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Friday, 30 June 2017

Driving into art

,So, instead of doing cards on my vacation, my sister-in-law organized a 'diving into art' session for my birthday.

We had 5 adults and 2 children in our group, and we had a blast!
This project is part of Finland's 100 year celebration. The artist, Paula Julia Rusokallio from Creatimagia, is assembling an art collage in December 2017 from all the portraits painted in the workshops during this year.



It was a very interesting concept!
We started by drawing our own faces - EYES CLOSED!! by following our features with a brush while drawing the image. Then we did a second drawing, again eyes closed!!, with 2 different coloured markers! One drawing the left side of the face and the other drawing the right side.

Then we traced the lines from those two images (choosing, which features to use from each drawing) on a transparency sheet with a black permanent marker.
After this, we squeezed paint on the lines, and pressed the mirror image on our final project base.

Then we ripped pieces of paper from magazines and decoupaged them around our images. Wrote a poem, using letters from words we chose, and wrote that around our image. 

My poem went something like this:
Again the running sun is flooding the evening. 
A car is floating by beneath the window. 
The city senses - a new youth. 
A person arrives. 
Outside of the corner world speaks. 
A daring joy babbles. 
Forward drives the light.

Finally we added some paint on our image. What a great creative day!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Coffee Café Bundle

I just love the idea of this new bundle.... haven't ordered it yet... maybe in the fall

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Happy Easter to all you good eggs!!

With this card I want to wish all you 'good eggs' happy Easter!
 The background is embossed with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (I do wish that Stampin'Up! would use a 'little' shorter item names....)

The best way to use these deep embossing folders is to sprits your card stock with water before embossing. It softens the fibres on the paper, so it won't wrinkle and you get a deeper impression.

The colours on this card are Whisper White, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay. And the stamp set is a Sale-a-bration 'Hey Chick', which is no longer available.

Happy Easter!!!!!!!!



Monday, 10 April 2017

Retiring list is out!


So if there are any items that you just HAVE TO HAVE, better order them before they are gone!

Here is a link to a  Retiring list (listed by page nr).

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Pretty in pink

The three following cards are very soft and delicate, using various soft colours and delicate stamps.
inspired by Tami White
The first is using Beautiful You stamp set, the new watercolour pencils and Falling in Love designer Series paper (all available from the new Occasions catalogue). The card base is Blushing Bride and the edge of the white card stock is stamped using a Sale-a-Bration stamp set 'Delicate Details' (no longer available).

The second card is using Sale-a-Bration stamp sets (no longer available - sorry....) The greeting is from 'So Very Much' and the lace is from 'Delicate Details'. The colours are Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand. If you would do all lace in same colour, you could mount them all on the same block and stamp once.


The third card is very simple, but requires a steady hand to get the glue (Fine Tip Glue Pen) neatly behind the cut out balloon. The die is 'Up and Away' thinlit and the greeting is from the coordinating 'lift me up' stamp set. The card base is Blushing Bride and the sentiment is stamped with Sahara Sand and cut out using the 'Stitched Shapes' framelits.




Friday, 24 March 2017

waiting for the spring... while it's still snowing outside

Last weekend I did a Stampin'Up! party in my husbands hometown Sudbury. It's always makes me nervous to pack for this event. Just trying to make sure that I have all the supplies and also trying to fit all my materials into one bag, rather than hauling the whole craft room with me.

Since I knew there are card makers of different experience level, I decided to keep things simple for the first card. Just using stamps, no Big Shot needed. This is a great way to get people interested in Stampin'Up! I find if you bring all the bells and whistles, people may find it too complex and expensive to get started, but if you only need one stamp set and few ink pads and white card stock... what's to stop you from getting started.

The card uses 'Swirly Birds' stamp set. Just use two different tones of blues for the bird, kite and sentiment. The orange is Tangerine Tango and the yellow is So Saffron. The sentiment is from 'Sunshine sayings' stamp set. I did the 'sunshine' on a separate banner just because the original word wasn't stamped straight, so I had to cover it somehow :-)

Here is an other card made with the same 'swirly bird' stamp set. This stamp set is SO versatile!!

The  colours on this card are Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. The pattern paper is from the Up&Away Sale-a-Bration designers paper. 





Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lift me up.... with hot air balloons!!

as promised, here are more cards with hot air balloons

The cards are made using the 'lift me up' stamp set and the matching framelits 'up and away' die.


The colours on the first card are: Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaroon.

The white base layer was glued directly on the Soft Sky card base and the balloons and clouds were popped up using dimensionals. The clouds were embossed using 'softly falling' embossing folder.

The second card uses Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo






Friday, 10 March 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

We did this card last weekend at Danielle's Stampin'Up! party. I wanted to use a bit bolder colours for this card. I have seen so many cards with light pastel colours and using metallics.


The colours on this card are Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay. The background stamp is from 'You've Got This' - stamp set and the greetings and dragonfly background are from Dragonfly Dreams. I used the markers to colour the wings-stamp and stamped it on the die cut oval, then mounted the die cut dragonfly over the stamped image.

Spoiler alert: The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set will carry on to the next Annual Catalogue! But if you want to get the bundle (matching framelits), you might want to place your order by May 31st, so that you get the bundle discount!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Hot air balloons as far as the eye can see


I love the 'Lift me up' stamp set!!! Well, I love hot air balloons so that kind of makes sense.

This card was inspired by Margaret Sollberger. The card base is Tangerine Tango and the 'mat' is Mint Macaron. The designer series paper if from the free paper (Carried Away) available from the Sale-a-bration collection (available until March 31st 2017!!). The inks used for the clouds and balloons are Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach and Tip Top Taupe.

More cards using this stamp set are coming, just wait :-)



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Birthday card for a boy with Balloon Adventures

Okay, for me it is sometimes hard to create cards for boys, trying to keep them simple and not too frilly.

So the way I approach them is trying not to use ribbons and keeping the colour scheme simple.





So this card was inspired by Nacelle Farrugia, 
I just kept it a bit more simple. 

I stamped the balloons from the Balloon Adventures stamp set on a piece of designer series paper from Cupcake & Carouselles Designer Series Paper pack (Occasions 2017 catalogue). 

The colours on this card are Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray and Whisper White. I used the same designer series paper to cut two strips and the 'circle' at the back ground (the circle is actually a punched balloon using the balloons punch. The Balloon Adventures stamp set coordinates with this punch.


I stamped the balloon cords on the background Whisper White card stock, but hand-drew the part on the Whisper White circle layered just under the balloons (you can stamp them on the circle, but I figured it worked out this way just fine.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sale-A-Bration Second release!!!

Stampin'Up! has released their 2nd release for 
Sale-a-bration items!

These will be available as of today until the end of March 2017.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique

I saw some cards online using this tarnished foil technique, and wanted to give it a try.
The layout of the card is inspired by Melissa Kerman. 





I started with a silver foil paper and used the new Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (whew... that is a mouthful...). It is a bit different from the other embossing folders. It makes a much deeper impression. The folder itself is much thicker, and you actually use it with just ONE cutting plate! They recommend that you sprits your card stock with water before embossing, so that you avoid any wrinkles in your paper. 

So here is what I did:

Sprits the back of your foil paper with water lightly (you can also use gold or copper foil).

Place the foil in the embossing folder. You want to emboss in reverse, so that the impression is SINKING IN rather than raised! This way the design stands out more - this is specially important if you use folders like Falling Petals and similar.

Then I randomly swiped the embossed image with VersaMark ink pad, then applied Copper Embossing powder and heated it. I tried to just heat it enough to set it, so that it still is 'granular' rather than smooth.

Next, I took a StazOn ink pad and rubbed it on the copper embossing. This adds the tarnished look. Then I heat set the ink. 


Then you build your colours by using other embossing powders. So in this case I inked the foil again with VersaMark, and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. 

I went a bit crazy, as after this you barely saw any copper embossing, so I rubbed it again with Black StazOn ink, and re-did the copper embossing. 

The background paper is from the Urban Underground specialty Designer Series Paper.



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Love is in the air

Okay, Valentine's Day is in the past, but here is my design for this years card


The card was inspired by Kim Williams. She used a different heart and stamp for the sentiment, but the layout is similar.

The stamp I used is from Love Sparkles stamp set, which is one of the Occasions catalogue stamps. I stamped it with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. The heart die cut is from Sunshine Wishes thinlits set. The background card stock was embossed with Happy Heart embossing folder.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

MOJO Monday 481

Here is the template for this weeks design. I had hard time figuring out what would I use for the semi-circle on the left edge. I was playing with different shapes, but nothing really worked for me. And I didn't have large enough circle die to do that in one piece.




So I cut out one circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then I cut it in half and glued them together, to form a large circle. I just positioned the top layers and the burlap ribbon to hide the seam.


The stamp set used is Hey, Chick from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. The colours are: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.

The pattern papers are both from the Occasions Catalogue: Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack (the circle) and Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (Gray with dots).

I coloured the chick with the Watercolour Pencils. The background stamp is from Butterfly Basics stamp set.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

MOJO Monday 479

Finally back at the MOJO MONDAY challenge!

well... this is actually a challenge from 2 weeks ago, which I never got to post on their blog, but I will post it on my blog anyways.

This was my first design, using Lift Me Up stamp set


The colours are Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Whisper White and So Saffron. I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack from the Occasions Catalogue at the bottom of the card and coloured the hot air balloons using the new Watercolour Pencils (which by the way are running low at the Stampin'Up! warehouse.... get them now, or you might have to wait until mid February to get them!!)

I'm not super happy about the colouring of the popped up largest balloon, the paper started to peel apart. Next time I will try using the Shimmery White card stock, I heard that is the best paper after watercolour paper to use with the Watercolour Pencils!



Since the colours on this card were very 'sweet', I wanted to make a more monochromatic version using the same layout.
This one is using the Oh So Succulent stamp set and the colours are Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.
The designer series paper is Falling in Love from the Occasions Catalogue. And the image is coloured with Watercolour Pencils. The pot is actually hand drawn, not a stamp! I also curved the sentiment to follow the shape of the stamped image.

I also used three different thinlits/framelits on this: Flourish Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits










Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Water colouring with new pencils

Oh So Succulent (Occasions 2017)

I cannot say how happy I am that Stampin'Up! brought back their watercolour pencils!!!

They used to have all kinds of colouring tools: pencils, crayons, chalks... then they all disappeared and we got the alcohol markers (blendabilities), which had some manufacturing issues and they were cancelled. Since then, we were stuck with ink pads, markers and blender pens and aqua painters. 


And although they are nice, I never got the subtle effects with them right.


So YAY for the watercolour pencils!

In this post there are several images that have been coloured with the watercolour pencils. Still need to work these images into cards (the colouring was supposed to be my Christmas holiday crafting, which didn't happen - LOL)
Tasty Trucks (sale-a-bration set)
I just love these little chicks!!! 
Hey, Chick (sale-a-bration set)





Saturday, 7 January 2017

Christmas is DEFINiTELY not quiet time....

Okay, I had ALL the GOOD intentions of doing posts during the Xmas holidays... but you know what happens often with good intentions... LOL

Tom and I spent our holidays in Sudbury, and the week prior I was busy planning the meals and getting all the supplies. And all of a sudden it was here - Christmas!

So I packed a bag of books, magazines and some pre-prepped craft items, that I was SUPPOSED to work on during the holidays, and post pictures in here... guess if I even opened that bag? NOPE!

So here I am, back in Ottawa, unpacking bags and finding all kinds of goodies. Okay, I still need to take pictures of them. There are some technique tricks coming... so keep your eyes open.

But, for now, I have a WONDERFUL card that was inspired by Valerie Moody.


This card was done by using You Lift Me Up and Butterfly Basics stamp sets. The colours are Crumb Cake (ink and card stock), Whisper White (card stock), Early Espresso (ink), Real Red (ink) and Soft Sky (ink).

The top 'rip' was cut using various Leaflets Framelits pieces. I believe in the original version she used the Detailed Floral Thinlints to create the edge. Another great framelit to use in this would be the So Detailed Thinlits from the new occasions catalogue... hmm... where is my wishlist....

The balloons and clouds were cut out using Up & Away thinlits and the balloons were popped up by using dimensionals. I sponged the Soft Sky ink using on top of the 'chicken wire' stamped image (probably should have done it first and layer the stamp on top, as the chicken wire image got smudged a bit).