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Gummy-fying stamps – candied hogs!?

Sandy Allnock Gummyfying Stamps

What on earth am I talking about, you ask? Well, let’s take those yummy gummy candies – and apply the idea to¬†other stamps, ok? Just because we can. Because we’re crafters! ūüôā

Gummy-fying stamps

I was inspired by the Beary Sweet Wishes stamp set from Avery Elle – I started out coloring them with Tombow markers, knowing I wanted to do them without black outlines so they’d really look like gummy bears. Then I thought – could I pull off the look with other stamps? The Hogs and Kisses was on my desk too (thank you Avery Elle for sending me this release! What a treat!) so I figured I’d give it a shot with a few images in that set! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Wasn’t that fun? Lots of stamps could be turned into gummy candies too….which ones will you try?

Sandy Allnock Gummyfying bears

I was able to match the cardstock I had on hand with the markers – bonus!Sandy Allnock Gummyfying Cow
Sandy Allnock Gummyfying LambSupplies

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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Ok folks…it’s getting real.¬†The new site will be here anytime now. So I wanted to get a warning out there now –¬†hold your breath. Don’t anyone move a muscle.

I’m working on store integration, and I may have totally messed up this existing site while trying to connect the new one. Uhm yep! So if you’re not getting receipts or links, hang tight. I’m doing all I can for you, and may have to manually process orders this weekend. (I debated closing the store for the weekend but that’d require even more explanation!)

If you have wanted to make a purchase and haven’t – do me a solid and wait til the new site is live. I need some tire-kickers to try it out!

My *hope* is that all your customer data & accounts¬†with your order history are¬†going to transfer just fine. (I receive¬†none of your financial data, so please don’t get scared! It’s all held securely by¬†Paypal.) But honestly after hours with tech support last night? I’m not so sure! lol. I’m downloading a spreadsheet with your orders in it at least so I can look up history if it goes bye bye. But let’s all hold our breath, cross fingers and toes, say a little prayer….and wait.

The new site is nearly here. #squeeeeeeeeee!

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Adapting Stamps – Drawing Chickadees (Inspired By #4)

This is part 2 of this card – click HERE to see part 1!
Sandy Allnock Adapting Stamps to Chickadees

Denise’s sweet card featured birds, as I had requested for November’s cards…..and though I have a bunch of bird stamps I got excited about transforming non-chickadees into chickadees. Just to see if I could! Note that Denise doesn’t have a blog, nor shares her cards on Facebook or Instagram….so leave her some love here on this post. Maybe we can talk her into sharing more! [EDITED TO ADD: Denise said the bird stamps she used are cling stamps by Inkadinkado….I wasn’t able to find them online but maybe one of you guys will have better luck!]


Adapting Stamps – Drawing Chickadees

With many bird stamps – you can change them up to make them into other bird species than they were drawn to be. As we learned in the first part of this card – dye inks “move” with Copic markers; stamping second-generation birds (stamping once on scrap paper so it stamps more lightly) allows you to change up the details to match the kind of bird you want to make. The strong markings of chickadees really lend themselves to this technique well – and even though these Scribbly Birds probably aren’t chickadees, it’s pretty easy to turn them into that species.¬† Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

After creating and fussycutting my birds, all I had left was figuring out layouts and adding branches to the cards. I kept the Copic work very soft and loose so the birds would really pop against the sketchy lines.

Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 4

The birds were also lined on the back with StickIt before cutting them out, so they were easy to peel off and add to the cards – or to add to dimensional adhesive.Sandy Allnock Chickadee cards 3

The more intense the Copic color on the background, the more intense the branch and leaves need to be, so amp up the color. The same idea probably applies to printed patterned paper – lighter papers with similar colors will be easier to see coloring on. Stronger contrast will make detail colored on top – as well as stamping – difficult to see. So try working with tone-on-tone for best results.

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I hope you’ll get your bird stamps out and have a fresh look at them…see if they are chickadees in hiding!


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.

  1. Stamps: Scribbly Birds by Dina Wakley, sentiments by Wplus9
  2. Paper: Neenah
  3. Copic markers:  C3, N8, E44,  W5,  C2, C00, 0 Colorless Blender YG61,  G94, E59,
  4. Adhesive: Stick It Adhesive Handy Sheets, 5pk
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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!Sandy Allnock - Cocoa Treat Jars

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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‘The Fatherless’ Christmas play – watch online

I’d like to invite you to visit my church today – virtually! I took part in our Christmas drama – there’s the Christmas story and some carols, followed by a 3-act play. We’ve been working hard on it, and this recording is the third time we did it today at the 7pm service. (Note there are a few audio difficulties, and it seems kind of quiet overall.

Watch below or click HERE to see it on the church website.

It was such a blessing to participate in this drama ministry….a very different creative challenge for me, but a good one!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas…and tribes

Hello friends! Just wanted to share a few thoughts bouncing around in my head ūüôā Watch below¬†or click HERE to see it on my 2nd channel on YT.

I had quite the day yesterday – tis the season to paint the sets for the Christmas play! Aiyeeee! I had a nearly 12-hour day and these two are the parts I’m most proud of….the painting of the flowers (which goes in a different spot on the set) is hydrus on 24×36 untreated canvas – something I just crossed my fingers and tried. And it worked! You can check it out on Periscope, I did it in a few parts as we waited for layers to dry. ¬†The other section is the bookshelf, which I stayed late to finish…grateful that Dave stayed and worked on other parts so I wasn’t there solo! But I have a lot to do today so it was very worth it to stay late and get done….I’m just a wee bit pooped ūüôā2015-12-22 19.57.52

Hoping to be back tomorrow with a little treat – but just in case….have a Blessed Christmas! ūüôā

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Christmas music…that’s all!

Just wanted to share some playlists with you to enjoy while you’re decorating, baking, or crafting….It’s just¬†holiday music videos that I love – and I grabbed a bunch of Yule Dogs, Yule Cats, and Yule Logs for ya too. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube!

 Merry Christmas!


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Your feedback

Hello friends! I’ve got a couple¬†quick questions for you.

  1. What you would look for in a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on my new website?¬†Mine’s going to be robust, from the looks of it! I’m going through emails, as well as questions I get on social media a lot. If you have input, now’s a good time to list a question in the comments!
  2. I’m adding to my Favorite Products list, too – is there stuff I’m missing from that list that you’ve wondered about? That section is more monstrous and my plan is to go visual with it (ie pics, and links to tutorials use of them) – so it may not go live with the new site as more than a text list. But I’d love to know if there are areas I’m missing. And yes, I know the stamp list is way too short. LOL. #gimmeallthestamps
  3. Who is YOUR favorite blogger [that is NOT me]? Let me know in the comments….am I missing someone I should be following??¬†You can go nominate them for “Blogger of the Year” until the 21st – that’s Monday – at THIS link.¬†Voting will start on the 23rd once they have all the nominations in. Winner will be announced at CHA!

Classes on the coming new site

As the new site launch is getting closer, I wanted to let you know the two classes currently in the store (Spin the Color Wheel and Copic Backgrounds) will not be available on the new site – these two were test classes for me to see how the store would work, and I eventually want to expand on those topics and make a “real” class with way more content. Eventually. But I thought I’d put both on sale in case any of you were considering it and just weren’t sure if you wanted to try them out. The class content will continue to be available to anyone who purchases, they just won’t be available for signups.

There’s a new class coming with the launch – just need to finish up details – I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to do a drawing class, and this is my first try! ūüôā

Coloring book page – live broadcast

I’ve said before I won’t be doing coloring book videos on YouTube – but this one is still available this morning on Periscope HERE…and will stay up for a couple more days HERE.



Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to them. 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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Faux Leather Book Cover: Tissue Paper Technique

Sandy Allnock Faux Leather Book Cover

I had been looking for just the right Bible to begin art journalling in….I wanted an NRSV (long story as to why!), and wanted wide margins with lines for writing notes and drawing. (Because I can’t write straight to save my life!) I could only find a “used” one for less than a gajillion dollars since it’s no longer being made – fortunately the only thing that made it “used” was a broken spine. Which I’m repairing in today’s video!

Faux Leather Book Cover: Tissue Paper Technique

I started watching a bunch of YouTube videos first, and had searched for book repair, to see if there were ideas on how to fix the broken spine shown in the video. I came upon an artist, Laura Carson, who made some absolutely amazing books! (This dragon book is phenomenal!) Though I swapped out a bunch of supplies, the basic technique is the same; I asked a lot of my mixed media friends about adhesive, and they all said be sure to replace the adhesive with PPA. And I agree – it’s pretty phenomenal stuff!¬†Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t this texture just delicious!?!¬†It would be perfect for whatever book you want to cover – an art journal, a sketch book…..I might be making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts!

Faux Leather Book Cover texture

I cut a hole in my Bible cover to insert my life verse, printed from my computer and distressed with inks. In the video I showed my Olfa blade – I once purchased a big pack of these for OWH, and love them; I had originally found one in a craft store and ordered a big case of them, but now the only place I found them is HERE. In reality any heavy duty knife will cut a book cover.

Faux Leather Book Cover texture insertA few¬†words about the¬†pages inside the book….I’ve had people frantically asking me what kind of Bible to get, what kind has paper you can paint on, what doesn’t go through the back. And I have a similar message as I had for the coloring book post: If you are terribly upset about anything going through to the back of the page, or stress out over wrinkling paper, Bible journalling is not for you.¬†Books are made of paper. Paper and water generally do not get along perfectly. Paper wrinkles. It bleeds. You will never find a book paper that does not do so at all. This is art, and is messy – and if you get upset easily by potentially ruining a page in a Bible, do not get started on journalling this way, or you’ll be very unhappy at some point along the way.

I did discover that, for this particular Bible, which is printed on very standard paper – pages DO wrinkle though can be ironed; and Ph Martin paints do not bleed through.

I have absolutely NO idea what will happen in your Bible, or what kind of Bible you should go get. Please please please don’t ask me that. Just get a Bible you feel comfortable making art in. And test it out. Try the index pages first, to see what mediums you like. Go to YouTube and do searches. I don’t plan to be making a ton of videos on Bible journalling – my blog and YT channel are about cardmaking, and Bible journalling is a VERY personal thing, so I will not be


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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When to purge the Christmas Card list

A quick Saturday hello, everyone! And a reminder to go over to The CLASSroom today to catch my video and project over there with my friend Dawn Wolslagle from Wplus9 Рtags that double as ornaments!

Yesterday I posted a quick vlog on my 2nd channel – yes, I know, it’s been a while! I have plans for that channel, no worries. It’s comin’!¬†Watch the short vlog¬†below or click HERE to watch on YouTube. And let me know when YOU start to remove folks from your list. Eeeeeep!