STAMPlorations 4th Birthday blog hop

Hello lovelies, it´s party time!!! STAMPlorations is turning 4 in June and it´s time to celebrate this milestone with a new product!! There is a five day long (June 26-30) blog hop with the theme „Celebrate!“ prepared for you.

„ATTENTION – VERY LONG POST COMING UP :-)“….

I have prepared two different sets following the „Celebrate“ theme for your for this hop:

SET ONE:
For the first set I used the Congrats word stamp and die cut die. I love this die so much, the fond is fabulous  and it has the perfect size for various projects. Even fits on a tag and  an ATC. Love it! Here are the cards I created with this die and stamp combo:

and this is how I created these cards:

I first stamped with VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed the sentiments with silver embossing powder.

Next I added a layer of Tattered Angels Tutti Frutti spray ink on top. Since the ink does not stick to the embossed areas (they resist the ink), I could easily wipe away the residue with a piece of cloth. Underneath is the finished background piece.

I wanted to decorate at least one card with these DIY stenciled, punched, layered flowers (see the how-to here). I love how they look so I made a few more – going to save them for other projects to come. I then adhered the background to a card base, added faux stitching, some ribbon, wood veneer, hand drawn leaves and a Tim Holtz stickers sentiment for decoration. This is how the first card look like:

The next three cards follow the same principle, the parts are just added in different order. I first die cut the Congrats word from a piece of white cardstock. I left the word itself white and misted the residue piece pink with the same Glimmer Mist tone as previously.

Then I cut a few more words the same way, this time leaving the background white and misting the sentiment instead. Then I just layered all pieces in various order on top of each other, added stickers sentiments (Tim Holtz) and some ink splatters (Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze) and wood veneer or rhinestones for decoration. So by varying which part got misted, the result always looks a little bit different. Still all cards are very quick and easy to create.

(On this white card the sentiment is misted)

(On this card I added only partial misting to the background by spraying onto my kraft sheet and pressing the cardstock onto the ink. Creates a different look the on the fully misted card background on the last card. Second card has a white Congrats sentiment on it)

(this card has a fully misted background and the congrats sentiment has in splatters on it as well as a layer of Stickles for additional sparckle)

SET TWO:

For my second set I used the Shaker Balloons #2 die cut die set and Fearless 3×5 stamp set as well as the matching die cut die. This is how my tag and card look like:

And here is how I did them:

I first die cut some Shaker Balloons from white cardstock. I then adhered them on top of each other to form a frame for the beads. Next I die cut the word fearless and the Shaker Balloon from my card background paper. I used washi tape to keep the dies from moving. Works really good that way. After removing the die cut pieces I adhered the paper onto my card base. Then I placed the previously created „shaker frame“ inside the die cut area and adhered it onto the card base. Next I die cut a piece of plastic to create a window on top of the frame. I filled the frame with small beads, adhered the plastic piece on top and added another frame on top. Then I die cut another sentiment with white cardstock and adhered it onto the background. I used partial stamping technique to add the sentiment on top of the die cut word and finally adhered the twine to the balloon. Some faux stitching for decoration and some ink splatters for additional interest. That´s it. Also very easy to do. And by layering the die cut stars on top of each other, you will get a foolproof frame for the shaker pieces and don´t need to add foam tape to create dimension. I find this way easier than cutting foam tape into right size.. This is the finished card:

And then to the tag. I used the leftover brown „fearless“ die cut word (leftovers from the card above) as a starting point. I added a piece of leftover background paper (also from the card above) next to the word. Before adhering them onto my tag, I spray inked the tag in matching color (Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Soft Peach). I also added a layer of iridescent modeling paste (Imagine Crafts) thru the Doily Squares stencil onto the background paper piece for additional detail. Then I just added a stamped sentiment from the Fearless stamp set and some ink splatters, wood veneer and twine for decoration. So that was very easy too and I used up all leftover pieces too!
The tag also has a wooden button from my stash on it and I added some dimention to the die cut word with a layer of Glossy Accents. I really like how this tag turned out.

Here is how this hop works:
You will have until Monday, July 3rd (11:55 p.m. Pacific time) to comment and link up your favorite product to your wishlist. Winners will be announced on July 10th in June Challenges & Hops winners post.

So what does the link up part mean?
-> go to stamplorations.com and create an account. Then add items to your WISHLIST. After that add the wishlist to the InLinkz on the STAMPloratios blog (if you are not familiar with the post yet, here is a full instruction on how to proceed ).

  • Prizes:
    Three (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the storeOne (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Facebook page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Instagram page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30Two (2) randomly drawn winners from the Wishlist Link Up will each win the products in their wish list (up to $50 MSRP)

Great Discount codes during the birthday celebration:
All products in the store on STAMPlorations birthday week and until July 7 will be 15% off. Now add my 20% discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) to that and you can get up to 35% off on all products, including the new release.
Heartfelt Rose 3×5 stamp set will be included for free with every order of at least $25 (after discounts & GCs are applied and before shipping)

Now how´s that for a great offer???
Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see the line up of blogs you need to visit – have fun and get inspired by the projects! Wishing you all the best of luck for the prize draw and be sure to take advantage of the great combination discount!!! Have fun hopping and shopping 🙂 !!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations – Congrats clear stamp
STAMPlorations – Fearless clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Shaker Balloons #2 die cut dies
STAMPlorations – Fearless die cut word
STAMPlorations – Congrats die cut word
ARTplorations – Doily Squares stencil
ARTplorations – Floral Flutes stencil
Tattered Angels – Tutti Futti Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels – Simply Sheer Soft Peach
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Glaze Java
Silver embossing powder
VersaMark embossing ink
Tim Holtz Small Talk word stickers
Twine – Whisker Graphics
Stapler
Wood veneer

Coming soon – STAMPlorations 4th birthday blog hop!!!

Just a quick announcement, lovelies!!! A „you should definitely not miss this“-kinda blog hop is coming your way very soon!!! Here is a little teaser for you, to get you into hopping mood:

There are a few important things you need to get familiar with before you start hopping. So if you plan to be in for the win, you need to go over to the STAMPlorations blog and READ THIS POST carefully. These are important steps to get prepared for the actual hop which will start on the 26th of June. Have fun creating your wishlist and see you in 7 days.

xxx, Sanna

Girly, candy toned stenciled tags – STAMPlorations

 

Hello everyone, Sanna here again today with another STAMPlorations mixed media tag set tutorial. This time I chose very girly and candy toned colors for my tags. These tags would work great for anything girly themed – as a summer party present, birthday party or even as a wedding party present tag.

I do not often use pink since I have a very boy dominated household at home, so it was really nice to create something girly for a change!! Here is what I did:

I had a piece of old, misted, book paper  lying on my table so I used that as a starting point for my first tag. I adhered the book paper onto the tag and then took some modeling paste and added yellow and red spray ink droplets on top of the paste.

 Next I mixed the spray ink with the paste to create these cancy color pastes and after that I applied the paste onto the tag thru the Floral Flutes stencil. This might be one of my faves from the new release (among a few other ones ;-)…). I love the pattern it creates!! To keep the stencil from moving around while I apply the paste, I attached the stencil to my working surface with two strips of washi tape.

After that I took the residue paste and a  sheet of music note paper and applied the paste onto that piece of paper using the same stencil like previously.

 Next I took several pages from an old latin book and placed them into a spraying box (just to protect my desk and walls..). Using a red and pink spray ink I first placed the stencil on top of the page and lightly sprayed the spray ink tone over the surface. Make sure to keep a nice distance to the stencil, otherwise the spray will spread underneath the stencil and bild „lakes“ of color and the pattern will not turn out very nice.

 After spraying I removed the stencil and used my heat gun to dry the paper quickly. Then I carefully flipped the stencil upside down and placed the misted surface onto another book page and rolled over the surface with a brayer to make sure the residue ink would soak into the paper. Then I just removed the stencil and dried the paper with a heat gun.

 I repeated these steps with a pink spray ink tone too. This is how the pages look like after misting.

 I then took two flower punches (you could use die cut dies too!) and punched flowers from all of the book pages I had previously treated with the spray ink and a stencil. I wanted to create DIY layered flowers out of the stenciled pages.

For that I needed two big flowers – the first I left untouched, the second I cut open so that I could glue two petals together. That way it forms a „standing“ flower with a smaller diameter. I needed 4-5 smaller flowers to form the center of the flower. I just randomly bent them into half and then once more, forming a very random small flower. I now adhered the flowers together, starting from the biggest one and ending with the very tiny center pieces.

This is how the flowers look like when they are finished. I added some skeleton petals to go with the DIY flowers and some paper ribbon and a piece of lace  for decoration. Finally I added some Nuvo Drops in antique rose tone to add a little sparckle to the tags. I also wanted to add a stamped sentiment to each tag, so I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped a Fond Expressions 2 sentiment with black stamp ink three times onto the paper. Then i took a pink spray ink tone and added some color with my finger to create a toned background for the sentiments. Now all I needed to do was to fussy cut the pieces and attach them to the tag. Some ribbon to go with each tag and I was done. This is what the finished pieces look like:

I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and get inspired to create some stenciled, toned paste background tags yourself.  Don´t forget to join in on our monthly Mixed Media Challenge!!!

This code is still valid – get 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store with code: STAMPGIRLSANNA !!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Floral Flutes stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Tutti Frutti
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Fresh Orange
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Rosey
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Marmalade
Modeling paste
Palette knife
Nuvo drops – Antique Rose
Flower punch – Stampin´ Up!
Flower punch – EK success
Skeleton petals
Hero Arts black stamp ink
Lace, paper ribbon, old book paper
Seam binding
Ribbon
Aleene´s Tacky glue

To live by ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, time for another inspirational STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday post! For this Sunday´s reveal I created a set of artist trading cards with the theme „To live by“. There are plenty of layers on these and the color choices are very much out of my comfort zone too.

Here is what I made:

Remember the altered clothes tag I created a few weeks back? Remember me adding the residue ink from the Super Bubbles stencil onto a white paper strip? Well I used exactly that piece as my starting point for the ATC´s. Next I added a layer of Marigold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) on top. Since the yellow tone is lighter, the orange pattern still shows.

  After the mist was dry, I took the Emanations stencil and some copper creative medium (Imagine Crafts) and applied a layer onto the upper part of the paper thru the stencil. I let the paste air dry.

I had some previously misted old book page scraps on my table and I decided to use those on the ATC´s. I layered them on top of each other leaving some of the stenciled image to show in between the lower and the upper part of the ATC´s. Finally I added some pink Chalkboard ink splatters (Polka Dot Pink by Tattered Angels) here and there for interest.

Next I took some cracle paste (by Stamperia) and applied a layer on each artist trading card thru the Floral Flutes stencil.

Then I just added some finishing touches: lace, twine, flowers, buttons, liquid pearls, some faux cross stitches with a black pen and a number sticker as well as a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment. Here is a close-up of one of the finished artist trading cards.

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have been up to and creating. Then I hope you find the time to play along with us on the June Mixed Media Challenge!!! Oh,  and just a friendly, kind reminder to use my gift code on the STAMPlorations store to get 20% off your order!!! It is still valid :).

Happy crafting and happy shopping :)!!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Floral Flutes
ARTplorations Emanations
ARTplorations Super Bubbles
Stamperia crackle paste
Marigold Glimmer Mist
Pink Polka Dot Chalkboard mist
Copper Creative Medium
Old book pages
Twine, Lace, stapler
Flowers, buttons
Nuvo Antique Rose drops

Waiting for the water to boil – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time we were challenged to make „Anything but a Card“! So my choice was a layout. I haven´t been making as much scrapbook layouts recently as I would have liked to, so this was the perfect challenge to finally make one. Here is what I created:

This layout has plenty of Elizabeth Craft Design product on it, starting from the White Soft Finish Cardstock as a base. Next I added strips of the new ModaScrap papers onto the bottom and the top. I used the Viaggi Vintage and the Thinking about Polynesia 12×12 inch collections on this scrapbook layout. Then I added some heat embossed (white) sentiments from the Dream Sentiments set by Joset Designs.

A layer of Tattered Angels Aquamarine Glimmer Mist makes the heat embossed images really pop. After that I die cut ModaScrap leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock and then misted those with various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tones (Aquamarine, Marigold, Graphite, Suede and Grumpet). I also used some Java Glimmer Glaze (the black splatters) and Simply Sheer Soft Peach as well as Baseboard Gravel spray ink tones on the leaves.

I also die cut some of the letters on the title, then misted those with grey Glimmer Mist tone and added stickers and other alphas to go with those. I then added some stamped stars and rhinestones into the middle of the flowers.

I finished the page with hand written journaling and some faux stitching along the edges. Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give you a better idea of the steps.

And now, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other design team girls have created for this challenge. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?” We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Wishing you all a happy, crafty day and lots of inspiration from the team!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Soft Finish Cardstock white
Thinking about Polinesia paper
Viaggi Vintage paper
Dream Sentiments stamp set
Dandelion Fluff
Pair Of Leaves 2
Leafy Branch 4
Leafy Branch 3
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Entwined Ovals (used the flowers from this set)

Other:
Glimmer Mist – Suede
Glimmer Mist – Aquamarine
Glimmer Mist – Marigold
Glimmer Mist – Graphite
Glimmer Mist – Crumpet
Baseboard – Gravel
Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Glimmer Glaze – Java
VersaMark embossing ink
Archival Ink Jet Black
White embossing powder – Ranger
Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it´s again time for yet another Stencil Sunday and since it´s also the first Sunday of the month, it´s also Mixed Media Challenge reveal time. That means there is quite a bunch of inspiration up over at the STAMPlorations blog prepared for you by my fellow design team colleagues and me. Here is what I did for this months reveal post:

These tags are pretty simple to make, so if you are in a rush and need a quick project, this might be something for you :). And as always, by changing the color combination and stamp images you can pretty much go to any direction and theme you want. I like basic ideas like this as they work as a nice starting point for a bigger project or can be used as such for a more cleaner and simpler look.

I´ve also prepared a short start-to-finish video for you to watch:

I hope you got inspired and find some time to join this months challenge!! Remember, there are always nice prizes to be won and you can basically create anything (except a card!). You can even use stencils from other brands on your projects, if you don´t happen to have any STAMPlorations ones. Read more about the rules here.

Finally, remember to take advantage of my 20% off shopping code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the store:
It´s good for both reduced and regular prized products. Happy shopping ;-)!

Hope to see you at STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Forest of Leaves stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Buttercups & Butterflies clear stamp set
Tattered Angels – Java Glimmer Glaze
Tattered Angels – Orange Glimmer Mist
Stamperia crackle paste
Tattered Angels White Decor & DIY paint
Jet black stamp ink – Ranger Inc.
Distress Ink – Ranger Inc.

Happiness ATC set – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovely people, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. How about some „May Flowers“ themed ATC´s for this Sunday´s post? With lots of color, layers and happiness :). Remember, last month I did a set themed „April Showers“, so I thought I might as well add to the theme and do „May Flowers“ this month :). Here they are:

And this time I decided to make a little star-to-finish video to go with the set:

I really like how these artist trading cards turned out & I can´t wait for summer to finally arrive. I am missing sunshine, swimming, sitting in the garden and watching flowers bloom and just relaxing in the sun. Who´s with me? 😉

What I did is I first added a layer of Distress Paint, then some stamping and after that added a spray ink toned paste thru the Daisy Play (one of the newest stencils at the STAMPlorations store) stencil. Finally I added some product from my older stash to embellish the ATC´s.  Here are some close-ups of the ATC´s:

Here´s to a hopefully gorgeous and sunny June :). Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!!!
Just in case you feel the urge to shop some today, feel free to use this code at the STAMPlorations store: It´s good for all product – reduced and regular prized. Enjoy!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations Daisy Play stencil
Distress Paint – pink, yellow, green
Elizabeth Craft Designs stamps
Glimmer Glaze Java
Ramblin´ Rose Pink spray ink
Nuvo Drops – Antique Rose
Modeling paste
Neon pink Mister Huey´s spray ink
Jet Black stamp ink
Sewing yearn, flowers, paper ribbon

Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Hugs tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there! And again I´d like to share another Tag Tuesday post with your shortly today. This is yet another tag I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along from one show to another. I had so much fun creating these tags!!!

For this one, I´ve die cut the word hugs from a piece of felt. I love how it turned out. The felt is relatively thin, so the metal die actually did a great job cutting it. I also cut some Fitted Fishtails for the background and layered them on top of each other. I used patterned papers (older paperstock 🙂 ) from my stash for this purpose. There is a paper flower and a felt flower banner on the tag – also something from my older stash combined with the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs product. The leaf is die cut from a Clear Double Sided Adhesive and then covered with Silk Microfine Glitter. Some faux stitching and a ribbon to finish the tag off. That´s pretty much it!

I just love making tags – they are great for destashing older goodies and trying out new ideas. And you can always attach them to gifts for friends and loved ones.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Leafy Branch 3
Elizabeth Craft Desings – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Fitted Fishtails
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Patterned Paper
Ribbon
Paper flower
Felt
Felt flower ribbon

DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO THE NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!!!

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black