All about winter – TAGplorations

Hello there, everyone and Happy New Year 2018!!!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas time and a nice New Years evening. Let´s start the new year with a creative TAGplorations tag challenge: create a project, featuring a tag around the theme: ALL ABOUT WINTER!

Here is my project for the reveal:
I first die cut a manila tag from black cardstock with the Manila Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations. Then I die cut the second, smaller tag, from blue cardstock with the Tags 1 set. The snowflake is a lefover piece from another project and it perfectly goes with the winter theme, so I used it as a focal point on my tag.

I used the Christmas Tree 1 (my stencil series at STAMPlorations) and misted some trees with Sandy Beach Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink onto the background. The snowflake was originally white. I used a Chalkboard spray ink to color the snowflake blue (Wave tone). Then I added some faux stitching around the edges with a white gel pen and decorated the snowflake with some rhinestones. The little white snowflakes are hand drawn on the background. And finally I added a stamped sentiment to the tag and finished the tag off with a piece of ribbon.

Now it´s your turn to join the challenge. TAGplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES:

  • Create a project based on the theme with or without the twist.
  • Your project(s) can be anything but it must have a tag (or tags) in it.
  • Link up as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post! Please don’t link up to our challenge if you’re only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case when you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it’s solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the TAGplorations team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20

Hope you´ll play along with us! Happy and creative January 2018!!!!
xxx, Sanna

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December Die Cut DT challenge – Elizabeth Craft Desings

Hello there lovelies and welcome to the Eliizabeth Craft Designs December Die Cut challenge! This month the design team members were given a task to create their projects around BACKGROUNDS! I love creating backgrounds to my projects with various tools: stamps, die cut dies, stencils and various media. This time I concentrated on die cut dies, it being a die cut design team challenge. And here are the cards I created:

For the first card I used a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive as my starting point. I then die cut two Ornate Snowflake dies from white Soft Finish Cardstock and attached them to the adhesive background. Next I applied Teal Blue Silk Microfine Glitter over the surface (this is one of my fave glitter colors!) and polished the surface with my finger. Thru this procedure the glitter sticks to the surface and get an additional sparckle to it. Next I added some glitter glue here and there onto the snowflakes for additional interest and a half pearl into the middle of each snowflake. Finally I inked a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock with blue Distress Ink (broken china) and stamped a greeting with the Winter Sentiments clear stamps on top. Some faux stiching around the edges and the card was finished.

For my next card I used one of the new Eizabeth Craft Desings background dies (Geometric Background) – I LOVE this one!!! It is so versatile and works with so many themes. You will be seeing this die showing up very often on my blog :). I first die cut this background pattern from white Soft Finish Cardstock, then removed all the negative pieces and adhered the positive background piece onto a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Then I took some Distress Inks in orange, red and green tones out and inked the pieces with these ink tones. After inking them I started to build the background together again by filling the empty areas with the inked pieces. Now this is like puzzle making, so it takes a while, but is so worth it! As you can see there are some glittery parts on the background too, those I left emtpy on purpose to add some Silverado Silk Microfine Glitter onto the areas. I love this shade of silver – it has a warm tone to it and it works great with the traditional Christmas colors!!! Then I went and inked a residue piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock with red and green Distress Ink tones and stamped both a sentiment and a flowers onto those pieces. Now all I needed to do was to fussy cut them, add faux stiching and some Nuvo drops, glitter glue and adhere them to the card. The flowers I adhered with 3D foam to give the card some additional dimention.

On my third card I´ve used the new Kaleidoscope backgrounddie cut die, again with white Soft Finish cardstock. I´ve followed the steps from the first card when creating the background. This time using Dark Mint Silk Microfine Glitter. Next I added a stamped and inked flower and sentiment (see the steps from card two) and decorated the card additionally with some Nuvo drops. This was a fun and easy card to make. So if you need to make plenty, you will be done in no time with this type of a card.

For my last card I used the Geometric backgrond die again. This time, however, I did not remove the pieces. I carefully adhered the whole piece onto the card base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive an then inked the background with Distress Ink (purple, pink and blue). For additional interest I added some cream toned spray ink splatters on top and die cut some hearts from with the new Buttons die cut die to go with the background. A little piece of twine on each button gives them a look of being sewn onto their places, however, they are just adhered to their places with liquid adhesive. Finally I decorated the card with the new „Sentiments 2 – just because“ stamp and die cut set. and added some glitter drops and light pink half pearls for additional decoration onto the card. Here are some detail photos of the cards to give you a better look:

I really like the new background dies and they are so much fun to use. Make sure to come back on Thursday, I will be sharing another fun background card idea with a short video tutorial here on my blog and over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see more background themed projects, created by my design team colleagues!!

Happy crafting and happy holidays,
xxx, Sanna

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Glitter striped Christmas card set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone! I´m up with a card tutorial again over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I played with various Silk Microfine Glitter tones in blue. Here are the cards I created:

I chose to use blue(ish) tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on these cards, trying to keep fairly monochromatic in my color tones, since the glitter itself adds lots of sparckle to the cards. So even though there is quite much shine goodness going on on these particular cards, they are still very clean and simple in style.

I´ve also used both the negative and positive die cut pieces here. That way nothing goes to waste and I get two cards done at once. For more details on how I created the cards, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to read the full tutorial. Here is a video for you to watch, to get a better idea of how the glitter surface was created. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Pop-up cards challenge – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everybody and welcome to yet another Die Cut Design Team Challenge with  Elizabeth Craft Designs. This months challenge theme is „pop-up cards“. Now this truly is  a challenge for me, as I am not very familiar with creating such cards. BUT there are fabulous dies available at the Elizabeth Craft Designs store that make creating such cards very easy even for untrained cardmakers. Here is my take for the challenge:

First I took a piece of green patterned paper from my older paper stash to create a base for the pop-up pieces. I then placed the paper into my die cutting machine and cut three different sized pop-up parts onto the background paper.
Next I stamped some Krista Schneider ice bears, tree and stars on white cardstock, die cut them with the matching die cut die set and then colored them with watersoluble coloured pencils by Caran d´Ache. Now I´m definitely not  very experienced in coloring images, but I found the watersoluble pencils quite easy to use with a water tank brush. And it´s like with everything else, if you don´t start, you will not develop. I have been avoiding coloring all the time, since I find it hard to get the shadows and toning right, but then I figured if I keep on trying I might be able to create reasonable looking images after all. And I must admit, that these cute bears were really fun to color.
I´ve added some Stickles glitter glue details here and there on the trees and the bears. A Christmas themed card can always have some glitter on it in my opinion :).  After finishing the images I just needed to adhere them on their places – some onto the pop-up parts and some directly onto the card background. This creates a scenery like feel to the card. In the end I then added a stamped sentiment inside the card. It is a clear stamp set by Krista Schneider and works well with the beary images :).

After creating the inside of the card, I added some finishing touches to the front. I simply adhered a similar toned piece of paper onto the front and fussy cut a pre-printed sentiment to go with it. Then I added some colored and die cut images to accompany the sentiment and decorated everything with glitter glue (Stickles).
That is my pop-up card for this challenge and I must say I had a good time coloring and am quite happy with the results. I still need some practise, but I think I have found my favorite coloring pens to practise with :). I´ll leave you off with a second card that I created as a side product – using all the residue pieces from my first card project.
I just added the star onto the front to decorate the patterned paper and added some twinckle to the background with Stickles. On the inside there is a stamped sentiment from the Krista Schneider Holiday Cheer stamp set.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what everyone else created and leave a comment to be in for the prize draw!! Good luck and happy crafting,

xxx, Sanna

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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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