10 Points – Craft Stamper, February 2015

Hello there lovelies!!! Today I´d like to share with you another layout I created a while back. I just have not been able to share it earlier, as it was published in the Craft Stamper magazine´s February 2015 issue.

The idea of this page is to document daily life from a different perspective. How often do we actually go and document something unpleasant? Definitely a dare! I documented a day at a hospital while going thru a (now) routine checkup that I have to go to on regular basis. Not something easy to write about..

But I wanted to document this day for myself and for my family. To give them an idea about what I am going thru on these days. It is also someting very liberating writing a few words about something that is not such an easy issue to deal with. True scrapbooking therapy :) !

Here are some detail shots. I´ve used a Studio Calico kit on this page and added a die cut (the word “today” is a die cut die by The Crafter´s Workshop).

If you want to read more about how this page came together, you can still get a copy of the issue. Just follow this link!

Wishing you a wonderful day,
xxx, Sanna

Conquer

Hello there lovelies!! What better way to enjoy a grey and rainy Sunday than to scrap a little :) . Here is a result of my scrappy morning activity – a layout based on the Paperdvizhnik´s current challenge. I am late on this one, but hey, it´s not closed quite yet! This time their challenge is about lettering and I do love lettering, so just had to join in on this one.

and this is my take:

I´ve used Studio AE stamps for creating some stamped lettering behind my photo. The hello on the bottom signals a start of the journey, then the twine is supposed to show the twists and turns along the way. Somewhere in the middle you start to wonder if you are ever going to make it and in the end the word smile greets one on the top of the mountain. Anyways, that was the idea behind it all. The quote is from me – I don´t know if it already exists somewhere in this form, but while creating this layout it just popped into my mind and I had to use it. There the lettering consists of various alpha stickers combined together. A good way to use leftover stickers sheets too. And I even added some hand lettering here and there.

Of course this mountain climbing is meant to be understood metaphorically – it´s the journey of life I´m talking about here. The mountain photo just perfectly matches the theme here, not the other way around :) .

I really enjoyed creating this page. Love the papers I used, been hoarding them for quite a while already and think this is the perfect spot to finally use them. Also some awesome Evalicious puffy stickers found their way onto this page (love them!). Annd…cannot do without some flair – the are from Badges Folie. In addition it feels really good to put feelings and thoughts on paper this way. I definitely should do more pages like these, as they make me feel so good! Thanks for a fab challenge, Paperdvizhnik, I really enjoyed it!!

Happy Sunday, everyone!
Sanna

Invitation – Canvas Corp Brands

Hi there, I absolutely adore the new Vino & Ale collection from Canvas Corp Home Basics. It is just so much fun & perfect for so many occations!! Like for example for invitations. Who of us is not familiar with the situation where the daily life takes it´s toll and we hardly find time to meet with friends?

How about preparing some invitations in beforehand and planning a nice get together? Maybe with some good food and something nice to drink? This is where the new Vino & Ale collection comes handy :) . Did I already say how much I like this collection?? It is so versatile and easy to combine with various styles & designs. I´ve even made a very masculine birthday card using this collection (will share that in near future too :) …). I am having so much fun with this collection!

So back to the cards. I´ve used the “Little Red Pages on Kraft” as a background for my cards:

Little Red Pages on Kraft

First I cut brown/kraft cardstock to match the size of the red pages, folded the cardstock and adhered some washi tape for interest along the fold.

I find the pages paper very practical! Just cut them apart and you have 6 pages for a minibook or for 6 cards! Or for a Menu card even! Simple and easy!

Next I added fussy cut pictures from the “Vino & Cheese on Kraft” paper on the cards:

Vino & Cheese on Kraft

After fussy cutting the pictures I added some 3D foam behind them. Before adhering the red pages on their places I added a golden ribbon for additional detail. After that I just placed the Vino & Ale pictures on their places.

Next I just stamped the word “invitation” several times on kraft cardstock and then fussy cut the sentiments and glued them on their places!

And this is how the finished invitations look like!

So now all I need to do is to put these into mail and plan a nice evening with frieds!! When was the last time you made some hand made invitation cards??

For further inspiring ideas hop over to the Canvas Corp blog to see what kind of creative projects my design team colleagues have been making, and while you are there, check out the new collections at the store :) !

Have a great weekend,
xxx, Sanna

Fake doodling – The Crafters Workshop

Hello there, today I´d like to share a layout with you that I created for/with The Crafter´s Workshop stencils. I recently made a page with lots of doodling/zentangles on it (see here for details) and while I was creating it, I really fell in love with the vivid black and white background. So I figured, I could create a sort of “fake doodling look” on a layout by using a black ink spray and a stencil.

Here is what I did:Sanna Lippert

First I took the “Circles in Lines” 12×12 inch stencil and placed it over a piece of white cardstock. Then I just sprayed a relatively thick layer of black spray ink over the stencil, but left the right side of the stencil partly unmisted. This way the pattern vanishes towards the other side of the page. I let the color dry properly and immediately cleaned my stencil – otherwise I would have had black spray ink all over the place :) .

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Next I took some Distress Paints and pressed big moist splodges of paint onto the background and then tilted the page so that the color could form driplets. I always did one color after another and in between made sure that the previous layer was all dry. This takes a while, but it is worth the wait.

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Next I took a lighter and a silver wax crayon and heated the crayon under the fire until it started to melt. I then immediately shaked/tapped the crayon so that the melted wax created splodges onto the cardstock. This is a really cool and fun way to use a wax crayon, but remember to be careful with the lighter and don´t burn yourself!

Now all I needed to do was to add some embellishments, a photo, the title and some journaling onto my layout. Here is how it turned out:

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As you can see, there are some buttons here and there. I happen to have a few (understatement of the day..) in my stash, so this was the perfect spot to destash a little. The colors of the buttons match the Distress Paints perfectly!

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I´ve also used some wood veneer here and there and added some sticker words to add to the journaling of the page. And some matching spray ink color splodges also had to accompany the Distress Paints in the end. You know me, cannot live without color splatters :) .

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I know this is not REAL doodling, but the stencil pattern and the black color make it look almost like doodling at first glance. And besides, I love combining black with bright colors, so I had a really good time creating this background. How about you, what is your favorite combination at the moment?

xxx, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Circles with Lines – The Crafter´s Workshop
Spray ink – Studio Calico Mister Huey´s (black, dewey, buttercup, bonny blue)
Distress Paint – Ranger Ind. Inc. (spiced marmalade, mowed lawn, broken china, spun sugar)
Buttons – Basic Grey
Wood veneer – SODAlicious, Freckled Fawn
Stickers – Authentique
Thickers – American Crafts
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Wax crayon – Stockmar
Pen – Staedtler

My kind of Christmas eve – Craft Stamper

Hi there, lovelies!! I know Christmas is a while back and we are all looking forward to spring already, but I have one Xmas themed page still to share with you. This one was published in the Craft Stamper magazine past fall.

Doilies were a very popular product a while back and we all (well, at least I did) bought piles and piles of doilies for our stash. And at some point, you just need to start looking for alternative ways to use a certain product. That is what this page is themed around – creating an altenative use for doilies. I´ve built DIY doily envelopes and hidden lots and lots of journaling inside each envelope. The tutorial (and more details about the page) was published in the December 2014 issue of Craft Stamper – you can still go and buy a copy, just follow this link :) .

I think I am now done with xmassy layouts (I hope). Next time, something more spring/summery themed coming up, promise!!

Have a nice day,
xxx, Sanna

Hints of Spring – Mixed Media Card Challenge, Vol. 4

All good things are three four, right?!! Here come some more cards based on the March Mixed Media Card Challenge!! I promise that these are the last ones :) .

Spring can be not only flowers and birds singing, but also lots of rain. At least where I live, we get quite a lot of rain during springtime and therefore I also created a card based on that side of spring :) . Here it is:

I have first coloured a piece of watercolour paper with Distress Stains in blue and purple tones. After that I ran that piece thru my Big Shot for dry embossing. The embossing folder is by Tim Holtz. I accidentally placed the image wrong way around into the folder, so I got a negative image, which I actually was really happy about in the end, since I now could colour the “plaster/mortar” parts with a blue Distress Ink to make them stand out more.

Sometimes crafting accidents turn out to be blessings :) . Next I just stamped the umbrella man with a black ink and fussy cut him. Then I glued both him and the sentiment (Quintessential Quotes) on their places and added some Glossy Accents to create a “rain” effect. My rain turned out quite big *LOL*, but I don´t mind. Even though I am not a fan of rain, I really like my rainy card a lot!

And then to outbalance the rainy mood card I created a happy and bright one too. For this one I used a watercolour leftover piece as a background. Every time when I create a project, be it a card or someting else, I keep a piece of watercolour paper next to me. When I have leftover media like ink on a stencil, or leftover paste or glitter that I don´t want to toss, I wipe them onto a piece like this. So in the end there are layers and layers of Distress Ink, spray ink, dye ink, paint, paste, glitter and various media on it. At some point, when suitable for another project, I take these pieces out and pick one. Like this one for this card.

I have also used parts of that paper piece to stamp the little birdie on with black ink. Next I´ve fussy cut it and glued it down onto the background. Since the background is very vivid, I only added the bird and a sentiment.

That´s it for March inspiration from my part – hope you have enjoyed this months challenge! See you at MMCC,

xxx, Sanna

Hints of Spring, Vol. 3 – Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there, today I´m sharing yet another card I created for this months Mixed Media Card Challenge.

I am totally in love with the “Save the Date” collection by Teresa Collins and even though this paper is not quite shouting spring, I just had to use it :) . I love the b&w stripes!! To add a little spring feeling, I´ve used bright and happy colours to go with the b&w background. Here are some detail photos of how I made the card:

I took several Distress Stains colours and wiped them onto a piece of white cardstock and let the layer dry properly.

Next I stamped a birdie (Stamp by Hero Arts) with a black dye ink (also by Hero Arts) over the coloured area. While I was at it, I made two – never know when you will need a second birdie for something :) . After that I fussy cut them.

I then glued the birdie on it´s place and added some wood veneer arrows to go with it. Also a green rhinestone as an eye :) . I then covered the arrows with glitter glue and then cut a little strip of coloured paper and hand wrote the sentiment on it. That´s it!

Oh, and of course I had to add some colour splatters here and there, you know me ;-) . This time with pink Glimmer Glaze. And I also outlined the birdie image with a black pen to make it stand out more.

So now it´s your turn – there is still plenty of time to play along, so I hope to see you at MMCC!!!

xxx, Sanna

Be Okay – Off the Rails Scrapbooking, March challenge

Hello there! Today I´d like to share with you the layout I created based on the lovely March color palette over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog. I´ve also gathered some step-by-step photos for you. Hope you enjoy!

First I took the “Tattered Lace” stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop) and applied some “Vintage Photo” and “Gathered Twigs” Distress Ink thru it onto the kraft cardstock. I pretty much followed the sketch regarding the placement of the stenciled areas.

Next I stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp onto the background using VersaMark ink. After that I applied some golden embossing powder over the stamped areas and heat embossed them. The embossing powder is by Lindy´s Stamp Gang (King Midas Gold).

On this picture you can see the nice golden embossing powder on the background. After that I applied some May Mists “Licorice” here and there.

Before I stamped the background I took some random residue circle pieces I had kept from a previous project, inked their edges with a black ink and then applied them onto the background after the embossing part was done.

I then went along and added some twine, washi tape and a piece of brown wrapping paper onto the background. After that I stamped with a roller stamp using the “Gathered Twigs” Distress ink. I also inked the edges with an ink blending tool.

I then went along and added all kinds of little bits and embellishments, some additional stamping and wrote the journaling and added the title. I also added some plain chipboard clouds and covered them with a “Soft Pewter” Glimmer Glaze tone.

Here are some close-ups from the layout. I´ve hand written the journaling on to small kraft cardstock pieces and outlined them with a black pen.

It has been a while since I last made such a monochromatic layout, but I must say I really, really enjoyed creating this one. A very personal page with a hidden journaling.

What a gorgeous color palette this months mood board has!! And the sketch is just fabulous.

I sure hope many of you will find the time to play along!! Enjoy!!!

xxx, Sanna

Hints of Spring Vol 2. – Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hello there, time to bring you some additional inspiration to the March Mixed Media Card Challenge :) ! This months theme is Spring and the optional element this time is a bird.

And here are some additional cards I created based on this months theme:

On the above card I´ve used some paper leftovers from the Teresa Collins “Save the Date” collection kit. In addition I´ve punched out some butterflies, again using a purple sprayed leftover paper piece. I then added some yarn in matching colours and outlined the butterflies with a white pen. A pearl in the middle is for additional interest and the little puffy sticker (by Evalicious) is my sentiment.

This is a very clean&simple card, but I like how it turned out and I again got some stash busted too :) .

My next card is very different to what I usually make, but I took out some older (as in: I´ve had them for a looong time :) !!) Hero Arts stamps and stamped the brach, fussy cut it (yes I did – and it´s very thin!!), coloured the leaves with a green marker and glued it down on the dry embossed piece. The clouds pattern comes from a Stampin´ Up! dry embossing folder – I just love it! I´ve also inked the clouds with a blue Distress Ink afterwards to give the sky more interest. Next I took a leftover piece (when I make mixed media stuff, I always save the colorful, random leftover pieces for such purposes as these!) of watercolor paper, stamped the birdies on it various times to get different coloured wings and bodies and then did some paper piecing and glued everything on their places. The wood veneer heart is covered with glitter glue and inside I´ve applied some Glossy Accents and poured some micro beads into the empty space.

Quite a lot of work for such a simple looking card, come to think of it ;-) . By the way, the sentiment says: You are staggering!

So this was my take – now it´s your turn! Excited to see what you will make out of this challenge! See you at MMCC,

xxx, Sanna

Seriously cool stuff – The Nifty Pixel

Hello there, lovelies! It is again time to reveal the next Nifty Pixel digi kit. Take a look at the March kit called “Girl Friday”. How cool is this kit!!!

and here is the add-on:

there is also a little gift you will get when you purchase this monts goodies – more infos on that over HERE!

I´ve used elements from both the main kit and the add-on this time. And even though the kit is called “Girl Friday”, I made a boy page :) . And just look at those add-on papers, aren´t they GORGEOUS!!! Love, love, love them!!! But then again, you probably knew that already ;-) . And I´ve done my page hybrid again which means that I went and printed the digi papers on real paper and then scrapped them like a regular, traditional scrapbooker would do :) . Here is the result:

Not that girly, or what do you think? So if you were in doubt about the kit being too girly, if definitely isn´t. Works both for masculine and feminine themes :) . Oh, and the new templates are up too – check them out here too.

Annddd…don´t forget to hop over to the Nifty Pixel Blog to see what my desing team colleagues have been up to! Love their creativity!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!
xxx, Sanna