Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Guest designer project for The Cute & Girly

I want to firstly thank Lora for asking me if I would be a Guest designer for The Cute and Girly Challenge blog this month.. thank you hun. xxxxxx
The brief that I was given was, that this month is a colour challenge of
Red and one other colour.. 
The fabulous thing about the Cute and Girly Challenge blog is that you can join in with the challenge with any project..  it  could be with a card, tag, scrap page layouts, knitting, jewellery making.. anything really.. 
I went with Red and Beige/browns.

Me well i thought… what the heck, I'll do something different than my normal card.. I originally was just going to do the little crochet bear.. but that progressed to making a little box for him to sit in.. and boy was this project a labour of love… lol…
The crochet bear.. now  don’t laugh as this is only the second one i have ever made, Hollie had the first one, (I’ll post a piccie of him at the bottom of this post.. ) and I have just noticed that i forgot to give him/her some eyelids.. oh dear!  he looks a little startled and scared… Rofl. he measures 2 1/4” sitting.
Teddy’s box.. oh my word.. I tell you .. i am not so great with working measurements,  but was determined to get this right.. The box measure 3.5” not including the flower detail on the top. I cut out a window to the front of the box so i could add a clear window.. which i ran through an embossing folder.. I sandwiched the window between the card and dp and then ran around it with the sewing machine before attaching it to the box. the dp is Tim Holtz and is from the lost and found paper stack. all four sides and the lid have this dp on it.. 
The Key on the front has been cut using a tim holtz die in grunge board and then i added some distress paints in antique linen and around the edge white picket fence, i then sponged it with barn door distress ink. phew all that to make a key!!! which i then went and covered with twine flowers lace and a button.. lol. oh and the little ball things are what i have had an age.. i got them free with some glue..
The lid.. the key hole has been done the same way as the key.. and the flower has been made using dp from the same paper pack and die cut with tattered florals die by tim holtz. spritzed with glimmer mist and then finished with a half pearl. the roses are from wild orchid crafts.
bear in the box..  the edge of the lid was first covered with lace and then i added some hug snug seam binding in croquette beige.
and here is the sweetie that i made for Hollie, His belly is over stuffed and my tension on the stitches are all over the place… lol.. but she loves him. I kind of think that it gives him character..  his eyelids kinda make him look like he is concerned about something.. bless.. rofl..
any way if your still with me after this mammoth of a post.. thank You..
I hope that this has inspired you to join in with this months challenge at
big hugs Rach.


Mariska said...

Absolutely gorgeous and so sweet Rach!! Love all the gorgeous little details and those little bears are SO sweet.


creacora said...

o the little bears what are they sweet hug hug,lovely project Rach !

hugs Cora

E.T said...

oh wow!!! Brilliant project!

Exclusively by Mel said...

Morning Rach,
Oh bless him, he's so cute. I love that you have given him some pink cheeks :)
The box and bear are wonderful. You clever girl !!
Love, Mel. xx

AnjaCardz said...

Oh Rach, your box looks absolutely fabulous and the cute little bears are sooo sweet! Really love how they looks - it makes them so unique!

kuya said...

This is so perfect and beautiful. Great idea!

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Absolutely gorgeous Rach. Wish I could crochet. Tried many times but always given up in the end !! Your box is stunning, perfect prezzie for someone special.


Jo x

celia said...

Wow Rach, you did a great job!Soooo cute and beautiful!
Big hug, Celia.

nnalorac said...

Oh Wow Rachel, stunning creation! The bears are so adorable. Thanks for being part of our team this month. Carolxx

Sian said...

Beautiful box and the teddies are adorable. The one with the blue bow has a lovely face.

Mandi said...

AWW Rach they are both absolutely adorable..with or without eyebrows lol
Fantastically presented too!
Wish they were knitted If get my Mum on the case!

mandi xx

sandiblu said...

Well Rach ...... I don't know what to say, your bear is adorable and the box is just .... WOWZA !!!!!

HUgs, sandiblu xx

Lisa Jane said...

Absolutely gorgeous makes Rach- love that little bear and the box is stunning
Great to have you on the team as GD
Lisa ;)

NGCARDS said...

Stunning work Rach! xxx

Anneke said...

Ooh Rach, this bear is so cute :) I love him!! And that box is amazing!!
Hugs Anneke

arjette said...

Ooooh wwaaaauuuwww how gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

gr. arjette.

Debbie said...

Rach, Can I close my mouth now, I am just in awe of your work, this was definitely a laber of love. I don't even know where to begin to compliment your talent. Just to say you are one very very talented lady. Crocheting is something I love to do, so I know the time and effort this takes. and that box, OMG!! That is just over the top!!!

P.S. I am sure your daughter would love to learn some New York Slang.

Donna said...

Wow Rach, this is just a stunning set, Love the little teddy and his box is amazing! Totally gorgeous work! your so talented. Hugs Donna x

Victoria said...

Wow that is gorgeous adore the little bear but the one you made Hollie is cuter x

Hannapanna said...

This is lovely. The bear looks super cute and I love the box with all the gorgeous details. Glad to have you on the team this month. Hugs, Hanna

~ Ali ~ said...

WOW Rach this is awesome.....squeel I so need one of these teddies get them on Ebay Mrs :D the bos is fantastic and perfect presentation for this lil cutie.


Ali x

Anonymous said...

Hi Rach
In the words of Craig (from come dancing) FAB-U-LUS darling.
Love both of your georgeous bears & your fab box. You are one clever lady.
Its a 11 out of 10 from me, & you can certainly come back next week rotfl.
Sandra (craftynan)

Alice Wertz said...

what an amazing project, Rach! wow! the bear is sooooo adorable and that box is to die for!! love love love this!

shaz*crafts said...

LUSH Rach love it, colours are beautiful Sharon.x

maddy hill said...

OH RACH ......... he is adorable and how clever you are too ! love the box for him ... its all delightfully sweet and gorgeous !
love it when you throw little surprises like this ! It must have taken you ages ... but worth it ..
maddy ....

Astrid said...

Ohhhhh so lovely Rach, very very pretty.
Hugs Astrid

Marie-Anne said...

What a cute bear and I love the box you've made him. Your first bear is also very cute. Wish I could make them, they are great for little gifts. I can crochet a bit, so I think I should find my self a patern and try to make one.


Dena said...

OMG I am sooooo impressed with this project!!!!! Simply adorable! Wow, your daughter will treasure this cutie!!! Gosh, I wish I knew how to crochet!!!
Hugs, Dena

Kate said...

Rach, this is an absolute work of art! I'm so thrilled you made it for your BTCAG entry.

** Kate **

kelly said...

Rach,how cute.Did you do crochet before,cause i wouldn`t have a clue how to make this little cutie.They both are adorable and so is the box for him.You are so clever,i bet you can make really great cakes too hey!
Hugs Kelly.

heidy said...

Wow Awesome Rach!!!
Love those cutie's!
Hugs Heidy

Tina said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, Wow, should i say it again!!!!! Rach your bear is just soooooo adorable... I wish i could crochet! she says with her bottom lip out.... I'd love to give one of these to my hubby.... Hint Hint... i don't suppose you do them to order do you? I know you are too busy.... This really is just amazing.... Crafty Hugs Tina

pinky said...

Wow Rach stunning projects altogether. What a cute little bear, these could end up being in big demand!!

Janette said...

Stunning project Rach, the Bear is the sweetest little thing....beautiful.xx

Sylvia x said...

wow...absolutely stunning project and i love the bears...well done Rach.

sylvia x

Archies Mum said...

Wow you are one talented lady. Absolutely love the little bears you have made and the box is stunning

Cor* said...

Fantastic bear in the box! No eyelids & all!! love all the details on the box. Seam binding is fab! flowers are super! Perfection all over the place.

tilly said...

How special and adorable is this, a beautiful project well done with all the detail

Whimcees said...


This entire project is wonderful! I love your little bears! Beautiful work!

Wishing you a great day!


Barbara Diane

Renkata said...

wow Rach this is such a cool gift box.
Fantastic work dear!

Lora said...

I did say you could just make a card so you can't blame me for how long this took you rofl. It was well worth the time and effort though because that bear is sooo cute and the box is stunning!
Thanks again for beign a GDT at BTC&G :)
Hugs Lora xx

Anonymous said...

Just picking my jaw off the floor...lol
Wowee Rach, you can turn your hand to anything...This is absolutely stunning.
I can't stop staring at it

I am lost for words, you are truly gifted and mega talented

Pops x said...

Absolutely beautiful sweetie, big hugs pops x x x

Nannieflash said...

Oh Rach you are definitely a girl with many talents, Ive knitted bears and sewn bears but have never managed a crochet one, and they are both so cute and so life like, I know my hubby would come up with some expression for them both, on what they are thinking he does with my own bears. Ive got quite a colletion.
Your box is a work of art, its stunningly beautiful, you certainly are one very talented lady. Well done my love, with love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

oh wow!!! Brilliant project.....very cute......


Peggy said...

WOOOOW Rachel, how great is this !!!
It's stunning, I don't know how to say how beautiful it is!!

Peggy xx

Mina said...

wow Rach is there not end to your talents girl...crocheting now and I love this sweet little bear in his gorgeous little box...amazing work
Mina xxx

Shirley N said...

Wow, wow, WOW, Rach! What a fabulous creation, both your box and your crochet bears, lovelovelove them! Amazing job!!!

Sam said...

FAB, love them Rach, both works of art. Such a cute lil bear, I wish I could master the art of crochet! Gorgeous box too.
Sam x

Andrea said...

Aaaawww! Rach - your crocheted bears are sooo adorable! And your box is stunning! Such a gorgeous project.
Wish I could crochet - I'd love to have a go at these little fellas!
Love, Andrea xx

Deb said...

wowza! is there no limit to your talents? So love your crochet bear, both of them in fact! your box is just beautiful too, what a precious gift! hugs Debx

Vicky said...

I am lost for words........now isnt that a 1st. I honestly dont know what to say this has just blown me away its amazing & utterly utterly gorgeous. I think I need to learn to crochet now. WOW......I need pick my jaw up off the floor.....its the most gorgeous thing I've seen hun & if I was to say everything I liked about it my comment would be like writing a book cus I love EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOMELY FAB

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Karen@CCC said...

Fabulous work Rach, and I think you did a wonderful job of the teddies. Love their sad little expressions :-)
Beautiful box, just stunning.

shaz*crafts said...

Love this project rach super cute!!
Colours are fantastic just left a comment on Bevs blog which applies to you to I think you both must be super human lol to get so many projects done wow keep it up Rach love your work Sharon.x

stephanne said...

Oooooh, FABULOUS!!! YOur bear, both your latest and your first, look incredible, I have always wanted to try this for myself but I think I will admire yours instead!!! And the box you created to showcase your creation is just as stunning, wow!!!!
hugs, stephanne

Tracey Feeger said...

Oh my that little bear is so darn cute. Would you know where I could get similar. I am wanting at least one gorgeous little bear for a friend who is having a baby boy soon and that would be perfect.