Näytetään blogitekstit, joiden ajankohta on 2019.

Binding my own art journal

Oh, look how cute little book and I made it myself. I made this book so I could do art journaling. To use it in the #52CafeJournals challenge, to be more precise. The challenge is fairly new and it goes to the same category as #52CafeCards. And yes, the challenge was started by Maremi SmallArt. You can find the creations by others by using the hashtag on Facebook or on Instagram. I did plan to use my tea dyed papers but I didn't have enough papers and I didn't feel like dyeing some more. Perhaps I will sometimes later. I will definitely bind another book. It was fun to make.

I started off by cutting the Canson watercolor paper (300 g/m2) to the right size and then making the score lines to the center. The scoring is helpful when folding the paper. I used the Fiskars trimmer for both cutting and scoring. My trimmer doesn't have a scoring blade, so I used the bone folder.

One page is about 10 cm x 14 cm, so a spread would be 20 cm x 14 cm. Since the watercolor paper was so …

Hello summer ATC set

When the Finnish mixed media artist Jehkotar announced that there's going to be an Artist Trading Card trading event, I decided to jump in. I went for the original ATC cards but it was possible to do the ATC coins, too. I have never done any ATC coins, so I decided to skip them. There was enough new things ahead because I had never made any sets, used the horizontal view nor had I ever marked the cards accordingly (the proper marking in the back of the card.) I had a few weeks of time to think about how I would make the cards. I had a faint idea in the beginning but by the time I finally got to my desk to start making something the idea was gone.

While still wondering how to make these cards, I started off by cutting the card bases from the vellum surfaced paper (Strathmore Bristol 100 lb / 270 g/m2). All I knew at that time was that I wasn't going to do anything too heavy or dimensional. Also the theme for this card trading was stamping.

For coloring I chose 13arts' Ayee…

Cards for Mothers and others

The Mother's Day cards have the same simple look. I chose the two similar papers from the Rosie's studio's Stillwater paper pad. The pad had pretty papers and it was inexpensive. I used the Marianne design's die to cut the white lace. The cardstock was too thin and didn't look so special on the patterned paper, so I glued together three layers of lace diecuts. Before gluing them onto the card I put a thin gold glitter tape close to edge. I didn't want to mess with glitter glue or gems. I planned to add a chipboard or a stamped sentiment but I didn't have any suitable to choose from.

Below is another fairly easy card to make. The background paper is from a Studiolight's paper pad. I added the same gold glitter tape than I did on the mother's Day cards. Took the text stamp from an Altenew's stamp set and stamped the text with the black Versafine ink. The Whiff of joy's Henry the mouse was stamped with some black ink and then colored with a pi…

The 52 Cafe cards CHALLENGE vol.2 from O to T

Here are my latest cards for the 52 Cafe cards challenge. I'm not sure if the alphabets U and V are published. The mojo seems to have left the building. The last two cards are looking simple and unfinished. The first one looks nice but I had trouble with that one, too.

I have been into card making the last few months so mixed media type projects have felt too demanding. I have had no interest in getting messy and pretend to be an artist. I have even started to think that I would reduce my art supply stash. Why would I need many bottles of acrylic paints, sprays or waxes if I only use them like once or twice a year. Same thing with stamps and stencils... I have lost the vision and inspiration for mixed media. I know this is just a phase and they will come back.

The background for the Oval changed at least three times. Not because I didn't like it but because I messed it up and then I didn't like it. I was so wasting my time and the new Lindy's sprays which I had just g…

The Spring is here

I made Spring cards more than I had planned to make. Well, these first six cards I sent to the cancer association of Satakunta in Pori. Like the Christmas cards they will be handed out to strangers. I hope the recipients will like them. I'm not entirely satisfied with all of them but I do like them.

I had ordered quite a few new diecutting sets. They are all by Marianne Design. The Oval shape set I had bought second hand but all the rest are new. The embossing folder is the Regal checkerboard by Creative expressions. I tried to use up my cardstock and scrapbook paper stashes but obviously I could never find the right shade I needed so I was forced to get some new ones. I used Distress inks to give some shading to the flowers and the greens.

It took me a few weeks to plan, make prototypes and finally actually make the cards. But once I got a couple of the cards almost ready the rest were easier to make. The twig wreath was a disappointment because the willow cats didn't pop-up…

Crocheting something warm

This is my current big crochet project. I had the white weft stored for such a long time that I had to unravel it into skeins to have it washed in the washing machine and then roll it back into balls. I got some exercise while doing that. The linen brown cotton yarn is also very old. They are the same yarn but from different batches. The labels tell more than the actual color shade. Novita doesn't manufacture this yarn anymore although there might be a replacement for it. But it doesn't matter, I have plenty of these yarn balls tucked away. I bought a big bunch of them and have been saving them since then.

This is quite easy to make. It's only about chain stitches and double crochet (dc) / single crochet (sc) stitches. The white weft just runs inside the brown crochet. I decided to use two yarns instead of one to make it sturdier. The crochet is flexible because the dc/sc stitches goes under the chain and not on top of the dc/sc on the previous layer. This also makes the c…