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Magical Monday: Space Buddies, Rubber Moon

Sandy ALlnock Space Buddies

Once in a while, a stamp just yells BUY ME NOW! And when I was at my LSS recently – these Rubber Moon stamps just lept off the shelf into my cart!

Space buddies

It’s Magical Monday, so it’s a speed video without voiceover – but enjoy the space banjo. That’s what I call it. If a banjo was played in space, I’m certain this is what it would sound like! And FinkBot and Patches the puffy dog are in outer space enjoying space banjo very much. (Don’t you love when stamps start to make up a story of their own??) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used my phMartins Hydrus Watercolors to get these intense colors, and painted in layers – dabbing off to get some underlying texture before painting top layers. Pretty fun and loose – and very forgiving!

Sandy Allnock - Space Buddies


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s 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.

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Class updates


Hello friends! I’m back from my California adventure…I have over 100 new friends there now, we had such fun at the retreat at The Cats Meow! It was a long drive home but I’m back and in the claws of my kitties again…funny how they suddenly appreciate us after we’ve been gone, eh? (To my students: I sent the promised email with links last night but had trouble reading some of the handwriting….let me know if you didn’t get my note.)


On Sunday I had a little bloggy oops—the bad wifi on the trip prevented me from fixing it and also sharing the latest watercolor tip. Which happens to be here.

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Classes in Buffalo

This week I’ll be packing up to ship things to Buffalo – there’s a few spots left in classes, better hurry if you want to come! We’ll be putting as many people and tables in as we can, so be sure to *only* bring a small bag with your specific supplies so we can fit without tripping over roller bags….maybe leave things in the car if you’re worried you’ll need something extra?

Class in Washington

The Storybook Coloring class with Poppy Stamps will be at Impress in Tukwila WA next Thursday – call the store to sign up! 206.901.9101

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And…a little craziness. I was just elected president of my Advanced Toastmasters Club. Eeep!

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Spotlight coloring with dies – The Cats Pajamas

Sandy Allnock Spotlight Coloring


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!

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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.
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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!


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:

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#Craftchella2016 Challenge!


Hi friends! I’ve fallen into something and haven’t wanted to climb out yet….Coachella, the music and art festival in the Coachella Valley – San Diego! I’ve heard about it for years, and I caught a bit on SiriusXM (channel 18) while driving yesterday. (Oh MY did Mavis Staples KILL IT yesterday! I saw a festival-goer posted THIS so you can see a piece of it…… I only heard it in the car and almost had to pull over!) Then I went to the Coachella site – and they were streaming from all the stages live! I’d advise poking around – there’s all kinds of music and you might just find a band you hadn’t known you liked!

I have a special place in my heart for arts events like Coachella…when I lived in Montana, I was on the committee for the local Sweet Pea festival for many years. I loved finding new musicians and artists through an event with the whole town!

Anyhow…I thought it could be fun to host a challenge here on the ol’ blog and see what you guys come up with. Are you game?


#craftchella2016 challenge and prizes

Go make a card that’s musically inspired!  You can interpret it any way you like, and with any kind of music. BUT….I’ll be choosing one winner with the most creative stretching of a stamp – for example, a light bulb turned into a guitar. That kind of thing. There’ll be other winners too – see below for deets. In the meantime…here’s my first #craftchella2016 craziness!

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You might not think that’s TOO amazing. Til you see what the original stamps looked like….I turned the globe and pencil into his guitar – and stamped his body and head separately, and fussy cut extra arms (and lopped off fingers!) to make him play his guitar. He didn’t really come together til he was wearing shades. With Glossy Accents. LOL. And yes, I colored on that glitter paper with Copics!

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If you realllly stretch your stamps, you might want to share what they originally would have looked like so we know just how crazy-talented you are. Just PLEASE don’t post the black and white stamped image, or post in a way (like straight on) that someone could steal them. Gotta keep the stamp companies’ copyrights intact, know what I mean?)

Sandy Allnock Coachella Paper Smooches2


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s 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.


Just because it’s fun, I have a couple goodies to give away! As I said above, I’ll pick a winner of the most creative stretching of a stamp or other craft supply on April 25th.

But I’ll also pick winners randomly from comments left on any of the blogs/instagrams/etc that are either below in the inlinkz OR on instagram using the hashtag #craftchella2016! (We could use it without the 2016 but….there are wonderful creators at the festival using that. So let’s add 2016 to ours!) So go leave love for your fellow crafters…and I’ll see you out there all week on the web!

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Faux Watercolor Hand Lettering

Sandy Allnock - Faux Watercolor Hand Lettering


For those, like me, who are hand-lettering challenged…try this out!

Faux Watercolor Hand Lettering

I picked up some fabulous Winnie and Walter sentiment sets – and I had planned on just using them with my regular inks. But as I was playing with watercoloring the birds using markers…I started playing with the markers on teh stamps too. At first I was bummed that I got such a beaded-up image with different markers. Then – the AHA moment! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

NOTE: If you try this technique, your stamps may stain; this won’t make them unusable, or transfer to other inks (do wipe them down after use though). They’ll just have a little color on them.

I was going to put the image panel on the outside, but one of my dies was sitting nearby my workspace – so I decided to create a little peekaboo.

Sandy Allnock - Faux Hand Lettering

The sympathy card sports some of the new sequins I picked up last week – love that they’re in a tin. Most of mine are in baggies and I’m drowning in them! lol.

Sandy Allnock - Faux Hand Lettering sympathy


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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Copic Jumpstart: Online Copic Class coming May 27, 2016!

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EDITED: Class date has to change for a variety of reasons; new start date is May 27. Students who are signed up during preregistration before May 6 get a BONUS lesson, so don’t miss out! That will be the *only* place anyone ever sees that lesson or receives the digital stamp created just for that date.

I’m SO excited to finally be able to share a peek at what I’ve been working on for the last few weeks. Well, months, actually! You’ve been asking me for a Copic class on my site for eons…and I have finally knuckled down and worked it out!

Copic Jumpstart Class

Learn more about Copics – how to choose them and how to use them! I’ve assembled information that will be helpful for both new Copic colorists and experienced folks alike. And many brand new concepts in using these markers that hasn’t been shared before! More info on the class is in the store HERE – and the class is discounted from now until class starts on May 27th! Feel free to share this with your friends so they don’t miss out on the discounted price.


See the video for a little preview…watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I’ll still be finishing the class videos and letting you know just how much content there will be in the long run – but suffice it to say there will be hours and hours of content. I just couldn’t stop myself! ha!


This is a very different class than I’ve done before – so bear with me, ok? Pre-registration is open right now – and the discount code (see below) starts right away too.

  • Pre-class has almost 40 minutes of teaching starting right away. If that’s any indication, there’s going to be hours of video to watch once class starts, eh?
  • Class officially starts May 27th. If you sign up ahead, you’ll not only get a discount on the cost of class – you’ll be tracking right along with everyone else.
  • Every two days – a new lesson! There are TEN lessons in all – that’s over three weeks of class FUN! You can do the lessons anytime of course – just save the emails and you can join in whenever you’re able.
  • If you sign up on or AFTER May 27: The first day you sign up is  your Pre-Class day. After that, you’ll get a lesson every 2 days. That could mean you’re a couple days off from those who signed up ahead of time.
  • LIVE instructor feedback. (LiveISH!) From May 27 to June 18, I’ll be commenting and giving feedback as much as humanly possible. I’m going to try to at the very least to “like” and give “hearts” to all – agh! What am I getting myself into! lol. But I’m going to try.
  • After June 18, the class converts to self-paced. InLinkz in each lesson will be closed but viewable, and comments will be closed. But you can continue to share using #copicjumpstart on Instagram!

Supplies & Discount Code

A discount code (supplied in the PreClass lesson) begins April 1 and will be good through May 31, 2016 on all purchases made at Ellen Hutson LLC. PLEASE sign up for notifications on any items out of stock. Ellen and her team will be working hard to get as much as we need in stock before class begins – so knowing how many of you need which marker color or which stamp will help them know how much to order. Copic markers are crazy-hard to get right now. I was hoping it was going to get easier “in the spring” as Copic told me, but….gah! So I’m giving this class a LONG lead time.

Once you purchase the class, you’ll receive an email with a link to the pre-class classroom with 4 videos, a bunch of pdfs, all the supplies for class – and that awesome coupon code! I hope you’re as excited as I am about this!


Not enough fun yet?

Try pinning this baby. 🙂

Edited to add…FAQ

  • Do I have to be there at a special time? No. It’s not broadcast live – you can watch anytime.
  • Will I have ongoing access? Yep! As long as this website is here, the class will be here for you. Save those emails with the link and password and you’ll be good to go.
  • Can I download the videos? I’m going to try that after all. I had a really bad experience last year with someone swiping copies of my videos and posing as me on a new channel, and I’m extremely nervous about that. But if y’all pinky swear not to do that….then I’ll make the videos downloadable.
  • Can I get a list of markers so I know how bad the budget will be hit before I sign up? You can go to THIS page, it’s mostly the list that I’ll be using throughout class. But – in preclass I provide a list of alternate colors for MANY of them, so you may have plenty of those colors. If you get into preclass and realize there’s just no way you can make it work, email me and I can refund your money. No harm no foul!
  • How about other supplies, like stamps? For the stamped cards I’ll be showing, you do NOT have to have those stamps. You may well have something in your stash that’ll work. In preclass you can see sneak peeks, and I’ve added a little description of other images that can work to practice the same skill on that card.
  • Can I use other alcohol markers? Honestly I don’t know. I have two people who are going to try it with SN markers and see if the techniques work, but many of these ideas are color- and nib-dependent, so I can’t make promises. If you’d like to wait for my “guinea pigs” to go through the first round, I’ll get a report back from them and let you know what they say, ok?
  • What if I have zero Copics? Is there a short list of what I really need? On the preclass page, I’ve added a couple options for you.  It’ll hamstring you on a few things if you have so few pens (about 16 markers are in each option) – but remember, you can come back and “re-take” the class anytime. So once your birthday comes, and Mother’s Day, and be nice to your wife day, and Christmas…well by then you’ll have plenty of colors right? *grin*
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Easter break + Bible Journaling kit sale

Sandy Allnock Peter Cottontail

Hello friends! I’m taking a little blog break the rest of the week – just needing some quality time with the Lord in preparation for Easter. And I’m giving myself a little time off for my birthday too.

Bible Journaling kits on sale

Before I go, I wanted to share a sale – over at Dayspring today and tomorrow, you can grab both the Created to Create Devotional Kit and Beautiful Devotional Kit for $50 plus get free shipping! The 48-hour sale will end Wednesday (3/23) at 11:59 p.m.(Free shipping deal is for U.S. standard shipping orders only. International shoppers click here to find out more about discounted shipping rates for Illustrated Faith products only.)

Coming up

  • New print! I’ve been working on some new Brusho art to put in my Society6 store, and Peter Cottontail (pictured above) is right HERE – you can also get him on a phone cover.
  • Monday I’ll be back with a studio tour video….gonna get busy finishing the cleaning–company coming! lol 🙂
  • More class dates will be announced later this week…keep your eyes open, Tennessee and New York!
  • Sunday, even though it’s Easter, will bring another watercolor tip at Ellen Hutsonpeek in over there on Sunday!

Happy Easter!

I pray you’ll have a blessed celebration with your friends and family!

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Copic or watercolor?


With all the watercolor I’ve been creating lately – this question keeps showing up. “Copic or watercolor?” Watch this short vlog (video blog) for the answer!

If you want to just peek at what’s there – this is the art prints page, sorted by “new.” You can select other “products” in the left column….the art is not all available in all the products, because some just look weird! And honestly I have zero expectation anyone will ever get a duvet cover or shower curtain…but if you make a piece available as a pillow, they automatically add some of the other things. Ha! I wish they had a notebook or something – I think that would be popular! But I don’t really have any say :0)


Links mentioned in the video:  Society 6  ||  Vlog channel ||  Ellen Hutson channel || Post with pinnable graphic

Photo resource for Africa photo

And PS…what do you think of THIS? Got more to add as I work on it?


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Happy Valentines Day!

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Happy day of LOVE! I hope you get to spend this day with those you care most about! 🙂

And happy long-weekend for those who have the day off tomorrow, too!  A couple quick things for ya today….

The Paintalong series starts tomorrow! If you haven’t created the squares chart shown in this video – take a few moments today to get ‘er done! This chart will be helpful to you as you select your colors to mix from. I chose to do the color wheel with more washy colors and the squares with heavier color. That way I’d have some quick reference as to how both appear….whatever you choose, just keep it relatively consistent across the chart so you are comparing apples to apples.

And I realized I hadn’t shared this other short with you – I presented this at our Toastmasters meeting:


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AI roundup!


Hey guys – just noticed that all the Art Impressions is finally in at Ellen Hutson….and I’d love your two cents worth. There’s a little roundup of some of my videos that already exist below – and some upcoming ideas! For a few of them I’d like your opintions on which images to use in videos…let me know whatcha think in the comments section!


Critters! Recently the skunks went crazy when you guys loved them so much (see the post here!) – and the little birdie was in a video that’s linked below. I’m also pretty stoked about those stacker dies and stamps – which critter set should I color in the video? Kinda leaning toward the dogs myself! And see the little Hoppy Easter bunnies? Oh man I want to do some Peter Cottontail watercolors like the books I remember as a kiddo!



Girlfriends & People

At CHA I shared a color chart for #thehumanrainbow – and the video is done and on the docket! (Yeah we gotta wait for paintalong week to finish first, sorry!) Here’s a peek at the card – and below that, the Girlfriends stamps to come. Let me know which ones you want to see in videos!

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Some of you guys know how much I love Art Impressions Watercolor stamps, right? Well you can expect a few more videos to come! Here’s one that uses the gorgeous arbor – and I plan to do some videos with the new small sets in the near future – and use the new clasps to enclose behind a vellum wrapper. They’re gorgeous in my head – hopefully they’ll be as pretty in real life!


Windows to the World

I created a video with one of the AI window dies – and they came out with curtains to add! So excited. And more of the window images – they’re super easy to paint with watercolor, or to use pencil or Copic. Check out the video below.


Interactive fun

And last but never least – some darling interactive stamps and dies. Oh. My. Goodness. That mini squirrel spinner makes me TOTALLY think of my pal Scrat….and the mini tryfolds, YUM! Those are stamps and dies that “telescope” into the card, so they’re the reverse of the regular tryfolds. And there are a couple action wobble stamps too. Can you say BUNNY BUTT!! Wheeee!