Boy and girl - Tape Garden

Hello there and beautiful Sunday! Has the weekend been good so far? Today I was teaching a couple of workshops in Turku and had a blast! There's a new workshop announcement coming tomorrow so stay tuned! Hint hint! 

But today I'd like to share these two cards with you. They are super easy baby cards I did for Tape Garden, a lovely Finnish shop. You can see their products here (link) and they ship worldwide. The cards are made using their washi tapes and a Sizzix die set "Animal Portraits"

First I cut two pieces of cardstock. The smaller piece was for the tapes and the bigger to be diecut. Then I just taped the washis side by side to the cardstock and placed the thus patterned piece of cardstock underneath the diecut one. For the bear I added yet another layer underneath - raising the layer with foam dots and framed the card using a light blue washi tape. 

Wishing you a lovely Sunday and great new week! Ta ta for now!

Materials: Tape Garden, Sizzix


Good vibes only - A Flair for Buttons

Hiya! How are you today? Today I'm sharing my first of two pages for A Flair for Buttons Etsy this month. Both of the layouts have something in common. That's the way I chose the flairs this time and drew inspiration from them. In fact, it wasn't me who did the choosing but my husband! I poured all my flairs to my craft table and let him pick two. He picked the "Only Good Vibes" and another which I used for the other page. I then used the flairs as my jumping off point for the whole pages. 

It was really fun to work like this! After I got the first button sorted, I skimmed through my "scrap these" photos. When I saw this one, I knew that it needed to be the one to be used for the page. Then I gathered some more flair that would meet the theme and go to the page. I always do this and choose a ten or so flairs. When it then comes the time to embellish I then edit my choices and add three to five flairs to the page. For this one I chose to go with three hearts and a triangle one together with the sayings one.

The flairs go with the colors of the band the page is about, red and black. Otherwise I used same minty green that is behind the items in the photo. The photo is taken of a set list and a drum stick I got in one of their shows. The gigs always put me in a good mood that will last for days - so good vibes only!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sets used:


Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Carabelle Studio, Ranger, American Crafts


Spook house - Prima Marketing

Boo! Welcome to a haunted house! This project is done using a wooden house from Michaels as the base (link) and decorated with Finnabair mediums and a few other details. Here you can find all the Finnabair mediums (link) that are in Michaels stock. 

The picture above is taken in daylight and the one below is taken after dark, with a led tealight inside the house. It looked really cool and spooky! If you want to find out how the spook house was made, please see a written step by step below!

Step 1. Start by painting the whole "Church Birdhouse" black with black gesso. Let the paint dry or use a heat tool to speed the drying. Although gesso dries very quickly so when you are done with the painting, the layer should be more or less dry already.

Step 2. Use an aluminium tape to coat the roof and make it look like metal. Cut little pieces of the tape and adhere to the roof. Remember the tower's roof also! The other option is to use a double sided adhesive and kitchen foil - adhere the adhesive to foil, cut into pieces and then remove the packing and add the foil pieces to the roof. Be careful, though, as metal can be sharp! 

Step 3. Paint a layer of black gesso to the roof. Let dry for a while and then rub with a baby wipe to get a stained, weathered look. Remove part of the paint, not totally. Dabbing with the wipe usually does the trick! 

Step 4. Use your finger and dab some Rust Paste to the bottom of the house. Use the two darker colors. Build like a stone foundation to the building. Let dry. 

Step 5. Take some cheesecloth and cut pieces out of it. Rip the pieces so they start to resemble cobweb. Add the cloth and also some white thread to the roof of the building and also the the peg in the front of the house. Adhere using 3D Gloss Gel if needed. 

Step 6. Use dry brush technique and add some "dust" to the project. Take just a little of white gesso to your paintbrush and brush to the house. Concentrate to the edges and textured areas - like the door, the stone foundation and the edge of the roof. 

Step 7. Find a couple of branches and adhere them to the back of the house using 3D Gloss Gel. The gel is gel medium, an art medium, that's fantastic for adhering. The medium takes an overnight to dry but is a bit flexible and very durable after drying - very different from hot glue! Let dry overnight.

Step 8. Finish the project with a led tealight inside the house and start the party! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the weekend! Let the preparations for Halloween start! 

Materials: Michaels, Prima Marketing


Gel medium flowers - Mixed Up magazine

Morjens! I'm continuing with the projects for publications theme I started yesterday with a project for the Finnish magazine Ihana. Today I'm sharing some gel medium blooms that I made together with a tutorial to Mixed Up magazine's April/May 2017 issue. You can see little sneak inside the magazine here (link) at Pocket Mag's site where you can buy the issue. And if you are yet not familiar with Mixed Up magazine, please visit the magazine's site here (link).

As the issue was a spring one, I thought flowers were a good thing to do and made these blooms using gel medium skins. Like I mentioned in the beginning, there's a tutorial for these inside the magazine. The stamps I used in the makes are from Carabelle Studio. The colors are from the Prima Metallique Acrylic paints so that's why the blooms have a pearly shine on them. 

Have a great day! Thank you for visiting my blog today! 

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Prima Marketing, Tsukineko


Summer - Ihana magazine

Hello there! I thought to blog this page before it gets too autumn or even winter. Although it's wonderful to reminiscent the warmth and the sun when the weather is anything but that. This page was made for and published in a Finnish craft magazine Ihana during the summer. The article was about different inks and a technique I used to create that background. 

The page is about a longing for summer. I made the layout before the summer started and was thinking about the occasion where the photo is taken - a couple of years ago when we visited an amusement park in Tampere. I took the color scheme I used in the page from the hat my daughter is wearing in the picture. The white background and the bright colors seemed appropriate for a summer layout!

Have a lovely day! Thanks for coming! 

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Lawn Fawn, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, Elizabeth Craft Designs


Me now - Prima Marketing

Hiya! Yesterday I shared some Julie Nutting ATCs and today I share my other project for the Julie Nutting week that was happening in Prima blog last week. This page was made for a paper craft post (link) with a bunch of different projects.

I turned 35 this year. I guess it’s latest then when you should know what you’d like to do when you grow up, but I still don’t have an idea! Don’t get me wrong, I work full time and like my job but I still don’t know if that’s THE one for me. I occasionally dream about winning the lottery, not because of the money but that way I could try different things and see what truly interests me.

In this page I used the Julie Nutting stamp as a part of my background as well as a design element. Abby is stamped to the background and then colored with watercolors. If you look closely, you see how I cut the corner of the skirt loose from the background so that I could tuck the paper layers underneath to lock the design even better.

Sweet Tuesday to you and thank you for the visit! Have a great day! 

Materials from Prima Marketing:

910143 - Mixed Media Doll Stamp Abby 
847777 - 12x12 Rossibelle - Vintage Memories 
847159 - 12x12 Debutante - Lovely Flowers 
584382 - 6x6 Collection Kit-Vintage Emporium 
991418 - 6x6 Collection Kit - Sweet Peppermint 
587048 - Ephemera – Rossibelle 
594428 – Love Clippings Flowers - 2 The Moon & Back 
590338 – Prima Flowers- Guava 
963385 - Mechanicals: Mini Knobs 33pc. 
569617 - School Memories- Wood Buttons 
579562 - Wood Icons - Garden Fable 
583767 - Wood Variety - Vintage Emporium 
961893 - 2.5x3 Clear Stamps-Messy 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Julie Nutting ATCs - Prima Marketing

Hello there and great Monday to you all! Last week was a Julie Nutting one in the Prima blog so if you are a fan of the JN Dolls, you really should check all the inspiration! Here's a link to the blog (link). These little ATCs were a part of the watercolor post and here's a link to that post as well (link) in case you want to see all the beauties in there! 

The planner sized Julie Nutting stamps are also perfect for other small projects like ATCs! In these cards I stamped the girl on top of Paintable Pad which has the resist pattern so when I colored the designs, the scripts stayed white. I used the Tropicals set from the Watercolor Confections series as it had a lovely autumn styled color palette. Perfect pumpkin orange, maple leaf red and moss green.

The cards are embellished with just a few items. A flower there, a little butterfly there and a couple of snap fasteners here and there. 

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a lovely week! 

Materials from Prima Marketing: 

911713 – Julie Nutting Planner Clear Stamp - "Holiday Bliss" 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 
584153 - 6x6 Paintable Pad - Vintage Emporium 
583682 - 3x4 Journaling Cards-Vintage Emporium 
963385 - Mechanicals: Mini Knobs 33pc. 
963408 - Mechanicals: Grungy Butterflies 9pc. 
594473 - Love Clippings Flowers - U Are My World 
962043 - 6x7.5 Cling Stamp-Tea on the Deck

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

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