"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Thursday, September 1, 2016

BEARLY My Birthday Give-Away! - I just Can't BEAR it Without You!

Hello friends!  Hope this finds you all doing well!
Believe it or not, I am completely flooded in my stamp room! Not literally flooded, but with so many crafty things going that my room is actually a complete mess!  LOL!  I had to stop and clean it up the other day just so I can find things that I was looking for!  That's pretty bad and I usually don't have this problem, but with projects needing to get done all at once, sometimes it does happen!  And can I post any of it for you to see?  No, really sorry about that!  I hope to be able to reveal it all someday though...then my blog will be completely FULL of projects for you to see! :)



Today, I feel really horrible about blog neglect AND I realized that it's about time for me to do my yearly blog candy too!  Yay!!  It's always a great way for me to celebrate my blog with you and I'm very thankful to have so many wonderful blog friends here!  I probably wouldn't have a blog if it weren't for the wonderful support I get from so many...so this is for YOU blog friends!!!

PLEASE STAY TUNED IN AT THE END OF THIS POST TO SEE THE DETAILS ABOUT MY BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!!!!!

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 I have a fun card to share with you today, which I will happily include with the prize:
I just fell in love with this adorable MFT set called Birthday Bears!  I have had a love of bears since childhood and they still pull at my heart strings.  :)

Although this card looks like it has lots of dimension on it, it really doesn't.  I used the MFT color combo (see below) to pull together this card along with the current MFT sketch challenge (see below) to make my design.  I used the Primitive White card stock for the main image panel and stamped the bear and the balloon with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and then masked them off to create the background with the MFT Brick stencil using Pumice Stone distress ink.  I picked Copic colors that I thought matched up with the color combo challenge to color in the bear and the balloon.

I took some white detail EP to heat emboss the sentiment on the gray card stock and popped it up over the design with foam tape.  I cut my own fish tail on the end.  I added a few heart shaped confetti pieces to match up with the balloon color and then took a clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen to go over the balloon with.  I attached the main image panel onto some gray card stock that cut along the edges and then mounted onto an A2 sized top folding MFT Grout Gray card base.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
Here you can see how the card is mainly flat with the sentiment banner popped up.  You can also better see the sparkle on the balloon and confetti hearts.  I love the tiny pop of blue color on this card which really makes it stand out.

I think it turned out super cute and I hope you like it too! :)

Here are the challenges that I'd like to enter this card in:

1.  MFT Color Challenge:

2.  MFT Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC296)

3.  Tuesday Throwdown - CAS (Clean & Simple)

4.  Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS (Clean & Simple)

 5.  Crafting by Designs - September Anything Goes

6.  Little Red Wagon - Get Inky (I used ink for stenciling)

7.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

8.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

9.  Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use stamps

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DETAILS TO ENTER GIVE AWAY:


Would you like to enter for a chance to win this stamp set by My Favorite Things called "Birthday Bears"?  (Click on name to see it in the store.)

Here's what you need to do to enter for a chance to win:
1.  Enter your name (no need to have a blog) with the InLinkz Tool below on or before September 25th, 2016 by midnight CST.  (Winner will be contacted -via email- and announced here on my blog by September 26th) - I will ship to anyone in the world!

2.  There is NO need to follow me to enter, but if you'd like to share the photo with a link and details about my give away, that would be great!  (It is not mandatory to enter though!)

That is it!  I'm just thankful for your visits and the time you spend on my blog!
This is my way of giving back for all of the support you've given me! :)

Thanks so much and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


80 comments:

Crystal said...

Absolutely Adorable Card, I love your background!!! I haven't blogged in forever I am hoping to get back soon!! Hugs

LeAnne said...

This is tooooooo cute! I just love those subtle colors, the background and your sweet little bear! My craft room is awash in mess too....slowly getting it picked up!

Lori Kobular said...

Who doesn't love bears and this one is especially adorable! I love the brick background you created! My scrap room is a mess too! So you are not alone! Trying to get ahead with some DT projects! Can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Lola said...

Adorable and I LOVE your background! Thanks for the chance to enter to win your birthday give away!

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is so cute. I love the colors you used. Thanks for a chance to win this adorable set.

Donna said...

Vicki, your card is adorable! Those bears are really special. Everyone loves rolly poly teddy bears. Congrats on your blog birthday (or is it your real birthday?). I subscribe through email and while I don;t comment all the time I really enjoy looking at your inspiration! Thanks so much! Happy almost weekend.

NanaConnie said...

VIcki, that's such an adorable bear and I can see why you fell in love with him. :-D Loving the brick background. Great job on the masking!

Kim S. said...

This bear is just so CUTE! Your background is amazing.
xx

Carol L said...

What a sweet bear image, colored to perfection! I absolutely love the way you did the faded brick background too - that's so eye-catching!

Dr Sonia S V said...

How beautifully you have made the background and used the cute bear. Thank you so much for a chance to win such awesome goodies.Am your old follower.Have posted about your giveaway on my blog sidebar to send you some more traffic
Cheers
Dr Sonia
soniasv@rediffmail.com
Cards Crafts School Projects

Ellen said...

I've been following your blog for awhile. You are very talented. I love your style. The bear card is extremely cute and would be perfect for many occasions. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Virginia Lu said...

Your background is amazing, Vicki! So sweet of you to have this giveaway! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

aussie aNNie said...

Adorable and love the chosen colours. Just had my birthday on the 31st so will enter for luck....xx{aNNie}

Margreet said...

What an adorable, awesome card, Vicki! It makes me melt away....
Thanks for this lovely giveaway and I will cross both my fingers and toes!!
xxx Margreet

suzARTe said...

This is such a lovely card.

Regina said...

hi, Vicki
your card is just adorable! Your coloring looks great!!
big hugs - Regina

Dotty Jo x said...

Your card is a real beauty, Vicki! Jo x

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Vikki, I do love the background and beautiful bear. Good luck to everyone who enters.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Jerrie said...

Oh how cute! Your bricks and shading are fantastic! The little bear looks so sad...no balloon. Happy birthday to you...hope you have a fantastic day!

Mandy Reedyk said...

AWESOME card!!! LOVE the background :)Thanks for playing along with the girlfriends at Little Red Wagon this week! :)

Davi said...

I love your card Vicki! The brick looks so real, I love the colors you used. Very fun and dimensional :)

Robin said...

This stamp set is so cute! Loving all the sentiments! Thanks so much for a chance to win! I have been a follower for a while and I added you to my sidebar. Hope you're able to get that room cleaned up. I too am having a bit of that as an issue. Too many things and not enough room. Hope you have a great day and thanks again! Hugs, Robin

Maria Rodriguez said...

Hello Vicki: I've followed you for a while now but sometimes I don't have the chance to comment. I love your cards and projects and now, you are giving us the chance to win this adorable stamp set.
This card you made with it is amazing, love that stenciled brick wall, beautiful colors.
Thank you so much for the chance to win.
Paper Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Sidelle Menon said...

Hi Vicki, such a cute card! The sentiment is so sweet :D Thanks for the chance to win this cute set! I've added the pic in my sidebar! And I am an old follower :D Cheers!!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Oh Vickie this is adorable I love the colors and that bear is perfect. thanks for the chance to win this set it is perfect!
Linda K.

Céline said...

Fab card Vicki, love the work on the background
hugs
céline

Pia S said...

Such an adorbale set and a fantastic give-away. I've posted a photo and link on my sidebar.
The card is an equally great gift, so sweet, but in a way that it suits a person of any age. Really like how you created the brick background.

Heidi Stamps said...

Oh my goodness, that card is simply adorable! Good luck cleaning up your craft room. That does happen to everyone at some point...

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Hello Vicki,
I wish you the same smiles and many reasons to rejoice. Still a lot of health and love. All the best for you. Thank you for the opportunity to join your candy. I love your card, now I understand why you love these bears :-)
Hugs and have a nice weekend
BożenA

Pollard Carole said...

What an amazing card that stamp and background are just sensational it looks like loads of textures when in fact its flat so clever. Thanks for the chance to win this generous candy love and hugs Carole x

Patti said...

Wow Vicki! thank you for the chance to win!! I love this stamp set and your card is too too sweet!! I love the colors you used! Amazing design too because it DOES look like you've added a lot of dimension and texture : ) Good job friend!!

I know what you mean about the crafty space getting so cluttered from rushed projects that you sometimes NEED to stop and reorganize!! this happens to me all the time when I am under deadline (which seems like a LOT lately!)

Have fun behind the scenes there with whatever you are doing!! we'll be here when you get back!

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Asha said...

Seriously, your card is TOO cute! LOVE the bricked background... awesome technique. And having just the sentiment popped up is a stroke of genius. I guess it true... with age comes wisdom! LOL. Happy Birthday, Vicki!
HUGS, Asha

Leigh Penner said...

Great card! I love your take on the sketch!

Sarah said...

Thank you for such a cute Birthday giveaway. What an adorable card, love the colours and how dimensional it looks too. Always a pleasure to visit, you never disappoint xx

Donna said...

This card is so cute! Happy Birthday and how sweet of you to have a giveaway for your birthday, thanks for the chance to win.

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card love the little bear and bright balloon-fabulous brick wall stencil and love the neutral colours
Carol x

Lilian YF said...

That card is fabulous! Love the bricks and the bear is so cute!
Lilian
The Leaf Studio

Donna said...

Hey Vicki, hope you're keeping well, although it sounds like you are pretty snowed under at the moment with craft projects. Your card is adorable, love the detail with the brickwork and this little bear is so cute, reminds me of children that let go of their balloons when they're out shopping with their parents! Hope you have/had an amazing birthday with lots of treats and surprises...and CAKE! :) Donna ♥ x

Donna said...

PS: Oops, sorry forgot to say thank you for the opportunity to win such sweet birthday candy! :) Donna ♥ x

Valerija said...

Hi Vicki. I am your new follower.
Your card is amazing. Love the brick wall background and cute image. Great job!
Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful candy.
Have a lovely day.
Valerija xx

Bad Kitty said...

Love your adorable card!
stamps are super cute!
thank you for the chance!
hugs
Fiki

Tammy said...

oh, this is adorable Vicki!! I love that sweet bear and your fabulous background! Happy Birthday and thanks so much for a chance to win!
Big hugs, Tammy

Andrea W said...

The brick background is awesome and the bear is definitely adorable. Thanks for joining our CAS challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.

Monika Reeck said...

Today I try to visit my blogland Friends blog dear Vicki
and it because my mom keep me busy to cooking Indonesian food haha
I love cooking with her and I am less at visiting blog land
like you my friend
may I tell you I ADORE THIS CARD
looks it has many dimension
I have that MFT brick too and I looove the way youb used brown for the brick I always used red Distres ink haha
and this is perfect bday card Vicki
happy happy birthday to you my sweet friend
will send you soon one birthday card
Vicki
thanks for the giveaway
I know I sometimes not lucky
but I try to join ;) many thanks to your kindess birthday girl
hugs
Monika

Mac Mable said...

The cutest and most adorable card. Love how you've done the background wall, so creative. Gorgeous bear stamp and all set off with the pop of colour...love it x

cm said...

I can *bearly* contain myself from letting out a SQUEAL of delight at seeing your fabulously darling bear card! The brick background, the sentiment, the wee bear and the pop-of-blue balloon have me smiling out loud! Totally smitten!! Your generosity in giving away this set: yet more evidence of what a gem you are!
Hugs~c

Leanne said...

Lovely card. I'm your newest follower here as I don't feel it's right to enter a giveaway without being a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win this cute stamp set. When I won a MFT gift voucher, I bought the basic essentials & left out the image stamps. Would love to have this one. Thanks once again.

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

OMG... I would enter your giveaway if it was just for the card!!! That is absolutely adorable!!! Love the background and sparkle on the balloon too! I too have neglected my blog but, plan to return to it really soon! I am also a new follower!!

Becca Cruger said...

Well this card is unbearably cute! I just love how adorable that sponged background is with that fluffy ol' bear! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome stamp set!

Kate said...

So cute and so perfectly executed. I never have the patience for masking !!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

How adorable is this!! Love the "brick" wall~ Happy early birthday - thanks for the "prize" chance.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Vicki! First of all, happy "soon to be" birthday! Don't you just love having birthdays? I do! I absolutely LOVE this sweet bear, and the brick background is amazing! I love that sweet little blue balloon with the little hearts! Ah! I just love this card and would love this set. The sentiment is one I'd use for my DH whom I love dearly and could hardly "bear" to be without him. Hugs, sweet friend, and thanks for the opportunity to win!! xoxo

laurie said...

Such a sweet card! Love that stamp set..so cute!!! And the sentiments are so fun too!

Bobby said...

Your card is just adorable, Vicki. I love the brick background and the floating away balloon to emphasize the sentiment. I'm so glad you shared this with us at ATSM.

Lena's Creations said...

Beary sweet card :-) Love it!
Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
♥ Lena, DT
Lena’s Creations

Andrea, said...

Gorgeous card Vicki, I love how you have used the stencil and fabulous colouring as always x

Bastelkueken`s Kreative Welt said...

Hi Vicki... your bear is so sweet and sugar.. I love him
Wish you a wonderful day
Hugs Anja

wannabcre8tive said...

Your card is so adorable, you did a great job with the color challenge. Hope your birthday is filled with fun and laughter.

Aileen Ryan said...

Love the card Vicki, cute bear. Really love the brick wall tried to get the stencil but it was sold out each time I tried. Love the dimension it gives.

Nonni said...

Well this is just too cute to be true! I love the neutral color palette and the in general layout, what a fantastic card and so cute! Am definitely entering the draw too... Thanks for the chance to win! Hugs!

Lynne in NI said...

Super cute card! Thanks for the chance to win your fab bear stamps :)

Petra L said...

Lovely card and what a great birthday give away. Wishing you a wonderful birthday with those you love.

Hugs, Petra L

Shelly said...

Super sweet card and so SWEET of you....Hopefully by now you found some 'clearing' in your crafty area?! ;) Hugs

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Happy early birthday, Vicki! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Your card is absolutely adorable! I just love the brick background behind the bear - and the glitter on the balloon is such a lovely touch!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Fabulous card, love the masking you have done. Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway, love MFT

Dee Earnshaw said...

This card is so adorable. Love how you made the background:)

Debra K. said...

Love your card! So beautifully coloured and a fab card design. Thanks for the chance to win your birthday candy. I've popped your picture on my sidebar. Debra x

Jennifer said...

I hope your day is splendid! I love how you seem to always add the sweetest details to your cards. Plus your colouring is wonderful! I've been away from making cards for a bit...just haven't had the gumption for them. I hope that changes. I love the bear on your card, and the sparkle you added to the balloon.
Praying you have a lovely day! -Jennifer

AJ Bodine said...

omgosh, I'm glad you linked this on the coffee hop, I've been neglecting visiting blogs for a while. So happy to see this gorgeous creation. Perfect for the color challenge, love that brick background. This bear set is absolutely adorable! Thanks for the chance to win :)

2amscrapper said...

thanks for visiting my blog during the Coffee Lovers Hop. I love the neutral tones of your bear card! I've made a last minute link to your blog candy. Thanks for the chance to win!

Michele K. Henderson said...

Happy Birthday, Vicki! I love the beautiful and subtle shading on that adorable polar bear! He's really cute! So glad you were on the Cofee Lovers Blog today!

Marsha said...

These bears are so cute and I love the brick work on your card.

Patti J said...

Couldn't bear to not enter! That card would make me happy dance for a week! Thanks for the chance to win, Vicki! Happy BearDay early!!!

Cheribear said...

I love that stamp set. I have a collection of bears. I like the way that you used the stamp set on the card that you posted. I would love to have that stamp set. Thank you for sharing...Also thank you for a chance to win!!

M Samuelson said...

I know it says no following needed but you do absolutely stunning work so adding you to my blogs I follow bookmarks.. BTW Happy Birthday from a September Birthday crafty chick

Arianna Barbara said...

Happy Birthday Vicki!!!
Your card is absolutely sweet and cute like this amazing stamp set!!! Thank you so much for this chance to win it!!! <3

ellyscard creatief said...

Adorable card.Lovely stampset, Love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

Melanie said...

Such an adorable card. The colors are perfect. Thanks for the chance to win the stamp set.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm so glad I came by to visit and see your wonderful candy up for grabs, as well as the lovely cards. I've gone back through a lot and it was a fun tour this morning!!

Cynthia Cole said...

Your card is awesome! Love it!

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