Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday the 13th


Hiya, hope you're well! I'm late to the Paint Party Friday with this journal page. My intentions was to show it yesterday, Friday the 13th. I thought the image would be perfect with all the black and the slight uneasiness in it.

I used acrylic paints and pens, Aqua Markers, Gesso, a ribbon snippet, some old alphabet stickers, paper snippets to add texture and matte medium.

Have a wonderful creative weekend, get those hands inky or colour stained, tear some paper strips and pick your favourite glue, I will :)

Love and hugs
Maarit

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cool bird out in the cold winter



The trees are covered in glistening frost and the snow heaps are softly embracing the ground, so beautiful, but no chirping birds this morning. So why not a cool bird on a card? A day for daisies has a gorgeous freebie :)

Challenges:
A day for daisies: Layers ( the card has two layers and the card stock)
Less Is More: Ombre
Time Out Challenges: Winter
CASalogy: Cold
CAS(E) this Sketch:


Materials used:
The  gorgeous A day for daisies bird printed onto card stock.

A mask made to cover the tail feathers and to create the icy snow heaps. I used a Tim Holtz stencil, Distress inks, Stickles, Wink of Stella and Derwent pastel pens to colour in them. The bird was also coloured with the pastel pens.

The sentiment was made with Hero Arts alphabet stamps and black ink. Some doodling with a white Posca pen to give another softer snow heap and some Distress Stickles to the branch to give some extra interest.

The image was layered with Panduro glitter card and mounted onto a pearly Panduro card.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I do have a painting to show too, I'll schedule it to be able to link it to Paint Party Friday.  Take care and stay safe!


Love and hugs
Maarit

Monday, December 26, 2016

New Beginnings


The new year is approaching fast, sometimes it comes with big changes as for a young relative who's moving to his first own home. The kitchen has some lovely aqua tiles hence the colour of the card, he'll also get an aqua bowl for the popcorn he so much love....fortunately he doesn't visit my blog, so no spoiler warning :)

Challenges:
CASology:Toast
Time Out Challenges: 'With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning'


Materials used:
Papermania star image stamped with Pistachio Distress ink, Tilda glass image stamped with black Memento ink and coloured with Pistachio and Peacock Feather Distress inks with a pen nib. Some highlights were added with a white Posca pen, Aqua Distress Stickles and Wink of Stella. The sentiment is stamped with Exchangeables alphabet stamps and black Memento ink onto the Panduro card stock.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! So, do you have any plans or wishes for the next year? I'm opting for the exercise more choice...it usually lasts for a month, maybe I can stretch it to two months, cheers!!! 

Love and hugs
Maarit 



Monday, December 19, 2016

Silent snow in the air


Hiya, last Christmas card of the year. A lovely Michael Powell image and Brushos onto watercolour paper. I even tried some smooshing, it's great fun :)

Challenges:

A white Posca pen to add that snowy feeling.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated! I guess that I should be baking Christmas cookies, cleaning the house and shopping pressies till I drop,  but ho ho, I'm downsizing. We have a new bakery were I live, no one can see the dust in the winter darkness and everyone gets a Christmas pressie. Good enough and time for crafting :)

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cozy Winter Feelings


This morning I woke up to a white winter scene outside my window, that's the charm of winters in Stockholm. One day with rain and sunshine, next with clouds and slowly falling snow flakes. You get all the weather sensations in two days :)

Challenges:


Materials used:
Brick wall embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch, snowflake die, eyelet, free ticket, distress inks and stickles, gel medium, scissors, 3D squares, Vilda stamps and Archival ink.

You can see some of the background stamping.

White Winter Hymnal, don't follow the pack :)

Thank you for visiting, it's much appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Saturday, December 3, 2016

In the Woods


Hiya, all good? I've been rummaging through the unfinished objects, some of them will probably never see the daylight again. You know those you pick up and try to look at from every angle, squeezing your eyes in an attempt to find something propitious.

Challenges:
CAS on Sunday: Christmas
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: UFO's (UnFinished Objects)

Materials used:
The UFO; Joanna Sheen sentiment stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with a mix of pearl and sparkly powder. A mask was cut out to create the slope, the Stampcape's fir image was stamped with Distress inks and the sky and the snow was sponged. Some splatters of water to get the effect of a sun and soft snow.

The finishing touches: The scene was cut out and the edges were coloured with Distress inks, the image was mounted with 3D tape onto Bazzill hammered card stock, some Tim Holtz jute string was added to give texture and softness.

Thank you so much for visiting, it's much appreciated. I'm enjoying the weekend to the full, from household chores to some crafting. I might even find a nice Sci Fi to enjoy, some other UFO's to marvel. Stay safe and warm my friends!

Love and hugs
Maarit






Sunday, November 20, 2016

Embrace life


Hope you're in the pink and sparkling! If not, I'm sending gentle hugs your way. Today's card is all in for pink and sparkle...and snow, as we had 50 cm of snow last Wednesday, it's all gone now!

Challenges:
CASology: Embrace
Craft Stamper: Take a stamp

The sparkle!

Materials used:
Stampendous tree image stamped with Watering Can Archival ink onto watercolour paper. A gentle sprinkle of Brilliant Red Brusho and a shower of water. The excess colour was dabbed with a paper towel.

Some of the Brusho colour was picked with a wet brush to fill in the hearts. More colour was added with different Derwent watercolour pens to add dimension and to colour to the tree trunk. Highlights and snow was added with a white Posca pen.

The outlines of the image was filled in with a black 0,1 Uni Pin fine line pen and the sparkle comes from Wink of Stella and Fairy Dust Stickles.

A pink snippet was enough to cut out the letters from the Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet. The letters were outlined with the white posca pen and the black fine liner to make them pop.

The edges of the watercolour paper were distressed with a pair of scissors and mounted with 3D tape onto hammered Bazzill card stock.

Thank you so much for visiting, it means the world! I'm hoping to be a much better blogger and spend some time visiting you. Life has been a bit hectic.

Love and warm hugs
Maarit