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


Jul / Christmas - A Flair for Buttons

Moikka! It's Friday, yay! This week seems so short as Wednesday was Independence day and naturally that was a day off from work for most people. So it was two workdays, a day off and then again two workdays. Lots of time for creative play, too!

What I'm sharing today is my first make of the month with A Flair for Buttons buttons! I'm starting to be in a holiday mood already so I made a layout about last Christmas. In the picture is my older daughter and a present she had been really waiting and wanting.

I'm not into the classic red-green-white Holiday palette, but wanted to have something to immediately remind of Christmas. So I kept the red and white but swapped the green into pink! Partly the palette was influenced of the sweet flairs in the "Retro Christmas 2" set as they are pastel and sweet.

I made a mixed media background for my page using watercolors, embossing powder, ink and washi tapes. On top I then layered the patterned papers and photo. I used Christmas styled embellishments like the Retro flair and the gingerbread man sticker but also everyday ones like the camera and the Paper Airplanes flair. The title is done partly with alpha stickers and partly with a die cut.

Thank you for stopping by today! And oh, if you are wandering about the washi tape at the edge of the page... well, there's a reason for that! Just hold on to the end of the month to find out the reason. Ta ta for now! And have a great weekend!

Sets used:

Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, American Crafts, Sizzix, Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, Doodlebug Designs, Teippitarha


Deer shaker card - Prima Marketing

Have you noticed the "Holiday Craft Festivities" series in Prima's blog? Yesterday's post was about shaped and shaker cards. If you haven't already, you need to take a look! Here's the link (link)! The post has many sweet shaped cards and a couple of shakers, too. One of those is something I made using Finnabair goodies. Yes, Finnabair mediums and embellishments!

Mixed media doesn’t always have to be super messy and you don’t always have to go all out when using Finnabair supplies! I tried to show that with this card. I’ve used five mediums while making this shaker card, but still it looks quite clean, at least to my eye! The background cardstock is painted with Sparks and gives a kind of glitter cardstock look. Then there’s White Heavy Gesso for the snow inside the shaker part, silver wax and white Art Sugar for the stars and the snow flake and last but not leas the beads for the shaker part.

I used the tiny beads in my shaker, but you have a lot to choose from in the Finnabair line. Going from smallest grain to the biggest, you can use Finnabair glitter sets, Micro Beads and Glass Beads. Or better still, you can mix the three and create an unique mixture of your own!

If you still are looking for a Christmas card idea or even better, have already finished with your make, you can check this Sizzix gallery (link) and either find an idea or share yours! 

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


595364 – Heaven Sent 2 4x6 Journaling Cards 
597078 – Heaven Sent 2 Flowers – Madeline 
964399 – Mechanicals Vintage Snowflakes 
963354 – Mechanicals Mini Stars 
595401 – Heaven Sent 2 Ephemera 
964030 – Glass Beads Crystal 1.5mm 
991807 – Sweet Peppermint Druzy Stones 
991944 – Memory Hardware Pearls II 
961800 – Art Sugar White 
964092 – Art Alchemy Sparks acrylic paint Magical Pond 
963996 – Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Old Silver 
961374 – Heavy Gesso White 

Materials: Prima Marketing


Gimme some sugar - 7 Dots Studio

Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää - joyous Independence Day! Today is Finland's centennial birthday, so to honor this today I'll be posting only in Finnish. If you wish to learn more about the project in English, please visit 7 Dots Studio's blog here (link)

Tänään Suomi viettää 100-vuotisjuhliaan, joten sen kunniaksi teenkin blogipostauksen poikkeuksellisesti lähes vain suomeksi. Tämä sivu on alunperin tehty 7 Dots Studiolle. Inspiraationsa se sai tämänhetkisestä haasteteemasta - eläimistä ja lemmikeistä. Haasteen löydät täältä (linkki)

Leiskan kuvissa on isäni koira. Aluksi pentu ei kerjännyt pöydästä ollenkaan, mutta kiitos äitini, se oppi pahoille tavoille ja nyt surulliset silmät ilmaantuvat jokaisen ruokailijan syliin - josko jotain irtoaisi. Siis katsokaa nyt noita silmiä! Onneksi äitini on ainut, joka jotain koirulille pöydästä antaa, mutta silti pitää yrittää, jos joltakulta muultakin jotain saisi.

Toinen inspiraation lähde tälle sivulle olivat uudet 7 Dots Studion kokoelmat! Joka kerta kun uudet kokoelmat julkaistaan ajattelen, että ne ovat parhaimmat siihen astisista ja ettei ylittävää voi tulla, mutta silti joka vuosi päädyn samaan ajatukseen! Kokoelmat ovat vaan toistaan komeampia ja kauniimpia. Sivu on tehty pääosin "Northern Lights" -kokoelmalla (linkki), mutta siellä on joukossa myös hieman "Paint Chips" -kokoelmaa (linkki). Joukossa on myös muutama elementti vanhemmasta kokoelmasta. Jos haluat nähdä, miten sivu syntyi, kurkkaa alla oleva video! Se tosin on englanniksi tekstitetty, mutta eiköhän kuvatkin kerro omaa tarinaansa. 

Mikäli videosta tulee kysymyksiä - suomeksi tai englanniksi - niin vastaan mielelläni! Laita vaan sähköpostia taikka kommenttia tähän tai käytä mitä tahansa sosiaalista mediaa, jossa olen mukana. Linkit kaikkiin löytyvät tuolta sivupalkin puolelta.

Kiitos vierailusta tänään ja oikein ihanaa itsenäisyyspäivän jatkoa! Hurraa Suomi!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Um Wow Studio – Nature Walk Damask Stencil

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


Happiness - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there! Yesterday I shared some ATCs and today the layout, like promised. The both projects are done for Elizabeth Craft Designs and were blogged some time ago in my last GDT post. You can see that post, with a step by step tutorial to the ATCs, here (link).

I used the same steps as I made the ATCs I showd yesterday to make this layout. I changed the papers I used in the first step a little - adding the pink script first and then cut the rectangle piece with the postage stamp edge out of pink peach paper, but the next steps are the same - I added the candy swirls and the stars. There's also the white splashes and drawn edge, but this time I didn't ink the edge of the whole project. However, I did ink the edges of the stamped sentiment like in the cards. As for the focal point, that needs to be the photo, so the lollipops are used in the layout as embellishments.

The page is about my younger daughter's birthday party just last month. Normally it takes me ages to get the photos printed but this time I used an Instax camera to snap a picture of the table and could document the event almost immediately. Needed to wait the guests to leave first, though, ha ha. Usually my kids have had a themed party but this time it was otherwise - my daughter wanted to invite her friends to a local aquarium so the birthday party we had at home was just for relatives, adults, so we didn't have a theme.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a sparkling, happy day! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other supplies:
Prima Marketing - Heavy Gesso, white
Prima Marketing - Water Soluble Oil Pastels
Wow Embossing Powder - Embossing Ink
Wow Embossing Powder - Coral Reef Embossing Glitter
Ranger - Distress Ink Picked Raspberries
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
A Flair for Buttons - More Cameras flair buttons
paper doily
half pearls
white marker

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons
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