Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scarecrow Marci Part 2 - Applying a Distressed Background


Hello everyone and WELCOME!

Marie here with a part 2 mini video featuring Scarecrow Marci from La La Land Crafts. Today,
I will be showing you one technique on how I apply a distressed ink background!

If you want to view any on my previous YouTube Videos,
they can be found HERE


Scarecrow Marci (La La Land Crafts)
Some wonderful Fall and Halloween stamps that would work great with this  image are:
Cauldron Witch Marci (La La Land Crafts)
Bat girl Marci (La La Land Crafts)
Darling Dragon Luka (La La Land Crafts)

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Opaque White Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black 
Ranger Distress Ink – Gathering TwigsRanger Distress Ink – Vintage PhotoRanger Distress Ink – Mowed LawnRanger Distress Ink – Bundled SageIntenseink Watercolor pencils
Crafter’s Companion Double Sided Adhesive
quilling paper
Sea Foam Sponge
water bath


Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.
Hope to see you soon! 


Monday, August 25, 2014

My Besties August Project Share - Autumn Fun

Hello and welcome!  
I am so excited to share My Besties August YouTube video with you!   We are now posting once a month and I was beginning to have withdrawals!  
 It was a HOOT to create!  :D

I wanted to use one image with 4 projects to show the diversity
of this wonderful image!   

  Project Links
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
SVG Cut:  Carmel Apple Pie 

Thank you so much  for watching!   
If you liked the video, I hope you will
Like, Share and Subscribe! 

Hugs,  Marie

Feel Better - Vertical Greetings 2


Hello everyone and welcome!
I have  a get well card that I would love to sure with you!

This is a card I created for my two Design Teams -  Paper Temptress 
 Totally Gorjuss Challenge!  

Our challenge is up and running and I hope to see your card or project there! 
The challenge is.... "Sorry".     

The image is a stamp from the fabulous 
Theresa Momber's Vertical Greetings 2 (GKD).  
 Don't you just love her images?
I colored the image using Copic alcohol ink markers.

The background is watercolor 
and the edges were distressed and sponged with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
The edges of the mat layers were distressed and then sponged with Vintage Photo ink.
The edges were curled for a vintage look. The peek - a- boo designer paper is 
peeping out from two corners - (a little trick I learned from 
Paper Temptress)! 

And now - here is the  fabulous  paper from Paper Temptress!
The card base is Heavenly White 120# .
This is fabulous for card bases, layers and vocal images.    I just love this paper!
The focal image was colored on Heavenly White 80#.   One of my favorite Pop Tones is JellyBean  Green.
I used it for my mat layer for the focal image and designer base. 
The designer paper was from my stash (Bo Bunny).


Thank you for stopping by!    
I love having you.   Stop by tomorrow for a new video-
my August My Besties DT Project Share.
It will be a hoot! :D 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sand Brown Copic Color Combo: Scarecrow Marci Part 1

Hello and welcome!  Marie here with another Mini Tutorial!   
Today's tutorial will be a  Sand Brown Color Combo.
I will be using a Natural Blending Family for this combo.
E30, E33, E35, E37

You can view similar video's I have created HERE

Scarecrow Marci (La La Land Crafts)

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Opaque White Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black 
Ranger Distress Ink - Gathering Twigs
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn
Ranger Distress Ink - Bundled Sage

Crafter's Companion Double Sided Adhesive
quilling paper
Sea Foam Sponge

Copic Color ComboSkin Tones:  E50, E51, E53, E21, R20
Clothing:  E30, E33, E35, E37 and E40, E43, E47
Hair and Boots: T3, T4, T6, T7
Thank you for stopping by!
Hope you liked my tutorial and come back soon!  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pistachio Green Color Combo with Natural Blending Family

Hello everyone!   Glad you are here!
Today I am going to share a Pistachio Green Copic Color combo with you.
My mini tutorial will include a little about Natural Blending Families and
then we will go into a little more depth on the subject next week.

copic combo pistachio
Pistachio Green Copic Color Combo
G40, G43, G46
My YouTube Channel HERE


X-Press It
Bazzill Card Shoppe - Gumdrop
Bazzill Smooth White
Designer paper from my stash
Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
Copic Opaque White Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Quilling paper and tool
Clear glue
Copic Markers Used
Skin Tones:  E000, E00, E11, E13
Hair: T3, T4, T6, T8
Dress: G40, G43, G46
Flowers:  R00, R46, R24, R22, R20, G17, YG11, YG63, G28
Socks: T0, T00
Shoes: E40, E41, E44
Cat: T3, T4, T6
Grass: YG 11, G40, G43, G28
Background:  R20, R22,  B000, B00, G40, W3, T0

I am having a wonderful time visiting Patricia, from The Paper Temptress and the wonderful Theresa Momber!  
I had a great time meeting my wonderful cyber friends in person!    
Delightful women!  

Thank you for stopping by!  

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!