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The White Rabbit

graphic 45 halloween in wonderland, white rabbit

I’m so excited to share this. To go with my Alice-collage and the Mad Hatter-lamp, I made a White Rabbit collage.

There’s a Seven Gypsies’ black thick “book” page as a basis. The harlequin paper is by Carta Bella, the rabbit paper is from Graphic 45’s Halloween in Wonderland-collection and the white rabbit is a print out from the interwebs. My words can’t express, how much I love this piece, so let’s let the pictures speak for themselves.

white rabbit, alice in wonderland collage

I began working on this piece at a local craft meet. I had to get creative with the harlequin paper as I only had one, quite narrow piece left. Originally I had a glittered keyhole in the middle but when I got home, I changed my mind about it and decided to add the White Rabbit.

white rabbit glitter alice in wonderland

I printed the white rabbit on some cheap watercolour paper and I coloured the bow to match the backing paper. Since I recently acquired a 13-pack of glitter, I had to use the red one to colour the hearts on the Rabbit’s gown. If there’s an excuse to use glitter, one must always take it.

white rabbit of alice in wonderland

Don’t know about you but I think it’s gorgeous.

WhiteRabbit5 white rabbit of alice in wonderland

Collage technique is definitely something I’m going to look into more. It’s so much fun to mix-and-match things and build a story out of them. Maybe I could make some for a Christmas market I’m attending in few weeks! (Meaning I will be gluing things the night before the market and everything will smell like glue the next day. I’m a professional like that).

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Don’t forget, there are free printables available here on Thrifty Finn. A skull and a harlequin patterned craft papers for you to do as you please.


Mad As a Hatter

mad hatter, alice in wonderland craft, diy, graphic 45, thrifty finn

Am I smart, or am I smart? For once I’m on time to post my Halloween crafts! Reason being, I began crafting them few weeks ago already. *furiously pats herself on the back* Here’s my first craft, which is a before/after kind of thing.

Last Christmas, on my trip to Lapland, I dropped by the local arts & crafts store Taidekehystämö Hyvärinen  to see what they had to offer. Of course I found my way into their discount room in the basement and in there, I spotted papers from the 2010 Graphic 45 collection Halloween in Wonderland. So what is girl to do? To buy as many as she can, just in case she comes up with something cool to use them with. And that cool came in the shape of a hideous, broken lamp my landlady gave to me “since you are so crafty and can probably use this”:

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

This lamp screams 2002, don’t you think? It’s not too bad though. The base has some weight to it, and the proportion is alright. To transform this, I painted the lampshade black. Then I used black washi tape to reinforce the corners of the lampshade AND to attach it back to the white support thingy. Then I covered the sides with distressed scrapbook paper cut few millimetres smaller on each side, to show the black corners.

At this point I realized the painting was unnecessary, so I didn’t do it for the base. I just washi taped the corners and covered the top part of the ‘pyramid’ to hide the wood. Then I covered all the sides with scrapbook paper, again cut few millimetres smaller. For the wire part I cut a small notch and punched a circular hole in the paper. After gluing the paper down, the notch is barely visible. Here’s the finished lamp:

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

diy mad hatter lamp, thrifty finn

The total cost for the lamp was around 4 euros, including the used glue and washi tape. Not too bad, don’t you think?

There will be tons of Halloween posts coming up, so don’t forget to drop back in later this month. If you have written about your Halloween crafts, feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’ll be sure check them out.

-Thrifty Finn-

Alter It!

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:

Challenge142a 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:

Challenges 4 Everybody: #10- Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes
Divas by Design: Challenge #66- Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge:  #187- Not a Card
Paper Play Challenges: Out With The Old, In With The New
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges: #52- Anything Goes
Card Crafter’s Circle: #55- Anything Goes

Commissioned Card! Yes. Really!


1354949399459 My friend Niko asked me to make a birthday card for his mom. What I knew from the recipient style, I decided to go with the 1920’s theme! I jumped on the chance as it was perfect excuse to get me some Graphic 45’s paper. As for the techniques… I didn’t do any stamping, just used some Distress Ink on some of the layers. The sentiment is printed on heavy Canson watercolour paper. I wish I could share the font name but I can’t remember what it was. I didn’t save the original document either so I can’t check it from there. Anyhoo, Niko’s mom liked the card and even his father commented how nice it was, so I’m considering this card a raving success. To celebrate my incredible accomplishment of making a card, I’m linking up in following challenges:

My Grafico Challenges: #141- Anything Goes
OohLaLa Challenge Blog: #119- Seeing Spot and Dots
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge: #59- Endless Summer (the image with a girl in a bathing suit)
Moving Along With The Times: Clean & Simple
Alphabet Challenge Blog: V for Vintage

Sketchy Colors #82

My entry for Sketchy Colors- challenge. “Olet ihqu” means “You’re fab!” in english. Although I don’t know if the sentiment matches the elements of my card. Vintage swimsuit models, measuring tape…and then the text: You’re fab! Basically I’ve managed to make a card that is more likely to cause offense than to cheer up. The talents I possess…

Note to self: Don’t ever, ever, EVER send this card to anyone you care about.