16/01/2019

But who knows - Mixed Up Creative


Hiya! Today I'm sharing a fun, quick project using Mixed Up Creative Printables. Not familiar with Mixed Up Creative? Read more here (link)! And if you are not a member, first consider coming one (link) as then you have access to several Printables as well, but if not, secondly visit Etsy for Mixed Up Printables (link).

Besides the cut strips of text I didn't use any other paper in this journal page than the Printables! I added some "Italian Telegram" to the background, layered some "Finance #1" on top and choose a boy from the "Tinted Images #2" as my focal point. Mediterranean Impasto paint matched the color of the Printable perfectly so I used that here and there around the edges and painted a thought bubble using white gesso to the boy. The text I used is from a novel I read some time ago.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: Mixed Up Creative printables, Prima Marketing, Posca



15/01/2019

Panda Girl - A Flair for Buttons


Moikka! How are you today? I'm sharing today my first creation for A Flair for Buttons this year! 

The topic of this layout or making such a layout has been on my list for a while. Almost as long as I've owned that panda buttons from the "Animal 3" set! As the journaling on the page reads, my older daughter really likes pandas. When we visited Berlin some time ago in summer, we had read that they have pandas. But unfortunately the source had been outdated as the pandas were gone. She was a bit disappointed by it, but luckily there were other cute animals like an armadillo to ease the pain. They now have pandas at a Finnish wild life park so maybe we need to take a trip there next summer!


I let my daughter to choose the accent color to the page. It wasn't surprise as such that she chose yellow as it's her favorite. I kind of was hoping of another color as I would have chosen yellow myself and thought that I've done a couple of layouts with black, white and yellow, but what can you do. She also chose the yellow one from the "Two Tone Heart" set as I gave her the option to choose the orange, too. I like to incorporate my girls to the making of the page every now and then! 

I made the background by adding a 6x6 patterned paper there and added a little detail to the edges using washi tape. To give the page some mixed media touches I used acrylic paint, ink, a paint marker and a pencil. Besides patterned papers I used some basic notepaper in the paper layers as I love how the edge looks! 

Thank you for stopping by today!


Sets used: 

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Materials: A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio, Tape Garden, Prima Marketing, American Crafts, Posca


13/01/2019

The little red book - GDT AALL & Create


Hello and happy Sunday! How's your weekend been so far? Creative and relaxing I hope! Here's a little something I created as a guest designer to AALL & Create.

I made this little book as a Christmas present for our goddaughter. Well, it was a part of the present. Louise's flowers were so deliciously wonky, freestyle and joyous I just had to use them to decorate the cover. I used teal on top of red to really make the design pop. I also included some stamped hearts for extra sweetness.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great start to the week! 


Stamps and stencils used from AALL & Create: 

#158 Freestyle Flowers
#152 Frayed Threads
#39 Lotza Dotz


Materials: AALL & Create, Sizzix, Prima Marketing





12/01/2019

Wolf stories - Art Daily


Moikka! Today I'm sharing my January project for Art Daily Cafe. The theme this month is “Stories Untold”. This subject brought a lot of ideas and thoughts in my head so there's quite a bit of text here. Hopefully you manage to read it!


I read the theme while we were visiting my parents’ house. The house is actually built by my paternal grandfather for his family so I started immediately thinking about stories inside the family. I guess also a Christmas present played a part in that as I received what I had asked for – “Perfect Strangers” TV mini series by Stephen Poliakoff. The cover of the DVD says “If you dig hard enough there are at least three great stories in any family” (link)

I’m lucky that there’s keen genealogist on both sides of my family. I have big family trees on both from my mother’s and my father’s side. I remember one time we were driving home from visiting my grandparents and I was studying this extensive family tree the whole way home. I found out that somewhere in the past, I think it was the 17th century, one of my forefathers had been a manager of some sort of Kastelholm castle. Naturally that was a lovely thought for a young girl, a castle!


But what I decided to document here is something that I remember my grandfather telling me. He was a brilliant story teller even though he spoke very slowly. I still can remember how his words turned into images in my head and I placed the story in an area I knew, right beside the house he built, even though the actual event took place further away. It was also fun to track down the persons in the story as I couldn’t quite recall them and even my father needed to check. To our surprise the persons turned out to be his grandfather and mother! 

I wrote down the story in Finnish besides the page I made but here’s a summary of it. My great grandfather was considered old when he married. It was thought that he would stay unwed, but then something happened. Coming home one night from the woods he saw a remarkable thing. Cattle hurrying down the road and after them a young girl walking backwards, talking and holding something. He stayed to see what was happening. As the girl came closer, he saw that she was holding a bread in her extended arm and talking to a wolf, snarling and following the cattle. She was asking the wolf to eat the bread rather than the cattle. My great grandfather then decided that that brave, calm girl would be his wife and so it happened.


Besides writing down the story I wanted to add something of my own to the page. I guess part of the story’s charm is that it’s telling about relatives, a great story in the family, but partly the charm comes from the animal in question. I’ve always liked wolves. I’m not sure that I would feel the same way if I had met them in the wild, like my great grandmother. But they’ve always been beautiful to my eye. So, I wanted to capture the “wolf story” to generations to come. I carved a snarling wolf stamp. A big part of the creative process in this page was about designing that stamp. I started with some quick sketches, picked up the one I liked the best and continued polishing that design. The actual carving process was fast after that. I used this self-made stamp to decorate the background behind the photo of the lady but didn’t add it behind the man. The Finnish words glued next to the photos say “In a pack of wolves” in hers and “a little bride” in his. As you can see, both clusters have the “your story matters” stamped next to them. And so it is – your story matters!


So, go and do some research and find those family stories! Talk to your grandparents, aunts and other family members! There might be great stories to be found! And if you don’t know where to start, try to find the DVD I started the text with – it has captivating photos and great stories. Another source to get going is through Instagram and account called “Save Family Photos" (link). Again – there’s some captivating photos and great stories in there! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely weekend! 


Art Daily products used: 

Art Daily chipboard album 
Art Daily Vintage Photobooth sticker book
Art Daily Carte Postale cling stamps

Impasto Boudoir Pink acrylic paint


Materials: Prima Marketing, Speedball


11/01/2019

New Year, hello 2019! - Sizzix


Hello there! Here's a little something I created using Sizzix dies and thought to blog it during the last days of December, but better a few days late than not all, right? The page is about expectations for the new year so it's still appropriate. If you want to see what's new at Sizzix UK, please check their site (link)! There's for example a new limited edition of the Big Shot Plus (link), the new App (link) and new dies (link), naturally!

I started the page by using inks and paints to do the flaming red part of the page. I then die cut a ring of stars to it using the Sizzix die "Whoosh!". I then adhered the piece to my background paper and added some stamping, embossing and splashing to the burst of color. The layers behind the photo are done using the Bigz die "Essential Tags"

Glimmer and shine seemed appropriate to a new year's page so I also used gold glitter on top of the golden embossing powder. I first cut the letters to "new year" using Thinlits "Brush Capital Alphabet" die set from double sided adhesive. I then added them to their place, removed the protective sheet on top as well and added glitter on top. Ta dah, glitter letters! The other part of the title is done using a die from the "Sentiments" die set.

To decorate the page I used some pieces of washi tape, epoxy stickers and a die cut skull I cut using Thinlits "Halloween" die set

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the weekend! 


Materials from Sizzix: 

662668 - Thinlits set "Sentiments"


Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Wow Embossing Powder, Tape Garden, Prima Marketing




10/01/2019

Light and magic tags - 7 Dots Studio


Hi there everyone! Today I'm sharing my take on the current 7 Dots Studio challenge mood board.  You can see the mood board here below. The announcement post you can find for the challenge here (link) at 7 Dots Studio blog


I really loved the chilly colors and felt right down my alley as blue and teal are my favorites! I was inspired by the icy and snowy pictures and did some light tags with snow crystals.

I also found the magical feeling of the mood board inspiring as well as the twinkling lights. How the light is shaping and reflected on the ice on the branch, how the stars shine and how the frozen plant is turned into stars. So, I used text stickers from the “Northern Lights” that had magic and light in them. I also used a star stencil to add that star shine to the little tags.

Have you participated in the challenge already? I hope to see your take on the theme soon if you haven’t included your project yet! Thank you for stopping by today!


Products used from 7 Dots Studio:

Norther Lights – Word Stickers 6x12 
Cotton Candy Dreams – Star stencil


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Prima Marketing



09/01/2019

Icing Paste ATCs - Prima Marketing


Hiya! Yesterday I blogged the recording of my Facebook live show from last week that was about Icing Pastes. I mentioned that I created some samples for the show and have blogged some of them already but not all. These ATCs fall to the "not yet" category. If you want to see the recording and see the project I made during the show, please see this post (link) from yesterday


I made two sets of ATCs to be used as samples. There's a set of two cards made on top if transparency and then a set of two cards made on top of vintage alpha cards. 

In the transparent ones, shown on top, I used the Icing Pastes through a stencil mixing two colors together. Then I just added the decorations on top. On the crow ones below I applied some Icing Paste on top of one of the cards and then pressed the two of them together and peeled the two of them apart. And again, after that was embellishing time.

If you'd like to have any of these, please send me an email! The address is rkovasin (a) gmail.com - just leave the gaps away and replace (a) with @. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Wednesday! 


Materials: Prima Marketing



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