Imagine Create Play - Scrap FX

Yesterday I shared the first of the two layouts I created for ScrapFX this month and here's the other one. In the first I treated the chippies with silver embossing powder and her left them untreated. The mood of the chippies change dramatically with the color, don't you think?

This layout is about just to have fun, to create and play. The photo in the layout is taken from my craft table with some of the supplies on there. Creating is really playing and having fun!

This page I started by tracing the Alpha Stencil to the patterned paper using a black felt pen. On top I then added some stamping using both the "Ruler" stamp and the "School Spot" stamps. When the layout was almost done, the last thing I did was to add the little black circles. For those I used a black felt pen with a bigger tip and traced them through the Random Dots Stencil.

I made the title of the page using the "Imagine Play Create" chippie. I cut it in three parts and used two of the words on the top corner and "play" part near the photo. As embellishments I used a circle from the "Star Theme Pack" and also the really fun "Do Funn Stuff" corner piece.

Thank you for your visit! Have a great day - and remember to play!

Products used:

Materials: ScrapFX, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger, Tattered Angels, Design Memory Craft


Shoot for the moon - ScrapFX

Hello Monday and hello world! Last Saturday was great as I delivered the mixed media guitar to its new home in Stockholm, Sweden and got to meet Andi Kravljaca in person. Yay! Shooting for the moon and being among the stars, right? He has an amazing voice, so if you haven't hear any project where he's singing, try out this piece at Soundcloud from Jesus Christ Superstar.

But what I'm sharing today is the first of the two I created for ScrapFX this month using the new chippies. The other one is blue and for that one I treated the chippies with silver embossing powder. The other one is brown and for that I left the chippies untreated. It's fun how much the chippies can change just by coloring and treating them with different mediums!

This page is done using the big "Shoot for the moon" chippie. I found the phrase really inspiring and decided to make it almost the center of my page. I included the photo of my first born in the page as well, making the layout like an encouragement for her. We try to emphasize to our little ones that they can do anything they set their mind and heart to.

I started the page by adding some mist and acrylic paint to the background. The misted details are almost lost underneath the layers that came on top, but I used the Alpha Stencil in there. First I misted the color on top of the stencil and then used it like a stamp transferring the mist to the page. While misting the color remember to use the wrong side so that the end result has the letters the right way. On the other hand, as you are building the background it doesn't matter so much if the Gs and Hs are flipped.

I also added some stamping to the background with the "School Spot" stamps. Besides the big phrase chippie I also included one of the circular ones from the "Star Theme Pack". Can you spot it in the page?

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great, crafty week!

Products used:

Materials: ScrapFX, Canvas Corp, 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powders, 3rd Eye, Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, Design Memory Craft


Black gesso tag - Finnabair Creative Team

Yesterday it was all about invitation tips. Today the tip part continues but the topic is quite different. Finnabair Creative Team was asked to choose one favorite product of the Finnabair line and share thoughts and tips about the product.

The task was enormous! Not the crafting or the writing part itself, but the choosing! How to choose just one product out of so many great ones?! I think the stamps in the collection are great, the stencils versatile and just think about the new "art babies" - the Mica powders! So there was a great array to choose from! But my choice was Black Gesso. Underneath you can read what I wrote about the dark primer.

"Black gesso is a primer like it’s white cousin. What made me choose Black Gesso before the white one is that the darker one is a more recent find. I've been dreaming about the product some time and when a jar of magic arrived I was so eager to try it out. And the product didn't leave me cold, quite the opposite! 

It’s got a lovely, creamy texture and it has more tooth than the white one. The end result is lovely matte and almost chalkboard style. Black gesso creates an ideal base for pastels, crayons and more and makes the colors seem brighter. It’s also great base for Mica powders showing off their shine and luster. 

It’s also fun to work “the other way around” – bringing in touches of light instead of shadow. Finnabair Black Gesso is heavy body so you can also apply it through a stencil and use it as a dimensional medium."

I made this tag for the post using of course the Black Gesso in it. But I also included some Mechanicals, Glass Glitter and Mica Powders in there. There's even touches of Pan Pastels and the new Prima watercolor pencils in the project.

By the way, do you know what is the base for the flowers in the tag? It's a piece of a house hold item. A magical item that I loved as a child because of it's movement and shine and functionality and shape. Take a guess! 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Pan Pastels, Tattered Angels 


Now is the right time - Canvas Corp Brands

Spring is in the air and that makes me think green! My inspiration for these invitations was spring and nature – they could be used for picnic or a brunch with green feel. Why invitations you might ask? Well, there's a new Crew challenge over at Canvas Corp Brands. This time we inspire you with different, easy invitations and share some tips how to make a bunch of them fast!

These little invitations have a twist – the pattern is on the inside as lines to write on! A touch of your own handwriting gives the invitation a personal touch. As you usually need to make a bunch of invitations at once I kept the design pretty easy to make and duplicate. 

First I cut the card bases out of the 12x12” sheet. Then I scored them and folded in half. After that I added a touch of mist to the fold and dried the cards with a heat tool. Then I added some pencil swirls to each one and attached the heart tag to the cover and also glued the bow on top. Lastly I stamped the wording underneath the tag. 

Anything pre-cut is a way to get the job done faster so diecuts and tags are fabulous for invitations. Letter stamps or even sayings make also crafting faster. And what also makes a great difference is the equipment – good tools make crafting enjoyable and do the job every time!

Materials from Canvas Corp Brands:


Thank You card - Canvas Corp

Today is an oldie! This card along with the step directions was blogged in Canvas Corp's own blog last year. Oopsie! Well, better late than ever, right? The card was made Thanksgiving in mind, but there’s much more to be thankful for also! Why should we be thankful only once a year so to say?

I used the “Farmhouse Kitchen” collection in the card. There’s just a card and a two pieces of 12×12″ sheets put together and finished with a piece of the hemp rope. If you want to make something similar, I have the steps underneath. Thank you for your visit!

1. Cut the “Thank You” note card in half from the fold line.
2. Cut a slightly larger piece from the ivory cardstock, for example 4″ x 5½”.
3. Attach the note card to the ivory cardstock with a few lines of double sided tape to secure it stays put. Avoid putting the adhesive near the edges.
4. Sew around the note card using a zig zag stitch. Pull the threads to the back and secure with a knot or a piece of tape.
5. Add a touch of color to the artichoke using crayons, felt pens or watercolor crayons. You can also use mists like watercolors.
6. Cut a card base from the patterned paper – for example 6″ x 12″. Fold in half.
7. Using 3 D foam squares attach the note card piece to the card base.
8. Finish the card with a few rounds of the hemp rope. Attach the rope just by knotting it inside the card or use washi tape with a suitable pattern.
(9. Add a few home made cookies, something sweet or the receiver’s favorite tea to a brown paper bag and give it with your card.)

Materials from Canvas Corp:

Materials: Canvas Corp, Design Memory Craft


Surprise - Prima BAP March

Yesterday I shared my take on the Prima PPP palette for March and today I show my take on the BAP challenge

I used somewhat similar colors in this page as in the PPP creation. There's the turquoise and minty green and even the gray, but I also added some aged paper beige and inky black in. The sketch itself has torn edges but I went with clean cut ones. Somehow I felt that the contrast of the romantic styled background paper and the cut edges was great and gave a nice touch to the page. 

The topic of the page is the first Finnabair DT pack. I waited for my husband to get home and only then started to open the package so that he could take a few pictures of me. (We also had this challenge with the DT to share a photo with the package.) I guess the pictures tell the story of my excitement quite well!

Thank you for your visit today!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Tsukineko


Incredible - Prima PPP March

Hello there and great Monday! The weather here in Finland ain't that charming, but I know sun is shining some part of the world! Last month I wasn't able to take part in the Prima challenges but this month I squeezed some time for them. So here's my take on the PPP challenge with a lovely blueish, greenish color palette. I'm sharing my take on the BAP tomorrow.

The palette was so me! With turquoise, mint green and tender shades of aqua, pale green and grayish pearl. I have been hoarding the packaging of the wooden icons quite a while now and I though to use it as my base. But what to include to the little openings? There's several different blooms in the PPP board and I happened to have several blooms matching the palette so I went with a blooming solution. 

I layered different flowers on top of each other to get a fuller look and then added some crystals to decorate the blooms. They are like dew drops on them. Underneath the flowers there's a piece of patterned paper and touches of the Finnabair white crackle paste. The frame also has touches of stamping here and there and marks with a pencil.

The big word is a chippie, covered with the crackle paste, Each of the flowers also include a word sticker thus spelling "family friends together forever". Talking about friends, I'm giving this piece away if someone would like to have it. Please leave a comment underneath or send me a mail.

Wishing you a great, incredible start to the new week!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, ScrapFX, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio

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