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.  

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.