Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop


 
Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th! There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th! If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers. Happy hoppin’!

You should have come from the one, the only, Julie Ebersole!!! I am beyond impressed with the coolness of her designs in this release. As you will see after reading this post, I am OBSESSED with her interactive bear from the All Inside set. What makes it so special is that the die actually cuts his hands! That means you can make him do a ton of things. So let's get right to it!
  

 FIVE different ways to use the cutest bear on the market


1. Give him an embellishment.
Here the bear is hanging on for dear life as the balloons whisk him away to "happy" : )  Adding actual balloon strings adds another texture to the card, as well as an easy way to have the bear hold the balloons. I didn't adhere the strings to the bear, just slid them under his die-cut arm. 

The sentiment and balloons are from another set called Up the Happy. I wanted the sentiment to really stand out since it tells part of the story, so I embossed it with black powder instead of just stamping it in black.
  


On the left is the original version of this card ... can you tell what I ended up changing? The crowd of bears on the original card is very compact, and doesn't really give you the impression that one bear is getting carried off by the balloons. Plus the taller bear in the middle of the crowd was competing too much for the focal point. For the final version of the card on the right, you'll see that I split up the crowd of bears so there's a space where the balloon bear would have been standing, before he got a hold of the super-charged helium balloons. And your eye goes right to the balloon bear, not to some attention seeker in the middle of the crowd below.

A slight difference, but I think it tells a better story : )
     
2. Give him a sentiment.
 Oh yes, the cutest bear ever can hold any sentiment you want him to. Isn't that so much more fun than just sticking the sentiment on the card base?! Speaking of the card base, I cut several more of the Brushstroke Hello dies in white to make the base a little more interesting, clustering them on the bottom of the card to help ground the bear.
  

Here he is, with his chubby little hands grasping the sentiment. Aww! Both the bear and the sentiment have a layer of white fun foam underneath to make them thick and substantial.


3. Cut him from felt.
Really, a whole different world opens up when you start thinking beyond paper. I had my grade-school-aged cousins over for a party last week and they all went NUTS over this cutie in felt! They wanted to make him in all different colors. This project is the cover of a prayer journal from a women's group I just joined. The bear is glued down, with some stuffing inside to make his belly round. I stamped the "hugs" sentiment and then stitched over it with metallic thread. Then the brown panel is sewn to the peach panel, which has a brown blanket stitch along the edge. I wasn't sure how to attach it all to the plastic notebook, so I finally ended up using my tiny attacher and stapled underneath the brown felt edge. You can't tell it's there.


And did you know you can stamp pretty well on felt?! Yes! I like to use StazOn because it gives a darker impression. All these textures make me so happy!
  
   
4. Stamp multiples of him.
What a great way to get more out of your stamp and die sets. Instead of one bear, why not make eight of them?! Multiplying something is an easy way to make it look more impressive (a common interior design trick as well). I picked the Many Thanks die specifically to go with this gang of bears. Thinking more about the sentiment, my husband suggested I decided they should literally be holding many thanks. Not having a "thanks" stamp in the right size, I just wrote them out and tucked them into the bears' paws.
   

This card is made a little differently, with a flat panel for the back and a main focal point that swings out (folds back flat for mailing).



One tip is when you know you are going to fussy cut around your image anyway, go nuts and color outside the lines. Way outside. It doesn't matter!



You would never know there was all that mess before their trimming.
   

5. Give him a Gift Card.
Yep, use two of these bears for a fun and unique gift card holder! You may be wondering, "why green bears?" Well, I wanted them to tie in with the colors on the gift card. Same thinking for the sentiment on the bottom from the Totally Awesome set ... the "amazing" is colored in with colors from the gift card. That sentiment cracks me up. "Treat Yo Self." hahaha!
 

To make the bears into a gift card holder, just space out the bears and slip the card in.


I just love him in green with the white fun foam underneath. And I love his quirky smile. He's all, "Yeah, I've got a gift card for you. I know you love it. I know you love me."


My husband came by while I was working on the cards (notice that I get easily distracted and often work on many projects at the same time ... it looks like three of the bear cards are in progress here) and asked,

"so, what's with all the bears?"

I just completely fell in love with this guy!
  

I'm sure your mind is thinking of a million more ways to use this little guy, but here are five of them. So versatile!
  
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the new goodies in this release (not to mention the prizes!) To somewhat quote Virginia Lu from my facebook page, waiting for this release has been simply "unbearable"! 

Your next stop in this star-studded hop is Sharon Harnis!

275 comments:

  1. So quite all these little sweet bear cards!

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  2. You are the master! Love all these cards and ideas!

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  3. I love all your bear cards! You came up with some super cute ideas on how to use him. :)

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  4. Kelly you have really showcased the versatility of those darling bears!!! Fingers crossed here, as I didn't include this guy in my order last night!! Thanks for sharing your awesome cards - the one with the Cheesecake Factory card is totally my favorite- no surprise, right?!!!
    =]

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  5. You outdid yourself with that bear stamp set! Such lovely and adorable cards!

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  6. I love that you used the bear stamp in all these cards. Such amazing ideas to stretch that stamp set

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  7. I love what you did with him! You're right, the girls loved him in the blue felt, but I love the gift card holder!! Too cute!

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  8. Oh my goodness Kelly, you went to town today! LOL What adorable samples! LOVE them ALL!

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  9. OMG! So excited about the new products. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Can't wait to create something fabulous!

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  10. Oh my! One can't help but smile seeing all those bears! Each card is cuter than the last!

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  11. Holy smokes!!! LOVE!!!!!! And why have I never thought to use fun foam??!? Genius, girl!!!

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  12. Your cards are darling and love how you showed so many different way to use the stamps

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  13. You outdid yourself Kelly! Amazing cards and that bear is so, so, so cute!!

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  14. Such creativity! I'm sure you could have just as easily come up with 10 ways to use him. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. Love the bear being lifted by the balloons....so cute

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  16. I'm surprised you stopped at five ways to use that bear, They are all adorable. love the felt one

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  17. Wow what FUN cards!!! I love how you have the two bears holding the gift card, absolutely brilliant!

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  18. This IS the cutest bear ever! And your cards are just wonderful!

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  19. Gaaaa! These are unBEARably cute!!! As I scrolled down I'd say this is the best, then get to the next and say THIS one is! And so it went til I got to the BEST... the bears holding the gift card!! I do especially like the bear floating above the heads of the others and the balloons going off the top of the page, too. Oh, and the felt bear and... : )

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  20. I LOVE all of your bear cards and great ideas! Your husband's comment made me laugh!

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  21. Yay!! These are all amazing!! That little bear has me smiling so big!! I love your many thanks card so much...so creative. And the bear carrying the hello sentiment is awesome!! Great work!

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  22. What an awsome post - and SUCH great idea!!!! Wauuu 😊😊

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  23. What an awsome post - and SUCH great idea!!!! Wauuu 😊😊

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  24. Love, love, love!!!! Great ideas!!!!

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  25. Love how you kept "improving" the card as you went along.
    I do that too- but sometimes wish I could stop so I wasn't making
    so many cards.
    the bears lend themselves to so many different situations. Great
    that their arms can be positioned to perform a duty.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful ideas.

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  26. Love all your bear samples! Very clever uses for those little armfuls!

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  27. This bear stamp is so cute! I love the card where he is holding the "hello".

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  28. Now I'm thrilled that I got that bear stamp and die set. You've taken him on a fabulous adventure.

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  29. Cute cards! Thank you for sharing so many ideas! :-)

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  30. I'm biased, the bear is my favourite in this release. That said, so hard to pick a fave because I love them all. The bears holding the gift card is, hands down, the most clever! Hope you don't mind me stealing that idea!!

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  31. I fell in love the the cute bears as well. You cards are amazing! Thanks for sharing many!

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  32. How can you not love bears and cheesecake? Awesome variety and versatility too! Thank you !!

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  33. Wow your cards are amazing! Thanks for the inspirations.

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  34. you really know how to put that cute bear to work! great cards

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  35. Wow, cute creative ways to use that bear and anything he can hold! Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. I really an falling in love with the little bear guy. Thank you for all the amazing ways to use him.

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  37. love all the different ways you used the bear stamp set- thanks

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  38. Wow! 5 ways! I like the balloons flying off the page

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  39. You've just made that little bear more appealing then he already was! Just some cuteness galore in your designs.

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  40. What great cards and ideas!!! I ordered this stamp set!!

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  41. I agree - the bear is amazing! What cute ideas.

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  42. Oh that bear is cute! Love the TREAT YO SELF! Perfect for gift cards.

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  43. 1 bear, 1 million creative options! I love it!

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  44. How cool is the 'Up the Happy' sentiment, just made me smile and feel 'Happy ' inside. Love all your unexpectedness. Bravo

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  45. Thanks for showing many, many great ideas for using one image! Tammie

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  46. I liked the bear but now that I've seen your projects, I LOVE the bear. So adorable and so versatile. I love the first card with the bear friends peeking from the bottom of the card.

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  47. Amazing cards !! Love the first one with all the bears at the bottom :)

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  48. How inventive to make the bear a gift card holder.

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  49. Awesome collection of cards with this adorable bear! So creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. All of these cards are so cute but, my favorite is the one with the bear floating away!

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  51. Wowser! I adore the cute bear and I just adore how you have used him on more than one creation and yet each one looks so different. Awesome creations, so happy I decided to do this blog hop. Thank you for the fabulous blog hop and for sharing your card art with us Karen x

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  52. Oh my, so much fun. Each card is more amazing. I am awestruck.

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  53. Love your cards and this bear is the cutest!

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  54. So glad to find your blog! Love the use of the bear!!! Love the peeking bears on the balloon card, the felt bear and the bears inside holding the gift card....I NEED this bear stamp and die!!! :)

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  55. That bear is just so cute and you really did a fantastic job showcasing him. The many thanks bears really make me smile. Amazing cards!

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  56. Wow! you were "bear"-y productive!

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  57. Your cards are so cute and I am loving the new bear stamp set.

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  58. dang you're clever!! love everything you made with that little bear!!

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  59. What fun cards you have made. That bear is adorable. Really love him getting carried up and away with the balloons.

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  60. Oh great! Now I want that bear even more! I love, love, love, love, love him (1 love for each way to use him).

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  61. Very cute! Thanks for the inspiration. Love the balloon bear the best :)

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  62. Who knew a cute bear could be so versatile? I love what you've done with the cute little guy.

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  63. Brilliant! I am always amazed with creativity like yours! You really help SELL the stamp/die set! GOTTA GET IT NOW!

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  64. Love this bear and what you've done with him!!

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  65. Such cute ways to use the darling bear.

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  66. Can I just rub shoulders with you so some of that genius will rub off onto me???!!! These are AWESOME SAUCE!!! XOXO!!!

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  67. How adorable all your
    cards are! Wonderful
    ways to use this bear,
    all of them so fun.
    Carla from Utah

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  68. Beautiful cards and great release

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  69. Thank you for sharing your bear card ideas. I thought it was such a cute idea using the bear as a gift card holder.

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  70. You came up with awesome ideas on how to use this cute and versatile bear! Love the gift card holder!

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  71. Your cards are so creative, love that bear.

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  72. All of your cards are awesome and cute!!

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  73. Awsome cards! This cute bear stamp is so versatile! Thank you!

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  74. Awsome cards! This cute bear stamp is so versatile! Thank you!

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  75. FANTASTIC cards, that bear is so cute!!!

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  76. Oh. My. Goodness! Love that bear! Thanks for all the inspiration, and for the big smile you put on my face with your creations.

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  77. These cards are adorable! Look what you have done with that bear!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  78. Great cards. I love the way the bear can hold a sentiment or gift

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  79. Wow Kelly! I love your Bear galore! I love the clever ways you use the adorable bear! Kudos to you! TFS

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  80. You took this stamp and die set to new heights! I love them all.

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  81. What great cards, you are so creative - I love these!!! I actually laughed at a couple of these, they were so darn cute!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  82. Totally LOVE this bear, and all the ways you used him!

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  83. Wow, what a darling array of goodies using that adorable bear. The die to match is so great. Thanks for showing him off.

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  84. What amazing creativity! I love all your special ways to use his bear! He's adorable!
    I just became your newest follower and would be honored if you returned the favor! My blog is http://carriescustomcards@blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for stopping by! Love your blog : )

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  85. Love this bear! And your ideas are fantastic!

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  86. Among the cutest cards, ever--you are so very creative and talented!

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  87. EEEK! LOVE this bear and how you used him here! Awesome!!!!!!!

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  88. What great ideas for this bear stamp! Thank you!

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  89. OMG, Kelly, you really outdid yourself coming up with things to do with this bear, the possibilities really are endless! Fabulous job!

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  90. Can hardly "bear" the awesomeness. Five bear cards. Wow!

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  91. Great cards - so many ways to use the sweet bear.

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  92. 5 times the happy. Your bear ideas are unique and wonderful. Thank you.

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  93. You've been a VERY busy lady! Love ALL your samples for using this adorable bear. Thanks for all the inspiration. :D

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  94. Love the bears, especially the little guy floating with the balloons!

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  95. OVER the top!! Such creativity with the bear set, you go girl.

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  96. All those bears!!!! What a great idea. I love the bear and I really love what you did with them.

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  97. You found ways to use all of the bear(s) stamp--great job!

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  98. WOW! So many creative ways to use that adorable bear! He's at the top of my wish list!

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  99. Seriously??!! You NEVER cease to amaze me with your creativity Kelly. These are all fantastic!!

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  100. luv all your 5 ways to use that bear - brilliant!

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  101. Wow, wow, wow!! You knocked this out of the park!! Love the white hello background you created - so clean and classic!

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  102. That bear and your cards are so adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. Your cards really made me question, which stamp set is on the top of my wish list.. Wowwww.. what a variation of cards you have created here. And have totally left me rethink my shopping list.. Loved each n every creation and the use of bears to hold that gift card was really NEAT n just very creative..

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  104. Love that bear! He is adorable! Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration!

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  105. So many ways to use the Bear! And all so darn cute!

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  106. First of all, I am completely smitten by your beary beary cute designs. Oh my bear! Then you killed it with your bear hand with all the cleverness of the 5 ways....Unbearably clever! I can't bear any longer to tell you how ardently I admire these! xoxo

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    1. Bear in mind, I already think you are a clever designer. Now it's the polar opposite ... you're a clever wordsmith!!

      Big bear hugs,
      Kelly

      Thanks for the huge smile : )

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  107. LOVE all your adorable bear designs! He is such a sweet guy. Definitely want to get that set.

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  108. SO STINK'N CUTE!!!!! I LOOOOVE ALL of your ideas, INCLUDING the green bear!!! LOL WOW!!!! WHAT A TREAT to see all of these ideas on your blog!!! SUPER JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  109. OMG Kelly, I don't even know where to start! All of the creations are gorgeous and creative!

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  110. I absolutely love your multiple bears, Kelly. Unbelievably cute!

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  111. Having trouble deciding with this release ... I want it all.

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  112. love how you used the felt to create your cover

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  113. Wowzer! You have been busy, and these are so amazing! I really love the soft bear and scarf!

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  114. Love all these bear cards. My fave is the one with the balloons.

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  115. Kelly,
    who would have thought..... Wow you really took one stamp set and made 5 cards what a way to stretch your stamps..... How can you not love all of those bears.

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  116. So fun! Lovin' that cute bear! Great colors!

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  117. These are all so stinking great! The little bear is adorable and I love that he can hold things--he's a must-have :)

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  118. Love all the ways you used the bears.

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  119. You have gone over the top....The multiple bears on the Thanks card are fabulous. I didn't even know a cute bear could be fabulous.

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  120. Love the expression on that bear's face. These cards are marvelous.

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  121. Awesome - love that you showed multiple ways to use the bear die.

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  122. Love every single bear on every single card! Home run!

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  123. JUst when I thought the first card was the best, you go and show me that the others were just as great!!! Love them all.

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  124. Oh my gosh. I can hardly wait now to get my bear! I've never seen cuter cards (and notebook.) Love them so much!!!

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  125. As I'm going through the blog hop, I am enjoying seeing others use the "Up the Happy" sentiment in such unique ways! Must buy for myself!!!

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  126. Great idea to add additional Hellos in white to the card base. I will be trying that.
    Great card.

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  127. I love that bear! I really like the way you used it to hold a gift card!

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  128. WOW, the bear is so stinkin cute!!! Your cards are fabulous as well, I love the felt one!

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  129. Love da bear, love da bear, love da bear. Now I Love da bear more. LOL

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  130. Lots of work went into your post and I certainly appreciate it.

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  131. Oh, Kelly! I am SO happy that bear is coming to my home! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your projects--especially the felt one. It adds to his fuzzy cuteness!

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  132. Awesome, awesome cards!! Thank you for showing all the different ways to use that die - actually, thanks doesn't even cut it! :)

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  133. I already knew I needed that bear, but oh my! Now I need him soon!

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  134. Wow!!! So many awesome ideas!!! Tanks so much for sharing! Now I need that bear, for sure:)))

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  135. Your cards are beautiful. I love that the bear can hold items.

    Love and Prayers,
    KathleenR

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  136. Omg I thought the bear was cute....but then the multiple bears!!.... I can't stand how cute and also funny they are grouped together! The one had me at hello!! 😇

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  137. i love what you do with the bear. totally fabulous

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  138. So darn cute, every one of them!

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  139. Oh my Goodness! These are ALL awesome! LOVE that bear and I do believe he is going straight into my cart!! ♥

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  140. So many cute ideas with the adorable bear - such a versatile stamp and die! Can't wait to use them. This release is so much fun. I'm halfway through the blog hop and I don't want it to end.

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  141. Wow! So much inspiration in one post! Absolutely in love with the notebook cover.

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  142. You have just proved why papercrafting is addictive. This is how I entered the addiction. One pack of paper and one pack of die-cuts, and two weeks later I had more cards than the number of people I actually know! Every time I walked by the table, I got another idea!!! Thanks so much for some seriously great ideas and for sharing your thought process about the first card. Sometimes us newer cardmakers need to understand the thought process about why something works or doesn't. WELL DONE. Thanks again.

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  143. Love your cards, especially the bear holding the Hello...so CUTE!

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  144. Great cards! Love the 5 ways idea, and the inside look at your desk!

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  145. Awesome cards and new release! Lovin' it! Such great ideas on how to use the bears so many times!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

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  146. Your beard are just too cute! I love the felt bear so much!

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  147. Wow, you are so clever! I love these! My favorite is the sentiment bear, I think that card is just perfect with the words in the background and all. TFS!

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  148. Wow!!! Amazing creations, that bear is soooo cute, think this set is a winner! :) x

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  149. You've been BEARY busy!!!! Love all of you cards and how whimsical they are holding the different elements. Marvelous work.

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  150. These are all so adorable, clever and such a versatile use of the set. Love them.

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  151. That adorable bear can hold just about anything. Thanks, your cards are wonderful and really showcase his versatility.

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  152. KELLY!!!!!!!!!
    Girl, you're a crafting SUPER STAR!!!!!!!!!
    Way to rock the All Inside Bear set...seriously woman, you're a crafting genius.

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      xoxo,
      Kelly

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  153. Wonderful array of cards from just one stamp.

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  154. WOW, just WOW. Love how you used the bear, with my favorite being the twin bear gift card holder inside your card. I hope you don't mind if I borrow this idea, heck yeah, ALL of your ideas.

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  155. These bears are so cute and what wonderful ways to use them. Love them all
    Thanks for sharing

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  156. Oh, my! I can't believe how you have stretched this little guy with so many great looks. Thanks for this creative inspiration and the chance.

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  157. I love the way you did a bunch of different projects using one stamp!!!They were awesome.

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  158. I'm blown away! These are all just stunning!

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  159. My fave is the felt one! So cute!

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  160. Goodness, what a great post with all the different styles. I already love this bear. He's cute.

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  161. Your cards are so awesome! Love this adorable bear!

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  162. Wow, super creative with all your bear cards!

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  163. Wonderful and super cute. Love the many ways to use the bear. Thanks for sharing.

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  164. WOW your cards are amazing!!! Love them all and this new release:)

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  165. WOW!!! Just absolutely fabulous!!

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  166. I am really impressed with your creativity. Each project is adorable. I especially love the first card and the floating balloons.

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  167. Your post and all of your awesome projects put a huge smile on my face! I love that you featured the adorable bear and 5 different ways to boot...WOW! Very impressive!

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  168. Love how you used the products, the design and colors are fantastic!

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  169. All of your cards are so stinking cute! Can't believe you thought of so many uses for that bear!

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  170. Love your cards and the many ways to use one set. The dimensions are all the cards are wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  171. I loved this little bear before, but now he's a must have! Thanks for the inspiration! I especially love the many thanks card. So funny!

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  172. That's awesome! Thanks for the inspiration...love how the bear can actually hold things in his paws...so cute!

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  173. I don´t know what to say!! You have really stretched these stamps and dies!!! Amazing!

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  174. Kelly Wow your bears and cards are all so amazing! You always think outside of the box--well done and congrats!

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  175. Well now I HAVE to get this cute little bear and matching die! Your inspiration on how to use him in so many different ways is fantastic and thanks so much for putting this together. All your ideas and cards to super cute!

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  176. Such clever idea's with the little bear/s especially holding the gift card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  177. So many cute cards. The many thnaks with all the bears - what a hoot that one is - love it.

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  178. Your bears are darling! It is so clever how you turned them into a gift card holder!

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  179. You made so many wonderfully creative cards I don't know which I liked best! I love when someone takes one Stamp and does so many different things with I!

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  180. Oh my goodness this is bear heaven!!!

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