10 August, 2018

Twins on an art journal page

Hi and Happy Friday!
Today I'm on Viva Las VegaStamps! blog, sharing my latest art journal page:

Playing with the layered patterns (several colours of acrylic paints, stencilled patterns, stamped images) was great fun. And I think the VLVS! sheep stamp is absolutely adorable!

My blog post at VLVS! contains a list of the stamps I used. You can read it *here*.

Have a great weekend!
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01 August, 2018

Birthday Wishes and Puppy Dog Kisses ❤

Hi!
Creating super cute projects always gets me to good mood. Like these adorable puppy cards I made a while back. For them I used one of my recent puchases, 'Top Dog' stamp set by 'My Favorite Things'. And a few stencils, Tsukineko inks and Imagine embossing powder.


I think one can never have too many birthday cards in stock. This card will propably be given to my daughter's friend on a birthday party; it got the acceptance of her :)
The cards I make are always created for giving away and for spreading joy. As I will not have the original card for too long I often create a matching ATC card for myself, using some of the same techniques, colors or images. This time was no exception:


There's a complete step-by-step picture tutorial for this card project on Imagine blog, just follow *this link* to read more.




Wishing you a wonderful day! Hope you have time to do something that makes you happy !
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Bright DIY patterned papers

Hi!
Our summer here in Finland has been wonderful and exceptionally hot. I have not had any trouble with the warm weather, but I have to admit that the hottest days have not been too convenient for crafting activities. When your brain feels slow and your hands are sweaty you don't want to spend too long time at your crafting table :)

 
On such warm summer days the most ideal crafting projects are simple, quick, and easy. Like this one: A bright, simple card project I made using just a few die-cut flowers and my favourite Memento inks. (Flower die by from Sizzix/Tim Holtz, set 'Tropical')

Just look at this pattern! Love this flower die!



I wrote a complete picture tutorial for this project, please visit *Imagine blog* for reading it. Full list of supplies (list is not very long, I promise!) is also available there.


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

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23 July, 2018

Stamped tag for June Craft Stamper blog challenge

Hi!
During this spring working life was very hectic, involving lots of travelling and time away from my family. Due to the very limited private online time my blog has been missing several posts I planned to write but never had the time to finish and publish. Now that the busy working life schedule has finally changed I'm starting to catch up, and in the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some of the projects I made during past year. Some of these projects you may have already seen on the companies / blogs I cooperate with i.e. Viva Las VegaStamps!, Imagine, Craft Stamper, or Sizzix.
Yet I'm hoping to still get a chance to inspire you with my projects! :)

Here's a fun tag I created for June Craft Stamper Magazine blog challenge. In this challenge 'Anything Goes', so following the same thought I took out my new Katzelkraft 'Dogs' stamps, and started playing. I coloured a size #8 manila tag with Distress Oxides, and decorated it further with some pattern stamping. I stamped the main images on heavy white office paper, coloured with Promarkers, cut out, and glued on the tag. Simple and fun project to make!

The little crosses on the bottom of the stamp are doodled leftover pieces when I die-cut with Sizzix / Tim Holtz Mixed Media #6 die set. These little pieces were jut perfect for my need: I feel that my images always have to have some type of a ground that they stand or sit on. Without this connection to the ground I think they are flying in the air :)


Isn't this dog stamp super cute! I colored a few more Katzelkraft dog images on the same go; I'm sure they'll pop up in my future projects quite soon!

The talented Craft Stamper blog challenge DT created many fabulous projects for the June challenge inspiration. Links to the June DT projects are *here* and *here*

Wishing you a wonderful day!
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Art journaling with Leslie Wood 'Creepy Creatures' by VLVS!

Hi!
Today it's my turn to write on Viva Las VegaStamps! blog!
I'm sharing my latest art journal page I made using lots of inspiring VLVS! stamps; including the cute 'Creepy Creatures' stamps by Leslie Wood.

I loved making this page. Bright colours, lots of fuzzy cutting, layering, and enjoying the creative flow. What else can one ask for? :)

If you want to read more of how I made this page, please read my post on VLVS! blog. Link is *here*. Complete list of stamps used is also included!

Wishing you a wonderful summer day!
Hugs,
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13 July, 2018

Art journal page for Craft Stamper July Blog Challenge!

Hi!
It's Friday the 13th, woohoo!
For us crafters it's a lucky day, as Craft Stamper Magazine blog challenge revealed today a lot of new stamping and paper crafting inspiration for our July challenge. Hope you have time to play with us; this month's prize is a great Faith Journaling bundle:
More information about the challenge and great design team projects can be read *here*.
Additional DT inspiration projects are available *here*

Inspired by the cute girly image by Ia Rafistolerie/Carabelle Studio I made this art journal page:



The die-cut oval background is colored with a red Ecoline liquid watercolour. Once the paper was dry I stencilled some patterns on top of the watercolour:


For colouring the art journal page background I used white and black acrylic paint. I applied the paint first with a brayer, and then softened the finish with a paint dabber.
After gluing the oval on the page I doodled a frame around the edge. A hint of white was needed, too, so I added a tiny white dot inside each doodled circle.


I coloured two stamped images on one go, so the other one I used for a cute bookmark:


Wishing you a wonderful, lucky day!
Thanks for stopping by in my blog .

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09 July, 2018

Mail Art Monday at Viva Las VegaStamps! blog

Hi,
Hope your week has started well.
Today was my turn to share my latest Mail Art project in Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. Here's a picture of my stamped and coloured envelope:


For stamping I used the simple masking stamping technique. And this envelope has even a decorated inside i.e. a self-made envelope liner!


Please visit VLVS! blog for more information of the project and stamps I've used. Step-by-step pictures are included, too!
Link is *here*


Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs,
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19 May, 2018

Wall art on an art journal page

Hi!
Hope your weekend has started well.
I wanted to share with you a page I made in my new art journal book:

The page is a fun collage with inked and stamped background. My favourite techniques, and my favourite stamps. True art journal pleasure!


I made a simple picture tutorial for this project; it can be read in the Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. More info on the stamps I used is at the end of the post.

Thanks for stopping by!
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17 May, 2018

Blog Hop with Imagine and Precious remembrance Shop: Day 2


Hi and greetings from Finland!
Welcome to our Blog Hop, organized by Precious Remembrance Shop and Imagine!


Starting yesterday the design team members of both companies have been sharing with you lots of amazing projects and tons of inspiration - enjoy and have fun!

The blog hop comes with a cool giveaway: Hop along and leave us some comments on each blog you've visited. Please also show us some love!:) Like and Follow both companies on Facebook and Instagram:

Precious Remembrance Shop: Facebook , Instagram
Imagine Crafts: Facebook , Instagram

There are two amazing prizes for lucky winners:
One winner will get 'School Days' and 'Totally' stamp sets by Precious Remembrance Shop. Those are the stamps I have used in my projects; I love them!
And another lucky winner will get a $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts.
How cool is that! 

Here's a list of design team members and their blog posts for Blog Hop day 2:
*** Elina Stromberg *** You are here!

The blog hop ends on May 19.  So there's still plenty of time to visit the blogs, to leave your comments, and to get a chance to win a fun prize!

My second project is a stamped, stitched, and heat-embossed Thank You card:


For the card front I chose a piece of plain kraft cardstock. I stamped the pattern with yellow ink as I did not want the ink to show too much under the stitches. Once the yellow Memento was dry the lines could be seen only very gently which was just the result I wanted to gain.
I used only one stamp, but rotated it by 180 degrees after each line.


Using three strings of the pink and embroidery yarns I stitched the stamped pattern.


The sentiment text I stamped on a piece of vellum, and heat-embossed using copper embossing powder. Before adhering the card front on the patterned background paper I attached the vellum strip on the back of the card. With both ends secured between the cardstock layers the strip did not have to be glued on the card front.




I like how the card background looks like. Hope it inspires you, too!
If you missed the blog hop posts from yesterday (blog hop day 1), please have a look at my ATC card post yesterday. Blog hop ends on May 19, so there's still plenty of time to participate.

Thanks for participating in our blog hop and for visiting my blog.
Wishing you a wonderful day!
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16 May, 2018

Blog Hop with Imagine and Precious remembrance Shop: Day 1

Hi and greetings from Finland!
Welcome to our Blog Hop, organized by Precious Remembrance Shop and Imagine!


Today and tomorrow design team members of both companies are sharing with you lots of cool projects and tons of inspiration - enjoy and have fun!

The blog hop comes with a cool giveaway: Hop along and leave us some comments on each blog you've visited. Please also show us some love!:) Like & Follow both companies on Facebook & Instagram:

Precious Remembrance Shop: Facebook , Instagram
Imagine Crafts: Facebook , Instagram

There are two amazing prizes for lucky winners:
One winner will get 'School Days' and 'Totally' stamp sets by Precious Remembrance Shop. Those are the stamps I have used in my projects; I love them!
And another lucky winner will get a $30 Gift Certificate from Imagine Crafts.
How cool is that!

Here's a list of design team members and their blog posts for Blog Hop day 1:
Melissa Andrew
Nadine Carlier
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson
Jowilna Nolte
Kyriakos Pachadiroglou
Iris Rodriquez
*** Elina Stromberg *** You are here!
Kassy Tousignant
Jennifer Vanderbeek

Here are pictures of the projects I made; a pile of grungy ATC cards:

For the background of the cards I used white mixed media cardstock that I colored with pink Fireworks! mist. I applied several layers of color, drying the mist inbetween layers. The white splash marks are made with plain water; I splashed drops of water on the misted paper, let the water react with the pink color for a few seconds, and then lifted the color by pressing the cardstock with a paper towel. Before decorating the background with Precious Remembrance stamps I dabbed some white acrylic paint on the cards.

When stamping, I did not attach the stamp on an acrylic block, but just held it in my hand. This way I was able to get more control of the stamp, and to use the image only partially. First I stamped triangles on the cards with red StazOn, and then crossing stripes with black StazOn.


Once all mists, paints and inks were completely dry, I stitched some of the triangles with dark pink embroidery yarn. When sewing, I used 3 strings of the yarn. The ends of the yarn I hide between the back and front card layers.


The texts are stamped with Precious Remembrance stamps, too. I cut the words out, and glued on the ATC's.


I like how the ATC's turned out. Hope they inspire you, too!



**If you're interested in swapping one of the above ATC's, please leave me a comment with your e-mail address using my blog contact form (link on the top of the page). I'd be happy to send you one of the cards!**

Thanks for stopping and happy hopping! Be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these 2 days so you can be entered to win our cool prizes. Winners will be announced on the Precious Remembrance and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month. Good luck!

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13 May, 2018

Stencil techniques on a pink art journal page

Hi,
I love stencils. There are so many cool designs out there, and one can never have too many of them! Usually I use stencils for creating cool background patterns and textures, but some stencil images are perfect for collaging, too!


The inspiration for this art journal page was a StencilGirl face stencil I’d been wanting to try out for some time already. Instead of dabbing ink through the stencil or using gesso or texture paste, I decided to build the stencil face from black cardstock. 

Before creating the face image, I prepared the background. The first layer of color was misted, using the vivid ‘Lilac Posies’ color from Imagine Fireworks! series. Once the color was dry I added texture: I mixed pink Fireworks! spray ink with white texture paste and stenciled random patterns on the pages. Once the paste was dry I started stamping; first using magenta acrylic paint and a piece of bubble wrap as my stamp, and then continued with regular stamps. For the triangles I used a Cocoa Daisy stamp set, and the black dots I stamped with the end of a plywood pencil. As finishing touch I added a hint of white by stamping white acrylic paint on the page using a plastic roll.




For the face I wanted to try a fun collage technique fun technique; I placed the face image on black cardstock, traced the face parts with a thin pen, and cut out. The larger pieces I cut with scissors, but for cutting the smaller parts I used a craft knife. For assembling the face on my art journal page I used the stencil as my guidance. It made the assembly job so much easier!



The quote was picked up from Pinterest, and for cutting the letters I used my die-cutting machine and Sizzix alpha dies. I’m happy with how the page turned out!

Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs,
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