Just Cute Bears #23 - Open Theme

Sunday, 27 June 2010
Thank you to everyone for your best wishes the past couple of weeks. I'm sorry I've been absent completely, but I needed to rest my neck in the hope that it would get better. It has eased consisderably, although I do still get some pain, but I was able to make a card and participate in this weeks Just Cute Bears challenge.

Iwould like to apologies for not commenting on the last 2 challenges, or on anyone else's cards for that matter and I would like to thank my teamies for being so understanding. You're all probably aware by now that the lovely Ali is taking a break from blogging and has stepped down from Just Cute Bears. I would like to personally thank her for believing in me and picking me to be part of this amazing team.

Anyway, this weeks challenge is an Open Theme so you can create whatever you like as long as it includes a teddy image!

My card is for my wonderful parents as it was their 39th wedding anniversary yesterday! I used this gorgeous Forever Friends stamp which has been coloured with copics. The base is SU! Rose Red CS and some shimmer CS (sorry can't remember name!). The shimmer CS has been embossed with the CB folder from the Love Language set. An aperture has been cut using heart nestabilities. The frame has been made using the SU! CS and the heart and heart scallop nesties. I've finished off with a Craftwork Cards Oval and some roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

A close-up of the image.

Please check out the rest of my teamies amazing creations and the prize that is on offer from Annie.
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)


  1. Sandra said...:

    Morning Sarah....i just love your card...it's gorgeous,i bet your mom and dad did too...congrats to them!
    I think the red sets the card off perfectly...brilliant work!

    Pleased to hear your necks improving..
    Have a lovely day
    Take care
    San x

  1. Kellylouj said...:

    Beautiful card x

  1. Sonia said...:

    Great to have you back Sarah with another great card, your parents will love it. Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Sonia xx

  1. Nikola said...:

    wow that's wonderful. The image fits so well in the heart. and the eye is drawn straight to the detail. keep it up and all the best. Happy crafting.

  1. jenny said...:

    Beautiful card Sarah! So romantic :)
    Your colouring looks fabulous x
    Glad to hear your neck's feeling better, take care x

    Jenny xx

  1. Helen said...:

    Wow - this is gorgeous Sarah...I'm sure your parents loved it!
    Glad you're feeling a bit better now! :0)
    Helen x

  1. Beth said...:

    Yey you're back! We've missed you but I'm glad you're better now! This card is so gorgeous, I love the heart frame! I bet your parents loved it (and congrats to them - 39 years?!!) I hope you're enjoying the weekend!

    Love Beth xx

  1. coops said...:

    wow, stunning card hun,the image is so perfectly coloured and really stands out from the card.i`m glad you are ok and that your neck pain is easing a little.take care.luv coops.xx

  1. Kat said...:

    This is gorgeous Sarah I love it. I'm sure your parents loved it too and appreciated you making it especially as you've been in so much pain with your neck. Congratulations to them for their anniversary.

    Don't worry about not being able to comment, getting better is much more important.

    Kat xx

  1. Cathy said...:

    This is gorgeous Sarah. I love the heart and the embossing, really beautiful.
    Cathy xx

  1. Beautiful card, adorable image. Love the simple layout, love this colour combo too.

  1. Cherie said...:

    Hi Sarah, so pleased you felt well enough to inspire us this week. your card is fabulous I bet your parents loved it. Thank you for your lovely comments.
    Hugs cherie

  1. debby4000 said...:

    Oh fabulous card Sarah, cute bears and colours.

  1. Sarpreet said...:

    This is gorgeous and so adorable

  1. Beth said...:

    Hi again! I just thought I'd answer your Copic colour question, I've put it in this post. Then the way I colour is use 3 or 4 colours all near each other (I've printed out a blank Copic chart and coloured in the ones that I have, that way it's easier to match colours - I find the numbers don't always mean anything) then colour a really thin line in the darkest shade where shadow would be, then blend it out with the next colour, blend that with the next and so on until the colour is smooth and the lines are blended. Do really small areas at a time as they dry so quickly and don't blend as well. If you've tried this before and it isn't working, try out different card stocks. I find the Smooth White 300gsm card at Mad About Cards is really good or Rymans do 200gsm Bright white coated card. Both of these are good and allow the ink to blend together. I hope that helps! Don't give up!

    Love Beth xx

  1. MARY B said...:

    Love the layout the hearts frame the image perfectly

  1. Hi Beth, glad you are feeling a bit better - have missed you!
    Stunning card - I bet your parents LOVED it!! I really love the red heart frame - I have heart nesties and it has never occurred to me to make a frame! That's why I love your Blog so much - I always learn something new and there is always something beautiful to look at.
    Take care of yourself
    {{hugs}} Jocelyn X

  1. Hi Sarah, it's me again! I'm a dill - I just posted a comment and called you Beth instead of Sarah - maybe because I was looking at Beth's comment when I was typing. Duhh! Sorry about that!

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