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Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

PS Just this once, Hero Arts will be making more of the kits – this won’t happen in other months, but after we broke the internet, they wanted to reward you for your enthusiasm!  You’ll need to be patient since it’ll take some time to get them made again. Happy shopping!

 

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.yupo alcohol

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic

Watercolor

I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and all the brands I tried worked about the same. As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

yupo flowers

I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!yupo wc leaf

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?yupo brusho

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. Soon I will have a Copic drawing (not stamped) that I did with Copic markers – it’ll be interesting to see how the marker goes on now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video. But I held off on it til I had this post done, so I’d have something to point to for basic Yupo information. More will be coming on other techniques to use Yupo for.

All that said, with a few alcohol inks I blew through a full pad of Yupo. It’s that. much. fun.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item.  Affiliate links are 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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Stamping a Floral Wreath – My Monthly Hero kit Oct 2015

While today’s pretty wreath can be created with any floral stamps – it’s perfectly sized for the brand new monthly My Hero kit….available for a limited time only starting at NOON Eastern time today! When they’re gone, they’re

Stamping a Floral Wreath (Featuring the MISTI tool)

I’m so grateful that Hero Arts sent me their brand new kit to try out and show you. The instant I saw the small size of the poinsettias, I pretty much knew a wreath was in order! All my other poinsettias are too large for this kind of an idea. (And guess what? I think this would be pretty with spring colors later on, too, no one will know it’s a poinsettia if you do it in other colors!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

Using the inks that come in the kit would also do a great job on this wreath – I just wanted to see how they looked all soft and watercolor-y with the distress inks! And isn’t the font pretty for the sentiment? I’m going to be stealing this to use with some other holiday stamps, methinks.

Sandy Allnock Stamp a Floral Wreath

Bloghop

Need more ideas? Be sure to check out what everyone else has done with this very same kit! And peek in on my Periscope broadcast from this morning too (pic below the list)

On Perisocope, I stamped on Yupo paper; the standing, finished card below was on translucent, and the flat papers are on the white. In the scope I had some challenges which I discovered was because the stamps had “dried” overnight in the MISTI – not a bad thing, they just needed to be stamped a couple times to get primed up and ready to roll! The one on top on the right was stamped on the same white Yupo and did just fine. More testing with stamps on Yupo will come, I haven’t played with colored inks til last night. But on Wednesday I’ll have a Yupo Roundup with some ideas on how even a beginner could fall in love with this stuff using supplies you already have. lol. I know, I know. But at least it’s just the paper, right? LOL! Watch the Periscope broadcast to see more details!
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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are 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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Day 4: Go for the Gold: Liquid gold!

Liquid. Gold. Oh baby! Today I’m comparing two products that are just lovely gold in a jar…let’s get going on day four of the Go for the Gold class!

Liquid Gold Watercoloring

There are a number of gold watercolors out there, but I picked two to try out. The Kuretake Gold Mica is a large (60ml) jar, and the Izink Gold is a smaller bottle (15ml) with a dropper. Both are high shine – so let’s put them to the test on a card! Watch the video below – or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The Kuretake Gold Mica is a fairly traditional gold color – lots of shine, and works well on both colored and white cardstock.

Sandy Allnock Go for the Gold Mica Liquid Gold

The Izink, which is a pigment ink – a cross of some sort between acrylic and watercolor properties – also has great shine, and comes in a more orangey gold color. Izink stays fully put after it dries – so makes for lovely layering of colors overtop it. I made a post with a video all about Izink HERE.Sandy Allnock Go for the Gold Izink Liquid Gold

The Zig Clean Color pens used in this video are one of the most recent “crazes” out there – and if you’d like more on them, I have a playlist HERE where you can watch lots more Clean Color videos!

Bonus

On Periscope today, I shared in one video how I made the watercolored background by first painting the Mica then adding Brusho and spritzing with water. In a later broadcast, the testing of a few gold paints: Finetec watercolors, Kuretake watercolors (the set of 36 containst 2 golds), and Kuretake Mica Watercolor. Then some of the Dina Wakely birds were embossed in Stampendous gold, then sprinkled with Brusho too. If you need more info on Brusho, check out this Brusho post, and the Brusho bear post too!

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are 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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Day 2: Go for the Gold: Crackle & spray

 

Welcome to day TWO of the Go for the Gold class! I’ll be sharing some SUPER shiny techniques and products today….I think this might actually be the shiniest card I have ever made!

Crackle and Spray

I’ve seen “Croco” called a number of things on the web….Facetten Lack, Crackle Paste, Crackle Paint – all as the same Viva product..I think they changed their packaging at some point, so it has lots of names. (There are other brands too, but I’m only looking at this one.) When I first used it, I didn’t have any of the Haft Grund – the base coat that’s supposed to go under it; it worked, but I wanted to see what the Haft Grund would do for it. It turned out to be a bigger difference than I expected! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. Then come on back here for more info!

Results of Haft Grund application

The base coat of Haft Grund did two important things to the Craftaboard, which is what I diecut the leaves from. (It’s a chipboard like material that’s softer than chipboard, with a surface that can take lots of interesting techniques.)

  1. It made the piece flatter. When I tried it with both Craftaboard and regular cardstock, the one without the base coat curled pretty significantly. I’ll be using some of those curled leaves for a project on Periscope today, so be sure to tune in for that broadcast!
  2. It made the gold brighter. I’m not sure if it’s only because the crackle isn’t as deep, or if the crackle without the base coat sinks into the paper more. But it was definitely a different shade of gold.

I can definitely see applications for with and without the base coat, but it’s sure interesting to find out that when someone says to use it – that maybe I should try it out! 🙂 Sandy Allnock Go for the Gold Crackle and Spray

Gold Embossing

The card shown uses Delicata Golden Glitz ink with clear embossing powder on it; that’s one way to turn any pigment ink into an embossed look. That’s why I keep a lot of clear EP on hand! But I also tried out Wow Rich Gold and Stampendous Gold— and was surprised that the two looked almost identical. I thought Wow was going to be way better by all I’ve heard online about it! But the Stampendous is a slightly better value, per gram, so if you’ll use the slightly larger jar, it’s a good buy.

Bonus project & testing!

Viva Croco vs Prima Crackle….both lovely but very different! The leaves pictured at the top were diecut after the crackle paste had “set” – so it did smash it down slightly. In the video above, the diecutting was first and was then covered with the paste, so no smushing was involved. 🙂

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Your turn!

Don’t forget to go make a card inspired by this class – you can enter one a day all week long to qualify for prizes! Link up over on the sticky post HERE.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item. Affiliate links are 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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Day 1: Go for the Gold: FREE cardmaking class!

This class is no longer interactive, but you are welcome to view and learn from this content anytime!

Welcome to the Go for the Gold class! I’ve been working on this for the better part of 6 months…and I’m delighted to share it with you now!

This FREE cardmaking class is filled with 7 days of inspirational gold cards….pastes, paints, pens, lots of my favorite things to play with! The class doesn’t cover every gold item out there, or every shade of it available….you may already have similar items in your own stash, too. But I hope some techniques will get you excited to kick off the fall and winter cardmaking season!

Kicking off the class with some #crafttruth!
Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Sale is over.  For this week of class, I’ve also coordinated a sale on most of the items I’m using in class. YAY, right!?!? Save 15% on every in-stock item in the Go for the Gold category only! Shop today through Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 (midnight Pacific Time) and save. Upon checkout please type in the following coupon code: goforthegold  – Not valid on prior purchases and cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

Day one post write up is HERE – below is the video:

Why all the holiday cards so early? The samples in this class are fall and winter seasonal cards, since those holidays are staring at us down that long tunnel…(only 13 weeks til Christmas!) BUT we need to get some of these gold products in our hot little hands now, because if they ship when temperatures freeze, the mica in some begins to break down or change consistency. Some get goopy, others get watery, others separate….so I wanted to help everyone order them well before winter arrives. And with global warming knocking us around, that could be sooner than we expect!

Go for the Gold FAQ:

  • What does it cost? Nothing! It’s free!
  • Where do I sign up? No need to sign up anywhere. Posts will be here on my blog and YouTube channel!
  • What supplies do I need? Some of the supplies you may already have at home! Almost all the supplies I used are gathered into a category HERE at Ellen Hutson. To make it easier to find things, they’re divvied into categories. Each daily blog post will list the items used on that card.
  • Is there a discount on supplies? Yes! 15% on everything in the category HERE from now until the end of class. Coupon code goforthegold!
  • Will the class remain available forever? Yes! It’s part of my blog and YouTube channel so you can come back any time.
  • Are you sure it’s free? Yep!

 

Each of the 7 days, the lesson posts will be linked here. If you’re a subscriber to this blog, you’ll also be receiving the posts by email; if you’re a subscriber on YouTube, you’ll potentially receive the video by email too. This is for easy reference!

  1. Day One: Ornament Card / video
  2. Day Two: Crackle and Spray / video
  3. Day Three: Make Gold Paper / video
  4. Day Four: Liquid Gold / video
  5. Day Five: Twinkling Lights / video
  6. Day Six: Shiny Beeswax / video
  7. Day Seven: Golden Brush Pens / video
  8. Go for the Gold Wrapup – with comparisons of all golds used, side by side

Playlist with all videos; they’ll be added as they go live

It’s Your Turn: #goforthegoldclass 

Now it’s time for YOU to join in the fun! Qualify to win a prize (list below) by linking up your own NEW mojo creation below. Use one of the ideas in class to create your own card!

Prizes: Winners are listed HERE.

  • 4 packs of stampy goodness…winners chosen randomly from among participants! One entry per day max.
  • 1 pack of stampy goodness to a random commenter on ONE of the participant blogs!!
  • GRAND PRIZE of a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson!
  • Winners will be announced on Sunday October 4!

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Izink Testing

 

I’m slowly getting used to the whole idea of getting messy. LOL. These Izink inks are pretty fun – I’m really intrigued by the possibilities!

Izink Acrylic Pigment Inks

I was blessed to receive some Izink colors from the good folks at Clearsnap so I could try them out and see what they do. I’ve been seeing them pop up around the web, and was just curious. Acrylic. Pigment. Yet watercolor. I needed to test it, I didn’t believe it was true! Which is another thing I’m slowly getting used to; do you remember the days when I never wanted to get inky and test things? I think I’ve been taken over by aliens!

If you’d like to see what these inks’ properties are, check out the video below – or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube! And see below for a list of which inks have that lovely irridescence to them. #nomnom shiny!

I really do love the quote for the art journal page, too.

Sandy Allnock Izink Art Journal Page

Forget about GOOD.
Good is a known quantity.
Good is what we all agree on.
Stick to good and  you’ll never have growth.
-Bruce Mau

So many times I feel like we settle for good. We strive for average. When really we need to shoot past good. Past what we think we can do. The good is the enemy of the great…because it lets us stop. right. there.  #preachingovernow 🙂

The story about the bunnies

I talk to my stamps, as you know. And ever since THIS post where I used a stamp in the Wishing You set as a “sad” bunny sitting in monkeypoop (ya gotta watch the video, it makes more sense than this sounds!), I was feeling bad for using them in a “mean” setting! I knew I had to post something to counter any bad mojo I would have left on the stamps….so that’s what I did here on today’s cards. LOL. Sorry, bunnies! See, you have my heart.

Colors Available

As I showed in the video, some Izink colors are iridescent or pearlized, and others are just glossy. If you’re looking for just a few colors and want to choose one or the other, here’s how the 26 colors break down:

  • Iridescent : Amethist, Cactus Citronelle, Gold, Mango, Opaline, Orchid, Silver, Topaz, Tulip, and  Volubilis.
  • Glossy: Avocado,  Ambre,  Anemone, Bamboo,  Gentian,  Geranium, Iris,  Jasmine,  Lotus, Mimosa, Orchid, Rose, Safran, Tomato,   Tulip,   Turquoise

Scope today!

I did a superfast Periscope broadcast today to show the difference in how the Izink and Brusho work in painting roses. Below are the cards that came out of that, with this perfect sentiment that’s on my new ohmygoshIamgoingtouseitalot list…watch it HERE for only 24 hours (until Tuesday am)!

comparison

Card Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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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Easy Ombré Holiday Cards – celebrating with Hero Arts!

 

Are you ready for a celebration? Today is the day that Hero Arts finally opens their brand new redesigned website! I was priveleged to get a sneak peek at it yesterday and kick tires…you are going to be. so. excited! I noticed they added some things to the store that weren’t there just last week – so I’m hooking you up at the end of this post with my top recommendations. (ie: I bought these, so there might be videos coming up with them sometime. LOL!)

Easy Ombré Holiday Cards

Every year I do a bunch of different things with my holiday cards – I do some easy ones, some middle-of-the-road ones, and some diving-in-and-going-crazy cards. Those are for my “A,” “B,” and “C” lists – based on their appreciation level for handmade cards! Ha! We all have those friends and family who just don’t “get it,” right? So we need quick cards for them. And a little more for those who care about the handmade cards. So today, I bring you cards that would be quick and easy to mass produce in their simplest form…or you can dress them up for the fancier crowd! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Weren’t those fun and easy!? I wish you could touch them on the letterpress paper and see how soft they are. And ya gotta love the Ombré Green and Ombré Red ink pads! It’s simple to make a background that looks soft and blended – toss a little snow on, and some bling, and it’s all ready for Christmas!

Sandy Allnock Easy Ombre Ink cards

Sabbatical followup

When I spoke yesterday of taking time off after finishing my Boston teaching gig – it’ll be taking time off from teaching at stamp stores only. I’ve received lots of lovely “farewell” messages…please don’t think I’m leaving my blog! lol. Just the in-person teaching. Which…might leave me time for more online teaching. Good, right? 🙂

Card Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

My Hero Arts Shopping Cart

In the video I promised I’d show you what fell into my cart. *eeeeep* This is what happens when I go crafty shopping! #walletneedsasabbaticaltoo

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Painting Perfect Trees

 

One of the most common questions I’m asked is how I make trees on my cards with scenes. That’s a bit of a toughie to explain….but I have a different answer for you now. And I’m so stoked!

Painting Perfect Trees (Bob Ross??)

Watercoloring trees just became *so* easy. Hero Arts created two layering stamp sets for two kinds of trees; they’re intended to stamp Christmas trees and fall trees*- but think of them as maples and pines and you’ll see lots more year-round possibilities! You can make wonderful scenes now with these….and I’m here to show you how! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

*These stamps are flying out of stock everywhere. As soon as they’re back in, I’ll let you know! Be sure to subscribe!

These actually *are* as easy as they look. At least the single tree in both stamp sets! It’ll take practice to get scenes going, but you can do it…I have confidence in you!

Sandy Allnock Fall Trees

These fall trees can transform so easily into spring trees. Just stamp all but one of the stamps in a variety of greens, then watercolor them to create the green tree. When it’s dry (for hard-edged flowers) or damp (for soft-edged flowers), stamp the one with the big dots in a floral color like a pink or purple. Ba da boom, ba da bing, you’ve got a little tree for spring!

Sandy Allnock Christmas Trees

We’re always looking for good images for guys too, right? Make some trees on a card for them too! Pines are unisex – keep the design clean, or add a deer or an eagle, and you’ve got a great masculine card!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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 Flower Series #9: Paint a white poinsettia

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today….check out all of them in the release!! (Click HERE if you’re in love already and need them ALL. I did!)

Now that you got a look at all the yummies, let’s jam with my two projects….both with very different coloring techniques!

Watercolor a white poinsettia

I have a video today for this first card – I used distress inks with the Mondo Poinsettia stamp set and matching die set! In the video you’ll see a few tricks to help make your watercoloring a little easier…I discovered that leaving my diecut in place in the paper it’s cut from helped to keep it still as well as serving as a palette! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’m excited to start playing around with foil in coming months as the holiday season is rolling around…I kinda skipped it when everyone else got their laminators, even though I have one. I figured I’d save myself a new technique to play with for Christmas!

Supplies for Poinsettia:

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.

Are you ready for another card after all that sweet watercoloring? Let’s jump over to another season: halloween!

Sandy Allnock - Color a pumpkin patch

Color a pumpkin patch with Copics

My second card uses this sweet little halloween stamp set called Got Candy – I love non-scary cards for  halloween! Even the ghosties here are just adorable. On Thursday I’ll have the video posted to show you how to color this one – including all the perfect Copic colors to use for pumpkins. If you “need” (ha) this stamp set, drop it in your cart today while you get the poinsettias so you’re ready to roll when the video lands in your inbox. That moon, which opens to reveal a surprise sentiment, is from THIS die set from last year. #justcallmeyourenabler LOL! #sorrynotsorry

Supplies for pumpkin patch:

Waitaminute, my videos aren’t landing in your inbox? We’ll have to fix that:

  1. Subscribe to my blog by clicking HERE (and read a little about the free gift I give to my new subbies!)….
  2. And/or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Prizes

MONDO-POINSETTIA-STAnd, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, Mondo Poinsettia to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend!

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is the oh-so-talented Laurel!

The bloghop list:

  1. The CLASSroom  <–grand giveaway!
  2. Lisa Adametz 
  3. Sandy Allnock <—you are here!
  4. Laurel Beard 
  5. Heather Campbell 
  6. Darlene DeVries 
  7. Julie Ebersole 
  8. Sharon Harnist 
  9. Angel Johns 
  10. Stephanie Klauck 
  11. Amy Kolling 
  12. Emily Leiphart 
  13. Nichol Magouirk 
  14. Jennifer McGuire 
  15. Maureen Merritt 
  16. Kay Miller 
  17. Carolyn Peeler 
  18. Julia Stainton 
  19. Laura Sterckx 
  20. Amy Tsuruta 
  21. Kimberly Wiener 
  22. Carissa Wiley 
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Faithbook Series 1: Lost and Found Watercolor Eagle

And thus, on this Independence Day Weekend, I inaugurate my monthly faith project! And I think you’ll find this one fairly well-themed for the holiday! 🙂

Faithbooking, aka Bible Journaling

Faithbooking is like scrapbooking or art journalling…except documenting your faith journey! I’m planning on my monthly Faithbook post to be just one other way to share techniques…so even if you’re not a faithbooker, I want to make them valuable learnings for you anyway. And maybe you’ll be inspired to join in the fun too! You can watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The painting is, of course primary here, but I added Thickers for the title, and hand-scribed my journalling at the bottom.

Sandy Allnock Faithbook1 Watercolor Eagle page

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the picture or wording to go directly to the item. 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.