22/10/2018

Sweet Fall, Sis! - A Flair for Buttons


Moikka! A new week and first I'm sharing my second October project for A Flair for Buttons. When I made this page, the weather had just taken a turn towards autumn. It was still warm, but the rains started to set in and there was the scent of autumn in the air. I bet by now we are deep in the autumn already. How about you? Do you experience all the four seasons or just two of them?

What I used as inspiration to this page was the squirrel flair, this picture and my younger daughter. I showed her the picture, of two of them climbing to a rock near my parents's place, and asked what she'd like to say to her sister, would she have some autumn greeting for her. She thought about it a moment and then said she'd like just to say "ihanaa syksyƤ, sisko" - "sweet autumn, sister". So thus the title! 

I used a rich, autumn color palette in the page and brought other fall like elements to it besides the squirrel flair from the Woodland Creatures set. I added leaves and branches in different ways and managed even to add one flair from my favorite set, Texture 1. But I have to be honest - the picture in the layout isn't taken during autumn. It's actually taken on Christmas day two years ago when the weather was really warm and strange for the season!


Besides autumn like flair, I also used a heart one from Two Tone Heart, which matched the warm autumn color palette. As I usually love to add something black and something white in my layouts to give them contrast and brightness, the "Fab!" flair from Smash Words 1 fitted this purpose perfectly. And the saying fitted the page as well as I think the greeting is fab and also the fact that my kids climb and know how to go about in the wild. 

Thank you for your visit today! I'll be sharing next A Flair for Buttons projects with you again next month! Maybe some winter projects then already? Or maybe it's still a bit early for that... Let's see what I come up with! Ta ta for now!


Flair sets used: 

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Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Sizzix, Elizabeth Craft Designs, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger, Prima Marketing

21/10/2018

Joy to the world - Sizzix


Joy to the world! Today I'm sharing a card I made using Sizzix dies. I played with two different house dies and also with some acrylic paints. 

The background as well as the paper I used for the foreground big house is done using my fingers and acrylic paints. I really enjoy playing with colors like that! Feeling like a kid to be able to paint like that. I used warm colors and went after a modern, stylized aurora borealis with it. 


To balance the bright colors, I used white on the other houses. It also mimics a snowy landscape but also soothes the otherwise colorful card. The landscape is cut using "Landscape Border" die. The big house in the foreground is cut with "Pop Up House", but I used used it flat rather than dimensional. The third die I used is the letter set, "Delicate Letters" to cut the letters for the word "joy". I used the same vibrant, painted paper for that which I also used for the house and background. 

If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration, there's some available directly from the Sizzix UK home site (link) and naturally from the Sizzix UK Christmas Hub (link)!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely Sunday and great start to the new week!


Materials from Sizzix: 



Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, UniPosca, ymo



20/10/2018

Moments you can't put into words - Prima Marketing


Sweet Saturday everyone! This layout is extra special in the light of the recent events. I made it more than a month ago, but since then the world has taken a turn and hurricane season hit the main person in this page bad. I'm of course talking about Miranda Edney. During the week there was a special blog post dedicated to her at Prima blog (link) which also shared a funding campaign. So if you can spare a little and help her out, it would be amazing! She lost her home and business and is now trying to work to fix everything. You can find the campaign here (link).


One of this year’s highlights happened in January. I traveled to the USA for the first times, taught some workshops and attended Creativation. The whole trip was an amazing experience and I’m very grateful for it. What also was amazing, was to meet new people and see some I’ve known online actually in real life. One of those was the amazing Miranda – I’m so happy that we were roomies for a short period of time! 

I used Georgia Blues throughout the layout. I started with a beautiful watercolor styled flower paper as my background, added some mixed media touches to it and then continued using the collection as my layers and embellishments. I wanted a regal touch to the piece, so I added some gold details to it, to match the deep ink blue of the papers. You can see my process with the page in the video above and I also added some tips below.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a fabulous weekend and sending lots of love to you all! 


Tip 1. If you don’t got it, make it. The Finnabair waxes are handy turning items to resemble metals. They are easy to apply and stick to various surfaces. So, if you don’t have big metal swirls, or a perfect golden button, grab a wax and top up your embellishments into shiny ones! 


Tip 2. Flat, full-figured and everything between. Stencils are really handy for layering! Just by changing what you are stenciling with, the medium you are using, you can totally change the look of the outcome. Try with different colors of inks, pastes and paints and see how the medium and color effects the pattern. And stencils can be used on embossing and stamping, too! 


Tip 3. Know your ink. If you like layers and work with intuition rather than a cunning plan, I suggest the permanent inks for you. That way if you decide to add watercolor on top, the ink won’t bleed. If you on the other hand want a watercolor look, then go for the Prima inks with the white top! 


Tip 4. Wuthering heights. I like dimension in my layouts and projects. You don’t have to go over the top at once, if you don’t feel like it, but try sometimes adding thin 3D foam dots or a sheet of thin cardboard underneath you photo cluster. See how it makes the center of attention to pop out even more?


Materials: 

634131 – Georgia Blues 12x12 Paper Pad 
634162 – Georgia Blues Journaling Notecards 4x6 
634179 – Georgia Blues chipboard stickers 
634193 – Georgia Blues Cling Stamps + Stencil 
636678 – Georgia Blues 
636616 – Georgia Blues 
636623 – Georgia Blues 
585006 – Paper Doilies Gold 
633707 – Art Philosophy Concentrated Watercolor Clarity 
633691 – Art Philosophy Concentrated Watercolor Truth 
633813 – Art Philosophy Concentrated Watercolor Onyx 
596781 – Color Philosophy Permanent Ink Chat Noir 
599645 – Color Philosophy Permanent Ink Midnight Blue 
965259 – Paper Texture Paste 
961374 – Heavy Gesso White 
963958 – Metallique Wax Vintage Gold 
587147 – Redesign stencil Enjoy 
635114 – Lavender Frost stencil


Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix





19/10/2018

Your hugs warm my heart - Wow Embossing Powder and Pink and Main


Moikka and welcome to my blog! Also welcome to a Wow! Embossing Powder and Pink and Main blog hop! If you arrived from Raluca, you are on the right track! If you are just getting started, then please read on and then head over to Wow! Embossing Powder blog where the hop is starting!

If this is your first time here, a warm welcome! My name is Riikka Kovasin and I'm a mixed media crafter from Finland. I do layouts, altered projects, canvases and as you can see, cards! These are more "clean" than some of my projects, but the little cutie penguins needed a cleaner background than my usual mixed media work. Please feel free to browse the blog for other my projects and crafts! 


If you are here mainly for the hop, please continue reading! I share some close ups of the cards further down and some thoughts also how I made them.

What would a blog hop be without a prize? And the prize is amazing! The Prize Package consists of a $25 gift certificate to Pink and Main store and 6 x powders + carry case from the WOW! Embossing Powder Store. The winners of the hop will be announced on October 22nd both on Pink and Main as well as Wow! Embossing blog. 


 Here's your hop list: 

Riikka (you are here!)


First I thought to use black embossing powder on my penguins but that's something I always do. So I thought to do the colored images a bit different this time. Instead of the black I used a chilly pale blue and then colored the creatures using watercolors. The penguins are from the set called "Warm Hug". You can see all the products with links below!

The snowy pattern on top of the patterned paper backing the small penguins is done using a Pink and Main stencil and white embossing powder. I mixed two grain sizes in the pattern so it looks even more snowy. Like packed snow in places (using biggest grain size of the powder) and then just delicate fallen snow on other places (regular grain size). I also used the regular grain sized powder around the edges of the pieces to get them a snowy edge. 

The sentiment is heat embossed using a blue color blend called Oceanic. I thought it fitted the cards well as I didn't use black in the penguins either.

But now it's your time to hop forward and your next stop is Tracy! So hippity hop forward and I hope I'll see you another time, too! Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials from Wow Embossing Powder: 


Materials from Pink and Main: 



Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Pink and Main, Prima Marketing, Tape Garden, Sizzix





18/10/2018

Craft Stamper cards


Hi there! How's your week been so far? Good, I hope! I'm still kind of recovering from the amazing trip to Norway. But I'm hoping to play with new inspiration this Sunday when I have a day off! 

But what I'm sharing in today's post is three cards. All of them are made fro Craft Stamper magazine and published in April, June and March issues. They all have been a part of the RSS (ready - set - stamp) galleries with different themes and color palettes. 


At the top of the page is a fun umbrella card with a die cut umbrella and stamped background, here in the middle a cute sea monster card with a Distress Ink background and furthest down the post is a heat embossed heart card.

The idea in the RSS galleries is that the cards are easily made in no time at all so I kept each of them simple, but tried to incorporate a fun technique or idea into them as well. 

If you'd like to familiarize yourself to Craft Stamper, you can do so in the website (link). If you'd like to order the magazine, you can do it here (link) or buy the individual issues here (link). The magazine is also available in digital format, which you can order here (link)


Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely day! 


Materials (in all of the cards combined): Sizzix, Carabelle Studio, American Crafts, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, A Flair for Buttons, Doodlebug Designs, Lawn Fawn, Ranger


16/10/2018

Glistening snow - Wow Embossing Powder


A sparkling and shimmering hello! The theme this month over at Wow Embossing Powder is "shimmers" and that made me think about the glistening white snow. So, I decided to do a white on white styled canvas using different shimmering and glimmering supplies. 


I really miss white winters! When I was small and even when my kids were small, we had a white winter even here in the southern Finland. But nowadays it's anyone's guess, if there's going to be snow or not. Usually it's the "not" option. But with this canvas, I can reminiscent those shimmering snowdrifts. If you'd like to a reminder of the snow as well, follow the steps at Wow's blog (link) to create your own icy piece. 


I added the numbers 1 and 8 to my piece in hopes that this canvas would somehow turn this winter into a white one. We'll see if that's true later this year! In the meantime, let's enjoy the warm and colorful autumn!

Thank you for stopping by today! 


Materials from Wow Embossing Powder: 



Materials: Wow Embossinh Powder, Prima Marketing, Sizzix, American Crafts


15/10/2018

Found card - Sizzix


Moikka! How was your weekend? I was attending Louise Nelson workshops at Norway and wow, do I feel inspired now! I'll make a post about the trip later, so for now you need to be satisfied what I've posted to my Instagram and some projects I've made before the classes. 

This particular one is created using Sizzix dies. I've played with some new elements there. You can visit the Sizzix site here (link).


The background is done using 3D Texture Fades embossing folder called Mechanics (link). These embossing folders provide even more dimensional surface than the regular embossing folders. Just look at the gears and cogs here, not only are they dimensional but they are layered, some in the front, some at the back. I used embossing powder and wax on the background to make it grungy and mechanical. 

The details in the card are made using "Mixed Media #6" die set. I made a grungy letter background for the focal point finger and the text. For the text I used same embossing powder as in the background. The pointing finger is done with double layers, one with patterned cardstock and other colored black. I used also some Making Essential supplies in the card. You can see them all here (link).

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a wonderful start to the week!


Materials used from Sizzix: 



Materials: Sizzix, Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Ranger



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