Treat yourself - A Fair for Buttons

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a page I did for A Fair for Buttons with you. This whole layout got it's idea of the "Donut Love 1" sets button that stated "treat yoself". I had been working a loooong day at work without a break and when I got home, I craved to do something creative. So I took a peek in my flair stash and saw the donut buttons and the text version. They immediately sparked an idea so off to create I went!

The topic of the page is "note to self" styled reminder that I should care for myself, too. Even if there's a lot to do, I need to keep my breaks so that I manage to work next day, too. The sugarcoated donuts and the bright colors seemed appropriate to the energizing page.

You see that "Merci" button - did you know that you can order your own designs from A Flair for Buttons, too? This "thank you" in French was a commission I asked as a special order for my workshops in France! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely day! Don't forget to treat yourself!

Sets used:

Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Doodlebug Designs, American Crafts, Lawn Fawn


Meet me by the beach - GDT Artists Live

Hi there! How are you doing today? I'm excited about next Monday as I'm then guesting at Artists Live again! Are you familiar with Artists Live already? It's a free Ustream show, happening each Monday on Artists Live Ustream channel (link). There's a design team and then guests like me. Projects range from layouts, cards and tags to bigger mixed media projects. You can see the past shows here (link) in Artists Live YouTube channel. You can find my past shows there, too, like PanPastel ATCs (link) or monochromatic layout (link)

But next Monday I'm not doing ATCs nor a layout but this style mixed media project. I'm using a piece of weathered wood as my background and building a beachy project on top. I'm doing my own sand paste and using a trick to make cool paint splashes. 

The show starts 9 pm Finnish time and lasts about an hour. The time is 8 pm CET or 2 pm EST. If you are wondering what that is in your time, please check the Facebook event page (link) as you can easily see the time in your time zone from there. 

Hope to see you online! If you want to create along side me, underneath is the list of materials I'll be using. Thank you for stopping by today!


Piece of weathered wood
Paper flowers (for example 594611, 586171, 594831 by Prima)
Mesh tape 
Cotton twine

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, 13Arts


Mechanical flower for dad - Prima Marketing

I’m not sure why but Father’s Days cards always give me trouble. Luckily, we celebrate Father’s Day in November here in Finland so I still have time to come up with many ideas! But here’s one to get me and you started – a mechanical flower! There's more ideas in the Prima blog (link) if you're looking for inspiration for a manly project or want to Pin the ideas for next year! 

The petal part and one of the center parts of the flowers are stamped using Finnabair’s stamps. The sunflower like bloom is actually a phone dial stamp, but you can easily turn it into a flower, too. The center of the flower is made using Finnabair’s Mechanicals. 

I chose neutral colors for the papers and mixed a couple of collections. I also created a gear paper of my own using watercolor paper, a stencil and the Color Philosophy inks!

Have a blooming start to the new week! 


960391 – Mechanicals Bottle Caps 
960346 – Mechanicals Washers 1 
962050 – Cling Stamp Set Rust and Dust 
961985 – Cling Stamp Set Never Too Late 
569518 – School Memories Brads 
990763 – French Riviera Respirer l’air de la Mer 
847791 – Rossibelle Notes and Scribbles 
992354 – Wild and Free Ephemera 
847722 – 6x6” Watercolor Paper Pad 
962302 – Mechanica stencil 
589370 – Color Philosophy Poison Love 
589394 – Color Philosophy Foggy Nights 
589363 – Color Philosophy Potion

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Boxes of stone - Prima Marketing

I was looking through my drafts and realized I haven't posted these two yet. I made them for CHA or Creativation show showing the new Stone Effect pastes. Both of the boxes are little metal ones, but I treated them with the pastes and they turned to stony ones! The pastes make the creating so easy! 

Have a great Sunday!

Materials: Prima Marketing


Four poppies - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

It's Midsummer Night! Height of summer! To celebrate this I have a set of four cards to show to you. These all come with a tutorial which you can see at Elizabeth Craft Designs (link).

I thought that as summer is time for all sorts of parties, at least here in Finland, cards may come handy. Here in Finland we have christenings, weddings, barbecue parties and many more during summer time and what could be nicer than bring a hand made card with a little something when attending!

As you can see from the photo on top, I created four different looking cards, but some of the steps are the same in all of them! The idea behind creating the four cards was to go from a simple design to more complicated, layered one. To use the same idea to meet different styles. Which one is your favorite? You can either choose to make cards with just one style or then try the different ones as the receivers are bound to have different tastes, too.

I used my favorite turquoise, teal, green color scheme in these to give that fresh, summer look. Simply by changing the scheme to vivid red and orange you can use the same idea to make autumn cards as poppies go a long way. Or try monochromatic black and white look for a striking effect. 

Have a splendid day! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Lacy Poppies die set
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 3 mm
Ribbons 1 die set
Thinking about... Polinesia
Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 5x12"
Circle Background die
Through the Lens - Wood
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 3 Timeless
Stage it Stencil - Flower
Entwined Ovals die set
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 Vintage
Just a Note Clear Stamps
Silk Microfine Glitter - Light Gold

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing


Sparkling roses - Prima Marketing

Delightful Midsummer Night's Eve! A couple of days I go I shared these cards over my Instagram already promising a step by step instructions to these. So today I share the cards and also written steps how I created them. The cards are made using mediums now available at Michaels. 

Step 1. Cut an ATC sized card (2½x3½") out of patterned paper. I chose a rose pattern to repeat the embellishments coming on top. If the pattern is too vivid, paint a layer of gesso on top to even out the colors and make the card pastel looking. 

Step 2. Add a dimensional layer with Modeling Paste and a stencil. I used a lace patterned stencil but any stencil with small design will do. Be careful if you continue straight away or let the layer dry for a while.

Step 3. Paint a streak of Soft Gloss Gel to the card and then sprinkle Micro Beads on top.

Step 4. Add the main embellishments - die cut some leaves out of a piece of patterned papers and add them together with roses and thread to the cards. Use regular glue to adhere or 3D Gloss Gel.

Step 5. Add some more Soft Gloss Gel gently around the rose in two, three places and sprinkle Mica Flakes to those places.

Step 6. Finish the cards with a couple of pearls and a stamped thought. Stamp the text to a piece of white cards stock, trim and add to the card. Also draw a frame around the card using pencil. 

Thank you for your visit today! If you wish to get one of the cards, the drill is same as always, please send me an email and I'll mail a card for you. Wishing you a sunny and sweet Midsummer Night! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Ranger


Cap - Sizzix

Hello everyone! Today I share a layout I made using Sizzix dies. The layout is about when my older daughter started the school last autumn. Every first grader got a cap with reflective material from a big insurance company as a gift and she really liked it - maybe partly because yellow is her favorite color. 

Inspired the color of the cap and the black and white in the picture, I used the same colors in my page. The background is done using acrylic paint and pencil. The papers are mostly by 7 Dots Studio. 

I used the circle die set to create a backdrop for my photo. On top I then layered the other papers. I used both the flower and the butterfly die to create embellishments to my page. The roses are scattered here and there and they were really easy to make with the die cut piece. For the butterfly, I used both the butterfly and the negative in my page. For the title I used the negative as well - I cut the letters out of a rectangle of patterned paper and included that on my page rather than the letters. The feathers make kind of a trail to the photo. Please see the material details from below. 

Have you already participated to the giveaway? You still have some time if you haven't included yourself to the draw yet! The giveaway is open to all countries except those who fall under Sizzix US, that is to say USA and Canada. You can enter the giveaway here (link)

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

Materials from Sizzix: 

Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Talens, Lawn Fawn, A Flair for Buttons
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