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The first day of the rest of my life!

I guess every day actually has been the first day. I wonder what would happen if we all thought of *today* as a new beginning? This morning I feel like everything’s fresh and new. And scary of course, but I’m only going to look at the fresh and the new, how ’bout that? 🙂

I’m beginning a new routine, and will be adding some ‘routine’ things to it as I go, just to keep me moving. I’m too much of a couch potato by nature, I think that’s why I make such long to-do lists…so I don’t want to risk that setting in. I’ve committed to Ciara that we’ll go for a walk daily now; she’s gotten short shrift lately, so we did start this morning. And she’ll be posting pics from each morning walk on her Facebook page, so go follow along if you want; I’m hoping that will help us keep on target with walkies! Here’s today’s photo from our warm morning jaunt….she’s just so cute!


I decided my first creative task for my new biz would be to get a frame around my State Department certificate. I wonder how many business owners post a certificate framed with May Arts and Basic Grey, with dimensional adhesive behind the certificate? Yeah, I’m a crafter.


I have a ton of frames I’ve bought at garage sales over the years (it was a crazy obsession for a while!)…but at one point got rid of all the glass. So now I need to go pick up a piece to protect this….but for now, it’s posted! And yes the date is from back in July when I was approved to start the business (btw, shouldn’t someone check to see if I know how to run a business before licensing me?…eeep!)….but I’m considering today to be Day One of my new LLC anyway. If you have paying work for me, well – you know where to reach me!


So that’s my crafty creation for the day…right now I’m sitting here with a smoothie and prioritizing my to-do list. Yes, a smoothie…my new routine is also going to be eating healthier as well as all that walking. I’ve heard from smokers that the best way to break long-standing habits is to do it when big things change….since normal routines are broken, it’s easier to set new habits. So I’m going to use this as an opportunity to get some new habits in place.

Hope you all have a fabulous first day of the rest of YOUR life!

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The Day is here!

I can hardly believe it…my last day at this job! After 12-1/2 years, it’s going to be so strange not to go to the office day after day! It’s bittersweet…while I’m so sad to leave some very dear friends, I’m also thrilled to be able to have time to focus on the next steps for OWH, and building on my crafting career. I’ll probably be freelancing for my old job eventually, since they’re not replacing me, but it’ll be nice to do the work in my jammies if I feel like it! 🙂 I’ll have a while off, since the paperwork to get me to freelance hasn’t been filed yet…so I need to make the most of the time coming up soon!

I made this card especially for one of my closest teammates. The sentiment with the Art Impressions set says Friends Fur-ever…but I decided not to include a sentiment on it at all. The picture says what I want without words.

Sandy Allnock Friends FurEver

I had such fun coloring this one…the kitty follows Punch’s coloring in his fur! The cat and dog here are way out of proportion to each other…but I find it a really fun image.  Copic colors: dog E25 E23 YR21 E31 cat W4 C8 C6 C2 B60
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Orange paper is by BoBunny. And it’s orange – the company color. The ribbon is also orange, though it looks a little more reddish in the photo.

I’ll be hanging in the afternoon with a friend, celebrating my freedom…then going to a Jack Conte concert! This is one good day. Hope yours is awesome!

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25 ribbon tutorials: a ribbonista review

Hello ribbon lovers! It’s my turn to “look back” on my year as a prima ribbonista – go leave me some near-final love over on the May Arts blog today, would ya? Perhaps you can leave a comment telling me (over there) what was the project you learned the most from? Click on the banner to go there!


I decided to do a “fuller” review here on my blog….with a video too, of course! You can click annotations in the lower left corner of the video to get to any of the tutorials.

OR if you’re one who doesn’t like the annotation thing, below are stills as well as links to the original blog posts for each project – and each video! Whichever way you navigate, enjoy!

A love card for him – blog post


Patriotic album – blog post

MayArts Minialbum 1

Summer ribbon candy – Blog post


Patriots Day challenge with a sketch – blog post

Sandy ALlnock PatriotSketch

Watercoloring on stamps – blog post

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Making festive holiday buttons – blog postSandy- festive holiday buttons.

Ribbon bat treat boxes for halloween – blog post


Make invitations and placecards – blog post

Sandy Allnock Placecards

Matchbox Advent calendar – blog post

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Twisted burlap wreath – on a card! – blog post

Sandy Allnock - Twisted burlap wreath

Ribbon tree and wreath – blog post 

Sandy Allnock ribbon tree and wreath

Happy Ever After with Lawn Fawn – blog post

Sandy Allnock Lawn Fawn Happily Ever

Christmas table wreath – with scraps – blog post

Sandy ALlnock Scrap Table Wreath

May Arts CHA Booth Tour – blog post

Old fashioned hello – sketch card – blog post


Shaped Satin Cutout ribbon – blog post


10 minute craft dash – blog post


Stamped burlap bottles – blog post


Faux canvas and ribbon threader – blog post


Ribbon storage – blog post


Coffee cup gift box – blog post


Double ribbon rose card – blog post


Patriotic distressed card – blog post


Ribbon Butterfly + fun tools! – blog post


Fortune cookie card – blog post

Sandy Allnock -May Arts Lawn Fawn Fortune Cookie

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Sparkle Creations

I’m so excited to be part of the Sparkle Creations Bloghop today! I can’t even believe it’s been three years…it seems like Sparkle just opened! She’s one of my stamping friends, and was at my house this past weekend….we had planned to film part of the video while she was there and spaced it – so we had to handle that from iphone to iphone. What did we ever do before all this technology!

My card has a very special destination…watch the video to find out more.


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Nom Nom Love!

Happy weekend! I’m especially excited since it’s the day for our stamp club to get together, and I’m hosting this month. Yay! Love having people over in my crazy yellow room 🙂

I tried a little bit of craziness on this card, and though it wasn’t what was planned, I kinda like it for its uniqueness. Originally it was going to be turned one tick to the left – so the far right edge with no black border, was going to be the top edge on a card folded on the short side (at the top). But when I was laying out my sentiment with the monster and paper behind him, I couldn’t find a way for the sentiment to be placed in a way that’d look decent. So I tried turning it…and voilá, it started working a lot better. I’m still not sure about the right edge having no border; I’d prefer that on the left side, but I liked the fancy scrollwork over on the side with the image, since it helps draw the viewer’s eye over there. but…it is what it is, eh?

Papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle – the same Poppy line as this card. And the colors for the NomNom monster are within the video…enjoy!

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Craftin’ rhythm

I’ve been on a bit of a bender with music lately. A beat is the thing that gets my energy up. It gets the creativity flowing. And it just makes me happy! And for someone who’s as middle-aged and caucasian as me, I have kinda weird taste at times…I just love hip hop, rap, r&b, and occasionally rock flavored with one of them. So I’ve been collecting Pandora playlists and testing them out to see what gets me groovin’! Last night I put on a Red Hot Chili Peppers set and morphed that into some Black Eyed Peas, and I packed a gajillion cards to the beat! And all this after my shelves had been empty Sunday night. It’s been a banner week, oh my!

Sandy with boxes

This lil Rockin Doggie from Birdie Brown is also rockin’ out on his card….what a blast he was to color! I picked out some crazy papers from MME’s Bright Side 6×6 – they’re patterns I thought were kinda boyish and rockstarish…the brown pulls in a little of the pup’s color, and his shirt tugs on some of the blues and greens. I let the paper go a little kittywompus since he’s dancing like I do. 🙂 He’s even kicking up some Fiskars punched stars!
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I also popped a couple parts – his headphones, his glasses, and the guitar with the shirt and arms; they’re popped with Tombow’s Power Adhesive Tabs – which are thinner than the Precious. (Don’t tell her I’m cheatin gon her!)
Copic colors: E49 E17 E19 E99 YR24 Y21 G24 YG11 C8 C6 C4 B14 BG02…I even did a little rockstar fade on the text 🙂Sandy Allnock Birdie Brown Rockin Pup2

And now…for something completely different. Possibly silly. You be the judge 🙂 And feel free to share it – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, embed it in a post on your blog. Whatever. Get someone else’s groove on!


I had such a BLAST making this bit of nonsense! I’ve been saving other music pieces that could lend themselves to this kind of thing….so if you’re inclined toward this sort of thing, go leave a like and a comment over on YouTube! Go over and tell me what gets YOUR crafty rhythm going 🙂


Links listed in the video:
Operation Write Home

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Notched Silk Ribbon Card

This Notched Card was created originally for May Arts – the post on their blog went away in their revamp, but the video still exists! I used Lawn Fawn’s Good Fortune set with coloring is SUPER simple, just two colors for the cookie and two for the box. And really simple fussy-cutting. Enjoy the video below, or watch it HERE in HD on YouTube.

This silk ribbon from May Arts totally makes this card…just love love love it – and it comes in lots of colors! Ellen Hutson carries a bunch of them and there are even more on Amazon if those don’t suit your fancy.

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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.

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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

Blog Hop Banner

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!