20 October, 2014

Creative Scrappers: Creating With Sketches Vol 3!

Hi to you,

Are you fond of scrapbooking sketches?
I have great news to share with you: Creative Scrappers: Creating With Sketches eBook, Vol 3 is now available! In this amazing book there are 120 sketches and 120 beautiful layouts made by 60 designers!



For ordering your own copy just follow *this link*.

The eBook costs only USD 10.00, but with the code V3ELINA you get a 10% discount for your order. Hurry up, the code is only valid until November 1!


In the book you will see this below layout. I'm so happy to be included in the book!


Wishing you a nice day! Thanks for stopping by,
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19 October, 2014

Allt Om Scrap DT: Tag with a Pink Ribbon

Hi,
October is a pink month. Breast cancer charities around the world aim to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Allt Om Scrap team wanted to give this theme special attention, and reminded us all to support the charity work for this important cause. The team members used this below image as their inspiration:




Here's my project - inspired by the strong, brave and bold women facing this disease.





 
And no matter what, yet so beautiful, wonderful, and awesome. 100% woman. Irresistible.


The basis of this tag is a regular manila tag, and I started with stamping the image with black Archival Ink on it. I covered the image with masking fluid; it kept the image clean while misting, painting and stamping the background.
I love the Dina Wakley stamps; the bold images are perfect for various mixed media projects.



When the mists and paints had dried, I removed the masking fluid layer, and colored the image with inks and stamping. I did not want to color the image completely, as I liked the contrast between the darker background and the lighter image.


Wishing you a lovely Sunday. Take care,
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15 October, 2014

Congrats to Sizzix Bumper Blogger Giveaway winners!



Hi,
The Sizzix Bumper Blogger Giveaway ended last Friday, and the happy winners have now been drawn.

The winner of the Bumper Blogger Giveaway is
Helena Galdeano

Second, third, and fourth price go to the following lucky winners:
Marta Pirla
Mariska Hofmann-Bruin
Laura Ruokanen

Enjoy your brand new Sizzix Big Shot machines and Tim Holtz dies!

Winners have been contacted by Sizzix. Big congrats to you all!

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14 October, 2014

Layout for 123 Get Scrappy! DT: Summer treat

Happy Tuesday to you,
Last weekend 123 Get Scrappy! revealed a new and exciting challenge grid:



For my layout I used a background I had made months ago. It was a background texture trial with lots of circles punched from book paper and patterned papers, glued down on a light yellow patterned paper and covered with a thin layer of gesso. I thought it was pretty ok, but for some reason I never ended up using it for a scrapbooking project.

A week ago I attended a paper crafting crop, and when packing my supplies for the event I came across this background piece. I had already selected the photo for my layout, and thought that the light colors of the background paper would match the summer theme of my project just fine. Spiced with a hint of pink inks, some pieces of bright patterned papers, stickers, and stamps my project would eventually come together. And it did!




A summer themed scrapbooking layout

'Pink - Polka Dots - Popsicle' was my selection from the challenge grid.

A summer themed scrapbooking layout

The honeycomb pattern was small A6 sized sheet I cut into smaller pieces. Flowers and strawberries are stickers by Basic Grey. The leafs are die-cut from yellow cardstock using my favorite Sizzix die. Alpha stickers by American Crafts.

A summer themed scrapbooking layout


In Finland we are soon entering the darkest season of the year. During chilly and rainy autumn nights I love to take out my summer photos, and mix them together with bright colours and beautiful patterned papers. My crafting moments are so precious for me - creativity is the boost I need to recharge my energy. I'm pretty sure that if you share the passion for paper crafts, hand crafts, and DIY, you know what I'm talking about :)

Wishing you a nice day. Thanks for stopping by!
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13 October, 2014

Another card for October TIMI stamping challenge

Hello,
Have you checked the gorgeous entries to the October Take It, Make It challenge by Craft Stamper Magazine? I love the multi coloured stamping technique: it's so versatile and can be used for many different kinds of projects. Have a look on the gorgeous challenge entries here, get inspired, and play along!

The Craft Stamper TIMI design team has made a new set of projects for your inspiration. Just follow this link to see the entire collection.

I made my card for a special and dear friend of mine, who is sailing through some rough waters right now. The sentiment stamp was just perfect for expressing my support; saying just the things I wanted to say to her.

Hope she liked it.

Card embellished with multi coloured stamping


Card embellished with multi coloured stamping

For the flower decorations I used a small stamp I inked with red, brown and yellow Distress inks, and stamped repeatedly on the card front. The background was inked with brown ink, and decorated with some water splashes.

Card embellished with multi coloured stamping

Wishing you a nice week. Hoping to see you entry among the challenge links!

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04 October, 2014

Sizzix giveaway: Win a Big Shot and lots of dies!

Hi to you,

Sizzix has put together an amazing exclusive competition for us bloggers to share with you:

Sizzix järjestää bloggaajien kautta kaikille askartelijoille suunnatun arvonnan, jossa on mahtavat palkinnot:


Drum roll, please.... A chance to win one of FOUR Big Shot machines, and lots of new Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders!

Arvonnan palkintoina on NELJÄ Big Shot -laitetta, ja jokaisen laitteen mukaan pakataan myös iso määrä uutukaisia Tim Holtz -stansseja ja kohokuviointikansioita! 


First price / Ensimmäinen palkinto:
657900 Big Shot™ Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) by Ellison
658759 Thinlits™ Die Set 4PK - Holiday Greens by Tim Holtz®
660060 Thinlits™ Die Set 17PK - Labels by Tim Holtz®
660059 Thinlits™ Die Set 5PK - Paper Snowflakes by Tim Holtz®
660036 Bigz™ Die - Retro Ornaments by Tim Holtz®
660037 Bigz™ Die - Retro Packages by Tim Holtz®
660041 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Beaded Garland & Snowflakes Set by Tim Holtz®
660043 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Holiday Knit Set by Tim Holtz®

Secong price / Toinen palkinto:
657900 Big Shot™ Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) by Ellison
660036 Bigz™ Die - Retro Ornaments by Tim Holtz®
660037 Bigz™ Die - Retro Packages by Tim Holtz®
660041 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Beaded Garland & Snowflakes Set by Tim Holtz®
660043 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Holiday Knit Set by Tim Holtz®

Third price / Kolmas palkinto:
657900 Big Shot™ Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) by Ellison
660036 Bigz™ Die - Retro Ornaments by Tim Holtz®
660037 Bigz™ Die - Retro Packages by Tim Holtz®
660041 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Beaded Garland & Snowflakes Set by Tim Holtz®
660043 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Holiday Knit Set by Tim Holtz®

Fourth price / Neljäs palkinto:
657900 Big Shot™ Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal) by Ellison
660036 Bigz™ Die - Retro Ornaments by Tim Holtz®
660037 Bigz™ Die - Retro Packages by Tim Holtz®
660041 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Beaded Garland & Snowflakes Set by Tim Holtz®
660043 Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK - Holiday Knit Set by Tim Holtz®

To enter simply follow *this link*, and fill in your details in the box. This will also sign you up to the sizzix.co.uk newsletter so you can be the first to hear about the latest offers, news and more!
Sizzix UK is saving the entered contact details for marketing purposes only. They will not be passed to external parties.

Osallistuaksesi klikkaa *tätä linkkiä*, ja anna yhteystietosi. Liityt samalla Sizzixin uutiskirjelistalle, ja saat ensimmäisten joukossa tietoa uusista tuotteista, tarjouksista ja askarteluideoista!
Sizzix UK tallentaa syötetyt yhteystiedot itselleen, markkinointitarkoitusta varten. Tietoja ei luovuteta eteenpäin.


Closing date: Friday 10th October 2014 at 10am GMT. I will keep my fingers crossed - good luck!

Kilpailu päättyy perjantaiaamuna 10.10. klo 7. Onnea arvontaan!!
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03 October, 2014

Multicoloured stamping - Card for Take It, Make It October challenge

Hi,
Happy Friday! With a hectic working week behind me it's nice to switch to weekend mode, and get creative! My Saturday is reserved for paper crafting and meeting friends, as I'm attending a crop event with 30+ card makers and scrapbookers. Oh, it will be a great day!

If you are looking for weekend crafting inspiration I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper Magazine blog, in which a new Take It, Make It challenge has been revealed. This month you are challenged to use multicoloured stamping technique on your project. Just add several colors on your stamp and you'll create beautiful, colored textures so easily! This technique is perfect for backgrounds, but as the design team has shown us, it can be used for so much more!



For my project I used a Stampendous texture stamp I inked with several shades of red, orange, and yellow. I stamped the image twice, and liked the outcome a lot.


The little elephant is a Fiskars stamp I colored with grey markers. Balloons are hand cut from red patterned paper, colored on the edges, and attached to the background with 3D stickers. The balloon strings are embroidery yarn.


I think this card will make a nice birthday card for a little girl or a boy!


Our October sponsor is Paperbabe: One lucky winner will receive the tree hug set, the cumulus background set and a character stamp of your choice! What a great price, don't you think!


Wishing you an inspiring weekend. Happy crafting!
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01 October, 2014

Card for MMCC DT: Key to my heart


Hi to You,
It's the first day of October which means that it's time for another great Mixed Media Card Challenge:



Even if I love bright colors, I like to use softer earth tones on my crafting projects. Cardmaking in vintage style using different shades of brown, gold, and dark reds was a perfect task for me - I could just sit back, relax, and let the creative flow carry me :)

Here's my take on the challenge:


I started with inking a sheet of semi-glossy heavy office paper (my no 1 choice for inking techniques!) with several shades of brown, yellow and orange Distress Inks. When finished, I added a bit of texture with splashing water on the inked surface and drying the water drops with a paper towel.
I continued with decorating the background with a vintage stamp by Heidi Swapp (yes, the backround is stamped using only stamp only!), and inking the background edges with a hint of black ink.



The center piece is die-cut from thin plain chipboard using Sizzix Heart&Wing die set. I love the versatility of them - you can really use them for various projects from weddings to Christmas and Valentine's to vintage projects.
(Quick heads up for my European crafting friends: This die-set is available for a VERY good price of EUR 3.44 in Sizzix UK web shop)
Wings are painted with gesso, coated with clear crackle paint by Ranger, and inked with black Distress. The inner heart is inked with red Distress, coated with clear crackle paint, and inked with black Distress. The outer heart is painted with golden acrylic crackle paint, and inked with brown Distress.
The little black metal key is from an old 7gypsies pack of mini keys.


I mat the card front on black paper, attached on the card front, and glued down strips of paper thread on the bottom and top of the card front. I'm pretty happy with the outcome, it turned out quite the way I wanted!

Now it's your turn: I hope you get inspired, take out your mixed media supplies, play along our October challenge and create a card in vintage style. For more information about the challenge, and for linking up your finished project, please visit MMCC blog.

Happy crafting!
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