X-Press It Glue Markers

September 28, 2016 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

So I color A LOT! Like really A LOTI create a video and photo tutorial each week, I travel and teach a weekend full of classes most months as well as teach classes locally about once a month. To tip it off I am creating new manuals and then of course I just like to color so I try to squeeze in some fun coloring just for me every once and a while!

Then I end up with a mountain of images just sitting. So I finally break down and mass produce cards. I have a process and thought you might get a giggle to see how I do it. My cards are not always the stunning works of arts that I would like them to be, but I get’er done and besides they have pretty art work on them right? That counts right?

1 – I start by pairing a large group of images with a card base color and then at least one or two coordinating papers to go with it.


2 – I run my images through my Brother Scan and Cut if I want them fussy cut. Some will just get trimmed down, but lots will get fussy cut and the Brother scan and cut can do a whole group all in one pass!


3 – Then I am ready to start assembling cards, I try to find a couple trims and patterned paper sometimes to go with images.


4 – I fold all the card bases and attach all the patterned paper or card front layers. I often will use the X-Press It broad tip glue marker because it is easy, fast and a great adhesive.


5 – Then comes the fun part I add the images and just one or two little details to add a little life to the card. I often find myself reaching for both the broad and fine tip X-Press It Glue markers since they are quick and easy and can get into all those small little details. Again I keep my cards SIMPLE. But then I have a stack of cards for any occasion and can pull them out for happy mail at any time! If you are interested in the X-Press glue pens they come in 3 sizes and can be found right HERE on the Imagination International, Inc. web page.


Hope you have had time recently to be crafty no matter what you created!

Have a Happy Colorful week!

Shadows and Shading by Marianne Walker

September 26, 2016 |  by  |  Copics, Tutorials  |  No Comments

One of the questions we get asked most often in Copic classes is how do I shade things? Where do I put the light source, then where do I go from there?

If you are person who likes a simple straight forward guide to have on hand this book is for you!


Marianne Walker created this book with those questions in mind. She focuses in on the essentials and give you a compact guide to creating shading and shadowing. It is a great how, and why book that can become your go to reference when facing tricky lighting situations.

One of the pages I love the most is a reminder of how to break a complex shape, like a person, into the basic shapes for shading.


I can even use the tips and tricks on shading faces. It is all in there. The images used below are from DanaClarkColors.com



I love how straight forward and no nonsense the book is and how easy it is to find a plethora of useful tips and information on lighting, shading and shadowing.

This week at Copic in the Craft Room I colored the boys face above and talked about how I used the book as a reference as well. Here is that video if yo are interested:

You can get the book right from the Imagination International, Inc site.

Hope you have a happy colorful week!

Just a few opportunities left! Copic Coloring Workshops 2016

September 1, 2016 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics  |  No Comments

Did you know that there are only 6 Copic Coloring Workshop weekends left in the 2016 season? Make sure not to miss these fun, informative classes when they hit your vicinity!

I will be in Sacramento, California in just 3 short weeks and I still have spots left…SO COME PLAY WITH ME!

All three classes are a blast and have amazing techniques to learn and tips to take with you to use on your Copic coloring projects.

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The dates I will be in Sacramento are Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th. We have a great group shaping up and I would love for you to join us! Sign up right HERE! Scroll down to Sacramento and get yourself on the list :-)

Hope to see you soon!

Have a Happy Colorful Day!

Start with the best!

August 30, 2016 |  by  |  Doodling  |  No Comments

I do a lot of art. I mean a lot! It is my job, my hobby, my passion. What I realized is that all of it starts with the same product, a pencil! Wether I am finishing with watercolor, ink or of course COPIC I start with pencil. I spend hours doing sketch work for stamp ideas, layouts for scrapbooking, lettering and, card making. All of this work is done in pencil.


This past year when visiting Imagination International, Inc.’s home base in Oregon Marianne Walker steered me to the “best” pencil out there. She said I needed the best and that this pencil is the “ONE”.


After having worked with my Aristo pencil over the past year I have to agree, this pencil is the bomb!

Let me count the reasons I love my Aristo pencil:

  • Available line width: 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 0.9 mm & 1.3 mm
  • Triangular rubber grip zone
  • Fully retractable metal writing tip • Metal clip
  • Removable ‟Maxi” eraser with rounded metal push-button
  • Equipped with HB-leads
  • Barrel colors metallic-blue or matte-silver

It feels great in my hand and really is my go to tool. I use it to begin everything I do.


If you are interested in giving Aristo a try, check out their whole line of pencils at Imagination International, Inc.  pick out the perfect pencil for you and don’t forget extra lead and erasers to boot!

Have a Happy Colorful Day!

New Tape Runner!

August 3, 2016 |  by  |  Cards, Copics  |  No Comments

I will admit I am slightly addicted to tape runners. I have tried the best and the worst, the biggest and the smallest, permanent and movable, reusable and disposable. Some have been very successful others have been disasters. Many of my scrapbooking friends know that pinching pennies for about 6 years during med-school and residency I created hundreds of pages with a double sided tape that after about 5 years had started to loose it’s tack. Yes I have HUNDREDS of pages that are literally falling apart! I have not yet braved the process of going through and trying to re-attach EVERYTHING. I know it will all eventually fall off the page, but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

So I have settled into some better brands and was thrilled this past January, while working at CHA to discover that X-Press It has come out with a tape runner. I love their glue pens and their foam tape so I was very excited to see what they had come up with. (I like their double sided tape as well, I just prefer a dispenser.) Lucky me Imagination International, Inc. is carrying them so I get to play!


So here is what they thought about AND why I am loving it!

  • Extra-strong permanent adhesive – so far so good, adhering paper, ribbon twine…
  • Acid and Solvent Free – a must have for crafting
  • Heat Resistant – added bonus if embossing or ironing is needed
  • Smooth application that doesn’t “gum up” – no gummy lumps, yes please!
  • 1/3″ wide x 13 yards – for a tape addict gotta love the longer length
  • cover for runner is attached, swings and locks out of the way – no loosing it on my desktop or in my bag
  • lift and break tape – no stopping and pulling, no holding a trigger, just happy where you want it and lift away, no brainer
  • solid strip of tape – no dots or dashes and still breaks away when you int away from the paper

Today I was busy making cards for a local class and the new X-Press It the runner came through with flying colors all 4 cards are ready to go. Nothing fancy but all together and check off the to-do list. Thank you X-Press IT!

card 1

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card 4

card 3









If you are interested in the tape runner check it out HERE. If you are interested in my local class check it out HERE.

Have a Happy Colorful Day!