Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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Ever had one of these days? Where you just want to say "nuts"?

I have had a few of those.....

This is an adorable set that I received as a gift! Thanks Cindy :)

This is the "Cute Critters" set from MFT. I just used the acorn and immediately thought of the movie Ice Age as that poor little critter was chasing the nuts all movie long....lol!

I stamped the acorns masking them off as I went. I then colored them with my copic markers. E50,53 and 34 for the lower half and then E25,47 and 49 for the upper half. The grounding I did with my E41,43 and 44. The background was airbrushed with BG11.

Just in case you are having a "nuts" day....

Friday, October 17, 2014


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Welcome Friday! A custom background I have to show you today....

I stamped the background with the "Fine Chevron Background" and versamark ink, embossing with clear detail powder.  I colored my chevron stripes (quite quickly because I wasn't concerned with going over the lines a little) with my copic markers.....V22,BV17,E33,E27

I went over that with an iron and paper bag to remove the embossing powder. I then stamped the leaf from the "Fall Foliage" set. I love how it picked up the pattern but stamped nice and clean.

The sentiment is a Die-namics from the "Words of graditude" set. I embossed a sheet of vellum in gold embossing powder and then die cut the word.

Enjoy your weekend! Next week I am off to Portland to meet with my copic gal pals! Can't wait!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


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I am back in my studio after a great weekend in Vancouver! Fun Copic Classes!

One of the many techniques that I demonstrate is direct stamp coloring with copics....here is an example of that. First up I debossed the tree branch portion with the "Out on a Limb" Die-namics and then I colored up the stamps of both the leaves and the tree with my copic markers....they dry super fast.....

To reactivate the copic ink, I simply spritzed with blender solution from a mister bottle and then quickly stamped with the "out on a limb" stamp set from MFT.  I love the imperfect, impressionistic look that this renders :)

I used YG21,25, Y15, R02,05 for the leaves. Then I airbrushed some YG01 and BG11 in the background. Simple and pretty:)

Be sure to check out when copic classes and workshops are coming to your area! You can see the details on my updated copic page HERE.....Next up for me....Portland! Yay! Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Goldberg Inspiration!

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Happy Friday! Did anyone catch the new "Goldberg's" this week?

As a child of the 80's it is on our PVR "must watch" list....what a hoot! If you didn't, you really should and then you would totally get the inspiration behind this card....

First up, I airbrushed the background with my copic BG72 and my "On the Diagonal" stencil from MFT.

The cassette itself is a combo of stamps and dies. It is the Cassette Die-namics paired up with the "Playlist" stamp set from MFT. It is an 80's theme...but I made it modern with the colors.

I have been doing a lot of traveling and Copic certification and workshop teaching (which is why it has been quiet on my blog). Looking forward to more crafting time nearer to the end of October.

Are you looking for a class? The LAST CLASSES of 2014 are up on my Copic Details page and you can also find them on the COPIC site. I am heading to my stomping grounds in Vancouver next weekend! Hope to see you there :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Love

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Happy Monday! It is sure starting to feel like fall and I love it! Warm during the day and then cool nights :)

 A quick little card to share with you today in one of my favorite color palettes!

The wood stump and sentiment are from the "Wood you be mine" set from MFT and the sweet little acorns are from the "Fall Foliage" set.

The little bird is actually from a hero arts bird trio (LP169) from a few years back. I colored him up with my copics directly on kraft cardstock. Adding a little bit of pencil for the white highlight along his back. The copics are E21,23,25 YG21,95 and YR04 for the beak. 

For the finishing touch, I added the little acorns sprinkled the ground with some gold glitter too.

I am off to Calgary this weekend....for a fun FULL COPIC workshop day! Woohoo! I will say that I am relieved that their snow storm hit last week and not this week.....

There are some new venues for COPIC Workshops/Certifications that have been put up this week! Be sure to check out my updated Copic Details page

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A new season....Fall! New Copic Class Venues Too!

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 This is my favorite time of year! Warm sun in the afternoon and cool nights (perfect for the hot tub). I have had a wonderful summer vacation and was excited to get back at my studio and do a little crafting :)

I decided to head on over to one of my favorite spots for inspiration and that is Splitcoaststampers.
...and played along with today's "ways to use it" challenge.....fall leaves.

I used watercolor paper for my card base and then laid a piece of vellum stamped with the "woodgrain background". The circle cut out is from the "Blueprints 12" Die-namics.

The pretty fall leaf and acorns are from the "Fall Foliage" stamp set along with the coordinating Die-namics.

I did a little Copic airbrushing on the leaf with Y32, Y38 and Y28 markers to add a slight variation in the colors. Not too much....we aren't all the way into fall yet!
I have added a few gold trim accents....the wire and the glitter.

Looking for Copic classes? We have announced another few venues for fall!!!! Looking for something on the west coast? I will be in Calgary, Vancouver and Portland this fall :)
You can see all the details HERE on my updated Copic page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Copic "Watercolor"

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Hi! We just enjoyed a wonderful long weekend here in BC! A ONE LAYER, simple card for you today showcasing one of my favorite things....copics! You wouldn't think that flower is done with markers...well it is done with copic marker various ink refills and my waterpen filled with blender solution. 

I love the pretty watercolor looking results of this technique....but first I need to describe how I got all that texture!

I did my stamping first, using "Birthday Chalkboard Greetings" and  "Delicious Birthday" from MFT! I stamped them in the Black Licorice Hybrid ink. Now....for the texture. I prepared the die cut sandwich for embossing on my machine. I then laid down my "Rose with Overlay" Die-namics, A piece from the "Blueprints 9" for the sentiment and then laid over all of this the "Grid" stencil. I ran it through my machine a couple of times to ensure deep impressions. 

For the copic "watercolor" I used YR68, YR31 and R05 Various inks. 

Are you signed up for a Copic Certification or Workshop? Some new locations were just added....Vancouver BC and Calgary are for my fellow Canadians :)

Check out the full list HERE on my updated Copic page. Hope to see you soon!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lil' bits of ribbon

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 I decided to play along with today's clean and simple challenge over on SCS! It has been a LONG while since I have had the chance! We were challenged to use some of our ribbon bits and scraps to create a project.

I created this project for my sweet little niece....that needs a little hug as she broke her arm yesterday. Poor thing!

This whole tag is ribbon! I added adhesive on a piece of cardstock and then lined up the ribbons and then put it through my die cut machine with the "Pierced Tag STAX Die-namics". This made a nice clean edge to the ribbon....so nice! 
The sweet little pure innocence image is "Sending Big Hugs" from MFT! I even added a little ribbon to her skirt :) I colored her up with my copic markers....these little gals are always fun to color!

Speaking of coloring....Check out my updated class page for Certifications and Workshops coming your way!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Copic Marker Classes with frosting on top....

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Happy Monday! Lots of updates to share with you today!

First up is this little sweetie called "Sweet Birthday Wishes" from MFT....she is a new release for July!

I stamped her directly on kraft cardstock and then paper pieced everything except her hair and cupcake base. The papers are from Melissa Frances.

I colored her up with my copic markers...being sure to add shadows and dimension to her paper pieced dress.

The sentiment comes from a new set from MFT called "Delicious Birthday"....PERFECT for all things BIRTHDAY!

There are some new locations with released applications this week! Did you see we added Copic Certifications to Alexandria VA and new Workshops to Philadephia, Boston and Calgary!!!! You can check out my updated copic class page HERE....or head right to the source of copic class info HERE!

*******If you haven't checked out our class list in a while be sure to look at some of the fabulous locations we are offering....San Francisco people there are Certifications in San Jose this summer! I know you have been asking*******