15 October, 2018

Colourful ATC's

Sharing with you a set of ATC's I made a short while back. They were actually made for a live swap, but as I missed that event I kept them for an international ATC swap that was taking place right after.
I hope they have now all reached their new owners, so I'm sharing them in my blog now :)

When creating I took work-in-progress photos and wrote a picture tutorial; you can read it in Viva Las VegaStamps! blog *here*

Hope these colourful cards brighten your day :)

Thanks for stopping by,
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12 October, 2018

Art Journal spread: Just because

Hi and Happy Friday!
Today it was my turn to write in Viva Las VegaStamps! blog, and with Banksy being very current at the moment I made an art journal spread using my Banksy stamps:

For more information about the stamps I used please visit VLVS! blog *here*.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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08 October, 2018

Mail Art with VLVS! Creepy Creatures

Hi and Happy Monday!
If you're interested in Mail Art, I suggest you head to Viva Las VegaStamps! blog: Twice a month design team members are presenting Mail Art Monday projects for your inspiration; just follow *this link* to see them all!

This envelope was published in VLVS! blog already a while back, but for some reason I missed showcasing it in my own blog. So here you are: Mail Art Monday inspiration for you:

For decorating the envelope I used stamping masking technique; my picture tutorial in *VLVS! blog* will explain it in more detail.

 Wishing you a wonderful new week!
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07 October, 2018

Easy colourful cards in 'Clean and Simple' style

I love playing with bright colors and creating my own patterns by mixing different stamp designs. For these colourful CAS style cards you don't need many supplies; just take out your favourite VersaFine Clair inks and a few small stamps and you're ready to go. In less than 30 minutes you'll have a set of cards perfect for any occasion!

Please visit Imagine blog for reading the picture tutorial for this project (direct link to the post *here*). A list of supplies used is included.

Happy stamping!
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What time?

The latest Viva Las VegaStamps! collection contains a text stamp that always brings a smile to my face. That rebellious message was a perfect match to the cool elegant Lid Lady image:

I used the same design elements and put them on a smaller background, and created a matching ATC:

More details about the products I used and how I made the background can be read in the blog post I wrote for VLVS! (link to my post *here*)

Wishing you a nice Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!

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06 October, 2018

Blog Hop: World Cardmaking Day With Joy Clair Friends

Hi and happy World Card Making Day!

Thank you for stopping by in my blog! I wanted to share with you a set of cards I made using the lovely Joy Clair stamp set 'Gnome Is Where' and Imagine inks:

I started with stamping, coloring, and fuzzy cutting images, using this super cute set. Aren't those gnomes just adorable!

The background of both cards is a piece of white paper I colored with blue and mint color inks. I applied a few thin layers, mixing the colors together with a soft circular motion.






For the white clouds I used clear VersaMark embossing ink that I applied on the background with a small brush. I brushed just simple random strokes to give the clouds a nice natural look. Then I covered the clouds with white embossing powder and heat embossed them.

Then the only thing remaining was the assembly of the cards. The bottom of the card is a piece of an old Crate Paper paper that I thought was just perfect for my cards:

I used the same layout idea for two differend sized and shaped cards. I think they both looked quite nice!

When the cards were ready I realized that I had a few fuzzy cut gnomes left. They ended up on a pair of ATC's:

Hope you like my cards!

Supplies used:
Stamp set: Joy Clair: Gnome Is Where  
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Memento Summer Sky; VersaMagic Turquoise Gem; VersaMark Clear 
Embossing Powder: Imagine, white
Promarkers for coloring
Pattern paper: Crate Paper
White card bases
Pieces of dark blue paper


We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on the rest of the day! We hope to see you back here for the new events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping! 


Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of my friends that are part of this big celebration "Around the World Card Making Day Blog Hop with Joy Clair"

you are here ** Elina Stromberg ** you are here

Happy hopping!

To celebrate World Card Making Day there's a special discount for you at Joy Clair shop:

Wishing you a wonderful day!
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27 August, 2018

Art journal: Cool Lady Grey

First Friday of every month a new stamping challenge is revealed at Craft Stamper Magazine blog. Challenge rules are simple: Create any type of project, use stamping somewhere on your project and link a picture of your creation on the challenge post. Easy! There are really cool prizes to be won, and each month the design team votes for their favourite project to be highlighted in the Craft Stamper Magazine. How cool is that!

My August project was an art journal spread I made in my lovely small Moleskine book:

I love the contrast between the elegant Lady Grey and the bold pink/red background. Isn't she's the coolest lady in town: She's wearing a simple short grey jacket and neat striped tights, keeping her head up, and walking in high heels. A true mark maker!

The background is coloured with Distress inks, splashed with water and decorated with stamps and stencils. Oh yes, those are my favourite background techniques :)

I stamped the main image on heavy white paper, coloured with Promarkers, and cut out. I did not even try fuzzy-cutting the feathers on her head as there were too many small details. Instead I re-stamped the image on the page, and glued the colored, fuzzy-cut image on top.

Before gluing down the image I took some red embroidery yarn, and glued it on the bottom of the page. Embroidery yarn will easily hold in place with small dots of liquid glue here and there, and there's no need to cover the entire yarn with glue. The white glue marks you see on the third picture soon dried clear.

For the final finishing touches I used a white gel pen and a thin black marker pen.

List of main supplies:
* Stencils: AALL & Create (stencils #19 and #11)
* Stamps: Viva Las VegaStamps!
   Whimsical Lady Grey
   Cross Marks Background
   Doodle Dots
* Inks: Ranger (Archival: Jet Black; Distress: Spun Sugar; Picket Raspberry; Fired Brick)

Thanks for stopping by in my blog! Have a great day!

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25 August, 2018

Art Journal: Freaking Awesome!

Hi and Happy Friday!
Today it was my turn to write on Viva Las VegaStamps! blog. I shared my latest art journal spread that I had created in my small Moleskine book:

Very soon, late Semptember I'll be participating in a live ATC swap, so my ATC stock needs lots of refilling. Therefore I stamped and colored three 'Whimsical Letterd Man' images on one go, and in addition to my art journal page I made two ATC's:

Isn't that stamp just awesome!
For more details of my projects and for reading the entire list of stamps used please visit VLVS! blog (link *here*)

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!
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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 ❤

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

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

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!

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!
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