Choose your flavor: Lawn Fawn So Smooth

Choose your flavor: Lawn Fawn So Smooth

A smoothie would totally start your week off on a good foot….feel free to go make one before reading on! (You might get hungry!)

Choose your flavor: Lawn Fawn So Smooth

Lawn Fawn did it again. Made me buy a stamp set because I just “saw” a card using it when I caught just a sneak peek of the stamp set again! (Am I alone in this!?) I knew I was going to make an interactive card, but — I did have some things to work out as I went. I even included footage of part that showed my error in construction, in case it helps you next time you’ve colored and cut something out only to say, “Whoops!” Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The spinner reveals all four flavors….banana, strawberry, blueberry, and mixed!

Sandy Allnock Choose Banana Spinning Wheel Card

Sandy Allnock Choose Strawberry Spinning Wheel Card Sandy Allnock Choose Mixed Spinning Wheel Card

If you didn’t get a smoothie yet – I hereby give you permission to go to your favorite smoothie place during coffee break at work. Tell them “Sandy said.” (Mine is Emerald Smoothie – I’m headed over there this morning for sure!)

Supplies

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Copic Marker Shortage….WHY?!!?

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!
Spotlight coloring with dies – The Cats Pajamas

Spotlight coloring with dies – The Cats Pajamas

 

I’m so excited to be part of The Cats Pajamas bloghop today! (You should have arrived here via Deborah’s blog.)

I used to shop at the TCP store for years – and I don’t know about you, but I got out of the habit. What was I thinking? Crazy, right? Thank you to Alma for sharing the new release with me so I could play along in the hop!

Spotlight Coloring with dies

For my project, I saw the Square Stamp Dies and my mind was immediately intrigued and challenged – how could they be incorporated with some cute coloring of bunnies! Because I knew the Sending You bunnies were on my to-do list, I just love their big floppy ears. I played around with it a bit and came up with a way to create spotlight coloring with nesting dies – you can use any that you already have to get the same effect. But the postage dies with the bunnies delivering mail? Uh yeah. No brainer for me! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I made cards with a few other stamps in the new release…just couldn’t help myself!

Sandy Allnock - TCP flowers

Sketchy Flowers set by TCP. Daniel Smith watercolors – Opera Pink, Hansa Yellow medium, Green Gold. Sentiment is from the TCP Friendship set with the penguins.

Sandy Allnock - TCP penguins

Friendship set – with penguins stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Zig Clean Color pens. I fussycut the penguins and grass and popped on card front.

Bloghop: next up!

There’s a hop today – go join in so you can see all the beautiful creations with the new release! You can click HERE to go start at the beginning of the bloghop…or click to go see the next one on the list – Christine Okken!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s video project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

TCP new release:

Other supplies:

Spinning Wheel Card – Earth Day 2016

Spinning Wheel Card – Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day! Every time this rolls around I remember being so excited as a kid. I never understood why we didn’t get the day off school if it was a holiday – but I did win the contest for best art poster in the 1970. I even still have the ribbon! 🙂

Spinning Wheel Card/Wheel Pivot Card

For Earth Day – how about little critters who love to move “earth”?? I saw a project in a book on mixed media projects that used a pivot wheel like this card does; the mechanism they used wasn’t anything like this, but the idea was so fun I had to try it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Prairie Dog Facts

  • Black-tailed prairie dogs once numbered in the hundreds of millions – maybe even over a billion – and were possibly the most abundant mammal in North America. Their numbers have decreased by over 95%. Today, they may number around 10-20 million.
  • Their entire mating season is just an hour long. They actually mate just once a year, in early winter. Females go into estrus for a single hour. They then have litters of three to eight pups—usually only half of which survive their first year.
  • The tunnels, or coteries, contain separate “rooms” for sleeping, rearing young, storing food and eliminating waste.
  • Prairie dogs are very social and live in closely-knit family groups called “coteries.” Coteries usually contain an adult male, one or more adult females and their young offspring. These coteries are grouped together into wards (or neighborhoods) and several wards make up a colony or town.

All the little prairie dogs in the Got Your Back set are so stinking cute!

Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card2 Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card3

Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card4

Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card inside

Giveaway for Earth Day!

Below is a list of just some of the earth-related charities I’ve given to over the years, and will make a $100 donation tonight to whichever one gets the most mentions in the comments both here and on today’s YouTube video by the end of the day. Or add another charity by commenting with the name of that one. Scroll through and pick one for YOU to go give a few bucks to as well! 🙂

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.

Foreground, Background – Dogs – and Mini MISTI

Foreground, Background – Dogs – and Mini MISTI

 

Some gratitude for this post – to my friend Sheila for lending me her pup stamps….and to Iliana for sharing a miniMISTI with me before I even had a chance to go get one!

Foreground/background coloring

Sometimes a scene you’re creating just cries out for some depth of field – when one image needs to look like it’s a distance behind another one. It’s very possible to do, and has great impact especially with no-line coloring, because the image in the distance doesn’t even have black stamped lines to pull it forward. See how I did it – watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

After trying out this stamp set, I’m going to spend some of next month’s crafty budget at Gerda Steiner – let me know if you’ve got a favorite?Sandy Allnock Foreground and Background Coloring

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.

Magical Monday: Three Marker Challenge

Magical Monday: Three Marker Challenge

Hey it’s Monday. You know what that means – Magic!

Three Marker Challenge

This challenge has been out there for eons, and lots of folks have asked me if I’d take it on. And I did, back in December. I shot this video last year! Yep! And why is it only getting posted now? Because it’s been SO hard to get the stamps restocked. I guess lots of people love it as much as I did. There’s only a couple, so if you’re considering this one – snag it while ya can! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

For the card itself, a simple layering and sentiment stamp were more than enough to add. Fortunately I didn’t mess it up with the embossing – usually I flake little bits all over the place, even using a powder tool! ha.
Sandy Allnock 3color challenge

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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