It´s in the Box! – Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge

Hello lovelies!!! Every month the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team joins in for a fun challenge. The themes vary from month to month. The idea is that the complete die cut design team create a project around the given theme. This months theme is „It´s in the Box“. Needless to say, we used the lovely box die cut dies on our project this month :).

Here is what I did:

I used the Lantern and the Bonbon box die cut dies to create my take(s) for the challenge. I noticed that I hardly ever can stick to only one project, but need to make a few more while I am at it (not to mention the additional two I created and are not shown here :-).

The Bonbon box is easy to use, as it creates a full box once die cut. You just need to bend the flaps into right position. No adhering needed, thus very easy to do. Perfect for quick and easy projects or if you need to make plenty at once!!! The lantern die cut die on the other hand consists of a half box. So you will need to die cut two similar pieces and then adhere those together to be able to built the actual box. On the above picture you can see how these pieces look like when die cut and where to add (in my opinion the adhesive I added is enough) the Clear Double Sided Adhesive strips. There might be other opinions on how to built these boxes together, but I found this way is the easiest for me personally.

On the above picture you can see that I´ve removed the protective sheet from the adhesive strips and first adhered the bottom flaps together and then adhered both box halves into each other. I found that the easiest way for me. If you are planning on adding a vellum (like I did – I used a blue vellum) behind the lantern „window“ areas, you will need to do that right after die cutting the pieces. It´s simply the easiest way to do it. You can also try to adhere them when the box is built together, but will probably notice that it is a little bit harder that way. I am not saying, it will not work, but you will need much more patience that way :-). Why am I telling this? Well, let´s just say I learned the hard way :-). Here are the finished boxed:

The lantern with blue vellum pieces covering the openings and some twine, wooden pearls and a vintage tag as decoration.

Here is the Bonbon box. I decorated it with vintage shipping tickets, twine and some die cut Leafy Branch 2 pieces.

I really like the look the Stone paper series creates in combination with the box dies.

I also made a little tag to go with the boxes. I think these will work perfect for a boy´s/man´s birthday or Father´s Day or any other „masculine occation“.

I used the Through the Lens Stone paper Series on my projects. The die cut dies and the papers are the perfect size (I am using a Big Shot for die cutting) and work really well together. And since there are several pieces of the same paper pattern in the set, you can also create the lantern box with these papers.

And now for something fun!!! Elizabeth Craft Designs have another designer challenge giveaway prepared for you. They are giving away „a box die of choice“ to 3 winners. The winners will get to select which box they would like to receive from the following dies: Star Pillow Box, Triangle Treat Box, Lantern Box, Bonbon Box or Pillow Box with Handle.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Which is your favorite box from the January 2017 collection?”
They will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing
The winners will be announced on Friday, March 10 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

There are always so many inspirational projects up over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog! I highly recommend you take a look at them. It is funny, how different each an every project is, even though we all use basically the same product category. Just shows, how many possibilities there are to use box die cut dies!!! Hope you get inspired by this month´s ideas!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Through the Lens – Stone paper series
Bonbon box
Lantern box
Leafy Branch 2
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6 mm
Stickles – Rose Gold
7gypsies – Ordre Du Jour paper collection
Twine – My Mind´s Eye
Ephemera from old stash
Blue vellum

Opportunities ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello there, everyone! It´s again time for Stencil Sunday. This time I created a set of two ATC´s. I chose a very monochromatic color combination for these two. I seem to be drawn to monochromatic at the moment. And again, this is also a reminder to play along with the current STAMPlorations Mixed Media challenge!! Read all about it here!!

And now to my ATC´s – here they are:
I first cut white cardstock into a right size and misted those pieces with Silk Glimmer Mist. Next I cut some Canvas Corp fabric into a slightly smaller size than the ATC base and placed them into a cardboard box for misting. I placed a stencil over the fabric pieces and misted with purple Baseboard Mist over the stencil. I was not particularly careful, if the image was perfect. I like this look alot.

After misting, I placed a white cardstock piece over the misted, wet stencil and rolled over the surface with a brayer to make sure all the residue mist absorbed into the cardstock evenly. This way I used the residue ink.

I then glued the fabric onto the ATC base, added some purple lace and DIY gympum flowers which I had decorated with mist and glitter glue. I then cut a piece of the brayered cardstock, stamped the word opportunities with a STAMPlorations stamp onto the paper and fussy cut those. After adhering the stamped words onto my ATC cards I just outlined them with a black pen and added a couple of gems for additional detail. I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and while doing so, please do join our challenge!! Just remember, no cards allowed (for rules read here).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations – Create clear stamp set
ARTplorations – Hearts all over stencil
Tattered Angels – Iris Baseboard Mist
Tattered Angels – Silk Glimmer Mist

Spring Wreath Redo – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies, today I´d like to share a DIY wreath redo project with you. I altered/rewamped an old wreath I had at home. Sunshine and weather had faded all the colors during the years and it just looked really boring. What better way to give it a new, happy life than to use some cool Canvas Corp products!!!

If you haven’t tried the Canvas Corp line of Burlap & Canvas Flowers, you definitely should!!! These make the perfect accessory for many craft, home decor and fashion projects. They are available in a wide range of colors, are hand-cut and hand sewn and no two are exactly alike.  You can mix and match them in a wide variety of colors or alter them with Tattered Angels Mists and Paints. You can also add some 7 gypsies findings, rhinestones or glitter for more interest. Here is what I did with the wreath:

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This wreath used to have some blue hues to it, however the sun bleached them out, so it urgently needed some altering. What better way to add some color, than to use burlap flowers and Glimmer Mist on the wreath. It looks like a brand new wreath now!!!

 Materials I Used:

  • Canvas Corp; Green, Teal and Yellow Burlap Flowers
  • Tattered Angels; Verdigris and Kiwi Glimmer Mist
  • Bakers twine – grey, blue and yellow (by Whisker Graphics and Doodlebug)
  • Yellow buttons (from my own stash)
  • Silk flowers – you can mist them to coordinate with the burlap flowers
  • Tools used: heat gun, glue gun, scissors, paint brush, cup or plate (optional)http://blog.canvascorpbrands.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/sanna-wreath-supplies-2.jpg

Step 1:  Start with a new or old plain, nautral wreath. Shake your mists and pour them into a small cup or non-absorbant plate or simply dip the paintbrush into an open bottle to gather the color with the brush. Then paint the color onto the areas of the wreath you desire.  You can also mist the entire wreath with one or more colors if a bright, vibrant look is what you are going for.  The mist and glimmer will show up on the wreath and shine in the light.  You are in essence staining the natural material, so like other items depending on the sun it will fade a bit during time, so if it will be exposed to sun, you can add a top coat or leave it natural and let it fade in the beauty of the sun. You can always redo the misting treatment if needed. Really easy!

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Step 2:  Using a glue gun, adhere the burlap flowers and some twine and yellow buttons onto the wreath. Decorate with additional teal/green/yellow flowers and slip in silk flowers that you might have in the right colors or you can mist lighter color silk flowers to match. Adhere everything with a glue gun for a strong hold.

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Step 3:  Let dry.  If your wreath does not have a good hanger on the back, you can use wire or cord to make a hanger and you are ready to go.

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For additional interst, wrap the Bakers Twine under the buttons for a cute little detail and glue into place.  You can leave the rustic pieces of the burlap free or you can trim them up a bit, that is up to you.

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You can cluster as many flowers as you like, but an uneven number pleases the eye more – I only wanted to use 3 flowers on this particular wreath. But the amount is totally up to you, of course.

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Now the wreath is ready to be hung on it´s place. This is how mine looks on our front door. I have another one for winter and I change them depending on the season. You could also update this one later to match the season, or make another one for the next season.
I hope you have enjoyed this little redo idea and get inspired to make your own!!!
Have fun creating!!!
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree bauble – Ornament No.: 6

Today I will share my sixth and final altered Christmas tree bauble with you:

Sanna LippertStarting point again the same – cover the decoupage bauble with white gesso.

Sanna Lippert Take some lace ribbon, leftover chipboard pieces and some wooden pearls and layer them onto the bauble surface. For adhering I used a regular paper glue. Next cover the whole surface with a layer of gesso. Make sure you get all corners and edges covered. Let dry properly.

Sanna LippertThen place the ornament into a cardboard box for misting. Add several layers of spray ink. I used the Tattered Angels Plain Jane Simply Sheer Matte Mist tone Red Rose. In between layers I always let the surface air dry properly.

Sanna LippertFor the next step I used the High Impact Metallic White paint from Tattered Angels and applied paint droplets on the upper part of the ornament. To keep the paint from dropping all the way down used a heat gun to heat set the paint and keep it from dropping freely. This needs a little patience as you will need to „create“ one droplet at a time and heat set each one separately. But that way the droplets will have a more controlled form.

Sanna LippertFor final touches I again added some shabby white embossing enamel from Stampendous. Here again, like on the second bauble, I applied little areas at once, heat set those and then continued with the next area. Make sure you take enough distance in the beginning to „warm“ the enamel up and first then get close to it with the heat gun. This way it will not blow around, but stick right into the place it was supposed to be on. Finalize the bauble by adding half pearls here and there.

So this were all six altered ornaments I created for this Christmas. They will perfectly match our red and white tree theme and the good thing about these is that they will not break when they accidentally fall onto the floor :).

Like promised, here is the full set of ornaments.

Sanna LippertSanna LippertNumber one:

Sanna LippertNumber two:

Sanna LippertNumber three:

Sanna LippertNumber four:

Sanna LippertNumber five:

Sanna Lippertannddd… Number six:

Sanna LippertI hope you have enjoyed reading these little step-by-step tutorials. If you have been creating your own baubles, leave me a link to this post, I´d like to come and take a look and leave you some love!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree bauble – Ornament No.: 5

Hello there! Today I´m sharing the fifth altered Christmas tree bauble with you:

Sanna LippertAs with the previous ones, I started by adding a layer of white gesso with a paint brush over the decoupage bauble surface.

Sanna LippertNext I used a paper glue and adhered yellow twine (by Whisker Graphics) and a piece of light blue lace ribbon over the bauble surface. I stopped around the middle and left the bottom part free of any decoration.

Sanna LippertNext I place the bauble into a cardboard box and misted it with the Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tone Marmalade. I added several layers of misting and always let one layer dry properly before adding another one.

Sanna LippertAfter the Glimmer Mist was dry, I added some Stickles glitter glue over the area that used to be the light blue lace/ribbon. After that I adhered some half pearls around the middle for additional detail and the ornament was done.

Now there is only one more left – make sure to come back in two days time to take a look :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree bauble – Ornament No.: 4

Hi there, time for the altered Christmas tree ornament number four!! If you just found me – these were numbers 1, 2 & 3 :).

Sanna LippertFor this one, as for the previous ones, the starting point was the same. Cover the surface with white gesso and let dry. Next place the bauble into a cardboard box for misting. I used the Tattered Angels Marmalade Glimmer Mist tone for misting. I always let the surface air dry and sprayed two layers of mist over each other. The surface looks „old“ with darker and lighter areas which gives it a more „vintage“ look.

Sanna LippertNext I wanted to add „frosting“, so I took a palette knife and applied light texture paste onto the upper part of the bauble. As it is a relatively thick layer, you will need to let it dry properly. You could use an empty toilet roll as a „stand“ for drying. I just used a piece of packaging that happened to be left over from the first bauble project.

Sanna LippertBefore leaving the bauble to dry, I added some red micro beads and a fine layer of Multi Crystal Glitter Mix over the texture paste. When you leave it to dry it will in the end stick to the paste on it´s own. No glue needed. Sanna LippertIn the end when the paste has dried overnight, it will turn light orange as it absorbs some spray ink from the surface. I really like how the „frosted ornament“ turned out. And this was the process behind bauble number four :). Only two left – see you in two days for ornament number five :)!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree bauble – Ornament No.: 3

Hi there! Today is again time to share another altered Christmas tree bauble! This is ornament number three:

Sanna LippertStarting point again the same – first cover the bauble with white gesso and let dry.

Sanna LippertThen take a piece of patterned paper and wrip it into small pieces. I used the Red & White Dot Reverse patterned paper by Canvas Corp for this purpose. It is nice and bright and goes well with the Christmas theme. Now grab the serviette varnish & glue (or matte medium if you prefer that) and add a layer on the top of the gessoed bauble. Then layer pieces of wripped paper onto this area overlappingly. Make sure they stick to the bauble properly and then add another layer over the paper with the paint brush. Repeat until you got all areas covered. Let dry.

Sanna LippertNext add red ribbon across the bauble and tie a knot for hanging on top and add a white button on the bottom for additional detail. Tie a bow over the button. Then add half pearls in a row into the middle. I used a regular paper glue for this purpose.

Sanna LippertNext cover the upper part (spare the ribbon areas) with White Metallic High Impact paint and quickly apply some Multi Crystal Glitter Mix over the wet paint. This way it immediately sticks to the paint layer and you will not need any additional glue. Let dry.

Sanna LippertFinally add smaller half pearls over the red ribbon areas for additional detail. The third ornament is now finished. This one is quite sparkly and shiny, but it will fit perfectly into the Christmas tree decoration we have :).

In two days I will be sharing ornament number 4 – hope you will come back to see how it turned out.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree bauble – Ornament No.: 2

Hello there! Time for the altered bauble number two :). Again, like with the first ornament, I first covered the surface of the bauble with white gesso and let it dry properly.

Sanna LippertNext I painted the bauble twice with the White High Impact Metallic paint by Tattered Angels. It adds a really nice pearly shine to the bauble surface. This layer also needs to dry properly before going over to the next step.

Sanna LippertFor the next step you will need a heat gun (and some patience). Add small droplets of shabby white embossing enamel onto the bauble surface and start heating the surface from a fairly long distance to keep the enamel from blowing away from the surface. As it catches some heat, the enamel will start to stick to the bauble and you can heat set it better. Repeat this step until you got the whole bauble surface covered. I noticed that working small areas was easiert than trying to cheat and get wider areas to stick at once. Besides, the enamel and the heat gun are quite hot, so you will burn your fingers easily if working larger areas at once.

Sanna LippertAnd then for additional detail, add a velvet ribbon around the middle of the bauble and you are done! Not that hard to do and still creates a really nice vintage looking altered bauble!

Sanna LippertSo this was ornament no.: 2 – want to see how the third one turned out? Then make sure you come back in two days :).

Happy crafting!!
xxx, Sanna

Altered Christmas tree baubles – Ornament No.: 1

Hi there, I thought I´d be sharing 6 different kind of altered Christmas tree baubles along the twelve days. Let´s start with the super fast and easy one!

Sanna Lippert For starters I bought a set of decoupage Christmas tree baubles from an art supply store. First I covered the surfaces with white gesso.

Sanna Lippert Next I took some serviette varnish & glue (matte) and twisted hemp rope natural from the Canvas Corp rope selection. I like this one very much, because it is two toned! I covered the bauble with varnish & glue (a relatively thick layer is needed) and rolled the cord around the bauble starting from the very bottom of the bauble and rolled until all the way up. As an alternative you could also use a thick paper glue or gel medium etc. Then I let the ornament dry properly. The best way to dry it is to let it hang somewhere. And that´s it! That is how easy it was!!!

Sanna Lippert Here is a little detail shot of the first ornament. I will share close-ups and pretty detailed photos of all the ornaments in my final ornament post – hope you will come back to see the next five altered baubles I created 🙂 !!! Will be sharing one every second day. See you soon!

xxx, Sanna

LAX-VIE – The Nifty Pixel

Hello there, everyone!! One of the new The Nifty Pixel May digi kits is called „Wanderlust“. What a gorgeous kit for those travel photos!! I absolutely adore the designs!! If you click on the kit preview image, it will directly take you to the ScrapStacks store where you can do some rerious digi kit shopping :-)!!!

Like I wrote on my previous post, I now print these digi papers at home with my Epson A3 color printer. So practical and so easy!!! And if you look at the end results, there is hardly any difference to a bought „real“ patterned paper. The only difference is that my 12×12 inch is about 8 millimeters short of the proper size. But I can totally live with that. And if you combine these papers for example with regular cardstock, no one will notice the difference :).

I´ve scrapped about my January 2015 trip to CHA this time. What a trip and what an experience!!! And I so much would like to do another trip to USA some time!!! Need to start saving some money, I think :).

Did you notice the cool world map and the b&w camera image on the layout? Well, they are from the brush & stamp kit as well as from the main kit and I´ve printed them on Rub-Onz Transfer film. And that means I can go and create my own „rub-ons“ from the digi images. That is sooo cool! It costed me a little fortune to get my hands on the transfer film as I ordered it all the way from the US and the shipping costed quite much. See, I was not able to find a similar film/foil here at that time. But apparently there are similar products available in Europe too… my hubs did some internet searching and found a product that looks pretty similar and it´s sold at Amazon. Might need to give that a try later. But in the meanwhile I will keep on using the Grafix Rub-Onz transfer film sheets :).

While testing that film, I naturally did everything wrong the first time and could not get it work. Luckily, there is some help to be found on YouTube! So I tried again and did exactly what the lady showed on the video and it worked! And now I cannot stop to thing of all the possibilities this product offers me. I can make my own rub-ons for my artworks. And I can even do colors!! How cool is that!!! Cannot wait to play more with this product! It is a perfect match for The Nifty Pixel digi kits designs!! You need to give it a try :)!!!

Ok, got a bit off topic there, I guess. Should have been talking more about the layout, right? Let me just add that these digi designs are gorgeous and so much fun to work with!! Love, love, love the travel theme!!

Wishing you all a happy scrappy time with Em´s kits!!!!
xxx, Sanna