Paper Smooches Sparks Inspiration Photo Challenge


I loved the photo below from the current Paper Smooches Sparks challenge and was definitely inspired to play along. The super-versatile Paper Smooches Frames 1 die is the main focus, and I filled it with floral images from PS Botanicals 1, coloured directly using Stampin Up markers. I also used a marker to highlight the stitched edging on the frame. The background was stamped using Stampin Up’s large Hardwood background stamp in Hero Arts Charcoal ink.


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Stamps: Paper Smooches Botanicals 1, SU Hardwood, WPlus9 More Fresh Cuts
Die: Paper Smooches Frames 1
Ink: Hero Arts Charcoal, assorted SU markers, Versamark
Other: SU Chevron ribbon, Hero Arts white embossing powder
Paper: Neenah 80 lb Solar White; DCWV grey


OCC My Copic Marker Storage


Just a quick post to share how I store my Copics. I loved the storage solutions Jennifer McGuire shared on her blog and the clear Linus bins she uses are happily available locally here in Australia at Howards Storage World and I’ve even found some at Big W. So I have a few of those containers, including an 8″ x 8″ one that I love for my Copics as it has handles and is easy to pick up and take with me. It’s not full so the markers do move around – I’ll probably add some dividers to keep the colour families together, but having learned how to mix colour families in this class I’m less hung up on having them all grouped together anyway!

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Another Lawn Fawn bookmark


I had to make a bookmark for my older son too of course (see previous post!), but this time I coloured the adorable Lawn Fawn dog practice image using grey markers and I did the Distress Ink background in blues and heat embossed the Lawn Fawn greeting using Stampin Up silver embossing powder. I used some DMC stranded metallic thread for the tassel. The boys are already using these tags in their books upstairs at night when reading too :).

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Bookmark using Lawn Fawn OCC practice image


My young son Liam was watching Debby Hughes’ Online Card Classes video with me where she made a beautiful card with a tag with this little dog on it. Liam loved it and requested a bookmark version, so here’s what I made for him. I coloured the background of the tag with Distress Inks. The sentiment, from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Into the Woods, was heat embossed using Stampin Up gold embossing powder. I also splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine on the tag and used Ranger Black Enamel Accents on the eyes.

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OCC Copics Cards, custom ribbon & fixing mistakes


So I had another go at colouring this little halloween robot and bat and cut them out to use on a card for the OCC Day 8 homework. The background paper is from the Studio Calico Wanderlust 6×6 paper pad and I thought it looked a little like a birch forest background. My new Wink of Stella pens arrived last week, including a black one, so I decided to colour the bat wings. After I’d stuck it on the card of course. And without testing the pen on scrap paper first. Can you guess what happened? Yes it ‘blooped’ all over the card – a big splotch in fact and some little splatters. Well I just added some more splatters and cut out a bigger circle for the moon to cover the biggest splotch. So I’m also putting this card in the Mistakes gallery :).

Oh, and I also used my Copics to colour some plain white taffeta ribbon which I used on the card – it  didn’t need a heavy application and I think I can stop buying ribbon in every colour now!

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OCC Copics Day 7 Difficult colours


I hadn’t really thought about it before, but after trying to colour this flower image with my red Copics I realised it was a lot harder to get the shading variation right compared with some of the other colour families. I do love the reds, but really struggled using them on this image – it ended up looking quite flat. Perhaps I’ll just use reds more for accents than large areas ;). And I must have been getting tired when I did this cute little robot too as this colouring is not good at all! Oh well, it’s a practice sheet right?!



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OCC Copics Day 6 Colouring Animals




I have quite a few of Lawn Fawn’s critter sets (they’re so adorable and perfect for kids’ birthdays!) and so I was really excited about this lesson in the Online Card Classes Copics course. I did the homework over a week ago but just haven’t had a chance to post it until now. I coloured the dogs and foxes using techniques that both Kelly and Sandy demonstrated – I want to keep working on the long fur/short fur flicking technique!

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