Monday, September 3, 2012

Docrafts Wellington Bear - A Father's Day card

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It was Father's Day last Sunday and here is a card I made for my husband who is a great Dad to our daughter:

Whilst I have been staying at hospital helping to care for my loved one, I have taken along some diecut paper tole images and put a few of them together.  It is so much easier and quicker if they are diecut as I don't have to do all the time-consuming bit of cutting them out which is great because I have very little crafting time at the moment!  My Aussie blogging friend Merry from MerryMade Cards and Crafts does lots of gorgeous paper tole cards and has been a great supporter of my blog right from Day 1 (thanks Merry!) and Merry's cards are what inspired me to get back into some papertole which I haven't done for a couple of years now.

The image is by Docrafts and is called Wellington Bear and I thought he was just perfect for a masculine card.  I layered him up using dimensionals.

The designer paper has been in my stash for ages and is by Basic Grey - Granola; I was really pleased how well it matched the image and it was one of those cards where everything came together easily - I love that!  The navy blue button is also by Basic Grey from their Granola set.  I sewed the button holes with some string.

When I was at Riot Art and Craft a few weeks ago, I found some really cool new rolls of various colours of textured ribbon made by Birch and I have used one of them on my card.  This one has the rather odd name of Pizza Box - My Best Friend.  I added some Fray Stop to the ends as it does tend to fray alot after cutting.  I thought I would do something a bit different with my ribbon as you can see inspired by what I have seen around blogland. 

I used my favourite border punch for masculine cards - Fiskars Threading Water punch - for the bottom panel then added a line above it using my Scor-Pal so I had an edge to butt my designer paper up against (it's easier for me to get it straight that way).  Not sure if you can see, but I ran the navy blue cardstock through my Cuttlebug using my Crafts Too dots embossing folder.  You can always click on the photo for a bigger look.

I thought about adding a sentiment but couldn't really figure out where or what shape - and in the end, decided to leave it off.  I guess I figured that having the writing on the book that Wellington Bear is holding really said it all.

Here is a close-up so you can see the layering:


I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes - 29th August


Before I go, I thought I would share some photos of my garden now that Spring has sprung here in Australia!  I am so happy to see new bright green leaves on my Chinese Elm - they look so pretty against the blue sky.  How I have LONGED to see some blue sky; it's been a very long and very wet Winter!!

My white violets have been delighting me with their fragrance and I love how beautiful their whiteness contrasts against their dark green leaves:

My Spring bulbs have been bursting into life.  Here are some grape hyacinths that bring me so much joy each year with their beautiful purple colour (purple is my favourite colour!):

My daphne has been resplendent this year and now almost finished flowering.  Their delightful fragrance fills the air as walk along our decking:

{happy sigh}......Spring makes me feel so happy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks Merry for the inspiration behind my card!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  None

Ink:  None

Designer paper:  Basic Grey - Granola - Trail Mix

Accessories:  Scor-Pal, Docrafts Wellington Bear diecut sheet, button by Basic Grey - Granola, dimensionals, string, Cuttlebug, Crafts Too dots embossing folder, ribbon by Birch - Pizza Box - My Best friend, fray stop, cardstock - navy blue, American Crafts Kraft

Punches:  Fiskars Threading Water


Merry said...

Jocelyn, you have just made my day....thanks for all the lovely comments. I don't seem to have as much time these days to visit all my favourite blogs but tonight I thought while hubby is watching car racing on TV I am spending an hour catching up. We must have ESP what to you reckon. I love the bear that you have layered up there. Terrific card as always. I really enjoy your work. Lovely photos too. Am a tad jealous as up here in the north we don't have such wonderful flowers. Take care and can't wait to see more papertoling.

Jackie said...

Wonderful card Jocelyn, and very beautiful photographs. I have never seen white violets! :o)
Jackie xx

Anita said...

Your card is gorgeous Jocelyn! I love the colors, papers and all the layers look fabulous. I'm so glad you are finding some time to craft as it's such a great way to relieve some stress. Take care!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Jocelyn this is one huggable card!! Thank you for sharing all the spring photos. In Michigan we are slowly getting ready for autumn and these bright beauties remind me that soon another spring will be greeting us.

Mandy said...

Jocelyn your card is gorgeous, super cute image, a perfect male card, beautiful photos too.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear another superb effort from you my friend, such great colours and 3D work - your card is so inspiring and your garden made me quite homesick for Melbourne days when these things were in our garden funny how things change according to where you live - I adore daphne and can smell yours from here - if is finicky but yours is very happy I can see am sure your hubby was delighted by this card! Much love and heaps and stacks of prayer too, Shaz in oz.x

Sam said...

Hi Jocelyn,

I love your card and your flower pictures are amazing. I especially love the white violet.

Hugs :-)

Anonymous said...

This is a very cute card; I love the layers of the book.
Heather T

Merry said...

Just passing by Jocelyn, to say hi and see how things are going. I hope they are the best they can be. Take care.

Anne said...

What a super card! adorable and so right for a Fathers Day card! I bet your hubby loved it! I love the photos of your garden flowers, spring is my favourite time of year! It's just so refreshing, the hope of new things to come,soil bursting with flowers, trees budding and showing fresh new green leaves and birds flirting. We are into Autumn in France, colder, wetter and greyer....and that's just me......! Love, hugs and daily prayers for you all xxxx

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! I love all the dimension you added to the bear.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear am wondering how things are?? it has been quite cold here and guess still is down your way you are all often in my thoughts and prayers have not been on here much because have had cataract surgery on 2.10.12 and still getting over it takes about four weeks and then can get glasses, all being well cant wait!! first two lots of drops were not good had issues but ones now are good and very grateful for that.. must away just wanted to send you loads of blog hugs, Shazxx

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