Thursday, September 27, 2012

DT post by Heather - Birthday Bear Balloons

Good morning! Heather here from Houses Built of Cards - excited to finally be stopping in to share something with you!

Yesterday was my sweet daughter's EIGHTH birthday! She is my baby...and I can't believe how fast the past 8 years have flown by! I also was super excited to finally unpack my Cricut - just in time to make her a special birthday card! She has always LOVED bears, so it was super fun to make a special bear card for her!

I used the original Create a Critter cartridge to cut out the bear balloons, and omitted the string so I could make my own using Baker's Twine.

For the balloon strings, I used traditional black Baker's Twine - you can find it at My Craft Spot HERE. I also used the Tiny Tag Dies and matching Tiny Tags stamp set to add to my bow holding the balloon strings together (you can find both those items HERE). I added a tiny pink pearl on top of my bow, and glued the bow down, and also used a tiny dab of quick drying glue to hold the very bottom of the strings to the card - that way I could keep the strings laying the way I wanted them too. Another quick tip is to put a piece of foam adhesive behind the tag to hold it in place, but allow it to still look dimensional.

I added some Peachy Keen faces to my bears, using an assortment of face part kits (the 3 kits I used are HEREHERE, and HERE) I added some sweet cheeks with a Copic marker, some gel pen dots, and added Glossy Accents to the eyes and noses. I added the eyelashes to the top bear, because I didn't realize until after I had finished stamping the faces, that she would be offended if it didn't look like a girl (and not surprisingly, she did ask me if they were all girls!)

All my papers are from Echo Park 6x6 paper pads from the Eclectic and the Sweet Day line.  

I inked the edges of everything - including the balloons - using Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen. I love the subtle dimension that it gives to finish off a card, without being overwhelming! Definitely my favorite color!

I used foam adhesive dots to attach the balloons - also for a bit of dimension, and added some teeny tiny pearls to the ears to give them "earrings."

I'm so grateful that she LOVED it!!! It was our first family birthday party in our new home - and I'm so grateful that it was fun and special for her! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 


  1. Oh my...what a darling card! Those little teddy bears are so, so sweet! Happy Birthday to your daughter! I know what you mean about those years flying by...I have a GRAND daughter that is about to turn 8 years the years do fly...enjoy every minute!

  2. Great card.... love the little faces. TFS

  3. Super cute !!!
    I knew they were girl bears with those darling little earrings. I just love 'em.

  4. LOVE those faces & girly girly!
    Creative Wishes & Happy Birthday
    Claire s.

  5. Love this totally cute card. Of course they're girl bears.


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