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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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!!


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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Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share a mixed media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created a set of fall coloured tags. Here is how they turned out:

I´ve used various STAMPlorations products on my tags (die cut dies, stencils and stamps). The paper is from my older stash, but it works really well with the fall color theme. 

I´ve added a heavy body orange acrylic paint thru a stencil onto the background of each tag. After that I stamped some flowers onto the leftover paper pieces and fussy cut those. Then I added some color to them with Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and decorated them with liquid pearls.

There are all kinds of bits and bobs on these tags – including some washi tape, twine, Glimmer Glaze, ribbons and Distress Stickles. I really like playing with the STAMPlorations product lines. Everything works together so well and it is so much fun to add layers and details.  Of course I´ve again also prepared a start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!

Let´s stay creative,
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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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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Soar tag – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to share a step-by-step mixed media project at the STAMPlorations blog and I thought I´d do something a little bit outside of my comfort zone. I created with flower patterned paper :). I rarely do! Here is what I did:

See, during the summer months I managed to buy some sale items from Fancy Pants Designs – older collections and I really fell in love with their Golden Days collection. I just adore the paper design which truly is not very „me“. So I took on a challenge to create a tag with this beautiful paper that I would normally not use for such purposes (if at all), since it is not my „go to“ style.

 But I just couldn´t help myself after seeing the delicious colors of this collection.

 Since the pattern is very bold on it´s own, it didn´t leave me that many possibilities to add to it, so I kept quite clean and simple, but still managed to add some mixed media bits and bobs to it!

 Here is what I did:

1. I fussy cut the paper into a size of a manila tag that I had in my stash.
2. I then took an iridescent toned glitter paste (I seem to have an affection towards iridescent lately..) and added some loose golden glitter to it to create a glitter paste that matches the colors of the tag.
3. Next I applied the paste thru the stencil, added white outlining and decorated the tag with die cut pieces, a stamped tag, wood veneer and some glitter glue.

Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch! Hope you get inspired!!!

Happy crafting,

xxx, Sanna

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October Mixed Media Challenge – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies! After a summer break it is again time to start with STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenges!!

Yay!!! So without further ado, here is my project for the October Mixed Media Challenge reveal:

I created a stenciled, heat embossed tag with some stamping on it. See all the steps to create this tag on the following video. Hope you enjoy it!

Now it´s your turn again to get creative and join this months challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog (here). Make sure you follow the rules (here) to be eligble for the prize!! See you at STAMPlorations!!

Want to get 20% off your STAMPlorations order? Just add code „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas greetings card

Hello everyone and happy weekend!!! How about a quick Christmas card share to start this weekend off? I again played with some Elizabeth Craft Designs products and combined those with Brushos. This is the result of the creative session:

I first die cut the trees from white cardstock and then added blue, green and purple (full product list at the end of this post) Brusho on top. After that I just sprayed some water mist onto the surface and watched how the color spread. I love to watch the reaction and how the color develops on paper.

Next I inked the background (a in size cut piece of white cardstock) with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide color and after that added some stamped snowflakes – same ink color – here and there onto the background.

Now I only needed to arrange the pieces onto the background and glue everything together. I finished the card off with a stamped sentiment (on a fussy cut banner) and some faux stitching.

Wishing you all a lovely (and creative) weekend!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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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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