Altered wood block home decor piece

Hello everybody, we have had a little summer break from the regular STAMPlorations posts and they will be returning very soon, but it is not quite time for that yet. Therefore, today I´d like to share a „just for fun“ STAMPlorations tutorial with you.

I´ve created a home decor piece out of a wood block my dear husband cut for me into a shape of a house. I wanted to use motivational stamp sentiments as a focal point on this piece and built the layers and decoration around it. Here is what I did:

I also created a fast forward video with all the steps until to the finished block for you to watch. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to play a little with your stamps, stencils and media! Remember, there is no right or wrong, no right colors or wrong colors – just use what you have and like! Remember to have fun :).

Just in case you are interested on some products I´ve used on this project, I´ll add the LinkDeli links which will directly take you to each product (some products may not be available anymore, as they are from my older stash, but I will replace those with similar ones).

As always, if you would like to purchase any of the STAMPlorations products used on this project, feel free to grab my personal 20% off discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) and use it upon checkout at their store. It is valid for both regular prized as well as reduced product!

Happy creating & let´s stay creative!
xxx, Sanna

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Card share day again

Hello there, today I´m again sharing a few cards with you. There I also created while playing around with my Misti stamp tool.

For the first one I´ve first added a layer of Tattered Angels spray inks in blue, green and purple tones. Then I´ve used the Nathalie´s Studio „Wired“ stamp on the background. After that I added some circle stamp images (by Finnabair) and finished the surface off with embossing enamel (vintage pink). I added some wooden letters for additional interest (colored with Tattered Angels spray ink).

For my second card I first added a full set of clear alpha stamps onto my Misti in a very random order. I stamped a few times to get a full and even coverage – that is what the Misti is very practical for – you will always end up with a perfect stamp image at the end (and no-one knows how many times you fussed around until the image looked the way you want 🙂 …). Next I sprayed the background with blue Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) and finally added lots of Sassafrass (I have been saving and saving these for ages!) stickers (some are adhered with 3D foam for a more dimentional effect). There is also some wood veneer in there (always love to use wood veneer!!!) and some golden thread. The wood veneer heart-formed speech-bubble is filled with frills (available at Elizabeth Craft Designs). I thought it might add an interesting detail to the card. And then, finally, a Tim Holtz hashtag word finishes the card off.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Flower cards

Hi there everyone, me again sharing yet another set of cards, again created while playing/practicing with the Misti stamp tool. There are layered flower stamps from Stampin´ Up! that I´ve used to create these clean & simple styled cards.

If you look closely, you can see that the positioning is not perfect, but I didn´t want to waste these images, so I created two quick cards with them.

The paper in the background is from Canvas Corp. They have a great selection of timeless papers that work for pretty much any theme.

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Don´t forget to fly

Hello there again lovelies! Today I´m again just quickly dropping by to share these two cards – created while playing with the MISTI stamp tool.

I just wanted to test different media and ideas with the stamp tool, so these cards are sideproducts from that studio time.

It was time well spent and I must say this tool is very, very practical. Especially for precision stamping!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Stay warm

Hello there everyone, today I´m just quickly dropping by to share a wintery card with you. I did my first ever mirror image stamping on this card, using the Misti-tool (there are plenty of videos on YouTube how to do this technique). The stamping part actually was not that hard to create – the coloring is the part I am not very talented at…LOL…

But since these birdies are SUPPOSED to look like they are freezing, I actually can live with the end result. Inside is a funny „stay warm“ stamped sentiment. I think it fits the card theme perfectly.

Sometimes it feels good to do something different – even though the end result is FAR away from the result I aimed for. Oh well, it was still fun :). Want to see how I create my mirror images with the Misti? Here goes:

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Typografia Motivate STAMPlorations blog hop

Hello everyone! It´s again blog hop time at STAMPlorations blog, revealing a brand new stamp release called „Typografia Motivate“!! And let me tell you these stamps are great – I love the look of them and they are so very versatile and fit so many kinds of projects from ATCs to art journals to cards. I created two sets of cards & tags for this hop with two stamps from this release. Here they are:

I love this typografia sentiments – a good reminder to try and do the things you think you can´t! That is the only way to grow…

To give you an idea on how I made these cards, I´ve recorded a little step-by-step video for you to watch. The idea is very, very simple and these cards are very fast and easy to create, so if you happen to need a bigger amount of similar cards, this might be an idea to consider. Enjoy!

And then I went and created two tags and a card in a totally different color sheme than the previous ones. These practically scream sunshine feeling :-).

I´ve used the „Great Love“ Typografia Motivate stamp on all 3 projects. And I did again play with Distress Oxides too. I really like the chalky effect on the heart background tag, created with the oxides. The heart stencil I´ve used is by ARTplorations, by the way (as are all the stencils also used on my darker card set too).

I wanted to use the stamp images as the focal point on all three projects, so I kept the rest very simple by adding happy colors and small  details like flowers, burlap and ribbons. I really love the soft look of the oxides on the background plus the various fonts used on this particular stamp. This is such a great release – I have a feeling the stamps will be very popular at the store and sell out very fast (adding note to self to buy some before they are sold out!).

Speaking of shopping, I would like to remind you to take advantage of my personal 20% off code at the STAMPlorations store. Add the code „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ to the gift card code section upon checkout and get 20% off your order (good for both sale and regular price items!!).

Now make sure you follow the hop rules (noted here on the STAMPlorations blog main hop post) to be in for the win of 3 Typografia Motivate stamps of your choice!!! How´s that for an awesome win?!! The winner will be randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations and DT member blogs joining this hop. The winners are announced on the 29th of August at the STAMPlorations blog.

Have fun hopping and shopping!!! Stay inspired :-),
Sanna

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Silk Microfine Glitter cards

Hello lovelies, there are still two more cards, created with Elizabeth Craft Designs product that I haven´t shared with you yet. The first one is done using the same technique as on the lace background card (see video on how-to here), I´ve just instead of using lace, used a ModaScrap die cut die release sheet as a mask for the leaf pattern.

I´ve used two tones of Silk Microfine Glitter on the above card to create the background pattern. Then I´ve just added some ribbons, gems and flowers for decoration and finished the card off with a die cut banner and a stamped sentiment.

The second card I done pretty much the same way as were these cards, except, instead of using white cardstock and coloring it with inks, I´ve used patterned paper. The butterlies are die cut separetely and I´ve then added a layer of Silk Microfine Glitter on them, before I adhered them onto the card. Again a die cut banner with a stamped sentiment finishes this card off.

Now there has been a lovely new release at Elizabeth Craft Designs again, so there will be new cards coming up very soon :). Can´t wait to share!!!

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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