Be awesome and enjoy life – The Nifty Pixel

Hello lovelies, time for my April hybrid layout tutorial. This time I´ve used the Gesso Goodness and the Who Lives Here kits as my starting point. Here is an overview on those:

Gesso Goodness Vol.3 | Paint TexturesGesso Goodness Vol.2 | Paint Textures Makin' Marks Vol.3 | Brush & Stamp Set Who Lives Here? | Paper Pack

I started by choosing the pink w/ gold splatters background paper from the Who Lives Here? paper pack as my patterned paper base. Next I added various bits and pieces and elements from the Gesso Goodness and Makin´ Marks sets onto the patterned paper. I layered them over each other and faded some more onto the backgrund while keeping part of the elements more bold. That way the background is more interesting to the eye.

Sanna LippertWhen I was happy with what I´d created, I again printed the digi paper design out with my Epson A3 format color printer and cut that into a right size.

Sanna LippertI chose a black cardstock as a base for my DIY paper piece and glued it down. Next I printed two portrait images of me (one in color and one in black and white) with my Canon Selphy photo printer. I really do like the fact that I have a small photo printer next to my computer. It makes it so easy to just pick one of two photos from my computer and scrap just those. I used to print huge amounts of photos at once, but then they were all the same size and all in color since I didn´t bother editing them much before printing. I find that this limits the creative process a bit. It can be lots of fun to first edit the photos, change sizes and colors and design and then print them and create a layout with them.

Sanna Lippert Sanna LippertThis time I wanted to add some random bits from my „traditional“ stash to go with the layout, so I picked a light pink scallop ribbon and a piece of white lace. I colored the lace with Distress Stain and Plain Jane Simply Sheer spray ink (all tones in pink) to match my papers.

Sanna LippertAfter the lace was dry, I glued it on it´s place and took a 3rd Eye (sadly, the company closed their shop) circle stamp and added some stamped black images onto the background. I found that they worked really well together with the Makin´ Marks set.

Sanna LippertSince there were golden dots already on the background paper, I added some more using the golden texture spray from Imagine Crafts. It leaves a nice dimensional splatter, when dry. Sanna LippertThen I grabbed some chipboard stars (also 3rd Eye) and black texture spray. Some older Studio Calico stickers also went really well together with the kit designs, so I added those too. Sanna LippertAh, and some more texture spray. The white splatters make the background look more „fresh“. And then again some DIY words (from my lovely scrappy friend Lizzy) had to be added. They work really well with the hybrid paper! I wish I had such a nice handwriting…good thing I have her to deliver me nicely written and cut words!!! Thank you, Lizzy <3

Sanna LippertThe some date stamping to document the date when the photos were taken.

Sanna LippertSome puffy stickers from Evalicious and from a Studio Calico kit. The golden ones worked perfectly with this layout theme.

Sanna LippertNext I added some journaling and the layout was done.

Sanna LippertHere are some detail shots: Sanna Lippert Sanna Lippert Sanna Lippert Sanna Lippert I really enjoyed combining various digi kits together – all designed by The Nifty Pixel. Then just adding all kind of little tidbits for decoration. Such a fun process to do. Like I´ve said previously, I enjoy the fact that I can create the first „layered“ background paper in digital form, then print it out and work my way towards the finished layout from there. That way the layouts don´t get so bulky either. Still lots of detail and layers going on in there, but easily fits a photo album pocket.

I hope you will give The Nifty Pixel kits a try!!!
Happy hybrid scrapbooking,
xxx, Sanna

SUPPLIES:
The Digichick/The Nifty Pixel

INSPIRATION:
The Nifty Pixel Website

#happybirthday Vol. 2

For starters let me apologize, if this card in any way will make you feel unwell. Yes, it is an anatomical heart on the top of the card. And yes, I have inked it to make it look as real as possible… the reason? This card was a custom order for a special kind of birthday (a medicine student).

And I really, really, really like the way it turned out. Boy, do I wish 3rd Eye never would have closed their doors – they had such special, versatile stamp designs. I loved their products! There are still some 3rd Eye products available at the Mixed Media Place store, just in case you are interested 😉 …

I´ve used blue spray ink to create the faux watercolor background. I think I am addicted to creating these backgrounds atm… Anyways, I had a great time creating this card. Hope the recipient will like it too…

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

You make me happy – MMCC November challenge reveal

Hello everyone and happy November!!! Gosh, where has the time gone??!! I have not even started on my Xmas cards yet and time is starting to run out..eeekk! BUT first things first. Let´s start by sharing the November Mixed Media Card Challenge with you:

This time the theme is FAMILY and as an optional element you are asked to use ARROWS. Now there are various possibilities to approach this theme. You could create a card for Thanksgiving, for example.

 I have used a more general theme. It is, in a way, a thank you card, I think. There is always that special someone in the family who can brighten up ones day, no matter how bad it has been until then. Well, this is the kind of card I´d like to give that special person to tell them how much I appreciate them being there for me.

And this is how I created the card:

I first wiped some Distress Stain (pink & purple) onto a working surface and then pressed a piece of relatively thick watercolor paper over the ink/color. Then I let the paper dry properly.

Next I took a 3rd Eye (sadly, the store has closed their doors, but you will find a stamp or two still sold HERE…) arrow stamp and stamped and arrow pattern with black ink over the „faux watercolor“ area.

After that I took some colored texture spray (by Imagine Crafts) and added droplets of white and black over the stamped area. This needs to dry a while.

While the droplets were drying I stamped a sentiment (stamp by Kaisercraft) and fussy cut it. I also used a nice feather (a present by my lovely scrappy friend Lizzy <3) to go behind the sentiment.

Finally I adhered everything, outlined the card with a black pen and added some glitter glue onto the arrows for additional detail. Fun and easy!

So now is your turn – hope you like this months theme and join us for another fun MMCC challenge over HERE!

xxx, Sanna

Time

I am totally addicted to art journaling at the moment! I am not much of a diary keeper, but I find that the artistic way of putting ones random thoughts and feelings down on paper really has something to it! If is very freeing and in addition you play with your favorite media and maybe even discover new ways of using them and/or new techniques as a side product along the way!

Here is my recent spread – this, like the previous one – was for an art journal swap. So these are already on their way to the recipient. I really hope she likes them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

I think I am going to create some more in my art journal. Really enjoy this process and have the feeling it does my soul good :)!

See you around, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

Welcome home – Mixed Media Card Challenge, more inspiration

Hi there! Today I´d like to shortly remind you of the ongoing December challenge over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog. The theme is „home“ and as an optional element you are asked to use „lace“.

This is the second card I created based on this months theme:

I´ve first used a Hero Arts background stamp and hear embossed some clear embossing powder. The I applied some Distress Ink in several colours onto the background. After that I heated a wax silver crayon to create those random splatters. Then a ribbon and a chipboard house with a sentiment „welcome home“ next to it. The house is first coloured with „Wink of Stella silver brush pen“ and next covered with some glitter glue. Finally I added some „faux stitching“ around the edges.

That is my take, now it´s your turn to create a card based on this theme! You still have a little over 10 days to join in! Hope to see you at MMCC, lovelies!!

xxx, Sanna