CASE-ing the Catty - So Much Love

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Peta, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we are CASE-ing the projects on page 1 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue. 

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The So Much Love stamp set arrived in the post this week, so I decided on the Misty Moonlight project in the centre of the photo. I've cropped out the image so you can see it more clearly.

Stampin' Up! So Much Love Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I'm pretty time poor at the moment, as I'm working on another project, so I burnt a little midnight oil to make this card. I've been working with Purple Posy and had the colours on my desk, so I decided to go with it once I selected the soft striped design from the Playing with Patterns paper pack and covered the front of a Whisper White card base.  I like the layout, so I've kept pretty close to it.

Stampin' Up! So Much Love Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I've used Light and Dark Purple Posy to colour the large flower from So Much Love with some Light Highland Heather for the highlights. To keep it soft, I used Soft Sea Foam for the leaves. I left the fussy cutting to the morning light as I didn't want to chop through those very fine stems. I found the large foliage spray from the Birds & More Dies in my 'bits and bobs' tray and snipped it into pieces and positioned it around the flower.  The 'happy' letters are  layered onto a 1 inch strip of Whisper White and I used the Banners Pick a Punch to shape the end. I found a piece of Highland Heather embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder in my scraps and die cut the letters using the Playful Alphabet Dies. I added the 'birthday' from the Well Written Dies under the banner and finished with some Purple Posy sequins I picked out of the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment.

Stampin' Up! So Much Love Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Purple Posy mat for the writing panel. I stamped the second of the floral images from the So Much Love stamp set in the corner and coloured with the same Stampin' Blends. I finished the stamens with my White Gel Pen.

Stampin' Up! So Much Love Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps So Much Love
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Silver Foil, Playing With Patterns DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Woven Threads Sequins Assortment
Tools    Subtle 3D EF, Birds & Branches Dies, Well Written Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, die cutting machine, Stampin' Blends (Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Soft Sea Foam), Banners Pick A Punch, White Gel Pen

 

We would love to see your projects CASE-ing from page 1 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue. 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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Heart of Christmas

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Welcome to our final Heart of Christmas showcase for 2020; it has gone so quickly this year.  I'm hosting the talented ladies from the Art with Heart team who have fabulous projects to inspire your holiday creations. Make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post to see what they have created and give them some comment love.

Tonight I have two cards using the new Quite Curvy Bundle. This bundle is a pre-release from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalogue that commences on 5 January 2021, but you can purchase it right now from my Online Store.  We are getting to the pointy end of the holiday crafting season, so I wanted to create a quick and easy card that will be great for using up the designer paper you have on hand. The good thing about this layout is that you can use strips of card stock or patterned paper that you have leftover from other projects. You will get a slightly different look each time, but you will love that variety. 

Stampin' Up! 'Tis The Season & Curvy Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

My starting point was a strip of Shaded Spruce card stock that I had sitting on my desk and I dry embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder with the grain going horizontally. I then use the dotted curvy die to cut the edge and trimmed it to size. I selected a coordinating piece of designer paper from the 'Tis The Season pack and cut a piece that covered the widest section of the curve. I adhered the left side first and then overlapped it with the curvy edge, directly to the white card base. You cannot get much easier than that and I love the detail that this die adds to step up a card with minimum effort. The lovely detailed reindeer from the North Pole Wonder Dies was cropped from Brushed Gold card stock and I popped him up so he is walking across the greeting from the Cherish The Season stamp set. This is a great layout for creating multiples and still end up with unique cards. Without the bow (or maybe with it?), this card would be suitable as a masculine Christmas card.

Stampin' Up! 'Tis The Season & Curvy Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Real Red mat for the writing panel. I have stamped the ground, tree and deer from the Snow Front stamp set and added a piece of plaid designer paper from 'Tis The Season that combines Shaded Spruce and Real Red. 

This next card is more detailed, but actually quite quick to put together as I had a spare Poinsettia flower already made. 

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals & Quite Curvy Variety Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have taken a piece of the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper and cropped it with the same curvy die, but I have used the opposite plain edge for this card as I thought the dotted border would get a bit lost in the pattern. Instead I have cut the dotted border again from Whisper White and before removing the die, I used a pencil to trace down the edge of the die and I trimmed it with my Paper Snips and adhered it above the vellum. 

I used one of the lovely greetings from the Curvy Christmas stamp set (part of the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle) and heat embossed it in white above the dotted border. As this is a photopolymer set, you get a little flexibility to adjust the greeting to the curve.  I adhered my Poinsettia flower in the largest section of the curve, adding some Mossy Meadow leaves and extra foliage (the die is from the Curvy Dies) in Old Olive. 

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals & Quite Curvy Variety Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have an Old Olive mat for the writing panel and I've stamped the holly from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set in the corner and coloured it with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. At the base I have a strip of the checked design from the Heartwarming Hugs designer paper.

The Quite Curvy Bundle is already becoming a firm favourite, so I hope I've given you some more ideas for using it on holiday cards. You can also get more inspiration from my Quite Curvy Bundle Pinterest Board.

 

Project Details
Stamps Curvy Christmas, Christmas Gleaming, Snow Front, Cherish the Season
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Gold Foil, Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper, 'Tis The Season DSP, Heartwarming Hugs DSP, Brushed Metallics Cardstock
 Ink Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Just Jade, Shaded Spruce, Early Espresso
Accessories Metallic Pearls, All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack, Beaded Pearls
Tools     Poinsettia Dies, Curvy Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Subtle 3D EF, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue, White EP, Heat Gun, Stampin' Blends (Granny Apple Green, Real Red)

 

Here are the links for the ladies participating this month. I can't wait to see their lovely creations and I'm sure you will find them all very inspiring.

 
I'll be ordering the new 2021 January - June Mini Catalogues at the beginning of December and hope to have them received by existing customers before Christmas. If you would like the new mini catalogue, please fill in out your details on the Free Catalogues page (see the tab at the top of the page).
 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Colour Combo

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Kathryn, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we are CASE-ing the colours in the banner photo above, from page 18 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Feminine/Nature Colour Combo - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This is the combination of  soft and pretty colours that I've used to create my project this week. Even Gray Granite looks soft when combined with the other colours from the Subtles Collection. The projects in the inspiration photo also include Sahara Sand, but I didn't need a second neutral.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a card front-sized panel of Gray Granite card stock and dry embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, adding the strip of Mint Macaron paper to the right, before adhering the panel to a Gray Granite card base. I prefer this method to dry embossing the front of the card as it can sometimes cause the top to buckle near the score line and I prefer to not have it show on the inside of the card. Next up is a panel of Blushing Bride card stock that I cropped with a Stitched Rectangle Die, cutting twice to get the length I wanted. On top of that I have layered the Square Vellum Doilies for a feminine touch without adding any colour. I have overlapped the doilies at the centre so the scallops matched. I then decided to add the 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon arouund the whole panel, which is the next best option to cover a join if you cannot overlap the doilies . 

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the focal point of my card I have the sketchy roses from the Fancy Phrases stamp set in the vase from the Basket of Blooms stamp set. As we don't have Blushing Bride in the Blends (unfortunately), I stamped the image on Shimmery White card stock with Early Espresso ink. As it was set up in the Stamparatus, I stamped over the top with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. If you are super quick, you can usually heat emboss the ink without the Versamark, but as I wanted to watercolour the image, I wanted to be sure nothing was missed. I used the new Water Painters and ink pads to colour the entire image, using Blushing Bride for the flowers and Mint Macaron for the leaves and I added a touch of Crushed Curry to the smaller flower centre.  I fussy cut the whole image, cropping out just the 2 flowers at the bottom of the image.

For the vase, I stamped in Early Espresso ink and used the Gray Granite Stampin' Blends to colour, before fussy cutting. The vase was popped up with 1mm foam pads on a panel of Whisper White that was dry embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder and cropped with another Stitched Rectangle Die. I added the spray of foliage cut from Gold Foil with the Poinsettia Dies and then popped up the coloured flowers with Dimensionals, over the vase. The white panel was popped up over the vellum doilies and finally the pink panel was adhered flat to the card base. I stamped the 'hello' from the Dressed to Impress stamp set in Early Espresso on Soft Sea Foam card stock and fussy cut it. It is only a small touch of Soft Sea Foam, but it was just enough colour and didn't compete with the other elements.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Blushing Bride mat for the writing panel. I have used the remainder of the coloured floral image at the bottom, using the strip of Mint Macaron paper to cover the area where the other flowers were cropped.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Fancy Phrases, Basket of Blooms, Dressed to Impress
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Gray Granite, Blushing Bride, Soft Sea Foam, Gold Foil, Subtles DSP, Shimmery White
 Ink Early Espresso, Versamark, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry
Accessories 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Elegant Faceted Gems, Square Vellum Doilies
Tools    Subtle & Dainty Diamonds 3D EF, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Gray Granite), Dimensionals, Clear EP, Heat Gun, Water Painters

 

We would love to see your projects using these lovely colours. 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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CASE-ing the Catty - Card from Aug-Dec Mini

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Kathryn, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we are CASE-ing a card from page 36 of the August-December Mini Catalogue, which you can see in the banner photo above.

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I've chosen the card above, that I've cropped out so you can see it better. I have previously CASE-d the snowflake shaker card from this collection and you can see it here.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Garden Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've created my card using the new Dragonfly Garden Bundle which is one of two in the Dandy Garden Suite from the upcoming 2021 January - June Mini Catalogue.  Attendees of last weeks annual Stampin' Up! OnStage event were able to purchase these products in advance of the normal preporder period. I chose a design from the coordinating Dandy Garden 6" x 6" paper pack and added it to a Blackberry Bliss card base. The banner was cut from a Calypso Coral design from the same pack. 

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Garden Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I've stamped the greeting from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set with Blackberry Bliss ink and cropped it with my Stitched Rectangle Dies and added a mat of Blackberry Bliss. In keeping with the rustic garden theme, I added the twine behind the popped-up greeting panel. Using the new Dragonflies Punch, I've cropped the large Blackberry Bliss dragonfly from a sheet of the designer paper. I roughly cut it out and then adhered it to some Whisper White with Tombow first, to make it more robust. The smaller dragonfly on the opposite corner can also be cropped with the punch. At the bottom of the banner, you can see one of the Ladybug Trinkets, also from the suite. They are soooo cute! They are a brass colour, but I've given mine a light coat  of Pumpkin Pie with my Stampin' Blends just to see whether they can be coloured. 

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Garden Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have stamped the large line image from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set on the right in Mossy Meadow ink. The imagery in this set is really fine. I added a piece of the Bumblebee designer paper at the bottom and fussy cut the tiny Calypso Coral dragonfly, also from the same sheet of patterned paper as the large dragonfly.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Garden Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Dragonfly Garden
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Dandy Garden DSP
 Ink Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories Twine (from my stash), Ladybug Trinkets
Tools    Stitched Rectangle Dies, Big Shot, Dragonflies Punch, Banner Triple Punch, Dimensionals

 

We would love to see your projects using this great sketch. 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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Colour Creations Showcase - Magenta Madness

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Tonight, I'm joining the ladies from the Art With Heart Team for this week's Colour Creations Showcase. This week we're featuring Magenta Madness from the 2020-22 In Colors.

Stampin' Up! Colour Combo for Magenta Madness - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used a simple layout for my card tonight to offset the busy floral design from the Flowers For Every Season DSP and of course Magenta Madness, which is an eye-popping hot pink. When I'm working with a really bright colour, I like to have lots of white to balance it out. 

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP & Quite Curvy - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and dry embossed the front with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. The main feature is a panel of the floral patterned paper from the Flowers For Every Season pack which was adhered to a Magenta Madness mat. I tied some Just Jade 1/4" 2020-22  In Color Ribbon around the left end and finished it with a bow. 

The greeting from the Fancy Phrases stamp set was stamped in Just Jade ink and cropped with an oval from the Layering Ovals Dies and then popped up on a stitched oval in Magenta Madness. I stamped the 3 cute birds from the new Quite Curvy stamp set and coloured them with coordinating Stampin' Blends alcohol markers and adhered them around the greeting. 

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP & Quite Curvy - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside, I have a Magenta Madness mat with for my writing panel. I have stamped the flower spray from the Quite Curvy stamp set in the corner and as it is a photopolymer stamp, I was able to manipulate it a little to better fit the corner position. I have coloured the image with Stampin' Blends in the coordinating colours.

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP & Quite Curvy - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Fancy Phrases, Quite Curvy
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Magenta Madness, Flowers For Every Season DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Just Jade
Accessories Just Jade 1/4" 2020-22 In Color ribbon
Tools Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Just Jade, Magenta Madness, So Saffron, Misty Moonlight, Crumb Cake)

 

The lovely Catherine is hosting us tonight, so make sure you head over to her blog for the links to the other participants tonight.

Thanks for visiting today!


IDEAS Blog Hop - Family Celebrations

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I'm back with the IDEAS (International Demos Exciting Artistic Stampin') team this month to share more fabulous projects. We are a group of international demonstrators who create a Tutorial Bundle each month to give you, our customers and readers a heap of inspiration for your crafting.

If you've come from looking at Simone's great project, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

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Our theme this month, is Family Celebrations. This bundle contains 11 tutorials and 64 pages of crafty inspiration for cards, gifts and packaging for festive occasions that we celebrate. There are many fabulous projects for the holiday season as well as birthdays.  You can see a little peek of the projects in the collage above. 

Stampin' Up! Heartwarming Hugs Christmas Table Setting - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I love celebrating Christmas with the family and making the table look festive and special (although sadly, that won't be happening this year). I have designed a 5 piece table setting using the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Paper and the coordinating colours (Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzaz). My tutorial includes detailed instructions for the placemat, napkin ring, utensil holder, table favor/treat box and the Poinsettia centrepiece. It would look fabulous in many colour combinations and I think the colours of the Snowflake Splendor Designer Paper would be gorgeous for a wintery Christmas.

Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? 

There are 3 ways you can get the November 2020 Tutorial Bundle.

1.  Place an order with me for $50 or more using the current month's Host Code (shown in the side bar on the right) and you will receive the tutorial bundle for FREE. I will email you the PDF file within 24 hours of your order being confirmed.  

2. You can purchase the tutorial with Instant Download through my Etsy store by clicking here. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal and you DO NOT need to sign up to Etsy to make a purchase. Check out as a guest if you are not a member.

3.  Join my team and you will get this bundle of tutorials FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. You can see all the details over on the Join My Team page. It might be the right time for you consider the opportunity to run your own home-based craft business or to get a great discount on your craft supplies.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Now it's time to hop over to Odette's Blog to see her fabulous project.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Rose, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we have a Sketch Challenge based on the project above from page 159 of the Annual Catalogue.

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This is the project translated into a sketch to make it easier to identify the key design elements. 

Stampin' Up! Wishes & Wonder Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a white card base and added the Shaded Spruce design from the 'Tis the Season' Designer Paper Pack.  For the second panel, I've used another design from the same pack in Real Red and Cherry Cobbler and added a mat of white so it pops from the background. 

Stampin' Up! Wishes & Wonder Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I used the North Pole Wonder Dies to cut a tag from Seaside Spray card stock and lengthened it about 1cm. The inside of the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder was inked with Shaded Spruce and the tag placed right side down onto the ink before running it through my machine.  To define the trees a little more, I used my ink blending tools to add some Just Jade ink over the embossing. I also added some Seaside Spray ink around the edges at the top (I probably could have added a bit more I think).

The gorgeous reindeer was cropped from Brushed Copper and popped up on the startburst circle, which I had stamped multiple times with a greeting from the Cherish the Season stamp set.  A length of 1/4" gold ribbon from the Boho Indigo Medley and the starburst circle complete the elements from the sketch. The greetings from the Peace & Joy stamp set were stamped in Real Red ink, fussy cut  and popped up.

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For the inside, I have a Shaded Spruce mat for my writing panel and a strip of Real Red designer paper down at the base. I've stamped the little cluster of pine trees from the In The Pines stamp set at the bottom and the greeting from Joyful Holly in the centre.

Stampin' Up! Wishes & Wonder Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Peace & Joy, In The Pines, Joyful Holly, Cherish The Season
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Shaded Spruce, 'Tis The Season DSP, Brushed Metallics
 Ink Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Gray Granite
Accessories 1/4" Gold Pleated Ribbon
Tools    North Pole Wonder Dies, Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

We would love to see your projects using this great sketch. 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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Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Lauren has to inspire you this week. 

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Colour Creations Showcase - Highland Heather

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Tonight, I'm joining the ladies from the Art With Heart Team for this week's Colour Creations Showcase. This week we're featuring Highland Heather which is from the Subtles Collection and one of my favourite colours to create with.

Stampin' Up! Highland Heather Colour Combo - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
This is my colour combo tonight. It has been a busy creative week and I got a bit sidetracked in the garden today, so I wanted to keep my card simple. When I was writing this post, I realised that I hadn't used any dies, embossing folders or my die cutting machine! It is rare for me to just use paper, stamps and ink. It is good to remember that you don't need more than that to create a nice card.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a panel of Whisper White card stock and masked off a section and got to with some ink blending. I've used Highland Heather at the bottom and Balmy Blue at the top. The large floral image from the Fancy Phrases stamp was stamped over the blended panel. As it is quite a heavily shaded image, I didn't want it to look too harsh on the soft colours, so I stamped it in Basic Gray ink. I also stamped the cute dragonflys from a brand new stamp set called Dragonfly Garden from the upcoming 2021 January - June Mini Catalogue.  The greeting from Fancy Phrases was heat embossed in white on Gorgeous Grape card stock for a bold pop. I've wrapped the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the top and finished with a bow. The finished panel was adhered to a Highland Heather card base.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Gorgeous Grape mat with a narrow border for my writing panel. I masked off a strip at the base and created a coordinating border with my ink blending tools. The small floral image from the Fancy Phrases stamp set was stamped in the corner in Basic Gray Ink.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Fancy Phrases, Dragonfly Garden
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape
 Ink Versamark, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Basic Gray
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Tools Blending tools, Dimensionals, White EP, Heat gun

 

The lovely Catherine is hosting us tonight, so make sure you head over to her blog for the links to the other participants tonight.

Thanks for visiting today!


Heart of Christmas

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Welcome to the Heart of Christmas showcase for October. Dare I say it's another month closer to Christmas and in fact it's only 67 days to the big day!  I'm hosting the talented ladies from the Art with Heart team who have fabulous projects to get you inspired. Make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post to see what they have created and give them some comment love.

This month, I decided to focus on one suite from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalogue and I chose the Snowflake Splendor Suite

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There are lots of great products in this suite even if you're not into 'christmas stars' (aka snowflakes). The Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper is gorgeous and so are the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems. I used all of the products in my cards, apart from the Snowflake Spendor ribbon. You can purchase any or all of these products from my Online Store (link in the sidebar on the right or click on the image above.).  I also have a sneak peek at a new bundle of products that will be available for customers to purchase from 3 November. Now onto the cards.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For this first card, I have focused on the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, which is ON SALE for $17.00AUD until 31 October 2020. I started with a Balmy Blue card base and added the layer of Whisper White with the designer paper attached. The greeting from Itty Bitty Christmas was stamped at the bottom in Gorgeous Grape ink.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used 3 of the designs, together with a strip of Highland Heather card stock that was first embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and then embossed again with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. I really like the effect and hope you can see a little of it in the photo above. For the snowflake, I've used Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape ink for the stamped layers and Silver Foil in between. I finished with a large Night of Navy gem in the centre.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This card features the beautiful Winter Snow Embossing Folder. I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and added a layer of the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper.  I mixed up some shimmer mist using the Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol and sprayed it liberally over a panel of Whisper White card stock. Once it was dry I embossed it with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder and adhered it to the Balmy Blue Glimmer mat. It is very pretty in real life.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the embellishment I die cut the label from Stitched So Sweetly Dies in Balmy Blue Glimmer and added a strip of Silver/White Metallic Edged ribbon. The greeting from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set was stamped in Night of Navy ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder so I could spritz it with the shimmer mist and not have it bleed. The snowflake is a combination of stamped layers in Balmy Blue and Night of Navy with Silver Foil in between and Balmy Blue Glimmer on top finished with a Night of Navy gem.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the final card, I've used a design from the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper for the background with NEW products that will be available from 1 November 2020. I dry embossed a piece of Hightland Heather card stock with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder and cut the dotty border with a die from the new Curvy Dies to create the 'hills'. I re-cut the left over piece again for the smaller 'hill'. Isn't it pretty? There are three designs in the 6" borders, all having a 'curvy' shape. The greeting is from the coordinating Curvy Christmas stamp set, which I heat embossed in white, before dry embossing.  The stamped layers of the snowflake are in Balmy Blue and Gorgeous Grape with Silver Glimmer in between and Silver Foil on the top and finished with a Balmy Blue gem. 

If you're keen to see more of the new products, then check out my Quite Curvy Bundle Pinterest Board.

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Splendor Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Snowflake Wishes, Itty Bitty Christmas, Curvy Christmas
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Snowflake Splendor DSP, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer (retired)
 Ink Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy, Pacific Point
Accessories Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems, Silver/White Metallic Edge Ribbon, Snowflake Sequins
Tools     So Many Snowflakes Dies, Curvy Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Winter Snow EF, Tasteful Textile EF, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Clear EP, White EP, Heat Gun

 

Here are the links for the ladies participating this month. I can't wait to see their lovely creations and I'm sure you will find them all very inspiring.

Kate Morgan

Cathy Proctor

Michele Taylor

Vicki Boucher

Caroline Manwaring

Tina Gillespie

Christine Blain

Sharon Davern

Rachel Woollard

Diane Furniss

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CASE-ing the Catty - Plaid Tidings DSP

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Peta & Marvi, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we're CASE-ing the colours of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalogue. This pack of designer paper is ON SALE right now, until 31 October 2020.

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There are a LOT of colours and patterns in this designer paper as you can see in the photo above, so it can be a little overwhelming. It is best to look at each design separately to appreciate the possibilities. I decided on a design and used the coordinating colours  in the paper to create my card, using the Love of Leaves Bundle, which found it's way into my craft room recently! It you haven't noticed it, it's on page 40 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This bundle is perfect for either gender and those with a love of nature and the outdoors. It would be wonderful for scrapbooking your outdoor adventures as well. I don't think the image of the dies in the catalogue does them justice, so I hope my photo gives you a better idea of the detail. Each leaf has 2 dies; the outline which cuts and adds stitching around the cut edge and the centre embossing die for the veins. I have used some sticky note to keep the 2 pieces together, so you can cut and emboss the leaves at the same time. In addition to the leaves, there is the large decorative border die.  If you are happy to die cut the leaves from cardstock or foil (which looks fabulous!), then the dies can really stand alone. You can die cut from coloured cardstock or patterned paper and then add extra depth with sponge daubers. Alternatively, add drops of ink onto wet watercolour paper to get gorgeous variegated leaves or use ink blending tools to create your own paper. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a card-sized panel of Pretty Peacock card stock and used the border die from the Stitched Leaves Dies on the left side to add  the decorative stitching.  The design from the Plaid Tidings Designer Paper pack was added to the right end leaving a narrow border. I found the strip of Cajun Craze with the zigzag in my scrap bag and I added that to the left edge. It  was cut with the retired Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies from way back in 2012!  The greeting from the Life is Beautiful stamp set was stamped in Pretty Peacock ink and then dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder before being cropped with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The plaid design I've chosen lends itself to more autumn colours, so I've stamped the leaves in Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock and Cherry Cobbler and cropped them with the coordinating dies.  Cajun Craze isn't in the list of colours, but works well with the brown tones. The stamps provide a lot of shading by themselves, so make sure your ink pads aren't too juicy or you will lose that definition. If you can see bubbles of ink on the stamp, use the back of teaspoon to temporarily push the ink down in the pad.  I added a little bit of extra shading on the edges of the stamps with a sponge dauber after stamping the main colour. This is easy to do if you're using the Stamparatus, or you can see through the photopolymer to line up for a second stamping. As the paper is already busy, I wanted to keep the stamping simple.  I layered up the leaves on the left of the white panel and finished with a bow using the copper metallic ribbon. I added a trio of banners to balance the focus panel. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Pretty Peacock mat for my writing panel and a strip of the plaid designer paper down the left side. I've had a little fun with the leaves here. I die cut the tall leaf out of the writing panel, so you can see the stitching on the cut edge. I created more variegated leaves with multiple layers of colour this time. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Don't think you're just limited to autumn leaves with this bundle. Check out my Love of Leaves Pinterest Board for a lot more inspiration with this bundle. 

 

Project Details
Stamps Love of Leaves, Life is Beautiful
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Plaid Tidings DSP
 Ink Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty Peacock
Accessories Gilded Gems, Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack
Tools    Stitched Leaves Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tasteful Touches Dies, Itty Bitty Banners Dies (retired), Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

We would love to see your projects, CASE-ing the colours of the Plaid Tidings DSP. 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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