Magic in Fairytales - 7 Dots Studio

Hello there! Are you having a magical February? At least that’s the feeling I get when I look at the current 7 Dots Studio challenge mood board! There’s sparks and glimmer and feeling of stories unfolding. You can see the mood board below here and take part in the challenge here (link) at 7 Dots Studio blog.

I wanted to capture that same feeling to my layout and did a page out the magical realms you can find in books. The photo I used is somewhat old, back in the day when my older one started reading books by her own. We’ve always read the kids bedtime story. We started with children’s books but for quite some time we’ve moved to fantasy novels and similar. We hope that the kids will pick up the magic of the books! 

I used “Knitted” paper as my background inspired by the photo situated bottom center of the mood board. That photo really reminded me of Northern Lights collection. I included a torn piece of a map on top of the background paper, kind of guiding through the books or as a source to plan new trips. I continued the color scheme of the mood board in my choice of stickers, tags, papers and mediums. I also mimicked the glimmer in the board by using shiny mediums and glitter. A touch of magic and sparkle! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hopefully the mood board inspires you as much as it did me! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Fortune-teller – Dots stencil
Homegrown – Clear stamps 
Northern Lights – Die Cut Elements 6x12 
Dreamscapes – Word Stickers 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, American Crafts


Together - GDT AALL & Create

Hello you AALL sweeties! Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I created something sweet and candy-like using AALL & Create stamps. The snuggling owls are from the set #155 Love Birds. I stamped them using embossing ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. I then used alcohol markers to color the owls. 

I used the set #150 Create it Grunge to make the background. To the white paper I made watercolor stamping so the pattern isn't clear, but stamped the flower part of the stamp to a separate piece of paper with embossing ink. I then embossed the pattern with pink, translucent powder and cut the flower loose and added it to the background. 

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

Stamps used: #155 Love Birds, #150 Create it Grunge


Black fleur de lis - Creative Jumpstart

Moikka! Here's the last piece of the three blocks I created for the Creative JumpStart tower. Like I wrote earlier, I struggled with the color palette. Not maybe the usual way but I couldn't decide if I would follow the goth in me (black gesso), the romantic in me (white gesso) or go boldly with all my fingers to different cookie jars (all the colors of the rainbow with acrylics). So, my solution was to do them all! I mean, why do just one project when you can do three! 

I've already shared earlier this week the white block with the picture of the whole tower as well (link) and the colorful one (link). Naturally I can't share how I made the blocks and more about the thought process behind them as that's material for the downloadable video at CJS but I can still share the photos of this black block. It's done the same way as the white one, but you may notice that I used different items in this than the white. The blocks differ in size, too, but I wanted the white one to be represent of my softer side with flowers, leaves and vintage print. Whereas the black one is more grungy and mechanical representing the darker side of me. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a jump start to the new week!

Want to know more about Creative JumpStart and join? You still can! Here's the link to get enrolled (link).

Materials: Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio


Behold - I once was a pirate! - Creative Jumpstart

Behold! Yesterday I shared my tower for Creative JumpStart 2019 and showed also the white block of the three I created. Today I'm sharing close ups of the colorful block. I share all the sides of the block here and some detail shots as well. All of the sides have similar elements but also something unique.

Two of the blocks in the tower were three-dimensional, but this one I kept quite flat purposely. The whole tower works as a home decor piece, but this middle block also has another purpose. It's an inspiration dice. I can't share more with you, so if you want to hear more about that train of thought, you need to enroll to CJS 2019 (link)

I hope these pictures got you inspired for more! You can still enroll to the CJS in here (link) and see how I made the tower and also 30 other videos to jumpstart your creativity! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Posca


Building blocks for Creative Jumpstart

Hello you all! It's now been February over a week. You know what that means? It means that the last daily video in Creative JumpStart 2019 was published a week ago. But you know what it also means? I can now share my project with you and the best part - you can still enroll! If you are impatient crafter like me, now you don't even have to wait for the daily dose of inspiration but you can just watch video after video if you feel like it! You can enroll here (link).

But what is JumpStart, you may ask. To explain it shortly, it's an unique online workshop/event created and managed by Nathalie Kalbach. It's purpose is to get you inspired and into a creative mode first thing in the new year. There's a daily video posted each day of January by a group of "JumpStarters" so in the end you'll get 31 downloadable video tutorials by different creative people! You can find more information and a promo video from this earlier post (link). And if you want to see an interview Nathalie did with me, please see this earlier post (link).

Each year the Creative JumpStart (or CJS) has a theme. This time it was "My home is my castle". Many people explored the word and meaning of home, but I actually was drawn to the word castle. I started seeing building blocks in my head and went for it. The blocks also serve another meaning which I unravel a bit in another post. 

The three blocks also allowed me to not decide what colors to use or what style. I love black gesso, but sometimes I want to create something sweet and pale as well. And when I really let loose, I want an explosion of color! So the three blocks allowed me to dedicate one block to each of these colors or styles. The white, which I'm sharing here, and the black which I'm sharing in a couple of days, follow the same idea, only colors and materials differ. But the most fun to make was the colorful one!

So what you are waiting for? If you haven't "jumped" to the inspiration source yet, now's your time. Get enrolled here (link)!

Materials: Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Paper Garden, N*Studio, Posca


Lose fear - Prima Marketing

Sweet and creative day! Today I'm sharing my first video post of 2019 for Prima! I usually make layouts for these posts but this time I decided to do something else – a mixed media canvas. There's actually more mixed media projects coming this year as I think you prefer those over layouts! 

I love to use mixed media touches in my layouts, as you might have seen, but where my true passion lays is altered pieces and assemblage styled canvases. I usually start with flat layers, like in this piece also and then gradually go for the height. I adore black gesso but during last year I kind of rediscovered the tones of old paper and tea again and have been using them since. This canvas is no exception – I start with old paper mixed with Vintage Alpha cards and then add tea tones to the watercolor layer.

My pieces usually evolve around an object. This time that is an old palette knife. What I also like to do is to have something vertical and something horizontal in the creation. Here the palette knife acts as a strong vertical line where as the flowers and other embellishments make up the horizontal axel of the project. 

As you could read earlier and see above, I taped a video while I made the piece. This time I didn’t make separate tips, but if you read the text above carefully, you’ll find some there! I hope you enjoy the project and find it inspiring! 

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Materials used: 584283 Vintage Alpha Card set in a Box , 966683 Swirly Florals stencil , 966294 Art Ingredients Melange Vintage Art Pebbles , 584269 Watercolor Confections Tropicals , 633608 Concentrate Watercolor Taxi , 633653 Concentrate Watercolor Candy , 961466 Art Basics Clear Gesso , 961374 Art Basics Heavy Gesso White , 966378 Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Boudoir Pink , 596781 Color Philosophy Permanent ink Chat Noir , 961367 3D Gloss Gel , 961428 Art Basics Soft Matte Gel , 962593 Art Ingredients Micro Beads Blush , 966188 Art Extravagance Icing Paste Rose Gold , 964825 Art Daily Planner Rusty Metal Clips , 964948 Art Daily Planner Sticker Pad Words You Need , 583088 Metals for Wood Plaque 3960346 Mechanicals Washers 1 , 638030 Spring Farmhouse Everyday Beauty flowers637514 Pretty Pale Neutral Beauty flowers637590 Pretty Pale Sweet Species flowers

Materials: Prima Marketing


Splashy Valentines - A Flair for Buttons

Hi there friends! Valentine's Day theme continues! Today I'm sharing some splashy Valentines which I did for A Flair for Buttons!

I don't send that many Valentines anymore but back in the day when I was in school, I used to give those cards out. I still enjoy making Valentine cards each year! I might not send them out on the specific Valentine's Day, but I think that you can and should remember friends and loved ones on other days, too. 

I did these cards inspired by the Vintage Valentine flairs (link). That also effected my choice of colors. So even though pink is the first color you probably think when you read Valentine, I didn't use much pink in my cards. I played with different neutral tones and textures in the background and gave the cards also some 'light' by adding a lot of white in them. I used an old book page, some corrugated cardboard, some vintage looking alpha cards and some craft cardboard in the background. I added also some washi tape and masking tape in there to have different neutral tones and interest. 


To add some pink to the cards I added some pink and red watercolor to the background. I also splashed same colors the stems I cut out of white cardboard. Last but not least I used pink patterned paper to mount my cards onto. 

I hope these cards inspire you! Thank you for stopping by today!

Sets used:

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Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Sizzix, Prima Marketing

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