Category Archives: CPS Sketches

Santa’s Helper & new year classes

Verve Stamps had a sweet little release a few weeks ago, and I was smitten with this guy, Santa’s Helper. So sweet! I used him for this week’s Card Positioning Systems’ sketch.

He’s colored with Copic Marker and layered with Holly Jolly paper from Echo Park. I used a few sticker elements from the Holly Jolly pack, as well as some pretty Divine Twine.

We had our first snow the morning that I was photographing – how poignant!

I’m going to run an ad in the paper for a Santa’s helper this year. It’s not that I’m running behind, but I’m a little short on ideas. Hopefully, inspiration will strike pretty soon. 🙂

As soon as the new year is here, the Copic team will be hitting the ground running with new standard and intermediate classes and great updates to the Certification program. There are several classes open now for registration (Memphis, TN, Anaheim, CA and San Diego, CA). We have a great year planned for classes (hopefully) near you. You can find all of the upcoming class info HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Let’s Stick Together

Super fun and easy sketch from CPS this week.  I loved this darling owl set from our sponsor, The Stamps of Life. The owner Stephanie is just the sweetest! It’s called MoreOwls2Love. The owl was stamped with ClearSnap Mix’d Media ink and embossed with clear powder. I added a few die cut labels and googlie eyes…called it done. 🙂

I’ll be back in the morning with another fun sketch for you to try. I’m off for a fun day of football with family and friends.

Guns UP! Go Texas Tech Red Raiders!




You’ve Blessed my Life

Happy Sunday! My favorite day of the week. I spent a heavenly Saturday stamping for this week’s CPS Sketch! It’s sketch #243 for those of you playing along and interested in prizes from our sponsors. This week our sponsor is the fabulous Want2Scrap.

I do enjoy using their bling, and I love that I can color the silver and white bling with my Copic Markers. On this card, I used silver Kimmie bling and colored with the chisel end of my YR18 marker. This is easier and cleaner than using the airbrush. You can control the ink so that you you don’t end up with ink speckles on your clear adhesive behind the rhinestones.

I used a new set from Taylored Expressions for this project. The set is called Thankful. Beautiful fall images to color. {love}

After church today, I’ve got some major cleaning to do in the office. It’s just about time to go full speed into Christmas crafting, and I have a feeling I’ll need to find a few of my favorites that have gone MIA … you might notice no kraft cardstock or linen thread on this project. LOL.

See you in the morning with something special! Have a great day!

Wise Men Still Seek Him

A quick post today to share my CPS Sketch sample! This one was quick and easy (even though I had to start over more than once!) I hope you have a chance to play!

I’m trying to get a few Christmas cards created when I can, we discussed the upcoming Christmas season with our Sunday School class this morning. It’ll be here before you know it…if you believe the big box stores, it’s already here. I love this set, Christmas Blessings from Taylored Expressions. Beautiful message here, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s Christmas or not…wise women still seek Him – 365 days per year.

We’ve been a whirlwind of flurry around here the last month with a crazy, blessed life, but when I got a note from dear Taylor a few weeks ago with an invitation to be a part of the Taylored Expressions design team for the next few months, I could not resist. I’ve been a TE fan from the very first sneak peeks several years ago, and I can’t wait to share a few samples from the upcoming release later this week! Thank you to Taylor and her team for having me!

(Sherrie Siemens, Debbie Olson, Nancy Zenke, Me, Jenn Balcer, Sharon Harnist, Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker)


I told you I’ve been busy the last few weeks, and I sure wasn’t kidding. I’ve spent a good part of the last week in Eugene, OR for Copic planning meetings for the upcoming year. It was such a productive trip! The team did cut out at a tad bit early one afternoon and head to the coast for dinner. Here’s our team at a scenic overlook near Florence, OR.  Beautiful scenery. Beautiful women.

I’m glad to be home, and I’m looking forward to sharing some fun things with you this week. Have a wonderful Sunday! Hugs ~



The current CPS Sketch is #240 this week, and this is my sample! Our sponsor was Clearsnap with beautiful dye based inks in the Stephanie Barnard collection. I was really happy with the smooth, crisp color of these inks. On my typewriter image, I actually stamped off to get a more muted effect. Really like them.

I paired the sketch with MFT’s Just My Type alpha, typewriter and die combo. The card base is a 4.25″ square, so even with the hearts hanging off the sides, this will fit in an A2 envie. Sweet.

I hope you find some time to stamp this weekend! Hugs ~

{thank you}

I can’t imagine why I didn’t share this card last month. It’s one of my favorites of the last few months. I created it for a CPS Sketch Challenge. Love sketches for inspiration!

Unity Stamp Co was the sponsor this particular week. I really like how so many of their sets and pieces of sets are interchangeable! I’m mailing this particular card to someone who did something extraordinarily sweet for me. I hope it brings a smile.

I’m working on a few more submissions for Hope You Can Cling To today! Have you been able to make anything crafty lately?

  • Stamps: Penny for your Thoughts and Assorted Styles – Unity Stamp Company
  • Cardstock: Ivory and Stella Rose – My Mind’s Eye
  • Ink: Espresso and Pomegranate – Stampin’ Up!
  • Accs: white flower and kraft doily – Maya Road

Fabulous Birthday

I received some happy mail yesterday, and I set straight to work on my CPS Sketch sample for the week. LOVE the October fall release from JustRite Stampers. The doilies, the sentiment and label are from 3 different sets (Grandma’s Doilies, Be Strong, and You Inspire Me), and I love them all!

Our CPS Sketch was sponsored this week, by my friends at Want2Scrap. I never have trouble working with their awesome accent and bling products. They worked so well with this sketch! I adore those nylon butterflies! Thank you to Michele and her team for providing us with such affordable pretties!

We had a beautiful weekend here. I enjoyed a laid back time with friends and my family. I’m not quite ready to hit the office in the morning, but with Hope You Can Cling To for breast cancer awareness in full swing at Splitcoast, I’ll be there bright and early! If you haven’t checked out Hope You Can Cling To yet, get a load of these awesome prizes from 32 amazing sponsors. Participation is simply stamping to support our friends at MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s super easy. This card is another perfect fit for my challenge last week: BLING!

Have a beautiful Sunday! See you tomorrow!

  • Stamps: Grandma’s Doilies, Be Strong, and You Inspire Me – JustRite Stampers
  • Cardstock: Kraft & My Mind’s Eye
  • Ink: Mix’d Media Inks & Berrylicious Chalk – Clearsnap
  • Accs: Label Dies – MFT, Bling and Butterfly – Want2Scrap, detail embossing powder


witch way to the candy?

It’s CPS Sketch Time. This week it’s #238 and it’s being so graciously sponsored by one of my favorite people…Miss Meowy at THE CAT’S PAJAMAS! I have plenty of TCP stamps and dies to love, so picking a favorite from my stash was *no* problemo.

I chose Witchy. Isn’t she darling? She looks like she’s going to a friendly little children’s Halloween party and maybe she’s gotten lost on the way through the dark spooky forest. All she wants is her candy! LOL. Someone help her!

I’ve colored Witchy with Copic Markers (V12,V15, V17, YR04, W1, W3, W5, YR30, YR31, E000 and E51) and paired her with Echo Park paper and some black bling. Fairly quick card. Love those.

One note of interest: I wanted the label with the sentiment and middle panel for the sketch to match one of the colors on the card since the papers were pretty consistently grey and orange. So, I stamped my sentiment on Xpress It Blending Card and then airbrushed with YR31 Copic Marker. Perfect match to her hair and helps with the color continuity.

Hope you find some time to get stampy. It’s better for your hips than candy. Just sayin’….

Happy Halloween

Hey strangers! It’s been a little crazy around here the last week or two. One of my issues has been cranky internet service, and I’ve worked more than one day from the McOffice. They offer free wifi as long as your battery holds out – I have never found any power outlets in the same McDonalds that offer free wifi. Do you think that is a coincidence?  Lucky for me, the battery life on my Mac is awesome, but still… It’s so different when you’ve come to rely on internet at your fingertips in the comfort of your own home.

At any rate, I’m back with this week’s CPS Sketch sample!

I ordered several sets of stickers from EAD Designs when I realized they were sponsoring this week’s CPS sketch, and I have to tell you…how fun! I’ve made several cards already and I love how fast & easy it is. I also *really* love how the stickers  are printed on a transparent vinyl. In the past, *if* I’ve used stickers, I’ve been tied to white cardstock because the stickers would have a white border. These are classier…your image looks more printed on the cardstock than a sticker stuck on your cardstock. The stickers I used on this card are from the sheet Halloween Owls. So cute!

I added a quick sentiment from the Paper Smooches set, Happy Halloweenie and a button. Done. Maybe you’ll have time to play this fun sketch and have the chance to win some free goodies from EAD Designs.

My new modem should be here tomorrow, and I’ll try to post a few more things this week.  Hope you have a happy Sunday!

Something Borrowed

I made it home from Oklahoma City last night where I had a great Copic certification class on Friday and a special visit with Jenn, Beate, Sharon and Angel. After dinner with my family and putting two tired (and dare I say cranky) cherubs (who stayed up way too late at a church sleep over the night before) to bed, it was time to get inky for this week’s CPS Sketch. A little decompressing after a busy day, if you will!

Yes, I took some liberty the sketch. Yes, you are allowed to do that. The point is to have fun and try new things. This one stretched me in ways I didn’t know were possible.

I call this ‘something borrowed’ since that fits my intended purpose for this card, and I had used an old library card for the base of my main image layer.

The library card and the white flowers are both accented with Smooch Spritz for a splattered shine. Very, very sparkly. That’s a good thing. 🙂

My guest design month with Want2Scrap is coming to a close in a few days, but I’ll continue using their pretty bling. The rhinestones on this project were all silver and accented with a R59 Copic Marker. I didn’t bother with the airbrush because the clear adhesive backing would have turned red, as well as the rhinestones. I just use the brush tip of my marker and colored lightly over the top of the sets of rhinestones – super quick.

I’m happy to have this card finished (with exception to the sentiment inside), and I will be even happier when it hits the mailbox on Monday morning.

Have a beautiful, restful Sunday.

  • Paper: A Happy Heart (My Mind’s Eye) & Soft Sand (Gina K)
  • Accessories: Labels Nine Die (Spellbinders), Labels Nine Nestabling & Small Fancy Brackets – both in silver (Want2Scrap), white flower (Prima), Whimsies (Webster’s Papers) and R59 Copic Marker