Looking back at 2017

I am glad it´s over – I am not going to miss 2017! It was a year of struggles, bad luck and lots of worries. I´m glad it´s done and dusted. It was a year of continuous trials and tests on a personal level. What am I taking with me from the past year? Lot´s of lessons learned about life, myself and strength. It was a tough year and it tired me out pretty much. So I´m glad to have taken a few days off from all of that and to get ready to embrace the new year.

This was my fave minibook from 2017:I´d like to share some of my „most liked“ work (according to Instragram :D, that is..) with you and then also talk about more positive things. This is a collection of nine of my most liked work on Instragram during 2017 (thank you for following and liking me there!!!!):

2017 in figures: I created a total of 13 sets of ATC´s past year, 8 home decor projects, 4 minibook projects, 8 scrapbook layouts, 35 tags, more than 90 cards, 4 wall art projects, 7 art journal sheets and a couple other crafty projects as well. So all in all I was very active, crafty wise. Not to mention a nice number of YouTube videos and my very first own stencil designs, making their first ever appearance in November. That was a very special highlight in my year for sure.

These were my fave wall art project from last year:
When you keep in mind that I work in a fulltime job, the number of projects listed above is a good amount. I´ve had people ask me why I do it? Well, I constantly feel the need to be creative in some way. It is my place of peacefulness in middle of crazy everyday life. I find happiness in what I do and I want to still develop, learn new things and try out new products and techniques. I can so relate to my lovely friend Tina, who practically shuts herself away from the outside world on weekends just to get some creative time for herself. Other people run marathons, we create :D, it´s that simple.

This was my favorite card project from 2017:
In 2017 I was lucky to design with/for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Studio Forty Designs, Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations. I´ve cherished every single possibility and loved working with their products. In 2018 I will be continuing working with&for Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations as a design team member and very happy to be guesting from time to time at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This tag and ATC were my faves from 2017:
I´ve added some of my fave projects from 2017 into this post to share a summary of my 2017 art with you. Creative wise the year was really good to me, the rest could have been better, but I suppose there is also a reason these experiences were necessary, so I´ll just take it as as lessen from life and look forward to a much better 2018!!! Who knows how it will turn out, but I´m excited about the new adventures it has to offer :).

And a fave layout from 2017 would be this one – happy memories:
Wishing you all a lovely new year with less drama and lots of tranquility, peacefulness and joy! Thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time and leaving some love here. It is very much appreciated <3

See you again soon with new papercrafting projects and adventures,
xxx, Sanna

25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog Hop – STAMPlorations

Hello there and welcome to day 22 of 25 days of Christmas Tags blog hop event organized by Tracey over at her „In My Creative Opinion blog„.

Today the STAMPlorations design team girls share their Christmas tags with you and I am happy be joining this hop and to share some Christmas tag inspo with you all. Here is what I did:

I used the CUTplorations Luggage Tag die cut die to create my shaker Xmas tag. The background some stenciling on it, created with a ARTplorations stencil. So all products used, including the stamps are all by STAMPlorations.

Besides the various STAMPlorations products, I´ve used salty ocean Distress Oxide ink and Ranger liquid pearls on the tag. The shaker is filled with various little bits and bobs like holographic snowflakes, trees and stars, some Stampendous glitter and Mica Fragments as well as Prima Art Stones to fill the shaker with various „sheakable“ elements :-).

After finishing the tag it occurred to me, that I could actually not only use this tag on a Christmas present, but also give it away as a present itself. It would make a lovely Christmas tree hanger for someone.

If you are interested in seeing how this tag came together, I´ve also created a short start-to-finish video for you to watch. It will give you a better idea of the various steps, incase you are not already familiar with shaker cards.

Now for the blog hop details:
– you can go back and start from HERE if you started from my blog
– for the overview of all featured teams/days, go HERE
– if you want to see the rules on how to play along, go HERE to the main post

Here is an overview of the companies taking part in this hop over the 25 days, so it´s definitely worth checking out and joining in 🙂 !!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

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:


Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Stenciled paste and paint mixed media tags – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn today to share a little mixed media tutorial with you. I decided to create a set of two tags using toned modeling paste with stencils. Here is how my finished tags look like:

And this is how I created the tags: 

1. Take a white tag and place it into a misting box and using yellow spray ink add a layer of yellow mist. Let air dry or use a heat tool to dry the surface.

2. Mix modeling paste and magenta and tangerine acrylic paint with a palette knife together.

3. Place the „Ethnic Organic Two“ stencil on top of the tag and start applying the toned paste thru the stencil onto the tag. Start with orange and continue with the pink tone.

4. Carefully lift the stencil from the tag and take a second white tag and place the wet paint surfaced tag onto the tag, roll over the stencil with a brayer and remove the stencil. While the tag is drying, rinse the stencil with water.

5. Next add a layer of yellow spray ink onto the second tag and let dry.

6. Take the „Buttercups & Butterflies“ clear stamp set and two sheets of patterned paper (I chose matching colors).

7. Stamp with black ink flowers from the stamp set onto the paper and fussy cut the pieces.

8. Add a golden doilie onto each tag, cut off the residue. Adhere the flowers overlappingly with a paper glue.

9. Stamp suitable sentiments on old book paper with black ink and fussy cut those. Glue on place and outline with a black pen.

10. Embellish with half pearls, glitter glue and liquid pearls and paper flowers. Add ribbons in matching colors.

Here is also a start-to-finish video for you to watch, hope you like it!! Have fun creating with the cool ARTplorations stencils and STAMPlorations stamps!!!

I hope you get inspired to play with your stencils and stamps and create a fun project or two!!

Have fun,
Sanna

OH, and don´t forget, when using the code: STAMPGIRLSANNA you will get 20% off your order at the store as long as I am a design team member for STAMPlorations. This code is valid for multiple orders (both regular and sales prizes!!) but cannot be combined with any other discounts. Have fun shopping 😉 !!!!

Supplies:

ARTplorations – Ethnic Organic Two

STAMPlorations – Buttercup & Butterflies

Looking back – this was 2016

Hello there, I am here posting a little overview of what I created 2016. Don´t worry, I am not going to share everything, just a few faves of mine :). Here are some thoughts on my work and the creative year 2016. Let´s start with my cards:

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There are my nine faves from past year. I created quite a few cards during the past year, more cards than layouts actually. I think I needed a break from scrapbooking in a way. The layouts I created I totally loved, but it was not my go-to creative outlet in 2016. I did more other crafty projects. And in my opinion that is the way it should go, we should do what we feel most comfortable with that moment. And now, after doing less layouts for a year, I can again see myself making more. It feels more interesting again.

My cards have lots of die cutting details in them, that is due to the design teams I was in, I think. And besides, I enjoyed a move towards this direction creativity wise quite much. Looking at my cards, do you notice what is missing? The splatters!! They have been following me for a couple of years now and in these cards there seem to be less or no splatters at all. But don´t be fooled, I am still a splatter girl :). Just yesterday I managed to splatter my whole computer screen, my keyboard and my photo printer with white paint splatters. YES! That´s me… Thank God I was able to remove every little stain and droplet. I am not even going to go into detail how that happened, but things happen around here when I get creative, people :).

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I still seem to have a thing for color too. It´s happy bright colors apparently, that I am drawn towards naturally. And I still think kraft and browns with whites and blacks look good together. Tags are appearing more and more in my work. I made quite a few last year. And enjoyed making them very much. I like them, they are small but still offer enough space to experiment and play with techniques and media. My desk is always a mess after working on how ever small an artpiece *lol* you´d think I created something big by to look of my working area, but no, it´s just a tag or two *laugh*..

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And then there are other crafty projects like OTP, minibooks, art journaling and ATC´s and even home deco. Yes, I actually did all of those last year. I always thought it would not be my thing to do home deco, but I must admit I quite enjoy it! AND besides, we DO spend a lot of time in our craftrooms BUT do we also showcase stuff we do? So that is something that is about to change in the future.

SannaLippert_faveartwork2016

I signed in for an online class that lasted a whole year. That was fun – although I did not manage to finish every single prompt/tutorial. I still plan to, though :-). And then there were friends, I can´t recall if I chose OLW for 2016, but if there should be a word for 2016, it should be friends. I met many of my crafty friends in 2016 in person. That is something really special. I cherish it very much!! And we are not talking about friends living right around the corner, no, these friends I met, live scattered around the whole world. And to meet some of them in person is really something special!!!

Then I got the possibility to go to Frankfurt (Creative World/Paperworld) and do demos there. Now that was really special. Something I hadn´t even dared to dream about. Somewhere in the corners of my mind there was always a little spark of hope, and it coming true was really special to me. I enjoyed interacting with people very much.

I am not a very communicative person. Well, I´ve gotten much better in time, but I am not the type of person who loves to be the center of attention. Thru this hobby I´ve learned how to share ideas, even teach and hold classes. Being more of an introvert than an extrovert I am very proud of myself for coming this far.

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So for 2017 my one little word (OLW) is going to be WONDER. I think it fits. I want to live more curiously (in  a good way!), discover new things, discover surprising things, be more astonished about creativity, ideas, techniques and play more. Does that make sense? I want to wonder, discover and develop. And travel, yes, that too. I´ve decided it´s going to be a good year. I want to concentrate on the good, the positive.

There is just something about the first days of the new year that makes us feel like we can conquer and achieve anything. I hope I can call upon this feeling throughout the year and at the end of this year be able to say it was an amazing year!

Thank you for coming around once and a while and reading my posts. I am still wondering if someone stops by besides me and Lizzy *lol*.

I wish you a wonderful 2017!! Let´s stay curious and creative!!!
xxx, Sanna

Celebrate Christmas Tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

   Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert Hello everyone, today I´d like to share one last Christmas project for this season with you. I created a blue-red-white colored present tag with Elizabeth Craft Designs products and I hope it will make it´s recipient happy. This background is so much fun to make!

Here is what I did:

Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert

Take the „Winter Sentiments“ clear stamp set and using a waterproof stamp ink, stamp the word „joy“ repeatedly onto the background.

Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert

Now take a light and darker blue and a red marker and start coloring the words by starting with the red, then going over to the lighter blue and finishing the third word with the darker blue tone. Then repeating this order until all the words are colored. This creates a pleasing pattern for the eye.

Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert

Next die cut the word „Celebrate“ from a piece of ivory toned cardstock. Using another sentiment from the „Winter Sentiments“ clear stamp set, partially stamp only the word „Christmas“ with a black ink. Then fussy cut it and color the piece with the red marker.

Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert

Then cut a piece of blue felt and adhere the die cut and stamped words onto that piece. Attach the felt onto the tag with a stapler. Fussy cut a deer image and adhere onto the tag with paper glue. Attach a ribbon on top and embellish with wooden stars which you can color red with the marker. Add a touch of glitter glue on top for additional sparkle.

Stamped Christmas tag - Sanna Lippert

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season with your family and friends!!! Hear you again with another Elizabeth Craft Designs project in 2017!! 🙂

Happy creating,
Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Winter Sentiments
Celebrate

Other:
Alcohol markers
Waterproof black stamp ink
Stapler
Patterned paper with a deer image
Felt

Just a little something – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies!!! It´ again time for another Stencil Sunday post over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created a Christmas tag (again) – well, there are going to be a few presents that need to be decorated with tags, so I still need to make a few :). So this is my contribution to this Sunday´s stenci inspiration post. Here is what I did:

Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag

  1. Take a manila tag and the Leaf Bliss (L) STAMPlorations stencil and start outlining with a red pen (for the berries) and a green pen (for th leaves) along the stencil pattern. You can move the stencil around abit to get the end result you prefer. Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag
  2. After you have outlined all the patterns you want, take a red and a green marker (I used COPIC pens) and color the patterns with the markers. Fast and easy!! Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag
  3. Next take the STAMPlorations Fond Expressions clear stamp set and stamp with a black ink a sentiment to the tag. I think that the „just a little something for you“ works for a Christmas present as well as for another occation too, so I chose that for this particular tag. Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag
  4. And finally, add soem white highlights (Signo uni-ball white) to the berries and draw an outlined with a black pen along the edges (faux stitching). Add a red ribbon and the tag is done. Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tagYou can create your own coloring pages, colored backgrounds and colored details to all kinds of artwork pieces using this technique! And it´ very relaxing too (and very fast to do)!!  Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag Sanna Lippert - stenciled, colored tag

I hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step idea and get your stencils out for play. Now it´s your turn and when you are finished with your piece, do join in with us and submit your work to the STAMPlorations blog for THIS CHALLENGE!

Then jump over here and get inspired by my design team colleagues!!! There are prizes to be won and joining in is very easy (just make sure you follow the rules)!!!
Hope to see you at the STAMPlorations blog!!!
Happy stenciling!!
xxx, SannaSupplies:
ARTplorations: Leaf Bliss (L)
STAMPlorations: Fond Expressions
COPIC markers
Red and green pen
Black and white uni-ball pens
Black stamp ink

Warm Winter Wishes tag set – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone! It´s my turn to share a mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog today again and today I am up with a set of three happy Christmas tags created with the Broken Glass ARTplorations stencil. This is what the set looks like:

Here is how I created the tags:

1. Fussy cut 3 tag bases from a piece of white cardstock.

2. Take two pieces of red patterned paper and place the stencil over the paper. Now trace the broken glass pattern with a pencil onto the paper. Remove the stencil and fussy cut the pieces with scissors for the first tag.

3. Next place the stencil over the tag and start glueing the fussy cut pieces onto the tag using the stencil as a glueing guide. Leave to dry, before cutting the residue pieces off along the edges of the tag.

4. For the second tag repeat step two, but instead of cutting the pieces off the paper with scissors, use a precision knife to cut along the pencil lines. Remove the pieces and put them aside. Not take the outline piece and glue it onto the tag. Leave to dry and cut off residue along the edges when dry.

5. For the last tag use the leftover pieces from tag two. Glue like on the first tag (see step three).

6. Place the stencil onto the tag, apply gitter paste thu it and let dry properly. Repeat on all three tags.

7. Next adhere the die cut sentiment onto a piece of red patterned paper and fussy cut along the die cut word. Adhere some turquoise lace onto the tags and adhere the die cut sentiment on top.

8. Decorate with stickers, cork, chipboard pieces and add glitter glue, white texture spray and a red ribbon on top for additional decoration.

Here is a start-to-finish video on how I created the tags – hope you like it!

And some detail shots of the finished tags:

 I hope you enjoyed this little stencil idea and got inspired to get those stencil out and join our fun challenges and get crafty!!!

Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
CUTplorations – Warm Winter Wishes die cut die
ARTplorations – Broken Glass stencil
Turquoise lace
Viva Decor glitter paste
Wycinanka chipboard
Studio Calico wood veneer birdies
Stickles by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Cork embellishments
Winter themed stickers
Stapler & red ribbon

Happy Winter – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello everyone!!! Today is again time to remind you of the NOVEMBER Mixed Media Challenge at the STAMPlorations blog. The whole design team has been creating some inspirational projects for you, so do check them all up over HERE :).

Here is what I made for November – as you can see, I am slowly but surely starting to get into Christmas project creation mood ;-). Here is my first Xmas tag:

Sanna Lippert - Leaf print stencil Xmas tag Sanna Lippert - Leaf print stencil Xmas tag

I´ve first misted the background with light blue Chalkboard Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels). Next I applied blue pearlescent creative medium (Imagine Crafts) thru the Leaf Prints 2 stencil (by STAMPlorations) over the misted layer. THEN I added turquoise blue Glimmer Mist over the whole surface. After that I used the CUTplorations „Warm Winter Wishes“ die cut die and cut the sentiment from white paper (I used those for another project that I´ll share with you later) and only used the negative piece. I matted this piece with red patterned paper and then started layering old book paper, eco dyed ribbon, cork stars, golden yarn and stickers over each other. I used the Christmas Reindeer stencil (also by STAMPlorations) – well, actually the mask piece of the stencil – as a drawing guide and then fussy cut the reindeer and misted it with grey Glimmer Mist and adhere it on it´s place. I had a lot of fun creating this piece 🙂

This tag will make a nice addition to a Xmas present, I think. So now is your turn! You don´t have to create anything Christmas themed, though!! Please read the rules before you link up – no worries, they are easy to follow!! Hope you find the time to join in with us!!!

Have fun creating!!
Sanna

Supplies:
Christmas reindeer – ARTplorations stencil
Leaf Prints 2 – ARTplorations stencil
Warm Winter Wishes – CUTplorations die cut die
Grey and turquoise Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels
Light blue Chalkboard Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels
Iridescent blue creative medium – Imagine Crafts
Old book paper
Eco dyed ribbon
Golden yarn
White cardstock
Red patterned paper
Cork stars – Studio Calico