CIC 523 | Birthday Bears | Blue, Lime, Yellow

Our newest Cupcake Inspirations Challenge is a fun colour scheme of blue, lime and yellow. A great combination to play with, and we are also sponsored for this challenge, which is even more reason to play along! Our sponsor is Di’s Digi Stamps, and the prize on offer is 2 Digital Stamps of the winners choice. All you have to do to be in for a chance to win is come and play along with the challenge! Make sure you follow the colour scheme and our rules.

I started by printing the Present To Go image from Di’s Digi Stamps onto X-Press It Blending Card. The image may be retired now as I couldn’t find the exact one on their website, but there are lots of other cuties to chose from. I then used one of Kat Scrappiness Neverending Rectangle dies to cut it out.

Bears – GB9, GB7, GB4, CT4, CT3, CT1

T-Shirt, ear, foot – LG4, LG3, LG1, CT1

Present bow – AG3, LG4, LG3, LG1, CT1

Gift box – TB5, TB3, TB1, IB1

Bear’s bow – TB5, TB3, TB2, TB1, IB1

Small bear’s foot, ear – TB3, TB2, TB1

Box lid – IG2

Next I worked on the colouring using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I started with the bears themselves, choosing to colour them yellow for that part of the colour scheme. I finished them off with green and blue for the clothes, inner ears and pads of their feet, intentionally swapping up so that the green t-shirt bear had blue pad and ear, whilst blue bow bear got them in green.

Moving on to the present I went with green for the large bow. I tried to carefully consider where the highlights and shadows would be in an attempt to make the bow believable. I think I did fairly well! I went back to the blue for the box, then simply used greys to shade the lid as if it is white. I also used my greys to add grounding below the image. Finally I added a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers’ Birthday Friends (retired) to the bottom of my image panel.

Setting the image panel aside I began work on the rest of the card. I had a vague idea of what I wanted it to look like, but it evolved as I worked on it.

I first did direct-to-paper with some snippets of white paper, and Catherine Pooler inks in  Limoncello, Something Borrowed, and Lime Rickey. I dried the resulting pieces with my heat tool then die cut with The Cat’s Pajamas Pinking Border die.

I played around for a while working out exactly how I wanted to arrange my elements. Once I’d settled on a layout I adhered the die cut pieces together, added a strip of black, and attached them to either side of my focal panel. I then adhered it to a kraft card base, which was another tough decision, and the card was complete.

I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our challenge. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the challenge site or directly at their blogs via the links below.


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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Challenges included:

A Perfect Time To Craft – Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More – Any Occasion

Allsorts Challenge – Masculine

Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes

Crafty Animals – Anything Goes with an Animal

Crafty Catz – Anything Goes and Optional: CAS With A Sentiment

Crafty Gals Corner – One For The Boys

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge – Blue, Lime, Yellow

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

The Paper Shelter – Going Digital

Check out what the rest of the DT made:



Charlotte (that’s me!)






Sue T.

14 thoughts on “CIC 523 | Birthday Bears | Blue, Lime, Yellow

  1. Oh how lovely and cute this is a gorgeous image and such lovely colours thank you for joining our challenge at THE PAPER SHELTER this week
    lorraine x

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  2. LOve the bright colours!
    Thank you for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!
    SusanAddicted to Stamps and MoreCalling All Crafters! – My Blog!

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