Monday, May 26, 2008

It's been a beary wonderful weekend!

You know how it goes. You get a new stamp or several new stamp sets, and you can't wait to dive into creating something wonderful with them. Those stamps may arrive during the week, as they did in my case. And, your mind starts to form ideas on the projects you want to create. I couldn't wait until this weekend to come. I'm obssesswd with teddy bears, latey. Can you tell? I recently purchased Stampin Up's Beary Best, Bear Necessities, Favorite Teddy Bear and Button Bear from two sources (eBay and Splitcoaststampers.) Let me tell you....You have to be QUICK! These sets are rare to come by, so you have to really look and be ready to make an offer. I told my husband on Friday that I needed to carve out some time to simply create, this weekend. I haven't been able to stamp (like really stamp) in such a long time. Usually, I stamp on the fly..... in between long hours at work, household chorse, fixing meals, doing laundry, etc. etc. Same story for you? Well, here's what I came up with over the weekend.....and the weekend isn't over yet (this is the best part!)

This first card uses a cute little bear stamp from Beary Best. I punched him out with a circle punch, and then layered him over a scalloped circle (Stampin Up). The background was created using a stamp from the SU Boho Background set; and a couple of stripe stamps from PaperTrey Ink's faux ribbon set. The sentiment is also from the faux ribbon set. Add the prima flowers (of which I have hundreds of, and really have to be creative in using them without looking like I'm trying to use them up).

This next card uses stamp from Stampin Up's Favorite Teddy Bear set. I colored this cutie with prismacolor pencils. The bear looks like a 'he' bear on the stamp. I wanted a 'she' bear, so I added a little bow on her head. Again, trying to use up my stash of papers and primas. The centers of the primas are bead spacers, not brads. I added pop dots beneath her to give her dimension. You can't really see it in the photograph, but I also added glitter to the flowers.

A new lss opened in town this week (hip, hip hooray!) and I found this fun and funky floral paper, there. The striped paper on the bottom half is by Anna Griffin, and I've had it for so long, I really needed to use it up. The cute bear is from the Beary Best set. The sentiment is by Catslife Press. Added some brads to give it some 'pop.' She was colored with COPIC markers.

And finally, I made another card (see the next post, below) using this cute Button Bear image; but felt this time, he needed to hold a flower, instead. I used pop dots beneath the sunflower to give it dimension. He is colored with COPIC makers, also. Sentiment stamp is by The Angel Company. A little stitching around the image...and voila! He's done!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you're having a relaxing and wonderful Memorial Day weekend, also!


Kim H. said...

Oh my stars these are just the cutest teddy bear cards I have ever seen! I have that set with the teddy bear and the sunflower and stuff! Have not use it in years! YIKES! Your stuff is always gorgeous! Have a wonderful Memorial day!

Jennifer said...

Ethel, I just love each and every one of your darling Teddy Bear cards. WONDERFUL! Hope to see a lot more. These are great!

Jennifer :)

Dawn said...

I love, love, love, the one with the little bear, watering her garden. Oh, so cute!!

Heather Grow said...

I love all your bear cards, Ethel.

LazyKay said...

I'm luvin' this bear and your cards!