Altered wood block home decor piece

Hello everybody, we have had a little summer break from the regular STAMPlorations posts and they will be returning very soon, but it is not quite time for that yet. Therefore, today I´d like to share a „just for fun“ STAMPlorations tutorial with you.

I´ve created a home decor piece out of a wood block my dear husband cut for me into a shape of a house. I wanted to use motivational stamp sentiments as a focal point on this piece and built the layers and decoration around it. Here is what I did:

I also created a fast forward video with all the steps until to the finished block for you to watch. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to play a little with your stamps, stencils and media! Remember, there is no right or wrong, no right colors or wrong colors – just use what you have and like! Remember to have fun :).

Just in case you are interested on some products I´ve used on this project, I´ll add the LinkDeli links which will directly take you to each product (some products may not be available anymore, as they are from my older stash, but I will replace those with similar ones).

As always, if you would like to purchase any of the STAMPlorations products used on this project, feel free to grab my personal 20% off discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) and use it upon checkout at their store. It is valid for both regular prized as well as reduced product!

Happy creating & let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

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Gift giving – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies, it is again time to share the monthly Die Cut Design Team challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This month´s theme is „Gift Giving„. My lavendar has been growing very nicely in the garden this year, so I gathered quite an amount and dried them to use later.
My boys always bring me all kinds of „junk“ and say: „Mum, I saved this for you as I think you might want to use it for something“. Mostly I do. These little bottles are from the „saved junk“  section too. So I combined the two things – the lavendar from my garden and the bottles. They make perfect little gifts, when repurposed and altered a little bit. Here is what I did:

I had washed the bottles in the dishwasher, then adhered a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock onto a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive and die cut the Leaf Pocket piece from it. Next I measured how high the piece had to be to cover the open area and fussy cut the piece into a right size. One Leaf Pocket die cut piece is enough to decorate two small bottles.

I then adhered the leaf pattern onto the bottles. Next I added some clear double sided adhesive tape onto the top and bottom parts of the leaf pattern and then covered the adhesive with a grey twine. That way both bottom and the top look finished and pleasing to the eye.

After this I filled the bottles with small, dried lavendar flowers and took a bottle cap/top to close them. I reused the caps from old wine bottles. Finally I added some „Bunch of Flowers 4“ pieces that I die cut from Soft Finish Cardstock to the bottles as an additional decorational piece. I used the metal tool set to mold the flowers and placed them on top of each other to create a more dimentional look. A little half pearl creates the center of the flower. Finally I took the leftover, negative piece, of the flowers and created a card around it.
The card is very tiny, but it works perfectly with the small bottle size. I layered the negative flower die cut piece on top of a piece of moss bluegreen burlap. That matches the lavendar color perfectly! For decoration I used the same half pearls as on the flower centers and added some faux stitching along the edges and finished the card off with a stamped sentiment. That´s it!

This present is already on it´s way to it´s new owner :). I hope she likes it and enjoys the lavendar scent when she removes the caps.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners. To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?” Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:


Canvas Corp Brands and Relics & Artifacts collaboration

Hello there lovelies! I have been very lucky to have been able to take part on the #RACCBmatchup (read more here and here). Here is a peek into my project – go to the Canvas Crop Blog for a full step-by-step tutorial and more pictures!!!

Here are the products I used on my project (and a few random bits and bobs from my own stash).

This is how the front and the back of my „display book“ look like. I call it the „Talking book“ and it has a few quotes noted in it that I found suitable for the the „Something old, something new“ collaboration theme. My viewpoit to the theme is life and how what you should keep in mind living it.

And there is of course more – you can win fabulous prizes by following the rules noted under this picture:
#RACCBmatchup giveaway

What would a match up be without a fun prize!!!!  Here is your chance to get your hands on a $25 Gift Certificate from Relics and Artifacts and a $25 Gift Certificate from Canvas Corp Brands.  Here is all you need to do….

  • leave a comment here on any or all of the Match Up Posts during the month of July with Relics and Artifacts and CCB.  You can leave one on each post for more chances to win.  Don’t forget to include #RACCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page. Don’t forget to include #RACCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • and/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the RA team.  Don’t forget to include #RACCBmatchup so we can find you!!!
  • You can follow along by searching #RACCBmatchup too.  If you love what you see and would like to join our Facebook group the CCB Collective – ask to join today.
  • You can find all Relics and Artifacts in their shop – www.sandraevertson.com
  • check out their blog and follow them on Instagram
  • We will be sharing projects the entire month of July – learn new techniques, see how new products are used and be inspired with great ideas from the RA and CCB designers.

    This is one of my favorite projects from this year so far!!! I really loved being part of this collaboration. These two brands work so well together – it´s a match made in heaven 😉 !!!Happy crafting,
    Sanna

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Make today count canvas

Hello there, lovelies. I am up over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog with an upcycled canvas project you might be interested in taking a look at. It is an older canvas I didn´t like that much anymore, so I took it, removed some bits and started all over again with it. Here is a look at my brand new upcycled canvas piece:

For a step-by-step TUTORIAL see this blog post over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog. I hope you get inspired by my upcycling project and take a second look at your own deco pieces that might be in need of some upcycling love 😉 …

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

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Altered grater – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies! It is no secret that I like to go junking and collect all kinds of bits and parts to use on various mixed media decor pieces. Recently I came across some old kitchen cutlery and tools and the minute I saw the grater I knew I wanted to alter it to a wall decor piece of some kind. This was my starting point – a rusty, old grater (here already covered with a layer of gesso):

and here is what it looks like after several layers of Tattered Angels sprays and various media. The finished piece:

If you are interested on taking a better look at the STEP-BY-STEP on how this grater came together, hop over to the CANVAS CORP BLOG and read THIS POST  for all details! A full material list is also included there.

I had great fun creating this piece – I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Now all I need to do is to frame it and then it can decorate someone´s kitchen area!

Happy crafting lovelies,
xxx, Sanna

Materials used:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – SuedeAquamarineMarigoldCrumpetGraphiteIt’s Orange
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Tattered Angels Baseboard – Gravel
Tattered Angels Chalkboard – FireflyPolka Dot Pink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze – Java
Architextures Parchment Rub-On – Grow
7gypsies – Dome Studs
7gypsies – Cutlery Antique Silver
Canvas Corp – Farmhouse Kitchen Stripe on Ivory
Twine, Red Yarn
Old latin book sheets
Eco dyed canvas fabric
Wooden stars
Glossy Accents
Cigar labels
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Gel Medium, Gesso
Heat gun, Scissors, Old grater
Paint brush, Palette knife, Sewing needle

Altered present box – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies! Time to share the STAMPlorations March Mixed Media Challenge with you today!!!

The weather has been lovely here the past days and it is slowly starting to feel like spring. I love the fact that the days get longer and the birds are starting to sing. Immediately lifts my spirits!! I might have been inspired by spring on my March reveal mixed media piece :)…. there is a little birdie sitting on top of my altered box. And the happy, bright colours might also have something to do with my anticipation for spring :)…

Here is what I did:
And this is how I altered the wooden box:

I first applied a layer of gesso onto the box. Then went over all sides, besides the bottom, obviously, with the „Ethnic Organic Two“ STAMPlorations stencil and applied modeling paste thru the stencil onto the surface. This took a while, as I always had to let 1-2 sides dry properly before moving over to the next one.   After finishing all sides I placed the wooden box into a misting box (I made myself one, after spraying my keyboard and my working area several times with various spray colours…) and misted the box – both inside and outside – with blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tone „Jack Frost“. Then I decorated the lid with a little bird and two paper flowers. I misted those again with purple and yellow Glimmer Mist tones and added glitter glue here and there for additional interest.

Finally I stamped a Dina Wakley stamp sentiment on a sheet of old book paper and fussy cut that into stripes and adhered them onto the lid.

As you can see, the box is misted both outside and inside.

I can either use this box as a decorational piece or give it away as a present. Just add the present inside and it is ready to go :).

This is a very tiny box. It only measures 10 x 6 x 5 centimeters. I have been thinking of adding a bigger and a smaller one to go with it. That away they would look pretty nice together as a group.

Now it is your turn to create and link up non-card mixed media projects. The theme is always anything mixed media, except a card and you are asked to use at least one stencil (any brand!!!) on your project. The Linky closes at the end of the month. And there are prizes to be won:

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the Mixed Media team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– AND If there are 25 or more entries: 1 random winner wins any 2 standard sized stencils from the store

so what are you waiting for? Hop over HERE and get inspired by the design team samples and join in with us!!!

Annnddd….just a kind reminder, in case you are in need of stamps, stencils and/or die cut dies, you just might want to add this code upon checkout for 20% off your order at STAMPlorations store 🙂

xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations: Ethnic Organic Two stencil
Tattered Angels – Jack Frost
Simply Sheer – Strong Pink
Tattered Angels – Summer Glow
Modeling paste
Dina Wakley – Scribbly Birds stamp set
Gesso

Troubles melt – STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

Hello everyone, a new month always means a new challenge. Today is again reveal day over at the STAMPlorations blog. Hope you will find time to play along with us on this month´s Mixed Media Challenge!!! Here goes:

This is my piece for this months challenge reveal. I chose to use the ARTplorations stencil „Where Troubles Melt“. I wanted to create a decoration piece for my studio to remind me that home IS the place where there should not be any troubles. Since someone broke into our house last month, it has been a little bit hard to feel carefree and safe at home since then. So this piece should work as a reminder for us to get there again.

Here is a little tutorial on how I created this piece:

1. These are the materials: a Ikea plastic frame, a piece of white cardstock and a ARTplorations stencils.

2. Place the stencil onto the piece of white cardstock (in a spraying box) and spray a layer of light grey spray ink on top. Use a piece of cloth to remove the residue ink and let dry.

3. Add a black outlining to the misted words to make them stand out from the background.

4. Add alpha stickers to build a full sentence: „home is where troubles melt like lemon drops“5. Decorate with fussy cut, stamped flowers and puffy pink hearts. I also decorated the backside of the frame, since it is open to both sides. I basicalle repeated the same steps, just by changing the stencil to ARTplorations „Art Happens“ stencil and the spray color to a vintage green tone. Here are the photo steps once more:

And this is the finished backside of the frame. This now decorates my craft area, the „art happens“ side facing my art corner and the other side facing the lounge area. I really like the way this turned out!! It is pretty clean and simple and I feel it is just right that way. Using stencils can be this simple too – doesn´t always need to be tons of media and layers, I think. So I hope you will find the time to play along – would love to see what you make for this months challenge (remember there are also prizes to be won!! – read about the rules and how to play over here). See you at the STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!!!

HOW TO PLAY:

  1. create and link up a mixed media project, anything goes, except a card.
    2. use at least one stencil (any brand!!!)
    3. linky closes at the end of the month
    4. Prizes are a $10 gift certificate for the winner, $5 gift card for two top picks & for more than 25 entries one random winner will get 2 standard sized stencils!!!

Stay creative and stay safe!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Where Toubles Melt
ARTplorations – Art Happens
STAMPlorations – Buttercups & Butterflies clear stamp set

Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge

Hello lovelies, I´ve again joined an art challenge organized by my dear, talented, friend Tina and a bunch of other creative geniuses. These collaborations/challenges are always so much fun. They push ones creativity, force one to walk out of one´s comfort zone and in the process you always discover something new. AND you get to know lots of creative peeps a lot better! It´s friendly and supportive. Just the way I like it :).
Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge

This time the challenge is about Iceland – there are no other requirements or rules. We were supposed to get inspired by Iceland in general and create something/anything around that theme. What we created, was totally up to us. There are some things that immediately come to mind, when thinking about Iceland: volcanic island, ice, water, northern lights, rocks, fays/elfs, ponys and Björk (love her music!) just to mention a few.

For me, growing up in Finland, it felt comfortable to think about my childhood, the things I grew up with and combine those things with Iceland in my art piece. So I went for an approach towards nature. Ancient Finns believed in all kinds of sprites, feys and elfs, so there are some similarities there to Iceland and I used those as a starting point. In Iceland they even have an elf school (see here).

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So I created a forest fay/elf. I tried to use as much natural materials as possible. There is felt, wood, stone and wool on my artwork. Some pieces are eco dyed (felt/lace). I tried to combine as many family „roots“ into this piece too – the wool I used is from Finland, the stone is from Greece, the wood piece if from Austria (and the eco dyed felt is a present from Tina – which just perfectly fits into this challenge, being organized by her). These countries above pretty much sum up our family roots. The fay is something that is typical for Iceland. And the word love: thru love all these different places or roots are combined together in our family.

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I feel really strongly connected with my piece, it is way more than just a piece of artwork you put on display. It has a story, a special meaning to me. It has inspired me to make more – I want to make a series of these, representing other things important to me.

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In the beginning, when I signed in for this challenge, I was a little bit unsure what to make. Iceland as a theme felt challenging. And I had never been there! It´s hard to be inspired by something you have never been to, I thought. So what to make? BUT then when all these bits and pieces fell into place, it was pure pleasure creating this piece. It is one of my faves ever. You know, sometimes you make something that is more than an artwork. It develops a spirit of it´s own. That is how I feel about this piece.

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I would like to thank Tina for always challenging us, pushing our boundaries and getting us involved with projects that help us develop. That is at least how I feel about this challenge. Thank you so much Tina, I loved this one!!! Happy to do another one, whenever you feel like it <3!

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Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Here is a link to all the participants artworks – please do visit them and leave some love. We all love to read your comments!


SUPPLIES BY:
Canvas Corp – Canvas
Tattered Angels – Gilmmer Mist, Simply Sheer, Chalkboard Ink
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint
Liquitex – Gesso
Fabric adhesive – Beacon Adhesives
Ranger – Glossy Accents
The Crafter´s Workshop – stencils
Other:
Wool, lace, felt, yarn, stone, embellishments

Theia – Mixed Media Lamp Art Doll – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, I´ve met quite a few of my international scrappy friends this year (it´s been a good year – meeting creative friends is the best!!!). Some of them I met at various events/fairs and some of them I visited or they visited me. The latest visitor came a long way across the big ocean and stayed a few days at my place. We had been talking about this get-together for a loooong time and it was so great we could finally make it work!

(click the photo ABOVE to see the person I am talking about 🙂 :-)…)

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollBesides doing sightseeing and eating lots, we also took some time to get creative together! I really enjoyed having Tina around and I wish she could have stayed longer. BUT there is always next time, isn´t there!!! So we naturally went looking for fun junk to alter. Part of it was sponsored by my lovely husband – thanks for the great old bicycle lamps, honey!! AND part of the treasures were found at the Naschmarkt Flea Market. After having gathered all kinds of pieces together, our hands were itching for some creative time. We both altered a bicycle lamp to a mixed media art doll. Both in our own way. Today I´m sharing my creation here with a little tutorial to go with it and Tina will share her´s on her blog (follow this link). This is how I created my „Theia“:

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 1 – First, attach the lamp and the podium together with screws and make sure the parts do not move around. Without sanding or pre-treating the surface, start applying the Black Decor & DIY paint onto the lamp surface. Let dry and then apply a layer of Crackle Medium. It is best to let it dry over night. Repeat the same procedure on the podium, but this time using the Decor & DIY and paint in the color Mankato.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 2 – If the Crackle Medium is strong like mine and the cracks are too wide/big, apply another layer of paint. I needed to do this.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 3 – Take 4 sheets of old book paper and fold them into a fan. Glue together with hot glue to create a circle. Attach it to the “doll head” with hot glue. Add vintage photo  distress ink around the edges and spray with water mist to get the ink to react and spread. Dry with a heat gun. Then apply silver glitter glue for interest. Let dry.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 4 – Attach a brass crown on top of the “doll head” with hot glue. Add some Mankato toned paint on top to alter it. Attach half pearls on top. Next attach a piece of lace as a “hair band” and create a bow. Glue down with hot glue (but don’t burn your fingers!). Decorate with half pearls. Attach jump rings as earrings to both sides of the head.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 5 – Create a sentiment sign (mine says: ‘Explore Life’, and is made out of a piece of old book paper with a rub-on statement). Glue it in place with hot glue. Paint chipboard stars with Decor & DIY Paint in Black, and attach around the podium. Wrap a strip of silver yard on top and attach a half pearl on top of each star. Alter some brass pieces and attach with heat glue. I used various brass leaves for decoration. One on front and two as wings on both sides.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 6 – Finally use hot glue to glue down false eyelashes and attach a row of small half pearls on top. You can add more decorations to it if you would like, but I only added a little DIY lace flower on the back of the folded paper piece. That way the back of the doll also looks more interesting. The doll now decorates my studio area. The doll reminds me a bit of the Pixar lamp, but also has elements of a frilled-neck lizard, a gypsy princess and even Achilles. How’s that for a junk lamp art doll?

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollI hope you get inspired to take a second look at junk lying around your house and create a fun decoration out of it!! Have fun!!!

…and now make sure you check out Tina´s creation!!! I love her work, and this piece is no exception!!!! It was such a pleasure having you around Tina, I miss your company very much! We need to do this again very soon – one way or the other 🙂 !!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Tattered Angels – Decor & DIY Paint – Ebony
Tattered Angels – Decor & DIY Paint – Mankato
Crackle Medium – Viva Decor
7gypsies – Jump Rings
7gypsies – Jump Rings – Antique Silver
Silver yarn
Chipboard stars – Wycinanka Scrap & Decou
Half pearls – Zva Creative
Old latin book sheets from a flea market
Vintage photo Distress Ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Lace from a junk store
Silver glitter glue
Brass elements – another flea market find
Tim Holtz Rub-Ons
Scissors & Heat glue
Paper glue & Paint brushes

Spring Wreath Redo – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share a DIY wreath redo project with you. I altered/rewamped an old wreath I had at home. Sunshine and weather had faded all the colors during the years and it just looked really boring. What better way to give it a new, happy life than to use some cool Canvas Corp products!!!

If you haven’t tried the Canvas Corp line of Burlap & Canvas Flowers, you definitely should!!! These make the perfect accessory for many craft, home decor and fashion projects. They are available in a wide range of colors, are hand-cut and hand sewn and no two are exactly alike.  You can mix and match them in a wide variety of colors or alter them with Tattered Angels Mists and Paints. You can also add some 7 gypsies findings, rhinestones or glitter for more interest. Here is what I did with the wreath:

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This wreath used to have some blue hues to it, however the sun bleached them out, so it urgently needed some altering. What better way to add some color, than to use burlap flowers and Glimmer Mist on the wreath. It looks like a brand new wreath now!!!

 Materials I Used:

  • Canvas Corp; Green, Teal and Yellow Burlap Flowers
  • Tattered Angels; Verdigris and Kiwi Glimmer Mist
  • Bakers twine – grey, blue and yellow (by Whisker Graphics and Doodlebug)
  • Yellow buttons (from my own stash)
  • Silk flowers – you can mist them to coordinate with the burlap flowers
  • Tools used: heat gun, glue gun, scissors, paint brush, cup or plate (optional)http://blog.canvascorpbrands.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/sanna-wreath-supplies-2.jpg

Step 1:  Start with a new or old plain, nautral wreath. Shake your mists and pour them into a small cup or non-absorbant plate or simply dip the paintbrush into an open bottle to gather the color with the brush. Then paint the color onto the areas of the wreath you desire.  You can also mist the entire wreath with one or more colors if a bright, vibrant look is what you are going for.  The mist and glimmer will show up on the wreath and shine in the light.  You are in essence staining the natural material, so like other items depending on the sun it will fade a bit during time, so if it will be exposed to sun, you can add a top coat or leave it natural and let it fade in the beauty of the sun. You can always redo the misting treatment if needed. Really easy!

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Step 2:  Using a glue gun, adhere the burlap flowers and some twine and yellow buttons onto the wreath. Decorate with additional teal/green/yellow flowers and slip in silk flowers that you might have in the right colors or you can mist lighter color silk flowers to match. Adhere everything with a glue gun for a strong hold.

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Step 3:  Let dry.  If your wreath does not have a good hanger on the back, you can use wire or cord to make a hanger and you are ready to go.

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For additional interst, wrap the Bakers Twine under the buttons for a cute little detail and glue into place.  You can leave the rustic pieces of the burlap free or you can trim them up a bit, that is up to you.

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You can cluster as many flowers as you like, but an uneven number pleases the eye more – I only wanted to use 3 flowers on this particular wreath. But the amount is totally up to you, of course.

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Now the wreath is ready to be hung on it´s place. This is how mine looks on our front door. I have another one for winter and I change them depending on the season. You could also update this one later to match the season, or make another one for the next season.
I hope you have enjoyed this little redo idea and get inspired to make your own!!!
Have fun creating!!!
xxx, Sanna