Soaking Up the Joy

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
                    ~Carl Sandburg




Sometimes its fun to just get carried away . . . which I kind of did with this card. It looks like I tried to pack as much "joy" as I could into a 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" space. It might give you a little visual overload.

If you've followed my blog before (God love ya), you know I'm crazy about Mo Manning's digital stamps. This stamp, Soaking Up the Joy, was one of the very first images Mo created when she started offering her illustrations as digital stamps. It's such an amazing image to color – it just comes to life with each dab of ink. So, how cool is it that you can get this image now as a clear stamp. As much as I love her digital stamps, it's even more fun to ink up her images.





I cut out the face and upper body of the baby doll and attached her with 3D Foam Mounting Adhesive. Then I used a small paint brush to add Crystal Lacquer to the doll to help pop her off the page a little more.








The layout comes from Jen del Muro's sketch this week at i{heart}2stamp.


The color/bling inspiration came from this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge (CIC54) – love them cupcakes!



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




If that slide show is too hard to keep up with, here are all the markers assembled together.


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Maya Angelou once said: When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.”  Here's wishing all you dear folks all the joy you can stand.






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.