2 cute 4 words – The Nifty Pixel

How about some sketch goodness??? There is a re-release of the Page Drafts “Hearts a Flutter” sketch series over at the Scrap Stacks Store – designed by the fabulous Em Straface aka The Nifty Pixel. Here is a peek (and a LINK to the store :) …):

And here is my take on the sketch down left:

I´ve used the lovely “Sweet thing” digi kithybrid again, of course – and created this layout with those goodies. And here are a few close-ups:

The only extras here are the black Glimmer Glaze, the black pen and the alpha stickers. Everything else is from the kit. Hope you give these sketches a try. I don´t often do multiple photo layouts, but I just could not help myself when I saw the sketches. Had to go for 3 photos :) .

Happy (hybrid) scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Designer inspired – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello there and happy weekend, everyone!!! Where do you get your inspiration for a project? I get inspired by various things I see, like magazines, paintings, nature, photos, even everyday objects like buildings. We were asked to think about a “designer inspired” project for a Canvas Corp. Crew challenge and I must admit, the minute I read the task, I knew where I would go for my inspiration :) . I am a girl who loves colors. I mean, I admire those simple, pastellic and white soft layouts that are out there, but I somehow never manage to create such. I usually go for color. And when speaking of color, there is one Finnish company that knows their way around bold colors and patterns. They are called Marimekko. I am sure you have heard of them :) . If not, here is a link to their website

They have some very cool fabric patterns out on the market, as well as fun and bold clothing, bags and home articles. Their latest collection has some really fun fabric designs and as soon as I saw this dress, I knew I wanted to use the pattern as an inspiration for a card background. It has those nice color splatters as well as the kind of watercolor effect on it.

And these two cards were inspired by the above dress. The designer behind the dress is Aino-Maija Metsola.  So how did I create this card background then? I took a piece of watercolor paper and the Plain Jane Baseboard paints. I first sprayed the background with water, then dabbed a paintbrush into the yellow/blue spray ink color and drew random lines with the paintbrush. When that layer was dry, I just again gathered some color with the paintbrush from the ink bottle and then dabbed random splatters onto the background. After that I added the embellishments and a stamped sentiment (stamped with this 7gypsies stamp).

I really like the yellow color, but the effect on the blue card turned out even better, so that was my favorite with this technique in the end. And I also colored the lace ribbon with some blue toned spray inks too, so they better match the background. Here I again used this 7gypsies stamp for the sentiment. And in the end also added some Glimmer Glaze splatters onto the surface for additional decoration.

And then I saw this dress on the Marimekko website. What fun colors and patterns there! Just perfect inspiration for a card background too. This dress is designed by Piia Rinne. I used this idea for the next two cards I made.

On the first one I used the same background technique like on the first cards shown previously, but added various colors. All colors I used are from the Plain Jane Baseboard line. After that layer was dry, I grabbed a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil and added some texture paste onto the background thru it. Then I added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters and a stamped sentiment (with this stamp).

For the second card I just used a dry paint brush with the Baseboard ink and drew wavy lines. In between the colors I always let the layer dry properly to keep the lines from mixing together. When the background was done, I again used the TCW stencil with texture paste to add some dots over the first layer. I then added some blue Glimmer Glaze splatters and finally stamped a sentiment and added the embellishments in the middle.

And then I saw the next dress, also designed by Piia Rinne. I just love these patterns and colors!!! And there are so many more to get inspired by when you visit the website.

Here is first sprayed water mist onto a piece of white watercolor paper until it was quite damp. I then took a dry paintbrush and dabbed it into a spray ink bottle until it was soaked with that particular color. I then just held the damp paintbrush over the paper and let color drop down from it. When it touched the paper surface it started to freely spread around and form random patterns. After one color I went over to the next one and so on until the background was full of ink/paint. Then I just added black Glimmer Glaze splatters, a stamped sentiment and the embellishments and the card was done.

Here are a few step-by-step photos about the various processes starting with the materials:

Here I have added some purple ink onto the damp background. I love to watch the color spread around freely and form totally random patterns.

On the left side card I´ve drawn lines onto the damp paper and let the color spread on it´s own. On the right side the colors were dropped from above and formed splatters which then spreaded on the paper on their own. Same idea, but a totally different look.

And here a photo of the same finished card backgrounds.

And a close-up :) .

Then one of my fave products, the Glimmer Glaze paint line. I love adding shiny splodges onto my projects :) .

and here a look of the card backgrounds I created, before glueing them onto the card bases.

I sure had a lot of fun with this “Designer Inspired” challenge. Now make sure you hop over to the Canvas Corp. Blog to see what my design team colleagues have created. There are some really great projects up on their blog to get inspired by. I hope you will also get inspired to take a second look on your fave designers work and maybe add an idea or two onto your next project. Have fun!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Now go shopping for art supplies: Canvas Corp Store
clothing/bags/home articles

What a trip! – The Nifty Pixel Sweet Thing digi kit

Hi there, ready for some more “Sweet Thing” digi kit inspiration?? This kit is designed by the fabulously talented Em Straface aka The Nifty Pixel and I absolutely adore this one. Well, as you might know, I love all her kits, so this one is again no exception, but this particular one is perfect for example for those summer vacation photos :) .

Here is a preview of the kits contents (and if you click the photo, the link will take you directly to the ScrapStacks store):

And this is the page I created:

I used a grid form and lots of photos on this particular layout and I´ve written a few words about the process over at the Nifty Pixel blog, so hop over there to read more about it there :) .

I hope you get inspired to try some hybrid scrapbooking, too!
Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

Don´t forget to fly – June MMCC, Vol. 4

Hello there! Today I will share my last take on the June COLLAGE challenge over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog. There is still a little time to play along with us, so I hope you grab your tools and dig into your stash and get creative :) .

This months challenge is a really fun one. It is about creating a collage of some kind and as an additional element you can use a frame. I´ve again created my kind of collage and first glued all kinds of paper/tape/ribbon pieces onto a piece of cardstock, then used a Tim Holtz butterfly die cut die to cut some butterflies out of that particular paper and then created a frame (again with a die cut die and my Big Shot). I´ve colored the frame with yellow and green spray ink and then stamped some circles with Finnabair stamps onto the background.

Next I outlined the frame with a black pen, then glued the frame with the butterflies onto the card base, added a stamped sentiment in the middle and finally some enamel dots.

It is a quite fast card to create, although there are so many bits and pieces in there. And the fun part is that you can use all kinds of residue paper pieces and old product to create the collage butteflies. I bet flowers would look cool this way too. Will need to try that out some time later. I´ve really enjoyed this moths challenge alot, hope you do too and join in with us! We love seeing your creations!!

See you at MMCC,
xxx, Sanna

Happy times – The Nifty Pixel

Here comes pastels… :-) . Not my usual go to colors, never have been, but for some reason, I kinda changed my mind when I saw the gorgeous Feelin´ Chipper The Nifty Pixel digi kit full of beautiful pastellic tones.

Absolutely adorable, right? And here is what I did with this digi kit – again, as always, a HYBRID take :) . I love printing these papers out with my Epson color printer and picking the ones I want/need. So practical to just press the print button and just like that the desired papers are there to use.

Almost everything in this layout is from the Feelin´ Chipper digi kit. Only the hearts and the stamps (Gossamer Blue kit), the black Glimmer Glaze splodges (Tattered Angels) and the black stickers (Gossamer Blue kit) are not digital/hybrid. Other than that everything is from the kit. I love, love, love these paper. Sooo gorgeous! Here are a few detail shots too:

How about you, have you already tried going hybrid/digital? I tell you it is great fun!!! Here is a link to the Scrap Stacks store, where you can find The Nifty Pixel designs. Have fun shopping!!!

Happy hybrid scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

(heart) you & don´t forget to fly – June MMCC, Vol. 3

Hello there, lovelies!!! Time for some more Mixed Media Card Challenge inspiration for the June challenge :) .

Here are my two cards:

I have again glued bits and pieces of paper/ribbon and/or washi tape onto a piece of paper, then cut those into a “frame” form with a die cut die. Next I added some additional layers using a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil with a silvery paste.

Both cards have the same frame form as a base. To the green-yellow toned card I also added some flowers from my stash, some additional enamel dots, a stamped and fussy cut butterfly as well as a stamped sentiment.

For the second card instead of adding flowers I just added a few stickers and enamel dots for decoration and then outlined both the frame and the card with a black pen.

I hope you will find time to play along with this months fun “COLLAGE” challenge!!! As an optional element use a frame and when finished, go here and add your link! Hope to see you at MMCC,

xxxx, Sanna

Adore this – The Nifty Pixel, Feelin´ Chipper Kit release

Hello there lovelies, another month, another kit reveal :-) . This time it´s time to share the new The Nifty Pixel digi kit called Feelin´ Chipper. It is a bright and light hearted kit inspired by a smile and that good ole positive feeling of happiness! It’s filled to the brim with pretty flowers, butterflies and hot air balloons. With hearts and sprinkles at hand you will be spreading the love in an instant even if at times that positivity notion maybe lacking, this kit will leave you feeling good all over!

Kit Includes: 12 X Patterned Papers, 5 X Solid Papers, 50 X Elements + an Add-On Alpha Pack. Just click on the images above to go to the store for a better look :) ….





And there is more:
and even more ;-) … how about a freebie??
annddd…. this is my layout made with the kit (and just a few bits and pieces from my stash..):

and a few detail shots:

I have first used a blue digi plain paper, added some digital elements from the kit (again using InDesign) onto the paper and first then printed it with my color printer. Next I just cut the paper in size to fit onto a piece of cream cardstock (from my stash) and glued it down. I then fussy cut some elements and glued them on their places. I also added some ink spray splodges (green) and a few stickers and hearts from my stash to go with it all. Then all I did was to outline the blue paper with faux stitching and to write a short journaling to go with the photo.

That´s it! I am really enjoying the layering part of the elements and first then printing the paper, when there is already lots of stuff “going on” on the background. I just loved the element designs from this kit – as you probably can see from the amount of layers there are on the blue paper :) . Such great fun!!! I hope you give this kind of hybrid a try.

Oh, and don´t forget to go HERE for some more inspiration and just in case also adding the direct link to the store :-) .

Have fun scrapping and enjoy your weekend,
xxx, Sanna

Freedom – MMCC June challenge, Vol. 2

Hello there and happy Monday!! Time to share some more Mixed Media Card Challenge blog inspiration again. For this months challenge you need to create a COLLAGE and as an optional element you can add a FRAME. Just click the above picture to get to the challenge page for more information.

This is the second card I created:

I again used bits and pieces of paper, washi tape, ribbon and border stickers, added layers of ink/stamping and/or stenciled paste over the areas and then used my Big Shot to die cut some butterflies from those paper pieces. Finally I added some enamel dots for additional decoration and my card was done.

Then I went along and painted a watercolor background with a Tattered Angels (patina) Glimmer Mist onto the card base, added some rubber stamp images (stamps by Finnabair) and sentiments. After that I just glued the butterflies down onto the card base and cut the residues off.

I will be sharing some more cards I created for this challenge later on this month and I hope you will come back to take a look ;-) .

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna

Cutie Pie – The Nifty Pixel

Happy late Thursday evening, everyone!!! What have you been upto today? We had a day off today and were enjoying the gorgeous weather outside. Summer is definitely my favorite season and I am sooo happy it is that time of the year again. I even got a bit sun kissed today. Funny, how ones mood reflects the weather – or vise versa – as I woke up and saw the gorgeous sunshine, I just could not help but to smile widely.

I had been eating some ice cream and just relaxing with my family the whole day. Taking some photos of my blooming garden (if you are interested, then hop over to my Insta page to take a look). And we ate home grown strawberries today. Boy were they good! Did I mention that I love this time of the year?? ;-)

I am desperately trying to build a bridge between the text above and my layout, but I am not doing very well, am I… oh well! At least the photos are from the same season. And the kits name is Sweet Thing and the designs are just perfect for this time of the year. There, the connection between the first two paragraphs and the layout is done :) . So time to reveal some June digi goodness from The Nifty Pixel!!! Again, totally in love with these desings (and yes, I know I am repeating myself here every month..but what can you do..the designs are ALWAYS fabulous..).

And now, the kits:

And this is my first layout made with the kit. I did something experimental with this months kit. I played around with the elements and the patterned papers in InDesign. And wow, that was truly mind blowing!!! The result is a layered paper. What I did is I added the elements onto the patterned paper in the InDesign programm and then printed the paper with my Epson color printer (A3 format).

This is what the “layering” procedure looked like on my computer. I went and added all kinds of “rub-on”, text and splodges designs over the orange patterned paper and when I was happy with the end result, I printed the paper. This is how the printed paper looked like, before I started adding photos and details:

Pretty cool, huh? And very easy to do. I am not very good in using digital elements AS digital elements and playing around with them, but this is what I managed to do with just a few clicks. I find that pretty cool. And now I already had a playful, interesting background to start with.

So I did quite a little with the page as I was already very happy with it. I just added the photos and fussy cut some elements pieces and glued them on their places. I also added some black Glimmer Glaze here and there for additional detail and took some washi tape and combined it with the dymo label hashtag designs.

In this close-up you can see, that there are both “real” and digital ink splodges here and there.

Even the title is added directly to the background design. How fun and easy is that!

Finally all I needed to do was to add lots of journaling which I chose to write along the edges of the paper. This was a really fun experiment and very mind blowing to me – I will for sure experiment more into this direction with the next kit too :) .

Happy (hybrid) scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

Hello – June MMCC challenge reveal

Hello everyone! Wow, May literally flew by for me. I had been mainly chasing my tail the whole month and I am glad we are moving over to a new month now. Adjusting to the new work situation has been very demanding and I am hoping for a little bit more relaxed time for June (one can hope, right?).

Beginning of June also means that it is time to reveal the next Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog Challenge!!! Here it is – a really fun one:

So what is expected this time? A collage and as an optional element you can use a frame (all the details on how to play along are listed here). I googled the word collage and Wikipedia says the following: “collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.” OK, so for me, I used the optional element (frame) as my new whole.

I took a piece of border stickers (repurposing old stash here again!), adhered them on a piece of watercolor paper and added some pieces of patterned paper and silver ribbon here and there too. When that layer of bits and stips was done, I treated the surface with a (chalk) light green paint dauber. After that I added some stamping with black ink. Totally random. Stamps are by Finnabair, by the way.

Next I ran the piece thru my Big Shot and cut the frame form. After that I added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters over the surface and glued it down onto a card base. Next I applied a puffy sticker (from a Gossamer Blue kit) as a sentiment and added some green enamel dots here and there. Finally I also doodled around the card base for additional detail.

So that is my take on collage. I know the end result does not exactly match the definition, but that is what they call the creative freedom, right? This is what I ended up with. It is mixed media and it has lots of bits and pieces from different sources in there, so it´s close enough of a collage for me ;-) .

I sure had a fun time making this card and that is what counts, right? AND I found a new way to use my old border stickers (I have a ton of them…) and will for sure come back to this idea again and again. It is kind of addictive :) . So now it´s your turn. Get your stash and media out and start to play! Can´t wait to see what you make!! See you at MMCC, lovelies!!

Have fun!!!
xxx, Sanna