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. roxanne tellini

    This is such a fun way to make a favorite stamp set more versatile.

    • Ann Marie S.

      I love the turquoise and white parka…it reminds me of how our mother dressed us for the cold to walk to the bus stop in Colorado when I was a kid! However, they all are adorable! Love the combination of your vision for a stamp set with Anita Jeram’s art work/stamps from CCC! And, the sale is fantastic too. I am signing up for the winter copic and the pumpkin classes. I still have the colored pencil class to take, but maybe I will do all three this fall or winter!!

  2. Cristina

    You blew me away with these designs!!

  3. Deborah Hellman

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I love what you did with them.

  4. Sheila Rodriguez

    Well, this has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for using my stamps for many seasons and reasons. Sandy is so clever!

  5. Sheila H

    Your cards are absolutely amazing!

  6. Tina Wetzel

    I love that u show us how to alter our summer stamps (or others) in order to make an adorable winter stamp!! I forget this @ times so thank u for the reminder. Take care

  7. Barbara Whiting

    I love your ideas and inspiration! What a fabulous way to get even more use for my stamps! Thank you!

  8. Sue D

    Clever way to get more use out of our stamps–thanks for these ideas.

  9. LGlover

    Love the kittens playing in the leaves…..brilliant!!!

  10. Shawna j Kissell

    I watched you on YouTube and you did such a good job explaining what you did. It’s nice to realize we have the freedom to change our stamped images.

  11. Vicki Kroll

    Just love this release and how you Winterized the cats, dogs, and bunnies. So clever.

  12. Jade Passmore

    How clever to turn summer outfits into winter outfits!

  13. Sheri

    All your fall cards make me smile, I love how happy all the characters are and how fun it must have been to bring them to life.

  14. Bonnie Lynn Schroeder Ratzloff

    Oh my goodness!!!! I’ve never thought to use summer stamps for fall/winter scenes. What an awesome idea!! I’m going to have to try that. Thank you Sandy for the inspiration.

  15. Marisela Delgado

    Hi, Sandy! I use color pencils also. I am awe of your talent. I hope one day to be better.

  16. Jennifer Elliot

    Awesome as always! Love all the images, colors and seeing the amazing results you create.

  17. Paula Glessner

    These are all so cute and creative, but the cats in sweaters just stole my heart!

  18. Jeanne Rice

    Wow! How creative, summer to fall/winter. Love it. Just love watching your youtube videos.

  19. Terrie D. (StarSpry)

    I just love how you altered these stamps for the different scenes you created! It’s really cool how you made the leaf pile 🙂

  20. Denise Bryant

    Wonderful ideas! I love all of these adorable critters! The card with the row of kitties in their sweaters is my favorite! I’ve got Starfish Wish and Summer Story on my wish list!

  21. Jo Anne Hardyman

    Love those stamps. Enjoy Sandy’s artistic gift

  22. Bo Gilmore

    Hi Sandy. I always love to watch you make cards with Colorado Craft Company stamps. I think the Kitties are in a sideways Conga line or maybe the Rockettes.

  23. Karen Draper

    I love the idea of winterizing the summer stamps. Beach scenes aren’t really my thing, but I hadn’t thought about doing some creative editing to change the season.

  24. Margery C

    What fun cards! Loved the way you changed them up from summer to winter.

  25. JN

    What a great idea! I never thought of “winterizing” these cute stamps. I thought I’d have to wait until next summer to use them. Thanks for the ideas!

  26. patricia rowe

    These are amazing. I have followed your work for a long time. I get so excited to learn how to color like you do. Thanks ever so much for sharing.

    • Carla Hundley

      What fabulous ideas
      and ways to use the
      stamps! Your cards
      look adorable.
      Carla from Arizona

  27. Sherry W

    Just darling. That one in the fuzzy parka – gah! So cute. Of course the rainbow colors and cats in sweaters – love them. You are so creative!

  28. Bunny Hoyle

    Like these images weren’t cute enough you changed them up and made them into another season of cuteness.

  29. Jeanne

    What a fun idea!

  30. Susan Windish

    Your ideas are so helpful. You remind me that I do not have to be stuck using stamps the same way each time. That it’s okay to use your imagination to make your stamps work in various ways.

  31. Gwen K.

    Such a great idea! Now I’ll have to look at all my stamps with a new perspective. Thank you! And thanks for the suggestion about the pencil sharpener; I’ve been looking for a good one.

  32. Alisa Howard

    These stamps are so adorable. Love seeing how to make them non-seasonal!

  33. Jean Marmo

    Simply darling! Love the many ways to further the use of our supplies!

  34. Diane Gibbons

    These are adorable! Thank you for showing us how we can take our stamps out of hiding and change them up for different scenes from what the original stamp suggested

  35. Cathy Morris

    I love your cats with sweaters!! All 3 cards are darling and the stamp sets are so cute!
    Thanks for the video and blog post.

  36. Angy Hughes

    Amazing! I am currently working on a certification class but when I am done I hope to start one of your classes. Your work is awesome and I would love to learn more.

  37. Lori Kennedy

    I just get blown away by your ideas all the time! These change ups are FANTASTIC! My favorite one though … the cats in fall jumpers ⭐️ SERIOUSLY Such fun ideas – so creative – I can’t thank you enough for always showing us how to be an ever-evolving artist! Enjoy vacation!! ️ – Lori

  38. Donna Tuschoff

    What great inspiration. Love the way you changed the look!!! I am very inspired to go and try this now. Thank you for sharing.

  39. LisaMarie Johnson

    I love learning ways to extend the use of my supplies. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  40. Arlene R

    Can’t wait to try this with some of my other Anita Jeram images while I wait for these! Thanks Sandy!

  41. Meghan Kennihan

    OMG! Your coloring is incredible! I LOVE the leaves and darling bunnies in “beach” chairs turned FALL! The little sweaters you gave the critters are amazing!

  42. Karen Adams

    Great idea!

  43. Helen Budz

    What a great idea, Sandy! I’m always looking for new ways to use my stamps–this one is perfect for me. Thanks!

  44. Marlene

    These are great projects. Thank you for sharing ideas to help extend the life of our stamps for other occasions.

  45. Samantha

    Your cards always look like pieces of art! Amazing!

  46. jengd

    Such a great idea! They’re all adorable, especially the dog in the green vest, but that full blue parka with the hood is fantastic. 🙂

  47. Barbara

    Do you have shown how we can use our vast amount of stamps in a different way. This makes me so inspired to give it a try and see what I can do. I love your creative spirit.

    • Lauryne Cunningham

      Your cards are super cute and your coloring is amazing!

  48. Helen F

    How wonderful to watch your ideas for changing up your stamps for a different occasion! These images are super cute and perfect for Christmas. Love watching you coloour!! Thanks so much for sahring Sandy!

  49. Laurie Mansfeldt

    Love the fall card playing in the leaves.

  50. Adriana Benitez

    I love how you show how to extend the life of our supplies (even those of us who don’t feel like we can draw well). Thank you!


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