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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?¬†ūüôā 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.

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Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016

Hello there – and welcome to a new feature here on my blog…shading maps! (And be sure to come kick the tires on the new site!)

Shading Maps: Clearly Besotted January 2016 release

In some of the shading classes I taught last year, I create shading map handouts for my students – basically loosely sketching in the location of shadows on the stamps the students would be using for their class work. The handouts were crazy popular – and I thought it might be a fun feature to have here on the blog from time to time!

How often? It won’t be every release for every company, of course. As I’ve said before, I turn down offers to receive freebies on a regular basis, as 1) I just can’t use that many stamps (lol), and 2) buying my own stamps keeps me sharing what I love, not what I’m given! But sometimes I’ll say yes, and when I thought about using them as an opportunity to teach shading….I figured it’d be ok.¬†You can click on the pdf¬†and print it, then save it to cut into strips and slip into your stamp storage so you have it for reference.

I won’t be creating videos for all of these Shading Maps – but I did post one today, just to let my YT-only followers know about it. In the future I may just do a blog post like this one – showing you the shading maps plus a colored image from each set. Just coz I can’t stand to not color them up when they’re cute, right?

Okay okay. Now I’ll shaddup and you can check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube! Scroll down to get the link to the Shading Map pdf!

Some birdie loves you

The little birds and toucans in this set are very sweet lil tweeters. Check out photos of birds in the Amazonian jungle for ideas on colors!

Sandy Allnock CB birds

You’re Purrfect

The You’re Purrfect set has lots of kitties to color – so tiny, so darling!

 

Sandy Allnock CB purrfect

Minibots

What could be cuter than puppy and kitty robots? SQUEEE!

Sandy Allnock CB minibots

Jump for joy

The little froggies in Jump for Joy will be cute for valentines, or for most any other theme. Add on a party hat or balloon from another set and dress them up!
Sandy Allnock CB jump for joy

Still a Hoot

Owls are back too, and dressed up for the new year – scarves, ties, and bows galore!

Sandy Allnock CB still a hoot

Love You Tons

And if anyone was afraid the elephant craze was over – fear not! You haven’t missed the boat. This one will be great for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. And the shading maps? They work in watercolor, or any medium!
Sandy Allnock CB love you tons

Miniature Florals II

This flower set has some super tiny yet very detailed flowers – I thought they’d be perfect in colored pencil. I think I was right!

Sandy Allnock CB flowers

Free Shading Map Download

Click on the button to download your shading map – cut the sections apart and tuck them into your stamp storage for future reference! ūüôā

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I don’t know how regularly I’ll be doing these – but periodically at least, as I get permission and stamps to create these with. I don’t want to upset any stamp companies so I’ll need to get their ok to do it. Let me know in comments if there’s a line¬†in particular you’d like to see a Map for!

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.

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Cocoa Treat Jars – easy thank you gifts

Just wanted to pop in to wish you a happy boxing day and bring you a quick idea for¬†cocoa treat jars¬†in case you forgot a few unappreciated people this year.¬†It’s still “legal” to pass on the Christmas cheer for another week!

And who might those folks be? Maybe the mail carrier, the sanitation workers, recycle pickup folks, your hairdresser, or bank teller! This is a great time to let people¬†know you appreciate them….and it’s easy to tuck a box of these treat jars in the car, and slip one in your purse to hand out each time¬†you run an errand this week!

Cocoa Treat Jars

I got some really inexpensive little jars and filled them with a couple spoons of cocoa mix, hershey kisses, and mini marshmallows. (Note: it IS legal to count “One for them, one for me” as long as you have big enough bags to make them all!) I wrapped each one with ribbon and added a little tag with a quickly-colored mug stamp – so simple and cute!

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It would be easy to adapt these tiny jars as well….check Pinterest for tons:

  • a variety of tea bags
  • coffee beans
  • candies
  • kitty or pup treats for pet owners
  • popcorn
  • caramels – and deliver it with an apple and a popsicle stick
  • two BIG marshmallows and glue¬†googlie eyes on the outside to make them snowmen!

Make a matching tag, and if instructions are needed to use the contents, include that. Bigger jars can contain all kinds of things…let your imagination run wild!

Let’s collect ideas

Who do you think could use a little pick-me-up from you this coming week? Let’s collect a helpful list in comments of the kinds of folks you could make little cocoa treat jars for! I made more of these than I have people on my list for, so I could use a good list of suggestions. ūüôā

Merry Christmas!

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Hybrid Cardmaking with GraphicStock

 

Many of you, I know, are into hybrid card making. And when GraphicStock approached me, I thought of you guys – and even though this is very different for me, it’s something I wanted to share with you! See the end of this post for a FREE offer as well as a chance to win a GIVEAWAY!

Hybrid Cardmaking

This type of crafting is using digital elements together with your stamps, markers, and other crafty goodies. Many scrapbookers do this all the time, and lots of cardmakers do too – I saw lots when OWH was underway! With 250,000 images to choose from, picking just a few to play with was daunting, but I went thematically with seasons for a start. In the video I show you how the site works as well as how you can arrange images onto a page in a Word doc, since some folks might not know the basics. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Each card has some special “traditional” cardmaking touches added, and the supplies used are listed below in each caption.

Sandy Allnock Hybrid Cardmaking leaf
Leaf image at Graphic Stock / Sentiment Stamp by Wplus9 / Red Royal Ink by Hero Arts / Copic W7 W3 W00
Sandy Allnock Hybrid Cardmaking Fangtastic
Haunted House image at Graphic Stock / Versamark pen / Clear embossing powder / Heat gun / Sentiment by Avery Elle
Sandy Allnock Hybrid Cardmaking cookies
Cookies image at Graphic Stock / Double Pierced Rectangle dies by Avery Elle / Sentiment by Hero Arts / Stickles by Ranger
Sandy Allnock Hybrid Cardmaking fox
Fox and friends image at Graphic Stock / Sentiment by Wplus9 / Glossy Accents by Ranger / Double Pierced Circle die by Avery Elle
Sandy Allnock Hybrid Cardmaking moose
Moose image at Graphic Stock / Leaf background at Graphic Stock / Double Pierced Circle die by Avery Elle / Sentiment by Mama Elephant / Copics E29 E27 E97 E33 YR23 Y21 G99 YG95 YG93

Giveaway!

I’m always excited to give away goodies – so this time it’s not only giving ALL OF YOU a 7 day free trial, but one of those using my link for a free trial is entered to win 6months membership for free too! In about 2 weeks the company will be in touch with the winner’s name and info, and I’ll announce it then as well as emailing the winner. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Graphic Stock. I do these posts *very* rarely, but the offer for you to get free goodies was awesome enough that I wanted to share! ūüôā¬†

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CAS Sympathy Cards: Agapanthus, Technique Tuesday

Sympathy cards are SO hard to make. They just hurt the heart, even though you know they’re going to ease someone’s pain just a little.

But…¬†I think this stamp¬†I used has taught me my new favorite word. “Agapanthus.” Just say it out loud. “Agapanthus.” Isn’t it wonderful?

On the 1st of each month Technique Tuesday releases a new Greenhouse Society stamp set.¬†They’re sooooo pretty! I’ve started a little¬†collection…and you can check them all out HERE! Or go to the Technique Tuesday website to sign up for a monthly subscription and get them at a discount.

Technique Tuesday¬†sent me Agapanthus, July’s stamp, since they just loved my card with their¬†Hibiscus¬†stamp….and I couldn’t resist. Because they sent me two, one for me and one for you! Read about the giveaway below.

CAS (Clean and Simple) Sympathy Cards: Agapanthus

I decided to stamp the image on Desert Storm; I thought it might be an interesting exploration to try doing flowers on a darker paper – I’ve colored other images on it, but not florals. I also show it on white, so you can see the color comparison between doing so on darker and lighter paper. Very interesting, at least to me – the coloring nerd! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube..

I do like it on the white, but there’s something very unique and quite relazing about the desert storm color!

Sandy Allnock Sympathy Cards

Which do you prefer – the Desert Storm or the White? Maybe it depends on who it’s for….not really sure! ūüôā

Giveaway!

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Yes, I have a stamp set to give away! The lovely folks at Technique Tuesday sent me two…one for me and one for you! Use the Raffelcopter below to enter…good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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 Copic Blending with analagous colors – Doodle Buds

In today’s video on Easy Copic blending, you’ll be treated to a little visit to my sister’s garden! I had the video shot and in my computer, so one morning when I got up extra-early, I sat in the garden hammock swing and recorded the voiceover. I wanted to share the birds singing – you can hear them (as well as a few trucks!) in the background!

Doodle Buds – Blending with Analagous Colors

Easy blending is possible – or maybe this should be called “easier” blending. Because choosing colors next to each other on the color wheel (analagous colors) really do work better together. The color wheel shown in the video fits nicely into your craft bag – you can get the instructions to make one in this Spin the Color Wheel class.¬†Recent addition to the class: a cut file that a student made to help make the process easier! If you purchased the class earlier, you’re free to go back and snag that file.

I’m doing this with Copics, but the same principle applies no matter what coloring medium you use. And with the Wplus9 Doodle Buds, any medium can make these pretty flowers look beautiful! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

Did you enjoy the birds? I loved sitting in the garden in the early mornings before it got hot, and before the bugs decided I would make a great breakfast! ha! I’ve always been told they eat me alive because I’m so “sweet” – whatever the case, I seem to be quite the treat for them!

Sandy Allnock Easy Copic blending with Doodle Buds

I hope you’ll get out some flower stamps and try some bright summery blending – and if you need this stamp set, good luck…it’s been hard to keep in stock at the stores listed below!

Copic colors: Y19 YR16 R14 / G07 YG06 Y08 / BV02 B24BG13 / RV06 R17 V06

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Penny Slider Card: Waffle Flower Tiger Shark

Penny Slider Card

These penny slider cards have been around for ages – and since I seem to always be a bit behind the times, it’s about time I made one, dontcha think? With inflation – mine uses dimes. HA! (Well, because they’re thinner, too!) This sweet little shark needed a wave to surf on, and a die¬†seemed just perfect to create a wave to tumble down. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I hope you enjoyed this little smile as much as I liked making it….when I saw the shark take its first spin it just made my lil heart happy! ūüôā Be sure to go check out the rest of the Waffle Flower release – there’s some fun stuff to be had!

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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When and how to change Copic nibs and refill pens

A common question I’m asked often¬†is how to change Copic nibs – when do you do it? What’s the process? And how do you refill Copic markers? Today’s very short video will talk about both! Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Important tip!

In case it didn’t come through clearly enough in the video: do NOT use rubbing alcohol in place of Colorless blender except in cleaning functions only. If you soak your caps, 99% alcohol works great. It’s super for putting on a rag or paper towel and wiping off ink around the nib. But do NOT mix it with color inside your pen or touch it to the nib. You don’t want to mix that with the Copic ink. Use colorless blender if you want to do things like mix custom colors, etc.

How to refill Copic markers

I recommend only purchasing refill bottles for colors as you use them; you may THINK you’re going to use a color a lot, but wait until you find out if you actually do. You’ll get many refills out of one bottle; so don’t get too worried by the price, it’s a great deal. I’ve posted a list of my most-refilled markers HERE – that means that they’re the colors I use the most!

Signs that a marker needs refilling:

  1. inconsistent coloring
  2. “dragging” of the nib while coloring; sometimes with a squeaky sound
  3. whitish nib

Refill from the chisel side, especially if you use my technique (removing the chisel nib, dripping ink directly into the marker) or the Booster¬†System.¬†I’m going to make a wild guess and say that most people who make videos – including Copic – must not use the booster needle, because I couldn’t find any how-t0-refill videos showing it! ha. I’ve tried it before and it works, it’s just easier to put the drops in directly. Some folks use the measurement notches on the bottle and figure out how many cc’s to put in; I hold the bottle above the marker and drip ink into it, and just count drops.

Once you think you’ve got enough ink in the pen, be sure to test it. If ink is dribbling out of the brush nib – you’re over full!

If your marker still isn’t quite right….a Copic hack!

I’ve had a few markers over the years that weren’t coloring quite right even after refilling. They were a little “gummy” on the surface of the nib – if you end up with that kind of nib, you’ll know it.

The trick with the bag shown in the video worked BRILLIANTLY on the marker I used it on this week. I was so excited to see that! In the past I had just changed those nibs…so from now on when I get a gummy marker, I’m going to mess with it more before giving it up. Just put a little Colorless Blender into a plastic bag, and massage it into the nib for about 30 seconds or so. Scribble off color – it should be lighter and thinner ink at first, as the blender solution wears off. You may need to add more ink to get it to color properly.

And if that doesn’t work – try changing the nib.

How to change Copic nibs

I replace nibs most often when the nib breaks down; that means either the tip develops a little “tail” that flips around as I color (agh! Frustrating!)…and sometimes the sides of a nib break down and develop what looks like pilling. If it still colors fine and you aren’t bothered by it, though, don’t change it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

How to change Copic nibs: Pull out the nib with Copic tweezers. It’s an inexpensive item, so go ahead and pick one up, honestly. It’ll keep your fingers clean when changing nibs or refilling – and it’ll make pulling out a brush nib WAY easier. I tried replacing a nib and using my regular makeup tweezers to pull out the nib – and only the foam part came off, and I had to do crazy things to remove the rest….it’s easier to just use the Copic one.

Pop a new nib into the empty marker, then wait for the ink to wick down to the end. Super easy. You may need to add more ink, but wait til the ink wicks out to the end first.

Extra links

The “hack” I showed with the bag isn’t mine, though I had always wondered if it would work. So happy that marker is back to working well instead of needing a new nib! Here are two ladies with blogs that are jam packed with great info:

My most reinked colors

At long last, after SO many requests….I’ve updated¬†my favorite products page. At least with a few of the basics! I have more to add, but…here you go!

My favorite products

Supplies

Copic Markers at Ellen Hutson LLC
Copic Markers at Dick Blick Art Materials
Copic Markers at Simon Says Stamp

I hope this post was helpful in learning how to change Copic nibs and refill your markers!

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Stamped Birthday Cards – Baby Party Animals

Stamped birthday cards

My project is actually four cards – when I first ink up a new stamp set I like to try it all out! I’ve stamped the four Falling Backgrounds on these, then added the four Party Animals . I pulled out all the stops and used lots of fun things to make these cards! Watch it below or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube.

I may have used a lot of products to create these stamped birthday cards that could be considered CAS (Clean and Simple…though Simple here may be a misnomer!) but they took less time than you might think. Mass producing the stamping the way I showed with the MISTI, and stamping¬†the masks on the post it tape at the same time as the other stamping, totally saved me time.
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I love the little shine that the Glossy Accents leaves on some of the elements of the stamped images! This bottle nib makes it so easy to control the amount of detail you can get – the nib is sooooo teeny, and all you do is pop out the existing nib on the GA and screw on the new one. Perfect fit!

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In the video I promised I would show the bonus card I made using the masks I stamped on masking¬†tape¬†– I stamped the front-most images first, then put their mask on, stamped the next one behind it, etc. Then I watercolored them all with¬†paints. I’ve been into this kittywompus type of card lately – just putting a panel on straight seems so…predictable. This one might just seem a little…crooked. Instead of intentional. Whatcha think?

Sandy Allnock Birthday Cards 3

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.