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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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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Typografia Romantique – STAMPlorations

Hi there again and welcome to another fabulous STAMPlorations Typografia stamp release. This time the release is all about love and romance. Shery has again outdone herself with this Typografia set. I had so much fun creating with the new stamps!!

Here is what I made:

I´ve used lots of happy colors for these cards and started by stamping the images onto a piece of white cardstock with black stamp ink. Then i just misted the stamped images with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists to add some glimmer and shine onto them.

Then I took some die cut dies and cut then sentiments with those. I matted all the white card bases with patterned papers from my older stash, then added the die cut and misted sentiment pieces on top and decorated each card with little embellishments like wood veneer, Nuvo drops, stickers, glitter glue and flowers. So this is my take for the Typografia Romantique release. I made happy colored, love themed cards. Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues created!!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You fill my heart – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share another tutorial over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. This time I again created a scrapbook layout and a set of cards. For this month´s tutorial I´ve also recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch. But first, let me show you the layout.

Valentine´s Day being just around the corner, I wanted to create something love theme related, so I made a scrapbook page about my younger son and a set of love themed clean and simple cards with the new dies. Here is what I created:

Create this layout with following steps:
1) First take a patterned paper from the Fly & Scrap paper collection by Moda Scrap and a sheet of watercolor paper and white Soft Finish Cardstock.
2) Cut several Moda Scrap Leafy Branch die cut dies and cut the branches from the Soft Finish Cardstock with your die cutting machine. Also die cut a few heart forms with the new Buttons die cut die.
3) Take spray inks in purple and blue tones – try to get similar colors to match the patterned paper tones – and spray the die cut branches with the spray inks on a kraft sheet.
4) Now take a watercolor paper and a water mist bottle. There is plenty of residue spray ink on the kraft sheet from misting the branches. Apply some water mist onto the residue spray ink areas on your kraft sheet and then press the watercolor paper onto the wet ink areas to pick up the color with the paper. Dry the layer with a heat tool, then repeat the procedure until you are happy with the result.
5) Now cut the DIY watercolor paper and the Moda Scrap patterned paper in a manner that they together build a full 12×12 inch page. Adhere together.
6) Add ink splatters onto the DIY watercolor paper piece with the same spray inks you used to mist the die cut branches with. This is to mimic the ink splatters on the patterned paper. That way they will better match together.
7) Now start building your page together by adhering the die cut branches on top of the patterned paper feathers pattern and also some towards the DIY watercolor paper strip. Then add the photos in place and decorate the page with a sentiment and some sticker words.
8) Finally embellish with eyelets, liquid pearls and wood veneer hearts. In the end add a stamped sentiment with the Love Sentiments clear stamp set and black stamp ink.

Since there is plenty of DIY watercolor paper left over from the layout process, use those pieces for a set of cards.

Here is how to make the cards:
1) Take the Heart Cutouts die cut die and cut a heart from the DIY watercolor paper first.
2) Next take a residue piece of the Moda Scrap patterned paper and die cut two heart cutout pieces with it from that paper.
3) Take a spray ink and a water tank brush and color all the little hearts with dark purple spray ink. Leave to dry.
4) Adhere the full watercolor paper heart onto a white card base and embellish with the small colored heart pieces. Add a stamped sentiment from the Love Sentiments stamp set. Decorate with liquid pearls and a black pen.
5) For the last card, use the cutout heart die cut piece and a big piece of the DIY watercolor paper to adhere the heart onto. Fill all the open areas of the cutout heart piece with the purple colored small heart pieces. Adhere on place and decorate with liquid pearls.
6) Add a stamped sentiment from the Love Sentiments set and outline with a black pen.

I´ve again recorded a video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of each and every step of the creating process. Hope you enjoy watching the video and get inspired to create some purple toned projects for Valentine´s Day. Have fun and see you in March again,

Happy crafting,
Sanna

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Be fearless – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hi there and welcome to another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday! Today I´d like to share a Art Journal page with you again.

At the moment I am totally addicted to using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists like watercolors and creating bold and colorful backgrounds with them as my starting point.
I then build my page from there using a Senecio 1 ARTplorations stencil (one of my own designs) with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on top of the „watercolor“ background. I love how there is that occational shine on the background and then lots of colors combined with a fun stencil image and of course, a quote! Cannot seem to be able to make a page without those anymore.
The word „fearless“ is a STAMPlorations stamp. The rest of the words are hand written using Posca pens. I am liking my handwriting on this piece again alot. So glad I am making progress with my writing and to have discovered the style that also pleases my own eye.
I´ve outlined the stencil images with a black pen to create a little more contrast to the apge and then added some white gel pen details onto them too. That creates a little more dimensional look to the images. That´s it for me today, hope you find some time to play along with the STAMPlorations January mixed media challenge! See you there!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Seasonal tags with Glimmer Mists

Hello there everyone, have you been following the Creativation 2018 in Phoenix via social media? Well if you have, you might have noticed the Canvas Corp Brands booth there. It looks fabulous. So much to look at, new product and just eye candy everywhere.

I have been following my team colleagues feeds and have really enjoyed seeing everyone there, thus, I haven´t had THAT much time to be creative (first things first! LOL).  For such moments, there is always a plan B to make something small – tags, ATCs,  and small mixed media projects. I chose tags this time – here is what I created:

I started with the snowflake tag. First I die cut the snowflake from white cardstock, then took a black tag and placed the stencil on top. After that I applied the Aquamarine Glimmer Mist through the stencil. This is an imporatant step for the base of tag 2: now carefully remove the wet, misted stencil and press the residue spray ink onto a piece of white cardstock. This creates the background for the fall tag. Then finish the snowflake tag by adding faux stitching with a white gel pen around the edges and adhere the with Jack Frost misted snowflake as a centerpiece. Decorate with Nuvo Drops and a 7gypsies brass stud. Add a word sticker and ribbon.

Next create the fall tag – take a Mixed Media Origins Fall paper and color the fall leaf images with yellow, brown and orange Glimmer Mist tones (see material list for details). Next fussy cut the leaves and die cut a tag from the already misted stencil pattern area. Add black ink splatters with black Glimmer Glaze and let dry properly. Adhere the leaves overlappingly, attach a word sticker or two. Add faux stitcing with a black gel pen and finish off with a ribbon.

For the rose tag – first die cut a tag from white cardstock, then apply a layer of Silk Glimmer Mist to the tag piece, let dry and then add random stamping with a writing background stamp and ink. Take a Mixed Media Mini Origins Art Collection paper from the Wings series and color the rose image with various shades of red and pink Glimmes Mist and green Glimmer Mist(see the material list for all used colors in the end of this post). Then fuss cut the piece and adhere to the tag with paper glue. Add some lace and ribbon as well as a heart shape for decoration. Finish off with faux stitching around the edges, some twine and ribbon as well as a word sticker.

    For the travel/explore tag take a Maze cardboard piece and trace a tag pattern onto it, then fussy cut. Next apply Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist over the background and let dry. Now take a small manila tag and mist it with Summer Glow Glimmer Mist and add a Architextures Parchment Rub-on onto the manila tag. Cut a piece of Ordre du Jour paper and add it onto the tag for additional detail. A a with Linen Glimmer Mist misted inspirational tag on top. Then adhere the yellow misted manila tag to the tag. Decorate with a brown misted paper rose, some fussy cut leaves and a Architextures Trinkets Ink Pen. Finish off with a word sticker and some rope and twine.

I love creating tags, the more I make the more ideas I get. And you can take the same basic materials and just change the color sheme and you are good to go and create a tag for yet another theme/season. Tags are also a great way for using up little scraps and altering/including even older materials from your stash. And they are quick to make and a nice addition to a present!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Mistakes Art Journal page – STAMPlorations

Hi there and happy Monday! Today it is again my turn to share a STAMplorations mixed media tutorial with you. For this times tutorial I chose to make another art journal page for a change – it has been a while I shared an Art Journal video with you all…

Here is what I did:
I´ve been making these „faux watercolor“ background art journal pages this month and I am so much enjoying creating them! So I thought, I´d share with you a short start-to-finish video with you guys on how I create them.
Basically, all you need is some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, a paint brush, water, a stencil, a Distress Oxide ink, a stamp and a black and white pen. I know it sounds like a lot, but normally I use much more product on an art journal page than I did here. I first mist the paper with a water mist quite wet, then start adding the Glimmer Mist tones to the page and let them spread freely. I also did not treat the surface with any kind of primer (gesso etc.), because I wanted to have the paper react with the spray ink and water and create fun patterns and color mixtures onto the surface. I always applied one color, then dried the page with a heat gun before moving to the next tone. After the background was done, I added stenciled images with one of my STAMPlorations stencils (Evolution) and brown Distress Oxide ink. I wanted to add a frame around the edges, so I did that with the stencil. Then I outlined the patterns with a black pen to make them stand out from the bold color background a little better.  I also played with a white gel pen and added fun details to the stencil patterns with it. Next I used a STAMPlorations motivational stamp for partial stamping – only stamped a word from the sentiment stamp with black ink. Then I added a hand written quote to the page with a black POSCA pen and highlighted the letters by adding depth to them with the same pen and later with a white gel pen. For finishing touches I added some ink droplets with the Icicle Blue Tattered Angels Glimmer MIst. I love the glimmer and shine they add to the page!! Cannot get enough of that :). And finally, here is the start-to-finish video for you to watch! I hope you like it!!!

For more information and fun challenges, hop over to the STAMPlorations blog HERE. And if you would like to buy a stamp and stencil or two, HERE is where to do that :). There is also the first set of my very own stencils available at th store – see HERE. And if you would like to get 20% off your order, use the gift card code STAMPGIRLSANNA upon checkout!!!
Happy stenciling,
xxx, 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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All about winter – TAGplorations

Hello there, everyone and Happy New Year 2018!!!! I hope you had a lovely Christmas time and a nice New Years evening. Let´s start the new year with a creative TAGplorations tag challenge: create a project, featuring a tag around the theme: ALL ABOUT WINTER!

Here is my project for the reveal:
I first die cut a manila tag from black cardstock with the Manila Tags Nesting Dies by STAMPlorations. Then I die cut the second, smaller tag, from blue cardstock with the Tags 1 set. The snowflake is a lefover piece from another project and it perfectly goes with the winter theme, so I used it as a focal point on my tag.

I used the Christmas Tree 1 (my stencil series at STAMPlorations) and misted some trees with Sandy Beach Tattered Angels Chalkboard ink onto the background. The snowflake was originally white. I used a Chalkboard spray ink to color the snowflake blue (Wave tone). Then I added some faux stitching around the edges with a white gel pen and decorated the snowflake with some rhinestones. The little white snowflakes are hand drawn on the background. And finally I added a stamped sentiment to the tag and finished the tag off with a piece of ribbon.

Now it´s your turn to join the challenge. TAGplorations CHALLENGE GUIDELINES:

  • Create a project based on the theme with or without the twist.
  • Your project(s) can be anything but it must have a tag (or tags) in it.
  • Link up as many projects as you wish as long as they are in separate blog posts.
  • Your project photo must be posted in full in your blog post! Please don’t link up to our challenge if you’re only showing a sneak peek of it (as is the case when you made it as a design team project for another company). In the same vein, please do not link up your project if it’s solely to promote another company.
  • You must display the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge post post (not just the main blog) in order to be eligible to win (and receive the corresponding prize).
  • Link up by the last day of the month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific.

Prizes

– $10 gift certificate to the winner voted by the TAGplorations team
– $5 gift certificate each to the 2 top picks
– If there are 50 or more entries: 1 random winner of CUTplorations dies worth up to $20

Hope you´ll play along with us! Happy and creative January 2018!!!!
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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