May Arts Ribbon Organization Bloghop!

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If you’re a follower of the May Arts blog, you’ll know this week is all about ORGANIZING! And I got my room done *just* in the nick of time to be able to join in the fun! Here’s a snapshot, and just below is a video showing how I laid out the colors to get them on the spools in this pretty rainbow!Sandy Allnock - Ribbon Organization Hop

I hope you take some time to go visit all the ribbonistas and their storage ideas – lots of FAB ways to organize yourself! And go leave comments all over – you could win 3 spools of your choice!!!!

  1. Candy at Candy Scraps
  2. Charlene at Paper And Ink Playground
  3. DeeDee at UmWow
  4. Emily at Create Serendipity
  5. Erika at Taylord Concepts
  6. Erin at Homemade Cards by Erin
  7. Gini at Beadz
  8. Jen at Jen Shears Designs
  9. Jenifer at Scrapbooking and more 
  10. Karen at The Bald Dragonfly
  11. Kendra at Scrappin Cricut
  12. Lalo at Crafting in LaLa Land
  13. Leah at Alabaster Owl
  14. Virginia at Fynes Designs

And a bonus…the full-on tour of my entire room is HERE!

My first project in the new workspace!

Happpppppy weekend!! I’m so psyched the week is over – and my room is in the beginning stages of ORGANIZED!

I still have a ton of things to do – and buy! – but the basics are in. Today I hope to at least reassemble a little of the rest of the house now that the crafty and OWHy things aren’t taking over – I’m a little afraid to vacuum after 3 weeks of construction dust – there might be several vac bags full. LOL!

I did take a break last night to make my first project in the new room….and as I found scraps of paper allllll over with lists of Copic colors on them, I decided to create a repository for them instead! I hope to slide the images I color into pages, and jot the notes down on those pages – maybe that’ll help. At least if I don’t drop the book! ha!

So I just used a generic sketchbook, added a little paper, punched border, ribbon – and a fun stamped image from Saturated Canary! I kinda feel like her – shlepping my markers wherever I go! I colored her outfit with the colors in my new room 🙂

Sandy Allnock - Copic Book1

Copic colors: Skin – E51 E95 B41 BC000 E04; Hair – E39 E49 E19 YR14; outfit – Y17 (of course!) YR14 BG09 BG07BG04 BG02; Copic bodies are W6 with BV20, and the outline is W2. The marker caps are a smattering of colors.Sandy Allnock - Copic Book2

I’m going to my stamp group for a short while today…I have a couple errands and want to get back and work on the room so it’s ready for the webcast tomorrow – at least a little bit more ready!

10 Minute Craft Dash!

I have a little something different for you today, friends – May Arts is sponsoring the 10 Minute Craft Dash over at Paulina Nakamura’s blog, Pretty Pink Posh! And if you watch OWHtv regularly, well….you’ll know that even SOUNDS like something I need to do, right?


Before I go further, I want to welcome new visitors from the challenge blog! I hope you’ll get a cup of coffee and sit down for a little visit. I love hearing your comments and questions, and you’re invited to follow me for daily card inspiration. A little about me – I’m a compulsive [understatement!] crafter, I’m a professional graphic designer by day and the Executive Director for Operation Write Home during my spare time. With OWH I produce a weekly live show, and we’d love for you to join in the fun! Click HERE to see some past episodes. I’ve also got a little monthly test class on StageIt – it’s a little Copic coloring class I do for fun and a wee bit of income, and you can see details HERE for the next one on March 23. Okay, now on to the Dash!

I’m a Ribbonista over at May Arts, so of course I had to get involved in this challenge when I heard the company was sponsoring this. I hope you play too, just look at the yummy ribbon sampler pack you can win! Link up over at Paulina Nakamura’s blog.

 The colors are in the challenge banner….so I pulled out some burlap and grosgrain, some scraps of paper, a stamp that needs no coloring (since I don’t have time!) – and got to work.  Watch the video to see if I made it on time!


If you enjoyed that bit of live craziness, please come visit OWHtv this Thursday night! The 30 minute webcast starts at 6:30pm Pacific, and will be HERE – if you want a reminder, go like the OWH Facebook page, and the link is reposted there and on our Twitter at 6pm. (It’s also in the sidebar of the Stars and Stamps blog too!)

Sandy Allnock - 10 Minute Craft Dash!

Onesie Bib Card (with Paper Smooches bear!)

Hello peeps! I’m hoping that this prescheduled post finds me able to be back at the office today….I stayed home yesterday to nurse this tooth. 🙁 They can’t see me til Friday afternoon, so I’m buckling in with some pain relievers to get me through. (OWHtv could be interesting…lol!)

I made this card for a baby shower I hope to be going to today. It’s a super easy template with circle dies and Labels Eighteen from Spellbinders….and a little stamp from Paper Smooches. The new mama’s having a boy if you can’t tell 🙂

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Only used two Copic colors on the bear – B21 and BG000. The B colors were a little too blue, so the BG pushed it to go better with the background paper; I know it looks a little bright here but trust me, it works in real life! 🙂 I got a new system for shooting pics of my cards and need to work out how to make them not quite this ‘hot.’ 🙂 Practice!Sandy Allnock - Onesie Bib Card2

Hope to see you at the show tonight!

Vlog…and a sweet summer memory

Hello and happy Saturday! Is anyone else ecstatic that this week is over? It was one crazy thing after another. It had a good ending, but whew. Gettin’ there was a challenge! 🙂

I’ve got a vlog for you for once…it’s been ages!

My card for today had to be a nice one after that lil rant…lol. So I’ve got one with a little Birdie Brown image called Summer Memories – she’s such a sweet little girl! And she has a little story too.

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Copic colors: YG05 G24 YG13 RV06 RV04 RV02 E53 E51 Y17 Y05 Y06 YR24 E17 Patterned paper is by Bazzill, Ribbon by May Arts.

This image is one that I’d taken with me to Anaheim for CHA. Well, I didn’t take it for CHA, but I took a bunch of images to color in between things. Like on the plane. Yes, I color on planes!

However, I had hurriedly filled a few of my markers. So….on the plane I had some giant bloooooops! This was one of them….first the E53 blew up on her chin, and then the Y17 went nuts on the flower and made me color in the background. But you know what? I got so excited. I liked the look of coloring in the background! I also had tons of fun with her little dress, adding my own pokladots with a white pen.

The most fun memory of this image, though, was the reactions of kids on the plane. There were a couple little girls, 3 or 4 years old, running up and down aisles. The yellow caught the eye of one, and she noticed I had my “crayons” with me. She stopped to watch for a little while. The other little girl stopped over as well, and I developed a little audience of kiddos! They started picking through my big stack of stamped images, and I told them they could each pick a picture for me to color for them. Fortunately they let me keep the little girl with the yellow sky….since yellow is my favorite color. I ended up giving away a Greeting Farm image and a MelJen Designs teddybear and a couple others, and it was a fun way to pass the time on the plane.

And I exited the plane with yellow fingers after the marker explosion. LOL!

I’m off to color all day today at our LSS in Tacoma…excited to have some quality time with my peeps, and get some projects underway that I haven’t had time to tackle! Hope you have a blessed day!

PS Doctor/dentist reports were fair to good. Doctor said I did “bust my kneecap” but that it’s going to heal up on its own. Dentist? Not quite as stellar, but not as bad as I expected. A couple not-so-fun appointments coming, but I thought it would be a heck of a lot worse after the length of time since I was in a dentist’s chair. 🙂

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!!

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!!!

May Arts and Lawn Fawn: Christmas castle card

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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