Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Relaxing After Christmas

Happy Holiday's!   I hope you are having a wonderful and safe Holiday Season!    I ate too much and enjoyed every minute of it! LOL

I am excited to share that the new challenge up up and running for The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday.  The theme is "Relaxing After Christmas".  Now who can't identify with that!    Now my idea of a wonderful relaxing time is to get into a wonderful scented bathtub filled with bubbles!    A little music and the candlelight.....   That's my idea!

The are multiple ways you can win with this challenge.  You can use "Anything Goes" and your name will be submitted for a prize. You can also use our twist.... Relaxing After Christmas - and your name will go in twice.   If you submit more than one card,   Check out our wonderful sponsors -

  1. Anne’s Digital Art.
  2. Marker Pop 

This is a card I created using a Magnolia image called Bath Tub.  This is such a cute stamp.  I am going to combine stamps and mask an image in the tub in the near future.  It hink that would be a hoot!

Supplies:   Listed belown in Inlinks.

I am linking this card with the following challenges:

I hope everyone a safe and wonderful Holiday Season   The new year is just around the corner and I hope everyone has a wonderful, hopefilled New Year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Child's Christmas


HO HO Ho!     This is such a cute digital image from Mo Manning called "And I want.... "  I created this card for our Twisted Thursday Challenge at The Outlawz.   The theme if you choose to participate in the "twist" is a  a child's Christmas.    I hope you check it out and see the inspiring cards from our wonderful design team and participants!  

I had just abut all my Copics out on my "newly cleaned" art table......   and cannot begin to saywhat I used for my recipe!    I am hopeless!   All I want for Christmas is..... better organization!  LOL

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges:

I hope you have a very happy and "SAFE" Holiday!   


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas A Long Time Ago


Hello everyone and happy Tuesday!   The Holiays are moving along quicly and I  want to 
share a card I created for you using
a  rubber stamp from Magnolia called "Holly Tilda".  MarkerPop has
so many cute Magnolia images that work well with this technique.
I loved this stamp the minute I set my eye  on it and I have been waiting for an opportunity  to
use this adorable Holiday image.

  • Distress inking using Copic Alcohol ink Markers.
  • Distress Ink sponging
  • Cracked glass with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Ink Used: 


I wanted to give the impressiion of an old vintage holiday card so I decided to use a
Swedish technique of Distress Inking with my Copic Markers.
The technique uses very light colors and allows "pooling" of color in the corners.
The pooling has a vintage look by adding W3 on top of my R21.
Swedish distress inking has "ALOT" of white  or "lightness" so I
used my colorless blender to blend out my R20.

I love to create my own background layers.
I sponged Tim Holtz Distress Ink over my paper starting with Tattered rose
and then Antique Linen.  I then embossed the paper for texture.

The Cracked Glass technique was used to add more of a vintage look to the image.
I applied  clear embossing ink   to the entire image and then coated it with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.
I melted the embossing enamel using my heating tool.
The image was placed in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

I removed the image and bent it in various directions while it was still frozen, allowing the image to
actually "crack".   I then sponged Antique Linen over the image to accent the cracked glass look.
I think this gives the impression of an old picture.

I repeated the Cracked Glass technique with some of my leftover
base layer paper that I sponged.   I then cut leaves out for my flowers.

I am linking this card with the following challenges: 
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes

I hope you enjoyed this card and the different techniques. Distress inking is always one of my favorite techiques.
Check out our arkerPop Blog  Challenge #13  that will be running for the next two weeks.
The theme is to use deep, rich darker shades.


Saturday, December 15, 2012

MarkerPOP- Shinhan Touch Twin Marker Hop

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!   

Welcome to the MarkerPOP! & ShinhanTouch Twin marker blog hop!

Our teams are joining today to bring you a fun filled hop featuring a variety of stamps carried at the MarkerPOP! store that have been colored with Touch Twin markers which are available at MarkerPOP!.

The hop starts today and will be open until December 19th,   Enter by commenting on all the blogs in the hop (see blog list below).

About Shinhan Touch Twin markers:

Designed for artists, Touch Twin markers feature an advanced alcohol-based ink formula that ensures rich color saturation and coverage, with silky ink flow. Touch Twin Brush markers feature two nibs (Brush & Chisel) to achieve a wide range of strokes, from fine lines to wide color fills. The delivery of ink flow can be perfectly controlled to allow precision drawing. The ergonomically designed rectangular body resists rolling on work surfaces and provides a perfect grip that avoids smudges and smears. A specially designed safety cap stacks neatly and
prevents damage to the nibs. The Touch Twin marker contains an alcohol-based ink that doesn’t dissolve printed ink toner, allowing for odorless, vividly colored artwork on printed materials.

 I am still new to Touch Twin markers but I absolutely love them!   I created this little image  using my Touch Twin markers.  I used an image that is availble at MarkerPop on "pre-order"  Isn't that exciting?   We are going to be carrying  The Saturated Canary stamps very soon!   I used "Thank You" by Saturated Canary.  Don't you just love the eyes?  

Thank You (Saturated Canary)
Available for "pre-order"  at MarkerPop now.

Skin Tones:  YR132, YR25, YR29, RP7
Hair:  BR48, BR102, BR104 BR109, Y141

Dress/Socks/Bow:  BG67, BG63, BG3, BG1
There were times when I bridged my colors using 
"tip to tip"

I embellished with flourishes and created
quilled snowflakes that i cased from Sonya (Appel Quilling Garden).
I had the opportunity to take a quiling class from her 
at My Creative Classroom and she if Fabulous!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas Suzanne!

 This post is dedicated to our 
fantastic and 
 "Boss Lady" Suzanne Dean!   

            Merry  Christmas  Suzanne! 

I know I said this before... but it bears  saying again and again!  
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.

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.  

All About Hair:  Covers a total of 14 videos): Dread-locks, Large big hair, boy's hair, braids & ponytails, super curly hair wavy hair, black hair, ethnic hair, all hair colors and tones, hair w/o lines, spiky fun hair and more.  

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 2 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 ARE! 

This is my card I created for you Suzanne. 
 The image if called Copica from Saturated Canary.  

I used the following Copic Markers: 
Clothing/Shoes: G28,YG63, G40, C3, C01
Gift Bag:  R58, R38, R35, R32, R30
Skin Tones: E11, E00, E000
Hair: C7, C5, C3, C1
Background: B000, B00, BG10, White chalk/W3, W1, W0

I created my  background layer with Various Inks including G28, G40, B12 and R35. 
Colorless Alcohol Blender and Gold Leaf pen.  

I quilled some red and white flowers for embellishment.  

Suzanne has a big, big love for zebras!!   All my teemies are creating zeebie designs in their card.    I have always been a little different and my zeebie design turned out to be a  LEOPARD design!  LOL.   Guess I should go back to class 5 and  take a remedial on creating zeebie designs :D   Anyway,  I just want to say "Thanks" Suzanne for all you have done! :D   

 We hope you enjoy the hop and remember, the Holiday Bash at CMC is under way and you don't want to miss our on all the fun excitement and awesome prizes so be sure to stop in and enjoy the holiday spirit with us all.  You can find all the information you need HERE.

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

Your next stop is: Michele Speara

Enjoy the hop... here's a list of participants to help you get started:

Marie Gamber (You are here) :D 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great Wednesday!!!
Happy Holidays!

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

Friday, December 7, 2012

CMC Holiday Bash!

Hello and TGIF!    Yes!    We have reason to be thankful THIS Friday because it is the kickoff of our CMC Holiday Bash!    

This is a special message from Suzanne Dean, Creator and Owner of Color Me Creative!

Starting December 7th the CMC Classroom will have its annual month-long Holiday Bash Celebration! Nothing more fun then having some fun challenges, games and prizes to start the season off right!? I hope you will find time to stop in and look around, join in and just have some fun. The Holiday Bash is really my way of THANKING ALL OF YOU for your continued support, friendship and patronage to the Classroom. So a lot of fun and a way to WIN SOME HUGE prizes from our sponsor!


*Starts Dec. 7th with a Holiday Blog Hop featuring projects by the CMC DT to kick off the month-long CMC Challenge!! And another way for you to win if you hop along!

*Every week will be a NEW Challenge and Prize...think scavenger hunts, puzzles, games!

*Charity Raffle - I'm giving away a NEW Silhouette Cameo machine to a lucky someone! How can you win it? Everytime you participate in a challenge during the month you get an entry for it. Also for every $3 you donate to the Charity (TBA) you get an entry. Every year I pick a different Charity to far we've raised $3200 over the years..and to me the season is all about GIVING so that's why I always include this.

The full details and listing of activities can be found HERE! 

Doesn't that sound great?   I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in Suzanne's wonderful Holiday Bash!     I created this card for our celebration.   

Bells & Boughs (Stampin Up)
Our theme is to color gold or silver and to make it a "Magical Holiday" card.   
 I hope you like it!   

Copics used for the Gold Bells:  
YR24, YR23, Y11 and Y00
I used W5, W3, W1 and W00 for the rustic metal band around the bells.  

Copics used for Bow: R39, R24, R22, R20, White chalk
Copis for Leaves:  G28, YG63, G43, G40, Y00

I created cathedral windows using my Nestabilities Die. 

And now for more exciting cards from our wonderful designers!
If you came to my site from our Guest Designer Katie, then your next stop will be the Sensational...... Shelby Goolsby :D    

 If you missed any of the blogs on the list, I have linked each site for you below!  

Suzanne - (Our fearless, marvelous leader)!
Tina (DT Coordinator)
Katie Tate - Guest DT
Marie (You are HERE now)!

 I hope you hop along with us and best of luck in winning  some FABulous prizes!
The more you comment, the more times your name will be entered for the prizes.   I happpen to know the grand prize is.....   out of this world!    :D