Kathy Rac 30 Day Feb Name Tag/Card~ Video

Hey Crafters!!  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Valentine’s Day!  I’m a bit late, but still wanted to use some semi-Valentine type stamps for Feb. name tags and card.  Today Kathy Racoosin did some more Amazing copic color for Inspire Me Monday over at Power Poppy blog.  I’ve got to get over there and try some of their challenges as you don’t have to have PP stamps to play AND you could win some.  If you’re viewing this post in an email from me, you may need to pop over to my blog for the video link at the bottom of this post.

I created February’s Name Tag and created a card with a similar layout as the tag using the same stamps as the tag.  

Kathy sent me Lawn Fawn’s Lovin’ Breakfast during Stamptember 2012.  If you’re not familiar with Stamptember, visit Simon Says Stamp blog for all kinds of FUN.  But Stamptember is a Fall event where SSS and many of their Design Team share lots of new product, tutorials, give always, etc.  Sign up for their email so you don’t miss a thing.  Simon is also one of those great companies out there still giving away product for commenting and playing in challenges.  I even got a coupon to get a free stamp set for my birthday in 2015, but never got to place an order.  I wasn’t sure if I needed to place an order or if I could have just recieved the stamp set and paid shipping to get it?  Either way, I was very impressed with their offer of a birthday gift.  

These are the little name badges I purchased at Wal-Mart Super Center a few seasons ago.  This one is vertical, but you can get horizontal too.  The badges are seperate from the clips, but for around $4.00 you can create personalized name tags for your group or friends at card class.  

I also purchased the dies for this set recently from Tara Sell over on YouTube, her blog and YouTube are called Curl E. Cues.  She was very sweet and reliable to buy from during her Destash of stamps and dies.  

You can also layer up your name tags or a smaller die cut for Gift Tags, Gift Bag Tags or Cards as shown here.  I’ve got to stop cleaning my stamps with face wipes, they are better than baby wipes, but you still get some fibers on your stamp pad and that caused some smearing issues and I ended up stamping on the back of this white die cut during the video.  Enjoy!

Supplies for today’s crafts:

Heavy weight white and deep orange card stock by The Paper Studio, Black by Recollections 65 lb.

Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles dies.

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn “Lovin’ Breakfast” (toaster-toast-bow tie) and matching dies (bow tie). , Simon Says Stamp “I See You” (I love you – sentiment and small heart stamp, The Paper Studio “Months of the Year” (Feb – masked off for the abbreviation).

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink (for Copic markers), SSS Pale Blush (for the cheeks of the toaster).

Legal Pads into Note Pads Dec 2015

Hey Crafters!!  Last minute stocking stuffers for all of my favorite peeps made from Legal Note Pads!  I love to make these and personalize them for the recipients.


My dad has a tractor just like this!  A cottage cutz tractor die cut in red and gray card stock and pieced back together the tires were colored with a Bic markit black marker and glossy accents added to parts of the tractor and the wheels. 

My brother has a stash and glasses! LOL. This one didn’t turn out too great but I always do a hunting or tool thing for him and I wanted to do something different this year!  A little bit of white acrylic paint was smeared over the mustache to reveal the words on this momenta die set.  “respect the stash” The glasses are from a stampabilities clear stamp set. 


My nephew goes to a college that has changed its mascot?  What!  It kind of blew my mind and mojo.  They’ve been Indians as long as I’ve known.  We have a little Indian blood, if we sat around crying offended minority we wouldn’t have anything.  Just sayin’. Recollections varsity Alpha stamp set and spellbinders font one A. The wolf stamp is from Stampin’ Up! nature silhouettes. 


My mom loves the beach!  And she always has a visor.  This art impressions lady is perfect and I colored her with copics exactly the way she is on the stamp set.  The Beachball is from a little one dollar stamp set by studio G or Inkadinkado.  Just keep swimming…just keep swimming….


My niece loves a little dog named Alice!  Alice is a very cute long haired dog that is black and white. I should have used colored pencil instead of trying to limp along with my black Bic mark it, but just didn’t think of it sooner. Cottage cutz dog on chair die. 

The local print shop cuts these legal pads down for me.  

I cut card stock to 2 7/8th inches x 8 1/2 inches.  This note below is wrong. LOL


Scored (Landscape) @ 3 1/2 inches and 3 3/4 inches to cover the top of the notepads. Glossy Accent glued them down. It’s acid free so it won’t discolor the CS. 

This One is my favorite!  My daughter in law works at urgent care and I had to use these little Lawn Fawn birds!  and that sweet WPlus9 owl from winter pals!  I improvised a thermometer from a spoon handle.

A close up I elevated some of the diecuts on fun foam and added glossy accents to the thermometer the bird beaks and the heart on the medicine bottle. Lawn Fawn get well soon and winter sparrows stamp sets. 


The cooking one for my daughter with lawn Fawn’s baked with love set.

My husband’s deer hunting scene with the buck from Taylored Expressions birch tree accessories die set and doe from cottage cutz dear die the birch trees and birds from impression obsession birch tree die set colored with copics. 

  And lastly one for me I never make one for myself!!!   

Sadly I failed to photograph my son in law’s note pads, one with a deer scene and one with a party crowd scene because he plays drums and guitar in a band. Maybe I can get him to snap a pic of them and I will come back and edit the post.  Because this project was inspired by Cody he requested the notepads because he’s the only person who actually uses them!!!

Edited to add Cody’s!  

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

Kathy Rac 30 Day~Oct 12~2015 Copic Bkgrnd Video

 Hey Crafters!! For Kathy Racossin’s 12th Day in the 30 Day Color Challenge, she colored a dark background with a Copic marker and wetted it with the Copic Various Ink Colorless Blender solution. And I had some pre colored images that were perfect for this technique.Click here to go to her blog!
If you’re reading my post in an email, click over to my blog for the short 6 minute video at the bottom of this post.  And let me know if you like the shorter videos??  Or more details?  Enjoy!!

This is such a COOL technique!  I will definaltely be doing it again!    


Stampin’UP! Vivid Vases stamp

Memento Black ink

Post It Note Tape – masks

Copics: R17, RV69 (to color the backgrounds)

Heavy White Card Stock by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby)

Spellbinders Labels 4 die 

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 33 Anniversary-Kathy Rac’s 30 Day, 26

Hey Crafters!!  It’s Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Color Challenge, Day 26!  Today she colored some Neat and Tangled stamps with copics.  I doodled on these cloud dies with a blue copic for my coloring today!  haha  Having my babies during the week, means Nana has to squeeze in a card accessory here and there, when I can steal a minute to do it.  And yes, I See how sad my little clouds are, but I’m just keepin’ it real.  LOL  I have some great clouds already made somewhere, waiting to be filed away, but I just couldn’t put my fingers on them and it’s OKAY.

June 26th is my 33rd wedding anniversary, to Mike Still.  He’s a California kid and I’m an Arkansas Hillbilly from Hardy.  It was love at first sight freshman year of high school, when his step mom followed her family to Arkansas.  We have 2 grown children that are 4 years apart, whom now both have a child of their own.  We feel so complete.  Family photo at the bottom.  We all live 1 or 2 towns apart and our family is the most important thing to us.  

 This is probably the sadest card I have ever made for him.  LOL  I just didn’t have the time, I usually do.  Our weekend is full of family activities and all of the preperations leading up to it.  

Some Movie theater candies and a movie from Wal-mart, while Millie and I were shopping.  Mike loves “airplane” movies. 😉  And…candy.

A $3.47 movie and 98 cent candies =  A most Excellent movie night.  Perfect!   The Junior Mints…are Mine!  haha 

Inverted scallop circles from Spellbinders.   
L-R Front row:  Katie(our daughter), Me (holding Maddex,Jon’s baby), Mike(holding Millie, Kate’s baby)..

L-R Back row:  Cody(Kate’s hubby), Amber(Jon’s wife), Jon(our son).  Taken at Easter on Time-Lapse with iphone  5S, which is why it’s blurry.  But we’ve probably never had so much fun making a picture.  It was a 30 second video, that I stole screen shots of.  We’ve got to get a real family photo soon!  

SSS Happy and Smile stamp set (adorable sunshine enhanced with copics and bics).

Inverted scallop circles die by Spellbinders..

Fiskars medium cloud punch (doodled on with a copic).

Blast gel pen (faux stitching).

Sharpie fine point black marker (EVERY DAY, I really botched the R.  “sigh”  No time to re-do it).  *I should have pulled out the JustRite stampers…but it woudn’t not have been the same font, I digress.

SU inks:  Daffodil Delight (Sun), Tempting Turquoise (Smile).  StazOn (black stamping).

Heavy weight white card stock by The Paper Studio, Recollections blue (cloud). 

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.

3 D Mounted Deer Head Card

Hi Crafters!! My husband had a birthday in February. He eats-breathes-dreams about hunting. LOL Our perfect DIL made a special dinner for him. I found a very cool bath rug at a Wal-mart in Springfield, with a nice buck on it and some boxed Movie candies, which are his favorite. Then I needed a card. I’ve seen this done before, at least a year ago in blog land and have never forgotten it.


I used the Sizzix Reindeer die, cut in many layers of water color paper. This reindeer has a little round nose, which I trimmed off of the 1st die cut and then used as a template of where to cut the others. I have no idea how many die cuts I ended up using, it was not enough, in my opinion, it needed twice as much. But I got tired of gluing them together and just gave up. LOL

The 3D deer head was sanded a little bit and painted with some brown craft paint, then mounted to 2 layers of a Spellbinder’s label 4 die cut. I painted the label 4 die cut in black craft paint and added a bit of brown on top.

The corner decorations are from a Quickutz 4 x 4 die that cuts 4 of these corners at one pass. It leaves a nice negative that would be great for another project. 😉

I didn’t leave room for a sentiment, so I stamped it on the inside. I love having a theme to base my card on, it takes all of the pressure off of having to come up with something out of thin air. Deer Hunter, Deer Rug…..Deer Card. Ha!


31st Wedding Anniversary, Ship Card

Hi Crafters!! June 26 was my wedding anniversary of 31 years. I bought him a hunting camera to double as his Father’s Day and Anniversary gift, he was thrilled and I’m so glad. I’m not that good at shopping for manly tools. haha Here is what he got me, a “try scuba” lesson, that was so cool:


The card I made my husband was inspired by an AccuCut Craft die called, Ship’s wheel. I wish I had the die, and it is so time consuming to piece meal and I’m not even sure it was worth it in the end. LOL It certainly could have been better. My husband is so gracious, that he loves it anyway. When I saw this die in the 2009-2010 catalog, my sentiment came to my mind instantly, Come Sail Away With Me… I knew I had to make a Captain’s wheel and what is wheel without a boat? What is a boat without a sail? What’s a sail without a Mast? Yes, it just snowballs like that!! Not thrilled with my sail, but at midnight, I was not going to worry about it and rolled on.

Front of wheel:

Back of wheel:


First I cut my circle frames by taping 2 Spellbinders circle dies together (Standard Circles Set, Largest die and 3rd one down cut together, smallest die and 3rd one up cut together, taped to card stock with painters tape. I already knew I could use the Sizzix Lattice die oval throw away pieces for the decorative shape on steering poles of the wheel. Then I scouted some alpha dies and remembered the Papertreyink word dies and found the shaped I needed in the “o” of holiday from Wonderful Words Holiday dies set, for the tips of steering handles. This shape could have been just a smidge bigger, but I felt it worked fine. I cut the bar pieces at 1/4 inch wide by 4 inches long and ended up cutting them in half at 2 inches (8 pieces in total of each shape), sponged all of these little intricate pieces with SU’s chocolate chip dye ink and glued them to the wheel with glossy accents.

For inspiration of the boat I relied on my 4×4 Quickutz die of a ship. When ever I make patterns for anything, I take a piece of paper and rough sketch an outline, then fold the paper in half right down the center and use the side I like better to cut the whole image, while folded. Then you can trim and make adjustments from there. I went through 2 pieces of scratch paper to get it right.

I used a Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder to impress the whole ship from the top edge and from the bottom edge, until the whole thing was filled with embossing. The only sensible place to make the fold, was the bottom of the card, this card is 16 1/4 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches wide. LOL
The waves are made with a Sizzix strip die called Giant Scallops, but I used the piece left over after you cut the scallop strip, it makes great waves. The dark blue waves were made with a Martha Stewart edge punch (? one of the very first ones). Embossing pen smeared on my finger tips and swiped across the sail and embossed with copper embossing powder and the heat gun. The mast is a 2 inch wide strip, scored at 1 inch and folded in half with glossy accents to hold it shut, it was glued and stapled to the back of the card, the captain’s wheel is glued inside the front page of the card. A quickutz shell die from the Relax set was used at the top of the Mast, for lack of a better thing to use. LOL
Inspirations and pieces:

The whole ship:


Faulty Dies & Possible Remedies

Hi Crafters! Occasionally, you come across a die that just doesn’t work like it should. Here are a few simple tips, I have done to still enjoy them and get good cuts. My dies are tools I’m investing in to use for years to come. If stored properly and not misused, the blades should serve you well for years. I’m an average paper crafter and I make things for family and friends. Sometimes it snowballs and people add up if you’re treating those you work with or those who serve you in your community. Does anyone else have this problem? LOL I’m counting on my dies to do their job as my hands are too old to do much fussy cutting. And if it’s an easy fix, I’m okay with that.

Regarding the faulty replacement dies I received from AccuCut Craft, I worked on them and it voids the Warranty. I explained my actions and frustration honestly on the Survey from the CEO, a year ago. If you receive dies with blade issues, contact a supervisor to ensure the company is aware of the problem and can correct it. (Edited to add: I have contacted AccuCut via the online customer service form on May 6, 2013, about my experience. The Customer Service Manager replied immediately. I sent him photo documentation of the original dies that were picked up, he insisted on replacing the dies again and I have placed another order and I will be sharing those dies soon. I altered one of the dies in my new order to make if work better for me, revealing that the blades are not welded where they come together to complete the shape. This helps me understand why there was trouble with the dies with misaligned blades).

Economic Depression makes normal business even tougher in all walks of life. People are trying to figure out how to pay for the basics and put gas in their cars, keep their homes and pay rent or house payments. Hopefully it will all work out soon.

Faulty Dies Part 1

Faulty Dies Part 2