Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Spring Showers

The theme this month for Eileen Hull's Inspiration Team is 'Spring Showers'.  If you live in the UK, we certainly get plenty of those!

But this is slightly different, we are celebrating Showers of a different kind - Baby Showers, Wedding Showers or different types of parties.  I chose to create for a Baby Shower/Party.
I made a Shabby chic card using beautiful Maja Design papers and Eileen Hull's Pansy Flower die (Sizzix 661109), and hand felted a little blue teddy to go into the Eileen Hull Book & Pages, Trinket Box & Frame die (Sizzix 662360).

Starting with the card, I simply mat and layered the beautiful Maja Design papers, added a Scrapiniec frame which I embossed with Stampendous Frantage Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel.  I die cut the word 'baby' and coated the letters with Glossy Accents.
The flowers are made from Eileen Hull's die - Pansy Flower.  Just a few steps:
1)  Die cut flower petals, 6 for each flower, 2 of each size
2)  Spritz the petals with water and scrunch up
3)  Carefully open the dampened petals and leave to dry naturally
4)  Layer up the petals and scrunch up again
5)  Add ready made stamens to each of the flowers
Next, I made the Trinket Box.  I covered the Mount Board with Maja Design paper and then die cut the elements for the box.  I followed the instructions on the die to construct the box and I added a button and elastic closure.  The word 'baby' was die cut and coated in Glossy Accents.
Here is a picture of the inside of the box, covered again in Maja Design papers.  I lined the 'floor' of the box with some beautiful soft felt.

Long before I had my wrist replacement I loved doing wet felting, but afterwards, I was unable to put the pressure required to rub the felt, so sadly, I stopped.  Once I saw my friend Rachel's beautiful felted creations (you can see one HERE) I wanted to see if I could make something using felting needles - much easier to do than all that rubbing!!  Thank you Rachel, I have had an absolute ball creating these little creatures! 

So, to complete my project, all that remained for me to make was the teddy, one that would fit in the box!  I had to make several before I got the right size to fit in the Trinket Box - and that just happened to be the blue one, the last one I made.
I thought I would share the whole 'motley crew' of bears that I made, the three sitting bears were my first attempts and to me they look a bit cock-eyed but I am happy with the three standing bears on the right hand side.

Thanks for 'bearing' with me through this post!  My team-mates have made some fabulous creations so far this month, you can check these out HERE on Eileen's blog.

I hope to see you soon!

Hugs, Anne  xxx


  1. Wow wow wow Anne! This card and gift box are out of this world incredible and your furry creatures make my heart smile. I totally love each one of them and simply HAVE to have this box die. :)

  2. Your Baby Shower gift is gorgeous Anne xx Love those papers and the stunning floral x Your sweet felted bear is the icing on the cake...I adore him x I have never felted wool before and look forward to trying it as I purchased a kit for mum and I at Christmas !!!

    Fantastic make to treasure and of course you now have a bear family too xx Love this !!!

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  3. Your gift idea is fantastic Anne. The teddy bears are wonderful, clever you. I adore your flower too. A truly beautiful set. Tracy ❤️❤️

  4. So fabulous especially the box with the lovely closure
    Dr Sonia

  5. There is nothing you can't do, my dear friend!! Those little bears are so absolutely adorable!! I can't believe you made them!! I love each one!! Your trinket box to showcase them is so creative and fabulous!! And what a stunning shabby card!! Wow!! I love these!! As always, you inspire me, Anne!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. You are so clever to do needle felting too - I love your Teddies and the beautiful trinket box you made to showcase the blue one in is fantastic! The shabby chic card is stunning with those wonderful flowers and the gorgeous ribbon. A beautiful shower of loveliness my friend! xxx

  7. Aw Anne - this is brilliant - the whole thing works so wonderfully together and those bears! I love them all to bits! I'm absolutely thrilled that you have been enjoying yourself doing these! So exciting! Hugs my lovely friend xx

  8. My dearest Anne, you never fail to amaze me, what a great talent you have. Love the card and the little heirloom box to match. Your little blue teddy bear looks wonderful and very much at home in the box. Love all the little bears, you have enough now to make a teddy bears picnic. Hugs Rita xxxx

  9. What lovely makes Anne, what a great match and i'm loving that box die. Both the sweetest of keepsakes along with your hand crafted teddy. I really admire you for not letting your wrist issue get in your way, my Mother had a nasty break to her wrist a few years back and it stops her from doing so many creative things.
    Teds siblings make me smile each with their own character, especially the wonky eyed, an expression i've had often from a felting needle injury hee hee!!
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  10. WOW...I'm in awe over those bears!!! LOVE that...I would love to learn how to make them. Your card is gorgeous...oh those flowers!

  11. WOW!!! Your Baby Shower gift set is simply amazing!!! I love the colors and that gorgeous frame on the card. The teddy bears are so adorable!!! What a wonderful inspiration you always are!!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  12. This is such an imaginative idea for using the Trinket Box Anne! LOVE those teddies - my goodness you are clever, I wouldn't know where to start! And the card looks so elegant with that wonderful flower. Thank you for sharing your talents again! xx

  13. I'm speechless Anne and you know that doesn't happen often, seriously this is just so special, love that gorgeous flower and that teddy has melted my heart. A gift that would be treasured forever, hugs kath xxx

  14. I love your posts Anne, 'I just made this amazing card, and I had half an hour to spare so I knocked up a dozen teddy bears' lol This is the most fabulous project ever, I love the shabby flowers and those bears are perfect! Have a very happy day, Sue xx

  15. WOW! What a talented lady you are, those little bears are just adorable, and the card and gift box are stunning. What a beautiful keepsake xx

  16. I wonder if there is anything you can't do?!!! Your little teddy bears are so precious! And what a wonderful gift to bring to a baby shower. Everything is first class.
    I didn't know that you had a wrist replacement!
    Sandy xx

  17. What fabulous creations. The box is so beautiful and those teddies are amazing.
    Toni xx

  18. I could bear with you all day long, Annie! This will be a treasured keepsake for some lucky someone! That baby card is a gift unto itself and alone it would have been a generous gift, but to have the added handmade trinket box and extremely sweet bear is just amazing! I love that you showed all your bear family! They are just like human motley crews which comes in varying degrees of cockeyed-ness, lol!! I'm so glad you found a cool way to felt without pain!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  19. What a delightful project style contrast from the rusty project post I just came from. I do so love when you channel your inner shabby!! A beautiful set for baby, love love love! The trinket box is just darling and the card is truly beautiful! You have such a wonderful range with your creativity Anne, amazing to me!

    I find every year, that the weather is just a little bit crazier than it was the year before. Last week I was making patio garden plans, this week I I had to pull out the snow shovel!! It sure can be difficult to make any plans when your not sure what season it's going to be tomorrow. lol. I hope all has been well with you this last couple of weeks. Thinking of you and sending hugs :)

  20. How absolutely and utterly charming, Anne - your bears are completely delightful (and I've just popped over to see Rachel's bird too), and what a perfect way to use Eileen's fabulous die. Brilliant, brilliant - and yes, visiting may well get me back in the swing of things!
    Alison x

  21. You created such a wonderful set - and those bears are precious!!

  22. What fabulous bears - I love them all. I have to admit I quit fancy a go myself ...on day I will find the time! Elaine xx

  23. What a wonderful card and gift box! I adore your little bear friends - they really are so cute! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. Aaaww!! This little gift set is so gorgeous and so cute Anne!! My, oh, my, you are so clever! The card is stunning and your handmade flower is so pretty!! I love the little box and you even made some teddies!! How clever are you?? Wow!! Your talent has no bounds! Simply amazing!! Have a wonderful day!! hugs xx

  25. These teddy bears are so CUTE- I just want to squeeze each of them! Anne you have hands of gold and I am constantly amazed at your talent and patience in getting every detail just right. I love how the teddy is peeking out of the box- that could amuse a child for hours :-) The pansy looks so soft and pretty- love the colors you chose. Beautiful!

  26. The Maja DP is so lovely and I keep thinking I must get some of this! What a beautiful & delicate card with the pretty papers, the distressed edges with the 'lace' look of that dainty frame. But what I most love are your crew of teddies. They don't look wonky, they have 'personality', and each was just darling. The final blue in the shadow box is just totally delightful, and what a treasure you have made for a new Mom. Thanks for including the link, as I've never felted, have no clue! TFS & Hugs. Hope all is well.

  27. My goodness Anne! I LOVE your bevy of bears!! how adorable are they as a group and alone - what a lot of work you put into these - and the box you made to gift one is just beautiful - a wonderful showcase for the little bear. Your flowers are so beautiful on your card with the super size bow - an absolute treasure of a gift for the new mother! Julia xx

  28. Sorry to be late to the party, but so happy to make it this morning! What a fabulous shower gift and card for a very lucky expectant parent (and soon to be baby!) Your card design is wonderful, and that flower, so soft and delicate! The frame is stunning in Frantage! And that box is a great place to present the SWEETEST bear! Your hand felted bears are so ADORABLE! Hugs!

  29. Speechless!!! I cant believe you even went and made that darling little bear, and all his fabulous pals!! There's no end to your talents and indefatigable spirit. Huge kudos to you dear Anne. Absolutely love your card, embellishing and gorgeous giftbox too. Sending goodnight wishes to you and all the teddies! Nx

  30. Absolutely , positively, Gorgeously adorable!! What a delightful and special gift and card! Anne, this is truly outstanding!
    Jackie xo


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