OnStage Live 2016!

Hi there

I'm currently at the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live event in Brisbane.  This is the first live global event for Australia, so I'm thrilled to be able to attend. 

We will be seeing the launch of the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue and the 2017 Sale-a-bration products as well.  As a benefit of attending the event I will be able to pre-pre-order some of the new goodies, so lookout for more details and samples in coming weeks.

I'm sharing an apartment with 3 lovely ladies from our team, so I made them a little 'roomie' gift as a thank you for letting me share with them.  This is a little treat gift box that I sized to fit the Lindt ball chocolates. It is 6" long and holds 4 chocolates. I was hoping for 5, but the tails on the wrapping are a bit bulky. I've made them from Sweet Sugarplum card stock with some of the 'Blooms & Bliss' DSP on the top. Stamped flowers from the 'Grateful Bunch' set were layered onto Rich Razzleberry bases punched out with the Blossom Bunch punch.  The tag  is attached with some of the gorgeous silver Glitter Ribbon from the 'Fancy Frost' suite in the Holiday Catalogue. The greeting is from a long retired set called 'Afterthoughts', but I love the font and it fitted the tag. This is one of my favourite colour combos.

Stampin' Up! Treat Gift Box with Grateful Bunch & Blooms & Bliss DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the chocolates in the box.


Of course, I had to make a card to go with the gift. I've kept with the Sweet Sugarplum and silver colour combo for a basically monochrome card featuring the Hyacinth from the 'Helping Me Grow' stamp set. I've kept the layout very simple, letting the flowers take centre stage. The flowers are coloured with Copic markers. I layered the focus piece onto Silver Foil and popped up the whole panel onto the Sweet Sugarplum base.

Stampin' Up! - Helping Me Grow - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have stamped and coloured the smallest of the stems and added a strip of washi tape from the 'Playful Palette' set at the base. I finished with a narrow strip of Silver Foil at the top for a co-ordinated look.


Project Details
Stamps Helping Me Grow, Grateful Bunch, Gift of Love, Afterthoughts (Retired Hostess)
Card stock & Papers     Sweet Sugarplum Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Silver Foil, Blooms & Bliss DSP
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories Silver Glitter ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Blossom Bunch punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Copic Markers (R81, R56, G82, YG67)

Thanks for looking!

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Convention Swap #2


Today I have the second of my Convention swaps to share with you. I created 20 Lost Lagoon ovals in the process of making the frame for the Moon Lake duck scene on my first swap, so my mission was to use these ovals in my second swap.

I checked my DSP Swatch books and found the 'Flowerpot' DSP contained Lost Lagoon, so I used a softer version of the colours in the DSP for the flower spray. I have used a simple layout for a clean card.



Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Flowerpot
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral

Pearl Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon 


Ovals Collection Framelits, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Big Shot, Bird Builder punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Petite Petals punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Silver embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue

Thanks for looking!

Convention Swap #1

Hi there

Today I'm having a fab time with other Demonstrators at the South Pacific Convention on the Gold Coast in Queensland.  This is the last of our local Conventions as we know them, so I'll be making the most of it. We will be getting the new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue to soak in and take home - woohoo!  I will have goodies from Convention to show you next week. 

I managed fewer swaps than I did last year. Life just got in the way, if you know what I mean. This is the first one - a masculine card  using  'Hardwood' stamped in Basic Gray onto Smoky Slate card stock to frame the duck from the 'Moon Lake' stamp set. 

I stamped the duck using Stazon onto water colour paper and coloured it with a combination of ink and Stampin' Write markers.  Some parts of the image are too small to water colour so the markers were perfect. You need to make sure that your piece is fully dry before you use your markers and use them last, so there is no opportunity for any bleed. Normally I would use my ink pads, but this time I used reinkers diluted with water, as I needed to colour 20 images. 



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Hardwood, Butterfly Basics 
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Moonlight DSP Stack, Watercolour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories Basic Metal Buttons, White Baker’s Twine
Tools     Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Hexagon punch, 1”, ¾” Circle punches, Handheld stapler, Aquapainter, Glue Dots, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write markers (Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay)

Thanks for looking!

Convention 2014 Swaps

Hi there

I'm finally getting on top of everything again after the South Pacific Convention. It was crazy leading up to it with swaps and roomie gifts to make and lots of other details to organise. However, I had a fabulous time hanging out with friends; soaking up all the information and presentations; playing with new products and of course poring over the new Annual Catalogue. Not to mention all of the free take away products that Stampin' Up! gave us. Can't get much better than that!

Today I have the my Convention swaps to show you. I made 60 in the same design, in 5 colour combos so I wouldn't get too bored. I have used a portion of' 'Pleasant Poppies', one of my favourite stamps, on the left panel. It has been white embossed on Crumb Cake or Smoky Slate (depending on the colour combo) and then coloured with the Chalk marker. Once dry I have coloured the flowers with Stampin' Write markers. Because of the chalk base, the final colour will be a lighter shade of the marker. You can go over it again to add some highlights or use a darker colour like Calypso Coral over Crisp Cantaloupe or Crushed Curry over Daffodil Delight. This is a great technique, so give it a try. 

The right panel is vellum card stock embossed with the Polka Dots embossing folder. I love how it takes the edge off the colour below. This caused me some grief, trying to find an adhesive that I was happy with and didn't show through. After trying 3 options, the best product for the purpose in my opinion is the Scotch Vellum Tape, but I recommend cutting it with teflon coated scissors. 

I didn't take a photo of all the colours together, so I will show one at full size and then the other colours in smaller photos. The base card is Baked Brown Sugar with Strawberry Slush and the left panel is Crumb Cake.


The colour combinations of the others (from left) are:

Baked Brown Sugar/Crisp Cantaloupe/Crumb Cake
Bermuda Bay/Pool Party/Smoky Slate
Basic Gray/Daffodil Delight/Smoky Slate
Wisteria Wonder/Elegant Eggplant/Crumb Cake

Cantaloupe_Swap  Coastal_Swap  Daffodil_Swap  Wisteria_Swap

For my roomies, I made these cute little bags in a matching colour to the swap card I gave them. This is the One Sheet Wonder bag, made with a single piece of 12 x 12 card stock and no cutting - how cool is that? I used Kelly Gettelfinger's YouTube video and then added my own twist to it. Don't these colours look great together?


The bags are 6" long and 2" wide, so they are a good size and would easily fit a package of cookies or other treats or a scarf, baby booties etc. I managed to fit all of these things into it.


The item on the far right is a scissor charm. I decided to make these a couple of days before Convention. Not the smartest move from a time management perspective, but I had fun making them. Here is a photo of all of them.


Well, that's about it for my Convention goodies. I'm looking forward to lots of fabulous new products in the Annual Catalogue.  If you would like an Annual Catalogue, please contact me

In the meantime, don't forget the lists of retiring products are now available online here for you check out.

Details of my next class can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by.


Convention Card

Hi again

The card I have for you today, was made for my Convention room mates using the design of my swap. The Framelits Labels die makes a fabulous easel card, as it fits into a standard envelope.  I have moved the sentiment to the bottom section, but otherwise it is exactly the same. Apologies for the lighting on this photo as it has been exceptionally gloomy weather in Melbourne.



Project Details
Stamps Bordering on Romance, Kindness Matters, You're a Gem
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Vellum Paper
 Ink Early Espresso, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories Basic Pearls, Victoria Lace, Regal Rose 1/8" Taffeta ribbon
Tools     Finial Press EF, Swiss Dots EF, Framelit Labels dies, Big Shot, Large Oval punch, Blender Pen, Watercolour Crayons, Sponge Daubers, Clear EP, Bashful Blue marker, Dimensionals, Heat Gun, Tombow Glue

I also made myself and my roomies a bag tag for the Convention bag, using the Two Tags die. I cut the tag from 0.6mm chipboard for a more sturdy tag and then covered it with embossed cardstock and the lovely 'Twitterpated' DSP. Th initials have been die cut and the coated in Crystal Effects for a nice glaze.

I have kept the reverse simple, with some embossing and a die cut of the journal stamp from the 'Apothecary Art' stamp set, so they can put their details on it.

I will be back next week having been inspired by the wonderful things we are seeing at Convention.

Convention Swap

Hi there

It has been a while since my last post as I have been working on swaps and other goodies for Convention.  It sounds like I should have made a 100 (like a super efficient friend has done), but I only managed to do 20.  Obviously, I am not cut out for the production line - just as well I don't get paid by the piece in my day job! Now that I am actually at Convention (yay!) I can show you what I have been making.

I have used the fab Framelits Labels to die cut a frame and which has been mounted onto a larger label die cut. As I was cutting out quite a few frames, I found it easier to set the two label dies in position with some sticky tape. Put some more tape on the sticky side so that it doesn't stick to your card stock and it works a treat. Make sure you don't overlap the tape on inner edge of the die as it does leave an  indent mark on your card.  I have used Watercolour Crayons and a blender pen to colour the image. This is a technique I haven't used before with Crayons, but it gives a pastel-type look, I think.  Anyway, here it is.


Project Details
Stamps  Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs, Kindness Matters
Card stock & Papers  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Vellum Paper
 Ink Early Espresso, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Finial Press EF, Framelit Labels dies, Big Shot, Large Oval punch, Blender Pen, Watercolour Crayons, Sponge Daubers, Clear EP, Bashful Blue marker, Dimensionals, Heat Gun

I will be back tomorrow to show you how I turned this design into a card for my Convention roomies.

Convention Wrap

Hi there

After a hectic post-Convention week at work, I've finally had time to sit down and have a look through my photos, the pile of swaps I received and other treasures collected at Convention.  My favourite parts of Convention are the sneak peaks at new colours and products; the Workshop Wow's when we see projects and techniques by some very talented Aussie demonstrators and the SU! staff from the US; the free Prize Patrol stamp sets and spending time with other like minded friends!   

We saw lots of fabulous new products that will be coming with the new Idea Book and Catalogue  in September and I was very fortunate to win a new Christmas stamp set in the Prize Patrol. We also got a peak at the 5 new In Colours that will be added to the existing ones in September. We will be able to share some of the sneak peaks with you in August and given how quickly the year is flying, it will be here in no time. 

Here is a photo from the Convention Dinner with my roomies Christine (front) and Sue (behind Christine) and two of Sue's lovely downlines Teena and Toby that I met for the first time at Convention. Check out the fab Melon Mambo tablecloth!


Moving on, I do have a card to share as well.  I spent a lovely afternoon celebrating the 21st birthday of the daughter of a friend that I have known since first moving to Melbourne in 1990.  This is the card I made for Chloe. Can't believe all those years have passed.



Project Details
Stamps Signature Greetings (PTI)
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Whisper White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose DSP (Retired), Neutrals Pattern Stack
Ink Riding Hood Red
Accessories 5/8" Organza Ribbons, Basic Rhinestones
Tools Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Labels 4 Die, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch

Have a good week.


Convention Swaps

Hi there

I'm currently attending the annual Stampin' Up! Convention, which is being held in Melbourne this year - woohoo!  I'm staying with some friends in an apartment in the city so we don't have to go home and attend to the normal household chores, interrupting the fun and frivolity.

I have been working for a while on my Convention swaps. This is one of the fun parts of Convention to exchange card samples and be inspired by the ideas of others.  I have two designs based on the same stamp set 'Nature Walk', reminiscent of a framed botanical plate. This is a lovely set from the current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue and is a good replacement for my previously favourite and now retired nature set - 'Touch of Nature'. The two designs add a bit of interest into the production line process that is necessary when making a substantial number of the same design.  I managed to produce 20 of each, which is more than enough! 

This is the first of the designs (unfortunately, the lighting on this photo isn't the best), using most of the images from the set. I've used a variety of options including markers direct to the rubber (flower), stamped and coloured with markers (bee), stamped and coloured with watercolour crayons (eggs) and stamped and washed with aqua painter (butterfly). The background is textured Very Vanilla, which I don't usually stamp on, but gives it more of a botanical plate feel. I've spritzed liberally with soft suede to give it the 'aged' look.


Project Details
Stamps Nature Walk, You're a Gem
Card stock & Papers Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Always  Artichoke
Ink Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler
Tools Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Small Oval punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke), Spritzer, Aqua painter, Watercolour Crayons, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

The lighting is better in this photo, showing the lovely tulip frame in Rich Razzleberry.  I love this rich colour.  The oval has been popped up on the En Francais background and the rest is as you see it.


Project Details
Stamps Nature Walk, En Francais
Card stock & Papers Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Always  Artichoke
Ink Versamark, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories 1/8” Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools Originals Ovals Die, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers (Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke), Spritzer, Aqua painter

I look forward to giving you some more details from Convention next week.

Happy stamping.


Convention 2010 Wrap


I can't believe that it is already a week since the Stampin' Up! Convention.  I have been busy with work since I've been back (and a pesky migraine) so I haven't had the opportunity to tell you about it. In summary, I had a blast - lots of fun, food, friends, new projects, new stamps and a lovely pile of swaps.  What more could a stamper want?  You saw the swaps I made in my previous posts - here is a photo of the swaps I received in return - it doesn't do them justice, but you get the idea. Swapping is great fun and you get lots of great card ideas and there were 3D items as well.


There were about 500 Demos at the Convention, so it was a big gathering.  They are really well organised with great attention to detail.  Here is a photo of the main room where everyone attended the general sessions during the day as well as the final Awards Dinner on Saturday night. In the foreground is one of the 'Art with Heart' team tables with the lovely Sue Madex (bottom left) and her team. This is before the Convention started.


Next is Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin' Up! telling her story of how Stampin' Up! came into being. She is a fabulous speaker and incredibly passionate about the company, the products and the future.


Next is a photo of our table members (starting top, L-R) - Christine, myself, Nikki, (front) Miriam and Claire Daly (leader of Art with Heart team).

Convention - Me, Miriam, Judy, Claire, Nikki

On Friday night we went out for a casual fish & chip dinner at Darling Harbour.  However, the main event of the evening was dessert at the Lindt Cafe.  I didn't know there is actually one of these cafes in Melbourne as well. Christine, Nikki and I decided to share our desserts and this a photo of them sitting in front of me, prior to being divided up.  They were all really, really yummy!

Convention - Judy at Lindt Cafe with shared desserts

On Saturday morning we got to do some 'make & takes' using two NEW stamp sets from the 2010-11 Idea Book & Catalogue that will be released on 1 September 2010. Unfortunately, I am unable to show you the stamps or the cards we made, but needless to say we had lots of fun.  In the afternoon Shelli did some stamping, giving us her take on the 'vintage' style. In between we had other team members from the Home Office in the US demonstrating some of the products in the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue. I hope to create some of my own projects based on these ideas in the next few weeks.


On Saturday afternoon, walking back to our apartment I got a call from my friend Karen who had just arrived from Perth to spend the week in Sydney. Not only that, she was staying a short distance away and was able to come over for a cuppa.  This was a wonderful surprise and although we only got to spend a couple of hours, it was lovely to catch up as always. I'm looking forward to Karen coming to visit in Melbourne in July, hopefully.


Saturday night was the Awards & Recognition dinner.  Here is me with my room mates Christine and Nikki in our finery waiting to go into the room.


Members of the Art with Heart Team were recognised in various categories of awards.  Sue Madex (striped dress) and Claire Daly (next to her) both achieved the Incentive Trip to Hamilton Island in October. Here they are on stage. They also achieved #15 Demonstrator and #1 Demonstrator of the year respectively - how fantastic is that?


Finally, I have a lovely card to share with you, but not one I have made. This was given to me by my 'roomie' Christine at the beginning of our Convention adventure. It is gorgeous on the outside and matched by the sentiments expressed on the inside - thank you Christine.


The only bad thing is that the time goes so quickly, but the Stampin' Up! Convention is in Melbourne next year and will be a day longer- whoo hoo! Time to start saving ....