DIY Blogs Award 2017 – results

Hello there everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and find some time for craetive play. I have a happy announcement to make today. Remember the Austrian DIY Blogs 2017 award poll (organized by Sparpedia.at) I was part of, well, I´m really happy to announce that I made the second place there with my blog!!! How awesome is that?! Here is proof:

This feels like receiving a little crafty Oscar (Oscars are just around the corner..winks!) and it means that there are peeps out there who like what I do and who like to come visit my blog from time to time. That is the best reward one card get, really for posting tutorials, projects and other crafty stuff here on the blog on regular basis.

Therefore, I´d like to thank everyone who voted!! Thanks for stopping by, leaving lovely comments to my blog and social media sites and joining and following my crafty journey!!!
I also hit 1k followers on my Instagram account this weeks, so another big milestone reached there too. And I reached over 2k subscribers to my YouTube channel recently (and if I´m right, also the needed 4000 watch hours too). So there sure is lots of reason to celebrate – or what do you think? Might be a good time to make a little giveaway on one of my social media sites very soon! So keep an eye on my Insta, YouTube and this space right here :).

I´ll be back with more very soon!
xxx, Sanna

Erosion bundle collaboration

Hello there! Last summer I joined a collaboration with a bunch of crafty friends to create erosion bundles. What are they, you ask? They are bundles of fabric, paper, bits and pieces you gather together from what you have at home and add all kinds of elements to the bundle that you think might erose and add „erosional details“ to the materials. So people put in thigs that develop rust and stains of all kinds.

So last July I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces together and made bundles out of them. I didn´t give the whole process that much thought, as I figured the weather and seasons around my area would take care of the rest. So I hung 2 bundles on our patio to get their portion of sunshine, rain, hail and cold on them and just waited 6 months. One last bundle I layed onto the ground (into a flower bed in our garden). Here is how they looked like when I started:

I wrapped lots of paper, music note paper, a notebook, metal pieces, wood veneer, ribbons and twine and so on in layers inside the bundles and wrapped pieces of the white Ikea curtain around the on top. Then I made tight bundles out of them to stand the tooth of time and weather and just waited.

Finally, end of January I opened the bundles and to my disappointment, there was not much going on in the bundles other than mold. So my first experiment really didn´t bring the results I was expecting to get. I recorded videos of the bundle opening process, for you to see how much „erosion“ 6 months in my region created. Here they are:

and the second one with the last two bundles:

And this is all I got out of the bundles to be used on projects:

I had to throw away most of the stuff, due to heavy molding, I don´t want to rist anything, since mold is quite unhealthy ;-). BUT, even though I didn´t get the results I wanted to have, I learned a lot from my mistakes. Besides, the bundle creating and opening after a long time is so much fun! I will definitely make new ones. I just need to wait a bit, since currently it is too cold here to dig the bundles in our garden (everythings frozen :-)…). See, I figured, if I bury them in dirt, I might get better results than when I just hang them outside. And I will be adding more bits with rust to them next time, also adding all kinds of things that create natural stains/dye effects. I had too little of those inside this time round. My collaboration partnes had much more luck here! Go and see their blog posts and results – start from here.

Finally, I used the bits and bobs I could save (at least most of them) for these 3 ATCs:

It´s all product from the bundles, except for the red thread, the brads and the word stickers. Those I added to finish the artist trading cards. This was still so much fun and I am so thankfull for having a crafty friend who always pushes me towards new areas of creativity and challenges me to experiment and develop and keeps me inspired! Thank you Tina, for organizing this collaboration, even though it was not a great success for me, I really, really enjoyed being part of it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

DIY Blogs Award 2017 poll

Hello lovelies! I´m happy to inform you that my blog has been noticed in the bloggy world and I was asked to play along on the DIY Blogs Award 2017 poll. What an honour to be joining the other fabulous DIY bloggers there! The poll runs until end of February, so you can now hop over to their page and take a look at who is participating and also can vote for me (if you like my blog 😀 ) directly under this link: https://sparpedia.at/awards/diy-blogs-award-2017/

When there, hover with your mouse over my picture and click „abstimmen“ to vote for my blog. Thank you so much!

Looking back at 2017

I am glad it´s over – I am not going to miss 2017! It was a year of struggles, bad luck and lots of worries. I´m glad it´s done and dusted. It was a year of continuous trials and tests on a personal level. What am I taking with me from the past year? Lot´s of lessons learned about life, myself and strength. It was a tough year and it tired me out pretty much. So I´m glad to have taken a few days off from all of that and to get ready to embrace the new year.

This was my fave minibook from 2017:I´d like to share some of my „most liked“ work (according to Instragram :D, that is..) with you and then also talk about more positive things. This is a collection of nine of my most liked work on Instragram during 2017 (thank you for following and liking me there!!!!):

2017 in figures: I created a total of 13 sets of ATC´s past year, 8 home decor projects, 4 minibook projects, 8 scrapbook layouts, 35 tags, more than 90 cards, 4 wall art projects, 7 art journal sheets and a couple other crafty projects as well. So all in all I was very active, crafty wise. Not to mention a nice number of YouTube videos and my very first own stencil designs, making their first ever appearance in November. That was a very special highlight in my year for sure.

These were my fave wall art project from last year:
When you keep in mind that I work in a fulltime job, the number of projects listed above is a good amount. I´ve had people ask me why I do it? Well, I constantly feel the need to be creative in some way. It is my place of peacefulness in middle of crazy everyday life. I find happiness in what I do and I want to still develop, learn new things and try out new products and techniques. I can so relate to my lovely friend Tina, who practically shuts herself away from the outside world on weekends just to get some creative time for herself. Other people run marathons, we create :D, it´s that simple.

This was my favorite card project from 2017:
In 2017 I was lucky to design with/for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Studio Forty Designs, Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations. I´ve cherished every single possibility and loved working with their products. In 2018 I will be continuing working with&for Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations as a design team member and very happy to be guesting from time to time at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This tag and ATC were my faves from 2017:
I´ve added some of my fave projects from 2017 into this post to share a summary of my 2017 art with you. Creative wise the year was really good to me, the rest could have been better, but I suppose there is also a reason these experiences were necessary, so I´ll just take it as as lessen from life and look forward to a much better 2018!!! Who knows how it will turn out, but I´m excited about the new adventures it has to offer :).

And a fave layout from 2017 would be this one – happy memories:
Wishing you all a lovely new year with less drama and lots of tranquility, peacefulness and joy! Thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time and leaving some love here. It is very much appreciated <3

See you again soon with new papercrafting projects and adventures,
xxx, Sanna

Big news!!!

Hello everybody! I have been bursting to share some exciting news with you guys for quite a while now. And today finally is the day to do some sharing!!! I herewith proudly present my very first 8 „Sanna Lippert Designs“ stencils that will be available at the STAMPlorations store as of today.

To say I am excited would be an understatement of the century! 😀 I am still pinching myself to make sure this is not a dream. These are my very first own stencil babies and I am really, really excited about this set!

It was thanks so Shery, who believed in me, that made creating these stencils possible. So I am very thankful for her support and for her trusting in me and my dream. Without her and STAMPlorations it might never gotten to this point. So I am very proud to be joining the STAMPlorations family with my stencils!!

I´ve recorded a video for you to watch with a little background info about the stencil and what I had in mind when creating them. Have fun watching:

If you are interested in reading a little bit more about the stencil and where they will be sold, go to the STAMPlorations website & blog – just follow this link for more info!

And there is a  blog hop coming up in two days time – so come back for more details on the 29th!!! I cannot wait to see what the STAMPlorations girls made with my designs – I´m soooo excited, I cannot sit stil :-D!

See you soon,
xxx, Sanna

Sanna Lippert Designs Stencils:

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


Coming soon – STAMPlorations 4th birthday blog hop!!!

Just a quick announcement, lovelies!!! A „you should definitely not miss this“-kinda blog hop is coming your way very soon!!! Here is a little teaser for you, to get you into hopping mood:

There are a few important things you need to get familiar with before you start hopping. So if you plan to be in for the win, you need to go over to the STAMPlorations blog and READ THIS POST carefully. These are important steps to get prepared for the actual hop which will start on the 26th of June. Have fun creating your wishlist and see you in 7 days.

xxx, Sanna

Looking back – this was 2016

Hello there, I am here posting a little overview of what I created 2016. Don´t worry, I am not going to share everything, just a few faves of mine :). Here are some thoughts on my work and the creative year 2016. Let´s start with my cards:

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There are my nine faves from past year. I created quite a few cards during the past year, more cards than layouts actually. I think I needed a break from scrapbooking in a way. The layouts I created I totally loved, but it was not my go-to creative outlet in 2016. I did more other crafty projects. And in my opinion that is the way it should go, we should do what we feel most comfortable with that moment. And now, after doing less layouts for a year, I can again see myself making more. It feels more interesting again.

My cards have lots of die cutting details in them, that is due to the design teams I was in, I think. And besides, I enjoyed a move towards this direction creativity wise quite much. Looking at my cards, do you notice what is missing? The splatters!! They have been following me for a couple of years now and in these cards there seem to be less or no splatters at all. But don´t be fooled, I am still a splatter girl :). Just yesterday I managed to splatter my whole computer screen, my keyboard and my photo printer with white paint splatters. YES! That´s me… Thank God I was able to remove every little stain and droplet. I am not even going to go into detail how that happened, but things happen around here when I get creative, people :).

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I still seem to have a thing for color too. It´s happy bright colors apparently, that I am drawn towards naturally. And I still think kraft and browns with whites and blacks look good together. Tags are appearing more and more in my work. I made quite a few last year. And enjoyed making them very much. I like them, they are small but still offer enough space to experiment and play with techniques and media. My desk is always a mess after working on how ever small an artpiece *lol* you´d think I created something big by to look of my working area, but no, it´s just a tag or two *laugh*..

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And then there are other crafty projects like OTP, minibooks, art journaling and ATC´s and even home deco. Yes, I actually did all of those last year. I always thought it would not be my thing to do home deco, but I must admit I quite enjoy it! AND besides, we DO spend a lot of time in our craftrooms BUT do we also showcase stuff we do? So that is something that is about to change in the future.

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I signed in for an online class that lasted a whole year. That was fun – although I did not manage to finish every single prompt/tutorial. I still plan to, though :-). And then there were friends, I can´t recall if I chose OLW for 2016, but if there should be a word for 2016, it should be friends. I met many of my crafty friends in 2016 in person. That is something really special. I cherish it very much!! And we are not talking about friends living right around the corner, no, these friends I met, live scattered around the whole world. And to meet some of them in person is really something special!!!

Then I got the possibility to go to Frankfurt (Creative World/Paperworld) and do demos there. Now that was really special. Something I hadn´t even dared to dream about. Somewhere in the corners of my mind there was always a little spark of hope, and it coming true was really special to me. I enjoyed interacting with people very much.

I am not a very communicative person. Well, I´ve gotten much better in time, but I am not the type of person who loves to be the center of attention. Thru this hobby I´ve learned how to share ideas, even teach and hold classes. Being more of an introvert than an extrovert I am very proud of myself for coming this far.

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So for 2017 my one little word (OLW) is going to be WONDER. I think it fits. I want to live more curiously (in  a good way!), discover new things, discover surprising things, be more astonished about creativity, ideas, techniques and play more. Does that make sense? I want to wonder, discover and develop. And travel, yes, that too. I´ve decided it´s going to be a good year. I want to concentrate on the good, the positive.

There is just something about the first days of the new year that makes us feel like we can conquer and achieve anything. I hope I can call upon this feeling throughout the year and at the end of this year be able to say it was an amazing year!

Thank you for coming around once and a while and reading my posts. I am still wondering if someone stops by besides me and Lizzy *lol*.

I wish you a wonderful 2017!! Let´s stay curious and creative!!!
xxx, Sanna

Special discounts for you!!!

Hello lovelies and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I wish you all a wonderful start into the new year and boy do I have a great goodie prepared for you :)!!! Starting from TODAY, when using my special STAMPlorations DISCOUNT CODE, you will get 20% off your order of their stamps, dies and stencils!!! Good one, huh?

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Just click the icon above, it will take you directly to the store, so that you can start using it :)!! I am pretty excited about this, as it is very generous of Shery, the store owner, to offer a code like this. Best part, it is valid as long as I am a member of this team which means you are good to keep on shopping with this code at least the next 6 months if not longer (I´m hoping for longer *laughs*).

OK, so what is in and what not? You CAN order as many times as you want to, just make sure you add the code at the COUPON CODE section upon checkout from the store. The code is good for BOTH regular and SALE prized goods in the store!! The only „no-no“ is that you cannot combine this code with any other sale codes which actually is common everywhere, so makes perfect sense to me. Just in case you are not sure what to type in, this is the code: STAMPGIRLSANNA (just copy and paste :)..). Have fun!!!

Wishing you a great time shopping!!!
xxx, Sanna

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