Sandy Allnock – Prima Ribbonista
I've been creative since I was a little girl growing up in Maryland – drawing, crafting, always making something. My future as an artist was signalled in the second grade, when I won a ribbon for a crayon drawing I drew for a contest on the very first Earth Day! I don't think I've stopped creating since then.
In 1986, I earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from Frostburg State University, and started my ongoing career as an illustrator and marketing designer. I began papercrafting in earnest in the mid-90's for some ministries I took part in; and it's become an even larger part of my life since then. I joined several online communities, began blogging, and I've been blessed to serve on design teams for MelJens Designs, Eat Cake Graphics, Oozak – and I've designed stamps for Stampers Best and Hero Arts.
I find that working with paper, markers, ink, and ribbon is a great daily stress reliever. Daily cards add up….so much so that in 2007, when I tried to find a way to donate my massive collection of cards, I began what is now Operation Write Home – a nonprofit that has sent almost 2 million blank handmade greeting cards to deployed service members so they can keep in touch with home. (And no, I haven't made the 2 million cards…but I've contributed quite a chunk!) Running the organization takes up tons of my time outside my day job, but I love it – and it keeps me creating, and that's a great thing.
As I wanted to increase the quality of the cards that all of us were making, including me, I began producing written and photographic tutorials to pass on tips; that grew into video tutorials, and in early 2011, I embarked on a weekly vlog and live webcast. I truly enjoy the video medium, and I like to make my videos fun and keep people laughing as they learn…..on the webcast I even do a challenge to make a card in just a few minutes out of three randomly selected papers, and sometimes it's a hilarious trainwreck!
I'm humbled that so many people watch the videos I produce, and even more impressed that folks are actually learning something! I never expected to go the route of teaching, but I truly enjoy sparking others' creativity and watching them grow, and I'm thrilled to be able to do that in the May Arts community too. If you see something on my blog you'd like to learn how to do, please let me know and I'll try to work it into my May Arts posts for you!
The Ribbon Lady asked me to share a few of my favorite creations….and I have to say, when I looked at how many posts on my blog were tagged with May Arts, I realized I really might be the company's biggest fangirl!
Visit Sandy on her blog.
Some of Sandy's favorite projects are shown below: