Simple Pleasures – The Wild Hare Kits

Hello lovelies and happy Monday! Today I´m sharing my first November Deluxe Kit project for the Wild Hare Kits. I´ve based my layout on the November sketch. Here it is:

This sketch is so great – I loved it the second I saw it. I used the Heidi Swapp Honey & Spice Harmony paper on my layout and added some stenciling, created with the Heidi Swapp stencils that came with my kit. Also I decorated the photos with 1canoe2 Willow collection Die Cut Shapes which were also part of my kit. And for finishing touches I added plenty of Spiegelmom Scraps The Wild Hare Kits exclusive sequins.

The stamping on my layout is created with the Carta Bella stamp set from my August kit. For the stenciling I´ve used Distress Oxides and Distress Inks to create the two-toned look.

And this month I again have more time which means I can record videos to go with my layouts again. So here is the process video of the layout, hope you like it:

Have you played with the Wild Hare Kits monthly sketches yet? If so, we´d love to see what you create, so do tag @thewildharekits on social media, so we can find you and come visit!

See you soon with another The Wild Hare Kits kit project!!
xxx, Sanna

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STAMPlorations 6th birthday celebration – Day three

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! Today is day 3 of STAMPlorations 6th birthday celebrations!! Be sure to check out the STAMPlorations blog for all details and fun prizes!!!!

For the day 3 celebration I´ve created a set of stenciled cards for which I used my newest STAMPlorations stencil line stencils. So here goes, this is the first set:

I used the Tapestry and Onion is Raws stencils on the above cards and I love how they turned out.

What I did, is I basically started by applying Distress Ink and/or Distress Oxide onto a piece of white paper. Next I chose a stencil I wanted to use and placed it onto the inked paper. I then applied a layer of Distress Oxide thru the stencil, either using only one colour or mixing and blending colours.

After that I die cut the circles and decorated them with washi tapes, brads and flowers and/or stickers as well as Nuvo Drops and roller stamp sentiments. Next I adhered the finished circles to a yellow toned card background and stamped a sentiment and added outlining. That´s it. Fun, fast and easy.

For my second set of cards I used the same basic idea of a circle, except I just added stenciled details using Distress Oxides only. The stencils I used are Art Flowers and Retro Hearts, also from my line of stencils. For my card centerpiece I chose to add a heat embossed „Congrats“ sentiment. The stamp is also by STAMPlorations. And for these cards I´ve also inked a white card base into a matching tone (either yellow or blue). And for additional decorational elements I´ve added Nuvo Confetti or Sequins.

Now be sure to hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the team girls have created for today´s celebration post. And join the fun by creating a wishlist and link it or create a fun project yourself and link it up or leave some love to the desing team members´ blogs!

If you are not joining in from a blog, be sure to tag @stamplorations on your post and use #stamplorations6thbirthday 🙂 !!!

Wishing STAMPlorations a happy birthday and many, many more creative years to come!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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„Happy place“ Art journal page

Hello everybody, today I´m sharing another art journal page for a change. This page is created using Distress Inks and Oxides with a DIY foam stamp. I recently created this set of cards using the same foam stamps and since I had left the stamps out on my table, I used them to create a fun stamped art journal background for this page.

What I´ve done is I first stamped the image randomly onto the page using Distress Oxides and the foam stamp (here is the video on how to make the stamps). I then let the ink dry properly and started coloring the images with Distress Inks and a water tank brush by Nuvo.

I then stamped these DIY face stamp images onto the page with black ink. The image is done on a class held by Louise Nelson last fall in Norway. I then added details using a white gel pen and outlined some of the leaves and flowers to make them „pop“ from the background. Then I added roller stamp sentiments here and there very randomly and applied some black ink splatters for detail. I also outlined the page with a black pen and added a sentiment into the outline-pattern.

Crafting is my go-to thing for relaxation and piece of mind and this page is about that. I enjoyed creating this sheet and really like the bold and colourful background alot.

That´s it from me today. Be sure to come back for some layout fun, created using the Wild Hare Kits October kit, next week.

Until then, happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Clean & Simple DIY foam stamp stamped and die cut images & cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to share another guest design team post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today and for this post, I was inspired by a question placed to my on my YouTube channel: „have you ever used the die to cut out the stamped image you just made?“

So I tried and here are the results:

This experiment resulted in the above clean and simple style cards, created using the same ModaScrap die cut dies I originally created my DIY foam stamps with (see that particular video here).

I really like how these cards turned out, even though the technique itself was a little bit tricky. You can see the complete start-to-finish on the technique on the following video – I hope you enjoy it:

Of course you could go the easy way and just first die cut the image, then ink the die cut image with stamp inks and have a perfect result every time OR you could first ink a larger piece of cardstock and then die cut that area with the die cut die. Again, resulting in a perfectly inked and die cut image. BUT that was not the question, so I went the unordinary way and first stamped with the DIY foam stamp and the tried to die cut the already stamped image to see if it would work. It did, in a way. And I really like the results, because of their artsy look. I am sure there are easier ways to create cards, but if you are in for the fun of it, I suggest you give it a try!

Wishig you all a great day and see you again in December for another Elizabeth Craft Designs project post!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Art Journal Page – STAMPlorations

Hello there and happy Sunday! Today it´s again time for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge reveal for May. I created an art journal page for this months reveal.

Here is what I created:
And here are the steps:

I started with a yellow Distress Oxide background – applying the ink onto the page with a blending brush. Next I placed the RagRug stencil onto the page and applied orange Distress Ink tone on top of the yellow color thru the stencil.

I gradually moved towards darker colours and also changed the stencil in the process. For example, I created a frame with the Fairy Tale Forest stencil and green Distress Oxide tones. I wanted to leave a „white space“ into the middle of the page for the text. After that particular stencil I took the Dream Flower stencil and a coral Distress Oxide tone and brushed the ink next to the green frame  with the blending brush.

Finally, I again changed the stencil and took a purple Distress Oxide tone and applied it thru the Cornflower stencil along the sides of the page. Now my „frame“ was ready for some text I wanted to add to the page.
I first wrote the text using a black pen, then doodled a scalloped frame around it and colored it with a green Posca marker.

I had a great time creating this page – it was quite meditative, actually, to layer the stencils, the inks and the patterns overlappingly on top of each other. It´s almost like the sun is peeking thru the middle of the page framed by all those flowers and leaves.

Oh, and remember that you can get 20 % off your order by using following code upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store: STAMPGIRLSANNA. Enjoy!

So now is again your turn. Create a mixed media project using a stencil and submit it to the challenge. But before that, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to get inspired by the artworks my design team colleagues created for this months reveal.

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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