Milestone Birthday Wow

Hi there

I have a milestone birthday card to share with you today. This was a commission from a lovely friend for her husband who turned 50 last week. I think a 'zero' birthday always deserves a special card, as it marks the beginning of a new decade.

I have chosen a tri-fold card, that folds to fit into a standard DL envelope. This is a simple 'fancy fold', so perfect for a masculine card, but you can dress it up as much as you want. I've chosen to go with a classic black, white and gold colour combo that packs a punch.  Here's a first look.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the card folded flat, ready to go into the envelope. I have used the full length of a sheet of white A4 card stock, divided into 3. The photo doesn't do the gold foil and glimmer accents justice; it's very shiny and sparkly!

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
This photo shows the card standing, perfect for display. At the tallest point it is the full height of the A4 sheet (21cm).

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In this close-up photo you can see I have built up the gold foil '50' with 5 layers of of Crushed Curry card stock to add more dimension. Above that, I have attached the gold foil 'celebrate' on the edge of the first fold and then adhered 2 additional layers to the reverse side to add dimension and make it more robust.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the card open, revealing the balloons on the last fold that are attached to the Gold Glimmer 'happy birthday' die cut with metallic thread. The centre panel is left blank for the giver's message.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Finally, here is the card open flat, so you can see the panels and the dimensions. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Project Details
Stamps  
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, Designer Acetate (retired)
 Ink  
Accessories Gold Metallic Thread
Tools     Large Numbers Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Celebrate You Thinlits, Big Shot, Balloon punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (retired), Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

 

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A Big Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CASE-ing the Catty - Everyday Occasions

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Hi there

Welcome to the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue! I hope you are enjoying browsing the new products and samples as much as I am. There is so much to take in and I keep seeing new things I didn't notice the first or second time. This week the Crew are taking inspiration from the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue, which is very extensive.

You may have come from visiting Julia's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

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I have chosen the sample above to CASE this week. I love the layout and the lovely background using the new 'Burlap' background stamp and the Garden Trellis embossing folder, which are in my first order, currently in transit. I decided to make a masculine card using the layout and products I already have, plus some of the new Eastern Palace Speciality Designer paper. I hope the end result qualifies as masculine, lol, as it is pretty bright!

Stampin' Up! Super Duper meets Eastern Palace for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

My base card is Pacific Point and I've added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist that I have stamped with the cross-hatch stamp from the 'Best Birds' stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist ink. It adds interest without taking over, in the same way the Burlap backgrounds does in the sample. I have used two of the designs from the Eastern Palace Speciality DSP for my banners. To make them more robust, I adhered them to Very Vanilla card stock first, before cutting them with the Banner Triple punch. 

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I have used the stamp set 'Super Duper' that carried over from the Occasions Catalogue, for my greeting. I'm glad it did carry over, as I haven't inked it up until now. It is stamped in Pacific Point with the smaller greeting in Lemon Lime Twist and then cropped with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. This closeup shows the background and the greeting more clearly and the silver metallic stars that I added for the finishing touch. 
    

Stampin' Up! Super Duper meets Eastern Palace for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

For the inside, I have a Lemon Lime Twist mat and a small strip of the matching DSP at the bottom. I stamped the large greeting from the 'Super Duper' stamp set in Lemon Lime Twist on the writing panel and then again in Pacific Point on a separate piece. I fussy cut the 'super duper' banner and adhered it over the top of the stamped image.

Project Details
Stamps Super Duper, Best Birds
Card stock & Papers     Pacific Point, Lemon Lime Twist, Very VaillaEastern Palace Speciality DSP, 
 Ink Lemon Lime Twist, Pacific Point
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Triple punch, Dimensionals

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

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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.
 
 
Stampin' Up! Wetlands - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
 
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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OnStage Swaps

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I've been in Perth for the last few days and yesterday I attended the Stampin' Up! OnStage event with one of lovely my team members, Maxine.  It was her first Stampin' Up! event and it was fabulous to be able to share the excitement with her. We got the brand new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue in our hands to drool over - yes, there is much to drool over!  This is one of the many things I love about being a Demonstrator; you get to see all the new product in advance, plus get to order some of it as well.  It is always lovely to catch up with ladies from our team who live interstate and to share ideas with other Demonstrators with our swaps.

As I had to leave home early, I brought my swaps to Perth in pieces and spent a crazy couple of days putting them together. It always amazes me how long it takes - I think I need to start them 3 months earlier (although I know I never will, lol) or make them a lot simpler (that's not me either, sigh).  However, I got to sit and chat with my lovely MIL, Betty while I put them together. I did a masculine and feminine version of the same layout, with a just a few changes to embellishments.

This is the masculine version in Island Indigo, Basic Black and Smoky Slate with Copper foil accents. The Smoky Slate layer has been embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder, which is perfect for masculine cards. I have cut an extended panel with the largest of the squares from the Stitched Shapes framelits and stamped the birthday greeting from the 'Balloon Adventures' stamp set. I inked up the bottom half of the greeting with Island Indigo and then used the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker on the top 2 lines and the 'you'. By the time I had finished stamping these panels, my hands were a rather ugly green/black colour. 

Stampin' Up! Balloon Adventures & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits for OnStage Perth 2017 Swap - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

He is a close-up that shows up the details a bit better. The smaller stitched square in Island Indigo was stamped in Versamark with one of the designs from the 'Timeless Textures' stamp set for a bit of extra interest. The stream of dragonflies were cut from Copper foil (although it looks a bit like gold) and I also used it as an accent in the flags and the little dots (masculine bling, lol). 

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Project Details
Stamps Balloon Adventures, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Island Indigo, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Copper foil
 Ink Island Indigo, Versamark
Accessories None
Tools     Hexagon Dynamic TIEF, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Big Shot, 1/8" Circle punch, Basic Black Stampin' Write marker

The feminine version is in Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and white with the same copper dragonflies and flag detail. This time I've used the 'Petal Burst' embossing folder and the greeting from 'Butterfly Basics' is stamped in Soft Suede. I've added the Blushing Bride Stitched Satin ribbon around the stamped panel and some pearls on the flags for a girly feel.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits for OnStage Perth 2017 Swap - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

Project Details
Stamps Buttefly Basics, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Copper foil
 Ink Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride Stitched Satin ribbon    
Tools     Petal Burst TIEF, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Big Shot

Leave me a comment to let me know which one is your favourite.  I have one of each to give away and I'm happy to send it where ever!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Urban Underground

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Hi there

It's Sunday again, so the CTC Crew have more creative inspiration for you from the Urban Underground Suite on Pages 46-49 of the Occasions Catalogue. 

You may have come from looking at the fab project  on Simone's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

The Urban Underground Suite is a fabulous collection of stamps, dies, designer paper and embellishments that are perfect for masculine cards. I do find masculine cards a challenge, so I need all the help I can get, lol. I've chosen this card on the top right of page 46 to CASE. I've cropped it from the main photo, so you can see a bit more of the detail. It uses the 'Urban District' stamp set, which I don't have, so I have improvised.


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Did you notice the cross washi used at the top and bottom of the sample card (it is hard to see as it is silver on a vanilla background)?  I decided to use the Basic Gray striped washi from the Urban Underground Designer washi set around the edge of my mat so that it frames the art piece and provides a nice contrast to the black card base and the Very Vanilla centre panel. 

The hexagon die comes from the 'Build It Framelits' dies and I've cut 3 from the Urban Underground Speciality designer paper and positioned them on the Very Vanilla panel. This gave me the reference points for the paint splotch from the 'Gorgeous Grunge' stamp set which I stamped in Basic Gray ink.

Stampin' Up! Urban Underground Suite for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I die cut a 4th hexagon in Basic Gray card stock and then embossed it with the Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder. As shown on page 46 of the Occasions Catalogue, you get a fabulous result if you spritz it lightly on the back before embossing. The happy birthday greeting is from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set (I masked the bottom half of the stamp) and is stamped in Delightful Dijon and cropped with the label die also from the Build It Framelits. This is not one of my favourite colours, but looks great as an accent colour on this masculine card. This hexagon is layered over the top of the other three and I added a couple of screw heads from the Urban Underground embellishments to the greeting label. They are probably a tiny bit large but they do add to the 'urban industrial' feel of the card. There is nothing 'sissy' about this card, lol! The nut and bolt have been die cut from silver foil and you will need to use your Precision Plate to get the best result.

Stampin' Up! Urban Underground Suite for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have used two of the designs from the Urban Underground  washi set at the base, together with a nut and bolt die cut from silver foil and a paint splotch in the top right corner.

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Project Details
Stamps Gorgeous Grunge, Designer Tin of Cards
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla, Urban Underground Speciality DSP, Silver foil
 Ink Basic Gray, Delightful Dijon
Accessories Urban Underground Embellishments, Urban Underground washi set
Tools     Hexagons Dynamic TIEF, Build It Framelits dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals

I'm at the end of the line this week, so click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Kelly has for you today. 

 

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of the Urban Underground section on pages 46-49 of the Occasions Catalogue using our new Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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

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CASE-ing the Catty - Sale-a-bration Again

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This week the CTC crew are taking inspiration from pages 12-15 of the Sale-a-bration brochure. 

You may have come from looking at the beautiful project  on Bronwyn's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

This week I have chosen to case the great layout of this card on the left of page 12.

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I've got 2 cards to share with you using this layout, which is really flexible. I had lots of ideas in mind and the cards came together quickly. The first one uses the floral die cut from the Flourish Thinlit dies over one of my favourite Stitched Shapes circles. The background is Crumb Cake embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder over the Rose Red base card. The photo doesn't do justice to the gorgeous Mint Macaron glimmer paper from the Glimmer Paper Assortment pack, that I have used for the flourish. This is one of the new Sale-a-bration options available to choose until 31 March.

Stampin' Up! Flourish Thinlits & Cottage Greetings for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This closeup pic shows up the colour of the glimmer paper.

  Stampin' Up! Flourish Thinlits & Cottage Greetings for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

For the inside, I have used some of the offcuts of glimmer paper to cut some leaves for the corner and a strip at the base for a simple finish.

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Project Details
Stamps Cottage Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack
 Ink Rose Red
Accessories White Sequins (Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit), Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Woodgrain TIEF, Flourish Thinlit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot

The second card also came together quickly. I have used the 'Up & Away' Thinlits dies and the coordinating 'Lift Me Up' stamp set for this card. This time, I have used the large cloud as my grounding element for the die cut balloon to sit on.  The base card is Basic Gray with the Soft Sky layer embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder. I could easily have left it plain, but I quite like the background texture. 

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up & Up & Away Thinlits for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Here is a closeup of the detail in the balloon. This is such a great die and perfect for masculine cards.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up & Up & Away Thinlits for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I added some of the retired striped washi from the Candy Cane Lane set at the base with a strip of Night of Navy to trim it and the smaller balloon stamped, coloured and die cut in the top right corner.

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Project Details
Stamps Lift Me Up
Card stock & Papers     Basic Gray, Real Red, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Brights Enamel Shapes, Candy Cane Lane washi (retired)
Tools     Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Project Life Cards & Labels Dies, Elegant Dots TIEF, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits (retired), Big Shot, Dimensionals

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

 

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of pages 12-15 of the Sale-a-bration brochure using our new Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.

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

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CASE-ing the Catty - Cupcakes & Carousels

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Hi there

Today the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the 'Cupcake & Carousels' section of the new Occasions Catalogue.  

You may have come from looking at the inspiring creation on Jackie's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

It was hard choosing a sample to CASE from this section, so I have 2 projects from the group on page 8.  I'm going through a 'Bermuda Bay' phase at the moment, so the colour combo and the bold sunburst design of the card in front attracted me and I wanted to break open the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment pack.

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The sample card uses one of the designs from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper stack. I don't have this DSP, so I decided to create my own sunburst using the Sunburst Thinlits dies. I went on a bit of a creative journey to get to my final result. My original idea was to use the Sunburst die cut as a mask and sponge the alternate colour onto the Pool Party card stock. However, once I had finished I decided I actually liked the look of the blotchy mask, so I sponged on more colour to smooth it out a bit.  It is a bit hard to see in the photo, but I added some 'grunge' to the Pool Party background using one of the stamps from 'Timeless Textures' stamp set and then adhered the sun burst over the top and mounted it onto an Early Espresso base card. I really like the extra dimension that this gives to the card.

Stampin' Up! Sunburst Thinlits & Lift Me Up for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have also used one of the gold-trimmed labels from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment kit, but instead of stamping directly on it, I added the Tangerine Tango banner and popped up the greeting that I die cut with the Project Life Framelits. I added the balloon to coordinate with the greeting.

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This closeup photo gives you a better view of the lovely gold-trimmed label and the texture and dimension created by the various elements on the card.  The colours are more intense than the photo shows.

Stampin' Up! Sunburst Thinlits & Lift Me Up for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

For the inside, I have added a strip of the Early Espresso design from the Moroccan DSP and topped it with the narrow Tangerine Tango washi from the Party Animal set. The smaller balloon from 'Lift Me Up' has been stamped and coloured and then die cut and popped in the top right corner to finish. This card is going to a young man who achieved his chosen university course, so I hope he likes it!

Project Details
Stamps Lift Me Up, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Early Espresso, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, thick Whisper White, Moroccan DSP
 Ink Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Gold flat back pearls (not SU), Party Animal Washi set
Tools     Sunburst Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Project Life Framelits, Itty Bitty Banners (retired), Big Shot, Stampin' Write markers, Sponge dauber

My second project is the cafe treat bag just above and to the right of the sunburst card. I have kept the basic layout but have added a scallop circle with one of the lovely new Lace Doilies as the focal point for my greeting.  The designer paper is from the 'Succulent Garden' pack. The Petite Cafe treat bags are great for a range of gifts as well as treats as they have a wide gusset that fits more than you would expect.

   Stampin' Up! Petite Cafe Gift Bag & Succulent Garden for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Here is a close-up showing the lovely ombre ribbon that comes in the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit.

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Project Details
Stamps So in Love
Card stock & Papers     Calypso Coral, Succulent Garden, Subtles DSP Stack    
 Ink Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories Petite Cafe Bags, Lace Doilies, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Tree punch (retired)

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the fabulous project that Mel has to inspire you today. 

 

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We would love you to join in with your CASE from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue using our new Facebook group.  Click on this link or the image below to go to there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation - easy peasy!

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

Don't forget that you can choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue for every $90 (before shipping) you spend on products from any of the current Stampin' Up! catalogues. There is a super range of options to choose from, including stamp sets, designer paper, embellishments and a card kit.  If you don't yet have an Occasions or Sale-a-bration catalogue, you can leave your details here and I will pop one in the post for you.

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A Marquee Message

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Today I'm sharing one of the cards we made in class on the weekend. We used the new 'Marquee Messages' stamp set that is fabulous for masculine, teen and kids cards for a starter. However, it is certainly not limited to these and would also make a super birthday or thank you card for either gender. It has a funky retro look that gives it wide appeal. This set has a number of messages, but I went with the birthday option for my card and a couple of ladies in the class made the 'awesome' option. I love the extra greetings that you can pair with your marquee message, too.

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I have made the new In Colours Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim a focus for my card, along with the yummy new copper embossing powder. This powder gives a really thick, rich finish and a realistic metallic look. The arrow was stamped on Dapper Denim, fussy cut and popped up on the shadow. I used a white gel pen for the 'lights' on it.  The numbers were pressed into the Versamark ink pad and dipped into the copper embossing powder twice to give a bold finish. Stampin' Write markers were used to colour the spiral, shadow and message in the centre. The finished panel was matted on Real Red and popped up on the Emerald Envy base card.

I'm sure you can see lots of combinations for colouring and paper piecing the various elements on the the main image. I'm looking forward to making a girly version next.

Stampin' Up! Marquee Messages - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

For the inside, I've kept it quite simple, with more of the lovely Emerald Envy striped washi tape (from the Playful Palette set) and a single Dapper Denim balloon.

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Project Details
Stamps Marquee Messages
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Basic Black, Whisper White, 2016-18 In Colour Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Playful Palette Washi set
Tools     Little Letters Framelits (retired), Big Shot, 1 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), 1 1/4" Circle punch (retired), Balloon Bouquet punch, Copper Embossing powder, Heat gun, Stampin' Write markers - Real Red, Soft Sky, Dimensionals, White gel pen, Xyron

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CASE-ing the Catty - Botanicals

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The CTC Crew are taking their inspiration from the Botanicals section of the Occasions Catalogue this week. I have 2 very different cards to share with you today.

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I've taken my inspiration from these Stampin' Up! samples of the 'In the Meadow' stamp set on page 28 of the Occasions catty. Up to now I have only used the tree image as silhouette, so it was a good opportunity to ink up the rest of the images.

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I've created an outdoor scene that is perfect for a masculine card. I started by stamping the images in Basic Black Archival ink on water colour paper and then got to work with my ink pads and aqua painter. Make sure you let the archival ink dry thoroughly before you start water colouring or give your piece a blast with the heat gun to be sure. I had a few practice runs on scrap paper to work out the position of each image before stamping onto the water colour paper. I have taken the colour cues from the image with a mat of Pumpkin Pie on the Marina Mist base card. I've added the Cherry Cobbler accent down the 'spine' of the card and to mat the birthday greeting.

    Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

I have kept the inside simple, stamping the tree as a silhouette this time. I had to resort to my retired DSP Pattern stacks to get the Marina Mist striped border. I've used Very Vanilla for the writing panel as it matched the water colour paper and the tone on tone stripes work so well with either white or vanilla.

Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps  In the Meadow, Party Pants
Card stock & Papers      Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Water Colour paper, Subtles Pattern Stack (retired)
 Ink  Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
Accessories  Linen Thread, Basic Metal Buttons
Tools      11/4 & 13/8" Circle punches, Boho Chic TIEF, Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Glue dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig

 

Now for my second card, which uses the fabulous Botanical Builder framelit dies. This is such a great bundle of products and definitely a 'keeper' as it is so versatile to use with or without the coordinating stamp set.  Strictly speaking my card isn't inspired by a particular sample, but I couldn't go past this section of the catalogue without showing the versatility of these products.  I have had this card in my head for a while so it was the opportunity to make it a reality and show how fabulous these dies look in a white-on-white project. 

To start, I covered the front of my thick Whisper White base card with the lovely silver foil paper. The second layer of thick Whisper White has been die cut with an oval (2nd oval from the centre of the Ovals Collection) and then embossed with the lovely 'Softly Falling' TIEF. I have added a layer of the foam tape that I use for shaker cards around the oval and around the edges of the embossed piece before placing it over the silver foil mat. The 'Wedding Wishes' greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set was heat embossed in silver and then die cut with the smallest oval and then placed into the recessed oval space, creating an automatic silver foil border. The rest was a matter of decorating with the blooms from the Botanical Builder framelits set cut from thick Whisper White so they are robust. I've added lots of bling to accent the flowers and the little banner. It was a lovely sunny Autumn afternoon here in Melbourne, so it was difficult to photograph the card with the reflection off all the bling! Unfortunately, it really doesn't do it justice!

ETA: I've taken another photo of the card from above and that shows the detail better without so much reflection.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder Framelits & Softly Falling TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the recessed oval and if you look closely you can see the foam tape underneath. It makes the really firm, so it won't sink.

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Finally, for the inside I have a mat of silver foil (decadent, I know!) and I upped the bling with a little border of silver glimmer at the bottom.  Some more blooms finish it off. 

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Project Details
Stamps Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick), Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Iced Rhinestones, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Ovals Collection framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Banner punch, Silver EP, Heat gun, Couture Creations 3D Foam Strips (not SU)

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