It’s time for a new release by Colorado Craft Company! They sent me the bee – perfect for me as a lover of all things yellow – and at the last minute I added a bonus video to the end so stay tuned!
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FYI the bee is GIANT so my card recommendation will be to just have part of the bee on the card – you could even cut him right down the middle and get 2 cards out of one coloring session! Or just do him as noline coloring and frame him….
I think CCC may have had mee in mind with all the yellow-themed stamps this month, don’t you think?
The stamp set also has beeeautiful sentiments – all about being kind. Irony given what I spoke of in the video about social media eh?
The additional card…..
SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK
I’m taking some time off from my business/cardmaking Facebook and Instagram accounts. I’ve been terribly disappointed that our community isn’t filled with as much kindness as our hashtags suggest; I had to delete posts on Facebook that had people namecalling each other, and turned off comments on some Instagram ones. It’s pretty startling to see people who have been so nice for so long ripping off the mask and letting loose on others. Even my Christian followers have not met the moment with love and kindness, and my heart is broken over this. On a good note I’ve had some great and deep conversations with a few folks about how we DO engage each other with grace and not with our fists up.
Just to be clear – I’m not talking about people dunking on me for my perspective. I’ve been on YouTube too long to get hurt over that. I know that having any opinion is a risk, because the cancel-culture mentality will hurt my business….. But in this challenging season, I don’t feel I can let so much tragedy pass by and just keep posting sunshine and rainbows. America is not sunshine and rainbows right now. I have a platform, small though it is, and can use it for good, or squander the chance to lift up causes I care about, and I’ll sleep better at night if I’m honest, even if it costs me.
I do hope that people will cease calling for more violence against protesters and police- and start crying out for more love – not the sunshine and rainbows kind. But the hard kind. The love that requires sitting down and really listening to the hurts of people who don’t look like ourself. Hear them. Resist the urge to say “I hear you but….” —that “but” is what has diminished people for decades, for centuries. Hear the cries for justice, and take action in whatever way is within our capabilities to make it happen. Whether calling an elected representative, attending a community rally or event, or even just voting for those who will treat all people with dignity and respect.
And for those ready to email me to say they come to my blog not for my opinions but for happy creativity – know that this is my blog, and I have feelings and first amendment rights. We may not agree, but I support your right to have your opinion and share it on your own blog too. ❤️
Okay enough of that little vent. What will I do instead of social media? Well, I’m an oversharer, so here’s where you can still find me for however long I stay off of social (days, weeks, months? I don’t know…):
- This blog. Might not be more videos, might be dog pics or just a process photo. Who knows.
- YouTube. I’ll still keep up with videos, at least for the time being.
- Limited instagram. I may still be posting on my @sandyallnockfineart page and of course the pups @gialloandvienna
- Patreon – I’ll likely be adding more content to my Patreon feed. It’s not expensive to join, just $1 a month is enough to join the community.
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