Colour Creations Showcase - Early Espresso

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Tonight, I'm joining the ladies from the Art With Heart Team for this week's Colour Creations Showcase. This week we're featuring Early Espresso which is from the Neutrals Collection

Stampin' Up! Life is Beautiful Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For my card, I decided to pair Early Espresso with an equally bold colour in Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection. Browns have a pinkish undertone, so they they do work well with pink.  

I have started with the Early Espresso card base and I added a card sized panel that was dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Although it isn't necessary, I like to lightly spritz my card stock with water before using this embossing folder to achieve a deeper etching. It is still subtle but has a rich texture that I like. I added a strip of the woodgrain Melon Mambo designer paper on the right for a nice pop of colour.

Stampin' Up! Life is Beautiful Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the art panel, I started with a piece of Whisper White cropped with the second largest Stitched Rectangle Die and stamped the lovely tree image from the Life is Beautiful stamp set in Early Espresso ink.  You can see this stamp set on page 51 of the August-December Mini Catalogue; I think it gets a little lost amongst all of the holiday products, but it is such a sweet stamp set. 

EE_Life_Beautiful_stampsetI love the font on the greetings, the little bird house and the different seasons that are represented. Given we have starting spring in Australia, I was chanelling a blossom tree with beautiful pink blooms. I would love one of these in my garden! This is a Distinktive style photopolymer stamp set, so there is a lot of detail and shading in the stamps that you want to see, especially in the tree. If your ink pads are juicy, you may find you need to use the back of a teaspoon to (temporarily) push some of the ink to the bottom of the pad, so it doesn't muddy the detail of the stamp. The ink will redistribute itself when you close the ink pad. I did a little stamping at the base of the tree for some fallen blossoms and added the cute bird house, using Stampin' Write markers direct to the stamp for the different colours.  The greeting has been heat embossed in white and cropped with a stitched circle. It is popped up over a stitched banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies, cut from Early Espress card stock that had been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Up! Life is Beautiful Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside, I've used another stitched rectangle and partially stamped the tree on the right with the pink blooms stamped over the top and base. I added it to a panel of Melon Mambo to create borders than balance the length.

Stampin' Up! Life is Beautiful Stamp Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I decided to make a few more to thank my customers for their support. Using the Stamparatus, I was able to stamp the tree and bird house easily, but the blooms are hand stamped, making them all look unique. 

 

Project Details
Stamps Life is Beautiful
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo Brights DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories Rhinestones, Braided Linen Trim
Tools    Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pacific Point), White EP, Heat gun

 

Catherine is hosting us tonight, so make sure you head over to her blog for the links to the other participants tonight.

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Welcome Spring!

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Today I'm sharing a bright, spring card. We have had some lovely sunny weather in Melbourne in the last few days and it has the feel of spring in the air. This is my favourite time of year and I love spending time in the garden enjoying all the new colour.  This is my favourite Camellia that flowers at the beginning of spring, aptly named Spring Surprise. It flowers so abundantly and is a joy to look at from our breakfast table. I planted another 2 in the same bed last spring and they are flowering, too. I hope they catch up in size to this one that has been in 3 years now.

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I started this card with the intention of participating in the Art with Heart Colour Creations Showcase this week, which was featuring Daffodil Delight. However, I didn't get it finished in time, but I thought I would share it anyway.

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This is the colour combination I've used on my card. I usually use yellow as an accent colour, so it was quite a challenge to make it a focus of the card. I love yellow and blue together, as it is bright and cheery combination. I've kept the layout clean and simple, letting the bold flower image be the focus.

Stampin' Up! Band Together - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a wash of Daffodil Delight onto a piece of watercolour paper.  While it was still slightly damp, I ran it through with the Tasteful Textures 3D Embossing Folder

The flower image from the Band Together stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink and coloured with Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers. I've used Old Olive on the stems and leaves and a combination of Seaside Spray and Light Night of Navy for the flowers.  I chose to fussy cut the image (although there is a die to crop the flower), separating the large flower from the stem and popping it up over the top on the background panel.

The panel was layered onto a Night of Navy mat and I wrapped some Seaside Spray/Silver twine around it and finished with a bow on the stem and adhered it to a Seaside Spray card base. The greeting from the To A Wild Rose stamp set was stamped in Night of Navy and cropped with a die from the Ornate Frames Dies. I die cut another of the labels in Seaside Spray and then cut it in half to create a shadow at the top and bottom of the greeting.

Stampin' Up! Band Together - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Night of Navy mat for the writing panel with a strip of Daffodil Delight designer paper at the base. The large flower was stamped again, coloured and fussy cut to go in the bottom corner.

Stampin' Up! Band Together - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Band Together, To A Wild Rose
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Watercolour paper, Brights DSP
 Ink Night of Navy, Early Espresso
Accessories Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems, Seaside Spray/Silver Baker's Twine
Tools    Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder, Ornate Frames Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Blends (Old Olive, Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Soft Suede)

 

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Before I go, just a reminder that the fabulous 'Box of Sunshine' Paper Pumpkin Kit is still available to purchase in Australia for $37AUD, while stocks last. You can see all the details in my post here.

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Colour Creations Showcase - Cinnamon Cider

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Tonight I'm joining the ladies from the Art With Heart Team for this week's Colour Creations Showcase. This week we're featuring Cinnamon Cider which is one of the new 2020-22 In Colours. I love all of the new In Colors and I've used a few of them tonight. 

Cinnamon Cider Colour Combination - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've used products from the Flowers For Every Season Suite for my card and as I've coloured the focal image with Stampin' Blends, I've used Mango Melody as Bumblebee is not available. I think it works beautifully with the designer paper.

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a Cinnamon Cider card base and added the Misty Moonlight sunflower design from the Flower For Every Season Designer Paper pack. The greeting from the Waterfront stamp set was heat embossed in white on the panel of Misty Moonlight card stock and then dry embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder to add some texture. I adhered the Misty Moonlight panel to the card base and added the Cinnamon Cider border strips on either side. 

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the focus I have combined the pot from the Basket of Blooms stamp set with the sunflowers image from the Jar of Flowers  stamp set, stamping them in Early Espresso ink.  I have used the Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Blends to create my terracotta pot, which I think is perfect for it. The sunflowers were coloured with Mango Melody Blends with Cinnamon Cider, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake for the centres. I've used Just Jade for the leaves and Misty Moonlight for the other flowers. I had to check the colour of thistle flowers (the one at the back of the bouquet) and found they are mainly purple, but it just didn't look right with my palette, so I've use some creative license to make it blue. The pot was popped up on 1mm foam pads and then the flowers are popped up over the pot on Dimensionals.

I added a little banner with the Cinnamon Cider striped design from the Flowers For Every Season DSP and popped up a heart from the coordinating Misty Moonlight spotted design. To finish I added a trio of the Petal Pink Elegant Faceted Gems that blend nicely with the Cinnamon Cider and a little Linen Thread bow on the pot.

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Misty Moonlight mat for my writing panel. I have stamped the sunflowers again, colouring the 2 main flowers and then fussy cutting it to add to the bottom corner. I added the second part of the greeting next to the flowers in Cinnamon Cider ink. I think this is a perfect greeting for a friendship card right now and so relevant to our current lockdown situation in Victoria. 

Stampin' Up! Flowers For Every Season DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Jar of Flowers, Basket of Blooms, Waterfront
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Cinnamon Cider, Misty Moonlight, Flowers for Every Season DSP
 Ink Versamark, Early Espresso, Cinnamon Cider
Accessories Linen Thread, Elegant Faceted Gems
Tools    Stitched Be Mine Dies, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends (Cinnamon Cider, Mango Melody, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Pumpkin Pie, Dark Crumb Cake), White EP, Heat Gun

 

Catherine is hosting us tonight, so make sure you head over to her blog for the links to the other participants tonight.

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Prized Peony Sympathy Card

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I'm just popping in for a quick share today, of a card I made a little while ago when I was playing with the Prized Peony Bundle. I posted this card, but then forgot to show you the second one I made on the day. 

Stampin' Up! Prized Peony Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I stamped the large Peony image from the Prized Peony stamp set  multiple times with Basic Gray ink on Whisper White card stock and then coloured the white space in between with the Light Highland Heather Stampin' Blends marker. I adhered the strip of white ribbon from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and then added it to a Whisper White mat and popped it up the panel on a Basic Gray card base.

Stampin' Up! Prized Peony Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Before adding the art panel to the mat,  I ran it through with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder to add some texture, which you can see better in the photo above. I found it harder than I expected to get the colouring really even, but I actually think the slightly darker colour around the flowers adds some more depth. I have stamped the greeting from the Prized Peony stamp set in Gorgeous Grape ink and then cropped it with one of the lovely new dies from the Tasteful Labels Dies and popped it up on the Basic Gray label from the same set. You can see it has a lovely embossed edge on it. I pulled in the ribbon at the top of the label with a piece of cotton and then added the bow with a glue dot.  This is a good trick if you find it hard to tie bows or aren't sure when the bow needs to be. The ribbon is very soft (it reminds me of gauze) and ties nicely. I finished with a little Silver Glimmer heart from the Well Written Dies

Stampin' Up! Prized Peony Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have kept the inside simple, with a mat of Highland Heather for my writing panel. I have a partial stamping of the Peony image in the bottom corner with Basic Gray ink.

Stampin' Up! Prized Peony Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I hope I don't need a sympathy card any time soon, but it is good to have one ready in your stash.

 

Project Details
Stamps Prized Peony
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Gray, Highland Heather,  Silver Glimmer (retired)
 Ink Basic Gray, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
Tools    Tasteful Labels Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Well Written Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Light Highland Heather Stampin Blends Marker

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Project

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting 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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This week we're taking inspiration from our favourite project from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue. I have lots of favourite projects, so I decided to pull out one of the bundles that I haven't had the opportunity to use yet.

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I've taken inspiration for today's card from the project above from page 174 of the Annual Catalogue. I love that there are lots of extra project samples in the Die Bundles section at the back of the catalogue, so don't forget to check those out when you're looking for inspiration. I love the composition of this card using the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle with opposite ends of the large image stamped in the corners, and then the frame overlaid on it. The sample is stamped in Basic Gray on Smoky Slate card stock with a Silver Foil frame over the blooms. 

Stampin' Up! Blossoms in Bloom Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have stayed close to the layout, as that is what I love about the sample, but have chosen a colour combination of Gorgeous Grape for the card base and Purple Posy for the top layer. I stamped the large floral image in Highland Heather ink in the diagonal corners. While I had the stamps positioned in the Stamparatus I tried a few different colour combinations, so I'll bring you those in another post. This is definitely one of my faviourites as it is so pretty and fresh.

Stampin' Up! Blossoms in Bloom Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The Blossoms in Bloom stamp set is a DisInktive style with lots of shading built into the image, so you want to make sure that your ink pad isn't too juicy. If it is, use the back of a teaspoon to gently push the ink to the bottom of the pad. This will still give you a good coverage without too much ink to blur the shading. The ink will redistribute itself when you close the pad, so no need to worry about that. 

I have cut the lovely frame for the flowers from Shimmery White card stock as it is a warmer white and not quite as stark as Whisper White. I reccomend you use the Adhesive Sheets (page 162) on the back of your card stock before die cutting, to make the process of adhering it a lot easier. I found I needed to run it through a few times to get the small pieces in the centre to cut, however, every die cutting machine is different, so keep it in mind. I trimmed off the excess frame, deliberately leaving the 2 smaller flowers to overhang the edges slightly. When I was positioning the stamp, I laid the frame die over the top, so I could see where the leaves and small flowers would end up. You need to cut 2 of the frames for this layout, so I adhered the leftover small flowers over the top of each overhanging flower, which makes it a lot more robust. 

The greeting from the Many Mates stamp set was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink and cropped with a stitched circle and then matted on a Gorgeous Grape Circle cropped with the 2" Circle Punch and popped up over the Tricolor Ribbon. I finished with a tiny Silver Glimmer heart and a trio of clear Elegant Facted Gems.

Stampin' Up! Blossoms in Bloom Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have continued the same side border style as the front, with a Purple Posy mat for the writing panel. I selected one of the end flowers to stamp in the corner in Highland Heather ink and added the coordinating frame over the top. I have die cut the 'friend' in Highland Heather and stamped the 'sweet' in Gorgeous Grape ink on Purple Posy and snipped it out.

Stampin' Up! Blossoms in Bloom Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Blossoms in Bloom, Many Mates
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Shimmery White, Silver Glimmer (retired), Adhesive Sheets
 Ink Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather
Accessories Tricolor Ribbon, Elegant Faceted Gems
Tools    Stitched Rectangle Dies, Well Written Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Many Layered Blossoms Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, 2" Circle Punch

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by your favourite project sample from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue. You can upload it to 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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CASE-ing the Catty - Flowers For Every Season

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Lauren'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 we're taking inspiration from the colours in the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper.  The colours in this paper pack includes all of the 2020-22 In Colors, plus Poppy Parade.

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I've taken inspiration for today's card from the project above on page 10. The designer paper background and the wide border for the focus image from the Jar of Flowers Bundle caught my attention.

Stampin' Up! - Flowers For Every Season Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a landscape Thick Whisper White card base and added the Misty Moonlight spotty designer paper for the background. The centre panel was cut to size with the Stitched Rectangle Dies and I added a border of Magenta Madness and a wider, shorter piece of Just Jade on each side that was scored at 1/4" intervals with the Simply Scored Board.

Stampin' Up! - Flowers For Every Season Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I stamped the floral image from the Jar of Flowers stamp set and then coloured it with Stampin' Blends in the 4 new In Colors. They are no Blends in the Bumblebee colour, so I have used Dark So Saffron, which has a similar tone and added some fine highlights with the Bumblebee Stampin' Write marker.  I used the Color Lifter on the small flowers coloured with Misty Moonlight, to lighten it up a little. The vase from the Boho Indigo stamp set was stamped in Cinnamon Cider ink on Cinnamon Cider card stock and cropped it with the coordinating die. The flowers were popped up above the vase and I added the greeting from the Fancy Phrases stamp set that I cropped with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Die. I finished with a Baker's Twine bow around the neck of the vase and a trio of Elegant Faceted Gems.

Stampin' Up! - Flowers For Every Season Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside I have a Misty Moonlight mat for my writing panel and I added a piece of the leftover spotty designer paper to the left. The flower image was partially stamped in the right corner and coloured in the same way.

Stampin' Up! - Flowers For Every Season Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Jar of Flowers, Boho Indigo, Fancy Phrases
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Flowers For Every Season DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade
Accessories White Baker's Twine (retired), Elegant Faceted Gems
Tools    Stitched Rectangle Dies, Boho Indigo Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends  (Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Cinnamon Cider, Light Crumb Cake, Color Lifter), Bumblebee Stampin' Write Marker

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by the colours in the Flowers For Every Season DSP. You can upload it to 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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CASE-ing the Catty - Inspired by Animals

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Rachel'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 we're taking inspiration from the animals in the new 2020-21 Annual Catalogue and I've chosen to use the Whale Of A Time Suite for my project. 

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I was inspired by a few project samples on pages 94 and 95 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue, including the one above. I love shaker cards and the new Whale of a Time Sequins are really lovely and I also wanted to try out the Seabed 3D Embossing Folder that is also part of the suite. This embossing folder looks pretty ho-hum in the catalogue, but I'm here to tell you it is really fabulous. The photo above, that I cropped to give you a better view, does show the fabulous detailed design and texture variations much better.

Stampin' Up! Whale Of A Time Suite Diorama Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne, #diorama

Well, having said all that, I didn't end up with a shaker card, but rather something more like a diorama. I have used Pacific Point for the frame to coordinate with the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper and I wanted a bold colour to show up the embossing. I started first by cutting out the aperture in the front with a Stitched Rectangle Die before embossing with the Seabed 3D Embossing Folder. I opened the folder and gently patted the inside bottom panel (the one without the Stampin' Up! logo) with the Whisper White Craft ink pad (page 147 of the Annual Catalogue) before running it through my Big Shot.  The end result is that you have the de-bossed design highlighted with white ink and I love the effect it gives. The craft ink does take more time to dry, so put it aside for a few minutes or use the low setting on your heat gun to speed up the process.

Stampin' Up! Whale Of A Time Suite Diorama Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne, #diorama
For the background of the diorama I chose one of the fabulous designs from the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper pack. I stamped the school of fish from the Whale Done stamp set a few times in Calypso Coral ink and then added the whales that I fussy cut from another sheet of the designer paper. I like to roughly cut the shape and then adhere it to some Whisper White card stock before fussy cutting.  It makes the image more robust, especially if you're popping up on Dimensionals as I have done with the large whale. The seaweed was cropped from Vellum card stock using the Smooth Sailing Dies and I left one plain and coloured the other with the Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blend marker. The turtle is also fussy cut from the designer paper and popped up over the seaweed in the corner. The small seahorse was stamped in Calypso Coral ink and fussy cut and is the perfect size to wind around the seaweed. 

Stampin' Up! Whale Of A Time Suite Diorama Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne, #diorama

I adhered the finished diorama to a Pacific Point card base of the same size to provide additional stability when it is displayed. This photo shows a top view of the diorama and the dimension it gives to the card. 

Stampin' Up! Whale Of A Time Suite Diorama Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne, #diorama

For the inside I have a Just Jade mat for my writing panel. I've stamped the seagrass from the Whale Done stamp set in Pretty Peacock and Granny Green in the corner and then the fish over the top in Calypso Coral. 

Stampin' Up! Whale Of A Time Suite Diorama Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne, #diorama
The other great thing about this diorama card, is that the frame folds flat to fit into a standard sized envelope for posting and pops back  to shape easily. If you're interested in making one of these cards, I'll a tutorial available for it shortly. 

 

Project Details
Stamps Whale Done, Itty Bitty Greetings, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Pacific Point, Just Jade, Whale of a Time DSP, Vellum
 Ink Pretty Peacock, Granny Apple Green, Calypso Coral, Whisper White Craft
Accessories  
Tools    Seabed 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Smooth Sailing Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends  (Granny Apple Green)

We would love to see your projects, inspired by the animals in the new Annual Catalogue. You can upload it to 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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IDEAS Blog Hop - Punch It Up!

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I'm back with the IDEAS (International Demos Exciting Artistic Stampin') team this month to share more fabulous projects. We are a group of international demonstrators who create a Tutorial Bundle each month to give you, our customers and readers a heap of inspiration for your crafting.

If you've come from looking at Elizabeth's sweet project, 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 IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

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Our theme this month is 'Punch It Up' - we are creating projects with lots of the Stampin' Up! punches. This bundle contains 14 fabulous tutorials and 61 pages of crafty inspiration for lots of occasions. You can get a peek of the projects in the collage photo above. The projects include cards, gift packaging and treat packaging.

Stampin' Up! Under My Umbrella - IDEAS Punch It Up  Tutorial Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne #Tutorial
I have used the Under My Umbrella stamp set and coordinating Umbrella Builder Punch to create my bright, fun friendship cards. This is a really sweet stamp set and I love those cute flowers that I've put into the window box and bowl. 

There are 14 different projects using punches from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue in this bundle; you won't be disappointed!

Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? 

There are 3 ways you can get the July 2020 Tutorial Bundle.

1.  Place an order with me for $50 or more using the current month's Host Code (shown in the side bar on the right) and you will receive the tutorial bundle for FREE. I will email you the PDF file within 24 hours of your order being confirmed.  

2. You can purchase the tutorial with Instant Download through my Etsy store by clicking here. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal and you DO NOT need to sign up to Etsy to make a purchase. Check out as a guest if you are not a member.

3.  Join my team and you will get this bundle of tutorials FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. You can see all the details over on the Join My Team page. 

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Now it's time to hop over to Sandra's Blog to see her lovely projects.

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CASE-ing the Catty - CASE a Layout

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Sandra, 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 we are CASE-ing a layout using the sample project from page 130, shown above on the right. You can see the sample translated into the sketch below. 

CTC275_SketchI love a good sketch and today I decided to have a play with my new Birds & Branches Bundle. Birds & Branches is a big 19 piece Photopolymer set, perfect for lining up the bird overlays. The Birds & More Dies is a set of 16, with 'more' definitely being true. Apart from cropping the bird  and nest images there are lots of additional dies to add texture and dimension to your project. I've only used a few of them today.

Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Because the lovely foliage circle die is quite large, I decided to make my card square. The card base is Sahara Sand and I have added a layer of Blushing Bride that has been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Next up is a piece of woodgrain paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack. 

Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I wanted the foliage circle to be a standalone embellishment, so I have die cut it in Thick Whisper White and then used the largest of the scallop circle dies from the Layering Circles Dies to cut it away from the background. I do recommend using Thick Whisper White to make the narrow border as robust as possible. I adhered it to a Sahara Sand scalloped circle (cut with the same die) that I ran through the Scripty 3D Embossing folder. I have stamped the cute birds, which are Distinkive style, meaning they give you lots of lovely shading with only one impression of the stamp. You start by stamping the whole bird image and I have used Blushing Bride for this. Next is the overlay stamp that adds more dimension to the head and wings and I have used Soft Suede as my overlay. If you set the birds up on your Stamparatus plates, you can quickly stamp them in a variety of colours and crop them with the dies as you want to use them.  The greeting is from the Lovely You stamp set in Early Espresso on Blushing Bride card stock and I have fussy cut it.

I've layered up all of the pieces, starting with the branch at the top that I have cut into 2 pieces and then popped up the scalloped circle over it. The birds were popped up on the circle, as was the greeting and finally the double bow was added with a glue dot. As we don't have Blushing Bride Blends, I have very lightly coloured the Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon with the Light Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blend marker and I think it works OK. I finished with a few of my new favourite Elegant Faceted Gems.

Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Being a square card, there is plenty of space, so I have used the lovely border die from the Birds & More Dies on the side of the writing panel and added a mat of Blushing Bride card stock. I finished it with another of the birds in the bottom corner. There is such a lot of detail in the stamps with standing and sitting feet for each of the birds. 

Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Birds & Branches, Lovely You
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, In Good Taste DSP
 Ink Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Early Espesso
Accessories Elegant Faceted Gems, 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Tools    Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Birds & More Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Glue Dots

 

We would love to see your projects, using the sketch layout. You can upload it to 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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CASE-ing the Catty - Playing With Patterns DSP

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! 

If you've come from visiting Monique, 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 we're taking inspiration from the colours in the Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper. This is a 6" x 6" paper pack with lots of fun designs that are perfect for backgrounds and stamping on. You can see some of the designs in the photo below.

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There are 5 colours plus white in the designer paper and you can see them below.

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I've chosen to use all of the colours except Purple Posy in my card today.  

Stampin' Up! Drybrush with Tasteful Touches - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I started by creating the background with the new Drybrush background stamp. I added Calyso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry ink over different areas of the stamp and let the image do the rest. I found it was better to let the colours overlap slightly for a natural blending and I was happy with how it turned out. The foam ink pads are quite forgiving, so if you get a bit of foreign ink on the pad, just gently dab it with a tissue to remove it. I added the finished panel to a Night of Navy card base.

Stampin' Up! Drybrush with Tasteful Touches - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the embellishment, I have a Night of Navy stitched rectangle and I added one of the lovely new labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I dry embossed a piece of Thick Whisper White first and then cropped it with the die, which creates a lovely embossed edge around the shape. The feather from the Tasteful Touches stamp set was stamped 3 times in the coordinating colours and then fussy cut. The side feathers are adhered flat and the centre one popped up.  I used the Well Written Dies for the 'friend', cutting 2 and layering them for some extra dimension. The 'hello' is from the (sadly) retired Label Me Bold set, stamped in Calypso Coral and then fussy cut to create a narrow white border.  I'm not sure about the bow, but I felt it needed something to finish off the feathers. I finished with one of the sweet wooden leaves from the In Good Taste Elements.

Stampin' Up! Drybrush with Tasteful Touches - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have kept the inside simple, with a mat of Coastal Cabana for my writing panel and I've added a strip from the Drybrush background to the right hand side.

Stampin' Up! Drybrush with Tasteful Touches - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I would like to make this card again, in masculine colours.

 

Project Details
Stamps Tasteful Touches, Label Me Bold (retired), Drybrush
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana
 Ink Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana
Accessories In Good Taste Elements, Forever Green Trim Combo Pack
Tools    Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Well Written Dies,  Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Glue Dots

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by the colours in the Playing with Patterns DSP. You can upload it to 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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