25/09/2016

Favorite room - Scrap FX / CSI 213


Hello hello hello! Today it's the last Sunday sharing something special. ScrapFX sponsoring the CSI challenge site and some of the DT is playing along! Oh boy, it was exciting to crack the case again!

For those of you who don't know CSI is a scrapbooking challenge site where there's a "case" in each challenge. There's a color palette to use, then some details (in the form of "Evidence") and also some ideas to spark your story, so the journaling on the page ("Testimony"). 

If you'd like to join in, I did a "how to" post (link) way, way back in 2013 when I was part of the challenge design team. There's also this handy post (link) in the challenge site itself to help you to get going.


I chose as the topic of my page "favorite room and why" from the Can Teach prompts. Although I do like our apartment very much, the living room is my favorite. It's central, you can see most of our apartment from that and my "studio" is also in our living room. If you'd like a peek, here's an older post I did about my space (link).

All the colors are in there, white in the doily, yellow in the background paper, orange in the embellishments and patterned papers, green in the apple stickers ad blue in the crystals. Most of the Evidence I used are easy to spot, but I did explain each one in the list below. Leaves might be the hardest to spot - they are in the patterned paper under the photo. 

Have a pleasant Sunday and great start to the new week! 


Materials from Scrap FX:



Scheme: white - doily ; yellow - background ; orange - patterned paper ; green - stickers ; blue - crystals

Evidence: numbers - background design ; math symbols - drawn plus signs ; fruit - apple stickers ; flowers - stamped ; leaves - paper design ; triangle - patterned paper piece ; vellum - vellum bag ; ribbon-cut shape - sticker ; scallops - doily

Testimony: Can Teach prompt - favorite room and why


Materials: Scrap FX, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons, 7 Dots Studio

24/09/2016

Candy colored ATCs - A Flair for Buttons


Don't the "Big Eyed Girls" flairs look cute as candies? That was my thought behind these ATCs. They are so joyful and pretty colored that I thought to make a set of some sweet cards. To have a bit variety in them I used also flairs from set "Hello Spring" but kept other elements quite similar in each card.



The bottom layer in the cards is a piece of rose patterned paper. On top that is a piece of resist fabric and the various embellishments like a die cut flower bouquet. I used watercolors to color both the resist fabric and the die cuts. Each card also holds some thread, stickers and a word sticker, too.

These are free for a swap if you are interested. Please just send me a mail if you wish to do a swap! My mail is rkovasin ( a) gmail.com.

Thank you for stopping by! And have a lovely Saturday!


Sets used:

 



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


23/09/2016

Specimen A - 7 Dots Studio


Fri-yay! Weekend is upon us and that means crafty time, doesn't it? If you are looking for something to get you started, why don't you try 7 Dot Studio blog and the current challenge (link). In the post there's several videos also, so I urge you to go and visit and see what's the challenge all about, The theme this time is "steam punk". 


To me steampunk means gears, rusty colors, textures and old photos. I tried to combine all those elements in this journal cover. There’s chipboard gears and there’s brown and rusty colors. For texture part I used a denim journal at the first place and then added rust paste to the journal as well as used different materials. Old photo part was an easy one as there’s plenty to choose from in the 7 Dots Studio collections, for example the new Fortune-teller or the older Cold Country.

Thank you for your visit today! Wishing you a joyful starting weekend! 


Materials:

Homegrown - Clear Stamps
Soulmates - Squares Mask



Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Scrap FX, Um Wow Studio, Ranger



22/09/2016

Publish - Scrap FX


Yesterday I shared my first "flying" page with Scrap FX goodies and today I'm showing you the other one. Where the first layout had a lot of color and just accents of black and white, the other page is mainly grey but has a streak of color in it. I was inspired by Michelle's layout with the falling feathers (and now realized I used the same idea with the paint without knowing it!) and also about the sparkly paints I used in the first layout.


I used the shiny acrylics to create a rainbow styled streak in the middle of my page. Normally I'm drawn to analogous color scheme and very hesitant when it comes to complementary color schemes, but this time I decided to be bold. I mixed teal, light blue and pink in the background using my palette knife and then stamped with orange on top. I used the bigger bird from the "Robin" stamp set but turned the bird so that it's just texture and shapes in the layout. There's also drawn details in the background using the "Triangles" and the "Random Dots" stencils.

The main embellishments in the page are the two sizes of the "Fancy Feathers". I embossed those black with embossing powder. To add something else to the page I first added the black dot stickers but then felt that something else was also needed so I used the "Buttons - round" chippies just like they are. They mimic the colors of the background. There's also pieces from two transparencies in the page - a thought from the "Birds and Words" one in the side of the photo and then a narrow strip from the "Vocational" transparency under the photo.

The photo shows just a part of the magazines where something I've created has been published. It was quite an amazing feeling to see those magazines all in a pile.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day!


Materials from Scrap FX:




Materials: ScrapFX, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, American Crafts

21/09/2016

Love birds - Scrap FX


Hi there! Long time no see! I had a wonderful creative weekend and it's taken some time to get back to everyday life. I'll write more and share my creations of Matka Luovuuteen a bit later, but today I share the first of two layouts done for Scrap FX using the flying themed collection. The first page has its fair share of birds and the second one has just feathers. Both pages are quite colorful this time, but in a different way. You can see the original post in Scrap FX blog here (link).


The first page is almost all in pinks. Well, the topic just cried out for pink! In the photo it's me with my gorgeous husband. The photo is taken in a tram stop while we were waiting for the tram to arrive this spring.

I mixed some old with the new in this page. The background is created using the "Jewelled Bird" stamp from the recent release but also "Heart Spangles" stamp and the "Botanical" stencil from older collections. The bird and the hearts are stamped with Distress Ink and the floral pattern of the stencil is traced with a white gel pen.

The birds from the "Tweety Bird Borders" and "Word Birds" decorate the page. The first are embossed with black embossing powder and the latter is painted with the same sparkling, shining acrylic paint I used to do the flicks to the background. Besides those birds there's still one, which I made using the smaller bird from the "Robin" stamp set by stamping the design to a piece of patterned paper and then cut it loose.

Mixed in the layers underneath the photo, there's also the "left over" part from the "Lots of Love" chipboard and attached to the background a piece of the "Vocational" transparency.

Thank you for stopping by today! I shall share the second page tomorrow!


Materials from Scrap FX:



Materials: Scrap FX, 7 Dots Studio, Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, Ranger, American Crafts, A Flair for Buttons

16/09/2016

Daddy and me - A Flair for Buttons


Hi there and happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a layout I made for A Flair for Buttons. You can see the original post here (link) in the company blog.

This time I did a vintage inspired layout. We went to Tallinn this summer with the family and visited a local recycling center / flea market there and one of my finds was an old book in Cyrillic letters. From the photos in the book I think it's about chess, but I have no idea. I just like how the letters look and just because I can't read a word the make the perfect patterned paper! So there's two sources of inspiration to this page - that book and the photo itself.


In the photo I'm sitting on my father's shoulders. I'm guessing I'm four or younger in it. When I was younger, my father was working long hours as he had just started a company. So every time he had time off, it was like a mini party! I have no memory as what we are doing in the photo but I believe we're watching the scouts parading. But my main idea was to document the feeling how special those spare moments with my dad were.


To get that old kind of feel I used quite a neutral color palette going with the colors of tea, old paper and aged linen. What brings a touch of color to the page are the flair buttons. I mixed quite a few from different sets to them. Please see the links below for the sets I've used. 

Thank you for stopping by today! See you later!


Sets used:

   
 



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

14/09/2016

Flower fairy - Scrap FX


Once upon a time there was a small flower fairy who lived in the kids's room surrounded by story books, toys and two lively girls...

Hello, today I'm sharing this dimensional piece with you which I made for Scrap FX. I had an urge to do something new, something I've not done before. So when I saw the fairy chipboard shape in the Scrap FX site, I had the idea of doing a little scene from a fairy tale. I wanted to have the fairy and some flowers in the piece but ended up doing a toadstool as well.


I started the piece by coloring all the chipboards I added to the scenery and making the toadstool. The mushroom is made using a small pie form, a wooden spool and some lace. I used sparkly, shiny acrylics as my colors to add up to the magical feeling. The fairy has some extra shimmer as I coated the shape with micro glitter. The fern is green as well as most of the "Flower Grass". I decided to color the "Leafy Spray" pieces yellowish to add another color in but still keep the over all look quite nature-like. The blooms in the pieces, like in "Blossom Stem", are sugary pink.

Next step was to make the ground out of air drying clay. I made a little hill and then a bigger lower area. Then I just stuck my chipboard pieces to the clay and waited the clay to dry. After that it was just the last details like painting the ground and added some blooms for embellishments.

Now that I've done this piece, I'm thinking I could do more. There's a nice fairy tale section at Scrap FX website - what should I choose next? What would you do?


I also want to share something with you - a new digital craft magazine is launching and all the sneaks shared from the first issue so far look really good! Please head over to the Facebook page (link) to see more and keep up with the updates!


Materials from Scrap FX:



Materials: Scrap FX, Prima Marketing 
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