Shine and sparkle - Prima Marketing

The weather here in Finland, where I live, is starting to show signs of autumn approaching. So what better way to stop the cold and rainy weather to add some vibrant colors to your projects! This layout is done about my older daughter’s birthday party and I used a couple of stencils while doing it. 

To keep the project in line with the title (Shine and sparkle) I added some golden and glimmering details to it. There’s the other part of the title done with Adhesive Rub-On and glitter, then there’s the shiny butterfly also done with Rub-Ons and also some Foil Washi here and there! If you’d like to see how the layout was made, please watch the video! Hope you like it!

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


847753 – 12x12 Watercolor Paper Pad 
814328 – Water soluble Oil Pastels 
847715 – 3x6.25” Watercolor Pad 
847449 – Royal Menagerie A4 Paper Pad 
962296 – Alpha Stencil 
961268 – Honeycomb Stencil 
961312 – Stars Stencil 
971397 – Adhesive Rub-Ons 
971359 – Adhesive Rub-Ons 
585617 – Foil Sheets Holographic Dreams 
961459 – Black Heavy Gesso 
576424 - Palette Marker Set Blonde 
585327 – Foil Washi Stickers 
584801 – SIIC French Riviera 
579371- SIIC Garden Fable 
961596 – Glitter Set Luminous 
569617 – School Memories Wood Buttons 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Black butterfly lady - Prima Marketing

It's Monday and new week! I had a wonderful weekend, first teaching on Saturday at Turku and then celebrating my dad's birthday on Sunday. How was your weekend?

Today I'm sharing something I did for Prima and that is inspired by this pin (link) in one of my Pinterest boards. I keep a number of boards at Pinterest connected to colors. Every time I bump into a photo that inspires me and that doesn't fit into the paper crafts boards I keep, it ends up in the color boards.

One of those kinds of pictures was this beautiful piece of art by Ronald Ceuppens (link). I really felt inspired by the use of color in the piece as well as the contrast between the delicate butterflies and the harsh, armor-looking material of the dress.

For my project I wanted to use similar color palette, use an old photo and also to create or have a dress in it. When I rummaged through my stash, I noticed the Gatefold album I had and decided to transform it into a décor piece, sort of a triptych. If you want to see how the project was made, please see the steps underneath!

First remove the inner pages from your "Gatefold Memory Hardware Journal". Be careful not to completely rip the journal apart, small damage is ok. 

Collage some old book pages and a sheet from the 6x6 Vintage Emporium Paintable Pad to the middle piece inside the album. Use Soft Matte Gel as your adhesive.

Add some masking tape in the mix and then coat the whole inside of the album with Clear Gesso.

Time to add color! Use both Watercolor Confections and Oil Pastels to add rusty, vintage colors to your project. Add a mist of water on top and let the colors run.

Start making the focal point. Stamp some texture to the middle of the page. Cut the lady from the Ephamera set and layer her on top of the clock piece. Use 3D Matte Gel as your adesive.

Color a piece of muslin with watercolors and fold and gather that to make the dress to the lady. Use 3D Matte Gel to adhere here and there so the fabric stays soft but also in put. 

Decorate your design with some flowers and metal embellishments. Again, use 3D Matte Gel to get everything to stay in place. 

Use Watercolor Confections to color your embellishments to match the dark color palette. Make sure you wet the blooms thoroughly so there's no blotch of color in the blooms.

Time to decorate the outside of the piece as well. Start by adding a coat of Black Gesso and dry. Then using a rag add Art Alchemy Metallique paints to the cover. Go for a marble style look. 

As the final step, create a closing mechanism using twine, some metal embellishments and 3D Matte Gel. Let dry thoroughly before tying the twine around your piece the first time.


990367 – Gatefold Memory Hardware Journal 
584153 – Vintage Emporium 6x6 Paintable Pad 
963941 – Fabric Pack 
962890 – Ephemera Vintage Collectibles 
961428 – Soft Matte Gel 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 
584252 – Watercolor Confections The Classics 
814328 – Water soluble Oil Pastels 
961466 – Clear Gesso 
961459 – Black Heavy Gesso 
961398 – 3D Matte Gel 
963149 – Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint Eggplant
963064 – Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint Steampunk Copper 
586720 – Box Flowers Sandstone 
963408 – Mechanicals Grungy Butterflies
960261 – Mechanicals Numbers 
960285 – Mechanicals Vintage Clock Faces 
990725 – Memory Hardware La Rochelle Antique Trinkets
960902 – Clear Stamp Circles 
962760 – Brush Set 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


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


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


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! 


Homegrown - Clear Stamps
Soulmates - Squares Mask

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


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


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
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