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Sparkle Creations

I’m so excited to be part of the Sparkle Creations Bloghop today! I can’t even believe it’s been three years…it seems like Sparkle just opened! She’s one of my stamping friends, and was at my house this past weekend….we had planned to film part of the video while she was there and spaced it – so we had to handle that from iphone to iphone. What did we ever do before all this technology!

My card has a very special destination…watch the video to find out more.


Sandy Allnock - Sparkle Anniversary Hop2


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Coloring a Copic night sky (and lambs too!)

Today I’m so pleased to bring you one of my favorite copic tutorial videos yet  This video shows how I colored this Giordano Studio Christmas Lambs stamp from Johanna Sheen to look like a night scene, coloring a Copic night sky as well as making the images look like they’re bathed in moonlight:


Enjoy the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

The key was making it a night scene. Daytime just wasn’t working – the lambs just kept ‘disappearing’! Copics: E39 YR24 YG45 E53 W9 W6 W4 C6 C4 C00. And the Copic night sky really made the lambs pop against that dark color!

Copic night sky

Paper is by Memory Box – the lovely Yuletide 6×6…I punched the EK Success tree border, and a scallop to hang below the image (with bling to dress it up!). The final touch on the card design was adding the moon; I added just a few drops of Glossy Accents. All the shopping links are in the pictures below, so have fun!


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Copic Coloring with Stampendous

My tutorial on the May Arts blog is about how to make buttons using embossing powder, Stampendous Color Fragments, and some ribbon. I had had a heck of  a time figuring out what to do with the Fragments – though I did see some folks commenting that they had some and love them, so I’m hoping to find more ways to use them from some of you!  Here’s the two-part video for you. Enjoy!


And I hope to get some superfast sleep tonight and be back in gear tomorrow; last night I woke up at 4:30 (overwhelmed by a wave of my own personal summer!) and never did fall asleep again, so I’m totally wiped! Gnight…or I guess by the time you see this it’ll be gmorning!

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Hero Arts House: Spring Tutorial [video]

TGIF! Not sure why it’s TGIF for me since I only worked yesterday and today this week….but TGIF anyway 🙂 Have you been enjoying these tutorials? I’m stoked that Hero Arts will have more sets for us VERY soon….and I’m going to jump on doing a set of tuts like this for those when I get them. I’m not sure why lots of you have said you haven’t known what to do with the house all this time and I didn’t fix that…but now ya know. lol, no excuses, go buy the sets and support OWH! 🙂

Today we’ve got the brick house….it’s mightymighty, just lettin’ it all hang out! Oh wait. That was the song in my head while doing this one. Fortunately – not the soundtrack for the video! But this little mighty card is a square one – not something we strongly encourage at OWH, but you can do some if they fit into A2s; if we say squares are okay we get all the crafters who like to make 6x6s excited, so keep your focus on something that tucks into an A2 if you need to get some mojo going with squares. (And actually this started out as an A2; I had a craft disaster and the card got WAY over busy, so I pulled off the circle and did a simpler square card. Yep, that’s the backstory!)

Copic colors: E00 and E04 for the brick wall; E15 for the trim, E47 for door shadows; Y35 and Y00 for the windows.

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Hero Arts House: Winter Tutorial [video]

Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve been enjoying all these video tutorials all week…I’m slowly learning more about editing, and am hopefully boring you a little less than I once did 🙂

The next season up to bat is winter! I made it into a quasiChristmas yet mostly winter themed card; though it has a wreath on the door, our heroes could use it outside of the holiday season. Or those who don’t celebrate the holiday could use it. Or – even more likely than either of these – this card will go to a family member NOT as a Christmas card, but as a thinking of you type….even though they send Christmas cards a lot during the season, they also like to send more cards home as ‘just because’ ones, and this can fit that bill perfectly! I also kept it patriotic in keeping with my usual Thursday AnyHero card….I’m considering making little winter houses like this with flagpoles hanging off the houses, and snow on the tops of the flagpole too!


This video tutorial nearly nailed me though. I had made the first sample card and I *thought* I kept the rest of the sheet of white-core cardstock tucked safely away. (I re-make cards when I’m ready to shoot video – so often I keep extra parts together and ready for that day). However I think I used the paper for something else between then and this week when I filmed the video! Eeep. I searched all over town til I found a store with some Holtz/Core Dinations. Phew!

So…without further blabbing, here’s the video for today!

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Hero Arts House: Fall Tutorial [video]

Thanks for the comments on yesterday’s beach house tutorial! Today’s technique for the house is a lot easier in terms of coloring skills; it’s not as subtle as the clapboard, and can cover up some of a beginner’s blending struggles. (And believe me, I’m all for covering up things I wrestle with!)

Copic colors: E33, E15, E37, E29, R46

And now…your video! For my smart device readers who might not be able to see videos embedded: Click here for the video.

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Hero Arts House: Summer Tutorial [video]

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve got a pretty special week planned here on my blog…I’ve wanted to do this for ages, and have finally gotten around to it: finding more ways to use the Hero Arts Right at Home set, particularly the house! Lots of you have asked me over the last 6 months to do more tuts on how the heck to color it, so….better late than never, right? (New stamp sets are in progress right now – as soon as I get some in my hands I’ll get busy on tutorials sooner!)

So since we’re still in summer, it’s time to go to the beach! I went for a whitewashed beach house, right on the waterfront – I went to Nags Head years back and this scene reminds me of the house that some friends and I had rented for that vacation. Maybe there’s not enough of the beach grasses here, but…well ya know 🙂 Copic colors for whitewashed house: C2, E00, E000; shadows C3, C1, C0; doors E31; windows B21.


I had particular fun with the ribbon embellishment; there’s so much going on I wanted it to add to the design, not overpower it, and I think it works pretty well! The May Arts jute cord strikes just the right tone for the beach.

Here’s the video tutorial….I kept it short, just showing you the most interesting bits. After you watch (and like!)—- go get beachy!