Friday, December 16, 2011

Season's Greetings to Our First-Rate Boss Lady

Season's Greetings Suzanne! 
Little Elf Finn (Mo Manning)

 This post is dedicated to our 
first-rate and
 "Boss Lady" Suzanne Dean!   
            Merry  Christmas  Suzanne! 

For those of you who may not know Suzanne,  she  created a wonderful on-line classroom for learning to use Copic Markers.  The link can be found at Color Me Creative Classroom The classroom quickly expanded to Cricut, Distress Inks, Prisma Pencils and Magnolia Images. Suzanne has 5 classes on Copic Alcohol Ink Markers that include  detailed video's with PDF files that include: 

Class I :  Wonderful "Must Have" Resources, Colorless blender, Highlights, Shading, Skin Tones, HairClothing and various  Color Combos

Class 2: Shadowing Images and Grounding images, Using the Colorless Blender, Light and Shodows (where to begin), Basic Shading and Highlighting, Coloring White and Black, More combos, Feathering Technique, Coloring Wood Tones and Coloring Hair and appropriate shading, Creating New Colors with Two Markers and Using the Multi-liner

Class 3:  Advanced Shading and Highlighting/Contrasts, Flicking Method of Blending, Landscapes, Reds/Dark blues/ and Browns, Metallic Tones, "T" Copics, Fur and Texutes, Spica pends, Products that enhance Copics, Copic Distress Ink Effect, and Pastels 

Class 4: Large Background areas, Flowers, vintage, Sheer Items,
Airbrushing, Refills to Create Backgrounds, Fabric and other cool tricks and tips.

Drum Roll..... 
the long awaited

Class 5:  Layering Copics, copper, Patina, Terracotta,  Rust, Tie Die, Hispanic Skin Tones,  Hispanic Hair,  Hot Pink, Animal Prints, Birds/Wings, More about Folds, Hair (Advanced) and Fur.   

This list doesn't include everything...  but .....Where to begin???   At the beginning!   Every  class is jam packed full of learning opportunities!     This wonderful classroom can be found at:

I started taking Suzanne's classes a year and a half ago and I have learned so much!   I never had a Copic Alcohol Ink Marker in my hand before...  and Suzanne was patient and helpful EVERY STEP OF THE WAY! I am proud to be a Senior Design Team member for Color Me Creative .  We have a fun group of wonderfully talented women in our group and have a great time with our challenges.  Each challenge provides the opportunity to put those wonderful Copic skills to use! 

I also had an opportunity to take a class from her in person at On the Road Classes  I quickly discovered that not only is she a fearless, fabulous, fantastic, fun, first-rate and far-out instructor, but she is an absolutely super wonderful person and a loyal friend!

Thank you Suzanne for all you do 
 all you 
My card is in the mail and will be arriving at your doorstep soon!

Suzanne, you are now invited to go to the following blogs on December 18th  for more Holiday Love!

Hazel Parr, CMC Design Team
Suzanne Foard, CMC Design Team

Happy Holidays!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Love and Hugs,
Color Me Creative Senior Design Team
(and faithful follower)


  1. Oh my goodness Marie this is fabulous!!The poinsettias are beautiful and such a wonderful post too. Your coloring is a wonderful example of how amazing the classes are... it is gorgeous!!

  2. Marie, what a darling card you made for Suzanne. Your layout, your beautiful coloring and the darling image all make it a perfect card. Love it and so will Suzanne. That is so nice of all of you to do that for her and I agree she is a fabulous person and a fabulous teacher.

  3. wow Marie,
    your post is first class mail !
    Well done you girl.
    The card is the cutes one, I just love the colours combo .
    Happy Holiday's dear.

  4. Very nice dedication to an even nicer lady. Suzanne is not only extremely talented and dedicated but is the epitome of a true lady. And it is pretty obvious that you are an excellent student, Marie, judging from your amazing colouring successes. The true test for me is seeing colouring done in red and you have aced another one, girl!

  5. Dear Marie Thank You for dropping by my blog and following me.. I love your blog and the way you use colors.


  6. Marie, Just love your card you made for Suzanne. You did a wonderful on your posting for Suzanne, love every thing your said.
    Hugs, Pat

  7. OH what a cutie that elf is Marie and its colored to perfection, love the colors and its just so happy!! You ARE a great student but I'm even luckier to call you a friend! Thank you so much for this post, you all are gonna make me cry & I DO NOT cry LOL! I'm so grateful to have know and have you all on my team--I'm very lucky indeed!

    Holiday Hugz,

  8. Your card is fantastic! I know Suzanne will love it. I will probably sign up for class #5 after Christmas. It sounds great!
    Merry Christmas!

  9. Awwww, that gave me goosebumps! What a WONDERFUL Christmas holiday wish to Suzanne. :)
    She's right though, having you for a friend IS an amazing gift in itself. :D
    LOVE the coloring and I'm going back to look at it even more.
    Lisa xx

  10. What a gorgeous card for Suzanne, Marie, and a wonderful tribute, as well! I'm sure she will adore it!

  11. What a lovely way to wish Suzanne a Merry Christmas! I love reading her often funny blog:)
    Your card is masterfully colored and so beautiful, and I just love those quilled flowers!
    Here's sending the best Season's Greetings your way too :)

  12. Beautiful card Maria! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  13. This is stunning Maria..Your coloring is just fabulous and what a wonderful way to wish Suzanne Merry Christmas.

  14. Your card is just beautiful, Marie!! I'm sure Suzanne is going to love it!!! I belong to CMC, but havne't taken any of the classes yet!! What is wrong with me??!! I know I could learn a lot. maybe that will have to be a New Year's Resolution. It should at least be a fun one to make, and Keep!!! Merry Christmas to you !!

  15. WOW Marie, your card is just stunning...
    I have this image and never colored it.. ypu have just inspired me!!!
    gotta go to get my copics and images!!!

  16. What a fabulous every way. Just darling and I'm loving the stripes. Thanks for joining us this week at Tuesday Throwdown.

  17. Marie,

    Your elf card is adorable and your colouring, fantastic! You are absolutely right about Suzanne's CMC classes I love all that I have taken, especially Copic 5; I only wish I were able to take an "in person" class!!

  18. What an adorable card and cute image. Your coloring is awesome Marie. Suzanne will love it! Hope to be back to playing in challenges after the first of the year. I so miss blogging and spending time in my craft room. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. "Hugs"

  19. Hello Marie
    I love this card, your colouring is brilliant, I have joined your blog so I can come back later and look at more of your lovely work, have a happy Christmas
    ps thank you for your visit

  20. I have just found your blog through another blogger Marie..your cards and blog are stunning! I love your beautiful image and design of your card, your colouring is fantastic..and such a heartfelt dedication to a wonderful friend!! I have become a follower so I can come back and visit. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  21. OMG!!!! I just loooove this one. You have done a fantastic job on the design and colouring! Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me`s Christmas challenge. Merry Christmas to you! Hugs...Mona

  22. Adorable christmas card!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  23. Suzanne is so lucky to have YOU! You are a star student and a shinning example of "practice" makes perfect!! What an amazing, fun card -- Suzanne is proud I am sure!

  24. What a gorgeous card! I'm a big fan of Mo's images... you colored this one perfectly!

  25. Beautiful card Marie! Love your coloring and the layout works beautifully. Merry Christmas and may you have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.


  26. Marie this so STUNNING. I am in awe of your copic skills. Happy new year,
    H xx

  27. Gorgeous – thank you so much for joining us on Paperplay for this Challenge. Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope to see you again in 2012.

  28. Absolutely gorgeous card, Marie - I love that image, and your colouring is fantastic (Suzanne did a good job with you!!!) - love it.

    Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay.

    Julie :o)


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