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!

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!

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!

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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