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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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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!

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My Country: Mit Land Bloghop!

Welcome to the bloghop! If you’re just checking in here, you’ll want to go to the top of the hop here and check out why part of this banner is in DANISH! 🙂 Here’s the sketch for my card….

I turned it into what I think is called a Kickstand card – let me know if it’s got another name! But…the front is cut short and a panel stretches to the bottom. It’s not a particularly popular type of card format, but thought it might be a fun thing to try out. I used one of the MFT images in the sets being given away on the bloghop – so be sure to comment and get a set for yourself!

Copics used to color the image: E53, E51, RV69, R37. Stamped the image on white and ran it through my Big Shot, trimmed it as a pieced dress. I debated whether it ought to say “my head” inside – but the stamp in the set says “It’s YOU!” so I decided to go with that! 🙂

Your next stop on the bloghop is my friend

Charlotte, at her blog: At the Home of Charlie

 She’s the one who started up the Danish OSH, so you’ll want to go see her post for sure! I happen to know she’s got some Peanuts going on – you’ll smile! She does speak English, so leave her lots of love and OWH encouragement! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me….be sure to leave comments on all the blogs to qualify to win – there’s a winner of an MFT stamp set on EVERY blog, so get chatty!

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May Arts Makes a Lovely Day

I am so excited…nervous…and hopeful! I made it, as you probably know, into round 2 of the May Arts DT competition. We were given the ability to request ribbon for our project but since I already have so much, I decided to come up with something with what I already had. Chevron and lace. YUM! Wish me luck….and leave some good luck wishes here and on the YouTube page 🙂 Maybe if both get lots of likes and comments they won’t be able to say no 🙂 🙂 🙂

Here’s the template; cut your card base to 11 x 4.25 and fold it on the 5.5 inch mark.

Click the image to download the jpg template.

Shopping links for supplies are at the end of this post in the InLinkz Manager. Be sure to leave a comment over on the YouTube page to qualify for the ribbon prize!

One last thing – I added a function to the comments that might be easier for some of you: you can now use your Facebook or Twitter log-in to leave comments! I was excited to find that functionality 🙂 And of course you can also subscribe by email in the sidebar – and have my craziness delivered right to your email box. (And I hope that my e-subscribers will take a moment once in a while to come comment here, too! Love you guys!)

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God’s Love….Criss Cross Bow Tutorial

A blessed Sunday to you all! I’ve got another simple bow for you today…and I’m gonna call this one SVCAS. Maybe that’s a stretch…but it is what it is, peeps! 🙂

This card uses a stamp I borrowed when at an LSS – I wanted to use it for background paper sometime so had stamped a bunch. Not a clue who makes it! Nor the sentiment, that was from ages back, way before the days when I thought it was even remotely important to know who made what. LOL. Nonetheless – it’s the ribbon I want to talk about here.

First step is laying down adhesive for the cross piece of the ribbon on the panel it’s attached to. Before laying down the long one though, lay the piece you’ll make the criss cross bow from. That way it’ll be attached and stay put! If you want banner flares on the ends, you might try cutting them now, it could get harder later.Then fold over one side, and put a little adhesive under it; I recommend a little ScorTape or a glue dot, you won’t want liquid adhesive, and you also want something that will really stick.

Fold over side two, attach the same way.

Using a piercer (I have no idea why Tonic calls it a craft pick. lol), make a hole for the brad. Holepunches may go through some ribbon, but not this yummy May Arts satin.

And you’re done! Attach the panel to your card and you’re done. It’s a good flat technique, just make sure you don’t use supergiant thick brads or you defeat the purpose of a flat bow.
Did you see this week’s vlog yet? They’re baaaack, at least for now – I’ve had a couple topical videos to make by special-request of one of our partners 🙂

And now for that candy I’ve been taunting you about!

Tonight I’m going to go through all my blog comments since the hop, and do a to pick a winner for a BIG YUMMY BAG OF RIBBON! It’ll be mostly May Arts – though I might include some others too. I’m trying to wrangle my way out of a ribbonfest around here, and want to give away goodies to one of my faithful followers! You can go through the week’s posts today if you’d like, though it was a lot easier doing it throughout the week – subscribe and you’ll get notified of my new daily posts – and when there’s more candy 🙂 Stay tuned for the winner to be posted tomorrow…it’ll make someone’s Monday a GOOD DAY! 🙂

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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! 🙂


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Art Impressions + May Arts with tutorial

Okeydokey, I came up with something to do with these penguins! I wanted a simple ribbon use; they’re such darling penguins, I wanted the card to stay fairly simple, so the image would truly be the hero here. The coloring tutorial is in Sunday’s Memorial Day coloring (see the post here with the video in it)…Copic colors are:

I went with a simple white background so I could play around with a ribbon embellishment – on complex paper this could get crazy. Solid seems to work well to let the ribbon work show. Wondering how I got it even? I used a scrap punched piece of paper as a guide! I first did the row shown here – I made a mark in every other opening. After punching that row, I moved the scrap to a new location and made marks for the other row of holes. Easy peasy!

Here’s what the back side looks like after threading the ribbon through it…

And a closeup of the front, with a brad added on one side.

It’s a super easy technique once you figure out your method for making the holes even; my method is what was at hand, but rulers work great too! Thread it the opposite way (front/back),  and you can have the x’s on front. (That seemed too girlish for a card that might possibly go to a guy. And I’m always up for leaving gender neutral cards as is when I can! Hope you enjoyed this…come on back tomorrow, more ribbon fun ahead!

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Bloghop: Make Background Paper for a card

I’m Sandy Allnock, founder of Operation Write Home, and I am so stoked to share my card where I make background paper out of awesome stamps! This bloghop is one of my favorite things of the year…it’s always so exciting to see just how many people are out there supporting our heroes and blogging about it!

We’re asked to use OWH sketches for this bloghop. For my card, I chose to use OWH sketch #85…it has a great focal point up in the top area and a big space to make background paper —or use some printed paper if you’re not crazy like me!

Make background paper yourself!

If you have the time, it’s fun to create your own design for paper to use on a card. For this one, it’s stamped and colored with Copics! I used the Hero Arts Operation Write Home “Right at Home” fundraiser set of stamps…I just LOVE this set! (And not just because they donate a portion of proceeds!) I stamped the kites with Memento ink, and colored each section in mix-and-matchy style.

Sandy Allnock - Make Background Paper

The ribbon embellishment was made by 1) taking a small piece of 1″ wide ribbon and cutting it at an angle, 2) gluing the two halves side-by-side with Scor-Tape onto black cardstock; 3) trimming the cardstock as a layer. Easypeasy! And of course since it’s May Arts ribbon, it cuts perfectly with no fraying. And this technique uses ribbon without any bulky bows, too!

The sentiment, stamped in Versafine, is from the same set as the kites – this was the sentiment I definitely wanted when making the set suggestion to Hero Arts during the design phase, and it’s just perfect! I pierced around the diecut oval with scallop using my Tim Holtz/Tonic piercer…one of my fave tools of course! You’ve got links in the dooblie do to all the products, including even my favorite guillotine paper cutter and adhesives too.

I sure hope you’re having a blast hopping along and visiting all the great blogs. If you go shopping, just remember to tell everyone you’re there because of OWH…we want them to feel the luv!


If you’re inspired to go make background paper too, come back and leave me a link – I’d love to see what you create!

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Loss of a hero

My tribute post made on the day much of this footage was shot has been refreshed today in honor of this sad anniversary. Please feel free to watch this on YouTube, or at least go there to leave a comment for Rick’s family.

*I found out the hard way that my mobile template does not show videos! Agh. I’ll try to remember to post the urls for videos so mobile viewers can click on them to watch the video. This tribute video: