Oh DEER!

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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…

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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!

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.

 

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