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No Tricks, Just Treats – and great Copic inspiration

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Last week I was really blessed by spending time at a retreat of paper crafters! This *adorable* Copic colored card was designed and shared as a swap with our group by the beautiful Linda Nomura. Is this a winning clean-and-simple design, or WHAT?

I’d met Linda several times in my Copic classes in the Southern California area. She is such a doll, and I’m glad she made the trip to Kansas to get crafty with me! And, I adore her card with the cute Happy Howloween Lawn Fawn images! 
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Speaking of treats… a GREAT way to receive quality and relevant Copic inspiration is to receive the Imagination International newsletter! Timely topics, inspiring projects, art work, tutorials, class opportunities in locations near you about Copic from people who LOVE art! Never hurts to be in the know … Imagination International is the North American distributor of Copic Marker and other quality brands of fine art and paper crafting supplies.

Visit Copic HERE and start receiving their inspirational goodness. You might even see fun stuff from yours truly! 😉

Have a GREAT day! 

Palette Blending with Copic Marker

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I put together a short palette blending tutorial and video for the Splitcoaststampers newsletter this week! Such a great technique for extending color range where you may be missing some colors or for blending two complimentary colors together!

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My image is from the Power Poppy set called Prairie Cheer… It a gorgeous set with beautiful flowers and WHEAT! Swoon. You can see the step-by-step coloring process in my tutorial video.

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And, if you like great tutorials, we publish a new tutorial every Wednesday at Splitcoastampers. Use this link and sign up in the upper right hand corner box, I promise we’ll never spam or sell you! :)

I’m painting today…and not the fun watercolor kind… touching up trim and walls. Good times…said no one ever. But, I will be so happy when it’s done!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a colorful day!

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!

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?

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!

Don’t Be Fooled … Crazy Cats and Copic Class News

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Don’t be fooled by my cute and fluffy exterior! :) I’m sharing another sentiment set today… The Tim Holtz Crazy Cats are so popular, and a few months ago, Mary at Seredipity had penned some phrases that coordinated for just the right amount of spunk. This one made me laugh!

I’ve colored my cat with Copic Marker (BG11, BG13, BG15) and added some fun embellishments from Imagination International.

1397QCLMeowmix_274x274 This full set of sentiments that I put together from Serendipity is called Meow Mix – other favorites say “miss you more than catnip” and “meow’s it going” … fun stuff!

 

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I am always looking for flat embellishments that won’t add bulk or risk of postage machine shred to my cards. On this card I’ve used XPress It Glitter Deco Tape – the glitter is super sparkly and flat – not chunky and you simply tear it off.

I’ve added a strip across the bottom from IC Screen Tones – a fun flat product from Imagination International. Screen tones are printed images and accents that on translucent, adhesive backed paper. You can cut them to the appropriate shape or size and adhere and they blend right into the paper that you’ve adhered them. There isn’t a visible ridge after you have burnished them to the paper with your finger tips and they look like hand-drawn art. Super fun! On this card, I used the Borders & Repeated Shapes 2. The sheets are large at 12.5″ x 9″ so you can make a lot of cards with one sheet!

UPCOMING FALL COPIC CLASSES

DM 02 Lori Craig I have had a great summer hanging around the house, but it is just about time for me to pack the Copic bags for my next classes! I will be teaching Whimsical Faces & Hair, Vintage Values & Monotones and Dress for Success at the end of August in Dallas! You can find all of the details and see our full schedule HERE! We’ve got some great locations coming up: Charlotte, Chicago, Edmonton, Sacramento! Good times!

I think that’s about all for today! I did get my bedroom painted yesterday. Cleaning up the mess and putting socket and switch covers back on this morning! Crafting this afternoon! It’s going to be too hot for anything else! Bring on my markers and the AC.

Stay cool!

 

Floating By – fun news & an intricate die tutorial

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Something fun to share today… Several months ago Mary at Serendipity Stamps asked me if I would consider putting together some sentiment sets for her to coordinate with some stamp images that she had recently released. First I was honored, and second, I had never considered that before. But I thought, why not try? And, this week, I am sharing a few of my favorite sentiments with you!

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1398uplifting_274x274Of the sets I have created for Serendipity Stamps, Uplifting Words is my favorite! Great encouragements and well-wishes here that would work well for balloons, clouds, birds in the breeze…

 

 

 

LoftyDreams Photo 1 Lori CraigI’ve paired it on these projects with balloon elements from the Hot Air Balloon Reverse Die. The balloon is colored with Copic Marker (RV17, YR04, Y15, YG23, BG45, V17 and E23). The sentiment is stamped with Taylored Expressions Lollipop Dye ink. The Lollipop pink cardstock and the striped Rainbow Bright striped patterned paper are both from Taylored Expressions. The Stitched Mini Scallop Frame Dienamics are from MFT. The glitter paper was a gift to me from a friend… I have been hoarding it, and I believe it is from Stampin’ Up!

064hotairballoons_274x274 Hot Air Balloon Reverse Die is a plate that allows for a lot of creative flexibility… it cuts of both single hot air balloons or a full card-front negative. I lived in Des Moines, Iowa when I was a young girl, and I love going to the Indianola Hot Air Balloon Festival to watch scores of bubble beauties soar the Iowa plains. So pretty!

 

The balloon plate die does cut a LOT of little pieces (both of my cards today were created with the same die-cut – one piece of paper!) and those can be pesky to create with, so I reached into my bag of tricks for an incredible, paper-craft-life-altering tip from my friend and neighbor (love having her closeby!), Laurie Willison! Laurie has changed the way many people use intricate dies with her Press’n Seal – yes that stuff in your kitchen – Trick!

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Scatter Sunshine with Envelope Art

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I’m scattering kansas sunshine today… sticking this card in the mail to a friend who is a real blessing to me! Love these Simply Stamped Sunflowers and sentiment from Taylored Expressions. I’ve used them here with Taylor’s new premium dye ink and the Prairie embossing folder.

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I’m still working on my hand~lettering and taken to the old school postage look! I love the colored Copic Multi-liners for my hand~lettering. I like these because they are inexpensive, safe to use with water-color or Copic Marker, and they come in nine different colors with a variety of nib sizes.

Adding some postage flare is an easy way to make your hand-stamped card stand-out in the recipient’s mailbox! It was fun to shop for smaller valued postage stamps at www.usps.gov. My local post office doesn’t seem to have many options or variety anymore for 1-cent to 20-cent values… Ordering online, the shipping was super cheap and a one – maybe 2-day turn-around.

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Thanks for stopping by… I hope you have a beautiful day! And … let’s get those cards in the mail today, friends … scatter some sunshine!

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