Näytetään blogitekstit, joiden ajankohta on 2018.

Mixed media Christmas calendar - Mixed media joulukalenteri 2018

This post is going to be about my project that I will create along with the Mixed media Christmas calendar challenge #mixedmediajoulukalenteri. Here is the link to the blog site of that challenge. The challenge is in Finnish but here's a short explanation what it's about: The challenge is to make one mixed media project following the given prompts. Every day from the Day 1 to the Day 24 the prompts are revealed. Each prompt has an element that will be added to the work. Because the project is supposed to proceed only that one step at a time I think it might be challenging to stop working after each phase. Although I'm struggling on how to get started.

Today is Day 3 already and I have not started anything. I put all the juices in the Christmas card project and now I'm in an energy-saving mode. I guess that's one way to call it. I just don't have the interest, motivation or even any inspiration for crafty doing. I do have a small itch, not physically, but I'…

The last twenty-something Christmas cards for this year

For my last load of Christmas cards I used themes that had spruce branches, spruce cones and foxes. I originally planned to use only one theme / card model but then eventually went for two themes. This time I didn't stamp or color anything. I used different colored cardstock, diecutting dies and one embossing folder. Some of the foxes I also foiled with Thermoweb Fancy foil.

For foiling I adhered a piece of double sided adhesive sheet (Joy crafts) onto the right side of the orange cardstock. Diecut the foxes (by Poppy stamps) with my Big shot diecutting machine. Then I peeled of the cover of the sticky adhesive and placed the foxes onto the foiling sheet (Gina K. designs Dazzling orange). I ran the foxes through the Big shot once more to give the foil a good pressure. Then I just removed the foxes from the foiling sheet. I probably should have done this one more time, either to place the foxes on a new foiling sheet or just add foils to the edges, because there was still some sti…

The first Christmas cards for this year

I made these 12 Christmas cards for charity. I donated them to the mentally handicapped support association in Kajaani, Finland. They are not going to be sold but given away. I'm not sure, if the recipients are personally mentally handicapped or are they family members. But anyway, I hope these cards give some joy to whomever they are going to.

Some of the cards were quick to create, some not so quick and some made me really struggle with them. There is one that I least like, almost dislike it. It's the one with Magnolia's Tilda holding a lantern. The elements don't match and the sentiment should have been something similar to the background text. It would have been prettier if I had used some of my better stuff but I decided to stick with less used materials, extra pieces and pre-stamped and half-colored images (I did finish the coloring). Some of the die cuts and images (like the polar bears, Santas and the dog) were received from fellow crafters. The polka-dot Chri…

The 52 Cafe Cards CHALLENGE : The Whispers Boards 5 - 26

So, here they are finally, the last missing cards from the #52cafecards #MaremiWhisperBoard challenge. I did have 3 cards ready and a couple of backgrounds, too. I made them sometimes last year, I think. But then life happened (I got a job for a short period) and I was then too busy and tired to even think about creative work. A couple weeks ago I sat down and started making these simultaneously a few cards at a time. I went through the Maremi's Creative Cafe Facebook group's albums and searched for the Whisper boards that I still hadn't done. I wrote down some notes and ideas for each card. I gessoed the background base cards and some of them I stenciled, too. Then, I got creative. I struggled with some cards but in the end I managed to get them finished.

I used texture pastes, crackling pastes, white and clear gesso, glitter glues and regular glues, micro glass beads in different sizes, pictures cut from catalogs and scrapbook papers, paper diecuts, glass domes and stam…