Oct 2015  Name Tags ~ Water Color ~ Video

Hey Crafters!!  October’s Name tags are a heat embossed stamped Mummy on water color card.  A nice break from copic coloring, I hope.  LOL  


After stamping and embossing the Mummy, I was really wishing I had room for a pumpkin.  I rummaged through my Halloween and Fall stamps and found several pumpkins, some in solid images and some that were  outlines.  All of them however,  would have required masking and more heat embossing and I was too impatient for those options and chose to add orange to my background to satisfy me desire for a pumpkin.  LOL  

I planned to squeak these into Kathy’s 30 day color challenge, but deer season and extra grand baby day care duties collided with a deep chest cold followed by a pinched nerve in my back.  My appologies for being late!  

I’ve actually quit going to card class, because I typically have Maddex on class day.  And even though his acid reflux is under wraps, he will not sit still in the car seat unless it’s in the car and it’s moving.  And he’s here late on that day, due to traffic so there is no point.  I’d be wrestling him and not making cards.  LOL  And I just don’t have the energy for that.  It’s really hard for me to not be Super Mom aka Nana anymore.  I have to realize my limitations.  One thing is for sure, I’m going to have to start a solid exercise routine and stick with it.  A super B12 vitamin wouldn’t hurt either.  LOL


Canson 400 Lb. water color cards stock ( 9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart) cut down to 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ to fit the name badges from Wal-Mart Super Center.

Stampin’UP! Reinkers:  Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Costal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight.

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for Sentiment, Versamark Ink for the Mummy.

Stampcraft embossing powder in black. 

Heat Tool and Embossing Pouch.

Quick Copic Coloring and Recap Kathy Rac 30 Day Oct 20 2015

Hey Crafters!!  This is my last and final post for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge.  She used some SRM flower stickers on her card.  I actually have some SRM stickers from Kathy way back Stamptember 2012, but I did my own thing.

 I only had 5-10 minutes to color some giraffe images and did some quick copic coloring.  If you’re reading this post in an email , pop over to my blog and watch the video at the bottom of the post.  

These giraffes are from Stampin’UP! Zoo Review stamp set.  I was so proud of myself for leaving some white space, but it haunted me!  LOL  And while filming and talking about this process, I filled in all of that white space.  And share some of my projects for this month and some of the things that keep me so busy.  Thanks for stopping by.


Heavy Weight White card stock by The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.

Stamped in Memento black ink.

 Copics:  E99, E35, E27, E70, Y28, Y13.  

Baked w/Love~Kathy Rac 30 Day~Oct 8 2015~Video

Hey Crafters!!  Here is one that fell through the cracks!  Be sure to visit Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, on Day 8 she had a copic blunder, but recovered nicely.

I created a copic colored Thank You card for my Katie, who bakes for Me all the time.  On this day she made me banana muffins for breakfast.  Oh, this girl spoils her Momma, and she is a Great baker!!  

If you’re reading this in an email subscription, pop over to my blog for the video at the bottom of this post!  Enjoy!! And thanks for visiting.  

I failed to snap a photo of the card before it left, so this a sad screen shot from the video with my ipad2.

Scrapbooks Forever in Branson, MO.  The lady who owns this store and her husband are such sweet people.  They let me shop late on a Sunday evening because they were helping someone else with some products.  They have an amazing assortment of thin dies and a plethora of stamps!!  And a huge room dedicated to card stocks and paper.  Lots of Matching stamp sets with their companion dies.  This was my second visit.  I will be back sometime this Fall for some Northwoods stamps, that are perfectly masculine and or peaceful landscapes, that would be so much fun to color in any medium!  


Stamps:  Baked with Love from Lawn Fawn.

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black.

Heavy Weight White card stock by The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby cut to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base.

Copics:  Y28, Y26, Y17, R29, R56, E35, C4, No.0 Gray, B32, 0 Blender. 

Copic Door Bell Cover~Kathy Rac~Oct 17 2015 Video Montage

Hey Crafters!! This was Day 17 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, Oct. 17, 2015. Today Kathy shared a Christmas colored image from Power Poppy Blog hop.  Click HERE  to check out her post.
I colored the Door Bell ringer cover, that was a bit weathered, plain, non painted ceramic, I picked up years ago at a $1.00 shop. And it was looking pretty sad with abroken button too.I used a couple hands full of copics and made it pretty! I hope you don’t mind the photo montage, since I don’t have a camera stand for my iphone! LOL  

If you’re reading this post in an email pop over to my blog for the Photo Montage at the bottom of this post.  I would love to know what you are creating this Fall or in Kathy’s Challenge this month or any fun decorations that you have purchased. ;)  So, please do share.

When I posted this, I just noticed I failed to add black dots to my Lady Bug!  Shhhh…maybe no one else will notice.  I was texting Katie at the same time to see if I could deliver her the chalk painted cabinet I refinished for her late Birthday… (Photo Montage coming Soon!!)

Next to my Fall Wreath…

 My Front Porch decorations this year 2015, I’m afraid they are very similar if not the same as last year!  But that pumpkin is new to me, snagged that at the big corner shop in Billings, MO.  for $3.00.  The Katie Crow on the left, made in the likeness of my very own Katie and even wears her clothes. Katie turned 26 this Fall.  LOL  The happy little crow  boy that I snagged from ny neighbor’s trash several years ago.  Millie is facinated with his hair and hands, she just turned 3 this past Summer.    (The old original door still here, but the door bell is where it has always been!)  LOL Totally weird.  

This Squirrel was munching on acrorns the whole time I was coloring!!  He’s on the right hand handle of the wheel barrow.  They have a big nest in this large oak trree and sound like a herd of cats romping across the roof tops.  


  Copics: YR68, R29, R59, V09, YG25, G99, E27, E35 and Black Bic Mark It. When done it got 2-3 coats of clear spray paint. I hope you like it and I hope my neighbors do too, because they rarely ring the bell. Enjoy!!

Pen & Water Color~Kathy Rac 30 Day Oct 13 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 13 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, and today she added a little sparkle.  Click on her name to go straight to her post.  *There’s also a giveaway and winners will be chosen on Oct. 20, 2015!! (Edited to correct the date, sorry)

I’m doing a pen and water color painting based on what I learned lat Fall.  And I really wanted to do the Indian Corn, but I douldn’t find my paintings and I have to have a photo to go by, so ended up using a stamped and water colored image of a watering can for inspiration.

  And I hope you don’t mind, the edited video is more about artistic expression and permission to work freely more than being a tutorial. It’s important to encourage each other and talk about artistic road blocks because anyone can have an off day and experience them from time to time. Apple recent mobile ios 9.0.2 isn’t that great on ipad 2, an older product. And watching me draw, retrace, then water color was like watching paint dry. LOL 

 And I added the bugs and icky smiley faces after the video was over!   (Yes, they were not a good choice, I should have left it alone, but I will save it and give it to my 3 year old grand baby and she will love it! ;)

*Don’t forget to visit Lindsay Weirich, The Frugal Crafter’s Blog to see her Indian Corn tutorial in action.  

Water Color Paper (I use Canson 9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart)

Tim Holtz fine tip Aqua Painter

Crayola & Cra-Z-Art Washable kid’s markers

Stampabilities Wood Mount Stamp (stamped image) Water Can

Kathy Rac 30 Day~Oct 12~2015 Copic Bkgrnd Video

 Hey Crafters!! For Kathy Racossin’s 12th Day in the 30 Day Color Challenge, she colored a dark background with a Copic marker and wetted it with the Copic Various Ink Colorless Blender solution. And I had some pre colored images that were perfect for this technique.Click here to go to her blog!
If you’re reading my post in an email, click over to my blog for the short 6 minute video at the bottom of this post.  And let me know if you like the shorter videos??  Or more details?  Enjoy!!

This is such a COOL technique!  I will definaltely be doing it again!    


Stampin’UP! Vivid Vases stamp

Memento Black ink

Post It Note Tape – masks

Copics: R17, RV69 (to color the backgrounds)

Heavy White Card Stock by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby)

Spellbinders Labels 4 die 

Kathy Rac 30 Day  and Verve Oct 11 2015 Video

Hey Crafters!! It’s Day 11 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge and today is stripes. Click on Kathy’s name to go to her blog post. 


If you’re viewing this post in an email, click over to my blog for the video.  Enjoy!

I’m also combining this with Verve’s, Black White and Glam Challenge, by using their apple dies that coordinate with Teacher’s Count stamp set, but I will be turning my apples into pumpkins. This is a great way to get double duty out of some of your dies.  Visit the Verve Blog by clicking here.  This hop and challenge is open until Nov. 5, 2015.

These are the photos I used for inspiration:

Be sure to check out the lovely Maureen Plut’s blog, I won the Teacher’s Count stamp and die set from her blog a couple of years ago and she’s an amazing card artist!  

Canson Water Color Paper (from 9 x 12 inch pad that Wal-mart sells)

Black Bic Mark It alcohol marker.

C4 Copic Sketch Marker

Scotch Foam Poster Adhesive

Glossy Accents

Verve Apples die

ProvoCraft Rose Wreath Die and embossing folder

Chunky Silver Glitter

Fine White Iridescent Glitter

Recollections Gray 65 lb Card Stock for 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base

The Paper Studio Heavy Weight White Card Stock

Candelabra stamp by craft smart from $1.00 bin at Michael’s this Fall season

Happy Birthday Sentiment from Close to My Heart retired Happy Birthday Set

Ranger Archival Jet Black 

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day #7 Gourds Video

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 7 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge.  Today Kathy drew a Copic halo around a water colored image.  Click on her name to go to that blog post.

I continued making stamps, wanna see?  Click over to my blog and watch the video at the bottom of this post.

Gourds and more Pumpkins!


Homemade solid image stamps.

Canson Water Color Paper  Scraps (I love the 9 x 12 inch pad from Wal-mart)

Crayola Washable Markers.

Aqua Painter or Paint Brush.

Rinse Water and Water Spray Bottle.

Sharpie fine point marker.

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day #6, Homemade Pumpkin Stamp 

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 6 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, today she did some beautiful Copic coloring of an Indian Chief stamp from Paper Smooches.  Click on her name to go to her post.

I chose to make my own Pumpkin stamps and use them with Crayola washable markers in a water color technique.  If you follow my blog, you know I LOVE to use these markers for water color.  

The 1st Panel:

2nd Panel:
This is a recycle project using the left  over red rubber rom wood mount Stampin’Up!  wood mount stamps and scraps of wood cut to size for the hand cut stamps created in pumpkin shapes.
1)  Draw on red rubber with a fine point sharpie marker.             

2)  Cut out hand drawn shapes with sharp scissors.  I used little teflon coated scissors by The Paper Studio.   This step seems to work best with small sharp scissors.  Cut detailed areas first while you have the bulk of the rubber to hold onto and keep the stamp deep in the back of scissors for the cleanest cut around the whole image.  Clean up any jagged edges  by cutting just the red rubber.
3)  Lay the shapes on scrap wood to gauge what size of a strip to cut.  Be Careful, used my right hand to hold this board and guided the miter saw with my left hand, even though I’m right handed.


4)  Draw a cut mark between images as a guide of where to cut.  I like a bit of margin around shapes.

5)  Use another scrap board to hold smaller pieces as you cut, so you don’t injure your fingers or hands.  And wear safety glasses,, because small pieces may fly away from the saw blade! I lost a couple

Or get a skilled guy to do it for you.  ; )

6)  Lay each stamp on it’s respective block, so there’s no guess work when you get back to the craft room. 

My crafty husband assured me the blade was at the right depth, even though I had to continually break off little odd pieces not touched by the blade seen here on the middle block.  What Ever…it was easily broke off by pressing the block to the board I was cutting it from.  And I did it after every cut. ;0  Yepper!!
7)  Apply a blob of Glossy Accents to the ugly side of the block you want to mount your stamp on, smooth out with your finger to a thin layer, applying any excess glue to the sides of the block.  Set aside and let dry.  You can apply it over the whole blog if you wish, but my main purpose is to have a surface the stamp will stick to very well since it’s already adhesive backed. ;)

8)  Ink up your (unmounted) stamp with StazOn and stamp the image onto the nicer looking or smoother side of your bare wood block, using your fingers to get a good impression.   Or freehand draw the image  on the block.

9)  Remove the release paper from the stamp and adhere it to your block.  Or add some E6000 to the sticky part of the stamp if the release paper takes the adhesive with it.  I had to do this for the big Pumpkin and weight it down fo r several minutes while assembling the others.
10)  Use your brand new one of a kind homemade stamps!!!  Yay!!  Creativity…Here I come.  Tomorrow’s share will be a more indepth vide on how to make and use these type of stamps.

Technically, draw on a solid image stamp with water friendly markers, spritz with water and stamp.   Use markers to add more character to your stamped images by drawing directly on them or scribbling the color onto a slick surface to pick up there with your paint brush, add shading, draw leaves, the ground, sun, corn stalks, etc.   Add as much or as little water as you like.  Let Dry.  Use a fine point sharpie marker to outline  and doodle on everything!  Enjoy or share your art work with someone you love or who just needs a card hug.

SU spare red rubber from wood mount stamp sets.

Scraps of plywood or trim cut down wiht a miter saw.

Sharpie fine point marker.

Crayola Washable marker, an aqua painter or a paint brush and water, a spray bottle with water.

Canson Water Color paper (I love the 9 x 12 inch pad from Wal-mart).

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Oct 1 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge Oct. 2015.  Today Kathy has repurposed a Star Bucks coffee cup into an element on her card.  I had saved a pizza box during the last 30 day challenge and ultimately threw it away in the trash can in my craft room.  Thankfully, the trash doesn’t get emptied often there!  LOL  And I scooped it out, die cut it and colored it with Copics for future use on a card. (Fair Warning:  this take out item did not have Copic friendly ink on it and stained my Copics, just be careful about recycling things with unknown ink on them)


I probably need to go back and color in the background, but time is ticking on and I’m late posting.  
Here is a 20 minute video trimmed down from real time of 40 minutes.  Yikes!  Copics used are in the video, if you have any questions be sure to ask and I’ll find the answer for ya.  PS:  I did go back and clean up the ink under this sleeve!  LOL  Now, that I can see it clearly…

Are you playing?  Click on Kathy’s name above to go directly to her 1st post.