CASE-ing the Catty - All My Love

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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. 

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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

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Festive Farmhouse

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Welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Holiday Catalogue! This week the Crew are taking inspiration from the Festive Farmhouse section on pages 12-17. Don't forget, if you are in Australia and don't yet have your own copy of the Holiday Catalogue, then please get in touch as I'd love to pop a complimentary copy in the post for you.

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

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This week, I'm taking my inspiration from the card above, on page 17 of the Holiday Catalogue. I've cropped the image, so you can see it more clearly. I'm taking a break from Christmas cards this week, so I've used one of the lovely all-purpose stamp sets that are in the Holiday Catalogue. By that I mean, it is one that is not holiday specific, called Country Home

  Stampin' Up! Country Home, Buffalo Check & Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've incorporated a number of other new products as well, to create a country feel to my card. The card base is Gray Granite and the next layer is also Gray Granite and embossed with the lovely Tin Tile Dynamic embossing folder. I'm old enough to remember pressed tin (as we called them) ceilings, which were much more interesting to look at than our modern white plaster (IMHO!). The banner  has been stamped in Pool Party ink with the Buffalo Check background stamp. With this stamp you can create your gingham in any colour you want. Unfortunately, I wasn't brave enough to get the sewing machine out and go around the embossed panel, but I think it would have made it pop, as it did in the sample.

Stampin' Up! Country Home, Buffalo Check & Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
The focus image is the lovely jug of flowers from the Country Home stamp set. The stamp set also includes a milk churn, another floral image to mix and match with the jug and a variety of large and small greetings. I have stamped the jug first and then the flowers on top, using Early Espresso ink which is perfectly fine to use with your Stampin' Blends if you want an alternative to black. The stamps are photopolymer, making it very easy to line them up. I've fussy cut the image and then popped it up on foam pads on the largest stitched oval which has a mat of Calypso Coral. The greeting is from the Darling Label stamp set and has been cropped with the stitched label from the Stitched Labels Framelits.

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For the inside, I have stamped part of the floral image in the bottom corner of the writing panel and coloured with Stampin' Blends.

Stampin' Up! Country Home, Buffalo Check & Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

Project Details
Stamps Country Home, Darling Label, Buffalo Check
Card stock & Papers Gray Granite, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
 Ink Early Espresso, Pool Party
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, White Baker's Twine
Tools     Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Blends (Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody)

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Graceful Glass

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This is our last week (for now) in the Annual Catalogue, as we will be starting to look at the fabulous new Holiday Catalogue from next week. This week however, we are taking inspiration from the Graceful Glass section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 164-179.

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

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I have been busy for the last few days prepping and running a class, so I left it to today to make my card. I had selected the card above for my inspiration, but it led me on a merry dance. I do not have the Bouquet Blooms Bundle used in this sample, but had in mind exactly what I would replace it with. Well, I got there eventually and I'm reasonably happy with the final product. Unfortunately I ran out of natural light as the afternoon became very gloomy in Melbourne.  We've had our allocation of sunshine for now, it seems. So here it is:

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The base card is my favourite Balmy Blue and I've stamped the leaf from the 'Share What You Love' stamp set on 2 sides in Balmy Blue ink. For the art panel I have used thick Whisper White and embossed it with the 'Subtle' embossing folder to add interest and texture.  I added the cute scallop trim from the Bouncing Baby Framelits to the edge.  Next came the die cut wreath in Crumb Cake, using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.

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I've used the 'Beautiful Bouquet' stamp set and coordinating Bouquet Bunch Framelits to stamp and die cut my cluster of flowers and leaves and arranged them on the right side of the wreath, popping them up at different heights.  I cut a few strips of whisper white and using the Stamparatus, stamped a set of flowers in each colour, so I could play around with the placement. The greeting from 'Varied Vases' stamp set was popped under the flowers. I added some tiny rhinestones to the little blue flowers and popped the silver and white twine bow underneath one. 

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For the inside I have a double mat, with a strip of Crumb Cake striped designer paper at the bottom. I've added a little cluster of flowers in the corner, from the leftover bits and pieces.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
 

Project Details
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Varied Vases, Share What You Love
Card stock & Papers Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green
 Ink Balmy Blue, Pineapple Punch, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso
Accessories Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver & White Baker's Twine
Tools     Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Bouncing Baby Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Tranquil Textures

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We are still in the Artistic Expressions section of the Annual Catalogue and this week the CTC crew are taking inspiration from Tranquil Textures on pages 154-163.

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

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I'm channelling spring today, with my inspiration coming from the card above, on page 161 of the Annual Catalogue with the pretty blossom flowers. It has been a very cold winter in Melbourne this year and blossom trees herald the arrive of spring. It can't come soon enough for me! I get to enjoy this gorgeous blossom tree that is in the neighbour's front yard to give me hope that the warmer weather will arrive soon. I even managed to get some blue sky in the photo during the sunny break today.

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I started with a piece of Shimmery White paper and used my aqua painter and Balmy Blue ink pad to create a soft wash of blue for the background. I then stamped the branches from the 'Colorful Seasons' stamp set and mounted it onto the Blushing Bride mat. The blossoms were stamped in Blushing Bride ink with Soft Suede for the centres and then cropped with the coordinating dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I chose to use a different sentiment from the same stamp set which I think works well with spring being a time of renewal. I embossed it in Early Espresso on vellum card stock. You can do this with any colour by inking your stamp in Versamark first and then in the ink colour of your choice and stamp onto the card stock. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat. I attached it with narrow double sided tape on the left because it was going to be under the linen thread and the blossom flower on the right.

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I used my bone folder to slightly curve the petals upward for some extra dimension and popped them up on the branches. I finished with the double row of linen thread down the side and a scattering of pretty pearls. A strip of wood grain designer paper was added to the left edge of the Crumb Cake card base and the finished art panel was popped on foam pads

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For the inside I have a mat of Blushing Bride for the writing panel and at the bottom is the die cut branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in Soft Suede card stock and I've added a few more blossoms and pearls to finish.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 

Project Details
Stamps Colorful Seasons
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, Vellum, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Versamark
Accessories Linen Thread, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls
Tools     Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Big Shot, Clear EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Aqua painter

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Nature's Poem

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This week the CTC crew are taking inspiration from Nature's Poem on pages 142-153 of the Annual Catalogue. All of the projects in this section are about nature and the outdoors. I got a bit ahead of myself with last week's project, but never mind, there are lots of lovely projects left to choose from.

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

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This week, I've taken my inspiration from this card (above) on Page 144 of the Annual Catalogue. I was really taken with the Blackberry Bliss designer paper in this sample. I think I'm a bit obsessed with the purple tones at the moment, but I'm sure I'll move on soon, lol. This card provided me with the opportunity to ink up the 'Rooted in Nature' stamp set for the first time. The skeleton leaves are one of my favourite images from this set and are perfect for making your own beautiful designer backgrounds as well.

Stampin' Up! Nature's Poem Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

When I opened the pack and saw the Blackberry Bliss paper, it was actually much darker than shown in the sample, so I wanted to lighten it up a bit. I heat embossed the sentiment from 'Ribbon of Courage' directly onto the designer paper and then adhered it to the Copper Foil mat and onto my thick Very Vanilla card base, leave some vanilla showing on each side. I did consider using copper embossing powder, but I don't think it would have shown up as well. Instead I've used an ivory embossing powder (not Stampin' Up!) and it looks lovely in real life. 

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I decided to go for a 'less is more' approach to the embellishment by adding a shorter strip of Burlap Ribbon on the right hand side and then adding my stamped skeleton leaves in a random arrangement using glue dots. I added the bow in Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, which works well with Blackberry Bliss and finished with a copper leaf from the Leaves Trinkets as an alternative to the tag in the sample. You can see the details in the leaves and the lovely copper trinket in this closeup.

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For the inside, I have a double mat of Copper Foil and Blackberry Bliss card stock and then I've added some more of the smaller stamped and fussy cut skeleton leaves at the bottom of the writing panel to finish. There is a coordinating die for the skeleton leaves, but I wanted a closer cut and they are very quick to fussy cut.

Stampin' Up! Nature's Poem Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I found this card very hard to photograph and I'm not sure I've done it justice. However, the colour is much closer to real life than the sample!

Project Details
Stamps Rooted in Nature, Ribbon of Courage
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Copper Foil, Nature's Poem Designer Paper
 Ink Versamark, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron
Accessories Burlap Ribbon, Fresh Fig 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, Leaves Trinkets
Tools     Ivory EP (not SU), Heat gun, Glue Dots

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Love, Thanks & Support

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Love, Support & Thanks section on pages 104-125 of the Annual Catalogue. There are lots of fabulous samples in this section and it was hard to choose just one. I love having cards in my stash that I can send to people when they need a bit of extra TLC and who doesn't want to feel the love from receiving a beautiful handmade card in the mail.

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I've taken my inspiration from the cards on 106, that use the Petal Promenade Suite. I've cropped out the card above from the image so you can see it more clearly. This card uses one of the rectangular floral frames that come on one sheet of the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper. There are also similiar smaller square floral frames and wreaths on the same sheet.  

Stampin' Up! Petal Promenade - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've chosen soft and pretty colours to pair with my floral frame as the green border in the sample doesn't do it for me! I cut right on the edge of the frame and then used my Blushing Bride marker to go around the edges and take away the white core,  before matting onto Gold Foil. I popped up the floral panel onto the gorgeous new Rose Glimmer paper as I find this the most reliable way to adhere to glimmer paper as well as adding dimension. The finished panel was layered onto the thick Whisper White base card. When using a pre-sized panel such as the floral frames from Petal Promenade, I recommend you start from the centre and layer outwards and make any adjustments required to the size of the base card. I had to trim the length slightly to keep my card symmetrical. 

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I picked out the darker pink of the small flowers as I think it makes the image pop. The narrow flagged banner in Berry Burst sits on a stitched circle in Gold Foil. I stamped the frame from the 'Label Me Pretty' stamp set and heat embossed it in gold and then added the greeting from the 'Darling Label' stamp set in Berry Burst ink and punched it out with the Pretty Label punch. It is popped up over the banner and Gold Foil circle. I finished it off with a trio of pearls either side.

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For the inside I have used Gold Foil to mat the writing panel, which has a strip of the coordinating designer paper at the base, topped with a thin band of Rose Glimmer paper to finish. 

Stampin' Up! Petal Promenade - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The glimmer paper is hard to photograph, but it is very pretty  in real life!

Project Details
Stamps Label Me Pretty, Darling Label
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Berry Burst, Gold Foil, Rose Glimmer Paper, Petal Promenade DSP
 Ink Versamark, Berry Burst
Accessories Basic Jewels Pearls
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Gold EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Pretty Label punch

 

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CASE-ing the Catty - Kids & Babies

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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Kids & Babies section of the Annual Catalogue on pages 80-91. 

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I've taken inspiration from this card on page 87. I love the extra dimension you get with the recessed background as well as all the little details that have been included in this card. I'm not overly fond of foxes, so I decided to ink up the cute bear from the 'A Little Wild' stamp set for the first time, using Stampin' Blends to colour him.

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've stayed fairly close to the layout of the sample by using the Layering Circles framelits to cut the circle in the Balmy Blue layer. I spritzed the front of the card stock and then embossed it with the 'Subtle' embossing folder. I love the linen-like texture that results. You do get a more defined and even result if you spritz with water first, so I highly recommend that.  I chose Balmy Blue for a sky background so I added some clouds with Shimmery White embossing paste and the mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the background behind the circle, I cut a piece of Whisper White slightly larger and then sponged it lightly with Sahara Sand ink to soften the stark white. I stamped the leaves from the 'Foxy Friends' stamp set and the toad stools from the 'Hedgehugs' stamp set to add interest.  Foam pads were closely spaced around the circle on the reverse of the Balmy Blue layer and then positioned over the background. The tree stump, bear, bee hive and greeting were then placed in position. I added more foam pads around the edges of the Balmy Blue layer and adhered it to the Crumb Cake Base card. This close-up gives you a good view of the dimension and the details.

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have a Balmy Blue mat for the writing panel and I stamped some grass, the bee hive and bees at the base and finished with a strip of the striped Crumb Cake designer paper. 

Stampin' Up! A Little Wild - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps A Little Wild, Foxy Friends, Hedgehugs, Itty Bitty Greetings
Card stock & Papers; Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, 6 x 6 Neutrals DSP
 Ink Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green
Accessories Silver Baker's Twine
Tools     Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Subtle Dynamic TIEF, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write markers, Stampin' Blends, Shimmery Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks

 

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AWH Blog Hop - We're Saying Goodbye!

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Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring products from the last chance (retiring) products list. There are lots of products to choose from with retiring stamp sets, ink pads and ink refills guaranteed to be available until 7 May (and all other products while supplies last). Use the Contact Me link in the side bar to get in touch with your order or go to my Online Store and place your order. Browsing the Last-Chance Products in the Online Store is the best and easiest way to see what is retiring.

Although it was not intentional, I have managed to incorporate a number of retiring products into my project. The focus of my card is the lovely 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. This is a 2-box set of 11 stamps that is available in photopolymer, clear and wood mount. It has such a great range of images and you can create different styles of cards from clean and simple to layered and collage. I haven't given it much love recently, so I wanted to do something a bit different to my normal style. This is the stamp set and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits Dies are also retiring.

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I've started with a panel of Whisper White and stamped the little hexagon background all over  in Daffodil Delight ink. I masked off a half centimetre on the edges to give it a more random finish (this is so NOT me, lol). The lovely fern image came next, stamped in Old Olive, both first and second generation images.  Then came the Delicate White Doily which is another retiring product and my off-centre stitched square backed with vellum to frame the floral image. 

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
The greeting is from the 'Hello Friend' stamp set (another favourite that is retiring), stamped in Old Olive and popped up on a Marina Mist circle cut with the (retiring) 1-3/8" Circle punch. The finished panel was adhered to the Marina Mist card base. Marina Mist is a retiring colour that I will miss.

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The flower was coloured with Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. As Pink Pirouette is a retiring colour (sob), the corresponding Blends markers are also retiring. I have fussy cut the flower and popped it up over the frame. I have finished with some of the small gold Metallic Enamel Shapes that are retiring and a double bow of white Baker's Twine. This photo shows more of the details of the layers and dimension.

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For the inside, I've stamped the hexagon background at the base of the writing panel and topped it with the slanted line. On the side, the fern has been partially stamped with first and second generation images and I added the sweet butterfly in Marina Mist. The Bitty Butterfly punch is already retired, but it doesn't take much to fussy cut it.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Project Details
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Hello Friend
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Whisper White, Vellum
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Accessories Metallic Enamel Shapes, White Baker's Twine. Delicate Lace Doilies
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Big Shot,  1-1/4 & 1-3/8 Circle punches, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends (Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight)

 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Caroline Manwaring who is sure to have something fabulous to share with you.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Myths & Magic

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This week the crew from CASE-ing the Catty are taking inspiration from the Myths & Magic section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 36-43. 

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I'm taking my inspiration from the gorgeous card in the photo above. The main image is from the 'Flying Home' stamp set which is a collection of sweet images featuring bird houses, birds and garden critters. I'm also using the same stamp set for my card (a good opportunity to finally get it inked up!), but a different image.

Stampin' Up! Flying Home - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've kept fairly close to the layout of the sample card, adding a panel of Pear Pizzaz card stock to the Pink Pirouette card base instead of designer paper. For the background,  I've continued the garden theme and covered the Pear Pizzaz panel with the large leaf spray, cut with the die from the 'Petals & More' Thinlits. It gives a very textured tone on tone effect. This is another way to get more use from your dies and create your own unique backgrounds in the process. To make it super easy, I added Adhesive Sheet to the card stock before I cut the leaf sprays, turning them into stickers. I roughly arranged the sprays first and then adhered them to the panel and used my guillotine to trim off the pieces that went over the edge.

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The cute bird house hanging from the flowers was coloured with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers and cropped with the largest of the stitched circle framelits. I added a scallop circle mat in Pink Pirouette to complement my Pink Pirouette card base. The 'hello friend' greeting is from the 'A Good Day' stamp set and I added the sweet little wooden heart at one end and the little fussy cut bird at the other.

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For the inside I have a Pear Pizzazz mat for my writing panel with a strip of Daffodil Delight washi at the bottom. In the top corner I have stamped part of the main image again, masking the bird house so I would have just the flowers. I used the same Stampin' Blends to colour the image, adding a soft background of Pool Party that helps to make the flowers pop. The final touch is the cute little (tiny!) fussy cut bee that has been popped up on the way to those tasty flowers!

  Stampin' Up! Flying Home - Judy May, Just Judy Designs  

Project Details
Stamps Flying Home, A Good Day
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Adhesive Sheets
 Ink Memento Espresso Truffle
Accessories Basics Pack 2 Washi, Hearts & Stars Elements
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Petals & More Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, Big Shot, Stampin' Blends (Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Bronze, Color Lifter) Dimensionals, Tombow glue

 

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Another Side to Sweet Soirée

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The Sweet Soirée Suite has to be one of my favourites from the Occasions Catalogue. I think it started when I was fortunate enough to get the stamp set for free from the box of goodies at the last Stampin' Up! OnStage event. It is one of the fun things about the event - all the new products used for the make and takes are divided up amongst the people at the table.

The bold floral papers with the silver accents really stand out in the Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer paper pack, but although not as obvious, is this pretty blue, yellow and olive spotted design. Blue, yellow and white is one of my favourite colour combos because it is fresh and bright and for those in the northern hemisphere, epitomises spring. I think it would also make a lovely Mother's Day card.

Stampin' Up! Sweet  Soirée Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've layered some of the pretty spotted paper onto a Marina Mist mat and then added a strip of Marina Mist card stock across the centre that has been embossed with the 'Simple Stripes' embossing folder. Some of the beautiful silver metallic edge ribbon was wrapped around the whole panel and finished with a knot at the right end and then added to the Daffodil Delight card base.

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The focus of the embellishment is the silver embossed vellum flower spray, which I have coloured on the reverse with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers (I thought I would give it a try), but you can use Stampin' Write markers as well. This die cut  and many more come from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. They are perfect to colour coordinate with other elements on your project. I adhered it to the stitched oval by placing a glue dot underneath the Clear Faceted Gem and in the centre of the yellow flower. The Stitched Oval was adhered to a Marina Mist scalloped oval and then onto a plain Silver Foil oval and popped up on the left side.

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For the inside of the card, I have a Marina Mist mat for my writing panel, which I have decorated on the right hand side for a change. I've used a small strip of the spotted paper and a band of the olive and silver foil paper (unfortunately, it is the opposite side to the spotted design). At the top is a small cluster of stamped and die cut flowers and some coordinating greenery.

My clean and layered card fits well with the The Card Concept Challenge this week - 'Spring has Sprung'. This is the inspiration photo they have provided.

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This scene certainly screams 'spring' with the bright yellow and white features and touches of blue and what looks like green to me in the striped carpet. 

Stampin' Up! Sweet  Soirée Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soirée
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Soirée Specialty DSP
 Ink Versamark, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories White Metallic-Edge ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit, Clear Faceted Gems
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Simple Stripes TIEF, Big Shot, Silver EP, Heat gun, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends

 

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