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Big Shot Christmas Ornaments

I hope my little post today helps others who are feeling the pinch financially this Christmas….I’ve got ideas for using all that crafty stuff you already have to make ornaments to give as gifts! I figure if we add enough embellishing and ribbon and (ahem) stickles to something, folks will believe we went all out! 🙂

Enjoy this video showing how I did the snowman ornament…and gasp along with me as perfectly brand new plates get baptized with their first cuts! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed that bit of fun! Here’s a still of the ornament, and then the others…I’ve listed as many supplies as I could remember…. Shopping links are at the end of the post for as many items as I could find links for!

Snowman: Framelit Fancy Label #3, Hero Arts snowman, May Arts silk ribbon, pearl pen, stickles:

Sandy Allnock snowman ornament

Lion and lamb: Stampin Up set for the image (very old), Simon Says folded banner stamp/dies, 1.5″ wrinkle ribbon, pearl pen:

Sandy Allnock Ornament 4

Bird: Memory Box Holly and Bell Bird stamp, airbrushed background (with Copics), bird and bell are popped, silk ribbon,  Simon Says folded banner stamp/dies, oval and scalloped oval dies, stickles:Sandy Allnock Ornament 5

Mice: House Mouse (can’t find the stamp name or the stamp online, anyone know what this is?), Labels 10, silk ribbon, pearl pen
Sandy Allnock Ornament 6

Sledding squirrel: Stamp by Inkadinkado, grosgrain ribbon, Copic markers:
Sandy Allnock Ornament 7

Lamb: Stamp manufacturer is unknown. Sentiment company now-out-of-business. Beaded oval dies, stickles, pearl pen.

Sandy Allnock Ornament 8

Bear in the woods: Memory Box polar bear globe stamp, circle and scallop dies, silk ribbon, copic marker, stickles:
Sandy Allnock Ornament 9

Peanuts: Stamp is Peanuts Gang Caroling, colored with Copics, stickles added. Corner rounder, rectangle scalloped Nestabilities – I shortened the size by moving the die. 1.5″ wrinkle ribbon. Sandy Allnock Ornament 10

Santa: Ribbon threader die, Stampendous stamp – I can’ t find this one online anymore, sorry! Copic markers, May Arts twisted rope, Fiskars star punch.

Drummer boy: Labels 7 dies, Stampendous stamp, Copic markers, distress inks. I stamped the background with a word art background stamp in Soft Sand ink – however my eyes are getting bleary so I’m not gonna go find that one. LOL. This has been a many-hours post already 🙂Sandy Allnock Ornament 12

Reindeer: Special Delivery stamp, copic markers, Simon Says holiday label sentiment/die, Nestabilities Labels 18.Sandy Allnock Ornament 13

OMG am I done yet? Penny Black’s Mimi stamp,  Copic markers, Fiskars sar punch, and more sentiments no longer online. Silk ribbon again. Works great for a splash of fancy!Sandy Allnock Ornament 14 Snowman: Floral oval dies, Snowman stamp that I can’t find anywhere, copic marker, May Arts embroidered ribbon, Simon Says Holiday Banner sentiment.Sandy Allnock Ornament 15 House Mouse love – The stamp is called Holiday Smooch…egads, I gotta let you start googling, I’m going blearyeyed. Sentiment is one from Impress. Lacey scalloped circle die, Glossy accents on the berries.Sandy Allnock Ornament 18

Last but not least….I made a bunch of these for my friends at Toastmasters. It was my turn to lead, so I figured I’d give them little gifts in case I screwed up 🙂 Floral oval dies, Our Daily Bread poinsettia stamp, and ODBD sentiment too.Sandy Allnock Ornament 19

WHEW! I think I won’t be doing a post like this much more, holy cow….but….there’s tons of shopping links for you, so go buy yourself a Christmas present, ok? 🙂

 

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Lil Bear Acetate Card Tutorial – plus a tour of the Hero Arts facility!

It’s finally here….the day I completed and uploaded my footage from the Hero Arts tour! Wheeeeeeeee! And of course I combined it with a tutorial on my new favvvvorite Lil Bear….is this not the CUTEST lil image? Well maybe I’m just a bit biased, eh?

The acetate card was a lot of fun….the odd swirls of light color in the photo above are reflections in the acetate on the photo…ya gotta see the video to get the full effect!

This is one of the best sentiments ever for a kid to get on a card from their mom or dad, don’t you think?

Sandy Allnock - Lil Brown Bear

And a close up of our lil bear friends….

Sandy Allnock - Lil black Bear

Hope you enjoyed this….I’ll be creating videos for the other critters soon too!

 

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Nom Nom Love!

Happy weekend! I’m especially excited since it’s the day for our stamp club to get together, and I’m hosting this month. Yay! Love having people over in my crazy yellow room 🙂

I tried a little bit of craziness on this card, and though it wasn’t what was planned, I kinda like it for its uniqueness. Originally it was going to be turned one tick to the left – so the far right edge with no black border, was going to be the top edge on a card folded on the short side (at the top). But when I was laying out my sentiment with the monster and paper behind him, I couldn’t find a way for the sentiment to be placed in a way that’d look decent. So I tried turning it…and voilá, it started working a lot better. I’m still not sure about the right edge having no border; I’d prefer that on the left side, but I liked the fancy scrollwork over on the side with the image, since it helps draw the viewer’s eye over there. but…it is what it is, eh?

Papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle – the same Poppy line as this card. And the colors for the NomNom monster are within the video…enjoy!

Sandy Allnock - NomNom Love2

 

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Notched Silk Ribbon Card

This Notched Card was created originally for May Arts – the post on their blog went away in their revamp, but the video still exists! I used Lawn Fawn’s Good Fortune set with coloring is SUPER simple, just two colors for the cookie and two for the box. And really simple fussy-cutting. Enjoy the video below, or watch it HERE in HD on YouTube.

This silk ribbon from May Arts totally makes this card…just love love love it – and it comes in lots of colors! Ellen Hutson carries a bunch of them and there are even more on Amazon if those don’t suit your fancy.

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Cardmaking with Siri

I’ve been trying to train Siri.

If you’ve got an iPhone 4, you’ll think of her with incredible frustration. iPhone 5 users have got a little nicer feelings toward her, though. I upgraded my phone a short while back, and discovered Siri does more than try to Facetime people I don’t know….she can actually carry on a bit of a conversation! So I thought it might be interesting to try to teach her how to make cards.

The teaching part hasn’t gone so well.

However I’ve found she can add some interest to my cardmaking if I get stumped. Check out my experiment to get her to help me randomize some of my choices as I made cards, and see what she came up with!

The image is called Write Home and it’s by OWH supporter Dustin Pike.

Sandy Allnock - Siri Cardmaking2

Feel free to go SHARE…lots of folks might like to start making cards with Siri!

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May Arts and Lawn Fawn: Christmas castle card

I am SO stoked. I’ve got this sweet little card up on the May Arts blog today, and…well I thought I’d tell you the backstory. You’re always up for a chuckle, eh?

Well, I was asked which Lawn Fawn set I was craving…and it was this sweet little Critters Ever After. But….I wasn’t *thinking* (not an uncommon occurrence ’round here!)…..and I didn’t look at the calendar to see that Lawn Fawn week would fall during the Christmas season. So when it came to creating a holiday card using dragons, frogs, and griffins….wellllllll I was a bit stumped! I would love for you to go take a look and tell me if YOU think I pulled it off!  Click on the image to head over to May Arts to check it out 🙂

Only one critter is shown colored in the video….Copic colors for the entire card: R89 R29 R24 E79 E37 YR14 YR21 E30 YG99 YG93 YG61  C4 C1 C0

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Safety tips: GLITTER Tutorial

Yes, the craft world does need a safety glitter tutorial.

Glitter can be a really dangerous thing. Not just for our heroes, either. Your husband could walk past your craft room and be taunted for glitter on his suit. Your kids might get glitter in their eye, and you know the whining that will ensue. And more importantly – on Operation Write Home cards, our heroes could be made visible to night vision goggles! So….I decided I’d help all crafters to be safer as they work. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YouTube!

Now be sure to leave a comment on the video – so you can win the now famous (infamous?) cannister of GLITTER – and let me know if you think I should auction off the safety helmet on ebay? lol! **giveaway is over**

 

Supplies

WOW Embossing Glitter
Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest
Copic Markers
Mini Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Tarp
Safety Helmet
Safety goggles
Gloves


 

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CraftOlympics!

I’m hijacking what would have been another of the fall cards from this week, but I was simply so excited by this sheer utter SILLINESS I decided to change it up today! I’m no Gabby, but….a girl can dream, right?

Copic colors: V06 BG49 BG09 YG06 Y17 E53 E51

 

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Happy Fourth of July, Soldier Ian!

I’m so happy to be celebrating our nation’s 236th birthday! And I’ve even got TWO videos for you since it’s such a special day. This first one went out yesterday – if you missed it, please go get kleenex before clicking play! And be sure to click “like” on YouTube – and leave our Marines a comment if you like, they’ll be checking out the video.

And….as promised last week, I’ve got a tutorial for you again! This time I’ll be coloring Soldier Ian, a great little stamp from The Greeting Farm. (Note: This card was already sent to our heroes in a box, so it *did* get there in time for the celebration today!)

 

The papers on this card are from the astonishingly fabulous Authentique line called Glory – WOWswers is it fun to work with! There’s great papers, stickers, et al – just loving it!

Inside I created a space for a short message. This is one sent in the baggie as general AnyHero mail; my notes directly to our contacts are often more personal.

Without further ado…the video! Enjoy…and feel free to click like over on YouTube too!

A little news too – I won the Stickers by the Dozen from SRM! Woohoo! Haven’t seen them? Click to go peek!

PS By the way it looks like you guys really are using the linky thing I’ve been doing lately at the bottom of my posts – I can now track how many clicks, so it helps to think it’s worth linking up for you 🙂 You’re welcome to let any of the stores know I sent ya 😉 Thanks!



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Oozak Challenge and tutorial video

This month I’m the  hostess for the Oozak Challenge….and I’m so stoked! I created this video for it after a conversation with some friends – we laughed about how much we once thought we would save by making our own Christmas cards. (Ha!)

I stressed so much over this card, believe it or not! I wanted to start off right with Oozak 🙂 I made it several times, with different papers, etc.. Copic colors are: B00 and B0000 for the background; I colored it first so as not to drag any of the other colors out into the blue area. Flesh: E53, E00 and a little E0000, and his feet have a little YR61 and RV10 in them; Greys are W5, W3, W1; Basket is colored with E57, E15, E35, and the hearts have R59 for the shadows, and R46 and R17 for the rest.

 

I punched the heart out and trimmed it down, adding the sentiment from Hero Arts to it (just half of the XOXO sentiment), and created my own embellishment out of it! Last touch was Glossy Accents….since I’m a messy crafter, I leave the wet things for very last so I don’t dare touch them while working on something else on the card! 🙂