Awesome – Studio Forty

Hello there! How about a quick card share? I´ve made this card with Studio Forty product after I finished this layout. So basically using up all my leftover colored and stamped dreamcatcher images on this card and some of the leftover paper pieces. Here is what I ended up with:

If you watch this video, you can see how and with what I colored the stamped images. Other than that I have just layered the patterned papers from the Moonchild collection on top of each other and distressed the edges of the feather paper abit.

Next I´ve built the dreamcatcher from the patterend paper and the stamp set from the Moonchild collection. Then I´ve colored the images and fussy cut them with small scissors.

Finally I added some liquid pearls and Stickles for additional interest and shine, doodled around the edges and added a stamped, fussy cut sentiment. That´s it. I really like this collection very much, the colors are so beautiful and all the patterns works so well together. Wishing you a lovely, creative day, peeps!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You can count on me – layout

Hello everyone and happy Monday! It´s again time to share another scrapbook layout tutorial with you today, created with Studio Forty product. I´ve again used the Moonchild collection and various clear stamps, word stickers and transparent stickers from the Studio Forty product range on this layout. Additionally I´ve created fun background details and colored some stamped images with Neocolor II watersoluble was crayons. I had so much fun creating this page!!! Here is my finished layout:

And here are some close-up photos:

I´ve used the Moonchild collection „I´m a dreamer“ & „Spirit of nature“ clear stamp sets to stamp the dreamcatchers for the layout. For coloring I used the previosly mentioned Neocolor II watersoluble crayons. They work really well even with the regular white cardstock and the water tank brush!! And the colors worked so well together with the beautiful Moonchild collection papers.

For more details about the layout and the product, also see the blog post over at the Studio Forty blog. If you are interested on the product I´ve used on this page, see the end of this blog post for a full material list with direct links. If a product is not available/linkable, then I always try to add a similar alternative to the link list.

This collection has inspired me so much that I´ve created a second video tutorial for you guys to watch. I hope you enjoy it and get inspired to scrap some yourself!!! Here is the video:

Now be sure to hop over to the Studio Forty blog for even more inspiration – my design team colleagues have created beautiful projects that you should definitely take a look at too! Stay tuned for more tutorial posts next month!! See you then!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

ps. there might be one more small additional project coming up tomorrow, just in case you are interested, come back tomorrow evening :). See you!

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Snow is fallin´ – Studio Forty

Hello there, everyone! Hope you had a lovely, relaxing weekend!!! I visited a fair this weekend in Vienna and got inspired by the various booths there (see my Insta feed for more). But I have also squeezed in some creative time at home this weekend, too. Here is one of the results – a blue and purple toned Christmas card:

I´ve used Distress Oxides to create the background first, then stamped the snowflakes with VersaMark ink onto the background and finally applied white fine embossing powder over the stamped images and heat set those with a heat tool.
Then I cut the paper at an angle in a manner that I was able to create an open space between the bottom and the top parts. I used that gap to stamp the „snow is fallin´“ sentiment several times onto the cardbase with black ink. I´ve also matted the inked watercolor paper with a piece of dark blue cardstock. Finally I used a circle punch to create the 3 separate snowflake circles. One of them is adhered with 3D foam to create more dimention. The rest of them are adhered with paper glue. To finish the card off, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops and Liquid Pearls for additional interest.

I really like this card alot – and the snowflake stamps are so pretty. They are so filigree and detailed <- you will find them in the Studio Forty December Days 2017 kit (see link underneath). Wishing you a lovely Sunday and a good start into the new week!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Make today amazing – Studio Forty

Hello lovelies! We are celebrating indipendence day today here in Austria and I´m quickly dropping by with a fall themed card share :-). I´ve created this card with Studio Forty clear stamps, Distress Inks and Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels.

I´ve first stamped the leaves (see full material list at the end of this post) with VersaMark ink and then applied golden embossing powder and heat set that. Next I used Distress Inks and Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels to color the leaves and the background. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with black waterproof ink. Here is a close-up:

I really like how this card turned out. Check out the Studio Forty store – they have lovely  stamp designs! Wishing you all a lovely day!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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White and green winter scenery card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, today is again my turn to share a tutorial with you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time I created a white and green toned Christmas card. I really like the combination of green and white colors and find it very suitable for Christmas cards too. What I´ve also noticed is that I do like to add a little sparkle here and there in my recent projects. Some Silk Microfine Glitter adds a really nice touch to the trees and is accompanied by a touch of Crystal Stickles on the background. And the clean tones like Warm Diamond or Crystal really can be added to almost any kind of project!

The style of this card is very clean and simple and the design is very flat. That way it will survive mailing better and the postage will not be as high as with a card that has plenty of layers on it. NOW, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see my full tutorial and all the details. Hope you get inspired!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations October challenge reminder

Hello there lovelies! Time to remind you of the TAGplorations monthly challenge. Remember the theme was FALL and as optional elements you can use colors ORANGE, RED and GOLD. There is still plenty of time to join in on this challenge, so start creating and play along! Here is my reminder tag for additional inspiration:

For this tag I´ve first die cut the red paper with the Tag #1 Nesting Dies (from the STAMPlorations store – see details at the end of this post). Then I´ve take a piece of tissue paper that came as a parcel filling and treated that piece with acrylic paints, a Gelli Plate and Hidden Hearts stencil to create pattern onto the tissue paper. Next I stamped some circles onto the paper and fussy cut them along the edges. They are adhered onto the tag with a matte varnish.

I then added some heavy paint thru a stencil (Forest of Leaves by STAMPlorations) on top of the images, let that dry and decorated with a rhinestone birdie, a goldgen leaf paperclip, a paper flower and a stamped, fussy cut image (stamp by STAMPlorations – see details at the end of this post). I had so much fun creating this tag. It was messy and in the middle of the process (when adding color to the tissue paper) my kids came to my scrap room and the look on their face said more than words ever could. Carefully they asked what on earch I was doing :)… Well, it might have looked kinda crazy to them, but in the end, when the pieces found their places, the tag turned out really to my liking. No matter what my kids might think of me/it ;-)…

So now is your time to get messy (or maybe not!). Remind you of the rules on how to play along (see the blog for details) and start creating! There are nice prizes to be won and lot´s of fun to be had just waiting for you!! Hope to see you join our challenge!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas greetings – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone! It´s again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs monthly challenge with the die cut design team. This month´s theme is Christmas. So we were asked to create something Christmas related: presents, present packaging, present tags, cards etc. I went with a card idea I had had on my mind for  a while. Here is what I did:

Here is how I created the card:

First I took a piece of green Soft Finish Cardstock (for a full material list see the end of this post) and attached it to a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet. After that I die cut the piece with the Berry Branch die cut die.

Next I took a piece of green toned patterned paper from my own (old) stash and die cut a piece of paper that matches the size of my white card base with the same die cut die. I only saved the upper part of this die cut piece, tossing the branch itself, as I really didn´t need that piece for this purpose. I could have saved it for another card, but this time I made an exception and just tossed it.

Finally I only had to adhere the green patterned paper onto the upper area of the card base. Next I removed the adhesive protection from the die cut berry brach piece and carefully adhered it onto the card base making sure the patterned paper and the branch fit together. This is a little bit tricky, especially when using such a detailed die cut piece, but it´s doable. Just make sure when placing the branch where it is supposed to be, don´t press the adhesive down all the way immediately. This way you can still move the piece, if needed/necessary. When the pieces are attached together, then just decorate with enamel dots/rhinestones/liquid pearls. I used red liquid pearls to create the berries. This needs a short drying time, so place the card somewhere, where it can dry properly.

Finally, to add a suitable Christmas sentiment, I used the Winter Sentiments by Joset Designs and stamped with VersaMark ink and then applied a layer of white embossing powder and heat set that until the powder turned shiny.   

Now be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created for this month´s challenge and leave a comment/answer the question at the ECD blog to be in for the win!!! Good luck and hope you get inspired!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You were born to fly – Stamplorations Stencil Sunday

Hello there lovelies, it is again Stencil Sunday time! For today I´ve created a fun project to share with you. It is something that I discovered when cleaning my stencils recently. I did the cleaning process on my work surface and when wiping the stencil clean with a baby wipe, I noticed that the residue ink it left a nice wet pattern onto my working surface. So that is how the „what if“ thought started…

So this time when I had an inked stencil that I wanted to clean, I simply placed it on top of a piece of scrap paper. Voilá! The idea was born. I know it is nothing very fance, but I liked the idea of using all the residue ink this way. I even did a short video for you to watch. Here is tag that resulted from this idea:
I used a piece of old yellow scrap paper and a stencil that had a layer of red ink on it. In this picture you can see that the stencil pattern on the background is quite light, that is because the baby wipe only takes so much ink from the surface and transfers it onto the background.

Above are some close-up photos of the tag and the background. I´ve decorated the tag with stamps and some washi tape. That way it can be used as a bookmark too, since it is not very bulky. 

And finally, here is the video on how I created the tag. I hope you enjoy it and the idea!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Remember that my discount code is still valid (add STAMPGIRLSANNA upon checkout) – have fun shopping!
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Good Memories layout – Studio Forty

Hello there! Today I get to share my very first scrapbook layout tutorial for & with the Studio Forty Moonchild collection. I am very thrilled to be joining this team and being able to share scrapbooking fun with their products!! Here is a little sneak peek on my very first project:
In case you don´t know Studio Forty yet, you should definitely check them out (go here). The owner and designer, Monika, started the company in spring 2016 with her own stamp and paper designs. There are also other manufacturers products available at their store too. The website is in Polish, but you can easily change the language by using the Google Translate tool featured at their site.

Like I mentioned earlier this month, I am joining a very talented team, who truly sets the bar very high, so I´m really hoping I can meet the expectations :). I´ve created a layout with the Moonchild collection and using various transparent stickers and clear stamps from the Studio Forty range. I immediately fell for this collection. The colors and designs are so very beautiful!!! And I scrapped again, after quite a while and it really felt good! So I´m hoping you will like the results and get inspired. Here is my finished layout:
I used a resist technique with the Patterns 4 clear stamp set, heat embossing and Brusho on the background and built my page around that.

I used scraps of white paper to create green and pink colored papers with Brusho colours (see the video for details) and then stamped flowers and leaves  (Flowers 1 stamp set) with black ink and fussy cut those.

The title of the layout is also stamped (Happy Memories stamp set) and then again fussy cut. I´ve added a couple transparent stickers (Colors of Memories & Hello Today stickers sheets) for interest next to the photos and the stamped images. I really like the fact that they are very thin and transparent, this way they don´t make the page bulky.

The enamel dots happen to compliment the Brusho color which is a happy accident. They are from my own stash, but I´ve been looking at the nice sets they have at the Studio Forty store – might need to get a few of those for further projects :-)!!! Finally I´ve added hand drawn and written details and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for additional detail as well as black ink splatters (Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze) for interest. The story behind the multiple photos is simple; it´s not that easy to take a family picture where everyone looks their best. There is always someone making faces or looking somewhere else than towards the camera ;-)… so there, that is the story behind this layout and there are plenty of good memories behind these Christmas group photos of ours :). Hope you enjoy the video too:

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Die cut candle Christmas card

Hello everybody! Like I already told you, this year I am taking an „early start“ to creating Christmas cards and what better way to make some than to grab the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas themed dies and create with those!

Here is what I did:

I started by taking a piece of old book paper and inking the edges with Iced Spruce Disterss Oxide ink. I love the tone of this ink!

Next I die cut the base of the candle from Misty Mauve Soft Finish Cardstock, then took a piece of Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the second candle layer from that one. The branches are die cut with the same die, but I used a relatively old green paper from my own stash.

This kind of projects are perfect for sneaking in papers that I´d probably otherwise not anymore. But here this green paper works really well. I then die cut the bow from Thru The Lens – Wood paper. It was one with some dark red wood pattern on it and I found that it worked really well together with the branches. So you see the papers you use for Xmas cards do not necessarily have to be from a Christmas themed pack, if you don´t happen to have any. You can as well make other papers work too :)!

I covered the back of the papers with Clear Double Sided Adhesive before die cutting, this way it´s very easy to adhere the pieces on their places and there is no mess with a paper glue. I am normally a paper glue user, so that being said, I am slowly noticing the practicality of other adhesives here too :). For this type of projects, with tiny, detailed pieces it is really great to have the option of using double sided adhesive sheets you can die cut with the paper!

After I had all pieces die cut, I simply needed to adhere them to their places, build the bow and layer the branches and the flames etc. on top of each other/next to each other. See how I also used the negative swirl pieces from the candle between the branches? I didn´t want to throw them away so I figured they´d make for a nice decorational detail in between the green twigs.

Finally I added some rose gold Stickles and red Liquid Pearls here and there for additional detail and dimention. I even added a stamped sentiment (with black ink) inside the card using the Joset Designs Winter Sentiments clear stamp set. So when you flip the card open it says: „It´s the most wonderful time of the year“ inside it.

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas card idea and get inspired to try this die cut die for your Christmas card projects.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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