A Beary Lucky Guy: Three Things I Like

I’m a beary lucky guy.  Not only am I surrounded by some of the most talented people on Earth, but I’m surrounded by some of the kindest and most generous people, too.  I include you in that list – you’re just so sweet.  Candy Ford is a super-talented and super-wonderful member of InKing Royalty, my Stampin’ Up! team.  I’m excited to share an amazing card she made for me.  Here’s the card:

Bear Hugs, Back to Basics Alphabet, Stampin' Up!, by Candy Ford

I mean, seriously!  How adorable is this?  Now, here are three things I really love about this card:

  • Playing Dress Up.  You know I like these bears, but I’ve never been a huge fan of how they stand on their toenails – I don’t like feet.  Because Candy brilliantly gave this bear a shirt and pants (like bears have in nature), I didn’t even notice his feet.  After Candy cropped the gray bear, she cropped his little outfit from the same dies – they fit perfectly over top of the bear.  I don’t want you to miss that part – the clothes are cut with the same die as the bear and fit perfectly over top of him.  With tiny folds and snips, she created an adorable bear to hold this sign (again, like bears appear in nature).  Here’s a link to Candy’s blog post about this card.

    Bear Hugs Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Bear Hugs Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • More Dress Up.  Candy gave me this card at her Candy Hearts team meeting, where her team members made two other cards she designed with dress-up bears.  I’m floored by how stinkin’ cute these cards are.  I pulled her Papa Bear card and Mama Bear card from her blog (stampcandy.net) – you can click on either picture (or both pictures) to read more about how Candy created the fun elements on these cards:Bear Hugs, Papa Bear, Stampin' Up!, by Candy FordBear Hugs, Mama Bear, Stampin' Up!, by Candy Ford
  • Cutest Banner Ever.  As if the bear wasn’t great enough, I love how Candy used little wooden dowels, baker’s twine and six punches of the Banner Punch to create a “thanks” banner for the bear to hold.  Takes your attention off his feet.  🙂  The Back to Basics stamp set is the same set I used for this birthday card a couple of weeks ago.  The bold, Tangerine Tango banner pairs perfectly with these tiny, Tangerine Tango stripes from Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper. All-in-all, it’s perfectly paired.  Beary good work!

Stamp Sets:  Bear Hugs, Back to Basics Alphabet  Papers:  Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Banner Punch, Whisper White Baker’s Twine  Stampin’ Dimensionals

Please leave a comment to let Candy know that you are as excited about these dress up bears as I am.  🙂  I hope you’ll hope over to Candy’s stampcandy.net blog to take a look around and check out her wonderful projects!

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Way-2-Go Candy!!! The clothes are amazing.

  2. I hated those bears. ….UNTIL NOW! The wow force is strong in this one!

    • Too funny, Annie! Although I have personally shared them a couple of times, I’m glad that Candy’s projects have changed your mind from hate to love. 🙂 Glad you like them!

  3. Super cute card Candy. Thanks for sharing it with us Brian.

  4. Robbye Hamilton

    Super cute card Brian. Candy is such a rock star.

  5. Love how Candy used these sweet bears. My favorite thing is the little shirt & collar on the first one!

  6. OK, I was trying to tell myself I didn’t need to get this set. Too late, now it’s on the top of my list. Super cute cards!

  7. Oh my …oh my ! This card is perfect for you ,Yogi !! I love everything about this card ….and now we gotta get Candy to design some BEAR shoes ! Maybe she can make some BIRD shoes while she`s at it (you know I don`t like bird feet ) I guess I will end up getting this set now because the bears are cute except they need to shave and get shoes !!
    Great creative ideas ,Candy !!!

    • She’s good, Sonny. These guys are adorable! I talked with her about the need to cover the feet and even mentioned how you don’t like to see bird feet. In the end, the outfits are so cute, I don’t mind their claws here. 🙂

  8. Oh Brian – these cards are so Stinkin’ Cute! Candy did a fantastic job and really nailed it. I just love them. You are so lucky to have her in your group. Obviously she is creative and talented and knows how to show it. Fantastic job Candy! Thanks for sharing Brian.

  9. Thank you so much, Brian, for sharing my bear cards on your blog today, and for your sweet comments! And thanks to everyone who has commented! I wasn’t as excited about these bears either, until I figured out how to play paper dolls with them.

    • Candy – I’m so happy to share these guys with my readers. I feel the same way – wasn’t thrilled about them until I started playing around with them. There’s a lesson here – buy everything so you don’t miss out. 🙂

  10. Chris R. from Iowa

    These are so fun! Now, someone or you need to work on little shoes or boots for the bears. Part of a flower petal might work for mam bear wearing Mary Jane shoes but I will have to think about the guys. I will have to have someone send me one of the bears to play with since I don’t own that bundle and hadn’t really planned on purchasing it!

  11. Love Candy ‘s bears! They are perfect in every way!!! She is so very talented?

  12. Cute cards with the cutest bears. Thanks for sharing, Candy and Brian.

  13. I spotted these cards on Candy’s blog…she did an amazing job! I loved paper dolls when I was little, I can hardly wait to dress mine up. Whoo hoo!

  14. So adorable!!! Love the outfits made with the dies

  15. Mr. Brian, Forgive my tardiness in commenting (I’ve been a bit behind) but I just saw your selection of bears and wanted to tell you how adorable I think they are and think my stamp ladies will love them too. Thanks so much for sharing.

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