Bear Hugs & Kisses for the Pals Blog Hop

2015badge-4Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September.  This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs, number 12 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Bear Hugs & Kisses

While the project I’m sharing today incorporates several new items from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog, the card is decidedly not a holiday-themed card.  I h  ad a lot of fun putting together pieces from different stamp sets and products to make this fun card:

Thankful Forest Friends, Snow Place Bundle, Six Sayings, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

This sweet and simple project incorporates images and patterns with products in Christmas, Winter, Fall and Valentine’s Day collections.  Let’s put together the pieces.  Here are the fun, new products I used to make this card (you can click on any of these images to the see the products in my online store):

  • Thankful Forest Friends stamp set (#139723).  Along with a fox and bunny, this big bear is a featured player in the Fall-themed Thankful Forest Friends stamp set.  I couldn’t resist this bear’s charm and thought long-and-hard about how I might be able to feature him with fun and whimsy.  Dress him up or dress him down, this bear can be used in so many ways.

    Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Snow Place Bundle (#140844). While I only dressed up the bear with the adorable bow-tie from the Snow Place stamp set and cropped it with the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits, the bow-tie plays a very important part in the alteration of Mr. Bear.  While the penguin and snowmen are adorable on their own, there are so many components of this stamp set that can be used to dress up other images in our collection.

    Snow Place Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Place Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Six Sayings Stamp Set (#139852).  Six Sayings is a WONDERFUL Host stamp set available in the Holiday Catalog.  With seasonal sentiments that run from Fall to Valentine’s Day, this set is a must have!  If you want to learn how you can earn this reduced-price stamp set, read my post about Host orders and rewards here.

    Six Sayings Host stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Six Sayings Host stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (#139592).  There are so many amazing images and patterns in the Home for Christmas Designer Series Papers.  From the adorable Santas to the roll-you-eyes-they-are-so-cute reindeer, this paper offers quite a variety of pages.  My favorite, though, is the gorgeous Real Red and Very Vanilla candy cane striped paper.  Perfect for Christmas, this striped paper can be used outside of the December holidays too.  If you don’t used it all up by year’s end, you’ll finish it in February.  🙂

    Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

    Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Up!

  • Red Foil Sheets (#139607).  I’ve really grown to love the Gold and Silver Foil Sheets from the Annual Catalog.  The Red Foil Sheets from the Holiday Catalog make me smile from ear to ear.  Perfect for hearts – and a perfect complement to this Real Red Designer Series Paper.

    Red Foil Sheets, Stampin' Up!

    Red Foil Sheets, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Thankful Forest Friends, Six Sayings, Snow Place  Papers:  Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Red Foil Sheets  Inks:  Real Red, Early Espresso  Accessories:  Snow Friends Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thankful Forest Friends, Snow Place Bundle, Six Sayings, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThat’s not all!  This card involves a couple of last-minute reworks.  I have more things to share about this card later this week – please come back so you don’t miss out.

The next stop is Michelle Gleason at StampinMojo, number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!


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  1. Love this dresses up bear! Your card had me at the title if your blog! I love bears and I love hugs! Perfect card with lots of great items from the holiday catalog Brian.

  2. Stinkin’ Cute!!

  3. The bear is so adorable I can hardly bear it!

  4. Big hug for your bear and how you used the hearts! Thank you for photo with details for the products!

  5. Genius – once again!! Adorable card!!

  6. Pulling all these different stamp sets and SU products together as you did for this absolutely adorable card truly demonstrates that you ARE the KING of cards!! LOVE IT!! 🙂

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Beary cute! You can still make it a Christmas or winter themed card by just putting “and Warm Holiday Wishes” on the inside! All these details are really fun. The photo with the details is SPOT ON! A big bear hug for a great card. Gotta hop along and also see your other post!

  8. This bear makes you want to give him a bear hug!! Love how you popped up those little hearts.
    Sweet card Brian, thank you for sharing.

  9. What a cute card! I need to get the snow place now.

  10. Cute! Cute! Cute! Love all the elements here and you always help me re-discover things I had either passed up or completely missed in this wonderful catalog. Thanks for opening my eyes to new discoveries.

  11. Ooooo, Brian, I love him !!!!
    Just love it all !!!
    Bear hugs to my friend

  12. That is darn cute!!

  13. This is a fabulous card! You have such an eye for incorporating so many elements from different sets. Thanks for the wonderful descriptions- so helpful!

  14. Really loved the incorporation of a broad range of Stampin’ Up! items . Cute idea to bring them all together. As always, splendid design!

  15. AWWWW ….you did the bear ! I love that bear and that sassy fox !
    Have not gotten the set yet ,but now I want it along with all the other cute items from the other set to dress him up for winter ….there are so many cute things to play with for him . Cute cute card ! Love it !!

  16. This is ADORABLE! I just want to hug him.

  17. So cute! Stop making me want to buy more things! 😀

  18. SMH (shaking my head), this is just too cute for words!

  19. Cute, cute cute!! (not you, the card!)

  20. That photo with the product names/numbers is genius. Seriously. This is why you rock Brian!

  21. Great and so precious! : )

  22. Brian, Brian, Brian…So very cute…I wish I could give this card a big ole bear hug…LOVE!!!!

  23. Wicked cute card! Love the bear and the saying is so perfect – you know “bear hug” and all that! LOL

  24. Aww, big bear hugs to you for creating this gem!

  25. THIS guy with the BOW tie! I love it!

  26. A gorgeous, smart, sophisticated, cuddly looking bear…reminds me of someone I know! 😉 I love the hugs and kisses sentiment…need that! The gold foil hearts are a lovely touch too. xo

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