As you hopefully remember, I moved into a new apartment in December. Well, actually it’s a semi-houseshare but I don’t care as I get to live in a cute red house with tons of space! With a price I can afford! This place also has tons of light (which makes me so happy after living many years in a place that got direct sunlight only 4 weeks a year) and it has plenty of potential for home decor and DIY-projects.
See where I’m going with this?
The first project wasn’t actually my own doing. I asked my friend to come and help with unpacking and he cherry-picked the funnest thing to do, which was the art wall. I admit he did a good job but as he then left and I was stuck with moving boxes with recently operated knee, I wasn’t too happy about it then. (I may have used the word asshat).
This is my staircase. The frames are from various places and in true Thrifty Finn-fashion, I didn’t pay full price for any of them. In the frames sit two vintage ads, an old alphabet education poster, a piece of scrapbook paper, vintage shelf paper, my own freebie printable and what is left over of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Almond Tree’-poster. There is still room to grow the collection but I like the way it looks now. Here you can see it better in context:
Nice, eh? Cheers me up every morning. As soon as I find nice ones, I’m going to add some hooks on the wall on the left to hold my cutest purses and such. I’m slightly tempted to go with coastal/sea/captains cabin theme because the panelling but I think it’s better to stick with what I know; Spinster in the attic/grandma/crazy cat lady-vibe. Hah. To achieve that, my next project is:
Painting the frame white. Again in Thrifty Finn-fashion, I made a major saving…The paint was free from my landlord. And yes, in Finland paint is expensive so this IS a big deal.
In January I applied for a position as a DT for Paper Crafting Journey. I didn’t get it but Wendy (founder) suggested I could be a guest designer. Naturally I said yes. The sponsor to this challenge is Sassy Studio Designs and I chose the image Paris. For some weird reason ;D
Anyhoo the theme for this week is bingo. My card is following the top line. Except I forgot the bling.
*hungs her head in shame*
And at one point making the card I had bling on it but in the end decided to change it into a washi tape banner! Oh well…Here’s my card:
I had a little (?) colouring mishap with the hair. I had changed the ProMarker fine tip extension from a red marker to the cinnamon and didn’t do the “doodle cleaning” thing to erase the red leftovers. Now there’s a red patch in the hair! Another mistake is that I used my brush tip copic to colour in the shoes and stripes which resulted in some interesting effects. Stupid thing to do when I HAVE a matching ProMarker. I was just too lazy to change markers after I finished the beret…
Some guest designer I am. I think I have to take this as a learning lesson. If you are interested in this week’s challenge click HERE. You have a chance to win 4 digi images from Sassy Studio Designs. I’m also entering this card in following challenges:
It’s called Roger That and I thought the specs makes it extra cute! My god-daughter actually has geeky frames like that so maybe I will send this card to her. For papers I used the new digi papers I bought from Pixels & Company, specifically the Scarlett-set.
Ta-dah! I used plaid and woodgrain patterns. The latter is just barely visible as the image frame. The plaid was printed in two different scales. The larger is actually printed directly on the 6×6 card base! I made a small mistake with the printing so I had to cut the margins off but the slightly smaller size is not really noticeable in real life.
Aaargh! I just noticed that I forgot to colour in the nose bridge!!! Other techniques used are doodle stitching, regular stitching and some inking on the edges.
So sweet, don’t you think?
Over all I’m very pleased with this card. You can take part in Craft Your Passion’s Totally Teal by clicking the hyperlink. There are prizes from Saturated Canary and The Robin’s Nest to be won! I’m also sharing my talent in following challenges:
Challenge time! This week our theme is Gone Country and we are sponsored by DRS Designs and Doodle Pantry. My image is from DSR. I chose this buck bust with an intention to make a kitschy, vintage style card but then something happened…
I have board called Quotes where, unlike the name suggests, I have pinned tons of those super funny Someecards. Most of them very rude and NSFW but there are some family friendly ones there too. (Note that I’m using the words family friendly very liberally here). Anyhoo, when I kept looking at the image I chose, I realised its facial expression is very laconic. Perfect for some friendly sarcasm don’t you think?
So what is girl to do? First I had to hunt down the font Someecards use. It’s Gill Sans Light and you can find it HERE if you don’t have it already. Then I had to find some witty sentences to print on my card. I found quite a few and in the end, I settled for…
I printed the text and the image on some heavyweight paper and the I layered them with another layer of the background paper to give a subtle pop. I added white doodle stitching and them some glitter brads in the corners. I believe I managed to combine country and hipsterism by using plaid rather masterfully. But wait! This is not all. After I finished this card, it seemed so lonely and begged to be part of a set so I made two more!
Sometimes my friends really do that. Or simply are the cause of the medication. Really, they are.
Have there ever been truer words said? Now it’s your turn to go country and link your work up in HERE. I’m also sharing my set of cards in following challenges:
I’m so sad. Christmas is over and there are no leftovers left to eat. *insert a sad puppy face here* There’s some consolation in this week’s Craft Your Passion challenge where we were asked to alter something and I used this opportunity to make a Christmas present! Yes, my friends. I made something to someone I care about!
There was just one problem. I forgot to photograph my altered item for the challenge before I gave it away so I had no pictures to post on the challenge blog. To have something to share, I altered another box. For me:
I’m storing my paper scraps in there now. Pretty cute, huh? That trim is real vintage and I’ve been hoarding it for ages. I think this is the first time I’m actually using some of it. And speaking of vintage…
I now have pictures of the first box I made. My friend Niko, loves vintage and glamour so I used fab papers by Graphic 45 to pimp a box for him. I called him on the morning of Christmas Eve and asked/told him to take pics for me and although I had to remind him today to mail the said pics to me, he came through admirably. Pics of before opening the present and after. He is so smart if you give him instructions. Repeatedly. And say them very loudly. (No. We never make fun of each other. At. All. Or point out and laugh when we do something embarrasing. Ever. This is totally an adult, functional relationship that we have over here).
I’m linking up Niko’s vintage box in these challenges: