Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share a mixed media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created a set of fall coloured tags. Here is how they turned out:

I´ve used various STAMPlorations products on my tags (die cut dies, stencils and stamps). The paper is from my older stash, but it works really well with the fall color theme. 

I´ve added a heavy body orange acrylic paint thru a stencil onto the background of each tag. After that I stamped some flowers onto the leftover paper pieces and fussy cut those. Then I added some color to them with Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and decorated them with liquid pearls.

There are all kinds of bits and bobs on these tags – including some washi tape, twine, Glimmer Glaze, ribbons and Distress Stickles. I really like playing with the STAMPlorations product lines. Everything works together so well and it is so much fun to add layers and details.  Of course I´ve again also prepared a start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

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Christmas greetings – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone! It´s again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs monthly challenge with the die cut design team. This month´s theme is Christmas. So we were asked to create something Christmas related: presents, present packaging, present tags, cards etc. I went with a card idea I had had on my mind for  a while. Here is what I did:

Here is how I created the card:

First I took a piece of green Soft Finish Cardstock (for a full material list see the end of this post) and attached it to a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet. After that I die cut the piece with the Berry Branch die cut die.

Next I took a piece of green toned patterned paper from my own (old) stash and die cut a piece of paper that matches the size of my white card base with the same die cut die. I only saved the upper part of this die cut piece, tossing the branch itself, as I really didn´t need that piece for this purpose. I could have saved it for another card, but this time I made an exception and just tossed it.

Finally I only had to adhere the green patterned paper onto the upper area of the card base. Next I removed the adhesive protection from the die cut berry brach piece and carefully adhered it onto the card base making sure the patterned paper and the branch fit together. This is a little bit tricky, especially when using such a detailed die cut piece, but it´s doable. Just make sure when placing the branch where it is supposed to be, don´t press the adhesive down all the way immediately. This way you can still move the piece, if needed/necessary. When the pieces are attached together, then just decorate with enamel dots/rhinestones/liquid pearls. I used red liquid pearls to create the berries. This needs a short drying time, so place the card somewhere, where it can dry properly.

Finally, to add a suitable Christmas sentiment, I used the Winter Sentiments by Joset Designs and stamped with VersaMark ink and then applied a layer of white embossing powder and heat set that until the powder turned shiny.   

Now be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created for this month´s challenge and leave a comment/answer the question at the ECD blog to be in for the win!!! Good luck and hope you get inspired!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Die cut candle Christmas card

Hello everybody! Like I already told you, this year I am taking an „early start“ to creating Christmas cards and what better way to make some than to grab the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas themed dies and create with those!

Here is what I did:

I started by taking a piece of old book paper and inking the edges with Iced Spruce Disterss Oxide ink. I love the tone of this ink!

Next I die cut the base of the candle from Misty Mauve Soft Finish Cardstock, then took a piece of Pale Peach Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the second candle layer from that one. The branches are die cut with the same die, but I used a relatively old green paper from my own stash.

This kind of projects are perfect for sneaking in papers that I´d probably otherwise not anymore. But here this green paper works really well. I then die cut the bow from Thru The Lens – Wood paper. It was one with some dark red wood pattern on it and I found that it worked really well together with the branches. So you see the papers you use for Xmas cards do not necessarily have to be from a Christmas themed pack, if you don´t happen to have any. You can as well make other papers work too :)!

I covered the back of the papers with Clear Double Sided Adhesive before die cutting, this way it´s very easy to adhere the pieces on their places and there is no mess with a paper glue. I am normally a paper glue user, so that being said, I am slowly noticing the practicality of other adhesives here too :). For this type of projects, with tiny, detailed pieces it is really great to have the option of using double sided adhesive sheets you can die cut with the paper!

After I had all pieces die cut, I simply needed to adhere them to their places, build the bow and layer the branches and the flames etc. on top of each other/next to each other. See how I also used the negative swirl pieces from the candle between the branches? I didn´t want to throw them away so I figured they´d make for a nice decorational detail in between the green twigs.

Finally I added some rose gold Stickles and red Liquid Pearls here and there for additional detail and dimention. I even added a stamped sentiment (with black ink) inside the card using the Joset Designs Winter Sentiments clear stamp set. So when you flip the card open it says: „It´s the most wonderful time of the year“ inside it.

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas card idea and get inspired to try this die cut die for your Christmas card projects.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Tagplorations October Challenge – Fall

Hello there everybody, today marks the start of a new challenge at STAMPlorations blog, called TAGplorations. It is a tag theme related challenge, posting monthly challenges on the first Tuesday of the month (and a mid-month reminder/inspirational post on the 3rd Tuesday of the month). The challenges are all about tags and there will be a monthly theme around which you will be asked to create your tags. This months theme is FALL 🙂.

Here is my take on the theme:
You will also be given a color scheme or something else optional to work along the main theme. This time the optional theme is color. So use the colors RED, GOLD and ORANGE on your tag as an additional/optional twist to the fall theme.
For more details on the challenges, rules etc. – hop over to the TAGplorations blog (here). Here are some details: players can link up as many projects as they want (BUT ONLY 1 project per blog post), projects can be anything but it must feature a TAG, STAMPlorations product is not required, prizes are $10 Gift Card for the winner; $5 Gift Card each to the 2 top picks and If there are more than 50 entries -> 1 player will be randomly drawn to win her choice of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20. So what are you waiting for!! Join in with us for a fun tag challenge :)!!!

I did a inked background, added some stenciled elements on top, then some stamping (the sentiment) and finally added a Distress Oxide inked piece of paper that I had stamped fall leaves onto and fussy cut them on top of my tag. The leaves have golden details (heat embossed) on them. Finally some golden droplets here and there to finish off the tag. Annndddd… I´ve created a short start-to-finish video for you to watch as a bonus for the first TAGplorations challenge reveal. Hope you like it!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Happy holidays

Hello everyone, it´s time to start creating Christmas cards, I think. Well, I know there is still Halloween and other occtions coming before Christmas, but this year I am starting earlier with my card production marathon. I will finish them in time this time :)! Here is my first card:
I used one of the new Christmas die cut dies by Elizabeth Craft Designs on this card – the Beautiful Baubles. This card was pretty easy to make. I just took two embossing folders and placed shimmer sheets into them and ran those thru my die cutting machine. After that I just sanded the surface with a sanding block to create the two toned effect. Next I die cut the pieces with the Beautiful Baubles die cut dies.

The Shimmer Sheets will not suffer from the die cutting at all, but you can also do the process in the opposite order and first die cut the pieces, then dry emboss and then sand.

I die cut the twigs with the same die cut set and used an older Pink Paislee paper from my stash for the purpose. I really liked the color of the paper, thus chose to use that particular one. Next I took a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock (Misty Mauve) for the Baubles and I was done with die cutting.

Now I only needed to arrange and adhere the pieces onto a white card base. I finished the card off with a stamped sentiment (Joset Designs) and some liquid pearls and Stickles, as well as some faux stitching along the edges.

First card done, quite a few to go, but I´ve started, so I am pretty proud of myself :). Wishing you a lovely weekend and

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Spookalicious Die Cut Design Team Challenge

Hello everyone, it is again time for this months Die Cut Design Team Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This months theme is Halloween, so we were asked to create a „Spooktacular“ creation. I created a Halloween scenery tag. A perfect addition to a Halloween party present.

Here is a little start-to-finish video to go with the tag:

Like last month, remember to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see the creations made by my Design Team colleagues and make sure to answer the question/leave a comment to their blog to be in for the Gift Card win!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Silk Microfine Glitter cards

Hello lovelies, there are still two more cards, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs product that I haven´t shared with you yet. The first one is done using the same technique as on the lace background card (see video on how-to here), I´ve just instead of using lace, used a ModaScrap die cut die release sheet as a mask for the leaf pattern.

I´ve used two tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on the above card to create the background pattern. Then I´ve just added some ribbons, gems and flowers for decoration and finished the card off with a die cut banner and a stamped sentiment.

The second card I done pretty much the same way as were these cards, except, instead of using white cardstock and coloring it with inks, I´ve used patterned paper. The butterlies are die cut separetely and I´ve then added a layer of Silk Microfine Glitter on them, before I adhered them onto the card. Again a die cut banner with a stamped sentiment finishes this card off.

Now there has been a lovely new release at Elizabeth Craft Designs again, so there will be new cards coming up very soon :). Can´t wait to share!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Gift giving – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies, it is again time to share the monthly Die Cut Design Team challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This month´s theme is „Gift Giving„. My lavendar has been growing very nicely in the garden this year, so I gathered quite an amount and dried them to use later.
My boys always bring me all kinds of „junk“ and say: „Mum, I saved this for you as I think you might want to use it for something“. Mostly I do. These little bottles are from the „saved junk“  section too. So I combined the two things – the lavendar from my garden and the bottles. They make perfect little gifts, when repurposed and altered a little bit. Here is what I did:

I had washed the bottles in the dishwasher, then adhered a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock onto a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive and die cut the Leaf Pocket piece from it. Next I measured how high the piece had to be to cover the open area and fussy cut the piece into a right size. One Leaf Pocket die cut piece is enough to decorate two small bottles.

I then adhered the leaf pattern onto the bottles. Next I added some clear double sided adhesive tape onto the top and bottom parts of the leaf pattern and then covered the adhesive with a grey twine. That way both bottom and the top look finished and pleasing to the eye.

After this I filled the bottles with small, dried lavendar flowers and took a bottle cap/top to close them. I reused the caps from old wine bottles. Finally I added some „Bunch of Flowers 4“ pieces that I die cut from Soft Finish Cardstock to the bottles as an additional decorational piece. I used the metal tool set to mold the flowers and placed them on top of each other to create a more dimentional look. A little half pearl creates the center of the flower. Finally I took the leftover, negative piece, of the flowers and created a card around it.
The card is very tiny, but it works perfectly with the small bottle size. I layered the negative flower die cut piece on top of a piece of moss bluegreen burlap. That matches the lavendar color perfectly! For decoration I used the same half pearls as on the flower centers and added some faux stitching along the edges and finished the card off with a stamped sentiment. That´s it!

This present is already on it´s way to it´s new owner :). I hope she likes it and enjoys the lavendar scent when she removes the caps.

For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners. To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?” Elizabeth Craft Designs will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing.
The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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XOXO Card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, lovelies! Today I´d again like to quickly share a card with you. This one was created with plenty of Elizabeth Craft Designs product again. I just love this background die cut die, because you can use it to create fun texture to cards and also use it as a stencil too.

I´ve used a vanillla toned cardstock as my card base and added the die cut background image on top of the card. Very easy and simple. On top of that I die cut some fishtail banners and ModaScrap leaves from the same vanilla toned cardstock. The Sentiment is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs. After die cutting, I treated it with a layer of Silk Microfine Glitter to add a little sparckle. Finally I added a velvet rose from my older stash to finish off my card.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Layered tag set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn today over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to share with you a fun and easy to do layer technique. This idea occurred to me when I was using texture paste on another project and I realized that I could create a paste-like look by only using various die cut dies.

Here is what I did:
    This is such an easy idea, yet it gives so much texture to the background that you might think it was done by using various media to create it. The only thing you are really using is paper and colors. So I took the die cut pieces and adhered them onto the previously misted tags. Then I placed the tags into a misting box (cardboard box) and gave them another spray ink layer treatment. I used exactly the same tones as I did on my first layer. After the spray ink was dry, I again added some negative leftover pieces onto the tags and again treated that layer with spray inks. Now that the background is done, I only have to decorate the tags. Next I added some detail to the flowers with a white gel pen and cut some burlap to make leaves and adhered both the flowers and the leaves on their places. Finally I took some liquid pearls and added pearl droplets into the middle of the flowers for additional detail. To finish off my tags, I added some ink splatters to the background and a fussy cut, stamped sentiment to each tag. Finally I decorated with with matching toned ribbons. Even though there are lots of patters and layers on the tags, the monochromatic theme makes them look very harmonious. And the tags are very easy to make. So if you don’t happen to own any stencils and pastes, you can create similar „paste-looking“ effects onto your projects by layering die cut pieces on top of each other and giving them a „color treatment“. I hope you have enjoyed this simple idea and will give it a try yourself!
Happy creating, Sanna

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