Hug o’ War

I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war.
Where everyone hugs instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins,
and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins. 
     ~ Shel Silverstein

Happy New Year Everyone! I have a really huge announcement for you. Well, at least it's huge to me. But, first, you have to let me tell you a little bit about this card I made.

Have you made a New Year's resolution?

Usually I pick a few words to be my motto for the coming year. It just helps me refocus on what's important. Sometimes it's a goal – like sustainable change. One year is was just to remember to enjoy the simple joys, the Tiddly Poms.

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Bear Hug

For 2013 I'm going to play hug o' war: less tug and more hug. 

MFT Pure Innocence Bear Hug Card

So, yep, be careful. If you get near me you might get giggles, kisses or grins . . . but most definitely bear hugs!

Here's the inside of my card.

MFT Pure Innocence Bear Hugs


And now – the secret I've been dieing to tell you for weeks. There's a new watermark on my pictures. Did you see it?

A few weeks ago I got a call from JoAnne, Jody and Kim from My Favorite Things asking me if I'd like to join their design team. Honestly, I was so shocked and full of pain medicine from knee surgery, that I don't remember what I said. I think it was something like, yes!!! but call me again later so I know this isn't a drug induced dream. After the pain meds wore off, the offer was still there, so, you know, I'm rolling with it until they come to their senses. Jenny Peterson is joining the team with me, and if you don't already know about her talent, you will. Oh, and she's hilarious!

Gosh, I hope I can keep up.


Recipe Ribbon

I used the brand spankin' new Pure Innocence Bear Hug stamp. The little doll is Copic Color, fussy cut and paper pieced using papers from My Mind's Eye. Inspired by Michele Boyer and Karen Motz, I colored the little teddy bear with Copic Markers by dotting on the colors instead of using blending strokes.

MFT Pure Innocence Bear Hugs

For the inside of the card, I used a technique called "Stamping Off." I inked up the little girl's image in Memento ink (Rich Cocoa) and then stamped off once lightly onto scrap paper before stamping onto Whip Cream cardstock. It gave just a lighter, softer image.

The sketch I used is from this month's My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. It's your chance to win over $200 in stamps and Die-namics from an upcoming release. The winner also joins Jenny and me and the rest of the team for weekly Wednesday Stamp Club sketches and teasers for the next month’s release. You can get all the details to join us in the My Favorite Things Forum.

My Favorite Things Guest Design Team sketch

Here are the Copic Markers I used and the rest of the recipe.

Copic Markers for MFT Pure Innocence Bear Hugs


Finished size is 4-1/4" by 5-1/2." Other ingredients.

  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; ColorBox Fluid Chalk Cream Brown; Stampin' Up! pastels (chalk)
  • Paper: Stampin Up Naturals Ivory, My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Gertie.
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up! Baic Eyelets.
  • Copic Markers: E11 and E00 for skin; E25, E31, E33, and E93 for bear; YR21 and YR24 for hair.
  • Tools: Stampin' Up! Word Window Punch. Perfect Layers Ruler.

Thank you for hanging out with me and being a part of my big announcement. Consider yourself hugged!


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Sweet Comments

  1. Eep! so excited that we are in this together! your card is adorbs, as always!!! <3 ya!

  2. Kim Dalton says:

    This is a really sweet card!! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!

  3. Super cute card! Congrats on making the MFT Design Team! Can’t wait to see all of your creations!

  4. Happy New Year, and I love the new watermark!!! I will be looking for inspiration!
    And about the knee, I had big knee surgery in June, and today I carried my 12 year old on my back to go look at the moon! There will be good days, you wait and see! Be well!

  5. Angela R. says:

    Honey, you SO deserve this! Can’t wait to see your creations! And it’s nice to know I won’t have to compete against YOU for the Guest dt spot anymore, lol!!! (although my DREAM is to become a permanent member SOMEDAY!) Big congrats!!!

  6. Congrats on your DT spot Linda – well deserved!! Your bear hugs is super cute 😉
    Wishimng you all the best for a hug-filled 2013, and hope you are fully recovered from your knee surgery btw! Rx

  7. Teresa Mikalouski says:

    Congrats! You will do great and I am so glad that I found you! Excited to see what you do in 2013!

  8. Super cute card! CONGRATS on joining the MFT DT! Looking forward to seeing all your projects. 😀

  9. So happy for you Linda!!! It is beyond well deserved!! I can’t wait to see what you create on a regular basis!! Love this gorgeous creation as well!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Crafty Hugs!

  10. Linda!! So excited for you and MFT!! Congrats!

  11. Congrats, Linda! I it’s is beyond fantastic to have you joining us on the MFT team…I always admire your creations and your blog is beautiful and a joy to visit…I always learn so much here and really enjoy the quotes and all the little extras. I LOVE your concept around a new years resolution and adopting a motto for the year. What a wonderful motto you picked for this year. Definitely something I am going to consider doing…thanks for the inspiration and welcome to the team!
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  12. Congrat’s Linda…awesome news looking forward to seeing your fab creations

  13. well of course I am tickled PINK about your wonderful news! you will most certainly be a wonderful addition to the MFT team! they are blessed to have someone as special as YOU! :)

    I so love this cutie card! and love your motto for the year as well. may 2013 be your best EVER!
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  14. Such a darling card. Love that little bear. Congrats on your new DT opportunity with MFT. Can’t wait to see the new release. :)

  15. YAY, Linda!!!!!! I knew they would HAVE to put you on the team sooner or later – your cards are AMAZING!!! I’m beyond thrilled for you!!!!!

  16. Congratulations on joining the MFT team! You’re very talented and you’ll do great!

  17. Gorgeous card and congrats! I can’t wait to see more of your creations this year.
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  18. Congrats on making the team!! Love your card Linda.
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  19. Congratulations Linda! What a wonderful way to start 2013. I love a hug and your card is perfect!!!
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  20. CONGRATS Linda! and Happy New Year!!!
    Cant wait to see what you have in store for us!!!
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  21. Congratulations! Love the card your made and the less tug more hug theme for the year!
    I am all for that! So happy for you and for all of us MFT fans who get to see your gorgeous creations! Hope your knee recovers quickly! Happy New Year! May 2013 be full of blessings and happiness!
    :) Jill
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  22. I am soooo excited that you have joined the team! You are SO talented. I can’t wait to get to know you a little more. Congrats!!! and love your card, too, btw!! sooo cute, inside and out!
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  23. YAY Linda!! SO incredibly excited to have you on the team! You are fabulous and I LOVE what you create!!!!! Congratulations!
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