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.
For 2013 I'm going to play hug o' war: less tug and more hug.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the Copic Markers I used and the rest of the recipe.
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!