Monday, September 30, 2019

Surprising Apples

Hello friends,

I got a fun card to share today.  I saw a similar idea where a dog popped out from the apple basket.  I loved that idea but I made it my own.  I had to fiddle around to find things that worked, but I'm so happy with the end result.   I hope you like it too.

Supplies used:
Sitting dog
Tree Backdrop
Cloud border-- used as leaves on the trees
Pop up mechanism

Copics used:

Dogs: E30, E31, E33, E35
Basket: E40, E41, E43, E44, E47
Apples: R37, R35, R32, Y35, Y13, Y11, YG03, YG06, YG09

Friday, September 27, 2019

Haunted Cabinet-- My Monthly Hero

Hello friends,

Hero arts released a peek-a-boo die and stamp in the MMH kit this month.  I will be the first to admit I wasn't blown away by the apothecary feel to the kit, but the die is AMAZING.  The kit is limited edition.  As of today there are still a few kits left.    If you are interested in getting this die click here.

Supplies used:
Hero Arts Kit: Blending Brushes: Unicorn White Ink
Mama Elephant: Boo Agenda

If you are viewing this post in your email, the video won't play.  Click on it to view it on Youtube or my blog.

Here are some still photos:


Copic used:
Ghosts: BG000, 0
Green: YG13, YG17
Orange: YR07, YR04, YR02
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
Brown: E44, E49
Broom: YR23, YR24, YG27
White: E50, E53
Grey: C3, C1
Red: R35, R32
Black: N10, N8, N6, N4

Textured Flowers

Happy Friday,

Today's card is really simple.   This card was made with only 4 stamps!  Sometimes simple cards can make a really big impression. 

No copics today

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Owls and Pumpkins


Thank you for joining me today.  I was driving today and noticed that in just even a day or so the leaves are more orange and yellow than green.   When we got home, the toddler and I played in the leaves that have collected on the back porch.  He loved the crunch sound they make.

This little owl is chillin in with this buddy, thinking of you!

Copics used:

owl: E49, E47, E44, E43  and E50, E51, E53
Pumpkin:YR09,YR07, YR04, YR02
Green: G28, G24, G21
Black: N10, N8, N6
Red: R29

Monday, September 23, 2019

Hen House

Hey chicks,

The talk around the hen house is..... that these chickens are hilarious.   I hope you enjoy!

Copics used:

Chickens: N0, N1, N2, N4,N6, N8, N10
Red: R29, R24, R14
Yellow: Y21, YR23, YR24, YR27
White Gel Pen

Friday, September 20, 2019

Season's Tweetings


I can't believe that it is time to start thinking about Christmas cards.  It was 80F in NY today.  It is a unusual to be that warm, but I will take it.  The only snow I like is on my cards.

There is a new challenge at the House Mouse Challenge Blog.  Thank you for making me think about Christmas cards.

You can get this House Mouse stamp here.
You can get the sentiment here

Copics used:

Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
Brown: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Grey; W1, W3
Branch: E70, E71, E74, E77
Mouse: E30,E31, E33, E000, E00, E93
Black: C9, C7, C5
Shadows: BV23, BV20

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.

Interactive die
Witch Stamp set
Mama Elephant: Boo Agenda

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