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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!

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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: