Valentine’s Day hand puppet craft

Put a fun spin on the traditional Valentine with these hand puppets.
Each one has a different message to share, so share some love with your special somebody.

Valentine hand puppet

Valentine hand puppet

What you need
• Tape
• Scissors

Instructions
Step 1: Cut animal templates out.
Step 2: Fold on center line of mouth.
Step 3: Then fold top of mouth in opposite direction.
Step 4: Then fold the bottom mouth in the same direction.

Fold on center line of mouth. Then fold top of mouth in opposite direction. Then fold the bottom mouth in the same direction.

Fold on center line of mouth. Then fold top of mouth in opposite direction. Then fold the bottom mouth in the same direction.

Step 5: Tuck each tab behind and secure with tape.
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Tuck each tab behind and secure with tape.

Tuck each tab behind and secure with tape.

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Your hand puppet is ready.

Your hand puppet is ready.

Download Valentine hand puppets by clicking on one of the links below
Print out on letter-sized paper.
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Cat-owl-puppet
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Thanksgiving coloring contest winner

UPDATE: We have received over 200 entries for the coloring contest.

The winner, Samantha Hartlaub, was chosen by a random drawing from all the entries on Friday, Dec. 19.

Samantha Hartlaub, North York

Thank you to everyone who participated.

All entries will be put into a random drawing for a bag of books from York County Libraries and a $25 Target gift card.

The coloring page published Sunday, Nov. 23 in the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Check out all the entries for this year’s Thanksgiving coloring page contest.


On mobile? Click here to view photo gallery

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Watch eagles in Codorus livestream and download a coloring page

People can watch live video of an eagles’ nest that is situated 100 feet up in a tree in Heidelberg Township.

Click here to watch Livestream

Kids, grab your crayons for some coloring fun
Eagle-coloring-page

Click here to download Eagle Coloring Page

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Beer glass guide page design

Being a graphic artist in the newsroom at the York Daily Record is a lot of fun for me.

I get to draw, design and write.

I am adding the finishing touches to this beer glass guide written by FlipsidePA editor, Ashley May.

Beer glass guide designed by Samantha Dellinger

Beer glass guide designed by Samantha Dellinger

I designed the page in Indesign. I drew the small beer glass icons in Adobe Illustrator.

The page will publish Saturday, Feb 3 in the York Daily Record’s Flipside Weekend section.

Below, is a behind the scenes look at the studio photo shoot with photographer Kate Penn.

York Daily Photographer Kate Penn sets up a studio shoot of a beer glass.

York Daily Photographer Kate Penn sets up a studio shoot of a beer glass.

The main photo was taken by York Daily Record photographer Kate Penn.

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60 Bulldogs: The Red Flap Hat Club

I bought my English bulldog Diesel a red trapper hat from Target and posted a pic of him in it on Instagram.

Diesel

I then learned some other bullies also had the same hat.

I started to build a collage of a handful of bullies from Instagram.

I then created the hashtag #RedFlapHatClub and asked others to post their pics and tag it using the hashtag.

Here’s the first collage of bullies wearing the hats.

Don’t they look adora-bull?

This post was made one week ago via my Instagram account.

First collage of bulldogs from Instagram wearing the red flap hat from Target.

First collage of bulldogs from Instagram wearing the red flap hat from Target.

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Countdown to Christmas print out

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Christmas Day can not come soon enough for the kids.

To help them keep track of the days until the holiday they can color in presents with the York Daily Record’s Holiday Countdown activity.

CLICK ON LINK BELOW

Click to download Holiday Countdown

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Bulldog painting on a longboard skateboard

About a week ago one of my Instagram followers sent me a direct message asking if I would be interested in painting a picture of her bulldog on a skateboard.

I eagerly said yes. There were some challenges I would have to face, the biggest one, being able to finish the painting in under a week, because it was going to be a birthday present for her husband.

The client ordered the longboard skateboard online and had it delivered to my address.

The board arrived on a Thursday. I did a quick pencil sketch of how I wanted the painting to be positioned on the board.

Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch

The board didn’t have any type of gloss finish so I didn’t have to do any major sanding.I roughed up the wood only slightly to help the paint grip to the wood better.

I painted using Golden acrylic paints. These are my favorite brand of acrylic paints because of their high quality pigments and choice of colors.
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Monty the Penguin Christmas Ad

Yesterday, I was scrolling my Twitter feed and I came across a tweet by @Gawker.

The tweet read:

“This Christmas commercial about a boy and his penguin is making everyone cry.”

I love penguins and always wanted one. I had several stuffed animal penguins when I was a kid. I used to draw pictures of penguins too. Now, that I’m older my obsession has moved on to bulldogs. But, penguins will always have a special place in my heart.

About the video
It’s a commercial advertisement for John Lewis which is a British department store chain.

Monty and Mabel are the CGI created penguins. But even though they technically aren’t real that hasn’t stopped me from being leaky eyes every time I watch the video.
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Home fire safety info graphic

I currently am working on an information graphic about fire safety in the home.

My editor Brad Jennings provided one of his awesome sketches to help get me started on designing the graphic.

Sketch by Brad Jennings

Sketch by Brad Jennings

He also provided text to go with the fire safety graphic.

I drew my art elements in Adobe Illustrator. And then designed the layout in Adobe Indesign.

Graphic by Samantha Dellinger

Graphic by Samantha Dellinger

At this point in the design process I have given a copy to Brad and he will then look over and make edits.

One of the big items we are still thinking about is the main headline. When we both looked at the graphic we kept reading “Homefries” not Home Fires.

The final graphic is scheduled to publish Sunday, Nov. 2.

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Sugar Skull and Bulldog template downloads

Celebrate Day of the Dead with a colorful Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull by Samantha Dellinger

Sugar Skull by Samantha Dellinger

Click-to-download-bulldog

Sugar Skull bulldog by Samantha Dellinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click on links below for the Sugar Skull templates. They will print out on standard letter-sized paper.

Click to download Skull Template

Click to download Bulldog Template

The mexican holiday Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos is a three-day holiday that starts at midnight on Oct. 31, and ends Nov. 2 it’s a celebratory event for lost loved-ones.

The holiday is celebrated mostly in Mexico, but has grown in popularity around the world.

One of the iconic visuals of the holiday is Sugar Skull art. They are sometimes referred to as Candy Skulls because the skulls were originally made out of candy and sugar and given as gifts.

Sugar Skulls are very colorful. They usually are decorated with flowers and swirls in an asymmetrical pattern.

For more information on the holiday click here.

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