Grin and bear it

Gabriel & Co. fine jewelry

Hello, crafting friends!
I thought I’d better get on with making some of this year’s birthday cards. Because I think birthdays are still happening this year… Aren’t they? Who knows!
This bear is from Waffle Flower’s Books and Coffee and I’ve given him a bit of a makeover today. I masked off the book he normally holds before inking him up and then, after removing the mask (that’s a very important step to remember lol!) stamped him on an offcut of white card stock. There’s a little cup in the set which I thought I could use as a hat. I used a marker to ink it up minus the handle and stamped it upside down on his head. This struck me as so funny, I had a fit of the giggles all the time I was doing it!
The bear was coloured with a couple of Uni Pin Fineliner pens, making tiny little strokes to get the furry look, and his striped top was added using a fineliner and a ruler. I cut him out with sharp paper snips and attached him to a small card base, adding a simple sentiment from MFT’s From Me To You. I went mad decorating the envelope with washi tape, lining the strips up carefully and trimming off the excess with sharp paper snips.
I was bowled over by the bear on the inspiration picture at this week’s Inspired By challenge and couldn’t resist giving it a go. I think you can see I went a bit literal with it!! I’m also linking up at Seize The Birthday. I was tempted to add snow to the background as per the Topping this month, but decided to leave it as a minimalist card for one of the males in my family! Talking of males, I’m also joining in with The Male Room where the theme this month is Animals.
Oh, I can’t tell you how much I’m longing for the spring! It’s grey and raining again in the heart of England and it’s doing nothing for the mood! Eva and I went out for a very soggy walk this morning and while she had a great time, I can’t truthfully say I did. When we got home I bathed her, gave her a good old rub down and spread a warm towel on the sofa for her. And here she is in a deep untroubled sleep, not worrying about the future at all.

We can learn a lot from dogs!

Sending hugs,

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