Wish Big – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello and Happy Monday! Today I´m up with a layout tutorial for the Elizabeth Craft Designs design team group post. I did some gelli plate play with acrylic paints and my DIY stamp, done a few years back with one of the dies available at Elizabeth Craft Designs. This was my starting point to this particular layout.

Here is how I created this page:

First I took some acrylic paints in light blue, light pink and light orange and my DIY foam stamp out. I applied the paints onto a gel plate with a brayer and then stamped with the dry stamp the pattern onto the paint. After that I just pressed the image onto white paper and repeated the procedure as six times to get six squares. After that I brayered some white paint onto the woodgrain paper and stamped random stamp patterns on top with the light orange paint and the same DIY stamp. If you are interested on seeing how I made the stamp, there is a tutorial up over at my YouTube channel.

Second I stamped some black stars onto the background using one of Sue Smiths stamp sets (see the full product list at the end of this post). After that I fussy cut the gelli plated squares and adhered them onto the background. Next I added some hand drawn outlining to them to make them better stand out from the background.

After that I stamped the „Wish Big“ sentiment onto the squares with black stamp ink and also stamped it onto a piece of leftover brayered paper with the same colours on it and fussy cut that piece with scissors. You will see that piece on the layout as part of the title. While the stamp ink was drying, I applied some „Artsy Scenery“ washi tape onto a piece of white paper and die cut the leaves using the Sidekick Essentials die set number 7. The washi tape covered leaves will create a nice detail to the mixed media page as decor. Before I adhered them onto the page, I ran them through a sticker maker, but you could apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back before die cutting them, so you have the same effect: DIY stickers! I just forgot that step, so I grabbed a sticker maker instead.

I also used the „Junk Journal Extras“ die to cut the lace border piece from a leftover gelli plate piece with my die cutting machine. I used a little bit different acrylic paint colours (stronger) to draw the eye towards the photo with this piece on the background.

Now all I needed to do was to arrange all pieces onto the page so that they pleased my eye. For additional decoration I took some older puffy stickers and star rub-ons from my own stash as well as a wood veneer piece to decorate the page a little more. I also matted the woodgrain paper onto a piece of dark blue/navy carstock to make the page „pop“ a little more.

There are so many fabulous products at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that work great for scrapbooking. Just imagine what you can do with all the Planner Essentials and then take a look at for example the background dies. With those you could create cool background stamps for gelli printing, like I´ve done on this page. Just a few additional ideas to get you inspired :).

I hope you liked my project share from today! Be sure to check out what the design team girls did for this months group post!

Wishing you happy scrapping!
xxx, Sanna

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Present set for Christmas – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s again that time of the month that I get to share another fun project over at Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. This is also my very last project share for this year there. So today I´d like to share a little set with you, consisting of a Christmas present tag, a Christmas card and a tiny Christmas present box.

I´m sharing the steps for the box as well as the tag over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so do hop over there to read all details! Here is just a photo share of the steps – more on their blog :)!!

And here is the finished set:

By using only three colours it´s easy to keep the set harmonious. This present set is perfect, for example, to carry a bracelet of small jewellery of some kind. If you change the color combination, you can easily do a completely different looking set using the exact same steps. Imagine using black and white and a hint of gold, for example. Since the patterned paper I used, is from my older stash, I added a few alternative paper suggestions to the product list for you from the Elizabeth Craft Desings store that in my opinion would nicely work with red, white and blue color combination.

I hope to have inspired you with my little Christmas present set today. This set could also easily be put into mail for those loved ones, who we cannot see this year. I wish you all a lovely holiday time, even though the circumstances and the situation we are all living at the moment.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday!!
xxx, Sanna

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25 Days of Christmas Tags – STAMPlorations

Hello and happy Friday!!! I´ve again joined the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Event and blog hop, organized by the lovely Tracey Mehak McNeely. Today is STAMPlorations DT girls day to shine and share their Christmas tag inspiration with you :).

This hop started on the 1st of November and is 25 days long. There are plenty of possibilities to hop, get inspired and play along during that time, so don´t miss out! Here are the sponsors of this years event:

and here is the foto step-by-step to the tag process:

Step 1: I used a thick photo cardstock as my background and die cut that using the Stitched Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations.
Step 2: Next I took lighter green cardstock and die cut it with the Holiday Words Die Plate.
Step 3: Then I die cut 2 sets of two various red papers with the Christmas Baubles #2 Layering Dies.
Step 4: After that I adhered the Holiday Words onto the tag base and layered the baubles together.
Step 5: For decor I added a piece of golden pearl ribbon and twine and a Simple Christmas Clear Sticker sentiment onto a piece of hand cut banner.

I wanted to use traditional colours this year and I love how by just adding a few layers of various cardstock, the tag has an overall interesting and happy look. And still was so easy to do! This tag idea is also great, if you need to do many tags. Just get your die cutting machine out and do piles, after that you could ask your kids to help out with putting them together and you can have a nice time crafting together!

Now hop on to the next blog and STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration. If you got lost on the way, you can always return to Tracey´s blog HERE and go from there :). Remember to stick to the rules :).

Happy crafting and hopping!!
xxx, Sanna

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DIY colorful Dresden Paper images

Hello everyone! I have so much enjoyed watching the Facebook Lives by Tim Holtz recently! And a few weeks back (I think, I lost count of days and weeks) he shared this idea with his embossing glazes and crayons in combination with his Sizzix Impresslits die cut dies. I so fell in love with the results, BUT I don´t have the glazes yet, so there goes that idea (for now).

But he said something in his video that got me thinking. He said, he originally designed the dies to create DIY Dresden papers and didn´t do that much anymore, because it was just that, DIY Dresden.. I had some VERY OLD alcohol inks (old school, like Tim says!) in my stash and some silver mirror cardstock that would make perfect Dresden papers. So this idea came to my mind when I played with the silver paper and tried alcohol lift-ink on it and just played around. It was this what if moment you get while experimenting and just playing with product without any particular plan: I could do DIY alcohol ink colored Dresden images – that for sure would look cool!! And it did!!!

Here are the results:

For first step just apply the alcohol inks onto a silver mirror paper either directly (let flow, spread and dry on their own or use a felt piece to apply and then let properly dry out).

Next take any of Tim´s Impresslits dies out and die cut the alcohol inked papers. And BAM! Just look at this gorgeousness!!! I am in love! Sooo many cool colours. And they somehow remind me of vintage christmas tree baubles!!! Like the ones our grandma´s used to decorate the trees with. So until I get any of the glazes, I am going to use all my silver mirror paper pieces and old alcohol inks and make these! These pieces will make great additions to any mixed media project.

Thank you Tim for the inspiring video that got me into doing this :)! Love the results.

Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

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May stencil challenge – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies and welcome to STAMPlorations May Stencil Challenge reveal. I have been really obsessed working in my art journal for these challenges and this month is no exception.

Here is what I created:

I also have a little step-by-step prepared for you:

I started by adding two light acrylic paint tones as my first layer to the page. Next I took the newsprint background bits #1 stickers (also by STAMPlorations) and added them in randomly cut bits on top.

After that I added some stamped images with black stamp ink using the Mixed Media Grunge stamp set.

As my third layer I first added some red paint with a palette knife, then placed a stencil (Dots n´Beans) on top of the wet paint and wiped with a baby wipe over the stencil. That way part of the paint got „lifted“ and the yellow background can be seen on those areas. I repeated this step also with green paint and Trees 1 stencil as well as blue paint and Lupinus stencil.

As my last steps I stamped some flowers and leaves (using the Bloomdoodles stamp set) onto an old book page. After that I fussy cut them. Before adhering them on place I added white paint splatters onto the background and let it dry. When everything was dry I adhered the fussy cut elements on place and added a Good Things clear sticker onto the page. For finishing touches I also added some color to the fussy cut elements with Posca Pens. That´s it.

Now is your turn to play along – hop over to the STAMPlorations blog and take a look at the reveal post. I am pretty sure it will inspire you to play! And then, just be sure to play by the rules and HAVE FUN!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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