Stampendous Snowman! In Water Color

Hey Crafters!! Well, I guess I jumped the gun. I got so excited about Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge that I thought it started a couple of Days Ago! But, it starts on November 1, 2019 for the 14th Color Challenge.

I stamped theses snowman scenes with Stampendous set called Cling Giving Snowmen CRS5108. I picked it up yesterday in Branson, MO at the Scrapbooks Forever Store.

Stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and colored with Jane Davenport water colors and a Simply Simmons Size 8 round brush for acrylic paints and a Perfect Pearls small round brush for the finer details.

I bough some new to me glue, Creatoogy Glitter and Sequin Glue at Michael’s Arts and Crafts the other day. And added some glitter.

Better with Glitter or Without? It’s hard to get a happy medium with glitter!

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!

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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Dec 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  December’s name tag is finally here.  LOL. It really snuck up on me.  If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog for a 10 minute video at the bottom of this post.

I’ve used Papertrey Ink’s Poinsettia stamp set with Stampin’UP! Pacific Point dye ink and a couple of Crayola washable markers in blue to create this month’s tag. If you subscribe to my blog, you know this is one of my favorite techniques to do and I call it Faux Water Color. 😉


It’s Fun!  It’s Artistic!  And…It’s Easy!  Enjoy!



PapertreyInk, Poinsettia Stamp set (small poinsettia).

The Paper Studio, Months of the Year (December, masked off for Dec).


Ranger Archival Jet Black (Dec).

Stampin’UP! Pacific Point, dye.


Crayola washable markers in Dark blue and Light blue.  Fine point Sharpie in black for writing my name on the tag.

  Oct 2015  Name Tags ~ Water Color ~ Video

Hey Crafters!!  October’s Name tags are a heat embossed stamped Mummy on water color card.  A nice break from copic coloring, I hope.  LOL  


After stamping and embossing the Mummy, I was really wishing I had room for a pumpkin.  I rummaged through my Halloween and Fall stamps and found several pumpkins, some in solid images and some that were  outlines.  All of them however,  would have required masking and more heat embossing and I was too impatient for those options and chose to add orange to my background to satisfy me desire for a pumpkin.  LOL  

I planned to squeak these into Kathy’s 30 day color challenge, but deer season and extra grand baby day care duties collided with a deep chest cold followed by a pinched nerve in my back.  My appologies for being late!  

I’ve actually quit going to card class, because I typically have Maddex on class day.  And even though his acid reflux is under wraps, he will not sit still in the car seat unless it’s in the car and it’s moving.  And he’s here late on that day, due to traffic so there is no point.  I’d be wrestling him and not making cards.  LOL  And I just don’t have the energy for that.  It’s really hard for me to not be Super Mom aka Nana anymore.  I have to realize my limitations.  One thing is for sure, I’m going to have to start a solid exercise routine and stick with it.  A super B12 vitamin wouldn’t hurt either.  LOL


Canson 400 Lb. water color cards stock ( 9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart) cut down to 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ to fit the name badges from Wal-Mart Super Center.

Stampin’UP! Reinkers:  Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Costal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight.

Ranger Archival Jet Black ink for Sentiment, Versamark Ink for the Mummy.

Stampcraft embossing powder in black. 

Heat Tool and Embossing Pouch.

Pen & Water Color~Kathy Rac 30 Day Oct 13 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 13 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, and today she added a little sparkle.  Click on her name to go straight to her post.  *There’s also a giveaway and winners will be chosen on Oct. 20, 2015!! (Edited to correct the date, sorry)

I’m doing a pen and water color painting based on what I learned lat Fall.  And I really wanted to do the Indian Corn, but I douldn’t find my paintings and I have to have a photo to go by, so ended up using a stamped and water colored image of a watering can for inspiration.

  And I hope you don’t mind, the edited video is more about artistic expression and permission to work freely more than being a tutorial. It’s important to encourage each other and talk about artistic road blocks because anyone can have an off day and experience them from time to time. Apple recent mobile ios 9.0.2 isn’t that great on ipad 2, an older product. And watching me draw, retrace, then water color was like watching paint dry. LOL 

 And I added the bugs and icky smiley faces after the video was over!   (Yes, they were not a good choice, I should have left it alone, but I will save it and give it to my 3 year old grand baby and she will love it! 😉

*Don’t forget to visit Lindsay Weirich, The Frugal Crafter’s Blog to see her Indian Corn tutorial in action.  

Water Color Paper (I use Canson 9×12 inch pad from Wal-mart)

Tim Holtz fine tip Aqua Painter

Crayola & Cra-Z-Art Washable kid’s markers

Stampabilities Wood Mount Stamp (stamped image) Water Can

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day #6, Homemade Pumpkin Stamp 

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 6 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, today she did some beautiful Copic coloring of an Indian Chief stamp from Paper Smooches.  Click on her name to go to her post.

I chose to make my own Pumpkin stamps and use them with Crayola washable markers in a water color technique.  If you follow my blog, you know I LOVE to use these markers for water color.  

The 1st Panel:

2nd Panel:
This is a recycle project using the left  over red rubber rom wood mount Stampin’Up!  wood mount stamps and scraps of wood cut to size for the hand cut stamps created in pumpkin shapes.
1)  Draw on red rubber with a fine point sharpie marker.             

2)  Cut out hand drawn shapes with sharp scissors.  I used little teflon coated scissors by The Paper Studio.   This step seems to work best with small sharp scissors.  Cut detailed areas first while you have the bulk of the rubber to hold onto and keep the stamp deep in the back of scissors for the cleanest cut around the whole image.  Clean up any jagged edges  by cutting just the red rubber.
3)  Lay the shapes on scrap wood to gauge what size of a strip to cut.  Be Careful, used my right hand to hold this board and guided the miter saw with my left hand, even though I’m right handed.


4)  Draw a cut mark between images as a guide of where to cut.  I like a bit of margin around shapes.

5)  Use another scrap board to hold smaller pieces as you cut, so you don’t injure your fingers or hands.  And wear safety glasses,, because small pieces may fly away from the saw blade! I lost a couple

Or get a skilled guy to do it for you.  ; )

6)  Lay each stamp on it’s respective block, so there’s no guess work when you get back to the craft room. 

My crafty husband assured me the blade was at the right depth, even though I had to continually break off little odd pieces not touched by the blade seen here on the middle block.  What Ever…it was easily broke off by pressing the block to the board I was cutting it from.  And I did it after every cut. ;0  Yepper!!
7)  Apply a blob of Glossy Accents to the ugly side of the block you want to mount your stamp on, smooth out with your finger to a thin layer, applying any excess glue to the sides of the block.  Set aside and let dry.  You can apply it over the whole blog if you wish, but my main purpose is to have a surface the stamp will stick to very well since it’s already adhesive backed. 😉

8)  Ink up your (unmounted) stamp with StazOn and stamp the image onto the nicer looking or smoother side of your bare wood block, using your fingers to get a good impression.   Or freehand draw the image  on the block.

9)  Remove the release paper from the stamp and adhere it to your block.  Or add some E6000 to the sticky part of the stamp if the release paper takes the adhesive with it.  I had to do this for the big Pumpkin and weight it down fo r several minutes while assembling the others.
10)  Use your brand new one of a kind homemade stamps!!!  Yay!!  Creativity…Here I come.  Tomorrow’s share will be a more indepth vide on how to make and use these type of stamps.

Technically, draw on a solid image stamp with water friendly markers, spritz with water and stamp.   Use markers to add more character to your stamped images by drawing directly on them or scribbling the color onto a slick surface to pick up there with your paint brush, add shading, draw leaves, the ground, sun, corn stalks, etc.   Add as much or as little water as you like.  Let Dry.  Use a fine point sharpie marker to outline  and doodle on everything!  Enjoy or share your art work with someone you love or who just needs a card hug.

SU spare red rubber from wood mount stamp sets.

Scraps of plywood or trim cut down wiht a miter saw.

Sharpie fine point marker.

Crayola Washable marker, an aqua painter or a paint brush and water, a spray bottle with water.

Canson Water Color paper (I love the 9 x 12 inch pad from Wal-mart).

PPP Water Color Entry, June 5 2015

Hey Crafters!!  Today is Pretty Pink Posh’s Water Color Hop.  I’ve used the PPP Stitched Duo 3 (tag) die to qualify in the contest, to do a form of water color.  I chose Faux Water Color with washable kid’s markers and an Aqua Painter.

Click on this link to see Paulina’s post about the hop.  Thank you to Paulina for her kindness, fun products and inspiration to craft!  Love this girl’s sweet soul and that she keeps it real on her blog.  My original card video was too long, so I’ve prepared a video demonstrating the water color panel.  Enjoy!


Click over to my blog to see the video at the bottom of the post.  Happy Water Coloring!


Pretty Pink Posh (Stitched Duos 3) die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Bundle of Shapes (tag die).

Crayola & Cra-Z-art Washable kids’ Markers w/Aqua Painter

Papers:  Canson Water Color Paper cold pressed (9″x12″) pad from Wal-mart, Recollections green and purple 65 lb. card stock, The Paper Studio Heavy weight white card stock for the very back (scored @ 1/2″ to create the fold fo the card).

Stampendous Clear Embossing ink & Ranger Archival Jet Black (sentiment).

Stamps:  Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia, Birthday sentiment from Close to my Heart.

Nov 2014 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!! Can you believe it’s time for Name Tags?! Me either.

The products used for these tags are: Canson 140 lb. cold press water color paper. I get mine at Wal-mart, they are also carrying some Strathmore, but I didn’t like the way it looked. LOL It was thinner than the Canson. :0

I stamped on the rough side of the paper with StazOn Black ink and used my Stampin’UP! water based Dye re-inkers as water colors and applied them by wetting the water color paper first with water and dropping the inks in those wet areas. It’s a no stress way to water color. Anyone can do it.

This Inkadinkado stamp set is called, Harvest Inchie Bundle 60-30179. You will need an aqua painter or a paint brush and some water, plus your choice of water color paints or markers. Easy Peasy!

Don’t throw away your boo-boo’s make them work for you! I did this by sponging the stray inks on my paper towel (where I cleaned my aqua brush) right over the smeared ink or boo-boo.


Water Color Pencil Big Mouth Bass Card 2014

Hey Crafters!! We missed Jon’s 29th birthday in August due to our quick trip to West Hollywood, Ca., for Mike’s work, where I found myself face to face with the BEAUTIFUL man, Laurence Fishburne, which I will cherish and ramble about probably forever!! Because I live under a rock, and he was so gracious and sweet, but that is for another post.

I have long loved water color, but never been brave enough to try it until I started following Lindsey The Frugal Crafter ,she does so many different forms of artsy crafty things and she’s a hoot! One of my favorite things about her, is she encourages everyone to take a leap of faith and just go for it and have fun! I did her recent pen and paint Corn tutorial 3 times. LOL And I kind of like each one, but for different reasons and I will share those soon. In some of her recent tutorials, she uses water color pencils or crayons with her water color paints too. I have an old water color pencil set that Grandma Karen bought for one of the kids eons ago as Jon and Katie are now 29 and 25. Its a Gallaxy wood boxed set that looks like a little brief case and it has many pencils. Lindsay also encourages you to use what you have on hand. Perfect!!

So, here’s my first colored pencil, sketched drawing, diltued with water. LOL By the time I got done and realized there was no sky, I ended up dragging a light blue pencil onto my paint brush and swiping it across the sky. I ended up using the 1/2″ flat brush’s chisel tip the most, the smaller round brushes just didn’t do much. I tried to do as Lindsay does, and I used some of the colors in different areas to make my painting more cohesive. Like, the blue added to the cat tails because I used it in the water and the sky. And I used green in the water because I used it on the fish and the leaves of the cat tails.


I’m not entirely thrilled with this fish, but he will serve his purpose for a birthday card for my son, who is so active in many different things from Moto Cross/Kayaking/Boating/Fishing/Rifle-Bow Hunting/Skiing/Wakeboarding/Painting Cars/Welding/Woodworking, etc. There isn’t anything this kid can’t do! And I always try to address one of these. LOL I wanted an action fish with tail swooshed forward on the line. I’m not an artist by any stretch of the imagination and I’m so…weird?…I’ve got to have a picture to go by and I couldn’t find the right one, so I had to combine my efforts from 2 different pictures from a fishing magazine. The head of one fish and the body of another. I was so inspired by the head of what was probably a rainbow trout, but it was only the head out of the water and the side and under view of that! I’m not good enough to pull from memory even though I’ve seen a LOT of fish in my life time. Plus, I have a huge hang up about things being in perspective. Not necessarily real, but in the proper proportions. Ugh…now this means, I’m out there on the chopping block, but time was of the essence because I fly by the seat of my pants and have to roll on regardless of how I feel about my efforts or any mistakes that occur along the way!

This card is an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock folded in half, scored @ 5 1/2″. Canson Water color paper applied to the folded base with ATG and I ended up drawing a line around the water color piece with a fine tip black marker, to help it pop. It really needed a layer of black card stock, but I don’t like all of that weight on the front of the card! Yes, I’m so weird. LOL And I apparently missed that bleed out on the tail! And I just keep telling myself, it’s a Water Color. HaHaHa! Oh my…well, I was showing this card to Katie, and I said did you see my fish card? Jon, said, it’s a large mouth Bass. Me, Umm….okay, cool! I must not have done too bad if my artistic son knew exactly what it was. LOL