Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Are you playing games with me?

Vihdoinkin ennätän osallistua TJK-haasteeseen! Ne on useimmiten ohi silloin kun vasta rupean inspiroitumaan aiheesta...
Nyt oli aiheena seuranpito ja harrastukset. Tällainen setti syntyi kun otin hyötykäyttöön muuan brosyyrin.

 A duo of playful girls.

TJK: viikot 39,40
Take a Word: Pair, couple, duo

Monday, September 24, 2018

Working with oxides

When it came to purchasing TH Oxides I decided to go for the reinkers. They are better value than the pads, and since Oxides are rather liquid anyway and work much like paint I felt I was going to be more versatile with the bottles.

Time to put those thoughts into action! here was a link to an inspirational video on the Paperartsy blog (here), and it looked like fun so I tried it.
It was fun! And so effective for large areas. Afterwards I still had ink left over so I flicked and spritzed with that and got rather messy.

I added some stamping on the background, stamped those flowers which I then embossed with a deep eggplant color.

Entering in:
Paperartsy: Topic 16: Reinkers.
TioT: Slap it on.
Eclectic Ellapu: September Anything goes.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Perhosia ja ihminen

KK vintagehaaste pyörähtää jälleen uudelle kierrokselle. Aiheena on tällä kertaa Perhosia ja ihminen. Itse innostuin tulkitsemaan aihetta näin:

Tervetuloa taas mukaan osallistumaan!

Sunday, September 9, 2018


Fall brings out the saturated colors: yellows, oranges and browns and inky blue night skies.

I made a group of mixed media atc's. They all started as cereal boxes which were cut to size and sandpapered. The first one received butterfly and swirl diecuts. Then I painted everything over with light acrylic and treated with stamping, stenciling and so forth.

The others were just stenciled and then treated like the first, with a focal image on separate paper, stamped with tiny text, post mark and swirls, microbeads and a piece of thread. The text comes from 7 Dots Studios.

I am entering this into following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp it on
That's Crafty: Forever Autumn
More Mixed Media: Anything goes with optional brown

Saturday, September 8, 2018

With brave wings

Bugs are so misunderstood. No, I don't like bugs either... even a bee gives me the creeps. (Sorry bee, I know your work is valuable, but I hate it if our interests collide - e.g. in ice-cream...)
If you stay with flowers we'll get along just famously.

The bee and floweri are stamped. Bee's wings have a blue iridescent powder on them.

Background is magazine clippings that were sandpapered and inked.

entering in:
Fashionable Stamping: It's a bug's life
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp on it
Stamping sensations: September: B

Sunday, August 26, 2018

How can you resist?

The title refers to resist technique. I wanted to find out a new way - new to me anyway - to use resist technique, so I thought of crackle medium. I put a thin layer of gesso on brown cardstock. After it was dry I brushed crackle paste through a stencil. I was going for a historical look, so the new TH stencil with the Maltese cross was just perfect.
After it was dry came the fun part.

I treated the background with Oxide ink (lavender), waited till it was dry and sprayed with a sapphire blue mist. The result was nice but too busy as I wanted the crackle to stand out. So I wiped it down, then sprayed with olive. Once it was all dry I enhanced the crackle with some turq highlights.
I am sorry I did not take any photos of the process, mist on distress was a lovely look.

The mixed media atc's are all about food. I found suitable phrases from Zola's Germinal. The guy above sees fields of beets.
Everyone suffered of hunger.

"I get thirsty when I eat."

Entering in following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: August challenge ' Resist'
Moo-mania: Geschirr/Besteck / Cutlery & crockery
Paperminutes: #551 Mixed media ATC or tag

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tea, tea, drink your tea

Beautiful china and fragrant tea ... always a good recipe for some me-time, also mindfulness.
I could not make just one card, the theme was just too delicious.

Background was first stamped, them sprayed with shimmery baby blue mist through a stencil. The wooden elements, arrow, heart and #-sign were treated with a multi tone embossing powder with delicious detail.

The wording was made with ancient rub-on letters that were last around in the 90's.  1 - 2 -tea...

The background paper is ancient school paper, somewhat yellowed with age.

 Entering in:
SimonSays Monday challenge: Food or drink
Three Muses: Tea
Takea a Word: Any shade of blue

Monday, August 20, 2018


I decided to play with my paints and make something mixed media.
The substrate is a piece of packaging cardboard. I always use the printed side after I have taken a piece of sandpaper to it. The paint just sticks better if the surface is not too slick.

I dabbed on a lot of brown paint, smeared it with a palette knife and while it was still wet, took a rubber stamp and printed onto the paint with no color. When the stamp came off so did most of the paint - leaving me with a nice impression.

The pictures of a bee and a bird's nest with eggs are vintage ( via 7dots stdio), the dragonfly is a print on shiny plastic.

entering in:
Emerald Creek: #ECAUG2018 The great Outdoors
Frilly and Funkie: Back to Nature
That's Crafty: Animal magic

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kuin satua

KKvintagehaasteen teema on tässä kuussa  'Kuin satua'. Sadut ovat aina hiukan arvaamattomia ja niissä voi tapahtua melkeinpä mitä tahansa. Tein kortin, josta saisi varmaankin aikaiseksi sadun (jos kovasti yrittäisi). Tyttö jolla on siivet, sylissään perhonen. Kukkasadetta. Japania puhuva lintu.

This card was made with some note paper. Before adding the images I sprinkled inks on it: yellow, green and turq. After the images were added I went around the edges with diluted black watercolor. It's a summery card. But what does the bird say? I'm sorry, maybe someone can help - I don't know Japanese. I took the quote from a Manga book.

 Entering in:
Moo-mania: Summertime
SimonSays Monday: Sprinkles and splatters

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Something printed, something vintage, something steampunk

Vintagehaasteessa pitää nyt käyttää lehtileikettä. Omani on vanhan vieraskielisen sanomalehden pala, joka löytyy ylänurkasta. Sille en antanut mitenkään suurta osaa tässä kortissa, vaikka tietysti olisi niinkin voinut tehdä. Minulla se vain ikäänkuin sulautuu maastoon ja luo sitä vanhan ajan tunnelmaa.

He was an intellectual.
Tunnelmaa luodaan myös ruosteella ja metalliosilla, yritän että josko tämä kävisi steampunkista.

Fighter for the past.

On these tags I went for a steampunk'esque industrial vintage look with cogs, rust and metal parts. The numbers are plywood and I painted them with brown, black, coppery metallic and a dash of teal. The backgrounds were collaged with pieces and snippets of ephemera and old foreign newspapers, then applied a thin glaze of brown over it and wiped it mostly away.

High authority.
entering in:
Sandee's and Amelies Steampunk challenges: Anything goes steampunk / industrial
Rhedd's Creative Spirit: May challenge
More Mixed Media Challnge: Anything goes (optional pink) - didn't use that option
Creative Artiste Challenge: #38 Anything goes