Mo’s Bella and Bronte – The Sequel

My framed Bella and Bronte for my friend's new granddaughter needed a card to go with it. And, Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog had a cool sketch for me to try out.


I distressed the Baja Blue layer inside the circle and then added Distress Sparkles for some drama. Here's the inside.




The details for the framed Bella and Bronte and how I altered the frame itself are here. Here are the Copic Markers and the rest of the recipe for the card.


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  • Embellishments – A button from my Mom's button jar and Dress It Up Lone Stars buttons
  • Fibers – Michael's ribbon
  • Ink – Copic Markers (see above)
  • Paper – Neenah; Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette cardstock; Creative Imaginations Debbie Mumm
  • Stamps – Mo's Digital Pencil Bella and Bronte
  • Tools –  Outside Card: Stampin' Up! Jewelry Tag punch, Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Cuttlebug Folder. Inside Card: EK Success 1-3/8", 1-1/2" and 1-3/4" circle punches, Stampin' Up! Border Scallop Trim punch 
  • Misc.  – SU Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom Stampin' Pastels, Tim Holz Distress Stickles (Rock Candy)



It's been a blast being Mo's guest designer for March. Thanks to the team at Mo's Digital Challenge for being so fun to work with! Be sure to check out all their great inspiration for this week's sketch challenge.




Bella and Bronte Were Framed!


I'm putting together a little package for one of my dearest co-workers and sweetest friend to help her celebrate her first granddaughter. Knowing my friend, this little girl will be a true Texan, so any tribute to her needs to be Western and as rugged as little girls can be. I thought Mo's Digital Pencil  Bella and Bronte would be perfect, especially since the little granddaughter's name is Bella Grace!


Copic Creations is celebrating their one year Blogoversary – Congratulations! So, this week's challenge was to use one of our favorites among their featured techniques. I can't say enough good things about this site. There's so much valuable information for anyone who loves Copic markers. For this project I used tutorials for faces/skin tones, blonde hair, and coloring black images (the bottom of Bella's boots).

The frame used to be a black, cheapo frame from the Target Dollar Spot (one of my favorite places to find things stuff to alter). I coated it with crackle medium, and when the crackle medium dried just until it was a little sticky (not completely dry), I painted it with Making Memories Chocolate acrylic paint. Just to soften it a little, I sponged on Ranger's Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 

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Here's Bella and Bronte again so you can see how I colored them a little better. I added just a little bit of Stampin' Up!'s Stampin Pastels (chalks) around Bella's face and Bronte's face and belly. I love how the chalks blend so softly with the markers.

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  • Embellishments – A button from my Mom's button jar
  • Fibers – Stampin' Up! chocolate taffeta ribbon, Michael's ribbon
  • Ink – Copic Markers (see above), Rangers Walnut Stain Distress Ink (on frame)
  • Paper – Neenah. Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette cardstock, Creative Imaginations Debbie Mumm
  • Stamps – Mo's Digital Pencil Bella and Bronte
  • Tools: Stampin' Up! Jewelry Tag punch
  • Misc.  – SU Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom Stampin' Pastels, Making Memories Acrylic Paint, Delta Dreamcoat Crackle

Stay tuned. I made a matching card that's stinkin' cute.




Nice Cheeks!

See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
                                William Shakespeare




My Tom had has the most wonderful cheeks. Nice, pudgy, gotta-pinch-them, cheeks. He hates them. He says no matter how much weight he looses he still has this round face. I love his cheeks – they make the greatest smiles.

See what I mean – don't you just want to pinch!    Free Smiley Courtesy of


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So, Nice Cheeks had a birthday last week. He was out of town, and I was up to my ears at work. Even as he walked in the door I was putting the finishing touches on his Double Nickle birthday card. He smiled (swoon, those cheeks again), and maybe even giggled.


Check out the inside (before I signed it and wrote something naughty you do NOT get to see).




Over at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Cathy's got a fun, fun challenge for you all this week she'll reveal tomorrow. Can you guess what it is by looking at my card? Ah, only time (just a few hours) will tell.

This week's Card Positioning System sketch (CPS158) jump started my design. Of course, I flipped it over a bit.





You know I LUV cupcakes. I mean, really obsessively love cupcakes. Especially cupcakes with lots of icing and sprinkles. So, I went to town with this icing. I used a 1/8" paint brush to paint on Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects and then sprinkled some Vintage Glass Glitter onto the Crystal Effects before it dried. It's really sparkly and yummy in person.


Oh, and I had fun with those Hamster cheeks. After I colored the hamster with different shades of brown Copic Markers, I added some Stampin' Up! Stampin' Pastels (chalks). Didn't they turn out cute? Here are the Copic Markers I used and the rest of the recipe.







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  • Embellishments – Stampin' Up! (SU) Button Bouquet
  • Fibers – SU Grosgrain ribbon in Mustard, SU Gold Cord, SU Hemp Twine, SU Dotted Grosgrain
  • Ink – Copic Markers (see above), Spica Lemon Pen
  • Punches – Outside: SU Jewelry Tag, SU Slit, Creative Memories Corner Rounder. Inside: SU 1-1/2" Circle Punch, SU Circle Scallop, EK Success Border Punch, Word Window Punch 
  • Paper – Neenah. SU Blush Blossom card stock, American Crafts Botanique and LetterBox
  • Stamps – Mo's Digital Pencil Birthday Hamster
  • Misc.  – SU Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom Stampin' Pastels, SU Crystal Effects, Art Glitter Vintage Glass glitter

Tip – To make the round-tip green shaped tab in my card, I used the Stampin' Up! Slit punch. Cut a strip of paper 5/8" wide and a good 1" to 2" longer than you want your overall tab to be. Insert your strip into the top of the punch and pull it through the bottom so it looks like this. (Tweezers help.)

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Be sure to check out all the other great inspiration for this week's challenge at Mo's and Card Positioning Systems. Leave me a message if you decide to play with us so I can see all your fun creations.


Gotta run. Gotta go pinch me some cheeks!