Sunday, May 31, 2009


Allsorts Challenge Blog called for "curly swirly"... What can I say, I LOVE swirls and curls, and have to restrain myself not to use them too much. This is a purely monochrome card, as the stamped image and the swirls themselves are beautiful without any colorful additions.

Papers: white aquarel paper, cream colored card stock
Images: Scrappy Cat flourishes, Paperbag Studios "Be Happy"
Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
Coloring: Marvy Le Plume II (rosewood)

Black Bird

Double challenge entry again.

The layout sketch is from Polka Doodle challenge blog

and the theme ("sad flowers") from Corrosive Challenge blog.

As I don't have a proper ink pad for dark backgrounds, I diluted a bit of white acrylic paint to stamp the images :)

Papers: black generic card stock, Dovecraft Hint of Pink 8x8 paper stock
Images: Scrappy Cat flourishes
Coloring: white acrylic paint, Sakura gel pen

Saturday, May 30, 2009


For Simon Says Challenge the subject was "Animals!". This week I received my The Greeting Farm's Wild Things set - which I had to get just because of that wonderful lion and the "Roar"... Isn't she just the cutest thing... I stamped her twice and layered her hair.

Papers: cream colored card stock, scrap papers
Images: The Greeting Farm Wild Thing -set, Scrappy Cat flourishes, La*di*dah Clear Labels
Ink: Distress Vintage Photo
Coloring: watercolor pencils
Other: sequins

Friday, May 29, 2009


Jos postaan ennen kuin kipaisen vesisateessa postilaatikolle, että ei ole vielä SNY-pakettia tullut, niin eikös se kaikkien universaalisten lakien mukaan tarkoita sitten sitä, että paketti on laatikossa?

Testaan teoriaa.

Tää kipasee nyt laatikolle.


Ei toiminut :/ Tosin siellä ei enää satanutkaan, joten ehkä se vaikutti tapahtuneeseen. Tai tapahtumattomaan. Onneksi kusti polkee huomennakin...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More Challenges...

A double challenge card again (am I economical or what ;), Little Paper Shop Blog and Polka Doodle.

This color palette is from Little Paper Shop Blog's challenge (pale pink and 2 shades of plum). The layout is from Polka Doodle sketch challenge.

The birdie I colored with Marvy Le Plume II pens, first painting the color on an acrylic block, then dipping my small watercolor brush into water and taking up the color from the block.

Papers: 180g white paper, digital downloads
Images: Scrappy Cat stamps from 2 different sets
Coloring: Made solely with Marvy Le Plume II colors 81 pale mauve, 67 bubble gum pink and 64 plum.
Other: tiny craft buttons

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #3 + Creative Card Crew 12

Double challenge today, for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #3 and Creative Card Crew 12 ("Pretty flowers")

Papers: cream colored card stock, digital downloads
Images: Scrappy Cat stamps, vintage printed photo
Ink: Distress Fired Brick
Other: Purple velvet fabric (leftovers from a skirt I made a few years back :) and a purple/metal floral enamel charm.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Springtime Swirl Shawl finished

I never guessed how long it takes to make a sideways knit border to a circular shawl... I think I spent about 2 weeks (evenings that is) in that never-ending task! But all things come to an end, and after some serious blocking on our bed, may I present:
Pattern: Springtime Swirl Shawl by Kristel Nyberg
Yarn: Titan Wool Merino (1400m/100g), consumption 87g
Needles: Addi Turbo Lace 3.75mm
Size: about 140cm

Melkein meni ikä ja terveys ympyrähuiviin reunusta tikutellessa, mutta valmistuihan se vihdoinkin.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #1

There's a new challenge blog around called C.R.A.F.T. Challenge and their first challenge calls for "NEW" -things. Check the picture at the end of this post, they're giving out some nice prizes for the winner of this round ^_^

So, to the "NEW":

I needed to make a baby card to go with the knitted baby stuff I posted earlier. As I do not know the gender of the forthcoming individual, I tried for a neutral card, but it ended up being kinda boyish in coloring - let's keep our fingers crossed. I did my first iris folding card here, and messed up a bit - you notice how the second round is not right (or rather I made the third round wrong and then continued right). It irks me a tad bit but since the sequence of the papers is the same, and I used permanent tape, I left it as it is. No one will ever know I didn't mean it to shift, right ;)

Stamp: Flourishes from Basic Gray: EVA - Whisper Bitsy Clear Stamps, unknown butterfly rubber stamp, La*di*dah clear stamps Clear Labels, Scrappy Cat alphabets
Ink: Distress ink Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint
Paper: digital download papers

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #1 prize:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 11

Creative Card Crew Challenge 11 was set to be "Shape it". I know circle is quite boring, but I only have a compass circle cutter, so here we go! I also tried for the first time to make a proper inside :)

Stamp: Ava Sitting from InStyle (digital), Swings from InStyle, flourish from Basic Gray: EVA - Whisper Bitsy Clear Stamps
Ink: Distress ink Vintage Photo
Coloring: Aquarelle pens
Other: Petaloo Florra Doodles foam flowers, chipboard element
Paper: Paperstock from a local dime-store

Yes, I know it is constructed from the same elements as my previous CCC-entry - apologies - but I have only so many supplies.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #2 + InStyle Stamps' Wednesday Challenge

Papers: cream colored card stock, digital downloads
Image: InStyle digistamp Jax, La*di*dah clear stamps Clear Labels (received from Roni)
Ink: printer ink for image, Distress Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint
Coloring: Aquarelle pens, Marvy LePlume II NO. 96 jungle green

I bought this lovely boy - but dang was it difficult to make a "manly" card! The "print" on his shirt is just a doodle I made to resemble a dragon. I masked the background with Distress inks and a piece of paper ripped from a spiral paperpad. Result was quite cool :) This cool boy fits to both MMSC#2 and InStyle Stamps' Wednesday Challenge, latter being "Birthday".

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kitty-cloth! / Kissa-tiskari!

Another kitty-dishcloth made for order.
Yarn: pt Petunia (100% cotton)
Needles: 3.5mm
Size: 26x26cm

Kissa-tiskari, tilauksesta tehty.

Knitterly stuff / Vaihteeksi neulontaa

I haven't totally gone over to card making, even though it might seem so... I've been knitting the Springtime Swirl Shawl what feels like for a year now - I'm on the final clue, the edging. It is really taking ages to knit a sideways edge to a circular shawl >_> Here's a little peek on what the finished edge will look like:

Pattern: Springtime Swirl Shawl by Kristel Nyberg (rav-link)
Yarn: Titan Wool Merino
Needles: 3.75mm Addi Turbo Lace

Note that I have changed the clue: I am knitting every second round, not purling like it should be. I like the garter stitch better than stockinette.

En nyt ihan täysin ole kortin tekoon hurahtanut, vaikka se blogia lukiessa siltä tuntuisikin. Olen työstänyt Springtime Swirl shawlia jo kohta ikuisuuden - ainakin se siltä tuntuu, kun menossa on ympyrähuiviin sivuttaisreunus... Yllä muutama vilkaisu reunukseen, jota olen alkuperäisestä ohjeesta sen verran muuntanut, että neulon nurjat kerrokset oikein. Minusta nätimpi noin.

Some baby stuff for a friend in Finland - as she did not reveal any gender, it's boring white :) As I don't have a new born to borrow, here's my plushies doing a fashion show! Sorry about the bumps under the hat, Mr. Redbones has horns ;)

Yarn: Grignasco Bambi Merino Extrafine, wonderful machine washable yarn with tight twist

Vanhat koulukaverit lisääntyvät hälyyttävää tahtia, tässä muutama vauvaneule Suomeen. "Laitetaanko vaaleansinistä vai -punaista?" kysymykseen vastaus oli "Laita valkoista." Niin että tylsän valkoisena sitten vaan ;)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 10

Subject: Minimal

How's this for minimal? :) I bought some lovely digital stamps from InStyle

Stamp: Ava Sitting from InStyle (digital), flourish from Basic Gray: EVA - Whisper Bitsy Clear Stamps
Ink: Distress Peeled Paint
Coloring: Aquarelle pens, Marvy LePlume II NO. 96 jungle green

Friday, May 15, 2009

Music of the soul

StampARTic's second May challenge calls for "Music". Here is my interpretation:

Stamp - KH Design: Collage tankefull, Scrappy Cat Alphabet
Ink - Staz-On Jet Black, Distress Ink Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint
Colouring - Marvy LePlume II NO. 96 jungle green
Papers - Cream colored card stock, digital download papers
Other - Petaloo Florra Doodles foam flower, sequin, "of the soul" text printed from the computer on font "Jane Austen".

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #1

Images: Whiff of Joy Willow again, colored with aquarelle pencils and Faber-Castell brush felt pens, swirly stamps from Basic Gray: EVA - Whisper Bitsy Clear Stamps on Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint. The flower is stamped with a foam flower.
Cream colored generic card stock and some metal swirly charms.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happiness / Kortteilua

This one I made for my secret knitting pal - with the lovely Willow from Whiff of Joy -stamps. She is colored with color pencils and Marvy Le Plume -pens, papers are from digital download kits.

Tämän kortin tein SNY:lleni Raijalle paljastuspakettiin - leimakuva on ihana Willow Whiff of Joy - kaupasta. Kuvan värittelin akvarellipuuväreillä ja Marvy Le Plume -tusseilla, taustapaperit ovat taas digitaalisista seteistä.

Estonian triangle

Shetland Triangle (ravelry) from Estonian wool - hence Estonian triangle :) So simple, so pretty.

Vironvillasta Shetland Triangle. On se vaan yksinkertaisuudessaan nätti malli!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SNY-paljastus / Secrets revealed

Toimin salaisena neuleystävänä Raijalle, ja koska paljastuspaketti löysi tiensä jo perille, voin vihdoin näyttää muutaman salaisen työn :)

Trachtentuch A -huivi Dropsin Alpacasta, yksi kerä kutakin väriä, puikot 4.5mm

Ja Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch OnLine Supersockesta 2 ja 2.5 mm puikoilla.

I knit both of these for my Finnish secret knitting pal, the above being Erich Engeln's Trachtentuch A from Drops Alpaca and below Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch by Nancy Bush from OnLine Supersocke.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Time for miracles is not over...

...because I *won* in a blog candy! Roni from Ink Stains has such wonderful instructional posts and she is on my regular reading list. A while back she hosted a daily candy and here's what I got today in the mail:

So much yummie stuff, I'm speechless! Some vintage papers - I love that page from an old dictionary btw - vintage tags, labels, sequins, acrylic stamps (yay!), HUGE flower, lovely album and absolutely gorgeous selfmade card! Thank you Roni, I feel so pampered :)

Vappu-Helsinki (only in Finnish)

Anoppikokelas tahtoi nähdä Helsinkiä, joten "palkkasi" minut matkaoppaaksi ja mukaan otettiin vielä turskan sisko. Viikonlopuksi valikoitui naisten työkiireiden takia vappu. Saavuimme torstai-iltana kauppojen sulkemisen jälkeen, joten illalla ei ollut muuta tekemistä kuin katsella vappuhullua kansaa - joka anoppikokelaan mielestä oli muuten todella hauskaa.

Reissun pääpaino oli nähtävyyksillä ja hyvällä ruualla. Itse en paljoakaan valokuvaillut, turskan sisko kun hoiti sen puolen, mutta tässä yksi otos, joka oli pakko ikuistaa ihan vain lautasen koon takia:

Kuvassa Ravintola Tornin Créme Brûlée -annos, oikealla alakulmassa kokoverrokiksi passini... Ja oli hyvää! :)

Lauantaina ehdin hiukan kiertää omilla asioillani, kun jätin naisväen koluamaan Espan putiikkeja. Tärkein pyhiinvaelluskohde oli tietysti Menita, josta tarttui matkaan lankaa:

Vanhan roosan väristä Kotiväkeä 3 kerää (aiemmin valittelin Novitan värikarttoja ja silloin totesin, että tuo olisi ehkä se ainoa kiva väri - niin olikin :), 3 kerää ale-bambua tiskirätteihin (keskellä), 2 kerää Wetterhoffin Silviaa ihanan hopeanharmaana ja yksi kerä Grignascon Bambi-vauvamerinoa.

Kotiväestä tulee ehkä jonkinmoinen kesätoppi, bambut menevät tiskirätteihin, Silviasta tulee huivi ja merinovilla on ystävän tulevan vauvan tamineisiin. Toim.huom. kaikille langoille on siis jo käyttö suunniteltuna ;)

Ikävin tuliainen olikin sitten karmea flunssa, joka iski sunnuntaina. Lieneekö tarttunut sikakännisiltä vapunjuhlijoilta sikaflunssa? Nenä ainakin punertaa kuin kärsä...

Baby shower

Now that Justyna's had her baby shower, I can post pictures ^_^

Pattern: Presto Chango
Yarn: Novita Luxus Cloud 2 skeins (wool, bamboo)
Needles: 5.5mm

Nyt kun vauvakutsut on ohi, voin postata kuvia...
Malli: Presto Chango
Lanka: Novita Luxus Cloud, 2 kerää, SNY:ltäni saatuja :)
Puikot: 5.5mm

And the card / ja kortti