Hi there

Have you tried the new Stampin' Up! 'Blendabilities' alcohol markers yet?  If you like colouring (which I find very therapeutic), you will enjoy the lovely shading and blending of colours that you can achieve with these markers.  All 13 sets of markers listed in the Annual Catalogue are now available for purchase.

One of the the best things, in my opinion, about the Blendabilities is that you get 3 shades of the colour (light, medium, dark) in each pack. This makes the process of getting started must easier. Just choose your favourite Stampin' Up! colours from the range and you are good to go.  

You can use the Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock as the base (or other Stampin' Up! card stocks for that matter), but you need to stamp your image in Memento ink to ensure don't get any 'bleed' from the markers. You will also stain the tips of the markers if you use Staz On ink.  The other tip I have for you, is to make sure your stamped image is fully dry before starting to colour. Give it a quick blast with the heat gun if you want to colour your stamped image immediately.

You will find lots of  tutorials on the Internet giving advice on how to colour with Blendabilities. There has been much discussion about the pros and cons of going light to dark or dark to light with your colours. Both options seem to produce good results, so I think it is really a matter of preference. I prefer to start light and then add extra colour gradually, until I'm happy with the result. Even the 'Subltes' Blendabilities are very bold colours, so I feel that starting with the lightest colour will give you more control over the final result. If you are starting out, choose a medium sized line image and stamp it a few times on a sheet of Whisper White and try out both options to find which works best for you.

I have finally managed to get one of my coloured 'Blended Bloom'  images onto a card. I have used the new 'I Love Lace' background stamp, which is so detailed, to contrast with the bold flower. The rest of the design is very simple, with some Basic Pearls coloured with the lightest Calypso Coral Blendabilities to finish it off. Being able to colour your rhinestones and pearls to match your project is an added bonus of the Blendabilities!



Project Details
Stamps Blended Bloom, I Love Lace, Express Yourself (Hostess, retired), Peaceful Petals (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Subtles Backgrounds
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Blendabilties (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Skin Tones, Crumb Cake), Dimensionals

Happy colouring!

Get Well Wishes

Hi there

It has been way too long since my last post, so I hope things will return to normal soon.  I had a great time in W.A. catching up with family and friends (waving Karen and FionaBye ).  Lots to do when I got home, with an old school friend of my husband coming to visit as well.  After having a nice time visiting my Mum and being able to go out and do a few things for the first time in 18 months, I got the bad news that she had fallen in the bathroom and broken her ankle and leg. So after getting on her feet again after 3 knee replacements, she now has her other leg in plaster for the next 6 weeks. 

This card is for Mum, hopefully to cheer her up as she is still in hospital at the moment. I have used lots of new products from the recently released Annual Catalogue.  Unfortunately, I had to take the photo in artificial light, as I was rushing to get it in the mail.


There is lots to love in the new Annual Catalogue, but the new paper piercing templates that match the Framelits make it easy to add extra interest to your project. The Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon is lovely to work with and coordinates well with Rose Red if you want something a little lighter in colour.

Project Details
Stamps Summer Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers
Card stock & Papers Rose Red, Bazzill White Linen, Polka Dot Parade DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Accessories Primrose Petals Stitched Satin ribbon, 2mm flat back pearls (not SU)

Window Frame Framelits, Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Festive and Essentials Paper Piercing Packs and Tool

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Thinking of You


 You may have guessed that I’m really enjoying the new products from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue.  There isn’t much on this card that isn’t out of the new catalogue!

 I have made this card for my Mum who is back in hospital in Perth to have her knee replacement done for a second time.  This is one of those horror stories of hospital acquired antibiotic resistant infections that has taken 15 months to resolve (hopefully).  She had surgery on Monday but woke up to find that they decided not to go ahead until they did more pathology on ‘stuff’ they found in her knee.  She has to wait another 5 days to find out whether there is still an infection present.  I hope this card will brighten her day.

The base card is Pale Plum which I think is a great coordinating colour for the new Cottage Wall DSP. It is a lot softer than Orchid Opulence and matches really well with the pattern on the DSP.  Unfortunately, Pale Plum is one of the colours we will be losing as a result of the Colour Renovation (more on that later) that will occur with the release of the new 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue in September.  Don't worry there will be plenty of time to stock up on the retiring colours.

The centre panel is based on the Top Note die cut from Whisper White. The vine from Vintage Vogue has been stamped in the corners.  The sentiment panel is a tag cut using the Big Shot and the Lots of Tags die set. I cut a second tag from Whisper white and cut out the oval and stamped it and popped it up in the centre. The bird was cut with the new XL Two Step Bird punch. You can cut the shapes from one piece of card or DSP or the individual shapes from smaller pieces. The full details of the products used are below.


Card Details



Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Whisper White, Kraft, Cottage Wall DSP


Rich Razzleberry


White Taffeta ribbon


Sponge daubers, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Lots of Tags Die, Eyelet Border punch, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen

 I hope you enjoy your weekend.