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!

Art Impressions party


I have two post for you today….this first one with some fun news – Art Impressions has a few stamp sets at Michaels! They’re exclusive designs made just for Michaels (licensed through Hampton Art) and they’re clear. They’re doing a little hop today to get the word out…so here I am!

The stamp set I received has these fun folks out enjoying their retirement years – pretty hilarious! On the first card I made a full scene out of it, airbrushing a whole background for them to sit outside in and enjoy their lemonade!Sandy Allnock AI Hop campers1

For the people, I had stamped them onto the scene first, but then decided I didn’t feel like doing so much fancy masking. So I colored them separately and fussycut them to add to the card.Sandy Allnock AI Hop campers2

And I think I used an overabundance of colors….lol:

photo 1

I wanted to try something highlighting the camper too – way fun to make it patriotic! I created a little airbrush scene for the camper, since we can’t very well leave it out if the couple got their own setting, can we!
Sandy Allnock AI Hop hitched1

Sandy Allnock AI Hop hitched2

Much more reasonable number of markers on this card:

photo 2

If you have questions about the stamps and how it’s working out with Michaels – be sure to read the FAQs by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

Here is the bloghop list, be sure to start at the top!

  1. Art Impressions
  2. Piali Biswas
  3. Cynthia Olheiser
  4. Sharon Caudle
  5. Tracy MacDonald
  6. Karen Day
  7. Angela Boutiller
  8. Cheryl Valadez
  9. Sandy Allnock <—that’s me!
  10. Kerry Kung
  11. Melissa Oeters
  12. Sherry Eckblad
  13. Lezlye Lauterbach
  14. Judith Gowdy
  15. Summer Hills-Painter
  16. Reneé Matarese
  17. Crystal Lopez
  18. Marie-Pierre Capistran
  19. Linda Manto

Ai_Michaels_LaunchAnd last but not least – all the sets at Michaels:

SC0652 Ai Crazy Cat Lady

SC0653 Ai Beach Babes

SC0651 Ai His & Hers Campers

SC0650 Ai His & Hers Gardeners

SC6049 Ai His & Hers Flying High

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Copic Coloring Up and Away

Copic Coloring Up and Away

I’m excited to finally meet the special request for a coloring video showing you how I created my OhEmGee card HERE….but I switched it up a little and used the monkey stamp from the Mama Elephant set instead! Check out the video:

I love how the balloons have the little highlights on the left….looks pretty realistic, doesn’t it?

Sandy Allnock - Mama Elephant Up and Away Video 2

The inside of the card with the sentiment…Sandy Allnock - Mama Elephant Up and Away Video 3

I think I’ll be back a little later today with another bit of news…need to confirm it before linking you up…Stay tuned!



Dies without stamps – Lawn Fawn Videos!

Dies without stamps – Lawn Fawn Videos!

Happy Thursday! My Friday video is a little early….AND it’s also doubled – two, count ’em TWO videos!

I was playing with dies during that now-infamous craft retreat in April….and one of the things I tried, that I had thought about for a while, was using dies without stamps. Not just the dies MEANT to not use the stamps, like butterflies and the like. But the kind that are supposed to cut out images. Lots of them work without the stamps – and sometimes they can be even cuter with no stamping! Check out this video, and the annotation in it that’ll take you to the Lawn Fawn YT as well….and below are each of the cards made in both videos. Links to shop for ALL of the stamps and dies are in the doobliedoo. (Setting THAT up was a feat in itself!) And the post over on the LF blog is HERE in case you want to go leave a hello for Kelly Marie too! 🙂

In the above video – a round card using the Critters from the Past set:

Sandy Allnock - LF dino 1

This is the Love You S’More set – using papers from Simon Says’ recent Daybreak release. If you’ve never touched these papers, you’d be in for a treat – nice and heavy with a unique texture. And guess what I used for the bear’s nose? The marshmallow!
Sandy Allnock - LF bear 1

This one uses the Into the Woods set, and the deer is colored with distress ink and a white pen for the spots. Sandy Allnock - LF deer 1

On the Lawn Fawn video….critters on safari! Cute little giraffe with a clothesline full of clouds. Oh and the grass die! I’ve wanted that for ages, very excited to have it now.

This one’s got the dog park set, and I used distress markers and a waterbrush to watercolor the pup and his shadow.

Sandy Allnock - LF pups 1

Hello Baby is another new release, and I used Simon Says papers again on this one.

Sandy Allnock - LF bunnies 1

And last but not least, I made this card during the retreat itself using the deer from In the Woods. CUTEness!Sandy Allnock - Oh Deer Die

Hope you’ll give the idea a shot – take a look at your dies from a new perspective and see what you can come up with!


Airbrushed ruffle dress card

Happppy weekend! Hope you all had a great week filled with fun things, and a creative weekend ahead! It’s been a BLAST here at Simon Says Create – just go to Instagram and search for the hashtag #simonsayscreate to see a gajillion pics everyone has uploaded. (If you’re on a smart device you can search….you can’t on the web, but you can view my pics HERE.) The day was such a blast….classes in the morning with Jennifer McGuire and Shari Carroll (and on Shari’s birthday too!), then Tim Holtz all afternoon, and in the evening was my class with Stephanie Klauck (Simon Says) and Kelly Marie Alvarez (Lawn Fawn). Everyone had such an awesome time, and I hope they’re all ready to roll again today! I got to hang out with the “cool kids” til the wee hours last night, so I’m just a *tidge* tuckered this morning. But psyched nonetheless – because tonight I get to go to the LSS here in Columbus for an OWH Meet & Greet! Woohoo!

Today I thought I’d share a crazy meshing of two cards made at my two classes at Impress last week….in the morning I taught Airbrush 101…in the afternoon was my Little Black Dress class. While putting away all the leftover kit bits and making cards out of part of it all….I decided to airbrush the panels for a dimensional ruffle dress card!

Sandy Allnock - Dimensional Ruffle Airbrush

The necline is made not with gems, but with marker! I made a “c” shape with the darker color, and then the gem with the 0 marker.

Sandy Allnock - Dimensional Ruffle Airbrush 2

So to my students who heard me brainstorming the idea – there you have it. An airbrushed dress card! 🙂

If you’d like the tutorial originally posted to make this card, click HERE for the full post with video and PDF of the template!

Copic Airbrush Buyers Guide (sorta)

Copic Airbrush Buyers Guide (sorta)

I hesitated a little to call this a Buyers Guide post…I don’t know *everything* there is to know, so this is the Guide based on what I know as of now! Which is better than nothing – I’ve found little on the web with enough detail to help me make my own decisions about what to buy. So at least this is a start! I’ll edit it in the future if I find out I’ve maintained more misconceptions.

Watch the video and then read on for lots more written info:



In addition to the explanation in the video, here’s a bit of additional information as well—in text that won’t fly across your screen in video!

First, the way I came by all this information…I wanted a couple sets of airbrush equipment to use for classes. I definitely wanted to have some of the air can types to show folks, and a couple of compressors. I knew it was possible to “share” compressors, but it took some effort to figure out what I needed to purchase to have matching sets of everything that would work for my classes.

Some misconceptions I had been under…

  1. That the designation of ABS1, ABS2, and ABS3 for the airbrush kits was the order of expensiveness/extensiveness of the kits. Not so.
  2. That it was super easy to step up from one kit to another.
  3. That the info on all this was going to be in a simple place somewhere on the interwebs. LOL. Why would we think that? Heehee!

Granted – the info IS on the Copic site when you know where to look. I didn’t find it in an easily comparable place or in words that I could follow, however, since I didn’t even know enough to know what questions to seek out. I ended up emailing the amazing Marianne Walker with a gajillion questions, some of which she had to figure out answers for as well. I think she’s probably really happy that I lived through my Airbrush 101 class last week and am now “set” with equipment for future classes! Thank you Marianne!

The three kits

Which kit is right for you? It depends on what you want to do with it. Light-use airbrushers can do fine with the ABS2, while more invested folks will want to consider a compressor – by the time you purchase a few cans of air, you could already own a compressor. See the samples at the end of this blog post to see what I mean by “light” or “heavy” uses. I personally chose to go the compressor route right away. As many of you can attest to, I wasted so much money buying my markers one-at-a-time and could have saved a ton by waiting til I could buy big sets. But no, I didn’t do that —-so when it came to my next investment, I decided to go big at the start instead. And can say I’m glad I did.

  • ABS2 – The least intricate kit. It comes with the Air Grip (the thing you put the marker in) and the can of D60 air. That air lasts 4-5 minutes- some places it says 7-8 minutes, but I mentioned 4-5 to be on the really conservative side. In either case, it’s not a lot of airtime. I’d recommend this for folks who just want to do a little spritz here and there. Replacement costs for the cans are $12-15 depending on where you get them.
  • ABS1N –The middle of the road kit. It comes with the Air Grip, can of air called the 180 that contains 30-45 minutes of air, plus an air adaptor, hose, and foam piece to hold the air can. More airtime here, and the replacement cans run around $20.
  • ABS3 – This kit goes with the compressor. That’s what I have. It’s got the Air Grip and air adaptor, and if you get the Copic compressor it comes with the one hose you need. Best thing – air is now free!

While the compressor is an investment, it also means you don’t have ongoing costs for cans of air. That’s important to me since I like to really spend time working on stuff, and if I was working with “gas gold” in an air can, I’d be wayyyy more conservative with what projects I took on.

Upgrading kits

To step up from one kit to the next,  you should know a few things.

  • If you start with the ABS2, the only part you have in your possession that you’d need for the others is the Air Grip. If you want to move to the ABS1N, you need a bunch of new stuff: air adaptor, hose, air can 180, foam holder. If you want to go to the compressor system, get the air adaptor and compressor with the hose and you’re done.
  • If you start with the ABS1N, stepping up to the compressor is easy. Just get the compressor with the hose! You have everything else in the ABS1N kit.

The hose that goes with the compressor runs around $30ish – and you need that specific hose. I wouldn’t recommend trying to find one “like” it necessarily; by putting the wrong hookups on your system, you can ruin an air adaptor or grip. As for non-Copic compressors – I can’t speak to that intelligently at all, really! Compressors are complex, they have things like PSIs and all kinds of numbers. Oily, oilless, I’m just not qualified to speak to any of that. That said, I’m trying out a non-Copic compressor to see if it works, but I’m going into it lightly; it doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles I see on my Copic one, and I think it needs more maintenance since it’s not the same kind. Until I have a lot more experience with it (and see if I explode any air guns!) I’ll just keep my two cents worth to myself. BUT – please know that the high price of the Copic compressor DOES include the $30 hose that you need, so if you find another compressor to try, add he $30 to the cost to see if it’s actually worth a “deal.”

What the systems look like

See the video for realistic kits, of course – and the Copic site and packaging will have lots of info for you in detail. But here’s my little doodles of the three systems so you can see them by comparison. Not to scale, just sayin’! Click to download one that’s printable (not as horizontal of a format, but easier to print out).abskitcomparison So there you have my initial assessment of the Copic Airbrush kits for all of you who’ve been asking! You can probably see why it took me a while to get it all together – I wanted to be sure to have my own questions cleared up before passing on misinformation. Below are some samples of what I mean by usage levels, so hopefully that will illustrate for you what you might be interested in!

Heavy Airbrushing

These are samples of what I would call heavy airbrushing. The backgrounds are full of color and large enough to require a good amount of time to airbrush; you could easily use the whole 30minutes of a can of air on one, especially if you’re learning and take a lot of time to build layers slowly.

This first card is a new one here on my blog – using the new Lawn Fawn “Love You Smore” set. One layer on that paper, cool eh??

Sandy Allnock LF Smore Campfire

This is yesterday’s card here on the blog – click on the image to read a little about how I made it. It’s not entirely airbrushed in the background, but enough overlayering of airbrush that I’d put it in the “heavy” airbrush category as far as the time it took to overspray with color.

Sandy Allnock - Mo Manning Bossy Brick Wall

This card is entirely airbrush, so really does need a ton of airtime! There’s also a video showing how this was done, both diecutting and airbrush. Click on the card to go to the original post.

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Light airbrushing

I dug through my airbrush samples (you can check them all out by sorting my blog by the Airbrush Category) to find light airbrushing, and I do have just a couple samples of what I mean. This first card is light since it’s a tiny area of coverage in the window scene, though it does take a little more time to create rainbow looks. As above, click on the image to get to a blog post about the card.

Sandy Allnock - Kitty Window Cards

This card has a small panel of airbrushed color behind a diecut – this can be achieved with just a little air.


The swoosh in the background on this image was created with a quick swoosh of airbrushing, and then stippled with dots of color.

And finally, this is one of my earliest tries at airbrushing, where I airbrushed above torn paper masks to create light clouds.



Bunnies, Masks, and Airbrush

Bunnies, Masks, and Airbrush


Hey there – and TGIF to you! I’m so sad this week is coming to an end – it was SO sunny and hot, I even got a little touch of sunburn! But the forecast has it cooling off right quick…bummer! But…I have a pretty summery, cheerful card to share today in my Friday video!

The image is by Stacey Yacula and is available only over at Purple Onion Designs – links in the doobliedoo – don’t blame me if your wallet starts crying! I had to drop a significant dime over there when I discovered Stacey’s work…..so you may have the same issue! 🙂

Here’s the still of the card…..I wish the interwebs could post color correctly! It’s stunning in real life, I swear! 🙂
Sandy Allnock - Purple Onion Poppy
Before I go – thank you all so much for your comments on yesterday’s little work of art! It wasn’t a pastor gift – some folks seemed to think that. It’s more for something they may want me to do with the students at the college. EEEP! Fortunately it won’t be on the NEAR term horizon!


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