Martha organization's 120th anniversary

Something girly looking for a change and not just one but four cards with the same idea. These are congratulation cards for Marttaliitto (=Martha organization) which is celebrating it's 120th anniversary. Well, actually these cards aren't going to the headquarter but to the regional offices in Keski-Suomi, Savo, Kainuu and Pohjois-Pohjanmaa. You can read more about the Martha organization at martat.fi

I decided to use what I could find in my stash. I had pre-stamped the Magnolia's Tilda-girls sometimes earlier so I just colored and fuzzy cut them. I used regular wooden color pencils and some markers. The sentiments were from a set of diecuts but I could have written something of my own, though. The flowers and leaves I have had for quite a while. I even colored them with Lindy's sprays back then. Now I just shaped them, put together and added glitter glue. The center pieces are metal brads covered with glitter glue. Only one piece in the background is embossed, the rest…

The 52 cafe cards CHALLENGE vol.2 from U to Z

I finally managed to take a picture of my last ATC cards for the #52cafecards vol.2 challenge. I finished these already nearly a couple of months ago.

U = Underneath, V = Vintage, W = Water, X = Xylophone, Y = Yellow and Z = Zegar (= clock in polish). I'm not going to go into details. It's been so long time that I don't even remember what supplies I have used. However, the umbrella and the inside of the clock were prints from the web. I just added the colors and mediums to them. The fox and and the vintage girl were fuzzy cut from papers. I left the fox without extra coloring. The hippie girl is apparently a stamped image I got in a happy mail.

Cards to strangers

I haven't been very crafty this Summer. In fact I think I made these cards already in May. My mind has been on other things so the only craft related project has been crochet. Anyway, about these cards... The two Santoro Gorjuss girls I stamped with a black ink and colored with the plain wooden color pencils. The backgrounds are scrapbook papers but the patterns could be easy to make with watercolors. The yellow zig zags are washi tapes. I didn't have any suitable sentiments or other text to add. The theme on the cards was "Ihmiseltä ihmiselle" which translates "From a human being to a human being". The poem (not sure if it was a song) is about supporting and accepting the other being.

The background paper on the confirmation card below has gold foiled dots, or they could be tiny squares, too. There was going to be a sentiment built from the Nellie Snellen alphabet stickers but I decided not to use it. I don't like using the thin vinyl (?) stickers. Th…

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…