Saturday, February 23, 2013

Angel Bear

Okay, so I am sick of blogger's save button sitting right next to the publish  button... even the bright orange button doesn't win over post staying in draft mode! Thank you Shirley-Anne for the heads up!
This week at Card Crafter's Circle we invite you to create cards on the theme of Teddybears.  Our team were really lucky with sponsor images to showcase for you, because our sponsor STAMP ART DESIGN BY KATHRYNE has such a wonderful selection of bears that will delight! Kathryne creates images covering so many themes, and they are so very cute too! You can find SADK designs here in the Whimsy Shop...

My creation for you this week uses Beary Heart Angel  and it was a winner for me .... another 'must have' image.  But I'll tell you about my card first!

It is a CAS card (obviously) with simple layering and single colour matting to accentuate the image. Bear is coloured with Aqua Promarkers, and the hearts are filled with glitter pen.  The hem of her robe is ClearStar glitter pen. The background of both the layer image and sentiment (How sweet is that sentiment! appropriate credit will be added when I confirm it's creator!) have been clouded with pearly chalk, in keeping with the angel's robe and wings.  Finally, champagne rhinestones have been added at top and bottom.

I wanted the colour scheme of this card to be pale, almost calico-like, but found that the markers I had in that colour weren't right for the cardstock. So things are leaning towards the apricot and terracotta spectrum. 

My whole inspiration for this card, and using this image, was because the Beary Heart Angel image reminds me so dearly of this wee angel bear that my beloved aunt Celia made.  Over a number of years, my aunt Celia hand-crafted the most beautiful bears and angels (and then angel-bears) to give as gifts at Christmas.  She started making only a few, for a select number of people (her precious treasures, she called us) but every year, the number of those creations grew! Sadly Aunt Celia passed late last year, after a long illness that did not win over her, she left on her terms when she was ready... and it was not before finishing her year's worth of angels for Christmas. 

My collection of angels and bears (and angel-bears!) have pride of place on a wall near my piano, and collection of family photos.

 This creation is also entered into challenges here:
Created With Love - #29 Things that Fly (23/2)
Forever Friends - #55 Anything Goes .... Yay! I won!
Cute Card Thursday - #257 Simplify (27/2)
Forever Friends - #14 Animals (27/2)
MilkCoffee - Make It Cute (28/2)
Lil Red Wagon - #173 Totally Teddies
Sweet Stamps - Sweet N Simple (26/2)
Cutie Pie - #38 Pretty Pastels (1/3)

Come visit with us at Card Crafter's Circle, and see our showcase of creations (they are awesome!).  I hope we can inspire you to join in our challenge, and put your TEDDY BEARS ON PARADE! Thanks for peepin'!

18 cared to share!:

Tanya said...

Fab card Pauline, I love the simple layout, very effective :) The sentiment is really sweet too!

Thanks for joining our Fortnightly Challenge at Forever Friends Challenge Blog, good luck in the draw and hope to see you again soon :)

Tanya xx

Scrappin Chris said...

Cute card. Thanks for joining our Things that Fly challenge at Created With Love Challenges


Sara S. said...

It is a gorgeous CAS card, Pauline. And the story behind it makes it that much more beautiful.

Scrappin Mama said...

So Cute! Love the Bear angel Thanks for joining us at Created With Love Challenges
Lisa O

Shirley-anne said...

Hi Pauline , Worth the wait ..
Love the pale colours which do coordinate beautifully with the vintage country feel of the sweet image .
How blessed you are to have wonderful memories of times past.
hugs Shirley-anne, DT

craftin-dawn said...

Great card! Love the image and the sentiment! Thanks for joining us this week at Created With Love Challenges for our Things that Fly Challenge!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

What a sweet bear so darn cute an love the way you colored it. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Created with love challenges.
Linda K.

Jennifer said...

Polly, she's beautiful! Love your inspiration for your card! Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

Jenée said...

A lovely "tribute" to that fab bear your Auntie made. Lovingly made -- both the card and the teddy, How special is that? Lovely!

JanR said...

Great card! That sentiment made me smile. That was a sweet story you shared. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Tamara Morton said...

Loving this sweet image, just so cute.. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stamps this week..

Deb said...

Beautiful card!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

Diane J said...

Lovely to read where you got your inspiration from to make your beautiful card, lovely sentiment too.
Thanks for joining Forever Friends Monthly Challenge. Good Luck and Hope you will pop back again for our next Challenge.
Diane x

Diane J said...

Lovely to read where you got your inspiration from to make your beautiful card, lovely sentiment too.
Thanks for joining Forever Friends Monthly Challenge. Good Luck and Hope you will pop back again for our next Challenge.
Diane x

StampArt Design by Kathryne said...

Dear Pauline...You have brought a special meaning to this image and I thank you very much for choosing Beary Heart Angel and sharing your inspiration. Your aunt sounds like she was a very special woman who loved you very much. Her teddy angels are adorable, gorgeous and beautiful. She did lovely craftsmanship. I love teddy bears! There can never be too many teddy bears. This one that she made is precious. It's an honour that you chose this image. Thank you. It's always a pleasure to sponsor for your challenges. xx Kathy

Lyndsey Turner said...

sweet card, so adorable. Thanks for joining us at Milkcoffee Challenge this week. xx

Bettina L. said...

Such a lovely angel bear and great design with the bling pearl and sentiment too. Thanks for playing at Forever Friends monthly challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back next month for a new challenge. Bettina xx

susiestacey said...

Lovely Bear and such a meaningful card.
Thank you for joining the Cutie Pies Pretty Pastels challenge and good luck x Susan x