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R2C Day11: Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

Magical Monday – Freezing My Jingle Bells Off!

It’s been a while since I shared a Magical Monday video….since we’re getting close to Christmas I thought it might be fun to just have something cheerful to watch and sing along with! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Today’s charity

….is a lot of LOCAL charities. Since the video today is all about being brrrrrrrr cold, I’m giving to help women and their kids stay warm and dry! I donated to a homeless shelter here in my town called Fusion – a friend of mine’s Mom started it, after she’d had an experience of domestic abuse – talk about finding a way to give back! I suggest you look for a small local shelter or service group near you. If you don’t have money to give, go donate some time making food, cleaning, whatever they need! And please don’t let this be just at Christmastime….they need help year round!

Supplies

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.

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R2C Day2: 12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

I’m Sandy Allnock – otherwise known as “honored to be one of Honey Bee Stamps’ 12 designers of Christmas” this year! Be sure to watch the blog and follow along with all the others too!

12 Designers of Christmas – Snowbird Chickadees

When I saw the little Snow Bird set (ok it’s a big set, but with cute little birds!), I knew exactly what I wanted to do – make them chickadees! I made a few cards, and videotaped one of them; all three use the same colors though.

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Construction for the ornament card below: Diecut the pieces, and stamp image on the round circle. Pop it on dimensional adhesive on ornament card base created by hanging the edge of the die off of the fold when diecutting. Add ornament top with dimensional adhesive.

Construction for the ornament card below: Stamp image on card base; add snow curve cut with Hill Borders. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Ice Chips Glitter.

Construction tips for globe below: Stamp image on main shape, add Hill Border snow shape. Cut background shape from acetate and attach to back of frame using Be Creative Tape; put thin strip of dimensional adhesive around the frame to build up space to create shaker. Add Diamonds. Attach base of snow globe.

Hope you’ll try out cards with chickadees – or snow globes and ornaments! And I truly hope you’ve made great progress on your Christmas cards….get busy addressing them soon!

Today’s charity

I’m making donations each of these 12 days of Christmas, just to keep that “shopping rush” from making me feel all gross inside…giving keeps my heart soft and my mind thinking of others! Since today’s card has birds on it…I’m giving to the Audubon Society. I used to do fundraising events with them many years ago when I was in San Francisco; I belonged to a sailing group who taught people to sail, but also did these fundraisers; we’d let the local Audubon Society collect donations from their members, and we’d take them out on the San Francisco Bay to do birdwatching on the water! We’d “raft up” for nice potluck lunches with other boats in the event, and it was a great way to meet some wonderful people who care about our feathered friends.

Supplies

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.

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Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

A FEW REALLY IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. YouTube subscribers got an early look at this video when it posted early – whoops!
  2. I still have a bunch of winners who never claimed prizes….the list has been updated HERE.
  3. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday….please give a little something to a charity you care about! I’ll be giving to some causes that need some help right now: Puerto Rico relief, Saving Elephants, and since the CHIP program still hasn’t been renewed for kids – I’m going to give a chunk to St Judes. That’s just the start of my favorite season of giving…..on my posts for the first 12 days of December, I’ll highlight a charity and give to them that day. Feel free to pitch me your favorite in the comments on this post!

Scene Tip: Creating a frame of trees

One tip for a really easy scene: create a frame of trees around the focal image. Trees don’t have to be hard – scribbles can appear to be trees even if they’re not really perfectly done! Color a night sky with dark trees and you’ll convince the viewer; they’re looking at your image, not the background. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The same idea can be done in a blue color scheme too….

Supplies

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.

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Purple Onion Bloghop + Black Friday Sales

Welcome to the Purple Onion SURPRISE bloghop! A few of us fans decided to put together a little surprise for Michele – and to help out our readers as well by drawing some attention to today’s Black Friday sale!

I keep adding to the sale list over on THIS Page:

SEE THE SALES!

 

Purple Onion Surprise Bloghop

I was recently looking for a specific raccoon stamp, and was so frustrated that I couldnt’ find it. I sat down with my lunch (mom’s amazing tomato vegetable soup!) and dumped out my collection of Purple Onion stamps on my desk and started sorting….I decided on Storage Envelopes for them, and prepped the cardstock to go into the long tall ones so I could create key sheets for them – and stamped colorable images along the way. I also filmed a little transformation of a spring stamp for you at the end of the video – hope you enjoy! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on  YouTube!

All those colored images are cut out….and some have made it onto cards, below; captions include the stamp names; go to the shop and search for the stamp name. And the storage envelopes I used are these (they come in a bunch of sizes).

Wishing (dandelion and mouse)

 

Street (town buildings), Old Betsy (truck), Millie (hedgehog), Holly (mouse)

 

Treehouse, Fawn (rabbit with mistletoe), Birch (winter bunny with hat)
Pine Tree Farm (background), Market Stand, Sweet Shop set (candy jars), Elliot (mouse with leaf hat), Oliver (garden mouse with hat)

 

The Perfect Spot (scene), Skylar (Owl with twigs), Rupert (fox with snowballs), Wilson (bear with snowball)
Front Door, Claus (bunny with tree), Ash (winter raccoon)
Fireplace and rug, Cookies for Santa (table), Door Decor (wreath, plants, wood), Sugar Plum (sleeping bunny in chair)

 

 

Prizes + blog hop list

In celebration of the hop, I am giving away spots in a class of their choice to 3 lucky commenters along the bloghop – so be sure to comment everywhere! If the winner has already purchased a class during the current sale, that class fee can be refunded. Winner will be posted on Sandy’s blog on December 1, 2017. Good luck!

  1. Sandy Allnock <—that’s me!
  2. Tracey MacDonald
  3. Kelly Booth
  4. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  5. Sonja Kerkhoffs
  6. Anna Lorenzetto
  7. Sally On
  8. Hannah Rubenstahl
  9. Simone Schwagler
  10. Susen Srb
  11. Nancy Thomas
  12. Kari VanNoy
  13. Alice Wertz
  14. Amy Yang
  15. Vera Yates

PS…a Bible Journaling Video!

I’m posting Sunday’s video 2 days early to get this book out there for a gift idea – my Bible journaling group REALLY loved it and all went out to get it. Just saying. LOL. Watch below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

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Copic Scene Card: Hipster and his reindeer

I spent a few hours yesterday gathering more sales for the big list HERE – hope that helps you find some crafty deals!

Copic Scene Card: Hipster and his reindeer

I’ve been asked for a scene card…..so let’s do it! You can certainly stop with the coloring after just the hipster and his little deer, but why not make a suggestion of a scene? And if you know any hipsters – this might be just the perfect stamp set for you….it looks just like my friend Ben! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Hope you enjoyed this silly little hipster card – and maybe you know a hipster who needs you to make a card with this little set!

Supplies

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.

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24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Layered Images, Purple Onion

NOTE: Michele over at Purple Onion is away due to a death in her family; she’s asked that we wait to pummel her with orders til she’s back and underway again. Her website says the 21st, with orders possibly taking 2 weeks, but I suspect it could be a little longer than that. Please be praying for her family in the meantime; and be patient with any orders you place. 

If you’re already a Purple Onion fan, and have a blog, drop me a note using my contact page – I’m working on a little surprise if you’re game to join in.

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Layered Images

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I love Stacey Yacula’s designs at Purple Onion Designs! She’s such a good illustrator – and the images are really good ones for this technique I haven’t used in a while: layering. Figure out what parts are in the front and which are in the back, and layer them with a little adhesive between….and you get a really fun look! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

As is tradition, I’ll be choosing winners for each of the 24 tags made in these 6 videos – leave comments on the blog as well as on YouTube for more chances to WIN!

Christmas Bible Crafts: Chocolate Bibles

In addition to the tags for these 6 days, I’ve been sharing Christmas crafts on my other channel – this time…CHOCOLATE! You could use the sizes in the template, and add your own words to the “book” to make secular versions. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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.

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Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

IMPORTANT: A sick little boy wants to celebrate his last Christmas early…send him a card right away!
Jacob Thompson C/O Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall St Portland, ME 04102
Read more about Jacob HERE

Today I’m part of a bloghop with Heffy Doodle – if you came here via Lesley Oman, you’re on the right track! I’m the last stop…so if you haven’t started yet, go back to the top and hop along!

Color an active volcano – Heffy Doodle

Living under a volcano – Mount Rainier – made me want to color this Geology Rocks stamp set right away. Volcanos are my favorite of all the natural disasters (ok maybe not favorite?) because they give you enough advance warning, you can run! ha! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Here’s a better look at the Glossy Accents – it’s scribbled on as loosely as the coloring was done!

Bloghop with prizes

A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Eligibility: Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog!

Supplies

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.

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Merry Kisses

 

Merry Kisses

This little scene is way easier than you think – I dare you to try it! These foxes are perfect for it but think about other stamps you have that could create this scene. Be sure to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see what you create! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

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.

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Rich Poinsettia Card – Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet + 75k winners announcement!

Winners in the 75k giveaway will be notified by email today. I was going to publish names but…yeah, I didn’t collect names. Just email addresses. Which, obviously, I won’t go posting here for the hackers to find, eh? If I don’t hear back from any winners by the weekend, I’ll pick some new winners and send e-notifications. Congrats to all 20 who get packets of goodies, and the 4 who won the gift certificates! I’m putting together a quick video with the answers to the community survey for this weekend!

 

Hey friends – my apologies for the YT mispost the other day. Due to a mysterious YT upload issue (which I’m sure wasn’t user error, how could it have ever been? lol)….it was a patron-only video that went live for a few hours. Some of you got the notification from YT and then the video was missing …that’s why. It was a private video….an alternate version of today’s card, and I knew there were are few of my  YT trolls who wouldn’t be able to resist comments on some aspects of that one – and I hadn’t intended to subject myself to their critique. Unfortunately that video did go live – and the trolls hit it fast, because in just the little time it was up, there were lots of negativity and thumbs down. So yeah, that’s a thing. It’s part of being a YouTuber, and sometimes it’s not so fun. Lesson learned….check my YT settings more carefully. LOL! Now…on to the project for the day!

Rich Poinsettia Card – Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet

Every year I create a poinsettia card, methinks….this year is no different! This time it’s a beautiful rich background, with smaller flowers than usual…I think most poinsettias tend to be oversized but I like these smaller ones a lot, with all their extra leaves and berries! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

And on top of all this fun…it’s a completely flat card. Bonus eh!

Supplies

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.

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Crafty Girls – #wcmdwithsandy!

WCMD history lesson

World Cardmaking Day has a history that I was a part of….’back in the day’ on the now-defunct Two Peas site, some stampers and I hung out on the quiet little “Stamping” chat board. (It was also where OWH began.) We were a small but happy little bunch – and I’m thrilled to say I still count some of them among my friends! (Friends from the 2peas days – share your memories in comments, too! )

We used to put on our own online cardmaking events several times a year, since those promoted by the site were all for scrappers. We had cute names for them (we were so witty!) – and one of those events was World Cardmaking Day. It wasn’t an official day at the time – we just called it that and started promoting.

Each of our members would “host” a challenge, launched on a schedule throughout the day, sometimes one an hour! Folks would offer their own sample, their own ‘rules’ for what you had to do, and prizes from their own stash. We all blogged and posted to the gallery, visited each other, shared the love back and forth. It felt like crafting alongside others, but online! A few of the challenges we’d offer up in addition to the usual color/theme/product challenges:

  • Show your desk before/after WCMD! (hey let’s do that this weekend…post your before and after on Instagram with the hashtag #wcmdwithsandy!
  • Use an odd (or even) number of items on a card.
  • One guy offered odd challenges like “use nuts and bolts with cereal on a card.” Yeah we were off the charts!

After we’d done WCMD for 2 years we noticed…all of a sudden there was a website for “the day” and folks who “owned” it! ha. Well, that history is water under the bridge now, but I’m just glad the tradition lives on even if it was coopted, right?

Welcome to World Cardmaking Day, Crafty Girls! (and guys!)

When I saw this stamp, I just loved the idea behind it. They’re all sitting around coloring, and watching one of my videos! Yep, bet you didn’t know that was a laptop right there, playing one of my Copic playlists. Ha! Anyhoo – watch the video to see a pretty simple suggestion of a background for these ladies – you can do the soft shapes even without the dramatic lighting. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Does this look like you and your friends today? I’ll be having some crafty friends over to the studio. (And no, I won’t make them watch my videos. LOL!) If you need suggestions on who to craft with:

  1. Call a crafty girlfriend and invite her over for a little coloring or crafting fun. It needn’t be a full day, have her over for a quick cup of tea and color together!
  2. Invite a friend who’s never made a card, and help her make a CAS Christmas card. That’ll get her excited about joining our crazy hobby, right?
  3. Get your kiddos busy making cards! Have them create cards for an adult (not family) who makes them feel safe in this crazy world we’re in. Use it as a moment to remind them there are GOOD people out there – their teachers, principal, or policemen or firemen. Then make a plan to deliver the cards!

Giveaway

I’m posting videos every three hours to celebrate “our” holiday…celebrate with me by posting your creation inspired by one of these videos, and tagging #wcmdwithsandy on Instagram, Facebook, or link up your blog in a comment on one of today’s posts – I’ll be sending out ALL my halloween cards to randomly selected participants!

Supplies

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.

Crafty Sales – check back, I’ll add more if I find some!