Shabby & Elegant Christmas Card

Hiya; for this week I set the theme “Scandinavian Christmas” for the DT, and it’s been a delight to see what Tracy, Tina, Becky, and Alyce came up with so far.

When I think of Christmas Scandinavian style the first thing that comes to mind is traditional red, so I’ve used the gorgeous “Given from the Heart” sheet from Maja Design’s 2014 Christmas  collection.

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Also has a play with the new die set by Spellbinder’s “Royal Circle”, which is so  pretty, but somewhat difficult to get off the die without damaging the intricate cut.

Another thing I associate with Scandinavian Christmas is of course snow (well at least if you’re from the North, as I am. Then every year is a white Christmas. :-)). Therefore I’ve used lots of snow-tex. Of course could also not keep my hand away from the new blingy products, and here I’ve used the white pearl heart. 

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Finally; most Scandinavians are outdoor people who love to spend time out in the nature. This is symbolized by the natural elements; the cinnamon sticks (covered with Glamour Dust), the cones, and the jute twine.

Thanks for visiting,
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LLC Challenge #29 Favourite Colour Combo

1st of November…someone please tell me where did this year go?
On a brighter note;  no need to panic just yet (or at least I tell myself so, LOL). There’s still 6 intensive weeks left for Christmas cards and projects. :-)
The theme for this month’s LLC Challenge is Favourite Christmas Colour Combo.

My absolute favourite colour on cards is vintage or antique blue, which I like to combine with light brown (tea dye distress ink) and cream. I especially love Pion Design’s vintage blue in the collections Studio of Memories, Alma’s, Silent Night, as well as this year’s Christmas collection ” Days of Winter”.

For this card I’ve used some sheets from the Days of Winter collection.
The image was cut from the sheet Church 12×12, which I have combined with Blue Ornament and Borders:

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Quite some layers of paper and laces, but decorations wise I kept it fairly simple. In the left upper corner an organza bow with a cute Bambi charm, a couple of vintage buttons and a bark star with a blue rose. To the rose and buttons, I added a bit of Stardust for that Christmas shimmer.

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Thanks for looking; hope to see you taking part in this month’s LLC challenge!
Hugz, Sandy


Coffee & Cinnamon

OMG it’s only 55 days left until Christmas!!!
For me it’s the same story every year…it always comes too soon…
I try my best to get started with the Christmas card early in the year, but I don’t get around to it, even less so now that I have the store, so I tend to end up with a mass production a week or two before Christmas. Sounds familiar? LOL
I suppose I could just go out and buy Christmas cards, but that somehow doesn’t feel right…
Anywho; this morning I made three quick and fun Christmas cards.
I’ve been playing with coffee filters and of course papers from Maja Design’s new Christmas collection ” A Gift for You”, which is this week’s LLC theme.

Card No. 1 was made with the sheet ” Given from the Heart”.
(Inked the filter with Vintage Photo to make it darker)
coffee2_miniCard No. 2 was made with the sheet “When the Snow is Falling”.
(Edges of filter inked with Tea Dye)
coffee3_mini..and finally card no. 3 was made with the sheet “Handwritten Post Card”
(Filter painted white with gesso)
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Voilà! Three down only….hmmmm…many more to go. :-)

All three images  can be found on the sheet “Fairytale of Winter” from Pion Design.

If you’re wondering what the sticks are, they are the newly arrived cinnamon sticks, available in natural brown and whitewashed. They can easily be cut into desired length, and let me tell ya’ crafting has never smelled so good! :-)

Here’s a collage with the details:
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Hugz, Sandy


Shabby Chic Mini Christmas Book Card

This week’s theme over at the LLC blog is sentiments.I used a vintage image that had a sentiment on it already:

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I’ve had a frame for a book card in my drawer ever since former LLC DT Member Elin challenged the team to make book cards; I think it was sometime in February-March 2013. (The first frame I made was too small, so I made another one, but saved the small frame for “a future not too distant project” :-P ).

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The papers are from Maja Design’s 2014 Christmas collection ” A Gift for You”, though the cover is brown cardboard…
angelbookcard5_miniThis is the backside; I kept it simple and did not add any paper just because I love the effect of the shabby white frantage on brown cardboard. :-)
Here’s the inside:

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The backside of the cardboard I painted with gesso.
The gorgeous paper is used on both sides is “On Christmas Morning”.
Close up of the bark heart:
closeup_heart copy_miniThe box, decorated with striped straws, some roses and cones.
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Hugz, Sandyangelbookcard9_mini


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

INGREDIENTS

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

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 Thanks for stopping by,
Sandy xx