Sunday, June 22, 2008

Frog Bag Puppet


Stamps: Just B (just the bee!) item 111093
Inks: Rose Red, Old Olive
Papers: Bali Breeze DSP, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Black, White
Accessories: 1/2", 3/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, Scallop punch, sponges, and 2 non-SU! circle punches, white Signo gel pen, markers

I made this frog puppet using a Stampin' Up! bag (item 100900). Our challenge at our quarterly Stamp Share on June 21st was to decorate this white bag. I figured everyone would roll it, stamp it, or layer some images on it. I just wanted to try something different. Plus I love frogs and won a speech contest in 8th or 9th grade for a speech on how to decorate a frog sock puppet. Silly the things we remember in life!

Once I figured out what I wanted to do and where it should all go, believe it or not it took under 45 minutes to complete this bag, and that is with interruptions from children (how dare they ;-)

Body: To make your own, first cut your DSP or CS (your choice) to 8" x 6" scoring at 1/2" (it goes on the back side) and at the edge of the mouth. Then I cut and other piec 8" x 10" scoring at 7.75" and lined it up at the bottom (top, really) of the bag. It lines up perfectly at his/her mouth crease and covers the end of the other paper.

Arms: To make the arms cut your CS 1 1/2" x 4 1/4". This was more of an arbitrary decision based on that is the size of the scrap I had. giggles... Punch out 8 1/2" circles, 4 for each arm. Sponge the edges of the circles and the arm pieces to give it dimension and make it pop off the background. Adhere circles to the bottom of the arm for fingers. Adhere to bag

Mouth: Cut a strip of paper 1 1/4" by 6" for the tongue and a matching 3" circle. Sponge around all edges. I folded the circle in half and keeping the crease widthwise, adhere only the top and bottom of the circle so that it pops out a little from the body when you use the puppet. Adhere tongue underneath the mouth.

Eyes: Cut 2 circles 2 1/2" in the same color as the arms/body. Cut two black scallop circles to give the eyes dimension and "eyelashes". Adhere 1 3/8" white circles to the scallops. Adhere 2 half inch black circles for the pupils. I used a little white gel pen for the inside of the pupil. Don't know if it really needs it or not, just thought it gave it more dimension and looked a little better. Adhere the eyes so that the back/top of them pop over the top of the face, much like a real frog. Punch out 2 half inch black circles for the nose.

Bee: Using the Just B bee I colored it, rather than stamp it and then color it so that I could more easily outline the parts of Mr. Bee. Cut out the bee and adhere to the tongue with a dimensional.

I think he turned out rather cute. This could be an easy class for kids, or easily adapted to the classroom or camp. Again, once I figured out which direction I was going it was quick and easy. It is always the planning and prepping that takes so darn long! I should know, this patio we have been planning for 10 years and are not starting to execute, is still in the prepping stages. From what I understand, if things are properly prepped (much like painting walls) laying the patio pavers is the easy part and will last for years and years. My hubbie and I have to keep reminding ourselves of it, as we look at 12+ pallets of stuff waiting to be used. Prep indeed!

By the way, Mr. Frog won Second Place in our bag challenge. More free goodies for me (thanks Terri). Yippee!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

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