25/07/2017

Regal angel - Prima Marketing


Are you like me – you like Iron Orchid Design things but don’t have a home to decorate with them? What I mean that the style doesn’t fit your home but you still like the product. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please see here (link) on Prima's site. The products have an air of the days gone and reminiscent Baroque and Rococo embellishments in furniture and art. The range includes moulds, stamps and huge transfer images.

Although the products are made home decor in mind, they are perfect for cardmaking and papercrafts as well! You can use the molds to make pretty embellishments to any kind of project and if you pick your stamps right, you can use those, too! The sets are really big so you get a lot of variety! 


For this card I used “Laurel” stamp set and used several stamps from it. I used the script for the background, then I made some golden details using the crown and the bee stamps – the gold comes from the Art Alchemy paint. And finally I stamped the label style design to a piece of transparency and used that as a layered embellishment.

Thank you for buzzing by today! Have a great day! 


Materials from Prima Marketing:

815455 – IOD Décor Stamps Laurel 
814816 – IOD Mold Baroque 5 
815004 – 10x12” Acrylic Block 
847777 – Vintage Memories 
990220 – The Archivist Le facons Dont Je T’Aime 
992255 – Wild and Free Everyday You 
569518 – School Memories Brads 
963408 – Mechanicals Grungy Butterflies 
587345 – Rossibelle SIIC 
962968 – Black Gesso 
963057 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallic Ancient Coin




24/07/2017

Tea bag - 7 Dots Studio


I'm a bad ambassador... Oh my. Just realized that I haven't blogged my take on the June challenge of 7 Dots Studio and the challenge is already closed! So sorry. But luckily you a) could see the project in the company's own blog when the challenge was announced (link) and b) can join the wonderful July challenge! What a great theme it has - " My Hero" (link)


The theme for the June challenge was "daily routines", a fascinating subject as those everyday moments flee so quickly and usually are underrated compared to celebrations and big life events. But what the life mostly is is the everyday things and the daily routines can be extremely inspiring. 

I have many daily routines and I’m a kind of routine lover. I love when I know what to do and when and that the everyday life is rolling. When thinking of a project to represent a daily routine I first thought about altering a tea cup but then decided to do a “tea bag”. Ha ha, pun intended! 

Tea is something I drink daily. Weekends start with a cup of tea, creating starts with a cup of tea and I usually end my day with a cup, too. I’m usually in too much of a hurry to drink a cup during the workday but sometimes I treat myself with a cuppa there, too. The soft tones of “Dreamscapes” fit the project perfectly. 

Thank you for your visit today! Please share your routine if you feel like it  - I would love to hear! 


Materials: 

Homegrown: Clear stamps



Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Ranger

23/07/2017

Julie Nutting brush - Prima Marketing


Hello there and happy Sunday! How's your weekend been? Crafty, I hope! I've been doing several projects today and feeling good to have stuff done and some crafty time. It's been some time when I last crafted and I really need it. Luckily the summer vacation started and I have a bit more time. 


Here's a brush I made for a Michaels post tomorrow. I belong to a team that makes little projects with the mediums that are now available from Michaels. You can see their Finnabair selection here (link). In this little piece I used Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials, Micro Beads and Patina Paste Set as well as one of the Julie Nutting girls that's also available from Michaels (link)

The project is done on top of a brush and the coloring is done with watercolors beside the Patina Paste. Micro Beads add a little bit of texture and bling to the brush. 

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


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


22/07/2017

My friend outwits me - Finnabair Ambassador


Moikka! Happy weekend to you all! First things first - let's announce a winner of the giveaway (link) and hint that a new one is coming really soon! So keep you eyes open! 

I had a giveaway here in my blog for a new Sizzix die as I by mistake got two angels (link). If you want to see the new dies I got and see what kind of angel I had for the giveaway and what was the first project  did with the die, please see the post linked before. But now for the winner - congratulations enkulin käsityöt! The winner was raffled using random.org. Please send me your mail address and I'll post the die to you! Ja sama suomeksi - onnea enkulin käsityöt! Laita minulle osoitteesi tulemaan sähköpostilla niin postitan stanssin sinulle.


But what I share today is a piece I did for Prima Marketing booth in the Mixed Media summer show. This was to show the new Impasto paints. They are really thick bodied acrylic paints with vibrant pigments. If you want to learn more about them, here's a link to Finnabair's blog, to the video section (link).


In the canvas I wanted to show the versatility of the paints. I mixed some with Soft Gloss Gel and created acrylic washes for the background but also used them as they are to create the dimensional paint textures. To have a little bit more to the canvas I added some handwritten details to it, made a sort of title with a book page clipping and added two men out of a Finnabair ephemera pack.


If you happen to be in the show and see the canvas in real life, please say it hello from me! I've spotted it at least here (link) in Denny's Instagram account

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


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, Teippitarha



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

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