Others China Tea Set - Prima Marketing

Christmas is drawing closer and closer! Are you excited? I know I am! I'm so looking forward to a couple of days off. And this year I'm planning to keep them off from crafting as well! Just being with the family, eating good food and relaxing. This project is far from Christmas or winter, but I thought to share it anyway as it's been hanging in my drafts for quite a while. The two cards are made for Prima using Havana collection.

I love the fresh pastel tones of Havana but with these two cards I wanted to go another route. The delicate little flower patterns got me thinking of wall papers and quilts, so I took the papers to a vintage spin. By adding some Modeling Paste and watercolors, I added an air of days gone by to the pink palette. I highlighted this with my choice of photos and embellishments – tea tones, dusty colors and some rust. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a lovely Tuesday!


Materials: Prima Marketing




Dusting off time from butterfly wings - GDT Paper Garden

Heippa! It's again new week! Today I'm sharing an oldie but goodie (I hope). It was my last guest project for Paper Garden. This project has similarities with the previous GDT project for Paper Garden (link). Some of the mediums are the same but projects differ in others. What I also tried to show with these two last ones, was the effect of color. A composition looks totally different in black than in white.

In this project I used Texture Fantasy paste set called “Old Wall”. The pastes are mat and grainy and give an impression of an old wall or concrete. The set holds three jars, which can be used together or individually. The old wall look is achieved with all the pastes together, but you can change the look by using just one or two. You can see how I apply the pastes in the video I made.

I added also texture with another medium, using Art Stones. They are really light roundish stones that can even be mixed with gels and paints to get a grainy look. I mixed two sizes of the stones in my project, but you can go along way with just one as well. Try mixing the Mini Art Stones with white gesso, for example, an create snow for all your winter projects! 

Like with previous projects, this last one comes with a video, too. I hope you liked it! If you have any questions, please just leave a comment to the video or here! 

At this stage I want to thank Paper Garden for this opportunity to be guesting there! It has been awesome to share different projects with the box of wonderful goodies! I also want to thank you all and wish a great creative winter! When you have your “technique tool kit” ready, you can then tackle the world and do anything!

So, I wish you many happy times exploring with the mediums and Paper Garden supplies! Happy painty fingers! And thank you for stopping by today!

Materials used:

Materials: Paper Garden, Prima Marketing


Any place else - GDT AALL & Create

Fresh Sunday! Like some Sundays before, today I'm posting my latest guest piece made for AALL & Create. This one, like the one I posted last week, is made with the new collection. I have a quick leaf through of the stamps as a video further down the post in case you want to see.

We have a Christmas carol in Finland that translates to something like "Oh, is it summer in mid winter?". That song started to play in my head when I made this sunny and fresh little journal page. My main inspiration was stamp #141 called "Tropical vibes", but I added some extra leaves using #133 "Makers marks" as well. 

For this page I stamped the "Tropical vibes" several times. I stamped it once in the book and several times to loose leaves. I then colored them using watercolor and colored pencils. As you can see, the background version I colored with just randomly adding green watercolor to the page and then used the pencils to add some shading and coloring here and there. The details on the other hand, which I then raised from the background with foam dots, I colored using just the pencils and tried to be more careful.

Even though I really liked the face in the stamp, to me this piece was all about the fruit slices. So as a finishing detail I added the text running across the face of the lady. The line: "Don't you all ever think about vacation any place else?" seemed appropriate for the Finnish weather at this time of the year. It's gloomy and wet and dark as there's no snow on the ground, not at least here in the Southern Finland. 

Like I said in the beginning of the post, I made a little leaf through of the new collection. I have had the video edited for a while now, but as I felt some kind of narration would fit it better than a whole bunch of text, I needed to wait. As you can hear from the video, I still have the flu and I apologize for that. So maybe just mute the video and see the pretty stamps rather than hear me crowing there...

Luckily my Creative JumpStart video was made waaaaay before I caught this bloody flu that doesn't go away so in it my voice is a lot better! If you haven't enrolled already, you still have time. The "jumping" starts on January 1st. More info about the Creative JumpStart 2019 from here Nathalie's site (link) or then from my earlier blog post (link)

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a wonderful start to the new week! Ta ta for now!

AALL & Create stamps used: #141 Tropical vibes, #133 Makers marks

Materials: AALL & Create, Prima Marketing, Ranger


You are enough - Prima Marketing

Sweet Saturday! Today I'm sharing a layout I did during a Facebook live in the beginning of December. You can see the announcement post of the live here (link) and there's also the list of materials with links. 

The topic of the show was an easy peasy layout using the new Pretty Pale collection. I wanted to keep the project somewhat simple as Holiday time is full of happenings anyway. As I babble in the end of the recording below, it's all about creating if not daily then creating weekly. During times when there's no time left you just have to give yourself the permission to let go and do something less requiring than a mixed media canvas. Or then do it just piece by piece over the course of several days or even weeks.

I'm sorry about the not-so-good photos in this post! Like I said during the show, the sample layout as well this new one headed for Creativation the next morning so I had to take the pictures in the night without daylight. If you want to see better pictures of the collection, please see the announcement post of the live (link) or naturally the reveal post at Prima's blog (link)

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Saturday!

Materials: Prima Marketing


How I love thee - Mixed Up Creative

Howdy hi! It's again that Fri-yay time and soon it's weekend! I bet this time of the year you might be doing everything else during weekends than creating, but just in case you get a chance to create, there's a new challenge at 7 Dots Studio running (link) and then of course the Art Daily inspirations available (link)

This piece I'm sharing today was created for Mixed Up Creative (link) to demonstrate a couple of ways to use stencils. The project was published on August 17th. If you are not familiar with Mixed Up Creative yet, it's an online learning platform with projects added every week. Most of these have a step by step or a video tutorial! There's now over 190 projects in the site. Most of the content in Mixed Up Creative is exclusive for members. Learn more about Mixed Up Creative and become a member here (link)

In the page I tried to think outside of the box and use stencils in other ways than just applying paste or ink to a page. At least that is the most common way I use stencils! I did add ink in this layout, but also used stencils in three other ways. Can you spot all of them? Naturally that's not even half of the things you can do with stencils. I actually explored stencils more in my December Masterclass article on Craft Stamper. 

The theme (counting ways to use stencils) got me inspired to do a page about my darling husband - counting the ways I love him. He's always so supportive and sweet. I didn't include the journaling to the front of the page this time, but I guess you get the idea what's it about.

By the way, if you haven't joined the YouTube hop already, it's starting to be the last chance to do so! Please check this post for all the links to the channels participating and naturally for the prizes as well (link). May the Lady Luck be on your side! 

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

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Tape Garden, A Flair for Buttons, Echo Park


Twinkle twinkle little star - 7 Dots Studio

Hello there! Have you noticed that there's a new challenge at 7 Dots Studio (link)? Be also sure to check the rules and guidelines as they have now changed for the challenge. For example there's now two categories which you can use to participate - beginner and advanced. Here's my project created with inspired by the current challenge! 

The natural elements of the mood board really spoke to me. That’s why I used little wooden disks in my card as well as why I added the holly and mistletoe branches in it. I also liked the bokeh in the pictures and the glimmer, so I used a patterned paper that had a bokeh feeling to it and added also white splashes in my background.

I used the color palette in the mood board as well. There’s some neutral shades on top of the red, green and gold. Red can be seen in the cardbase as well as in the holly berries. The green is quite easy to see as it’s the dominating color in the piece. The gold is added to the card with the golden stars – I treated the chipboard pieces with golden embossing powder.

Have you participated to the challenge yet? If not, what would you use as your jumping off point in the mood board?

Hope to see your take soon! Have a great time creating!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Cold Country – Clear stamps 
Cotton Candy Dreams – Star stencil
Northern Lights – Words Stickers 6x12

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, Sinelli

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