Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop


Hi there

Today I am participating as Guest Designer with the talented Kelly Kent and her Paper Adventures team. The theme for the blog hop is 'wheels' and this turned out to be rather fortuitous as my husband requested a 50th birthday card for a colleague with a motor bike on it. 

Being a milestone birthday, I wanted it to be a bit special, so I have used a fancy fold together with the Classic Garage Suite of products to make my card. 

Stampin' Up! Classic Garage Suite | Milestone Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The base card is Real Red and I've used the wheels design from the Classic Garage 6" x 6" Designer Paper for the large inside back panel. I have kept the colour combo to black, white, and red with silver accents. The art panel features the motorbike that I have fussy cut from another sheet of the Classic Garage Designer Paper.

I roughly cut the motor bike and then adhered it to some Basic Black card stock before fussy cutting. I also go around the image with a black marker to cover the white core of the paper for a nicer finish. To create the ground under the motor bike, I cut an irregular shape from scrap paper and then stamped the oil splotch through the template to reduce the area stamped and then popped up the bike image over the top.  The greeting is from the retired Amazing You stamp set, stamped in Real Red.

Stampin' Up! Classic Garage Suite | Milestone Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
This photo shows the card standing showing the Double Z Fold.

Stampin' Up! Classic Garage Suite | Milestone Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This view shows the inside panels, where I have the Black Foil '50'  layered on the red mottled design paper. The sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set has been heat embossed in white on the grey grungy design paper for the end panel. I added the small gears cut from glossy Black Foil (carried over from the Holiday Catalogue) and a strip of the black/silver metallic ribbon at the bottom.

Stampin' Up! Classic Garage Suite | Milestone Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The writing panel is on the reverse, where I have stamped the oil splotch a couple of times and then added the die cut birthday and the 'happy' was stamped above it. I finished with another strip of the black/silver metallic ribbon and the trio of gears in silver foil. 

Stampin' Up! Classic Garage Suite | Milestone Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne


Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Amazing You (retired), Well Said
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Black Foil, Classic Garage DSP
 Ink Versamark, Real Red, Basic Gray
Accessories Black/Silver Metallic Ribbon, Classic Garage Metal Elements
Tools     Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Garage Gears Thinlits, Large Numbers Framelits (retired), Well Written Framelits, Big Shot, White EP, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Tombow Liquid Glue


Now it's time to hop over to Mandy's blog to see her fab project.


I hope you've enjoyed my project and thanks for visiting me today. Thank you Kelly for your invitation!

CASE-ing the Catty - All My Love

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Hi there

This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the All My Love section of the new Occasions Catalogue. There are lots of lovely samples in this section to get you inspired! 

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


Don't forget that you can earn FREE product when you make a purchase of $90 or more between now and 31 March 2019. If you don't have your own copy of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure yet, then leave your details on the Free Catalogues page on my blog and I'll pop one in the post for you.


This week I've taken my inspiration from the pretty, narrow note card above that features the beautiful climbing roses image from the Climbing Roses stamp set. It is a set of 9 cling stamps with 5 lovely greetings and 4 images. It coordinates with the Rose Trellis Thinlits dies, which cut that lovely big rose image on the card, plus it has a number of extra pieces including a lovely lattice frame and label that will work with many projects.

When I saw the sample above, I thought the 'V' shape of the roses would make a lovely flap for a special card. I went ahead and made a prototype in copy paper first to make sure it was feasible and came up with my combined card and gift card holder. 

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
It looks pretty much like a regular card from above, with the roses overlapping a panel of the lovely Highland Heather Gingham paper that has been topped with the Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon. I added the greeting from the Cake Soiree stamp set,  cropped with the 1" Circle punch and sitting on a narrow banner and popped up on an Old Olive mat. I added a tiny sparkly heart that I covered with glue (using a glue pen) and then sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The roses were stamped in Mememto Tuxedo Black ink and then partially die cut. I cut away the excess card stock and created the curve on each side up to the score line. The roses were coloured with the Highland Heather Stampin' Blends alcohol marker and I added the highlights with the Gorgeous Grape watercolour pencil for a soft effect. The leaves were coloured with the Granny Apple Green watercolour pencil for the same reason. These colouring media work well together, so experiment for different effects.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

When you lift up the rose flap, which is held in place with tiny magnets, the bottom flap folds down to reveal the writing panel. I have added a mat of Highland Heather for the writing panel and another strip of Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon at the bottom. The greeting from the Varied Vases stamp seemed appropriate and it was stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink. I have coloured the small rose image that is also included in the Climbing Roses stamp set and popped some dainty greenery from the Wonderful Floral Framelits underneath.  

The middle panel provides a pocket for a gift card. I added a layer of Highland Heather and the white pocket that was edged with the cute stitching and scallop finish using a die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits. More of the Highland Heather gingham paper was added under the stitching and I finished it with 2 more of the little coloured roses.

Stampin' Up! Climbing Roses Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

You can see the flap created by the roses more clearly in this photo and I also used the Subtle embossing folder on the 2 panels of the card before adding the extra layers.

Thank you to my lovely mother-in-law Betty, who gave me this fabulous bundle of products for Christmas. Well actually, she gave me the money and this is what I purchased with it! I know I'm going to get a lot use from it. I see the opportunity for a wedding version of this card and I'm looking forward to trying that idea too.

Project Details
Stamps Climbing Roses, Cake Soiree
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Highland Heather, Old Olive, Gorgeous Grape, Gingham Gala DSP Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU), Heart Epoxy Droplets, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools     Rose Trellis Thinlits Dies, Wonderful Floral Framelits, Be Mine Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Stamparatus, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1" Circle punch, 1 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), Stampin' Blends markers, Watercolour pencils, Glue pen, 1mm Neodynmium Magnets


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

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I hope you've enjoyed my project with the Climbing Roses Bundle and thanks for visiting me today!

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Milestone Birthday Wow

Hi there

I have a milestone birthday card to share with you today. This was a commission from a lovely friend for her husband who turned 50 last week. I think a 'zero' birthday always deserves a special card, as it marks the beginning of a new decade.

I have chosen a tri-fold card, that folds to fit into a standard DL envelope. This is a simple 'fancy fold', so perfect for a masculine card, but you can dress it up as much as you want. I've chosen to go with a classic black, white and gold colour combo that packs a punch.  Here's a first look.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the card folded flat, ready to go into the envelope. I have used the full length of a sheet of white A4 card stock, divided into 3. The photo doesn't do the gold foil and glimmer accents justice; it's very shiny and sparkly!

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
This photo shows the card standing, perfect for display. At the tallest point it is the full height of the A4 sheet (21cm).


In this close-up photo you can see I have built up the gold foil '50' with 5 layers of of Crushed Curry card stock to add more dimension. Above that, I have attached the gold foil 'celebrate' on the edge of the first fold and then adhered 2 additional layers to the reverse side to add dimension and make it more robust.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This photo shows the card open, revealing the balloons on the last fold that are attached to the Gold Glimmer 'happy birthday' die cut with metallic thread. The centre panel is left blank for the giver's message.

Stampin' Up! Tri-Fold Milestone Birthday Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Finally, here is the card open flat, so you can see the panels and the dimensions. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Project Details
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer, Designer Acetate (retired)
Accessories Gold Metallic Thread
Tools     Large Numbers Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Celebrate You Thinlits, Big Shot, Balloon punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (retired), Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals


Thanks for visiting today!

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A Big Birthday

Hi there

I've got a masculine birthday card to share with you today. Mum's husband John has just turned 80, so I wanted to make a special card to recognise this fabulous milestone. John is a wonderfully kind and caring man and he looks after Mum so well. He is also a fabulous handyman and can fix just about anything, so I thought the retired 'Nailed It' stamp set would be perfect for his card.

I have chosen the Bridge Fold as it has a lot of presence without being too fussy. This is a larger size card that requires a custom envelope and extra postage, but it is worth it for this special occasion. The finished size when folded flat is 15.5cm x 21.5cm (6 1/8" x 8 1/2").

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is Real Red and the first matte is Pacific Point and the background is one of the wood grain designs from the Wood Textures Designer Paper stack.  I have stamped the tools on Silver Foil with Stazon Ink and die cut them with the coordinating framelits. I stamped them again on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the Stampin' Blends alcohol marks to colour the handles. I had to use a colour matched Copic for the Pacific Point screwdriver. I fussy cut the handles and added them to the die cut Silver Foil tools.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the centrepiece I have die cut the 'happy birthday' in Pacific Point, Silver Foil and Real Red card stock and layered them to up the wow factor and complement the silver in the tools and trim.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs>

I have put the writing panel on the centre back of the card, using more of the images and die cuts from the 'Nailed It' stamp set and coordinating framelits to decorate it. The greeting is from one of my favourite and unfortunately retired stamp sets 'Balloon Adventures'.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The card is folded toward the right to make it flat. You can see the embossed foil panel that wasn't really visible in the first photo, that matches the bridge across the front that the '80' is mounted on.

Stampin' Up! Nailed It Bridge Fold Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make a presentation envelope from a 12" x 12" piece of Pacific Point card stock, as I am pretty sure he will want to keep it. I then popped it into a standard C5 envelope to post.

Project Details
Stamps Nailed It (retired), Balloon Adventures (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Stazon, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes
Tools     Hexagon Dynamic TIEF, Build It Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Big Shot, Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers, Copic Markers, Envelope Punch Board

If you would like any further information about this card, please get in touch.

Thanks for looking!

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AWH - Favourite Bundle

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Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It's a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

Today, I'm sharing a project with the Daisy Delight bundle. This bundle has been soooo popular that all of the stock that was intended to last for months has been sold in weeks. Never fear, it will be back.  Products in the bundle are the 'Daisy Delight' stamp set and the fabulous Daisy Punch. It also coordinates with the Delightful Daisy designer paper and the Faceted Gems.

I've made a fancy fold card that uses all of these products. It is called a Double Display card and I saw a tutorial by Amanda Bates. Her card is 6" square, using 12 x 12 card stock.  I wanted to use our A4 card stock and have altered it to fit and also to make it slightly smaller (it is rectangular). 
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
This is the card closed with the belly around it and resting on the custom box-elope as it is quite thick when folded. The base card is Soft Sky and I've used Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral as accent colours with the gorgeous floral design from the Delightful Daisy paper pack.
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
This is the card fully open. I have used the small floral design paper on the inside panels. In the centre the Wisteria background has been embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder. I have used the Happy Birthday Thinlits for a bold greeting, cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer. I have created a shadow using Silver Foil underneath and slightly offset, which is easier to see in the close-up below.
I have added a writing panel on the reverse of the centre panel, with a DSP trim and simple stamped flower from the Daisy Delight stamp set.
For the belly band, I have placed a stitched circle underneath and the Calypso Coral banner on top, as I didn't want the Wisteria circle to be too dominant. In the centre is my fluffy white daisy with Calypso Coral and So Saffron centre, topped with a clear Faceted Gem. 
Finally, this is the card from the top, showing the folds.
Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
Project Details
Stamps Daisy Delight, Big on Birthdays
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Delightful Daisy DSP, Dazzling Diamonds, Silver Foil
 Ink Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral
Accessories Clear Faceted Gems, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Daisy punch, Blossoms punch (retired), Bitty Butterfly punch (retired), Simply Scored Board, Envelope Punch Board, Stampin' Write markers
Now it's time to hop over to see what Tina Gillespie has to inspire you. Click on the button below.


Here is the full list of participants in today's blog hop, so be sure to hop around and check out all the inspiring projects. We love to hear what you think of our creations, so your comments are always welcome!

1. Rachel Palmieri
2. Caroline Manwaring
3. Kate Morgan
4. Alisha Watson
5. Claire Daly
6. Rachel Woollard
7. Rebecca Jacovou
8. Kimberly Hern
9. Judy May  --------------------------> You are here!
10. Tina Gillespie
11. Catherine Proctor
12. Andrea Roberts
13. Sharon Davern
14. Monika O'Neill
15. Ros Davidson

 Thanks for visiting!


AWH Blog Hop - Occasions Catalogue

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Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration!
If you place an order with me during Sale-a-bration, you can choose a FREE item with every $90 you spend (before shipping) in one transaction. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from (contact me for a brochure and an Occasions Catalogue) and the promotion goes right through until 31 March 2017.  
Better still, become part of our awesome fun, friendly and supportive Art With Heart team. We have a really large team Australia wide that has been around since Stampin’ Up! came to Australia. We have a very active team forum and also have in person stamp days, challenges, card swaps, product shares and more. When you join with me during Sale-a-bration, you get 2 extra free stamp sets of your choice (of any value) plus $235 product (whatever you choose). That's up to $414 product for just $169. You also get free postage! It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me about joining today.
You may have hopped to me from the blog of the lovely Tina Gillespie, but if you are visiting me, you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next blog. There is also a list of participants at the end in case there are any broken links.
Today I have 3 projects to share with you, using the 'Beautiful You' stamp set. This has been a very popular item from the Occasions Catalogue with it's great set of line images and sentiments for many occasions. It also lends itself to a number of techniques, so you get more ways to use it and love it! The first card is a great one to have in your stash and it would look fabulous in a range of bright colours. Black, white and red is definitely one of my favourites, though.
Stampin' Up! Beautiful You Birthday - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I have stamped the lady in in Basic Black Archival ink and then used the brushstroke stamp over the top in Real Red. You can't get easier than that. The image was cropped with the largest oval from my favourite Stitched Shapes Framelits (now back in stock!) and matted on a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits. The greeting was stamped on thick Whisper White and then cropped with the banner framelit from the Cupcake Cutouts set. It has score marks to fold the tails for a lovely 3D effect. I finished with some bling and a cute heart from the Brights Enamel Shapes.  You  can see that I have also decorated the envelope with the heart topiary from the 'Vertical Greetings' stamp set (from the current Annual Catalogue) in the same colours for a coordinating finish.
For the inside, I have added a strip of the (retired) Candy Cane Lane spotted washi at the bottom and the heart topiary image from the 'Vertical Greetings' stamp set. I used ink pads to colour the heart and pot and then a Stampin' Write marker for the stem.
Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Vertical Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Real Red
Accessories Brights Enamel Shapes, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Candy Cane Lane Washi (retired)
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Cupcake Cutouts, Big Shot, Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker

The next card I have is a fancy fold called Double 'Z' Joy Fold. I love how special looks, but it is very easy to make.  I have used the image of the dancing lady on this one, which I have coloured with the new Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen. 

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base layer of the card is Melon Mambo and the top layer is thick Whisper White. I've added the small floral design from the Brights Designer Paper Stack to the inside of the base.  The coloured art piece has been adhered to a Basic Black mat with a trim from the Flourish Thinlits dies on the left edge.  You can see I've also stamped the envelope, using the floral cluster from the 'Birthday Blossoms' stamp set.

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is the card open, where you can see the other two panels. The middle panel has the leaf die cut from the Flourish Thinlits and the black bird die cut from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits. For the end panel, I have used the brushstroke stamp (stamped off) as a background for the Live, Laugh, Love sentiment.

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Double Z Joy Fold - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The writing panel is on the reverse side of the base and I have used the floral cluster from the 'Birthday Blossoms' set on the corners with the greeting also coming from the same stamp set. I've used the Watercolour Pencils to shade the banner on the greeting and finished with another black bird in the corner. You can get a tutorial for this fancy fold card in my Tutorial Store here.

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Birthday Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Brights DSP Stack    
 Ink Melon Mambo, Basic Black Archival
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Flourish Thinlits, Birds & Blooms Thinlits, Big Shot, Watercolour Pencils, Blender Pen

My final project uses the image of the lady with the umbrella and the paper piecing and reflection techniques. Paper piecing is a great option for any line images as an alternative to colouring. I suggest using paper with a small design for images of this size. I have used the Watercolour Pencils to add a little colour to the umbrella and the reflection. 

Stampin Up! Beautiful You Reflection & Paper Piecing Techniques - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is Sweet Sugarplum stamped with the leaf from the Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Avant Garden'  in Versamark ink. The art piece has been matted onto Rich Razzleberry card stock with the vanilla Lace Trim on the edge. The greeting has been die cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits and finished with a tiny flower from the (retired) Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack. 


For the inside, I've finished it with a strip of washi from the Playful Palette set and the flower from 'Avant Garden' stamped in Rich Razzleberry.   

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful You, Avant Garden (Sale-a-bration)
Card stock & Papers     Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Watercolour paper, Blooms & Bliss DSP
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Lace Trim
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Watercolour Pencils, Aqua painter, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (retired)

Now it's time to hop over to see what the lovely Kate Morgan 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. Ros Davidson
2. Rebecca Jacovou
3. Tina Gillespie
4. Judy May    -----------------> You are here
5. Kate Morgan
6. Rachel Palmieri
7. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
8. Monika O'Neill
9. Kathryn Ruddick
10. Claire Daly
11. Rachel Woollard
12. Alisha Watson
13. Kim Dallinger

 Thanks for visiting!


CASE-ing the Catty - Occasions Favourite


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Welcome to the first CASE-ing the Catty blog hop for 2016.  We are starting out the year with the fabulous new Occasions Catalogue, plus we will be looking at the Sale-a-bration catalogue as well.

You may have come from Emma's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can join the trail here by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

This week we are selecting our favourite project from the Occasions catty (or one of them, at least!). When I was browsing through the catalogue for the first time, this card jumped out at me.

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I think it was a combination of the beautiful floral image from the 'Birthday Blooms' stamp set and the colours used that attracted my eye.  I love colouring and this stamp is perfect for colouring therapy.  I have created a birthday card for a special friend using the same Blushing Bride colours and I have paired it with Pool Party for a soft feminine look.  This is the front of the card when closed:

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Birthday Bouquet DSP Lever card - Judy May , Just Judy Designs

I have gold embossed the lovely birthday greeting at the top. Did you notice that the font in 'Birthday Blooms' is the same as that in the 'Cottage Greetings' stamp set, so you can mix and match the greetings. This is what you see when you open the card:

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms & Birthday Bouquet DSP Lever card - Judy May , Just Judy Designs

I have created the fancy fold 'lever' card (I used the tutorial by Kirsteen Gill), which is a great one for a special occasion.  I have added a panel of the lovely 'Birthday Bouquet' designer paper which has the coordinating Blushing Bride and Pool Party colours. On the writing panel, I have stamped and coloured the smaller floral image from the 'Birthday Blooms' stamp set. The row of pearls and Blushing Bride cotton ribbon trim finish it off. 

  Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms using Copic markers - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This is a close up of the main flower on the front of the card. I have stamped and coloured the largest flower a second time before fussy cutting and popping it up over the top of the main image. Because you need to cut right on the edge of the image, my tip is to use a coordinating colour marker and go around the edge to cover the white. It gives a seamless finish to your image. I have used my Copic markers this time, to colour the image. 

Project Details
Stamps Birthday Blooms
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Expresso Truffle, Versamark, Encore Gold (retired)
Accessories Blushing Bride Cotton ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearls
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Copic Markers (R11, R21, R32, R35, Y19, YG00, YG95, YG97, YG99)

Now it is time to head over to Rachel's blog to see her inspiring project. Click on the Next button below to continue the journey.


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You can see the full list of this week's participants over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

Circle Thinlits Flip Cards

Hi there

I have been playing with the Stampin' Up! Circle Card thinlits die that makes the creation of 'flip' cards a lot easier.  I find the basic card cut with the thinlits die a bit skimpy when it comes to writing your message, so the extended version with the fold in panel is much better. It also gives you more scope for decoration as well.

For me, these cards really become something special when you add some extra layers and embellishment. This takes more effort, but well worth it for a special occasion. I have 3 cards here showing some different options for embellishment.

This first card was created for a recent class. It is bold and bright and perfect for a special occasion, although I have kept the sentiment fairly generic. It has the added benefit of a gift card pocket on the fold in flap, which keeps it secure.  I like the belly band on this to keep it all tucked in, as there is a bit more bulk with the gift card pocket.


The 2 1/2" circle punch creates the perfect mat for the circle on the card and the gingham circle from the 'Kind and Cozy' stamp set fits the bill perfectly, to frame your sentiment.


The next one has the exended fold in flap, but without the gift card pocket. I have seen the writing panel on the fold in flap, but I prefer it in the centre, leaving the end panel for further decoration. I have used some of the extra dies (chevrons and 'hi') that come with this die set for embellishment. You can't beat the classic black and white combo for a fresh looking card. I've heat embossed one of the silhouettes in black from the lovely 'Serene Silhouettes' stamp set for the front circle. I was glad to see this set carry forward into the new Annual Catalogue. 


Another of the silhouette images has been heat embossed in white on the fold in panel for a strong contrast.


This last card was made for a lovely friend's birthday. I have added plenty of bling on this one with the silver glimmer paper added to both sides of the circle.  To cut the glimmer paper circle (there is no punch or circle die the exact size), I trimmed a piece of glimmer paper to 2 3/4" square and then put it over the circle piece of the die and ran it through the Big Shot. It leaves a small piece on both sides to cut with scissors on the embossed line, so it is pretty easy.


The large image from the 'Regarding Dahlias' stamp set has been heat embossed in white on Wisteria Wonder. I used a Stampin' Write marker and blender pen to add some highlights to the flower and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.


I have stamped the flower image in craft white for the inside back panel to continue the theme. The sentiment from the new 'Amazing Birthday' stamp set has been heat embossed in white for the inside circle. 

If you would like to make this project, I have created a tutorial that  provides 3 sets of measurements for the layers on all of the panels of the card and instructions for how to cut these layers. You can find it here or click on the button at the bottom of the post.

Project Details

1st card -Polka Dot Pieces, Kind & Cozy, Papillon Potpouri, Afterthoughts (retired); 2nd Card - Serene Silhouettes; 3rd Card - Regarding Dahlias, Amazing Birthday, Papillon Potpouri

Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Brights DSP Paper Stack, Neutrals DSP Paper Stack, Wisteria Wonder, Glimmer card, In Colour DSP Paper Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Versamark, Craft White
Accessories Basic Rhintestones, 1/4" White stitched ribbon
Tools     Circle Card Thinlits die, Perfect Polk Dots EF, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Small heart punch, 2 3/8" & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 3/4" & 1" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Heat gun, black and white embossing powder, Stampin' Write marker (Wisteria Wonder), Blender pen, Dimensionals

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Fancy Fold for Mum

Hi there

It was my Mum's birthday this week, so I wanted something a little bit different for her. We recently had a lovely stamping day and I was shown how to make this Double 'Z' fold card. It is surprisingly easy to make and packs a punch as it uses Designer Paper for the base.

I have used my favourite Coastal Cabana Designer Paper for a fresh look. A belly band holds the card closed and it is topped with a frame created with the 'Deco' framelits. I added some cute flowers from the 'Petite Petals' stamp set and the matching punch makes these a quick embellishment. I haven't used them before, but these framelits are a lovely shape and the stamped frame that matches the smallest of the framelits is from the 'Morning Post Numbers' stamp set.


This is the card once it is open.  The centre panel matted with Coastal Cabana card stock ensures the card will stand up firmly. 



You can find a detailed tutorial to make this card here.  

Project Details
Stamps Petite Petals, Morning Post Numbers, Elementary Elegance (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Coastal Cabana DSP,
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana
Accessories White Organza ribbon, Basic Pearls, 2mm Pearls (not SU)
Tools     Deco Framelits, Big Shot, Petite Petals punch, Computer, printer, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Simply Scored board

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Another Flip Card

Hi there

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to try another 'flip' card, this time using the Labels Framelits to cut the shape.  I used this Youtube video to learn how to do it, and like most things, it is so easy when you know how.  Give this a try, as you definitely don't need to purchase specific dies to create flip cards. 

I've created another Mother's Day card, this time using the 'Twitterpated' DSP and coordinating colours.  The 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush from MDS was put to use again. This time I increased the size of the sentiments and printed them in Island Indigo and punched them out with the wide oval punch. Here is the card closed.

Here is the card open, showing the centre label.


Finally, this one shows the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother (Digital), Stippled Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo
Accessories Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Ovals Originals Die (retired), Swiss Dots embossing folder,  Designer Frames Embossing folder, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampamajig, 

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