Comfort & Joy

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Another Falliday Fest card to share with you… this idea came from Holly Brown and the challenge was to add holly and berries to your card. I am loving the Christmas projects that this set of challenges encouraged me to think about and execute! I didn’t get any mass production done for Christmas, but I have a LOT of fun ideas that I can pull together quickly now! Love that!

I loosely watercolored the blue and green background and cut with a tag die. Next, I cut the holly and berries from watercolor paper and painted loosely. This is a fun way to watercolor and not have to mess with sticky details!

The  holly die and the cute tag die are from Reverse Confetti, and this was so easy to make that I’m thinking of going into mass production for a handmade Craig Christmas card for the first time in too many years! The holly leaves are scored for easy creasing and dimension and the berries have two layers so you can easily add the highlight and a little depth! Details! Details!

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The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called Comfort and Joy! It embossed beautifully with a new embossing powder – Princess Gold from Ranger.  (You can also find it at Michaels!) When you emboss over watercolor, make sure that the watercolor is 120% dry (totally dry!) or you will have an embossing powder mess on your hands! (Ask me how I know!) I’d be extra careful and use an embossing static removal tool – I have lost mine, so while I was at this retreat, I (accidentally permanently, it seems because it came home with me) borrowed one from Jill Hawkins. (Sorry, Jill! I will think of you fondly every time I use it until we meet again!) 

Thanks for stopping by today… I’m fortunate to be pulling together some month end projects and crafting away. Happy Friday!

No Tricks, Just Treats – and great Copic inspiration

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Last week I was really blessed by spending time at a retreat of paper crafters! This *adorable* Copic colored card was designed and shared as a swap with our group by the beautiful Linda Nomura. Is this a winning clean-and-simple design, or WHAT?

I’d met Linda several times in my Copic classes in the Southern California area. She is such a doll, and I’m glad she made the trip to Kansas to get crafty with me! And, I adore her card with the cute Happy Howloween Lawn Fawn images! 

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Have a GREAT day! 

Palette Blending with Copic Marker

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I put together a short palette blending tutorial and video for the Splitcoaststampers newsletter this week! Such a great technique for extending color range where you may be missing some colors or for blending two complimentary colors together!

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My image is from the Power Poppy set called Prairie Cheer… It a gorgeous set with beautiful flowers and WHEAT! Swoon. You can see the step-by-step coloring process in my tutorial video.

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And, if you like great tutorials, we publish a new tutorial every Wednesday at Splitcoastampers. Use this link and sign up in the upper right hand corner box, I promise we’ll never spam or sell you! :)

I’m painting today…and not the fun watercolor kind… touching up trim and walls. Good times…said no one ever. But, I will be so happy when it’s done!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a colorful day!

Hard Candy Christmas

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I am hosting my second Falliday Fest challenge today at Splitcoast! It’s called Hard Candy Christmas! You can find the details and the backstory here in the forum!

My card was made by stamping the snowflakes with clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Next I embossed the sentiment  (retired CHF sentiment set) with Ranger Princess Gold (I LOVE THIS EMBOSSING POWDER!) Then I sponged cantelope and strawberry colored inks over the white cardstock for a resist on the snowflakes. The scalloped notecard is a diecut from Papertrey Ink.

There is still a week left to make and share cards in the Splitcoast gallery for the Falliday Fest. We have thousands of dollars of amazing prizes up for grabs, so I hope you find a few minutes to check it out! Have a beautiful Saturday! Get crafty!


Falliday Feathers

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I wanted to share two cards I’ve made for the Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers! We’ve partnered with some amazing sponsors for a fun event for October! Still plenty of month left to join us for challenges and inspiration, wonderful card-drive opportunities and prizes!

This was a card that I made for Dina Kowal’s Masquerade challenge. This was a new idea to me, and it was so fun…and easy. I’m definitely going to be trying this technique again! My sentiment came from the Autumn Splendor set from Verve, and the feathers are a die-cut from MFT.

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This fun card was for Lydia’s challenge, Start Spreading the News! I used the Give Thanks stamp and die set from Concord and 9th for this one. Love the clean look here. I tied to keep it clean and simple. That is something about Lydia’s style that I really admire: clean and classy!  The woodgrain is an embossing folder from Taylored Expressions.

I’m off to a marching band competition this weekend, but plenty of cards to share in the next few days! Hope you squeeze some crafty into your weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Holiday Wishes


I am just home from an amazing crafty weekend where I had the opportunity to create a LOT of cards for the Falliday Fest at Splitcoast! I’ll be sharing over the next few days, but I couldn’t wait to share this one for Teresa Kline’s AWESOME challenge for today.

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I hope you find time to join us for Falliday Fest – we have some amazing sponsors and great gifts up for grabs! Still plenty of time to create and win this month!

This was created with Merry & Bright bulbs from Reverse Confetti. I *LOVE* their style of these word/image stamps. (I see several in my near future!) I paired it with this awesome sentiment from Avery Elle called Comfort & Joy. The sentiment and the bulb metal are embossed with Princess Gold Embossing Powder from Ranger. The ink colors are Mint, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride from Stampin’ Up. Paper is Curious Iridescent Shimmery White and Kraft. Scalloped Layer die is from Mama Elephant.

I hope you find time to

Happy Sunday!

a FABULOUSLY Fun Fall at Splitcoast


For the last six years October has been my favorite crafty month because our Splitcoaststampers community has come together for crafting fun in a large special event with challenges, prizes and crafty chit chat. This October, the name of the event and the focus have shifted, but I can’t be more excited. Welcome to Falliday Fest! 

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Falliday Fest includes great tutorials with some really cute projects, daily challenges designed to get you thinking about your holiday crafting – creating a plan and getting started, a special holiday gift guide and lots of fabulous prizes from some amazing sponsors! You really do not want to miss out!


This is for my first challenge that I’m hosting today … May your joy…. 

I recently went on a tear and ordered several different wheat themed stamp sets. It seems like fall is a great time that we think about wheat and harvest. The irony is that most wheat is harvested in the late spring/early June. Just a bit of trivia…

This set is called Grateful Heart from Papertrey Ink. I’ve used a clean layout and stamped on Shimmery White cardstock for a little punch. I’ve also kept it fairly flat so that it’s easy to mail.

So, be sure to check out my challenge – and all of the others. We have 10 days of crafty goodness ready to go. Your November self will sing your praises when you do!

I’ve Taken a Viking…


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We lived in Marshall, MO for 10 years and moved back to Kansas in late 2014 leaving good friends who’d become like family. One of the many things we loved about Marshall was the sense of community spirit and the support for Missouri Valley College – home of the Vikings! We are friends with so many who have close ties to the school, and we have a lot of very fun Viking memories.

So when I found this adorable Viking image and die from Avery Elle, I knew it would be fun. My card is in orange and purple – MVC colors, and I may have to make a few more so I can share the viking… I mean love! Isn’t he adorable?  Super fun to color!


If you have questions about shading and making images pop,  regardless of color medium you use, you’ll appreciate a stroll through the pages of a small resource that I’ve referenced for several years, Shadows & Shading written by Marianne Walker. This is easy to read and comprehend with great illustrations in a pocket-sized guide. It is a great resource for light source and shading. It’s been super helpful to me, even on more simple line art images like Viking. It covers topics like:

  • Understand different kinds of light sources
  • The difference between shading & cast shadows
  • How to properly color a variety of objects, from simple to complex
  • Shadow color theory

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My Viking is colored with Copic Marker – the oranges are YR000, YR04 and YR18 and the purples are V12, V04, V17. Notice I’ve used markers outside of a natural blending group – meaning there is a change in saturation (gray) from one color to the next. This is one of the topics covered in the Shadows and Shading book. My mountains were cut with Stitched Mountain Borders from Lawn Fawn. Super fun!


Along with resources like the Copic Shadows and Shading book, Copic classes are an excellent place to learn more about using Copic – hands on coloring, instruction and feedback on your work. We have a few workshops left for 2016 (Boston, Portland, DC area, Dallas) and our 2017 CHA schedule for Phoenix classes in January are open for registration!

Busy Saturday celebrating our community fall festival, school plays and continued home projects! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Give Thanks and Praise

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Always feels great to be stamping and creating, don’t you think? We are in the middle of several home projects, but I snuck into the stamp studio yesterday. I had this new wheat themed stamp set called Give Thanks from Concord & 9th on my desk. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful fall themed projects done with this set, but here in the bread basket – wheat is a year around thought. Fun fact: Midwest winter wheat is sewn in the fall and harvested by mid-June.

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I felt like my wheat deserved to be glittered up…and I grabbed a X-Press It Glue Marker from Imagination International (I used a medium nib on the left, but love that it comes in a pen tip and wide nib, too!) to add microfine clear glitter to the head of my wheat shocks.  The shocks truly do glisten in the sunshine…

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I like that the glue marker nib does not leave impressions in my paper or lines of missed coverage. The glue is acid-free, non-toxic, dries clear and best of all (in my opinion) is that it can be both a temporary (like a sticky note it if dries unattached to another piece of paper) or a permanent bond. Good stuff!

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My sentiment comes from a set that the sweet Jen del Muro, owner of Reverse Confetti, gave to me when I had dinner with her in Dallas last month! Love the mix of fonts here. The full set has some beautiful sentiments. It’s called Walk by Faith.

I have several new wheat sets on my desk from various places, so I’ll be playing in the days to come! Thanks for stopping by! Give thanks and praise!

New COPIC Classes



Who wants to come and see me at our CHA-area certification and workshop classes in Phoenix! I will be participating (Michelle Houghton will be your MUST-SEE instructor) in the Lettering, Animals and Landscape classes! I would LOVE to have you join me!

All of the details are HERE – look under Phoenix!

I also updated my Copic Marker Classes page – linked on the right sidebar.

Hope to see you soon! I am super excited about the new Copic year!


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