a life she loved

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I’ve been getting ready for a new year of coloring and Copic classes. My friend Kathy Racoosin is hosting a 30-day color challenge, and I felt like there was nothing better to prep for my classes in St. Louis the first weekend in March! If you are in the St. Louis area, come see me!

This is a Taylored Expressions image from the set When Your Heart Speaks. Love.

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This is an image that was in a faces and hair class that Copic offered several years ago, and I thought she’d be a great sample in my class portfolio. I colored this for day 2. Braided hair is so fun! Her hair is done with the E30 Copic family. The darker skin complexions are a bit of a challenge for me, and I know practice is the only way I’ll get better – here I used E01 (because I can’t find my E11!!) E13 and E15 for her skin.

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This was for day 3. I used a loved stamped set from Taylored Expressions called A Life She Loved. I may end up coloring one more from this set and framing a little tryptic for my crafty office. Coloring glass is something we tackle in our Clothing and Accessories Copic Class.

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This little lady from MFT Stamps has been inked on my desk for a few years. I colored her yesterday morning for Day 5. Such a cutie! Her hair is also colored with the E30s family, but her skin is much lighter complexion. I’ve used E51, E21 and E000 (my secret weapon Copic facial concealer!)

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My parents are visiting this weekend, but I got up this morning and colored this poppy image from Stampin’ Up! before we get busy with some errands and hanging out… I love a Saturday when I’m busy hanging out! Don’t you!? Coloring Flowers with Copic is a new class that we are offering this year, and I’m looking forward to teaching that in St. Louis, as well!

We’ll see how I hold up on the 30-day challenge. You can find a lot of Copic inspiration using the Instagram #thedailymarker30day! If you aren’t going to be in St. Louis, you can see our full year’s schedule of Copic classes on this page. I hope our paths will cross at some point soon.

I also hope you have a fabulous Saturday…hanging out or otherwise!

Thanks for stopping by!

Whatever You Are…

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I love the idea and the look of hand-lettering on projects, and I’ve been practicing in the car, volleyball games, at night in front of the tv… I’ll keep practicing.

Last weekend, I was playing around with the Kirarina Wink pens from Imagination International, because they write on glass, acetate and plastic…lightbulb. So, even though acetate doesn’t photograph very well, I thought I’d share this project for a slightly different take on “stamping” and “hand-lettering” for a more  hand-crafted look.
FullSizeRender (25)First, I stamped my butterflies (from my favorite Sparkly Dreams from Verve) in a row with the MINI MISTI. I know there are a lot of toys that get oohs and aahs in our craft, but I am serious when I say I love using the MISTI.  I can re-stamp for crisp impressions every, single time – with perfect alignment. I’m not trying to sound overly dramatic, but it really has renewed my enjoyment of stamping!

Mini-MISTI-comparison What I’m using is the MINI MISTI that was shown at the Craft Hobby Trade show earlier this month. It is perfect for people like me who have trouble finding the top of their desk because of all the creative expression piled on top! :) Here you can do a little size comparison. I put a little piece of washi tape on my corner to use as a lifter when I’m opening and folding the MISTI.

FullSizeRender (27)Once my butterflies were stamped, I created a tag from the Verve Flourished Tag set out of acetate, layered it over a sentiment stamped on a post-it note from the same Verve set that I love. And, I basically traced the pretty handcrafted letters onto my acetate with the Kirarina Wink.


Kirarina-Wink1The Kirarina Wink pens come in 18 beautiful colors – including a fabulous white. They have a firm nib, and a beautiful opaque ink with a tad bit of shimmer. For this card, I used the new Emerald, and there is a beautiful new Violet, as well.



I added a tad bit of stark white glitter behind the clear tag and beautiful crisp Shine Bright sequins from Verve.



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So, basically, the thought I want to leave you with today is… to embrace different aspects of paper crafting, think outside of the box and try new things, and above all… whatever you are… even a tracer!… be a good one! 

Happy Kansas Day & Combo Watercolor

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In honor of January 29th – officially, Kansas Day, I’m sharing a fun technique that incorporates both of my creative loves: paper crafting and photography!

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You might remember this post I shared in September about this beautiful 40-acres field of sunflowers near my parents home in northeast Kansas. The sunflower is our state flower! I knew immediately that I wanted to use the photo to create notecards or greeting cards. I wasn’t sure what approach I was going to take, but I wanted to get whatever I was going to do done for Christmas gifts… so I needed to start early, by December 22 at the latest! HAHAHA! December really was a crazy month for our family, so I got to the print stage of my project and it’s been on my desk waiting… patiently.

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I wanted to use the photo but stay somewhat true to my papercrafty roots, so I ran the photo above through an app on my iPhone called Waterlogue. (It’s available for Android, too!) It is my favorite way to play with beautiful landscape or floral photos that I take, and I often use them for screen savers or as a little text-blessing that I pass along to a friend or family! The ap takes your own photo and transforms it to a beautiful watercolor file – there are several options to play with. You can save the watercolor file in .jpeg format,  just like you would a photo image. Here’s a fun site that shows a lot of different images created with the app, Made with Waterlogue.

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I printed off a stack of 5-6 of the prints in a 3.5″ size on 110# hot press watercolor paper and trimmed them with a Pierced Square STAX Dienamic from MFT. I printed onto my heavy paper with an Epson P600 printer which is perfect for crafty printing because it prints on many different types of media – heavy, thin, canvas, watercolor, etc.

You might notice that in the Waterlogue conversion I lost the cloud and horizon detail. That’s not uncommon because it is very difficult to expose for the flowers in the foreground and the horizon line at the same time, and there doesn’t end  up being enough contrast for the app to fill it in. I love the flowers by themselves, but I wanted sky! Pretty blue sky!

Combo Watercolor Lori Craig 3 So, this morning, armed with a little bit of knowledge from an amazingly awesome watercolor class I am taking this week at Online Card Classes called Watercolor for Card Makers – Intermediate, I busted out the blue tube watercolor and a small round brush and proceeded to add my sky back in. To get a muddled blue, I wet the sky area lightly with water and then dropped in a little bit of watery blue paint. The ink on this printer stays put for mixed media projects, and I had no printer ink runs or bleeds from the addition of the watercolor paint. (I haven’t had the printer very long, so I’ll test it for Copic and stamping ink compatibility soon!)

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Because these are going to be a gift, I wanted a nice smooth panel with my watercolor design, so I took a tip from Jennifer McGuire and cut squares of fun foam at 2.75″ to mount my watercolor squares to the card fronts. Helps keep the panel flat and smooth!


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I added a sentiment from Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions to a cream panel and accented with sequins, then I applied the cream and photo layers to a card base of Summer Sunrise cardstock from Papertrey Ink – fitting since I took this photo just after sunrise! – for a fairly quick project.


Combo Watercolor Lori Craig 1I like the term Combo Watercolor for this process – a combination of digital and traditional painting, and I can’t wait to comb through my photos and makesome more!

Tip: Print a small image test from your printer and on the paper media that you want to use. Test for a reaction to watercolor or other mediums before you go to elaborate creative measures. Just as you would test a digital stamped image!

If you try it, I would love to see your work. Send me a link to your project on your blog or at Splitcoast.

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So thanks for visiting with me today, and Happy Birthday to my beautiful homeland! Happy Kansas Day! 

happy hello.

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After getting a shredded envelope returned to me in the mail (Yes, the card face was padded with a piece of buffer cardstock. Yes, it had sufficient postage for hand canceling.), I’ve been working on flatter cards for safe mailing because I am resolved to send more cards this year!

This happy hello was fun and would be easy for mass production. I had noticed a similar design in the Splitcoast gallery (but I forgot to mark it to my favorites!) The stamp set is Garden Flowers by Lia from Hero Arts. I love all of her fun designs. Most of them are smaller silhouette images that work great for quick cards, but they still have a lot of class factor!

heart flowers window I cut a quick mask with a stacking heart die from MFT. When I make masks, I always use a thin copy paper so that my stamped images go right to the mask line. Thicker cardstock produces a halo. If I’m making a full card front and using a negative space for my mask, I try to cut from a full 1/4 sheet of copy paper with the mask positioned exactly where I want it. This makes it easy to line up on my actual card front and keep square. I always secure the mask with temp adhesive, washi tape or 3M painter’s tape for sensitive surfaces before I start stamping.

heart flowers shimmer lori craig One of my favorite ways to dress up a stamped image without weight or bulk is using the atyou Spica Glitter Pen for shimmer and shine. The pens are inexpensive, smooth to the touch after application and best of all, I don’t have to mess with glue, glitter or clean up. #winning! Here, I’ve applied used the gold and clear pens over all of my stamped images. It works great over waterbased ink or Copic. In 24 colors, you can shimmer and shine all over the place.

Tip: Rather than “writing’ the glitter onto my card, I hold the pen softly and gently brush it onto my card. This eliminates indentions in the paper and obvious application marks.

heart flowers full lori craig The glitter is hard to photograph, but you will know it’s there, and so will your recipient!

I hope you have an amazing day full of your favorite things. I’m going to continue my week of paper crafting, painting, coloring and watercolor bliss! Shine on, friends!

love you. that’s all.

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I love teaching, and I also love learning new things! Today I am practicing some new-to-me watercolor techniques that I’ve learned at Online Card Classes with the talented Dawn Woleslagle from Wplus9 Design. I’ve not really done much watercolor…at all. So, this was my first attempt at a watercolor background. I thought I’d screw it up, but Dawn’s instruction was great, and I was really happy with the outcome.


There were a lot of great supply option recommendations, and I realized that I liked the tube watercolors to pan, so for this card I used Prussian Blue and Sap Green Cotman watercolor and a flat brush to create the design. I took the background and added a simple sentiment from a loved Concord & 9th set, Love You. Mean It. I think this works for a great masculine card, and I’m excited to try some other fun backgrounds!


I had the opportunity to meet Greg – half of the fantabulous Concord & 9th leadership team at CHA a few weeks ago. Crafty people are such good people!

The long, cold days have been good for my crafting lately, and I’ve got several things to share over the weeks, so… see you soon! Have a great day!

Back from CHA and Seasons Givings Winner

I’m back from a great week of Copic Classes and the Craft Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim, California! It was wonderful to see so many paper crafters, as well as the new products coming for the new year!

Thank you all so much for the beautiful comments on the Seasons Givings blog hop! Loved your grateful thoughts to start a new year! My winner is posted below, but I also wanted to share some of my favorite CHA moments…


I didn’t take too many photos, but I have a few… my photos are about the people. Echoing other shares I’ve read this week, there were lots of pretty things to look at on display, but paper crafting people make the experience like no other…

This first photo is from Plaza Square Park in historic Orange, California. A little chilly the day we visited, but beautiful none-the-less.

Tosh-Cindy-MeHere I am with my Copic teammate and friend, Cindy Lawrence and the fabulous Tosha Lyyendekker. We enjoy chatting about all things paper and crafts, but with Tosh in California, Cindy from New Hampshire and myself in the midwest, it’s fun to just chit chat about life in general. Love them!


copic-class-messWhile I was gone, I taught three fun workshops in Anaheim – Coloring Faces and Hair, Vintage Values and Monotone and Coloring Cloths and Accessories. I love teaching these classes, especially seeing a student’s progression through the two days – often students who have never colored with Copic before! Transforming and FUN!


jami-and-cindyAfter two full days of Copic classes for me, it was time to walk the show floor. This is Cindy and one of my longest known paper crafting friends, Jami Sibley in a full size teepee the Spellbinders booth! It’s always great to chit chat about the new finds and brainstorm ways we could envision using so many fun new tools!




lydia-dina-lori And, such a great moment of the show for me was brief but fabulous as the Splitcoaststampers Crew – Dina Kowal – our insanely talented artist in residence, our amazingly fun and organized community manager Lydia Fiedler and myself were all together for about 10 minutes! Love working with such talented women!

I feel rested, revived and inspired after the trade show, and I’m looking forward to a fun new year!

Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement of myself and your fellow paper crafters. We are a special collective, caring group, and I love that!

For my Seasons Givings hoppers, my winner is Robyn Smith, like so many of you and myself, she was most grateful for her family this year! I’ve emailed Robyn, and I wish each of you a beautiful, beautiful new year!

Seasons Givings Blog Hop


Hello Fellow Papercrafter! Did the amazing Jenn Shurkus send you here for Seasons Givings? I’m so glad you stopped by!

If we’ve not met before, my name is Lori Craig. I am a lover of paper and ink. Wave your hand if you are with me!  Day-in, day-out since 2007, I have coordinate the advertising at Splitcoaststampers.com, and for the last six years, I have also maintained a teaching schedule around the country discussing color, Copic Markers, shadows and shading. I love meeting people who are just as crazy about paper as I am, working with my Splitcoast and Copic teams, and I feel very blessed to work with such wonderful people.


I did make a quick card this morning for friend. I’m so sad that I needed a sympathy card during the holidays, but grief knows no season. I’m happy to share this Hero Arts card with you. The stamp and die set, “Prayers” were a Stamptember exclusive from Simon Says Stamp.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you…

SeasonsGivings2015So, as you’ve hopped along, you’ve noticed we all have giveaways to celebrate the season, and I apologize this was hard to photograph.  This year, I’m passing along two adorable sets from Sizzix – a cute all-season tree and birdie set and a cake celebration set, both include stamps and dies! So fun! I’m also including some of my favorite XPress It adhesive, a fun portfolio that you can store favorite cards or sketches in and some bling…

We’re happy to be celebrating a new year in our home tonight. We had a family meeting last night to discuss the lessons we’ve learned this year, our greatest jobs and what we are looking forward to in 2016! It was such a gratifying experience. I have teenagers, but I think families of all ages benefit from open sharing! Try it anytime in the next few days!

To be entered to win my giveaway, leave me a comment and let me know what one thing you are most grateful for in 2015!  I’m headed to Craft Hobby Association Trade Show to teach and visit with clients/industry friends in a few days, so I’ll draw a winner and post from California on Thursday, January 7th!

Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful new year! If you are hopping in order, I’ll send you on to the lovely and talented Amy TsurutaIf you are out of order (how I live my life! lol), the full hop list is below! Happy 2016!

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Cards & Today Magazine
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Reverse Confetti
Technique Tuesday
CAS-ual Friday Stamps
Verve Stamps
Donna Salazar
Richard Garay
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Inchie Arts
Avocado Arts
OHscrap (Bossy Joscie)
Rubbermoon Stamps
Latina Crafter
A Jillian Vance Design
Your Everyday Stamps
Latisha Yoast
AJ Otto
Kimberly Crawford
Julia Stainton
Laurie Willison
Teri Anderson
Jennifer Gallacher
Vera Yates
Wanda Guess
Nichol Magouirk
Kelly Klapstein
Anabelle O’Malley
Kim Watson
Chari Moss
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Adametz
Alice Wertz
Daniela Dobson
Jenn Shurkus
Lori Craig ME!
Amy Tsuruta
Lisa Henke
Margie Higuchi
Lee Murphy
Lori Tecler
Dina Kowal
Loretta Lock
Darsie Bruno
Marcie Sharp
Veronica Zalis
Barbara Anders
Maria Levine
Dana Joy
Melody Rupple
Keri Sereika
Asia King
Jennifer Ingle
Yvonne Van de Grijp
Beth Pingry
Erica Houghton
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Piali Biswas
Ashley Newell
Nicole Maki
Julee Tilman
Leigh Penner
Christina Griffiths
Lindsay Amrhein
Laura Williams
Debbie Seyer
Christine Emberson
Kerry Urbatch
Linda Lucas
Tosha Leyendekker
Giovana Smith
Bunny Vance
Stacey Schafer
Lee Ann Barrett
Ruby Naz
Julie Dinn
Jill Hawkins
Christiana Reulling
Jodi Collins
Gracie Chavez
Michelle Woerner
Tania Willis
Karisse Schilling
Lori McAree
Ashley Harris
Emily Leiphart
Heidi Blankenship
Coralynn Murray
Tenia Nelson
Pretty Philosophie
Jillian Vance
Misti Oblander
Ceal Pritchett

Felt and Ribbon Rainbow Bookmark


Happy New Year’s Eve today! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and holiday season with friends and family! I know that we sure did.

My oldest daughter had asked for a study Bible for Christmas, and earlier this week when we were studying together she mentioned needing a bookmark. So, this morning I pulled out some felt and Hot Ribbon to make one for her that would be flat in her book and hopefully hold up a little better than paper. Teenagers aren’t known for gentle ways. LOL

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Friends Don’t Come Any Better Than You


I have some sweet little puppy friends, Roger and Tessa, who graciously share their mom with me whenever I visit Southern California. So, I wanted to send them a little thank you for their recent hospitality! My husband’s company manufacturers these all USA, high quality pet treats, and I thought they’d enjoy them about as much as I love spending time with Jami!

Dog stamp is from Whippersnapper Designs – colored with Copic. Different fur blending styles are something we cover in our Clothing and Accessories class. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions’ Big Bold Valentine – which I use year around!

Have a great Tuesday! Arf! Arf!

Joy to the World


I see Christmas Morning on the horizon! Joy to the World!

This is a card that I created last night while my daughters and I were watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts in the office. I used a 3×4 Christmas Watercolor Panel from Taylored Expressions that I had colored last month when I had a crafty day with Jami.


After I had watercolored, I used an XPress It Glue Pen to add adhesive and transparent glitter to the dove wings. I also used green XPress It Glitter Deco Tape from Imagination International as an accent to the card base. Watercolor can totally stand alone on a project, but the shimmer of the glitter in both places adds a little punch!


Here is a 2nd project I did last night… I’ve been anxious to make a few things with the Weary World set from Verve, too! (Apparently many of you like this set as much as I do because when I went to grab a link I see it is temporarily sold out.)


Again, because there are 10 colors in the package, I used the blue Glitter Deco Tape as an accent. Here I put it though the Big Shot and cut it with the coordinating star die.

The tape is only 6mm wide, but the beauty of this glitter product is that it’s smooth and fine grit glitter, so you can lay pieces of it side by side and not see the seam. There are 3 short rows of tape, side-by-side, to cut this star! I just adhere them to a piece cardstock and then die cut.

We are off to go caroling with some friends in a few minutes. The temps are mild here but the wind is crazy… I hope we don’t blow away with the Christmas cheer!

🎶 Joy to the World, my friends! 🎶



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