16/07/2018

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

15/07/2018

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





14/07/2018

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

13/07/2018

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

12/07/2018

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

11/07/2018

Secret Garden - A Flair for Buttons


Hi there! Today I'm sharing a layout I did for A Flair for Buttons. It's my first monthly project for them. The topic of this page is summer, my girls and a bit wild garden of my parents' summer house.


There's this huge bush of lilac in the garden. It's been there for years and years so last summer my two girls thought to build a secret little den inside the bush. They're always building huts and dens here and there, but this one was the best in my opinion, surrounded by the fragrant lilacs. Unfortunately my parents did a drastic move this spring and cut the feral lilac and all the rest of the untamed bushes and plants almost to the ground to give room to new plants and plans as well as get more light into the yard. But last year my kids had a little secret garden of their own. 


Even though the topic was partly lilac and greenery, I went with a pink and yellow color scheme. Partly because it's the most summery I could think of and partly because of the lovely flair buttons I had lined up for the page. Like always, I started with adding mixed media touches to the page. I included a photo of the background before the added embellishments and paper layers so you can better see the mediums. There's embossing powder, watercolors, stamping, watercolor pencils and splashes. I first added the pale yellow embossing powder by adding embossing ink through a stencil and then heat embossing it with the yellow. Next I added some watercolors on top, then the black stamped parts using a couple of stamps and lastly the watercolor pencil swirls. 


I followed the same pink and yellow color scheme in my choice of flairs for the page. There's a total of five flairs in the page - can you spot them all? The one I used from the "Watercolor Patterns" set had a perfect combo of pink and yellow on it. Then then "Sweet girl" one from the "Sweet" set had pink as well as the melon patterned from the "Fruit Slices". The bee brought some pale yellow to the page, a flair from the "Vintage Bee 4" set. A white "grace and joy" from the "Inspirational Words 6" seemed appropriate, too, as these two bring both grace and joy to our lives. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely summer time!


Sets used in the layout:

   
 



Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, American Crafts, Doodlebug Designs, Wow Embossing Powder, Ranger

10/07/2018

Inspired By... Vol 7/2018


This "Inspired By" is a bit special one for me. As you may have noticed, my blog has been quiet for some time. It's because some time ago, first my right hand, then my left one stopped working. Or they worked but everything caused pain. It was a bit scary sensation, but now the situation is much better with physio therapy.

As the situation is now better, I want to start blogging again as I have many projects to share. I thought 10th of the month, the "Inspired By" would be a good start. Naturally that post includes a lot more writing than my normal post, but I wanted to test how my hands work, are we getting back to normal. But what this hand situation caused is that this post is a bit different than other "Inspired By" posts. Even though we are doing things a bit differently than before, I always try to create something for the post. This time my hands didn't allow that, but I wanted to share what I WOULD have created if I would have had the possibility.

A bit differently, I wrote. Do you remember, what that means? Inspired By is something sweet Marsha and me have been doing for years now. Until 2018 it was that we chose a subject to be inspired by and then did something inspired by that theme, a piece of art or a book. The inspiration could be anything but we both turned that into some kind of project and blogged the creation on the 10th. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link)Inspired By is a playground, a concept we can use to explore, to play and to discover. We can do as much or as little we want and have time for. I guess it's not a surprise then that we both enjoy Inspired By very much but after doing it the same way so many years, we thought to change the things a bit.

This year, 2018, we both just post on the 10th with some source of inspiration we found that month. Or rather on a period from the 10th of previous month to 9th of the current month. It can be a series of photos, a book we read, an artwork we saw, just a pebble on the street or a new product we bought. We can make something using that source, but it's more about sharing just the inspiration. Consider it as a window to our creative minds!


Last month my older daughter attended a birthday party at Arkki - A school of Architecture for Children and Youth (link). She liked the party very much. Arkki in Helsinki, where the party was held, is situated in a place called Cable Factory. It's an old factory (where they made, surprise, surprise, cables!) and nowadays the place is filled with culture. The facility houses three museums, 11 galleries, dance theaters, art schools and there's several work spaces for different artists, for example. You can read more about Cable Factory here (link).

While my older daughter was at the party, the rest of us were exploring what this culture space had to offer. We naturally dropped the party goer to Arkki, then went to Theater Museum (link) - which is on the same space as The Finnish Museum of Photography (link). We also kind of stumbled upon one of the galleries with many interesting works of art.

When we were exploring, I immediately thought that this was it - that would be the IB for this month. I took some pictures, too, but after finding some interesting things at the Theater and Photography museum shop, I thought to use the ephemera. I also picked up a brochure of Arkki (above). What I loved about it was the whimsical city, colors and especially how the front of the brochure was shaped to form a city with layers and sort of perspective. The brochure somehow reminded me about Azoline's work. Before totally burying the idea of making something, I thought to paint with my toes using acrylics and then continue with felt pens to create a whimsical city of my own with the same kind of folded layers.


I'm also a sucker for old photos. I love their color, I adore the black and white photography, and I would love to know the stories behind them. I bought the post card in the middle above from the museum shop but found a total treasure for free. The paperback book was free of charge and while the topic (workers' theater in Helsinki) wasn't that interesting, the photos inside were and are pure gold. Just look at those make ups! Most of the photos are from actors in their stage attire, but there's also a couple from the audience. I can't wait to use these in projects! And if these aren't enough, there's more! The last little piece in the photo above is a little note telling about free pictures the museum offers in the net.


I found these very inspiring, but the gallery we visited was pure eye candy and hold enough inspiration for several "Inspired By" posts. I was really happy to find calling cards from all the artists that really caught my eye in the show. 

Rasaliina Seppälä (link) really inspired me with her choise of colors, the textures, the collage effect and the splashes. The works were like poetry in pictorial form. 

There were really beautiful paintings by Terhi Leppäkoski (link) in the show. I really enjoyed especially the bird paintings she had on display with great, textural feel, but there were also really stunning horse pieces. The color schemes of the works as well as the hint of humor really inspired me. I also came to think about the superb works Linda Brun creates. 

What I found most intriguing about the works of Meri-Kaarina Rahkomaa (link), were her use of plywood. I also found her imagery beautiful and loved how she had added folklore to the works. Somehow they rang a bell, hit a spot so to say.

I wasn't so keen on the paintings by Elizabeth San Miguel (link) but I really loved her altered books. Especially one with nails on it really shook me and spoke to me as a piece of art. 

So as you can see, there was a lot of inspiration to be found last month, but unfortunately I couldn't use it this time to make something concrete. But I can draw inspiration from this to new pieces and crafts. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Sorry for the long absence again! But now, let's see what's Marsha has been up to last month! Here's a direct link to her post (link)
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