Waiting for the water to boil – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time we were challenged to make „Anything but a Card“! So my choice was a layout. I haven´t been making as much scrapbook layouts recently as I would have liked to, so this was the perfect challenge to finally make one. Here is what I created:

This layout has plenty of Elizabeth Craft Design product on it, starting from the White Soft Finish Cardstock as a base. Next I added strips of the new ModaScrap papers onto the bottom and the top. I used the Viaggi Vintage and the Thinking about Polynesia 12×12 inch collections on this scrapbook layout. Then I added some heat embossed (white) sentiments from the Dream Sentiments set by Joset Designs.

A layer of Tattered Angels Aquamarine Glimmer Mist makes the heat embossed images really pop. After that I die cut ModaScrap leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock and then misted those with various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tones (Aquamarine, Marigold, Graphite, Suede and Grumpet). I also used some Java Glimmer Glaze (the black splatters) and Simply Sheer Soft Peach as well as Baseboard Gravel spray ink tones on the leaves.

I also die cut some of the letters on the title, then misted those with grey Glimmer Mist tone and added stickers and other alphas to go with those. I then added some stamped stars and rhinestones into the middle of the flowers.

I finished the page with hand written journaling and some faux stitching along the edges. Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give you a better idea of the steps.

And now, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other design team girls have created for this challenge. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?” We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Wishing you all a happy, crafty day and lots of inspiration from the team!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Soft Finish Cardstock white
Thinking about Polinesia paper
Viaggi Vintage paper
Dream Sentiments stamp set
Dandelion Fluff
Pair Of Leaves 2
Leafy Branch 4
Leafy Branch 3
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Entwined Ovals (used the flowers from this set)

Other:
Glimmer Mist – Suede
Glimmer Mist – Aquamarine
Glimmer Mist – Marigold
Glimmer Mist – Graphite
Glimmer Mist – Crumpet
Baseboard – Gravel
Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Glimmer Glaze – Java
VersaMark embossing ink
Archival Ink Jet Black
White embossing powder – Ranger
Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it´s again time for yet another Stencil Sunday and since it´s also the first Sunday of the month, it´s also Mixed Media Challenge reveal time. That means there is quite a bunch of inspiration up over at the STAMPlorations blog prepared for you by my fellow design team colleagues and me. Here is what I did for this months reveal post:

These tags are pretty simple to make, so if you are in a rush and need a quick project, this might be something for you :). And as always, by changing the color combination and stamp images you can pretty much go to any direction and theme you want. I like basic ideas like this as they work as a nice starting point for a bigger project or can be used as such for a more cleaner and simpler look.

I´ve also prepared a short start-to-finish video for you to watch:

I hope you got inspired and find some time to join this months challenge!! Remember, there are always nice prizes to be won and you can basically create anything (except a card!). You can even use stencils from other brands on your projects, if you don´t happen to have any STAMPlorations ones. Read more about the rules here.

Finally, remember to take advantage of my 20% off shopping code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the store:
It´s good for both reduced and regular prized products. Happy shopping ;-)!

Hope to see you at STAMPlorations blog, lovelies!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Forest of Leaves stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Buttercups & Butterflies clear stamp set
Tattered Angels – Java Glimmer Glaze
Tattered Angels – Orange Glimmer Mist
Stamperia crackle paste
Tattered Angels White Decor & DIY paint
Jet black stamp ink – Ranger Inc.
Distress Ink – Ranger Inc.

Happiness ATC set – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovely people, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. How about some „May Flowers“ themed ATC´s for this Sunday´s post? With lots of color, layers and happiness :). Remember, last month I did a set themed „April Showers“, so I thought I might as well add to the theme and do „May Flowers“ this month :). Here they are:

And this time I decided to make a little star-to-finish video to go with the set:

I really like how these artist trading cards turned out & I can´t wait for summer to finally arrive. I am missing sunshine, swimming, sitting in the garden and watching flowers bloom and just relaxing in the sun. Who´s with me? 😉

What I did is I first added a layer of Distress Paint, then some stamping and after that added a spray ink toned paste thru the Daisy Play (one of the newest stencils at the STAMPlorations store) stencil. Finally I added some product from my older stash to embellish the ATC´s.  Here are some close-ups of the ATC´s:

Here´s to a hopefully gorgeous and sunny June :). Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!!!
Just in case you feel the urge to shop some today, feel free to use this code at the STAMPlorations store: It´s good for all product – reduced and regular prized. Enjoy!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations Daisy Play stencil
Distress Paint – pink, yellow, green
Elizabeth Craft Designs stamps
Glimmer Glaze Java
Ramblin´ Rose Pink spray ink
Nuvo Drops – Antique Rose
Modeling paste
Neon pink Mister Huey´s spray ink
Jet Black stamp ink
Sewing yearn, flowers, paper ribbon

Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Hugs tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there! And again I´d like to share another Tag Tuesday post with your shortly today. This is yet another tag I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along from one show to another. I had so much fun creating these tags!!!

For this one, I´ve die cut the word hugs from a piece of felt. I love how it turned out. The felt is relatively thin, so the metal die actually did a great job cutting it. I also cut some Fitted Fishtails for the background and layered them on top of each other. I used patterned papers (older paperstock 🙂 ) from my stash for this purpose. There is a paper flower and a felt flower banner on the tag – also something from my older stash combined with the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs product. The leaf is die cut from a Clear Double Sided Adhesive and then covered with Silk Microfine Glitter. Some faux stitching and a ribbon to finish the tag off. That´s pretty much it!

I just love making tags – they are great for destashing older goodies and trying out new ideas. And you can always attach them to gifts for friends and loved ones.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Leafy Branch 3
Elizabeth Craft Desings – Love Sentiments
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Fitted Fishtails
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Silk Microfine Glitter
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Patterned Paper
Ribbon
Paper flower
Felt
Felt flower ribbon

DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

Soar – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovelies!! It is again time for STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday and MAY MIXED MEDIA CHALLENGE REVEAL. Today I´d like to share a art journal page with you.

Here is what I created:

The page had some leftover gesso wiped onto it already. I then went and sprayed a layer of blue spray ink onto it and let that dry properly. It created a really nice background to start with. I then started by adding Dina Wakley heavy body Magenta toned paint with a palette knife thru a stencil onto the backgrond. For stencil details see the end of this post. I let the paint air dry before moving to the next step.

Next I added a stamp image (Dina Wakley stamp) onto the left side of the stenciled paint and took a bird stencil and started applying waterproof ink with a foam piece thru the stencil onto the upper part of the page. I used water proof media, so that I could add more layers later on top.

Then I went and added some stamped words (STAMPlorations clear stamp set) and finally added some raindrops on top of it all. The paint I used is again Dina Wakley heavy body paint Tangerine and the stencil is by STAMPlorations. In the end I inked the edges of the page with black ink and added some white Liquitex Ink! droplets on top of it all. I think the bird stencil and stamp is one of my all time favorite sets from the STAMPlorations store. I use them really often :).

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see more inspirational projects designed by my team colleagues. And do join in with us!!! The rules are easy to follow and there are nice prizes to be won!! If you want to grab yourself those cute birdie themed sets, feel free to use this discount code to get 20% off your order at the store!! 🙂

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Mini Droplets stencil
ARTplorations – Brackets stencil
ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil
STAMPlorations – Trendy Birds stamp set
Dina Wakley heavy body paint – magenta & tangerine
Liquitex Ink! Titanium white
White gesso
Blue spray ink – Tattered Angels
Black stamp ink – Hero Arts
Dina Wakley stamp set – Silhouetted Women

Everything has Beauty – Art Journal page

Hello everyone, today I´d again like to share a peek inside my art journal with you. Here it is:

This piece has quite a few layers and various media on it. I´ve even added some magazine pieces here and there which I don´t normally do. This page is totally out of my comfort zone, but it was good to give something new a try. Thus the quote too. While I was playing I several times felt that this page was horrible and didn´t feel comfortable with it. But in the end I manage to see some beauty in it ;-).

Wishing you a great, creative day!
xxx, Sanna

Being negative – Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Team May Challenge

Hello there lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog!! This month´s theme given for us to tackle was: „Being Negative“.

Let me explain: it´s not about us being all negative obviously – but using the negative pieces when die cutting! Every time when we die cut with a die, we get both a positive (the actual die cut die piece) and a negative piece (the leftover part). Many of these negative pieces are very much usable on their own and make interesting cards. This technique is called Negative Die Cutting. I´ve done this quite often actually. I love using both pieces, so not much goes to waste. This time, however, I only used the negative pieces 🙂 – and of course saved the positives ones, but those will be used on other projects later on :). So here are my cards:

Card 1:

First cut butterflies from white cardstock with the Small Butterfly die cut die. Save the positive pieces for another project and use the negative strip. I also cut some alphas for another project while I was at it.

Take the negative piece and place it into a misting box (to protect your work area) and spray with Tattered Angels Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist. Let dry or dry with a heat gun.

Mark the areas on the card base where the open butterfly areas are and adhere pink/red washi tapes onto the background. Adhere the misted piece on top.

Stamp a „xoxo“ sentiment with black stamp ink onto the left side for additional decoration and add dark rhinestones onto the butterflies for detail.

Second card:

This card is very similar in technique, I just replaced the washi tape with a gelli plate acrylic paint piece. This is a leftover piece from gelli printing onto which I´ve added layers and layers of paint and saved for a later project.

So you just again die cut die Lovebirds piece from a white cardstock, save for a later project and take the negative piece, adhere that onto the card base and then adhere the negative die cut piece on top. For decoration add faux stitching along the edges of the card and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink. That´s it.

Card 3:

Again this card was created using the exact same idea. I just this time added a patterned paper onto the background. Some dark rhinestones, faux stitching and a stamped sentiment for decoration.

Card 4:
For this card I´ve combined similar ideas again, except the negative Hello sentiment is made out of Silk Microfine Glitter. I´ve first die cut the piece and added a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back. Then I added a layer of Speckled Indigo Silk Microfine Glitter to fill the negative areas. Then I added die cut Corners and a stamped sentiment.

The background paper is from the Through the Lens, Stone paper pack. If you are looking for some more ideas on how to use the negative pieces, here, here, here,  here , here and here is another tutorial to take a look at. And now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created!

Like every month, there are also prizes to be won. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a Background Die Prize pack which includes: heart background; circles background; chevron background and diamond background to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What are some project ideas you would use scrap pieces for when crafting?”

3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, May 5 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Lovebirds
Corners 1
Small butterfly
Peacock Feather
A Way With Words, Hello
Silk Microfine Glitter, Speckled Indigo
Soft Finish Cardstock, White
Through the Lens, Wood, Stone
Dream Sentiments Clear Stamps
General Sentiments Clear Stamps
Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Other:
White gel pen
Black stamp ink
Black pen
Rhinestones
Gelli plate, acrylic paints
Liquid pearls
Washi Tape
Vanilla Breeze Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Card bases

Congrats card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies and happy 1st of May!!! I hope you have all found some time for creating on this long weekend? I had planned on creating plenty, but then somehow I/we ended doing everythig else, but that. But it has still been a nice, relaxing weekend, so it is all good!

Today I´m quickly sharing a birthday card I created with Elizabeth Craft Desings products. This one went to my husbands gradma with flowers. She just celebrated her birthday recently.

I´ve first misted the background with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, then die cut the speech bubble form and used an embossing folder to create the pattern to it. Then I die cut several pieces of the word „Congrats“, adhered those on top of each other to create more depth and then decorated the card with some liquid pearls, twine, flowers and finished the sentiment with a layer of Glossy Accents for more dimension.

Wishing you all a lovely evening and a creative week!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
A Way With Words – Congrats
Swirly curves embossing folder
Other:
Liquid pearls
Paper flowers
Twine
Patterned paper
Tattered Angels pink Glimmer Mist
Glossy Accents