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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Christmas in August...

It's about time I started my Christmas cards and gifts... since I make them all.  
Should have started these projects months ago, but I always procrastinate and then panic.  STRESS!  
This latest challenge at Aud Sentiments gave me the incentive to get going!  

sponsored by  StampArtDesign by Kathryne.  Kathryne has graciously provided each of the Design Team members with an image from her store... 
(That link will take you directly to that image in her catalog.)
I encourage you to see the Design Team members awsome interpretations of this challenge! 
  Specific info on the challenge rules and the prizes along with the Team's projects can be found at Aud Sentiments HERE.

When I first saw this "Little Bear", I immediately remembered this fabulous Canopy Bed that I have had for YEARS (18 to be exact).  And to tell the shameful truth... I don't remember EVER using it.  But see how my mind works?? (And don't be coy, I bet yours does too!)  I knew it would be perfect for something someday.  I digress - back to technique:

I started with the beautiful Christmas DP and matched it up with Kraft CS for the base.  I decided with the size of the bed I would need a square card to fit so the cut was a little less than 5.5" x 5.5" to fit my envelope. The bed was stamped on scrap CS (all supply details can be found below) and the digi image of the bear was printed out three times and colored with Copics in non-traditional Christmas colors that are found in the background poinsettias.   Starting with the bed, the canopy was stamped on a beige vellum scrap for it's transparency, fussy cut and glued over the bed.  The pillows were stamped twice also, sculpted with a ball tool and mounted elevated on foam tape. I hand drew the floorboards, the corners of the panel were rounded and all the edges were inked with "Antique Linen" Distress Ink.  Next was the bear; fussy cut into layers, sculpted and mounted on foam tape to maintain the dimension. The only embellishment is the shear ribbon.
The sentiment was computer generated, punched with an oval shape, matted with a 2nd Kraft paper oval.

This card should be eligible for the following
One Sweet Challenge - (August) - Favorite Technique (Sculpting /3-D my focal image)
Fussy and Fancy - Bingo (green/free/ribbon)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Oh Scrap (DP, CS for bed and sentiment)Totally Papercrafts #180 - Favorite Colors (earthtones and yellow-reds)
Sweet Stampin' - Bold and Beautiful WON 
613 Ave C #33 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Colorful TOP 3
Sweet Stamps #131 - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday #108 - Initials (Initials are GG - green and gorgeous!)
Quirky Crafts #17 - Christmas in August *3 (a scene/non-traditional colors/ layers: 3-D bear - image used twice over the base & 2 layers of the canopy, the pillows and of the sentiment oval)

IMAGES:  The focal image is "LITTLE BEAR READY FOR BED" , a digi from StampArtDesign by Kathryne; the Canopy Bed is a 1995 PSX image; sentiment is computer generated.
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is scrap from my Christmas stash; base CS is Kraft from stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: A McGill oval punch was used for the sentiment and mat; the Offray ribbon is from Straight 'n' Narrow.
INKS: "Antique Linen" Distress Inks were used to ink the edges; the Canopy Bed was stamped with Memento "Tuxedo Black"; the digi "Little Bear..."image was printed on a
 Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

May you color with abandon, create wildly and always make what amuses you!



  1. Ginny, this is a wonderful card and your image coloring is just fabulous! Your composition is clean and balanced and your execution is flawless! Thanks for dropping this off by our house at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  2. Such a sweet image! Thanks for playing along with us in the SweetStamps anything goes challenge.

  3. Love it, it would fit, just about into Quirky Crafts challenge too! You've 'made a scene,' it's a 'Christmas card' the Colours aren't really traditional and you've 3d-ed the bear so have used it 'twice' !!

  4. What an adorable scenic creation Ginny! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘OH SCRAP’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  5. This is such a sweet card, I love it!

  6. Pretty card, love your colours.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

  7. I love it! (did you guess!?) Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts This challenge!!

    ((Lyn)) DT

  8. Oh this is so sweet. Thanks for entering into our colourful challenge at crafty sentiments
    Hugs Kelly

  9. Thanks for sharing your lovely card
    at Sweet Stampin and good luck with the Challenge. Judy x

  10. Hi Ginny, thanks for your comment in my blog! Sorry, but my english isn't very well! The scallop circle is a framelits sizzix for Big Shot.....i hope you understand me!

  11. What a creative Christmas card! So cute

  12. Amazing card so flawless and lovely. Thank you for joining us at One Sweet Challenge.
    Susan S
    Sweet Pea Stamps

  13. Adorable, what great presentation on this card! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments:)

  14. That bed looks positively perfect for a great night's sleep and your bear is a sweetie! Thanks so much for playing along with our 'Oh Scrap!' Challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters :)

  15. An adorable card. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  16. Beautiful I love the use of the bed this is a beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining us at One Sweet Challenge this month.
    susan s


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