My Newest Obsession...Copic Markers, my class, etc

I've been super excited to blog about my experience in my Copic Certification Class a couple Fridays ago, but didn't want to post it until I had something cute to share with what I learned.  So this morning before work I hurried and threw together this quick card and used the hot cocoa mug I'd been coloring on for the past couple days. Not counting my coloring...the card was assembled in about 10 minutes tops. 
Supplies Used: Cricut Dot Embossing Folder; Echo Park Paper;
Mug Snag'em Stamp from Imaginisce
Regretfully I only own the Copic markers we received in class and a few I've purchased since then. So I fudged the shading a bit. And you can't tell I used those yummy glitter pens Copic makes (want them in EVERY COLOR...hint, hint)

Now about the class. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Marianne Walker from Copic through a friend of mine and when I contacted her to come teach a group of my friends from the industry. Although she lives in Oregon she was more then happy to fly down for this class. 
L-R Top Row: Bridget Bradley, Tamara Jensen, PC Girl, My Cute Stamper Owner, Tiffani,
Kristine McKay, Shannon Lerner, Margie Romney-Aslett, Jana B-PC, Sue Neal
LR Bottom Row: TC Gal, Jana Eubank, Jen Gallacher, Amy Mitchell, Lori Allred (me),
Alisa Bangeter, Ana Cabrera, Heidi Swapp AND Marianne Walker

Thankfully Shannon from Provo Craft was more than willing to provide us a great classroom area and lunch for the day...wahoo! 

Marianne teaching (sorry mid-sentence photo...bad right?)
 Now one thing that I flipped over was how awesome of an artist Marianne is and I loved her portfolios. Of course I had to take photos of her manga drawings for my 15 year old benefit. In fact, she told me that over 95% of professional Manga artists in Japan use Copic markers. Not sure how I feel about the idea of having to share with my son (the jury is still out on this one).
(awesome aren't they?)

My favorite part of the class was seeing friends I've known forever, but hardly ever see in person (and we all live so close). I know Alisa and Sue Neal from Paper Crafts magazine. I use to work with Jen Gallacher years ago when I coordinated classes for Making Memories/Memories stores and Ana Cabrera worked at CK when I first got to know her, but recently did the social media for those great Northridge mags. Be sure to check out all of their blogs!

Here's the awesome JanaB from Provo Craft...she's always so fun and the adorable Tamara Jensen. I have the great pleasure of working with her at Imaginisce on projects from time to her style!

And how fun is it that Heidi Swapp could come play with us for the day. She was telling me how guilty she felt for spending a whole day learning how to color (like she needed help)...but that she was so grateful to learn all that we did from this class. She was darling as ever and she really is quite the artist! 
I didn't get pictures of everyone there (sorry girls).
Marianne teaching the girls from American Crafts
This was funny...Marianne was showing us how to create a "texture" with the markers and Jana Eubank's sweater.

Here's another moment in the class where you had to wonder, "what were they thinking?" We started coloring things like our wedding rings and watch faces with the markers. Luckily a clorox wipe or hand sanitizer took the markers right off those things. So jokingly we say how funny would be to color someone's hair with a hot pink marker. Of course, Kristine McKay volunteered and Amy colored a cute little strand on each side of her cute head. Honestly, we thought it would come out later.... you can see the color did not come out, it SPREAD. This photo was taken 5 days later. We still giggle about it and Kristine assured me that her hair dresser was able to fix her cute blonde hair again!

Thanks to everyone that made my day such a fun one! Thanks Provo Craft friends and Marianne too!

Definitely my Newest Obsession and all I have to say now about Copic markers is..... I WANT THEM ALL!!

Photo taken back in September at Oh My Crafts on site shop/classroom! 
Allred Design, mommy blogger, scrapbook, paper crafts