Last weekend I was somewhere on the internets, and I found a link to an altered artist store on Etsy, PaperCuts by CoreyMarie. I truly couldn’t hit BUY NOW and PayPal fast enough.
Four days later this arrived at my doorstep.
When I first clicked into CoreyMarie’s store, this journal was front and center. <gasp> I think I read every single Carolyn Haywood novel when I was in third and fourth grade. I can remember laying on our old, olive green couch with the super big cushions for hours on end reading page-after-page about Betsy, Eddie and Betsy’s sister, Star. I loved the books so much, that as an adult, I’ve bought them on eBay and Amazon for my own daughters. True Americana.
The next thing about this particular journal that struck me was the use of kraft, ivory and Tiffany blue scattered throughout.
It was meant to be mine, but she’s a lot more beautiful journals and altered fun stuff in the store. I promise I left a lot of pretties for other crafters.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with this just yet, but I’m committed to doing *something*… For the moment, I’m just happy to look at it and recall favorite childhood memories.
I spent most of yesterday painting some crafty storage pieces black to match my office furniture. Love how they turned out. I’ll be back *very* soon with pictures.
Hello, my friends. I’m home after two weeks on-off the road to teach some crazy talented and beautiful ladies in both Georgia and Indiana. I love spending time with people who are just as crazy about ink as I am.
We have a few more Copic Marker classes coming up before the whirlwind of summer starts. Cindy is going to South Caralina next week. I’ll be in New Jersey just across the Hudson River from NYC in two weeks. Then we have Columbus, Ohio, the Washington DC area and Salt Lake City coming up…lots of great locations. There are a few Color & Ink workshops coming up, too! (Boston, Calgary and Toronto!) Find the current class schedule here.
This is a card that I created with Mod Flowers from Inky Antics. Back to stamping roots with solid images and ink pads. I stamped the entire sheet of cardstock and then cut it up into panels to make several cards very quickly. So fun! The pearl was colored with my beautiful Copic BG11 Marker – through the airbrush. Airbrushing these little embellishments allows you to completely cover them with color without showing a pen ‘lift’ mark created by the pen leaving the non-porous surface.
I’m glad to be home with my family for a few days. I’ve done a little retail therapy this week, and I’m super excited to get crafty with some new stamps in the next few days.
Be back soon!
Things seem to be coming along here in the midwest. My Bradford Pear trees are in bloom and run mornings are definitely warmer. We’ve been enjoying our early days of spring! But, it’s a busy, busy time, and there are certainly times the last few weeks when I feel like I have lived nine lives. LOL…
This is a sweet kitty is an image that I colored from the Nine Lives set from Paper Smooches back at CHA in the winter.
There are a lot of open Copic classes right now, including Standard and Intermediate Certifications THIS WEEKEND in Toronto and Indianapolis. Still time to sign up for either of these if you are in the area. You can find full details and sign up info here.
Last weekend, I was in Atlanta for fabulous Standard and Intermediate classes, and I thought I’d share this fun photo of Colleen and I. A few of our students from Splitcoast brought in these fun helmets to wear. The signs on the front of the helmet say, ‘beware of flying Copics’. What a crazy group of fun girls!
I’m off to grab a bite of lunch, color something and pack a bag. Back soon.
And, why hasn’t April weather shown up yet in Missouri?
My final guest design post and Copic canvas tutorial are up on the Inky Antics blog. I can’t believe the month flew by so quickly! <insert a really sad face> I’ve just adored catching up with Jackie. She’s just a doll with the cutest stamps!
I had a lot of fun making this canvas project, and she’s got the step-by-step with a little chitter-chatter sprinkled in, and because she’s super sweet, Jackie has some blog candy at the end of the post. I hope you have time to check it out.
I’m starting a busy month or so of teaching this week by heading out to Atlanta. Lucky me! I’ll be there when my alma mater, Wichita State hits town for the FINAL FOUR! Go Shockers!
There are a LOT of certification classes and a few of the fabulous Color & Ink Workshops open all over the country right now. Personally, I’ll be in Indy, Newark and DC in the next two months! You can see all of the open Copic classes right here, just in case you’re interested in inky fun with us!
I wanted to make a quick pitch for the Color & Ink Workshop! If that class comes to a location near you, please do NOT pass it up. Unlike the certification classes, this one probably will NOT return to an area a second time. Snag a seat while you can!
I’m off to fix dinner. I’ll try to be back soon.
Things have been a little crazy around the Craig house the last 1-2 weeks. We’re in the final stages of a small renovation to our kitchen, utility area and my office – basically one large room. So, that means a lot of take out dinners, piles of laundry and the entire contents of my craft space stacked in boxes in the dining room.
Prayers always appreciated.
We’re close to wrapping it up, and I can’t wait to be back in my space. The clean up is taking a little while because I’m determined to purge and and only bring a small portion of crafty/home office goodness back into that space. Spring cleaning (while it’s still 27 degrees).
I still have some paper pretty for you on the Inky Antics blog. I’ve really enjoyed working with Jackie and the Inky team this month. Such cute, cute stamps! Check it out here, and hopefully, I’ll be back to my craft table *very* soon.
My sweet and adorable niece turned 5 last week, and I wanted to send her something that would make her smile. I created this card with accents and elements from an October Afternoon Midway Kit. I loved putting it together with a snapshot that I had of her. So fun. I cut a bunch of 5s with my By the Number Dienamics from MFT Stamps and used them as confetti. Very quick and easy card, but I know she loved it…or maybe she loved the collection of $5 bills stuffed inside.
My husband and I emptied my craft room/office for the second time in 9 months over the weekend. We’re in the final stages of some renovation projects that have been on-going for the last 2-3 years with flooring. Of course, when you have a 100 year old house, are you ever in the final stages? That said, I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to get crafty again this week, but I do have another project up on the Inky Antics blog for you to peek at. I have really been having a great time working on that project. I hope you can check it out.
Have a great day!
Happy Friday!! Welcome to the “Friends of True’s – Swirly Spring” BLOG HOP!
If you are here from Judy’s blog, you are headed in the right direction. If you started here, you can back to True’s blog where all of the fun starts. There will be a prize package donated by Inky Antics that includes True’s entire, newly released, Swirly Spring stamp line.
I used Swirly Butterflies Clear Set (#11156MC) to make a card for my friend, Bethany. Her son was sworn in to the US Navy yesterday, and while she’s just as proud as can be, there’s a very tender spot in her heart right now.
I thought this sentiment was appropriate.
I’m saying a prayer today for all of the families of our US servicemen and women. Humbled and grateful.
There are plenty more beautiful projects on this hop. Here is a list of all of the links in case you get lost along the way.
Make sure to leave a comment on every stop, to increase your chances of winning the prize package. One lucky commenter from a randomly picked blog will win all 6 stamp sets! Winner will be announced on True’s Blog on Monday, March 11th.
- Stamps: Swirly Butterflies Clear Set – Inky Antics
- Cardstock: Whip Cream – My Favorite Things
- Ink: Spiced Marigold and Dried Marmelade
- Assc: twine, cream burlap trim - Taylored Expressions, Open Oval and Oval Stax Dienamics- My Favorite Things and white pearls (colored with Copic Marker YR09)
Here’s another of my VSN cards from last weekend. The challenge was to focus on things that start with B…blue, button, bow. You get the idea.
I love this stamp and die from My Favorite Things. I’ve used it several times over the last year or so…quick and easy.
I’d love to have an old typewriter like this one. Truth be told, we have one from a neighbor’s garage sale, but I’ve not had any luck with ribbons that fit and make it functional. I’d love to find a cute blue one… I’ll keep looking.
- Stamps: Just My Type – stamp & die – MFT Stamps
- Paper: Choice Cream – Taylored Expressions, Prism Red and discontinued paper from my scrap box
- Ink: ColorBox Blue & Red
- Accs: button and twine
I did some stamping for Virtual Stamp Night last weekend. I used a Flourishes image from the beautiful set Spring Has Sprung. (It looks like it’s out of stock at the moment.) The sentiment is from one of my favorite hymns and available in this fabulous from Verve called Surely Goodness.
I also attended a women’s conference last Saturday morning with some ladies from my church. What a blessing! I took a lot of notes, but the one thing that really struck me was this quote, “It doesn’t have to be well with my circumstance to be well with my soul.” I’m going to try to rest in that thought.
Back soon ~
- Stamps: Surely Goodness (Verve) and Spring Has Sprung (Flourishes)
- Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento and Kraft from My Favorite Things
- Paper: Xpress It Blending Card & patterned paper
- Accs: Scalloped tissue flower (random kit??) and Sketch Copic Marker (BG10, BG11, E31, E33, E35, YG61, YG63), Burlap Trim (Taylored Expressions) and buttons
A few weeks ago I shared some CHA photos, and told you that one of my favorite things to do was visit with people. I introduced you to my sweet friend, Jackie of Inky Antics.
Well, surprise! I am guest designing for Inky Antics this month, and have I had fun… coloring in the car, re-purposing paper and making a mess in my craft room with several of my favorite Inky Antics sets. My first project was shared this morning. If you like the stamps I used on this card, Jackie is offering them as blog candy for the next few days. I hope you have time to check it out.
I’ve had a full weekend recharging at a ladies conference with some women from my church on Friday and Saturday morning, and last night, my family celebrated my parent’s 45th wedding anniversary.
My heart is really, really full.