Seasons Givings Blog Hop

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Such a treat to be joining an incredible group of women for the 5th Annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop! So much thanks and appreciation to Latisha for putting this together each year and for inviting me to participate! It’s always fun for the bloggers and the hoppers, and it is especially fun to host a give away on each and every blog listed below… Just our way of saying thank you to each of our faithful readers and paper crafting community! So, thank you so very much for stopping by!

If we haven’t crossed paths before, my name is Lori Craig. I am very blessed to work with some amazing people in the papercrafting industry. Day-in-and-day-out, I am starting my tenth year as the advertising manager at Splitcoaststampers.com – the largest online resource for stamping and papercrafting with forums and the largest cardmaking gallery in the world.

I also have the pleasure of being a Copic Certification and Workshop Instructor for Imagination International – the North American distributor for Copic Marker! This will be my 8th year with Copic, and I love traveling around the country and spending my time with people who are just as crazy about color as I am! Maybe our paths have or will crossed soon! :)

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Today I am sharing two one of my favorite projects from 2016… First, this is a card that I made as a guest designer for Verve Stamps back in the spring. The set for this card is called Beautiful Things. The flowers and the sentiments are just perfection. Orange (Copic YR04 – single color blend here!) is a favorite color, and I consider kraft cardstock to be the perfect backdrop for almost everything! :)

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And, second favorite would probably be this one. I made these cards using a Copic Wide marker back in the spring to free-hand florals. (Original post and step-outs are HERE.)  I loved the richness of the red and the acrylic look that I got with my Copic Markers hand-drawing these flowers. I also loved the crisp black mats. Clean and simple.

Check out my giveaway! 

And here is a photo of my giveaway… I pulled out a few of my favorite things from Imagination International (the Copic Marker people!) because that is the one manufacturer I work with most frequently!

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  • an awesome grid paper journal – I personally love these… I shared about them HERE … 6×8 square grid Red Rubber SenseBook 
  • two Sepia Multiliners – for journaling or sketching – water and Copic safe
  • X-Press It foam mounting tape and double sided tape – for card making and papercrafting
  • PLUS $25 to spend at Imagination International Inc. for Copic Markers or any of the products in the III store! 

To enter my giveaway, just leave me a comment and let know what type of crafting or hobby you plan to enjoy through the new year…especially if you are exploring something new-to-you!  :) Edit to add: I’ll select a winner on January 8th. 

After you leave me a comment to enter my drawing, visit my dear friend, co-worker and Splitcoaststampers partner in crime: Lydia Fiedler!  

If you are jumping in mid-hop, the full list of participants is here: 

Thank you so much for stopping by and

have a wonderful, blessed New Year! 

221 Responses to Seasons Givings Blog Hop

  1. Hi there, Lori!
    My crafting goal for the new year is to learn how to properly use my Copics. I love them, but I have SO much to learn about them. I really envy those, like you, who can do such amazing work with them. That’s my goal.
    Have a blessed and wonderful 2017.
    Thanks for taking part.
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    http://www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

  2. Happy New Year!!! Thank you for all the fun inspiration and this wonderful giveaway!!!! I plan to do more water coloring this year, wish me luck!!!!

  3. Happy New Year! Make ART

  4. Thanks for the chance to win! My goal for the new year, is to use some of my older stamps along with new ones.

  5. Awesome project! Happy 2017!
    I am going to focus on my Project life this year, going for a bigger album!

  6. My crafty goal this year is to explore mixed media to use on my cards. May 2017 bring you health and prosperity. Happy New Year!

  7. Your cards are fabulous! I can see why they are two of your favorites! I hope to learn how to do brush lettering this coming year. Fingers crossed it will go well :) Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  8. Super Stick Chick

    Love your cards, great techniques. I hope to work with colored inks more this year and learn a few new techniques. Hope your have a very happy 2017.

  9. Crystal lockhart

    Lori it was a pleasure being your student this year for Copics 101. I learnt so many new things. I am going to try to branch out and use my Copic compressor more this coming year.

  10. Sabrina Radican

    Your cards are absolutely breathtaking!! I plan on making a lot of memory albums and cards for 12 different Ronald McDonald homes!!

  11. Pretty cards, I wish to learn more about water coloring on my cards but also to make more cards and scrapbook pages

  12. First let me say that second card with the hand drawn flowers is stunning! I have a lot of crafting goals for 2017: I’d like to work more with stencils and embossing paste. I also want to improve my coloring techniques practicing depth and shadow.

  13. Laura Gauthier Turcotte

    Gorgeous cards! My goal for this year, craft-wise, is to craft more.

  14. Beautiful cards. My crafty goal for 2017 is to learn to color stamped images with markers. You are the person I need to get some tips from! I have been trying to buy Copics in my hometown, but there seems to be a distribution problem. I am still determined to learn. Happy New Year to you!

  15. Fun prizes – especially the journal! I have been wrestling with myself but I need to start either drawing or painting something daily… right now I’m in CHA mode but I have an opportunity coming up to do a couple large wholesale orders, and I’m excited about gearing up again after a few months of transition fog. :) Hugs, Happy New Year!

  16. My crafting goal is to purchase some copics and learn how to use them. Happy New Year!!!

  17. My goal is to dedicate more practice time to my copics. I’m determined to be a better colorist!

  18. Happy New Year Lori! I love all forms of crafting and just want to make more time to do any of them in the new year. LOL

  19. I want to make more crafty videos this year :) (mostly bible journaling related). Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m into a lot of different crafts, but would like to be able to spend more time on them.

  21. Happy New Year!! Thank you for your generosity! This year I’m planning to become more proficient at watercoloring as I love the look of it and find that it relaxes me at the same time.

  22. My goal this year is to actually send the cards I make! I’m awful at thinking of someone, making them a card, and then never, ever mailing it.

  23. I’m an avid paper crafter but am just starting out quilting, it’s a slow process but it will be amazing to have something beautiful to show for my efforts

  24. Your cards are absolutely beautiful…love your Verve Card and that free form Floral design = WOW.

    I’m a cardmaker and would like to work on bringing new techniques into my designs.

    Happy New Year!

  25. Happy 2017! I want to expand my cardmaking into gift sets for family and friends and get to the point where I actually have a stash on hand. The other thing I want to do is improve my knitting.

  26. I love the Sense book! I am working on learning hand lettering this year, along with stamping and finishing a huge cross stitch project.

  27. Your projects are beautiful. Wish I could improve with my copics. I plan to continue trying to improve by making more cards this year.

  28. I want to do more cardmaking this year.

  29. Lovely cards, Lori.
    Sadly, I am not much of a colorer, BUT that is something I would really
    love to do more of in 2017. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway.
    Hope your 2017 is a blessed year!

  30. Great cards Lori, thanks for taking part in the blog hop. I’m really hoping my coloring will improve this year. Happy 2017!

  31. Miriam Prantner

    Happy New Year! I’ll be doing the same old, same old, card and layouts, but trying to work some more mixed media in too.

  32. Hi Lori, I will be working on perfecting my quilting skills this year. Quilting was on my bucket list and my bucket isn’t getting any smaller so I am diving in. I wish you a year of health, happiness and prosperity. hugs-k

  33. In 2017 I hope to spend more time sharing stamps, ink and paper with others!

  34. So cute..My resolution is to make more time for scrapbooking and card making. I am new to stamping and need to practice and play around. Fun Fun!

  35. This year I want to be more creative and work on my hand lettering, which I just started a couple of months ago…

  36. Papercrafting will remain #1 … but I’ve already taken a fabric class & have a formed glass class scheduled for January. I want to take what I’ve learned from paper and branch out to other mediums.

  37. Goal is to use bold colors!

  38. New to your site! Love what I see! Thanks for the give-away! Copic user!! 2017 is ear-marked for creating a new project every week! I’m always open to learning new ideas!! Bring them on!

  39. I am going to try to work on my watercoloring to see if I can get more control of the outcome! Thanks so much for the chance to win and Happy New Year!

  40. My crafty goals for this year are to finish my youngest grandson’s Embroidered Christmas stocking.

  41. My goal is to learn how to incorporate more patterned paper into my cards, and then create a bunch for charity.

  42. I have nothing new planned, just continue to enjoy card making and mixed media projects. I love this hobby and the community so much and enjoy every second of it!
    Happy New Year :)

  43. My crafting goal is to dust off my Copic markers and use them!
    I hardly touched them this year!
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  44. I am gonna be stream lining my craft space and only be buying trusted products…and try to waste less. Happy New Year to you!

  45. I want to use more of the products I have and to ask myself “Do I really need this and will I use it if I buy it?” before I purchase new products. My income has been reduced so I need to shop smarter.
    However, I’m sure there will be things I just can’t resist.

  46. Happy New Year!!! I hope 2017 is your BEST YEAR yet!!!

  47. Beautiful cards!
    emily65

  48. Christine Miller

    My crafting goals include using my paper stash, continuing to make cards, returning to scrapbooking, and learning how to use Gesso! Love your Verve card…that’s one of my favorite sets!

  49. Mary Holshouser

    I’ve just started using watercolors
    and stencils. Both are so much
    fun and relaxing. I’m a card
    maker so I get lots of chances
    to express myself.
    thanks for the offer of the gift.
    Happy New Year

  50. Cool prize!! Hmmm crafting goal…….to keep using up what I already to have. To get together with my scrappy buddies as often as possible this year. If I win, that gift certificate is going to straight to my art student daughter!!

  51. My plan is to do more art journaling. Happy New Year!!!

  52. Lori, your colouring on your cards is absolutely amazing! Your question and prize is fantastic as I just signed up for my first Online class and I chose the Copic Class as I want to learn how to blend and colour properly. I am so excited and can not wait to have the time to learn, take notes and practice what I learn!
    Thank you for the awesome opportunity to win and Happy New Year!

    P.S. I think its cool your husband is a goose hunter, we are all deer hunters in our family as well as bird hunters. (Yes, I hunt too. I love the sport but I am very much a creative person as well!)

  53. My crafting idea for this year will be to explore working more with making card designs and other crafty projects such as give away boxes.

  54. Fun stuff! I am just having waaaaay too much fun using different coloring techniques!

  55. Fabulous prize. I’d love to try some copics

  56. I was hoping the prize would be getting your class for free :) I really need to decide if this coloring thing is something I want to do or not – and then I see an amazing project and all I can think of is I want to do that! Thank you for being a part of the hop today & I have bookmarked and/or signed up so I can keep in touch ~

    • Christi, your comment stood out to me… the reason that I love Copic so much is because I truly know if I can learn this product and basic art theory, anyone can! You can do it!! I hope this is an amazing year for you! ~ xoxo

  57. Lovely cards!
    I´m looking forward to make some new amigurumis for my niece and nephew.

  58. Cynthia Daugherty

    Recently, I have found the process of mixed media to be interesting so I would like to continue that in 2017. Happy New Year to you!

  59. My goal is to learn to colour better this year. Thank you for taking part in this blog hope

  60. Happy New Year! I hope to make more cards and scrapbooks!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. Looking forward to working on more projects and catching up on my scrapbooking. Learning how to blog – just set up my new wordpress site and creating more to put online.

  62. Wow love your card and thank for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway. My crafty goal this year is to improve my Copic and watercoloring skills. Love the look of both of them now just need to improve my techniques! Happy New Year.

  63. Happy New Year, Lori! Thanks for getting me started with my addiction to Copic markers in St. Louis! You are a great instructor. One of my crafting goals for this year is to learn to color fabric and folds better…

  64. Happy New Year!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  65. Happy new year! My 2017 crafty goal is to learn how to use alcohol markers. (So, I’m glad I found you on this hop!!)

  66. I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 and look forward to learning more and using it in my card making. Happy New Year to you!

  67. As I feel still “new” to the card making world (started only a few month ago), I want just to improve my technics for my cards!
    I wish you all a very happy New Year !

  68. Arianna Barbara

    Wow! Awesome cards!!! Thank you for being part of this amazing Blog Hop!!! My crafty goals for the New Year are making my first mini album and more and more cards!!! Happy New Year!!!

  69. Hello my friend!! I sure miss seeing you!! I hope to get more stamping done this year than last! And cross stitch, another love of mine!! (((HUGS)))

  70. Well, I’m a Jr. High School English Teacher…so I don’t get a whole lot of time to craft during the school year. My goals for the new year include getting more organized and making a hand-made card for every relative this year on their birthday. Thanks for your generous give-away.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Sierra
    http://www.sierrasgift.blogspot.com

  71. I am having so much fun hopping all over these wonderful blogs!

    I love your cards and I am obsessed with Copic markers!!! I just started coloring with them and have been watching every video I can find using them!
    I look forward to learning from you!

  72. Happy New year Lori! in 2017 I am going to try and master two things distress inks and alcohol marker blending. I make cards and love doing it but want to get good ad these two skills so my cards love great!

  73. Happy New Year! What an amazing blog hop this has been meeting such talented artists. I recently started making cards after years of travel scrapbooks. It’s such a tiny space to work in, it’s a whole new learning curve.

  74. I just adore the bold, orange blooms! I’m really looking forward to doodling this year, perhaps making them into stamps.

  75. I plan on stretching my knowledge base trying new things this year.

  76. I have a crafty goal to try Copic Markers this year and take a Copic class!! I love your cards! Happy new Year

  77. Your cards are beautiful! I have dabbled in journaling in the past, but hope to get into it a lot more this year. Happy New Year to you!

  78. In 2017, I want to try digital scrapbooking and then add 3D embellishments to the mostly finished pages. Thanks for your participation in this super blog hop. Happy New Year!

  79. I’m hoping to find more time this year to create layout kits for my crop friends. Thanks for being a part of this awesome blog hop.

  80. My crafty resolution is to be more productive and make more beautiful things that might give happiness to others. :)

  81. I LOOOOVED seeing how you did the red flower! JUST BEAUTIFUL! I am planning on working on more card making this year! I make a new card for our daughter every week to encourage her at College, & I am teaching a card making class to a group of friends. It can’t get much better than that, can it? (I NEVER have had a group of friends with which to craft till now! So, I am HAPPY!) 😉

  82. Crafting goal for next year is to figure out how to use the copic markers I have and add ones to help with blending.

  83. Danielle Vincent

    Your free hand flowers are stunning! Thanks so much for the fabulous prize opportunity!

    • Danielle Vincent

      My crafty goal is to be less critical of myself and to use more of my “waiting to be used stamps and stash”.

  84. I am a cardmaker exclusively and rely heavily on talented bloggers like yourself for inspiration and for improving my skills. I plan to get better organized in my craft room this year and make better use of the products I already have.

  85. Love the many thanks card. The reds are gorgeous. My craftroom is goal this year. It is need of makeover so badly that I can never find things that I need and it’s so frustrating. Wish me luck and have a great 2017!

  86. Your many thanks card is stunning! I’d like to work on my color blending; both with alcohol markers and watercolor. I’m not very good yet, still working on it!I am always in awe of those who have perfected it! Happy New Year.

  87. I just got some brush markers for Christmas, so I want to practice with those lovelies!!

  88. My crafty goal is to get my Christmas cards done earlier this year. Happy New Year!

  89. Love your work. My goal is to complete more projects! Happy New Year!

  90. Thank you for all the inspiration in 2016 and I hope you are blessed in every way in 2017! I’m going to try some sewing this year!

  91. Sharon Mattingly

    I love your cards and your coloring is gorgeous! I would like to learn to use copics and water colors. Best wishes for the new year!

  92. Kirsten B in MN

    My goal is to use all of my Copic colors instead of just my favorites!

  93. Pamela Ratcliff

    I plan on working on using watercoloring on my cards in 2017!

  94. I love card making. This year I want to try my hand at art journaling in hopes of giving myself more creative liberty.

  95. I would like to learn and incorporate hand lettering into my paper crafting projects.

  96. I hope to take a Copic training class to learn to use my Copics better. Happy New Year!

  97. My resolution is to try new and this year it’s die cut words & ribbon.
    I peeked at your page about being married to a goose hunter and enjoyed the photos very much. We are Chesapeake people too! Only it’s more duck than goose! Thanks for sharing your blessed life with us!

  98. I so badly need to learn theory. in school I was of the ruler, compass and protractor school of art. no skill so no theory. so that’s what I’m trying to learn now.

  99. Beautiful cards. And I love the possibility of winning your giveaway because I am so loving my Copics, want to keep adding to them, and learn how to do more shading and blending with them. The best to you in 2017

  100. Happy New Year!!! My crafty goal for 2017 is to learn to color with colored pencils. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful prize 😊

  101. I want to do more lettering and art journaling this year!

  102. Great cards. I plan to do paper crafting this year. Cards, mini albums, & ornaments. Happy New Year.
    God bless,
    PeggyA

  103. Happy New Year Lori! My crafty goal this year is to try to make my cards a month ahead so I have them ready to send. I’m so bad about being late for birthdays. Thanks for all your inspiration this past year. I love your card design. The card you made using the Verve stamp is so pretty! Hope you have a blessed new year.

  104. Sandra Colebank

    Your coloring is amazing.

  105. Thanks for the giveaway. My crafty goal for this new year is to learn more about using color.

  106. I love my Copics and I want to continue to develop my coloring skills with them as well as with watercolors.

  107. Your coloring is beautfiul!! I plan to continue making cards in 2017 and learn some new techniques. Thanks for a chance to win!

  108. Pretty cards! Love those flowers!
    I hope to practice watercolor techniques!
    Happy New Year!

  109. I’m a papercrafter and enjoy making cards and tags. Thanks for participating in this wonderful hop and for the great prize giveaway! Happy New Year!

  110. Your card with the orange flowers is GORGEOUS! I am working on improving my Copic coloring this year.

  111. I’m new to Copics and I want to color more!

  112. I would love to spend more time making cards.

  113. What a very sweet way to start the new year. BIG Blog Hop! 😉
    My biggest goal is to get more accomplished and that means I need to get better organized. So I can make more cards. My best friend is my sister in law. I try to keep her in cards. She loves to snail mail everyone. SO I get to craft and she gets to mail cards. lol
    XO Nana

  114. Peggy mcclelland

    This is a great thing it is my first hop and I’m loving it I am finding so many new things. I hope to get better at paper crafting. Thank you so much.

  115. I am not doing anything new but more disciplined in what I already enjoy- stamping and cardmaking. Happy New Year!

  116. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for the chance to win! I’m a card maker, but would like to try my hand at Needle Felting! Happy New Year! 🙂

  117. Shasteen Murphy

    My goal for 2017 is to combine machine stitching and card making.

  118. Bonnie Thrasher

    Happy New Year. Thank you for participating in this year’s Season’s Giving, and offering such a generous prize. My plan is to improve my coloring skills – watercolor and copics.

  119. Since I have discovered making cards, about a year ago, products and techniques keep growing and changing. I’m having fun just trying to keep up.

  120. I need to work on my coloring skills in 2017 – watercolor and basic markers.

  121. You have amazing coloring skills. Happy New Year!

  122. Catherine Kraft

    Happy New Year!! Loved looking at your beautiful projects, what talent you have. My biggest project right now is organizing my craft room. Once that is done I have been collecting stamps, embellishments, stickers and am make 2 memorial cookbooks of my Mom’s recipes. She was a wonderful cook and we want her recipes passed down. Blessings to you and your family!! ~~ Catherine

  123. I just hope to find more time to keep making cards and paper crafts. Happy 2017!

  124. What an amazing giveaway. Your cards are flawless!! I am going to continue with my card making and hoping to add in a new hobby of journaling in a travelers notebook.

  125. I would like to explore three dimensional projects. Looked at your blog and enjoyed the Copic refill iformation

  126. Kathleen Reilly

    Thank you for the chance to maybe win a prize. I am planning on donating a lot of my cards to a charity.

    Kathleen

  127. Thank you so much for the generous gift and a chance to win!
    I Plan to learn and implement more of watercoloring into my cards!

  128. I will continue making cards and also hope to better my journal making techniques. Maybe even start an art journal : )

    Happy New Year
    jennyhurley@hotmail.com.au

  129. I’m speechless, amazing coloring – wow! I am looking forward to unpacking my craft supplies (we just moved) and spend some time in my craft room again. Best wishes for a wonderful 2017!

  130. Hello! I am new to your blog and Thanks for taking part in this awesome hop!
    My craft goal is this year to learn more new techniques for MM and try to work on a baby album!
    Thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway!

  131. Happy New Year Lori….. hoping I get a chance to see you this year in Anaheim for the new Copic workshop series…..my goals this year is to be more diligent in working on my papercrafting by posting more on my blog entering more challenges and step out into the world of making videos. I love your cards always your coloring is amazing the freehands ones are beautiful…….Here’s to a great 2017

  132. The new year begins with a BuJo to help me FOCUS so I can accomplish more, have more time to try new techniques and use what I have more effectively. The BuJo is already turning into a crafty project and a new use for washi tape and a place to practice my lettering. Looking forward to my crafty journey this year!

  133. Just Beautiful! I Love the copic markers but I only have 4 so far..

  134. Super gorgeous creations and awesome giveaway!! My crafty plan is to plan my own wedding invites!!

  135. Hi, Lori,
    What fun to take another look at some of your beautiful work.
    I would like to be able to use some of my neglected stash to be more creative in my card making!
    Have a blessed New Year. Dorothy S aka etsdas

  136. I would really love to improve my Copic coloring. I am definitely a beginner, but I seem to include Copics on almost every card that I make. Thanks for the great prize package. Happy 2017!

  137. Happy 2017! I hope to focus on techniques that intrigue me. Even the simplest of techniques give me a headache. Lil.

  138. I just started making baby calendars, and fell in love with it. So Ivan see myself this year having fun making them

  139. This is indeed an amazing blog hop! Loads of inspiration. I love your favorites, too. I hope to explore new ways with dies this year. Thanks for participating. Happy New Year!

  140. Love the coloring on your cards.

  141. Thanks for being part of this great hop. My goal is to be more creative in my card designs. Coloring with copics is one of the ways I can do this.

  142. Thanks for your wonderful inspirations! I am looking forward to learning more coloring techniques this year.

  143. I would love to spend more time coloring with my copics too! Happy new year and thanks for the chance to win something great!

  144. Hope to explore more on mixed media and copic coloring.

  145. Beautiful coloring on these lovely cards. i would love to win this prize and try my hand a copic markers this year:)

  146. This is an awesome prize to offer to a lucky crafter. My plan this year is to enjoy weaving on my loom that has sat collecting dust for way too long!

  147. Such great projects! I want to learn copic coloring this year!! thanks!

  148. My crafty goals for 2017: Organize, stamp, colour, cut, adhere, embellish …and repeat! ♥ Thank you for the generous prize opportunity. Cheers to an exciting & crafty new year!

  149. Beautiful cards. I plan on making more cards for our church card ministry, coming up with fresh ideas for our church stamping group and learning how to crochet.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  150. Happy New Year!
    I do not own any Copic markers but they are on my long ‘what this girl wants’ list! Thank you for the opportunity to win your fabulous giveaaway!

  151. All I can say is WOW! I’m new at coloring and your coloring is beautiful! I just keep plugging away and maybe someday I’ll be satisfied. Thanks for sharing!

  152. Wow Lori!! I’ve never been to your blog before. You have quite the list of awesome accomplishments! I’m not that great of a colorer (shading and all) but I still enjoy it. I love die cutting also, and make cards for my family, but also for charities & special card drives! My absolute project for this year is to finish organizing my craft room (in the process) and making as many fun, cheerful cards as possible!!

  153. Your hand drawn Copic roses look amazing! I have recently taken the plunge and bought my first set of Copics (finally found a great offer in the UK, since I’m located in Greece). I want to do more colouring, using different mediums. Happy New Year!

  154. Your cards have great style! I plan to keep making cards and scrapbook layouts but plan to add more home décor and gift items for a local store and craft fairs.

  155. Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win such a generous prize! I will be continuing my 14 year scrapbooking journey as well as exploring art journaling this year.

  156. I just bought some copics at the end of the year, so my goal is to get very good coloring and shading stamped images! Have a very warm and wonderful 2017!
    Michele

  157. This year I am going to try copic coloring. I have been slowly buying copic makers.

  158. Lovely cards and great
    coloring! I’m getting into
    weaving on a lap loom
    as well as more card
    making.
    Carla from Utah

  159. Happy to learn of you and your blog. I am pretty new to stamping (really did a lot of scrapbooking before) and so using Copic Markers and learning to shade is my big challenge and learning curve. Any suggestions on how I can learn “Shading 101 with Copic” or something like that? Happy New Year!

  160. First, and foremost, because I am new to card making, I want to use my acquired knowledge and materials to create and send cards regularly. I have yet to play with Copics, so I would love get my hands on some. Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize that could get me started on that journey. May you have a happy and prosperous 2017.

  161. what lovely creations! Happy new year to you!

  162. Debbie McKelvey

    Happy New Year! I love those cards, so gorgeous! I love to visit your blog and see all the great things you create. Several years ago you were my copic instructor here in Phoenix. My goal is to organize my craft room so I can be more creative and have time to practice, practice, practice with my copics. Thank you for participating in the blog hop and giving us a chance to win a great prize.

    • Debbie – I’ve only taught in Phoenix one time, and that was a fun class!!! I will be in Phoenix for CHA in a few weeks! You should come and take one of our new workshop classes! Hand Lettering, Landscapes and Animals are all new classes this year! Michelle Houghton is teaching, and our entire teaching team will be there! So fun! Happy New Year!

  163. Happy New Year! I love card making and will continue growing in this craft. I also want to learn hand lettering. Thank you for a chance to win your awesome prize.

  164. I’m new to card making so looking forward to learning more and creating in 2017!

  165. Dottie Pennington

    What striking cards. I loved the stark white and black with the red flowers. I am planning on using some stamps that I have had some a long time and never used this year. Thanks for having me.

  166. Catherine Hanes

    Thanks Lori! Splitcoaststampers.com has been my guiding light for such a long time! Their tutorials make me look like a magician! Card making and mini albums is my favorite craft! I’m ‘trying’ with Copics!! Happy New Year!

  167. I love Splitcoaststampers & check it out a lot! So much inspiration there! Your cards are amazing & the coloring is superb! I have not tried Copics yet but am thinking it is time I did. Maybe this year I will learn to color!!

  168. WOW – you are so talented and so cute!! Love your work – My plan for the new year is to make two cards a week and to try to make multiples of cards every chance I get!! Happy New Year to you!!

  169. Having just got some Zig Clean Color pens, I’ve yet to master them. So that’s my new years goal!

  170. Awesome prize! My goal is to get better at coloring my stamped images.

  171. Do more brush lettering I think it adds more wow to any card. Love your cards they are so pretty. Happy 2016!

  172. Love your coloring! A goal of mine is to keep learning how to use my small stash of copics.

  173. Beautiful cards, Lori! Wishing you a happy, healthy, successful 2017!
    My obsession (oh, I mean hobby) of card making and I hope to spend more time using marker coloring.

  174. Thank you for the chance to win. I just got some of the Zig Clean Color markers. So my new years goal is to practice using them. Happy New Year!

  175. Happy new year! I love making cards that make people smile. This next year I want to start donating cards to the local hospital for patients who don’t have families and need some love send their way.

  176. Lots more cardmaking, crocheting and some felt crafts. Happy New Year!

  177. Thanks for the chance to win your generous prize! I’m hoping to do more coloring this year – and by more, I mean better. I have various coloring products, and don’t feel as if I’m great at any of them yet.

  178. I’m always amazed at how talented you are with coloring. You inspire me to keep at it with my Copics. I plan on continuing to make cards and 3D paper projects, but a new hobby I want to tackle is learning how to crochet. I even bought a bunch of yarn that was on sale during the holiday season. :) Thank you for being part of this amazing hop again. Many blessings to you and your family in the New Year. – bjlee717″at”hotmail”dot”com.

  179. I started card making last year. 2017 will be card “giving” year.

  180. Gorgeous projects, Lori! Congrats on 10 years at Splitcoast stampers. Thank you for all of the crafty inspiration you provide throughout the year! I am planning to learn to do altered bottles and altered cutlery in 2017! Thank you for taking part in the Seasons of Giving Blog Hop and for the chance to win! Happy 2017!

    Sammibug in Ohio

  181. ColleenB.~Texas

    Besides card making I do some wood working as well

  182. LOVE your SWEET Cards!! I’m looking forward to getting Organized, being MORE Productive and just ENJOYING being Healthy and Alive!! I want to LOVE EVERYTHING about LIFE!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS New Year!! HUGS!! =)

  183. Lori, your work is beautiful! I plan to work on doing more of my watercolor painting, getting stronger at my phone photography, and using those skills in my card making, as well. I have wanted to shift my focus and now is the time to do it! Happy New Year!

  184. i really want to get back to using my alcohol inks for coloring and think it will take a lot of experimenting before i’m happy with the results. took your copic class quite awhile ago, and still enjoy using them. HNY!!

  185. fabulous prize, thanks for sharing. I plan on making more cards thanks last year.

  186. My crafty goal this year is to make multiple cards of the same design. Happy New Year!

  187. I am hoping to make a lot more cards this year.

  188. Love the cards! Such great designs. This year I’m hoping to do more scrapbooking.

  189. I just found that I am going to be a grandmother this year, so I plan on working on some baby projects (knitting also!)

  190. My crafting goal is to get a card per week done and in the mail. I want to work on watercoloring, copics and fun background Techniques.

  191. First of all, Splitcoaststampers is just about as good as it gets, so thank you. This year I hope to make more cards for CFHK & try my hand at water color. Thanks for a chance to win.

  192. What a generous prize, thanks for the chance to win. I would like to get back into black and white photography and scrapbooking again.

  193. Wow you have beautiful projects on your blog. This is my first time visiting I think! I really want to keep making cards and sending them out. I feel a sense of accomplishment if I can get them out before the event! I also want to learn to use my COPIC markers more effectively and also delve into watercolors!

  194. Buying more copics this year.

  195. I’m planning to work through a Visual Arts course for school and try using markers more often :)

  196. My crafty New Years goal is to learn how to color with Copic markers. I just love the look they provide on any projects I have seen them used on! The colors are so vibrant and I really like the shading that can be achieved with them! Thank you for participating in this amazing blog hop! Happy New Year!

  197. I hope to do more stamping this year! I haven’t been able to enjoy this hobby much during the last few years due to a severe back injury. I am hoping this year, I’ll be strong enough to become a card making factory in 2017!

  198. I’m planning to spend more time on journaling. I think it would be great to review my notes at the end of 2017 :)
    Happy New Year!

  199. Happy 2017! Love those two cards. I’m going to try hand lettering this year. Hopefully it will work out =/ Keep up the fabulous work =D

  200. I am a scrapbooker and cardmaker, but I haven’t been able to do much lately with my hobby because of my 3 small children. My little girl just turned one and I’m excited for making her baby book this year!

    Blessings,
    Magan Lapp

  201. My goal is to read less about craft and just do it!

  202. Happy New Year! This year I plan to explore more into watercoloring – I just want to get better at it (right now I kind of suck at it – if something turns out it is due to luck – need more confidence). I love all coloring techniques – my favorite is my Copics (don’t have tons, but enough to get by). A close second is blending colored pencils with gamsol… I could go on and on. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize – that journal looks cool (handlettering is something I have never tried – may have to explore that as well).

  203. My crafty goal for this year is to do more coloring (besides stamping and die cutting) on my cards! Happy New Year! Thank you for participating in this blog hop and giving us a chance to win a great prize!

  204. Your Many Thanks card is simply elegant. Lori, my goal is to get back to blogging for this coming year and get back to making cards I’ve been MIA for about a year and I’m ready to start creating. Thanks for the chance.

  205. I would love to make more videos

  206. Gilda McCain (McStamper)

    My craft goal is organization. Thanks for being a part of the hop and the great prizes.

  207. Beautiful cards, Lori! I’m always inspired when I visit! I’m always trying to improve my coloring skills whether watercoloring or Copics, I love to try the new techniques and trends.

  208. I’ve been very lucky to receive copic markers as gifts, but would love to attend a class on how to use them correctly. Thank you for taking part in this wonderful blog hop!

  209. Phyllis Strickland

    Love your cards as always! My goals for 2017 are to (1) organize and destash my crafts supplies, and (2) expand my creativity by breaking away from the limitations of being an SU demonstrator – use whatever products I want to use because there are so many wonderful products out there that I am missing out on

  210. Love those Verve flowers… I have them, but have yet to ink them up! Also love the fab framing that sets off those roses so well! Always enjoy seeing your inspiration!!! I hope to spend less time watching and more time DOing the fab projects I keep bookmarking to do ‘some day’ this year. I want to do more interactive cards and 3d cards.

  211. I’d like to learn how to color and shade with markers. New to me! Happy New Year!

  212. I love that top card. The flowers and that phrase! I need to get back into card making this year.

  213. My crafty goal this year is to make more crafts using colored pencils. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  214. Jaclyn Reynolds

    My crafting goal is to make cards earlier for birthdays and holidays. Would love to try those markers!

  215. I can’t find where you posted the winner for the Season’s Giving Blog Hop?

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