Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas to one and all.....x

Merry Christmas to all our friends....I hope you have had a special day with your family and loved ones however you chose to spend it.  I asked our DT for their favourite Teddy Bo & Co Christmas cards and here they are below....x

Catch you soon...Gayle and the Gang...x




This is my favorite card

This is my favorite non card Christmas image







 but this one is a close second



 The first two just had to be the magazine cards.




Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Birthstone Colours mid challenge reminder

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen to the last release of 2011!!  WOW...what an exciting year we've had.  I would like to thank all of our customers FRIENDS who have taken Teddy Bo and Bea to their hearts and have made the most WONDERFUL creations over the past year.  It fills me with immense joy to see my little doodles transformed into such gorgeous pieces of art....thank you....x
With most of the DT gone home from Teddy Bo Towers it might be quite quiet over the holiday period on the blogs, but please be assured that we will pick back up just after New Year with as much fun and hilarity as before!!  I've also got some exciting news about a NEW CHARACTER who will debut in January 2012.....I think you might be able to tell that the Teddy Bo DT enjoyed playing with her!!!!!! ;O)
So...what's new this week!?!?!

We have a mixed bag of oldies and new ones for our DT Inspiration this week...x

Maja design papers
I have used crackle paint on the christmas hangings
Flower is Magnolia die(that die has worked hard this x-mas) =)

Hugs Maritha

TeddyBo 160
Prisma Pencils
Forever Friends 'Santa's on his Way' Papers
Ribbon, Wooden Snowflake, Twine
One of my favourite, stroke only, buttons, from my 'best buttons' box!
PC generated sentiment - eat your heart out SuBo!


My birthstone colour is Garnet
I´ve colored Bo and Bea in their bauble with Prismas
for the base I´ve used kraft cardstock from Bazzill
dark red cardstock from CreaMotion
design paper from Maja Design


Card Ingredients:
Centura Pearl cardstock
TeddyboBea 093 Happy New Year coloured
My Mind's Eye 'Darling Dear' papers
Spellbinder labels 14 die
Big Shot Pro Envelope, A6 Horizontal Pocket and Insert die
Sizzix Sizzlet mistletoe die
Fancy Pants trim
Glitter and 5mm pearls

a magnetic bookmark 
I've used Bo in the christmas wreath.

Tammy Louise

Notables die and sentiment
snowflake ornament
Teddy Bea 175
Copic and Ranger Distress 
AJ (Guest Designer)

This baby wall hanging was made by doing a modeling paste transfer onto material. I then sewed my material around the square with the image, and added some padding and sewed the back with matching fabric. Then i machine quilted with the swirls and then sewed around the edges. I added prima flowers some buttons and rhinestones and some polka dotted ribbon. This is the new release image Teddybeabo_094.
AND NOW.........please let me introduce you to
Post this on your blog with a link back to the D'Arcy's Diaries blog for a chance to win a £15 voucher to be spent in either Teddy Bo & Co, The FairyD store, Wonderland Stamps or D'Arcy's Diaries.

and now for some D'Arcy's Diaries inspiration from the Teddy Bo DT

I've gone with one of the gorgeous new girl images DARCYSDIARIES_002
I've coloured her with copic's and added clear glitter pen on her heart and a touch of glamour dust on her wings.
The banner is from TEDDYBOBEA_091_SWAG. A little bit of glamour dust was added to the swag.
The trellis punch is by Martha Stewart, papers by Bo Bunny Enchanted collection, and card candi by Craftwork cards.
The inside of the card read's
"with love from your little angel"
Not sure I was ever a little angel, but it just fitted the image perfectly.  I simply love stripy clothes so its as if this image was made just for me

May's birthstone is Emerald(green)
I have made a birthday bag for my fiancĂ©'s daughter
Lovely new stamp DARCYSDIARIES_001
masked it with a Magnolia stamp(the wall)
Washitape on the bottom and
Charms is from PyHobby!
Paper is from Panduro

I have used my birthstone colour which is peridot,
and made a tag for a gift to my sister for Christmas.
Coloured with Copics
Papers from Poppy design and notesheet from MF
Flowers from Kort og Godt, and WOC
Charm from Whimsy Stamps
A bit of a cinnamon stick.
All my textstamps from NSS


Image - DARCYSDIARIES_003 coloured digitally
Papers - Sweet Candy - Clipart Fairy
Heart Die - X Cut Die-licious Dies
Heart and Key Die - Spellbinders
Ribbon and pearls - MeiFlower

Image - DARCYSDIARIES_003 coloured digitally
Papers - Sweet Candy - Clipart Fairy
Die - Nellie Snellen
Charms, gems, ribbon, silver cord - MeiFlower


I've used DARCYSDIARIES_002 and coloured her with a combination of Promarkers and Flexmarkers.
The papers are Wonderland Stamps layered onto distressed Core'dinations.
The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.
Clairebears x 

I have used DARCYSDIARIES-001 for both of these cards. They have both been coloured in with Promarkers. The top card was made with a digi kit which I played around in Photoshop (ooooo get me!) the second card is made using scrap bit of papers and the most gorgeous button ever! I wanted to show that by using the same image but coloured with such different colours it really changes the image itself.


I´ve played with the cute DARCYSDIARIES_002 colouring as always with Prismas and Polys
cardstock from Bazzill and SU
design paper from First Edition Paper
embellies rhinestones and for the heart and wings I´ve used glitter



Colorured with Prisma Color Pencils
A white paperbag
Martha Stewart puncher for the star border
Stamps from Stempelglede
Flowers from Storyteller and WOC
Purple "berries" from Magnolia
Feathers from my partner Freddy's tail
or maybe it was from Panduro


She's coloured with Prisma pencils and I've teamed her up with K & co.
 Watercolour Bouquet papers.

I made this 7.5 x 10 journal for my first DARCYSDIARIES_002 image! I mod podged some pretty rose paper on the journal front and a rose color to the back. I then spread white paint to them with a scraper and put on a thin layer for a shabby chic look. Added some rose lace ribbon  to the edge.  The image is colored with promarkers, I added the heart and wings in a 3D fashion , and added some gold stickles to the wings and pink distress stickles to the heart.  Gold glitter dotting the edge.  I tied the jounal with some sheer green ribbon. And MY HEART JOURNAL and fun print to the front!

I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration from our wonderful Design Team.  Remember you have until January 8th to enter our latest challenge which is BIRTHSTONE COLOURS.

We are also celebrating our First Anniversary on January 11th for Teddy Bo & Co........we will have a super dooooooper CANDY for our Blogiversary!!! Woohoo!!

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I hope that 2012 brings everything you hope....x

Lots of love and furry hugs from Gayle and the Gang (Tammy, Colette, Debbie, Claire, Edna, Jill, Maritha, Liz, Helle, Tammy-Louise, Renee, Nicole, Nela, Hazel)  and thank you so much to Kathy for the last 8 months or so on our DT.......her creativity has been inspiring....xxxxxxx


Teddy Bo & Co....Making the world smile, one furry hug at a

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Birthstone Colours

Oh my goodness.....I can't believe I'm actually typing starts our new challenge...but it's the last one of 2011!!!!  WHERE DID THE YEAR GO!?!?!?!?

This time last year I was frantically drawing bears and the original DT were getting to grips with Teddy Bo & Teddy Bea ready for the online store to open on Tuesday 11th January 2011...and here we are just a few weeks away from our first birthday and it feels like it was only 2 weeks ago!!!! 

I want to thank my original DT for all the hard work they did (and a lot of them continue to do).......we've lost a few along the way but Tammy, Colette, Claire and Debbie have stuck with me.  Thank you girls...x  Colette does a tonne of work in the background to help out with the blogs and for that I would like to give an extra special thank you as otherwise I wouldn't always know what I was meant to be doing!!!! ;O)

We then had Edna and Kathy join us within a few months of us starting and they are a joy to have on the DT.  Always there with a kind word and Edna's a good sport on a Friday when Colette writes all those tales about her!!!!   Another few came and went and once again thank you ladies for the time and talent that you shared with us.  Then we decided to split into two teams so needed some more girls on Helle, Jill, Nela, Nicole, Maritha, Liz, Rennee, Tammy-Louise and Hazel joined us and what a happy bunch we all are together.  I've been told more than once what a wonderful DT we have and do you know what....I completely agree!!

Thank you ladies for ALL of your hard work and patience and understanding of my complete lack of organisation!!!!!!   It really has been a blast and here's to another year together hopefully....xxxx


SO.......with the start of a new challenge we have to sign off and announce the winners from our last challenge.......! 

So, without further ado I'm delighted to announce that the winner of our White Christmas challenge is:


and our runners up are:


Congratulations ladies........please contact me via the website as my memory being as bad as it is there is a VERY big chance I will forget!!!!!


Now.......our next challenge will last all the way through until January 8th which will give you PLENTY of time to get your entries in.  And what's the theme?!!?!?!


We would love for you to create a card or project, inspired by your birthstone - don't forget to announce your stone on your blog post.

This will be our last challenge of 2011 and will run until Sunday 8th January 2012

Once again the prize will be

with a free graphic for the runners up....SO...what are you waiting for?!!?
And what's new this week?!?!?
and of course...we want to see what the DT girlies have come up with....x
Clairebears - Peridot

My birthstone is Peridot, and after seeing everyone's beautiful frames I have decided to have a go myself. I have used the oh so cute TeddyBea_42 which is pre-coloured. I have layered lots of green papers and ribbon along with a white doily and lace. The flowers are on top of the glass and so is the beautiful butterfly that I have also added pearls too. I love it :0)
Jill - Peridot
Like Claire my birthday is in august so my stone is also peridot.
Hope you can see that!
Image: TeddyBo_162
Coloured with Copics
Papers: Lost and Found, Christmas 6x6
Sentiment from Tickled Pink Stamps
Flowers from Kort og Godt, WOC and Creative Treasures,-my 3 favorites
Golden bells, pearls and hamp.

Image TeddyBea_176
Coloured with Copics
Papers Lost and found Christmas pad again
Stamp image from Whimsy Stamps with matching die to it!
Flowers from WOC and Kort og Godt
Golden bells and pearls.
Colette - Emerald

My birthstone is Emerald so here is my very green card.

Image - TEDDYBOBEA-092 coloured in Photoshop
All Papers (inc. Kraft) - Merry and Bright digi papers by Crystal at Jessica Sprague. 
Ribbons and pompom from stash.

PS - don't forget to check out my blog in case you're
a winner in the Teddy Bo Tombola, and also to get
your entry in one more time, as this is the last week.
Two cards for twins. Alfie's card is in their birthstone colour of blue zircon - December and Evie's card is in my birthstone colour of Amethyst. I have used the same sketch, just making the element's opposite.

TEDDYBO_162 and TEDDYBEA_176 coloured with both copic's and prisma's.
The patterned paper's were made using background stamps and tumbled glass and dusty concord distress ink's. The little bit of snowflake ribbon you can see came from the January sales at Tesco's.
The snowflakes were from a shop in the Trafford centre a few years ago called the pier. They are felt with clear gems.
Nela -Ruby
I used:
Teddy Bea 175
Stickles stardust
The template for the Christmas Ball on Tuesday on my blog.
Renee G - Rose
My Birthstone, is the Rose for October. So that is why its all pink! I also added some diamond stickles because October is also Opal as its precious stone. prima flowers with some liquid pearl centers. I found this frame at the thrift store, i painted it up white to help the pink pop! I added the sentiment take time to pray.
Nicole - Garnet

I´ve played with the sweet image TeddyBea_175
the sentiment says *Merry Christmas*
colouring with Prismas
cardstock from SU
backing paper from Maja Design
swirl cutting die Magnolia
Helle - Peridot
My birthstone is PERIDOT,which is an olive green color.
For my card I chose the lovely Teddy Bea_175, that I coloured with Prismacolor pencils.
The backing paper is from Maya Design and Vibeke Spigseth,
the loops are from the Hjerteboden and Kuttut
The rest is from my leftovers...
Liz - Blue Zircon
My birthstone is Blue Zircon
TeddyBo 161
Prisma Pencils
Snowflake Punch
Stamped Sentiment
Tammy Louise - Aquamarine

Paper Mache covered candle or soap box

My Birthstone is Aquamarine (March)
Teddy Bea 126
Copic and Ranger Distress
Martha Stewart Optic Dot punch
flowers,ribbon,DP and shells from stash
Robyns Nest dew drops
AJ (Guest Designer)

You have until Sunday 8th January 2012 Midnight GMT to get your entries in, we look forward to seeing what you come up with.

On Tuesday 10th January we will be announcing our winner of this challenge and we'll also be drawing the winner of our BIRTHDAY CANDY....(post to follow)....we'll have a wee badge for your blog to announce that you've entered so it really couldn't be easier.

Hope you've enjoyed all the cards..x

Catch you soon ...Gayle and the Gang..x