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Favourites from 2012 – all the fun stuff!

I can’t say that everything in this section is altered. And I don’t like to use the meaningless “other” either. So instead I’m referring to it as all the fun stuff. All the creations that I’ve made that are not layouts or cards that is. So here are my favourites from 2012.

A gift for you
My wonderful mother in law bought me some flowers and made me homemade chocolates and gave them to me in a beautiful hexagonal jar. This during a time when I had no energy whatsoever to make any Christmas preparations at all. I altered the jar for her and gave it back in January. This jar is very personal to me since the circumstances during that time period were quite special. I really appreciate what she did for me during that Christmas. She gave me space when I needed it and supported me when I needed her help.

Chocolate cone
I made this chocolate cone for hubby’s birthday in January. I have used one of my favourite Maja collections, Life In The Country. I often use Maja Design papers for altering and other creations since they are so sturdy.

I am no winter person whatsoever. I’m more like a cat that lies in front of the fireplace and waits for it to end. We’ve had a couple of bad winters the past years and one day in January I felt that I’ve had it so I made this mini-album about it. I had saved these gorgeous Bo Bunny papers for a long time. I wanted to make something special with them. Take a look at the original posting to see all the pages inside.

My Summer Memories 
When the spring began to show itself I dreamed my way back to my childhood memories on the countryside. The Maja Design Life In The Country collection is like it’s made for me. I feel my memories in every single paper and I just love it. I had to create something out of it and this is what I came up with. All pages are shown on the original posting.

Easter eggs
Me and a friend got together to create some easter eggs. I made mine bit shabby, not so perfect, using Pion Design papers. They turned out quite nice I think.

My blueberry book
I made this little album as a tribute to blueberries. I absolutely love blueberries so I found it appropriate. I have used the Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection by Maja Design.

I had a giveaway on my blog where you could win the Vintage Summer Basics collection. I thought I’d make the winner announcement a bit more fun so I created this box where I put the names of the participants. I filmed the announcement and put it out on Youtube.
I made this flower basket, using the Vintage Summer Basics collection, for Mother’s Day.

Calendar for my in-laws
I made this calendar for my in-laws, I think it turned out quite nice.

Box with Christmas carols
I took an old box and made it into a box with Christmas carols in it. The songs are in a two ring binder and can be taken out when needed to. Practical and quite nice.

Some mornings you just know… it’s going to be a two cup day
I made this little coffee tray for Marie (founder and designer at Maja Design) when she worked day and night with the Walking In The Forest collection. I filled up the two cups with coffee beans. The Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection was an obvious choice.

Castle for Anton
My best friend since 20 years back gave birth to a son in August. I made him this castle using the Vintage Summer Basics collection. No cardstock for support. That really shows how sturdy Maja papers are.

A little bird told me…

I have a thing for funny cocky quotes. I thought I’d gather some of them in a little mini-album and came up with this one. Made with the Vintage Summer Basics collection.
Well, I guess that’s it. You can find more of my “fun stuff” in the other section. 😉
Happy new year!

Christmas gift sets

As you might remember I made my own mulled wine this year… I bottled them up a week ago and I have made three gift set’s so far. Each gift set contains one bottle of mulled wine and one tea light card.

Here’s my first one. Maja Design Vintage style. I have used the Vintage Winter collection and I think it turned out pretty nice. You can find the tea light card with more photos and how it looks on the inside together with a detailed tutorial here.

A little close up. I bought the blue ribbon and lace on Blomsterhallen and I’ve actually used the rest of the rolls to decorate cookie jars, candles and more bottles of mulled wine. Love that ribbon, but I’m a blue girl as you might know.

My next giftset, Graphic 45 style. I have used the Christmas Emporium collection. This particular tea light card can be found here.

I love these cute vintage images that are included in the collection. Made a nice flag set.

My third gift set, using Websters Pages Waiting For Santa collection. The tea light card can be found here.

 The cut out letters makes the words “God Jul” (Merry Christmas).

Christmas flower stick

Christmas is approaching so fast. I’m going through some exciting times at work right now, even though there are a lot of long hours. Thankfully I love my job, but that explains why I don’t post as much as I usually do. On top of it all we’re trying to renovate our living room, a hallway plus our old boiling room before Christmas. The living room is nearly done, would hate to live in a box on Christmas Eve.

I got a flower stick from a friend last year. It’s been on my desk ever since, just waiting to be altered.

It will make a nice decoration for one of my Christmas flower arrangements.

A little close up…

Supplies used
Crackle Paint Old Paper
White Gesso
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Roses by Wild Orchid Crafts
Angels by Pion Design
Ribbon by LSS

Graphic 45 Ladies’ Diary box

My mum celebrated her 69th birthday this weekend and I wanted to make her something special. I made her a little box with a wall hanging in it. I attached a gift card to the wall hanging as well.

From the top.

Another angle…

A little close up of the lid.

I just love black flowers, they are not that common though…

This is the inside of the lid…

This is the inside of the box. You can see the wall hanging.

The box when it’s empty.

Here’s the little wall hanging…

Here’s a close up of the upper part of it…

And the lower part with the little extra clock charm.

Supplies used:
Graphic 45 Ladies’ Diary collection
A Ladies Diary
La Gazette
Fashion Plates
Garden Stroll
Lasting Impression
Afternoon Tea
Moment In Time
Focal Point

The other stuff…
Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Hydrangea and other flowers inside lid by Prima
Black flower by Magnolia
White pearls by Michaels
Black pearls made with Pearl Maker Black by Waco
Amber pearl made with Pearl Maker Amber by Waco
Distress Ink Pad Black Soot
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles Large
Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circles Large
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Pearls, charm and lace from my own stash.

Box with Christmas carols – Maja Design

I love Christmas caroling. I used to sing Christmas carols all year around. I keep my old choir notes in a very old worn out file and I thought they deserved a nicer packaging. So I grabbed an old cell phone box and started to alter it…

This is the top of the lid…

A little close up… The whole box is surrounded by that wonderful broad lace.

I couldn’t help myself but using a Tim Holtz wordband that says “Embrace Imperfection”. It’s always a bit tricky to alter boxes that are not always meant to be altered… This is a part of the lid and I’ve used two different Maja Christmas collections for it. Just love how you can combine them like that.

And here we go. This is what the box looks like when it’s opened. I’ve used the gorgeous lace again. The song texts are in the ring binder. I haven’t decorated them so they can easily be taken out and used without have to worry about decorations.

Close up of the decorations of the inside of the box.

I have two songs on the first spread since I chose not to show any lyrics when you open up the box.

So on the other spreads there are just one song for each spread.

Here’s the third spread. I have used several different patterned papers for the left side and also for the lyrics. Ironically the lyrics are printed on the Vintage SUMMER Basics collection! They go so well with Vintage Winter and Gammaldags Jul. So I have actually used three different Maja collections for the box.

The box contains in total 16 different Christmas carols. 

Supplies used:
Maja Design
Vintage Summer Basics collection
6×6 pad

Gammaldags Jul collection
Vackra Paket
Hos Mormor

Vintage Winter collection
Jag Stannar Inne (I’m Staying Inside)

Prima Marketing
Parisa Winston Mix
Splendor Moss
Londonerry Antique Mirrors

Tim Holtz
Idea-ology collection
Ornate Plates
Word Bands
Ring Binder large

Tag and bookplates die
Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Distress Marker Walnut Stain

The other stuff…
Lace stolen from mom again, nasty daughter she’s got. :)
Pearl Maker Amber by Waco
Doily by Wilton (4″)
Flowers inside book by Magnolia
Roses inside book by Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders Nestabilites die circle large
Crown by Melissa Frances
Distrezz It All by Zutter


The birds are singing for the top of their lungs nowadays and keep me awake all through the nights. I bought this cute little birdhouse a couple of months ago but haven’t had the time to alter it. I guess I got inspired by my feathered neighbours…

I have used the Prima Sun Kiss collection. All papers are from the 6×6 pad and have been distressed with Distress Ink Pumice Stone. Roses are from the Sun Kiss collection as well. Leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts. The roof has been made with the Doily Lace punch by Martha Stewart.

Recipe box

I altered a recipe box to hold card sketches…

I painted the box with Crackle Paint Picket Fence. All papers used are from the Butterfly Garden collection by Pink Paislee.

The heart shaped doily (Wild Orchid Crafts) has been distressed with Distress Ink Walnut Stain. White vintage trinket from Prima Shabby Chic collection. The bird and tag is from a die cut package belonging to the Butterfly Garden collection.

Blue flowers from Magnolia, white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, pink rose by Prima.

The two leaves has been cut out with the Tim Holtz die Tattered Leaves. The white leaf has been painted with Crackle Paint Picket Fence. The other leaf has been painted with Glimmer Glam Hayride. I have also stamped a Tim Holtz text stamp on it using Archival Ink Sepia.

Have a great week!

Easter eggs

Me and a friend had a scrappy weekend a couple of weeks ago. We kicked out my hubby and let him move in with her husband so we had the house(s) to ourselves the entire weekend. Do I need to mention how popular that decision was? LOL. We ended up being rather productive and we started out making easter eggs…

I used papers from the Fairytale of Spring collection by Pion Design. I glued them rather roughly to get a vintage style and not so perfect.

This is the largest egg of them all. I love that paper with the cute bunnies, it’s perfect for easter creations. I cut it out with a Nestabilities Circle and Lacey Circle for the background paper. Large poinsietta by Magnolia. The broad green lace is from a LSS.

Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, pearls from a LSS.

Here’s the medium egg…

The base paper is from Inkido. Large yellow poinsietta by Magnolia, the tape measure has been cut out from a Studio of Memories paper (also Pion Design).

Flowers and leaves are a mix of Wild Orchid Crafts, Magnolia and Prima. Yellow pearls from a LSS.

I’m not much of a candy lover, but I told hubby he could have the smallest egg and fill it up with diamonds for me instead. He didn’t approve. LOL. It’s nog big, but it’s kind of cute I think. The wonderful lace was bought at the Magnolia store in Borås.

Backside of the egg. All flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and have been distressed with Distress Ink Walnut Stain. Pearls from a LSS.

A close up… The egg says “Happy Easter”.

A gift for you

My husband’s family are the most unselfish people I have ever known. When I was really low this Christmas I had no energy to make any Christmas preparations at all. My wonderful mother in law bought me some flowers and made me homemade chocolates and gave them to me in a beautiful hexagonal jar. I have never deserved them less then I did this Christmas.

That moved me deeply since I’ve been spending time with rather selfish people lately. I had forgotten about how nice it is to always put others first. I had forgotten what it was like to be me.

I wanted to give her something in return, so I altered the beautiful jar for her and gave it back. Thanks to Pysselgumman for inspiring me to make this jar.

I have used papers from the Pion Design collection Studio of Memories. I cut out this vintage image and put it inside the jar.

I covered the jar with a bling swirl from Zva Creative and some butterflies that I had cut out from the Studio of Memories collection.

The supportive piece of paper on the backside says “Gratitude”. I thought it appropriate.

I covered the lid in papers and rolled a die cut that I had distressed with Walnut Stain Distress ink. The text says “A gift for you” in Swedish. The leaf has been cut out with a Tim Holtz die, using papers from the Waiting For Santa Part II collection. The leaf and the flowers have been distressed with Walnut Stain as well.

The flowers have been sprayed with Smooch Spritz Vanilla to glimmer a bit.

Favourites from 2011- the other stuff…

So… We’ve come to the good stuff! As a lot of you know I like to alter and try out a lot of techniques. I have tried so hard not to pick too many favourites, but this time I’m going to fail big time.


This must be the most fun I had regarding crafts during 2011. It was a pure joy to make.

Chocolate box

DT work for The Flying Unicorn. I really like how this one turned out.

What’s important to me

When life is a mess you really need to step back and think about what really matters to you. This tag pad is a way of reminding myself of what matters most to me.

Fairytale castle

I made this castle for my niece Josefine. Just had to try this one out. :)

National theatre canvas.

This was my very first canvas and I had so much fun making it.

DVD shelf

I made this shelf for my film loving hubby so he can display what movie he will be watching.

BIA christmas star

Another experiment that turned out quite nice.


Flag set for my BFF Angela.

Configuration box divided in two:

The first one

The second one

I thought it was a good idea to divide the box in two to make the fun last longer…