Thursday, September 27, 2012

Teddy Bear Balloons - Birthday Card for my youngest daughter

Good morning! I'm excited to be sharing over at My Craft Spot today!

Yesterday was my sweet daughter's EIGHTH birthday! She is my baby...and I can't believe how fast the past 8 years have flown by! I also was super excited to finally unpack my Cricut - just in time to make her a special birthday card! She has always LOVED bears, so it was super fun to make a special bear card for her!
I used the original Create a Critter cartridge to cut out the bear balloons, and omitted the string so I could make my own using Baker's Twine.
For the balloon strings, I used traditional black Baker's Twine - you can find it at My Craft Spot HERE. I also used the Tiny Tag Dies and matching Tiny Tags stamp set to add to my bow holding the balloon strings together (you can find both those items HERE). I added a tiny pink pearl on top of my bow, and glued the bow down, and also used a tiny dab of quick drying glue to hold the very bottom of the strings to the card - that way I could keep the strings laying the way I wanted them too. Another quick tip is to put a piece of foam adhesive behind the tag to hold it in place, but allow it to still look dimensional.
I added some Peachy Keen faces to my bears, using an assortment of face part kits (the 3 kits I used are HEREHERE, and HERE) I added some sweet cheeks with a Copic marker, some gel pen dots, and added Glossy Accents to the eyes and noses. I added the eyelashes to the top bear, because I didn't realize until after I had finished stamping the faces, that she would be offended if it didn't look like a girl (and not surprisingly, she did ask me if they were all girls!)
All my papers are from Echo Park 6x6 paper pads from the Eclectic and the Sweet Day line.  
I inked the edges of everything - including the balloons - using Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen. I love the subtle dimension that it gives to finish off a card, without being overwhelming! Definitely my favorite color!
I used foam adhesive dots to attach the balloons - also for a bit of dimension, and added some teeny tiny pearls to the ears to give them "earrings."
I'm so grateful that she LOVED it!!! It was our first family birthday party in our new home - and I'm so grateful that it was fun and special for her! 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the groove of crafting. I feel like I keep saying that, then keep finding myself needing to put it off for one reason or another! We started our homeschool this week, and I also canned 21 quarts of applesauce, and 14 quarts of pears! That all happened in 3 days, together with homeschool, unpacking, and baking a birthday cake and making a special birthday dinner! No wonder I'm so exhausted! But I know we will soon be in the groove of things again, then my crafty stuff won't be feeling so neglected! 


  1. this is SERIOUSLY Cute!!!Adorable!!

  2. So the earrings on those bear balloons! Lee-Ann :)

  3. Adorable! She will love the card :)

  4. As always, this card is darling beyond words. You did an amazing job, and I just LOVE it. It's been a while since you joined in our challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I really hope that you will be able to stop by soon and play along in another one of our challenges. It means so much to us when you are able to share your beautiful and creative work with us. I look forward to it.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Heather ~ Happy Birthday to your daughter! Well hse had to have LOVED her card! It is ADORABLE! I LOVE hoe you used the twine! LOVE the papers too! Great way to accent those faces as well! ADORABLE!!!!

  6. Hi Heather, This is a really gorgeous card - super cute - Nicola x