Tag Archives: crafts

Simple Stash Buster Card

The other night I decided to go through my paper stash and possibly organize them according colour/season. Guess twice did I manage to finish the organizing? Nope. It didn’t take long for me to get distracted by actual crafting.

All is not lost, though. I ended up using bunch of scraps from my Valentine’s Day Wall Art-project and came up with this:

simple stash busting Valentine's Day card

I should taken the pic in the daylight as the colours are really off but trust me, it’s very pretty in its pink hues. I’m participating in following challenges:

Inkspirational Challenge: #75 Rose Colours
My Sheri Craft Challenge: #149 Valentine’s Day
Papercreators Challenge: #35 Love Is In The Air
Shopping Your Stash: #186 Love Me Do
Digi Designs Challenge Goes: Include a Heart
Fun With Shapes & More: #175 Valentin
Kitty Bee Aloha Friday Challenge: #40 Valentines/Love
Natalie and Amy’s Challenge: #29 All About The Love
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Love or Valentine Sentiment

-Thrifty Finn-

Valentine’s Day Wall Art


valentine day wall art, before picture, thrifty finn

Couple of weeks ago I visited the local recycling center and found couple of wall art pieces I thought would be perfect for creating more of my Instagram- art work. When I got home, I realized that the ones I bought had flocking on them, so my flimsy photo prints wouldn’t work. A little pondering later, I decided to finally dig in my Valentine-themed scrapbook paper stash and set to work. What do you think of the result?

valentine day wall art, thrifty finn

VAvalmis1 valentine day wall art, thrifty finn, crate paper

The papers I used are mainly from Crate Paper’s Fourteen, apart from the blue floral one and the pink glitter papers. The chipboard-accents are from the Fourteen- collection too. The techniques used are basic distressing, inking and paint smudging. I first thought about adding pictures of my godchildren in the frames on the second piece but decided against it just in case I end up selling the set.

I’m very, very pleased with these. Love them, actually. These would make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts. In Finland Valentine is celebrated as a day for friends, so there’s an excuse to make many. I’m participating in these challenges:

Natalie & Amy Challenge: #29  All About The Love
Craft Your Passion Challenges: #246 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #44 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments: Love, Valentine’s Day Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: January Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #60 Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #18 Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #124 Valentine or Love Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: #296 Valentine’s Day
4 Crafty Chicks: #231 Anything Goes

Winter Wonderland: Lots of Layers

-Thrifty Finn-

Christmas Cards pt.1

Well, well, well…My Christmas themed posts continue. It sucks that I couldn’t post anything before but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

Last year, I couldn’t send cards because I was in the middle of move and then I had the operation so there wasn’t any time to make cards. However, I did buy 25th & Pine, the Christmas-paper set by Basic Grey and I was so happy that I got to use the papers this year. Here’s the first of the cards I made:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic grey, 25th & Pine

This paper is probably my favourite in the entire collection. So fresh, wintery and modern but definitely holiday’ish with the gold. The bauble strings are just random floss I had in stash and the glitter letters are Thickers by American Craft. The glitter dots on the background are just dabs of glue glittered over. Here’s the full image:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic gre, 25th & pine

I’m participating with this card in these challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #36 Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: Show Us Your Metals (gold and silver glitter)
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #296 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment (finger painted glitter dots)

There will be 7 another card posts still coming. Just a heads up ;)

-Thrifty Finn-

A Little Witch

I bought some new crafty supplies last month, including a cute Gorjuss-stamp which was on sale. I like sales. They are best. Last night I got bitten by a crafty bug and made this Halloween-card. Who knows, I might even send it to someone ;)

little witch, halloween, gorjuss LittleWitch2 LittleWitch3

The techniques I used were pretty basic. Distressing, inking….The little witch hat is pieced and is part of a Stampendous Halloween-stamp. For colouring I used ProMarkers as per usual. The doodle stitching was done with .5 Zig Millenium-pen.

I’m participating in these challenges:

Time Out Challenges: #17 ‘Birds of a weather flock together
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #118 2 or 3 Word Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #282 Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Bonfire Night
Milk Coffee Challenge: Halloween
Cute Card Thursday: #344 Trick or Treat
Creative Moments: #54 Anything Goes- Halloween
Creative Inspirations: #286 Happy Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown: #281 Halloween Colours
Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge- Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #94 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Inspiration: Finnish Sewing Blogs

Did you know Ottobre, the sewing magazine, is based in Rovaniemi, Lapland? My precious hometown? Well, you do now :D The bigger Ottobre has gotten,  the more and more people in Finland have taken to sewing and blogging. Which is great as crafting and hand-making make peeps happier and helps to live longer. Yay!

I thought you would like to have a look some cool Finnish blogs that focus on sewing for kids. They are written in Finnish but you don’t need to understand the text to get inspired by the amazing creations.

villa ja villa, crafty blog, Finnish

Villa & Villa is written by two women and has all kinds of sewing posts. Kid’s wear, women’s fashion, purses etc. My favourite is the T-shirt made of Roberto Cavalli- end of bolt jersey.


Made by Ulma, Finnish sewing blog

Made by Ulma does all kinds of crafts but her best work are the clothes she makes for her little toddler boy. What I have gathered from sewing blogs all over the world, inspiration (and fabrics) for little boys are hard to find. Well, here you will find it:


Tilkunpaikka, Finnish sewing blog

Tilkunpaikka has a style that I would call graphic feminine.  She sews mainly little girl clothes but there are some stuff for adults too. The best part of the clothes she does are the pattern combos.


Mutturalla, Finnish sewing blogMutturalla– blogger is a mother of five. FIVE! She also works fulltime and finds time to sew. Let’s all feel like a total under-achiever for a moment. Oh and she’s gorgeous too. How annoying. When it comes to her sewing, I’m a huge fan of her detailing and general taste level. Very good indeed.



nuutikki, finnish sewing blog, craft, DIY Nuutikki sews for her kids and makes cool things for her home too. Her style is similar to Tilkunpaikka, very graphic and romantic although she makes little boy’s clothes too. My favourite part is the variety she shows on her blog.


There are tons of more blogs to explore and these 5 represent just a small part of the sewing community in Finland. The explosion of sewing has been helped by the rise of indie-fabric manufacturers/shops. There is sometimes quite fierce competition on FB-fabric groups for some of the rarer prints :D I might have to make a post about them soon too.

-Thrifty Finn-