Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Birthday Bear Hugs

Hello and welcome to Studio 5380.
I hope your week is off to a great start. Most of my Monday was spent out and about, running errands and trying to get a few things checked off of my to-do list.  After calling it a day I headed upstairs to my studio to play along with the current Sketch Challenge going on at My Favorite Things.  As usual, the card that I had planned in my head looked nothing like what was happening on my desk! So, after coloring, cutting, tossing it in the trash and starting over a few times I finally have a completed card. I was about to head off to bed when I thought I would check the deadline for this challenge...and at just over 9 hours left I decided I better hang in there, get photos taken and get this one posted.  Guess I'll just have to sleep in tomorrow morning!

My youngest grandson, Brayden, has a birthday coming up soon so this one is for him....

I used lots of my new goodies from My Favorite Things on this sweet card:
* Card base and banner - Blueprints 13
* Balloons on background - Clowning Around stamp set
* Bears and birthday cake - Birthday Bears stamp set
* Stars on banner - Star Celebration stencil

I used Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste and the Star Celebration stencil to create the background on my blue banner.

I added Clear Wink of Stella Glitter to all the balloons and the birthday cake.

Brayden will be turning 4 years old next month and I love that this birthday cake image just happened to have 4 candles on it - how perfect is that?!

Even though it's a little late in the ballgame I thought I would share the sketch with you. I love the sketches from MFT and like to refer to them when my inspiration needs a jump start!

Okay, that pretty much wraps things up for me! I'm off to link up my card then head to bed.  I'll be sleeping in tomorrow...so have a great day and I'll see you soon!


  1. What a precious card!!! Those bears are so sweet!! Love the sparkle you gave the balloons!!! :)

  2. This card is so happy and cheerful, great for a kid's birthday! Lovely colors and I love those bears!
    Have a wonderful day Tanya!

  3. Oh, this is so sweet, Tanya!! I love those adorable bears!! The sparkly balloons are perfect!! And I love the texture the stars add!! Absolutely fabulous my friend!! He will adore this!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. This is sooo sooo sweet!!! Adorable Card and Brayden will just love those bears! Do you know where I can learn to color like that? I've been trying and I'm just so far off... Let me know when you get a chance.... :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

    1. You are very kind my sweet friend! I know this sounds like every piece of advice you have ever been given, but it's true...practice, practice, practice! I did take 2 days of classes in Orlando a couple of years ago. The classes were put on by Copic Markers and you can find classes all over the place on their website. The classes were great, but I don't learn as well in a big group setting like that. I have to be in my own little world, with my own little toys trying it out my own little way. When I get ready to color an image I'm not sure of (like these bears) I usually stamp out the image 2 or 3 times using at least one of those images as a practice piece. That way I can try out color combos, shading and texture without getting too bent out of shape if it doesn't work out. Lots of those images end up in the trash :(

      I still see so many errors in my work and sometimes cringe when I see it enlarged on my blog. But, that's part of learning I suppose! I guess we are all our own worse critic and your sweet words help my feelings more than you know!

  5. Wow! These bears are so cute. Perfect card for a sweet little boy. Love the coloring on the bears. You blend so well, really looks like a bears fur. If I could do that I would be using digis and coloring!

  6. Absolutely adorable!!! I love the cute little bears~the design is awesome and I am sure Brayden will love it!!!! Great job my friend!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K

  7. Oh my, such a sweet card. Love those cute little bears. Great shading and love the texture on the stars.

  8. The birthday bears are adorable!!our coloring is always beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  9. Tanya ~ oh my I can soooo relate to your post! I toss more than I post! Well this card is just DARLING! LOVE the way you did the stars too! I bet your grandson will LOVE this!

  10. Gorgeous card - fabulous colouring and love love the design. TFS

  11. Oh how i love this card. So wonderful and sweet, but still also fun.


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