Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Sneek Peek!

This is just one of the many awesome new stamps being released by Our Craft Lounge this week. I am so excited to finally release my samples. Some of the most amazing designers are giving sneek peeks today, tomorrow and Thursday in preparation for the

Note, that I will be including this card and several others in many on my classes next month. You can buy/order this image at many of my favorite stores......

Scrapbooking Made Simple - Santa Clarita, CA
Scrapbooking Heaven - Westminster, CA
Collective Journey - Redlands, CA
This and That - Chino Hills, CA
Pages From The Heart - Monrovia, CA
and many other locations!

I love this little kitty.... but she does not scare me! LOL....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall is on the way!


Here are a few images we will be coloring at Scrapbooking Made Simple on Sept 18. Hope to see you there!

Note that all images are by The Peddler's Pack and stamps can be ordered/purchased from Scrapbooking Made Simple.

Colors used will be posted for all class guests.

husk: e30, e33, e37
corn: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR21, E07, E44, misc. e's
background E49

sky: BG000, BG01
Petals: Yoo, Y11, Y15, Y19, or Y15, YR21, YR24,
center: E42, E44, E47, 49
stem/leaves: YG01, YG03, YG63, YG67 or G20, G82, G85

Pumpkin: Y15, YR12, YR16, YR18, W4
Leaves: YG01, YG03, YG63, YG67
flower: YR12, Y15, Y11
background: E49
stems: E42, E44, E49

NOTE: Each person will work at their own speed. Most people will only finish two cards in 2.5 hours. However, all three card kits will be available.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Copic and Puppy....

But Mommie,
I was only trying to get "one" to chew on, then the whole box dumped over. Does that mean I can chew them all... or is this another case of IT'S A GOOD THING I AM CUTE?

lol... I only sat the box on the pillow for a minute while I made the bed so I could color while relaxing on the bed.. Instead I guess I get to clean up a mess.. but it was worth the laugh! I had to share...


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Copic Card & Technique Classes

Next Month.... Stamp Company Focus will be on Our Craft Lounge.. Whew Hew... Gotta love those girls over there... AMAZING.

Copic Card and/or Technique classes are soooo much fun. I taught several over the weekend.. here is part of the stuff I packed into my car... Did I mention I dropped my marker boxes right out the back of my car... ever pick up over 1000 copic markers in HOT street? ARGH... thanks dad for helping!

Stay Tuned for another fun blog hop next week... Our Craft Lounge will be releasing their new stamps and you will not want to miss their amazing blog hop with free blog candy, goodies and great samples to look at. Their design team is amazing! Whew Hew.....

sneek peek.. shhhhhh look at the class boards in the back of the photo... see the kitty, wine, sunflower, scarecrow... yes those are a few of the images I will be teaching next month and showing on my blog next week for the hop!

join as a follower to my blog (or already are) and you will get an extra entry for a prize.



Class Follow Up.

Hello Everyone...

I had the great opportunity again this month to teach three classes at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Santa Clarita, CA. Amazing store. I forgot to bring my color copies for my guests in one of my classes (dang it). So I promised to post these images here for those gals. Many of you have seen them before, but what the heck.. it's always fun to see fun cards..... right? These images are all by Stampendous and easy/fun to color.

See you guys next month for coloring fall cards and Coloring images with BLACK...... Hint.. next month I will be celebrating Stacey's Birthday... even if it is a bit early! Whew Hew....

Colorful Hugs,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

LaLa Land Blog Hop - Luka & Marci turn One!



Yee Haw! Marci and Luka had a BIRTHDAY! On August 1st our Marci and Luka finally turned ONE!

We want to thank each and every one of our customers for your continued excitement and support as we celebrate this amazing milestone! We couldn’t have done it without you, and we want you all to know...YOU ROCK!!

Are you ready for some birthday FUN?!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have a special surprise for you!! We’ve brought back some La-La Land Crafts’ alumni and friends to celebrate Marci and Luka’s birthday with us....YIPPEE!

On top of our special guest bloggers, we are offering up a HUGE BLOG CANDY for this exciting event.

(My card details below - is she cute or what!)

This Blog Candy contains the following:

~ Set of 12 Copic Markers in NEW 2011 colors ~ Set of Spica Pens ~

Pack of X-Press Blending Cardstock ~ New Scor-pal and a pack of Scor-Tape

~ 3 sets of 12x12 Basic Grey Collections paper packs ~ $20 gift certificate to the La-La Land Crafts Store

To be eligible for this FABULOUS blog prize, you must follow these 3 easy rules:

1. Become a follower and/or subscribe to our Blog.

2. Display a picture of our Blog Candy on your blog with a link back to THIS POST.

**if you don’t have a blog, please spread the word

3. Leave one comment BELOW after completing the blog hop answering this question:

“Which stamp used on the projects in this hop is your favorite?”

You have until August 31st to leave your answer below in our comment section (one comment only please). We will draw the winner’s name onSeptember 3rd.

Now let’s get on with our AWESOME hop!!

La-La Land DT

Becca ~

Cindy ~

Jana ~

Jeanette ~

Karen ~

Kim ~

Rosemary ~

Sandie ~

Trisha ~


1 Luvn Mama ~

Alice ~

Cheryl ~

Eva ~

Jan ~

Jennie ~

Kim ~

Leanne ~

Maureen ~

Pops ~

Renate ~

Shantaie ~

LLLC -- please leave one comment and let us know your favorite stamp from the hop!

Much love and hugs to you all!

And a big THANK YOU from Marci and Luka too!

DETAILS FOR MY CARD: This card was so fun to make. I chose the Cowgirl Marci, used Creative Imaginations Debbie Mum paper for my background by cutting out the images from the paper and glueing them on to the ground that I made by tearing cardstock. How fun is that! Layered cardstock and tied a bow out of twine...

Techniques used: Texturized image, paper tearing, paper piecing from printed paper.

I texturized the skirt by adding Copic Blending Solution to a piece of denim then dabbing the skirt after it was colored. Because the Blending solution is the solvent for the Copic ink, it faded the images in places where the nap of the fabric was thicker. Making a great denim look on the skirt! How fun! Whew Hew - give it a try.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

La La Land Stamps - Coloring Black with Copics

What better holiday than Halloween to learn to color with BLACK. Coloring with black is similar to coloring with any other color. However, you must use grays to get the highlights, midtones and shading to give your image volume rather than a black blob. Black ink also has a lot of dye particles so
it bleeds fast.. Here are a few tips to remember while coloring with black.

1. Do not over soak your paper.
2. Correcting dark colors might make a bigger mess if you try to add blender.
3. Use three values to get a highlight 1-3, Midtone 4-6, Shading 7-10
4. Do not over use darkest color which will
hide the artist's rendering or stamped lines.
5. If you bleed outside the lines too much,
consider shadows or cutting your image out and pasting it onto your project.
6. When coloring black hair sometimes it is fun to add a light lavender or blue.

First color your entire image with your highlight (you may want to leave some white space for an intense highlight). Now add your second color or your midtone
. Blend these two colors together using your first or lightest color. Now add in your shading color or darkest color in the areas that would be somewhat shaded or further from your eye or light source (ie: the sides of the leg are further away than the center of the leg). Blend your darkest and midtone colors with your midtone color. If your midtone is too dark to blend with use one or two values lighter than your midtone to blend your two darkest colors. IE: if your midtone is an N6 use an N5 or N4 to blend your two darkest
colors together.

We will be making these three fun fold cards at Scrapbooking Made Simple in Santa Clarita, CA next month.. CALL STORE FOR DETAILS ASAP.. CLASSES WILL SELL OUT!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Shop Hop at Collective Journey...... Gift Card Make & Take directions

Collective Journey, this is where my Copic Teaching World started. Although I had been teaching card making for well over 10 years, this is where I taught my first Copic Card class and I have never looked back... It was an awesome stepping stone to a great career. I was teaching a make and take at Collective Journey (CJ) on Sunday. Here are a few of my bestest friends and students Debbie & Leslie who joined in the fun. These two have been with me since my very first Copic class....Love you guys! Of course they wanted to meet Bugsie, so this was the day she got to meet all my CJ friends. Leslie has asked me to bring her to all classes so she can babysit... well, we will see.... puppy sitting would cut into her coloring time! lol.

This make and take is amazing easy and allows newbies to experience several different techniques and Copic products. Although the Stamp set by Our Craft Lounge includes a darling leaf in the set, we chose to draw our own to practice using the multi-liner.... great fun. The dots in the background are done using the brush tips of the Copic markers.

details listed below.
Stamp Set: Our Craft Lounge "Whispy Blooms" (avail here)
Leaves: hand drawn with multi-liner
Dots: made with Copic markers (same col
ors as image)
Copic: RV00, RV09, RV23, YG21, YG17, YG21, YG17, Y15, Y38 (random color choices on this card... LOL).

Directions for card base: Cut cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2 (half sheet), fold. then on the fold mark your card in one inch from each side. Align the card into your pa
per trimmer from the mark to the bottom of your card and cut. Repeat on each side of your purse. Add a top by cutting a separate piece of cardstock (black) into a 5" x 2" strip. Fold making it 5" x 1" slip over the folded edge of white card and adhere to both sides. punch holes add ribbon and then use corner chomper to round lower corners. Easy peasy and fun! Great for a gift card.