Playing with Straws…

Ooops; more than a week has passed by since I had my little play session with some of the new vintage paper straws I now stock at the LLC store. :oops:

Last week’s theme for the LLC DT was opposites, so I decided to use that theme as a starting point for my card…and as always when there are new papers in da house, I can’t keep my fingers away from them, so I used the brand new Christmas papers from  Maja Design. This is how my card turned out:
church1 copy3_miniThe beautiful image is also from the “A Gift for You” collection and can be found on the Die Cuts Sheet. It’s not often I use black card stock, but I thought it would look cool with the snow-tex and frantage added to it, and I’m quite happy with the outcome.

I used a white and black straw that is a perfect match to this paper.


I haven’t scrapped in a long time, so since I already had everything out, I decided to make a second card: santacard_miniHere I used a couple of the striped straws. The left over pieces I used for the flower display: santa101_mini

Some further details: PhotoGrid_1413732647370_mini

 Thanks for stopping by,
Sandy xx

Purple Criss Cross Card

Happy Saturday All!
So this week’s theme for the LLC DT is the pretty season Autumn. 
The tree’s leaves in the vibrant colours of red, yellow, orange, and brown often look amazing. But I’m afraid I have a bit of an aversion to orange and yellow…and if you ask me red is for Christmas and Valentine’s… So remains brown then, which is a colour I love! Today I have combined brown (kraft) with purple and though you might not see purple leaves on the trees, it’s definitely an Autumn colour. Just think of Halloween!
kartex1_miniI have been dying to use some of the pretty papers from Pion Design’s “My precious Daughter”  collection. They are all so beautiful that it was hard to choose between them. This time I went with Syringa 12×12, but Anemone would have worked just as well for this Criss Cross Card!

The lace border was punched out with a Martha Stewart Punch from the sheet “Julia’s Dress 12×12″.
The insert is from the sheet “My princess 6×6″:
karte2_minikarte3_miniSome of the details:
PhotoGrid_1411817511153_miniThe Maya Road heart clip was painted with gesso, which I also used on some of the berries to tone them down:
karte1_miniMy Card fits the following challenges:
A Creative Romance – In the Garden
Nordsalten – #102 Layers
Vintage Utfordringen – At least 3 layers
Deep Ocean – #87 At least one flower
Southern Girls – Girly/Shabby Chic
Card Making Mamas – Vintage/Shabby Chic
karte4_miniThanks for stopping by.
Sandy xxx

Wedding Keepsake Box & Card

We hardly ever attend weddings. In my lifetime, I’ve been to less than 10 weddings and that includes my own. :-? 2014 has been a remarkable year though as we have actually been to two! First back in May, my sister got married, and a couple of weeks ago hubby’s brother. For my sis’s wedding I made an exploding box; scroll down or click HERE to see it. For this second wedding, I altered a box:

It’s a very large shoe box that I have altered into a wedding memory keepsake box.
This is by far the largest project I’ve ever worked on; a 12×12 inch paper didn’t cover the lid of the box, hence I had to put a stripe in the middle.The papers I have used are from Maja Design.The blue one is April, 5th from Maja’s Vintage Spring Basics Collection, and the brown/white one is Princess Margareta’s Garden from the gorgeous Sofiero collection.
Around the whole box, I attached the champagne coloured Lace Reinette, an all time favourite of mine. The latch set in front is from FabScraps; it’s just for show, but it looks good, doesn’t it?! :-)
box3_miniThe lace across is the stunning “Lace Empress Alexandra”.

This is what the box looks like from a bird’s perspective.
Sparkle is this week’s theme for LLC – I used Stormy Sky Distress Stickles for the chipboard letters. They’re very blingy, but somewhat hard to catch with the camera.

The circle of love :-)
The circle is made up of lilies, carnations and roses, all from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I also wrapped some white pearl string around the flowers. In the middle there are two large bark hearts, which were frantaged with “Shabby White”.
Then a banner with the Maya Road mini sewing spools, the letters have been cut out from a Pion sheet and distressed. I also used a love charm, which I applied stickles to.Collage with close up pics:PhotoGrid_1410596386954_mini

CHALLENGES I’d like to enter this project into:
Eclectic Ellapu – Hearts
Crafty Creations – Vintage
Card & Scrap – #82 Anything goes
Cretalicious - # 67 Flower Power
Inky Chicks - #38 Anything Goes

I also made a matching card:

For the card I used my absolute favourite paper ever… it’s “Ornament” from Pion Design’s Studio of Memories collection. The frame is cut out from “Anemone 6×6″, from the more recent Flower Frames collection.
card4edited_edited-1_miniPlayed with UTEE to achieve the vintage crackled glass effect.  :-)
This is what the inside of the card looks like:

Used a die to cut out the plate for some writing, the mini bag was perfect to place some money bills into.
CHALLENGES I’d like to enter my card into:
ABC – Tic Tac Toe (Flowers, Lace, Punch)
Nordsalten – #102 Layers
Vintage Utfordringen – At least 3 layers

Many thanks for looking.
Hugz, Sandy



Double Layer Wedding Explosion Box

Back in May (haven’t had the time to post this project yet), my sister got married and as I wanted to make them something special, rather than a card, I decided to go for an explosion box.
I had never made one before, but I found a great tutorial, which was easy to follow on You Tube. The lady created her box in 1h…mine took considerably longer, LOL.
It wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be though and I’m actually very pleased with the result, so I’ll have warn you that I have got loads of pics to share.  :-P

Starting from the outside….I used Maja Design’s romantic collection Sofiero. For the box itself I used “Enjoying the lovely Fragrance” and for the lid “”Royal Summer Residence”. 


On the lid I created a heart with different flowers in pink, brown and ivory. They were covered in lots of Stickles Stardust. Then I put some jute twine around the heart and glued on some Melissa Frances pearls. Oh, and there’s obviously cheese cloth underneath the heart.


This is what it looks like when the lid has been removed:

As you can see, I have got double layers inside the box.The seambinding is keeping the 2nd layer from opening.The beautiful brown paper here is “Princess Margareta’s Garden”.
M3_miniHere’s a view from the side:
M4_miniThe box holds these pull out photo mats:
The die is from Marianne Design, and I used the pink and cream coloured Rhinestones Lace. The blue doesn’t really fit with the rest of the colour scheme, but you know that old wedding saying…

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”

I cut the corners, so they would be heart-shaped. Then I stamped a swirl from Stempelglede’s Grunge Flourish Heart set on them. The other panels have got patterned papers and some memorable quotes on them. 
When the seambinding has been loosened, the wedding cake is revealed:

The inside of the panels are “Enjoying the Lovely Fragrance” again.
The cake I made with 7th of May from Maja’s Vintage Spring Basics Collection.
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The cute banner border is from Maya Road, and then I also used some 2mm pearl string.

On top a variety of  flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, some frosted berries and cheese cloth. The cake was placed on a Melissa Frances Paper Lace Doily.

Last look of the explosion box with the lid in the background.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

 Challenges that this project fit:
We Love Vintage – #29 Inspiration Collage
Stampartic – Summer
Kort o Mania - #111 Summer
Divas by Design – Ribbons & flowers

LLC July Challenge – By the Sea

It’s time for a new LLC challenge and for this challenge the DT has chosen a great Summer theme; “By the Sea”.

I made a quick card with three nautical charms as focal point. The beautiful papers are from Pion Design’s “Shoreline Treasures” collection.

bythesea2_miniI added lots of gesso, and decorated with a couple of different laces, seashells, a bottle with a message, and flowers. Here’s a close up of some of the details:

Thanks for  visiting – hope you can join us!