I'm Being Spoiled

I was at my grandmoms a few days ago and rummaged trough her sewing boxes. I found loads of beautiful buttons and robbed some of the lonely ones. I also found some random embellishments and ribbons. Unfortunately most of the beautiful ribbons were too wide to use in my projects but I took the few narrower ones.

The best was yet to come. My friend came over yesterday with two old clockworks from his grandfathers storage and asked if I could think of something to do with them. The other was immediately dissembled by my hubby and I'm still thinking what to do with the other. It's so beautiful as it is that I don't want to put it in parts just yet in case I get an idea how to use it as whole.


Fragile Whisper

I've been listening to Suvi Teräsniska a lot lately, mainly to learn her songs. Her song Hento kuiskaus (Fragile Whisper) was playing in my head yesterday when I made this fairy card.

The paper and pictures and borders are all from G45 Once Upon a Springtime stack. I love most of the papers from the collection. I stamped some whirls on the paper with Tattered Rose Distress Ink before I adhered the pictures. I made the flowers with Magnolia Peony Petals -die and Artemio flower punch. Rose leaves are made with Nellie Snellen punch. I love the little Love-tag behind roses and I already regret I didn't order more than one package of those word embellishments from Klemmarikellari.

Another Valentines card that I made after this one was again a bit darker one. I used papers from Bo Bunny Crush stack and framed them with black cardstock. The heart is made with Tattered Angel Glimmer Screen and Barn Door red Distress Ink.

Last a project I've forgotten to post. Koukussa Kortteihin -challenge was to create a baby card. I couldn't come up with anything at first but then I found a pattern for a little baby shoe and made a card to go with it. Quite cute, aren't they?


Dark Valentine

I was trying my new Sizzix dies and wanted to try out the Styled Labels and Keyholes combination. Cut out of chipboard it needed a coat of paint. I painted it first with Game Colors Chainmail Silver and added some distressing on top with some black acrylic paint. Then I just needed to do something with it.

After some touching and turning and wondering I noticed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens on my table. One heart had a keyhole in the middle and that was how this rather dark Valentines day card was born.

First I inked the whole card over heart shape with Barndoor Red Distress Ink and ink blending tool. Then I added some Black Soot on the edges. I used another glimmer screen from the same set to draw key shape with white gel pen. I did the same inside the card with black felt tip pen.

The key inside the card is painted with the same Chainmail Silver paint mentioned earlier and hearts are painted with Distress Ink.


Fancy to poop?

Koukussa Kortteihin Vintage challenge this time was to make something else than a card. I made something for our future home, a WC plaque. We already bought wallpapers to whole apartment and most of it is going to be brown. We don't have much anything I've made on display at our present place and I hope I'll get more "me" to the new place.

I used Sizzix Alteration dies Baroque and Mini Baroque to cut bottom and frame out of chipboard. I also cut the same shape out of old book page I got from my Christmas calendar and stamped some Fiskars whirls on it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and a bird with Jet Black Archival Ink. I doodled some more swirls and colored the bird with Bronze Sparkle Gelly Roll pen. After all that I painted the whole backround with Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy, let it dry and added some Vintage photo in cracks.

Next I painted the frame and some pearl cardstock with Brassy Brass Game Color acrylic paint and highlighted and distressed the edges a bit with Tinny Tin paint. Now if you don't paint big canvases I can highly recommend Game Color paints. They come in tiny bottles, the same size as Stickles, and the bottle costs around 2 euros. They're highly pigmented so a few drops carry far and the color range for metallics is great. Matte colors are just as good in quality but because the series is meant for miniatures the palette tends to have a lot of different flesh colors etc. and not that much brights. In addition to painting with them I've used them as spritzer, just added a few drops to water in a Mini Mister.

Ok, got carried away a bit with the paints. Next step was to use Marianne Desing dies to cut swirls and a flower out of that cardstock I painted earlier and emboss them with Sizzix texture plate. I cut one petal of the flower and handcut a body to create a butterfly. I gave the wings a bit of shape by curling them, glued a piece of snap in the middle and made antennae out of jewellery wire.

Last but not least I cut two pieces of each letter out of thinner chipboard with my Sizzix Bang!Zoom! -Sizzlits. I painted the other pair with Black Soot Distress ink and spritzed them all with a mixture of Vintage Photo ink, water and Perfect Pearls in Perfect Copped and glued them on the plate.