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Inlaid Die Cutting

Welcome to the best crafting holiday EVER! I’m especially excited because I’m helping some friends share their celebration: Ellen Hutson LLC is launching a brand new line of exclusive products, and they’re designed by the ever so amazing Julie Ebersole!! I’m using an inlaid die cutting technique with the Home and Hearth dies to make my love card, which is what OWH is doing today for our bloghop. Click on the banner at the top of this post to go to the hop!


Inlaid die cutting

I was excited when I saw this die set, because *immediately* I knew I had to airbrush it. I just knew it! No idea how, and this card wasn’t what I saw in my head, but I just love how this one came out! (My “test” cards yesterday afternoon were bombs – I put a bunch of stars and hearts in the sky, and it looked like sneeze. And the globe had just been blobs – until I thought of the idea I show you in the video below!). And in the video I also walk you through the whole new line at EH!! If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YT.

And one of the things that I love about the card besides the inlaid die cutting – the cool colors of the sky and earth vs the warm red and yellow in the houses! It just makes the whole card sing, don’t you think?

Sandy Allnock Essentials By Ellen Hearth Home2


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.

Inlaid die cutting is one of my favorite techniques lately…what’s yours?

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10 card making techniques, 1 layer – and a chicken in every pot!

10 card making techniques, 1 layer

How can a crafter combine 10 card making techniques into a single layer card? By following the lead of a chicken in a pot! Ha! Welcome to my stop on the Cold Hands Warm Heart bloghop!

I created a card using the chicken – one of the new dies added for the Birthday Farm Animals stamp set – and did a little something crazy. I combined it with one of these succulent stamp sets, and since I wanted to be like everyone else and make it a holiday/winter card….I did that too! Yeah, I’m all for nutty combinations…this turned out to be a 1-layer card together with 10 card making techniques, too. Now do you believe I like nutty?

And since I know some of my readers won’t believe that it’s 10, or know how the heck I made the cool wallpaper…I made a video late last night showing how I did it! [If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it on YouTube.]

I hope the card making techniques video at least made you smile! This darling chicken is enough to brighten your day.Sandy Allnock Chicken in a pot - 10 card making techniques, 1 layer
What old-timey phrase (like “chicken in every pot”) runs in your family?


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated 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.

How many card making techniques have YOU combined into one card?

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Succulent Stamps


Succulent stamps

I’ve been waiting so long for today! I was priveleged to design a few more stamp sets for my friends over at Simon Says – YEAH! And this time, by special request from a crafter-who-shall-remain-nameless-unless-she-outs-herself, succulent stamps! I don’t do much with flowers, as ya know…so this one was out of my zone but worth the effort. FUN! I’ve created a video for the Greetings and Succulents set, also known as Sucker for Succulents when paired with the die – with a not-new but still-fun watercolor technique using Memento markers. [If you can’t view the video below, click HERE to watch it on YT.]

The Cups and Succulents set is a little more up my alley (it’s called Potted Succulents when paired with the dies) – so I went Copic happy! In the video, I showed a little of how to do partial diecutting using two dies together. The cup and succulent on the left with the extra blossom had a special process – I diecut just the top flower part of the blossom, then the cup, and then fussycut the rest of the plant in between. The background is just a soft airbrushing of BG01 using my compressor.Sandy Allnock Succulents Copic

A closeup of the cups – and I just ADORE the tiny little sentiments! And that tiny heart? I used one from the Heart Blooms die. Don’t overlook what a die can do to add an embellishment to a card! 🙂Sandy Allnock Succulents Copic2

Be sure to go see Shari Carroll’s sweet card using this stamp set HERE!

You can purchase these succulent stamps and dies in a variety of ways – solo, with their dies, or both sets of stamps + dies together. Links are all below…happy shopping!

PS: YouTube’s annotation feature seems to be broken right now – if you want to see those videos shown at the end: Birthday Farm Animals and Color a Spooky Spotlight.

PPS: I’m still playing with the new camera and new software. Between both of them, I’m climbing uphill without cleats lately! lol! So I beg your pardon for some fuzziness – I had a setting go wonky on the camera, and didn’t have time to refilm, so….yah. It is what it is. But on a good note, I discovered the Command-T button……ohhhhh yeah. Final Cut Pro users will know what I mean. Hubbabubba!


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.

Are you someone who’s been waiting for succulent stamps? I think lots of companies are coming out with them now…so trendy!

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Craftaboard techniques

Every once in a while, I do something I call “And now…for something completely different!”* Maybe eventually I won’t feel like apologizing for doing something crazy…lol! I’ve had some of this Craftaboard in my play drawer for a while and used it for one project that I can’t show you…but now I have it out in the sunshine! It’s like chipboard, but not – it’s a little thick, but not too thick; it works well with even the thin dies, it embosses like a dream, takes Copic well, and you can gesso it if you want to color with a wet medium! And my mind is reeling with things to try with it, so you might see more sometime…*grin*

*obscure Monty Python reference

So here’s the video for this week…if you can’t see it below, click HERE to watch on YouTube.


Another view….don’t you just love all the yummy texture and color?? I have a gajillion things I want to do now with this background die, too! Stay tuned tomorrow for a card made with one of my early/prototype background pieces. It didn’t come out quite as I wanted, but it still made a pretty nice card!

Sandy Allnock Craftaboard2

If you want to try out some of the Craftaboard to make some WAY cool embellishments, check it out in the link below – it’s not expensive, but it’ll fit PERFECTLY in your play drawer! (PS I always check out two other things at Ellen Hutson – the NEW category, which is chock full of fun stuff, and the ART SUPPLIES category – which has plenty more fun stuff to tuck into your play drawer too. I like looking in there just to see if there’s something I never thought to get before – and might ‘need.’ I give you permission to treat yourself to something fun!


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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!

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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.


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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!

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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!


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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!

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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!