Just Cute Bears #27 - Bear Necessities

Sunday, 25 July 2010
Morning All, I hope you're having a fab weekend! I had a a lovely day yesterday with Jon; shopping and a meal out at Loch Fyne. I've been getting some bits for my hols, I can't wait!

Being Sunday it can only mean one thing, time for another Just Cute Bears Challenge. It was great seeing all your Christmas cards last week and I hope we've helped give you the kick start you need for your Christmas crafting!

This weeks challenge is called Bear Necessities (I know the words off by heart to this song!). We want to see a clean and simple style card, nothing fancy or OTT. This wasn't difficult for me as my style is very much CAS.

We're very lucky to be sponsored this week by the lovely Paula of Pollycraft!

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming Becky to the team. She has come to the end of her GDT stint and has been so succesful that we asked her to join us on a permanent basis! Welcome to the team Becky!!

I'm still in Chrismas mode with my cards as I've got quite a few images coloured ready to go. After seeing Jenny's card last week, I just had to use this cute FF bear this week. It reminds me of winter nights curled up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows!

He's been coloured up with copics and cut out with my oval nesites before being mounted onto a scalloped oval nestie using my fav Real Red SU! CS. I've used so much of this that I only have 2 sheets left :0(. The base is made up of the same CS and a panel that has been embossed with the Argyle CB folder. I finished it off with some satin red ribbon & a coupe of gemstones.

A close up of this cute little bear.

Please check out the rest of my teamies entries and, if you have the time, leave them a comment as I'm sure they'd appreciate it.

I will try to do something different for next weeks challenge as you must be geting sick of seeing Christmas cards on my blog! I apologies that I've not been very active in the blogging world and showing any other cards at the moment. I am in the middle of a project that needs all my attention just now but I hope to be back once it is completed.
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Just Cute Bears #26 - Christmas in July

Sunday, 18 July 2010
Good morning everyone, I hope you're having a lovely weekend!

This week over at Just Cute Bears we're trying to help give you a kick start on your Christmas cards with our Christmas in July Challenge! I've done a few cards but nowhere near the amount that I need!

I've got a few images coloured up and thought this cute Lili of the Valley bear would be perfect for my card. He's been coloured with copics and cute out with rectangle and scalloped rectangle nesties. The base CS is Real Red from SU! I've embossed a panel of white card with my snowflakes CB folder and then sprayed it with some gold Spray & Sparkle. I've another layer of Real Red CS that has been punched with my fiskars snowflake punch and then layered with some DP from DCWV. The sentiment is computer generated. I've added some glossy accents to the lil star.
A close up of the bear and sentiment. I think you can just catch some shine from the star.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #121 - Get a Head Start
ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for Ornaments

Please check out the rest of my teamies amazing creations. I hope that you will join us.
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Wedding Bookatrix

Friday, 16 July 2010
Hello all! I don't know about you but I'm glad it's the weekend! Lets just hope this strong breeze dies down and we get some nice warm weather again.

I've been meaning to show you all this card for weeks. Two very good friends of mine got married last month and it was a chance for me to make another wedding bookatrix. I wanted to make this a little different from the last one I made so I embossed a bell in silver mirri card that is on the bookatrix board and used this as the base for my flowers. The sentiment has been printed onto vellum and finished off with some gorgeous corner peel-offs.

I also made a box to present the card in and I like to decorate them so that it makes it an extra special keepsake.

I'm sorry the photos aren't that great.
Please remember to pop back on Sunday to see my Just Cute Bears DT card!
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Just Cute Bears #25 - Helen's Sketch

Sunday, 11 July 2010
Good Morning all! Oh my word it's been hot this week! I don't mind warm weather but it's when it's so humid and muggy with it, especially at night, that I'm not so keen. Do the rest of you find that the heat is sapping your energy and inclination to make any cards?

Thank you to everyone that took part in last weeks Just Cute Bears challenge, I really enjoyed seeing all your decoupage creations.

This weeks challenge is a fab sketch from our lovely Helen and we are also being sponsored by the amazing Meljen Designs.

I've made another Christmas card using some more Forever Friends decoupage. I have a lot of these kits so thought I would make good use of them. The paper is from a Forever Friends Winter paper pad. The CS is from my stasth. My circle element of the sketch is slightly smaller than it probably should be but I'm not very good at cutting circles freehand so used my largest circle nestabilities to create it. The base circle has been embossed using a snowflake CB folder. I've finished off with some ribbon, gemstones and a sentiment.

You can see the embossed layer a bit clearer in the close-up.
Please check out my teamies amazing creations. I hope that you will join us again this week as I love to see all your wonderful entries.

I'm hoping that the weather is a bit cooler this week as I would like to get in my craft room some more as I have a few projects I really need to concentrate on.

Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

Just Cute Bears #24 - Decoupage

Sunday, 4 July 2010
Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful weather we are experiencing. I had a fabulous day yesterday. I went to the Art Stamps England show at Newbury Racecourse with my best friend Nikola. I got some lovely goodies to play with. Please check out Nikola's new blog, she makes some wonderful cards and is trying to design her own stamp range. She doesn't get many visitors yet so I would love it if you could all give her the support you give me.

It's now Sunday and that means that it's time for another Just Cute Bears challenge. Thank you to everyone that took part last week, I had a great time looking at every one's entries.

This weeks challenge is Decoupage. This gave me the perfect opportunity to use some more of my Forever Friends kits that I purchased last year. I apologies again for the darkness of the photos. I unfortunately left it until late last night to photograph them!

I made only my second easel card and am really pleased with the results. The base CS is core'dinations, the DP is from the Forever Friends decoupage kit as is the greeting. The white panel has been embossed with the Argyle cuttlebug folder. I have also used a Fiskars border punch and X-Cut snowflake punch. I finished off with 2 different ribbons that I purchased today and some gemstones. I have also done some more faux stitching around the edges.

A side view of the card so you can see the dimension of the decoupage.

Finally a close-up of the cute decoupage image.
Please check out the rest of my teamies cards and also our GDT this month which is the lovely Becky.
I am also entering this card into these challenges:
ABC Challenge - X for Xtra Dimensional
Creative Card Crew - Easel Card
Forever Friends Challenge - Stitching
ABC Christmas Challenge - N for Noel - Anything Christmas related
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C44 - I love Ribbon (minimum of 2 ribbons)
Charisma Cards - Metal Mickey (Gemstones)
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Love in full swing!

Friday, 2 July 2010
Morning all, I hope you are well! Hasn't the weather been beautiful the last week?!? Admittedly it has got a bit too hot at times, but we can't complain!

It's a very good friends wedding anniversary today and I wanted to make her a card. Knowing that she is a cat lover like me, this Penny Black stamp was the purrfect (sorry!) choice! I decided that I would also use it as a chance to enter this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge which was to create a patchwork effect. You can't see it very well in this photo by I've a mixture of heart paper and embossed hearts using the CB folder from the Love Language set. I'm also entering this into the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is to include stitching. This is my first(!) attempt at faux stitching, hence why it's not very good! If you look closely you'll spot the deliberate mistake! I put the base layer on upside down as all the hearts are the wrong way round!
I apologise for the quality of the photos. I took them late last night and didn't realise the yellow tinge!

Aren't they adorable?! The image has been coloured with copics, the papers are from a Forever Friends All Loved Up pack and the CS is from Stampin Up!