Welcome to the North Carolina Demo Blog Hop for February! Are you ready for some bugs? That's our theme for this month. I kind of like it. Real bugs are not my favorite, but I can handle cute little stamped bugs for sure!
You might have just come from Ariel's blog. I know you like her project. If you are just starting, please visit the others on this hop. NC has some very talented stampers (and good people, too!). Here is my project!
I used the Wiggle Worm Bundle. It has the Wiggle Worm stamp set and the Wiggly Bugs dies. This was a set that did not appeal to me at all. Yes, I said it. We often change our minds about things like that. I decided that my granddaughter Sagan and great nephew Clark just might like some bugs. After all they are both Cute as a Bug! So I bit the bullet and bought the bundle for this hop. I'll be using it for many other projects. I had this project in my mind. It's one of those that actually turned out the way I imagined it! Here are some details.
The base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11, scored, and folded at 5 1/2.
Cut the Balmy Blue checked paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. This paper is from the Subtles 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to add large pieces of paper. It has just enough give so that you can situate everything perfectly.
Cut a piece of Garden Green card stock to 3 1/4 x 4 3/4. Now cut A LOT of the grass from the Wiggly Bugs dies. I'm not sure how many I used, but it was a bunch. Start at the top of the paper. Add glue only along the bottom of each grass strip and adhere. Keep adding these until the paper is filled. I did try to shift them from side to side just a little. Cut this out with a die from the Nature's Thoughts dies. These dies are part of the Coordination Product Release available through the end of March. So, it is SUPER hard to get all of this through the die cut machine. There a lots of layers. I did end up just completing the cuts along the side with snips. You could just trim the paper to size. I just loved the edging on this rectangle! It will come out super flat. I used the point on my Take Your Pick Tool to gently lift up the layers of the grass to look more natural. I wanted to be able to stick in the bugs so they looked like they were in the grass.
All of the bugs are stamped on Whisper White. Each bug also has some decorative designs that can be added. They are photopolymer so it's pretty easy to match them up. I did use the illustrations on page 104 of the Annual Catalog to help me see how the parts went together. Don't you love that Stampin' Up! has so many ideas in their catalogs! I used these colors of pads: Memento Black, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red. Just use your imagination!
The bugs were added to the panel with dimensionals.
The bugs were colored with Blends. I used Light Real Red, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Granny Apple Green, Dark So Saffron, Light Crumb Cake, Light and Dark Balmy Blue.
Use the Real Red Cotton Ribbon from page 174 in the Annual Catalog along the bottom of the green panel. Tie a knot to one side. The saying is stamped in Real Red on a Whisper White scrap. Add with a glue dot to the left and a dimensionals on the right since it goes over the side.
Add additional bugs to the sides around the card. Some of them were trimmed to stick out.
The saying on the inside is from Wiggle Worm stamped in Real Red. Cut the large leaf with the Wiggly Bugs dies. Glue on. I added the inside back in for a solid look. Add that cute little worm.
You might be wondering why I added a white insert in my card since it would already be white. Usually this would be to cover up some type of mistake. This time I just did it without thinking. I mention this because that is a way to hide mistakes!
Thanks for your time! Please check out all of our blogs this month. Who knew bugs could be so cute and beautiful? Amy is next!
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