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Five things about you … and a PARTY!


Hello friends! I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different today…a PARTAY! It was five years ago this month that I left the 9 to 5 to pursue my passion as an artist. I still can’t believe it….I’ve made it past the point many small businesses fail, and I’m still here! THANK YOU for your part in making this an amazing journey!!

From those who follow along, leave comments and turn their thumbs upward…
to those who create projects inspired by my work and use my affiliate links to help support the journey…
to the hex chart lovers who use it and tell all their friends how helpful it is….
to the amazing students who take classes and learn and grow and express themselves through their art…
to the phenomenal family of patrons who donate a little or a lot to keep things afloat around here….
to the industry manufacturers and retailers and designers who are such great partners…
you are all AMAZING. Thank you!

I definitely couldn’t have succeeded this far without any of you, and I’m completely humbled by your support! I’ve made this new little intro video for my YouTube channel, as a thanks to you all and a hope to inspire more people along their journey as artists too….watch it below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.


I do have plans, you know me….I’ve always got something in the hopper! Just a little of what’s coming:

  1. Book launch on October 23, 2018! Read more about it on the website HERE.
  2. More awesome classes, including a Watercolor Jumpstart, Typography for Bible Journalers, and I think an advanced Copic Glassware class—all coming this fall, if I can get on it! Because, #3.
  3. A re-launch of in a more functional form! lol. It had some issues due to how the original site was constructed and the plugin developer’s issues, so I’ve hired an agency to overhaul it and make it work right. I’m taking a huuuuuge risk with making such a big investment, but I feel so badly about the tech issues that have developed. This should help us all! Once it’s done by the end of September or so, the classes listed in #2 will hopefully launch. Trying to juggle it all before #1 takes over, too!


Did someone say giveaway? Really? Well heck yeah, let’s do this! Since we’re celebrating five years, let’s do this in fives:

  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will get the class of their choice at!
  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will receive a medium flat rate box of mojo in the mail – stamps and dies and goodies all wrapped in all the mental mojo I can scoop up from my studio!
  • FIVE randomly drawn winners will receive one of my crazybackground cards!

To enter, do one or more of these…I’ll be choosing winners from all of these:

  1. Leave a REVIEW on any courses you’ve taken at Somehow the review tab got removed (AGH!) and it would help me tons if you left some comments! Be sure they’re about the courses, not the site goobers; those will go away and I’d like to give encouragement to others about what you’ve learned – and that they can learn too.
  2. Leave a COMMENT on this post.
  3. Leave a COMMENT on YouTube on the video above.


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.

443 thoughts on “Five things about you … and a PARTY!

  1. Thanks for all you’ve taught me, online and in a few classes in person. Love the hex Chart!

  2. I always look forward to seeing your posts because I just can’t wait to see what type of background you’re going to come with next!! I have bought your Hex chart and I just absolutely love it and I have recommended to several people!! It has helped me so much in choosing more different color combinations! So THANK YOU very much Sandy for developing the Hex Chart!!!

  3. Congratulations on 5 years! You inspire me to try new things. Thanks!

  4. Congratulations! I love your blog and I took your copic class which was AMAZING! I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring!

  5. I am so glad I recently found YOU. I love your inspirational messages. I also Bible journal and recently watched a video where you reminded viewers to stay true to themselves and get their own inspiration from the word. I love the idea that you read in the morning, think on the verse during the day and do your art at night.

  6. Oh and one other funny thing….my sister Lisa now sits in your spot about 2 days a week. I thought you’d want to know that your old cube has a good tenant 🙂 I just told Roberto it’s been 5 years and he couldn’t believe it either! I wish you more and more and more success! You seriously deserve it. Thanks for being one of my favorite designers ever to work with. —from your second fav copywriter ever (b/c you were probably your fav copywriter… 🙂

    1. Lol Shaun!!!! Yeah 5 years, it’s nuts!! Hope Lisa is happier in that chair. And you’re still me first fave copywriter—-I’m only fake news! Say hey to the gang!

  7. Sandy, was doing some research at work and came across this video! Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I’ve gotten to work with you. Congrats on all you’ve accomplished, it’s cool to see what God is doing in your life. Keep on creating!

  8. I love all the hex charts and the videos COPIC and watercolor as well

  9. Congrats on 5 years!! Thank you for sharing your art and knowledge with us and continuing to inspire us to get creative.

  10. Congratulations Sandy!! Thank you for always sharing and you are a wonderful artist!!

  11. Happy 5th anniversary. You took a risk, and it paid off—good for you! Your charitable work always inspires me. Blessings to you.

  12. Has it been that long, doesn’t seem like it. Thanks for being you!! 🙂

  13. It is always a treat for me when you arrive in my mailbox Sandy. Five years! What an accomplishment ! I’m happy for you and your success. Happily it is a success that you share with us every day !

  14. Sandy, you are truly an inspiration. I never took an art class in high school and only a history of art in college so in my retirement years I am truly a beginner. I have learned a lot from you and really enjoy watching you create such beautiful, colorful and fun cards using the many media that you employ. I will probably never be as good as you but I am enjoying exploring your world. Thanks.

  15. Congrats, Sandy, to your achievements! Your YouTube videos are always a wonderful inspiration and the Hexchart I got recently is a dream come true! Keep up what you’re doing and all the best for your future plans!
    Regards, Britta

  16. Congratulations on reaching the 5 year mark! I have learned so much about watercoloring and Copics from your videos and classes – thank you, thank you, thank you. The best thing I learned from you was to stop sitting on the sidelines WATCHING and to start jumping in and DOING. Thank you for that little shove out of the nest!

  17. Sandy you are by far my favorite colouring site. I have learned so much from your posts. You inspire me ever time I come here.


  18. Congratulations on 5 super years. I love your videos and I’ve said before, the way your ideas appear on the paper, wow! Me every time. I learned so much from the copic jump-start class and have now dipped my toes into the watercolour jump-start class

  19. Congratulations Sandy, you’re fabulous at what you do & so generous to others all the time, you deserve success. I’ve followed you for just over a year, enjoying all of it, I do have membership to a class but as yet am to do it so can’t give review. A giveaway is always a fab event & the thought of mojo from you in any form is so exciting. I wish you luck with your book launch & in the future for all you do. Much love your way x

  20. Congratulations on 5 years, Time flies I’ve enjoyed every video and almost all your classes, The mini ones are my favorites …Your are a beautiful person inside and out and I wish you many more successful years to come

  21. Congratulations on 5 years!! I love how encouraging you always are, it really inspires me to create 🙂 Thank you!!

  22. Sandy
    I have been following your YT channel for a long time.. perhaps from the beginning. I love your clear, easy to follow directions. I have had good success with my watercolors Congratulations on your book. Wishing you another 5 great years!!!

  23. I’ve only found you less than a year ago. But I have learnt a lot from you. You are an amazing person, artist, teacher, and more. Thank you for encouraging me and for the inspiration. Wishing you success for years to come! ♥

  24. I only found you a year ago, when I was curious about Copic markers. Your videos convinced me that I needed to make the leap. I’m so glad I did. I took the Jumpstart class and the Hex chart is a valuable tool in my craft-room. Thanks and best wishes for continued success.

  25. I just recently found out about your classes and videos and I’m so glad that I did!! You are an inspiration. Thank you for the positive message in such a negative world.

  26. Great video Sandy! I only been watching for about 2 of your 5 years, but I’ve loved every minute. The hex chart is fabulous, and I’m learning a lot as I work through the Copic Jumpstart class. I hope you have many more years of success ahead.

  27. What an awesome video full of inspiration and encouragement for all of us with a creative heart! Thank you, Sandy, for helping our God-given talents to flourish and grow for His glory!

  28. Sandy, THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge, encouragement, skills and teaching abilities with all of us! Your fantastic artwork has encouraged me to look at things from a different perspective and try new (and sometimes scary things), while understanding that it is “just paper”. And if I fail at something, I can learn from it, pick up another piece of paper and try again. I have not as yet taken any of your online courses, however, they are on my to do list for sure. Thanks again for giving us 5 years of artful joy and here’s to many more to come!

  29. Love the video! You picture—wonderful! And the new intro – great!! You are on track for another 5-10-15 years. Thanks for being there for us!

  30. I absolutely loved the “5 Things” video! I always tell people that being created in God’s image means they all have a creative seed in them…we are ALL creative! Very encouraging video, Sandy!

  31. You have changed my life. I found you when I retired. Just in time to give me something to do that was very rewarding. Making cards to send to our serviceman was one of the most rewarding and fun things to do. I love creating, not for profit because I don’t need that anymore, but just for fun and I hope by sending some of my creations to people makes their day. Thank you for all your tutorials and all of your motivation and all of the cards I have received from you in the mail.

  32. I love your video, and I love love love your talent, thanks for sharing with us!

  33. Over the past year I started watching your videos and have learned so much just from listening. They gave me the inspiration to try new mediums and create things I enjoy making , from cards to panels that can be framed. I am looking forward to begin taking some online classes to further my skills.

  34. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your videos and posts have given me so much inspiration and knowledge(AND joy). Your attitude is contagious! Thank you ever do much!!!

  35. What a wonderful video tutorial Sandy, you are so right in what you are saying it just takes someone else to tell you it. I love learning different techniques from you Thank you. :O) xxx

  36. I watch all your videos and wait with anticipation for your posts/notifications to fly into my email inbox! I feel like I ‘know’ you –you’re so good at making the viewer/reader comfortable and feel like you’re truly working with them one-on-one. The talent God has given you is incredible and bless you for sharing it with us all! Isn’t He great?! 🙂

  37. Congratulations on 5 years! You are a brilliant inspiration to us all. I love that you share real life experiences and are down to earth. I love your heart full of love for the Lord and the love you show. Thank you for helping me go beyond my comfort level and stretch my creativity to do things I didn’t think I could.

  38. You are so talented and patient. A pleasure to watch and learn from. Hope you continue to teach and prosper for many more years!

  39. Sandy, you are such an inspiration to me. I love your videos, and classes. I was thrilled with how much I learned in your Copic Jumpstart class. My hex chart is invaluable. I will definitely be signing up for more! Good luck in all your endeavors. (It was a pleasure meeting you at CHA!)

  40. I have loved seeing you grow these 5 years Sandy! You are amazing! I have followed you quite awhile but just started taking your classes and you are an amazing teacher! Can’t wait to see what all ya have in store for the next 5 years❣️ Thanks for encouraging us all too!

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