14 November, 2017

Scrapbooking layout: Lucky. For Craft Stamper blog challenge

In Craft Stamper blog so many gorgeous stamping projects have already been linked to our November blog challenge. I hope you play along: There's a cool prize to be won for one lucky person: A stamp sheet of the winner's choise by RubberDance!

My challenge inspiration project is a 12" layout I made a short while back:

Lately I've been mainly creating cards, so it was a true pleasure to play on a large 12" paper. Scrapbooking is so much fun!
Many of the background elements already existed on this lovely paper by Cocoa Daisy; I just added a few more stamped patterns.

View all the gorgeous DT inspiration projects *here*. Hope I'll have a chance to see a picture of your challenge entry among the November projects!

Wishing you a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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09 November, 2017

A Catty Birthday Card for Craft Stamper Blog Challenge

Can you believe it's already November?! With my Christmas cards still in early planning phase I wanted to show you a cute birthday card I made for Craft Stamper November blog challenge:

The adorable group of cats was stamped with my new 'The Cat's Meow' stamp set by Mama Elephant. I bought the clear set of stamps together with the coordinating die set, and being able to simply die-cut the coloured image is always a big help.

For the background I used an old Basic Grey paper that I decorated with dabbing yellow acrylic paint through a stencil.

I hope my catty birthday card inspires you to play along our November Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge. One lucky randomly chosen winner will get an amazing prize:  A stamp sheet of the winner's choice from RubberDance collection!

For all challenge details please visit Craft Stamper blog *here*.

Wishing you a nice day!
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29 October, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Hope your weekend went well. Maybe you had a chance to go to a Halloween party?

My kids are celebrating Halloween on Tuesday, and I had an important task to do: My daughter wanted to give her friends Halloween cards on the party night, and I had promised to make her a few. The main images I had die-cut already a while back, so yesterday I put the elements together and finished the cards.

Here's how they turned out:

Halloween cards with Sizzix Big Shot

Isn't that Halloween die set ('Sizzix Thinlits: Spooky') cute! I loved playing with the paper dolls; that versatile design is so inspirational! I even used the same doll for a bit different card theme; I will show you the girly birthday card in another post soon.

Halloween card with Sizzix Big Shot

The yellow oval in the background is die-cut from a sheet of white paper I had painted with spray mists. Having a quite solid color behind the main images allowed me to use a patterned paper underneath; a solid color balanced the look and the card did not appear too busy.

The black fence is die-cut using a Sizzix / Tim Holtz border die from a few years back.

Halloween cards with Sizzix Big Shot

I think she liked the cards, and I'm hoping her friends will like them, too!

Wishing you a nice new week!

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13 October, 2017

Paper weaving on a birthday card

I love trying out new techniques for card backgrounds! Inspired by paper weaving tutorials I found on Pinterest I made this flower card:

There are many great paper weaving designs that are suitable for a card background. Paper weaving is not difficult at all, but for avoiding trouble along the way you should measure the width of the strips with a ruler (both background openings and the strips you're using for weaving), and use a ruler and a crafting knife for cutting. 

I made a picture tutorial for this card; it can be read at Imagine blog *here*

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Thanks for stopping by in my blog :)

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12 October, 2017

Scrapbook layout: Less work, less worry. More love, more play.


Late August I spent the most amazing weekend in beautiful Egersund in Norway. Thinking back on that weekend still brings a smile to my face: Spending time with friends, crafting 'till midnight, learning a lot on Kate Crane's workshops, and enjoying the beautiful Norwegian scenery. What else could a crafty girl wish for?

There will be a separate blog post about the amazing workshops, but before that one's out,  I wanted to share with you a layout I made during the crop:

The Cocoa Daisy background paper had some fun doodling on the top of the page, and as I needed a balancing element on the bottom of the page, I followed the given style on the bottom flower that I draw myself. The flowers are not identical, but I think I was able to imitate the original style quite nicely. My flower was drawn on white paper, cut out, and glued on the background paper.

I'm so happy how this simple layout turned out! The title is cut from a journaling card, and I thought it matched pretty well the playful picture :)

Thanks for stopping by in my blog; wishing you a great day!


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08 October, 2017

Tag for October Craft Stamper blog challenge

Hope your weekend has went well. In Southern Finland rain has been pouring all weekend, giving me the perfect excuse to postpone garden work and to spend time at my crafting table :)

On Friday started the new Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge. Our generous sponsor, IndigoBlu, has given an amazing prize which will be sent to one lucky winner: Three gorgeous stamp sets! Really worth playing for, isn't it!

My take on the 'Anything Goes' challenge is a layered mixed media tag:

I started with decorating the background with a pattern stamp, masking some areas with paper strips. Then I colored the background with a few Distress Oxide colours, picking up the water-sprayed colours from my craft mat.

Before gluing down the stamped and colored main image, I added a thin layer of yellow and orange acrylic paint on the tag, and decorated it with a stencil and white acrylic paint. The orange colour is not exactly the same than what I used on the girl's shirt, but quite close to it. For coloring the stamped image (design by Daniel Torrente, for Stampotique) I used my new favourite pens, Zig Clean Colors. They're fabulous to use! 

So just follow *this link to Craft Stamper Magazine blog* to read more about our October challenge. Before linking your entry, pls check the challenge guidelines *here*.

Wishing you a wonderful new week!
Thanks for stopping by in my blog :)
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04 October, 2017

Art journal page: Glimmer of Light

Hi and happy Wednesday!
Today I wanted to share with you my latest mixed media art journal page with black, white, and a hint of gold:

I got the idea for this page when flipping the pages of my Moleskine art journal. I came across a page I had painted with black gesso, and thought that a dark, solid black background would match perfectly the strong quote stamp text by Visible Image.
After adding a second layer of black gesso on the page, I dabbed some white gesso on the page, creating the background for my glimmering light bulb:

Once the paing was dry I stamped and heat-embossed the light ray pattern and the sentiment text on the page. The light lightbulb is stamped on white paper, cut out, and glued on the page.

To add even more glimmer, I sprinkled some gold colour heavy embossing powder flakes on the page. I did not use any embossing ink, so for keeping the flakes on the paper during heating, I heated the page from underneath. Worked out well!

For more information on the Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week!
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20 September, 2017

Simple and easy Christmas cards

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

Christmas may still seem to be far ahead, but actually now it is the perfect time to start thinking about Christmas cards. Especially if you want to make the cards yourself, enjoy the creative process and to avoid the hazzle of creating the cards in the middle of other Christmas preparations. I started my Christmas card project with these two simple inked cards:

For these simple designs you don't need too many supplies: For colouring and stamping the backgrounds I only used one blue Distress ink colour, 'Faded Jeans'. Starting from the top of the card I inked my white cardstock panel using an ink blending tool and a few simple hand-cut, mountain shaped paper masks. For stamping the words and the flying reindeer I used black VersaFine ink.

The white star is stamped and heat-embossed with white embossing powder. For the little white stars I used white heavy embossing powder: I sprinkled the powder flakes on the card, and heat set them by heating the card from underneath. Especially when using water-soluable Distress inks I prefer using white embossing powder for making tiny white splash marks, as a thin white paint will absorb the ink colour, and the end-result will not be bright white. White embossing powder will give you a pure white colour.

The new Visible Image Christmas stamp sets are so very inspirational. The hand-written text stamps are my true favourites, hope you will get inspired, too!

For more information on the Visible Image stamps I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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06 September, 2017

Rock Out!

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
Have you already seen the new stencils by Visible Image? I love working with stencils, and seeing this addition to their stamp collection was so exciting!

I used the 'Strobes' stencil for the background of this rock themed tag:

I started the project with inking the background with yellow and orange Distress inks, and stamping and heat embossing the main image on the tag.

I placed the stencil on the tag, and stencilled clear VersaMark embossing ink on the tag, dabbing the ink around the main image. Then I heat embossed the stencil pattern with clear embossing ink.
Clear embossing ink acted as a resisting layer on the yellow ink, so when adding a darker ink color on the tag the heat-embossed areas remained yellow. This is such a fun and easy technique to work with, and I think the grungy background matches well with the rock star image :)

For more information on the Visible Image products I used, please click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week. Rock Out!

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