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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Boo card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, today is my turn again to share a card tutorial with you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with you. This time I am keeping to the Spookalicious theme as Halloween is not far away anymore! If you are looking for a simple and easy to do card idea for Halloween, this might be to your liking.

I´ve also done a start-to-finish video for you to watch. For more details see Elizabeth Craft Designs blog :)! I hope you enjoy this idea!

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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Misted and die cut cards

Hello lovelies! Today I´d like to share a set of two cards with you, created with spray inks, die cut dies and Silk Microfine Glitter – products mainly by Elizabeth Craft Designs. These are very fast and easy to make.

First I took white cardstock, die cut the leaf image out of the white cardstock piece and then matted the whole background with double sided adhesive. Next I took the „negative“ die cut piece (= the background of my card) and added some blue spray ink as well as white and black ink splatters to the background. Next I adhered the piece onto the card base that had the clear double sided adhesive layer on it. That way only the areas with the leaf pattern and the word „Thanks“ were open. I then poured some Silk Microfine Glitter (glue and green) onto the open areas, polished the areas to make the glitter shiny and brushed off the residue glitter. The card was done!

On my second card I again first die cut the flowers, then added some stenciled feathers with blue ink onto the background. After that I added some blue spray ink like on my first card and then adhered the „negative“ background piece onto the clear double sided adhesive treated card base. Now I attached the die cut flowers and treated the open areas with various green and blue tones of Silk Microfine Glitter. In the end I added a stamped sentiment to finish off the card.

These are really easy cards to make and depending on the patterns and colors you choose, you can create them for various occations. You just need to think abit in which order to do what. The rest is easy :).

Let´s stay creative,
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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You are so sweet tag

Hello lovelies, it´s again time for „Tag Tuesday“! Today I´ve got a special tag to share with you. This is one of the tags that I created for the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to travel along to various shows. I´ve again used quite a few ModaScrap die cut dies on this one and some lovely Silk Microfine Glitter too (see full material list at the end of this post).

I personally like this tag alot. I love that leaf pattern on the background and even though I am not that much a fan of orange, the colors here really are to my liking.

Wishing you a creative day,
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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Make today count canvas

Hello there, lovelies. I am up over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog with an upcycled canvas project you might be interested in taking a look at. It is an older canvas I didn´t like that much anymore, so I took it, removed some bits and started all over again with it. Here is a look at my brand new upcycled canvas piece:

For a step-by-step TUTORIAL see this blog post over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog. I hope you get inspired by my upcycling project and take a second look at your own deco pieces that might be in need of some upcycling love 😉 …

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

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