Big Brothers Big Sisters Event Projects


Hi Stamping Friends!

I'm so excited to be demonstrating at a special Big Brothers Big Sisters event later today.  We'll have nearly 40 Bigs and Littles crafting cute Mother's Day projects and I can't wait! 

My friend Debbie Groulik organized the event and has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years, even being selected the National Big Sister of the Year in 2009.  I found this heartwarming video featuring her and her first Little, Jocelyn….check it out!


This video totally makes me tear up every time I watch it!  *sniff*  She is such an inspiration to me and so many others!  Thanks so much, Debbie!

If you would like to learn more, visit


At tonight's event, we'll be creating three different projects.  I used mostly retiring products, so you'll have to substitute stamps and accessories if you want to duplicate them, but the ideas are too cute not to share!  

Bbbs - brag books

Best Blossom Butterfly Brag Book

Our main project is a Mother's Day Brag Book that will hold 10 4×6" photos.  See complete details on how to assemble this cute project at Bird Brag Book Tutorial.  You can see other brag book projects I've done here: Elements of Syle Brag BookBeary Best Brag Book, and Vintage Vogue Brag Book.  

Bbbs - elegant butterfly

The front and back covers are 7-1/4" x 4-3/4" and both are scored at 1" with the Simply Scored Tool to allow them to open easily.

Bbbs - elegant butterfly 3

I wheeled on the Very Vintage background in Soft Suede first for a patterned background.  Then, I used the retired Best Blossom stamp set with several retired inks for a beautiful bouquet.  It was kind of fun to use my Orchid Opulence, Buckaroo Blue and Mellow Moss colors again. 

Bbbs - elegant butterfly 2

I added a 6" x 1-1/4" strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock, texture embossed with the Delicate Details Folder along the bottom of the cover.

The sentiment is from the retired All Year Cheer II, stamped in Buckaroo Blue on Whisper White and punched out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch

I thought the Littles would love playing with butterflies just as much as me, so I used the Elegant Butterfly Punch and Bitty Butterfly Punch to create some accents.  The Designer Paper is from the retired Sycamore Street Sale-A-Bration pack and Patio Party

Bbbs - bitty butterflies

My second version has more stamping on the left side of the cover. 

Bbbs - bitty butterflies 2

If you haven't noticed, I absolute love the look of lined up butterflies!  I couldn't resist trying it here with the retired Well-Scripted sentiment punched with the Decorative Label Punch.

Bbbs - brag books inside

The inside of the brag book is 5 Clear Envelopes adhered together and sandwiched between the covers.  They are the perfect size for photos!

Bbbs - bitty butterflies 3

Once the layers were assembled, I finished off the book with a Not Quite Navy spine.  It's 2" x 4-3/4" and scored at the 1" mark.  I adhered it to the covers with SNAIL adhesive, then added some Bright Brads to secure it.

Bbbs - purses trio

Petite Purse Nugget Holder

These are so fun and easy to make with the Petite Purse Die!  I used some of my retired Designer paper, and adhered the sides and handle with Mulitpurpose Glue

The purses are decorated with a flower-shaped button from Regals Buttons or Brights Buttons packs (retiring soon) for the "clasp."

I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch to add a decorative edge to two of the purses using the flip-side of the same paper.  The houndstooth purse has an Itty Bitty Punch scrunched flower accent.

You can fit several Hershey's Nuggest inside for a yummy gift!

Bbbs - butterfly magnets 
Butterfly m&ms treat

Comfort Café Butterfly M&M's Magnet

And, speaking of yummy, our third project is a take on the M&M's Butterfly Magnet I featured last month (shown above).  Since it's past Easter, we'll be using regular colors of fun-sized M&Ms, so I tried to coordinate with the brown of the regular, yellow of the peanut and red of the peanut butter M&Ms.  I think the retiring Comfort Café DSP worked perfectly (thanks for the idea, Michelle!). 

The butterflies are made by snipping two petals off of the Blossom Punch shape, then wrapping with White Baker's Twine.  The body is Daffodil Delight patterned paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack adhered to a clothespin with a magnet on the back.  See more details on how to make them at the M&M's Butterfly Magnet post.


Demo - michelle necklace 2Wow Techniques Class This Friday!

If you're in the Fort Wayne, IN area, I'd love for you to join us at our Wow Techniques Class on Friday, May 10 at 6:30pm.  Any level of stamper is welcome!  Cost is $15, or the class is FREE with a minimum order placed at the event.* 

Be A Fashion Designer!  You'll have the chance to design your own dress with the Dress Up Framelits for a cool card, a matching Petite Purse Nugget Holder, and a fun Soda Pop Top necklace, too! 

You're gonna love
this one! Give these awesome projects as Mother's Day gifts or treat yourself! 

RSVP For The Wow Techniques Class By Thursday, May 9 at 5pm.

* Minimum order is $25 to receive the free class.  Other class, workshop or club orders do not qualify.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you a one of my events soon!


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