Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baby Bear

Hi everyone,

well this week I'm back with a card to welcome a baby girl to the world. The starting point was to use Makeesha Byl's weekly challenge - this weeks it's a sketch, with a circle element - love those! And since I love to use DSP (patterned paper) I couldn't pass up the Just Add Ink challenge this week too. First up here's the sketch.

And here's the card

The challenge is hosted by one Keesh's DT this week, Cindy Major and Cindy added the extra element that you must use something you've been hoarding. Not hard in my case ;) I knew I wanted to put my button bellied teddy bear in the middle of the circle. Next I hunted for some DSP that would fit the pastelly brown/ pink theme I wanted to use. Having selected the DSP I then stamped my bear on and trimmed it out, then mounted him up on dimensionals above a contrasting DSP pattern. Then added a pink chocolate threaded button to his belly with Tombow. In retrospect I think the button is actually a bit too big. The bear is framed by a Close to Cocoa layer then a large Pink Pirouette scalloped circle. Down the bottom I added my most hoarded element a Build a Brad, had them for over a year and never cracked the tin. I used the Brad (backed by another hoarded element a Felt Fusion flower) to anchor the sentiment banner. To balance that all out I added a couple Felt Fusion Too flowers (letting all the stops out on hoarding now!) layered with a threaded button to the upper left of the scalloped circle. I couldn't go past using a new EK success punch I picked up this week to give a lovely border to the vertical sketch strip and it nicely echos the scalloped cirlce - I hope! I added two ribbons over the top of the Close to Cocoa strip. I tried something new for me, dyeing ribbon. I used a sponge dauber and my Pink Pirouette ink pad to dye some white taffeta - since I wanted to keep the pink/cocoa theme. Finally to finish off the front I stitched around the edge of the top layer using some pale pink thread. The inside is finished off simply to match the front. Overall I'm mostly happy with the end result - one other reservation, beside how big the bears belly button is (try saying that when you've had a couple of glasses of wine!!) is that the front is over cluttered. But you can't get it right 100% of the time and I do like it!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Short and Sweet, Baby Button Bits (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Candy Lane DSP, Circle nestabilities, EK Success border punch, Felt Fusion Too, Build a Brad, Pretty in Pink narrow grosgrain ribbon, White Taffeta, 3/4" circle punch, Cropodile, Sweet Blush and Chocolate buttons (PaperTrey Inc), Sticky Strip, Tombow, Dimensionals, Double sided tape


  1. What a sweet card. Love the teddy bear.


  2. Kim, this is just ADORABLE!! Too much cuteness for one card :)

  3. That's gorgeous. So much better than a shop-bought card! Love it!

  4. Love how you've added the bear to the circle element of this sketch Kim - it's so sweet - great job.

  5. That's just adorable, Kim!! Love the cute button bear! It's always a pleasure to see your latest creations :)

  6. Adorable Kim - that bear is too cute and I LOVE the colour scheme
    T x

  7. Back again, to shout out a big CONGRATULATIONS on making it into the Design Team at Just Add Ink, Kim. Such exciting news - I am thrilled for you!!

  8. Very cute! Love the inside of your card too! Love the colours!
    And a big Congrats for joining us on the Just Add Ink Design Team!!!! WELCOME!

  9. Hi Kim

    How do I contact you?

    Eileen (from SGHS!)

  10. Love that little bear! So sweet. Thanks for playing.


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