Color Me Creative Classroom

A place to learn all about Copics, Art & Other Crafts



Interested in being on the Design Team?  Design Team Entry Information at bottom of post!!


Color Me Creative Challenge Group


Please welcome our newest DT Girls to the CMC DT!

The rest of our fabulous DT is below as well!

Charlene Randall Short

Hi I am Charlene Short I live in Litchfield Park, AZ which is in the southwest valley of Phoenix.  I started crafting about 7 to 8 years ago doing scrapbooking and making cards with graphic images.  In 2007 when I started my blog I fell in love with the little Tilda images they just stole my heart.  I joined a yahoo group call Magnolia-licious and that is how was introduced to Suzanne Dean.  I watched lots of videos of hers, took her classes on coloring with copics.  Needless to say I am hooked on coloring of all images and card making now.  Card making and coloring are where I get my down time and relaxation.  I still do some scrapbooking now and then.  I am a dept. manager for a major retail grocery chain, and work for the AZ Cardinals during football season.  I am married with 2 grown sons, and 6 grandchildren.

Sharon Brown

 I am the youngest of 9 children and will be married 22 years this November I have 2 step children that I met (and raised) when they were 3 and 5 years old. I have 2 gorgeous grand daughters and a little white dog that rules our I started stamping about 10 years ago. I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! party at my sisters. (UGH) I did NOT want to go because what on earth am I going to do with a rubber stamp??? But, she never had parties and I wanted to support her....I bought the demo kit..haha. It has all been downhill since then. I got started in Copics about 5 or  6 years ago and couldn’t rest until I had them all. My passion is coloring. I would love to just color and let someone else make cards with my images for me. Being on a DT makes me step it up and actually do something with my images.

Cathy Preissing

Crafting has been my creative outlet since the 80’s when my children were little.  Before the ease of the Internet - craft books, community education classes, and in-store workshops were the ways I learned things like stitching soft sculpture dolls, tole painting, counted cross-stitch, basket weaving, and jewelry making.  In 2007, I began making cards and it has been my craft of choice every since!  My kids are grown up which means empty rooms in the house and for the past five years, I have had my very own craft room instead of using the dining room table!  My husband is a whole lot happier with this arrangement! I discovered the tutorials on Suzanne’s blog (before her YouTube videos) and bought my first Copic markers about three years ago.  Although I took the Copic Certification classes last summer, my biggest resource for learning how to color and shade has been from the comfort of home by using my computer!  I am so grateful to websites like Splitcoast Stampers and the many bloggers I have found along the way.  They have helped me continue to build my skills with each card I color.


Design Team:


Tina Gilliland (DT Coordinator)

Anary Baumgarth (guest DT)

Melanie LaBelle

Marie Gamber

Pat St. Martin

Jenn Cochran

Michele Spera

 Dana Joy

Andi Murdock (guest DT)

Marti Wills (colored penciled expert)

Linda Payne

Julie Price

Karen Gauthier

Shannon Kromeke

Kim DeRuosi


I'm so excited to have these ladies on the DT here at the Color Me Creative Classroom.  They each bring in their own unique set of Copic Skills and you will see them LOTS around the classroom chatting, sharing and helping out.  I have chosen DT gals that are at different levels with their Copic Skills because I want you all to see how they learn, improve & progress over the next few months as well.  This way you can see what you can accomplish with dedication and lots of practice! 


Please visit these ladies blogs and say "HI" and welcome them if you can!  You can join the CMC Challenge Group and join in on the fun with us HERE (click Groups tab and click on CMC Challenge Group)---everyone is welcome to join!


Design Team Members Bio/Pics:


Marie Gamber -- Senior DT


I have always loved to create crafts and make projects to give as gifts.  I started making cards with the Cricut machine two years ago.  I just fell in love with making cards.    I started using stamps approximately one year ago.  I wasn’t impressed with just stamping cards.  I saw a card by Suzanne Dean while surfing the web.  I checked out her web site and discovered she not only made and colored gorgeous cards but offered online Copic classes.  She actually colored the stamped images.  Now that was new to me!  This really changed my life.  I signed up for her classes and have never looked back.    I became totally addicted to the wonderful world of Copic markers.  I cannot get enough of them.  You may wonder what I do the rest of the time.   I work as a Registered Nurse in an Emergency Department as a Patient Care Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente.  I live in the beautiful Sierra Foothills.   I love to read mystery books, work with the art of paper quilling and listen to music.   I have two fur babies and 3 feather babies and love spending time with my wonderful supportive family and friends.


Melanie LaBelle -- Senior DT

I am a SAHM of 8 year old twins, one girl Jordan and one boy Ryan. They are the light of my life. I am married to a wonderful husband of almost 20 years (this June) and he supports me in my obsession of Copics and all crafts. I stared out scrapbooking 8 years ago and switched over to cards almost 5 years ago. We also have 2 puppies that I call my other set of twins, brother and sister puppies named Scout and Sunny. In my spare time, I love play with my children, read and watch TV.


Brook Guinn --  Senior DT


Eleven years ago, while pregnant with my second child, I went to a Stampin' Up! party and bought my first set of stamps (plus a bunch of other stuff I felt was "necessary" at the time).  I made the birth announcements once my "little guy" was born then packed my stamps away.  Fast forward 10 years...I get laid off from work and rediscover stamping.   I've been back at it for just over a year and I'm totally addicted.  Now I have a small room full of “necessary” items for my crafting.  I recently started adding Copic markers to my stash of craft supplies.  I am gradually learning the DOs and DON’Ts of coloring with Copics but plan to learn more.  I live in South Carolina with my hubby and 2 boys. The only other female in the house is our 100 lb. chocolate lab and I believe she now gets more lovin' than me, but that's ok because I'm busy in my craft room.


Anary Baumgarth --Guest

My name is Anary , designer for Gilli Stamps and  mom to Twiggy, the dog – a rescued MinPin & Betty Davis the cat (she adopted me). I consider Arts and Crafts to be part of my DNA. Artisanship is a family tradition. If I am not dealing with real life, you will find me playing with my craft tools, brushes, needles, hooks, markers, cake decor, you name it!). In essence, to me there is no such a thing as a boring day as long as I create something! I started doing paper crafts a long time ago, but just recently I found a new world of possibilities and a ton of new friends. In my world nothing says more than a handmade item.

I have always been a craft person... creating lots of scrapbooks, stamping, ceramics, crocheting, even some canvas/paint work.  I started scrapbooking 13 years ago with Creative Memories and then went on to become a demonstrator for them.  I demonstrated for StampinUp as well until three years ago when the "internet crafting community" grabbed me and now I'm a stampin, Copic coloring fool!!  I live in Des Moines, IA with my hubby, two kids, two dogs and a cat... all of which give me a reason to lose myself in crafts. :-)

Michele Spera

Hi My name is Michele, I am 48, have lived on Long Island my whole life, will be married to my best friend Paul 30 years this year. We have 3 sons, 27, 22 and 12. We love to go to Disney World when we can!  I have been involved in one form of Art or another since I was very young, I worked at a scrapbook/Rubber stamp store for a year until it closed, which was a wonderful experience! I learned so much that year. My passion since then has been card making and coloring with my Copic Markers! I'm obsessed with paper crafting and Art supplies and have my very own shed in the yard for my overflow items:-)

Jenn Cochran

My name is Jenn Cochran. I am a Colorado girl living on the Western Slope of the state. I am a long time crafter and card maker. I started off scrap booking and then found card making. I feel like a card is not complete until it has some dimension. I love using brads. flowers and there has to be ribbon or twine on every creation. I am a single sahm to my little guy Bean (4 almost 5yrs). I work for a huge local bank...running the fraud department (from home...its all computer work.). I end up with a lot of free time, so I can devote this time to creating. I pride myself on organization and TEAMWORK. My specialty is stamping on "shaped cards".  I am also a Copic LOVER. I currently own a very large and still growing selection of Copic sketch markers. I also love airbrushing with my Copics.  I am so excited to be part of CMC design team.


Patricia (Pat) St. Martin

 I have been creating and designing cards for a long time but I started with copic markers in November 2009, started with about 15 markers of all the colors I liked and started to color with then and hated then but I put then away and after a some time I saw many colored with copic and that bothered me because my coloring did not look like their so I went on a mission to learn everything I could about copic and boy did I buy wrong. So I started buying my markers the right way and I pretty much self tough myself until Suzanne offered her classes and I could not wait tell they started. I'm a copic junkie!!! My copics go where I go. My friends call me The Embellishment Queen and I even have an assistant Kym Weber who have become out of my best students. Our newest challenge is creating our own flowers with punch bunch punches so far we have mastered Sweet Peas, Daisy, Queen Ann Lace, Azalea and we want to master more creation. So we find that Embellishment are unlimited. I have been married for 43 years to Richard. Have 3 wonderful sons David is 41 and not married, Kurt is 38 married with 2 children and Robert not married and 1 child. Three of the best grand children in the world. Aiden age 9, Emma is 5 and Isaiah is 12. We have lived in Kenosha Wisconsin for 39 years.


Dana Joy

Hi my name is Dana Joy.  I've been a stamper/crafter for over 12 years and I am totally hooked on this little addiction of mine.   I am a proud military spouse to a wonderful man that I saw in the third grade and claimed as my future husband.  I'm also a mom to two amazing children, Jazmin 21 and Kier 16. They are my everything.  I have been using Copic markers now for over two years and have become a hoarder of these precious little jewels.  I am Copic certified and can not imagine my life without my markers.   I have been on several design teams and am honored to be able to share the limelight with these amazing women.  Hope you enjoy my little pieces of artwork shared amongst friends in blog land.  Now let's get this party started.


 Shelby Goolsby

My name is Shelby Goolsby and I live in South Texas where you can find me chasing my sweet, crafty and energetic kids ages three, five and seven.  I have a wonderful husband who supports, and I "think" gets my stamping obsession.  I have been crafting seriously for almost two years now when I got my first batch of Copics.  Little did I know there was a big learning curve to them and that is when I found Suzanne's tutorials and later the CMC classes.  I can't begin to tell you how much I have learned and continue to learn from her so it is such an honor to be on the CMC Design Team.  I look forward to sharing, learning and having fun with this wonderful group of people.


Andi Murdock - Guest


Hi, I am so excited to be joining the CMC DT! I am a passionate copic user and because of that obsession..I mean passion (lol) I even teach copic classes at my LSS. I tried to resist getting into copics but once I used them properly and saw the magic that they did on my paper I was hooked!!! Colouring with copics truly makes me feel like an artist and makes my creative soul sing. I love to share pictures of my first coloured images compared to now to show that anyone can learn how to use them and that we all need to practice..practice..practice to improve our ability. I can't  wait to share my coloured creations with the CMC group!

Marti Wills

(our colored pencil expert)

I am a somewhat random, often obssesive, overly imaginative, fly by the seat of my pants girl with 2 grown boys and a small daughter - Hollyn - Miss Pez-A-Doodle herself (who i am convinced is trying to kill me).  I have been crafting for as long as I can remember and am always involved in more art and creative endeavors than any sane person should be.  I often say I have artist ADD.  Thank goodness my hubby has infinite patience for me and my "great ideas and new adventures."  Currently I teach classes, design online graphics, design for Creative Imaginations and paint as often as I can get away with!



Linda Payne


Hi there, My name is Linda and I live about half an hour outside of Fredericksburg, VA. I have been crafting for over 30 years. In the 80’s and 90’s, (yep. I’m old!)  sold my crafts in local craft stores and at various Craft Shows – the Occoquan show (for those who live in Virginia) was probably the largest.  Then in the 90’s I was invited to a little card demo in a friend’s home called Stampin Up. Back then they were it in the stamping industry. And like so many of us, was instantly hooked! Eventually became a demo for quite a few years for them….But as I progressed in using different mediums, quickly learned that my passion is actually Coloring. Oh my! can spend hours upon hours coloring. First it was with watercolors (which I still love), then pencils and then my world was rocked when Copics arrived on the scene. Since then I am a Copic Junkie LOL!  I am so honored to be on this team. Suzanne was teaching me Copics (although she didn’t know it) via her You Tube videos way before I attended my first Copic Certification class.  I hope you will find my art encouraging. Sometimes I do very simple and sometimes I get all crazy involved with the image I’m working with…my style doesn’t lean to a lot of additional embellishments outside of the Image or sentiment, so sincerely hoping you like what I bring to the team.

Julie Price
Hi, I'm Julie from Sydney Australia. I've been a crafter for as long as I can remember, starting with painting in oils and acrylics and more recently Copic markers, my favourite medium, I love the vibrant colours and the no mess creativity, I found Suzanne's online classes about 18months back and have loved gaining the information and techniques found in these, I have the luxury of being at home full time with grown up children which allows me lots of free time to create. I love to colour and do this most days, My favourite stamps are Magnolia, Elizabeth Bell and Paper Shelter and I adore pretty papers, die cuts, flowers and trinkets, truth be told I'm a bit of a collector, I have a huge stash just in case, you never know when you will need just that colour or paper... now I just have to use it. If I could give just one tip it would be to practice, the more images you colour the easier it will become, colour, colour some more and then colour again, I still have the very first copic card I made on my desk and it's great to look back and see how much you've improved.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this awesome team and look forward to inspiring you through the CMC!
Kim DeRuosi
I live in Massachusetts with my husband of 28 years! We have two beautiful grown daughters and one very charming Dachshund. I really got started creating when my oldest was graduating high school and I wanted to make her a scrapbook, which turned into 4 scrapbooks. My love for Copics started when I took a card class at a local craft store, they were just introducing the markers in their store, so of course I had to buy some, then I researched everything I could about them, which led me to Suzanne's classes. I started my blog almost a year ago and have not looked back since. I absolutely love everything about coloring, card making, and blogging. I continue to learn more each day and look forward to see how far I will go each year.
Karen Gauthier
Hi! My name is Karen and I'm a mother of two boys, 26 and 29. I have been married to my high school sweet heart for 32 years he means the world to me and supports my paper craft addiction. I have three four legged girls who are my best friends and enjoy hanging out in the craft room.  I really enjoy creating cards, books and different projects. I love coloring, as it is so relaxing. I also love to visit others blogs to see what people are creating or what products they are using. I am honored and thrilled to be part of the CMC Design Team!
Shannon Kromeke
Hi, my name is Shannon Kromeke and I have lived in Maryland all my life. I am a mom to a great cocker spaniel named Sampson. I got my love for crafts from my Mom, at a very early age with crochet, sewing and jewelry making. I started scrapbooking about 4 years ago, and then in the summer of 2011 I fell in love with Copic markers. That is when I came obsessed with Copics and a avid card maker. Recently I also started to work with another great alcohol based markers, which are Shinhan Markers. I have learned so much about Copic markers from Suzanne Dean, so I’m super excited to be part of the Color Me Creative team.
Christine Riley
Hi everyone, my name is Christine Riley.  I'm happily married to my wonderful dear husband.  Last August, we welcomed our first child into the world, an adorable baby boy named Isaac.  He truly is the light of my life and I couldn't be happier.  I am also a mom to three adorable fur babies. I'm an attorney by day and a cardmaker/scrapbooker/crafter by night. I live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, very close to Northern Virginia where I grew up.  I started stamping about 5 or so years ago and fell in love with the craft.  I love to color with my copic markers and it wasn't until I started watching Suzanne's amazing videos that I finally started to understand how the markers work.  I'm so happy with my coloring now and I owe that all to Suzanne :)  I am so honored to be a part of the CMC DT.  I can't wait to share projects with you. 




DT CALL:  Next Call January 2014

Apply by emailing me at the following:

-your name, email and blog address

-at least 2-3 project pics that represent your work best

-a small blurb on why you'd like to be on the team


-you must have an active blog that you post on must be a minimum of 6 mos old

-you must be active on the CMC Challenge Group during your term

-any level can apply, I want everyone to see all kinds of projects at every level so do NOT be intimidated

-you must post your challenge project on at least ONE other site (Splitcoast Stampers, Paper Craft Planet, etc.)

-do the CMC Challenges each month

-3 projects a month are due (2 can be for the CMC Challenges each month, but 1 must be something else...except in summer no 3rd project req)

-Get people excited about the group, challenges & using their copics

-Possible Blog Hop 1 time during the 6 month term

-Any Alcohol markers MUST be used on each project (you may combine them with pencils and distress inks but main focus is copic techniques/coloring)

-term is for 6 months to a year


What You Will Receive:


-1 pack of Cryogen paper

-$20 Gift Certificate to spend at a crafty online store

-digis and stamps from our sponsors for challenges

-discounts and gifts thru the term

-1 Free Class here at CMC of your choosing

-you will get a blinkie to post on your blogs


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