A tribute to Melissa Lane

On October 2nd, Melissa Lane (https://honeybeelane.wordpress.com) passed away. She was a talented cardmaker/crafter/artist, a mother of 4, wife, and servant of Jesus. Melissa loved to garden and she loved photography. Her favorite color was red, and she loved butterflies – so much so that many of the cards and other projects she made had butterflies in them.

She was a valuable part of STAMPlorations – in the 2 years we were blessed to have her on the Mixed Media team, she created some of most gorgeous mixed media projects around and she shared her knowledge through the tutorials she wrote.

If you knew Melissa when she was alive – maybe you were on the same design team(s) or you were bloggy friends. However you knew her, we’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory.

You may blog about the card you make as a tribute to her or not, but either way, you can add your card to Melissa’s Butterfly Gallery that will be found on the tribute post. The linky will be open until October 31.

And should you wish Melissa’s family to have your card, you can mail it to the address below. Shery Russ (STAMPlorations owner and Melissa’s friend) will collect the butterfly cards, put them in a box, and mail them to Melissa’s family.

Mail your butterfly cards to:

Shery Russ
20147 Road 192
Strathmore, CA 93267
USA

This is my tribute card to Melissa, who loved butterflies. I found this particular sentiment perfect for her card. My very deepest condolenses go out to her family and friends.

Sanna

Blue toned butterfly art journal page

Hello lovelies, it is again time for another Mixed Media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time I created an art journal page using various STAMPlorations stencils with acrylic paints.

Here is the finished piece:

It started off totally different as I wanted to play with color and stencils and just randomly added them onto the page. I build a focal point around the beautiful STAMPlorations butterfly stamps and colored them with POSCA pens.

Then I felt that the backgrond was too strong in color in combination with the butterflies, so I did a little trick and added two tones of blue acrylic paint onto the page leaving just tiny peeks into the original background visible thru the random circles. This way the butterflies stood out better from the background and the title/quote would be more visible also.

Here are some detail shots of the page and in the end you will find a start-to-finish video to watch! I hope you enjoy my tutorial and get inspired to play freely in your own art journal!!

and to the video:

Have fun with your stamps and stencils – see you soon with another mixed media tutorial!
Happy stenciling,
Sanna

Supplies:

Altered clothes tag „Fly“ – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone, it´s my turn again to share yet another Mixed Media tutorial with you over at the STAMPlorations blog today. Quite a while back I shared a clothes tag tutorial with you and today I´d like to share a second one. I always keep nice clothes when I spot them while shopping clothes for me and my boys and later incorporate those in various projects. They are great to alter and work perfect as as starting point for a mixed media project. Here is what I created this time:

Here is what I did:

1. The tag has a logo on it, so I first applied a thin layer of white gesso on top of that area.
2. After that I took old music note sheets and adhered small strips onto the gessoed area.
3. Next I took the Doily Squares stencil and placed it onto the tag. I applied a relatively thick layer of modeling paste with a palette knife thru the stencil onto the tag background and let that dry.
4. After the paste was dry I sprayed two tones of spray ink onto the surface and dried them with a heat gun. Next I added some white and red ink splatters for additional interest.
5. I then placed the butterflies into a misting box (cardboard box) and sprayed a light yellow spray ink layer onto them first.
6. After the first layer was dry, I placed the Super Bubbles stencil on top of the butterflies and sprayed a layer of apricot spray ink thru the stencil onto the butterflies. I carefully removed the wet, misted stencil and randomly pressed the residue ink onto a strip of white paper. That will work as a great starting point for another mixed media project. This way no ink goes to waste.
7. I then outlined the butterflies with a black pen to add more contrast and adhere them overlappingly onto the tag and added half pearls for detail. Finally I adhered a wood veneer piece and a ribbon for detail. This altered clothes tag will make a great present tag for a future present.

There is also a start-to-finish video I prepared for you to give you a better idea of the altering process. Hope you like it!!

I hope you get inspired to play with stencils and alter/recycle a clothes tag or two!! Have fun!!!

Don´t forget that there is a gift card code for you that will give you 20% off your order. Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout at the STAMPlorations store. It´s good for both reduced value product as well as regular prized ones. Here are some of the cool new products available. Happy shopping :).

& Happy crafting,
Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations – Doily Squares
ARTplorations – Super Bubbles

Butterfly tag – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there lovelies!!!  Time for „Tag Tuesday„. That just came to my mind when preparing this post, but would be kinda fun to try and post a tag every Tuesday, wouldn´t it? However, I am afraid I will not be able to make one EVERY Tuesday, so these „Tag Tuesday“ posts will be somewhat random in the beginning. But it is a start :).

This tag is one of my projects that is travelling around with Elizabeth Craft Designs booth atm. I made a few cards and tags for shows and this is one of those. There is plenty of things on this tag I really like: Silk Microfine Glitter, Moda Scrap line die cut dies and spray inks by Tattered Angels. I love this combination – happy spray ink colours mixed together with shiny glitter and combined with lovely die cut butterflies. There is lots and lots of spring feel to this tag. Happy spring everyone!!!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Dancing Butterflies
Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
Pearls & gems
Black pen
Ribbons

Whimsical home decor piece – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies!!! A while back I saw a beautiful home decor piece on Pinterest, created with butterflies. I have been wanting to create a butterfly home decor piece of my own ever since and after finding a reasonably prized glass dome at IKEA, I finally could create one.

Here is what my finished piece looks like:

The fun part about this project is that I´ve used lots of „junk“ to make this piece. The wire is from an old table calendar. I tossed the calendar and kept the wire. The butterflies are punched out of an old notebook paper I found at a local flea market and the bottom wood base (covered with burlap) is a piece of wood from my husband´s crafty project. So basically I just altered those and gave them new life :).

The fun part of this project was to use Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, some Canvas Corp Burlap and punches to bring some life to the old junk objects. I have a full start-to-finish fast forward video tutorial prepared for you to watch! Hope you like it!!!

If you would like to read more about this project, hop over to the Canvas Corp Blog to read more details over there. I´ve listed some tips and ideas over there. And now, here is the video:

I hope you enjoyed watching the video and got inspired by it to create a fun spring home decor piece of your own! Don´t forget to add some sparckle to your project with the gorgeous Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours!!! Here is a link to the spray ink lines.

Happy crafting! Let´s stay creative!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist Summer Glow
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist Italian Sunset
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist Jack Frost
Simply Sheer – Strong Pink
Tattered Angels – Chalkboard Ink Inchworm
Old Music note book paper
Canvas Corp – Burlap
Wire
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Aleene´s Tacky Glue
Pen – black
Punches – Martha Stewart, Stampin´ Up!
Rose ribbon – Maya Road
Word Stickers – Tim Holtz Idea-ology
ARTplorations Leaf Prints Stencil – STAMPlorations
White paper flowers
Ranger Inc. – Stickles