Monday, February 2, 2015

Warm Wishes

The current challenge at Jingle Belles is to make a shaped card, and rectangles and squares don't count. I hate intensely dislike making shaped cards, but in the spirit of the challenge, I decided to give it the old college try.

Here's my card, then I'll explain:

Since I follow a bazillion challenges each week, there's usually a color challenge that floats my boat, and this week was no exception. Check out the no-longer-current Nacho Average Challenge color challenge:

It's as if the angels sang.

So, this card base is made from the Memory Box Arabian Frame die, and it's 5"x7". H U G E! I think it's meant to be folded in half and made into a small (or note) card, but I went with the larger canvas and initiated my new MFT Cool Day bears and matching dies.

Larger canvas = more stuff to fit on it, so I went for multiple bears and ice chunks. Since these are solid dies, I cut way more than I needed to give me a chance to stamp a few straight. Then I got to coloring, stamped the sweater and mug and paper pieced them, and I was just about ready to stick stuff down when I decided the plain white background was boring.

I die-cut the Simon Says Stamp Chevron Clouds and used one to sponge around to make the sky. I had no crafty sponge, so I used a paper towel. Worked just fine!

The ice chunks were stuck down, and the bottom part of the bears were stuck to them, but I put glue dots behind the upper parts of the bears to hold them up from the card front a little bit. My last stamping act was to stamp the sentiment.

I cut a second large frame, scored it from the top at about 3/4", and used extreme adhesive to stick it to the back of the front panel.

It took what seemed like hours to make this, but I really like the result!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:
Stamps: MFT Cool Day
Dies: MFT Cool Day, Memory Box Arabian Frame, Simon Says Stamp Chevron Clouds
Inks: Memento Black, Hero Hues black, Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass
Paper: Neenah Solar White, My Mind's Eye Collectable 6x6 pack
Copics: C0, C2, 0 blender, R02, R05, B00, G00, BG01, BG05, Y08, Y13
Other: SU mini glue dots, paper towel, SU two-way glue pen, Tombow Extreme Adhesive


  1. Those little guys are adorable!!! Too cute and love the shaped card. Great looking clouds!

  2. oh ♥WOW♥!!!!!!! i LOVE those guys! i love the bears, the fabulous knitwear, the icebergs, the awesome artsy cloudy sky and i especially looooooooooove the polkadotty mug!!! (for the record my 2nd shape card was very nearly this fancy label shape, even in the middle of making the card i wound up with there were several times when i was very nearly reaching for the die...) :) :) :) thanks for "shaping up" with us at JINGLE BELLES!!! ♥♥♥

  3. ps: forgot to say this is a FAB take on that palette, too! :)

  4. Love this card! those bears are such fun.

  5. I like how the one bear is all 'Eff the scarf, I'm wearing a sweater!" Fun card. I'm with you, hate shaped cards. Have you ever had someone send you a small triangle card? Such a waste of time and postage.

  6. Love the guy in the sweater ... and the scarves ar eso fun too ... perfect coloring and assembly for your shaped-up design ... so very glad you joined us at Jingle Belles.

  7. Love the guy in the sweater ... and the scarves ar eso fun too ... perfect coloring and assembly for your shaped-up design ... so very glad you joined us at Jingle Belles.

  8. So totally worth the time & effort! I share your intense dislike of making shaped cards - they look so fabulous, but maaaaaking them, meh!

  9. Oh, what an adorable card - and the time you put into it really shows to its advantage!


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