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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Trust Art Journal page

Hello everyone and happy June! Today it´s again time for the June STAMPlorations stencil challenge reveal. For today´s reveal I have created a double page art journal spread.

Here is my art journal spread:

I started by applying black chalk paint onto the background and after that layer was dry, I placed the Festive Bloomdala stencil onto the page and applied red and pink Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the surface.

After that I took the Leaves 1 stencil from my stencil line at STAMPlorations and applied green and white Distress Paint thru the stencil onto the background to create a leaf pattern. For the second page I did the same black background, but instead of dabbing the paint thru the stencil, I misted the paint that was left over on the stencil and pressed the wet Distress Paint area onto the black background. That way I created a negative image of the original pattern. I especially love how the „leaves“ turned out.

For finishing touches I took out my beloved Posca Pens and outlined the paint patterns with the pens. That created even more detail and highlighted the patterns nicely. For final detail I also added a quote that spoke to me and took my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks and added random splatters onto both pages.

Creating in my art journal has been so meditative and relaxing in the past months! I am really enjoying it and try to do it on very regular basis. It helps sort my thoughts and ground me.

Now is your turn – by now you know how these challenges work – see details HERE and read the rules HERE :). Have fun!!! Can´t wait to see what you make for this challenge!!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Stencil challenge reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today it´s again time to remind you all about the May STAMPlorations stencil challenge and the fact that there is still time to play along with it!

Here is what I created for the reminder post:

For this page I used the Fall Floral Trio and the Make Marks 1 stencils with Distress Paints. For the tag I used the negative image of the Lattice stencil.

I just applied yellow and purple Distress Paint thru the stencils onto the background and let the layers dry. Then I took the word „today“ from the Sweet Cravings stamp set and stamped with black stamp ink. there is also the Newsprint Background Bits #1 clear sticker on the background – cut into smaller strips.

For the tag I misted a Distress Paint covered stencil with water and pressed the image onto a piece of white cardstock. Then I cut the piece into a tag size and added the faux stitching, ribbon and the clear sticker sentiment.

For finishing touches I also added the Buttercups and Butterflies stamp set flowers, fussy cut them and colored those with Distress Crayons.

Now it´s your turn. There is still enough time to play along with the stencil challenge. Hop over to the blog to see the other inspiration projects and then join us! Hope to have inspired you to play along!!!

Happy stenciling,
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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Spring AJ page

Hello lovelies and happy Saturday!!! Today I have a fun and colorful art journal page up. It´s all about spring.

I´ve used Distress Paints on the background, then added my stencil patterns with various Distress Paint tones on top. To highlight the stencil patterns, I outlined some of them with Posca Pens.

Next I misted an old book page and stamped the Dina Wakley birdie onto the misted page with black stamp ink. Then I hand drew the leaves. After fussy cutting them I adhered everything on place, added the word stamping and wrote and colored the word spring.

I love how colorful and happy this page turned out. Being isolated and at home all the time I have been enjoying the spring birds sing in our garden. And since there is no other background noice (highway, cards, ambulances, airplanes), you can really hear the gorgeous nature noices of spring outside!! Something good that comes out of this „lockdown“.

Wishing you a lovely spring weekend!!!
xxx, Sanna

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