Thursday, 15 January 2015

ABC Challenge – B is for Buttons and Bows

2015 is off to a busy start for me and already it's time for a new challenge at ABC Challenges. Today our challenge is for the letter B and our theme is Buttons and Bows – to join in you need to include both in your creation. This challenge is sponsored by Pink Gem Designs and I chose to use this cute digi: Barclay with a flower.
I decided to make a party box for a change as my niece's daughter is turning 4 shortly and I wanted to try it out. I saw a pattern in the Silhouette store for a 3d top locking triple loop bow box by Jamie Cripps and thought I would give it a go. I had to adjust the pattern slightly to cut it out of A4 card using my trusty Craft Robo (which is the precursor to the Silhouette). I then added some paper bows to the sides of the box and added some buttons before adding my little Barclay.
Anyway here is my box:

 And here is a look from another angle. You can see the paper ribbon I made by cutting a strip of patterned paper and punching along each side with an edge punch. I then cut another two strips and punched them then made them into a paper bow to dress up the sides:

And here is the other side:

I printed Barclay on Copic Xpress card and then coloured him in using my copics and the colours I used are: background: B0000, G0000, B60, Barclay: E40, E42, E43, E44, flowers, toadstools, butterfly and grass: BV000, BV04, Y0000, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR04, BG72, BG11, BG13, YG67, YG01, YG21, YG25, RV25, RV21, RV10, Y26, Y23, Y28, R81, R83, R85, B02.
Here is a closer look at Barclay and you can see how I added texture to his fur to make him look like a scruffy cuddly bear.

Here's one last look showing the bow on top which links to the bow on the other side and keeps the box closed.

Hope you liked my box, and that you check out the rest of the lovely images at Pink Gem Designs. We would love to see your creations with buttons and bows too, and there are some fabulous prizes for the lucky winner, so come join us at ABC Challenges before the end of the month.

Happy Stamping!!!


Stamps: Pink Gem Designs: Barclay with a flower
Paper: SU Concord Crush card (retired), multi coloured floral background paper
Accessories: SU dimensionals, SU Scallop Trim Border punch, Craft ROBO, SU framelits, buttons from my stash, linen thread, pearls

Challenges entered:

I have entered this card in the following challenge:


  1. Hi Carol, what a gorgeous box, love what youve done with this image and your colouring and embellishments are just stunning. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  2. How cute is this Carol!!! Love how you have coloured Barclay. Just beautiful!