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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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.

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

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.  

Kathy Rac’s 30 Day Feb 3 2016 Embossed Valentine Heart 

Check out her post here.Hey Crafters!!  Today Kathy colored a darling mouse from Stamping Bella.  My Android tablet has a mind of it’s own, and will  not let me put the link after my sentence.  But we’re having fun coloring today anyway.  Ha Ha Ha… I did a quick video of the stamping and water color. Then assembled the card after. I still can not work out editing on my new tablet either. Maybe I can share the video later.  I’m also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp: Have Heart challenge. 


I chose to work on some Valentines and used this lovely heart stamp given to my by the fabulous I stamped it in versamark ink and gold embossed it with Gold embossing powder by stampcraft (Michael’s brand).  And water color painted it in with some Tim Holtz picked raspberry stain diluted with a little bit of water from the TH fine aqua painter. Heat set till dry, then stamped the sentiment Be Mine by stampcraft ($1.00 Michael’s), in Ranger Archival Jet Black. Pulled out some pre-cut mini hearts from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling card die set. Then I realized the font of the Be Mine was similar to the Vintage Market alpha and cut the letter for VALENTINE and glued those down in a staggered way. My card seem so empty at this point. I decided to use those little glasses from Heidi Swapp and glued a couple more red hearts inside them and filled them with glossy accents. Added glossy accents to some of the random die cut hearts and left 2 flat. This will be fun to give one of my loved ones this Valentine’s Day. It’s just around the corner!!

Somehow I failed to update my post so it would go live, amidst the photo and video clean up process on my ipad2 and inabilit to edit videos on the LG G tablet running android 10.1. I just WANT something as simple and similar to iMovie as I can possibly get. That is not asking much, is it? I just need to trim sections out, and have voice over capability. It seems so simple and yet it’s complicated. LOL

I have a partial video of the Heart part and created the card afterwards.  

Here is a video of a goodie package Judy Hayes sent me during the Season’s Givings Blog Hop end of 2014 (dies, ribbon, stamps, etc.)

Visit Judy Hayes blog here  http://judyhayesdesign.blogspot.com
Products used:
Canson Water Color paper, Recollections Pale Pink card stock, The Paper Studio Cream heavy weight card stock for a card base cut to make an A2 sized card.
Inks: Versamark and Ranger Archival Jet Black.
Adhesive: Glossy Accents
Stampcraft Gold embossing powder and Milwaukee Heat tool (compliments of Jennifer McGuire).
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card set (mini hearts in various colors, already cut) and Tim Holtz Alterations/ Sizzix alpha strip die says Carnivale, I have always called this die Vintage Market 656623. Not sure about the Carnivale sticker on it?
TH Distress stains in salty ocean and picked raspberry applied with TH Aqua painter fine tip.

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:http://www.accucuteducation.com/Assets/SiteElements/User-Manuals/AccuCut-Folding-Techniques.pdf

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

Gift Tags & Christmas Cards 2015

Hey Crafters!!  It’s crunch time!  I created some fun chalk board type gift tags and my Cards on Dec. 20th.  I hope you all have time to get all of your shopping and creating done.  I’ll be back with some stocking stuffers. In a bit!!

If you’re reading this post in an email, pop over to my blog for the 13 min. video at the bottom near the supplies list.  Enjoy!





Tag Supplies:

Spellbinders Big Scallop Rectangle LG. Dies S4-255

Stampin’UP! – Sizzix Framlits Ovals set 129381

SU – Sizzix Framelits Labels 125598

Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue

Stampendous embossing ink

White embossing powder

Doodlebug Twine in Black

Stamps: Stampendous Snowy Short Stacks (penguin & reindeer), Inkadinkado, Recollections (short snowman) (Tall snowman) or Studio g (clear and wood mount stamps as per video, Santa, reindeer, elf, gift and sentiment, etc.), Everyday Expressions (!), PapertreyInk Counting My Blessings (you).  

Card Supplies:

Recollections Misc. colored card stocks 65 lb. Base and scraps

ProvoCraft Winter Dies (snowman, Trees, snowflakes).  Sizzix Sizzlit Under the Big Top (hat only).

SU Four the Holidays (peace on earth sentiment).

Stampendous embossing ink.

White embossing powder. 

Recollections snowflake punch, small.

Copics on snowman:  Boooo, E35.  Trees: E27 Trunk.

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders

White Acrylic paint (highlight on trees and hat)

Allene’s Turbo Tacky Glue

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.  

Coloring Die Cuts, Day 11 Kathy Rac’s Challenge

Hey Crafters!!  I’ve missed a few days of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge 2!  Be sure to visit her blog and play in this no fuss, no stress, just have fun coloring challenge…..to…..color something every day!  I’ve missed a few days, but that’s the beauty of being able to jump in on any day and play.

I’m pairing today’s coloring with a birthday banner project for my grand baby turning 3 this month.  We are doing a farm theme and I’ve die cut some farm animals and enhanced them with alcohol markers, easy peasy!

Click over to my blog for  a video at the bottom of this post, discussing the journey  of making these cute die cuts.  

Cow & Pig: 


Rooster & Chicken w/eggs (I altered both of these dies by removing blades that made the head/feet/top knot floppy)   *Please Note, if you “work on”  or Alter your dies, it VOIDS the Warranty, but I’ve had these dies for more than the 3 year warranty period, so I’m okay with that.  I’ve just reached a place in my crafting that, if a die isn’t working properly for my needs, I’m going to fix it or make it more user friendly.


To make these die cuts show up on the white panel of the banner, I backed them with gray card stock and loosely cut around them with small scissors.  I like to go ahead and semi-seperate the die cuts and fine tune them, this just makes them easier to handle with little scissors. 😉



Dies:  Provo Craft Pig, Sizzix Sizzlit  Jumping Cow, Sizzix Medium Rooster & Chicken  w/Egg.  Sizzix Pro Album Layered Ribbon Banner die (cut in Stampin’UP! for the base and Heavy White by The Paper Studio). 

Heavy weight White card stock by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby)  for every farm critter, except the pig (cut in scraps of Recollections 65 lb. card stock).   Misc. Gray card stock loosely cut around each critter, so they show up well on the white portion of the banner.

Alcohol Markers in various colors from Copics and Bic Mark Its and a Sharpie fine liner black marker.