Cutting with Detailed Dies

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Someone left the backdoor at Splitcoaststampers unlocked, and I dropped a tutorial off over there with some tips and tricks for using intricate, detailed dies. I have always loved those fancy die shapes, but they certainly require a little finesse to get crisp, beautiful cuts. After a lot of research and practice, I think I’ve got it figured out. You can see the full tutorial here.

This card was made with my favorite wheat stamp, Wheat Sheaf from Serendipity Stamps. I colored the image with Copic Marker and then airbrushed the background with the Copic Air Compressor and beautiful Copic YR31. The dies I chose to showcase this image are Floral Ovals and Fancy Square dies from Spellbinders

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blessed Acorn (and Copic Class news!)



Here’s a card that mixes two beautiful mediums… I stamped the acorn on watercolor paper, applied Copic Markers with small dots and dabs to create shadow and depth and followed that up with a water color wash using Distress Markers. Very fun…

Tip: Always apply your Copic Marker work first to avoid damage to your marker nibs. Then apply other mediums over the top of that work.

I am heading to Virginia tomorrow for a set of certification classes! Looking forward to meeting more people who are crazy about coloring as I am. :) Really looking forward visiting a friend in the area, too! ;)

You can see our full Copic class calendar here. If we are coming to a location near you, and you have any interest in taking classes with one of our instructors, please don’t pass up the opportunity!  We are working on our curriculum for 2015, and it is that it’s going to be a very exciting year with new locations! Hope to see you soon!

  • Stamps: Falling for You – Paper Smooches and sentiment Thankful – Taylored Expressions
  • Paper: Watercolor paper, Whip Cream (MFT), Kraft (MFT) and random scraps from the pile
  • Ink: Espresso Truffle Memento – Tsukineko
  • Accessories: Copic Marker, Distress Markers, banner die (Verve), tag die (MFT) and sequins



Celebra’tion Time


Kissing summer goodbye over hear and gearing up for a very busy fall! Lots of great things are happening!

We published a Product Focus review at Splitcoaststampers for Spellbinders a few days ago. I loved how quick and easy it was to create a completely coordinated project with fun dies, stamps, papers and embellishments…all from the same product line!

I call this ‘Sweetened Sunflowers’. I used a very easy tutorial from Splitcoast for Cammie’s Triangle Treat Box. Literally done in 3 or 4 minutes. I think my favorite element is the matted chevron tag with the scalloped layer behind… the tags come with a mini impression plate. So fun!


Fun pierced circle dies make clean and simple, super simple and eye-catching.


One of the stamps and die combo sets (yes…stamp and die combo sets!) I used is called Just Because. I love cutting multiple layers of a flower die out of wax paper and layering for a lightweight 3D flower embellishment. The embossed circle layer was created with a coordinating embossing folder.


Tags and word dies make quick work of a sweet-treat ‘thank you’ gift, too!

Check out our team’s full product review to see how all the elements of the new Spellbinders Celebra’tion line easily work together and gather a few fun tips and ideas.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun stuff! Have a beautiful Monday Tuesday…YAY for the short week!




Loved Teresa Kline’s Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty challenge today…

This stamp is a favorite. It comes from a Christmas set (Remembering Christmas – SU!) but if you have a deer hunter in your life, you know it is a year around activity. We are always checking trail cameras, moving deer stands, checking on crops in the deer stand vicinity, making jerky, washing camo clothing… all. year. long!  

Still plenty of time for you to join us in Dare to Get Dirty … and so many challenges to get your creative spirit moving. This is seriously my most productive card making week of the year, and it always seems so easy. :)

You can find all of the dirty little details here.

I’m headed to St. Louis for two Copic Certification classes. Excited to see some new and familiar faces and color, color, color! Thanks for looking!


Autumn Blessings…


It’s my turn to host a fun Dare to Get Dirty challenge for our Fan Club at Splitcoaststampers! I’m so excited!

It couldn’t be one of my favorite things without Copic markers – used here over patterned paper with a beautiful floral image from Bloom with Hope stamp set – both sets Stampin’ Up! Then I pulled out my beloved (seriously one of my all-time favorites!) Etruscan (long since retired – sad. sad. sad.) and went to town with Soft Suede Stampin’ Up! ink. Love the krafty look to that color of ink.  Finally, I ruffled crepe paper by stitching loosely on my sewing machine and then pulling the top thread to pucker and pleat it around the image layer and added a few sequins. Had so much fun making this one! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you find time to join us for a few (or all) Dare to Get Dirty Challenges this year! Find the dirty details here.


Write it on Your Heart… GET DIRTY

It’s my favorite card making week of the year… Dare to Get Dirty to celebrate our amazing artists and FAN CLUB at Splitcoaststampers. So many challenges every day this week and tons of prizes.

I made this card for Cassie Trask’s challenge, and I used a new set from Simon Says Stamp called Floral Bookmarking. Very, very fun. Great challenge because it pushed me to a different direction from “my normal”.

Thanks for looking! I’m going to get busy while the rest of my house is quiet this morning. Hope you find time to join us for a few (or all) Dare to Get Dirty Challenges this year! Find the dirty details here.

Blog Hop Winner!

Thanks for all of the friendly comments on my Copic giveaway! Fun to read and catch up with so many former students. :)

Congratulations to my winner, Miss Nora at A Creative Touch!

I spent some time stamping over the 4th, so I’ll be sharing soon. Have a great day!

Sunshine…a little Copic news and a giveaway

I am *always* short on birthday cards, and I never turn down an extra dose of sunshine. I thought I’d share this quick and easy card with you this morning in honor of a special Copic announcement. :)

Love this sunflower image from Taylored Expressions’ Thankful set. I paired it with a combo of great layering dies – the colored image is cut with Take Note Frame 3 (I love this one so much, I have two so I can cut two at one time!) the larger kraft layer is cut with Label Stacklets 2. The image is colored with Copic Markers: Y32, Y38, G21, G24, E31, E25 and sprinkled with a little razzle dazzle.

The thing I love, love about working with Copic is the wonderful people I have a chance to meet across the country.  This is a photo of my friend Michelle Houghton and I in Chicago in 2010 at an Intermediate Certification class. Michelle and I had met previously at a Standard Certification class in Lincoln, Nebraska, and she’s one of those people that you make a fast friendship with. She’s also one of those incredibly talented people who enjoy working with a whole host of art mediums, but ROCKS Copic Markers.

Michelle Houghton has done a number of special events and demos for Copic over the years, and today we are thrilled to announce that she is officially a new instructor on our team. You are going to love taking classes from her! Michelle has a BS in Fine Arts and an MA in Teaching with years of experience teaching high school art, live workshops, and online crafting classes.

And of course we can’t have a celebration without gifts… so we are giving away some great Copic prizes!

Join us in welcoming Michelle by visiting each of the blogs listed below for a chance to win.  Don’t forget to leave some love at each blog because EACH MEMBER OF OUR TEAM will be giving away a Copic T-Shirt and a 7-piece Doodle Kit to one lucky winner.

Commenting will close at midnight on Sunday, July 6th and winners announced on individual blogs on Monday, July 7th.

Visit each of our team blogs for pretty Copic goodness and a chance to win a prize package:

Have a great day! Good luck!


Copic Whimsical Faces and Alternative Hair

Two weeks ago, I took my daughter’s class on a field trip, and we saw a girl with G04 colored hair. It was so bright! The next day, I took my Copics on the road to a Dallas Copic Workshop where I had a request for more alternative or non-traditional hair color ideas, so I put together a few options here on this sweet Saturated Canary image.

I would simply encourage you to experiment with some of your go-to basic blending combos and find your own favorites. That’s really all I’ve done here. I’m always partial to the BGs… ;)

We are receiving great feedback on the Copic Color and Ink Workshops, including Whimsical Faces and Hair. So fun to teach, as well. Find the full class schedule HERE. I’ll be in Hanover, MD this weekend. Faces and Hair is full, but we still have open seating in the Airbrushing for Papercrafters class. Check the calendar and see if we’ll be in your area anytime soon. We’d love to see you!

Your Future is BRIGHT

My daughter graduated from 8th grade last week. (Pardon me while I dab my eyes!) We are very proud of her and the maturity that she’s shown, and we are so excited to be a part of her upcoming high school career! This was the card that her dad and I gave her that night.

May is full of promise for us this year with this milestone for our daughter and lots of high school and college graduates in our life. For as crazy as this messed up world is, when I think about these kids, their families and their successes…the future is BRIGHT!

A little birdie dropped a goodie bag of MFT to my door last week, so this Watt’s Up? stamp set and Lightbulb Dienamic from MFT were perfect for my daughter (and all of the grad cards I’ve needed this week!) Love how quickly this came together with Blueprint Dienamics 15 as a backdrop! So bright and cheery!

The Copic Airbrush with Y35 makes a very fun glow behind the vellum cut light bulb! I’ll be using this easy combo A LOT!

I’ve just added some new Copic classes to the list on my Copic Classes tab. I hope you’ll find time to join us at any one of our classes across the continent this summer! Check it out! Lots of fun, inky goodness going on!

Have a great day!

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