Mermaid cover - Prima Marketing

I love the sea! The horizon is so calming and the constant movement of the waves soothes and inspires at the same time. I also find mermaids intriguing and inspiring. So, for a mermaid post over at Prima blog (link) I did a mermaid embellished journal. Please see the blog for more mermaid inspiration from the design team!

I thought adding a mermaid on top of my Traveler’s Journal cover would always inspire me to do something to the book and experiment. I used a Julie Nutting stamp to make the body of the mermaid and a vintage photo styled ephemera piece to make the face. I stamped the mermaid pieces on top of an old book page and added some Modeling Paste on top of the tail piece to make scale texture to it. I adhered the mermaid parts to the cover using Soft Matte Gel.

The background of the cover is done using Impasto paints. I first primed the cover using white gesso and then painted the colors on top and added some stencil layers, too. I then added some stamping on top.

Naturally I needed to add some sparkle to the otherwise matte cover and what would be better fit than “Mermaid Sparkle” Sparks paint!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sweet day and great start to the weekend!


592578 – PTJ Starter Journal set Champagne 
912598 – JN stamps and dies Merbaby 
964085 – Art Alchemy Sparks Mermaid Sparkle acrylic paint 
964641 – Impasto acrylic paint Cobalt 
964634 – Impasto acrylic paint Azure 
964627 – Impasto acrylic paint Jade 
964542 – Impasto acrylic paint Pumpkin 
961350 – Modeling Paste 
961428 – Soft Matte Gel 
961374 – Heavy Gesso White 
961268 – Honeycomb stencil 
962067 – Now is the Right Time stamp set 
961848 – Cheesy stamp 
960964 – Book stamp 
961077 – Mechanicals Vintage Centers 
960322 – Mechanicals Mini Flowers 
962890 – Vintage Collectibles Ephemera 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Posca


Rainbow in the dark - Wow Embossing Powder

The August weather is here, sun is shining lower with a golden glow and the nights are turning into velvet ones here in Finland. The summer full of light is almost gone and the darker winter time is lurking around the corner.

I'm a metal head, so when I started to think about the rainbow theme we're having at Wow! this month, a song by Dio called "Rainbow in the Dark" started to play in my head. The idea fascinated me, how to do a dark rainbow in a project form. So I decided to rise to the challenge and do a project on black surface with an oil like rainbow glimmer on top. 

For the base I chose to use a paint brush, just like you could paint a rainbow with it. I painted the project black with gesso to create that dark background and then used Glintz and Metalline powders on top to add the colors in. These metallic, shimmering powders with translucent color were perfect to create that sheer shine of color. I'm so happy how the project turned out that you can really see the different colors on the brush! If you want to see how I made the brush, please see the step by step tutorial at Wow's blog

This was such a fun project to do! I really loved the effect the Glintz and Metalline powders created on top of black. Black surface really showed the tones of the different Glintz powders and you could then heighten the color effect using the Metalline powders. Sprinkled powders added fun texture to the embellishments, too. Underneath and above are some detail photos of the brush to show the texture and color variations better. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great, colorful day!

Wow Embossing Powder products used: 

Materials: Wow! Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing


Collect moments tags - Prima Marketing

Moikka! Today I'm sharing a little project using Finnabair Stone Effect pastes. Well, there's actually two of them. Both of the tags are done the same way, just the stone I used for the dimensional layer differs. 

The Stone Effect texture pastes are a great way to add dimension to your projects. By choosing different embellishments to the crafts you can transform the grainy surface to sweet and romantic like I did here or then go for a more grungy look.

If you want to see how I created these tags, please see a step by step below. Thank you for stopping by today! 

Step 1. Cut some rectangular pieces out of chipboard. Paint these as well as two chipboard tags with white gesso. The layer doesn’t have to be perfect, go for a weathered look. 

Step 2. Using the stencil from the “Flowers on the Deck” stamp and stencil set, add the “Stone Effect” pastes to the tags. Use a silicone brush to spread the paste through the stencil. 

Step 3. After the paste and gesso is dry, add some ink to the edges of the chipboard rectangles and also to the backgrounds. Wet a brush, pick up some ink from the pad and then use this to get a watercolor like spot of color to the tags.

Step 4. Using the 3D Gel from the “Mixed Media Essentials” set adhere a couple of rectangles to the tags. Use a pencil to draw a little dot to the ends of each one, turning the rectangles to boards.

Step 5. Still using the 3D Gel as the adhesive, add some flowers on top of the boards. Mix different sized flowers and add a die cut swirl or something equivalent in the mix as well.

Step 6. Color the resin clocks to match the vintage color palette of the tags. Use a dabbing brush to apply the “Aged Brass” wax to the whole piece and then use your finger to highlight the details using “Brushed Iron” wax.

Step 7. Add the clocks in place to the tags and adhere using the 3D Gel. Add some softness to the composition with thread. Lock the thread under some flowers and elements but don’t adhere it totally for the fluffy effect to remain. 

Step 8. Stamp the phrase “Collect moments” with the stamp from the “Flowers on the Deck” stamp and stencil set on top of cream colored cardstock. Cut the saying loose and shape into a little banner. Adhere using 3D Gel and then let dry totally, preferably overnight. 

Materials: Prima Marketing


Hello beach - Craft Stamper

Hello Sunshines! How are you today? Had a good weekend? I found this sunny card in my drafts and thought it's finally time to publish it. I mean it was made and published in the August issue of Craft Stamper magazine, but year was 2017! 

The card is made for a Ready Set Stamp gallery. It had a beach theme and a lovely candy color palette. As RSS cards should be quick to make and I just love that smiling sun, I kept the card really simple, added just some pink stamping here and there and used two ready see-through shapes. To add a little something to the make I sewed the base papers together with sewing machine before adding the embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sunny, wonderful week!

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Doodlebug Design, Prima Marketing, Elisabeth Craft Designs


The queen of clubs - Mixed Up

Hiya! It's Saturday and I love it because that means crafty time! At least hoping so, my to-do list is getting dauntingly long! There's something new for Mixed Up in that list, too, but this little album was made and published in the online platform in June. It was a piece sponsored by Artful Days and you can see many of their treasures in there. 

The project was inspired by an old Bible. I don't consider myself highly religious and it's a very personal thing for me, but I do love the look of old family Bibles. There's usually the family tree in there and the big book has a feel of generations in it. Our family Bible is a huge black one with golden details in the cover and also a beautifully embossed pattern. Those details and colors inspired this little journal.

I used the Eileen Hull's Passport die to make the little journal. The covers are made of thick cardboard but the inside papers are just what I happened to have at hand. There's watercolor paper, old book paper, cardstock and even some funky looking packaging paper I happened to have. 

The cover has quite a few embellishments in the golden and bronze shades to match the inspiration source. I also used one mini playing card in there, the queen of clubs. In Finnish the suite is called "risti", cross, so that seemed appropriate. 

If you wish to see how the book was made in a step by step form, you must become a member of the Mixed Up site. You can do that here (link) and then access over tutorials both in step by step and video form! I'm a resident tutor so there's quite a few projects there from me, too, and more to come!

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

Materials: Artful Days, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Ranger


Inspired By... Vol 8/2018

Today is 10th of the month and you know what that means, right? Time for another Inspired By!

Inspired By is something sweet Marsha and me have been doing for years now. Until 2018 it was that we chose a subject to be inspired by and then did something inspired by that theme, a piece of art or a book. The inspiration could be anything but we both turned that into some kind of project and blogged the creation on the 10th. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).

Inspired By is a playground, a concept we can use to explore, to play and to discover. We can do as much or as little we want and have time for. I guess it's not a surprise then that we both enjoy Inspired By very much but after doing it the same way so many years, we thought to change the things a bit.

This year, 2018, we both just post on the 10th with some source of inspiration we found that month. Or rather on a period from the 10th of previous month to 9th of the current month. It can be a series of photos, a book we read, an artwork we saw, just a pebble on the street or a new product we bought. We can make something using that source, but it's more about sharing just the inspiration. Consider it as a window to our creative minds!

There were several possibilities this month to be inspired by. For example, we took a short family stay-a-cation in Naantali, a Finnish coastal town where I took a lot of photos. I thought to use those at first, but then I found something even better as it sparked a project immediately. 

I recently changed my job and I'm now working in a craft store whole time. I've been trying to avoid mixing business and pleasure, so to say, fearing that the joy will be lost, but considering what I've been feeling so far that fear was in vain. In fact, it couldn't have been further from the truth! 

During my first days I was going through the canvases and thought to move some that were almost on the isle further in. I lifted one and instead of a huge one I thought I was moving, I got a tiny, skinny canvas. The little ones were leaning to the side of bigger ones, that's why they seemed to come to the isle. But I'm holding this canvas in my hand and immediately it sparks an idea. I just have to get me one so that I can realize my idea! 

The size of the canvas is 10x50 cm so it's really narrow. But I saw this Louise Nelson / Finnabair  / art journaling inspired elongated person with a dress immediately. You know those altered old photos people from art journaling that have a dress out of old book paper and more importantly a pointy hat? I had to do mine with the hat, too, as the photo I chose to use didn't have the top of my head so I needed to cover it up. Also I think the hat balances out the piece. 

Now I knew what to do but then colors were an issue - again. What color scheme to use? I'm always drawn to turquoises and black but this time I didn't want to do that. I felt that this way the piece would be totally too Finnabair. 

The answer came one evening when looking through our kitchen window. The sun was just setting and had colored the sky in the shades of pink and peach. It stood in a harsh contrast to the trees standing just below the horizon - deep green colored firs and pines. I tried to took a photo of the combo, but didn't manage to get the colors right. Probably it was because of the direct light source and that I was just using my phone without the SLR adjustments. But luckily I was able to create the background the next day and the colors had imprinted to my mind. I did take some "artistic liberties" but the main inspiration to the background gradient color is from that. 

Now that I had my background done and quite colorful, I thought that the only possible color of the dress and hat was white. Well, black naturally would have been another option, but then you wouldn't see the book paper which I was planning on using and also black would have needed something on top to reveal the texture I was hoping to add. After adding all the layers in I decided to add a hint of watercolor on top after all as the shape looked too pale, but mostly it's just painted white or white washed with gesso.

Above you can see the actual piece. I layered book pages, corrugated cardboard and lace for the dress to create a delicate texture. I used Soft Matte Gel as my adhesive for the layers and then painted the elements white using gesso. After making the dress it seemed that the piece needed more dimensional details so I added some button clusters here and there and made a big necklace or brooch embellishment using a resin clock, metal heart and buttons. 

The buttons I used were turquoise, pale green and bright red. I left the cool colors almost as they were, but painted the red ones more white using gesso. The heart needed to be something else than rusty colored for this project so I changed it into gold one using wax and added a golden touch to other embellishments, too. 

The piece still needed some contrast, some black. So I took a felt pen and doodled some stripes and details to the dress and hat. I think they really make a difference! Naturally it would have been easier to do it before adding all the embellishments but as I rarely plan my work that far ahead and I'm more keen on letting the project lead me, that didn't happen. Maybe next time! This piece is now at work as an example how you can use that lovely narrow canvas, but I liked it so much I'm thinking should I do a family portrait this way. The problem is that there's no space for four of these in our apartment! But maybe just one bigger one with four people in it... Makes you think! 

But without further ado, now's your time to head over to Marsha's to see what she's been up to! Here's a direct link to her post (link).

Materials: Prima Marketing, Posca


Let it bloom - Craft Stamper

The gardening season is almost at an end here in Europe. Well, not yet, but drawing closer to hibernation time. But these gardening tools were made for and published in a spring issue of Craft Stamper magazine. They belonged to a 3D gallery in the February issue where the team altered gardening tools! 

When Trish sent me this idea, I jumped in immediately! I just love alter things. I turned my tools into sweet, flowery ones. The fun part was making the composition, naturally, but I also loved stamping to the blades of the trowel and fork. I used a flowery stamp from Wow! and also a green sparkle embossing glitter from the same company. 

I really enjoyed doing these, so maybe I should get to a garden shop to buy another set to alter! Have you altered gardening tools? Or other tools like hammers or saws? Oh how I would love to alter a rusty saw! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a sweet day! 

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing

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