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Scatter Sunshine




I thought I’d pass along a small sampling of my Hope You Can Cling To cards that I’m making for the largest cancer awareness event on the world wide web. I love crafting for the cause… I just wish I was eligible for any of the of fabulous $5,000 in sponsor prizes! BUT, you are eligible… check out our challenges and play along!

Scatter Sunshine was made for the TRASH cancer challenge. This was a fun inspiration. I won’t tell you how many attempts I made at this card (for a variety of reasons!), but I loved the end result…. The stamp set is Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions. You know how I love my Kansas sunflowers, and I adore the sentiments in this one! My elements are: Taylored Expressions (stamp set) • Rectangle • Acrylic paint to frame the edges of my card • Sunflowers & Sunshine • Hemp twine


This was an entry this week for Teresa’s challenge called “Cancer Free“. This was a fun one, too. I pulled out a favorite stamp set called Mod Flowers from Inky Antics to complete this one. I paired it with a page from an old encyclopedia page on flowers and a monochromatic color scheme. Inks are black and Vintage Cream from Papertrey Ink.


Finally today, this is a card that I created for Kathy’s I am a Warrior challenge.

I used a set I’ve had for a while, Fanciful Feathers from Wplus9, and my MISTI stamp positioner. I am loving the MISTI, and the crisp lines that I can achieve and the perfectly lined up image and sentiment placements. I was really struggling with both of those things a few months ago. You can find helpful info on how to use the MISTI and FAQ in their Splitcoast forum. I used Stampin’ Up! inks for this card: Pool Party, Cantelope and So Saffron.

I wish I could stamp all day today, but I’m headed to a meeting and then lunch with my hubby and then more meetings. In honor of our beautiful upcoming fall forecast here in the midwest, I’ll leave you with this….

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne’s American Notebook (1842)

Have a beautiful Thursday!



Hello, my friends. I’m home after two weeks on-off the road to teach some crazy talented and beautiful ladies in both Georgia and Indiana. I love spending time with people who are just as crazy about ink as I am.

We have a few more Copic Marker classes coming up before the whirlwind of summer starts. Cindy is going to South Caralina next week. I’ll be in New Jersey just across the Hudson River from NYC in two weeks. Then we have Columbus, Ohio, the Washington DC area and Salt Lake City coming up…lots of great locations.  There are a few Color & Ink workshops coming up, too! (Boston, Calgary and Toronto!) Find the current class schedule here.

This is a card that I created with Mod Flowers from Inky Antics. Back to stamping roots with solid images and ink pads. I stamped the entire sheet of cardstock and then cut it up into panels to make several cards very quickly. So fun! The pearl was colored with my beautiful Copic BG11 Marker – through the airbrush. Airbrushing these little embellishments allows you to completely cover them with color without showing a pen ‘lift’ mark created by the pen leaving the non-porous surface.

I’m glad to be home with my family for a few days. I’ve done a little retail therapy this week, and I’m super excited to get crafty with some new stamps in the next few days.

Be back soon!

Hoot! Hoot! Where did March go?

And, why hasn’t April weather shown up yet in Missouri? 🙂

My final guest design post and Copic canvas tutorial are up on the Inky Antics blog. I can’t believe the month flew by so quickly! <insert a really sad face> I’ve just adored catching up with Jackie. She’s just a doll with the cutest stamps!

I had a lot of fun making this canvas project, and she’s got the step-by-step with a little chitter-chatter sprinkled in, and because she’s super sweet, Jackie has some blog candy at the end of the post. I hope you have time to check it out.

I’m starting a busy month or so of teaching this week by heading out to Atlanta. Lucky me! I’ll be there when my alma mater, Wichita State hits town for the FINAL FOUR! Go Shockers!

There are a LOT of certification classes and a few of the fabulous Color & Ink Workshops open all over the country right now. Personally, I’ll be in Indy, Newark and DC in the next two months! You can see all of the open Copic classes right here, just in case you’re interested in inky fun with us!

I wanted to make a quick pitch for the Color & Ink Workshop! If that class comes to a location near you, please do NOT pass it up. Unlike the certification classes, this one probably will NOT return to an area a second time. Snag a seat while you can!

I’m off to fix dinner. I’ll try to be back soon.

Sending Love

Things have been a little crazy around the Craig house the last 1-2 weeks. We’re in the final stages of a small renovation to our kitchen, utility area and my office – basically one large room. So, that means a lot of take out dinners, piles of laundry and the entire contents of my craft space stacked in boxes in the dining room.

Prayers always appreciated. 🙂

We’re close to wrapping it up, and I can’t wait to be back in my space. The clean up is taking a little while because I’m determined to purge and and only bring a small portion of crafty/home office goodness back into that space. Spring cleaning (while it’s still 27 degrees).

I still have some paper pretty for you on the Inky Antics blog. I’ve really enjoyed working with Jackie and the Inky team this month. Such cute, cute stamps! Check it out here, and hopefully, I’ll be back to my craft table *very* soon.


Friends of True’s Inky Blog Hop

Happy Friday!! Welcome to the “Friends of True’s – Swirly Spring” BLOG HOP!

If you are here from Judy’s blog, you are headed in the right direction. If you started here, you can back to True’s blog where all of the fun starts. There will be a prize package donated by Inky Antics that includes  True’s entire, newly released, Swirly Spring stamp line.

I used Swirly Butterflies Clear Set (#11156MC) to make a card for my friend, Bethany. Her son was sworn in to the US Navy yesterday, and while she’s just as proud as can be, there’s a very tender spot in her heart right now.

I thought this sentiment was appropriate.

I’m saying a prayer today for all of the families of our US servicemen and women. Humbled and grateful.

There are plenty more beautiful projects on this hop. Here is a list of all of the links in case you get lost along the way.

Lori Craig <– me
Make sure to leave a comment on every stop, to increase your chances of winning the prize package. One lucky commenter from a randomly picked blog will win all 6 stamp sets! Winner will be announced on True’s Blog on Monday, March 11th.
Your next stop on the hop is Trudy, herself! Enjoy!

  • Stamps: Swirly Butterflies Clear Set – Inky Antics
  • Cardstock: Whip Cream – My Favorite Things
  • Ink: Spiced Marigold and Dried Marmelade
  • Assc: twine, cream burlap trim  – Taylored Expressions, Open Oval and Oval Stax Dienamics- My Favorite Things and white pearls (colored with Copic Marker YR09)


An *Inky* Surprise

A few weeks ago I shared some CHA photos, and told you that one of my favorite things to do was visit with people. I introduced you to my sweet friend, Jackie of Inky Antics.

Well, surprise! I am guest designing for Inky Antics this month, and have I had fun… coloring in the car, re-purposing paper and making a mess in my craft room with several of my favorite Inky Antics sets. My first project was shared this morning. If you like the stamps I used on this card, Jackie is offering them as blog candy for the next few days.  I hope you have time to check it out.

I’ve had a full weekend recharging at a ladies conference with some women from my church on Friday and Saturday morning, and last night, my family celebrated my parent’s 45th wedding anniversary.

My heart is really, really full.

Inchin’ By

Things have been more than a little busy, taking some unexpected turns here and there all through the month of June, but the 30th is coming, and I’m going to make it! Then I say, bring on summer!

Here’s a fun little card that I made for one of my daughters last month during VSN (Virtual Stamp Night at Splitcoaststampers). I realized tonight that I never shared it here on my blog.  The challenge was to make a card with hidden treasure. When you open this one up, look at the upper right inset photo – that’s what pops out! Isn’t that fun? I love the HoneyPOP collection from Inky Antics.  It was surprisingly quick and easy…LOVE.

I’ve got some other things to share this week and lots going on behind the scenes. It’s been busy, but I didn’t say it hasn’t been fun. <big grin> See you soon!

  • Stamps: Caterpillar – HoneyPOP – Inky Antics
  • Cardstock: Echo Park & Kraft
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
  • Assc: glitter, Xyron X, ribbon, twine, glassy accents, HoneyPOP – Inky Antics and Copic Marker – YG11