Thursday, March 31, 2011

JustRite Blog Hop....

This is just the cutest spring image ever! The Stamp is Birdhouses - Interlocking, it can be found at JustRite Stampers. They have this amazing stamping system that coordinate perfectly with the Spellbinders die system.

To join the Blog Hop start here, you will be amazed by all of the samples made by top notch stampers.

Colors used in my sample are: B0000, B41, B45, Y32, Y35, G20, G24, YG01, YG03, YG17, E30, E35, R20, R22,

Here is a peek at the rest of the set.. Is it JustRite for spring or what!
Birdhouses - Interlocking
by JustRite Stampers

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Copic Blog Candy Winner - Colleen!

Whew Hew... I have had a wonderful amazing long weekend in Washington with my son Austin,
who picked a random number for the blog candy winner. Colleen from California is the winner - Please contact me at with your home mailing address and I will have it mailed to you asap!

This is a photo of Austin and I this morning before he left to school. It will be a month until I see him again... sigh....

I colored this image with limited colors while on the plane this week.. the water is a bit funny colored in the photo, but what a fun image - especially since I am spending this week with my favorite little guy (who is taller than me!). The image is by Stampavie and was a gift from Stacey at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Santa Clarita! Whew Hew! Hugs Everyone....

I should hear from my real estate lady this week about my new house (I HOPE) wish me luck......

COLORS USED: E000, E01, R21, YG01, YG13, YG17, B91, B93, B95, E30, E33, E35, Y32, Y35, B0000, B000, C1, C5, w3, w5 blender!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

COPIC BLOG HOP & CANDY! - Marianne Walker's new book release

Wowza..... Have you see the new book by Marianne Walker? It is the most amazing book ever. I swear that after reading this book and taking the Copic Intermediate Certification class, my coloring has improved 10 fold... at least! Just check out my images that I have posted on my blog since January!

This book has made me look at my images before I start coloring, and has taught me how to add dimension to my images by adding shading and highlights in the right place! What
a difference it makes! The book also comes with several light study templates that will help you place the highlights and shadows in the perfect place.

This book is available at most Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook stores - ask for it by name SHADOWS AND SHADING by Marianne Walker.
If they do not have it in stock, many will be happy to order it for you....

Blog Candy! Leave a comment at the end of this blog and earn a chance to win one of these amazing books. If you really want to treat your eyes to beautiful Copic Artwork and find more chances to win one of these books, go to my team mate's blogs today! Each of us is giving away one free book. I will continue to take comments
until Sunday night! Will announce the winner
when I return from Washington on Wednesday.... or sooner if I can.

Hop blogs.... for a chance to win at each stop... only one prize per person! Good luck..... and happy hoppin!

My Private Pilot - Austin (and tip on upcoming blog candy)

Hi Everyone!
I just treated myself to a last minute trip to see my son Austin this weekend for MY BIRTHDAY! Whew hew... I have been doing the happy dance since I made that decision! I leave Friday morning. YIPPIE YIPPIE... I am in need of some hugs from my favorite man in the whole world. Dinner with my son and his girlfriend Amanda, what could be better (absolutely nothing, except to add in a few friends, which I will do!)

I love this image. It reminds me so much of Austin when he was a little boy. He would love to play in boxes and laundry baskets. I would pull him around the house making all sorts of race car and airplane noises... Now he is all grown up and Pilot's real airplanes, but these special memories are etched in my heart forever!

Image is LaLa Land's new Pilot Luka and can be found here! LaLaLand Crafts. I used a ton of colors coloring this image. Since I colored it in several different sittings, I am not sure I can even list them all. But I do want to point out that this image has highlights, shading and cast shadows (theme of Thursday's blog hop with awesome blog candy!).
colors: e000, E01, R22, R24, E09, YR21, YR24, E35, E37, E30, N1, N3, W1, W3, W5, E40, E44, E47, B00, B26, y32, y35 (I think that is all LOL).

Be sure to return here on Thursday for Copic Blog Candy... Hint it has to do with Shading, highlighting and cast shadows! The whole Copic team is involved in this blog hop so you will have lots of chances to win an amazing prize.... sign up as a follower so you don't forget!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stampendous Jumbo Hydrangea - Gotta Love it!

I Just love love love the new jumbo images by Stampendous! They are so fun to color and really pack some "wow" on every card! Just look at this interactive card. It is amazing and so easy for anyone to color.

Directions for Hydrangea Card.
Stamp: Jumbo Hydrangea CRS5005-c
Black Cardstock: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (folded)
Lilac Cardstock: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Black Cardstock Label die cut (sizzix Big Shot Die)
Black Organdy Ribbon 6" long
Scrap paper for tag with one black brad

Copic Markers used:
Flowers: Violet BV000, BV02, BV04, and a bit of Pink R81 and a tiny bit of B000
Leaves: YG01, YG03, YG63
Flower Centers: Y32, Y35

coloring tip: Start with your lightest color, then gradually add your darker colors using less of each color as you get darker. I chose to not over blend my colors on this image to have a more mottled look, if you prefer a smoother look - blend your colors together using your lighter marker.

1. Stamp image twice.
2. Color the first image and cut out. (without leaves)
3. Pop dot the image onto your card stock as shown.
4. Color three flowers and leaves on second image, then cut out
5. Pop dot extra layer of flowers on top of image for dimensional look then tuck leaves under the main image.
6. Stamp greeting on scrap paper and clip corners, and add a bit of ribbon or scrap black paper for a tag handle. Tuck this behind the image for fun interactive action!

Try it with other color combinations!
Pinks: R81, R83, R85
Golden Yellows: Y32, Y35, Y38
Slate Blue: B000, B91, B93, B95
Blue Green: BG0000, BG01, BG02

or try your own combo!

Stamps available at your local scrapbook store. If they are not on the shelf ask for them.

Scrapbooking Made Simple - Santa Clarita 3/19/11

Just had to post a quickie note on my classes in Santa Clarita. Scrapbooking Made Simple really knows how to put on an event. It was an all day event with three classes taught by non other than ME... and also we had Irina from LaLa Land Crafts doing a beautiful beautiful make and take.. I can't wait to do mine that she gave me to do. I will be going back next month for two full days of classes.. Hope you can join me, but you better hurry. As of yesterday there were only four seats available... Whew Hew!

PS.. yea yea.. I was acting a bit goofy, but we were having a blast. It is wonderful to have a job that I can enjoy... (some of the behind the scenes stuff is harder than you think though... LOL).


Love you guys....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fireman Luka..... Sneek Peek!

Is this guy cute or what! He will soon be available by La-La Land Crafts... I will be using him this weekend at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Santa Clarita, CA...

I have to love him, being from a family full of Firemen. Uncle, Cousin, Cousin's son, and Tom's son in training. This will be a great image for me to use for birthday cards this year...

other fun sayings that you can use with this image.

Hey Hottie
Happy Birthday Hot Shot
Your Cake's on Fire!
You're Hot!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Coloring Watering Cans with Copics!

Okay... I am addicted to watering cans lately! LOL... Here is the same imagethat Icoloredseveral different times and got a different look each time.
HOW TO: (copper)
1. Before I even starting with color, I added a bit of blender pen to the center of my watering can where I am going to want my highlight.
2 Then with my first color E02, I colored
the entire area that I wanted color. (LEAVING WHITE SPACE TO REMIND ME WHERE MY HIGHLIGHT IS).
3. Added my second color (E08) and feathered on top of my base color and bringing my second color out not as far as my first. Note I used less ink with my second color than I did with my first. I then blend these two colors together with my first color (E02).
4. Added my third color (E09) doing the same as in step two, yet using less of this color than my first or second color.
5. Now to add in a bit of shading, I added some
E39 along the edges.
6. I then used a bit of E000 to blend my white area out with my lightest color and smooth out any rough areas.

In my How To sample below, I did not blend my colors together to show you where I added each color. I would have blended as listed above in my
directions before adding my next darker color. You can do this with the Cool Grays or any colors that you want by following the instructions above and just substituting your color choices in order just as I did (lightest first)

This is a fun technique.. join me in one of my classes to have individual help in creating this beautiful image! It's fun!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stampendous Cards...

Here are a few sneak peaksat cards that I will be doing at Scrapbooking Heaven, Westminster next week...... Call Store for Details. 714-891-4664

Image is ruffled flower by Stampendous... Love it!
Colors used are very basic and few!
B0000, R81, R83, R85, Y35. Extremely simple card that works great for beginners.. since I cut out the images and pop
dotted them on... you can even bleed outside the lines and no
one will know.

These are the other three t
hat we will be doing in class... These images are also by Stamp
endous. Is that Frog cute or what? I love the light house which was extremely easy peasy to color. Now the cupcake.. who can't find a reason to love a huge cupcake...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scrapbooking Made Simple - Santa Clarita 3/19/11

Copic Techniques will be taught in several of my regular stores in March and April... I am also adding a new store (see below).

March 10 - Stampendous cards at Collective Journey - Redlands
march 14 - Scrapbooking Heaven - Westminster, CA
March 19th - Scrapbooking Made Simple - Santa Clarita
March 23 - Scraparazzi - Whittier, CA
April 4th - Scrapbooking Heaven - Impression Obsession Cards
April - Phoenix classes - stay tuned!

Introducing a new store to my class list.... Scrapbooking Made Simple, located in the beautiful town of Santa Clarita, California.
We just opened more seats for my March classes... call now before they sell out again! Whew Hew.....

This month we will be focusing on the basics in my Copic Technique Class. I will teach the guests how to select colors that blend well together, explain the number/color system, color a smooth image, blend two or more colors together, tip to tip blending, palette blending and several other basic techniques. We will have three hours per class to improve our skills. Then pull those skills together and make four LaLa Land cards in our evening card class... Here is a sample of what we will be coloring! See you there......

TRUNK SHOW! those of you who can't get into the class - stop by anyways and check out the LaLaLand Trunk show!


Pages In Progress - Tuscon - copic blog candy!

Wow...... Just spent theweekend in Tuscon. I absolutely had a marvelous time! I met soooo many people and was pleased to hear several guests comment on how much they learned and improved throughout theweekend. It was so self satisfying to see the improvement the guests made each day. Pages in Progress is an awesome store with amazing people. Thanks Terry and Rhonda for an wonderful weekend.

As promised.. anyone who leaves a comment after this post, will be entered into a drawing for wonderful Copic Candy - I will give the winner a choice from my goodie box! winner announced tuesday when I get home from Sacramento!

Here are a few photos of classes we held during Copic Weekend at Pages in Progress... Sales were OUTSTANDING!

Thank you everyone for being a part of my life. I am a lucky girl to have the opportunity to share what I love to do with so many wonderful people.
I LOVE MY JOB AND MY LIFE (and most of all.... my son)!