Bear Hugs for PP279

I’ve not been able to play along with the last few challenges from The Paper Players – sometimes there aren’t enough days in the week.  When I saw this week’s sketch from Nance Leedy, I knew I needed to make time to play.  Not only did Nancy’s sketch create a home for a card I’ve had in mind, but who can say “no” to Nance Leedy?  Here’s my card for Nance’s sketch this week at The Paper Players:

Bear Hugs, Guy Greetings, Snow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP279

And here’s Nance’s fun sketch that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Three Stamp Sets.  I used three stamp sets in this project – one is from the Occasions Catalog, one is from the Annual Catalog and the third is from the Holiday Catalog (and carried over to the Occasions Catalog).  They all work perfectly together to create a cute card.  Can you name all three?  If so, you are a superstar – and I will grant you that vital designation.  In case you don’t want to guess (you can be so lazy sometimes), here there are:
    Bear Hugs, Stampin' Up!

    Bear Hugs, Stampin’ Up!

    Snow Place, Stampin' Up!

    Snow Place, Stampin’ Up!

    Guy Greetings, Stampin' Up!

    Guy Greetings, Stampin’ Up!

  • Cutting Off His Feet.  How cute is this bear?  I wasn’t 100% sold on him at the beginning, and there’s still something that bugs me a bit.  I’ve found my way around that, though.  Here’s the reason – I don’t like feet.  There, I said it.  If you are that person who posts their feet all over Facebook (in a spa chair, on a poolside lounge, in the beach sand), then please know I cringe and quickly pass over your Facebook posts.  Sorry.  Anyway, I cropped his feet off (did the same in this card I shared a couple of weeks ago).   After I snipped the bear with the Bear Hugs Framelits Dies, I positioned him inside the Circles Collection Framelit to crop off his feet (tucking him inside the circle).  TIP:  Don’t run the image all the way through the Big Shot – just run the part you want to crop and then reverse it out.  🙂To crop a part of an image to fit in a circle, only run a portion of the image through the Big Shot
  • Sweet Colors.  I typically shake my finger at the need to restrain your color choices to blue and brown on masculine cards.  In this case, I broke my own rule – please forgive me.  I just think these colors look amazing together – whether you are creating a masculine card or not.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla

Stamp Sets:  Bear Hugs, Snow Place, Guy Greetings  Papers:  Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand  Inks:  Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  Hexagon punch (banner tip), Washi Label punch (banner tip), Bear Hugs, Framelits Dies, Snow Friends Framelits Dies, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Because this project includes so many great items, I have created a graphic to show you the items included.  Please feel free to save this or upload it yo Pinterest for future reference:

Bear Hugs, Guy Greetings, Snow Place, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP279

I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players site to see the cards by the design team members, the other participants and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. This is adorable Brian. But really, his toes are so cute turned in and all. I dare you make a card with his feet in tact.

  2. OMGoodness this card is just over the top! I love it!! Although you made this card, the sentiment is totally for you! Hats off to you, Brian! Great card! It’s over the “top”! 🙂

  3. Cute ! I love this card ! I like bears and I have been hesitant to get this big guy because he looks like he needs a shave !! His fur looks like whiskers to me ….and as far as your dislike of feet ….you know I don`t like bird feet (giggle) . After seeing your card and the die set is on sale ….well what can I say . Also love this color combo too !

  4. There are so many things to love about this card! Adorable…..and oh so clever!

  5. This is a really cute card, Brian. I love all the elements and your graphic to point them out.

  6. Where are his feet? LOL! This is beyond clever and adorable. Hats off to YOU, BK!

  7. Today’s card is so stinkin’ cute Brian that I can honestly say it brought a huge smile to my face! The color combo is fabulous and having huggy bear tip just a wee bit to the side adds so much character to this card. I don’t think there is anything you could have done to make this one any more fun then it is. Great job!

  8. Chris R. from Iowa

    Very cute card and great colors. I don’t understand people and the feet thing either. The bear’s feet and the fur both sort of bother me and I just am not sure about the expression on their faces. I guess I am just picky. Now, if those shoes from Guy Greetings fit the bear, that would be sort of fun! That would be fun if SU made all these sets with the accessories to fit the various characters like this bear.

  9. Absolutely adorable! Love your color choices.

  10. Great colors on great card! The graphic diagram of your card on this site is very informative. The Going Places DSP is real impressive.

  11. Ooooooh, Brian, that’s so cute , love it, and hats to you too my friend
    Hugs Frenchie

  12. Adorable card, Brian. Great use of the framelit with the bear!

  13. Aww, you had me at who can say “no” to Nance Leedy!! LOL. This card is so clever, Brian, from the foot chopping to the combination of stamp sets, it is fabulous. Great colors too. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  14. love, love, love this!!!

  15. Brian, I am LOL about the feet! Your card is just fantastic! This little bear would make anyone smile! Great color combo, too! And you are right, who can say no to Nance! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  16. Ok – so I squealed when I saw this card appear in my daily blog feed and spotted the trio stamp set combo; then I clicked in and saw another amputation – man, you are TOO funny Brian!! Although I do get the feet thing – I am not a fan of real ones either! I just love this card and am so glad you managed to share it with us over at The Paper Players this week!

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