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.


July 2016 Name Tag-Card Video

Hey Crafters!!  I’m going with a “Summer” theme for this month’s name tag and turning the same layout into a shaped card.  

I’be been working on my resume’ after years of being at home with my kids and most recently my grand babies.  Applying for jobs online, which is nerve racking when you can not see the people, their facility, etc.  Not to mention, taking timed online clerical assessments, eek!  

Then, the sudden passing of an aunt Friday before last (my dad’s sister and one of my favorite uncle’s wife, this uncle was my dad’s best friend and he was my uncle long before he married my aunt). Our big family on my father’s side is shrinking (we lost 3 last year and 1 this year) and even though I am a Christian, grieving takes its toll on me.  As my favorite people pass or loose their people, it somehow compounds what I’m feeling.  I worry about all of the firsts after their person is gone (birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and especially Christmas, etc.).  


Canson 140 Lb. water color paper (9×12 inch pad from Wal-Mart Super Center).

Misc Blue card stock

Stamps:  Fluffy Passenger by Penny Black, Clear Monogram and Frames Stamps by Martha Stewart and Riley’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn.  

Dies:  Stampin’UP!/Sizzix Labels Collection 125598

Inks:  Ranger Archival Jet black ink (heat set with the Milwaukee heat tool from the lovely Jennifer McGuire).

Stampin’UP!  Water based Dye reinkers in Night of Navy(watered down for the 2 different versions of Gray), Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink.  

Pentel Aquash Painter w/small nib with water.

June 2016 Name Tags-Nautical Card-Video

Hey Crafters!!It’s time for June’s Name Tag and Card.  This month I went with a Summer-Nautical theme just for something different and fun.  If you’re reading this blog post in an email and video doesn’t show, pop over to my blog and scroll down to the bottom of the post to view it.

For the tag, I cut heavy weight cream card stock by the Paper Studio to 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches for the vinyl name tag holders from Wal-mart Super Center.  

The Martha Stewart crab punch, cut in misc. red card stock and doodled on with Copics and Bics in various reds and pinks plus black for the eyes. Glossy Accents by Ranger was applied to the eyes and claws, plus Ranger Crackle to the oval part of the crab’s body.  

Impression Obsession mini shells set was cut in the same cream colored card stock and doodled on with Copics and Sharpie fine point markers, Glossy Accents was added to some areas of the shells and in some cases the whole shell.  

For the card, I used a 4 1/4 inch by 5 1/2 inch spare card base on my desk. Spellbinders Standard Circles Large were used to cut 2 circle dies, red card stock with the largest circle and cream card stock with the next size down circle die.  The sun didn’t stamp perfectly, totally my fault, but I just kept going.  Juggling a lot this week in preperation for the Independence Day holiday and crafting. 

The adorable Sun stamp is from Simon Says Stamp, Happy and Smiles set. Stamped in Stampin’UP! Daffodil Delight and Pixie Pink. Ranger Glossy Accents was used to glue everything down, since it’s Archival safe and will not bleach the card stocks. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a Creative Day and pop back over to see me soon!

Copics, Bics and Sharpies, White Gel pens used as follows:

A Teapot, Teacup, Clock & Candelabra, Card June 2016

Hey Crafters!!  My honey bug turned 4 this month and I wanted to make her a special card.  Her party was a Princess theme.  We love ALL of the princess movies.  I used a little Golden book by Disney called, Beauty and the Beast The Teapot’s Tale, as inpiration for creating my characters for the card.  I have created a likeness to Mrs. Potts, Chip, Cogsworth the clock and Lumiere the candle stick holder.  All from dies!  Yes!

AccuCut Craft Teapot Die:  T1005J (Jumbo size = 9 inches and 11/16ths Tall by 11 inches and 11/16ths Wide).

Sizzix (Eileen Hull) Tea Cup, 3-D Die: 656549 (I had to add an extra piece of water color paper to the bottom of the tea pot and hand draw the decorative element to create the pedestal of the cup, it was fussy cut w/small scissors).

I already had the tea cup die, when I purchased the tea pot die fully knowing that some day I would make a special card with them.  They’ve been here for a few years and this was my chance to see if I could do it.  Teapot and cup were cut in Canson  Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor paper (I buy the 9×12 inch pad at Wal-Mart Super Center).  Most details were drawn in pencil first, then covered by Copics.  For the teapot and cup’s decorative base-handles- eyes:  Y18, RV55, B12 and Bic Mark it Desert Rose and Tuxedo Black.  Shading on the teapot and cup in No. 0 Gray.  Teapot’s eye shadow BV13.  Thick Black lines Copic 100 Black.  Thin black lines Sharpie Medium point marker.  Inside the teapot and cup Copic C4.  Teapot’s lipstick outlined in Bic Mark it Desert Rose, filled in with Copic R29with RV66 over it. Inside the teapot’s mouth R56.  Inside cup’s mouth Copic Black 100. 

Spellbinders Mod Clocks Die set:  S5-074,  Joy Crafts Billie’s Garden (candle stick holder w/ hand drawn candles and face, fussy cut with small scissors), Provo Craft Place Setting die set (silver ware).  I even tossed in the little cake decorating bag from Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love stamp set.  I couldn’t resist and it was easier than trying to come up with the “dusters” from this table scene.  LOL. I didn’t have any dies that would mimic the dusters, off the cuff anyway.  The silverware were a stretch too.  I just needed something to fill the space in the center of the table and hey, I’ve got a silverware die!  They were cut in light gray card stock and doodled on with the black medium point sharpie and I knew they had to have Faces.  Love them!

Sizzix Birthday Cake #2 Die, WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals 2013 (the die that matches the solid image flower on the top right corner of this stamp set (flowers on cake), Sizzix/Stampin’UP! Edgelits – Large Scalloop 127019 (to create green and purple swags on cake).  Base Cake cut in textured light yellow card stock.  Cake plate cut in red card stock and doodled on with a pink metallic gel pen and filled in with R56.  

Clock base cut in burnt orange card stock used as a drop shadow, clock base cut in bright yellow for the main body to adhere everything else to, clock base cut in medium brown and cut up for pieces for the trim and top of the clock and doodled on with Copics:  E27 on the brown areas, Y26 on the yellow areas.  Face cut in light pink card stock w/clock face die from the Mod Clocks set, but hands are from an older Spellbinders set called, Pocket Watch.  All images and characters outlined with Sharpie marker to mimic their design from the book.

The cake and icing bag are elevated on double sided foam tape by Scotch.  Everything else is glued straight down to the inside of the card.  Little moment lines added around the dancing items with Copic E35.

This is an 8 and 1/2 inch by 11 inch top folding card.  The Back piece was scored across the top at 1/2 inch and glue to the back of the front piece with Mrs. Potts and Chip on it.  

The sentiments were created with Lawn Fawn’s Riley’s ABCs LF452 and stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. 

I did film this ALL day card, but in the end I’d accidentally laid the open book on my desk for reference of the faces while creating and I just felt like it could not be shared due to copy write laws, etc.  I spent hours creating, editing and voice over too.  Millie and her Momma (my Katie) loved the card and so did everyone else who was watching her read it.  Mission accomplished!  Eeeeeeee! (Happy Sound). 

May 2016 Name Tag-Card Video

Hey Crafter’s!!  It’s time for May’s name tag and card.  I’m going to call this Water color stamping and I’m going to include a link to Dawn’s blog from WPlus9.  I’m doing a different twist on this technique and adding my own doodling with Crayola and Cra-Z-art washable kid’s markers and some fine to medium point Sharpies.  (If you’re reading this in an email, pop over to my blog for the video and scroll down to the bottom)

To bump the name tag up to a Card, I simply cut a mat 1/4 inch taller and wider than my art piece to help it pop off of this extra red A2 card base from another project.  Easy Peasy!  These name tags can be used for gift tags too.  

These name badge holders came from Wal-Mart Super Center’s office supply department.  The badges and hangers are sold in separate packages, but for around $4.00 you can make 12 name tags to share with your favorite group.

After I was completely done, I went back and put my name on my works of art and doodled a little bit more on the flower pots with a dark blue sharpie! (Sorry, not included in the video as it was just a whim. It’s fun to look back and see the year I created different pieces and see how I have grown artistically.).   I love how these turned out!  Thanks for joining Me today.  


Canson 140 lb. cold press water color paper (9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart)

Stampin’UP! Water based dye inks:  Pacific Point (flower pot), Blush Blossom-Calypso Coral-Real Red (Rose layers),

Old Olive-Lucky Limeade (leaves), Costal Cabana-Lovely Lilac (filler flowers).

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for Sentiments.

Stamps:  WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals (Rose, small rose leaves & hello sentiment), Papertrey Ink Garden Variety II (flower pot) and Garden Variety (trio of filler flowers).  The Paper Studio Months of the Year (May).

Washable Kid’s Markers in Crayola and or Cra-Z-art in Red, Magenta, Medium Blue and Dark Purple.

Sharpie markers in Black, Dark Green and Dark Blue.

Pentel Aquash Aqua brush. 

Spray bottle of water.

April 2016 Name Tag-Card Video

Hey Crafters!!  When Easter is in March, it really throws me through a loop.  Plus, major hay fever.  I chose to go the Spring route with a sheep on the tag and card.

Isn’t he/she CUTE!?  I want to go back and stamp Baaah…all over this card.  I just might do it.  I will be adding these cards to my BIG Mother’s Day Greeting cards gifts, that I’m working feverishly on for 2 weeks already!

This month’s tag and card uses a Poppystamps clear stamp set called, Ewe Are the Best, stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Canson 140 lb. cold press water color paper. Crayola washable markers in light blue, light green, gray, peach and medium pink were used to color the sheep image and grass, then diluted with water with an Aquash Aqua brush. Enjoy!


Canson 140 lb. Cold Press Water color paper (9×12″ pad from Wal-mart)

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink

Crayola Washable Markers

Aquash Aqua Brush filled with water

Sharpie Medium point black permanent marker

Masculine Fly Fishing Card ~ Video

Hey Crafters!!  This is a card made for our son, who turned 30 in August, 2015.  He’s one of those amazing people who is so multitalented that it’s mind boggling and we wonder, where did all of that talent come from?  He’s a quick study and just before his birthday, he did a lot of research on Fly Fishing and bought some poles.  We ran to Bass Pro and gathered up a bunch of stuff to make flies and I needed a quick card to go with our gifts.


If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog to watch the video located at the bottom of the post near the supply list.  

It is a long 19 minute video, so if you have something better to do, go do it.  LOL.   Do you ever have an idea, but when you take it to paper, it just does not work out like it did in your mind?  That is this card, but I just kept going.  There is a certain point in time where I’ve invested too much product, in this case Copics….and I just have to keep going and it usually turns out okay in the end.  Jon totally got the concept of his card and Amber even liked it too.  Even though it’s not my best card, my mission was successful.  And even though I wasn’t thrilled with it, it was still made with love and my son felt that.  At least he got a card that year, many folks did not as I have had some crazy sinus thing all Summer and Fall and keeping babies 3-4-5 days a week.  I’ve still got tons of things waiting in the wings to share.


Heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio, cut to an A2 card base.

Memento Black ink

Fine Point Sharpie Black marker

Stamps:  Fishing Pole by Stampabilities QR1068, Close to my Heart Bithday sentiment from set C1257, Retired.  

Copics & Bics:

E35, G43, B32, Y26, Y32, B12, B14, G99, E70, No. 0 Gray, 0 Blender.  Tiki Hut Tan.

Easter Flat Marble Magnets – Video

Hey Crafters!!  Happy Easter!  I’ve got a fun Magnet craft to share today.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to the blog for the video and scroll down to the bottom of the post.  

Peeps bunnies!  
Ducks!?  The beaks are saying, ducks to me.  LOL. 

I had great plans for even more, but ran out of these flat marbles.  I only had 1 bag tucked away and several of them were unusable due to  cracks in the back or pits in the tops, but I had enough to give away to several people.  

The peeps bunnies and little bunnies were from $1.00 stamps by studio g or Inkadinkado, they’ve been out of the packaging for ages.  The ducks are from a new $1.50 crafts art stamp from Michael’s this season.  The carrot from the video is by katie&co. For studio g and the bunny with floppy ears is by Alison Wong for studio g, both $1.00 stamps from seasons past.  

Stamp in Memento Tuxedo black ink, Colored with Copics or Bics, Punched out with a 1 inch Martha Stewart Punch, glued to the back of the flat marbles with Ranger’s Glossy Accents (it’s acid free and dries pretty fast).  I usually leave them to dry overnight.  Then glue the magnets to the marbles with E6000.  You’ll want to let them dry in a well ventilated area, I usually put them at the other end of my craft room, garage or outside.  More specific tips are included in the video tutorial.

Happy Easter!!  Enjoy!

Spring Coffee Lovers Card

Hey Crafters!!  I’m playing in the Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop, it ends today.  Happy Spring!
I cut a bunch of dies from my scrap bin and doodled on them with Copics.  Tulip by Sizzix, Daffodil by CottageCutz, Purple flowers by Martha Stewart (punch), Coffee Cup by LifeStyleCrafts,  I popped some things up with fun foam and Glossy Accents.  


The “happy” sentiment is from Penny Black, Let’s Chat.  The “Easter” is from Papertrey Ink, Year Round Happiness.

Shabby Chic Blush Decor Tray full of Hyacinths for Easter

Hey Crafters!!  Easter is just a few Days Away!!  How did that happen??   A couple of weeks ago, I was in Michael’s and they had the stamp/die stuff pulled and I flitted around the store and found these fabulous trays @ 40% off plus I had a 20% off your total purchase coupon! This made them $14.00 Each from the regular $34.99.  

This first one is Katie’s w/ pink box full of Easter magnets that I will share in another post.  I used the Sizzix Box #2 die to put the magnets in.  The flower pots were wrapped with a large circle die cut from cereal bag and tied around the flower pots with cotton yarn.  Hand cut confetti papers were stuffed into each section.

Then while visiting Wal-mart for some plants for the back porch, I discovered these blooming Hyacinths and Mini Daffodils in little $1.00 pots and got us each a variety.  I searched all of the pots and got the ones with extra bulbs!  Oh my goodness they smell Heavenly in my living room, while waiting to give them to the girls and plant mine outside.  We’re having some Freeze Alerts the last few days.  

I snuck in some St. Patty’s Day clover shapes from fun foam, I’d forgot I had.  I meant to put plastic Easter eggs in here too, but on a whim decided to get them to the girls this past Sunday before the blooms are gone.   I was in such a rush to prepare the trays, that I completely forgot about the bright colored plastic Easter eggs I wanted to fill these with too!  ;0 

This one is Amber’s with green box of magnets.  I just love that little bird sitting on the top of the tray.  These twirl around too and even though Amber doesn’t Craft, I thought she could use hers for perfumes and lotions or jewelry.  What a Fun Find!   I’m using mine for Glue, Scissors, etc.  on my craft desk. ;). 

I’m thankful for this beautiful Spring we are having, especially after last year’s with 3 deaths in our family involving all of my favorite aunts, uncles and cousins.  It really made the whole year tough.  I’m ready for the renewing of Spirit that this time of year brings along with the renewing of the plant life outside.  I was inspired to do some Spring cleaning and decorated the front porch and tidied up the front yard even thought I did not feel like doing it.  LOL. If your’re having a tough Spring, I pray that you can find some joy in the little things that make your heart sing and make you happy, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.