29/04/2017

Inspired by... Lollipop Box Club April Kit



This month the Inspired by was a bit different as we didn't have the product to do the project on the 10th. And when the products arrived, Marsha and me were headed to Paris. So instead of posting the project on the 10th we posted a "work in progress" type post.

But what is Inspired by? Every month awesome Marsha and I choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be for example an idea (link)a product (link)a person (link) or a book (link). Or anything! Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it with you and each other on the 10th of the month. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).

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As you can see from the post title, what we used for the inspiration source this month was a Lollipop Box Club kit. As the most recent one is April's kit, we wanted to use it. This kit was inspired by Forest Friends. Just look at them and the kit! Aren't the animals cute?! And the kit - so cute, too!

Are you already familiar with the Lollipop Box Club? It's a monthly kit blog with lovely themed kits. There's planner items, craft items, a DIY project and everything sweet in the box. I'm ordering the kit on monthly basis and every time opening it with my girls and then dividing the items between us three. They get most of the items and I keep just a small part of the kit.

You can see the previous kits here (link) and familiarize with the new, April's kit here (link). To know more about the club itself, please visit the website and the "Our Story" page there (link).


In the picture above is the almost the whole kit. There's a lot, don't you think? I say almost the whole as while editing the photo I needed to crop it quite tight and thus some of the items were cut off. But as you can see, there's paper, embellishments, personalized planner items and everything nice. 


I had several ideas but went with the one I had the strongest feeling. That was to make just cards but with a extra condition. I couldn't use anything else apart from adhesive and card bases. So no mediums, no colorants, just the kit. This would have caused me a problem if there wasn't for the packing material! Each time the kit is packed with several layers of colored tissue paper. As you may know, just adding water to the tissue paper creates a water color... so there was my medium!


Here they all are, my trio of cards! The backgrounds are done using the tissue paper and the pen in the kit. On top I layered patterned papers and pieces of the lovely little paper bags the different items in the kit were packed. Then there's the yarn or the twine, depending on the card. The yarn is from the DIY set and the twine was among the embellishments. Layers also include a piece of the toadstool patterned washi tape.

The focal points are layered stickers from the sticker sheet. I added also a couple of other stickers to embellish as well as paper clips. The texts are from the embellishment pouch.  


The kit also always holds a little gift. This time it was great magnetic bookmarks. I cut a little slot inside the card and put the bookmark through. I actually thought to use the cards as Mother's Day cards as both my mom and my mother in law like to read. The third one - don't know yet but I guess it finds it's home, too!


I really enjoyed working with the kit and the challenge I did for myself! And I also like how the cards turned out! Underneath you can see all of them individually, you can click the pictures larger.

  

There's some clusters in these cards so let's use that as an awkward transition to big news! I'm so happy and honored to tell you that I'm one of the guests in Janna Werner's new online workshop called "Crazy Clusters". Underneath you can read a little bit more from the workshop and also see a sneak of my project. 


"Add dimension to your layouts with clusters! Janna Werner reveals loads of tips and tricks for incorporating single, dual, and multiple focal point clusters into your projects in Crazy Clusters. Discover how to create balance, visual movement, and interest while also learning how to avoid a cluttered page. Then, join three talented guest designers for inspiration packed tutorials on creating different types of clusters: Xènia Barrull, Riikka Kovasin and Rebecca Luminarias." 

What you´ll learn during the workshop:
- What clusters are and why you want to incorporate them in all your projects
- Design rules and how to avoid cluttered pages when creating clusters
- How to create different single focal point cluster pages
- How to create dual and multiple focal points cluster projects
- Be inspired by three awesome international guest designers

The class starts May 1st 2017. Learn more and see the needed supplies here (link).



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



Materials (for the cards): Lollipop Box Club Kit 

28/04/2017

Carrot princess - Prima Marketing


Hiya and great Friday! Fri-yay, in fact as I've planned some crafty time for myself tomorrow! Do you have weekend plans?

This layout is done for Prima, for a Pinspiration post. You can see the whole post here (link) with a great set of different projects. My inspiration came from a painting in my Pinterest board. You can see the pin here (link).  


Recently I’ve been really drawn to acrylics. And spring makes me always want to grab yellow. So I combined these two in this project. I loved the way the colors were layered in the original painting and how it had kind of a pastel feel to it. I mimicked the look with Finnabair acrylics and white gesso and made an unique background. If you want to make one, you just need some paints, a silicone brush and then let yourself loose! Use the silicone brush to apply the paint on top of the paper and make it yours!

On top of that background I then documented a costume my daughter asked for her sixth birthday – a carrot princess. Like I said with a sticker near the photo – only you, only her can think of something like that!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you all a great weekend!


Materials:

592950 – Rose Quartz 12x12 Paper Pad 
961374 – Heavy Gesso White 
963187 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Pure Sunshine 
963194 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Fresh Orange 
963132 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Wild Fuchsia 
847807 – Rossibelle Sweet Souvenirs 
847760 – Rossibelle Wildflower 
847784 – Rossibelle Nostalgic 
991289 – Sweet Peppermint The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 
992262 – Wild and Free 12x12 Collection Kit 
814656 – Cling Stamp Texture 
593261 – My Prima Planner Metal Dies Days 1 
585327 – Foil Washi Stickers 
586973 – Rossibelle Chipboard and More 
583767 – Vintage Emporium Wood Variety 
590376 – Prima Flowers Paradisia 
963361 – Mechanicals Tin Hearts 
570453 – IOD Sugar Dots 
963880 – 2” Silicone Brush 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

27/04/2017

Version Scrap 2017

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Hello there and sorry for the absence! I came back home from Paris on Sunday but unfortunately the stress and travel took its toll and the flu got the best of me. Now I'm back better again and thought to write a post about the event as it had its turns and was quite eventful!


I started my journey on Wednesday morning from Helsinki. The flight was really early and I arrived to Paris before noon but the travel from the airport to the city center and to Vincennes took forever. But when I arrived to the hotel a bigger problem emerged - Prima's shipment was stuck in customs. Oh my gosh! The products had arrived well on time but unfortunately there were big difficulties with the customs to get the products released.

So when we should have been setting up the booth, we were on the phone trying to get the shipment released and the show on the road so to say. Naturally it was bad that the products were there but so were Sharon's and mine workshop supplies and kits! We were experiencing a language barrier while trying to resolve the problem, but luckily our interpreter or should I say miracle worker Andrea came in early and set to work right away. But as we didn't have products to put to the booth, we needed a plan B...


Thursday dawned and the show opened. We had arranged the tables so that we could demo and boy I was happy that I had brought some supplies "just in case" as well as my two journals. I was using watercolors, stamping and coloring with them and Color Blooms and Sharon demoed Sparks and Waxes. It was great to hear people's reactions and they were intrigued by the products and techniques! 

I was so happy to meet Sharon again as we have met briefly a couple of years ago in the same event. She was teaching then and I attended the show and some classes. I was also thrilled to meet Nathalie! She was so sweet and so awesome! Whenever Andrea was needed elsewhere, Nathalie helped with the language. I understand some French but speaking is a whole other story. 


Because the products weren't there, we needed to cancel some workshops, too. For my first one, the one on Thursday morning, there was a misunderstanding and while we were under the impression that Version Scrap would inform the students about the cancellation, they weren't notified. After that first workshop we were always on site with either Andrea or Nathalie to explain and inform and apologize. It was a terrible situation for everyone. We all felt so bad for the people who had enrolled to the classes. I know some French, like I said, so I could say: "Je suis désolé. C'est une catastrophe." 

Saturday was a fantastic day as I got to keep one of the four scheduled workshops! Three needed to be canceled, but I got to keep one! Boy I was overjoyed! As you can see from the picture below, I was just thrilled! The people attending were so skilled, worked like a whirlwind and everybody's bottle was just awesome. I felt honored, privileged and touched. Keeping workshops is my passion and they give me so much! 

What also made me feel really touched and emotional was the feedback - naturally the feedback from the workshop, too, but most of all about the difficulty with the products, need to cancel the workshops and all that. Everyone was so helpful, understanding and kind. So a big, huge, heartfelt thank you to all and each and everyone! 


Among it all I had some wonderful food and most of all company. The company was in fact so great that I forgot to take photos! I only have the one of the "Prima girls" - Sharon, Nathalie and me. Great that I have that but such a shame that I don't have more! I enjoyed working alongside Sharon and Nathalie and being in the booth.

First of all I met wonderful people during the show! They came to the Prima booth or then I just bumped into them along the show floor. It was great to see familiar faces and hear stories of projects people had made. Thank you to everyone who said hi! 

Besides people in the show floor I also met and went to dinner with Marsha, Harold and Birgit on one day and with a bigger crowd on another. The bigger crowd consisted the 13Arts girls Terhi, Olga, Marta and Fiona, us Prima girls Molly, Sharon, me and Andrea, Debby Schuh and her interpreter and then Birgit. It was really amazing to be gathered to the same table!


One last note still concerning the workshops. First of all, my apologies once more that we needed to cancel! I felt completely horrible and helpless! I'm deeply sorry for the lost time and the inconvenience and disappointment. 

I should get all the email addresses of the people who were enrolled to my workshops from the organization, from Version Scrap. I want to send all the people who were enrolled the .pdf instructions at least as the workshops were cancelled. I gathered some of the addresses already on site, but I'm missing quite a few. 

So if you were enrolled and want to get the instructions, please send me a mail. My address is rkovasin@gmail.com. The instructions are in English but if you need help or have any questions, I'm doing the best I can to help!


All in all, it was a really eventful few days in Paris! I was happy to be asked to attend, to keep the workshop, to meet lovely people and dine with friends... Paris had a lovely though quite chilly weather, too, and the food was great! 

I hope someday to return to Paris or France and keep more workshops there. And there might be a chance of that happening... just saying! Fingers crossed! 

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

22/04/2017

Exploring Old Town - Prima Marketing


I'm continuing the same theme as the last post but for another company! Whereas the previous page was done for A Flair for Buttons, this one is done for Prima using the Planner Dies. 

Like you know from last post, we visited Tallinn last summer. It was fun to roam around the streets of old town. To get that old feel to this layout I used neutral tones – like the metals, wood and tea. To make a fun detail to the paper layers behind the photo I used the Planner Die set and cut the papers using the smaller of the folder dies. I also cut a couple of tabs and a “paperclip” to embellish my page.

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


Materials:

992262 – Wild and Free 12x12 Collection Kit 
990770 – French Riviera Un Petit Mot de la Mer 
847814 – Rossibelle Lucky Charm 
587420 – 3D Wood Alphas 1” House 
960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numerals 
960322 – Mechanicals Flowers Mini 
960339 – Mechanicals Roses 
963385 – Mechanicals Mini Knobs 
960346 – Mechanicals Washers 1 
961046 – Mechanicals Leaves 2 
570453 – IOD Sugar Dots 
573836 – Color Bloom Vintage Metal Tea Stain 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger




21/04/2017

Tallinn 2016 - A Flair for Buttons


Hello there! How are you today? Are you planning a summer trip already or do you actually have plane tickets ready bought? We do! This year we're taking the airplane but last year we took a boat as we visited Tallinn which is just a boat ride away from Helsinki.

We, my husband and me, have been to Tallinn before but it was the first time for your girls. They were really excited about the boat ride and the old town. We visited a couple of places and went to a recycling center, too, because I wanted to see if I could find something fun to alter. I ended up finding loads of items to alter and other materials, too! Really good trip altogether. 


This photo I used in my layout is taken on the roof top of a maritime museum. The stairs to the roof were metal ones, those kind you could see through, so it was a bit tricky climb especially for my husband who's not too keen on heights, but the view from the top was fantastic! You could see to all directions, long into the sea, too. But this church was to the other direction, where storm clouds were gathering. The scenery looked really striking so I snapped a photo.

As the clouds are so strong in the photo, I used that as my inspiration when creating the page. You can see how the page was made from the video underneath! Hope you like it! 


As far as flairs are concerned, I mixed modern and vintage. The vintage girl with the flower in her hair fitted the Old Town theme the page has and also the red flower was of the same color as the flowers in the photo. The two chevron ones bring some modern twist to the page.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely day and great summer planning!


Sets used:




Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Talens

20/04/2017

Planner die card - Prima Marketing


I've noticed something - I’m not a planner girl. I enjoy tremendously to see the beautiful planners others make but I just write my work shift to my planner so it’s not pretty in any way. And as I write the work shifts there, so far I haven't seen the point to decorate it that much. I love the idea of a planner and kind of a journal, a diary in there, but I simply don't have the time for that. So I stick to making layouts as a part of my diary.  

Prima has Planner Dies in it's repertoire so the first thing you'd maybe thought that if you aren't a planner person, you don't need those. But there’s so much you can do with the planner products than just fill your planner! So here’s a little spring card done using the Planner Dies and a couple of other dies, too. Can you spot the little polaroid frames for example?

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


Materials: 

593261 – My Prima Planner Metal Dies Days 1 
587086 – Confetti Metal Dies Variety 
583996 – Prima Dies Victorian Lace 
847807 – Rossibelle Sweet Souvenirs 
847760 – Rossibelle Wildflower 
847814 – Rossibelle Lucky Charm 
991326 – Sweet Peppermint Sweet Peppermint 
594343 – Love Clippings Flowers Love Clippings 
594442 – Love Clippings Flowers Twinkle in my Eye
590444 – Prima Flowers Hollybrook 
962593 – Micro Beads Blush 
962616 – Micro Beads Berry 
964030 – Glass Beads 1.5mm 
961435 – Soft Gloss Gel 
573904 – Color Bloom Sultry Shimmer Peony 
573775 – Color Bloom Sparkling Pastels Sunshine 
573836 – Color Bloom Vintage Metal Tea Stain


Materials: Prima Marketing


19/04/2017

Sweetie love - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs


Hi there and great Wednesday! Yesterday I shared a card I made as a guest designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs and today I'm sharing a layout that uses the same techniques. If you looked at the step by step tutorial (link) I guess you could see how I changed the steps to make the layout. But there's more - I thought it would be fun to make an actual video of the process to you! You can see the video a bit further down the post. 


Before you watch the video, maybe you'd like to know who is the person in the photo? It's my darling husband! He has a multitude of good things about him, but I also really love the wrinkles around his eyes when he smiles! I just love to see him smile!


Thank you for your visit today! I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day! 



Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Soft Finish Cardstock, white

Other:

Prima Marketing - Clear Gesso
Prima Marketing - Watercolor Confections Tropicals
Distress Ink - Broken China, Blueprint Sketch
Archival Ink - Jet Black
A Flair for Buttons - Lovely Words 8 flair button
paperclips


Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons


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