Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ahoy There


Hello everyone!   Marie here and I want to share my latest card with you.


I used this adorable Sherri Baldy My Besties digital image #389.  
It can be found at Scrapbook Stamp Society HERE.
I love the  image and I created water in the background  and a dock for her to walk on.

Copic Sketch Markers Used: 
Skin Tones:  E000, E00, E21 and R20
Hair:  E40, E41, E44
Clothing:  B000, B01, B21, B23, R21, Y23
Boat:  B000, R21, Y23, E40, E47 (Tip to Tip)
Shoes: R21 R22 , R34
Dock: B70, B21, B23, Opaque White ink, Colorless Blender
Background Water:  B21, B23, B70, Opaque White ink


Paper from Paper Temptress:  
Card Base: Heavenly White 120#
Focal image:  Neenah Solar White  80#
Base layer and mat for focal image:  Dark Blue Crepe Ruche  ( You will love the feel of this textured paper! )
Anchor:  Blue Ice Sorbet 70#  (Cuts beautifully on my Cameo!)
Designer paper:  from my stash!

That's all for today.   Thank you so much for stopping by.   Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop

Creative Bloggers Hop

Sharing a little bit of me with you! :)

I was invited by the wonderful Janine from Crafting Crackers  to participate in the 
Creative Bloggers Hop!
The Creative Blogger Hop is a continuous Hop every Monday with a host of
inspirational bloggers taking part every week. 

The creative  blogger selected answers some questions related to their style and creative process.   
They may share how they get their creative mojo or share some little tip with you!   
In turn, they select 3 Bloggers that have been a source of inspiration to them 
and that they would like to showcase and feature.

Doesn't this sound fun?  
Now - Let's move on to the questions!   

1.  What Am I Working On At The Moment?  
I work as a full time  R.N. Patient Care Coordinator in an Emergency Department.  
That means my days off are filled with hours of fun in my art studio.  

One of my favorite DT projects I work on every week is for my
MarkerPOP DT.   I am a MarkerPOP COLORIST and create 
coloring video  tutorials every week.   
I LOVE doing this.    
It's so much fun to  learn and to share what I learned with our crafting community!   
If  we don't share - what's the point of learning!  LOL 

My second exciting thing I have been working on is 
My Besties YourTube DT project.   
I create one video every month.   
I spend three weeks getting ready for this video!   
I want to make it new and different!  
I want to create something the viewer will enjoy.
I want it to tell a story! 

In addition, I teach an online Creative Background Class in 
Suzanne Dean's  Color Me Creative Classroom. 
I love coming up with new backgrounds and sharing with my 
fantastic students!     

2.   How Does My Work Differ From Others In My Genre?
I am not sure if my work differs from others.  
I challenge myself  to "step-up" my work with each project.  
I try not to compare my work with others -  I just want to make
my work better than MY last piece of  work.  
I try to do something different or something NEW to ME.  
   I want to learn and create and share.    

I learn one thing NEW everyday!    
This may be how to use video software, elements and particles 
or how to improve my video presentations. 
I may be a new way to use my ink.    
I try to do something that is an improvement from My Last piece of work. 
I compete with MYSELF!

3.   Why Do I Write/Craft What I Do? 
I get a deep satisfaction from playing with ink and other creative art forms.   
I  find freedom in pushing boundaries.
I love mixing ink and media in a way that is new to me.   
Art is a way to express something that I may not be able to articulate.
I share the moment in art.  
It's freeing, relaxing and invites me to explore new creative worlds.
My Creative Journey allows me the opportunity  meet other artists and 
creative people on my journey.  

4.  How Does My Writing/Creative Process Work?
As a VISUAL person, I love creating in my mind. 
I am always visualizing something I want to do or create.  
I learn something NEW every day and find a way to use that one new idea or technique.   

For example,   I want to create a fun and new type of video for 
My Besties YouTube video due the end of this month.   
I want to create an autumn theme. 
I am looking for images that will fit the theme.
I am studying new video elements and particles that will 
allow me to set the stage for my autumn piece.   
I look for music that will fit the theme.  

So my process?   I come up with themes and then create around the theme. 
For MarkerPOP, I create my video's around Color Combos - 
Copic and ShinHan.   
I struggled with color combos when I started and I want to 
help people getting started see some color combo options they may want to use. 
I identify a combo and show how it can be used with 
various coloring techniques such as folds.   

I guess my process is to identify my theme -
and then experiment and play!   
My process needs to always be FUN!   

And Now,  Here Are The  3 Creative Crafters I Have Selected To Be Featured and to Carry on the Baton for the Creative Blogger Hop Next Monday! 

Patricia St. Martin from Rubber Stamping Is My Game.          Pat has been a friend, fellow blogger and DT teamie  from the start of my journey with Copic Markers.   I first met Pat in Color Me Creative Classroom when we signed up for Suzanne's first coloring class.    Our friendship has grown.    

I always learn new and fabulous techniques from Pat! If I pull out a new crafting tool -  Pat already has it and helps me learn how to use it! LOL

We Skype on a regular basis and she is a great friend and always an inspiration!

 Kelli Brief-Cortez  from Froggie Stamps
Isn't she gorgeous?!
I first met Kelli when we served on iCopic Design Team (now known as MarkerPOP).   
Kelli's amazing cards always inspire me.  
She has a style that I just love and always "wows" my socks off!    
Her amazing  coloring and designing talent did not go unnoticed and she quickly became  our MarkerPOP DT Leader.  

Her blog is filled with wonderful cards, projects and video tutorials!    
 In addition to being a wonderful artist, her calm, supportive manner and leadership makes her one of my special, inspiring cyber-freinds!  

Wow!  Super amazing woman!
 I recently met Jen on My Besties YouTube Design Team.   Jen is now our team leader.    

Jen's  personal story, commitment and amazing cards and projects have touched me deeply.    Jen's videos are ALWAYS a delight and I find myself watching them over, and over again!  I hope you check them out!  Jen is fun! Fun! Fun!   And ALWAYS inspiring! 

Well, that is it for me -  
Is it proper to say I talked your ear of
when I am blogging?   Hummm.

I hope you visit next Monday all our the wonderful blogging artists I
 have selected for  next week's Creative Bloggers Hop!
Note their links, visit them next week
and learn a little more about their amazing crafting journey!  

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Saxaphone Luka

Hello everyone!
I am so excited to share my DT card for our MarkerPOP Blog  Challenge this week!

My day to post fell on the same day as our challenge so I did not create my usual mini color combo video.   Our challenge is everyone's favorite.... Anything Goes!
Ooop - maybe I am projecting a little -  I guess I
need to confess   It's MY favorite challenge! LOL  

MarkerPOP is sooo generous and look what the prize is today!
I have this book and trust me - it is fabulous!    

I used the wonderful stamp from La La Land Crafts called  – Saxophone Luka stamp.
 I stamped him in Memento – Tuxedo Black ink onto 
colored him withCopics:

Copics Used: 
Skin – E000, E00, E11, E21
Hair – T3, T4, T6, T8
Sweater – T1, T0, colorless blender
Vest – R21, R24, R46
Jeans – B21, B32, B34, B37
Shoes – T3, T4, T6, T8 and for wite part T0, T1
Sax – Yoo, Y11, Y15, YR23, YR24
Grass – YG11, G11, G24, YG63
Background – B0000 around image and colorless blender
Bubbles – B0000, B000, B21 and touch R000 for reflected light
Hearts – R21, R24, R46

The red card stock is Lollipop by Bazzill
 and the patterned paper is from the Carta Bella – Rough & Tumble 6×6 paper pad.  
All the flat layers were adhered using the Crafter’s Companion – Adhesive Runner.
I finished everything off with some Copic Opaque White ink on the hearts.

I am linking the card to the following amazing challenges: 
Cardz 4 Guys - Music title (mine is Play that Funky Music) 
Thank you for stopping by and have a crafty, wonderful week! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Copic Light Medium Skin Tones


Hello and WELCOME!   Marie here with another mini tutorial for you!   
I am sharing Skin Tone #4 Light-Medium Skin Tones using Copic Alcohol Ink Markers.  
Copic Light-Mediu Skin Tone
E50, E51, E53 and E81 (Cast)

In case you missed any videos  or want to review previous tutorials,
 you can find  My YouTube Videos HERE

Free Hug- (Saturated Canary)
X-Press It Bright White Blending Paper (X-Press It)
Primrose Paper Pack (Bo Bunny)
Chocolate Brown Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Double Sided  Adhesive Oval Die and Die Cutter


Copic Sketch Markers Used:
Skin tones (Featured color Combo: E50, E51, E53 and E81 (Cast)
Hair: E40, E41, E42, E44
Dress and Bow: G40, G45, YG63, G28
Ticket: E30, E31
Background/Tag: B00, G40, E31

The edges were distressed with a tool and the layers adhered with Crafters Companion adhesive.
The tag was hand created with a calligraphy pen and the dotted background with Copic markers to coordinate with the background of the focal image.

I will be linking this crd with the following challenges: 
  1. Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Thank You for stopping by.  Have a great day and come back soon! :D 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun With Paper Folding

Hello everyone!  
We are starting another week!   

Here's my latest news!  I am taking a class from Annie's online classroom - Sharon Reinhart teaches a class on paper folding and so you are going to be stuck with some of my cards I create as I practice different folds.   

 Today, I will share the technique: Basic Triangle.


Heavenly White 120# for my card base.
The base layer is Bubblegum Pop Tones 65#
The doily was  Heavenly white 65#
The Medallion is a combination of Bubblegum Pop Tones 65# and
some coordinating designer paper.
Sentiment: calligraphy on Bubblegum Pop Tones 65#


I found that 65# paper worked best for me.
I am very new with this technique!

I will be linking this card with the following challenges: 
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (Optional twist - sentiment)
The Craft Place Challenge Blog  - Anything Goes
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!  


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fancy Pants Dreaming: My Besties Project Share

Happy Saturday!  

I am off work today and it is time to take my 100# blind adorable pooch to the groomer!   Definitely time!   :D  

But before I do that, I want to share my latest My Besties Project Share with you.  

I would love it if you would
Listen, Like, Share and Subscribe!  :D 

I love this image -  Fancy Pants Dreaming!    She looks like she is just so relaxed in her favorite place -  her gorgeous garden!   Isn't she adorable?  

Copic Alcohol Ink Markers Used 
Skin Tones E000, E99, E11
Hat/Jeans:  B000, B21, B24
Pot: YR12, YR12, YR20, YR21, YR 23 and aged in corners with BG72
Hair/Boots:  T3, T4, T6, T8
Flowers RV81, RV91, RV95
G21, YG63, G18
Background: Pink/Blue multilines

The focal image edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.   
The flowers are Cherry Lynn Desigs small Tea Rose
cut from leftover designer paper.
A pearl was added for embellishment

This is an envelope box  I created Using a basic template
from Gina K and altered to fit a 51/2 x 4 1/4 card
that has embellishments.
I like a little extra room so it doesn't get crushed

This is the from of the envelope box.   
Sherri is My Besties!

I applied a magnetic attachment on the inside of the upper flap
to secure the lid. 
The magnetic pull is too strong on it's own so I punched two 
circles that fit perfect over the top of each 
magnetic circle.
This dampened the magnetic pull and yet firmly holds the lid. 

I am linking this card to the following fabulous challenges: 
My Besties UK challenge -  Anything Goes A or if you want, you can enter
the B challenge - Ribbon and Lace! :D   
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Straw Copic Color Combo : Izzy's Kite Time


Hello everyone!   
I am home from vacation and ready to do some serious crafting!  
Today, I am combining my DT Posts (both due today)
The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday 

I hope you hop over to The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday to check out the new challenge for you!   
Anything goes!   How cool is that!   

Our wonderful sponsor for this month is 

My Mini Tutorial for MarkerPOP is a new color combo for you! 
Straw Copic Color Combo
E34, YR23, Y23, Y21,
Colorless Blender

My YouTube Channel HERE




  • X-Press It Blending Paper (X-Press)
  • Heavy Base White card stock -
  • Designer: Violet Crush  paper pad (Kaiser Craft)
  • Layer: Mauve Passion from my stash

  • Stamp:
    Izzy's Kite Time (Little Darlinegs)


  • Copic Alcohol Ink Sketch Markers (.too Corp)
  • Copic Opaque White Ink (.too Corp)
  • Copic Cobalt  Multiliner  (.too Corp)
  • Copic Pink Multiliner   (.too Corp)
  • Memento Black Tuxedo Ink (Tsukineko)
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)

  • Other

  • Crafter’s Companion Adhesive
  • Terri Cloth or textured fabric with nap
  • Distressing tool
  • Sponge Dauber (Tsukineko)

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    Copic Markers Used:

  • Skin Tones: E000, E00, E11, E21
  • Hair: T3, T4, T6, t8, Opaque white
  • Jumpsuit:BV0000, BV000, BV01
  • Blouse : RV000, RV00, RV02, RV21, RV23
  • Shoes: T3, T4, T6, T8
  • Kite:  BV0000, BV))), BV01, RV0000, RV00, RV02
  • Bear: E30, E31, E33, E35
  • Grass G11, G21, G24
  • Background:   Multiliners - Cobalt and Pink

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    The edges were distressed with a tool and sponged with Tim Holtz intge Photo.

    I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.   I had a great time creating it for you!   


    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Design Team Call for Sherri Baldy's My Besties YouTube TeamH

    NEWS:  My Besties YouTube Design Team Call - Now Open!

    Hello everyone!   I want to share some great news with you.    Sherri Baldy is having a DT Call for her YouTube team.    Love creating videos and slide presentations?    Love My Besties?
    Then you are the perfect person to apply for this!  If you create a project, send your YouTube link to Rina in a comment on her YouTube page  for the DT Call!    
    Rina Meyers  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChgF1JoYiu28QveHvV-tBzgBlog

    I have had the opportunity of getting to serve on her first team.   I am applying for the second term.
    I would love to see you and your project there!  :D

    This is my DT Call that I will be submitting.   As you know I have been in Hawaii for the past couple of weeks and so I will be combining my Saturday project share for today with my DT Call submission.  

    Here are some links from our other DT members.  
    Great ideas if you are interested in submitting your video or slide show! :D   
     Design Team Links
    WEDNESDAY Jerodelle Llorera Trinidad https://www.youtube.com/user/CraftyMe83
    and my blog is www.craftymecraftyyou.com
    SPECIAL GDT Twice a month... 2nd and and 4th week Shilpahttps://www.youtube.com/user/craftangelonline http://craftangelonline.blogspot.co.uk/
    Once a Month... middle of the month Angela Holt Designs www.angelaholtdesigns.com

    If you see this on YouTube, I hope you
    Like, Share and Subscribe!   

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Mauve Shadow Copic Combo


    Aloha from Maui!
     Marie here and I am still on vacation but wanted to share a 
    Mauve Shadow Copic Color Combo with you! 
    Yes, another of my all time favorite color combos! 
    I know you are gong to think they are all my favorites! :D

    mauve Shadow

    Mauve Copic Copic Color Combo 
    BV23, BV01, BV00, BV000

    If you view on YouTube, I hope you like share and subscribe!

    Paper Doll Marci - Hearts (La La Land Crafts)

    Ink: Copic Sketch Markers (.too) 
     Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad (Tsukineko)

    Primrose Paper Pack (Bo Bunny) 

    Button Calligraphy pen and ink 
    (Around heart.  Gorgeous in person.  Does not show well in photo!)


    Aloha and Mahalo for stopping by! I appreciate it! :D