Is it winter yet? – Rikka Kovasin

I know, I know, it’s only the beginning of October and I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. A bit early, maybe? But the autumn weather and the dark nights got me waiting for the winter to start already as even a teeny tiny bit of snow makes everything so much brighter again!

For this month I created a layout and a set of ATCs as my project. They all have similar elements but I wanted to show how same elements and techniques look different in different projects.

For my layout I chose to use a photo I took at the beginning of this year. I had just returned from Frankfurt where there was no snow in sight and next day, when going to the store, this was what I saw. Black and white birch trees in an almost black and white landscape. Something very Finnish or homey about that.

To get the winter-like feeling I used pale colors from different collections and frosted it with some snowflake paste. I also added some punched out snowflakes to heighten the atmosphere.

Same materials and mediums are also in use in the ATCs. Each card has a piece of a doily, some punched snowflakes and the snowflake paste. The focal images are from “Cold Country” and “Fortune-teller” collections. To add some touches of color to the projects I used water-soluble oil pastels and a stamp but also stickers and die cuts from the “Lost and Found” collection.

Thank you for stopping by today! Fa la la, let the caroling begin! …well, maybe not just yet!

Xoxo Riikka

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Homegrown: Flirty
Lost and Found: 6×6 Pad
Domestic Goddess: White Apron
Fortune-teller: Dots Stencil
Fortune-teller: Clear Stamps
Yuletide: Clear Stamps
Lost and Found: Element Stickers 6×12
Cold Country: Element Stickers 6×12
Hopefully – Stickers 6×12
Verano Azul: Word Stickers 6×12
Yuletide: Word Stickers 6×12
Fortune-teller: Die Cut Elements 6×12
Lost and Found: Die Cut Elements 6×12

Yasmin Tolche – our Guest Designer with one more project

Hello Everyone, It’s Yasmin here on the blog today and I’m so glad to be back for my final post here as a Guest DT member. I have a layout with a tutorial to share with you, playing with my ultimate favorite 7dots Studio collection “Lost and Found”.

I’ve also added some pieces from some of the other collections like fuzzy cutting out images from the “Domestic Goddess” collection.

I’ve used some modeling paste, stenciling, watercolor confections and stamping to create my background. Would you like to see my creative prosess on this layout please check out the video below.


I have to admit that the title stickers are perfect for any layout, card or project. I cherish all my title stickers. These are form the “Nature Walk” collection. I’ve also cut some elements out of the “Homegrown” papers. The poppies are adorable.

Products used in this post:
Lost and Found – Stained 12×12″
Lost and Found – Lab Notes 12×12″
Lost and Found – Sticky Notes 12×12″
Domestic Goodess – Proudly Handcrafted 12×12″
Homegrown – Attic 12×12″
Lost and Found – Stamps
Soulmates – Stamps
Nature Walk – Word Stickers

Thank you so much for having me over as a Guest Designer! I’ve had so much fun playing with 7dots Studio products!

Red and green by Riikka Kovasin

Hello there! It’s Riikka here sharing a couple layouts with you. The other one is in green shades and other one is red. Both of the pages are about me, a memory which I wanted to preserve and funnily enough both are connected to food!

The green page is about sushi. When this dish came popular in Finland, my acquaintance took me out for a taste. I was going for the sushi rolls, maki sushi, but she convinced me to try the nigiri instead. Salmon was ok, I managed the tuna fish but struggled so hard with prawn and especially octopus. So the first try wasn’t a delightful delicacy at all. I think I drank more water then than ever during a meal.

Years went by and I didn’t touch the stuff with a stick (ha, pun intended). But then my co-worker was thinking what to eat during a Sunday shift when the cafeteria isn’t open and decided to go for a sushi. She convinced me to try again, this time going for my original idea, maki sushi. And boy was that a different thing! I tasted the first one carefully and ended up gobbling up the rest as they were such a treat!

Thinking back that experiment I wanted to not only document my encounter with sushi but also the fact that you should follow your instincts.

The red page is instead a childhood memory. I’m not sure if it was my mother who told this to my kids or me, but they love to quote the subject and often ask me “Mommy, do you remember the time you washed a doughnut?”

My grandmother was a splendid cook. She outdid herself every holiday creating a lovely meal for the whole family. One of her specialties were cinnamon doughnuts she did during May Day time. I loved those so much – especially when they were fresh, but hated how the sugar on top always made my fingers sticky. As I needed to wash my fingers constantly, I tried a different approach once and took my doughnut to the sink and washed it under running water. Funnily it didn’t taste that good after the wash.

As the moment is something even my kids now quote and re-tell, I thought that it deserved to have a layout as well. I mixed some collections together and made up a page to celebrate not only the doughnut but also in a way my grandmother.

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon again!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:
Homegrown – Snicker
Lost and Found – Lab Notes
Lost and Found – Sticky Notes
Lost and Found – 6×6 Pad
Yuletide – 6×6 Pad
Domestic Goddess – 12th Teacup
Hopefully – Love Me
Homegrown – Clear Stamps
Homegrown – Flower Stencil
Homegrown – Word Stickers 6×12
Lost and Found – Word Stickers 6×12
Homegrown – Element Stickers 6×12
Hopefully – Element Stickers 6×12
Soulmates – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Um Wow Studio: Fortune-teller – Wheelie Mask
Um Wow Studio: Homegrown – 3 for 25 Flairs