Black gesso tag - Finnabair Creative Team

Yesterday it was all about invitation tips. Today the tip part continues but the topic is quite different. Finnabair Creative Team was asked to choose one favorite product of the Finnabair line and share thoughts and tips about the product.

The task was enormous! Not the crafting or the writing part itself, but the choosing! How to choose just one product out of so many great ones?! I think the stamps in the collection are great, the stencils versatile and just think about the new "art babies" - the Mica powders! So there was a great array to choose from! But my choice was Black Gesso. Underneath you can read what I wrote about the dark primer.

"Black gesso is a primer like it’s white cousin. What made me choose Black Gesso before the white one is that the darker one is a more recent find. I've been dreaming about the product some time and when a jar of magic arrived I was so eager to try it out. And the product didn't leave me cold, quite the opposite! 

It’s got a lovely, creamy texture and it has more tooth than the white one. The end result is lovely matte and almost chalkboard style. Black gesso creates an ideal base for pastels, crayons and more and makes the colors seem brighter. It’s also great base for Mica powders showing off their shine and luster. 

It’s also fun to work “the other way around” – bringing in touches of light instead of shadow. Finnabair Black Gesso is heavy body so you can also apply it through a stencil and use it as a dimensional medium."

I made this tag for the post using of course the Black Gesso in it. But I also included some Mechanicals, Glass Glitter and Mica Powders in there. There's even touches of Pan Pastels and the new Prima watercolor pencils in the project.

By the way, do you know what is the base for the flowers in the tag? It's a piece of a house hold item. A magical item that I loved as a child because of it's movement and shine and functionality and shape. Take a guess! 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Pan Pastels, Tattered Angels 


Now is the right time - Canvas Corp Brands

Spring is in the air and that makes me think green! My inspiration for these invitations was spring and nature – they could be used for picnic or a brunch with green feel. Why invitations you might ask? Well, there's a new Crew challenge over at Canvas Corp Brands. This time we inspire you with different, easy invitations and share some tips how to make a bunch of them fast!

These little invitations have a twist – the pattern is on the inside as lines to write on! A touch of your own handwriting gives the invitation a personal touch. As you usually need to make a bunch of invitations at once I kept the design pretty easy to make and duplicate. 

First I cut the card bases out of the 12x12” sheet. Then I scored them and folded in half. After that I added a touch of mist to the fold and dried the cards with a heat tool. Then I added some pencil swirls to each one and attached the heart tag to the cover and also glued the bow on top. Lastly I stamped the wording underneath the tag. 

Anything pre-cut is a way to get the job done faster so diecuts and tags are fabulous for invitations. Letter stamps or even sayings make also crafting faster. And what also makes a great difference is the equipment – good tools make crafting enjoyable and do the job every time!

Materials from Canvas Corp Brands:


Thank You card - Canvas Corp

Today is an oldie! This card along with the step directions was blogged in Canvas Corp's own blog last year. Oopsie! Well, better late than ever, right? The card was made Thanksgiving in mind, but there’s much more to be thankful for also! Why should we be thankful only once a year so to say?

I used the “Farmhouse Kitchen” collection in the card. There’s just a card and a two pieces of 12×12″ sheets put together and finished with a piece of the hemp rope. If you want to make something similar, I have the steps underneath. Thank you for your visit!

1. Cut the “Thank You” note card in half from the fold line.
2. Cut a slightly larger piece from the ivory cardstock, for example 4″ x 5½”.
3. Attach the note card to the ivory cardstock with a few lines of double sided tape to secure it stays put. Avoid putting the adhesive near the edges.
4. Sew around the note card using a zig zag stitch. Pull the threads to the back and secure with a knot or a piece of tape.
5. Add a touch of color to the artichoke using crayons, felt pens or watercolor crayons. You can also use mists like watercolors.
6. Cut a card base from the patterned paper – for example 6″ x 12″. Fold in half.
7. Using 3 D foam squares attach the note card piece to the card base.
8. Finish the card with a few rounds of the hemp rope. Attach the rope just by knotting it inside the card or use washi tape with a suitable pattern.
(9. Add a few home made cookies, something sweet or the receiver’s favorite tea to a brown paper bag and give it with your card.)

Materials from Canvas Corp:

Materials: Canvas Corp, Design Memory Craft


Surprise - Prima BAP March

Yesterday I shared my take on the Prima PPP palette for March and today I show my take on the BAP challenge

I used somewhat similar colors in this page as in the PPP creation. There's the turquoise and minty green and even the gray, but I also added some aged paper beige and inky black in. The sketch itself has torn edges but I went with clean cut ones. Somehow I felt that the contrast of the romantic styled background paper and the cut edges was great and gave a nice touch to the page. 

The topic of the page is the first Finnabair DT pack. I waited for my husband to get home and only then started to open the package so that he could take a few pictures of me. (We also had this challenge with the DT to share a photo with the package.) I guess the pictures tell the story of my excitement quite well!

Thank you for your visit today!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Tsukineko


Incredible - Prima PPP March

Hello there and great Monday! The weather here in Finland ain't that charming, but I know sun is shining some part of the world! Last month I wasn't able to take part in the Prima challenges but this month I squeezed some time for them. So here's my take on the PPP challenge with a lovely blueish, greenish color palette. I'm sharing my take on the BAP tomorrow.

The palette was so me! With turquoise, mint green and tender shades of aqua, pale green and grayish pearl. I have been hoarding the packaging of the wooden icons quite a while now and I though to use it as my base. But what to include to the little openings? There's several different blooms in the PPP board and I happened to have several blooms matching the palette so I went with a blooming solution. 

I layered different flowers on top of each other to get a fuller look and then added some crystals to decorate the blooms. They are like dew drops on them. Underneath the flowers there's a piece of patterned paper and touches of the Finnabair white crackle paste. The frame also has touches of stamping here and there and marks with a pencil.

The big word is a chippie, covered with the crackle paste, Each of the flowers also include a word sticker thus spelling "family friends together forever". Talking about friends, I'm giving this piece away if someone would like to have it. Please leave a comment underneath or send me a mail.

Wishing you a great, incredible start to the new week!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, ScrapFX, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio


Something important is about to happen - 7 Dots Studio

Good evening and pleasant Sunday! Here's a page I created for the new 7 Dots Studio challenge. This time the theme is "Nature". The rules are simple like every month: create a project inspired by the theme, use at least one 7 Dots Studio product and share you link. You also need to remember to share the inspirational circle in your post!

Sweet Marsha sent me some time ago a parcel which had these flower seeds in it. The seeds were mixed in paper mache and the result was die cut into small flowers. My daughters were so excited when they saw them and when we visited grandparents during spring we took the seeds along and planted them in a pot on the playhouse's porch. They loved watching them grow and bloom during the summer vacation they spent there while my husband and me were working. 

I tried to use natural details on the page as well adding some burlap and a flair with a birch pattern in there. I also kept the color scheme otherwise quite soft and natural but added some pink. 

Thank you for your visit! Wishing you a lovely start to the new week!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Thoughts Keeper: Clear Stamps 
Thoughts Keeper: Tags 12x12
Messy Head: Die Cut Elements 6x12

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Um Wow Studio, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Canvas Corp, Prima Marketing


No words needed - Mixed Media Place

Good evening! Today I'm sharing a layout I did for Mixed Media Place challenge, Creative Gym Exercise #6. The topic is typografy and oh, my mind was going superspeed on this one! So many ideas ranging from actual letter to tags, cards and making my own stamps.

Typography, words and letters are really inspiring. They are beautiful to look, they are meaningful and even powerful! I even thought about doing some calligraphy for a while, but in the end I thought to stay in my comfort zone and use different typography and letter details in a layout. 

I tried to include letters and different kinds of letters to the layout in many ways. I used a background paper that was some lettering, stamped with a scrip stamp, added type patterned paper and used alpha as a detail as well. I also tried to do a little bit longer title that connects to the theme.

I really had fun with this challenge – I hope you will too!

Materials from Mixed Media Place:


Materials: Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Design Memory Craft, Crafter's Workshop, Sodalicious, American Crafts, A Flair for Buttons

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