Translation: Happy Easter!

Hi MarkerPop Peeps! With Easter quickly approaching, I’m mixing old and new (well, “newER” anyway) Lawn Fawn products today for a sweet and fun Easter card!

The adorable chicks and all their sweet accessories com from Lawn Fawn’s Chirpy Chirp Chirp set that was released in February of 2016 (seems like just yesterday!). I stamped them with Lawn Fawndamentals Black Licorice ink onto X-Press Ink paper, and colored them with my Copic Sketch markers.

All the adorable die cut pieces are all Lawn Fawn Cut Sets.  Here are the sets I used and for which pieces:

All of the solid colors are actually white paper colored with Lawn Fawndamentals inks and a couple Distress inks; you can see all the specific ones I used in the Supply List below.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a GREAT day!

Copic Marker 30th Birthday Celebration!

Guess what?! It is Copic Marker’s 30th Birthday (check out this Copic web site page showing their Timeline!)! And to celebrate, MarkerPop is having a month-long giveaway where you will have chances to win multiple prizes, in fact, there will be over $300 in Copic products giveaways!

TO ENTER, you MUST be a follower of The MarkerPop Facebook page, their Pinterest Page, their Instagram Page, and their blog. You must leave a comment on the blog posts, and share this post on at least one social media account.

This contest started 03/06, and ends 04/06.
The winner will be announced on 04/13.

Today I am going to share how I clean my Copic markers. I don’t know about you, but my beautiful babies get messy very easily. So every once in awhile I clean them and spiffy them up (as my Gramps used to always say). Here are a few in all their messy glory:

There are 4 ways you can clean your markers: isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, or Copic 0 Colorless Blender refill ink. Then you’ll need cotton balls and/or Q-tips:

Look at this poor R24 marker in the next 2 pics; see how not only is the outside barrel all messy, but when you take the caps off, you see the tips of the barrel are nasty, and the inside of the cap on the side I use the most is an absolute disaster!:

Now I’ve heard that baby wipes will clean your Copic markers. I tried it, and it was OK, but I think this method is really only good enough if you’re looking for a slight clean-up. I wiped and rubbed that marker with the wipe, and you can see how much ink is still left:

The next method I’ve only heard about, and I didn’t expect it to work; it’s using hand sanitizer. I had some in my purse, so I grabbed it, soaked a cotton ball with it, and wa-la, it took the ink RiGHT OFF, easy as pie!:

Now the R24 was so clean, I had to grab another marker, my E29; look at the mess on that one.

This time I used my most trusted method that I love, and that’s isopropyl alcohol. Get a cotton ball soaked with it, and you’ll see the ink come off your marker beautifully!:

Now the hard part… the INSIDES of the caps (blech!):

First I soaked a Q-tip in hand sanitizer, and got to work on the insides. It worked, but I could see I’d go through 10 or more Q-tips on each cap:

So instead, I poured my isopropyl alcohol (i.a.) into the caps, then rubbed the insides of the caps (while still filled with i.a.) with Q-tips. I poured out the then colored i.o and rinsed with water. Look how beautiful they got!:

Here is that original set of markers from the beginning of the post, and clean and shiny again:

I’m going to move on to another issue we all have once-in-awhile… a dried out nib. What you’ll need is a new nib, Nib Tweezers if you have them (I don’t), Copic Boosters, and your Refill Ink.

First, pull out the old nib, and put your new nib in; here’s my new nib in my marker barrel. In the background, you can see I’ve pulled the Booster needle out of it’s plastic cap; it’s like a long needle with a base on it:

Go to your wide end of your marker, take it out, and then put the booster needle into the inside of the marker:

Then start dripping the ink in; you’ll know when it’s full the nib on the other end gets all juicy & wet. Then put the nibs back in:

So there she is! A clean, filled, great working Copic marker!:

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to go to the Markerpop blog to see the other designers’ Copic posts!

Purr-fect Friend

I love MFT’s new stamp & die set, Purr-fect Friends! It’s such a sweet set, and really fun to color! I used this set for today’s card.

The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto X-Press IT paper, and colored with Copics. The background scalloped oval is die cut using MFT’s Stitched Oval Scalloped die set, and the paper is from their Hearts & Stripes 6×6 paper pad.

My final touch was adding a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Cupped Fresh Mint sequins around the sentiment. Thank you for stopping by today; have a great day, and happy crafting!

Happy Birthday – Open Me!

What fun interactive cards are! And I have that on my card today, featuring Lawn Fawn’s 3 Sprinkled with Joy products (1 stamp set, and 2 different die sets)! I created a birthday card, and pulled in Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love stamp set & coordinating die set to do that.

  The images are stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice ink onto X-Press It paper, and colored with Copic markers. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment inside the oven from Lawn Fawn’s Year Two stamp set and their Yeti ink. The background papers (yes, Lawn Fawn’s!) (links here & here) are die cut with dies from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Square Stackables dies – Large and Small.

I went a little crazy with the sequins, but I couldn’t help it! I LOVE my Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and this was the perfect card to add a ton of them! You can see which ones I used in the Supply List below.

Thank you for stopping by; have a wonderful day, and happy crafting!

~Valerie

Altenew’s Starter Stamping Kit

I have ALWAYS thought the Altenew multi-layer stamp sets were gorgeous, and that their images they create are stunning; however, I was a chicken. Yes, a chicken. Don’t ask me why, but the thought of trying them always intimidated me! Until, that is, when I was hopping around Markerpop’s store web site and landed on the Altenew section; I was admiring all their yummy products, and and stumbled on “kits”! Yes, kits! I am a sucker for kits, and THESE kits were instructional on how to not only use their products, but included instructions on how to create different images. My prayers were answered!

First I practiced and practiced on pieces of scrap paper. When I got the hang of the stamping and how to line up the images (or NOT line them up, because with these images it really doesn’t matter if they’re perfectly lined up – that’s the beauty of it!), I copied a card from their fabulous instruction booklet. Here’s one they show you how to create:

I added a touch of bling onto it with Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Pink Blush Cupped sequins and 4mm Clear Droplets.

Then, I went off on my own. For the yellow on the butterfly, I used Lawn Fawn’s Sunflower and Butter inks. To create this card, after doing all the stamping, I wanted a frame, so I used 2 Lawn Fawn die sets: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Stitched Rectangle Frames. The sequins are Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Lemon Meringue Cupped sequins.

I highly suggest this kit to anyone who has not ventured down the Altenew multi-layer stamping process before! I’m looking forward to creating many more beautiful scenes! Have a wonderful day, and Happy Crafting!

No Place Like Home

Ah, the My Favorite Things card kits… they’re a wonderful thing! I’m featuring their latest kit, No Place Like Home, for you today!

I created 2 cards, and it was so fun just die-cutting and gluing to create 2 adorable scenes.

I brought in MFT scalloped frames for each scene, and they finished the cards off perfectly.

This kit is so fun! Make sure you check out these 3 posts on the MFT blog that have more great projects featuring this set – here, here, and here!

Have a wonderful day, crafters!

~Valerie

MarkerPop Challenge #114

Good morning, Crafters! It’s time for a new Challenge over at MarkerPop!

I’m using Lawn Fawn’s Turn Me On stamp set & coordinating die set, and a few other Lawn Fawn die sets, also (links in Supply List below).

The paper is from Lawn Fawn’s 6×6 Let’s Polka Mon Amie paper collection, and I stamped the light swithces with Lawn Fawndamentals Wild Rose ink. The image is stamped with Lawn Fawndamentals Black Licorice ink onto X-Press IT Bright White Blending Card Paper, then the images are colored with Copic markers.

So that’s it; I kept it simple today, similar to the image (or so I think, anyway!). Have a great week, crafters!

~Valerie

Monstrous Birthday!

‘Morning, Crafters! I’m over on the MarkerPOP blog today!!

Ever want to just stamp in pretty colors and not have to color? Well these sets today are FABULOUS for that. I combined 2 My Favorite Things stamp & die sets: the Monster Love die set & coordinating Die-namics set, and the Celebrate with Cake stamp set and coordinating Die-namics set (now, AFTER I completed making the card, I was mortified to find we don’t have 3 of those 4 products in our store anymore; but I will continue with this post because the other products I used ARE in the store, and I think this is still good inspiration for those other solid image sets we DO carry!).

The images are stamped using 5 Lawn Fawn Premium Dye Ink Pads: Lobster, Fish Tank, Sunflower, Manatee, and Black Licorice. I used my wonderful Mini Misti to stamp the images nice & straight, and exactly where I wanted them; there are many wonderful Misti products to choose from now – check them out!

The black frame is created using an Avery Elle die set. And the embossed border on the inside is from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders die set. Pretty Pink Posh is the name of the game for the sequins on this card; I’m featuring 3mm Sparkling Clear Cupped sequins, 11mm Silver Stars, and 4mm Silly Eyes.

Thank you for stopping by; I’m sorry some (only SOME!) of the products aren’t in the store, but I hope this was good inspiration for you anyway! Have a wonderful day!

Valerie

Time for a Fresh Start!

Hello Crafters!! Long time no see! And that is because I’ve been on a crafting hiatus to get me and my family of 6 moved from the Chicago area to the Iowa City area!

Well, we’re all settled now (mostly, anyway!), I have a great new job, my new craft room is up & running (yippee!), I’M BACK ON THE MARKERPOP TEAM (woot woot!), and to top it all off, MY BLOG GOT A FACELIFT!

I’ll be back soon with a post for MarkerPOP; until then, have a great week, and Happy Crafting!

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Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!

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Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp 7th Birthday Blog Hop (you should have arrived from Julie’s blog)! I am THRILLED to be Guesting for YNS this month! To start at the beginning of the Hop, go here.

Using 3 new products, I made 2  sweet & simple cards:

  20160807_145707_HDR 20160807_150024_HDR   The 3 new YNS products I’m featuring are:

Your next stop is Sue’s blog!

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When You’re 30 {Something}

I have a great guy card today, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop‘s Festival 30 stamp set!

I started by stamping the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic friendly paper, X-Press It blending cardstock. Then, I colored the images using my Copic Sketch markers. I carefully hand cut the images out, and then colored around all the cut edges with my Memento Tuxedo Black marker to give it a finished look.

Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, MFT paper & dies, Lawn Fawn dies, Doodlebug Jewels, Copics {ValByDesign, 2016} All the papers are from My Favorite Thing’s 6×6 Proper Pinstripes paper pad. The yellow lined paper is die cut using a die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Square Stitched Stackables die set. The green lined paper is die cut using a die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Square Stitched Stackables die set. The goofy “square” openings are die cut using the 2 dies is My Favorite Thing’s Peek-a-Book Wonky Windows die set.

Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, MFT paper & dies, Lawn Fawn dies, Doodlebug Jewels, Copics {ValByDesign, 2016} After the wonky square opening was cut into the green piece, then I got out my Mini Misti, lined up the sentiments onto the green piece, and stamped them with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The 2 final touches were adding Zig Clear Wink of Stella on the glass and pretzel, and a few Tangerine Jewels by Doodlebug.

This is a cool stamp set, and I hope you have a reason to use it!

Let’s Float Away

Hi there! How about a little Sweet Stamp Shop goodness today?! For this project, I’m featuring the cute Root Beer stamp set!

I made this one to stick in my hubby’s lunch box, to give him a little smile in the middle of his work day. How perfect, right?!

Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, Pretty Pink Posh dies & sequins, MFT paper, Copics {ValByDesign, 2016} All the goodies I used are listed below! Have a great day!!

Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, Pretty Pink Posh dies & sequins, MFT paper, Copics {ValByDesign, 2016}