Copic gearing up after break

July 8, 2015 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics  |  No Comments

Copic classes are open for registration moving into our last quarter of 2015.  After a break in July all the instructors are gearing up to bring you more Copic greatness. Check out all the new locations open across the country.  I will be in Houston, TX, Ottawa,ON,  and later in Hanover, MD.  Both Houston and Ottawa are open and ready for registration!

Check out all the options over in my side bar or right


I personally am off on vacation but look out I am gearing up to get my blog linked up to all my doings in the next few months, so don’t give up on me!  I am coming back and getting it all together, promise :-)

Get It Scrapped: Unexpected Juxtapositions, Collage and Zentangle Techniques

May 21, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

I fell off the wagon again, but I have a really good excuse this time!  I have some big changes rumbling around in my world, all good ones and they are keeping me hop, hop, hopping!  So catching you up, I have traveled to both Indianapolis and Columbus, OH since last time I posted.  Copic classes are going well and I have another big trip all the way to Dallas coming up in a few weeks!  If you are in the area you need to check out the workshops HERE.  I would love to have you join me for coloring fun!

I have had three layouts post at Get It Scrapped and all ones that I love. Without a whole lot of explanation here they are with links to the wonderful articles that they are a part of.


Day and Night by Michelle Houghton | supplies: cad stock; Colorbok, patterned paper; Recollections, crochet flowers; SEI, acrylic flower; Studio Calico, butterflies; American Crafts, felt and paper doily, ampersand, vine, glitter dots; Freckled Fawn, pink letters; Bella Blvd., corrugated letters; Pebbles, ink; Sharpie

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Pretty self explanatory, beautiful girls, but OH so different.  Anyone who knows them knows just how much, the real beauty lies within though.  These two have the biggest, most caring hearts that rome this world.  To see the article at GIS click HERE.

Next is collage and list making on pages:

Collage or List

30 days 30 photos by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Kraft, letters; American Crafts and Basic Grey, cork; Freckled Fawn, buttons: unknown, Washi tape; My Minds Eye

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The hardest part of this layout was fitting it all in.  There was a lot of resizing, citing and moving about the pages.  Check out the other layouts and inspiration HERE

Lastly is a layout including doodling!  Yay!  I love doodling as most of you know so if offered the job of adding it to a layout purposefully for an assignment I jumped at the chance.


Always Better by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok, doily; SEI, sticker letters, words, flair scallop frame, puffy sticker, brad and Washi tape; Freckled Fawn, sticker words and acrylic dots; My Mind’s Eye, ink; Sharpie, airbrush and ink; Copic

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I did all of the doodling first and then masked off areas and airbrushed the background. My Copic ABS airbrush allowed me to quickly add color and pattern right on the same page that I had spent hours adding the detailed doodling.  Check out the other scrapbooker’s layouts for more great inspiration HERE.

Colorful Copic Sendoff

April 9, 2015 |  by  |  Copics  |  1 Comment

It is with great joy that the Copic team send one of our own, in fact one of the first regional instructors off to new grand adventures!  Sherrie Siemenns is turning to a new chapter in her life and opening doors to a new career and grand adventure.

I have not known Sherrie very long.  I have been privileged enough to watch her teach in her informative laid back style.  Her coloring is divine and nothing seems to ruffle her feathers including the room heckling her about her Canadian accent.  She is a beautiful woman inside and out, with strong values, faith and iron clad bonds of family.  I thoroughly enjoyed quietly wandering in Oregon fields with her as she looked for the perfect photographs, and getting to know her in the short times we had together with the Copic team.

Here’s a Copic card to celebrate her new journey:

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The image is from Mo’s Digital Pencil and of course colored with Copics YR000, YR01, BV00, YR31, YR14, YR24, E35, BG000, B41, B14, B95, C0, C1, C3, RV63, RV66

Sherrie, I wish you blessings and joy in your new chapter.  I know you will be greatly successful and those that you will work with are the luckiest for getting you!

The Copic crew is all sharing well wishes, memories and inspiration for you and Sherrie today, if you would like to see the other posts and share in our celebration follow the links below:

Michele Boyer

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Michelle Houghton – you are here with me :-)

Cindy Lawrence

Debbie Olson

Colleen Schaan

Marianne Walker

Sherrie Siemens – Please make sure to stop by Sherrie’s blog as well and celebrate with us, leave a little love and send her off in style!

Artsy Scrapbooking

March 26, 2015 |  by  |  Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

This past week I had a page as part of an article on Artsy Storytelling in Scrapbooking.  The idea originates from Debbie Hodge’s “Story Styles Lookbook”. The Artsy Storyteller uses artistic techniques on their page to help tell the story.  Here is my Artsy page:


The Cherry On Top by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok and Core’dinations, watercolor paper; Strathmore, spray ink; Dylusions and Adanorak, modeling paste; Golden, acrylic dots, puffy stickers and chipboard arrow; Freckled Fawn, sticker letters; My Mind’s Eye, chipboard letters; American Crafts, doily; Bo Bunny, ink; Copic and Sharpie, book plate, ticket and brads; unknown.

There is a lot going on on that background so here are a couple closer looks:

This first shot is before adding any other elements.  I had JUST added the top layer of ink splatters over the still slightly damp modeling paste.

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Here is one angle of the finished layout, you can see two things changed as the media dried completely. More of the underlying ink base layer sealed into the modeling paste middle layer and darkened the middle layer. Also the splatters softened as they soaked in and dried.

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Here is another angle of the finished layout, The modeling paste did not get quite as dark here and you can barely see the splatters that hit the inky background, they ended up a little brighter then the base and with water mark rings.


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I love baking with this girl!  She is amazing in the kitchen and it blows me away as her Mom to watch her flourish here, I could not be any more proud of her.

Check out all the inspiration at Get It Scrapped HERE.

Happy creative days to you!

Classes Opening in Edmonton and Columbus

March 13, 2015 |  by  |  Challenges, Copics  |  3 Comments

As Friday sneaks up on us new Copic classes are opening in both Edmonton and Columbus.  Check out all the details HERE!

Calvinball is in full swing at Get It Scrapped and I am pleased that I have actually gotten some scrapping done!  8 pages and lots of coloring as part of the 30 day color challenge has me up to a total of 40 points!  This is a pittance in comparison to the leaders, but I am having fun and it has kept me motivated to use those spare minutes!  The pages are simple quick ones here are a couple to see;

Hall of Fame


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I am busy coloring in St. Louis today!  Hope you all are having a colorful/scrappy weekend!