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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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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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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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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Waiting for the water to boil – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time we were challenged to make „Anything but a Card“! So my choice was a layout. I haven´t been making as much scrapbook layouts recently as I would have liked to, so this was the perfect challenge to finally make one. Here is what I created:

This layout has plenty of Elizabeth Craft Design product on it, starting from the White Soft Finish Cardstock as a base. Next I added strips of the new ModaScrap papers onto the bottom and the top. I used the Viaggi Vintage and the Thinking about Polynesia 12×12 inch collections on this scrapbook layout. Then I added some heat embossed (white) sentiments from the Dream Sentiments set by Joset Designs.

A layer of Tattered Angels Aquamarine Glimmer Mist makes the heat embossed images really pop. After that I die cut ModaScrap leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock and then misted those with various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tones (Aquamarine, Marigold, Graphite, Suede and Grumpet). I also used some Java Glimmer Glaze (the black splatters) and Simply Sheer Soft Peach as well as Baseboard Gravel spray ink tones on the leaves.

I also die cut some of the letters on the title, then misted those with grey Glimmer Mist tone and added stickers and other alphas to go with those. I then added some stamped stars and rhinestones into the middle of the flowers.

I finished the page with hand written journaling and some faux stitching along the edges. Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give you a better idea of the steps.

And now, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other design team girls have created for this challenge. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?” We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Wishing you all a happy, crafty day and lots of inspiration from the team!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Soft Finish Cardstock white
Thinking about Polinesia paper
Viaggi Vintage paper
Dream Sentiments stamp set
Dandelion Fluff
Pair Of Leaves 2
Leafy Branch 4
Leafy Branch 3
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Entwined Ovals (used the flowers from this set)

Other:
Glimmer Mist – Suede
Glimmer Mist – Aquamarine
Glimmer Mist – Marigold
Glimmer Mist – Graphite
Glimmer Mist – Crumpet
Baseboard – Gravel
Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Glimmer Glaze – Java
VersaMark embossing ink
Archival Ink Jet Black
White embossing powder – Ranger
Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Happiness ATC set – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello lovely people, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. How about some „May Flowers“ themed ATC´s for this Sunday´s post? With lots of color, layers and happiness :). Remember, last month I did a set themed „April Showers“, so I thought I might as well add to the theme and do „May Flowers“ this month :). Here they are:

And this time I decided to make a little star-to-finish video to go with the set:

I really like how these artist trading cards turned out & I can´t wait for summer to finally arrive. I am missing sunshine, swimming, sitting in the garden and watching flowers bloom and just relaxing in the sun. Who´s with me? 😉

What I did is I first added a layer of Distress Paint, then some stamping and after that added a spray ink toned paste thru the Daisy Play (one of the newest stencils at the STAMPlorations store) stencil. Finally I added some product from my older stash to embellish the ATC´s.  Here are some close-ups of the ATC´s:

Here´s to a hopefully gorgeous and sunny June :). Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!!!
Just in case you feel the urge to shop some today, feel free to use this code at the STAMPlorations store: It´s good for all product – reduced and regular prized. Enjoy!!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Used product:
ARTplorations Daisy Play stencil
Distress Paint – pink, yellow, green
Elizabeth Craft Designs stamps
Glimmer Glaze Java
Ramblin´ Rose Pink spray ink
Nuvo Drops – Antique Rose
Modeling paste
Neon pink Mister Huey´s spray ink
Jet Black stamp ink
Sewing yearn, flowers, paper ribbon