AWH Annual Catalogue Sneak Peak

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Tonight 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 fabulous ideas from the brand new  2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, to inspire you. All of the new product I'm using in my projects today will be available on 1 June 2017 - that's less that 2 weeks away. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

One of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that we get to purchase some of the fabulous products from the new Annual Catalogue in advance. I've decided to focus on the 'Delightful Daisy Suite' for my projects today. Products in the suite include the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set, the fabulous Daisy Punch, gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and yummy Faceted Gems. I think you can guess that I really love these products!

 
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There are lots of colours in the Delightful Daisy DSP, including Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. Although not listed, there is also Wisteria Wonder in the floral designs and Soft Sky works beautifully as well. I'm sure you will find some designs that you love. The stamp set and punch are bundled with a 10% discount for $54.75.
  
One of the gorgeous floral designs from the Delightful Daisy designer paper pack takes centre stage on my first card. This is one of my favourites and I've paired it with Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral. I've punched out 4 layers with the Daisy punch using thick Whisper White as it is more robust if you want to curve the petals with your bone folder.
 
Stampin' Up! Delightful Daisy Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
I used the Simply Scored scoring tool to create the embossed panel at the top. The greeting is from the new 'Wood Words' stamp set and I've cropped it with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I also punched out 2 of the mid-sized flower in Calypso Coral with the (retiring) Blossom punch and offset them; it makes the perfect 'frill' that you get round the centre of a Gerbera. Next is a 1/2" circle and on top is one of the new gold facted gems - love these! Here is a close up for you.
 
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I've kept the inside very simple, just adding a strip of the DSP at the bottom of the writing panel and a little border of Pool Party.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Wood Words, Special Reason
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Delightful Daisy DSP 
 Ink Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories White Baker's twine, Facted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Daisy punch, Classic Label punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue
 
For my second card, I've used  the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set to create a focus panel for my card. It sits on a Night of Navy design from the paper pack and is matted on Wild Wasabi. It is difficult to see, but I have used a Blender Pen to pull some ink from the centre of the daisies for a little soft colour. 
 
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For the inside, I've added a little more daisy garden on the right side to complement the front.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Daisy Delight, Eastern Beauty
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Delightful Daisy DSP
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green
Accessories Night of Navy Baker's twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Blender Pen
 
Now it's time to hop over to see what Catherine Proctor 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 be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Tina Gillespie
2. Ros Davidson
3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
4. Kate Morgan
5. Andrea Roberts
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Alisha Watson
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Monika O'Neill
10. Claire Daly
11. Sharon Davern
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Caroline Manwaring
14. Judy May  --------------------> You are here!
15. Catherine Proctor
16. Rebecca Jacovou

 Thanks for visiting!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Inspired by Favourite Kit

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Hi there

This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from project kits from either the Occasions or the Annual Catalogues.

You may have come from the blog of the super talented Kelly Kent,  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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This week,  I have chosen the 'Perfectly Wrapped' Project Kit on page 159 of the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration. This is such a great kit with everything you need to make 8 bags and 8 boxes for gift giving. However, I want to show you what I have made using supplies I had on hand, plus my favourite 'Pop of Pink' Designer Series Paper.

      Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

First up, I made the little treat box, using the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). They are so cute and perfect for a small gift such as jewellery, favours for weddings or events.  I cut a 5.1cm (2") strip of the gold flecked design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 5cm with my trimmer and it fits perfectly into the box. I added a small gold doily to the top and a 1" black circle forms the base for the Melon Mambo bow which is the perfect size for this treat box. I added some gold sequin trim and a flagged greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set. This is a fabulous set with a great range of large and small greetings.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

The gift bag starts with the flat 15.2cm x 20.3cm Cellophane Bags (also page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). To create a base in the bag, I flattened and folded over the corners and used a glue dot to hold them in place as shown in the pic below. I folded over 1", so the base of my bag becomes 2", so you can decide how large or small you want the base to be. 

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I cut a  3 3/4" wide strip of the Melon Mambo striped design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 1", 3", 9 3/4" with my Scoring Board and cut it at 10 3/4". I popped the scored strip into the bag  and used glue dots to attach the DSP (at the 9 3/4" score line) to the top of the bag. The flap then folds over the front and is held in place by the Gold Binder Clips.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

With the bag done,  it is a matter of decorating the front and the banner makes the perfect backdrop. You can attach it to the front flap or just hold it in place with the binder flip. I stamped another greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set in Melon Mambo and then went over the top of the 'fantastic' with a black Stampin' Write marker and cropped it with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. It is matted on a 2" circle of Melon Mambo and then popped up on the large gold doily. I finished it with a gold glimmer heart and a string of the gold sequin trim. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and shows how easy it is to create gift bags with a pack of beautifully coordinated designer series paper. Here is a closeup of the details.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Designer Tin of Cards
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Melon Mambo
Accessories Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Cellophane Bags, Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Foil Doilies,
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, 1" Circle punch, 2" Circle punch, Bow Builder punch, Heart Confetti punch, Black Stampin' Write marker, Glue dots, Scoring Board

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

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of any of the project kits from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our 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.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Sneak Peak!

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Today, I want to share a sneak peak of a new bundle of products that will be in the up coming 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. If you follow me regularly, you probably realise that I am a 'pink girl' and Melon Mambo is one of my very favourite colours. Well, I've found another - Berry Burst! It is one of the 5 new In Colours that will be released with the new Annual Catalogue. It is a real cerise pink that is rich and vivid and pairs beautifully with gold.

I've used the new 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' stamp set and the coordinating 'Happy Birthday' Thinlits dies. The stamp set is a massive 32 piece photopolymer set and includes lots of greetings in 2 lovely font styles, 2-step floral elements and 2 balloon options. The smaller greetings fit into the frame that can be cropped with the Classic Label punch and the balloons work with the Balloon Bouquet punch. It is paired with the lovely script 'Happy Birthday' thinlit die that is 8.3cm x 7.3cm at the widest points. It really makes a bold statement and fabulous for a quick make. You can see the products below.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The other new product I've used is the 'Color Theory' 6 x 6 paper stack. It has 4 colours (Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive) and there are 3 double sided designs that are perfect for backgrounds on your cards. I've used the crackle design and stamped the open flower in the 2 sizes in diagonal corners. Some are stamped off to give the lighter colour. The largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits provides the background for the 'happy birthday' in Gold Glimmer.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I added a mat of Gold foil for the crackle art piece and then popped the whole panel up onto the Berry Burst card base. This closeup shows more of the detail.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I lashed out with a Gold Foil mat and on the writing panel I have added a small strip of another of the designs from 'Color Theory' at the base.  For a bit of fun I have heat embossed the spotty balloon in gold on the Berry Burst card stock and cropped it with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  The string is from the 'Balloon Adventures' stamp set also heat embossed in gold.

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Project Details
Stamps Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Balloon Adventures
Card stock & Papers     Berry Burst, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, Color Theory DSP
 Ink Berry Burst, Versamark
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Happy Birthday Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Balloon Bouquet punch, Heat gun

Thanks for looking!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Mother's Day

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Hi there

It's Sunday night and the CTC Crew have lots of inspiring Mother's Day projects for you this week. 

You may have come from looking at the lovely project on 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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This week,  I have taken my inspiration from the gift bag shown on the right in the photo above, from page 42 of the Occasions Catalogue.  It uses the 'Special Reason' stamp set and coordinating 'Stylish Stems' Framelits dies and I've translated the layout to a soft and feminine card. I'm sad that these products are retiring at the end of May, but the bundle is still available to purchase, at the moment.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

I started with a Very Vanilla card base, using some of the new thick Very Vanilla card stock that will be available in the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. A layer of the bokeh design from the 'Falling in Love' designer series paper forms the backdrop for the layers of embellishments.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

The'Petal Burst' embossing folder used on the banner works well with the floral elements and I have offset it to the right. The stamped and die cut flowers were layered over the banner with the greeting label sitting on top. The large flower was inked in Blushing Bride and a sponge dauber was used to add some extra colour around the centre, before stamping. The open flower was die cut from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper. 

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This closeup shows the detail in the stamped and die cut leaves and the pearl embellishment on the glimmer flower and greeting label. The greeting comes from the 'Circle of Spring' stamp set, which is also retiring. It has a great set of small-ish greetings that work well with circles and small label die cuts. The leaves were stamped in Crumb Cake and the open die cut leaf is in Soft Suede.

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For the inside, I printed (from my computer) a verse on the writing panel in Soft Suede colour first (you can find my chart for printing Stampin' Up! colours here) and then added the strip of Copper washi at the bottom. The small flower and leaves in the bottom corner  finish it off.

Project Detailsou
Stamps Special Reason, Circle of Spring
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla (thick), Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Falling in Love DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
 Ink Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Affectionately Yours Washi set, 
Tools     Petal Burst TIEF, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Triple punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Computer & printer

The 'Special Reason' clear mount bundle is still available to purchase and you can find it in my Online Store.

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

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We would love you to join in with your Mother's Day CASE of any project from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our 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.

Thanks for visiting today!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Big Shot Project

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Hi there

I'm back this week with the CTC Crew to look at our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions catalogue. 

You may have come from looking at the lovely project on the blog of the talented Mel Pagano, 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 lots of favourite Big Shot projects in the Occasions Catty, but I decided on one of the bundles that was a must-have purchase, but hasn't seen nearly enough love. So this week, I'm looking at page 4 of the Occasions Catty and CASE-ing the shaker card at the top right of the page.  I've created a girly birthday card using the 'Pop of Pink' designer series paper as the basis for my colour choices. You will have to excuse the artificial lighting on these pics. With the days getting shorter, I need to get my photos done earlier in the day.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My base card is black and I've used the Melon Mambo polka dot design from the 'Pop of Pink' DSP as the mat and background to my shaker element. I die cut the balloon panel with the Balloon Pop-up Thinlits in thick Whisper White and then trimmed it to size. As I wanted to see through the shaker to designer paper background I have used Window Sheet (clear acetate) behind the die cut and then as the 'lid' to the shaker element after placing the adhesive foam strips around the edges. I also added an extra strip of foam tape at the bottom edge of the die cut (just below the bow), to stop the hearts from disappearing to the bottom where they couldn't be seen.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the front, I have decorated the balloons with Gold Glimmer die cuts, also from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits and the middle one is punched out of the gold flecked design from the 'Pop of Pink' DSP with the Balloon Bouquet punch and I've popped it up. Love that these products work together. I tried a lot of options for the banner and ended up with stamping and heat embossing the banner from the coordinating 'Balloon Adventures' stamp set, in gold. I then stamped the 'let's celebrate' in Melon Mambo. 

   Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This closeup shows the cute little glimmer hearts punched with the Heart Confetti border punch. To stop your confetti from sticking to the foam strips, run your Embossing buddy around the inside of the strips and then wipe off any dust with a micro fibre cloth.  It does make a big difference. You can see the confetti doesn't go past bottom of the die cut.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty CTC125 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I've used the black and gold design from the 'Pop of Pink' washi set  at the base of the writing panel. The string of the balloon has been heat embossed in gold and a gold glimmer die cut added to a Melon Mambo balloon punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  

Project Details
Stamps  Balloon Adventures
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Glimmer, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink  Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories  Gold cabochon (not SU), Pop of Pink washi
Tools      Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits, Big Shot, Balloon Bouquet punch, Heart Confetti punch, Heat gun, Gold EP

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Monique has for you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of your favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions Catty 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.

Thanks for visiting 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.
 
 
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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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Sweet Teen Birthday

Hi there

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for our niece who turned 13 recently. I went to a Copic colouring class in February and we coloured the image you see on this card, which is 'Sasha' from Paper Roses. I thought it would be perfect for a teen birthday.

I've paired the image with Dapper Denim card stock and lots of bling - blue and silver is a match made in heaven in my opinion! I've used the (unfortunately) retiring 'Hello You' thinlits to die cut the 'happy' in Silver Glimmer and used the coordinating 'Crazy about You' stamp set for the 'birthday'. This is a fabulous  set of products for many occasions and the clear mount stamp set and the dies are still available - get them while you can!  Click on the images below to go to my Online Store.

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I've kept the inside very simple with a double mat and the die cut number 13 in Silver Glimmer.

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Project Details
Stamps Crazy about You, Sasha (Paper Roses)
Card stock & Papers     Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Dapper Denim
Accessories Lace Doilies, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Hello You Thinlits, Little Numbers (Retired), Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Copic markers

Thanks for looking!

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Product List

Dapper Denim A4 Cardstock
 
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
 
Silver Glimmer Paper
 
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments
 
Hello You Thinlits Dies
 
Crazy About You Clear Stamp Set
 

Get ready to say goodbye...

2015-17 In Colours

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Hi there

We are very close to the release of the Retiring List for the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue.  I just want to remind you that all of the 2015-17 In Colour products will be retiring on 31 May 2017. Here are a few things to think about:

  • If you have any of the ink pads for the 2015-17 In Colours you should get your ink refills NOW.  The foam pads do need re-inking sooner than the old felt style as they provide a much better coverage and that means the ink is used up faster.
  • If you have partly finished projects, such as memory keeping albums, you may want to purchase additional card stock to ensure you have enough to finish.
  • Card stock and ink refills are the first items to sell out when the Retiring List is released. They are never discounted, so get them now and save yourself the grief.

You can click on the image to purchase them from my Online Store.

2015-17-In-Colours_TAMSIf you need any advice or assistance, do not hesitate to contact me

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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 - Falling in Love

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Hi there

The CTC Crew are back into the Occasions Catalogue this week, taking inspiration from the 'Falling in Love' Suite on pages 50-54.

You may have come from looking at the fab project on the blog of the lovely Kelly Kent, 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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This week, I'm looking at page 54 of the Occasions Catty and CASE-ing the package at the bottom of the page.  I've created a girly friendship card using many of the design elements from the sample.

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love DSP & Suite Sentiments for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My base card is Sweet Sugarplum and I've layered on a piece of the butterfly design from the 'Falling in Love' designer series paper. I added a wide panel of Sweet Sugarplum card stock that has been embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder, as a background for the vanilla lace doily. This is a deeply etched design and I recommend you spritzing the back of the card stock first before embossing to prevent the card stock cracking. 

Stampin' Up! Falling in Love DSP & Suite Sentiments for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've stamped the lovely friendship greeting from the 'Suite Sentiments' stamp set and heat embossed it in gorgeous gold, which shows more clearly in the pic above. The second largest of the stitched ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits was used to crop it. When using Very Vanilla card stock for a label, I recommend adding an extra layer behind to make it sturdier, particularly if you are going to pop it up on foam pads as I have done. 

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This closeup shows all the texture and dimension from the embossing and embellishments. For the inside, I've used a piece of the butterfly designer paper as a mat to the writing panel - an error in cutting for the front re-purposed! I added the sweet butterfly from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits cut in gold glimmer in the top right corner and a very narrow strip at the base to tie it all together.

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Project Details
Stamps Suite Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Falling in Love DSP, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, Lace Doilies
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Petal Burst TIEF, Big Shot, Owl Builder punch, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Monique has for you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of the Falling in Love suite 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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