Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News! News! News! Read All About It!

Hi Everyone!

Woo Hoo!   I have news for you today!    

I want to announce that I am teaching a class  at Color Me Creative  on Background Techniques!
Woo Hoo!  I just can't stop dancing around!   I have had such a hard time keeping this a secret!  
If is now official and a sale is going on for early registration NOW   For details - Check  HERE

(some sneak peeks above)

I feel like it is such an honor to be asked by Suzanne Dean - my Guru- to teach this class.   Without her inspiration, guidance and support I would never have been able to know what to do with ink and Copic Markers!    I dedicate this class to her!

Suzanne J Dean

You may be wondering what the class will include...    

Welcome to Marie's Creative Background Class!   We will be covering some fun and unique background techniques.  Our classes will cover:
  • Marbleized Backgrounds
  • Faux Watercolor Backgrounds
  • Bubbles and Underwater Effects
  • Stenciled Backgrounds
  • Fun and Whimsical Backgrounds
  • Embossed and Impressed Backgrounds
  • Blown Alcohol Ink Backgrounds
  • Ink to Applicator Backgrounds
  • Ink Infused GlitterBackgrounds

I hope you will check out the class and together - we will play with ink and create fun and creative backgrounds!  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thinking of You

Welcome!   Its Monday!   The sun is shining and I plan to spend the whole day in my art room!   I CANNOT think of a BERTTER WAY TO SPEND MY DAY!

II want to share a card I created for our Totally Gorjuss Challenge.    Our challenge for this week is ....   drumroll..... Bows!    

This is the design team  card I created for this challenge.  Yes - I am STILL experiementing with different backgrounds and technques and my BFF  Patricia St. Martin helped me think of an idea for this card.   She created one using this techqiue and walked me through it.    Ink is applied to the sticky portion of tape and transferred to the cardstock.   Isn't that just a hoot! ?     To see other great ideas from Pat - you can check out her blog link  HERE (Rubber Stamping is my Gamae).

Flower:  Buds and Vaes (GKD)
Sentiment- Hope Grows (GKD)

  • Ink to Tape Transfer Background

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits!   Take care and be safe!   

Friday, August 23, 2013

Flip Flop I Was having Fun


II want to share a card I created for The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday!     Our challenge for this week is ....   drumroll..... Anything Goes but if you want to participate in the twist... My Favorite Things!     

Well - Mine is CREATING BACKGROUNDS.    And I have some new and exciting news to tell you about that  as soon as I get the green light!     My second favorite things is pearls :D 

Quite a Catch (GKD)

  • Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
  • Texture:  Colored Pencils
  • Creative Background:  Underwater Background Technique 

Close up of the little fella.
I used my underwater technique for the focal image background and for my top mat layer.  

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits!   And the countdown is going on with my BIG news! :D   
  Take care and be safe!   

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Flowers Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

Welcome and Happy Friday to you!  

It's my turn to post a project and a tutorial for MarkerPop so i am combining the two!   .   It's Saturday and that means it's "Anything But A Card".  Sometimes that is harder to do!   I guess it is an opportunity to turn my Cameo Sihouette on and do some cutting!  

I created a treat box using my Cameo and decided to put a gardenia flower on one side and this adorable Tilda image on the other side.   Have you wondered how to POP those Magnolia images up?
I created a quick tutorial for you if you would like to see how I do it.  

 Garendia Flower  
Creative Techniques by Marie

Gardenia Flowers.  I also altered the center one for a card I needed for a smaller focal image. 

I used a Cameo Silhouette to die cut this cute little treat bag.   I think I am going to put some fall seeds in it so it coordinates with my focal image and with the 3-D Gardenia I placed just under the flap.

Close up

I used this adorable Magnolia stamp called Tilda Watering. Isn’t she just the cutest little thing? This wonderful image gave me the opportunity to create a tin bucket with my Copic markers.  One of my favorite things to color is metal.   I love to age it and often add rust or tarnish!   I think I will fill this treat bag with some fall seeds that will coordinates with my focal image.  The image was stamped on Cryogen paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko).  I embellished the background with Copic Multilinersand Copic Opaque White Ink.   

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 
Inspiration for the Day:

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits!   Take care and be safe!   

CMC: I Feel Like Celebrating!


I have some exciting news to announce next week so I hope you stay tuned!   :D    I am just sooooo excited!  

I want to share a card I created for our Color Me Creative  Challenge.    Our challenge for this week is ....   drumroll..... Anything Goes   and our wonderful sponsor is MarkerPOP .   

Celebration Tilda (Magnolia)

  • Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
  • Embossed mat layer
  • Creative background:  Fun and Whimsical (Stippled)

Media Used

  • Copics Used: 
    • RV000, RV00, RB02,  E39, E35, E33, E30, V000,  V01,  V04, V06
    • Skin Tones: E11, E00, E000, R20
    • Background:  T0, T1, T2, T4, RV000, RV00, 

I colored this little sweetie up and added some shading on the shadow side of her feet.  I added a fun and whimsical stippled background to give a fun and party kind of feel to the over-all focal image.

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits!  Be sure to check back and see what my BIG news is going to be!   I am soooo excited!     Take care and be safe!   

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone!     I am back with a card I created for my DT Totally Gorjuss Challenge.    Our chalenge for this week is to use die and/or punches!   Our wonderful sponsor is Hether's hobby Haven.    Check it out!      The challenge just started so  you have a week to get something going!   LOL   

I used an image that I got as a gift from my Cardmaking magazine subscription called The country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.    I just love these flowers and thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out with my new background technique.  

Copic alcohol ink makers
Watercolor background
Punch flowers.
Embossing with sponging around edges.   

This is a variation of the Gardenia Strip die.  
I ony used two of the petals to create a smaller flower that would fit with my card.    

This is the finished card.  
I hope you ike the background!   I am always trying to come up iwth something new!   

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 
  • Totally Gorjuss - Die and/or Punches
  • Make It Monday - Anything Goes
  • Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Inspiration for the Day:

That's it for today... but I have anothre fun challenge that will be coming up to share with you and some very exciting news the furst of the week!   YEAH!!!!    

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Outlawz:Twisted Thursday - Mixed Media

Welcome!   It's time for another challenge at The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday.  Our challenge is always "Anything Goes" but if you want to participate in the twist - it is "Mixed Media".   Your card will go in for two opportunities to win from our fabulous sponsor!  

This is the card I created for this challenge.   I used the wonderful stamp with a bird.    I love this image - but then I love birds.  I have 3 wonderful feather babies and my heart sweels with pride every time I look at this little guys.  

I am trying some new techniques - so with this card,   I used  a watercolor wash for a marbleized background.

Birds & Blossoms (GKD)

Mixed Media
  • Copics Ink - Sepia Tone
  • Colored Pencil for texture
  • Watercolor Washes
  • Natural white from the paper for highlights

Copics Used: 
E40, E42, E44 and Copic opaque white ink

Colored Pencil:
Sienna Brown Prismacolor Pencil

Watercolor Wash: 
  • Flesh
  • Ultramarine
  • Sap Green
I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: 

Inspiration for the Day

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.   I am sure a few of you are still enjoying a few vacations -  I know I will be having mine in the Fall.   I plan to go to a book conference in New York called Bouchercon.   It is a yearly even, although the location changes every year.     I have not had a long vacation for some time so I plan to spend around 2 weeks in Sanibel, FL in October.   Woo Hoo!   You won't recognize me when I return.....   i will be so mello!

Thank you for stopping by - I really appreciate it and be safe and CRAFTY!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday: Step Card

Welcome!   I am a little late with this post but I still want to share it.   Better ate than never!      

the Outlawz: Twisted Thursday has a couple days let of thier challenge.    It is always anything Goes but if you choose to participate in the twist -  you can create a step card.

This is my first step card I created and it was alot of fun.    I didn't know what to do so I resorted to good ole Google and it never fails to help me out!    There was a tutorial for a center step card on Splitcoast Stampers and it was easy peasy to create.


  • Fur:  Stippling technique
  • Fun and Whimsical Background
  • Copic Sketch Markers
    • E30, E33, E35, E39
    • C0, C1, RV000, RV02Opaque White In
  • Copic Opaque white Ink

Challenge Links: 

Inspiration for the Day

thank you forjoining me today!   Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pretty in Pink - A New CMC Challenge

Welcome and hello to all my crafty friends!     

It's my weekend and I am off from work!  Yeah!     I have some posts I need to do!    
I plan to leave for Sacramento this evening to spend some time with great friends.    I plan to take my computer and get caught up on some projects!   I just hate getting behind!     

Color Me Creative has a new challenge going.....   "PINK".   Now that is easy peasy!     
You can use Copics, ShinHan, Promarkers or colored pencils.    We just want to see your wondeful creations!   

I selected an image by Karen Middleton called Rosarna.  I used this same stamp recently for the publication...  Through The Craftroom Door.    I created it in sepia tone.   I decided to color this one up with a very different look     I used black hair and pink and grey.    It is amazing how the same stamp or image can look so different with just a color change.    Maybe I need to look at my closet and see if I can do the same thing for me!  LOL

*** Pretty In Pink***
Our fabulous Sponsor for this Challenge is:
One winner will win a free class of their choice
here at CMC (copic classes only)

We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, ProMarkers, other alcohol markers or Colored Pencils!!

I used the following Copic Alcohol Sketch Markers:
Skin Tones:
Hair: C9, C7, C5, C3, B00
Flower: RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV32, opaque white ink, G40, G43, G45, YG 91
Background:    Various Ink: RV0000, RV00, C1, C0, opaque white ink

I used a Faux Watercolor technique for my background.  

I am linking this card with the following wonderful challenges: Color Me Creative - Pink

Thank you for visiting!    I hope you come back soon!  

Lisa Cromwell's Teacup Stamp Collection and More!

Welcome!    I hope you are having a great weekend!     This is my card I created for  my MarkerPOP Monday Challenge post!    It is an "anything goes" day so I had a lot of choices!   
I love this stamp set.  it comes with so many fabuous  stamps in the collection.  
I love them ALL!  

the image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black  Dye Ink (Tseukineko)  on Cryogen Paper (Curious Metallic).   The designer paper is called "Butterfly Glade" (Wild Rose Studio).   I used Copic Sketch Alcohol Ink Markers and used a Fun and Whimsical Background Technique.  

Colored Pencils and Copic Markers

Flower: RV0000, RV000, Rv34, BV00, C5
Leaves and Greenery: G40, G43, G45, G83, G90
Bckground: G12, Y11, B000 BV00, Opaque White ink, and Prisma Colored Pencils (Violet, Warm Grey) and Colorless Blender.     

I am linking this card to the following wonderful challenges: 
That is all for today.  Stop back soon!     

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Outlawz Twisted Thursday : Make Your Own Embellishments

Hello there and Happy Friday!   Woo Hoo!    Although I am working (hanging my head), I hope you have wonderful plans for a fabulous weekend.  

I want to share a fun challenge that is up and running at The Outlawz: Twisted Thursday blog.  Every challenge is an Anything Goes....   But your entry counts as two if you include our "twist".   The twist for this week is to "create your own embellishments".  

For my Design Team card, I used a wonderful image by Tina Wenke from SP & Company called Hedgie with Large Bouquet.    I love this little fella!     I colored the image using Copic Alcohol Ink Sketch markers and created my embellishements using pearls and die cut flowers.   I used punch leves and used my McGill molding tools and mat to create the leaves.

I created my own using a faux watercolor technique with Various Ink.  

I am entering this card in the following wonderful challenges.  

Inspiration for the day

That's all for today.   I hope you check back soom and see what our CMC Challenge will have in store for you !   Have a GREAT weekend and stay safe!