Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Button Bear

Happy Wednesday! Oh my goodness this has been such a crazy week at work. I feel like I'm on a merry-go-round and any minute I'm going to lose my grip and go flying off the edge. That's one of the reasons I like crafting. I can just come home and kind of go into a creative zone where I have no deadlines and no one clamoring for my attention. Well, except my dog but she is a great crafting buddy! Good thing my husband isn't the clamoring type either. :)

Today I am sharing a card that I made for the latest challenge over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and this time it was a sketch challenge. For my card I used one of my oldest stamp sets, Button Bear from Stampin' Up!. I remember when I bought this set that I really had to think long and hard about if I wanted to buy it. It was at the top of my budget and buying it would mean I couldn't buy anything else from the catalog for awhile. I was glad to be able to pull out this little bear and show an old stamp set some love. 

I hope you can still see the sketch somewhat as the little bear lends himself more to a square than a longer rectangle. 

This card really highlights how much I need to learn how to color! How about you? Are you a good colorer? I am reluctant to spend a ton of money on the huge variety of markers it seems I would need to do a lot of shading. I need to look for a website that offers recommendations of markers to start with that will give me some practice to decide if that's a direction I want to go. Any advice?

Thanks for stopping by today! 


  1. Button Bear is adorable! I am so glad that you kept an old loved stamp set and have enjoyed using it again! Have you tried the Stampin' Up Blendabilities. One set of a color that provides 3 different shades would give you an idea about coloring. Being an alcohol base allows blending and beautiful colors. Just a suggestion, LOL! So very glad you included RRBC in your stamping fun this week! Hope to see you often!!

  2. Button bear rocks! Super cute card and your story about your decision to buy the bear says it all. Button is special to you and we welcome him to the Retro Rubber challenge!

  3. What a sweet bear! It is nice that a coveted stamp from long ago get some new loving! I am learning how to use my new Chameleon pens, spendy but fun to play with!

  4. Oh, wow, Kristi, I have this sweet bear all neglected and lonely in my stamp cupboard! Whatever happened to bears on cards? When I first started they were all the rage, like butterflies are now. Thank you for the great card inspiration to pull my old bears out and relove them!

    I think you are too hard on yourself about your coloring! I'm not that great, myself, but I do find it easier to "color" with watercolor pencils and a water brush. I just touch the end of the pencil with the water brush to pick up some color and then proceed. Give that a try if you haven't already! I hope your Valentine's Day was a happy one!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. What a sweet bear image Kristi, love the design.

    Hugs diane