Holiday fun with stencils

6a00d8341c61d353ef019b02821e15970b-800wiRonda Palazzari’s blog is chock full of awesome ideas using her stencil designs! And this week, she has a bunch of friends posting their wonderful ideas.  Like the card above by Miriam Pranter.  Love this! (Maybe I’m a city-girl at heart!!)

SONY DSCOr how about Sanna’s ornaments? She’s done three different versions here.

6a00d8341c61d353ef019b02864e2c970d-800wiAnd check this out by Sara Case Strickland! Mighty cute, eh? (She’s from Canada, I can say “eh?” if I want to!)

So don’t stop here, head over to Ronda’s blog to see what else is going on!! Git!


Fast Christmas cards – partial masking

Hi there! I am still in the middle of creating Christamas cards. I wonder if I´ll be able to finish them in time?? This fast partial masking idea might be helpful for reaching that goal :).

Here is the how-to:
First take a card base, place a preferred stencil (Squiggles) over it and cut yourself a second stencil. I cut a Christmas tree form out of a leftover cardstock piece.
Next wipe some green ink thru the tree stencil onto the card. Remove the stencils.
Now use the tree stencil to outline the inked image. This way your image will look more like a tree :)!
Doodle the sentiment around the card for more interest. Add preferred embellishments for additional decoration and cut a piece of cardstock to for the tree trunk.
Add “Dimensional Pearls” (or other media/embellishments) as ornaments. Let dry.
These are the cards I ended up with. For the second one I used the 6×6 inch stencil called “Dash Circle Dash”. SONY DSC
Wishing you a good time stenciling and crafting!!
xoxo, Sanna

Holiday Memories: An Ornament

Hi Karenliz here.

My camera is always charged and ready to take that perfect or not so perfect picture during the holidays.  I’m the photographer who captures everything and anything. I wanted to create an ornament with holiday memories but didn’t know how to frame the pictures on the ornament but thanks to stencils I found the perfect frames. These are the stencils I used for this project.


The first step was to paint the wooden ornament white and then using the  Shattered Circles stencil (TCW408) I added silver and pearl acrylic paint.  Next, I used Twas The Night stencil (TCW394) and with modeling paste added the Christmas tree and and the word joy on the stencil (Step 2).


I needed frames for my pictures so I traced the Captured stencil (TCW392) on a piece of cardstock and cut out the frames (Step3); painted them with gold acrylic paint (Step4). By now the modeling paste was dry and I was able to paint the tree and the word joy.  I found some interesting Christmas pictures on my computer and resized them for the frames. Here is the finished ornament.


These pictures are not of my family but these are the pictures I love to take. Not posed, not perfect, just holiday memories to look back on and say “Remember that?”.  Do you have some funny holiday memories to put on your ornaments?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

DIY glitter paste

Hi there! I have been addiceted to glitter recently. I don´t normally use that much glitter on my projects, but at the moment I just cannot get enough of it :-). I have quite a few tubes of fine glitter at home from my earlier scrappy years and I haven´t been using them that often (mainly, probably, because I end up having glitter all over the place..even on my face :)..). Well, that was until I realized that I can make my own glitter paste with them. Maybe you have already thought of that, but in case not, here is the short (and easy) how-to for you:

Glitter paste is very easy to make. You just need to apply some transparent struckture paste on a palette and add some glitter (in any color) over it, then use your palette knife to mix them together and you are ready to go. For this card I used white glitter, but pink, green, red and yellow also look really nice! SONY DSCNext you just take a card, art journal page or any other project you want to add some glittery shine to, place a stencil over the surface and start adding the paste (I used the “Cut Circles” stencil for this card). SONY DSCThen just remove the stencil, wash it throroughly and let the paste dry. I was impatient and could not wait for the paste to dry, so I carefully heated the paste with a heat gun and it worked out really well. You just need to be careful not to heat too long, because the paste will develop bubbles (unless that is the effect you want to achieve, of course).SONY DSC

After the paste was
dry I sprayed some spray
ink on the upper edge of
the card and let it develop driplets (love that look!).
Using Distress Inks/Distress Stains would create a cool resist look – I need to try that next :).

Then I just added some stricker borders, a flower and a sentiment for decoration and my card was done. And that shine looks even nicer in real life – hope you can see some of it in the closeup photo!

I also experimented with another stencil (Baubles) and various glitter colors. The brown one looks kind of dirty here, but I think it might look nicer when you use it with smaller patterns. Need to try that out later :). SONY DSC
I covered a whole 12×12 inch paper with glitter paste and will use it on different projects later. The next card background is cut from that piece of paper. I really like the green and white glitter look!!
I hope you will get inspired and try this yourself. I find this  a good way to use loose fine glitter. Using it in combination with transparent struckture paste is not messy at all!

Happy stenciling!!
xoxo, Sanna

Leftover paste?

Hi there! I just wanted to share a quick card idea with you. This idea came into life as I was creating this layout (I´ve used a TCW stencil on that one too..recognize which one?) and had heaps of texture paste left over after finishing it. So I just took another stencil (“Cut Circles”) and placed it on a piece of leftover patterned paper I had lying on my desk and started randomly applying the paste onto the paper. Then I just let the paper dry and used the pasted areas for this quick Christmas card idea.

The photos actually say it all – it´s just: apply paste, punch, glue down and decorate :)!

Easy peasy, right? I don´t know about you, but I have a big pile of Christmas cards I need to finish every year, so this kind of card ideas always help me a little in reaching that goal :).

Hope you like the idea!
xoxo, Sanna