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Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

Yupo + Art & Graphic Twin + Waffle Flower

I’m one of those people who tries to find the “sweet spot” for different mediums – so I’ve begun some exploration of these new markers that have a couple interesting properties. 1) Colors like Zig Clean Color (nearly the same list, a few different; but with 2) a rubber brush nib and a bullet nib. I wanted to see how they’d work directly coloring onto the stamps, and it worked relatively well once the stamp was “primed” – and works pretty decently on Yupo paper…be sure to come back tomorrow, I’ll show you how this works on Neenah! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

If you’ve tried Yupo, you might be one of those folks who’ve emailed me asking if it ever dries or becomes non-sticky….that could mean you’ve got tons of pigment on there. This is a synthetic paper – which means it won’t dry like regular paper. So if that’s an issue for you, just build your card like a shaker – this would be a great solution for other mediums you want to “protect” from damage, too!

PS I said in the video I’d share some coloring in other mediums – that didn’t happen yet. Eeek! It’s been quite the week, though I can’t tell ya why. But watch Instagram, I’m hoping to get a coloring break today and play with the Copics I busily re-inked yesterday! Don’t forget the sale on markers that’s still on this week – Copics are normally 25% off, and they’re an extra 10% off right now.

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.
The Enveloper series of stamps is so cute – check them out!

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Charity Bloghop wrapup

 

I feel like *I* am the winner here – from all of my amazing friends who participated in the bloghop, to all the folks joining in and leaving everyone so much LOVE! When the idea began I wasn’t sure anyone would jump in…but you all proved that all is not lost! We are a community filled with love and generosity!

The grand total – so far – is $3,765.00!!!! Holy guacamole the generosity is such a beautiful testament to your giving hearts. THANK YOU on behalf of all who will receive the help from your giving! If you missed out and want to register YOUR gift, fill out the little form on THIS post. We’ll do more fundraisers later in the year and see if we can beat last year’s giving total!

Okay okay enough of all that…you came here to see who “really” won, right? Well drumroll please…..randomly selected by random.org are the following:

  • Kirsty Vittetoe – $30 Altenew Gift Certificate
  • Ericka Strange – $50 Lawn Fawn Gift Certificate
  • brookrhinehart – $25 Ellen Hutson Gift Certificate
  • Meghan Peterson – $30 MFT Gift Certificate

I’ve got your email addies – I’ll send you a note to hook you up with your prize! 🙂

PS – I was inspired by the hop over the weekend to create a page in my Bible – to remind myself that when we all are generous, lives can be changed.

 

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Lettering and Stamping – Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

Lettering and Stamped Florals Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

First – before you watch this video, remember I’m no pro letter-er! (Letterist? Calligrapher?) But I’m a type nerd, with a background in graphic design, so I did study a lot about typography, so I do love to play with text. Today’s verse (hopefully if I’ve scheduled this right!) for the 30 Day Bible Lettering Challenge is from Revelations, and decided to turn on the camera in case this worked out. And it did! I even watercolored the stamped flowers with the Sparkle Pens. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Capturing the sparkle from these pens in a photo is a challenge…my phone did a fair job even if it blew out the color a bit. In the end of the video I did film a little of the twinkliness.

These pens come in sets of three – I don’t own them all so can’t swatch em out for you, but maybe someday I’ll go FSS for ya. LOL!

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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Doggie kisses — and sentimental signage!

 

Hey guess what? This week Ellen Hutson is hosting Marker Week! Be sure to follow along each day to see all the different kinds of markers there are, and what makes each one different – and markers are all 10% off, too!

Doggie kisses — and sentimental signage!

Today I’m using Copic Markers – and I’m coloring puppies since it’s *also* little Giallo’s 8-month birthday today! Part of the coloring is on Patreon for supporters over there for patrons at a certain level – but the primary focus in this YouTube video is how to add interesting “signage” on cards for your sentiments. Everything from a simple square or rectangle, to wood signs and pillows! Lots of fun ways to jazz up a card and make the sentiment feel like it’s part of the scene itself. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A simple square or rectangle sign can hang simply from the top of a card – it makes it feel like an interesting element, even though it’s super simple to draw with just a pen!

Wooden signs are especially helpful to be able to add to images with animals, or anything outside. Wood is very forgiving – lines can be a little wiggly, and if it’s crooked – that’s ok, because a wooden sign can just be a bit broken down and tippy!

Here’s a bit of a complex idea – pillows! I created a whole scene for this little puppy to nest in…a fluffy bed laden with quilted blanket and pillows! Pro tip: draw with a light marker first and add your pen lines later, it’s easier to change them up a little if you need to.

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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My marker storage

A little birdie told me there’s a 10% off sale at Ellen Hutson this week on all markers! Yes all markers! So to get you revved up, I figured I’d answer some questions I get asked a lot – and give you a heads up on a new class that’s around the corner.

PS an earlier version of this post listed the sale at 15%…I was wrong, sorry!!

How to store markers – vertically or horizontally?

The question never really came up until we were all told to store Distress Markers horizontally…then it got everyone panicking.

The rule of thumb: Look at the manufacturer website. Do they offer any storage options? Show any? They’ll show you the preference. But in general – the only markers that must be stored horizontally, as far as I know. are Distress markers. Everything else can go either way.

How do YOU store your markers?

I don’t have a “pretty’ system – no organized cabinets around this wacky studio. It’s cobbled together, but at least I’ve gathered all my markers in one area, right? Ha. The brown shelf pictured above is left over from a desk I once had. And the rest of the containers are pictured below – links in the supplies list at the end of the post.

What did you just say? New class?

Shhh! It’s a secret, just between you and me. It’s a Hex Art class I taught in my travels last year (peek at it in the photo at the top of this post), soon to be an online class – on the (shhhhhhhh) top secret new website. I don’t have a launch date yet, we’re tackling stuff behind the scenes. But it’s coming. Soon. (Please, God, soon. I’m losing sleep!)

If you’re looking for markers for the new class – it’s about the same list as for Copic Jumpstart.. If there were colors you didn’t get during that class that you wanted, this is a great time to stock up. (And if you haven’t taken Jumpstart yet – it’s the prerequisite for the new class, so….it’s a great time to nab a seat in class right now!)

And if you want ideas for colors for Jumpstart? Try this page – these will definitely get you through!

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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Goats! Charity Bloghop

Welcome to the Charity Bloghop!

I’m so excited for today….as you’ll hear the story in my video, a stamp set inspired me to get some friends together to share the idea of giving to charity in the name of a loved one….it’s not “my” idea, lots of organizations do this, but not everyone has heard about it. You can give a llama, a school scholarship for a girlgifts to save animals from abusegifts for new momsadopt a wild animal, help entrepreneurs, – there’s even a sewing machine or bolts of fabric for the perfect gift for a crafter.

Today…you get to hear from a whole bloghop full of crafters who are excited by this idea too!

The hop list is later on in this post – and I encourage you to visit ALL the blogs and leave comments so you can qualify to win PRIZES! (more info on that later too!) But for now…let’s get to them goats!

Goats: the stamp set that started this idea

The stamp set that inspired this bloghop is from Art Impressions – not only is it a hilarious goat stamp set, but fun to color too. You know me, I love coloring! I colored up the goats while telling about the idea for the hop and how gifts like this work. And my love of goats. Watch the video or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Aren’t these the cutest goats!? So fun fun fun! I googled goat photos to find different interesting fur markings for my goats. 

The inside of the card – it came out so cute! I added a doodled plate, crumbs, and leftover confetti!

Start the giving!!

If you’re inspired by this bloghop to give to a charity (I suggest going through the hop and seeing all the ideas first!), then do me a solid and let me know approx how much you are donating to charity. Last year, in a variety of fundraisers, my readers gave over $6,000 to charities – and I’d love to see if we can top that together this year!


Please indicate the amount you're inspired to give:
$10 - $24$25-$49$50 - $74$75 - $99$100 - $149$150 - $200$300+


Bloghop and Prizes

Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving…and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!

Without further ado….hop on!

  1. Sandy Allnock – you’re here!
  2. Lisa Stein 
  3. Caryn Davies
  4. Carly Tee Minner
  5. May Sukyong Park 
  6. Lisa Spangler 
  7. Aimes Gray 
  8. Jessica Frost-Ballas 
  9. Ellen Hutson
  10. Julia Stainton 
  11. Emily Midgett 
  12. Taheerah Atchia 
  13. Joanne Soukup 
  14. Melissa Miller 
  15. Libby Hickson 
  16. May Flaum 
  17. Cindy Lawrence

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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Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

 

Have you seen the new stamps from Elizabeth Crafts Designs? I am so excited – they’re adorrrrrable! (check them all out HERE.) (after you watch the video.) (LOL)

Layered Watercolor Pencil Dreamers

Lots of crafters like *strong* color. Bold, bright, intense. That sometimes hampers us – we sacrifice some features of mediums that don’t provide that instant “pow.” Well if you’ve bought watercolor pencils (not Inktense ones) that you think are “weak” and haven’t used them – don’t fear! You can use layering to intensify color and increase contrast to do some fun shading. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And of course….a fox. *big puffy heart love*

And the puppy…reminds me of another little baby….

heehee. I love Giallo’s baby pictures!

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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My favorite thing (today): watercolor

 

This stamp set is called “My Favorite Thing” – so why not use my favorite medium? Well my favorite for today. Because ask me tomorrow and it might be different. I love to color with #allthethings! 🙂

My favorite thing (today): watercolor

After showing you how to put together a palette in my recent video – today you can watch how I use the palette…I’m trying something new to figure out how to show you what I’m doing to mix colors, and it took twice the amount of editing time, but I hope this helps. (I may not be able to do this often but might try on occasion!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The footage was zoomed in for the little boy stamp, so don’t think the palette shown was tiny! lol.

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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Double interactive Ninja Warriors!

 

Double interactive Ninja Warriors!

If one “action” on an interactive card is nice….two has to be better, right? When I saw the cute Ninjas from MFT, I just *had* to make them able to fight on a card. One spins on a circle so can jump and kick – the other boings around on an action wobble! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Just look at that cuteness, eh!?!? 

And the addition of eyelashes to make them GIRL ninjas….yeah baby. Sometimes the last touch is the best!

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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LIVE YouTube Broadcast for Watercolor Weekend!

Hello watercolor warriors! Watercolor weekend continues….let’s get rolling on day 2!

I’m gonna try this. I keep seeing emails from YouTube that I should try it out, so this afternoon, I hope you can join me for a chat! Yes it’ll be live, so you’ll want to be there at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern)…..if you can’t make it, it *might* be able to be viewed later, I’m not really sure. If it’s a train wreck, I won’t save it. (LOL!)

Leave me your questions

I know some of you won’t be around at that hour to join in – so leave your questions in comments here on this post, and I’ll see if I can get to them, too!

Another watercolor post

I’ve heard rumors that Carly over at Ellen Hutson has been working like mad on a special post pulling together tons of watercolor info – lots that I’ve produced. I even heard “infographic!” Not sure what time it’ll be up but they gave me this link to share. Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!

Share your art

Keep up your weekend watercolor practice, and use the hashtag #watercoloringwithsandy – I’d love to see what you’re painting this weekend! I noticed a bunch of folks are trying out the trees – and they look great!

Weekend specials

Be sure to check out the sale on all my favorite watercolor things! They’re in one big category – just click on the image to get to it and shop away!