January Mixed Media Challenge reveal – STAMPlorations

Hi there, we are starting the new year off with a bunch of challenges at STAMPlorations. Today it´s time to share the January Mixed Media challenge with you.

Here is what I made for the challenge reveal – a art journal sheet with a motivational quote:

I´ve said it before, and I´m saying it again here. I LOVE QUOTES! My art journal features many quotes and I find that the pages I like the most are the ones with motivational quotes. I am also starting to like my handwriting a lot better. I´ve found a way to add it to my work in a way that is is pleasing to the eye. This has not always been the case. I´m glad that I´ve figured my type of lettering out for me :).

What I also love is color. So I´ve added plenty of that here. I added water to the background and then picked some Glimmer Mist spray inks with a paint brush from the spray bottles and let them spread into the wet page on their own. I REALLY LIKE the results. It´s a happy page that makes me feel really motivated and positive about the new year.

After the spray ink had dried, I added the stamped bird images (STAMPlorations stamp) onto the page and finally finished the page off with some stenciling. I draw the stencil pattern onto the page with a fine tip black pen, then inked the leaves with blue Glimmer Mist and after all the layers had dried properly, took a Posca pen and wrote the motivantional quote to the page. It´s easy to say that this is my fave page so far, as it happens to be my first AJ page this year. LOL! But I really, really like how it turned out. Note to self: create more pages!

OK, so now it´s again your turn to make some mixed media art and join our challenge with your projects! Read the rules on how to play along here and then submit your work! Would love to see you join in and play along with us! There are also prizes to be won, so go on and get your creativity mode on :). Have fun and see you at STAMPlorations!

xxx, Sanna

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Winter joy – Studio Forty Designs

Hello there everyone, I´d like to share a wintery scrapbook page with you today. This one is again created with Studio Forty Designs product. I wanted to create a fun, winter themed page with die cuts around my son´s photo, who loves snow and winter. I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch too.

Here is my finished layout:
I used the Moonchild collection again for this page and even though it is very purple themed, the backsides of the papers work great for a winter theme too. And by adding some winter themed die cuts to the page the snow theme was complete.

 I´ve also decorated the page with some 3D foam snowflakes and microfine glitter. They add additional sparkle to the page and also add struckture to the overall look. For additional fun detail and interest I misted a white leftover paper with green spray ink and then stamped some trees with the „Gifts“ clear stamp set onto it (see full material list at the end of this post). I´ve also added some leftover stamped and colored images from my previous projects to accompany the Studio Forty stamp images. Even though they are from a different series, they work really nicely together with the Studio Forty stamp designs and die cuts.

I wanted to add a frosty look to the page, so I treated some of the stamped and die cut images with glitter glue. This makes the images look like they were covered with a layer of snow.

 To make some die cuts stand out more from the dotted background, I inked them with blue Distress Ink. This way you can also easily change the look of a precut image to match the coloring and color sheme of your page.

In general this page is quite simple and easy to make as you only need to adhere the patterned papers together and then add the photo and have lots of fun with all the little bits and pieces and arranging them into an order that pleases your eye. And even though there are quite a few elements on the page, it still isn´t bulky at all. It will therefore fit into a photo album very easily without taking too much space.

 Finally I´ve created the title for this page with „Merry“ clears stamps and black stamp ink. Under the title I added some journaling and also stamped a date. I´ve noticed that when you don´t immediately add the dates to the stories you scrap about, it will be impossible to recall in a few years time, when a particular photo was taken. You think you will remember, but sadly this is not the case. It is much more fun looking thru a photo album later with you children, when they can see what year a particular photo and memory is from.

All right, enough of that for now. Let´s start with the video – hope you like it!!!

This was my last project for this  3 month design team term, I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorials over at the Studio Forty blog. Christmas being just around the corner, it is now time for me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas time and a very creative and inspiring 2018!! Hope you have a lovely, peacefull and relaxing time with your families and loved ones!!!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, 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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Artist Trading Cards – Studio Forty

Hello and happy December, everyone! It´s again my turn to share a Studio Forty project with you today. Christmas being practically around the corner, I got distracted with artist trading cards, when I actually should have been finishing up a couple more Christmas cards for family and friends. But sometimes distractions like this are really good, so I think it´s OK to spend one evening playing with something else than making Christmas card projects :).

Here are the ATC´s I created for today´s post:

The first set is winter themed. I´ve first misted the background with a blue spray ink and then added the branches onto the bottom part of each ATC. They are stamped with waterproof black ink.

 Next I used the snowflake stamps with embossing ink to stamp images onto the „sky“. After that I embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder.

 For decoration I added „faux stitching“ around the edges and stamped a wintery sentiment which I fussy cut and inked with light blue Distress Ink.

 Finally I added some liquid pearls details onto the branches. That way they look like winter berries. For details on used product scroll down to the very bottom of this post – all used products are listed there.

 For my next artist trading card set I took an early start towards Valentine´s Day. I wanted to create love/friendship themed ATC´s so I chose the Whoo loves you stamp set as my starting point for these four artist trading cards. I might still add a little red stamped heart to each one of them later, just haven´t decided on that quite yet.

 For these ATC´s I first cut white cardstock into the right size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch). Then I stamped the leaves onto the background with embossing ink and added white embossing powder. After heat setting the powder I took a peach toned spray ink and misted the backgrounds with that tone.

 Next I took a water tank brush and some darker brown spray ink to color the leaves. After the background was done I stamped the sentiment speech bubbles and the animals onto a piece of white cardstock and used brown, grey, yellow and red spray inks with a water tank brush to color the images. After that I again added some „faux stitching“ with a black pen around the edges.

 After the images were dry I fussy cut them with precision scissors and added some yellow burlap and white lace onto the artist trading cards.

 Then all I needed to do was to adhere the fussy cut images onto the backgrounds with paper glue.

 To make sure the lace and burlap stay put on their place, I attached them additionally to the background with a stampler. This will keep them from coming off.

I had a great time creating these artist trading cards! And now that I´ve had some fun creative time, I can go and finish off the last Christmas cards for this season.

Wishing you all a lovely, creative weekend and happy crafting!!!
xxx, Sanna

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Monochromatic tag tutorial – STAMPlorations

Hello there lovelies, it is again time to share yet another STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial with you guys today. This time I created a monochromatic stenciled and stamped tag with a start-to-finish video.

Here is the tag I created:

For this tag I´ve used one of my new stencils (Leaves 1) on a green toned patterned paper. I´ve added a stamped sentiment (STAMPlorations) and used two tones of green Distress Ink to color the background and to create the leaves pattern onto the background.

I wanted to make the pattern stand out a little bit stronger, so I used a simple trick and added white gel pen outlining to the stenciled images. This way there is more contrast between the same toned paper and the inked leaves. I really like this look alot.

For additional decor I´ve added a DIY dimentional paper flower and some glitter glue as well as the stamped sentiment. This tag is very easy to make! If you use different colours and a different stencil pattern and outline with a black pen, then the result will again be totally different. So many possibilities to use this technique on various projects!! Hope you give it a try!

Here is the video for you to watch:

I hope you enjoyed this little tag idea and get inspired to create something fun with stencil and stamps yourself!!! For more insportation, stop by the STAMPlorations blog – my design team colleagues create lots of lovely projects too that are very much worth seeing!!! And while you are there, join us for a fun challenge or two, too!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Sanna´s CCB Christmas craft kit – project No. 2

Hello there! Remember the Christmas craft kit I picked from the Canvas Corp Brands online store? Well, it is time to start sharing some Christmas projects, created with that kit. Here is the second one – a set of cards and a start-to-finish video to go with them:

For this set of cards I ´ve used practically something for every item in the kit (except for the canvas flower and the canvas bag – used in the previous project). I´ve also created a DIY background paper to go with the patterned papers from the kit. See the video for full details and the how-to.

The basic design on these cards is pretty much the same on every card, I´ve just changed the order of the papers abit. This way you can easily create a bigger set of cards, using the same basic design idea, but adding little variations. That way there will not be a second card that looks exactly the same.

For a full start-to-finish tutorial, see the following video. I hope you get inspired by this kit and the cards!!!

For further information about the kit, go to my YouTube channel and watch all kit related videos here. There is also a more detailed post up over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog – so hop over there to leave some love. They love reading your comments too!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Glitter striped Christmas card set – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, everyone! I´m up with a card tutorial again over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I played with various Silk Microfine Glitter tones in blue. Here are the cards I created:

I chose to use blue(ish) tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on these cards, trying to keep fairly monochromatic in my color tones, since the glitter itself adds lots of sparckle to the cards. So even though there is quite much shine goodness going on on these particular cards, they are still very clean and simple in style.

I´ve also used both the negative and positive die cut pieces here. That way nothing goes to waste and I get two cards done at once. For more details on how I created the cards, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to read the full tutorial. Here is a video for you to watch, to get a better idea of how the glitter surface was created. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Stencil Sunday – STAMPlorations

Hello everybody, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. My project for today is really very small – a button book! The idea of creating a button book is not originally mine, I saw it somewhere while surfing the net and was immediately intrigued to try such a tiny size out. This is my take on a stenciled button book:

I started by folding a 12 x 2,5 inch long piece of white paper into folds the size of the buttons I had chosed to be the minibook „covers“. I didn´t do exact measuring, just eyeballed the right size. I can live with measurements like that :). The paper had been pre-treated with blue Distress Ink tone „faded jeans“.

I did a project recently, where I used that color and this was a piece I had dabbed the residue ink onto while finishing the other project. I always to that to save the residue ink. The bits and pieces of paper then later work as nice starting points for other projects. Like for this one, for example.

I wanted to add more color to the fanfolded page(s) and grabbed Distress Oxide iced spruce and twisted citron tones. I added them directly to the work surface and sprayed water mist over then. Next I just dabbed the paper into the wet ink. I repeated this until I was happy with the result. In between dabbing I always used a heat tool to dry one layer, before moving over to the next one.

Here you can see the end result with the inks.

To make sure that the folds would hold, I added bits of washi tape onto the flipside of the fanfolded paper. I used quite a sturdy paper (Luxo Art Samt) for the pages, but still wanted to play sure and added the washi.

Then I took out some STAMPlorations stencils to add color and pattern to the background and make it more interesting for the eye. I went for purple Distress Oxide first and added a leaf pattern very randomly onto the front side. I kept the flipside the way it is.

For the next step I chose to add a bubble pattern with blue Distress Oxide (for a full material list, see the end of this post with direct links to used product). I really like the look of the fanfolded paper and the colors work well together too.

Next I took a piece of scrap paper in white and stamped two motivational sentiments with black ink. Those would be the story inside the book. Since there is not much place inside the book, these small sentiments will easily fill it.

After stamping the sentiments I fussy cut them into smaller pieces, so that one word/part of the word would fit into one fold opening. I also added some stamped flying birds here and there for additional interest. I found that they work well together with with sentiment theme. Here is the finished result:
Finally all I needed to do was to adhere the book covers (=wooden buttons) onto the fanfolded paper piece. I used gel medium for adhering just to make sure the buttons would stay put :). Here you can see the reverse side of the book:

Here is how the finished tiny button book looks like. I have been wanting to create a kind of treasure box with various kinds of altered items, tiny books and altered found objects etc. to put on display somewhere in our home. This tiny button book will mark the start of this project. I will be adding various projects along the next months to that box and then finally create the treasure/keepsake box for those items in the end.        

This is the reverse side of the book:

Here is the front to the book: Just to give you an idea of how tiny this little button book is: the button itself has a diameter of approximately one inch :). I loved creating this piece! So refreshing to try out something totally different for a chance! Too bad I can´t remember who´s button book inspired me to try this idea and where I saw it, but I´m hoping that person might see this and leave a comment so you can go and take a look at that piece too.

Ok, enough of this project, now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues have been upto and creating! Hope you get inspired by the projects, get your stencils out to play and also join the Mixed Media challenge here. See you around!

Don´t forget that you can use my gift code for 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store!!! Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout…

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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But first Coffee – Studio Forty

Hello there,  it´s my turn to share a layout created with Studio Forty product with you today.  Are there any coffee lovers out there amongst you? Well, I need to confess that I tend to drink quite a lot of coffee and I just love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. The coffee themed stamp set in the shop is super cute, so I used that stamp set as my starting point for this page:

I´ve used various stamp sets on this layout for various reasons. I like owls – and I am a night owl – so I figured it would be a perfect match for this page to use some owls with the coffee theme. I stay up late and then I am sleep deprived and then I need coffee to wake up and keep me going… see where I am getting? So basically that is what this page is about.

I´ve used Tattered Angels spray inks to color the fussy cut,  stamped images. I first stamped them onto white cardstock with waterproof black ink, then colored with matching spray ink tones.

I added a layer of spray ink to the background using a piece of plastic as my transfer medium for the ink. That creates a nice random pattern, but bigger color areas than if I would add the color as direct splatters from the bottle.

I first stamped the owls and all other images with black ink onto a thicker paper that absorbes spray inks well, then I used a fine paint brush to apply the ink. The owls add a fun detail to the page.

Also fussy cutting the stamped images adds more interest and texture to the layout than just directly stamping onto the background paper. Besides, this way you have more control of your images and should one of them not turn out nice, you can simply toss that one and stamp another one and your page will not be ruined by a poorly stamped image.

I´ve again added a date stamp onto the page just to document when I created it and what kind of ideas had been going thru my mind on that day. So this layout is almost like everyday diary keeping.

That´s it from me today. When was the last time you documented something about your everyday life, habits or thoughts?

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Be the game changer – STAMPlorations challenge

Hello there – it´s time to share the STAMPlorations Mixed Media November challenge reveal post with you today. For this months post I´ve created a set of ATC´s.

Here they are:

When I started creating these artist trading cards, a quote kept coming to my mind all the time. So I named this set after that quote: „Don´t judge a book by it´s cover“. See the look of these ATCs? They are supposed to remind one of a book cover :-D.

At least that was what I was aiming for when creating these. I´ve first adhered patterned paper onto the ATC base, then applied white and red Distress Paint thru the Bubbles Mini stencil onto the paper. After that I added black Glimmer Glaze droplets and outlined the pieces with a back pen (faux stitching).

Then I added a piece of corrugated cardstock and green burlap with a piece of twine. These are supposed to create a book spine look. finally I added some silver thread, buttons and a stamped sentiment which I fussy cut and adhered to the base with 3D foam.  That´s it! I hope you get inspired to try out some mixed media yourself and join in on this months challenge! Here you will find all the details on how to play along and what to create! Just remember that almost anything goes, except a card & that you are asked to use at least one stencil on your project. Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my DT colleagues have created for this months reveal.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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