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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Wishing you Happiness – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s again my turn to share a mixed media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created a set of fall coloured tags. Here is how they turned out:

I´ve used various STAMPlorations products on my tags (die cut dies, stencils and stamps). The paper is from my older stash, but it works really well with the fall color theme. 

I´ve added a heavy body orange acrylic paint thru a stencil onto the background of each tag. After that I stamped some flowers onto the leftover paper pieces and fussy cut those. Then I added some color to them with Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and decorated them with liquid pearls.

There are all kinds of bits and bobs on these tags – including some washi tape, twine, Glimmer Glaze, ribbons and Distress Stickles. I really like playing with the STAMPlorations product lines. Everything works together so well and it is so much fun to add layers and details.  Of course I´ve again also prepared a start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:


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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Tagplorations October Challenge – Fall

Hello there everybody, today marks the start of a new challenge at STAMPlorations blog, called TAGplorations. It is a tag theme related challenge, posting monthly challenges on the first Tuesday of the month (and a mid-month reminder/inspirational post on the 3rd Tuesday of the month). The challenges are all about tags and there will be a monthly theme around which you will be asked to create your tags. This months theme is FALL 🙂.

Here is my take on the theme:
You will also be given a color scheme or something else optional to work along the main theme. This time the optional theme is color. So use the colors RED, GOLD and ORANGE on your tag as an additional/optional twist to the fall theme.
For more details on the challenges, rules etc. – hop over to the TAGplorations blog (here). Here are some details: players can link up as many projects as they want (BUT ONLY 1 project per blog post), projects can be anything but it must feature a TAG, STAMPlorations product is not required, prizes are $10 Gift Card for the winner; $5 Gift Card each to the 2 top picks and If there are more than 50 entries -> 1 player will be randomly drawn to win her choice of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20. So what are you waiting for!! Join in with us for a fun tag challenge :)!!!

I did a inked background, added some stenciled elements on top, then some stamping (the sentiment) and finally added a Distress Oxide inked piece of paper that I had stamped fall leaves onto and fussy cut them on top of my tag. The leaves have golden details (heat embossed) on them. Finally some golden droplets here and there to finish off the tag. Annndddd… I´ve created a short start-to-finish video for you to watch as a bonus for the first TAGplorations challenge reveal. Hope you like it!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:


Oh snap card

Hello there everyone and happy Saturday! Today I´d like to share a simple and easy to do card with you. I love stencils, as you might have noticed by now 🙂 – and the background of this card is done using a stencil. It´s a very simple and easy to do technique, you just mix embossing paste/transparent texture paste with paint and apply it onto a piece of paper thru the stencil.

Let dry, cut into right size, adhere on card base and decorate. That´s all there is to this card. I´m trying to reduce my older stash abit, so I creating cards, tags and ATC´s and adding plenty of product from my stash onto them.

It´s really important to actually use the product we have, as they too have a best before date on them. So make sure you use your pastes, inks, paints and other products! Don´t let them get out of style/dry out – have fun using them!!! Wishing you a creative day &

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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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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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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Purple toned Mother´s Day card

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday. There´s one post that totally slipped my mind and I forgot to post it here. Mother´s Day is a while back already, but I´m still going to share this little card step-by-step idea here today with you.

I´ve used quite a big selection of Tattered Angels spray inks on this card. Mainly to color the Krumspring Stamps heart stamp with them (all tone in tone, except for the bright blue tone). For even more spray ink tones check the Canvas Corp Brands store 😉 …

This is a very monochromatic card and I could not resist adding a layer of iridescent creative medium on top of the misted background. This gives the background nice dimention and adds a beautiful shine to the card when you tilt it.

Then a selection of pink/purple stay ink tones to color the heart adds a really nice centerpiece for the card. I still love using wood veneer on my projects. I am sadly slowly but surely running out of the Studio Calico figures – they are/were really great and work on so many projects. Too bad I didn´t buy more back in the day ;-).

I´ll leave you with a short start-to-finish video to go with the card – hope you enjoy it!

Wishing you a lovely, relaxing weekend!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

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.

„ATTENTION – VERY LONG POST COMING UP :-)“….

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

SET ONE:
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)

SET TWO:

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

Supplies:
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
Stapler
Wood veneer

Girly, candy toned stenciled tags – STAMPlorations

 

Hello everyone, Sanna here again today with another STAMPlorations mixed media tag set tutorial. This time I chose very girly and candy toned colors for my tags. These tags would work great for anything girly themed – as a summer party present, birthday party or even as a wedding party present tag.

I do not often use pink since I have a very boy dominated household at home, so it was really nice to create something girly for a change!! Here is what I did:

I had a piece of old, misted, book paper  lying on my table so I used that as a starting point for my first tag. I adhered the book paper onto the tag and then took some modeling paste and added yellow and red spray ink droplets on top of the paste.

 Next I mixed the spray ink with the paste to create these cancy color pastes and after that I applied the paste onto the tag thru the Floral Flutes stencil. This might be one of my faves from the new release (among a few other ones ;-)…). I love the pattern it creates!! To keep the stencil from moving around while I apply the paste, I attached the stencil to my working surface with two strips of washi tape.

After that I took the residue paste and a  sheet of music note paper and applied the paste onto that piece of paper using the same stencil like previously.

 Next I took several pages from an old latin book and placed them into a spraying box (just to protect my desk and walls..). Using a red and pink spray ink I first placed the stencil on top of the page and lightly sprayed the spray ink tone over the surface. Make sure to keep a nice distance to the stencil, otherwise the spray will spread underneath the stencil and bild „lakes“ of color and the pattern will not turn out very nice.

 After spraying I removed the stencil and used my heat gun to dry the paper quickly. Then I carefully flipped the stencil upside down and placed the misted surface onto another book page and rolled over the surface with a brayer to make sure the residue ink would soak into the paper. Then I just removed the stencil and dried the paper with a heat gun.

 I repeated these steps with a pink spray ink tone too. This is how the pages look like after misting.

 I then took two flower punches (you could use die cut dies too!) and punched flowers from all of the book pages I had previously treated with the spray ink and a stencil. I wanted to create DIY layered flowers out of the stenciled pages.

For that I needed two big flowers – the first I left untouched, the second I cut open so that I could glue two petals together. That way it forms a „standing“ flower with a smaller diameter. I needed 4-5 smaller flowers to form the center of the flower. I just randomly bent them into half and then once more, forming a very random small flower. I now adhered the flowers together, starting from the biggest one and ending with the very tiny center pieces.

This is how the flowers look like when they are finished. I added some skeleton petals to go with the DIY flowers and some paper ribbon and a piece of lace  for decoration. Finally I added some Nuvo Drops in antique rose tone to add a little sparckle to the tags. I also wanted to add a stamped sentiment to each tag, so I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped a Fond Expressions 2 sentiment with black stamp ink three times onto the paper. Then i took a pink spray ink tone and added some color with my finger to create a toned background for the sentiments. Now all I needed to do was to fussy cut the pieces and attach them to the tag. Some ribbon to go with each tag and I was done. This is what the finished pieces look like:

I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial and get inspired to create some stenciled, toned paste background tags yourself.  Don´t forget to join in on our monthly Mixed Media Challenge!!!

This code is still valid – get 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store with code: STAMPGIRLSANNA !!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Floral Flutes stencil
STAMPlorations – Fond Expressions 2 clear stamp set
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Tutti Frutti
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Fresh Orange
Tattered Angels Simply Sheer – Rosey
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Marmalade
Modeling paste
Palette knife
Nuvo drops – Antique Rose
Flower punch – Stampin´ Up!
Flower punch – EK success
Skeleton petals
Hero Arts black stamp ink
Lace, paper ribbon, old book paper
Seam binding
Ribbon
Aleene´s Tacky glue