Peaceful and artful start to the new year 2017 by Riikka Kovasin

It’s Riikka here today to share a couple of projects with you and naturally wish you all a great start to the new year 2017! Hopefully you had a merry, peaceful and joyful Holidays! My first project is connected to something that I looooove to do during the Holiday time and the second one takes us back a couple of years to the Christmas Eve, so let’s get started!

I’m probably not the only one who goes on saying “I should read more”. It seems that in the hectic everyday life I simply don’t have enough hours in the day or week to read as much I would love to. I love to get totally absorbed by the book and really be mesmerized by it. But during Holidays it’s a whole other story – all the hurry is away and I can simply snuggle in a corner with a good book and some hot tea. These ATCs are an ode to that joy of being a bookworm, even if for a moment.

The cards are made using the “Writer’s Block” collection. Base is a piece of patterned paper, then a bigger tag trimmed on top and a smaller tag for layering. I also added some stickers, some watercolour and a chipboard shape on top. The quotes are from the word sticker sheet. Those are really handy to spark ideas! If you are lacking an idea when starting a project, just take a look to the sticker sheet and I bet a couple of ideas pop into your head immediately!

One of the cards already has a new home, but the rest of them are up for grabs, if you are interested! Please visit my own blog, see the email address on the sidebar there and send me a mail if you want one. I’m always open to swaps as well, so don’t hesitate to mail!

As I wrote earlier my second project is kind of turning back the clock. The scene in the picture could be from a week ago, but this one was taken over a year ago. Moments, or rather photos like these really show how time is passing! Both of my girls seems so small in the picture, a lot has happened in a year!

I wanted the two projects in the post have somethings in common so I used same materials here as in the ATCs but also added some of the “Cotton Candy Dreams” in the mix as it creates a lovely snowy, chilly feeling. Because even though the Christmas was quite dark without the snow, my mind still connects snow and Christmas time together. The flowers in the background, done with modeling paste, represent snowflakes, softly falling down.

Thank you so much for your visit today! Once again – great start to 2017! May it be filled with joy, pleasant discoveries and a lot of artful adventures!

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

In both projects:
Writer’s Block: Element Stickers 6×12
Writer’s Block: Die Cut Elements 6×12
Writer’s Block: Chipboard
Cotton Candy Dreams: Star Stencil
Homegrown: Clear Stamps

Writer’s Block: Epilogue
Writer’s Block: 6×6 Pad
Writer’s Block: Tags 12×12
Writer’s Block: Word Stickers 6×12

Writer’s Block: Notes
Cotton Candy Dreams: Cloud Watching
Cotton Candy Dreams: Element Stickers 6×12
Verano Azul: 6×6 Pad
Homegrown: Flower stencil

ATC series by Tusia Lech


I have a collection of ATCs from many artists – it has been more than 5 years since I started creating Artist Trading Cards. I love that small form, because it gives me an opportunity to trade :) So here they are – my newest ATC series.




And here is short step-by-step tutorial.

I started with misting some Glimmer Mist through Yuletide stencil and then applying some White Heavy Gesso (Finnabair) through stencil.

Then I mixed Microbeads from Finnabair with Soft Matte Gel and applied the mixture through the stencil (again).

When everything dried, I started adding embellishments – UmWowStudio flairs, chipboard pieces and 7 Dots Studio stickers.

Final touch was adding some metalic brads.

Finally ATCs looks like this:


7 Dots Studio supplies:

Lost and Found – Stained
Verano Azul – Element Stickers
Yuletide – Elk Head Mask

Guest Designer – Irina Teeshoom

Hello, My name is Irina Teeshoom. Sometimes I’m a big introvert, but sometimes I’m a crazy laughter. Venturesome scrapbooker with a free and crazy style. Scrapbooking for me is an art therapy and the way to express and find myself in everyday routine. It’s just enough for me to have some papers and paints to engage myself into my favourite meditative hobby.

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7 Dots Studio products always inspire me to try something mixed media but keep my style at the same time.
The winter is coming. Our winter came much sooner this year. It’s all covered with snow and it looks like winter holidays are somewhere around. It really feels like New Year spirit is here. So I decided to make some holiday layouts.
First one is about holiday deer that brings us the holiday mood. He has come from a fairytale or a child’s dream.
The second layout is about Winter Whale, who is in the colours of Christmas tree. I put some flowers on his back to decorate him and make him look really holiday looking.
Both pages have child’s dreams about holiday spirit in common.

7 Dots Studio supplies:
7 Dots Studio – Verano Azul – Dream
7 Dots Studio – Verano Azul – Dazzle Me
7 Dots Studio – Yuletide – Chestnuts
7 Dots Studio – Yuletide – Elk Head Mask