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Big News!

It’s time to share some exciting news! My artwork has been published in the new Cards To Canvas book written by Colleen Schaan and published by Annie’s, publisher of the popular CardMaker magazine. Cards To Canvas is a book designed for crafters who want to LEARN some stamping and cardmaking techniques, DABBLE in some mixed media fun, and then APPLY those techniques and mediums to canvas wall art (or desk art)!


The 80-page book includes a wide range of product information, step-by-step illustrated instructions for each technique, and 26 beautiful full-color projects (with instructions) that showcase a wide variety of products and techniques. Some of the topics include: mark-making, stamping and doodling, collage, embossing and adding texture, adding color, faux finishes, and creating backgrounds.

Projects range from whimsical to artsy to vintage and feature something for all skill levels. The team of talented designers include: Elizabeth Allan, Mindy Baxter, Karen Crossen, Jill Foster, Michelle Houghton, Vivian Keh, Kate Palmer, Sharon Parcel, and Rhea Weigand.

The book is available in either print or digital formats and can be purchased from many of your favorite crafting stores or online bookstores. Also available directly from Annie’s at:

The image at the top is the canvas I shared and here is the card that I created with the same techniques.  I always love working with Colleen and it was so much fun to get inky and messy creating for her amazing book!  You will have to check out the book to learn more about how each of them were created.

Essentials to Happiness card

The other artwork in the book is truly beautiful and the artists are all very talented.  To take a look at more of their wonderful talent here are links to all of their blogs.

Elizabeth Allan –
Mindy Baxter –
Karen Crossen –
Jill Foster –
Coleen Schaan –
Vivian Keh –
Kate Palmer –
Sharon Parcel –

Rhea Weigand –

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Copic 2015 is starting!

Registration for our January Certification Classes & Workshops is Now OPEN!

 Register HERE for January Classes

  • Papercrafting Standard Certification – Jan 7th
  • Papercrafting Intermediate Certification- Jan 8th
  • More Whimsical Faces & Hair – Jan 9th
  • Vintage Values & Mono-Tones – Jan 9th
  • Clothing & Accessories – Jan 10th
  • *Coloring Flowers – Jan 11th
  • *Coloring Photo Line Art – Jan 11th

2015 Class & Workshop Locations Announced

Enrollment for each class will open at least 60 days in advance

Certification Courses: Standard and Intermediate

  • Anaheim, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Hanover, Maryland
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Vancouver, Washington // Portland, Oregon

Workshop Color-Along Series

This year we are introducing three NEW workshops!

Dress for Success – Clothing and Accessories

Learn how to dress your images with this coloring intensive workshop. In Dress for Success – Clothing and Accessories you will learn how to illustrate a variety of fabrics, patterns, surfaces and clothing styles.

More Whimsical Faces & Hair

In this intensive coloring workshop, you will learn how our expert instructors approach coloring some of the most popular stamp images on the market. Starting with cute and simple and working our way up to detailed and advanced, we will walk you through the process of coloring faces and hair for each level and style.

Vintage Values & Mono-Tones

Take color out of the picture with this hands-on coloring workshop. Focus on tone and value while coloring a variety of images in both sepia, black and white. Color along with your instructor as you learn tips and tricks for these advanced techniques using images supplies by top stamp artists and manufacturers.

2015 Workshop Locations:

– East –

Hanover, Maryland

Boston, Massachusetts
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alexandria, Virginia

– South East –
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina

– Central Midwest –
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Detroit, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Louis, Missouri
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Columbus, Ohio

– West –
Anaheim, California
Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco, California
Sacramento, California
Los Angeles, California
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington – Portland, Oregon

– Canada –
Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Vancouver, British Columbia
Toronto, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario

Such exciting news!  Make sure to sign up for the Copic Newsletter so you know when the location nearest you becomes available!  Registration for all classes will open 60 days prior to the class dates.


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Big Dots

A fun crazy layout posted this week over at Get It Scrapped.  I had way too much fun with this one and it’s crazy color combination.  We were all working with big dots on our layouts.  Here is my page:

Big Dots

She Makes This Work by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: patterned paper; American Crafts Amy Tangerine and Bo Bunny, rhinestones; Kaiser Kraft, Washi tape; Bella Blvd. and Freckled Fawn, foam letters; American Crafts, star clip, arrow sticker and plastic star, Freckled Fawn, Smile banner; Pebbles, brads; SEI, flair; pin from Hard Rock Cafe, ink; Copic and Sharpie

I smile whenever I see this photo of Sara and when I discovered that I not only had not scrapped it, but neglected printing it I was shocked!  This is so Sara all sass and only she can look this good in a high side pony tail, neon pink and green with bangles and lace glove to top it off.  I am so glad I finally circled back around to the photo and love how the page finally pulled together.

I have used this particular technique before with Copic inks and thought it would really capture the bright crazy colors like nothing else would.  I used a glossy photo paper and then dripped 2-3 dots of Copic ink and let it spread.  I did find fairly quickly that I needed to wait for the ink to completely stop spreading before adding more ink.  My fist attempt was a page full of color.  For a comparison the pink dots that are smaller on the page are only a single drop of ink.  So two spread well beyond what I expected.

As always there is stunning inspiration over at Get It Scrapped, check out the article HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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Oh My Goodness! I am Back!

I feel like I fell off the face of the Earth!  It has been a long trail, but I am back.  So here is where I have been… October 19th through 24th I was in Eugene, Oregon with the fabulous Imagination International Inc./Copic team!  I learned a lot and am all ready with a stomach full of butterflies for the 2015 teaching season to begin.  Those of you who are Copic fans hopefully seen the line-up and locations for the season.  There is more information coming ASAP so stay tuned! image3 I returned home to see my Mom and Dad back to Washington and resettle my home.   Sadly Lori came home mid-day Monday and did not return to school until Tuesday November 4th!  Yes that is 6 days missed she was sick sick sick! Sara was in her first official play on October 28th.  (She stole the show if you are wondering and that is not just Mom talking this girl has skills!) Halloween quickly followed, Sara had a party with new friends, she went as a biker girl.  Lori did make a quick loop in the neighborhood, so she did not miss the festivities entirely. image2 image1 This week almost feels back to normal, I am sitting watching both girls at gymnastics in what feels like forever! I am glad to be home, blessed that my family is feeling well at this moment and so excited for the upcoming months! Happy Friday!