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Party on a card!

When I saw these cute two stamp sets, I knew I had to introduce all the critters to each other. And they are having a total party!

Color a party on a card

Reverse Confetti makes some darling little stamps – Lift Me Up and Later Alligator were destined to be friends, don’t you think? I just had to pick them up in my last RC order. And had to color them all together so they could have a partay! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I layered some yellow paper on my card base, then popped the colored panel on top with foam tape.Sandy Allnock Party on a card Reverse Confetti

Giraffe Fun Fact

The knobs on top of a giraffe’s head – ossicones – are fuzzy on females. And “bald” (not fuzzy) on males. Who’d have known!? Crazy. But here are some more fun facts if you want to feed your brain today!

Supplies

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Random Acts of Cardness: Clean and Simple Coloring

Random Acts of Cardness

My friends at Technique Tuesday emailed to ask if I’d help get the word out about their challenge to get cardmakers to actually send out their cards….sure! (See their post HERE) I love love love days when I mail out cards – I do send out tons. Lots to friends and family, but many many many to crafters (customers, usually) as surprise treats in their mailboxes. My patrons also get cards at least once a year…and that’s always a special day when I get to send them thank you notes.

Technique Tuesday made a special set of stamps just for this challenge, and its nice and inexpensive, but you can sure use any stamps you already have for the challenge. I was sent a few owls too, and sentiments, and flowers (Thank you TT!) – so I figured I’d use them all in my cards to send out as random acts of cardness!

For this challenge, I decided to work on a “set” of cards that’s “me.” Yellow. Copic. But simple so that I could make a lot of them!  I even used 110 lb paper for these one-layer cards, to give them a little more “heft” to make it through the mail without getting all bent. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

My cards won’t be signed…no return address…no name on the back. I want them to be truly random surprises! I also don’t need or want any credit…but if you get one and figure out it was me, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

setofcards

Supplies

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Technique Tuesday comes out with monthly flower stamps that are so pretty – here’s a selection of a few stamps with their dies:

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Crazy cats and dogs – in Copic Marker

 

I haven’t done a video like this before – focusing on showing just how much you can get out of a small number of pens!

Crazy dogs and cats

In today’s video I used just one blending group of browns – E5s. E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, and E59. It’s amazing how many shades you can get just using one group of colors! See the grid below with all of them to see the variety. And watch the video below or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the whole group of cards – check out all the browns!Sandy Allnock - Crazy Cats n Dogs

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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Copic Marker Storage Ideas

*Copic Jumpstart class update is at the end of this post! 🙂

I have tons of people to thank for this post – all of my Facebook followers who shared pics with me, my friend Sheila for letting me borrow the insert I share in the video, Copic for providing the new case so I could show it to you – and TJ&Things for providing an ink insert and bin to review. (The Copic case and Various Ink insert and bin are the only items provided to me. This video is not sponsored, nor was it requested by anyone – except my followers!)

Copic Storage

I’m no storage expert – but I am a little of a hub for Copic colorists, so I asked on Facebook for YOUR ideas to store your markers. You came through in spades, thank you all! In the video below, I show you the cases and inserts I have here in the studio, then walk you through some categories of storage, and end with the most unique ideas I saw. I didn’t have the ability to use EVERY photo – but I sure appreciated them all! Scroll down for lots more info, and enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Links mentioned in the video….No affiliate links are used in this post.

Still photos of your storage solutions

Below are all the photos so you can get more of a peek. If you want more information on where the person got their storage shelves, cups, bins, or inserts, please feel free to find them on THIS THREAD on Facebook. Please do not friend them without asking first – it will be most helpful to all of us if you ask your question publicly in a comment under their photo….then we can all read the responses. Pin away…..

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Copic Jumpstart Class Update

Class finally starts this Friday May 27! There’s a few things I want to remind students about:

  1. Friday at 7am Pacific time, I’ll send out the first lesson link via email. Note that if you click and it’s slow, or not very responsive, it might just be everyone rushing in at once – try coming back later, but please don’t refresh over and over and over – the host site might think you’re a hacker and block you. Just be patient.
  2. NOTHING is “live” at 7am in the “live broadcast” sense. You can watch it anytime you want – the word “live” means I’ll spend as much time as I humanly can getting questions answered. That’ll last throughout the “live” class – til a few days after the final lesson is delivered.
  3. Lessons will be delivered every OTHER day by email. Ten in all. So much learning!
  4. If you’re viewing on a smart device, you MAY need to click the TEXT link for the videos. Some of you have had issues with videos appearing as black boxes or getting some kind of privacy message; the text link should bypass whatever’s going on.
  5. IF traffic slows or crashes my site, then the next lessons will be sent at 7am YOUR local time. That’ll spread the load a bit so not everyone is joining in at once.
  6. If you do not yet have all/most of the class markers yet: DO NOT PANIC. Please don’t stress. You’ll be able to use the markers you do have to work on the lessons – you’ll perhaps even clarify for yourself what colors you may and may not want. You can also come back and re-visit any of the lessons later, so please just enjoy what you can and let’s color with what’s available, okeydokey? 🙂

Signups after the pre-registration period

For anyone signing up after midnight this THURSDAY (the night before class), the full price ($34.99) will be in effect.

ALSO – folks signing up past midnight on May 26 will receive their pre-class email along with links to any of the lessons that have gone public by the time they sign up. That means they can watch several lessons in a row and still be part of the Q&A in comments.

Once the “live” portion of class is finished, all lessons in the self-paced class will be emailed to students every other day, and the hour of the day will be the same time of day they signed up. That means…if you’ve signed up at 8pm your time, you’ll get all your lessons at 8pm your local time every other day. Hopefully that’s a good time of day for you to be on your computer. 🙂

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Non-Directional Shading – Purple Onion Designs release

It’s new-release time at Purple Onion, and I’m so blessed that the owner offers me up a couple Stacy Yacula stamps to play with to help get the word out. I just love her style! 🙂 Garden Blooms is the name of the new release and you can find it all here.

Non-Directional Shading

While I like to do my shading using a light source – directional light – lots of folks do an awesome job without worrying one whit about where the lights are coming from. If you struggle with it (even after the Copic Jumpstart class), you can always just make your shading around the outside edges of the object. It can look fab even if not realistic! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are some other topiaries too….they’re so simple they make a gorgeous CAS card.

Sandy Allnock NonDirectional Shading topiary

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 (not at Purple Onion)at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Color all the stamps! #thehumanrainbow

I was tickled to see these little Onesies – little people – in the Clearly Besotted release for this month, sent to me graciously by Stephanie. I’ve been wanting to do another Human Rainbow video – so here we go!

Color all the stamps! #thehumanrainbow

TheHumanRainbow is a little one-woman campaign to bring some diversity to our coloring. In our little cardmaking world, it’s just one way I can contribute to our national efforts to unify our country and celebrate the many colors we all come in! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sometimes I’m a little shocked at how many markers end up out when I get done. LOL. I used 37 (GASP!) markers to color this card…don’t be intimidated, you wouldn’t need nearly that many. Maybe 33. 🙂 Sandy Allnock 37 markers

These little kiddos are cute to color one at a time – or a bunch at a time. Whatever works for you!Sandy Allnock thehumanrainbow

Supplies

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Copic Marker Shortage….WHY?!!?

For some time you’ve likely been noticing there are not many Copic markers available, either in brick-and-mortar stores or online. Don’t blame your retailer…the demand has just grown so fast that it’s exceeding production! Please know that I wasn’t asked to create today’s video – nor am I compensated by Copic for this. I reached out to them for information to pass along to you about why there are so few markers for us to get our hot little hands on!

Copic Marker Shortage…why!??!

I knew that our retailers have been having trouble getting markers for us. And with my Copic Jumpstart class coming up, the shortage has become more urgent! And doing some research – I found that it’s not a shortage, they’re making more markers than ever. It’s just not enough.

I contacted my friend Marianne at Copic to ask what the reasons are. She wrote me a hilarious explanation back, which I adapted to turn into this explanation. She mentioned squirrels – which then led me to this absolutely silly drawing of a rodent in love! He really wants you to be in love with Copics, not his tail. 🙂 Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Annnnnd the finished silly squirrel in love…LOL.

Sandy Allnock - Copic Marker Shortage Squirrel

I hope the explanation helped give you a little peace of mind. More markers ARE coming. It just takes time.

You can help!

  1. When visiting your favorite online retailers, if you sign up for notifications on out-of-stock markers, please know that many of them base orders on how many people are on the wait list. If you sign up for a color, go back there to buy it when it’s in stock. If you don’t do this, there are two consequences for all of us:
    1. The retailer has invested a lot of cash on those colors – and can’t bring in other cool products for us.
    2. Those markers are now out of the “pool.” So if another store is dying to get their hands on a Y17 and they’re all in a different store – the other store can’t get them. Gah.
  2. When visiting your brick and mortar retailers, if you request a special order of a pen, buy it there. Same reasons as #1!
  3. Gather with your community colorists! Get a Copic coloring group together monthly…you can share colors with each other, reink each other’s pens…plus it’s lots of FUN! Get together at a local scrap or stamp store if you can, and support them by shopping there.
  4. Share this video or blog post with your friends. Let them know too!
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Stinking Cute Valentines (It’s a hot mess…until it’s not.)

Stinking Cute Valentines

When I saw this darling little Art Impressions stamp set (In the Air) at CHA, I wanted to color it asap! So cute to have sweet little skunks representing some of the relationships we have in life, isn’t it? 🙂 The subtitle for this video is “It’s a hot mess…until it’s not!” which is pretty much also a good relationship descriptor, right!? Just keep working on your relationships, be committed to them – and they’ll come around. Just like coloring! Watch the video below to see what I mean about the coloring side…you can also click HERE to see it directly on YouTube.

With each card, I made a similar design – and *gasp* I made four of each! I’m getting things together to do a fundraiser for a ministry at church, since valentines seem to be something people will drop more than a buck or two on. Especially the guys, and the women buying for their kids and grandkids!

stinking cute three valentines

I used my Avery Elle Pierced Rectangles to add a little interest to both the white and black panels.
Sandy Allnock Valentines 1

And the pretty red ribbon is by May Arts – there’s only a little of this left in stock HERE – if you want a few yards, snag it quick!

Sandy Allnock Valentines 2

And I’m extra excited to tell you that this stamp set is the first (of many more to come) from Art Impressions that’s available at Ellen Hutson! More are coming, so hang onto your hats. Those great stamps AI makes will be able to be purchased on the same order as all your other crafty needs – I for one love combining my shipping costs and get everything I need in one place. Yay!  Sandy Allnock Valentines 3

And if you’re a skunk collector – there’s a cute little stamp in this set from Inky Antics too. Nearly ended up in my cart but I don’t need that many skunks: Valentine Riddles 3

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.