Miss Lilly Reporter

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Hey everyone! Today I have another sweet image from Little Blue Button Stamps, this time its Miss Lilly Reporter. She is ever so sweet, I coloured her up with my copic markers and enhaced that with my Polychromos Pencils.

Copics used:

Skin – E25, E23, E11, E21, E51, E50, R22, R20

Hair – E51, E53, E55, E57, E59

Yellow – YR04, Y17, Y15, Y13,

Teal – BG18, BG15, BG34, BG32

Gray – BV29, BV25, BV23, BV20

Lens – BG01, B00, BV23, BV20

Eyes – B99, B28, BG05, B01

I used some older Authentique paper from my stash, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers, seam binding, and a white Doodle Bug mini Doily to finish the card front.

Miss Lilly Reporter 3

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Charlie with Teapot

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Hey everyone! Isn’t she just cute with her little tea pot! I stinking love her! This is Charlie with Teapot from Little Blue Button Stamps. I coloured her up with my copic markers and then enhanced the colouring with my Polychromos Coloured Pencils.

Charlie with Teapot close up

Copics used:

Skin – E15, E13, E11, E21, E51, E50, R20, R22

Hair – YR000 YR02, E09, E59

Green & Eyes – YG67, YG17, Y03 YG01

Yellow – YR04, Y17. Y15, Y13

Purple – V17, V15, V12, V01

Charlie with Teapot 2

A few layers of patterned paper from Graphic 45 and Prima, some purple twine and enamel dots finished off the front of this card.

Charlie with Teapot 3

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Let’s Celebrate

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Hey everyone! It’s getting ever so close to a brand new year! And this card could be used to celebrate just that occasion. I used Let’s Celebrate from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. I stamped it out with Ranger Archival Ink on Fabriano Artistico 140lbs hot press watercolour paper. I painted this image with my watercolours (Daniel Smith, Golden Qor, and W&N Cotman).

Here is the speed painting video of me painting this image, there was roughly 3 1/2 hours of footage I used and sped up for this 15 minute video! I hope you like it!

This card was super fun to make and aside from the painting I kept it rather simple a few layers of patterned paper, flowers, ribbon and a few sequins.

KKS Lets Celebrate 3

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A Bit Smart Assy Muffin


Hey everyone! Today I have another fun card using Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps A Bit Smart Assy (this is a rubber set so once it is sold out it will no longer be available so you should get it now!) . I coloured her up using my copic markers and enhanced it with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. There is a video below of me colouring this image.


If you are a fan of Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps you have seen Becky Pearce, her colouring is simply amazes me, I have always wanted to be able to colour like her and lift bits and pieces of the way she colours. I figured well why not give it a shot… so here it is its not right, but it is not bad for a first attempt! If you have not seen her work you should really go check out her blog.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did attempting it!

I would like to enter this in Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps Challenge #311 Food


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Reindeer 1

Hey everyone! I am back with my last Christmas card for this year! The current challenge over on the Polkadoodles challenge blog  is Anything Goes. So for this card I reached for the Work & Play 5 Hollybobs Collection. In this collection you will find some extra digital images aside from the main characters and that is where I found Rudy, this gem of a reindeer! You will also find all of the patterned paper I used on this card in that collection as well! It really is a fantastic holiday collection.

Reindeer close up

The image was printed out onto kraft coloured cardstock and coloured with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils. I didn’t write down the colours I used as this was one of the first images I coloured up with them and I wasn’t entirely sure that it would turn out (that will teach me to always write them down!)

Reindeer 2

I used two of the lovely patterned papers from this collection and layered them on kraft and white cardstock. I had this wood veneer in my stash (probably came from Micheals) and painted it white then cut my image down to fit inside of it. The twine and lace are also from my stash.

Reindeer 3


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Braid 1

Hey everyone! Hope you all are well. I am back today with a fun card (and speed colouring video) featuring Saturated Canary Braid, you can get this image in the Set of Three Digi’s, for the girls.

Braid 2

It has been a while sense I have done a big over the top card like this, you know, piled high with everything including the kitchen sink.

I used some of my hoarded treasured, Cashmere Dame paper from Glitz Design, spellbinders, memory box, and Simon Says Stamp dies. the ribbon and trims and strings are all random ones from my stash, Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers.

Braid Coloured

Braid 3

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Let’s Talk Copic

*This post is going to be a big one*


There are five types of markers that copic produce.

Classic – These markers have a square barrel, hold the most ink, available in 214 colours, are refillable, and come with a broad chisel nib as well as a fine point bullet.

Sketch – These markers have an oval barrel, come in all 358 colours, are refillable and come with a chisel nib and a super brush nib. These are the most popular option.

Cia0 – These markers have a round barrel, come in 180 colours, are refillable, and also come with a chisel nib and super brush. These markers are the more economical in the cost front many people will purchase the markers available in this range and fill in the rest with the sketch being as the ink is the same as well as the nib options.

Wide – These markers have a flat barrel, come in 36 colours, are refillable, and come with a 3/4″wide nib.

I personally LOVE my markers, and if you have been following my blog for a while you will already know that, and if you haven’t why not subscribe!

Getting the best out of your markers means finding a paper that allows the markers to blend (not all paper is great for this) without getting sticky and sitting on the surface. There are many different brands that crafters prefer for their markers and for me I have always used the Copic X-Press It blending card, have no issues with it and that is what I stick to and recommend.

When hand stamping my images onto the cardstock make sure to use a copic friendly ink, I use Memento Tuxedo Black. People do recommend the My Favorite Things hybrid inks as well but I have not tested it, so if it does hurt your markers do not blame me. When using my collection of digital images I print them on my HP Laserjet CP1025NW, the laser printer does not smudge when I touch my copics to it. There are some inkjet printers that people say work, do your research and buy what will work for you.


I love this image for breaking down what all those crazy letters and numbers mean on top of the markers! Copic has 16 different colour families”

BV – Blue Violet            V – Violet         RV – Red Violet

R- Red                    YR- Yellow Red          Y- Yellow

YG – Yellow Green            G – Green                BG – Blue Green

B- Blue                        E – Earths                      C – Cool Grays

T – Toner Grays          W – Warm Grays            N – Neutral Grays

F – Florescent


Saturated Canary Overdue close up

This image is Saturated Canary – Overdue

When beginning to blend with copic markers it is good to know that it takes about 3 markers to create a good blend (this is not a hard rule, remember this is art, you do not have to follow any rules!) a light, mid, and dark tone. For example G02 (light), G05 (mid) G09 (dark). You are basically blending using the brightness number, as long as all the other numbers are the same you are just using a different saturation of that colour.

You can also blend different colour families as long as the other things line up… but remember the colour wheel some colours make mud! You can blend an R into a Y or a V, there are difficult things in here as well RV’s are had to blend into Y because yellow and purple make brown. It’s all trial and error, make sure you practice on a scrap piece of paper!

When it comes to skin tones people mix all sorts of things together and there is nothing wrong with that either! I have a couple go to combo’s

E04, E13, E11, E21, E00, E000. I will sometimes drop the E04 and/or E13 out of this combo.

E04, E11, E21, E51, E50, this combo gives me a slightly yellower skin tone.

A fantastic source for choosing what colours work together and also helping you decide what colour to buy is Sandy Allnocks Hex Chart, Sandy worked hard moving colours around and planning this chart out for us all and it worth far more then the 5.99 price tag on this. It has changed the way many crafters colour! And I reach for mine often! You will not regret this purchase, make sure to print it off and fill in on the paper you colour on regularly so you know the colours will be what you want them to be.


These markers are not cheap! You are buying an artist grade top of the line alcohol marker, there are less expensive options, but I have not played with any of these, maybe one day I will be able to pick up some different brands and do a comparison for you, this will be funded through something like my Patreon page.(You can find this in the other places to find me)

You are looking at retail of about $8 per marker you can find them on sale for $5.25 per marker. But, remember this is an investment, after you have purchased the marker they are refillable and all the nibs are replaceable, other markers I looked at when deciding which ones I would purchase did not have these options. And others that you can change from a bullet nib to a brush nib, by the time you purchase the brush nibs to replace the bullet nibs they cost about the same as a copic anyway.

I am sure there is more and there may be a part 2 for this. If you have any questions feel free to leave them below!

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Deck The Halls

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Hey everyone! Today I have a fun christmas card for you all! I used Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps Deck the Halls (get it while you can, its a rubber stamp and once its sold out there will be no more.)

KKS Deck the halls close up

I coloured him up with my copic markers and my Polychromos Pencils, I may have gone a bit to far with the pencils. LOL.

KKS Deck the halls 2

I used Shimelle’s Christmas Magic paper pad, seam binding, a wood veneer (I got it at Michaels) and some little square pieces out of my stash to finish off the front of this card.

KKS Deck the halls 3

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Let’s Talk Inktense

Derwent Inktense pencils are a water soluble pencil, that dry permanent. These pencils are an amazing creation, the ability to add the colour onto the paper in pencil form, touch it with water and create this lovely vibrant paint, and then when its dry being able to glaze over these colours without having to worry about making mud is truly a great thing! Note, the pencils must be completely dissolved by the water for them to dry permanent.

inktense pencils

As a cardmaker I love what I can pull of with these pencils, being able to create depth in the folds of clothing, adding backgrounds with different colours. I just really love being able to layer colours without having to worry about mud, just make sure to let them completely dry before adding a different colour.


This image is from Mo’s Digital Pencil – Angelina’s Balloons

The pencils allow you to be able to get a sharp point for adding the colour exactly where you want it on these small stamped images, also being able to lift the colour directly off the pencil to apply, I use both techniques as I have the full range in pencils but only the 24 range in the blocks. If I ever get my hands on the full range of the blocks I will use the pencils for colouring on the paper and the blocks for applying the colour by the brush.

I would not recommend these as your first dive into watercolour as you do not have the ability to lift colours, or move them around a bit after they are dry like you can with traditional watercolour. We will talk about those a little more another day.

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