Thursday, March 18, 2010

Answers to your Questions...

We've received several questions from our friend over the past few day.  Some of these were great questions, so I felt I should post them here for everyone who may be wondering the same thing.

I think I'm fluffing too much!...

I suppose I need to figure out how to make one of those videos, but I'm not that computer savvy - LOL. I'll see what I can do.

If you are getting all the way down to the glue, then yes, you are fluffing too much or brushing too hard.  You only want to fluff the edges of your critter, not the inside of the bear.  With light strokes, run your silver brush along the edge of the bear part, maybe 3 times... I stress lightly, but not so lightly that you are "bearly" touching your bear (no pun intended *grins*).  Using a "comma" (or "C") like stroke I find works best.  Use GENTLE strokes... remember, you aren't grooming your pooch. *wink*.  If you click any of the images below, you can see the "fluff" in more detail.  Adding some chalk really makes the fluff  "pop" too.

What is this Nylon Brush for?

The Nylon (black bristle) brush is what I use to groom or clean up my critter.  Once the bear is complete, all parts are dried, my final step is to remove any loose fuzz that is stuck to my bear.  Of course, this creates another episode of "sneezing" for me - LOL.  I also use it for the muzzle of my bear because I don't like alot of "fluff" on it.  That is just my personal preference though.  I'll also use it to create "circular" fluff on the paws.  See image below this post.

How do I position the eyes properly?

Positioning eyes can be tricky sometimes.  When I make my bears, I always glue the muzzle in place first.  This gives me a good starting point so that I can space everything else out evening.

Once I've attached the muzzle, I then glue on the ears.  Keep them low.  If you position them too high, your bear may end up looking like a mouse.

Now that the basic part of the head is done, I then glue the nose to the muzzle.  I like to position mine higher on the muzzle. 

Use the nose as a guide to evenly space out your eyes.  You may want to position then first before attaching them permanately to the critter.

I Think I Mixed Up My Patterns?

No problem... just call me.  I've done this quite a few times already.  I'll walk you through which piece goes with what Beary Sweet Design.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to get colored acrylic yet, but we are working on it.  In the meantime, what I recommend doing is getting those garage sale stickers, you know the circle sticker you can find at Staples, and dotting each pattern a differnt color.  Cutting up some address lables and coloring them in works great too - that's what I do.  It's the most I've been able to play with my copic - LOL. 

Once you've colored your labels and attached them to your parts, make sure you note, or color, or put a colored sticker on your baggie or packaging insert.  I've started etching the first letter of the pattern on the pieces along with it's coordinating label letter.  Example, Charlie's head is labeled "C/H".  "C" for Charlie, "H" for Head.

I hope I was able to shed some light on your questions.  Please feel free to email me with any other questions you may have.  I will do my best to get back to you ASAP.  Please include in your email you phone number and the best time to call you.  I find the phone to be easier for me to get to.. typing takes too long.  Besides, I can muti-task when I'm on the phone.  Most of all, I love being able to actually talk to our customers!

New shades of Mulberry Paper now Available!

Hello Friends!  We've received some lucious shades of mulberry paper on Tuesday.  I was so excited to see the quality and the color of these papers!  We have a new shade of Cream that will be replacing the "old stuff".  This "cream" is truly soft & creamy, making it so easy to work with!  I just had to play with it.  Of course I should have been doing other things.  Here is my example of a bear I created using the new "Cream" toned paper.
This example is up against our new shade of 165gms Mocha!  It's so hard to get the colors right in a photograph.  As you can see, the "fluff" is so much nicer.  All it took was some LIGHT strokes along the edges with our Fluff Me! Steel Brush.  I chalked him up a little with some Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk too.

Next I created a little bear with the new 165gsm Mocha Mulberry Paper.  This paper truly needs only one layer to achieve a lot of fluff.  You will want to wet this paper before you tear it - LOL.  Just take a look...
For this little guy, I used a different technique for fluffing.  Remember, he is only made with 1 layer of mulberry paper.  To make his fur somewhat curly, after I had him assembled, I took my water barrel brush and lightly dampened the edges.  I then took my Beary Creative Tear Bear Tool and "picked" at the fibers along the edge.  Finally, I allowed him to dry.  That was it.  Pretty neat, huh?

As for the color, it is similar to our current Dark Khaki shade, but much lighter.  I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this shade, but after making a few bears the other night, it's really grown on me.  I think it's my new favorite!

I'll try to get some samples of our new 165gsm Ginger Brown loaded in my next post.

Hugs and Smiles
Kimm

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Charlie Chick" Easter Tear Bear Pattern

Happy Saturday Friends!  I'm back with the second pattern I promised you.  For your creative endevours, I bring to you "Charlie" our sweet chick.
For those of you that know my family, you've probably caught on that the names we have been giving our patterns resemble someone or a pet in our family.  Granted, our Tear Bear remains nameless at the moment.  Hmm... I think we'll have to poll our audience for that in the near future.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment below.

Anyway, "Oliver" is named after my husband's Springer Spaniel.  "Bella" has been named after my sister's Pug (sorry, no bunnies in the family, and Charlie.... well,  he was named by my dear hubby.

Charlie will begin shipping on Tuesday, March 9 2009 along with Bella.  Pre-orders are now being accepted on our website.  Just follow the link HERE.

I'm glad you came by to visit.

Hugs & Smiles,
Kimm

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bella Bunny Pattern Preview

Hello everyone!  I know you have all been waiting for a new mulberry paper pattern.  I'm very excited to finally start getting back on track here.  We've had so much going on the past few weeks that it's been overwhelming... although the journey has been exciting.

This is "Bella Bunny".   Bella was created using our NEW SUPER EXTRA THICK WHTIE MULBERRY PAPER.  This new shipment is the BEST white we have ever worked with.  I know you are going to love it.  It fluffs beautifully, and you have more control over tearing it.  You will need to use your "Beary Creative Tear Bear Tool" and a waterflow brush when working with this paper.  The results are truly amazing!

Bella is one sweet bunny that can be created with her ears down, or her ears up using the additional parts that are included in this pattern.

Best of all, you can Mix-it-Up with Bella. Add her head to your tear bear pattern and you've got yourself a standing Bunny.

Bella is in production right now and will begin shipping Tuesday, March 9.  We will start taking pre-orders for Bella on Friday.

I should have one more pattern ready to reveal tomorrow.  Yeah, can you believe it?  Two in one month - WOW!

NEW MULBERRY PAPER and Changes ...

We are also pleased to announce we have received restocks on white and grey mulberry paper.  We have been working with one of our manufacturers for the last several weeks reviewing samples, testing colors and thicknesses.  I told you've I've been busy - LOL.  You will start seeing some changes in our color selection, and thickness availability.  The quality of the paper is SUPERB, by far the most impressive I have worked with to this date. 

We also have a new color in our line up.  Remember "MOCHA"?  Well it's back and better than ever before.  This paper is SUPER Extra Thick.  I can even get away with using one layer when making my bears.  I'm going to be using this for "Oliver's" tutorial that I lost when my computer crashed.

Hugs & Smiles!

Kimm