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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Work of Art - different take

This time I tried to do a more abstract look. I cased this look from internet (I didn't find a name, so sorry for not giving the credit to whom it belongs)

The colours on this are: Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake. The word bubble is from HipHipHooray kit

I have to admit - mine didn't turn out the way I wanted it. I should have used lighter colours or stamped the Coastal Cabana once off to make the colours more subtle. My excuse (heh heh) was that I have limited colour selection with me. I will redo this with more subtle blues or pinks when I'm back home.

Here again the image of the stamp set and how the wood blocks fit into the case :-)
Work of Art by Stampin'Up!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Work of Art - my new favourite stamp set!

This is a new stamp set from the new catalogue (2014-2015) and it's going to be one of my favourites. Why?

It has some greetings, it can be used to create backgrounds with other sets and to create your own pattern paper, it can be used to create flowers (thanks for the idea belongs to Maria Leon-Villanueva).

The way I (and I assume also Maria) created the narrow 'swoshes' on the flowers, was to colour the edges of the stamp with a marker and stamp on top of the base colour (in this case with Tangerine Tango over So Saffron). The stems of the tulips are done by colouring the edge of the largest 'swosh' with a new in-colour marker Mossy Meadow.

 The heart is done with Real Red and the "you" again with Mossy Meadow.

The pattern paper is from "Moonlight" Designer Series Paper Stack and the colours in this stack are from the new in-colours.

I frayed the burlab ribbon by cutting the finished edges off and pulling out strands of burlap from both top and bottom and also from the ends.

And this final image is not only to show all the stamps from this stamp set but also to show how you place them back in the box (when you buy woodmounted stamps). 
And I have to say, I highly recommend the woodmounted version for this set since you will be using them all and a lot :-)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Retro Fresh Just Sayin'

I have to say this Retro Fresh paper and Washi tape have been one of my favourite colour schemes by Stampin'Up! 

It's so.... Well... RETRO :-)

This card I made for my mom to give as a birthday card for a co-worker. I'm not sure if she appreciated the English greeting, but I didn't have a witty saying like this in Finnish (just wait a week or so and I'll show you one with a Finnish greeting...)

The glasses are NON-Stampin'Up! But they just fitted this sentiment perfectly - don't you agree?

The stamp sets used were: Just Sayin' and Gorgeous Grunge and the colours are from Retro Fresh paper (Tangerine Tango, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake)

Friday, 9 May 2014

Card in a Box with instructions!!!

I know I did this "Card in a box" earlier and mentioned, that you can find instructions online and on Youtube. Now that I started a new card, it took me FOREVER to find them again - so I decided to make instructions and post them here.

I used So Saffron card stock as the base and Coastal Cabana as the mat for my designer series paper, which is Retro Fresh.

I pulled all the colours from that DSP 

I added some embellishments from Retro Fresh Journaling stickers and also from This and That Epic Day journaling stickers.

There is a map washi tape on the film strip, that is not Stampin'Up! product but I just didn't have small enough embellishments or stamps to fill the filmstrip squares.


Cut the paper to 8-½" x 9"

Score at    A)   2-1/8"  B)   4-1/4" C)   6-3/8"    D)   8-½"
Then turn the cardstock once counter clockwise and score E)   2-½"

CUT the card stock at F) 5-½". Now you are left with a piece that is sized 5-½"x8-½". From the orange part, you will cut 2 pieces that will work as inserts to the box (the green part).
Then you cut at the red lines. The orange part is left over. Fold the card stock into a box shape and use the short tab to adhere the box together. 3 of the flaps are to be folded downwards. 1 is left straight as a back panel for the card (blue).


The two tabs (shaded green in the first picture) you need to fold the ends in opposite directions (to form the shape of Z) and adhere them inside the box (divide the inside into 3 equal sized portions).

I like to mat my Designer Series Papers with solid cardstock so I have 2 measurements for each panel section:

Designer Series Paper:        5-3/4" x 1-7/8"         Mat:              5-7/8" x 2"

Designer Series Paper:       1-7/8" x 2-1/4"          Mat:              2" x 2-3/8"
One of the flap panel pieces is to be used on the back wall behind the decorations

Designer Series Paper:       1-7/8" x 2-3/4"           Mat:              2" x 2-7/8"

Thursday, 1 May 2014

May Day celebrations in Finland

I just had to post some pictures from our May Day celebrations

My brother Aki

Getting ready

Photo opps

April 30th celebrations

Placing a student hat on a statue

May Day brunch

Comparison of In-Colours: thanks to Aly Schilling

I found the BEST images of the new In-Colours from a blog of an US Stampin'Up! demonstrator Aly Schilling. So I contacted her and asked her permission to use her pictures on my blog. Lucky for me (and you), she accepted.

HUGE thank you to Aly for allowing me to use her pictures on my blog (It will take me SOME time to get my own samples to Finland)