Hi! My name is Elina Stromberg, and I’m a card maker, scrapbooker, mixed media enthusiast and photographer from Vantaa, Southern Finland. Nice to meet you!

I have made different kinds of crafts all my life. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, and stitching I learned as a kid, and beautiful fabrics and yarns continue to inspire me. Paper has always been my favourite material for various crafting projects, and my love for stamping, drawing, painting, and collaging goes back a long way. I started blogging in 2009, and hearing that my projects have inspired fellow crafters is the best reward I can get for my work.

I love the fact that this hobby is all about learning something new every day. When crafting, I pay a lot of attention to choosing just the right colours and placing the elements in a way that pleases the eye. For me, crafting equals mindfulness, and it is my way to unwind and to keep away work stress. The busier my work days are at the office, the more time I try to allocate to my crafting projects. Being able to take even a short moment to myself and create something beautiful and tangible is very important to me. I also teach scrapbooking, card making and mixed media classes, but you might also meet me also at trade shows in which I arrange demos, make-and-takes etc. Meeting other crafters sharing the same passion is always very inspiring.

Some 10 years ago I purchased my very first Sizzix BigShot machine and got hooked to die-cutting right away. Since the beginning my collection of Sizzix dies has grown, but I yet wait for each new product release with great excitement. It’s like having Christmas many times a year!

I have my BigShot always on my crafting table, and many of my scrapbooking layouts and card creations are embellished with die-cut elements. I also love creating collages with my die-cuts, and I feel that combining the die-cut collages with stamped patterns or watercolour painted backgrounds take my creations to a completely new level!

Today I wanted to share with you a card I made with the new Tim Holtz 'Merry Moose' die set:

 

Here's how I created it:

First I die-cut all the pieces needed to build the moose, and then assembled the image.

The bottom part of the card background is made wrom white paper: I started with cutting a wave shape on the upper edge of the white panel. Using a piece of scrap paper I cut another wave shape, and used this piece as my mask when inking the background with blue Distress ink.

Then I adhered the inked panel on a dark blue cardstock, glued both pieces on my white card base,  and attached the moose on the card. The tiny stars I draw on the background with a white gel pen.

I also made another version of the card: The elk image was built the same way than previously, but on the background there are pieces of die-cut pine trees (die-cut with an older Tim Holtz design).

I think both versions look quite nice!

For this card I used the following Sizzix dies:

Other supplies:

  • White card base
  • White and dark blue cardstock for the background
  • Pieces of brown, white, red and yellow cardstock for die-cutting
  • Blue Distress ink; Ink applicator
  • White gel pen
  • White pastel pen
  • Glue

If you'd like to see more crafting ideas by me, please visit my blog artsandcrafswithlove.com

Wishing you a wondeful day!
Elina