Masculine Christmas card

I´ve never really tried to create a masculine Christmas card before, so I thought why not try… Here is my take on a masculine Xmas card:

I don´t know how well I managed to accomplish this challenge, but there are all kinds of „manly“ elements in the card :). I´ve used a leftover piece of a star 3D foam adhesive sheet and treated it with a silver toned Silk Microfine Glitter. The name of the glitter alone is masculine; Brushed Pewter. Sounds very much like there is some manly work involved in BRUSHED pewter 😉 …. I´ve also attachted the 3D sheet onto a piece of weathered wood patterned paper. Also very masculine kind of stuff, don´t you think? Then a few silver and bronze toned half pearls, also not that feminine. I´ve used silver and blue tones – keeping everything feminine away from the color sheme. And the sentiment is stamped on a blue inked piece of cardstock. Nothing girly, no butterflies, no flowers and very clean and simple. And the stars are not cute, the have clear lines and form :). So I´m thinking if I am to send a Christmas card to man, this might work out :).

So what do you think? Would you say this is a masculine looking Christmas card. If so, then I´ve managed to accoplish my self set challenge :). Hope you are still enjoying some days off the busy everyday life and speding it with your fave people!

I am also joining a challenge with this card over at Cardz 4 Guyz blog. Their Challenge #185 is called: Last Minute Christmas. This card is faily quick and easy to make, so it would be perfect for those last minute occations. Besides, it´s a card for a guy, so I just could not resist joining that challenge :).

Happy holidays and happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Monochromatic pink die cut background card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog today again. I´d like to welcome you to my last tutorial of this year and also as the very last project as a die cut design team member at Elizabeth Craft Designs. It´s been a fabulous two years as a design team member in the team and I´ve enjoyed every minute of it.  But before I tell you more, I´d first like to share one more card tutorial with you all.
This card – well these cards, actually – were inspired by the recent background challenge. As you might recall, I made quite a few cards for that challenge. I love creating backgrounds for my projects with die cut dies, stencils and stamps as well as various media. This card features one of the new background dies and this is how I created it:

This card I really fast and easy to create and by changing the colors and the sentiments, it can be used for all types of occations. Or if you need need to make a few similar ones, you might want to take this type of card design into consideration.

This is how I created the card:
1. Take a die cut (use the Abstract Background die) protective sheet of a Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet and place it onto a into size cut piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock to use it as a stencil.
2. Now add pink Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick) thru the die cut piece onto the cardstock. This creates a nice stenciled image onto the white cardstock.
3. Take a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive and die cut a piece with the Abstract Background die cut die from it using your die cutting machine.
4. Now remove the backing of this sheet and adhere it onto the inked, stenciled piece of cardstock. If you don´t get it adhered exactly along the inked areas, that does not matter, as this will create a fun, additional 3-dimentional effect to the card later. So rather than trying to adhere in a perfect manner (see first detail photo underneath) try to leave some „white“ areas peeking thru.
5. After you have adhered the adhesive sheet, you can either leave the piece as it is, or add some ink to the lighter areas to correct your inking results, before you remove the protective sheet of the adhesive. OR just leave it as it is for the 3-dimentional look.
6. Now remove the protective sheet from the die cut piece and apply the Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive areas. Make sure to keep the adhesive areas „clean“ and don´t touch them with your fingers. This way the glitter will attach to all areas equally well.
7. After pouring the surface with glitter, use a paint brush to remove the residue and pour that back into the jar. Then polish the surface with your finger to attach  the glitter with adhesive and to add more sparkle to the glitter.
8. Now take another piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock  and ink with pink Distress Ink, then stamp with black ink both the sentiment and the flower image.
9. Cut the sentiment piece into right size with a paper cutter and either fussy cut or die cut (with the matching flower die cut die) the flower image.
10. Adhere on place with 3D foam tape and paper glue. Finally decorate with glitter glue and liquid pearls.

On the upper card you can see the perfectly inked version of the background. The lower card has some white areas still peeking thru here and there. This adds a little bit more interest to the background by creating a 3-dimentional effect to the card.
To give you a better idea of each step, I again created a start-to-finish video for you to watch:

I hope you´ll enjoy this card idea and get inspired to try it out yourself! After two years in the team it is time to step aside from my duties as a die cut desgin team member and give space to a new team (very excited to see who will be joining in this time!!). However, I am not totally disappearing from the Elizabeth Craft Designs site quite yet. You will be seeing me posting projects on their site from time to time still, not as a desing team member, but more as a visiting blogger and guest designer. I am very much looking forward to next year and my new duties with Elizabeth Craft Designs team. So see you around again in January at their blog, lovelies!!!

There is a fun Wednesday challenge over at Simon Says challenge blog called „Party Time!“ and I´m joining the challenge with my Happy Birthday card.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas time and a happy 2018!!!
Happy crafting,
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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Distress Oxide background cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies, today it is my turn again to share a little step-by-step tutorial with you over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Here is what I created – a set of Distress Oxide, die cut background cards:

I had been going in circles for a while and avoiding ordering the Distress Oxides. Why, you think? Well, because I knew that the minute I get them into my hands, I will be hooked. Finally I gave in as I saw so many of my team colleagues having a ball with them. So I bought a set of 6.

Needless to say the six colors are definitely not going to be enough. Might as well have ordered the full set all at once *rollingeyes*. Anyways, here are the cards I created with the Oxides and the lovely Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut dies.

I´ve used both the positive and some of the negative parts on my cards as well as the DIY die cut foam stamp (see tutorial here) on these. Added some bits and bobs from my stash and just had a great time creating!! I do love color, so how on earth did I manage to get by so long without buying these inks *laughs*.

For more details do see my original post over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog (HERE). And to get you hooked too, here are the inks in action – enjoy the video:

Happy crafting,
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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Technique Friday with Els challenge

Hello lovelies, it is again time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team´s monthly challenge. This time we were challenged to use a Technique Friday with Els video as our starting point. I chose to make a Patchwork Card with embossing folders and Shimmer Sheets. Here is what I did:

Here are the steps shortly, for a full tutorial, see THIS VIDEO over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs YouTube channel.

First I took pink, light blue and red Shimmer Sheets and cut those into a width of approximately 1 inch. Next I placed them inside the Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folders and ran them thru a die cutting machine.

After that I took a Postage Stamp Rectangle die cut die and a piece of blue toned patterned paper from my stash and die cut the paper into a rigth size. Next I cut another piece (white cardstock) into a slightly smaller size than the postage stamp piece.

Then I fussy cut the embossed and sanded (sanding block) pieces into appr. 1 inch each and adhered them onto the white cardstock piece that I had covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Then I just flipped the piece over to cut the residue off along the edges of the white cardstock.

After that I die cut two Lacy Poppies from white Soft Finish Cardstock and adhered the postage stamp piece and the patchwork piece together with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. I added a velvet ribbon and a brad as decoration and finally stamped a sentiment with Joset Designs General Sentiments onto the right down corner with black stamp ink.

I really enjoyed creating this card after Els´ idea!! And I like the delicate shine the Shimmer Sheets add to the background. It looks really nice, yet it is so very easy to make!!!

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 your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series“. 3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing & the winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what videos inspired my design team colleagues and what kind of cards they created!! And for more inspiration, don´t forget to visit the ECD YouTube channel too.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Flower power card set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn again to share a card project for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I created a Summer Flowers Card Set, and I want to share how easy it is to make more than one card using the same color palette with the Stitched Fishtail Banners and Fitted Circles dies, plus the Flower Power Clear Stamps set and coordinating Flower Power dies.
Here is how I created the cards:
1. Take two pieces of white cardstock and cut them into same size, but slightly smaller as your card bases.
2. Take a Flower Power flower clear stamp and stamp flowers next to each other with embossing ink onto the background.
3. Pour white embossing powder over the stamped area and heat set the powder with a heat gun. Mind your fingers!
4. Apply green, yellow and orange Distress Ink with an ink blending tool over the embossed areas.
5. Take a Fitted Circle die cut die and die cut a circle into the upper part of the inked piece.
6. Take black Distress Ink and stamp a flower onto a piece of white paper. Apply clear embossing ink over the stamped image and heat set with a heat gun.
7. Die cut with the coordinating Flower Power die cut die and color with a water tank brush and Distress Crayons and decorate the center with Mint Prills.


8. Stamp a Dream Sentiments word onto a piece of white paper, apply clear embossing powder on top and heat set, ink with orange Distress ink and die cut with Stitched Fishtail banners.
9. Adhere the inked background with 3D foam onto the card base. Adhere the die cut flower into the circle and finally adhere the sentiment on top.
10. For the second card use the same techniques, but now stamp the background with black ink and color with only one tone, then adhere the positive die cut image (circle) onto the card, add a stamped, heat embossed sentiment that you die cut into a banner form and decorate with a vellum butterfly. For more details on how I created the cards, see the following video:

I hope you get inspired to create some flower cards of your own. If you are not that good in coloring (as I am not either!), I hope this simple idea inspires you to start. With this type of coloring it does not matter, if the shading is not perfect.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Valentine tag

Hello everyone, it´s time for another Tag Tuesday :). This time I would like to share a Valentine´s day tag I made a while back. This again is one of the projects travelling with the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth.

I´ve used a grungy black and white paper on the Background and die cut the arrow, the word Valentine and the feathers from patterned paper. Then I added a layer of Glossy Accents on top of those elements to create some dimension.

Quickly before the Glossy Accents dried up, I poured some Silk Microfine Glitter on top of the feathers for additional shine and let that layer dry. A ribbon and some gems for decoration and this tag was done in no time. In the end I also added a faux stitching along the edges for more detail. That´s it!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Love Sentiments
Feathers
Arrows
Silk Microfine Glitter Warm Diamond

Other:
Glossy Accents
Ribbon
Gems
White gel pen
Patterned paper

 

Happy Birthday card

Hello lovelies, today I am again quickly stopping by to share a birthday card with you. I´ve created this card with various Elizabeth Craft Designs product. This is one of the projects I made for them to travel with their company booth across the globe on various craft fairs and events.

The card base and the patterned paper is first cut with the Fitted Fishtail die cut dies. After that I adhered the pieces together with their Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Next I die cut one heart with the Fitted Hearts  die cut die and the one underneath it is cut with the Lace Heart (from the Moda Scrap series). On top of it all there is one glittered Lacy Poppies piece. I´ve used the Antique Silver Silk Microfine Glitter on it. Finally a stamped sentiment (General Sentiments by Joset Designs) with a Stitched Fishtail die cut die and decorated with white texture spray splatters, wood veneer and a silver ribbon and outlined with a black pen (faux stitching). That´s all!

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Stitched Fishtail Banners
Fitted Fishtails
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Fitted Hearts
Lace Heart
Lacy Poppies
Antique Silver Silk Microfine Glitter
General Sentiments stamp set

Other:
White texture spray
wood veneer pieces
Patterned paper
Silver ribbon
Black pen

Smile – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s again time for another Die Cut Design Team Challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog. Every month the Die Cut Desing Team members are challenged to with a different task and this months theme is „Glittery Backgrounds„.

Since it is spring, I tried to make a soft toned card. Here is my take:

And here is how I created this card:
I took a light yellow card base and some pearlescent white cardstock and die cut the Dancing Butterflies from the white cardstock. I also adhered a strip of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the card base and left just a tiny strip of the cardstock on both sizes free of the adhesive.

Then I placed the die cut butteflies onto the adhesive surface. I attachted the butterflies with the adhesive surface using the protective cover sheet of the adhesive. This way there are no fingerprints on the adhesive and everything stays on place. If I would touch the adhesive surface with my fingers, the glitter would not stick to those areas that well. So make sure you are careful not to touch it during this step.
Next I took a coffee filter and placed it under my card. I then poured some Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter onto the adhesive and carfully brushed away the residue. The glitter that is in the coffee filter can be re-used. Just carefully pour it back to the jar from the filter. If you get glitter onto your fingers and working surface, use a Swiffer dust cloth to remove it. Polish the glitter with your finger by moving into one direction and gently pressing your finger against the glittered surface. This will result a fabulous shiny background!
Here is a close-up of the finished, polished background to give you an idea on how much difference it makes to polish the surface. And don´t be scared about getting your fingers dirty. Hardly any glitter comes off during this step if you have wiped the residue off with the brush. (There is a video on how to do this over here, if you are interested to see the step-by-step and how it´s done).

Next I die cut a Small Butterfly from the same paper. Again adding a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the base part. Next I removed the loose pieces from the upper part of the butterfly and adhered the pieces together. There is also a Dancing Butterfly piece that I die cut from golden vellum on this photo. However I chose not use use that on my finished card. Instead I used a white one.  After adhering the upper and lower part of the Small Butterfly together, I added a layer of Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. I repeated the same steps here as I did with the background earlier.
Finally I wanted to add a dimensional word/sentiment to my card, so I took some adhesive foam and die cut the word Smile from it. Even though the foam is relatively thick,the die cut cut all the way thru. This way you can also create your own foam alphabets ;-).. !

Now all I needed to do was to decorate the card and it was done. I added two strips of adhesive patterened paper and a pink tulle ribbon to the card, then layered the butterflies and added some half pearls into the middle to match the tulle ribbon.

Here are some close-ups of the finished card:

Now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see the projects my Die Cut Design Team colleagues have created for this challenge!! There are so many great ways to use this fabulous glitter on your projects. I love this glitter!! Come back in a few days and I might be sharing one or two other glitter projects here on my blog :).

Hope you get inspired to try out this great product!!
Let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Dancing Butterflies
Small Butterfly
Smile
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3 mm
Silk Microfine Glitter – Fire Opal
Silk Microfine Glitter – Warm Diamond
Brushes

Other:
Big Shot
Yellow card base
Half pearls
Pearlescent white cardstock
Tulle ribbon
Adhesive paper
Adhesive foam