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Love you Lots

Hi there

I'm taking a break from holiday season crafting today, to share a couple of cute cards using the 'Love you Lots' Hostess stamp set. It is so easy to forget the wonderful Annual Catalogue full of great project ideas and products. 

The 'Love you Lots' stamp set has 4 super cute images and 4 greetings.  This stamp set is only $16.00 for clear mount when you place an order of $250 or more before postage. To remind you, here it is.

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For my first card I have water coloured the frog with the slightly quizzical look on its face and popped him in a frame. I've added a couple of empty frames behind him for a fun geometric look. For the background I have embossed Sahara Sand card stock with the 'Brick Wall' embossing folder. For a quick way to give the wall dimension, I've gone over the 'grout' with my Chalk Marker. 

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

 

The second card has lots of layers, but it all started with stamping the ladybugs and colouring them with a Stampin' Write marker - you can't get anything easier than that. I added the greeting at the bottom and then die cut with my Circles framelits. I then started at the bottom with the Watermelon Wonder card stock base to match the lady bugs and layered up the thick Whisper White embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to keep the spotty theme going. Next, I added some interest with the layered Watermelon Wonder piece that has been scored every 1/4" using the Simply Scored Board. This is a simple way to add texture and interest to card stock. Another layer on top with the floral design from the versatile Designer Series Paper stacks, a banner and finally my ladybugs. 

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

Project Details
Stamps Lots of Love, Endless Thanks
Card stock & Papers     Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Real Red, In Colour DSP Stack, Shimmery White
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Basic Black Archival, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Wink of Stella
Tools     Squares Framelits, Circles Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Large Polka Dot EF, Big Shot, Aqua Painter, Chalk Marker, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Stampin' Write Marker (Watermelon Wonder)

Thanks for looking!

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Another Handmade Gift

Hi there

I have another idea for colleague, teacher or stocking gifts for you today.  I was looking for some boxes in a $2 store and came across some cute Shopping List pads and immediately thought they would make a lovely handmade gift. I showed ladies in a recent class how to cover and decorate the pads very easily using some of the lovely 'Irresistibly Floral' DSP.

I went with a black cover for my pad so that it won't show up too badly, the inevitable greasy marks that come with having a shopping list pad in the kitchen. The black base also makes a great background for any lovely bright colour that can be sponged onto the 'Irresistibly Floral' DSP. If you know the person well, you could colour match the pad with their kitchen. I went with Melon Mambo (no, my kitchen isn't pink!), as it is one of my favourite colours and always looks great with black. This is the finished pad, with a bamboo pen sitting in the holder at the bottom.

Stampin' Up! Covered Shopping List Pad using Irresistibly Yours DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I used a sponge dauber to lay down the colour over the white embossed 'Irresistibly Floral' DSP design. I have gone darker on the edges to give it some depth and once you are happy with the colour, gently rub off any excess ink from the embossed design with a soft tissue. I added a strip of Organza ribbon as a base for Dazzling Diamond Glimmer circle that the butterfly is sitting on. This panel was layered on thick Whisper White and the 'LIST' was added to the bottom using the (sadly) retired 'Little Letters' Thinlits dies.

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This closeup shows up the lovely floral white embossed design of the 'Irresistibly Floral' DSP. I also added a layer of Vellum card stock under the butterfly so it didn't get lost in the detail of the background and scattered a few rhinestones over the flowers.

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Finally, you can see the design of the shopping list pad and I'm sure you will agree that the floral design on the front and butterfly trim works really well with it. 

Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Vellum, Irresistibly Floral DSP
 Ink Melon Mambo
Accessories White Organza ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Little Letters Thinlits (retired), Big Shot, 1 1/2" Circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents (retired), Sponge dauber, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Xyron (not SU)

Thanks for looking!

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Sophisticated Gift Card Holder

Hi there

Today I'm sharing my gift card holder that we made in class this week with a lovely group of ladies. I wanted a sophisticated look for this Christmas gift card holder, so I have chosen a black, gold and white theme. Of course, you can choose any colour combo, but I think it looks very elegant for adult gift giving. 

  Stampin' Up! Delicate Ornaments Gift Card Holder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs (Tutorial Available)

There are several great things about this gift card holder - firstly you can make one from a single sheet of card stock (A4 or Imperial size) and secondly, the finished size is 10cm x 12.7cm (4" x 5") so it fits into a standard envelope for posting. This is the gift card holder fully closed.  The round bauble from the 'Delicate Ornaments' Thinlits dies provides a decorative element for the front cover in black and Gold Foil, but also acts as a mechanism to keep it closed as well. I have gold embossed the greeting from the retired 'Lots of Joy' stamp set as I wanted something bold that fitted into the space.

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When you open up the flap, you can see how the bauble works to keep the gift card holder closed.  The black and gold bauble is popped up and the gold and white bauble sits slightly underneath it.

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The decorated flap folds down and you have a large decorated panel to write your greeting at the bottom and then slip your gift card into the pop-up slot in the centre. I have used the retired 'Winter Wonderland' Designer Series Paper which works beautifully with the black, gold and white theme.

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You can also use a punch instead of the bauble die, such as the retired Tree punch or Cookie-Cutter Builder punch to achieve a different look for your gift card holder.

 If you are interested in making some of these for Christmas, then you can find the tutorial here.

Project Details
Stamps Lots of Joy (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil paper, Gold Glimmer paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Winter Wonderland DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Gold flat back pearl (not SU), Winter Wonderland Washi (retired)
Tools     Softly Falling EF, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid glue, 

Thanks for looking!

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AWH Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

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Today some of the ladies from the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin' Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit! This offer applies to the designs shown in the picture below.

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You may have come to my blog from the lovely Rachel Woollard. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.

Using designer series paper on your cards provides a lovely focus point and does much of the 'heavy lifting', so your layouts can be quite simple, but still pack a punch. I decided to try a technique that I haven't used before, to create my card. It looks a lot like parquetry to me, with strips of DSP laid out to create a simple geometric design. This is a great way to use many of the designs in the pack. There is no right or wrong way, just place the colours and designs so they look balanced and pleasing to the eye. I have used the 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP for my card, but this technique would work with almost any set of DSP if it has a number of small prints. 

Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

To maintain the focus on the DSP and layout, I have used the 'Noel' die cut in Gold Glimmer paper as the greeting. For the inside, I have used the Pine Bough embossing folder in the right hand corner and more of the DSP at the base with the Gold Glimmer trim to finish it off. 

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Here is a close up of the paper parquetry and the lovely sparkly greeting.

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Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Gold Glimmer
 Ink None
Accessories None
Tools     Pine Bough Embossing folder, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot

 

My second project uses one of my 'go to' layouts for using designer series paper as the focal point of the card. It is clean and simple and it always looks great. Just pick out which colours in the DSP you will use as highlights and the rest is a matter of construction. This card uses the 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP with Early Espresso highlights.

Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane DSP & Cookie-Cutter Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I 've used Crumb Cake as the mat with some of the lovely spotty washi tape from the Candy Cane Lane set and a cute gingerbread man finishing it off.

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Here is a closeup of the lovely greeting with the 3 thread bow of Candy Cane Lane Baker's twine and the cute enamel heart.

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Project Details
Stamps Cookie-Cutter Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Washi, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Cookie Cutter Builder punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Rachel Palmieri has to inspire you. Click on the arrow below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Judy May   <----------- You are here!
2. Rachel Palmieri
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Ros Davidson
5. Monika O'Neill
6. Kate Morgan 
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Rebecca Jacovou
9. Claire Daly
10. Rachel Woollard

 

Thanks for stopping by!


CASE-ing the Catty - Presents & Pinecones

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Hi there

Tonight at CASE-ing the Catty we are celebrating 100 blog hops as we  look at the Presents & Pinecones section of the Holiday Catalogue. How amazing is that - 100 and still going strong! 

You may have come here from Bronwyn'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. We also have a guest designer this week so make sure you hop all the way around.

I have been looking at this sample on page 24 of the Holiday Catalogue for ages. I have only recently purchased the Santa's Sleigh bundle after procrastinating forever.  I don't why, as I love it now! 


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I have created a 3D style project with the Santas' Sleigh bundle but as a card in a box. I decided a rectangular box would work best and I sized it to fit the elements I wanted to use.The basic box does fit into a standard envelope, but to have everything in proportions that I liked, it is too tall. However, for a special card I don't think a bit of extra postage is too much to ask. So here is the finished card. I was really happy with the way it turned out.

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh Bundle & This Christmas DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs. Tutorial Available.

I have used the 'This Christmas' designer paper on the outside panels of the box and the back of the box has the writing panel also trimmed with the striped DSP. 

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh Bundle & This Christmas DSP

Here is a closeup of the layers in the box. I die cut the sleigh twice and adhered them together to make it more robust. The images were coloured with a blender pen and ink pads as were the highlights added to the reindeer. The trees also have two layers with the dual purpose of adding extra dimension and robustness. 

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh Bundle & This Christmas DSP

Finally, here is a side view of the box.

Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh Bundle & This Christmas DSP

I had some ladies make this project in class last week and they were very happy with the finished result. It does take some time, but definitely worth it. If you are interested in making this project, I have a tutorial over on my tutorials page.

Project Details
Stamps Santa's Sleigh, Presents & Pinecones, Wondrous Wreath
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Gold Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, This Christmas DSP
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories Gold flat back gems (not SU)
Tools     Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, Apothecary Accents Framelits (retired), Big Shot, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Blender pen

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to head over to see what fabulous project Kathryn has for you today. 

 

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We would love you to link up your CASE from the Presents & Pinecones section by clicking on the button below to add your project.

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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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A Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there

Today I'm sharing one of the cards that we made in class recently. Is is an elegant white on white card with traditional Christmas trims. This is a great design if you want to make a bunch of cards in a hurry and who doesn't want that, as we rush towards the Christmas season.

I have used the 'Holly' embossing folder that was new in this years Annual Catalogue. It doesn't look much until you see it embossed and then wow, it is such a crisp, clean design and works so well in a white on white card.

Stampin' Up! Holly Jolly Layers and Holly Embossing Folder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The centrepiece on the red and gold band is one of the lovely stamps from the Hostess stamp set 'Holly Jolly Layers'.  It is well named as all of the stamps in the set work beautifully with the Layered Circles, Squares and Ovals Framelits. I have die cut the stamped image with a plain circle, but you can also use a scalloped circle. For the holly, I have used Stampin' Write markers directly to the rubber to colour the image and then die cut it and popped it up over the top of the larger image. This close up image shows off the beautiful embossed holly design.

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For the inside, I have stamped the holly spray from the 'Embellished Ornaments' set in the top corner and used the 1/8" punch to add some red berries to it. At the base is the red spotty design from the Candy Cane Lane washi set and a little strip of Gold Glimmer.

Stampin' Up! Holly Jolly Layers and Holly Embossing Folder - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Holly Jolly Layers, Embellished Ornaments
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Washi set
Tools     Holly EF, Layered Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Write Markers (Garden Green, Real Red), 1/8" Circle punch, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!


CASE-ing the Catty - Holiday Tags

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Hi there

We're back CASE-ing the Catty again and looking at holiday tags this week. 

You may have come here from Jackie'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 have taken my inspiration from this tag on page 39 of the Holiday Catalogue. I love the combination of washi at the bottom and the decorative edge on the top section.  I don't have the Cheerful Tags framelits, but I have created my own version of it.

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I created my tags using the 'Lots of Labels' framelits, which has given me the decorative edge on the top section. I've used the second largest framelit to create finished tags that are 3" x 2.5" (7.6cm x 6.2cm).  You can get 6 of these tags from an A4 sheet of card stock and they are surprisingly quick to make. I have made 3 designs, using the Presents & Pines washi set and the fabulous 'Tin of Tags' stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have for Christmas greetings on cards and tags, even if you don't purchase the 'Tin of Tags' kit.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Lots of Labels Framelits & Presents & Pinecones Washi - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the first set of tags I have used the star/snowflake as a background to the greeting and then added some sequins to finish. I stamped off the Mint Macaron so it didn't overwhelm the greeting. It is the washi on the bottom edge that really makes a statement.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Lots of Labels Framelits & Presents & Pinecones Washi - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

For the second set I have used a scroll from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set to add interest and the splotch from the 'Work of Art' stamp set to provide a background for the greeting.

Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags Stamp Set, Lots of Labels Framelits & Presents & Pinecones Washi - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


For the third set I have used the Mint Macaron doily as a background and then layered the greetings over the top.


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I hope this has given you some ideas for your holiday tags this year.  

Project Details
Stamps Tin of Tags, Designer Tin of Cards, Work of Art, Christmas Pines
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Emerald Envy, Red Glimmer
 Ink Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Real Red
Accessories Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, 2015-17 In Color Doiles, Metallics Sequins Assortment
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, 1 1/2" Circle punch, Confetti Hearts punch, Corner Rounder punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Emerald Envy and Real Red)

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what fabulous project Deb has for you today. 

 

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We would love you to link up your CASE of holiday tags by clicking on the button below to add your project.

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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!


CASE-ing the Catty - Warmth & Cheer

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Hi there

Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty blog hop on this first Sunday in October. Isn't it scary how quickly the year is disappearing? I hope we can provide some inspiration to help you with your holiday crafting.  We are CASE-ing from the 'Warmth and Cheer' section of the Holiday Catalogue this week.

You may have come here from Elizabeth'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 have used the layout of this card from page 15 of the Holiday Catalogue as my inspiration. I don't have the Christmas Stockings bundle, but that is OK, as CASE-ing is about taking the inspiration and improvising with your own supplies.

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In this case I have replaced the stocking with an ornament from the 'Embellished Ornaments' stamp set, that is still available in the Annual Catalogue. Because the ornament is quite large, I have made my card 13.5cm (5 1/4") square to use the same layout as the sample and keep it all in proportion. I have used the lovely Mint Macaron design from the 'Presents & Pinecones' DSP for the background as well and the gorgeous stripes, which is the reverse side of the pine cones used in the sample.

Stampin' Up! Embellished Ornaments with Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

You might be wondering where the banner is, but I have replaced it with the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler taffeta ribbon that I have finished in a bow. Doesn't it look luscious? The greeting has been embossed in copper and I've used copper foil accents on the ornament, although it looks like gold in the photo. A sharpie marker was used to colour match the pearls. Here is a closeup that shows the copper accents.

Stampin' Up! Embellished Ornaments with Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

As you can see, I have added more layers than in the original sample, so I went with a double mat on the inside and some of the striped paper at the bottom. The holly is also from the 'Embellished Ornaments' stamp set, stamped in Emerald Envy and I've punched out some Cherry Cobbler berries to add to it. 

Stampin' Up! Embellished Ornaments with Presents & Pinecones DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps Embellished Ornaments
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Presents & Pinecones DSP, Copper Foil
 Ink Versamark, Emerald Envy
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Taffeta ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Delicate Ornaments Framelits, Big Shot, Copper EP, Heat gun, Stampamajig,  Sharpie Marker (Bronze), Dimensions, Tombow glue, 1/8" punch

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

 

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We would love you to link up your CASE from the 'Warmth & Cheer' section of the Holiday catty by clicking on the button below to add your project.

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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!