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Puppies wrestling in the snow! (and a freebie with a purchase!)

Puppies!

We had a surprise snowstorm Sunday and Monday – and the puppies went wild! I could hardly get them to come back in the house…they just wanted to run and wrestle! I captured a little footage – since I know some of you have been enjoying the peeks at their little paws! Watch below or click HERE to see them play in the snow.

And…I just noticed a freebie over at Ellen Hutson…if you’re in need of a MISTI (or another MISTI)…you get a free stamp set! While supplies last, ends Feb 12th.  Click HERE for MISTIs! They were closed for the storm yesterday (might be again today) but get your order in anyhow – they’ll be doing the stamp giveaways in order of purchases. #yourewelcome

 

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Superbowl, BHM, and coming up…

An oops – Friday you got TWO posts – both the pencil card with the two little kids, and the rainbow rose. One was supposed to happen Monday, but….yeah. Stuff happens, right? So don’t be disappointed if you have nothing on Monday morning! I had a chat just this past week with my Patrons, and after they heard about my crazy process, I’m pretty sure they understand how the boo boo happened!

Happy Superbowl!

I saw this and thought some of my non-football-watching friends might enjoy. I’ll be watching the game, but just barely. LOL.

Black History Month

This month I’m trying something on Instagram – sharing a coloring of some kind, every day, with people of diversity. Sometimes it’ll be Copic, watercolor, pencil….sometimes a card, a painting, etc. I’m encouraging others to join in too – so if you do, use #dailydiversity all during the month of February, or at least tag me to come see!

Coming soon

For those who like lettering, the 30 Days of Bible Lettering folks are going to host another challenge in March, so stay tuned on Instagram! I’ve got a guest day, so keep your eyes peeled 🙂

A note to Instagrammers

For those who share creations on Instagram – there’s a site that I only just learned of (maybe I’ve been under a rock!) that links more easily to the product used on the card you post. In the past we’ve had to change the link in our profile for a day – big pain. This works great – here’s my page…I just started using it a few days ago.

The way it works: the site pull images from your Instagram account, and if you add a link (on their site) to the stamp or whatever that’s used, that image will show up on your LinkedInProfile page. If you provide no link, it won’t show up. You can use this to link directly to your blog post, or if it’s just a single product or something (I link to the stamp), you can link directly to a shop where folks can buy it. Sure saves a lot of questions or explanations in captions! They do have a free trial period so you can test it out. Click here to see more: LinkInProfile.

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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 🙂

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! ❤️

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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!
Sandy

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! 🙂  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 random.org 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 😉

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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Winners! and coloring broadcasts to replay

What a fun day it was, sharing a few live video broadcasts! I don’t do so many of them anymore, but who knows what the future holds? Anyhow- since there are three replay tutorials out there, (I broadcast a 4th on Facebook but it kinda disappeared!??) I’m including stills of each card, along with links to the re-broadcasts and stamp sets. Because, just in case, ya know? It’s getting closer to Christmas so you might want to pin some for next season if you’re done with cards for 2016! (Is anyone done!?!?)

First…winners!!

  • a Christmas card from the puppies: Natalie (QSOgirl)
  • Arkon Kitchen Desk Table Stand + ball adaptor: Kathy Stacy

Email me your info from my contact form and I’ll get ya hooked up! 🙂

 

 

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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…. 🙂

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 16thHere 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’t 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’d love to collaborate with you to create a “Holiday Care Guide” 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.