Tuesday, September 11


It has been a crazy couple weeks in the Collins' house.
Started school. (no pictures, that's not "cool")
Started soccer, so we are a family that is officially ruled by soccer schedules for the next 6 weeks. You soccer moms know what I'm talking about.
Started my afterschool babysitting gig, which is making me appreciate only having one and Max appreciate that he is an only child.

So, things are crazy.
Then again, when aren't they?

But I am crafting like crazy.
With a playmate for Max everyday, he is occupied for a couple hours outside me coming in to stop any bad boy behavior, so I have literally had at least an hour a day to do something, so I have plenty to share for a while.

I am still playing with the Copics.
I swear I must have like 30 hours of practice under my belt by now and I am actually starting to like them.
I don't love them, but I now have some small admiration for them.
I kinda feel like I know what I'm doing now, so that helps.

Got this little fella from my friend Michele, I think it's Whipper Snapper?
I actually colored him twice, the first time was less than good, so I tried again and am really quite pleased.
This is probably the best Copic coloring I have done so far.

I have started a write up on how to use the Copics, or at least what I have learned with step by step pictures, but anyone who has blogger knows how long it takes to load 20 pictures into an entry at night...sheesh.
So look for that this week if you are struggling with your new markers like I did for about a week.

Also, completely off topic, but so worth passing along if you have a picky eater like me...
I get this free magazine, Food and Family which is by Kraft foods, if you don't get it, you can sign up for free and get it too, HERE, and I tried this recipe that was delicious and even Max ate it.
Now that's something.
It was no fail pan sauce and it was so simple and fast...You really must try.
And I even used No Yolk noodles and Fat free cream cheese and he had no idea, now that's something.
I actually have nothing but wonderful things to say about everything I have tried in this magazine, all simple and most delicious, so if you're looking for some new ideas, that's a great spot to start.


Crafty Connie said...

Love your journal and your practice with the markers is showing. Love the stamped image and the card!

kathleenh said...

Wow! This is quite gorgeous!

Unknown said...

Okay, I totally want that turtle!! I LOVE it! You did an awesome job coloring it in too!!! Brav-o Simone.. :)

Also, thank you for the heads up on the food magazine. I am always looking for new ideas because I suck at cooking so anything that I can get help on I am all for! I LOVE to bake. But cooking, not me.. :) Thank you for suggesting this, I am going now.. :)

Deborah said...

You look like a pro now with your Copic's! I am sold! Gotta have them! TFS- Deb

Michele Kovack said...

YOU did a totally awesome job with this turtle!!!! YOU ARE QUEEN of the COPICS!!!

Risa said...

Now this is really great Simone,you are really good with the Copics. Love that turtle:)

clhenry99 said...

Can't wait to see the write up on Copic's as I have no idea what they are but that turtle rocks it!

michelle sturgeon said...

Oh, wow, Spazzy, this little turtle is awesome! you are definitely improving!

Rita said...

Cute card! You did a fantastic job coloring in this turtle!

Crafty in Calgary said...

Great card & you are doing great with the Copics. I just read that magazine today and saw that recipe- I will have to give it a whirl!

Paula said...

You're getting sooo good with the Copics! Love the card. And I get the Kraft mag all the time. I love the recipes in there. EASY!!

Abra Leah Cross said...

The coloring is great!
I use the Kraft magazine with my students all the time! :)

elizabeth said...

girl i am lovin' that card. he is so friggin' cute. like a lil old man turtle.

and yay for getting some craftin' done b/c i ain't done shit. but this weekend, its all about the owls baby :)

can i get a whoot*hoot?

Kristina Lewis said...

Love the card! The turtle is so cute and your coloring is da bomb :)!! ((hugs))

My Paper World said...

This is the cutest ever! I love the image and the colours!

Anonymous said...

The turtle card is way too adorable, your coloring is great!