Saturday, January 28, 2017

HIMCR #286 Any Holiday Challenge

Hi everyone I'm back with another challenge starting today. Can you believe this is the last challenge of the month.

This week the challenge is Any Holiday. Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner today's card has a cute bear digital stamp by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. One lucky person who joins in the challenge will get the chance to pick out three images of their choice.

As sometimes happens I ended up changing my mind about which background to use. I did a double embossing with a heart stamp but felt like the background was too busy. In my stash I found a scrap of card stock which I had created years ago. I scraped small pieces of cheap chalk which I had bought at a dollar store in water and then placed my card stock in the water. I don't remember how long I left the card stock in the water but this is the result I got.

The heart mat is a heart I stamped with a Just For Fun stamp. I colored it with water color paint but in the process the heart buckled and in places wrinkled.  I was cleaning and was going to toss it and then decided to see if it would work as a mat. I'm the queen of frugal for a reason.😉

I printed out the main heart with Be Mine text and colored it with Soft Pastels. Then after I cut it out I edged it with  ink.

I printed out my Sweet N' Sassy image of the teddy bear. Then colored him with Soft Pastels. You can't really tell in the photo but I used Neon Amplify for the ears. It puffs up when heated and adds texture.

I used thread and a backstitch on the bear's mouth. I also used thread on the feet of the bear for the claws but forgot to do it for the hands. It doesn't really show up in the photo. 😞 I also  hand stitched  the center seam trying to be careful to not tear the card stock in the process.

It doesn't really show in the photo but I used a gelly pen to color the safety pin at the top of the stitching. I also used one to color the ribbon. For the nose I used a black glaze pen. The heart and patch are colored with pencils. I was going to use a sheer fabric for the patch but then noticed the detail of the patch was not showing through. I didn't think of printing on fabric and cutting  the patch out until I was all done. LOL! It seems some of my best ideas come when I'm all done.

I'm entering this in the Just For Fun Anything Goes Challenge. Come and join in the fun.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again! 


  1. What a sweet Val Day card Beth! The detail on your bear makes that a special treat for the receiver of your card! Aren't you glad you didn't toss the heart mat? It was a great extra touch! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps! Wendy DT

  2. Really cute Valentine! The Stamptangle heart makes a really great mat! I love the details on the bear, especially the amplify on the ears. Very nice!

    Thanks for joining us at Just for Fun Rubber stamps and I hope we will see you again next month!


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