Bookmark for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies September Challenge

Hello friends!  Welcome to September!  Can you believe that it is here already?!  I’m looking forward to all things Fall and seeing all the wonderful crafty inspiration from everywhere for sure!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a post for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge, but I’m so happy to be back with my design team friends for this month’s challenge!  The theme each month is always “Anything Goes + a critter“.  So if you make something with a critter on it, we want to see it!  We look forward to seeing your crafty critter creations this month!

Our sponsor for this month’s challenge is QKR Stampede and they’ve provided some fun images for the team to use in their creations.  Here’s my project:


September is the time we know that the kids are back at school.  I remember telling my boys that it was time for them to start “hittin’ the books!”  They never seemed to care for that too much though!  LOL!  Thinking back at those old school days, I thought it would be nice to create a school themed bookmark with this adorable image from QKR Steampede called Reading Books.

Speaking of learning, I pulled out some Distress Oxide Sprays and played around with them on my tag to see what results I got.  I was surprised at how nicely the colors blended together.  I then took a Tim Holtz stencil and inked it up with embossing ink and heat embossed the letters with a Brutus Monroe Raven Sparkle EP.

Not quite finished with my background, I knew I wanted to use some black seam binding ribbon for the top of my tag, so I grabbed some silver alcohol ink and dabbled the ribbon with it.  What was left on my glass surface, I took a fan brush and splattered some of it over the tag background.  I also rubbed it along the edges of the tag.

To give the bear image a bit of a “ground” to sit on, I took a strip of Brutus Monroe Black Glitterstock and attached it at the bottom of the tag.  Then for the word strips at the top, they’re from a cardstock sticker panel I had from an old card kit.  (They got splattered along with the background.)  Lastly, I just added a button with some twine in the middle of my seam binding bow.


And here’s a better look at this adorable bear image who’s studying really hard on his book!  I thought it would be funny to title the book for him.  So I took out my Copic liner pen and wrote in “Book of Honey” on the cover!  LOL!

I’ve colored up this image with Copics and fussy cut him out to attach to the bottom of the tag/bookmark.  I turned him over and rubbed a stylist over him to add some dimension to the image.  I popped him up with some foam dots over the black glitterstock strip.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookmark/tag project today!  I had fun playing around with some media that I hadn’t had a chance to play with which was really fun!

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to take a look at the inspiration from the rest of my design team friends and come play along with us this month!

Thanks for hanging out with me this weekend!  Hope you had fun or were inspired in some way!  I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1. QKR Stampede – #361 Anything Goes
  2.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – ‘S’ is for…”Sprays, Stack of books, seam binding, school, study, stories, sit”
  3. TGIF Challenge – #TGIF227 Product Spotlight embossing powder227

20 thoughts on “Bookmark for the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies September Challenge

  1. What a fun project, and it turned out so darned cute too! I used to make bookmarks for an organization, but have never made anything quite so cute as this one 🙂


  2. Your backgrounds always bring your images to life, Vicki! All the color, flecks of sparkle, stenciling (great stencil, by the way!) and wonderful embellishments like the black ribbon, twine bow and button! I would dearly love being able to do the twine like that – I see other designers using delicately tied bows and marvel that their fingers can even coordinate to make them! LOL Isn’t it fun appreciating what others can do, and how their imaginations work? Visiting your school bound bear makes me happy this morning! love, de


  3. Oh, Vicki, that little reading bear is so perfect for a bookmark! Great coloring and I adore how you did the ribbon, button and twine together.


    1. I’m back with my DT hat on my head – Thanks so much for playing along with us at QKR Stampede this week and good luck.
      NanacConnie DT
      PS I’m so delighted that you’re back on the 2CCC team!!


  4. How funny…Book of Honey. You are clever. I love the layers that made up the background. The image is precious. I love books and bookmarks, so I really appreciate your art work.


  5. What a gorgeous bookmark Vicki! I love that sweet little bear and the stunning background, the sparkly black alphabet looks amazing!
    Hugs, Tammy


  6. Wonderful school themed background and such a fun tag. What a wonderful little face and expression on that adorable bear. x.


  7. Ha ha! Love that you titled his book! SO cute! Love this fun bookmark, and I’m sure someone will greatly enjoy receiving it! Thanks for!


  8. Oh my, this bookmark is a work of art. Love all the details and the studious bear is adorable. Our daughter is a Kindergarten teacher and I make her a card each year for the first day of school. Such fun.



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