Monday, 22 October 2012

Cold Free and Happy

Thank goodness I've finally got rid of my cold, it knocked me for six and lasted well over a week but now it’s almost gone. Christmas card making was on hold this week, I did have a bit of stamping frenzy earlier in the week and coloured some cute bears as a result. I've completed two cards using the same Alfie bear with balloon the style is very similar although I went for contrast with the colour scheme one I've used more pastel/soft tones and the other bright and colourful, I've posted  the softer of the two, the other I will post later when I  get the chance. I love Alfie, he was great fun to colour. All the papers were magazine freebies from various sources other than the love heart paper which is from the Bazoo paper pack.
Yesterday I had a great day and I didn't do any housework!... went to a craft fair which was on locally until the early afternoon, hubby stayed at home… I learnt after my visit in the spring husbands and craft fairs don’t mix. I had a fab time and very happy with my purchased goodies although I did spend more than I planned to. I got loads including stamps, cardstock, embossing powders, ink pads, flowers ribbons and dies… (for my Christmas hubby gave me some extra cash to get something if I saw it...of course I did..I can’t wait till Christmas)… you get the idea; I have no excuse now for not having enough stash or stuck for ideas.

 'happy birthday '
'close up of Alfie bear '
My birthday is also coming up next month and the husband has both my birthday and Christmas wish lists (he needs time to plan and save!)…Santa has already agreed to bring me a Grand Calibur thanks to a great offer on C&C a few weeks ago! and the birthday fairy some copics and a heat gun, not the large set of pens only 36...I didn't want hubby sorry the birthday fairy going into shock!...that happened when he found out how much I've spent on promarkers, so I didn't want to ask for too much. These will be more than enough to get me started. I've heard so much about them, that I thought I’d add them to my promarkers which I am happy with; I want to compare how they work and what direction to go in as I progress in the future. The heat gun is because I want to try embossing as I love the look and decided now is the time to learn a new skill. Since I got into card making, I can’t think of anything non crafty that I would want…I'm definitely addicted.
inside card 
I used the following
  • scalloped card
  • Green and grey papers and card for layering
  • Papers various magazine freebies
  • heart paper -Bazoo Helz Cuppleditch
  • Alfie bear - Craftwork Cards-coloured with Promarkers
From stash
  • Organza ribbon, and bakers twine
  • Button, pearls
  • Sentiment-magazine freebie
  • Inside -card and papers as for front.
  • Punched flowers using same papers and cardstock
  • Die cut square- inside
I would like to take part in the following challenges this week
Penny Black and More-Monthly Challenge- Animal Magic
Addicted to Stamps challenge#41 - Animal Friends
Cards Galore Challenge-Anything Goes
Forever Friends Monthly Challenge -Bingo I used ribbon button blue
Daring Cardmakers Challenge-‘don’t worry be happy’
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #74-Anything goes
The Poodles Parlour challenge-Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody Challenge #5-Anything Goes
The Craft pad Challenge#193-Use an Animal
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #29-Use Ribbon
Clearly i Stamp challenge –CIC62 -‘All Tied Up’-Use Ribbon or Twine
Dutch Dare Card Challenge-Buttons and bows
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge#186- No Rules
One Stop Craft Challenge#201-Anything Goes
Make it Monday Challenge#112-Anything Goes


  1. Fabulous card Andrea. Love the image, that bear is just adorable.
    Glad to hear you're feeling better now.
    Caz x

  2. This is a gorgeous baby card Andrea. Thanks for joining our Use a Ribbon challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox. Pleased you're feeling better :)

  3. glad you're feeling better! great card and fab colouring! I could perhaps put in my request to Santa for some copics. Showed my husband the 72 piece set online and he went very pale and had to sit down. So don't think I'll be getting that one....
    Kim x

  4. Gorgeous card,Andrea. I love the monochromatic look. The bear is just a sweetheart. Great use of twine too. I love it.
    Michaela xx

  5. Hi Andrea, beautiful card, great coloring! A tip for you: While you wait for the heat gun, you can try embossing by holding your embossed image above a bread toaster. Don't burn your fingers! It works quite ok for me, I don't have a heat gun yet either. .)

  6. Such a a pretty card Andrea, I love your sweet image and lovely soft colour combination - I can't wait to see the other one.
    I'm glad you are feeling better now and enjoyed your visit to the craft fair.

  7. Gorgeous card Andrea, love the colours. Thanks for playing along at Addicted to stamps 'Animal' challenge.
    Have a great week, hugs Teresa xx

  8. brilliant card! I love your colouring! Thanks for playing in the Use An Animal Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  9. Just love Alfie bear Andrea !! And what a fab lay out of your card !! Thanks for joining us this week at The Crafty Pad !!

    hugs Diane xx

  10. Fantastic card and colors. Spotted this on MIM..Loz

  11. Sound like Santa is going to be very kind this year Andrea, you will love your GC.

    Really great card, the pale blues really set off lovely Teddy image.

    Thanks so much for joining our Animal Magic theme at Penny Black and More challenge this month.

    B x

  12. aww, what a cute little bear being carried away with the balloons! i love the blue check paper and how you finished the inside to match. thank you so much for sharing this cute card with us this month for our animal magic theme at penny black and more.

  13. When the only things that make it on your wish lists are crafting supplies, then you are truly an addict like the rest of us! Glad you had a great time at the craft fair and you were able to pick up some great goodies.
    This card is so sweet and his fur is colored beautifully.


  14. Ohhhh what a cute card!! I love bears and this one is lovely .Great blue monochrome card..Great details too.

    Thank you so much for joining in at the FOREVER FRIENDS MONTHLY BINGO CHALLENGE...and please remember for all of you who use a forever friends image there is a special prize for one lucky picked winner..

    Hugs FF DT Blankina

  15. So beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing at DDCC!

  16. Fabulous, the bear is so cute! Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  17. Love this sweet card. Your colouring of Mr. Bear is fabulous. He looks so furry. beautiful paper choice to complement the image. I'm glad I saw this on MIM.

  18. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining Forever Friends 'Bingo' challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again very soon. Diane x

  19. Oh so cute. Love the design and the teddy is fabulous.
    Thank's for joining us at Stamptacular Sundays this week, hope you play next week too.
    Chris x

  20. Cute teddy. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 everybody. Good luck! Sandy :)

  21. Lovely card Andrea, and a cute little teddy!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSC this time!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  22. A lovely card. Such a cute image and I love the twine, bow and button.

    Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge in our anything goes challenge this week.


  23. Very sweet card Andrea, beautifully coloured and designed. Came over from MIM. hugs, Pat K.xx

  24. Love this bear and beautifully colored! Thanks for joining us at The One Stop Craft CHallenge!

  25. Gorgeous card! Thank you for entering the Cards Galore Challenge...good luck! xx

  26. Oh Andrea what an inspiring card my the bear and balloons and gosh the whole design....YOU are an inspiration to me you know that....luv n hugs, Annie

  27. Lovely card - love the soft blue and the grey.
    Thank you for joining the Animal Magic challenge over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  28. AW!! This is just darling!! What a precious image and the layout is just as sweet too! :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge!! - *Vicki* - DT member

  29. aww how darling! your teddy looks stunning with the blues :)
    thanks for joining Fussy and Fancy


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