Gobal ATC SWAP

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I´ve take a little pause from Insta and my blog for a few weeks, because I have felt very drained and empty inside. Not even crafting (my very fave thing to do!!) could get me excited. So I´ve mainly sat outside in the garden doing nothing (trying to reload my energy levels) or binge watched Netflix. Today, for the first time (as it seems to me) in ages, I sat down in my studio and felt like I might even do something crafty.

I guess my batteries were completely empty? And I´ve been experiencing pain in my operated leg again. And it´s soooo annoying, because it keeps me awake at night and I experience pain when sitting -> affects crafting, motivation, energy levels, mood etc.. And I´ve done exercise – some days even too much – and the pain is still there. So today I gave up and took a pain killer. I don´t like taking them, so it has to be a lot of pain, before I give in. But I really needed a break from everything.

And now to crafting again: Back in May (yes, May!!) I took part in a Global ATC SWAP organized by my lovely, talented friend, Tina Walker. And I mailed my ATC´s right beginning of May to her. Fun fact, it took them THREE MONTHS to finally get to Tina in the US (thanks to Covid). I had already totally given up on them ever getting there, but miracles happen and they eventually arrived. So therefore I´m sharing what I did for the swap with you today. Here is the set of 3 ATCs I created:

And last Wednesday I also received an envelope from Tina with 3 SWAP ATC from Annette, Jen and Michele (from left to right). I LOVE them!!! Thank you ladies!!!

And funny enough, even the sentiment on my ATC´s from May match my current mood. For my ATC´s I´ve followed a FB live by Tim Holtz back in April/May and used his technique ideas on these 3 cards. I´ve got Distress Paint on the background, then some stamping in black. Bits of old newspaper here and there, adhered with matte medium then covered with Distress Crayons and a pattern created on top with stencils. Also some metallic cardstock die cut and embossed (one of Tim´s dies at Sizzix), then inked with alcohol inks. Love the look it creates!

And for finishing touches a stamped sentiment from Dyan´s stamp set and old fussy cut ladies from a vintage catalogue.

Just out of interest, what do you do, when you feel physically and emotionally drained? Crafting has always been something to give me more energy and suddenly not even that felt right anymore. So I took a consious break from everything. It felt like the right thing to do. Come to think of it, maybe it´s the big birthday (5+0) lurking around the corner that has me feeling all these feelings. Maybe I´m just mentally adjusting to the „next level“? Haha…the irony of turning fifty in 2020..I sure picked the best year, eh?

Here´s to a better week to come with more energy and creative fun times *fingers crossed*!
xxx, Sanna

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Remember the now ATC

Hello and happy Friday! Today I´m sharing yet another artist trading card, created using some of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs product I received in the mail last week.

For this one I created the background using Distress Inks and Stains, then stamped in the same way, like on the ATC shared yesterday (read more here).

So the background is similar/identical to the one shared yesterday, but for this one I also used some leftover die cut pieces as leaves, then added a suede ribbon that I misted with spray ink and matted the card onto a turquoise piece of burlap. Also this one has a sentiment as additional detail.

Love the contrast of pink and turquoise with the black stamping. Adding these pieces to my ATC stash again.

Wishing you all a great begin into the weekend!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Alpha Flower ATC

Hello and happy Thrusday! This week I´ve sent quite a few envelopes on their way into different locations around the world. I posted a photo of my ATC´s and offered them for swapping. And I honestly didn´t think there would be so many interested 🙂 – so only after one weekend my ATC pile is down to a half of it´s original size. Therefore, time to make MORE :).

So today I´m again sharing an ATC with you. Again using the new Elizabeth Craft Designs product I received last week. This time it´s the alphas.

I had been playing with Distress Inks and Stains on a piece of white paper a while ago and chose to use that piece for an artist trading card background. I then added the stamping. I simply inked the whole stamp set with black ink, while it was still attached to it´s original packaging. This way I had a random alpha pattern on the background.

Then just a few elements, like burlap, twine, a brad and a flower as a centerpiece and for finishing touches some Nuvo Vintage Drops in white. I love the white! Goes with EVERYTHING! I call this card „Alpha Flower“ :-D.

I am totally liking the new Art Journal line at Elizabeth Craft Designs. So stay tuned for more artwork with that. I might need to go shopping for some more *looks innocently into the sky* :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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ATC card set

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Today I´m stopping by to share a fun Artist Trading Card set with you guys. This one was again inspired by one of Tim Holtz´s Facebook lives. I was watching his live and took some paper and paints out and went from there. This is the end result:

I played with Distress Paints on the background and lifted some paint thru a stencil to create a pattern. Then I added rub-onsand some old book paper pieces here and there. On top of that layer there is some stamping with Dina Wakley stamps. I created a big piece of paper while I was at it and later cut that piece into artist trading card sized pieces. I then fussy cut the ladies from a vintage womens fashion image book and added a stamp sentiment by Dyan Reaveley on top. Some rhinestore stars finish these pieces off.

I had so much fun creating the backgrounds. I really enjoy watching Tim´s lives so much. I am also trying to use product that I have instead of bying new stuff all the time. I have plenty of Ranger product at home already and they want to be used too :).

Wishing you all a lovely week!
xxx, Sanna

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One stencil 3 ways – A Tina Walker & StencilGirl collaboration

Hello everyone!!! Today I´m sharing a set of three projects here on my blog. They were all created using one stencil. The idea of these projects was brought to life by Tina Walker, who organizes collaborations with/for StencilGirl. This time I could also play along, as I happen to own one stencil by them :).

We were challenged to create a) a art journal page b) a home decor piece and c) something else of our own choice, but the point was to use only one (same) stencil by StencilGirl on all of the projects.

I used this stencil (stencil name: Tiny Medallion) by Maria McGuire on all of my projects.

Let´s start by sharing the art journal I created. I´ve used really bright and happy acrylic paint colors on this spread and then added a Gelli Plate magazine transfer picture on top. It´s originally a Replay advertisement, but I cut off the „RE“ :). Now it better fits my journal page theme 🙂

I´ve added stamping (Viva Las Vega Stamps) and Posca pen Details as well as washi tape to the spread and finished the page off by adding black stenciling on top of it all. A quote (I love quotes!) highlights the stenciling and draws the eye to the stencil patterns.

Then there is the home decor piece. I decided to create a wall art piece as I happened to have a bulky wooden board at home. I first gessoed the whole board with white gesso, then repeatedly added layers of Distress Ink on top to create the faux watercolor effect to the page. And for finishing touches and as a centerpiece I added again a black paint stenciled Image with a Tim Holtz chipboard sentiment in the middle of it.

And finally, the free of choice project – I chose to create a set of artist trading cards. I´ve used a Gelli Plate treated mgazine page as my background (the green one). Underneath there are layers of fabric and paint covered baby wipes as texture. I´ve gessoed the stencil Image with white gesso onto each one of them and then added a spray ink misted chipboard circle piece on top. A metal button and a Dina Wakley stamp Sentiment as well as some sewing finish these artist trading cards off. I´ve stamped on a piece of old book paper – love the worn out look of this paper!

And a bonus set of two artist trading cards was also a result of this creative session. I did basically all the same like on the previous ones, except for the DIY mold clay flowers which I misted with spray inks and for the layer of paint covered baby wipe & fabric circles under the clay flowers.

 

Also, here´s a short video featuring the projects in detail:

I really enjoyed creating these projects and had lots of fun taking part to this collaboration/challenge. Thanks for all the fun, Tina!!! Now hop over to her blog to see what other peeps created!!!

Go see the other participants takes and the main page here:

Stencil Girl Blog
Cathy Frailey
Deb Riddell
Linda Wyatt
Tracy Kueger
Tina Walker

Thanks for stopping by,
xxx, Sanna

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