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Vroooooom! Going with Hero Arts

A one layer overthe top card! Well sort of one layer. I did add the image to a black piece of cardstock. The cards from THIS set were all stamped with Memento on a white piece of cardstock, then I went crazy with my Copics.

Sandy Allnock - Hero Arts cars

Colors FB2 B26 B69 C4 C5 C8 C3 E29 E37 E99 E13 E34 R29 R37 R89 BG99 G94


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Love Machine

I got this really fun Squeaky Clean stamp set from Paper Smooches a while back – and I’m finally inking it up! This washing machine image was colored simply with greys and reds, and I wanted to give the card that “vibrating” thing that my washer does, so I decided to play with some chevron papers from Crate Paper’s Pier line. I layered the top one, the simpler one, because putting the chevron on the chevron just got visually messy til I did that. The red and black layers behind the main panel also anchored that on the card too, so it didn’t feel like it was a vibrating disaster 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Paper Smooches LuvMachine

I wanted to create a focal point on that washer – while it and the sentiment do pop against that bold large chevron, I added small detail – bubbles! They’re just punched pieces…a part of a cloud, some holepunches, and a heart. Sandy Allnock - Paper Smooches LuvMachine2

Copic colors: C6 C3 C1 R24 R37 R89 I really like how the white pen highlights make the buttons and the glass window shine, too!

Have a fabbbbbbulous Tuesday, my friends!!

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Art Impressions Bloghop

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It’s here! It’s here! The AI bloghop….with lots and lots of great ideas for using the two brand new fundraiser stamps! Click on the banner above if you’ve missed out starting from the top – you’ll want to see what AI has to say to kick this baby off 🙂

I made three cards – mostly because I had a BLAST coloring this lady from the “OWH Every Hat” set – it’s available HERE! It’s a big stamp, just a warning – you’ll get lots of great ideas through the hop on how to use big stamps! On this first one I cut her out…lots of fussycutting! There was so much detail in the fussycutting that I left lots of wide open space on the rest of the card.

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Colors used on my caucasian version: Skin E51 E11 BV000; shirt R39 R27 R08; pants C10 C6 C3; other colors: E35 YR27 Y35 YR12 B34 B41 BG57 BG09 C3Sandy Allnock - AIhats2

And I had to try an African American version too! This one uses the image cut on a rectangle; I tilted it to allow a little imbalance so the viewer’s even more impressed that she’s got those hats all balanced!

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Copic colors: Skin E37 E35; shirt YR16 YR07; pants BG10 BG57; other colors Black, C10 C6 C3 B34 B41 B34 BG09 BG57 YR12 Y35Sandy Allnock - AIhats4

And if that amazing stamp set isn’t enough – check out this one. Simpler for those who don’t color much – or who like piecing – or who just likc CAS! The set is OWH Sending Love – who wouldn’t LOVE this reminder of those cups we played with as kids? (PS notice what the cord spells out? Some folks haven’t caught that at first sight!) Copic colors: R89 R37 R17 W4 W2 W00
Sandy Allnock - AI Sending Love

Here’s the link to go SHOP:
OWH Sets Purchase


And now on to the rest of the hop – start at the AI blog if you haven’t been there yet!

  1. Art Impressions
  2. Crafter’s Home
  3. Crystal Lopez
  4. Dixie Cochran
  5. Paula Spagnuolo 
  6. Karen Day 
  7. Kathryn Belmonte
  8. Lee Mae Elkins
  9. Kerry Kung
  10. Nancy Keller
  11. Piali Biswas
  12. Kristie Marcotte
  13. Reneé Matarese
  14. Ronni Unger
  15. Rhonda Harre
  16. Sandy Allnock <—you’re here!
  17. Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps

PS To my Patreon buds – see you in our Google Hangout this afternoon!

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Cardmaking with Siri

I’ve been trying to train Siri.

If you’ve got an iPhone 4, you’ll think of her with incredible frustration. iPhone 5 users have got a little nicer feelings toward her, though. I upgraded my phone a short while back, and discovered Siri does more than try to Facetime people I don’t know….she can actually carry on a bit of a conversation! So I thought it might be interesting to try to teach her how to make cards.

The teaching part hasn’t gone so well.

However I’ve found she can add some interest to my cardmaking if I get stumped. Check out my experiment to get her to help me randomize some of my choices as I made cards, and see what she came up with!

The image is called Write Home and it’s by OWH supporter Dustin Pike.

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Feel free to go SHARE…lots of folks might like to start making cards with Siri!

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It’s not an email…AND it’s CAS.

I’m starting to twitch.

Not because it’s a Sunday CAS card. But because tomorrow is Monday. You’ll have to come back to find out what’s up, but…*twitch*!!!

This CAS card was probably the fastest card I’ve made in eons….at about 11am one day last week, I suddenly found I needed a card for the afternoon. One of those corporate “emergency” things. You know, when the boss’ boss has a birthday that the boss has forgotten? Yeah.

So I rushed home at lunch, grabbed some corporate-color markers and my airbrush, and started goin’ to town! I airbrushed the background and stamped this wacky stamp from Hero Arts on it with Versafine – I just love this stamp but finding ways to use it is a challenge! I had some stickers in some scrapbook kits sent to me recently – and I knew one had word balloons in it, so I snagged one quickly that was office-y. Popped it…layered the thing on a square base just to make it feel special. And voilá! Done!

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So I guess maybe a card emergency is good for the mojo. How about you? Does a panic make you freeze, or does it just make something leap into your head like this did for me?

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Color Me Wonderful!

Happpppppppppppppy weekend! Wheeeeee!!! I’m just in such a good mood…even writing this blog post well past midnight, I’m a happy lil camper. The weekend’s here, I have a crafty day with my stamping sisters tomorrow, and next week’s a big week….I’m on pins and neeeeedles!! Agh!

I had a plan for a different video for you guys this weekend but…due to crazy technical issues, that’s going to take a lot more work to work out. I think I had more confidence in my editing skillz than I ought to have! ha. But hopefully that means the final one will be a better video because of it at least. 🙂 But…I think you’ll like this one. Or, maybe you won’t? There’s no voiceover, since I changed plans midstream to finish this one, so…uh. Yeah. Just lots of fun pop music instead! I picked songs with lyrics that speak to where my head’s at, so listen up as you watch, and maybe the words will give you some mojomotivation too!

The image is Color Me Wonderful, a digi from Saturated Canary…lots of fun for practicing hair! She reminds me of those ads when I was a kid – they always made me want to have long flouncy hair, and instead I have super thin hair, so never quite got to that goal. 🙁



Edited to add: Here’s the video – and in just the first little while it’s been up, I’m already hearing lots prefer the voiceover. So remember, if you don’t like the music, just mute it 🙂 Someone had told me I seem “afraid” of silence, since she doesn’t talk through any of her videos – so this was  partly a test to see what my viewers like. Don’t dislike it just for being an experiment 🙂

Papers on the card are by Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is by Our Daily Bread Designs…I know it’s not a common pairing, but the card’s for a friend who needs some encouragement, and she’s a Copic buddy. So I thought the combo might make her smile. Sandy Allnock - Color Me Wonderful 2

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Magic Colored Pencil Technique….and Patreon announcement!


Magic Colored Pencil Technique

I have another video to add to the collection…using the Hero Arts All the Time set! And…it’s not a Copic tut, so for those who think I’m a one-trick pony, think no further! 🙂 Papers are from Studio Calico’s Hey Day 6×6 pad.

And now…Patreon!

I signed up for this new site recently, and I’m curious to see how it’ll work. It seems the more videos I put out, the more people ask how they can support me personally for all this content. I tried that with Stage-It, and for a lot of reasons that’s not panning out the way I’d hoped. I prefer to give you guys higher quality content, and the webcam thing just wasn’t doing it for me….and scheduling it so everyoen could make it – another toughie. But Patreon – which is the brainchild of the brilliant Jack Conte (half of Pomplamoose) – is a fascinating model to me. Here’s how it works:

  1. You sign up as a patron, or a sponsor, of your favorite creator(s). Like me. If you think about the YouTube subscription emails that come to you – which are the ones you click on to watch right away? Those are your favorites.
  2. You pick the amount you want to give for each upload. You can even set a cap so you don’t go over a dollar amount, in case the creator goes nuts and uploads a ton! You can change the settings anytime later too!
  3. The creator gets busy creating. Having some income from producing their work gives them incentive to keep it going – and make it worth your while! They may now be able to afford equipment or supplies needed, hire services that are needed for their videos, heck, they can maybe get an extra hard drive for processing all that content. (lol)
  4. The content remains free throughout all this. Think of it like public radio or tv – it’s out there, anyone can access it, but those who know its value give to support it.
  5. The creator can offer incentives.

#5 is where I need your ideas. Patrons are going to be able to weigh in more heavily on what they’d like to see as incentives! It could be things like choosing an image for me to color. Picking supplies or a sketch for some kind of dare. Giving me a wild topic to somehow mash into a funny crafting video. Or just a Google hangout with patrons so we can chat about stuff. Who knows! What ideas do you have?

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Create something every day

Happy weekend, peeps! I’ve been looking forward to a weekend off since….well, since Monday! lol. I know, I shouldn’t wish away my days all week, but I just love having a couple concerted days to get things done at home 🙂

One of the things is getting this video finished and published! I’ve been asked by a number of folks from time to time if I had a bio for them to post when they do an article or post about me. So….here it is!


Whatcha think? Does it capture who I am? A little of me thinks it’s too tame, but it’d be nice to have something professional when I need it, so I figured I’d go pretty straight-up with it. It’s also going to be my video on my new One Channel – I’ll be setting that up this weekend I hope. If you haven’t heard about it, YT is changing the channel pages and making it so a channel “looks” good on lots of devices, including tvs. So I need to figure out what to design for a header, etc….and the new channel also has an option to put an intro video out so people who aren’t subscribers are served that video to entice them to sub. Hopefully this one achieves that too!

My card for today is wishing hard for VEGAS! CHA is there this summer, and I’m going with some girlfriends…..I’ll have to do some stuff at the show, but I am SO STOKED to go sit by a pool in the heat for at least a little while! 🙂 Sparkle’s Swimming Lucy is saving my spot in the pool for me. 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Swimming Lucy

Copic colors: Skin E51 E11 BV000 Hair Y38 YR68 Float YG05 G09 Water and suit BG13 BG45 BG15 Flower Y02 Y38. Sentiment sticker by SRM; papers are from the Studio Calico HeyDay 6×6. Available over at Oozak 🙂

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Now get out there and create something. 🙂

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Memorial Day reflection

Sandy Allnock - Patriotic eagle card

Stamp is an old one by Michaelsen; 3 Copics (E37. B04, Y23); flag sticker by K&Co; ribbon by May Arts, sentiment by SU.

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I’m writing this blog post Sunday night. And though it’s been an amazing weekend, I’ve been having a slight temptation to feel sorry for myself. I’ve spent a lot of the weekend on the hop (which I love, don’t get me wrong!) – up all night Friday to get it put together, hopping all day Saturday, dealing with lots of questions and newbies (another thing that’s awesome even if it’s a lot of email!). I packed 23 boxes for our heroes, wrote out the packing slips and letters to each contact, hauled it all to the garage. I have my major project still underway….and I had to mow, do laundry, and all those normal little “life” things.  I did take a little break to go see Star Trek (ohmygosh it was AMAZING!) And I’m looking at tomorrow being just as boringly action-packed. (And without a break for Trekkiness.)

So, as I said – I’ve been tempted to whine to myself as I passed the halfway mark of the long weekend. I do enjoy checking off my list, but….a three day weekend in my world just means three days to keep slogging away, and maybe even catch up a little. No holiday. No sleeping in. Just keep on keeping on. And then I remembered them. My fellow Americans for whom this isn’t a holiday.

The families for whom having a to-do list to distract them from missing their lost loved one would be a blessing.

The moms who would give their very life to do laundry one more time for their child who went to war.

The dads who steel themselves for Memorial Day every year, knowing it’s chased soon by Father’s Day.

The wives who can hardly breathe, not knowing how to go on without the love of their life, their fallen hero.

I think of the countless people across America for whom this weekend is not a “holiday” – it’s nothing to celebrate. It’s no day to have a barbecue. It’s not a time to party.  When I think of them….I realize I have it easy. And I can go on. I go on, because our nation’s fallen heroes went on. I go on, because the families who have lost their loved ones go on. I go on, because a current generation of heroes are deployed at this very moment, with no long weekend to barbecue. They’re fighting and dying, even when half of America doesn’t even remember we’re at war. They’re separated from their families, their children are growing up without them, their careers are on hold. They’re seeing things no one should have to see, and coming home with memories no one needs to wake up with at night. They’re willing to lay down their very life if that’s what is called for. And they do it all, willingly, for me.

So….when I remember all these fellow Americans, I know I have nothing to complain about.