New Year Winner and Copic News

New Year Classes

Hoping that the New Year finds you staying warm with plenty of time for crafting!

I’m sorry that I’m late posting my Seasons Giving winner. I’ve had a few challenges over the holidays that have taken up some extra time. I’ve spent the last hour catching up reading through all of your comments! What a great group of ladies y’all are! Beautiful goals that help us grow while taking care of or reaching out to others. 2015 is going to be a wonderful year!

There’s no way I could pick a winner myself, so I used random generator. Congratulations to Louise W.m. I’ve sent you an email, and as soon as I receive your mailing address, I’ll get your prize sent off! Thank you!!

My office is all packed up right now so no new cards to share, but I have been grateful for a few chunks of time here and there to work on coloring new Copic class sample images. I’ll be looking forward to coloring these with my classes, starting with Houston in February!

I hope you’ll take a peek at all of the open classes and our 2015 Copic class schedule. Lots of opportunity to connect with other Copic enthusiasts and crafters in your area and to learn a LOT. We have great US and Canada locations set up!  I love teaching the Standard and the Intermediate Certifications, and we have excellent new workshops this year, as well. You can check them out HERE!

I’m off to CHA tomorrow. Looking forward to the short reprieve and to connecting with people who get my paper addiction.

Hugs! Stay warm!

Seasons Givings Blog Hop


It is the time when we reflect upon our blessings of the New Year! And while reflecting, I am very happy to be participating in Latisha’s Seasons Givings blog hop! If you arrived from my friend, Sharon’s blog, welcome!

I love paper crafting… the process of thinking about projects, the time to create, the fun tools AND the people! It has brought me so much joy over the years.

If you you are stopping by as part of the hop, my name is Lori Craig. I started scrapbooking in 1999, was immediately mesmerized with paper and cropping. When I found stamps and ink a year or so later… Heaven help!

For the past 10 years, I have been a part of Splitcoaststampers – it’s still my papercrafting home with chatter, tutorials and the largest papercrafting gallery anywhere. Working with both site visitors, members and marketing partners is very rewarding, and I’ve watched our community do amazing things… Like collect $10,000 for a member who had suffered a home tragedy back in 2005 or a Red Cross drive that raised a large amount of money for the Asian tsunami in 2004…and we are still doing amazing things! This past October when we collectively created over 4000 cards as part of our 5th annual cancer awareness campaign to share hope and encouragement with cancer patients and their families.

I am also a part of the Copic Marker teaching team, and I find great joy in meeting color lovers from around the world and teaching people how to color. Much about art, and I do consider paper crafting an art form, is intuition, but study and practice are necessary in any hobby to stretch and grow! I even learn something in every class I teach! You can find my team’s teaching schedule here. I bet we’ll be in a city near you with our new 2015 classes!

In in this new year, I encourage you to stretch and grow… Join a community of people who love the same things you enjoy to bond and fellowship, practice a twist on favorite techniques or take classes from artists, stores or companies you respect to learn something new! You’ll love your new year!

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I am in a transition with my office space…again….my giveaway needed to be something that would fit it my travel bag and require minimal shipping supplies. I’m offering 3 sets of Spellbinders dies that coordinate for many beautiful combinations.
Comment below and tell me how you plan to stretch yourself in the new year to insure that 2015 is one of the best ever! I will choose a winner on Sunday night, the 4th and post Monday!
From here, you are off to Nicole Nowosad’s blog for another give away! Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!



Copic Planning and New Classes!

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At the end of October, the Copic teaching team had our annual meeting where we finalized the 2015 class location schedule and calendar. It’s been a whirlwind of family activity since I returned from that trip, but I wanted to share a few photos with you.

This is our team before dinner one night at a Willamette Valley winery near Eugene, Oregon. Beautiful scenery.

Left to right: Debbie Olson, Nancy Zenke, Michele Houghton, Cindy Lawrence, Colleen Schaan, Sherrie Siemens and Me. It’s a real blessing to work with such neat, talented women over such a long period of time.
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Here’s a shot from that same winery.

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Though we enjoy each other’s company and do have some fun while we are together, it’s a lot of work, too. This was a snippet from outside our office … the Copic Sanctuary. Who spies R29?

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One afternoon, we were very fortunate to spend some time with retired University of Oregon art professor, Ken O’Connell. Ken is the founder to Imagination International, the North American distributor for Copic Marker. We always enjoy visiting with Ken, and we even talked him into a short sketching lesson. Here he’s showing us a sketch that he completed on his most recent trip to Italy. Ken travel sketch journals are ah-mazing!

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Michele showing off her sketch and notes from our discussion with Ken.

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Sherrie sketching away during Ken’s discussion.

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Our team with Ken and Marianne Walker at the Copic offices.

We did manage to get a lot of work completed during that meeting, and our first classes of the year are open for registration. This includes Southern California classes during CHA (which are open to ANYONE..not just CHA attendees), Miami and Phoenix.

You can find all of the information for our certification classes and our brand new coloring workshops HERE.

We are especially excited about the new workshops, as they are a combination of many, many requests we’ve received over the last two years. I think you’ll LOVE the total hands-on format full of tips, tricks and complete instruction. Hope we have the opportunity to see you soon! 

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Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

I remember the first ‘happy mail’ I received for publication work like it was yesterday… Twirling my office chair around, spinning in glee. Like so many in the papercrafting industry, I was saddened to learn that this beautiful publication is ceasing operation early next year.

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To honor the wonderfully talented people at Paper Crafts, I wanted to share a photo of my favorite Paper Crafts published project. This was a little bandaid box Nativity that I created several years ago. I had found the miniature Nativity pieces at Hobby Lobby and knew immediately what I would do with them. (Sadly, I’ve looked for a similar miniature Nativity set every year for the last few years, to no avail. So, if anyone knows where to find one or three, please let me know!)

I created a little book that slides inside the tin with the pieces of the Christmas Story, and I love taking this out year after year. These past few years, I’ve been setting it under a glass cloche dome.

Thank you to Paper Crafts for inspiring me to create and for encouraging me to strive to do more with this crazy little hobby over the years. You’ve brought such joy to me through crafting and friendships through the years. Many of those paper crafting friends are celebrating and hopping today in honor of Paper Crafts.

The next stop on the hop is from my dear partner in Splitcoast crime, Lydia! I hope you’ll read her post… it’s spot on!

Much love to all of the hardworking editors and support administration who will be making a new way in the industry we love. I wish you nothing but the best!

Christmas Blessings


The end of the fussy cut… Love this 3D Christmas Tree die from Spellbinders. The the two seperate cutes of the tree will actually nest inside each other to create a stand up paper tree, or you can stack them (as I have here) for a beautiful dimensional card.


Just a tad bit of stamping here on the tag (Bright Spirits – Verve) and a combination of Spellbinders dies make quick work of this more elegant Christmas card. The dies I used were 3D Christmas Tree, 5×7 Elegant Labels 4 and Elegant Ovals. 

So many pretty dies in the Spellbinders winter holiday collection. Last week, we published a review of these dies at Splitcoast. You can read the review here and you can see all of the paper pretties that the Product Focus team made here in the gallery.

I’m at the annual Copic teaching team meeting this week. Looking forward to finalizing the plans for 2015 and prepping for some amazing classes!

Have a great day!

Cherish Every Moment

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Julie has a fabulous challenge for Hope You Can Cling To today, and I knew this technique would be perfect. The Shade Tree Cutting Plate die and sweet Cherish Every Moment sentiment are from Taylored Expressions. The Pierced Oval Stax Dienamics are from MFT.

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What fun I had coloring this little guy for Kathy’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge. Paper Smooches Cuteasaurus stamp made working with her concept a snap!

We are about mid-way through the month of challenges at Splitcoast, and there are over $5,000 in prizes from incredible sponsors up for grabs… I hope you find time to join us in this awesome awareness campaign. I know the recipients of these cards are always touched!

I’m also getting ready for my last Copic coloring class of the 2014 year, next month in Indy. We have several locations left, so check out the schedule and see if you might be able to join us. We’d love to see you!



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Sharing a card this morning that I created for Joyce’s awesome Hope You Can Cling To challenge. The Spellbinders Peace Sentiment die and Regal M-Bossabilities folder made quick work of this one.

Still plenty of time for you to join us for Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast. Great campaign for cancer awareness, sharing hope (either with cancer patients at MD Anderson or your own friends or family who are facing cancer now!) and many, many (over $5,000) prizes from amazing sponsors. Check it out.


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Peace on Earth Copic Canvas


We published a Splitcoaststampers Product Focus piece for Spellbinders yesterday showcasing their beautiful collection of winter holiday dies. The team made some beautiful projects for the gallery, and I had time to make a few things, too. This was my favorite piece that I created for that project.


This came together for me very quickly. The canvas was airbrushed with the Copic Airbrush system – which dries very fast, and then stamped with MFT Music Background stamp using Tsukineko Memento ink.

Then using a piece of bubble wrap, I stamped white gesso  and sprinkled with glitter while it was white. It dried in about 10-15 minutes.


I stamped the sentiment on a piece of scrap paper and then applied mod podge over the top and brushed it with the wet edge of my gesso covered bubble wrap.

I die cut the Dove of Peace and applied it to the canvas with mod podge, as well.


This worked well for Sabrina’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge, not a card, but I still hope the recipient will love it… I hope I can part with it. :) As easy as it was to create, I think I’ll make a few more for Christmas gifts.

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Stay Positive! Be Brave!


When we kicked off our 5th annual Hope You Can Cling To card drive campaign at Splitcoaststampers last week on October 1st, never did I imagine the immediate or profound sense of HOPE that would be reel through my small little community…overnight.

But I live in midwest, small town America. Out here on the prairie… we know our neighbors, we work with them, go to church with them, see them at hometown sporting events, chit chat hi in the grocery store and say hi in the restaurant on Friday night. And, when your small town friend takes her 11 year old son to the doctor for flu-like symptoms last week, comes home 2 days later with a liver and pancreatic cancer diagnosis and starts an aggressive round of chemo 4 days after that … you better believe that small town America is clinging to HOPE and rallying into action.

Our friend has a form of cancer that is extremely rare in anyone under the age of 18. His story has quickly gathered attention worldwide through one of his classmate’s social media campaign Porch Light Prayer, and the Kansas City news stations covered his story last night. Feel free to join us in Porch Light Prayer, and be sure to post a photo of your porch light and where you are in the world!

My Hope You Can Cling To challenge card for today is for #92… a rough and tumbling, football lovin’ 11 year old who’s birthday is tomorrow! Stay positive! Be brave!

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I hope you are finding time to share a little hope this month. We have daily Hope You Can Cling To challenges, a great collaborative partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and thanks to generous sponsors, over $5,000 in prizes to be given away at the end of the month.

Thanks to my dear friend, Marianne Walker for drawing and personalizing the Ayden image for me. She’s amazing like that… and I’m grateful.

Stay positive! Be brave!

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