Even if you don't have kids yourself, there are many wonderful stamp sets to choose from in the Growing Up section (pg. 81-96) of our new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog. This week's challenge on the Sisters in Stamping blog was to create a project featuring a stamp set from this section - I chose to use the new Best Friends Forever stamp set to create this 12 x 12 scrapbook page.
I had this set on my wish list already anyway, but after my shoe box swap downline meeting last weekend it is now a must-have item thanks to Gaylyn Pantana, who designed this card above with matching envelope. I used it as inspiration for my scrapbook page. Isn't it a great set?! The colors are great, too... crumb cake, melon mambo and the new pool party - wow!
Here is a close-up of the border at the top of the page - I used the large flourish image with pool party ink on pool party card stock (currently my FAVE new In Color!) and then embellished it with a border strip of First Edition specialty DSP and a border of melon mambo card stock cut out with my Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim bigz xl die. I added a cut out heart stamped with melon mambo ink on very vanilla card stock to the center of the border, which I distressed with soft suede via a stampin' sponge and a tiny rhinestone.
Here is the "BFF" image from the stamp set stamped on pool party card stock with melon mambo ink... I overstamped that image with the foliage image using pool party ink (also used on the very vanilla background piece). I crumbled and distressed this piece, too, prior to attaching it to my page with stampin' dimensionals. I did add a few more rhinestones (girls love "bling" after all!). Each layer was spritzed with a soft suede stampin' write marker and the color spritzer tool for further distressing... I love this tool!
Finally, for my focal photo mat I added a border of First Edition DSP that I had punched with the scallop border punch and distressed with my soft suede stampin' sponge and finished embellishing with a piece of the gorgeous new pool party ruffled ribbon. The entire page took me about 30 minutes to create - I love when I have an inspiration piece to get me started! I believe that this page will be one of the projects when my Scrapbook Club starts meeting in August... would you like to join? Contact me for more details!
For more inspiration and ideas from the Growing Up section of the IB&C, please visit the Sisters in Stamping blog after Noon EST today... and thank you for visiting me today! I will be posting the other beautiful cards created at my shoe box swap meeting last weekend over the next two days - I know I promised to share my stamp-a-stack cards yesterday but I ran out of time before we had to head out to a swim meet yesterday afternoon so I apologize. They'll be coming on Monday, I promise! Until then, have a wonderful weekend!!!
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