Friday, August 28, 2015

Beary Nice Celebration card

I mostly use digital stamps these days, but today I broke out a couple of my rubber stamps to make this birthday card. The cute image on the front is a "Gruffies" rubber stamp called "Beary Nice Celebration," and the "Celebrate" sentiment is also a rubber stamp made by Stampabilities. I bought both of these stamps at Hobby Lobby several years ago when I first began making cards and hadn't yet ventured into the world of digital stamps which my Silhouette opened up for me. I'm not sure I had even bought my first Cuttlebug back then, and I'm sure I didn't know what a JPEG or PNG file was, let alone an SVG file! I've learned a lot since those days and am constantly amazed at all the new techniques I'm seeing. I love that there's always something new to try!
It's still fun to use my rubber and acrylic stamps, though. I especially like this bear stamp. The streamers can be colored in brights or pastels, the cake can be very colorful, too with the frosting and candles, and the bear is adorable. The House Mouse stamps have so much detail to them. Look how realistic the bear's fur is.
So back to the card. I used a DCWV brown A2 card blank and adhered my stamped image to it after coloring it with colored pencils and die cutting it with a new die I just got this week by W Plus 9 Design Studio called "Sunshine Layers." I just used the largest die in the set to cut out my image, but the set includes clouds, the sun, raindrops, a rainbow and a rectangle that fits inside this larger die cut. I love the look of the faux stitching that is so popular right now. It adds a bit of detail and interest without taking too much attention away from the stamped image.
The inside of the card took me a few attempts to get the look I wanted. I had planned to use a metal charm in the shape of a gift, but it really didn't seem right on this card. Instead, I decided to make the sentiment the focal point by just adding some small white stars. For the mat, I used Spellbinders Labels 4, and for the Kraft card stock sentiment, I used Spellbinders Gold Labels 4.
I plan to enter this card in the following challenges:
House Mouse Challenge
Cards in Envy
Vintage Stamping Challenges
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Get Creative Challenges
Incy Wincy Designs
Love to Scrap
Melonheadz Friends Challenge
Not Just Cards
Art by Miran
613 Avenue Create
Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine
Glitter n Sparkle
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
One Stitch at a Time
Animal Friends Challenge
Artistic Stampers
Handmade Bliss (I used the W Plus 9 Design die set Sunshine Layers)
Through the Craft Room Door
Crafting for all Seasons
Crop Stop
Inspiration Destination
Simon Says Stamp
Stampotique Designers Challenge
Wonderful Wednesdays
Word Art Wednesday
Paper Creator's Crafts
Paper Sweetie's Sketches
Paradise of Stamps
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers
Verve Stamps Blog
Scrapbook Blessings Club
Stamping Sensations: ATG


  1. Love the bear he is not going to share his cake
    thanks for joining incy wincy
    Lynne DT

  2. This is a beautiful card, such a cute image and fabulous design.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator and House-Mouse and Friends.
    I have candy on my blog if you would like to take a look -

  3. What a lovely card. I like the layout and image very much. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 198th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  4. Aww, how adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Incy Wincy Designs Birthday Challenge! Hope to see more of your wonderful work!
    Karen C

  5. Gorgeous card Carrie :-) Gruffie is one of my all time faves, he is such a cute bear :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  6. Your colouring is fabulous on this! And no sentiment is needed on the outside with this adorable scene. Thanks for joining the fun at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  7. Aw, another BEARY sweet creation! I LOVE the soft colors you used! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sweeties! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  8. Love this bear:)) great card :))
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at TTCRD DT
    {My personal Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  9. Very cute! Love the colors of the streamers too!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  10. Carrie I'm a stamp girl myself, just love colouring in and all the different looks you can get with one image !! Your card iis just fab sweetie and so glad you could play along with us at HMAFMC !!

    Good luck !!

    hugs Diane xx

  11. Oh this is wonderful...thank you for sharing with us at HMFMC!! Good luck!
    Take care,

  12. Hi,
    your card is wonderful.
    The Animal Friends unfortunately only 10 challenges are allowed .

  13. I love this cute bear and the soft colors you used !
    Thanks for sharing it with us and hope to see you again in our next challenge as well,
    DT Through The Craft Room Door
    Made by Willeke {My personal Blog}

  14. Pretty colors and such a sweet image! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Paper Sweeties!

  15. Such a lovely card and thanks for sharing at LTSCB with our ATG challenge.
    Aunty Sue DT

  16. So glad you broke out a House Mouse stamp and joined us! This is a darling little scene, he looks like he got caught with his paws in the cake! Beautifully colored too, Thanks for sharing and joining us for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. A new challenge begins tomorrow, hope you can join us again.


  17. What a cute stamp! it! Beary cute card :)

  18. Such a cute card! Thanks for joining us at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!

  19. Super cute image for a super cute birthday card! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  20. Aww how cute! Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us at OSAAT this fortnight, I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Love 'n' hugs Sall OSAAT DT.

  21. This is so very cute! Just love it. Thanks so much for joining us at Inspiration Destination this week.

  22. So adorable! Thanks for playing along with our Diva Inspirations challenge!

  23. Adorable card. Thanks for sharing with us at SBC this month.

  24. Such a fun card with an adorable image! Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#276! Good luck!

  25. An absolutely beautiful card and combination of stamping and die cutting Carrie, it's perfect for our theme this month, many thanks for joining in at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  26. Such a fun card! Just adorable too! That bear looks so content! Thanks for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie challenges.

  27. A fab card, love the greedy bear enjoying his cake.

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  28. What a fun card. such a mischievous bear eating all that cake ;)
    Well done and thank you for joining us over at lil patch of crafty friends. Good luck!
    Erica DT

  29. Way to go, pulling out the golden oldie from your stash. See, that's why we need to keep everything! Very cute bear enjoying that cake! Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood.

  30. Beary nice birthday card! Mmmmmmm cake!!! Thanks for joining the sisterhood of snarky stampers for our "I is for Image" challenge!!

  31. AND you love the meece stamps too! What could be better than that!! Silhouette and HMouse stamps...loved browsing your blog today! ♥ Sue Kment

  32. AND you love the meece stamps too! What could be better than that!! Silhouette and HMouse stamps...loved browsing your blog today! ♥ Sue Kment

  33. Great job. Thanks for joining our image only challenge at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

  34. what a super sweet bear!!! adorable!! thanks for playing with Cards In Envy!!!

  35. Hi Carrie! WOW! What gorgeous colors and pencil coloring of this adorable HMD- Gruffies stamp! Beautifully framed with this new die too! We would love for you to come and enter this lovely creation into the challenge running over at HMFMC; House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. :)