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a FABULOUSLY Fun Fall at Splitcoast

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For the last six years October has been my favorite crafty month because our Splitcoaststampers community has come together for crafting fun in a large special event with challenges, prizes and crafty chit chat. This October, the name of the event and the focus have shifted, but I can’t be more excited. Welcome to Falliday Fest! 

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Falliday Fest includes great tutorials with some really cute projects, daily challenges designed to get you thinking about your holiday crafting – creating a plan and getting started, a special holiday gift guide and lots of fabulous prizes from some amazing sponsors! You really do not want to miss out!

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This is for my first challenge that I’m hosting today … May your joy…. 

I recently went on a tear and ordered several different wheat themed stamp sets. It seems like fall is a great time that we think about wheat and harvest. The irony is that most wheat is harvested in the late spring/early June. Just a bit of trivia…

This set is called Grateful Heart from Papertrey Ink. I’ve used a clean layout and stamped on Shimmery White cardstock for a little punch. I’ve also kept it fairly flat so that it’s easy to mail.

So, be sure to check out my challenge – and all of the others. We have 10 days of crafty goodness ready to go. Your November self will sing your praises when you do!

I’ve Taken a Viking…

 

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We lived in Marshall, MO for 10 years and moved back to Kansas in late 2014 leaving good friends who’d become like family. One of the many things we loved about Marshall was the sense of community spirit and the support for Missouri Valley College – home of the Vikings! We are friends with so many who have close ties to the school, and we have a lot of very fun Viking memories.

So when I found this adorable Viking image and die from Avery Elle, I knew it would be fun. My card is in orange and purple – MVC colors, and I may have to make a few more so I can share the viking… I mean love! Isn’t he adorable?  Super fun to color!

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If you have questions about shading and making images pop,  regardless of color medium you use, you’ll appreciate a stroll through the pages of a small resource that I’ve referenced for several years, Shadows & Shading written by Marianne Walker. This is easy to read and comprehend with great illustrations in a pocket-sized guide. It is a great resource for light source and shading. It’s been super helpful to me, even on more simple line art images like Viking. It covers topics like:

  • Understand different kinds of light sources
  • The difference between shading & cast shadows
  • How to properly color a variety of objects, from simple to complex
  • Shadow color theory

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My Viking is colored with Copic Marker – the oranges are YR000, YR04 and YR18 and the purples are V12, V04, V17. Notice I’ve used markers outside of a natural blending group – meaning there is a change in saturation (gray) from one color to the next. This is one of the topics covered in the Shadows and Shading book. My mountains were cut with Stitched Mountain Borders from Lawn Fawn. Super fun!

 

Along with resources like the Copic Shadows and Shading book, Copic classes are an excellent place to learn more about using Copic – hands on coloring, instruction and feedback on your work. We have a few workshops left for 2016 (Boston, Portland, DC area, Dallas) and our 2017 CHA schedule for Phoenix classes in January are open for registration!

Busy Saturday celebrating our community fall festival, school plays and continued home projects! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Give Thanks and Praise

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Always feels great to be stamping and creating, don’t you think? We are in the middle of several home projects, but I snuck into the stamp studio yesterday. I had this new wheat themed stamp set called Give Thanks from Concord & 9th on my desk. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful fall themed projects done with this set, but here in the bread basket – wheat is a year around thought. Fun fact: Midwest winter wheat is sewn in the fall and harvested by mid-June.

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I felt like my wheat deserved to be glittered up…and I grabbed a X-Press It Glue Marker from Imagination International (I used a medium nib on the left, but love that it comes in a pen tip and wide nib, too!) to add microfine clear glitter to the head of my wheat shocks.  The shocks truly do glisten in the sunshine…

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I like that the glue marker nib does not leave impressions in my paper or lines of missed coverage. The glue is acid-free, non-toxic, dries clear and best of all (in my opinion) is that it can be both a temporary (like a sticky note it if dries unattached to another piece of paper) or a permanent bond. Good stuff!

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My sentiment comes from a set that the sweet Jen del Muro, owner of Reverse Confetti, gave to me when I had dinner with her in Dallas last month! Love the mix of fonts here. The full set has some beautiful sentiments. It’s called Walk by Faith.

I have several new wheat sets on my desk from various places, so I’ll be playing in the days to come! Thanks for stopping by! Give thanks and praise!

New COPIC Classes

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Who wants to come and see me at our CHA-area certification and workshop classes in Phoenix! I will be participating (Michelle Houghton will be your MUST-SEE instructor) in the Lettering, Animals and Landscape classes! I would LOVE to have you join me!

All of the details are HERE – look under Phoenix!

I also updated my Copic Marker Classes page – linked on the right sidebar.

Hope to see you soon! I am super excited about the new Copic year!

 

I Believe in You & Beta Testing Fun

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Here’s a little mid-week happy for you! I fell in love with this adorable Be a Unicorn from Avery Elle. Quick and cute…  with Copic Marker!

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My little unicorn is colored with BG000 and BG11 – his little horn is RV02 and RV04. I added some sequin stars… done.

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Do you know what else is quick and easy? Signing up to be a beta tester for the new Copic Studii!o Ap that is coming soon. :) Imagination International, Inc. is seeking beta testers for their new Studii!o app that will help manage marker collections and allow you to connect with other artists. Start HERE with a few quick questions (or click the graphic above!)

 

Bee Mine and Fun New Copic Classes

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Two fun things to share today! First is this simple and sweet “Bee Mine” card that I colored with Copic Marker. The bee hive stamp, sentiment and diecut is from Avery Elle. My daughter’s been sending more cards lately, so adding this to the stash of ‘hopefully teen approved’…

The hive was a perfect canvas for one of my favorite Copic color combos – Y32/Y35/Y38. I airbrushed the backdrop with beautiful BG10. My shiny sequins are from Verve – Shine Bright.

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The second fun thing that I have to share is that the new 2017 Copic Classes are open for registration at CHA in Phoenix in January! In 2017, in addition to our Standard and Intermediate Certification and Flowers classes, we are adding three new workshops to the Copic schedule: Landscapes, Color Animals and a super fun Hand Lettering.

Several dates and locations left for our Vintage Values, Coloring Faces and Hair and Clothing and Accessories classes yet this year! I hope you are able to join us for one or all of these fun Copic classes soon! I’m looking forward to Phoenix (in January, YES!!) and really looking forward to the new year!

Which new class sounds like the most fun to you?

Concord & 9th Wish and Winner

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As Concord & 9th‘s birthday month comes to a close, I wanted to share my giveaway winner and this fun card that I made last week. Loving the ROYGBIV lately. This is Wildflower again stamped with vivid pink, orange, yellow, turquoise and violet. It’s stamped on a shimmer paper from Epson Printers, and them images really pop in real life.

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If you followed my Concord & 9th Birthday Bash post, and commented on my post… You’ll want to know that I used random.org to choose a winner for my $20 Concord & 9th giveaway today, and my lucky winner is Wanda in Virginia! I LOVED reading all of your responses about stamping, and where you live. So fun! Congratulations, Wanda! 

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Here’s a full shot of my quick and easy card! So fun… I’m adding this to the stash that my daughter sneaks cards from for all of her teenage friends! Love that she loves giving them a handmade wish!

Thank you again for all of the sweet comments for my Concord & 9th birthday giveaway! Have a ROYGBIV day, my friends!

 

 

My Watercolor Wheel and Tools of the Trade

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As we’ve been winding down the summer and getting both of my girls settled into high school for the year, I’ve been hitting the books myself! I’m currently watching a FABULOUS watercolor class being taught by my friend, Michelle Wooderson called Close to Home A Watercolor Landscape Journey.

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In anticipation of this class, I did take a little Winsor Newton travel palette on vacation earlier this month.  I thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the dock at my father-in-law’s home on the Chesapeake Bay and painting the day away… There is something so peaceful about being outside. I was happy with the trees… I’ve much to learn regarding water and sky…

Thus far, I feel like I am learning what I thought I wanted to know.  I highly recommend Michelle’s comfortable teaching style and the way she lays out her information.

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As I’m delving into the painting process, first, I wanted to show you the start of another painting…  On the left is a small sketch that I used to layout value on my final image and color selection before I start painting – I used an Aristo .5mm Mechanical Pencil and Aristo Click Eraser from Imagination International. Great tools for your desk or a small travel bag!

I’d love to get outside this weekend with my sketchbook, but I started this freehand from a photo that I took of the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills, not far from my home. Eventually I’ll paint the larger sketch above on the right.

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The mechanical pencil was great for adding value in my small sketch – light shading to heavy hatch marks allow me to color map.

You can see a quick Copic Warm Gray value scale on the left… And, it’s helpful in making a color map. This is something I often do with more detailed images when I am coloring with Copic. Once the map is created, you don’t have to think about the “where” and “why”  – if you are interrupted mid-project, you just check your map and go… like driving a car! The Copic class Vintage Value and Monotone workshop or the Intermediate Certification are other great resources to learn more specifically about shading and color value.

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One of my first colorful tasks was to finish swatching paint samples. I wanted to see if I had color gaps that I {ahem} should fill. It took a few minutes, but I’m thrilled to have swatches of true color that I can use when I’m working to color match … the actual pigment almost NEVER matches the packaging… We all know that!

I’ve started out with Winsor Newton watercolors… They were readily available to me, and a reasonable price point for a newbie. I had some that I purchased for the Watercolor for Card Makers class I took last winter… I did need to add a few tubes. I love the rich colors, and I won’t lie… the fancy silver tubes make me feel like a longtime artist! I’m a sucker for pretty packaging!

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After I selected a rounded color palette with my swatches, we really talked about the color wheel. I painted a large watercolor wheel that I can hang in my studio for reference while I work. This sheet is 10″ x 14″… I love seeing the colors run next to each other… I can’t wait to start painting!

 

So, what do you want to learn this fall? I’m so grateful that we can always keep learning, growing and stretching. Art is so good for the soul in that regard… Let’s hit the books!

More tomorrow… including a winner for my Concord & 9th giveaway!

Make a Wish and WIN from Concord & 9th!

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I am thrilled to be back from summer vacations and lazy days to be celebrating something fun with you today! I wish today that we would all take a minute to give a big shout-out and crazy moment (ok… month long moment!) to celebrate the fabulous first birthday of Concord & 9th?  It’s a year that’s flown by, but it’s been full of beautiful, fresh stamp designs and beautiful artwork! Really love the Concord & 9th team! Class-act!

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When the Concord & 9th crew asked me to help celebrate, I couldn’t wait to get inky, plus they even game me a $20 gift certificate <keep reading for giveaway details> to share with one of  you. I had to say yes! And to top it off, my friend and cohort at Splitcoast Lydia (THE BIRTHDAY GIRL HERSELF!) has a project and gift certificate to share, as well!

I pulled out a favorite Concord & 9th set in my stash, Wildflower and started stamping…

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Actually, I started with blending foam and a beautiful rainbow of Distress Ink Pads to apply vibrant color across a sheet of Ranger Watercolor Paper, and then I stamped images from Concord & 9th’s  Wildflower set and “wish” from one of their earliest sets in Clear Embossing Ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. After that I spritzed and dripped H2O across the front for blending and texture drops.

When my rainbow was dry, I added a beautiful accent from Bouquet Die that I cut from white glittered paper over the top and applied a few sparkly sequins.

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So fun! Do you know what else is fun? I have a $20 gift certificate to give away to the Concord & 9th store for one lucky reader! (I sure could use it because their newest set, Give Thanks – with a super fun stalk of wheat (swoon!) – became an instant favorite of mine! I’ve already bought mine and it’s en route, so I’ll give the gift card away to one of you!

Leave a comment with what state you live in and how long you’ve been stamping… I’ll draw a winner on Sunday night when I get back from teaching a set of fun Copic Marker Workshop classes in Dallas!

Since summer is officially over around here… look for more regular posting. I never stopped stamping, so I’ve got some fun things to show you in the coming days! Have a good one! ~ Lori

Edit to add: Comments are closed for this give-away! Thank you for entering. I will post winner info soon! Thank you!

Unforgettable….

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Just popping in with a sweet Dare to Get Dirty card that I made yesterday for Tabbatha’s challenge! I used Adorable Elephants from MFT colored with Copic Marker and Dainty Flower dies from Paper Smooches! I love how well these went together. The black frame is a Pinking Edge Square Die-namics cut from MFT! (I received these as a gift at a retreat I went to back in the winter! Super cute!)

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We’ve just hit stride with mid-week challenges at Splitcoaststampers, so there is plenty of time for you to join us! Lots of prizes from AWESOME sponsors! :) You do have to be a Splitcoast Fan Club member to see the challenges and be eligible for prizes. Click here for the details on how to join the club.

Click here for the Dare to Get Dirty Chat Thread fun.

I am organizing watercolor supplies today in anticipation of a new class I’m taking with the awesome Michelle Wooderson soon. I’m really looking forward to building on the things I learned in last winter’s watercolor class that I took! Anyone want to join me?

Have a GREAT day, friends!

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