30/11/2021

Altered rocking horse - Finnabair Brand Ambassador


Moikka! The topic of this month's Finnabair Brand Ambassador feature was "purple". Even though I didn't fit to the blog post this time, I decided to make a project anyway. As I was thankful for this topic! Not only is purple a gorgeous color, but it inspired me finally to decorate and alter this little rocking horse I’ve had in my stash for quite a while. When I saw this wooden shape in a craft store, I immediately bought one to be altered or decorated. But then I got distracted by other projects and moved the horse to “storage” and there it was left. Until this topic!

I wanted to make a bit “shabby chic” looking creation and used white gesso as my base. On top I added some texture using two new Finnabair stencils with Paper Paste. I mixed some brass tones to the purple to have a more vintage looking color combo. For the decorations I used different Mechanicals together with some paper blooms. To add a little contrast to the creation I added a touch of stamping here and there as well as some pencil doodled circles.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Finnabair materials:



Materials: Prima Marketing, Sinelli






29/11/2021

Enjoy the Beauty - FB live recording


Moikka! And happy Monday! Yesterday was the first advent and soon it's December. Have you done your Holiday cards yet? Here's a card I made during a Facebook live on Saturday at Finnabair & Friends Facebook group. You can see the announcement post here (link).

As you can see from the recording below, I used both black and white gesso to make this card. I use black as the base layer for the inky night sky and white for the snow. Why I use a brayer and not a brush is because of the texture and the style of fade I can create using the brayer instead of a brush. It's also really fast!


If you wish to see the list of the materials I'm using to make the card, you can find that on my announcement post (link)

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


Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix







Creative JumpStart 2022 is now on sale!


It's Cyber Monday and the Creative JumpStart has just gone to sale! If you are familiar with this one of a kind workshop hosted by Nathalie Kalbach, then go shopping right away with a special Cyber Monday price! If you use my affiliate link (link), I'll get a small sum of the sale without any extra cost to you!

If you still need some more confirming, this is THE workshop for you, please read on. And check the trailer below!


Creative JumpStart or CJS is a one-of-a-kind online workshop hosted by Nathalie Kalbach, designed to kick your creativity into high gear in the New Year. This year the workshop has kept some of the elements that were brought in to celebrate the 10th anniversary last year and some new additions, too!

Beginning January 1st, each day a new video lesson will go live in the classroom. CJS 2022 will include 38 different mixed media artists! The workshop is delivered over four weeks via 38 pre-recorded lessons and on top of that there's interactive sessions, too. You can connect with the instructions, get the chance to ask questions, get hands-on help, and seek support from the community directly.

Today, on Cyber Monday, the CJS22 will be available on a special discount prize of $45 USD. It's almost a steal with 38 videos and extras! During CJS you'll learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. So, go ahead, enjoy the Early Bird price and go shopping here (affiliate link)!

Have a great Saturday! And get ready to JumpStart!

27/11/2021

Creating Connections! - Creative JumpStart 2022


Hi there! A special post on Saturday for a Special Occasion! Creative JumpStart is coming again and I'm honored and thankful to be one of the instructors there. This will be my fourth year teaching in this amazing online workshop to get your creative juices flowing for the new year. 

Are you familiar with Creative JumpStart? Creative JumpStart or CJS is a one-of-a-kind online workshop hosted by Nathalie Kalbach, designed to kick your creativity into high gear in the New Year. Last year the workshop celebrated it's tenth birthday and was bigger than ever. This year the workshop has kept some of the elements that were brought in to celebrate the anniversary and some new additions, too! 

Beginning January 1st, each day a new video lesson will go live in the classroom. During 2022 CJS will include 38 different mixed media artists! The workshop is delivered over four weeks via 38 pre-recorded lessons and on top of that there's interactive sessions, too. You can connect with the instructions, get the chance to ask questions, get hands-on help, and seek support from the community directly.


The workshop will go on sale November 29th at 8 am EST. On that day, Cyber Monday, the CJS22 will be available on a special discount prize of $45 USD. You really want to use this special opportunity and sign up on that day! From Tuesday November 30th until Friday December 3rd the prize will be $55 USD and after that until the end of December $69 USD. So definitely the early bird gets a discount prize! 

During CJS you'll learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. If you want a little sneak peek, just look at the teaser video underneath! 

For more information about Creative JumpStart 2022 please visit Nathalie's webpage (affiliate link).

Have a great Saturday! And get ready to JumpStart! 

26/11/2021

Hello Friend, Believe - Grafix


Hi there! Some weeks ago I shared my first project for Grafix using their new Mixed Media Journal. It was a blue toned one (link) but with this second project I went with reds and oranges. But there's some elements that are the same in these two pages - I used the same stencil and stamp in both. 

I'm drawn to blues and turquoises, but it was fun to do a vibrant autumn page with red, pink and yellow. To emphasize the autumn feel I cut a maple leaf shaped mask. What interests me in the Grafix products is the possibility to make overlapping layers and little windows to layers underneath as some of the materials are transparent. 

Underneath you can find the process video. If you'd rather see a step-by-step version, please visit Grafix's site (link).


Where as with the Wet Media Dura-Lar I wanted to use translucent and watery mediums, with this page I wanted to use opaque mediums and create a window to show what's underneath. In order for that to work I needed a way to mask the area and add an opaque medium otherwise. Acrylic paint worked fantastically on it. For the masking I used Grafix's Frisket Film. 

As I chose to use a Tim Holtz paper doll as my focal point and chose a pair who were sitting, they needed something to sit on. For that I created a little plank out of thick chipboard. I don't show that process in the video, but if you want to imitate that, you can see the steps here (link) in an earlier blog post


Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a pleasant weekend! And don't forget the Creative JumpStart sale on Monday! I'll share more information about it tomorrow!


Materials from Grafix: 

Mixed Media Journal
Matte All-Purpose Frisket Film
Natural Chipboard

Other: 

GelliArts: Gel printing plate 5”x7”
PaperArtsy: Fresco Finish acrylic paint Terracotta, Vintage Lace
CCHobby: PlusColor acrylic paint Crimson Red, Pumpkin, Yellow Ochre
Prima Marketing: Finnabair Bubbles stencil
Carabelle Studio: Circles Galore by Birgit Koopsen
Ranger Ink: Archival Ink Sunflower
Posca: PC-3M Yellow, PC-1M Black paint marker
Prima Marketing: Wire Thread Sunshine
Ranger: Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Prima Marketing: Art Extravagance Paper Texture Paste
Tim Holtz: Idea-ology Paper Dolls Groups
Tim Holtz: Idea-ology Metallic Sticker Book

Scissors
Brayer
Sponge
Heat tool
Paint brush
Stapler
Craft glue
Foam squares


Materials: Grafix, PaperArtsy, GelliArts, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Carabelle Studio, Posca, Prima Marketing, Sinelli








25/11/2021

White Christmas - FB live recording


Hello there! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it and gorgeous Thursday to all! Today I'm blogging the card I made last Saturday during a Finnish Facebook live. The live was at my blog's Facebook page and it was held in Finnish. I made a Holiday card using supplies from Korttipaja along the stamp set Heidi has designed. You can see the announcement post with a materials list here (link).

It was so fun to keep a live with my mother tongue! We have now plans to keep that going with Heidi so stay tuned! Underneath you can find the recording of this live. But I'm not sure what was going on with Facebook that day, the quality of the live was so pixelated and mushy and unfortunately it's the same way with the recording. I'm sorry and upset about that! But hopefully you can still make out what I'm doing!


As the video quality is so poor, I'm thinking of re-doing the live project in some way. Maybe a process video or maybe a Reels, I'm not sure yet. If you have a preference, please let me know!

During the live I also showed how different texture pastes differ in the Finnabair mediums. I had used Paper Paste to my card as it makes a perfect snowy, textured surface, but I wanted to show other options, too. So before the live I used the same Tim Holtz stencil with different mediums and let the pastes dry. Underneath is a photo of the textures as they don't show that well in the recording. 



As you can see, Finnabair's Modeling Paste is a little bit translucent and while I like the crackle effect a lot, I'm not sure it's the best to imitate snow. The other card then has the Paper Paste with its paper mache -like texture and then just Heavy Gesso, which works nicely as well as it's so thick. Like I say in the recording (in Finnish) you could also mix different mediums together or create your own snow paste using for example Heavy Gesso and UTEE. The little plastic grains give the medium a nice, sandy look which goes well to imitate snow!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lot of family time whether it be physically in the same room or through computer or via thoughts. 


Materials: Heidin Korttipaja, Tsukineko, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Sinelli


23/11/2021

Be Still, Listen - Finnabair Brand Ambassador


Hello there! Last Saturday I kept a Facebook live in Finnish but this coming Saturday it's back to the more common version - English. The topic is somewhat the same as I'm making a Holiday card! 

During the live I'm re-making this winter scene. I'm using white and black gesso for it and add a lot of sparkle to the snow with Unicorn Paste and some other elements, too. To finish the scenery I'm adding a metallic moon to the sky. If you want to see me re-create this card, please join the upcoming Saturday! If you can't make it at the right time, there's going to be the recording posted also to my YouTube channel. I just have to hope that the quality will be better than last week when the live was all mushy and pixelated! 


If you want to re-create alongside me, I've included a list of the products to this post. Or you can just watch and ask questions or chat! Like I said in the live last Saturday - I'm quite open to any questions. If I don't know the answer, I'll say it and then educate myself. But I'm very happy to share my knowledge! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope to see you on Saturday! 


Finnabair materials:


Other: 

white cardstock
lace
gauze
brayer
brushes, scissors, paper cutter, palette knife
craft glue, foam tape 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix





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