Näytetään blogitekstit, joiden ajankohta on 2017.

Some bling bling to my niece

My niece had her birthday earlier this month. I had bought her a pair of earrings and I thought they needed something beside them. So, I made her a glass bead necklace using a pink beading wire and silver coloured metal pieces. The beads are matte white, clear with some AB coating and raspberry pink glass beads. The length of the necklace is about 45 cm. I might even make a bracelet with a matching style, since I have some materials left.

The Christmas cards

For this year (2017) I decided to make Christmas cards that had stamped images and a die cut window. Originally I wanted Tilda to be behind the window as I had seen in an other blog. But I had problems getting a right sized and nice looking window.

Both the trees and Tilda the elf are by Magnolia. I stamped them with Versafine black ink and coloured them with Distress inks. I used the inks as watercolours. I added some glitter glue to give extra spark and glitter. Also, the jingle bells have some gold shimmer from a Wink of Stella pen.

The window die is by Mama elephant. I attached a piece of clear acetate behind the window frame and behind that a piece of patterned paper as a curtain. The background papers, the ones with wood paneling / wood planks are from different sets of papers or paper pads. The foundation of the wall, the brick wall, was embossed with an embossing folder. I had to make a seam behind the trees because the embossing folder was slightly too narrow for the base ca…

Cards for boys

These cards here are the latest birthday cards I have made. The first one is to a 9-year-old boy and the second one to a 32-year-old man. The first one has Distress inks in the background and some water splatters over that. I don't remember which exact colors I used but there is blue, green, yellow and brown. I distressed the edges of the paper after I had embossed it with a brick wall embossing folder. I think it was one of the Taylored expressions folders. The sentiment is a chipboard which I painted white and the garlands were die cut from a gold colored holographic cardboard using a die from a Marianne design set.

For the second card I used some blue shaded Distress inks and a Lindy's spray to create the background. After it was dry I splattered some white acrylic paint for stars. The moon and the sentiment are from the Altenew's The moon stamp set. The moon was stamped with the Distress inks and the sentiment with the Tsukineko Encore metallic gold ink. I don't ha…

The 52 Cafe Cards CHALLENGE : The Whispers Boards 1, 2, 3 and 4

So, like I wrote in the previous post the 52 Cafe cards challenge has changed from using the alphabets into using the mood boards and those are called the whispers boards. The hashtag for them is #MaremiWhispersBoard or some may use #MaremiWhisperBoard. Each Whispers board contain different inspirational images, quotes and color themes. It's not mandatory to use all the given elements. You are allowed to pick which ever element you desire and go from there. It doesn't even need to be an ATC-sized card, any project will do.

But since the challenge is called "The 52 Cafe Cards challenge" I decided to stick with the cards. I even had a few preparated cards left so it was easy to continue from there. There are already 9 Whispers boards out there. So far I have finished 4 boards and started the next 3. The rest are still waiting for an inspiration. In fact, I don't know what the boards look like. I've been busy and not been able to check on the Creative cafe group…

The 52 Cafe Cards CHALLENGE: Letters W, Y, X and Z

I finished these cards some time ago but I never got to post them here. So here are the last ones for the "Alphabet challenge". The challenge still goes on but when they ran out of the alphabets Maremi came with the idea of Mood boards. I will write about them in the next post.

Some small mixed-up media

I  have had for some time a few unfinished backgrounds which I finally got to finish into mixed media projects (or sort of like that, anyway). Some of the backgrounds hang around for weeks or even months without any progress. Some are happy accidents and some failures with layers of unsatisfying results. In the end they all became something I like or might like eventually.

The Dragonfly
The background for this one was one of those "I'll just mix some of these together and see what happens". I had made a batch of mixture of gel medium and watercolor powders. I don't remember which colors or brand... no wait, I think they were Brushos. I used a chevron patterned stencil during the process. I sprinkled some more powdered colors while it was still wet. I sprayed water over it so the powders would dissolve better. At some point I started to dislike it and before it had dried I took it under the running water and washed away the gel medium. The pigment on the powdered water…

The two blue cards

These two cards are my most recently made cards. I think my cardmaking skills have evolved a bit. Or maybe it's just the right tools and supplies...

The first one is fairly big, about 15 cm x 21 cm. My hubby asked me to make a card to his retiring boss. It had to be big enough for all the signatures by the work team. For the blue embossed part I blended some Distress inks on a Canson Imagine mixed media paper. After it had dried I put it inside an embossing folder (I think the pattern was designed by Anna Griffin) and ran it through my Big Shot machine. Also the white strip was embossed with an embossing folder from the same pack. I added the gold foils to that white strip with double-sided tape. The sentiment was stamped with a Lawn Fawn's stamp set and the flower was from the Altenew's stamp set. I stamped the flower and the leaves with gold ink and then colored the flower with diluted Distress ink. At the top of the card is a glitterly tape to give a little sparkle.


The 52 cafe cards CHALLENGE: letters S, T, U and V

The 52 cafe cards challenge by alphabets is getting closer to the end. No-one knows yet, how it will continue after that. The plan was to do cards every week till the end of the year. I don't mind continuing with the unused words from all the alphabets. Or maybe the new words could be by numbers, meaning the number would be a prefix for the word, like "Unicorn", "Bicycle", "Trident" and so on. If you don't know what this challenge is about, check my previous posts or just click on the "#52cafecards" category in the end of this post. You can find all the categories used in this blog from the front page in the left menu (the icon with three little lines).

I had these cards ready for some time now. I also have the next two cards waiting for posting but I decided to leave them to the next blog post along with the two last alphabets which are not announced, yet, as far as I know. So, these cards here are S for Spring, T for Teal, U for Unity…

Lazy knitter - Sukantekeleet

Oh my, look what I have found... I found these knitted pieces while I was going through my yarn box. I did not name this blog "The eternity projects" just for nothing. I started knitting them in the end of the year 2012, around the same time as this blog was started, so there are actually several blog posts (in Finnish) about these. Originally they were suppose to be socks for my niece but I never got them ready in time. In one point I decided to make mittens of them but never got to do that either. I did knit some part of it with white yarn but then I lost the interest and after a while I decided to unravel it. I guess I didn't want to tear it down all the way, so I tossed them among the yarn balls.

I'm not giving any promises about finishing these. I might start knitting again someday but it may take a while. I prefer crocheting but I 'm having a creative break from that, too. So, the only yarns and threads I'm handling right now are the ones put onto the …

Challenge - Koukussa Kortteihin -haaste #196

Edit: Since I misinterpret the challenge rules (see puzzle chart in the end of this post) I created a new card to take part in the challenge. Scroll down to see the new card and the description.

An old school friend of mine had her birthday last weekend, so I thought I'll make her a card. We don't keep in touch that often but we do exchange Christmas cards every year. I also decided to take part in another challenge. This one is about card making. In the end of this blog post there is a puzzle chart where I picked out the suitable alternatives. In fact, there were more than just one row/column that suited to this card. Well, in my opinion, anyway...

For this card I used only washi tapes for the background. In the chart it says "background paper in sight". I'm interpreting it so that the cardbase, which has a nice peachy color, is showing through the washitape. The peach color makes the background softer and the elements on top pops out more. this is the first tim…