17/09/2014

Fairy - Scrap Around The World


Hello there and happy Wednesday! Yesterday was the 16th and thus time for Scrap Around The World mid month reveal (link). The mood board this time is made by Design Team member Amy Voorthuis from The Netherlands. You can see her own take on the board in the first reveal post here (link)

I guess you know the drill - you can be inspired by the mood board in any way. You can use just one image, all of them or just a detail of one and please feel free to use any colors! To be eligible for judging please take a look at the10 Golden Rules found here (link).


Here's my take on the moodboard. The fairytale theme inspired me to do a fairy. I used the pastel color scheme the board has and also included the cogs and glitter found in the board to my art journal spread. I was also inspired by the script details and the swirls the books have in their decorations. 



Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Design Memory Craft, Wycinanka, Talens, Tattered Angels, Ranger, Sharpie, Imaginarium Designs


Thank you for stopping by today! But now let's take a look at the prizes this month!

1ST PRIZE - $50 worth of AWESOME STAMPS from Darkroom Door


Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.


Rubber Stamp set Brush Strokes and Frame Stamp Emulsion

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!


2ND PRIZE - $40 worth of product from 7Dots Studio 


7 Dots Studio was born from dreams and for dreams. We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts, collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits and chipboards. Quality of our products is our top priority.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. What you can always be sure of are high quality and thickness of our papers, which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating with our collections to make them even more interesting and versatile. We are amazingly happy and feel very blessed to see how much our products are loved by crafters and artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.



3RD PRIZE - $30 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as some pretty chipboard sponsored by SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB!



Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond. We strive to include the latest and greatest items on the market that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.


Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on FacebookPinterest and YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!

4TH PRIZE - $20 worth of NEW RELEASE 2Crafty Chipboard!



2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned and operated manufacturer and wholesaler of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia. We have been in operation since October 2006 and have more than 1 000 designs on offer. We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile and up to date with market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, with quick turnaround of jobs large and small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc. If you are a retail business and would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us for more information. Please see further details on our blog!

See their awesome new products just released HERE!



Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products and is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of 2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.


5TH PRIZE - $15 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!



Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art.

Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest and greatest ~ including an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!

Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot and happening place which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques and friendships that last!


They also have a blog and Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!


RANDOM PRIZE - $25 worth of Green Tara products and flowers!


Green Tara are an Australian based company and are importers and wholesalers of fine handmade, milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons, both fabric and paper flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to their collections of high quality products and provide papers with rich colours,
wonderful textures and beautiful patterns!


Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products and is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $30.

16/09/2014

Birgit Koopsen and Carabelle Studio Blog Hop & Giveaway


Hello and welcome to the Birgit Koopsen and Carabelle Studio Blog Hop and Giveaway! If you arrived from lovely Marsha, you are on the right track! 

As you may have heard Birgit recently released her first collection of 6 mixed media stamp sets with Carabelle Studio. I am so thrilled and beyond happy to be one of the designers she picked to try out her designs and be part of this blog hop! 

I created seven layouts using the following sets: "I heart Washi Tape", "Layered Strips" and "Frech Lily Background". You can see all the sets here at Carabelle Studio shop (link) and order them from there, too! 

Today I'm sharing with you one of the layouts I made together with a video. I shall be posting the six others through out the following moth. But here's a few sneaks of them already!

 

Would you love to have some of the new sets to play with? If you hop over to Birgit's blog you will find a giveaway! But I urge you to comment here too as you will have another entry into her giveaway! And even better - if you leave a comment on all participating blogs you will have as many chances to win one of her stamp sets! How cool is that?!

So leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on this blog, too, and let us know how you like the stamps and the projects and what is your favorite stamp set! Birgit will then randomly pick six lucky winners! You have time to participate and comment until September 23, midnight CEST.

To make things easy for you, here is the list of the participating blogs. Make sure to check out all these amazing designers and their beautiful projects:

Riikka Kovasin (you are here!)


Ok then, here's my layout made with two of the sets shown earlier! I've used "Layered Strips" and "I heart Washi Tape" here. From the video underneath you can see how the page came into being! 

The topic of the page is twinkling Eiffel tower. Last spring Marsha and me visited Version Scrap event in Paris and on Saturday night we thought to go see the Eiffel tower. By a happy coincidence we took the metro too far in the first try, saw the modern triumphal arc first and headed to Eiffel. It was just a few minutes to midnight or was it eleven when we reached the park near the tower and while walking towards it, it started to sparkle and twinkle! Really magical!


I felt that "Layered Strips" had the same feeling as the twinkling tower. It has got the same architectural style than the tower. I used embossing glitters to have the same sparkling effect to the page. To give the page even more sparkle I also used a the starry part of "I heart Washi Tape" in the page and added a few punched ones, too. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Your next stop will be the talented Janna Werner - can't wait to see what she has created! Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop and good luck with the raffle! Don't forget to comment in every step to better your odds! Have a lovely day!


Materials: Carabelle Studio, 7 Dots Studio, Tattered Angels, Wow! Embossing Powders, Fiskars, Sodalicious, American Crafts, Prima Marketing, Sharpie, Design Memory Craft, Ranger

15/09/2014

Version Scrap 2014 minialbum - workshop by Magda Bolinska


Hi there crafty people! Today I share with you a project that took me almost six months to do! Well, in all honesty I have to say that the complete working process took just hours but the project was started this spring in Version Scrap in the workshop by Magda Bolinska. Then it was stored quite some time and last week I decided now I need to finish it and I'm glad I did! 


Like I said, the album was started on the workshop of Magda Bolinska and it shows her ideas and style with, I'd like to think, touch of me. The instructions were to bring some photos to the workshop and my photos actually made it all the way to France and the hotel room. I felt quite silly in the workshop with my photos in the room! But luckily I had everything else with me and could do the base in the workshop. Then an idea hit me and I decided to use the base to document that trip so I passed the book around among fellow crafters and even asked the teachers to leave their mark in it! Thus were two of the spreads in the book filled! 


When I then got back home, I ordered the photos to go in the album. When they arrived, I just tucked them inside the booklet inside the kit pouch and then it was sort of forgotten for weeks. I intended to do the mini during my summer vacation, but we weren't much home then, so working with it was again postponed. But as I said, last week I sat down one day and gathered all the materials we used in the workshop around me and started making the mini ready! 

I really love how Magda treats color and makes her pages and minis look so happy and full of great details! I tried to capture the same joy in my pages and used the ideas and techniques she shared in the workshop. If you want to create something similar and get ideas how to play with different mediums, I recommend her workshop! Actually I was so inspired by the workshop that I started another mini with the ideas I got from the workshop. It's about our summer trip to Stockholm and let's see how long that takes me to make!


Usually taking photos of a minialbum is really hard and somehow the pictures never seem to capture the way the album is constructed. At least in my opinion. So I decided to try another approach and shot a short video me leafing through the album. Please say what do you think, it's it better with a video or just with the photos? 


Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and don't forget to come back tomorrow as there's going to be something really fun! If you want to know more check out my social media accounts like Facebook or Instagram! Wishing you a colorful day!


Materials: Sodalicious, Tattered Angels, 3rd Eye, Design Memory Craft, Ranger, ILS, Talens, Sakura



14/09/2014

Happy - Prima PPP September


Hi there! Today I'm sharing you this page I made for Prima PPP challenge. I started the background in Leimailutaivas, where I was demoing different use of stencils. Here's a few different stencils layered and treated in different ways, but my favorite is that domination, big copper colored harlequin pattern. It's made with the new Finnabair Art Extravagance Texture Paste Copper Crackle. Really great medium!

The topic of the page is lovely Birgit and her new stamps. I'm so happy that her dream is coming true and she's releasing stamps she has designed through Carabelle Studio! Dreams do come true! The photo of her is taken during a workshop this spring when she was teaching in Paris "Version Scrap". 


I got crazy with all new playthings from Finnabair DT and used the new stencils here as well as the new Art Mediums. The big pattern, like I said, is one with the Copper Crackle, but there's also Soft Gel in the page and different little glittery things from the Art Ingredients -line. They really invite you to play, don't they?

Thank you for your visit! If you want to see more info about the stamps, please visit Birgit's blog and stay tuned - there's a blog hop coming!


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, Design Memory Craft, Tattered Angels

13/09/2014

Gratitude - Canvas Corp Brands


Going grungy today! I was going though some old canvases and deciding where to put them. I happened to turn one of them around and immediately fell in love with the backing! It's got kraft, it's got text and it was just yearning to get something on there!

So I grabbed some Tattered Angel Pure Mistable papers, some Canvas Corp papers and canvas and started layering. It's really quite relaxing just to glue a strip of paper on top of a strip of paper. When I had the layers done, I then misted the piece with two Glimmer Mist colors to give the piece an autumn-like look. You can see the colors from below.

The canvas then seemed to miss something, so I added a quote from a Canvas Corp paper and some chipboard circles painted with Glimmer Glaze. I also used the Glaze to stamp some circles to the background and made some splashes too! Really quick and easy piece, just perfect for some creative play!

As I have been into making mixed media pieces lately, I'm now finding myself in a pickle. Where to put all the canvases? I mean there's only so much I can hung to our walls! I've given some away, thrown some away and re-used several but still there's way too many. What do you do with your canvases?

Thank you for stopping by today! It really means a lot to me! 


Products from Canvas Corp Brands:

Twinkle Yellow- Glimmer Mist 2oz Cranberry Zing- Glimmer Mist 2oz Saffron- Glimmer Glaze  1 oz Pure Mistable Paper 12x12 Linen - White Flocked Ivory Damask on White Chocolate & Ivory Live Love Laugh 30" x 36" Fabric - Ivory Burlap 



Materials: Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, 3rd Eye, Ranger


12/09/2014

Myrskylintu - Canvas Corp Brands


"Kun myrsky mylvii ja laine laulaa 
ja vasten louhia loiskuaa,
kun honka huojuu ja näre notkuu
ja vaahto pärskyen roiskuaa.
Mä silloin nautin ja riemurinnoin halki ilmojen kiitelen
ja laulan luontoa, maailmoita 
ja elon taistoa ihmisten."
- Kasimir Leino

The poem on top is freely translated as such: "When the storm is roaring and the waves are singing and when they crash against the rocks, when the trees are bending and the seafoam is splashing high. I then savor the weather and fly and glide across the air with the greatest of joy singing about nature, the world and the strive of men."

I had heard the poem and the song made from it earlier, but the moment when it really hit me still sends shivers down my spine. I had a summer job in a musical theater and the piece was about Finland's history through the eyes of Oskar Merikanto. He happened to live in a time when there was big things happening in Finland, like the Leino brothers, too. The last song of the piece was "Myrskylintu", Thunderbird. It's usually sung by just one male singer but in the musical it was sung by the whole ensemble. It was magnificent. Ever since I have been singing and humming the song every now and then and when I was expecting our first child, I tend to sing it more, just to have a song that she knows. The trick actually worked, the song used to calm her down when I started humming it when she was little.


So now that I'm making pages about little details that make me, inspired by the "My Details" workshop, I just had to document what this piece of music is to me. The Maritime papers by 7 Gypsies fitted the theme perfectly. I didn't have any picture of the musical at hand and didn't want to use yet again a photo of my own face, so I chose to go with a picture of the sea as the poem talks about storming sea rather than storm in land. 

The layers are made with the Maritime papers as well as ephemera. I also included other Canvas Corp Brands materials in the layout - like the corrugated cardboard background and the misted splashes. There's also a drawn Thunderbird peeking behind the photo and some dark feathers to mimic the bird. 

Do you have a song that somehow sums it all up and is really influential? 

Thank you for stopping by today! Keep on singing! 

PS. I've actually made a page about the song before, here's a link to that previous one.


Products from Canvas Corp Brands:

  Maritime 8x8 Paper Pad (48 sheets) Maritime 6x6 Paper Pad (48 sheets) Maritime Mini Ephemera Apothecary Label: Chemistry Naked Canvas Mini Shapes  - Flags (3 pieces) 30" x 36" Fabric - Natural Burlap Gratitude Sampler on Kraft C-Flute Kraft Paper Bags Kraft (12 pieces) Tags & Ties Skinny - Chalkstock (5) Dark Blue- Plain Jane Simply Sheer 2oz Sapphire- Glimmer Mist 2oz Graphite- Glimmer Mist 2oz Beetle Black- Glimmer Mist 2oz 


Materials: 7 Gypsies, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Design Memory Craft, 7 Dots Studio

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