Sunday, 19 July 2015

Star Designer - Riikka Kovasin!!

Dear All! 

Welcome to the Mixed Media World! We have an amazing Star Designer for you today, her work is admired the world over and we are so delighted that she could be here with us, so that she can share some arty secrets with you, but also share her incredible work.



I'd like to welcome Riikka Kovasin of Paperiliitin to Mixed Media World.



Riikka's work is truly inspiring, ranging from scrapbook layouts, altered art, ATC's, canvases, the list goes on, her talent is seriously impressive! This is also shown by the teams she currently designs for:


  • Craft Stamper Magazine
  • Mixed Media Place
  • 7 Dots Studio
  • Cinnabar Creative Team
  • ScrapFX
  • Artists Live
  • Prima Marketing


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Here we have arranged an interview with Riikka:



What inspires you most to create? / Where does your inspiration come from?

Everything around me can inspire. There’s not just one source but usually many.

The most common sources are photos and memories I want to preserve, the products I’m using or something new I’ve just acquired. But it really can be anything! A texture I saw, a color combo or a new technique.

Inspiration is something that intrigues me and I’ve started to write a series of post connected to that. They are found here.

Do you pre plan your pieces, or are they often the result of just 'going with the flow'?

Most of the times they are results of the flow. Of course if I’m doing a piece for a sketch challenge I try to plan a little ahead and follow the sketch. And the dimensional pieces often have an idea behind them, like a sketch in my head but usually the pieces still evolve as I craft.

What is your favourite medium to work with?

There are many mediums I’m drawn to. One of those is mists, other one paint media like gesso and acrylic paint. I often have “phases” when I use a medium in almost all my pieces and then it gets substituted by another. But if I’d have to pick one, I would probably go with the gel medium or the 3D Gel as none of my dimensional piece would have been made without it. The other one that I adore is the humble, simple pencil.

Do you have a tool which you couldn't live without?

I’m an impatient crafter so I would have to say my heat tool. Drying things overnight is really a challenge for me as I would love to continue right away! The other musts are scissors, double sided tape and paper cutter. I would be lost without the last one – it’s so fast to cut pieces of patterned paper with a paper cutter!

What's your craft space like?

My craft space is actually our living room. Or a corner of it although I must say that I’m overtaking a bigger and bigger area. It started as one bureau and now I have bureau, selves and a trolley. This post is a year old, but if you wish to see my space here’s a link.

There’s a huge window in our living room and I usually make my pages and crafts on top of the Expedit shelf placed just under the window. I do most of my crafts standing as I walk about getting stuff along the way. And I hold my heat tool in the bath room – it’s a kind of relic from the time when the kids were small and I didn’t want to wake them with the noise from the tool.

The videos and the Ustream shows I make using our living room table on the other hand as it’s bigger than the top of the Expedit shelf.

Do you have a favourite colour combo?

I love blues, teals and minty greens together! That’s my favorite go-to scheme. But I also enjoy pink with yellow. I often like to use a touch of white and black in my crafts to really make other colors pop.

What is your favourite creation to date? (please provide a pic)

That’s really a hard one! There’s many crafts I like and usually my favorite gets substituted with the next project I do. I guess my three favorites at the moment are a layout done for Prima DT Call “XOXO”, an altered guitar done for Finnabair Creative Team and a spring canvas done for Mixed Media Place.
I usually list my favorites of that year in the turn of the new year. If you want to see my 2014 favorites here’s a link to the post with my top 12 projects (http://paperiliitin.blogspot.fi/2014/12/my-favorites-of-2014-other-projects.html). The post also holds links to my favorite cards and layouts of 2014.

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Isn't it amazing to have an amazing sneak peek into Riikka's world?!! To learn how she creates, what inspires her and how she generally lives her arty life... Speaking of arty art, here are a few favourite  pieces that Riikka has shared with us:







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I'd like to say a massive thank you to the lovely Riikka for being our Star Designer today, and I'm sure everyone will agree, it's been an absolute delight having you here! We feel very honoured!!


Thank you to all of you out there who read our posts and leave comments supporting us! You are amazing! Don't forget our current challenge STENCILS is still underway, which is being sponsored by That's Crafty, don't miss your chance to win! :)

Have a fabulous arty day,
Georgie xx





Monday, 13 July 2015

MMW#5 : Stencils

Hello! 

We are back and we're back with a bang! I'm so excited right now! We have a new winner and runners up, we have some big news to share, a guest designer to welcome and a fabulous variety of GD makes for our new challenge! Make a cuppa, this is gonna be good!! :) 

I think I'll start with our new winner of the Masculine/Father's Day challenge... 

Winner: 


Fab 3: 




CONGRATULATIONS to you all! Please could the winner email me to ingridscraftscorner (@) hotmail.co. uk and please grab the relevant badges for your blog. Display them with pride, you soooo deserve them! We didn't have as many entries as masculine theme is never the easiest, but the quality of entries was amazing! It was sooo hard to choose! You guys rock! 

I had a few personal favourites... 


I could seriously go on... I'll be pinning the lot to our Designers' Favourites board! Thank you all so much for playing along with us! We have a new challenge in store for you and an exciting one it is. The next challenge is all about 'Stencils' and is chosen by our lovely Georgie. She'd like to see you make a stencil a star of your project or you can use a few and layer them...is this easy and fun? 

Well, I am going to excite you a little more by telling you why our post is delayed by a day and what our prize is... 

Today is a very special day for our new fabulous sponsor That's Crafty! 

That's Crafty!

Today is a launch of their sweet mini stencils and we feel very fortunate that we could team up with That's Crafty! and celebrate this special day with them. Yay!! You see where this is going... ? Of course! The prize for our winner is going to be donated by That's Crafty and what else could the winner possibly get than... 10 of their newly released stencils!!! Whooohooo...! 

Winner's prize: 10 stencils by That's Crafty!


Thank you, That's Crafty!, we are so honoured and grateful for your sponsorship and are excited to be sharing this with all the crafty souls out there! 

Excited? Good! Now, keep reading, because I have a very special person joining us today and that is the lovely...




I’ve never liked writing bio’s, as I really don’t feel like there’s much to say but the basics are; that I started cardmaking in February 2004 and was hooked in an instant. I love to work with stamps and inks to create clean and simple cards but now and again, I like to play with paints and do more mixed media pieces. I’ve been very fortunate, in the fact that I’ve been published in UK and US publications since 2006. And that’s it really.


Paula has kindly agreed to join us as a Guest Designer and is here to share her gorgeous make... 





How amazing is this altered book cover! I think you will agree with me when I say Paula is one very talented lady! Thank you for inspiring us, Paula, and for joining us here today! x

Now onto the fabulous MMW Design Team and their gorgeous inspirational makes... 


  
  







...and Yulianna who is joining us as a Designer for MMW for the first time and, oh my, am I glad she has!!! Loooook... 





I have more pics of this beauty from Yulianna, but I won't share.. no, I won't! You will simply have to visit her blog.. you will be so impressed, if you do! She's amazing! 

What a gorgeous line up from the Design Team, right?! I can't stop looking at all these makes. I hope you will feel as inspired and come and link up your make for our new challenge 'Stencils' for your chance to win 10 fantastic stencils by That's Crafty! 

We shall look forward to your comments and seeing your stenciled masterpieces! Until then, have a wonderful time! 

Hugs, 

Ingrid & the team xxx 





Sunday, 12 July 2015

Welcome to new sponsor: THAT'S CRAFTY!

Hello crafty souls! 

I hope you're having a fab weekend! Welcome to all our new followers and sending hugs to all that follow our blog and interact. 

I have some news for you! Firstly, our next challenge is not going to start today, but is due TOMORROW! There is a good reason for it and if you hop over to our blog tomorrow at 2pm you will find out exactly why. 

Secondly and most importantly, I have an announcement to make! I have a great please to announce our new sponsor of our challenges....


That's Crafty!


That's Crafty! offers masses of trendy craft supplies via their online shop with a free UK delivery over £20! They have a summer sale now! How cool is that! If you prefer to have a browse around the aisles you can visit their Essex store and load your basket there! 

Fancy a little more interaction? How about some classes and workshops that you can attend! 

That's Crafty! Challenges are also a fantastic way of winning some goodies and join the fun! 

Whatever your interest I'm confident that this fantastic store has a lot to offer and I'd like to invite you to pay them a visit to see for yourself. 

I'd like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Laura for her generous sponsorship! We look forward to our joint venture! 

Thank you for visiting. Don't forget to visit us again tomorrow for the announcement of the winner of our last challenge and for the big reveal of the theme for our next one! You'll love this one ;) 

Have a fab day! Big hugs to you all, 

Ingrid xxx