Altered wood block home decor piece

Hello everybody, we have had a little summer break from the regular STAMPlorations posts and they will be returning very soon, but it is not quite time for that yet. Therefore, today I´d like to share a „just for fun“ STAMPlorations tutorial with you.

I´ve created a home decor piece out of a wood block my dear husband cut for me into a shape of a house. I wanted to use motivational stamp sentiments as a focal point on this piece and built the layers and decoration around it. Here is what I did:

I also created a fast forward video with all the steps until to the finished block for you to watch. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to play a little with your stamps, stencils and media! Remember, there is no right or wrong, no right colors or wrong colors – just use what you have and like! Remember to have fun :).

Just in case you are interested on some products I´ve used on this project, I´ll add the LinkDeli links which will directly take you to each product (some products may not be available anymore, as they are from my older stash, but I will replace those with similar ones).

As always, if you would like to purchase any of the STAMPlorations products used on this project, feel free to grab my personal 20% off discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) and use it upon checkout at their store. It is valid for both regular prized as well as reduced product!

Happy creating & let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Card share day again

Hello there, today I´m again sharing a few cards with you. There I also created while playing around with my Misti stamp tool.

For the first one I´ve first added a layer of Tattered Angels spray inks in blue, green and purple tones. Then I´ve used the Nathalie´s Studio „Wired“ stamp on the background. After that I added some circle stamp images (by Finnabair) and finished the surface off with embossing enamel (vintage pink). I added some wooden letters for additional interest (colored with Tattered Angels spray ink).

For my second card I first added a full set of clear alpha stamps onto my Misti in a very random order. I stamped a few times to get a full and even coverage – that is what the Misti is very practical for – you will always end up with a perfect stamp image at the end (and no-one knows how many times you fussed around until the image looked the way you want 🙂 …). Next I sprayed the background with blue Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) and finally added lots of Sassafrass (I have been saving and saving these for ages!) stickers (some are adhered with 3D foam for a more dimentional effect). There is also some wood veneer in there (always love to use wood veneer!!!) and some golden thread. The wood veneer heart-formed speech-bubble is filled with frills (available at Elizabeth Craft Designs). I thought it might add an interesting detail to the card. And then, finally, a Tim Holtz hashtag word finishes the card off.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Purple toned Mother´s Day card

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday. There´s one post that totally slipped my mind and I forgot to post it here. Mother´s Day is a while back already, but I´m still going to share this little card step-by-step idea here today with you.

I´ve used quite a big selection of Tattered Angels spray inks on this card. Mainly to color the Krumspring Stamps heart stamp with them (all tone in tone, except for the bright blue tone). For even more spray ink tones check the Canvas Corp Brands store 😉 …

This is a very monochromatic card and I could not resist adding a layer of iridescent creative medium on top of the misted background. This gives the background nice dimention and adds a beautiful shine to the card when you tilt it.

Then a selection of pink/purple stay ink tones to color the heart adds a really nice centerpiece for the card. I still love using wood veneer on my projects. I am sadly slowly but surely running out of the Studio Calico figures – they are/were really great and work on so many projects. Too bad I didn´t buy more back in the day ;-).

I´ll leave you with a short start-to-finish video to go with the card – hope you enjoy it!

Wishing you a lovely, relaxing weekend!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

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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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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Altered grater – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies! It is no secret that I like to go junking and collect all kinds of bits and parts to use on various mixed media decor pieces. Recently I came across some old kitchen cutlery and tools and the minute I saw the grater I knew I wanted to alter it to a wall decor piece of some kind. This was my starting point – a rusty, old grater (here already covered with a layer of gesso):

and here is what it looks like after several layers of Tattered Angels sprays and various media. The finished piece:

If you are interested on taking a better look at the STEP-BY-STEP on how this grater came together, hop over to the CANVAS CORP BLOG and read THIS POST  for all details! A full material list is also included there.

I had great fun creating this piece – I hope you enjoy the tutorial. Now all I need to do is to frame it and then it can decorate someone´s kitchen area!

Happy crafting lovelies,
xxx, Sanna

Materials used:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – SuedeAquamarineMarigoldCrumpetGraphiteIt’s Orange
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Tattered Angels Baseboard – Gravel
Tattered Angels Chalkboard – FireflyPolka Dot Pink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze – Java
Architextures Parchment Rub-On – Grow
7gypsies – Dome Studs
7gypsies – Cutlery Antique Silver
Canvas Corp – Farmhouse Kitchen Stripe on Ivory
Twine, Red Yarn
Old latin book sheets
Eco dyed canvas fabric
Wooden stars
Glossy Accents
Cigar labels
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Gel Medium, Gesso
Heat gun, Scissors, Old grater
Paint brush, Palette knife, Sewing needle

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday blog hop

Hello lovelies, it´s party time!!! STAMPlorations is turning 4 in June and it´s time to celebrate this milestone with a new product!! There is a five day long (June 26-30) blog hop with the theme „Celebrate!“ prepared for you.

„ATTENTION – VERY LONG POST COMING UP :-)“….

I have prepared two different sets following the „Celebrate“ theme for your for this hop:

SET ONE:
For the first set I used the Congrats word stamp and die cut die. I love this die so much, the fond is fabulous  and it has the perfect size for various projects. Even fits on a tag and  an ATC. Love it! Here are the cards I created with this die and stamp combo:

and this is how I created these cards:

I first stamped with VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed the sentiments with silver embossing powder.

Next I added a layer of Tattered Angels Tutti Frutti spray ink on top. Since the ink does not stick to the embossed areas (they resist the ink), I could easily wipe away the residue with a piece of cloth. Underneath is the finished background piece.

I wanted to decorate at least one card with these DIY stenciled, punched, layered flowers (see the how-to here). I love how they look so I made a few more – going to save them for other projects to come. I then adhered the background to a card base, added faux stitching, some ribbon, wood veneer, hand drawn leaves and a Tim Holtz stickers sentiment for decoration. This is how the first card look like:

The next three cards follow the same principle, the parts are just added in different order. I first die cut the Congrats word from a piece of white cardstock. I left the word itself white and misted the residue piece pink with the same Glimmer Mist tone as previously.

Then I cut a few more words the same way, this time leaving the background white and misting the sentiment instead. Then I just layered all pieces in various order on top of each other, added stickers sentiments (Tim Holtz) and some ink splatters (Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze) and wood veneer or rhinestones for decoration. So by varying which part got misted, the result always looks a little bit different. Still all cards are very quick and easy to create.

(On this white card the sentiment is misted)

(On this card I added only partial misting to the background by spraying onto my kraft sheet and pressing the cardstock onto the ink. Creates a different look the on the fully misted card background on the last card. Second card has a white Congrats sentiment on it)

(this card has a fully misted background and the congrats sentiment has in splatters on it as well as a layer of Stickles for additional sparckle)

SET TWO:

For my second set I used the Shaker Balloons #2 die cut die set and Fearless 3×5 stamp set as well as the matching die cut die. This is how my tag and card look like:

And here is how I did them:

I first die cut some Shaker Balloons from white cardstock. I then adhered them on top of each other to form a frame for the beads. Next I die cut the word fearless and the Shaker Balloon from my card background paper. I used washi tape to keep the dies from moving. Works really good that way. After removing the die cut pieces I adhered the paper onto my card base. Then I placed the previously created „shaker frame“ inside the die cut area and adhered it onto the card base. Next I die cut a piece of plastic to create a window on top of the frame. I filled the frame with small beads, adhered the plastic piece on top and added another frame on top. Then I die cut another sentiment with white cardstock and adhered it onto the background. I used partial stamping technique to add the sentiment on top of the die cut word and finally adhered the twine to the balloon. Some faux stitching for decoration and some ink splatters for additional interest. That´s it. Also very easy to do. And by layering the die cut stars on top of each other, you will get a foolproof frame for the shaker pieces and don´t need to add foam tape to create dimension. I find this way easier than cutting foam tape into right size.. This is the finished card:

And then to the tag. I used the leftover brown „fearless“ die cut word (leftovers from the card above) as a starting point. I added a piece of leftover background paper (also from the card above) next to the word. Before adhering them onto my tag, I spray inked the tag in matching color (Tattered Angels Simply Sheer Soft Peach). I also added a layer of iridescent modeling paste (Imagine Crafts) thru the Doily Squares stencil onto the background paper piece for additional detail. Then I just added a stamped sentiment from the Fearless stamp set and some ink splatters, wood veneer and twine for decoration. So that was very easy too and I used up all leftover pieces too!
The tag also has a wooden button from my stash on it and I added some dimention to the die cut word with a layer of Glossy Accents. I really like how this tag turned out.

Here is how this hop works:
You will have until Monday, July 3rd (11:55 p.m. Pacific time) to comment and link up your favorite product to your wishlist. Winners will be announced on July 10th in June Challenges & Hops winners post.

So what does the link up part mean?
-> go to stamplorations.com and create an account. Then add items to your WISHLIST. After that add the wishlist to the InLinkz on the STAMPloratios blog (if you are not familiar with the post yet, here is a full instruction on how to proceed ).

  • Prizes:
    Three (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the storeOne (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Facebook page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30One (1) randomly drawn winner from comments left on our Instagram page will win a grab bag consisting of new products worth up to $30Two (2) randomly drawn winners from the Wishlist Link Up will each win the products in their wish list (up to $50 MSRP)

Great Discount codes during the birthday celebration:
All products in the store on STAMPlorations birthday week and until July 7 will be 15% off. Now add my 20% discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) to that and you can get up to 35% off on all products, including the new release.
Heartfelt Rose 3×5 stamp set will be included for free with every order of at least $25 (after discounts & GCs are applied and before shipping)

Now how´s that for a great offer???
Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see the line up of blogs you need to visit – have fun and get inspired by the projects! Wishing you all the best of luck for the prize draw and be sure to take advantage of the great combination discount!!! Have fun hopping and shopping 🙂 !!!!

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
STAMPlorations – Congrats clear stamp
STAMPlorations – Fearless clear stamp set
STAMPlorations – Shaker Balloons #2 die cut dies
STAMPlorations – Fearless die cut word
STAMPlorations – Congrats die cut word
ARTplorations – Doily Squares stencil
ARTplorations – Floral Flutes stencil
Tattered Angels – Tutti Futti Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels – Simply Sheer Soft Peach
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Glaze Java
Silver embossing powder
VersaMark embossing ink
Tim Holtz Small Talk word stickers
Twine – Whisker Graphics
Stapler
Wood veneer

Girly, candy toned stenciled tags – STAMPlorations

 

Hello everyone, Sanna here again today with another STAMPlorations mixed media tag set tutorial. This time I chose very girly and candy toned colors for my tags. These tags would work great for anything girly themed – as a summer party present, birthday party or even as a wedding party present tag.

I do not often use pink since I have a very boy dominated household at home, so it was really nice to create something girly for a change!! Here is what I did:

I had a piece of old, misted, book paper  lying on my table so I used that as a starting point for my first tag. I adhered the book paper onto the tag and then took some modeling paste and added yellow and red spray ink droplets on top of the paste.

 Next I mixed the spray ink with the paste to create these cancy color pastes and after that I applied the paste onto the tag thru the Floral Flutes stencil. This might be one of my faves from the new release (among a few other ones ;-)…). I love the pattern it creates!! To keep the stencil from moving around while I apply the paste, I attached the stencil to my working surface with two strips of washi tape.

After that I took the residue paste and a  sheet of music note paper and applied the paste onto that piece of paper using the same stencil like previously.

 Next I took several pages from an old latin book and placed them into a spraying box (just to protect my desk and walls..). Using a red and pink spray ink I first placed the stencil on top of the page and lightly sprayed the spray ink tone over the surface. Make sure to keep a nice distance to the stencil, otherwise the spray will spread underneath the stencil and bild „lakes“ of color and the pattern will not turn out very nice.

 After spraying I removed the stencil and used my heat gun to dry the paper quickly. Then I carefully flipped the stencil upside down and placed the misted surface onto another book page and rolled over the surface with a brayer to make sure the residue ink would soak into the paper. Then I just removed the stencil and dried the paper with a heat gun.

 I repeated these steps with a pink spray ink tone too. This is how the pages look like after misting.

 I then took two flower punches (you could use die cut dies too!) and punched flowers from all of the book pages I had previously treated with the spray ink and a stencil. I wanted to create DIY layered flowers out of the stenciled pages.

For that I needed two big flowers – the first I left untouched, the second I cut open so that I could glue two petals together. That way it forms a „standing“ flower with a smaller diameter. I needed 4-5 smaller flowers to form the center of the flower. I just randomly bent them into half and then once more, forming a very random small flower. I now adhered the flowers together, starting from the biggest one and ending with the very tiny center pieces.

This is how the flowers look like when they are finished. I added some skeleton petals to go with the DIY flowers and some paper ribbon and a piece of lace  for decoration. Finally I added some Nuvo Drops in antique rose tone to add a little sparckle to the tags. I also wanted to add a stamped sentiment to each tag, so I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped a Fond Expressions 2 sentiment with black stamp ink three times onto the paper. Then i took a pink spray ink tone and added some color with my finger to create a toned background for the sentiments. Now all I needed to do was to fussy cut the pieces and attach them to the tag. Some ribbon to go with each tag and I was done. This is what the finished pieces look like:

I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and get inspired to create some stenciled, toned paste background tags yourself.  Don´t forget to join in on our monthly Mixed Media Challenge!!!

This code is still valid – get 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store with code: STAMPGIRLSANNA !!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Floral Flutes stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Tutti Frutti
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Fresh Orange
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Rosey
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Marmalade
Modeling paste
Palette knife
Nuvo drops – Antique Rose
Flower punch – Stampin´ Up!
Flower punch – EK success
Skeleton petals
Hero Arts black stamp ink
Lace, paper ribbon, old book paper
Seam binding
Ribbon
Aleene´s Tacky glue

To live by ATC set – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, time for another inspirational STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday post! For this Sunday´s reveal I created a set of artist trading cards with the theme „To live by“. There are plenty of layers on these and the color choices are very much out of my comfort zone too.

Here is what I made:

Remember the altered clothes tag I created a few weeks back? Remember me adding the residue ink from the Super Bubbles stencil onto a white paper strip? Well I used exactly that piece as my starting point for the ATC´s. Next I added a layer of Marigold Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) on top. Since the yellow tone is lighter, the orange pattern still shows.

  After the mist was dry, I took the Emanations stencil and some copper creative medium (Imagine Crafts) and applied a layer onto the upper part of the paper thru the stencil. I let the paste air dry.

I had some previously misted old book page scraps on my table and I decided to use those on the ATC´s. I layered them on top of each other leaving some of the stenciled image to show in between the lower and the upper part of the ATC´s. Finally I added some pink Chalkboard ink splatters (Polka Dot Pink by Tattered Angels) here and there for interest.

Next I took some cracle paste (by Stamperia) and applied a layer on each artist trading card thru the Floral Flutes stencil.

Then I just added some finishing touches: lace, twine, flowers, buttons, liquid pearls, some faux cross stitches with a black pen and a number sticker as well as a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment. Here is a close-up of one of the finished artist trading cards.

Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have been up to and creating. Then I hope you find the time to play along with us on the June Mixed Media Challenge!!! Oh,  and just a friendly, kind reminder to use my gift code on the STAMPlorations store to get 20% off your order!!! It is still valid :).

Happy crafting and happy shopping :)!!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations Floral Flutes
ARTplorations Emanations
ARTplorations Super Bubbles
Stamperia crackle paste
Marigold Glimmer Mist
Pink Polka Dot Chalkboard mist
Copper Creative Medium
Old book pages
Twine, Lace, stapler
Flowers, buttons
Nuvo Antique Rose drops