March 2016 Name Tag-Card Video

Hey Crafters!!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The birds are migrating and the Spring bulbs are blooming.  Let’s bring out our inner Leprechaun and get crafting…

For today’s tag I improvised and used a $1.00 Pilgrim stamp by studio g or Inkadinkado and turned him into a Leprechaun by doing some selective inking with Memento dew drop ink pads and coloring with Copic markers.
I did not have a Leprechaun stamp, so this was an easy way to make one.  Watch the video and see how I work this out.  

For Better video quality…”click here”…to watch at YouTube


Wild Indian Mar 2016

Hey Crafters!!  I hope you’re all having a great Spring.  S.W. Missouri is sunny, rainy and warm this year and it’s  Welcomed with open arms compared to our usual 6 more weeks of Winter!  LOL

Today I’m sharing this birthday card for my grand baby who just turned 1.  

It was a rushed card.  Can you tell?  Oye!  I’m talking down to the wire, 30 minutes until the party starts and I’m still gluing things down!  I’d already planned it ahead of time in my mind.  Then,just ended up a very busy Nana and made it an hour before the party, which was not enough time.  I was going to add a couple more Indians or maybe a cowboy peeking in from the edges of the card.  A bow and arrow would have been nice, but I’d only die cut the stick horse.  Thankfully I’d die cut the body and already colored it at another sitting, some cowboy boots and hat, but not enough time to dress a cowboy!

I have most of the Sizzix Dress Up Doll dies and accessory dies like clothes, hair, occupations, children themes, etc.  I’ve spent years collecting them on sale. 😉    The matching face stamps are fun too since the Sizzix doll has a flat face.  And I often mix and match them with the clothes from the Quickutz Dress Up Dolls.  They don’t match perfectly, but I make do when I’m creating a specific character that I don’t have the clothes for.  The dolls arms are positioned differently and the QK clothes are a bit smaller for the Sizzix doll, but I can usually trim the body down or trim the clothes/shoes, etc. and make them work.  

My card was inspired by this beautiful invitation made by the Petunia Tree Boutique and Paperie.  When I get things a week or two before the event, it’s nice to just mull them over in my mind for a few days deciding which direction to take.  I knew I would make an Indian (easy enough to mimic Indian clothes. With some strategic scissor cuts) and fun to use a little bit of my native blood to soar on this one.  ;).   I just wish I’d had time to doodle on the sky, and background.  Thankfully most of my die cutting was already done.  

It’s a beautiful matte card stock (maybe professional matte photo paper?)  Etsy company below.  I have no idea what Amber paid for these but they really are gorgeous.  Here is what is printed on the back if you’re interested in further investigation. 😉

Sizzix Dies and Stamps:

Dress Ups Body, Dress Ups Cowboy Accessories (stick horse), Dress Ups Boy Hair and Dress Ups Faces stamps by Stu Kilgour 655666.

Misc. Dies:

Quickutz Pirate Costume REV-1-1-0078 (pants, shirt, shoes and bandana used as a loin cloth).  Sleeves of the shirt were cut off above the elbow and switched to the opposite arm and repositioned with glue.   Shirt, loin cloth and cuffs of pants were all fringed with fine point scissors.   Should have fringed the cuffs of the shirt too…

Spellbinders Media Mixage Triangles One die set using the Large and middle dies for Tee Pees, tent flap was cut with scissors and folded back, an extra scrap of card stock was glued behind the opening.

Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2, scalloped shape used as sky-clouds.  Stitched Borders 1, hill used as background.

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, curvy hill for the background.  

Copics were used to doodle on many of these die cuts, plus a fine point Sharpie black marker for the stick horse mane and eye details.  Glued a scrap piece of card stock behind the eye since it cuts out and falls away.  I really need to alter this die and take out most of the detail blades, just didn’t have time!

Simon Says Stamp sentiment from Big Birthday Wishes SSS 101521 (April 2015 Card kit).

Seahorses 2-23-16 Kathy Rac 30 Day

 Hey Crafters!!  This is my last entry in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day. Color Challenge.   These stamps are some of my own creations from the extra red rubber cut away from the surrounding areas of purchased stamps.  The Seahorses, L-R fan, starfish, sponge bowl and coral.   
All images are stamped in Stampin’UP! Water based dye inks except the coral, it was stamped in Simon Says Stamp Pale Pink Blush.  Then the images were doodled on with Copics in the same color family.  Large seahorse was stamped with SU Costal Cabana.  Small seahorse stamped in SU Lucky Limeade.  Fan stamped in SU Wisteria Wonder.  Pink starfish stamped in SU Pixie Pink and Orange one originally stamped in SU Blush Blossom but it was too soft, then stamped in Calypso Coral.  

Glitter Gel Pen in the same color families were used on the light green seaweed, and both Seahorses.  

  This started out as a 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ card base, but things got really messy.  I didn’t like my small seashores and his stamp got edited a lot, I probably should have waited.  But I’m kind of an in the moment person…

These are the distress inks I used to sponge the panel to mask some ink smudging.  Starting in the top right corner fossilized amber to mimic sunshine.  Mermaid Lagoon up the left side and right side.  Cracked pistachio the bridge the gap. Between the yellow and green.   Then dropped water on the panel and took it up with a paper towel.  That big drop between the horses was an accident, then I stared controlling the water with an aqua painter.  After these dried, I brushed a wash of White Acrylic paint mixed with a little bit of water down the left side of each bubble.  The blue bubbles above the horses was done with a Copic marker, some of them were too bold and I dotted a little bit of the acrylic paint wash in the centers of them.      
 All images were outlined with a Sharpie fine point black marker, except the seaweed (that looks like snakes…oops!).  This panel was cut down with a Spellbinders Labels 4 Grand because I got ink all over the back of my card too!   It happens….  I trimmed the points of the die cut off at the top and sides, hoping it would seem a bit fish tank like.  This will likely become a card front later.

I filmed the stamping and the doodling, but had some crazy issues with my iPad Air 2 and iMovie.  The app kept crashing and I gave up..

Copic Starfish Card-Kathy Rac-2/19/2016 

Hey Crafters!!  For day 19 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge she was hopping with Simon Says Stamp’s newest Release (winner’s announced Feb. 22) and did some fun Copic colored cards.  I really needed to make a Birthday card for my husband!   And since the grand babies were going to be here Saturday, Friday was my only open window…

I tried something new for this card base and did some Copic “water color” and it just didn’t go the way I thought it would.  Very hard to manipulate the color like when you use your markers, but turned out okay in the end after I added Blender Solution to it with a scrap of sweater fabric.   That was after I colored some other starfish die cuts more simply and added blender solution with the scrap of sweater.  (Please be careful with Blender if you are an allergic person, I had to take a Benadryl after using this technique 2 days in a row see more info at the bottom of this post).  

The Video is an easier way, with the same or similar Copic markers!  

This was all cut in Canson’s water color paper (9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart Super Center) and doodled on with Copics and a few Bic Mark It’s. 

The card stands up and this is how I displayed it without an envelope.  Mike loved it!  He said, it was the best card I’ve ever made him.  It’s also the smallest!  Haha…

A quick video showing how I color the Sizzix Starfish die with Copics and apply blender solution with a scrap of sweater, which gives great texture to your colored die cut. 

Copics: Y13, Y18, Y26, E70, R22, R24, G07, YG25 and Varoius Ink 0 Colorless Blender.  Bic Mark It’s in Black, Tan, fine points dark brown, teal blue,  black.

Addtional Dies: Impression Obsession Mini Shells DIE176-E (these are so cute and emboss lines into the shells as you cut), Quickutz starfish from Relax Boxed set plus Sizzix small clam shell die (only next to the Completed Starfish card at the end of the video), MFT Hibicus (foliage used on the card twice) 815765015899. 

Martha Stewart crab punch in water color paper (super hard to punch, but wanted the heaviness),Copics RV52, RV55, R29, R59, RV66 and Black Bic Mark it for eyes. Glossy Accents on crab eyes and claws. Mini Glass beads in gold used for sand, applied with Glossy Accents.

*Please read the label on your blender solution and act accordingly.  It did cause me some moderate discomfort and reaction issues having used it on 4 cards the previous day 20-24 hours before using it on the 4 starfish die cuts at this sitting. I should have worn rubber gloves to protect myself.   I will not be using this product in the presence of children.  I already caused Millie to have hives last year by bringing in a spray painted door decoration.  You may need to consider pets as well.  

Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day-Copic Blender texture 2-17-16

Hey Crafters!!  Today Kathy Rac did some soft Copic coloring. On some sweet birds from Winnie & Walter.  I stamped several card fronts and tried to limit myself to soft colors.  It was so tough!  I love color.  LOL

Geese from Stampin’UP! Set called Wetlands. Copics:  E70, Y32, R12, No.0 Gray, E51 and 0 Blender.  Then pulled in E35 to finish my ground area.  Bic Mark it in Tiki Hut Tan and Sharpie fine point black to bridge the gaps between the Geese and the edges of the white card.  

  Penguin from SU’s Zoo Review set.  Front ice and sentiment from WPlus9 Winter Pals set.  Copics, B12, B0000, 0 Blender, No.0 Gray and C4, Rv52.  
Critters from The Original Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter by Hunter Leisure Pty Ltd, Tullamarine NIC 3043 (sent to me by my lovely friend Heather Flowers in the New Zealand).  I used the book, The Tailor of Gloucester as inspiration of how to color all of the original characters.  The bunny bunch, the bee, the lily pad and bunny on bench are not in this book.

All 3 of these cards were muted with 0 Blender solution on a scrap of sweater (this is a sacrifice for Me, if you are an allergic person please protect yourself and use Blender solution at your own risk, heed the warning label.  I did end up having to take some Benadryl the next night because I’d absorbed too much of it into my skin and or breathed it, I should have worn plastic gloves. I also need to keep in mind those around me. Like my grand babies).  This is another reason I will not be coloring with my Copics on airplanes.  

 All white card stock is Heavy Weight by the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby brand). And stamped in Memento Tux. Black ink. 

All card bases are made to be A2 size and are from the Paper Studios Heavy Weight colored packs or Recollections 65 lb (which is too light for card bases, but sometimes I have to got there for the right color.

Wine card from a Fiskars set called Aged to Perfection.  This is a poor quality stamp set, but once you color it in it isn’t too bad.  I did not use the blender solution and scrap sweater on this one.  Copics, Rv52, E70, Y32, G43, E51, B12, B0000, BV13.  The darker shades on the wine bottle and top of the wine glasses is B12 over the BV13.  Holes in the cheese are Bic Tiki Hut Tan.

I had filmed the coloring of these, but the video was too long, edited it down on iMovie via iPad, saved it, spent it back to iMovie and split it.  Edited them down a bit more and Tried to do a voice over, but iMovie didn’t like that idea and crashed every time I was at the end of the video.  I give up!  Thanks for stopping by. ;)))

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day-Feb 16, 2016 Nail Art Die Cuts

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 16 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge and she colored a sweet wintry bear from Honey Bee Stamps.  Visit her blog for a giveaway of Honey Bee Stamps.  I colored a mini die cut and stuck it to my finger nail!  

This sweet little heart die is from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card die set.  

 This was a 5 minute coloring session and about 2 minutes to stick it down with my polish.  Cheesy, I know, but fun!  

I used Copic RV55 to enhance the sides and added a tiny dot at the tip and at the bottom of the V of the heart.  

I took my faux French manicure off today (it’s a great way to look like you have longer nails than you do).  And I had painted a sad little heart with red polish and clear coated it.  Well, after painting my nails today with these polishes, I was really missing my heart!  Today’s manicure was 2 coats of Revlon Colorstay 020 Pale Cashmere.  (I should have used my primer, it helps hide any bumps, and you don’t have to use as many coats of polish for good coverage, but I skimped).  I added 1 coat of this glitter polish in the middle by NYC. New York 155 Gramercy Glitz.  Then seal coated that with NYC 138 Classy-Glassy.  

To add the heart, I rolled it around a small paint brush to get it curving.  Added a small amount of the clear polish in the area I wanted it to stick to and applied it with my Quick Stik tool by Quickutz and held it down with my finger nails from my other hand.  I also rolled over it with an orange stick. (That little stick that comes with nail kits to remove polish from your cuticles).  Then, applied a coat of the glitter polish.  This one dries back really flat, so I ended up adding one last clear coat to all nails.

Kathy Rac 30 Day Feb Name Tag/Card~ Video

Hey Crafters!!  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Valentine’s Day!  I’m a bit late, but still wanted to use some semi-Valentine type stamps for Feb. name tags and card.  Today Kathy Racoosin did some more Amazing copic color for Inspire Me Monday over at Power Poppy blog.  I’ve got to get over there and try some of their challenges as you don’t have to have PP stamps to play AND you could win some.  If you’re viewing this post in an email from me, you may need to pop over to my blog for the video link at the bottom of this post.

I created February’s Name Tag and created a card with a similar layout as the tag using the same stamps as the tag.  

Kathy sent me Lawn Fawn’s Lovin’ Breakfast during Stamptember 2012.  If you’re not familiar with Stamptember, visit Simon Says Stamp blog for all kinds of FUN.  But Stamptember is a Fall event where SSS and many of their Design Team share lots of new product, tutorials, give always, etc.  Sign up for their email so you don’t miss a thing.  Simon is also one of those great companies out there still giving away product for commenting and playing in challenges.  I even got a coupon to get a free stamp set for my birthday in 2015, but never got to place an order.  I wasn’t sure if I needed to place an order or if I could have just recieved the stamp set and paid shipping to get it?  Either way, I was very impressed with their offer of a birthday gift.  

These are the little name badges I purchased at Wal-Mart Super Center a few seasons ago.  This one is vertical, but you can get horizontal too.  The badges are seperate from the clips, but for around $4.00 you can create personalized name tags for your group or friends at card class.  

I also purchased the dies for this set recently from Tara Sell over on YouTube, her blog and YouTube are called Curl E. Cues.  She was very sweet and reliable to buy from during her Destash of stamps and dies.  

You can also layer up your name tags or a smaller die cut for Gift Tags, Gift Bag Tags or Cards as shown here.  I’ve got to stop cleaning my stamps with face wipes, they are better than baby wipes, but you still get some fibers on your stamp pad and that caused some smearing issues and I ended up stamping on the back of this white die cut during the video.  Enjoy!

Supplies for today’s crafts:

Heavy weight white and deep orange card stock by The Paper Studio, Black by Recollections 65 lb.

Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles dies.

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn “Lovin’ Breakfast” (toaster-toast-bow tie) and matching dies (bow tie). , Simon Says Stamp “I See You” (I love you – sentiment and small heart stamp, The Paper Studio “Months of the Year” (Feb – masked off for the abbreviation).

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink (for Copic markers), SSS Pale Blush (for the cheeks of the toaster).

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day 2-12-16 Colored Pencils

Hey Crafters!!  It’s day 12 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge.  She did some Amazing copic coloring today, especially shading on the new little chef’s from MFT.

I chose to stamp an image called Etched Flowers SCQ430, by Hero Arts.  Kathy sent me this stamp in a fantastic blog candy during Stamptember 2012 and I don’t think I’ve ever used it.  That is another thing I would like to accomplish during this 30 Day Color Challenge and use stamps and dies she sent me.  One of the great things about blog candies, is you are given things you wouldn’t  always choose for yourself.  It’s another opportunity to grow as a crafter or artist or both!  

I’m trying a technique that Jennifer McGuire did recently.  It’s called white highlighting with a white colored pencil on colored card stock.  Go to her blog and watch her video.  My video is long and boring, so I’m not going to post it.  This was not a good technique for Me and perhaps that is because I only have kid’s colored pencils that are 15-20 years old as I don’t throw things away.  I need to invest in some Artist grade pencils.  I also felt my card was too Void of color, which is something I struggle with All the time as a crafter.  It’s very frustrating to me and I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I added colored pencils to my image and that didn’t fly.  I added copic markers to my image and still didn’t feel done.  Ultimately, I doodled on the whole image with a fine point black Sharpie and decided I was done.  LOL. 

The whole image was traced and shaded with a white Crayola Pencil.  It felt empty and I started by outlining the image with brown, pink, gray and light blue.  Then I started filling in the petals with pink, orange and red with brown in the centers of the flowers.  Dark green blue and yellow on the leaves and still wasn’t happy with it!  Grabbed  theC4 Gray and went around the whole image, nope! Grabbed the No. 0 Gray and softened that.  Nada…  Grabbed R59 or R56 or both!  And added some shadows to the petals of the flowers.  Eh, not really working for Me either.  Finished by doodling all around the image with a fine point black Sharpie marker and FINALLY it feels complete.  It was a very long process and I thought, Why didn’t I just leave it white?  


Heavy Weight Colored Card stock by the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) cut and scored into a n A2 sized 

card base (4 1/4″x5 1/2″).

Stampin’UP! Craft ink in Whisper White (pigment ink), stamped and dried with a heat tool.

Crayola colored pencils, Copics, Fine point black Sharpie marker.

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Feb 9 2016 Desk Header

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 Pen & Ink Lettering

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.