CASE-ing the Catty - Fave Retiring Dies

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty!

If you've come from visiting Siobhan, 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 taking inspiration from our favourite retiring dies. Wow, where to start, lol, there are so many. However, I was truly shocked that my favourite Stitched Shapes Dies are retiring. These have been a crafting staple since they were released as they are so versatile and easy to use.  If you have these dies in your stash, you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't, then I'm sorry to say they are now sold out in Australia.

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So I went a little off piste, lol, deciding I would be inspired by the dies themselves, rather than a particular project from the catalogues. 

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I must be having a fling with purple at the moment, as I've used the 3 shades of purple on my card together with the fabulous black and white designs from the True Love Designer Series Paper. I have a Highland Heather card base and a black mat for the black and white polka dot and striped papers that form the background. I've wrapped a strip of the retiring Purple Tricolor Ribbon around the paper before adhering to the mat.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've used the second smallest of the circle dies and the largest of the square dies from the Stitched Shapes set to provide a background for my embellishments. I dry embossed the Gorgeous Grape scrap with the (very sadly, retiring) 3D Subtle Embossing Folder before cropping with the stitched circle. I've left the Basic White stitched square plain, just adding a mat of Highland Heather and slipping the circle between the layers of the corner. I finally managed to break open the Pierced Blooms Dies, which is an amazing set of 25 dies with a huge variety of flowers and leaves, all with the lovely pierced detail.  I masked off the 'gorgeous' from the greeting from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and heat embossed 'hello' in white on Highland Heather, using a Stitched Rectangle Die to crop it to size.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have mat of Basic Black for the writing panel and a strip of the black and white striped designer paper down the left. I layered up some left over flowers to embellish the corner.

Stampin' Up! - True Love DSP, Stitched Shapes & Pierced Blooms Dies | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The finished card is 13.5cm (5 3/8") square.

 

Project Details
Stamps Dressed to Impress
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Basic Black, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Purple Posy
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Purple Tricolor Ribbon
Tools    Subtle 3D EF, Stitched Shapes Dies, Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, White EP, heat gun

 

We would love to see your CASE of a project using your favourite retiring dies. 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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It's great to be back with CASE-ing the Catty this week, after our successful 2 week visit to Queensland to find our new home!

If you've come from visiting Peta & Marvi, 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 taking our inspiration from the Well Suited Suite on page 66 and in particular, the bow tie trio card in the centre of the photo above.

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Here is the card, translated into a sketch so that you can better see the key elements. This is a great layout that lends itself to a lot of options for the 3 decorative elements in the centre.

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I arrived home to a brown box containing the new early-release Butterfly Brilliance Collection. This collection includes the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, Butterfly Bijou 6" x 6" Designer Paper and the Natural Touch Specialty Paper. You can purchase all of these items as a collection for $125.00AUD, which includes a 10% bundle discount. Inventory is now LOW, so if you're still thinking about this lovely collection of products, don't wait too long! The two papers are exclusive to this promotion which runs until 3 May or while stocks last. The Butterfly Brilliance Bundle will be available in the new 2021-22 Annual Catalogue. You can also purchase the products individually in case you wanted more of the Butterfly Bijou paper, while stocks last.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Collection | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

To create my card, I've used the circles design from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Paper to cover my Basic White card base. The colour listed on the pack is Just Jade, but it is really a much closer match to Bermuda Bay, I think. I have used Night of Navy card stock to mat the small butterfly design from the Butterfly Bijou pack. To add a bit more pop, I cut 4mm strips of Night of Navy card stock and positioned them behind the centre panel, which was popped up on Black Dimensionals. 

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Collection | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The detailed butterflies were cut with the Brilliant Wings Dies. There are 6 to choose from in varying sizes and I used Night of Navy for the large and Bermuda Bay for the smaller ones (oops, just saw that I missed poking out a piece!).  I added Vellum underneath so they wouldn't get lost in the background, using the large die (6 connected butterflies). Put a small piece of Vellum under the butterfly of your choice to cut them individually. I finished them with white Elegant Faceted Gems.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Collection | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Night of Navy mat and a narrow strip of the butterfly designer paper down the left.  I stamped the same shape butterfly as the front in Night of Navy ink and coloured it with Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy Stampin' Blends. The butterfly was fussy cut and popped up in the corner.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Brilliance Collection | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Brilliance
Card stock & Papers Thick Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Vellum, Butterfly Bijou DSP
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Elegant Faceted Gems
Tools    Brilliant Wings Dies, die cutting machine, Black Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron)

 

We would love to see your project using the sketch, this week. 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. 

Now head over to Kathryn's blog to follow the hop and see the inspiration from the rest of the CTC Crew.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Bring on the Bling!

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty.

If you've come from visiting Sandra, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we are 'Bringing the Bling' as we take inspiration from projects using all things shiny and sparkly! 

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I've chosen this card above on page 15 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue for my inspiration. It always catches my eye with the splashes of gold embossing over the spritzed background, so I thought I would give it a go myself. 

Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose Friendship Card | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I decided on Melon Mambo as my focus colour and fortunately I had some left over Melon Mambo and White Shimmer paint in a spritzer, which I spritzed onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock. To add a bit more 'oomph' to the colour I added some drops of Merry Merlot and rubbing alcohol to another spritzer and spritzed a bit more on the bottom edge for a darker shade.  Once dry (I used my heat tool to speed up the process), I stamped the flower centre from the To A Wild Rose stamp set in Versamark ink randomly over the panel and heat embossed it in gold. I gave it a good flick on the back to remove some of the embossing powder so it wouldn't end up as big blobs. You can see it better in the close up photo below. 

A card front-sized panel of Melon Mambo was dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and the Gold Foil adhered asymetrically on top. The spritzed panel comes next and that is also adhered on an angle. The Melon Mambo panel was adhered to a Thick Basic White card base.

Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose Friendship Card | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I've stamped the rose image in Daffodil Delight; stamping off the first layer and then full strength on the highlights. The outline was heat embossed in gold and then fussy cut. The outline for the leaves was stamped in Shaded Spruce and then the inside in Just Jade. The leaves were also fussy cut and I found it easier to separate them for placement. The folded strip of vanilla/gold Metallic ribbon was laid down on the spritzed panel and then the flower popped up over the top. The leaves were then arranged and adhered flat underneath. The 'hello' greeting was stamped in Melon Mambo and fussy cut and the 'friend' was masked off from the larger greeting and heat embossed in gold. I finished with a trio of Gilded Gems for one final touch of bling!

Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose Friendship Card | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
I've kept the inside super simple with a Melon Mambo mat and a Gold Foil border design from the Many Medallions Dies on the right.

Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose Friendship Card | Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps To A Wild Rose
Card stock & Papers Thick Basic White, Melon Mambo, Shimmery White, Gold Foil
 Ink Versamark, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Shaded Spruce, Just Jade
Accessories Vanilla/Gold Metallic Ribbon, Golden Gems
Tools    Many Medallions Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle 3D EF, die cutting machine, Dimensionals, Gold EP, Heat Gun, Melon Mambo & Merry Merlot Reinkers, Rubbing Alcohol, Spritzers

 

We would love to see your CASE of a 'Bling-y' project from either of the current Catalogues. 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. 

Now head over to my good friend Tina to follow the hop and see the inspiration from the rest of the CTC Crew.

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Craft time is getting increasingly hard to find as we continue to sort, cull and pack up our house, but I hope I can fit in a few more weeks before packing up my craft room.

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IDEAS Blog Hop - Sale-a-bration!

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

If you've come from looking at Sara's great project, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

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Our theme this month is Loving Sale-a-bration. This bundle contains an amazing 15 tutorials and 89 pages of crafty inspiration with 9 of the brand new Sale-a-bration products as well as new products  from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalogue. Each tutorial includes at least one card and a 3D project.  There is a little peek of the projects in the collage above. 

Stampin' Up! Pizza Box & Set Cards using Berry Delightful DSP & Berry Blessings Stamp set | Sale-a-bration 2021 | Tutorial Available |  Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

You can’t help but love the beautiful ‘Berry Delightful’ Designer Series Paper and ‘Berry Blessings’ stamp set. The products also coordinate with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle from the 2021 January-June Mini Catalogue. I’ve created a pizza-style box for this set of sweet berry cards that showcase the coordinating designs in the paper pack. The box is 6 1/2” x 4 5/8” x 1 1/4” (16.5cm x 11.8cm x 3.2cm) and fits standard C6 envelopes and full-sized cards. You could also choose to use it as a gift box for treats with a coordinating card.

Would you like a copy of the instructions for this and the 14 other projects for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? 

There are 3 ways you can get the January 2021 Tutorial Bundle.

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

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

3.  Join my team and you will get this bundle of tutorials FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. You can see all the details over on the Join My Team page. It might be the right time for you consider the opportunity to run your own home-based craft business or to get a great discount on your craft supplies.

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 Debbi's Blog to see her fabulous project.

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IDEAS Blog Hop - Getting Ready for the New Year

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

If you've come from looking at Pia's great project, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

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Our theme this month is Getting Ready for the New Year. This bundle contains an amazing 15 tutorials and 97 pages of crafty inspiration. Projects include New Year cards and gifts, calendar projects, craft supply organizers, card organizer, portable stationery box, letter writing compendium and more besides.  You can use these projects for any time of the year! There is a little peek of the projects in the collage above. 

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases Gift Pack of Birthday Cards - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Starting the year with a stash of birthday cards is always a good feeling as it takes the pressure off the first few months. Wouldn't it be fabulous to be gifted this lovely pack of 6 birthday cards? The floral image from the Fancy Phrases stamp set is super quick and easy to colour and you could easily colour a few sets in an evening. My gift pack holds at least 6 full-size cards and envelopes (3 each of 2 designs).

Would you like a copy of the instructions for this and the 14 other projects for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? 

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

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

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

3.  Join my team and you will get this bundle of tutorials FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. You can see all the details over on the Join My Team page. It might be the right time for you consider the opportunity to run your own home-based craft business or to get a great discount on your craft supplies.

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 Yolanda's Blog to see her fabulous project.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Colour Combo

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

If you've come from visiting Kathryn, 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 in the banner photo above, from page 18 of the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Feminine/Nature Colour Combo - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This is the combination of  soft and pretty colours that I've used to create my project this week. Even Gray Granite looks soft when combined with the other colours from the Subtles Collection. The projects in the inspiration photo also include Sahara Sand, but I didn't need a second neutral.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a card front-sized panel of Gray Granite card stock and dry embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, adding the strip of Mint Macaron paper to the right, before adhering the panel to a Gray Granite card base. I prefer this method to dry embossing the front of the card as it can sometimes cause the top to buckle near the score line and I prefer to not have it show on the inside of the card. Next up is a panel of Blushing Bride card stock that I cropped with a Stitched Rectangle Die, cutting twice to get the length I wanted. On top of that I have layered the Square Vellum Doilies for a feminine touch without adding any colour. I have overlapped the doilies at the centre so the scallops matched. I then decided to add the 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon arouund the whole panel, which is the next best option to cover a join if you cannot overlap the doilies . 

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
For the focal point of my card I have the sketchy roses from the Fancy Phrases stamp set in the vase from the Basket of Blooms stamp set. As we don't have Blushing Bride in the Blends (unfortunately), I stamped the image on Shimmery White card stock with Early Espresso ink. As it was set up in the Stamparatus, I stamped over the top with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. If you are super quick, you can usually heat emboss the ink without the Versamark, but as I wanted to watercolour the image, I wanted to be sure nothing was missed. I used the new Water Painters and ink pads to colour the entire image, using Blushing Bride for the flowers and Mint Macaron for the leaves and I added a touch of Crushed Curry to the smaller flower centre.  I fussy cut the whole image, cropping out just the 2 flowers at the bottom of the image.

For the vase, I stamped in Early Espresso ink and used the Gray Granite Stampin' Blends to colour, before fussy cutting. The vase was popped up with 1mm foam pads on a panel of Whisper White that was dry embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder and cropped with another Stitched Rectangle Die. I added the spray of foliage cut from Gold Foil with the Poinsettia Dies and then popped up the coloured flowers with Dimensionals, over the vase. The white panel was popped up over the vellum doilies and finally the pink panel was adhered flat to the card base. I stamped the 'hello' from the Dressed to Impress stamp set in Early Espresso on Soft Sea Foam card stock and fussy cut it. It is only a small touch of Soft Sea Foam, but it was just enough colour and didn't compete with the other elements.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Blushing Bride mat for the writing panel. I have used the remainder of the coloured floral image at the bottom, using the strip of Mint Macaron paper to cover the area where the other flowers were cropped.

Stampin' Up! Fancy Phrases & Basket of Blooms Feminine Frienship Card - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Fancy Phrases, Basket of Blooms, Dressed to Impress
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Gray Granite, Blushing Bride, Soft Sea Foam, Gold Foil, Subtles DSP, Shimmery White
 Ink Early Espresso, Versamark, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry
Accessories 1/4" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Elegant Faceted Gems, Square Vellum Doilies
Tools    Subtle & Dainty Diamonds 3D EF, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Gray Granite), Dimensionals, Clear EP, Heat Gun, Water Painters

 

We would love to see your projects using these lovely colours. 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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Colour Creations Showcase - Highland Heather

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Tonight, I'm joining the ladies from the Art With Heart Team for this week's Colour Creations Showcase. This week we're featuring Highland Heather which is from the Subtles Collection and one of my favourite colours to create with.

Stampin' Up! Highland Heather Colour Combo - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne
This is my colour combo tonight. It has been a busy creative week and I got a bit sidetracked in the garden today, so I wanted to keep my card simple. When I was writing this post, I realised that I hadn't used any dies, embossing folders or my die cutting machine! It is rare for me to just use paper, stamps and ink. It is good to remember that you don't need more than that to create a nice card.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a panel of Whisper White card stock and masked off a section and got to with some ink blending. I've used Highland Heather at the bottom and Balmy Blue at the top. The large floral image from the Fancy Phrases stamp was stamped over the blended panel. As it is quite a heavily shaded image, I didn't want it to look too harsh on the soft colours, so I stamped it in Basic Gray ink. I also stamped the cute dragonflys from a brand new stamp set called Dragonfly Garden from the upcoming 2021 January - June Mini Catalogue.  The greeting from Fancy Phrases was heat embossed in white on Gorgeous Grape card stock for a bold pop. I've wrapped the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the top and finished with a bow. The finished panel was adhered to a Highland Heather card base.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Gorgeous Grape mat with a narrow border for my writing panel. I masked off a strip at the base and created a coordinating border with my ink blending tools. The small floral image from the Fancy Phrases stamp set was stamped in the corner in Basic Gray Ink.

Stampin' Up! - Fancy Phrases - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

 

Project Details
Stamps Fancy Phrases, Dragonfly Garden
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape
 Ink Versamark, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Basic Gray
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Tools Blending tools, Dimensionals, White EP, Heat gun

 

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

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CASE-ing the Catty - Plaid Tidings DSP

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

If you've come from visiting Peta & Marvi, 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 CASE-ing the colours of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper from the 2020 August-December Mini Catalogue. This pack of designer paper is ON SALE right now, until 31 October 2020.

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There are a LOT of colours and patterns in this designer paper as you can see in the photo above, so it can be a little overwhelming. It is best to look at each design separately to appreciate the possibilities. I decided on a design and used the coordinating colours  in the paper to create my card, using the Love of Leaves Bundle, which found it's way into my craft room recently! It you haven't noticed it, it's on page 40 of the August-December Mini Catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This bundle is perfect for either gender and those with a love of nature and the outdoors. It would be wonderful for scrapbooking your outdoor adventures as well. I don't think the image of the dies in the catalogue does them justice, so I hope my photo gives you a better idea of the detail. Each leaf has 2 dies; the outline which cuts and adds stitching around the cut edge and the centre embossing die for the veins. I have used some sticky note to keep the 2 pieces together, so you can cut and emboss the leaves at the same time. In addition to the leaves, there is the large decorative border die.  If you are happy to die cut the leaves from cardstock or foil (which looks fabulous!), then the dies can really stand alone. You can die cut from coloured cardstock or patterned paper and then add extra depth with sponge daubers. Alternatively, add drops of ink onto wet watercolour paper to get gorgeous variegated leaves or use ink blending tools to create your own paper. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a card-sized panel of Pretty Peacock card stock and used the border die from the Stitched Leaves Dies on the left side to add  the decorative stitching.  The design from the Plaid Tidings Designer Paper pack was added to the right end leaving a narrow border. I found the strip of Cajun Craze with the zigzag in my scrap bag and I added that to the left edge. It  was cut with the retired Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies from way back in 2012!  The greeting from the Life is Beautiful stamp set was stamped in Pretty Peacock ink and then dry embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder before being cropped with a Stitched Rectangle Die.

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

The plaid design I've chosen lends itself to more autumn colours, so I've stamped the leaves in Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock and Cherry Cobbler and cropped them with the coordinating dies.  Cajun Craze isn't in the list of colours, but works well with the brown tones. The stamps provide a lot of shading by themselves, so make sure your ink pads aren't too juicy or you will lose that definition. If you can see bubbles of ink on the stamp, use the back of teaspoon to temporarily push the ink down in the pad.  I added a little bit of extra shading on the edges of the stamps with a sponge dauber after stamping the main colour. This is easy to do if you're using the Stamparatus, or you can see through the photopolymer to line up for a second stamping. As the paper is already busy, I wanted to keep the stamping simple.  I layered up the leaves on the left of the white panel and finished with a bow using the copper metallic ribbon. I added a trio of banners to balance the focus panel. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Pretty Peacock mat for my writing panel and a strip of the plaid designer paper down the left side. I've had a little fun with the leaves here. I die cut the tall leaf out of the writing panel, so you can see the stitching on the cut edge. I created more variegated leaves with multiple layers of colour this time. 

Stampin' Up! Love of Leaves Bundle - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

Don't think you're just limited to autumn leaves with this bundle. Check out my Love of Leaves Pinterest Board for a lot more inspiration with this bundle. 

 

Project Details
Stamps Love of Leaves, Life is Beautiful
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Plaid Tidings DSP
 Ink Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty Peacock
Accessories Gilded Gems, Basket Weave & Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack
Tools    Stitched Leaves Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tasteful Touches Dies, Itty Bitty Banners Dies (retired), Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

We would love to see your projects, CASE-ing the colours of the Plaid Tidings DSP. 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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Colour Creations Showcase - Gray Granite

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

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This is my colour combo tonight. Gray Granite is one of my favourite neutrals as I think it works so well with all the colour collections. I've paired it with Rococo Rose and Early Espresso.

Stampin' Up! Gray Granite Colour Creations Showcase with Prized Peony - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and added a strip of Gray Granite embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder to the left side. Rococo Rose card stock is a darker pink than the Stampin' Blends colour, so to keep it all in the same tone, I coloured a strip of Whisper White with the Light Rococo Rose Stampin' Blend and added it over the Gray Granite strip. The remainder of the card base was covered with one of the Gray Granite designs from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.

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I stamped the images from the Prized Peony stamp in Early Espresso ink, which I think works well with the Gray Granite. The leaves were coloured with Gray Granite Stampin' Blend markers and the flowers with Rococo Rose Stampin' Blends. I used So Saffron for the stamens with Mango Melody around the dark centre. The fussy cut flowers were layered onto the largest of the Stitched Circles at different heights. The greeting from the Prized Peony stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso ink and cropped with the label from the All Dressed Up Dies.  I finished with a tiny  butterfly in Silver Foil and a trio of rhinestones.

Stampin' Up! Gray Granite Colour Creations Showcase with Prized Peony - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For the inside, I have a Rococo Rose coloured mat and a strip of the designer paper at the left. I've stamped and coloured the smallest floral image from the Prized Peony stamp set in the corner of the writing panel.

Stampin' Up! Gray Granite Colour Creations Showcase with Prized Peony - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

This card was made to thank a  lovely friend who helped me out of a spot last week. I hope she likes it.

 

Project Details
Stamps Prized Peony
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Gray Granite, Silver Foil, Peony Garden DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Gray Granite
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools    All Dressed Up Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Subtle 3D EF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Rococo Rose, Gray Granite)

 

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

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CASE-ing the Catty - Kit Project

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

If you've come from visiting Sandra, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the CTC Crew by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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This week we are CASE-ing a project from a kit from either the 2020-21 Annual Catalogue or the 2020 August-December Mini Catalogue.

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This week, I've taken the opportunity to break open my Boho Indigo Product Medley from page 9 of the Annual Catalogue. I am a sucker for blue and white and I have a large collection of Wedgewood and Spode china to show for it. There is something about it that just draws my eye. Do you have colours that do that for you? My inspiration is the card in the photo above, which is a note card size and quite clean and simple. 

Stampin' Up! Boho Indigo Medley - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I started with a Very Vanilla card base and added one of the darker designs from the paper pack that comes with the Boho Indigo  Product Medley. I chose a darker design so that my collection of vases would pop a little more. 

Stampin' Up! Boho Indigo Medley - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

For my focus panel, I have dry embossed a piece of Very Vanilla with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and cropped it with a Stitched Rectangle Die, cutting a second time to extend it and give an even border on my C6 metric card. I adhered it to a Gold Foil mat and then layered up my decorative elements. The large basket was heat embossed in gold and the floral vase was stamped in Night of Navy and the small vase was cropped from a scrap of Misty Moonlight that had been dry embossed with the Tasteful Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  The blue flower was fussy cut from the reverse side of the designer paper I used for the background and the gold foil foliage is from the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. I finished with the flagged banner with the greeting from Fancy Phrases stamped in Garden Green ink.

 

Project Details
Stamps Boho Indigo, Fancy Phrases
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Misty Moonlight, Gold Foil, Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper
 Ink Garden Green, Night of Navy
Accessories  
Tools    Boho Indigo Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Gold EP, Heat gun

 

We would love to see your projects, CASE-ing a kit project. 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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