Thursday, May 28, 2009

Big Wave & Prizes

We have a lot of stuff to cover today, so let's start with winners!!

Winnipeg Certification Giveaway Winners

Congrats to our two lucky winners!!!

Linda Shewchuck

Gail Neduzak

Thank you both for your fabulous e-mails and we know you will both have fun learning more about Copics. You get to enjoy a great class taught by Sherrie Siemens in just a couple weeks.
Ready for the next giveaway in my week of Prizes? Check out Sharon Harnist today for a chance to win something really neat. I won't spoil what you win, but it's worth stopping by. You have until this evening to enter to win on Sally Lynn's site as well.

Certification Update
Salt Lake City, UT on June 11th taught by Marianne is now open to the public. As is the Belmont, NH class tauught by Sally Lynn on June 14th. Here is a rundown of the status on all upcoming classes:

Smithville, OH class on May 31st taught by Sally Lynn is Full.
Winnipeg, Manitoba class on June 6th taught by Sherrie Siemens is open to the public.
Salt Lake City, UT class on June 11th taught by Marianne is open to the public.
Belmont, NH class on June 14th taught by Sally Lynn MacDonald is open to the public.
Durham, NC class on June 28th taught by Sally Lynn is open to Stores, Teachers, & Design Team members only.
Orlando, FL class on July 27th taught by Marianne is open to Stores, Teachers, & Design Team members only.

Get on the mailing list for upcoming Summer classes (sign up on the sidebar of my blog):
Vancouver, BC August 15th taught by Sherrie.
Eau Claire, WI August 16th taught by Sally Lynn
San Diego, CA August 17th taught by Marianne
Calgary August 22nd & Edmonton August 29th taught by Sherrie.
Coconut Creek, FL August 30th taught by Sally Lynn
Minneapolis, MN (Date TBA, Mid Sept.) taught by Marianne

Now, for a quick Summer tutorial that may help you make some fun backgrounds for your projects. You may have seen this before, but I figured my project today is perfect for the upcoming Summer Days. On a budget? You can still make a cute card with only white paper, stamps, and markers with this technique.

Wide Water Background
This is a simple squiggle made with a wide marker. Just hold the chisel firmly against your paper at an angle that is easy for you to hold. Make a gentle swatch with a bit of a wave in it. Overlap these and you have a great water background.

You can do this with any marker, but the Wide marker will cover the largest area. I used B32 for this project.

For my very quick final project the only paper I used is plain white, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I made the background waves using the technique I just showed you.

Work on a larger paper than you need and trim the uneven marker edges off, or color over the edge of the paper on all sides to make sure you don't get funny blobs where you first hold the marker to the paper.

Now my background paper looks like designer paper with waves on it. I trimmed along the top wave to mimic the water.

The orange paper on my final image was made with a wide YR04 marker so it would match the turtle's shorts. I drew the squiggle, trimmed it down, then added the extra line down the midle with a Multiliner. Other colors I used: B32, B34, YR04, YR07, YR09, G12, G14, G28, YG21, YG23

My final image is from the new, exclusive stamp set I drew for my friends over at eP called Hangin’ Loose with Kona. The character was born on a napkin at Winter CHA when my friend Daisy at eclectic Paperie mentioned that they wanted a surfing turtle. Now here he is, fresh from his napkin and he's wishing Joy Kennedy from eP and Our Craft Lounge a Happy Birthday!

Keep checking this week for more prize opportunities, and head over to Joy's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday


Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

What an awesome and creative use with those big markers. I love your new surfing turtle! He's gonna surf his way into so many hearts this summer!


Sherrie said...

Look at you...makin' cards, staging photos...we papercrafters are sinking our hooks into you Marianne! Very cool card!

broni (waterchild12) said...

LOVE the waves tip and your great Kona card! You go, girl!!

Frank said...

lol...LOVE that turtle....the colors are great and make me wish I was out on the beach...

leenda said...

Who knew a turtle could surf? LOL Love your artwork & creativity!

Pat said...

WHERE are you coming in Mpls? What wonderful news!

Valerie said...


Sharon Harnist said...

Kona is TOO stinkin' cute, Marianne -- my girls LOVE him!! Great waves you created, too.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Hope to meet a bunch of fun Copic lovers in Smithville on Sunday! Woo hoo!

Kona is adorable Marianne, and I LOVE your waves!

Pat said...

These markers look very easy and versatile. They're on my wishlist!

Pat said...

These markers look like they would really be versatile and easy to use. They're on my wish list!

Cambria Turnbow said...

I'm SO proud of you M. NICE card babe..... you are becoming a card maker my friend! :)

Pam said...

This is great, love your card and Kona!!

Trena in Naperville said...

Marianne!! Congratulations on all the good stuff happening in your life Woman!! I've been visiting blogs with this adorable turtle, and I think I have to have him!! :o) I think I have to have a couple more green markers too....

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Debbie Olson said...

Love that water technique, Marianne! Of course, your Kona is amazingly colored--he's a hit!

Joy said...

Thank you Marianne! :) I loooooooooove Kona. And thanks for the birthday wishes. Hugs my friend!

scrappingnana said...

Oh, how cute. That is a creative card. Love the way you did the background.

Stephanie Chan said...

Yay! Edmonton! Now I'm stoked!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Cute your wavy background. How do I sign up for the Calgary class on Aug 22? I tried to click on the link and it says something went wrong (really that's what it said!). I don't want to miss it!

Attiq Ur Rehman said...

Its a different but great looking artwork shown in this post. So hopefully i would like to see this more on your site.You used a nice color in your post.
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