CASE-ing the Catty - For Babies and Kids

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This week the CTC Crew are looking at the 'For Babies & Kids' section of the new Annual Catalogue on pages 102-111.

You may have come from visiting Mel'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'm CASE-ing the layout in the card above. I also really liked the gold embossing and gold trim at the bottom, which is one of the designs from the gorgeous 'Bundle of Love' designer paper pack.

Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used the lovely tree design from the 'Thoughts & Prayers' stamp set as my focal image.  This is such a classic image and can be used for many occasions, however, I've paired it with the coordinating sentiments for a sympathy card. I masked the bottom part of the greeting to just have the 'thinking of you'.  The base card is thick Very Vanilla card stock with the Blushing Bride layered on top. The tree and sentiment have been heat embossed in gold and I have used the arrow design from the Bundle of Love designer paper for the trim at the base.  This is such a great paper pack, with gold foil designs on one side and either Blushing Bride or Soft Sky in the same design on the reverse. It is perfect for packaging, babies and just about everything else too. I added some pearls for an elegant and understated finishing touch.


The art panel sits on the vellum card stock, which has a lovely softening effect as it extends out each side. You can see all the luscious gold embossing and the gold foil designer paper in this closeup. 


For the inside, I have a Blushing Bride mat and a strip of the gold foil DSP at the bottom. I have heat embossed in gold one of the lovely sentiments from 'Thoughts and Prayers in the centre.

Project Details
Stamps Thoughts & Prayers
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Vellum card stock, Bundle of Love DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Stampa-ma-jig, Gold EP, Heat gun

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


We would love you to join in with your CASE from the'For Babies & Kids section of the new Annual Catalogue 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.


 Thanks for visiting today!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Sending Love


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Can you believe how quickly the weeks have already gone this year?  We are into our second month of the new Occasions Catalogue and the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the 'Sending Love' section on pages 14 -19.

You may have come from looking at the fabulous project on Mel'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 project I have chosen to CASE this week is the the little card tucked into the left pigeonhole in the photo below. Those cute little envelopes and the colour combo took my eye (Soft Sky and Real Red is one of my favourites).


I don't have the 'Sealed with Love' stamp set and the coordinating Love Notes Framelits Dies, but a lovely friend gave me the 'Sending Love' 6 x 6 designer paper stack and that was enough to get me started.  I made my little envelopes (sooo cute!) with the Envelope Punch Board. Yes, you really can make envelopes that small! The lovely greeting is from the 'Lift Me Up' stamp set and is perfect when you want to let someone know you are thinking of them.

Stampin' Up! Sending Love for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

If you haven't already found it, there is a fabulous tool created by Carole in the UK that gives you the paper size and score line for any card measurements you enter. It took me a couple of prototypes to get the proportions right (a mm either way makes a big difference at this size), but I was happy with the finished result. If you would like to make some, cut the DSP 6.5cm square and the score line is at 3.6cm. Here is a closeup of the envelopes and the sweet wooden heart from the 'Sending Love' Embellishments pack. 

Stampin' Up! Sending Love for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs 

I've embossed the Soft Sky background with the new  'Falling Petals' embossing folder. This embossing folder gives a very deep impression, so to prevent cracking, I recommend a light spritz with water on the back of the card stock before embossing. To tone done the intensity, I popped the embossed piece between 2 pieces of 1mm chipboard (in lieu of the embossing folder) and ran it through the Big Shot again. You can see from the closeup it is still raised, but looks softer. I drew the little note by hand using the note image from 'Lift Me Up' as a guide, as it was too small for my envelope. 


For the inside, I have stamped the flourish from the Bloomin' Love stamp set at the top and bottom for a simple finish.

Project Details
Stamps Lift Me Up, Bloomin' Love
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Sending Love DSP Stack
 Ink Real Red
Accessories White Baker's twine, Sending Love Embellishments, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Real Red Stitched Satin ribbon
Tools     Falling Petals TIEF, Project Lift Framelits, Big Shot, Envelope Punch Board, Glue Dots, 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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We would love you to join in with your CASE from the 'Sending Love' section 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 - easy peasy!


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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Gift of Love Keeps Giving

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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!

CASE-ing the Catty - Love & Sympathy


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I'm glad to be back this week with the CASE-ing the Catty Crew looking at the 'Love & Sympathy' section of the new 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. I've had a very hectic couple of weeks making DSP swatch books and preparing for and holding my first little catalogue launch.  I will show you a bit more about that during the week. 

You may have come from Rebecca'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 is great to finally have time to break out a few more of my new products from the Annual Catalogue. This week I was inspired by this gift/treat bag project on page 47.


I have used the treat bag as a layout for my card; with the folded section on the left represented by the strip of  lovely 'Blooms & Bliss' designer paper. I added some of the Sweet Sugarplum Envelope Paper on the right hand side to provide more of a contrast and a very narrow strip of Mint Macaron between the two. I love the subtle dots pattern on this paper that will make it so versatile to mix and match with the other designer papers we have this year. I've also used the 'Lots of Labels' Framelits for the sentiment and traced around it to hand cut a narrower mat in Rich Razzleberry. The large flourish that curves around the sentiment is from the 'Flourish' Thinlits dies. I've snipped a few pieces off to simplify it and make it fit. 

Stampin' Up! Blooms & Bliss DSP & Flourish Thinlits for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The Flourish Thinlits cut beautifully with the updated Big Shot Platform and Precision Plate. This platform has a slightly raised section in the middle that compensates for the extra pressure at the sides caused by the gears mechanism. Basically, it ensures a more even pressure across the full width of the platform.  I strongly recommend the Die Brush and foam mat to make removing all the little pieces from the die an absolute snap. The die cuts are very detailed so you do need to be careful when handling them and don't forget you can add and remove pieces to make them suit your purpose as I have done here.

For the inside I have used a Mint Macaron mat and a small piece of the 'Blooms & Bliss' designer papers at the bottom. This is definitely one of my favourites at the moment. I've added a small flower from the 'Flourish' Thinlits in Sweet Sugarplum to finish it off. 


Project Details
Stamps Flourishing Phrases
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss Designer Paper, 2016-18 In Colour Envelope Paper
 Ink Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Flourish Thinlits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot, 1/8" Handheld punch, Dimensionals, Tombow


Now it's time to click on the Next button to hop over to Rachel's blog to see what she has to inspire you this week.


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If you are in interested in becoming a member of the CTC design team, there is still some time to link up your entry to the birthday challenge here. You need to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Australia or New Zealand who blogs on a regular basis, to be considered. You can head over to the CASE-ing the Catty blog to find out more details.  While you're there, you can see the full list of DT members participating this week. 

Thanks for visiting today!

More of 'You've Got This'

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I mentioned previously that I would show you some more options with the gorgeous 'You've Got This' stamp set.  

This is a really quick and simple option and I love the result.  I inked up the sketchy background in two colours - So Saffron at the top and Soft Sky at the bottom. The main thing is not to get a straight line across the centre and put the lightest colour on first. The flower image was stamped over the background in Tip Top Taupe.

You've Got This in So Saffron adn Soft Sky on Tip Top Taupe base card.

The image is matted on Soft Sky on a base card of  Tip Top Taupe.  I've been looking for alternative options now the Modern Label punch is retired, so I've used the Word Window on top of the Large Oval punch.  I used my computer to print the sentiment in Tip Top Taupe as I wanted it to be larger than the version in Teeny Tiny Sentiments. I've cut the Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim in half and laid under the Soft Sky seam binding ribbon. 

I used both stamps on the back of the envelope flap as well for a coordinated look.

You've Got This in So Saffron and Soft Sky on Tip Top Taupe base card and matching envelope.

The second colour combo I tried was Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron.

You've Got This in Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron with matching envelope .


Project Details
Stamps You've Got This, Close as a Memory (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky, Whisper White
 Ink So Saffron, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories Pearl Basic Jewels, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim, Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Large Oval punch, Word Window punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Bloom with Hope Sympathy

Hi there

Sympathy cards are not the kind we want to make everyday. However, when my husband had need of one for a colleague recently (in a hurry, as always!) I went straight to the gorgeous 'Bloom with Hope' Hostess stamp set. It has the perfect images for such an occasion and I even cased the frame from the card that was displayed in the Catalogue. 

I think Smoky Slate is the perfect colour for such an occasion as it evokes (to me) calmness and serenity, so I started with that and paired it with Pink Pirouette and lots of white. I have coloured the flower buds with Wisteria Wonder blendabilities and white embossed the sentiment from the retired 'Close as a Memory' stamp set.


While I had everything on my desk (and a bit more time) I decided to make another one to put in my stash.  I have used the same flower buds image and coloured it in Calypso Coral Blendabilities this time and added a little bow of Calypso Coral Bakers Twine. I prefer this one, as I think the oval shape is more pleasing to the eye. This design will work well with any of the subtles colours.


You can purchase this beautiful 'Bloom with Hope' stamp set with the Hostess Dollars earned with a $300 AUD order or party. Not only that, for a limited time you will also get FREE this fabulous 'Good Greetings' stamp set (shown below). There are lots of greetings for the coming holiday season, as well as many other occasions.  Talk to me about hosting an Online Party - your friends can order online and their orders contribute to you earning Hostess benefits and getting this fabulous stamp set for FREE.

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Project Details
Stamps Bloom with Hope (Hostess), Close as a Memory (Retired)
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pink Pirouette, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine (retired), Basic Pearls
Tools     Ovals Collection Framelits, Windows Frames Collection Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot EF, Fancy Fan EF, Big Shot, Festive & Occasions Paper Piercing Templates, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Blendabilities - Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Thanks for looking!

Dynamic Duos #56

Hi there

I saw this week's Dynamic Duos #56 combination late last week and managed to make this card yesterday.  Unfortunately, not before the light had gone, so you will have to excuse the artificial lighting on the photo. I really like this week's colour combo of Blushing Bride and Soft Suede, although all I had to work with was some leftover Blushing Bride card stock from a few years ago and no ink pad or marker!


Given this is a sympathy card, I was aiming for an elegant card, but I hope that doesn't mean boring. I've used the Naturals White card stock for the base so it isn't too stark and given the embossed panel a little spray of shimmer mist, although you can't see it on the photo.


Project Details
Stamps Fabulous Florets, So Sorry
Card stock & Papers     Naturals White, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Blending Card
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon
Tools     Fancy Fan Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Copics, Champage Shimmer paint, Isocol

Thanks for looking.

ETA:  Thanks to the DT for choosing this card as a 'Dynamic Darling' this week.