Sweet Stampin' - 'Bear' with Me

Ooh I just made it by the skin of me teeth! I have been wrapped up in gorgeous new baby cuddles all week, so no time (or interest) in crafting this week at all. So I've pulled together this wee Christmas card last minute. Which, for a last minute make, I'm super happy with! Gladly my mojo came rushing back. I had coloured this cutie some time back, but never managed to get it on a card, so when our theme for this weeks Sweet Stampin' challenge happened to be 'Bear with Me', I knew exactly which image I wanted to use. 

This sweet wee Polar Bear called Ice-Beary Greetings is from Whiff of Joy, which sadly are soon to close their doors. I love their sweet stamps, so it's really sad to see Katharina's business closing down. Do pop over and give her some support in these final days. There are loads of gorgeous digital stamps at half price and a few physical stamps and dies still. If you're a fan don't delay looking as many are already sold out.

I had intended initially to make this card up as a 'shaker card'. But I messed up the windows and ended up having to make it a fancy aperture card. But I'm not unhappy with how it turned out at all. I think it looks fab, so it was a happy mistake. I chose to still add a couple of the snowflakes I was going to use in the shaker to the acetate window, to hint at the idea of that. I sprinkled a little Stampendous Crystal Snow at the base of the apertures and added a good helping to the woodchip snowflake I used after first painting it with white chalk ink. The lovely sentiment is from a Crafter's Companion Bebunni stamp. All those cute stamps have gorgeous sentiments with them. I particularly liked this one and it fit the image well I thought. I used Memento Ink in Nautical Blue for the sentiment.

Our sponsors for this challenge are the fabulous Freckled Fawn, which was totally what gave me the idea to use the woodchip snowflake as they have lots of these gorgeous embellies. This one however was from the lovely Jody at Spiegelmom Scraps.

Below you can see that I adhered the image to the body of the card, so when it's open it shifts out of line a little. I like the effect this gave the card. That little bit of depth that the shaker would have otherwise given. 

Well that's me for today. Do pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge and check out the fantastic creations by the rest of the DT. They really are a madly talented crew. Come and join our 'Bear with Me' challenge with your own sweet bear creation. We'd love to see what your take on the challenge is! Sorry about the Christmas overload from me lately. But this little guy just had to be a Christmas bear, so it was a Christmas make again! LOL. Big hugs for a happy weekend and I'll be back really soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #286 ~ Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: All That Glitters
The Pink Elephant: #305 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenges: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: June ~ Furry Friends
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge: #141 ~ Use A Sentiment
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges: #234 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: We're Going Dotty (spots on the snowflake paper)


Tracey T said…
What a great design! Love the depth from having the image inside the card. I can't believe that we'll soon be thinking about Christmas... where has the year gone? Had no idea that Whiff of Joy is to close. Have a great weekend xx
Pop's Cards said…
Gorgeous sweetie I just love the super cute image and the way you have made it inside a gorgeous creation hugs Pops x
Absolutely gorgeous card, Wends, I'm in awe that you can whip up a card like that in an haste, well done! Enjoy the baby cuddles, they grow up so fast.

Have a great weekend, sweetie.

Love and hugs
Chris said…
How lovely to spend time with your friend and enjoy her little one! Maarit is so right they grow up so fast and you can never have these early days back again...so enjoy every cuddle!
Your card design is gorgeous, just love the way the cute bear sits inside that aperture!
coldwaters2 said…
Fabulous card Wendy a brilliant design and image love the cutie bear also the stitched circles it looks grrrrrreat.
lorraine x
coops said…
aw so gorgeous wendy.i love your colouring and sentiment and the image is adorable ;D

xx coops xx
crafty said…
Super, cute card. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More. Mary
Anet's Crafting said…
Adorable card Wendy. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny's Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx
debby4000 said…
Oh what an adorable shaker card, love the little bear.
Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Sally Dodger said…
A beautiful Christmas card Wendy. Your little bear image is so cute and the depth you have added to your card by adding the image to the inside is great. I love your soft blue and Kraft colour scheme and the glitter you have added gives a lovely sparkle. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.
J said…
What a lovely card – great use of apertures. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers & more…

zetkaArt said…
Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenge! zetkaArt

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