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Rich Poinsettia Card – Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet + 75k winners announcement!

Winners in the 75k giveaway will be notified by email today. I was going to publish names but…yeah, I didn’t collect names. Just email addresses. Which, obviously, I won’t go posting here for the hackers to find, eh? If I don’t hear back from any winners by the weekend, I’ll pick some new winners and send e-notifications. Congrats to all 20 who get packets of goodies, and the 4 who won the gift certificates! I’m putting together a quick video with the answers to the community survey for this weekend!

 

Hey friends – my apologies for the YT mispost the other day. Due to a mysterious YT upload issue (which I’m sure wasn’t user error, how could it have ever been? lol)….it was a patron-only video that went live for a few hours. Some of you got the notification from YT and then the video was missing …that’s why. It was a private video….an alternate version of today’s card, and I knew there were are few of my  YT trolls who wouldn’t be able to resist comments on some aspects of that one – and I hadn’t intended to subject myself to their critique. Unfortunately that video did go live – and the trolls hit it fast, because in just the little time it was up, there were lots of negativity and thumbs down. So yeah, that’s a thing. It’s part of being a YouTuber, and sometimes it’s not so fun. Lesson learned….check my YT settings more carefully. LOL! Now…on to the project for the day!

Rich Poinsettia Card – Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet

Every year I create a poinsettia card, methinks….this year is no different! This time it’s a beautiful rich background, with smaller flowers than usual…I think most poinsettias tend to be oversized but I like these smaller ones a lot, with all their extra leaves and berries! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And on top of all this fun…it’s a completely flat card. Bonus eh!

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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Crafty Girls – #wcmdwithsandy! (Sales/coupons in this post)

WCMD history lesson

World Cardmaking Day has a history that I was a part of….’back in the day’ on the now-defunct Two Peas site, some stampers and I hung out on the quiet little “Stamping” chat board. (It was also where OWH began.) We were a small but happy little bunch – and I’m thrilled to say I still count some of them among my friends! (Friends from the 2peas days – share your memories in comments, too! )

We used to put on our own online cardmaking events several times a year, since those promoted by the site were all for scrappers. We had cute names for them (we were so witty!) – and one of those events was World Cardmaking Day. It wasn’t an official day at the time – we just called it that and started promoting.

Each of our members would “host” a challenge, launched on a schedule throughout the day, sometimes one an hour! Folks would offer their own sample, their own ‘rules’ for what you had to do, and prizes from their own stash. We all blogged and posted to the gallery, visited each other, shared the love back and forth. It felt like crafting alongside others, but online! A few of the challenges we’d offer up in addition to the usual color/theme/product challenges:

  • Show your desk before/after WCMD! (hey let’s do that this weekend…post your before and after on Instagram with the hashtag #wcmdwithsandy!
  • Use an odd (or even) number of items on a card.
  • One guy offered odd challenges like “use nuts and bolts with cereal on a card.” Yeah we were off the charts!

After we’d done WCMD for 2 years we noticed…all of a sudden there was a website for “the day” and folks who “owned” it! ha. Well, that history is water under the bridge now, but I’m just glad the tradition lives on even if it was coopted, right?

Welcome to World Cardmaking Day, Crafty Girls! (and guys!)

When I saw this stamp, I just loved the idea behind it. They’re all sitting around coloring, and watching one of my videos! Yep, bet you didn’t know that was a laptop right there, playing one of my Copic playlists. Ha! Anyhoo – watch the video to see a pretty simple suggestion of a background for these ladies – you can do the soft shapes even without the dramatic lighting. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Does this look like you and your friends today? I’ll be having some crafty friends over to the studio. (And no, I won’t make them watch my videos. LOL!) If you need suggestions on who to craft with:

  1. Call a crafty girlfriend and invite her over for a little coloring or crafting fun. It needn’t be a full day, have her over for a quick cup of tea and color together!
  2. Invite a friend who’s never made a card, and help her make a CAS Christmas card. That’ll get her excited about joining our crazy hobby, right?
  3. Get your kiddos busy making cards! Have them create cards for an adult (not family) who makes them feel safe in this crazy world we’re in. Use it as a moment to remind them there are GOOD people out there – their teachers, principal, or policemen or firemen. Then make a plan to deliver the cards!

Giveaway

I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging #wcmdwithsandy on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending out ALL my halloween cards to randomly selected participants!

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.

Crafty Sales – check back, I’ll add more if I find some!

Free shipping on US orders over $20 with the code “FREESHIP”… or $4 off international orders over $25 with the code ” SAVE4″ through 10/8/17. SHOP HERE.
Waffle Flower FREE Gift – Orders over $25 placed (now to 10/09/17) with code “SUNSHINE” receive Little Sunshine as a free gift. (Put it in your cart so the code will work). Limit 1 per customer. While supplies last. SHOP HERE.
15% OFF on World Cardmaking Day Collection of more than 100 items including stamps, dies, bundles, and more. Use the discount code CARDMAKING at checkout. Valid 10/06/2017 at 12:01 AM EDT through 10/08/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. SHOP HERE
At Ellen Hutson – No coupon code necessary! SHOP HERE.
Christianbook.com Over 700 items will be $0.99 saving up to 97%! SHOP HERE.

 

Lawn Fawn has a sale on paper this weekend – ▸▸▸ Use code HappyPaper to get 25% off our newest paper collections: Knock on Wood, Perfectly Plaid Chill, and Knit Picky.
Not a sale, but….lots are asking about my toned Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook for Inktober. You can get one HERE. NOTE: I’ll be creating a drawing class using a toned sketchbook – you could use either beige or the grey. Will be choosing subjects from inktober for lessons, so be sure to click the like button on the ones you like most on Instagram!
Saturday, October 7th only – 20% OFF entire regularly-priced purchase! Coupon code: WCMD20 at checkout for an instant discount. US orders of $50 or more qualify for FREE Shipping! SHOP HERE
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Copic Coloring Glass Jars – Flora & Fauna Mermaid Kisses

Copic Coloring Glass Jars

Flora Fauna’s Mermaid Kisses had a jar. So those who’ve been around here a while will know…I had to put stuff in them! (I may need a playlist for all my glass-jar videos soon!) In today’s video I give you some tips for coloring glass jars….hope you enjoy it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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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Beam me up! Color an alien invasion

Little known fact: When I was little, I was SURE that I was going to be abducted by aliens. 100% sure.

Beam me up! Color an alien invasion

I saw this stamp set and wanted to color these pudgy little aliens – and let them get beamed up to their ship! Though…I’m truly not sure how all three are going to fit inside the spaceship cabin…but I’ll let them worry about that once they get there, okay? ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Just look at these pudgy little guys! I wanna poke em like the Pillsbury dough aliens.

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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Safari City Selfie – Lawn Fawn Wild for You

 

Safari City Selfie – Lawn Fawn Wild for You

Have you ever taken a selfie using a backdrop of a place you weren’t at? Or sometimes it’s just for a “better view” of that place? Welllllll these little critters wanted to pretend they were on vacation – in their selfie! It’s all colored on cream Neenah cardstock. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

 

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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Heffy Doodle Bloghop and Kickstarter

 

Heffy Doodle Bloghop and Kickstarter

Feel like helping a new company get started!?! Heffy Doodle is in the middle of a Kickstarter Campaign all month long – and Lesley sent me a few stamps so I could show them to you and see if you’d like to help out! More about it in the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

 

Giveaway!

The winner will win a Heffy Doodle cotton tote and a set of 12 Distress Oxides!! Entries are open worldwide. Blog Hoppers can leave a comment at each stop along the way to be in with a chance to WIN! Comments will remain open until 12 noon BST on 20th July and the winner will be announced on 22nd July on the Heffy Doodle Blog. We will also update this document with the winners name in case you want to also announce it on your blog or update your blog hop post.

Follow Heffy Doodle on social media:
Instagram | Facebook  | Pinterest 

And one more thing…

Ellen’s having a sale this weekend! I recommend, well, one of THESE, and one of THESE. Because they’re coming up soon. So’s THIS. And THIS. Yep, I’m working ahead a little. Happy shopping! 

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Unicorn Surprise Party – Gerda Steiner Designs

Unicorn Surprise Party – Gerda Steiner Designs

I might be the only person EVER to make a unicorn card in black and white. Without a rainbow of color. Because, unicorns and rainbows, right? Well, this one….this one has a crazy story inside my head about a unicorn coming home after a long day at work as a unicorn….and, well. You just have to watch it. LOL. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And of course the inside of the card has the “SURPRISE!” inside….and I let a little tiny bit of color loose on the cupcake!

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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The Rule of Thirds – with Purple Onion new release

The Rule of Thirds – with Purple Onion new release

Purple Onion carries a number of background scene stamps – if you’re one who loves my made-up scenes, these might be a good way to create scenes without having to draw them on your own! I made a bunch of cards with them to illustrate the rule (ok guideline) of thirds….feel free to pin cards below if you’d like. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This first card is perfectly fine, though the Street stamp is fairly well centered….

Dropping the center of gravity lower on the card, plus anchoring it with a darker road, lightens up the atmosphere so the sentiment takes the stage. Both the horizontal and vertical versions do the same.

These beautiful and simple Mountains work alone on a card – in the bottom third, leaving a big empty sky for the sentiment…

They can also be combined with Cruiser (Hedgehog on Vespa!) dragging along a Camper! I don’t know if a vespa is strong enough to drag weight, but….it’s sure adorable.

The SS Minnow, when stamped in the center, leaves little room for anything else.

But move the boat to the left a little, and there’s not only space for a sentiment, but I added the Wagon with Shelly the Bathing Mouse as a passenger! I also changed up the horizon line from the previous card, which added a lot of atmosphere.

The dunes, water (Tide), and lighthhouse go well together, especially when managing the thirds rule.

Change up the location of the dunes, water, and add Shelly, along with Sandy (yes Sandy!) the bathing bear…..draw in your own fence, grasses, wave crests, and fancy clouds….and yeah, you have a Sandy card. lol.

And just for the sake of crazy….I used the dunes along with the beach chair, grasses, and palm tree …and did some way fancy coloring.

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.

SALE: You can purchase both complete new collections for a limited time at a discounted price of over 30% off! 

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Purple Onion release today!

You’re gonna be excited….there are TWO new collections from Stacey Yacula available at Purple Onion today! “Happy Trails” has 33 adorable travel and vacation related stamps. “Once Upon A Time” is a mini collection of 4 reading-related stamps. You can purchase both complete collections for a limited time at a discounted price of over 30% off! 

Next week I’ll have a video with some of these stamps, so stay tuned – but I wanted you to know about today’s release in case you ‘need’ it. Yeah, I know you well, don’t I?

Sandy