Love begins with you - Craft Stamper

Hi there and sweet Wednesday! Today I'm sharing something that was published in the February 2018 issue of Craft Stamper. This mini canvas was a part of Masterclass article about partial stamping, how to get just a part of the stamped image to show.

The piece is actually a coaster which I then turned into a mini canvas. The stamps are from Carabelle Studio. The vibrant background is done using Distress Inks. White parts are Wow Embossing Powder. 

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

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder, Posca


Hello, I love you - Wow Embossing Powder

Heippa and glimmering, glittering July! This month we are all about embossing glitter at Wow Embossing Powder blog (link). Here's my take on the subject! I've been doing several different projects this year but even though I love mixed media really much I still somehow identify myself as a scrapbooker. So for this glitter theme I thought to do a layout with some glitter touches. 

The same applies to glitter as to so many elements in crafting - contrasts heighten each other. So if you want to glitter to glimmer even more, add something mat beside it! So that's why this layout has plain paper elements with the glittered elements, to really emphasize the different surfaces.

If you'd like to see how I made the page and where I used the lovely embossing glitters in the layout, please see the step by step at Wow Embossing Powder's blog here (link)

The topic of the page is something I tend to scrap a lot - my two girls. But here they are a link in the big chain of generations. In the photo they are sitting by a table that has been a gathering place for generations. At least my grad parents have been sitting around it as my grand father has made the table, but I think that even his father has been dining beside it. So my girls would then mark the fifth generation by its side. Talking about history! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great day and glimmering summer! 

Ps. The height of summer needs some fun events, too. Sizzix is having a Summer Fair online event with raffles, ideas and exclusive info! You can open a little window each day to find cool surprises! Here's a link to take you there (link).

Materials from Wow Embossing Powder:

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Um Wow Studio, Honey Bee Stamps


Tea Rose canvas - 7 Dots Studio

It's a new week! How did your weekend go? Crafty, I hope! Here's a canvas I created to my brand ambassador post for 7 Dots Studio with a step by step. Hope you enjoy! 

I was so happy when I got the new 7 Dots Studio collections. They are, once again, so gorgeous! I love how each time a new collection comes out, I'm sure that those are my favorite collections ever, but then another one comes along and it's even better! I don't know how Dee Dee does it! Have you been able to play with the new collections yet? I hope you have, because like I said, they are gorgeous! If you haven’t familiarized yourself with them yet, they are called “Garden Party” (link) and “Air Mail”. I used the latter for my creation today.

Besides the fantastic new products, the inspiration for this piece came from my struggle to get a room for those in my craft space. I craft in our living room, so it’s not a huge space and I need to consider what or how much I can store. So, I went through my stash and for example removed some of the die cut shapes from the sheets just to make more room. If there was just a few left in the sheet, rather store those shapes than the whole sheet, right? But I really liked the lace-like, stencil reminding shape of the die cut sheet itself. So before putting them all to the recycle bin, I created this canvas with some of them.

Underneath is a step by step so you can see the process.

Step 1. Using Soft Gel or other thin gel medium or adhesive, adhere the die cut sheets and parts of them to a canvas. Stack the sheets so that there’s a lovey mismatch of the gaps, like little windows or peek-a-boo books. Let dry or use a heat tool to dry.

Step 2. Add even more texture to the piece using stencils and Modeling Paste. Mix two patterns if you wish to create a more varied look. I used a geometric “Squares” stencil together with “Floral Knot” here. Let again dry or use a heat tool carefully. 

Step 3. Paint the canvas using white gesso to prime it. After drying the gesso layer color the project using your choice of colorant – I went with watercolors and mists. Gesso layer allows you to add any colorant – even inks. If you wish to create a more vibrant look and choose to go with acrylics, the gesso isn’t needed. Translucent mediums allow the die cut colors still to be seen underneath the colors where as opaque turn them just 3D texture. 

Step 4. Using old book pages or other soft paper that’s easy to roll, make some paper straws. You can use ready straws, too. Add also one more layer to the background using stamps. I again mixed two sets, the new “Air Mail” and older “Dreamscapes”. As the surface where you’re stamping is textured, I’d recommend not using an acrylic block because without it you’re able to manipulate the stamp to the grooves as well. 

Step 5. Create a base for your main composition using the paper straws you just did, a tag from the “Air Mail” set and some cut out envelopes from the “Delivered” 12x12 sheet. Use 3D Gel or equivalent as you adhesive.

Step 6. Fill the composition using a flair button, flowers, leaves and chipboard leaves from the “Homegrown” set. Follow the chose color scheme as I did with my “tea rose” choice. If the chipboard shapes seem too pale, you can naturally color them using watercolors for example.

Step 7. Finish the canvas using twine, thread and little crystals. Make a round “frame” out of twine and add it in place. Secure the twine in place by little drops of adhesive or by adding it underneath the flowers, leaves and crystals. Make little fuzzy nests out of twine – just pull it from the roll, gather in your hand not too tightly so it’s fluffy and airy looking. Lift the roses a little and tuck the thread nests underneath them. Let dry overnight or as long as the adhesive is dry.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a beautiful July! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Soulmates – Squares Mask 
Lost and Found – Die cut Elements 6x12 
Homegrown – Chipboard 

Um Wow Studio – Writer’s Block Written Flairs

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Um Wow Studio


Santorini tags - Prima Marketing

Shiny Sunday - at least I hope it's shiny and sunny! Today I'm sharing something that was blogged in Prima blog some time ago along gorgeous canvases by Stacey Young. You really think you should go see the original post, too. Here's a link to that (link).

As you may know, I love mixed media and can’t finish a single project without it. I also used to be a mist girl, but something changed a year ago and now I just love to use watercolors as my colorant in the projects. I love the delicate touch they have, the ability to either go bold or light and naturally the fabulous pigments the Prima watercolors have! 

The inspiration to these tags came from the stunning blue flowers of Santorini collection. The white gesso and Paper Texture paste are a perfect background to blues. The combination is really fit for Greek – or to Finland as well!

Thank you for your visit today! Hoping to see you again soon! And have a gorgeous Sunday! 

Materials from Prima: 

632014 – Santorini flowers Akrotiri 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 
590260 – Watercolor Confections Shimmering Lights 
587949 – Chipboard Tags Large 
584283 – Vintage Alpha Card Set in a box 
965945 – Mechanicals Flowers 
963323 – Mélange Art Pebbles 
587420 – 3D Wood Alphas 1” House 
891541 – Metal Trinkets Small Typo Bulbs 
572105 – Wire Thread Ivory 
961442 – Heavy Gesso White 
965259 – Paper Texture Paste 
961268 – Honeycomb stencil 
961893 – Messy Clear stamp 
589318 – Color Philosophy Ink Midnight Blue

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Tape Garden


Diamond party - Sizzix

Sweet Saturday! Summer seems to be a time for parties at least here in Finland, so I thought to make some candy boxes using the Sizzix "Diamond Box" die. I've admired it some time, but haven't had the nerve to try. But it was really easy after you got the hang of the construction! The die seems to be on discount at the moment, just a hint! You can see all the offers and what's new at Sizzix in their home page, here (link).

If you've been following my blog for some time now, you've probably noticed that I love mediums. So I couldn't do these boxes without some as well. I also took some step by step pictures along the way if you want to make similar boxes! 

I made the diamonds using a pastel color scheme, but changing the colors and embellishments really changes the tone. You could use this to make wedding favors, too. Or to a princess party for kids. Or a pirate party with treasures to be found!

There's also a lot of ideas using Sizzix dies, including this one, at Sizzix site (link). You can browse by designer, machine or even type in the die you have to see the ideas for that particular one! In the site there's for example two other gift box ideas for the diamond die, but I've seen it used to make soap, too! But without further ado, here's how I made these pastel boxes.

Step 1. Using the "Diamond Box" die, cut several boxes out of cardstock. I wanted mine to match so I used pastel colored sheets with analogous color scheme from the Making Essentials Cardstock set.

Step 2. Using half a sheet from the Making Essentials Stencil Film pack, make yourself a stencil. I chose to use the "Hexagon" die as it's shape fitted the diamond theme and reminded me about facets in diamonds. Ink the boxes here and there using a matching shade of Distress Ink - green for green, yellow for yellow and so forth. 

Step 3. Give the boxes a little spritz of water and let them dry thoroughly before starting to fold.  Water activates the ink and creates little "sparkles" to it. Paper is really fragile while it's wet so better to work on dry paper. Start to fold the diamond carefully. Leave the tops last so you can add the candies inside.

Step 4. Fill the diamonds with candies and gently adhere the cover shut as well. Die cut the embellishments for the boxes using "Birthday" set from Sidekick series and circles in two sizes using "Circles" Framelits dies. Use the same color scheme as in the boxes. You can also use the "left overs" from the first cut as the "Birthday" dies are so small. Waste none! 

Step 5. Make the embellishment "seals". Emboss the bigger circles using embossing glitter or paint them with gold paint. Layer the smaller circle on top. Layer and put together the little items you cut using "Birthday" dies - like the cake, the party hat and balloons. Adhere the items to the seals. 

Step 6. Finish the boxes by adhering the embellishment seal you just created to the boxes. If you want to embellish them a bit more, you can also add a piece of ribbon in a loop shape underneath the seal. Then it's party time! 

Sizzix supplies used: 

Materials: Sizzix, Wow Embossing Powder, Ranger


Grungy glittery card - Wow Embossing Powder

Hello there! Grungy and glittery! Like I wrote yesterday, I did two cards to the new challenge theme at Wow Embossing Powder. The theme is embossing glitters. The first one was simple card with a lot of glitter. This other one is more grungier and mixed media, but there's still glitter in it.

I wanted to create a contrast in the card using matte, rustic elements and glitter. That's why I chose a piece of corrugated cardboard as my background and applied first rust paste to it. After drying I did another layer using embossing ink and embossing glitter. After that I added some washi tape and twine and then all the metal embellishments. There's also glitter in the heart I made using embossing powders.

You can see all the projects and participate in Wow's Facebook group, here (link).

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great start to the weekend!

Materials from Wow Embossing Powder:

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Teippitarha


You were born to sparkle - Wow Embossing Powder

Sparkle, sparkle, glitter, glitter! The new monthly challenge theme of Wow is embossing glitters! I did two projects for the theme as I couldn't make up my mind how to go on about it. On the other hand I wanted to do a super sparkly card and on the other I kind of wanted to show that glitters can be used in grungier projects, too. So I did both! 

I guess it's quite easy to see which one this is - super sparkly or grungy. I did the background using several colors of the embossing glitters. First I applied the ink through a grid stencil by 7 Dots Studio and then sprinkled the glitters on top one by one. After heating the powders, I then made the smaller piece coming on top where I stamped using a big hello stamp from Honey Bee and the sentence one from Wow. Naturally embossed those with glitters, too!

You can see all the projects and participate in Wow's Facebook group, here (link).

Thank you for your visit! I'll share the grungy card tomorrow!

Materials from Wow Embossing Powder:

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Honey Bee Stamps, 7 Dots Studio
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