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Safety tips: GLITTER Tutorial

Yes, the craft world does need a safety glitter tutorial.

Glitter can be a really dangerous thing. Not just for our heroes, either. Your husband could walk past your craft room and be taunted for glitter on his suit. Your kids might get glitter in their eye, and you know the whining that will ensue. And more importantly – on Operation Write Home cards, our heroes could be made visible to night vision goggles! So….I decided I’d help all crafters to be safer as they work. Watch the video below, or click HERE to watch it on YouTube!

Now be sure to leave a comment on the video – so you can win the now famous (infamous?) cannister of GLITTER – and let me know if you think I should auction off the safety helmet on ebay? lol! **giveaway is over**



WOW Embossing Glitter
Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest
Copic Markers
Mini Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
Safety Helmet
Safety goggles


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May Arts and PSA – last throes of summer!

Ohhh me oh my. No sooner does summer arrive where I live in the Pacific Northwest  – than it threatens to leave! I know the rest of the country’s ready to be done with summer, but…waaahhhh! Maybe we’ll be treated to a little indian summer at least!

But…at least I have a little fun summertime color to share with you today. This is a sneak peek —-you’ll have to go see the whole project over on the May Arts blog and YouTube channel! It’s a partnership with PSA Essentials – they have a stamping tool you may want to lay eyes on.

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Patriotic Minialbum

Your patriotica today isn’t an AnyHero card….it’s a whole ALBUM! Here’s a picture of the aftermath of the project; ohhhhh my did I have everything out on the dining room table for this! It was a rubblefest to clean up 🙂 Does your workspace ever look like this?

And of course it’s a patriotic project but – guess who’s the subject of the book? CIARA! Go see it on the May Arts blog, and be sure to leave me some love there and on YouTube. I know you have lots of love for our little girl!!!


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Our Craft Lounge: Chevron heart

Happppppy Sunday! It’s another CAS day here on my blog….or a SVCAS day, lol! This was one of my compilations from attempts at this week’s video produced over at May Arts with the Our Craft Lounge goodies. This one didn’t work for that project since it didn’t have any of the Sparkly Fluff on it…but I like it a lot!

The ribbon treatment is super simple – some May Arts wrinkle ribbon crisscrossed on the card – and a simple brad poked through. The embossed chevron looks great on red too, don’t you think?

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I’m hijacking what would have been another of the fall cards from this week, but I was simply so excited by this sheer utter SILLINESS I decided to change it up today! I’m no Gabby, but….a girl can dream, right?

Copic colors: V06 BG49 BG09 YG06 Y17 E53 E51


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Hero Arts House: Spring Tutorial [video]

TGIF! Not sure why it’s TGIF for me since I only worked yesterday and today this week….but TGIF anyway 🙂 Have you been enjoying these tutorials? I’m stoked that Hero Arts will have more sets for us VERY soon….and I’m going to jump on doing a set of tuts like this for those when I get them. I’m not sure why lots of you have said you haven’t known what to do with the house all this time and I didn’t fix that…but now ya know. lol, no excuses, go buy the sets and support OWH! 🙂

Today we’ve got the brick house….it’s mightymighty, just lettin’ it all hang out! Oh wait. That was the song in my head while doing this one. Fortunately – not the soundtrack for the video! But this little mighty card is a square one – not something we strongly encourage at OWH, but you can do some if they fit into A2s; if we say squares are okay we get all the crafters who like to make 6x6s excited, so keep your focus on something that tucks into an A2 if you need to get some mojo going with squares. (And actually this started out as an A2; I had a craft disaster and the card got WAY over busy, so I pulled off the circle and did a simpler square card. Yep, that’s the backstory!)

Copic colors: E00 and E04 for the brick wall; E15 for the trim, E47 for door shadows; Y35 and Y00 for the windows.

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Hero Arts House: Winter Tutorial [video]

Happy Thursday! I hope you’ve been enjoying all these video tutorials all week…I’m slowly learning more about editing, and am hopefully boring you a little less than I once did 🙂

The next season up to bat is winter! I made it into a quasiChristmas yet mostly winter themed card; though it has a wreath on the door, our heroes could use it outside of the holiday season. Or those who don’t celebrate the holiday could use it. Or – even more likely than either of these – this card will go to a family member NOT as a Christmas card, but as a thinking of you type….even though they send Christmas cards a lot during the season, they also like to send more cards home as ‘just because’ ones, and this can fit that bill perfectly! I also kept it patriotic in keeping with my usual Thursday AnyHero card….I’m considering making little winter houses like this with flagpoles hanging off the houses, and snow on the tops of the flagpole too!


This video tutorial nearly nailed me though. I had made the first sample card and I *thought* I kept the rest of the sheet of white-core cardstock tucked safely away. (I re-make cards when I’m ready to shoot video – so often I keep extra parts together and ready for that day). However I think I used the paper for something else between then and this week when I filmed the video! Eeep. I searched all over town til I found a store with some Holtz/Core Dinations. Phew!

So…without further blabbing, here’s the video for today!

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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!