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

Enjoy life twenty four seven – Frog Dog Studio

Hello there! Sanna here again with a wall art altered project I made using the April Main Kit and the Add-On Kit. This project is also part of my monthly „simply stencils“ series. Hope you like it!

I started by cutting images from the ARTchix Ephemera Sheet (June 2013 Mixed Media Kit). I chose images and colours that would match the blue tissue paper.

I created this art project on a piece of really thick grey cardboard and before gluing anything I gessoed the background and the clipboards.
Next I took the blue piece of dekopatch tissue that was in the Mixed Media Kit and adhered it onto the background with a decopatch glue.
After that I took some tissue tape (from the March Add-On Kit) and adhered it onto the background pretty randomly.

Then I chose two rubber stamps (handwriting and a swirl stamp) and stamped a pattern with the blue and red Staz-On Midi Ink Pad here and there on the background.


After that I adhered the ephemera sheets on the clipboard pieces and directly onto the background. I used a decoupage glue from Marabu for this purpose.
White the clipboard pieces were drying I place the background piece into a cardboard box and added some IZINK gold here and there. After applying the ink I sprayed the areas with water mist. This way the ink spreaded and ran across the background. I really like this effect and the gold shimmers beautifully!
After finishing and drying the layout of golden droplets I also applied some Liquitex Titanium White Ink onto the background using the same technique. I just love the milky look it created onto the surface.

Now it was time for the background to dry, so I went over and mixed some glitter paste with Alumidust Powder (red plum).
Then I applied the paste thru a stencil onto the clipboard pieces for more structure and detail. These now needed to dry properly.


Finally I also added some random black ink splatters to the background. I used a black Glimmer Glaze for this purpose.

Then I went along and adhered the clipboards onto the background and started decorating the artwork.
 
I had previously made some resin pieces (see the silver Alumilite powder on the bottom of the molds for metallic effects!) from both Amazing Clear Cast and Amazing Casting Resin and I had also added some golden or silvery shine to the pieces. They were nice additional details for the „canvas“.

The chipboard piece (bird) is treated with IZINK gold before adhering it to the clipboard.
The „metal“ key is a resin piece I created from with the molds. I first made a bluish clear resin (toned with the Alumilite Blue Dye colour) and before pouring it into the mold, wiped some Alumilite Metallic Powder Silver onto them. As an end result I got this gorgeous key.

 
The words are from the March Add-On Kit and by Tim Holtz.
I hope you have enjoyed this little project and get inspired to create!

Have a lovely day,
Sanna