Hello Friday!

Some weeks Friday can't come soon enough and that was the case this week. Today I worked on my coloring practice earlier, because I'm not sure I can stay awake late tonight :)

This practice was all about lighting and shadows. This was so much fun! Plus, we were practicing on flowers, which I love. I also decided that I like the color combo for leaves on the right flower better - it's more subtle.

I'm going to branch out this weekend and try my own design. I know, living on the edge but I have a donut stamp that's just begging to be colored.

Enjoy your Friday night!


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Day 3 - New paper, new fun

I printed my practice sheets on the new paper and it's working okay. For practice sheets I'm okay with it, but I think I need to invest in the Neenah paper and see if it is different than this version of Neenah I got at Office Depot.

Having said that, I had fun using grays to add shading to my images. I really like it for some colors like red and orange, as well as the lighter colors, because it is hard to keep them light and still have shading.

I also discovered that I really like yesterday's practice images better than the ones for today. I felt much more inspired with the bird and butterfly. But it was easier to practice shading on the mug than the umbrella. No biggie - it's all just for practicing and I definitely look forward to coloring each day and watching the new videos.

Here's today's photo:






And now I'm off to learn new things!

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Copic Coloring Day 2

Today's coloring involved combining two unrelated colors and blending them. There were two different approaches. One was picking up the darker color by touching the tip of the lighter pen to the darker pen and then feathering it onto the colored image to blend the dark with the light. I did this with the blue and yellow bird and it worked pretty well.

The second approach you colored the darker color on an acrylic block (or acetate or another slick surface) and then you pick up the color from the block with the lighter pen and feather it onto the image until it is blended. I used this for the butterfly and the green and brown bird. I LOVED doing it this way. I felt like I had more control and it reminded me of when I watercolor.

Also, I bought new paper today, but didn't get my practice sheets printed on it yet. I'll give it a try tomorrow, but today's coloring was a little easier with what I had.



Can't wait to try today's techniques! Off to watch the videos.

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Copic Coloring for Card Makers class

Who would have thought that taking an online class would get me to blog again? It's a Christmas miracle :)

Each day we have practice sheets to work on after watching videos with coloring tips. I've decided to give myself a break each day at work (during lunch) to color. Today was the first day and I had so much fun! But I also discovered that the paper I printed my practice sheets on are not great quality. The ink didn't blend well and it bled outside the lines (although there are some that I purposely colored outside the lines on).

So, I'm on the hunt for the paper I should have bought in the first place. Unfortunately, my procrastinating caught up with me this time and that's why I used the paper I had on hand. Lesson learned!

Here's my practice sheet from Day 1 - not everything is colored because I got frustrated with the paper, but what I did color has me excited to dive in again!


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A Moxie Fab Send Off


Hi, you should have arrived at this blog post from Jane Beljo. Welcome! So much has happened over the past years that Cath and I have worked together that I'm not sure I can put it all in words. I'll always have memories of 3:00 Cath, getting lost in NYC, lunches on Cath's porch, razzing about getting my nails done, chats about life and the future of Paper Crafts magazine, and so much more. Life is good!

But I want Cath to know that I will miss working with you but I know that you'll always be a part of my life. Even if it is through virtual means.

Good luck my moxie fab friend!




I had great plans to make a traditional card but I didn't make it to the craft room. So I made this digital card using one of my favorite simple printables from Paper Crafts (you can download it here). The digital papers and accents are from Sweet Shoppe Designs (a free download you can get here).

If you're following the blog, the next person on the list is Susie Moore. Have fun hopping!

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My Food Pyramid

The more I thought about the concept of my food pyramid the more I realized it really isn't a pyramid, it's more a wiggly rectangle that changes based on my mood or current goals. But there are some things that are definitely always on my "pyramid" and here they are:

  • Chocolate - I love it in all forms (milk, dark, white) and even when trying to eat better I find ways to work it into my day
  • Breads - I can live without bread but life is not as happy as when it is in my life; again, not picky about the type of bread except I'm not a fan of rye
  • Salads - this item is a favorite if someone else has done the work; although I still will make my own, I much prefer the salad bar approach with lots of options
  • Pasta - plain, with sauce (although prefer pink to red), with veggies, with meat, and although technically not pasta, spaghetti squash is a nice stand in
  • Food - I know, that's what this list is all about; it's hard to narrow it down to just a few things because I love food :)

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Lists, lists, and well, lists

It's been a busy week and I'm behind on my lists (well the ones I want to do - I did skip one I think). So here they are.

I ask for help when...

  • I'm told to (yes, there are times I've been told to)
  • When it is something I can hand off with very little explanation
  • When I'm trying to teach someone how to do it
  • I physically can't do it myself
Qualities I admire in others...
  • Honesty
  • Good listener
  • Compassionate
  • Good singer
  • Creative
  • Hard worker
  • Dependable
  • Animal lover
Comforting me this week...
  • The hounds - there's nothing like snuggling with them
  • Chocolate - lots of it
  • Checking things off my to-do list (not as many as I would like, but still happening)
  • Singing at the top of my lungs in the car and a little seat dancing too
  • Knowing I can sleep in on Saturday

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