STAMPlorations Clear Stickers Reveal

Hello lovelies and Happy Thursday!! STAMPlorations recently launched a selection of Clear Stickers to their product palette. There are various themes available, like Coffee, Christmas, Mom, Family and all types of General/Inspirational sentiments. This is a great addition to the product palette at STAMPlorations!! So let´s celebrate that abit :)!!

For today´s post I´ve created a set of Coffee themed projects, featuring some of the Clear Stickers from the Coffee Line. There are plenty more available at the store, so be sure to check them ALL out :). I might as well warn you – they are quite addictive!! 🙂

And now to the projects:

I started by stamping a few coffee mugs (stamp also by STAMPlorations) with embossing ink onto white cardstock, then heat embossing with golden embossing powder.

After fussy cutting the images I colored them with Distress Inks and a water thank brush and then went on with creating some cards.

For both of these cards I used some of my own stencil design to create the card background and then adhered the fussy cut coffee mugs with 3D foam onto the cards. I had the „Just Caffeinate“ clear stickers set waiting and attached the stickers onto an inked piece of white cardstock and then fussy cut them into banners.

These stickers are really great for so many types of projects. You can use them for scrapbooking, art journaling, ATC´s, cards, tags and all types of paper crafts that come to your mind. ALSO, they would work great on home decor pieces too, I´m thinking of altered candle holders with sentiments on them, for example! I think I need to make such soon 🙂

But I didin´t want to create only cards as there are so many other possibilities to use these stickers. I did a set of Artist Trading Coins using one of the new Faces stencils (Foxy). That one worked perfectly together with the Caffeine Gueen stickers :)!!!

I die cut the circles, then applied some paper pieces on top and after that gessoed and inked the background with Distress Inks. After everything was dry, I inked the stencil image wth black ink onto the ATCoins and added the „Caffeine Queen“ sticker next to the face.

I love how these coins turned out. This coffee sentiment set I was using has plenty of stickers in it: a total of 128 stickers/16 stickers per sticker sheet and 8 sheets of stickers inside.

Here you can see the full sticker sheet featured – don´t you just love these sentiments?? I do!!
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Be sure to check out the Clear Sticker section at the STAMPlorations store here for even more amazing themes!!!  Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog for more!!

And be sure to stop by my blog on Saturday, when I will be featuring even more stickers projects – this time featuring Christmas – here on my blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple hexagon cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies and happy Sunday! Today I am again up over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a set of clean and simple cards, created using basic die cut dies. My idea was to create a background pattern solely with the hexagon die to show you, that a simple basic die can be used in fun ways!

I also wanted to have a fun and colorful pattern, so I used Distress Inks in three different tones to create a blended color pattern. What better sentiment to add to a card like this than the „wishing you a colorful day“ one :).

I also did a second card in the same manner, this time using the Stitched Hexagons die cut die and another color scheme. This time I used pink, orange and yellow. Also on this card I didn´t do any water splatters. And that again creates a slightly different look to my second card.

I´ve also recorded a video about the card making process for you to watch – I hope you like it! For even more details on the cards and the process, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

That´s it from me for today, I´ll be sharing another guest designer blog post for Elizabeth Craft Designs in June, so do stop by my (and their) blog for more in June.

Wishing you a great, crafty day!
xxx, Sanna

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Mixed Media Challenge Reveal – STAMPlorations

Hi there, it´s time to share this months STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge with you today.

This month, I again opened my art journal and played a little. This is my challenge reveal take:

It all started with the purple Glimmer Mist splodges that had already been there on the white page. See, I tend to grab a loose piece of paper OR my art journal when I have residue ink, paint or other media left over from one project I am working on  at the moment and very randomly adding the residue onto my art journal or a loose piece of paper. I then use these pages and pieces as my starting point for another project later. So that is what happened here. I had been misting with Glimmer Mist and there was so much spray ink left over that I randomly pressed my art journal page onto it to save the color. Those splodges create the base for this page.

For this page, I then started by adding stenicled layers. I stenciled Distress Oxides thru „Hidden Hearts“, „Super Bubbles“ and „Bubble Dance“ stencils in various oxide colours onto the background. I must say, I like blending those inks with my blending brush. The results are so nice and soft. A great contrast to the Glimmer Mist splodges! I´ve, by the way listed all products used on this page on the supply list, so you don´t have to wonder which tone is which :). After stenciling, I swapped to stamping. I took the lovely „Mixed Media Grunge“ stamp set to create the arrows, circles and tiny dot patterns onto the page. Then I added a stamped sentiment as a centerpiece to the page using the „Wanderlust Expressions 1“ stamp set.

For finishing touches I added Posca Pen details, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Ink and Glimmer Mist ink splatters. That´s my project for this months reveal. I hope you get inspired and play with us!!! Just remember to play by the rules (read here). Have fun!!

And as always, feel free to use the above Discount Code for 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store!! Looking forward to seeing your projects and wishing you a happy crafty time!!
xxx, Sanna

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Clean and simple cards in no time – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, It´s time for another guest design team post over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Have you ever been in a situation, when you need a card on a really short notice for a certain purpose? Or want to make a card for the opposite sex recipient? I thought I´d share a few simple ideas I like to use when such a situation occurs.

I have created three simple card ideas that can be varied in style by changing the papers and colors or even choosing another die cut die. Here is how to create the cards:

Instructions for the first card:

1. Take the ModaScrap Manly Man 6×6 inch sized paper pack and pick two papers of your choice from it.
2. Place on of the papers into your die cutting machine and die cut a border with the Valentines Edges die cut dies as shown in the picture above.

3. Now take a white card base and adhere the second paper of your choice onto the base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape leaving 1/3 of the card base empty.
4. Next adhere the die cut border overlappingly on top of the first paper, again leaving a strip of white card base to be seen.5. Next take the Sentiments 2 clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment underneath the die cut border with black stamp ink.
6. Finally add some faux stitching and a wood veneer arrow as decoration.

Instructions for the second card:

  1. Take the ModaScrap Sailor´s Life 6×6 inch paper set and choose two papers out of it.
  2. Next die cut one big layered star with the Stitched Stars die cut die from the chosen papers by taking every second die for the first chosen paper and every second die cut die size for the second chosen paper. Place on top of the paper as shown in the pictures above. This way you only need to die cut twice.

3. Then arrange the die cut star pieces onto a white card base as shown in the picture (one pattern repeats itself every second layer).
4. Finally add some faux stitching around the edges with a black pen, add a stamped sentiment with the Just Because clear stamp set and black ink and finish off with a rhinestone in the middle of the smallest star piece.

Instructions for the third card:

  1. Take a white card base and adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided adhesive onto it.
  2. Die cut several leaves with the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die cut dies from the ModaScrap Magic Mountain paper.

  1. Place the die cut Ladder Fern pieces onto the adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive with your fingers. Instead use the protection/cover sheet of the adhesive as „adhering aid“. This way no fingerprints are left onto the adhesive.

3. After all leaves are on place, take Go To Green Silk Microfine Glitter and pour it over the adhesive. Wipe residue off with the glitter brush and pour back into the jar.
4. Polish the glitter surface with your finger (moving from bottom upwards). After polishing, take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink onto it. Cut into size and adhere onto the card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
5. Finish the sentiment off by adding some faux stitching around the edges.

By keeping the designs very simple, these cards are super fast to create. Also since the design is clean, they work well as a masculine card too. Depending on the purpose you need to create a card for, simply change the paper designs and/or colors and you can use these basic ideas over and over again.

I hope you enjoyed my this months post! See you again in April with another tutorial!
Have fun creating,
Sanna

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Stencil Sunday – STAMPlorations

Hello everybody, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. My project for today is really very small – a button book! The idea of creating a button book is not originally mine, I saw it somewhere while surfing the net and was immediately intrigued to try such a tiny size out. This is my take on a stenciled button book:

I started by folding a 12 x 2,5 inch long piece of white paper into folds the size of the buttons I had chosed to be the minibook „covers“. I didn´t do exact measuring, just eyeballed the right size. I can live with measurements like that :). The paper had been pre-treated with blue Distress Ink tone „faded jeans“.

I did a project recently, where I used that color and this was a piece I had dabbed the residue ink onto while finishing the other project. I always to that to save the residue ink. The bits and pieces of paper then later work as nice starting points for other projects. Like for this one, for example.

I wanted to add more color to the fanfolded page(s) and grabbed Distress Oxide iced spruce and twisted citron tones. I added them directly to the work surface and sprayed water mist over then. Next I just dabbed the paper into the wet ink. I repeated this until I was happy with the result. In between dabbing I always used a heat tool to dry one layer, before moving over to the next one.

Here you can see the end result with the inks.

To make sure that the folds would hold, I added bits of washi tape onto the flipside of the fanfolded paper. I used quite a sturdy paper (Luxo Art Samt) for the pages, but still wanted to play sure and added the washi.

Then I took out some STAMPlorations stencils to add color and pattern to the background and make it more interesting for the eye. I went for purple Distress Oxide first and added a leaf pattern very randomly onto the front side. I kept the flipside the way it is.

For the next step I chose to add a bubble pattern with blue Distress Oxide (for a full material list, see the end of this post with direct links to used product). I really like the look of the fanfolded paper and the colors work well together too.

Next I took a piece of scrap paper in white and stamped two motivational sentiments with black ink. Those would be the story inside the book. Since there is not much place inside the book, these small sentiments will easily fill it.

After stamping the sentiments I fussy cut them into smaller pieces, so that one word/part of the word would fit into one fold opening. I also added some stamped flying birds here and there for additional interest. I found that they work well together with with sentiment theme. Here is the finished result:
Finally all I needed to do was to adhere the book covers (=wooden buttons) onto the fanfolded paper piece. I used gel medium for adhering just to make sure the buttons would stay put :). Here you can see the reverse side of the book:

Here is how the finished tiny button book looks like. I have been wanting to create a kind of treasure box with various kinds of altered items, tiny books and altered found objects etc. to put on display somewhere in our home. This tiny button book will mark the start of this project. I will be adding various projects along the next months to that box and then finally create the treasure/keepsake box for those items in the end.        

This is the reverse side of the book:

Here is the front to the book: Just to give you an idea of how tiny this little button book is: the button itself has a diameter of approximately one inch :). I loved creating this piece! So refreshing to try out something totally different for a chance! Too bad I can´t remember who´s button book inspired me to try this idea and where I saw it, but I´m hoping that person might see this and leave a comment so you can go and take a look at that piece too.

Ok, enough of this project, now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues have been upto and creating! Hope you get inspired by the projects, get your stencils out to play and also join the Mixed Media challenge here. See you around!

Don´t forget that you can use my gift code for 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store!!! Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout…

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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