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Monday, 8 July 2013

A Roosevelt Bear for Nicecrane Designs

Hello Friends

Firstly, congratulations to Andy Murray for being the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years, quite the achievement and huge commiserations to the wonderful Novak Djokovic for being so magnanimous in defeat!

I also want to say a very public THANK YOU to three lovely ladies - Nicola, Darnell and Jenny (Buttons) for your wonderful thoughts and efforts on my behalf recently.  You each know what you did and you warmed my heart and lifted my flagging spirits.  Your thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.  Thank you!

On to my card which is my Design Team piece for Nicecrane Designs for July.  I was thrilled when Karen Burniston (the designer of the accordian card die) commented on my last accordian card so I thought I would use it again but with a bit of a twist this time.  Karen shows some hints and tips on her website and one of them is how to 'extend' the height of the accordian card die so I had a go and created this card using one of the fabulous Roosevelt bears from the lovely Ignacio at Nicecrane Designs:


It was amazingly easy to extend the height - well, OK I did have to have a few practice runs first but I managed it in the end!  You are left with creases across the middle of the finished card but this is easily rectified by embossing the surrounding frames and hand cutting the mats for the images.  I used a Spellbinder M-Bossabilities Bricks and Bark embossing folder for the frame.  I added a touch of Treasure Gold to highlight the bark.


This Roosevelt bear comes as part of a black and white set which you can find HERE.  I coloured him with Aqua Markers and then finished off with Tim Holtz Distress Markers to give him a little definition.  He really does not need much work because the shading is already done for you - thank you Ignacio!

I don't know whether he has a name but I am calling him Dandy Bear, he looks like he is off to enjoy a wonderful picnic, hence my choice of words from the lovely song - The Teddy Bear's Picnic.

I made the card with a friend in mind, who has bears regularly visit her property, looking for food.  This card will be winging it's way to her, to hopefully give her a smile when she returns from her holiday.

As always, thanks for looking and special thanks if you take the time to comment.  Big hugs, Anne xx


34 comments:

  1. this is just wonderful Anne - such a fun bear and it looks amazing how you made the card taller - you're such a clever lady!!! Big Hugs from us all! Rachel xx

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  2. What a magnificent card Anne. Its so fabulous and that bear is gorgeous too. The recipient of this card will treasure it that's for sure. Is there no end to your talent. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. Fabulous card,love the image and great details.xxx

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  4. Anne, this is the sweetest card. I love the woodgrain effect on the frame. It suits Dandy bear so well as he makes his way to a rendezvous in the forest. The colouring of him is lovely, the softness fitting beautifully with the vintage feel to the image. You are making that die very difficult to resist :)

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  5. You are so having fun with that new die! Anne, this is fantastic and what a great colored image! I love this design and that fabby bear! Enjoy the week!

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  6. Anne...oh my goodness. This is such a beautiful card. I love the bear and how you've colored it. So gorgeous! I have the Karen Burniston die cut and I really need to use it. Love the design of this card....the sentiment and the wood exterior. So cute! I also wanted to thank you so very much for your comments you left on my blog. You always know what to say at the right times. :)<3 Candy

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  7. Sorry to hear you haven't been well Anne, hope you are on the mend now. I'm wishing I had bought that die now you have made some fab pieces with it

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  8. Such a gorgeous card Anne. I really love the clever design and that image is just wonderful. I bet sales of that die have increased since you have been making such stunning card with it.
    Take care, wishing you all the best
    hugs Sue xx

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  9. Oh Anne this is gorgeous! I love the way you have coloured the bear, he looks so 'dandy'! also love the wood frame! Your friend will be thrilled...does she live in Canada by any chance? My friend who lives there also gets bears visiting from time to time as their house backs on to woodland...I think she prefers it when the deer come though! Hugs and so good to see you back, Carole Z X

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  10. You are using the die with such creativity. Dandy Bear is beautifully coloured, he is a wonderful image.
    I couldn't agree more, yesterday was a wonderful day to see Andy become the Champion.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  11. Yes its been a fab weekend for the brits Anne and omg! this is superb its fabulous huggles hun Sue xx

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  12. You sure are rockin this die Anne - a truly wonderful card with totally apt embossing. This is such a great image and I love how you have coloured him. Your friend won't be able to stop smiling when she sees this. Nicola xx

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  13. Your card is fabulous Anne, and I'm sure your friend will be thrilled to bits with it. I love how you colored him in; you did it so well it lookslike a print. Hope you are enjoying the same wonderful weather as we are up here :0)) x

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  14. Fabulous project Anne, Love the Bear image & you have coloured him beautifully...AmAzing design... Love it!! Hugs May x x x

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  15. Hi Anne, I love Dandy Bear, what a clever idea, I never thought of extending your die. Your colouring and shading is brilliant and I really like the wood grain frame and of course that little tickle of treasure gold to finish off. Once again Top Class! Hugs Mo x

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  16. Delicious colouring on the bear - he's a delight, and your extra tall accordion card suits him perfectly. Another brilliant creation.
    Alison x

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  17. Fabulous design Anne, how clever to lengthen the card, I love the bear too! Fabulous colouring. X

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  18. What a brilliant design Anne and a fabulous extended card. The image is brilliant.
    Have a great week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  19. That is so special Anne. Love the way you have extended the frame and the embossed wood works really well with the whole theme of the card. And how brilliantly have you coloured Dandy Bear! Love this so much. Hugs, Jenny x

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  20. Hi Anne,
    Another fabulous make using this die. Love the bear image, and how clever are you lengthening the card :) Take it easy and enjoy the sunshine. Hugs ....... Linda xx

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  21. What a fab card & a fun image! I'm sure your friend will love it.
    Glad to see you back & hope you are feeling much better soon.
    Amy x

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  22. Love the card totally, wasn't sure if the bear was friendly but your words make it so. Great design and Thank You for the link. xx Flora

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  23. Amazing Rooselvet Bear Card Anne, waht a stunning coloring my friend,,,,,,,and the frame effect is really terrific ,,,woww,wowwwwww, you are Rock Anne.

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  24. I love that you weren't afraid to tackle adding height to your card design and use the die, Annie! Well done and now others will try it, too!! Your coloring is divine and I love how you added the gold to the bark to define it! Perfect Dandy Bear; she will love it!! xxoo Darnell

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  25. Wonderful card Anne and how clever to have extended the height with the die. A gorgeous bear image too and I love your colouring! Hope you're doing ok. Chris x

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  26. What a wonderful post and a fantastic card, you have certainly put your spin on it, beautifully created great sentiment you combined with it, love the way you colored it all vintage and all, it's a DANDY make for that Dandy Bear:O) thanks for sharing your beautiful creation. Have a great week, ((((( Big hugs..)))

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  27. Your bear is dandy!!! The fact that you achieved the new height on this is simply fantastic! I love that you did that! FABULOUS!!!

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  28. It certainly made me smile
    Rosie x

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  29. Hello Anne, I wanted to stop by to say thank you for the lovely comments you leave on the Snazzy's DT Blog. They are very much appreciated and I have to say I'm glad I did drop by as I haven't been able to do much blog hopping recently (family needing extra TLC at the moment)and I see I have been missing out on some fabulous creations and wonderful inspiration.

    Much as I would like to comment on all the posts I've missed I have to restrict myself to a general comment today and then I will try to visit more regularly in future.

    I love these concertina cards and I think I need to check out that particular die. It makes the cards look like quite an engineering feat but so lovely. Your colouring of the image is super and he really does look dressed for a 'posh' picnic, lol!.

    BTW I love your take on Tim's latest tag (which I've not had time to check out yet) The colours are gorgeous and perfect for that beautiful dragonfly.

    Hope you're feeling better now. Take care!

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  30. This card is fabulous. Now I have the song Teddy Bear's picnic running through my head!!!

    Love your colouring choices as well as the fabulous woodgrain! Your friend is going to love this one.

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  31. Lucky you, to get a nice comment from this designer. Well deserved I might add! You're doing fantastic things with this die, and your outing today is no exception. As always - fabulous design & coloring. I hope you are feeling so much better by now. Always a pleasure to visit here and see what treasures you've shared. I'll be checking out that link for extending the die (although I don't have this one.You're inspiring me to hunt for it though!). Have a grand day. Hugs

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  32. Superb! I think you are the Queen of these ards - you own them!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  33. How fun! You sure are making the most of that Sizzix die.... love all your different uses for it!

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