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First Bear of 2013

Last year I had a mishap, my bear pattern pieces went everywhere and I have not in all honesty found everything so have not been focused on bears for a while.

However I got a commission and lucky for me have a few cut out and stashed around the place.

This 8″ Shulte Mohair Bear is a Baby Shower Gift and I am sure will be well loved.

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Butterfly Garden Matchbox

This matchbox had been sitting partially finished in my stash since last year. Ever have that thing where you start something, it doesn’t fit the swap or person it’s intended for and you kind of loose the flow of what you are doing so it sits around waiting for you to discover how to finish it?

I had created the matchbox and wee book prior to knowing who my swap partner was (look back to the faux grimoire matchbox to see what I did for the swap) and of course it was completely unsuitable for that person.

So recently I found some wee rub ons I had bought from my local spotlight on sale. They worked so well with the wee book I thought why not and finally finished the matchbox (always a good feeling when you finish a project that has been waiting a while)

So here it is (I am so pleased with how this turned out I just love the butterfly garden papers by Pink Paisley hard to get now but so glad I have them in my stash. This is an ordinary matchbox I recycled.

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and that’s it there isn’t any more.

Tattered Florals Challenge

I was so excited to see when Tim Holtz announced his Tattered Floral Challenge. I got the Die off my Sister for Christmas last year.

I had so many ideas go through my mind, another one of my pretty hair accessories, a bouquet, something to wear, the possibilities were only limited by imagination and resources.

As the entries started to pour in. I wanted something truly unique, something no one else would do.

A 4″ tall tattered floral Bear!

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Sooo the idea for a new flower bear was born. This one has the fabric hand coloured with Colour Washes (one stream mixed with mowed lawn distress re inker to make it a bit more green and stem/leaf like). The challenge was that I still can not find my mini bear joints and eyes no matter how much I search and search for them. So this bear is string jointed and the eyes are pearls covered in Stream Alcohol ink.

What I love about these bears is the fact that their bodies are like the stem of the flower with their little faces blossoming in the center of the flower.

To get the flower I stamped Tim’s Flutter ATC stamp over the fabric with Archivals Jet black. Then used some colour washes (stream, butterscotch, purple twilight and cranberry they sort of all melded together in the fabric I had) and added some fabric stiffner to the flower. I used one of the other flowers to create the leaves by misting with the leftover mix of stream colour wash and mowed lawn re-inker,

I also misted white pearl cotton with butterscotch to create the bears nose and mouth. The head is also misted in butterscotch.

I used Tim’s paper twine split in two to wrap around the bears legs to give a sort of viney roots look.
here are some more pics of The Tattered Floral Bear.

I love how quirky and funny this is. It was how I left the bear to dry overnight so the bottom leaves would stick and not fall off

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and a couple in a wee flowerpot I have with a colour wash next to her to show you just how teeny she really is:

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10 Years of Bearmaking

I actually got my years confused and it turns out this year marks the 10th anniversary of me as a bear artist. So in celebration I am sharing some of my bears with you starting with Peaches a bear I made from a kit and the very first bear I ever made

She is the one in the middle

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now our journey takes us to Eloise ( I was encouraged to create my own patterns very early on so only ever made one or two commercial pattern bears) She was the first bear I ever designed from scratch, somehow she worked and I created my signature heart nose at the time most people did heart shaped noses as an oval with a dip in the center. She is still a part of my hug to this day

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I have no idea of the order I created my bears in but I am going to share some of my bears along my 10 year journey.

Harlequin was made from a pattern but holds a place in my heart for being my very first clown bear

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The Centeddial Fairy made to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Teddy Bear is one of the few I have made from plush rather than mohair or curtain fabric.

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Meet Bruce the very first of my fat bellied bears Belinda of sugar shack surprise bears taught me how to get the belly shape and it has always helped me to get a fat tummy if I want one.

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now at that same show I met her I had entered Sky Cloudwalker (can you believe I lost points for the nose because it was not uniform when is a cloud uniform?)

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so that is my beginnings although I do have some more favorites to share with you from those times look out for the next post

An arty accident

This originally was going to be my background for my Coasters however it doesnt quite suit that purpose. To be honest whilst I am not a fan of this kind of art something about this Canvas appeals to me it reminds me of the Heavens and Celestial stars and such things.

It is funny how simple this was to do just some of the Metallic Distress stains in all 3 colours and a paint brush. You can see where I got a little over enthusiastic and hit the canvas a few times with the brush.

Not sure this is Art just something I created that I vibe with and will use as a piece of wall art around my House

Would love to know what you think 🙂
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A little bit of Girlie Grunge Fairy Magic

This months challenge over at Girlie Grunge (see my sidebar for the link) is to create a gift using Donna Salazar Products.

As my blog readers know I recently purchased the Rose and Carnation Creation dies. I have been playing with making flowers from different types of papers and the Comb I created won not only Artist of the Month on the Girlie Grunge site but also the August Colour Challenge on Jelly Bean Scrappers for which it was created. Rather exciting stuff.

Anyway I bought a wand from our local and rather awesome cheapie shop called Jolly Ollies (they often have a lot of crafty things that are really good quality at very low prices) so I got the plain wooden wand.

I painted it with a combination of paint dabbers, used some impasto over a glimmer screen to create the raised bits. Used some glossy accents over them and sprinkled on the glitter and Made the rose in the center with The Rose Creations Dies and some plain brown paper. Which I again used the paint dabbers on (2 shades of pinks and a smidge of white) before dabbing on a little glue and glittering the flower (I did the same thing for all the flowers in the circlet)

Next I used some ribbon and criss crossed it down the handle of the wand like ballet slippers (how cute would this be for a flower girl) and misted some tulle with Smooch Spritz in Pralines and Cream. Tore it into strips and knotted it around the wand.

To make the circlet I started with some beading wire plated together and then formed into a circle. Built up layers of tulle (also misted with pralines and cream smooch spritz). Wrapping them around to build up a base for the flowers to be attatched to and also to create a little bit of hanging detail at the back. The wrapped around some pearl trim, and ribbon. Attatched the flowers by adding wire to the back of the brads and twisting it around the circlet. The butterflies were created with brown paper and wire (make circles all the same size, attatch two together and cover in brown paper till you have built up around 4-6 layers, let dry then cut around the edges of the wire, paint and glitter) and viola a very sweet gift for one very lucky little girl 🙂

So here it is :

The set together

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a close up of the star part of the wand so you can see the detail better

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and two closer pics of the circlet from different sides

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and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore (for now)

Entered into

Simon Says Stamp and Show Glitter Week

and

Girlie Grunges September Challenge

A very Special Bear

I finished this wee 3″ bear last week but had to wait for her to arrive to her new owner before I could share her.

This wee Angel was made for a very special Lady, as a gift. After all we all need an angel at times to watch over us. As yet the bear is Un named and I do feel that the Lady in question should name her, though I rather thought ‘Jelly Bean’ or ‘Hope’ might be good names for her.

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