Thursday, 11 October 2018

Fun & Festive Blog Hop...

Hello creative friends and Happy Thursday!

It's blog hop time over on Simon Says Stamp and we are celebrating the Fun & Festive release! I'm so excited to be one of the stops on this hop and if you've been hopping along, you'll have arrived here from Karin's blog but if you've just popped by and want to join in then just head back to the beginning and Simon Says Stamp's Blog, to join the fun. We also have a special promotion running with this hop and all you have to do is use code: FEST587 to get a free gift of Festive Stickles, while stocks last! The code will expire on Sunday 14th October at 11:59pm ET.
Now for my card which I created using some of the products from this fabulous release and it's something a little bit different from me but I've still given it my vintage twist that I love so much and hope you enjoy how this came together....
To make this card, I began with my background and for this I cut a panel of Tim Holtz HeavyStock Mixed Media card to measure 12.5 x 14cm. I then inked up the Mod Trees Background stamp with Versamark Ink and stamped directly onto the surface of the card before sprinkling Ranger Ink Sage Metallic Embossing Powder over the wet ink and heat embossed the powder until molten and shiny.

I then inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, machine stitched a border and matted the panel onto kraft card, followed by a layer of Woodgrain Watercolour card inked with Ground Expresso Distress Ink and finally a layer of green Tim Holtz Classic Kraft card. I then mounted the layers onto a kraft card blank.
For my adorable little teddy bear, I used the Picture Book Bear to die cut watercolour card ~ this creates a wonderful texture to the image and the appearance of it being furry. I inked the various sections of die cut card using Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Oxide Ink Pads for the main part of his face, Antique Linen for his snout, with a touch of Spun Sugar on his cheeks and Spun Sugar for his ears. His eyes and nose are coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint and then highlighted with a white pen. I also added little freckles with a Dylusions black paint pen. 
Once the bear was ready and assembled, I attached him to my card using foam pads for dimension and then added a little bow tie around his neck ~ just because no well dressed bear should be without his tie for Christmas. I created the bow using the Tim Holtz Folded Bow Die from Sizzix and used red classic kraft card. After placing the bow into position, I then attached some green buttons, which I stitched with cotton to look as if they were sewn on.
For a sentiment I used the Merry Christmas die to die cut red Classic Kraft card and added this down the side of the card.
To complete my card I added some pearls and crystal gems to the background and clipped a tim Holtz idea-ology Hinge Clip onto the side, which I painted with Festive Berries Distress Paint. I then took a Christmas Typed Token, altered with a little Picket Fence Distress paint to accentuate the number 25 and attached this to the clip.
 
...and that completes my card for this Fun & Festive Blog Hop and I hope you've enjoyed reading the creative process of how this fun and supercute piece came together! Don't forget that we would love for you to share your work in our Fun & Festive Gallery and can't wait to see what you make using the products.
HOP DETAILS:
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog next Wednesday, 17th October.

BLOG HOP ORDER:
Emma Williams ~ YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for hopping by today and hope to see you again soon!
Emma xx


RECIPE FOR CARD:
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Hinge Clips, Christmas Typed Tokens
Pearls and kraft card from my own stash


135 comments:

  1. Amazing card, Emma! You put so much thought and detail into this! I love the background and stitching... And the bear is too too cute!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW your bear card is so cute and I love all the amazing details. FABULOUS CARD!!!!!

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  3. Oh My Goodness! That card! That bow tie! Love, love , love!

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  4. Ack! Sooo cute! I adore the little bow tie!

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  5. That bear with is little bow tie - so adorable!

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  6. Oh my gosh, this is so stinkin’ adorable. I love the stitching on the card, I think that adds such a wonderful touch to homemade cards. And the bow and buttons are classic.

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  7. Whoa! What a fantastic idea! The bear has a totally vintage feel to it, brings me back to my childhood and beyond, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you added that bow tie and buttons - genius idea!

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  8. Love your sweet holiday bear card!

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  9. The perfect Christmas Bear!! Great card

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  10. This sweet little bear is the cutest! I love his coloring and shading, and that bow tie is the perfect touch!

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  11. Such a gorgeous card and such beautiful classic Christmas colours. Stunning!

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  12. Beautiful card, really looks so vintage. I love it. Love the colors you used, just a fantastic card. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  13. Such an awesome card! Love the detail.

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  14. Great card using this cute bear.

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  15. Teddy looks so good on this background and in those colors. Your card feels like a nice warm hug.

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  16. Sweet card! It's really homey! Thanks for sharing your card!

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  17. Love the vintage feel of this...and that bear, SWOON!!

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  19. Oh my goodness this card is darling! You are so creative! I love what you chose to do with the new products!

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  20. Adorable bear with the bow tie!!

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  21. You made a fun card with a really cute bear!

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  22. Beautiful bear card- the texture is great- his little bow looks like velvet!

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  23. Love your card. So adorable. :)

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  24. That bear is too cute! Cool new release!

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  25. Mr. Bear has such a cute little face. I love how you took a “cutesy” bear and created an elegant looking card. Your use of colors, texture (the stitching is a great touch) and embellishments is phenomenal! I really like the layered look of your card.
    I’m glad SSS has blog hops. I always find new people to follow.

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  26. love the layering and awesome sewing on this card - thanks for the ideas:)

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  27. Such an adorable card, I love the distressing and antique look you gave this festive bear! The buttons are a great creative touch too! Thank you for sharing your tips and techniques with us and giving us a little inspiration!

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  28. Love your charming card Emma!

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  29. Great card! I love how you gave it a vintage feel. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Adorable card with the bear die. And the bow tie adds a great touch to it.

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  31. OH MY GOSH, I love this guy so much. My grandson would love to get a card with him on it. LOVE HIM!

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  32. I am smitten with your adorable card!!

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  33. Fabulous release! So fun! Love your card, Emma. Your attention to detail is amazing.

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  34. Fun & sweet Bear creation. May need to order the Bear die.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  35. Great details! The tree background is becoming a favorite!

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  36. You are so talented - love how you construct your cards and scenes!!

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  37. What a cute bear. Love his bow tie and buttons.

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  38. The bear is so cute and all dressed up and ready to go! I love your background and other details,too! Clever creation!

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  39. Lots of work with a beautiful result!

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  40. Cute card with a lot of work. Sweet little bear!

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  41. Of all the cards on the blog hop, this one has to be the cutest!!

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  42. I want to frame this little beauty & hang it on my wall for Christmas. You did an outstanding job on it.

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  43. WOW! Love this so much!! Great job!

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  44. Love your card!! Love the super cool color scheme!

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  45. That bear is so charming! I can feel how cuddly he is! Like all the details of this card! Thanks.

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  46. Emma, your bear face is fabulous. I love the tie you added to it. Great card. TFS

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  47. I am in love with this bear!

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  48. This bear is so cute! Love the bow and the buttons!

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  49. Oh my goodness, absolutely adorable! I love that you included a tie and shirt buttons. Amazing collection of patterns and elements.

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  50. so creative on putting a bow and buttons for the bear. thank you for sharing.

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  51. I LOVE THIS BEAR! And what a great idea with the bow and buttons!

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  52. This is so adorable! I would totally frame and hang this hehe!!

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  53. Love this bear! All your little extra touches (like the buttons) are so much fun. :)

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  54. This would look adorable in a little frame or mini shadow box! The stitching, buttons and distressing give your card a nice vintage feel to it. Lovely work!

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  55. Gosh, I really love your sweet bear on your card ❤️

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  56. So adorable! Now I really need these new dies!

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  57. Fantastic work!! I love this super adorable bear! <3

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  58. I love mixed media and I love vintage so this is right up my alley, I love it! The thread in the buttons is an awesome touch. Thanks for sharing today and for the inspiration. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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  59. Super cute look for the bear head. Love the bow tie you gave the bear. Totally makes the look.

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  60. Oh My CUTENESS! This is adorable! My favourite so far of the Picture Book dies, well done 😊😊. Cheers, Dotty

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  61. Ooh, I love how you did your bear card. So cute!

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  62. They saved the best for last! Love your card the very most! Gorgeous!!!

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  63. How gorgeous is this bear card - great job Emma - love the colors you used

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  64. Love this Christmas bear!! You did an amazing job creating this vinatgey look and I know so many people who would love a card like this.....thanks for the inspiration!

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  65. The more I see cards with this little bear I love it more and your cards are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  66. Much more than a card; a permanent holiday decoration suitable for framing etc. (That's a cardstock bow? I thought it was velvet ribbon). Adorable creation, so much detail from the subtle stitching on the edges on... Very nice work.

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  67. Wow! Wow! Wow! Awesome card!!! Love so much the vintage look!!!

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  68. Your bear is so sweet and adorable. Love the added bow. TFS

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  69. Oh my goodness, that sweet distressed little bear is just the cutest thing! And the whole card just feels warm and cozy!

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  70. Super Sweet bear card!! I just want to hug him!!

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  71. Such a handsome bear. He looks like he could be a butler.

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  72. Adorable card! Love
    the bear and button.
    Great design.
    Carla from Utah

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  73. This is so sweet!! That little bow just makes it pop. Great idea 'stitching on' the buttons too.
    Kitty Tatman
    Kgtatman@gmail.com

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  74. This would be so cute framed and put on a mantel or an end table!

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  75. Oh my gosh, so adorable! I love the buttons!

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  76. what a sweet, handsome little fella!

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  77. Adorable little bear card!!

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  78. Love the bear with his bow tie. Adorable card

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  79. This card is so adorable. I just love all the detail you put into it.

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  80. This card is simply stinkin' cute!!

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  81. AWESOME!! You outdid yourself on this card!! Talk about adorable!!!!

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  82. I love all of these cards.... sooooo cute.

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  83. This bear is so adorable!! Fabulous card!

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  84. OMGOODNESS! This is such a beautiful card!!!!

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  85. Oh, my! What a gorgeous card. The coloring is beautiful.

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  86. LOVE this card!!!! I think I have to have that bear 😍

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  87. What a fun card! Love the adorable critter!

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  88. Love this Fun & Festive release! Adorable card with that sweet bear!

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  89. I love this vintage style. And the way you harmonized all the aspects of this is amazing. The bow in particular: I thought it was velvet, not paper! Thanks for sharing this project with us; it's such a fun take on these new products.

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  90. I love this adorable card, Emma! All the elements work so well together! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  91. you have definitely given your sweet bear the charm appeal , Emma . This is adorable .
    Big weekend hugs x

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  92. I adore this pattern ! I want it LOL !
    Thanks for sharing your cute card !

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  93. Love the tree background stamp

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  94. Love your card and the vintage feel to it!

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  95. How adorable! I love your dapper bear with his velvety bowtie!!!

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  96. Oh my word Emma, how sweet is THIS? L♥VE IT!

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  97. What a cute, sweet card. Love the adorable bear.
    Thanks for sharing...

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  98. What a fantastic card! Hard to go wrong with adorable bear but I love the vintage touches! What a wonderful holiday decoration it would make.

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  99. OMG!! Can't get any cuter that that bear!! Love the vintage feel!!

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  100. The shading on the bear is great.
    Love his big bow tie.
    Great card. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  101. Adorable card! The bear is so cute!

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  102. So darn cute and definitely looks vintage!

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  103. Wow, this is such an adorable card! If I received something like this, I would frame it!! Gorgeous work of art!

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  104. So adorable. Wonderfully done!

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  105. Your bear is so cute! It would be adorable framed and hung near the Christmas tree.

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  106. What a great card to celebrate the season AND the new SSS release!

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  107. ACK, this card is so cute! I love how the buttons give the illusion that he is wearing a shirt! :)

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  108. You built a beautiful card but your bear is so very handsome! It is the little things that make he so delightful - freckles and a bow with buttons. And not just buttons, but threaded buttons to look like they were stitched on. Great job!

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  109. You already know I love this ; it's just beautifully done, and the details are awesome... love the stitching and the buttons and the depth you gave to his bow tie just awesome ... he looks so huggable <3

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  110. This is a fabulous card! So many details and I love the softer colors. The bow tie is a great touch.

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  111. Awesome card Emma, I love it. I think I use your recipe for some Christmas cards for men. I now there are some who love the vintage look you gave this card. Thank you so much for sharing this great example.

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  112. I love your card. It’s adorable. I also like how you write your “recipe” for your card. What a wonderful way to describe your card!!

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  113. Can’t wait for my order to come... I got this bear and he is so cute. Will make great gifts for holidays

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  114. Great card! Love the bear coloring.

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  115. O my, how cute is this!! Love the attention you paid to the details -the stitched layer, the blended edges, the back soot distress paint with white accents to the eyes and nose, the freckles, the buttons with cotton thread, the adorable little bow tie, and the list goes on and on. So so adorable and beautifully done!!

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  116. Such a fun release! And I love the inspiration card!

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Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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