Magic Art Journal page

Hello and happy Monday! We had a gorgeous sunshiny day here today and I really enjoy seeing the yellow break thru the dull gray sky. Finally! And thus, today´s dominant colour is also yellow! One of my long time fave colours!

This page is a combination of various media on top of each other. On the bottom of it all there are various color splodges of glorious Gloss Sprays! I´ve then added patterns with my Rag Rug stencil (the new, bigger pattern) first with Gloss Sprays by Dina Wakley and then added plenty of layers, some asemic writing some Scribble Stick details (like the plus pattern), some Collage Collective pieces and some stamping done with a Dina Wakley stamp set.

The other papers were gifted to me by Katja Joulak in an ATC swap. Thank you! And bits and bobs of Tonic Crackle Paste here and there too and on top some Distress Crayons with the fade technique Tim Holtz shared last spring in his many FB lives. And plenty of rub-ons hidden here and there. They are really old ones and still work!

Today´s message is: sometimes you just have to make your own magic and don´t forget to appreciate the little things like sunshine, blue sky and birds singing. Believe me, I´ve had it with this lockdown (I am still sticking to the rules and regulations), but when there is nothing to look forward to. Nothing that really can motive one to keep going, it gets really hard. Really, really hard. I am cheering myself with pages like this! Lots of layers, colour and brightness! I hope I could lift your spirits with today´s color combo a little bit! See you soon – there is a scrapbook project coming up on Friday :).

Do stop by and take a look!
xxx, Sanna

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January Stencil Challenge Reminder – STAMPlorations

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Have you played along with the STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge yet? No? Don´t worry – there is still enough time to join in. So speaking of joining in, the DT girls have prepared another inspiration post for you guys.

Here is my take for it:

The background was created using Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays. I love the effect they create!!! Love, love, love it! And on top I´ve added some stenciled pattern with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I used one of my new stencils, called Abstract April Showers. And on top for decor I added one of Tim Holtz paper dolls and a handwritten sentiment, made by my dear friend Lizzy.

This is the reminder post for the January 2021 stencil challenge and if you haven´t joined in with us yet, I sure hope you do. There is still plenty of time to play along with us. Let´s make this a great year project wise and get those PHD´s (projects half done) done and dusted. And if it has stenciling on it, you are good to go and submit it to this challenge :)!

Remember to play by the rules (listed at the end of the challenge post) to be eligible for the prizes!!! And other than that, have fun creating!!! Cannot wait to see what you make! Also, feel free to take advantage of my personal discount code at STAMPLorations:

Happy stenciling,
xxx, Sanna

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Dude, you are so old

Hello and happy Saturday!! How are you doing? I´ve been organizing our closets during the past weekends, because it was about time and it´s a good activity during the pandemic in my opinion. It´s kind of addictive too! I´ve been influenced by Marie Kondo and that method has taken over our closets. And it feels so good!!

Now to today´s card:

I did this one for a colleague at work – he is turning 50. He has a great humour, so I could put this type of card together for him. This was so much fun to do!

The background is done with Dina Wakley gloss sprays (in spring during one of her FB lives). I just used it as a card background and added some stenciling on top (STAMPlorations stencil) and decorated the card with a Tim Holtz paper doll, that got a red clown nose and then I added the stamped sentiment. I had a great time creating this card!!!

And today, again, I had been organizing clothes. I´ve gathered quite a pile of stuff that I am partly going to donate, partly sell and some of the stuff has already been donated to close family and friends. Feels good to give those things away and for someone else to find joy in them. I cannot wait to organize more!! It might be spring by the time I´m thru with every drawer in this house, but at least I´ve spend my time doing something good inside these walls.

See you tomorrow with a Christmas tag tutorial, so be sure to stop by this space then :). xxx, Sanna

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Together

Hello and happy Saturday! I´m stopping by to share another card, created using one of my new stencils. This card is a combination of Dina Wakley sprays on the background and one of my stencils and Tim Holtz paper people.

I really like how this card looks like. I love the stencil pattern in combination with the sprays and the vintage people. I did a bunch of such backgrounds during lockdown in spring and now I´m slowly using them for various projects. For this card I also took such a background

I then added the stenciled pattern using brown Distress Oxide. For finishing touches I just added the vintage couple and the word together. Simple and easy, really, but I love the end result so much!

I wish you a lovely weekend! Fall is here and the numbers on the pandemic front are rising again, so therefore, I´m hoping you are all staying healthy and taking precautions.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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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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