Anchors Aweigh - Craft Stamper

Hello people and happy Sunday! Let's end this week with an oldie that was published in the Craft Stamper magazine, in the April 2015 issue on page 62 in a part of the gallery "In the Frame". The idea was to add some kind of frame to the card. 

I chose to go with masking the frame. First I cut a scalloped edged circle out of paper and then cut a hole in the middle using a circle die. Using that as a mask I then added mists and stamping to the background. Lastly I highlighted the frame using a pencil. The anchor is from a 7 Dots Studio stamp set and the text is done with a Dymo machine.

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

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Bazzill, Sizzix, Dymo


Mechanical Man - my favorite

Some days ago there was a post in Prima blog titled "Pick Your Fave!" In that post three new team members shared a project that is their Prima favorite to the day. I loved the multitude of different projects as there was a layout by Helen, cards by Ania and then this altered man of mine. 

As I might have gathered new readers since the Mechanical Man first appeared here on the blog I thought to show him again. He was originally created for Finnabair team using Finn's amazing stencils, stamps and Mechanicals. Here's the link to the original post (link). In that post there's also a video tutorial showing how I did the man!

I chose him to be my favorite, above all the layouts, for example, as I'm really intrigued with dimensional projects at the moment. I love altering this, I love making canvases, I love to turn used items into something else, something new and exciting and really let my imagination soar. The only problem is that I will soon run out of space to store and display them! And some of the projects are so dear to me that I don't have the gut to just throw them away. Luckily there's still room for a couple! I hope...

Materials from Prima:

Clear Stamp: Wire Net-961923
Junkyard Findings: Jeans Buttons-891640


Thank you tags - 7 Dots Studio

Hi there! The end of this week has been really sunny and warm here in Finland. Although I enjoy the amount of light we have I'm not too keen on the heat. But the warmer weathers make me think about autumn - yes, strange. Autumn marks the start of the schools and even though I never took anything for my teacher in the start of the school year I always had a little something for them in the end of the year. So nowadays when I go to a workshop, I also want to give a little something to the teacher. So that's the story behind these tags I created for 7 Dots Studio.


I attended some workshops in June in Turku and these tags went together with the presents I gave to the teachers. Using the 7 Dots Studio ready tags and die cuts the tags were done in no time!

I made two of the tags blue and two red and used Cold Country die cuts as the main images in the tags. The backgrounds have a stenciled pattern as well as stamped texture on it.

Wishing you a great weekend!


Leon ATC

Have you heard about Leon Day? I haven't before I got a nice mail from Marietta Gregg. She's a marketing director over at Patience Brewster. Se asked if I could do a post in my blog with something Leon Day themed and explained to me that Leon Day marks the half way to Christmas. It's celebrated on the June 25th and although it's not an official holiday especially people who love Christmas may celebrate it. Here's a Wikipedia link if you want to read more (link).

First I thought I haven't even shared a thought towards Christmas yet even though I consider myself a Christmas person. But then I realized that in fact I have done two Christmas related projects already - they are for a publication. So yes, I have in fact been thinking of that holiday already!

I also was invited to a Facebook group quite some time with a goal to start making Christmas cards early. Somehow the somewhat hectic factory for Christmas cards is a tradition for me. Or it needs to be done then, it's a way to get the Holiday spirit on.

But I still made something with Christmas in mind for this post. As I couldn't share the projects going for the publication obviously I made three holiday themed ATCs. They all have a jingle bell on them and words that to me resonate Christmas - sweet, times, bond. If you'd like to swap one of these or just to have one, please drop me a mail! 

Thank you for watching!

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Scrap FX


House of Iron Men - Prima Marketing

Can you believe it's July already? The turn of the month also means new challenges and the reveal of the July BAP and PPP challenges in Prima blog (link). This month the sketch is by Jennifer Snyder and it's great for summer pages! This page is my very first as the team member, so exciting!

I was inspired by the watercolor style paint touches in the sketch and used watercolor pencils in my page. I used just one photo in my own page, but cut it in three parts to mimic the three photos of the sketch. There's also touches of scrip as in the sketch and some hand drawn lines as well.

The page, or the topic, itself was inspired by my father and grandfather who I both consider to be iron men of some sort. My grandfather was over 90 when he still was cutting down trees and loading them to tractor by hand. It was pure strength combined to a life time of experience at work and when I tried to help it felt that I was more in the way than helping. My father on the other hand has had health issues but he's tough, persistent and has a great view for life so I admire him very much.

So the title refers to me being of the same blood, of the same house and contains a wish that I would have the same stamina and spirit when I’m older.

I've had a few questions about how to follow my blog lately so I thought to explain it a little. There's an icon on the left sidebar that's shaped like arches, the common RSS feed kind of thing. If you click that a Feeds Burner site opens and from there you can choose the way you want to follow my blog. You can add it to your Feedly for example. From the same site you can also subscribe my blog straight to your email if you prefer to read it like that.

On the other hand if you have a Blogger account and want to read my blog through that, you can add it to your list in the Blogger's control panel by clicking the link "Add" underneath your blog feed. Just copy and paste my blog's address (paperiliitin.blogspot.com) to the correct field and you'll have it added to your list!

Please don't ever hesitate to mail me or message me on the Facebook if you have any questions!

It's a pleasure and honor that my blog gets visited! Thank you so much! 

Materials from Prima: 

Sunrise Sunset: Sunburn (960025)
Engraver: 6x6 Pad (845643)
Something Blue: 6x6 Pad (813512)
Watercolor Pencils: Basics (576714)
Mica Powder: Gold (962524) 
Heavy Gesso White (961442)
Cling Stamps: Coffee Stains (580247)
Clear Stamp: Messy (961893)
Mounted Stamp: Move Me (962173)
Stamp’N’Add: Angel Wings (892494)
Alpha Canvas Large White (569792)
Alphabet Stickers: Tea Thyme (559021)
Archivist: Chipboard Stickers and More (579098)
Honeycomb Stencil (961268)
Mechanicals: Numbers (960261)
Mechanicals: Gear (961053)
Mechanicals: Washers 1 (960346)
Junkyard Findings: Jeans Buttons (891640)
Junkyard Findings: Mini Typo Bulbs (891541)
Seashore: Say It In Crystals (573201)
Say It In Crystals (551544)
Chalk Edger: Old Road (PM891077)

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Happy Mail - 7 Dots Studio

Might today be a happy mail day? Don't you just love to have an actual letter or at least an envelope without a bill? There's the hand-made happy mails like ATCs and cards and then there's the kind of happy mails I'm hugging in the picture - the parcels with some new play things! This page to celebrate those kinds of days is created for 7 Dots Studio together with a tutorial.

Oh and talking about 7 Dots Studio, you have checked out the new collections, haven't you? There's two by DeeDee Catron called "Lost and Found" and "Yuletide" and one by the owner of 7 Dots, Tusia Lech called "Verano Azul". Be sure to check those out, they are amazing! And if you happen to live in Finland or be here during autumn, we're playing with the new collections in my workshops!

But now to the page. As much as I love happy mail I also love layers! I usually combine both dimensional and flat layers in my pages. So in this pages, like in many of my layouts, I created some flat layers to the background using various mediums and then added dimension with the paper layers and embellishments.

I recorded a little video of the steps I used to create the page. I sped the video up but even in real speed it wouldn’t have taken too long to watch – this was an easy, breezy, quick layout! Even if you use mixed media touches in the background, the process doesn’t have to be long. Just some extra time for drying!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you liked the video and got some inspiration out of it! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Illumination: Clear Stamps 1

Um Wow Studio: Starry Night Flair

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Prima Marketing, Um Wow Studio, Garn und Mehr, Ranger


Inspire - GDT Prima Marketing

Hello and happy start to the new week! About a month ago I had an amazing privilege to play with the May Special Delivery Kit from Prima Marketing. I honestly thought that I had published the pages in my own blog already but it seems that I still hadn't. Now there's a new kit to be ordered and played with, but I still thought to share these creations. Yesterday I blogged the other page and today is the time for the other. An altered tea cup I also did I already published in the blog (link)

Can I just say that I love this photo? I guess you recognize the talent I'm with, it's the sweet Ania aka Finnabair. I had such a great time a year ago when she was teaching in Finland. It's always a pleasure to meet her and to talk with her and of course, take a workshop with her! She's also such a huge inspiration and creative power that I wanted to capture this photo in a layout. The title says "Inspire" as that's what she really does. In so many levels and ways!

I started the page by choosing a bit darker paper as my background and then used the Mica powders from the Finnabair line to make my own mists. And boy was I pleased with the end result! I mean just look how the blue pops from the darker paper! I actually fell in love with the effect so much that I have since then scraplifted myself a few times! 

I continued the background with a few pencil lines and some stamping. On top I then added the papers, embellishments and some thread. To make them match the background better I also added some mist on top using a grey and the Mica blue one.

Thank you for your visit!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger
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