Love you Lots

Hi there

I'm taking a break from holiday season crafting today, to share a couple of cute cards using the 'Love you Lots' Hostess stamp set. It is so easy to forget the wonderful Annual Catalogue full of great project ideas and products. 

The 'Love you Lots' stamp set has 4 super cute images and 4 greetings.  This stamp set is only $16.00 for clear mount when you place an order of $250 or more before postage. To remind you, here it is.


For my first card I have water coloured the frog with the slightly quizzical look on its face and popped him in a frame. I've added a couple of empty frames behind him for a fun geometric look. For the background I have embossed Sahara Sand card stock with the 'Brick Wall' embossing folder. For a quick way to give the wall dimension, I've gone over the 'grout' with my Chalk Marker. 

Stampin' Up! Lots of Love - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


The second card has lots of layers, but it all started with stamping the ladybugs and colouring them with a Stampin' Write marker - you can't get anything easier than that. I added the greeting at the bottom and then die cut with my Circles framelits. I then started at the bottom with the Watermelon Wonder card stock base to match the lady bugs and layered up the thick Whisper White embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to keep the spotty theme going. Next, I added some interest with the layered Watermelon Wonder piece that has been scored every 1/4" using the Simply Scored Board. This is a simple way to add texture and interest to card stock. Another layer on top with the floral design from the versatile Designer Series Paper stacks, a banner and finally my ladybugs. 

  Stampin' Up! Lots of Love - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Lots of Love, Endless Thanks
Card stock & Papers     Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Real Red, In Colour DSP Stack, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Basic Black Archival, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Wink of Stella
Tools     Squares Framelits, Circles Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Large Polka Dot EF, Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Chalk Marker, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Stampin' Write Marker (Watermelon Wonder)

Thanks for looking!

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Gift of Love Keeps Giving

Hi there

Today I want to show you the variety of ways you can use the 'Gift of Love' stamp set. It is a Hostess set that you can choose if you have a party or order over $250. It is a 9 piece, 2-step photopolymer set with 6 lovely script greetings in addition to the flower (which looks a bit like a gladioli). Settle in, as I have 5 cards to show you.

For this first card, I have used the 2-step option to colour the flower. I have used markers for the outline of the flower and leaves and then filled in the outline with the same stamped off colours. For some added texture, I have stamped and fussy cut the main flower again and popped it up on the main piece. I have stamped the sentiment on a small piece of cardstock and used the corner rounder punch to create a tab under the focus image. The whole panel was popped up on the Tip Top Taupe designer paper, that was trimmed with the Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped ribbon. Some linen thread was wrapped around the card to finish it off.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love with Markers - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love
Card stock & Papers     Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, 2015-17 In Color DSP Stack
 Ink Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Watermelon Wonder, Mini Striped Ribbon, Linen Thread
Tools     Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch, White Gel pen, Black Marker

The next card uses a background splotch from the 'Work of Art' stamp set  to provide colour to the flower image. Many colour ways could be used for different looks, but I've gone with a soft combo to suit my sympathy card. 

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love with Work of Art Background - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love, Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Versamark, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, 1/8" Silver ribbon
Tools     Curvy Corner Trio punch (retired), Silver EP, Heat gun

For this next card, I have used the flower outline as a silhouette, heat embossing in black. The clear Wink of Stella pen added some shimmer to the flower, which also slightly darkens the card stock.  I've wrapped doubled black Baker's Twine around the card and through the label and finished with a bow. The watermelon panel was popped up and a trio of banners and a scattering of rhinestones finishes it off. The greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set makes for a lovely friendship card.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love Embossed - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love, Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, 2015-17 In Color DSP Stack
 Ink Versamark, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Accessories Black Baker's Twine, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, 
Tools     Rose Garden Thinlits, Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Banner punch (retired), Clear Wink of Stella, 1/8" Handheld punch, Dimensionals, Black EP, Heat gun

For the next card, I stamped the outline flower image on Shimmery White card stock and water coloured it with ink pads and an aquapainter. It is very quick to do and gives a lovely result. The greeting is from the 'Layering Love' stamp set. I've added some detail with the Curvy Corner Trio punch and a little silver bling butterfly and the whole panel is popped up.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love Water coloured - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love, Layering Love
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Shimmery White, 2015-17 In Colour DSP Stack, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Curvy Corner Trio punch (retired), Itty Bitty Butterfly punch, White Gel pen, Aquapainter

For my final card, the flower outline image has been stamped and water coloured and then fussy cut and positioned next to the inlaid Tags & Labels greeting. The larger label was first die cut from the white panel and embossed with the 'Softly Falling' embossing folder. The white panel has been popped up with the 1/8" foam strips to give a really firm even finish. I've finished it with the pearl trimmed die cut butterfly.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love, Butterfly Basics
Card stock & Papers     Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, 2015-17 In Color DSP Stack
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, White Gel pen, Aquapainter

 Thanks for hanging in until the end. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the variety of ways the 'Gift of Love' stamp set can be used.

Happy crafting!

New Catty Sneak Peak -'Love You Lots'

Hi there

I have another of my OnStage samples to share with you today. This one uses the super-cute 'Love You Lots' Hostess set from the new 2016-17 Annual Catalogue that will be released on 1 June 2016. This is definitely one you want to add to your Wish List to purchase with the Stampin' Rewards that you earn when you place an order or host a party with sales of $250 or more. 

The set has 4 cute 'critter' images and 4 greetings that make for lovely thank you and friendship cards. The hedgehogs are definitely one of my favourites. I have stamped them on Shimmery White card stock and then used an aqua painter and ink pads to add a touch of colour. You don't need much so it is very quick to do.  Once that was dry I masked the hedgehogs and stamped the ground from the 'Sheltering Tree' set upside down for them to stand on. The sunburst from 'Kinda Ecletic' in the corner balances the greeting on the right that has been die cut with the 'Tags & Labels' dies. 

Stampin' Up! 'Love You Lots' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The image panel was added to the Tip Top Taupe card base that was stamped with the 'Hardwood' image for a tone on tone look. I've added a Watermelon Wonder trim on each side and some of the new Mini Striped ribbon forms the base for the white Baker's Twine bow. 

Project Details
Stamps Hardwood, Love You Lots (New 2016-17 AC), Sheltering Tree, Kinda Eclectic
Card stock & Papers     Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Shimmery white, Wild Wasabi,
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, 
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, White Baker's twine, Mini Striped Ribbon (New 2016-17 AC)
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Aqua painter, Stampamajig, Dimensionals

If you are in Australia and would like to receive one of the new 2016-17 Annual Catalogues, please contact me.

Thanks for looking!

OnStage Sample - You've Got This

Hi there

I have another of my OnStage Local display board samples to share with you today. Watermelon Wonder is a favourite for water colouring and the flower from the 'You've Got This' stamp set shows it off beautifully. I have embossed the image on Shimmery white card stock and water coloured with my aqua painter and Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive ink pads.  If you haven't tried Shimmery White for water colouring, then you are going to be pleasantly surprised. I love the smooth surface and the subtle sparkle, but it also soaks up the water really well and stays flat.  

Stampin' Up! You've Got This - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The background stamp from the 'You've Got This' set was stamped multiple times in Soft Sky ink to cover the Thick Whisper White base.  I added a strip of the lovely new 2015-17 In Colour Mini Striped ribbon (available 1 June 2016) and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink above it. White Baker's Twine was wrapped around the ribbon border and threaded through a medium sized Classy Designer button and finished in a bow. The fussy cut flower was popped up onto the prepared base and a trio of banners in different sizes added the finishing touch. The whole panel was then popped up on the Watermelon Wonder base card.

I recommend that before you fussy cutting this flower, you reinforce where the stem joins the flower by adding a narrow strip of card stock with Tombow on the reverse side.  This really helps to keep the card stock from cracking at the narrowest point when you are fussy cutting.

Project Details
Stamps You've Got This
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick & normal), Watermelon Wonder, Shimmery White, Neutrals DSP Stack, 2015-17 DSP Stack
 Ink Versamark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Olive Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped ribbon, white Baker's Twine, Classy Designer Buttons, Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Aqua painter, black EP, Heat gun, Stampamajig, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

New Catty Sneak Peak - 'Layering Love'

Hi there

I've got another favourite card from my OnStage display board to share with you. After having never made a card with Cucumber Crush, this is another that I was happy with. I love the colour combo of Cucumber Crush, Smoky Slate and Real Red together.  I've used the 'Timeless Textures' stamp set to create the background. The sentiment on the tag is from 'Layering Love', one of the new stamp sets in the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. This set has 4 sentiments that work really well for friendship or 'just because' cards.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures & Layering Love - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used markers to give the greeting on the tag more appeal. I wasn't able to use any products that were going to retire, so that left me without an option for red ribbon. Instead, I created a card stock 'ribbon', using one of the 'Timeless Textures' stamps to add texture and I really like the effect. 


Project Details
Stamps Layering Love, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Cucumber Crush
Accessories White Baker's Twine
Tools     Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Scallop Tag Topper punch, Glue Dots, Stampin' Write markers

Thanks for looking!

New Catty Sneak Peak -'Sitting Here'

Hi there 

Today I have one of my favourite cards that I created for Onstage Local in Sydney. This was one of the Cucumber Crush samples and it uses the new 'Sitting Here' stamp set from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue.  It has a collection of elements that you can use together to create a lovely scene or use them individually as design elements on your other projects. The elements include the lovely swing, cat, dog, dog basket, cushions, bird and pot plant. I stamped this image from a friend who received this set for her display board stamping, so I was pleased when all attendees received it at OnStage.

To create realistic 'scene' cards from individual elements you generally need to use the masking technique. This allows you to place some elements in front or behind others as in real life. If you haven't tried this technique before, then please give it a go. All you need is some sticky notes (they are now available as a full sheet of sticky, rather than just the top 1cm), stamps and Stampamajig (or you could just wing it!)

   Stampin' Up! Sneak Peak 'Sitting Here' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To start, I've stamped the pot plant in Basic Black Archival ink onto Shimmery White card stock, as I wanted this image to be 'in front' on my card. I stamped the pot plant image a second time onto a sticky note and cut it out right on the lines with my paper snips. Don't leave any border around your mask image as it will create a white space when you stamp the background image. Pop the sticky note mask over the top of the original image you stamped and then use a Stampamajig to position the swing and stamp it in Basic Black Archival ink.  When you remove the mask, the swing will appear behind the pot plant. I love how simple and effective this technique is.  I water coloured the swing and plant pot with my aquapainter and ink pads.  The flowers are quite small and delicate, so I used Stampin' Write markers to colour them. 

My swing disappears into a cloud of leaves created with the  tree canopy image from the 'Sheltering Tree' stamp. It was stamped firstly in Mint Macaron and then again (the other way up) in Cucumber Crush.  Stamping the second time with the stamp rotated gives you a more realistic blending of the leaves. The cat and cushion were stamped separately and water coloured on Shimmery White card stock and then fussy cut.  While the pieces were still a bit damp, I used the Simply Scored  stylus to create a little hollow on the reverse side of each that gives both pieces a great 3D look. When they were dry I used small pieces of foam pad to fill the hollow and attach them to the swing seat. I added the bird on the back of the swing seat to tease the cat (he is the same colour as my silver Bengal Artie!).

I got a small ink smudge on the very bottom of the piece (don't you hate that!) so that resulted in the sweet greeting 'just sitting here thinking of you' being stamped on the Cucumber Crush strip at the bottom. Not in the plans, but I love how it balances out the card. Such a lovely sentiment for a friendship card.

Project Details
Stamps Sitting Here, Sheltering Tree
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Cucumber Crush Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stampamajig, Stampin' Write Markers, Aquapainter, Stylus, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

OnStage Sample - Grateful Bunch

Hi there

I have another of the samples I created for Onstage Local in Sydney to share with you.  This one uses the 'Grateful Bunch' stamp set in a card highlighting Delightful Dijon.  This is not one of my go-to colours, so creating 4 cards using it as a primary colour really took me out of my comfort zone. Having said that, I found some colour combinations that I really like such as this one using Delightful Dijon with Island Indigo and lots of white. 


Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch & Suite Sayings- Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The flowers were stamped in Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon and punched out with the coordinating Blossom Bunch punch and layered over the stems.   The greeting from 'Suite Sayings' was coloured with markers  in the 2 focus colours before stamping in the angle created by the two stems. I added a decorative border in the top right corner by using the Simply Scored Board to score lines 1/4" from the edge on the reverse side of my piece, with the second line  a 1/2" shorter. You can see it better in this closeup photo.


I hope you try this is really simple, but effective way to add interest to your cards.  

Project Details
Stamps Grateful Bunch, Suite Sayings
Card stock & Papers     Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Whisper White
 Ink Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Baker's Box Framelits (heart) Big Shot, Blossom Bunch punch, Simply Scored Board, Glue Dots, Stampin' Write markers (Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon)

Thanks for looking!

OnStage Sample -Mint Birthday Blooms

Hi there

Apologies for the drought in blog posts in the last couple of weeks. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a display board stamper for the Stampin' Up! OnStage Local event in Sydney 10 days ago.  I had a very hectic 2 weeks leading up to it preparing my 20 samples and I still seem to be catching up.  

I was selected to work with new 2016-18 In Colours, but there was a little hiccup in the shipping from the US and I received the supplies for the 2015-17 In Colours. However, I did receive 2 stamp sets from the new 2016-17 Annual Catalogue to work with, so I will be sharing samples using those in the next few weeks as we get closer to the 1 June commencement of the new catalogue. I think you will really like the new In Colours - they are very on trend and work well with the existing Stampin' Up! colour collections. As always seems to happen after we get an new set of colours, I am already seeing them in homewares, linen and stationery. 

Today, I am sharing one of my Mint Macaron samples using the beautiful Birthday Blooms stamp set. I'm so glad this has been carried over to the new catalogue. I've stamped it in Basic Gray Archival ink on Shimmery White and water coloured with aquapainter and ink pads. It has been fussy cut  and popped up on a doily. The colours are Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron with a touch of Rose Red.  The 4" 'Tea Lace' doilies that are retiring will be replaced with very pretty 3.5" 'Delicate White' doilies. This is a more versatile size, as it fits nicely on the card with a landscape orientation. 

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The lovely sentiment comes from one of the new Hostess stamp sets from the 2016-17 catalogue called 'Gift of Love'. I love the delicate script font which I have heat embossed in white.  I've trimmed it with some of the new 2015-17 In Colour ribbons and a trio of pearls. I've also highlighted the stamens with a white gel pen. Here is a close-up of the new ribbon:


This ribbon is actually Cucumber Crush, but it goes very nicely with Mint Macaron. It is 1.7cm wide (11/16") with a very fine grosgrain stripe alternating with white. It comes in all 5 of the 2015-17 In Colours. 


Project Details
Stamps Birthday Blooms, Gift of Love (NEW to 2015-17 Catalogue)
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Subles Pattern Stack, 2015-17 In Colour Pattern Stack, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Rose Red, Versamark
Accessories Cucumber Crush Grosgain ribbon (NEW to 2015-17 Catalogue), Pearls Basic Jewels, Tea Lace Doily
Tools     Banners Framelits, Big Shot, White EP, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, White gel pen.

Thanks for looking!