Smile AJ page

Hi there and happy Tuesday!! Today I´m sharing another page from my bigger Dylusions art journal. This one is a try on an abstrack page – Dina Wakley style. As you might know, I have been watching her Facebook lives lately and am really loving the way they boost my creativity. Foremost, they boost my „just play“ mode – and every time she aires, I get inspired anew. So grateful for her lives!!!

This one is just a random play with her paints to create an abstract pattern. Very muchly inspired by her work, as you can see. But it was great to just make circles and see how the diluted paint works it´s ways on the background when I just leave it to do it´s own thing. So cool. And hard for me not to grab my heat tool :D. But I made it!

Love, love Dina´s paints. And the colours. And after I was done painting, the page was screaming for a word and smile was the one that first came to my mind (I felt happy when I made this, so maybe therefore smile?), so I just added the word there. That´s it.

The background has gesso on it first, everything else is just Dina´s paints and some Stabilo pen here and there. Simple, easy and so much fun!

Hope you had a fabulous day!!! I slept better, so I´m feeling energized today again (yes!!!). I hate that feeling from yesterday – better not come back again, that one!

xxx, Sanna

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Original – STAMPlorations March challenge reveal

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! It´s again time for the STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge reveal over at the STAMPlorations blog. I´ve created a canvas for this months challenge reveal.

Here is what my canvas looks like:

It´s the second piece of a series that I started a while back white holding a class. This particular piece is the second part of the set of canvases and it basically says: „We are all originals, there is no second person just like me“.

For this canvas I used plenty of gesso, modeling paste, tinted rope and ribbons, tinted canvas, spray inks, glass beads, black paint splatters and my stencils from the STAMPlorations line. I also added some Tim Holtz deco pieces onto the canvas as well as old book pages.

I really like how this page turned out. Now´s your turn to get crafty and create something featuring a stencil. Also remember to link back to the STAMPlorations reveal post, when posting your project and also feature their challenge image on your blog. Have fun crafting!!! Cannot wait to see what you create!

Have a great start into the month and happy crafting!
xxx, Sanna

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Art journal page

Hi there lovelies and happy weekend! Wishing yours filled with lots of sunshine, swimming, fun times with the loved ones and also some crafty time :). I am dropping by to share another art journal page with you today – something totally random, very colorful and done out of a momentary feeling which led to these results:

I´ve added lots of bits from magazines and newspapers to this page. Just fun colorful things here and there.

On the bottom I´ve used my Molecules stencil and some yellow acrylic paint. Everyting else is just paper layers. Some are colored with watercolors to make them stand out more. For finishing touches I added some Posca pen decorations, some white gesso and random rub-on residue bits. I love working in my art journal lately and I´m trying not to thing much when I start – not over-analyzing anything, just letting the feeling carry my forward. Feels good to just let things happen on their own. Messy fun!

See you soon again,
xxx, Sanna

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TAGplorations June challenge reminder, vol. 2

Hello there and happy Friday!!! Have you played along with the TAGplorations June Challenge already? This months theme is „All About Dad“ and you are asked to use stencils on your tag projects. I know right, so easy!!!

Here is my second challenge reminder post for that particular challenge – I do hope you join the fun with us!

On this tag I am still continuing with the similar theme, like on my two previous tags (here and here). This time I took a bolder color to combine with green as it better fits the tag sentiment. Orange, in my opinion, is a stand out color :).

For the tag itself, I again used the same techniques like on the previous tags. Funny, how the exact same idea looks quite different, when you change a color or two!!!

Here also the sentiment is a bit different. It´s more bold :). And we know dads love to stand out and feel special, so what better way to say it, than with this stamp sentiment! The bird is just a random idea, but in a way it also fits (bird,  hatching, birth/born) :).

That´s all from me today. Do play along with us – there is still time to join in!!!

Wishing you happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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STAMPlorations Clear Stickers Reveal

Hello lovelies and Happy Thursday!! STAMPlorations recently launched a selection of Clear Stickers to their product palette. There are various themes available, like Coffee, Christmas, Mom, Family and all types of General/Inspirational sentiments. This is a great addition to the product palette at STAMPlorations!! So let´s celebrate that abit :)!!

For today´s post I´ve created a set of Coffee themed projects, featuring some of the Clear Stickers from the Coffee Line. There are plenty more available at the store, so be sure to check them ALL out :). I might as well warn you – they are quite addictive!! 🙂

And now to the projects:

I started by stamping a few coffee mugs (stamp also by STAMPlorations) with embossing ink onto white cardstock, then heat embossing with golden embossing powder.

After fussy cutting the images I colored them with Distress Inks and a water thank brush and then went on with creating some cards.

For both of these cards I used some of my own stencil design to create the card background and then adhered the fussy cut coffee mugs with 3D foam onto the cards. I had the „Just Caffeinate“ clear stickers set waiting and attached the stickers onto an inked piece of white cardstock and then fussy cut them into banners.

These stickers are really great for so many types of projects. You can use them for scrapbooking, art journaling, ATC´s, cards, tags and all types of paper crafts that come to your mind. ALSO, they would work great on home decor pieces too, I´m thinking of altered candle holders with sentiments on them, for example! I think I need to make such soon 🙂

But I didin´t want to create only cards as there are so many other possibilities to use these stickers. I did a set of Artist Trading Coins using one of the new Faces stencils (Foxy). That one worked perfectly together with the Caffeine Gueen stickers :)!!!

I die cut the circles, then applied some paper pieces on top and after that gessoed and inked the background with Distress Inks. After everything was dry, I inked the stencil image wth black ink onto the ATCoins and added the „Caffeine Queen“ sticker next to the face.

I love how these coins turned out. This coffee sentiment set I was using has plenty of stickers in it: a total of 128 stickers/16 stickers per sticker sheet and 8 sheets of stickers inside.

Here you can see the full sticker sheet featured – don´t you just love these sentiments?? I do!!
preview-justcaffeinate

Be sure to check out the Clear Sticker section at the STAMPlorations store here for even more amazing themes!!!  Now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog for more!!

And be sure to stop by my blog on Saturday, when I will be featuring even more stickers projects – this time featuring Christmas – here on my blog.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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