(heart) you & don´t forget to fly – June MMCC, Vol. 3

Hello there, lovelies!!! Time for some more Mixed Media Card Challenge inspiration for the June challenge :).

Here are my two cards:

I have again glued bits and pieces of paper/ribbon and/or washi tape onto a piece of paper, then cut those into a „frame“ form with a die cut die. Next I added some additional layers using a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil with a silvery paste.

Both cards have the same frame form as a base. To the green-yellow toned card I also added some flowers from my stash, some additional enamel dots, a stamped and fussy cut butterfly as well as a stamped sentiment.

For the second card instead of adding flowers I just added a few stickers and enamel dots for decoration and then outlined both the frame and the card with a black pen.

I hope you will find time to play along with this months fun „COLLAGE“ challenge!!! As an optional element use a frame and when finished, go here and add your link! Hope to see you at MMCC,

xxxx, Sanna

Freedom – MMCC June challenge, Vol. 2

Hello there and happy Monday!! Time to share some more Mixed Media Card Challenge blog inspiration again. For this months challenge you need to create a COLLAGE and as an optional element you can add a FRAME. Just click the above picture to get to the challenge page for more information.

This is the second card I created:

I again used bits and pieces of paper, washi tape, ribbon and border stickers, added layers of ink/stamping and/or stenciled paste over the areas and then used my Big Shot to die cut some butterflies from those paper pieces. Finally I added some enamel dots for additional decoration and my card was done.

Then I went along and painted a watercolor background with a Tattered Angels (patina) Glimmer Mist onto the card base, added some rubber stamp images (stamps by Finnabair) and sentiments. After that I just glued the butterflies down onto the card base and cut the residues off.

I will be sharing some more cards I created for this challenge later on this month and I hope you will come back to take a look ;-).

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna

Hello – June MMCC challenge reveal

Hello everyone! Wow, May literally flew by for me. I had been mainly chasing my tail the whole month and I am glad we are moving over to a new month now. Adjusting to the new work situation has been very demanding and I am hoping for a little bit more relaxed time for June (one can hope, right?).

Beginning of June also means that it is time to reveal the next Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog Challenge!!! Here it is – a really fun one:

So what is expected this time? A collage and as an optional element you can use a frame (all the details on how to play along are listed here). I googled the word collage and Wikipedia says the following: „collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.“ OK, so for me, I used the optional element (frame) as my new whole.

I took a piece of border stickers (repurposing old stash here again!), adhered them on a piece of watercolor paper and added some pieces of patterned paper and silver ribbon here and there too. When that layer of bits and stips was done, I treated the surface with a (chalk) light green paint dauber. After that I added some stamping with black ink. Totally random. Stamps are by Finnabair, by the way.

Next I ran the piece thru my Big Shot and cut the frame form. After that I added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters over the surface and glued it down onto a card base. Next I applied a puffy sticker (from a Gossamer Blue kit) as a sentiment and added some green enamel dots here and there. Finally I also doodled around the card base for additional detail.

So that is my take on collage. I know the end result does not exactly match the definition, but that is what they call the creative freedom, right? This is what I ended up with. It is mixed media and it has lots of bits and pieces from different sources in there, so it´s close enough of a collage for me ;-).

I sure had a fun time making this card and that is what counts, right? AND I found a new way to use my old border stickers (I have a ton of them…) and will for sure come back to this idea again and again. It is kind of addictive :). So now it´s your turn. Get your stash and media out and start to play! Can´t wait to see what you make!! See you at MMCC, lovelies!!

Have fun!!!
xxx, Sanna

California dreaming

Hello lovelies, I am a little bit late with this post, but better late than never, right? For the past years I have been following the CHA via internet and YouTube and now actually being able to go there for the first time was pretty amazing for me! What a start for 2015!! I got my badges, flight ticket and luggage all set – well the luggage was kind of last minute. I only did that the day before *smiling*.

Then the long flight with all kinds of controlls started and yes, I apparently have an appearance that makes border controllers think I´ve got something to hide, as I had the pleasure of doing all the extra bits both ways. This photo was taken pretty early just before boarding the plane in Vienna, still looking pretty fresh and excited ;-).

The flight was long as we had delays in Germany and I was not able to sleep AT ALL in the plane on our way there. So stepping out of the plane I probably looked pretty much like a junkie with my horribly red eyes – no wonder they made all those extra controlls *grinning*.

I remember listening to a podcast just before Christmas by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and (I think) Cheryl Boglioli. They spoke about their first time at the CHA and how they had been all shy/afraid and/or excited about seeing all the renowned designers. Well, that is EXACTLY how I felt being there. I was first of all really excited as I was about to meet some of the people I work for/with at the convention, but I was also a little bit terrified. Now what do you say to someone that well known (did not want to embarrass myself right in the beginning)? „I love your work/I admire what you do“ and then what? Luckily, the people I met and spoke to, were really nice, funny/silly and that made it a lot easier for me to talk to them.

Like these lovely people on the photo – I am so lucky to be able to work with/for them. Btw. I borrowed the above photo from here ;-). They all are such a nice bunch of ladies who immediately did their best to make me feel comfortable amongst them (thank you Cheryl, Jaime, Rebekah, Julie & Lynne!!) And in case we all look a little bit tired in this photo (happy, but tired), it is just because this was taken on day 4 -> we had gone thru some looong days already before this picture was taken…

Annnnddd…I also met Zoey! Only wish we would have found more proper time to chat (and I can´t believe we didn´t get a photo)!! At CHA time truly flies. Once the doors open, you find yourself running from one thing to another and before you know it is closing time again. If you are not well organized, and I suppose many of the first timers are not, as they just don´t know what to expect, you will have trouble keeping up with everything going on. I went to some interesting lectures, took some crafty classes and watched demos, went to meetings and tried to absorb as much as I could. Talk about a busy schedule!

I was also able to chat a little with Nathalie. Here she is standing next to her brand new stamp designs at the Stampendous booth. Can´t wait for those stamps to arrive!!

I also wish I would have had more time to talk and hang with Trina and Keren too! Was nice seeing you IRL!! Here is proof that we met – even though just very briefly. We tried to organize an evening meeting, but sadly I had to rush to another event :(. Better luck next time!

I also met some of my favorite Finnish scrappy friends there (Minna, Elina & Nanna)!! So cool to meet you again – funny how we always have to travel somewhere to meet each other, isn´t it!! And did some fun make ´n takes with the lovely Nanna, who said some really nice things about my karma <3. Hope to see this bunch soon again!!

Another highlight was being able to visit the Prima headquarters and take a class by the lovely Finnabair. Always great to visit her classes! This was now my third time already and it is always very inspiring. Sorry for the bad picture..

I had an absolutely lovely time in Anaheim – even though it even rained for about 2 days!!! But hey, the weather back home sure was not better!! The part of waking up at 5 a.m. every morning (time difference needs some getting used to) was not that nice. When you wake up that early, you are bound to be drained by 9-10 p.m. already. But next time I will be better prepared :-D!

What was most memorable for me about the convention? The people (quite obvious, when you take a look at the photos on this post). I really enjoyed meeting various people, talking to them and having a couple really good laughs with them. Of course seeing new product was also interesting and exciting, but honestly, as a first timer it was almost too much and totally overwhelming for me to try and absorb it all in in such a short period of time. Thus I took quite a pile of photos (if you are interested, I´ve uploaded quite a few HERE) which I will be going back to and studying during the next weeks. I am just first starting to recover from it all (not to mention the time difference) and starting to realize the things that happened during that week or so :).

And of course, while there, we also had to visit Disneyland. We sacrificed one convention day for that – next time I will be wiser and add a day or two for sightseeing. I mean when you travel that far, then you should, right?

It was a great adventure and experience, but I was also happy to be back home and have some peace and quiet around me – the first days after arrival I immediately went to work again, but the past days have been a good pause for the soul. Just what I needed, some peace and quiet to sort my thoughts and re-live the trip.

After arriving home I was pretty worried as I didn´t even go to my studio for almost 4 days. It was just too much.Then, yesterday (I think it was yesterday) I had a really nice skype chat with a few of my scrappy friends and it helped. Sorry, girls, for being so quiet and mainly listening, but you really helped me alot. I even did some creative work today again. Yay, not all hope is lost :-)! I think it is quite a intensive experience to everyone who attends the show and after a week of merry-go-round everyone needs a little time for themselves to reload the batteries.

Still, an amazing experience and I am very happy I was able to make this trip! So many impressions! What a journey!! Would definitely do it again!!

So now it´s back to daily life again – and in between I am going to do some California dreaming – it was as I expected it to be: intensive, amazing, busy and I will probably realize it´s amazingness after a few weeks have passed :).

xxx, Sanna

Better late, than never..

Hi there, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the last days of summer holiday? I know I am :). I am therefore a bit late with this post, as I had been travelling and was on vacation, but finally here is my report from the „Matka luovuuteen“ (translated: „A journey to creativity“) event :). It took place in Turku, Finland and was organized by the lovely Elina Strömberg and Minna Enqvist. Here is a picture of the location, and just in case you are interested to know more about the location, check out this link.

I had never had the chance to meet Finnish scrapbookers IRL before, since I have been living abroad so long and was slightly excited (and very nervous) about meeting them. But as it turned out, I really should not have needed to be nervous, since they were all absolutely hilarious, lovely and warm hearted people!! The atmosphere at the event was lovely and made me feel very comfortable from the very beginning on! Time practically flue by! The event was well organized and took place on a museum ship called „Bore„. The setting was great, the weather was amazing (pure sunshine!!) and the food as well as the company was good. And since I hadn´t been in Finland for five years, I truly enjoyed my short stay :)…

I got to know so many nice creative people at this event, but sadly had too little time to chat with everyone. It is a great scrapbooking community they have there!! ..and if I find a sponsor (any volunteers out there ;-)..? ) I will for sure come again :-). Thanks for a wonderful time, everyone! It was so nice meeting you all in person and creating together!! Hope to see you soon again!

And now to what we created. There was a photo session on Friday which I missed, since I had been out and about with my family. But since I took my family with me, I also had to spend some time with them.. And now for the classes I took part in. The first one was a canvas class by Finnabair. We used some lovely Prima embellishments on this one, as well as all kinds of media. I really liked this canvas class alot and it is always a pleasure taking Finn´s classes, since I like the way she teaches. I am not quite happy with the dark shadows on my canvas..a tad too much black in there in my opinion, but the idea was to learn the techniques and get to know the products, not to end up with perfect results, right? 🙂

This second piece we also made at the class held by Finnabair. Again the kit was packed full with gorgeous embellishments and papers. I was not able to use them all on this layout, so I will be adding the leftover pieces to other artworks later. Not unhappy about that at all :). If you haven´t been on Finnabair´s class before, I recommend you take one with her, she is a very helpfull, patient and lovely teacher from whom you always can learn new techniques, ideas and tricks!! This was not my first class with her and I will be happy to take another class with her, if the possibility comes somewhere in the future :).

Lots of misting and different media and techniques also going on on this page :). It was alot of fun and Finn is such a nice, patient teacher! Thanks for a lovely time and great classes, Finn!!

Then we also did a layout class with Minna Enqvist – one of the organizers. Funny, how you meet people for the first time, and immediately get the feeling, you´ve know them all along. Minna and I had some pretty good laughs during the event – thanks for a lovely table company, Minna 🙂 !! Was really nice to get to know you better!

So something about this page. As you can see – we used all kinds of media on this layout too. The main idea was to choose a picture with a special meaning and tell the story (lots of journaling hidden behind the photo, I tell you!!) behind it/related to it. And then use and test the media we had been given to play with. Just to mention a few: inks, Gelli Plate, acrylic paint, stencils, Pan Pastels, Mists, stamps etc.. I tried it all :). We could all do the page in our way, so everyone ended up creating totally different kinds of layouts. This was so much fun! …and I just might have gotten interested in Pan Pastels…I´ve been avoiding those on purpose for a while now, but I think I will now need to get myself a few colours  ;-)…

And this minibook was a class held by Elina Strömberg, also one of the organizers at the event. I was lucky to be sitting next to her during the event, so we got the chance to chat a little and got to know each other a little better. We had a good time with my new „granny club“ friend 🙂 (<- insider joke). Thanks for a lovely time, Elina, was so nice to finally meet you in person!

So, about this class. We were asked to do some measuring and cutting to get this minibook right, and since I am more of a „go with the flow“ kind of person and hardly ever measure anything, this was a real challenge for me :). As you can see, my mini is not finished yet, as I didn´t have enough photos with me that day. So I will need to finish this project at home.

On this class we got to know and play with some Fiskars and Sizzix products. Especially the Fiskars border cutter seems really interesting, I was not yet familiar with it (oh my..more „needs“ again?). Then again some really nice media techniques here too. And the papers – yummy greyish, black and white and yellow toned ones!! Love, love, love, the paper combo on this mini! Now all I need to do is to finish it..

and now some photos from the event – just for the fun of it 🙂

Everyone is fully concentrated 🙂

Me and my „Granny club friend“ Elina <3

Met the lovely, talented Riikka IRL! Wish we´d had more time to chat!!

..and another group selfie w/ Riikka, Finnabair, Minna and me 🙂

And this is the lovely bunch of people I got to hang out with – special greetings to Veera, Jenni and Milla for the lovely company during the event! Here are some of the blogs, you might want to check out for more photos, artworks and reports from the event:  Ansku, Kaisa, Lena, Taru, Merkku, Maikki-Noora, Jenni, Marika, Milla, Taru, Arja, Heli, Seija, Maaka, Riikka, Veera, Pirjo, Riikka, Nanna, Anna-Kaisa, TanjaPiia, Minna and Elina – I am sure there were more..if I missed someone, just leave me a note and I´ll add the name to the list :). Thanks for a lovely time everyone, too bad time went by so fast..! Hope to see you again some day!!!

xoxo, Sanna