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.

Colorful feather earrings - Sizzix

Hi there! You know March is a special month for Sizzix? Sizzix encourages makes to make a pledge - make it rather than buy it. I wrote about the special month in my earlier post here (link). You can read more about the "Making The Pledge!" here (link), in Sizzix site

In the theme of rather making it than buying, I made some new earrings for myself. I got the inspiration from the die I used to make them, the Bigz Feather die (link). I got the die out for my April projects for the brand and suddenly it hit me that the feathers would make just perfect earrings! So after fifteen minutes or so, I had a new pair. 

Even if I was super excited about my idea and even more when I had added the alcohol inks on top of the plastic, I realized that these would make a great step by step. So I kind of faked the two first steps for the photos as I already had colored all the feathers and punched the holes, but I believe you'll get the hang of it anyway. 

So if you want to make similar earrings to yourself, please follow the step by step below! 

Step 1. Using the feather die, diecut some feathers out of plastic. I used Sizzix die packaging for mine. I cut the two of the feathers twice and then a two more of the smaller one.

Step 2. Using alcohol inks, color your feathers. If you want the feathers more monochromatic, use just a couple of colors, but if you want to have a rainbow, use a bigger selection of colors. Remember color theory, though. If you add too many colors to same piece of felt on the applicator tool, you create mud. So better to add the colors just two at a time. 

Step 3. This is an easy one - punch little holes to each of the feathers. 

Step 4. Using black and white permanent marker, doodle and add markings to your feathers. I traced along the edge of each feather to define it more and then added some doodling to each one. 

Step 5. Then all is left is to actually put the earrings together. I added a jump ring to each of the feathers. Then I added each feather to an earring ring with another jump ring. Lastly I added the ring part to a stud earring part and voilà, the pieces of jewelry were done!

These earrings were so much fun to make! I can't wait to wear them, as I just know it'll be so much fun, too! I'm saving their big debut to this Saturday, when I'm demoing at Leimailutaivas. 

Thank you for stopping by today! See you again! Have a great day! 

Dies used: 

Materials: Sizzix, Ranger, Posca


Sweet bunny cards - Prima Marketing

It’s starting to be an Easter bunny time! I made some bunny cards using Julie Nutting supplies for Prima's spring card feature. If you want to see more takes on the subject, please then head over to Prima's blog. You know that it has moved from Typepad, right? Here's a direct link to take you to the blog (link)!

I made two cards using pink and pale green. The background paper in the two are the same, but I used a green paper and watercolor in the other card where the bunny wears pink and vice versa in the other. The bunnies themselves in these cards are stamped on watercolor paper and colored using two sets of watercolor pencils. I decorated the cards with some beautiful Prima blooms, Julie Nutting die cuts and some crystals. 

Have you started Easter preparations already? Or do you even celebrate Easter? 

Thank you for your visit today! Have such a great day you can jump with joy! Ta ta for now!


912192 – JN stamp and die – Bunny 
847753 – 12x12 Watercolor Paper Pad 
576714 – Watercolor Pencils The Basics 
576691 – Watercolor Pencils Scenic Route 
912277 – JN A4 Paper Pad 
912215 – JN Ephemera March-April 
584566 – Tile stencil 
631338 – Love Story flowers Damianne 
631376 – Love Story flowers Lille 
912505 – Julie Nutting SIIC 
965259 – Paper Texture Paste
596699 – Amelia Rose Circle Stickers with foil 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Demo at Leimailutaivas

Hiya there and happy new week to you all! This Saturday I'm going to demo some new Finnabair products at a fair here in Finland. If you visited Creativation, you saw me working on these tags there and now I'm doing them in Leimailutaivas! 

Heippa! Otetaas suomeksikin sama juttu vaikka tuossa allahan se lukee mainoksen muodossakin. Eli tulevana lauantaina olen mukana Leimailutaivas messuilla demoilemassa Finnabair-sarjan uutuuksia. Tavoitteena on tehdä tällaisia tummanpuhuvia tägejä, mutta samoilla tekniikoilla ja lähes samoilla materiaaleilla onnistuu myös romanttisempi väripaletti. Tervetuloa siis tutustumaan tuotteisiin ja kyselemään sekatekniikasta! 


Recycle circus cards - Mixed Up magazine

Sweet Sunday! Mixed Up magazine has an Instagram challenge going on with a hashtag #mixeduprecyclechallenge. You can see the announcement post here (link) and the array of amazing projects that have been submitted already here (link).

I had the challenge pop into my mind when my daughter got a gift box on her birthday party, which had a lovely circus pattern. It seemed such a shame to throw it away, so I took my scissors and cut some of the patterns out.  

After that, I turned them into easy cards. I painted a cream colored cardstock sheet with watercolors and dried it. Then I cut the sheet into circles using a Sizzix Framelits die (link). I also cut some stars using a star die (link) and yellow cardstock. Then I just layered the elements on top of white cardbases and drew a line around using a black marker. To decorate the card a little, I used a golden gel pen and dotted the line around the card and also some stars to the base as well. 

Easy as 1-2-3 and now I have a huge reserve of birthday cards for kids to take to their friends! 

Have you participated to the challenge yet? Or do you have a recycling idea in mind that you could make into a piece of art? Play along! 

Have a great start to the new week! Jolly Sunday evening to you all! 

Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Sharpie, Sakura


Inspired By... Vol 3/2018

Can you believe it's already this year's third "Inspired By"? Well, February is a short month but still. Time does fly again!

Do you remember, that this year we are doing it a bit differently than before? 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!

Last month just seemed to fly by and I started actively to search for something I could use in this post. Don't get me wrong! There was a lot happening, I kept two workshops that's always inspiring, I got new play things and naturally the ever increasing amount of light is really inspiring! But I hadn't captivate any of those - partly because they were for other purpose (like the goodies that are going to be an article) or that I completely forgot to document (the workshop, which I actually took something home and turned into Easter cards (link)). 

I was also busy creating for up-coming posts, especially when the kids had a spring vacation and were in my parent's cabin. When we came to pick them up, there it was. Staring me right in the face. The inspiration. It's actually something that's been capturing my eye great many times, but this time everything just clicked in place. It's a simple little art piece my mom has made in elementary school and is humbly pinned to the wall with a tack. 


The piece is made on a thick cream colored paper. There's a couple of wall paper pieces adhered to the paper and then a still life painted on top using thick brush strokes and black watercolor. I also love the color palette of the greenish teal, regal purple and the soft taupe and pearly grey. 

After finding my sole source of inspiration came the process of turning that into something. Because this time I really wanted to create something. I guess it's again the fact that I'm quite busy with other DT projects and especially my full-time job, that I really wanted to have a break from it all and just play. It's hard for me to allow playtime at such when there's deadlines to be ready for, but making something for Inspired By allowed me to play and fulfill a deadline at the same time. 

At first I was thinking about an art journal page or even a canvas. Somehow either of these formats didn't make me want to jump with joy. So I actually turned my attention what I have been doing for Inspired By. I clicked the label (link) and started to scroll through the posts. Art journal page...nothing...and it didn't take me longer than reaching the third post under the tag to realize what I would do. The post was this, "Inspired By Stone Matress by Atwood", where I created a set of ATCs (link) based on the characters of the book. ATCs! How could I have forgotten such a great project type!? 

After having all the elements in my head ready - the source, the type of the project, even the colors partly, it took me just fifteen or twenty minutes to do the actual set of seven cards. And it was a fifteen minutes of pure joy! 

First I cut random pieces out of couple of patterned papers that matched my color scheme of bottle green and faded lilac. Then I grabbed some leather brown in there as well and as I was craving for some kind of texture, added pieces or corrugated cardboard in the mix as well. Then I just glued the pieces to ATC sized cards I had cut from a cream colored cardboard, drew the bottles in first with a pencil and then painted them with a small brush and black watercolor. 

I was hoping to use India Ink as I love the subtle shine it has and also the fact that it's permanent after drying, but my ink bottle had been neglected too long and the ink inside had dried into a slimy goo. So I just grabbed a watercolor palette instead as I wanted to finish my vision right away. Need to buy that ink, though, a reminder to myself.

I drew different amount of bottles to the cards. Sometimes I drew them side by side, but somehow the idea of transparency was a captivating one and I also drew the bottles side by side or behind each other. I also wanted the bottles to be unique and really hand-drawn like, not stenciled. So they are a bit lopsided and quirky. 

So that's what I've been up to last month and what inspired me the most. Can't wait to see what Marsha's used for her source! Here's a direct link to her post (link). I wonder if it's a post filled with color and ideas and new trails to adventure like the February one (link) or if there's more like a single source this time... Well, need to see! 

Thank you for coming to my blog today! Have a great Saturday and weekend! Oh, one more thing! If you'd like to get one of these cards, please let me know so in a mail (rkovasin(a)gmail.com)! Ta ta for now!  

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing

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