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The Heart of Christmas - Week 1

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Hi there

Welcome to a new weekly inspiration all about Christmas, from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team. There are 27 weeks between now and the end of November 2017, to get your Christmas card stash ready. I'm hoping to share most weeks, so I can get my stash built up, as I got caught really short last year. The weeks just seem to fly by in the second half of the year (not sure where the first half has gone either, lol).  I hope you will be inspired to get crafty with your Christmas supplies too. We have lots of beautiful products in the new Annual Catalogue to use, plus there are lots of ways to use non-Christmas products for Christmas cards too. Enough chatting, let's get down to this week's project.

The layout of my card is in the form of a present. Doesn't this look like a wrapped gift from the top?

Stampin' Up! Christmas Pines & Pretty Pines Thinlits for The Heart of Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is thick Very Vanilla card stock, which is quickly becoming a favourite and will be available in the new Catalogue from 1 June (just 1 sleep away!). I took a piece of Real Red card stock and overlaid the gold polka dot design from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate to create the background 'paper'. I wrapped some Natural Trim in gold around the centre horizontally and then added my embellishment of pine branches, cones and mistletoe in the centre before wrapping the ribbon vertically around the centre and tying the bow. I tucked in the flagged greeting and mounted the panel onto the base card.

 

Stampin' Up! Christmas Pines & Pretty Pines Thinlits for The Heart of Christmas - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


I'm happy that the 'Christmas Pines' stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies carried over to the new Annual Catalogue as I didn't get nearly enough use from it last year. You can see some of the details more clearly in the next pic. I stamped the pine cones in Soft Suede onto Soft Suede card stock and then die cut the overlay also in Soft Suede card stock. The greeting is from the 'Star of Light' stamp set, which is another favourite carried over from last year's Holiday catalogue.

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For the inside I have stamped off the pine fronds in Emerald Envy in the top right corner and added a stamped pine cone and a Gold Glimmer bow.  A narrow strip of Gold Foil at the base finishes it off.

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All of the products I have used (except the thick Very Vanilla card stock) are available to purchase now from my Online Store or you can click on the product links below.

Project Details
Stamps Christmas Pines, Star of Light
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla (thick), Real Red, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Emerald Envy, Gold Foil, Soft Suede
 Ink Real Red, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede
Accessories Natural Trim (Gold)
Tools     Pretty Pines Thinlits, Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I hope I've inspired you to make a start on your Christmas card stash. If you would like to see more Christmas inspiration, hop over to Claire's blog for details of the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for looking!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Occasions Project

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Hi there

This is our last week CASE-ing the Occasions Catalogue and the Crew are being inspired by their favourite project. I've really enjoyed the products and samples in this catalogue but I'm looking forward to CASE-ing our fabulous new Annual Catalogue from next week.

You may have come from visiting 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.

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I have quite a few favourites in this catalogue, so I decided to CASE one of the projects that I really loved when I first saw the Occasions Catalogue. It is the middle card in the photo above, using the So Detailed Thinlits dies from the Falling in Love Suite. I love the fine lacy look of the largest die in this set. I've decided to create a very feminine birthday card with my CASE.

Stampin' Up! So Detailed Thinlits & Birthday Blooms for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

I've created a landscape card with a Very Vanilla base using the new thick card stock that will be available in the Annual Catalogue on 1 June. I die cut the 2 lacy panels in Sahara Sand and layered them over a piece of the soft Bokeh print from the Falling in Love DSP. I added the DSP to a card stock panel first to make it more robust and then added the lacy panels to each side. I matted this panel onto more Sahara Sand card stock and wrapped some of my favourite Blushing Bride Stitched Satin ribbon around the centre, before adding it to the vanilla card base.

Stampin' Up! So Detailed Thinlits & Birthday Blooms for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I heat embossed the birthday greeting from the 'Birthday Blooms' stamp set in gold and cropped it with an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted it on a gold foil oval using Layering Ovals Framelits. It is popped up over the centre of the lacy panels and I added the Blushing Bride bow at the top and a little heart punched from Blushing Bride glimmer finishes it off. You can see these details in the pic above.
    

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For the inside, I have a Blushing Bride mat and a small strip of the DSP at the bottom. I stamped the single flower image from 'Birthday Blooms' in Sahara Sand ink and added a little bit of colour to the flower to continue the soft look. For the final detail I have sponged over the die cut on the side of the envelope.

Project Details
Stamps Birthday Blooms
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP, Gold Foil, Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark, Sahara Sand
Accessories Blushing Bride Stitched Satin ribbon
Tools     Stitched Shapes & Layering Ovals Framelits, So Detailed Thinlits, Big Shot, Hearts Confetti punch, Gold EP, Heat gun, Copic marker

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

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of your favourite project from the Occasions Catalogue using our Facebook group. 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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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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Last Week of 2016-17 Annual Catalogue

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We are counting down the final days of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. Just a reminder that we have  19 product bundles that are retiring or more correctly, they are being un-bundled. The individual stamp sets and coordinating framelits/thinlits will still be available in the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue but without the 10% bundle discount.

I've listed them out for you below. Click on the images to go to my Online Store to see more details and to place an order. Don't miss out on getting the cheapest price on the bundle you have on your wish list!

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If any of these bundles are on your wish list, act now, so you don't miss the bundle pricing.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Project from Annual Catalogue

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Hi there

It is almost the end of the current Annual Catalogue, so this week the CTC Crew are CASE-ing their favourite project.

You may have come from visiting 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.


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 This week  I have chosen the cute projects on the front cover, made with the 'Jar of Love' stamp set and the coordinating Everyday Jars framelits for my inspiration.  The little jar with the flower posy is definitely one of my favourite projects from the Annual Catalogue. 

   Stampin' Up! Jar of Love Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

I've done a mash-up of both projects in the photo to create my card today, plus I added the shaker element for a bit of fun.  My card base is Watermelon Wonder and I've added a layer of Pool Party card stock. I used my Simply Scored scoring tool to add some simple embossing on the top half. I tried a few different embossing folders, but they seemed to overwhelm it, so I think this strikes the right balance.  Over the Watermelon Wonder strip in the centre I have added  the gold spotted foil acetate that was used on the note card in the basket. I have covered my die cut jar with Window Sheet (acetate) to create a little shaker element. I've filled it with some of the pretty Sprinkles embellishments - in fact it was the sprinkles that determined the colour choices for the card. Here is a closeup.

Stampin' Up! Jar of Love Shaker Card for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I folded the acetate over the sides of the jar and adhered it with tape. The curves at the bottom were a bit fiddly, but with some nicks around the curve, it will fold over. Folding the acetate over the edges creates a curved space that works perfectly for a shaker element. The little flowers were stamped in Flirty Flamingo and the greenery in Emerald Envy. I've stamped off to get the colour variations. 
    

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For the inside, I stamped some greenery in the corner and then added a strip of Watermelon Wonder washi at the bottom before adding a couple of little die cut flowers over the top.   

Project Details
Stamps Jar of Love, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White, Fabulous Foil Acetate, Window Sheet
 Ink Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Pool Party
Accessories Sprinkles Embellishments, Delicate White Doilies, Affectionately Yours Washi set
Tools     Everyday Jars Framelits, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of any of the project kits from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our Facebook group. 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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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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AWH Annual Catalogue Sneak Peak

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Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas from the brand new  2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, to inspire you. All of the new product I'm using in my projects today will be available on 1 June 2017 - that's less that 2 weeks away. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

One of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that we get to purchase some of the fabulous products from the new Annual Catalogue in advance. I've decided to focus on the 'Delightful Daisy Suite' for my projects today. Products in the suite include the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set, the fabulous Daisy Punch, gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and yummy Faceted Gems. I think you can guess that I really love these products!

 
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There are lots of colours in the Delightful Daisy DSP, including Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. Although not listed, there is also Wisteria Wonder in the floral designs and Soft Sky works beautifully as well. I'm sure you will find some designs that you love. The stamp set and punch are bundled with a 10% discount for $54.75.
  
One of the gorgeous floral designs from the Delightful Daisy designer paper pack takes centre stage on my first card. This is one of my favourites and I've paired it with Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral. I've punched out 4 layers with the Daisy punch using thick Whisper White as it is more robust if you want to curve the petals with your bone folder.
 
Stampin' Up! Delightful Daisy Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 
I used the Simply Scored scoring tool to create the embossed panel at the top. The greeting is from the new 'Wood Words' stamp set and I've cropped it with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits. I also punched out 2 of the mid-sized flower in Calypso Coral with the (retiring) Blossom punch and offset them; it makes the perfect 'frill' that you get round the centre of a Gerbera. Next is a 1/2" circle and on top is one of the new gold facted gems - love these! Here is a close up for you.
 
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I've kept the inside very simple, just adding a strip of the DSP at the bottom of the writing panel and a little border of Pool Party.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Wood Words, Special Reason
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Delightful Daisy DSP 
 Ink Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Accessories White Baker's twine, Facted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Daisy punch, Classic Label punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue
 
For my second card, I've used  the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set to create a focus panel for my card. It sits on a Night of Navy design from the paper pack and is matted on Wild Wasabi. It is difficult to see, but I have used a Blender Pen to pull some ink from the centre of the daisies for a little soft colour. 
 
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For the inside, I've added a little more daisy garden on the right side to complement the front.
 
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Project Details
Stamps Daisy Delight, Eastern Beauty
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Delightful Daisy DSP
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green
Accessories Night of Navy Baker's twine, Brights Enamel Shapes
Tools     Blender Pen
 
Now it's time to hop over to see what Catherine Proctor has to inspire you. Click on the button below.

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Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Tina Gillespie
2. Ros Davidson
3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
4. Kate Morgan
5. Andrea Roberts
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Alisha Watson
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Monika O'Neill
10. Claire Daly
11. Sharon Davern
12. Rachel Woollard
13. Caroline Manwaring
14. Judy May  --------------------> You are here!
15. Catherine Proctor
16. Rebecca Jacovou

 Thanks for visiting!

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CASE-ing the Catty - Inspired by Favourite Kit

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Hi there

This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from project kits from either the Occasions or the Annual Catalogues.

You may have come from the blog of the super talented Kelly Kent,  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.


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This week,  I have chosen the 'Perfectly Wrapped' Project Kit on page 159 of the Annual Catalogue for my inspiration. This is such a great kit with everything you need to make 8 bags and 8 boxes for gift giving. However, I want to show you what I have made using supplies I had on hand, plus my favourite 'Pop of Pink' Designer Series Paper.

      Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

First up, I made the little treat box, using the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). They are so cute and perfect for a small gift such as jewellery, favours for weddings or events.  I cut a 5.1cm (2") strip of the gold flecked design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 5cm with my trimmer and it fits perfectly into the box. I added a small gold doily to the top and a 1" black circle forms the base for the Melon Mambo bow which is the perfect size for this treat box. I added some gold sequin trim and a flagged greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set. This is a fabulous set with a great range of large and small greetings.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
    

The gift bag starts with the flat 15.2cm x 20.3cm Cellophane Bags (also page 176 of the Annual Catalogue). To create a base in the bag, I flattened and folded over the corners and used a glue dot to hold them in place as shown in the pic below. I folded over 1", so the base of my bag becomes 2", so you can decide how large or small you want the base to be. 

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I cut a  3 3/4" wide strip of the Melon Mambo striped design from the Pop of Pink DSP pack and then scored it at 1", 3", 9 3/4" with my Scoring Board and cut it at 10 3/4". I popped the scored strip into the bag  and used glue dots to attach the DSP (at the 9 3/4" score line) to the top of the bag. The flap then folds over the front and is held in place by the Gold Binder Clips.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

With the bag done,  it is a matter of decorating the front and the banner makes the perfect backdrop. You can attach it to the front flap or just hold it in place with the binder flip. I stamped another greeting from the 'Designer Tin of Cards' stamp set in Melon Mambo and then went over the top of the 'fantastic' with a black Stampin' Write marker and cropped it with one of the Stitched Shapes circles. It is matted on a 2" circle of Melon Mambo and then popped up on the large gold doily. I finished it with a gold glimmer heart and a string of the gold sequin trim. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and shows how easy it is to create gift bags with a pack of beautifully coordinated designer series paper. Here is a closeup of the details.

Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Gift Packaging for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Designer Tin of Cards
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Melon Mambo
Accessories Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, Cellophane Bags, Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Foil Doilies,
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, 1" Circle punch, 2" Circle punch, Bow Builder punch, Heart Confetti punch, Black Stampin' Write marker, Glue dots, Scoring Board

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

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We would love you to join in with your CASE of any of the project kits from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our Facebook group. 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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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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Happy Birthday Gorgeous - Sneak Peak!

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Today, I want to share a sneak peak of a new bundle of products that will be in the up coming 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. If you follow me regularly, you probably realise that I am a 'pink girl' and Melon Mambo is one of my very favourite colours. Well, I've found another - Berry Burst! It is one of the 5 new In Colours that will be released with the new Annual Catalogue. It is a real cerise pink that is rich and vivid and pairs beautifully with gold.

I've used the new 'Happy Birthday Gorgeous' stamp set and the coordinating 'Happy Birthday' Thinlits dies. The stamp set is a massive 32 piece photopolymer set and includes lots of greetings in 2 lovely font styles, 2-step floral elements and 2 balloon options. The smaller greetings fit into the frame that can be cropped with the Classic Label punch and the balloons work with the Balloon Bouquet punch. It is paired with the lovely script 'Happy Birthday' thinlit die that is 8.3cm x 7.3cm at the widest points. It really makes a bold statement and fabulous for a quick make. You can see the products below.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The other new product I've used is the 'Color Theory' 6 x 6 paper stack. It has 4 colours (Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive) and there are 3 double sided designs that are perfect for backgrounds on your cards. I've used the crackle design and stamped the open flower in the 2 sizes in diagonal corners. Some are stamped off to give the lighter colour. The largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits provides the background for the 'happy birthday' in Gold Glimmer.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I added a mat of Gold foil for the crackle art piece and then popped the whole panel up onto the Berry Burst card base. This closeup shows more of the detail.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous & Happy Birthday Thinlits - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I lashed out with a Gold Foil mat and on the writing panel I have added a small strip of another of the designs from 'Color Theory' at the base.  For a bit of fun I have heat embossed the spotty balloon in gold on the Berry Burst card stock and cropped it with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  The string is from the 'Balloon Adventures' stamp set also heat embossed in gold.

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Project Details
Stamps Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Balloon Adventures
Card stock & Papers     Berry Burst, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, Color Theory DSP
 Ink Berry Burst, Versamark
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Happy Birthday Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Balloon Bouquet punch, Heat gun

Thanks for looking!

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