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.

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).