Posted on

Wintry, Watery Critters – TWO videos, new Ellen Hutson Essentials

 

Hello there! I have a double treat for you today…not one but TWO videos! These are the new release sets from Ellen Hutson…and if you color, you may want to give them a look/ One technique here is advanced, the other is a beginner background that anyone with a couple blue markers can do – hope you find something here to inspire you!

Wintry Critters: A Frozen Copic Blizzard – Arctic Pals

A while back on Instagram, I colored some bears in a blizzard….and the outcry for a video was huge! I kept an eye out for more winter critters, and wouldn’t you know it – Ellen Hutson just released these! The penguins are my favorite – which is yours? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three colors used for the snow are B41, B60, and B000.

Watery Critters: Underwater Copic Sea – S’Whale

Coloring whales can be done simply – or you can get fancy and add water reflections. The backgrounds on these are SUPER easy, so beginners – don’t get intimidated! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Colors used for the water: B99, B97, B95, B93, B91; for the whales: C5, C3, C1, 0

And if two videos weren’t enough….my Bible Journaling followers may want to check out this week’s video – where I turned my nativity set into a page! Note that I don’t blog my Bible Journaling channel right now – so if you want weekly notifications, go to YouTube and click the little bell beside the Subscribe button so you’ll get the Sunday morning notifications in your email!

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.

 

Posted on

Magical Friday: Puppy Kisses for Santa

Magical Friday: Puppy Kisses for Santa

It’s almost time for Santa….so today I just wanted to share a little Magical Friday – it’s like a Magical Monday but on a different day of the week! Hope it puts you in the holiday mood! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And yes, that’s my lil Vienna!

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.

Posted on

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Advent Calendar Extravaganza…

is THE festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Sugar Pea Shepherd’s Lantern

I owned a couple Sugar Pea stamps I found at an LSS in the midwest a few years ago…but hadn’t shopped at their store yet. (My bad, eh!?) When Taheera told me they were the sponsor for “my” day, I wanted to use their stamps – and I was delighted to see what’s offered in their shop! I bought the lantern die and little shepherd stamp, thinking the shepherd-in-a-lantern would be like my fox-in-a-jar obsession (ha).  I didn’t really look to see if the shepherd would fit INSIDE…but I’m actually glad at the way it worked out in the long run anyway! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Don’t forget to add a treat to the inside of your card! 

Another coloring of the shepherd image I finished last night…I made it a girl, too!

Sugar Pea Giveaway

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Sugar Pea Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day11: Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

It’s been a while since I shared a Magical Monday video….since we’re getting close to Christmas I thought it might be fun to just have something cheerful to watch and sing along with! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

….is a lot of LOCAL charities. Since the video today is all about being brrrrrrrr cold, I’m giving to help women and their kids stay warm and dry! I donated to a homeless shelter here in my town called Fusion – a friend of mine’s Mom started it, after she’d had an experience of domestic abuse – talk about finding a way to give back! I suggest you look for a small local shelter or service group near you. If you don’t have money to give, go donate some time making food, cleaning, whatever they need! And please don’t let this be just at Christmastime….they need help year round!

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.

Posted on

R2C Day2: 12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

I’m Sandy Allnock – otherwise known as “honored to be one of Honey Bee Stamps’ 12 designers of Christmas” this year! Be sure to watch the blog and follow along with all the others too!

12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

When I saw the little Snow Bird set (ok it’s a big set, but with cute little birds!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do – make them chickadees! I made a few cards, and videotaped one of them; all three use the same colors though.

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

Construction for the ornament card below: Diecut the pieces, and stamp image on the round circle. Pop it on dimensional adhesive on ornament card base created by hanging the edge of the die off of the fold when diecutting. Add ornament top with dimensional adhesive.

Construction for the ornament card below: Stamp image on card base; add snow curve cut with Hill Borders. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Ice Chips Glitter.

Construction tips for globe below: Stamp image on main shape, add Hill Border snow shape. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Diamonds. Attach base of snow globe.

Hope you’ll try out cards with chickadees – or snow globes and ornaments! And I truly hope you’ve made great progress on your Christmas cards….get busy addressing them soon!

Today’s charity

I’m making donations each of these 12 days of Christmas, just to keep that “shopping rush” from making me feel all gross inside…giving keeps my heart soft and my mind thinking of others! Since today’s card has birds on it…I’m giving to the Audubon Society. I used to do fundraising events with them many years ago when I was in San Francisco; I belonged to a sailing group who taught people to sail, but also did these fundraisers; we’d let the local Audubon Society collect donations from their members, and we’d take them out on the San Francisco Bay to do birdwatching on the water! We’d “raft up” for nice potluck lunches with other boats in the event, and it was a great way to meet some wonderful people who care about our feathered friends.

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.

Posted on

Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

A FEW REALLY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. YouTube subscribers got an early look at this video when it posted early – whoops!
  2. I still have a bunch of winners who never claimed prizes….the list has been updated HERE.
  3. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday….please give a little something to a charity you care about! I’ll be giving to some causes that need some help right now: Puerto Rico relief, Saving Elephants, and since the CHIP program still hasn’t been renewed for kids – I’m going to give a chunk to St Judes. That’s just the start of my favorite season of giving…..on my posts for the first 12 days of December, I’ll highlight a charity and give to them that day. Feel free to pitch me your favorite in the comments on this post!

Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

One tip for a really easy scene: create a frame of trees around the focal image. Trees don’t have to be hard – scribbles can appear to be trees even if they’re not really perfectly done! Color a night sky with dark trees and you’ll convince the viewer; they’re looking at your image, not the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The same idea can be done in a blue color scheme too….

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.

Posted on

Purple Onion Bloghop + Black Friday Sales

Welcome to the Purple Onion SURPRISE bloghop! A few of us fans decided to put together a little surprise for Michele – and to help out our readers as well by drawing some attention to today’s Black Friday sale!

I keep adding to the sale list over on THIS Page:

SEE THE SALES!

 

Purple Onion Surprise Bloghop

I was recently looking for a specific raccoon stamp, and was so frustrated that I couldnt’ find it. I sat down with my lunch (mom’s amazing tomato vegetable soup!) and dumped out my collection of Purple Onion stamps on my desk and started sorting….I decided on Storage Envelopes for them, and prepped the cardstock to go into the long tall ones so I could create key sheets for them – and stamped colorable images along the way. I also filmed a little transformation of a spring stamp for you at the end of the video – hope you enjoy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube!

All those colored images are cut out….and some have made it onto cards, below; captions include the stamp names; go to the shop and search for the stamp name. And the storage envelopes I used are these (they come in a bunch of sizes).

Wishing (dandelion and mouse)

 

Street (town buildings), Old Betsy (truck), Millie (hedgehog), Holly (mouse)

 

Treehouse, Fawn (rabbit with mistletoe), Birch (winter bunny with hat)
Pine Tree Farm (background), Market Stand, Sweet Shop set (candy jars), Elliot (mouse with leaf hat), Oliver (garden mouse with hat)

 

The Perfect Spot (scene), Skylar (Owl with twigs), Rupert (fox with snowballs), Wilson (bear with snowball)
Front Door, Claus (bunny with tree), Ash (winter raccoon)
Fireplace and rug, Cookies for Santa (table), Door Decor (wreath, plants, wood), Sugar Plum (sleeping bunny in chair)

 

 

Prizes + blog hop list

In celebration of the hop, I am giving away spots in a class of their choice to 3 lucky commenters along the bloghop – so be sure to comment everywhere! If the winner has already purchased a class during the current sale, that class fee can be refunded. Winner will be posted on Sandy’s blog on December 1, 2017. Good luck!

  1. Sandy Allnock <—that’s me!
  2. Tracey MacDonald
  3. Kelly Booth
  4. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  5. Sonja Kerkhoffs
  6. Anna Lorenzetto
  7. Sally On
  8. Hannah Rubenstahl
  9. Simone Schwagler
  10. Susen Srb
  11. Nancy Thomas
  12. Kari VanNoy
  13. Alice Wertz
  14. Amy Yang
  15. Vera Yates

PS…a Bible Journaling Video!

I’m posting Sunday’s video 2 days early to get this book out there for a gift idea – my Bible journaling group REALLY loved it and all went out to get it. Just saying. LOL. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Posted on

Copic Scene Card: Hipster and his reindeer

I spent a few hours yesterday gathering more sales for the big list HERE – hope that helps you find some crafty deals!

Copic Scene Card: Hipster and his reindeer

I’ve been asked for a scene card…..so let’s do it! You can certainly stop with the coloring after just the hipster and his little deer, but why not make a suggestion of a scene? And if you know any hipsters – this might be just the perfect stamp set for you….it looks just like my friend Ben! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Hope you enjoyed this silly little hipster card – and maybe you know a hipster who needs you to make a card with this little set!

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.

Posted on

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Layered Images, Purple Onion

NOTE: Michele over at Purple Onion is away due to a death in her family; she’s asked that we wait to pummel her with orders til she’s back and underway again. Her website says the 21st, with orders possibly taking 2 weeks, but I suspect it could be a little longer than that. Please be praying for her family in the meantime; and be patient with any orders you place. 

If you’re already a Purple Onion fan, and have a blog, drop me a note using my contact page – I’m working on a little surprise if you’re game to join in.

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Layered Images

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love Stacey Yacula’s designs at Purple Onion Designs! She’s such a good illustrator – and the images are really good ones for this technique I haven’t used in a while: layering. Figure out what parts are in the front and which are in the back, and layer them with a little adhesive between….and you get a really fun look! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

As is tradition, I’ll be choosing winners for each of the 24 tags made in these 6 videos – leave comments on the blog as well as on YouTube for more chances to WIN!

Christmas Bible Crafts: Chocolate Bibles

In addition to the tags for these 6 days, I’ve been sharing Christmas crafts on my other channel – this time…CHOCOLATE! You could use the sizes in the template, and add your own words to the “book” to make secular versions. 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.

Posted on

Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

IMPORTANT: A sick little boy wants to celebrate his last Christmas early…send him a card right away!
Jacob Thompson C/O Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St Portland, ME 04102
Read more about Jacob HERE

Today I’m part of a bloghop with Heffy Doodle – if you came here via Lesley Oman, you’re on the right track! I’m the last stop…so if you haven’t started yet, go back to the top and hop along!

Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

Living under a volcano – Mount Rainier – made me want to color this Geology Rocks stamp set right away. Volcanos are my favorite of all the natural disasters (ok maybe not favorite?) because they give you enough advance warning, you can run! ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a better look at the Glossy Accents – it’s scribbled on as loosely as the coloring was done!

Bloghop with prizes

A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Eligibility: Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog!

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.