16/01/2017

Sparks card - Prima Marketing


Hiya there! Has your week started swell? This project was shared along with a couple other's in the first of the Finnabair product reveals (link). I really wish you could see this project live! The card is done with Sparks, new Finnabair acrylic paints that really sparkle! They have a great, metallic shine, but it's still not too in-your-face kind. 

I also used something else that is new in this card - it's the pearls. I guess you are familiar with the Glass Beads already but now there's something new coming, something that I've craved for. It's smaller and bigger pearls! You can see them here - the bigger ones (link) and smaller ones (link). I wish I could give you a link to Sparks as well, but they aren't yet added to Prima site - just a sneak peek of the marvelous products! 

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


Materials: Prima Marketing

15/01/2017

Rays of warmth - A Flair for Buttons


Hi and happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing my page for A Flair for Buttons. You can see the original post here (link).

The page is about my two daughters, made in all pastel shades to reflect both the topic and also the dawning spring. It's funny how the change of the year immediately puts my mind to spring even though the weather here in Finland is quite gloomy and dark all the way to March!

I used two flairs from two different sets here. The chevron one is from Watercolor Designs 1 and it fits perfectly to the colors of the paper collection I used. The "Love" one is from the Lovely Words 8 set. Naturally it's to reflect to the topic but I also loved to find the same colors that the papers had in there! 

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


Sets used:

 



Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger

14/01/2017

Change - CSI 221


Hello and happy Saturday! Are you having a creative weekend? I was working today, but tomorrow I will have a creative day, too. Can't wait, really! 

If you have a creative drive but are looking for a spark or inspiration, here's something to get you started. January is a birthday month for CSI and the challenge site is celebrating by asking all the retired detectives to join the fun as well. So the Major Case File 221 is bursting with inspiration (link)! Naturally there's the inspiring Case File itself, then the DT's awesome work but now there's also the retired detectives's contributions. 


You can see the Case File as well as the sketch above for this challenge. I gathered underneath in the list for me things I used from the Evidence and the Testimony. All the colors are there - the apple green maybe the hardest to spot, it's in the flair button. 

For my Testimony I chose the topic option and documented a birthday. Or actually the journaling is about two birthdays and how much my daughter changed in between them. When she turned five, she wanted to be a princess, Elsa but when she turned six her favorite piece of garment was a skeleton hoodie. Something changed drastically in the year! Like she turned from a childish toddler to a bigger kid. 

I used several elements from the Evidence part. There's tiny dots in the washi tape I used, there's triangles both hand drawn and in the banners, there's the banners with the string. The Evidence also said to use different colored letter stickers but as I only had white ones with this font, I colored one of the stickers myself with a marker. There's also some stamped details and enamel dots, but you can see it all from the list below.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely weekend!


Colors: ivory (background), turquoise (paint), pink (patterned papers, washi), apple green (flair), brown (stickers)

Evidence: tiny dots (washi), triangles (banner, doodled), banners, string, use different colored letter stickers (colored them myself), stamped phrases, circles (stamped), enamel dots

Testimony: topic - document a birthday


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

12/01/2017

Joulu 2015 - 7 Dots Studio


Hi there and great Thursday! Here's my second monthly project for 7 Dots Studio this month. As I wrote earlier this project is kind of turning back the clock. The scene in the picture could be from a few weeks ago, but this one was taken over a year ago. Moments, or rather photos like these really show how time is passing! Both of my girls seems so small in the picture, a lot has happened in a year! 


I wanted the two projects in the post have somethings in common so I used same materials here as in the ATCs I shared yesterday but also added some of the “Cotton Candy Dreams” in the mix as it creates a lovely snowy, chilly feeling. Even though the Christmas was quite dark without the snow, my mind still connects snow and Christmas time together. The flowers in the background, done with modeling paste, represent snowflakes, softly falling down. 

Thank you so much for your visit today! Once again – great start to 2017! May it be filled with joy, pleasant discoveries and a lot of artful adventures!


Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Cotton Candy Dreams: Star Stencil 
Homegrown: Clear Stamps 
Homegrown: Flower stencil


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger

11/01/2017

Bookworm ATCs - 7 Dots Studio


Peaceful and artful start to the new year 2017! I know it's already 11th, but you still can wish a good start to the year, right? I've been sharing some Prima projects lately, but today I thought to share the first of my two monthly projects for 7 Dots Studio. This first project is connected to something that I looooove to do during the Holiday time and the second one takes us back a couple of years to the Christmas Eve, so let’s get started!


I’m probably not the only one who goes on saying “I should read more”. It seems that in the hectic everyday life I simply don’t have enough hours in the day or week to read as much I would love to. I love to get absorbed totally to the book and really be mesmerized by it. But during Holidays it’s a whole other story – all the hurrying is away and I can simply snuggle in a corner with a good book and some hot tea. These ATCs are an ode to that joy of being a bookworm, even if for a moment. 



The cards are made using the “Writer’s Block” collection. Base is a piece of patterned paper, then a bigger tag trimmed on top and a smaller tag for layering. I also added some stickers, some watercolor and a chipboard shape on top. The sayings are from the word sticker sheet. Those are really handy to spark ideas! If you are lacking an idea when starting a project, just take a look to the sticker sheet and I bet a couple of ideas pop into your head immediately! 

One of the cards already has a new home, but the rest of them are up for grabs, if you are interested! Please send me a mail if you want one. I’m always open to swaps as well, so don’t hesitate to mail!

Thank you for stopping by today! Ta ta for now!


Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Cotton Candy Dreams: Star Stencil 
Homegrown: Clear Stamps 


Materials: 7 Dots Studios, Prima Marketing, Ranger

10/01/2017

Inspired by: tea


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 person (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).


As it states in the title, this time the source of inspiration was tea. "Why?" you might ask. Well, both Marsha and me are tea addicts of some sort. We both enjoy this drink very much. To me personally the evening isn't perfect unless I get a cup of tea. And when I start creating, I usually make myself a pot of tea first. If you've followed my blog for some time, you've already seen some tea related projects, too. For example this minialbum dedicated to the drink (link), done for Mixed Media Place's challenge, or this altered tea cup (link) I did while guesting for Prima. I also made an Artists Live show once with tea, you can see the recording of that show here (link) in a post.

Actually my love for the drink caused a problem at first. I had done projects about it and with it already! So I went for a hunt to find another angle. My first go-to-place, Wikipedia (link). I went looking for the information they had on the website. Learnt something new, but what get my mind going was the big variety of the different teas. I knew rooibos, green tea, white tea and naturally black tea, my favorite, but the article made me remember something I had forgotten, herbal teas. I've tried those once or twice and they are not to my liking, but the wide variety of the possibilities for the drink called "tea" made me think about colors. Rooibos is very red, black tea depending on the brand varies when brewed, green is naturally greenish also when brewed and the herbal versions can be red as well... And I knew that teas make a great colorant so I had a plan for the project.


So what I did, I went to a shop that sells spices, nuts and tea by the weight. I got myself as many of the teas I could, only buying a small amount of each. At home I put each of the teas into different bowls, poured hot water on top and then added pieces of white cotton in the bowls. After some time in their hot baths, I took the pieces of fabric out and marveled what I had accomplished. Each of the teas and herbal teas I had gave a different color. Some where just a faint tint, but most of the fabrics had a clearly visible color. I picked a few of the teas which I liked the most, color-wise, and colored some cheese cloth and felt also with those.

When I had the idea of the colorants, I also knew what to color and how to treat them afterwards. I wanted to stitch the different pieces together and make felt ATCs. So I was so happy that the different teas produced different colors! Sort of subtle variations, but still, visibly different. I was then able to follow my plan with the little stiched ATCs. 


Here they are! My tea colored felt / fabric ATCs. Subtle, aged colors made with different teas, layered and stitched together. 

As the pieces of fabric seemed to take ages to dry, I started making the cards while some of the materials were still wet. Ages to dry I say, but honestly it was more just the fact that I didn't color the pieces last thing in the evening but more like the first thing in the morning, so of course I was so excited that I just wanted to keep on going and not to wait for the fabrics to dry. 

When I had attached all the little fabric pieces on top of each other and stitched them, something seemed to be missing. Buttons seemed to fit the theme, so I got my button stash out and found some lovely metallic ones. The buttons went with the fabric theme, but the aged metallic ones also fitted vibe the vintage side the tea dyed fabrics gave me. So I stitched the buttons in place. And remember I said that the fabrics were still wet when I was working with the pieces? Naturally the metal reacted with the moisture thus creating another great color to some of the cards.


I must say that I really like how these turned out! Luckily I still have some pieces of the tea dyed materials left so I can do something else with them as well. But now it's time to see what's Marsha has made using the same source of inspiration. Here's the link for you (link)! Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: cotton, felt, tea, vintage buttons, thread - all from my stash

09/01/2017

Mirror, mirror on the wall, an altered cutting board - Prima Marketing


How are you on this Monday? This project makes me think about the magic mirror of the Queen in the Snow white, but actually it a cutting board altered with a new Memory Hardware resin frame and chipboard butterfly wings. The project was shared along with a couple other's in the first of the Finnabair product reveals (link).


For this project I used the new Finnabair Waxes. I wish you could see this piece live! The photo doesn’t show the shine the waxes create to the surface! They are really metallic and shiny!

I covered the whole thing with some white gesso, then added watercolors on top and after they were completely dry, started layering the waxes on top. I mainly worked with “Vintage Silk” and “White Gold” on this one, but mixed some colors in there as well, just here and there. That's so easy to do with the waxes as it's easy to control the amount you are using and the pressure you are using. Some of the texture around the frame is created with the new beads.

Fairy-tale like start to the week! 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Scrap FX, Ranger

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