Previous month:
April 2016
Next month:
June 2016

Quick Makes Class

Hi there

Well it is only a mere couple of days before we usher in the new 2016-17 Annual Catalogue with all the lovely new colours and products. At my last class I wanted to show some 'quick makes' with one of the retiring stamp sets that I have used a lot, as well as a fabulously easy layout for using up your designer paper. I  love making special cards for special occasions, but sometimes you just want a lovely card without spending hours.  These cards fit the bill perfectly.

The first 2 card designs use the 'Bordering Blooms' stamp set.  This is one of those sets that can go unnoticed in the Catalogue, but is fabulous for quick makes. The first card uses the flower border at the top and bottom which is coloured with Stampin' Write markers. This combo is Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  Being photopolymer it is very easy to line up the stamps visually without a stamp-a-ma-jig.

Stampin' Up! Quick Make with Bordering Blooms - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I had an alternative colour combo for an autumn look of Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie, shown below. Yet another combo that I found when playing was Old Olive, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette for a softer look. All of these combos go well with the Tempting Turquoise base card and the bold birthday greeting from the retiring 'Happy Birthday Everyone' Hostess set.

Stampin' Up! Quick Make with Bordering Blooms - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the second design using the vine stamp. This is super easy, adding some flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack (so sad that it is retiring). I've added some of the Melon Mambo thick Baker's Twine from the new catalogue and popped up the panel on the Melon Mambo base. The lovely greeting is from the 'A Dozen Thoughts' stamp set which is also retiring. It makes it a very flexible card to have in your stash.

Stampin' Up! Quick Make with Bordering Blooms - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Bordering Blooms, Happy Birthday Everyone, A Dozen Thoughts
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delights
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine
Tools     Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Write Markers

 At OnStage we were shown a great way to use up DSP by simply a cutting a small piece (10cm x 10cm for cards based on A4 cardstock or 4" x 4 1/4" for Imperial card stock) into 2 pieces on an angle. You can vary the angle and the look by having the wider or narrower piece at the top. You can get 9 cards from a 12 x 12 piece of designer paper when cutting at 10 x 10cm, so it is very cost effective.  I have adapted the idea a little by cutting a piece of Whisper White card stock 10cm x 14.3cm that you can adhere your 2 pieces to.  I've added 5mm borders each side of the greeting and having the base makes it super easy to cut them off at the correct angle. You also get more options for stamping your greeting, rather than directly onto the card base.

Stampin' Up! Quick Make with Birthday Bouquet DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used the large design from the Birthday Bouquet DSP. I love this paper, but I've found it difficult to use, as it is quite busy. I think it looks fabulous used in this layout. The greeting comes from the lovely 'Best Thoughts' Hostess stamp set, also retiring. Any bold greeting would work well, such as those from 'Sassy Salutations' (also retiring, sigh!). 

Project Details
Stamps Best Thoughts
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet DSP
 Ink Watermelon Wonder
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Glue dots

 I hope you have enjoyed these quick makes. Thanks for looking!


CASE-ing the Catty - Kits and 3D

CTC_Blog_Banner_edited

Hi there

It's Sunday evening and time to CASE the Catty again. Tonight our focus is on kits and 3D items as we come to the end of our time with the Occasions Catty. Lots to look forward to though, with the fabulous new Annual Catalogue due to commence on 1 June.

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.

My favourite kit from the Occasions Catalogue is the 'Enjoy the Little Things' home decor project on Page 33. It consists of an A-frame chalkboard stand with a gold clip and 13 art pieces that cover many occasions and seasonal activities. This photo shows the finished art pieces.

Occasions16_p33_edited

Depending on how you look at it, a kit can be the starting point or the end point. By that I mean you can take the kit and assemble it as per the directions and the result will be a great home decor piece to display. The quality of Stampin' Up! kits is excellent with all the materials required (apart from adhesive) being supplied in the kit, ready to go. A kit can also be a fabulous opportunity to use your own creativity to step it up or change it up and even extend it to reflect your own style and decor.  That is what I chose to do with this kit and I have a few samples to show you.

It is currently late Autumn in Australia and I have the autumn art piece on display on my hall table. Harvesting pumpkins isn't something I associate with Autumn here, but Autumn leaves certainly are. This is a photo of the enormous Liquidamber tree I have in my front yard, so I will be raking up leaves almost until spring!

Liquidamber_Tree

 I have used the 'Vintage Leaves' stamp set and matching framelit dies to create a pile of autumn leaves for my piece, framing them with the die cut 'autumn' and 'leaves' from the kit. 

Stampin' Up! 'Enjoy the Little Things Kit'  Autumn changed up - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I love butterflies, so I decided to take the idea from the butterfly art piece (top row, 5th from the left in the first photo) and add some larger die cut butterflies. I've used the doily, the smaller butterflies and the stamped wooden label from the kit.

  Stampin' Up! 'Enjoy the Little Things Kit'  Butterflies changed up - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Finally in the style of the kit, I decided to create a new art piece for spring.  I love pink; wearing it and I also have lots of different coloured pink azaleas that flower madly in spring along with yellow and white daffodils. I have used the silver rain drop design from the 'Shine On Specialty' DSP for the base. It seems appropriate as it still rains quite a lot in spring. The pot is a die cut circle (with the top cut off) using the 'Color Me Irrestible' DSP and the flowers are stamped from my favourite 'Flower Shop' stamp set and punched out with the Pansy punch. I will look forward to putting this piece up when spring comes.

Stampin' Up! Spring In the style of 'Enjoy the Little Things' kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Flower Shop
Card stock & Papers     Shine On Specialty, Color Me Irresistible Specialty, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
 Ink Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools     Little Letters Thinlits Botanical Builder Framelits, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Pansy Punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots


Now it's time to head off  and see what Julia has to inspire you. Click the next button below.

 

CTC_Previous_Blog_Badge_Sml                             CTC_Next_Blog_Badge_Sml

 

Why not join us this week and link up your 3D creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog. You can also see all of this week's participants.

Thanks for visiting today!


New Catty Sneak Peak -'Love You Lots'

Hi there

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for looking!


OnStage Sample - You've Got This

Hi there

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for looking!


New Catty Sneak Peak - 'Layering Love'

Hi there

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

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

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

 

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

Thanks for looking!