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Faithful Sunflowers

Sunflowers are pretty faithful, aren’t they? The way they keep their face to the sun…focused on the brightness. That’s what I’m trying to do during this Polar Vortex that’s crippled much of the country… keep my face to the sun… focused on the brightness.

This image from Prim Blessings is a Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps favorite. The sunflower is stamped with Espresso Truffle ink onto XPress It Blending Card and colored with Copic Marker.

The leaves are a more traditional smooth blend of ink, but the center of the flower was done with a stippling technique for texture rather than a smooth blend that you often see with Copics. The colors are simply dabbled onto the image, lightest color (filling the entire circle of brown) to darkest, just like you see in the close up. No blending required.  The petals are a combo Y32, Y35 and Y38. The center of the sunflower is a reddish brown: E33, E35, E37 and in the outer-most ring, E39.

I have been focused on using up scraps from my basket in the past week or so, and I honestly can’t tell you the name or manufacturer of the patterned paper. If I were the betting kind, I’d say My Mind’s Eye. I put my card together with a combination of dies from the MFT Blueprints line. For this card I used both Blueprints 3 and 5. A button, some twine and a few ivory sequins made quick work of this one.

Stay warm, and stay faithful. Summer will come again, just not today, my crafty friends.

Crafty Spaces Blog Hop


Today the Copic instructors are sharing photos of their crafty spaces to give you a glimpse of where we create to celebrate Copic in the Craft Room.  Copic in the Craft Room will be an on-going discussion with Copic lovers everywhere. Look forward to tips and sharing that will inspire you to get crafty, as well as, education for all skill levels.

This is my stamping space… The area used to be a closet that took up my full wall. (You can see the before here.) In 2012, at the suggestion of one of my friends, we closed off each end of the closet to make two separate storage areas and added this desk section to the middle of the closet space. It turned out so nice, and I love sitting here, coloring and listening to music. Probably my favorite thing is the little chandelier! And, no it isn’t always this clean! :)

Like many of my fellow instructors, I store my Copics in Color Cubbies from Studio 3 right at arms length on my desk. I have the cubbies to store my Sketch, a few Copic Originals, ink pads and other random schtuff. ;)

I can’t wait to see all of the other instructors spaces. I’ve visited several of their homes, so I know you are in for a treat! Stop by and visit. Leave them some love, if you are so inclined:

When you’ve cruised their spaces, stop by Copic in the Craft Room and share pictures of your space. Clean or dirty… it’s all good. Crafty spaces are cool, and we can all learn a little from almost everyone. :)

Back soon. I’ve been making cards out of all of those images I colored over Christmas break!

cutting and pasting

I spent a lot of the Christmas break in my office and in front of the fireplace coloring images and watching movies with my family. It was a peaceful time of laughter and chatting, all while pulling myself back together after a busy, busy December.

I’ve started cutting and pasting with those images. One of my goals in the new year is to actually send more cards. My intentions are good. My follow-thru needs a little work. So here’s to making a few more cards in the new year.

Here’s one of my finished cards. Isn’t the Cat’s Pajamas stamp adorbs? The set is called Sheepish! I chuckled at this sentiment… So funny. I know some of my running girls will get a kick out of it since attire for the weather is often a morning discussion. I’ve always been told dress for the current temp + 20 degrees, and that’s never let me down…until yesterday. My New Year’s Day run was the coldest 28 degree run I’ve ever made. Still a beautiful day, I just needed an extra sweatshirt. :)

I colored the skin with a series of swirls. I started with E40, E41, then E42 and finally V95. Each color change meant a tad bit shorter and thinner stroke. The result is a shade of white with depth and dimension. It’s a trick I learn from the talented Kristy Dalman on this little tutorial. Love it.

The scarf was colored with B00, B32 and B34. The square panel was cut with Pierced Square and Square STAX Die-namics from MFT.

Thanks for stopping by. Back in the morning with something fun.

Copic Christmas & Upcoming Classes

We’ve been hanging out by the fireplace and coloring for much of the last week around here. I **LOVE** Christmas (and the vacation that comes with it!)

But, the calendar rolled over and that party is over. Time to get busy for the spring! CHA is next week and several new Copic classes coming up! Happy New Year!

My first set of classes for the year will be in sunny (I’m counting on the sunny part!) Florida. I’ll be in Orlando the weekend of February 21st and 22nd for both a Standard and Intermediate certification. You can find all of our upcoming class information HERE. Click the different tabs for Standard, Intermediate and fun, more relaxed coloring workshops! There are also classes open for Anaheim, Portland, OR, Tempe, AZ and Charlotte, NC.

I recently handpicked the colors in the above set of Ciao markers for folks looking for multiple blending groups through the rainbow and several skin tone options. My youngest daughter pointed out that this set is “missing lipstick red” (R27), I personally love the slightly warmer R30s, but this is still consider it a pretty good starter list for anyone interested in a basic set with natural blending groups (and you could sub R27 for the R35, if you prefer)! With the same great nibs as a Sketch and the exact same ink formula, Ciao is also a perfect option for gift giving to someone starting out. Here’s a list of the above color set:

V04, V06, RV02, RV04, R20, R22, R32, R35, YR04, YR07 YR23 YR31 Y35 Y38 YG03 YG06 YG63 YG67 G02 G05 BG10, BG15 BG72 B02 B05 B23 B24 E00 E11 E15 E31 E33 E35 E41 E43 E47

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Here’s a quick card that I put together several weeks ago. Love Helga the Hot Chick from Stamping Bella. LOL.

She’s colored with Copic Marker, using the tips to texture, rather than blend smooth. Very fun to color.

The Copic team is introducing several different classes in 2014:

  • Whimsical Faces and Hair
  • Airbrushing
  • Tracing Memories
  • Painting with Alcohol Inks
  • Mixed Media Aprons

And, most of them are open for registration right now for CHA goers. You can find an up-to-date list of class descriptions and registration info HERE.

Sewn Sunflowers

At Splitcoast, we get a lot of questions and comments about sewing on cardstock, and I do love to finish my cards off with stitching, using my Janome Sew Mini. I’ve had my machine for several years, and I use it quite a bit.

We featured a tutorial today on winding the bobbin, threading the machine, loading the bobbin and stitching on cardstock. You can find my tutorial and video here. Happy Stitching!

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

One of my favorite hymns…

I put this together for one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast. I used Chalkboard Hymns from Our Daily Bread Designs, KneeHighs paper from Basic Grey and a piece of sheet music from my salvaged hymnal.

May your month be full of blessings ~ xoxo

Faith & a Moxie Fab Lady

It’s a sad post today as I join several hundred card makers who are celebrating the influence of a very special lady in paper crafting, the one and only Miss MoxieFab Cath Edvalson. <– surprise for Cath ~ the hop starts there, but you may have hopped here from my friend, Becky Olsen. Either way, I’m glad you are here.

Cath has been the trends editor at Paper Crafts Magazine and the Moxie Fab World blog for many years, and our paths have always crossed at CHA and across the internet in all things paper crafty. On top of her eye-for-paper-pizazz, Cath is just about as sweet as they come.

The card I’m sharing today is one that I created back in 2011 as part of Cath’s Tuesday Trigger challenge, and she called this one Moxie Fab, quite an honor. It features Accent Notes and Hebrews 11:1 both from Verve Stamps.

Thank you, Cath, for always having your eye on fun trends in our industry and your heart aligned with the so many amazingly creative ladies that this profession  abundantly affords. We will certainly miss your presence, insight and sharing!

As I mentioned above, there are hundreds of ladies involved in this special hop for Cath, and your next stop if you are staying in order is the talented Crafty Girl, Tessa Wise.

Thanks for stopping by and have a moxie*fab weekend!


Friendship & 2014 Copic Classes

I thought I would share a Copic Mixed Media project that I created for some store owner classes that I taught last month in Houston. I really loved using my Copic Markers and Various Ink refills for something a little different.

All of the color you see here was either painted, dyed or hand colored with Copic. I painted my 6″ x 8″ canvas with Various Inks, and then went from there. The white is Opaque White applied with foam brush through a Square Motif stencil from MFT. Other MFT stencils were used with the Copic Airbrush System. Love that look. The Zinnia Bouquet image was colored with Copic Sketch, masked with Mask It film and then airbrushed. I know it looks intimidating, but really an easy piece to pull together. We did this in a 2 hour class. :)

In other Copic news, the first certification classes and new workshops of the 2014 calendar are being offered in Anaheim in conjunction with CHA this coming January. I have a brief outline on my Copic Marker Classes page. To see the full schedule and class description, look HERE. Be sure to peek at our new workshop classes HERE. The classes will be lots of fun and so informative. I hope you have the opportunity to take one or three! They are going to be a lot of fun!

Back soon with more paper goodies. I’m thinking about trying December Daily this year. Anyone else have ideas, feedback or tips to share about that?

  • Stamps: Zinnia Bouquet – Taylored Expressions & Typewriter Alphabet – MFT Stamps
  • Paper: 6×8 art canvas – Hobby Lobby, ledger paper – Doodlebug Designs, old hymnal – thrift store
  • Ink: Espresso Truffle Memento Ink – Tsukineko
  • Copic Products: Opaque White, Various Ink refills & Markers (R35, R39, YR15, YR18, Y32, Y35, Y38, E33), Copic Airbrush System
  • Accs: burlap trim – Maya Road, sequins, twine, button, foam brush, glitter

People Who Love to Eat

We’re getting ready for Halloween night here at the Craig house, and there are a few people here who LOVE to eat…candy. To me…they are the best people! My daughters cannot wait for tonight. We have a busy trick-or-treater street, so we’ll see lots of family friends. It’s a good time.

Michele and I were chatting about some new Stamping Bella images that we both ordered from the last (killer) release that Emily had in September, and we thought it would be fun to share a really cute one… Chanel  the Chef! So we are each sharing a Chanel card today. You can see Michele’s card here.

I colored Chanel with Copic Markers while I was watching a Texas Tech football game, and I made a quick card this morning for Jennifer’s sweet Hope You Can Cling To challenge, Put on Your Brave Girl Boots. I paired my image with Doodlebug Paper and a few Doodlebug Sprinkles.

We are in the last day of cancer awareness challenges for Hope You Can Cling To at Splitcoaststampers, but you still have until midnight on November 7th to finish your cards and upload them to be eligible for prizes. I hope you’ll carve out a few minutes over the next week to participate with us, if you haven’t already. The MD Anderson Center sure loves working with us!

I can’t wait to see Michele’s card. It will be super cute! I hope you’ll check it out!

 

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