October Stencil Challenge Reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello everyne! It´s again time to remind you about this months Stencil Challenge at STAMPlorations!! There is still plenty of time to play along – hope you join the fun with us!!!

This is my reminder post project:

For this card I used Monika Skinners new Flexi Templates (Ovals here) with the new Slimline stencils designed by Shery. I first placed the ovals into the middle and inked around the edges with pink ink, then I placed the slimline stencil over everything else and added darker pink ink tone onto the pink areas thru the stencil.

After that I removed the oval template in the middle and placed the „edge“ piece of the oval template over the pink areas. This way I could ad orange to the middle without messing the colours. For finishing touches I misted the Slimline stencil with water and pressed it onto the orange inked oval and let water do it´s magic. You can see the pattern here and there on the background.

For finishing touches I added some stamping with the STAMPlorations Noteworthy stamp set and then went on adding some Nuvo Drops and paper flowers and buttons from my older stash.

Now again be sure to check out the fabulous project the other DT girls designed for your inspiration and then join the fun :). Hope you see you at STAMPlorations blog!

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Stencil Sunday – STAMPlorations

Hi there lovelies and happy Saturday and happy STENCIL SUNDAY!!! Today´s post is all about stencils. I´ve created a set of ELEVEN cards using stencils and this post is here to serve as your inspiration to grab your stencils and have a good play with them!!! Also, there is a longer video available for you to watch too! My apologies for a very photo-heavy post, but since the video explaines the techniques, I will keep short with the writing this time 🙂 …

Let´s start – here you can see the finished cards and at the end of this post, be sure to watch the how-to video too:

I had a great time playing with the stencils and various media!! And in the process ended up creating a bunch of cards for my „card box“ to serve a purpose in the future. Good to have stocked up on my cards again :).

Like always, feel free to take advantage of my personal discount code at STAMPlorations online store. It´s good for 20% off your order if you add the following sentiment upon checkout: „STAMPGIRLSANNA„. Enjoy!!!

I hope you liked the inspiration!!! Have fun playing with your stencils!!!
See you soon,
xxx, Sanna

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Altered 2018 notebook cover – STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

Hello there everyone and happy December!! Today it´s again time to share some STAMPlorations stencil love with you. For this months Stencil Sunday I´ve altered a notebook cover with lots of little bits and bobs and some of my new stencils.

I´ve first added orange acrylic paint thru the Evolution stencil onto the background. Next I used a piece of leftover patterned paper as a base for the 2018 glitter stickers. But before adhering them on their place, I first applied some white modeling paste thru the Flowers 2 stencil here and there.

When the paste was dry, I added some Trees 1 pasted images on top too. Next I added border stickers elements here and there (these are from older stash – good to get that used again here!!). then I just added random details, like liquid pearls, white gel pen circles and Glimmer Glaze droplets here and there.

In the end I outlined the patterend paper with a black gel pen and also added „faux stitching“ around the book cover edges with a white gel pen. The book cover was finished in no time. It is full of empty pages inside that just need to be filled with lots of ideas during the coming year. I don´t know about you, but I am eagerly waiting for the new year to start. This year had more downs than ups, so I am happy to say goodbye to it soon. And start filling this book with new ideas!!!

Hope you will be joining the Mixed media and Tagploration challenge over at STAMPlorations blog with us!!! Oh, and don´t miss the projects my creative design team colleagues have made for your inspiration!!

I am also adding my 20 % off gift card code for you as a reminder here:
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Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Stencil Sunday – STAMPlorations

Hello everybody, it´s again time for another STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday. My project for today is really very small – a button book! The idea of creating a button book is not originally mine, I saw it somewhere while surfing the net and was immediately intrigued to try such a tiny size out. This is my take on a stenciled button book:

I started by folding a 12 x 2,5 inch long piece of white paper into folds the size of the buttons I had chosed to be the minibook „covers“. I didn´t do exact measuring, just eyeballed the right size. I can live with measurements like that :). The paper had been pre-treated with blue Distress Ink tone „faded jeans“.

I did a project recently, where I used that color and this was a piece I had dabbed the residue ink onto while finishing the other project. I always to that to save the residue ink. The bits and pieces of paper then later work as nice starting points for other projects. Like for this one, for example.

I wanted to add more color to the fanfolded page(s) and grabbed Distress Oxide iced spruce and twisted citron tones. I added them directly to the work surface and sprayed water mist over then. Next I just dabbed the paper into the wet ink. I repeated this until I was happy with the result. In between dabbing I always used a heat tool to dry one layer, before moving over to the next one.

Here you can see the end result with the inks.

To make sure that the folds would hold, I added bits of washi tape onto the flipside of the fanfolded paper. I used quite a sturdy paper (Luxo Art Samt) for the pages, but still wanted to play sure and added the washi.

Then I took out some STAMPlorations stencils to add color and pattern to the background and make it more interesting for the eye. I went for purple Distress Oxide first and added a leaf pattern very randomly onto the front side. I kept the flipside the way it is.

For the next step I chose to add a bubble pattern with blue Distress Oxide (for a full material list, see the end of this post with direct links to used product). I really like the look of the fanfolded paper and the colors work well together too.

Next I took a piece of scrap paper in white and stamped two motivational sentiments with black ink. Those would be the story inside the book. Since there is not much place inside the book, these small sentiments will easily fill it.

After stamping the sentiments I fussy cut them into smaller pieces, so that one word/part of the word would fit into one fold opening. I also added some stamped flying birds here and there for additional interest. I found that they work well together with with sentiment theme. Here is the finished result:
Finally all I needed to do was to adhere the book covers (=wooden buttons) onto the fanfolded paper piece. I used gel medium for adhering just to make sure the buttons would stay put :). Here you can see the reverse side of the book:

Here is how the finished tiny button book looks like. I have been wanting to create a kind of treasure box with various kinds of altered items, tiny books and altered found objects etc. to put on display somewhere in our home. This tiny button book will mark the start of this project. I will be adding various projects along the next months to that box and then finally create the treasure/keepsake box for those items in the end.        

This is the reverse side of the book:

Here is the front to the book: Just to give you an idea of how tiny this little button book is: the button itself has a diameter of approximately one inch :). I loved creating this piece! So refreshing to try out something totally different for a chance! Too bad I can´t remember who´s button book inspired me to try this idea and where I saw it, but I´m hoping that person might see this and leave a comment so you can go and take a look at that piece too.

Ok, enough of this project, now hop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my design team colleagues have been upto and creating! Hope you get inspired by the projects, get your stencils out to play and also join the Mixed Media challenge here. See you around!

Don´t forget that you can use my gift code for 20% off your order at the STAMPlorations store!!! Just add „STAMPGIRLSANNA“ upon checkout…

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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You were born to fly – Stamplorations Stencil Sunday

Hello there lovelies, it is again Stencil Sunday time! For today I´ve created a fun project to share with you. It is something that I discovered when cleaning my stencils recently. I did the cleaning process on my work surface and when wiping the stencil clean with a baby wipe, I noticed that the residue ink it left a nice wet pattern onto my working surface. So that is how the „what if“ thought started…

So this time when I had an inked stencil that I wanted to clean, I simply placed it on top of a piece of scrap paper. Voilá! The idea was born. I know it is nothing very fance, but I liked the idea of using all the residue ink this way. I even did a short video for you to watch. Here is tag that resulted from this idea:
I used a piece of old yellow scrap paper and a stencil that had a layer of red ink on it. In this picture you can see that the stencil pattern on the background is quite light, that is because the baby wipe only takes so much ink from the surface and transfers it onto the background.

Above are some close-up photos of the tag and the background. I´ve decorated the tag with stamps and some washi tape. That way it can be used as a bookmark too, since it is not very bulky. 

And finally, here is the video on how I created the tag. I hope you enjoy it and the idea!!

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Remember that my discount code is still valid (add STAMPGIRLSANNA upon checkout) – have fun shopping!
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