Sizzix quilting inspiration for Christmas - Jouluisia tilkkutyöideoita Sizzixiltä

Hi to all quilters,
Did you notice a great blog hop that took place at Sizzix blog last week? In case you missed some of the Christmas gift tutorials, below's the blog hop link list for you:

Hei sinä tilkkutöistä kiinnostunut!
Oletko kokeillut käyttää stanssauslaitetta tilkkujen leikkaamiseen? Jos leikattavaa on paljon, stanssauslaite nopeuttaa työtä huomattavasti. Ja mikä parasta, tilkut ovat aina taatusti saman kokoisia!
Viime viikolla Sizzixin blogissa oli käynnissä blogihyppely, jossa Sizzixin tilkkuilijat jakoivat mukavia ohjeita viime hetken joululahjoihin. Hyppelyn linkkilista on alla, mikäli juttu on mennyt sinulta ohi:

Monday 18th November: Jo Carter

Tuesday 19th November: Katy Jones

Wednesday 19th November: Jessie Fincham 

Thursday 20st November: Angela Southey

Friday 21nd November: Trudi Wood 

Saturday 22nd November: Mercedes Jiménez Campuzano 

In addition to the inspiration Sizzix is giving for one lucky winner a Big Shot machine and hexagon dies that will make your cutting work so easy. But hurry up, the giveaway ends on November 28 at 10 am GMT. Here's the giveaway link for you - click here to enter
(The competition is open to all residents of the UK and EU excluding Ellison employees.)

Sizzixin blogissa voi voittaa itselleen Big Shot -stanssauslaitteen ja kuusikulmaisia stansseja. Arvontaan voi osallistua mistä vain EU:n alueelta, mutta pidä kiirettä, sillä arvonta sulkeutuu 28.11. klo 12 Suomen aikaa.  - tässä linkki arvontaan

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More Craft Stamper November TIMI inspiration: Christmas projects with regular stamps

This month's Craft Stamper Magazine Take It, Make It Challenge is all about stamping Christmas themed projects using regular, every day stamps. The team has made gorgeous projects for your inspiration; check them out here!

Here are the images I used for my below card...

... and here's my finished project:

The background is light kraft coloured cardstock, and the snow flakes are made with white texture paste using a Tim Holtz stencil. The little birds are heat embossed using red sparkling embossing powder. Actually I embossed them twice, as the first layer did not sparkle enough to my taste :D

I loved this challenge. It really made my look at my stamp stash in a new way. I think I should do it more often - that's what creativity is all about, right!

So get out your stamps and card supplies and play along! Great prices to be won - check out the details here.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a nice weekend!

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Layout for 123 Get Scrappy DT: Be. Happy.

I hope your week has started well.
Today it's November 10th, which means that 123 Get Scrappy! is revealing a new challenge grid for you to play:

I have to admit that some of the past grids have been quite challenging for me. But this one contained so many great combos to choose from! First I started collecting materials for the left vertical line, but after I wanted to use a kraft colored background, I decided to go with the bottom row: Spots of ink - More than five brads - Kraft colored background.

Most of my previous layouts have been all about cute patterned papers and bright colors, so this time I wanted to get my hands dirty with inks, paints and gel medium, and make a mixed media project. And here's my finished layout:

The background is misted with a white chalk mist, using a diamond shaped stencil. After misting I removed the stencil, turned it around, and stamped with it a few times on the paper. The additional splashes and paint drips are made with white acrylic paint.

The background is embellished by stamping and layering various elements like tissue paper, fabric ribbon and mesh, brads, chipboard embellishment, washi tape, strips of resist canvas, foil stickers, and die-cut painted papers. Most of the items I glued down using gel medium just because it's so easy and fast to use. When this project was finished I had really sticky fingers for the rest of the evening, lol!

Resist canvas, foil stickers and brads are from past Prima collections.

(Note to my European friends: The lovely Sizzix Lace & Circles border die that I used is now on sale on Sizzix UK for price of EUR 4,64!)

I loved the golden alpha stickers by American Crafts, but they appeared a bit 'too shiny' for this project. For creating them a grungier look I sanded the edges, and inked the sanded parts with black Distress ink. I think the letters now look way more interesting!

I love making this type of projects;to let my creativity loose and just have a lots and lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!
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Card for Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI DT: Christmas card with non Christmas stamps

This must be the busiest season for all card makers. I'm also slowly getting myself into Christmas card making mood, and this month's Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge was just perfect for getting those creative juices flowing. This month we were challenged to make a Christmas card without Christmas themed stamps. Cool!

This challenge made me look at my stash with a fresh eye. As much as I love shopping for new crafting goodies, I also try to look for inventive ways to use what I already have. I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog and have a look at the gorgeous Christmas cards of the TIMI design team has made. And all of them without any Christmas stamps!

Here's my take on the challenge:

For this card I used a white square card base, standard textured grey cardstock (light and dark), an old circle stamp, and a hint of white acrylic paint. Yep, the supplies did not cost much :D

I started with tracing a circle on the light grey cardstock. For this I used a thin metal circle die set as stencil; I love to use a nesting die set for this as there are always various sized stencils to choose from.

Using my circle stamp and grey ink I stamped images next to each other inside the traced circle. Before stamping on the grey cardstock I stamped a wrench on scrap paper - just to make sure that my stamped circles would fit nicely inside the traced circle.

The white spots are stamped with white acrylic ink using a cotton bud. Simple and easy!

I did not have a die for cutting the pieces for the bow (could have used this lovely Tim Holtz die by Sizzix), so I ended up cutting the pieces with scissors. I curved the lower 'ribbon' pieces a bit for creating dimension on the bow.
When the card front was finished I mat it on dark grey cardstock; the same material I used for the bow.

I think my card turned out quite nice. Maybe I'll be making more of these for my friends...?

I'm always looking for new ideas for my Christmas cards, and I can't wait to see what you create!

We are have a great sponsor for this months challenge, The Artistic Stamper. What a great price, don't you think!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
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Card for Allt Om Scrap DT: Christmas inspiration with a card sketch

Happy Sunday to you,

Today Allt Om Scrap team introduces you to Birgit Edblom, a super talented card maker, who also made this great card sketch for our November challenge:

Birgit has also given us a great price to give away for one lucky winner:

Here's my take on the sketch - a simple Christmas card with die-cut embellishments:

I started with dabbing a white border around the edges. For this I cut a piece of scrap cardstock, rounded the edges, and placed it on the card front. After drying the paint with a heat gun I repeated the steps on the inside of the card.

The branch is die-cut from dark brown cardstock using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz die 'Christmas Cardinal' from two years back. The snow on the branch is white embossing powder.

I love the new Christmas die-set from Sizzix, "Ornaments". In this set there are altogether 9 dies, and with them you can create many different Christmas ornaments. And for this you don't need much paper; I made my ornaments from small leftover pieces of patterned papers.
For adding some dimension on the card I attached the ornaments to the card front with 3D foam stickers.

This card design is very simple and fast to make - perfect for mass-creating a pile of Christmas cards on one go. Hope you like it!

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!
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Mixed Media Card Challenge November: Christmas with STAMPlorations!

Happy All Saints' Day,

I can't believe how fast this autumn has gone. Wasn't it still summer a few weeks back? But when leaving to work on chilly cold mornings you really get reminded that winter is almost here. And it's just bit over seven weeks to Christmas!

Many card makers have already started making Christmas cards, and when going through paper crafting blogs you get inspired by their beautiful creations. Every year I decide that I will start my Christmas card making project early enough, but each year that plan has failed, and I end up making my cards on the first week of December. Well, maybe this year will be different, as I now have already made my first card - in October! lol!

For this I have to thank our lovely MMCC host Shery, who gave us the perfect theme for November card challenge: Chistmas!

For our November challenge we have a great sponsor, STAMPlorations!
There are two fabulous prices drawn:
One winner (randomly drawn from all entries) will win a choice of stamp set from select categories, and pne winner (randomly drawn from entries with optional element 'Bells') will get a $15 gift certificate to STAMPlorations shop. How cool is that!

The MMCC design team used a STAMPlorations stamp set 'Holiday Sketches, Christmas Bells'; a beautiful set of stamps you can use in so many various ways! I suggest you hop over to MMCC blog and have a look at the gorgeous projects the team has made with these stamps!

Here's my card:

I started with die-cutting a circle from scrap paper (with this die set), and using that circle frame as my stencil for the image background: I placed my stencil over grey cardstock and dabbed white acrylic paint over the stencil. Once dry I placed the thin metal die over my white circle and pierced a frame around the circle.

The leafs I die-cut using the Tim Holtz die 'Festive Greenery' by Sizzix. For making the leafs bit more dimensional I folded them in half, and glued down on the card front.

The sentiment stamps are included in the STAMPlorations 'Christmas Bells' stamp set.

The bells are stamped on heavy watercolor paper and painted with grey and gold watercolors. The bow I stamped twice on white cardstock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I cut out the bow and layered them on the bells using 3D foam stickers. Red berries are different sized seed beads.

Now it's your turn. I'm hoping to see lots of beautiful entries for our November challenge. I'm sure those will get my creative juices flowing, and who knows, maybe this year I'll finish my Christmas cards on time?!?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!
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Colour Therapy: Orange!


Over the last week my blog has been quiet due to an autumn cold that hit me a week ago. Now the antibiotics seem to be finally working, and I'm feeling like a human being again :)

Allt Om Scrap blog revealed last Sunday great projects in theme Orange. During dark and chilly autumn days we all need bright colours to cheer us up, and warm orange is the perfect color especially for this time season. Orange is throughout the year the favorite colour of my son, and this card I made especially for him:

Card making project using orange colours

For this project I took out my old Doodle Factory stamps, and colored the background images with markers, using several shades of grey and black. The card background is inked using orange and yellow Distress Inks.

Card making project using orange colours

Card making project using orange colours

A fun and colourful project to make! And it also got the approval of my son. He thought it was cool :)

Wishing you a colorful day!

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