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December 26, 2014 |  by  |  Copics  |  No Comments

Sneaky Peek!

disco eye kiss plaid

Interested?  These are just a few of the many NEW images that all the Copic instructors will be sharing at the workshop classes this year!  My first weekend is open for registration in Seattle, WA February 13th and 14th!  What a perfect way to start your Valentine weekend!  Come spend your day with me and still have time for dinner with your sweetie!  I am sure I will be a ball of hyper energy with my first class it will be worth just coming for that!  Check out all the info. HERE

Also over at the Get It Scrapped blog I have a new tutorial regarding cleaning your Copic markers.  When the Copic instructors all met in Oregon this past October we discussed cleaning practices and decided it was a good idea to get the information out there in a bigger way so people know what the home base is recommending for cleaning.  HERE


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2014 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics, Family, Scrapbooking  |  1 Comment

Wishing all of you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  From a very sunny Arizona!


Just this week I had a very special layout post over at Gt It Scrapped.  We were sharing layouts about our holiday mentors.  I chose my mom as my mentor, she is the one who showed me how to celebrate the holidays fro certain!

Holiday Mentor

Traditions of Joy by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: papers and diets; SEI, sticker letters; My Mind’s Eye, Pink Paisley and Basic Grey, ink; Ranger and Copic, brads; Doodle Bug Design, paper clip; Freckled Fawn, lace flower; Prima

blog holiday mentor

I have this wonderful small group of old photos from my Grandmother that every once and a while I delve into them.  This assignment seemed to scream for such a photo search.  I found this one of my Mom and I from MANY moons ago.  I love it and it is so wonderful to be able to do a special page to feature her!  I had this collection of papers from SEI that seemed to be made for the photo and figured out how to cut up one sheet to create several of the layers.  The brown dotted paper that is the large border around the blue bird paper and around the photo is actually the reverse side to the bird paper so you can imagine I was pushing some of the cuts quite close.

I have built up a just right pile of trims and embellishments these days so I ruffled through my stash and found all the do-dads to add the fun details.  You can see some more mentor layouts HERE

I just sent out a newsletter regarding all the first quarter Copic classes.  There are many workshops, standard and intermediate certifications now open for enrollment!  Check HERE for the current classes open!  I will send out another note to may subscribers as the second quarter starts registering!  If you would like to be on that mailing list sign up over in the right hand sidebar. Later this week you can get a sneaky peek of some of the images we will be coloring!  I also have a tutorial going over Copic marker cleaning over at Get It Scrapped that you might like to check out.  I will share a little more later this week as well.

Merry Christmas!

Copic Classes are Opening Up!

December 10, 2014 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

The new Copic Schedule is on a roll Check HERE for all the current classes that are open, I will update this weekly!

Within the next few weeks I will be posting my first classes which makes me jittery with excitement! 

All of the classes that are in Anaheim during CHA are open to EVERYONE not just those attending CHA!

And new classes open in February in Phoenix, AZ and Miami, FL.  Check them out, if you are a Copic fan these are must dos!


Big News!

Big News!

November 18, 2014 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics  |  No Comments

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 -

Copic 2015 is starting!

November 10, 2014 |  by  |  Announcements, Copics  |  No Comments

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.