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Stay Positive! Be Brave!


When we kicked off our 5th annual Hope You Can Cling To card drive campaign at Splitcoaststampers last week on October 1st, never did I imagine the immediate or profound sense of HOPE that would be reel through my small little community…overnight.

But I live in midwest, small town America. Out here on the prairie… we know our neighbors, we work with them, go to church with them, see them at hometown sporting events, chit chat hi in the grocery store and say hi in the restaurant on Friday night. And, when your small town friend takes her 11 year old son to the doctor for flu-like symptoms last week, comes home 2 days later with a liver and pancreatic cancer diagnosis and starts an aggressive round of chemo 4 days after that … you better believe that small town America is clinging to HOPE and rallying into action.

Our friend has a form of cancer that is extremely rare in anyone under the age of 18. His story has quickly gathered attention worldwide through one of his classmate’s social media campaign Porch Light Prayer, and the Kansas City news stations covered his story last night. Feel free to join us in Porch Light Prayer, and be sure to post a photo of your porch light and where you are in the world!

My Hope You Can Cling To challenge card for today is for #92… a rough and tumbling, football lovin’ 11 year old who’s birthday is tomorrow! Stay positive! Be brave!

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I hope you are finding time to share a little hope this month. We have daily Hope You Can Cling To challenges, a great collaborative partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and thanks to generous sponsors, over $5,000 in prizes to be given away at the end of the month.

Thanks to my dear friend, Marianne Walker for drawing and personalizing the Ayden image for me. She’s amazing like that… and I’m grateful.

Stay positive! Be brave!

Kindness Matters

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Happy Saturday! This is my card for Holly’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge. Fun one, for sure!

One thing I realized while making this card is that I have entirely too many pads of patterned paper. Many may or may not be unused… Maggie Holmes paper by Crate. Fun and easy card to make.

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I hope you’ll stop by our Hope You Can Cling To challenge forum… a lot of paper and inky love being shared over there this month… and thousands of dollars in prizes.

Have a great weekend!

Hold on… Groovy

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Just popping in real quick this morning to share my card for Dina’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge from yesterday! I enjoyed this one!

I used a few fun sets from Verve for this… Surely Goodness and Holiday Treats and the Cup of Cheer dies. The kraft label was made with Taylor’s Label Stacklets 2 - a must have die set, in my humble opinion.

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I hope you’ll take a minute to check into the Hope You Can Cling To forum. Lots of great cancer awareness discussion, general chatter, challenges and thousands of dollars in prizes available this month.

I’ll be back tomorrow. Have a GREAT day!

Lydia’s challenge…was a challenge

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Lydia is hosting a challenge for Hope You Can Cling To that really had me trying something new. Isn’t that was challenges are all about? To encourage you to try something different…new? This was paper tole… I love the end result, and when I do it again, I’ll probably choose a little bit bigger image, and use my reading glasses! LOL

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The image is from a sweet set from Lili of the Valley called Summer Bears. I colored the image with Copic Marker. The ‘thanks’ was a gift with purchase die from Taylored Expressions.

Take a stab at it, and join us this month! You’ll enjoy the challenges, meet some new friends, lots of great recipes in the Recipe Box thread – you know, so you can throw something together at the last minute when you’ve been stamping instead of cooking) :) and help share hope with people who are looking for hope.

Hope You Can Cling To!

Welcome to Hope You Can Cling To



It’s here. Hope You Can Cling To is here. It is such a special time at Splitcoaststampers when we spend a lot of time creating and crafting in honor of cancer patients and their families…sharing hope one card at a time.

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To kick things off today, I am hosting a challenge. You can find the details right here, and I hope you’ll join us! My challenge is on post #2, but I encourage you to participate in as many as you can because there are many fabulous creative sparking ideas and literally thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs at the end of the month.


Cancer is dark and ugly, but hope shines bright! And my challenge is about hope for a cure, hope for a future, hope for support and encouragement. My challenge to SHINE ON! To use an image that evokes shine in some form or fashion. I love the Watt’s Up set and coordinating Lightbulb Dienamic from MFT, and in this case it was perfect for my challenge.

I used a Copic Airbrush and marker Y38 to airbrush behind a vellum lightbulb and some clear fine glitter for extra SHINE.

Join us this month! You’ll enjoy the challenges, meet some new friends, maybe find a fun new recipe in the What’s for Dinner chat thread :) and help share hope with people who are facing dark situation. All month long, let your light SHINE.

Hey Darlin’


Full steam into kickoff mode for the upcoming Hope You Can Cling To cancer awareness campaign at Splitcoaststampers. Really hoping you’ll find time to stamp with us in October. So, so many wonderful prizes up for grabs with touching stories and sharing. It’s great to be a paper crafter in October. :D

My favorite card from my samples for last week’s Splitcoaststampers Product Focus for Clearsnap Decades Inkpads. Very cowboy… very much my style…

Kraft cardstock and Bon Voyage Blue and Dark Cashmere ink with a pop of patterned paper… Hey Darlin’. 

  • Stamps: LJD Western, LJD Peaceful Wildflowers and Woodgrain Backgrounder – MFT Stamps 
  • Ink: Bon Voyage and Dark Cashmere – Clearsnap Graphic 45 Decades Inks
  • Accessories: Die-namics Blueprints 15 and twine – MFT Stamps and Banner die – Taylored Expressions

Thanks for stopping by!  

Favorite iPhone Ap… and Inspired Project


There was a GREAT tutorial in the Splitcoaststampers Weekly Inkling for Alcohol Marker Marbling this morning. I knew the minute I saw it that it would be perfect for a new stamp that I received as a prize from Crafter’s Companion, Art-Kure Brooklyn Bridge. 

This tutorial concept reminded me of my very favorite iPhone ap (and I think they do have it for Android, as well!) … Waterlogue. The basic idea is taking pictures you love and applying an artistic, impressionistic look to them. It’s a beautiful ap for Instagram lovers. Look for hashtag #waterlogue.

It worked! I wasn’t disappointed… Happy dance in the craft room. I love this technique!


I followed the tutorial with a slight modification. I stamped my image on the guide scrap paper that Audrie mentions. Here I’ve outlined a cardfront size rectangle so I have a feel for placement of my final image.

I have tried similar concepts to this tutorial before, but the plastic wrap over a guide was a serious lightbulb moment for me! I covered the stamped image and marked off card front space with plastic, as directed.


The I colored (dabbled Copic) over the top of the plastic wrap, using my stamped image as a guide for color and placement. Because your Copic ink is transparent on a glossy (non-porous) surface, you’ll want to use darker colors than you would if you were to sit down and color this image in traditional style.

Also, in the sky area, after I had colored in with deeper oranges and pinks, I did dust the skyline with YR31 from the Copic airbrush, just to fill in. I knew from my first run, that I might have some open, uncolored areas after the next two steps.


After coloring the plastic, spritz lightly with Copic Blending Solution.  After spritzing the colored plastic, place glossy side of your cardstock down  into the “wet mess”. Tap lightly and remove.


This is my glossy cardstock, as lifted from the wet plastic piece. It dries so quickly.  I shy away from long-dry techniques. Probably why I like alcohol inks so much!


Finally, I stamp my image over the top of the glossy cardstock and finished my card.


Before I leave you for the day, I wanted to comment to the detail of this stamp… I was so pleased, and I may be trying a few more of these scenic Americana location stamps soon. Look at the crisp imagery in each of those buildings!


LOVE this stamp of one of my favorite places… I {heart} NYC. Let’s see who is reading… with this angle and the city scape.. is this a photo of sunrise or sunset?

Thanks, Audrie for a great tutorial and thanks Crafter’s Companion for such a beautiful stamp!

One last thing… I just updated my Copic class listing to include the final Copic classes of the year, both certification classes and hands-on workshops. Please take a peek if you have any interest in ANY of the locations mentioned. We’d love to have you!

Back soon…



Don’t be so diSTRESSED…


We just put the finishing touches on a fun project at Splitcoast! Our Product Focus review team had an opportunity to work with a new Clearsnap ink product. I had time to create a few fun projects for the gallery, and I thought I’d share them here.

I made the card above a few weeks ago for my Cutting With Detailed Dies tutorial, but also used the new Clearsnap ink in Dark Cashmere. I do love a nice, rich chocolate brown ink. These stamp cleanly and dry quickly. I love the circle deer die element (Beauty Lies Within – Taylored Expressions). So perfect for the many deer hunter’s in my life, and the heart (Hearts-a-Plenty Die-namics – MFT) and label (Label Stacklets 2 – Taylored Expressions)dress it up just enough that this works well for either a male or a couple. The Woodgrain Background is from MFT, and the Proverbs 16:9 verse is from Verve’s Scripture Medley 3.


This is probably how I use distress inks most often… to give different papers on a single project the same tone by distressing the edges… here I used Dark Cashmere. The typewriter is stamped with Antique Moss, both from Clearsnap. This typewriter stamp and die combo is a fave… sadly, discontinued, but from the set Just My Type from MFT Stamps. The little kraft doily is cut with Mini Detailed Doily Dienamics from MFT.



And, lastly for today, a clean and simple nod to yesterday’s Color Challenge at Splitcoast. I used MFT’s Peaceful Wildflower stamps and coordinating die-namic set  for a clean and simple. The Clearsnap colors that I used here are Venetian Lace, Triumphant Red and Dark Cashmere. 

Still many, many fun things going on… hope you are creating time to stay crafty!

Cutting with Detailed Dies

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Someone left the backdoor at Splitcoaststampers unlocked, and I dropped a tutorial off over there with some tips and tricks for using intricate, detailed dies. I have always loved those fancy die shapes, but they certainly require a little finesse to get crisp, beautiful cuts. After a lot of research and practice, I think I’ve got it figured out. You can see the full tutorial here.

This card was made with my favorite wheat stamp, Wheat Sheaf from Serendipity Stamps. I colored the image with Copic Marker and then airbrushed the background with the Copic Air Compressor and beautiful Copic YR31. The dies I chose to showcase this image are Floral Ovals and Fancy Square dies from Spellbinders

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blessed Acorn (and Copic Class news!)



Here’s a card that mixes two beautiful mediums… I stamped the acorn on watercolor paper, applied Copic Markers with small dots and dabs to create shadow and depth and followed that up with a water color wash using Distress Markers. Very fun…

Tip: Always apply your Copic Marker work first to avoid damage to your marker nibs. Then apply other mediums over the top of that work.

I am heading to Virginia tomorrow for a set of certification classes! Looking forward to meeting more people who are crazy about coloring as I am. :) Really looking forward visiting a friend in the area, too! ;)

You can see our full Copic class calendar here. If we are coming to a location near you, and you have any interest in taking classes with one of our instructors, please don’t pass up the opportunity!  We are working on our curriculum for 2015, and it is that it’s going to be a very exciting year with new locations! Hope to see you soon!

  • Stamps: Falling for You – Paper Smooches and sentiment Thankful – Taylored Expressions
  • Paper: Watercolor paper, Whip Cream (MFT), Kraft (MFT) and random scraps from the pile
  • Ink: Espresso Truffle Memento – Tsukineko
  • Accessories: Copic Marker, Distress Markers, banner die (Verve), tag die (MFT) and sequins



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