Trick or read - Sizzix

Moikka! It's Thursday already and the weekend is getting nearer and nearer! The soon(ish) change of month also means that Halloween is closing in. We don't celebrate that as much here in Finland, but I still enjoy doing some Halloween inspired crafts during autumn months. Here's one of them - two bookmarks with little Halloween trick or treaters! 


I used a monoprinted cardstock as my background. There's also some collaging there and I felt that such a colorful background would be good for these characters. I then cut the characters using Thinlits "Spooky" die set. There's also elements from another Halloween themed set called "Halloween set". I've included the item numbers further down. To get the witch and vampire pop from the colorful background I used "Brickwork" embossing folder from the Texture Fades category. 

After taking the pictures, I laminated the pieces so they would be sturdier and endure use. Then I gave them to my daughters. As they are bookmarks, I thought the phrase "Trick or Treat" needed a little twist and I wrote instead "Trick or Read". 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Materials from Sizzix: 

662580 - Thinlits Halloween set die set

Materials: Sizzix, Ranger, Posca


Bright village - GDT Art by Marlene

Hi there! Here's a burst of color in between of vintage toned projects! Somehow these Art by Marlene stamps just scream for happy, vibrant colors and I tend to grab my felt pens to color the images! 

Here I used the two stamp sets from the "Go Dutch!" -collection and created a little dimensional piece. I started by painting a piece of wood using acrylic paints. On top I added some pattern using stencils and a tiny bit of stamping. The main layers are made of the stamped images of the buildings and town from the Art by Marlene stamp sets. 

I used the tiny houses in a row in the background to create a perspective. So the houses in the foreground are bigger and the top most layer is the beautiful tulips. And a happy sun is shining to this bright, colorful town! At least here in Finland the days are starting to be a bit gloomy, so this kind of burst of color is needed! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a sunny Wednesday, I hope! 

Materials: Art by Marlene (Studio Light), Seth Apter (StencilGirl), Sinelli, Prima Marketing



This is the time


Heippa! Yesterday I wrote mainly in Finnish as I announced a Facebook live happening this Saturday. Like I said in that post (link), even though the live is in Finnish, you are more than welcome to join! I might try to say something in English as well, and naturally you can always ask! 

Today I'm sharing a project I did with almost the exact same steps as the card I'm re-creating. This mixed media piece has a couple of steps added to the background, but otherwise it's the same composition and elements as the card version. Its purpose is to show that if you are not a card maker, you can use the same steps in your journal, assemblage or any else project! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope to see you on Saturday the 26th at 9 am EST / 3 pm CET!

Materials: WOW! Embossing Powder, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Sinelli, Paper Garden, 14 Craft Barn


Embrace family - Klemmarikellari Facebook live


Hi there and sunny Monday! This post will be mainly in Finnish as I'm announcing a Facebook live for a Finnish craft shop happening next Saturday. Naturally you are free to join, but I'm speaking my native language this time instead of English. The live will be at Klemmarikellari's Facebook page.

Heippa ja iloista maanantaita! Poikkeuksellisesti postaus on pääosin suomeksi, sillä aiheena on Facebook live, jonka tulen pitämään tulevana lauantaina klo 16 Klemmarikellarin Facebook-sivuilla! Liven aikana teen vintage-henkisen kortin käyttäen erilaisia materiaaleja. 

Liven aiheena tietyllä tavalla on WOW!n uudet "Changers"-kohojauheet, joilla saa kolme kertaa enemmän jo omistamistaan kohojauheista. Käytän kortin teossa myös Seth Apterin "Metalz" -kohojauhetrioa sekä valkoista gessoa ja kohopastaa. Ja tulee sinne myös sipaus ruostepastaa laitettua.

Toivottavasti pääset mukaan lauantaina klo 16! Nähdään silloin! Kivaa viikkoa!

Materials: WOW! Embossing Powder, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Nellie's Choice, Ranger


Fortune Favors The Bold - Sizzix

Fri-yay! Yesterday I blogged a tag with a process video and today I have another treat for you! This time it's a triplet of treats as I made a triptych using Sizzix dies. 

My inspiration behind the piece was autumn and migrating birds. I wanted a warm glow to the project, but as you can see from the video, it went a bit too Halloween-like with the black. Luckily you can always add gesso on top! 

I start the triplet by making the backgrounds. On top of a layer of acrylic paint I adhere some hexagons I cut using Thinlits "Stacked Tiles Hexagons" die set. To add another layer and create an illusion of perspective of sorts I cut some black flocks of birds using Thinlits "Birds and Stars" die set. The focal point birds are done cutting using Thinlits "Feathered Friends" die set and colored using Making Essentials Permanent Pens set.

If you wish to see more autumn-style projects with a ghoulish twist, please visit Sizzix UK's Halloween Hub here (link)!

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

Sizzix supplies used:

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Paper Garden, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio


Be Happy! - Julie Hickey Designs

Hello there and happy Thursday! I'm sharing another project using Julie Hickey Designs stamp. This time I made a tag and recorded a process video while doing it. You can see that below.

The tag is done using "Be Happy" stamp set. It's a wonderful big sunflower that fits to the "Be Happy" theme so well. As you can see from the video, I first stamped the flower to my background to have an idea of the area, kind of sketch it. Then I added mediums on top and finally stamped the flower back on top having colored it beforehand. You can browse the Julie Hickey Designs products here (link) at Sweet Huni Designs site.

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

PS. Remember the Facebook live today! Happening at my blog's Facebook page (link) at 2 pm EST / 8 pm CET! 

Materials: Julie Hickey Designs, Prima Marketing, Paper Garden, Tsukineko, Posca, WOW! Embossing Powder


Embossed ATCs - WOW! Embossing Powder and Stencil Girl Collaboration blog hop

Hi there and welcome to an exciting day! Today we have a collaboration hop with WOW! Embossing Powder and StencilGirl! Ïf you arrived from Jaine you are on the right track! 

As you can see from the photo on top, I made a set of ATCs for this hop. I also recorded a little process video to go with these. You can watch it a bit further down. 

There's also a giveaway connected to this hop. There's not one, not two but three prices in the hop! There's a $35 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl® Products, a $35 Gift Certificate to Seth Apter’s Shop and a $25 Gift Certificate to Wow! Embossing Powders. You can enter to the giveaway by leaving a comment below. Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment in order for a chance to win. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have! Three winners will be chosen at random from all blog comments. 

You have until Wednesday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm Central Time to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 24th.

In case you get lost along the way, here's the hop order:

Riikka (you are here!)

As you can see from the video, I started my cards by making a patterned sheet of my own. I used Seth Apter stencil L664 - ATC Mixup to pattern the sheet using acrylic paint. I also use M193 - Excel stencil to add some pattern on top. Next I make an acrylic resist using the same ATC Mixup stencil and Clear Gloss embossing powder. I add some translucent grey acrylic paint on top, let it dry for a while and then wipe it off revealing the colorful patterns underneath the protective layer of the embossing powder. 

After getting the backgrounds done I make some layering elements. First a tag using M060 - Urban Insiders stencil and Cosmic Trio embossing powders set. Then I combine M086 - Techno Insiders Circle stencil with Metalz Trio embossing powders set and a transparency and make some metallic circles as focal points. I also make some word tiles for the cards and finish them with sprinkled Bright White ultra high embossing powder

As always with my ATCs, these are up for grabs and swaps. Please send me an email if you wish to receive one. It's first mailed, first served type of thing. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Your next stop is Heather! So keep on hopping!

Materials from WOW! Embossing Powder: 

Materials from StencilGirl: 

Materials: StencilGirl, WOW! Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, Sinelli, Posca, Ranger

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