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Vignette Copic Coloring

Before I get started, a note: The stamps I used on Monday are out of stock – and won’t be back til April. We’ll all have to be patient for restocking on international stamps, this is why most US-based retailers don’t tend to carry them. BUT – Donna from TopFlight says you can email during this sale and tell her you want them, and she’ll honor the 20% off once the stamps come in.

 

Hey if you’re a Paper Smooches fan – all the PS stamps are on sale this week. Here. #yourewelcome !

Vignette Copic Coloring

Sometimes a full background is too much. You need just a little something something….so add just a little wash of color to draw attention to your focal point – either the stamps or the sentiment! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Gosh I love Paper Smooches stamps.…the images have good heavy lines (easy for new Copic colorists) and simple shapes.

The bear looks pretty dark in photos – but in reality it’s much better. If yours gets too dark, add a little glossy accents to his eyes and nose and they pop right out!

Watch my instagram this week – since the stamps are on sale I’ll color up some to help give you ideas how to use yours!

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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Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Everyone’s been playing with these fun Chibitronics – it’s about time I did, too! Plus – a little birdie told me there’s a sale this week – buy a pack of LED Chibilights and get the Effects stickers for 50% off! I also heard this coming weekend Karolyn is prepping a video with the Effects stickers….I’ll link you up to that when it goes live! (I can’t wait to see it too!)

Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Chibitronics are a fun bit of “science” we can employ in crafting….creating a layer beneath our card front with circuits that “trigger” when a particular part of the card front is pressed. It looks harder than it is – I was scared at first, but it wasn’t so bad at all! Note that these are thick cards since you have to build up depth to keep the battery from being “on” all the time. Also, this isn’t inexpensive; but oh man. So worth it for some special cards! In addition to showing you the full main card (with the texting birds!), I made a couple others just to give you an idea of a few types of designs you can consider. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

NOTE: On these photos, I added light in photoshop, to indicate where the lights twinkle; to see them lighting up, refer to the end of the video.

Drive Me Wild Card

For this one, it involved diecutting the Little Town border die, and separating it to color the sky on the top half, and coloring the houses on the bottom half. I put them back together with scotch tape on the back, and re-installed the white doors and windows except for the 2nd story windows. Then I stamped the car and RV below, and colored them. Below is a photo of the pattern I used for the lights, ending with the battery underneath the RV.

Mad Professor

I colored this guy with my Copics, inspired by a physics professor from college – that man loved to blow things up! ha! I poked pinholes in a few random spots with a piercer, and added the Tropical lights to the electronic circuit shown below.

Deep Breath Card

This is one of my favorite birthday card stamp sets! I’ve never colored it this way but it was fun – I drew the corals, as well as creating that burning piece of paper hanging from a fishing hook! The Chibitronics learning: I made the little holes too close together, so I couldn’t fit five lights within that space. HOWEVER – when you look at them lit up, the two yellow and one red lights that are used show through those other two holes, making it APPEAR there are more lights there. So be strategic and you might get more light out of the pattern you choose!

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.

  • Chibitronics
    • Chibi Lights Starter Kit  —- http://salln.net/2iNQS37
    • Panasonic Lithium Battery, 5 pk —- http://salln.net/2igXjIw
    • Chibitronics Red, Yellow, Blue LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hY8GXZ
    • Chibitronics Tropical LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2j9JAD6
    • Chibitronics White LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —- http://salln.net/2hWwokf
    • Chibitronics Copper Tape, 16 ft  —- http://salln.net/2iNStFT
  • Stamps
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2igYE1X
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Happy Trails —- http://salln.net/2j9CwX8
    • Paper Smooches Clear Stamps, Great Chemistry —- http://salln.net/2j9LJ1L
    • Art Impressions Cling Stamps, Deep Breath Birthday —- http://salln.net/2hY5yeP
  • Dies
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Love Letters —- http://salln.net/2ih7z3o
    • Pretty Pink Posh Dies, Storybook 2 —- http://salln.net/2iGTuz8
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Little Town Border —- http://salln.net/2jgHg1p
  • Neenah Cardstock — http://salln.net/1m4qGP6
  • Coloring:
    • Copic Markers — http://salln.net/1E8FctN
    • COPIC Multiliner Set Fine, Black, 4pc —- http://salln.net/2hWrRhK
    • Signo UniBall White Pen —- http://salln.net/2gLEv6z
  • Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape —- http://salln.net/2igYIyJ
  • Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black —- http://salln.net/2h4tHAP
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Spotted Puppy Slider Cards

Welcome to my MFT friends coming by for a visit – hope you brought a cup of tea or cocoa so we can sit down and have a visit! I’ll be snuggled on the sofa with this girl….she’s my rescue pup from Petfinder who brings me both chaos and joy! She loves her little brother Giallo like nothing else – you can follow them both HERE.

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Spotted Puppy Slider Cards

Today I’m sharing a couple really simple cards celebrating PLAY! (Hope you get some time to do that!) I colored the pups to look like my Vienna (see her pics below!)….and kept the designs simple. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The other two cards are adorable and simple too! For this pup, I punched a heart and colored it pink – chopping off a corner and gluing it to my pup so it looks like he’s carrying it.sandy-allnock-spotted-puppy-slider

This pup is on a rollercoaster of a slider – and there are many other shapes of slider dies available. I’ve collected a few in the supply list in case you’re interested.sandy-allnock-puppy-slider-card

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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Easy Popup Penguin Card

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I have a card to share today that’ll be great for all winter long. And the die is a fun and easy interactive one you can use all year long. Check out the interactive blog gallery for more ideas.

Popup Penguin Card

Lawn Fawn got me excited when they came out earlier in the year with the Stitched Hillside Popup Die – so so so so many possibilities! Today’s card is wintry with all the clean white cardstock, but just think how this would work with green cardstock, or a patterned paper with tiny flowers or little grass pattern. All kinds of fun hillside scenes, adding different stamps to it – lots of fun! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I kept the outside simple; and in order to keep color from seeping through from the outside to the inside by stamping the penguin directly on the card, I used one of the cut-out penguins along with a simple stamped sentiment.

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Here’s the overhead view of the card – the two pieces in the back attach to the card base so it all pops up perfectly.

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Lots of stamps will work with a pop-up die; I’ve got two sets with penguins (I listed them all for you in the supply list below) , but think of all the possibilities! I’m imagining grassy hillsides and so much more for other seasons!sandy-allnock-pop-up-penguin-card2

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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Stained Glass: Circumferential Coloring

Quickly before starting with today’s post: a big sale over at Ellen Hutson! Don’t want you to miss out on some steals in the sale category! Unfortunately as of last night, the stamp set used today was already sold out, darn!

Okay. Now let’s get busy coloring!

It’s beginning to look even MORE like Christmas! And this beautiful stamp set from Taylored Expressions is so lovely – and easy to color.

Stained Glass: Circumferential Coloring

Circumferential coloring sounds fancy – but it’s what I believe a lot of people do. Shading on the outside, along the edges of an item. It’s super easy – Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are many stamps in your collection already that you could draw some extra lines in – and make something that looks like stained glass. Wouldn’t that be fun? For the second stamp in this set, I added more “breaks” in the circle around the candle to keep with the stained glass look.sandy-allnock-holy-night-circumferential-coloring

Copic Blending Groups

Visit THIS page to see a chart of suggestions for blending. And if you’re interested in more Copic coloring, try the Copic Jumpstart Class! (Can you keep a secret? A new Copic class is underway for early 2017….you’ll definitely want to have Jumpstart ‘under your belt’ before then, as many of the concepts will rely on that knowledge!)

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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Feminizing a tag (12 tags of Christmas w/a feminine twist!)

12 Tags of Christmas with a feminine twist!

It’s that time of year again – Ellen Hutson gathers a group of designers together to create tags to inspire you! (To see previous years’ tags, click HERE…keep scrolling and scrolling for years of fun!) I’ve been paired up with Laurel Beard for today’s tag…..and we’ve been challenged to combine a few things:

  1. a feminine tag
  2. mix-it-up challenge with Art Impressions + Ellen Hutson Essentials
  3. colors: teal, green, pink, and grey

You can join in the tag fiesta over on their blog by uploading YOUR creation (see the guidelines, they’re not as strict as mine! ha!) and qualify to win a prize! (And if you need more tag ideas, check out my gallery HERE.)

Feminizing a tag: Merry Chrismouse

There are a number of things you can do to any image or tag to make it more girly….color, texture, bling, dimension….anything “fussy” turns most anything into a project that’ll appeal to us girls! I chose to add color and texture to this cute little mouse – as well as adding a little bow on her head! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My Detail Scissors adventure mentioned in the video – no worries, the sheath was on, I forgot to mention it – but the scissors did a good job holding up to puppy teeth on this one!

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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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24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Easy Copic Matchbook Tags

This tag is in honor of a friend who’s started to collect Copics – but not for shading. It’s a super easy way to add color and make it look like you “meant” to go simple!

Easy Copic Matchbook Tags

Today’s tag only needs ONE Copic marker. Yes, ONE! Instead of making it a heavily-colored tag, try just highlighting one portion of each image. When the stamp set is as adorable as Dairy Christmas , it’s easy to let the humor take the stage! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

You can use these just as tags – or as a delivery system for a gift card!

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You can see all the tags from all years in the 24 Tags of Christmas Gallery!

Giveaway

Tradition is to give away the 24 tags…I’ll pick 24 winners from blog posts and YT comments, so leave some love and maybe you’ll win! Woohoo!

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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24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Bunny Wishes

Welcome to 24 Tags of Christmas week!! I get so excited to focus on special things from time to time….I’ve done a series of tags each year for – oh my – now it’s three years. That’s definitely a tradition, right?

Bunny Wishes

The first tags are fairly simple, in some ways. I’ve stamped the Bunny Wishes images onto Neenah cardstock, using masking to first stamp the snow globe, then bunnies and tree. I hand-stamped the little images into the globe which had the center cut out of the hillside, and colored the globes to appear see-through to the trees behind. 🙂 Grab some Copics and a white pen…let’s go! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

To create the banners at the bottom of each tag, I snipped into the center of the tags, then joined the corners with that center point. Easy peasy!

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You can see all the tags from all years in the 24 Tags of Christmas Gallery!

Giveaway

Tradition is to give away the 24 tags…I’ll pick 24 winners from blog posts and YT comments, so leave a comment on this post (and one on each post all week!) and maybe you’ll win! Woohoo!

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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Stay Cool: Copic Coloring Chill Wishes



I’m excited to share some big news with you….I’ll be guesting over at My Favorite Things Stamps monthly! They make so many great stamps for coloring…and I color #allthethings….so it’s a match made in heaven! This month I created a quick teaser video since I know a lot of folks only watch my YT and don’t come here to the blog…so here’s that before I give you a little more explanation below:

Thoughts on being an ‘influencer’ (Warning: yawns could follow.)

Back in 2007 when I wrote my first blog post, I hadn’t expected that starting a crafty blog would lead to becoming an “influencer” – or having to consider my own ethical response to that new title.

As good marketers, companies smartly like to partner with influencers – send them regular boxes of product, sponsor their posts, give them freebies to pass out to promote their company. Increasingly over the past 3 or 4 years, I’ve been receiving more of those offers – but I am a rare bird that closely limits those relationships…I’ve been told there aren’t many of me out there. However periodically I have received product releases from two companies who I work very closely with, and once in a rare while from others for special occasions or bloghops.

But I turn down lots of those offers each month. Why? While I know I could get a lot of free product, I’d truly rather buy it myself; that way if I tell you something is the best stamp set ever, it is because I really did think it’s the best and bought it. My goal here is not to get you to also buy it, though; I do make a portion of my income because some of you kindly use my compensated affiliate links – but I’m just as happy if you use my techniques on stamps you already own. I love encouraging people to create!

mftthumbnailAll that said – I’m excited to let you know that MFT is entering that tiny band of companies I’ll be working more closely with. I’ve been an MFT fan and customer for ages, and partnered with them way back in the OWH days when they were very generous to the organization. I’ll be receiving their new releases to use for the monthly compensated videos on their channel, and you’ll continue to see coloring videos with their stamps on my channel as normal, too. I hope you’ll be enjoying them all!

Ironically, while working on this post, I saw an article in The Washington Post by Sarah Halzack, Influencers Lives Look Perfect, which explains a bit about how influencers work. And made me realize being a lifestyle blogger is a lot more lucrative than art. Ha!

A bonus for YOU: Since I’ll be receiving additional product, I’ll have more to eventually mail out during Customer Appreciation Week! What’s that? Instead of selling my excess or doing giveaways like lots of bloggers do, I like to totally surprise people. So about every 6-8 weeks, I lighten my stash and choose random customers to mail out cards and/or surprise packets of gently-used products that I won’t get around to using again. No notice, I just surprise their mailbox! Hooray for being able to share more MFT with you in those mailings!

And now…go say hello over at MFT!

Watch Copic Coloring: Chill Wishes on YouTube or on the blog post I wrote for them. Leave some love over there! And be sure to head over to  YouTube to subscribe to their channel so you don’t miss out on my videos there…I’ll post here on my blog when the monthly post goes live, but I won’t be notifying you each month on YouTube.

Click to pop over to MFT!