Sunflower birthday card - Sizzix

Sunshine! Spring has a lot of card worthy celebrations - birthdays, Easter or just opportunities to send a hand made hello. I made this birthday card using a couple of different dies from Sizzix. You can find them all in the Sizzix site (link) or from the list below. 

I started by cutting the sunflower out of watercolor paper and the letters out of thin sheet of cork. The cork letters I used to make a background and I colored the sunflower parts to make the flower. The jar is from another set, called "Garden Floral". I cut it out of vellum to get that see-through, glass-like look. I highlighted the flower by backing it with a circle cut from a piece of patterned paper. Lastly I mounted the card to a piece of patterned paper and then to a brick red colored cardstock. If you'd like to do something similar, but are new to die cutting, Sizzix has a site to get you started! Here's the link to the page (link)

March is a month for makers and that's why Sizzix is asking crafters and everyone to make a pledge. It's a campaign Sizzix is having during Mach to celebrate makers. The goal is to make rather than buy the things. That's never a bad idea in this product filled world! You can join in and make a pledge of your own. Sizzix is sharing inspiration and makes in the website during the month. You can see the makes and read more about #makingthepledge here (link). If you have the drive to make something but are lacking the perfect paper for it, there's a stock of free printables available at Sizzix site, too. You can see all of them here (link).

Have a sunny day and great start to the weekend! Ta ta for now!

Sizzix dies used: 

Materials: Sizzix, American Crafts, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Lawn Fawn


A Breath of Fresh Air - A Flair for Buttons

Moikka! How's your March been so far? Signs of spring in the air or is it in full swing already? I notice that the ever increasing amount of light makes me always turn towards certain colors. Each spring I start to notice all things yellow and crave a little yellow here and there. This page was inspired by the funny picture of my daughter but also the gorgeous fruit slices in the flair, but I'm sure that the spring, too, effected the colors scheme.

The page is about my older daughter who's at times a lovely breath of fresh air. It's really great to talk to her and hear her view of the world and how things run. It's always very eye-opening. I wanted to use that funny photo of her, which is actually taken by my other daughter, as it shows her goofy side and really underlines about the thing I said about opening eyes, quite literally. 

To give the page a fresh touch I used greens and yellows on it. I tore a piece of lime green paper on top of the white patterned one and mixed in some watercolors and stamping. I also made sun rays using inking tool and inks and inked along a piece of scrap paper. That's why the other side of the ray is crisp and other smudgy. 

To balance the composition and tie everything together, I placed my flairs to a triangle shape with the photo inside the three. There's two from the Fruit Slices set going with the fresh, green color scheme and then a saying one from Hello Life set. Each of the flairs have accompanying cluster of embellishments - some candy shaped stickers and a couple of epoxy stickers, too.

Thank you for your visit today! Have a great day!

Sets used: 


Materials: A Flair for Button, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Tape Garden, Ranger, Doodle Bug Design, American Crafts, Lawn Fawn


Zone - 7 Dots Studio

Hiya! Yesterday I shared my first of two pages I created for Brand Ambassador post for 7 Dots Studio this month. You can see the post here (link). Here's the other page using mainly Paint Chips collection, but I did mix in some Norther Lights.

This page is about my comfort zone – the idea for this came from the colors of the background paper. Whenever I’m in doubt, I usually go for the blue/green/turquoise palette. This paper had that but also a strong pink, contrasting the two sides. So the question is going out of the comfort zone or not. 

The background is done using metallic acrylic paints in blueish green and purple and a hot pink acrylic paint. I painted them all with a silicone brush, mixing the colors here and there. On top there’s also some ink through a stencil and stamping. White splashes are done with white gesso. For embellishing I used die cuts and word stickers. The stars are cut out of the die cut sheet – I had already used the stars and wanted to have the shapes in the page. 

Thank you for your visit today! All the best to you! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio: 

Homegrown – Clear Stamps

Um Wow Studio – Paint Chips – Make Your Mark flair

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Um Wow Studio, Ranger, American Crafts, Prima Marketing


Firework - 7 Dots Studio

Sunny Tuesday everyone! This month I did two layouts for my Brand Ambassador post at 7 Dots Studio (link). I'm sharing the first one today and the second tomorrow. I mainly used the lovely, colorful “Paint chips” collection in both projects, but mixed in some “Norther Lights” and older ones as well. 

What I love about the two new collections is even though they are completely different, there’s similar colors so you can mix and match. You can add more color to Northern Lights by adding some Paint Chips to it and on the other hand calm down the vibrant colors of Paint Chips by the serene Norther Lights. 

This first page I titled “Firework”. It’s done about my younger daughter who is a little fire cracker. She’s a drama queen in good and bad – she makes people at ease and have a good time, but when the bad day comes, it’s either her way or no way. 

I used the text stickers as a design element cascading them from the top of the page to the bottom. There’s also some ink trough a stencil and stamping in the background. This time I tried to make the paper layers near the photo really tight and close to the shot as I didn’t want to hide the text stickers much. For embellishments I used mainly Paint Chips Element Stickers.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a pleasant week! See you tomorrow!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Dreamscapes – Word Stickers 6x12 
Homegrown – Clear Stamps

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Sharpie, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger


Glimmering ATCs - Wow Embossing Powder

Moikka! It's new week and new crafts to be shared! Here's some sparkling spring ATCs I did for Wow Embossing Powder. In the Wow blog there's a tutorial for these as well. If you want to see that asap, here's a link to the post (link).  

My inspiration for these was the color combo of the "Mint Macaroon" and the "Opaque Pastel Yellow" powders. That combo of the minty green and pale yellow was so fresh and spring-like that I just had to use it! 

Above you can see the ready triplet of cards. What looks like kraft cardstock in the first glance is actually triple embossed cream cardstock! The earthy, greyish color of the "Primary Goose" powder acts as the perfect base for the sherbet styled colors coming on top. Again, if you want to see how the cards were made, please see the step by step at Wow's blog (link)

There you have it! Embossing powders in a couple of ways, stamping to make different layers and adding sweet sparkle as the finishing detail. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all the best! And great start to the new week!

Products used: 

"Tropical" stamp

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


Enchanting sea - Prima Marketing

Hi there, today is the big day! The day we've been hinting for a while! Today Michaels stores have even more Finnabair products and Prima has launched a new site to support that! There's info about the products available, a gallery of projects and videos. More over, there's a ton of tutorials and step by steps in the main site here (link), Finnabair at Michaels. So head over to your nearest Michaels and see the new products! Or if you live too far (like I do), you can take a look at the selection at Michaels web page (link).

On the top there you can see one of my projects for Michaels. It comes with a step by step tutorial you can download from the site. My goal here was to show something with the acrylic paint set as well as the Art Stones. 

I really love Art Stones as they are such an easy way to add texture. They can be so much more than just "sand", adding that extra touch to a project, bringing dimension. But in this little oval piece I used them just as pebbles on a beach. You could even store your holiday memories like this - a couple of seashells from a beach you visited and then add a photo in there as well, before adding the beachy treatment to the bottom of the piece. 

I created a couple of different pieces for the launch and the new site and shall blog them during the near future. But if you are eager to see some ATCs or cards I made already, please visit the new site! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sweet Thursday! 

Materials: Prima Marketing


Varalusikkaan kurssille?

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

Moikka moi! Sain ihanan kutsun Porin seutuville Varalusikan tiloihin kurssittelemaan ensi kuun alussa. Tarkoituksena on tehdä assembaasi vaaleissa sävyissä vanhan kirjan kannen päälle ja samalla tutustua erilaisiin taideaineisiin. Alla lisätietoa. 

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

Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

"The white cloud he kissed in a dream " - Varalusikan tilat, Leineperi lauantai 7.4.2018 klo 11-14

Minkä värinen on pilvi? Valkoinenko vain vai onko siellä mukana ruusunpunaa, taivaansineä tai jopa ukkosen violetteja vivahteita? Kurssilla tutustutaan gessoon ja gel mediumiin sekä tehdään yksilöllinen assemblaasi niitä käyttäen. Työ tehdään vanhan kirjan kannen päälle.

Kurssin hinta on 34 € / 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.
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