Australasian Blog Hop – What’s not to love about Jack …?

Hello and welcome aboard our ‘Jack’ Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara then you are in the right place.

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Isn’t it funny how you form an initial opinion on something – and then it can be completely changed?  That’s kind of my story with Jack – when I first saw ‘him’ I didn’t immediately fall in love – but then I started to see what all the clever people in the world created with him, and I fell! ♥

I have to say, it really was the same thing with the Jack bear!  (Part of the Jack Cardmaking stamp and thin cuts set).

I actually tried to resist buying him, but boy oh boy, resistance was futile in the face of all these amazing ideas created using him.  He’s such a good ‘dress up’ bear – I have literally seen it dressed as a ballerina, to a Christmas bear, and everything in between.  (If you’re part of my VIP group you’ll have seen many of these).

So it may come as no surprise then, that I’m going to share with you today, a card created with this gorgeous bear.

jack bear cards

My inspiration for this card came from

Create this at home

It really is a simple card to create.  I’ve used watercolour card and paint to put the colour on the card.  I also used my paintbrush to give the ‘splatter’ affect on the background – this just helps soften the ‘whiteness’.   I have to say, I love the CTMH waterbrushes – I really like not having to worry about tipping over a dirty water cup.  (If you’re not familiar with the waterbrushes, they hold water in their tube.)

Medium water brush

It’s hard to see on the photo, but the heart has been given a little shimmer, the pink one with the clear shimmer brush, and the orange one with the gold shimmer brush – which works so perfectly with those tones.


Gold shimmer brush

Now, sadly Jack is reaching retirement age – in fact, he retires at the end of this month.  So if you’ve been inspired by all of the fabulous ideas you’ve seen whilst you’ve been ‘hopping’, make sure you order everything you need from your consultant now.  And if you’re in NZ, and don’t have a consultant, I’d love to help you out.  Here’s my website where you can shop to your hearts content

But your inspiration doesn’t stop there – we have lots of talented ladies who are sharing their ideas with you today.  So pop on over to Nell Ward – she always inspires me, so I’m sure she’ll do the same for you.

Thanks for popping by,






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