19/07/2017

Inspiration howwhatwhen - A Flair for Buttons


I'm so intrigued about inspiration. How it works, what happens in our brain when inspiration strikes, how the creative process differs between different people and different brands of art and so forth. So if I would win a huge jackpot, I would love to start to study the creative process and inspiration! 

This page was made for A Flair for Buttons.


I've tried to start to find out more about the inspiration but it's a surprisingly hard subject! There's countless book on how to gather inspiration, the self-help styled books, but I haven't found a scientific styled book about it. The best book I've read so far was about the different creative process of writers and poets. What that book made clear was that most of the writers in the book had a strict schedule and worked hard.

I tried to capture the inspiration theme in the page, too. The photo is from a stack of books I borrowed from the library about the subject. Around the photo there's sprinkle of stars - like to present the moment when inspiration strikes. There's the number flair for the countless ways you can be inspired, the paper airplane and the cloud represent the soaring inspiration and the "get it girl" as a wish for myself.

Do you have a creative process that you always follow? Or do you rather wing it? I would love to hear! Thank you for stopping by today!


Sets used:

Encouraging Words 2 Flair Rain or Shine flair Honey Honey 2 Flair Paper Airlplanes 2 Flair


Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studios, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger, American Crafts

15/07/2017

35 - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs


Yesterday I blogged a card I made as a GDT to Elizabeth Craft Designs and told that I made a layout using the same steps. Here's the layout and it also has a video! Like I told yesterday, I did the layout first and then turned the same steps into a card. So you can see my original thought process and the way I created the background in this video. Hope you like it!

Whereas the card can be used just a note to say hello or as a birthday version, if you change the text you use, this layout is about me. I wanted it to have the summery, flowery feel as the card and it is in fact about a birthday. I just turned 35 in the beginning of the month. So even though I love winter and snow, I'm a child of summer! As this layout is a very personal one, I took the picture before adding the journaling but you can see the lines for it in the right corner.


As you can see, I use almost the same steps and products in the page as in the card. One that is different, though, is the self-made stamp I use here. If it looks a bit familiar, you are correct! I actually made it and the letters in an earlier post. You can see it here (link).

I hope I have inspired you with these two projects! Thank you for stopping by today and wishing you a lovely summer day! Don't forget about the giveaway! You can find it here (link)!


Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Bouquet embossing folder
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 Vintage
Stage it Stencil Flower
Just a Note Clear Stamps
Thinking About You Rio de Janeiro
Leafy Branch 3 die
Silk Microfine Glitter Light Gold
Bunch of Flowers 4 die set
Lady Bug Quartet Red Rubber Stamp
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3mm
5x12" Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Alphabet 2 Lower Case die
Soft Finish Cardstock White

Other:

acrylic paints
GelliPlate: Mini Shaped Plates
Prima Marketing: Watercolor set Tropicals
Ranger: Distress Ink Spiced Marmelade and Picked Raspberry
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black
A Flair for Buttons: Encouraging Words 1 flairs
American Crafts: Foam Glitter Thickers
half pearls


Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, GelliArts, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger, Prima Marketing, American Crafts


14/07/2017

Summer Hello card - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs


Moikka and happy Friday to you! I had the pleasure to be guesting at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog again this month and I created a double tutorial for the post. You can see the original post here (link). There's a card, this card, with step by step instructions and a layout with a video, which I shall blog here in my own blog tomorrow. Both of the projects feature peachy, warm summer colors and lady bugs! And naturally summer project needs some shine, too, to remind of the glorious the sun. For the glimmer I used the Microfine Glitter.


The background for the projects is done using a GelliPlate, an embossing folder and some acrylic paint. Well, there's watercolors and stenciling, too. It was fun to do a step by step again but I must admit that I actually did the layout first and then turned the same steps into a card! 

It takes just eight easy steps and you can create a card like this. The amount of steps is almost equal when turning the same tutorial into a layout. Naturally the surface is a bit bigger, at least if you're working on a 12x12" sheet, but otherwise the steps are the same. First adding the acrylic paint, then the watercolors and so forth. If you wish to see the tutorial, please visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog (link).

Thank you for popping in today! Wishing you a pleasant weekend! 


Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Bouquet embossing folder
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 Vintage
Stage it Stencil Flower
Just a Note Clear Stamps
Thinking About You Rio de Janeiro
Leafy Branch 3 die
Silk Microfine Glitter Light Gold
Bunch of Flowers 4 die set
Lady Bug Quartet Red Rubber Stamp
Clear Double Sided Adhesive 3mm
5x12" Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Alphabet 2 Lower Case die
Soft Finish Cardstock White

Other:

acrylic paints
GelliPlate: Mini Shaped Plates
Prima Marketing: Watercolor set Tropicals
Ranger: Distress Ink Spiced Marmelade and Picked Raspberry
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black
A Flair for Buttons: Watercolor Designs 1 flairs
half pearls


Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Ranger, GelliArts, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons


13/07/2017

Exploding minialbum - Mixed Up magazine


Hello there, how are you? Yesterday I shared something that was published in Craft Stamper and today I thought to share this minialbum I made for the Mixed Up magazine's January issue (link). It's an exploding styled minialbum in a box. The pages are made with Gelliplate and then folded origami style so the sheets fit inside a box but can be opened to fit journaling or photos.


If you want to read more about the project and especially see a step by step tutorial for it, you need to get yourself a back issue of the magazine! You can do so here (link) in Mixed Up Magazine's page at Pocket Magazines

Thank you for stopping by! Please, don't forget the giveaway! You can join in here (link)! Have a great day, everyone! 


Materials: Talens, Ranger, That's Crafty, Posca, GelliArts, Prima Marketing, American Crafts



12/07/2017

I will catch you - Craft Stamper


Hello there! Yesterday I blogged some ATCs and let's continue with the card theme. This one is a card I did for the Ready Set Stamp gallery in the March issue of Craft Stamper (link). The theme of the gallery was "Tempting Textures" and the guideline was "textures in nature, brickwork, bark, weathered, crackle, texture pastes and stencils". When I read the line about textures in nature and bark I knew I wanted to use a piece of wood as my card base. I'm so lucky that my father is a carpenter so getting a piece of wood was pretty easy! The hard part was naturally to choose which kind of wood! 

I wanted the card to have a natural feel so I chose to go with a leaf design as my focal point but added some texture to the base as well. I made a texture paste of my own by mixing acrylic paint and the mini Art Stones. It gave the card a bit of a mossy look. The third thing bringing texture to the card is the cord I use as the embellishment. It has a great natural color and yet another kind of feel to it than the grainy paste or the smooth surface of the wood.

Thank you for stopping by today! The new issue of Craft Stamper (link) was just released and there's something from me inside it. If you want to see a few glimpses inside, please check the magazine's blog (link). Ta ta for now! And don't forget the giveaway (link)!


Materials: Prima Marketing, Carabelle, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder, Copic 

11/07/2017

But what if you fly...? - Sizzix


Hello everyone! Today I have something new for you, in a couple of ways! I have a set of ATCs done with a new Sizzix Christmas die, my first take on something like an unboxing video and also a giveaway! So many things so let's get started with the video! 

To tell you the truth, I haven't seen a single unboxing video so if it's all incorrect and wrong, so sorry! ...maybe I should have watched one before making this, but well, this is my take on the subject! I hope you like it and please let me know if it's something you'd like to see more of as I can then do something similar when I get a new parcel! I can't promise that there's a giveaway each time, though!


We'll get to the giveaway in a minute, but first I want to tell you a little about the cards. As you might have read from the top already, they are done with a Christmas die. It's actually the same die you saw in the video, the one I'm giving the duplicate away! The minute I saw it, I really fell for the wings. They are just awesome! And because it's not Christmas enough yet, I thought to use a Holiday die in another kind of way. 


The story in the cards is kind of believing to yourself, daring to spread the wings and then taking the plunge and soar to the clouds. I used text stickers from 7 Dots Studio to tell the story and also the papers and die cuts are from the brand. If the giveaway gets a lot of participants, I might throw in some 7 Dots Studio goodies as well so you can re-create the cards or use the goodies to something else! 

As always, the cards are ready for grabs! If you want one, please just send me an email with your postal address and I'll send it to you! But now for the giveaway!

Like I said in the video, my parcel happened to have two Graceful Angel dies in it. So I thought to give the other one away and thus spread the joy and info about the new dies! I thought that was a win - win situation, don't you think? 

So in order to be in for the draw you need to follow me via some social media outlet. It can be my blog, my Instagram (link), Facebook (link) or Twitter (link). Better still if you follow them all! You can subscribe my blog to your reader via the FeedBurner link I have in my sidebar or tack the box to send the posts to your email - whatever way is the best for you. 

Now that you follow me on some social media level or many, please leave me a comment stating where you follow and what do you wish me to blog about, what is your favorite project so far or just say hi! Please also state if you have shared the information about the giveaway somewhere. Each following and each share gives you a ticket for the raffle. So let's say you subscribe my blog and told your friend about the giveaway over a cup of coffee - two tickets gathered! 

You'll have until Friday July 21st 2017 23:59 time to take part and during the weekend I'll raffle the winner. The giveaway is open to every country, I'll send the die to anywhere. Please make sure to check back to see if you have won because if I can't contact the winner in a few days, I'll re-raffle the die. 

I hope I haven't forgot anything! So here are the instructions in bullet format, once again:

1) Follow me on any social media 

2) Leave a comment on this post stating where you follow and also mention if you have shared the info. Each following and each share earns you a ticket for the raffle.

3) Please make sure I can somehow contact you if you win - check back to my post when the raffle is done or have your email address in the comment or visible in your blog.

4) You'll have until July 21st 2017 time to take part. I'll ship worldwide. 

Enjoy and may the lady Luck be on your side! 

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


Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing

Die used: Graceful Angel


10/07/2017

Inspired by... Surprise Surprise / Frankfurt 2017


It's again the 10th of the month and time for the "Inspired by" creation! But what is Inspired by? Every month awesome Marsha and I choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be for example an idea (link)a product (link), a poem (link), a movie (link) or a book (link). Or anything! Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it with you and each other on the 10th of the month. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).


For this Inspired By we went back to January and Frankfurt show. It's a mega big event. We both attended again this year, Marsha and me. She was working and I was just walking the show. If you want to see glimpses of the show, please check my Instagram (link).

The mega fair consists several different segments - Creativeworld, Paperworld and Christmasworld. Among other things the show has trend displays showing what's going to be hot on the current year. They are really beautifully done and really inspiring. But the biggest treat is a separate showroom with a special theme. If my memory serves me correctly, last year the theme was winter wonderland with forest theme. This year the title of the show was "Surprise Surprise" and it was a mix of Easter and Christmas with candy colors, pastels and shine. Above you can see the cover of the area's brochure and underneath is a couple of pictures I found on the internet inside the showroom. 

 

The showroom had lovely cherry trees in bloom, roses and tulips and all things fluffy. As you can see, there was a turquoise elephant and a pink emu. There were Easter eggs and candles in candy colors everywhere. I took a brochure of the space with me but unfortunately I managed to clean that somewhere really safe! So I took my inspiration from my recollection of the space, from the cover of the booklet above and also some pictures Marsha sent to me. 


The color scheme of the project was pretty much decided in a blink of an eye, but then I started to think what to do. I really liked the flowers that were around the area everywhere and also shown in the catalog. Especially roses were mentioned so I decided to do some of my own. First I thought to do something like a flower bouquet but then I came to think that I have already done that (link) in a previous Inspired By. Back to the drawing board, then. 

I wanted to keep the rose idea but needed something more. Then a photo of a bird reminded me of a die I have, "Paper-Cut Bird" (link). And that did it, I decided to make a card with the bird and self made roses.  


Here you can see the finished card! The background is done using a technique I saw Sanna demonstrate the first time I attended Creativeworld using Microfine Glitter with lace. As the bird is the laid on top, the lace pattern is not that visible in the big picture but you can see it up close. 

It was fun to do roses again, it's been so long since I last made flowers by hand! I used a die (link) to cut the petals and then used a tool to treat the petals into shape. I also used some pearls to decorate the card inspired by the pearly baubles there were in the showroom.


Now that you've seen my take of the subject, it's time to head over to Marha's blog! Here you have the direct link to her post (link). Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the week!


Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Elizabeth Craft Designs
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