Saturday, May 15, 2010


Welcome to the inaugural VC Rocks Blog Tour and to my blog Tarheel Stamper!  I am so happy you dropped by from Inking The Night Away's blog.  I am sure you have seen some fantastic projects from the extremely talented stampers on this tour. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post.  I am giving away blog candy!  Now on to my project! The suggested theme is retiring colors and/or Summer Mini items. I used retiring colors Barely Banana and Almost Amethyst. 

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Forest Friends Baby Bib

Supplies needed:
1 - 5: x 11" Almost Amethyst Card Stock - scored and folded in half
1 - 5" x 5" Barely Banana Card Stock
Scrap of Barely Banana and Almost Amethyst Card Stock
1 - 4" x 4"  Whisper White Card Stock 
Almost Amethyst  Classic Ink Pad 
Teeny Tiny Stamp Set     Item# 115370
Forest Friends Stamp Set     Item# 113748
2 Flower Brads     Item# 112583
White Signo Gel Pen     Item# 105021
Whisper White Organza Ribbon    Item# 114319
Sizzix Bigz Die Scallop Envelope     Item# 115950
Sizzix Texturz Plate - Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1     Item# 114512
Modern Label Punch     Item# 116630
Word Window Punch     Item# 105090
Wide Oval Punch     Item# 112082
1 3/8" Square Punch     Item# 103375
1 1/4" Square Punch     Item# 104400
1/4" Circle Punch (retired)

  1. Run Barely Banana through Big Shot with the Scallop Square die.

  2. Using Large Dot Texturz Plate, run Barely Banana piece through Big Shot.  Set aside.

  3. Score 5" x 11" Almost Amethyst card stock at 5 1/2" and fold in half.  Run bone folder over fold to make a sharp crease.  Tip:  Lay a piece of copy paper over the fold and run bone folder over the copy paper.  This prevents shine from forming on the card stock. Next line the fold just underneath the scalloped part of the top of the Scallop Square die to make a scallop square card.

  4. Line Wide Oval punch in center of top of Almost Amethyst Scallop square card.  Only punch halfway down for neck hole.

  5. Put Barely Banana piece on top of Almost Amethyst with embossed dots on top, lining up scallops about  1/8" above bottom of Almost Amethyst.  Holding together, flip these two pieces over and lightly trace around neck hole and shoulders with a pencil.  Take Barely Banana piece off and line Wide Oval punch on top of pencil lines and punch.  Next adhere this piece to Almost Amethyst and trim shoulders down to the top of the Almost Amethyst piece using scissors being careful not to cut into the fold of the card.

  6. Punch 10 1/4" circles from Barely Banana.  Adhere as shown in sample card alternating scallops.  I cut my top circles in half after gluing to the Almost Amethyst piece.

  7. Stamp "Hello Baby" from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Almost Amethyst on Whisper White piece.  Punch out with Word Window punch. Punch Almost Amethyst scrap with Modern Label Punch.  Glue sentiment Word Window piece to Almost Amethyst Modern Label piece.Using White Signo Gel Pen, put two dots on the Almost Amethyst punched piece as shown in card sample. Stamp bunny image from Forest Friends in Almost Amethyst on Whisper White. Trim closely around bunny.  You can leave a tiny border of white.  Also I didn't cut out the inside white part of the tail. 

  8. Punch 1 3/8" square from Almost Amethyst.  Punch 1 1/4" square from Whisper White. Layer Whisper White square on top of Almost Amethyst square.  Using Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, pop the bunny image up centering on Whisper White square.

  9. Cut approximately 12" of Organza ribbon.  Pierce holes only on the front of the card where desired for the two flower brads to go through.  Crunch the ribbon between the two brad prongs and insert in hole.  Bend prongs flat on inside of card.  Repeat for other side. See close up photo below. You can use a wood stamp to flatten brad prongs.  (I have a post here if you want to come back and look later on. )

  10. Stamp sentiment of your choice and decorate inside as desired.

Hope you have enjoyed your stop on this inaugural VC Rocks Blog Tour!  I would love to have you follow my blog with the links in the right sidebar.  I will be posting another card similar to this with a girlie theme on Monday May 17th.  Come back to see that one.  I think you will like it. I will be participating in the next VC Rocks Blog Tour also on June 26/27. Theme is Retiring Colors and Stamp Sets  or  Summer Mini Items or Sneak Peak items

VC Rocks is a Yahoo group for Stampin' Up aficionados.  Link to group is on right sidebar.  It is a great group for those unable to attend the convention, but you don't have to be a demonstrator to attend this one.  We have a lot of fun with a virtual hotel, fantastic ideas, great swaps, and wonderful friendships!  You can only join until May 30th so act now. 

Now on to the blog candy! I am giving away a Level 1 Hostess set named Love Bug pictured below! Just leave your email address in your comment at the end of this post. You can leave your email like this to deter spammers - youremailaddy at yourprovider dot com. After the Blog Tour is over I will use to select the winner. If you do not leave an email address in the comment, you will not be eligible to win the prize. I will contact the winner by email and also put up a post with the winner's name.

Please hop back on the Blog Tour Trail to Fancy Nancy Kay's blog and see the great project there.  If this link is broken, you can go to the VC Rock Blog homepage to find the next link. 

Have a great Stampin' weekend!
Tammy Q. Howell


Mary Campbell said...

Very cute!

Loni said...

so darn cute... and it does seem to be baby season at my office... Thanks for participating in our first VC Rocks Blog Hop!! And for your assistance checking for broken links. With the stormy night last night and late inbound flight for my BFF, I appreciate he help wherever it is volunteered. Happy Hoppin!

Deborah said...

Super cute!

Kimm BT said...

so soft and sweet... thanks for sharing

Jane Hignite said...

This is sooo cute - I think my customers would love to make this card!!!

Jane Hignite

Veronica said...

So cute! I love the color combination. TFS

Brandy said...

Oooooh blog candy! :o) What a cute project you shared with us!

Carol's Corner said...

Very cute project! I love it! And it's something I can easily case! YAY!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

How cute, Tammy, I just love the Forest Friends set. This little bib is adorable. thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

Tammy, this is so cute!! Great use of your creativity, and I see a CASE in my future!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

So sweet. . . . a darlling little project!

holly at inkpaperstamps dot cm

Sue said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for the candy offer! suelynn99pa at gmail dot com

Babe O'Mara said...

I love the colors you chose. They look great together. Really cute!!

Babe O'Mara,

Dee in N.H. said...

How cute! That is just adorable! TFS

Brenda Hugar said...

Great card, love it. You have a very nice blog. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Adorable - I love the color combination you chose!
bethbeaty at earthlink dot net

Carey said...

OK this is way too cute and I really appreciate the tutorial also. Your work is fantastic.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy
pedstamper at g mail dot net

TerryK said...

It's just adorable Tammy.

Mary said...
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Anonymous said...

What an adorable Bib Card. I just love it!
Thanks for the inspiration. Makes me want to try it out. I see a CASE happening.

trygodtwenty at

or you can reach me on the VC Blog Patrice Herrera. Because I feel a winner coming on. lololol

jackielwatson said...

So cute I would have never thought of doing a bib. I just love it. Thanks for sharing

Tricia said...

super cute... love the colors and the dots on the sides add so much... thanks for sharing!

Cards n Stamps in Bloom said...

I can feel a major CASE coming on! Love it. TFS Gwen

Lori said...

How sweet! Love the 'different' type of card.

lorimpalmer at yahoo dot com

Barb said...

super cute

Anonymous said...

The bib is precious!!
The set you are giving away is adorable!! Thank you so much for a chance to win it.

Faith in Florida

Kimber said...

SO ADORABLE!!! Love it!!!

Kimber Dunn
KimberRocksVC at gmail dot com

Beantown Grasshopper said...

This bib rocks. I love the idea, the texture, colors, . . . you get the idea, it is AWESOME!!