CASE-ing the Catty - Easter Sketch Challenge

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Hi there

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

If you've come from looking at the amazing creativity of my lovely friend Tina, 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 a sketch challenge to create a card for Easter.

This is a great sketch and I've got a lot more ideas for it, but for this week I've created a card that represents the true meaning of Easter. Although I don't usually send many cards for Easter, I always send them to our Mothers. 


The inspiration for this card came when I opened my new pack of the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper. The Mint Macaron design with gold foil detail is soft and elegant and I thought it would work well for the type of card I had in mind. I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and added a layer of Gold Foil. Next is a layer of Whisper White and I stamped the floral spray from the Hold Onto Hope stamp set in the corners with Mint Macaron ink. The stamped layer was dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, although it is not apparent in any of the photos; it adds a nice texture to the background. I have placed the greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings under the oval rather than across it as shown in the sketch.

Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden Specialty DSP & Hold Onto Hope for Easter - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I cut a 2" strip of the designer paper and adhered it flat onto the art panel. For the embellishment, I die cut the largest of the stitched ovals from the Stitched Shapes Dies in Gold Foil. I've used the Cross of Hope Dies to cut the 2 layers of the cross; the solid Mint Macaron base topped with the open design cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper and popped up on the gold foil oval. The small cross was cut from Gold Foil and adhered flat and I finished with one of the clear Epoxy Droplets. I added a double bow on the side with the 1/4" Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to add some softness. 

Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden Specialty DSP & Hold Onto Hope for Easter - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the inside, I have a Gold Foil mat and I added a strip of the designer paper at the base. On the white writing panel, I have stamped the wreath from the retired stamp set Wishing You Well in Mint Macaron and in the centre I have gold embossed the sentiment from the retired His Grace stamp set. 


Project Details
Stamps Hold Onto Hope, Itty Bitty Greetings, Wishing You Well (retired), His Grace (retired)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Gold Foil, Ornate Garden Specialty Garden DSP, Sparkle Glimmer
 Ink Versamark, Mint Macaron
Accessories 1/4" Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Clear/Frosted Expoxy Droplets, Gold Metallic Pearls
Tools     Cross of Hope Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Butterfly Beauty Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Gold EP, Heat Gun


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

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You have one more week to join us with your CASE of  a card from the January - June Mini Catalogue, giving it a male twist. 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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I hope you've enjoyed my Easter project, with this great sketch. I'm looking forward to showing you a totally different card with this sketch next week.

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Art With Heart Easter Blog Hop


Hi there

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects with an Easter theme.  Don’t forget, Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st! There is still time to earn FREE product with purchase or even join our Stampin’ Up! team. Ask any of the girls on the hop for more details.
Tonight, I have 2 very different Easter cards for you. The first one uses the His Grace stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue together with the Cross of Hope Framelits dies for a simple, but elegant card celebrating the true meaning of Easter. I'm sure my Mum will love this.

Stampin' Up! His Grace - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The base card is Gorgeous Grape and I have a narrow border of Silver Foil for the art panel. I stamped the sentiment at the top in Gorgeous Grape ink and the floral spray in Early Espresso ink and coloured it with Stampin' Blends Alcohol markers. To add extra texture and interest, I spritzed the reverse side lightly with water and ran it through the Subtle embossing folder.

Stampin' Up! His Grace - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The cross in Silver Foil was popped up and then the narrow cross in Gorgeous Grape was also popped up over the ribbon. The dove was silver embossed and I used a glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds glitter and popped it up on the cross. I finished with a sprinkle of Clear Epoxy Droplets.

Stampin' Up! His Grace - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a mat of Silver Foil for the writing panel and I have stamped and coloured the single flower either side of the sentiment.

Stampin' Up! His Grace - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps His Grace
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Silver Foil
 Ink Gorgeous Grape, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Clear/Frosted Epoxy Droplets, white/Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon
Tools     Subtle Dynamic TIEF, Cross of Hope Framelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends (Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green), Glue Pen, Silver EP, Heat Gun


My second card uses the sweet Fable Friends stamp set and the Large Letters Framelits to create this fun card I will send to our nieces for Easter with some chocolate treats. 

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have added some Balmy Blue Gingham paper to a thick Whisper White card base with Lemon Lime Twist scalloped  and stitched trim on each side. The large letters were spritzed and run through the Subtle embossing folder and then adhered to a second layer to make them more robust.

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The cute rabbit was stamped in Early Espresso ink and coloured with Stampin' Blends, fussy cut and popped up between the letters. The little flowers were punched from Sparkle Glimmer paper and I coloured the rhinestones to match. The 'EASTER' greeting was printed from my computer and I used the Rectangle Stitched dies to crop it. I don't think rabbits have blue eyes, but it does look cute!

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Project Details
Stamps Fable Friends
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Gala Gingham DSP, Sparkle Glimmer
 Ink Early Espresso, 
Accessories Rhinestones
Tools     Subtle Dynamic TIEF, Large Letters Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Well Written Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelits, Big Shot,  Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Stampin' Blends (Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink), Bitty Blooms Punch Pack


Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented,  Rachel Woollard.    


Here is a full list of participants in case there are any issues.


Thanks for visiting today! 

IDEAS Blog Hop - 'Fable Friends' Easter Projects


Hi there

Welcome to the blog hop for the IDEAS (International Demos Exciting Artistic Stampin') team. 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. There will be a theme for each month and this month it is Easter/Spring/Appreciation. We have 10 fabulous tutorials in this month's bundle, many including multiple projects.

If you've come from looking at  Elizabeth's sweet projects, 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. 

This month, I have a cute Easter gift set for you, comprising a card and matching treat box. However, by changing 'Happy Easter' to 'Welcome Baby', it could easily be a New Baby gift set. The cute box would fit some baby bootees or a rolled up bib or singlet for a sweet gift.

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends Easter Projects - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used the pretty Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper with the super cute Fable Friends stamp set.  My tutorial has step by step instructions to make the card and treat box shown in the photo above.  In addition, you will receive another 9 detailed, step by step tutorials with ideas for Easter/Spring/Appreciation occasions as part of the bundle. You can see a preview of all of the projects in the bundle as you move through the hop.

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 March 2019 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 for FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. Stampin' Up! has a fabulous joining special during Sale-a-bration, until 31 March 2019. 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 Laura's Blog to see her super cute Easter project.

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AWH Blog Hop - It's Nearly Easter!


Hi there

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing inspiration for Easter, just in time for you to make some cute projects of your own to share with friends and family. 

Don’t forget,  there is just over a week left of the Sale-a-bration promotion to run (it finishes on 31 March 2018) so you still have time to earn FREE products with your purchase. Plus, it is the BEST time to join Stampin’ Up! to save money on your craft supplies or to start your flexible home-based business. You get 2 additional FREE stamp sets of your choice in your starter kit, adding up to $174 of extra value (depending on what you choose). Contact me to have a chat and get more details of this great opportunity. 

A couple of weeks ago, I created a box using the 'Lots to Love Box' Framelits to hold a set of thank you cards. While I was doing that, an idea for this Easter project popped into my head and I was delighted that there were some Easter treats that fitted in it. I love it when your idea turns out exactly as you saw it in your head; I wish it happened more often, lol. So here is my 'Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box'. My ladies had fun making these in my classes this month.

Stampin' Up! Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have mainly used dies with a couple of punches to create the cute bunny, which is popped up on the 'Lots to Love Box'. The greeting the bunny is holding is from the 'Sweet Little Something' stamp set. I've added a handle to the tabs at the top of the box, which makes it feel more like a gift, if that makes sense. Through the acetate covered hole in his tummy, you can see the pretty spotted Lindt eggs that fit perfectly in the box.


This is how many Lindt mini eggs fit into the box, so you may want to add some of the crinkled Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie to the bottom of the box first. These pretty coloured eggs work perfectly with the Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist designer paper I have used on the Smoky Slate boxes. Here is a close-up of the bunny.

Stampin' Up! Lots to Love Bunny Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used a sponge dauber and Smoky Slate ink on the edges of all of the pieces to add depth. The inside of the ears was sponged with Pink Pirouette, using the stitched oval die as a stencil.

If you want to gift some larger Easter treats, then I another option for you with this open box version. The bunny is the same apart from not having the peep hole in the tummy and the paws are on the front of the box. You can also pop your treats into a cello bag and tie it with a ribbon and then add to the box. I have added some of the Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie to the bottom of the box, to make a nest for the hen and eggs.

Stampin' Up! Easter Treat Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

If you're looking for something super cute and suitable for your children to give to their friends, then I have my third option using the 2" cello tubes that were new in this years Annual Catalogue.  They fit larger treats such as the small Lindt bunny and the larger Lindt egg (not shown). I've added the bunny head to a stitched circle and then added his front paws to hold the Easter greeting and his back paws to the bottom of the tube. I think the combination of the small spotted eggs and the bunnies works well. The photo doesn't really do him justice; he is super cute in real life.

Stampin' Up! Easter Bunny Tube - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I hope to have a tutorial available for the 3 treat options I have shown you, so check back to my Tutorials & Kits page in a few days.

Project Details
Stamps Sweet Little Something
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Florals DSP Stack, Window Sheet (Acetate)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 2" Cello tubes
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Circles Framleits, Big Shot, 1/2" Circle punch, Holly punch, Confetti Hearts border punch (retired), Simply Scored Scoring board, 2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker, White Gel pen, White EP, Heat gun


Of course, Easter is more than bunnies and chocolate, although they are fun and yummy. I have a card for you as well, that reflects the Christian meaning of Easter, that I'll be sending to my Mum.  It seems that very few people send cards for Easter nowadays (or here in Australia, at least), but I know Mum will appreciate it.  

Stampin' Up! Hold on to Hope Easter Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I used the large aqua painter to create the background wash on water colour paper, using Elegant Eggplant and Rose Red. I wanted the background for the cross to symbolise a beautiful sunrise, so I hope I achieved that. After the piece was dry I ran it through my printer to print the Easter greeting at the bottom. I did a couple of trials on normal paper first, to get the right placement. 


Next I heat embossed the floral spray from the 'Hold on to Hope' stamp in white and then popped up the cross over the top. The cross was created with the 'Cross of Hope Framelits Dies' with the background cut in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer and the filigree overlay in Silver Foil. I added the ribbon and rhinestones for the finishing touches. You can see the lovely cross in more detail in this closeup. The finished art piece was layered on to Silver Foil and then popped up on the Rich Razzleberry base card.


I have kept the inside simple, with the verse printed on the writing panel and then the floral spray partially stamped in the corners in Rich Razzleberry. The panel was layered onto a silver mat and finished with a little butterfly stamped in Flirty Flamingo as it was the best match for the pink wash.

Project Details
Stamps Hold on to Hope
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Water colour paper
 Ink Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories 1/4" Organza Ribbon, Clear Faceted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Cross of Hope Framelits Dies, Big Shot,  Aqua painter, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, White EP, Heat gun, computer & printer


Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely and talented, Monika.


Here is a full list of participants in case there are any issues.

Judy May   ---> you are here!


Thanks for visiting today! 

AWH Easter Blog Hop

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AWH_Logo_2017Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!

Sale-a-bration is a great time to join or place a $90 order to get extra free items – ask me how! There are only 8 days left and there are 8 fabulous new items that you can choose for your FREE gift. Don't forget my special promotion for March - win $50 of Stampin' Up! product of your choice. You receive an entry into the draw for every $90 of product you purchase, plus you get an additional gift from me if you use this month's Hostess code shown in the left sidebar.

Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!  

I have a cute Easter treat box (well, a basket actually) to share with you today. I've used the fabulous Window Box framelit dies to create the basket and decorated it with the super cute images from the 'Basket Bunch' stamp set. There is a co-ordinating framelit die for each image, plus some extra dies for the grass and some cute eggs.
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
To create the basket I cut one of the window box die as normal and then using the left over strip, I cut just the side panel, as it only needs the base and not a lid. Before putting the basket together I stamped it with the 'Hardwood' background stamp for a woodgrain look. On the panel with the base, you trim off the tabs on the straight panel that forms the sides as they aren't needed for the basket. You then put it together as normal.  
To give the basket extra strength I lined the base and sides with Daffodil Delight card stock as you can see in the pic above. Cut just the hexagon for lining the base and trim off the tabs and place into the bottom of the basket first. To create the side lining, cut a strip 4.7cm x 28cm. Score at 4.6, 9.3, 14, 18.7 and 23.4. Fold on the score lines and check it fits snugly and does not peek over the top. Place some Tombow liquid glue around the top inside edge and down both sides of the corner where the strip starts and finishes, as there is no overlap.
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter Treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
Here is a close-up showing the decoration around the base of the basket. I've cut 6 panels using the grass die. I found I got the best result by cutting the cardstock the exact size required, rather than trimming it as I adhered it.  Aren't the images sooooo cute! You can see the Melon Mambo egg on the side which is one of the extra dies and I've backed it with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.
Stampin' Up! Window Box Easter treat Basket - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
Finally, here is a view from the top showing the Lindt hen and eggs. The basket fits quite a lot of treats in it, as you can see. 
Project Details
Stamps Basket Bunch, Hardwood
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
 Ink Soft Sky, Memento Gray Flannel
Tools      Basket Builder framelits, Window Box Framelits, Big Shot, Bow Builder punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch (retired), 1/2" Circle punch, Glue Dots, Tombow Liquid glue, Simply Scored board, Copic markers

 Now it's time to hop over to see the lovely project Catherine has to inspire you. Click on the button below.



Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so make sure you hop around to everyone and leave them some blog love.

1. Judy May  ---------------------> You are here!
2. Catherine Proctor
3. Ros Davidson
4. Rebecca Jacovou
5. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
6. Claire Daly
7. Kate Morgan
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Tina Gillespie
10. Rachel Woollard

 Thanks for visiting!