Cute and Cuddly

“Cute and cuddly, boys.  Cute and cuddly.”  Any other Madagascar fans out there?  I’ve had Skipper’s voice going round and round in my head since I saw the theme for the new challenge over at Sentimental Sundays!  Must spend some time on the sofa with the kids and a DVD this weekend, I think 😉

So, as I mentioned, our theme is Cute and Cuddly, and we were very lucky to be sponsored by MilkCoffee, home of some really cute and cuddly images!!  I chose Lola and Bear (I think it may now have been retired) for my card – definitely the perfect image for the challenge!

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The backing papers are all from the Harper Finch I’m Yours (Pack 1) digital paper collection.  I thought the XOXO paper was just perfect!

When it came to the image, I faux paper pieced the dress with the bluebell paper from the I’m Yours stack on the Silhouette – I love the way the pattern is smaller on the top than on the skirt.  I was then torn over how to colour the bear – should I faux paper piece him too?  Or should I attempt fur with the ProMarkers….?  I headed to Google to find a fur tutorial and came across an excellent tutorial on Ideas To Inspire.  I loved the way the inks worked with the watercolour paper, and then remembered I had some in my old stash!  I dug it out and set to work using the tutorial as a guide.  Firstly, I printed the image, with the faux paper pieced dress on a piece of watercolour paper and then coloured the image with ProMarkers – although it looked a little uneven when the ink was dry, I’m delighted with the blends I’ve achieved.  I’ll admit that the image on the card is my second attempt though; I tried browns for the bear in the first attempt, but didn’t like the combination of colours when I put it with the backing papers.  I find the grey works much better in this case.

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The banner was cut on the Silhouette; the bluebell paper is a larger version of the pattern on the dress from the Harper Finch papers, the two solid colours are just colour matched to the other papers from my stash.

The button was also a bit of an aha! moment!  I have some epoxy buttons in my stash, but they’re the wrong colours or wrong sizes for this project.  So I adapted a button cut file from my Silhouette library, coloured it in light grey and pink before printing and then cut four copies.  I stuck them all together with Mod Podge, then stuck a generous layer of Glossy Accents all over to create a shine!  Added to a piece of twine, it finishes the card off just as I hoped!

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I based the card around the current sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and I’ll be entering the challenge later today!

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Make sure you pop over to Sentimental Sundays this week – I’m sure you’ll have some cute and cuddly projects to share with us this week!

I’d also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Sunday 2 – see sketch above

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9 thoughts on “Cute and Cuddly

  1. Wow, this sure is sweet!! Love your adorable image and wonderful coloring. The papers and button are fantastic too. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

    Linda

  2. Oh I love your card and this is such a sweet image just so adorable and I love how you have used watercolour paper. I’ve used it in the past as well but now days I used an American paper as it doesn’t bleed. Love your pretty papers and embellishments. Great card and thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.
    Hugs
    Kathie SSW2-DT

  3. Cute and Cuddly is this card all over Tor just beautiful, love hoe you did the bear and the cute little button xx

  4. What a sweet image! Your color palette is really great too! Thanks so much for joining in our sketch fun this week with Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.
    ~Jo, SSW2-DT

  5. This is so beautifully done. The image is darling and so wonderfully colored. A fantastic job of the sketch too. Thanks for playing along in the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge!
    Sharon, SSW2-DT

  6. Another gorgeous card Tor – such pretty soft colours, and I love the idea for making a button! SS teamie Rachael x

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