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Mini Tryfold Cards

 

I’ve liked the full-size TryFolds before – but they were a bit hard to figure out how to do the stamping…the minis? Oh man. Easy peasy!

Mini TryFold Cards

There are a couple designs in these mini try folds….I love being able to peek “into” the card from the front and get a preview of the images inside. And I thought it would be hard – but paired with the MISTI, it was a total piece of cake! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I painted these with my Daniel Smith watercolors – but you can easily use whatever kinds of paints you’ve got at home. For paper, I used the Arches Rough – and some folks find the “regular” cold press or the smoothest hot press to be easier to stamp on.

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I also gave you a peek at the Garden Window set  – there’s also a sweet set called Hello Friend that I want to try!
Sandy Allnock Tryfold window

Know that if you want to use Copics you might want to use the 110lb cardstock – don’t get overly heavy with your coloring and it may not bleed through at all 🙂 But I used my pencils for the window card.

Supplies

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Spinning Wheel Card – Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day! Every time this rolls around I remember being so excited as a kid. I never understood why we didn’t get the day off school if it was a holiday – but I did win the contest for best art poster in the 1970. I even still have the ribbon! 🙂

Spinning Wheel Card/Wheel Pivot Card

For Earth Day – how about little critters who love to move “earth”?? I saw a project in a book on mixed media projects that used a pivot wheel like this card does; the mechanism they used wasn’t anything like this, but the idea was so fun I had to try it! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Prairie Dog Facts

  • Black-tailed prairie dogs once numbered in the hundreds of millions – maybe even over a billion – and were possibly the most abundant mammal in North America. Their numbers have decreased by over 95%. Today, they may number around 10-20 million.
  • Their entire mating season is just an hour long. They actually mate just once a year, in early winter. Females go into estrus for a single hour. They then have litters of three to eight pups—usually only half of which survive their first year.
  • The tunnels, or coteries, contain separate “rooms” for sleeping, rearing young, storing food and eliminating waste.
  • Prairie dogs are very social and live in closely-knit family groups called “coteries.” Coteries usually contain an adult male, one or more adult females and their young offspring. These coteries are grouped together into wards (or neighborhoods) and several wards make up a colony or town.

All the little prairie dogs in the Got Your Back set are so stinking cute!

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Sandy Allnock Spinning Wheel Card inside

Giveaway for Earth Day!

Below is a list of just some of the earth-related charities I’ve given to over the years, and will make a $100 donation tonight to whichever one gets the most mentions in the comments both here and on today’s YouTube video by the end of the day. Or add another charity by commenting with the name of that one. Scroll through and pick one for YOU to go give a few bucks to as well! 🙂

Supplies

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Scratch-off Lottery Birthday Card

I think the internet was playing a belated April Fools joke on me?? I reuploaded the video and it works now!) I’m re-sending this to subscribers…you may get it yet one more time, my mail program is giving me fits. But please – no need to keep emailing about the messed up post, I can’t keep up with replies.

Scratch-off Lottery Birthday Card

Sometimes a card just HAS to make you laugh. You are going to want to see this so you catch the “winnings” under the scratch-offs! Oh my. Women “of a certain age” will totally get this! Of course you could always stamp other sentiments underneath those little scratchoffs, or put little images, or even write in your own custom words. Much fun to be had! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

There are a number of funny stamps you can pair with a card like this. I turned, of course, to Art Impressions!Sandy Allnock Scratch Off Card lottery

Supplies

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Mini Spinner Cards

At CHA I was gifted with the sets of these minispinners – holy cow so CUTE!

Mini Spinner Cards

Art Impressions has had full-size spinners for interactive cards for a long time. I haven’t had a ton of success with them since the hole in the card has to be so huge – kinda hard to make it a ‘stable” card that way! But….these minis? They stole my lil heart – especially the squirrel! But I do show you the rest of the spinners at the end of the video too. Raccoon – kitty – my other faves! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In case you wanted any coloring tips – here are my finished images. Lots are kept simple since the interaction is the cool part! 🙂

Mini Spinner Bear
Mini Spinner Bear
Mini Spinner Bunny
Mini Spinner Bunny
Mini Spinner Cake
Mini Spinner Cake
Mini Spinner Cat
Mini Spinner Cat
 Mini Spinner raccoon
Mini Spinner raccoon
Mini Spinner Squirrel
Mini Spinner Squirrel

Supplies

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Vanishing Point Lesson: Action Wobble Laundromat

While lots of folks will make what is intended from this stamp set – a darling shaker card with floating clothes inside – you know me. I had to go a different route. And made this MY washer….that shakes!

Vanishing Point Lesson: Action Wobble Laundromat

I knew I wanted the washer to bounce around, so an Action Wobble was a necessity. But then I started thinking about what the scene would be. What would be around it? Is this a washer in my home? And it hit me. No, no, no. This is that crazy laundromat I used to go to in college. With all the shaky washers! We’d have to sit on top of them while the laundry was going just to keep the noise to a minimum! hahah! So I added the flooring, black and white tile, following with the same vanishing point of the washer stamp. And figured an art lesson would be just dandy in this video! Hope you agree. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I kept the color range fairly minimal – yellow, red, blue, with all that black and white.Sandy Allnock Vanishing Point Lesson Laundromat

And I used the same color scheme on the inside, keeping the shading in simple greys as well. Sandy Allnock Loads of Fun inside

Supplies

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Treasure Map Card: Penny’s Pink Pirates

This card was sent as a valentine to a little friend who loves pirates – and pink – but this would be great any time of year as a birthday card or for any occasion for kiddos!

Treasure Map Card

Sometimes a stamp set totally inspires a card – and this Pirate Party set from Clearly Besotted said it wanted to be a treasure map! I say often that I love stamping and coloring all the stamps in a set, and this card was the perfect way to do that! The coloring is REALLY simple – I didn’t fuss with shading really to any extent, except to continually darken the brown background so the images would pop. So remember – when your design is intricate, you can let other parts of it take the back stage! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Stickles and Wink of Stella made the card sparkle and shine – two tools that I love having on hand for blinging out a special card!
Sandy Allnock Treasure Map Pirate Card

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Supplies

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  1. Stamps: Clearly Besotted Pirate Party, (Dies)
  2. Paper: Neenah Cardstock, Solar White, 25 pk
  3. Coloring Mediums:
    1.  Copic Markers E51, RV14, RV10, RV02 Y17, E01, E43, E37, E44
    2. Wink of Stella Glitter Marker, Clear
    3. Ranger Stickles, Diamond
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MONSTER UNDER THE BED!?!? Action Wobbles Card

 

When I was a kid, I was SURE there was a monster under my bed. If the light was off, he’d reach out for my ankles, so I turned off the light and made a flying leap to my bed, to escape being grabbed. However – if the monster was THIS cute, I think I wouldn’t have worried!

Action Wobble Card: Monster Under the Bed!

This is a Copic-colored card, but the truly special part is how our little monster is sticking out from under the “bedspread”….this is one of those videos you need to see to believe. Enjoy it below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube!

I love how the bedspreadh came out looking like it’s quilted!

Sandy Allnock - Monster Under my Bed Action Wobble

Supplies

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Rain Shaker Maze Card

 

What on earth is a rain shaker maze? I’m not too sure either, but I think I just invented one!

Rain Shaker Maze Card

This card is one of those I needed to do as soon as I saw the Petal Plate die from Avery Elle. Some dies just scream out to me to try something with them! I had to test out a bunch of different beads for this – and these teensy ones from Judikins were just the right size to flow nicely! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There are other intricate background dies that could work…if you try one, please please let me know and link me to your project. I’m dying to see if *anyone* would be silly enough to give this one a try! LOL!

Sandy Allnock Rain Shaker Maze Card path

SALE!

Oh man. How perfect is this: I just saw in the newsletter that Ellen Hutson just happens to have a sale on dies. Right. Now. Until tomorrow the 18th. ACK! Hurry! (I rescheduled this post to be sure you got to use the coupon in time!) Use coupon code dieingtotryit to get 20% off all DIES, EMBOSSING FOLDERS, and LETTERPRESS! Including the Petal Plate die …happy shopping!

Supplies

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Paris: Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Die

Last chance to enter the 20k giveaway is today; winners will be announced tomorrow!

My sweet friend Kelly (you might want to go give her a follow, she’s awesomely talented!) gave me these Parisian dies for my birthday after I got back from my European vacation…and though I’ve used them since then, I just haven’t had a chance to get any projects with them onto my blog til now!

Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Die

The die set, which has 4 dies in it, can be used as a single Eiffel Tower shape – which is what I chose to do with the first project, the card. I had dinner in Seattle recently, and at a table in the restaurant I was inspired; they had a diecut shape with rocks peeking underneath it. That got me thinking shaker card immediately – a shaker that’s black with some shiny treasures inside! I also finally tried out the Inksheets from Sizzix – they’re a fun way to turn your dies into “stamps!”

The second project is a decorative piece; though the popstand version can be used inside a card, I wanted something visibly reminding me of my amazing trip. It’s either a holiday decoration or a year-round one! Watch the video below to see both projects – or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

The glass glitter isn’t, in my opinion, glitter; it’s more like confetti, or flakes. It’s not nearly as messy as glitters – but oh the shine! And those inksheets are a lot of fun – I saw a demo at CHA and the white one? Seriously white and bright. If you haven’t tried it yet and want to, they do have a little kit – with the pad and a selection of colored sheets.

Sandy Allnock Eiffel Tower Shaker Card

My second project was way fast once I made the decision to go white! I played around with a couple different colors, and as I pictured the shelf I wanted to put this on, the other colors just wouldn’t show up. White seemed just perfect! For the topper, by the way, I put some of the Multi Matte Medium (the bottle with the brush this time) on the end of the tower, then dipped it into the glass glitter. I painted some of the same glue onto the base and added the glitter to it by shaking it on. Super easy!

Sandy Allnock Eiffel Tower Decor

If you know anyone who went to Paris on vacation this year, this would be an awesome gift to make them for Christmas. Just saying, I’d be thrilled if anyone made a memento for me of a trip. It’s getting toward holiday gift making time! (ACK! #enterfreakoutmode)

Supplies Lists

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Pulled Spinner Card Tutorial – Let’s Roll!

 

And now for a card that makes me go SQUEE! These little hedgehogs from Clearly Besotted are the cutest lil guys – and perfect for this technique that I adapted from Connie Stewart – her video is HERE as well as linked in a Card at the end of the video if you want to go see it. Cuteness!

Pulled Spinner Card Tutorial

Sometimes you see something on Pinterest that makes your lil heart spin – literally. I saw Connie’s bee flitting around and just knew I had to keep my eyes peeled for just the right stamp to try this! The hedgies were going to work so I ordered them as soon as I could find them in stock – they keep flying off shelves! And I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hills dies to give them somewhere to tumble. Connie uses Stampin Up products in the construction of her spinner, but I did some adapting with what I have – and it still worked! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In the video the sandwiching of the spinner kinda flew by fast…here are the steps:

  1. Punch a hole in ONE power tab before removing one of the papers.
  2. Remove one paper, leave it facing UP, and put a brad through it. Use a brad with the smallest head on it but the longest tines you have.
  3. Place another power tab on top – with the peeled-back paper on the side facing down.
  4. Punch a hole in the card – a little bigger than you normally would so it will have room to spin around easily.
  5. Add the brad through the hole, peel off the top paper, and stick the spinner image on top!

This means you’re sandwiching the head of  a brad between the two power tabs, then sticking the image on top of that. Hope that makes sense if the video wasn’t clear!

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Make something to pull the tab with – I cut out little hearts, sandwiching them and the twine with a power tab in the middle.

Supplies & a Question

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Question: I would like your opinion on something…normally I use the little grid with photos. But my web people tell me my blog would be ranked better with Google if I don’t use that, due to how they’re coded. Do you prefer to see the little pictures, or is a nice list like this just as good? Thanks for your input!