Happy Easter 2018

Hey Crafters!! Happy Easter! Just quick little cards and gifts for my coworkers today on Good Friday.

These small cards are a piece of card stock cut at 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ scored at 2 3/4″.

The bunnies are a Martha Stewart punch punched twice, once in brown for a shadow and once in white doodled on with alcohol markers and fine point sharpie.

Chicks are a tiny punch from Michael’s a few seasons ago, also doubled punched for a shadow in orange and yellow doodled on to bring the flat piece to life.

A few sprigs of grass with a green Copic marker. I also made some shadows on each egg (these are really just small die cut ovals from solid and patterned card stock). And a strip of patterned paper glued on for some decoration.

Easter greeting from a $1.00 stamp set from a previous season.

I always keep any extra die cuts or colored images from a previous project and tuck them away in the bucket they fit best in (Easter bucket in this case) so they are easy to find in a pinch.

These magnets are left over from an Easter past and there were just enough to let each person have 2. When I made them before everyone got 4-6 because I made a ton of them!

I get my flat marbles at the Dollar Tree, Michael’s or where ever I can find them. I will stamp a bunch of images on a whole sheet of white card stock. Color them. Punch them out with a 1 inch circle punch. Glue them to the marbles with Glossy Accents and let them dry over night on the Tim Holtz craft sheet.

These magnets are from Wal-mart Super center in the craft dept. They come in a package of about 50 for $4-5.

I like to use E6000 to glue them on.

The hand sanitizers are from Dollar Tree for $1.00, a great steal for 3 in each little pouch and I will reuse the little pouches another time.

May you All have a Blessed and Happy Easter!!


Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Road Trip St Louis 3-24-18

My gracious friend from work, Linda Brown, came with me for this fun day at The Novel Neighbor Book Store.

The first thing I colored were these fish that I pre-stamped the night before in my Canson Mixed Media pad with Memento Tux Black ink. I just picked up this wood mounted fish stamp at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a couple of days ago. And used a picture of a Salmon for inspiration and colors to use. They were colored in Copic markers.

A fun selfie with Marcella Hawley from Power Poppy! She is a doll! I bought 3 of her stamp sets!!! They are my first, I’ve been coveting the geranium set and the set with the stacked tea cups with that parakeet on top! I don’t even know the names of the sets I bought. The menopausal struggle is real, people!! I will some back and share them later. Marcella brought fresh flowers for vases on al of the tables and also had succulents on little flower pots for each lady to take home.

The second thing I colored were these die cut Spellbinders Crabs. They were cut from Canson Water color paper. I love the pad that Wal-Mart Super Center sells. I used the Jane Davenport aqua crayons first. I just scribble them on, all of the colors I want, then blend them out with an aqua painter filled with water. Let them dry and go back with some Crayola washable kid’s markers and diluted that with the water pen. Then use some fine point sharpies in the same color families to enhance the dark areas for more definition.

Kathy spent time at each table showing us her “Coloring Magic” tips and tricks. She is Amazing and I can’t believe I got to sit right next to her!

A fun selfie with Kathy Racoosin!


It was so much fun to be in a room of like minded souls. Everyone coloring away. I can’t. Believe how fast the day went.

Marcella painting some of her lovely stamps with quash and water color? So much fun to watch. Kathy and Marcella gave us all a goodie bag that included, a stamp set from Marcella, a Lawn Fawn stamp shammy, candy and the bag itself is a nice storage/travel bag for stamping goodies. I posted this around 5pm CST, but my iPad kept crashing on the goodie bag photo.

It was a great day. I will have to come back and do some more editing, it’s so late now! Thanks for stopping by.

Farm Card Mar. 2018

Hey Crafters!! My wee honey boy (grand baby) turned 3 this month. The birthday party theme was Farm and he loves the large round hay bales. LOL

The stamps on this card are from a cute photopolymer stamp set by SaltBox Studio called, Farm Friends.

My card base is light blue for the sky, it’s an 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch piece of heavy weight card stock from The Paper Studio, scored in half lengthwise to make a wide top folding card. This would fit in a size 10 envelope, but I didn’t use one. I cut layers of landscape to mount to the card base using border dies from Lawn Fawn and Pretty Pink Posh.

The yellow layer is “hay” for hay bails, green is “grass” for cows and brown is “dirt” for pigs. LOL. I love making scenic cards!!

I used some Spellbinder circle dies for hay bales and colored them with Yellow and brown Copics.

Stamped the barn twice and mounted them together with Scotch foam tape.

Two large hay bales were mounted together with foam tape and glued down with Scotch ATG gun. Everything was colored with Copic alcohol markers.

Hay layer was adhered flat with ATG. Grass layer was mounted with foam tape. Dirt layer was mounted with foam tape.

A top view of some of the dimension.

I messed up coloring the legs of this bird, so I cut him away from the cow and glued him to the top of this big hay bale, which worked out perfectly and gave more balance to the scene. Mistakes happen. I’ve invested a lot of time so I make things work. Every detail no matter how small adds character.

Here is another card made with this same stamp set. Ironically, it was for my honey girl (grand daughter) when she turned 3.

Another card made from FARM Friends

1-31-18 Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, It’s a 2’fer

Hey Crafters!! I needed 2 cards quick and I had not prepared well on the fly. Kathy used some holiday stamps for everyday, with these cute birds! I took that cool water colored Elephant and Zebra from this post and turned them into a card. Scroll down for that.

Today’s coloring was due to needing a base for another card. I had this cool owl from Stampendous, that I’d colored on (Who Know’s What Day!?) after the Volkswagens. LOL. Just keepin’ it real. When I saw this stamp in the online store @ JoAnn’s recently, it screamed, Harry Potter’s owl to me! I’d stamped several and colored 2. Hedwig is really a very white owl, but this stamp has quite a bit of detail on it, so I just did the best I could. This card was for David N. On his last day at work.

I had to tear a white sheet out of my sketchbook for a card base, trimmed off the perforations, and began coloring it with copics. I was hoping to mimic some base layers of card stock and as I hurried along, it morphed into a window and a sad one at that! But, I had to hurry and just get it done! I could have done more, much much more…It looked odd and I added the window sill. It really needed a wood frame too, just didn’t have enough time.

Since the paper in my Canson Sketch book is a bit thin, I doubled it up by glueing another piece behind the owl with glossy accents and fussy cut around the image with scissors, then popped it up a little with scraps of the same paper rolled up a time or two and glued behind the image. I will do this at home if I run out of foam tape or fun foam.

Owl and Books colored with alcohol markers (Copics and Fine point Sharpies). I tried to use 3 different colors on the book spines from the same color families (light-medum-dark), the black book actually used black, dark brown and gray.

This card was for Kyle G. On his last day at work. I would have rather done a deer or moose card for him, but I just didn’t have the time to stamp and color something new. This is one of the reason’s I love Kathy’s 30 Day! I just. Color images and grab them when I need them.

I really hated cutting part of my tree off, but it was necessary for this 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card! LOL. It’s all good.

Have a Great Day!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day 1-24-18

Hey Crafters!! Today Kathy did some No Line Coloring with Colored Pencils, but I already had this cute VWBug stamped from Print Works in my Canson Sketch book. It was one of my Christmas presents from my son.

I colored the first bug in Green alcohol markers from Copics to Fine Point Sharpies and even some white gel pen. YG25 main body and shading, C4 for some edges around the doors and bumper, B32 for the glass, Black fine point Sharpie for the wheels, R29 for the tail light, B12 headlight. Spectrum Noir clear sparkle on each of the cars just for fun.

and the Blue bug in B32 diluted out with the 0 Blender pen, 100 Black for wheels, hub caps C4 and Ranger white gel pen, R29 tail light, B12 for head light. More B32 for the darker parts the give depth to the fenders/door/hood etc., white gel pen.

The Pink/Orange Bug was done in RV55 for the base. I tried really hard to leave some light areas. (Baby steps you know, working on not filling the entire space!). LOL. I used some R22 over the RV55 to darken some places like the fenders and leading edge of the door, etc. I couldn’t stop myself from adding RV52 to those white areas I was trying to leave uncolored. (Eeeek!). Polynesian Purple Bic Mark it on the wheel/hub, C4 tires, B0000 for the windows on this one, R29 tail light, B21 headlight. Fine point orange sharpie to deepen where I think all of the shadows would be fenders/hood, etc. Dark purple sharpie for the nuts on the wheel. I will fussy cut these for scenes later, when I need a quick card and don’t have time to color.

The Canson Sketch Book is from Wal-mart Super Center. It’s 98 lb paper and I’ve been water coloring and Copic coloring in it. I like it, but might have liked a heavier paper. I’m not sure if it comes in a heavier one. This one is almost full and I will scope that out for the next one. Have a Great Day!

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-22-18 Water Color

Hey Crafters!! Today Kathy Altering a Holiday Stamped image , but I had this Red Rubber elephant and Stampin’UP! Zebra already stamped in my Canson 5.5 x 8 inch sketch book from Wal-Mart and I wanted to see if I could water color them.

I really wanted to go outside of my “Traditional Zone” and use some funky colors, like purple on the elephant and blue on the zebra, BUT in the end, I had to go back and dull everything down with some gray! It’s very hard for me to do non traditional, but I enjoy it so much when visiting other blogs.

They were a hot mess until I came back in with a Precision V5 fine point black pen (from Wal-mart) and drew on them. LOL. I love doing that! The results are so cool. And it just makes the image pop. You can do a similar thing if you leave your stamps in a stamping tool and just stamp over the images again. I faked this tree which is a bit sad, it was sketched in with a #2 pencil first, then added some water colors and let that dry, then doodled with Precision V5 pen.

These images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink mid September, so they have had time to cure well and the water didn’t seem to affect them very much. Normally I would stamp these in a permanent ink like Ranger Archival Jet Black or StazOn. I had not planned the tree, but after the animals were colored they looked odd and I said to myself, an elephant and a zebra would Pro a ally not be this close to each other. I used the aqua painter to dab light green leaves and let them dry. Then dabbed dark green leaves and let them dry. Then used a fan brush to tap, tap, tap those wispy looking bits all over the dried leaves and extending away from the edges of the branches and leaves. I used a big scrub brush to blob in the bushes around the animals and the fan brush over the top of that. The bushes never quite got where I was trying to go with them! LOL. So, I called it good and doodled on the animals, the tree and added extra grasses.

My “water colors” are from Crayola Washable Kid’s markers and Marvy Markers scribbled onto a paint pallet and picked up there with a wet aqua painter. I use Pentel Aquash in large and small. I love these water brushes, they don’t leak and they supply water to the brush tip without dripping. They travel well too!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Great Week!

Hey Crafters! I’m still playing in #thedailymarker30day with some really cool stamps by #ArtImpressions called EZ Project: B number UM4272, stamps were coated with the marker and stamped, then came in with the water brush to dilute everything, add trees and bushes here and there let that dry. Stamped the fence. Scribbled in some grass and outlined the cabin and hill side with Precise V5 fine point pen in black. Don’t forget to sign your work of art! Enjoy! http://www.thedailymarker.com/2018

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge 1-15-2017

Hey Crafters!! It’s time for some fun coloring over at Kathy Racooson’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 1 Whoop Whoop!!

Today she is using Bic Mark It alcohol markers. You know, I colored with them for years before getting into Copics. The cool thing about alcohol markers is that they will all work with each other and a blender solution.

I am playing with my new Jane Davenport aqua pastels for these well images from Stampendous called, P195 Wishing Well.

Are you playing in Kathy’s Challenge?


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Birthday Card for Mom Dec 2017

Hey Crafters!! I’m popping in with a quick card for my Mom’s birthday.

I’ve pulled a previously colored image and threw it together to make a quick card to go with some fun Purple kitchen utensils, a table cloth and shopping bag. *Scroll to the bottom of this post for the Video.

This is a gorgeous wood mounted stamp from Inkadinkado 60-00513.

I bought these fun Purple kitchen utensils at my local Wal-Mart Super Center for 99 cents to $2.47. They also came in a medium teal blue, bright green and hot pink. It would have been fun to have some of each color, but Mom’s favorite color is Purple.

While searching for a container to put them in, I found this gorgeous Tablecloth by, The Pioneer Woman. They were $14-$15. Mom has an oval table, but has recently moved to a house with a smaller kitchen and took the leaf out of her table. Now the table is round! I’m so glad I called to confer with her instead of getting the wrong table cloth.

I also tossed in a tiny Crisco that I picked up at the Dollar General Store last time I needed to make pie crusts. The small Crisco was all they had and I’d bought 2 and only used 1. This added some humor to the gift bag. By now I’ve spent about $25, but still want something to display the kitchen utensils in.

The large clear glass Mug came from the Dollar store, where everything is $1.00. It’s got to be around 24 ounces and it’s perfect to hold all of these Purple utensils. I used some ribbon from Michael’s that matches the color theme I’ve got going on here. Plus, a plastic reusable shopping bag to put my gifts in, also $1.00 from the Dollar store. The can colander was from Wal-Mart @ .99 cents. I love to Mix and Match things! While this in not my best coloring for a card, it saved me in a pinch of time to have a card to go with my gifts and I DID NOT HAVE TIME TO WORRY ABOUT IT…scrambling late at night…ROLLING ON TO GET OUT THE DOOR with car loaded for a family reunion, get to work, don’t forget my lunch and hope I’ve packed everything I need for the weekend!

Mom’s Birthday Card Gifts Dec 2107

August 2016 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  It’s well past time for August’s Name Tags…eek!  

For this month’s tag I pulled out the Adorable…Mocha Moments clear stamp set by, Penny Black.  And used the girl drinking and loving coffee and colored her with Copic alcohol markers.

This was a very simple name tag.  No Muss-No Fuss.  My life schedule has changed in a major way and I needed another fun name tag to wear to identify myself and these cute girls from Penny Black are perfect!  

Don’t forget, you can easily use these tags for Gift Tags or layer them up for the front of Greeting Cards.  And you can see the subtle differences my different marker choices made.  Use what you have and enjoy creating something fun.  


Name Badges (in Vertical format) from Wal-mart Super Center office dept. and name badge Holders (clips).  For around $4 you can purchase 12 badges and 12 clips.

The Paper Studio Heavy White card stock, cut @ 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches.

Name:  stamped in Ranger archival jet black ink, (P) from Martha Stewart Monograms and Frames), (aulette) was stamped with Lawn Fawn’s, Riley’s ABCs LF452, the Capitol P in this set just didn’t give me the results I wanted, so I chose to use the MS Capitol P instead.  

Original Tag in Sleeve:  Copics Used:  

                 Dress – B32 main body of dress, B12 lower part of dress, buttons, earring and hair bow (could easily be done in any

                 combination of blues or any other color family).

                 Skin – E00 base color, E93 shadows at the ear, chin, base of neck-collar area, hands at thumb muscle and nuckles,    

                 And arm where it touches the sleeve of dress.  Cheeks – RV25.  Lips – RV55.

                 Hair – Y32 base with E70 for bangs and ponytail curls.

                 Cup – R29 leaving a small highlight uncolored in the center of the cup.

                 Coffee –  Y28.


Second Tag:  Copics:   I was in a hurry to duplicate the tag for a video, didn’t like my video – deleted it.  So Sorry!  Thought I would have time to recreate it, but didn’t due to life and another sinus/sore throat thing.

                 Dress – B12 main body of dress, B14 lower part of dress (skipped buttons and colored right over them with B12).            

                 Earring & Hair Bow – B12. (I must have gone outside the image at the stomach area on our left-her right, do you 

                 See the darker blue line that looks like a shadow, this was not colored in, it’s where I used the 0 Blender pen and 

                 It pushed the color back into the dress)!

                 Skin – E00 base color, R12 shadows at the ear, chin, base of neck-collar area, hands at thumb muscle and nuckles,

                 Cheeks.  Lips – RV55.

                 Hair – Y32 base with Y28 for Bangs and ponytail curls.

                 Cup – R29 leaving a small highlight uncolored in the center of the cup.

                 Coffee – E99.