Sunday, 19 February 2012

Teddy Bo’s back... and it’s just for the men at Dream Valley...

Hello everyone!! :)

I hope you’re all well and having a lovely weekend? It’s rather windy and cold here but at least the days are getting longer!! :) Well, the last fortnight’s just disappeared on me again... largely because I’ve still not been feeling too good at all so will do my best to keep this as brief as I can... typically I have a double project to share with you today but here we go...

Our challenge for you over at Dream Valley this fortnight is one which- if you’re anything like me at least!! ;) - will give your creative muscles a wee bit more of a workout than our last few lovely, easy challenges have... but I had fun with mine and hope you’ll brave it and join us, too!!lol We’d like to see you creations made ‘Just For Men’ this time and we’re sponsored by the fab Bugaboo who have some great fun images for men’s cards- which some of the DT did an amazing job with to inspire you so do pop over to the DV blog to check them out, too!! :)

Luckily I’ve had my projects for this challenge ready for a while as I’ve not been up to creating much this last couple of weeks... but this is the card I made for my Dad’s birthday earlier in the year :)

When I made this back in mid-January, I hadn’t been well enough to get to my desk since Boxing Day and the old mojo was feeling as rusty as the rest of me so I kept it all very simple!!lol

I went on a little shopping spree at Teddy Bo ready for my Dad’s birthday- any excuse!!lol I cropped the outline tag shape off this image then added in my own border and personalised greeting. I tried a different colour combo of PMs and FMs for his fur this time, which I found a lot easier and much prefer to my previous attempts!! :)

To make a little extra gift (I am pleased to have finally come up with an idea for a handmade gift for my dad as I have given many to the female members of the family and have been trying to think of something he’d actually like for ages- scarves and jewellery not being quite his thing!!lol), I made an easel base for a calendar with my Nesties and used the same gorgeous First Edition papers to decorate it, along with the same MS punch and some more little brown brads, too, so it all co-ordinated :)

My dad works from home and I thought this fella, called ‘Computer Daze’ might sit on his desk and catch his eye while he worked... maybe even diffusing a bit of the computer daze/rage we all feel when we stare at these (can’t live with’em, can’t live wiithout’em!) things too long!!lol

The List:
  • 6” Sq. White card blank and two A6 white card blanks (for the calendar base)
  • Teddy Bo images- TEDDYBOBEA_TABS_002 Three Little Piggies and TEDDYBO_135 Computer Daze
  • ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to colour: Bo- Antique White (FM), Ivory, Vanilla, Oatmeal, Tan and Putty for cheeks; The rest- Cinnamon, Cocoa & Walnut; Lime Zest, Pear Green & Moss; White Pearl (Spectrum Noir) and Copic Blender; CG 1, 2, 4 and Ice Grey 1 (FM), Tulip Yellow and Lemon; Satin, Pastel Beige and Khaki
  • Nesties- Labels One
  • First Edition New Leaf paper pad
  • MS Zig Zag punch
  • Scissors and brown ink pad to distress edges, Peeled Paint DI for calendar image
  • Brown Sugar Baker’s Twine from The Ribbon Girl
  • Brown brads from stash (possibly from Panduro years ago)
  • Calendar by Anita's

I’d like to enter the following challenges: Allsorts - Anything Goes :) ; CES - Spots and Dots :) ; Sarah Hurley - Die Cuts (my calendar made with Nesties) :) ; PaperPlay - Critters :) ; Fab 'n' Funky - Try something new (this was my first calendar) :) ; Hotshot Crafts - One for the Boys :) ; Paper Sundaes - Birthdays :)

Well, so much for brief, eh!! :S Thanks for stopping by today and for all the lovely comments on my last cards!! :) Sorry I’m still not managing to leave comments when I visit you all at the mo’- really hope I’ll be feeling well enough to soon but thank you for the fabulous inspiration and for saving my sanity when I’m not up to crafting in the meantime!! :) Don’t forget to stop by the Dream Valley blog to see all the amazing creations from the rest of the DT!! :) 


Vicky said...

Wow Rachel....! love Teddy Bo and you have done a super job hun...and I just love your colouring too :o)

have a lovely afternoon...big hugs Vicky xx

Katina said...

Fantastic makes Rachel! Love the colour combo you've gone for.

Sorry you've not been to well and hope you start to feel better soon.

mags said...

Lovely projects Rachel. Great images and love the desk calendar.
Hope you are feeling better soon.

coops said...

wow love these rachel.your colours and designs are stunning and gorgeous teddy bo images :D

xx coops xx

Nicola said...

Amazing creations Rachel, I adore Teddy Bo images and these are coloured perfectly! The set is perfect for men and the CAS style of card is fab!
Thanks for entering our Anything goes challenge this week at Allsorts and good luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx

Rach83 said...

Great projects, Rachel. Your card is fab and your calender is such a good idea. Lovely colouring and layouts too. Hope you are feeling better real soon.

Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week and hope to see you again soon.

Rachel x

MagsB said...

What a great card for your Dad! The calendar is such a good idea, too! I like the lovely Teddy Bo images a lot - super colouring!

love Mags B x

Diane J said...

Hi Rachel, these are so lovely. Teddy Bo looks so cute peeking from your card and the desk calendar is gorgeous. Love Diane x

Khristen said...

What a super great idea for a guy gift! And yes, that image is perfect for him...I work from home and stare at my computer every day, and feel just like that bear looks HAHA! The colors are perfect, and your coloring is marvelous! Love it!


Jack said...

Fab card and I love the little calendar - brilliant. xx

clare brown said...

both are just stunning,I just adore those Teddy Bo images.Goodluck at Sarah Hurley Challenges.

hugs Clare x

Melly said...

OMG! Rachel
I just loved this as soom as I seen it! You are so so so TALENTED! The colouring is amazing and I can't wait fro you to do a tutorial on the fur lol!
Love it all! Hope your ok and keeping well?
Have a good week honey!
Hugs M xxx

Dawn said...

Both of these are adorable & perfect for your dad. Love the colours & the colouring too x

Elaine Stark said...

I love those Teddy Bo images. Great colours and colouring. I think I may have to buy some.
I have left an award on my blog for you. Elaine

Carrie said...

Wowzers - so scrummy!!!Thanks for playing at CES xxx

Krafty Hugzz Kenzi x said...

Wow what a Fab idea for a mans gift, love it...
Thanks for joining us at Paperplay,
Hugz Kenz :-) xxx

craftymum said...

great "one for the boys projects". Thanks for joining us at HSC for our challenge

Hugs Sarah x

p.s. We have the new Tim Holtz Distress Markers on Pre Order.

Shanna Shands said...

Your creations are so adorable. I really like the card and the colors that you used. The calendar is awesome. Thanks for playing along with Paper Sundaes. Hope to see you at our next challenge tomorrow!

xxxtglxxx said...

Hope you are feeling much better hun :)

I love your Teddy Bo creations (aint men difficult to make for!? ) lol. These are both super, and your colouring is utterly brilliant! and really great design Im sure your dad was thrilled. My dad has already called dibs on my male card today! lol.



Sarah Hurley said...

Lovely Card - thank you for joining us at Sarah Hurley Challenges!

Sarah x

Dora said...

O wow these are gorgeous Rachel, love the colours and style on your card and calendar. Thank you also for your nice comment on my card. Hugs xx

Carole of Brum said...

These are brilliant Rachel, and I love the calender - what a thoughtful and personal gift for your dad. i bet he loves it. CoB


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