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Feeling All Warm and Cozy.

It could be the tons of snow on the ground (the official count is 8 inches!), the space heater at my feet, or the amazing chili that I made for lunch today (my dad’s recipe… tastes just like home), but something has got me feeling warm, fuzzy, and ready for the holidays. This is my favorite time of the year, and I’m sooo feeling the love. Here’s a card I made to spread the love:

 I stamped my sentiment using words from Lawn Fawn’s Cozy Christmas set and went a little crazy with the I (Heart) Hearts set from SU!

 The sentiment was punched out with the Real Estate punch from EK Success. Love! When I had adhered everything, I went back with the smallest heart stamp and some versamark ink and filled up the empty spaces. :)

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse), Ink- Hero Arts (Hero Hues Chalk Ink in Punch), Tsukineko (Versamark), Colorbox (Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink) and Ranger (Antique Linen Distress Ink), Thread- DMC, Punches- EK Success ( Real Estate Label) and Stampin’ Up! (Three Hearts), Stamps- Lawn Fawn (Cozy Christmas) and Stampin’ Up! (I (Heart) Hearts), Circle Cutter- Making Memories, Corner Rounder- WRMK.

I have a ton of studying to do tonight for a midterm and some big projects this week, so I need to go get some things done. I also need to record my video tutorial Monday. The card this week is super cute in my head… let’s hope it turns out that way. Hehe. Before I go, I wanted to share my Papertrey Ink release favorites. Everything goes on sale at midnight EDT tonight, so it’s going to be sooo hard to resist this cuteness for three more days until I get paid. I must wait, though! Here are my top picks:

The entire new Signature Series Line from Dawn McVey. You get one big image and four sentiments in each miniset for 5 dollars. There is a coordinating die for each one for $5, too! I’m definitely going to pick up the Flower and Cupcake Stamp set and the Flower and Butterfly die. Gorgeous!

The entire new banner lineup is a really cool concept, but my little budget won’t let me buy it all. Therefore, I’m going to get the most bang for my buck by going with this die for $15. These border strips are 3.75″ wide, so they’re perfect for cardmaking. It’s like getting 5 border punches, only it takes a lot of the work out of it for me. Woot! The tiny banner set that matches also looks really cool, but I’ll wait a little bit to see what others do with it first. :)

Fillable Frames #10 by Heather Nichols is a no-brainer. This shape is lovely! Warm Happiness Too is adorable, too. I especially love the color scheme here!

This is what I’m probably the most excited about: the Mat Stack 1 Stamp set. This patterns are stunning, and the way they created this set is genius. You need to see this post by Nichole Heady about it. Woah! The Year of Flowers: Mums is going on my Christmas List. :)

Did I mention how excited for this stamp set I am? Oh boy oh boy! I’m pretty sure I’ll pass out from excitedness if they ever announce a Mat Stack 4 stamp set (which it sounds like is in the works). Literally pass out. Haha.

I’m also going to be picking up a couple small packages of cardstock to work on filling in the holes in my collection. I’ve found myself wanting Lavendar Moon and Ripe Avacado, but I’m fresh out! It’s a PTI paper emergency… hehe.

On one last not of enabling… You need to check out the SC sneaks here. The main kit is going to have two SC exclusive papers AND two papers made exclusively for SC by Sassafras. They’re all in my favorite colors. Lordy, help me. Such gorgeousness going on here!

I’m off to get some studying and filming done. What do you have your eye on from PTI this month? What’s going on your Christmas list?


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Copic Beautifulness.

I just turned in my paper that was due later today and I can honestly say that I’ve never been so happy to have a paper done. I still have a bit of homework to do over the weekend, but at least I can relax for tonight! Happy weekend, everybody! :)

A couple weeks ago, I posted this Monday Video Tutorial about working with clear cards. I got a lot of questions about how I colored the flower, so I wanted to do a video to show how I use Copics and how they work for me. This isn’t the only way to use them; this is the way they work for me. Feel free to share any tips and tricks you might have int he comments, and I’ll even come back and add them to this post. I wanted this post to be a resource for you to come back to if you have a quick question about Copics.

The Video

(Watch on youtube; subscribe to my channel.)
The Card
I cut out the colored flower and leaves and then made this cute vintage-y card with the pieces:

Here’s a close-up of the coloring:

Supplies: Cardstock- Papertrey Ink (Kraft, Vintage Cream, and Fine Linen), Patterned Paper- Cosmo Cricket (Wander Collection 6 by 6 pad), Stamps- Papertrey Ink (Year of Flowers: Roses) and Hero Arts (CL140 Thinking of You Messages), Markers- Copic (R20, R22, R35, YG25, YG17, YG67), Ink- Tsukineko (Black Memento) and Ranger (Vintage Photo), Corner Rounder- WRMK.
My Copics
I’ve been buying Copics since earlier this year and have accrued quite the collection. I think I have all of the colors pretty well covered in the most minimalist way possible, so I wanted to share with you what I have hoping to inspire you. You don’t need to own all the Copics to be able to have something for every project (although that would be awesome!)… Now, I say this with a grain of salt. Of course, I’ll be buying more over time as I need them for different projects. This is what’s working for me right now, and I’m happy. :)
By the way, I buy all of my Copics from Blick Art Supply in the store. Since I’m a student, I get their preferred customer card for free (along with a 10% discount on everything), so this is the most cost-effective way to buy them for me.

My neutrals- a wide range of the Toner Greys, a colorless blender, a black marker, and the .3 and .7 Micro liners. On my list to add to my collection: a set of browns and some skin tones.

My Pinks and Reds. The left ones are the my fuchsia tones, and the ones on the right are more peachy and red.

My Oranges, Yellows, and Greens. I only have one orange because it blends with the yellows. This is probably where I’ll add to my collection next, but I’m okay with it this way.

My Blues and Purples.
The Storage
Okay, this isn’t so much a solution as a problem. I have a couple methods in mind as to how to store them, but my desk space is limited. We’ll see what I come up with, but this is what a currently use to store my markers:

As of my recent shopping trip, I have outgrown this method, so I have all of my neutrals outside of the oh-so-fancy plastic cup:

I’ll update you as soon as I figure out a way that actually works for me in this area. Ha.
The Best Sources
There are a couple of posts that really have served as an inpiration to me when learning out to use my copics. I’ll list them here:
Jennifer McGuire’s Copic Post
Nichol Magouirk’s Skin Tones with Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s recent My Favorite Copics post
Nichol Magouirk’s Original Copics Info post (her blog in general is great for picking up tips and tricks about how to incorporate Copics in scrapbooking and cardmaking)
Hope this helps you out a little in navigating the crazy world of Copics. I love them; they’re a great tool and super fun to use. Let me know if you have any questions!


I’ve had a total blast featuring some of my favorite Etsy sellers, and I’ve saved of my favorites for last. Today’s featured seller is PrettyTape. This shop sells one of my newest obsessions: washi tape. She also sells wonderful things to go along with them like tape dispensers and some super cute stamps. Here’s one of my favorite projects using her tape:


(I blogged this project here.) I have about 15 rolls of tape now from PrettyTape, and they come in the most gorgeous colors. I seriously spend so long surfing there when I get in my Washi Tape moods. Hehe. Here are some other great things for sale:

Pretty Pastel Pattern – Masking Sticker Set – 27 Sheets (w/ Tin Case)

Aren’t her store items lovely? Shipping is super affordable, too. Go check out PrettyTape and spread the happy office supply love. :)
Thank you for stopping by today. I’m going to go de-stress by cleaning up my room and getting it ready for some pictures I’m going to take for my blog post tomorrow. We’re talking storage. I’m so excited to share what I’ve done lately with organizing my stamps and ink, so make sure to stop back for a look at that. Have a happy evening!



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