Condolence card

Today I am quickly sharing a condolence card I created a while back.

For this one I chose a doily stencil and some silver spray ink, added a ribbon and stamped a sentiment. Tried to keep the card subtle and light.

Hear you soon again, I am in the midst of catching up with everything after CHA. It took me about a week to recover from the time difference, so I am a little bit behind with everything at the moment.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
xxx, Sanna

Success – The Nifty Pixel

Today is a very special day over at the The Nifty Pixel - the store has opened it´s doors and the first digi kits and digi skethes are online!!! Hope over to their website to congratulate Em on a job very well done and while there, take a better look on what the site has to offer.

I must admit that this is the very first time for me using hybrid products on my layouts but I AM LOVING IT! Well, not hard scrapping to there cool designs, I might add:

Check out this stunningly gorgeous kit!!! Just amazing, isn´t it!!! Anndd..there is even more to discover here!

And these are the newest sketches!! I did the one in the middle. I used some hybrid papers from the “Dreams come true” digi kit on my layout.

And here is my take on it! I used a piece of cardstock on the background and added the hybrid pieces on top. Even though the kit is very feminine, I managed to pull out some papers that worked very well together with a sporty theme :) . And I am loving Em´s designs!!! Let me tell you – hybrid can be A LOT of fun!!!

 

I didn´t stick to the digi kit completely, but also added some bits and pieces from my stash. And used a stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop) on the background. That is the fun of it – you can add as much or as little of the hybrid details onto your layout. I would strongly recommend you take a peek on the gorgeous digi layouts my team colleagues have created – so worth it!!! And while you are there, you might want to add the kit to your shopping basket. I have truly enjoyed creating with it!!!

Happy scrapping, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

PS. AND DON´T MISS OUT ON THE FREEBIE AND THE COMPETITION!!!!! :)

Celebrate

I am always creating cards in advance for those occasions that come unexpected. Then I just go to my card box and grab a card. So this again is a card I´ve created for my “card box” to wait for it´s destiny :) . And the current Cardabilities challenge (#115) was so nice that I just could not resist it. Here is my take on their challenge:

 

I´ve used some pretty old paper on this one – still trying to reduce the stash in my studio. And then I just added some wood veneer, pearls and some orange twine and stamped a small sentiment. Very clean & simple this time, but I like it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

California dreaming

Hello lovelies, I am a little bit late with this post, but better late than never, right? For the past years I have been following the CHA via internet and YouTube and now actually being able to go there for the first time was pretty amazing for me! What a start for 2015!! I got my badges, flight ticket and luggage all set – well the luggage was kind of last minute. I only did that the day before *smiling*.

Then the long flight with all kinds of controlls started and yes, I apparently have an appearance that makes border controllers think I´ve got something to hide, as I had the pleasure of doing all the extra bits both ways. This photo was taken pretty early just before boarding the plane in Vienna, still looking pretty fresh and excited ;-) .

The flight was long as we had delays in Germany and I was not able to sleep AT ALL in the plane on our way there. So stepping out of the plane I probably looked pretty much like a junkie with my horribly red eyes – no wonder they made all those extra controlls *grinning*.

I remember listening to a podcast just before Christmas by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and (I think) Cheryl Boglioli. They spoke about their first time at the CHA and how they had been all shy/afraid and/or excited about seeing all the renowned designers. Well, that is EXACTLY how I felt being there. I was first of all really excited as I was about to meet some of the people I work for/with at the convention, but I was also a little bit terrified. Now what do you say to someone that well known (did not want to embarrass myself right in the beginning)? “I love your work/I admire what you do” and then what? Luckily, the people I met and spoke to, were really nice, funny/silly and that made it a lot easier for me to talk to them.

Like these lovely people on the photo – I am so lucky to be able to work with/for them. Btw. I borrowed the above photo from here ;-) . They all are such a nice bunch of ladies who immediately did their best to make me feel comfortable amongst them (thank you Cheryl, Jaime, Rebekah, Julie & Lynne!!) And in case we all look a little bit tired in this photo (happy, but tired), it is just because this was taken on day 4 -> we had gone thru some looong days already before this picture was taken…

Annnnddd…I also met Zoey! Only wish we would have found more proper time to chat (and I can´t believe we didn´t get a photo)!! At CHA time truly flies. Once the doors open, you find yourself running from one thing to another and before you know it is closing time again. If you are not well organized, and I suppose many of the first timers are not, as they just don´t know what to expect, you will have trouble keeping up with everything going on. I went to some interesting lectures, took some crafty classes and watched demos, went to meetings and tried to absorb as much as I could. Talk about a busy schedule!

I was also able to chat a little with Nathalie. Here she is standing next to her brand new stamp designs at the Stampendous booth. Can´t wait for those stamps to arrive!!

I also wish I would have had more time to talk and hang with Trina and Keren too! Was nice seeing you IRL!! Here is proof that we met – even though just very briefly. We tried to organize an evening meeting, but sadly I had to rush to another event :( . Better luck next time!

I also met some of my favorite Finnish scrappy friends there (Minna, Elina & Nanna)!! So cool to meet you again – funny how we always have to travel somewhere to meet each other, isn´t it!! And did some fun make ´n takes with the lovely Nanna, who said some really nice things about my karma <3. Hope to see this bunch soon again!!

Another highlight was being able to visit the Prima headquarters and take a class by the lovely Finnabair. Always great to visit her classes! This was now my third time already and it is always very inspiring. Sorry for the bad picture..

I had an absolutely lovely time in Anaheim – even though it even rained for about 2 days!!! But hey, the weather back home sure was not better!! The part of waking up at 5 a.m. every morning (time difference needs some getting used to) was not that nice. When you wake up that early, you are bound to be drained by 9-10 p.m. already. But next time I will be better prepared :-D !

What was most memorable for me about the convention? The people (quite obvious, when you take a look at the photos on this post). I really enjoyed meeting various people, talking to them and having a couple really good laughs with them. Of course seeing new product was also interesting and exciting, but honestly, as a first timer it was almost too much and totally overwhelming for me to try and absorb it all in in such a short period of time. Thus I took quite a pile of photos (if you are interested, I´ve uploaded quite a few HERE) which I will be going back to and studying during the next weeks. I am just first starting to recover from it all (not to mention the time difference) and starting to realize the things that happened during that week or so :) .

And of course, while there, we also had to visit Disneyland. We sacrificed one convention day for that – next time I will be wiser and add a day or two for sightseeing. I mean when you travel that far, then you should, right?

It was a great adventure and experience, but I was also happy to be back home and have some peace and quiet around me – the first days after arrival I immediately went to work again, but the past days have been a good pause for the soul. Just what I needed, some peace and quiet to sort my thoughts and re-live the trip.

After arriving home I was pretty worried as I didn´t even go to my studio for almost 4 days. It was just too much.Then, yesterday (I think it was yesterday) I had a really nice skype chat with a few of my scrappy friends and it helped. Sorry, girls, for being so quiet and mainly listening, but you really helped me alot. I even did some creative work today again. Yay, not all hope is lost :-) ! I think it is quite a intensive experience to everyone who attends the show and after a week of merry-go-round everyone needs a little time for themselves to reload the batteries.

Still, an amazing experience and I am very happy I was able to make this trip! So many impressions! What a journey!! Would definitely do it again!!

So now it´s back to daily life again – and in between I am going to do some California dreaming – it was as I expected it to be: intensive, amazing, busy and I will probably realize it´s amazingness after a few weeks have passed :) .

xxx, Sanna

Doodling and stencils – The Crafters Workshop

Hello there, lovelies! Today I´d like to share some cards I created for/with The Crafters Workshop stencils. I used various stencils and doodling with a black and an white pen with them.

I first started by cutting some watercolor paper into smaller pieces and misted them with various spray ink colors (reds, greens and blues). After the first layer was dry, I added some Tarnished Brass Spray Stain here and there for additional detail.
Sanna Lippert

Next I took out a black and a white pen and traced patterns thru stencils onto the background. I first just traced along the stencil pattern and then did some doodling inside the traced lines. This is how one of those backgrounds looks like.

Sanna Lippert

After that I went along and glued some of the finished backgrounds onto card bases and added some embellishments and a sentiment.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC

If you don´t like such a bold pattern, you can also just use bits and pieces of these papers, like I did on the next three cards. For these I just punched some stars/hearts/butterflies out of the doodled papers and glued them on their places. This results in a totally different kind of look.

Sanna Lippert

Sanna Lippert

Sanna LIppert

It was great fun creating these cards and playing around with the stencils. I hope you get inspired to try this idea out. Have fun!!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
White pen – Signo Uni-ball
Black pen – Schneider Xtra Document
Spray inks – Dylusions, Distress Spray Stain
Other – watercolor paper, card bases
Stamp ink – Hero Arts, Ranger Industries
Stamp – Technique Tuesday
Geometric Art Layers (6×6 inch) – The Crafters Workshop
Beaded Curtain (6×6 inch) – The Crafters Workshop
Kelp Forest (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Chrysanthemum (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Abstract Leaves (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Four Ferns (6 x 6 inch) - The Crafter´s Workshop
Folk Art Flower (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
CafeLatte (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop

The Mixed Media Card Challenge – more inspiration II

Hi there! Time to share with you another card I made for this months Mixed Media Card Blog´s challenge.

This is the challenge:

and this is my last take on it:

This card was pretty simple to make. I just again used various Distress Ink colours (wiped to the background) and then doodled (with a water tank brush pen) a firework image with water onto the background. When it was dry, I applied some glitter glue here and there for additonal detail. Then some white circles and a doodled frame.

There is still enough time to join in on this one – hope to see you at MMCC, lovelies!!!

xxx, Sanna

Summer journey – January OTR moodboard

Hello there lovelies!! Have you already seen this months mood palette at Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog? It is absolutely gorgeous – and summery. At our side of the hemisphere were are “enjoying” the fabulous winter weather and in Australia they are relaxing in the sunshine – hence this kind of mood palette. I just love the color combo, so it was truly a pleasure creating for this one :) . Here is the palette:

And here is my take on it. If you look closely, you can see that I have used quite a big about of photos on my layout. And you will probably also notice that there are a couple of familiar faces on those photos too :) . Well, I sure enjoyed meeting Riikka, Minna, Elina and Finnabair in Finland last summer and such good memories need to be scrapped! And this colour palette is perfect for these photos.

I´ve used papers by Amy Tangerine – I just love this collection!! And there is also some Wycinanka chipboard here and there. And flowers – yes, quite a few actually :) .

So now it is your turn – still plenty of time to join in with us!!! Hope to see you at OTR, lovelies!!

xxx, Sanna

A day in Paradise – The Crafters Workshop

Hello there, lovelies! I created quite a different style of layout the other day. The reason? I recently added some PanPastels to my stash and they are so fabulously soft in tone and colour that I just needed to create a very pastellic, romantic kind of layout.

Here is what I did:

Sanna Lippert

I took a 12×12 inch piece of white cardstock, placed the “Ripples” stencil over it and wiped some PanPastels thru the stencil onto the white cardstock surface. I used purple, yellow, green, blue and orange pastels on the background.

SONY DSC

I then went and applied some washi tape around the edgesand layered some patterned paper on the top and bottom of the page. Next I went over these layers using a grey pastel tone and the “Sea Creatures” stencil. After that I took the “Punchinella” 6×6 inch stencil and applied some golden molding paste onto the background here and there. After that I just added little bits and pieces of chipboard and other embellishments here and there to finalize my layout. This is how the finished piece looks like:

Sanna Lippert

here are some close-up photos:

Now this is a totally different kind of layout that I usually create. It has lots and lots of different layers and is full of details. I really enjoyed creating this page – from time to time one just needs to try out something new :) .

How about you – when have you last created something totally outside your comfort zone?

Have fun scrapping,
Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Ripples 12×12 inch – The Crafter´s Workshop
Sea Creatures 12×12 inch – The Crafter´s Workshop
Punchinella 6×6 inch – The Crafter´s Workshop
White Cardstock – American Crafts
Patterned Paper – Amy Tangerine “Stitched”
Pastels – PanPastel Pearlescent Set
Golden Modeling Paste – Lukas
Chipboard – ScrapMatts
Washi Tape – Freckled Fawn
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Golden Wax crayon – Stockmar
Glimmer Glaze Oil Slick – Tattered Angels
Other – Ribbon, Beads and Glossy Accents

The Mixed Media Card Challenge – more inspiration I

Hi there! Time to share some additional inspiration for the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog´s January Challenge.

This is what you are supposed to do:

And here is my second card (Phoenix rising from the ashes) for this challenge:

I first stamped the circle (Dina Wakley stamp) onto the background and embossed with gold embossing powder (by Lindy´s Stamp Gang). I then used various Distress Ink colours to create the background and then added some water splatters here and there. I really like the effect it creates. After that I stamped the bird (by Viva Las VegaStamps) with black dye ink and colored it with markers. In the end the feathers got a little glitter glue treatment.

If you haven´t submitted your card yet, now is the time to do so! Have fun with this challenge and see you at MMCC!!!

xxx, Sanna

Just for the fun of it

Hi there! Sometimes, when I feel the urge to create, but just don´t feel like diving into a layout process, so I just play around with what is lying on my desk and make a card or two. These two are a product from an evening like that :)

For the first one I just used a sentiment I cut with the Silhouette and then added two die cut butterflies and some black splatters.

And for the second one I used the same butterflies and some stamps. Fast and easy!

Have a lovely day!!
xxx, Sanna