Sunday, January 15, 2017

Muutosten tuulia / I feel so centered

Kun minua pyydettiin OKTK-haasteen DT:n jäseneksi seuraavaksi puolivuotiskaudeksi niin ilolla suostuin. Olen varmaan jo useammin hehkuttanut kuinka paljon tykkäänkään haasteista. Osallistun niihin mielelläni ja toivon, että inspiraatioksi luomat korttini innostavat muitakin osallistumaan. Sillä eihän voi muuta kuin voittaa! Omat pelkonsa, esimerkiksi. Omat luomistuskansa. Kun-se-hirviö-ei-tahdokaan-onnistua! Kun siitä-ei-tullut-sellaista-kuin-halusin! No vähätkö siitä. Pääasia on kokeilla.
Jollet tunne OKTK-haastetta vielä, niin siinä osallistutaan ja samalla vaihdetaan. Tämä kuvakooste oli inspiraationa:
 ja tällaiset kortit siitä sain aikaiseksi. Isosiipinen tyttö osallistuu vaihtoon.



Kuvakoosteessa mieltäni kiinnitti ennenkaikkea seesteisen kaunis kuva oikeassa yläkulmassa. Tein pohjat kahdella kutakuinkin hempeällä värillä, ruusunpunaisella ja oljenkeltaisella, etenkin kun kuvakoosteesta löytyy alavasemmalla kauniita ruusunpuunaisia sävyjä:

Niiden päälle suihkautin laventelinväristä mustetta:

 ja lähikuvassa vielä:
Tyttöjen siivet leimasin kenkälaatikosta talteen otetun ruskean silkkipaperin päälle. Ne tuovat yhtymäkohtaa kuvakoosteen oikeasta alareunasta löytyvään kukkaan.


New year - new ideas, new everything. These cards have three things that are new to me: the sponging of color - shiny fashionable red gold - elements that have not been glued down.

I made the backgrounds with distress inks and my brand new sponge tool and spray as shown in the pictures, then added some gentle stamping on the background. The girls have wings - this tiny mite has indeed huge wings! I stamped my butterfly stamps onto brown craft tissue that I had salvaged from a shoe box. The mood board above was used for color inspiration. It shows some serene colors - I hope these make you feel as centered as I feel now.

entering:
Emeral Creek Dares: Bring on the New
Fashinable Stamping: Spring or Winter
ATC around the World: Mythical Creatures

Piiloviesti / a hidden message

Koukussa kortteihin Vintage-haasteessa on aiheena piiloviesti. Piiloviesti voi olla mitä tahansa, kunhan se ei ole heti havaittavissa. Innostuin tekemään kirjaimia monessa kerroksessa. Niitä on pohjalla, pohjan päällä muovisia askartelukirjaimia joiden päälle olen leimannut vielä tekstiä.


Ne ovat kuitenkin vain hämäystä: varsinainen viesti löytyy silmän kulkiessa sinne tänne. (Itse en enää löytänytkään viestiä, hupsista. Tein kortit jo jonkun aikaa sitten. Ilmeisesti tämä onkin vaikeampaa kuin kuvittelin!)


A set of mixed media cards made with paints, stamping, children's plastic letters, found images and found words.

entering into:
Country View Challenge: January anything goes.
CreativeArtisteMixedMedia: #22
The Artistic Stamper: Anything goes

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Celebrate

Time is slipping by so fast, it's practically New Year. I'd like to wish you all the best. Hopefully you had a nice holiday and will enjoy the celebrations tonight!


It seems a bit incongruent to be making Christmas cards after the fact, but I have been catching up on card making. And these will be good for next year...
I urgently wish for snow. Here I created falling snow (stamp by October afternoon, stamped with white), then added glittering mica flakes on the bottom. The cheery birds are hopping around with their Santa hats on  ... well hello there!

 entering in:
The Artistic Stamper: Christmas
Country View Challenges: Christmas
DreamInDarkness: Santa

Friday, December 30, 2016

Joy!

I am forever late for the More Than Words mini challenge. It sneaks up on you and only lasts for a week. This time I caught it. The word is Joy.



The background was made with transparent gesso through a stencil, acrylics and stamping for texture. The couple does not look overjoyed,  in old photos they rarely do - though the man does attempt a smile. Go have joy then!

entering also in:
Simon Says Wednesday challenge: Anything goes
Three Muses: Two

and as a show and tell for Use your Stuff.

Monday, December 26, 2016

We have winners!

The 12 ATC-cards of Christmas were voted unequally, for some there was only one vote, for others several and for some no votes at all. (Which means those are still up for grabs.)
There were people ho could not enter a comment on the blog but sent me a FB message instead.
The winners are:
   #2:  Tuisku V. (FB)                          #3:  Aralka

#4: Jaana H-V                                                        #5: maj.

#8: Siiri                                                                  #9:  Mina's kreative

# 10: Kia W.                                                          #11: Aino (FB)
Muutana kortti on siis vapaana vielä (tarkemmin sanottuna kortit 1, 6, 7 ja 12), ja jos haluaisit jonkun niistä, panepa kommenttia. Ne menevät ihan kommentointijärjestyksessä. Tai myös jos haluat vaihtaa korttiasi.

If you didn't see your name and would like one - take a look at cards 1, 6, 7 and 12. If any of them speaks to you, please comment below and I will mail you your choice. Also if you'd like to change your win for any of those, that's possible as well. Just let me know.

Thank you for playing along - hope you had holidays to your liking! And let's make 2017 a great ATC year!!  If you'd like to swap with me, take a look under the header "available for swap" where you'll find my free cards of the moment along with my email address. Or suggest a themed private swap - I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The next weeks...

... I realize I should have used different headers, like 6 weeks and another 6 weeks?  But I think you still follow me.
These cards are participating in 12 weeks of Christmas challenge over at Frillie and Funkie.

Week 7
Week seven brought lovely blue, white and silver with snowflakes and frost.  I imagined a world in a jar with a  perfect peace, snow and frosty glitter.

Week 8
The inspiration was red, green and white. I omitted the green and stayed with red and white. M 'n M brought the commercial with Santa and the M 'n M figures colliding on the Christmas Eve which I always found so amusing: two fictional characters fainting at the sight of each other. He does exist! cry M 'n M figures and faint. They do exist! cries Santa and faints. Hilarious.


Week 9
Green and gold were the colors and some fir boughs the image. Not having a fir bough stamp to use I went with trees. A touch of red completes this.

Week 10
Offwhite, snowflakes, rustic with burlap and twine and a dash of red. Here's what I made of it. The background was inked with diluted tea stain which makes for a perfect offwhite. The snowflakes were stenciled with a puffy paste and the twine is linen.


Week 11
I saw plenty of red here, combined with white and some black. I added gold for good measure and the word Joy. But of course with my own spin...

 Week 12
The inspiration was green with white. I added some brown and red. The boys are eagerly waiting for Santa: 'We've been good', they say. Shall we believe them?


All who follow this blog must know by now that I am a hard core ATC person. I live and breathe ATC's. You might be one, too. How would you like to receive one of these in your mailbox? As a New Year's greeting? I am giving these away as RAK's (Random Act of Kindness). (ETA: I mail everywhere in the world.)
If you'd like one, please comment below and tell which one you'd like to have--- but it also interests me why you'd like to have it. Does it have to do with the design? The colors? Or does it remind you of something you have had or something you've not had yet?

I'm leaving this open till December 25th, 22 o'clock (10pm) Central European time (Greenwich +1). I draw and announce the  winners most likely on the 26th and you have until the 28th to claim your card. Afterwards  I will make a redraw to define the new recipient. You can find my email address underneath the header on the page 'Up for swap'.




Kiva kun jaksoit tänne asti. Kaikki kortit ovat lähdössä lahjaksi ja alemmasta postauksesta löytyy vielä kuusi!
Jos tykkäsit jostain näistä - ja niistä, pane kommenttia oikean postauksen kohdalle ja kerro minkä kortin haluaisit saada ja miksi. Aivan oikein, se kiinnostaa minua. Tykkäsitkö väreistä, aiheesta vai jostain muusta? Asetan aikarajan 25.12. klo 11 Suomen aikaa. Jos arpa osuu sinuun, ota pikaisesti yhteyttä sillä 28.pv. arvon kortin uudestaan. Meiliosoitteeni löytyy otsakkeen *vaihtoon vapaana* alta

12 weeks of Christmas

I have been largely absent from blogging this fall. When Linda of Funkie Junkie announced a great Christmas Tag Special I decided to make it when I had time. And this weekend I finally did. Talk about last minute!
This is going to be a lengthy post, and a second one will follow. I am presenting and linking all the challenge entries and discuss how Linda's project inspired mine. But stay put - there is a little holiday surprise at the end.

Tässä tulee kuusi korttia erääseen pitkänmatkanhaasteeseen, joka alkoi jo syyskuun puolella mutta johon vasta nyt pääsen osallistumaan. Jos olet kiinnostunut tekniikoista, kysele. En varmaan selitä paljoa tässä ettei pitene liikoja. Jos jaksat lukea loppuun sinua odottaa kenties mukava yllätys.

Week 1
 What I saw was musical notes, stars and a forest. I made the stars with the technique Linda described, but I'm afraid the musical notes was covered with paint. I tried to wipe it off, but the sheet music paper was old and porous and slopped up the paint. But if you look closely it's still there, like a faint echo in the forest.

Week 2

What I took from the inspiration were the dots, chalky background and red color, and the deer of course. I added some text - I like talking deer - and some silver caviar beads.


Week 3

The inspiration was gold, black and birds. I had lovely silver birds, bought at a recent fair. They are old German silver scrap, heavily textured and very festive. I rather like silver and gold together so the bird stayed silver and the background received a mixture of stenciling and dripping with a heavy gold ink from Ayeeda.

Week 4
I know I know, the inspiration tag has flowers. But it also has a wonderful cream color and plenty of red and some green, so I let myself be inspired by colors. I had to add the crown, it's my newest punch, a gift from a dear friend and it is my newest obsession. The chipboard embellishments are by Wycinanka. I am so lucky to have a dealer in town who carries them.

Week 5
This reads Scandinavian shabby chic to me. I went with a grey background with white stenciled snowflakes, some washi tapes, a stamped deer (white on kraft paper), a Wycinanka chipboard and a 7 Dots sentiment.
Week 6
Gold and craft! So very simple. But this proved to be the hardest of them all. After having made the background I still didn't know what I wanted. Finally it hit me: Steampunk! So here we go: steampunk Christmas baubles with some glitter and plenty of bronzed leaves and some caviar beads.



All who follow this blog must know by now that I am a hard core ATC person. I live and breathe ATC's. You might be one, too. How would you like to receive one of these in your mailbox? As a New Year's greeting? I am giving these away as RAK's (Random Act of Kindness). (ETA: I mail everywhere in the world.)
If you'd like one, please comment below and tell which one you'd like to have--- but it also interests me why you'd like to have it. Does it have to do with the design? The colors? Or does it remind you of something you have had or something you've not had yet?
I'm leaving this open till December 25th, 22 o'clock (10pm) Central European time (Greenwich +1). I announce the  winners most likely on the 26th and you have until the 28th to claim your card. Afterwards  I will make a redraw to define the new recipient. You can find my email address underneath the header on the page 'Up for swap'.



Kiva kun jaksoit tänne asti. Kaikki kortit ovat lähdössä lahjaksi. Jos tykkäsit jostain niistä, pane kommenttia ja kerro minkä kortin haluaisit saada ja miksi. Aivan oikein, se kiinnostaa minua. Tykkäsitkö väreistä, aiheesta vai jostain muusta? Asetan aikarajan 25.12. klo 11 Suomen aikaa. Jos arpa osuu sinuun, ota pikaisesti yhteyttä sillä 28.pv. annan kortin seuraavalle sitä toivoneelle. Meiliosoitteeni löytyy otsakkeen *vaihtoon vapaana* alta.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Next project notes

KK-vintagehaasteessa saa tässä kuussa inspiroitua ihan kaikesta, kunhan kortissa on mukana palanen sideharsoa. Ostin apteekista pikku rullan ja leikkasin muutaman palasen, jotka sitten kostutin ja ruttasin. Ensin painelin hieman distress-väriä suoraan tyynystä niiden päälle, sitten avasin sykeröitä hieman, kuivatin ja liimasin yhdestä reunasta paikoilleen.

I love plans. And lists. And Pinterest! I have a folder there called 'next project notes' - an euphemistic title for a collection of lovely projects that I optimistically think I can make happen any moment now.


The limitation is - of course - time. Full time study leaves preciously little time for anything else, and my Number One pastime when I am done with assignments is Mixed Media, not sewing...

But I wanted to think what other excuses I might have - if given the time - that would prevent those sewing projects from materializing.


See, "I only design according to feng shui", that's why so little gets done. That's actually a perfect excuse, because no-one can argue with it.

"I need the best materials" - and as we all know that can be a time-consuming hunt for the perfect lace and other doo-dads.


But - - - I will finish the project! I will! It's a promise!

entering:
Creative Artistes Challenge: December anything goes 
Three Muses: Numbers

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Let it snow

Today I went with the idea that snow is not white, it's just the absence of color. Sounds bizarre? Just wait.
If the sky would be dark then the flakes of snow would be white against it.  This trivial thought made me grab a bottle of bleach and remove paint from my background. So there you have it, snowflakes that are now void of any color.

 These days I rarely make just one, it's always a group.  The group includes a wish:

and a dream:




entering:
Use your Stuff: #245 Let  it snow
Three Muses: Timepieces
Creative Artistes Challenge: #21 anything mixed media



Monday, December 12, 2016

Flickering lights

Flickering lights - candle as a sign of hope...
This set was inspired by the coldness and wintry dusk that descends mid-afternoon and makes the world look blue.
I am a Guest Designer over at UnstampaBelles challenge this month. Please hop over there and join us.


Hopefully you were inspired by this to create something of your own. Just remember, everything goes except stamping.