Happy birthday CAS card

Hello and happy Friday!! Yay!! Weekend!! It´s the last one before school starts here in Austria this year. So let´s make the best out of it ;-). I am sharing another birthday card, this time in clean and simple style with you today.

For this card I´ve again added stenciling on a blue cardstock with my Dream Flower stencil and Distress Oxides. I´ve also stamped some flowers with the Spring Fling stamp set on a Shimmer Powder treated watercolor paper and fussy cut those by hand.

After doing the above I just arranged the flowers and leaves, added a stamped sentiment and adhered all on place. Easy peasy!!

What are you going to do this weekend? Maybe some crafting?? Wish you a good weekend,

xxx, Sanna

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Birthday cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there and happy last of August!! So summer 2020 is pretty much done and dusted. How was it? For sure different to any other summer I can remember. We stayed at home so much that I have a feeling I have forgotten how to socialize!! I had plenty of crafting time in my hands, but got relatively little done. Really peculiar! The old me would have said: „yes, let´s do this and craft ´till we drop!“ But the new me was drained and empty. I think it´s the uncertainty or the everyday life that kinda puts one „on hold“. And as you are „on hold“ longer, you kind of loose interest on everything.

But luckily, the last days, I´ve felt a little spark again towards crafting. And I just sat down and did random things, like a set of cards. If felt better again, so I´m hoping this feeling will last and get stronger as days go by. Also, the weather is getting colder, so that might spark my crafty mojo more again. Let´s see :).

And now the fun stuff – I did these cards and love how they turned out:

I started with a light blue piece of cardstock and a stencil of mine – Dream Flower – and applied Distress Oxide tones (orange, purple and brown) thru the stencil onto the paper. Then I let the layer dry and after that I stamped the sentiment with black stamp ink on top (the stamp is by Elizabeth Craft Designs).

Next I matted a white card base with some old Basic Grey paper and placed the stenciled and stamped piece on top. A fabric flower and a brad as well as a stamped sentiment for finishing touches, and the card was done.

I also did a second card the same way, only changing the „congrats“ to „happy birthday“ and changing the colors a little bit. I really like the look of the centerpiece with stenciling and stamping on top of each other!

That´s all for today. I hope you have a great first week of September!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You´re the Best

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I´m stopping by to share another card I created the other day. I am slowly feeling my mojo again and I´m so happy about that. Maybe I just needed a break and a short holiday from everything?

For this card I used mainly Elizabeth Craft Designs products. And I really like how bold and colorful the stenciled background looks like.

I started with these above colours. Blending them onto a piece of white cardstock with an ink blending tool.

For the second layer I tried to pick slightly darker colours and applied them thru the Make Your Mark stencil.

The middle piece is die cut with the Fitted Ovals dies and I´ve inked it the same way like the blended background. I´ve then matted everything on dark cardstock and adhered onto a card base. For finishing touches I added the stamping and used various Elizabeth Craft Designs stamp for the purpose (see products on the supply list).

I´ll leave you with this happy and colorful card today. Come back for the weekend to see a few more card posts as well as my vacation story :).

xxx, Sanna

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Funny Food Cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s my turn to share some card ideas on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today for my August guest blog post. I created a set of fun „cute food“ clear stamp cards and I love these stamps in combination with the fun sentiments, because you can create cards for practically every occation with this stamp set!!

But first let me share the steps with you:

Step 1: I started by stamping the images very randomly with black waterproof stamp ink onto white Soft Finish Cardstock and then coloring them with Highly Pigmented Watercolour Pencils and blending the colours with a water tank brush.

Step 2: Next I fussy cut all the tiny images with my tiny Tim Holtz precision scissors. This takes a while, so if you would like to save time, I suggest you buy the matching „Cute Food“ die cut die set for the stamps. That will save you lots of time! I didn´t have one, so I used my scissors. This is more time consuming, but also works.

Step 3: After fussy cutting I took a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and inked it with green and blue Distress Ink using the blending technique. Next I die cut the inked paper into two background pieces using the Circle and the Diamond Background dies.

Step 4: I then adhered the background pieces onto blue and purple Soft Finish Cardstock using a wide glue pen. You can also use the Clear Double Sided Adhesive instead of a glue pen, but you have to adhere it onto the paper before die cutting it! I also stamped the sentiments with embossing ink onto black cardstock several times and heat embossed them with white embossing powder to use them as sentiments on the finished cards. I fussy cut the embossed sentiments into banner, but you can also use the Stitched Fishtail Banner die for this purpose.

Step 5: For my third card I used the negative pieces of the Circle Background die to create a circle pattern on white card base. The donuts work really well together with the negative residue pieces and create a fun card.

For more shine and texture I decorated the donuts with some Crystal Glaze.

Step 6: Depending on which card I was working on, I either added some shading onto the background with Distress Inks, decorated the colored images with googly eyes or added glazed details onto them.

I had such a great time creating these Cute Food cards. After you are done with coloring and die cutting/fussy cutting them, the rest is fast and easy!! Here are my finished cards:

I hope you enjoyed my August ECD tutorial and get inspired to play with the Cute Food stamp and die set youself!! I´ll be sharing my next guest design team project over at their blog in November – see you then!!!

Happy crafting,
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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