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Lasting Hearts Card Drive

I don’t know if you have experienced the blessing of receiving a handmade card by a completely anonymous person. But I can tell you, a card arriving at a tender, emotional moment – handmade, so you know someone who you do not know has spent time and effort on your behalf – can make such a difference. This happened to me in 1996, I was showered with anonymous love in the form of cards and letters; I wasn’t able to locate any of them for thank-yous, which made it even MORE powerful to me. These were gifts of love given freely, with no payback, nothing expected in return, no way to even be acknowledged for their efforts. Selflessness at its best.

That’s what I’ll be asking of you in just a moment. But first…the background.

My friend Kimberly, who I met through Hero Arts, has begun an initiative born out of her own pain – but one that will bless so many people with broken hearts. You can read Kim’s whole story on the Give Forward page HERE – but the short version: She is raising money to give a comforting book to mothers who suffer the tragic loss of a child in miscarriage. She’ll provide these books for the doctors to distribute….and she’s collecting cards to give to each mom as well! Please visit and share the Give Forward page, and Fb page HERE to help spread the word!

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Last night I broadcast live on Periscope while making cards for this beautiful cause, and Kim joined in to answer questions for viewers. You can catch the replay HERE for 24 hours, or on Katch HERE. We made an airbrush card last night with periscope-style hearts….

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts healing

I had made a few of these before the broadcast….Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts stars

And afterward made a few more with splishysplashy brusho. (Oh how I love this stuff.)

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts splashy

If you’re wondering what to write inside – keep it simple. Just let them know you’re thinking of them.

Sandy Allnock - Lasting Hearts note

A few other suggestions:

These are my thoughts, after knowing the kinds of cards and questions from my days running OWH.

  • Beautiful, simple cards, can be so impactful. Your sweet handwritten message inside is the most powerful part!
  • Cheerful cards are fine, but not *overly* bubbly; remember the emotional state the recipients are in.
  • Generic Christian messages may be okay; but not knowing who they’re going to, keep it very simple, and no proselytizing.
  • Sentiments like “Thinking of you,” “Praying for you,” “Hugs,” or sympathy messages would be great.
  • Include a simple note – sign with just your first name and hometown.
  • I’d leave the backs blank, not adding a url or anything. It’s not the time to promote your blog or card business.
  • Send with an envelope, but don’t seal it. (They’ll want to make sure the message is appropriate for each recipient.) No return address.
  • The address to send them to is on the Giving page HERE.
  • There’s no end date at this time – refer to the Giving page for any updates if you stumble onto this post a long time in the future!

Supplies

The sentiment stamps are ones I picked up at Queens Ink when I taught there last year, they are perfect for cards like this! I looked them up on the Verses site for you. (No affiliate links are used.)

  • They Are Not Stars by Verses (QQ0821-F) (Link takes you to the whole category of quote stamps.)
  • Healing by Verses (GW0625-C) (Link takes you to the whole category of get well stamps.)

A little technique info:

My challenge to you…and my giveaway

I’d like to challenge all of my readers to make cards—even one or two cards will make a difference to couples going through heartache! And in addition….please consider donating a dollar amount per card you make.

My giveaway is to Lasting Heats: I’ll send in 25 cards PLUS I’ll donate $1 per commenter committing to make at least one card to send in (up to $300). Deadline to comment is Saturday, but you can send the cards in anytime. I’m going on the honor system, so don’t go posting that you’ll do it and then bail! These families need your support, so please follow through….and share this post with your friends – let’s see how many people we can get involved!

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Customized Planner Extravaganza – with freebie download!

Let’s start 2016 off right – customized planner, inspiration cards – and a freebie!Sandy Allnock Customized Planner

Some of you know…I’m not in the least a planner girl. I’ve even raved on about my digital organization tools, and chuckled at my girlfriends who spend hours making their paper planners pretty. I don’t have time to make ’em pretty! Or at least not weekly. But what I figured I COULD do is make some planner gifts, which I did for Christmas, and then added a few touches to my own new (GASP!) planner – and we’ll see if I make it past February with it in use!?!? lol! Mighta just wasted a bunch of money on it! ha 🙂

Customized Planner Extravaganza: Let’s get busy!

The video today is a wee bit epic….it’s got a few sections so feel free to use the annotations at the beginning to jump to parts you care about.

  • Print bookmarks/inspiration cards: How to print and trim the free PDF download Inspiration Coloring Cards.
  • Coloring tutorials with a few mediums.
  • Customizing a planner using coloring pages to create cover panels, and add them to any planner with any configuration of holes.
  • Make bookmarks with the Fuse tool
  • Check out the planners I decorated!

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

How’s that for epic? At least epic for someone like me who isn’t a planner girl!  🙂 Here are stills of everything made in the video..first the cards. Use them for bookmarks – or just as inspiration cards to tack in your craft room, stick in your wallet, or give to friends. I think I need to print a bunch of the Suck it up Buttercup cards after my recent rant! ha!

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Check out your office supply store for planners if you don’t have one – they don’t need to be expensive. The ones from Blue Sky are really nice, and one type has a pocket cover (below, left) to just slip in a trimmed-down coloring page! These two are from the Pepin coloring books I love so much, colored with LePlume markers.

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These are also Blue Sky planners; on the left is one with a plastic cover over top of a coloring page panel prepared just for the planner – if you use watercolor, consider covering it with some Distress Glaze to protect it from moisture. I also glued mine to a piece of heavyweight Neenah using StickIt to make it good and sturdy, before punching holes to get it into the book. The panel on the bookmark on the right, by the way, was created while I was making THESE. And then assembled with the Fuse. See more of the products in the supply list at the end of this post. (I did say it was epic, right? Keep a-scrollin!)planner3

I stamped the roses from THIS set and colored them with Copics – you can use anything feminine on this card and it’ll work great! I used airbrush on the ‘start doing’ card – check THIS post for more on getting started with Copic airbrush. Both floral panels here were painted with Brusho…they were warmup experiments, but were perfect for colorful panels for the bookmarks. All the beads and sequins I used are from Pretty Pink Posh.planner4

I hope this was helpful – even if just the cards made you feel a little inspired to get ‘er done!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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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Grinch Star Wars Mashup: The grinch who stole the death star

 

Grinch. Star Wars. Mashup. What could be better to celebrate the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens!! And….. I HAVE A TICKET FOR TODAY! W00t!!!

Grinch Star Wars Mashup

Okay a little more to say – I painted this with Ph Martins Hydrus watercolors – then switched to Brusho for the sky! 🙂 It was 2-1/2 hours worth of filming, and didn’t include some breaks to let things dry; once the Hydrus dry, they’re permanent, which is especially great for layering colors, which I love to do. The brusho was a special touch to add that Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube – and go get your tickets!

And for Star Wars fans — I also created this little piece on Periscope yesterday….a Peanuts Star Wars mashup! 🙂

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One last thing to make your Friday…..a vlog came out this week! oh my, two weeks in a row, whatsoever shall we do?

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the listed items to go directly to it. 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.

  1. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors, Set 1 , Set 2 , Set 3
  2. Colourcraft Brusho Crystal Colour Watercolors – Black
  3. Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 4 , Short Round 2 , Short Round 6 
  4. Ranger Distress Sprayer
  5. Fabriano Artistico paper
  6. Copic markers (for Peanuts piece) on Neenah 110
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How to CASE a card (‘Inspired By’ Series #2)

 

For today’s post I decided I wanted to try enough things that I was inspired by that I turned it into a gift pack! Multiple cards give you a chance to try comparing colors, size, scale, and impact to see what you like, all while coming out with great cards too. I’m excited to introduce you to Nikki too!  Affiliate links may used. Read more.

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Nikki, known as ScrappinNavyWife/NavyWifeScraps on a lot of social media (her links are below), sent me this sweet card. I loved a lot of things about it – 1) it’s smaller than a regular card, 8.5″ x 5″….2) black white and red combo, YUM! 3) the spritz of black made me think of dalmatians… 4) the layout with the kittywompus squares, yeah baby! I perused Nikki’s blog, and saw THIS CAS design she created with the MFT elves, so CUTE! Her hummingbird and flowers are stunning on THIS card…and how pretty are THESE pastel flowers? I also found THIS card she was inspired to make from my painting…wowsa! Thank you for inspiring me, Nikki!

Nikki on social: Blog / Instagram /Twitter
Nikki is NavyWifeScraps on Periscope, but has not broadcast.

How to CASE a card

I changed up some things, of course, since I don’t have that adorable apple die. I looked around to see what was in my stash; when my brain went “dalmation” I started looking for doggie dies, and then when I saw the elephants? Oh man. Dalmation elephants were going to be it. Da Bomb dot com. (And this would work great with Bubble Talk too!) Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The dimensions of Nikki’s card: 3.5 x 5; the layer panel is 1/2 inch shorter, which left more of the border color showing. These two cards match these dimensions, and both the small boxes are 2″ square.Sandy Allnock CASEsmallI also decided to try converting the design to an A2 sized card. That means the full card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, and the panel is 1/2 inch smaller – 3-3/4 x 5 inches.
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If you CASE a card, try making multiples of variations on it. Then take those variations and make more variations. Eventually you may find something appear on your desk that has never been done before – just keep pushing the envelope!

If you’d like to submit a card for the next “inspired by” video – send a card with some kind of bird on it – it can be a holiday card or any kind of bird card. Send it by Nov 30th to my PO box: Sandy Allnock, PO Box 23395 , Federal Way WA 98093

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; 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 2015: Zentangle Birds

Welcome to the 24 tags of Christmas series for 2015! I love putting this together each year. Well two years in a row at least! If you’d like to see last year’s day six tag, click HERE.

Zentangle Birds

Zentangle? Me? Oh man. I’ve been watching so many artists and crafters on instagram doing it, and I just had to give it a try. These birds from Prima couldn’t have been more perfect – all they needed after the zentangle was a little color – Brusho to the rescue! Check out the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I hope you enjoyed the holiday music break! It helped me stay in the spirit as I edited….I’m so ready to tackle getting cards done next – I have soooooo many to get busy making! 🙂

Sandy Allnock 24 Tags Zentangle Birds

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Handmade is the best kind of giveaway! Each year I give away all of the tags made in the series – so there will be 24 winners! To sweeten the pot, I am giving a financial donation to 24 charities in the name of each of the winners – so they’re going to get to pick which charity they love most.  To qualify to win, leave a comment on this post with YOUR favorite charity, and a comment on the YT video each day all week. I’ll pick 12 from blog comments and 12 from YouTube comments, and announce them all on Sunday the 15th!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the 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.

 

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Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

PS Just this once, Hero Arts will be making more of the kits – this won’t happen in other months, but after we broke the internet, they wanted to reward you for your enthusiasm!  You’ll need to be patient since it’ll take some time to get them made again. Happy shopping!

 

After playing off and on for six months (yes, six months!)….I think I can finally nudge this post to the front. It’s too much fun to keep holding onto!

Yupo Roundup: A few coloring mediums

Sometimes I’m slow. Seriously slow. And Yupo? This is a paper that brought me to a halt! I’ve been working with it for months off and on, trying to decide if it’s a product that’ll work with cardmakers. And I was nearly ready to say yes, because all the techniques I’ve been learning and trying have been more fine-arts oriented. But I think I’ve got a few ideas baked enough that some of you daring folks are going to fall in love. And some of you non-daring folks are going to watch the alcohol inks and oooh and ahhh til you need some of this paper. I know, I know. Just saying. Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube. And then come on back for the cards made with the backgrounds I created!

Alcohol Inks

Alcohol inks have always been good on slick papers – but I like them just slightly more, if that’s possible, on Yupo. I’m working out ways to create some paintings with them, since the colors are so intense. Hang tight, more will be coming eventually! Be careful not to put Ranger’s alcohol blending solution in a mister – I’ve been told it has some things in it that would be awful if you inhaled any of it. But for the texture here, colorless blender worked.yupo alcohol

Copic Reinkers

Since Copic markers are alcohol-based, guess what? The reinkers are too! They also work with the same technique, drops on Yupo. Wait for it to dry a bit, and you can spray on some colorless blender in a mini mister for interesting effects.

Yupo Copic

Watercolor

I found that watercolor on Yupo is much softer in color, and all the brands I tried worked about the same. As I showed in the video, you can’t let watercolor pigment build up too much or you’ll end up with a sticky puddle…but here are cards made from the watercolor images I created during the video. This first one features removal of color with a brush to create flowers!

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I created this scene by layering colors – and being careful not to let pigment puddle too heavily.

yupo wc scene

One more? Sure! How about a leaf, traced from a real one? The color puddled up, and I dabbed it off – and created amazing texture. I removed the veins with a dry brush – very cool look, and I didn’t even have to put anything on the card. Beautiful just as is!yupo wc leaf

One last bit of watercolor – I just had to try Brusho! I dabbed color off, then set it out to dry – and didn’t even recognize the paper when I looked at it the next day! It’s almost a chalky surface – very cool! I stamped the sentiment and image – then used a damp brush to remove color from the egg…yes, what a cool thing this paper does, right!?yupo brusho

Stamping, Inking, and Copic Markers

Since I know someone will ask – more testing is still underway on a lot of our usual stamping and inking techniques. Soon I will have a Copic drawing (not stamped) that I did with Copic markers – it’ll be interesting to see how the marker goes on now that you’ve seen what’s in today’s video. But I held off on it til I had this post done, so I’d have something to point to for basic Yupo information. More will be coming on other techniques to use Yupo for.

All that said, with a few alcohol inks I blew through a full pad of Yupo. It’s that. much. fun.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; click on the wording to go directly to the item.  Affiliate links are 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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Faithbook Series 3: Brusho Grizzly Bear

 

My Faithbook art journal pages might not be your typical art journal pages…but I. am. having. fun!

Brusho Grizzly Bear Painting

Ever since I started playing with Brusho a while back (see THIS POST if you need more product info), I knew there were amazing things to be done with it. Just seeing the Brusho Secrets website was enough to get me excited! I finally had to get this page underway, late one night when I couldn’t sleep; the hymn and the bear wouldn’t leave me alone til I completed it! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Fortunately I remembered to turn the camera on…because, you know, yeah. The number of times that I try something and didn’t expect it to turn out and it did? Hmm. Well, we all got lucky here!

Sandy Allnock - Brusho Grizzly Bear

And for anyone who’s upset that I added the lettering and journalling on top of my bear – remember that now I know how to paint a bear. I can go get a giant sheet of watercolor paper and paint a huge bear! Wouldn’t that be amazing!?

Supplies

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.

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Brusho Masking: Pin-sights Inspiration!

I promised you more Brusho…here’s another idea! I was asked to provide a sample for this month’s Pinsights challenge (see details below in this post)….and the inspiration flowed!

Brusho Masking – without masking fluid!

One of the special features of watercolor powder is that it doesn’t actually turn into paint until it’s wet. I decided to use that property intentionally to create a one-layer card by just painting with water – it worked beautifully! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Wasn’t that just fun to watch the Brusho move within the watery areas – and leave the unpainted areas alone?

Sandy Allnock Brusho Masking close up

Pinsights Challenge

a44fe23ae25cec75fa1751d68a994d19My card was made for the The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge for September…and I thought the inspiration board was really interesting! It’s fun to see how someone chose colors and textures that went together, and pulled together a palette of colors from the items in the photographs.

You can join in too! The monthly Pinsights Challenge is based on a Pinterest-inspired photo, and the challenge is held on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store! How awesome is that?  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo at the right as inspiration. (see it larger over on their blog HERE.)  There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit your entry!

50 Store Credit

Supplies

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.

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Mod Hex Die: 3 ways with Brusho!

 

I’m obsessed. Someone stop me! It’s just brusho brusho brusho around here. I know, I know. I’ll get back to other stuff, I swear! But this week, stay tuned for it, coz…well I just can’t stop. LOL!

Mod Hex Die

This Hex die went awol on me before shooting this video – I took it out of its stamp pocket and whoops! But it finally resurfaced, and I was able to get these cards out of my system….I was surprised that when I posted the die recently, people hadn’t seen it before – I’m glad to bring it to light for ya! I knew I wanted to sprinkle Brusho for a beautiful contrast with the hex shapes, and so I did; check out the video below, or click HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

I played with a Wink of Stella pen on the one with the vermillion brusho – originally just to add a slight shimmer to the hexagons, but they turned into “marble” when I accidentally touched the brusho with it – cool accident!

Sandy Allnock - Mod Hex Die

I also created a shaker with the same die and the black brusho – there’s some of this silvery glittery paper behind the glitter, and it looks soooooo pretty!

Sandy Allnock - Mod Hex Die Shaker

Stay tuned for more brusho….or check out my Yeti+Alpaca HERE, or my basic post all about watercolor powders!

Supplies

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.

 

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How to create scenes from stamps

Alternate titles for this post:

  • An Alpaca Pulls a Yeti Uphill in the Snow.
  • Brusho meets Copic; Beautiful Things Ensue.
  • Frivolity in the Arctic.

Add your own in comments….I’m ready for some chuckles!

Oh there are so many things in this video. And that ALPACA! Oh man. As soon as I saw Winter Alpaca by Lawn Fawn, I knew it would HAVE to be part of my stamp collection….and that I’d be swapping out that sentiment for Copics, and more!

Create Scenes with Stamps

I think the part that might interest folks most will be how I go about creating scenes. This card, featuring Winter Alpaca (squeeee!) and Yeti Set Go (a previous release) is one that needed some tweaks as I went along, and I show you some snapshots I took as I worked. Often the piece comes together all at once, but this one was an uphill battle for a bit at the start. (#icrackmyselfup)

Additionally…there are tips for using one color of Brusho for that cool aurora borealis; Copic coloring tips; simplifying fussycutting by adding a sloped hillside; coloring delicate dies; getting a multicolor sentiment. Oh man. I think you got three videos worth of tips today, do I get a vacation? LOL! Get busy watching the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

For the secondary sentiment where I changed out the word “SCARF” for “COPICS,” I set up the stamps on my MISTI (you could do so on an acrylic block), then colored each letter with a Clean Color Marker. That made it easy to get a multicolor stamped word without having to ink up each letter on a pad.

Sandy Allnock - Create a Scene with Stamps

Wasn’t that a whole heck of a lot of fun??? If you need even MORE giggles, head over to my 2nd channel too, where I not only make the promised bonus card out of the extra Brusho background – but you can see a (mini)tour of Lawn Fawn HQ, puppy kisses, and watch me assembling card samples that you might just see at YOUR local stamp store! If you need more on Brusho, too – click HERE.

Supplies

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.