Sparkle Sparkle Making Poppies Pop!

January 25, 2016 |  by  |  Copics  |  No Comments

I am playing again and isn’t it fun! I am adding a little bling to my image today with atyou Spica pens on top of my coloring. I started with a beautiful image from Day For Daisies:

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1 – I used Y17, YR14, YR18, R24, R29, R59 to color the bloom.

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2 – Then I tested on a scrap the effect I was going for. I decided on 3 atyou Spica pens in Gold, Black and Garnet.

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3 – I added the atyou Spica right on top of my Copic coloring when the ink was dry. This photo is taken at an angle so you can see the beautiful shimmer. Spica pens are made with very fine glass so the shimmer effect is super settle and absolutely stunning.

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4 – I finished coloring the flowers and then added the vines and a background that fades to white. (G94, B000)

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5 – And of course added the sparkle on all the flowers.

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If you want to add just a touch of sparkle and shine to your images, Copic or otherwise atyou Spica pens are a great option.  They feature 24 colors, micro glass flakes, waterproof ink when dry, Pigment based ink, a non-clog tip, they are non-toxic and acid free, even archival for all your crafting projects.

Check them out at Imagination International, Inc. or your nearest crafting store.

I will be updating my class info in the sidebar today as well so if you are looking for classes make sure to check in there to find Certification classes or Workshops near you!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!

Kirarina is a hit at CHA

January 21, 2016 |  by  |  Cards, Doodling  |  No Comments

One of the things I got the pleasure of doing at CHA was working the booth. What that entails is coloring and sharing information about the product that I love, COPIC! I also got to share about the other products now being carried by Imagination International, Inc and show off the new things that are out and about in the industry.

One of the things I demonstrated most was all the Kirarina pens. Everyone wanted to know what they do, what are their differences, where would you use them. There are 3 pens and one puffy paint in the Kirarina line. The are not alcohol based and do NOT blend with Copics. They are made by the same company that makes Copic, .Too. The pens are made as part of a stationary line. So for crafters you would most likely be seeing them with daily planners, artistic journals, and other places you might find writing.

I am lucky enough to get to play with all the new stuff to and share it with you! So why do I love the new Kirarina Wink pens?

Let me count the ways: 1 – Kirarina comes in a variety of fun colors, 18 to be exact.

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2 – Opaque white, swoon, the doodler in me is in love!

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3 – Shimmer every girl like a little shine.

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4 – I just love to doodle and these pens scream for it.

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5 – That’s really all I need to know opaque, shimmer, doodling!

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One more fun tool for my craft bag. I am itching to get scrapbooking with these cuties. Hopefully this year I can carve out some time to do that!

Check out the new Kirarina Wink pens, I think you will like them too!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!

Scrapbooking at last and where have I been?!

January 18, 2016 |  by  |  Copics, Family, Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

I actually did a little scrapbooking before Christmas this year! It had been almost a year since i had had time or the energy to scrapbook and it really felt decadent to squeeze it into the holiday crush. I made two mini albums, one for each set of grandparents, featuring things we had done together over the past summer.

I have to qualify this and say that the album I made for the Houghton GPs had the paper glues down and sanded to the chipboard and so I just needed to crop, add photos and do-dads. The Weaver GPs got the Mini Album I have been slowly creating over the past 7 months for Copic In The Craft Room. I had all the bases to the pages and do-dads made it was gluing it all down. Not that all that did not take time it just was not a start to finish project all crammed into the week before we left for Arizona.

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Then the four Des Moines Houghton’s tromped off to Arizona for a fabulous time roaming the desert mountains for another holiday.

I had 3 days at home and off to Anaheim, CA for CHA, Craft Hobby Association’s annual convention. Our team had a very successful CHA with lot’s of spectacular classes, demonstrating in the booth, meeting with our team to keep things running smoothly in 2016 and plan ahead for 2017. Overall I had an amazing trip and came back one whipped puppy with a smile on my face. I really do LOVE my job!

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I am cranking away at new videos, curriculum for local and national classes, photo tutorials and you know keeping a house and family running like a well oiled machine, ha ha!

I hope this note finds anyone readying it, happy, healthy and well, tucked in and warm!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!

CHA 2016

January 11, 2016 |  by  |  Copics  |  No Comments

Well a week away and my head is swimming with Copic ideas and my fingers are itching to coloring new samples, color new images and think ahead to new projects.

I have spent an amazing week with the Copic Certification team and I love these ladies it is amazing the talent in this photo, I am privileged to be a part of the group!

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I am excited to go home to see John and my girls, but not real excited to head back the the freezing cold in Iowa. But I will be headed to Atlanta in March and hopefully will be able to thaw my bones while teaching the Certification Classes.

I have added the Periscope app to my phone and when I get a little set up for my phone I will try to post a couple art sessions :-). If you want to follow me now look me up “Michelle Houghton” and you will be all set up to peek in on my crafting table.

Don’t forget to keep track of ALL our Certification classes and coloring flower classes that are opening up over the next few months, the workshops will start up in May!

Happy Colorful Week!

Stay warm out there! 

Hot Ribbon Hot Hot Hot!

December 22, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

OK I was not totally sure what I was going to do to show you the new Hot Ribbon that Imagination International, Inc. is carrying. It is a very thin ribbon that has adhesive on the back that sets with heat.  III also sells a small clover iron that you can use to tack the ribbon in place on your project.  I really figured that I would iron it onto a card and call it good.  BUT then I asked the crew over at Copic In the Craft Room and they came up with AMAZING ideas and oh so creative so I back peddled quickly and decided I better get my rear in gear and”go for it”!

So instead of ironing the ribbon straight onto a card or a paper craft project (which you could do) I decided to try the glass transfer method and create my own t-shirt!

Here are the steps I took and some tips I learned along the way.

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First I attached the image I wanted to recreate on the back of a sheet of tempered glass. It needs to be tempered so it can withstand heat. I used a Copic sticker and blew it up 200%.

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I colored some of my ribbon with Copic ink, this particular one is silver that I colored red with a R29.

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Then you tack the ribbon directly onto the sheet of glass with your craft iron. This does not adhere it permanently it just tacks it in place. Trim the edges as you go and get the ribbon lined up tightly. You can do a little wiggling here meaning lifting and re-tacking if you need to.

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Next using a metal palette knife or even a table knife lift each piece carefully of the glass and re-tack it onto it’s final surface. I lifted the heart in one large piece all together. I only had to go back for two small strips from the top hump on one side.

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Lastly cove the entire piece with an iron safe material (I used parchment paper) and go over the area with a medium to high iron for about 45 seconds.

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Wa-La a fun new one of a kind t-shirt or craft of your creating!

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Some things I learned along the way:

  •  The heart and small circle did great on the glass! I could line up the strips and they lifted perfectly onto my t-shirt.
  • The lettering however was extremely difficult to bend around and tack down. BUT when I went free hand on to the fabric it adhered perfectly. So as intimidating as freehand is it seems to stick better when you are trying to go around bends on the fabric.
  • I am not sure yet how long the Copic color will stay since it is not meant for washing so we will see, but the Hot Ribbon comes in tons of colors so you can choose colors that work if it is going to be wearable, washable art.

There is a lot of information on the Hot Ribbon at the III site as well so if this does not answer all your questions give a quick check HERE.

Have a Happy Colorful week!

Oh by the way, I will have a video tutorial of this project coming out in January! You can see it in action!