Monday, November 30, 2009

CHA Classes - Copic Techniques & Our Craft Lounge

CHA Classes
I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching at least one class at CHA Anaheim on January 22nd from 1:00 - 3:00. We will be coloring 3 different cards with each featuring a different Copic technique.
I am so honored that Copic and Our Craft Lounge are sponsoring me for this exciting event. I hope many of you will join me for the fun. Space is limited to 50 guests per class, and I would love to fill the class and book a second class. Class registration information will be availabe very soon. Here is the link to the event.
Watch for more details!

CHA Craft SuperShow
SHOW DATES & HOURSFriday, January 22 - 12:00noon - 8:00pmSaturday, January 23 - 10:00am - 6:00pmTICKET PRICES:$20.00 - 2-Day Pass$15.00 - 1-Day PassChildren Under 10 -

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turquoise Penguins.... Monthly challenge

Our Craft Lounge Monthly Challenge
Here is the Penguin card I made for Our Craft Lounge Monthly Challenge

Go Here for details on how you can do the challenge and earn a free new stamp set of your choice.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Penguins a Plenty!

Can't get enough of these cute little guys from Our Craft Lounge - they are the easiest little guys to color and so versatile. They can be used all winter and not just for Christmas! They were both done for the OCL birthday bash challenge.

Be sure to go to OCL and check out all of the fun things happinging this week to celebrate the release of 13 new stamp sets and their first birthday.

Blue Penguins: Monthly challenge
Pink Penguins: Black/pink/white challenge

Gingerbread Treat Box

Here is a darling little treat box that I plan on using as a gift box for Gingerbread cookies to give to special friends. Part of the OCL one year celebration challenge. 3D Challenge...
clink the link for the challenge details:

Fairy Dust is a Must! New Stamp Set by OCL

FAIRY DUST IS A MUST is my favorite new release by Our Craft Lounge. These cards were made for their one year celebration challenge.

Pink fairy:
I added bling by adding pink sparkle fluff the the flower that was punched with an old SU punch. More bling was added with OCL crafty sparkles to her wings.

Blue Fairy
Bling added with Our craft Lounge crafty sparkles - it is awesome glitter.. teeny tiny bits of glass crystals - beautiful on all creations.

These two cards were made Christmasie just by coloring with the traditional Red & Greens. I actually used two OCL stamp sets on the last card. The presents came from Sea-sons Greetings (another favorite set of mine because it has bubbles my fav turtle).

Austin & Amanda - Scrapbook page

Here is a beautiful page made with two of Our Craft Lounge stamp sets.. HEARTS & HUGS, & LIFE JOURNEY.
Aren't they sooo cute! Austin and Amanda are both Sophmores and have been daiting for two years. They are best of friends. I love both Austin and Amanda. I am thankful that Austin has such a great person in his life.
Background paper was made with Hearts Hugs (isn't it cute), and the journaling box & life is sentiment is stamped with Life Journey.

I am most THANKFUL for Austin

Here is my pride and joy... my son Austin Addison Black. He recently turned 16 and flew his airplane solo! He actually flew his airplane solo before getting his drivers license.. it was a personal goal of his and he did it! The kid amazes me, he sets his goals and drives himself until he succeeds! I love him so much.
Austin I love you and am so thankful that I am your mom!
Love Mom

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Christmas Cards

These are the projects we will be doing at Collective Journey TODAY! Sunday November 15th at 1:00 pm. The class is sold out but is repeating on December 2nd at 5:00 pm.

I don't have a photo of the cute little fry box with a Gingerbread man on it and a goodie inside.... that will have to be a surprise for those who visit the store or attend class. Here are the cards we will be doing!
The little penquin project can be a tree ornament or tag... you can play with it and add as many penquins as you want... very fun project!

I'm Back! Christmas Cards & more!

Wow! It has been a crazy month. I have had several classes, a trip to Washington, a trip to Maui, and still have another trip to Washington and Vegas before the month is over!

However, I am finally back to post some cards for my wonderful bloggers.

These are the projects we will be doing at Pages From the Heart Scrapbooking store in Monrovia on

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Classes! Copic Techniques & Card Classes


The Copic Technique Classes are being loved! I want to thank every participant from each of my classes. You have all made me feel so special and loved with your wonderful comments! I have been asked many times to write a techniques #2 class and it is in the works! So watch for information on that sometime in December!

Meanwhile i have lots of classes scheduled and thought i would post them here in one post for your ease of finding!
October 12 - 2:00 & 6:00 - Westminster, CA - BOTH CLASSES FULL! REPEAT 11/14/09
Copic Techniques @ Scrapbook Heaven
Sold out 12-13 in each class Repeat on november 14. Call Scrapbook heaven for registration. 714-891-4664

october 15 5:00 pm - Redlands, CA
Collective Journey - 909-793-2200
Cards with Copic Markers & Our Craft Lounge Stamps!

October 17 - 10 AM - Cherry Valley, CA
A Cherry Tree Shoppe - 951-845-3533
Fall Cards with Our Craft Lounge Stamps & Copics

October 19 - 5;00 PM - Redlands, CA OPENINGS AVAILABLE
Collective Journey - 909-793-2200
Copic Techniques

October 21 - 6:00 pm - Covina, CA - almost full
Hearts & Crafts - 626-967-9036
Copic Techniques

october 22 - 10:30 am - DAY CLASS OPENINGS AVAILABLE
Redlands, CA - Collective Journey 909-793-2200
5 Christmas Cards - Copic markers & Our Craft Lounge Stamps

october 26 - 5:00 pm - Redlands, CA - space available
Collective journey - 909-793-2200
5 Cards with Copic markers & Our Craft lounge stamps -

November 1 - 1;00 pm - monrovia, CA - almost full
Pages from the heart - 626-3500-5334
Copic Techniques using our Craft lounge images

November 14 (Saturday) Westminster
Copic Techniques - Scrapbook heaven 714-891-4664
Copic Techniques using our craft lounge images see class description below

November 17, Redlands, CA
Collective Journey 909-793-2200
Christmas Cards - our Craft lounge & Copic Markers.

November 18 - Cherry Valley
A Cherry Tree Shoppe - 951-845-3533
Christmas Cards - Copic Markers & Our Craft Lounge Stamps

November 21 -26 - VACATION! Yippie!

Friday, September 25, 2009


Totally awesome Copic technique classes offer a wide spread variety of all the basic steps of using Copic markers. Each attendee will receive a special 16 page Copic workbook with directions for each technique and images especially selected for that technique. We will practice each technique together and I walk around the class giving individual attention to each guest, helping them improve their coloring techniques. You will be amazed at how much your coloring will improve after attending one class and lots of practice!

Here is a list of most of the things we go over in class.

1. Introduction to Copic Markers
2. How to refill markers - demo
3. Paper selection
4. Ink - what types to use when
5. Understanding the basic color wheel & the Copic Color wheel
6. What the numbers & letters on each marker means
7. How to select natural blending colors.
8. Blender pen - fun and helpful tips on using the blender pen & blender solution.
9. Shading & finding your light source.
10. Blending.
11. Fading backgrounds.
12. Feathering.
13. how to color hair.
14. how to color wood.
15. Tip to tip 7 palette blending.
16 Beginning basics of Copic air Brush System - even get to make one image with airbrush.

Christmas at A Cherry Tree Shoppe - Cherry Valley

A Cherry Tree Shoppe - Cherry Valley, CA

Saturday October 17th Noon - 2:00 pm

We will be coloring and making these Festive fun cards in one class. All images will be pre-stamped to allow more time to color. Please bring your own markers. Nancy has a nice selection of markers - check them out!




Evening Class: Monday October 26th 5:00 pm
Day Class: coming soon (ask to be notified)
Bring Your Own Copic Markers - available at store

In this class I will pre-stamp images for all five cards to allow more time to color. We will color one image at a time with tips & suggestions as we go. Suggested marker colors are listed on display board. Your colors may vary! COPIC AIR BRUSH SYSTEM! Frog-la-la background is done with the Copic Air Brush System. SO MUCH FUN!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

October 15 - Class Projects - Redlands CA

Hello Everyone!
Boy oh boy I have been creating like crazy! I have over 10 classes scheduled over the next month or so. I am trying to do different cards for each class!
Yikes! Here are the ones we will be doing at Collective Journey on October 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. If you want to come and cant make it, we will probably open a duplicate session! Hope to see you there.
Check out all of the CUTE designer paper that I found at CJ. The colors and images match the images perfect! Most of the new paper is by My Minds Eye... Never heard of it before... but you can bet I will be looking for it in the future... It is wonderful and high quality two sided dec. paper. LOVE IT.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Copic Airbrush System has arrived! Whew Hew

My first two projects made with my new Copic Air brush system... more later! I hope to do the sunset image at my upcoming techniques classes.
Sunset set is Our Craft Lounge Sandy Sketches, the Yorkie is by rubber hedgehog. if you know me you already that I love the beach and love my yorkie.... Jazzie!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Turtle Spinner Card - Lexi's Birthday


August first is Tom's niece's 12th birthday. Lexi is a sweetie and loves soccer & sports of all sorts. I couldn't resist the idea of these two cute turtles playing water soccer! I hope she likes her card.

I added a bit of crystal effects to the shells and some gel pen to the turtles eyes to help his eyes pop a bit. The spinner is on pennies and some dimensional tape that I puched out with a hole punch for nice round rollers. I have not done a spinner card in YEARS.

The soccer ball rolls back & forth! How fun! Stamps are of course Our Craft Lounge and the soccer balls is from an old Stampin Up set that I kept because it is timeless.

Happy Birthday Lexi..... looking forward to our shopping day together for your birthday. See you Wednesday!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Our Craft Lounge Monthly Sketch Challenge

Free Stamps! Did you know Our Craft Lounge has a sketch challenge every month. One lucky winner will get to pick a OCL stamp set of their choice as their prize...
If you don't have a blog to post it to.. no problem, post it to Splitcoast stampers. SO FUN. I won a few months ago and won the OCL Coastal Wishes set.. I love it!

Each month the challenge card is based on a card made by the last months winner. This month we are doing a challenge done by Etha... oh dear this was by far the hardest for me yet. As you all know I tend to use tons of layers on my cards. Well, this one only had three! Yikes, I tried and tried to go by her sketch and ended up adding a few layers and a ribbon. Sorry Etha, you can do the simple beauty better than me! All in all it was based on Etha's card and that was the idea in the first place. To make my own card, based on Etha's layout! Everyone should try it... who knows you might win a free stamp set.
go here for the instructions & August sketch! Good luck everyone!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Family Friday (a bit early)

I have promised my family to post some photos of summer each friday. Well, it has been pointed out to me that I have not done that in a few weeks... OOPS.. Hope this makes up for it... I love you all.

Summer went by so fast. Austin visited twice each time for two weeks. I loved every minute of our time together. Of course we had cousins galore especially my sweet niece Amanda. Mom came for 10 days which was wonderful. It was too long since we last saw each other.

Tom's boys raced in several motorcycle races with Wesley getting hurt twice. Ouch. Of course we did the water things like a million trips to the beach and ended summer with a trip to the waterpark.

So here are a few photos of our summer. More next week...

Mom, me and Austin... Doesn't mom look little next to Austin. Austin at Laguna Beach... brrr the water was cold that day. I refused to snorkel in that cold water, but we had to do a bit of boogie boarding (until our skin turned pink from the cold water). Steve at the race track where he won second place (on bike). Wesley at the racetrack between races.

Penquin Parkas! & Class Samples

Here is a cute card I made for one of my next month's card classes. I just love these little Penquins from Our Craft Lounge. The set is called Penquin Parkas... The punch is a Martha Stewart edge punch - it is sooo fun. Of course I added some sparkle fluff to the penquins hats and some glitter for snow! I love Christmas & Winter cards. Come back later in the week for more!

I want to say thanks to everyone who attended one of my classes last week. It feels sooooo good to be be stampin again. As promised I am finally getting a few of the sample cards that we made posted to my blog. Please note that I taught several classes and by the end of the last one, my samples became a bit tattered (some even dissappeared). Next month I will provide a xerox copy of the projects for you to take home incase you dont complete your project. Please also check out my Splitcoaststampers gallery where you will find several other samples.

I am currently booking a begining Copic Techniques classes at your several local stamp stores. Instead of completing 4-5 cards, we will work on a Technique book. I have made a 15-20 page booklet with instructions on several different techniques. On each page we will practice coloring images selected specifically for that technique. We will also learn a bit about the Copic colorwheel and how to pick color combinations.
There are lots of extra little tables & goodies included in this booklet. A great reference tool for doing projects later. Dates have not been finalized at all stores, so please ask at the counter or check my postings later next week. (Chino is already scheduled for Sept).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Samples for my September Classes



Call Store for details & registration

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blog Hop Candy Winner #2 - Crafty Cath


Can you believe Nicole Anderson of Jasper, I on not only one but two times in the OCL Blog Candy Hop.... Since she was only allowed to win one set, she asked me to give this one to another lucky winner.... that lucky second winner is

Crafty Cath said...
Love your doggie stocking with Believe sentiments. I'm sure my two Rotts would love to get their teeth on that card too! If this showed up on our mantle they would be certain to Believe! Thanks for sharing. This set would be a wonderful addition to accent my holiday cards.

The important thing Cath did was leave her email address.... several entries did not leave a way for me to contact them as instructed in the "how to win" instructions.

Cath, I will email you directly to ask for your complete mailing address so we can mail you MERRY WISHES! Contratulations!

Your local retailers have already received their new stamps.
Click here for retailers in your area.
If your store does not have the set you want..... Please ask them to get it for you.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Our Craft Lounge Blog Candy Give Away - 31 free stamp sets!

For my samples I used the wonderful new OCL release "MERRY WISHES" You can have this set free.... see details below!

This is me and my sweetie aka "Tom" last Christmas. We were high school sweethearts and went our own ways for 30 years. We re-found each other 1 year ago today.... so this was our first Christmas together after 30 years!

31 free stamp sets given away this week!

I cannot wait to hang these cute little stocking on our Christmas Tree. I will have all the little visitors including the 4 legged furry ones pick one from the tree when they visit around the holiday! What Fun! Can you guess which one my furry friend Jazzie will pick... wrong she will eat them all if given the chance. LOL.

Go through all of my this weeks posts that feature Our Craft Lounge new releases and pick your favorite card that I made. Leave a comment HERE letting me know your favorite. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Remember so the candy can be wide spread each person can only win 1 free set. Winners will all be chosen randomly on Sunday at 6pm.

Ok... here is the entire set... Isn't it awesome.
If you didn't start there... go to Our Craft Lounge's brand new Blog

Where you will find a complete list of all 31 blogs offering free OCL stamp sets.

It has been fun! Now that my new stamps are arriving, I hope you will look here often or join as a follower to see my newest creations posted several times a week!



Click here for retailers carrying OCL.
Thanks for blog hoppin with me!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

OCL Holiday Release - Day 3

This is only day three of Sneek Peeks... You gotta come back tomorrow for a chance at 31 free sets given away to viewers like you (one each of course).... one set will be given away by each designer listed on OCL's new blog. Can you believe 31 free sets! Oh My that is HUGE. Check it out here!


You won't believe all of the cute images in this set. Oh my Wow! It is totally awesome. I thought I wanted to do the cute little turtles for my Christmas cards.. but this is soooo cute too. I still have another Christmas card to show on Thursday! The choices we have for such awesome Christmas cards.


Here is another super totally cute set. It has froggies doing all sorts of winter fun things... like sleding, Christmas caroling etc. It is soooo cute. I admit the colors are not your traditional Red & Green, I had fun playing with the lime green, pinks and yellows. Of course I used a few of my favorite copics.... YG05/Salad my favorite yellow green, shadowed a bit with YG67/moss, Y19&Y21 are fun yellows, and for pink I used RV34/Dark Pink & lightened it up a bit with R81. Not saying these are the best choices for you... but it is what I had in my collection. This fun folding card opens at the two little tabs made with a slit punch.


Like I said... there are 31 awesome new sets.... this one is a wonderful set for Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.... Not only does this cute set have a turkey, it also has a totally wicked witch, and a wonderful Jolly Santa. You could put all sorts of images in this cool car.

I cut the image out and laid on printed paper for the sky background then ran the ribbon under to double as my road. This will be a great image to demo feathering colors. I think I will play some more with those tail feathers. I colored the feathers with YR21/cream then added E33/sand on top by sort of feathering into the cream color.

Not one but two new sets. She is the coolest Granny ever!
Here she is shopping for her Christmas goods.. Isn't she the coolest? I colored the silk flowers with my copics to match the card... Did you know you could do that? It is sooooo cool because your embellishments then match your card perfectly! I love it! Of course I added platinum sparkly fluff to her hair and added a bit of sparkle to her shoes with a clear copic spica pen. I highlighted her flower centers with a white gel pen to match the polka dot paper I chose.


I am not even going to hint at the wonderful things in this set.... I mean just look at this sweet granny making up a Halloween potion. Green sparkle fluff was perfect for her potion - oozing over the side. Again I used the platinum sparkly fluff for her hair! Gotta have that sparkly fluff it is sooooo fun.


Monday, August 3, 2009



What could be better than combining several of my favorite things all into one. I love turtles, love bubbles, love Christmas and love OCL stamps.... I get it all with the new SEA-SONS GREETINGS Stamp set. It was first on my wish list (or must have list).

Ever have an image not turn out the way you wanted it to? Well, I was coloring these cute little turtles and added tooooooo much ink. The ink spread further outside the image than I wanted... so I made it a stampers challenge or embellishment opportunity to use the turtles and not waste them. I cut them out and added them to this larger image to create a larger scene. Added crafty sparkle to the tree & sparkle fluff to the santa hats. Do you think that turtle will share his candy?

Okay, is it me or are these images getting cuter and cuter? Once I started playing with these monsters I could not put them down... I had to pick two from all the cards I made to show today. This is a tri fold that opens when you untuck the saying from under the ribbon. I am going to add fast food gift cards in these for our teens Halloween gifts (three teen boys 15 - 17).

I wanted to make a card with each image, but that would have taken forever! Instead I included three on one card. What fun... Think I will call it monster sampler! Are they the sweetest monsters or what? This is a must do card for my next month classes.. will give several chances to use the copics...


What a perfect name for a cute reindeer stamp set. Just wait until you see the whole set. There are some real cute images including this real cute swirly tree. Wish it fit on the card, but couldn't get everything on there. This card was made from the techniques from Splitcoaststampers. Of course I made a boo boo in the scoring and got an extra fold, but what the heck... I like it.

WOWZA! and I said everyday this week gets better... just wait until tomorrow and Thursday! Whew Hew... see ya then. Jennie

PS. My blog is new so I really really appreciate all of your views & comments. Thanks to all of you.