21/07/2017

Glitter butterflies - Sizzix


First things first - have you entered the GIVEAWAY? There's only hours left to do so! Here's the link that takes you to the right post (link). Oh and talking about giveaways, can you remember the huge giveaway Sizzix had? The winners are announced and you can find them here (link). Please check if you see yours or your friends name!

But back to these fluttering ATCs. I took part in an ATC exchange and made these for that. I recorded a little video while working if you want to see how they were made. 


As you can see from the video, I made a monoprinted background and then used dies to decorate the cards. What you can also see is that working with dies is super fast! Most part of the video I'm doing the background and when I get to the die cutting part, the cards finish in no time! 

As the theme of the swap was summer and mixed media, I wanted to make a background of my own and use something fun as the focal point as well. The butterfly I had suited the purpose perfectly and who doesn't like some glitter? It's like glistening waves or the dew drops on summer grass. Or then just flicker of the sun through the branches. 

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


Dies used: 

657094 - Sizzlitz Die Set Decorative Frames


Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Talens, Wow Embossing Powders, 7 Dots Studio



20/07/2017

Put your cape on and fly - 7 Dots Studio


Hiya! It's an end of an era but start of a new one. June was my last month as a regular DT member for 7 Dots Studio but in July I begun as a brand ambassador! I'm so honored for this! You can see my first post as an ambassador here (link). I'll be creating a project every now and then for the brand's blog but naturally I'll be using the materials in my crafts and also in my workshops!


For the first post I did a layout about a workshop with the steps I use in one of my workshops. The workshop is one of my favorites as it’s about scrapbooking, 7 Dots Studio supplies and using mixed media touches to get your own touch to ready items! During the workshop we create an unique background (or two!) and then turn them into layouts. I show my favorite background technique, share a tip or two and we also think about composition and color.

The page itself is about the first time I was keeping workshops in the UK. The picture is of the group who attended my ATC workshop then. I really love keeping workshops! I love when people get inspired and the workshops always give so much to me, too. Like what I often hear people attending say during the workshop – it’s so wonderful how the same materials can be turned to so many styles and projects!

Thank you for stopping by today! And don't forget about the giveaway (link), you still have some time to participate! 


Materials: 

Homegrown – Clear Stamps 

Um Wow Studio: Writer’s Block – Written flair


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Um Wow Studio

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 

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