Erosion bundle collaboration

Hello there! Last summer I joined a collaboration with a bunch of crafty friends to create erosion bundles. What are they, you ask? They are bundles of fabric, paper, bits and pieces you gather together from what you have at home and add all kinds of elements to the bundle that you think might erose and add „erosional details“ to the materials. So people put in thigs that develop rust and stains of all kinds.

So last July I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces together and made bundles out of them. I didn´t give the whole process that much thought, as I figured the weather and seasons around my area would take care of the rest. So I hung 2 bundles on our patio to get their portion of sunshine, rain, hail and cold on them and just waited 6 months. One last bundle I layed onto the ground (into a flower bed in our garden). Here is how they looked like when I started:

I wrapped lots of paper, music note paper, a notebook, metal pieces, wood veneer, ribbons and twine and so on in layers inside the bundles and wrapped pieces of the white Ikea curtain around the on top. Then I made tight bundles out of them to stand the tooth of time and weather and just waited.

Finally, end of January I opened the bundles and to my disappointment, there was not much going on in the bundles other than mold. So my first experiment really didn´t bring the results I was expecting to get. I recorded videos of the bundle opening process, for you to see how much „erosion“ 6 months in my region created. Here they are:

and the second one with the last two bundles:

And this is all I got out of the bundles to be used on projects:

I had to throw away most of the stuff, due to heavy molding, I don´t want to rist anything, since mold is quite unhealthy ;-). BUT, even though I didn´t get the results I wanted to have, I learned a lot from my mistakes. Besides, the bundle creating and opening after a long time is so much fun! I will definitely make new ones. I just need to wait a bit, since currently it is too cold here to dig the bundles in our garden (everythings frozen :-)…). See, I figured, if I bury them in dirt, I might get better results than when I just hang them outside. And I will be adding more bits with rust to them next time, also adding all kinds of things that create natural stains/dye effects. I had too little of those inside this time round. My collaboration partnes had much more luck here! Go and see their blog posts and results – start from here.

Finally, I used the bits and bobs I could save (at least most of them) for these 3 ATCs:

It´s all product from the bundles, except for the red thread, the brads and the word stickers. Those I added to finish the artist trading cards. This was still so much fun and I am so thankfull for having a crafty friend who always pushes me towards new areas of creativity and challenges me to experiment and develop and keeps me inspired! Thank you Tina, for organizing this collaboration, even though it was not a great success for me, I really, really enjoyed being part of it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Altered notebook covers – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everybody, today I am up with another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog!! As the year is slowly coming to an end, we automatically start thinking about the next year peaking around the corner. And we make plans. And when making plans, it is wise to write them down – our daily life tends to get us distracted and so we forget. But if you keep a little notebook with you, you will remember at least some of your ideas and plans. That´s what I did – I altered the covers and now the notebook is ready to hold thoughts, ideas and dreams :).

Here is how I created the covers:

1. Cut two slightly smaller pieces of corrugated cardboard than your notebook size.
2. Take white, turquoise and yellow green (or whatever colors you prefer!!!) acrylic paint and apply random layers onto the cardboard pieces with a palette knife. Let dry. Then add green and brown spray ink droplets and drips onto the surface.
3. Take the Art Splatters stencil and apply some iridescent creative medium thru it onto the pieces.
4. Next apply some Glossy Accents on top of the Splatters and adhere Art Stones onto those areas.
5. Take the same green and brown spray ink colors and apply those onto the art stones – the stones absorb the color and will look more interesting this way.
6. Take the Droplets Mini stencil and apply light blue acrylic paint with a foam brush thru the stencil onto the surface. Just random bits and bobs for interest. It does not matter if the result is not „perfect“.
7. Apply some more green spray ink splatters for interest if you feel like it.
8. Take the Bubbles Mini stencil and apply some relief modeling paste thru it onto the surfaces. Let dry.
9. Decorate with stickers, wood veneer and cork pieces. Then adhere a ribbon onto the book cover and place the altered cardboard pieces on top of the adhered ribbons. Let dry.

Here is a start-to-finish video for additional inspiration – hope you like it!

And some pictures of the finished piece:


How about you? Do you keep a small notebook with you and write down ideas and thoughts on your way to work or while waiting for an appointment etc.? If not, how about you start one – will be interesting to see how the filled notebook at the end of the year!

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna


ARTplorations – Bubbles Mini stencil
ARTplorations – Art Splatters
ARTplorations – Droplets Mini
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist

Embossed Christmas cards – Canvas Corp

Hello lovelies!!! A countdown to Christmas has started over at the Canvas Corp Brands blog and there is lots and lots of inspiration for everyone to see! So I highly recommend, you keep an eye on the blog and what is going on over there. The projects are for sure going to get you into CREATIVE Christmas spirit :)!!

I joined the fun with a set of 12 Christmas cards. Yes, TWELVE!!! I am coming closer to my goal of getting all the handmade Xmas cards done (and mailed) in time this year…

Here is what I did:
Embossed, stamped Xmas cards - Sanna Lippert And I only needed two sheets of 12×12 paper for these cards!!! One plain kraft cardstock and one Snowflakes on Kraft Reverse. Both from the Canvas Corp store. A little paper goes a long way, as you can see.

Embossed, stamped Xmas cards - Sanna Lippert

I´ve used 4 different embossing powders (see the video in the end for more details!) on my cards – a plain black and white one, seafoam white and a glitter black. Those colors worked so well with the kraft cardstock and in combination with the black patterened paper.

Embossed, stamped Xmas cards - Sanna Lippert

The only thing I needed to add was some fussy cut fabric pieces from the Jolly Christmas Fabric Panel. I colored the fabric with markers and decorated them with some glitter glue.

Embossed, stamped Xmas cards - Sanna Lippert

A little bit of canvas fringe for additional decoration and stamped, fussy cut sentiments by Elizabeth Craft Designs to personalize the cards and then you only need to adhere everytthing on their places. Fun, fast and easy!  And I love the look of black and kraft and fabric/canvas together. A little bit retro, a little playful and not too bulky so they will fit into an envelope well too.

Embossed, stamped Xmas cards - Sanna Lippert

I love this snowman :)!!! Such a cute fabric sheet with all the picture on it. And now to the video:

That´s it for today! Hope to see you come by soon, I´ve got more projects to share soon!

I am also submitting these cards to the ANYTHING GOES challenge over at the Simon Says Challenge Blog 🙂 !!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna


1. Canvas Corp – Snowflakes on kraft reverse paper
2. Canvas Corp – Plain kraft cardstock
3. Canvas Corp – Canvas fringe
4. Rick rack ribbon – black
5.Canvas Corp – printed canvas sheet – Jolly Christmas
6. Coloring pens
7. Glitter glue – Stickles (Star Dust)
8. Embossing powder – black, glitter black, seafoam white, white
9. Snowflake stamp – Hero Arts
10. Paper glue
11. White card bases
12. Black stamp ink
13. Winter sentiments clear stamp set – Elizabeth Craft Desings
1. Acrylic block for stamping
2. Heat gun
3. Paper trimmer
4. Scissors
5. Brayer

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,

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

ATC in a pocket – STAMPlorations

Hello, time for another STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial! While organizing my stash a cards & pockets product by Canvas Corp Brands cought my eye. I immeditely thought of an interactive Artist Trading Card project that I wanted to create.

Here is how I created the project:

1. Take the kraft paper pocket and the ARTplorations „Some Birds“ stencil. Apply black waterproof ink thru the stencil onto the surface to create a row of birds starting to fly.

2. Next take the card inside the pocket (if you don´t have the exact same pocket, use a small kraft envelope for this purpose) and use a light orange and bright yellow spray ink tone and ink the background in those colors.

3. Take a leftover piece/random piece of paper that goes with the color sheme and apply black ink thru the „Some Birds“ stencil here and there. Then use various sized circle punches and punch circles (with the bird images on them).

4. Take a piece of old book paper and the ARTplorations „Hearts all Over“ stencil. Apply red waterproof ink onto the paper thru the stencil.

5. Wrip the edge of the paper and adhere the piece onto the left side of the misted card. Next assembly the punched circles onto the ATC. Glue down and cut residue/overlapping parts away with scirssors.

6. Attach a light blue mini clothespin on top of the card. That makes it easier to pull the card out of the pocket. Apply white texture spray onto the ATC surface and let air dry.

7. Stamp sentiments from the STAMPlorations „Trendy Birds 2“ clear stamp set with black ink onto old book paper. The one with the „you can fly“ text will be adhered onto the pocket and the „spread your wings“ sentiment goes to the ATC.

8. Outline the stamped sentiments with black paint pen.

9. Finally, outline the black birds on the pocket with a white paint pen to create more contrast.

Here is also a start-to-finish video about the creating process:

I hope you get inspired to get your product out and play!!! Have fun!

xxx, Sanna


STAMPlorations – Trendy Birds 2 clear stamp set

ARTplorations – Hearts All Over stencil

ARTplorations – Some Birds stencil

Maritime mixed media tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi there! It´s my turn over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today again and I´d like to share a maritime mixed media tag with you!

Sanna LippertI am definitely a summer person and I love sun, sand and sea. When I saw the new Joset Designs Ahoy Stamp set, I immediately wanted to create something summery. That is what inspired me to create this tag.
Sanna Lippert Here is how I created the tag:

  1. Take two white tags, one bigger and the second slightly smaller. Start with the bigger tag. First stamp anchors onto the background with embossing ink.
    Then apply clear embossing powder over the tag. Dab the residue off and heat set with a heat gun.
  2. Now take a blue water solvent ink and apply directly onto the background. Next spray water mist over the area. This way the ink spreads all over. Let dry and then carefully wipe with a damp cloth or a baby wipe over the tag. This will remove the residue ink from the heat embossed anchor images.
  3. Move to the smaller tag. Add a sentiment with black waterproof ink into the middle. Let dry.
  4. Now use a spray ink to color the surface of the tag. Let air dry or use a heat gun for drying.
  5. Take a red Through the Lens – Metal paper and die cut small stars with the Boat die cut set by Joset Designs from that paper.
  6. Take another sheet of Through the Lens paper. This time from the Stone set. Die cut waves with the Boat die cut set.
  7. Add lighter and darker blue spray ink tones to the die cut wave pieces. Let dry.
  8. Glue the waves with paper glue overlappingly. Adhere the stars onto the tag. Attach a strip of burlap yarn with a stapler onto the bottom of the tag.
  9. Use a black paint pen to draw faux stitching around the bigger tag. Adhere a piece of paper straw onto the left side of the tag. Adhere two strips of blue burlap yarn next to the straw. Embellish with ribbon, hemp cord, mini clothespins and metal pins.
  10. Adhere the smaller tag onto the bigger tag. Add stapled elements on top and onto the bottom for additional interest.

Here are detail photos of the finished project:

Sanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertSanna LippertHere is also a video start-to-finish on the process:

I hope you get inspired to create a mixed media tag. These are a nice addition to a present, for example.

Happy crafting,


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Ahoy Sentiments Clear Stamps
Through the Lens – Metal
Through the Lens – Stone

Distress Ink (broken china) – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Glimmer Mist – Aquamarine & Turquoise blue by Tattered Angels
Burlap yarn – Canvas Corp Brands
Archival ink (black) – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Clear embossing powder – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Blue mini clothespin – Canvas Corp Brands
Mica flakes – Stampendous Fran-táge
Black paint pen – Dylusions
Metal pin – Tim Holtz
Metal trinket
Paper straw – Webster´s pages
Heat gun
Paper glue
Ribbon & Hemp cord

Silk Microfine Glitter card backgrounds – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there, lovelies! It´s been quite a while (over a year, to be precise) since my last step-by-step video. Time to change that right now! I took the time and recorded something I had promised to do back in February – a video in German about how to create beautiful glitter backgrounds with Silk Microfine Glitter.

And while I was at it, I did the video also in English…

….and in Finnish.

Since it has been such a long time since my last video, I felt like I was doing it for the first time, so if the result is not perfect, please keep in mind that it has been a while… you tend to get out of practise after a while.

In the video you only see two cards, I actually ended up creating 4 in the end.  For the third and fourth card I used the same yellow & teal glitter combination as on my lace backgound cards on the video, except I used the colors in opposite order. Here is what I did:  Sanna LippertI added first the teal onto the background, then polished it and then added the yellow glitter. After that I die cut some flowers from the glitter paper with the Big Flower Set 1 and used them on my 3rd and 4th card.

Sanna LippertHere is a detail shot of the card shown on the video where the first color I added was yellow and the second was teal.

And finally I´d like to show you some step-by-step photos on how I did the honeycomb background using the die cut protective sheet of the adhesive as a stencil:
Sanna LippertI had some Honeycomb die cut die protective sheet pieces of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet which I adhered onto the adhesive surface of the white cardstock. Sanna LippertNext I applied a layer of Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter over the surface (as shown in the video, remove residue with the brush onto the coffee filter and pour back into the jar). Sanna LippertBefore removing the protective sheet die cut pieces I polished the glitter with my finger. Next I poured the Spring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter over the white areas and polished the glitter. Sanna LippertThis is what the Honeycomb glitter background looks like. I then cut it into similar sized strips with a paper cutter and as shown on the video, used one of those strips for a card. Here are photos of the finished cards:
Sanna LippertSanna LippertThose die cut flowers are cut from leftover paper pieces and added to the open spaces. The background is made like on the first card, except the colors were added in opposite order. Sanna LippertHere I´ve used the die cut flowers from the above card do create a layered flower. Sanna LippertI hope you get inspired to try the Silk Microfine Glitter out yourself! It is really super fine and because of that, you can do very detailed work with it!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Through the Lens – Wood
Bead Strings 2
Big Flower Set 1
Clear Double Sided Adhesive SheetSpring Peridot Silk Microfine Glitter
Teal Silk Microfine Glitter
Chocolate Silk Microfine Glitter
Yellow Silk Microfine Glitter
Time for Teal Soft Finish Cardstock
Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock
Flower Mosaic Embossing Folder

Breathe – The Crafters Workshop farewell post

Hello there, everyone, I am here today with my last The Crafters Workshop post. I can´t believe how fast time has flown. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time and see you around,
xxx, Sanna

10 or more ways to use stencils – Paperilla

Hello there lovelies! Today I´d like to share with you a few of my favorite stencil techniques. As you may already know, stencils are one of my go-to products. They are so easy to use in various ways and you can create so many different effects with them. I love my stencils :)!

Therefore, my technique post today over at the Paperilla blog is all about stencils. I even created a video. This time it is all in Finnish, just follow this link for the video :).

In the end I ended up creating quite a pile of cards and a layout. Here they are (bare with me, it´s getting photo heavy now…):

(Embossing powder, spray ink, resist)

(Spray ink, Pan Pastels, stamping, Distress Glitter, embossing paste)

(Pastes, watercolor, Distress Ink, „Letterpress“, spray ink)

(Distress Ink, watercolor, DIY glitter paste)

(Gesso, Distress Ink, embossing powder, spray ink)

(dry embossing)

(Watercolor, doodling)

(stamping, embossing paste, spray ink)

(Acrylic paint, cut outs)

…annnnd a layout (texture paste):

OK, I know, it is quite a few. But I just love using stencils. And this is not even all you can do with them :). All the stencils I´ve used on the video are by The Crafter´s Workshop – if I got you curious, here is a link to take a better look at their huge selection :)!

And now hop over to see the whole post over at the Paperilla blog, because the team there has been creating some extra projects to go with my video (it´s all in Finnish this time, sorry!) :). Enjoy!!

Hope this post gets you inspired to try out some stenciling techniques!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Stencils by The Crafter´s Workshop: Impressions, Mini Patterns, Mini Striped Flower Circle, Signals, Spiral Staircase, Windmills, Daily Buzz, Tangled Web, Geo Explosion, Oblong, Pods on Sticks, Thoughts, Daisy Splash, Hot Air Balloon Fragment)
Pastes: Studio 490, Viva Decor, Imagine Crafts, Pagro
Spray inks: Tattered Angels, Imagine Crafts
Distress Inks & Glitter: Ranger Industries
Gesso: Liquitex
Stamps: My Mind´s Eye, Tim Holtz, Studio AE
Other: Heat gun, Embossing powders, fine glitter, PanPastel, watercolour palette, foam brushes, black pen,

Scared yet? – The Crafter´s Workshop

Hi there, today I´d like to share a little start to finish layout video with you that I created for The Crafter´s Workshop. It has been a while since I last posted a video here, so I think it is proper to end this year with at least one more video :). I have used various 6×6 inch stencils on this layout and combined those with different embossing media. I also used the gorgeous 7 Dots Studio „Destination Unknown“ papers here. I was lucky to win a set for me and a scrappy friend earlier this year and I´ve been saving and admiring them for a while now. Sooo..time to finally open the collection and start using them :). Love the colours!! I hope you get inspired to try these techniques and create your own interesting background patterns!

And here is the finished layout – there are more detail photos to be seen on the video :)..:

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Now it´s your turn! Have fun creating!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter´s Workshop stencils: Texturized (12×12 inch), Viva La Art, Star Fall, Dash Circle Dash (6×6 inch)
Sticky Embossing Powder – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Distress Glitter – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Papers – 7 Dots Studio
Embellishments – 3rd Eye Craft
White Ink – Liquitex Titanium White
Oil Slick – Tattered Angels
Black and white pen
Aleene´s Tacky Glue