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Colour Combo

Yes. It’s my last Craft Your Passion Challenge as a DT. I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself during these past 6 months and really, should be holding some kind of speech. But since I’m lazy, I’m only sharing my card.

 This week’s theme is this fabulous colour combo (yes, I really had to add the “u”). I know, I know. At first it seems like a whole lot of fluorescent but once you get going, the colours come together pretty easy.

challenge146001 Ta-dah! The colours are slightly off. I scanned it so they don’t come across as bright as they are in real life. The rosettes are from my local craft store, the banners are actually plastic push pins and background paper is either MME or OA. Can’t remember. The tire is paper pieced to give some dimension and it looks rather fun in real life. If you are interested to take part, click HERE and you have a chance to win 5 digis from Mayzy Art.

I’m sharing this card also in following challenges:

Make It Monday: #125 with Meljens Designs
Paper Playtime: Challenge #2- Use Some Brown
Ooh La La Creations: Challenge #122- Wheely Good
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Let’s Get Paper Piecing! (the tire swing)
I <3 ProMarkers: Challenge #152- Anything Goes
Simply Create Too: Challenge #29-Anything Goes
Kortisto: #15- Pyöreitä
Pile It On: #4- Decorative Tape

Thrifty Finn. Over and out.

Recipe Challenge! Or How You Can Find Inspiration In Everything.

Yes, it’s time for the weekly challenge card! The theme is a recipe: 3 designer papers, ribbon or twine, something circle shaped and we were asked to use an image from Delicious Doodle.

I requested the Robin Redbreast (who is a distant relative of me, Niina Itchynipple) and had some (a lot) trouble with the colouring. As you have seen in the past, my colouring skills leave a lot to be desired. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on what I could do with my ProMarkers. However, this time I couldn’t even decide what colours to use! I tried realistic colours. Nope. I tried leaving the image black and white. No, that didn’t work out either. I was getting frustrated. I stared and stared at the image until I suddenly got a feeling of familiarity. I’ve seen something like this before!

I did some creative Googleing and found it! A fabric print by Maija Louekari for Marimekko called Pakkanen:


See where I am going with this? After seeing the image, my card came together very quickly and here it is:

Image  My patterned papers are: the one on the background, the black paper is actually brown chevron I stained black and the blue circles were white but I coloured them blue with my ProMarker True Blue. The heart on the ribbon (twill tape) is also drawn with a ProMarker, colour Poppy.


I love the graphic style of this card and it’s already on its way to someone. Don’t forget to take part in this week’s challenge on Craft Your Passion where you can win 4 digi’s by Delicious Doodles. I’m also sharing this card in following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Snowflakes!
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #193- Contemporary Christmas Colours!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: What’s Your Favourite? (ProMarkers, stitching, ribbon)
Divas By Design: Challenge #65- Use Some Red
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #185- Winter
Dutch Dare Card Challenges: #195- Snowflakes
Pin And Tack: Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #4-Anything Goes!
Paper Crafting Journey: Christmas Projects
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: #194- Christmas Time!
The Squirrel and The Fox: Challenge #33- Christmas
Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #9- Anything Goes

It literally has taken me nearly an hour to link these babies up. I think I need to replenish my strength with some chocolate.

Oh Deer!

Challenge time! I forgot to post my previous DT-card but I’m double excited about this week’s one. I think I’ve mentioned several times about my digi stamp, vintage image hoarding habit? If I haven’t…Well. My name is Niina and I am an image addict.

This week were asked to use stitching, faux or real and we didn’t get a sponsored image to use so we could run wild! I decided to dive in my extensive vintage catalogue and found this gem. I’m so sorry but when I downloaded it, I forgot to re-name it according to where I got it so I can’t share the source. Totally embarrassed about it.

Anyway, here is my overly cute deer card:

ThriftyFinnDeerCard1 ThriftyFinnDeerCard2 ThriftyFinnDeerCard3 Once again I’m amazed by my obvious talent for everything visual. The pink! The chevron! The pom pom trim! Techniques used: doodle stitching, slight distressing on the edge of the chevron and the deer image is printed on heavy Canson watercolour paper. No ink and no stamping! I feel like I’ve started to move towards more design-y style, rather than entirely crafty. Something for me to ponder about. What do you think? Have you seen a shift in my style?

Don’t forget to join Craft Your Passion this week and I’m also sharing my card on these challenges:

Fab’n Funky Challenges: #150- Not a Traditional Christmas
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations: Challenge #54- Anything Goes As Long As It’s Festive
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #184- Christmas
Crafts And Me Challenges: Challenge #113- Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenges: Week 49- Christmas Is Coming
Little Scrap Pieces: It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
Stamping With Dragon: Anything Goes
Fussy And Fancy Friday Challenge: #77- I Love Christmas
On Stop Craft Challenge: #208- Christmas Friends
Crafty Mess Challenge: #23- Vintage Christmas
My Time To Craft: Challenge #200- None Traditional Christmas Colours
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Cupcake #222- Merry Christmas
Craft Us Crazy: Challenge #32- Christmas/Winter (favourite embellishment: ribbon)
Card Crafter’s Circle: Challenge #52- December Celebrations

Christmas Card Marathon

You can never guess what happened to me the other night…I managed to inspire myself! Really! Another first! Possibly! Remember the Santa-card I made? Of course you do, it was only couple of days ago. Anyhoo, since I had plenty of those papers left, I went and did a whole set! A set of cards with a cohesive theme and patterning! It’s practically design! Phwoaar, I’m so awesome and skilled!


There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe my obvious talent and skill and general fabulousness but I feel, nay, I know that you are all thinking the same. You wish to be me. And on to top that all, in my generosity,  I’m willing to share my vision in these challenges (excluding the card with the Christmas tree because I’ve already published that one before):

The Crafty Bloggers Network: Challenge #5- Christmas Anything Goes
Paper Playtime: Challenge #89- Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: Challenge #24- Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Challenge #62- Use 2 or More Patterned Papers
Crafty Creations Challenge: Challenge #197- Christmas Is Coming
Dilly Beans Challenge: Anything Goes
Stampin’ For The Weekend: Challenge #22- Use Some Texture (pearls, glitter paper)
All Sorts Challenge Blog: Challenge #182- Bring On The Bling

So really, you are very welcome.

This Little Santa Went To…

Your house and brought tons of gifts! My latest Christmas card doesn’t include any stamping! That’s a first! I bought these wonderful papers few weeks ago, they are from an old set but I can’t remember the manufacturer and I’ve been itching to use them. Since a whole lot of card challenge blogs have been posting Christmas challenges lately, I thought this is a very good time to start using my papers!

There’s the little Santa that I fussy cut.

And the presents and the tree! Don’t forget the Christmas baubles. Or lights. What ever your fancy is!

And there you have it! Glitter Santa with a little Glitter Tree and Glitter Presents! Techniques used: distressing, fussy cutting, doodling and 3D. I’m participating in these challenges:

Divas By Design: Challenge #61- Anything Goes
Crafts And Me Challenges: Challenge #110- Untraditional Christmas Colours
Dutch Dare Card Challenges: #191- Diamonds And Pearls
Pin & Tack: Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #3- Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: Oh Baubles
Fun With Shapes And More: Challenge #121- The 1st Snow
All Sorts Challenge Blog: #181- It’s a Gift!
The Crafty Pad Designs: #197- It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Simply Create Too: Challenge #26- Use Your Stash
The Squirrel And The Fox: Challenge #31- Anything Goes