Ice cream colored cover - Prima Marketing

Sweet Sunday! Now that the big news is out let me share some past work for Prima. I'm already looking forward on the new projects and new release! But this project was done with the fun Geo Shapes. You can see the original post with a lot of inspiration here (link).

I was inspired by the candy colors of the Geo Shapes and used them to decorate this journal cover. As my goal was to create something sweet and ice-cream-like, I first painted the cover with white gesso, then added all sorts of embellishments on top, like the big medallion like shape done with the mold, and then added colors using the Art Alchemy paints watered. As sprinkles I added some Art Stones and Glass Beads to the cover. A sweet dish is ready to be served!

Have a great start to the new week!


584535 – Geo Shapes Ombré Dreams
963262 – Art Basics
963200 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Vintage Rose
963194 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Fresh Orange
963552 – Mica Powder Gold Opal Magic 
963712 – Art Stones 
961671 – Glass Beads Crystal 
990947 – French Riviera Clear Stamp 
962890 – Ephemera Vintage Collectibles 
586171 – French Riviera La Mer
586812 – Calacatta 
814786 – Vintage Art Décor Mold Baroque 2
963385 – Mechanicals Mini Knobs 
960332 – Mechanicals Mini Flowers 
991135 – Memory Hardware Vintage Trinkets Bourdeilles 
569617 – School Memories Wood Buttons
991111 – Memory Hardware Chipboard Album Short

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Ps. I love you - 7 Dots Studio

Hyvää juhannusta! 

This layout I did for 7 Dots Studio somehow fits the atmosphere of Midsummer Night, in Finnish juhannus. Most of Finns head out to their summer cottages during this holiday and at least some of the cottages have geranium in their windows or garden. I know that at least we used to have those! Read the story from the bottom of the post. The photo in the layout is taken last summer in Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum (link).

I did the page with a video tutorial. It shows a trick how you can play with alcohol inks on top of a regular sheet of paper. If you use the alcohol inks straight to the paper, the outcome is muddy and not pretty looking as the inks are meant for a non-porous surface like plastic. But what you can do is add a layer of gesso underneath and you are ready to use the inks on top of scrapbooking paper as well.

In this page I used alcohol inks together with some mists. If you use moderate amount of mist and/or water, you can create a wonderful, almost ebru-like look. There’s a step-by-step tutorial for that (link) in my previous post if you want to see the effect with photos. 

This page is about the flowers shown in the photo – geranium. Every summer my grandparents would think what color geraniums they would buy for their balcony and also for our summer house. Usually they went with bright red, but there were some different pinks as well. Nowadays the flowers remind me of my grandmother who passed away when I wasn’t even in my teens. So while the flower in question is not to my liking, I love the memories and feelings it brings back. 

Thank you for your visit today!

PS. Some amazing news went live today at Prima blog - I'm in for another term in the fabulous team! Yay! Check out from the Prima blog the new team (there's still four ladies unannounced!) and also the new release sneak peeks! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Thoughts Keeper: 6x6 Pad 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Always be yourself - Scrap FX

Delightful Midsummer Night! Yesterday I shared first of my two pages for Scrap FX and here's the second one. You can see the original post here (link).

This other page is more in black and white than the first pink one, but hearts in this one, too. This time the topic is my lovely husband, or maybe even both of us. I snapped the photo one evening while we were washing our teeth, so that's why he's looking funny. The journaling talks about how it's wonderful that he "gets" me and is as goofy as me.

I used the same the "Script" stamp in the background here as well. Where I used Distress Ink in the first piece, I did this background with acrylic paint. You can see the script much better in this one than the other one. I also used the "Paint Brushes" stencil here as well and draw the lines you see on the page using it. There's black lines coming from under the photo and white lines on top of a dark grey piece of patterned paper. The heart on the side is stamped with the "Sketchy Heart" stamp. I also used the left over piece from the "Lots of Love" chipboard piece as a stencil and drew some hearts to the page. The circles are drawn using the "Random Dots" stencil.

The decoration chipboards are mostly colored black in this page. There's the title piece from the "{Always..." wordlet, two hashtag pieces from the "#Wisdom" set and then a small heart from "Lots of Love". The pen nibs are treated with metallic embossing powder, they are from sets "Sentiment Pen Nibs" and "Art Pen Nibs".

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a heart-warming day and many happy thoughts!

Materials from Scrap FX:

Materials: Scrap FX, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder


Beauty is... - Scrap FX

Hello there lovelies! I was feeling hearty this time when making the Scrap FX monthly projects. You can see the original post here (link) at the company blog. I made two layouts and they both are made of my family.

The first page, which you can see above here, is about my two daughters and how I wish that their inner light shines always through. Because they always make me feel all fluffy and warm inside, I used a pink color scheme in the page.

I started the page by using the "Script" stamp and stamped some random blocks of color to the background. Then I added texture on top using the "Words of Wisdom" stencil and modeling paste. I also drew using a white Sharpie some brushes to the page using the new "Paint Brushes" stencil. There's also a few stamped circles made with one of the stamps from the "Build a Flower" set.

Chipboard embellishments in this page are treated with embossing powders. There's pink glitter powder on top of the "Scribble" flowers and white powder on the words - title from the wordlet "{Beauty..." and then the hashtag piece from the "#Happy" set.

Thank you for your visit! Wishing you a lovely day! I'm sharing the other page tomorrow.

Materials from Scrap FX:

Materials: Scrap FX, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder, Sakura


Urban - 7 Dots Studio

Hi and great Wednesday! A new challenge from 7 Dots Studio is here - you can see all the beautiful inspiration by the DT here at the company blog (link). This time the theme is "urban". The rules are simple as always - you need to create a project inspired by the theme using at least one 7 Dots Studio product. Then when blogging your creation you just need to add the inspirational wheel in the post and add your link to the linky tool. You have until July 19th time to participate.

Here's my take on the challenge. I’m drawn to modern buildings that combine glass and metal. One of my favorite ones was in my childhood home town, Turku, where the old rope factory was turned into space for the Turku polytechnic and the Turku conservatory. The combination of the red bricks, old metal and then cutting edge glass walls was very much to my liking. 

For the challenge I used my love for the buildings such as in the picture as my jumping off point and added also another urban detail – I mimicked graffiti in the background and drew some letters there.

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

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Illumination: 6x6 Pad
Soulmates: Squares Mask 
Illumination: Die Cut Elements 6x12
Destination Unknown: Element Stickers
Illumination: Element Stickers 6x12 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons 


See-through ATCs - Artists Live

Hi there and happy new week! Yesterday Keren kept a sparkling, shining show with Mica, mists and glitter over at Artists Live Ustream channel. If you were unable to attend, you can always watch the recording at YouTube (link)

Next Monday I'm on and I'm doing some transparent ATCs. The idea using a transparent background isn't mine - I have bumped into it along the internet, but these are the first ones I made using that idea. So I'm playing with the idea of transparency and using different mediums to create a layered look even though the cards still stay relatively see-through! 

The show starts at 8 pm CET or 9 pm Finnish time or 2 pm EST. Please check the time in your time zone from the event page (link) over at Facebook. Just take your mouse on top of the time and it will automatically show the show time in your time zone! And here's the link to Artists Live Facebook page (link) where all the shows are announced.

Underneath you'll see a list of the products I'll be using during the show. Might change the color scheme, though, and make a blueish set instead, but I'll say the colors I'm using during the course of the live show. 

Hope you can join us! Wishing you a wonderful day!


Stickers - Homegrown and Hopefully
Crystal stickers

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, The Crafter's Workshop, Tsukineko


Workshops in Art Workshops, United Kingdom

Hi there and lovely Sunday! A week ago at this time I was in United Kingdom, near Middlesbrough keeping my fourth and last workshop in the wonderful event or actually a weekend of classes. I was so happy when Sue invited me to teach and even more happy when it became obvious that the workshops were going to be held! So awesome! Thank you everyone who came and made the weekend so special!

Back in 2015 I held my first workshops abroad, in Egersund Norway, which was a dream come true and now these ones were my second ones somewhere else than in Finland. This year I'm also keeping workshops in Sweden and Belgium, so please see the sidebar for more details! Can I say that I'm so excited?

The photos in this post are from my Instagram account (link) and also from Art Workshops Facebook page (link) - thank you Sue for permission to use them in my post. 


I arrived to Leeds Bradford airport around five local time and lovely Leroy, Sue's husband was there to pick me up. We then headed for their home to make the kits for the Saturday workshops. Or that was the original plan but it went so smoothly that we did the Sunday kits as well! After re-arranging supplies in my bags I went to my lovely hotel bed and eagerly waited for the Saturday to start!

Saturday's first workshop was the ATCs. If you want to see the announcement post with the workshop descriptions, please follow this link (link).

We had a fun morning playing with lovely 7 Dots Studio and Prima Marketing supplies and I had added some handpicked supplies in the kits as well. Each participant in each of the workshops also received a little thank you -note and a flair which I ordered from A Flair for Buttons.

Above on the right you can see my finished samples - I gave them all away so that's the only photo I have of them. In fact I gave all my samples away and even donated one of the originals to Sue, because she was so awesome and kind and encouraging!  


Saturday's afternoon workshop was the lady canvas, a workshop called "She was wearing the summer in her hair". What made me so proud and was totally awesome was that almost everyone choose to draw the face even though I gave them an option to use something else. And boy did these ladies know how to draw and create! The canvases they created were super beautiful and stunning! Each one of the pieces had their own personalities and character. The picture at the bottom of the cluster above is my finished workshop sample. Now looking at her, I could have added a strand of hair to her forehead...

Saturday evening we had a lovely dinner together - Sue and Debbie, the arrangers, and then some of the ladies attending. I also was so happy to meet Katy, my editor from Scrap365 times and also previous editor in Craft Stamper. It was great to talk to her face to face as we've mailed numerous times when working on the articles and projects to the magazines!

Sunday started with one of my favorite pieces because of the background story it has, the heart canvas - "Heart of Turisas". The ladies were super talented and made wonderful canvases and compositions to the piece. Again each one was stunning and different and personal. What warmed my heart afterwards so much, was that I know for a fact that at least one of the ladies went shopping in a hardware store after the weekend! If you haven't tried that one yourselves, I highly recommend, they have wonderful stuff there! If you don't know what, please come to a workshop!


Sunday's afternoon workshop was something just for these ladies - an altered hubcap! I bet it was fun for everyone to alter such an odd item. I loved the stories the ladies told me, because they already had figured out where to put the finished piece.

The materials were mostly from Prima Marketing but there was also a piece from ScrapFX and then some hand picked items as well. One of the supplies that had me really worried was light bulbs. I brought so much extra with me because I feared that they will break during the transport, but luckily they all survived the trip! My lovely husband also donated some cassettes for us to use so we had all sorts of wonderful things to play with. 

It was so awesome to meet these wonderful ladies and I so wish that I can go back during 2017! I had a magical time and everything was running super smoothly! All of the ladies were so talented, so sweet and encouraging, Sue and Debbie and Leroy were super professionals and I had nothing to worry about. What a weekend of fun it was!

Once again - THANK YOU!

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