Monday, 15 February 2016

Polar Bears are a Girl's best friend ... obviously!!!!!!!

Good morning my crafty friends!

If you celebrate Valentine's Day, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We went into town and purchased (from the same department store) 2 new frying pans, a kitchen timer and voile/net curtains .... boy, we sure know how to live on what's supposed to be the most loved up day of the year!!!!! :D

Anyway, it's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and we've got another great sketch for you, courtesy of Michelle.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Nikky and the team at Polkadoodles who are offering the lucky winner of this challenge a prize pack. Even if you're not lucky enough to win the prize for this challenge, make sure you go to Digi Choosday Blog where Nikky regularly offers discount codes to the Polkadoodles Store, as well as the special offers that are already in place! Hands up - who likes a discount to get new crafty stash!!!!!!!!!

Here's the sketch we'd like you to follow for Challenge #139:

and here's my card using the sketch and featuring a gorgeous image from Polkadoodles:

I must confess that I found this card rather a challenge, as it's quite a lot fussier than my normal card making style. However, I'm pretty pleased with it!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a 14.8 cm square, pre-made card base in white
  • Design Papers - are from the Nordic Christmas CD-Rom by Crafter's Companion, which doesn't seem to be available any longer :o(   I've used a red snowflake paper on the front of the card, and I ran my paper back through my printer to print the brown chequered paper on the reverse as this paper matches the background on my button. I've used Kraft card for matting and layering.
  • Image - is the uber-cute Polar Family - Octavia Frosted Winter by Nikky at Polkadoodles. I've brought this lovely family to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens and Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen before hand cutting the image out and attaching it to my card. Unfortunately, I didn't keep a note of all the colours I used - sorry!
  • Tag - is embossed from Kraft card using my Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats Ultimate Pro Embossing Board and I then cut this out by hand, and re-embossed the edges to give definition. The bow is made from jute twine I have in my stash, and tied using my Ultimate Pro. A faux button made from an embellishment I found on the Nordic Christmas CD-Rom which I then cut using the heart shaped die from my Die'sire Essentials Button Box die set (also no longer available). I cut out 3 further heart shapes, glued them all together ensuring my printed heart was on the top, and then covered the white edges using my EB7 Spectrum Noir Pen.
  • Sentiment and Snowflake - are both dies available in Sara's Signature - Festive Wonder Collection and are both cut from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver card. I cut the words away from the initial letters of "Merry Christmas" to follow the sketch.

I hope you'll come over Feeling Sketchy and check out the amazing creations by my talented team mates. Then don't forget to come back and show us your cards or scrapbook pages following our sketch. We'll be back with our new challenge on 1st March 2016.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

We're on half term now here at Casa Mia, and I'll be waiting in for my gas man to service our boiler. Gives me some crafting time me thinks!

Whatever you're up to today, have fun!

Hugs, Helen x


  1. This is a lovely card, your image is very cute.

    Jo x

  2. Beautiful image and design! Love the plain tag with the heart button and tied with twine. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  3. Your day yesterday made me smile as did this gorgeous card

  4. Love the way you've printed the paper double sided, it looks really effective with all the kraft on the card

  5. Gorgeous card and love the design. Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Carol S. DT

  6. Lovely image. You're very organised too for xmas!

  7. Hi Helen absolutely beautiful, love the sweet image and detail.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  8. Great card design and beautiful designer paper. I love how you made the heart button. Thank you for sharing it with us at CD Sunday. Wynn DT.

  9. Lovely card and great choice of image. That backing paper is nice too. It's always good to get one or two Christmas cards made early :-) Thank you for sharing with us at CD Sunday.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday DT

  10. Very pretty paper and design. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

  11. Lovely christmas card, you are ahead for next christmas already


  12. a very wintry card, thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Catz and hope to see you again

  13. Fab creation love this collection thanks for sharing it with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week in our Red challenge and GDT call week. Good luck

  14. Hello Helen, your card is very cute, lovely bears
    thanks to join us at Digistamps4Joy

  15. Great card and a very popular image , love it, thanks for joining us at CD Sunday
    sue-b xx

  16. Helen a very beautiful card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


  17. I love the effect you have achieved with the backing paper - very unusual. Well done for having started on the Christmas cards. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday DT

  18. Beautiful card - super fun image - Thanks for joining in at at JUGS!

  19. Beautiful card, Thank you for joining us at Addicted to stamps.

  20. Very cute and love your design, thanks for joining us at ABC challenge and good luck
    Andrea x

  21. Fabulous image with those polar bears - love it. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  22. Love the image you have used here and matched up so well with the papers you have used. Love that sentiment, (lol I just clicked on to buy it and it's out of stock) Thanks for joining in with our 'Have a Heart' challenge at Winter Wonderland this week, and good luck
    Eileen x


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Helen x