Resurrect this blog, or not?!

So it finally happened…I made a card. A Christmas card for the first time in four years’ time. My last blog post is actually almost to the day 4 years ago. After having run the Live & Love Crafts Online Store for close to 5 years when crafting was not just a hobby of mine, but also an integral part of my job, I was utterly fed up with it. I stopped crafting and blogging, left all the crafting groups I had been a member of on Facebook. I wanted no more cards and paper projects in my social media flow! More than once I considered selling my private stash. However; I reckoned first I’d need to sell the left overs from the store, and that’s hard work. I’ve listed a couple of things on E-bay now and then. Truth is that it’s quite frustrating selling on E-bay as it’s tedious to list items and often takes an eternity to get them sold…

Anyway; I was asked by family members for Christmas cards this year, so I dug out some old ones I had made in 2015, however I was one short, so made this card:Some details: distressed edges with Vintage Photo, applied Snow Tex here and there. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, natural sisal.As mentioned above, it has been years since I last had any connection with the crafting world, so once I had finished and taken photos of the card I was like “and then? What do I do now; do I blog this card, or do I just store it away in a folder on my laptop…do people even use blogs these days? ” Started checking some of the links listed on my blog to see if that was still the case; many talented crafters have stopped blogging, some even deleted their blogs, a lot of challenge blogs have sadly closed down. 🙁 Nevertheless; there seems to still be some blog activity ongoing, so I decided to continue for now.  If I’ll stay at it, I’m not sure. Depends how I feel about it and if I think it has meaning and a role to play in my life.  But time will tell…

LLC Special Dec/Jan Challenge – LLC Smörgåsbord

Hiya,
Since our December challenge will be the very last LLC challenge, we wanted to do something special, and I came up with the idea of a Smörgåsbord – basically a buffet of previous challenges. There are 10 different ones to choose from, all unique to LLC, and entries can be submitted until January, 24th.
For my card, I’ve used a Photo Inspiration Collage from the September Challenge this year:septembercollageTo see all challenges and the DT’s inspiration, please hop over to the LLC Blog HERE.

This is how my card turned out:
reindeerIt’s been ages since I’ve made a shaker card, so had lts of fun playing with this one. 🙂
The frame is from the Spellbinder’s Fleur de Elegance die set. The background image is cut from Pion Design’s Church Sheet from the Christmas in Norway collection, the other papers are from the Silent Night collection. The deers are Impression Obsession’s Deer Trio.

reindeer3aThe shaker material is Diamond Dust.
photogrid_1482495255636 The layered Poinsettia is Spellbinder’s Holiday die.
Many thanks for stopping by.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Hugz, Sandyreindeer2aP.S. LLC’s Closing Down Sale is ongoing and there are still plenty of goodies left. 😉
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Deep Oean – #144 Silent Night
Kort O’ Mania – #166 Christmas


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LLC November Challenge – White Christmas

Hi there,
Well it’s few and far beween my posts…
Last month, after having announced the LLC Store Closure, and initiliazed the Closing Down Sale was absolutely manic.
I was busy from dusk til dawn packing orders… 😀 It has eased off a little bit since; even though it’s been so busy, there are still lots of beautiful stash left, so it’ll still be a while until the store will close down.

Foor the time being we’re continuing with the LLC Challenge, and this month’s theme was suggested by Cathrine, who’s probably the only one from the DT who will for sure get to have a White Christmas this year… 😀

I haven’t made a single Christmas card this year so I took the opportunity to play along:whitechristmas1blogI’ve used papers (mostly scrap pieces) from a few different Maja collections to build my layers. The gorgeous die is from Cheery Lynn and called “Winter Neighbourhood”, it’s one of thoose dies you see and you fall in love with instantly, isn’t it?!
whitechristmas4blogI added some snow-tex to the roofs of the houses, and it’s also scattered all around the card.
Of course, I reached for some rustic embellishments; the whitewashed/shabby cinnamon sticks, cones, and sisal:
whitechristmas3blogwhitechristmas2blogThanks for stopping by,
Sandy, x
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Pion Design 15-60% off
Melissa Frances  20-50% off
Prima  25-50% off
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers  20% off
Wycinanka Chipboards 25% off
Stempelglede Stamps 20% off
Sagen Vintage Design 25-50% off
Laces & Trims  20-70% off

Metal Charms  50% off


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Blue X-mas Cards

Ooops; 5 months have past since my last post! Where does time go, I’d usually ask myself, but this time I actually …