Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Candles by STAMPlorations

Hi friends!
I still have some Christmas cards to post... This one I made already a while back in a crafty meeting I attended earlier this fall. It's got a bit of everything in it: patterned papers, a doily, some gems and string... But the star of the card is the beautiful Christmas Candles stamp by STAMPlorations. I colored the image with Copics and added Wink of Stella glitter pen to some parts of it. I used another STAMPlorations stamp from the Holiday Artsy set for decorative frame.

We currently have two challenges running at STAMPlorations blog: The December Challenge (designer's choice: pick any previous STAMPlorations challenge) here and Sketch Challenge #24 here. I hope to see you playing along and have a great weekend! Not too many nights to Christmas now!


Thursday, 18 December 2014

"Christmas is Love with All the Trimmings" at TIME OUT

Hi friends!
It's time for the last challenge of 2014 at TIME OUT. We have one of our Inspired by Words challenges for you and this time the words are "Christmas is Love with All the Trimmings". Remember you could be inspired of the whole sentiment or choose just one word like "Love". Our DT cas created beautiful samples for your inspiration and we have a guest designer too: Shirley Bee, a FAB, creative stamper and stamp designer. Welcome to TIME OUT Shirley!

My card is super CAS but I like the design I came up with! I bought this deer stamp already last year but didn't quite find a way to make it work (it's rather small) but now I think I found at least one use for it! That made me happy because it's a beautiful stamp. I've simply stamped the image and sentiment to my base card with black Versafine and then stamped the image on another piece of card with green ink... Cut the green image with a circle punch and placed it over the black image with 3 d tape. I also used a Wink of Stella pen to add glitter to the green trees.

By the way, how I was inspired by our sentiment... Obviously I was inspired by the Christmas theme in general... But also the word "Trimmings". Trim the tree! :) I hope you like! Have a good rest of the week and thanks for popping by!

I'd like to enter: Snow (I quite like the way my snowbank is 3d!) Winter Wonderland Nature Inspiration card (below) I was inspired by the layout and "something popping up"!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Silver at CASology

Hi guys!
Here's my almost last minute entry to CASology: silver that I created with die cut baubles. The baubles are cut from a regular white cardstock and then heat embossed with WOW embossing glitter Vintage Amethyst. That stuff looks stunning!! I added some foil paper to the back of the baubles and all the shine and glittering made this card a nightmare to photograph... But I hope you get the idea. The sentiment is Finnish for Merry Christmas. I added some silver string and red gems for extra festive look! :) 

Since this is a Christmas card I'd also like to enter this to Kylie's Christmas Card Challenge where there is fab DT inspiration and beautiful cards in the gallery! Join before 21st of December!  

STAMPlorations is sponsoring CASology this week and the layout of my card is actually a very simplified version of the sketch we are currently playing with at STAMPlorations. I've added the the sketch below and you can check out our sketch challenge post here. I'd love to see you all playing along! 

Thanks for popping by and I hope you like my card. I'm quite pleased with it but very disappointed with the photos! Have a good week everyone! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

STAMPlorations Spotlight Project: Sweet Print Dress

HI friends!
I'll keep this post short and sweet and guide you to STAMPlorations... You'll find my post where I tell you about how I made this card. The stamps I used are:

I hope to see you at STAMPlorations! :)

Saturday, 6 December 2014

"Gold" at Inkspirational!

Hi guys!
Before telling you about our new challenge at Inkspirational, let me wish all my fellow countrywomen and -men Happy Independence Day! Finland has been independent since 1917 when we separated from Russia. I'm not at all a patriotic person in a conservative, politically narrow-minded sense that I feel too many are these days but I do enjoy of our welfare state where we don't have to suffer from war or extreme poverty. Congratulations Finland!

Kuva: Safeplast
photo source: Safeplast

My card today has a fun connection to our Independence Day: my good friend met a guy in last year's Independence Day party where they both where working... And now they got married some weeks ago in a small wedding, just for the family. Talk about moving fast! :) I sent this card to congratulate the newly weds. The crane and sentiment stamps come from Altenew's Origami set. I paper pieced the crane using the same Japanese-style paper I used as borders in my card. The crane is heat embossed in white, sparkly powder... And the sentiment is heat embossed with gold powder. That brings me back to our challenge: use gold in your card! My gold is in the paper and in the sentiment. The Inkspirational DT has made beautiful projects so don't miss them... Our guest designer this time is the very talented Deborah from Deborah's Gems. Welcome to Inkspirational, Deborah! That's all from me this time. Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday, 5 December 2014

December Challenge + DT Call at STAMPlorations!

Hi friends!
It's the first Friday of December and that means it's time for a new monthly challenge at STAMPlorations! Click here for the challenge post. The challenge this time is designer's choice: choose any of the previous monthly theme challenges or bi-weekly sketch challenges and make a project based on your choice. The inspirational DT samples in our challenge blog  will give you plenty of ideas! Our guest designer this time is LauraJane. I hope you'll visit her blog and leave her some love! This challenge will run until 31st of December and we also have a sketch challenge with great prizes running here.

Before going to the details of my card I'd like to mention about the DT Call at STAMPlorations. We are re-organizing the teams a bit and need new members to our challenge DT where also I will continue as senior (hee hee that sounds so super old!) design team member. If you'd like to join me at STAMPlorations... Click here and take part in the DT Call! 

The challenge I picked for my card is October Challenge: Stamps and Embossing. I've heat embossed the Christmas Candles with gold embossing powder. I added Wink of Stella glitter pen to the candles as well -there's a beautiful shine to them. This card is very simple and I guess very me too -I love doilies, clean layouts and heat embossing! :) The sentiment comes from Holiday Artsy set. Hope you like... And see you at STAMPlorations!

I'd like to enter these challenges:

Thursday, 4 December 2014

CASE Challenge at TIME OUT!

Hi friends!
It's time for the second last challenge before Christmas at TIME OUT Challenges! This fortnight we have fun CASEing with your own twist once again... And this time we CASE the card above by Amy Wanford. I hope you'll head on over to our challenge blog for getting to know Amy better, being inspired of all the DT cards and reading more about CASEing! Our guest designer is Milla, my very good blogging buddy who I've also met IRL. Welcome to TIME OUT, Milla!

Amy's beautiful CAS design has many possibilities to be inspired of and in between my busy schedule (how does having less work for 2 weeks make you busier than normally?!?) I chose one of the most obvious ones: falling snowflakes and white space. I used some patterned paper in my card along with my favorite Finnish Christmas sentiment and a die cut snowflake which I cut with a snowflake die my other good blogging buddy Marika let me try using my VERY OWN NEW CUTTLEBUG (well okey I bought it second hand but I now have a die cutting machine!!). The snowflake is covered with Stickles for shine and I added some string and a button just for fun and I guess they can be my twist to the design as well. :) Hope you like and see you at TIME OUT !