#finishedinfeb Challenge – product pack reveal

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Today I´m quickly sharing one of my February projects that I´m planning on doing: the #finishedinfeb challenge, organized/started by Donna.

And since February is just around the corner, I have gathered some older product together that I bought ages ago, but never used so far! Believe me, there are very many options in my stash still, but I randomly just grabbed this pile.

As I don´t own that many UFO´s (unfinished objects), I chose the way of using product that has been waiting for it´s purpose too long. This is my crazy pile. Really random product from stickers to tags to stamp set and papers. I´m challenging myself to use the product in the photo above to create card(s). Let´s see how many I manage to make, but I´ll make at least one :). Feel free to join too! Just tag Donna when you create something yourself, so she can see you joined in. This is just for inspiration, everyone, no strings attached or prizes to be won. Just for the fun of it! And to get UFOS done and/or reducing that stash of ours. I look forward to this!

I might add a bit of media to a card or two, because that is how I roll, but I try to keep to the products shown above. I´ll be sharing the card(s) here as they get done and do a final post end of February to share all the results from this challenge. Wish me luck!

Oh, and since I´m sharing my plans. I also decided to join in on the #100dayproject for the first time this year. Starting day is the 31st of January and I´ll be drawing a face on a tag. One tag a day for 100 days. Let´s see how long that will work out – but I´m very motivated. I´m also eager to see how I develop during the hundred days. Should be lot´s of fun. I´ve pre-cut and pre-prepared 100 tags with a layer of paint/spray inks/other media and will only concentrate on doing the 1 drawing a day. I´m am not a talented drawer, so I´ll do abstract, simple faces foremost. If you want to see my development, follow my Instagram account here. See you!

That´s all for today – looking forward to interesting February and 100 days :).
Take care!
xxx, Sanna

One Little Word 2021

Hello and happy Saturday!!! I have been thinking about my word for 2021 for a while now and it was not as an easy choice as last year! I´ve been thinking about the perfect word to carry me through 2021, but I just couldn´t put my finger on one single word and say: “that´s it!”. So I´ve chosen three words for 2021 to guide me through the year.

Here is a page desplaying my chosen words:

So the words I chose are: dedication, growth and strength. I plan to carry these words in my mind and heart throughout the year and hope to reach the goals I´ve set myself.

This word should guide me in all areas of life through this year. Whatever I decide to do, I´ll do it with commitment. Whether it´s sports, work, crafting, family life, me or anything else.

Growth on the other hand is growth as a person, on a mental level and development in all areas. Again whether it´s work, sports, my art or me in general.

And last but not least, my third word: strength. This brings all the previous words together and connects them to a stronger bond. Here, I also want to develop my strengths – whether it´s sports, arts, work or any other areas of my life. I will need strength to carry on and to remind me that I want to be dedicated and grow and develop.

For creating this page I used plenty of various media. Stencils are from my stencil line at STAMPlorations, Dina Wakley paints were added and Dylusions sprays were used. The stamps are also by STAMPlorations and I´ve also added some tissue here and there, gifted to me by a lovely ATC swapping partner from all the way in Australia. I´ve also got some Tonic Studios Crackle Paste on the page as well as Posca pens. And some date stamping to record the date.

I also felt the urge to use bold, strong colours again for a change. It´s been a while I´ve used them and at the moment I just cannot get enough of them.

Last year my word was self-care and little did I know how well it fit the year 2020, when I chose it. It honestly scared me a little how well the word matched the year, so that is also why I´m putting extra thought to this years word(s). As I am asking the universe for these things, I might as well do it with my whole heart. Fully committed. I am a little fearfull (which should be a good thing, right?) of putting the words out there and hope that at the end of the year I´ll be happy I chose these words.

I hope you enjoy my art journal page share today! Wishing you all a lovely start into 2021! Have a great weekend!!
xxx, Sanna

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Top 9 of 2020

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I´m stopping by to share my Instagram top nine projects with you.

So these were the 9 artworks you like the most. One layout and lots of mixed media projects! It´s been quite a year. It started with me wripping my cruciate on 1st of January 2020. A good start for a year, eh?

Just adding a few of my other artworks from 2020 in between the lines 😉

Then along came Covid-19 and the rest is history. Lockdowns, isolation, washing hands until the first layer of skin wore off. Being worried about getting sick, or even worse, infecting someone else. And this still is going on. As I write this, we have just started our third lockdown here in Austria. We´ve been tested once so far, all negative. And in a few weeks there will be another testing round, otherwise we cannot go shopping, but need to do an extra week of isolation. There´s been so many regulations, changes and adjusting required, that I am slowly loosing the grip of what is ok and what not. Also, I feel really bad for my children, they have lost a whole year of their youth. No friends, no spending time together and almost no school AT SCHOOL. And this year my younger one is supposed to graduate gymnasium. I wonder how that is supposed to work out. Makes me angry that they´ve lost so much, in teaching, in social contacts and in life at an important age.

Well, enough of that. So you seem to like my mixed media. I love it too. But I just cannot deside what is my true passion. Sometimes I do CAS, then another time I go crazy with mixed media, then I do die cutting and just fussy cutting paper. And it all feels good at that particular time. But it seems, that you like to see me do more mixed media? So I´ll try and concentrate on one more direction next year, I guess. Just to develop more in one area, I think.

So have you given any thought to your OLW for 2021 yet? I recently took a fun “survey” and that gave me 4 words to think about: money, change, health and strenght. I think somewhere there is going to be my new word 2021. This year my word was self-care. How suitable, eh? Or on the other hand, how ironic? Anyhow fits 2020 very well. Little did I know of it´s deeper meaning when I picked it for 2020.

Just one more day and it´s 2021! I really, really hope it will be a better one. I miss my people, and I am not even an extrovert. But isolating oneself for such a long time does no good to ones soul. Here is Austria they started with the vaccination during Christmas holidays. The first handful of people got it. It might take until summer, till we are due for it, but it just might be our only way to a relatively normal life again. And I miss normal life!

I wish you all lots of health and endurance for the next weeks and moths. Here´s to hoping we will soon reach a more normal way of life. This year, since March, has felt like the movie “Goundhog Day”. I cannot wait it to end..

Have a great New Years Eve! I´m spending it with my husband – at home (surprise, surprise?! ;-)… ). Like any other day this year too. But let´s make it a nice one, against all odds. See you on the other side!

xxx, Sanna

Bernstein Castle

Hello everyone! This post is something out of my regular posting scheme, but I was thinking, that it might me of interest to like-minded, crafty individuals, so I am putting this up! Travels.. one of my other passions. Seeing and going places, experiencing new things!

Be prepared for a VERY photo heavy and very LONG post. So if this is not your thing (travel stories), feel free to leave this post out :). Due to Covid19 this summer 2020 has been so very different. Travels have been different! I would have loved to fly somewhere and dip my toes into the sea. But then we reconsidered and decided to stay in Austria. And what a blessing that desicion turned out to be! Meet Burg Bernstein (The Bernstein Castle), our vacation location this summer.

Burg Bernstein (The Bernstein Castle) is about an hours drive away from Vienna in the province of Burgenland. This – above – are the first impressions you get when entering the castle. Impressive, isn´t it!!

The Castle is a small family owned hotel with nine lovingly restored rooms. Parts of the castle date back to the 11th century. Each generation living there has left some changes in building´s structure so today you can see a mixture of different architectural styles. The Almásy family – the current owners – bought the castle in the year 1892. It is, by the way, thru that, the birthplace of László Almásy, who´s adventures were turned into the movie „The English Patient“.

There are nine lovingly renovated guest rooms that you can choose from – each with it´s very own and unique character. They are equipped with original furniture , while the bathrooms were changed to suit modern taste. There are no TVs or telephones in the rooms, but you will be surrounded by beautiful nature, clean air and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Believe me, it will be all you need. And when the day comes, that you need to leave, you will be very relaxed and find yourself missing this place already!

The castle is a perfect place for everybody who is looking for peace and quiet and relaxation. The place offers an amazing view over Styria and Lower Austria and has stunning, restorated rooms. On clear days you can see the Riegersburg castle in Styria and even further to the Carinthian alps approx. 150 km away.

You know how you go to a museum and you an only look but not touch nor sit on an old chair. That is different here! You sleep in the old beds, live in the restored, old rooms and use all the old furniture. The castle has no electric heating. It´s done with wood and the old ovens. Also the cakes, the breakfast and the meals you are served are prepared on a wood stove! Alone the smell of old furniture, wood stove cooked foods and meals in candle light immediately give you another mind set and feeling very much apart from the busy everyday life.

Above you can see their stunning breakfast and dining room. Because of Covid19 regulations the long table was not on use. Instead there were smaller table groups placed on safe distance form other guests, to make the stay not only pleasant, but also SAFE. The room booking includes breakfast that will fulfill all your wishes. If you decide to eat outside of the castle, you will miss out in my opinion, but the breakfast alone will leave you amazed!

On our second evening we ate at the castle. Wood stove prepared oriental chicken in candle light. The food was just delicious. And then a variation of home made cakes as dessert (I forgot to take pictures..!). What an ending for an evening!

There are events held on the castle on regular basis and as we had been visiting, we had the opportunity to enjoy a pop-up kitchen served by Gerda Stocker (more about her here, but only in German). She cooks with local and saisonal products (and typical local dishes) and combines wild herbs, wild flowers and wild fuits/berries to her dishes. She has her own “Gasthaus” she is running, just in case you are interested on visiting.

The Almasy family really does great work in making you feel comfortable during your stay. You can take walks and just relax in the castle itself, walk around the castle (inside and outside) and discover the beautiful garden with old plants as well as interesting corners inside the castle. The fire place room and library invite to sit and relax in the evening and they also have a “ball room” where weddings or other festivities can be held. You are free to walk and discover everything and if you are interested on learning more about the castle, do take their guided tour. And do try their wines! These can also be purchased at the premises, by the way.

So we did all of this. Ate cake (which was delicious!), tried the wines (recommend it!) and ate and relaxed and discovered the beautiful premises. Only the weather was not so much on our side, so we didn´t go hiking. But you can do that in the area too.

Also, Bernstein itself has a wonderful nature swimming pond, not far away from the castle. Had the weather been nicer, we would have gone for a swim. Now, we just instead booked ourselves a table at Kantine48 – the restaurant by the pond. Food is delicious, but if you want to go eat there, make sure you book a table in advance to make sure you get one.

The region also has lots of thermal baths to offer, so you will have all kinds of possibilities to spend time, while in the area. The Almasy family has put up quite an impressive list of activies for you to discover – do read more on their website. Also, when booking, do contact them directly to get the best information and service, you won´t regret it.

Another place worth visiting is the “Felsenmuseum” (a minin museum), just a few minutes walk away from the castle. It is a privately founded and funded museum around noble serpentine mills, but offers a vide variety of rarities of precious stones from Austria’s mountains are presented to mineral lovers in rock showcases. But also unique items made by local noble serpentine mills from the previous century can be seen in this exhibition.

The exhibition also shows the creation and extraction of amber, the trade on the amber roads, as well as antique jewelry and ornaments. The most valuable precious serpentine sculptures – created by the sculptor and museum founder Otto Potsch – can be also be seen in this unique exhibition. We visited and were truly impressed by this exhibition! While in Bernstein, make sure you pay a visit.

Last, but not least, the Zotter chocolate factory is about an hours drive away from the castle and we did the full tour. And it was great (if you like chocolate)! So much chocolate to taste & so much to see, lean and experience. Make sure you book the tour while there. We did the Schoko & Aperitif-tour and it was the best choice! Something salty for startes and then the sweet tasting tour thru the premises. What a day!

Just in case that was not enough activities for you to discover, the Almasy family has put up a nice list of possibilites and ideas (incl. contact data) for your stay. That sould help you find even more to do during your stay. But also just take your time in the castle, enjoy the surroundings and a glass of their wine and just relax and take it all in. We had more planned in the beginning, but in the end we mostly just enjoyed the time together in these amazing surroundings and just took time off from the busy everyday.

It was an amazing vacation and I am sure we will revisit some day. It truly left an impression on us!

Have a great week everyone!
xxx, Sanna

New Stencil Release

Hello everybody and happy Saturday! Today I´m stopping by to share happy news. I´ve got another set of stencils available over at the STAMPlorations store.

Due to the Covid-19 situation shipping between the US and Austria has been very slow to non-existent, so I actually haven´t been able to hold the new stencils in my hands yet, but they are all available at www.stamplorations.com already. Just go to the store, then choose “stencils and masks” and then “Sanna Lippert Designs” and the section that says “new”. You will find them all there.

Here are a few photos of the designs as a teaser:

I´ve got a few square stencils and some in the standard size, like the previous ones. Also there are a few abstract patterns this time as well as some winter/Christmas themed ones too. And also a set of zodiac stencils.

I cannot wait to get my hands on these and to play with them. As soon as the postal services work “normal” again, there will be a video featuring all designs, so you get a better idea. Meanwhile, some of the US girls in the design team have already been able to play with some of the stencil designs, so do keep an eye on the STAMPlorations blog for more!!

I´m again very excited about this line and cannot wait to see how everybody uses the stencils!!!

Happy weekend,
xxx, Sanna