Sketchchallenge #4

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 3:01 PM 0 comments
Now it’s time for the sketch challenge.We have the 1. of April now, a new month has begone and it’s time for the sketch challenge. We are very happy to tell you that this month Katarina Frei from whiff of joy have made the sketch and what an awesome one. It’s a bit different this time, and we all had a lot of fun making a card from this sketch.

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Nu er det tid til skitseudfordring. We har igen den 1. i måneden og det er selvfølgelig tid for en ny skitse. Vi er meget glade for at fortælle at denne måned har Katharina Frei fra Whiff of Joy lavet skitsen til os, og den er lidt mere speciel i forhold til de andre måneder. Alle os i designteamet havde det sjovt med at lave kort after skitsen.



Katharina Frei


As usual we have asked our Guest designer some questions.

How many hours do you spend at your crafting table every week?

Not as much as I would like to J I have never kept track of the time I use for crafting, but I guess it will be about 10-14 hours a week. Oh my god this sounds like so much...haha

Can you tell us the story behind Whiff of Joy (the short one!).
A real challenge to keep the story short ;) I’ll try my best. I worked as Creative Designer for various well known stamp companies. It was a lot of fun, but I wanted to have more influence on the kind of images and designs that hit the market. Another reason for founding Whiff of Joy was that the German stamp market was really small (almost not existing), which was a real pity. Card Making and stamping is fairly new to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (in comparison to the United States and Great Britain). I wanted to take my chance to be one of the first to bring international designs and illustrations to the German speaking countries, as well as to the other central European countries.

Who are working in Whiff of Joy?/ Do you have any employees or are you doing all the work yourself?
There are the Whiff of Joy illustrators of course J Alison Acton from Canada and Elisabeth Bell from the United States who do a fantastic job to create all the fabulous images we love. My husband Marcel is in charge of retailer business, the web shop and all the other important computer and software issues. Without him I couldn’t handle the workload anymore. Bettina, a close friend of mine does all the stamp and order packing. She is a real gem and I am more than glad to have her on my team. The Creative Design team is one of the major cornerstones of Whiff of Joy Stamps. All ”my” Ladies not only provide endless inspiration, they also became a tremendous support for me.

When you are looking for Guest Designers, what do you look after?
Excellent coloration abilities is THE most important skill for a Designer or Guest Designer. Our designer have to be able to highlight the Whiff of Joy images in a special and amazing way. Blog activity (showing new artwork on a regular basis) is also an important point for me.

What is your best selling stamp?
Willow with hot chocolate – I guess that was no surprise for you, was it? ;)

How do you get new ideas for your sketches?
I do a lot of blog hopping and let inspiration flow. Often I also have a concrete stamp in my mind, which I want to use for my card and design the sketch around it.

Do you have any saying in designing new images, or is it fully the artists ideas?
Most of the time I write down my ideas and my artists interpret them in their individual style. But I already did it the other way round, just told them the theme of the next release and let them surprise me with the outcome.

You have two illustrators now, are you planning on using other illustrators?
I am very happy with my illustrators, they not only provide first class artwork and a professional working habit, they also became real friends who sacrifice their free time when it comes to a last minute job J So I want to give both of them the possibility to get the most out of their work. I am not planning on extend the number of my illustrators at the moment. But I don’t completely decline it either. I think I couldn’t resist if an artist with a unique and striking style approached me.

Do you already know which image is going to be a best seller when you get the illustrations?
I try to judge it (because it is important to have plenty of this one in stock J ) and most of the time I am correct. But I also already experienced some surprises.

Will you continue selling more kits, like the popular Spring kit?
Yes, definitely! We are planning to release stamp kits on a regular basis 4 times a year. Our first kit was a huge success. I want to give everybody the chance to get the most out of their hobby in these difficult economic times.

What crafting equipment can you not be without?
My Supracolor pens and Twinkling H2Os

What is the greatest joy in crafting?
To look at my ready colored images and to put a card together

How long time do you use on a card?
About 2 hours

And some quick ones:
Pink or blue?Pink or combining both
Bling or flowers?flowers
Pencil or brush?
I use water soluble pencils and a water tank brush for coloring, so my answer would be BOTH.
Stamps or no stamps?Stamps
Pastel or bright colors?This is a hard one, I can’t make up my mind...LOL

Ribbons or laces?Ribbon.

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Som sædvanligt har vi stillet vores gæstedesigner nogle spørgsmål.


Hvor mange timer bruger du på din hobby om ugen?
Ikke så meget som jeg kunne tænke mig. Jeg har ladrig taget tid pådet, men jeg vil tro omkring 10-14 timer om ugen. Åh... Det lyder af meget..Ha ha.

Kan du fortælle os histroien bag Whiff of Joy? (Den korte version)
Det er en udfordring at fortælle den kort, men jeg vil gøre mit bedste. Jeg arbejde som kreativ designer for forskellige kendte stepelmagere. Det var rigtig sjovt, men jeg ville have mere indflydelse på hvilke motiver og designs der kom på markedet. En anden grund evar at det tyske stempelmarked var meget lille – næsten ikkeeksisterende, hvilket var ret trist. Cardlavning og stempling er meget nyt i Tyskland, Østrig og Schweitz hvis man sammenligner med USA og Storbritanien. Jeg ville tage chancen og blive en af de første til at bringe Designs og ilustrationer til Tyskland på samme måde som i andre dele af Europa.

Hvem arbejder i Whiff of Joy?/Har du nogen ansatte eller laver du alt arbejdet alene?
Der er selvfølgelig Whiff of Joy illustratorerne, Alison Acton fra Canada og Elisabeth Bell fra USA som gør et fantastisk stykke arbejde og designer alle de smukke motiver som vi elsker. Min mand Marcel er ansvarlig for forretningen, webshoppen og alle de andre vigtige computer og software ting. Uden ham kunne jeg ikke klare arbejdsmængden mere. En nær veninde som hedder Bettina pakker alle ordrene, hun er fantastisk og jeg er meget glad for at have hende på mit team.

Det kreative designteam er en af de vigtigste hjørnesten af Whiff of Joy. Alle mine ”piger” laver ikke mindst endeløst inspiration de er også blevet en fantastisk support for mig.

Når du kigger efter gæstedesignere, hvad kigger du så efter?
Gode evner til at farvelægge er den MEST vigtige evne for en designer eller gæstedesigner. Vores team skal være i stand til at fremhæve Whiff of Joy stemplet i en speciel måde. God blogaktivitet hvor der bliver vist kunstværkerne frem ofte er også meget vigtigt for mig.

Hvad er dit mest solgte stempel?
Willow with hot chocolate – det kommer vel ikke bag på nogen..?

Hvordan får du nye ideer til dine skitser?
Jeg laver mange blogrundfarter og lader inspirationen flyde. Ofte har jeg også et bestemt stempel i tankerne, som jeg ønsker at bruge til et kort og så designer jeg skitsen efter stemplet.

Har du nogen indflydelse på hvordan nye motiver skal de ud, eller er det kun ilustratoren der bestemmer? Det meste af tiden skriver jeg mine idder ned og illustratorerne bruger dem på deres egen måde, men jeg har gjort det den anden vej rundt, hvor jeg har fortalt dem om et tema den næste udgivelse skulle være.

Du har nu to illustratorer, har du planer om at bruge flere?
Jeg er meget glad for mine illustratorer, de ikke kun udfører førsteklasses arbejde og har en proffesionel indstilling til tingene, de er også blevet gode venner som ofrer deres fritid når det gælder arbejde i sidste øjeblik. Jeg har ikke i tankerne at få flere illustratorer lige nu, men jeg vil ikke afvise det helt. Jeg tror ikke jeg kan modstå en kunstner med en helt speciel stil som jeg kan li’.

Ved du allerede hvilket motiv der bliver et hit når du får iillustrationerne?
Jeg prøver at vurderer det, fordi det er vigtigt at have rigeligt på lager og nogen gange rammer jeg rigtigt og andre bliver jeg meget overrasket.

Vil du fortsætte med at sælge kits, som det populære forårskit?
Ja, helt sikkert! Vi planlægger at udgive kits med faste mellemrum ca. fire gange om året. Vores første kit var en succes, og jeg ønser at give alle en chance for at få mest ud af deres hobby i disse krisetider.

Hvilket udstyr kan du ikke leve uden?
Mine Suprafarver og Twinkling H2O

Hvad er den største glæde ved kortlavning.
At kigge på mine allerede farvelagte motiver og sætte et kort sammen.

Hvor lang tid bruger du på et kort?
Ca. to timer.

De hurtige...
Pink eller blå? Pink eller en kombination af begge farver.
Bling eller blomster? Blomster.
Pen eller pensel? Jeg bruger akvarelblyanter og vandpensler til at farvelægge så minemotiver med, så mit svar er begge dele
Stempel eller ej? Stempel.
Pateller eller pangfarver? Den var svær... Jeg kan ikke bestemme mig....
Bånd eller blonder? Bånd




Now for the sketch.

Nu til skitsen.






Here are the DT's card.


SasSa



Petra


Erica



Carola



Lillemor



Marianne



Aija



Miia



Camilla




Lene





This is the fabulous price that you have a chance to win. All you have to do is make a card from the sketch and paste the link to the post in your blog in the Mister Linky scheme. There will be no need to leave comments.


The price is sponsored by Scrapp og Lapp



"Scrapp & Lapp startet opp 1 nov 2006, og har det du trenger til scrapbooking, kortlaging og smykkelaging. Vi har sikkert noe du ikke visste du trengte engang!
Vi holder til i idylliske Risør, og vil en liten periode fremover KUN ha nettbutikk."

"Scrapp & Lapp opened Nov. 1st 2006. and we have all you need for scrapbooking, card making and jewelry making. We probably have some things you didn`t even knew you needed. Our location is in idyllic Risør in Norway, and for a small period of time now,
we ONLY have online store."



For å delta: skriv ditt navn og lim link til kortet ditt i Mister Linky

To participate; Write your name and paste the link to your card in the Mister Linky.


Frist for å delta: 10. April ~ Midnatt StampARTic tid.
Deadline: April 10th ~ Midnight StampARTic time.

Noen forandringe ~ Some changes

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 8:16 AM 0 comments

NYTT DESIGN TEAM MEDLEM ~
NEW DESIGN TEAM MEMBER:


Camilla har dessverre valgt å forlate StampARTics design team, noe vi syns er veldig trist, men vi forstår og respekterer hennes valg. Camilla har lovt å følge med oss og delta på våre utfordringer fremover, noe vi er veldig glad for.
Du vil fortsatt se noen av Camillas kunstverk fremover, da hun fullfører DT oppdrag som vi har startet på.

Tusen takk for en uvurderlig innsats på vårt Design Team, Camilla! Vi kommer til å savne deg på teamet vårt!

Vi er likevel heldige for Marianne har takket ja til vårt tilbud om å bli DT medlem hos oss!
Marianne starter som Designer hos oss 1. April, altså allerede i morgen...
Dere husker Marianne som en magiker med Promarkers, og det er også hun som hadde den flotte tutorialen om Promarkers for litt siden.

Tusen takk for at du ville bli med oss i teamet Marianne, og vi gleder oss til å samarbeide med deg!
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Camilla has unfortunately decided to leave StampARTic design team. We hate to see her go, but we understand and respect her choice. Camilla has promised to follow the magazine as a reader and contestant, something we really appreciate. You`ll still see some of Camillas art work here, as she is completing DT assignment we already have started.

Thank you for the time and effort you`ve put into our magazine, Camilla! We will miss you sweetie!


We are still lucky, as Marianne has accepted our offer to join our Design Team! Marianne starts as designer at StampARTic April 1st, that is tomorrow.... You remember Marianne as a magician with Promarkers, and she is the one who wrote the tutorial on Promarkers as we had a little while ago.

Thank you Marianne, for joining us, and we look forward to work with you!


Velkommen ~Welcome

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UTFORDRINGER ~ CHALLENGES:

Vi har bestemt oss for å redusere til 2 utfordringer i måneden, og heller fokusere litt mer på artikler og tutorials, og ha utfordringer hver 14. dag.

Vi vil ha en skisseutfordring den 1. i hver måned, slik som nå, og den 15. i hver måned vil vi ha en annen type utfordring.
Vi vil prøve å ha flere premier for hver utfordring, slik at noen vinnere blir trekt tilfeldig og andre blir stemt frem av Design Teamet. Antallet premier vil variere noe fra utfordring til utfordring.

Vi har også innstallert Mister Linky, som vi kommer til å bruke for hver utfordring. Denne er jo begynt å bli veldig vanlig rundt om i de ulike bloggene, og er mye enklere å linke med enn i kommentarfeltet.

Vi kommer til å fjerne kommentarfeltet ved utfordringene, slik at alle må linke til sine bidrag via Mister Linky.
Ønsker du å kommentere et DT kort, kan du klikke på linken og komme direkte til designerens blog. Har du spørsmål om noe må du gjerne sende oss en e-mail.

Husk å klikke på tittelen på innlegget ditt i bloggen din, der bidraget ditt ligger, og kopier den adressen inn i Mister Linky, så finner vi bidraget ditt umiddelbart. =)

Vi håper at dette gjør det lettere for deg, når du skal delta i våre utfordringer.
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We have decided to reduce the number of challenges till 2 a month, and keep more focus on tutorials and articles.

We will have a sketch challenge at the 1st in every month, like we had until now, and then the 15th in every month we will have another challenge.

We will try to have more prizes, for each challenge, so we will draw some winners, and let the design team vote for some. Not every challenge will have more then 1 prize, it will vary some.

We also have installed Mister Linky for our challenges, and disabled the comment fields. So to participate in our challenges you need to leave a link to your card in Mister Linky. If you want to comment on the DT cards, you can click on the link, and go straight to the designers blog and leave a comment there, and if you have any questions you are more then welcome to e-mail us.

Remember to click on the title of your post with the card in, in your own blog, copy the address and paste in the Mister Linky widget, so we can find the entry immediately. =)

We hope you find this easier to use, when taking part in our challenges!

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Husk å stoppe innom i morgen, for en ny skisse konkurranse!

Remember to stop by tomorrow for a new sketch challenge!

Walk of Fame

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 3:05 PM 0 comments
Denna månad har vi tjejer i StampARTic igen glädjen att presentera tre stycken vackra kort och damerna bakom dessa kort.

It's again time for us in StampARTic to reaveal three beautiful card and the ladies behind them.

Taas on se aika kuukaudesta, jolloin meillä StampARTicissa on ilo esitellä teille kolme kaunista korttia ja korttien tekijät.


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Jennie

Amy

Gratulationer * Congratulations * Onnittelut

Nästa WoF igen i April- Next WoF in April - Seuraava WoF Huhtikuussa

Vinnere ~ winners

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 1:54 AM 0 comments
Tusen takk for mange nydelige påskekort som dere har bidratt med i vår påskeutfordring.
Også denne gangen er vi så glade og overveldet for å se så mange vakre kort og prosjekter som bidrag, og det er ikke enkelt å velge en vinner....så denne gangen overlot vi den jobben til vår GDT Lene..... =D

Lene har valgt den første vinneren av tilsammen 3 vinnere....
det var ikke enkelt men hun har bestemt at......


Thank you so much for the wonderful Easter cards you have entered to our challenge! We are also this time overwhelmed and happy to see so many beautiful creations entered, and it is not easy to choose a winner.... so this time we let our GDT Lene, make that hard decision.. =D Lene has chosen our first of 3 winners this time, it was hard she said, but finally she decided that....




Jojjo

vinner med dette nydelige Påskekortet:
is the winner of this stunning Easter card:



Jojjo har vunnet clear stamps fra North Star Stamps:
Noen barske menn til de maskuline kortene.
Jojjo will receive clear stamps from North Star Stamps: Some handsome men for them masculine cards.



Men vi har flere vinnere;
Vi har trukket 2 til tilfeldig med random.org, og de heldige vinnerene er:

But we have more winners:
We have randomly draw 2 more winners using the random.org, and the lucky winners are:









..... og siden de begge er Finske vil de få hver sin stempel plate med fisnke gratulasjonstekster

....and since they both are from Finland, they will recieve a clear stamp sheet each, with birthday texts in Finnish.


North Sar Stamps har plater med gratulasjonstekster i alle de nordiske språkene.
North Star Stamps have clear stamps sheets with birthday texts in all the nordic languages.

All the winners;
Please e-mail you address to:stampartic@gmail.com
and we will send you your prizes.

Congratulations to you all!
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Tusen takk til alle som leverte bidrag til utfordringen,
Tusen takk til North Star Stamps for flotte premier, og for å lære mer om North Star Stamps kan dere lese artikkelen i StampARTic HER.

Thank you to all participants in our challenge.
Thank you North Star Stamps for wonderful prizes, and to learn more about North Star Stamps you can read the article in StampARTic HERE.


Fargelegging med Promarkers ~ Coloring with Promarkers

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 4:02 PM 0 comments

Marianne Skjelstad er fra Norge, og lager de mest fantastiske kort! Hennes kort gjenkjennes på nydelige farger, detaljer, oppsett og sist men ikke minst fantastisk fargelegging.
Marianne fargelegger for det meste med Promarkers, og hun har laget en tutorial for oss;
Fargelegging med Promarkers:

Marianne Skjelstad is from Norway, and makes the most stunning cards! Her cards is to be recognized by wonderful colors, details, design and last but not least fabulous coloring.
Marianne colors in her images mostly with Promarkers, and she has made a tutorial for us;
Coloring with Promarkers:


Letraset Promarkers er en alkoholbasert tusj, som finnes i hele 92 farger. Med Promarkers er det lett å få jevne fine fargeflater, og ved å blande fargene mens de ennå er fuktige, kan du lage fine nyanser, og skygger på motivene dine.
Valg av papir er en smakssak. Letraset har kartong som er spesielt beregnet for disse tusjene, ellers er fotokartong også anbefalt. Selv liker jeg best å bruke akvarellpapir. Vær oppmerksom på at fargene flyter mer ut på akvarellpapir, og den grove strukturen kan slite litt på spissene.
Av blekk er Adirondack Dye den soleklare vinneren. Andre blekktyper vil lett skli utover i kontakt med tusjene. La Adirondacken tørke noen timer før du begynner å fargelegge. Et annet alternativ er svart Distress Ink, den fungerer også kjempefint!

To ting det er lurt å huske på, for å få et fint resultat, er å jobbe raskt, og med små områder av gangen. Blir det stygge kanter og skiller på motivet ditt, kan disse ”viskes ut” med en lys farge.

Jeg har valgt dette nydelige motivet fra Sugar Nellie.


Letraset Promarkes are alcohol based markers, that comes in 92 different colors. With Promarkers it is easy to get smooth areas of colors, and by mixing colors while the ink is still wet, you can make wonderful nuances and shadows on your images.
The choice og card stock is different from person to person, you have to find which one you like best. I use mostly aquarell papers. Be aware that the ink is spreading more on aquarell paper, and the sough surface can wear out the tip of the marker. Among ink pads I recommend Adirondack Dye. It is the very best ink pad to use with Promarkers. Other ink will very easily smudge into the markers and ruin the image. Let the Adirondacken dry for a couple of hours before you start coloring in. You can also use Distress ink pads, that works as a charm too.

2 rules for success; You have to work in small areas, and you have to work fast. If you get some ink spot from the markers you don`t want, you can erase them by using a lighter color marker.

I have chosen this wonderful image from Sugar Nellie:

Her er fargene jeg bruker til dette motivet.
Here is the colors I`ve used for coloring in this image.


Jeg begynner med hudfarge, Blush.
I start with the skin color, Blush.


For å lage skygger, bruker jeg Pastel Pink.
Jeg tar et område av gangen, og begynner med ansiktet. Jeg fukter ansiktet på nytt med Blush, legger raskt på Pastel Pink der jeg vil ha en mørkere nyanse, og går over skjøtene med Blush, til jeg ser at overgangene blir jevne og fine. Fargene vil lysne litt når de tørker.
To make shadows I use Pastel Pink.
I do one small area at a time, and start with the face. I moist the face once again with Blush, quickly I add Pastel Pink there I want a darker nuance and the I use Blush to blend over the edges, so the colors melt together smooth and nice. The Colors will lighten a bit when they are dry.


Til bukse har jeg valgt Pastel blue, Pearl Blue, og Cornflower. Jeg jobber på samme måte her, og begynner med å dekke hele buksa med den lyseste fargen.
Mens Pastel Blue ennå er fuktig, legger jeg skygger med Pearl Blue, og går over skjøtene med Pastel Blue.
For the pants I have chosen Pastel Blue, Pearl Blue and Cornflower. I work in the same way here, and start by covering the whole pants with the lightest color blue. While Pastel Blue is still wet, I put in shadows with Pearl Blue and go over the edges with Pastel Blue.



Deretter legger jeg den mørkeste skyggen, Cornflower, og passer hele tiden på å viske ut skjøtene med en lysere fargenyanse.
Then I put the darkest shadow in, Cornflower, and make sure that I at all time erase the edges with one of the lighter blue markers.

På denne måten jobber jeg meg gjennom motivet.
Til T-skjorta har jeg valgt Satin som lyseste nyanse, og skygget med Warm Gray 2 og 3.
In this way I work my way through the image.
On the T-shirt, I have used Satin as lightest color, and used Warm Gray 2 & 3.


Til gress og blader blander jeg fargene Meadow Green, Forest Green og Marsh Green, og til blomstene har jeg brukt Lavendel og Lilac.
For the grass and leaves I have mixed the colors Meadow Green, Forest Green and Marsh Green, and for the flowers I have used Lavendel and Lilac.



Hår og belte har fått et strøk med Sandstone…
Hair and her belt has been colored in with Sandstone.....


….og deretter har jeg gitt håret liv med Cocoa.
Til slutt har jeg lagt en skygge rundt hele motivet med Ivory.
...and then I have shadowed her hair with Cocoa. At the end I have used Ivory to put a shadow around the whole image.




Her kommer noen tips til som er greie å ha med seg:
Hvis du påfører en lys farge, i en mørk farge, mens fargen ennå er fuktig, så vil den mørke fargen vike plassen for den lyse.
Here are some tips that I find very useful.
If you add a lighter color onto a darker color, while the colors are still wet, the darker color will be replaced with the lighter one.

I mitt eksempel har jeg fargelagt denne herlige musa fra Whiff of Joy, med Coral, Cinnamon og Brunt Sienna.
In my example, I have colored this wonderful mouse from Whiff of Joy, with Colar, Cinnamon and Burnt Sienna.




Så fukter jeg ansiktet på nytt med Cinnamon, og lager kinn med den mye lysere Pastel Pink.
Then I moist the face once again with cinnamon, and makes cheeks with the very much lighter color Pastel Pink.



Mange tror Promarkers er vanskelig å bruke på detaljere motiver, derfor ville jeg ha med et Sarah Kay motiv med mange små detaljer. Tusjfargene sklir litt ut i papiret. Hvor mye avhenger av hvilket papir du velger å bruke. Det gjelder å holde seg litt innenfor konturene, så fargene får litt plass. Dette blir fort en vane, og det fungerer like godt på detaljerte motiver.
A lot of people thinks Promarkers are harder to use on images with lots of details, and that is why I wanted to add an detailed image from Sarah Kay. The colors from the markers will slow into the paper, how much depends on the paper you choose. The clue is to stay a little bit inside the counture of the image. You`ll soon get used to it, and that is how it will still work on detailed images.



Og skulle uhellet være ute, så finnes det faktisk håp allikevel. Husk at de lyse fargene lysner de mørke.
Se her på mitt eksempel. Her har jeg vært uheldig med den brune fargen. Dette ser ikke særlig pent ut!
And if the accident should happen, there is still hope. Remember that the lighter color erase the darker one. Look at my example. I have unfortunately gotten a brown spot in her face. This is not looking pretty.



Her har jeg raskt funnet frem hudfargen, Blush, og brukt den som ”viskelær” på den brune flekken.
Resultatet blir så godt som perfekt. Bare se her.
Quickly I took the color Blush, and used it as an "eraser" on the brown spot. And the result is as good as perfect.



Nå gjenstår det bare å lage kort av de ferdige motivene.
I tillegg til mønsterark har jeg her brukt Spellbinders sirkler rundt motivet fra Sugar Nellie. Teksten er fra North Star Stamps, og stempelswirlene fra Autumn Leaves. Blomsten er satt sammen av en punchblomst, en fløyelsblomst fra Prima, og metallpynt. Jeg har også brukt Fiskars bordpunch, halvperler, eyelet og en sommerfuglcharm.
All that is left now, is to make cards with the images I have colored in.
In addition to pattern paper I have used Spellbinder circle around the image from Sugar Nellie. The Text is from North Star Stamps, and the swirl is from Autumn Leaves. The Flower is put together from die cut flower from a punch, a velvet flower from Prima Marketing, and metal embellishment. I have also used Fiskars borderpunch, half perals, eyelet and a butterfly charm.


På dette kortet har motivet fra Whiff of Joy fått spellbinders rammer. Jeg har pyntet med masse blomster, knapper, brads og metallpynt. Jeg har også brukt blonde, halvperler og QK-swirler. Teksten er fra North Star Stamps.
In this card I have used Spellbinder dies to make frames fro the image from Whiff of Joy. I have used lots of flowers, buttons, brads and metal embellishemnts. I have also used lace, half pearls and swirls from QuicKutz. The text is from North Star Stamps.


Sarah Kay motivet har blitt til et påskekort, med tekst fra Papirloftet. Her har også motivet fått Spellbinders rammer. Blomstene er laget med Retro punchen, swirlene er Boss kut, og bladene er QK. Ellers har jeg brukt metallpynt og brads. Alle kantene er svertet med Distress Ink.
I have used the Sarah Kay image on an Easter card, with text from Papirloftet. I have used Spellbinders to make frame fro the image, also on this card. The Flowers are made with the Retro punch, the swirls are Boss Kut dies, and the leaves are QuicKutz die cuts. I have used metal embellishments and brads. All the edges are distressed with Distress ink.

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Thank you Marianne for this wonderful tutorial, and we hope our readers find this as interesting and inspirational as we did.



Donno.fi Sinä olet luova - Donno.fi You are creative

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 12:28 PM 0 comments
Tänään esittelemme teille suomalaisen yhteistyökumppanimme Donnon. Ja ensimmäisenä annamme puheenvuoron Annikille ja Kaitsulle. Näin he kertovat tarinan yrityksestään ja siitä, kuinka kaikki alkoi.



Kaikki lähti siitä, kun me ( Annikki ja Kaitsu ) aloimme miettiä, olisiko meistä yrittäjiksi. Toisella oli maahantuonnin ja toisella pankkialan kokemusta. Kumpikin aika jämptejä tyyppejä ja kotonakin suhteellisen siistiä :)
Monesta vaihtoehdosta valitsimme lahjatavaroiden maahantuonnin ja hyppäsimme "tyhjyyteen" vuonna 1989. Saimme aika nopeasti aikaan mukavan pikku valikoiman, jolla aloitimme tyydyttävällä menestyksellä. Kuinka ollakaan, lama alkoi heti seuraavana vuonna ja mihinkäs se nyt sitten ensimmäisenä iskee: no lahjatavarakauppaan tietysti.Olimme kuitenkin vierailleet edellisenä vuonna Annikin veljen Jussin luona Seattlessa USA:ssa ja sikäläisistä tavarataloista ja erikoiskaupoista tarttui mm. askartelutarvikkeita mukaan lasten iloksi.
Muuan tuoteryhmä ( kohovärit ) jäi erityisesti mieleen ja tässä aika hankalassa tilanteessa päätimme kysellä alan liikkeiltä, mitä he niistä ajattelivat. Mielenkiintoa riitti ja sitäpaitsi kilpailutilanne oli sellainen, että pientä haastetta tarvittiin kuulemma muutenkin alan tukkukauppaan. Otimme haasteen vastaan ja noin 100:n tuotenimikkeen alkuasetelmasta ollaan näinä vuosina sitten edetty noin 4000 nimikkeen valikoimaan.
Vuonna 2005 meidät valittiin Vuoden Yrittäjiksi Hattulassa, joka osoittaa, että yrityksen kehitys on ollut hyvin myönteinen.
Tukkumyynti on aina ollut peruskivemme, mutta koska askartelualan erikoisliikkeitä on aika vähän Suomessa - varsinkin syrjäseuduilla - päätimme vuonna 2006 avata myös verkkokaupan suomalaisille kuluttajille.Tuotevalikoimamme palvelee kaikentyyppisiä askartelijoita. Lisäämme tuotteita valikoimaan aika maltillisesti, jotta asiat pysyvät hallinnassa. Olemmekin saaneet paljon myönteistä palautetta hyvästä toimitusvalmiudestamme.
Olet aina tervetullut hakemaan ideoita Inspiraatiogalleriastamme http://www.donno.fi/inspiraatio/. Kaikki askartelijat saavat toteuttaa sieltä saatuja vinkkejä täysin vapaasti. Toivotamme kaikille inspiroivaa kevättalvea!


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Today we present you one of our finnish sponsors Donno. First we give floor to Annikki and Kaitsu. Here is presentation about their shop and how all begunn.

It all started when we ( Annikki and Kaj ) started thinking if we would be able to set up a company of our own. Kaj had a ot of experience in imports and Annikki had been working behind the bank desk for a long time. Both were pretty organized and also our home was quite tidy, if you know what I mean:)
From many choises we picked up Imports of Gift Items and jumped into "emptiness" 1989. In a short time we had a nice little collection which was selling pretty good.The next year was, however, a disaster. The regression crawled to Finland and people just stopped to buy gifts in lack of work and money.Luckily we had visited Annikki´s brother Jussi in Seattle USA the same year we started our business .
During our many shopping tours we found interesting craft supplies for our kids. Among them was a very nice product - dimensional paint for textiles - which we then introduced to selected craft shops in Finland. They all said that it was a unique product - which is always a good thing. Many also told us that they would want to see some competition in the market where one big wholesaler was dominating. We took the challenge and started with 100 items and are now stocking about 4000 items.
We were chosen as entrepeneurs of the year 2005 in our commune which shows that the development has been very positive during these years.Wholesale has always been our basic business.

In 2006 we opened our own web shop for the finnish consumers because there are not too many pure craft shops in Finland to serve the consumers especially in the hinterlands.Our assortment is serving all kind of crafters. We add new products moderately to be sure that things are in a good control. We have also received a lot of positive response on our good and fast service.
You are always welcome to search new ideas from our Inspiration Gallery http://www.donno.fi/inspiraatio/ ( it´s only in finnish but the pictures are international, of course ). Click on the pictures in the gallery and you will see more ideas. It´s free for all and we hope you´ll enjoy it. We wish you an inspiring spring time !


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Kun aloitimme tämän artikkelin suunnitelun yhteistyössä Donnon kanssa, Kaj pyysi meitä katsomaan heidän kauppansa valikoimaa ja kertomaan, löytyisikö sieltä meitä kiinnostavia tuotteita artikkelia varten. Kaupan valikoimiin kuuluu paljon ihania askartelutuotteita ja selailtuamme kaupan tarjontaa tuli mieleemme ajatus, että voisimme tehdä korttien lisäksi pieniä lahjoja, joita voisi antaa korttien mukana. Mahtavia ja mielenkiintoisia tuotteita olisi ollut vaikka kuinka paljon, ja valinta ei ollut helppo. Tässä valitsemamme tuotteet, eli kuva paketista, jonka Donno lähetti suomalaisille stampARTic tiimiläisille; Aijalle, Carolalle ja Miialle työstettäväksi. Paketti sisälsi kuviopapereita, magneettilevyä, magneettinappeja, kännykkäkoruja, pinssipohjia, valmiiksi kuvioituja korttipohjia sekä pahvisen rasian.

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When we started to plan this article with Donno, Kaj asked us to look, what products they have in their shop, and what products we would like to make article with.
There were so many great and interesting products, so it wasn´t easy to choose. But we had soon ideas, that we could make cards but also something else, maybe little gifts to give with cards. Here is photo of products what our finnish Dt members Aija, Carola and Miia got to play with. Package included patterned papers, magnetic canvas, little magnetic circles, pins, phone decorations, box, and patterned cards.




Ja mitä DT:mme tekivät saamistaan materiaaleista??

And what our DT´s made with those products??

Aija

Cards with magnets



Beautiful card and decorated box

Magnets

Pins and phone decorations

Carola

Cards

Card with magnet







Pins and phone decorations



Magnets



Beautiful box


Miia


Card, girl and heart with text are magnets





The rose are a magnet






Magnets


Card and box



Pins and phone decorations




Kiitos Annikki ja Kaitsu Donnon mahtavasta DT paketista,jonka saimme. Oli hauskaa kokeilla jotain uutta ja pidimme kaikista tuotteistanne! Toivottavasti myös te lukijat inspiroiduitte artikkelistamme...Te kaikki olette luovia!!

Mahtavaa viikkoa kaikille!


Thank you so much Donno for the great DT package we got to play with! It was fun to try something new and we really enjoyed to work with these products!And we hope, that our readers get inspired of our article..You all are creative!!

Great week to everyone!