Birthday invitation card

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!!! I am so much looking for the weekend and time for crarting and gardening. The tulips are just about to bloom :). I just love this season!!!

Sadly, I don´t have any new tulip photos to share quite yet, so instead I´ll share a custom birthday invitation card I created with you today:

For this card I used only white cardstock which I stamped in various colours using different  stamps from Stampin´ Up! The die cut piece in the middle is cut with a Tonic Studios die cut die. This is a very clean and simple card in style without any mixed media on it. I make CAS cards very seldom, but this turned out very much to my liking.

Wishing you all a lovely, crafty weekend,
xxx, Sanna

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One background, two cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone, it´s time to share another guest post over at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. For today´s post, I´ve created two love themed cards that can be used for example for Mother´s Day.

What I did, is I created only one background piece with heat embossing and inking technique and with a clever trick I got two cards out of just one background piece. Here is what I did:

Step 1: Take a piece of Soft Finish White Cardstock and cut it into a card size. It can be slightly bigger, so you can adjust the size after finishing the background.
Step 2: Take the Love Sentiments clear stamp set and stamp with embossing ink onto the cardstock piece. Don´t worry, if the images are not perfectly aligned. That only makes the background look more interesting.
Step 3: Stamp 2-3 rows and then pause to apply white embossing powder over the stamped images. Apply the powder and heat set with a heat tool. Then repeat stamping and embossing, until you reach the bottom of the card.
Step 4: For additional fun interest, add also some crosswise stamping across the cardstock surface.

Step 5: Now take a Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink and apply it all over the cardstock piece with a blending tool.
Step 6: Next place the inked piece into your die cutting machine and die cut 15 little hearts with the Buttons die cut die from it. Make sure this time the die is aligned nicely to from 3 rows of hearts next to each other.
Step 7: Then take two white card bases and a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Cut a slightly smaller piece of the adhesive than the size of the card to leave some white space around both edges. Cut two pieces in the same manner.
Step 8: Take the embossed and inked negative piece and adhere it onto a piece of adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive areas. This way the glitter will better stick to the surface later.

Step 9: Remove the protective cover sheet of the adhesive and apply Light Brown Silk Microfine Glitter onto the open areas. Remove residue with the brush and polish the surface with your finger.
Step 10: Adhere this piece onto the card base. Then repeat the steps 8-10 with the die cut hearts and the Clear Double Sided Adhesive and the glitter.
Step 11: Finally, take a leftover piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock, the Love Sentiments stamp set and stamp sentiments using a black stamp ink. Cut into banners and adhere with a paper glue onto the cards. For detailed steps, see the attached video.

This way you have just created a positive and negative card using the exact same technique and still you have two slightly different cards as an end result. Also now you can give one card to your Mum and the second one to your Mother-in-law or your Grandmother. I hope you have enjoyed this months card idea and the video.

Wishing you a great time crafting & see you next month!
xxx, Sanna

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April STAMPlorations challenge reveal

Hi there, another month, another challenge! This months STAMPlorations challenge is called: Focus on the Sentiments.

Like mentioned in my last months challenge post, while STAMPlorations is taking a short break from the regular challenges until beginning of May, there will only be one big monthly challenge over at their blog every month until May. The lovely owner of STAMPlorations, Shery, welcomed an addition to her family in December and while she is getting settled with baby Winter and planning new product and reveals, a little break from the regular blog shedule is urgently needed. So therefore there will be only one monthly challenge at the blog during that time. The usual challenges will return in May again.

And here is what I created for this months challenge reveal:
For this tag I first misted the Hearts all over stencil with pink Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and used it as a printing plate/stamp to create the background pattern onto a piece of white cardstock. Then I die cut it with the Nesting Luggage Tag die cut die. I also die cut a smaller luggage tag from Pink Paislee´s Moonstruck papers and added a hand cut banner from the same collections papers as an additional detail. I next stamped a sentiment with partial stamping and the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set and adhered it onto the smaller tag.

I outlined the smaller tag with faux stitching and the banner with a black pen. For decoration I added a wood veneer heart, covered with pink glitter glue. Then I added some fussy cut hearts from the Pink Paislee papers as a cluster and added some details to them with a white gel pen. Finalyl I decorated the tag with two paper flowers and added pink glitter glue into the centre of the flower for decor. Finally, finished the tag with twine and ribbon. I didn´t use any cupcakes, since I didin´t have any :).

Now it´s your turn – go to the STAMPlorations blog and join this months challenge with us. Have fun!! Looking forward to seeing your sentiment focused creations!!

Here are the simple rules for the challenge:

1) You may create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme
2) STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
3) You may enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
4) You must display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
5) You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – lets spread the love
6) For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

Prizes:

a) TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
b) ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers‘ blogs throughout the month

PLUS: Shery is offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Spring colored cards with stencils and Nuvo Mousse – STAMPlorations


Hi there, everyone! How ready are you for spring? I know I am more than ready (while I am writing this, snow keeps falling outside my window) and cannot wait for tulips, sunshine and nicer weather! For that reason, I made some happy colored cards with stencils and Nuvo Mousse for this month´s STAMPlorations Mixed Media tutorial.

Here are the steps:
First take a piece of watercolor paper or thicker drawing paper a Nuvo Mousse Citrus Green tone, a blender brush and a stencil of your choice. I used the Flowers 2 stencil on these cards.
Now grab some mousse (a fairly small amount is enough) from the jar with the brush and with a circular motion, apply it onto the paper.Next take a second tone of Nuvo Mousse of your choice (I used Pacific Teal) and place the stencil on top of the green toned surface (dries really quicly, by the way). Again apply the mousse onto the paper thru the stencil using the brush. If you want to more dimensional look, apply with a palette knife.For a second  version of the same technique, pick three matching colors of Nuvo Mousse (I used Pink Flambé, Persian Red and Burnished Bronze) and apply them from a lighter tone towards a darker tone to create an ombré look onto the background. Again apply in circular motion with the brush.After the surface is done, place the Flowers 2 stencil on top and apply white texture paste thru the stencil with a palette knife onto the surface. Let dry.This creates nice texture and a beautiful contrast onto the card background.Next apply some green and blue mousse, blending them together randomly, onto the cardstock piece and stamp flowers (I used the Buttercups & Butterflies stamp set) with a waterproof ink onto that area. Then fussy cut the flowers. Repeat the same stemps and create pink flowers with the pink mousse and the same stamp.Fussy cut the flowers. Create a stamped sentiment banner with the Fond Expressions 2 stamp set stamps and arrange all pieces onto a white card base. Finally, decorate the flower centers with Nuvo Glitter Drops to add some additonal shine and dimension. Here is how the finished cards look like:The Nuvo Mousse has a wax like, metallic look and feel to it when it´s dry, so it creates really beautiful shimmery backgrounds to these cards and can be used with stencils in so many ways.
I hope you enjoyed this spring card tutorial and get your stencils out and play some yourself!!! Have a great week everyone and

happy stenciling!
Sanna

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Clean and simple cards in no time – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, It´s time for another guest design team post over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Have you ever been in a situation, when you need a card on a really short notice for a certain purpose? Or want to make a card for the opposite sex recipient? I thought I´d share a few simple ideas I like to use when such a situation occurs.

I have created three simple card ideas that can be varied in style by changing the papers and colors or even choosing another die cut die. Here is how to create the cards:

Instructions for the first card:

1. Take the ModaScrap Manly Man 6×6 inch sized paper pack and pick two papers of your choice from it.
2. Place on of the papers into your die cutting machine and die cut a border with the Valentines Edges die cut dies as shown in the picture above.

3. Now take a white card base and adhere the second paper of your choice onto the base with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape leaving 1/3 of the card base empty.
4. Next adhere the die cut border overlappingly on top of the first paper, again leaving a strip of white card base to be seen.5. Next take the Sentiments 2 clear stamp set and stamp the sentiment underneath the die cut border with black stamp ink.
6. Finally add some faux stitching and a wood veneer arrow as decoration.

Instructions for the second card:

  1. Take the ModaScrap Sailor´s Life 6×6 inch paper set and choose two papers out of it.
  2. Next die cut one big layered star with the Stitched Stars die cut die from the chosen papers by taking every second die for the first chosen paper and every second die cut die size for the second chosen paper. Place on top of the paper as shown in the pictures above. This way you only need to die cut twice.

3. Then arrange the die cut star pieces onto a white card base as shown in the picture (one pattern repeats itself every second layer).
4. Finally add some faux stitching around the edges with a black pen, add a stamped sentiment with the Just Because clear stamp set and black ink and finish off with a rhinestone in the middle of the smallest star piece.

Instructions for the third card:

  1. Take a white card base and adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided adhesive onto it.
  2. Die cut several leaves with the Garden Notes Ladder Fern die cut dies from the ModaScrap Magic Mountain paper.

  1. Place the die cut Ladder Fern pieces onto the adhesive, but don´t touch the adhesive with your fingers. Instead use the protection/cover sheet of the adhesive as „adhering aid“. This way no fingerprints are left onto the adhesive.

3. After all leaves are on place, take Go To Green Silk Microfine Glitter and pour it over the adhesive. Wipe residue off with the glitter brush and pour back into the jar.
4. Polish the glitter surface with your finger (moving from bottom upwards). After polishing, take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and stamp a sentiment with black stamp ink onto it. Cut into size and adhere onto the card with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
5. Finish the sentiment off by adding some faux stitching around the edges.

By keeping the designs very simple, these cards are super fast to create. Also since the design is clean, they work well as a masculine card too. Depending on the purpose you need to create a card for, simply change the paper designs and/or colors and you can use these basic ideas over and over again.

I hope you enjoyed my this months post! See you again in April with another tutorial!
Have fun creating,
Sanna

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March STAMPlorations challenge reveal

Hi there, while STAMPlorations is taking a short break from the regular challenges until beginning of May, there will only be one big monthly challenge over at their blog every month. The lovely owner of STAMPlorations, Shery, welcomed an addition to her family in December and while she is getting settled with baby Winter and planning new product and reveals, a little break is urgently needed. So therefore there will be only one monthly challenge at the blog during that time. The usual challenges will return in May again. So time to reveal this months challenge:

The theme you are asked to create upon this month is „All about Spring and Faith„. And here is my take for that challenge:
I used the Luggage Tag Nesting dies and the Pink Paislee Moonstruck papers for the tag. This time die cutting both the big and the smaller tag from the patterned papers. I then took another sheet of those papers and stamped flowers with the Buttercups and Butterflies clear stamp and fussy cut the images. For additional decoration I added some Pink Poodle Glitter Glue into the middle of the flowers and some pink glitter glue. On the smaller tag there is a wood veneer piece which I colored with a red Glimmer Mist and then added a Pink Paislee (my older stash) rub-on as a fun detail. The tag is finished off with twine and ribbon.

I hope you find some time to play along with us at this months challenge! You can create any type of project!

Here are the simple rules for the challenge:
1) You may create any type of project — cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc — as long as it follows our theme STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
2) You may enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
3) You must display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
4) You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – lets spread the love
5) For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

Prizes:

a) TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all entries
b) ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate – randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers‘ blogs throughout the month

PLUS: Shery is offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April.

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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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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