Under the Sea - Sizzix

Heippa! How are you on this fine day? It's been raining and pouring the last few days here in Finland, so it feels we're almost under water! Luckily the picture in this layout I did for Sizzix isn't taken just outside the window, though, but in Berlin Aquarium a couple of years back. 

It's fascinating to see the under water world. How light plays so differently, how full of color the landscape is and how magnificent shapes the sea holds under its surface. As the layout is about under water inspiration, I used different elements to make it feel so. 

The background of the page is done using watercolors and inks. I turned the wavy shape of the "Under the Sea" die set into a stencil design. I cut the shape in the middle of a piece of scrap paper and then inked the waves through it to my background. The fishes, starfish and air bubbles I used as decorations are also made using the same set. The seaweeds behind the photo are actually leafy stems cut with "Meadow Leaf Mini". The title is cut using the "Delicate Letters" die set. I just love the hand drawn vibe they have!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Thursday! 

Ps. Did you take part to the Foldaway giveaway? The winners are announced in Sizzix's site. Please follow this link (link) to see if you are one of the lucky ones! Congratulations to all winners! 

Dies used:

Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing, A Flair for Buttons, American Crafts, Lawn Fawn, Doodle Bug Design


Love - Wow Embossing Powder

Good evening to you all! How's your day been? It has been super rainy here in Finland so something sweet and pastel colored is needed! So I thought to share this layout I did for Wow last month. You can see the original post with a step by step here (link).

The page is about my lovely family and extended family, but also for my love for the forest and the fact that I can go there to clear my head. The picture in the page is actually taken last Christmas Day, can you believe that?! We live in Finland so normally that time of the year would mean snow and minus degrees, but the last year was really strange so there's my daughters, my husband and my father taking a stroll in almost summer-like weather on Christmas Day.

To me the theme of the page translated to pastel colors and sweet candy shades. I also used hearts in a couple elements - like in the stamp I chose and also in the paper layers. I also wanted to use the resist technique in my page with a twist. I find that clear powder works the best for me as it then shows through what ever is underneath the layer of color, but naturally you could build striking contrasts with choosing contrasting colors or going with bolder colors. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a fantastic day, filled with love! 

Materials from Wow: 

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, American Crafts, Lawn Fawn


Inspired By... Teippitarha

It's again the 10th of the month and time for the "Inspired by" creation! But what is Inspired by? Every month awesome Marsha and I choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be for example an idea (link), a product (link), a poem (link), a movie (link) or a book (link). Or anything! Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it with you and each other on the 10th of the month. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).

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Hiya! This time we chose to be inspired by Teippitarha aka Tape Garden (link). It's a Finnish online and mortar shop with a specialization to washi tapes and other paper craft supplies. I first got to know the shop when they had "only" washi tapes on their selection so I chose to follow that route in my make. Nowadays the shop also has a lovely selection of stickers and other embellishments, anything you require for you planner needs! 

At this point I think I need to make clear that this is not a bought post. I've known the Gardeners for a while now and have done several samples to them. I've received materials for these samples but I've also ordered tapes, embellishments, paper bags and paper straws from there. There's shops that sell washi tapes but I've not seen any other in Finland with as good selection than Tape Garden. 

I have to admit, I was puzzled at first with this Inspired By like so many times. If there's a subject I feel really inspired, I'm left with too many ideas, to many routes. So I needed to edit my choices. I've even kept workshops connected with this wonderful tape so I started from that route. Soon I started to concentrate what I love about the tape and then it hit me. What makes washi tape unique in my book is it's transparency or translucency. I decided to play with that. 

I thought to make a background or a painting, using only washi tape as the medium. Layering different colors so that they would blend and form like a painted surface. I had no idea if my thought would actually work, but I figured out that if I tore the tape in small enough pieces the effect would be like pointillism. 

Here's what I made with the tapes. My idea worked! I started with a text patterned tape on top of a book page and then continued with colored tapes. I started with bigger pieces of tape and tore the tape smaller and smaller on the top layers. Last I added some pieces here and there scattered like splashes.

As you can see I mixed pink, orange and yellow in the make. Each color has several different tapes mixed. Some of them very solid but many had different patterns. 

As I mimicked paint with the colors, I needed something to mimic stamping which I normally add next to the project. For this I used the same scrip tape I used as the first layer and also mixed in a more bold and readable design. I tore these small to resemble haphazard stamping. 

I tried to use as much washi tape as possible in my card so naturally I made the embellishments using tape, too. I twisted the tape to resemble wire which I often use, turned the tape into small roses and leaves and also made some feathers. If you like to know how the feathers are made, I have a really old tutorial about them here (link). Layer everything together and throw in a couple of washi tape arrows and a greeting from another roll, and the project was done.

There it is, my card made almost totally from washi tape! There's only the book page, a piece of white cardstock and a couple of enamel dots added to several rolls of different tapes. 

The roses are something I use in a layout I teach, the feathers I had created a tutorial for, but what I felt the most exhilarated about was the background! I managed to get a painty, media look without any mediums! I will not swap watercolors, mists and gessos for tapes, but it's great to know that they can be used as well. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great day! Oh and now you need to head over to Marsha (link)! I can't wait to see what she has thought to this theme! 

Materials: Teippitarha


Tea Addict - A Flair for Buttons

Hello there and happy Monday! My name is Riikka and I'm a tea addict. I just love black tea! Nowadays I even travel with some tea bags - a tip I learned from another tea lover. As long as there's hot water available, I can get a cuppa where ever. This dawned to me when they run out of black tea in a fair I attended and my friend simply took a tea bag out of her purse. I could do that, too! As usually boiling water is available.

This page celebrates or declares my love for tea or even an addiction, if you could say. I used naturally browns in the page but mixed some sweet pink in there as well. There's even a couple of tea bags in the page - a cute sticker and an actual tea bag! 

I used two flairs from A Flair for Buttons in my page. Beige colored one with fluffy clouds from the "Just Clouds" set and a darker brown one from the "Wood Words" set. They both fit the brown tones of the page and tea. I actually tried to start drinking coffee back in polytechnic as Finnish people are really hard coffee drinkers but nothing came out of it. I'm sticking to tea!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a cup of tea for me! Cheers!

Sets used:


Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Doodlebug Designs, American Crafts, Crate Paper


Autumn wreath - Prima Marketing

Hello there and sweet Sunday! Have you had a good weekend? I have been crafting both on Saturday and today so it's been a really good weekend for me! I've also started thinking about new workshops for next year and also the places to keep them. So please keep posted!

Today I'm sharing a home decor project I did for a post at Prima's blog not long ago. You can see the original post here (link)

I’m loving to do canvases and mixed media projects, but I’m not doing that many home décor projects. But something I enjoy doing every season is a wreath! I like the idea of the wreath welcoming not only the guests and family to our home but also inviting the season in. 

I used a ready wreath base and decorated it mainly using one set of Prima flowers, the Aspen set. The sets like this make crafting so easy! The set holds flowers of different sizes and all in coordinating colors. All you have to do is find a nice composition and adhere them! 

To add a little sparkle to the wreath I adhered some pearls here and there. The greeting is from the Amber Moon Notecard pad.

Thank you for your visit today! Have a gorgeous start to the new week! 

Materials from Prima Marketing:

596958 – Amber Moon Flowers Scarlett 
597023 – Amber Moon Flowers Aspen 
993153 – Amber Moon 3x4 Notecards 
963392 – Mechanicals Barn Stars 
991944 – Memory Hardware Pearls II 

963040 – Heavy Body Gel

Materials: Prima Marketing


Pythagorean Theorem - 7 Dots Studio

Happy Friday sweets! Yesterday I shared a journal page inspired by Pythagoras, triangles and 7 Dots Studio. Here's another project with the same theme. They both were published first on 7 Dots Studio blog as a part of my ambassador's post (link).

There’s three cards in this set, like the sides or points in a triangle. There’s also letters a, b and c, representing the letters in the Pythagoras theorem. The cards have a lot of the same elements as the journal page, like the rust paste. You can see the journal page here (link) and also read more about the inspiration about the two projects. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the weekend!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Hazy Days – Word Stickers 6x12
Dreamscapes – Chipboard shapes 
Writer’s Block – Letter Stencil 
Dreamscapes – Clear Stamps 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger


An ode to triangle - 7 Dots Studio

In my recent post to 7 Dots Studio's blog (link) I was celebrating the triangle. I again drew the inspiration for these pieces not only from the wonderful 7 Dots Studio products but the theme of the latest challenge theme “Historical figure” (link)

There’s plenty of historical figures I could have used. When thinking about the theme, a problem developed – I had too many figures to choose from! My love for the Finnish band Turisas led me to Vikings, my adoration to 18th century fashion to Madame Pompadour and so forth. So I took the easy way out and asked my husband to name a historical figure. The first one he suggested was Pythagoras. Pythagoras = a^2+b^2=c^2 = triangles! And as the chipboard sheet of “Dreamscapes” is full of triangles, I had my theme. I made two projects celebrating this lovely shape and the mathematical formula of right triangle, the Pythagorean Theorem. 

This first project is an art journal page celebrating the triangle. The earthy tones of the Dreamscapes turned into rusty ones in my mind and I used tea colored watercolor, earthy inks and rust paste in my make. The background is done using several pieces of patterned papers I had in my stash. I love how the collections are so easy to mix and I love to mix different patterns in my projects!

Thank you for being so lovely as to come to see my blog today! Have a great day! Please be back tomorrow to see the other project using the same theme!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Hazy Days – Word Stickers 6x12
Dreamscapes – Chipboard shapes 
Writer’s Block – Letter Stencil 
Dreamscapes – Clear Stamps 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger

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