Botanical Gardens Box Set

Hi there

Today I am sharing the project we made in class yesterday using the 'Botanical Gardens' suite of products from the Occasions catalogue.  This suite has everything you need to make beautifully coordinated projects - stamps, framelits to die cut the images, designer paper, washi tape and pretty charms.  The bonus is that you can bundle the 'Botanical Blooms' stamp set and Botanical Builder framelits for a 15% discount when you purchase them together.  If you have been waiting to find the right option for floral elements on your projects, then I think this set of stamps and coordinating framelits will continue to be versatile for a long time. There are so many combinations that you can use with the different elements in the framelits.

First up is a photo of the completed project which is an embellished box (and acetate lid) with 3 cards. The box was designed by the Stampin' Up! Concept Artists to celebrate Patty Bennett's $1m sales milestone, which is a truly awesome achievement.  I have taken the idea and re-sized it for metric cards (10.5cm x 14.8cm) and C6 size envelopes that we use in Australia.  I've added an acetate lid that sits in the box to make it more like a gift box and it doesn't cover the floral embellishments. If you want the imperial measurements, you can find them here on Patty's blog post. I will provide the metric measures in a separate document, so stayed tuned for that. 

Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens Suite Box Set - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I love the effect from the leaf edgelit and you can adjust the position to alter the height of the bottom section. I have incorporated Watermelon Wonder into this project just to give a bit more colour to the predominant palette of the DSP. The first of the cards also uses the leaf edgelit on the centre panel reinforcing the botanical feel. The base is Mint Macaron with a strip of the tiny floral DSP from the Botanical Gardens DSP.  My favourite thank you greeting from 'One Big Meaning' stamp set in Cajun Craze brings in the final colour from the DSP. The Botanical Gardens Jewels adds the final touch.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


For the inside, I have used a strip of the cute Cajun Craze floral washi tape at the base and a little flower with sponged edges to finish it.



The Botanical Gardens DSP takes centre stage in the next card. I've embellished the flowers with the mostly tone on tone centres apart from the large Hello Honey flowers which have Cajun Craze centres to coordinate with the centre panel.  The sweet greeting comes from the new 'Suite Sayings' stamp set, also from the Occasions catalogue. I've added some Wink of Stella to the little flower spray for a little shimmer and the bow in the retired Hello Honey Stitched Satin ribbon to finish.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Desings

For the inside, I've added a strip of the honey washi tape at the bottom and a smaller version of the flower spray.


The final card again uses the leaf edgelit, this time on the bottom of the card with a strip of DSP as the backdrop. It was inspired by this gorgeous project from Nikki Spencer. I've kept the edgelit right on the edge of the card to keep a reasonable amount of space for the writing panel inside. I've used Watermelon Wonder for the large flower for a pop of colour and the lovely greeting comes from the 'Cottage Greetings' stamp set. I think this was the favourite on the day.

Stampin' Up! Botanical Gardens Suite - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside I have created a writing panel above the DSP border. I was happy with the way this turned out.



Project Details
Stamps Botanical Blooms, Suite Sayings, Cottage Greetings, One Big Meaning
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow
Accessories Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Iced Rhinestones, Botanical Gardens Jewels, Honey Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon (retired), Botanical Gardens Wash set
Tools     Botanical Builder Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tear and tape, Stamp-ma-jig

This has been a long post, so if you made it this far, thanks for your patience.

Happy crafting!

CASE-ing the Catty- More from Sale-a-bration


Hi there

It is Sunday, so that means the  CTC Crew are back with more great projects to get your creativity firing. This week we are looking again at the fabulous products available in the Sale-a-bration Catalogue, which you can get for FREE, when you make a purchase of $90 or more (excluding postage).  For me, this one of the best Sale-a-bration catalogues there has been, with such a great range of items to choose from.

You may have come from Rebecca'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.

Tonight I'm featuring the 'What I Love' stamp set on Page 7.  I love creating my own designer paper and this stamp set is perfect for that purpose. It is also a great set to use with the emboss-resist technique as well for creating lovely embellishments by fussy cutting the stamped images. The actual project  I'm case-ing is the square card on page 7 of the Sale-a-bration catty. I love square cards  and I love creating a stamped background, so this is perfect. 


The one-sheet wonder immediately comes to mind when you get a set of images like this. However, sometimes I find it easier to cut up the A4 sheet of Whisper White and then do my all over stamping so I don't end up with a look that is too symmetrical. The bonus is that you get to try out different colour combos as well. I cut one half of the sheet into three 7cm x 14.8 cm strips and the second half into two 10.5cm squares and the narrow strip left was cut in half.  Having said I love square cards, I started with one of the 7cm strips. I always recommend trying a few different colour combos when you have 2 or 3 step stamps, so I started with the combination in the catty of  Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Cucumber Crush. This is nice, but I wanted my outline to be a bit darker, so I ended up with Night of Navy (outline stamp), Tempting Turquoise stamped off (solid image), Tempting Turquoise (highlight image) and Cucumber Crush for the leaves. That decision took me down the path to this finished card.


Stampin' Up! 2016 Saleabration 'What I Love' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

This is a simple but effective layout to showcase designer paper, so I have kept the embellishments simple. I created a contrast to all the straight lines by using circle punches to cut and mat the greeting. For the inside, I added a strip of the Cucumber Crush washi tape from the set that is a Stampin' Rewards (Hostess) option in the Occasions Catalogue. The final embellishment is one of the blooms that has been fussy cut and popped up, with the leaves stamped onto the writing panel.



Project Details
Stamps What I Love, Lots of Thanks
Card stock & Papers     Night of Navy, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White
 Ink Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry
Accessories Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     1 3/8" and 1 1/2" Circle punches

I decided to try a different colour combo for my square card and I really like the way these colours pop. I have used Rose Red (outline image), Melon Mambo stamped off (solid image), Rose Red stamped off (highlight image) and Old Olive for the leaves with Tempting Turquoise to mat the square and greeting. I'm not sure about the Baker's twine at the top; it would probably be fine with out it - what do you think?

Stampin' Up! 2016 Saleabration 'What I Love' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty


I have finished off the inside in a similiar way to the first card, but used some of the lovely Melon Mambo Stitched Satin ribbon at the base.



Project Details
Stamps  What I love, Cottage Greetings
Card stock & Papers      Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
 Ink  Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories  Rhinestones Basic Jewels, White Baker's Twine, Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools      Stampa-ma-jig


Don't forget that you can choose your own FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set with a purchase of $90 or more (excluding postage) of Stampin' Up! products from either the Annual or Occasions catalogues. This is THE BEST time of year, if you love FREE craft products!

Now it is time to head over to Helen's blog to see what fabulous project she has for you this week. 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. Don't forget that you can join us and link up your creation at the CTC Blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

Art with Heart Blog Hop - Colour Challenge


Hi there

Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for October. This month we have a colour challenge for you.


I have to say that I found this set of colours more than a bit challenging. I nearly passed, but I pushed outside my comfort zone and managed to come up with a couple of cards. 

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Ruddick, but if you are visiting me, you can join the trail using the button at the bottom on this post.

For the first card, I used the Hostess set 'A Whole Lot of Lovely', stamping the cute little solid floral image all over to create a background panel. 

  Stampin Up - 'A Whole Lot of Lovely' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

 I chose Watermelon Wonder for the base card and sentiment to bring it together. This is a very simple layout, but works well with the busy background.

Project Details
Stamps A Whole Lot of Lovely
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
 Ink Pink Pirouette, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     2" Circle punch

For my second card, I have used the 'You've Got This' stamp set, water colouring the floral image in Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron and fussy cutting. I used a touch of Crumb Cake (as a neutral) in the centre of the flower as well.

Stampin Up You've Got This and One Big Meaning - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

  I think I prefer the second one, but I'm glad I gave it a go!

Project Details
Stamps You've Got This, One Big Meaning
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer 
 Ink Basic Black (Archival), Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake
Accessories Tea Lace Doily, Pearls, Basic Jewels
Tools     Tags & Labels Framelit Dies, Polka Dot TIEF, Big Shot, Owl Builder punch, Aqua-painter, Dimensionals

Now it's time to head over to the lovely Jenny van Dijk to check out her inspiration.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1.  Tina Gillespie
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Genna Gifford
  4. Kathryn Ruddick
  5. Judy May - that's  me!
  6. Jenny van Dijk
  7. Kate Morgan

Finally, have you heard about the GREAT opportunity to earn more as a hostess between 8th October and 9th November? Did you know you can use your hostess benefits to reduce the cost of your Starter Kit when you join Stampin' Up!? There's no better time to host a party or even a virtual party on Facebook. Contact me to find out more. You will love being part of our awesome Australia wide team. We are all about fun, friendship, inspiration and support.

Thanks for visiting!


CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Saying Thanks!

Hi there

It's Friday evening again and time for the CASE-ing the Catty Crew to bring you more inspiration from the Stampin' Up! catalogues. This week we are looking at the 'Thanks' section on pages 13-18 of the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue.   Saying thank you is such a small but important way to help build a kinder and gentler society and what better way to do it than with a beautiful handmade card!

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf but if not, you can start here and hop over to the next blog using the button at the bottom of this post.

There are lots of new thank you sets in the catalogue and my card uses a stamp from the 'One Big Meaning' set show below, which I love. It has a great combination of small and large sentiments in different fonts that should suit any style of card you want to make.

Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning Stamp Set

I have taken my layout inspiration from the card on the bottom left of page 16 of the catalogue. I recently  received my 2015-17 In Colour Background Stack, so it was a great opportunity to try out one of the lovely new designs on the bottom section of the card. I have chosen Watermelon Wonder in the tiny floral design - it's so cute! The flower spray is from another new set appropriately called 'Wild about Flowers' and I have stamped it in Tip Top Taupe with Watermelon Wonder flowers. It is photopolymer set so it makes it a snap to line up the flower heads.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers and One Big Meaning

To add some extra pop I have layered the die cut greeting onto a Bermuda Bay mat and added the Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's twine. You can also see I have stamped a matching envelope.

It only takes a couple of minutes to finish the inside of your card when you already have everything on your craft desk. I have used a Watermelon Wonder Mat to contrast with the white base and rounded all the corners. This is my first card made with the new THICK Whisper White and I LOVE it! It was so much easier popping up the front panel with this sturdier card stock.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers 


Project Details
Stamps One Big Meaning, Wild About Flowers
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White Thick, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, In Colour Backgrounds Stack
 Ink Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Paper Piercer & mat, Updated Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch

Now it is time to hop over to Monique's blog by clicking on the button below.


You can see the full list of participants in today's blog hop and join in by linking up your creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog.

Thanks for looking!

Painted Petals Thank You


Today I have a cute thank you card and matching gift bag using the 'Painted Petals' stamp set that we made in class last week. The top section of the card has been embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and the bottom section stamped. This set has such a great group of accessory stamps to the main floral images that allow you to create your own borders and backgrounds. I love the 'lines' stamp as it gives a nice hand drawn look and the photopolymer makes it so easy to line it up by eye.



 For the inside I have created a little border of flowers. Stamp off the edge of the card stock (before you add the mat) to create a shorter set of stems than the stamp.  



To complete the ensemble is this cute gift bag made using the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits from the Occasions Catalogue. There are 2 thinlits that make up the treat bag - a large one that forms the front and one flap and a smaller one for the second flap. I have cut 2 of the large die so that the flap will form the side gussets of the bag. The flap is 5.1cm(2 1/16") in width from the side fold line, so I scored at 1cm (1/2") from the flap edge and then scored 3.1cm  (1 1/4") from the edge.  On the second score line, finish 2.5cm (1") from the bottom and then using a ruler and scoring tool draw a diagonal line from the end of your score line to each corner of the flap.  This will help the gusset fold in nicely when you clip it together at the top. Make sure you burnish the existing score lines and score the new lines before you emboss your bag. I have used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to coordinate with the card. You will need to create a base for the bag, so cut a piece 4.2cm x 11.5cm (1 5/8" x 3 3/4") and score at 1cm (3/8") on each end. Attach each of the side gussets to corresponding front/back panel and then add the base. I found Tombow glue the easiest for this task. It sounds a bit involved, but it is really quick and easy once you have the pieces in your hand. It creates a nice sized bag and is very sturdy made in card stock.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set also has a large number of extra pieces you can use to decorate the bag or use in your other projects.  I have cut out the 'enjoy' to add to the tags on the front, which are clipped to the bag with a gold metallic mini clothespin. It really is very sweet.



Project Details
Stamps  Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers      Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
 Ink  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories Metallic Mini Clothespins, Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers Twine, Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Circles Collection Thinlits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Big Shot, Scallop Tag Topper punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Xyron

Thanks for looking!

Occasions Catalogue Blog Hop!


Hi everyone

Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the lovely ladies in the 'Art With Heart' Stampin’ Up! team. You may have come to my blog from the very talented Claire Daly, the leader of our team, but if not, you can just start here and then go forward to the next blog and eventually you'll get to see all the participants.

Today we focus on the new Occasions Stampin’ Up! Catalogue and also Sale-a-bration! There are so many gorgeous products in the Occasions Catalogue, but I have chosen some of my favourites to create my first project which is a card and matching gift bag. I have used the bright, fresh monochrome combo of Bermuda Bay and white with the beautiful new 'Something Lacy' background stamp to create the banner and butterfly which are the focus of both projects.  Here is the card:


Isn't this just a fabulous butterfly die - so lacy and it looks amazing die cut from the 'Something Lacy' stamped panel. The greeting comes from the new 'Painted Petals' stamp set.

The butterfly was coated with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. This gives a subtle sparkle and also makes it a lot firmer. Underneath the wings is a vellum butterfly cut with the smallest of the new butterfly dies. It softens the colour of the card stock circle. 

This photo shows a closeup of the subtle sparkle and the vellum underwings.


The inside of the card is finished off simply with another strip of the Something Lacy background and the small butterfly from the new 'Butterfly Basics' stamp set. 



The Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags make a great base for the next project. I have folded over the top about 1 inch to create the flap to attach the embellishment, but you can still open the bag to pop your gift inside. I have used the largest of the dies to cut the banner from the 'Something Lacy' stamped panel. Two butterflies have been cut from Silver Foil and Bermuda Bay card stock and then joined together slightly offset, so the Bermuda Bay peaks through. 



This is a close-up of the butterfly embellishment which has been popped up on a polka dot embossed circle. 


On both projects, I have used the Simply Pressed Clay and button molds to create the Bermuda Bay buttons. I used a large needle to carefully thread the white Baker's twine through the button and tie the bow. This is a great tool to generate a never ending supply of buttons!

Project Details
Stamps Something Lacy, Butterfly Basics, Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers     Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags
 Ink Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories White Organza ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels 
Tools     Butterfly Framelits, Banner Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Artisan Label punch, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Bermuda Bay Reinker, Large Scallop Edgelit, Dimensionals, Glue Dots


If you would like to purchase any of the items to make these projects, you can see the full details at the end of the post. Click on any of the products to purchase them from my online store. You can choose a free item with every $90 you spend in one transaction, during Sale-a-bration. There are lots of fabulous free items to choose from and the promotion goes right through until 31st March 2015. 

Better still, become part of our 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 during Sale-a-bration, you get to choose whatever you like from our catalogues, but pay just $169 for $235 worth of product (that’s a huge discount!) but also you get to choose between two free product options. It’s quick and easy to join online too. Ask me how!

Now let’s keep this blog hop hopping. Next up we have Christine Gibbins. Click on the heart below to hop over and check out her creations.


Today's participants are:

Don’t forget to email me to get your copy of the Occasions Catalogue or Sale-a-bration brochure, or to enquire about joining the Art With Heart team.

If you need some inspiration to start creating with your products from the Occasions or Sale-a-bration catalogues, check out my Pinterest boards - use the links in the left sidebar. I have collected lots of gorgeous projects for you to browse through.

Thanks for visiting!

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Lacy Butterflies


I'm really enjoying creating with more of the products from the new Occasions Catalogue. In particular, the 'Hello You' and 'Butterflies' thinlits. These 2 products together will enable you to make some simple and pretty cards.

I made a few of this next card to say hello to some customers. The second to largest butterfly was die cut from a piece of the lovely 'Something Borrowed' DSP and then layered on a Strawberry Slush card base.  A second butterfly was die cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and put into the space with a couple of glue dots. After die cutting the 'hello' greeting, I ran it through my Xyron and attached it to the card. Some bling to finish and that is it. You can't really see the sparkle of the butterfly in the photo, but it is lovely.


This close-up gives you a better look. It is pretty with the strawberry slush peaking through the wings.


This next card was a thank you for my lovely MIL who gave me money for Christmas to buy Stampin' Up! goodies. Gotta love that! She loves the teal colours, so I have used Bermuda Bay for the base card. For a tone on tone look I white embossed the 'Something Lacy' stamp onto Pool Party card stock.  Did you notice it is the same design as the 'Something Borrowed' DSP?  This time I finished it with one of the new 'Something Borrowed' embellishments, which matches the shape of the butterfly perfectly. This is such a gorgeous intricate butterfly die.



Project Details
Stamps Something Lacy
Card stock & Papers     Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Something Borrowed DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Something Borrowed Embellishments, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tools     Hello You Thinlits, Butterflies Thinlits, Big Shot, White embossing powder, Heat gun, Xyron, Glue dots

Don't forget Saleabration is on now! You get a FREE item with every $90 you spend. There are some great products to choose from this year.

Thanks for looking!

Fresh Thank You

Hi there

Today I had a play with some of my preorder goodies from the new Occasions Catalogue that will be starting on 28 January, 2014.  I have made a simple and fresh thank you card using the flower image from the new  'Happy Watercolor' stamp set stamped onto a tag. This image is fabulous for colouring in whatever  manner you prefer. 

One of the great new products is the Scalloped Tag Topper punch that produces the scalloped top and opening on the tag in one simple action.  You can trim the card to whatever length suits your project.  The width of the tag needs to be a scant 2 inches to slide into the punch and I have cut the white layer slightly narrower so that I could mat it on the Calypso Coral base.

Another new item I love is the gold washi tape.  It comes as a set of 3 rolls with the spots, stripes and solid in different widths.  The bottom section of the card has been embossed with new 'Decorative Dots' embossing folder which is one of the FREE products that you can choose during the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion that also commences on 28 January.  


For the inside, I've added a base of Crisp Cantaloupe and the Whisper White has been finished with a small section of embossing and the  gold striped washi has been folded in half to create a narrow border.  The cute little flower comes from the new 'Petite Petals' stamp set and punched out with the matching punch.


Project Details
Stamps Happy Watercolor, Petite Petals
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White Linen, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Gold Washi Tape, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Tools     Decorative Spots EF, Big Shot, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Corner Rounder punch, Petite Petals punch, Scoring board, Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking!

A Little Bit Retro

Hi there

The card I have for you today is a bit different from my usual colour choices and a bit retro.  I have used the Just Add Ink #110 sketch challenge and a new stamp set called 'Bright Blossoms' that will be coming in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue starting on 1 April 2012. Here is the sketch:

This is the card I came up with.  I used one of Stampin' Up!'s Note Cards as it suited the scale of the vase image.  I quite like the bold retro look, although it is somewhat outside my comfort zone.



Project Details
Stamps Bright Blossoms, Just Believe (Sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP
Ink Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Accessories None
Tools     Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 3/4", 1", 1 Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Stampin' Write markers (Real Red, Old Olive)

Thanks for looking!


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


More Sneak Peaks & Last Chance List


It's been busy few days, as our Godson Joss and a couple of his friends have been over from WA for a week of snow skiing, football and shopping. They left this morning and I've been busy with the cleaning and washing and trying to get things ship-shape before my working week starts.

First up, the list of retiring Stampin' Up! products was announced today. You can click on the image in the sidebar on the left to look at the PDF file.  This will be updated on a daily basis and products will be available only while stocks last.  There are some items discounted up to 40%.

You will see a lot of 12" x 12" cardstock in the list, as it is being reconfigured in the new catalogue.  If you enjoy using textured cardstock (as I do), you might want to stock up on your favourite colours as in the 2011-12 IBC, textured cardstock will only be available in the assorted packs. This means you only get 2 sheets of each colour. In the new configuration, 12" x 12" will be in packs of 12 sheets of smooth cardstock only.

The cards I have today, show you one of the new border punches and more of the images from the 'Button Buddies' stamp set that I won at Convention. The cards are all 10cm x 10cm, which I think is a nice size for a gift card. Plenty of room to write your message, but quick to put together.

The first card uses the new 'Dotted Scallop Ribbon' border punch. This punch has lots of potential and this card shows you a cute frame created with the punch.  This is really simple, just start with a piece of cardstock 3" x 3" and positioning the punch in the centre, punch each side of the square.  You can do this with the other Stampin' Up! border punches, but I think this one is particularly nice. I have coloured the image from 'A Flower for All Seasons' with ink and an Aqua Painter and trimmed it to fit. This is one of the many stamp sets that is on the Last Chance List.


Project Details
Stamps A Flower for All Seasons, Tiny Tags
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White, Marina Mist (Textured), Pretty in Pink, Watercolour, Pretty in Pink Striped DSP
Ink Stazon, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch (NEW), Itty Bitty Flower punch, Jewellery Tag punch, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter

The next two cards use images from 'Button Buddies', which as the name implies, is designed for use with buttons, but the images are just as cute without them. The first one is a bunch of cherries, which is perfect for the Cherry Cobbler buttons I've used.


Project Details
Stamps Button Buddies (NEW), You're a Gem
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White, Whisper White, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (Textured), Whisper White, Black Striped DSP
Ink Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Accessories Basic Rhinestone, 1/8" Black Taffeta ribbon
Tools Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Scallop border punch, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Mat Pack, Paper piercer, Glue Dots

The last one uses the flower image, which was stamped 3 times in various shades of pink and then cut out 2 of them at the different petal layers.  This is also a versatile image and would look great with the petals layered as well.


Project Details
Stamps Button Buddies (NEW), Fabulous Phrases
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Gray Striped DSP
Ink Rose Red, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Basic Pearls, Brights and Subtles Buttons, 3/8" White Taffeta ribbon
Tools Scallop Trim border punch, Word Window punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 Have a good week.