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Zentangle Stamped Octopi

 

Zentangle Stamped Octopi

This might be one of my easiest cards created in a long time – woohoo! It may not look like it but this only took 20 minutes start to finish. Well aside from coming up with the idea! ha! It’s an inexpensive little stamp set that packs a punch when you use it this way. Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Pro Tip

In #dontdowhatidid news….I bought a refill for my New Moon ink pad. Or so I thought. I happily reinked my pad and stamped this card. Then stamped a bunch of images to color with my Copics….which is when I discovered I purchased a PIGMENT ink refill. Whoops! Now I have a New Moon pigment pad. LOL. So….watch for that when purchasing!

MLK Day: Celebrate The Human Rainbow

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, I’ll be posting “human rainbow” pieces on Instagram! If you’d like to join in, use the hashtag #thehumanrainbow on your pieces and check out everyone else’s. Need ideas for colors or ways to create ethnic card images? Check out my Human Rainbow playlist!

An MLK quote I’m enamored of lately: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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CHA2017 schedule

Hello, friends! CHA is just days away…and a few of  you have been asking about my schedule. I’m normally all over the floor, but as I mentioned HERE, I’ll be hanging out with Daniel Smith and painting a lot instead! Very excited 🙂

Visit booth 2908 – Make and Takes can be done all day, but I’ll be there from 10-12 and 2-4 each day of the show, so I’d love it if you popped by while I’m there! Pictured are a few sneak peeks at some things you might get to paint.

Have a great weekend!

PS For those who didn’t catch the vlog the other day…there’s a new intermediate online Copic class coming up this spring. That means now is a good time to take the prerequisite class, Jumpstart, so you’re done and ready when that new one comes up! ❤️

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Fun Fold Valentines (with squirrels!)

Happy Friday the 13th! I almost didn’t post a video today…since you got one over at MFT yesterday, I figured I’d let the blog relax today. But then….I didn’t wanna give a superstitious day any ‘space’ to wreak havoc! ha!

 

I noticed one of the old OWH pins was getting a heck of a lot of re-pins on Pinterest….so I’m reviving it with a new design, too!

Fun Fold Valentines – with squirrels!

This “fun fold” is a version of a z-fold kind of card, allowing more room to write a note. And for Valentine’s Day, writing a little extra note about just what that person means to you is perfect, right? This simple card fold would be a great one to use for a lot of occasions, too….and you can create ANY kind of card front with it. (Measurements are listed below) I’m using Art Impressions’ new squirrels for Valentines Day – squirrels have been an odd ‘theme’ in my life, so I just had to! ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Measurements:

  1. Make regular card front 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, and a back panel of the same size.
  2. The horizontal cards z fold panel is 3″ x 11″, folded at 4-1/4 and again 4-1/4 to leave a small panel leftover.
  3. The vertical cards z fold panel is 4″ x 8.5″, folded at 3″ and again 3″ to leave a small panel leftover.
  4. On both, the large panel is glued to the back, and the small panel is adhered to the back of the card front.
  5. If you’re not layering that back panel, you can make the zfold panel larger as desired. PRO TIP: try doing measurements with typing paper before whacking at cardstock. Don’t ask how many pieces I ruined trying to figure out the vertical cards. LOL

The other images in the stamp set use the same colors and tail technique.

And here’s those dang cute lil skunks from last year! See the video below if you missed it.

 

Supplies

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Hello lovely…Copic Flowers, Winter Whites

 Hello lovely…Copic Flowers

Sometimes a stamp set cries out and says oooooh! Pick me! Even if it’s intended to be stamped with the solid/graduated stamps in the set, I just had to color it with my Copics. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The neutral colors would be lovely for a sympathy card as well….

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Everyone’s been playing with these fun Chibitronics – it’s about time I did, too! Plus – a little birdie told me there’s a sale this week – buy a pack of LED Chibilights and get the Effects stickers for 50% off! I also heard this coming weekend Karolyn is prepping a video with the Effects stickers….I’ll link you up to that when it goes live! (I can’t wait to see it too!)

Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Chibitronics are a fun bit of “science” we can employ in crafting….creating a layer beneath our card front with circuits that “trigger” when a particular part of the card front is pressed. It looks harder than it is – I was scared at first, but it wasn’t so bad at all! Note that these are thick cards since you have to build up depth to keep the battery from being “on” all the time. Also, this isn’t inexpensive; but oh man. So worth it for some special cards! In addition to showing you the full main card (with the texting birds!), I made a couple others just to give you an idea of a few types of designs you can consider. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

NOTE: On these photos, I added light in photoshop, to indicate where the lights twinkle; to see them lighting up, refer to the end of the video.

Drive Me Wild Card

For this one, it involved diecutting the Little Town border die, and separating it to color the sky on the top half, and coloring the houses on the bottom half. I put them back together with scotch tape on the back, and re-installed the white doors and windows except for the 2nd story windows. Then I stamped the car and RV below, and colored them. Below is a photo of the pattern I used for the lights, ending with the battery underneath the RV.

Mad Professor

I colored this guy with my Copics, inspired by a physics professor from college – that man loved to blow things up! ha! I poked pinholes in a few random spots with a piercer, and added the Tropical lights to the electronic circuit shown below.

Deep Breath Card

This is one of my favorite birthday card stamp sets! I’ve never colored it this way but it was fun – I drew the corals, as well as creating that burning piece of paper hanging from a fishing hook! The Chibitronics learning: I made the little holes too close together, so I couldn’t fit five lights within that space. HOWEVER – when you look at them lit up, the two yellow and one red lights that are used show through those other two holes, making it APPEAR there are more lights there. So be strategic and you might get more light out of the pattern you choose!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  • Chibitronics
    • Chibi Lights Starter Kit  —- http://salln.net/2iNQS37
    • Panasonic Lithium Battery, 5 pk —- http://salln.net/2igXjIw
    • Chibitronics Red, Yellow, Blue LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hY8GXZ
    • Chibitronics Tropical LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2j9JAD6
    • Chibitronics White LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hWwokf
    • Chibitronics Copper Tape, 16 ft  —- http://salln.net/2iNStFT
  • Stamps
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2igYE1X
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Happy Trails —- http://salln.net/2j9CwX8
    • Paper Smooches Clear Stamps, Great Chemistry —- http://salln.net/2j9LJ1L
    • Art Impressions Cling Stamps, Deep Breath Birthday —- http://salln.net/2hY5yeP
  • Dies
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2ih7z3o
    • Pretty Pink Posh Dies, Storybook 2 —- http://salln.net/2iGTuz8
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Little Town Border —- http://salln.net/2jgHg1p
  • Neenah Cardstock — http://salln.net/1m4qGP6
  • Coloring:
    • Copic Markers — http://salln.net/1E8FctN
    • COPIC Multiliner Set Fine, Black, 4pc —- http://salln.net/2hWrRhK
    • Signo UniBall White Pen —- http://salln.net/2gLEv6z
  • Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape —- http://salln.net/2igYIyJ
  • Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black —- http://salln.net/2h4tHAP
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Band Camp – Masculine coloring

 

When I saw a sale on all Avery Elle products – I bumped up this video for ya – 15% off HERE at Ellen Hutson until Jan 8!

Band Camp – Masculine coloring

Sometimes a card needs to be cute – without being TOO cute. Like, when you have a young male to send to, perhaps age 8-12 or so. They still like cute, but not so cute that it seems too girly! I picked colors to keep it masculine, but added lots of dimension and fun to keep it cheerful! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The sentiment was stamped in parts onto the banner. 

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Adore You: Colored Pencil Flowers

Hey, pencil-lovers…here’s a treat just for you!

Adore You: Colored Pencil Flowers

The flowers in this set, released last month, are so very pretty….lots of shapes and sizes for all kinds of designs – or use them all in one design! This was a fun even if time-consuming card…but as I was originally a colored pencil artist (planned to illustrate books…ha!), the time spent makes my heart happy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I spared you from awtching the entire coloring…it took about 2 hours to complete for this one. #yourewelcome LOL!
sandy-allnock-colored-pencil-flowersThe colors used:

pencils

Supplies

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New Year Blessings: Faux Hand Lettering

 

Happy 2017!! Let’s all pray some blessings on each other as we get rolling on 2017, okay? 🙂

New Year Blessings: Hand Lettering

I’ve shown something similar before –  a little faux hand lettering using markers and a brush! I doodled my flowers but you can also stamp them with flowers from another set you already have. And be sure to check out the huge collection I created below of all the different script-stamp-sets that I think would be great with a technique like this! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I chose “praying for big” by using 3 little stamps from the set together – lining them up in the MISTI.sandy-allnock-new-year-faux-hand-lettering

Update

For those asking, I finally updated THIS page – with all the stuff I’ve used on Instagram lately, as well as a few sneak peeks of what’s coming soon. One resolution for 2017 is to try to update that way more often!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Script Stamp Suggestions: