CASE-ing the Catty - Adding a Holiday Twist

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty challenge! After a health hiccup and a few days in hospital, I'm happy to be back this week.

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 are CASE-ing a sample from the Annual Catalogue and giving it a Mini Catalogue twist.

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I chose the project in the photo above using the Many Medallions Dies, as I've had this bundle for a while, but haven't used the dies. 

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle & Many Medallions Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and added another panel of  Whisper White that had been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. I decided to use only 3 columns from the panel I die cut from Gold Foil, using the large die from Many Medallions, adhering it to the right.

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle & Many Medallions Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I added a stitched circle of Vellum, slightly overlapping the edge on the left. I  popped it in an envelope to check that it would still fit, before I added any more layers. Next up I die cut the layers of the Poinsettia from the beautiful Red Velvet paper. The Poinsettia Dies are really fabulous and the Red Velvet paper takes the finished Poinsettia up a notch. You can see that the veins are embossed into the petals and I have covered the white edge by sponging a little Cherry Cobbler ink around the edge, which also adds depth. I hope you can get a sense of the beautiful texture that the Red Velvet paper gives.

I placed my thumb on the centre vein and gently and carefully folded the edges of each petal upward to add more dimension before assembling the layers. I finished with one of the lovely Beaded Pearl embellishments, which I changed from silver to gold with an alcohol marker. The lovely greeting from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink and cropped with the smallest of the octagonal stitched dies from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

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I thought I would share my tip for making the die cutting and embossing of the Poinsettia petals and leaves super quick and easy. I placed each die with the cutting edge down and popped the corresponding embossed veins piece into the die and used sticky paper to hold them in position. This allows you to cut and emboss each set of petals and the leaves in one step and they will all fit on the cutting plate for one pass through your machine.

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle & Many Medallions Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside I have a Garden Green mat for the writing panel and at the base I have used a border die from the Many Medallions Dies cut from Gold Foil. In the centre, I have created a small Poinsettia flower using the smallest of the Poinsettia Dies, cutting 2 and offsetting them. I cut another in Garden Green and used it for the leaves, by cutting it apart, so it all remains in proportion. For the centre, I used the tiny circles created by die cutting the centre that can be used for the large flower. 

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle & Many Medallions Dies - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Poinsettia Petals
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Garden Green, Red Velvet, Vellum, Gold Foil
 Ink Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Accessories Beaded Pearls
Tools    Many Medallions Dies, Poinsettia Dies, Hippo & Friends Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow, Sponge daubers

 

We would love to see your projects, giving a project from the Annual Catalogue a Mini Catalogue twist. 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 - Trimming The Town Colours

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

If you've come from visiting Monique'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 are CASE-ing the colours from the Trimming The Town Suite.

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These aren't a set of colours I would have put together, but they do work well together. 

Stampin' Up! Joyful Holly - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This week, I have a clean and simple card using the challenge colours. This isn't the stamp set I was intending to use, but hey, when you get lemons you have to make lemonade, lol. There was a little mix-up and the wrong sheet of stamps came in the stamp set I was intending to use. However, I now have an extra stamp set in Joyful Holly and the replacement will hopefully arrive tomorrow.

So for my card, I have stamped the curved holly image twice on my panel of Whisper White with Early Espresso ink, using the Stamparatus to quickly and easily achieve the mirror image. This is a 2-step stamp set, so there are stamps to 'fill-in' the colour very quickly, but I wanted to have a little more control of the result.  I've used the Old Olive Stampin' Blends to colour the holly and Dark Poppy Parade for the berries and I added a few highlights with a White Gel Pen.  To add texture, I've dry embossed the panel with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder before mounting it on the Pool Party mat. 

Stampin' Up! Joyful Holly - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I rummaged in my scrap bag and found a strip of Misty Moonlight aleady embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder to go across the centre. The stitched label from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies was cut from Pool Party card stock and popped up over the top of the strip before winding some of the Gold Trim from the Forever Greenery Combo Pack around the panel and finishing with a bow.  The lovely greeting from the Joyful Holly stamp set was stamped in Misty Moonlight ink and cropped with the decorative circle from the Tasteful Labels Dies and popped up on the label. I finished with a trio of Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels under the greeting.

Stampin' Up! Joyful Holly - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Pool Party mat for the writing panel and a strip of my favourite Misty Moonlight design from the Flowers For Every Season paper pack. I've partially stamped the other holly image from Joyful Holly in the top corner and coloured with Stampin' Blends.

Stampin' Up! Joyful Holly - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
You can see the texture from the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder more clearly in this photo.

 

Project Details
Stamps Joyful Holly
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Flowers For Every Season DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Misty Moonlight
Accessories Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Gold Trim
Tools    Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Tasteful Label Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Tasteful Textile 3D EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Old Olive, Poppy Parade), White Gel Pen

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by your favourite bundle from the August-December Mini Catalogue. 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 - Favourite Mini Bundle

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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 are CASE-ing our favourite bundle from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalogue. I have quite a few favourites, so I thought I would try out one that I haven't used yet.

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My project this week is inspired by the catalogue sample above from page 36, using the Snowflake Wishes Bundle. Although we have Christmas in the summer season in Australia, Santa does come from the North Pole where it is snowy! If that doesn't work for you, then I think of snowflakes as Christmas stars. Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

There is so much sparkle going on, it was really difficult to photograph under lights, with the reflection from the Window Sheet. It has been a cold, wet and miserable weekend in Melbourne, so outdoor photography was not an option. 

I didn't start out with the intention of making a Shaker Card, but that is where I ended up. I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and I've added a layer of the beautiful Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper that is part of the Snowflake Splendor Suite. I dry embossed a piece of Thick Whisper White with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and then cropped it with the stitched label that has the snowflake cut outs in the corners. You definitely want to dry emboss first as the cut-out snowflakes are quite delicate.  

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the shaker element I used 2 layers of Window Sheet, so the Balmy Blue Glimmer paper could be seen.  I don't have the Snowflake Sequins, so I used the Whale Of A Time Sequins, picking out the shells and just leaving the others. I think they work really well, as it adds a little more colour without straying too far. I've stamped the greeting from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and fussy cut it, separating it into 2 pieces which gave me a bit more flexibility in the placement of the large snowflake. 

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I've used a combination of snowflake die cuts, two of them stamped and the others cut directly from Silver Foil and Balmy Blue Glimmer and layered them together. There are quite a few to choose from, to get different looks.  I added one of the pretty dark Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems in the centre. I placed a small Silver Foil snowflake over the die cut in the bottom corner to finish. The centres match perfectly and automatically off-set; the designers think of all these small details. 

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Wishes Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have kept the inside really simple, with a Night of Navy mat for the writing panel. In the corner, I've stamped the small cluster of snowflakes in Balmy Blue ink and then added the Silver Foil die cut over the top of the small star in the centre, so you can see it peeking through. 

 

Project Details
Stamps Snowflake Wishes
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue Glimmer, Silver Foil, Window Sheet
 Ink Night of Navy, Balmy Blue
Accessories Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems, Whale Of A Time Sequins
Tools    So Many Snowflakes Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow, Adhesive Foam Strips

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by your favourite bundle from the August-December Mini Catalogue. 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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Heart of Christmas - August

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Welcome to the Heart of Christmas showcase for August. I can't believe another month has gone already!  I'm hosting the talented ladies from the Art with Heart team who have fabulous projects to get you inspired for your holiday crafting.  Make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post to see what they have created.

I love wreaths and the Arrange A Wreath Bundle from the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue is a beauty. The great thing is that it isn't just about Christmas, with elements for Valentine's Day, Easter, Autumn/Thanksgiving and pretty much any other occasion.  The dies cut all the small elements in the stamp set, plus there are 2 lovely wreaths to choose from.

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For my project, I've chosen a non-traditional colour combo of Balmy Blue, Silver and White. I love sparkle at Christmas, so I had to try out the new Balmy Blue Glimmer paper. 

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I love square cards and I think a wreath looks especially lovely on a square card. I always start at the centre, so I've cut the detailed wreath from Silver Foil and Balmy Blue Glimmer and the leaf wreath from Thick Whisper White. I layered these on a piece of Whisper White dry embossed with the gorgeous Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder. Everything else was built out from the dimensions of the centre panel.

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
This photo shows the true colour of the Balmy Blue Glimmer, which is so pretty. I adhered the Silver Foil wreath flat to the centre panel with the Balmy Blue Glimmer wreath popped up and then the white leaf wreath adhered on top. I only put adhesive on the circle in the centre, leaving everything else free. The sweet little flowers were die cut from a piece of Balmy Blue that had been dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, which you can see better in the first photo. The silver pearls in the centre are from my stash, as I wanted a shiny rather than matte silver. The greeting has been heat embossed in white onto Balmy Blue and then cropped with one of the Ornate Frames Dies. It is popped up on double Dimensionals and I finished with a little heart in (sadly, retired) Silver Glimmer. 

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside, I have kept the style the same, with the wide Balmy Blue mat dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and the centre writing panel layered on a Silver Foil mat. I have a piece of the detailed wreath in Silver Foil in the corner and the partridge (?) has been popped up over it. 

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Arrange A Wreath
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Silver Foil, Balmy Blue Glimmer, Silver Glimmer (retired)
 Ink Versamark, Balmy Blue
Accessories Silver Flat Back Pearls (not SU)
Tools     Ornate Frame Dies, Wreath Builder Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Dainty Diamonds 3D EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, White EP, Heat Gun

 

Here are the links for the ladies participating this month. I can't wait to see their lovely creations.

Sharon Davern

Tina Gillespie

Vicki Boucher

Catherine Proctor

Kate Morgan

Christine Blain

Michele Taylor

Rachel Woollard

Andrea Sargent

Caroline Manwaring

Theresa Gerrard

Diane Furniss

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CASE-ing the Catty - Front Cover of Aug-Dec Mini

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

If you've come from visiting Michelle'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 projects on the front cover of the August - December 2020 Mini Catalogue.  I managed to make 2 cards this week, both being inspired by the front cover.

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This is the first sample that jumped out at me. It is a trio of metal tins, each wrapped in designer paper and then tied together with a bow and a greeting on the front. In my brain this translated to strips of designer paper on a card, so here is what I came up with.

Stampin' Up! 'Tis The Season DSP & Wrapped In Christmas -  Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have adhered strips of designer paper from my new favourite 'Tis The Season Designer Paper pack onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, leaving a narrow border around each strip. The finished panel was adhered to a Real Red card base.

Stampin' Up! 'Tis The Season DSP & Wrapped In Christmas -  Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The greeting from Wrapped in Christmas stamp set was stamp in Shaded Spruce and then cropped with the largest of the stitched ovals from the Stitched Shapes Dies. I stamped the 'JOY' again in Real Red ink and fussy cut the letters and popped them up over the original. I added a bow in the lovely Real Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon at the top and finished with some holly at the bottom. The holly is from the Sweetest Time stamp set, stamped in Shaded Spruce with Real Red berries. You can see in the photo above that the berries are shiny from their coating of Shimmery Crystal Effects.

Stampin' Up! 'Tis The Season DSP & Wrapped In Christmas -  Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Mint Macaron mat for my writing panel and a strip of the plaid design at the bottom, with a border of Real Red. Even though Mint Macaron isn't one of the listed colours in this pack, it does work well with the lighter tones of Shaded Spruce in the paper. I have stamped the cluster of trees from the In The Pines stamp set to finish.

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My second card is inspired by the sample in the photo above, using the Cherish the Season Bundle. I decided to crack open my new Poinsettia Petals Bundle for my card. 

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I have stayed close to the layout, covering my Whisper White card base with the Shaded Spruce plaid design from the 'Tis The Season Designer Paper.  I have dry embossed a panel of Thick Whisper White using one of the new Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders. This is a pack of 2 narrower embossing folders. As there is a lot of detail and texture in the embossed piece, I've rounded the corners on the inside edge to soften it a little. 


Stampin' Up! Poinsettia Petals Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've die cut the 4 layers of the Poinsettia from Real Red card stock and used a sponge dauber to go around the edges to add more depth. I also used a stylus on each of the main veins in the petals and leaves, which causes them to turn up a little and you can also gently use your 2 thumbs to bend the petals inwards. The flower looks a bit flat in the photo above, but actually it is quite the opposite. I finished the centre with one of the lovely Beaded Pearls embellishments. I used the same process with the leaves which were cut from Garden Green card stock to provide a contrast. I popped in some extra foiliage die cut from Gold Foil. There is a lovely 'Merry Christmas' greeting in the Poinsettia Petals stamp set, but due to a mishap with my stamp set, I had to use a retired greeting.

 

Project Details
Stamps Wrapped in Christmas, Poinsettia Petals, In The Pines, Sweetest Time, Four The Holidays (retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Mint Macaron, Garden Green, Gold Foil
 Ink Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories Real Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon, Beaded Pearls
Tools    Poinsettia Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Wrapped in Texture EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by your favourite project sample from the front cover of the August-December Mini 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 - Sketch Challenge

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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 have a sketch challenge, based on the sample project in the photo above.

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Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I have used more new products to create a Christmas card this week. I started with a thick Whisper White card base and I have used one of the designs from the new 'Tis The Season Designer Series Paper. This is a 6" x 6" stack full of fabulous designs in traditional colours. The patterns are perfect for backgrounds and come in 2 shades of red and 2 shades of green to give you ultimate flexibility. The one I have used actually combines both Cherry Cobbler and Real Red with the subtle striped design. I adhered the designer paper to a piece of Whisper White to give it some body, so I could wrap the the gold trim around it and finish with a bow. I then adhered the panel to the card base. 

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used one of the dies from the new Celebration Labels Dies for the background to my wreath. I have cut the wreath from Just Jade and Pretty Peacock card stock using the Wreath Builder Dies and offset them. I've added the Poinsettia flower from the die set on the left, cutting 2 from Real Red cardstock that was dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and offsetting them. I also added the small flowers, finishing them all with gold Metallic Pearls.  The greeting is from the coordinating Arrange A Wreath stamp set, stamped in Just Jade ink and cropped it with a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies.

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Just Jade mat for the writing panel and I added a piece of the leftover designer paper at the left. I stamped part of the wreath from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set in the corner in Pretty Peacock ink and added a couple of the small red flowers with Gold Foil behind the centres.

Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Arrange a Wreath
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, Real Red, Gold Foil, 'Tis The Season DSP
 Ink Just Jade, Pretty Peacock
Accessories Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack, Metallic Pearls
Tools    Celebration Labels Dies, Hippo & Friends Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Wreath Builder Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Glue Dots

 

We would love to see your projects, inspired by this great sketch. 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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Heart of Christmas

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Welcome to the first Heart of Christmas showcase for 2020 and just in time for Christmas in July.  Every month, I will be hosting the talented ladies from the Art with Heart team. They have fabulous projects to get you inspired, so make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post to see what they have created.

I have had several friends say that they don't make or send Christmas cards any more. Well, after this crazy year, there has never been a better time to reach out and connect or re-connect to friends and family and let them know you're thinking of them. Receiving happy mail this holiday season will bring more cheer than a text message. Our monthly showcase will help you get inspired to create your stash, so it is ready to send in November. 

Stampin' Up! Dove of Hope Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Today, I have a clean and simple monochromatic card using the new Dove of Hope Bundle from the upcoming August - December Mini Catalogue.  I have used Pretty Peacock for the card base and for the top layer as well. The top layer was embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder, that I think is perfect for holiday projects. 

Stampin' Up! Dove of Hope Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I die cut the dove body and wings from Shimmery White card stock and then for more shimmer, I painted the body and wing overlay with Frost White Shimmer Paint, which provides a subtle tone on tone look. The body of the dove has some embossing on it as well, which is lovely. I attached the wing overlay on the base just at the wide end  to give maximum dimension to the wings as you can see in the photo above and I popped up the wings on the body and then popped up the dove to even it out. The greeting is from the Dove of Hope stamp set, stamped in Pretty Peacock and cropped with a Stitched Rectangle Die. I added a gold metallic pearl over the full stops and also to the eye of the dove. 

Stampin' Up! Dove of Hope Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a double mat and I've stamped the cluster of trees in the corner from the In The Pines stamp set. 

Stampin' Up! Dove of Hope Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Dove of Hope, In The Pines
Card stock & Papers Pretty Peacock, Shimmery White, Gold Foil
 Ink Pretty Peacock
Accessories Metallic Pearls
Tools     Stitched Rectangle Dies, Detailed Dove Dies, Dainty Diamonds 3D EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Frost White Shimmer Paint

 

Here are the links to the ladies who are participating this month. I can't wait to see what their lovely creations.

Kate Morgan

Catherine Proctor

Sharon Davern

Andrea Sargent

Tina Gillespie

Christine Blain

Michele Taylor

Caroline Manwaring

Theresa Gerrard

Rachel Palmieri

Diane Furniss

Rachel Woollard

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - CASE any Holiday Catalogue Project

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Welcome to the last week of CASE-ing the Catty for 2019! It has been such a blast showing you how fabulous the Stampin' Up! catalogues are for inspiring your craft projects. 

If you've come from looking at the beautiful project on Rebecca'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 we have free reign to CASE anthing from the Holiday Catalogue. Woohoo!

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There are so many fabulous samples that I could have chosen. I was looking for something quick, as I'm still feverishly trying to get all of my Christmas cards into the post.

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The gift box in the photo above popped out at me, with the lovely copper and vanilla ribbon generously tied around it. I decided to create a card using the major elements in the sample. 

Stampin' Up! Brightly Gleaming Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I started with a Very Vanilla Thick Card base and layered on the beautiful navy and copper star design from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.  I adhered the designer paper to a Very Vanilla panel first, to give it more body and then added the vertical strip of  the 1/2'"Classic Weave Ribbon with the copper greeting on it.  I decided not to go with the horizontal strip as it looked a bit too much on the card. I added the bow over the top, as it is quite difficult to get all surfaces to face in the right direction with a single sided ribbon design. The way I achieve this is to take a strip of ribbon and create 2 loops like bunny ears and then tie them into a knot. I tied a piece of cotton around the vertical ribbon, where the bow was to go, to pinch it in.

Stampin' Up! Brightly Gleaming Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the tag embellishment, I had to adjust the scale slightly to suit the card. I adhered some of the Old Olive designer paper to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock before cropping it with a circle die from the Layering Circles set.  The copper foil branch from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements was added first, then the Pretty Peacock bauble that was heat embossed in Copper and the smaller bauble punched from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP was overlapped and popped up. The Copper Foil star was popped up on the edge of the large bauble and a copper star from the Star Designer Elements was added to the centre. I added another of the copper stars to the right to finish. A 1/16" handheld punch was used for the hole at the top of the circle and I threaded some Linen Thread through and tied it around the bow.  A couple of foam pads at the bottom keep it in position.


Stampin' Up! Brightly Gleaming Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside I have a Copper Foil  mat for my writing panel and a strip of the navy and copper star designer paper at the  bottom. I added another of the copper foil branches at the top and adhered a 1" Night of Navy circle behind the foil bauble.

I used every item from the Brightly Gleaming Suite on this card, apart from the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder. This has been one of my favourites this Christmas season with the coordinating products making it so easy to create luxe cards and packaging. Did you know all of the products in this suite apart from the 1/2" Classic Weave ribbon and Foil Elements will be carrying over to the 2020 Holiday Catalogue?

 

Project Details
Stamps Christmas Gleaming
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, Copper Foil
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements, Star Designer Elements, 1/2" Classic Weave Ribbon, Linen Thread
Tools     Layering Circles Dies, Big Shot, Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack, Copper EP, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Glue Dots, 1" Circle Punch (retired), 1/16" Handheld Punch (retired)

 

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the gorgeous project Michelle has to inspire you this week. 

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, 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. 

Sunday Challenge

I hope you've enjoyed my project inspired by gift packaging. Please join us again on 5 January 2020 when we return with lots of inspiration from the January - June Mini Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure. Don't forget, if you would like to receive your own copy of the new January - June 2020 Mini Catalogue, then leave your details over on my Free Catalogues page. All current customers will automatically receive their copy in December.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Wrapped in Plaid Suite

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Hi there

Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty!

If you've come from looking at the lovely project on 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. 

This week, we're taking our inspiration from the Wrapped In Plaid Suite on pages 12-17 of the Holiday Catalogue.

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The Wrapped in Plaid Suite has been one of my favourites this Christmas Season. Lots of great coordinating products and samples to make creating your Christmas cards really easy. 

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I've taken my inspiration from the cute treat bag in the photo above from page 16. It uses the Wrapped In Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper that has lots of designs in traditional Christmas colours and a gorgeous gold foil accent strip through all of the plaid papers. My husband asked me for some Christmas cards to send to school friends he has reconnected with this year. I thought this was a good opportunity to create a simple layout that isn't too fussy and fairly neutral in terms of the embellishments.

Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle & Wrapped In Plaid DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base and cut another card front sized piece, that I dry embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder for some background texture.  For the 2" banner I've used the Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler striped design from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Paper and cut it with the stripes going horizontally. I added a 1" banner in Gold Foil that was dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and adhered them to the embossed piece.

Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle & Wrapped In Plaid DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The large cluster of stars from the Christmas Layers Dies was cut from Gold Foil and I snipped it into 2 pieces. If you look at it carefully you will see 2 groups of 3 stars that are roughly in a semi-circle. I popped one under the banner on the right and used the second on the inside. I love that there is also a single die for each of the 3 large cluster dies in the Christmas Layers set and I cut a single star and popped it underneath on the left of the banner. You get a lot more mileage from your die cut this way, if you are positioning them under layers.

I've used my favourite greeting from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set, inked in Shaded Spruce and cropped with the 11/2" Circle punch and popped up on a Cherry Cobbler mat.  Like the sample, I've used the linen ribbon from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack around the top of the art piece and finished it with a bow. To reduce the bulk, I did this in 2 pieces with a strip of ribbon around the card front and the bow added separately. This is a nice neutral colour that tones down the Gold Foil a little.

Stampin' Up! Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle & Wrapped In Plaid DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside I have a mat of Shaded Spruce for my writing panel and the other piece of the Christmas Layers die in the top corner. At the bottom is a piece of  Wrapped in Plaid designer paper in the opposite colour way to the banner on the front and I've cut it with the stripes going vertically this time. I finished with a single star in the bottom corner.

The card got the nod, so I'll being making a few more of these with different designs from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Project Details
Stamps Itty Bitty Christmas
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Wrapped in Plaid Specialty DSP, Gold Foil
 Ink Shaded Spruce
Accessories Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack
Tools     Subtle 3D EF, Brick & Mortar 3D EF, Christmas Layers Dies, Big Shot, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals


If you would like to receive your own copy of the new January - June 2020 Mini Catalogue, then leave your details over on my Free Catalogues page. All current customers will automatically receive their copy in December.

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

2019 CTC Next

We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, 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. 

Sunday Challenge

I hope you've enjoyed my project inspired by a treat bag. Come back next week for our final CASE-ing the Catty challenge for 2019.

Thanks for visiting me today!


Heart of Christmas - Week 16

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Welcome to Week 16 and the final of Heart of Christmas for this year. I'm hosting the lovely ladies from the Art with Heart team this week, so make sure you check out all of the links at the bottom of the post to see their inspiring Christmas creations.

I've got another simple but elegant card for you this week. As we get closer to Christmas, simple is good, right?  I really like the bauble design from the Brightly Gleaming Speciality Designer Series Paper, but I have found it difficult to use. So my mission this week, was to find a simple layout that lets it shine.

Stampin' Up! Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a Night of Navy card base and then added a layer of Copper Foil that I dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  It adds lovely texture and interest to a simple layout. The centre panel is also Night of Navy with some of the bauble design paper at the top. I've heat embossed the greeting from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set at the bottom. I finished with the Pretty Peacock/Old Olive ribbon around the centre panel, tied in a bow at the front. The centre panel was popped up on the foil background.  In my haste to get it photographed I forgot to add the 3 Metallic Pearls that I coloured with the Bronze Stampin' Blend Marker.

Stampin' Up! Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Copper Foil mat for the writing panel and some designer paper at the bottom.  In the top corner, I've used some of the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements. These are fabulous for quick and easy embellishment.

Project Details
Stamps Itty Bitty Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, Copper Foil
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Gold Metallic Pearls, Pretty Peacock/Old Olive Reversible Ribbon, Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements
Tools     Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Ivory EP (not SU), Heat Gun, Bronze Stampin' Write Marker.

 

Here are the links to other ladies participating in our final Heart of Christmas this year.

Caroline Manwaring

Kate Morgan

Vicki Boucher

Tina Gillespie

Sharon Davern

Rachel Woollard

Diane Furniss

Michele Taylor

Andrea Sargent

 

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