Friday, December 14, 2012

A New Take on Noses

I've been experimenting with how I color nose-less images and thought I would share since I'm pretty happy with the new look. I'm also throwing in a little bit of altering, just because I did it. The finished card will be on my blog tomorrow. Thanks!

Monday, November 26, 2012

November Start to Finish Card

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend, I was able to get some crafting done and I was able to make a video too! November's start to finish card features the digital image "Cocoa Wishes Wryn" by TiddlyInks.

The first video is hair and skin coloring.

Second video is coloring the rest of the image.

The third video is putting together the card.

Thank you and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The nose knows ☺

Hey there!
I have a quick little video sharing how I color and shade the nose on a forward facing stamped image. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Taking A Dip

Sorry I'm late putting this video up here but things are slowly getting back to normal so I promise I'll be better. I even plan to do a couple of more videos soon.
I did this video for an All That Scraps Make It Monday and it's how I color an underwater scene.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April start to finish card series

Yesterday I took the afternoon to make my 'start to finish' card making video series for April. I inked up this beautiful Happy Days Annabel from Crafty Sentiments Designs and I totally love her. She is a bit more intricate of an image so I ended up having to break the series up into four different videos this time.

part one covers her skin

part two is her hair

part three is her dress and swing

and lastly is making the card with Annabel

the finished card is on my blog today, April 25.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ash, and you shall recieve...

I had a few requests to share the hair combo that I used on Easter Anya in the last video and since today was a bit too windy for working outside this turned out to be a good day for a video!

the finished card will be on my blog tomorrow, 4/15.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Where the green grass grows...

Happy Sunday everyone!
I had some questions on how I did the grass on my Masa card and since I was coloring more for my card tomorrow it was a quick and easy video to make. My process is pretty simple but I hope you enjoy watching it. ☺

finished card can be seen here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March Start to Finish Card

I'm getting March's start to finish card videos in just under the wire! I inked up CC Designs Swiss Pixie Country Lula and used Doodlebug Designs Hello Spring papers for the card.

the first video is the coloring of the hair and skin.

the second is the coloring of her dress, apron and eggs

and the final is the making of the card.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Grab the Aqua Net...

we've got some big 80's hair to tackle in today's video!
I received an email from Missy about Copic coloring and she said, " I have run into a slight problem...I have 80's Anya from The Greeting Farm and her hair KILLS ME!" Reading that made me laugh as I can just picture poor li'l Anya being charged with stampin' homocide! So here's a video on how I color 80's Anya hair, I hope it helps to get her out of jail and onto your cards. ;-)

the finished card can be seen here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Coloring up Fairy Paprika

I thought li'l Paprika with her braided hair could make a nice video. This first video covers the coloring of her skin and hair.

The second video covers the coloring of her dress and wings. The finished card can be seen on my blog tomorrow morning, March 7, along with a chance to win a Paprika stamp and card kit of your very own. Thanks for watching!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Coloring Phyllis Harris Unity Stamps!

Hi Everyone! Carisa here and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to share my love of coloring with you. I have to first tell you I'm pretty much an Amy die hard fan so when she first came to me to ask if she could post some of the coloring videos I had done here, I was so HONORED! I don't make videos often enough but I did color up a new Phyllis Harris stamp which is a new co brand with Unity Stamp Co & just am in love with these new images. I thought I'd share my video here with you as well. She has a different style hair - more whispy which is the technique I'm mostly featuring in the video as well as a tiny bit of how I add white highlights with Copic Opaque White. 

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012

More Copic Storage

Hi guys!
Today I have another Copic storage share from Lisa Gobea. I don't know about you, but I really enjoy checking out all the different ways people keep their markers handy and organized.

Here's what Lisa had to say in her own words:

Unfortunately the shelving units that I use to hold my Sketches in are no longer being made, The people from Quickutz came out with them to store the little dies inside pull out boxes that could be purchased separately. I'm sure you all remember them. The units ran about $20 each. It took me about two months to finally get two units. I had ordered them from three different web stores (including only to be told a week later that they were out of stock. If memory serves me right I ended up getting both of these off of Ebay. They are somewhat heavy and I will admit that I overpaid on the shipping because I wanted them soooooo much. :O) You all know what I am talking about. lol.. Admit it.
I love that I can separate the different color families and still have more room left over for when I finally have my collection completed. The drawers on the bottom come in handy for storing my airbrush system and any extra nibs and whatnot. Overall I am quite satisfied with this set up.

When I first started to collect Copic markers I used little wooden boxes in one of my scrapbooking tool totes. It worked great, but then I ran out of room. I now use the wooden boxes to store the Various refills in. They are stored in my three drawer rolling card that I purchased at Lowe's a very long time ago. It sits right next to my desk so that it is in easy reach. lol... Are you bored yet?

When I first ran across the big Copic Bag on I of course had to order it. I don't usually go anywhere to color, but sometimes I do like to take my Copics to bed so that I can relax.
When I first got my bag I didn't really like the mesh bags that it came with, so I have been trying to come up with the perfect solution. Well, last week I was walking around our Dollar Store when I ran across these cardboard pencil holders. Needless to say for a $1 each I grabbed about ten of them and came home to make it work for me. I did have to cut some of them in half and then take them back up, but I am so so pleased with how they came out. The tote fits them all perfectly and my Copic OCD is happy as I can still keep them in their color families so that I can find the color that I want when I need it.

Thanks so much for sharing Lisa! :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Start to Finish

I have another three part coloring and card making series tonight, I had a lot of positive feedback on the last one so I will try to make this a once a month series. This month's card features Boho Anya from TGF, which I altered just a bit.

Part one is the hair and skin coloring.

Part two is her clothing.

and part three is the altering and card making.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Annabel the Mermaid

I've had a request for coloring a mermaid but thought it would have to wait until closer to summer to do since my card making mood usually falls in with the seasons. But when I got this cutie in the mail, I just couldn't resist inking her up, so today is the day for a mermaid video! I'm sure there will be more to come with the warmer weather. ;-)
Card uses Annabel the Mermaid by Crafty Sentiments Designs.
The finished card can be seen here.

part one is the skin

part two is her hair

part three is her tail

Friday, February 3, 2012

More Copic storage

Hi folks!

When we put the call out to anyone wanting to share their Copic storage methods on the last post we received these great photos from one of our fabulous CMC readers, Bridgette Copple. I think it is great to share the different ways we each come up with for organizing our markers. Whether new to collecting them or owning quite a few, you never know how it might inspire a fellow Copic fan. :)
Here's what Bridgette had to say in her own words:

My name is Bridgette Copple and I’m a newbie to Copic markers. I look at your blog all the time for tutorials and I learn so much from you! I loved your post about Copic storage and I wanted to share my Copic storage with you too.
I take my markers everywhere with me, so I needed something that travels well. I found this marker bin at Amuse Studio. It was inexpensive as well, at $21! It’s super convenient to carry my markers, and all of the markers I have now fit in it with little room to spare.

Thanks for sharing with us Bridgette! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Copic storage

Hi friends!

We recently had a request asking if the CMC gals would share each of our Copic storage systems and Carisa, Rachel, and myself were all more than happy to show you what works for us. It turned out to be a fun way to see that there are probably as many different ways to store them as there are Sketch markers, LOL! :)

First up is Carisa:
Carisa has a series of small stacked shelves that house her markers and sit on her desk. The shelf in the middle was a blog win. Then that company stopped making them before she could buy more so her handy hubby made the other two to match.

This is a pic of the fun Carisa is having in decorating her Copic shelves and further beautifying her crafty space.
Next up is Rachel:
Rachel uses the desktop marker rack that holds 112 Sketch markers, which she purchased from They are available in a few different sizes and she thinks that you can even have them engraved/personalized on the front. Rachel likes this system because she can easily store and see all of her markers in a very organized way.

Finally we have my (Amy's) system:
Because I already had a pegboard situated on the wall in front of my crafty desk I wanted a way to suspend my markers from it. That way they would be right in front of me while I worked but still up and out of the way a bit.
My solution came in the form of small, cheap plastic crates that I found at Walmart.
I think they were about $2.99 each and they are the perfect depth for holding my markers.
Because I didn't want my markers sliding through the holes in the back, I simply cut a sheet of cardstock to size and placed it within before adding the Copics.
I did leave the top row of holes free so that I could slide each crate onto the longest pegs that I had for my pegboard. And as you can see from my first pic, this also creates a little shelf that I inevitably stack bits of this and that on top of too. ;)
My refill bottles took over a Making Memories Slice desktop shelf thing that I already had. They fit nicely and I keep my extra nibs, tweezers, and cloth scraps that I use with the colorless blender solution in that little drawer.
Now we were also asked to share how we travel with our markers but come to find out, none of us really do a lot traveling with our Copics. On the rare occasions that I've taken mine anywhere I simply pulled the ones I would need for the image I planned on coloring and took them in a large Ziploc plastic bag. Which has worked fine so far.
Though I did look into this a bit and came across this Copic carrying case that holds 380 Sketch markers. I love those individual little bags inside that keep them all organized! I think that if I ever find myself in the situation of needing to travel with my markers for a coloring weekend or what not, this is definitely the way I will go. :)

I hope that you found this helpful and informative and if you happen to have a Copic storage and/or traveling system that you are proud of and would like to share here on the CMC blog, then just send a photo or two with a brief write-up to and we will post it! :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Coloring on a Sunday Afternoon

I was coloring today and thought I might as well film it. This first video is the skin and hair on Rosie from Sugar Nellie stamps.

In the second, I color Rosie's dress in a variegated/ombre style.

Then since I had a request from awhile ago to show how I put together a card, I went ahead and filmed this third part using Rosie on a Valentine card. Sorry it cuts off so suddenly at the end, I thought I had went over my time limit. LOL! The finished card stayed the same as when I ended it there, you just missed me debating on adding more embellishments and then talking myself out of them anyway! ;-)

The card with complete supply list will be on my blog tomorrow, January 23.

In case you are wondering, this really is a finished card for me as I don't decorate the insides of my cards.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Comparing the Copic Grey markers

Even though I've done videos using each of the grey families to achieve the color black, I was still getting questions about how they compare to each other. So I thought it would be helpful to create a side by side chart, by coloring The Greeting Farm's Creeper Madden's hair in all four grey color families. I think you can really get a sense of the different qualities of each one.

As you can see the Cool Greys have a much more metallic and shiny finish compared to the Warm Greys on the opposite end, which almost look brown.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Down to There Hair

I had a request for coloring the Tiddly Inks girls with their long, straight hair. I chose Poppy as my subject, I hope she was what you had in mind Tina. ☺

The finished card can be seen here.