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

Artist Trading Cards – Studio Forty

Hello and happy December, everyone! It´s again my turn to share a Studio Forty project with you today. Christmas being practically around the corner, I got distracted with artist trading cards, when I actually should have been finishing up a couple more Christmas cards for family and friends. But sometimes distractions like this are really good, so I think it´s OK to spend one evening playing with something else than making Christmas card projects :).

Here are the ATC´s I created for today´s post:

The first set is winter themed. I´ve first misted the background with a blue spray ink and then added the branches onto the bottom part of each ATC. They are stamped with waterproof black ink.

 Next I used the snowflake stamps with embossing ink to stamp images onto the „sky“. After that I embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder.

 For decoration I added „faux stitching“ around the edges and stamped a wintery sentiment which I fussy cut and inked with light blue Distress Ink.

 Finally I added some liquid pearls details onto the branches. That way they look like winter berries. For details on used product scroll down to the very bottom of this post – all used products are listed there.

 For my next artist trading card set I took an early start towards Valentine´s Day. I wanted to create love/friendship themed ATC´s so I chose the Whoo loves you stamp set as my starting point for these four artist trading cards. I might still add a little red stamped heart to each one of them later, just haven´t decided on that quite yet.

 For these ATC´s I first cut white cardstock into the right size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch). Then I stamped the leaves onto the background with embossing ink and added white embossing powder. After heat setting the powder I took a peach toned spray ink and misted the backgrounds with that tone.

 Next I took a water tank brush and some darker brown spray ink to color the leaves. After the background was done I stamped the sentiment speech bubbles and the animals onto a piece of white cardstock and used brown, grey, yellow and red spray inks with a water tank brush to color the images. After that I again added some „faux stitching“ with a black pen around the edges.

 After the images were dry I fussy cut them with precision scissors and added some yellow burlap and white lace onto the artist trading cards.

 Then all I needed to do was to adhere the fussy cut images onto the backgrounds with paper glue.

 To make sure the lace and burlap stay put on their place, I attached them additionally to the background with a stampler. This will keep them from coming off.

I had a great time creating these artist trading cards! And now that I´ve had some fun creative time, I can go and finish off the last Christmas cards for this season.

Wishing you all a lovely, creative weekend and happy crafting!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

December Mixed Media challenge – STAMPlorations

Hi there everyone, it´s time to share the STAMPlorations December Mixed Media Challenge with you today! For today´s challenge reveal I´ve created a set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here is my set of ATC´s:

I´ve first applied a layer of DIY glitter paste onto the bigger paper (on the background) thru a stencil. Then I misted that piece with brown Glimmer Mist spray. I did the same with the top paper pieces (first misting with pink Glimmer Mist and then applying the DIY glitter paste thru the stencil onto the paper. After the paste was dry, I adhered the pieces together, added some residue tinted texture paste treated music notes paper on top.

Next I decorated the ATC´s with 7gypsies Architextures decor pieces, some paper flowers, printed masking tape and Glimmer Glaze.

On the second card I´ve used a velvet ruffle flower instead of paper flowers, everything else is the same as on the previous ATC. By now you should be familiar with the rules, on how to play along, but if not, be sure to check them out here! Playing along is really easy and the rules are very simple to follow, so do take some time to play along with us also this month!! There are fab prizes to be won, too! Read more here on the STAMPlorations blog. Even though it´s December and we all tend to be very busy this time of the year, maybe you will still find some time to play and join this challenge. It´s a fun one – hope to see you at STAMPlorations!!!

xxx, Sanna

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Sanna Lippert Designs stencil reveal blog hop REMINDER

Hello there lovelies! I am just quickly dropping by today to remind you to JOIN the STAMPlorations stencil blog hop featuring my very first stencil designs. For the reminder post, I´ve made a little project again – a set of ATC´s.

I´ve loved reading your comments and seeing projects done by everyone! I must say that it sure is a special feeling seeing my designs being used by other creatives. I´ve enjoyed seeing every single project and am still in awe of all the creative ideas the STAMPlorations girls have come up with!! So make sure you check out their work and leave some love at their blogs!!! It´s very much worth it. Plus, there are also prizes to be won!

GO TO THE ORIGINAL BLOG HOP POST HERE to get started!!!!

See you at STAMPlorations blog and store!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:


Sanna Lippert Designs first ever stencil reveal blog hop

This is it, everyone! It´s time to do a kinda big STAMPlorations stencil blog hop around my brand new (& first ever!!!) stencil collection. It´s a total of eight stencils that are involved in this hop with a huge group of lovely, creative girls from the STAMPlorations team! Like revealed earlier this week (see my previous post for a video!), I´ve been able to design my first ever stencils that will be available at the STAMPlorations store under „Sanna Lippert Designs“.

I am ever so thankful for Shery in believing in me and letting me be part of the STAMPlorations family. I am still so excited, I could burst! So lets skip the smalltalk and let me share you some works created with the new stencils. That´s better than to go on about how I feel for hours ;-)…

THEN, when you are thru with this photo heavy post, you need to go and hop thru all the blogs joining in this hop. And I will do that too, because I haven´t seen what the girls have created! So I am at least as excited to see what they have been upto, as you are :).

So lets start!!! Here are the first projects I created with these stencils:

I am only going to share some eye candy today without any project details or steps. There will be more projects coming up on the STAMPlorations blog in the future with steps and tutorials. Today I´m only sharing project photos due to already long and photo heavy post. I´m adding only the details which stencils were used on which projects.

(featuring Senecio 1 & Flowers 1)

(featuring Trees 1)

(featuring Christmas Tree 1)

(featuring Flowers 2)

(featuring Leaves 1)

(featuring Leaves 2) (featuring Evolution) (featuring Flowers 1)

at the end of this post you will find links to the stencils and a direct link to the STAMPlorations blog to get you started with the rest of the girls projects :). And here is some more info about the hop:

  • Commenting closes on December 4th
  • and there are prizes: one winner of $20 gift certificate, two winners of their choice of three Sanna Lippert Designs stencils
  • Winners will be randomly drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs

-> now go here to start hopping!! Hope you´ll enjoy this hop, have fun hopping and good luck for the random winner draw!!!

xxx, Sanna

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To live by ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, time for another inspirational STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday post! For this Sunday´s reveal I created a set of artist trading cards with the theme „To live by“. There are plenty of layers on these and the color choices are very much out of my comfort zone too.

Here is what I made:

Remember the altered clothes tag I created a few weeks back? Remember me adding the residue ink from the Super Bubbles stencil onto a white paper strip? Well I used exactly that piece as my starting point for the ATC´s. Next I added a layer of Marigold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) on top. Since the yellow tone is lighter, the orange pattern still shows.

  After the mist was dry, I took the Emanations stencil and some copper creative medium (Imagine Crafts) and applied a layer onto the upper part of the paper thru the stencil. I let the paste air dry.

I had some previously misted old book page scraps on my table and I decided to use those on the ATC´s. I layered them on top of each other leaving some of the stenciled image to show in between the lower and the upper part of the ATC´s. Finally I added some pink Chalkboard ink splatters (Polka Dot Pink by Tattered Angels) here and there for interest.

Next I took some cracle paste (by Stamperia) and applied a layer on each artist trading card thru the Floral Flutes stencil.

Then I just added some finishing touches: lace, twine, flowers, buttons, liquid pearls, some faux cross stitches with a black pen and a number sticker as well as a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment. Here is a close-up of one of the finished artist trading cards.

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have been up to and creating. Then I hope you find the time to play along with us on the June Mixed Media Challenge!!! Oh,  and just a friendly, kind reminder to use my gift code on the STAMPlorations store to get 20% off your order!!! It is still valid :).

Happy crafting and happy shopping :)!!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Floral Flutes
ARTplorations Emanations
ARTplorations Super Bubbles
Stamperia crackle paste
Marigold Glimmer Mist
Pink Polka Dot Chalkboard mist
Copper Creative Medium
Old book pages
Twine, Lace, stapler
Flowers, buttons
Nuvo Antique Rose drops

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

April showers ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another Mixed Media challenge!!! New month always means new challenge, so here goes:

My take for this months reveal is a set of Artist Trading Cards. The theme I went with is April showers :)… very suitable, eh?

Here is what I did:
First take a piece of dark blue cardstock and but into the right (ATC) size. The take a piece of leftover, misted, stenciled paper (my piece is from this project) and some wood veneer clouds.

Punch flowers from the leftover music note paper with a flower punch (or use a die cut die).

Take a raindrop stencil and draw along the raindrops with a white gel pen onto the background.

Remove stencil and add some additional effects with the pen for a more interesting look.

Embellish! Use pieces of ribbon/burlap, the wood veneer pieces and the punched flowers to decorate the ATCs. Add red liquid pearl dots into the middle of the flowers for dimension.

Take a piece of old paper and add handwritten sentiments to the ATCs. Outline along the edges and glue on place. That´s it. Very easy to do. Here is the finished set:

Now is again your turn to get started! Hope you will find the time to play along and join in on the April challenge with us! Remember, anything mixed media, but cards, is allowed. Use at least one stencil (any brand) and follow the linky rules. That´s it! And you can again win some STAMPloration product goodness!!! And you can always use my discount code when shopping at the store, too :)! Have fun!!

See you at STAMPlorations blog,
Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

STAMPlorations supplies:
ARTplorations – Droplets mini stencil
ARTplorations – Leaf Prints 2

Other:
Blue cardstock
Wood veneer clouds
Teal burlap
Tattered Angels spray inks
White acrylic paint
White gel pen
Black pen
Flower punch
Golden yarn
Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Red liquid pearls

Distress Glitter ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies, another Stencil Sunday is here!! I hope you are enjoying the inspiration delivered by us STAMPlorations girls :). Every Sunday either all or part of the team share an inspirational project created using at least one STAMPlorations stencil. Today is my turn again and here is what I did:

This is how I created the ATCs. My starting point was a piece of plain white cardstock – everything in color is added details :).

Step 1: I cut the plain white cardstock into ATC sized pieces (2 1⁄2 by 3 1⁄2 inches (64 mm × 89 mm)) and added green and blue spray ink onto the background. Next I used a heat gun for drying the ink.

Step 2: Then I place a misted piece under the ARTplorations Square City stencil and adhered the stencil onto the working surface with washi tape. That keeps the pieces from moving around. Next I applied a layer of transparent texture paste thru the stencil with a palette knife onto the surface.

Step 3: For the first ATC I then poured loose Distress Glitter onto the wet texture paste surface and dabbed the residue off with my finger. I let the piece air dry. Using the glitter this way it will stick to the paste when dry and stay shiny.

Step 4: For the next two pieces I mixed the transparent texture paste and the Distress Glitter with a palette knife together and first then applied the paste onto the tag like explained on Step 2. When you use the Distress Glitter this way, it will not result in a soft and shiny surface. It is more a grainy texture with color than a shine surface. If you would use a regular glitter, the result would still stay shiny when dry. That is the difference between Distress and regular Glitter and this technique.

Step 5: I took a piece of patterned paper and a STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set and stamped feathers onto the paper with black ink.

Step 6: Next I took a STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set and stamped a sentiment onto a piece of vanilla cardstock. I then fussy cut the stamped sentiments.

Step 7: Now all I needed to do was to decorate the ATC background. I adhered the feather, some pink yarn, a button and the sentiment onto the tag. You cannot see it here, but I also added some white ink splatters in the end for additional detail. Those can be seen on the finished ATC´s.

Hope you have enjoyed today´s Stencil Sunday inspiration by the design team girls!!! Remember you can also join in the fun with us by submitting your mixed media stencil project (any brand goes!!!) to the monthly challenge!!! Just remember, NO CARDS allowed :). For details, go HERE :).

I for myself am submitting this project to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog´s: Bit O´ Green challenge.

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Square City stencil
STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2 clear stamp set
Distress Glitter – Ranger
Transparent Texture Paste – Ranger
Stamp ink – Hero Arts

Light the way ATC

Hello there, lovelies and happy Monday. Today I´m dropping by to share a Artist Trading Card I made quite some while ago. I made this one for a design team colleague who had been going thru some hard times with her family. I didn´t feel like sharing this ATC back then, but now feels like a good time to quickly put this up.

I kept this ATC pretty simple. It is for a sad occation and I wanted to concentrate on the colours and add just small details. The die cut cloud is by 4heures37 (a French manufacturer), the flowers are from my stash. The heart is by Basic Grey and the book paper is from an old latin school book. I misted it with Chalkboard ink tone „Splash“. Added the texture spray „raindrops“, some DIY twine (thanks Lizzy!) and a leftover mini die cut piece. The rub-on words are by Tim Holtz.

Wishing you all a good start into the new week,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Splash – Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink
Latin book page
Die cut cloud – 4heures37
Die cut heart – Basic Grey
DIY twine
Die cut die by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rub-ons – Tim Holtz
Texture spray – Imagine Crafts
Flowers, pearls, stapler