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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!

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Happy Hedgehogs: Blending Copic Markers

 

I have a thing for hedgies. Sort of. I mean, I’m not someone who follows hedgehogs on Instagram or anything. But there’s something about coloring little hedgie stamps that….well, it just makes me wanna buy all the hedgies.

Happy Hedgehogs: Blending Copic Markers

In today’s video, I’ve colored up three of the hedgies in the MFT stamp set. Note that there are a bunch of critters in the set – two of them have scarves so they can be used for Christmas; one holding an acorn for fall; and others holding nothing so they can be used year-round! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For my card designs, I kept them simple; popped the 4″ x 5.5″ panels after attaching a strip of black scrap to the card base. Just that little bit of popping up a panel adds so much! A little bling bling, and it’s all done and ready for the mail!sandy-allnock-copic-hedgehogs

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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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!

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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

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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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. 🙂

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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.

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. 🙂