Monday, December 17, 2018

Merry Cactus

I think this is the perfect stamp for those of us in the hotter region, like Arizona.  Snow is a rare sight so a snowman doesn't quite work, but these prickly little guys are a familiar sight.  I think wrapping cactus with lights is so pretty...but i wouldn't want to be the one to do it.

This happy prickly friend is one of the new releases from Whimsy stamps.

YG61 YG63 YG67
R35 R46
C1 C3 C5
B00 B000

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Holly Jolly My Butt

Getting those last Christmas cards done?  There is still time.  Are you not feeling jolly this year?  Here is the perfect stamp set for you to create with!   Holly Jolly My Butt clear stamp set has so many fun sentiments and will at least make you laugh as you miserably make 100 cards for all those people that are on your list.  Okay you know you love making cards...suck it up buttercup!

I made Santa's belt simply by cutting some black strips of paper, using some yellow 1/4" hole punch circles and....wait for it......the "D" from the Whimsy's Bold ABC Alphabet die set.    I love thinking outside the box.

C1 C3 C5 C10
E35 E46
B00 B000
E50 E51

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Snow Sweeper

I had some fun with the new Kinetic Dies from Whimsy stamps.  This is a pull card and as you pull the tab the snowman travels across the card front sweeping the snow.  The best part about it is you can not see any of the mechanisms or track that he moves in.  I love the new Kinetic dies.  

I chose an image that was more simple to to color.  A light blue for the snowman shadows and some red and browns to complete him.  Quick and easy.  I added the newly released Tree dies.  My new favorite tree die!  Easy to remove from the die and cuts multiples nicely!  A must have for die basics.

E31 E35 E57
B00 B000
C1 C3
YG63 YG67

Here are the instructions for the assembly of the Snow Sweeper card that we did in class.  I hope it all makes sense.  It did to me when i was writing them :)

By Jenn Dove

Products Used:

Kinetic Curved Hill Die Set
No-See Kinetic Basics
Kinetic Straight Basics
Evergreen Tree Die Set
A2 cardbase - white (5.5 x 8.5 scored at 4.25)
5 x 3.75 Pattern paper
5.25 x 4 Light blue cardstock
3 x 5.5 White Dot cardstock
3 x 3 White Dot cardstock
1.5 x 5 White smooth cardstock 
1 x 5.5 blue cardstock
Cardstock for stamping the image
Snowman stamp - Snowman and Friends
Stamp pad
36” Bakers twine 
Clear glitter
2 single layer 1/8” foam tape circles (can hole punch foam tape if you do not have pre-made)
Foam pop up tape
Liquid adhesive
Tape runner repositional
Tape runner permanent

Card Preparation:

Stamp image on white cardstock

Adhere the 5 x 3.75 pattern paper to the 4.25 x 5.5 blue piece of cardstock.  

Kinetic Straight Basics Die - Die cut the assembled pattern paper and large blue mat, cut the medium “track” about 1 inch up from the bottom and about .5 inch in from the right.  Remove the die cutout and save.

Curved Hill Die Set - Using the wavy die, die cut the 3 x 5.5 White Dot cardstock about 1.25 down from the top up on both sides 

Kinetic Straight Basics Die - cut one “pull” (piece with the stitches and 4 holes) out of the 1 x 5.5 blue cardstock

No-See Kinetic Basics Die -  cut one “slide extender” (piece with score lines and 1 hole) and the double circle die out of the 1.5 x 4 smooth white cardstock

Evergreen Tree Die Set - Die cut the large and small pine trees out of the 3 x 3 White Dot cardstock

Assembly - Base Layer:

IMPORTANT - do not place any foam tape anywhere within 1/8” of the slider track on ANY side.

Place a single thickness of foam tape pieces on the back side of the blue cardstock.  Place it at the top and bottom edges, keeping the foam tape AWAY from the slide opening, Place more foam tape at least 1/8” away from the top of the opening (also called the slider track).  This is giving the layers stability for the slide action but still allows movement.  Set aside for now.

Take the long blue “pull” piece (that has 4 holes in it) and place on table with holes on the right side.  Adhere the small die-cut piece (that was removed from the main base-layers) onto the die-cut kinetic pull-piece, on the left side not covering the holes.  Cut off the last hole on the
right side as these are not needed.

Place one of the white paper circles under the farthest left hole.  Place one of the small round foam adhesive circles inside the hole.  Place a second adhesive foam dot directly next to it on the right side in a row. Add the second paper circle on top of the foam dots like a foam-tape sandwich.

Keeping the pull on the left side, Place the pull under the set aside base layer and slip the top paper circles into the track so one circle is on top of the base layers and the other is under the base layers,  The pull should slightly extend past the lefthand edge.  Add a piece of foam tape to the underneath area as a stopper to keep the slide from sliding out of sight once card is assembled.  Adhere to cardbase.  Pull the slide carefully to verify the slide is functioning with nothing blocking its movements.  Move foam out of the way if needed.

Assembly - Second/Third Layers: 

Get the remaining kinetic die cut piece also know as the “slide extender” and adhere the portion without the hole, with adhesive to the exposed circle.  Make sure it is adhered vertically with the score lines and hole towards the top.

On the underside of the largest snow hill, place foam tape ONLY on the four corners and a narrow strip on the bottom as to not cover the track or block the extenders movement.
Adhere to base layers.  Verify the slider still moves.  If not, then you need to adjust the foam tape to not restrict action.  On the underside of the remaining snow hill place very narrow strips of foam tape on the right, left and bottom portions.  The bottom portion needs to be right at the edge of the paper as to not block the snowman's movement.  Place onto cardbase layers.

Color your image.   Cut out the image.  Cut little slits on the right and left side of the broom
whisk.  Fold over the “slide extender” towards you at the lowest score-line that will stay exposed over the top hill, then fold over the next one right above it.  Temporarily place repositional adhesive on the external area of the “slide extender”.

To figure out where the snowman should be placed, set the snowman on the “slide extender” with the snowman tucked behind the smallest snow hill and the small slits on the sides of the whisk of the broom slipped over the small snow hill.   Try the slider.  If the snowman gets stuck by hidden foam tape then adjust the snowman up a little.  Once movement is good adhere to “hidden extender” with permanent adhesive.

Using liquid glue adhere the bakers twine to the front lower portion of the small snow hill.  Cut off excess.  Make sure to place adhesive on the portion you cut to keep it from unraveling.  Adhere the trees to card front with glue and add glitter to the trees.  Wrap the top of the card with remaining bakers twine and tie in a know on outside top edge of card.  Tie knots at the end of the bakers twine to keep from unraveling.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Rustic Pinecone Holiday

This Pine Bough is a very popular stamp.  I stamped and colored it 3 times to create dimension and then added it to the NEW Woodgrain Background.  Chipboard Elements from Make It Crafty  I love using the Pine Bough, I think this is the most popular of the DoveArt stamp line as it is so versatile throughout the year.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Now You See It, Now You Don't!

Whimsy Stamps has a surprise new release and you are gonna LOVE it!!  These 5 dies are so full of unlimited action.  One thing that has always personally driven me crazy is seeing a card that slides, pulls, or pushes and you can see the actual slider slot.  Well guess what?  It is no more!!!  With the clever new No-See sets, it is GONE GONE GONE...okay, just hidden!  You must check out what all the design team has created.  This is endless fun!  

Using the Doggie and Kite stamp I created this card.  I combined the fabulous new All Seasons Tree die (that is the perfect size for so many card options and comes with all seasons elements, use it on its own or combine with other Kinetic Dies), The Straight Basics and the fabulous No-See Kinetic Basics.  Check this out...Up Up and Away!!!!  Now you see you don't!

These dies are going to fly off the shelf!  Look out for more fun samples coming soon...because I am having way to much FUN!

You will need the No-See Kinetic Basics and the Straight Basics to get you started.   But I know you will them all!!  Be sure to check out the rest in the store.  I will do a live showing on my facebook so keep your eyes peeled!

Copic Boot Camp Registration is OPEN!

Fall Copic Boot Camp 2019 
Instructed by Jennifer Dove
Tempe, Arizona  


October 17th - 20th, 2019
November 7th - 10th, 2019
New Attendees $550.00 USD
Return Attendees $485.00 USD

Who May Attend

Anyone with a love for Copics! This event is designed for both beginners and advanced and everyone in-between.  

What to Expect

Four amazing, fun-filled days with very organized classes, learning techniques, meeting new and rekindling old friendships, games, prizes and so much more.

Day 1:  A full day of going through the basics of Copic markers as well as learning and practicing all the different blending methods.  Even if you find that you are experienced, this day is a great refresher and warmup for the 3 days to follow.  This allows all of us to be on the same page.  Here are some of the things we cover in the first day:

  • Learning the Copic color structure
  • How to choose the best color combinations
  • Choosing paper and ink for coloring
  • Differences between markers
  • Important products used with Copic coloring
  • Best ways to use the Blender marker and Colorless Blender Solution
  • Texturing using Copics 
  • Refilling markers
  • Many different Copic blending techniques:
  • Flick blending
  • Texture blending
  • Basic blending

Days 2-4 you will experience over 28 (classroom time about 10-12 hours per day) hours of fun, fast-paced, organized technique-filled classes covering the following:
  • Monochromatic
  • Light Source
  • Cast and Drop Shadows
  • Eyes
  • Hair
  • Skin/Faces
  • Creative Color Placement
  • Fur
  • Metal
  • Pottery
  • Snow
  • Transparent
  • Pleats and Folds
  • Clothing
  • Grass and Leaves
  • Sky/Clouds
  • Backgrounds
  • Airbrushing
  • No Line coloring
  • “Water Coloring” with Copics
  • Shine
  • Water Drops
  • Water
  • Ground Covers

What You Will Receive
  1. Your very own workbook, plus tons of work sheets to color
  2. Over 30 hours of organized lessons
  3. Evening times with teacher’s assistance, if needed, as well as bonus projects to add to your workbook
  4. 4 catered lunches (if staying at the hotel, you have option of free hot breakfast, afternoon drinks, and free evening *kickback (soup, salad and more))
  5. Raffles, Gifts and Prizes galore from sponsors! 
  6. On site shopping
  7. Marker refill station available for a small fee 
  8. Excellent lighting, visual and audio setup for ease of hearing and seeing in a large setting
  9. A lifetime of memories from this experience
All the classes are perfect for the beginner as well as the advanced.  There is always information to be gained, plus the experience of a fun, VERY full weekend of wonderful people with whom to share your coloring passion!  This is Copic BOOT CAMP, and you will get the whole experience of being in a boot camp!  

Space is limited, first come first serve. Spots fill up quickly so make sure you do not hesitate to reserve your seat for this special event.

Registration is currently open. 

Class Dates/Times:   

October 17th - 20th
Thursday - Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm

November 7th - 10th
Thursday - Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm


Drury Inn and Suites –Tempe, Arizona
1780 W Ranch Rd.  Tempe, AZ 85284

New Attendees $550.00 USD
Return Attendees $485.00 USD

The cost of this event excludes hotel and travel expenses.  We provide all lunches and when staying at the hotel, all breakfast/dinners are included in the hotel cost.
  • Deposit of $150.00 required up-front to secure your seat.  Deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE due to the requirements and contract from the hotel.  
  • Deposit must be placed within 24 hours of registration.  
  • Remaining balance paid in 4 easy installments at the beginning of each month (reminder will be posted on the private facebook group).  Feel free to pay in full.
  • All balance due required prior to September 1st, 2019.
 If you have any questions you can email

The fine print...yes, everything usually has some.

I, Jennifer Dove, reserve the right to cancel this event if there is cause, giving full refund to all registered attendees.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations made before July 31st will receive a refund of the amount paid, less the $150 non-refundable deposit.  No refunds after August 30th.  A full transfer may be considered.  Every case will be reviewed individually.

Hotel Information

We have a special rate with the Drury Inn and Suites of $105.00 per night plus tax and they have specials they offer to all attendees with our group for your stay at the hotel such as free drinks and food.  

A reservation with group rate link will be provided upon registration or refer to the Hotel Reservations link below.  Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel directly. 

You can find all the hotel information and reserve your room at the link below.

King and queen rooms are available for this rate.  

Hotel is located about 12 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Tempe Arizona.  (Travel to the hotel can easily be acquired through Airport Transportation, Uber, Lyft or Taxi.  Cost ranging from $15.00 - $30.00 depending on choice)


Copic Boot Camp attendees will be asked to join our private Facebook group where we can chat and get to know one another before the events.  We will also use this group to post important information pertaining to this special event. It is important that you join this group or have a fellow attendee share pertinent information.  A link will be provided through registration.

I am looking forward to spending a fun-filled 4 days during this special event with you!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

See you in Sunny Arizona!

Jennifer Dove 

*Fine Art and Design Instructor for Imagination International - Past
*Copic Certified Standard/Intermediate Designer since 2010 - Current
*Stamp Designer for Whimsy Stamps
* Published Video Instructor Annie’s Attic
*Author of Copic Techniques Build-A-Book/Copic Boot Camp

A few of our special features from our past events

Fruit and Veggies Display - Catered by Dotting the i

Blessing us with a little bit of healthy during our events.

Masseuse - Magic Hands Rich
We can't forget to let you know that a masseuse will be onsite during part of the Boot camp to relax your hands and back "Magic Hands" Rich is a master of relaxation and returns every year to be a part of the event...a sign up sheet will be available in the private Facebook group closer to the event time.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sweet Wishes to You

Snowdrops and Tea Roses is the latest from Power Poppy.  It comes in digital form with sweet sentiments.  I had such a relaxing time coloring this up amongst the chaos of my everyday doings.

I wanted to keep with a slight vintage feel, so kept the Tea Roses more traditional.  I can almost smell them.  They remind me of my sweet Grandma and the large wild bush outside her front door.  When I was younger I used to pick the dainty roses and inhale their floral smell like I could breath all the smell right out of them in one inhale.  But the smell still lingered.  I am not a huge fan of roses but these hold a special place in my heart.  

You can find this image available now HERE.

background B41 BG70
BG90 BG93
G24 G28
YG61 YG63 YG67
E40 - 42
R00 R000 RV11
N4 N6 N8
YG01 YG03