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!

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

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.  

Die Ring Tags Christmas 2015

Hey Crafters!! It’s Dec. 23rd and I’ve whipped up some really fun wreath like tags for a couple of Star Bucks gift card and coffee cup gifts for our girls from the Tim Holtz Bigz Fresh Brewed coffee cup die.  First up, the iced coffee!  If you’re reading this in an email, pop over to my blog for the 13 min. video with tips,, at the bottom of this post.


This is a fun technique I learned over at AccuCut on their Education site here:

It’s the same principal as the snowflakes we cut as kids from a folded piece of paper, only I’m using card stock. Thinner is better, I used 65 lb for most of the projects in this video.  Next, the traditional hot coffee…

The Coffee cup rings were made from 8 1/2″ X 11″ cards stock. 
For wider die shapes I folded the 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock less, like this Sizzix Dress Ups Reindeer die or I used 12″ X 12″ card stocks and scored them at 6″ on both directions… (+).  There are 2 examples of 12″ X 12″ papers in my video, scroll down for that. 😉

  Enjoy!!  Merry Christmas!!

I LOVE the way they gave presence to the wrapped Starbucks coffee cups!  Eeeeeeeeee! (Happy Sound). And I know Katie kept hers. 😉



Copics used on the coffee rings –

Iced Coffee: R56, R29, B0000, B12.

Hot Coffee: RV69, R29, E70 and Bic – Tiki Hut Tan.
Other Dies in this video:

Sizzix: Snowman, Dress Ups Reindeer, Dog.

AccuCut Craft: Ginger Man #2

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Oct 1 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge Oct. 2015.  Today Kathy has repurposed a Star Bucks coffee cup into an element on her card.  I had saved a pizza box during the last 30 day challenge and ultimately threw it away in the trash can in my craft room.  Thankfully, the trash doesn’t get emptied often there!  LOL  And I scooped it out, die cut it and colored it with Copics for future use on a card. (Fair Warning:  this take out item did not have Copic friendly ink on it and stained my Copics, just be careful about recycling things with unknown ink on them)


I probably need to go back and color in the background, but time is ticking on and I’m late posting.  
Here is a 20 minute video trimmed down from real time of 40 minutes.  Yikes!  Copics used are in the video, if you have any questions be sure to ask and I’ll find the answer for ya.  PS:  I did go back and clean up the ink under this sleeve!  LOL  Now, that I can see it clearly…

Are you playing?  Click on Kathy’s name above to go directly to her 1st post.


Farm Party and Card Video

Hey Crafters!! The beginning of today’s video is a photo montage of my grand baby’s 3rd birthday party decorations, including the paper crafted cup cake toppers, food signs, name banner, WR Memory Keepers pin wheels, lunch bag treat bags and fun foam farm masks.  Then the making of her Farm Card and small discussion about the use of Eileen Hull’s 3D canning jars die for some mini candy bars.


Stamp sets: Salt Box Studio Farm Friends, Just Rite Stampers font, Katie & co. 2011 Rooster, Lawn Fawn Baked with Love (little pile of flour), Stampin’UP! Country Morning (envelope).
Copic & Bic alcohol markers detailed in the video.  
Memento ink and Misc. Stampin’UP! Classic inks for the treat bags.  

Spellbinder Blossom and Sizzix Banner dies.

Embossing Folders: Sizzix Fall Set-Fall Fence, SU Vintage Wall Paper.

Enjoy!  Thanks for watching and sharing my love of crafting.

-I’m so sorry the quality of this video is so poorly after editing with iMovie and uploading to YouTube via the Capture app.  I’ve made some setting changed that are going to make using these products even more painful and slower than they already are.  I may end up having to invest ina proper camera!  Or try filming and editing direcctly from the Capture app.  

Happy and Smile Sun by SSS for Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Color Challenge Day 24

Hey Crafters!!  Today is the 24th day in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge.  Today she colored some beautiful cactus.  I’m preparing some fun images for some Greeting Card gift giving and stamped these fun sunshines from SSS’s Happy and Smile stamp set and enhanced them with Copics or Bics and made an additonal stamp for the cheeks.    Visit my blog for a short 5 minute video discussing the stamping of this adorable sun, coloring on it with alcohol markers and making a stamp for the cheeks, posted at the bottom of this post.

Dark cheeks or light cheeks, which do you prefer?  I liked the lighter ones myself. 


Bold cheeks with sunglasses on or off. LOL  It’s a very COOL sun either way, don’t you think?


I forgot that I used StazOn when I was shading the eyes with R12, see the sun on the right?  The right eye smudged just a bit and I quickly scribbled the ink off onto scratch card stock. 


You can stamp the eyes up or down.  Super cute either way you choose!


GO CARDS, Day 19 Kathy Rac 30 Day Color Challenge 2

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 19 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge 2, and she did a Bold Background.  

We were going to the Springfield, Missouri Cardinals baseball game, this evening and I couldn’t find my Cardinal’s T-shirt or my hat.  And Millie didn’t have a shirt either.  I made us some lapel pins to wear!  

 This was actually the 2nd one..  I used a wide range of Copics in the Reds and Oranges.  If you just keep tweaking, it just keeps getting better!     
This was the 1st one.   I did enhance the black area of the face quite a bit because it just was not natural  looking to me.  This was done with a Sharpie fine line marker and cross hatched to fill in that space of the original face, plus my own addition to it.   

This is what the 1st one looked like when I thought I was done coloring it.  LOL  As, I used it for a guide to color the second one, I realised how weak it was.  My projects always evolve  as I’m making them.  I think it’s part of what facinates me in this craft!    I’d already chopped the white space down around my birds before realizing I needed to stamp, Cardinals.  So, I cut around them leaving a white margin and die cut the blue bases.  The shirt and hat I couldn’t find are a nice sky blue with rred birds and that was my inspiration for the blue base.   No room for the whole word Cardinals, GO CARDS was the next best thing.

The birds were slightly glued to the blue bases  and then stamped GO CARDS, then heat  laminated, and sanded across the back with a stringent finger nail file  so the slick lamination would take the Lapel Pin that I glued there with some E6000 glue.  I finished making them at about 3pm and we didn’t put them on until we were to the ball park.   (I love this glue, but protect yourself from breathing it or getting it on your hands) 


Heavy Weight white card stock by, The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby).

Dies:  Stampin’UP!  Frameelits – Labels Collection (125598)  (for blue base)  

Stamps:  Martha Stewart/EK Success Bird stamps  MA331034 and MS Clear Monograms Frames M3310223  (oh how I wish there were more than one of each letter).   A spare baseball from a previous project, Baseball stamp set by Karen Foster 02228. 

Copics  & Bics in Reds, Oranges, Browns, Greens & Yellows, Gray, Purple & Blender. See photo of the markers, it’s been a full week of having my babies and cleaning for family that have decided not to stay.

Inspiration from my bird book, A Natural History of American Birds of Eastern and Central North America, to color the male cardinal.

Preparing/Coloring Cup Cake Toppers

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Day 14 in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, June 14, 2015, and today was Copics!  Yay!!  That is right in line with what I colored today.  My fabulously crafty Daughter, Katie, came over today to craft for Millie’s upcoming 3rd birthday.  She die cut a shape from a Spellbinder’s nested set and stamped farm animals from a Salt Box Studio “farm” stamp set and I colored them with Copics and Bics.  I love these crafty days, where we are working together and visiting.  I love that she has this crafty side too!

This cute cow also adorns our Birthday Invitations, created before Kathy’s challenge began.  
The rooster, which I’m never sure how to color!  But I like how he turned out. 
The pig, I should have gone back and tried to smoothe him out.  You can really see the Bic marker lines and the continuos oval in which I colored him!  But by the time we were finished, I was ready to be done. I was afraid my lightest pink Copic would wash him out to much. And I reassured myself no one will notice in the whole scheme of things. LOL  
These are the colored fronts.  She will be gluing the Wilton candy disc “sticks” for making suckers with sucker molds, to these fronts and has cut another die cut of the same size and shape, but in a solid color card stock to glue to the backs to conseal the sticks.  Oh, they are going to be so cute!!  I can’t wait for our party, when it all comes togther.  She is also making a PIG pinata and I will be sure to share a post with all of our craftiness next week.


Salt Box Stiudio ? possibly called Outstanding in Your Field (LOL), which is one of the sentiments in this set, which I think is hilarious.  (I’ll look and see tomorrow at a decent hour and perhaps update this info.)

Spellbinders Nested Flower or Bloom set (I may have to pop back in and edit this).

Markers: Copics, Bic Mark Its and Sharpie fine line Black marker.