Saturday, September 25, 2010

Homemade with a Hop - Stamping Vacation

"Welcome to your third stop of 10 on Stamping Vacation's first blog hop:

Homemade with a HOP!

Here is my Homemade Embellishment for you ....... a Tear Bear Present Topper.  Great for Birthday or Christmas.

Keep scrolling to the end if you are wanting details of the next person to hop to. Remember to leave a comment to be in the draw for one of the two $25.00 gift certificates from 

and a £10 voucher from

and also to be in the running for the Grand Prize of up to $50.00 gift certificate from a store of your choice.

How to create this card.......I started with a blank white base card.  Then used all these fabulous reducing star stickers from the Sticker Store to decorate the front of the card.  Note....that some of the stars I have cut in half and attached to the front of the card to make the stars look like they continue over the edge.  I have also added a black 'Happy Birthday' greeting to the final card and small gold sticker stars to the red ribbon strips on the present topper.
The Tear Bear Present Topper - I started with thick handmade paper or thick mulberry paper,  coins to trace around or anything circular, aquabrush or paint brush and water, small oval punch, black card.
Trace around the edge of your coin with your aquabrush on the handmade paper.    Make sure there is enough water to soak in but not too much that it oozes to far under the coin.
Now pull the circle away from the handmade paper.  Repeat this with the smaller coin so that you have four small circles and this big circle.  You also need a smaller oval shape for the bears nose.  I freehanded that.
Now grab an old toothbrush or hubbies ;-) and go around all the edges to make them nice an fluffy.  Just pull the brush to the edge.
If you have chalks dig them out and highlight the edges with a darker shade colour than the paper.  Add pink to the inside of the ears.
Now punch out two small oval shapes from the black card.  One oval is for the nose.......the other oval is cut in half to form the eyes.
Sorry missed a couple of photos here.  To create the present cut a 7cm x 7cm square ...I like striped paper.  Then two strips of paper for the ribbon on the present approx 7cm x 1cm.

Now you can add your bear.

What I like to do is put the bear all together on my crafting surface and adjust how the ears and hands are positioned.  Different angles can really can change the character of the bear.  Once you are happy with the bear just put little dabs of PVA glue (using a toothpick) on to the areas that touch. The glue does not have to go over the entire shape.....I find the smallest amount just so they hold together is best.  The nose .... I have attached the oval handmade paper shape to the face with 3D foam and then attached the black oval with the smallest amount of PVA glue again with a toothpick.  Same with the eyes.  Be sure you are happy with their positions before adding glue.  Using white or silver gel pen add a highlight line to his nose and a dot to each eye.
Tadah!!! all done.
 Now to attach your tear bear present topper to the card.

This blog hop starts 25th September at 9 a.m. and ends 26th September at 9 p.m.
(US Central time)
For Aussies.....that is Midnight 25th September to Noon 27th September.
We're focusing on different homemade embellishments for paper
crafting and we have a long list of incredible prizes available to be won on
every single blog!

On my blog when you leave a comment you will go into the random draw for a chance of one of the two $25.00 gift certificates available from the 

and a
£10 voucher to

grand prize is a gift
certificate to the store of your choice. The amount will depend on how many
blogs you visit during the blog hop. The gift certificate will equal $5.00 for
each blog you visit AND comment at. So there are 10 blogs which means the gift
certificate could equal up to $50.00!!!! But if you only visit one blog, it
would just be $5.00.

And what else can you win? You won't believe this! Here is the list of prizes:

-stamp set from Practicing Creavity Designs

-2 $10.00 gift certificates from RubberStamp Ave

-2 separate gift certificates from the Sticker Store

-a 10 pound gift certificate from Lili of the Valley

-$50.00 in supplies (which include prima flowers, versafine ink, Basic Gray
paper and Stamp Rite Stamp Set-All Occasions) from
Sunflowers and Dragonflies

-stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle

-$25.00 gift certificate from Sky Blue Pink

-3 stamp sets from the Cutting Cafe

-prize from Little Claire Designs

-diecuts from Die Cut Dreams

-digital images from Prairie Fairy Designs

-4 separate $10. gift certificates from The StampSmith

-stamp set from Lawn Fawn

-$15.00 gift certificate from the Pixie Cottage

-4 images of the winner's choice from Meljen Designs

-$10.00 gift certificate from Really Reasonable Ribbon

-digital images from Glitterbabe's Art

-$25.00 gift certificate from Victorine Originals

Can you believe that list? There's over $300.00 in prizes! You MUST comment at
the blogs to win the prize. If you don't have a blog, be sure to leave your
email address so we can reach you. Winners will be announced on September 28th!

Your next stop on our hop is Audrey's  who will be offering $50.00 in supplies:
 prima flowers, versafine ink, Basic Gray paper and Stamp Rite Stamp Set-All
 Occasions) from Sunflowers and Dragonflies.
and a stamp set from Sparkle and Sprinkle.
Be sure to comment for your chance to win.

And here is the complete list of blogs on the hop:
FREE 4 EVER - Corry
COLDWATERS 2 - Lorraine

Thanks for hopping by!! Hope you enjoyed Homemade with a HOP! Be sure to leave
a comment if you want a chance to WIN!


  1. Merry, this is just the cutest bear!! I know I have some Mulberry paper in my stash. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. What a cute teddy, he really is a sweetie!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Simply One of a Kind

  3. Just love the bear!! Need to try one.. Great hop and thanks

  4. OKay when I first scrolled down and saw the very first picture of your card, I thought oh how cute she made that with faux fur, its adorable but I will never be able to copy that. Then I saw how you did it and I was flabbergasted. I can not believe you made that with paper and it looks like fur. Awesome!!!!

  5. What a cute little bear. I love the technique you used.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  6. This little guy is sooo cute. Oh my goodness, how clever. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Definitely will have to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea.

  7. Hiya Merry,

    Well this blog hop is no hardship at all! Getting loads of ideas - not least to use hubby's toothbrush!!!

    Thanks for sharing - am hopping off to the next blog now


  8. Merry, he is just too sweet! I love it! Your directions and photos are clear and precise. Can't wait to try this! The card is adorable! Excellent job!

    My personal thank you for all the hard work you put into this blog hop!

  9. now THAT is fabulous! and it looks gorgeous too!

    hugs :)

  10. What a fantastic bear!! I have so much homemade I have something fun to try with it! Thanks!! love how you created the background with the stickers too!

  11. I really love that cute little bear!! You did an awesome job with your card!

    Greetings, Judith'

  12. WOW, This is brilliant, love how you made the bear Merry, so cute and cuddly.xx

  13. What a creative little bear!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  14. Merry,O goodness, he is the cutest! i sure hope there is no voting for the cutest or best home made design....On only on number three with more to go...loving this hop. thanks for the bear 411.

  15. This is awesome Merry I love it!!!

  16. oh wow this is possibly the coolest (and cutest) thing i've ever seen!! Thanks so much for sharing! cant wait to give it a try.


  17. wow so cool, thanks for sharing

  18. The teddy looks just so great!! I will try that out soon!!

    Thanks for a chance to win!!

  19. Oh Wow what a clever way to create a bear, love your card its fabulous. With love and hugs Shirleyx

  20. wow like your teddy he is so cute
    thank you for showing
    and your card is very pretty

  21. Merry, what a gorgeous idea to make a teddy bear. He is so lovely. It's so nice to see all the creations as part of the Stamping Vacation Blog Hop. Best wishes, Kym xxx

  22. I just love that home made bear, darling for sure. thanks for the know how to do this.

  23. That is an adorable little bear. I have never seen that technique, I will certainly have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I adore teddies and this one was amazing!! Thanks a bunch for sharing!!!


  25. That bear is soooooo cute! I've got to try it some time!

  26. Great idea and oh so cute! The bear looks like real fur! Super job!

    Barb Gault

  27. Thanks for the tutorial on the sweet bears. I think it will be great for my next baby shower card. I just love going on blog hops. Everyone has such great projects. Thanks so much!

  28. So cute! I never knew how to make these cute bears, but your tutorial was perfect!


  29. That bear is so cute I never had any luck with making them but yours is awesom. Thanks for sharing. Gloria M

  30. What a cute little teddy. Good luck with your hop. And good luck to me with winning!

  31. Blogger is playing up tonight - I don't think my comment saved!
    Wow! your bear is soooooooooooo cute - thank you for the tutorial, made it sound so simple! Love the idea of using hubby's toothbrush LOL!!
    Love, Andrea xx

  32. The bear is just to cute. Looks like you can just reach in and feel the fur.

  33. Sweet bear! Such a neat idea. Thank you for sharing.


  34. Found you in the blog hop, and I love your work! What an adorable teddy bear! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial.

  35. wow Merry your projects are realy great! I love especialy the teddybear - it is so cute! I!ll have to try it!
    greetings from Germany from ILo

  36. I just love your tear bears Merry, and this one is no exception. He looks os cute peeing over that gift. Thanks for sharing.

  37. That is so clever - a great use for my stash of mulberry paper.

  38. So adorable. I always wondered how to make those. I am going to put that on my long list of things to do. Thank you.

  39. OMGosh what a cute bear! Mulberry paper is definitely on my wish list ! So adorable.

  40. HOW CUTE!! I have never seen these bears made before!

  41. Thanks for sharing your tutorial Merry Such a cute little bear He looks os cute peeping out from behind that gift,

  42. I just love the tear bears, how adorable and fun how each one looks different.
    Great idea to share

  43. Thanks for sharing this technique. It is too cute for words. I will have to be on the lookout or that kind of paper. I have not seen it in my area.

  44. I love it so beary cute. Thanks for the tutorial, going to have to try it.

  45. When I first looked at your card, I truly thought it was fabric! What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Love the teddy bear just too cute!

  47. Thank you! I have been dying to try the tear bears but couldn't grasp it. You have made it seem so easy and doable!

  48. oh my goodness, this is adorable and so creative. I am going to give this a try for my nephew's birthday that's coming up.



  49. How cute is this? What a great idea!!

  50. OMG, this is CUTE!!! I'm gonna make one of these in the morning. Thanks for the info on how to do it. Hope mines as cute as yours!

  51. How creative! Would have never thought he was made simply out of paper! Love it!

  52. Great idea. I love how simple it is to make!!

  53. Love the bear Merry, he's just so cute!!!! Thanks for sharing. (kez20)

  54. Eeek! How cute is this little bear- I just love this, it's absolutely adorable.

  55. Oh my that is way cool! What a fun technique!

  56. How cute is this ,it would be great for a new arrival card.I almost forgot about the blog hop,I never know what date it is.Thank you for this ,I can see I am going to be busy.


  57. Great tutorial for these bears!!! I have always been scared to try them for 2 reasons: I am not sure if they would be cute when I did them and if I did figure them out they'd be so addictive I'd have time for nothing else!!!

  58. Awww this tear bear looks fantastic, I thought they weren't that simple but now that I've seen your tutorial, I'm definitely going to have a go. Thanks xxx

  59. Ah this bear is just so cute and so useful too, after all who doesn't love a teddy?

  60. WOW!!!! I love how you have made your teddy! That is soo cool! What an awesome card!
    Alicia xx

  61. Adorable little teddy bears! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial!

  62. Awww, how cute is this!! Thanks for the tutorial - you make it look so easy!

  63. Oh Merry, that Teddy Bear is so cute! What a clever technique, never seen this before, definately got to give this a go, thank you for the tutorial! Take CareX:)

  64. thanks for sharing, I have always enjoyed these little bears!

  65. Now that is the cutest bear ever!

  66. WOW,WOW,WOW I love this......your bear is so cute!!! I have seen them around,but had no idea how they were made,thanks so much for the tutorial!!

  67. this is too cute.......thanks for the tutorial....great card
    xxx Margreet

  68. Cute tearbear!

  69. Wow, when I first looked at that little bear I way! I knew I could not make him at all. But when you break it down your instructions look easy. I think I can do that!!! He is such a cutie. Thank you for sharing a terrific idea and thank you for your time creating something to share with us.

    Gayle Taylor

  70. He is absolutely adorable. Thank you.

  71. Cute embellishment. I must try that. Thank you.

  72. This is super super cute bear Merry. thanks for the the idea and your card is wonderful :)
    Hugs, Neeti

  73. this teddy bear is so cute! I love how fuzzy he is! thanks for the info.

  74. This bear is super cute. I love to do tear embellishments, I've done a few, but they turn out so cute. Thanks for sharing

  75. Your teddy bear is so adorable and so creative!!
    Love it!!

  76. this is gorgous work. ty for sharing and showing it to us.



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