Teal Greeting Card

In August the Imagine Artist In Residence team was challenged to create a project using the colour teal. That dark turquoise colour is not often seen on my projects, but it proved to be the right choice for my grungy critter card project. VersaMagic and Brilliance inks and new AALL & Create stamps by Olga Heldwein, Fiona Paltridge and Autour de Mwa were a perfect match, and I got so carried away that in addition to the card I had to make an ATC, too!

Isn't this hiding little fellow just the cutest thing ever! Design by Olga Heldwein

If you want to see other teal inspired projects, just follow *this link* to Imagine blog. Complete supply list for my card projects can be read there, too.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Be Awesome!
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Art journaling: Be happy

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

My art journal book, aka my creative playground, has been in frequent use lately. It's the perfect place for storing quotes that are meaningful for me, and at the same time for playing with colors and trying out new techniques.
Not all my scrabbles are made for public viewing, but myt latest page I wanted to share with you:

For colouring the background I used few bright Distress paints that I mixed with a brayer. Once the paint was dry I created a butterfly pattern by stamping the same image repeatedly with brown StazOn ink. Light and water based Distress paints are so easy to work with, as the paper doesn't usually need to be prepared with gesso before starting!

For writing the quote text I used the new Visible Image letter stamps. When cutting the stripes I noticed that despite of the pencil line I draw with my ruler the letters were not perfectly aligned. Well, then I just continued gluing down the strips and thought I would not give a damn :D

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

Wishing you a wonderful week. Just be happy!
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Never too old for fairy tales!

Hope your weekend has started well.
Today I wanted to show you an art journal page I made using masking stamping technique, Art Journey stamps, and Tsukineko inks:

I did not prepare the page in any way before starting; usually I first cover the pages with a thin layer of gesso, but this time it was not required despite of the watercolor technique I used for colouring. In addition, I wanted to achieve the look and feel of an old children's storybook, and the creamy coloured Moleskine page was just what I needed for the background.

I made a step-by-step picture tutorial for the masking stamping technique and for creating this page; it's available at Imagine Blog (link *here*). Also the complete supply list can be read there.

Wishing you a nice and relaxing weekend! Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

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We are family: Snapshot keepsake on a scrapbook page

Hope you have had time to view all the gorgeous entries talented crafters have linked to our Craft Stamper August blog challenge? My design team friends have put up lots of new inspiration and eye candy for you, just follow this link to see all the inspiration posts!

My second August project is a 12" layout I made using materials I received in a fun scrap material swap that was organized among Finnish scrapbookers during summer. Thank you Heidi T. for an envelope filled with inspiration!

The fun picture of my dear crafty friends was taken by Olga Heldwein at Mixed Media Party this summer. Thinking back at that amazing weekend brings a smile on my face. You girls rock!

A simple layout with fresh colours. Pure joy of playing with patterned papers. And for a change a page without any mixed media elements! :D

Wishing you a wonderful week. Hope you will get inspired to play along our fun challenge! You can find all details here.

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Fly away: Watercoloring and embossing

I wanted to share with you a CAS style card I made a short while back using my favorite Imagine/Tsukineko supplies:

You can read more about the project and view the complete supply list at Imagine blog *here*

The lovely stamp is from VivaLasVegaStamps! collection.
I'm sure many of you recognize this 'Balloon Girl' image; the original artwork is a 2002 mural by graffiti artist Banksy. Isn't it amazing how one can tell such a powerful story with very few elements!

Hope you have a wonderful day. Don't let your dreams fly away!

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Stamped mixed media art journal page

Hi and Happy Wednesday!
This Monday was the end of our wonderful summer vacation and work life started with a hectic pace. I'm having a bit mixed feelings: On the other hand it's nice to be back at the office, to meet the great colleagues again, and to continue working on the cool projects I'm involved in. However, spending time with my family was great, and I will sure miss those lazy slow mornings!

I decided to put those mixed feelings on an art journal page that I created in my Moleskine book using two sets of Visible Image stamps:

The background is decorated with watercolur pencils, white gesso, stamping, and fun little letter rub-ons. I love using those tiny letters that were actually created for correcting typewriter typing errors :)

Both stamp sets are from Visible Image June release, for more information click on the pictures below:

Wishing you a wonderful week, thanks for stopping by in my blog!
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Mixed media collage on an art journal page

It's time for a new Craft Stamper blog challenge!
This month our challenge is sponsored by Keep On Crafting, and one lucky winner will receive this cool prize, two stencils and two stamp sets from Prima/Finnabair collection!

In our challenge, 'Anything Goes', as long as there's stamping somewhere on the project. Read all the challenge details and see the DT creations and all already linked projects *here*.

My take on the challenge is a stamped mixed media art journal page that I made in my Moleskine book:

Aren't those Carabelle Studio birds amazing!

For colouring I used my Promarkers; they just work the best for me. The background is painted with Distress Paints and decorated with a stencilled pattern. Green letter patterns are made with a Carabelle Studio background stamp.

I wish you a lovely weekend. Hope you get inspired to play along our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by in my blog.
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