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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m spending the day with my daughters and mom while remembering my mother-in-law with love and a grateful heart for being such a wonderful mother to my husband. It’s a beautiful day!

Quick snippet of my Mother’s Day cards that I made using MFT’s Sweet Roses and Dienamics Blueprints 3. MFT Sweet Tooth cardstock with MFT Lemon Drop and Blu Raspberry inks.

I’ve been stamping so I will be back soon! ;)

Happy Mother’s Day!

Oh, Snap…

My friends at My Favorite Things asked me to share on their blog. That made me feel fabulous, for sure!  Thank you to them for the kind invitation.

I always love playing with MFT. I fell in love with this Cute Camera die and stamp set a long time ago, and thought this might be a perfect opportunity to match it up with Copic Markers and show it off.  I hope you’ll check out my guest design post.

Keep your eyes peeled to the MFT girls. They are prepping for another fabulous release next week. (I have already laid eyes on the May-release goodness. I can attest…it’s adorable!)

Refilling Copic for an “Earth Day” Blog Hop

Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.  To celebrate, the Copic team is sharing tips and tricks on our refillable markers and recyclable ink packaging.

Last summer, I had a student in one of my classes teach me something cool regarding refilling of my Copic markers. It’s so simple, but it’s made a big impact on the speed and efficiency of my marker refilling process. He described refilling at his home using… weights and measures! Ding! Ding! Ding… the flashing lights went off and the bells started ringing for me!

I purchased this small scale for $7.99, and it arrived one day later. It came with batteries and was easy to use, right out of the box. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! You can use any scale that measures to 1/10th gram weight. I had a small scale, but nothing that would weigh to the 1/10th gram.

You can find the scale I use RIGHT HERE.

My first concern was weight of a brand new Sketch marker, and I concluded that a new Copic Sketch weighs 14.6 grams. This weight becomes my benchmark.

Now, instead of drip, drip, drip and test, I can have a feel before I start refilling how much ink I need to add, and then test for accuracy by weight. After several months of practice on classroom markers, I found that I’m actually going through the refill process less because I’m doing a better job by refilling completely by weight. Color me happy!

When I refill I remove the caps from each end of the marker. This helps the ink flow into the barrel as you pour, rather than bottle-necking in the top opening. Second, I remove the chisel nib and start to drip into the marker. A full marker without caps and a chisel nib will weigh about 9.3 grams.

So, drip…drip… from the Various Ink refill bottle

Check weight and done. The best part about this process… with exact weights, I can have someone else in my house help with the chores!  (When I’m refilling classroom sets, I clean up the ends at the same time I am refilling.)

Here the weights I find most helpful:

  • new, unopened Sketch marker weighs 14.6 grams
  • full Sketch marker with both end caps and chisel nib removed weighs 9.3-9.5ish grams

Before using the weighing process, I would refill a marker and hope to fill enough without dripping ink out the bottom of my marker caused by overfilling. Now I have much less mess to contend with.

In celebration of Earth Day the Copic team has gotten together for a blog hop.  Visit each person’s blog to learn personal tips and tricks for refilling and caring for your markers… and possibly some pretty eye candy along the way.

Be sure to head on over to the Copic blog at the end and sign up to be entered in the Earth Week Giveaway!  5 lucky winners will each receive a 3-piece Blending Trio or Color Fusion set, one Various Ink refill, and a 5×7 sketchbook.


Copic Airbrush Tutorial

Between Copic classes and all kinds of busy here on the home front, I put together a Copic Airbrush tutorial for Splitcoaststampers that was featured in yesterday’s newsletter.

You can find the full tutorial featuring embossing folders, alcohol markers and airbrush here. Don’t worry if you don’t have an airbrush system, you can get a similar look for this technique with daubers or ink mists (just make sure the alcohol ink that you choose is safe for air application – Copic is safe for airbrush and misting, but check your preferred brand to be sure!)

There is a really full Copic class schedule posted right now on the Copic site. A lot of opportunity for hands-on inky fun all around the country. Chances are good that someone on the teaching team is headed your way soon. All of the current classes are listed here. Full information and application info can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope the sun is starting to shine brighter (and hotter) in your corner of the country! Have a great day!

Love Fest Challenges and Prizes at Splitcoast

We are celebrating our Member Companies this week at Splitcoast with 11 days of LOVE FEST fun challenges, chatter and prizes, hosted by our 10 fabulous Member Companies!

I made a card for today’s challenge hosted by The Cat’s Pajamas. Super cute challenge idea. Hope you find time to play along between now and March 3rd. There are a lot of $25 gift certificates up for grabs from your favorite places. (Wish I was eligible to win prizes!)

I used Build-a-Bingo from The Cat’s Pajamas and some various dies from Verve and MFT Stamps to put this together. The background was dry embossed on SnoCone cardstock from MFT and then brushed with a white ink pad. I love that quick and easy look.

I’ll be back – lots of fun challenges and several more cards to share this week!

Beary Good Birthday

I still love a good card making challenge, and I’m going to try to finish more of them this year…Here’s on for this week’s The Cat’s Pajamas  Tuesday Challenge, and this one was easy!

This cutie from At Your Service was another one of the images that I colored over Christmas. Such a cute little bear, and you can put different things on the tray. My bear is colored with Copic Markers (E33, E35, E37 and E39 with a little R20 in her ears). Rather than blend all of the color, I’ve again done the dabbling to add layers and texture. It’s super easy. Just start with your lightest color all over and work the darker colors into your corners by dabbling.

I put everything together with the new Framed Up dies… I *LOVE* this die combo, and my favorite way that I’ve used it is shown here. The label is turned on the side creating a little tail off to the left of the image. Something so simple and easy, yet adds a little interest to the card front without any extra bulk or fuss. I added a little button and Divine Twine to finish this off.

The Polar Vortex has moved through our part of the country. It’s still cold, just not frigid, and we’ve had some beautiful, light non-threatening snow today. I hope you are staying warm.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great night!

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

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