April 28, 2009

Sneak Peek - Cricut Expresion

Do you own a Cricut Expression but don't know where to begin? If so, you'll want to stop by the Hobby Lobby in Tri-County (Cincinnati, OH) this coming Saturday (May 2) between about noon and 3p as Peggy Cain, my partner in crafting and the other half of the Craft Junkies team, will be demonstrating the Cricut Expression as a sneak preview to our upcoming class on May 9. I'll be joining her after I finish my Cheaper by the Dozen class at Stamp Your Art Out. Please stop by and say hello if you are in the area. And don't forget to register for the class soon as spots are going quickly (see the link on the right).

I have lots to share from my recent trip to Adventures in Stamping this weekend so check back soon to see what Adventures I managed to get myself into!

April 23, 2009

Copic Junkie and Sneak Peek

I admit it - I am a Copic marker junkie. Yes, I own all 322 colors of the Sketch line and just can't seem to stop once I start playing with them. The vibrancy of the colors, the endless range of colors, the ease of blending, I could go on and on. Actually, I will do just that this weekend! If you're going to be in Akron for the Adventures in Stamping show, please be sure to stop by the Marco's Paper booth on Saturday. I will be demonstrating how to color with Copic markers. And, if you find yourself wanting more, we've added two more Copic 101 classes at Marco's store in Dayton during the month of May (check the schedule on the right).

On Friday, I'm teaching a class called: Brass Stencils - Beyond the Basics. Here's a sneak peek of one of the stencil techniques:

If you want to know how I did it, you'll have to check back after convention!

Happy crafting!


April 13, 2009

Happy Monday!

With the Easter holiday behind us, it's back to the craft studio for some creative time. I just finished teaching a Copic Marker class on coloring spring flowers so I thought it would be a timely topic for today's post. Gather your supplies and join me on this coloring journey:
  • Stamps - all stamps are from Stamps by Judith
  • Ink - Mementos dye ink - tuxedo black
  • Cardstock - white
  • Copic markers - specific markers noted below
I started by stamping the pot with black ink and coloring the entire pot with E95.

Next, I added a layer of E08 over the entire pot.

Using my E11, I added highlights to the center of the pot to create the illusion of roundness and light.

Finally, I added some shading with E08 and a final blending coat with my E95 marker.

This is a photo of a card I made using the flower pot coloring steps. Now, it's your turn. Show us what you can do with your Copic makers.

Don't know where to begin? Why not start by registering to attend my Copic 101 class at Marco's on May 23 (see link under "Upcoming Classes" on the right).

Happy coloring!

Connie (aka "CJ")