Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pretty Flowers for Spring

Im still waiting for the warm weather that is susposed to come with spring but my cute little Pansie Piggy is all ready to to share some flowers to help you enjoy the warm weather.
Did you get a chance to pick up one of the New Patterns from
Well Kimm can tell you that I couldn't wait to get my hands on Pansie, I just love this little piggy. If you notice that Pansie comes sitting well if you have the Tear Bear pattern to you can just use the legs to make her stand.
This cute little piggy was made with Mulberry Paper and inked with Colorbox Inks. My background paper is one of the new 6x6 paper pads from Prima
Fairy Flora
now in stock. I added some German Glass Glitter to the boarder of my card that was cut out with one of the new Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities.  I added a pretty ribbon from my stash around the Mulberry Calla Lillies.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ribbons and Spring!

Hi, it's Gini. While I've been enjoying some nice spring weather, it sounds like many of you are still stuck in winter. Why not bring a little spring cheer into your house by playing along with our current challenge? You only have a few more days to enter, if you haven't done so yet. To wrap up the last few days of the challenge, we decided to add some ribbons to the mix.

Kimm has gotten so many wonderful new 6 x 6 designer pads in - and today, I have used Prima's Annalee collection. I added ribbons from May Arts and My Mind's eye. My stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, and I cut the frame using Spellbinder's Labels 2. The image was colored with Copics, and then I painted a light coat of Stickles over that.

Our new challenge will be posted on Friday, so mark your calendars to come back and play!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Fairy Tag

Hi there and happy spring! Depending on where you live you might have gotten a surprise spring snow over the weekend. What was up with that? Sunday morning we woke up to a couple of inches of the fluffy white stuff, but it was all gone by the afternoon.

This week the design team is showing more projects using our current Spring challenge theme. We've added ribbons to our projects for a little extra oomph. At the end of the week Senior DT Jamie and Brenda, our very first Guest Designer will introduce our April sketch challenge. Yay!

I made a quick tag using our new Tim Holtz dies: Tag & Bookplates and Tattered Florals, and Graphic 45's "Once Upon A Springtime".

This really was a quick project - it took just about 2 hours, which is record time for me! The flower was made by cutting the Tattered Floral shapes twice and offsetting each size so the space between the petals doesn't show. I cut the largest flower down by about a half-inch. The petals are rounded with the awesome Empressor tool. To the edges I randomly added a combination of Star Dust and Crystal Stickles with my fingertip.

The little fairy tag was pulled from the Once Upon A Springtime "Tags" die-cut 12x12 page - loads of cool embellishments on that sheet! I cut an extra wing and added a little Stickles to the wing, crown and sceptre for a little bling.

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today. There's still plenty of time to join our Beary Sweet Spring Challenge and Birthday Bash. It's going on until March 31 - you could win one of 5 fabulous birthday prizes!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Glittery Easter Treats

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the final day of our Easter and German Glitter Glass week. I hope you have enjoyed everyone's sparkly projects and now you are ready to go out and add some bling of your own!

My project for the week is some Easter favor boxes filled with candy (chocolate, of course!) and decorated with Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime papers and some vintage Easter images.

These were so fun for me to make. I got these cute boxes at a local wedding supply store and simply folded them up and filled them with candy. Then I cut an egg shape from some of the Graphic 45 papers-- it was hard to decide which ones to use they are all so gorgeous! My Easter images are free for use in craft projects, you can find them here-- I just downloaded them, sized them to what I wanted and printed them out.

I added Pale Green Flowersoft to each image for the grass and then also used the Flowersoft glue to apply my Pink and Yellow Green German Glitter Glass. This stuff is seriously so cool, I have never seen anything like it before! I am not a big fan of good old-fashioned plastic glitter, its just so darn messy and never quite looks the way I want it to. However, this stuff is so pretty, it is in a completely different world than that old plastic glitter. It was very easy to use and I love the way it shines.

I edged my images by putting a thin line of glue all the way around and then dipping it in a shallow dish of the glitter. I also added some of the details in the paper such as flowers and a butterfly.

Other details include pearls, mulberry roses spritzed with Pearl Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, lace and a bow on top.

Remember, you still have a few more days to enter our current challenge and show us your Spring projects! This will enter you in the drawing for our 5 fabulous Birthday Presents so definitely enter this challenge. You also a few more days to enter my blog candy in celebration of my own blog birthday so hop on over for your chance to win!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge Recap - There's still time to enter!

Hi there, crafty friends! Just popping in to let you know there is one week left to enter our

Here are some of our design team inspiration samples - click on the photos to go directly to each post for all the details!
Susan (Monday)

Gini (Tuesday)

Patricia (Wednesday)

Jamie (Friday)

Remember this challenge ends Thursday, March 31 at 11:59pm (EDT). We have 5 great prizes up for grabs for the participants of our March Challenges - GO HERE for all the details and to enter!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie and Kimm

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Springtime With A Little Shine

Well now that we have started Spring what a better way to enjoy it than with.....SNOW....(hit the brakes) yes snow were expected to get any were to 1" to 4" of snow in my area of Connecticut. But I'm not going to let a little more snow loose my sparkle. I'm going to add some German Glass Glitter and let it shine.

I added some German Glass Glitter to the oval parts of my Spellbinders Beaded Ovals Die. What do you think of the new Tattered Teddy coming soon to The Beary Scrap Family. He's so cute. He was made with Mulberry Paper and inked with Colorbox Ink. My background paper is from the Springtime Collection from Echo Park. I have used flowers from Prima the Fleurs de Prima and a Butterfly also from Prima from my stash. Don't forget we are still having our Birthday Celebration going on and make sure you enter your card ---HERE---
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sparkly Spring

Hi, it's Gini and I am so thrilled that spring is finally here. I keep seeing new flowers blooming each and every day - and this makes me very happy! So, I think it seems appropriate that this week the Beary Scrappy gals are not only sharing with you spring creations, but we've also all used the gorgeous German Glass glitter.

I'm so sorry that you can't see this card in person, because the glitter is so chunky and shiny. It really adds such a vintage touch. I used Walk in the Park papers from Echo Park - they looked so great with the glitters. My stamp is from JustRite Stamps and I colored it with Copic markers.

If spring has not sprung in your neck of the woods, don't fret. I'm sure it's headed your way soon. Perhaps making a spring project for our current Birthday Bash challenge would bring it your way.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Bling Glass Glitter Tutorial

Hello crafty friends! Well, can you feel it? Ahhh, the sun is getting warmer and burning off the chill in the air. Can you hear it? The trickling sounds of melting snow up north and the trees bursting into leafy song down south. Can you see it? Daffodils, crocus, hyacinth all wearing their spring finery.

I'm in Maryland, smack dab in the middle of all the seasonal changes. The lawn at my in-laws in southern North Carolina has already been mowed twice, mine is starting to "green up" and dear Kimm up in northern Pennsylvania still has mounds of snow. Still, yesterday was the first official day of Spring 2011. Yay!

Before I get into this tutorial, I want to remind you of our current challenge - make a project using a Spring theme, enter it into the challenge and you're automatically entered into our Birthday Bash giveaway! We've got 5 prizes to give away to our challenge players - check out all the details HERE.

German Glass Glitter Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a how-to on our German glass glitter, along with my newest spring-themed card.

I couldn't resist Echo Park's Springtime paper collection. How sweet is this?! I knew I wanted to bling out blank chipboard letters, and just *had* to cut out the sweet little trees. Add a few puffy white clouds et voila! -- an easy, springy card!

I love altering the blank letters - either chipboard or grungeboard. Here's my first step today - drip Ranger Alcohol ink on the letters to let them soak it up and dry. The ink matches the glass glitter I'll be using, and will blend right in if I have any thin spots.

Now that my letters are dry I assemble my supplies.

• Meyer Imports German Glass Glitter in Lime-Green
• Glue - any white glue will do
• Tweezer Bee Precision tweezers
• Pointy instrument - any kind will do - it's to use as a teeny tiny extra finger for moving wet gluey, glittery things around
• Tidy Tray or large piece of paper that you can make into a funnel to pour unused glitter back into the bag

Now that you've assembled your supplies, bring out the bling! Add a thin layer of glue to the entire surface, keeping it off the sides (if you get it on the sides you can use the pointy thing to wipe it out - it's handy!).

Next, plop the letter down into the little pile of glitter on your Tidy Tray or paper work surface and give it a little smush all over to work the glitter all over the exposed glue. Lift it up with your tweezers and give your tweezer hand a tap or two to let go of the loose glitter pieces.

Here's a quick view of the tree glittering action - I used a pointy thing (an embossing tool) to dab glue onto the leaves, then smushed the tree into the pile of leafy, glittery goodness. :)

The last step is clean-up! Pull the plug off the tray and pour the glitter back into the bag. It's helpful to use a cup to hold the bag up.

Ok, so that's just like using the plain old plastic glitter, right? Yes! You definitely have to have your sensible cap on and take care with the glitter - it *is* glass, after all. It's best not to brush it off your work surface with your hand. It will do more damage to your table surface than your hand! After the glue has been sitting for a while but not quite dry, I use my fingers to push the glitter down and smooth edges as needed. Once it's bone dry I brush my fingers over to dislodge any stragglers. I haven't had any problems with this kind of handling *at all*. 

What's the payoff for using German glass glitter over plastic glitter? Sparkle and bling! It shines and reflects light unlike any other glitter and is beautiful! Thanks for reading this tutorial. I hope it inspires you to give our German glass glitter a try - you won't regret it!

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! check back all week for more Spring theme projects using our fabulous German Glass Glitter!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring to you! I hope wherever you are, a little bit of sunshine is finding its way to you. Here in Idaho, it's very wet and muddy but the birds are out and singing so I know spring is on its way. Of course, we probably will have another snowstorm or two, that's just a normal spring here but at least winter is on the way out!

To celebrate Spring and our big Birthday Bash here at The Beary Scrap, I hope you will enter your project in our current Spring challenge, create anything spring related and enter it here for your chance at winning one of our 5 incredible birthday presents!

My first spring project to go along with this challenge is a quick and easy Easter treat that would be great for kids' classes, teachers, your neighbors or anyone you want to bring a smile to!

To make my treats I started by filling a 4 x 6 open top plastic bag with some Easter candy (I love Sixlets, aren't the spring colored ones cute?) Then I cut a piece of double sided designer paper from the Echo Park spring collection-- check out the Springtime Collection Kit which includes 12 - 12" x 12" double sided papers, one 12" x 12" sheet of alphabet stickers and one 12" x 12" sheet of element stickers for only $11.20!!! It's an awesome deal!

I punched one edge of my paper with a Martha Stewart border punch and cut a strip of satin ribbon about 15 inches long (more or less). I laid the ribbon underneath the designer paper, folded over the top of the bag with candy and laid it over the designer paper like this:

I then stapled the ribbon onto the back of the paper, making sure to catch the edges of the plastic bag so it would be secure.

Then I folded the top (the border edge) over to cover the top of the bag and tied the ribbon around the front.

Last I added just the heads of some Tear Bear critters-- Bella Bunny and Charlie Chick-- to the front along with a "Hoppy Easter" saying. Treats are ready to go!

I can't wait to see your Spring creations, so take the challenge and join us! And don't forget, I am also celebrating the one year anniversary of my craft blog and I am offering some Birthday Candy so if you'd like to enter for your chance to win, hop on over to my blog to see how. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

BSC #21 Top 3

Wow! What a great turnout for our birthday challenge, Part 1! Thank you thank you thank you for coming out and playing along with our sketch challenge. We had a blast visiting your blogs!

As you probably know, all the challenge entries during our 1st Birthday Bash are entered into our month-end drawing. You could win one of FIVE fabulous prizes!

We want to send out big congratulations to our Beary Sweet Top 3:

#4 - Tracy Payne
#19 - Lori Leng
#20 - Kim Yu

Ladies - thank you so much for joining us! Please take our  New for 2011 Top 3 badge from our sidebar (under "followers") for your fabulous blogs!

(Need help putting the Top 3 blinkie on your blog? Simply highlight all of the text below the adorable Top 3 bear and right-click to copy; go to your blog's design page and add an html gadget - right click to paste the text in the box.)

We hope everyone checks out our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge #22 - it's Part 2 of our Birthday Bash going on now through March 31st. Come check it out!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie and Kimm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Spring Time at The Beary Scrap

Now that we changed our clocks it's a sign that Spring is just around the corner now and I can't wait for warm weather and and to see the sun again.
Our new theme at
What's a better way to know that Spring is here but when you see the bees. Luckly my bee won't sting you but she will make you smile.
My Card Recipe:
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
Bee outfit from Treasure Box Designs
Now enter your Spring Project ---HERE---
at The Beary Scrap Challenge Blog
Thanks for Looking.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beary Sweet Challenge #22: Spring!

**Please scroll down for Gini's gorgeous challenge sample!**

Sneek peek!

Welcome to our Beary Sweet Challenge #22
Birthday Bash!

The design team sends out BIG thanks to everyone who joined our BSC #21 - we are so thrilled to see each and every one of you play along with our Birthday Bash! Your challenge entries go toward the big prize draw at the end of the month. We'll announce our Top 3 honorees on Thursday, March 17th. Thank you!

It's the 15th of the month, which means it's time for our new challenge. Whoo hoo! This time we're challenging you to share a project using the theme...


Yay! Spring officially arrives in 5 days - can you believe it? For those of us in the colder climates this is very exciting. :)

March is our 1st birthday here at the Beary Scrap Design Team & Challenge blog! Can you believe it? Of course, since it's our birthday we want YOU to get the presents! We're doing things a little different this month, so read on for all the important details to see how you could win.

2 Challenges - 3 Chances - 5 Prizes

We will have two challenges like we do every month, but will not have the normal gift voucher prizes. This month your challenge entries are actually chances to win our birthday party presents! After the second challenge ends on March 31st we will randomly pick 5 names from all of our challenge entries to win. We want to honor and thank our challenge participants both old and new by making the prizes available only to those who play with us. We appreciate you so much!

Chance #1: Enter one project in our sketch challenge March 1 - 14 (CLOSED)
Chance #2: Enter one project in our theme challenge March 15 - 31
Chance #3: If -and only if- you enter either challenge, you can also put our Birthday badge on your blog sidebar for a bonus chance to win!

"What are the prizes", you ask? Let us tell you!

Winner #1 will receive this fantastic prize pack:
Prize pack includes:
Scor Buddy
Echo Park's "For The Record" complete 12x12 kit
Graphic 45's "Once Upon A Springtime" 8x8 pad
MS Deep Edge Border Punch "Flower Bed"
Glimmer Mist "Bahama Blue"
Meyer's Imports German Glass Glitter "Pink"
Kaisercraft Pearls in 4 great colors
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen set
Stickles "Lagoon" and "Diamond"
Beautiful May Arts ribbons and lace
Fantastic assortment of mulberry roses and calla lilies

Winner #2

Winner #3: $25 Gift Voucher
Winner #4: $20 Gift Voucher
Winner #5: $15 Gift Voucher

All you have to do is follow our normal challenge rules below and you are automatically entered! If you want the bonus chance to win (enter a challenge plus put our birthday badge on your blog sidebar), leave a comment below. It's that easy!

Here's our birthday badge - right click to copy or use the html code on the right to easily add to your blog!

This challenge runs through March 31st at 11:59pm EST. All entries will be carried over for our random 5-winner drawing on April 3rd. We will announce our "Beary Sweet Top 3" from each challenge on March 17th and April 3rd.

Here are the simple, standard "rules" to play - PLEASE READ:
  • Become a follower if you aren't already (don't forget this one - it's disqualified a few folks already!);
  • Link your challenge entry post (not your blog "home page") or your online gallery submission with our Inlinkz frog below.
  • Link back to this challenge post (not just our blog "home page") on your blog
  • Only one (1) entry per person. In fairness to all players, if you enter this challenge more than once all second, third, etc. entries will be deleted without notice. Links to projects/cards posted before March 1st will not be eligible.
Additional information:
  • Feel free to combine with other challenges;
  • All NEW project types are welcome as long as they follow this sketch challenge (cards, scrapbook layouts, etc.);
  • International crafters can play, too!
Thanks for celebrating our birthday and playing along with our challenges - we really appreciate you!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie and Kimm

Spring is almost here!

Spring is almost here - less than a week until the official start. So with that in mind, the Beary Scrap's latest challenge is Spring. After all of the snow from this winter, I don't think too many people will mind warmer weather and beautiful flowers.

I made a round card today using the Spellbinders Grand dies. Do you know how easy it is to make shaped cards with these large dies? I just scored my 12" cardstock at 6 inches, using my Scor-pal, then I taped the die down on the top of this fold with part of the die extending past the fold. This way when it cuts, it just cuts the shape up to the fold. My papers for today are once again Echo Park's For the Record. In the center of my handmade flower, I added one of the Beary Scraps mulberry roses (that I misted to match my card.)

I hope spring comes to visit you soon and that you will play along with our challenge. If you haven't checked out the prizes this month, you might want to see the goodies Kimm is giving away to celebrate our one year birthday!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ooh La La

Hello hello! Happy Monday to you all. I'm here with one more sample from our Beary Sweet sketch challenge, which ends tonight. We've had a great turnout for our 1st birthday so far! Thanks to everyone playing along in our challenge. Remember that your challenge entry gets you a "ticket" in our "2 Challenges - 3 Chances - 5 Prizes" party - check out all the details here!

This card is made using papers from My Mind's Eye Madison Avenue and embellishments from both Madison Avenue (button) and Union Square (Eiffel Tower). The rosette ribbon and crochet ribbon add-on are both May Arts. Check out all the fun rosette ribbon colors here! Kimm has the crocheted ribbon in stock - shoot her an email for pricing. Oh, the crocheted ribbon is cut in half lengthwise - I love how it adds a little detail to the rosettes!

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today! I hope to see you tomorrow with our new Beary Sweet Challenge and Gini's fabulous sample!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Beary Sweet Guest Designers!

Hello hello! After much deliberation we are ready to announce our first-ever guest designers! Wow, was it a hard decision for us to make. Thanks so much to everyone who entered - we really appreciate your enthusiasm and support. :)

Without further ado, please join us in welcoming new Guest Designers:

Term 1: April - June

Brenda Smith of The Imperfect Scrapper
Debbie Marcinkiewicz of Simple Treasures


Term 2: July - September

 Cheryl Walker of Sweet Designs by Cheryl
Lori Leng of Pinkcloud Scrappers 

We are over the moon happy about our new teamies and can't wait for their terms to start! Thanks again to everyone who entered our Guest Designer challenge!

OH! Speaking of challenge, there's still time to enter our Beary Sweet Challenge #22 - your entry is a chance to win one of our whopper birthday presents at the end of the month. Go here for all the fabulous details!

Susan, Gini, Patricia, Jamie and Kimm 

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Sincere Thank You

Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel like everything is going really smoothly, your happy with whatever your working one and then suddenly something comes to your mind and you realize you're actually an idiot? Well, I had one of those moments this morning when I started taking pictures of the card I've been working on, looked up at my bulletin board and thought "Hmm-- what is that sketch for again?" Oh, duh! It was the one I was supposed to use THIS WEEK and I FORGOT! Thinking about this week with a Thank You theme, I knew the perfect card I wanted to make-- I made it, took lots of pictures of the process so I could show you all and completely forgot I was supposed to be using our Challenge Sketch! So, my apologies to you all, but here is my card anyway!

I really was excited to make this card to share-- I just recently learned how to make these Slider Cards and I think they are so fun! I originally learned how to make these from Nancy Keller, check out her fabulous blog and a video tutorial here.

And here's my own version of a Beary Sweet Thank You Slider Card!

1. Cut a piece of cardstock or heavy designer paper 12 inches x 5.25 inches.

2. Score this piece at 3.5 inches, 7 inches and 10.5 inches. This will leave you 3 equal sections and then a small 1.5 inch section at the end.

3. One the 1st scored section, trim each side down .25 inch

4. This will leave you with a shape like this that is the base of your:

5. Now, you will need a plastic shopping bag (it doesn't have to be Walmart, that's just what I have!) Cut a two inch strip from the bag.

6. Wrap the bag around the section of your base that you trimmed down. Wrap the bag fairly loose, this will be the "sliding" part of the card. Tape the bag with scotch tape firmly to itself-- make sure that you do not tape the bag to any part of the paper, only to itself as it will need to move. Trim off any excess plastic.

7. Next, cut two pieces of designer paper that are 4.5 x 3.25 inches. These are your slider tabs.

8. Place the first slider tab over the section with the plastic bag taped on and line up the top of the tab with the top of the neighboring section.

9. Tape the bottom of the tab to the plastic bag, again, make sure the tape doesn't touch the base of the card just the plastic bag so that it will slide freely. Also, make sure it is taped firmly so it doesn't pull off.

10. Now flip the base over and repeat with the second slider tab, lining it up with the top of the neighboring section and taping it firmly to the plastic bag. The slider tabs are ready.

11. Now, on the third section (the one next to the small 1.5 inch end), create an indentation to show the hidden tabs-- you can use a circle or scallop punch, cut a rectangle or triangle, anything to show off a little of what's hiding beneath. I chose to have my indentation on the bottom of the card but you could place it on top.

12. Now go ahead and fold your card and adhering the small tab to the back to hold it all together.

Now you have something that looks like this:

And by pulling carefully you 'll have two tabs that slide out for more fun space to embellish and add your message (don't pull too quick or too far, it's really hard to get the tabs back in if they are pulled too far, I have done this!)

And there's your card, so embellish away! I used the Echo Park's Little Girl collection papers plus diecut stickers and tags, many of which I cut apart and used differently than originally intended. I popped up some with foam dots added Lavendar and Glam Pink (brand new!) Stickles and then attached my Tear Bear on the front. Here is my finished card showing the inside tabs.

Now, finally, I am to the bottom of my post and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a huge THANK YOU for supporting The Beary Scrap during the last year-- we owe all our success to our wonderful customers and followers! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

ps-- I am also celebrating the one year anniversary of my blog and am offering some birthday candy, here is a sneak peek--

--please visit my blog for your chance to win and don't forget to enter our Beary Sweet Challenges this month for more chances to win one of our 5 Birthday Presents!
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