Sketch Challenge

>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hi everyone its Bron here today. This fortnights challenge has been set by Melissa and she has designed an awesome sketch for us all to play along with. I had so much fun with this sketch as I would not normally do a tag so I suppose you can say it brought me out of my comfort zone. Of course if you want to incorporate the tag into a card or layout you can too.

Anyhow here is my tag using the sketch for you:

I have used the following copics
Hair - E99, E97, E79, Y21 & Y11
Skin - E00, E11, E21 R20 & R11
Jeans - B97, B95, B93 & B32
Top - R85, R83 ^ R81
Headphones and backpack - R32, R20, C9, C7 & C5

To save you going back through the posts (although you should as there has been some great inspiration provided over the last few days) here is the sketch

So please make the time and join in with the sketch this fortnight, I look forward to seeing all your interpretations.

Now don't forget to stop by the Mad for Makers Store as Sammi has some very cute new stamps in and of course she can provide for your co pic needs!

Have a great day.

Bron xo


Tag Sketch Challenge

>> Monday, May 30, 2011

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to another week at the Mad for Markers Blog & also the start of a new challenge.
As you will see from the previous post, this fortnight is a sketch challenge.

I had a great time creating this tag for you.
I decided to use all white products & colour them to suit.
The background was coloured using reinkers in a spray bottle, saturated the card stock & dried it with the heat gun. I just love the effect of the watermark that this technique gives.

Copics Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, RV00
Clothes & Shoes: RV32, RV34
Flower: RV32, RV24, YG61, YG63
Tag, layered card & Ribbon: RV32, RV34 (Reinkers in spray bottle)

We would love to see the creative ways you use this sketch.
Make sure you check back on the blog each day for some great inspiration from the design team.

Don't forget to stop by at the Mad for Markers Online store for all your copic needs. Sammi even has a new line of stamps.

Until next time


New Challenge - Tag Sketch

>> Sunday, May 29, 2011

Good Evening Everyone,
Well it is time for a new Challenge. This fortnight I have decided to create Tag Sketch for you.

It is open to your own interpretation, you can create a
tag for a layout or card, make a tag shaped card or whatever you like. However, you MUST use copics somewhere on the tag.

Here is the sketch which I have created:

Here is some inspiration for you:

Copics Used:
Clothes & Shoes: RV000, RV11
Skin: E0000, E000, RV00
Hat & Belt: C1, C3, C5, C7
Hair: E71, E74
Tag Background: RV000, RV11 (Reinkers)
Flowers: RV000, RV11

I really hope that you enjoy the sketch & join in the challenge.

Until tomorrow


Colouring Twine

>> Friday, May 27, 2011

It's Friday, it's Friday. Means a weekend of relaxation is just around the corner! But I couldn't let Friday go without sharing my way of using Copics to colour all kinds of things!

Marcia here and today I am sharing how I use Copics to colour twine. I use a white/cream twine ALOT (cheap, only $4.00 a roll at Bunnings for 100m!) and love to colour it to suit the project I am working on. The beauty of Copics is that the ink is permanent, so it's suitable on almost anything.

So I started with this


and came up with this


My suggestions are these:

* Make sure you have scratch paper underneath what you are working on
* If using a light coloured ribbon, use a colour one shade darker than what you would like the end result to be
* For a softer effect pour some of the colour refill into a Mini Mister and spray onto your ribbon/twine. It will take longer to dry, but the effects achieved are pretty awesome.
* Don't be afraid to mask off parts of the ribbon for a pattern or to leave some blank spots for a distressed look.

Okay, there you have it. I hope I have inspired you to do something new .... would love to see what you achieve with this technique.

Happy Friday to you all!


>> Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hi there Copic fans!!

The challenge this fortnight has been to colour your embellishments with your Copic markers and I have managed to create a little something that hopefully shows you just a little example of just how versatile these fabulous markers are.

You can see a card here that I made last week using my Copics to colour the ribbon and lace.

This week I decided to create a tag/book mark.

I used "Club Kid" from Kenny K

I have coloured the lace and flower with R81

and the rhinestones that were a very pale pink I darkened by colouring them with R83

Copics used to colour this image

E000, E00, E11,
 R20, R81, R83, R85
E25, E27, E29,E30, E31, E33, E35, E37,

There is still a little time left to enter the current challenge over at Mad For Markers.

We would love to see the creative ways you can use your Copic markers to colour embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Michelle :-)


Tennis Anyone?

>> Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hi All, Susan here again and it is a cold Wednesday morning in Melbourne. It's my turn to post on the Mad For Markers Challenge Blog today for the current challenge, COLOURING EMBELLISHMENTS WITH COPICS.

On this card I have used the digital image Anya Tennis from The Greeting Farm and have used my copic markers to colour in the sparkly flower. I have also distressed the edges of the patterned paper and then edged the paper using the chisel tip of my V15 marker.

Colour your flowers, pearls, rhinestones, metal charms, chipboard etc, pop them on your creation and link up your blog post here at the Mad for Markers Challenge blog.
Copics Used:
Hair: E55, E57, E59, E79
Skin: E50, E51, R20
Clothes: V12, V15, V17, R21, R23
Tennis Racquet: BG10
Other Supplies:
Bazzill card, DCWV Glitter Stack paper, Nestabilities, Tim Holtz Distressing tool, White gel pen, Heidi Grace pins, Pearl Pin,  Kaisercraft snow pearls, Prima flower, Jennie B flower (coloured with V15), 3D rose, Word Window punch, Computer generated sentiment, Foam dots

Don't forget to stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for your Copics, X-Press It Blending Card and stamps from The Greeting Farm!

Have a great day!
~ Susan xxox


Colouring Embellishments Challenge

>> Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

It is my turn to post today about our current challenge at Mad for Markers.
To enter the challenge you need to colour some embellishments on your card.

I have some male cards to share today.  Nothing pretty unfortunately!
On this first card I coloured in the chipboard photo corners with Copic marker Black 100.
I also coloured in the Kaisercraft rhinestones too.  They were the crystal clear ones and I made them black and masculine too.

Then I have another two masculine cards shown below where I have coloured the rhinestones with Copic marker Olive G99.

Two very simple ways of colouring embellishments with Copics.

Link up your creations to be eligible for the prize!

Thanks for looking and happy colouring,

Alicia xx


Boots for Dad

>> Monday, May 23, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers

Gee the weeks are flying by, here we are at the second week of our "Colouring Embellishments" Challenge.

I hope everyone is having fun with this challenge. There is so much you can do and colour to add to your creations.

I decided to do something plain today. I have this digital image which I got for free and decided I just want it to be simple. I have added a "dog tag" which is chipboard and I have coloured with my Copic Markers.
Copics used;
E70, E71, E74, E77, E79
C00, C1, C3.

You can colour just about anything with your markers, there are a few little tips you should remember though. When colouring embellishments whatever you are colouring will normally look a bit lighter than the colour of the marker, so always think about which shade you want it to be and pick a shade darker. The other tip I find is really important is Chipboard and cardboard will soak up a lot of ink so you may have to colour it a couple of times to get the desired colour and effect.

Make sure you check back on the blog each day for some great inspiration from the design team. You still have plenty of time to get your own creations in. We would love to see them!
Also hop over to our normal blog, there is always something happening on there, from great inspiration to tutorials to introductions

Thanks for Dropping in.

Mel B


Colorful Butterflies!

>> Friday, May 20, 2011

Are you having fun with our new Challenge yet! There are so many embellishments that you can color with your copics. 

So today I have gone with something a bit different from a card. I have been scrapping today and my page needed some colored butterflies to match my page so I have used YG17 and R24 to color up my two chipboard butterflies. I then stamped them with a script stamp and then used Dimensional Magic to gloss them up. I am really happy with how they came up. 

Copic Colors Used:
R24, YG17

The beauty of Copic Markers is that you can always color up your embellishments to match perfectly with whatever you are doing! So make sure to get creative and enter into this fortnights challenge and for all your Copic Needs head over to the Mad For Markers Store!


Coloured flowers

>> Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oh my gosh it is another challenge. The time does fly quickly but this time we have some exciting new things for you to do, like colouring embellishments. I love airbrushing things with my Copics and flowers are a big one for me. In the card below I used R85 and YR12 to colour my flowers with my air brush. The pearl brad was coloured with B21. Hope you get some inspiration. And remember the possibilities are endless. Imagine shoes sprayed or coloured with your copics. Onesies for babies with an image stamped and then coloured with your markers.

Just thought I would show you all the markers I used
on this image (excluding the skin colours). So lots of markers.
Copics used:
Skin: E0000, 000, 00, 11
Umbrella/shoes: R81, 83, 85, 89- B21, 23
Hair: E49, 59, 55, 41
Jacket: YR21, 12, 14, 20
Dress: G21, 24, 26
Socks/background: C10, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0
Flowers airbrushed with R85, YR12
Other: card is Neenah 352gsm.


you totally rock

>> Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hi fellow copic lovers....What a cool challenge we have here at mad for markers this fortnight, colouring embellishments!! let your imagination go wild and see what you can colour with your copic's.........
ribbons, die cuts, flowers, rhinestones and the list goes on.

On my project I have coloured the water droplets using copic's to match colours in my image. These were just clear droplets before I coloured them.

We would all love to see what you come up with for the current challenge...
For all your copic supplies check out the mad for markers store there sure is some great products available!!

hugz ashlee xx


Colouring embellishments

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hi everyone this is Bron (Bronwen) here with my very first DT card for you.

Our challenge for this weeks fortnight is colouring embellishments, easy peesy! I have a huge stash of plain white or cream flowers which I will colour to suit my cards.

So for my card today I have coloured up some of my flowers (the cherry blossom by adding a touch of pink the the edges, the dark pink flower ) and my flourish to match in with the papers.

Here is a close up of the flowers and the bottom of the flourish...

Now I used my dazzling diamond for this card (to the edges of each layer) but as the weather has been so yucky the photo does not really show this just makes it look like it has sand on it! Trust me in real life it is very blingy, LOL!

A bright colourful card for me but so much fun making it.

Copics used:
Skin - E00, E21, E11, R20 & R11
Hair - E29, E37, E35, E33 & E31
Jeans - B37, B32, B24 & B000
Top, R39, R85, R83 & R81
Sunflowers & Grass - Y17, Y11, G05 & G02
For the embellishments - Cherry Blossom - R20 & R32
                                   - Rose - R81
                                   - Flourish - R32, R20

I look forward to seeing every ones creations, don't forget to drop back each day for some new inspiration from the DT.

Have a great day, Hugs Bron xox


Colouring Embellishments

>> Monday, May 16, 2011

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to another challenge here at the Mad for Markers Challenge Blog.
I know that as it gets cold here in the Blue Mountains I am finding myself more connected with my copics as it is warmer to stay inside & colour (not a bad thing really).

This week starts a new challenge - Colouring Embellishments.

Copics Used:
Rabbit: N0,N2,N4, RV000, RV00
Clothes: B91, B93, B95, RV32, RV34
Sunflower: YG61, YG63, YG7, Y21, Y23, YR23
Grass: YG03, YG11, YG17, YG45, YG61, YG63, YG67
Flourish: B95
Background: YG 63, YG67, E74 (Refills)

We look forward to seeing your creations.

Don't forget to stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for all your copic & stamping supplies.

Until next time


NEW CHALLENGE :: Colouring Embellishments

>> Sunday, May 15, 2011

This fortnight we would LOVE to see you colouring some embellishments with your Copic markers... HERE are a few examples below....

The possibilities are pretty endless.. so jump in, have fun and show us your creations which include embellishments you've altered, coloured with Copics!! Link up your entries in the right sidebar -->

Make sure to come back during the week to see what our wonderful team has to share with you!


Colouring Greys WINNER

Thanks to those who played along in our Colouring Grey's challenge... I know it was a bit of a tricky one ... but Greys look great and it's good to practise using them! We might revisit this one another time so if you want to get practising .. go for it! lol!

OK... has chosen a winner for this challenge...and that is ...
#5 - Maria Therese - please email your address to me so I can send out your prize!!

Here is the linky showing all the fabulous entries...

PLEASE HAVE YOUR SAY here.... am wondering about changing how we pick winners/ top 3 etc etc... what would you like to see us do??

back in a bit with the new challenge :D


Thinking of you

>> Saturday, May 14, 2011

Happy Saturday everyone!!  This is Tanya and it's my very first post as a member of the Design Team.  I am super excited to be a member of such a great team and to share my creations with you!  My post will be a little short today as I'm preparing for my little one's fourth birthday so it's a little hectic around the house :)

Now I'm going to admit, that I'm chicken when it comes to coloring in an image all one color so for my card today the only thing that is colored in greys is my cute little hippo :) 


Colouring Wild Sprout Elena using Grey Copics

>> Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hi all, Susan here with my first post on the challenge blog as a Mad for Markers design team member. I am so excited to be here sharing my love of all things Copic with you! There are only a few days left to join in with the Grey Challenge so get your Copics out and have some fun with us!

I have used the new Wild Sprout Elena stamp from The Greeting Farm stamped on to X-Press It Blending Card and the sentiment is from the Creepin' Collection. I have feathered Elena's hair using V01 and C1. I had lots of trouble photographing this as the feathering wouldn't show up despite me travelling all around the house for a better spot! Anyway, I hope you can see the feathering in the photos below. I love how this turned out and I am really liking the violet and grey colour combination.
Here are some close ups of Elena's hair so you can see the feathering. I stamped her sunglasses, coloured them, cut them out and attached them using foam dots.

Copics Used:
Hair: V01, C1
Skin: E50, E51, R20
Clothes: C2, C3, C5, V15, V17
Sunglasses: V15, V17

Other Supplies:
DCWV Alphabet Stack paper, DCWV Nana's Kids paper, Frosted lace Stickles, Kaisercraft snow pearls, Prima flower, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Versafine Black Onyx ink (for sentiment), Foam dots

Don't forget to stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for your Copics, X-Press It Blending Card and  stamps from The Greeting Farm!

Have a great day!
~ Susan xxox


Colouring with Greys

>> Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hi Copic Lovers,

It is Alicia here post is running a little is due to the hectic-ness of my life...sometimes I am struggling to keep up!

I had a really enjoyable time making this card.  It was a special order for a lady who wanted a birthday card for her friend of hers who loves cooking.  This is my first time at every colouring a whole image in grey...well I added a couple of colours as well.  I was trying to go for a Sepia look like the photographs that also have little bits hand painted colour in you know the ones I mean.  the really old photos.  I know my Mum has some really old ones with hand painted colours on them.

In my collection of Copics I have the warm greys and the cool greys so I went with the warm greys in this card.  The colours I used are:

Greys: W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7
Other colours: R20, E35, E33, E31, R29, R59

This was a really fun challenge! 
I recommend you have a go!
I loved it.
Thanks for looking and happy colouring.

Alicia xx


I Saya Little Prayer For You..........

>> Monday, May 9, 2011

Good morning all Copic Lovers

Well here we are at the beginning of another week. I can't believe we are in May already. Where in the world has the year gone. Before we know it, it will be Xmas again. The world just seems to be flying bye. Blink and you will miss it.

I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers Day yesterday. Nothing like getting a bit of a sleep in and then a little boy waking you up with a big smile, a "Happy Mothers Day Mummy" and brekky in bed, even if it was a little burnt! I hope everyone got to spend a little time with the special "Mother" in their lives, even if it was just a chat over the phone, or sitting and spending time remembering those special moments.

Now onto the current challenge here at Mad For Markers. This fortnight it is a pretty easy one. All you have to do is use your Grey markers on your creation. This can be done by either colouring the entire image with Grey markers, just a little bit of the image with Grey markers or even toning down your already coloured image with Grey's. The options are endless.

I chose this cut little image I got for free from a lovely lady called Beccy. She does some gorgeous drawings. I wanted to do an animal this time rather than a person. This one was just perfect for the Grey's.

I added some black and white paper and some flowers and my card was done. It was one of those quick and easy cards that I had finished in no time at all!

Copics Used;
N1, N2, N4, N7.

Make sure you check out this blog every day for some great Inspirational creations by the Design Team. We have some great ladies on board now and their creations are just stunning.

Also check out our normal blog here; There is a link to a great tutorial on Copic Oz. It is all about desaturating colours with Grey markers. It is a great help for this current challenge. Also remember to upload your creations you made on National Scrapbooking Day with your Copic Markers. We would love to see what you got up to over the weekend.

Thanks For Dropping By

Mel B


Going Grey......Pretty Cool!

>> Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hiya! Teresa here with my first ever post for Mad for Markers.

In the current challenge, we're getting you to use your greys. I LOVE my greys, and my favourite thing to do with Copics is to make an image look like a photograh.  I discovered that using cool greys creates a black and white photo look, and using warm greys creates a sepia photo look. 

I've used my warm greys (W1, W3, W5 and W7) to colour Edward in here:

This looks so much harder than it really is.  I always start by colouring the skin with my very lightest marker, hair and clothing with the next lightest, and then build up from there.

Here's a full pic of the card I made with Collage Press papers:

The stamps came out of a set from The Greeting Farm called Roll Call.  I'm sure if you ask really nicely, Sammi will order one for you :) Click here to contact her.

I hope you're getting loads of inspiration from the design team to create your own grey masterpiece. Don't forget to link your creation so we can all go and take a look. The inlinkz button is in the right sidebar of this blog. You've got until next Sunday (15th May) to enter.


Baby Boy!

>> Friday, May 6, 2011

I just love coloring with my Grey's. I love the whole Old Black and White photo look that you get from doing your image all in Grey's! I tend to mostly use my W Greys when I'm doing this, mostly because it still has a little bit of the warmth still there.

So here is a card I made for a friend who was after a baby card! I just Adore these Webster Papers, they are so Vintagey!

Copic Colors Used: 
W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W00

My card is colored using Copic MArkers and Express It Blending Card, all of which are available over at Mad For Markers!

So what are you waiting for, get coloring with your Greys, it really is just sooo easy and I guarantee you will become addicted to this way of coloring!

Now M4M's have now changed our Challenges from 4 weeks to only 2 weeks, so you have one more week to get your entry in. Can't wait to see what you come up with!


A star is born

>> Thursday, May 5, 2011

Good morning everyone.
Are you enjoying the Grey challenge...???
It can be a bit daunting but seriously it is so easy to do.
Picture a black and white photo and you will be set.

Today I used one of the gorgeous stamps from the Creeper Crew Set
available at Mad for Markers.
This is 'Tyler'. I have a soft spot for him as my eldest son's name
is Tyler. Such a cutie.

Copics used:
C0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10
Other: Express It Blending card.



you are so special - colouring with grey's

>> Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hi everyone,
Ashlee here with my first post as a designer for M4M I must say I'm just a little excited ....ok make that VERY excited, I hope that I can inspire and help you with your own creations!!!!

The challenge this fortnight is colouring with grey copics... I have used a magnolia image on this card and coloured her with C1,C3,C5,C7 and C9.

I have also used my copic air gun to colour the background shape edges and the two middle flowers.
The abs and compressor are available from the mad for markers store.

Here's a close up of the coloured image. I hope you like my grey inspiration, please join us in the challenge we would love to see what you come up with...
for all your copic supplies head over to the mad for markers store, sammi has everything you need to get colouring..

ashlee xx


My Last Post for Mad for Markers

>> Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hi all

It is with sadness that I have stepped down from my DT position, so this is my last post for Mad for Markers, I have been with Sammi for a year (where did it go), I have had a wonderful crafting journey, learnt so much and met some beautiful blogging buddies! Lucky enough to meet some in person when helping Sammi at Paperific.  I am sure gonna miss working with you girls!!!:(  You are an amazing talented bunch of crafters and lots of fun too!!!

They reason why:

For sometime now I have fancied having my own craft store and finally took the plunge and l am hoping to buy a craft business, I have never run a store before, so have much too learn and will be spending time with the owner learning as much as possible.  We will have to move house if all goes to plan so in trying to get the house and garden ready to sell, all the travelling, working for Edward etc, I just don't have the time to fulfill my DT duties properly.  So keep your fingers crossed everything works out. I will still be around in blog in between everything else lol!

Onto our new challenge here at  Mad for Markers which is colouring grey, now this was a challenge for me as I have never done this before, so here is my attempt I have used this image and sentiment from The Greeting Farm Set 'A Journey', which I thought was just perfect.  You do not have to colour all your image grey if you don't want, just use some grey copics somewhere on your creation, your papers don't have to be grey either, I think my mood was grey at the time, so everything was grey lol!

 Copics  C00, C01, C03, C5, C7 (never used so few copics before lol!)

We have some new members to the team and the lovely Bron will be filling my Tuesday post over at Mad for Markers so don't forget to stop by and see the wonderful inspiration each day from the DT.

Copics and Xpress It Blending Card as well as LaLa Land Stamps and The Greeting Farm Images are all available from Sammi over at the Mad for Markers Store.

So get your grey copics out so the DT can see what beautiful creations you make.

Also note we will have a new challenge every FORTNIGHT!

Take CareX:)


New Challenge

>> Monday, May 2, 2011

Hi Everyone
Welcome to another week here at the Mad for Markers Challenge Blog.
This week we have started a new challenge - GREYS!
I must admit that I was really excited when this challenge was posted as I just love the 'N' family of Greys.
This week I have decided to share 3 cards with you.

Copics Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, RV00
Hair: E71, E74, E79
Dress: N0, N1,N2,N3,N4,N5,N6, RV32, RV34
Shoes: N0,N1,N3,RV32, RV34
Splotches: N5, RV34
Flowers: RV32, RV34
Stamps Used: The Greeting Farm (Jill & Splotchy)

Copics Used:
Skin: E0000, E000, RV00
Hair: N0, N1,N2,N3,N4,N5
Top & Bow: R81, R83, R85
Pants: B91, B93, B95
Flowers: R83, R85
Stamp Used: The Greeting Farm (Abbey)

Copics Used:
Skin: Eoooo, Eooo, RV00
Hair: N0.N2,N4, Glimmer Glaze Icicle
Clothes: N3, N5
Shoes: N0,N2,N4,N6

I can't wait to see what you all create.

Don't forget to stop by the Mad for Markers Online Store for all your Copic needs & the new Greeting Farms Stamps released yesterday.

Until next time


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