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Pull-Tab Slider Card, Hero Arts bloghop

I think my regular readers know…I just love interactive cards. Maybe I missed my calling as a paper engineer? Ok maybe not. #keepingmydayjob! Scroll down for bloghop and giveaway details!

Pull Tab Slider Cards

The Hero Arts summer release is chock FULL of travel imagery. The two sets used to make the main card in this video (Road Trip and On the Road) work really well together – cars, roads scenes, signs, lots of fun. They’re great for planning your summer camping trip…but can also make a fun card! Later on in this post is a list of city- and region-specific stamps in case you live in one of those places – or are visiting one this summer. (I’ll be JEALOUS!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I used the same two stamp sets (listed at the end of the post) to make a southwest-themed card, too. Same construction though, except using four brads to attach both vehicles onto.Sandy Allnock - Pull Tab Slider Card2

I also created a little version of a pulltab card with the Seattle set – since I live here I couldn’t resist!

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In the supply list below I’m including not only the stamps I used here, but the other cities – just to save you some time knowing what’s out there. The wood stamps are aDORBs. I’m not usually one who likes those kinds of stamps because they don’t usually get designed to color. But I’ll be using the Seattle “destination” wood stamp for sure too.

Bloghop

As mentioned – I’m part of the bloghop with Hero today. I’m way out at the end of the list – if you want to start at the top of the hop, the Hero Arts site is where to go. Your next stop is Teri Anderson. She has talent packed into everything she creates, so hop on!

Hero will be giving away three $25 shopping sprees (so you’re safe to shop now if you want to get things before they run out and pick up something else later!) drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Sunday, May 15 at 11:59pm PT and they’ll announce the winner next week.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; 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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May the Fourth Be With You! BB8 takes up painting

 

Today is May the 4th….Star Wars Day. Get it? May the ‘fourth’ be with you!

BB8 Takes Up Painting

I fell in love with crazy little BB8 in The Force Awakens. At first I was annoyed he just kept running amuck – but after a while I kinda liked his zooming style. It was kind of playful! So today I decided to let him really play…with paint. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Supplies

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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Mini Tryfold Cards

 

I’ve liked the full-size TryFolds before – but they were a bit hard to figure out how to do the stamping…the minis? Oh man. Easy peasy!

Mini TryFold Cards

There are a couple designs in these mini try folds….I love being able to peek “into” the card from the front and get a preview of the images inside. And I thought it would be hard – but paired with the MISTI, it was a total piece of cake! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I painted these with my Daniel Smith watercolors – but you can easily use whatever kinds of paints you’ve got at home. For paper, I used the Arches Rough – and some folks find the “regular” cold press or the smoothest hot press to be easier to stamp on.

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I also gave you a peek at the Garden Window set  – there’s also a sweet set called Hello Friend that I want to try!
Sandy Allnock Tryfold window

Know that if you want to use Copics you might want to use the 110lb cardstock – don’t get overly heavy with your coloring and it may not bleed through at all 🙂 But I used my pencils for the window card.

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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Painterly Days Watercolor Coloring Book

Ever since my epic coloring book, I’ve had sooooo many emails asking me to review coloring books. I’ve told you guys before that I didn’t want to become “the coloring book lady” on YouTube or elsewhere, since my focus really isn’t on them. So I’ve said no to many many requests….except this one, I sought out on my own! Huge thanks to Kristy for hooking me up with one of them…and starting the addiction, since I’ve now ordered the other two designs!

Painterly Days Watercolor Coloring Book

I heard about this watercolor coloring book series from a Periscope viewer…I started looking around for info on the books , and started following Kristy Rice on Periscope. She’s the talented lady behind these books, and I emailed her to ask more. I wanted one of these to try out ahead of the release of the book, knowing you guys would ask me about it, and I was blessed that she not only said yes, but we had a chat by phone about being one of her Painterly Days “Ambassadors” – meaning someone who’d go out into my community and do demos at art stores and book stores. How exciting! I’m hoping we find somewhere soon that would like a demo, I’d love to go out and share this one 🙂  Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The three books

There are three different designs – I have the Flower one as you saw, and ordered up the other two…can’t wait til they arrive! 🙂

Watercolor options

For coloring books, as you’ve heard me say before, crazy artist quality paints certainly aren’t required. The Koi or Gansai Tambi or Peerless (all listed below) are just dandy. But if you end up with a gorgeous page in the Painterly Days book and want to frame it and have it remain lightfast – my top recommendation is the Daniel Smith watercolors. The set of 6 really isn’t that much money at all – and gives you a great opportunity to learn to mix colors. In the video, I used them just squeezed out onto an 89cent tile from the hardware store – so you don’t have to go wild on supplies. (The paints did re-wet when I left the tile out overnight, so don’t worry you’re wasting color or anything.)
Sandy Allnock Painterly Days Daniel Smith

For the sake of crazy fun – Brusho is simply a blast.

Sandy Allnock Painterly Days with Brusho

And just in case you’re hankering for a few colors, this might help you pick which ones you might want. 😉 #justsayingSandy Allnock brusho color chart

 Pepin Books

In the video I showed my other favorite coloring books – these are the ones I spoke about:

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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Painting with Dot Charts – Hero Arts Kit April 2016

Painting with Dot Charts – Hero Arts Kit April 2016

Two of my artsy craftsy favorites have linked arms for a beautiful kit! There’s a special palette of Daniel Smith paints (in the form of a dot chart) along with Hero Arts stamps, dies, paper, a brush…everything you need in one lovely kit! How perfect! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The kit is pretty fantastic especially for a new watercolorist. It’s an easy way to get a stamp and die set that you can use independently (I wanna color that flower with my Copics!) along with card bases and paper – and a brush and paints to try out!

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The My Monthly Hero April 2016 kit (cost $29.99) is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone! It contains:

  • A 4×6 clear stamp set.
  • A set of four Frame Cuts dies, designed to cut and stack the flower into a layered element. Stamp the rose four times to use with these dies.
  • A Paper Layering die, which allows you to pop-up a single stamped rose for a different dimensional look.
  • A dot sheet of DANIEL SMITH watercolors in a palette specifically selected for Hero Arts. Each dot of paint allows watercoloring of 2-3 images, to give you an introduction to these wonderful paints.
  • A waterbrush.
  • Letterpress paper (heavy cardstock) in cream and white, notecards and pearls.

The 3 optional add-on items:

  1. CL980 Happy Mother’s Day ($15.99)
  2. DI190 Happy Mother’s Day Frame Cuts ($14.99)
  3. DANIEL SMITH watercolor paints in 15ml tubes – 18 colors in all, the colors used on the Hero Arts Palette dot sheet.

Other supplies used

(These are not included in the kit, just to be clear…)

  1. Sunshine cards
  2. Silver brushes (my preferred kind)
  3. Bubblegum and Field Greens inks
  4. Daniel Smith dot chart – 238 colors
  5. MISTI
  6. iPhone to interrupt your painting

GIVEAWAY!

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader (see their post HERE) – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Go leave love all over to qualify to win!

  1. The Hero Arts Blog
  2. Yana Smakula
  3. Lucy Abrams
  4. Mariana Grigsby
  5. Amy Tsuruta
  6. Kelly Rasmussen
  7. Clare Prezzia
  8. Wanda Guess
  9. Joan Bardee
  10. Sandy Allnock
  11. Lydia Fiedler
  12. Kathy Racoosin
  13. Libby Hickson

Even more Daniel Smith info

Because, well, I have more. LOL. #0versharer!

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Magical Monday: Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

I have a quick Magical Monday video for you today – after this one blew up on Instagram (ack!) and then Facebook, lots were asking for a slowed-down version. This isn’t 100% but – it’s better than 15 seconds, right? lol. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I had picked the little branch from a tree in my neighborhood and came in to paint it quickly – it was “just” a sketch in watercolor pencil that I added some color to, and sometimes “just a” is a good thing for me. If I say “I’m going to do an amazing painting,” I get all choked up!

Have a blessed Easter week!

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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Watercolor a brown bunny

 

It’s Easter month, and you know what that means…bunnies!

How to watercolor a brown bunny

This particular bunny isn’t Easter-ish – which means little Rosie can do her job all year round! But ain’t she sweet? Some of you have been asking me to show my collection of browns in the Daniel Smith watercolors, since you’ve discovered mixing them is a bit challenging. If you use browns a lot, ie for animals – buying tubes might help save some mixing efforts! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This lil bunny isn’t new….but she’s sooooo easy to color in whatever medium you like to use.

Sandy Allnock Watercolor a Brown Bunny

And as requested – the brown colors I have! Minus the Quinacridones, though, since those don’t granulate at all. For animals I think granulation helps add texture!

BROWNS

 

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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Negative Painting – Lasting Hearts Bloghop

Lasting Hearts was started by Kimberly Saldaña, friend of mine and Director of Sales at Hero Arts. The charity serves women who have suffered the loss of a child in miscarriage – and provides each one with the book “Mother of all Mothers,” with a handmade card inside that carries an encouraging note. As of now, there has been over $6600 raised – and 1000+ cards. WOW!  Thank you to all who have given…if you haven’t had a chance yet, please do so! You can donate cards and funds, see the links in the “how to help” section at the bottom of this post. More background about the Lasting Hearts organization is on their Facebook page.

PS As this is for a charitable cause, none of the product links in this post are affiliate links. Hero Arts did provide me with the stamps ahead of time so you can see them; I’m donating 2x the cost of purchasing all three stamps to Lasting Hearts, since I would have bought these anyway!

Negative painting

(This seriously needs to be called positive for a good cause, doesn’t it??) Negative painting is focusing on the areas AROUND the image in order to make it show up in the painting.

I saw the dies in the fundraiser Stamp n Cut set  and knew what I wanted to do! I’ve done something similar on instagram and folks wanted to know how, and hearts were the perfect item to use to teach it to you. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I kept the card simple – adhered it onto a card base and added bling. Boom. Done. Note inside is the most important part….just write something short and sweet. “Please know that I am praying for you today. Hugs, Sandy in Washington state.”Sandy Allnock Lasting Hearts Charity DriveI posted about this cause previously HERE if you want more ideas!

How YOU can help

 

 

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Painting with Thirsty Brushes

Welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson release bloghop! I am delighted that I was sent the Mondo Hydrangeas….because I was itching to watercolor some big flowers with my Daniel Smith tube paints…and this was the perfect excuse! Affiliate links may be used. Read more.

Watercolor Painting with Thirsty Brushes

The bigger the blooms, the better, right? Especially when working with watercolor – if you’re new to it, bigger blooms have more area for you to get used to pushing around the paint. If you’re new, don’t try that solid background though – yeesh, I was worried for a while that I might have to scrap it and start over! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the sentiment, I used the Totally Fabulous die set – I cut the totally from vellum and made it along a banner, and attached the fabulous – I put some Be Creative tape on the back before diecutting, which made it nice and sticky to attach to my card!

Sandy Allnock Watercoloring with Thirsty Brushes

The entire new release is below – check it out and see all the awesomeness ahead!

Sandy Allnock paintalong series
COMING NEXT WEEK: Paint-along series! Be sure to subscribe! 🙂

Bloghop & prizes

And, yay!!! I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com. To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 19th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 14th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom the week after!

  1. The CLASSroom
  2. Lisa Adametz
  3. Sandy Allnock <—- that’s me!
  4. Joni Nina Andaya
  5. Joan Bardee
  6. Laurel Beard
  7. Heather Campbell
  8. Kittie Caracciolo
  9. Kimberly Crawford
  10. Julie Ebersole
  11. Kelly Griglione
  12. Sharon Harnist
  13. Amy Lee
  14. Jennifer McGuire
  15. Carly Minner
  16. Carolyn Peeler
  17. Lisa Spangler
  18. Julia Stainton
  19. Amy Tsuruta
  20. Kara Vrabel
  21. Kimberly Wiener
  22. Carissa Wiley

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.

  1. Stamps: Mondo Hydrangea 
  2. Dies: Totally Fabulous die 
  3. Papers: Arches Rough Watercolor pad Black shimmer cardstock  Vellum
  4. Daniel Smith Essentials paints 
  5. Silver Brushes 
  6. Distress ink – Weathered Wood  – Bundled Sage 
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Rainbow Watercoloring – with no brush!

Note: Remember how you guys crashed the Hero Arts store a couple times recently? Well, just in case that happens – please be patient. If you see something funky, don’t hammer the site by continually clicking; just go back later to enjoy a little shopping. The hop is still here for you to view! Plus – I’ll be over on Periscope with some Copic coloring, if you need a little fun!

Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts bloghop! I’m so grateful for the invitation to celebrate the 2016 catalog – and thankful for a few fun stamps to play with and share a technique with you. Be sure to scroll to the end to find out how to qualify for the giveaway – and to hop along to all the other blogs, too!

Rainbow Watercoloring – with NO brush!

Right about the time I was pondering what to create for this bloghop, I was asked by a friend to send her the list of colors in my box of Prima Oil Pastels. Totally unrelated request – but I decided to swatch them for her too. And that – well, that led to thinking, man, I haven’t played with these in a bit, what if…..? And that’s where it started!

I knew that these oil pastels have unique properties (and before I get asked – different properties than distress crayons, so hang tight, more will be coming on them soon!) – and wanted to see how I could play around with them in a new way. I was so excited to test it out with baby wipes – goodness gracious, how beautifully it moved the color! Watch the video below to see how – or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

For the card assembly, I stamped the background onto a layering paper so I could pop it on the yellow card base; that means the panel will be raised as thick as the button layer, so it’ll go through the mail easier than if there were just big lumps on one side of the card. The flower looks stunning over those buttons, doesn’t it??Sandy Allnock flower card

The buttons shown are a new release coming to a store near you – a new line by my friend May! I’m so proud of her launch of a full line of embellishments in a variety of colors, and I’m honored she trusted me with a bottle of “Sunshine.” Since I was using the Hero Arts “Sunshine” layering papers and cards, it seemed appropriate to introduce them to each other! To add the embellishments, I used Be Creative tape – VERY sticky – and started with largest buttons first, then small, then sequins, then filled in with beads. Letting some hang “over” the tape made the strip look freeform even though it’s a straight strip of adhesive; and I also was thrilled not to have to adhere every bead down with glue.

Sandy Allnock buttonsThe second card is simply the rainbow panel, popped on dimensional adhesive, with a sentiment panel on top. This “Awesome” sentiment is one of my favorites Hero Arts has ever created, and I use it a lot for cards in my stash. I tied on a teeny bit of twine and added a few little embellishments to create a bit of sparkle. And done!

Sandy Allnock rainbow card

And here’s the little chart of the Prima Oil Pastels colors:

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Giveaway

Hero Arts is giving away four $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Comment by 11:59pm PT on Sunday, February 14, and they’ll announce the winner on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Hop along and comment for more chances to win!

HA 2016 Catalog Blog HopBloghop

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  1. Lia Griffith
  2. Kelly Purkey
  3. Jennifer McGuire
  4. Yana Smakula
  5. Lucy Abrams
  6. Kristina Werner
  7. Kathy Racoosin
  8. Mariana Grigsby
  9. Debby Hughes
  10. Nichol Magouirk
  11. Joan Bardee
  12. Lydia Fiedler
  13. Sandy Allnock —that’s me!
  14. Julie Ebersole
  15. Amy Tsuruta
  16. Kelly Rasmussen
  17. Suzanne Dahlberg
  18. Wanda Guess
  19. Clare Prezzia
  20. Tami Hartley
  21. Libby Hickson

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.

  1. Stamps: Antique Rose flower stamp, Designblock Wave background stamp, Awesome sentiment stamp, Thanks stamp
  2. Papers: Watercolor paper, Sunshine layering papers, Sunshine cards and envelopes
  3. Coloring: Prima Oil Pastels with baby wipes
  4. Inks: Versamark for embossing, Butterbar (yellow) ink, Cornflower ink, Red Royal ink
  5. Embossing: White Embossing Powder, Powder tool, Heat gun
  6. Embellishments: Buttons from 28 Lilac Lane will be available soon at a retailer near you!
  7. Adhesive: Be Creative Tape, Foam tape