11/09/2019

Awakening the senses - Art Daily


Hi there! Today I'm sharing a journal page with my take on the September’s theme of “Senses” and color light blue of Art Daily Cafe (link). The theme got me thinking of five different senses – touch, hearing, smell, taste and sight. My goal was to include many of senses in my project, not just sight which is quite obvious. I managed to add them all, one way or the other. 


I started the page by thinking of the sense of touch and added different textures and surfaces to the project along the way. The first things I added to my page was the pieces of corrugated cardboard. I was actually running my fingers across the surface after I’ve added the pieces in there. I was thinking about the texture and feel of things when choosing the embellishments, too. I chose something metallic and smooth (like the wire) but also soft and hairy (like the felt dots). So, when you are touching the page, there’s different sensations.

Smell and taste are covered by the same item in the page. I don’t mean it to be tasted afterwards, but I did taste it before it came a part of my journal. The item in question is a tea bag – used, dried and added underneath the photo sticker. You can just make out a faint scent of the tea on it. And while smelling the page, you also pick up the familiar scent of old books. So, that covers the sense of smell.


As the whole page is a visual thing, the sight is covered, the only sense left is hearing. While you can hear the rustle of the paint brush while adding the colors and the clacking sounds of a stapler when making the book paper layers, I included the hearing with a sticker. I was looking for a sense related thought in the “Sentiments” sticker book and found one connected to hearing: “The quieter you become, the more you hear”. Using that as my title in the page I got the hearing crossed from the list as well. 


Another way to link my page to hearing is the creative process. I usually have something playing while I create. While working on this page, I had a version of a Beatles’ song “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” playing. My choice was connected to an animated film called “Kubo and the Two Strings”. The song plays while the end credits are rolling. The film is situated in Japan, so the version has a shamisen accompanying the singer. I actually prefer this version over the original, just because of the sound of the shamisen. That is also the instrument the main character of the movie plays. If you want to know more about the film, please visit either this Wikipedia page (link) or then the movie’s own home page (link). The movie is beautiful both visually and story-wise and has another connection to senses. The main character, Kubo, has only one eye. His grandfather, the Moon King, would like to see him blind as then he could join his reign of heavens and be perfect. But as Kubo later explains to the Moon King, seeing is what makes humans strong. It makes us see each other’s emotions, compassion and love.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all the best! 


Materials: 

Art Daily Carte Postale stamps
Art Daily Secret Diary decorative tapes
Art Daily Sentiments stickers 
Art Daily Vintage Photobooth stickers

Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Gesso white
Finnabair Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Mediterranean 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Varalusikka, Sinelli






10/09/2019

Joy right now - Prima Marketing


Hi there! Today I'm sharing a couple of cards I did for Prima Marketing. They are really easy and fun and I recorded a video while working on them! If you have seen my videos before, you might have noticed that I don’t plan ahead. I have an inspiration to a project and after that I let the project lead me.


For these two cards the inspiration came from the puffy sticker sheet. I grabbed some supplies that I felt would go with them and started creating. Next I was inspired by the eclectic, a bit quilt looking pattern paper in the Misty Rose pad and mimicked that by using pieces of paper in my backgrounds.

This time I didn’t want to use the beautiful Prima blooms in the cards, but more play with the stickers. I needed a focal point for them, so I picked two photo stickers from the Art Daily “Vintage Photobooth” sticker book. They again inspired me to make tiny stories to each card using another sticker book from the Art Daily line.


As you can see, creating is really about the process to me and each step leads to the next one! If you want to see how the cards came into being, please see the video. I also gathered some tips for the post, hopefully you’ll find them handy!


Thank you for stopping by today!


Tip 1: When you don’t mount your clear stamp to a block, you can add stamping even after paper layers are done. You can slide the thin stamp underneath the paper layers more easily than if it was on a block. What you can also do is stamp the design just partially.


Tip 2: Mixing Prima Marketing products with packaging and other items creates a lovely, eclectic look. Utilize the beautiful product packaging, try clothing tags or go to a hardware store to scout the shelves!


Tip 3: I’m always inspired by old photos. They make me think about the stories the persons in the photographs have. If you are feeling poetic, try making your own stories or poems using either text stickers or cut words from old books. Or better yet, mix the two!


Tip 4: Repeating a pattern in a project is always fun but it’s even more fun if you try to mimic it with your own style. I was inspired by the splotchy roses in the paper pad and created my own using the watersoluable oil pastels. 



Materials: 630973 Misty Rose 6x6 pad , 814328 Watersoluable Oil Pastels , 596781 Color Philosophy permanent ink Chat Noir , 964849 Art Daily Sentiments sticker pad , 964832 Art Daily Vintage Photobooth sticker pad , 967000 Finnabair Secret Notes clear stamp , 596873 Amelia Rose puffy stickers , 961442 Art Basics Heavy Gesso White , 584696 Paper Doily White 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Eurokangas






09/09/2019

Hey Goofy You - Wow Embossing Powder


Hello there lovelies! How was your weekend? Crafty, I hope! Today I'm sharing a layout I did for Wow Embossing Powder with you. The theme of the month at Wow is "self-made embellishments" and the first thing that popped to my head was the half pearls you can make using embossing powders. I also made some other embellishments of a sort to the page, too.

The topic of my page is my younger daughter who is a little show woman. I took this picture while she was helping me to take a few photos by holding the background upright and popped her head to the shot. That grin and the impulsiveness of the situation tell a lot about her, kind of is her. 


I wanted the page to be happy and whimsical, like she is, so I used pinks and peachy colors in it. I first created the background using one of the new stamp sets by Marion called "Round and Round". Then I added some watercolor in the mix. After that was the time to create the embellishments - I used "Bright White" embossing powder to make myself a self-made transparency and "Queen of Hearts" to make the title. I coated the wooden letters with it but also embossed a piece of cardstock and used a die to cut the letters from it. 

Lastly I put everything together and created the little pearls using Melt-It products. The idea of them is the same than this Technique library piece "Free form shapes" (link) but instead of continuous pouring, you just pour a drop at the time.

If you rather see the process than read it, please see the video underneath! 


A note about the transparency - if you are making one, make sure that the transparency you are using is heat resistant! Otherwise you'll end up with funky shapes and a smell of melting plastic. For a different take on the transparency embossing, please check this older video of mine (link)!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the video!


Products from Wow Embossing Powder: 



Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, American Crafts, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio







07/09/2019

Every Moment Matters - Prima Marketing FB live


Hi there and sweet Saturday! Next week is again my time to keep a live show at Prima Marketing Facebook page! This time I'm making a layout with layers, romantic feel and watercolor products!


Autumn comes with rains. To fight the gloom, I decided to go with a sweet and romantic layout but inspired by the water. I used a couple of different watercolor products in this page along mixing two pale and delicate collections together – Pretty Pale and Apricot Honey!

If you want to craft along side me, there's a materials list of Prima products I'm using at the bottom of the post. On top of those I'm using clear embossing powder, a couple of paperclips, adhesives, brushes and a heat tool.


Hopefully you can join me on September 10th! Thank you for stopping by today! 


Materials: 638894 Apricot Honey 6x6 pad , 631758 Pretty Pale 12x12 pad , 584252 Watercolor Confections The Classics , 576707 Watercolor Pencil Soft Neutrals , 589370 Color Philosophy ink Poison Love , 966973 Finnabair Love Potion clear stamp , 967048 Finnabair Wild and Free cling stamps, 995881 Autumn Sunset SIIC , 964788 Art Daily decorative tape , 961701 Art Ingredients Glass Beads Butter , 636562 Moon Child Constellation flowers , 993214 Amber Moon puffy stickers 









05/09/2019

Inky cards - Mixed Up Creative


Hi there and sweet Thursday! How's your week been so far? Today I'm blogging (finally) something connected to Mixed Up Creative's Masterclass: All Things Inky #1 (link). I did two cards for the workshop. They are not that special as such, but my whole main point was to see how Distress Inks and Oxides differ using same techniques. As you can see, there's a difference in them!


The stamps in the cards are self made in Louise Nelson's workshop some time ago. It was so fun to carve my own stamps! 

If you want to see how I made the cards and hear my thoughts of the two different inks, you need to enroll to the Masterclass. There's a whole bunch of information there about different inks, how to use them and gorgeous projects. You can see more info here (link). If you are hesitant to purchase your first Mixed Up Creative module, you can try this free module out first (link) and see how much info and beauty there is! 


Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful day!


Materials: Ranger, Sinelli








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