Monday 6 November 2017

New Alpha Bears sneek peak

Hello lovely peeps

Lili of the Valley have some fabulous new NovemBear stamps coming out this month, including a full alphabet set which I have used to make this door hanging.

To tie in with the upcoming launch the theme for this month's challenge on the Lili of the Valley Facebook page is

B is for ....

Just make something with a LOTV image featuring Bears/Bunnies/Babies/Balloons etc for the chance to win one of three vouchers to spend at the Lili of the Valley shop.

So, onto my make...

To cover my chipboard hanger I used a paper from the Winnie in Wonderland CD by Polkadoodles.

First I taped the paper right side up on my glass mat with some low tack tape and then positioned the hanger where I wanted it. I used a pencil to draw in where the hole would be

then placed my EK Success Circle Scissor Pro over the top

The hole was 1 15/16" across so I followed that mark around whilst rotating the tool to make sure it was lined up properly before cutting.

After cutting the hole I turned the paper over and drew in where the outline of the hanger was (note that although it doesn't look like it, the picture is of the back side of the paper - it came out too yellow on my first try at printing it so it's printed on both sides)

I covered the hanger in Mod-Podge and placed it face down onto the back of the paper, lining up the holes and pencil outline. I trimmed off the excess with a craft knife and sanded the edges to neaten.

To print the bears I imported them into Craft Artist so I could easily size them to fit the space available at the bottom half of the hanger - it has a 'Custom' setting for project size, in this case 9x16cm. You can see that I have the A and V bears overlapping so that one is standing on top of the other - I saved the A as a PNG file in Irfanview before importing it to get rid of the white background so all of the V would be visible behind it.

I printed off the Alpha Bears onto Super Smooth 120gsm paper and coloured them in with Promarkers (Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan, Putty, Blender). I printed them again onto patterned papers (One Birdie Lane pad from LOTV/Nitwit) and cut out just the letter parts to paper piece over the top.

After glueing the bears in position on the hangar I added die-cut clouds (Joy Crafts)

 and drew in wires to hang the top bear from.

I painted the whole thing with a layer of Mod Podge to seal it then added a dotty organza bow.

 I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
My Time to Craft #358 paper piecing
Incy Wincy Designs - Not a card
Make My Monday - #58 anything but a card
Inky Chicks #90 animals
Crafty Catz #391 beartastic
Colour Crazy Challenge #44 Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge Christmas or not Christmas & Why (Non-Christmas - I don't give out many Christmas cards so I'd rather make birthday cards or gifts that I can give to friends and family for their special day)

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x


Babs said...

This is really so sweet Katrina , love the colours and those little bears are adorable a gorgeous creation .
Hugs Babs x

Fikreta said...

Its so sweet!

Robbie said...

This is adorable! Great job explaining what you did. Glad you played with us at MMM.


Aunty Sue said...

Such a fabulous door hanger and thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week good luck in the draw

Leslie said...

Love everything about this! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Crafty Catz "Anything Goes with optional Beartastic Twist" challenge!
Leslie, Crafty Catz Guest Designer
Love To Scrap 2

Barb said...

A really sweet design Katrina. The paper is very pretty. Barbxx

Cathy P said...

Oh my - this is fabulous! Love your LOTV NovemBEARS and your use of paper piecing!! Ava is one lucky girl. Thanks for much for playing along with our paper piecing challenge at My Time to Craft! Good luck! Hugs, Cathy MTTC DT

Squirrel x said...

This is gorgeous hun, thanks so much for sharing it with us at AYLI for this challenge! Hugs xx

Crafting Belle said...

A fabulous door hanger and adorable bears. Thank you for joining us for our 'Anything Goes' Challenge at Colour Crazy Challenge. Hugs Lisa xxx

Karen C said...

This is so fab! Thanks for joining our “NOT A CARD” challenge over at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog!
Karen C