Twinkling Sequins

I just wanted to share with you some beautiful sequins and beads mother brought from Estonia. She brought some stuff that had been found from their house after my bachelorette party yesterday. Between towels was a small bag she hadn't mentioned. I just saw something shimmer through the bag.

I had to take the picture with my cellphone because my maid-of-honor has my camera but I hope something is recognisable from it. I heart those butterfly shaped sequins and owl charms.


Where's My Dance Cane?

My sister wanted a tiny hat with blue feathers. Actually the exact hope was something similar to this without a veil but I couldn't figure how to do a pretty see-through hat. Does someone have good tips for that?

Anyways, I ended up making a top hat out of cardboard and satin. I'm not completely satisfied with the result as it could be glued together more carefully but I guess that inevidable for the first actual try. (I've done a few even smaller hats before but those used ruffled lace or ribbon as brim and were a lot easier to put together).

I decorated the hat with some sequin trim, satin ribbon, feathers and an old, broken brooch. The sequin trim in the brim is mainly there to cover the seam between two layers. It also adds a subtle gleam to the project.

On the side there's a blue baby ostrich blume, a bunch of black marabou feathers and some blue goose biots. My nails are still blue from curling those biots. I wonder if anyone has good tips for that? I've seen them in use even more curled but this was the best I could do.

I know I'm going to make at least two more of these in the near future so all good tips are welcome! I think this turned out nice and I hope my sister will accept it.


The Birdcage

I ordered some feathers from PLUMULE last thursday and for my surprise they were already here yesterday. I mainly bought them for my sisters, mothers, and maid-of-honors headbands because they all told me they want feathers for the wedding. Don't these look delicious? I can't wait to start planning what excatly to do with them.

First Time for Everything

I've been playing with candles in few different ways this week. First I made some tindle roses out of egg cartons and melted candles while I waited pies to bake. I've seen directions for these in several places but I think Annan Aarteet was the first I saw. Unfortunately I couldn't find any in English.

I added two coats of stearin because the color was so light. After the first coat roses were still mainly gray. These turned out pretty but I think I'll use red or some other darker color if I make these again.

The plate beneath is just a paper plate with some crocheting on the edge. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes around it and some cotton yarn to crochet simple shells.

Another first time was stamped candles. I've seen several instructions for these as well but have never tried them before. For example here's a good step-by-step guide for them. Using as thin candles as I did was a bit of a challenge because my fingers had to be so close to the heat gun. My poor fingers were burning the whole time.

I used Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to stamp the Inkadinkado -swirl on tissue paper. These are for our wedding. We used a swirl from the same set for envelopes and will propably use them for other things as well. I still have over 30 candles to decorate but I really think it adds something special to our setting.


Pinup girl for my maid-of-honor

I made this card for my maid-of-honors 24th birthday and it also takes part to K-18 challenge in Koukussa Kortteihin. The challenge was pinup themed and I hope that the picture I draw fits in that category.

Lately I've been a bit more open to the idea of drawing pictures to some cards by myself. It's easy to rely on stamps especially as I'm not talented drawer but some days there just isn't the right stamp at hand. My first reaction in those situations is to check for digis but to be honest, there's a lot of them available that aren't THAT much better than my own drawings so I don't really want to pay 3-4$ a piece for them.

This was one of those days. I couldn't find a pin up picture that I liked that would've been free for use so I tried to come up with something on my own. I scanned, resized and printed it before coloring it with ProMarkers. Bikini dots, fingernails and eyes also got a touch of glitter from Sakuras Gelly Rollers.

Background paper is from Tim Holtz Lost & Found stack. I distressed all the edges just a bit with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. The smaller piece of designer paper is by Cosmo Cricket and I used bubble wrap and Distress Ink in Barn Door to stamp dots on it. The same technique was used with VersaMark ink and Seafoam White embossing powder on black cardstock to create background for the picture. Picture and greeting (it says something like "sizzling birthday") was raised from it with 3D stickers.

Embossed stars are made with Inkadinkado stamp and the star paperclip came in a RAK. I love the two I got in a package and I've been saving them. Now I only have blue one left. I should check out where to buy more of them.


Blog candy in Inked Inspirations!

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Candy #1:
Hanglar baby stamps
Copic Pens

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-The Greeting Farm (Roll Call stamp set)
The Greeting Farm (Christmas stamp set)
Spellbinders (Label Nine)
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Set (snowflakes)
Martha Stewart corner punch
Sweet November stamp
Sugar Nellie Stamp
Belles n' Whistles Stamp
C.C. Designs Stamp
2 Stampin' Up Roller Wheels
Pack of pink paper flowers

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The Greeting Farm stamp set (Spotlight)
2 Stampin' Up stamp sets
Stampin' Up Star Punch
Smirk Stamp set
3 Sugar Nellie stamps
Belles n' Whistles Stamp
Motivet Stamp
Spellbinders Dies
Prima Flowers pack

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The Greeting Farm stamp set (Sunshine)
3 The Greeting Farm stamps (Cheeky Beauty, Nurse and Mate)
Martha Stewart Border Punch (Butterflies)
Stampin' Up Designer Paper Pad
Making Memories assorted ribbon set
Belles n' Whistles stamp
Kraftin' Kimmie stamp
Sugar Nellie Stamp
Spellbinders Dies

Candy #5:
Martha Stewart Punch around the Page set
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Belles n' Whistles stamp
CC Designs stamp
Stampin' Up stamp set
Swiss Pixies stamp set

The First Post

I've been waiting for long enough to start this blog. Lately I've done nothing but crafting: it seems to be the only thing I find concentration for. Last week it was jewellery made of dice and various beads, last night it was a birthday card to my dear friend. Tomorrow it's propably going to be fabric flowers for my wedding dress.

I loved my old blog but it has now clearly come to its end. I simply do not have the interest to write about topics I created it for and most of the readers in controversy have no interest to read about cards. The decision has been cooking in the back of my brain for a while now. One of the hardest things I had to make my mind on was to decided which language to use: I know my fellow finnish crafters would've preferred Finnish but I'm as active if not more active on international forums. Writing the same things in both languages is time consuming and boring, I rather trust that most Finns understand English just fine. I'm a bit nervous about writing in English tho, and I'd like to remind you that it's not my first language. Correcting is more than welcome but please, do it gently!

I'd love you to leave a comment, just to see who's found me. Welcome everyone!