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24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #1 Diorama Dog Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #1 Diorama Dog Tags

Diorama Dog Tags

Welcome to the first of 6 videos in the 24 tags of Christmas series! I’m using pups – there always seems to be a pup stamp set in the series, doesn’t there/?? This time it’s MFT’s Deck the Howls, and I used the shaker pouches with them; you can also add shaker goodies inside but I just id some layered pieces to create little dioramas! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This little pup was a little too tall with his antlers on his head – so he made it onto a card instead. Complete with trees and a chimney from his rooftop perch! Stay tuned all week for bonus cards here on the blog that didn’t get done in time to put into the videos.

This is the little Vienna pup….lookin’ all happy!

The wiener dog got a little more snow in the air….notice on these that I only put snow in the background behind the pups, where I normally add snow in front too. I left it off on these to be sure the pups were still the focus, but technically the snow should be all over!

I colored this one like lil G. Who adores the snow. He’s never happier than if it’s up to his neck!

Little grey pup got all wrapped up in the decorating!

Hope you liked these…they were fun to make! I’ll have to send them in little protected packages to the winners since they’re a half inch thick. 🙂

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

 

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

When I saw this little skating snowman, I wanted to make the lights really fly as he soared across the ice, and found a super easy way to create the motion. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors, as promised (Prismacolor):

Another of the image stamps, colored as a no-line picture…with gobs of snow:

And this was colored earlier in the season, but with the same set….background sky uses the powdered pencil technique from Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class:

Sale

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.

 

Guess what?

Guess what?

 

FYI on Book Promotion

First: I don’t know if I’ve actually mentioned this or not but…I’m not promoting these books in order to get royalties. I know some folks think you get rich writing books (and ask any author, that usually doesn’t happen unless your name is Stephen King!)….but I know the reality. Lots of authors out there keep their day jobs!

I’ve committed to God that I don’t need income from the book. For me, the work that went into these books is an act of love and devotion, and it’s a ministry to help other Christians deepen their faith. Even events and other promotional work is being done without profit beyond basic expenses like travel – I’ll even be donating a big chunk of any royalty checks to charity. I’ve seen lots of folks get tripped up becoming reliant on income from ministry products they sell, and while I don’t begrudge anyone an income, I want to keep my motives clear of profit motives.

However – I DO keep talking about the books because I really believe they’ll be helpful! If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be jumping around waving my hands in the air, asking people to look at the book site.  There’s great resources over there, including links to get the books, galleries of samples and sketches, videos, etc – and I have SO appreciated everyone who’s been sending the link out to their friends, churches, and ministry groups, sharing reviews on websites after purchasing the books, and sending me pics of themselves with DA BOOKS!

Signed books now available

The signed books are available! The only online place you can get them is at my friend Ellen Hutson’s store – I’m so glad she is carrying them! I signed them all last night, and will be delivering them first thing this morning (Thursday) – order quick, there’s not a ton til we see what the demand is for my John Hancock. And no, I didn’t sign it from John. haha! Links:

FYI the books do make great Christmas gifts. Add a pack of colored pencils or a little watercolor set and make Mom’s morning on December 25th!

Book signing and demo in Seattle

A little fun news: on January 27 2019 (tentatively), I’ll be doing a book signing and Bible journaling demo at the Daniel Smith store in Seattle! WHEEE!!! I thought there’d be some kind of demand for demos but thus far….this is the one place that wants me to come. So all you locals, please mark your calendar for January 27, 11-12:30 so I’m not sitting there all by my lonesome! (I’ll confirm on my blog when I’m sure; I’m working on a Puerto Rico trip in January and need to be sure of my dates before the signing is 100% certain.)

What? Me, teaching a class?

I’ll be teaching at Daniel Smith! I’ve been on a long hiatus from any in-person teaching, partly because I’m not enjoying travel very much any more. But this doesn’t require anything more than a drive to Seattle, and it’s a straight-up art class….which makes me very happy! (No kits!) They’ve been after me to teach watercolor there for a while, but I still am not confident enough that on a particular day I can create a specific type of painting as a teacher – if you follow my instagram, you know I’m all over the place, sometimes washy, sometimes tight, sometimes halfway in between. (And you don’t even see the messes I make in between!) So I’ve been reticent to do any teaching there.

However…in talking with my pal (and personal shopper) who works there, I decided to do a class on something I do know, and it’s a topic doesn’t require me to be “on my game” watercolor-wise (ha) on the day of class: design! I’m a geek about things like composition, contrast, color, focal points, etc. So I’ll be putting together a class on the topic for February 2019! It’s not on their blog yet but will be sometime soon:

Expression Through Composition Workshop
Feb 2 2019, 10:30-4:00
Cost: $75 (Watch the Daniel Smith blog – once the class is posted, it’ll be there.)
Artists in all mediums have a common challenge: creating a work that truly communicates what the artist is trying to express!
How does a landscape, portrait, or other piece of art “speak”? As artists, we can learn to develop our message, create it intentionally, and speak clearly to our viewers through a sheet of paper or a canvas!
Artist and author Sandy Allnock will discuss communication through placement, editing, value, color, and more. “Before and after” examples will show the impact of these artist tools, and will demonstrate in a variety of mediums, including pencil, watercolor, and Copic marker.
Students will be filling their sketchbooks with very quick studies from photographs to apply learnings, and interactive reviews of student work will instruct the whole class, too. No “finished” art will be created, but resource photographs will be provided for individual development of artwork following class as desired.
Students of any medium and at any level can benefit from this workshop. It’s recommended that students bring an adventurous spirit: this class will encourage deep thinking and quick sketching!
Supplies:
Sketchbook: Bring one that’s 9×12 (or larger) – paper should be appropriate for mediums to be used. Instructor will use a Bee Paper (mixed media) sketchbook but most anything will work for this class.
Sketching medium: whatever you prefer for sketches of approximately 5×7 size. Soft sketching pencils (6B+), conte crayons, etc.
Coloring medium: whatever you prefer to add color to sketches. (watercolor, colored pencil, etc)
Make a Storybook Christmas Card

Make a Storybook Christmas Card

 

Make a Storybook Christmas Card

This is yet another card design inspired by the stamp set itself – when I saw it had the Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, I had to snag it to make a card that reads like a book! Simple coloring involved…enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Individual pics of the panels … the outer card folds to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ like a regular card; the inserted card is 4″ x 5-1/4″:

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.

 

New goodies!

New goodies!

 

New goodies – for me and you!

I broke the video for today into three parts:

  1. Ellen Hutson release – just showing cards so you can see what the embellies look like in use.
  2. Daniel Smith palettes – newly released – much more to come (read below)
  3. My books – signed!

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You might have noticed that I don’t usually make samples for Ellen’s site…..we’re very close friends, but I like to just support her without really trying to drive traffic back to my blog with samples all over.

But – funny story – on Friday I visited so I could pick up my order of DS paints from her, and she showed me the sequins and droplets that had just come in, and was pondering how the heck to shoot good photos of them. (I didn’t have any good advice! ha!)

I did ask her if she needed some card samples for the bling, and the look on her face told me yes – she hadn’t gotten these out to the team to do that for her, and so…these cards might end up over in her shop. But the truly HILARIOUS bit in this story: I was there for an hour watching her break little packets of bling into littler packets. I had (stupidly) said I only needed a few of each to pop onto cards, didn’t really need full packs, so she sat there with static electricity causing no end of leaping sequins! Ha! We giggled hard, a much-needed laugh on a Friday…..and now I have a teeny bit of bling I can show YOU. Tee hee!

Note that if you buy any you get a full packet. The teeny ones I show are just the snippets I had….so here goes…see captions for card info:

Thistle stamp set (not in this release, it’s an older set) with pine needles added in YG99; Snow Days (sentiment, heat embossed in Hero Arts white powder), Snow added in Uniball gel pen, strings drawn in Copic multiliner pen. Colored Light Droplets adhered with Glossy Accents.

Darcie’s Snow Much Joy stamp set, colored in Copic markers. Nose bling is actually called Red Droplets, don’t mind me makin’ up fake crafty news! ha!

Art Impressions Santa Flutter Stamp and die set (but stamped as a one layer image using masking), colored in Copic markers. Nose bling = Red Droplets

Snowfall and Snow Buds dies cut from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock; white cardstock added behind. Stamped face from Snow Buds, added hat and scarf from Snow Buds colored in Copics. Snow curve on the bottom is a hand-cut curve. Heart Droplet glued on with Glossy Accents.

White on white! Snow Buds stamps and dies. Melted Snowman sequins, glossy accents for adhesive – and texture on scarf and snowline.

Snow Buds stamps; added extra snowballs because I stamped the circle too high so I drew in my own. Colored in Copics. Snowball droplets added with glossy accents.

Pop Up Mittens without mittens! Using the snowflakes, many sizes are in the set. Sentiment and stripe from Snow Days stamp set. Catherine Pooler inks.

Pop Up MIttens die set, diecut from Neenah Cardstock; Snow Days patterns stamped on mittens while not placed into the background. All colored with Copic Markers. Sequins from Snow Flurries mix.

Pop Up Mittens die set, watercolored (background sand is painted in Bronzite, a sparkly color!). Pattern from Snow Days stamped and embossed onto painted mittens before adhering them into the background.

The new Daniel Smith sets are out! I haven’t obviously had time since Friday to do much. But….I do have a plan. What I’d like to offer is, for each set, some suggested additions to that palette. For instance, I really like the 6 colors in the floral set right now – but what is it missing? I’d definitely want a warm red. A sap green. An orange, a deeper yellow maybe, and a warm blue. But I don’t know which ones as yet – but I have lots of time coming for play in the next couple months since I’ll be easing up some in December on videos!

To test all that out, I’ll be painting a few things with the 6 provided colors, and then see just what I miss having.  And will create samples like this one so everyone can see what can be made from the existing colors in each set.

Good news for those who like signed books: Ellen will be carrying them, and I’m going to hurry up and sign them once they arrive! Watch here or my social media to get notified when that happens and I have a link for ya. 🙂

Also – this week’s Bible Journaling video this morning has a technique I discovered recently for stamping without page prep – you’ll love how I did it with no bleeding! Watch it below or click HERE.

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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