TAGplorations challange reminder, vol. 1

Hello and happy Tuesday!! Today I´m sharing another masculine tag project with you guys. This one is my first challenge reminder post for the TAGplorations June Challenge over at STAMPlorations blog. Remember to play along with us!!

For this tag I again used the same techniques like on my first tag (read more about it here). But for this one I chose ot use a little bit different colors. That, basically is the only difference – the techniques I used, are the same.

I thought it would be fun to add a lawm mower image to the tag – as that usually is a dad chore in the household :). And besides, it is a machine, i.e. it represents “the manly life” *lol*..

I hope you get inspired to play with us at the TAGplorations challenge this month! It´s a fun challenge.

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna


Smile tag – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone and happy Friday and a big yay for the weekend!! Today it´s my time to share a mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog again. There´s a bold and colorful tag waiting for you at their blog, inclusive a video start-to-finish.

Here is what I did: I´ve used stencils in layers on this tag and I love how the strong, bold colors make this tag really pop. For a full tutorial and A VIDEO, hop over to my full blog post with all steps at the STAMPlorations blog – HERE. I hope you like what you see  and get inspired to play a little yourself!!!

Happy stenciling!
xxx, Sanna


Guesting at Jehkotar challenge blog

Hi there everyone, I had the pleasure to meet Taru aka Jehkotar last September in Finland in person. She is a lovely, hands-on-type of person, who has energy and creativity stored in her enough for more than one person! In addition to many design team memberships, regular in-person classes, Facebook lives etc. she also runs her own challenge blog. I know, right?!! Her day has to have more hours than mine 😉 …

Hei, minulla on kunnia olla Jehkotar Craft Challenge Blogin vieraileva tähti tässä kuussa! Valitsin bingo-rivin inspiraatioksi vasemmasta reunasta (kohopasta-teippi-liima). Tämän postituksen lopusta löytyy suomenkielinen video katseltavaksi, jossa rakennan tagin vaihe vaiheelta. Kiitos Taru, kutsusta, tämä oli kiva haaste!!!

When she asked me if I´d join her challenges as a guest, I immediately agreed. So my guest month is April. Every month the challenge consist of an inspirational photo, bingo chart and a song. You can pick whichever of these or combine multiple themes together. I´ts been a while since I did a craft bingo and I must say, I kinda missed it!

Here is the April bingo chart that I used as my inspiration:

and here is what I created:
I chose to use the left vertical line with GLUE & TAPE & PASTE on my tag.

About the tape: it´s a Tim Holtz tissue tape which I misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (see the video for that here). For the background I adhered a patterned paper onto the tag surface using paper glue. Then I mixed some glass bead glitter paste (Faber-Castell) with Tattered Angles PlainJane Matte Mist (Wave) and Nuvo Turquoise Glitter together. I applied the paste thru my STAMPlorations Fairytale Forest stencil onto the tag.

Next I added another GLUE detail: I applied some glue with a Nuvo Glue Pen onto the background and then applied Nuvo Copper Gilding Flakes onto the adhesive areas (see above). For decoration I adhered a plastic flower – misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (see video to that theme here) – with the Tonic Studios PVA glue onto the tag. The glue dries transparent and will hold the flower well in place.

I also added some Crystal Drops (which consist of glitter and some type of dimensional paste/adhesive) next to the plastic flower. In a broader sence the Crystal Drops can also be seen as adhesive or even paste  in my opinion. So I´m hoping I´m still moving inside the rules with this product choice ;-)…

For finishing touched I added some fussy cut sentiment from a 7gypsies paper pad and some ribbons and cord. The sentiments are adhered on place with 3D foam tape squares. Which again, in my opinion, can be seen as glue/adhesive or even tape ;-).

As you can see I was very creative in finding products for this tag that would fit the categories I chose. To play safe, maybe you don´t want to strech the rules as much as I did. But I had a great time creating this tag for the challenge!!

For all the Finnish participants and readers, I´ve recorded a process video IN FINNISH. Hope you enjoy!!

Thank you so much for having me, Taru! I really enjoyed creating with the bingo-chart! Wishing everyone a great time with this challenge and happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna


Create memories tag set

Hi there lovelies! Today I´m sharing a set of happy orange toned flower tags with you. These are created with plenty of STAMPlorations product, but also feature the absolutely GORGEOUS flower stamps by Rubber Dance, who´s owner happens to be Susanne Rose. I have admired her work for a long time now. Love, love, love her happy colored, bright artwork!!

So I created these two tags for their Forever Stamping challenge :). Here are my tags:

I´ve inked the die cut tags with Distress Inks first, then added a stencil on top and created the flower pattern. After that I stamped the beautiful Rubber Dance Doodle Flowers (I am in love wth these ones!!!) on white cardstock with black ink.

I had a scrappy friend over, who recently bought herself the Brother Scan n´ Cut and she cut the stamped images for me with her new machine. Dear Santa, Easter Bunny or whoever happens to listen: that machine is on my wishlist, on the very top of it!!

After the images were cut, I colored them with a water tank brush and Distress Inks. Then I only needed to adhere them on place, stamp the sentiments and add the ribbons and some star confetti for decor. That´s it.

I am not an orange person, but these tags turned to my liking and really made me happy.

That´s all for today. Wishing you a great start into the new week!
Happy crafting,


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.


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

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)


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

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
Wood veneer