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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Perspective AJ page

Hello and happy Thursday!! Today I´m again stopping by to share another peek into my art journal. This one resulted from random play again. I was just adding colours until everything felt right and then went from there.

I had originally pressed a wet stencil onto the background (can you see the light stencil pattern peeking thru here and there? Next I added more spray ink to the right edge and let the ink move freely and created droplets. When it was dry, I took a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil and applied Dina Wakley´s turquoise paint thru it onto the page. I love the orange with the turquoise! Such a fresh combo!!

Then I felt like adding black. That made the rest of the colours pop! I loved the look, so I didn´t want to overdo it. Therefore the Posca Pen drawn faces. they are light and don´t compete with the rest. I love drawing this type of faces so much! Learned to love it at Louise Nelson´s class in Norway two years ago :).

Then I found a quote that I liked and wrote that down with a white signo uni-ball pen. I´ve ruined quite a few (was not patient enought with wet paint – I wil never learn!), but got myself replacements, so everything is fine now :).

For the hair parts I used a grey Distress Crayon by Tim Holtz/Ranger. Rest is Posca pens. I think I am going to put this one in a frame at some point.

Have a gorgeous day everyone!!
xxx, Sanna

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Do Good AJ page

Hello there and happy Monday evening! I´m stopping by to share an art journal page with you. This one is just random play, while trying to get my mind free of things bothering me.

How´s your Monday getting along? I feel drained after work today – already can hear my bed calling my name *LOL*. I think it´s partly because of the back paint I´ve been experiencing lately. Still some side-effects emerging from time to time, post surgery, I think.

Art usually helps – but I feel too tired for that even. What is your recipy for overcoming total tiredness? Except for the obvious – sleep? When I´m this drained, it usually affects my mood in a bad way and I really hate, when that happens. So if you have any tips for survival, I´m all ears!!!

Like mentioned before, this page is just a result of random play. I misted a background with spray ink, putting fussy cut circles here and there. Then I outlined the circles with black paint, waited for that layer to dry and added Distress Crayons. I also removed some of the crayon with a baby wipe (thru a stencil). That way the stencil pattern appears. The stamping is a planner stamp set by Elizabeth Craft Designs and other than that I used a STAMPlorations stencil to create the crackle paste images. For finishing touches I added a quote.

OK, that´s all from me today. I´m feeling bedtime coming earlier today 🙂

This week can only get better from here on 😀 – wishing you a lovely, creative week!!!
xxx, Sanna

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Smile – Art Journal page

Hello everyone and happy Monday! Today I´m quickly stopping by to share another art journal page with you. This one is just experimenting with various products.

I´ve used Nuvo Shimmer Powder, Brusho´s, Distress Crayons, Distress Paint and Stabilo pen as well as Posca pens on this page.

It´s just about random play and seeing how various products react to each other. So no deeper meaning behind this page. Just applying various media and seeing how they react with each other.

I hope you had a great weekend and are hanging in there? I have reached day 35 by now here and there have been ups and downs along the road.

Have a good day, everyone!
xxx, Sanna

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Girly birthday card

Hello lovelies! How about a colored image card for a change? I know, I don´t do them that much, but I was asked to create a girly birthday card and while brainstorming about it, I was flicking thru a coloring book by Stampington and spotted the perfect image. It made a great centerpiece for the birthday card! Here is what I created:

Sanna Lippert - Girly Birthday CardVery pink with lots of glitter and girlish feeling going on on this one ;-). I really enjoyed coloring the image. I used to spend hours and hours with coloring books as a child. And it still is lots of fun.

Sanna Lippert - Girly Birthday CardI did some doodling around the edges with a black and white paint pen (by Dylusions). Really like how those little details make the edges pop. The recipient of the card likes glitter, so I tried to incorporate as much as I possibly could. I added die cut, double sided adhesive hearts onto the background and then poured two tones of Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter onto those areas. The darker tone is Bright Grape and the lighter one is called Copper Rose.

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I also added a die cut sentiment, colored the words black with a marker and then treated the surface with a Wink of Stella silver brush. The number 9 is an from an older Pink Paislee collection – since it has a nice glitter surface, it works perfect for this card. And I do love the nice sparckle the glitter adds to the card.

I sure hope the recipient likes her card!!! I had a good time creating this piece – even though it totally differs from my usual cards.

ps. for a short video, on how to apply the glitter, see THIS link!

Happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Elizabeth Craft Designs –  Silk Microfine Glitter (Copper Rose, Bright Grape)
Elizabeth Craft Designs – Happy Birthday die cut die sentiment
Stampington & Company – The Coloring Studio book (girl image from there)
Faber-Castell – Pitt Artist Pen „big brush“
Stampin´ Up! – Stampin´ write markers
Tim Holtz Distress Crayon – picked raspberry & mermaid lagoon
Dylusions – black and white paint pen