Hi friends! Happy Friday to you! I'm so happy it's Friday! My husband has been away for work all week and he's coming home today. He hasn't met the new kitten yet! I am so excited for them to meet. I've been texting my husband so many photos of the kitty all week and I know he wants to hug him! I'll be happy to see my hubs and catch up. Also, tomorrow I'm going to Hero Arts for the Northern California stop of Kathy Rac's 30 Day Coloring Road Show! YEAH! I know several people who are coming and it's going to be a great time. I have no expectations that I will get any coloring done. I will be tooooo busy talking and chatting! Keep and eye on my Instagram stories tomorrow for behind the scenes! I hope you have had a great week! Happy weekend!
Today's card is FUN! I finally finally inked up and colored my MFT Bitty Bears stamp set! I've been making an effort to use some of my cool stamp sets that I haven't used yet. These Bitty Bears are SOOOOOO CUTE! EEEK! I had a great time coloring the bears and bringing them to life! Then I made them into a happy card. It took me some time to come up with a good card layout for these guys. I wanted to put all six of them on the same card...
I made an A2 card base out of pretty deep aqua blue paper and then die cut a stitched rectangle from white paper. I die cut the "HUGS" die into the white layer about 2/3 or the way down the paper. I left room on the sides for the "bear" word and the little hearts. The bears were attached to the card with foam tape. The white layer was attached to the blue layer with foam tape also to let the hugs part be raised up.
THESE BEARS! So sweet!
The word "bear" is from a large sentiment that says "sending you a big bear hug" and it's from the MFT Happy Pandas stamp set. I wanted just the "bear" from the large sentiment... Here's my trick: I lay down washi tape over all the parts of the stamp that I don't want. Then I get the stamp good and inked up. Then I remove (carefully) the washi tape. Now only the small part is inked, and I stamped it down on the edge of the HUGS die. I use this trick all the time.
Here is my little row of Bitty Bears! I had fun standing them all up to take a photo! It's easier to see how I colored them too. I used a few shades of brown and the way I colored them I tried to make the center of their tummies a lighter color to look round. The fun thing about these bears is that they can be brown bears, black bears, grey bears....even white polar bears - all depending on how you choose to color them. I made a few extra to put in my planner too, since they're the perfect size.
Here's a side shot so you can see the way it's all layered and put together.
This card won't fit into an A2 envelope because of the red balloon sticking up from the top. I almost always (90% of the time) use A6 envelopes, even for my A2 cards. This way there is a little extra room for a bow, or if something is sticking off the side, etc. Postage is the same for A2 and A6!
That's it for me today! Thanks for ALL THE LOVE on Instagram and Facebook about my new baby kitty! He will get a name this weekend now that my husband is home. He's been such a good kitty already. Follows me around everywhere and is very snuggly. Just what I needed. He loves sleeping on my work desk - I have a blanket there for him. He makes me so happy. I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
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