24/11/2014

4 U notebook - Epiphany Crafts


I hope you have had a lovely start to the week! Here's a little notebook I made for Epiphany Crafts. Or rather decorated the cover as I didn't make the whole notebook.

I've used the tool of the month at Epiphany Crafts here. This month the tool is oval! It's such a lovely shape - more energetic than a circle but still more calm and peaceful than a rectangular. When I was doing the other project, my mother who was visiting us said that it reminds her of an egg. So get a real head start to Easter crafts and get your tool already!


I did two projects using the same idea - a notebook cover and a layout. You can see the page here at Epiphany Crafts blog already (link) but I'm sharing it also here in my blog tomorrow. For both projects I created a rainbow of ovals and made layers with the colored and vellum pieces. If you want to see how the cover above was made please watch the video!


As I'm really drawn to mixed media and doing things with paints and color mediums, I used Gelatos crayons to make the colorful pieces. Of course if you have suitable papers to form the rainbow you can use them. Or you don't even have to make a rainbow - just one or two colors would also look nice. Maybe do a rainbow of notebooks? One yellow, one orange, one red and so forth! The Christmas is coming and something this simple but yet hand-customized might be just the thing!

I hope I have inspired you! Thank you for stopping by!


Supplies from Epiphany Crafts used in this project:



Materials: Epiphany Crafts, Design Memory Craft, Canvas Corp, 7Gypsies, Sodalicious, Ranger, Teippitarha, Prima Marketing

23/11/2014

Light shining inside - 3rd Eye Craft


Sunday is turning into night and soon a new week starts! To kick start it, I have a tutorial for you! It's making your own text background and you can see the video already in 3rd Eye blog or in my YouTube channel. I shall also blog it during the starting week here in my own blog. 


There's many text or calligraphy style papers out there right now. You can achieve the same look with some text stamps and a bit of patience. This particular set by 3rd Eye is really great for making this kind of background as with the heart the words form a relatively straight edged rectangular. Having that kind of "block" makes things easier with aligning the words and columns. Of course you could stamp the words to the page one by one, but that would require much more time. With the block you can cover a larger area quickly!


I used acrylic paint when stamping but simply changing the medium the outcome changes dramatically. Just think about white paper with watercolor like text compared to the one you see above. Also by changing the color of the background paper you can create a very different mood to your finished page. I created two pages for the tutorial - this is the other and the other is made to a kraft colored background. What also changes the feel of the page is the style of the text and the words used. There's plenty of different word stamps in 3rd Eye shop - click here to go browsing

Thank you for your time! Wishing you a lovely start to the new week! See you again!


Materials from 3rd Eye:

TES-209 seasons TES-255 fall river - leaves TES-257L sprig large - branch with leaves stickers TEST-011 indian arrows  TEC-038 round frames TEBA-098 splashes on beige background TEBS017 doodles 


Materials: 3rd Eye Craft, Prima Marketing, Canvas Corp, Wow! Embossing Powders, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Tsukineko, Tattered Angels

22/11/2014

Flower - Mixed Media Place


Good evening! No flowers are growing outside here in the snow right now, so I created one of my own for the new challenge at Mixed Media Place! The challenge is to go 3D and it's me hosting the gym this time! Yay!

"We live in a world of dimensions, textures and surfaces. We'd like you to feel inspired by how the play of light and shadow really makes a difference in the piece. Our challenge is to break out of the 2 D and go 3-dimensional! How much or how little is totally up to you.

Look around your house and find a long forgotten object that maybe could get a new altered life. Add a flair button or a resin embellishment to your scrapbook layout. Play with foam squares. Go textural and create surfaces with modeling paste, gel medium or texture pastes. Make some mixed media jewelry. The possibilities are endless... We are waiting to see your interpretations and study how shadow and light play in your art! PS. No need to put the red-green glasses on if you don't want to."


When I was thinking what to create, a painting by Hugo Simberg popped into my head. It's called "The Garden of Death" and it's a really intriguing piece. There's something really beautiful and tender in the piece but at the same time it makes me uneasy. But what really always catches my eye are the magical, mystical looking flowers in the garden. So I used the painting as inspiration and created my own flower.

I started by adhering tissue paper to Prima wire and created the inmost, delicate flower like that. The wire is sandwiched between two layers of tissue paper. The second flower is made of resist canvas, cut into the shape with a die. Underneath is a black wire flower using Prima wire and the outmost petals are made with canvas stiffened with Soft Gel and have a wire underneath to support the shape. The stamen are made of wire and Glass Beads.

I hope that you'll join the challenge! Like it says in the introduction - how much 3 D is totally up to you! Please see all the gorgeous creations of the DT here, in the challenge post (link) and join in!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!


Materials from Mixed Media Place:

  
   


Materials: Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Prima Marketing, Talens, Sizzix

21/11/2014

Tasty - GDT C'est Magnifique Mixed Media Kit


A few days ago I blogged my first "red creation" with C'est Magnifique's December kit (link). Here's the other red one, but be assured that there's going to be green and white ones as well!

My other red page is about the treats and foods of Christmas. The journaling reads something like "Christmas is the time of delicacies". There's cakes, cookies, chocolates but also more salty delicacies like rutabaga casserole and rosolli salad and also homemade cheeses. 

I started this page by splashing all the different paints in the kit to the background. There's the red paints, the golden mist and also some flicks of white gesso. Next I added little drops of glue to the background and then poured the micro beads on top. I also used the same pearls to make a piece of paper really textured: I adhered double sided adhesive sheet on a piece of patterned paper from the kit, removed the protective coating and covered the piece with the micro beads. Underneath the photo it seems almost that there's nonpareils! 

I also used the piece of felt from the kit in here to juxtapose the different textures and feels. I also used the same felt but the other side of it to make the little bow for decoration. Besides the materials from the kit I also used a bow die, white gesso and a white and black pen in this page.

Thank you for your visit! What's your favorite Christmas delicacy? 


Materials: C'est Magnifique, Riddersholm Design, Lindy's Stamp Gang, Prima Marketing, My Favorite Things, Tim Holtz, Sharpie, Design Memory Craft, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts


20/11/2014

Brown paper packages - 7 Dot Studio


Hello there! We have a new challenge at 7 Dots Studio! The theme is "Warm and cosy" this time! Please visit the 7 Dots Studio's blog for some beautiful inspiration and also take the inspirational circle with you as you need to include that to your own post!

The theme made me think of home and things that are dear to me. When I was going through my pile of photos for scrapbooking, I noticed this one, taken of a brown paper package. Immediately the "Sound of Music" song about favorite things started playing in my head. That song makes me feel warm inside and there's something awfully homely about the "brown paper packages tied up with string". They have an air of a lost era about them - something really cosy, comfy and heart-warming. 


Inspired by the package, I used a very neutral color scheme in my layout. The papers are from Nature Walk, Cold Country and All I Ever -collections. The background is created with a touch of mist and stencil work, pencil doodles and some stamping.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Supplies used from 7 Dots Studio:

Nature Walk: 6x6 pad


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, 3rd Eye, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Fiskars

19/11/2014

December 2014 album - Canvas Corp Brands


Hi there! Yesterday I shared this minialbum at Canvas Corp's blog. Today I want to share it here - so say hello to my December album! 

I've been doing a "December Daily" style album for several years now. The style and amount of text varies, but still every year I do one. Here's the link to the 2011 album and here to the 2012 album. In 2013 I seem to have missed showing the finished album, oopsie!


This year I knew the covers of my album early on as I saw the 7Gypsies covers on the Canvas Corp online store. And the album started to take shape when I received several packages of paper bags in my DT kit. They provide a perfect way to add a lot of ephemera without making the album too cluttered. Just tuck all the receipts, notes and mishmash inside. You are adding bulk but not a mixture of colors and patterns and still can store everything! I also added some Farmhouse Christmas and Black and White File Folders mixed with the paper bags. The black and white together with the craft give a lovely neutral background to all the photos and text that it's going to fill the album.

With the old book style covers and the brown paper bag pages inside the album the whole thing had a great homey feel. So I carried that one on to the embellishing the cover. I used a piece of burlap as the bottom layer as it has a lovely Christmas feel to it. On top I layered a tag from 7Gypsies and also a few other embellishments like the deer head cut out from a tag. To further have the homey, a bit Scandinavian feel, I made tassels and pom poms. The tassels are made of red hemp rope but for the pom poms I used red yarn as it's softer and gives a fluffier effect.

If you wish to see what the album looks like at this point, before the documenting itself has started, please watch the video below.


I can't wait to start using this album and adding those daily notes in there! My tips for making an album of this kind is to prepare yourself a kit for it. Thus you will have a continuous color scheme and style throughout the album. Choose some patterned papers, some embellishments, a set of alphas and for example a few stamps too and then carry on using them throughout the album. Like I have used that scrip stamp through the pages and also the white mist. Every spread is unique but still they all have something in common.

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you pleasant day!


Materials from Canvas Corp Brands:

Numero stamp set
Par Avion stamp set


Materials: Canvas Corp, 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels, American Crafts, Studio Calico, Copic, Ranger


18/11/2014

Love for Winter - GDT C'est Magnifique Mixed Media Kit


Hello there! Like I typed some days ago, I was hurrying to get the December GDT projects ready for C'est Magnifique - and here's the first one! First of the two posts has gone live in the C'est blog already, here's the link. I'm so happy that I was asked to guest for a few months and this time I got to play with the Christmas kit! 

I tend not to scrapbook our Christmas as such and as all the photos of last Christmas are made into pages already, I decided to think about Christmas - what makes the season so special and what I love about this holiday and winter all together.


So my first page is about my love for winter. I remember being the odd kid at school declaring winter as her favorite season against multitude of those stating summer as the one. Don't get me wrong - I dislike sleet as any other but when the winter truly comes with snow and crispy temperatures below the zero I enjoy myself tremendously. Here in the north the snow also means light into the darkness. And not to mention all the things you can do when there's snow and ice on the ground!

Even though the subject itself is more of the colder side of the color wheel, I chose to go with the reds to emphasize my love. The photo of me as a kid suited the colors just fine so I used it on the page instead of a more recent one. I also used different red mediums to create the background and then added snowy touches with the chalk. Please watch the video underneath to see how the page came to life!


Besides using the materials form the kit and the papers, I also used some supplies from my stash like a doily, white pen and a background stamp and a doily die.

Thank you for visiting today! If you'd like to know more about C'est Magnifique, please visit their blog (link) or go straight to their store (link)! Wishing you an inspiring day!


Materials: C'est Magnifique, Riddersholm Design, Lindy's Stamp Gang, Prima Marketing, My Favorite Things, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Sharpie, My Mind's Eye

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