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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty!

If you've come from visiting Siobhan, 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 we are taking inspiration from our favourite retiring dies. Wow, where to start, lol, there are so many. However, I was truly shocked that my favourite Stitched Shapes Dies are retiring. These have been a crafting staple since they were released as they are so versatile and easy to use.  If you have these dies in your stash, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't, then I'm sorry to say they are now sold out in Australia.


So I went a little off piste, lol, deciding I would be inspired by the dies themselves, rather than a particular project from the catalogues. 

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I must be having a fling with purple at the moment, as I've used the 3 shades of purple on my card together with the fabulous black and white designs from the True Love Designer Series Paper. I have a Highland Heather card base and a black mat for the black and white polka dot and striped papers that form the background. I've wrapped a strip of the retiring Purple Tricolor Ribbon around the paper before adhering to the mat.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've used the second smallest of the circle dies and the largest of the square dies from the Stitched Shapes set to provide a background for my embellishments. I dry embossed the Gorgeous Grape scrap with the (very sadly, retiring) 3D Subtle Embossing Folder before cropping with the stitched circle. I've left the Basic White stitched square plain, just adding a mat of Highland Heather and slipping the circle between the layers of the corner. I finally managed to break open the Pierced Blooms Dies, which is an amazing set of 25 dies with a huge variety of flowers and leaves, all with the lovely pierced detail.  I masked off the 'gorgeous' from the greeting from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and heat embossed 'hello' in white on Highland Heather, using a Stitched Rectangle Die to crop it to size.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have mat of Basic Black for the writing panel and a strip of the black and white striped designer paper down the left. I layered up some left over flowers to embellish the corner.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The finished card is 13.5cm (5 3/8") square.


Project Details
Stamps Dressed to Impress
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Black, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Purple Posy
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Purple Tricolor Ribbon
Tools    Subtle 3D EF, Stitched Shapes Dies, Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, White EP, heat gun


We would love to see your CASE of a project using your favourite retiring dies. 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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Julia Quinn

The stitched flowers and shapes are great together!! WHat an amazing card.

Rebecca S

What a stunning card!! I love all the stitched dies. I think you need to keep loving purple as they all look great together.

Sandra C

Gorgeous card Judy and fabulous choice of colours. You're not alone mourning the loss of our Stitched Shapes dies.

Rachel Palmieri

I love the way you've really shown off those lovely Stitched Shapes. They will be sadly missed, especially with no signs of a suitable replacement.

Tina Gillespie

Wow, what a fantastic card, Judy! The purples look amazing with the pops of black. I recently got those dies, but I'm yet to play with them. Everyone else's cards have been so beautiful that I'm too scared to try! LOL!

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