December 24, 2015

Christmas wishes from Finnabair CT

Merry Christmas everyone!
Τhe whole Finnabair Creative Team created their personal artistic Christmas wishes for all of you...
My wish to all of you is LOVE!

You can visit Finnabair's blog to see all the amazing projects team created.
We hope all these wishes will come true for you. Enjoy and feel inspired! 

Here are some details of my project. It's full of Finnabair products: White Heavy Gesso, 3D Gloss Gel, Glass beads, glitter, 'love' button, a piece of resist canvas with which I made a pocket on the bear's belly, star brads. 
The word LOVE is by 2Crafty Chipboard.

Sending warmest hugs for the Christmas Time!


December 20, 2015

Altered star for Christmas

Happy Sunday everyone!
Today I'm sharing an altered fabric star I created for ColourArte.

For this project I used:

ColourArte products:
Other products:
  • Finnabair products: White Heavy Gesso, 3D Gloss Gel, Ephemera vintage photo, glitter, Glass Beads, Pearls and Glitter, Metal embellishments
  • 2Crafty chipboard star
  • 7 Dots Studio sentence sticker
  • lace
  • buttons
  • shinny black grass
  • wire

First I attached the wire on two sides of the star to create a hanger. I also hanged a cute tassel at the underside of the star. How cute is that?! I removed a couple of beads of the tassel and attached on the wire.
Then I applied white gesso with a sponge all over the star.

Next thing to do was to alter the chipboard star.
I painted it with the warm gray and pale porcelain H2Os and spread some glitter on it.
I really love these two shades, I think they are perfect for vintage projects!
I let it dry.

Then I cut with scissors the little girl from a Finnabair's Ephemera vintage photo and glued it on the chipboard star. I glued all the embellishments on the fabric star with 3D Gloss Gel and spread glitter and Glass Beads here and there.

As some final touches I used with a paintbrush the  Blue Ice H2O here and there.
Despite the red shades of the project, I decided to use blue color because I always like to add a little bit of blue on vintage projects.


With this project I'm playing at:

7 Dots Studio 'Cold Weather' challenge.
Despite the red shades of this project, I believe it creates a cold vintage feeling.
I used stickers from Yuletide collection.

Art Sandbox challenge 'hanging on a Christmas tree'


So, that was my altered vintage inspiration for today.
I hope you got some ideas :)

Have a lovely crafty day!


December 15, 2015


Hello mixed media friends! 
Today I'm hosting the Mixed Media Place with a Christmas project.

I found this beautiful card in Finnabair's Ephemera. I thought that the theme with the angels was so cute to make something for Christmas. I decided to make a simple cluster under the angels and not cover them with any paint. I glued the card on a white cardboard, and distressed the edges with the Vintage Photo distress ink.

For the cluster I glued with 3D Gloss Gel a Mechanical Flower at the bottom, then a flower lace, then a 2 Crafty chipboard star and last on the top a Mechanical Bottle Cup. I also used a star brad to secure the bottle cup on the star.

I used White Heavy Gesso, 3D Gloss Gel, Mica Powders (green and opal magic blue) and several Art Ingredients like Micro Beads, Flakes and Glitter to paint and alter all these elements.
At the underside of the star I hanged a cute tassel with a tiny bell that actually sounds when it's moving! How cute is that?!
I really love how it's hanging under the composition :)

In order to make a hanger I used wire. I made a couple of holes with cropadile, twisted the wire around the holes and secured it with a tiny star brad. I also tied a ribbon on the wire to decorate it.

For the tittle I used a sticker with the word 'NOEL' from the  7Dots Studio Yuletide collection.
***see full supplies list here


With this project I'm playing at Art Sandbox challenge 'hanging on a Christmas tree' 


I hope you got some ideas on how to decorate a single ephemera card :)
Have a lovely crafty day!

December 12, 2015

Frozen in Time

Hello friends!
Winter is here in Greece, so as cold wind, cozy mood and warm sweaters.
I think my layout for 2Crafty Chipboard shows this wintery feeling...

This photo is by Finnabair's Ephemera and I really love how old and timeworn it looks.
I used the Tiny Vivian's frame , the three Spiral Snowflakes of the set and a Pen Nib. I really love how they look on my composition.

In order to alter the spiral snowflakes I used White Gesso and white Glitter.
First I applied the gesso with a sponge and then I spread the glitter.
The gesso works just like glue, so the snowflakes where ready to use in no time!
(You can find a mini tutorial on how I altered the snowflakes at the end of this post)

I wanted the Tiny Vivian's frame to be black, so I painted it with black silk by ColourArte with a paintbrush.

For the pen nib (below) I used 'Vintage Photo' distress ink with the applicator and a little bit of white gesso in some spots. I stacked it on the page with staplers.

2Crafty chipboards on this project:

Spiral Snowflakes
Frames Tiny Vivian's
Pen Nibs

Spiral Snowflakes (unit of 3)   Frames Tiny Vivian's (unit of 3) Pen Nibs (units of 3)

Christmas tree decorations

With only a few days left until Christmas and I decided to make some more decorations for my Christmas tree.

Here is how I made them. Very easy and quick!
You will only need White Gesso (you can also use any kind of glue like Gel Medium or craft glue), glitter and of course 2Crafty Chipboard :)

First you have to cover the chipboard with gesso. 

Before it drys, spread a generous amount of glitter.
Gesso will work as a glue.

Use the tweezers to remove the chipboard from the glitter and give it a good shake to remove the excess. Repeat the process if you have left some spots without glitter.

Tie some thread and your decorations are ready to hang on the tree.

2Crafty chipboards on this project:

Spiral Snowflakes
Wire Stars

Blitzen (unit of 3) Spiral Snowflakes (unit of 3)    Wire Stars (unit of 3)

I hope you got some ideas of today's projects!
Have a lovely crafty day!


December 7, 2015

Winter Fairy Tale

Hello dear friends!
Today I'm hosting the Finnabair blog with a winter fairy project.

I had this small 4x4 inch frame for a long time and finally decided to do something with it. It is actually a shadow frame, made out of paper mache, so I wanted something to fit inside. 
As I was looking through my stash, I found this little fairy, which I made using a mold and plaster many years ago and what a surprise - it was the perfect size for my shadow frame! 
So, the idea was to create a wintery fairy scene inside the shadow frame.

I kept looking through my stash and I found some beautiful Mechanical leaves and small flowers that looked just perfect on the little frame. I used a couple of brads to join them together and then a pliers to blend them in order to fit them onto the frame. 
Mechanicals are flexible and that makes it very easy to change their shape. For the tittle I used a tiny word 'Treasure' by 2Crafty Chipboard. 

Next step was to paint them all with Black Gesso. I chose Black Gesso instead of White because later on I used Gold Opal Magic Mica Powder and I really love the effect on black surface.
When it was dry I made custom paints with Mica Powders (Gold Opal Magic, Rust, Frozen Lake, Deep Water, Bottle Green) and Soft Matte Gel and painted the frame and the fairy.
First I used all the colors, but at the end I painted everything one more time with Rust and Opal Gold because I wanted them to be the main colors of the composition.

I also used White Crackle Paste on the frame. I let it dry and again painted it with the custom Rust paint. After they were all dry, I glued some glossy grass, a flower and the fairy inside the frame and spayed white Lindy's Stamp Gang spray on and around the fairy. I also painted with Black Gesso the edges of the frame in order to make more dark shading around the composition.

Last step was to spread some Art Ingredients here and there, mostly around the fairy and in the center of the flower. I  played with Pearl and Sterling Glass Glitter as well Silver Micro Beads and White Art Sugar. I love combining different types of Art Ingredients and creating varied effects in every project. I used 3D Gloss Gel as a glue. It dries clear and gives a beautiful shine.

***you can find full list of products of this project here


I hope you got inspired by my wintery fairy scene!
Have a lovely crafty day!