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Heart of Christmas - Week 1

CASE-ing the Catty - Nature's Poem


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This week the CTC crew are taking inspiration from Nature's Poem on pages 142-153 of the Annual Catalogue. All of the projects in this section are about nature and the outdoors. I got a bit ahead of myself with last week's project, but never mind, there are lots of lovely projects left to choose from.

If you've come from Simone's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today! You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

This week, I've taken my inspiration from this card (above) on Page 144 of the Annual Catalogue. I was really taken with the Blackberry Bliss designer paper in this sample. I think I'm a bit obsessed with the purple tones at the moment, but I'm sure I'll move on soon, lol. This card provided me with the opportunity to ink up the 'Rooted in Nature' stamp set for the first time. The skeleton leaves are one of my favourite images from this set and are perfect for making your own beautiful designer backgrounds as well.

Stampin' Up! Nature's Poem Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

When I opened the pack and saw the Blackberry Bliss paper, it was actually much darker than shown in the sample, so I wanted to lighten it up a bit. I heat embossed the sentiment from 'Ribbon of Courage' directly onto the designer paper and then adhered it to the Copper Foil mat and onto my thick Very Vanilla card base, leave some vanilla showing on each side. I did consider using copper embossing powder, but I don't think it would have shown up as well. Instead I've used an ivory embossing powder (not Stampin' Up!) and it looks lovely in real life. 


I decided to go for a 'less is more' approach to the embellishment by adding a shorter strip of Burlap Ribbon on the right hand side and then adding my stamped skeleton leaves in a random arrangement using glue dots. I added the bow in Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, which works well with Blackberry Bliss and finished with a copper leaf from the Leaves Trinkets as an alternative to the tag in the sample. You can see the details in the leaves and the lovely copper trinket in this closeup.

For the inside, I have a double mat of Copper Foil and Blackberry Bliss card stock and then I've added some more of the smaller stamped and fussy cut skeleton leaves at the bottom of the writing panel to finish. There is a coordinating die for the skeleton leaves, but I wanted a closer cut and they are very quick to fussy cut.

Stampin' Up! Nature's Poem Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I found this card very hard to photograph and I'm not sure I've done it justice. However, the colour is much closer to real life than the sample!

Project Details
Stamps Rooted in Nature, Ribbon of Courage
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Copper Foil, Nature's Poem Designer Paper
 Ink Versamark, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron
Accessories Burlap Ribbon, Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, Leaves Trinkets
Tools     Ivory EP (not SU), Heat gun, Glue Dots


I hope you found some inspiration in my card and now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see what Liz has to inspire you this week. 

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Such a beautiful card Judy.

Sandra Collett

Great case Judy - love the elements you've chosen and agree with your choice not to have used copper - fab card

Megan Lenske

Such a beautiful and elegant card Judy, that copper really sets it off!

Rachel Palmieri

I much prefer your more-restrained version of this card Judy.

Angela Meiritz-Reid

Gorgeous card Judy! I love the colours you've used and your layout x

Peta Stephen

Judy, I like your "less is more" version of this card better than the original. I love the added copper elements

Monique Fielder

Beautiful card Judy, I completely missed this card in the catty, all those pretty leaves.

Rachel Palmieri

I hadn't noticed this card, but I do really prefer your version, it's lovely Judy.

Julia  Quinn

Stunning. Love the colours and the embossing. These skeleton leaves are awesome.

Rebecca S

I'm almost tempted to get that set just for those gorgeous leaves!! Beautiful card, I love all the details.


Absolutely stunning Judy! Love it.

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