24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #6 Distressed Coffee Tags

Distressed Coffee Tags

Happy Saturday! Time to wakey wakey and rise and shine – have some coffee and catch up on the 24 tags of Christmas from this week if you’ve missed any! Be sure to comment on the blog posts to qualify to win one! The tags in this video are distressed – but with colored pencil. Don’t believe me? Check it out! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The distressing technique works on cards too!

I might be the first person to distress with colored pencils – if you know someone else doing this, let me know!

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #5 Snowy Window Tags

 

Snowy Window Tags

I love the window die Ellen Hutson released last month – apparently all of you did too because they were sold out for a while! I used it along with the new snowman in this month’s release – he’s so cute! And he’s got a couple different facial expressions, and carrots facing to the left and right – so  you can totally customize what he’s up to. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This simple little card is colored with pencil – and snow was added with a white pen!

Cheerful little tags will brighten up every package this Christmas, so be sure to put a little effort into them! They’ll be saved as keepsake ornaments too!

I’m taking part in this year’s 25 days of Christmas tags too – and it happened to coincide with today! Go see Tracey’s blog when you’re done leaving a comment here – there are gobs of prizes up for grabs over there! 

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #4 Painted Pinecone Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #4 Painted Pinecone Tags

 

Painted Pinecone Tags

Just because a stamp comes with certain elements doesn’t mean we need to stick with them – and in this video, I’ll show you how I edited the stamp and added the pine bough to the Hanging Pinecones stamp set from Impression Obsession to make these luscious tags! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the card I stamped the whole image – and increased the contrast and detail in the pinecone. I added snow on the tops of some of the little parts, and the background was done the same way as on the tags!

These are an unexpected kind of tag design – little mini pieces of art to tie to a package!

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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #3 Fuzzy Fox Tag

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #3 Fuzzy Fox Tag

 

Fuzzy Fox Tag

The cute Warm Wishes Fox from Honey Bee is peeking into the scene on the tag – and I think that makes  him more playful than just standing front and center, don’t you?Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card uses the same tree, sweater, and fox technique, but adds some deep snow, too. And embossing over top of the coloring! 🙂

Cute little additions to the giveaway, don’t you agree? Got to love a little fox!

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #2 Embossed Layered Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #2 Embossed Layered Tags

 

Embossed Layered Tags

I usually have some coloring – but not on this video! This set of tags relies on an extraordinarily beautiful stamp set called Lighting The Way from Penny Black – and I created the scene with two of the stamps in the set plus a little fussy cutting! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The card was made in the same way as the tags – even down to laying the stamps out onto the cardstock to align them in the same way. I also added more gold stars with a gold Uniball gel pen.

Lovely tags…they could even have a layer of your favorite gold paper behind them but I liked them just on black!

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #1 Diorama Dog Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: #1 Diorama Dog Tags

Diorama Dog Tags

Welcome to the first of 6 videos in the 24 tags of Christmas series! I’m using pups – there always seems to be a pup stamp set in the series, doesn’t there/?? This time it’s MFT’s Deck the Howls, and I used the shaker pouches with them; you can also add shaker goodies inside but I just id some layered pieces to create little dioramas! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This little pup was a little too tall with his antlers on his head – so he made it onto a card instead. Complete with trees and a chimney from his rooftop perch! Stay tuned all week for bonus cards here on the blog that didn’t get done in time to put into the videos.

This is the little Vienna pup….lookin’ all happy!

The wiener dog got a little more snow in the air….notice on these that I only put snow in the background behind the pups, where I normally add snow in front too. I left it off on these to be sure the pups were still the focus, but technically the snow should be all over!

I colored this one like lil G. Who adores the snow. He’s never happier than if it’s up to his neck!

Little grey pup got all wrapped up in the decorating!

Hope you liked these…they were fun to make! I’ll have to send them in little protected packages to the winners since they’re a half inch thick. 🙂

24 Tags of Christmas 2018

Each year I make 24 tags – and give them away in a random drawing! This year I’ll be trying things a little differently; in the past I picked 2 people from YT comments and 2 from blog comments….but I found a lot of the YT folks never came to find out they won, and I had no idea how to reach them in many cases. So…this year, it’s all about blog comments where I can at least reach out to winners! So leave comments on each blog post this week for the opportunity to be in the drawing!

View prior years’ tags by clicking HERE!

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.

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

 

Snow Friends: Creating Motion

When I saw this little skating snowman, I wanted to make the lights really fly as he soared across the ice, and found a super easy way to create the motion. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors, as promised (Prismacolor):

Another of the image stamps, colored as a no-line picture…with gobs of snow:

And this was colored earlier in the season, but with the same set….background sky uses the powdered pencil technique from Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class:

Sale

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.

 

Guess what?

Guess what?

 

FYI on Book Promotion

First: I don’t know if I’ve actually mentioned this or not but…I’m not promoting these books in order to get royalties. I know some folks think you get rich writing books (and ask any author, that usually doesn’t happen unless your name is Stephen King!)….but I know the reality. Lots of authors out there keep their day jobs!

I’ve committed to God that I don’t need income from the book. For me, the work that went into these books is an act of love and devotion, and it’s a ministry to help other Christians deepen their faith. Even events and other promotional work is being done without profit beyond basic expenses like travel – I’ll even be donating a big chunk of any royalty checks to charity. I’ve seen lots of folks get tripped up becoming reliant on income from ministry products they sell, and while I don’t begrudge anyone an income, I want to keep my motives clear of profit motives.

However – I DO keep talking about the books because I really believe they’ll be helpful! If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be jumping around waving my hands in the air, asking people to look at the book site.  There’s great resources over there, including links to get the books, galleries of samples and sketches, videos, etc – and I have SO appreciated everyone who’s been sending the link out to their friends, churches, and ministry groups, sharing reviews on websites after purchasing the books, and sending me pics of themselves with DA BOOKS!

Signed books now available

The signed books are available! The only online place you can get them is at my friend Ellen Hutson’s store – I’m so glad she is carrying them! I signed them all last night, and will be delivering them first thing this morning (Thursday) – order quick, there’s not a ton til we see what the demand is for my John Hancock. And no, I didn’t sign it from John. haha! Links:

FYI the books do make great Christmas gifts. Add a pack of colored pencils or a little watercolor set and make Mom’s morning on December 25th!

Book signing and demo in Seattle

A little fun news: on January 27 2019 (tentatively), I’ll be doing a book signing and Bible journaling demo at the Daniel Smith store in Seattle! WHEEE!!! I thought there’d be some kind of demand for demos but thus far….this is the one place that wants me to come. So all you locals, please mark your calendar for January 27, 11-12:30 so I’m not sitting there all by my lonesome! (I’ll confirm on my blog when I’m sure; I’m working on a Puerto Rico trip in January and need to be sure of my dates before the signing is 100% certain.)

What? Me, teaching a class?

I’ll be teaching at Daniel Smith! I’ve been on a long hiatus from any in-person teaching, partly because I’m not enjoying travel very much any more. But this doesn’t require anything more than a drive to Seattle, and it’s a straight-up art class….which makes me very happy! (No kits!) They’ve been after me to teach watercolor there for a while, but I still am not confident enough that on a particular day I can create a specific type of painting as a teacher – if you follow my instagram, you know I’m all over the place, sometimes washy, sometimes tight, sometimes halfway in between. (And you don’t even see the messes I make in between!) So I’ve been reticent to do any teaching there.

However…in talking with my pal (and personal shopper) who works there, I decided to do a class on something I do know, and it’s a topic doesn’t require me to be “on my game” watercolor-wise (ha) on the day of class: design! I’m a geek about things like composition, contrast, color, focal points, etc. So I’ll be putting together a class on the topic for February 2019! It’s not on their blog yet but will be sometime soon:

Expression Through Composition Workshop
Feb 2 2019, 10:30-4:00
Cost: $75 (Watch the Daniel Smith blog – once the class is posted, it’ll be there.)
Artists in all mediums have a common challenge: creating a work that truly communicates what the artist is trying to express!
How does a landscape, portrait, or other piece of art “speak”? As artists, we can learn to develop our message, create it intentionally, and speak clearly to our viewers through a sheet of paper or a canvas!
Artist and author Sandy Allnock will discuss communication through placement, editing, value, color, and more. “Before and after” examples will show the impact of these artist tools, and will demonstrate in a variety of mediums, including pencil, watercolor, and Copic marker.
Students will be filling their sketchbooks with very quick studies from photographs to apply learnings, and interactive reviews of student work will instruct the whole class, too. No “finished” art will be created, but resource photographs will be provided for individual development of artwork following class as desired.
Students of any medium and at any level can benefit from this workshop. It’s recommended that students bring an adventurous spirit: this class will encourage deep thinking and quick sketching!
Supplies:
Sketchbook: Bring one that’s 9×12 (or larger) – paper should be appropriate for mediums to be used. Instructor will use a Bee Paper (mixed media) sketchbook but most anything will work for this class.
Sketching medium: whatever you prefer for sketches of approximately 5×7 size. Soft sketching pencils (6B+), conte crayons, etc.
Coloring medium: whatever you prefer to add color to sketches. (watercolor, colored pencil, etc)
Make a Storybook Christmas Card

Make a Storybook Christmas Card

 

Make a Storybook Christmas Card

This is yet another card design inspired by the stamp set itself – when I saw it had the Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, I had to snag it to make a card that reads like a book! Simple coloring involved…enjoy the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Individual pics of the panels … the outer card folds to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ like a regular card; the inserted card is 4″ x 5-1/4″:

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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