Workshops in UK - shall we see each other there?


Hello there! I promised some exciting news and here they are! I'm returning to Riverside, Middlesbrough in November 18th and 19th with four workshops! The places will go live tomorrow at 7 pm UK time. More information of how to enroll, please check Art Workshops Facebook page here (link)

I'll be keeping two workshops on the Saturday and two on Sunday. The Saturday ones are altered items and during Sunday we'll play with watercolors. Underneath are the workshop descriptions and prices. 

Hope to see you there! 


Saturday 18.11.2017

AM workshop: Dark passion play - an altered painter's palette

A workshop to merge two of my favorites - black gesso and PanPastels. We use a painter's palette as the base and create a one of a kind composition on top using different elements. Dark at first but with a lot of color on top!

Price: £57

PM workshop: The time consumes the core of things - an altered bottle

If you were an archaeologist, what would you find buried in the ground or under the sea? How would time have changed the objects? In this workshop we make an assemblage and then treat it with rust and decay. We use several mediums to create an aged, just surfaced look.

Price: £57

Sunday 19.11.2017 

AM workshop: Far beyond the sea and distant lands - a set of unique ATCs

Artistic trading cards (ATCs) may be small in size but they are a lot of fun! When we mix embossing powder, moulds, watercolors and Art Stones we get a set of unique little artworks with original, one-of-a-kind look and texture.

Price: £47

PM workshop: The open water sings  - a watercolor minialbum

Watercolors are awesome! They can transform a background totally even though they are translucent. In this workshop we play with watercolors and make a minialbum from separate sheets of paper. We also add foiled details to the album and think about composition and color.

Price: £57


Boy and girl - Tape Garden

Hello there and beautiful Sunday! Has the weekend been good so far? Today I was teaching a couple of workshops in Turku and had a blast! There's a new workshop announcement coming tomorrow so stay tuned! Hint hint! 

But today I'd like to share these two cards with you. They are super easy baby cards I did for Tape Garden, a lovely Finnish shop. You can see their products here (link) and they ship worldwide. The cards are made using their washi tapes and a Sizzix die set "Animal Portraits"

First I cut two pieces of cardstock. The smaller piece was for the tapes and the bigger to be diecut. Then I just taped the washis side by side to the cardstock and placed the thus patterned piece of cardstock underneath the diecut one. For the bear I added yet another layer underneath - raising the layer with foam dots and framed the card using a light blue washi tape. 

Wishing you a lovely Sunday and great new week! Ta ta for now!

Materials: Tape Garden, Sizzix


Good vibes only - A Flair for Buttons

Hiya! How are you today? Today I'm sharing my first of two pages for A Flair for Buttons Etsy this month. Both of the layouts have something in common. That's the way I chose the flairs this time and drew inspiration from them. In fact, it wasn't me who did the choosing but my husband! I poured all my flairs to my craft table and let him pick two. He picked the "Only Good Vibes" and another which I used for the other page. I then used the flairs as my jumping off point for the whole pages. 

It was really fun to work like this! After I got the first button sorted, I skimmed through my "scrap these" photos. When I saw this one, I knew that it needed to be the one to be used for the page. Then I gathered some more flair that would meet the theme and go to the page. I always do this and choose a ten or so flairs. When it then comes the time to embellish I then edit my choices and add three to five flairs to the page. For this one I chose to go with three hearts and a triangle one together with the sayings one.

The flairs go with the colors of the band the page is about, red and black. Otherwise I used same minty green that is behind the items in the photo. The photo is taken of a set list and a drum stick I got in one of their shows. The gigs always put me in a good mood that will last for days - so good vibes only!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sets used:


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


Spook house - Prima Marketing

Boo! Welcome to a haunted house! This project is done using a wooden house from Michaels as the base (link) and decorated with Finnabair mediums and a few other details. Here you can find all the Finnabair mediums (link) that are in Michaels stock. 

The picture above is taken in daylight and the one below is taken after dark, with a led tealight inside the house. It looked really cool and spooky! If you want to find out how the spook house was made, please see a written step by step below!

Step 1. Start by painting the whole "Church Birdhouse" black with black gesso. Let the paint dry or use a heat tool to speed the drying. Although gesso dries very quickly so when you are done with the painting, the layer should be more or less dry already.

Step 2. Use an aluminium tape to coat the roof and make it look like metal. Cut little pieces of the tape and adhere to the roof. Remember the tower's roof also! The other option is to use a double sided adhesive and kitchen foil - adhere the adhesive to foil, cut into pieces and then remove the packing and add the foil pieces to the roof. Be careful, though, as metal can be sharp! 

Step 3. Paint a layer of black gesso to the roof. Let dry for a while and then rub with a baby wipe to get a stained, weathered look. Remove part of the paint, not totally. Dabbing with the wipe usually does the trick! 

Step 4. Use your finger and dab some Rust Paste to the bottom of the house. Use the two darker colors. Build like a stone foundation to the building. Let dry. 

Step 5. Take some cheesecloth and cut pieces out of it. Rip the pieces so they start to resemble cobweb. Add the cloth and also some white thread to the roof of the building and also the the peg in the front of the house. Adhere using 3D Gloss Gel if needed. 

Step 6. Use dry brush technique and add some "dust" to the project. Take just a little of white gesso to your paintbrush and brush to the house. Concentrate to the edges and textured areas - like the door, the stone foundation and the edge of the roof. 

Step 7. Find a couple of branches and adhere them to the back of the house using 3D Gloss Gel. The gel is gel medium, an art medium, that's fantastic for adhering. The medium takes an overnight to dry but is a bit flexible and very durable after drying - very different from hot glue! Let dry overnight.

Step 8. Finish the project with a led tealight inside the house and start the party! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the weekend! Let the preparations for Halloween start! 

Materials: Michaels, Prima Marketing


Gel medium flowers - Mixed Up magazine

Morjens! I'm continuing with the projects for publications theme I started yesterday with a project for the Finnish magazine Ihana. Today I'm sharing some gel medium blooms that I made together with a tutorial to Mixed Up magazine's April/May 2017 issue. You can see little sneak inside the magazine here (link) at Pocket Mag's site where you can buy the issue. And if you are yet not familiar with Mixed Up magazine, please visit the magazine's site here (link).

As the issue was a spring one, I thought flowers were a good thing to do and made these blooms using gel medium skins. Like I mentioned in the beginning, there's a tutorial for these inside the magazine. The stamps I used in the makes are from Carabelle Studio. The colors are from the Prima Metallique Acrylic paints so that's why the blooms have a pearly shine on them. 

Have a great day! Thank you for visiting my blog today! 

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Prima Marketing, Tsukineko


Summer - Ihana magazine

Hello there! I thought to blog this page before it gets too autumn or even winter. Although it's wonderful to reminiscent the warmth and the sun when the weather is anything but that. This page was made for and published in a Finnish craft magazine Ihana during the summer. The article was about different inks and a technique I used to create that background. 

The page is about a longing for summer. I made the layout before the summer started and was thinking about the occasion where the photo is taken - a couple of years ago when we visited an amusement park in Tampere. I took the color scheme I used in the page from the hat my daughter is wearing in the picture. The white background and the bright colors seemed appropriate for a summer layout!

Have a lovely day! Thanks for coming! 

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Lawn Fawn, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, Elizabeth Craft Designs


Me now - Prima Marketing

Hiya! Yesterday I shared some Julie Nutting ATCs and today I share my other project for the Julie Nutting week that was happening in Prima blog last week. This page was made for a paper craft post (link) with a bunch of different projects.

I turned 35 this year. I guess it’s latest then when you should know what you’d like to do when you grow up, but I still don’t have an idea! Don’t get me wrong, I work full time and like my job but I still don’t know if that’s THE one for me. I occasionally dream about winning the lottery, not because of the money but that way I could try different things and see what truly interests me.

In this page I used the Julie Nutting stamp as a part of my background as well as a design element. Abby is stamped to the background and then colored with watercolors. If you look closely, you see how I cut the corner of the skirt loose from the background so that I could tuck the paper layers underneath to lock the design even better.

Sweet Tuesday to you and thank you for the visit! Have a great day! 

Materials from Prima Marketing:

910143 - Mixed Media Doll Stamp Abby 
847777 - 12x12 Rossibelle - Vintage Memories 
847159 - 12x12 Debutante - Lovely Flowers 
584382 - 6x6 Collection Kit-Vintage Emporium 
991418 - 6x6 Collection Kit - Sweet Peppermint 
587048 - Ephemera – Rossibelle 
594428 – Love Clippings Flowers - 2 The Moon & Back 
590338 – Prima Flowers- Guava 
963385 - Mechanicals: Mini Knobs 33pc. 
569617 - School Memories- Wood Buttons 
579562 - Wood Icons - Garden Fable 
583767 - Wood Variety - Vintage Emporium 
961893 - 2.5x3 Clear Stamps-Messy 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

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