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The CTC Crew are taking their inspiration from the Botanicals section of the Occasions Catalogue this week. I have 2 very different cards to share with you today.

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I've taken my inspiration from these Stampin' Up! samples of the 'In the Meadow' stamp set on page 28 of the Occasions catty. Up to now I have only used the tree image as silhouette, so it was a good opportunity to ink up the rest of the images.


I've created an outdoor scene that is perfect for a masculine card. I started by stamping the images in Basic Black Archival ink on water colour paper and then got to work with my ink pads and aqua painter. Make sure you let the archival ink dry thoroughly before you start water colouring or give your piece a blast with the heat gun to be sure. I had a few practice runs on scrap paper to work out the position of each image before stamping onto the water colour paper. I have taken the colour cues from the image with a mat of Pumpkin Pie on the Marina Mist base card. I've added the Cherry Cobbler accent down the 'spine' of the card and to mat the birthday greeting.

    Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


I have kept the inside simple, stamping the tree as a silhouette this time. I had to resort to my retired DSP Pattern stacks to get the Marina Mist striped border. I've used Very Vanilla for the writing panel as it matched the water colour paper and the tone on tone stripes work so well with either white or vanilla.

Stampin' Up! In the Meadow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps  In the Meadow, Party Pants
Card stock & Papers      Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Water Colour paper, Subtles Pattern Stack (retired)
 Ink  Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist
Accessories  Linen Thread, Basic Metal Buttons
Tools      11/4 & 13/8" Circle punches, Boho Chic TIEF, Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Glue dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Now for my second card, which uses the fabulous Botanical Builder framelit dies. This is such a great bundle of products and definitely a 'keeper' as it is so versatile to use with or without the coordinating stamp set.  Strictly speaking my card isn't inspired by a particular sample, but I couldn't go past this section of the catalogue without showing the versatility of these products.  I have had this card in my head for a while so it was the opportunity to make it a reality and show how fabulous these dies look in a white-on-white project. 

To start, I covered the front of my thick Whisper White base card with the lovely silver foil paper. The second layer of thick Whisper White has been die cut with an oval (2nd oval from the centre of the Ovals Collection) and then embossed with the lovely 'Softly Falling' TIEF. I have added a layer of the foam tape that I use for shaker cards around the oval and around the edges of the embossed piece before placing it over the silver foil mat. The 'Wedding Wishes' greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set was heat embossed in silver and then die cut with the smallest oval and then placed into the recessed oval space, creating an automatic silver foil border. The rest was a matter of decorating with the blooms from the Botanical Builder framelits set cut from thick Whisper White so they are robust. I've added lots of bling to accent the flowers and the little banner. It was a lovely sunny Autumn afternoon here in Melbourne, so it was difficult to photograph the card with the reflection off all the bling! Unfortunately, it really doesn't do it justice!

ETA: I've taken another photo of the card from above and that shows the detail better without so much reflection.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder Framelits & Softly Falling TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the recessed oval and if you look closely you can see the foam tape underneath. It makes the really firm, so it won't sink.


Finally, for the inside I have a mat of silver foil (decadent, I know!) and I upped the bling with a little border of silver glimmer at the bottom.  Some more blooms finish it off. 


Project Details
Stamps Rose Wonder
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick), Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Iced Rhinestones, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Ovals Collection framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Softly Falling TIEF, Big Shot, Banner punch, Silver EP, Heat gun, Couture Creations 3D Foam Strips (not SU)

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Thanks for visiting today!


Holly Stene

I absolutely LOVE the In the Meadow card! Your watercolored land looks so realistic - beautifully done! I am making one of you creations for my card class thursday - gave you credit on my blog - so I hope that brings you more blog love! :) Blessings!

Rebecca S

I love how you have combined two samples to create one. Your watercolouring is to die for!! And your white card is stunning!!

Penny Hanuszak

Well I was totally in love with your first card, which is an awesome CASE. You really created a beautiful scene. And, thanks for the tip about the Archival inks not drying as fast as we think. I'll make note of that. So when I scrolled through your post and got to your second card, I was blown away by it's beauty. The silver white combo here is just gorgeous. I have a 50th wedding anniversary coming up this weekend, and I think I just might CASE your card. Thanks so much for inspiring!

Rachel Palmieri

The watercoloured card is an absolute work of art, Judy. Very beautiful. Love the white on white Botanicals card too, might need to CASE this for an upcoming wedding, do you mind?

Liz Gross

Judy your watercolour card is stunning. Love all the details including the red textured spine and the sentiment detail. And your all white wedding card is so beautiful.

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