Miss Spring - Mixed Up

Sweet Sunday to you all! Here's a little something I made to Mixed Up in the beginning of the year. A little art doll style creation using Sculpture Medium from Finnabair. 

The inspiration behind the character is a poem by Finnish poet Edith Södergran. The translation would be something like "Wood's pale daughter". I decided to depict this woodland character as the lady of the spring, with her mantel or dress spurring up flowers and grass.

The doll is smaller compared to those what I've previously made so it was a really fun and different project to do. I needed to scale things, like the hair, which I ended up doing from sewing thread. The greenery in the character made me think also about the Fantasia 2000 by Disney and how they've drawn the Stravinsky's Firebird in that.

If you'd like to see the tutorial for this piece and many more, consider joining Mixed Up site as there's an ever growing tutorials available there. I'm one of the many resident tutors there. Please see more about the online classroom here (link)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great start to the new week!

Materials: Prima Marketing


A Good Teacher - Prima Marketing

Hi there! Yesterday it was a video day at Prima blog again and I made a layout for the post. I started to think what to do this time or rather, what angle to take to scrapbooking and especially the tips I share in these posts. It’s still July, but the schools are starting soon again so I thought to use that spark in my layout and incorporate elements my daughter made to the page.

The drawing I added here is actually a couple of years old, but it could be her teacher. I used the drawing to narrow down my color scheme – pinks and oranges. I also chose the background paper with the school theme in mind – the Scrabble looking alphabet tiles seemed really appropriate! 

How my daughter also participated to the layout is something you can’t see – it’s the journaling, hidden inside a little envelope behind the photo. This is something you can use if you don’t want the journaling to show but want to incorporate it to the page somehow.

I recorded a video while making the page so you can see how it came together. Underneath is also a couple of tips, hope you find them useful! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Huge hugs from Finland!

Tip 1. Seeing doubles and triples? Nope, it’s just a couple of photos I have stored for scrapbook layouts. I don’t own a photo printer but order my photos so I tend to order a lot at one go. I always try to keep some shots of my two girls, my husband and me in my “scrapbook these” photo folder so I can do a page about them. They are just random, fun pictures without a story of their own.

Tip 2. Let others shine! If you have kids you probably know how much art they create. It’s impossible to save all, but I try to keep some drawings that I find somehow inspirational in my own storage, so I can use them in layouts or other projects. They aren’t the best ones, as they are stored elsewhere, but just something I could see as a part of a project.

Tip 3. Out of sight but always in mind – at least when you open the envelope or pull out a tag. If you don’t want the journaling to be a visible part of the page, there’s a lot of options. Just stash it in an envelope, a little glassine pouch or a pocket. Just remember NOT to use a stapler to add it to the paper layers or you can’t use it. Or even worse, the journaling already inside will stay hidden! 

Materials from Prima: 

848071 – Heaven Sent 2 12x12 
993139 – Amber Moon 6x6 Pad 
847777 – Rossibelle Vintage Memories 12x12 
991289 – Sweet Peppermint The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 12x12 
964542 – Impasto acrylic paint Pumpkin 
964566 – Impasto acrylic paint Raspberry Pink 
589264 – Color Philosophy Ink Frosting 
589158 – Color Philosophy Ink Flamingo 
596781 – Color Philosophy Permanent Ink Chat Noir 
593605 – Planner Glue Pen Set 
576714 – Watercolor Pencils The Basics 
992125 – Love Clippings Cling Stamp set 
960902 – Circles Clear Stamp 
993245 – Amber Moon Word Stickers 
593155 – MPP Embellishments Be Happy Ephemera Pack 
593100 – MPP Embellishments Be Happy Stickers 
911997 – JN Planner Pockets and Labels 
562878 – Uppercase Canvas Alphabet Stickers Lady Bird 
570453 – IOD Sugar Dots

Materials: Prima Marketing


Exotic card - Sizzix

The last few days here in Finland have been super hot, almost tropical by our standards. I mean it has been only +30 degrees Celsius, but that's a lot to us who are normally accustomed to about +20 degrees Celsius summer weather! 

To kind of match the tropical weather, I'm sharing a card I did for Sizzix using their dies and cardstock. The card combines three different dies or die sets. There's the one with the toucan styled bird, then the flowery background and the sentiment.

I cut all the elements from different colors of cardstock from the Making Essentials set. Then I colored the parts a bit more using watercolors. I chose orange and purple pink for the blooms as well as luscious greens to get that tropical feeling. For the bird, I cut one part loose of the second bird I cut using the die, painted it white with gesso and then added just a hint of color around the eye. I think it turned out quite nice! While painting, I was looking through some toucan photos in the web to get the colors right. 

After the elements were dry, I then layered the pieces and adhered them to a white card base. I lefts some of the elements a bit dimensional to heighten the tropical, jungle feel. I finished the piece with some hand drawn lines. If you wish to see more tropical ideas and makes, please visit here (link). There's also some free papers, like the one I used as my backdrop in the first photo of this post!

What also fits the summery feel is Summer Fair Sizzix is having at the moment! There's a new window to be open each day with raffles and more fun stuff. If you haven't joined the fun yet, here's your chance (link)

Thank you for your visit today! I hope you'll enjoy the starting weekend! 

Sizzix products used:

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing


Peace Love - Craft Stamper

Yesterday I shared a mini canvas from a February Masterclass article from Craft Stamper. As you may know, usually those pieces have two different works and this was no exception. Here's the other thing I did - an art journal page. 

The background of the page is done by adhering three tags together. Like in the other piece, the stamps are from Carabelle studio and the coloring is done using Distress Inks. Both of these projects were so fun to do! 

If you'd like to see similar articles and a lot more, consider subscribing the Craft Stamper. You can do it here (link) - the magazine is available both in print and online! 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder


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

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