Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Santa Bear

I am excited that the Fifth Annual Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Place is on day 21… and I am almost caught up with my entries. Has been such fun to create Christmas cards to fit into the letters of the alphabet, many with digis that Beccy created herself and offers for sale, or provides free, on her site. She also includes tutorials for many, many types of cards and card folds (140 separate tutorials at my count!)   If you haven't visited her site I'd suggest it. And, while you are there, you can join in the fun of this challenge!
This is my entry for the letter "S"- "Santa Bear." I used two of the characters from Beccy's "Bear with Me" digi set (one on the front of the card and one on the inside) and gave both of them hats to turn them into Santa Bears. Used a free digi hat from www.clipartmasters.com on the inside bear, and revised it a bit for the bear on the front. Printed the sentiments off on my computer for the front and inside of the card. (PS The checked napkin that I used for the cover background was a bit overwhelming, so I added a few ovals of vellum to tone it down. They provided the perfect base for Santa Bear.)
Entered into:
Beccy’s Place Challenge- November                             (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge 190           (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
This wonderful sentiment strip is another one of Beccy's digis, this one is one of her freebie. (You can find it here http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/margies-christmas-freebie.html). I printed the image on vellum, colored it from the back and added white gel pen highlights. Added a bit of bling and then grounded the whole creation with black corner mounts. Am entering it into a few challenges including the Simon Says Monday Challenge (torn edged paper), and the Callin' All Sista's Color Challenge.
Entered into:
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Tear It Up                          (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Calling All Sista’s- Color Challenge                                        (callingallsistahs.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- Anything Goes    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Nov    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

For this card, I "extended" the use of a vintage All Night Media stamp (from 1981), by stamping off of the edge of the card so that he looks like he is escaping the scene vs. holding a balloon. I found the inside sentiment on the internet years ago. Recently spent time researching its source. Didn't find the original author, but it appears that it is actually from the 90's. (http://cyberslayer.co.uk/jokes/diary-of-a-cat-day-751) And the sweet little cat print stamp is from Stampendous.
Entered into: 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Furry Friends       (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #504 Birds/Animals                    (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
Power Poppy- Portion Control                         (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/11/power-up-with-portion-control.html)


  1. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Furry Friend” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  2. Super cute card Kathy :-) I love the 'Santa bear' and the little bear on the inside too, the whole design is adorable! :-)

    Love the kitty card too and the verse is very funny ;-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  3. He's so cute Kathy. A lovely happy card. Barbxx

  4. More lovely creations coming from the hands and mind of Kathy! I really enjoy coming to your blog to see what you have come up with! Thanks for sharing your pretty Christmas card in the middle with us at CHNC Extra! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. Love the cute bear and paper pieced? trousers.Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  6. I love those little hats Kathy, how cute are they?! You did a wonderful job combining the images, great idea and very clever. I really like the addition of the paper napkin too, I don't think I would have thought to do that, even though I've done some napkin art on cards in the past. Love how it looks.
    Your second card is beautiful, I love how the printed image looks on vellum, and it was a great idea to add some white highlights. The background paper is lovely and gives your project a very refined look.
    I got a real chuckle from the "Diary of a Cat", particularly the last lines about eating the houseplants. I love how you've used just a part of the stamp for your card, and the CAS style works perfectly with the design. Great job!

  7. Hee hee that little kitty is too cute, the paws are darling. Nice done.

  8. Lovely cards, especially the one with the kitty, it's so adorable. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  9. Beautiful cards! Thank you for joining us on the CAS-ual Fridays challenge! Good luck!

  10. Wonderful cards and that sentiment strip is really pretty! Thanks for sharing it with us at the calling All Sistahs Encouragement challenge and we hope you'll come back soon! Gwendolyn

  11. SQUEAL!! LOVE them ALL!! So BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS SO MUCH for joining us at Calling All Sistahs Challenge Blog!! Encouragement is SO VERY IMPORTANT to share!! Hope you'll join us again this month!! Have a FABULOUS Holiday!!

  12. Your With Love at Christmas card is stunning! Thanks for sharing with us at Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge!!


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