Top 9 of 2020

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I´m stopping by to share my Instagram top nine projects with you.

So these were the 9 artworks you like the most. One layout and lots of mixed media projects! It´s been quite a year. It started with me wripping my cruciate on 1st of January 2020. A good start for a year, eh?

Just adding a few of my other artworks from 2020 in between the lines 😉

Then along came Covid-19 and the rest is history. Lockdowns, isolation, washing hands until the first layer of skin wore off. Being worried about getting sick, or even worse, infecting someone else. And this still is going on. As I write this, we have just started our third lockdown here in Austria. We´ve been tested once so far, all negative. And in a few weeks there will be another testing round, otherwise we cannot go shopping, but need to do an extra week of isolation. There´s been so many regulations, changes and adjusting required, that I am slowly loosing the grip of what is ok and what not. Also, I feel really bad for my children, they have lost a whole year of their youth. No friends, no spending time together and almost no school AT SCHOOL. And this year my younger one is supposed to graduate gymnasium. I wonder how that is supposed to work out. Makes me angry that they´ve lost so much, in teaching, in social contacts and in life at an important age.

Well, enough of that. So you seem to like my mixed media. I love it too. But I just cannot deside what is my true passion. Sometimes I do CAS, then another time I go crazy with mixed media, then I do die cutting and just fussy cutting paper. And it all feels good at that particular time. But it seems, that you like to see me do more mixed media? So I´ll try and concentrate on one more direction next year, I guess. Just to develop more in one area, I think.

So have you given any thought to your OLW for 2021 yet? I recently took a fun „survey“ and that gave me 4 words to think about: money, change, health and strenght. I think somewhere there is going to be my new word 2021. This year my word was self-care. How suitable, eh? Or on the other hand, how ironic? Anyhow fits 2020 very well. Little did I know of it´s deeper meaning when I picked it for 2020.

Just one more day and it´s 2021! I really, really hope it will be a better one. I miss my people, and I am not even an extrovert. But isolating oneself for such a long time does no good to ones soul. Here is Austria they started with the vaccination during Christmas holidays. The first handful of people got it. It might take until summer, till we are due for it, but it just might be our only way to a relatively normal life again. And I miss normal life!

I wish you all lots of health and endurance for the next weeks and moths. Here´s to hoping we will soon reach a more normal way of life. This year, since March, has felt like the movie „Goundhog Day“. I cannot wait it to end..

Have a great New Years Eve! I´m spending it with my husband – at home (surprise, surprise?! ;-)… ). Like any other day this year too. But let´s make it a nice one, against all odds. See you on the other side!

xxx, Sanna

Gobal ATC SWAP

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I´ve take a little pause from Insta and my blog for a few weeks, because I have felt very drained and empty inside. Not even crafting (my very fave thing to do!!) could get me excited. So I´ve mainly sat outside in the garden doing nothing (trying to reload my energy levels) or binge watched Netflix. Today, for the first time (as it seems to me) in ages, I sat down in my studio and felt like I might even do something crafty.

I guess my batteries were completely empty? And I´ve been experiencing pain in my operated leg again. And it´s soooo annoying, because it keeps me awake at night and I experience pain when sitting -> affects crafting, motivation, energy levels, mood etc.. And I´ve done exercise – some days even too much – and the pain is still there. So today I gave up and took a pain killer. I don´t like taking them, so it has to be a lot of pain, before I give in. But I really needed a break from everything.

And now to crafting again: Back in May (yes, May!!) I took part in a Global ATC SWAP organized by my lovely, talented friend, Tina Walker. And I mailed my ATC´s right beginning of May to her. Fun fact, it took them THREE MONTHS to finally get to Tina in the US (thanks to Covid). I had already totally given up on them ever getting there, but miracles happen and they eventually arrived. So therefore I´m sharing what I did for the swap with you today. Here is the set of 3 ATCs I created:

And last Wednesday I also received an envelope from Tina with 3 SWAP ATC from Annette, Jen and Michele (from left to right). I LOVE them!!! Thank you ladies!!!

And funny enough, even the sentiment on my ATC´s from May match my current mood. For my ATC´s I´ve followed a FB live by Tim Holtz back in April/May and used his technique ideas on these 3 cards. I´ve got Distress Paint on the background, then some stamping in black. Bits of old newspaper here and there, adhered with matte medium then covered with Distress Crayons and a pattern created on top with stencils. Also some metallic cardstock die cut and embossed (one of Tim´s dies at Sizzix), then inked with alcohol inks. Love the look it creates!

And for finishing touches a stamped sentiment from Dyan´s stamp set and old fussy cut ladies from a vintage catalogue.

Just out of interest, what do you do, when you feel physically and emotionally drained? Crafting has always been something to give me more energy and suddenly not even that felt right anymore. So I took a consious break from everything. It felt like the right thing to do. Come to think of it, maybe it´s the big birthday (5+0) lurking around the corner that has me feeling all these feelings. Maybe I´m just mentally adjusting to the „next level“? Haha…the irony of turning fifty in 2020..I sure picked the best year, eh?

Here´s to a better week to come with more energy and creative fun times *fingers crossed*!
xxx, Sanna

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Remember the now ATC

Hello and happy Friday! Today I´m sharing yet another artist trading card, created using some of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs product I received in the mail last week.

For this one I created the background using Distress Inks and Stains, then stamped in the same way, like on the ATC shared yesterday (read more here).

So the background is similar/identical to the one shared yesterday, but for this one I also used some leftover die cut pieces as leaves, then added a suede ribbon that I misted with spray ink and matted the card onto a turquoise piece of burlap. Also this one has a sentiment as additional detail.

Love the contrast of pink and turquoise with the black stamping. Adding these pieces to my ATC stash again.

Wishing you all a great begin into the weekend!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Alpha Flower ATC

Hello and happy Thrusday! This week I´ve sent quite a few envelopes on their way into different locations around the world. I posted a photo of my ATC´s and offered them for swapping. And I honestly didn´t think there would be so many interested 🙂 – so only after one weekend my ATC pile is down to a half of it´s original size. Therefore, time to make MORE :).

So today I´m again sharing an ATC with you. Again using the new Elizabeth Craft Designs product I received last week. This time it´s the alphas.

I had been playing with Distress Inks and Stains on a piece of white paper a while ago and chose to use that piece for an artist trading card background. I then added the stamping. I simply inked the whole stamp set with black ink, while it was still attached to it´s original packaging. This way I had a random alpha pattern on the background.

Then just a few elements, like burlap, twine, a brad and a flower as a centerpiece and for finishing touches some Nuvo Vintage Drops in white. I love the white! Goes with EVERYTHING! I call this card „Alpha Flower“ :-D.

I am totally liking the new Art Journal line at Elizabeth Craft Designs. So stay tuned for more artwork with that. I might need to go shopping for some more *looks innocently into the sky* :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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ATC card set

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Today I´m stopping by to share a fun Artist Trading Card set with you guys. This one was again inspired by one of Tim Holtz´s Facebook lives. I was watching his live and took some paper and paints out and went from there. This is the end result:

I played with Distress Paints on the background and lifted some paint thru a stencil to create a pattern. Then I added rub-onsand some old book paper pieces here and there. On top of that layer there is some stamping with Dina Wakley stamps. I created a big piece of paper while I was at it and later cut that piece into artist trading card sized pieces. I then fussy cut the ladies from a vintage womens fashion image book and added a stamp sentiment by Dyan Reaveley on top. Some rhinestore stars finish these pieces off.

I had so much fun creating the backgrounds. I really enjoy watching Tim´s lives so much. I am also trying to use product that I have instead of bying new stuff all the time. I have plenty of Ranger product at home already and they want to be used too :).

Wishing you all a lovely week!
xxx, Sanna

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