Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Darling Butterfly

Hello Darling Friend,

I love layering dies.  They make for such simple and elegant cards.   I can't wait to make a few more of these in different colors.  What colors do you suggest?


Butterfly by Birch Press
Hello Darling

No copics used

Monday, September 16, 2019


Hello friends,

There are so many new things out in the stamping world that sometimes we forget to use what we already have.   It felt inspired to get this older stamp set out and make this super simple card.  You can check out the older card design here.    I hope you find some inspiration today.

No copics today

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bouquet of Happiness

Happy Hello friends,

Today I'm taking an old technique and applying it to a newer stamp set.  I love the elegant and clean look.   This is a layering set, but I choose to color it with my copics just to give it a little more depth.

Stamp set:

Handpicked Bouquet -  Click here to see it

Copics used:
Yellow:  Y11, Y13, Y35, Y38, E13
Green: YG61, YG63, YG67

Monday, September 9, 2019

Rainbow Butterflies

Hello friends,

These guys just flew off my stamp table to you... I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Copics used:

Blue: B16, B14, B12,
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Red: R35, R32, R30
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02
Yellow:  Y13,Y15, Y18
Green: YG06, YG03, YG01

Friday, September 6, 2019

Red Bird


I think sympathy cards are some of the hardest to make.   I try to keep the card simple so that the focus is on the sentiment.   I used this new set from Altenew.  You can see it here .   This is becoming one of my new favorite sets. I use it to create soft backgrounds for my characters to stand in or infront of.

On this card I used a really old bird from SU.  It has long been retired.  I did find a similar one and it is linked below.  I used a black and white gel pen to add some details to the bird. There is a close up below.

Leaves used:  Altenew
Similar bird: Bird

No copics today

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rainbow Watercolor-Tutorial Guest Artist

Hello all,

You all know that I love my copics, but it is I think it is important as an crafter (dare I say artist) to keep pushing yourself.  You might not see change all at once, but slowly your will see your projects improve.    I love the look of watercolor, but it is challenging for me.   It is messy and relinquish control. 

A while back I asked her to give me some tips on how to create a rainbow watercolor wash.  She created this video for me and my crafty possy (that is you! 😎)     If you enjoy please be sure to check out her blog and youtube channel.   If you scroll down there are some tips and some info about Lisa.

Here is the link to her video.  If you are reading this post in your email, the video will not play.  Be sure to click on the link or go to my blog to watch.

Photos of the cards:

Here is what Lisa had to say:

Hello, papercraft friends. My name is Lisa. I'm a Blogger and artist over at

I am so excited that Chris is willing to let me do a blog post! Thanks so much, Chris! 

A little bit about me, I love watercolor, I picked up a brush about 3 years ago and haven’t looked back! Watercolor has been my medium of choice because of its luminosity and vibrant colors. I know that some of us are either new with watercolor. It can be intimidation. I hope my blog post will help you jump right into painting. This technique is a great place to start if you are nervous about watercolor! It’s all about blending! 

The card that I am going to show you today is vibrant with liquid watercolor. It will put you in a good mood with all those bright colors! 

Tips and tricks about painting rainbows with liquid watercolor: 

  1. You really only need three liquid watercolors to make vibrant colors. I choose Lollipop (magenta,) Cookie monster (cyan,) and lemon meringue (bright lemon yellow) Liquid watercolors from Taylored Expressions.  
  2. Clean Water- two words Clean water is your best friend, every time you think about changing colors, clean your brush with clean water!
  3. Use water to let the ink flow. This is easier said than done, you don’t want a puddle on your paper. You want a small sheen of water onto the paper. 
  4. Let the watercolor do the work and blend on your paper, let it do its thing and don’t fuss!
  5. Use water to map out the places you want the watercolor to go. You can mop up unwanted water, but pigment is permanent.
  6. Experiment with colors, maybe you need a fall card, use oranges and yellows and some greens!
  7. Use a round mop brush to get lots of water and pigment onto your brush! I used a size 10 round mop brush! 
  8. Dilute the watercolor just a tad with water, the pigments can be very intense!
  9. A little drop will do you- and the bottle will last for a very long time! 
  10. Practice. And use the other sheets for art journaling, or for other cards
  11. When in doubt, splatter! 

Just have fun with it! Play around! If you don’t like what you painted you can flip the paper over and try again! 

For the card itself, once the background was dried I stamped the Birthday sentiment from Cathrine Pooler ink in Jet Black from Ranger’s Archival ink.

Cansons watercolor paper is my paper of choice.

Have you played with liquid watercolor? I'd love to see it. The luminosity that watercolors can give can be addicting.

If you liked this blog post, come over and follow me! I publish it every week! Hope to see you around!

Happy creating! 

Lisa Christensen

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Halloween Surprise

Boo!   Is it too early?  I know Halloween is still over a month away, but I had this card in my head and just had it give it a try.

This card looks simple at first glance.  However when you open it up a ghost pops up.  I thought it was perfect or Halloween.

You can see a video of the card here.  If you are looking at this in your email. The video will not play.  Follow the link view this on youtube.

Here are some still photos of the card.

Copics used:
Black: N10, N8, N6, N4
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00
Grey: N3, N1, N0
Green: Y09, YG06, YG03, Y01
Purple: B66, B63, B60
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Broom: Y21, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
wink of stella
white gel pen
black glaze pen

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Good Job Mama

Hello... well I couldn't resist.  I inked her up again.  I colored her up with pencils.  This time I paired it up with some sentiments from SSS.

You can find this stamp here .

No copics today

Monday, September 2, 2019

Forever Beautiful

Hey stamping friends,

Today's card features the stamp of the month from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders.   You can find this stamp here .  I think she is absolutely beautiful.  I think she is going to see ink again soon!

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R10
Red: R37, R35, R32
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Green: YG17, YG13, Yg11
Purple: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00
Pink: R85, R83, R81

Wednesday, August 28, 2019



Today I'm sharing the second card I made from this adorable cat set (listed below).   I thought this cat looked a little worried.  I thought it was perfect for an encouragement card.  I found this "Hang in There" stamp in my stash.  Happy Crafting! 

Materials used: 
Windy Die (very similar to what I used)
Cat Sentiments  (not used on this cards, but are pretty amazing)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Purrfect Birthday

Hello all, 

Check out these balloons.  They were so much fun to color!  If you are interested in the stamp set and die they are linked below.  I'll have a second card made with this stamp set on Wednesday!

Materials used: 

Copics used:

Cat: C5, C3, C1, C0
Pink: RV06, RV04, RV02, RV00
Purple: BV01, BV00, BV000
Blue: B02, B01, B00, B000
Green: YG17, YG13, YG11
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
white gel pen

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Life is Sweet

Hello friends,

House Mouse is hosting a challenge this week.  The theme is to make a card using a House Mouse stamp and a die.  I thought it would be fun to use the a border die upside down from the intended way to create an arc.  The sentiment fit perfectly inside. 

Thank you for popping over for a look.  I hope you will join the challenge if you have some time this week.

 Copics used:

Mouse skin: E000, E00, E93
Mouse fur: E30, E31, E33,
Grapes: YG01, YG03, YG06, YG09, YG67
Wood: E71, E74, E77
Ground: W3, W1, W0
white and black gel pen.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A New Chapter

Hello friends,

Just a simple card today.  I used some of my favorite colors. I think this card would be perfect for someone starting a new job or entering retirement.  It is a very elegant image from Unity.  Thank you for taking a look.

Copics used:
Cream: E50, E51,E53
Blue: B60, B63, B66, B69
Lt. Blue: B06, B04, B02, B01, B00
Green: G28, G24, G21, G20
Ground: W3,W1,W0

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Soft Kitty

Hey friends,

I made this card a while ago, but it got lost in the card shuffle (haha).  I stumbled across it yesterday and wanted to share it.  The sentiment is an old song made popular by the TV show Big Bang Theory.

  Copics used:

Grey: C7, C5, C3, C1
Brown: E44, E43, E42, E41
Orange: YR21, YR23, YR24,
Sleepy Kitty: E50, E51, E53, E43, E42
Ground: W3, W1, W0
Purple: BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000, 0
white gel pen

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey There (Pelican and Friend)

Hey there!

I love simple and silly.  I'm not sure if that is an octopus or squid, either way he is cute.  I like the pop of pink against the blue and yellow. 

Copics used:

Sea gull:  W5, W3, W1, W0, -
Beak: YR12, Y17, Y15, Y13
Squid: R55, R52
Rock: N7, N5, N3
I sponged the water with blue ink

Friday, August 16, 2019

Gray Skies


I created two versions of this card.  The Avery Elle fram cuts out a center rectangle  as well as a border.  I thought the border looked a lot like clouds.  However, it does add a more feminine feel to the card.  I thought it would be nice to have a few more masculine cards on hand.   I'd love to hear what you guys think?   I'm always surprised how much a little detail like a border can change the whole feel of a card.

Copics used:
Red: R29, R24, R14
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Green: YG09, YG06, YG03
Blue: B02, B01, B00
Indigo: B60, B63, B66
Violet: V12, V15, V17
wink of stella  and stardust pen

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Welcome friends,

This was cat was a little bit of a challenge for me.  There was a lot of detail and the this sassy cat has its head held in a way that created lots of shadow.  I don't know if it is Purr-fect, but I'm pretty satisfied with how it came out.

Copics used:
Gray: C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Brown: W1, W3
Pink R30, R32
Blue: BG11, Bg10

Monday, August 12, 2019

Milk It

Hello all,

Check out this old girl.  She made me laugh...

No copics today

Friday, August 9, 2019

Playful Resist-video

Hello all,

I managed to squeak out another video.  Yep, I'm surprised too.  A few night ago I was deep into another late night surfing session on pinterest.  A card caught my eye.   It was a reverse of what we usually see.  The blossoms on the flower were white and the background was colored.   After digging around the artist used masks to block off the petals so she could sponge the background.  There was nothing wrong with this process, but it occured to me that there was another way to approach this.   I captured my process in the video below. It made the process pretty fast, so I made a bunch of cards.

Materials used:

stamps: Playful blooms
Ink: Distress ink:  various colors
Embossing Powder

Here is the video:  Reminder if you are looking at this in your email the video won't play. You need to be on youtube or my blog.

No copics today

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In the Clouds


This is a card I've had in my head for awhile.  We live in the heart of the Finger Lake region of NY.    It is common to watch planes fly over the lake and often land on the water.  I wanted to try to capture this on a card.  I couldn't find a stamp of an aquatic plane, but I felt this one captured the feeling I was going for.   I love how the image reflects on the surface of the lake.    It makes you wonder what the first pilots were thinking as they bravely piloted the prototype planes.

I hope you enjoy this idea.  I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

No copics today

Friday, August 2, 2019

Flower Perch- in copic-- video included


My crafty friend Lisa and I were chatting the other day about how different stamps can look different depending on how you color.  We thought it would be a fun idea to see how each approached a stamped image.   We picked Penny Black's Flower Perch

We picked the image because we thought it would look amazing in both watercolor (she is awesome with watercolor) and copic.   Other than that we didn't have a plan.  Here is how my card turned out.  Click here to go to Lisa's watercolor post.   Please be sure to leave her a comment and tell her hello!

Here is the video I made showing my process: 
(If you are in your email the video won't play. You need to go to youtube or my blog) I made two of them.  Practice. Practice Practice.
Copics are listed in the video.

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