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)

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:
PhotoGrid_1414667983006_miniThanks so much for visiting.
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:


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 ).


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:


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.
newbook3_miniThanks for stopping by.
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.

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