Happy lastdayofsummer/firstdayoffall! Anyone glad to see summer go? I love me a good bunch of layers and sweaters and cocoa, so we’re just getting into my favorite season. So when charged with using beachy end of summer stamps….I had to change them up a bit!

Colorado Craft Company had their release a few weeks back, and I wasn’t able to participate due to, well…..dogs. Not mine but the classes I was frantically trying to complete! But now you get to see what I would have made. Read the end of the post to see the sale and giveaway info!



Hello from vacationland! Well, not entirely vacation since I have work to do while visiting Mom but ya know. Part-vacation is better than none! I wish I’d had time to make full cards out of them by the time I left for my trip, but if you know me, these will be white card bases, trim these down a little and pop them on dimensional adhesive and call ’em done. After all these hours on the coloring, I give myself grace on card design!

Tutorial: Don’t put away summer stamps yet – alter them!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Fun in the Sun

A truly beachy scene with mama and papa bunny watching the kids play under an umbrella…..I changed out the time of year for fall! I dressed up the chairs with more seasonable fabric, put a sweater on mama and a vest on papa. Instead of playing with sand toys, the kids are throwing leaves! Fun in the Sun is now…fun in the fall? ha!

Beach Life

This group of critters in Beach Life is now Snow Life – gifts instead of shovels and buckets, a Christmas banner to replace a net. And everyone played DRESSUP! Which one is your favorite outfit!?!?


Three sets came together for this one: Starfish Wish, Summer Story, and Beach Escape. I stamped the first, last, and center, then the two in between, and the only masking was to remove a crab from one cat’s paw. Then I let loose with the sweaterz! What do you think they’re doing? Putting on a show? Going to a party? Off to sit on santa’s lap?


This week only, both of the Enchantment classes are on sale through Sunday night. And if you get both together, you’ll get an automatic 5% off at checkout.

Copic Enchantment

This Level 4 class will teach students how to create 10 magical scenes, in a “slimline” (3.75 x 8.5) format perfect for cardmaking – but easily adaptable for animé artists too! Half are horizontal, half vertical scenes – and all can be adapted or just portions used for other size formats and art as well!

$52.99 $49.99

Winter Copic Enchantment

This Level 4 class will teach students how to create 10 wintry magical scenes, in a “slimline” (3.75 x 8.5) format perfect for cardmaking – but easily adaptable for animé artists too! Half are horizontal, half vertical – and all can be adapted or just portions used for other size formats and art as well!

$52.99 $49.99

Fresh Pumpkins Watercolor

This new watercolor class is for beginners! Join Artventure for free, then look in the menu bar on the left for the class. It’s only a few bucks for four pumpkins!

CCC sale and giveaway!

SALE: Get 10% off storewide with promo code SANDY10. Free shipping on orders over $50.00! Sale ends Sunday night at midnight mountain time. (3 Days Friday, Saturday & Sunday.)
GIVEAWAY: CCC will give out 6 stamp sets to 6 randomly chosen winners who will be chosen from the following three places – so you’ll need to do all three to TRIPLE your chances to win:
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
  2. Follow @coloradocraftcompany and @sandyallnock on Instagram….and
  3. Like and comment on both of our instagram posts @coloradocraftcompany and @sandyallnock and tag a friend or two!
Contest entries have to be in by midnight mountain time on the 24th. Winners will be announced on the CCC blog on the 26th. Good luck, and let me know which set you get! 🙂 🙂 🙂


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  1. Eileen

    Cats wearing sweaters! So cute. Love the Anita Jeram stamp sets and your coloring of them. I always check out your website for new ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Kelly

    I love these, adorable!!

  3. Lynn Chan

    Your colouring is awesome! How creative!

  4. MandaLJ

    Your colouring transformations are superb! I think the cats are lining up for a snowball fight!

  5. Jeannie Ulrich

    Hi Sandy,

    All of these are so cute! I think the cats in sweaters are caroling! 😉 Thanks for sharing your ideas and talents with us.

  6. Shawna

    I just love this!

  7. Karen Baldwin

    Wow! You are amazing! Sooooo cute!

  8. Judy K

    Very cute! I don’t usually think about doing this, but you inspire me to try!

  9. Linda S Chreno

    love the colors – and the ingenuity

  10. Janice Cassidy

    I was skeptical about this idea but I have to say I was *extremely impressed* to see the transformation in action. This is a bit beyond my capabilities but it does give me something to think about!

  11. Jeanne Beam

    The Christmas cards are so adorable! What a great way to use your summer stamps.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Nicole Wallace

    Very creative! I never considered coloring over objects to further make use of my stamps. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I love the idea!

  13. Barbara Schmitz

    Omg I love the cats! Leave it to you to come up with this creative use of materials. Love your work!

  14. Karen Baughman

    It is so great! What a creative idea! Love your coloring!

  15. Verjean V.

    What a great idea turning the summer critters into winter/Christmas critters!! Beautiful coloring. Very cute card!!

  16. R brammell

    Your creativity humbles me! I just marvel at your ability to think outside of the stamps you have in front of you. Your colour selection and talent are, pardon the pun, on point! So thankful for folks like you! You bring joy to the world

  17. Debra Keane

    Sandy, I love your artistry and your wonderful way of inspiring!

  18. Dee Earnshaw

    love the grainy effect and way you colored these critters – very arty

  19. Sue SK

    Love how you’ve used the summer stamps as a base to create some lovely fall and sweater weather scenes!

  20. Karen

    I just love those sweaters! This is something I would not have thought of; thanks so much for sharing your expertise! I’m always looking for alternative ways to use my stash.


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