Stamp Sketching (Art Journal)

Stamp Sketching (Art Journal)


Hello from sunny California! At least I’m hoping and assuming it is as I write this blog post beforehand. Heehee! Today I have a treat that’s more than a little different…an art journal page! I may begin to share a few of these over time….this one came together during a bout of insomnia, so I turned on the camera once I realized it could be a bit of fun. The “Stamp Sketching” technique is something I called the last step in the video – and I’ll be sharing that in upcoming weeks on a card at some point.

Enjoy the video below or watch it in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Here’s the full finished page…if you’re at CHA and want to see it, come find me! My schedule is posted HERE.

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And…before anyone types out an answer to my dilemma mentioned in the video – I just accidentally stumbled on a way to embed a video before it’s live! Oh em GEE! This has been kicking my butt for months, and now…boom, there it is! YAY! It’ll make it a lot easier on me when I go to Europe! ūüôā


Except for the marker colors, of course…I didn’t track those!

Boy and Girl First Birthday Card – Copic Watercolor

Boy and Girl First Birthday Card – Copic Watercolor

First Birthday Cards

In the video, I show you the girl first birthday cards step-by-step, (super easy template, it’s so simple it doesn’t even need a pdf!) and give you some ideas for altering it for a little boy. This would be great for newborns…or any little kiddo of a young age who wears a bib! The bib is made combining two non-bib dies…it made Paulina squeal when she saw what I did! (I love surprising designers with a twist on what they were thinking of when designing a die!) Watch it below or check it out in HD on YouTube by clicking HERE.

These little bunnies from Mama Elephant are just so cute – the perfect companion to the first birthday cards for little children.

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For the little boy card, just snip a triangle to separate his pants, change up the colors, and voilá! Sandy Allnock - Pretty Pink Posh First Birthday Cards

In his hand, this little bunny holds the bubble wand – and is blowing sequin bubbles!

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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.

Magical Monday: Drawing Scrat

Magical Monday: Drawing Scrat


And now…for something completely different! I’ve shared this drawing on Instagram….below is¬†the first¬†one I created. Had I known it was going to come out so well, I’d have filmed the first time! The scan above made the colors a bit harsher than the actual finished piece; it’s a little closer in my cell phone pic below. If you’re going to CHA and would like to see the original, just ask – I’ll have it with me!
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This had my biggest number of likes on my page, and over 3000 on Copic’s regram!! With popularity like that, I decided to give it another try and color it in front of the camera this time! Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.


The original image (NOT my drawing):

I began (before the start of taping) by downloading this image from the internet, and printed it at the size I wanted to draw it. I lightly traced a few key outlines with a pencil on Neenah Avon White 80# cardstock, using my lightbox. (They make them in a couple sizes, so I linked to two РI have the smaller one.)

A few tips I learned on coloring that tail:

  • I built up color in layers – that allowed me to control the shade as I went.
  • I used a SUPER light flicking motion, and had to hold the marker directly vertical – perpendicular to the paper – to get such tiny strokes. Sorry for my hand being in front of the camera while I did that!
  • The most challenging part for me was when the tail hairs were aimed left, but the fur on his back was pointing down and to the left. Trying to keep it from gumming up where the two meet? Pain in the behind!

If this video is popular, I’ll likely do a few more like this in the future…so if you want to see more, like it, share it, and I’ll see what I could come up with next!

Thing of Note

It’s a singular thing for today – mine was one of the hidden prize stops¬†on the bloghop this weekend. And the winner is:


Congrats, Trish!


Below are the products featured in today’s project. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

Controlled Copic Watercolor Technique

Controlled Copic Watercolor Technique


Happy New Year! I hope you had a great celebration of the turnover of the new year – thanks so much for all the love you left me on the Top 14 bloghop the other day!

Controlled Copic Watercolor

Today I am¬†excited to be joining a bloghop and sharing a new release of beautifully illustrated flower stamps from Make it Crafty. They are intricate and delicate —and great for coloring!¬†These gorgeous new flowers are available in both digital and rubber and the rubber stamps also come with a hand written sentiment, which of course you could use between all the different flowers.

I’ve created a video for my card, of course; the theme for the month’s challenge at MIC is watercolor, so I tried something different – using my markers¬†to fully mimic a Copic watercolor splashy wishy washy spattery background! I’m having a blast finding watercolor paintings on the web and studying them for more textures and splash types that I can recreate with markers. Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a closeup of the copic watercolor art…just look at how all those colors layer over each other to create entirely new shades of purples, blues and greens. And going over it with a creamy color? That just makes it all vintage! Coolio!

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After you get through the hop you might well want to pick up some of these stamps…so here are the links!

Birthday Daisies Rubber Stamp 
Magnolia for Mum Rubber Stamp 
Roses of Love Rubber Stamp 
Sympathy Lilies Rubber Stamp
The digital versions are available HERE!

One more thing to share – this was my original practice of this technique with one of the other flower stamps…shot on my cell phone with poor lighting, sorry! Somehow I’ve misplaced the colored image itself – ack! I hoped to have it on a card. Ah well. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever stop losing things in the crazy room I craft in! ūüôā

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There are some hidden prizes throughout the hop – so be sure to hop¬†through and leave love for all the ladies on the list below!¬†Next stop is at¬†Ellen’s blog¬†– she does some beautiful coloring work, so be sure to peek through a little more of her posts while you visit!

And in case you get lost, here’s the whole¬†Blog Hop List:

  1. Andrea
  2. Jennifer
  3. Rosemary
  4. Marika
  5. Stephanie
  6. Faye
  7. Elaine
  8. Dorinda
  9. Nicoletta
  10. Carla
  11. Delphine
  12. Sandy ‚Äď ¬†that’s me!
  13. Ellen
  14. Zoe
  15. Barbara
  16. Kay
  17. Ruby
  18. Store Blog


Below are the products featured in today’s project. (Stamp links are in text above, as they were not in the store at the time of this writing.) Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

There are a number of different ways to create a watercolor look, so stay tuned on my blog to see more of them coming up – just do a search for Copic watercolor in the search bar in the sidebar of my blog. Some are easier, some are harder, but hopefully there will be a technique you can tackle!

Top Cards of 2014


Hello and Happy New Year!¬†It’s a new year – and I have a ton to share today. 2014 was an amazing year for me, even with its lows….I’m looking forward to what 2015 brings! Below I’ll share my top cards…then treats for you!

 Top Cards of 2014

It’s time for that traditional look-back….to see what was made last year, and what’s ahead for the next! I used THIS annual doc produced for me by WordPress to pick out some of the faves…(and of course the top five commenters on this blog who are listed on the report will get a card from me ¬†– as is my¬†tradition!)

I loved that the stats showed number of views vs number of comments….because that meant that my post about Ciara¬†made it in the list, even though I turned comments off. That made me smile…my girl still counted.

I also cracked up when I saw that the Hot Trend post was up there – just goes to show what folks are googling! ha!

Without further ado…here are my¬†top 14 posts according to views! Many of them have videos to go along with them, so if you want to see how it’s done, click on the photo to go to that blog post.
















Below I have attempted the insane – copying the products for alllll of these cards. In a giant block of stuff to see. LOL. I know, I know. It be cray. But who knows – maybe you forgot to pick up that birthday farm set, or the tweetie bird! You can click on each post to get to all that, or just click below.

Go check out all the other folks sharing their creations by clicking HERE!



New year..with TREATS!

  1. Ciara&SandyThumbCiara and Friends: Last year, one of the big things I tried — and didn’t do so well at — was my line of stamps. I thought I had a grand idea but….alas, it wasn’t grand enough to keep going with it. However, I got some genius advice from my accountant: the best part of running your own business is that you can just make the executive decision to let go of what’s not working, and follow what is. So that’s what I did, and ended my line of Ciara’s friends in rubber.Aha. You noticed I said “in rubber,” right? Well, many of you who missed out on the chance to get my stamp of Ciara and I in rubber can now buy it digitally! You’ve asked for it….so click HERE to grab it for yourself!
  2. A¬†coupon code¬†for you: a shopping discount to use with my friend Ellen Hutson, now through tomorrow January 2nd! Save 15% on your entire order – upon checkout, type in¬†the following promo code:¬†hny2015¬†A few suggestions are below if you need ideas…these are items that just hopped into my cart, with the exception of the vellum; I put myself on the notify list so I can get it when it comes back in stock…ever since Jennifer used it, it’s been wiped out! Can you tell by the looks of these that I’m ready to say hello to spring?
Gold Mist Metallic Shaker Valentines

Gold Mist Metallic Shaker Valentines


On this last day of the old year, when things might seem to be winding down in a dull way…I thought I’d add some gold mist metallic¬†sparkle and shine with my project and nudge us into the new year on a good foot!

Gold Mist Metallic Shaker cards

A few weeks back I shared some new gold watercolor paints with you…in a couple comments, people mentioned their hope that I had saved the water that I used. Well of course I had already done so, and spent a few weeks “reducing” the water to increase the proportion of shimmer in the water. (I show how I did that in the video.) And now that it’s all been reduced and put into a mister, I’m here with a video for you! You can watch below, or¬†click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

Isn’t that just THE coolest? The paint set might be a little pricey, but you get use out of not only a little paint to make something shimmer – you get to use the water too! Here are stills of all that shimmer and shine.

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It was a little challenging to adhere this second one; I carefully added more stamp runner adhesive to the back, wiping off a few spots where it peeked out of the x’s and o’s. I followed that up by sticking the insides of the o’s back into their places – all worth the effort in the long run!

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Just LOOK at all that gold mist metallic shine. Mmmmm!

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And in other huge news….guess who reposted my squirrel? I don’t think I’ve ever had thousands of likes in an hour! Wheeeeeeeeeee………

I’ll be back tomorrow, not with a video – but with my top 14 cards from the past year! It might take me all day today to figure it out and put the post together but I’m excited to crunch numbers and find out what was most popular! Be sure to pop on by. I’ll have a special treat tomorrow too!


Gold mist metallic anything has got to be on everyone’s love-to-create list!

Magical Monday: Laugh

Magical Monday: Laugh

TGIM! I know lots¬†of you are starting to look forward to Mondays…just like me! For those wondering what’s behind the Magical Mondays – and why I don’t chatter on this one video a week – check out my growing FAQ page HERE.

Anyway…today I’m coloring a sweet little image by Tiddly Inks. Students in my Skin and Hair classes always want to see this hairdo demo’d, so I figured I’d put it out here for you, too. Watch below, or click HERE to check it out in HD on YouTube.


The image was colored after already being diecut – I didn’t have a clear idea what I’d do for the card, but it came together¬†pretty easily. The polkadotted dress inspired me to get out my go-to pad of BoBunny…I still just love the whole line of doubledots! The patterned paper and oval are both popped – but the patterned paper is on a thinner dimensional (Power Tabs) and the image is on thicker (the Precious). Putting some of the bling down in between the popped layers means it’ll be less hassle for the post office since they don’t like stuff with bumps.

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Boxing Day Birthday Card

Boxing Day Birthday Card


Merry Day-After-Christmas! Otherwise known as Boxing Day to some….I always thought it was a day to return all those boxes full of gifts ¬†you didn’t want, but according to Wikipedia, it’s a day that employers would give gifts to their staff. (I think that means I give Punch and Tsuki a box of treats?) ¬†But…since my birthday card for my Mom had boxes on it (her birthday was yesterday – Christmas Day)…I thought I’d just play off of that for today’s inspiration.

Enjoy the video below or click HERE to watch it in HD on YouTube.

Need that Dabber? Get a discount using the coupon code below. You’re welcome! (Christmas is over now, it’s legal to shop for YOU!)

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Things of Note

  • SALE! If you wanted to try that¬†Dabber from Ranger…all products from Ranger are 20% off at Simon using coupon code RSALE until Dec 30th. Now’s a great time to go pick one up!
  • SALE! Been wanting any Impress-exclusive items? 20% off sale in the entire store using coupon code thankyou2014 !!
  • NEW CLASSES! I’ll be teaching two more classes while in California for CHA – on Saturday and Sunday evenings in Anaheim! They’re Copic classes and will be using the brand spanking new (and not yet seen!) OWH fundraiser stamps from Hero Arts. Yeah!¬†It’s for store owners and employees only…click HERE for the registration form. Please feel free to take a copy to your LSS and ask them to come to class and hear all about OWH!
  • I spent some time on Christmas¬†playing around with my markers again…check it out on Instagram.
  • European friends: I just booked my ticket to come across the pond! Stay tuned for more info…trip is in February!


Magical Monday: Chickadee Ornament

Magical Monday: Chickadee Ornament

Gooooooooood Monday morning to you! I know some¬†of you have the week off – I hope you don’t have to run around like mad to get the shopping done! Maybe today’s gentle and short video will inspire you to just slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the week. If you’d like to watch the video below in HD on YouTube, click HERE.

A few details about the card – I diecut a circle for the ornament, then a larger one…and I used clear embossing powder on that circle before marrying it back up with the card base.The black twine started out a cream color – and I used a black Copic Marker on it to turn it black. I tied it around the gold silk to keep it snugged tight on the

Sandy Allnock Chickadee Ornament 2

Things of note

  • Bummer news: Punch didn’t make it into the Talking Animals video. Darn! But it’s cute – have a look HERE.
  • Punch is pretty sad his video¬†HERE¬†has 2 dislikes. Who can dislike a singing cat?
  • All the tags but 2¬†have been claimed – I¬†think I can reach them, so I’mma gonna try that before picking new names.
  • Winner of the “Christmas Kiss” card: canadiancaroline! Congratulations!

I’m off to do emergency art today – the Christmas drama¬†at church needs a sign made for the set…for the Wednesday night performance. So who’s working on it on Monday? Me! lol! Last minute charlie…let’s see if I can pull a reindeer out of santa’s hat!


A meowy 12 days of Christmas!

Happy last Sunday of Advent, friends! ONLY FOUR MORE SLEEPS!!!

I’ve got a little something different for you today….no tutorial video! Gasp!! But…Punch wanted to sing you a little song, so I decided to let him. Enjoy!

I also thought I’d share a card I made using downloadable line art provided by Copic – they’re celebrating the 12 days of Christmas with a 12-part tutorial coloring by Jayleen. (I couldn’t handle waiting 12 days so I just colored it!)¬†Sandy Allnock Copic 12 Days Card

I made a simple square card with the image, diecutting it with THIS new die set (oooh lala!) and popped it onto a simple card base. I’m giving it to my mail carrier, too, so no extra 21-cent fee on this square card. If you’re wondering how I colored this, I am too. LOL. I did it while very tired and watching tv the other night. I’m hoping to figure out how to recreate the technique soon on another image, so hang tight.

Sandy Allnock Copic 12 Days Card2

The other thing I wanted to share is the answer to “Where oh where did you get the return address stamp you used on the Christmas card you sent me???” Yep, lots of you have asked! So let me share.

I got my new stamps for my card backs and envelopes by following¬†Kristina’s link over to Antiquaria,¬†and I ordered custom calligraphy for the envelope stamp, and I *ADORE* it! And I also¬†had them create a stamp for the backs of my personal cards (not custom, so less expensive). (I have one with my name for OWH cards, but never had one just for me.) The ordering process includes you telling them what it should say, then they email you a pdf to proof. They each come in their own little bag, too…cute eh? I’m keeping them in their bags, and hanging them on tacks above my desk so they’re always handy.

Antiquaria stamps

I also want to give Bailey at Antiquaria a shoutout. She was a HUGE help. Something funky happened to my order, and my package¬†was a stamp short – but she worked to make it all right, and I got the second stamp quickly. YAY! (Those who got my cards didn’t get the ‘created by’ on theirs. But future cards will have the new stamp!) It’s so hard to find good customer service….thanks Bailey, for taking such good care of me!! If you buy stamps from Antiquaria, be sure to tell them I said hey!

Things of note

  • A few winners haven’t yet contacted me…you have til tonight, folks, or I post new winners tomorrow ūüôā
  • OhmyGOSH did you see Ellen Hutson’s new site? It just launched Thursday, and I’m so excited for Ellen and her team¬†– and so proud. I’m sure¬†nobody really understands the heroic efforts that go into that kind of an overhaul…but I’m giving them¬†virtual HIGH FIVES for all her success. Be sure to go over and reset your PW right away by acting like you “forgot” yourse ¬†– the old ones weren’t saved – and change your bookmark too!
  • If you’re still looking for the PERFECT gift for someone you really care about – try watching THIS. And take a tissue¬†with you.
  • Patrons: I just revamped the rewards, so if you missed the notice there, check it out HERE.
  • I think sometimes you forget you were born to be awesome. (Here’s your reminder.)
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