25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Hop – STAMPlorations

Hello there and welcome to day 22 of 25 days of Christmas Tags blog hop event organized by Tracey over at her „In My Creative Opinion blog„.

Today the STAMPlorations design team girls share their Christmas tags with you and I am happy be joining this hop and to share some Christmas tag inspo with you all. Here is what I did:

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tag die cut die to create my shaker Xmas tag. The background some stenciling on it, created with a ARTplorations stencil. So all products used, including the stamps are all by STAMPlorations.

Besides the various STAMPlorations products, I´ve used salty ocean Distress Oxide ink and Ranger liquid pearls on the tag. The shaker is filled with various little bits and bobs like holographic snowflakes, trees and stars, some Stampendous glitter and Mica Fragments as well as Prima Art Stones to fill the shaker with various „sheakable“ elements :-).

After finishing the tag it occurred to me, that I could actually not only use this tag on a Christmas present, but also give it away as a present itself. It would make a lovely Christmas tree hanger for someone.

If you are interested in seeing how this tag came together, I´ve also created a short start-to-finish video for you to watch. It will give you a better idea of the various steps, incase you are not already familiar with shaker cards.

Now for the blog hop details:
– you can go back and start from HERE if you started from my blog
– for the overview of all featured teams/days, go HERE
– if you want to see the rules on how to play along, go HERE to the main post

Here is an overview of the companies taking part in this hop over the 25 days, so it´s definitely worth checking out and joining in 🙂 !!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Coming soon – STAMPlorations 4th birthday blog hop!!!

Just a quick announcement, lovelies!!! A „you should definitely not miss this“-kinda blog hop is coming your way very soon!!! Here is a little teaser for you, to get you into hopping mood:

There are a few important things you need to get familiar with before you start hopping. So if you plan to be in for the win, you need to go over to the STAMPlorations blog and READ THIS POST carefully. These are important steps to get prepared for the actual hop which will start on the 26th of June. Have fun creating your wishlist and see you in 7 days.

xxx, Sanna

A hop with a difference!

Hello lovelies, I was asked by Paula Perry if I´d like to join in on a blog hop with a difference and due to some travelling I was a bit late with my answer, but naturally could not say no to her kind request :). I have been on a creative team with Paula and really like her as a scrappy friend (and her scrappy style) .

So this hop is all about inspiration and introducing other blogs. Go here and here to see what Paula wrote on her blog hop post (and while there, you could also go back to Heather´s blog and see what she wrote/did and so on :)…)

I am very happy to be able to continue this hop, even thought it was quite hard to find scrappy friends who would continue this further – might have something to do with the summer holiday season?? Anyway, here are first some answers to Paula´s questions:

1. What am I working on right now? I am working on several projects at the time. There are a couple of design team projects I want to make during the next days and they are on „idea mode“ on my mind at the moment :). My husband always says he can „hear“ me think, because I do it so loudly… don´t know if that is good or bad?? 😉

2. How long does it take to create a project? Well, that is a hard question, as I never look at the time when creating, but I think something between 30 minutes to 3 hours is realistic, depending on what I am creating.

3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment? This is easy :). STENCILS, STAMPS and all kinds of media. I love to create backgrounds, use different media and colours as well as add stencilled details onto my layouts, cards and mixed media projects. And little embellishments here and there…mainly chipboard, flair, wood veneer, enamel dots etc.. and my all time faves: rub-ons. Yes I really like to use those too :).

4. How does my writing/creating process work? Most of the time it starts from an idea that has somehow come to my mind. That could have been something I´ve seen on a fashion/interior magazine or I´ve discovered creating another project. Then there are days when the idea starts from a special photo and I built everything upon that. Sometimes it can be a product or a technique that leads to something new. It really depends on my mood, on how I´m feeling and what I´m creating. So no actual rule there ;-). My journaling is often very personal, so I usually hide it behind the photos or add it on my layouts after sharing them here on the blog. Some things I just don´t want to share with the whole world, I´m sure you will understand. I write about my feelings, things that happen in our lives, things the kids did or said or just random daily stuff.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I get inspired by a song, by a photo, by something I saw for example in a fashion magazine. It can be practically anything. Most of the ideas come to me when I´m doing totally something else than scrapping :). It is really hard to explain, it is just like the idea physically hitting my mind while I´m doing totally something else (like baking, gardening, driving to work) and then I need to write the idea down, before forgetting it again. My last ideas came to me on an airplane on my way to London. See, there was nothing else to do than to think really, so I used my time well :).

6. What is my signature style? I am really bad on such things like describing my own style. I think you can recognize my work thru lots of stencil work, using plenty of stamps and almost always adding black color splatters here and there. That could be it…and maybe color. Could also be „more layers and techniques than photos“ kind of thing? But definitely something about stencils, stamps and different media. You tell me ;-).

This, by the way is a layout I had been working on very recently. It was a design team page for my favorite local scrapbook store :). I´ve used pretty much all my favorite products on this page. Lightbulbs…I forgot lightbulbs from my previous list… definitely need to mention those :)!
Here are some details – I bet you can see what my fave products are 😉

 And now to the lovely ladies who will continue this blog hop. I am or have been on a design team with both of these girls and am lucky to have both of them as my special scrappy contacts.
Helene Bogren
I  had the opportunity to be on the same creative team with Helene a while back. I really like her style! She creates lovely, happy and bright layouts with lots of white space on them and yet her pages are full on details and different techniques. And like me, she usually is a one photo per page girl, too. She has kindly agreed on continuing this hop and I´m already very excited to see and read her post :)! Make sure you visit HER BLOG on the 7th of July to see what she did and wrote!!!

Maikki-Noora Karvinen
Funny enough, I have not had that many Finnish scrappy contacts so far, even though I speak Finnish. Thanks to a creative team assignment I have been able to get to know more of the Finnish scrapbooking community too and one of the lovely contacts is Maikki-Noora. You really need to check her blog out. She writes in Finnish but I´m sure google translater will help a little and the projects will be worth seeing even without understanding the text. Maikki-Noora is great on texture and layers. She creates amazing textured, layered, full of technique cards and other projects and I have a feeling that she has been seriously bitten by the scrapbooking bug recently too :). Go see HER BLOG for her post on the 8th of July!! Exciting to see what she will share!!!
Thanks for stopping by, lovelies and thanks for your comments, love reading them!!Have a good start into the new week!!
Hugs, Sanna

Quirky Kit blog hop w/ Scrap365

Hello there, lovelies!!! Scrap365 have joined forces with the fabulous Quirky Kit girls to show you just how economical, exciting and inspirational subscribing to a kit can be!!

Quirky Kits have a choice of three kits – Main, Lite and Embellishment; all of which are delivered bi-monthly.

Leonora and her team have kindly given us the beautiful ‚It’s My Party‘ Main Kit to give away as a prize:

The DT have all been playing with one or more of the current Quirky Kits to show you just how versatile they are; and how they suit any style of scrapping!

So let’s get started. First off we were given a sketch to use as a jumping off point. I like to use sketches as a starting point here and now. I tend to use the sketch as it is, not just picking some details and get inspired by those. I really liked this one, because it has lots of white space on it and all the tiny photos are clustered together with the papers and embellishments.

Other than that I really liked the A4 size!! And it also perfectly fit my photos 🙂 !!! Here is what I made. You might notice I didn´t use a flower…why?..well, it is a boy page..

I have also created a little card based on the same sketch using some leftover pieces from the previous layout. And there is still so much product left over that I can easily create 1 or 2 layouts and/or several cards!!

Just in case you were wondering, I used the Shiny Happy People Quirky Kit Lite for my layout and card 🙂 .
Here’s a list of all the girls that are playing along today. Please make sure that you:

1) leave some love on every hoppee’s blog
2) like Scrap365 on Facebook and
3) follow the Quirky Kits blog

so that we can put you into the draw to win the MAY/JUNE ‚It’s My Party‘ Main Kit!! The draw for the winner will be made (and announced) at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4th!! Here are the blogs you need to hop thru:

Ali
Leonora
Sian
Eila
Kristin
Lythan
(Sanna – you are here)
Natalie
Steph

Good luck everyone and have fun hopping!!!!
xoxo, Sanna