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Monday, December 12, 2011

Copic Get Well Car Card

I've had this stamp for awhile. When a friend ended up with a broken leg, I decided it was time to make an upbeat get well card. This is it. I got the layout idea from Jeanne Streiff's card in the January 2012 CardMaker Magazine. I used the following Copic markers: BG0000, C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, RV25, RV29, YR07. I used the larger "Henry" card from the SparkleNSprinkle Stamp Set 251. The card is 4.25" x 5.5". I used Cream and Red 8.5" x 11" Recollections Cardstock for my card base and mats. The striped paper was from some discontinued Close To My Heart product. I stamped the image on Copic cardstock and I inked the base and image paper with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink .

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vintage Santa

Tonight I got to do a project for fun -- the challenge: create a Vintage card. I used a Closet To My Heart Father Christmas Card (CTMH D1449). I used a 4" Nestibilities Scalloped Circle to frame my Santa and a Cricut Art Philosphy 4 1/4" doily behind my design. My sentiment came from Sparkle & Sprinkle's Playful Pengies stamp set (#438). Of course, I used Copic Markers to color Father Christmas:
* E00 Skin White
* E02 Fruit Pink
* RV21 Light Pink
* B32 Pale Blue
* B37 Antwerp Blue
* YG63 Pea Great
* YG 67 Moss
* R27 Cadmium Red
* $29 Lipstick Red
* Spica 0 Clear
* R29 Lipstick Red
* R35 Coral
* C5 Cool Gray 5
* G02  Spectrum Green
* G05 Emerald Green
* Spica 11 Gold
* Spica 12 Silver

I also used Spica Lipstick Red on the sentiment hat and Sparkle&Sprinkle's Snow White Flocking (FL101). I also used Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress Ink for edging the card.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Color Me Christmas

While searching the stamp aisles, I couldn't seem to find a Christmas floral stamp to use for my latest Copic adventure. Then a thought entered my head! Why not showcase colors and sentiments to create a flavor of Christmas. So that's what I did. I'll admit that when my Michaels Rehoboth manager picked out this Inkdadinkado stamp set for  my Copics class/demo, I wasn't crazy about it. Then I started blending and it made all the difference! I used the following Copic markers on this set:
  • R22 Light Prawn
  • R24 Prawn
  • R29 Lipstick Red
  • YG 03 Yellow Green
  • YG 67 Moss
My stamp set is Inkdadinkdo 60-30057 Floral Expressions and my card is made with Recollections Kraft Paper Cardstock. The red polka dot paper and green polka dot ribbon are from my stash.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Copic Whimsies

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching my first Copic class at Michaels last month and I am looking forward to the next session. As I develop new project, I find myself drifting away from my original concept of Lessons 1-2-3-4 etc and moving towards titling by type. I suppose I could have called cute little cards bugsies, but since I don't like insects that much, whimsicals or "whimsies" suits me a bit better. I try to focus on three techniques in each workshop. In this case my targets are Palette Blending, Colorless Blender Techniques and of course basic blending. The . There is sufficent coloring space to practice in and they are totally cute even to a non-bug-lover like me. I also decided to use one layout to create three different "looks". Here are the additonal products I used to make these cards:


  • Colorless Blender
  • B05 Process Blue
  • BG18 Teal Blue
  • E37 Sepia
  • YR00 Powder Pink


  • Naval Orange Bazzill Stock Cardstock
  • Navy Blue Cardstock
  • Recollections Pastel Printed Cardstock, 8 ½” x 11"
  • Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles, ½”
  • Recollections Iridescent Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Alcohol-free Baby Wipes
  • Adhesive


  • Recollections “Don’t Bug Me” Clear Stamps
  • StazOn Teal Blue Solvent Ink Pad\
  • Potter’s Clay Memento Ink (Dew Drop Collection)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Recollections “XXX” Border Punch Item
  • Martha Stewart Button Punch
  • Scoring Board and Bone Folder

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Bit of Vintage: The Times of My Life

Fashion may call it "vintage", but I call it my history. Last week I completed a two-page layout using Graphic 45 Communique and Romantique papers which revisits our most unusual wedding day. At the time, I was more focused on the marriage than the wedding. I prepared this page from an historical perspective (36 years after the event). My title is a "Memories" stamp from Heartfelt Creations that I received as part of class I took at CKC Valley Forge in August. I colored the flowers in the stamp with Copic markers. This layout is one of about 12 in a scrapbook I'm building titled The Times of My Life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Change of Plans

I am totally excited about my Copic Class at Clare's. After conducting a customer poll, we discovered that a Copic card class would be a bit more appealing than a scrapbooking one, so we're doing two cards with four images. I changed up the colors so my students would have some greens for their Christmas card-projects between now and holidays' end. I used two colors one one card -- G21 Lime Green and G24 Willow on this card and B93 Green Gray and RV21 Light Pink on the other. I also took advantage of Michael's big sale last week and purchased 24 sheetsof K&Company's Addison Collage paper for about 16 cents a piece. As with the my scrapbook page project, I'm using flowers from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blossoms Stamp Set #429. My black-glittered buttons are from Recollections which I purchased from Michaels. My class at Clare's Keepsakes is October 12 at 1 PM. The $25 fee includes everything but the markers, adhesives, and cardmaking tools. The kit contents are cut and loaded with everything but the directions. How exciting is that?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clare's Copic Classes -- Sneak Peek

I had a wonderful time meeting with Clare at Clare's Keepsakes and Scrapbooking Cove in Bethany Beach, Delaware several weeks ago. I will be teaching scrapbooking and Copic classes there in October. I'm really excited about the Copic project because I'll be incorporating the art into scrapbook page designs. I decided that 8"x8" scrapbook pages will work well for our Copic-centered projects. I structure my classes to introduce about four new colors every month. This allows my students to gradually add to their Copic collection In this project I used YR02, R12, R14, and BG05 to color two flowers from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blossoms Stamp Set #429. I built the pages with discontinued Close to My Heart (CTMH) papers and two CTMH Cardstock Papers -- Pacifica and Cocoa. I used my Plantin Schoolbook alphabet (1 1/4 ") to cut out "PATHS" from Recollections Cream cardstock. I took the photo the day I received my new Canon Rebel, a digital SLR. My friend, Melissa, says I should call this the "calm before the storm" because I took the shot shortly before Hurricane Irene dumped on Delaware. My first Copic class at Clare's is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 at 1 PM.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Too Much To Chew

I feel like it's been forever since I've worked with my Copics, but I took time out to do Outlines Posy Collage as a sample for a beginner's class I'll be teach at Clare's Keepsakes Cove in Bethany Beach next month. I think that it might be a bit much for a Copic beginner. My challenge was keeping it to four colors -- but I did it! I will encourage
my students take this on as a challenge before the next class. Each person who brings it in will have their name entered into a prize drawing.
     I'm going to be doing something a bit different -- my Copic Classes at Clare's will be part of a finished 8"x8" scrapbook page. I used four markers to create this project: V12 Pale Lilac; V15 Mallow; V18 Amethyst; and 100 Black. I also used Vival Pearl Pen C7 Lilac to create the pearl bling effect on the flower centers. I used three basic techniques in colorizing this collage -- Basic Blending, Feathering and Tip-to-Tip Blending. Now, back to work. I have to decide what to do in class . . .

Thursday, July 14, 2011

CKC Valley Forge and Charoloote

I’m totally excited about teaching at CKC Valley Forge and CKC Charlotte this summer. My class is Picture Perfect Convention Pages. It’s a technique-driven workshop that uses a pocket-filled layout with inventive ways to use 15 4”x6” pictures or more. The best part is that all you’ll need to do is add the photos when you get home. People who take my classes will have a choice between an inchies or collage punch-around-the-age project as well as an accordion mini-book, tags, folders masking, stamping and more. All these are wrapped into two compact 12”x12” pages! I hope to see you at the convention. Be sure to visit my website ( for more information.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Copic Classes Scheduled

Once in a while you come across a product that you know you will use for the rest of your life. For me, that product is Copic.

So now it's official. I have Copic classes scheduled for Tuesday, July 19 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Michaels in Rehoboth Beach and on Friday, August 5 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Michaels in Dover, Delaware. I'm hoping the classes go well because I have thoughts in place for the first seven techniques-driven workshops:

SESSION 1: We will learn three blending techniques: Common, feathered, and tip-to-tip. This is a display board that I've developed for the first session.

SESSION 2: We will continue our lesson with some whimsical pieces which introduces pallet blending, revisits common blending and color lifting.

SESSION 3: We will focus on skin tones.

SESSION 4: Working with grays

SESSON 5: Shading, shadowing and light sources.

SESSION 6: Scenery and stills

SESSION 7: Airbrushing

I will introduce five new marker colors with each sesson. We will be working with stamped images which can be used on cards, scrapbooking pages and wall art. The continuation of the programs at Michaels in Rehoboth and Dover (Delaware) strictly depends on enrollment. I hope to also make these classes available at several conventions.

The classes cost $25 plus supplies. If  you take all seven classes, you will have incorporated 45 of the 60 colors that Michaels carries into your personal inventory. Sign ups are at the stores.

I have even more plans for the Copic markers for those who want to go above and beyond the Michaels inventory. I will share these a bit later.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Copic Floral Card Class

 I'll be teaching my first Copic class at Michaels in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 AM. In the first class, we'll do some common blending, feathered blending and maybe even some tip-to-tip as well. We'll be doing three cards and focusing on floral techniques. Our focus will be on the blending techniques, so your copic supplies and white Recollections paper cardstock are the most important. I will also be providing instruction sheets to actually finish your cards at home if we don't have enough time. I'll be posting more on this a bit later. If you're in the Rehoboth Beach area and want to take this class, sign ups should be opening the week of July 4th.


 0 – Colorless Blender

 B21 – Baby Blue
 YG 03 – Yellow Green

 YR 00 – Powder Pink

 YR 07 – Cadmium Orange

 YG 67 – Moss (Optional)


 Recollections White 8 ½” x 11” cardstock

 Recollections Soda Pop 8 ½” X 11” cardstock paper pack

 Recollections Glitter Shapes

 Recollections Glitter Tape, Silver

 Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles

 Celebrate It Sheer Creations Blue-and-Green Ribbon (387344)

 1/8”-wide Gold Metallic Ribbon

 Ranger's Glossy Accent

I have these tools and will make them available during our workshop.

  Inkadinkado 60-377 Floral Expessions Acrylic Stamp Set

 Acrylic Stamp Clear Blocks

 Martha Stewart Border Punch (I used Punch Around the Page Deco Shells)

 Circle Punch, 3”

 Circle Punch, 1 ¼”

 Paper Trimmer

 Sizzix Texture Boutique

 Sizzix Dotted Swiss Embossing Envelope

 Tuxedo Black Memento Stamp Pad

 Potter’s Clay Memento Stamp Pad (Part of Dew Drop Collection

 Inksenntials Blending Tool

 Decorative Scissors or Decorative Rotary Trimmer Blade

 Crop-A-Dile or small hole punch

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My first Copic Demos

I am totally excited about Michaels carrying Copic markers and about my opportunity to demo next Tuesday in Rehoboth and next Wednesday in Dover. I was playing with this last night using Michael's store brand paper (Recollections). I think it does a rather nice job of blending, don't you?

My demo in Dover is on Tuesday afternoon around 2:15 and on Wednesday morning at 11:30 in Rehoboth Beach. I've been really pumped about this since I was Copic Certified 16 days ago.

Did I say 16 days? I sure did. My class was on June 7th. How is that for God's timeing?

I was on the Copic waiting list for two years. The Phillie class normally fills up pretty quickly, so as soon as I received their class notice, I went to the website, filled out the application, submitted my samples (using the Digital Delight by Louby Lou tutorial photos) and hit "send." Store owners and teachers are the top targets for the list. Imagine my surprise when I awoke the next morning to discover an acceptance email! My "teaching" venues were Michaels, CKC Conventions, and online tutorials. I didn't think Michaels would be that well received because they didn't carry Copic markers. That shows you what I know, now doesn't it?

So, here I am still in practice mode getting ready to do my first two demos . . . if all goes well, I'll be able to start teaching some classes at Michaels as early as next month. How awesome would that be?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Little Change!

One little change can alter your entire schedule. At least, that was my yesterday's tale! I decided to make a navigational change in my scrappigators website only to discover that I had to redesign thing! Yep, I did. It's almost done (lots of pages say "coming soon") but the buttons are in place, new page categories, etc. It's taken me a few  years to see where I want to be in this wonderful world that we call "scrapbooking" -- and now I know. It's teaching! I am still a Close to My Heart consultant ( but I also carry other product lines. I'm incredibly excited about getting Copic certified (June 7) and adding teaching venues throughout the region. Of course, Scrappigators is now growing far beyond the Close To My Heart footprint because I'm also playing with Zutter, Crafters Companion, SparkleNSprinkle, ScrapRack and more. I'm also getting ready to launch a new design program as well, so we have lots of totally awesome things coming. Oh! And I can't forget the EK Success Spotted Canary program either. All in all, I'm seeing a path carrying me to new and wonderful places. Oh! Yes! And CKC -- I'm teaching at six conventions this year! Be sure to visit my website ( especially after Monday to see what's up and what's new.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sweetheart Workshop on the Go

Finding time to complete all my scrapbooking is proving to be a challenge,  but I did manage to get my February Workshop on the Go finished. It was especially important because it showcases the addition of our newest family member -- Morgan Grace Cook who was born on Friday, January 28th. I love this kit and its versatility, especially since our now have a practically perfect grandbaby girl to scrap. I'm interested in getting some Scrapbooking Clubs going, both locally and online. Leave a comment so we can get you started right now.