Sending love words - Canvas Corp Brands

Love is all around! Today was a fun day, I attended a crop at Jokela. Thank you Kaisa for arranging the whole thing, it was splendid! Thanks are also in order for Taru for the rise there, Elina for the ride back and Veera and Terhi for the company around the table! So life is good and love is all around!

In order to keep the pink feeling going, here’s a little something I did the coming Valentine’s Day in mind for Canvas Corp's blog. It’s a little box of candy that’s easy to make and you can make two boxes out of a single sheet of 12×12″ card stock! How sweet is that?

The box has a little space on the side you can use as the card and then a window made with overhead transparency so your friend will see the sweets immediately. I have a pattern underneath if you want to make one yourself! You can make the window using a die like I did or then just cut an opening there. The box is measured so that you can fit it though a Big Shot machine easily if you want to use a die.

Underneath is the pattern for the box – the piece is originally half of the 12×12″ sheet. First you need to score it from 1″ on both long sides creating the lid and the bottom part for the box. Then score at ½”, 1½”, 4½”, 5½”, 8½” and then 10 1/4″ counting from the same side. Then all you have to do is trim the pieces and add the window if you wish. Make slits to six places shown in the pattern and cut four rectangles away. 

Then it’s time to assemble the box. Start with the card part and adhere the smaller flaps together. Then assemble the box part – the first flap is to be used to adhere the box together and ends inside it. Then just fold the smaller flaps inside and adhere the bottom and the lid after you’ve added the candy.

I used “Sending Love Words” card stock in my box and ended up even including the manufacturer strip to it as a greeting. The heart underneath is cut from another paper, “Paris Hearts”.

There’s still time to make a few of these for family and friends! So click here to see the Valentine’s collection and choose your favorite pattern to start making the boxes! Thank you for stopping by today!

Supplies from Canvas Corp Brands:

Materials: Canvas Corp, Sizzix, Fiskars


Flowers for mom - start of a new adventure

Hi there! I was amazing and exciting news to share with you! Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® has announced their new guest team and I'm one of the members! Yay - so amazing! Underneath is the list of all the new guest designers if you like to go for a visit!

I created this layout for the guest design call with a video tutorial. You can see that from above. I used Gelatos®, Stamper's Big Brush Pen and also PITT® Artist Pens. 

The topic of the page is a lovely flower bouquet I got from my girls. I remember how I  loved gathering flowers as a child  (who wouldn't) and they are not falling far from the tree so to say. 

I'm so excited about this new adventure! Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials: Design Memory Craft, Canvas Corp, Prima Marketing, Carabelle Studio, Epiphany Crafts, Wow Embossing Powders, 7 Dots Studio, Teippitarha


Journal cover - GDT C'est Magnifique Kits

Hello! Yesterday I shared my first project with C'est Magnifique February kit, here's the second one. They are part of my final guest designs for C'est Magnifique. I created three layouts and one book cover in total so there's going to be a few layout posts still. If you wish to take a look at the kit and the paper add-on, please visit C'est Magnifique store (link) or blog (link)!

For this second craft I created a notebook or an art journal cover. I gave the piece to my daughters after taking the photos so I'm guessing it's going to be filled with drawings and stories (in their own language and writing, so they can be read in a number of ways). 

I started by adhering a piece of patterned paper to the backs of the cover. I thought to have the leaf on the cover showing partly but ended up covering it almost totally. Using gel medium I then added the bird resins, metallic embellishments and pieces of chipboard from the kit to the cover. I also used some items from my own stash to make the design fuller. Then I added some of the sand paste to the cover as well and let it dry.

After the mediums were dry, I covered the cover with white gesso and then started coloring it using the watercolor from the kit and a mist of my own. I was aiming for a watercolor styled look so I kept the paint and mist kind of smudgy. On top of the color I then added touches with the metallic rubs and also doodled with the marker. To add some bling to the cover I finished it by adhering the beads in there.

Besides the items from the kit I also used a purple mist, some paper roses, a bottle cap and five pieces from an old bracelet. 

Thank you for your visit! Tomorrow I have something exciting to share!

Materials: Fabscraps, Heidi Swapp, Kaisercraft, Mepxy, Prima Marketing, Luminarte, Tattered Angels


Rowan - GDT C'est Magnifique Kits

Hi there! During the next week or so I'm sharing my final guest designs for C'est Magnifique. This time I was working with the February kit. I loved the metallic shades it has! I created three layouts and one book cover in total so there's going to be a few posts. If you wish to take a look at the kit and the paper add-on, please visit C'est Magnifique store (link) or blog (link)!

This first page is about autumn and rowan. I really like the contrast of the dark branches and the red, almost luminous berries when the autumn sun hits them. To my surprise and delight one of the papers from the kit had rowan branch and two waxwings sitting on it. That paper fitted to my subject marvelously! I started by painting some watercolor to the background and then doodled little circles to resemble the circular shape of the berries. I also made little clusters of pearls confetti style. Underneath you can see the video how I did the page.

I mostly used supplies from the kit, like the metal flower and die cuts and the zipper pull, but also added something from my own stash. Those items include a brown ink, black felt pen, pencil and the alpha stickers.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials: Blue Fern Studio, Fabscraps, Heidi Swapp, Kaisercraft, Mepxy, Prima Marketing, Luminarte, Ranger, American Crafts, Design Memory Craft


Hoist the sails - Craft Stamper

Good evening! Here's an oldie that was published in the October issue of Craft Stamper under the article "Spilt Paint". The article was about an easy but time consuming background thing I sometimes love to use. The article was originally made for Scrap365 and was indeed published in the Scrap365 supplement in the Craft Stamper.

The page itself on the other hand is about the big sailboats visiting Helsinki during the Tall Ships Race 2013. We, the whole family, went to see the ships and girls were astounded by the vessels. I remember how I was amazed while in my teens, I think, when the ships visited my home town, Turku. There's something graceful, even magical about sailboats, don't you think?

Thank you for stopping by today! Please don't forget to hop! Here's the link to the ongoing Finnabair team hop with a fabulous prize!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, 7 Dots Studio, American Crafts, Sodalicious, 3rd Eye, 7Gypsies, Ranger, Design Memory Craft


More 2 love - Mixed Media Place

Hi there! There's a post about pens and pencil at Mixed Media Place's blog you might want to read and on top of that, there's a discount on pens and pencils at the shop! All the products from category "Pens and Pencils" are -10%!

Above is a page I did for the post using pencil in a number of ways. The topic of the page is the two little ones. I did the page during Christmas holidays when the kids had the break from day care but us parents were working through most of the holidays. So the little ones were with my parents and our home felt so quiet and dull not having them around. I guess us parents were more happy when they returned home than the girls themselves! 

Underneath is a tiny bit of info about the pencil itself and also some words about the ways I used pencil in the piece.

The pen is mightier than the sword! This awesome craft tool dates back to the 16th century England and has been used ever since. The first pencils were just chunks of graphite but later a way of mixing clay and graphite was invented to produce the core of modern pencil. This also made it possible to make softer and harder pencils, just by changing the ratio of the two ingredients in the core. You can also change the darkness of the markings by the amount of pressure you are using - they can vary from light touches to pitch black especially with a soft pencil. 

There's a number of ways using a pencil. You can doodle with it, draw and write, of course. You can sketch, trace a stencil and color. What you can also do is use it for frottage technique - rub a pattern of an embossing folder for example like I did in my page. Just place something with a raised pattern underneath your paper and rub the surface of the paper with a pencil or equivalent and the pattern will appear. You can also find the tracing, doodling and coloring in my page. Did you also notice the way I added the title? The other part is written with a pencil and then cut off and the other is written straight to the page itself. 

I find doodling on a layout very soothing and also an important part of my process. I usually make doodled rings around the vocal point and then finish the page with smaller doodlings like hearts, stars or just little circles. A pencil is one of my favorite crafty tools and if you haven't tried one for a while, now's a great time to start! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Materials from Mixed Media Place: 

General Pencil - Layout Graphite Drawing Pencil - 1 pc Cardstock - Eco - 12x12 - 285gsm 7 Dots Studio - Domestic Goddess - Proudly Handcrafted Glimmer Mist - Red Velvet Prima - Vintage Vanity - 2.2x2.5'' Clear Stamp - Circles Prima - Vintage Vanity - 3x4'' Clear Stamp - Book Archival Ink - Jet Black Prima - Elementals - 6,5x10,25 Stencil "Harlequin" Prima - Elementals - 6,5x10,25 Stencil "Stars" Prima - Mechanicals Flowers x10 Prima - Mechanicals Numbers Scrapbook Adhesives - 3D Foam Squares Mini - 308 pcs Faber-Castell - Mix & Match - Essential PITT Artist Pens - Black Glue Magic - 45 g in a tube

Materials: Tattered Angels, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Canvas Corp, Ranger, 3rd Eye, Teippitarha


Dare - Scrap FX

Looking for the hop? Please check here (link)!

Happy Sunday! Today I'm sharing my third page for Scrap FX and last one done for January. As the one blogged yesterday was for my younger one I just needed to do a similar style inspirational page to my older daughter as well. The inspiration to this page was another quote I stumbled upon. "It's through the fall that you'll realize you can to fly." To me that's a quote about daring, daring to take the jump to discover the wings.

This time I chose to go with a pink color scheme and used again the Random Dots Stencil in the making of the background. The darker pink dots are made using ink and the sparkling lighter pink ones are done using embossing powder. I used the watercolor style stamped feathers as embellishments and add a few feather chippies from the Mini Feathers as the finishing touch. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great day!

Products used from Scrap FX:

Feather Stamps (2013249)
Mini Feathers (2013233)

Materials: Scrap FX, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Wow Embossing Powders, Prima Marketing, My Mind's Eye, 3rd Eye, Ranger, Design Memory Craft, American Crafts, Teippitarha, Sodalicious

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