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AI: Bluebird of Happiness

I just love this stamp and sentiment from Art Impressions! He’s going to make someone just howl! 🙂 I combined him with some papers from Authentique…the banners are actually just cut from one piece of striped paper; not separate strips.

Sandy Allnock - AI Bluebird of Happiness1

Copic colors: YR21 E51 YR24 YR82 C6 C4 W8 W6 W4 W1 E25

That’s it…not real chatty, just busy packing up! Have an AWESOME week!!

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Top Ten of Twenty Twelve


Happy New Year!! I love this fresh new season – time to wipe away the old and begin anew! Not that 2012 was a bad year…certainly some challenges came my way, but there were also SO many blessings, both personally and for OWH. Here’s a quick top ten event list….see the Stars and Stamps blog for the OWH-specific list, though a few of these are still OWH-related 🙂

  1. My first year as a BSF graduate – starting the study series all over again!
  2. Attending CHA – it was such a blast having a booth for the first time – and the second is coming up in less than 2 weeks!
  3. Teaching in the Online Card Class in December
  4. Wrestling my scrap pile to the ground.
  5. Moving my blog to WordPress. LOVE IT.
  6. Getting picked as a May Arts ribbonista! It’s a lot of work but just FUN!
  7. Being requested to produce videos for Hero Arts. One here with over 9,000 views, and one here with over 5,000!
  8. Starting monthly ICSE shows on StageIt!
  9. Completing my Copic Marker collection!
  10. Serving on the Oozak DT – and getting asked to stick around and keep making videos!

The list could be tons longer but….now it’s time to think about goals for 2013.

  1. Continue daily card blogging. It keeps me sane.
  2. Automate more things in my life. This computer has to be good for something, right?
  3. Walk more. Ciara will help with this one.
  4. Sleep more. I’ve been told lack of sleep contributes to weight gain, so I’m going to test it. It’s easier than giving up chocolate, right?
  5. Customize my craft room. It’s time to take things seriously….and hire someone to make me a craft desk that works for me.

Now I’m going to let you get on to seeing my favorite ten creations from 2012! Hope you enjoy mine – feel free to click to see more detail – I’ve noted which have tutorials. Have a creative 2013!!

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Lantern Marci wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Happy weekend-before-Christmas! I hope you aren’t running around like mad….take time to kick back and have some fun! My plan for today is to mail off the final Christmas cards (I did say I got them *made* but not all *mailed*!) and do some baking, go to church, then hang out with friends this evening. Tomorrow’s dogsitting day, and hopefully that’ll mean crafty day too. If it’s nice I might take them to the big park an hour away, we’ll see. The weather hasn’t been cooperating!

Today’s card is one I made a bit ago, but just never blogged it…I saved a few to post just before Christmas. 🙂 The image is Lantern Marci from LaLa Land….she is just the sweetest! I used papers abd stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle, a Fiskars border punch… and every card is “done” when topped off with a little May Arts ribbon. Grosgrain is, I think, my fave 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Lantern Marci LaLa Land

Hope you have a lovely day – be sure to do something fun for YOU! Maybe something fun like sign up for my Copic class….lol.

Copic colors: Clothing BG78 G16 G05 R59 R37 R24 Hair %49 E37 Lantern C8 C4 Y17 Flesh E53 E51


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Fantastic Birthday with Hero Arts – Slot Card

I sure hope everyone’s having a great day, spending down the work week toward the long weekend ahead! 🙂 Woohoo! I’ve got another Hero Arts new release for you, and I made it with a fancy closure. I’m calling it a slot card – is there a better name for it? I created it by punching a slot in the white top cardstock, and made sure I glued down the OUTside edge, but didn’t put adhesive along the inside part of the slot, so the pink wrapper could slide in. The ribbon is some reversible mmmmmmmm satin that I just got from May Arts and WOW I just really love this stuff. DeLISH!

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Fantastic Birthday

Here’s a view of it open:

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Fantastic Birthday

The stamp set is called Fantastic Birthday – it’s got cake, cupcakes, ice cream – all the things that’ll make a birthday fantastic! I did some simple shading on the frosting and cake (YG05 E79 E35) and then added brown pearl pen and white puffypaint as the sprinkles!Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Fantastic Birthday

And for those who are wondering when I’m going to get ’round to showing you more for the ICSE Show – last night I checked off some HUGE items from that to-do list. That means tonight I get to start planning content for the show and coloring up some samples in the next day or two. Along with getting OWHtv planned for this Thursday – yeep, I totally forgot I don’t have any cardshares yet! ha. I am sooooo last minute sometimes. 🙂

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Bloghop: May Arts, meet Scrap Wrangler!


xmas hop


Merry Christmas everyone! And welcome to my little spot on the May Arts Ribbonista Bloghop! We’re actually sharing on our blogs this week, so I really hope you go to the May Arts blog every day and check out the links to the other ribbonistas. It’s one amazingly talented group of ladies, and you won’t want to miss the holiday inspiration! The bloggers for today are:

Today’s question: Are you all done with your holiday prep yet!?!?

Well, when you get those cards and crafty projects done – don’t lose those scraps! I’ve got a little project for you that’ll use up all your holiday paper and ribbon. “Use it up?” you wonder…”Why do that?” Well, I just discovered something wonderful:

Every year – companies make new paper and ribbon.


I know, I know. Nobody told you either!?!? Let me be the first to break it to you! You can use up the items you have now and then have no guilt in buying the new lines next year, how cool is THAT! If you’re anything like me you always say you’ll use up last year’s first….well do it now, don’t wait til next year. Okay, okay, on to my project!

Sandy Allnock - May Arts Scrap Wreath

I call this project a table wreath; depending on the amount of paper, ribbon, and embellishments you have leftover, you can make something smaller like this “wreath” to use on a table, or if you have a lot of goodies, make a garland for your front room bay window! I simply took all my leftovers, (okay some were 12x12s but I wasn’t going to make more cards with them!), tore them into approximately 4x4ish shapes, and threaded them and anything else that wasn’t nailed down onto a piece of wire. I’ve got beads, bells, spools, snippets of faux berries, diecuts, ornaments – all kinds of fun things in here. Remember if you have heavy items, or if you’ll make a large project, use a heavyduty wire. Be sure it won’t break on you! Watch my quick little video (and wave to Punch when he prances through!) – then tell me what YOUR scrap pile looks like!

And if you have more scraps of other sorts than you know what to do with of a non-holiday kind – go check out the Scrap Wrangler video, that ought to get you in shape!

So tell me…how’s your scrap pile looking? Merry Christmas!!!

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Hero Arts 2013 Catalog Blog Hop

 Welcome to the 2013 Hero Arts Catalog Blog Hop! I’m just so excited to participate and share some of the awesome new stamps for the coming year! I have a couple stamp sets to play with – so come back for the next few days and I’ll show you some more goodies…the subscribe linkythingie is over on the right, or just write it on your hand with a Copic! *wink*

So I decided to use the Love Jar set – #CL673 – and I made one of my new modified Trifold Shutter Cards. I posted a tutorial here if you want to see it – but please don’t get sidetracked from the hop…be sure to finish the hop and leave comments on all the blogs, so you can qualify more times to WIN! (See below for giveaway info!)

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Catalog Hop - Love Jar Trifold Shutter Card

The jar on the cover has some fun treatments. First I stamped the jar, then filled it with heart outlines; I had to do some masking with post-it notes so they didn’t cross overtop each other. (By the way, the set also comes with flowers to put in the jar, and lemons too!) I then colored the hearts with Copics (V06 V12 R39 R24 YR16 Y17) and shaded a teeny bit in the jar area with B0000. Then I adhered the colored image to a piece of plastic packaging – and cut them both out together. That way the jar looks shiny, though I wasn’t able to get the camera to capture that. I added the label and sentiment from the set, and tied it up with twine.

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Catalog Hop - Love Jar Trifold Shutter Card

This form of the TriFold Shutter card opens up to reveal a full panel to write in…that’s the thing I love about these. I make a lot of cards for deployed service members to use (sent through Operation Write Home), and I always want to be sure there’s room for a love note. And this little love jar set is perfect for a valentine card. The hearts on the writing panel inside are stamped with Hero Arts inks – there’s a solid heart and an outline, and they line up PERFECTLY! (Bugs me when you get stamp sets that don’t!) Papers here are from My Mind’s Eye and Bazzill…I kept the busy striped paper to a minimum so the hearts and stamping get tons of attention. The epoxy stickers are from a little Dear Lizzy pack.I added some piercing and faux stitching with a white pen.

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Catalog Hop - Love Jar Trifold Shutter Card
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Below is a sneakypeeky of what I’ll be sharing over the next few days….don’t forget to come back! 🙂 Those posts won’t be part of the giveaway, but you might like to know what to add to your wishlist. (And be sure to take advantage of the coupon code for Simon Says Stamp over on Jennifer’s blog!)  There is one stamp that is just HILARIOUS and I think every stamper’s going to need it! lol.

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts Catalog sneak peeks


Hero Arts will be giving away several prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by midnight PST on Monday, December 17. Leave lots of love as you hop along! Important: to comment on this blog post, click on the link below the title – I’m getting lots of comments on the previous post instead, and I want to be sure you qualify to win!

Remember, if you find a link that doesn’t work, you can always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links to all the blogs in the hop!

Next stop on the hop is the fabulous Debby Hughes!

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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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TriFold Shutter Card Tutorial – new! With room to write!


I’m stoked to bring you another tutorial today! This is an adaptation of the TriFold Shutter card that is

  1. easier and
  2. leaves room for a message on the back panel!

Here are two samples of the new format. This first one uses the poppy die from Memory Box – absolutely darling! And polkadot papers from BoBunny, which I just {puffy heart love}.


And the other is a Christmas card featuring Elf Marci…and more BoBunny dots! And STICKERS!

Trifold shutter card

I saw a card or two with this format on the web, but I could never find a tutorial with measurements…which drove me nuts. So I just started cutting, scoring, and folding til I came up with a set of measurements that would work. The card base starts with a 12″ long piece, that’s the secret – and it’s also only 4″ when closed, rather than 4.25″. I think the full panel of writing space certainly makes it worth sacrificing a quarter of an inch!

So of course here is the video! My dog Ciara played my stunt double; I totally forgot that Dec 1 was around the corner and needed to get this edited, so she took my place…I had a bad hair day, and she rarely has one, so she got to be on camera instead!

This photo shows the view from above, so you can see the comparison between the simplification of the folds:

Trifold shutter card comparison

Remember that for OWH, dimension is an issue, so don’t popdot things on a card that folds this way; but now this format will be better for our heroes since they can write more than three words in the tiny panel available!

Click here to download the PDF template for BOTH the old and new TriFold Shutter Cards.

Do me a favor and share YOUR version of this adapted trifold shutter card format! I’d love to see what you come up with. This tut will eventually be reposted on the OWH blog, and when it does, I’d love to feature one of your cards as the sample, so the blog team will pick out their fave….do nice work! *grin*

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May Arts, Little Yellow Bicycle – and Sparkle Creations!

This project has SO many pieces in it. LOL. Yeah it’s going to have to be one special party for me to part with this card, who’s hosting one?

This isn’t included in the video – but colors are: E53 E51 E42 R86 R29 R24G19 G07 C10 C6 C4 E47 E37 E15 – and the stamp is from Sparkle Creations, and it’s called Poinsettia Charlotte. Happy shopping!

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Holly Berry House Poinsettia

Happppppppy Saturday! I’m writing this blogpost at ohdarkthirty before heading to bed…gonna take me some Ibuprofen and knock off for the night. What a day…what a week! I saw Julie Ebersole post this little guy, and I totally resonate with the feeling:

Many thanks to those who came to the new little show yesterday; it’s an experiment in separating myself into the “me” Sandy and the “OWH” Sandy—OWH Sandy does OWHtv, and “ME” is…well just me as a crafter 🙂 I’m seeing more of the need to do some things as myself, as I’d love to eventually redirect my career, so I’m taking little baby steps toward that. And I appreciate your gracious indulgence of me as I figure out what all that looks like! Next one will be sometime around Christmas, probably on a Saturday.

For OWHers – you aren’t missing any OWHy news that’s necessary if you don’t do my “other” things….we did get to listen to a voicemail from a hero on the new show, because that one’s not recorded for posterity; he left enough personal info that I can’t be playing it on OWHtv 🙁 So you might miss out on stuff like that, but again – it’s not crucial announcements or anything. OWHtv will remain on YouTube and remain free, so no worries.

Alrighty, all that aside. On to my card! I’ve got a poinsettia from Holly Berry House to share today – I just love how their stamps layer so beautifully! They have a couple sizes of this flower on their site. This one has three layers all popped….and of course I can do that on my own cards, since  I’m paying postage and praying they don’t get crushed 🙂 ha. Though this one has big chunky layers, so I’m not worried about it much. I stopped at three, even though I wanted to get in and do those top layers too!


Papers are by SEI….I’m working my way through my stash of Christmas papers! I have a plan for a project to get rid of the last of it – I am NOT carrying over paper til next year. Did you know….they make NEW paper every year! Who’d a thunk it! I’m a gonna get new stuff in 2013!

Copic colors: R89 R37  R29 R24 YR16….Ribbon is by May Arts! Shock, eh 🙂 Looking at the closeup I realize I forgot to do the outside edges of the pieces with black 🙁 Boohiss! Oh well.

YT project progress: only 6 more tutorials to shoot. Then the mad editing begins….hoping to take a little cleaning break to tidy the house a bit tomorrow, and go get my Christmas tree and put up a few decorations. But I’m debating making myself wait on Christmas decorating til the video editing is done – that might give me incentive to finish and not procrastinate! Do you ever have to play games with yourself to keep on track??