Find the world inside - an altered palette

Moikka! In the last post I showed the sample I made for my first ever online workshop but there's more! As the black palette is a one time chance, an online workshop happening in reallife, Clelia asked me to do another one which we record! You can find more info here (link) at Facebook event page.

Like the black one, the workshop comes with a kit but this time the actual tutorial, the workshop part is recorded and you can see it over and over again if you wish. During the workshop we'll play with the "dynamic duo" of gel medium and gesso, think about composition, familiarize with Mica and so forth. You can find the workshop with the kit here (link) in Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle. 

And as always, if you have any questions in mixed media or anything, feel free to email me! 

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix

Written in the book of time - an altered palette

Hello there and happy Monday! I have amazing news for you! My first ever online workshop is happening in next month- 10th of July to be exact. You can find more info here (link) at Facebook event.

This workshop is a one time change as it's going to be a live workshop over the internet. You'll be able to stay in the comfort of your own home but still ask questions and interact with me. I just love the idea! The person who's behind this is Clelia from an Italian shop Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle. I'm so honored to be asked to do this and so excited! 

During the workshop we'll be making a dark but colorful altered palette. You can see my sample project in this post - there might be some changes in the products due to availability. The base is black but we're using Mica in two ways to add colors to the surface and transform the item into a whirlwind of galaxies, stars and nebula. We're also working with gel medium, gesso and waxes - all available from the Finnabair line from Prima Marketing!

The workshop will be bi-lingual - I'm doing the project and answering the questions in English and Clelia is translating my speech in Italian. So even if you don't speak Italian but you understand English, you can join! It would be wonderful to see you online! 

You can find and purcase the workshop with the kit here (link) in Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle. She'll ship the kits internationally!

Thank you for stopping by today! I really hope to see you in class! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix


Teekurssia Varalusikassa syksyllä!

This post is about a workshop in Finland so this post is only in Finnish. If you's like a workshop with me, please don't hesitate to throw me an email!

Sunnuntai-iltaa! Kesälomat puskee päälle, mutta osittain ajatukset on jo syksyssä. Yksi syksyn kurssi on jo julkaistu (linkki), mutta tässä tulee seuraava! Sain uuden kutsun Porin seutuville Varalusikan tiloihin kurssittelemaan syyskuussa. Tarkoituksena olisi leikkiä teellä. Alla lisätietoa. 

Oletteko jo kuulleet Varalusikasta? Ihana nettikauppa kauniille asioille, tavaroille, joilla on tarina ja vintage-henkisille kuukausikiteille. Tästä pääsette tutustumaan Varalusikkaan tarkemmin (linkki)

”No good story ever starts with drinking tea” – Varalusikan tilat, Leineperi 8.9.2018 klo 11-14

Olen totaalinen teeaddikti! Mutta tämä ihana juoma omaa myös kauniin värin ja sillä voi tehdä muutakin. Kurssilla leikitään teellä luoden assemblaasi kirjan kanteen. Teensävyjä, erilaisia taideaineita ja kerroksia. Kurssi sopii myös hyvin aloittelijoille, jotka haluavat tutustua erilaisiin taideaineisiin.

Kurssin hinta on 36 € / hlö, johon sisältyy käytettävät materiaalit. Kurssimaksu tulee maksaa etukäteen. Jotta kurssi toteutuu, täytyy ilmoittautuneita olla ainakin 6.  

Kurssille voi ilmoittautua osoitteeseen rkovasin (at) gmail.com. Mukaan mahtuu maksimissaan 10 henkeä. Ilmoittautuminen on sitova ja perutusta kurssipaikasta peritään maksu.

Inspired By... Vol 6/2018

10th of the month means another Inspired By post! Inspired By is something sweet Marsha and me have been doing for years now. Until 2018 it was that we chose a subject to be inspired by and then did something inspired by that theme, a piece of art or a book. The inspiration could be anything but we both turned that into some kind of project and blogged the creation on the 10th. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).

Inspired By is a playground, a concept we can use to explore, to play and to discover. We can do as much or as little we want and have time for. I guess it's not a surprise then that we both enjoy Inspired By very much but after doing it the same way so many years, we thought to change the things a bit.

This year, 2018, we both just post on the 10th with some source of inspiration we found that month. Or rather on a period from the 10th of previous month to 9th of the current month. It can be a series of photos, a book we read, an artwork we saw, just a pebble on the street or a new product we bought. We can make something using that source, but it's more about sharing just the inspiration. Consider it as a window to our creative minds!

I knew exactly what I'd use for the source for this month's creation the moment I saw it. I was really blown away and inspired by this journal spread by Jaine Drake, a fellow Wow Embossing teamie (link). I loved the collage feel of the spread, the different materials and textures it has and even the colors. Such a perfect piece! I could have studied and stared it for hours! The spread also reminded me about a cabinet of curiosities (link) somehow. 

I naturally didn't want to copy the page but use it as a jumping of point. Thinking what I would actually do, I got browsing Jaine's blog (link) and decided to use this tutorial (link) for a mini book as a jumping of point as well as I remember doing similar books with 12x12" papers years ago. I actually tried to find the mini albums I made like that from my blog but maybe they were so long ago, I might have even deleted the posts. 

I got so excited about the project again and it was such a pleasure to create! I used one 12x12" sheet for the inside pages. I also used two pieces of coffee stained paper to each end of the album to get inside cover pages. I cut these a bit longer than the actual pages and then added a fold to the other side so I could sew the pieces to the inner pages.

Before folding them and using double sided tape to secure the folds and spreads, I sewed all the details to the pages. I followed the idea of the original spread and mixed fabric with the paper in the spreads. I also added some lace in the mix and also used a striped washi tape.

I really liked the inside pages but I think the best part was making the cover! I browsed through my paper stash but nothing seemed to be just right. So I thought of using old book paper but as it's old, it's also very fragile so not the best material for cover. Then I got thinking about a craft I did for Craft Stamper (link) collaging tissue paper on top of cotton. As it worked so well with tissue paper, I thought it must work with book paper as well. 

I used Soft Matte Gel as the adhesive and glued several pieces of book paper on top of coffee stained cotton. It looked good, but the contrast was too high. First I thought to add gesso on top but then thought about even a better solution - I adhered a pale beige colored sheet of tissue paper on top. That was perfect for the job! It got rid of the high contrast and turned the fabric almost like leather. I also added another sheet of tissue to the inside part of the cotton. After drying I cut the fabric to the right size, added the elastic band and stitched around the edge. 

I used the inside cover parts I made of coffee tinted paper to attach the mini album to the covers. As you can see from the previous photos, I made the back cover longer so that a piece wraps around to the front, making the album a bit like an envelope. The shape of the mini album is almost like a traveler's journal this way, too! 

I'm not totally sure what to do with the finished mini. I finished the spreads with inspirational words or mini stories anyway. I used a 7 Dots Studio word sticker on each spread and then found a piece of text from an old book that would somehow add to the phrase. There's "some regular passengers, put your cape on and fly" for example or "dare to dream - most satisfying". 

I really love how this piece turned out! It was fun to make and I like the end result as well. I also really like how this project also continues the series of adding more textile into my crafts! It seems to be an ongoing trend with my inspired by creations this year! 

Now it's time to go and see what Marsha has been inspired by this month (link)! I'm so in awe about her posts as they contain a thousand seeds for inspiration! I love how she adds things she's done during the month, things she has seen and other sources. Really amazing - I love how you're able to peek inside her mind a bit with the posts! 

So thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely Sunday and an inspiring start to the new week! If you haven't already, be sure to participate to this blog hop (link) and be in for the giveaway draw as well! Ta ta for now! 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Varalusikka, Teippitarha


Even roses have thorns - an altered hoop - Prima Marketing

Here's a project I've been thinking about doing some time, but couldn't get it done before that was a topic at design team sign up sheet! So, when there was an altered embroidery hoop day coming to Prima blog (link) I definitely wanted to be a part of it! 

Size isn’t everything! I’ve had this little embroidery hoop for a while in my collection and this post was a perfect time to alter it. First, I added a piece of paper to it as the base for the composition and then used 3D Gel as my adhesive adding flowers and other embellishments in place. I decided to call the piece “Even roses have thorns” as I included some sewing elements to the composition including needles.

Thank you for your visit today!


848712 – Vintage Floral Misty Fields 
631178 – Lavender flowers Milane 
631390 – Love Story flowers Antoinette 
590260 – Watercolor Confections Shimmering Lights 
596781 – Color Philosophy Permanent Ink Chat Noir 
961367 – 3D Gloss Gel 
961459 – Heavy Gesso Black 
961442 – Heavy Gesso White 
960261 – Mechanicals Numbers 
960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numerals 
961893 – Messy Clear stamp 

Materials: Prima Marketing


A oceanic hello - Wow Embossing Powder

Hello hello hello! And welcome to my blog! If you are here for the hop, perfect, you are on the right track! Especially if you came from Melissa Bickford (link)! Please scroll all the way down as there's a giveaway in this hop!

Because welcome to a very special Blog Hop collaboration with the WOW! Embossing Powder (link) and Honeybee Stamps (link). As you know, the most fun part of having a blog hop is meeting, sharing and inspiring one another in this beautiful crafting community. We feel so blessed to have our paths cross with each other and we all hope this collaboration inspires you all. If you get lost along the way, heed back over to the WOW! Embossing Powder (link) to check the bearings or see the hop list below.

Riikka Kovasin (you are here!) 

I made a sweet mermaid card for this hop. The stamps used in the card are from Honey Bee. To make the oceanic background I used several Wow powders and made thick layers with them. The see through powders mixed and created a wavy blue background for the mermaid to swim. I also added some sequins from Honey Bee to make the shaker part to the card.

No blog hop is complete without some prize, so are you ready for some awesome giveaways? Both of the companies are giving away prize. WOW! Embossing Powder has a set of 6 powders of your own choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your new goodies.  you powders safely in. And from Honeybee Stamps you have a possibility to win a $50 gift card. So what I need to do, you ask? The only think you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on each of the design team members blog hop! So hop along and remember to comment! 

The winners for the giveaways will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS of this blog hop by EST on 14th June 2018 and will be announced on the Wow! blog on 15th June 2018.

So thank you once again for stopping by and an oceanic hello from Finland! Please browse a bit more if you like the card! When you want to head forward, your next step is Rosali Bartz

Materials from Wow Embossing Powder:

Materials from Honey Bee:

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Honey Bee, Ranger, Prima Marketing


Rust to dust tags - A Flair for Buttons

Moikka! Here's my first A Flair for Buttons June project. Nature is blooming and instead of very colorful projects, I got wrapped up in rusty, dusty, brown colors! Oops! The inspiration for these tags came from a Facebook live demo (link) I was doing and even though I coated those tags with metallic, shiny paints, I thought to go with rust to these. Partly maybe because of the oh so cool Texture 1 and 2 flairs! 

I added a raised dot pattern to the background of the tags and then built a composition on top using different metal embellishments and flowers. While I coated the background with rust, I treated the metals with a lighter touch and didn't add any rust pastes to the paper blooms. Instead they got some brown hues on top to match them better to the background.

On top then I added some wire to draw the eye in to the composition and finished the tags with some great flair buttons. As I didn't want the tags to be totally rusty, I added a button to each from the "Vintage Sweetheart" set. The vintage tones match the browns there are in the tag but also add a bit of sweetness to the makes. I chose another vintage style one from the "France" set. And naturally I needed to add the gorgeous, grungy flairs that were partly my inspiration - the brick walls and the cracked old wood. The sets for these are "Texture 1" and "Texture 2". Aren't those just gorgeous?

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you're having a lovely day! 

Sets used: 


Materials: A Fair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio

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