Spooky Coloring: Halloween Spotlight

Spooky Coloring: Halloween Spotlight


Hey everyone! I might be sick as a halloween cat after a bag of chocolate, but I still have a Friday video for you!

Spooky coloring

On Instagram I was asked to do a video on a similar image where I did a spooky coloring spotlight, so I figured I could do a quick video. A little spooky music will carry you through the short video – if you can’t see it below on your device, click HERE to go watch it on YouTube.

The stamp set also has coordinating dies – I’ve linked to both below for ya.

By the way I created this video yesterday in a new version of the software I use; I’ve been using Final Cut Express for eons, and downloaded regular Final Cut recently. It’s like editing a video while wearing someone else’s sweater! Stuff isn’t in the same place, and I don’t yet know how to do transitions. But, on a really good note, it took less time to render, AND I could edit it on my laptop. Which is good news when I’m sick!


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.

It’s the halloween season…plenty of spooky coloring to be done, so get to it!

Gimme some skin! #copicskin colormatching

Gimme some skin! #copicskin colormatching

Skintone video, YES! This one is the completing the coloring of Hope, the Prima Bloom Girl…it’s in parts, spread months apart.


In the past month, I asked people to post pics on Instagram for me to do color-matching with skintones. I then looked for images that looked at least a little like the person, and created these fun comparisons below. Go to Instagram and search the #copicskin hashtag – as well as following me – and pick up a few options for colors. There seems to be an infinite variety of color combos, so get creative with your selections!


Mypinkmexico’s kiddos are lit very differently, but I gave it a shot: girl – YR000 E93 V20 boy – E00 E21 BV00


Chitra01 – R0000 R000 E70

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chelacreates – YR000 YR31 E31 E25



queenpreneur – E93 E53 YR27, then edded some R85 and R83 to add the pinkishness back in


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i2bz2w8 YR30 E21 E23


lorispedofox - R00 RV000 V12 V93 - though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!

lorispedofox – R00 RV000 V12 V93 – though the lighting is very harsh, this could be wrong!

lia_lt's nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000

lia_lt’s nephew: E01 E00 R11 E93 BV000

scheeenny - YR000 E01 V20

scheeenny – YR000 E01 V20

mzdanajoy - E51 E53 E55

mzdanajoy – E51 E53 E55

jennshurkus - E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93

jennshurkus – E000 E11 RV01 RV93 + Freckles RV93

1busyb - E00 E33 V93 R11 R000

1busyb – E00 E33 V93 R11 R000

To everyone who is pictured as a colormatch here: send me your address and I’ll send you the stamped image as promised! (Contact me link is in the menu bar on the blog.) I’ll be posting the colormatch lists onto these Instagram photos, so they’ll be there for future reference (search #copicskin); if more people post photos, I may (or may not) choose to do a colormatch…and only the ones in this post that were sent in time are included in the giveaway of these colored images. Others would just be for fun!


Tribute to Robin Williams

Tribute to Robin Williams

Today…I’m thinking about the impact that one person can have.

Robin Williams changed the world. For the better, as far as I can tell. His comedic and dramatic performances have been seen by millions of people across generations, around the globe – and right here with me. I remember watching him as “Mork,” and the realization hit me at the time that I could grow up without growing up. Seeing his insane silliness made me less afraid to grow up, since I could keep that crazy childlike side.

My video this week is a tribute to Robin. I haven’t made a portrait in decades – but for some reason, it occurred me to do that today.


Enjoy the video! If you can’t see it on your device, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.


Details about the art:

  • HERE is the photo of Robin used, from the 1998 movie Patch Adams.
  • Colored with Copic Markers (alcohol ink markers) on Neenah 80# cardstock.
  • The piece took 45 minutes to create, and is sped up 1400%. (Edited in Final Cut Express)
  • The original pencil sketched outline was created with the aid of a light box.
  • The artist is available for teaching and demos. More about the artist.


Celebrate Joyfully!

Celebrate Joyfully!


Happy Friday, one and all! Hope you’ve had a great week. Mine’s been productive – and for me, that means a good week! I have one more week now before a HUGE deadline on a massive project, so I’m glad to have a lot checked off this week so I can focus!

My card for today has been waiting a while on the whiteboard…I keep a big list of ideas to make videos, and this one’s been waiting in line for a while! In the video you’ll get to see the coloring – but I’m mostly just chatting about other subjects, so please don’t skip the video if you’re not a colorer! 🙂 If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

I haven’t got a clue what to call this card fold. I’ll happily accept ideas, and swap out the YT video title — I can’t come up with anything clever!Sandy Allnock - Tiddly Inks Card2

And since I asked over on YouTube, I’ll ask here too – what do you blog subscribers subscribe for? Copic? Other card ideas? Nonsense? I’m considering some revamping of stuff later this fall, and figured I’d ask for some input!

Coloring an Underwater Scene

Coloring an Underwater Scene

Woohoo it’s Friday! We made it through another week, friends! It’s been a doozy of one around here, too – but a good one! Today I do have a little throwback to my time on Plum Island in Massachusetts, though!


On my last day with Kate from Absolutely Everything, I filmed, of course – I’ve been accused recently of “always thinking” and taking advantage of available opportunities! Yes, I’m always thinking about how to share my experiences and my journey with all of my friends, and in the most creative ways I can put together. Photos, videos, whatever it is – and I get ideas every time I go places and do things, too. (I was in the car driving yesterday and filmed OWHtv – LOL. Bumpy footage, but whatever, right?!)

Without further ado: the video! If you can’t see it on your device, click HERE to watch on YouTube.


In the YT description, I promised I’d share a little #bts (behind the scenes!) here – so let’s do it!

First, I had asked a random person on the beach to take a photo of me, so you could see how I filmed it. (I knew you’d ask!) The poor lady was all kinds of confused by my iPhone, but she did capture a snapshot. Thank you, random lady on the beach! (Card supplies, chair, camera, and clamp are listed in shopping links below, or click on the image to buy that item. Beer is HERE…TGIF!)





Hope you guys enjoyed today’s card video….watching the footage totally takes me back to that beach and makes me relax! So here’s to summer vacations, relaxing on the beach…and coloring!

PS I know some of you are going to think I’m a weirdo for linking to the non-card stuff below. But you have no idea how many emails come in asking about “other” items I show…even my glasses! So I’m going to be making a regular habit of trying to link to as many items I can find, as long as I have time to go looking! 🙂 

PPS Other news! I’m now an official Ellen Hutson affiliate, and just in time – she carries this Inky Antics stamp set, so those who want to pick it up can go get it now. Yay! Stay tuned for more fun with Ellen at some point…we’re just getting to know each other, so if you go shop there, be real nice, okay?

Hugs, and happy shopping!


Weathered Postcard Technique

Weathered Postcard Technique

Today is the kick off of the StampNation Summer Beach Vacation event with a Blog Hop!  Each of the StampNation Dream Team members, along with some of their crafty friends like me, are hopping along sharing cards inspired by the first challenge, “Beach Style”!

Since it’s me, you know I had to make a video to show you how I did this – it’s SOOO easy!

I {heart} Freckles.

I {heart} Freckles.

Sandy Allnock Purple Onion Frogs2I love him a bushel and a peckle.

A bushel and a peckle and a hug around the neckle

And a barrel and a heap though he makes my heart a wreckle

A bushel and peckle and it beats me all to heckle

You bet your pretty neckle, I do.

(And if that wasn’t enough of an ear worm, try THIS.)

Sandy Allnock Purple Onion Frogs

Sometimes a lil stamp grabs you by the neckle and makes ya fall in love.

I made these 3 cards and sent them to 3 really SUPERspecial people. They know who they are. 🙂

Need Freckles? Go HERE. And then go have a great day 🙂

And my email subbies have seen this – Freckles was so full of excitement, he tried to post a few days early. All in good time, little froggie. All in good time.

Party on, giraffe!

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great week! I’m in checkitoffthelist mode, and making a small amount of progress. Woohoo! It’s only Tuesday! 😉

I bring you another of the Art Impressions demo cards today…I added a sentiment and layers and that’s about all this one needed! I have it in mind for a friend who has something big pending – and she’s going to be partying like this giraffe when it comes about. So I’ll hang onto it knowing good things are coming her way! It was so much fun to color, especially when watching the faces of the people watching me. They kept wondering where I was headed with this. I didn’t even know for a while! The scene started coming together as a jungle/forest scene, and then I used the colorless blender to draw in the party rubble – then colored it with other colors. Fun!

Sandy Allnock - AI Party Giraffe

Coming up!

As summer wears on, OWHers  know we’re working toward the end of summertime cards for our heroes. So how about we do it up big before the deadline, July 31st? Over at StampNation, they’re getting ready for a week of amazing beachy challenges, and they’re letting me play along! I even have a video done for a card I’ll be sharing, how cool is that! If you’d like to get prepped for the week of fun-in-the-sun, sign up for a membership over at SN by clicking on the little banner, and get ready to partyyyyyyy!!!!

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Copic-Painted Snoopy

WHEW! Is it evening yet!? I’ve gotten so much done this morning, I think I lived a whole ‘nother day already! 🙂 18 boxes packed, shipping area cleaned and restocked – and I made a CARD! How bout that!

The image was already colored though, before you go getting all impressed. I had played around with making a background look like “paint” – I wasn’t entirely thrilled with how it came out, but it’s grown on me a bit. I wish I didn’t have quite so much dark color around his head. But…it’s a start on a new idea at least 🙂 I did this card for today’s Sketch challenge on OWH … first time in ages I think I did a sketch right away! Must be the VCMP mojo bug biting 🙂

Sandy Allnock Snoopy Bday

Papers are all bits from my scrap bin, and the ribbon is silk by May Arts….sentiment from an MFT set that’s no longer available. Yeah, lots of “I don’t know where to buy this” today!

Sandy Allnock Snoopy Bday2

Here are the colors I used…


Off to check off more from the list…who knows, maybe I’ll squeeze in some more crafting too!

Oh and go see THIS card by Libby. It just made me GRIN today!

Copic + Stencils = Chalking Technique

Copic + Stencils = Chalking Technique

I’m excited to be bringing you a fun and easy technique today…a technique for Copic + stencils, and paper to look like chalk!

 Copic + stencils = FUN new technique

I chose a Penny Black stencil called Sun Catcher – a huge flower without detail on the inside. I show you in the video how to create that second petal in front. I love how each flower comes out looking entirely different every time! I made a bunch of these and mailed them to my patrons recently.

Check out the video below to see how I created it….it’s sooooo easy! If you have trouble viewing the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.

The sentiment set is called The Big, The Bold, and You….Winnie and Walter is really BIG on sentiments!

And you can also try this technique with other markers and inks as well; for fluid, use whatever you would normally use to clean the medium off the stencil. Just be light with it – heavy fluid will make some cool effects too, but won’t come out like chalk.

Sandy Allnock - Copic + stencils = chalking


Thanks for visiting – I’m off on vacation, but my blog’s scheduled like mad…so keep on visiting! 🙂 I’ll have some #BTS pics of the trip over on my Instagram, so keep an eye out over there too!


Copics + stencils…I wonder what else can be done with them next!? Wheeee!

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