Luv2Stamp Group Blog Hop - December 2021

Welcome to the Luv 2 Stamp Group’s 2021 Blog Hop! We are excited to share projects with you this year, we hope to inspire you to create beautiful new projects. Each month we will have a different theme based on the next month’s celebrations using Stampin’ Up! products.

Once you are done with each post, scroll down to the bottom and you will see a list of Blog Hop participants, you can click on their name to go to their post, or you can click the next button to go to the next post in line. Happy crafting! This month’s theme is New Year, New Products.

Looking ahead to 2022, I want to start a journal to record joy, beauty and gratitude. The Catching Butterflies stamp set in the new Sale-A-Bration brochure captures joy perfectly! As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to use it for the cover of my journal. The whimsy of image pairs perfectly with the beauty of the Flowering Fields DSP.

I purchase inexpensive journals online that have heavy kraft card stock covers that I can alter. Usually I do not make a closure, but this time I decided that I would use a belly band. This will allow me to add pictures or items to the pages and keep the journal closed.

My favorite size journal is A5 (5 1/2” x 8 1/4”) and this size can be covered with a single sheet of DSP. I cut a strip of DSP to 5 1/2” x 12” and use this to cover the journal. When I adhere the DSP to the cover, I align the strip flush with the front cover, then trim the excess in case the cover is slightly wider than the pages.

To make the belly band, I used a strip of the polka got DSP that measures 3 1/2” x 12” and layered this with the tulip pattern cutting it to 2 1/2” x 12”. I centered the tulip strip over the polka dot strip and adhered it using liquid glue. Rather than scoring exact fold lives for the belly band, I wrapped the strip around the journal and glued the edges where they over lapped. I did not pull the band too tightly as I wanted the band to be easy to slip off and also have it allow some room to add items in the journal. They overlapped about 1/4”, which worked great and meant there was no need to piece anything together.

Most of my craft supplies are packed up right now because we are in the process of some major home repairs. I was scrambling to find my Momento ink pad, but it is was not to be found. Not to be discouraged, I decided to use a Basic Gray Stampin’ Write marker to “stamp” the girl. I actually like how this turned out. It was much softer than the black ink and yet defined enough to keep the integrity of the image style.

I colored the little girl’s dress using Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends. Her hair is colored with Light Soft Suede and Dark and Light So Saffron Blends. I wanted her eyes to have a little color so I used the writing tip of the Soft Succulent Stampin’ Write Marker to giver her green eyes. I also used the Polished Pink maker to give her smile a little color. I think she turned out cute! I fussy cut around her leaving a wider border than normal. Then I glued this to a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock from my scrap pile and cut a thin border around the image to make it pop. I attached the image to the belly band using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo and used the Label Me Lovely Punch to create my journal title. The sentiment was too small for the size of the label, so I used the trick below to make the label shape smaller. This punch is one of my favorites because it is so versatile!

The new Brushed Brass Butterflies are gorgeous! The sheen is amazing. While I love the brass finish, I wanted the butterflies to match the girls dress and the tulips. To do this, I used the Dark Flirty Flamingo to color the butterflies and it worked! The color has a lovely metallic look and I cannot wait to color more!

You can get the fun Chasing Butterflies stamp set for free with a $50 product purchase beginning January 4th, while supplies last. The new Flowering Fields DSP and Brushed Brass Butterflies will also be available for purchase on January 4th. If you do not have a demonstrator that you shop with, fill out this catalog request form, and I will send you a catalog and brochure.

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today! Teri is up next and I know you will love what she has to share!! You can click the next picture below or click on her name in the list below:

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