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

Supplies:


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

Supplies:

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

DIY die cut foam stamps and cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team today. I decided to share a DIY foam stamp idea with you. Sometimes when you look at the die, you wish there would be a stamp like that available too. That is what I thought when I saw the new ModaScrap die cut dies! They can be used to create gorgeous stamps and today I´d like to show you how I made some DIY foam stamps with those die cut dies and how I used the stamps for card backgrounds.

Here is how to make the stamps:

1. Take a piece of adhesive back foam (appr. 2 mm´s thick) and run the foam with a chosen die cut die thru a die cutting machine.
2. Take a piece of thicker foam – I saved mine from parcels I received – and adhere the die cut piece onto the foam.
3. Remove the small, negative, die cut pieces with tweezers. You can even adhere some of the negative pieces along the edges for additional pattern.
4. Take a precision knife and cut with foam carefully along the edges to match the form of the die cut piece. That´s all!

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the stamps:

And then for the fun part – here are two cards I created using the DIY stamps:


1. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and a VersaMark/embossing ink. Apply ink onto the foam stamp and press the stamp onto the white precut paper.
2. Pour clear embossing powder over the stamped surface, dab the residue off with your finger and heat set with a heat gun.
3. Take Distress Inks and apply color onto the background with an ink blending tool. The embossed areas will resist the ink and this way the stamped background pattern will show.
4. Adhere to a card base and decorate with banners, doilie corners, die cut words and/or stamped and die cut images. Whatever you prefer!

Here is a start to finish video on the green „Hello“ card, I hope you get inspired to make some stamps of your own!

This is quite fun and actually very addictive. I could not stop creating my own stamps, once I was finished with the first one! The dragonfly die cut die, for example creates a lovely background stamp and you can vary the size by just using one piece or adhering several dragonflies next to each other onto a bigger foam piece. Oh, the possibilities are almost endless!! Have fun and
happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

HERE IS A DIRECT LINK TO THE NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!!!

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dragonfly
Flower Lace 2
Flower Lace 1
Romantic corner
Flower Power clear stamps
Flower Power die set
A way with words – Hello
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Distress Ink
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Glossy Accents
Dimensional pearls
Waterproof stamp ink
VersaMark ink
Posca pen, black

Being negative – Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Team May Challenge

Hello there lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Desings blog!! This month´s theme given for us to tackle was: „Being Negative“.

Let me explain: it´s not about us being all negative obviously – but using the negative pieces when die cutting! Every time when we die cut with a die, we get both a positive (the actual die cut die piece) and a negative piece (the leftover part). Many of these negative pieces are very much usable on their own and make interesting cards. This technique is called Negative Die Cutting. I´ve done this quite often actually. I love using both pieces, so not much goes to waste. This time, however, I only used the negative pieces 🙂 – and of course saved the positives ones, but those will be used on other projects later on :). So here are my cards:

Card 1:

First cut butterflies from white cardstock with the Small Butterfly die cut die. Save the positive pieces for another project and use the negative strip. I also cut some alphas for another project while I was at it.

Take the negative piece and place it into a misting box (to protect your work area) and spray with Tattered Angels Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist. Let dry or dry with a heat gun.

Mark the areas on the card base where the open butterfly areas are and adhere pink/red washi tapes onto the background. Adhere the misted piece on top.

Stamp a „xoxo“ sentiment with black stamp ink onto the left side for additional decoration and add dark rhinestones onto the butterflies for detail.

Second card:

This card is very similar in technique, I just replaced the washi tape with a gelli plate acrylic paint piece. This is a leftover piece from gelli printing onto which I´ve added layers and layers of paint and saved for a later project.

So you just again die cut die Lovebirds piece from a white cardstock, save for a later project and take the negative piece, adhere that onto the card base and then adhere the negative die cut piece on top. For decoration add faux stitching along the edges of the card and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink. That´s it.

Card 3:

Again this card was created using the exact same idea. I just this time added a patterned paper onto the background. Some dark rhinestones, faux stitching and a stamped sentiment for decoration.

Card 4:
For this card I´ve combined similar ideas again, except the negative Hello sentiment is made out of Silk Microfine Glitter. I´ve first die cut the piece and added a layer of Clear Double Sided Adhesive onto the back. Then I added a layer of Speckled Indigo Silk Microfine Glitter to fill the negative areas. Then I added die cut Corners and a stamped sentiment.

The background paper is from the Through the Lens, Stone paper pack. If you are looking for some more ideas on how to use the negative pieces, here, here, here,  here , here and here is another tutorial to take a look at. And now hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what my design team colleagues created!

Like every month, there are also prizes to be won. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a Background Die Prize pack which includes: heart background; circles background; chevron background and diamond background to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell „What are some project ideas you would use scrap pieces for when crafting?”

3 lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, May 5 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Lovebirds
Corners 1
Small butterfly
Peacock Feather
A Way With Words, Hello
Silk Microfine Glitter, Speckled Indigo
Soft Finish Cardstock, White
Through the Lens, Wood, Stone
Dream Sentiments Clear Stamps
General Sentiments Clear Stamps
Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Other:
White gel pen
Black stamp ink
Black pen
Rhinestones
Gelli plate, acrylic paints
Liquid pearls
Washi Tape
Vanilla Breeze Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Card bases

Congrats card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies and happy 1st of May!!! I hope you have all found some time for creating on this long weekend? I had planned on creating plenty, but then somehow I/we ended doing everythig else, but that. But it has still been a nice, relaxing weekend, so it is all good!

Today I´m quickly sharing a birthday card I created with Elizabeth Craft Desings products. This one went to my husbands gradma with flowers. She just celebrated her birthday recently.

I´ve first misted the background with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, then die cut the speech bubble form and used an embossing folder to create the pattern to it. Then I die cut several pieces of the word „Congrats“, adhered those on top of each other to create more depth and then decorated the card with some liquid pearls, twine, flowers and finished the sentiment with a layer of Glossy Accents for more dimension.

Wishing you all a lovely evening and a creative week!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
A Way With Words – Congrats
Swirly curves embossing folder
Other:
Liquid pearls
Paper flowers
Twine
Patterned paper
Tattered Angels pink Glimmer Mist
Glossy Accents

Teen boy birthday card – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi everyone, today is again my turn to post a tutorial for the  Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cut Design Team. I decided to share with you a teen boy birthday card idea. My son recently celebrated his birthday and this is the card I made for him. This card is fairly easy to make and by changing the colors you can easily create a card for a teen girl using the same idea too.

Here is how I created the card: 


Step 1: The materials you need are a card base, a piece of Soft Finish cardstock for die cutting, Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheet, Words die cut dies, spray inks and another piece of cardstock to work as a background piece for the card.


Step 2: First you will need to cut a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock into a right size (slightly smaller than your card base). Then place that piece into spraying box and add both red and blue spray ink (or whatever color you prefer!) to the cardstock piece and dry with a heat gun. Next adhere the long strip of Soft Finish Cardstock onto the Clear Double Sided Adhesive strip. Then place the piece into your die cutting machine and cut words. Use the whole piece, whatever is left over, can be used on further projects.


Step 3: Then remove the die cut words from the adhesive back cardstock and adhere in random order onto the misted piece. Cut along the edges with scissors to remove any overlapping pieces. Adhere to the cardbase.


Step 4: Next cut a Stitched Circle from a white Soft Finish Cardstock piece and add some foam stickers into the middle. I added the number 14, since it´s was his 14th birthday. Use 3D-foam to adhere the circle onto the card base to give it even more dimension.



Step 5: Finally take a piece of adhesive back black foam and die cut the word Birthday from it. This way you can create your own DIY foam sentiments, words and alphas. Adhere the word underneath the circle. The card is done.

Here is one more card, created using the exactly same idea. I just changed the background colors a little bit and used a Fishtail Banner for the sentiment instead of a circle. I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and got inspired to use word die cut dies for creating fun card backgrounds.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies: 
Elizabeth Craft Desings
Stitched Circles
Thinking of you
Party
Thanks
Smile
Celebrate
Happy Birthday
Stitched Fishtail Banners
White Soft Finish Cardstock
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet

Other:
Card base
Spray inks by Tattered Angels
Foam alpha stickers
Adhesive back foam sheet
3D foam pads

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

You´re amazing!

Hello there! A few weeks back I was lucky enough to win some Concord & 9th stamps (well, a gift card to their store actually = stamps :-)… ) at their Instagram giveaway! I actually squealed when I noticed that Tina and me had won :-). I have been following their Instagram account for a while now – they have really, really great stamp designs and matching dies and a very inspiring Insta feed! After my parcel arrived and I had first admired the stamps for a while, I then recalled seeing a challenge blog go online too. So I went and looked it up and here I am, joining in on their challenge for the first time.

The challenge #7 is called: „Case A Designer

So I went looking for a card design/designer to case and found this beautiful card, created by Lynn Put. I chose to case her card called „You are Loved“. Here is my take on the case:

Lynn had used watercolors and watercolor paper on her card. I chose to create a faux watercolor effect with green toned Distress Inks onto a white cardstock base with the Lace Leaf Stamp Set. I then added a stamped leaf from the same set on one of the green areas and took a sentiment from the Above Average Stamp Set and stamped a sentiment directly onto the card like Lynn had done with the flower stamp on her card too. She had used sequins and stickles and I chose to use liquid pearls on my card. Finally I adhered a metallic green (you cannot sadly see the metallic tone here on the photo that well) toned piece of cardstock underneath the stamped piece to create a similar effect like on Lynn´s card. She had used a pink strip.

This was a fun challenge – I have not cased a card before, I think. But I really liked the idea. And I had a fun time creating this card with my new stamps. Can you still hear me grinning, while writing this post? 🙂 One happy girl here!!

Wishing you all a fabulous day,
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Above Average Stamp set
Lace Leaf Stamp set
Distress Ink – evergreen bough, peeled paint, twisted citron, cracked pistachio
Hero Arts Chalkboard Ink
Nuvo Chrystal Drops – Antique Rose

Hugs card

Hello there, everyone!!! Today I´m stopping by to share another quick and easy to make card with you! This time I´ve combined some Elizabeth Craft Designs die cut dies and stamps with a STAMPlorations stencil. This is how my card turned out:

This one was again quite easy to make. I first doodled the raindrops thru a ARTplorations raindrop stencil with a white gel pen onto the light green paper. Then I die cut the Chevron Background from a pink patterned paper and adhere it on top of the stenciled paper. A stamped clear stamp sentiment, so pearls, paper flowers and a die cut, misted rose finish it all off.

Have a wonderful day!!
Stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Spray inks – Tattered Angels
Chevron Background – Elizabeth Craft Designs
General Sentiments clear stamp set – Elizabeth Craft Designs
ARTplorations raindrop stencil
Signo uni-ball white gel pen
Patterned paper – Basic Grey