Monday, October 22, 2012


As I've said before, I have "played" with Copics for a few years, but only recently took the Standard and Intermediate Certification classes.  Cindy Lawrence was our teacher, and she was wonderful.  The day before the certification classes, Cindy did an extra workshop she called "Copic Fun With Textures."

In essence, we colored items with our Copics, and then spritzed colorless blender onto various cloths and pressed them down onto our colored areas.  The difference was amazing.  We didn't actually finish any of our projects during the class because Cindy wanted us to have time to experiment just with the texturing concept.

This past week, I decided to finish the coloring and make cards out of the images.  Here are the results.  I will uploaded them to the SplitCoast Gallery soon and will list all the materials there.  You may find them under my screenname carleneanne.

On this one, we made bricks on the wall using the nib end of our colorless blender.  After coloring the pajamas on a separate piece of cardstock, we spritzed a piece of terry-cloth towel with colorless blender and covered the pjs with it.  The pjs were cut out and paper-pieced...made them look like polartec!  The polka dots on the blanket were created by repeatedly touching the point of the colorless blender into the green.

On this card, we used the "pointilism" (sp?)  technique to show texture on the sweater.  I think I put too much "snow" on the scene for you to actually see it in this picture, but it shows up on the card.  Then we used Copics Opaque White paint to add texture to the penguin's fur and to create the snow storm.

This adorable pair of angels was perfect for using 2 different textures.  On the blue coat, we spritzed twill fabric with colorless blender and pressed it onto the image.  On the green coat, we made polka dots with the brush tip of the colorless blender marker.

I was so in love with this angel image that I bought the stamp to create additional cards.  On this blue coat, I used twill cloth; on the green coat, I used waffle fabric.

 I didn't add any texture to this green coat, but used the brush tip of the colorless blender marker on the pink coat.

 I didn't add any texture to this green coat, but spritzed colorless blender on terry cloth for the blue coat.

Blue coat was terry cloth; green coat was waffle fabric.

Blue coat was terry cloth.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012


This week's challenge at Totally Stampalicious is to create a Christmas card or project.  My cards today might be considered "Winter" cards more than Christmas because I am planning on using them for all the winter birthdays coming up.

If you looked at past posts, you know I love Stella because she is irreverent at times and always speaks her mind.  "Let it Snow Stella" comes with one image and 6 phrases.  Here are the cards I made with her.  I will list all the materials on the SplitCoast Gallery where you can find them under Totally Stampalicious, Stella or my screen name, carleneanne.

Inside these first 2 cards is the phrase, "SOMEWHERE ELSE!"

Inside this card is the phrase, "Now there's an OXYMORON!"

Inside these 2 cards is the phrase, "Winter is Nature's way of saying 'Up Yours!'" The fur on this outfit was created with Liquid Applique.
 On this card the fur was done with Copics.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


A friend, who isn't a "stamper" is coming by to make some cards, so I thought we could do some with little stamping.  This first card uses a Martha Stewart punch and a stamp from Lockhart stamps.

This Christmas card couldn't be any simpler.  Cuttlebug's "Christmas Stitches" was embossed on Core'dinations "Core Essentials" cardstock and sanded to show the lighter color.

Shortly, I will post all the materials on Splitcoast Stampers' Gallery where my screen name is carleneanne.

Have a great day.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


What a dummy I am!  I forgot to put my other Deer cards on the post below.  These were done with the same die cut as below, but what a different look they have.

See all my supplies on the SplitCoast Gallery under carleneanne.

It's a little difficult to see the sky in this photo, but it really does show up on the card itself.  Obviously, the deer die cut just cuts the paper, and my nature-loving husband did not approve of featureless deer.  So I sponged some color on and gave them eyes and noses.  (He didn't mind all-white deer in the cards below!)  I also cut the deer apart (The die cuts them together.) so I could stagger them in the field.

This time, a vertical orientation and gray clouds.

All my best,


I am still a little intimidated by all I learned in the COPIC certification classes I took two weeks ago and haven't picked up a marker since.  I am pouring over my manuals in hopes that I can gain a little confidence before diving into coloring again.

In the meantime, I have been playing with a few different techniques.  Here are the results.  I will post all my supplies in the next day or two on the SplitCoast Gallery where my screen name is carleneanne.

The next 2 cards were done after I watched a wonderful video called "Triple Time Stamping" at  What a wonderful resource Dawn is...videos and tutorials to die for!

My favorite stamping store, Bella Art in Johnston, had a sample card that I loved.  The background on it was individually cut and sponged bricks...a little too labor-intensive for I went with a wood-grain, stamped background on this.  Because this image can be used for just about any occasion, I think I made about 20 of these...all with different verses on the fronts and insides.

An experiment with an embossing folder, a die-cut and one stamp.  On this first card, I added some Stickles, but then decided I liked it better plain.  (See card below.)  I can't tell you how easy this was to make...20 cards done, start to finish with decorated envelopes, in one afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I spent the most incredible weekend taking the Standard and Intermediate Copic Certification classes with the most wonderful instructor, Cindy Lawrence.  I learned so much, but now I want to go back and redo all the cards I've already done because Cindy taught us how to make better choices in colors, shading and highlighting...among a million other techniques.

I NEED to practice all these new techniques before I upload any new Copic-colored cards, so today I'll just share what I've been doing for the last few weeks.  I've been having a blast making rolled and layered flower cards...die-cutting, some embossing, but no coloring.

Because of the thickness of some of the flowers, I decided to mail one to myself to see how it would survive Post Office handling.  I placed it in a slightly larger envelope so I could put a cardstock collar around the flowers to protect them.  Little did I think it would cost $1.95 to mail it!!!!  Thankfully, it did arrive undamaged, but I think I'll have to save those cards for hand-delivery...either that, or take out a second mortgage!

In any event, here are some of the cards I made.  All of the materials are listed on my Splitcoast gallery where my screen name is carleneanne.