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Welcome! Today I have a pink, floral card to share--who is surprised? (Okay, no one!) I grew up with blue morning glories winding around pasture fences, but I have to confess that they weren't really considered flowers in South Carolina; they were considered noxious weeds. I still remember the first time my grandfather saw a package of morning glory seeds in a seed display: "Why on earth would anybody plant weeds?" he asked. . . Hmmmm, in spite of my early indoctrination, I still think they are pretty!
Shown above are both JustRite stamp sets that I used on my card, Morning Glory Cling Stamps and Upcycled Woodgrain Cling Background Stamp. Aren't they pretty? I used the Morning Glory SVG digital cutting file to cut the morning glories shape before stamping it.
I colored the morning glories image with these Copic markers: R30, R32, and R35 for the blossoms, and G40, G43, G28, and a few touches of YG01 to warm things up a bit on the leaves. Flower centers were YR31 and 0, and I used BV23 for cast shadows. I dyed white seam binding with R30 and R32 Copic Various Inks.
Before I forget, all JustRite Background stamps are 25% off through February 10. If you'd like to see more projects featuring either Morning Glory Cling Stamps or Upcycled Woodgrain Cling Background Stamp, I hope you get a chance to check out the following blog posts:
Thanks for visiting today!
Welcome! We're having pretty decent weather for the U.P.--it's above zero for the foreseeable future. However, it's definitely still snowman weather here for many weeks to come! That means that I can use snowmen on thank you cards, right? Today I have another thank you card to share, this one using Papertrey Ink's PomPom Pals stamp set for the focal image, and Inside and Outside Thank You for the sentiment on the card front.
I thought I'd show you again how to leave part of an image extending past a die-cut shape. I generally use about three layers of cardstock between the die blade and the piece of cardstock on which my image is stamped, in just the area that I want to avoid cutting. I then send the image and die sandwich through my machine as normal.
When I remove the die, the scrap pieces of cardstock have shielded the part of the image that extends, and it should look like my picture above.
Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the snowman image. (Click to enlarge, as always.)
I used several Spellbinders dies on my card front, including Pierced Circles, Pierced Rectangles, Petite Scalloped Circles Large, and Standard Circles SM Here's hoping this chilly little guy conveys our thanks in a warm way! Thanks for visiting,
Welcome! I arrived home from warm Anaheim a week ago last Tuesday night, managing to bring a nasty bug home as a flight souvenir. Thankfully, I'm past the sleep-all-day stage, but still moving a bit slowly here, hence the lack of blogging lately. I'm trying to get back in the saddle this week, as well as look after my husband, who has also managed to catch the aforementioned bug. Oops. . .
On topic, I've recently updated my Copic Classes blog page and wanted to be sure to let you know what we have coming up in the near future.
Upcoming Copic Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes are in these areas:
Phoenix, Arizona: February 6-7: Debbie Olson (Jenn Dove will be there too--Yay!!!)
Houston, Texas: Feb. 20-21: Lori Craig
Orlando, Florida: Feb. 20-21: Cindy Lawrence
Dallas, Texas: March 13-14: Debbie Olson
Chicago, Illinois: March 13-14: Lori Craig
Hanover, Maryland: March 20-21: Cindy Lawrence
Portland, Oregon: March 20-21: Sherrie Siemens
Copic Workshop classes do not have prerequisites, though it is certainly helpful for participants to have basic blending skills. Upcoming Copic Workshop Classes are in these areas:
Seattle, Washington: February 13-14: Michelle Houghton
Detroit, Michigan: February 27-28: Debbie Olson
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA: March 6-7: Sherrie Siemens
St. Louis, Missouri: March 13-14: Michelle Houghton
So, I'm headed to Phoenix in early February, Detroit, Michigan in Late February, and then Dallas, Texas in mid-March. Woohoo--hope to see you there! I'll plan to have a regular post up tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!
Welcome! I have a special post today--my first for Power Poppy's Instant Garden team! On the 15th of each month, I'll plan to post a card created with a Power Poppy digital stamp image, this month's being La Vie en Rose. I've always loved Marcella Hawley's illustrations; they are fabulous to color.
Here's a peek at the full digital stamp set.
Shown above are the Copic Sketch Markers that I used to color the La Vie en Rose image. (As always, click to enlarge.) I used a Brother Laser Printer to print my digital image, printing on Copic's X-Press It Blending Card.
I used several Spellbinders dies on my card: a Grand Ovals (to cut the focal image), a Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight for the mat layer under the oval (split in the middle to make it a bit wider), and a Pierced Ovals on the red background (hard to see in the picture, but it's there). The ribbon is seam binding with Copic Various Ink R46. Patterned paper is from Authentique's Collection: Lovely 6" x 6" Bundle. Finished card size is slightly larger than A-2 size--4-1/2" x 6". (I'll have to make an envelope to fit.)
Finally, I am super excited to introduce the rest of the Power Poppy Instant Gardeners to you, and I hope you get a chance to visit their blogs for more of La Vie en Rose; I'm sure you will recognize them either by name or by their mad coloring skills!
Welcome! How about another Spring card today? (I'm pretending that it's not bitterly cold here. . .) Today's card features JustRite's Lilac Blossoms Clear Stamps set, paired with an older background, Crackle Cling Background stamp.
I really liked having two different sizes of lilac blossoms, though I ended up using both sizes on my standard 4-1/4" X 5-1/2" card front.
I colored the lilacs images with the Copic markers shown above. I also used a Lilac Spica Glitter pen in the centers of the blossoms, though you can't see it in the photos. I used the used SVG Lilac Blossoms digital cut file (Exact) to cut the lilacs before stamping them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring them.
The ribbon is white seam binding, dyed with Copic V22 Various Ink and a squirt of Colorless Blender. On the Royal Velvet (PTI) cardstock background, I used a Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles die template to make help contain and create a border. I chose a die from Fleur de Elegance on which to stamp my sentiment and mount the lilac blossoms. For inks, I used PTI's V Vintage Cream and Royal Velvet, as well as Memento Tuxedo Black for the lilacs images. I airbrushed my background with a Copic Y32 while the Fleur de Elegance die was still in place, masking the outer part of the die cut. That's about it!
Would you like to see more project with JustRite's Lilac Blossoms Clear Stamps set? All of the blogs below have related posts up today--enjoy, and thanks for visiting!
Welcome! I have to confess that I'm having a hard time getting back into a routine around here. But I've been putzing around in my studio for the last couple of days, and it's starting to feel a little more natural again. Do you have a hard time shifting gears after holidays? As much as I enjoy making Christmas cards, I am ready for something fresh and Spring-y--not that we will see Spring in the U.P. of Michigan for a few months yet!
Today's card needed to be a cheery one, and what's more cheery than pink flowers? Also, I wanted to play with some of the new dies that are sitting in boxes on my studio floor, begging to be labeled and put away. I started with my background, using a mask cut with Spellbinders Basic Lattice, and airbrushed with a Copic Airbrush System and Copic YR04, YR07, RV02, and RV06. Next I cut and embossed the background layer with Pierced Rectangles. (You know I'm addicted to that die set, right?) I used Baby Buntings to cut my pink bunting from PTI's Hibiscus Burst cardstock, then stamped it in Raspberry Fizz ink with Background Basics: Twinkle. The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Get Well, cut and embossed with a die from Nested Lacey Pennants. The flower is made with Urban Blooms die templates and Hibiscus Burst , Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, and Heavyweight Vellum cardstock (PTI). That's about it--a lot of mixing and matching, but at least it's cheery!
I hope you have a great weekend and a Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting,
Our power was out this morning, meaning that there wasn't much that I could do other than color. (Isn't that what everyone does when the power is out?) I've been wanting to get some of the new artwork colored for the Copic Certification classes this Spring, and today seemed like a good time to work on that project. That little guy above is one of the images--he's a fun one!
I'm headed to Anaheim for CHA on January 8, to Phoenix for Standard and Intermediate Certification classes on February 6-7, and next to Detroit on February 27-28 for Copic Workshops. I hope to meet some of you there!
I also wanted to point you toward a really helpful post by Michelle Houghton on Debbie Hodge's blog, on how to properly clean your Copic markers. Michelle, who is joining us as a Copic Regional Instructor this year, is concise and clear in her post, and she corrects some misinformation that has been making the rounds as well. Bookmark it in case you have questions, okay?
Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you have a great week,
Welcome! I've been playing with a new Papertrey Ink stamp set, Pompom Pals--this little guy is the cutest! Before I talk about him, I want to let you know about some upcoming Copic Marker classes in both Anaheim and Phoenix. For more information on Copic Certification Classes, check HERE, and on Copic Color and Ink Workshops, check HERE. By the way, you do NOT have to be attending CHA to attend the Anaheim classes. I will be attending CHA, and if you will be there, and I'd love to meet you. I'm teaching the Phoenix Standard and Intermediate Certification Classes on February 6-7 and hope to meet some of you there as well.
On to my little Pompom Pals reindeer card: I love all three of the Pompom Pals images, but the reindeer is my favorite! (Maybe after I have a chance to play with the other two, that will change.) Edited to add: When I linked to the Pompom Pals stamp set, I saw that it is now backordered. If you want it, you can sign up, and PTI will notify you when it is back in stock. I've had to do that before too. ;-)
Shown above are the Copic markers that I used to color the Pompom Pals reindeer image. I looked for pompoms locally, but had no luck finding the smaller sized ones. I've ordered some from Amazon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd just color his nose. If that hadn't worked, plan C was a red button, but I liked how it turned out, so I didn't need the button. :-) I used a glue pen and some fine glitter on the stars, and I used my Clear Spica Glitter pen to trace the lines on his scarf for a little extra sparkle.
I used a few Spellbinders dies with the reindeer--Standard Circles SM to cut the circle of the image, Fleur de Elegance for his little Kraft frame, Pierced Rectangles for the faux stitching on the panels, and Classic Ovals LG for the sentiment panel. I wanted to fussy-cut and pop up the reindeer and his scarf with foam tape, so I didn't have to worry about selectively cutting with my circle die.
Patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's Elf Magic collection. I've been wanting to use them for a while and thought that Rudy here was a perfect fit.
In other news, my son and I are headed down to South Carolina to visit with my parents this coming week. I have a couple of things I can post while I'm gone, but mostly, we plan to enjoy time with family. I hope you are having a great December! Thanks for visiting,
Welcome! I had promised that I would post instructions for my second Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card Front card, so that's why you are seeing this card again today. It's really pretty simple! I used my Copic Airbrush System, but if you don't have a Copic Airbrush System, you could get a similar look using something like distress inks and a sponge. Pull out your creative license and use it! :-)
To cut the sentiment panel, I used a Spellbinders Scalloped Labels One, which was just slightly larger than the shape on the Tudor Rose Card Front (A 2015 CHA release--available soon at a store near you). The sentiment is from JustRite's Sunshine Vintage Labels Eight and Nine stamp set. Well, I hope that all made sense. :-) Have a great weekend!