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Camping with pencils – supplies to take with you

Don’t let vacation go to waste….do some coloring during those lovely quiet times with your family!

Camping with pencils

Make your summer vacation an art adventure too! Encourage your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews to create, and innoculate them against the naysayers in their future. While I color this camping image in colored pencils, I’ll give you some ideas to share art with the littles in your life! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

What to pack for coloring on vacation?

Suggested supplies would be 1) your medium – colored pencils are often easiest, least messy. 2) something to color, prestamped; 3) pencil sharpener (hand powered); 4) a hard surface like a mini clipboard; 5) coloring books. Take things for the kids to work on too – new coloring books and a fresh box of crayons are a real treat! You can even download and print out color wheels for a fun art lesson while you’re on your trip and coloring together. If you learned about shading from the Copic Jumpstart Class, why not share that with kids?Sandy Allnock Camping w pencils

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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Cartoon fish in colored pencils

Dory? Where’s Dory? When I saw this stamp set while at an LSS recently, I thought immediately of Finding Nemo and the scene with the fish with the hanglybob on its head. I can’t WAIT for Finding Dory! Come onnnnnn June 17th!

Cartoon fish in colored pencil

I hadn’t used my Prismacolor pencils in quite a while, so decided to pull them out for this card. I stamped the images in a very pale yellow (Hero Arts soft vanilla dye ink)….and got going with my pencils! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The friend I made this for seemed to like it just a wee bit! 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Cartoon Fish Prismacolor pencil

Patreon

I haven’t talked about my Patreon creator page much – but since I revamped that page, and updated some fun new levels of patronage, I figured some of you might like to get involved over there. The new video there has a few peeks at things coming up in the next few weeks, too. Note that it’s now a straight up monthly pledge, not the weird math I had going on before – much easier to understand! 🙂 Pop over for a visit!

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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Creativity is Contagious

 

Tiny Townie Sage loves SCIENCE. But I tell ya, she REALLY loves creating. With that delicious beaker full of goodness!

Creativity is Contagious!

I decided to post a pencil video today since my Copic peeps are busy with the bonus class today (see info below). This stamp is about science, but the sentiment that comes with it is an Einstein quote about creativity….so I’m imagining she’s cooking up some new paint colors! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

An extra dare

In the video I suggested coloring parties…here’s another idea. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried it – but I dare you to do something this weekend. Go outside, go to a coffee shop or a mall. Go out there in the world and create something. Take a stamped image, a coloring book, a sketch pad….and put color on paper. Watch how many people stop to look – and how many people YOU can inspire by passing on the ‘coloring disease.’ Come back and report on the reaction you got!

Copic Jumpstart Bonus Lesson Today

For those who had signed up before end of day yesterday – you’ll be receiving your email for the bonus class at 7am Pacific time today. If my website is slow today/this weekend that could be why, so please be patient.  STUDENTS, if you don’t see it right away in your inbox please 1) check your spam or junk folders, and in gmail check the Promotions folder; 2) check the email address with which you signed up for the class; 3) make sure it’s after 7am Pacific time. *giggle*

The class is not “LIVE” in the sense that you have to be on your computer when the email gets sent – you can watch anytime! 

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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Mini Spinner Cards

At CHA I was gifted with the sets of these minispinners – holy cow so CUTE!

Mini Spinner Cards

Art Impressions has had full-size spinners for interactive cards for a long time. I haven’t had a ton of success with them since the hole in the card has to be so huge – kinda hard to make it a ‘stable” card that way! But….these minis? They stole my lil heart – especially the squirrel! But I do show you the rest of the spinners at the end of the video too. Raccoon – kitty – my other faves! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In case you wanted any coloring tips – here are my finished images. Lots are kept simple since the interaction is the cool part! 🙂

Mini Spinner Bear
Mini Spinner Bear
Mini Spinner Bunny
Mini Spinner Bunny
Mini Spinner Cake
Mini Spinner Cake
Mini Spinner Cat
Mini Spinner Cat
 Mini Spinner raccoon
Mini Spinner raccoon
Mini Spinner Squirrel
Mini Spinner Squirrel

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Antique Rose: National Pencil Day

 

There’s a holiday for everything. Even a number 2 pencil.

Antique Rose: National Pencil Day

Sometimes you need to just challenge yourself, if you know what I mean. I haven’t ever tried to *just* use a No. 2 pencil on a stamped card on natural white cardstock – so the holiday is the perfect time to try it out! Use whatever light ink you have on hand – it’s a fun challenge! Just be sure you don’t let anyone think you drew it without a stamp. Well, unless you’re a rockstar and you DO draw it without the stamp! ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card is very simple – a square card, with the panel popped. Simple, elegant, and shows off the pencil sketching!

Sandy Allnock National Pencil Day

By the way if you want to be encouraged – go read the comments on Monday’s video! Oh my. The studio tour mini-rant seems to have released a lot of people from the little green monster. I am SO tickled!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Superhero Cards for Kids

Do the darling but itty bitty stamps cause you angst? Have trouble coloring them, or coming up with cute designs that show off just how sweet they are? I’ve got a fun solution for you today – and I was really excited to discover this when Stephanie from Clearly Besotted slipped the March release into my mailbox. There are a bunch of new sets I’ll link you to at the end of the post – but I’ll just be working with two of them today.

Superhero cards for kids – with tiny stamps

I’ve mentioned before that I love to color ALL the stamps. Since I don’t usually repeat the same stamp set on YouTube (coz man there are toooooo many that I want to spread the love to! lol), then I do like to color alllll the images if possible, so you can see at least one way that I’d do it. I was puzzling how to get all these cuties onto a single card – and spied my stash of Pretty Pink Posh dies while I was thinking. Oh MY. Lots of little openings…..this would be perfect! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Caped Cuties is a set I wish had been around for OWH! So darned cute and would be perfect for kiddos….but I’ll be sending mine to some grown up kiddos instead. 🙂 And I just love finding small, controllable images to color with pencils, since my technique takes so much time; it’s a lot easier to work with limited areas to color. But you could color these with anything – as long as you can get into lots of these tiny spots!

Sandy Allnock Caped CutiesThe envelope needed a little love…AND I hadn’t been able to add all the stamps onto the card, so I decorated the envie too! I wish there were envelopes made of Neenah Desert Storm so I could match it, but a Kraft envelope will do.
Sandy Allnock Caped Cuties Envelope

Supplies List

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

  1. Stamps: Clearly Besotted Caped Cuties (and matching Dies)
  2. Neenah Cardstock, Desert Storm, 25 pk, 250 Sheet Ream
  3. Coloring medium: Prismacolor Pencils 
  4. Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Storybook 2
  5. Ink: VersaFine Ink Pad, Onyx Black
  6. Clear Acrylic Block,
  7. Adhesive: Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape
  8. Uniball White Signo pen
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Storybook Style Coloring

To my new friends from over on the MFT blog – it’s so nice to have you visiting me here, thanks for stopping by! This is the third and final in my series for MFT, and it’s been so much fun – big thanks to them for sending a few stamps for me to play along with.

And now…on to my card for today!

Storybook Style Coloring

The sweet little sheep stamps totally inspired today’s card. I thought they were so darling they could be storybook illustrations! So I decided to see if I could create a soft, whimsical look with them, and thought colored pencil would be the perfect medium. The background would have been daunting – but my Copic airbrush completed the sky in the blink of an eye – nice and smoothly! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The card is a square 4-1/4″, and the image area a simple 4×4 on Neenah Cardstock. I stamped the images in Natural Hybrid Ink, masked them off with post-it tape, and airbrushed up that sweet sky. I found a Prismacolor pencil that was the same shade so I could touch up a few tiny areas that I missed with my imperfect mask-cutting!

Sandy Allnock Storybook Coloring1

I diecut the piece with the Wonky Stitched Squares – at first I wasn’t sure of these dies, but suddenly realized – it’s only the stitching that’s wonky. The outside edge is perfectly square for the need-to-be-squared-off part of my brain!Sandy Allnock Storybook Coloring2

The sentiment was added in three parts using a MISTI to align it all; the “Ewe” on top of pencil worked since the yellow hadn’t gotten very waxy, and the rest of the sentiment was just on top of airbrushing – easy peasy to stamp on!

Bonus video

I’ve been creating some quick tips videos on my second channel (same one where the vlogs are) – just a minute long – and today’s is on the sharpener and storage for my pencils that I’ve found works best for me. Check it out below or watch HERE in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Pencil Light Bulb

While I was coloring a pencil light bulb – I almost hoped a little bulb would appear over my head!

 

Pencil Light Bulb

I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect small image to use to get in close on my pencil technique – and this sweet little light bulb was just right! I wasn’t sure how large it’d be when I bought it online, but it’s super teeny. Perfect for making a bunch of these for my church fundraiser! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

It’s always interesting to see how ‘light’ images get, even on colored cardstock like this cream Neenah, when dark colors surround them!

Sandy Allnock Pencil Light Bulb2

The sentiment is glued down on two sides, but has 2 layers of foam adhesive to make it bulge out a little. Since I expect this to be hand-delivered (since it’ll be purchased at church), dimension doesn’t matter! 🙂

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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One Layer Kraft Cards

 

Have you heard about Share Handmade Kindness? No?!? You must be living under a rock, everyone’s talking about it! While I’m contributing both creations, funds, and love, this is my “official” share here on the blog to nudge you into stepping out into new areas of giving.

Note: There are ZERO affiliate links used in this post, and no ads will be shown on my video….it’s all for the love of doing the right thing in my own little way.

Edited to add: Please consider joining me in making a donation to the French Red Cross for the work they are doing to help in Paris right now. My heart is broken for the people there. There’s no need to report back or to hashtag that you’ve done so…Mt 6:4

One Layer Kraft Card

Sometimes the most powerful cards can be one layer – so much impact with so few supplies! White ink, some Christmas tree stamps to make a non-holiday design, a fab sentiment, and some kraft card bases……add a few pencils and you’ve got a really intriguing card! Watch the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

About Giving

There are so many ways to give – sharing your own handmade creations (cards, baking, sewing, or whatever you make!), giving funds to your favorite charity, or sharing yourself. That’s the one I find the most life-giving!

I’ve given much of my life in service to our deployed heroes through Operation Write Home – and as that is drawing to an end, I’ve been slowly ramping up involvement in other areas. I now get to share my handmade cards with more people – patrons, blog readers and youtube subscribers, as well as friends and family of course. Some days I make special efforts to spend time with friends sharing “handmade” hugs. And I just said yes to a part in my church’s Christmas play, eeep! I’ve always wanted to be part of a play, and getting to share the Gospel too? Yeah! I have plans to step out in other areas in 2016, and I’m excited at the prospect.

Sandy Allnock - One Layer Kraft Card

Last week in the 24 Tags of Christmas giveaways, the 24 winners each had selected a charity for me to give to. I was so blessed to see how many were local groups! Thank you to the winners for helping me spend money doing GOOD…this is my favorite kind of enabling. If some of you want to also give to one of these, it’ll multiply the benefit to people around the world! Here they are:

  1. Ronald McDonald House
  2. Bay Area Rescue Mission
  3. Second Chance Animal Shelter
  4. Huntington’s disease society
  5. Arthritis Foundation
  6. The Shade Tree
  7. Sickle Cell Foundation of California
  8. The MPS Society
  9. Ronald McDonald House 
  10. American Cancer Society
  11. Alzheimers Association
  12. Helping Up Mission
  13. Child Help
  14. Facing Homelessness
  15. Lupus Foundation
  16. Wounded Warrior Project
  17. Salvation Army Nashville
  18. Preemptive Love
  19. American Diabetes Association
  20. MS Association
  21. American Cancer Society
  22. SPCA Nova Scotia
  23. Mission Arlington
  24. Pencils for Kids

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. 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.

  1. Acts of Kindness stamps
  2. Joy to the World stamps
  3. Unicorn ink
  4. Kraft cards/envelopes
  5. MISTI stamping tool
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24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Pencil Bears

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! I love putting this together each year. Well two years in a row at least! If you’d like to see last year’s day five tag, click HERE.

Pencil Bears

I promised you more pencil tutorials – well here we go! This sweet little image from Wplus9 just cried out for some fun colored pencil. The variations in this tag set are 1) different bears (black, white, brown, and bokeh! bokeh bear!) and 2) distress ink backgrounds. Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I love when my not-so-great inking resulting in circle shapes turns into a fabulous bokeh idea. The distress inks and round blender made that my favorite tag of the set! 🙂

Prismacolor pencils used: 927 Lt Peach, 1078 Black Cherry, 939 Peach, 919 NonPhoto Blue, 1027 Peacock, 932 Violet, 1082 Chocolate, 1056 Warm Grey 70, 943 Burnt Ochre, 947 Dk Umber

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Pencil Bears

Giveaway

 

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. 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.