Thursday, April 28, 2022

Side Step Fishing Card


I love cards that can "Wow"  the recipient.  Side step cards are a great because they easy to create but don't skimp on the WOW!.   I've made a few center step cards in the past that are similar.   They are linked here if you want to see them (friendshipbirthday, and cowboy).  

The really nice thing about a sidestep card vs. a center step card is you have the ability to create hanging elements that help create that "Wow" impression.  This card still fits into a A2  envelope but the fishing pole and sign hang off the card.  The steps help create the illusion of an immersible scene.  

Check out the video here 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps
Under the Sea Stamp set

Copics: Copics used for this project:   This is the best deal that I know of for here.
Blue- B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
Green- YG99, YG94, G99, G85
Bag and Sign: E44, E43, E42, E41
Shirt: E50, E51, E53 with stripes drawn in with brown marker
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
Hair: C3, C1,
Orange Fish- R05, YR18, YR16, YR14, YR12
Green Fish- YG17, YG13, YG11
Crab- R37, R35, R32
Green/Yellow Fish: YG17, YG13, Y15, Y13

Side Step Die- (size I used in video)
Side Step Die (small version)-
Wave Die- Scrapbook or Amazon  

Cloud Stencil: MFT or Amazon

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Berry Best Strawberries- with video tutorial

 Hello friends, 

I love that summer just around the corner  I'm looking forward to fresh strawberries (hopefully without the mouse)!

If you take my copic classes, you know we have been working on mastering RED.  It can be very difficult to get a good blend.  This card was great practice because we would adjust our blends on each strawberry to make them look a little different, but still part of a group.   

You can watch here to see the process that I follow.  

Materials and copics are linked below. 

If you'd like to watch the video please click here

Copic:  Best deal as of posting - click here
Red: R59, R29, R24, R14, R05, R02
Green: YG67, YG63, YG61
Skin: E000, E00, E93
Fur: E30, E31, E33
Ground: W3, W1, W0
White Gel pen: Scrapbook or Amazon 

I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the border.  It has been discontinued, but this die is very similar. 

Stamp is called House Mouse Sleeping with Strawberries.  There are several available on Ebay, and Etsy.  If you do a google search. I think you can find one. 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Meow, Meow


Here is another card that has been on my wishlist to try for a while.  I saw a similar card on J. Mcguire's blog years ago.  She flipped the colors on two eclipse cards.  I love that it helps the design pop out a little more than a traditional eclipse card.  The photos don't show that the "Meow" is raised up on foam. 

I made the paws on this card a darker brown. I think if I did this again, I would try cream.  

Stamps and Dies are linked at bottom of post.

 Cat stamp set- Scrapbook or Altenew
Alphabet set- Scrapbook  or Altenew
Cat sentiments- Scrapbook

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Questionable Motives

Why did the chicken cross the road?   This chicken is sick of getting asked.  She dreams of a world where her motives are not questioned.   Haha..   

I wanted to compare the spray mist technique to the copic colored chicken.  I sprayed paper with spray mist and die cut the chicken parts from the paper.  At first I wasn't sure I liked the results.  However, once I got his eyes and accent added he really grew on me.  He is a little darker than the copic chicken.  You definitely have less control over the spray mist.   However, the texture and sparkle from the mist is really pretty. 

What look do you prefer? You can see my experiment here

Copic Chicken: 

You can see the video for this card here


Chicken wire stamp-  this could be used instead of embossing folder

Shimmer Spray:
use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Embossing folder:
Hexagon embossing folder- retired :(  
However there are several really cool ones out there.  Here are a few of my favorites
Chicken wire embossing folder--- this would be my first choice
Sizzix 3D Honeycomb- Srapbook 

Copic:  Best deal as of posting - click here
Lt. Brown: E53, E51, E50
Dk. Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Red: R37, R35, R32
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13
Orange: YR12, YR14


Friday, April 22, 2022

Logical Eating with video

Hello friends, 

I have another silly card for you.  On the inside it says- "Fine it was pizza, I ate pizza".   I love the chef.  She looks like she might have a bit of a saucy attitude.  She would pair well with any of the food or wine sentiments.  

While I was coloring this my Marker blobbed. Check out my video.  You can see how I colored it and how I recovered from my copic blob. 


Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps
Ethel Cooking
Ate Pizza
Dots Background Stamp-  Hero Arts or Amazon

Copics used for this project:   This is the best deal that I know of for here.
Blue- B12, B14, B16, B18
Green- YG67, YG63, YG61 
Brown- E44, E43
Pot: C7, C5, C3,
Knife blade: C3, C1
Eggs and wine label: E50
Yellow: Y00, Y02, Y04
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13
Hair: C7, C5,  C3
Table: W3, W1, W0
Orange- YR00, YR02
Lt. Brown: E11, E13
Purple: V12, V01, V000
white gel pen- Scrapbook or Amazon

Speech Bubble- I used MFT Birthday speech bubbles- now retired. :(
Similar Speech Bubble-  Amazon or Scrapbook 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Men and Fish are alike... (with video)


I think this little guy needs a help. I love all the different expressions on the fish faces.   

The vellum on this card is a key ingredient. The stencil created a beautiful wave pattern in the background,but it made it really busy.  It was hard to know what to focus on.  The vellum softens the pattern and brings the worm and fish into the foreground.  The best part is that I don't think the vellum is that noticeable.   Most people wouldn't give it any thought.  Cool huh? 

Check out this 3 min video to see this Quick Tip

You can see the video here. 


White Nuvo Drops: Scrapbook or Amazon

Copic:  Best deal as of posting - click here
Purple: V17, V15, V12, V01
Orange: R05, YR16, YR14, YR12
Pink: RV11, RV13, RV14, RV17
Green: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15, YR12
Brown: E31, E33
White Gel pen: Scrapbook or Amazon 
Sign: E50

Wave Stencil- the one I used

Vellum: -Spellbinders

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Calories vs. Wine (with video)


I love cards that make people smile.  This card has a simple elegance that just adds to the humor of it all. The inside says..."wait no I don't".  I hope it gives you a chuckle.  

If you like to see how I made this card click here. 



Copics: Best deal as of posting - click here
Red: R89, R59, R39, R29, R24
Grey: C4, C2, C0
Grounding: W3, W1

Neenah: Amazon

Memento: Scrapbook or Amazon

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Stamps

Crazy Penguin


This is my second post for today.  I'm probably going to double post for a few days.  I wanted to get all the cards posted before convention next week.   The expression on this penguin's face makes him perfect for any type of snarky card.  He just looks like he has seen a little mischief.   

Materials are linked below:

Two way Glue Pen: Scrapbook or Amazon 
Glitter :  Scrapbook or Amazon

Embossing Folder:
Cuddlebug Embossing Folder- Snowy Village

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps

Copics used:  Best deal as of posting - click here

Black: N9, N7, N5, N3, N1
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, 
Green: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13
White Fluff: E40, E41, E42

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Regular or Decaf?


This is one of the cards that I will be teaching at Akron 2022.  My favorite part of this card is the spilled coffee background.  I used four colors of distress oxide ink to create the coffee look.  I made a similar card a few years ago.  You can click here to see how I did it.  

All the materials are linked below:

If I were to make this card again, I would put the punchline- :Honey it's Monday...Don't even play.. on the inside of the card.  I think it would add to the joke. 

You can see how I made this card here.  

Distress Bundle- good deal on Amazon
Antique Linen- scrapook or Amazon
Walnut Stain- scrapbook or Amazon
Vintage Photo- scrapbook or Amazon
Rusty Hinge- scrapbook or  Amazon
Distress Micro Glaze- scrapbook  or Amazon

Glass mat--scrapbook or Amazon

Stamps: RubberNecker Rubber Stamps.  

Copics: Best deal as of posting - click here
Brown: E47, E44, E43, E42, E41, E40
Blue: B18, B16, B14, B12
Steam: W3, W1
Eyes: Y32, Y38
Orange: YR07

Glossy Cardstock- Scrapbook 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Tag- Easter Chick

 Hello. (again)!

This is my second post of the day.  I'm playing a little catch up.  I know Easter has passed, but these are so cute I wanted to post.    I made these for the Easter class at the Senior center.  We had so much fun putting these together.  I love the eyes on the bird all the way to the right.  He looks like he just learned that bunnies lay eggs on Easter too! 😂😂😂😂.  

I hope you all had a great Easter with your families! 


Materials: Taylored Expressions Stamps
I used a white gel pen to add color in their eyes

Baby, Bunnies, and Balloons


It has been awhile since I've made a slim line card.  I forgot how addictive that is!  Spellbinders released this bunny die in March 2022.   I think this was intended to be an Easter card, but in my head I see it as a baby card.  What do you think?

Materials linked below-


Spellbinders kit-  this goes in and out of stock all the time.  Keep checking if it says out of stock. 
Cloud Stencil- MFT or Amazon
Cloud Stencil- very similar in style

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Stenciled Flowers

 Hello stampers! 

I'm so impressed with how much stencils have changed.  When I first started stamping, they were a must have in the craft room, but it was because we needed them to create circles and shapes for our cards.  There was no such thing as a die cut machine at that time.    Once die cutting came about, stencils faded into the background but this resurgence has made me fall in love all over again.   This card is so easy and fast to make because of stencils.  The only stamp I used was sentiment. 


Stencil Set: Scrapbook
Sentiment: MFT

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Spring Wreath with Bunny


Bunnies are cute yearound, but they are extra cute at Easter.  I love this new die set from Taylored Expressions.   Their new Squad die made these really easy and fun to make.  I recently purchased an animal face stamp set from Peachy Keen stamps.  These bunnies were the perfect size.  I'm absolutely in smitten with their expression.  I can't wait to make a bunch more of these.  

Materials: Taylored Expressions Stamps
Sentiment set- Joyful Joyful
I used a white gel pen to add color in their eyes.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Ocean Kisses with Video Tutorial

Hello friends, 

I have some good news!  Technique Junkies has asked me to be part of their design team.  This is also good news for you.  They are offering all of my readers a 10% discount code on all your purchases just enter the code TJ10Chris (Case Sensitive).  YAY!!!

This card has been bouncing around in my head for a while.  I wanted to see if I could make a realistic looking beach.   The best news is that it took less than 15 minutes to make!   You can check out the video here

You can see a materials list at the bottom of this post!


Stamps: Technique Junkies Ocean Kisses: You can save 10% with this code: TJ10Chris

Inks: Tea Dye: Scrapbook or Amazon Brushed Corduroy: Srapbook or Amazon

Salty Ocean: Scrapbook or Amazon
Versafine ink: Amazon

Stipple Brush: Amazon
Blending Brushes: Amazon
Small Fan Brush: Amazon
Small Brush set: Amazon
Distress Sprayer: Scrapbook or Amazon
Repositionable Spray: Amazon

Jewel Picker:Amazon
Copic Storage Box:

Paper: Watercolor paper: Amazon

Other: Silver Stencil Paint: Scrapbook

You can see the video here:

Friday, April 8, 2022

You are one of My Favorite Peeps


 I teamed up with my hubby on this one.  I wanted to make a peep card.  The shape was simple enough, but I wanted to find a way to spice it up.   He came up with adding the shadow to make them look more three dimensional.   I added some accessories to give them each a little personality.   I used copics to give them some dimension too. 

What do you think?  Should I made these in pink too? What peep color is your favorite?


Blue: B12, B14, B16, 

Pink: RV34, RV32, RV10

Monday, April 4, 2022

Will work for Jellybeans


Whipper Snapper is one of my favorite companies.  They have a whole bunch of really (I mean REALLY) cute bunny stamps.  This little guy just hopped on my stamp table and made himself a little home on my card.  Do you have any spare jelly beans?   Wait, is there such a thing as spare jelly beans?


Bunny Stamp- Whipper Snapper Designs
Background stamp- unknown

Copics used: Best deal as of posting - click here

Green: G46, G43, G40
Dk. Blue: B18, B16, B14, B12
Lt. Blue: B05, B02, B00
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15
Cream: E50, E51, E53
Purple: BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04
Pink: RV66, RV63, RV52
Brown: E30, E31, E33, 
White Gel Pen

Friday, April 1, 2022

Over the Rainbow class 2022

  Hello friends. 

Thank you so much for coming to class today!  It was pleasure to meet you.  It was nice to have a small group and allow us to chat a bit.   Below is all the photos and links.  I will be adding two more in the next few days. 

The topic of paper was popular today.  Here is the link to the correct type of  paper.  They make several kinds and it can be confusing.  This is the paper that I use to color with copics.  I also use it for pencils...but you plan to do a lot of layering you should invest in specialized paper.  

The second question that I got asked what the cheapest place to buy copics.  Click here.

The third is this is a good source for gamsol. 

Card #2:  Blog Post : Purrfect Birthday and Video Tutorial

Card #3: Blog Post: You Taste Good  and Video Tutorial 

Card #4: Unicorn Magic or Video Tutorial 

Card #5:  Blog Post: Geez, Get a Room and Video Tutorial

Card #6: 

Card #7: Over the Rainbow

Technique Express Class 2022

Hello friends. 

Thank you so much for coming to class today!  It was pleasure to meet you.  It was a little chaotic at times but we got through it together.  Below is all the photos and links.  I found one link that didn't work. I will fix that on Monday when I'm home (so sorry).  

The topic of paper was popular today.  Here is the link to the correct type of  paper.  They make several kinds and it can be confusing.  This is the paper that I use to color with copics.  I also use it for pencils...but you plan to do a lot of layering you should invest in specialized paper.  

The second question that I got asked what the cheapest place to buy copics.  Click here.

The third is this is a good source for gamsol. 

Card #1: Blog Post Regular or Decaf or Video Tutorial 

Card #2:  Blog post--  Calories vs. Wine  or Video tutorial

Card #3: Blog Post: Crazy Eyed Penguin  and Video tutorial (coming soon)

Card #4: Blog Post-- Side Step Fishing or Video Tutorial 

Card #5:   Blog post-  Logical Eating or  Video Tutorial 

Card #6: Blog Post--Men and Fish are alike...  or Video Tutorial 

Card #7:  Blog Post-- Questionable motives  or Video Tutorial