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Quick Makes Class

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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


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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.


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!


 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

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Thanks for visiting today!

New Catty Sneak Peak -'Love You Lots'

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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

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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'

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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!

CASE-ing the Catty - Going Places


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It is lovely to be back CASE-ing the Catty tonight and the CTC Crew are taking their inspiration from the large 'Going Places' section of the Occasions Catalogue this week. 

You may have come from 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.

I've taken my inspiration from these Stampin' Up! samples on Page 41 of the Occasions catty. I love sending thank you cards to customers and these cute square cards caught my eye.  Covering the front of your card base edge t0 edge makes for a simple starting point and it is a great way to put your designer paper to use.


To make it economical I've cut a sheet of 12 x 12 Mint Macaron card stock into strips of 10cm x 20cm (4" x 8"). You can make 4 cards from a sheet. Cut a 10cm strip of designer paper and cut again into 10cm pieces. I'm using the ice cream cone design from the 'Birthday Bouquet' designer paper as the base for all the cards and I using the corner round to soften the bottom edge.  This is what I came up with.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bouquet Thank You cards - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have chosen 3 layouts from the samples. The first one has two narrow banners down the side and the thank you sentiment from the retired 'Lots of Thanks' punched out.  The only variation to the layout is the Crumb Cake ribbon at the top (I couldn't help myself, lol).


This the second one I made, layering up my favourite thank you greeting from the 'One Big Meaning' stamp set on tags from the 'Tags & Labels' Framelits dies.



The last one is the simplest of the three, with the designer paper doing all the heavy lifting. I've put my greetings on the right side instead of the left and finished it with my favourite flower from the retiring Itty Bitty Punch pack.


Project Details
Stamps Lots of Thanks (Retired), One Big Meaning, Cottage Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Subtles Paper Stack
 Ink Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride Baker's twine (retired), Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, Crumb Cake Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, 1 3/8" & 1 1/2" Circle punches, Itty Bitty Punch Pack

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New Catty Sneak Peak -'Sitting Here'

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Today I have one of my favourite cards that I created for Onstage Local in Sydney. This was one of the Cucumber Crush samples and it uses the new 'Sitting Here' stamp set from the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue.  It has a collection of elements that you can use together to create a lovely scene or use them individually as design elements on your other projects. The elements include the lovely swing, cat, dog, dog basket, cushions, bird and pot plant. I stamped this image from a friend who received this set for her display board stamping, so I was pleased when all attendees received it at OnStage.

To create realistic 'scene' cards from individual elements you generally need to use the masking technique. This allows you to place some elements in front or behind others as in real life. If you haven't tried this technique before, then please give it a go. All you need is some sticky notes (they are now available as a full sheet of sticky, rather than just the top 1cm), stamps and Stampamajig (or you could just wing it!)

   Stampin' Up! Sneak Peak 'Sitting Here' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To start, I've stamped the pot plant in Basic Black Archival ink onto Shimmery White card stock, as I wanted this image to be 'in front' on my card. I stamped the pot plant image a second time onto a sticky note and cut it out right on the lines with my paper snips. Don't leave any border around your mask image as it will create a white space when you stamp the background image. Pop the sticky note mask over the top of the original image you stamped and then use a Stampamajig to position the swing and stamp it in Basic Black Archival ink.  When you remove the mask, the swing will appear behind the pot plant. I love how simple and effective this technique is.  I water coloured the swing and plant pot with my aquapainter and ink pads.  The flowers are quite small and delicate, so I used Stampin' Write markers to colour them. 

My swing disappears into a cloud of leaves created with the  tree canopy image from the 'Sheltering Tree' stamp. It was stamped firstly in Mint Macaron and then again (the other way up) in Cucumber Crush.  Stamping the second time with the stamp rotated gives you a more realistic blending of the leaves. The cat and cushion were stamped separately and water coloured on Shimmery White card stock and then fussy cut.  While the pieces were still a bit damp, I used the Simply Scored  stylus to create a little hollow on the reverse side of each that gives both pieces a great 3D look. When they were dry I used small pieces of foam pad to fill the hollow and attach them to the swing seat. I added the bird on the back of the swing seat to tease the cat (he is the same colour as my silver Bengal Artie!).

I got a small ink smudge on the very bottom of the piece (don't you hate that!) so that resulted in the sweet greeting 'just sitting here thinking of you' being stamped on the Cucumber Crush strip at the bottom. Not in the plans, but I love how it balances out the card. Such a lovely sentiment for a friendship card.

Project Details
Stamps Sitting Here, Sheltering Tree
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Cucumber Crush Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stampamajig, Stampin' Write Markers, Aquapainter, Stylus, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

OnStage Sample - Grateful Bunch

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I have another of the samples I created for Onstage Local in Sydney to share with you.  This one uses the 'Grateful Bunch' stamp set in a card highlighting Delightful Dijon.  This is not one of my go-to colours, so creating 4 cards using it as a primary colour really took me out of my comfort zone. Having said that, I found some colour combinations that I really like such as this one using Delightful Dijon with Island Indigo and lots of white. 


Stampin' Up! Grateful Bunch & Suite Sayings- Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The flowers were stamped in Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon and punched out with the coordinating Blossom Bunch punch and layered over the stems.   The greeting from 'Suite Sayings' was coloured with markers  in the 2 focus colours before stamping in the angle created by the two stems. I added a decorative border in the top right corner by using the Simply Scored Board to score lines 1/4" from the edge on the reverse side of my piece, with the second line  a 1/2" shorter. You can see it better in this closeup photo.


I hope you try this is really simple, but effective way to add interest to your cards.  

Project Details
Stamps Grateful Bunch, Suite Sayings
Card stock & Papers     Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Whisper White
 Ink Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Baker's Box Framelits (heart) Big Shot, Blossom Bunch punch, Simply Scored Board, Glue Dots, Stampin' Write markers (Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon)

Thanks for looking!