Glitter striped Christmas card set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone! I´m up with a card tutorial again over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I played with various Silk Microfine Glitter tones in blue. Here are the cards I created:

I chose to use blue(ish) tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on these cards, trying to keep fairly monochromatic in my color tones, since the glitter itself adds lots of sparckle to the cards. So even though there is quite much shine goodness going on on these particular cards, they are still very clean and simple in style.

I´ve also used both the negative and positive die cut pieces here. That way nothing goes to waste and I get two cards done at once. For more details on how I created the cards, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to read the full tutorial. Here is a video for you to watch, to get a better idea of how the glitter surface was created. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple Christmas cards – Studio Forty

Hello there everyone, I am up with a set of clean and simple Christmas cards over at the Studio Forty blog today. My starting point for these cards was a set of „Winter Time“ pocket scrapbooking cards by Studio Forty. I kept the design very simple as I wanted the pocket cards to be the main focus. Here is what I did:

I´ve also prepared a video for you to watch. For more details on the projects, hop over to the Studio Forty blog and do leave a comment there, they enjoy receiving them as much as I do :).

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and I hope you get inspired to create some clean and simple cards yourself!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Hop – STAMPlorations

Hello there and welcome to day 22 of 25 days of Christmas Tags blog hop event organized by Tracey over at her „In My Creative Opinion blog„.

Today the STAMPlorations design team girls share their Christmas tags with you and I am happy be joining this hop and to share some Christmas tag inspo with you all. Here is what I did:

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tag die cut die to create my shaker Xmas tag. The background some stenciling on it, created with a ARTplorations stencil. So all products used, including the stamps are all by STAMPlorations.

Besides the various STAMPlorations products, I´ve used salty ocean Distress Oxide ink and Ranger liquid pearls on the tag. The shaker is filled with various little bits and bobs like holographic snowflakes, trees and stars, some Stampendous glitter and Mica Fragments as well as Prima Art Stones to fill the shaker with various „sheakable“ elements :-).

After finishing the tag it occurred to me, that I could actually not only use this tag on a Christmas present, but also give it away as a present itself. It would make a lovely Christmas tree hanger for someone.

If you are interested in seeing how this tag came together, I´ve also created a short start-to-finish video for you to watch. It will give you a better idea of the various steps, incase you are not already familiar with shaker cards.

Now for the blog hop details:
– you can go back and start from HERE if you started from my blog
– for the overview of all featured teams/days, go HERE
– if you want to see the rules on how to play along, go HERE to the main post

Here is an overview of the companies taking part in this hop over the 25 days, so it´s definitely worth checking out and joining in 🙂 !!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Happy day – TAGplorations challenge reminder

Hello there, everybody! I hope you haven´t forgotten about the new TAGplorations monthly challenge over at STAMPlorations blog. It´s a fun one, so I hope you find time to play along. Incase you haven´t already, here is a kind reminder to do so :-)…

With a reminder tag project:

I´ve used pretty much the same techniques like on my reveal day project (see here) on these tags, except that I´ve added a die cut word on top of the colored and stamped image and some word stickers to go with that. And this time I didn´t make a card, but left the tag as it is. I figured, I could combine the cards and the tags with giving them to someone with a present, maybe.

I´ve again added some faux stitching and used Distress Ink for coloring. The stamped image is again heat embossed with white embossing ink and the die cut word as well as the alpha stickers got a layer of Glossy Accents on them for dimension. The little flags on the upper right corner are from a stickers sheet by Jenni Bowlin. Again trying to use some of my older stash here and there :).

I really do like these framed flower stamp images from STAMPlorations alot. I´m not very talented in coloring, but these are fun to color, because it does not show here if you are not that good at it :). So now it is again your turn to get creative! Do take a look at the project my DT colleagues have created for your inspiration and then grab some goodies and start creating!! There is still plenty of time to join in!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Pop-up cards challenge – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everybody and welcome to yet another Die Cut Design Team Challenge with  Elizabeth Craft Designs. This months challenge theme is „pop-up cards“. Now this truly is  a challenge for me, as I am not very familiar with creating such cards. BUT there are fabulous dies available at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that make creating such cards very easy even for untrained cardmakers. Here is my take for the challenge:

First I took a piece of green patterned paper from my older paper stash to create a base for the pop-up pieces. I then placed the paper into my die cutting machine and cut three different sized pop-up parts onto the background paper.
Next I stamped some Krista Schneider ice bears, tree and stars on white cardstock, die cut them with the matching die cut die set and then colored them with watersoluble coloured pencils by Caran d´Ache. Now I´m definitely not  very experienced in coloring images, but I found the watersoluble pencils quite easy to use with a water tank brush. And it´s like with everything else, if you don´t start, you will not develop. I have been avoiding coloring all the time, since I find it hard to get the shadows and toning right, but then I figured if I keep on trying I might be able to create reasonable looking images after all. And I must admit, that these cute bears were really fun to color.
I´ve added some Stickles glitter glue details here and there on the trees and the bears. A Christmas themed card can always have some glitter on it in my opinion :).  After finishing the images I just needed to adhere them on their places – some onto the pop-up parts and some directly onto the card background. This creates a scenery like feel to the card. In the end I then added a stamped sentiment inside the card. It is a clear stamp set by Krista Schneider and works well with the beary images :).

After creating the inside of the card, I added some finishing touches to the front. I simply adhered a similar toned piece of paper onto the front and fussy cut a pre-printed sentiment to go with it. Then I added some colored and die cut images to accompany the sentiment and decorated everything with glitter glue (Stickles).
That is my pop-up card for this challenge and I must say I had a good time coloring and am quite happy with the results. I still need some practise, but I think I have found my favorite coloring pens to practise with :). I´ll leave you off with a second card that I created as a side product – using all the residue pieces from my first card project.
I just added the star onto the front to decorate the patterned paper and added some twinckle to the background with Stickles. On the inside there is a stamped sentiment from the Krista Schneider Holiday Cheer stamp set.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what everyone else created and leave a comment to be in for the prize draw!! Good luck and happy crafting,

xxx, Sanna

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Stencil Sunday – STAMPlorations

Hello everybody, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. My project for today is really very small – a button book! The idea of creating a button book is not originally mine, I saw it somewhere while surfing the net and was immediately intrigued to try such a tiny size out. This is my take on a stenciled button book:

I started by folding a 12 x 2,5 inch long piece of white paper into folds the size of the buttons I had chosed to be the minibook „covers“. I didn´t do exact measuring, just eyeballed the right size. I can live with measurements like that :). The paper had been pre-treated with blue Distress Ink tone „faded jeans“.

I did a project recently, where I used that color and this was a piece I had dabbed the residue ink onto while finishing the other project. I always to that to save the residue ink. The bits and pieces of paper then later work as nice starting points for other projects. Like for this one, for example.

I wanted to add more color to the fanfolded page(s) and grabbed Distress Oxide iced spruce and twisted citron tones. I added them directly to the work surface and sprayed water mist over then. Next I just dabbed the paper into the wet ink. I repeated this until I was happy with the result. In between dabbing I always used a heat tool to dry one layer, before moving over to the next one.

Here you can see the end result with the inks.

To make sure that the folds would hold, I added bits of washi tape onto the flipside of the fanfolded paper. I used quite a sturdy paper (Luxo Art Samt) for the pages, but still wanted to play sure and added the washi.

Then I took out some STAMPlorations stencils to add color and pattern to the background and make it more interesting for the eye. I went for purple Distress Oxide first and added a leaf pattern very randomly onto the front side. I kept the flipside the way it is.

For the next step I chose to add a bubble pattern with blue Distress Oxide (for a full material list, see the end of this post with direct links to used product). I really like the look of the fanfolded paper and the colors work well together too.

Next I took a piece of scrap paper in white and stamped two motivational sentiments with black ink. Those would be the story inside the book. Since there is not much place inside the book, these small sentiments will easily fill it.

After stamping the sentiments I fussy cut them into smaller pieces, so that one word/part of the word would fit into one fold opening. I also added some stamped flying birds here and there for additional interest. I found that they work well together with with sentiment theme. Here is the finished result:
Finally all I needed to do was to adhere the book covers (=wooden buttons) onto the fanfolded paper piece. I used gel medium for adhering just to make sure the buttons would stay put :). Here you can see the reverse side of the book:

Here is how the finished tiny button book looks like. I have been wanting to create a kind of treasure box with various kinds of altered items, tiny books and altered found objects etc. to put on display somewhere in our home. This tiny button book will mark the start of this project. I will be adding various projects along the next months to that box and then finally create the treasure/keepsake box for those items in the end.        

This is the reverse side of the book:

Here is the front to the book: Just to give you an idea of how tiny this little button book is: the button itself has a diameter of approximately one inch :). I loved creating this piece! So refreshing to try out something totally different for a chance! Too bad I can´t remember who´s button book inspired me to try this idea and where I saw it, but I´m hoping that person might see this and leave a comment so you can go and take a look at that piece too.

Ok, enough of this project, now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues have been upto and creating! Hope you get inspired by the projects, get your stencils out to play and also join the Mixed Media challenge here. See you around!

Don´t forget that you can use my gift code for 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store!!! Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout…

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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My favorite Christmas craft kit – Canvas Corp Brands

Hi there, today I´d like to share a little Christmas craft kit with you that I was asked to put together with my favorite Canvas Corp Brands products. Here it is:

This year I wanted to pick non-traditional, trendy colors for my kit, so I chose red, blue, white and ivory. I will be able to give one kit away very soon and I´ve decided to do that over via my Instagram account, so keep an eye on that. Giveaway will be coming up very, very soon. But first I´d like to give you some information about this kit:

It is available over at the Canvas Corp Brands online store. Just click the link to order yourself one here and read more details about the kit: TAKE ME TO THE KIT

The kit costs only $24,99 (with a value of +$40,-)! So make sure to take advantage of this great offer!!! And even if you are not that much of a Christmas crafter, this kit (except for the tags) will work very well for other occations too, not just the Christmas theme.

I´ve recorded a short video to go with this info post, to give you a better idea of the products in the kit. Enjoy!

I will be sharing projects created with this kit during the next days both here on my blog and on my other social media sites (Insta & YouTube). Hoping you will be joining me for those!

Can´t wait to get started with this kit!
See you very soon,
xxx, Sanna


Giving Thanks blog hop – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone and welcome to the 3rd annual „Giving Thanks“ blog hop with STAMPlorations and friends!!! I am representing the STAMPlorations girls today – I hope you like the projects I created! I´ve created two tags with STAMPlorations product (CUTplorations tag dies and STAMPlorations stamps – see the full material list at the end of this post). This is the first tag:  

I started off with plain white cardstock and everything you see, is added. I first die cut the tags with CUTplorations dies and my die cutting machine (Sizzix Big Shot). Then I added some stamping onto the manila tag and sprayed it with a layer of Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple tone. After that I added a stamped background image with brown stamp ink and then applied Distress Oxides around the edges for more color contrast.

Then I moved over to decorating the die cut luggage tag (on top). I added the stamped sentiment from the brand new Typografia Thankful stamp line by STAMPlorations. Then I added some leaf stamping with VersaMark ink and heat embossed the images with light gold embossing powder from Lindy´s Stamp Gang. Next I applied yellow, orange and coral Distress Oxide to the tag.

After that I adhered the two tags together and added the misted, old book paper banner in between the tags. For decoration I used some yellow burlap (Canvas Corp), embossing enamel, twine, paper and velvet ribbon flowers, half pearls, cork stars and a sceleton leaf in gold.

I really like how this first tag turned out. These new stamps are my faves! So great for so many purposes like ATC´s, art journaling, cards, tags – you name it. At some point you need to stop adding layers and details, so I left the first tag as it was and moved to the second one :-). Here it is:

For my second tag I again die cut two tags from white cardstock. I started by stamping some dots onto the background of the manila tag with brown stamp ink. Then I misted the piece with Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) and after that stamped some leaf images with VersaMark ink on top of it all. I then heat embossed the leaves with white embossing ink. Finally I added some black Glimmer Glaze droplets here and there on top of the leaves and while that was drying, moved to creating the luggage tag.

There are again heat embossed (light gold tone) leaf images here and there and I again inked the tag with Distress Oxides, but used slightly different colours as on my first tag (orange, yellow and brown).

I then adhered the tags together with paper glue and started decorating the tag. I used some half pearls, a velvet ribbon and brown paper flowers for decoration.

I´ve used less decorative elements on this one than on my first tag since I felt that it really didn´t need that much decoration. The white leaf pattern on the background adds enough contrast to the tag, so I kept everything else very modest and small.

I am also trying to use up all my older paper flowers, so they will be showing up on my tag projects also in the future. Such small projects are perfect for adding little bits from one´s older stash to accompany newer product. I think the combination works very well this way.

That´s it! These are my project for the hop. Be sure to hop thru all the designers blogs and comment for your chance to win some prizes. Here you will find all the rules and details about this hop. At the VERY END of this long post, there is a list of all blog hop participants, so make sure you hop thru every single one of them and follow the rules noted on the STAMPlorations blog. That way you can win some yummy prizes!!

There is also a great Thanksgiving sale at the STAMPlorations online store:

If you got inspired by anything you saw and you want to take advantage of the 40% Thanksgiving sale (from Nov. 15-30) and you leave note on your order that you came from my blog (add the prepared text from underneath to the note part of your order) THEN YOU CAN CHOOSE A FREE WORD/PHRASE DIE WITH UP TO $10,00 VALUE AND HAVE IT INCLUDED IN YOUR ORDER IF THE ORDER VALUE IS MORE THAN $40,00! Now how´s that for a fabulous offer by our amazing store owner Shery Russ!!! Note: only one order per customer allowed..

I´ve prepared a note for you in advance for that purpose, just copy it from here and add this to the notes/or email the store to let them know you´d like to take advantage of this order (copy the next part): Hey Shery, I just placed an order with the 40% off coupon after reading about it on Sanna´s blog“. I´d like the „Fabulous Word“ die as my freebie, please“ 

Have fun shopping and hope you enjoy your free goodies and the discount code!! 🙂

Happy hopping and crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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HAVE FUN HOPPING THRU THESE BLOGS and GOOD LUCK!!


But first Coffee – Studio Forty

Hello there,  it´s my turn to share a layout created with Studio Forty product with you today.  Are there any coffee lovers out there amongst you? Well, I need to confess that I tend to drink quite a lot of coffee and I just love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. The coffee themed stamp set in the shop is super cute, so I used that stamp set as my starting point for this page:

I´ve used various stamp sets on this layout for various reasons. I like owls – and I am a night owl – so I figured it would be a perfect match for this page to use some owls with the coffee theme. I stay up late and then I am sleep deprived and then I need coffee to wake up and keep me going… see where I am getting? So basically that is what this page is about.

I´ve used Tattered Angels spray inks to color the fussy cut,  stamped images. I first stamped them onto white cardstock with waterproof black ink, then colored with matching spray ink tones.

I added a layer of spray ink to the background using a piece of plastic as my transfer medium for the ink. That creates a nice random pattern, but bigger color areas than if I would add the color as direct splatters from the bottle.

I first stamped the owls and all other images with black ink onto a thicker paper that absorbes spray inks well, then I used a fine paint brush to apply the ink. The owls add a fun detail to the page.

Also fussy cutting the stamped images adds more interest and texture to the layout than just directly stamping onto the background paper. Besides, this way you have more control of your images and should one of them not turn out nice, you can simply toss that one and stamp another one and your page will not be ruined by a poorly stamped image.

I´ve again added a date stamp onto the page just to document when I created it and what kind of ideas had been going thru my mind on that day. So this layout is almost like everyday diary keeping.

That´s it from me today. When was the last time you documented something about your everyday life, habits or thoughts?

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations November challenge reveal

Hello there! It´s again time to share this months TAGplorations challenge with you!! I sure hope you will find time to play along with us over HERE!! 🙂 It´s a new monthly challenge and there are prizes to be won too, so get your craft on, peeps!!! :-D…
This months challenge is about GRATITUDE and as an optional element you are asked to use polka dots. Here is my project for the reveal:
The fun thing about this challenge is that you are allowed to create all kinds of projects, as long as they feature A TAG and are based on the monthly theme! Here you will find more about the rules.

My cards feature a CUTplorations nesting tag die (see full material list at the end of this post) and a polka dot patterned paper. I´ve also added a stamped and colored STAMPlorations stamp on top of the tag, plus a stamped gratitude theme related sentiment (also a STAMPlorations stamp set).

So I first die cut the polka dot paper with the CUTplorations nesting die, then stamped the flower image with embossing ink onto watercolor paper and used white embossing powder on top. After that I colored the image with Distress Inks and adhered the colored image onto the tag.

Finally I stamped a sentiment with black ink and fussy cut that. Then I just added the faux stitching, the ribbon and assemblied the pieces on their places. I wanted to create cards for this months reveal to show/remind you, that it is totally ok to create something else than just a plain tag – just remember to use a tag on your project! I am very much looking forward to seeing your projects!! Have fun creating and see you at the STAMPlorations blog!!

I´m also adding a kind reminder here that you can still use my gift card code at the STAMPlorations store and get 20% off your order with this code:
Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

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