Happy birthday card

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today´s share is a birthday card, created using mainly Elizabeth Craft Designs products as well as some very old flower paper from my older stash.

I am still stash busting, as you can see :). And here is the finished card:

I first cut the blue patterned paper (by Elizabeth Craft Designs) in size and then I attached some Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the green patterned paper (from my own old stash of papers) and die cut the Bubbles. After die cutting, I adhered them onto the blue paper and cut any residue off.

Then I die cut the „leaves“ with the Budding Florals die from an old Basic Grey paper (again from my very old paper stash) and after fussy cutting the other leaves and roses, arranged everything onto the card and adhered them on place. A birthday sentiment to finish the card off and everything was done. I really like the look of this card. The flowers work really well with the bubble pattern. And I love the turquoise paper so much.

Here´s to a lovely weekend! Hope you are all doing fine!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Invitation

Today I´d like to share with you a graduation party invitation card. The graduate had wishes about the colors and the style. It should reflect her personality and have lots of pink, silver and glitter on it. So I first created a few samples and this was the one they went for in the end.

I first created the background with a „faux watercolor“ technique on relatively thick watercolor paper. Here is a process photo. I love, love, love to create this kind of backgrounds! They are so much fun to do!

Next I added some silver texture paste (Imagine Crafts) thru a Tim Holtz stencil.

Next I added droplets of my all time favorite black Glimmer Glaze (by Tattered Angels) here and there. After that I just needed to use my Silhouette to cut the sentiments from black cardstock and add some glitter cardstock flowers here and there (punched with a Martha Stewart hydrangea craft punch). Finally I just outlined the watercolor paper pieces with black ink for additional contrast and then glued them on white card bases.

Here is a close-up of the finished card:

and one more shot of the full card:

I think it was a little bit over 80 cards in the end, when I finished creating. I kept only one for myself as a sample and sent all the others on their way to their new owner. Both the mother and her daughter had been very thrilled about the cards which is the best kind of thank you I can imagine getting! I must say I enjoyed this commission work very much and it made me feel very special that someone wanted to have handmade invitation cards for her graduation party created by me!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

XOXO – The Mixed Media Card Challenge, May

Hello there, lovelies!!! This month I was not able to finish my card for the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog´s May challenge in time – SORRY for that! BUT there is a reason for that.. I have recently gone thru quite a big life change and I am struggling with time management. I have been chasing my tail the past weeks and this time I just did not make it in time. However, the good thing is that we share more inspiration during the month, so I can today share the May MMCC challenge with you!!

This is again a fun one! You need to use WINGS and foil on your card. By the way, while creating, make sure you join in with a CARD as this is a card challenge :-).  I am sure we will again get lots and lots of submissions to such a fun theme!! Cannot wait to see what you create!!

Here are the rules, how to play along:

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by May 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on May 31.

ANNNNDDD…. the MMCC blog is soon celebrating it´s first birthday and there is a
DESIGN TEAM CALL open on this occation!! Here are the details:

Our challenge blog turns one in July and I’m looking for a few new mixed media card artists to be part of the design team as we enter our second year. As a design team member, you’ll:
  • create one mixed media card a month based on a theme (reminder cards are optional)
  • comment on your assigned entries
  • pick your favorite and vote on the winner
Interested? I you’d like to be considered, create a mixed media card based on this month’s theme and link it up to the gallery. So that Shery knows you’re applying, add „DT“ after your name (e.g., Your Name – DT).
Successful applicants will be notified by June 5, introduced on the MMCC blog on June 20, and officially start their term on July 1. Good luck, everyone!
And now for my May card. Here it is – a shabby chic/romantic card this time around.

I first cut the background paper into right size, then added some pva glue here and there, let it dry and then applied some gold foil over the glued areas. I LOVE this effect and it is sooo easy to do. When that was done, I went and added some pink, purple and black misting here and there. Next I took a piece of paper towel (a leftover from a misting project), wripped a suitable sized piece and glued it onto the background. Next I fussy cut a flowery patterned paper piece and inked it a little bit. That was then glued down over the paper towel piece.

Then I just went and added some fussy cut leaves (I used the same paper as on the background) and applied glitter glue on them for additonal detail. The dragonfly is a chipboard image from Wycinanka and consists of two pieces. I inked one piece with pink and the other with dark brown ink an glued them together. Then I applied some glitter glue on top. There is also a little butterfly flying around the card – also fussy cut from the patterned paper piece. And on top of it all a few paper flowers :).

I´ve by the way used a Polish Kit Project kit for this card – all the pieces, except for the spray inks and the foil come from that kit.

Now it is your turn – hope you have fun with this challenge!!
See you at MMCC,
xxx, Sanna

Celebrate – The Nifty Pixel, Cosmo Bloom

Hi there, everyone! Time for some more The Nifty Pixel Cosmo Bloom goodness! This time I´m sharing a quick card I created by using just a piece of the digi cardstock and the lovely digi numbers and alphas from the Cosmo Bloom kit.

Here is what I did: I just cut the pinkish cardstock into right size, glued it down onto the card base and then punched with a circle punch around the numbers. This is sooo fast and easy to do! And next I just needed to assembly the numbers onto the card and glue them down, then add some golden texture spray splatters and a fussy cut, stamped sentiment….annnd the card is done!

Super easy and super fast! Here is a direct link to the Nifty Pixel blog for more inspiration and if you follow this link, it will directly take you to the store, where you can do some Cosmo Bloom digi kit shopping!! Have fun!

xxx, Sanna

Smile – The Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hello lovelies and happy April!!! It is again time for another brand new mixed media card challenge over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog. This month it´s all about FLOWERS! As an optional element you can use a BASKET

Here are again the rules, how to play along:
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by April 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on April 30.

And this is the card I created:

I have used light pink Distress Stain on the background first. Then placed a Tim Holtz stencil over the surface and wiped some pink Distress Ink thru it onto the background. After the ink was dry I applied some Viva Decor glitter paste here and there over the „rays“ for additonal shine. After that was dry I applied some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist splatters here and there. After that I stamped some flowers onto a piece of white cardstock (w/ Distress Ink) and punched them out. Then clustered them with yarn and some wooden buttons onto the card and added a sentiment. The sentiment is fussy cut – I really like the look it creates.

So now it´s your turn, create a flower card and join this months challenge :)! And for further inspiration make sure you check the beautiful cards my DT colleagues created. And don´t forget, there will be more inspiration coming later this month, so make sure you come back :).

xxx, Sanna