Up Up and Away

Can you tell I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Craft Coop?  I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather hang out – OK maybe Disneyland or Hawaii or on our patio with friends, but you get the idea!

Since I’m on my mission to bring back real birthday wishes to my friends and families mailboxes instead of their Facebook wall (who likes graffiti right?) I decided that I better start building my stash and since I was thinking about the versatility of stamping versus a coloring book I continued on my search to see what color-able stamps I had.


The Balloon Wishes stamp set really fits the bill.  It is a GORGEOUS hot air balloon and since I see Hot Air Balloons dotting our sky almost every day it seemed only appropriate to add this stamp set to my collection.

This card is a 5X7 – a size I don’t tend to make often, but the balloon’s size lends it to fill up that space.  I used just a simple strip of silver shimmer trim to accent the black & white.  I think it makes a striking card just as it is.

Is there someone on your birthday list that likes to color?  Maybe send them a card in black and white that they can color themselves or better yet include the Balloon Wishes stamp set with their card!

Thanks for stopping by…see you back real soon!


Coloring Crazed Class


This card class will expand your love of coloring!

Learn about two techniques using your Shin Han Markers – Watercolor Scribble and Pointillism.  Class fee includes your choice of 4 Shin Han Alcohol Markers to use for coloring your cards.

  • Workshop Date:  Tuesday, June 28th
  • Times:  10 am or 6:30pm
  • Place:  Tracey’s Craft Coop
  • Cost:  $35
  • RSVP & Pay by June 5th



Crazy About Coloring

Have you caught the coloring bug?  Coloring has always been a big part of my life…I remember sitting at the coffee table as a child while my mom watched The Young & The Restless coloring in my color books…it’s a wonder my son was not named Jack or Victor, LOL!

I was thrilled when I turned the page of the Annual Inspiration book and found the Botanical Backgrounds stamp set.  This line drawing floral is three separate stamps that are perfect for coloring.  Unlike a coloring book with just one page of each image the Botanical Backgrounds stamp set can be inked and recolored as your heart desires.

I paired the stamp with the black & white geometric background of La Vie En Rose – hubby didn’t like it until I had it colored in!


I use our Black Memento Ink pad which is an archival quality ink pad that works for any stamping project and can be used with alcohol markers, watercolors or any of our other coloring options.

What are your thoughts on that Bitty Birthday stamp set?  Two stamps to help you make all your birthday cards for just $2.95 – CRAZY!!!

I hope you’ll give the Botanical Backgrounds card a spin, leave me a comment that includes your memories of coloring!


Let the Coloring Begin!


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My new ShinHan Art Markers arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to start playing…just as soon as I finish some other projects.  My “to be finished pile” is getting under control so it shouldn’t be too long.

I have always loved coloring.  I remember sitting at the coffee table in my grandparents house with a big box of crayons and colored pencils coloring for hours.  That love was reawakened  when I started stamping. When I first started stamping over 20 years ago it was popular to emboss in black ink on glossy paper and then color in the image with markers.  Over the years dye based markers have evolved to alcohol ink with blending capabilities.  I have no art experience, but plan on teaching myself all I can by watching videos and getting hints and tips from other consultants.

So why am I still writing…let the coloring begin!