IDEAS Blog Hop - 'Meant to Be' Valentine's Projects


Hi there

Welcome to the first blog hop for the IDEAS (International Demos Exciting Artistic Stampin') team. Each month we will put together a Tutorial Bundle to give you a heap of inspiration for your crafting. There will be a theme for each month and this month it is Valentine's Day. We have 8 fabulous tutorials in this month's bundle, each consisting of at least one card and at least one treat packaging option and we're giving you a peek at our projects in this hop.

If you've come from Janey'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 IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

We all have a different perspective on Valentine's Day, with some crafting for a special someone and others taking the opportunity to show friends and family they are special. Either way, our projects are not just for Valentine's Day - you can change up the greetings and colours and use them for many other occasions too.

Stampin' Up! Meant to Be Valentine's Day projects - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used products from the Meant to Be bundle that is new in the Occasions Catalogue, to create my projects.  My tutorial has step by step instructions to make all of the projects shown above.  In addition, you will get 7 other detailed, step by step tutorials with ideas for Valentine's cards and treat packaging. There are more than 20 cards and treat packaging projects in the bundle, so this is fabulous crafting value.

Each tutorial features at least one card and one project, some include multiples. There are over 20 Valentine cards and treat holders included in this month's bundle! Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me to find out how to earn it for FREE!

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.

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 Caroline in the Netherlands to have a peak at her lovely projects.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Sale-a-bration


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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue for the first time. Not got your own copy of the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues yet? If you are located in Australia, just leave your details here and I would be happy to pop a set in the post for you. 

There are just so many great products available to earn for FREE during the Sale-a-bration promotion that runs until 31 March 2018. When you spend $90 or more (before shipping) you get to choose one of 11 great options. If you spend $180 or more (before shipping) there are 2 additional fabulous options to choose from, including the 'Celebrate You' Thinlits Dies. I'm really looking forward to getting those. I can honestly say there isn't a product that I don't love this year and there are some great samples to help you get started with your freebies.

You may have come from visiting Sandra's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

This week, I couldn't go past the super cute 'Party Pandas' stamp set and I've used the card on the right, in the photo above, as my inspiration. I'm sure this is going to be the most popular pick from the Sale-a-bration catalogue this year. It is just so flexible for practically any celebratory occasion and they are just so darn cute! 

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas & Painted with Love DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I've stayed close to the layout this week, but changed things up by using several of the coordinating designs from the 'Painted with Love' Speciality Designer Paper. My card base is Whisper White and I've added a layer of Gold Foil over the top. I've chosen the 'painterly' design as the background for my art piece and layered it onto a card stock base, as I've popped up the entire panel onto the Gold Foil, I wanted it to be firm. My first banner is in Melon Mambo, dry embossed with the new 'Simple Stripes' embossing folder and the second uses the pretty hearts design which is the reverse side of the main piece. 


I wrapped the white Baker's Twine around the art piece before adding the Powder Pink stitched circle that my sweet little panda sits on. If you want a rich black for your panda, then you can't go past the Basic Black Archival ink. If you get any lighter areas, you can touch them up with the Basic Black marker as it blends perfectly without being noticeable. I strongly recommend you give the stamped image a blast with the heat gun before you start fussy cutting, as the Archival ink takes a while to dry and it will smudge. I masked off the little heart on the envelope, so I could add the Melon Mambo enamel heart instead. It is a little fiddly as it is so tiny.


Up to this point, the card could have been for a birthday, get well, just because or thinking of you occasion, but I decided to turn it into a Valentine's Day card. My white writing panel sits on a mat of Melon Mambo and I've added a small strip of the designer paper at the bottom and topped it with a narrow strip of gold foil. In the centre I have stamped the watercolour heart from the new 'Heart Happiness' stamp set in Melon Mambo. The heart image works well  with the style of the designer paper and I added the Valentine greeting from the 'Bloomin' Love' stamp set over the top in the Basic Black Archival ink. 

Stampin' Up! Party Pandas & Painted with Love DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Party Pandas, Heart Happiness, Bloomin' Love
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Painted with Love DSP, Gold Foil
 Ink Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo
Accessories Brights Enamel Shapes, White Baker's Twine, Metallic Sequins
Tools     Simple Stripes TIEF, Banners Framelits (retired), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Heat gun


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

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We would love you to join us with your CASE this week, using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog. 


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Valentine's Day Inspiration - Blog Hop

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 It is only 2 weeks until Valentine’s Day, so the ‘Art with Heart’ team are giving you a load of Valentine inspiration with the first of what will be a monthly Blog Hop on the last day of the month. The Art with Heart team lead by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 80 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 

You may have come from  Di Dunk’s blog, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post.  We hope you will visit each of the 12 blogs to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am ESST on 3 February 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy. Now settle in for the ride and be inspired to make something special for your Valentine this year.

The card I have for you is simple but vibrant using black, white and red card stock with the heart image from the Always stamp set. The heart has been embossed white on Basic Black card stock and then embossed black on Whisper White card stock and cut out. The white heart has been popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. The jumbo pewter eyelets were set with the fabulous Cropadile. The sentiments are from the Chit Chat Rub-ons currently in the Summer Mini catalogue. If you would like to order any Stampin’ Up! products to create this project, please contact me. Here it is with the full details below.





Card Details



Card stock & Papers

Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White




Real Red 5/8” grosgrain ribbon, Pewter jumbo eyelets, Chit Chat rub-ons


Black and white embossing powder, Heat tool, Cropadile, Scallop Edge punch, Dimensionals

That’s all for now, but I hope you go and check out the rest of the creations the Art with Heart team have to inspire you.

The next stop on the Art with Heart team Blog Hop is Ros Davidson.