Four poppies - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

It's Midsummer Night! Height of summer! To celebrate this I have a set of four cards to show to you. These all come with a tutorial which you can see at Elizabeth Craft Designs (link).

I thought that as summer is time for all sorts of parties, at least here in Finland, cards may come handy. Here in Finland we have christenings, weddings, barbecue parties and many more during summer time and what could be nicer than bring a hand made card with a little something when attending!

As you can see from the photo on top, I created four different looking cards, but some of the steps are the same in all of them! The idea behind creating the four cards was to go from a simple design to more complicated, layered one. To use the same idea to meet different styles. Which one is your favorite? You can either choose to make cards with just one style or then try the different ones as the receivers are bound to have different tastes, too.

I used my favorite turquoise, teal, green color scheme in these to give that fresh, summer look. Simply by changing the scheme to vivid red and orange you can use the same idea to make autumn cards as poppies go a long way. Or try monochromatic black and white look for a striking effect. 

Have a splendid day! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Lacy Poppies die set
Soft Finish Cardstock, white
Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 3 mm
Ribbons 1 die set
Thinking about... Polinesia
Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 5x12"
Circle Background die
Through the Lens - Wood
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 3 Timeless
Stage it Stencil - Flower
Entwined Ovals die set
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 Vintage
Just a Note Clear Stamps
Silk Microfine Glitter - Light Gold

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing


Sparkling roses - Prima Marketing

Delightful Midsummer Night's Eve! A couple of days I go I shared these cards over my Instagram already promising a step by step instructions to these. So today I share the cards and also written steps how I created them. The cards are made using mediums now available at Michaels. 

Step 1. Cut an ATC sized card (2½x3½") out of patterned paper. I chose a rose pattern to repeat the embellishments coming on top. If the pattern is too vivid, paint a layer of gesso on top to even out the colors and make the card pastel looking. 

Step 2. Add a dimensional layer with Modeling Paste and a stencil. I used a lace patterned stencil but any stencil with small design will do. Be careful if you continue straight away or let the layer dry for a while.

Step 3. Paint a streak of Soft Gloss Gel to the card and then sprinkle Micro Beads on top.

Step 4. Add the main embellishments - die cut some leaves out of a piece of patterned papers and add them together with roses and thread to the cards. Use regular glue to adhere or 3D Gloss Gel.

Step 5. Add some more Soft Gloss Gel gently around the rose in two, three places and sprinkle Mica Flakes to those places.

Step 6. Finish the cards with a couple of pearls and a stamped thought. Stamp the text to a piece of white cards stock, trim and add to the card. Also draw a frame around the card using pencil. 

Thank you for your visit today! If you wish to get one of the cards, the drill is same as always, please send me an email and I'll mail a card for you. Wishing you a sunny and sweet Midsummer Night! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix, Ranger


Cap - Sizzix

Hello everyone! Today I share a layout I made using Sizzix dies. The layout is about when my older daughter started the school last autumn. Every first grader got a cap with reflective material from a big insurance company as a gift and she really liked it - maybe partly because yellow is her favorite color. 

Inspired the color of the cap and the black and white in the picture, I used the same colors in my page. The background is done using acrylic paint and pencil. The papers are mostly by 7 Dots Studio. 

I used the circle die set to create a backdrop for my photo. On top I then layered the other papers. I used both the flower and the butterfly die to create embellishments to my page. The roses are scattered here and there and they were really easy to make with the die cut piece. For the butterfly, I used both the butterfly and the negative in my page. For the title I used the negative as well - I cut the letters out of a rectangle of patterned paper and included that on my page rather than the letters. The feathers make kind of a trail to the photo. Please see the material details from below. 

Have you already participated to the giveaway? You still have some time if you haven't included yourself to the draw yet! The giveaway is open to all countries except those who fall under Sizzix US, that is to say USA and Canada. You can enter the giveaway here (link)

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

Materials from Sizzix: 

Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Talens, Lawn Fawn, A Flair for Buttons


Carpe Diem - A Flair for Buttons

Carpe Diem! There's a saying to live by! My earliest memory of the phrase is from junior high school, from Finnish lesson and movie "Dead Poets Society". Our job was to analyze the film and it really moved me, had a great impact on me. It's still one of my favorite movies and even though I can't say that I follow the phrase daily, I try to keep that in mind. 

In my mind I combined the saying to the idea that time flies. Seize the day as time flies and tomorrow it might be too late. The flair is from the Daily Words set and I've placed it inside a clock. The wings for the flying time are done with metal embellishments and feathers.

I surprised even myself when choosing the colors as I didn't go with my all time favorite blue and green but with purple and pink. Somehow the Baroque style rich scheme fitted the idea better than the airy and light palette. 

Thank you for stopping today! Remember, carpe diem! 

Set used: 

Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Yummy! - GDT Carabelle Studio

I've been sharing my last three pages for Carabelle Studio along the last days. All of the three were shown at Carabelles's blog some time ago (link) and this is the last one of the three I share here in my blog, too. 

For this layout I tried to create a sense of celebration and party. It's about waffles my younger daughter and me went to eat while the big sister was at a birthday party. The background has some mixed media touches with stamps and stencil. The roses in the opposite corners are die cut with a Carabelle die. The main embellishment is a stamped girl with butterfly wings holding balloons. The balloons are done using the Azoline flower stamp and then cut into shape.

Have a great week! If you feel like celebrating, I think you should check this link (link) and give a go to the Sizzix giveaway! 

Materials from Carabelle:

Materials: Carabelle Studio, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Lawn Fawn


Friends - GDT Carabelle Studio

Hello hello! Here's another page I made for Carabelle Studio as their guest. It was shared along with two other pages some time ago (link). This one is all about friends! Happy colors, many favorite products and two lovely ladies in the photo! 

The background is done using acrylic paint and a stencil. I also added some stamping on top of the paint. The embellishments include some stamped items like the leaves. I used several sets by Birgit Koopsen in the page as I thought they would be very appropriate as she's the one on the left in the photo! 

Have a great start to the new week! 

Materials from Carabelle Studio:


Perfect Moment to Fly - GDT Carabelle Studio

Hi there! How are you on this fine day? Today I'm keeping a workshop at Kokkola - something I enjoy tremendously! This layout is actually connected to a workshop, too. The picture in the page is taken while I was heading to Stockholm to keep workshops there! 

The layout talks about how it's wonderful to take the evening flight and see the glistering, glimmering city of lights. Such a beautiful site! The layout is done as a guest to Carabelle Studio. It was shared along with two other pages on a post some time ago (link).

I used several different Carabelle stamps while making the page and used a mask to do the background. The turquoise and white details are done using embossing powders and the black details are stamped. I also made my own patterned paper and tag using the stamps.

Ta ta for now! Have a great day! 

Materials from Carabelle Studio:

Materials: Carabelle Studio, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Wow Embossing Powder, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons

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