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CHA2017 schedule

Hello, friends! CHA is just days away…and a few of ¬†you have been asking about my schedule. I’m normally all over the floor, but as I mentioned HERE, I’ll be hanging out with Daniel Smith and painting a lot instead! Very excited ūüôā

Visit booth 2908 – Make and Takes can be done all day, but I’ll be there from 10-12 and 2-4 each day of the show, so I’d love it if you popped by while I’m there! Pictured¬†are a few¬†sneak peeks at some things you might get to paint.

Have a great weekend!

PS For those who didn’t catch the vlog the other day…there’s a new intermediate online Copic class coming up this spring. That means now is a good time to take the prerequisite class, Jumpstart, so you’re done and ready when that new one comes up! ‚̧ԳŹ

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2016….it wasn’t so bad after all?

This year, in many respects, has been pretty brutal. Just consider all the musicians, actors and actresses, icons of science and history who we’ve lost. We’ve been through a brutal electoral year, seen the world killing each other¬†and Mother Nature wreaking havoc. I’ve had friends undergoing major medical issues, job problems, losses, and so much more.¬†It’s enough to make you want to bubble wrap your favorite person to keep them safe from 2016!

In a year like this, it takes a special effort to really consider our blessings. It took me a while to ponder, that’s for sure…this past month having to replace¬†my poor car, and having a really crazy cold – it¬†took some effort to break through and consider all the amazing things that 2016 did bring. *See link list at the end of the post if you missed any of these things.

Links to popular posts noted¬†above…have you seen them all?

Customer Appreciation Week” giveaways happen all year long. When I have too many stamps and dies overwhelming me, I pack them into envelopes and send them out to random wonderful customers and patrons!¬†Learn more about joining our Patreon family¬†HERE.

So 2016, farewell.

You’ve been a pain in the drain. But you’ve had your moments of redemption, too. We’re truly ready to put you behind us, though, don’t take it personally. Bring on 2017, and let’s make it a good one. Big plans are afoot!

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Santa, I’ll be good for today!

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you’re ready for Santa!

I’ve been sick all week since returning from a week with family back east – but the puppies wanted to make a little video yesterday. I say they “wanted” to….I just wanted Christmas pictures of them, but then we had just enough energy for a tiny training session. I turned on the camera to see if they’d do anything good. And…yeah. Giallo did a whole new trick – and Vienna is learning from her brother that shaking a paw means more treats! (We worked on that the day Giallo was at the vet for his snip-n-chip and dew claw removal…she did better at learning without her brother as a distraction.) So….here’s a quick little stocking stuffer for your¬†Christmas! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Have a Merry Christmas….see you next week!

Sale ends tonight!

PS Last day for the $ale on most of¬†my online classes – if choosing a class as a Christmas gift, I’ll be sending your recipient an email on Christmas morning with their link and password! ūüôā ¬†And if you are asking for it for Christmas, have Santa purchase it so I can send YOU the email. *wink!*

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Yule Dogs II

Winner! The cow pun post from the other day was HILARIOUS—go read comments if you need a laugh! And selected Bea (crsftystampr) as the winner of the $50 GC! Congrats!!!!


A few years ago, I created a “Yule Dogs” video with my elderly golden, Ciara…and I decided to gather some sleeping puppy footage with the two new babies who came to live with me in September. With puppies – you can’t have Christmas trees or¬†decorations in the background….so it’s just regular puppy footage ūüėČ

Yule Dogs II

Watch the video below – or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!


The original Yule Dogs:

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Fun-stuff Sunday (with a giveaways!)


Puppy Card tricks – and giveaway! {GIVEAWAY ENDED}

Sundays are a good day to share silly tidbits…and I shot a vlog to celebrate this one! And if you’d like to get a card from Giallo and Vienna, leave a comment on this post about what you think of their tricks; be kind with Vienna, sitting is about all she can handle. LOL. (Journal shown is THIS one…Roomba is HERE.) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube:

Arkon Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY ENDED}

With the current 20% off sale going on (til Christmas!) using coupon code sandyallnock, Arkon has been so excited by the response they decided to do a giveaway of the¬†Kitchen Desk Table Stand¬†and¬†Swivel ball with camera adaptor! Yes both! (See THIS video for more info on how it works.) There are a few ways to get entries….

  1. Fill out the contact form below and tell me what you’d use the stand for. (Filling out¬†the form assures you’re attempting to actually enter for the stand.)
  2. Watch Periscopes and Facebook Live videos today, and comment during the live broadcasts for extra entries!


Society 6 recent additions

If you’ve read this far…. ūüôā

A¬†few folks have asked for direct links to get some S6 gear for Christmas…the site can be a little challenging to navigate. What I look at is the “NEW” text link right next to “POPULAR” once you’re in a category to see what someone uploaded recently. As for fairly recent stuff – I’ve bought a few items so I could see the quality, and can attest to the totes, mugs, and prints. Not thrilled with rugs or shower curtains (LOL) so buyer beware, little paintings blown up look a bit crazy!

There’s a sale on right now – check prices per item in the shop. S6¬†guarantees delivery to U.S. customers if an order is placed before December 16th.¬†Here are some direct links to a few¬†of my faves, see captions below each:

Newest piece, Copic Marker. Titled “Winter Sparrow.” Note this is NOT how it comes framed, this is the original drawing in the frame and mat I put it in for display at my church. To see S6’s prints, click HERE.
Watercolor: “Rainy Day Umbrellas” – looks really cute as a pouch (they have a couple sizes), also available in prints, pillows and more. Click HERE.
Watercolor: “Cascading Orchids” in a framed print – also pretty as a tote bag or pillow. Click HERE.
Watercolor: “Soft Bouquet.” The prints are gorgeous but it looks lovely on a lot of other items as well like tote bags and pillows. Click HERE.
Watercolor, “Bright Leaf Study.” Because, yellow, right? Click HERE.


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Holiday Care Guide: Gifts for people with major illnesses

You might have seen either my Bible Journaling Gift Guide, or my Art/Papercraft Gift Guide. Well this gift guide’s¬†a bit different.

One of my readers, Heather, sent me a note about a topic she feels passionately about – and I agreed to share her message with you. I think she’s on to a¬†great idea for this post, and if you know someone struggling with health issues, this might help you too.

Heather is¬†an 11-year mesothelioma cancer survivor. The holidays were a hard time for her¬†family and friends, from splitting time between home and the hospital to figuring out what gifts were appropriate for someone who was just diagnosed. She¬†found herself getting sick or nauseous from all the food baskets, and she couldn‚Äôt drink the caffeinated teas. But to this day she is extremely grateful for the gifts that were geared toward her¬†as a person and not the illness. Here’s¬†some of what she said of her experience:

“I was not myself when I was going through treatment – the radiation particularly knocked me off my feet – but it was my family and friends that helped me through that time, the people that knew me best. They all had my best wishes at heart and I am eternally grateful for their generosity. I really appreciated getting a gift card to my favorite clothing store so I could have a shopping day and feel normal, one friend paid a car payment for me since she knew money was tight from medical bills, and I was most moved by a friend who donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in my name! It was such a touching gesture.¬†I‚Äôd love to collaborate with you to create a “Holiday Care Guide‚ÄĚ for your blog featuring experiences and items – including receiving hand written cards – for someone battling a diagnosis during the holiday season.” (Read more of Heather’s story HERE.)

From my own experience, it has¬†been hard for me in the past when I have had health challenges – I didn’t know what to ask for help with, and people sometimes would¬†provide¬†things that weren’t always the most helpful. I loved Heather’s suggestions, and I’ve added a few to her list, too (and added a few from the comments section too!):

  • a subscription to Spotify (or Pandora, or Sirius…be sure to get a few months worth at least!)
  • soft and plush slippers or throw – it is important to be comfortable.
  • a book on tape – sometimes an actual book can be hard to focus on.
  • tickets to a local event that they would love (sports game, spa, concert)
  • a portable phone charger and cord – for times when long hours are spent waiting in hospitals and there’s not a plug¬†nearby.
  • a cleaning/laundry service – treatment is draining so a lot of times the energy to pick up the house is not there
  • collection of travel size items – treatment means a lot of traveling back and forth to the hospital, sometimes out of state.
  • for those who can’t have live flowers or plants – make them a tissue paper bouquet or hanging mobile!
  • grocery shop – call and ask for a few items to add to your own list.
  • take out the trash for them weekly.
  • cook for them – perhaps *in* their home. the smell of home cooked food, soups, breads…mmm.
  • donate to a research foundation tackling their illness.
  • yard work – either rake/mow yourself, or hire a service for them.
  • specific things an¬†individual may have challenges with:
    • Uber gift cards to get them to doctors appointments, or gas cards to help pay for their expense.
    • Give a mom a rest and take their kids out for a day of shopping and play – maybe bake Christmas cookies with them.
    • Or perhaps take their dog for a weekend, or set up a weekly play date at your house.
    • Scoop and change cat litter for them on a regular basis.
    • Pay a bill for them that you know they need help with.
    • If they have a PO box or a group mailbox down the street, arrange to pick up their mail for them and drop it off inside the screen door daily.
  • and of course a hand written note is always the most meaningful!

Last night I made a donation to¬†Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in¬†Heather’s name…feel free to do that too if you’d like.

Please share this post on your Pinterest or Facebook or other social media to help your friends give with compassion, too. And leave your gift ideas in the comments section, too, especially if you’ve had a major illness and have thoughts on items that would be helpful.

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Art and Papercrafting Gift Guide 2016


Hello friends! It’s that time of year – Black Friday sales will be upon us, and the whole holiday season as well. Fill up your cart and be ready to click once the sales get underway! I hear Ellen has a crazy-awesome sale ahead and will add that info here as soon as I know details!

  • (Note that Blick already has a sale going: use code CEER for 15% off non-sale orders of $79 or more, 20% off non-sale orders of $99 or more, and free shipping on orders of $45 or more. Exclusions apply. Offers end midnight PST 11/24/16.)

Giveaway: the set of 12 watercolors shown in the video! I’ll announce a winner Sunday! Leave a comment on this post. ūüôā

Art and Papercrafting Gift Guide 2016

The holiday shopping season is fast coming up on us…and since I regularly get questions anyway about getting “started” with a variety of mediums, I’m tackling a bunch here. It’s not exhaustive – but it’s a start, and in the video I share a bunch of ideas for things you can do personally to help people get a little education too. Let’s go!Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And now…the links! First a picture of each, and below it are links to the items. Go share some art! Affiliate links used. Read More


Coloring Books


Copic Flowers


Beginning Copic for cardmakers – animals


Copic People


Beginning watercolor for cardmakers


Art Impressions Watercolor


MISTI + backgrounds stamps (or any other kind!)


Arkon Mounts

Gift a Class! (Or get one for yourself!)

Choose a gift class – at a $2 discount until Dec 24th at midnight – to give as a Christmas gift! I will¬†send an email on Christmas morning telling your recipient that you’ve provided them with this class, so be sure to put your recipient’s address in the notes section when you order. And after¬†you purchase¬†the class, in your receipt you will receive a link to a PDF you can print out as a “gift certificate” to wrap up! (Note: I don’t think I can tell them in the email who the class was gifted by, so you’ll need to let them know that yourself.) If you wish to gift a class at another time of year, just email me and we can arrange that manually.

Give yourself a class Prices are discounted for current Copic Jumpstart and Exploring Watercolor classes through Nov 27th!)


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Altenew Bloghop winner (plus a chance at a HUGE prize!)

Hey everyone – quick note to announce the winner of the bloghop giveaway of $30 (go to their blog for the other prize)…..


The winner is¬†Janet Klingaman! Email me and I’ll give you instructions to claim your prize. Congrats! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā


And now a chance for a HUGE win! Check out the giveaway at Ellen Hutson, celebrating their 10th anniversary – hyoooge prize package is at stake, so get over there right NOW and enter! ūüôā

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24 tags winners – redux!


Hi friends! The last six winners never emailed me so I picked new winners – drop¬†me a note from my contact form, ladies, and I’ll drop your tags in the mail! Thanks everyone for all the kind comments on the Tag series!

  1. Ladonna Shelly
  2. Cynthia Schwenk
  3. Mari Leni Garcia
  4. Nina McKinley
  5. Kari VanNoy
  6. Karen Phelps

And there are a whole bunch of “customer appreciation week” packets being prepped right now…hope they’ll find happy homes with some of you wonderful folks! Merry Early Christmas! ūüôā