farewell, sweet friend….


The Copic teaching team is sharing about a huge fringe-benefit to papercrafting today.

If I’m honest, it’s not just the cutting paper and the scraps that keep me crafting. It’s the kindred connection with other papercrafters that inspires me: peers, students, bloggers, blog readers. I set out thinking I’ll learn all of these new tricks to the trade, and what I end up learning is about far more than paper.

That is especially true about my friend, Sherrie Siemens.

(above photo – Sherrie and I in Seattle, 2012)



Sherrie, a  long-time Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girl, fellow Copic instructor, friend, recently announced some changes in her paper crafting career, which means incredible opportunity for her and her family, and a mixture of joy and sadness for almost anyone who’s ever worked with her.

(above photo – Copic training event in Chicago 2011 – Sherrie, MandiLee Klinger, myself and Sharon Harnist)


Aside from all things Copic and beautiful paper design, Sherrie has helped me become a better friend and mom. She’s thoughtful and insightful, a beautiful combo.

One of the tangible gifts of our friendship is that she helped me get going with my photography hobby. She’s self-taught in photography, and it’s a irreplaceable gift that we both share with our friends and families when the opportunity allows. I’m grateful for that.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to take a class or meet Sherrie at a Copic event, she’s fun, light-hearted and an excellent teacher. She was the first Copic certification instructor that Copic selected when Marianne Walker decided she needed help in Canada. Sherrie was the pioneer to the process of streamlining and standardizing the classes so that we could provide a consistent, professional and enriching classroom experience for Copic enthusiasts in North America!

(above photo: Sherrie doing her not-Copic thing in Chicago)


So, I’m going to leave it at a simple, I’m going to miss you working with you Sherrie.  Your friendship is a treasure.

Thanks for indulging me beyond the normal craft and Copic chatter. I know the other girls on our Copic team have their own memories to share. I hope you’ll visit them today:

Sherrie Siemens – Please make sure to stop by
Sherrie’s blog and leave her a little love!

(above photo: Sherrie and I in Los Angeles – 2012)


Copic classes are still up and open for business. I’m packing my bags and heading to Orlando next week, and there are a host of opportunities around the country coming up soon. See the full schedule here! Registration here. Hope you can join us!

Fun in a Copic and Inchie Art Squares Blog Hop


Having blog hop fun today with two fun product teams: Copic Marker and Inchie Art Squares!

Last week, my friend Dina had this great tutorial for Colored Glitter Inlay in the Splitcoaststampers newsletter, and one of the necessary supplies as matboard. I couldn’t wait to try her technique and to make a card for this hop! It was PERFECT, and it was certainly fun!


I use Copic frequently, but about Inchie Art Squares, did you know:

  • Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
  • They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
  • Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
  • They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
  • Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
  • Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
  • Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
  • Mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.

You can find more information by visiting  Copic  anInchie Art Squares


I followed Dina’s tutorial instruction, step-by-step, and the Art Squares with XPress It Adhesive Sheets from Copic worked perfectly for the Colored Glitter Inlay technique.

The dies used are from MFT Stamps to create the impressions on the Art Squares, and paired them with a puny sentiment from Taylored Expressions. I used Warm Diamond glitter from Elizabeth Craft. Because you are actually coloring and blending your Copic markers over the top of burnished glitter, be careful with this technique to avoid working glitter into the tips of your marker nibs. With the smooth burnishing, this brand worked well for me! Copic Markers used were Y32, Y35, YG01, YG03, YG07, B02 and Bo4.

Visit each of these talented designers today to see  as interesting and exciting ways to pair Copic and Art Squares: 
Lori Craig – me!



Thank you … and a hop winner

Thanks to many of your tips and a few ideas that I’ve collected on Pinterest (you can follow me here – I recommend Crafty Spaces, Copic Marker, Beautiful Clean and Simple Cards or Pretty Pieces of Paper for crafting…. Ranch Redo for some current remodeling ideas on our new home or if you are like my family and like to eat, Recipes to Try), I feel like I’ve got some good things going. Our remodeling starts this week.

Thanks to all who hopped by to welcome Jennifer Dove to the Copic team over the weekend, too. My blog hop winner is Carisa who said:

that built in is stunning!!!! I don’t have ANY solutions as I have such a mix match of things and no pretty set up or solutions AT ALL. I’m tempted to get a scrap box one of these days though!

I have unpacked a few things because I’m getting crafty this week, so I’ll see you again soon.

A Colorful Copic Welcome Hop

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Still in a sea of boxes in our new home, slowly making the way to what will be the paper crafting studio. What a job!  


I’m really missing the space and the built-in desk that we added to my last studio office! And, I need to start looking for a desk that will serve a similar purpose, I loved the side drawers and overhead nooks and crannies of this space. Not sure I want to go the built-in route again. I loved it, but if we are ever relocated again, I have to leave it behind. What organizational features would you incorporate if you had a blank slate for your crafting space? 


Special news today to kick off the weekend! The Copic family is excited to welcome accomplished Copic artist and popular instructor Jennifer Dove to the Copic Fine Art Teaching Team!
Jennifer has been using Copics since 2010 and is a well known instructor who teaches Copic Boot Camp retreats, manages her own DoveArt Designs stamp line, and designs in mixed media, jewelry making, card making and altered arts.

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Copic inks appeal to artist in many areas of study, and similar in some ways to our Papercrafting Teaching Team, the Fine Art Teaching Team is comprised of select professional artists and instructors who conduct demos and provide instruction at fine art stores and art schools. Jennifer will be a great fit to this team!




In celebration of Jennifer’s joining Copic, each of our Papercrafting Team instructors is giving away a Copic T-Shirt to one lucky winner this weekend. Just leave me a comment and let me know “what organizational features would you incorporate if you had a blank slate for your crafting space?”   I’ll pick a winner on Sunday night and announce on Monday morning.  
Everyone has prizes to visit the blogs below for your chance to win & make sure to stop by Jennifer’s Blog and give her a colorful welcome!
Lori Craig <– that’s me!
Jennifer Dove <– the lady of the day!


I’d be remiss to not remind you that we’ve got quite a few great locations lined up for papercrafting classes this spring – both certifications and workshops for all skill levels! I’m going to Houston in two weeks, and I’d love to see you there!

The full Copic Class schedule and registration information can be found HERE. Happy Weekend! 


2015 Copic Classes


I really can’t believe the first month of 2015 is basically behind us.  Between CHA and an out of state move for my family, there hasn’t been any free time to dwell on the winter days. And, with a packed up studio, there wasn’t much space to create, but lucky for me, markers are pretty portable.


Super excited that we rolled out all of the 2015 Copic Certification and Workshop classes at CHA in Anaheim, California a few weeks ago. What a great reception! Though I wasn’t teaching, I was fortunate to sit in on the classes which I always enjoy because I ALWAYS learn something new when I get to watch anyone on our teaching team in action. You will, too! I promise!

I’ll be teaching each of the different papercrafting classes for Copic this year, starting in Houston on February 21! I have a few locations to teach the Standard and Intermediate Certification classes, and I have several cities to visit with our new Workshop Series curriculum that include More Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Monotones and, my personal favorite with the adorable little girl and her pooches image above, Clothing and Accessories.

You can always find the current class schedule in one, easy to read format on the right column of my blog (HERE) or on the Copic Marker site. I hope one of our upcoming locations will work for you as you continue your quest to conquer Copic!


New Year Winner and Copic News

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Hoping that the New Year finds you staying warm with plenty of time for crafting!

I’m sorry that I’m late posting my Seasons Giving winner. I’ve had a few challenges over the holidays that have taken up some extra time. I’ve spent the last hour catching up reading through all of your comments! What a great group of ladies y’all are! Beautiful goals that help us grow while taking care of or reaching out to others. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year!

There’s no way I could pick a winner myself, so I used random generator. Congratulations to Louise W.m. I’ve sent you an email, and as soon as I receive your mailing address, I’ll get your prize sent off! Thank you!!

My office is all packed up right now so no new cards to share, but I have been grateful for a few chunks of time here and there to work on coloring new Copic class sample images. I’ll be looking forward to coloring these with my classes, starting with Houston in February!

I hope you’ll take a peek at all of the open classes and our 2015 Copic class schedule. Lots of opportunity to connect with other Copic enthusiasts and crafters in your area and to learn a LOT. We have great US and Canada locations set up!  I love teaching the Standard and the Intermediate Certifications, and we have excellent new workshops this year, as well. You can check them out HERE!

I’m off to CHA tomorrow. Looking forward to the short reprieve and to connecting with people who get my paper addiction.

Hugs! Stay warm!

Seasons Givings Blog Hop


It is the time when we reflect upon our blessings of the New Year! And while reflecting, I am very happy to be participating in Latisha’s Seasons Givings blog hop! If you arrived from my friend, Sharon’s blog, welcome!

I love paper crafting… the process of thinking about projects, the time to create, the fun tools AND the people! It has brought me so much joy over the years.

If you you are stopping by as part of the hop, my name is Lori Craig. I started scrapbooking in 1999, was immediately mesmerized with paper and cropping. When I found stamps and ink a year or so later… Heaven help!

For the past 10 years, I have been a part of Splitcoaststampers – it’s still my papercrafting home with chatter, tutorials and the largest papercrafting gallery anywhere. Working with both site visitors, members and marketing partners is very rewarding, and I’ve watched our community do amazing things… Like collect $10,000 for a member who had suffered a home tragedy back in 2005 or a Red Cross drive that raised a large amount of money for the Asian tsunami in 2004…and we are still doing amazing things! This past October when we collectively created over 4000 cards as part of our 5th annual cancer awareness campaign to share hope and encouragement with cancer patients and their families.

I am also a part of the Copic Marker teaching team, and I find great joy in meeting color lovers from around the world and teaching people how to color. Much about art, and I do consider paper crafting an art form, is intuition, but study and practice are necessary in any hobby to stretch and grow! I even learn something in every class I teach! You can find my team’s teaching schedule here. I bet we’ll be in a city near you with our new 2015 classes!

In in this new year, I encourage you to stretch and grow… Join a community of people who love the same things you enjoy to bond and fellowship, practice a twist on favorite techniques or take classes from artists, stores or companies you respect to learn something new! You’ll love your new year!

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I am in a transition with my office space…again….my giveaway needed to be something that would fit it my travel bag and require minimal shipping supplies. I’m offering 3 sets of Spellbinders dies that coordinate for many beautiful combinations.
Comment below and tell me how you plan to stretch yourself in the new year to insure that 2015 is one of the best ever! I will choose a winner on Sunday night, the 4th and post Monday!
From here, you are off to Nicole Nowosad’s blog for another give away! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!



Copic Planning and New Classes!

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At the end of October, the Copic teaching team had our annual meeting where we finalized the 2015 class location schedule and calendar. It’s been a whirlwind of family activity since I returned from that trip, but I wanted to share a few photos with you.

This is our team before dinner one night at a Willamette Valley winery near Eugene, Oregon. Beautiful scenery.

Left to right: Debbie Olson, Nancy Zenke, Michele Houghton, Cindy Lawrence, Colleen Schaan, Sherrie Siemens and Me. It’s a real blessing to work with such neat, talented women over such a long period of time.
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Here’s a shot from that same winery.

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Though we enjoy each other’s company and do have some fun while we are together, it’s a lot of work, too. This was a snippet from outside our office … the Copic Sanctuary. Who spies R29?

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One afternoon, we were very fortunate to spend some time with retired University of Oregon art professor, Ken O’Connell. Ken is the founder to Imagination International, the North American distributor for Copic Marker. We always enjoy visiting with Ken, and we even talked him into a short sketching lesson. Here he’s showing us a sketch that he completed on his most recent trip to Italy. Ken travel sketch journals are ah-mazing!

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Michele showing off her sketch and notes from our discussion with Ken.

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Sherrie sketching away during Ken’s discussion.

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Our team with Ken and Marianne Walker at the Copic offices.

We did manage to get a lot of work completed during that meeting, and our first classes of the year are open for registration. This includes Southern California classes during CHA (which are open to ANYONE..not just CHA attendees), Miami and Phoenix.

You can find all of the information for our certification classes and our brand new coloring workshops HERE.

We are especially excited about the new workshops, as they are a combination of many, many requests we’ve received over the last two years. I think you’ll LOVE the total hands-on format full of tips, tricks and complete instruction. Hope we have the opportunity to see you soon! 

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Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

I remember the first ‘happy mail’ I received for publication work like it was yesterday… Twirling my office chair around, spinning in glee. Like so many in the papercrafting industry, I was saddened to learn that this beautiful publication is ceasing operation early next year.

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To honor the wonderfully talented people at Paper Crafts, I wanted to share a photo of my favorite Paper Crafts published project. This was a little bandaid box Nativity that I created several years ago. I had found the miniature Nativity pieces at Hobby Lobby and knew immediately what I would do with them. (Sadly, I’ve looked for a similar miniature Nativity set every year for the last few years, to no avail. So, if anyone knows where to find one or three, please let me know!)

I created a little book that slides inside the tin with the pieces of the Christmas Story, and I love taking this out year after year. These past few years, I’ve been setting it under a glass cloche dome.

Thank you to Paper Crafts for inspiring me to create and for encouraging me to strive to do more with this crazy little hobby over the years. You’ve brought such joy to me through crafting and friendships through the years. Many of those paper crafting friends are celebrating and hopping today in honor of Paper Crafts.

The next stop on the hop is from my dear partner in Splitcoast crime, Lydia! I hope you’ll read her post… it’s spot on!

Much love to all of the hardworking editors and support administration who will be making a new way in the industry we love. I wish you nothing but the best!

Christmas Blessings


The end of the fussy cut… Love this 3D Christmas Tree die from Spellbinders. The the two seperate cutes of the tree will actually nest inside each other to create a stand up paper tree, or you can stack them (as I have here) for a beautiful dimensional card.


Just a tad bit of stamping here on the tag (Bright Spirits – Verve) and a combination of Spellbinders dies make quick work of this more elegant Christmas card. The dies I used were 3D Christmas Tree, 5×7 Elegant Labels 4 and Elegant Ovals. 

So many pretty dies in the Spellbinders winter holiday collection. Last week, we published a review of these dies at Splitcoast. You can read the review here and you can see all of the paper pretties that the Product Focus team made here in the gallery.

I’m at the annual Copic teaching team meeting this week. Looking forward to finalizing the plans for 2015 and prepping for some amazing classes!

Have a great day!

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