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A Copic Welcome & Blog Hop Prize

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Popping in between big projects today with some BIG NEWS

Imagination International  is thrilled to welcome the amazing Jennifer Dove to our Copic certification and workshop teaching team! Many of you are probably familiar with Jennifer’s work and you may have even had an opportunity to take a class or her bootcamp retreat at some point!

I feel fortunate and honored to welcome Jennifer to our team – she is a fabulous Copic artist with years of Copic paper crafting and fine art teaching experience!  Students will love her vast knowledge and her authenticity … She makes learning easy and fun! I can’t wait to sit in on some of her classes myself! <wink>

In honor of our new addition, we are giving away fun, new Copic Sketch pads and a Doodle Pack – I’ve been traveling a LOT lately, and I love tucking these into my computer bag – perfect on-the-go! For a chance to win, visit and comment with each of my fellow Copic team members… be sure to leave Jennifer a great big welcome at the end of the hop! We’ll draw winners on Sunday evening and announce next week! Good luck!

There are still many opportunities for a Copic class in 2017. See our full location and schedule HERE! Mark your calendar and make plans to join us!

We hope to see you soon!

You Make a Difference – yes… YOU!

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I’ve revisited the old “trading card” concept lately because I’ve been mailing a lot of packages, trades, supplies and family stuff. And, it seemed like I wasn’t even taking time to scribble a note on a piece of paper to stuff into the box. <sigh> If someone was really lucky, they’d get a “hi – I love ya!” on a recycled post-it note. <not kidding>

A quick note on the back of a cute trading card lets me brighten a day much better than a recycled post-it, don’t you think?!  I’ve loved having a stash and using these!

My flowers and leaf are from the beautiful Bloom and Grow set from Verve. They were stamped with the Clearsnap Petal Point Pigment pads from Sunset collection. Love how they coordinate. Super quick and easy.

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If you are like me, you’ve stayed a way from pigments for a while because you were impatient for dry time or you didn’t want to emboss, but our Splitcoaststampers Product Focus review this week was a game changer. I loved the tips and tricks for working with them, because there really is nothing else like the rich, opaque look of a pretty pigment pad. Check it out HERE!

 

What are some papercrafting ideas you’ve recently re-visited and fallen in love with again? I’d love to know!

 

 

Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

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Earlier in April, I got a chance to hang out at the Whatever Craft House with my retreat girls, and we were spoiled by Laura Pryor with a sneak peak of  super cute positive message goodies from Lil Inker Designs! This sentiment is so poignant to me… and today, it’s MINI RELEASE day, and we are all sharing cards and prizes with you!

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Today my retreat friends are hopping and sharing our new stamps with a Lil Inkers Mini Release Blog Hop! You may have arrived here from my talent-oozing-friend, Heather… If you randomly landed here today, you can find the first post of this hop with Laura at the Lil’ Inker Store Blog.

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I loved these stamps for several reasons – 1) They are beautiful thoughts…  2) The layouts are great for full card front sentiments that stand alone. And, 3) The mimic the hand lettered look that is so popular right now!

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To create my card, I started with my Mini Misti and Petal Point Pigment Inks from Clearsnap! The tiny tip of each petal ink pad lets you easily ink precisely where you want on the stamp.

 

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I chose a monochromatic look with the reds to orange color run in my Petal Point pad, and the mini, removable ink pads were perfect for inking up small sections of the sentiment.

Love how vibrant these colors are!

After inking, I pressed once to the paper using the Mini MISTI. I embossed with detailed clear embossing powder and voila! So punchy!

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I finished my card off with Circle Confetti – a fun gift from Pretty Pink Posh! So fun!

To celebrate this fun mini release, Lil Inkers is giving away prizes!  Two winners for one sentiment stamp set and one winner to receive the cover plate and angel pets goodies! 

Be sure to visit and comment for each of the participants because the winners will be drawn from any of the participating blogs! All of the details can be found here.

Your next stop on this hop is the talented Chrissy Larson with several fun projects to share! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Every Sunrise…

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A quick watercolor share today. I’ve been watercoloring a lot lately… on paper, in a sketchbook… of course that means collecting watercolors, too. I’m loving it because I can grab my little watercolor/sketch roll and go – that seems to be standard mode of operation these days.

On this card, I am using Reverse Confetti Rose Garden and Rose Garden Confetti Cuts. I loved this sentiment from Forever in our Hearts. All of my sentiments, images and embossing texture were embossed with Princess Gold Embossing Powder. I love the tone of the gold on this one. So soft and pretty, sparkly, but not brassy. I like to wet the inside of my embossed image with a clear water brush and drop color into the flower petals. Such a fun, easy and forgiving technique.

I’m updating the Copic class page on my sidebar today! Lots of fun locations coming up soon – including Anaheim for me to teach our new workshop classes: hand lettering, coloring animals and landscapes. Come and see us! Can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Camper

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Lest anyone think I’ve disappeared over the last few weeks… I’m still here. Happy Camper!

Last weekend I had an opportunity to “retreat” with 17 of my stamping friends at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS. I made a lot of cards, including this one! I’m going to send it to my cousin, as we enjoy camping together in the summer! She’s got the cutest little Minnie Winnie travel trailer.

I bought a new-to-me used trailer this winter – one weekend when my husband was out hunting. LOL That’s a fun story! I can’t share most of it in writing. I like being married! But, I will say, you can bet I’ll have a little nook for my markers when we take it out for the first camp of the season this year!

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At any rate – this card was for my cousin Terri with the Minnie Winnie – I like saying that! LOL

I stamped the Avery Elle Glamper Camper on XPress It Blending Card, colored with my favorite yellow Copic combo (Y32/Y35/Y38) and cut with the coordinating die.

One of the great things about the retreat – the best is the people – but second best is sharing supplies and trying new things! I was able to test drive the Ranger Distress Oxide Inks! The background was blended with Pistachio and Salty Ocean – swirling around – no brush strokes. Love that blended butter-smooth look!

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After blending the background, I cut the HAPPY from Taylored Expressions HAPPY Block Party – LOVE these dies because you can place them anywhere on your card front! So many words! So fun! I added a few cuts from the Skinny Mini Party Borders, a kraft flag and twine. Called it good and in the mail!

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So, that’s my happy and glad to be sharing for a Tuesday! I’m headed to Vancouver, BC to teach Copic certification this weekend, and I have one more Copic Workshop – new hand lettering, coloring animals and landscapes coming up in Anaheim in two weeks before the summer break! Come and color with me! Looking forward to it!

Have a GREAT Tuesday!

Wildflower Bouquet and Upcoming Copic Classes

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I can’t believe that it is February, and I am already seeing friends here in the midwest share daffodil and spring flower photos. This is the craziest winter I remember for us here in Kansas. But, I’m not going to complain. I can’t wait for spring to really arrive, and I’ll take all the early peeks I can get!

This weekend, I colored Wildflower Bouquet with Copic Marker, thinking the whole time about sunshine and green grass! I love these sweet bouquet images from Taylored Expressions.

The Copic Marker colors I’ve used on this bouquet image are:

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  • Brown-eyed Susans: Y32/Y35/Y38 and E25/E27 – with clear Spica glitter pen
  • Blues: B63/B66
  • Front Zinnia: R02/R05/R08
  • Back Zinnia: R32/R35/R37
  • Leaves: G40/G43/G46 – on top of the bouquet the leaves would be more saturated and vibrant than your stems (and this combo blends so smooth!)
  • Stems: YG61/YG63 – behind the glass you would expect the stems to be a  less vibrant – desaturated
  • Glass vase: BG10/BG11

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One thing you’ll notice about the line art for the vase is that there is no vase bottom drawn in from the artist.

 

 

 

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For small style or personal preference tweaks like this, I often use a Copic Multiliner SP to doodle in whatever I feel like I’m missing. Here I’m using a .3 nib for lines that match the artist’s work in the stamp to draw in the back base of the glass mason jar. The ink in these pens is water and Copic tight, making it a great choice for your pre-coloring sketches.

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The Copic Multliner SP comes with 10 different nib options. And, in the event that your pen runs dry, it’s easy to slip in a refill cartridge from the back end of the pen.

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For more Coloring Flowers tips and tricks, visit any of our instructors for a live in-person Coloring Flowers, Standard Copic Certification or Intermediate Copic Certification class. Certifications for 2017 will be ending soon, and we’ll move into our coloring and hand lettering workshops, so if you want learn more about basic blending, shadows, shading and how the Copic number system really works, we have classes coming up in:

  • Irving, Texas
  • St. Louis – with ME!
  • Anaheim
  • Indianapolis
  • Richmond, VA – with ME! 
  • Lyndhurst, NJ
  • Calgary
  • Saskatoon
  • Vancouver, BC – with ME! 
  • Orlando

All of the details and registration info can be found HERE. We would love to see you in any of our classes!

Beautiful Day

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Some time in the craft room over the weekend… it had been so nice and warm here all last week, and then the weekend brought a cold wind. I’ve been itching to work on a project out in our barn, but I’m a fair-weather girl out there… I’m also in-between teaching trips right now, so hanging out in the office was a perfect time passer!

I’ve chosen a clean and simple look for this card so that the bold blossom shines, so today I’m sharing some things that help your clean and simple designs rock! Believe it or not, this design style can be more difficult to pull together than a card with lots of details. When card design has clean lines, it is hard to hide imperfect details, but there are things you can do to help yourself!

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This is a card that I watercolored with Rose Garden from Reverse Confetti. I love Jen’s bold, graphic designs – and watercolor softened this one up so easy peasy.

The images were stamped with Ranger Embossing Ink and sprinkled with Princess Gold Embossing Powder – love, love this shade of gold – not to brassy and just the right shine. I don’t have the Rose Garden Cuts to this set, but the not-at-all-fussy cutting was super easy.

Today, I’ve used Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper…. Heavier watercolor paper can be a bit more challenging to create layered cards with because it warps a little with the water – you can always re-mist after you have painted and flatten with pressure (a heavy book sandwich anyone?), but I don’t suggest ironing paper with embossing powder to flatten. The heat will melt away your embossed detail.

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What makes this type of project with heavier paper easy to assemble is a good adhesive. Here, I’ve used a combo of XPress-It high tack adhesives –  High-Tack Double Sided Adhesive and High-Tack Double Sided Foam Adhesive. The firm hold is great for both flat or lifted layers and the low price-point is perfect. One thing I appreciate most about the double-sided tape is that the layers of my large white panel stay completely adhered to the white card base, no lifted or curled corners.

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Finally, straight layers or wonky – there is no middle ground here, straight means super straight. First, I’ve laid a simple layer of thick Gold Glitter Deco Tape from Imagination International at 1/3 from the bottom of the card.  Then, I wanted to share a little tip for squaring up the free-floating layers with you. I use a simple, clear plastic t-square. I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but found this one at Amazon to show you an example. Makes it so quick and easy to line things up evenly which is very important with a CAS design. At the last minute, I added a bit of soft, super light-weight gold thread behind my rose bloom.

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That’s it. Done, and I’ll be dropping this in the mail. I’ve been sending more cards lately. I hope it brings a smile to the recipients, and it sure does feel good to share the love.

Wishing you a beautiful day, friends!

 

Craft Studio Tour

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I can’t believe that we moved into this house two years ago this month! I’d say it is past time to give you a craft studio tour, but it has taken a while for me to pull things together!

My studio is right off of our kitchen, so I spend a lot of time in here and I also feel very fortunate to have this room so close to the central hub of our home. When we moved into this house, I replaced many of our interior doors with old 5-panel doors that I brought from my last house. The doors had been in the attic of our 100 year old Victorian, and I sent them straight to the moving truck when we left. This windowed door came from my grandparents’ old farm house before it was torn down about 12 years ago.

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In December I made a daytrip to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile with my friend Laurie Willison, and I feel in love with this felted rainbow garland.  I thought this would be perfect to drape over the inside of the window. The felted dove and fig leaf ornament find was icing on the ROYGBIV cake. (Genesis 8:11) So hard to photograph things resting on or through glass!)

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Come on in, and I will show you my space… It is definitely meant to be functional for me and that means I have a lot of my stuff visible so that I will use it, but I do try to keep things picked up and somewhat organized since it is open to our kitchen. This is also something that has come together over a long period of bargain hunting. :)

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Rested, Refilled, Ready and a FREE class with me!

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know my very first crafty act of 2017 was to clean and refill my entire classroom set of Copic Markers – 872 Sketch Markers… ready for awesome students…because all of my students are amazing! #truth

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I did a short marker cleaning and refill video last month that you can find HERE. If you are wondering how long it took for me to get these babies whipped back into shape and ready for student hands, I was able to watch 2.75 seasons of Longmire on Netflix while I worked. I love that show… It’s the perfect blend of John Wayne meets modern day cultural issues. I’ve binged the entire series, and now await the 6th and final season. (sad face here)

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So, now things are all ready to go, and right after CHA, I’m taking the show on the road. I’d love for you to come and take a Copic class with me soon! My upcoming locations are:

  • Portland, OR – February 17 and 18
  • St. Louis, MO – March 3 and 4
  • Richmond, VA – March 17 and 18
  • Vancouver, British Columbia – April 21 and 22
  • Orange, CA – May 5 and 6

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Speaking of classes… if you live in the Portland, OR area, and would be intersted in taking a FREE class while I’m in Portland to learn about Tommy Paints – that I blogged about last week – please leave me a comment, and I’ll email the information to you.

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The class is in Vancouver, WA on Friday, February 17th from 5:00 – 8:00pm with instruction, product information and two fun projects! And, IT IS FREE! Hurry! Space is limited!

See you soon!

Beauty from Ashes – Pantone Color of the Year 2017

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He gives beauty for ashes. ~ Isaiah 61:3

Sending a simple note of encouragement today, it doesn’t even matter who it is for… I don’t know many people right now who don’t need a smile and a friendly hello, a nod of assurance…let’s make a collective effort be the smile. be that nod.

It’s a new year and time to explore new trend, this month the Copic team was challenged to explore the Pantone Color of the Year 2017… And, the Copic match for this year’s color is the beautiful YG25!

I always find the color of the year inspirational, and apparently so do many other people because we will soon find it splashed everywhere!

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From the Pantone website, a little explanation to this year’s color selection… encouragement and reassurance. I like that!

And, I certainly like looking at this beautiful color palette in the dark days of winter!

 

 

 

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I apply the cut mask over the flowers stamped on my base layer of cardstock – XPress It Blending Card. The Mask It Film puts a tight seal around the edges of the stamped image, allowing me to get a crisp airbrush halo while keeping the flower itself clean.

 

 

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When finished airbrushing the background, lift the film and continue with your card. Personally, I color the flowers with Copic first, and airbrush last, but wanted to show you the white flowers so you can see the crisp, clean contrast.

 

 

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Give it a try… share some encouragement with the Color of the Year and link me here so I can see it! I know it will make me smile!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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