Monday 19 January 2015

Less is More #207 and Paper Players Challenge #228

Hi Everyone!

This is my entry to the Less is More #207
and to the Paper Players Challenge #228.

This card was showcased at Less is More.

A friend of mine, Nonni from Runaway Cards gave me this floral stamp for Christmas. It is by STAMPlorations called Tulips. By the way, Nonni is very talented crafter, I encourage you to visit her blog for endless inspiration. She happens to my friend also outside of blogland - in real life - you know! We met here and started talking since we are both from Finland and after a few emails we noticed that we live in the same town - how funny is that? I am just glad that we met, she is a wonderful person! 

Another friend of mine, this time here in blogland - Karren from Stamping Stuff is Guest Designing for The Paper Players Challenge blog for this spring. I have not met her in real life - we happen to live on the other sides of the globe, but I have been lucky enough to have her as my friend here in blogland. She always encourages me and she always sees good and positive things in my creations. Thank you Karren! And above all, she makes cards which are very cleverly designed, beautifully coloured and she can do it almost in every style there is! 

When I saw the latest challenge at Less is More #207 - the theme there is Friends. I wanted to combine in this card the stamp from Nonni and take part in Karren's challenge at the Paper Players. And that is how my card came together.

I started with stamping the tulips with Antique Linen Distress Ink. After that I stamped the sentiment Halftone Hello by Altenew with Versafine Vintage Sepia and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I watercoloured the tulips - I tried to be loose and get more watercolored look. I need to practise a bit more. Then I inked up the frame with Fried Brick and Gathered Twings Distress ink and put the card together.

I will enter this into these challenges:
The Paper Players Challenge #228 - Use your sentiment as your focal point

Here are the challenges' graphics:

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!


Saturday 17 January 2015

Muse #100, Inkspirational #74, Fusion - Two Hearts

Good Evening again!

This is my entry to the Muse #100
Fusion - Two Hearts and to the Inkspirational #74.
My husbend took the kids to swim tonight and I had time for myself. For some odd reason I really didn't feel like colouring. I wanted to participate to Muse this week since it is Michelle's fist time as our Muse and it is the 100th Muse Challenge this week! Congrats to both! 

I really liked white on white effect on Michelle's card and the hearts. I wanted to use this Butterfly heart from Memory Box. I also saw the new challenge at Inkspirational where the theme is Ombre and there it was - my background. I watercolored the background to an ombre blue. I missed the last Fusion deadline with a few hours so this time I wanted to be an early bird. The theme there is Two Hearts: Perfect! The sentiment is from Label Love by Altenew, it is inked with black pigment ink and then heat embossed with Clear Matt Dull embossing powder. 

Here are few close-ups where the ombre is seen better:

I will link this card to:
Muse #100 - I was inspired by the white on white and a die cut heart
Fusion - Two Hearts - Well, I used two hearts

Here are the challenges' graphics and Michelle's wonderful inspiration card!

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day!


CAS(E) this Sketch #106 and CASology #129

Good Evening!

This is my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #106
and to the CASology #129

This card was CTS Favourite.
Well, there is a reason why I colour images almost in every one of my cards - and I usually use "no line colouring"-tecnique. The reason is that I really can't stamp. :) When I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week I immediately knew that I wanted to use Altenew's Label Love for this card. I still think it really is cool design BUT this is my second attempt and I really can't do better than this. Sorry. 

Anyhow I started with stamping the Just for you- label either Black Versafine or Memento London fog. For the first attempt I used second generation stamping for the gray ones, I liked the colour better but the way that I was able to stamp it was so horrible that I had to use grey ink. All the labels are heat embossed with either Clear Embossing powder (black) or Clear Matt Dull (grey). I die cut some little tiny hearts and coloured them into black and grey. For the main sentiment I used Red Versafine and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder. And that's it.

Not really my usual style - no flowers, tiny bit of colour and not colouring at all. Refreshing, but I think I will stick in my usual style...

I will link this to
CASology #129 - NBUS - I used stamps Just for you and Congrats from Label Love for the first time.

Edit: My blogfriend, Sarah, reminded me that there are challenge for masculine cards going on this week SSS Wednesday challenge. Thank you, Sarah! I will enter this also to

Simon Says It's a Guy Thing - a masculine card

Here are the challenges' graphics:

Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful day!


Friday 16 January 2015

Less is More #206

Good Evening!

This is my entry to the Less is More #206.
I had a little time to colour with my daughter today, I made this card and my daughter coloured a card for her friend's birthday. She was quite a lot of quicker in colouring though! :) I wanted to participate to Less is More #206 where is going on a one-layer week with a theme of New Beginnings. My dear friend is going to be starting in a new job in a few weeks. She doesn't enjoy her work in her current one so I wanted to make a card to give her a little smile and strength or "sisu" as we call it in Finnish to keep going these few days she still have left in her old job. Inside of this card there is text "Blue skies are ahead" Hopefully she will enjoy her new job. 

I started this card by masking off the "uncoloured area" with post-it notes. Then I stamped all the images with black pigment ink. The branch and background trees are from Purple Onion Designs and balloons, the dog and the sentiment are from stamp set called Flying High by Tiddly Inks. I also drew the road and I coloured all images with Derwent Coloursoft pencils. Then, I masked off the coloured part of the card and stamped the rest of the branch and the bakcground hills and trees with grey ink. At the top of the card, one of the balloons was cut off from the backside of the card to give some interest to the card. The sentiment inside of the card is from a set called Blue skies by Lawn Fawn.

Here are some close-ups:

Hopefully you like it and I hope it will give a smile for my friend. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!


Tuesday 13 January 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Good Evening!

This is my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #105,
The Card Concept #26 and
It's been quite hectic life since Christmas - not a whole lot time for crafting. I saw the sketch at the CAS(E) this sketch and wanted to participate. I had a few ideas on my mind for that one, this one actually ended up into a finished card.

I started with stamping the flower - Lacy Scrolls from Altenew a craft cardstock and coloured it with Coloursoft Pencils and with the same technique as the previous Altenew cards.  I used more grey/cool colours this time since I wanted it to match to the grey cardstock and then cut it out. The partial frame is die cut from Spellbinders and the background paper is handmade paper bought from a craft store in UK. It is called White Silk. The sentiment is from a Painted Poppy stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it with black pigment ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Matt Dull Embossing powder. The frame and the flower is popped up with foam tape.

I will enter this into these challenges:
The Card Concept #26 - One year anniversary: Clean and Layered

Here are challenges' graphics:

Thank you for stopping by today and thank you for your comments from my Altenew Guest Design post. They made my day! Video tutorials... me... hmm.. I am terrified to be honest. :) Let me see what I can up with. Anyhow, a request to my husband has been sent to come up with the equipments for the videos... Maybe someday.

See you soon and Have a wonderful day! 


Sunday 11 January 2015

Guest Designing for Altenew - second post

Good Evening!

Hopefully you all are doing well today. A few weeks ago Tasnim from Altenew asked me to guest design for them - she asked then if I could do two posts and this is the second one. Thank you so very much for your kind comments on my cards on the first one. It really gave me enthusiasm for making these new cards as good as I can. Thank you for it! 

Last time the theme was Flowers with Watercolours. This time the theme is Craft Cardstock and Color Pencils. And perhaps the theme combining these two sets are Butterflies: I just couldn't resist using that gorgeous Painted Butterflies also this time. 

Stamp sets used: Peony Scrolls, Halftone Hello
and Painted Butterflies.

Stamp sets used: Whimsical Flowers, Label Love
and Painted Butterflies.

Stamp sets used: Lacy Scrolls, Label Love and
Painted Butterflies.
I started with stamping the sentiments using either Versamark or a black pigment ink and then heat embossed them with either Vanilla White or Clear Matt Dull embossing power. Then the main images were stamped using either white pigment ink (Lacy Scrolls, solid image) or Memento Desert Sand (outline images) and then coloured with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils or Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils (greens). Since heat embossing resist the ink, I was able to stamp images after stamping the sentiment and still got the illusion that flowers and leaves are behind the sentiment. The "Love U"- card is made in different order: At first, I stamped the main images with white pigment ink and then the sentiment with black pigment in so the white shines through just a tiny bit.

Here are close-ups: 

Thank you Tasnim and Jennifer for this great opportunity to be your guest. It's been a wonderful experience. Thank you very much!

Thank you stopping by today and have a wonderful day! See you soon!


Saturday 3 January 2015

Guest at Inkspirational

Good Morning all!

Hopefully you are all having a good day! Wonderful ladies at Inkspirational asked me if I was interested guest designing at one of their challenges. To me it is a true pleasure and a great honour just to be asked. Thank you for inviting me! It was so fun to make this card.

In this challenge #73 the Word Prompt is "Note". 

And here is my take on it. I was heavily inspired by Lapland for this time. The view at the background is what the view is like when I am standing at my parents' backyard and looking at the lake. This time of the year the sun is shining very low - just above the horizon - that the sky is painted by wonderful mix of colours during those few moments with day light.

The stamps used are from Purple Onion Designs, I stamped them onto a watercolour paper and I coloured them with Inktense Pencils. I just printed a note from the net and fussy cut it out. Then I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed it with Metallic Platinum embossing powder by Wow for few times. The spruces at the back and the sentiment are also from Purple Onion Designs, I coloured them with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and then added Versamark pen over them. I added some Opaque white Embossing Powder and White Twinkle Embossing Powder by Wow to give the illusion of snow on the trees and onto the ground. The sky on the back is inked with Spun Sugar DI, Memento Cantaloupe and Sky blue Versacolor inks. The sentiment is also heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Thank you Inkspirational. It was such a pleasure to be your guest. 

Thank you for stopping by today. Hopefully you are having a wonderful day and as always - I love to here what you think. See you soon!