Light - Wow Embossing Powder

Sweet Sunday to you all! It's the middle of the winter and I'm sharing a layout with flowers with you... maybe a bit off the season, but the inspiration for the blooms came from the cute bear stamp by Pink and Main which I used as an embellishment in my page for Wow Embossing Powder (link). And maybe it's good to think about the summer, blooms and warm weather when it's dark and gloomy outside! 

The page is about light, more specifically light at the end of the tunnel. It's quite the same with winter, in a way. Through the rough patch and into the light! And as it's almost Holiday season, I didn't want to do and show anything too heavy or hard, just something light and nice to do between chores of getting ready for Christmas!

As always, I took photos along the way when working with the layout. If you wish to see how the page came together, please visit the Wow blog (link) where there is a step by step tutorial! Not many steps, keeping it all light before the Holidays! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely start to the new week! Only a week to go to Christmas Eve!

Materials from Wow:

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Pink and Main, Echo Park, A Flair for Buttons, American Crafts, Sakura


Create Magic - Craft Stamper

Under 10 days to Christmas! And weekend is coming! I'm hoping for some creative time but there's some prep work for the Holidays, too. 

Today I'm sharing something that was published in the May 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. The article it belongs to was about using alternative materials. The step by step part was about making the clay embellishments and I was pondering about using something other than paper in the project. This journal is done with felt, cotton fabrics and cheese cloth. On top of the clay embellishments I used some old buttons to decorate the cover.

I really liked to make the project and how it turned out! Maybe I need to play with fabrics more in the coming year! 

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

Materials: Prima Marketing


Oh snap! - Wow Embossing / Pink and Main

Oh snap! I saw a wonderful old camera shaped box this summer while we visited London with the family, but didn't buy it after all as I'm trying to hunt a real thing, a real old camera. But boy, it would have looked good in this picture! Silly of me not to buy it after all! Oh well, it goes to the list of things I regret not buying when I saw them...

But back to the actual things that ARE in the photo - some cards I did for Wow Embossing Powder using Pink and Main stamps. 

Above you can maybe see the idea of the cards better. I used different embossing powders to make a kind of paint splash and then added the stamped camera on top. Both the camera and the greeting are stamped with embossing ink and embossed with black powder. The camera is colored using watercolors. 

In the card underneath I used the same idea, but did it a bit differently. Instead of doing a separate "paint" piece, I embossed the powders straight to the background creating this painty, monoprinted look. The camera is then stamped with Archival Ink and colored here and there using white Sharpie.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Wednesday!

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Pink and Main, Echo Park, Ranger, Sharpie


Gel medium brush - Craft Stamper

Hello there! Yesterday I shared an altered palette that was done for a Masterclass article in Craft Stamper magazine. In that post I mentioned that I had done an altered brush, too. So today I'm sharing the brush! 

I've used the same techniques with this as in the palette and the color scheme is the same. As the projects were a part of July issue, I though warm, summery colors were in order.

If you have a copy of the issue and have read the article, I would love to hear what you thought about it! Thank you for your visit today! Have a painty day!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Carabelle Studio, Ranger, Talens


Blooming palette - Craft Stamper

Hiya people! Another week has started and Christmas just draws closer and closer. There's still time to make some handmade gifts, so if you wish to make something like this, you still can! This piece was published in the July 2017 issue of Craft Stamper. It was a part of Masterclass article showing five techniques using gel medium. I shall share the other project I did for the article tomorrow. The projects have a common theme - the other one is this altered painter's palette and the other one is an altered brush. You can familiarize yourself to the magazine here (link).

I can't tell much about this project as it's published piece, but what I can say is that I really enjoyed making both this and the brush. Gel medium is one of my favorite mediums and it's so versatile! I also love the shape of a painter's palette. It's curvy and oval-like, but not totally. And the best part is the hole for the thumb as it makes a wonderful detail.

Talking about publications, underneath is the cover of the newest issue of Mixed Up magazine. I'm honored to tell that the little birdie on the bottom left corner is a detail of my project! Yay! You can see more about the magazine here (link)

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

Ps. Did you participate to the Sizzix Christmas giveaway? Now the winners have been announced. Please visit here (link) and see if you have won! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, Carabelle Studio, Talens


Inspired by... Stone mattress by Atwood

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).

So the great wheel of time has turned so that it's time for the last Inspired By this year. Next year will be making a new twist to the posts, but this one is still with the same idea. Having a common source of inspiration and then we make something inspired by that. It can be something big or something small or something in progress. We make the rules. 

As December and Christmas might be time for books and reading, we chose to go with a book. I suggested Margaret Atwood, as I really have liked the previous books I've read by her. Marsha asked me to pick a book to see if her local library also has it. I looked through the books my local library had and read a bit about the books but I have to be honest, I chose this particular one as a suggestion because of the crow in the cover. Well, party, as I found the idea of small tales also captivating. But the crow had a role in the choice, too. 

The book is described by the author as "tales" removed "from the realm of mundane works and days", evoking "the world of the folk tale, the wonder tale, and the long-ago teller of tales" (link to quote). It consists of stories of different lengths, all with a flair of fantasy in them. Somehow there's an air of magic realism but not in the same way as Gabriel Garcia Marques, for example, more like a hunch or more like it's in the minds of the people the book is about. I'm not writing a book review here so I won't tell that much more of the book itself, you can find a plenty of reviews online if you wish to read more. And maybe Marsha has told a little bit more? Here's the direct link to Marsha's post (link).

I had the idea about what I'd do, or rather, what I wanted to include in my project after I had read the first story. What I remember about my first Atwood read, is the way she made the characters alive and "flesh" and also the crime mystery styled layered way to unravel the plot. (My first read was the Blind Assassin) It's also the only book so far a complete stranger has started to talk to me about. I was reading it in a bus stop and the lady next to me said "I beg your pardon, but that's a marvelous book". We started to talk about it a little before the bus came, but that to a Finn is quite a strange thing to do. To talk to a stranger and break their concentration - the only excusable reason would be something like "I beg your pardon, but your trousers are on fire". 

So when I had read the first short story, I already knew I would be doing something connected to the characters. At first I was thinking of drawing the fantasy characters of the first story (it's about a fantasy writer) but as I was reading on, I really liked the main characters of the stories so I chose to go with them instead. The final piece to the puzzle came when I happened to lay the book on top of a shop catalog. Oh and ah! I could use ready images as a part of my characters! I've done that before, but more over Linda Brun (link) is the master in this! I have one of her original artworks hanging in our living room (link) and that's a source of constant inspiration! 

I decided on four characters I wanted to depict and made a series of ATCs with them. There's actually two characters of the first story, then there's a lady from the last story and a man from one that was titled "The dead hand loves you". In case you've read the book or are going to, the characters are Constance Starr, Jorrie, Jack Dace and Wilma. 

The background of each card is made using acrylic paints and the "finger paint" technique I showed in my Facebook live sometime ago (link). Then there's some stamping and doodling on top but the main point are the characters that are made using a magazine cut-out and book page and catalog triangles. I wanted to keep the characters some what sketch-like, that's why I only used the heads and not the whole person. I added some doodling and coloring to the characters as well. 

The hardest part was to look for the right faces. All in all, I think I found some good ones. They may not depict the right age of the character, but have some air about them. For example "Wilma" is an old lady, living in a splendid retirement home, but the picture shows a young woman. This is how I imagined she'd looked when she was younger. 

Every card also has a quote of the character in it. I typed those with my mom's old typewriter and added to the cards as the last detail. I tried to choose quotes that were a) short enough to fit into the card but also b) revealing of the characters mind set or define them somehow. 

Once again I had so much fun doing the Inspired By project! I enjoyed reading the book, I enjoyed the puzzle work it always sets my mind into and I really like the card series I made. As always, they are free for grabs! Just send me an email if you'd like one or swap one! 

So there you have it - my take on the Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress. Now I urge you to visit Marsha's blog to see what she's been inspired by in the book! Or maybe it let her to a whole other route altogether! Here's the direct link to Marsha's post (link).

Thank you for your visit today and have a great Sunday! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Copic, Sharpie, Faber-Castell, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio


December mini album

Hi there! How's the December started for you? I'm so happy about something I'm doing daily - a December minialbum! I try to make one each year, but sometimes they don't get finished... but this year I did something different and I'm 99% sure this one is going to be finished! Why? Well, let me tell you the whole thing. 

I don't own a photo printer and on the other hand, I don't want to print my photos to regular paper or even a bit glossy one. That's why I order my photos from an online photo service. I usually order like a 100 photos at a time so the difficulty with the December album was the photos. I would take them daily but I could use them in January. So usually this meant that the album wasn't finished totally. I found the drive to do a couple of pages ready but after that I had the texts in the album and loose photos. So what I did this year is to purchase an Instax camera. That way I would have an actual photo in my hands each day! And that has been working fine so far!

Each day I take one photo with the camera and add it to my album. This year I used a Prima notebook as my base. I really like that the pages are kraft colored so I'm able to use white for the embellishments a lot. I'm giving each day a spread so there's a lot of room for journaling and still the page won't feel too crowded. The color palette is white, silver and kraft and each page has the date die cut with Sizzix die set and usually some other details with die cuts, too.

If you wish to see more of the pages inside, please keep an eye on my Instagram as I'm thinking of showing some of them there! Thank you for your visit today!

Dies used so far:

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Teippitarha
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