01/03/2024

Daffodil dream - an Easter card


Welcome March! I usually love February as it's a nice winter month with sunshine and glistening snow, but no such luck much this February! Hopefully March brings the spring like they say in a Finnish saying "maaliskuu maan näyttää" - translated "March shows the ground" signaling the melting snow and start of the planting and sowing.

Last Friday I shared the last video of February, an Easter card duo, and today I have another Easter card! Where the duo was laying quite flat, this one has enough dimension for a couple of makes! If I remember my thought process correctly, I first thought to use the rosette in a different way and thought about what I could use it for in a cylindrical form. The Easter nearing made me ponder if I could use that as the center of a daffodil and as you can see, I could. If you want to see how I made not only the daffodil but the whole card, please see the process video below.


I guess it's the melting snow and overall dampness of spring that makes me grab the watercolors more! Or just another phase, but I think that the change in the preferred medium is a yearly thing. Here I used the watercolors to make the background pattern for the card and also added some visual texture to the daffodil petals using those. 

Have you noticed a link between seasons and your use of different mediums? Or is it always just phases without a yearly cycle?

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


Materials:

Fabriano: Accademia 160g cardstock pack
Prima Marketing: Art Philosophy Confetti watercolor set
PaperArtsy: Eclectica EM89 stamp
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger: Distress Ink Scorched Timber, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
Sizzix; Bigz Tree Rings, Mini die set 664232, Tattered Florals 656640
Sizzix: Thinlits Vault Rosettes die set 666567
Creative Company: Silk Clay black, Foam Clay white
stamen, twigs, sisal
white 220g cardstock
heavy body gel
double sided tape, foam tape, craft glue
scissors, stapler, inking tools, palette knife, ball point tools, paper cutter, brushes






28/02/2024

Peaches and green - a tag


I was very clever with the title, wasn't I? I combined minty green with peach tones in this tag. All of the elements were from my cut papers stash and I just loved using those. 

I've been saying that I cut down my design team assignments for the year and it's starting to feel like a better and better decision for me. For one, I'm using my stash more! When creating for a brand I usually just grabbed a new 12x12 sheet to begin with but now I more often open my "cut sheets" box and start from there and I really like it! Well, to be honest, I could have done that before as well, but you probably know the cycle of paper collections - there's always new collections needing attention. 

This tag was just one of those "I just want to create something after a work day" things. Do you know that feeling? You might not be up to a huge project, but a little something to distract you a bit and make you relax. Getting those work things off your mind, to stop the thought process at home and leave it for another day. I just gathered some cut elements together, added some inking and stamping and layered the papers on top of each other. A quick, freeing project! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely day!


Materials: Fabriano Decoru, A.B.Studio, Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Ranger





27/02/2024

Mortal Engines - PaperArtsy


Hello! Today I'm sharing my first PaperArtsy project of 2024! It's for the topic "Miniature" and I created a little world inside a mint tin. You can find the whole post here (link) at PaperArtsy blog.

Like I write in the post, the circle is now complete in a way as my very first blogging team project for PaperArtsy was an altered tin! I enjoy making these, but funnily enough, haven't done many in between so it was about time. In the PaperArtsy post you can see the making of the tin step by step, if you like. In there I also open my thought process more. Most of the time I create without thinking that much, or it's more of an intuitive process, but I love how the PaperArtsy posts challenge me to keep a track of my own thought process as it tells and teaches so much!  

I really like how the project turned out and how the whole process captured my imagination. It was also alluring to build the little city! Don't get me wrong, I do love the grungy and rusty key, too, right up to my alley, but the city started to feed my imagination immediately and stories started to appear. I haven't read the story about the huge moving cities, "Mortal Engines", but I've seen glimpses of the movie. Somehow the city depicted inside the tin started to remind me of the traction city London in the series. And if I recall correctly, they were trying to find a key of sorts in the story... I do love a good story and enjoy conjuring those when I create!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you visit PaperArtsy blog to read more about this project! 


Materials from PaperArtsy: 
Lynne Perrella stamp set LPC013
Fresco Finish acrylic paint Baltic Blue (FF07)
Vintage Lace (FF18) 
Chocolate Pudding (FF42)
Satin Glaze (FF23)
Infusions colored stains Just Walnut (CS25)

Other:
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger - Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo
Ranger - Glossy Accents
Posca marker white and yellow
mint tin
wire
colored brush tip markers
sponge, brush
foam tape, craft glue, heavy body gel medium







23/02/2024

Easter Chicks - a couple of Easter cards


It's the last Friday of February and the last February process video, too! This time I'm making some Easter cards.

As you can see from the process video below, I used die cuts in a couple of ways while making this card. I made some foam stamps with the dies but also included the same elements cut from paper as embellishments for the card. 


I don't own a Easter die set as such, but with a little imagination, you can use all sorts of elements to make an Easter card. Here I used the bird die to make a chick just by snapping the long tail off and using yellow to color the shape. I think it works just fine! Next Friday there might be something similar, hint hint. 

Thank you for watching and stopping by today! Wishing you a sunny weekend! 


Materials: 

Fabriano - Accademia 160g cardstock
PaperArtsy - Fresco Finish acrylic paint Buff, Butter, Key Lime
Ranger - Archival Ink Sunflower, Vibrant Fuchsia, Garden Patina
Ranger - Distress Ink Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
PaperArtsy - Words 3 stamp set W3
Sizzix - Thinlits die set Silhouette Birds 665861
Sizzix - Thinlits die set Pretty Posy 662576
Sizzix - Framelits die set Circles 657551
Korttipaja - Sentiment stamp sets
yellow cardstock
EVA foam, twine, epoxy stickers
pencil
double sided tape, craft glue, foam tape
paper cutter, scissors, inking tool, brayer, water mister









21/02/2024

Hearts filled with cheer - a YT live recording


Hello there! In the beginning of the month I kept a YouTube live and made a card using embossing powders, acrylic paints and stamping. If you were unable to attend the live then, you can see the recording below!


If you want to see more photos of the sample project as well as a detailed list of the materials, you can do that here (link) in the announcement post.

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


Materials: PaperArtsy, Ranger, A.B.Studio, Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Stampers Anonymous






20/02/2024

Peculiar winged things - a pair of ATCs


Hello hello! It's a new week and new projects to blog! Today I have a pair of ATCs for you. They have something in common with the pair of cards I shared last week, while they look totally different. 

In the card post (link) I wrote how I've started to use my stash of papers. Those papers that I have really liked but at the time, there didn't seem to be enough time to use them as "more pressing projects" needed my attention. In these ATCs I used such elements as well.

The background is from a P13 paper pad I've been hanging onto quite a while. It's a combination of inky blue, old paper beige and rusty browns, so right down my alley. Also the focal point moths are cut from a P13 sheet and, if my memory serves me correctly, the layered florals, too. The moths and the background are from a collection called "Soulmate". 

I paired the paper elements with a metal embellishment. The tokens are from a Halloween set, but I thought that "Peculiar things" and "Wicked Spells" fitted somewhat the theme. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a great week!


Materials: P13, PaperArtsy, Ranger, Tim Holtz Idea-ology







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