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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Grin and bear it

Hello, crafting friends!

I thought I'd better get on with making some of this year's birthday cards. Because I think birthdays are still happening this year... Aren't they? Who knows!


This bear is from Waffle Flower's Books and Coffee and I've given him a bit of a makeover today. I masked off the book he normally holds before inking him up and then, after removing the mask (that's a very important step to remember lol!) stamped him on an offcut of white card stock. There's a little cup in the set which I thought I could use as a hat. I used a marker to ink it up minus the handle and stamped it upside down on his head. This struck me as so funny, I had a fit of the giggles all the time I was doing it!


The bear was coloured with a couple of Uni Pin Fineliner pens, making tiny little strokes to get the furry look, and his striped top was added using a fineliner and a ruler. I cut him out with sharp paper snips and attached him to a small card base, adding a simple sentiment from MFT's From Me To You. I went mad decorating the envelope with washi tape, lining the strips up carefully and trimming off the excess with sharp paper snips.

EDITED TO ADD AND AWARD
So delighted this card was an Inspired By winner!


CHALLENGES
I was bowled over by the bear on the inspiration picture at this week's Inspired By challenge and couldn't resist giving it a go. I think you can see I went a bit literal with it!! I'm also linking up at Seize The Birthday. I was tempted to add snow to the background as per the Topping this month, but decided to leave it as a minimalist card for one of the males in my family! Talking of males, I'm also joining in with The Male Room where the theme this month is Animals. And also The Rainbow Card Challenge where the theme is Nothin' But Neutrals.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
Oh, I can't tell you how much I'm longing for the spring! It's grey and raining again in the heart of England and it's doing nothing for the mood! Eva and I went out for a very soggy walk this morning and while she had a great time, I can't truthfully say I did. When we got home I bathed her, gave her a good old rub down and spread a warm towel on the sofa for her. And here she is in a deep untroubled sleep, not worrying about the future at all.


We can learn a lot from dogs!

Sending hugs,

23 comments:

  1. Your card is ADORABLE Vicky, you nailed it. I love the added glasses, fur marks, and brilliant idea to use a cup for his sweet hat! Thank you for inspiring us @ IB this week with your awesome card!

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  2. You're SO clever! Love your bitsa bear and that it made you laugh so much.

    Hygge x 5000 right back! xxx

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  3. Sweet card and photo of sleeping pup

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  4. As always a really super CAS creation but a very ingenious one too using the cup for a hat. Great fury look too. I hope Birthdays are still happening as it is mine next week, only problem with that is I am another year older.

    Kath x

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  5. I love this card - his hat is adorable too! - Jacqueline xx

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  6. A stunning CAS card,the bear is adorable,Eva is even more adorable though

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  7. I have to say...that is just about the simply cutest bear I have ever seen...especially with his funny clever hat!!! You really are the clever one, Vicky:-) Love the photo of beautiful clean sound asleep, Eva too. TFS and for the smiles, my friend. Love and Hugs....Nancy

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  8. P.S. Love the Washi tape envelope flap too:-) Hugs..

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  9. Another cutie, Vicky! As it fits with the Rainbow Challenge theme, please do link it up there too xoxo

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  10. OH! Vicky I can see why you were laughing while making this, it's a wonderful image, love how you put it together and the envelope is fabulous too. I'm here with both my hats on so will say - Thank you so much for joining us in our Animal challenge at The Male Room Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
    Faith DT

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  11. I sure hope literal is a good thing!! It sure is from where I'm sitting [and crafting]! Vicky, I LOVE your darling bear!! Thanks so very much for playing along this week, and loving our bear as much as we did! xx
    =]

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  12. This guy makes me giggle! So fun to be sitting beside you at Inspired By!

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  13. Oh. Em. Gee! How CUTE is this?! Love the image, Vicky! And loved seeing your dog in a deep, blissful slumber. Makes me feel good inside. :)

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  14. That bear turned out adorable! He looks hand drawn ~ I love his little hat :) It's grey this AM here too ~ I might delay the walk and see if the sun comes out later in the day and read instead ~

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  15. Your bear is spectacular (and not just because of those oversized glasses)!

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  16. This is AWESOME!!! Thanks for paying along at The Rainbow Card Challenge!

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  17. What a great card - love it! Lovely pic of Eva too, Jo x

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  18. Love this monochromatic bear card, and the cup hat is genius:)
    Thanks for playing along with us at Seize The Birthday ­čą│

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  19. Simply brilliant! And so cool to change the way you use your stamps (love the tea cup hat!).

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  20. I'm back again for your second card. How cute is that??? Using that cup to make the hat was genius!!! No wonder you had the giggles!!! Thanks again for joining us at the Rainbow Card Challenge... Hope to see you next month.
    Elena DT (BTW I follow you by email...love it)

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  21. LOVE your monochromatic CAS card, Vicky ! This bear with its hat and striped top is so darn cute ! Very clever use of your stamp. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at the Rainbow card Challenge.

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  22. You did a great interpretation of the Animal challenge! You did a beautiful CAS monochromatic card! Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at The Male Room.

    Maja, DT

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Do leave me a comment - it always makes my day! Vicky x


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