Thursday, 27 August 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Scrapbooking and Craft Supplies: Copic Resources

Yep, still on vacation with the kids. I can't believe school is just around the corner. Anyone that blogs about great school lunch ideas please get in touch, I dread the idea of all those empty containers to fill with some magical equation of foods that will somehow delight my kids.

It occurred to me that I neglected to tell you that you need to start a binder for your Copic Adventures. You will want to keep a record of different colour palettes and techniques you have tried and liked. Have no fear! Copic had a great library of resources that you can print and use. There are also numerous free printables of other people's creations, but honestly its more fun to make your own.

Free Printable Copic Resources

Don't forget to follow my Copic Crazy Pinterest Board to stay up to date on my latest finds.

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Copic Markers

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Scrapbooking and Craft Supply: Copic Craziness is Contagious! Beware

Last week our papercrafting club decided to do a bit of an introduction to alcohol markers. We basically went over the different kinds of markers that are available, how to use the Copic Colour Wheel and then we got down to just stamping and colouring. Time flies when you are having fun, it was just after 10 when we called it quits. We were having so much fun making all our stamped images come to life.

I did not want to leave you all hanging while I wrapped up my summer camping so I put together a quick round up of some really great Copic tutorials you may want to check out. Feel free to follow my Pinterest board Copic Crazy

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Here are a few I think you will really like:

About my Copic Markers; An Update by Britta

My Creative Process- Karen Giron

12 Essential Lessons for Copic Users (Debbie Hodge)

Remember: Practice makes perfect!
Copic Markers

Friday, 21 August 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Scrapbooking and Craft Supply: Alcohol Markers and Prima Stamps = New Summer Hobby

As I told you I have been enjoying my free time at the camp with my family. This year the children are just that little bit older and I am finding that I spend much of my time on my deck overseeing the activities of the kidlets and their friends and less time actually being right on top of them supervising. It has been a strange shift. I have been monitoring the activities of wee ones for so long I don't remember what it is like to just sit and relax. I have to admit, I am enjoying it.

I promised my hubby to limit the amount of craft material that I take to the trailer this year. Last year he would arrive for a relaxing weekend only to find his side of the bed had been taken over by my cricut and loads of paper. This year I stick to one 12x12 thirty-one bag which holds my marker bag, stamp block bag, paper and stamps. The stamps I have been carrying all summer are my Julie Nutting Paper Doll Stamps. I was talking to Julie a couple of weeks ago about the possibility of joining us here on the blog, but lucky for us she is busy with getting the new designs out. Its ok Julie, we love your work!

If you have not tried using alcohol markers for your stamped images yet, you are in for a treat. Alcohol markers are very pricey so if your budget does not allow you to go out and buy a collection there are some great alternative. Bic makes a great line of alcohol markers that work really well. You won't get the colour variety of some of the big lines but it is a great place to start. If you are ok with slowly building your collection, try to purchase your markers in 3s. You always want to have a light , medium and dark for each colour. I started with flesh tones as I am a huge fan of Magnolia Stamps and now all the Prima Paper Dolls stamps. By using the alcohol markers to define the skin tone I am able to use other mediums to colour the clothing and accessories.

These are a few of the designs I have been working on:

Bridesmaids Prom Queen First Day of School

Prima Doll Paper Piecing
Prima Doll Paper Piecing
Prima Doll Paper Piecing
Prima Doll Paper Piecing
Prima Doll Paper Piecing