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MIA Comeback: CPS Sketch & a Winner

Apologies for a little hiatus the last week or so. Several family concerns had come about and my focus was needed elsewhere. Things are good here on the home front, but there are a few things, believe it or not, that just won’t wait while I make a card and type a blog post. <grin>

I did enjoy this weeks’ CPS Sketch Challenge. I paired it with one of my favorite Whiff of Joy images, Sweet Cake and some delicious ribbon from our CPS sponsor this week, Really Reasonable Ribbon. What’s not to love about ruffled, gingham chocolate ribbon? Seriously! Check the sketch and link us up to your post. You could win some yummy ribbon from our sponsor!

And, I owe you an apology for the delay in posting my Copic Coloring Guide winner from last week. The winner of my autographed copy is Sue O. I have her email address, and I’ll contact her for shipping info. Thanks so much for all of your sweet notes and entries. I do love your feedback.

I’m heading to Phoenix in the morning to teach a Standard Copic Certification on Friday. Marianne is meeting me there so that she can teach the Intermediate class on Saturday. Should be a great, quick trip!

I’ll be back Friday morning with a sample for Taylor’s Sketch Challenge!

Have a beautiful day!


  • Stamp: Sweet Cake – Whiff of Joy
  • Cardstock: XPress It Blending Card – Copic, Kraft and Miss Caroline – My Mind’s Eye
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa – Tsukineko Memento
  • Accs: Chocolate Gingham Ruffled Ribbon – Really Reasonable Ribbon, Copic Markers (Y32, Y35, Y38, E31, E33, E35, BG000, Boo, R24, R2, YG23) Die-namic Dies from MFT (Open Scallop, Flourish) and Brads

Copic love, a {fabby} carry case & a giveaway!

I was very happy when this project was selected for a special feature on the new 12 Copic Sketch colors to be discussed in the September/October issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.

Little Witch is from one of my go-to whimsy companies, Whiff of Joy. (Several people have emailed me in the last month or so for her name and company source, and I see when I grab the link that she’s out of stock. Plenty more similar cuteness, though, so if you like Little Witches style you might take a peek.)

One thing about the great people that I work with at Copic Marker is that they leave no stone unturned when they are offered ideas to help people enjoy their Copic Markers even more than they currently do. Case in point…take a look at this:

When I take my Copics on the road, I’m always grappling with ways to transport and keep them accessible. Love this new carry case. It’s pretty, functional and well constructed.

Here it is full and open. Your markers are held in these convenient mesh bags that allow you take out a few at a time and still keep everything left inside the bag pretty tidy. It will hold 380 Sketch Markers!

If you currently use the hard plastic cases, this is a great case to hold those, as well.

The case measures (from the outside) 16″ x 10″ and it’s just at 7″ deep. This is a soft-sided case, but the walls are reinforced and very sturdy, and the whole thing weighs just 3 1/2 pounds with the padded shoulder strap. Great design and beautiful quality. LOVE for Copics on the go.

How would you like to WIN ONE?

Copic is proud to partner with Splitcoaststampers the entire month of October for their annual Hope You Can Cling To campaign for breast cancer awareness.

Splitcoast is hosting daily challenges through the entire month of October, and asking members of the paper crafting community to create cards in support of cancer patients and their families and mail them to national partner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Copic Marker is pleased to offer FOUR of these great new Copic Coloring Cases as prizes for four lucky participants in the Hope You Can Cling To campaign. It’s a campaign of the sweetest type–you have the opportunity to color, spread a little hope with your handcrafted cards and be eligible to win!

You can find general information for the Hope You Can Cling To campaign, including information on how to play and a handy tracking sheet to keep track of your entries, here. You can find a master list of the challenges presented thus far right here. It’s updated daily for new inspiration, and there are a variety of themes, so participation easy. And, just in case you aren’t familiar with Splitcoast, it’s a free paper crafting community where thousands of card ideas and tutorials are shared in the galleries and their resource archives. It’s a fun place to be. You can find the details about Splitcoaststampers here. You can sign up for your free account and start sharing here.

I HOPE you’ll find a few opportunities to color and participate with me this month. We’ll announce our *FOUR* Copic Coloring Case winners the second week of November! Good luck!


Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo (and a tut!orial!)


Here’s another image I colored on my trek across Missouri this past weekend. This is I Serenade You from Whiff of Joy.

I’d love to try yodeling. I’d love to play the guitar. I got one for Christmas several years ago, but somehow between the ins and outs of daily life, I’ve never made time for lessons. Maybe someday.

My dear Jenn sent me a link to a beautiful packaging idea the other day, and I knew I wanted to try the waxy-flower idea.

This was super easy since you can cut multiple layers of waxed paper with a large die and one pass through your machine. Certainly, I’m not the first with a flower tutorial like this one, but thought I’d share none-the-less since is a little bit different from the tutorial linked above. Here’s a quick step-by-step.

You’ll need: waxed paper, flower die (Tattered Flowers – Sizzix), brads, paper piercing mat, paper piercer and a die cut machine.

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Get a Whiff of Joy!

I spent a lot of time in the car this weekend, and since my sweet hubby was kind enough to carry me back and forth across the great Show-Me State for both a Copic certification class in St. Louis and a family birthday celebration in Kansas City, I had plenty of time to color. <insert a happy grin here>

Beate and I decided we…uh…needed a few things from Whiff of Joy. The package arrived on Friday, and this was the first image that I colored. I immediately fell in love with this Sweet Cake and hovering bees.

I wanted to sew so badly on this, but the stars haven’t aligned for my Sew Mini. I’m afraid after multiple attempts at ‘fixing’ whatever is wrong, it is doomed for the trash bin. I actually purchased a new machine, but it seems I’m having trouble …ahem…threading the thing, and I like to think I’ve got a few skills in that arena. It all just keeps ending up a jumbled ball of mess with threads flying every which way and needles locking up just when I move to the ‘good’ cardstock. LOL. I can sew… a little bit. I’ll keep working on it. My cards feel naked lately…poor things.

So, I’ve got a few more things colored, and I’ve been getting crafty in the evenings. Maybe I’ll have something fun tomorrow, if not, for sure on Thursday! <wink>

The trees are finally budding and the daffodils are blooming. Hope it’s fabulously springy in your world. See you soon!

  • Stamps: Sweet Cake – Whiff of Joy
  • Cardstock: Xpress It Blending Card, Chocolate, Teal and Sun with Stella Rose patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
  • Accs: ribbon, button, rhinestones and Copic Marker: R20, R22, R24, YR21, YR24, E31, E33, E35, BG000, BG10, BG11, BG15, Y35 and Y38

Oh, Henry!

About a week or so ago, I got an envelope in the mail from Beate. What can I say, she spoils me?! She sent me this darling little Whiff of Joy image, ‘Henry Mouse with Christmas Bauble‘ image and some sweet Echo Park papers. I love Katharina at Whiff of Joy, and I’m a big Echo Park fan…so when I read the note and it said, “Make something, or else!!” (Just kidding, the note was sweet!) I knew I’d have no problem complying. I found out she sent the same envelope to Jenn. What fun!

Henry is stamped on Copic Xpress Blending Card and colored with Copic Markers, cut with Spellbinders Label 9. I love Henry’s orange Splitcoaststampers ornament. He’s getting ready to hang it on the tree. 🙂 Adornments are  Zva Creative rhinestones and random buttons.

About a week or so ago, I mentioned on Facebook that I was ‘sew over’ my ‘sew mini’ sewing machine. I was having a terrible time with it. I decided that the problem was in the way my bobbins were winding new thread on them. Finally, in desperation mode to finish some publication work, I brought out my other sewing machine (for fabric ONLY – never paper shall touch! – I have officially turned into my mother). I wound new bobbins and tried that out. Worked beautifully. Now me and the ‘sew mini’ are back in love. I’m a happy stamper.

Have a great day!

Warm Thoughts, Honey

…long post ahead… Where have I been? ScrapFest! I made it home early in the week from a few fabulous days in Minneapolis. I had the opportunity to visit with many of my papercrafting friends from around the country, as well as family friends. It was a super busy, long working hours, incredibly good trip. I made it home just in time to work on the annual PTO fundraiser where I worked with a team that ‘nickeled and dimed’ our way to counting over $50,000 one crumpled bill at a time. Now, I’m finishing up the work week and looking forward to rodeo action right here in town, all weekend long. Good times.

For Taylor’s Sketch today, I have a sweet Whiff of Joy image that was begging to be made into a card. She’s been sitting on my desk for a month or two. How sad is that? She’s colored with Copic Markers (color below) and accented with Cosmo Cricket paper. I knew I didn’t want to bring my sentiment over the pot of honey, so I stopped it short and then balanced out the weight on the right side with a few buttons. I do love how this came out. The little tea pot charm at the bottom is from Whiff of Joy, as well.

You can see other fabulous ideas for this fun sketch by visiting:

Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few days:

Debbie and I - Eden Prairie Certification

I adore this girl. She’s so talented…so ultra-uber talented. Debbie and I taught a Copic Certification in Eden Prairie before ScrapFest last week. It went super smooth. We also roomed together for ScrapFest and did some major shoe shopping at the mall. For our husbands, I’m sorry.

One of our Our Craft Lounge classes at Mall of America

Debbie Olson and I taught 2 full classes of Copic and Our Craft Lounge fans Friday – Sunday at Mall of America for ScrapFest. That was weird, but totally fun to be right out in the middle of the mall with a microphone talking about Copic color selection. LOL!

HB and Pine

Carol Halverson and Heather Nichols were frequent visitors to our demo and class venues this past weekend. It was great to spend time with them. Such sweet girls.

Kimberly McCausland and Joy Kennedy

Two-thirds of the Our Craft Lounge Cuties – This is Kimberly and Joy. So sweet. So fun. I can’t wait to hang out and color with them again. Missed you Cams! 🙁

Sweet Lori McAree

If you’ve never met Lori McAree – She is always smiling like this. I mean ALWAYS. So helpful, fun, talented, sweet. Love that she was able to spend both Thursday at a Copic Certification and Friday at Mall of America with us last week. Love you, girl!

Tommy from Unity Stamp Company

I love the Unity Crew, and I got to see most of them this trip without my camera. I ran into Tommy the most: make & takes (he rocks those), Chipolte, running from one thing to the next. He was always around. Great guy!

So with that, I’m off for the weekend. Hoping to catch up on a few things around the house and get rested a bit.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Hello JiFFy Friend


It’s just for fun today with fun new papers and this darling Willow image from Whiff of Joy. Once a month, my just for fun friends gets together…one picks an image and one picks paper. We all see what we can ‘come up with’. I will say some months are more fun than others, and this was one of the months I *loved*.

Michele sent the image last month, Willow Writing Recipes, and I colored it while I was in Branson a few weeks ago…therapy. 🙂 Speaking of Branson, I’ll be teaching a Copic Certification class there this Friday (September 3rd). There are still some spaces available if you are in the area and can make it, let me know. 🙂

Cute Kim sent us this wonderful Echo Park paper to work with, and I love how it turned out! I think I’ve ordered the entire Echo Park collection at this point. The colors are beautiful, and it’s a great quality paper…smooth, nice weight, love the stuff. 🙂

You can see several other beautiful samples by stopping by and oogling sweet Carole (who I got to have dinner with on Saturday night! Yeah ME!), Julie Campbell, Kim Hughes and Michele Boyer.

Hope that you have a fabulous day! I’ll be enjoying the quiet home office.

  • Stamp: Willow Writing Recipes 
  • Cardstock: White and Echo Park 
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento 
  • Accs: Copic Markers, paper flowers, twine, button 

Double Dipper: Uru and Bird


These little gnomes make me so happy. I’m back with Uru and Bird and a double dipper with Michele.  She’s using the same stamp image today, and it’s always fun to see how different (or not!) the other person’s card turned out. Michele’s card has probably been finished for days because that’s the kind of responsible, double dipping friend that Michele is. 🙂 Here I am sliding in at the last minute with some Spica sparkle and JodyLynn ribbon goodness to dress up my happy little gnome and friend.


I’m going to do my best to mail this card off, but I learned so much while coloring him. Things like Copic R29 and R14 make up the most gorgeous shade of red – not too orange and not too pink – for the hat. Things like layering Mustard Seed, Old Paper and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks on my label for a warm distressed look,  giving the polka dots just a little pop with Glossy Accents, turning the sewing machine wheel by hand around tricky parts of a Spellbinders label so I don’t go full speed off the edge.  I don’t know if I can part with this card. 🙂

Time to worry about that later. I’ve got a little shopping to do today, a classroom party for the cutest little 2nd grader in history (who went to school in her Ms. Claus dress), swim team stuff, decorating cookies tonight with a good friend and prepping for a fabulous 4th grade Christmas party tomorrow for my most favorite 4th grader in the whole, wide world.  I’m gonna check out Michele’s cute card and swing into action. See you tomorrow!

Oh – one more thing – Thanks to all of the folks that played along with the Weekend Sketch Challenge last weekend. Super cute cards. You all seemed to enjoy the sketch as much as I did! Robin K in Hot-lanta, GA send me an email with your snail mail address. You are the winner of my Taylored Expressions give-away. 🙂 You can see Robin’s super cute sketch card here. Congratulations!

  • Stamp: Uru and Bird – Whiff of Joy 
  • Cardstock: Choice Ivory – Taylored Expressions, Patterned Paper – Stampin’ Up 
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento – Tsukineko 
  • Accs: Copic Markers (R29, R14, YG11, YG93, YG95, E33, E35, W1), Glossy Accents, Ribbon – May Arts, button – not known, twine, Spica Glitter pens (red, chocolate, clear), stickles for the star

Double Dipper: A Wee Christmas Wish


Tomorrow I’m hosting the Weekend Sketch Challenge, and then we’re off to the business of company holiday obligations, family Christmas obligations, scurry of shopping and frantic wrapping and baking and where are those labels for the Christmas cards! But today…before that weekend swoops down on you, I want you to reflect on the reason for the season…Silent Night, Holy Night.

I know you might not associate a drum with Silent, Night, but I always love to hear the drone of those low tom-toms: pumm, pumm, pumm. It’s like hearing the drums of the marching band far off down the parade route, you know something good is coming. 🙂


It’s a double dipper today. My friend Michele and I are both be showing you cards we made for the pure fun of card making with an image we both adore, Wee and Drum from Whiff of Joy.

I think these gnomes from are just darling, and recently…I’m not sure how…a few of them ended up in my shopping cart. How does that happen?My little drummer is colored with Copics. I coordinated her outfit with some Cosmo Cricket paper and tag from Wonderland collection. On the tag, I stamped a large Silent Night background in faint Old Paper Distress ink from Ranger, then I used the same stamp to put a sentiment across the bottom. I love how this came together.

I can’t wait to see Michele’s card. I know it will be beautiful.

  • Stamps: Wee and Drum – Whiff of Joy, Silent Night – Morningstar Stamps
  • Cardstock: Choice Smooth – Vanilla, Wonderland – Cosmo Cricket 
  • Ink: Rich Cocoa Momento & Old Paper Distressed
  • Accs: Copic Markers (YR21, YR31, R39, R59, YG93, YG95, E33, E35, E55, W5, W1), edge punch, button, sewing machine

Just for Fun


Since I left my design team commitments back in the fall, I have missed challenges with my DT friends. I like trying to work within the perimeters for a specific project (I find it can be a little stressful, but I usually end up trying new ideas!),  and I love seeing what everyone else comes up with!

I’m posting a little ‘just for fun’ challenge card that I created yesterday.  A few of my stampy friends decided we would use a darling little Whiff of Joy image that we all love, Willow with Hot Chocolate.  Then, just for kicks, Carole Burrage sent each of us a few little snippets of this designer paper from American Crafts to work with.  I’m excited to check out what she, Michele Boyer, Alli Miles and the beautiful Julie Campbell came up with. They’ll have darling samples, for sure.

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