Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sending You Big Bear Hugs & a VIDEO

Hey, guys! What a gorgeous day it is here today in our corner of the world. Look at this beautiful sky...

Our Azaleas are still looking pretty even though the spots have appeared these last few days and some of the blooms are falling to the ground. The Bumble Bees don't mind at all though. They are still buzzing around and taking some drinks from them.

I've enjoyed messing around with my Cameo and experimenting with new and different things. I never had a Gypsy like so many of you out there, so I never really got to do a lot of welding and stuff in my cardmaking and scrapbooking. Yesterday I created that Hippo with the scalloped edge from a label file by welding it together. Today I experimented with something a little different.

Enjoy the video and then read on for more detailed information.

I started out with a set of borders I downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store:

I knew I wanted to use the clouds and the grass from this cut file. So springy and pretty. So the first thing I did in my Silhouette software was draw a square with the drawing tools. I went to the size menu and changed it to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". 

Then I dragged the cloud strip over and put it on the top of the card shape and played with the size a little bit until it fit across the top exactly.

I grouped the card shape and the cloud cut together and then clicked on WELD. Voila! Half way there to making my own custom card shape!

After welding these two shapes together for the front of the card, I copy and pasted it, and flipped it upside down, dragged it down to barely overlap with the clouds on the other card shape, selected them all, and clicked WELD again! Oh my gosh! I have a card with a cloud shaped top! This is so cool.  Then I added some tiny little cut lines all along where I wanted the card to fold. I used BoBunny Double Dot cardstock for the card base and white cardstock (from Office Depot) for the clouds. The green grass was cut using Colorbok pattern paper (from Walmart).

Now all I have to do is cut! I had the card and cloud strips highlighted to cut and sent it to my Cameo. Since these papers were regular cardstock, I could use the same settings to cut them both. However, I removed the cut lines from the grass so they would NOT cut yet.  After the card shape and clouds cut out, I left my mat still loaded into the Cameo, went to my software and switched everything. I told the card base and clouds NOT to cut, and turned on cutting for the grass. The grass was being cut on very thin paper, so I changed my cut settings, and then sent it to the Cameo to cut. Since my paper was already loaded from the previous cuts, it just got right to cutting. Voila!

I knew I wanted to use a SWEET Bear with Sunflower cut from Scrapping Bug Designs.  So I opened up a new mat in my software and got those pieces all laid out just like I wanted them.

I think she's just precious! I inked around the bear with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. Flower was inked with CTMH Honey, and leaf with CTMH Pear. I added rhinestones to her bows, used a white gel pen to highlight her eyes, and drew her mouth with a black Sharpie.

The bear is adhered to the card with 2 thicknesses of foam tape for dimension.

The edges of the grass were inked with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress ink.

The clouds were inked around the edges with Stamin' Up Bliss Blue (retired).

The sentiment is from Cardz TV Stamps "Beary Sweet" set and stamped using Stamin' Up Close to Cocoa ink (retired) and stamped on to a label using SU Modern Label punch.

I'm tickled with how this little bear and custom card shape came out!  Don't forget to watch the video above because I give you a QUICK TIP for sentiment placement on punched labels or tags.

I know this was a long post for me, so thank you for hanging in there until the end! I'll be back soon with another video and craft creation. Enjoy your day!

Shop some of my favorite products used in this project with these links:

Cardz TV Stamps (Beary Sweet stamp set)
TSQ's Royal Castle Shoppe on FB  (foam tape and BoBunny double dot cardstock)

Stampin' Up (inks, bear / flower / leaf cardstock, and label punch)
Close To My Heart (inks)
Silhouette Online Store (Spring Boarder set of 4)

Scrapping Bug Designs (Bear SVG)

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  1. Oh gosh this is so cute! I love how you did this-- soooo beary cute!

  2. Totally Adorable Card Janis,love all the cute little cutouts :) Thanks for playing @ Teddy Time.

  3. What a FABulous scene you've made...The cutest of little bears..I LOve her bows with the rhinestones...LOve your colours too.
    Thank you soooo much for joining us this week at
    Tammy's Scrapin Corner..
    We are still waiting for your kinda weather lol..

  4. Oh gosh amighty!!! I so love the clouds at the top!! How totally cool is that?! And that sweet little bear!! Awesomeness for sure Janis!!!! :)

  5. How cute I love your bear and the clouds and tree are so nice!!

  6. Wow what a really cute card! Thanks for playing with us at Shelly's Images!

    Shelly's Images Design Team

  7. Wow Janis!! This card is adorable!! I can tell you spent a lot of time in creating it.

    I have FREE Candy on my blog and would love for you to stop by and register for a chance to win.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner!! Have a fantastic day!! Hope to see you again next week. Hugs, Gloria DT

  8. Such a cute card / thanks for joining the challenge at Forever Friends, Lisa (DT) x


  9. This is beautiful thanks for playing with us at PCJ this time
    Jacki xx(PCJ DT)

  10. Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  11. Ooh just lovely! Thank you so much for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges this time, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx- p.s I have candy available if you would like to pop by and enter :-)

  12. Hi!What a cute card you made!
    Love the way you made the cloudy border on top! Nice idea
    Thanks for playing with us over at Foreverfriends!
    Linda DTFF X

  13. Totally adorable!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Bearly Mine Challenge!
    Hugs Nela

  14. Janis, your card is super adorable!!

  15. Wow, I just simply Adore your Design.
    This week I am so seeing projects not like a card.
    I love your creativity.

    Thanks for visiting and entering this week's challenge.

    we hope to see you back next week.
    Hugs Tammy Ortiz - Owner of Tammy Scrappin Corner

  16. This is so cute, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
    C xx

  17. Janis, your beautifully die cut and pieced bear looks fabulous on this very pretty card. Lovin' your textured elements too! So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Bling It Up!" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

  18. This is so cute Janis. I love your card design with the clouds and that cute little bear. I am a new owner of a Cameo and I did not have a Gypsy either. Can't wait till I can do something like this. Thanks for joining our Use a Sentiment Challenge at PCJ and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

  19. Adorable make, Janis! Love that sentiment too! Thank you for joining us a Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week!

  20. Aw, that's an adorable little bear! I LOVE it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Three Scrappy Gals.

  21. Just gorgeous and I love the shape you've created along the top of the card.

    Thanks for joining us at Nutcrafters.

    Helen x

  22. This is adorable! What a fun card. Thanks for playing along at Whimsical Wednesday!