Moon Crawlies - GDT Piatek Trzynastego

Heippa! It’s time to share my second guest post to Piatek Trzynastego! Are you familiar with the brand already? If not, you can read more about them here (link) and see and familiarize yourself with the beautiful new collections here (link). On the other hand, if you's like to read this post in Polish, you can see the original guest post in the company blog here (link).

In the last project I used the delicate “Awakening”, but this time I went with the dramatic “New Moon”. Oh, such a gorgeous collection! If I had the possibility, I’d be a total night owl, so I find the star and moon patterns irresistible. 

As a child I was captivated by ancient Egypt. Three icons got my attention especially – Anubis, the canine headed god, Bast, the cat headed goddess and the holy scarab beetle. As this collection shows the beetle, I knew I had to include that into my work somehow. I was thinking of a card or a layout, but in the end instead of just including it, I decided to make it the star. So, I made a set of six ATCs showcasing the beautiful creepy crawlies of the collection.

I’ve never feared the creepy crawlies and I’m the one in our family who always takes every creature outside. My daughters still talk about the day when I found an exhausted bee in our apartment and gave it some sugar water to revive it. So, making the beautiful beetles and insects the centers of attention seemed just appropriate.

For the backgrounds I used the inky blue tones found in the collection. Even though the scarab beetle is pushing the sun across the sky in the tales of ancient Egypt, I paired him with the moon. But there’s a hint of the gleam of the sun in every card as well as I added some golden details. If you want to see how I made the cards, please see the video underneath! 

I hope you liked the video! If you want to read more about the ancient Egypt and me, please see this earlier post (link) showing a journal page I did for the Art Daily Cafe.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a splendid day!


Materials: Piatek Trzynastego, Prima Marketing


Craftaamo challenge #2

Sweet Friday everyone! Ihanaa perjantaita! Suomenkielinen versio löytyy hieman alempaa!

Another bilingual post coming up as this piece is done for the second Craftaamo challenge. The challenge is connected to a crafting event here in Finland. There's a possibility to craft on site and also workshops. I'm one of the two teachers there. If you want to learn more, here's a link to the event site (link).

The project also echoes something I created and talk about in "Wellspring 2019" summer school. The earlybird offer closed a couple of days ago, but you can still enroll! Learn more about the workshop here in my post about it (link) or directly from the Mixed Up Creative Academy site (link).

Kuten otsikko kertookin, tässä on projektini Craftaamon toiseen haasteeseen. Aiheena siinä on "Vielä on kesää jäljellä" ja inspiraationa yllä oleva kuvakollaasi. Haasteeseen pääset tutustumaan täältä (linkki).

Toivottavasti vielä on kesää jäljellä koska vasta kesäkuussa mennään! Toisaalta, vaikka sateet ja viileät jo saapuisivat, niin aina aurinkoisilla väreillä voi loihtia kesää askarteluihin. Nappasin tuosta ideakuvasta lempivärejäni ja pistin postimiehen lomatunnelmiin isoilla aurinkolaseilla.

Projektissa on käytetty osittain samoja elementtejä, joita käytän kesäkouluprojektissani ja siinä on samoja teemoja, josta kurssilla puhun. Mikä kesäkoulu? Englannin kielinen "Wellspring 2019" tietenkin! Täältä pääset lukemaan aiheesta lisää (linkki), englanniksi tosin sekin. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great weekend! Kiitos kun käväisit! Ihanaa viikonloppua! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Gummiapan, 7 Dots Studio, Posca, Sra Granger


Creativity requires courage - GDT Wow Embossing Powder

Hi there! Today I share first of my two monthly guest projects for Wow Embossing Powder. First up is a journal page, as you can see, and then later in the month I'm sharing something completely different. But both of the projects were inspired by this month's theme - embossing glitters. 

The embossing glitters look fantastic on every surface, but have you tried them on top of black? To me that's the most exciting way to use them! Paint a few strokes of black gesso to a surface, pop the glitters on and let them do the magic! The contrast between the glimmering embossing glitters and dark background really makes them pop and shine. I left some of the background white sort of to show how different the embossing glitter looks on dark and light background.

To give the page a space or galaxy kind of look, I used some Oxide inks on top of the gessoed surface. After adding the embossing glitters, I then made a composition to back the sticker that's my focal point. I thought the saying in the sticker fitted the page perfectly - "Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." I aim to the unexpected effect of the inks with that. As they are added with an acrylic block, they can go anywhere. But that's the beauty of it! 

I also used the saying as my inspiration when adding the couple last details to the page - the glitter touches to the roses and butterfly wings and the golden dots. I used the new refiller tool to randomly apply embossing ink to the cut paper elements and then added the glitter on top. The dots I did using Melt-It powder and tins. But if you want to know how the page came into being, please see the video underneath!

Thank you for stopping by today! Ta ta for now! 

Materials from Wow Embossing Powder: 

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Ranger


From the land of ice and snow to hot sand dunes of the Valley of the Kings - Art Daily Cafe

Moikka! Today I'm sharing a long post. It's connected to my June project for Art Daily Cafe. You can see the original post here (link) along with other inspiration for the Art Daily products.

This journal spread is my take on this month’s color (soft coral) and theme “Inner child”. The theme got me puzzled for a while. I first thought about doing something “kiddy” like finger painting or using crayons, but it didn’t get my ideas running at the time. Then I started to think what I wished as a child, what got my imagination lighting up back then and I knew what angle to take to the topic.

When I was a kid, I wasn’t that much into fairytales, if my memory serves me correctly. There were some story books that I liked, but it was more connected with the illustrations than the actual stories which I though were all in all, the one and the same story just with different spices added. There was at least one exception, though, as I recall having a high fewer and still wanting the see the movie version of the “Lumikuningatar” – The Snow Queen. It’s made 1986, when I was four, but I bet it aired later than that as I can still remember glimpses of it. 

But even if I disliked traditional fairy tales, I loved tales and folklore. I took my first go at Kalevala a bit too early and even though I managed to read some of it, I didn’t understand much. The piece is written in “Kalevala metre” – trochaic tetrameter and naturally is a bit old language as well. But what really got my imagination running and still has a certain spell on me is the tales and imagery of old Egypt. I fell in love with the colors, the style and lines of the designs and also the tales. Whenever we needed to do a paper in elementary school, I usually chose Egypt as the subject if that only was possible. At one time we had a marathon write in school where we needed to write at least 8 or was it 12 pages about a subject. I didn’t have any problem filling the pages! More like what to leave without. 

Inspired by the fascination to Egypt, my first dream job was an Egyptologist. As I soon realized that it was quite a tight niche, I broadened the choice for an archaeologist. Some years later, I found out that there’s an occupation called conservator, and that became my dream job. When I presented this to my upper elementary school teacher, he didn’t know about the job at all, but I knew it needed a university degree, so of to high school I went. During that time my goal then changed, but that’s another story.

I wanted to include several aspects of my love for the ancient Egypt in the page. I also wanted it to have a feel of digging into the history, so, I added three different spots for the journaling and hid them underneath the layers. They are in plain sight, though, but you need a little extra pull to see what’s written in them. I also wanted the center of attention to be the eye of Horus – such an iconic symbol. As I didn’t have it as a picture at hand and didn’t want to print one, I painted one using watercolors. Even such a simple thing felt really good – to sketch the eye and think about the colors and then color the piece. To tie the center of attention to the photo sticker I used in the other edge of the spread, I used the blue color. I used the same watercolor pencil to color the shield of the warrior as I used to finish the eye piece. I also added some hieroglyphs around the background here and there as the tale of the Rosetta stone captivated my imagination the moment I heard it. Such a wonderful job cracking the code! One more element to tie the page to the Egypt was the triangle stencil I used in the background with brown color – that reminded me of pyramids.

One of the story books that got my attention as a child was named as bluntly as “Satuja”, which means fairytales in Finnish. The stories were written by Raul Roine, but what really drew me in were the captivating illustrations. They were made using only three printing colors what I could tell – red, blue and black and thus always fascinated me as well. The little masterpieces were by the magnificent Rudolf Koivu. You can browse some of his work here (link). Coincidentally, one of his most famous illustrations is of Snow Queen. If you want to take a peek at the 1980’s version instead, here’s a link to IMDB page of the film (link). It was a massive production at the time and was an academy award nominee from Finland on the year of its release. 

So, from the land of ice and snow to the hot sands of the Valley of the Kings, here was some trails of thought the theme provoked in my head. Have you documented your childhood dreams or what got you inspired then? There’s no better time than the now!

Thank you for your visit today! See you again soon! 


Art Daily Album
Art Daily Wanderlust decorative tape
Art Daily Words You Need sticker book
Art Daily Sentiments sticker book 

Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Boudoir Pink
Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Pumpkin

Materials: Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Carabelle Studio


Look for the magic - Prima Marketing

Sweet Tuesday! Today I'm sharing a recording of a Facebook live I did some weeks ago. If you rather watch a live show, then tune in later today as I'm re-creating a layout and talking about gesso! Find out more here (link)! 

But this fun journal page was to show off Fruit Paradise. I did quite a lot fussy cutting for it, but I pre-cut the elements so you don't have to watch me do that during the live. Underneath you can see the recording of the show.

I used the same colors and most of the elements I used with the sample page. I started with some patterned papers, then some acrylic paints, inks and layering. If you want to see the original post, you can see it here (link)

Thank you for stopping by today! Hoping to see you later during the live show!


Wellspring 2019

Hi there and happy new week! Last week I shared two projects that were done for Wellspring challenges. I also promised to blog more about the actual summer school. So here we go! 

Wellspring Summer School takes a broad, relaxed and fun look at how you can use your creative time to boost your mental well-being and self-esteem, while making your creative process more comfortable and enjoyable. Wellspring is a six-week summer school focusing on the power of creativity for self-care. The workshop starts July 1st, but as you can see from the picture above, the early bird price is valid just a few more days! After June 13th the price will be the usual £45 and the enrollment will be closed June 30th. 

The workshop holds lessons and projects from an array of different creative minds plus two art therapy experts. All of the lessons concentrate on the aspect how you can learn to use your creative time in ways that can be beneficial to your mental well-being. You can see sneaks of some of the projects and the tutors involved at the bottom of this post. The lessons are released throughout the summer and the workshop is supported by a private student-only Facebook group. If you are as excited about the workshop as me, you can enroll here (link).

I'm one of the tutors in the workshop. Above you can see a little sneak of my project, but the main point of my day is about sharing an idea and a few inspirations rather than the project. It's just there to show you the ideas in a project form. 

What's included in the course: 

- 25 lessons spread across 6 weeks (plus bonus content we’ll throw in for fun!)
- pre-course lessons designed to prepare you for our Facebook group activities
- a private Facebook group only for students of this course
- a set of printable journal prompt cards
- make a journal together as a memento of the summer school, guided via Facebook group prompts
- surprise extras like freebies and prize draws
- lifetime access to your course
- downloadable files for all lessons

If I got you convinced, you can enroll here (link).

As I mentioned in the beginning, there's an early bird offer now going on for a few more days. If you enroll before 14th, you can start with the pre-school activities! They are a series of lessons that launch before our official start date of the Wellspring on 1st July. The aim of these lessons is to prepare you for the Facebook fun along the workshop. During the pre-school you’ll create some prompt cards and a mini journal, which you can then use to create a memento of the course.

Pre-school lessons start 14th June, but if you join later, don’t worry – you’ll still get access to the lessons.

If you want to join the challenges, there's still a couple of days time to do that! You can see the first post with the challenge theme here (link) and the second here (link) and the third you can find in the group (link)!

So, what are you waiting for? Get enrolled! 

Thank you for stopping by today! 



Blue rose - GDT AALL & Create

Sweet Sunday everyone! Has your weekend been good? Any crafty projects during the two days? I was working on Saturday, but had a crafty day today and did several projects!

I'm sharing a card today which I made as a guest designer to AALL & Create. Roses are red and violets are blue but in this card I turned the table around and made a blue rose. I was thinking of jeans with the dark denim tones and golden accents. 

This was such a quick and fun card to make! I used "Bouquet Small" stamp for the flower and "Numbered Pencils" stamp together with "Circle Chain" stencil for the background. You can see all the supplies used from AALL & Create under next photo.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the new week!

Stamps and stencils from AALL & Create: 
#183 Bouquet Small , #165 Numbered Pencils , #61 Circle Chain

Materials: AALL & Create, Wow Embossing Powder, Sizzix, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Tape Garden

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