Thursday, March 29, 2012

iCopic: Chocolate? Did Someone Say Chocolate?

Hello to all my wonderful friends!   It is 3-D Thursday at ICopic and it's my turn to post a  DT project.    I used an adorable Tilda image called Tilda With Pony Tail from Magnolia Stamps.    Isn't she so cute!

I don't know about you but I am always looking for a quick table favor or a little gift to give someone and this is a gift I just love to give.

Skin tones:  YR0000, YR000, YR01 and a touch of R20

Light Blond Hair:  Y11, Y21, E97, E99

Blouse:  RV01, RV93, RV95, RV00.   I bridged the 95 and 99 in order to make it blend well.   
Copic Multiliner Purple 0.3mm.  
Jeans/Socks:  BG75, BG72, BG70, Colorless Blender
Shoes:  C00, C1, C3, Turquoise Copic Multiliner 0.3 mm and Copic Gray Multiliner 0.3mm

 The Clear  Pillow Boxes  come in a variety of  sizes.    I like the 51/2 in x 31/2 in  size because it holds a lot of chocolate.....and who doesn't like chocolate!   The tags can be changed to fit any occasion.   It is simple to do and Hersheys Nuggets fit just perfect.   Yummmm!   

I am lining this project with the following challenges:
An  Awwww Moment For The Day

What is it? What is it?!

Check out the posts at our iCopic Blog.  We offer a new project, tutorial and card ideas every day.  We also have a weekly challenge that is sure to get our creative ideas going! 

Thank you for visiting and spending some time.  It always means a lot to me!  Have a wonderful day!  :D  


Monday, March 26, 2012

Hello From Little Sammy

Hello From Little Sammy

Hello  to all my wonderful friends!  I hope the beginning of you week is going along smoothly and the weekend will soon be in sight!   I want to share my card I created yesterday.  I decided to try my hand at sketching my own design...   Don't laugh!  

This is a drawing I did yesterday and decided to name him Little Sammy and color him up with Copic alcohol ink markers.  

Copics Used:
E35, E33, E31 and E000.  I added a little E37 to give more depth to the shadow areas.
Eyes: C10 and Copic Opaque White Ink

I added some Zentangle to the image with my Copic Gray Multiliner 0.3mm.   I am not pleased with the whiskers....  Oh well.... I should have left well enough alone!   I am new at drawing!  I shall improve!:D

So, what is Zentangle?   It is a way of repeating patterns to create beautiful images.   It has been said to be relaxing....   I have never been much of "doodler" but let's see how it goes!   It was a creative technique created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts  The history can be found HERE.   Classes are given on this and I will be first in line if they give any in my neck of the woods!  This is a great site for  -  Zentangle

ZenTangle is:
  • Repetitive patterns
  • Relaxing
  • Simple and meditative
  • Fun (Now that's right up my alley!)
  • Start without a preconceived idea of a final result
  • Not expensive (I like that..... more money for Copics!)
  • Timeless
  • Intuitive

I think he turned out kinda cute! I like the little twinkle in his eyes and he looks like he is just the friendliest little guy!

I am linking my card with with following challenges:

The AWWWWW moment for the day!
I'm so sad without you!

Thank you for stopping by and spending some time.  I love your visits!

Fun Bookmarks

A big "hello" to all my fabulous friends!  I am excited to  share my little whimsical bookmark I created for my iCopic DT and some bookmarks I created for Nicecrane Designs.    I selected the adorable little Penny Johnson image by Stampavie called Sweet Dreams.

Copics:  G28, YG63, G40

When I was taking my Standard and Intermediate Copic Certification classes with Marianne Walker last November, I smile as I remember her saying,  - "Marie, you learned you lessons well.  You are doing an excellent job with Copics and you learned all the rules.  But your work is boring.  People will not keep their eyes on it for an extra long time.   Now you need to break the rules"!   Wow!  OK.   So I have looked at many different people's work and tried to find ways to "break the rules. 

I decided to add some "fun and whimsy" to my work.   I grabbed a 0.3mm  Olive Copic Multiliner and started doodling.    It feels fun and carefree to do this and  gives an interesting little effect to the image. You can use the same color or change colors and provide greater color variations.   Maybe you will want to mix it up!   Either way  - it's fun to just see all the different and crazy things you can do with Copic markers and multiliners!

I created these children''s bookmarks  from some adorable images from Nicecrane Designs.

I think these little images would look just great in a Mother Goose book for children.  They are fun and so easy to make!

I will link this to:
Make it Monday

Thank you for stopping by and visiting awhile!    Come back soon.  

Marie XX

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mad For Markers Celebrates Birthday!

Let's Party!
La-La Land Project

Happy Thursday to all my wonderful friends!   I am so excited to invite you to celebrate with us at

 for their
 Big Birthday Blog hop!  They will be celebrating a BIG TWO!.  Yep!   They are celebrating their second birthday and we want you to join in on the fun!
If you came here from Melissa's blog at Mel's Art Journey  then you are right on tract. If not, please visit M4M Challenge blog and start hop, hop, hopping along for some wonderful creations.   

There will be prizes for people who hop along .. hidden on blogs throughout the hop so make sure you leave a comment on every blog! 

I selected this adorable image from La-La Land Crafts called Mermaid Marci for my project.  Marci is quite  a party girl and she heard that Mad for Markers  was having a Birthday Bash.   Well, who doesn't love a party?   Marci headed right on over to celebrate the Big Event! 

I created my  project using Copic markers.   
Hair: E40, E42, E44,E49
Starfish: EY000, YR 02
Skin tones: YR0000, YR000 and Lips RV000, RV02
Mermaid scales , fin and top: BG000, BG10, BG32

I quilled the seaweed and Seahorse.  

I used Label One Spellbinders Nestabilities for the mat and attached to a gift bag. 
 Of course I filled the gift bag with a little wine....   
As I said... Marci really knows how to party!

I am entering this project in the following challenge:
Now, head on over to  Alicia's Blog - Time to Create!   She has something special in store for you!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

CMC Celebrates Birthday Bash!

It's All about the Accessories!  

Starting March 19th thru March 24th the CMC Classroom will have its 2nd Birthday Bash HERE!  There will will be  a full schedule of events for all the games, challenges, chats & prizes starting March 17th!  So mark your calendars for a week full of fun!!

For my Birthday Bash card, I selected this adorable little image from Mo Manning called  "It's All About the Accessories".   I just think Spike is adorable.    He is all fixed up and ready to celebrate!

I had fun doodling on the image and getting him all accessorized for the Big Bash!
Doesn't he look Dapper?
He's posing 
just for

Party Animal!   Happy Birthday CMC!

It is hard to believe that CMC is 2 years old!   I started taking my first Copic class two years ago - and it truly has been terrific.   Our Boss Lady is Suzanne Dean and she is a fabulous instructor and a great friend.    She's funny  and a pure delight to know. I  am super proud to be able to say I have served on Suzanne's  Design Team from the beginning and still going strong!   (Big Smile)!

Suzanne Dean

Suzanne's Copic classes  started out as a Copic class -----  Then it quickly expanded to many fabulous classes on Copics,  Prisma Pencils, Magnolia images, and Distress Ink.  She has an active, fulfilled biweekly challenge that is open to everyone using Copics, Alcohol Ink Markers and/or Colored  Pencils.   Our Challenge group is a crazy bunch but the discussions are lively and we truly enjoy each other.

CMC Info

As always if you have any questions about classes, groups, or to find out how to advertise or be a sponsor..
.email Suzanne  anytime  In the subject line just put "CMC" ...thanks!

Suzanne also  maintains the  BokkEndz group  designed for reading addicts and another  group for Multi-Media and Altered Art.


CMC Challenge Group

The CMC Challenge Group has a new challenge every 2 weeks and everyone is welcome to join in!  
You can color your images with any brand alcohol marker or colored pencils...just stick to that challenge's 
theme to be eligible to win! 

You can still join in on the current challenge until 7 pm EST if you would still like to enter!!
Our current challenge is up.....   check it out and join in!  
Our sponsor is the lovely Spesch many cute digi stamps to choose from & fun to color too! 
 So hope you will come and join us!  Not only can you win a fabulous prize but you will be 
entered to be a guest designer for the CMC Challenge as well!

As if that isn't enough, Suzanne  can be found running all over the country (and out of the country) with her On-The Road Classes.   

Remember - we will be celebrating the  whole week - so join us in the fun and activities.   There will be a lot of games, challenges, chats & prizes starting March 17th!  So mark your calendars for a week full of fun!!

We are opening this  party with a BLOG HOP.  If you have been following the Blog Hop.  then Melanie
 is your next stop.  If you are just joining us,  start at the to of the list below and work your way through all the wonderful surprises the Design Team has in store for you!

Blog Hop Order

Suzanne - Our Boss Lady
Tina - Our Junior Boss Lady
Marie - That's Me!   You are HERE now! :D
Melanie - This is your next stop!

I am entering this card in the following challenge:
Thank you so much for joining us and helping us to Celebrate this week!  The schedule for the games, challenges, chats & prizes  can be found HERE.  See you there!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

CMC Challenge: Attitude? Who ME?

Hello to all my friends!    I am excited to share with you this cute little card I created for Color Me Creative Challenge.   The theme was "Anything Goes" and our wonderful Sponsor for this challenge is Spesch Stamps .    

  • Copic Alcohol Ink  Markers
  • Copic Faux Watercolor Background
  • Sponging
  • Dry Embossing
Attitude?   Who ME?
Oops... forgot to color his hands on this pic!   
Don't worry - I will fix it! :D

I am using Goth Boy With Ring digital stamp from Spesch Stamps  I think he is just so cute!  Talk about Attitude!   
Skin tones:  E000, E11, R20
Eyes: G28, G40
Hair, Shoes and  chains: C7, C5, C3, C1, Copic Opaque White Ink
T-Shirt:  C00, C1  Image E40
Pants:  E40, E42, E44
Copic Faux Watercolor Background: C00, g20, C1, E40, Colorless Blender

I embossed some grey card stock and sponged with Tim Holtz Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Ink from  Ranger, Inc..   I thought this would give it good setting for my rough tough little guy.   

 I found a cute little rustic charm at Michaels to attach with twine to finish my project.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Laugh For The Day

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nicecrane Designs: Ooh La La!

I Created this  card using a cute little image called Three Blink Mice   from  Nicecrane Designs

Do you remember this rhyme as a child?  

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?
(This poem entered children's literature in 1842.)

Well, these little guys and gal look just too cute!    When I looked at their little faces, one seems to be whispering to his friend, "Ooh La La!"  ....  and love is in the air!

Aren't the images just adorable?   They can be found HERE.

I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Laugh for the Day

I start my Monday tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be working my 12 hr shifts  for the next week but have posted ahead so please check back and see what is new!  I love having you!

Be healthy, happy and creative!

iCopic: Fixing Those Nasty Little Stamping Mistakes

Happy Tuesday to all my wonderful friends!   I am excited to share with you a tutorial I did for  my iCopic Design Team.  I want to demonstrate  a TIP I learned to correct those nasty little stamping errors that can pop up every now and then.   I don't know if this has ever happened to you or not but I have days when I sit down in my crafting room excited to start a new project and...... the first image I stamp comes out unclear or missing some of it's lines.   Sound familiar?   Today I want to show you a tip I picked up from my Copic Classes  with Suzanne Dean.   For this demonstration, I am  using this adorable little image from Some Odd Girl called  Crushin Gwen.

Let's take a look at my TIP for Tip Tuesday!  

 Notice how the image did not get completely inked.  

The Copic Multiliners smoothly fix any missed stamping lines or lines that may not come out uniform in color.   The Multiliners come in many different sizes and colors.  When starting my collection, I preferred to start with an 0.03mm and I bought one in back and grey.   I added other colors but these two are very versatile.  See how easy it was?  

Copics:   E000, E11

Copics:  G28, YG63, G40

Copics:  E40, E42, E44, E47 and Opaque White Copic Ink

The layers were adhered to the base card.  I created some button hand quilled flowers and used a Memory Box flourish die and some orange rhinestone embellishments.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Laugh for the Day

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on fixing those nasty little stamping errors.    Please stop back soon and......  

  • Live each day like it is your last
  • Laugh lik a fool and
  • Be creative!