Wall art piece

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I am currently recovering from a cruciate replacement surgery and as I am writing this, I am still in the hospital (hoping to be able to go home soon). Thus, the regular posting here on my blog has been interrupted, because of that reason.

Therefore I am today sharing another wall art piece with you, that I created as a class sample a while ago.

This piece has lots of mixed media bits on it and was inspired by nature. When taking walks and traveling, I often pick pebbles, rocks, twigs and moss to take home with me and these pieces often end in a mixed media art piece later.

So for this piece I used a rock and a stick from nature to build my guardian angel. I added stenciling with Nuvo Glitter paste and one of my own stencil designs at STAMPlorations.

There is also plenty of misting on the background in various earthy colours, some canvas, tissue paper wings and natural toned cord on this piece. I also added a rub-on picture behind the „angels“ head as a centerpiece.

I love creating canvases like these! This particular piece I later gifted a dear crafty friend, who lives in Thessaloniki :). I hope it brings joy to it´s new owner :).

That´s all for today. Now back to resting and recovering! That will be on my programm mainly for quite a few days now and then slowly getting into physiotherapeutical things and hopefully after 3 weeks, can toss the crutches too.

Hoping you all are healthy and keep that way, even though there is the situation of Covid-19. Let´s take care of ourselves and stay safe. Wishing you all a lovely day.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Seed – STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge reminder

Hello lovelies and happy Sunday! Today it´s again time to share the March STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge Reminder projects with you.

Here is my take:

This is actually the first piece to the two-piece-set of canvases I created. I shared the second piece on March 1st for the reveal post (here). This is the beginning of the series and it basically says, that life begins from a seed. So the starting point is the same, but the second piece says we are all different originals :). That´s the idea behind this set of two, basically.

For this canvas I used plenty of spray inks, some glitter paste (tinted and transparent) and also lots of found objects, mainly from the nature. Also I´ve added a tinted piece of canvas with rub-ons on it to the background.

This piece is actually a little bit older than the second part of this set. I craeted this piece while holding a class a while ago, but I´ve never shared this piece anywhere and since I now made a set out of them, I found that I should share them both.

That´s my take for the reminder post. There is still enough time for you to join the March STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge. Hope you will do so! Cannot wait to see what you make!!!

Wishing you a great day and happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Art display wall at home

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!! Today I´d like to share a DIY art wall with you all. See, I have been collecting art done by my crafty friends for a while now and finally had so much together, that I could decorate a whole staircase wall section with them.

Here is what it now looks like:

This staircase wall is the one leading to my studio upstairs and it took my husband and me a whole Saturday to get it done.

I´ve framed the art pieces (if they weren´t on a frame yet!) into IKEA shadow frames. I love the depth this type of frames create around the picture/art piece.

Most of the art is by my very talented and lovely crafty friend Tina Walker. I love what se does!!! And then there are pieces by Tracy Albrechtson Krueger, Maria Potapovich and Louise Nelson. Some, even, are by me. And a few of them were a result of a collaboration of some kind. Oh, and there is a mask from the Amazon in the middle of it all as I find that it perfectly goes with the rest of the art pieces. Our visit there last summer has left an impression – I truly was in awe of the beauty of the rainforest. I think a piece of my heart stayed there…

Anyway, this wall is very special and what better way to get inspired on one´s way to the studio than to pass a art collection like this!!

Here you can see the arrangement from the front, sorry for the bad lighting here, it was a little bit later and darker when I took the last photos.

This art wall makes me soooo happy! Have you displayed art on your walls? Is it by yourself or do you collect art pieces by your crafty friends, like I did? I´d love to see how you display the art!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

DIY Wedding present idea – Tonic Studios

Hi there everyone and happy Monday! Today I´d like to share a DIY wedding present idea with you. If the bride and the groom wish for money, it´s always a fun idea to pack/present it in a fun way. Here is one idea how that could be done:

Step 1: Buy a frame that you can alter and decorate to your liking. This one is very romantic on it´s own and can later be used for family portraits or wedding photos or even honeymoon fotos.

Step 2: Create/come up with creative phrases for each frame and print them out with your color printer onto a patterned paper of your choice. In this case the bride is a fan of pink, so pink was the main color. Each frame has a different text in them. Here is one example of such text: „When short of cash, break the glass here“. You can create personalized phrases for every frame that suit the couple, their lifestyle, their hobbies and what they like for example. That gives the present an even more personalized feeling.

Step 3: Then die cut little hearts next to the printed sentiments and attach the money behind the open area, so that just bits and pieces can be seen (also hide some of the money behind the patterened paper completely, so it will be a nice surprise for the bride and the groom to find even more money hidden behind the die cut heart piece. I used washi tape to attach the money to the patterned paper, so it will not move around when constructing the frame into one piece again. And the washi tape is also easy to remove from the money later.

Step 4: Finally, buy a small „hammer“ of some kind and attach it to the frame, so when the newlyweds need the money, they just „break“ the glass :). Of course they will not do that IRL, but rather open the frames from behind, but it adds a nice/fun detail to the present. I used a wooden mini  hammer here and painted it pink and white with acrylic paint and attached a small ribbon (and sticker alphas) to make it look more personalized and also a little bit more feminine. The hammer is attached to the frame with two strips of red tacky tape, so it stays on it´s place until opened.

Step 5: After you are done assemblying, wrap the whole frame into cellophane and decorate with romantic ribbons. Also you can attach an envelope to the present and add a card inside.

I´m sorry for the poor photos, but I forgot to take good photos while I was creating, so these ones were quickly taken after the whole thing was finished – thus the poor quality…

Happy crafting,
xxx,Sanna

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Spring Fling 12 Days of Giveaways STAMPlorations Event

Hello lovelies and welcome to the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Event!!! This event started on the 1st of April and will continue until the 12th! The STAMPlorations team girls will be sharing spring themed project throughout this time period and today is my turn to share my first project.

For today´s post I´ve created a mixed media altered decor piece out of a tin can. Here is what I made:  

I used a tuna paste tin as my base and a piece of concrete builds the base the tin stands on. That concrete piece is misted with Glimmer Mists and I used the Tonic Studios Craft Glue to adhere the two pieces together. I am really pleased with the good quality of the glue, it holds metal and concrete on place really well! 

I started this project by painting the tin with Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint which hold onto metal, wood and many other materials without any primer or sanding! And the great thing is that when it dries it creates a chalky kind of finish which look good on various surfaces.

For the background I started by digging my Gelli Arts Mini Printing Plates out and used a piece of packaging tissue paper (came with a pair of shoes I recently bought). I always save this type of papers for crafting projects :). I then took out some acrylic paints and the Whales Tale stencil and started creating patterns with the Gelli Plate and the stencil onto the tissue paper. You cannot see it really well, but there is a turquoise whales tale pattern going on on the bottom of the tin. I adhered it onto place with decoupage adhesive.

Next I used the Buttercups & Butterflies stamp set with black embossing powder to create the embossed flower images onto white cardstock. I used a fairly thick cardstock to make the flowers sturdy. Then I fussy cut them (there is also a matching die set available at the STAMPlorations store, if you not into fussy cutting ;-)..). After that I used Distress Inks to color  the flowers in two pink tones.

I sprayed some Red Tipped Roses Glimmer Mist on top of the tissue paper to create even more interest into the background. Next I adhered the flowers in place.

I then decorated the piece with thick hemp garn and little birdies. For interest I also added some Nuvo Confetti stars and sequins here and there. There is also two types of ribbon going around the tin on the outside. Also adhered on place with the Tonic Craft Glue. It holds everything on place like a dream!

Here on the tilted piece you can see the Whales Tale pattern on the bottom a little bit better. Finally I also added a small rub-on word on the very top on a piece of cord. This is my first Spring Fling project. I hope you have enjoyed reading thru the steps. Be sure to come back again on the 9th to see my second project. Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog for even more fun spring themed projects!!!

Happy hoppin´!
Sanna

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