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.


Sept. 2015 Name Tags, No Line Pumpkin

Hey Crafters!!  I hope you’re all having a Great Fall.  This month’s tag is sketched with a fine point Sharpie marker and then colored with Copic alcohol markers.  If I had a large open pumpkin stamp, it would have been water coloring, because that is what I was in the mood for.

While watching some Copic videos about what colors are available, I learned that sketch designers use a blue marker to draw with because it disappears when they color over it with alcohol markers.  How cool is that!?  No Line coloring is so popular right now and I want You to see how easy it is.  

If you’re reading this in an email, pop over to my blog for the video. Enjoy!!  (Edited to add: I’m sitting here watching tv a couple of days after posting  this.  We had a busy day visiting a Fall celebration called Pumpkin Daze in Republic, MO and I realized, I’ve written Oct on these Sept tags!!  Sheesh, I’ve been coughing for 2 weeks and finally got some cold medicine and feel much better the last couple of days)  Octobers cards will be coming soon.  LOL


Heavy Weight White card stock by The Paper Studio, cut at 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″, to fit in name badges purchased at Wal-mart Super Center.

Pale Blue Sharpie Marker, Black Fine point Sharpie Marker.

Copics:  G99, Yg06, G43, Y17, YR68, R29, R56, R14, R17, R22, R24, E99, E35.  Use what you have, any alcohol markers will work fine.

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for sentiment, Katie & Co. stamp, “Happy Fall”. 

Farm Party and Card Video

Hey Crafters!! The beginning of today’s video is a photo montage of my grand baby’s 3rd birthday party decorations, including the paper crafted cup cake toppers, food signs, name banner, WR Memory Keepers pin wheels, lunch bag treat bags and fun foam farm masks.  Then the making of her Farm Card and small discussion about the use of Eileen Hull’s 3D canning jars die for some mini candy bars.


Stamp sets: Salt Box Studio Farm Friends, Just Rite Stampers font, Katie & co. 2011 Rooster, Lawn Fawn Baked with Love (little pile of flour), Stampin’UP! Country Morning (envelope).
Copic & Bic alcohol markers detailed in the video.  
Memento ink and Misc. Stampin’UP! Classic inks for the treat bags.  

Spellbinder Blossom and Sizzix Banner dies.

Embossing Folders: Sizzix Fall Set-Fall Fence, SU Vintage Wall Paper.

Enjoy!  Thanks for watching and sharing my love of crafting.

-I’m so sorry the quality of this video is so poorly after editing with iMovie and uploading to YouTube via the Capture app.  I’ve made some setting changed that are going to make using these products even more painful and slower than they already are.  I may end up having to invest ina proper camera!  Or try filming and editing direcctly from the Capture app.  

August 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Well, by this time each year, I’m ready to put some flowers on the August tag, but I thought  this adorable Cat, by Penny Black, would be perfect since it’s back to school season.   (Pop over to my blog for the video at the bottom of this post)  I’m not sure why the videos are not showing up in the email posts to my subscribers or the YouTube videos that are no longer active in the emails I get from crafters around the web… (It only took Google 3.5 hours to process my video…really?)  Probably has something to do with editing it with iMovie.  If YouTube worked like it used to before Google took over and if the “Google” Capture app worked great, I wouldn’t have purchased iMovie.  Why can’t the tech people all play nice together, does it really have to be rocket science?  LOL  Just sayin’!!

 -In this 20 minute edited video, I talk about mixing red and green on the apple to get a brown to burgundy color.  I learned this trick a couple of years ago at an acrylic painting class.  Did you know you can mix any 2 compimentary colors to dull them down and still be in balance within your paintings!?!  I’d never even imagined such a thing!  I’ve been playing with paint for years and have always mixed 2 colors together to get other colors, or a specific shade of a color, but it’s been very generic.  We all learned how to mix primary colors in grade school, to get green or orange, purple, etc.  I’m ecstatic at this news!  I’ve got to find my color wheel!!  See what happens when you take an adult class, you learn Tips and Tricks and that is half of doing ANYTHING good…….the rest is luck, skill/practice or talent. 

-I also discuss utilizing the really Pale Copic colors for blending your darkers colors.  You’re bound to end up with a few pale markers that are similar to each other since the color guides online are not always the color you end up with in your hand.  This is a great use for those!  But USE what You Have.  I colored with Bic Mark Its for several years before investing in Copics and thoroughly Enjoyed them…  

 *Remember to PLAY and have fun*

I completely forgot to stamp the month of Aug. on the name tags.  And I’m sorry they are late.  

Anyhoo…I hope you have some crafting time!  I would love to hear what you’ve been up to.  Have a Great Day!


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

Memento Tux. Black ink.

Stamp:  Penny Black, Back to School (Cat), 4217H.

Copics:  E51, E93, E99.  Rv55, RV52.  No. 0 Gray, C4, R29, YG06, YG25, G07.

Bics:  Misty Blue and Tiki Hut Tan

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.