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Copic Coloring Guide 2 – Another Give Away

Good morning and welcome to a very special blog hop!  I am excited to share that the new Copic Coloring Guide, Level 2: Nature from Annie’s Attic is now available.

I’ve included a sneak peek at one of my favorite projects in this book, Cheery Wishes! The sweet image is called Peonies from Lockhart Stamp Company. Peonies are my favorite garden flower, though I’ve never cut them for an indoor bouquet.

Authors Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker have partnered up again to bring you a quality publication. From the introductory suggestions for creating a Copic journal and tips for working with digital images, to explanations of advanced blending techniques and detailed tutorials for coloring specific objects, the book presents useful information in an easy-to-follow format.

Each participating designer is hopping today to give you a peak at their favorite project from the book – and a chance to WIN your own autographed copy! Please comment on this post for your chance to win your copy of mine!  Commenting will be closed midday Friday, March 9th. I’ll announce a winner on Saturday morning.
Can’t wait for your copy?

Copic Coloring Guide Level 2: Nature is now available at many stamping and scrapbooking stores. It is also sold through the Annie’s Attic catalog, accessible online at AnniesAttic.com.

Good luck!

Rest Your Soul. 12 New Copic Colors.

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I’m working through some Virtual Stamp Night challenges today. This one was a beautiful photo inspiration from one of my favorite people, the always smiling, always encouraging, always beautiful…Lori McAree. I ran with the container of something idea, and used my recent Lockhart purchase, Roses in a Teacup. My image is colored with some very special Copics (keep reading). The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, Rest and Renewal.

If you came by the Copic booth at CHA, there was ONE set of the new 12 Sketch colors in the Copic booth. It was basically under lock and key, all shrink wrapped and center stage, like the Hope Diamond. After the show, Marianne handed them to me, and it was as if I were holding the Declaration of Independence in my arms…a national treasure. LOL.  It was my job to take the new colors to a group of store owners at a rep show in Chicago a few weeks after CHA. The next day, I was stuck in LA due to the great midwest blizzard and trying to figure out how to get a blog hop project completed, so I used the markers one time.

The rep show has come and gone. Aren’t you glad I was more responsible with these markers than I was my camera card and beloved Coco?  These beauties have started shipping to retailers from the Copic sanctuary warehouse, so I think it’s finally safe to take them out of hiding.

Here’s a quick little color comparison project that I put together this afternoon. I’ve used most of the 12 new Sketch colors to blend. I’ve noted the colors used on each sample (ball of yarn – From the Heart – Taylored Expressions). The new colors used are noted with a • next to the reference numbers. Couple of comments: 1) YR30 – drool…for anyone who enjoys adding a faint glow behind their images, usually with YR31 and blender – sometimes mixed in an empty pen, you *need* this color. 2) BG70 – perfect compliment to a favored combo BG72/BG75. 3) Surprisingly, one of the colors I was least excited about became a favorite when I colored these balls of yarn, RV55…a beautiful shade of bright pink. {love}.

Now it’s time for me to print off and update my color chart. I keep two charts, back to back in a clear plastic sleeve – one for the markers I own and one for the refills I own. I know that Sharon has already done the dirty work of creating a new chart for all 346 colors of Sketch marker, plus 24 colors of Spica glitter pen. She has it available for free download here, so if you find it helpful, please leave her a little love note of appreciation. :)

I’m going to quit rambling and get back to stamping…There are about 4 other VSN challenges that I want to work on, and I’ve promised myself a short run outside since we are above 40 degrees. Happy weekend!

P.S. I didn’t mean to lie about my use of kraft and white flowers. Completely unintentional. I’ll try to do better next time.

wash • dry • fold • repeat

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How can it be Friday again? Seriously? The days are just flying by. It’s already time for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.  I’m playing along with Monica Davis  • Lisa HjulbergLynn Mercurio Jami SibleyRachel SztonykAlice Wertz

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I had to have this Lockhart stamp and sentiment when I first saw it a month or so ago…. wash • dry • fold • repeat … that’s my mantra. I don’t even need a put away tacked on there.

My image is stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento before coloring – since I tend to use warm colors, I use the brown a lot. In fact, you can use any of the Memento Inks with your Copic Markers.  All of the colors set quickly for coloring. :)  The background image is from Unity and stamped in cream ink on Kraft. Patterned paper is Material Girl from Cosmo.

I’ll be putting this card in the mail today. Can you believe that? I’m actually going to mail a card! Call me crazy! I know my girlfriend will get a chuckle.

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I thought I’d share one of the highlights of my Iowa weekend. This photo represents the longest friendship I have. I’ve known this girl since moving to Minnesota in first grade. I met her while she was pulling her little brother by our house in a red wagon. Turns out she lived 2 doors up. There is nothing more comfortable than being with someone who’s known you so long… She made a 6 1/2 hour round-trip drive last Friday to Des Moines to have dinner with Taylor, Jami and I. How fun!

I’ve moved a lot in my life, and even though our periods of communication have come and gone through the years, we’ve always known how to re-connect. (Her parents still live in the same house…it’s been quite easy!) Now, I’m grateful for Facebook. :) Thank you for coming to see me, sweet friend. I’m looking forward to a little bit longer get together soon. Since I’ve introduced you to Miss Brighton, I’m positive those future visits will include shopping. <wink-wink> Love you!

Before you blaze away for a fun filled, springy weekend… Make sure you check out other samples from the sketch crew. I know you’ll be inspired to get inky.

Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps: Laundry & wash•dry•fold•repeat – Lockhart Stamp Company, Tea Time Pattern – Unity Stamp Company 
  • Cardstock: Choice Cream – Taylored Expressions, Kraft & Material Girl – Cosmo Cricket
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento 
  • Accs: button, twine & Copic Markers (R20, R22, R35, R39, R89, BG11, BG72, YR31, Y21, Y38, W1 and YR31 mixed with blender for highlights)

Cupcake Challenge

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Could I have waited any longer to use this darling Holly Cupcake image that I colored it way back in October? With Christmas literally around the corner, I figured I better get it put to use. :)  When I saw Taylor’s sketch yesterday with a circle element, I knew this would work. It’s really dreary here, so there was no catching the Spica Glitter pen sparkle or Glaze pen accents on the holly and berries.

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Have you seen the adorable backgrounds that Carole Burrage creates when she’s stamping and coloring (like THIS)? I realize that I should have worked with the spacing of my patterned images a little bit more before trying it on the real deal cardstock, but by 1:00 a.m. I was tired and I wasn’t about to start over. :) The images are all colored with Copic Markers, and with GinaK’s 120 lb. real deal Pure Luxury White cardstock, there was no marker bleed through to the back of the white based card. It’s also super sturdy. White cardbases are back! Happy day!

The heart holly image is from Kim Hughes set, Christmas Cheer. The Holly Cupcake is a Lockhart image from Ellen Hutson.(Psst, it’s the stamp of the month!) The sentiment is from the set of the same name from Taylored Expressions, Season’s Sweetings. All colored with Copic Markers. The heart brads on the sentiment are from Making Memories.

The ingredients for 7 layer bars are calling my name from the kitchen counter. They are the easiest cookie EVER to make, but I put off making those things because I love them so much! KWIM? 😉 We’ll be taking them ALL to church in the morning or to neighbors tomorrow afternoon. 😉 Uh-huh…yeah, right!

Have a great Saturday!

WSC63: Potions & Prize

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Sorry I’m a few minutes late…no school today means a different morning routine.

I’m channeling Jenn today with my sketch card. That girl lets those hoarded rhinestones fly like nobodies business. :) This is a little Lockhart image, Potions and Spells,  that I paired up with paper from my Taylored Expressions *key ingredients* kit. It’s too late for you to pick up the Halloween *key ingredients* but she released Christmas last night…and the paper is beautiful. Since I’ve already ordered mine, I thought I’d pass it along. I’ll pass along links for Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Laurie and Sharon, too – I know that their creations this week will make you smile!

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Basic Pears

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I’ve been leaving sentiments off of the front of my cards lately. That way I can have more to choose from in my stash when I need something specific. This Lockhart image, Pears, has always been on my ‘list’…you know the list of things you adore but never break down and buy? :)

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Happy Harvest, Little Pumpkins

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It was so much fun to spend the weekend with my friends, Sharon Harnist and Marianne Walker, right here in my hometown of Kansas City. It was like having a private color coach right at my disposal for 3 days. How lucky am I?

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Here’s a quick card that I put together this morning. I came home with plenty of adorable Lockhart images to color in the next few weeks.  This Pumpkins in Wheelbarrow  was colored with a range of Y and YR colors and then accented with a clear Spica glitter pen.  The sentiment is from All Things Fall (CHF). Both of these stamps are available from Ellen Hutson, LLC.

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This is the 3 of us after virtually no sleep, lots of coloring and a ton of laughs. Special thanks to my sweet husband who let me get away for a few days despite the fact that it’s ‘bow season’ ~ and I’m not talking ribbon. :) See you tomorrow!

  • Stamps: Pumpkins in Wheelbarrow (Lockhart) & All Things Fall (CHF)
  • Cardstock: Neenah White, Sunflowers Medium & Dark (Prism)
  • Ink: Black Adirondack (Ranger)
  • Accs: Strano Ribbon, Magic Mesh, Spica glitter pen (Copic) and Copic Marker