The Challenge this week over at My Craft Spot is to make a Shaped Birthday Card. Link here: http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2012/02/monday-challenge-45-birthday-shape.html
For this card, I wanted to think outside the box! A shaped birthday card... my mind went to shaped cupcakes, cakes, balloons, party hats, etc... So instead, I went to a Cartridge that I wouldn't normally use when thinking of a Birthday card, and decided to use one of those images. The cartridge is my Christmas Cartridge on my Gypsy. I used the Teddy Bear cut to make a shaped Birthday card for a little boy. I used some paper that I have had around forever which looks like an old potato sack? And some basic Kraft Paper for the card base. I welded the shadow cut of the Teddy bear together to make the basic shape and then cut the layers of the bear. The sentiment is from two cartridges: Sweet Treats and the Cindy Lou font for the word "baby." I added a blue button for his eye. Also, for a little interest I pop-dotted the areas just beside the cut lines of the bear so that some of those features would have a bit more dimension, and adhered the rest of the bear flat.
I hope this works for the challenge this week, and it isn't the typical cartridge I would use for a Birthday card, so I am extra proud of myself for not going to my "obvious" carts!
Thank you for looking!