Be silly – Canvas Corp Brands

Remember the tangled greeting cards I shared with you a few days back? Well, I also made a second project (this time a layout) with the Tattered Tangles papers. And as promised, I am sharing it today with you – including a little step-by-step:

This was my starting point: a paper sheet of pre-made tangles in black&white and a piece of white cardstock and one photo, a black Sharpie and scissors. Not much, right?

The idea behind the Tattered Tangles papers is to provide crafters with pre-made designs to serve either as a starting point or as a background to work on. You can use spray ink, crayons, color pencils, markers, stains, watercolours and stamp ink on them to name a few. You could either just colour the images and use them as they are or add additional detail by doodling on them. Or you could use single strips/pieces (like I did on my layout) as a starting point.

Sometimes it is hard to draw the first line on a plain piece of paper and that is what these papers are designed for. I find the idea great as it was quite a lot of fun to continue designing Zentangles (read more about those here!) onto the layout background based on a pre-made strip.

As you can see in this photo, I´ve chosen two strips as my starting point. I glued those pieces overlappingly onto the upper part of the layout and then drew some swirls with a pencil onto the background. These swirls work as a border for the area where my Zentangles will be. I then drew some lines inside the swirled areas to divede the area into several smaller parts. That way it is easier to start designing/drawing the patterns.

Here you can see how I proceeded. I really did not have a special pattern in mind when I started, I just let my feelings guide the pen and this is what I ended up drawing.

Finally, here is the finished black and white background. I used a black Sharpie for drawing as I wanted the black colour to be waterproof, since I was going to colour some areas later. I´ve also added some outlining to go with the Zentangles.

After finishing the backgound pattern, I wanted to add hints of colour here and there and did so by applying some Glimmer Glaze (pink, purple and yellow) here and there. Since the black and white pattern was very bold on its own, I only added lighter colours and only a little here and there.

Here is a detail shot of the coloured parts. Here you can also see that I´ve continued detailing the pre-made desings by adding some more pattern to them. There are also some glitter glue details here and there, but only just a few.

After finishing the background I glued the photo down onto the layout using 3D foam pads. That way the photo stands out a little bit from the background. Since the background is very vivid and bold, I felt that I didn´t need that much decoration to go with it, so I only just added a few chipboard butterflies which I coloured using a paint brush and some green Glimmer Mist. I also added some glitter glue onto the butterflies to give them additional shine.

Then just a few lines journaling written on small watercolour paper strips and

a title consisting of a sentiment. The purple alpha stickers match the colours of the background, but are not too bold. And I just could not help myself and had to add a few black Glimmer Glaze splodges here and there for additional detail. What can I say, I love to use black Glimmer Glaze :-) !!!

Basically, this is a really simple-to-do layout. It just takes a while to do all the “zentangling”. I definitely recommend you give this a try. It is quite a lot of fun and you will always end up with a different, totally uniqu background!!! AND it is very, very relaxing and liberating too! So now it´s your turn to get into some Zentangling – and if you are afraid to try on your own, use the pre-made Tattered Tangles (here is link to the store ;-) …) as a starting point! Nothing easier than that!!! And ENJOY!!!!

xxx, Sanna

Hints of Spring – Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there! Another month, another challenge :) ! It again time to share the new card challenge at the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog and this month it´s all about:

And here is how you can play along:
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 March 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on March 31.

This was my take on the challenge:

This is what is “on” the card: Pink Distress Stain on the background to create a faux watercolor effect, some partial stamping with grey dye ink, Glimmer Glaze splatters in pink, an old sticker (destashing!!), some wood veneer birdies and tiny leftover paper hearts here and there. In addition I doodled a frame with a grey pen.

I hope you will find some time to play along this month!! It´s a really fun challenge you can interpret in so many ways!!! See you at MMCC, lovelies!

xxx, Sanna

Tangled greetings – Canvas Corp Brands

Hi there and happy Friday! We have gorgeous sunshine here today and I´m really enjoying the rays of sun – funny, how they immediately bring a smile on my face!! So it´s end of February already. My month was full of ups and downs and I will share more about it in due course, when the time is right. Don´t worry, nothing like I´m seriously ill or something, just normal ups and downs life sometimes throws on our paths to see if we can cope with them and maybe also to learn us to cherish the days more when there are no obstacles on our way. I´ve been told, it´s going to be all good and something better always evolves from change, but I´m afraid you see these things first afterwards and I´m not quite there yet, so cannot quite see it yet ;-) .

So instead I´m going to enjoy the sunshine and the gorgeous weather today. Boy have I missed the sun!!! :) . And now for the most important part – a few cards!

I made these with various Canvas Corp Brands products. Mainly used the Tattered Tangles papers and some Tattered Angels mists. Can´t go wrong with those, right? :) So what´s Tattered Tangles then, you are probaby thinking. They are pre-made papers with all kids of zentangles on them (here is a link for you to see what Zentangles is all about). Canvas Corp. has all kinds of pre-made papers in this style. The idea is to use them as they are or as a base for further “zentangling”. Sometimes it´s hard to draw the first line on white paper and these papers will help you start :) . Then there are papers that have motives on them, like presents. I´ve used those on my cards. You could either decorate them a little bit more (= add more zentangles) or leave them as they are and give them a touch of color instead. That is what I´ve done on these cards. I just colored them with alcohol markers. Really easy to do and the paper absorbs other colors too. You could use mists, glazes, crayons and regular coloring pens even. I wanted to get a strong color so I chose alcohol markers.

For the background I´ve added a piece of watercolor paper which I sprayed with similar tones of Glimmer Mist. That way both the present image and the background go nicely together. The background is really easy to do, just spray some color onto the background, use a heat gun to dry it and if preferred add some more color and heat dry again.

After coloring the present images and creating the background I just glued everything on their places. I used 3D foam pads to glue down the presents. That way they stand out a little bit. I´ve also added a slight layer of glitter glue on the bow to give it a touch of sparkle.

Finally I just used some hand carved stamps (made by a lovely friend of mine – thank you!) to stamp the black dye ink sentiment on the cards. I find the the style of the stamps goes really well with the tangled papers. That´s it, the cards are all done. This is really easy and fast to do – and fun – so I hope you give these papers a try! There will be another project coming up soon, same kind of papers, but totally different direction – can´t wait to share it with you as I had so much fun making it! :)

Ok, I´m off now. Wishing you all a lovely, sunshine filled weekend!!!
xxx, Sanna

Have fun! – The Nifty Pixel

Hello there, lovelies! It is again time to share some Nifty Pixel amazingness :) . This time some sketches!! These are called: “Pretty as a Picture” and like the times before, they are absolutely gorgeous!!!

I chose this particular one for my layout this time:

And here is my take – sorry for the bad photo – I had messed up with the settings of my camera and only noticed that when it was too late… In real life the colors are more vibrant and not so grainy!!! But I hope you still get the idea.

I used the “Pick your destiny” papers for this layout. Love, love, love them!!! One of my faves at the store!!! And yes, I´m still liking the hybrid world, thank you :) .

Another close-up photo:

And one more. I´ve only added a doilie, the alphas and some wood veneer to go with the papers. Oh, and Glimmer Glaze – how could I forget that :) . My fave product of all time!

Now hop over to the Nifty Pixel site to take a look of the gorgeous layouts my DT colleagues created! And then hop over to the store to get yourself some digi/hybrid goodness!!!

See you soon,

Tags & Stencils

Hi there, today I´d like to share with you some quick and easy tags I created. They are perfect for little presents and also can be added as decorational elements to different kinds of artworks.

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I first took a piece of watercolor paper and created multi-colored backgrounds with Distress Inks and water. After that layer was dry I mied some texture paste together with various acrylic paint colors and then just started adding the paste onto the watercolor paper pieces.

Sanna Lippert

After that I added some ink splatters here and there in various colors that matched the color scheme of the particular tag. I then went and added all kinds of decorational elements and even stamped some sentiments to my tags. Finally I just added a piece of ribbon on top. While I was at it I created quite a few backgrounds at once. It is kind of addictive once you start.

Sanna Lippert

For this last tag I just changed the texture paste to embossing paste and mixed it together with some green glitter. Once the paste is dry the glitter will not come off and it is much more cleaner and easier to work with the glitter once mixed together with the paste.

Sanna Lippert

I also glued some of the backgrounds onto card bases to create a series of small cards. I used some stamp images to highlight the cards and added a suitable sentiment to go with the image.

Sanna Lippert

On projects like these I like also to use up some older stash. For example the big flowers are ones I bought when I first started scrapbooking and that is a while back. When you mix and match you can use up quite a few older products at once :) . I hope you give this idea a try! Have fun!

Happy creating,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter´s Workshop Stencils – Positive, Persian Gate, Vineyard, Coptic Impressions, Alhambra, Labyrinth, Kasias Letters, Random Stars, Netting, Sea Creatures, Abstract Leaves
The Crafter´s Workshop Fragments – Filmreel Fragments
The Crafter´s Workshop Balzer Bits – View Master Bits
Ink – Distress Inks by Ranger
Archival ink – Ranger
Acrylic paint – PaperArtsy
Spray ink – Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
Stamps – Dina Wakley for Ranger
Other – Brads, Flowers, Ribbon, Glue

Love life – final MMCC February inspiration

Hello there! I´ve got one more LOVE themed card to share with you this month :) . This is also made for and based on the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog´s February challenge theme! And that is LOVE and buttons :) . Here is the direct link:

and here is my final take on the challenge:

I again used a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil to create the netting pattern with embossing paste. Next I applied some pink spray ink with a paint brush over the pasted area. After the surface was dry, I applied some black ink splodges, some yarn and a piece of silver netting ribbon as well as a resin flower. This time I interpreted the theme a bit different, instead of writing just “love”, I wrote “love life”.

Sure has been a fun month creating all the “LOVEly” cards :) . I sure hope you have had time to join us!! If not, there is still just a little bit time left to do that :-D ! See you there!

xxx, Sanna

Love – more February MMCC inspiration

Hello there lovelies! I have been very busy creating love themed cards this month. So here comes another one I made based on Mixed Media Card Challenge blog´s February theme. Remember, it is all about love and buttons, right? Love is the main theme and buttons an optional element.

and here is my 4th card for this challenge:

I first used a dry embossing folder to create the background pattern for this card, then inked over it with orange and pink Distress Ink and highlighted the edges with some more pink. After that I cut a heart shape out of a piece of leftover paper, covered it with Glossy Accents and spinkled some Mica Fragments over it. Next I placed the gold-white-striped heart over it, added the ribbon bow and some rhinestones. Finally I also stamped some hashtag words here and there. I am quite addicted to these hashtag stamps by Tim Holtz ;-) .

So, if you haven´t joined in yet, now´s the time!! This is an easy and fun challenge to play along with – hope to see you at MMCC,

xxx, Sanna

(heart) Home – Canvas Corp Crew Member

Hello there everyone and Happy Valentine´s Day!!! Today I can officially share with you the news that I have joined the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew. And it is a HUGE team I am a part of with lot´s of fab designers there!! I am ever so thrilled to be part of this amazingly talented team and am very much looking for this creative, fun ride! I hope you will stop by once and a while to see what I have been up to :) . Here is more about how the team came together (just follow this link).

Canvas Corp challenged us (to help you best get to know each member and to help each member to show off their personal creative style) to create a 4×4 stretched canvas and are sharing them with you on their Canvas Corp Brands Website.  You can visit the personal blogs/pages of every designer through the linked projects here & learn more about each crew member. Enjoy the creative journey of viewing each of the 4×4 canvases. Please also take the time to vote for your favorite canvas here on the Canvas Corp blog! One of the crew members will win some CCB Bucks if you do so, so we would appreciate the love and support!

Here is my canvas I made for this introduction challenge:

I was very lucky to be able to visit CHA this year for the very first time and got the possibility to get to know the Canvas Corp team in person. While chatting with them at the convention I told them that due to having two boys I am not a very flowery, pastellic kind of person at all and I make more masculine pages due to having boys. Well…that is what I told them and I also really meant what I said, but then this happened *grin*. As my first project for them I ended up creating a 4×4 inch canvas in PINK, WITH FLOWERS, GLITTER and ALL THAT STUFF :) .

I have used a light pink Glimmer Mist over a layer of clear gesso. Then mixed some texture paste with the same Glimmer Mist tone and applied the paste thru a stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop) onto the background. After that I added a darker shade of Glimmer Mist on some parts of the background and added black and grey Glimmer Glaze droplets here and there.

Next I took some seam binding, colored it with Glimmer Mist to match the canvas colors, cut a piece of grey patterned paper into a heart form and added a pink burlap piece on top. I then made some clay roses with molds myself and colored them with pink Glimmer Glam to match the pink monochromatic color scheme. Next I stamped a sentiment with a 7gypsies stamp, but only used the word “home”. After that I just layered all pieces over each other and added some rhinestone swirls for additional detail.

The Canvas Corp team had some good laughs when I submitted my pink creation, as that was not exactly what they had been expecting me to do. I had a good time creating this one and it is kind of perfect for Valentine´s Day too.

xxx, Sanna

Wonderful day

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you two really simple and easy cards. I´ve used water based markers with a water tank brush to colour the images. But before I started coloring them, I adhered some peel-off stickers to the card base. Then I just went along and used the markers with the water tank brush to apply the color.

After that I added some black Glimmer Glaze droplets, did the outlining with a black pen and stamped the sentiments with Wycinanka stamps using black ink. Fast, simple and easy! Again something to add to my card box to wait for their destiny :) .

I am joining the Creative Colors #29 challenge with my cards. I´ve used the color palette and if you look closely, you can see some dots on one of those cookies. I´ve added some peel-off sticker dots here and there to my cards. I hope that counts :) . And my yellow is more like a dark yellow, as I didn´t have a bright yellow in my stash…

Wishing you a great day,
xxx, Sanna

The Nifty Pixel February release

Hello there! It´s time to share the Nifty Pixel February kit. It is even more amazing than the January one, if you ask me. Well I am kind of biased as I happen to adore everything Em designs, but I think you will also like this kit :) . It´s again a digi kit, but as you know, I am no digi scrapper. I only can do hybrid in addition to traditional :) . So my pages done with these kits are always hybrid. Which means I print the paper and use them like regular scrapbooking paper. And do I like it? YES :) . Very much.

Here is a peek into this months kit called “Pick your destiny”. Alone the names of th kits get my creative juices flowing :) .

And here is what I created based on this kit:

Almost everything is from the kit. Except for the cardstock paper on the bottom, some tiny beads on the flower and the white texture paste I used with a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil. Oh, and the veneer alphas are from my stash. But everyting else is from the kit.

And you don´t want to miss the add-ons!! GOR-GE-OUS!!! Love the papers sooo much.

and this is a page I used some goodies from the add-on on:

Again combined with some The Crafter´s Workshop stencils and paste, some wood veneer embellishments and my fave Glimmer Glaze “oil slick“.

I loved creating with this kit!! Had a blast!!! Hope you do too! Now hop over to The Nifty Pixel site and check out what the rest of the DT created. You are going to love their pages! And just in case you feel the urge to get yourself some TNP hybrids, here is a direct link for the store :) . Have fun!!!

xxx, Sanna