Classes opened for registration

January 5, 2017 |  by  |  Copics, Family  |  No Comments

Happy 2017 I hope you all had a FABULOUS break and spent time with family and /or friends. I had the pleasure of both! Our family made our annual trek to Arizona to soak up a little vitamin D and play with John’s parents. I also had the special treat of seeing a longtime friend and re-connecting with her! Love you Bug! We hiked, 4 wheeled, puzzled, slept, ate Mexican food and in general had a wonderful time!


Now I am back at my desk and catching up with all things Copic! Imagination International, Inc. continues to open more of the 2017 classes up for registration. Right now most of the locations are hosting the Standard and Intermediate Certification as well as the Copic Coloring Flower Workshop. 

These are the locations currently open!

Phoenix, AZ with Cindy Lawerence teaching Certifications and Flower Workshop,  and Me teaching the new Workshops
Atlanta, GA with Debbie Olson teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop

Minneapolis, MN with ME teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop Yep I will load up my car and head 4 hours north to teach the Certification classes and Flower Workshop in February, hope you can join me!

Houston, TX with Cindy Lawerence teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop
Portland/Vancouver, WA with Debbie Olson teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop
Dallas/Irving, TX with Debbie Olson teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop
St. Louis, MO with Lori Craig teaching the Certifications and Flower Workshop
To get all the nitty gritty and to register for classes go to Imagination International, Inc.

Come Color with us!

Have a Happy Colorful Week!


X-Press It Foam Tape

May 24, 2016 |  by  |  Family, Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

So I am a bit of a foam tape junkie. Love the stuff, love to pop up elements on cards and scrapbook pages. The X-Press It Foam Tape makes it easy.

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I used to buy all kinds of dots and squares, and I just got frustrated with all the waste. The squares were the wrong size, the circles have all the extra scraps around them. Any way I just found myself cutting them all to pieces to suite my needs anyway. I love the tape from X-Press It because now I just cut off exactly what I need in the shape I need it and don’t waste any.

A week and a half back I actually got to go on a scrapbooking weekend! The first in a year and a half and a scrapped three days away! I used my X-Press It Foam tape a lot. Here are some of the results: (These are all from the summer and fall of 2013, boy my girls are growing up!)

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Here is a close up of the little apple elements I fussy cut then popped up. They were a perfect accent for the page and the detention made them shine a little more then the flat paper would have made them. I love that I could even trim a tiny piece to fit up under the leaf.

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Then of course a zoo page. I have one of these about every 3-4 months in my albums. Our family always LOVES the zoo. we just wander and enjoy the animals. I try to select only a couple photos from each time we visit since we go so often and the giraffe was a highlight of the day. so I fussy cut him and his neck and head pop up above the page. I love the tape to run along his neck supporting the entire length so the photo will not get smashed when I add it to my album.
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Here is a close up of Mr. Giraffe:

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Lastly a series of Halloween photos, all are 4″ x 4″ so they fit across a 12″ x 12″ page perfectly, but then they all run together. Solution, pop up the focal center photo. And with the X-Press It Foam tape you can use nice long strips to support the edges and center of the photo.

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Here you can see the dimension a little better, this one was hard to get a good shot of, but it makes a big difference in the layout.

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the trip was a HUGE success 44 pages complete and OH SO MUCH FUN WITH FRIENDS. I ate too much, laughed too hard and enjoyed way too much. Always good to come home to the family and look forward to the next time 🙂

If you are a crafter that loves the pop up effect you will want to check out the X-Press It Foam tape. Scrapbooking, card making and general crafting I know it is a staple in my tool bag.

Have a scrappy kind of 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!

Copic Class Update and School Time!

August 26, 2015 |  by  |  Copics, Family  |  No Comments

Wanted to make sure anyone who is interested in Copic classes is continuing to watch updates as the final few classes of the 2015 season are opening up for registration.  I have updated my schedule so you can click on the classes you are interested in over in the side bar or click HERE.

You can also go directly to Imagination International Inc. to get all the nitty gritty.  There are only 2 classes at this point that have not opened up for registration so all of us are busy busy!

On the home front things are busy as well, both girls are back at the books hitting the halls for 5th and 7th grade this year!

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I managed to get a shot of Lori by her locker and Sara jumping out of the car.  They both were ready to see friends and share news from the summer.  Sara was dreading homework and Lori was excited to get going.  I am praying for great years for both of them 🙂

And today I officially have a teenager in the house! YEP we hit 13 today! Happy Happy Birthday to my Sara!

Happy Colorful Hump day to all of you out there!

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

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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!