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WCMD 3: Mixing Spooky Watercolors (Happy Haunting Set)

Are you just popping in for WCMD? I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging me on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending my halloween cards to participants!

 

WCMD: Mixing Spooky Watercolors

In this video, I’ll show you how to mix murky colors like these, perfect for a spooooooky halloween card. (And when you wanna hide a frog, it’s important. LOL) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing what I’ve colored today – and you still have tomorrow (Sunday) to get finished with your entries too. Can’t wait to see what you’re creating!

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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WCMD#2: Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Are you just popping in for WCMD? I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging me on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending my halloween cards to participants!

Spooktacular Splatter Coloring for Halloween

Sometimes you just stumble on an idea…and it’s perfect for that stamp set. This one? Yep. That happened! I began thinking I was going to distress the edges and then color in the image. It’s not in the voiceover, but when I put the Antique Linen ink on in that first swoosh, I thought….oh. no. I thought I had a lighter ink picked out! Whoops! But since I had already put the ink down, I decided to plow on and see what would come of it. And Wow – this worked! More info below the video…..Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

A note about this Bristol – I just now saw, as I was writing this post, that this particular bristol is retiring. Phooooooey! That’s what I get for letting it sit on the shelf. But if you’re a Distress Ink afficionado, you likely know what paper will work here. I also added the Strathmore Bristol to the list below and am ordering a pack to see if it works the same as this other Bristol that I used.

You may also have noticed a new white spray bottle peek into the frame – that’s my new Tonic Nuvo bottles. I’m playing with that vs my Distress bottle, to see which I like better….so far this Tonic gives me a really helpful fine mist, but I’ll reserve judgement to try it with more projects, and will eventually let ya know.

Giveaway!

Don’t forget the giveaway – participate by creating a card inspired in some way by one of today’s videos, and upload it using #wcmdwithsandy ! I have 18 cards to send out to random folks! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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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Crafty Girls – #wcmdwithsandy! (Sales/coupons in this post)

WCMD history lesson

World Cardmaking Day has a history that I was a part of….’back in the day’ on the now-defunct Two Peas site, some stampers and I hung out on the quiet little “Stamping” chat board. (It was also where OWH began.) We were a small but happy little bunch – and I’m thrilled to say I still count some of them among my friends! (Friends from the 2peas days – share your memories in comments, too! )

We used to put on our own online cardmaking events several times a year, since those promoted by the site were all for scrappers. We had cute names for them (we were so witty!) – and one of those events was World Cardmaking Day. It wasn’t an official day at the time – we just called it that and started promoting.

Each of our members would “host” a challenge, launched on a schedule throughout the day, sometimes one an hour! Folks would offer their own sample, their own ‘rules’ for what you had to do, and prizes from their own stash. We all blogged and posted to the gallery, visited each other, shared the love back and forth. It felt like crafting alongside others, but online! A few of the challenges we’d offer up in addition to the usual color/theme/product challenges:

  • Show your desk before/after WCMD! (hey let’s do that this weekend…post your before and after on Instagram with the hashtag #wcmdwithsandy!
  • Use an odd (or even) number of items on a card.
  • One guy offered odd challenges like “use nuts and bolts with cereal on a card.” Yeah we were off the charts!

After we’d done WCMD for 2 years we noticed…all of a sudden there was a website for “the day” and folks who “owned” it! ha. Well, that history is water under the bridge now, but I’m just glad the tradition lives on even if it was coopted, right?

Welcome to World Cardmaking Day, Crafty Girls! (and guys!)

When I saw this stamp, I just loved the idea behind it. They’re all sitting around coloring, and watching one of my videos! Yep, bet you didn’t know that was a laptop right there, playing one of my Copic playlists. Ha! Anyhoo – watch the video to see a pretty simple suggestion of a background for these ladies – you can do the soft shapes even without the dramatic lighting. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Does this look like you and your friends today? I’ll be having some crafty friends over to the studio. (And no, I won’t make them watch my videos. LOL!) If you need suggestions on who to craft with:

  1. Call a crafty girlfriend and invite her over for a little coloring or crafting fun. It needn’t be a full day, have her over for a quick cup of tea and color together!
  2. Invite a friend who’s never made a card, and help her make a CAS Christmas card. That’ll get her excited about joining our crazy hobby, right?
  3. Get your kiddos busy making cards! Have them create cards for an adult (not family) who makes them feel safe in this crazy world we’re in. Use it as a moment to remind them there are GOOD people out there – their teachers, principal, or policemen or firemen. Then make a plan to deliver the cards!

Giveaway

I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging #wcmdwithsandy on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending out ALL my halloween cards to randomly selected participants!

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.

Crafty Sales – check back, I’ll add more if I find some!

Free shipping on US orders over $20 with the code “FREESHIP”… or $4 off international orders over $25 with the code ” SAVE4″ through 10/8/17. SHOP HERE.
Waffle Flower FREE Gift – Orders over $25 placed (now to 10/09/17) with code “SUNSHINE” receive Little Sunshine as a free gift. (Put it in your cart so the code will work). Limit 1 per customer. While supplies last. SHOP HERE.
15% OFF on World Cardmaking Day Collection of more than 100 items including stamps, dies, bundles, and more. Use the discount code CARDMAKING at checkout. Valid 10/06/2017 at 12:01 AM EDT through 10/08/2017 at 11:59 PM EDT. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. SHOP HERE
At Ellen Hutson – No coupon code necessary! SHOP HERE.
Christianbook.com Over 700 items will be $0.99 saving up to 97%! SHOP HERE.

 

Lawn Fawn has a sale on paper this weekend – ▸▸▸ Use code HappyPaper to get 25% off our newest paper collections: Knock on Wood, Perfectly Plaid Chill, and Knit Picky.
Not a sale, but….lots are asking about my toned Stillman & Birn mixed media sketchbook for Inktober. You can get one HERE. NOTE: I’ll be creating a drawing class using a toned sketchbook – you could use either beige or the grey. Will be choosing subjects from inktober for lessons, so be sure to click the like button on the ones you like most on Instagram!
Saturday, October 7th only – 20% OFF entire regularly-priced purchase! Coupon code: WCMD20 at checkout for an instant discount. US orders of $50 or more qualify for FREE Shipping! SHOP HERE
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Guest post: Witch way is the candy?

Hello colorists! It’s Sandy and I’m back as a guest on the MFT blog….with CANDY! If you knew me in real life you’d know what a sucker I am for it – I have to be careful not to keep it in the house, or I’ll be a snacking fool!

However….the Witch Way is the Candy set is back and it’s CALORIE FREE! It was a 2014 set, and was so beloved that it’s back – with all new sentiment fonts. I love the newer style, so I’m glad I hadn’t snagged this set back in the day even though I drooled at the idea of coloring this sweet little witch! Check out the video below.

The masking was pretty simple here; First I stamped the witch and kitty; masked those out, then the froggie (making sure his eyeballs peeked out past her hat), then after masking his feet, I added the pumpkin. Sometimes I like a good “tight” group of images, and if we try to put them all on the ground next to each other, the image gets kinda wide.

I’ve kept the coloring pretty straightforward – a good shadow from her big hat and another from her cape, a decent cast shadow behind her – and the rest can all be faked!

For finishing touches, I used the new dies to give a beautiful stitched edge to the panel, popped it on dimensional adhesive, then stamped the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock. It’s also popped up, and the end is wound around behind the colored panel.

Supplies:

  • Witch Way is the Candy? stamps
  • Hybrid Licorice Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Stitched Rectangle Die
  • Dimensional adhesive
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SMILE! World Cardmaking Day is coming

 

SMILE! World Cardmaking Day is coming

It’s been a rough time lately, in America and in the world. Disasters abound. Wars wear on year after year. And now, yet one more mass shooting. How on earth do we get through this without just pulling the covers over our heads?

Smile more.

I know, it sounds like such a little thing. But after the Toastmasters Conference this past weekend, where I heard Barbara Khazam speak – I’m determined to intentionally be a ray of sunshine. For now I’ll be that ray as often as I remember. And hopefully after Barbara’s 21 emails, it’ll be a habit! She had us sign up for her email list to get 21 tips – and I think those tips get sent to you if you sign up on her website, but if not, email her and ask for that email list. And let’s see if we can start shining some light in a dark world!

So today – just a short vlog, with a little info about WCMD coming up on Saturday…be sure to pop back in to get the details on the challenges and how to WIN on Saturday, okeydokey? Watch the video below or see it HERE in HD on YouTube.

And….I have a guest post over in Ellen Hutson’s Classroom today – check it out here!

Go smile at someone today – especially someone who doesn’t look like they deserve it. They need it more than most people do!

 

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Bear Ware 2: Two Ways!

 

Bear Ware 2: Two Ways!

If you hopped along on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop for this new release, you saw the Bare Ware stamp set in action…and I had to get in on the fun! It’s got Halloween and Christmas accessories for the All Inside stamp set with the cute bear….so I made a scene for each! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The finished halloween card took way too long – but oh what fun! I learned a ton about just how much color had to be added to make it work. Eeep!

The Christmas version is lighter and simpler – and you can see a comparison of several color combos to make “white” objects – tans, blues, warm greys, and a BV in that background.

And just for fun, since I overdid the coloring on the first Halloween one, I colored another with a background from the Autumn Scenes class

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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Embossing on Airbrush: Hop for Hope!

 

Today’s video is a bit special….it’s a SURPRISE bloghop! A group of us got together to share the Courage stamp set released earlier this year as a fundraiser for BCRF – and it’s a surprise to Ellen! The cause is near and dear to hear heart, and we all hope that if you haven’t purchased the stamp-and-die set, you’ll hop over and do that. Note: in this post I am ONLY linking to the stamp set, and without an affiliate link …. I want all the funds to go to breast cancer research!

Embossing on Airbrush: Hop for Hope

I got out my airbrush for my card today….if you want more info on airbrushing, check out this post. But even if you aren’t an airbrusher, you can possibly achieve something similar with Picked Raspberry distress inking and emboss over that – just be sure it’s good and dry before embossing (and use a de-static tool). Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This whole thing was a bit of a surprise even to me – I wasn’t at all sure what would happen. Or if I’d try re-airbrushing on top. But I’m super pleased with the result!

Hop Roster

Supplies

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. No compensated affiliate links used.

  • Essentials by Ellen, Courage stamp and die set, fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Airbrush gun
  • Copic Marker (RV19)
  • Neenah Cardstock, Solar White
  • Craft Assistant (the black metal panel)
  • Versamark ink
  • White and clear embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Tombow Xtreme Tabs
  • Sequins
  • Corner Chomper (rounder)

 

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Review: Prismacolor Accessories

 

I don’t usually do reviews, as you might know, but….this had me intrigued. And when I saw how useful these things are I had to share. So let’s do this!

Review: Prismacolor Accessories

I’m reviewing primarily the set (listed in the supplies) but also a few other sharpeners, and the case I’m taking with me to Juneau today. Yay for a weekend away, eh! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s the case I’m using for travel. Pencils all sharpened up and ready to roll!
This is another handheld sharpener that’s awesome – if you don’t have something to collect your shavings into.

And of course….the big mama sharpener.

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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Santa Paws Christmas Choir (pencil, meet airbrush)

Santa Paws Christmas Choir (pencil, meet airbrush)

Does it count as a mixed media card if I use both colored pencil and Copic airbrush? *grin* Whether or not it does, it was a blast to make this one! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The initial card may have been a bit time consuming but – I can see that this could be made in multiples – stamp a bunch, coloring on the sofa, then reuse that mask to do lots of skies. If you’re great with Distress Inks, you can likely figure out how to do that sky with inking!

Also – I realized afterward that I never went back to put in the pencil numbers. SO sorry. It’s time consuming and I don’t often just totally forget that step! In order though, my little list says: 941 948 1033 1034 1082 935 947 041 047 1094 947 926 and 937. That should be the order anytime a pencil color is swapped. Maybe.

I also made this one with the same stamp set, but with a Copic background (not airbrush) adapted from the Mini Course at Art-Classes….so much fun!

 

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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A plea…from Jack Sparrow. (Sorta.)

 

This post has little to do with Jack Sparrow. Sorry for the false advertising but I figured since most folks follow for the art…a painting might draw you in, right? This quick watercolor in my sketchbook was done for Talk Like a Pirate Day last week. But now…bear with me for some serious news. I don’t usually do news posts but….the deeper I dig, the sadder my heart is.

Puerto Rico is in big trouble after Hurricane Maria. They have not received the attention nor assistance needed; the governor said yesterday they have not received the search and rescue and humanitarian aid requested from DC.  And the Guajataca Dam is staring menacingly at those living below it, ready to break. PR is in for a long haul of problems in cleaning up and rebuilding. Power won’t be restored for 4-6 months – not weeks like it’s been for mainland disasters. Think about that. 6 months….waiting until Valentines Day for basic electricity! And these are fellow Americans.

A little data I didn’t know til this week: Puerto Rico has surpassed the need already reported from the Virgin Islands — by leaps and bounds. USVI has been seeing some aid, and clearly they do need it, don’t get me wrong – but by comparison, two quick stats might put things in perspective:

  • Puerto Rico is 7 times the land mass of USVI
  • Puerto Rico’s population is 3.6 million, USVI 106,000
  • More US citizens live in Puerto Rico than live in the Dakotas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska combined

Hopefully some of that will encourage some giving…they are us. It’s not some foreign country. Below are some ideas where you might like to give…..I’ve been researching local organizations, and this post includes ones I chose to give to. But for those who need a big name to feel comfortable…let’s start out with the big names with excellent ratings who look to actually be helping in PR right now:

Big orgs:

Photo Credit: ABCNews

Local(ish) orgs helping Puerto Rico

Organizations Focused on The U.S. Virgin Islands

Organizations Benefitting Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands

  • Islamic Relief USA  Established in 1993, California-based. They were on the ground in Texas and Florida for the hurricanes.
  • Black America Web Relief Fund Created by radio host Tom Joyner after Katrina in 2005 focuses on individuals and families who need assistance as a result of publicly declared disasters. Donations can be made here—and those who are displaced or who are hosting people because of the storm can request financial assistance.
Photo Credit: ABCNews