Monday, July 20, 2009

LPS Sketch Challenge: {Beary Best Katie} house

Two posts today... please scroll down (or click here) so you
don't miss the Caardvarks Challenge action. ;O)

Well this started out as Cindy's sketch....
(Cindy's layouts are legendarily stunning!)

But then...
the oval turned into a circle to make way for the picture frames & the rectangular mat at the bottom grew curves, and the heart turned into a bear! (and then it needed a roof?) Go figure?

Here are a couple of the details on how this {Beary Best Katie} house was built...

To make a layered Katie,
I did a bunch of emboss resist & paper piecing:

Katie was stamped 3 times:

-once with her bear (to make a "magic" pattern with the wall paper & baseboard-tutorial here)
-once for her sweet little face and feet
-and once more to add a script embossing layer to her dress...

(and some crochet ribbon trim on the bottom too!) :O)

The scalloped edge was made with punched circles of a digital ledger printed and gesso washed. (The circles are stuck on the back)

To make the little picture frame brads, I printed out an inchie of an architectural drawing, stuck it on a brad & glazed it over with Crystal Lacquer (there's a tutorial on the brad altering process here.)

The curvy piece at the bottom was emboss resist
and the shape was from the curvy card feet template.

The bear used to be an Ikea lampshade (it broke so I saved the paper)
To make him I did this:

1) Glued the lampshade paper to cardstock
2) Traced the bear template onto it (body, head, & 2 arms)
3) Cut the bear out
4) Tinted the bear with Copics & other markers
5) Stitched him with dark gray embroidery thread (tummy & nose)
6) Assembled him

The arms are added on brads to make them movable :O)

If you would like the template for the bear, please just let me know
& I'll scan it, etc. (It might be fun to make a big bear shaped card, no?)

Thank you so much for taking time out to look at this.
Here's hoping that you have an amazing day!


Holly said...

So cute Mel! I am in love with the teddy bear!

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

Adorable !! The lace and the picture frame just make it pop:) So clever!!
Thanks for sharing.

Betty Benton said...

This is a perfectly beautiful card!! You are so creative and I always enjoy checking out your blog!

Cindy Haffner said...

Mel this rock, love what you did with the sketch. --love that little dress, so darn sweet.

Becky said...

This is so cute. I love this whole scene, and the lace is just an awesome touch along with those picture frames

the whimsical butterfly said...

This COULD NOT BE CUTER!!! WOW! I love how you were able to create this based off the sketch and yet it is so unique and adorable! Beautiful work, as always! You're a rockstar!

Kim Etherington said...

Wow, how incredibly cute! The little girl in her nightie with the bottom stitching is so sweet. Bear is too adorable. Card layout is stunning!

Heidi Van Laar said...

SO adorable!!!! Have I mentioned in the last 5 minutes how you are the queen of tutorials! They are always superb!

(-: Heidi

marciad said...

This is soooo special. I have a collection of teddy bears. Would love an easy template to make teddy bears. Thanks for offering.

Diane Davies said...

Oh no you didn't!!! The little framed pics! AAAAAACK!! I can't believe how you just continue to blow me away! You are a flippin genius. Love this card and all the wedding stuff from the other post. Girl you rock so hard!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

This could not be cuter!

PaperTree Designs said...

oooooh the detailing is impecable (spelling?)!!! Love it (even if I cant spell!).

KreatesKards said...

Another phenomonial card!!! So much detail to the cards.

chelemom said...

Holy cuteness!!!! This has so much detail in it I think you should frame it!!!WOW!!!

Tiff said...

This is too cute! Genius way to use those brads! And that lace sweet!

Elena said...

Love everything about this card! Little dress and teddy bear, house shape and pictures! Brilliant!