Friday, 29 October 2010

Little Baby Bears...

Hey!! :)

I have another set of fairly quick and simple cards to share today :) A family friend is due to have her first baby in the next couple of weeks so I wanted to get on and make the card so it’ll be ready whenever the little one decides to put in an appearance...only trouble with that theory is that they’ve decided they didn’t want to know the sex of the baby and I don’t see the point of being able to make your own cards to suit the occasion and then just doing a green or yellow baby card!! So I’ve covered all bases and made both...and while I was about it, I thought I may as well make a couple of spares for my box, too!! And here they are:

I simply couldn’t make enough space on my desk to get a shot of all four together in any normal way so there’s a bit of a precarious house of cards thing going on here- honestly I barely dared breathe!!lol I wanted to keep the colours very light and to use Polka Dots and Ginghams as I've seen several baby cards like that lately and really liked them :) Also, our friend was always very fond of Forever Friends when we were younger so I’ve been planning to use this stamp since we heard she was pregnant :)

I used the sketch at Just Cute Bears for the layout, which I really like :) The papers are all from an old Papermania kit that I got from QVC years ago and I edged them all with a ColorBox Cat’s Eye Chalk inkpad- French Blue for the boys and Pastel Pink for the girls. The circles are cut with Nesties and the ribbon slider with the smallest die from the Nellie’s Rectangle set. I used striped white ribbon as I want to enter these at Allsorts and wasn’t sure that Gingham would count for the stripes- why is it that no matter how big a selection of papers you have, you never have the combination of colour and pattern that you need!?!!!

The bear is Forever Friends and for the first time I’ve tried colouring an FF image with Promarkers. After a little trial and error, as I still don’t seem to have the many of the colours that most people use for them, I settled on Oatmeal for the shading followed by Pastel Yellow all over and the Ivory over that to tone it all down a bit. Room for improvement for sure but for now don’t think they came out too badly and at least now I won’t have the problem of which ink to use as I did when I was still colouring the bears with water-based pens and then wanted to use my PMs on the rest of the image!!! :S The sling is paper pieced and the greeting is from a cute Woodware Clear baby set. Then just some flat-backed pearls and a few touches of Stardust Stickles and I was done!! :)

So, I’d like to enter these in the following challenges: Just Cute Bears and Friends – fab Sketch :) ; Allsorts – Spots and Stripes :) ; Wild Orchid Crafts – Pastels :) ; and Top Tip Tuesday – Anything Goes :)

Thanks for reading and for any comments you might leave!! :) I hope you’re all well and have a good weekend- is this the one where the clock change gives us an extra hour’s sleep or when we lose an hour?! I can never remember but I hope for extra- we should get something to make up for the darkness and cold after all!! ;)



Little K Smith said...

Aaaww these are gorgeous Rachel, adorable FF bear, love the soft colours and all that gingham looks lovely too!

Vixx handmade cards said...

Hiya Rachel!, wow hun such gorgeous cards, love this cute image and great layout too,
hugs Vicky xx

Rachael said...

Lovely cards Rachel and thanx for the tip on which promarkers to use! Your colouring looks lovely. I have never taken the plunge of buying a FF stamp due to not knowing what colours to use but your suggestions sound fab!
Have a good day
Rach xx

Debs said...

Totally adorable!
Thanks for playing along with my Spots & Stripes challenge at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Time-To-Share said...

Hi, Lovely cards - beautifully made Trish x

Maggie's Crafts said...

So adorable. :) Thank you for sharing and joining us at TTT at



coops said...

aw these are so gorgeous rachel.adorable image and i love the paper piecing and stunning soft colours and papers :D

xx coops xx

Sarah said...

Really sweet cards, thank you for joining us at Just Cute Bears & Friends.

Sarah xx :0)

sparklingblackrose said...

I love them honey :-)

Anita said...

Beautiful cards. The FF bears are adorable and I love the gingham paper. Thanks for joining us at Just Cute Bears and Friends.

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Your cards are sooo sweet! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. It is always nice to meet fellow sufferers especially those who craft!! Hope you are keeping as well as you can. I've been awake since 3:45am...oh dear!!
Hugs x

jenny said...

Beautiful set of cards, so sweet!
Thanks for joining us at Just Cute Bears & Friends x

Jenny x

Sandra said...

Gorgeous cards....all my favourite things rolled into one,i love FF,gingham and spots papers...and a great take on Helen's sketch too!...thanks for joining us this week at JCB and Friends..

Take care
San x

Janice Wolf said...

These cards are absolutely adorable!! I have been trying to find this stamp you know where it is available? Thank you so much!


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