Birthday BEAR Hugs & ICAD Week 5!

Happy Friday friends!  Just stopping by to share a few creations that I’ve been working on!  I can’t believe how crazy busy this week has been, but I’m still pressing on and having as much fun as I can stand in my craft room! 🙂

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve pulled out some of the huge stash of My Favorite Things stamps, so I played around with some challenges!  Check it out:


How cute is that bear peeking out from the gift box?!  So, keeping with the challenges, I’ve used the MFT sketch and color challenges to base this card on.  I also wanted to play along with the birthday project challenge as well…so killing several ‘birds’ at once here. (See all challenge details below.)

I pulled out the MFT Ripe Raspberry card stock for the base of my card and used the MFT Beary Special Birthday stamp set with the sentiment in white ink to stamp all over the background of the base.  I colored the sweet bear and cut him out with the coordinating die and popped him up with foam tape at the bottom of the card.  For the top panel, I took the MFT Mini Clouds Edges stencil and created a cloudy sky on white card stock. (I didn’t have any but was trying to match up the colors with the MFT Blue Yonder for the color challenge.)  I then cut this panel with the MFT Stitched Basic Edges and then cut out a MFT Blu Raspberry piece of cardstock with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die and layered it underneath the cloudy sky background.  I attached this to the Ripe Raspberry card base.

I took the bunch of balloons from the same stamp set and colored them with coordinating colors, I fussy cut just the balloons because I took the image and stamped it on the cloudy sky background so I could pop up the balloons with foam tape.  I also covered the balloons with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle glitter pen.  I then took a sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it in white embossing powder over some MFT Black Licorice card stock and cut the strip with fish tails and then popped it up over the balloon strings with foam tape.  Lastly, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins and added some silver Nuvo glitter drops in the center of each one.

I can’t believe that I have fully completed week 5 of the ICAD challenge so far!  Although things have been a bit hectic, I am determined to continue on with these index cards each day…I am surprised by how they turn out sometimes too!  Here are the weird and random tiny pieces of art I’ve created each day this last week:


I truly am hoping that this will help me to become a better artist.  I am proud of myself for pushing on when I want to just give up sometimes, but that’s exactly why I need to challenge myself to continue when it gets hard.  I’m also happy to pull out media that I’m either not familiar with or pushed to create beyond what I am comfortable with…like drawing! LOL!  I can’t wait to look back at these all at one time when I’m done!

Have YOU challenged yourself lately?

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creations!

Challenges I’d like to enter my ‘Happy Bear-day” card for:

  1.  MFT ‘The Birthday Project’ – Use a bear image on your birthday card
  2. MFT Color Challenge – Blu Raspberry, Ripe Raspberry, Black Licorice & Blue Yonder
  3. MFT Sketch (MFTWSC392) – sketch
  4. The Paper Players – PP400 – Celebration

20 thoughts on “Birthday BEAR Hugs & ICAD Week 5!

  1. I love everything about this one, Vicki! That bear is too cute and the background dp works perfectly with him popping out of the box. 😀 Am leaving soon on my vacation so I may be MIA for a couple of weeks when it comes to visiting.


  2. so love your fabulous card, perfect stamping as always and I love those pretty glittery balloons! Well done on keeping up with your ICAD challenge! Loving the one with fabric and the eyes, so fun! Hope you have a fabulous weekend, hugs Debxx


  3. Your card is adorable Vicki, I love that sweet image and the fabulous stamped bottom panel, beautiful card! Fantastic index cards too, love the one that looks like a denim ghost, so fun with the googly eyes!


  4. What an adorable card with that cute little bear! Loving the clouds and wonderful colorful cardstock you chose to put this all together 🙂 The iCAD cards are so fun, especially the googlie eyes!! well done!


  5. Such vibrant and fun colours….And that bear is super cute x. Well done you with completing week 5 of the index cards x.


  6. It’s great to see you’re back, Vicki. This is so sweet, I love the stenciled clouds and mix of cheerful colors, this card has plenty of birthday party feel.


  7. Love this sweet bear peeking out of your package on this bright and cheery birthday design, Vicki!! Gorgeous work!


  8. Well Teddy bears I love and this one is no exception. Love your layout and the coloring is beautiful
    Enjoyed seeing your index cards
    Will be happy when I can fully enjoy my stamping. Has been 2 months since my shoulder surgery and after seeing doctor this AM it may not be aligned correctly. Going to do a CT scan.


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