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Milestone Birthday Wow

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I have a milestone birthday card to share with you today. This was a commission from a lovely friend for her husband who turned 50 last week. I think a 'zero' birthday always deserves a special card, as it marks the beginning of a new decade.

I have chosen a tri-fold card, that folds to fit into a standard DL envelope. This is a simple 'fancy fold', so perfect for a masculine card, but you can dress it up as much as you want. I've chosen to go with a classic black, white and gold colour combo that packs a punch.  Here's a first look.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the card folded flat, ready to go into the envelope. I have used the full length of a sheet of white A4 card stock, divided into 3. The photo doesn't do the gold foil and glimmer accents justice; it's very shiny and sparkly!

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
This photo shows the card standing, perfect for display. At the tallest point it is the full height of the A4 sheet (21cm).

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In this close-up photo you can see I have built up the gold foil '50' with 5 layers of of Crushed Curry card stock to add more dimension. Above that, I have attached the gold foil 'celebrate' on the edge of the first fold and then adhered 2 additional layers to the reverse side to add dimension and make it more robust.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the card open, revealing the balloons on the last fold that are attached to the Gold Glimmer 'happy birthday' die cut with metallic thread. The centre panel is left blank for the giver's message.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Finally, here is the card open flat, so you can see the panels and the dimensions. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Project Details
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Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, Designer Acetate (retired)
 Ink  
Accessories Gold Metallic Thread
Tools     Large Numbers Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Celebrate You Thinlits, Big Shot, Balloon punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (retired), Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

 

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Heart of Christmas - Week 3

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Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart team. This week I have been playing with the lovely Dashing Deer bundle that is new in the upcoming Holiday catalogue and the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. You will be able to purchase these products from my online store from 5 September.

I've paired the leaping reindeer with the lovely nesting Stitched Seasons Framelits from the limited time Blended Seasons bundle that is available until 31 August (only 2 days left, so don't miss out). I started out with this card in Real Red and Call Me Clover for a bright take on the traditional Christmas colours. I have some tips for you, to get the best result with the Swirls & Curls embossing folder. The design is deeply etched and gives a beautiful texture to the card. I highly recommend that you spritz your card stock with water before you emboss it, to help the fibres stretch and prevent the card stock from cracking.  After the embossed piece was dry I spritzed it with shimmer mist (created with rubbing alcohol and  Frost White Shimmer Paint) to give it a gorgeous sparkly finish, which is impossibly difficult to photograph!

 

Stampin' Up! Dashing Deer Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I find it easier to cut the card stock to the exact size you want before embossing, as it can be hard to trim it accurately afterwards. So, you need to add 3mm to the required length of your card stock as the embossing shrinks it. More below on how I found that out the hard way, lol. The width is unchanged by the embossing.

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I used the nesting dies from Stitched Seasons Framelits to cut the green frame and then the smallest die to cut the red centre from the All is Bright Designer Paper. You can see the lovely stitched finish on the edge in this close-up. I positioned the greeting and then popped up the lovely leaping deer that was cut from Gold Glimmer paper over the top. I stamped and coloured the holly with my Stampin' Blends in Real Red and Call Me Clover and added it to the end of the greeting for a finishing touch.

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For the inside, I have added the lovely greeting in the centre and the flourish at the bottom, which was heat embossed in gold. Both of these images come from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

Project Details
Stamps Dashing Deer, Peaceful Poinsettia
Card stock & Papers Real Red, Call Me Clover, Whisper White, All is Bright DSP, Gold Glimmer
 Ink Versamark, Call Me Clover, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories White Baker's Twine
Tools     Stitched Seasons Framelits, Detailed Deer Thinlits, Swirls & Curls TIEF, Big Shot, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stampin' Blends (Real Red & Call Me Clover), Dimensionals, Tombow Adhesive

 

I then decided to make the same layout again, but this time in a blue colour combo. The base card is Night of Navy and the embossed piece is in Balmy Blue. It was after embossing this piece (cut to my required measurements) that I discovered I had lost 3mm in height (oops!), so I added the narrow white border. I think the white helps to make it pop; so an accident with a happy ending. This time I used the de-bossed side for a different look and the shimmer mist turned it more into a softer ice-blue.

Stampin' Up! Dashing Deer Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This time, I have cut the frame in Silver Foil, which shows off the stitched edging beautifully. The centre is from the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Paper, which is perfect for a night sky background. The leaping deer was cut from (retired) Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, which has now been replaced by the Sparkle Glimmer paper.

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This time I matted the greeting onto Balmy Blue and heat embossed the holly in white on the Silver Foil, as I didn't want to add any other colours. I finished it with some rhinestones.

 The new products from the Holiday Catalogue that I have used on this card will be available for purchase from 5 September 2018.

Project Details
Stamps Dashing Deer, Peaceful Poinsettia
Card stock & Papers Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (retired), Twinkle Twinkle DSP
 Ink Versamark, Night of Navy
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8" Silver ribbon (retired)
Tools     Detailed Deer Thinlits, Swirls & Curls TIEF, Big Shot, White EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Frost White Shimmer Paint


You can see more inspiring Christmas projects from other members of the team.  Click on Claire's Blog to see the full list of participants this week.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Graceful Glass

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This is our last week (for now) in the Annual Catalogue, as we will be starting to look at the fabulous new Holiday Catalogue from next week. This week however, we are taking inspiration from the Graceful Glass section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 164-179.

If you've come from Sandra'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. 

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I have been busy for the last few days prepping and running a class, so I left it to today to make my card. I had selected the card above for my inspiration, but it led me on a merry dance. I do not have the Bouquet Blooms Bundle used in this sample, but had in mind exactly what I would replace it with. Well, I got there eventually and I'm reasonably happy with the final product. Unfortunately I ran out of natural light as the afternoon became very gloomy in Melbourne.  We've had our allocation of sunshine for now, it seems. So here it is:

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is my favourite Balmy Blue and I've stamped the leaf from the 'Share What You Love' stamp set on 2 sides in Balmy Blue ink. For the art panel I have used thick Whisper White and embossed it with the 'Subtle' embossing folder to add interest and texture.  I added the cute scallop trim from the Bouncing Baby Framelits to the edge.  Next came the die cut wreath in Crumb Cake, using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

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I've used the 'Beautiful Bouquet' stamp set and coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits to stamp and die cut my cluster of flowers and leaves and arranged them on the right side of the wreath, popping them up at different heights.  I cut a few strips of whisper white and using the Stamparatus, stamped a set of flowers in each colour, so I could play around with the placement. The greeting from 'Varied Vases' stamp set was popped under the flowers. I added some tiny rhinestones to the little blue flowers and popped the silver and white twine bow underneath one. 

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For the inside I have a double mat, with a strip of Crumb Cake striped designer paper at the bottom. I've added a little cluster of flowers in the corner, from the leftover bits and pieces.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Varied Vases, Share What You Love
Card stock & Papers Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green
 Ink Balmy Blue, Pineapple Punch, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver & White Baker's Twine
Tools     Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Bouncing Baby Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

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Heart of Christmas - Week 2

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Welcome to week 2 of the Heart of Christmas inspiration from the Art with Heart team. This week I want to introduce one of the fabulous kits from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue. On page 32 you will find the Sincerely Santa Project Kit, which is going to add style to your gift packaging with fabulous handmade tags. The kit comes in a cute green and white striped tin and contains all of the supplies required to make 30 gift tags - six each of 5 designs. You can then store your finished tags in the tin until you need them. 

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project KitYour kit contains the 5 styles of die cut tags in Real Red, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler; gold and silver foil banners, cute bells, doilies, snowflakes, ribbon and twine. Here is a set of completed tags, that I put together.

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have to admit that I do enjoy putting my own spin on kits to give them a bit of extra pizzazz, but these are largely as per the kit instructions because they are really lovely. I used the coordinating stamp set 'Sincerely Santa' (see below) for the greetings and stamped the to/from (from the stamp set) on the reverse of each of the tags.  If you're thinking this is too much effort for tags, then consider that a beautiful handmade gift tag such as these ones can replace a card when you're giving small gifts to friends, colleagues, neighbours, teachers and so on.

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You can obviously mix and match the tag shapes and greetings if you want a bit more variety. Here is a closeup of each of the tags.

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I think this is my favourite, with the silver snowflakes (stars to me, lol), ribbon and jingling bells at the top. I added the 3 coloured rhinestones to the greeting on this one.

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Love the striped tag and all the little details on this one. It would be great for the kids of course, but also for your office Secret Santa or Kris Kindl giving.

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is another favourite with the tag looking like a wrapped present. The instructions say to wrap the ribbon all the way around the tag, but I came up with a better option that still looks the same and allows you to write on the back of the tag. I added the small gold stars (provided in the kit) to the top and bottom of the greeting.

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

One thing to note, is that the ink does take a little longer to dry on the white labels provided in the kit, so be careful not to smudge it (as I did on this one, lol). If you have a Stamparatus or stamping platform, I suggest you use it for quick and accurate stamping of set of white greeting labels. I also found that sometimes you needed a seconding inking of the stamp to get a crisp image. 

Stampin' Up! Sincerely Santa Project Kit - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the one I tinkered with, as I didn't think the tiny to/from label on the front below the tree was very practical. I've replaced it with a Real Red banner with a (retired) greeting heat embossed in white and the to/from is on the reverse. I also added the red coloured rhinestones to the tree.

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Here are the finished tags in the tin for safe storage. You could have all your gift tags done and dusted well before Christmas with this great kit.  I know it is pretty obvious, but just in case, I'm going to say it! There is a leaflet in the kit to help you out, so please open and read it. It gives you a close up of each tag, specific requirements for the tag such as length of ribbon and numbered steps, plus tips about the doilies. This will save you making assumptions and wasting supplies.

The Sincerely Santa Project Kit and coordinating Sincerely Santa stamp set will be available for purchase from my Online Store from 5 September or feel free to contact me directly with your order.

Project Details
Stamps Sincerely Santa
Card stock & Papers Sincerely Santa Project Kit
 Ink Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Dimensionals, Tombow Adhesive, Stamparatus

 

You can see more inspiring Christmas projects from other members of the team.  Click on Claire's Blog to see the full list of participants this week.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Tranquil Textures

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We are still in the Artistic Expressions section of the Annual Catalogue and this week the CTC crew are taking inspiration from Tranquil Textures on pages 154-163.

If you've come from Mel'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. 

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I'm channelling spring today, with my inspiration coming from the card above, on page 161 of the Annual Catalogue with the pretty blossom flowers. It has been a very cold winter in Melbourne this year and blossom trees herald the arrive of spring. It can't come soon enough for me! I get to enjoy this gorgeous blossom tree that is in the neighbour's front yard to give me hope that the warmer weather will arrive soon. I even managed to get some blue sky in the photo during the sunny break today.

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I started with a piece of Shimmery White paper and used my aqua painter and Balmy Blue ink pad to create a soft wash of blue for the background. I then stamped the branches from the 'Colorful Seasons' stamp set and mounted it onto the Blushing Bride mat. The blossoms were stamped in Blushing Bride ink with Soft Suede for the centres and then cropped with the coordinating dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I chose to use a different sentiment from the same stamp set which I think works well with spring being a time of renewal. I embossed it in Early Espresso on vellum card stock. You can do this with any colour by inking your stamp in Versamark first and then in the ink colour of your choice and stamp onto the card stock. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat. I attached it with narrow double sided tape on the left because it was going to be under the linen thread and the blossom flower on the right.

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I used my bone folder to slightly curve the petals upward for some extra dimension and popped them up on the branches. I finished with the double row of linen thread down the side and a scattering of pretty pearls. A strip of wood grain designer paper was added to the left edge of the Crumb Cake card base and the finished art panel was popped on foam pads

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For the inside I have a mat of Blushing Bride for the writing panel and at the bottom is the die cut branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in Soft Suede card stock and I've added a few more blossoms and pearls to finish.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Colorful Seasons
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, Vellum, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Versamark
Accessories Linen Thread, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls
Tools     Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot, Clear EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Aqua painter

 

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Heart of Christmas - Week 1

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Can you believe we are getting to that time of the year when we start to think about holiday projects such as Christmas cards, tags and gift packaging? I've decided it is never too early to start as the last few months of the year go so quickly and I'll be away for the first 2 weeks of November when I attend Stampin' Up!'s 30th Anniversary OnStage event in Orlando Florida (I'm very excited!). 

So today, I've got a very clean and simple card to share with you, but I also think it is elegant in vanilla and (lots of) gold.  It is an easy layout to make multiples of, if you use the Stamparatus stamping platform.

Stampin' Up! Flourish Filigree - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've used a new stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue called 'Flourish Filigree' that includes both the diamond shaped filigree image as well as the lovely Christmas greeting that can be punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. I've heat embossed the filigree diamond in gold, added a 1 3/4" circle of Gold Foil to the centre and the ribbon detail and then popped up the punched greeting on top. Gold Foil strips were added to each end of the panel and then mounted onto the thick Very Vanilla card base.

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The gold detail is very hard to photograph, but hopefully you get a sense of it in this closeup. It is such a detailed images, but embosses so beautifully.

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For the inside, I have followed through with the same style and dimensions as the front panel with the Gold Foil down the sides. I have heat embossed the cute swag/flourish from the new 'Dashing Deer' stamp set in gold at the bottom of the writing panel. 

Stampin' Up! Flourish Filigree - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
The new products from the Holiday Catalogue that I have used on this card will be available for purchase from 5 September 2018.

Project Details
Stamps Flourish Filigree, Dashing Deer
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Vanilla/Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon
Tools     Gold EP, Heat gun, Pretty Label Punch, Stamparatus

 

You can see more inspiring Christmas projects from other members of the team.  Click on Claire's Blog to see the full list of participants this week.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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

 

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More Blended Seasons

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Today, I wanted to share another card I've made with the new limited-time 'Blended Seasons' stamp set. This fabulous stamp set and coordinating 'Stitched Seasons Framelits' are available until 31 August 2018 or until supplies last.

This time I have used the large floral stamp and my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers in Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green to colour the image. I originally intended this to be a square card, but then decided to add the pretty border created with the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies.

Stampin' Up! Blended Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is Gray Granite, a new neutral that is best described as a warm grey, but has heaps of punch. It works really well with the lots of colours.

Stampin' Up! Blended Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I stamped and coloured the middle flower again and fussy cut it before popping up on foam pads for extra dimension. The greeting is from the 'Darling Label' stamp set and I have popped it up on the decorative circle, die cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits dies. You can see a slight shadow around the edge of the image that I added with a WOO Copic marker to add extra depth.

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For the inside I have added a double mat for the writing panel and popped up another stamped, coloured and fussy cut flower in the bottom corner. It sits on a narrow border of striped Flirty Flamingo designer paper. It doesn't show up well in the photo, but I also have embossed a stitched trim underneath the designer paper.

Stampin' Up! Blended Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This card is going to a lovely friend who has a milestone birthday this week. I hope she likes it!

You can go to my online store to purchase these products now, or contact me and I'll be happy to place the order for you. Don't forget to check out my Blended Seasons Pinterest Board for more inspiration using this products.

Project Details
Stamps Blended Seasons, Darling Label
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Brights DSP
 Ink Memento Espresso Truffle, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Labels Framelits, Delicate Lace Edgelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends Markers, Dimensionals, WOO Copic

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Artistic Expression

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The Artistic Expressions chapter on pages  126-179 of the Annual Catalogue is the focus this week at CASE-ing the Catty. This chapter has a fabulous array of samples and I only wish I had time to do more than one CASE. 

If you've come from visiting the lovely Kelly Kent, then welcome to my blog ! 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. 

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This week, I've taken my inspiration from this card (above) on Page 151 of the Annual Catalogue. I really love the layout and the bright pop of white against the floral image and Rich Razzleberry side panel. 

Stampin' Up! Floral Statements - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

You can see that I have also used the 'Floral Statements' stamp set for my card and stayed close to the layout with a few small changes. I started by stamping the image in Early Espresso ink as I wanted it to be a little bit softer than black would be.  You may not notice the difference  in the photo, but you would if you saw it side-by-side with a black version.  I decided to have a tiny border showing around the white stamped panel and I think it adds a bit of extra pop. I've also used the 2 halves of a Pearlized Doily for the embellishment on the side as it worked better with the slightly long length of our cards.

I've coloured the image with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers in my current favourite colours of Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather.  These are 3 of the new colours added this year and I think they are fabulous! Stamping your image in any of the Stampin' Up! Classic inks works perfectly fine with your alcohol markers. I always heat set the image before I start colouring, to make sure it is perfectly dry.

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If you look closely on the Stampin' Up! sample card you can see that the lace image from the 'Southern Serenade' stamp set has been stamped in the background. To add interest and texture to my stamped panel I ran it through the Big Shot after finishing the colouring, using the 'Subtle' embossing folder and you can see the result in the close-up photo above. It was a bit of gamble, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I love the pretty Mini Striped Grosgrain ribbon that borders the stamped panel and I decided to finish it with a flat bow that sits in the centre of the doilies.

Stampin' Up! Graceful Garden - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I wanted to finish off the inside of the card with something in a similar style and remembered this small rose from the 'Graceful Garden' stamp set. Don't you think it is perfect?  I've coloured it with the same Stampin' Blends as the main image and then fussy cut it. I did go a little OTT (over-the-top) with a double mat and a narrow strip of Granny Apple Green DSP at the base of the writing panel. Do you see that cute embossed stitching? I've used the border die from the Stitched Labels Framelits and the new Embossing Mats to add that little decorative touch. I love having the inside of the card as pretty as the outside!

Stampin' Up! Floral Statements - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Finally, you can see the pretty rhinestones that I coloured with the Gorgeous Grape Stampin' Blend marker for a perfect match.

Project Details
Stamps Floral Statements, Graceful Garden
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Brights DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Highland Heather
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pearlized Doilies, 1/4" Mini Striped Grosgrain ribbon
Tools     Stitched Labels Framelits, Subtle EF, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Stampin' Blends (Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apply Green)

 

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Limited Time Blended Seasons Bundle

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Today, I wanted to share a card I've made with the new limited-time 'Colour Your Seasons' products. Limited-time means that the products are only available until 31 August 2018 and only while supplies last. 

The bundle consists of the 2-box 'Blended Seasons' stamp set and the coordinating 'Stitched Seasons Framelits' and a set of 10 new Watercolour Pencils. If you like colouring, then you'll love the images in the Blended Seasons stamp set. It also includes flexible greetings in a lovely font. 

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The Stitched Seasons Framelits include a fabulous set of nested label dies that are stitched on both sides of the cutting line. I have created this sample of all the dies, so you can get a better look. The dies are $57 or your can save 10% and buy the stamp set and framelits as a bundle for $113 in clear mount or $134 in wood mount. Note, the watercolour pencils are not included in the bundle.

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There are 3 label dies, plus, you can nest the dies to cut the frames shown in the photo. Also included in the set are the smaller images for embellishing your projects. The bell is the only stamped image that is die cut, so the framelits would be absolutely worthwhile on their own. Below you can see the negative frames that are created from the label dies, so you can use these panels on your card front and still have the decorative stitching on the edge.

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For this share, I've focused on the Blended Seasons stamp set to create my card. I'll be following up with some additional posts using other elements of the bundle. 

Stampin' Up! Blended Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

My first project is a CAS (clean and simple) Christmas card using the holly image. I stamped the image multiple times across a strip of Whisper White and then proceeded to colour with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I wanted a bright and bold result to coordinate with the designer paper from  the 'Under the Mistletoe' pack, so the Blends were the best option. For a softer look, use the watercolour pencils or aqua painter and ink pads.

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I used Granny Apple Green on the holly leaves and Poppy Parade for the berries, with a touch of Cherry Cobbler to add depth. The holly strip was layered onto Gold Foil for a touch of bling. The greeting from 'Snowflake Sentiments' was stamped in Real Red at the top of the Whisper White panel and then the holly strip was added next and the designer paper at the bottom. The finished panel was layered on to a Granny Apply Green mat and then onto the Whisper White card base.

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For the inside I have added another piece of the coloured holly to the bottom of the writing panel with a narrow strip of Gold Foil at the top. I fussy cut a little holly and added it to the top right corner to finish.

Stampin' Up! Blended Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I love the brightness that the Granny Apply Green adds to the traditional Christmas colour combination of red and green. 

You can go to my online store to purchase these products now, or contact me and I'll be happy to place the order for you. Don't forget to check out my Blended Seasons Pinterest Board for more inspiration using this products.

Project Details
Stamps Blended Seasons, Snowflake Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Gold Foil, Under the Mistletoe DSP
 Ink Memento Espresso Truffle, Real Red
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes (retired)
Tools     Stampin' Blends Markers

 

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