Wednesday, December 5, 2018

B is for blue

Blue is my favorite color. For this background I used a wild concoction. First TH Distress inks in Broken china and Pumice stone (turq and sage).  When that was dry I slightly went over the base with sandpaper to create fine lines. Then I blended two Oxides, Tumbled Glass and Shaded lilac (turq and lavender) which created a lovely soft sky blue. I don't own all colors so I need to be creative with what I've got. I also used some glitter - there has to be glitter - and white papers for snow.

Then I felt this girl needed antlers -  but don't ask why.

Be true to who you are.

Entering in:
SimonSays Monday: B is for?
Take a Word: Blue and white
Try it on Tuesday: Winter wonderland 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kovaa ja pehmeää

KKvintage-haaste aukeaa tänään aiheella Kovaa ja pehmeää.

Tein korttiparin, jossa kova ovat ovien metallihelat ja pehmeä on höyhen.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


OKTK:n inspiroimana syntyivät tämmöiset kortit.

Taustoiksi keräsin kaikenlaisia väreihin sopivia paereita ja niiden palasia. (Oi mitä kaikkea ihminen säästääkään!) Kortissa on pieni tasku, jossa nuottipaperia.

Naamio on leimatu valkoisella musteella silkkipaperille ja liimattu paikalleen.  Tämä kortti pääsee vaihtoon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


I love using book paper, it gives such nice character to backgrounds. Even if it is totally unrelated, like here.
I went with the book theme and selected 'short story' as my title. You can make up your own story - it is fall, she looks determined, there's a shiny bough in her arm - enough said.

The leaves are die-cut and embossed. I highlighted the veins with some Distress ink.

entering in:
Paperminutes: #562 Buchseiten / Book pages
Frilly and Funkie: Impress us!
SimonSays Wednesday: Anything goes

More games

Making my own backgrounds is something I have done since the beginning of this blog (back in 2007). The possibilities are endless and the results are never the same.

This week, prompted by a challenge that asked to use playing cards, I started by glueing playing cards onto card bases. Next I dabbed white chalk paint through a stencil. It dried matte white over a somewhat shiny yellowed base - a very nice look I thought.

I decorated along the edges with matching red and black tissue tapes, then adhered the stamped, fussy cut images.
As you can notice I chose playing cards with spades, clubs and diamonds - no hearts, because they would come to play a part in each one.

Heart is always trump - that's the message here.
Lastly there's a sprinkling of white paint.

entering in:
TJK: viikot 45-46, käytä pelikortteja.
SimonSays Monday: Make your own background.
More Mixed Media challenge: Anything goes with optional black.

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