Don’t Be Fooled … Crazy Cats and Copic Class News

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Don’t be fooled by my cute and fluffy exterior! :) I’m sharing another sentiment set today… The Tim Holtz Crazy Cats are so popular, and a few months ago, Mary at Seredipity had penned some phrases that coordinated for just the right amount of spunk. This one made me laugh!

I’ve colored my cat with Copic Marker (BG11, BG13, BG15) and added some fun embellishments from Imagination International.

1397QCLMeowmix_274x274 This full set of sentiments that I put together from Serendipity is called Meow Mix – other favorites say “miss you more than catnip” and “meow’s it going” … fun stuff!

 

screen tones

I am always looking for flat embellishments that won’t add bulk or risk of postage machine shred to my cards. On this card I’ve used XPress It Glitter Deco Tape – the glitter is super sparkly and flat – not chunky and you simply tear it off.

I’ve added a strip across the bottom from IC Screen Tones – a fun flat product from Imagination International. Screen tones are printed images and accents that on translucent, adhesive backed paper. You can cut them to the appropriate shape or size and adhere and they blend right into the paper that you’ve adhered them. There isn’t a visible ridge after you have burnished them to the paper with your finger tips and they look like hand-drawn art. Super fun! On this card, I used the Borders & Repeated Shapes 2. The sheets are large at 12.5″ x 9″ so you can make a lot of cards with one sheet!

UPCOMING FALL COPIC CLASSES

DM 02 Lori Craig I have had a great summer hanging around the house, but it is just about time for me to pack the Copic bags for my next classes! I will be teaching Whimsical Faces & Hair, Vintage Values & Monotones and Dress for Success at the end of August in Dallas! You can find all of the details and see our full schedule HERE! We’ve got some great locations coming up: Charlotte, Chicago, Edmonton, Sacramento! Good times!

I think that’s about all for today! I did get my bedroom painted yesterday. Cleaning up the mess and putting socket and switch covers back on this morning! Crafting this afternoon! It’s going to be too hot for anything else! Bring on my markers and the AC.

Stay cool!

 

Make A Wish

Make a Wish Lori Craig

I’m back with a quick hello and some bright color today.  The sunflowers are starting to bloom here in Kansas! I saw a large field from the interstate just south of me last week… Last summer there was a field not far from me to north, as well. My camera needs to do a drive by and see if those blooms are showing off yet!

make a wish sentimentsToday I wanted to share another card that I put together for Serendipity Stamps. I certainly couldn’t pass up this beautiful Sunflower Die! It made a perfect pair to one of the small sentiment sets that I put together – Make a Wish – where the sentiment actually comes in two different orientations – one linear and one stacked for a more vertical greeting.  I couldn’t help adding a little sponging to my flower petals, Copic Marker shading to the leaves and some twine.

I’m going to be choosing wall color paint today for two rooms in our house, and I wish it were as easy as card color combos! I have troubles making long term color commitments! So, today, I’m going to Make a Wish that it goes smoothly, and I that quickly settle on just the right hues!

Thanks for dropping by… I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun!

Floating By – fun news & an intricate die tutorial

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Something fun to share today… Several months ago Mary at Serendipity Stamps asked me if I would consider putting together some sentiment sets for her to coordinate with some stamp images that she had recently released. First I was honored, and second, I had never considered that before. But I thought, why not try? And, this week, I am sharing a few of my favorite sentiments with you!

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1398uplifting_274x274Of the sets I have created for Serendipity Stamps, Uplifting Words is my favorite! Great encouragements and well-wishes here that would work well for balloons, clouds, birds in the breeze…

 

 

 

LoftyDreams Photo 1 Lori CraigI’ve paired it on these projects with balloon elements from the Hot Air Balloon Reverse Die. The balloon is colored with Copic Marker (RV17, YR04, Y15, YG23, BG45, V17 and E23). The sentiment is stamped with Taylored Expressions Lollipop Dye ink. The Lollipop pink cardstock and the striped Rainbow Bright striped patterned paper are both from Taylored Expressions. The Stitched Mini Scallop Frame Dienamics are from MFT. The glitter paper was a gift to me from a friend… I have been hoarding it, and I believe it is from Stampin’ Up!

064hotairballoons_274x274 Hot Air Balloon Reverse Die is a plate that allows for a lot of creative flexibility… it cuts of both single hot air balloons or a full card-front negative. I lived in Des Moines, Iowa when I was a young girl, and I love going to the Indianola Hot Air Balloon Festival to watch scores of bubble beauties soar the Iowa plains. So pretty!

 

The balloon plate die does cut a LOT of little pieces (both of my cards today were created with the same die-cut – one piece of paper!) and those can be pesky to create with, so I reached into my bag of tricks for an incredible, paper-craft-life-altering tip from my friend and neighbor (love having her closeby!), Laurie Willison! Laurie has changed the way many people use intricate dies with her Press’n Seal – yes that stuff in your kitchen – Trick!

Laurie uses the trick a lot for easy arranging and adhering of multiple elements on a card front, and today, I’m sharing with you at the end of this post how Press’n Seal let me use a single cut from this die plate to make multiple 
different cards! 

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This is another card from the same single die-cut. I used the same marker colors to create this one, and Grape Jelly dye ink from Taylored Expressions. I thought I’d show you how I color these die-cut images and then transfer them to my card front quick and easy…

Press’n Seal Tutorial

Transferring Intricate Die Cuts 

Cut full plate with die-cutting machine and tape the edges securely to kraft mat. Take care to keep pieces secure in the negative space. This is probably the trickiest part with smaller, intricate die-cut shapes. Using a piercing tool to hold loose bits into place will help!

Cut full plate with die-cutting machine and tape the edges securely to kraft mat. Take care to keep pieces secure in the negative space. This is probably the trickiest part with smaller, intricate die-cut shapes. Use piercing tool to hold bits into place!

Color the pieces of the die cut that you wish to use with preferred media. Copic Marker used here and I didn't have to be careful inside the lines - I only wanted the die cut pieces - RV55, YR04, YG23, BG45, V17 and E23.

Color the pieces of the die cut that you wish to use with preferred media. Copic Marker used here and I didn’t have to be careful inside the lines – I only wanted the die cut pieces – RV55, YR04, YG23, BG45, V17 and E23.

Place Press'n Seal over the top of the colored die cut pieces. Press firmly to catch the die pieces in the temporary adhesive.

Place Press’n Seal over the top of the colored die cut pieces. Press firmly to catch the die pieces in the temporary adhesive.

Gently lift cut and colored pieces out, leaving "attached" to Press'n Seal to preserve spacial placement.

Gently lift cut and colored pieces out, leaving “attached” to Press’n Seal to preserve spacial placement.

Use a wet adhesive with a small tip applicator to dot a minimal amount of glue to the back of the die cut pieces - X-Press It Glue Marker used here. (You have caught me recycling the backside of a previous mistake!)

Use a wet adhesive with a small tip applicator to dot a minimal amount of glue to the back of the die cut pieces – X-Press It Glue Marker used here. (You have caught me recycling the backside of a previous mistake!)

Place lifted die-cut pieces on your card element and press with fingertips - over the top of the Press-n Seal to secure. When you are confident that the wet adhesive has dried enough to hold your die cut elements in place (here just 2-3 minutes), gently lift Press'n Seal away from card element, leaving the die cut glued in place.

Place lifted die-cut pieces on your card element and press with fingertips – over the top of the Press-n Seal to secure.

When you are confident that the wet adhesive has dried enough to hold your die cut elements in place (here just 2-3 minutes), gently lift Press'n Seal away from card element, leaving the die cut glued in place.

When you are confident that the wet adhesive has dried enough to hold your die cut elements in place (here just 2-3 minutes), gently lift Press’n Seal away from card element, leaving the die cut glued in place.

PNS Tutorial 8 Lori Craig

A great dry-on-dry adhesive for card elements is the Xpress-It Double-Sided Tape Runner. Easy to use, economical, strong permanent bond and NO mess!

Use a foam adhesive (X-Press It 1/2" Foam Tape used here) to "pop" the focal image layer up on the card front.

Use a foam adhesive (X-Press It 1/2″ Foam Tape used here) to “pop” the focal image layer up on the card front.

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Here you see my finished second card! I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects from Serendipity! I’ll be back tomorrow with a different look and more fun tips! Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello Friend!

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Hello friend! The Splitcoaststampers Product Focus team shared a review of a new ink product from Clearsnap today (you can read their review here), and I thought I’d share my creation!

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I stamped all of my flowers from the Taylored Expressions Fresh Florals stamp set using a combination of pinks and purples from the ColorBox 4-Color Premium Dye inks and cut with the coordinating dies. I had also been itching to use the scalloped Frame-in-Frame 2 die from Taylored Expression – here I used it with silver glitter paper from Stampin’ Up!

ColorBox-4-Photo-6a  These inks are fun because they have four different colors on each seasonal (Fall, Winter, Spring) pad. Vibrant color and great for small stamps, journaling or planner decor.

The ink coverage was beautiful. I did not use a MISTI or positioner, and you can see how fluid and vibrant my flowers are above!

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I layered my Fresh Floral frame on a piece of embossed cardstock – Dotted Lattice Folder from Taylored Expressions! Love how this turned out!

I really have been stamping up a storm, so I’ll be back again soon with more! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 4th of July

lori craig fourth of july eagles

On our way out the door to celebrate with friends, but just a quick drop in to wish you a Happy 4th of July from the heartland! I hope it is a safe and joyful holiday for each of you! 

Easy Eagles… always a hit! 

  • 12 oreo cookies – separated with cream center removed
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 of a brick of white chocolate melted
  • 2 cups of coconut
  • cashew halves
  • black decorator icing

Roll a marshmallow in melted white chocolate and then into shredded coconut. While still soft, place a cashew halve into marshmallow to form the beak. Set on an Oreo half using melted white chocolate for “glue”… add black eyes with decorator icing. Let white chocolate set to firm for easy handling and transporting!

Happy Birthday, America!

Scatter Sunshine with Envelope Art

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I’m scattering kansas sunshine today… sticking this card in the mail to a friend who is a real blessing to me! Love these Simply Stamped Sunflowers and sentiment from Taylored Expressions. I’ve used them here with Taylor’s new premium dye ink and the Prairie embossing folder.

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I’m still working on my hand~lettering and taken to the old school postage look! I love the colored Copic Multi-liners for my hand~lettering. I like these because they are inexpensive, safe to use with water-color or Copic Marker, and they come in nine different colors with a variety of nib sizes.

Adding some postage flare is an easy way to make your hand-stamped card stand-out in the recipient’s mailbox! It was fun to shop for smaller valued postage stamps at www.usps.gov. My local post office doesn’t seem to have many options or variety anymore for 1-cent to 20-cent values… Ordering online, the shipping was super cheap and a one – maybe 2-day turn-around.

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Thanks for stopping by… I hope you have a beautiful day! And … let’s get those cards in the mail today, friends … scatter some sunshine!

So Loved and a Copic Class Giveaway

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 Thanks for stopping by today! I’m sharing in a Copic Team Blog Hop and prize!

My personal Copic classes are finished up for the spring, and the entire team is taking a break from traveling this summer to prep for our upcoming 2016 fall workshops and the 2017 curriculum!

This fall More Whimsical Faces and HairVintage Values and Mono Tones, and Dress For Success: Clothing and Accessories Workshops will all be taught in the following locations:

  • Chicago, IL August 19th-20th **
  • Dallas, TX  August 26th-27th ** and taught by ME! 
  • Edmonton, AB August 26th-27th **
  • Charlotte, NC September 9th-10th
  • Las Vegas, NV September 23rd-24th
  • Sacramento, CA September 23-24th
  • Boston, MA October 14th-15th
  • Hanover, MD October 14th-15th
  • Portland, OR October 14th-15th

** Registration now open

Be sure to register for Copic e-mail notifications HERE (bottom of the page) so you will be the first to know whenever new classes are open in your area.

Now for the prize:

One lucky winner will receive a pass to attend a Copic Coloring Workshop in the US or Canada in the 2017 season.

We will not be offering an alternative prize for those living outside the US or Canada. You are welcome to participate, but be aware that the prize is for a class in the US or Canada in the 2017 year.

How do you win?

There are six simple questions at the end of Michelle H’s post HERE. Visit each of the blogs listed below to find the answers then send those answers to Michelle in a quick e-mail at michoughton@yahoo.com.  Those who have all six questions answered correctly will be entered into a drawing to win. E-mails must be received no later than midnight eastern time,Saturday, June 25.

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Today I’m sharing a card that I made for my daughter using one of my favorite non-marker Copic techniques: Dripping with Copic Various Ink Refills! I love how vibrant the ink remains on the surface of glossy cardstock!

For this card, I have dripped YR04, Y32 and Y35 onto glossy cardstock and allowed the drips to dry. The trick for colors that blend seamlessly from one shade to the next is to keep each color wet on the paper while you are still adding other colors (example below).

I followed the dripping up with an over-stamped floral image from Taylored Expressions Sketch Blooms in black and a sentiment from Free Spirit stamped in Strawberry Milkshake Premium Dye Ink from Taylored Expressions. The white sequins are so shiny! Shine Bright Mix from Verve Stamps! The floral layer is cut with Build-aTag #4 – Taylored Expressions.

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Dripped inks are vibrant on glossy cardstock and dry very quickly, making it a fun, artsy technique to try. The glossy cardstock allows this ink to sit up ontop of the paper, mixing and melding.

Above on the left, I have dripped three colors together very quickly so that all of the inks are wet at the same time and blend smoothly. On the right, I’ve allowed individual drips to dry before adding more, creating distinct lines of ink between each color! There isn’t a right or wrong way to do it – it’s all personal preference!

So that is all I have today, but I’ll be back soon! Be sure to visit Michelle H’s blog HERE to find the questions and the blogs below to find the answers:

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!  :)

hope is the thing…

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Hope is the thing… 

I made this card for some friends of ours on Sunday morning before I went to church and before I knew about the national tragedy of our weekend. I’m going to leave this here without commentary. Have hope, my friends…

 

Copic T-Shirt Winners!


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Winding up my fun Copic T-Shirt give-away! Thanks for all of the responses here and on my Facebook page! I’ve selected 10 winners for my comments and shares! I have sent messages to my lucky winners and they are:

  • Lynn Tague
  • Michelle R
  • Lisa Cool
  • Tammy Tutterow
  • Trey Clemons
  • Karen Q
  • Sheri D
  • Wendy M
  • Trace
  • Annette Hinds

I’ve been working in my studio with a new desk, trying to get my space set up in a way that is functional and pretty! I hope to be sharing pictures soon! Have a great Sunday!

Hot Stuff! Copic Giveaway!

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I just finished up a fabulous season of Copic Certification classes in Des Moines and arrived home a few minutes ago! I love our Copic classes…always full of fun people who are eager to learn more about many aspects of coloring…both in general and with Copic Marker!

Our teaching team is moving into Copic Workshop mode for late summer and fall: Faces and Hair, Values and Monotones and Dress for Success. You can see a list of classes and locations that we have scheduled for the rest of 2016 here.

Locations that we have coming up in the Fall are

  • San Diego
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sacramento
  • Las Vegas
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Portland, OR
  • Hanover, MD

Make sure you are always in the know when we’re coming to your area with fun classes by receiving our informative newsletter. You can subscribe by scrolling to the bottom of this page and entering your email address.

To celebrate our upcoming workshops, I’m giving away TEN Copic t-shirts to 10 lucky blog commenters and/or Facebook friends. To be entered to win here, leave a comment here on this post… What is the number one skill that you want to improve upon while coloring with Copic or any medium!? 

I’ll select TEN winners on Saturday, June 11th!

For other chances to win, visit these ROCKSTARS:

Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

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