More Rose Wonder

Hi there

Today I have a couple more cards featuring the 'Rose Wonder' stamp set.  As you can see, I have been having a bit of a fling with Rose Red card stock for the last couple of weeks! I haven't used it for ages and it is such a lovely colour.

For the first card I have heat embossed the large rose image in Early Espresso onto Shimmery White card stock and water coloured the leaves with ink pads and an aquapainter. I stamped the rose a second time and heat embossed it before water colouring and then fussy cutting. It has been popped up on foam pads over the top of the main image for added dimension.  I added some gold foil accents for the little banner and to mat the birthday sentiment. The whole front panel was then popped up onto the Rose Red card base.

Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the second card, I have heat embossed the large image from Rose Wonder in white onto Shimmery White card stock. It was water coloured with ink pads and an aqua painter and then fussy cut into 3 pieces. I've used a Tea Lace doily to highlight the rose, which is popped up and the leaves have been slipped underneath. I've heat embossed the greeting in gold and matted it on Gold Foil and finished it with some pearls. 

Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The inside has a strip of Crumb Cake washi at the bottom with a small band of gold foil and a Rose Red and gold flower finished with a pearl.


Project Details
Stamps Rose Wonder, Party Pants (2016 Saleabration)
Card stock & Papers     Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Mossy Meadow, Shimmery White, Gold Foil
 Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Basic Jewels Pearls, Season of Style Washi set (retired), Tea Lace Doily, White Baker's Twine, Designer Vintage Facteted Buttons
Tools     Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, White EP, Gold EP, Early Espresso EP (retired), Heat gun

Thanks for looking!

CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Everyday

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This week, the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are looking at the large 'Every Day' section of the Stamping' Up! 2015-16 Annual Catalogue on pages 73 - 110.  There is a heap of inspiration in this section and so many great cards to CASE (Copy And Share Everything).

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

I'm currently in Western Australia staying with a lovely friend in the country for a few days. I bought a few supplies with me so we could do a bit of crafting and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to participate in this week's blog hop. I decided to CASE the card at the bottom of page 74 and mine is a very CAS version.

Stamping Up Wild About Flowers. Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've taken this photo on a cute little table on her patio and you can see 'Millie' the lamb photo bombing in the background. I've made my label smaller to match the image and added the pretty floral DSP at the bottom. The paper piercing frames the label and I've added some pearl accents on the flowers. I keep thinking that it needs a touch of something else on it, but can't decide. What do you think?

Project Details
Stamps Wild About Flowers
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Brights DSP Backgrounds Stac
 Ink Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Pearls Basic Jewels, Crumb Cake Stitched Satin ribbon (cut in half), In Colour Blossom Accents
Tools     Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Paper Piercing Kit, Updated Essentials piercing template, Dimensionals, Glue dots

 Now it's time to hop over to Alison's blog, so click on the button below.


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 visiting today!

Getting Awesomely Artistic

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On the weekend I got the opportunity to have a play with the fabulous 'Awesomely Artistic' stamp set for the first time, which is a new one in the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue. I was inspired by this card from Michelle Zindorf who does the most amazing scenes with sponging, most of which I would not be game to attempt.  However, this card is fairly simple and fun to make and quite flexible I think for use as a friendship, get well or 'just' because card.

I enjoyed using the new Brick Wall embossing folder for the first time to create the flower bed in the foreground. I added some Early Espresso ink to the 'mortar lines' on the embossing folder (the side with the Sizzix logo) to create a contrast to the Crumb Cake card stock. I also sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the vertical and horizontal mortar lines to add some shading to the bricks. 

Stampin' Up! 'Awesomely Artistic', Brick Wall embossing folder. Judy May - Just Judy Designs


Sponge daubers were used on the centre panel which I masked off with strips cut from full adhesive sticky notes. You can also use the Stampin' Sponges, but I prefer sponge daubers as I think they give a softer end result to your colour blending.

For the inside I stamped part of the flower image in the top right hand corner and added a strip of Lost Lagoon Washi Tape from the the new In Colour washi tape set to continue the theme. The flowers on the front and inside were coloured with the Tangelo Twist Stampin' Write Marker.




Project Details
Stamps Awesomely Artistic, Wetlands
Card stock & Papers     Lost Lagoon, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
 Ink Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake
Accessories In Colour Washi Tape
Tools     Brick Wall embossing folder, Big Shot, Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Tangelo Twist), Stampamajig, Sponge daubers 

Thanks for looking!

Convention Swap #2


Today I have the second of my Convention swaps to share with you. I created 20 Lost Lagoon ovals in the process of making the frame for the Moon Lake duck scene on my first swap, so my mission was to use these ovals in my second swap.

I checked my DSP Swatch books and found the 'Flowerpot' DSP contained Lost Lagoon, so I used a softer version of the colours in the DSP for the flower spray. I have used a simple layout for a clean card.



Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Flowerpot
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral

Pearl Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon 


Ovals Collection Framelits, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Big Shot, Bird Builder punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Silver embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue

Thanks for looking!

Painted Petals Friendship


Today I have a very CAS card for you, using the lovely new 'Painted Petals' stamp set. This is definitely one of my favourites from the new Occasions Catalogue.

I have chosen to purchase this stamp set in photopolymer as the see-through stamps make it so easy to position the stamps precisely without using a stampamajig. However, you can also purchase it in wood mount and clear mount if you prefer.

The stamps have their own built-in shading, which is amazing. Using just one colour of ink pad you get an multi-toned image that gives a painterly result to your image (probably the reason why it is called 'Painted Petals!).  Anyway, here is my card.

I love the sentiment - perfect for a friendship card.  I have used the Simply Pressed Clay and flower mold to make the embellishment on the linen thread bow.

For the inside I have created a little border of flowers on top of the stripes that look like they have been hand drawn. After stamping the stripes, I have masked them off so I could stamp the stems lower to make them shorter. I have stamped 2 generations of the little flowers and then re-inked the stamp and did 2 more until the end of the row. 

This could also become a birthday card by adding a sentiment on the inside.



Project Details
Stamps Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White Linen, Rose Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Rose Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Linen Thread
Tools     Bitty Butterfly punch, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds

Thanks for looking!

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World of Dreams

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Today I'm sharing one of the cards we made in class on Saturday. 

I've been wanting to ink up this lovely 'World of Dreams' silhouette stamp set for a while and it provided the opportunity to introduce my class ladies to some basic sponging and paper piercing. The Ovals Collection framelits and matching paper piercing templates work really well with the bird nest image. The images in this set make it very flexible for a range of occasions.

I love the 'Hardwood' background stamp and it goes really well with the nature images in this set. I've stamped it in Baked Brown Sugar on Crumb Cake card stock and sponged the edges. The bird nest image was heat embossed in Early Espresso embossing powder and sponged in Soft Sky ink. I'm having a bit of a fling with Soft Sky at the moment and it is certainly a Dynamic Duo with the new  In Colour Lost Lagoon. The lovely silky ribbon is new in the soon-to-be released Holiday Catalogue. It is amazing how Stampin' Up! achieve the perfect colour match between ribbon and card stock. I was really happy with the final result.


As you know, I always decorate the inside of my cards and I include this as part of my classes as well. I've used another of the images from 'World of Dreams', stamped in Baked Brown Sugar.



Project Details
Stamps World of Dreams, Hardwood, Honeycomb Hello
Card stock & Papers     Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
 Ink Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread
Tools     Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Occasions Paper Piercing Pack, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for looking!

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!

Garden in a Box

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Before getting down to today's project I have to share with you, I wanted to mention that my March class is on Saturday 15 March and there are 2 places remaining.  You can see all of the details here. Drop me an email to make your booking.

I have made this card for a friend's birthday. She lives in the country and has a lovely garden, so I thought this bunny in the garden 'Card in a box' would be appropriate.  These cards are great for special occasions and fun to make as well. I have used the gorgeous 'Sweet Sorbet' Designer Paper that is FREE during Saleabration (until 31 March 2014) and the coordinating Pool Party card stock.

The flowers are quick and easy with the 'Petite Petals' stamp set and matching punch. For the picket fence I stamped the 'Hardwood' background stamp and then embossed with the Stripes embossing folder and cut away every second stripe. The plants and grass in front of the fence were created with the fringe scissors and the tiny flowers use a stamp from the Saleabration set 'Banner Blast', punched out with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty punch pack.


This is the back panel of the box which I have also decorated with some Crisp Cantaloupe DSP, embossing and more Petite Petals flowers.


I put 3 'bridges' into my box, so it was quite thick when it was folded up and as you can see from the photo above, I had a few leaves hanging over the edge as well.  I didn't want to squash it flat, so I made a custom envelope box a 1/2" deep using 12 x 12 Whisper White card stock and the Envelope Punch Board . This is the front of the 'boxelope' embellished with a banner using another of the 'Sweet Sorbet' designs and the 'Flower Shop' stamp set, 'Deco' Framelits and the matching stamped frame from the 'Morning Post Numbers' stamp set.


I thought I would show you how I created a neat closing for the 'boxelope', as I didn't want to stick the flap down. I used the retired 'slit' punch to create the semi-circular cut  in a small piece of card stock and then punched it out with a 1" circle punch. The circle was positioned and adhered under the side flaps and then the top flap neatly fits into the opening. Another opportunity to decorate the back of the 'boxelope' as well! I was really pleased with the result - don't you love it when you can bring your ideas to fruition!



Project Details
Stamps Label Something, Petite Petals, Morning Post Numbers, Banner Blast, Flower Shop, Chocolate Bunny (retired), Papillon Potpourri, Hardwood, Well Scripted (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Sweet Sorbet DSP, In Colour Paper Stack
 Ink Crisp Canataloupe, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic rhinestones
Tools     Honeycomb embossing folder, Stripes Embossing folder, Needlepoint  Border embossing folder, Deco Framelits, Banners Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Fringe scissors, Slit punch (retired), 1" circle punch, Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Envelope Punch Board, Simply Scored,  Dimensionals, Glue dots, Sticky strip

Thanks for visiting today!

Fresh Thank You

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Today I had a play with some of my preorder goodies from the new Occasions Catalogue that will be starting on 28 January, 2014.  I have made a simple and fresh thank you card using the flower image from the new  'Happy Watercolor' stamp set stamped onto a tag. This image is fabulous for colouring in whatever  manner you prefer. 

One of the great new products is the Scalloped Tag Topper punch that produces the scalloped top and opening on the tag in one simple action.  You can trim the card to whatever length suits your project.  The width of the tag needs to be a scant 2 inches to slide into the punch and I have cut the white layer slightly narrower so that I could mat it on the Calypso Coral base.

Another new item I love is the gold washi tape.  It comes as a set of 3 rolls with the spots, stripes and solid in different widths.  The bottom section of the card has been embossed with new 'Decorative Dots' embossing folder which is one of the FREE products that you can choose during the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion that also commences on 28 January.  


For the inside, I've added a base of Crisp Cantaloupe and the Whisper White has been finished with a small section of embossing and the  gold striped washi has been folded in half to create a narrow border.  The cute little flower comes from the new 'Petite Petals' stamp set and punched out with the matching punch.


Project Details
Stamps Happy Watercolor, Petite Petals
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White Linen, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Gold Washi Tape, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Tools     Decorative Spots EF, Big Shot, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Corner Rounder punch, Petite Petals punch, Scoring board, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking!

Freshly Made #93

Hi there

It is lovely to be able to finally post a card for you, after a few weeks where life got in the way of creativity! There were lots of 'going away' activities for the Rotary Exchange student we have been hosting, who is now safely home in Germany after a fabulous year in Australia.  I can't believe it is less than 6 weeks until we leave for our trip to Europe, which we have been planning for the last few years. Eeeek, what a scary thought, given the number of things that need to be organised before then.

Today's card is for this week's Freshly Made #93 sketch by Allisa. I have a few friends having birthdays shortly, so this was a good prompt for me to get started on them.  Here is the sketch, which provides plenty of scope to keep it simple or dress it up:

I have taken a bit of liberty by changing the shape of the panel from square to oval, as it suits my image better.  I had fun colouring this lovely Hydrangea flower from the June 'Best of Flowers' set.  Each month a new 'Best of' set will be released to celebrate Stampin's Up!'s 25th Anniversary. This set will be available until April 2014.

I wanted to add interest without adding more colour, so I have embossed vellum card stock with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder for the top section of the card and used the Simply Scored tool to create texture on the bottom section. I love the freshness of the Gingham wheel, which stamps beautifully with the new foam ink pads.

The new 2013-14 Annual Catalogue is now available for you to order from.  You can now order online, using the link at the top left on my blog to get preferred pricing (as listed in the Annual Catlaogue).  However, you can still contact me and I'm happy to place the order for you.  I'm looking forward to receiving my order of new goodies!

Project Details
Stamps Best of Flowers (133342), Gingham Wheel (130110), It's Your Day (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Vellum, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories Basic Pearls (coloured with Copic), White Taffeta ribbon
Tools     Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Oval Framelits, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Simply Scored Scoring tool, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking!