Summer hello - Sizzix

It's soon Midsummer here and the white, light nights! Well, the light nights are already been here some time but during the Midsummer the sun will never set in the North. The light nights is something you need to experience yourself as you can't get the feeling out of any book or words. At least when people from abroad have visited us, it's what they always say. Naturally the downside to that is that the winters are really dark... 

But back to light! Here's a quick and fun summer card I created using Sizzix dies and tropical summer printables. You can find the free downloadable pack and other tropical ideas here (link).

For the card I used the flamingo patterned paper and cut the pink bird loose. The waves she's standing on are made using patterned paper and another part of the flamingo paper. They are cut with the scalloped edge die from the "Spring Time" set. The greeting is from the same set. The big circle is cut from a sheer of cardstock from the Making Essentials line (link) and the sun is done with a sun die from the "Rainy Days and Sunshine" set.

I also made a layout using the papers titled "Stay Fresh - Go Places". There I used the leaf and pineapple patterned papers of the free set as well as some watermelons as decorations, cut loose from another paper. The title of the page is cut using "Delicate Letters" and I used the negative as a stencil to add ink to the background. There's also a sun, cut with "Rainy Days and Sunshine" here. I also used the "Bright Spark" set and added a Instagram styled camera, two quote marks and some says here. 

Have a sunny day! Thank you for stopping by! 

Materials from Sizzix: 

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, American Crafts, Ranger, Echo Park


Love you, sister - Wow Embossing Powder

Hiya! Today I'm here to share a peachy layout with you with a lot of golden accents, done for Wow Embossing Powder. The warm and sweet palette seemed just the thing for this page. 

I'm the only child and naturally I wished for a sister or sibling when I was little. My two daughters are less than two years apart and they seem most of the time almost inseparable. As my older one is drawing nearer to teens, she requires more personal space than before, but usually they play together and even read together. 

I started doing the layout from the background upwards and like so often, started by adding mediums to the background and transforming it to something of my own. If you are interested how I created the page and gilded the roses, too, please see a full step by step tutorial at Wow's blog (link)!

I really think gold goes to any color palette but this kind of warm scheme really makes a sweet and cuddly looking wholeness with a regal touch. Gold is good as a little detail or then on a bigger surface to bring the project to another level. Somehow I also connect gold with love and important people so adding gold to this page was a no-brainer. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sparkling, sweet day! 

Materials Wow Embossing Powder: 

Fab Foil Bright Gold
Ultra Slow Embossing Ink
Opaque Bright White embossing powder
Hero embossing glitter
Bonding Powder
Wall Art stamp set
Big Words stamp set
Premium Craft Mat
Embossing Tool

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing


Sweetie - 7 Dots Studio

Moikka! Long time no see! My week started a bit differently as my right hand stopped functioning normally. It seems some of the muscles are so tight that it causes nerve irritation, which then leads to the hand not working the way it should. But luckily I got some exercise instructions today from a physio therapist and it's getting better.

So I'm now here today to share a special layout with you. It's made for and with 7 Dots Studio. The topic of this page is sweet Miranda who I was lucky enough to meet and share a room with this spring during Art Venture. She’s such a sweetheart and darling!  

I was fortunate to be invited to the USA this spring to teach a couple of workshops. While there, I met a team mate from Prima team, Miranda Edney. She’s crazy talented but also so sweet, funny and lovely! It was a pure joy to be able to spend some time with her during the event and I miss her terribly. If only we’d live a little close to each other! 

I mixed different 7 Dots Studio collections in my page but the main inspiration for the colors where her hair. Naturally you can’t see the colors in a black and white photo, but she had dyed her hair with purple and turquoise so I went with the latter. I started with some background details like a circle and stickers and then layered mediums on top. If you want to see how the layout was made, please see the video below! 

I love how crafting makes the world smaller! Through it we can meet people with similar interests and make friends. Then it’s fun to make layouts about those friends and document those moments!

Thank you all for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Fortune-teller – Clear Stamps
Homegrown – Clear Stamps
Cotton Candy Dreams – Star Stencil
Cotton Candy Dreams – Word Stickers 6x12

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, Echo Park


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

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