Saturday, December 5, 2015

FTHS Gift Stack Teddy Card

I'm always excited to see what Faith Skrdla will come up with for the monthly progressive challenge over at From the Heart Stamps. This month she created a darling digi of a teddy bear by a stack of gifts on which his little mouse friend is standing. "Gift Stack Teddy" also comes with 3 great sentiments, but this time I chose to use a "Happy Birthday, Jesus" sentiment. This card combines elements of all 3 FTHS challenges going on right now. There's the monthly progressive challenge I've just mentioned, and the weekly sketch challenge this card follows, but there is also a birthday card link-up connected with the great blog hop going on this weekend. You can find the hop on the FTHS blog. Join in by visiting the DT members and commenting on the birthday cards they made, and you have a chance to win a digi set from each stop as well as a $15 store credit if you correctly guess each DT member's birthday month and are the random pick from the correct answers. Then there's some bonus fun this time! You can enter a birthday card made with a FTHS digi for a chance to win a $10 store credit!
For my card, I created the base using a hinge card made with Spellbinders Grand Labels 11. For the mat behind my image, I used a Marianne Die from the Rectangle Frame and Flourishes set. I cut out my image using a die from WPlus9's Sunshine Layers die set. The "Happy Birthday, Jesus" sentiment was cut using a Spellbinders classic long rectangles die.
I sized up and printed out the digi using my Silhouette Design Studio software. Then I colored it using Copics and MEXPY markers and blue Stickles for the trim on the bear's hat. I wish I would have chosen a lighter brown for the bear because it's hard to see his facial features with the color I used. I wound up using googly eyes on him so his eyes could be made out better.
I tied a silver jingle bell and a silver gift to the top left of the card and glued a bow above them. Then I made a bow with green velvet ribbon using my Ultimate Crafter's Companion tool. I added some holly and berry sequins to the sentiment and 3 blue gems to the image panel to finish up.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Corner - W, 3E - Sparkle & Shine
Creative Fingers - W , 3E, No totally digital projects - No.99 - Always Anything Goes (W1 of 2)
Cut it Up- 2W, 1E, Must have Die Cuts - No. 85 - (W2 of 2) - Christmas - make it Sparkle with Sequins
Fairy Tale - 2W, 2E - No. 132 - (W1 of 2) - Something Metal (I used a jingle bell)
Jo's Scrap Shack - W, 3E - No.117 - Christmas Joy
Pattie's Creations - M, 2E, SIO, include an image December - Any Christmas Creation with an image
Polkadoodles - 2W, C10No.49 - (W1 of 2)
Traditional Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon - 2W, 4E (1st & 3rd Friday) - No.131 - (W1 of 2) Shimmer and Sparkle (with ribbon or trim)
Simply Papercraft - 2W, E3 - No. 19 (W1 of 2) - Always Anything Goes
Stempelsonnen Challenge - 2W, 3E, stamp as main focus - No.155 - (W2 of 2) - Always Anything Goes
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - 2W, E1, Must be Christmas- (W2 of 2) - Christmas Gift (last challenge for this year)
Wags 'n Whiskers - 2W, 2E, SIO - No. 167 - (W2 of 2) - Ribbons and/or Pearls
Fresh Brewed Designs - W, 5E - Anything Goes Christmas
Inspiration Destination - W, F- #62 Always Anything Goes 
Little Red Wagon - W - #318  Traditional Christmas Colors
Paper Shelter Challenge - W,3E, SIO - #229 A Christmas Card
Scrapy Land Challenges -1st and #3rd Wed of Month, Must use a die sold by Scrapy Land -#31 Anything Goes PLUS Use Any Brand of Die Scrapy Land Sales
Stampotique Designers' Challenge - W1E, SIO, No digi stamps, 5E- #224 Sequins
The Crafty Addicts M, 1st Wednesday of M, E #5 - Anything Goes/ Celebration
Whimsy Inspiration -Monthly 3rd Wed posting3E, SIO  - #88 Anything Goes - Holiday
Wonderful Wednesdays -  W, SIO -  Always Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesdays - W,5E , scriptural word art freebie offered each week - #212 Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - W, F - Recipe (Pattern paper, digi, favorite color-blue)
A Snowflakes Promise 2WE3, Must be Christmas/winter themed  #11 - Anything Goes with a Winter or Christmas Theme (Week 1)
Digi Choosday Challenge -W,E2, - #48 - Traditional Christmas
Inky Chicks W, 3E, cards & altered items - #60 - Merry Christmas (challenge runs till the end of December)
Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge W,1E, SIO - #264 Religious Christmas (Week 2)
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Retarte 2W, E3 - #66 - Anything Goes  (Week 1) 
Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown W- #272 -  Cute and Cuddly (Week 1)
Artistic Inspirations - 2W, E3 - (Week 1) Anything Goes with Twist of Christmas
Craft-Dee BowZ - M, E3, project must have bow -  Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafting from the Heart - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas - 2W - (Week 2) Christmas
Craft Your Passion - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - 2W, 3E - (Week 1) Holidays
I {heart} Sketches Challenges - W (2W in summer), SIR - Sketch* and/or Twist: Heat Embossing 

From the Heart Stamps Birthday Blog Hop Challenge
From the Heart Stamps DOTM Challenge
Christmas (W1 of 2) Monthy Challenge: Always Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Challenges M,1st Thurs,3E #17 Anything Christmas
Star Stampz Challenge 2W,3E,SIO Lots Of Layers (W2 of 2)
Sieze The Birthday 2W Birthday + Topping: Use A Holiday Stamp(W1 of 2)
Share Joy Challenge: Color combo
Crafting By Designs - W,F, 3E -  December Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner -  W, E2 - #48 Anything Goes
Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #81 Always Anything Goes (Week 2 of 2)

CropStop Linky Party M, 2nd Wednesday of M, E5, SIR(see blog for details)  #10 AnythingGoes (Week 4 of 4) 

Not Just Cards - M, F - Always Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - 2W, E3 - (Week 1) Anything Goes with Twist of Christmas
613 Avenue Create - W - #152 Anything goes with optional twist: Paper piecing
Christmas Card Challenges - W, must be Christmas / Winter – #52 Anything Goes
Colour Your World with Lucy Sunshine - 2W, E3 Anything Goes (W1 of 2)
Come and Get It WUnlimited Anything goes with a sentiment
Glitter n Sparkle - W - #165 Include a bow
Creatalicious Challenges (M,P15) #81 Merry Christmas
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges (2W,P1/15,E3) #52 Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations (2W, P1/15, E3) #38 Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas (M,P1,E4) Warm and Cozy
Dies R Us Challenge (2W,P1/15,E3,SIR) #38 Christmas
Emerald Faeries Challenge (M,P1,E3,SIO) #74 Merry Christmas
Just Keep On Crafting (M, P1) Anything Goes
Kreativeinkauf-challenge (M,P15,E3)  #33 Gift
Natalie and Amy's Challenge (M,P30) #39 Christmas
Sparkles Forum Christmas (M,P1) # 59 Die Cuts for Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up (M, P1, E3) #11 Anything Goes Optional Theme: Santa Claus is coming to Town
The Sisters of Craft (M,P1) Anything Goes
Ching-chou Kuik Digital Stamps (M, P1, E3, SIO) Birthday
Winter Wonderland - W, 3E, must be Christmas Holly and/or Ivy
YNS Challenges - 2W , SIR (Top Pick) SIO, (Winner and Stand out) - No.28 - (W2 of 2) - Sketch* and Inspirational Photo* use either the sketch or the photo or use both*
4 Crafty Chicks W #275 Winter
Crafting With An Attitude M,1st Thurs,3E #10 Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations 2W,3E Always Anything Goes
DL ART Thursday Challenge 2W,2nd & 4th Thurs,3E #169
Craft Rocket Challenges 2W,3E #5Anything Goes (W1 of 2) 


  1. Don't you love the Stamp of the Month for December? So adorable and clever of you to make it a birthday card. Also glad you were able to join both the sketch challenge and the SOTM. Great job. Love the glitter and cool shaped card. Thanks for playing with us at From The Heart Stamps. Good Luck.

  2. Fabulous card! I love the little bell and present charms! Thanks so much for joining us in our weekly I (heart) sketches with a tWiSt challenge at From the Heart Stamps.

  3. all 3 of our current challenges with one card (clever use of sentiment) Loving that cute lil pressie hanging at the corner too.
    Thank you for joining in the fun at FTHS
    Jo xx

  4. What a fun cards with all the different layers and textures, Carrie! Thanks for hanging out with us over at YNS.

  5. Pretty Card, Carrie and clever to combined all three challenges together.
    Thanks for joining us @ From the Heart Stamps !

  6. Super cute teddy bear card. I love the texture on his hat and the layering dies you used. Thank you for joining the DL.ART December Linky Challenge. Katie-DL.ART-DTmember

  7. Really cute love the shape TFS Craft Rocket Challenges Lis DT

  8. A wonderful card! Thanks for sharing with us at dies R Us for our Christmas challenge!

  9. What a wonderful project! Thanks for joining us for Share Joy Challenge 13!!

  10. I love your card, Carrie. The googly eyes are a hoot and I love the addition of an actual jingle bell and the little gift!

  11. This is so sweet. great colors and lots of fun embellishments I love making birthday cards for Jesus also
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes DECEMBER Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  12. What a fun creation! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  13. Such a fun Christmas card. Love the googly eyes. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Adorable card, Carrie! Love your bear's wiggle eyes and the charms. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ December Challenge, "Anything goes and include a handmade bow".

  15. Wonderful card! Thanks for entering I {heart} card sketches with a tWist - hope to see you again next time!

  16. Love the googly eyes and the cuteness...Thanks for sharing it with us over at Craft Rocket Challenge~

  17. What a cute card. So much fun with the googly eyes.

    So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas for the warm and cozy challenge.

  18. Such a fun card! Love the googly eyes on the teddy!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane (DT) xxx

  19. Gorgeous card love the image and bps. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  20. Isn't that cute! Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our Christmas - Make it Sparkle (sequins) challenge!


  21. Very cute. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

  22. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.



    makememories4life {My Blog}

    Through The Craft Room Door

  23. Awesome. Thank you for joining us over at CCC Digi Creations Challenge. Look forward to seeing you again.

    CCC Digi Creations, DT

  24. What a fun card!! Love the added bells! Thank you for joining us at Creative Corner Challenges! Sara DT
    Merry Christmas!!

  25. How sweet and fun your card is! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #31!

  26. Fabulous embellishing...I'm loving this card, especially the googlie eyes! Thank you for playing along with us at From the Heart Stamps!

  27. What a sweet teddy! I love the addition of the hanging bell and package ~ very festive! Thanks for sharing with us over at Cut It Up make it sparkle challenge!

  28. Sweet card! I love the image! Thanks for joining our challenge at CCC digi creations blog.

    DT CCC digi creations

  29. Sweet card! I love the image! Thanks for joining our challenge at CCC digi creations blog.

    DT CCC digi creations

  30. You have put so many special touches on this card. I'm sure the receipent will enjoy it so much. Thanks for joining us at the Mod Squad this week.

  31. Super cute card! Thanks so much for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

  32. Sweet card! I love the image! Thanks for joining our challenge at SSC blog. Andrea

  33. This is SO pretty, Carrie. Your teddy is SO sweet. Thanks so much for sharing in our Shimmer & Sparkle challenge. We love seeing your fabulous projects, and hope that you will join us again real soon.
    Blessings to you,
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  34. Super adorable! Thanks for joining the CDD Christmas Linky Party DT Jessica

  35. such a sweet card! I love how it's different than most card...and a beautiful reminder of the season. Thanks for joining Fun~day Friday at Jo's Scrap Shack.

  36. Love your Birthday/Christmas card! So glad you joined us at Seize the Birthday!

  37. What a fantastic combination of challenges. Thanks for showing it for the fairytale-challenge.
    happy Holidays

  38. Wonderful card with an adorable image and great colours. Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland Challenge.
    Alison x

  39. Very cute. I love the embossed die cut on patterned paper. Thanks for sharing at Sparkles Christmas

  40. So cute. Thank you for joining us at color your world at lacy sunshine
    Caroline senior ct

  41. So cute. Thank you for joining us at color your world at lacy sunshine
    Caroline senior ct

  42. This is one adorable Christmas card. Thanks for sharing at Star Stampz for our layer challenge. Please join in on our current Christmas challenge as well. Bettina DT Member at Star Stampz xx

  43. Thanks for joining the fun at Natalie and Amy's this month with this beautiful card.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  44. What a fun card with the bell and great shape. Thanks for joining in the fun at YNS and sharing your take on challenge #28!

  45. Cute card and lovely bow!
    Thank you for joining in with the 'Traditional Christmas' challenge at Polkadoodles Mia - GDT Member xx

  46. How cute!! Such a sweet image! Thanks so much for joining our Christmas Linky Party at Craftin Desert Divas!
    DT Tina

  47. Cute card! Thanks for sharing with us at Get Creative Challenges and hope to see you again soon.

  48. Great card - love all the embellies! Thanks for playing along with us at YNS!

  49. Really cute card. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  50. This is so much fun and the sentiment reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas in a light hearted way. I love the embellishments you have included as well.Thanks so much for sharing your card at Anything goes December link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  51. What a great way to "multi-task" your challenges, Carrie! Love all of the sweet touches you added to this teddy (love jingle bells!). Thanks for joining us at FTHS!

  52. Love you card and thanks for joining The Paper Shelter.
    Hugs, Marianne

  53. Beautiful card!! Thanks for joining us at TPS for our challenge!! Good Luck!
    Hug Lena

  54. This is adorable and I love your sentiment! Merry christmas....thanks for joining RRR

  55. Cute.. What a fun idea. Thanks for joining us at Your Next Stamp.

  56. What a lovely creation. The metal part really looks very stunning and christmas like. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX

  57. A lovely card and thanks for sharing at Digi Chooseday with our Traditional Christmas challenge. Good luck
    Aunty Sue DT

  58. What a beautiful card. ♥
    Thank you for joining us at Card and Scrap.

    Be sure to check out our DT Call as well.

    Hugs Line.

  59. Great card and love the cute image ------Thank you for joining us at Crafting With An Attitude
    Carol DT x

  60. What a super cute card. Lovely sentiment.
    Thank you for joining us at Lacy Sunshine Stamps!
    Lacy Sunshine CDT Innovation Specialist

  61. Super card, thanks so much for joining us over at 'Crafty Addicts' ... Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you the very best for 2016!!
    Hugs Donna DT xx
    Kraftyscot Handmade Crafts

  62. A great card - love the shape and the eyes you added to the digi!

    Thanks for joining us at the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

    Helen x

  63. Cute card and I love the shape of it and the bear's googly eyes too! Thank you for joining in the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Ching-Chou Kuik DT