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

Stenciled canvas bag – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is time for another Stencil Sunday and this time I´m sharing a fun and easy to make stenciled canvas bag.

This is what my finished canvas bag looks like:

And this is how I created it:

First gather the materials together. You will need a canvas/fabric zipper bag, a foam brush, a stencil and some paints. I picked two colours and chose to use the green one, since this tone of green is one of the Pantone colors for 2017.

The steps are really easy. Place the stencil onto the canvas bag – if the fabric is thinner, you might want to place a cardboard piece inside the bag to keep the paint from seeping thru the surface all the way to the backside of the bag. I didn´t have to, as the canvas this piece is made of, is quite thick material. Next make sure you keep the bag steadily on one place – I kept it from moving around simply with my fingers. You can wash your hands afterwards :). Then apply some paint onto a painters tray and dab the color onto the surface with the foam brush. If you are uncertain, practise on a piece of fabric first. The trick is to keep the stencil from moving around to get an even image. There are no other tricks to getting a clean image than that. When you are done, carefully remove the stencil. Rinse both the stencil and the foam brush and let the surface dry.

Next I applied some texture spray splattrers onto the bag and let those dry. I just wanted to add an artistic element to the surface. If you don´t like splatters, you don´t have to make any :).

Finally I outlined the stenciled sentiment with a black pen to add a little more contrast. That´s it. Easy and fast to do. The paint I used is not meant for fabric which means that I cannot wash this piece in a washing machine. But there are also paints out in the market meant for fabrics. If you want a permanent result, use such paints. My bag is going to be in my studio and I will store my paint pens inside it, so I didn´t need the result to be permanent.

Imagine using another of the great sentiment stencils at the STAMPlorations store with another color – the result will be totally different! You can also use this technique for art pieces, wall hangings etc. Paint, stencils and fabric work really well together. Hope you get inspired!!! Oh, and don´t forget to hop over to the blog to see more inspirational projects and tutorials! There is plenty up over at the STAMPlorations blog. And join our monthly challenge there too! For more info, GO HERE :). See you around,

Also feel free to use my discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the STAMPlorations store. It is valid for regular prized and sale items:

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations My Sunshine stencil by STAMPlorations
Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint
Irresistible texture spray by Imagine Crafts
Black pen
Canvas Zipper Bag – Canvas Corp Brands

Coffee themed tag – Coffee Lovers blog hop

Hi there everyone, I am up today with one last – although I could go on and on with these coffee themed projects, as I AM a coffee addict 😉 – project for the  Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop.

This time I ended up creating a coffee themed tag. Here it is:
And this is how I created it:

First I took a plain white tag and misted it with a Tattered Angels Cardboard toned Chalkboard spray ink. I sprayed the tag really wet so that the color would start „running“ on the tag surface and then quickly dried the surface with a heat gun. That way I got this really cool background look. Looks like spilled coffee :)..! And next I stamped the A Cup Of Roses clear stamp image onto a piece of beige patterned paper. The paper had platters on it, which makes it look like it has been stained by coffee/tea. Perfect for this theme then! I colored the image with markers again – using mainly Copic markers and adding white dots with a white gel pen. Finally I decorated the rose petals and the coffee cup with Rose Gold and Stardust Sticles to add some sparckle to the image. Next I took the Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket stamp set and used the sentiment stamps with black ink for the tag background. I repeatedly stamped the images next to each other mainly concentrating on getting the coffee name parts visible on the tag. Then all I did was to fussy cut the Cup of Roses image and adhere it onto the tag. I also stamped a sentiment onto a white paper and inked it with darkish yellow spray ink tone to match the tag colors and adhered the stamped sentiment underneath the rose image. Finally I added some ribbons to the tag and the project was done. I really like the colors on this tag. I am not that big a fan of brown but when I see it on a project, it gets me every time – maybe it´s because it reminds me of coffee 😉 ….

And now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to read more about this hop! Have fun!!! And do join in too!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations A Cup Of Roses clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket clear stamp set
Tattered Angels Baseboard spray ink – Cardboard tone
Archival jet black stamp ink
Stickels Rose Gold and Stardust
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper collection
Ribbons
Copic markers
Signo uni-ball white

Coffee themed bag – Coffee Lovers blog hop

Hello there again, everyone! Time to share another Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop project with you today.

I could not stop with the ATC cards, but had to make another project :). This time, I altered a fabric bag to a customized present bag. Here is what it looks like:

I can fill it with goodies and give it away on a suitable occation. Here is what I did:

I first took a waterproof black ink and applied ink onto the STAMPlorations „A Cup of Roses“ clear stamp. I love this stamp!!! It is soooo pretty!!! Then I took some markers – both water soluble and permanent ones, as I am not going to add anything wet inside this bag, so it does not matter which ones I use. When coloring, I added a piece of thick cardstock inside the bag to keep the marker color from seeping all the way thru the bag and leaving ugly color spots on the backside of the bag. I also stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set on the bottom of the bag.

I don´t have much practise at coloring, so I went for a more „artistic“ look instead of trying to get a realistic result :). Finally after finishing the coloring, I added white gel pen dots onto the coffee cup and added some Frosted Lace Stickles around the rose petals for additional detail and the bag was finished. Here is a close-up of the finished project. I really like how it turned out. I have a few more bags in my stash, so I might make some more to give away :). And now, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to read more about this fun coffee themed spring hop!! Do join in the fun!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations A Cup Of Roses clear stamp set
Copic markers
Faber-Castell markers
Signo uni-ball white pen
Stampin´ Up! markers
Archival Ink jet black stamp ink
Fabric bag
Frosted Lace Stickles

Coffee themed ATC set – Coffee lovers blog hop

Hello there, everyone and welcome to the Spring Coffee Lovers blog hop. This hop is a sponsored by STAMPlorations (among many other amazing super sponsors).

There are some really great coffee themed products available at the STAMPloratios store and as an coffee addict, I could not pass this hop. Here is my project and a few details on how I created it:

This is a set of 3 Artist Trading Cards and I´ve used the „Bloomin´ Spring Coffee Basket“ clear stamp set on this set of ATCs. My first stemp was to cut vanilla toned cardstock into ATC size (….) and add some patterned papers onto the background. I used 7gypsies Ordre Du Jour papers as I found they would match the blog hop theme very well. And they remind me of old cáfe wallpaper decor somehow :). After cutting the papers into righ size I took a piece of vellum and black waterproof ink and stamped the Coffee Basket onto the vellum. Once dry, the ink does not smear.

Next I fussy cut the stamped baskets and flipped them upside down and started coloring from the backside (just to make sure my alcohol markers would not smear the stamped image – this way nothing can happen!). I used browns, pink, blue and yellow Copic marker tones. After coloring the images I only had to adhere them onto their places with clear double sided adhesive and  add stamped, fussy cut sentiments on top. The words are from the same set. I just used them partially.

For decoration I added some sewing yarn and a button on each ATC. Also there is some glitter glue here and there for additional shine. Finally I wiped some black ink around the ATC edges. These are the finished ATCs and here is a close-up of one of them: 

And now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to find out more about this hop (there are also prizes to be won, so make sure you join in the fun!!!). Have fun!!!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations Blooming Spring Coffee Basket clear stamp set
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper pack
Copic markers
Hero Arts black stamp ink
Archival jet black stamp ink
Vanilla cardstock
Stickles Glitter Glue (Rose Gold and Star Dust)

Distress Glitter ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies, another Stencil Sunday is here!! I hope you are enjoying the inspiration delivered by us STAMPlorations girls :). Every Sunday either all or part of the team share an inspirational project created using at least one STAMPlorations stencil. Today is my turn again and here is what I did:

This is how I created the ATCs. My starting point was a piece of plain white cardstock – everything in color is added details :).

Step 1: I cut the plain white cardstock into ATC sized pieces (2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm)) and added green and blue spray ink onto the background. Next I used a heat gun for drying the ink.

Step 2: Then I place a misted piece under the ARTplorations Square City stencil and adhered the stencil onto the working surface with washi tape. That keeps the pieces from moving around. Next I applied a layer of transparent texture paste thru the stencil with a palette knife onto the surface.

Step 3: For the first ATC I then poured loose Distress Glitter onto the wet texture paste surface and dabbed the residue off with my finger. I let the piece air dry. Using the glitter this way it will stick to the paste when dry and stay shiny.

Step 4: For the next two pieces I mixed the transparent texture paste and the Distress Glitter with a palette knife together and first then applied the paste onto the tag like explained on Step 2. When you use the Distress Glitter this way, it will not result in a soft and shiny surface. It is more a grainy texture with color than a shine surface. If you would use a regular glitter, the result would still stay shiny when dry. That is the difference between Distress and regular Glitter and this technique.

Step 5: I took a piece of patterned paper and a STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set and stamped feathers onto the paper with black ink.

Step 6: Next I took a STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set and stamped a sentiment onto a piece of vanilla cardstock. I then fussy cut the stamped sentiments.

Step 7: Now all I needed to do was to decorate the ATC background. I adhered the feather, some pink yarn, a button and the sentiment onto the tag. You cannot see it here, but I also added some white ink splatters in the end for additional detail. Those can be seen on the finished ATC´s.

Hope you have enjoyed today´s Stencil Sunday inspiration by the design team girls!!! Remember you can also join in the fun with us by submitting your mixed media stencil project (any brand goes!!!) to the monthly challenge!!! Just remember, NO CARDS allowed :). For details, go HERE :).

I for myself am submitting this project to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog´s: Bit O´ Green challenge.

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Square City stencil
STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Distress Glitter – Ranger
Transparent Texture Paste – Ranger
Stamp ink – Hero Arts