05 April, 2018

Mixed media art journal page with VLVS! stamps

Today was my turn to blog on VLVS! stamps. I love their inspirational stamps, and I'm so happy to be part of their amazing DT!
My showcased project was an art journal page I made in my Moleskine book. I really love how it turned out:

For more details and a full list of stamps used please visit VLVS! blog (link *here*)

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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28 March, 2018

Easter bunnies!

Last weekend my kids were already getting in the Easter mood. They started decorating the house for Easter, and we all were looking forward to the long Easter weekend. Their happy Easter enthusiasm was contageous, and I took out my new Sizzix Easter bunny die (Meadow Rabbit) and started playing with it.

First I created two Easter egg shaped card fronts:

After creating these cards I realized that the wonderufl Easter bunny die could be used for other projets, too!

I used the same die-cutting & collague technique for making two ATC cards:

Then I made a new page in my art journal:

The basic technique was always the same: First I created the base for the collage card by die-cutting the image from green cardstock. Then I re-cut the image again from pink, purple, brown and yellow cardstocks, cut the pieces out with scissors (rabbit and flowers), and glued them on top of the green die-cut background. 
For the finishing touches I used a white gel pen.

It was fun to see how easily an Easter die could be used for different types of spring themed projects. Versatile products are so fun to work with!

Hope you like my projects; I would be happy to read your comments :)

Wishing you a wonderful day!

06 March, 2018

Art journal: Adventures

Hi and happy Tuesday!
Today was my turn to showcase my latest VivalasvegaStamps! project in the VLVS! blog. It's a double-page project in my art journal book:

Aren't those Brian Kesinger images just adorable! Just perfect for art journaling; creating interesting sceneries with them is so much fun!

Please visit VLVS! blog for more details, list of stamps used, and work-in-progress pictures. Link is *here*

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

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05 March, 2018

Panda bears on art journal page

My last couple of months have been filled with lots and lots of business travelling, and my blog has been suffering from the lack of on-line time. Now it's time to catch up and share with you some of my latest creations. Thank you for visiting my blog, I'm so happy you're here!

Here's an art journal page I made a while back. The mixed media background is made By brayering acrylic paints on the Moleskine book pages, stencilling white acrylic paint over it, and gluing paper strips on top. The paper strips were actually cut from a paper bag; I thought the bright green colours were a perfect match for the paint colours used for the page. :)

I stamped and fuzzy cut quite a pile of panda bears, and some of them ended up on matching ATC cards:

These cute images bring a smile on my face. Hope they enlighten your day, too!

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Fairy Girls on Art Journal Page

Today I wanted to show you an art journal page I made a short while back. For this I used a lovely VLVS! stamp 'Girl With Wings'. I'm not a huge fan of symmetry, but in this case I think the image just had to be mirrored :) And I think I managed to avoid the boredom of too predictable symmetry; I really like how this page turned out!

Mirroring a stamped image is not hard at all. Please read my post at VLVS! blog for a full technique description and pictures (link *here*)

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

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04 March, 2018

Birthday cards using layered stamping technique

March is here, and so is a new Craft Stamper Blog Challenge! As usual, 'Anything Goes', as long as you've used stamping somewhere on your project.
Our amazing sponsor this month is Donna Gray, designing for That's Crafty. One ramdomly chosen lucky winner will get two beautiful stamp sets by Donna Gray:

Our Design Team will also vote for their favourite project. The Design Winner of the challenge will have their project featured in Craft Stamper magazine, along with a profile and a GDT slot on the Craft Stamper blog. How cool is that!
Read the challenge guidelines here, and link your project to the challenge post. Good luck!

My March project is a birthday card I made using simple layered stamping technique:

Cardmaking Layered Stamping Stampin'Up Craft Stamper

Creating stamped layers is easy: You need to start from the image that you want to appear on top, and continue working backwards.
First I stamped the party hat on the card front and repeated the image on a post-it note. I cut out the post-it note hat, placed it on the stamped hat on the card front, and stamped the bird. Then covered the bird with a post-it note replica, and stamped the branches and flowers. Done!

For coloring I used my Promarkers, and for stamping Memento 'Tuxedo Black', my absolute favourite when coloring with alcohol markers.

I made two cards on the same go, using different colors for the frames:

Cardmaking Layered Stamping Stampin'Up Craft Stamper

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by in my blog ❤.

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02 February, 2018

Card for a friend

New Craft Stamper blog challenge started today. Participating is easy: just use stamping somewhere on your project, and link a picture of your creation on CS blog (link *here*). Then keep your fingers crossed; maybe you'll be the lucky one winning these 2 stamp sets plus matching stencils sponsored by Darkroom Door!

My take on our February challenge is a stamped card I made for my friend:

Aren't these dogs by Art Impressions just adorable!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hope you get inspired to play along our challenge!

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29 January, 2018

Monoprinting with embossing folders

Today in Imagine blog I'm showing you a fun monoprinting technique. For this you don't need to have a gel plate; just take out your favourite embossing folders and waterbased Tsukineko inks and you're good to go!

Please visit Imagine blog for a step-by-step picture tutorial. Link to the post is *here*

...and one print is now the background of two ATC's...

I made several prints on one go; one print is now the backtround of a mixed media card:

I was so inspired By the gorgeous B&W patterns! Here are pictures of a few prints I made:

Hope you give this fun technique a try!
Wishing you a nice week. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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Happy Mail Art Monday!

Hi and Happy Monday!

This week begins in a very special way: It's Mail Art Monday at Viva Las VegaStamps! blog!

At VLVS! I'm sharing my very first mail art project; I've loved the mail art idea and admired the gorgeous pieces of envelope art, but for some reason I had not tried it out myself.

Well, now my first decorated envelope is ready, and I'm very sure it won't be the last!

View the entire project and read the picture tutorial on my post at Viva Las VegaStamps! blog.
Link is *here*

Wishing you a wonderful week!
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17 January, 2018

Mark Maker ATC's for Viva Las VegaStamps! DT

Today I'm sharing my very first post at Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. I'm so happy for the chance to be part of this amazing team of super talented ladies:

My first project is a set of four ATC cards, for which I used many gorgeous VLVS! stamps. For reading more about my cards and viewing the entire supply list please visit the original blog post *here*

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Wishing you ha wonderful day! Hope you have a chance to stop by in the VLVS! blog, too :)
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05 January, 2018

Art Journal Page: Dare to be different


Hope you had nice days over Christmas. After a crazy busy autumn I also had the opportunity to take off a few days, spend time with my family, and also relax at my crafting table. So to sum it up: Perfect holidays!

A new year has started and so has a new Craft Stamper magazine blog challenge. Again, "anything goes" as long as you have used stamping somewhere on your project. Easy, isn't it!

Our generous January sponsor is Visible Image; a company that I had the pleasure to work with for 2 years. Below you can read the greetings from Visible Image lovely couple Helen and Mark to all Craft Stamper challenge participants:
"Visible Image design exciting and different stamps and stencils! Our sets include arty images and brilliant background elements, and some really inspiring quotes. Our clear photopolymer stamps are very deeply etched, and our stencils are gorgeously thick for creating divine texture!
We are really excited to be exhibiting at Creativation this month.. hope to meet some of you there!"

One lucky challenge participant will win these two A5 stamp sets by Visible Image:

For reading all the challenge details and for linking your entry please visit Craft Stamper blog *here*

My January project is an art journal page in my Moleskine book:

It was a fun page to make: There are several layers of acrylic paints and stamped and stencilled patterns in the background, and a cool stamped and colored image in the front. Dog dog stamp is a fun design by Carabelle Studio, and the quote is from a stamp set by our lovely sponsor Visible Image.
I love playing with contrasts between bright colors and black&white!

I hope you get inspired to play along!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
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Flower card with faux watercolor technique

Here's a pair of cards I made a while back, but as the technique is so much fun, I had to share them with you :)
The cards look like I'd used tricky watercolor techniques on them, but instead I just played with some Fireworks! spray mists and did some simple stamping:

These are simple, easy and quick-to-make cards for all occasions!

1. Take off the cap from Fireworks! and Walnut Ink spray bottles and drop a few ink droplets on the craft mat.

2. Using plenty of water, paint the background with light pink Walnut Ink. Before the paper is dry, add highlights with vivid pink Fireworks! Let the colors mix. Dry with heat gun or let air dry.

3. Apply Memento ink of your chosen color on the stamp. Mist gently with water.

4. Stamp the images on the watercolor background. Let dry or dry with a heat gun. When using layered images stamp the lighter background color first before using a darker one for the upper layer. Dry each layer before stamping the next.

5. Dip a small paint brush in the Fireworks! ink. Tap the brush for creating small ink splashes on the background. Let dry. Stamp the sentiment, trim the card front to size, mat on dark pink paper, and adhere to card base. 

For more information and a full list of supplies used please visit Imagine blog *here*

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