Xmas cards in non-traditional colours – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there! Today I´d like to show you a set of cards that were inspired by December´s gorgeous non-traditional colour palette over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog.

 Here are my cards:

  
I used a Craftables metal die ( by Marianne Design) to cut the trees.

I then placed the die cut pieces onto my craft sheet and mixed some transparent texture paste together with golden glitter and applied it ont the Christmas tree thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil. I then let these pieces air dry and went along with doodling the edges of the purple papers.

For the first two cards I also hand drew and doodled the sentiment banners. The little rhinestones are in the colours of the colour palette.

 

 For these two cards I created the banners out of washi tape. Other than that I used same elements as on the previous cards. The papers are all from an older stash and actually none of them are “true” Christmas papers. There are some halloween, some summer and even Valentine´s collections in there :-) . What a good way to destash again! I am really discovering the possibilities of my stash lately!! You can go really far with older product too!

There is still time to join in on this challenge, so hope to see you at Off the Rails Scrapbooking Blog soon!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Need a quick Christmas pressy idea??

Hello there, lovely scrappers!! I have been wanting to try this idea out for a long time now – I can remember my mom wearing such jewellery in the 70´s, except her necklace was made out of smooth leather beads. I used to love that neclace and it has been haunting me (in a good way) ever since!!

As I am a paper girl, I naturally chose paper (Sassafras) instead of leather for my jewellery.

 This is how I did these pieces:

First gather your materials together. I used a piece of Sassafras scrapbooking paper for this purpose. Other than that you will need a glue and a sealant (I used Glue n´ Seal from Ranger, as it does both), a paint brush, scissors, jewellery findings for earrings and a necklace and jewellery pliers. For the necklace I used small golden beads, a black fake leather ribbon and lock pieces. For the earrings I needed two fish hooks and two head pins.

First cut approximately 15 cm long “flags” out of your patterned paper. Make sure the widest part of the flag is narrower than the pin so that you have enough space to build the loop later.

Now cover the inside of the flag with Glue ´n Seal.

Then use a needle as a rolling aide and roll the flag into a bead starting from the wider end. If the glue dries along the way, apply some more to make sure the paper sticks properly together.

Then quickly remove the needle from the bead and leave the bead to dry. I wanted to make sure I wouldn´t get any sealant into the bead holes before threading all the pieces together. That is why I applied the sealant in the very end of the process, but if you are careful you could do as you finish each bead.

Now make a  loop in the end of your head pin and combine the hook with the bead part and your earring is done. Repeat for the second piece and the earrings are all set.

Apply the sealant over the paper pieces and let dry. The layer looks quite messy in this picture but when dry it totally disappeared and the finished piece looks really fine from the surface as you can see in the lower photo.

Then off to the neclace. You create the beads the same way like for the neclace, but naturally will need a couple of more :) . Then thread them through the leather band and add a bead in between for additional detail. When the band is full, add the lock pieces and cover the beads with the sealant. Let dry. That all! Your present is done in no time!

This is how the neclace looks like when finished. And the best thing is that it is not heavy to carry! And depending on the colours you choose it will always look different!

 You´d be surprised, what gorgeous beads you can make out of very bold, pattern heavy papers; so no more storing those yucky papers out of sight, use them to make beads :)

Hope you give this a try!

Have fun!
Sanna

Welcome home – Mixed Media Card Challenge, more inspiration

Hi there! Today I´d like to shortly remind you of the ongoing December challenge over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog. The theme is “home” and as an optional element you are asked to use “lace”.

This is the second card I created based on this months theme:

I´ve first used a Hero Arts background stamp and hear embossed some clear embossing powder. The I applied some Distress Ink in several colours onto the background. After that I heated a wax silver crayon to create those random splatters. Then a ribbon and a chipboard house with a sentiment “welcome home” next to it. The house is first coloured with “Wink of Stella silver brush pen” and next covered with some glitter glue. Finally I added some “faux stitching” around the edges.

That is my take, now it´s your turn to create a card based on this theme! You still have a little over 10 days to join in! Hope to see you at MMCC, lovelies!!

xxx, Sanna

Some more Christmas cards – final round

Hi there, just wanted to share a few more Christmas cards with you today. I think these will be the last ones this season ;-)

I´ve used lots of pre-made pieces/embellishments on these cards. First of all, because I just want to finally use them and second, because this way the cards are finished in no time :) .

For this card I created an extremely C&S cover and then stamped the sentiment (using this stamp set) inside the card.

This one has the silvery word “XMAS” on it. That actually was a Xmas present decoration from a present I received last year. I saved it since it was very pretty and it now decorates the card instead.

And this last one is my favorite. I love, love, love the glitter covered snowflake against the golden doilie. And the pretty die cut, spray inked piece on the background is just simply cute. Hmmm…might save this card for myself…!? Nah, just kidding!!!

Now every year I make myself a goal to start earlier with the card production so that I have more time and can put more effort into them, but for some reason I haven´t managed to reach that goal during the past years. Therefore my cards turn out to be pretty simple. But maybe next year will be different…we will see!

Happy crafting, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

Present tags – Paperilla magazine

Hello there! I am totally late with Christmas preparations this year. I simply cannot find enough time to do things at the moment. I´ve got nice plans, but I have trouble making them happen. Someone please give me some extra hours to my days!! So recently I´ve been making present tags. The trouble is, I´ve now got the tags, but no presents yet…I know, just horrible…!

Well, I might as well share the tags and the little how-to..and a little note to friends and loved ones..should you get your presents and cards etc. a bit late this year..it´s the thought that counts, right? RIGHT??

I started by cutting some brown and light brown cardstock into 2 inch wide strips. The perfectly fit into the tag maker punch. I then punched myself a big pile of tags and in the end used the star border punch for creating a nice star border to my tags.

Next I used a stamp by Natalie Kalbach to add some background pattern onto the tags. I used a VersaMark ink with white embossing powder for this purpose.

After that I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and a Fiskars flower punch to punch some flowers and snowflakes out of a piece of misted/masked leftover paper.

After that I added a little strip of ribbon to each of the tags for additional detail.

Next I glued the punched centerpieces on their places and added some sewing thread and a button on top of them. Then I glued some tiny stars here and there. Those were leftovers from the star border punch and I didn´t want to toss them. This is how the finished tags look like:

and I also made some in green and blue too. For these ones I used a texture paste instead of embossing powder and added a hand written text as additional detail.

 

 These tags were really quite fast to make. I think I now have enough for this holiday season. So now all I need are some presents….. ;-) .

Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna

Stenciled coasters – The Crafter´s Workshop

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a litte DIY coaster idea I did for The Crafter´s Workshop blog. A friend of mine recently gave me some hand cut wooden pieces and said that I´d probably find a use for those. He knows me well ;-) . I have been saving those pieces for a while now. They have a really nice shape – some of them are almost heart shaped, so I just used 6 for now and saved the other ones for later. Here is what I did:

I Sanna Lippert

I first gathered some 6×6 inch stencils together and chose patterns I thought would look nice on the coasters. I then just placed a stencil over the wooden surface and traced the pattern onto them with a black Sharpie pen. I just outlined some patterns and some of them I colored black. The outlined ones look “lighter” than the colored ones. So it is totally up to you which look you prefer and go for.

Sanna Lippert

This is how the finished coasters look like. I really like how the “Dartboard” pattern and the one with the circles (from the “Geometric Art Layers stencil”) on the left side of the upper photo turned out. Doodling these was quite addictive, so I am considering doing some more and maybe giving them as a Christmas present to someone dear.

Sanna Lippert

In the end I added a light layer of wood varnish over the doodled areas to make sure the patterns “stay put”. Since the Sharpie is permanent and water and fade resistant, it should work without the varnish too, but I just wanted to play it safe.

Happy stenciling!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Diamond Lattice – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers – The Crafter´s Workshop
Viva La Art – The Crafter´s Workshop
Dartboard – The Crafter´s Workshop
Ceiling Tile – The Crafter´s Workshop
Other: Shapie black, wood varnish

Piparitalo – Page Drafts “Christmas Cheer, Vol. 3″

Hi there! How about another December reveal?? Did I hear a yes?? ;-) Well, I bet many of you have been waiting for this one already…the new Sketch Release over at Page Drafts!! And it is (yes, again) just gorgeous -> take a peek:

I used the sketch no. 3 – loooved it!!!

..and here is my take:

Now hop over to the Page Drafts blog to check out what my DT colleagues have been upto. There is again a ton of inspiration over at the blog with lots of usefull tips and tricks to read. So don´t miss it!! I wish you a lovely time using these sketches!!!

Happy crafting, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

No place like home – Mixed Media Card Challenge December Reveal

Hi there! And here comes yet another new challenge for you!!! This one went online at The Mixed Media Card Challenge blog yesterday!! This months theme is to create a mixed media card around the theme “home”. You can interpret this theme the way you want. As an additional detail you are asked to used “lace”.

Here are the rules, just in case you forgot:
HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by December 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

And this is my take on the challenge:

I first placed a piece of lace over the card base and sprayed some Heidi Swapp Color Shine over the surface. It created a nice lace pattern onto the background. I then applied some golden melted crayon splatters here and there for additional detail. After that I ligned three chipboard houses next to each other, coloured them with markers and applied a coat of cracle accents over them. Then I just stamped the sentiment, adhered it on it´s place and added some chipboard hearts, treated with golden glitter glue, underneath. The faux stitching around the edges is hand drawn.

And how it is your turn! Go and create some home themed cards, lovelies!! And make sure you check out what the the rest of the team created! ..and prepare to be amazed! I just love their creations!!!

Have fun with this one and see you at MMCC!!
xxx, Sanna

Waiting for Christmas – The Color Room #175

Hello there, lovelies!!! And just like that first of December is here! I am slightly panicking about the date, as I have not done any Christmas preparations yet and there is still so much to do *sigh*. But now to more fun stuff than stressing about Xmas time…

First of the month means that there will be a new colour palette up over at The Color Rooms. This one is soooo pretty! I just love, love, love this colour combination!
Picture

You are supposed to use this colour combination on your artworks and in addition incorporate some wrapping paper as a household item. On my layout I used the wrapping paper (the “ho,ho,ho” one!) like regular background paper and sew it onto the cardstock base. Other than that I used the color combo on the various embellishments and kept the page very clean & simple.

The photo has a funny story to it. We had been visiting relatives over Christmas in Finland that year and had been spending lots and lots of time outside in the snow. It was sooo cold, that when I took this photo of my son playing outside, the camera almost “froze” and refused to work properly. So therefore this blurry picture :) . But it shows how much he still enjoyed the snow, despite the freezing cold weather… just had to keep this photo!!!

and here are some close-up photos of my page:

oh, and here is proof that I really used a wrapping paper ;-)

I also made some cards!! I used the bits and pieces of the wrapping paper I had left over after finishing the layout. The baubles, the banner and the flag/tag are made out of it. I first adhered the wrapping paper on cardstock and then cut it in suitable sizes/patterns. The background is made with white spray ink and a stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop). I´ve used this same idea on these cards previously.

A fun challenge, isn´t it? Hope you will all join in on this one!! Sadly, this will also be the very last challenge over at The Color Room – you can read more about it here. It has been a great pleasure being a part of the TCR team and I am very sad to see it close it´s doors. So let´s give TCR the best goodbye we can, shall we? I hope many of you will find the time to join in on this very last challenge, even though Christmas is around the corner.. Have fun with the palette and see you at The Color Room!!!

Thank you for having me Lydell and thanks for a wonderful time on the team <3.

Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna

Christmas present idea – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there! Sanna here today with a little present idea for Christmas. I collect all kinds of junk – even my kids and husband ask me if I can use a certain piece for something, before throwing them away. And near relatives and good friends have now gotten to know the family habits too. That is why I am lucky to receive all kinds of empty, unwanted boxes to add to my stash. The others don´t need them, but I see potential in them. This box, for example, was a perfume packaging that was about to land in the trash can.

I love this kind of boxes as they are very robust and easy to alter. Now that Christmas is around the corner (oh no, already!!??), it´s time to start thinking about presents, right? What better way to reuse this perfume packaging, but to revamp it  and then give it to a loved one, family member or a friend as a little present.

 

So what did I do with the box? As you might see in the lower part, there is still some mint green peeking thru. Well, that is the original colour of this box. It also had a very nice matter finish, so I didn´t want to cover it all up, that way the outside and the inside of the box match each other.

 

 I then added some wooden “feet” to the box. I glued them down with my all time favorite “Aleene´s Tacky Glue” and they really stay put! I then used some papers my Maja Design. I cut them into the right size and glued them on their places with decoupage glue/Modge Podge. I covered both sides of the paper with that glue, that way the paper will not wear up when using the box. Also the doily will not break, when covered with decoupage glue. After the paper layers had dried, I applied some velvet and pom pom ribbon around the box lid and a resin lock for additional detail. I glued all parts and pieces down with Aleene´s Tacky Glue.

 

The chipboard pieces are by Wycinanka and I covered them with white paint and then added some light grey paint here and there for a shadow effect and finally added a layer of glitter glue over the grey areas. The flowers are by Prima Marketing and I added some glitter glue on the petals for more shine. I then took an old door knob and adhered it into the middle. The box can now be opened easily.

There is also some glitter glue around the banners on the top. Just for additional detail and shine. This box makes a pretty neat present box for Christmas (oh, and by changing the papers and colours, you can create a totally different look, of course). It can be a gift on it´s own or filled with chocolate, candy or something else nice. So next time, before throwing those perfume boxes away, take another look at them and reuse them. Christmas is coming, lovelies, so time to start creating ;-) … Have fun!!!

xoxo, Sanna