July 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Stamps used in this month’s tag are:  Tim Holtz’s City Central (city scape And heart burst), Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Picnic (happy 4th of july) and Printworks Elegant Patterns (small star burst).

Pop over to my blog to see the video.  Posted at the bottom of this post. 

My name tag cards are cut to 2 1/2″ by 3 1/4″, in heavy weight white card stock from The Paper Studio, which fit the vertical name badges from Wal-mart Super Center office supply department.
I’m so sorry this tutorial is late.  My honey bugs have kept me extra busy during July and August.  Plus, there is a glitch  between ios 8.4.1 and Word Pad’s 5.4.  I recieved one more WP update 5.4.1 , but it didn’t fix it for ipad2.  It shuts down both the photo app and Word Press app simultaniously.  

Here are also the goodies I gave the girls for 4th of July. A little Red, White and Blue.  A mini collander, blue bandana from Wal-Mart and a star cookie cutter from JoAnn’s. 


And I finally caved and got iMovie for ipad and boy, oh boy, is it cool!  I edited out all of the things I didn’t like in my video.  Awesome!  

You can check it out here:

Kathy Rac’s Next 30 Day Color Challenge Oct. 2015

Hey Crafters!!  Yes, I’m behind and so sorry that life is twisting and turning and interrupting my crafty time…July’s name tags coming soon!  

In more important News, Kathy Racoosin’s 3rd 30 Day Color Challenge starts October 1st, 2015 and will run for 30 days.  Yay!! I can’t wait…

But before that she has a new Pop Up Challenge, August 14 to the 17th, with videos and prizes.   Go here The Daily Marker and read all about it.  Kathy does amazing things with different types of coloring mediums, from Copics to Water Color, etc.  I can’t say it enough, she is an amazing colorist, card making artist!  


Are you ready?  I sure hope I am because the challenge is to color, that’s it!  Simplicity at its best.


Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, Day 30 – June Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  It’s June 30th and the Last day of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge!  Where has this month gone?  Today she did some great “no line” coloring with Copics.  I’m running behind on June’s Name Tags, but they are a no line coloring technique with my Faux Water color with Crayola Washable Markers.

Pop over to my blog for a video posted at the bottom of this post.

The tag in my badge holder looks pretty sad, but I promise the one in the video is better.  LOL  I had to give my Pentel Aqua painter a hair cut to prevent the crazy bleed I was getting as I diluted the markers and I discuss that in this video.  Unfortunately, I was unable to link up to Kathy’s blog, the link up has closed.  It’s 11:53 CST here, by the time I was done fighting with the Google Capture App, which is a constant frustration with ipad2.  It’s been a great and very busy month.  I can’t wait for the next 30 Day Color Challenge.  Thanks for joining me on Kathy’s journey.  


Stamps:  Art Impressions SC0650 (Gardening Man), The Paper Studio Sophie Alphas CS010 (dad), Close to my Heart D1262 Express Postage (Jun-, 2015).

Inks: Stampin’UP! Crumb Cake water based dye ink, Ranger Archival Jet Black. 

Canson Water Color Paper (9×12″ pad from Wal-mart).

Crayola Washable Markers in:  Light Blue, Dark Blue, Gray, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Yellow, Green, Black, Caucasian Skin tone.

Happy 33 Anniversary-Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, 26

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, Day 26!  Today she colored some Neat and Tangled stamps with copics.  I doodled on these cloud dies with a blue copic for my coloring today!  haha  Having my babies during the week, means Nana has to squeeze in a card accessory here and there, when I can steal a minute to do it.  And yes, I See how sad my little clouds are, but I’m just keepin’ it real.  LOL  I have some great clouds already made somewhere, waiting to be filed away, but I just couldn’t put my fingers on them and it’s OKAY.

June 26th is my 33rd wedding anniversary, to Mike Still.  He’s a California kid and I’m an Arkansas Hillbilly from Hardy.  It was love at first sight freshman year of high school, when his step mom followed her family to Arkansas.  We have 2 grown children that are 4 years apart, whom now both have a child of their own.  We feel so complete.  Family photo at the bottom.  We all live 1 or 2 towns apart and our family is the most important thing to us.  

 This is probably the sadest card I have ever made for him.  LOL  I just didn’t have the time, I usually do.  Our weekend is full of family activities and all of the preperations leading up to it.  

Some Movie theater candies and a movie from Wal-mart, while Millie and I were shopping.  Mike loves “airplane” movies. ;)  And…candy.

A $3.47 movie and 98 cent candies =  A most Excellent movie night.  Perfect!   The Junior Mints…are Mine!  haha 

Inverted scallop circles from Spellbinders.   
L-R Front row:  Katie(our daughter), Me (holding Maddex,Jon’s baby), Mike(holding Millie, Kate’s baby)..

L-R Back row:  Cody(Kate’s hubby), Amber(Jon’s wife), Jon(our son).  Taken at Easter on Time-Lapse with iphone  5S, which is why it’s blurry.  But we’ve probably never had so much fun making a picture.  It was a 30 second video, that I stole screen shots of.  We’ve got to get a real family photo soon!  

SSS Happy and Smile stamp set (adorable sunshine enhanced with copics and bics).

Inverted scallop circles die by Spellbinders..

Fiskars medium cloud punch (doodled on with a copic).

Blast gel pen (faux stitching).

Sharpie fine point black marker (EVERY DAY, I really botched the R.  “sigh”  No time to re-do it).  *I should have pulled out the JustRite stampers…but it woudn’t not have been the same font, I digress.

SU inks:  Daffodil Delight (Sun), Tempting Turquoise (Smile).  StazOn (black stamping).

Heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio, Recollections blue (cloud). 

Happy and Smile Sun by SSS for Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 24

Hey Crafters!!  Today is the 24th day in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge.  Today she colored some beautiful cactus.  I’m preparing some fun images for some Greeting Card gift giving and stamped these fun sunshines from SSS’s Happy and Smile stamp set and enhanced them with Copics or Bics and made an additonal stamp for the cheeks.    Visit my blog for a short 5 minute video discussing the stamping of this adorable sun, coloring on it with alcohol markers and making a stamp for the cheeks, posted at the bottom of this post.

Dark cheeks or light cheeks, which do you prefer?  I liked the lighter ones myself. 


Bold cheeks with sunglasses on or off. LOL  It’s a very COOL sun either way, don’t you think?


I forgot that I used StazOn when I was shading the eyes with R12, see the sun on the right?  The right eye smudged just a bit and I quickly scribbled the ink off onto scratch card stock. 


You can stamp the eyes up or down.  Super cute either way you choose!


GO CARDS, Day 19 Kathy Rac 30 Day Color Challenge 2

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 19 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge 2, and she did a Bold Background.  

We were going to the Springfield, Missouri Cardinals baseball game, this evening and I couldn’t find my Cardinal’s T-shirt or my hat.  And Millie didn’t have a shirt either.  I made us some lapel pins to wear!  

 This was actually the 2nd one..  I used a wide range of Copics in the Reds and Oranges.  If you just keep tweaking, it just keeps getting better!     
This was the 1st one.   I did enhance the black area of the face quite a bit because it just was not natural  looking to me.  This was done with a Sharpie fine line marker and cross hatched to fill in that space of the original face, plus my own addition to it.   

This is what the 1st one looked like when I thought I was done coloring it.  LOL  As, I used it for a guide to color the second one, I realised how weak it was.  My projects always evolve  as I’m making them.  I think it’s part of what facinates me in this craft!    I’d already chopped the white space down around my birds before realizing I needed to stamp, Cardinals.  So, I cut around them leaving a white margin and die cut the blue bases.  The shirt and hat I couldn’t find are a nice sky blue with rred birds and that was my inspiration for the blue base.   No room for the whole word Cardinals, GO CARDS was the next best thing.

The birds were slightly glued to the blue bases  and then stamped GO CARDS, then heat  laminated, and sanded across the back with a stringent finger nail file  so the slick lamination would take the Lapel Pin that I glued there with some E6000 glue.  I finished making them at about 3pm and we didn’t put them on until we were to the ball park.   (I love this glue, but protect yourself from breathing it or getting it on your hands) 


Heavy Weight white card stock by, The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby).

Dies:  Stampin’UP!  Frameelits – Labels Collection (125598)  (for blue base)  

Stamps:  Martha Stewart/EK Success Bird stamps  MA331034 and MS Clear Monograms Frames M3310223  (oh how I wish there were more than one of each letter).   A spare baseball from a previous project, Baseball stamp set by Karen Foster 02228. 

Copics  & Bics in Reds, Oranges, Browns, Greens & Yellows, Gray, Purple & Blender. See photo of the markers, it’s been a full week of having my babies and cleaning for family that have decided not to stay.

Inspiration from my bird book, A Natural History of American Birds of Eastern and Central North America, to color the male cardinal.

Father’s Day Cards 2015 – Stamping + Water

Hey Crafters!!   Today is Day 17 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day color challenge 2!  And she did an amazing “window” card, but I’m crunched for time and really needed to squeak out my Father’s Day cards.  Millie’s Bday preperations and having my grands up to 4 days a week has shortened the time I get to play.  

I cut my water color panels with the stitched rectangle die from SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes.  

For this Deer card, I stamped the tree 1st, then the deer on the right, added water and more darker brown to the deer to indicate a face, depth to the ears, front shoulder-plus leg, and back hip-plus leg.  Added more color to the tree  because this stamp is not level and does not stamp well, added more color and water to the tree to fill the blank spaces and let dry.  Stamped the Left deer,  restamping his rump area where there was no tree to darken that part of his body, added water to his body and another front leg (where there should be one!!  LOL)  which, might have made better sense, if the tree were stamped lower, but rolling on!  Added some sky color, let dry and added the sentiment and mounted this panel on a brown card base.  I love my Right Deer!!  

The Boat card was started by painting in a blue sky.  When I picked up this piece  it seemed more like water than sky, so I flipped it upside down.  The boat was stamped 1st in SU Pacific Point, then overs-stamped and off set with SU BLack, which is the gray looking line you see below the boat.  It didn’t look right,  and I took a Sharpie fine point marker and drew the main lines of the boat back in.  Added a little bit of green to the water for a more “lake” water look  and drew in some flying birds.  Stamped the sentiment and mounted on a blue card base. 

The pale blue background was added first with SU’s Costal Cabana, over the whole panel and allowed to dry. Due to the flaws in my pine tree stamp, I chose to stamp each side of the tree on the edge of the water color panel  and blended them out with water (yikes, looks like I should have blended better on the right), pulling some of the green along the bottom to bridge the gap between the trees.  Stamped the right deer  in full strenght ink and immediately did a second generation stamping for his shadow.  Stamped the left deer and did his shadow too.  For some reason I had a whim to make a blue horizon line, at the base of these mountains!!  And I really do know better..  It was bad.  So bad, that you can see I had to really work on the mountains to get anything half way that looked like Mtns. to the point, I completely forgot to add water to my deer!  Ohh deer….Katie was on her way to finalise some tags for Millie’s birthday party  and I skurried along and now see  I forgot them.  Added the sentiment and put this one on a gray card base.  * On Sat. I did go back and fix these deer!  See photo below  this one.

 I diluted the deer with water and added a bit more brown ink with the aqua painter, diluted the trees out a bit more too and added that 4th leg to the deer on the right. (why do artists intentionally create animals with 3 legs?)  I don’t know, but it drives me nuts.  


I started by adding the sky color in SU’s Tempting Turquoise.  And stamped this car in Going Gray, then did a 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation stamping behind the full strength ink card, in hopes this created movement.  Ha! Ha! Ha!  And we’re moving on.  I originally diluted the gray lines of the car, since my son has a little white cool car and added blue to the windows, all good.  Then, I decided this needed a big ole sunshine, so I removed some of the sky with water  and let dry.  Added the sun, great!!  Had on odd whim, to have some sunshine reflect on the hood of the car.  Big Mistake!  Washed it off with more water.   Added a gray ground and diluted the “”movement” cars with water, stamped the sentiment and called it done, but didn’t like it.  LOL  Yeaaah, it happens.  Went and did the other “white car” card below  and it was much better, which sparked an even better idea for this sadder card.  So, I made the car this orangy red color, which is the color of my husbands sports car!!  Oh, yeah, I’m back in and kickin it  in the cool car department.  Muhahahahahaha!!   After all, there is almost always a way to salvage it…

* On Saturday, I did add more color to this car as well, see photo below this one.

I used SU’s Poppy Parade to add more color to this car!   


Okay, this base got a gray wash for the sky, and let dry.  Stamped the SU motorcycle in SU Black..   Scribbled aa red  and dark pink Crayola washable markers down on an acrylic block and PU with a wet aqua painter for the red bits.  Drew in all of the “chrome” with a gray Crayola marker  and diluted it with water, let dry, drew in the chrome again.  Drew in the seat and tires  with a blackish Crayola marker.  Drew in the bumpy  off road landscape  with a gray Crayola washable maker and diluted it with water.  Stamped the sentiment and put on a red card base. 

Cool Wite car card #2, made like car card above, only without the mistakes.  Only one shadow car, in the wrong place…uhh….rolling on.  Jon will be getting this card.   

Did this motorcycle card, similar to the one above, only lighter.  The chrome bits are weak!!  But really, this stamp is so inaccurate, (like my Blogger Profile that no one can delete for me but Google insists on keeping it attached to Me), that it’s hard to color and I loose patience with it.  ((Wah–Wah))   I just kept fiddling and tweaking the one above and I like it better…I think this is the one Katie took for Cody.  


Canson Water Color Paper Pad (from Wal-mart).  Recollections multi color paper packs, 65 lb.  (for card base and this is really too light weight, but it is what I have.  


PTI:  In the Meadow (deer and tree),, Spring Hills (Happy cut away from the spring Birthday sentiment and used with FFather’s Day from Year Round Happiness.   Stampin’UP!  Need for Speed 122717  (car and boat)  and Motorcycle 1176657.

Dies:  Simon Says Stamp, Bundle of Stitched Shapes SSSD111412.

Millie’s Farm Birthday Banner & a Cool Vintage Find

Hey Crafters!!  I did not have time to play in Kathy Rac’s color challenge today, unless I squeak it out before bed.  But I did manage to finish Millie’s birthday banner!  And I really love it…and that’s saying a lot.  LOL  And I did repaint a cool vintage cart that I found a few months ago at a second hand shop in Billings, MO!!  They have the best stuff at the stop light in Billings!!   It’s at the bottom of this post.


I originally thought the animals would stand on the letters of her name, but the letters were too big for the base of the banner, so things got flipped and I really like how vivid her name is.  

These poor little cows  are just fine in the overall result of the banner.  Whew!!


 I LOVE  these Pigs!  They were definately worth  the journey of bad pigs refined into good pigs.  LOL  

The chickens turned out cute too!!  

Another cute Pig!  Oink…Oink…  
The rooster’s legs were just too long for placement below the “i”, so I cut them down  here on on the barn piece as well.  

Another cow!!  Moo!!

This is how I assemble my banners, on the floor, it allows me to get the right spacing between each banner piece.     I used cotton crochet yarn  for the string  and fashioned a faux bobby pin from a short lenght of craft wire (shown in the photo below this one), to sew  my yarn through all of the holes  and went through each hole twice for limited movability of each banner piece.


I ended up suspending the Barn from the 2 letters in the middle, and used the Crop-o-dile to make all of the holes. Plus I used a 5/8″ hole punch to make reinforcements for the backs of the holes.. The Banner is 2 pieces of card stock, but the barn is only 1.  


Reinforcement hole centers were also cut with the crop-o-dile and glued together behind the holes in the banner and barn (for the Barn attachement only).  


I thought I had a before picture of my cool vintage cart, but I may have had to delete it in my constant battle with storage on my mobile devices.  LOL  It was white with chipped places revealing the original red, which looked pretty cool after I sanded and cleaned it.  I had asked my son Jon to repaint this for me for Mother’s day, but he just had a baby in March and he’s a very busy guy.  I wanted to use it at Millie’s party.  And I had 2 cans of blue spray paint in the garage, I used the lesser one for the inside of the legs and the belly of the top shelf, then the other one for the outside bits.  I think it’s going to be fun!  I will be using this in my crafty studio too!!  It’s perfect for projects in progress.  


Water Color(Pencils) Party Drinks

Hey Crafters!!  We are at day 15 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day color challenge 2!  I’ve just pulled something that is already stamped from my partially or not at all colored Water Color Paper bucket.  And I thought was is faster than Water Color Pencils?  Perfect, because I only have about 30 minutes to play before bed time.  Kathy did a bouquet of flowers and I had a great idea for that, but too time consuming, so maybe later in the month. 

Pop over to my blog for the video at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy!

The round glass is a stamp called, Pina Colada, Vap Scrap (Ellen Vener).  The Martini glass is called, Dirty Martini, by Katie & Co.  Both probably from the $1.00 bin at Michael’s that I’ve have for a very long time and altered by removing part of the stamp and reattaching it to the end caps of the wood block, to make them more versatile.


Misc. Water Color Paper already stamped with these images in a water proof ink. (I use StazOn & Ranger Archival Jet Black)

Gallaxy Water Color Pencil set in a wood brief case, water and a paint brush.

Preparing/Coloring Cup Cake Toppers

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 14 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, June 14, 2015, and today was Copics!  Yay!!  That is right in line with what I colored today.  My fabulously crafty Daughter, Katie, came over today to craft for Millie’s upcoming 3rd birthday.  She die cut a shape from a Spellbinder’s nested set and stamped farm animals from a Salt Box Studio “farm” stamp set and I colored them with Copics and Bics.  I love these crafty days, where we are working together and visiting.  I love that she has this crafty side too!

This cute cow also adorns our Birthday Invitations, created before Kathy’s challenge began.  
The rooster, which I’m never sure how to color!  But I like how he turned out. 
The pig, I should have gone back and tried to smoothe him out.  You can really see the Bic marker lines and the continuos oval in which I colored him!  But by the time we were finished, I was ready to be done. I was afraid my lightest pink Copic would wash him out to much. And I reassured myself no one will notice in the whole scheme of things. LOL  
These are the colored fronts.  She will be gluing the Wilton candy disc “sticks” for making suckers with sucker molds, to these fronts and has cut another die cut of the same size and shape, but in a solid color card stock to glue to the backs to conseal the sticks.  Oh, they are going to be so cute!!  I can’t wait for our party, when it all comes togther.  She is also making a PIG pinata and I will be sure to share a post with all of our craftiness next week.


Salt Box Stiudio ? possibly called Outstanding in Your Field (LOL), which is one of the sentiments in this set, which I think is hilarious.  (I’ll look and see tomorrow at a decent hour and perhaps update this info.)

Spellbinders Nested Flower or Bloom set (I may have to pop back in and edit this).

Markers: Copics, Bic Mark Its and Sharpie fine line Black marker.