GDT AALL&Create: Chess lady Art journal page

I love to create collages using stamps from various sets, but sometimes one stamp is all I need for creating an entire project. Especially if that one stamp is of generous A4 size!
The moment I saw this amazing A4 stamp designed by Bipasha Bk I knew I wanted to create an art journal page with it. 

I first stamped the chess lady on a piece of white paper. The ink I used was onyx black VersaFine; when inking a large stamp I prefer using a juicy pigment ink that does not dry too fast. That type of ink makes stamping very simple and you'll be able to get a good crispy print even without using a stamping platform.

GDT AALL & Create: Girlz With Heart

Another fun project with AALL & Create stamps!
One month ago I spent an amazing weekend in Egersund Norway: I had the true pleasure to take several classes by Louis Nelson, who's minimalistic, powerful style has always inspired me. She's such a lovely person and a wonderful teacher, and I will remember this weekend for years to come!

Thanks to AALL & Create, I'm so happy that I and other Louis Nelson fans now have the chance to work with her designer stamps. The images are so versatile, and I'm sure I'll use them for cards, art journal pages, and scrapbooking layouts!

What The Quack! ATC:s for AALL&Create

Today I'm sharing with you an ATC trio I made using AALL & Create's lovely stamp set #135 (design by Olga Heldwein).

As usual, I started with stamping the cute main images on white paper. Then I colored them with my markers, and fuzzy cut.

Purrfect birthday cards!

I'm so excited to share the great news with you: I'm a guest designer for AALL & Create!
Starting today, I will post a new project for you every Saturday; hope you join the fun with me!

My first project is a set of two birthday cards. They share the same techniques, but a different colour palettes.
These climbing cats by Olga Heldwein are ADORABLE! So fun to colour and yet easy to fuzzy cut. Just the way I like!

The backgrounds I coloured with old Distress Stains. I had not used them for a while, but they worked perfectly.

Art journal page using mirror stamping technique

I'm happy to be on VivaLasVegaStamps! blog again, showing my latest art journal page. For this page I used fun mirror stamping technique to replicate my main 'Clown Face' image.

This page has several layers and an inked background. The mirrored image came out quite nicely, and before fuzzy cutting I just traced some of the lines with a very fine black marker.

For more information about this page and the stamps I used please read my post in VLVS! blog. Link is *here*

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Cute as a Kitten! Imagine and So Suzy Crackerbox blog hop

Hi and Welcome to my blog!

I'm so happy to take part in this two-day blog hop, bringing together design team members from Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps. Participating bloggers have put up tons of inspiration just for you; I wish you happy hopping!

There are also great prizes to be won:


There's still time to participate in Craft Stamper October blog challenge. 'Anything goes', as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.
This month the prize for one lucky winner is AMAZING:
A Sizzix Scoreboards XL die: Wrapped Journal by Eileen Hull! Worth playing for, isn't it!

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!

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.

I'm sure we all have seen what happened at Sotherby's on Oct 5:

How cool was that!!

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

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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!
I'm happy you stopped by!

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 (clean and simple) 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!

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!

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:

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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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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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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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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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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