Gobal ATC SWAP

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I´ve take a little pause from Insta and my blog for a few weeks, because I have felt very drained and empty inside. Not even crafting (my very fave thing to do!!) could get me excited. So I´ve mainly sat outside in the garden doing nothing (trying to reload my energy levels) or binge watched Netflix. Today, for the first time (as it seems to me) in ages, I sat down in my studio and felt like I might even do something crafty.

I guess my batteries were completely empty? And I´ve been experiencing pain in my operated leg again. And it´s soooo annoying, because it keeps me awake at night and I experience pain when sitting -> affects crafting, motivation, energy levels, mood etc.. And I´ve done exercise – some days even too much – and the pain is still there. So today I gave up and took a pain killer. I don´t like taking them, so it has to be a lot of pain, before I give in. But I really needed a break from everything.

And now to crafting again: Back in May (yes, May!!) I took part in a Global ATC SWAP organized by my lovely, talented friend, Tina Walker. And I mailed my ATC´s right beginning of May to her. Fun fact, it took them THREE MONTHS to finally get to Tina in the US (thanks to Covid). I had already totally given up on them ever getting there, but miracles happen and they eventually arrived. So therefore I´m sharing what I did for the swap with you today. Here is the set of 3 ATCs I created:

And last Wednesday I also received an envelope from Tina with 3 SWAP ATC from Annette, Jen and Michele (from left to right). I LOVE them!!! Thank you ladies!!!

And funny enough, even the sentiment on my ATC´s from May match my current mood. For my ATC´s I´ve followed a FB live by Tim Holtz back in April/May and used his technique ideas on these 3 cards. I´ve got Distress Paint on the background, then some stamping in black. Bits of old newspaper here and there, adhered with matte medium then covered with Distress Crayons and a pattern created on top with stencils. Also some metallic cardstock die cut and embossed (one of Tim´s dies at Sizzix), then inked with alcohol inks. Love the look it creates!

And for finishing touches a stamped sentiment from Dyan´s stamp set and old fussy cut ladies from a vintage catalogue.

Just out of interest, what do you do, when you feel physically and emotionally drained? Crafting has always been something to give me more energy and suddenly not even that felt right anymore. So I took a consious break from everything. It felt like the right thing to do. Come to think of it, maybe it´s the big birthday (5+0) lurking around the corner that has me feeling all these feelings. Maybe I´m just mentally adjusting to the „next level“? Haha…the irony of turning fifty in 2020..I sure picked the best year, eh?

Here´s to a better week to come with more energy and creative fun times *fingers crossed*!
xxx, Sanna

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ATC card set

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Today I´m stopping by to share a fun Artist Trading Card set with you guys. This one was again inspired by one of Tim Holtz´s Facebook lives. I was watching his live and took some paper and paints out and went from there. This is the end result:

I played with Distress Paints on the background and lifted some paint thru a stencil to create a pattern. Then I added rub-onsand some old book paper pieces here and there. On top of that layer there is some stamping with Dina Wakley stamps. I created a big piece of paper while I was at it and later cut that piece into artist trading card sized pieces. I then fussy cut the ladies from a vintage womens fashion image book and added a stamp sentiment by Dyan Reaveley on top. Some rhinestore stars finish these pieces off.

I had so much fun creating the backgrounds. I really enjoy watching Tim´s lives so much. I am also trying to use product that I have instead of bying new stuff all the time. I have plenty of Ranger product at home already and they want to be used too :).

Wishing you all a lovely week!
xxx, Sanna

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Well behaved woman – AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Friday!!! Today I´m sharing the last page on this particular art journal. I created a page a day for this journal and it was so much fun. I got addicted to it and was already looking forward to creating every morning when I woke up.

This again is a face experiment. I have gotten better for sure, but not perfect. I notice a big difference between my first face and this one. Even though, this one for sure is not in proportion, the teeth still look very acward and she looks like she has been through wind somehow :)… But I´m not stopping here…so, the quantity of these drawings will eventually get me where I want to be, I think. At least that is what Dina says did the trick for her. Just create! Don´t dwell on the fact if it´s not perfect..

For the background here I used distress stains and a stencil design from my own stencil line at STAMPlorations (Tapestry). And for the drawing it´s again scribble sticks by Dina Wakley. Also I fussy cut her washi into hearts and outlined them to make them stand out from the background. For sentiment is Dyan Reaveley´s stamp set.

There are still a few pages in this journal that I haven´t shared here yet. Reason? Because I made those for STAMPlorations challenge reveals :). So stay tuned for those and then a flip-thru of this journal some time mid June I think.

Hope you are having a great day! My older son turns 20 today!! Twenty!!! Where has the time gone?!!! Soon he´ll be moving out and I´m very overwhelmed with everything, suddenly it all goes so fast and I just want to hold the time for just a second to grab a breath and get adjusted to all the things happening around me. Do you know the feeling? Now I know why they say that time flies… it sure does.

xxx, Sanna

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Nasty look AJ page

Hello lovelies! Today I´m stopping by to share another art journal page with you. For this one I´ve used plenty of stencils, because I love them :).

I started by pressing the Peacock feathers stencil (painted with green Distress paint) onto the page twice. That created the lovely negative image of my stencil design pattern. Next I grabbed the Molecules stencil and applied some blue Distress Paint thru it directly onto the background. I was not very specific about getting a perfect pattern. I was just playing.

Then I let the background dry and applied yellow spray ink and the washi tapes. I also misted one Dina Wakley tissue paper red and adhered that onto place with matte medium. Then I added some more stenciling (red leaves pattern) again using a Distress Paint. For finishing touches I grabbed a gelli printed piece where I had added a residue green tinted paint thru a stencil onto and fussy cut 2 little circles. I inked around the edges and adhered them on place.

To finish off the page I stamped a Dyan Reaveley sentiment onto an old book paper, fussy cut that and adhered it on place. And then just added a few droplets of red and black ink.

I really like how this turned out! And creating it was so much fun!!
Hope your day is a good one,
xxx, Sanna

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