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Tomorrow is a New Day


This is a card that I made for Dina’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge yesterday at Splitcoast. It’s a little outside my normal style…whatever that is. I’m usually not doing “messy”, but I like how this turned out. I used Distress Inks for the background, and then splattered water across the watercolor card stock for drips. The bird is from a $6 set called A New Day from Wplus9 Design. Yes, I said $6! It’s a stamping miracle.

It has been so fun to be in my office and crafting again this past week … I’m still trying to get motivated in the process of organizing my office. My efforts have been hampered by the quest for a perfect desk. So for now, I’m on a make shift table with little piles all around, and it’s working just fine…

Big plans for the American Royal BBQ event in Kansas City this weekend, so I’ll be back early next week with more Hope You Can Cling To challenge ideas.

Have a GREAT weekend!


Love You! Mean It!


My favorite card making month is here! It’s time for our wonderful cancer support and awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers: Hope You Can Cling To!

This is a card that I created for my challenge that I am hosting today. You can find the details on my challenge and how to share in the fun HERE. You will see links for a welcome message, how to participate and the Master Challenge List! Hope You Can Cling To is a full month long campaign with fun challenges each day, lots of inspiration, and thousands of dollars worth of  prizes from amazing sponsors up for grabs. I hope you’ll carve out some time to participate!

To create my card, I used a fun new set from Concord & 9th called Love You! Mean It!  Lots of fun elements to this sweet set! And, I **LOVED** getting my inks out and stamping! It feels like that hadn’t happened with colored inks in a long, long time!

Thankfully, I’ve carved out a lot of crafting time for this month. I hope you find a few minutes here and there to play along, as well!

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!


Share Your Sparkle



My desk is full of sparkle because I’ve had some time to create in the last few days! This is a sample that I made for a Product Focus review ( <– you can read it, if you’d like) that we published at Splitcoaststampers today for my friends at the ever-innovative Scor-Pal! It’s a fun new product line for them called PocketPenPals! I even did a video tour…eeks! Does my hair look alright? 😉

For this card, I airbrushed a background of roses with Copic Marker and the Copic Airbrush System. I love using my airbrush. Notice how smooth and fluid the color is on the flowers and leaves, but the darker green is more of a splattered pattern? For the flowers and leaves, I used the chisel end of the marker in my airbrush grip, but for the depth on the leaves, I switched to a darker green and used the super brush tip in the airbrush system. The different ends of the pen will give you different patterns. Just a little tip to try!

If you are interested in more Copic info, I’m teaching one more class for Copic this year and the other instructors have a few locations left, too! I’ll be in Long Beach, CA the first weekend in November if you can join me! We’ll be covering my favorite workshop series of classes: Faces/Hair, Clothing & Accessories and Values & Monotones class! That one is always a hit that surprises a lot of participants. :) You can find all of the Copic class info for the rest of 2015 HERE.

The sentiment comes from a set that I’ve been using a lot lately called Sparkly Dreams from Verve. I used my MISTI from My Sweet Petunia to stamp the sentiment. It is the best investment I’ve made in my hobby in quite some time. Notice how rich and crisp the stamped sentiment lines are? I have never been able to achieve that depth before. {love}

Hope You Can Cling To starts tomorrow at Splitcoast! I’ll be back often because I really do love crafting for a cause! I hope you’ll be able to join us!


Sunflowers Everywhere & a Save the Date

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After my last share with the sunflower card, I made a trip to a beautiful sunflower farm in northeast Kansas near my parents’ home. Sixty-five acres of glorious Kansas gold.

As promised, I thought I’d share some photos of that glorious morning.

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My mom and I went early in the morning, and it was mesmerizing… pink clouds at the horizon, and we had to wait for a light fog to lift. This guy was busy as a … well, you know.

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I’d never really seen anything like this before, and I came home wanting to till up our entire yard and scatter seeds. <sigh>

In stamping news… the sunflowers have quickly faded, and our large cancer awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers will be starting soon! Save the dates now to join us every day in October. So much fun, inspiration and prizes!
See you soon!


Sunflower Season


I’m not sure how we got to the end of August so quickly, but I’m excited… it’s sunflower season, fall sports, school, routine (but still warm and sunny) days. Love this time of year.

I was gone over the weekend to teach Copic Marker classes in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I had to sneak into my stamp room this morning because an “order of adorable” was waiting for me when I returned home. Purple Onion Designs had a fun sale last week, and I couldn’t pass up some of cute blooms designed by Stephanie Ackerman.


Here I used Mixed Middles Flower and left the middles out entirely. I stamped the flower in a pale brown ink and then outlined with Kirarina Wink opaque marker candy glitter pens from Copic. It’s a super easy way to add a pop of color to your images without traditional coloring. Very fun!

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Being a good Kansas girl, I can’t resist a sunflower. There’s a 60-acre field of the beauties near my brother’s home that should be ready for photographic splendor in the next week or so… If I can make it over there, I’ll share a few photos here.

For now, let’s just all think fall beauty with paper and ink! Let me know if you share any fun sunflower projects. I’d love to see them!


Play it Again


I made this for a friend during Dare to Get Dirty at Splitcoast last week, but I’ve been plagued with internet issues for what seems like months. I really should have mailed it to myself.


I dusted off one of my oldest stamp sets – Nice and Easy Notes from Stampin’ Up! (1996) and gave  it some new life with Copic, dies and fresher embellishments.

I think that’s the hallmark of a good stamp set – timeless image and message. So fun to play it again!

What’s the oldest stamp or stamp set in your bag of tricks?

Dare to Get Dirty – Time to SHINE


It’s one of my favorite Splitcoast weeks, and I was thrilled to get into my studio for some much needed paper therapy last week to prep for DARE TO GET DIRTY challenges and events! Our sponsors have offered some amazing prizes for this special week, and I hope you’ll join us for fun!

I’m hosting a challenge, along with dozens of dirty girls to celebrate! If you are a Splitcoast Fan Club member, start HERE! If you are not a Fan Club member yet, start HERE.

This little notecard set was a gift for one of my girlfriend’s birthday. It’s a rainbow set of “sparkle and shine” cards with a fun sentiment tag. I used a few different new-to-me tools for this project, so I thought I’d share a few details.


Because I was making a set of cards, I wanted the sentiment placement on each to be consistent, and I took the wrapping off of my new MISTI – stamp positioning tool. I’ve been a Stamp-a-ma-jig supporter forever, but I will say this thing is revolutionary.


It was so easy to line up this sweet sentiment from Verve’s Sparkly Dreams, stamp, swap to new piece of cardstock, re-stamp (I wiped ink between each impression to swap ink colors. EASY and accurate!) On two of the colors, I needed to re-ink for a deeper impression, and that was a breeze with no shadows.



Nine notecards with a perfectly placed sentiment on each one in probably less than 9 minutes. Really impressed with the MISTI – no pun intended.


Next to the sweet sentiment, I wanted to add a little detail that would let the sentiment shine, but not be overly fussy. So I used XPress It Adhesive Sheets to cut accent pieces with Butterfly Dreams die from Verve. In my Vagabond, the dies cut the detailed wings and tentacles from the adhesive sheets perfectly. Peeling the protective layer (with the printing on the back) from the cut butterflies, I adhere them to my notecards and rub with my finger to make sure all of the edges stick to the card stock.


I peeled the protective layer from the adhesive sheets.


And sprinkle with glitter – I use Cool Diamond from Elizabeth Craft. It’s super smooth after application, and though I’m not coloring here, it’s very friendly and accepting to Copic color over the top. My favorite glitter.



Using a small scrap of clean copy paper, cover the glitter and press firmly to smash it into the adhesive sheet. Glide the paper around and press over the entire die cut of adhesive to make sure you ‘catch’ glitter in all of the sticky spots.





Look how crisp the adhesive sheet’s retention of the fine glitter is! Love this look for a easy WOW! That’s it.. my notecards were done, and moving on to the gift tag!


I’ve been playing with the Kirarina 2win Markers … there are 18 water based pens, double tipped with a different color and nib size on each pen for 36 different colors.


Copic introduced these markers at the CHA winter show last January…  Here I used a combination of blues and greens scribbled on a kraft mat.


I dipped a piece of water color cardstock into the splotchy ink once, misted the sheet with water and dipped it again. (Watercolor paper or cardstock has a tendency to roll when wet. Just hit it with your heat gun and it will flatten back out as it dries.)


I ran that piece of cardstock through my Vagabond with a Pierced Traditional Tag Stax dienamic from MFT.



I added a freehand-lettered sentiment – a hobby I’ve been practicing by mimicking favored styles I find on Pinterest. It’s this kind of confidence booster that will give you the courage to try your own hand.


These are a few of the tools I keep in my doodling pouch… a collection of Multiliner pens – with different tip widths and rulers – Metal rulers are my favorite for crisp edges – the long one has been with me since my journalism classes in college … with a great mechanical pencil and white polymer eraser… you can undo a multitude of sins with a good eraser!


Finished up with some sequins, ribbon bits and a cello bag, it honestly took me longer to type this blog post than to craft my friend’s gift… You gotta love that!

Make sure you join us for Dare to Get Dirty. We’d love to see you strut your stuff this week with our designers! All of the initial details are HERE.

Back soon! Have a GREAT day!


farewell, sweet friend….


The Copic teaching team is sharing about a huge fringe-benefit to papercrafting today.

If I’m honest, it’s not just the cutting paper and the scraps that keep me crafting. It’s the kindred connection with other papercrafters that inspires me: peers, students, bloggers, blog readers. I set out thinking I’ll learn all of these new tricks to the trade, and what I end up learning is about far more than paper.

That is especially true about my friend, Sherrie Siemens.

(above photo – Sherrie and I in Seattle, 2012)



Sherrie, a  long-time Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girl, fellow Copic instructor, friend, recently announced some changes in her paper crafting career, which means incredible opportunity for her and her family, and a mixture of joy and sadness for almost anyone who’s ever worked with her.

(above photo – Copic training event in Chicago 2011 – Sherrie, MandiLee Klinger, myself and Sharon Harnist)


Aside from all things Copic and beautiful paper design, Sherrie has helped me become a better friend and mom. She’s thoughtful and insightful, a beautiful combo.

One of the tangible gifts of our friendship is that she helped me get going with my photography hobby. She’s self-taught in photography, and it’s a irreplaceable gift that we both share with our friends and families when the opportunity allows. I’m grateful for that.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to take a class or meet Sherrie at a Copic event, she’s fun, light-hearted and an excellent teacher. She was the first Copic certification instructor that Copic selected when Marianne Walker decided she needed help in Canada. Sherrie was the pioneer to the process of streamlining and standardizing the classes so that we could provide a consistent, professional and enriching classroom experience for Copic enthusiasts in North America!

(above photo: Sherrie doing her not-Copic thing in Chicago)


So, I’m going to leave it at a simple, I’m going to miss you working with you Sherrie.  Your friendship is a treasure.

Thanks for indulging me beyond the normal craft and Copic chatter. I know the other girls on our Copic team have their own memories to share. I hope you’ll visit them today:

Sherrie Siemens – Please make sure to stop by
Sherrie’s blog and leave her a little love!

(above photo: Sherrie and I in Los Angeles – 2012)


Copic classes are still up and open for business. I’m packing my bags and heading to Orlando next week, and there are a host of opportunities around the country coming up soon. See the full schedule here! Registration here. Hope you can join us!

Fun in a Copic and Inchie Art Squares Blog Hop


Having blog hop fun today with two fun product teams: Copic Marker and Inchie Art Squares!

Last week, my friend Dina had this great tutorial for Colored Glitter Inlay in the Splitcoaststampers newsletter, and one of the necessary supplies as matboard. I couldn’t wait to try her technique and to make a card for this hop! It was PERFECT, and it was certainly fun!


I use Copic frequently, but about Inchie Art Squares, did you know:

  • Art Squares are the perfect canvas for creating small-format art!
  • They come in 6 sizes (1 inch, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 4 inch, and ATC).
  • Art Squares come in 7 colors (black, dark gray, light gray, kraft, dark cream, light cream and white).
  • They are perfect for wet or dry mediums.
  • Copic markers and inks look amazingly vibrant and deliciously rich on Art Squares!
  • Copic multiliners glide smoothly across the surface.
  • Work on the “top” or toothy side for the best results.
  • Mix and match your mediums! No warping, bending or curling.

You can find more information by visiting  Copic  anInchie Art Squares


I followed Dina’s tutorial instruction, step-by-step, and the Art Squares with XPress It Adhesive Sheets from Copic worked perfectly for the Colored Glitter Inlay technique.

The dies used are from MFT Stamps to create the impressions on the Art Squares, and paired them with a puny sentiment from Taylored Expressions. I used Warm Diamond glitter from Elizabeth Craft. Because you are actually coloring and blending your Copic markers over the top of burnished glitter, be careful with this technique to avoid working glitter into the tips of your marker nibs. With the smooth burnishing, this brand worked well for me! Copic Markers used were Y32, Y35, YG01, YG03, YG07, B02 and Bo4.

Visit each of these talented designers today to see  as interesting and exciting ways to pair Copic and Art Squares: 
Lori Craig – me!



Thank you … and a hop winner

Thanks to many of your tips and a few ideas that I’ve collected on Pinterest (you can follow me here – I recommend Crafty Spaces, Copic Marker, Beautiful Clean and Simple Cards or Pretty Pieces of Paper for crafting…. Ranch Redo for some current remodeling ideas on our new home or if you are like my family and like to eat, Recipes to Try), I feel like I’ve got some good things going. Our remodeling starts this week.

Thanks to all who hopped by to welcome Jennifer Dove to the Copic team over the weekend, too. My blog hop winner is Carisa who said:

that built in is stunning!!!! I don’t have ANY solutions as I have such a mix match of things and no pretty set up or solutions AT ALL. I’m tempted to get a scrap box one of these days though!

I have unpacked a few things because I’m getting crafty this week, so I’ll see you again soon.

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