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hope is the thing…

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Hope is the thing… 

I made this card for some friends of ours on Sunday morning before I went to church and before I knew about the national tragedy of our weekend. I’m going to leave this here without commentary. Have hope, my friends…

 

Color My World? Yes, please!

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Color My World! Yes! Extra colorful excitement around here today as I have an opportunity to share beautiful new Premium Matched Inks from Taylored Expressions. TWELVE rich colors in full size ink pads or 1″ cubes that coordinate perfectly with Taylor’s Premium Cardstock. Swoon!

I have been using a lot of bright and bold colors lately, and these certainly spark the creativity!  The Chocolate Truffle and Oreo Hybrid inks offer a nice smooth, dark coverage that dry quickly, and worked well with Copic Markers. The other ten dye inks are fast-drying, fade resistant, archival safe, and offers superior coverage. Let me repeat two words again: superior coverage.

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The colors are almost as fun to say as they are to play with. Super sweet, and totally Taylor! … cherry pop, lollipop, strawberry slush, candy corn, lemon meringue, granny smith, peapod, cotton candy, cookie monster and jelly bean! 

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I made two cards to share with you today! The first one “you color my world” showcases splotches from Stroke of Genius 1 and 2 with the colors Strawberry Milkshake, Candy Corn, Lemon Meringue, Granny Smith, Cookie Monster and Jelly Bean! I paired the color splash with a sentiment from the set A Life She Loved and Copic Markers (RV17, YR04, Y15, BG45 and V17). I finished it off with a smattering of sequins from random packages in my stash!

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My next card was fast and fun! I used a super old stamping technique called Rock ‘n Roll (tutorial found HERE at Splitcoaststampers) that allows for multiple colors of ink in a single impression on solid image stamps. I used a single stem floral from Posh Posies inked first in Strawberry Milkshake Premium Ink and then rolled in Lollipop Premium Ink while the stamp was affixed to the lid of my MISTI Stamp Positioner. By keeping the stamp on the MISTI, I was able to stamp the floral bloom and clean my stamp before inking the stem in Granny Smith Premium Ink and pressing to the white cardstock for a crisp clean impression.

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Next, I cut my Various Vase die from Strawberry Milkshake cardstock and stamped with a texture from the Stroke of Genius 2 stamp set in Lollipop Premium Ink. The sentiment is from a sweet small set called Free Spirit! The focal image layer is popped up on Strawberry Milkshake cardstock.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my introduction to these made in the USA Premium Inks from Taylored Expressions! They are now available and you can only find them at the TE webstore. Plus, check out the two I Want It All to celebrate the arrival of the newest products!

Be sure to leave me some love in comment form below because Taylor will be choosing a lucky visitor from the blog post comments to win a choice of 6 colors of full size pads and coordinating refills! 

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I’ll have more to share soon! Today, I’m teaching Copic Marker Certifications in The Taylored Expressions Studio in Ankeny, Iowa – of all places! How fun is that! I’m going to sneak over to the warehouse on my lunch break and just oogle at all of the stacks of ROYGBIV!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!

Year Around Bouquets

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Beautiful floral bouquets are always in season! I think many readers might know that I’m crazy about sunflowers… I love this little Sunflower Bouquet from Taylored Expressions. In November, I was visiting Jami out in Southern California, and she was playing with Zig Clean Color markers. I had heard a lot about them, and I wanted to give them a try.

The background on this card was created by dipping a piece of glossy cardstock into Copic Various Ink that was splattered on a craft mat. Love how vibrant it is, and that it picks up the colors of the bouquet.

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Here’s the sweet Mixed Blooms Bouquet. These images were stamped with black pigment ink on a mixed media cardstock and then embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder before coloring with Zig Clean Color and an aquabrush.

It’s absolutely no secret that I’m a Copic lover, and I know many people will say how do they compare. It’s truly like apples and oranges because the Zigs are a waterbased product and Copic, of course, is alcohol. The inks behave very differently when they hit the paper.

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I like the looseness of the color around these blooms that the water provides as color shifts, but I know most of the time I want more control over where the ink actually stays on my canvas.

I have a variety of water based color mediums in my collection, so I do see room for both in a person’s art supply stash.

Thanks to Jami for sharing them with me for the afternoon. Now, I’m not having to just sit and wonder… I have both of these stamps, so maybe I’ll get them both out and duplicate the look with Copic – just for grins.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pulling for Ewe

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I’ve been coloring, coloring… This is another card I colored for Kathy Racoosin’s 30-day marker challenge. I’m a day or two behind, but still making progress. I have a long swim meet to sit through enjoy this weekend, so I think I’ll be caught up by Monday.

This image is from the Taylored Expressions set Hello Spring! So fun… My main Copic colors are R20/R22, Y32/Y35 and BG11/BG13. Simple and springy.

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To make my little bullion fringe bunting, I used the Skinny Mini Party Banners from Taylored Expressions, cut from white and simply dotted lightly with Copic Marker.  Just a squish dot with the pen nib. So easy…
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I colored my sheep with gradually darker shades of my lightest pinks – just gently adding in some fluffy swirls. Finally, I added a little Gold Glitter Deco Tape from XPress It to the top of my card to finish it off.

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If you are in the Seattle area, my April 8 & 9 Standard and Intermediate Certifications along with the brand new Coloring Flowers class were opened for enrollment this week. The feedback on the flowers class has been GREAT! It’s a shorter evening class, so I hope it might work for some of our Copic friends who have a hard time attending full day classes.  You can find all of that info and sign up links HERE.

I better go pack my swim bag and find my lawn chair for the weekend! Be back soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

a life she loved

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I’ve been getting ready for a new year of coloring and Copic classes. My friend Kathy Racoosin is hosting a 30-day color challenge, and I felt like there was nothing better to prep for my classes in St. Louis the first weekend in March! If you are in the St. Louis area, come see me!

This is a Taylored Expressions image from the set When Your Heart Speaks. Love.

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This is an image that was in a faces and hair class that Copic offered several years ago, and I thought she’d be a great sample in my class portfolio. I colored this for day 2. Braided hair is so fun! Her hair is done with the E30 Copic family. The darker skin complexions are a bit of a challenge for me, and I know practice is the only way I’ll get better – here I used E01 (because I can’t find my E11!!) E13 and E15 for her skin.

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This was for day 3. I used a loved stamped set from Taylored Expressions called A Life She Loved. I may end up coloring one more from this set and framing a little tryptic for my crafty office. Coloring glass is something we tackle in our Clothing and Accessories Copic Class.

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This little lady from MFT Stamps has been inked on my desk for a few years. I colored her yesterday morning for Day 5. Such a cutie! Her hair is also colored with the E30s family, but her skin is much lighter complexion. I’ve used E51, E21 and E000 (my secret weapon Copic facial concealer!)

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My parents are visiting this weekend, but I got up this morning and colored this poppy image from Stampin’ Up! before we get busy with some errands and hanging out… I love a Saturday when I’m busy hanging out! Don’t you!? Coloring Flowers with Copic is a new class that we are offering this year, and I’m looking forward to teaching that in St. Louis, as well!

We’ll see how I hold up on the 30-day challenge. You can find a lot of Copic inspiration using the Instagram #thedailymarker30day! If you aren’t going to be in St. Louis, you can see our full year’s schedule of Copic classes on this page. I hope our paths will cross at some point soon.

I also hope you have a fabulous Saturday…hanging out or otherwise!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Kansas Day & Combo Watercolor

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In honor of January 29th – officially, Kansas Day, I’m sharing a fun technique that incorporates both of my creative loves: paper crafting and photography!

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You might remember this post I shared in September about this beautiful 40-acres field of sunflowers near my parents home in northeast Kansas. The sunflower is our state flower! I knew immediately that I wanted to use the photo to create notecards or greeting cards. I wasn’t sure what approach I was going to take, but I wanted to get whatever I was going to do done for Christmas gifts… so I needed to start early, by December 22 at the latest! HAHAHA! December really was a crazy month for our family, so I got to the print stage of my project and it’s been on my desk waiting… patiently.

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I wanted to use the photo but stay somewhat true to my papercrafty roots, so I ran the photo above through an app on my iPhone called Waterlogue. (It’s available for Android, too!) It is my favorite way to play with beautiful landscape or floral photos that I take, and I often use them for screen savers or as a little text-blessing that I pass along to a friend or family! The ap takes your own photo and transforms it to a beautiful watercolor file – there are several options to play with. You can save the watercolor file in .jpeg format,  just like you would a photo image. Here’s a fun site that shows a lot of different images created with the app, Made with Waterlogue.

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I printed off a stack of 5-6 of the prints in a 3.5″ size on 110# hot press watercolor paper and trimmed them with a Pierced Square STAX Dienamic from MFT. I printed onto my heavy paper with an Epson P600 printer which is perfect for crafty printing because it prints on many different types of media – heavy, thin, canvas, watercolor, etc.

You might notice that in the Waterlogue conversion I lost the cloud and horizon detail. That’s not uncommon because it is very difficult to expose for the flowers in the foreground and the horizon line at the same time, and there doesn’t end  up being enough contrast for the app to fill it in. I love the flowers by themselves, but I wanted sky! Pretty blue sky!

Combo Watercolor Lori Craig 3 So, this morning, armed with a little bit of knowledge from an amazingly awesome watercolor class I am taking this week at Online Card Classes called Watercolor for Card Makers – Intermediate, I busted out the blue tube watercolor and a small round brush and proceeded to add my sky back in. To get a muddled blue, I wet the sky area lightly with water and then dropped in a little bit of watery blue paint. The ink on this printer stays put for mixed media projects, and I had no printer ink runs or bleeds from the addition of the watercolor paint. (I haven’t had the printer very long, so I’ll test it for Copic and stamping ink compatibility soon!)

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Because these are going to be a gift, I wanted a nice smooth panel with my watercolor design, so I took a tip from Jennifer McGuire and cut squares of fun foam at 2.75″ to mount my watercolor squares to the card fronts. Helps keep the panel flat and smooth!

 

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I added a sentiment from Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions to a cream panel and accented with sequins, then I applied the cream and photo layers to a card base of Summer Sunrise cardstock from Papertrey Ink – fitting since I took this photo just after sunrise! – for a fairly quick project.

 

Combo Watercolor Lori Craig 1I like the term Combo Watercolor for this process – a combination of digital and traditional painting, and I can’t wait to comb through my photos and makesome more!

Tip: Print a small image test from your printer and on the paper media that you want to use. Test for a reaction to watercolor or other mediums before you go to elaborate creative measures. Just as you would test a digital stamped image!

If you try it, I would love to see your work. Send me a link to your project on your blog or at Splitcoast.

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So thanks for visiting with me today, and Happy Birthday to my beautiful homeland! Happy Kansas Day! 

Friends Don’t Come Any Better Than You

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I have some sweet little puppy friends, Roger and Tessa, who graciously share their mom with me whenever I visit Southern California. So, I wanted to send them a little thank you for their recent hospitality! My husband’s company manufacturers these all USA, high quality pet treats, and I thought they’d enjoy them about as much as I love spending time with Jami!

Dog stamp is from Whippersnapper Designs – colored with Copic. Different fur blending styles are something we cover in our Clothing and Accessories class. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions’ Big Bold Valentine – which I use year around!

Have a great Tuesday! Arf! Arf!

Joy to the World

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I see Christmas Morning on the horizon! Joy to the World!

This is a card that I created last night while my daughters and I were watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts in the office. I used a 3×4 Christmas Watercolor Panel from Taylored Expressions that I had colored last month when I had a crafty day with Jami.

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After I had watercolored, I used an XPress It Glue Pen to add adhesive and transparent glitter to the dove wings. I also used green XPress It Glitter Deco Tape from Imagination International as an accent to the card base. Watercolor can totally stand alone on a project, but the shimmer of the glitter in both places adds a little punch!

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Here is a 2nd project I did last night… I’ve been anxious to make a few things with the Weary World set from Verve, too! (Apparently many of you like this set as much as I do because when I went to grab a link I see it is temporarily sold out.)

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Again, because there are 10 colors in the package, I used the blue Glitter Deco Tape as an accent. Here I put it though the Big Shot and cut it with the coordinating star die.

The tape is only 6mm wide, but the beauty of this glitter product is that it’s smooth and fine grit glitter, so you can lay pieces of it side by side and not see the seam. There are 3 short rows of tape, side-by-side, to cut this star! I just adhere them to a piece cardstock and then die cut.

We are off to go caroling with some friends in a few minutes. The temps are mild here but the wind is crazy… I hope we don’t blow away with the Christmas cheer!

🎶 Joy to the World, my friends! 🎶

 

 

O Night Divine

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Christmas stash building continues… A few weeks ago I was working on the Shaker Card tutorial video, and fell in love with this little die set from Top Dog Dies. Unfortunately, they are going out of business and this is no longer available, but I loved the concept. The deer, trees, main panel and fancy decorative layer are all one die. LOVE.

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These are the last of the watercolor panels I made a while back. With light blues, aquas and light greens, they were the perfect backdrop for this little winter scene. The trees were cut from green and splattered with Dr. Martin’s Hydrous Titanium White Watercolor. Love the stuff because it’s extremely fluid and truly opaque. The sentiment is from the set Sing of the King from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.

What a Wonderful World


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Super short share today … I attended my daughter’s middle school choir and instrumental music Christmas concert last night… It was so, so good. And, in the midst of a lot of holiday busy-ness and day-to-day chaos it was a wonderful reminder that through it all and still … “What a Wonderful World!” (sentiment from Serendipity Stamps) Keep telling yourself that!

The main sentiment circle was a lonely castoff from another project. Love using these little watercolor panels – basically watercolor cardstock dipped into waterbased reinkers and dried. Super easy way to add variegated color punches to your projects. The dies are all from Taylored Expressions.

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Have a beautiful day!

 

 

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