Archive for May, 2010

Good morning, today I have my May Copic projects. If you haven’t checked out our Copic club you can go here for all the details. It’s a super deal and a great way to get your marker collection going. Now my projects:

I used the “tip to tip” technique to color her cheeks. It makes it look more subtle.

Copics: E21, E35, E37, E50, R20, V95, V15, B00, B08,
Spica Pens: Garnet

Again I used the “tip to tip” on the cheeks and I used it on the mug

Copics: E21, E31, E35, E37, E50, R20, G20, G24, V13, V15, B00, B02

For this one, I used the “tip to tip” technique on the orange flowers. Because orange can be a harsh color it made it easier to blend

Copics: E21, E31 E35, E37, E43, E50, G94, YR04, YR07, YR09, R20, B93, B97
Spica pens: Orange

Copics: E00, E35, E37, E39 G94, YG13, RV10, Y38, R46, W5

To learn more about the “tip to tip” technique you can head to the Copic forum here. Lisa has done a wonderful post on this.

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Tip-to-Tip blending – this one is EASY – but these are gonna get harder….so lets start practicing!! ūüôā

Tip-to-Tip Blending (select parts taken from the Copic Manual)

This technique really demonstrates one of the unique properties of Copic Ink.¬† Tip-to-tip blending is good for long, very skinny areas like flower stems, where you wouldn’t have enough room to get a blend using one of the other techniques.¬† Works for any color combination, though it’s easiest to learn with a light color and a dark color.¬† In tole painting this technique would be similar to “loading your brush”.

1.¬† Use your light color as your “brush”.¬† Carefully add a bit of the dark color to the tip.¬† This is the trickiest part of this technique as it is hard to figure out if you have applied too much or too little ink.¬†

2.  Start from the dark side of your object, and in one long stroke pull your brush across the shape.  your dark color should gradually fade into your light color.  If you need to darken or add more color apply in the same way.  In the same direction. 

This technique will not contaminate the tip of the other marker.¬† If you are working with the colorless blender you can also pull ink directly from the dirty barrel of the colored marker.¬†¬† There’s tons of ink all over the edges of this marker.¬† Using the tip-to-tip technique takes care of this messy situation as you just color right from the barrel instead of the tip resulting in less waste of ink.


When Ann posts her images, you will see that she used the tip-to-tip blending technique on the cheeks in her images.¬† This really softens up the image as you are adding color and blending at the same time.¬† You don’t tend to get those harsh lines that way.

In my sample РI used the tip-to-tip method on my stem.   You can see how the stem is darker on the top closest to the flower and almost fades to white as I went down the stem.   I also used the tip-to-tip technique on the flowers, starting with using darker orange on one of my yellow markers.  

Also, I use the tip-to-tip technique when I don’t have a particular color that I want between two shades.¬† For example,¬† on my little gal’s boots,¬† I didn’t have one of the 0000 images to blend with, so I used the tip-to-tip technique with my blender pen and a darker copic to blend a lighter shade when fading to the lighter color.¬† By the way, if you note the bling on the bottom of this card – the bling was a gift in a goodie bag that I received and the gal had mentioned she bought it at the dollor store.¬† It was just plain clear rhinestones when I got it and I used my copics to color it to match my card!! Fun eh??

In my third image I used the tip-to-tip technique to again blend in a lighter color. This is really evident on the socks and on the top portion of her dress.¬† It just works really well in situations where you might not have the perfect “in-between” color.¬†

The copic colors I used will be shown in the gallery if you are interested.¬† Have fun with this technique and let’s see what you can come up with!!!¬† Looking forward to seeing your creations! ūüôā¬† Also, don’t forget to check out the Copic Forum on the Message Board for tons of useful tips and techniques.¬† As well, its not too late to sign up for the Copic Club!!¬† C’mon and have some FUN!!! ūüôā

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Here are Holly’s projects with the May Kit!¬† Click on the image above to purchase!

big girl carseat
May SNS Ribbon Kit
MME BG paper
Heidi Swapp clock
Prima felt gate
Assorted scrap papers
pink foam thickers
MM tiny alphas

My gal
May SNS Ribbon Kit
Assorted SLAB ppr scraps
Misc. Copper heart
Misc. feathers
Prima-Say it in crystals

Spring has Sprung
May SNS Ribbon Kit
Foam Thickers

Silly Girl
May SNS Ribbon Kit
Basic Grey BG paper
Assorted scraps
Prima flowers
Doodlebug Flowers
Assorted buttons
White thickers

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I love to reuse and repurpose! I discovered another use for the fabric in old¬†jeans. I make “scruffy posies” from the denim! With the distressed look one of the “in” things right now, the posies are sure to find a home on one of your layouts – or even a card!¬†

Want to try it? Read on!

Denim scraps from old jeans

First, gather some old denim, the scruffier, the better!

Denim circles, large darning needle, ribbon scraps

¬†Using scissors or pinking shears, cut some circles in graduated sizes. Make 3-4 ¬†circles ¬†for each posy you’re creating.¬†¬†

1 layer of posy after being "scruffed"

Place circle on a surface that is specifically for arts and crafts- not your table top, as it will become scratched! I used a craft mat.  

Using your darning needle or other sharp pointed instrument, scruff all around the edges of each circle, pulling threads¬† as you go. The threads will stick out “every which way;” ¬†that’s just what we want!

Layered denim flower

 When you have finished scruffing the edges, layer the circles one atop the other.

CRAFTY TIP : Dark denim is usually lighter on the inside. Flip the second circle over when you layer it atop the first one.. This gives subtle colour contrast on the surface of your flower.

Note white stitch in center, holding assembled flower together.

Thread a needle with embroidery floss (I use it because it’s strong) and put a stitch throught the center of your posie to hold the layers in place. At this point you could use the floss to emboider a “center” in your flower. I don’t do this, I just finished the floss off with a knot in the back.

There- you have a scruffy posie! Ready to embellish?

Ideas for embellishing your posie with ¬†“leaves” and flower “centers”:

Pretty ribbon can be used as leaves for your posies

1. Make some pretty ribbon “leaves” for your posies.¬† SNS Ribbon is perfect for this! ¬†This is a great opportunity to use up small scraps of precious ribbon¬† treasure!

Patterned paper scraps make realistic leaves

2. Add a pretty button center. Adhere with a Glue Dot.

Floral button posie with Sizzlit leaves

3.¬†¬†Use your Sizzix or other cutting system and some scraps of patterned paper¬†¬†to create leaves. (BasicGrey’s “Perhaps” Collection patterned paper was used for the top flower.) ¬†The¬†Sizzlit die used for these leaves is¬† labelled¬†¬†“Flower, center and leaf.” Only the leaves were used.

Leaves hand-cut from paper scraps

4. Try your hand at cutting some leaves from scraps. The leaves above were created with some scraps of Dream Street paper. The slightly distressed copper-look button is perfect for this scruffy posie!


5. Match buttons and ribbon for a “put-together” look.¬† For another look, you could¬† sew the buttons in place with matching floss or¬† thread¬†rather than adhering with a glue dot.

6. The Dollar store is a great source of “faux” flowers. You can use leaves from them to embellish your posies.¬† Just remember to distress them so that they are suitably “scruffy!”

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #3: A source for swirls

Sizzlit Architectural Accent #4: A source for swirls

¬†7. Want some vines or swirls around your flower? ¬†Keep your eyes peeled, because they’re everywhere! I found some in my “Architectural Accent” (#3 and ¬†#4) Sizzlit¬†dies, ¬†as you can see above. Using scissors, I simply ¬†trimmed out the swirly portions I needed. Presto: Vines!

Swirls and Scruffy Posies

7.  Here is my finished layout, using 3 scruffy posies embellished with buttons and swirls, and accented by Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain.

 St. Andrews Anglican Church, Lawrencetown, NS (2007)

¬†Thanks for¬† being here, hope you enjoyed this¬†“making Scruffy Posies” tutorial. Can’t wait to see what YOU’LL create!

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Every month on the 12th we will be posting a new tip for your Copics. It may be about coloring, other uses or just some information on the markers themselves. Lisa and I will each have a tip. This month, I’ll also share our April tips too. If you want to sign up for this great club you can find all the information here.

So here are our tips:


Lisa: When you use your copic markers you have the chisel end and the brush end (sketch markers). There is a picture on either end of the barrel showing what “type of tip” is at each end. However……..did you know….that the BRUSH end (the one we most always use) has a GREY RING around that end. Therefore….you can tell at a glance which end to open!!!

Ann: Ok so I know we are selling Sketch markers but I do know there are a lot of you out there that have the CIAO markers, so here is a little info:

The Ciao markers were actually intended for children. The marker was made for smaller hands and the maker tops have holes in them so if swallowed or inhaled a child could still breath. Now if you look inside your marker cap you will notice it does keep it air tight. So be very careful when putting the cap on b/c there is space where you can “jam” you marker tip into the side and wreck it.

And you must make sure you hear a click when you put any of your marker tops on to ensure they are closed air tight.


Lisa: Copic colors have been around for 25 years and you can still get the same colors as you could 25 years ago. So you never have to worry about a color being discontinued.

Ann: If you are just starting your collection buy in the same color family number (ie, stay in the 20’s, keeping gray scales consistent). Pick a color and then “build” around it. For example: Start with B20, and then buy B22, B24 and then to add your greens add G20, G22 and then your Reds R20….etc. The first number indicates the gray scale. You will find it easier to match if you are just starting out.

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I have to tell you that the May showers ribbon kit was my favourite so far!¬† I find this ribbon kit so adaptable.¬† Here’s what I made with my kit so far

I used lots of Pink Paislee papers on this gift bag. I used glue dots on the paper and covered them with co ordinating glitter. I liked how well so many of the ribbons from the kit co ordinated with this paper line. I even have the green bauble ribbon on the gift tag.

See the gorgeous satin bow?¬† you guessed it…. from the May showers ribbon kit.¬† You would think that that ribbon was made for the Queen Bee line from Pink Paislee huh? I also used some dew drops, Prima flower, Thickers, and some fabric leaves.

More Queen Bee paper and I used different ribbon from the May showers kit on this card.  I used die cuts and punches to draw attention to the Technique Tuesday stamped sentiment.  Believe it or not, those flowers started out pink and I sprayed them with glimmer mist.  Wanna know how I got the holes to follow the die cut so perfectly?  I left the Spellbinders die in place and I punched around the inner aspect of the die.  (it is a simple technique and provides big impact)

Yes, I still had the Queen Bee paper out.  This time I used the satin ribbon from the May showers kit to frame the centre area in the layout.   Rolling the edges of the paper as opposed to distressing the edges adds an interesting detail.  I used a wooden skewer to roll my paper and get that effect. The Prima woodland flowers were sprayed with glimmer mist.  The journalling tag is from Crafty Secrets and it is up on pop dots.  I found some twigs in my garden and adhered them to the sides of the tag to continue the nature theme.

I finally put the Pink Paislee paper down and grabbed my scrap bin.¬† I found co ordinating papers and layered them on this card.¬† The butterfly has been printed out on acetate and I added the liquid pearls and¬† the antenna to give it some detail.¬† I love this ribbon from the May showers kit…. it makes such beautiful bows.¬† I added a rhinestone button to the centre of the bow. The sentiment is stamped out and to get the interesting “banner” effect, I just bent it with my fingers and then adhered it with pop dots to keep the shape.¬†

I almost forgot Lily ….. oh my goodness that will never do!

I used 3 different ribbons from the May showers kit, do you see them all?¬† I used the colourful twill at the top of the page, a piece of the mauve under the hearts and the green bauble to anchor the photo…. I tell ya, this kit is so fun to work with.¬†¬† As you can see, this month’s ribbon also works very well with Basic Grey papers.

I hope my reveals were worth the wait.  Truth be told, I am blog posting challenged and I needed to attempt the post a few times before I got it right  LOL.  Thanks for waiting and I hope I inspired you to include ribbon in a different way on your creative projects.

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To purchase the beautiful May Showers Kit click here.

Carving Melons

Ribbon from May Showers
Bazzill cardstock
BG patterned paper
MS punch
K&Co.embellies and tag
Gelatin stamps

White Garden

Ribbon from May Showers
Autumn Leaves Buttons
Unk pp
AC Thickers
P K Glitz glitter,embossing powder,sticky tape

Gift Card Holder

Ribbon from May Showers Kit
SU punch
K&Co pp
Hero Arts Stamp
P K Glitz embossing powder,glitter

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The beautiful SNS “May Showers” Ribbon Kit!¬†Click¬†HERE to order.


¬†“Bond: Kate and Grace 2010”

  Photo Credit: Danique Fisher, Century Classic Photography

A detailed view of the pleated twill


SnS  May Showers Ribbon Kit

Glass seed beads

Papers:¬†“Infuse” Collection & “Stella¬† Ruby” Collection by BasicGrey

“Make it Special” Chipboard Lettering

Versafine Ink in Toffee

“Smooch” ink ¬†in Gold Lame

Kelly Panacci Rub-on


Glossy Accents


Scallop circle punch: EK Success 

Glue Dots

MM Ribbon Glue


¬†“Under Saddle ’07: Kate and Oakley”


SnS  May Showers Ribbon Kit

Papers:¬†“Moda” Collection by Daisy d.’s¬†and “Out and About” Collection by MME

Medallion motifs: Cut from Bo Bunny pp

Title Lettering: BasicGrey

Versafine Ink: Toffee

“Smooch” ink : Gold Lame

Kelly Panacci Rub-on

Numbers: Flair- “Take a number”


Glossy Accents


Glue Dots

MM Ribbon Glue


¬†“Perfect Pair: Kate and Grace 2010”

Photo Credit: Danique Fisher, Century Classic Photography


 SnS  May Showers Ribbon Kit

Title lettering- “Sultry” Collection- BasicGrey

Pp: “Sultry” and “Infuse” Collections- BasicGrey

Pale rose photo mat: “Sultry” Collection

Fussy cut flowers: “Sultry” Collection

Cream & light brown floral: “Out & About” Collection- MME

Ranger Stickles: Crystal

Dye inks- Inkadinkado (blk), Versafine (toffee)

Numbers: Flair- “Take a number”

Horseshoe button with pearl

Glue Dots

MM Ribbon Glue

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Click on the image above to purchase!

Altered Gift Bag

  • MM papers
  • Ribbons from May kit
  • Kaiser and unknown flowers
  • handmade flower

Apple of My Eye Layout

  • Cosmo, October Afternoon, and Sass Lass papers
  • AC and Cosmo letters
  • Ribbon and trim from May kit
  • unknown stickers

Mini Envie Make and Take Project

  • Mini envelopes
  • Ribbon from May kit
  • MM papers
  • MS punches

My Little Princess? Layout

  • MM papers
  • May ribbons and trim for SNS kit
  • Cosmo and AC letters
  • Heidi Swapp sticker
  • MS punch
  • MS micro beads

Altered Cricut Case Pencil Box

  • October Afternoon papers
  • Ribbon from May kit
  • SIS tape
  • AC letter
  • handmade flower

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Check out this beautiful springtime kit!¬† And it’s so affordable!¬† Just click on the image above to purchase.

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