Blue hour – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Like I told you previously, I´ll be doing guest design team posts for Elizabeth Craft Designs starting from January and today is my turn to share my first project with you. I´ve created a scrapbook page and then after finishing it, had plenty on product left, so I created a total of three cards with the leftover pieces. Both the layout and the cards have a start-to-finish video to watch. Hope you enjoy it!

This is the layout I created:
It has been almost ten years since I last was in Finland during winter. That is so long ago – I definitely need to go more often! This picture was taken during my last winter visit there and it reminds me of the cold weather. When it is really cold, the snow makes noises under your feet, it crunches. Then there is the blue hour, sligthly after sundown, when everything around you turns a blue shade. I love that moment. This picture was taken during the blue hour and it reminds me of all the things I am familiar from winter. Funny, I´d never think I´d miss that, actually. That is what this layout is about.

Then I made a couple of cards with all the pieces left over from the layout: For the first one I used the leftover 3D foam adhesive sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives. I covered it with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and then added some stamped and die cut, colored trees and a stamped and die cut sentiment to it.

For the second card I used the dotted paper strip – which I cut out from the layout background to save some paper for later – as my card background and added a leftover snowflake as a centerpiece on it. I stamped and die cut sentiment which I inked iwth blue Distress Ink to make it stand out from the bakground, finishes the card off.

And for the third card I used the negative glitter foam piece, from which I die cut the alphas for the layout title, as my focal point of the card. The fun part of this piece is the red matted word „Hi“ on the right upper corner. I only needed to add the leftover tree and some die cut and stamped stars, a small hand drawn heart and the stamped and die cut word on top. As a base I again used a piece of the dotted blue paper. I´ve prepared a video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of all the product used and step I did. Hope you like it!

 So next month is February which means Valentine´s Day – I have a feeling you will be seeing something love themed next month from me :).

Until then, have fun crafting!!!
xxx, Sanna

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January Mixed Media Challenge reveal – STAMPlorations

Hi there, we are starting the new year off with a bunch of challenges at STAMPlorations. Today it´s time to share the January Mixed Media challenge with you.

Here is what I made for the challenge reveal – a art journal sheet with a motivational quote:

I´ve said it before, and I´m saying it again here. I LOVE QUOTES! My art journal features many quotes and I find that the pages I like the most are the ones with motivational quotes. I am also starting to like my handwriting a lot better. I´ve found a way to add it to my work in a way that is is pleasing to the eye. This has not always been the case. I´m glad that I´ve figured my type of lettering out for me :).

What I also love is color. So I´ve added plenty of that here. I added water to the background and then picked some Glimmer Mist spray inks with a paint brush from the spray bottles and let them spread into the wet page on their own. I REALLY LIKE the results. It´s a happy page that makes me feel really motivated and positive about the new year.

After the spray ink had dried, I added the stamped bird images (STAMPlorations stamp) onto the page and finally finished the page off with some stenciling. I draw the stencil pattern onto the page with a fine tip black pen, then inked the leaves with blue Glimmer Mist and after all the layers had dried properly, took a Posca pen and wrote the motivantional quote to the page. It´s easy to say that this is my fave page so far, as it happens to be my first AJ page this year. LOL! But I really, really like how it turned out. Note to self: create more pages!

OK, so now it´s again your turn to make some mixed media art and join our challenge with your projects! Read the rules on how to play along here and then submit your work! Would love to see you join in and play along with us! There are also prizes to be won, so go on and get your creativity mode on :). Have fun and see you at STAMPlorations!

xxx, Sanna

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All about winter – TAGplorations

Hello there, everyone and Happy New Year 2018!!!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas time and a nice New Years evening. Let´s start the new year with a creative TAGplorations tag challenge: create a project, featuring a tag around the theme: ALL ABOUT WINTER!

Here is my project for the reveal:
I first die cut a manila tag from black cardstock with the Manila Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations. Then I die cut the second, smaller tag, from blue cardstock with the Tags 1 set. The snowflake is a lefover piece from another project and it perfectly goes with the winter theme, so I used it as a focal point on my tag.

I used the Christmas Tree 1 (my stencil series at STAMPlorations) and misted some trees with Sandy Beach Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink onto the background. The snowflake was originally white. I used a Chalkboard spray ink to color the snowflake blue (Wave tone). Then I added some faux stitching around the edges with a white gel pen and decorated the snowflake with some rhinestones. The little white snowflakes are hand drawn on the background. And finally I added a stamped sentiment to the tag and finished the tag off with a piece of ribbon.

Now it´s your turn to join the challenge. TAGplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES:

  • Create a project based on the theme with or without the twist.
  • Your project(s) can be anything but it must have a tag (or tags) in it.
  • Link up as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post! Please don’t link up to our challenge if you’re only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case when you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it’s solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the TAGplorations team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20

Hope you´ll play along with us! Happy and creative January 2018!!!!
xxx, Sanna

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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

Wordless Thursday – last set of Christmas cards

So, since I missed Wordless Wednesday, therefore I´m making it a Wordless Thursday post today (well, almost wordless..), and sharing some more Christmas cards I did this year.

That´s it – no more Christmas cards this year :-). These were a result of a 3D image booklet I was given as a free gift to a crafty order. I don´t do this kind of cards at all usually, but I thought it would be a shame not to use them – some of them are pretty cute (the snowmen for example) – so I sat down, and did my very first cards of this sort.

Wishing you all a lovely week!
xxx, Sanna

Masculine Christmas card

I´ve never really tried to create a masculine Christmas card before, so I thought why not try… Here is my take on a masculine Xmas card:

I don´t know how well I managed to accomplish this challenge, but there are all kinds of „manly“ elements in the card :). I´ve used a leftover piece of a star 3D foam adhesive sheet and treated it with a silver toned Silk Microfine Glitter. The name of the glitter alone is masculine; Brushed Pewter. Sounds very much like there is some manly work involved in BRUSHED pewter 😉 …. I´ve also attachted the 3D sheet onto a piece of weathered wood patterned paper. Also very masculine kind of stuff, don´t you think? Then a few silver and bronze toned half pearls, also not that feminine. I´ve used silver and blue tones – keeping everything feminine away from the color sheme. And the sentiment is stamped on a blue inked piece of cardstock. Nothing girly, no butterflies, no flowers and very clean and simple. And the stars are not cute, the have clear lines and form :). So I´m thinking if I am to send a Christmas card to man, this might work out :).

So what do you think? Would you say this is a masculine looking Christmas card. If so, then I´ve managed to accoplish my self set challenge :). Hope you are still enjoying some days off the busy everyday life and speding it with your fave people!

I am also joining a challenge with this card over at Cardz 4 Guyz blog. Their Challenge #185 is called: Last Minute Christmas. This card is faily quick and easy to make, so it would be perfect for those last minute occations. Besides, it´s a card for a guy, so I just could not resist joining that challenge :).

Happy holidays and happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Girly Christmas card

Hello there everyone!!! I hope you all are having a lovely holiday season and some relaxing downtime from all the fuss with your family and loved ones! I am enjoying a couple of days off work. So in between eating Christmas cookies and good food, I am dropping by to show you a girly Christmas card. The recipients wish was to have loooots of glitter and pink on the card, so this was my interpretation on that: 

I´ve used a die cut Christmas tree I received from am Xmas card swap I join every year. I really like this fliligree tree very much. I´ve frist taken a pink paper and stamped snowflakes with VersaMark ink onto it, then heat set a white embossing powder onto them. The little spots here and there are supposed to be additional snowfall :). then I took another pink patterend paper, covered that with clear double sided adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs and placed the die cut tree onto it. After that I poured a layer of pink SIlk Microfine Glitter onto the areas and attached (polished) that with my fingers to the adhesive.

Finally all I needed to do was to add a stamped sentiment (Stampin´ Up!) and glitter glue details (Nuvo and Stickles) and some wood veneer stars to the card. Finished the card off with some faux stitching around the edges. That was it. The recipient really liked her girly card, so I am happy to have accoplished my task to her liking :).

Next up will be a masculine Christmas card, so be sure to come back for that in a few days time :). Merry Christmas and happy crafting,

xxx, Sanna

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Winter joy – Studio Forty Designs

Hello there everyone, I´d like to share a wintery scrapbook page with you today. This one is again created with Studio Forty Designs product. I wanted to create a fun, winter themed page with die cuts around my son´s photo, who loves snow and winter. I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch too.

Here is my finished layout:
I used the Moonchild collection again for this page and even though it is very purple themed, the backsides of the papers work great for a winter theme too. And by adding some winter themed die cuts to the page the snow theme was complete.

 I´ve also decorated the page with some 3D foam snowflakes and microfine glitter. They add additional sparkle to the page and also add struckture to the overall look. For additional fun detail and interest I misted a white leftover paper with green spray ink and then stamped some trees with the „Gifts“ clear stamp set onto it (see full material list at the end of this post). I´ve also added some leftover stamped and colored images from my previous projects to accompany the Studio Forty stamp images. Even though they are from a different series, they work really nicely together with the Studio Forty stamp designs and die cuts.

I wanted to add a frosty look to the page, so I treated some of the stamped and die cut images with glitter glue. This makes the images look like they were covered with a layer of snow.

 To make some die cuts stand out more from the dotted background, I inked them with blue Distress Ink. This way you can also easily change the look of a precut image to match the coloring and color sheme of your page.

In general this page is quite simple and easy to make as you only need to adhere the patterned papers together and then add the photo and have lots of fun with all the little bits and pieces and arranging them into an order that pleases your eye. And even though there are quite a few elements on the page, it still isn´t bulky at all. It will therefore fit into a photo album very easily without taking too much space.

 Finally I´ve created the title for this page with „Merry“ clears stamps and black stamp ink. Under the title I added some journaling and also stamped a date. I´ve noticed that when you don´t immediately add the dates to the stories you scrap about, it will be impossible to recall in a few years time, when a particular photo was taken. You think you will remember, but sadly this is not the case. It is much more fun looking thru a photo album later with you children, when they can see what year a particular photo and memory is from.

All right, enough of that for now. Let´s start with the video – hope you like it!!!

This was my last project for this  3 month design team term, I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorials over at the Studio Forty blog. Christmas being just around the corner, it is now time for me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas time and a very creative and inspiring 2018!! Hope you have a lovely, peacefull and relaxing time with your families and loved ones!!!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Monochromatic pink die cut background card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog today again. I´d like to welcome you to my last tutorial of this year and also as the very last project as a die cut design team member at Elizabeth Craft Designs. It´s been a fabulous two years as a design team member in the team and I´ve enjoyed every minute of it.  But before I tell you more, I´d first like to share one more card tutorial with you all.
This card – well these cards, actually – were inspired by the recent background challenge. As you might recall, I made quite a few cards for that challenge. I love creating backgrounds for my projects with die cut dies, stencils and stamps as well as various media. This card features one of the new background dies and this is how I created it:

This card I really fast and easy to create and by changing the colors and the sentiments, it can be used for all types of occations. Or if you need need to make a few similar ones, you might want to take this type of card design into consideration.

This is how I created the card:
1. Take a die cut (use the Abstract Background die) protective sheet of a Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet and place it onto a into size cut piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock to use it as a stencil.
2. Now add pink Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick) thru the die cut piece onto the cardstock. This creates a nice stenciled image onto the white cardstock.
3. Take a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive and die cut a piece with the Abstract Background die cut die from it using your die cutting machine.
4. Now remove the backing of this sheet and adhere it onto the inked, stenciled piece of cardstock. If you don´t get it adhered exactly along the inked areas, that does not matter, as this will create a fun, additional 3-dimentional effect to the card later. So rather than trying to adhere in a perfect manner (see first detail photo underneath) try to leave some „white“ areas peeking thru.
5. After you have adhered the adhesive sheet, you can either leave the piece as it is, or add some ink to the lighter areas to correct your inking results, before you remove the protective sheet of the adhesive. OR just leave it as it is for the 3-dimentional look.
6. Now remove the protective sheet from the die cut piece and apply the Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive areas. Make sure to keep the adhesive areas „clean“ and don´t touch them with your fingers. This way the glitter will attach to all areas equally well.
7. After pouring the surface with glitter, use a paint brush to remove the residue and pour that back into the jar. Then polish the surface with your finger to attach  the glitter with adhesive and to add more sparkle to the glitter.
8. Now take another piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock  and ink with pink Distress Ink, then stamp with black ink both the sentiment and the flower image.
9. Cut the sentiment piece into right size with a paper cutter and either fussy cut or die cut (with the matching flower die cut die) the flower image.
10. Adhere on place with 3D foam tape and paper glue. Finally decorate with glitter glue and liquid pearls.

On the upper card you can see the perfectly inked version of the background. The lower card has some white areas still peeking thru here and there. This adds a little bit more interest to the background by creating a 3-dimentional effect to the card.
To give you a better idea of each step, I again created a start-to-finish video for you to watch:

I hope you´ll enjoy this card idea and get inspired to try it out yourself! After two years in the team it is time to step aside from my duties as a die cut desgin team member and give space to a new team (very excited to see who will be joining in this time!!). However, I am not totally disappearing from the Elizabeth Craft Designs site quite yet. You will be seeing me posting projects on their site from time to time still, not as a desing team member, but more as a visiting blogger and guest designer. I am very much looking forward to next year and my new duties with Elizabeth Craft Designs team. So see you around again in January at their blog, lovelies!!!

There is a fun Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says challenge blog called „Party Time!“ and I´m joining the challenge with my Happy Birthday card.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas time and a happy 2018!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations December challenge REMINDER

Hi there, everyone! Today I´d like to share another TAGplorations December challenge project with you. With this project I´d like to remind you to join our monthly challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. This one is all about tags and this months challenge is „All about Christmas“.

Here is my second project for this months challenge reveal:

For this tag I first inked the blue cardstock with a Distress Ink blue tone that is slightly darker than the background. Then I used a white gel pen to draw around the inked stencil image. This way the pattern stands out better from the same toned background and makes it look more interesting. I had already punched the snowflakes from the paper, so I just applied a double sided adhesive underneath and then added some Silk Microfine Glitter on top. It sticks to the surface and creates lovely, shimmery snowflakes as a centerpieces to the tag.

After that I just needed to add some faux stitching, a darker cardstock piece onto the background and some half pearls for decoration. The sentiment  in the middle is a leftover piece from a project I did for Canvas Corp – it actually is a piece from the paper collection name I just fussy cut to work as a sentiment for this particular tag.

Finally I just added a strip of ribbon on top and this tag was all done. This will make yet another nice present tag for my Christmas presents this year. Now is your turn, if you haven´t played along with us already, here is where you will find all the details about the challenge (also read the rules over here).

See you at TAGplorations,
xxx, Sanna

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