Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Feb 9 2016 

Hey Crafters!!  It’s day 9 in the 30 Day Color challenge.  I created a new blog header for my desk with a Valentine flare using several cute Lawn Fawn birds.  I’ve got several of these for my desk, but I’ve stuck them in a great place and can’t find them.  Kathy did some great copic coloring today!

The Lawn Fawn birds from Science of Love and Season Tweetings were all stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and the bird house too.  The wire reading glasses and cat eye glasses are $1.00 wood mounted stamps, glasses from Simon Says Stamp I See You and Heidi Swapp mini stamp sets.  The hearts inside the glasses are from the two Lawn Fawn sets as well.  The foliage and heart 2-14 and background hearts images are from Recollections.  Bird house is a $1.00 cling mount stamp.  Heart border is American Crafts.  Colored inks are all Stampin’UP! Water based dye inks.  Medium Green Bic Mark it’s for my blog name.  Background hearts stamped in SSS ink, blush with random small heart stamped in lighter areas from the Season’s Tweetings LF set.  The desk header is encased in packing tape.

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Feb 5 2016

Hey Crafters!!   Are you having fun in Kathy’s Fun Coloring Challenge?  Today she colored a beautiful cup and cardinals image from the Power Poppy Blog.  I need some PP stamps!  The geraniums are calling my name.  LOL

But today I went out in left field and did something I’ve been wanting to try, writing with drawing ink and a fountain pen.  I have this old pen with changeable tips and some very old Black India ink by Higgins.  Then water colored the panel’s with Crayola kid’s water color paints in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  I did not use the black or blown.

Keeping Valentine’s in mind, when I was a teenager (EONS AGO) this is how we doodled our hearts onto notebooks and such.  But this could also work for my grand daughter Millie. ;). She’s 3 and 1/2.  This was with the calligraphy nib.

I tried I to keep this one very generic, but my cousin Lesa came to mind and she will likely get this one.  This was with the fine point nib.

 This one could be for anyone in my family.  This was with the flat round nib.


And this one was for my husband, but it’s awful, so it will probably go in the junk art drawer.  Hahahahahahaha…Sometimes you feel like a Nut, Sometimes you don’t!  This was with the flat round nib too, it was the easiest to write with.

This is what they looked like before drying and painting.

 This project was a complete bust and I ended up splattering them with more paint and more water.  My drawing ink is very old!  It’s supposed to be water proof, I dried the panel’s really well before water coloring on them and they smeared anyway.  That’s okay, this was another experiment and now I know.  I can stamp or alter them more later. ;)

Canson Water color paper.

Higgins (Waterproof) drawing ink.

Crayola Water Colors

Paint Brushes (I had my Pentels out to use, but ended up getting water from them only) and used the aqua painters from the Michael’s 3 pack that don’t disperse water properly, but have nice animal hair brushes and I just use them like a regular paint brush.



Kathy Rac 30 Day Feb 4 2016

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 4 in Kathy’s 30 Day color challenge and today she did some really cool brusho water coloring and faux Copic water coloring (Copic coloring that looks like water color), which is so interesting.  You know Me, I did my own thing.  LOL  What?  Yep!  I follow a lot of amazing crafters and card artists and Dina Kowal  did a water color painting of a cup with instant COFFEE as her painting medium.  I could not get it out of my mind and had to try it.  I’m no sketch artist by any means, but sometimes “if I want something bad enough, I can pull it out of my hat”. 


I filmed this, but it was something like 30+ minutes long of Me yippy yacking along as I tried to lightly draw this cup with a #2 pencil onto Canson water color paper (from the 9 x 12 in. pad that Wal-mart carries).  Me erasing and redrawing, more bippiy blapping along, I talk soooooo slow when I’m creating and it drives even Me nuts.  I did notice this LG tablet has a media app? and tried to trim most of the video down to about 10 minutes, which is the coffee painting then stamping, etc.  just fast forward through the slow parts and hopefully I will secure a proper app to help me edit.  Going from Apple ipad2 with iMovie that I’ve finally figured out and can crank along great to Android in never never land is awkward and I apologize.  I may have to go back to filming from the iPad, but the camera is so poor.

My inspiration for this drawing was a cool cup from Gordman’s with the Cafe’ Girl on it, Certified International made in China copywrite Jennifer Brinkley.  I wish she would make these cup images into stamps, they are so wonderful.  There is a Shopping Girl, Shoe Girl, Spa Girl.  They are quite fun and I have the cups and the bowls. 

#2 Pencil
Canson Water Color paper
Timber Brown StazOn ink
Stamps:  I See You by Simon Says Stamp SSS101568 from Oct 2015 Card kit, Fiskars Latte Love 01-005511 03-008238 (I cut the, thanks a latte) sentiment apart so I could use the “a latte” with the (i love you, from the SSS set).
Tim Holtz layering stencil called, Splatters THS009 and used the coffee rings and the splatters (so fun).

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Feb 3 2016

Check out her post here.Hey Crafters!!  Today Kathy colored a darling mouse from Stamping Bella.  My Android tablet has a mind of it’s own, and will  not let me put the link after my sentence.  But we’re having fun coloring today anyway.  Ha Ha Ha… I did a quick video of the stamping and water color. Then assembled the card after. I still can not work out editing on my new tablet either. Maybe I can share the video later.  I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp: Have Heart challenge. 


I chose to work on some Valentines and used this lovely heart stamp given to my by the fabulous Judy Hayes. I stamped it in versamark ink and gold embossed it with Gold embossing powder by stampcraft (Michael’s brand).  And water color painted it in with some Tim Holtz picked raspberry stain diluted with a little bit of water from the TH fine aqua painter. Heat set till dry, then stamped the sentiment Be Mine by stampcraft ($1.00 Michael’s), in Ranger Archival Jet Black. Pulled out some pre-cut mini hearts from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling card die set. Then I realized the font of the Be Mine was similar to the Vintage Market alpha and cut the letter for VALENTINE and glued those down in a staggered way. My card seem so empty at this point. I decided to use those little glasses from Heidi Swapp and glued a couple more red hearts inside them and filled them with glossy accents. Added glossy accents to some of the random die cut hearts and left 2 flat. This will be fun to give one of my loved ones this Valentine’s Day. It’s just around the corner!!

Somehow I failed to update my post so it would go live, amidst the photo and video clean up process on my ipad2 and inabilit to edit videos on the LG G tablet running android 10.1. I just WANT something as simple and similar to iMovie as I can possibly get. That is not asking much, is it? I just need to trim sections out, and have voice over capability. It seems so simple and yet it’s complicated!

Here is a video of a goodie package Judy Hayes sent me during the Season’s Givings Blog Hop end of 2014 (dies, ribbon, stamps, etc.)

Products used:
Canson Water Color paper, Recollections Pale Pink card stock, The Paper Studio Cream heavy weight card stock for a card base cut to make an A2 sized card.
Inks: Versamark and Ranger Archival Jet Black.
Adhesive: Glossy Accents
Stampcraft Gold embossing powder and Milwaukee Heat tool (compliments of Jennifer McGuire).
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card set (mini hearts in various colors, already cut) and Tim Holtz Alterations/ Sizzix alpha strip die says Carnivale, I have always called this die Vintage Market 656623. Not sure about the Carnivale sticker on it?
TH Distress stains in salty ocean and picked raspberry applied with TH Aqua painter fine tip.

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, Feb 2 2016

Hey Crafters!!  Today Kathy made an amazing interactive card with some fun laundry stamps, birds and a yoga girl. There was a hop today with some discount codes for a couple of online card classes and a give away… See her post here.

I went off the grid.  Any surprise there?  LOL  I did some ink blending, but it didn’t turn out quite like Jennifer McGuires in the hop.  And it’s not my best work, but I’m sharing it anyway, because it IS what I colored today even tho I’m posting quite late! 


This is the finished card and my stamping got a bit cray cray.  But in the midst of trying to download photos from my ipad2 since it’s too full to move any edited videos to iphoto, I had to move photos and videos I’m not done with yet to my computer and or my Seagate mass storage USB.  Ahem…  and watched the hop and made my card all at the same time.


I stamped my little birds from Lawn Fawn’s Science of Love stamp set first.  Then stamped them again on post it note tap and cut them out for masks.  Stamped the large glasses from Simon Says Stamp set called, I See You SSS101568.  Then filled in with smaller glasses from Heidi Swapp stamp set HS01132, just where ever I felt I could get away with them.  How’s that for a stamping technique?  Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in mermaid lagoon, then peeled paint, then fossilized amber, sponged inks over the card and masks with the distress tool with felt. 


Removed the masks and was hoping to get by without coloring my birds, like Jennifer did on some of her cards today!  But it just wasn’t going to happen, they looked too blank for Me.  And I colored them with Copics:  Y18, Y17, YR68, R14, B32, B0000, G07, G99.


My green bird is too dark, I probably should have gone with G06 and G07, but I was afraid she would be too light and not contrast with the peeled paint distress ink.  Ah well…I had some crazy smudging going on too, since I used Memento ink for my masks!  It does not dry readily.  I should have used Archival.  Ho Hum…  I will still give this card to my honey and he will enjoy it.  ;)

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 1, 2-1-16

Hey Crafters!!  Kathy did a really Beautiful card today with a fun “perspective” twist by cutting various circle dies to make layers, but I’m flying by the seat of my pants!  And I needed to crank out January’s name tag. &nbsp
Go to Kathy’s blog here.


I’m no longer going to card class, but I want to sort of continue this series on my blog with a twist for my new followers.  It’s a great way to learn new people’s names or have a name tag on hand if you join a new group.  I will still show the main design on the name tag, but I’m also going to create it on a larger die cut or card.  Making these name tags as really stretched me as a card maker and I found that when I had left over tags, I could use them for gift tags or even layer them up for a focal point on a gift bag or a card.  

Forgive me! I have a new little tablet and it’s Android, so different than Apple ipad! I couldn’t figure out editing any suggestions would be awesome.


Heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio (picked up at Hobby Lobby on 50% off day or with a 40% off coupon).

Inks:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black for stamped images, Ranger Archival Jet Black for sentiments.

Copics:  R22, R24, E27, E35, E70, Y28, B12, B0000, RV66, 0 Colorless Blender, pulled V22 but didn’t use it.

Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper 1/4″

Stamps: Penny Black Mocha Moments 30-275, Simon Says Stamp Happy & Smile SSS101526, Papertrey Ink Year Round Happiness (many holidays), The Paper Studio Months of the Year (Jan).

Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 3 (tag), Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card #LF578.

WPlus9 Haul Mar 2015

Hey Crafters!!  I was the 10,000 YouTube Subscriber winner for WPlus9.  Dawn gifted me a $100 gift certificate and I spent it to the best of my ability!  I want everything!  LOL.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog and scroll down to watch a 8.49 minute walk through Video of the products I chose, how they can be used and my sewing room flip into an Ultimate Baby room with some thrift and antique store furniture.

Left to Right:  Holiday Apertures die set $16.00, Cupcake Wrapper Die $14.00, Winter Pals clear stamp set $14.00 with dies $18.00, Valentine Wishes clear stamp set $14.00 without dies $10.00 (on my wish list), Fresh Cut Florals clear stamp set $14.00 with dies $8.00.

 Click Here for Dawn’s video of Fresh Cut Floral Water color in a cup, where I learned to do these fun things!  I’m honored and blessed with these wonderful goodies!  Dawn even went the extra mile to track me down.  We had 3 deaths and the birth of our second grand baby between February and March, that was very stressful.

My Video is Here, Enjoy!

Not to mention…(Skip this Rant if you’d like).

Google has attached my dead Blogger profile to my Google account when they took over YouTube and can’t or won’t remove it.  In 2012 WordPress imported my blog to their more iPad friendly site.  Apparently, there is No One working in Customer Service as I have waisted 3 years asking for help with it to no avail, which has cut into precious blogging time.  Blogger Forums requested I create a G+ page for a blog that no longer exists, which I did and it does Nothing!  The frozen in time. Blogger profile has closed email address.  Just another Epic Google fail and you’ve probably seen me commenting about it on crafty blog’s because I’m so frustrated with it.  It makes it very hard for people to find or contact Me at my active email address, which Goggle isn’t willing to share, but I can see it at the top of every Blogger blog I visit!  So, I have to type my addresses into the “comment field” subjecting myself to unrelenting SPAM.  Thankfully WordPress holds spam and I can delete it and yahoo tries to field it and put it in the junk folder.

This is Dawn’s video of the water color elephant.   I thought I was getting the Elephant Parade shown in this video, and I was told it would ship in May 2015, but it never arrived.  My second inquiry went unanswered and Dawn has done a lot for me already.  Who knows, maybe one of my neighbor’s is enjoying it.  I should have ordered the elephant set, but I had so much on my wish list!

Here is a link to her blog.  You will find some amazing card art and projects there!  I could watch Dawn’s water color tutorials over and over again.  LOL.  And have!!

Dawn is also the teacher for the Water Color for Cardmakers Online class, so be sure to check that out as well.   I took the Insiders Online card class and it was a lot of fun.  You have life time access to the videos, which is really nice.

Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Feb. 1, 2016

Hey Crafters!!  Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge #4 is coming up, Feb. 1st, 2016.  Yay!!  I love these challenges because it’s just play time.  The idea is to color something every day.  Visit her blog for all of the details Here.  She is sharing her use of the Rascog Cart and the (must have )supplies she will be using in this challenge. 

If I didn’t already have a vintage craft cart, the Rascog cart, would be calling my name!  Especially at $29.99.  Ha! Ha!  The shipping probably would have choked me.  I lucked out on that one.  I hope to see You playing in Kathy’s challenge.   

Dec 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  December’s name tag is finally here.  LOL. It really snuck up on me.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog for a 10 minute video at the bottom of this post.

I’ve used Papertrey Ink’s Poinsettia stamp set with Stampin’UP! Pacific Point dye ink and a couple of Crayola washable markers in blue to create this month’s tag. If you subscribe to my blog, you know this is one of my favorite techniques to do and I call it Faux Water Color. ;)


It’s Fun!  It’s Artistic!  And…It’s Easy!  Enjoy!



PapertreyInk, Poinsettia Stamp set (small poinsettia).

The Paper Studio, Months of the Year (December, masked off for Dec).


Ranger Archival Jet Black (Dec).

Stampin’UP! Pacific Point, dye.


Crayola washable markers in Dark blue and Light blue.  Fine point Sharpie in black for writing my name on the tag.

Gift Cards at the 11th hour Dec 2012

Hey Crafters!!  We purchase several gift cards because it’s easy shopping for us and it lets the recipient buy exactly what they want and will use.  It’s a win-win for both parties.  And we love that! 

This one for my Amazing husband, a man who has worked  every day for 33 years at his job to provide for our family no matter how tired, sore or injured he is.  Rarely to never complains about anything.   Would live on Mac-n-cheese or Grilled Cheese every day if that’s what I served.  Makes sure everyone is comfortable no matter what or where we are or who is with us.  Opens every door for me, car (especially in the rain, I say go open your own door and get in!), truck, restaurant, etc. and has for me since I was 15 years old (I’m 52).  He fixes everything that breaks down.  And gives me his money when people send him money for various occasions!  Instead of spending it on himself.  He spent his Christmas gift  money on our grand baby Maddex this year and I gifted him my Christmas money  because of all his dedication and kindnesses.  

This was a precut pocket made from 11 X 17 inch thin card stock from Staples, I found in my stash.  Originally cut with LifeStyle Crafts Treat Pocket die.  Taylored expression Birch tree accessories (buck), Cottage Cutz deer (doe), Impression Obsession Birch Tree (trees and cardinals).  All doodled on with Copics, Black Bic Mark it for the eyes, a tiny dot of white acrylic paint for a highlight on the Buck’s eye and red cardinal’s eye.  Movers and shapers Sizzix tree die cut, split the light green one and layered them on the backs of the dark green ones.  All adhered with Glossy Accents (acid free glue).   Stampin’UP!  Tag and punch (from a previous season or two, I always save the extra for quick use later).

  By 11pm Christmas Eve, I was so tired I thought to myself I’m going to fall down if I don’t go lay down.  LOL. I started digging through a big drawer in my craft room of pre made things that are really just left over projects that didn’t get used. And dug these out for some other gift cards.  Perfect!!  They are stamped in some white ink with Papertrey Ink’s In the Meadow Stamp set and the envelopes are a LifeStyleCrafts cookie cutter die called Treat Pocket.  I’ll add a link to an older video of how I cut these with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock, because this treat pocket die really requires 12 inch paper.  You can skip to the end of the video for this information.