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!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m spending the day with my daughters and mom while remembering my mother-in-law with love and a grateful heart for being such a wonderful mother to my husband. It’s a beautiful day!

Quick snippet of my Mother’s Day cards that I made using MFT’s Sweet Roses and Dienamics Blueprints 3. MFT Sweet Tooth cardstock with MFT Lemon Drop and Blu Raspberry inks.

I’ve been stamping so I will be back soon! ;)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Oh, Snap…

My friends at My Favorite Things asked me to share on their blog. That made me feel fabulous, for sure!  Thank you to them for the kind invitation.

I always love playing with MFT. I fell in love with this Cute Camera die and stamp set a long time ago, and thought this might be a perfect opportunity to match it up with Copic Markers and show it off.  I hope you’ll check out my guest design post.

Keep your eyes peeled to the MFT girls. They are prepping for another fabulous release next week. (I have already laid eyes on the May-release goodness. I can attest…it’s adorable!)

Refilling Copic for an “Earth Day” Blog Hop

Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  To celebrate, the Copic team is sharing tips and tricks on our refillable markers and recyclable ink packaging.

Last summer, I had a student in one of my classes teach me something cool regarding refilling of my Copic markers. It’s so simple, but it’s made a big impact on the speed and efficiency of my marker refilling process. He described refilling at his home using… weights and measures! Ding! Ding! Ding… the flashing lights went off and the bells started ringing for me!

I purchased this small scale for $7.99, and it arrived one day later. It came with batteries and was easy to use, right out of the box. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! You can use any scale that measures to 1/10th gram weight. I had a small scale, but nothing that would weigh to the 1/10th gram.

You can find the scale I use RIGHT HERE.

My first concern was weight of a brand new Sketch marker, and I concluded that a new Copic Sketch weighs 14.6 grams. This weight becomes my benchmark.

Now, instead of drip, drip, drip and test, I can have a feel before I start refilling how much ink I need to add, and then test for accuracy by weight. After several months of practice on classroom markers, I found that I’m actually going through the refill process less because I’m doing a better job by refilling completely by weight. Color me happy!

When I refill I remove the caps from each end of the marker. This helps the ink flow into the barrel as you pour, rather than bottle-necking in the top opening. Second, I remove the chisel nib and start to drip into the marker. A full marker without caps and a chisel nib will weigh about 9.3 grams.

So, drip…drip… from the Various Ink refill bottle

Check weight and done. The best part about this process… with exact weights, I can have someone else in my house help with the chores!  (When I’m refilling classroom sets, I clean up the ends at the same time I am refilling.)

Here the weights I find most helpful:

  • new, unopened Sketch marker weighs 14.6 grams
  • full Sketch marker with both end caps and chisel nib removed weighs 9.3-9.5ish grams

Before using the weighing process, I would refill a marker and hope to fill enough without dripping ink out the bottom of my marker caused by overfilling. Now I have much less mess to contend with.

In celebration of Earth Day the Copic team has gotten together for a blog hop.  Visit each person’s blog to learn personal tips and tricks for refilling and caring for your markers… and possibly some pretty eye candy along the way.

Be sure to head on over to the Copic blog at the end and sign up to be entered in the Earth Week Giveaway!  5 lucky winners will each receive a 3-piece Blending Trio or Color Fusion set, one Various Ink refill, and a 5×7 sketchbook.


Copic Airbrush Tutorial

Between Copic classes and all kinds of busy here on the home front, I put together a Copic Airbrush tutorial for Splitcoaststampers that was featured in yesterday’s newsletter.

You can find the full tutorial featuring embossing folders, alcohol markers and airbrush here. Don’t worry if you don’t have an airbrush system, you can get a similar look for this technique with daubers or ink mists (just make sure the alcohol ink that you choose is safe for air application – Copic is safe for airbrush and misting, but check your preferred brand to be sure!)

There is a really full Copic class schedule posted right now on the Copic site. A lot of opportunity for hands-on inky fun all around the country. Chances are good that someone on the teaching team is headed your way soon. All of the current classes are listed here. Full information and application info can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope the sun is starting to shine brighter (and hotter) in your corner of the country! Have a great day!

Love Fest Challenges and Prizes at Splitcoast

We are celebrating our Member Companies this week at Splitcoast with 11 days of LOVE FEST fun challenges, chatter and prizes, hosted by our 10 fabulous Member Companies!

I made a card for today’s challenge hosted by The Cat’s Pajamas. Super cute challenge idea. Hope you find time to play along between now and March 3rd. There are a lot of $25 gift certificates up for grabs from your favorite places. (Wish I was eligible to win prizes!)

I used Build-a-Bingo from The Cat’s Pajamas and some various dies from Verve and MFT Stamps to put this together. The background was dry embossed on SnoCone cardstock from MFT and then brushed with a white ink pad. I love that quick and easy look.

I’ll be back – lots of fun challenges and several more cards to share this week!

Beary Good Birthday

I still love a good card making challenge, and I’m going to try to finish more of them this year…Here’s on for this week’s The Cat’s Pajamas  Tuesday Challenge, and this one was easy!

This cutie from At Your Service was another one of the images that I colored over Christmas. Such a cute little bear, and you can put different things on the tray. My bear is colored with Copic Markers (E33, E35, E37 and E39 with a little R20 in her ears). Rather than blend all of the color, I’ve again done the dabbling to add layers and texture. It’s super easy. Just start with your lightest color all over and work the darker colors into your corners by dabbling.

I put everything together with the new Framed Up dies… I *LOVE* this die combo, and my favorite way that I’ve used it is shown here. The label is turned on the side creating a little tail off to the left of the image. Something so simple and easy, yet adds a little interest to the card front without any extra bulk or fuss. I added a little button and Divine Twine to finish this off.

The Polar Vortex has moved through our part of the country. It’s still cold, just not frigid, and we’ve had some beautiful, light non-threatening snow today. I hope you are staying warm.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great night!

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