Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet by Stampendous

Good morning everyone! I recently returned from Jennifer Dove’s Copic Boot Camp where I received lots of stamps, dies, adhesives and other products from generous sponsors. You can see a sample of the gifts in my recent Instagram posts, but there’s lots more that I haven’t yet had a chance to acknowledge. Boot Camp was fabulous! I got to catch up with old friends from across the country and meet new friends along the way. Registration for next year’s boot camp will probably open in early spring so jump on it to reserve your spot.

I’ve spent the past few days trying to organize all my loot from Boot Camp. There must be over twenty stamps from sponsors like My Favorite Things, Lawn Fawn, Witt & Sass, Crafting Desert Divas and many others. And I apparently went on a buying spree just before I left because lots of packages arrived while I was gone. So I’m knee deep in new product that I’ll be showing off in the coming months.

In the course of organizing, I came across a card that I made as a card model for The Queen’s Ink and never posted so I’ll leave you with this one featuring the Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet Stamp by Stampendous to brighten up a cold November day. And for you local folk – don’t forget that I’m offering three classes this month:

  • November 10Fall Friends (featuring My Favorite Things), Photo Scraps, Eldersburg, MD.
  • November 15Fall Friends (featuring My Favorite Things), Photo Scraps, Eldersburg, MD.
  • November 20Winter Greetings (featuring Power Poppy), Queen’s Ink, Savage Mills, MD.

Hope to see you there!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Cardstock by Love Nicole in Intense Colbalt and Hot Pink
Stamp: Laurel Burch Heart Bouquet by Stampendous
Ink: Memento in Tudexo Black by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Detail Gold by Stampendous

Online Registration Now Open! Celestial Celebrations – Tuesday, October 16th at The Queen’s Ink

Just a quick note that the online registration for the October class at the Queen’s Ink is now available. See below for information and the class supply list. This class does not require a lot of technical skill (other than coloring between the lines) but the end result is at the top of the WOW scale. Hope to see you there!

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Celestial by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Sun Chase by Stampendous

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • RV13: Tender Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • RV17: Deep Magenta
  • RV19: Red Violet
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YG07: Acid Green
  • BG02: New Blue
  • B24: Sky
  • B66: Clematis
  • B69: Stratospheric Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl (formerly Skin White)
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Please bring

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.



Fall Wellies by Power Poppy

Power Poppy | Fall WelliesGood morning friends! I’m back today with a new digital release – Fall Wellies by Power Poppy. When there’s a crispness in the air and a vibrance in the leaves, you want to bring that wonderful fall feeling into your cards. It’s only natural! This snappy tartan welly looks quite cute paired with falling Japanese Maple leaves. In this digital download, you get two extra leaves along with the main image, and a punny sentiment wishing someone “well-y”. :)

I know for some of you, this image will look familiar because it’s included in the Feeling Fall clear polymer set. Here’s a project that I did last year using the same image from the that stamp set. As you can see, there are endless color combinations for the tartan plaid.

Rowhouse Greetings | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

That’s all for today! Be sure you hop over to see what the Instant Gardener team has in store for you. As always, be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog for some “welly” good inspiration.

Nancy (that’s me!)
Power Poppy Blog

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Vellum; Marine Gingham by American Crafts; X-Press It by Copics
Stamps: Fall Wellies (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y35, Y38, B24, B26, R32, R35, N3 (boots); Y35, Y38, YR68, E31, E35, E39 (leaves); B0000, BG0000, BG10, 0 (background); BV000 (shadow)

Stamping with Copic Markers featuring Penny Black Brush Stroke stamps

Good morning friends! Lately, I’ve been playing around with different techniques to extend the use of my Copic markers.  Afterall, when you have 358 markers lying around, you start looking for different ways to use them.

I love the Penny Black brush stroke stamps, but most tutorials for this stamp line rely on watercolor techniques. While I love the look of watercolor, I find the process frustrating because I can’t seem to control ink with a brush the same way that I can with a marker. So I’ve been looking for ways to use Copic markers with this line of stamps.

A few months ago, I came across this article from Marianne Walker, who is the North American Product Director for Copic Markers. She showed a method for coloring directly onto rubber stamps with Copic markers, lightly misting the stamp with colorless blender to reactivate the ink, and then stamping the inked image onto paper.  Gina Krupsky (Gina K. Designs) posted a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for a similar method, but used rubbing alcohol instead of colorless blender.

So I decided to give it a try and today’s cards are the results of my experimentation. I used my Misti so that I could stamp multiple times if necessary to get the effect that I wanted. I used Copics to color directly onto the rubber stamp. Once the image was colored, I lightly misted my paper with colorless blender and closed the Misti to stamp the image. You need to keep the Misti closed for several seconds to allow the ink to transfer. If the image wasn’t clear enough, I lightly misted the stamp and stamped the paper a second time and this was usually sufficient to get a clear image.

I had very different results, depending upon the paper. I got the best results – or at least the results I was looking for – using Spectrum Noir’s Ultra Smooth Card Stock. This paper produced a crisp, clean image. I found that using Copic’s X-Press It Blending Card produced a looser, blurrier effect – a little more impressionistic than I wanted.

And here are the results:

Rowhouse Greetings | Garden Gems by Penny Black
CARD 1: Garden Gems by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Garden Gems by Penny Black
Inks: Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, Y35, Y38, 0

Rowhouse Greetings | Belle by Penny Black
CARD 2: Belle by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger – Dina Wakely; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Belle by Penny Black; Spiritual Snippets by Penny Black; Indian Wheel by Penny Black.
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Distress Oxides by Ranger in Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Fossilized Amber
Die: Belle Cut Out by Penny Black; Large Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, 0

I should note a few things:

  1. The background of Card 2 was created with Distress Inks and heat embossing. The technique described above was only used for the floral image.
  2. There seems to be some debate whether or not alcohol can damage rubber stamps. I rinsed my thoroughly with water to remove an alcohol residue and they appear to be surviving my experimentation just fine.
  3. Some people are particularly sensitive to the odor of alcohol. Be sure you are working in a well-ventilated area and follow any necessary medical precautions, particularly if you have any respiratory issues.

Want to see more? Splitcoaststampers has a whole gallery devoted to cards using this technique.

Please note: All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Celebrate Today and Every Day

I was feeling very zen as I left an early morning yoga class. The neighborhood was still and quiet. It’s been raining here off and on for days (weeks actually). When I stepped out of the door of the yoga studio, the sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear. The first thought in my head was:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.

I’m not particularly religious, so on the one hand it was startling that a Bible verse would come to mind. And yet, with all that is going on in the world, it felt good to take a moment to find beauty, rejoice, and be glad.

My new found zen inspired me to combine a stencil, stamp, and sentiment that have been sitting unused in my stash for quite some time. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mustard Seed. While the stencil was still in place, I applied a layer of transparent matte texture paste.

Rowhouse Greetings | Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions

After coloring and fussy cutting the image, I attached it to the card with foam adhesive squares (I use Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives). However, the squares do not adhere well to texture paste. So I applied a little liquid glue to each of the foam squares to ensure that they bond to the background.

That’s all for now. Go celebrate today and everyday!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions; Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Glorious Petal Stencil by Hero Arts
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Transparent Matte Texture Paste by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); Y15, Y19, Y38 (hair); B000, B00, B02, V20 (leotard); V20 (shoes & socks)