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Christmas card box

I started out making this letterbox for my Christmas cards last year, but never finished it until now…

Quite nice to have on the table in our hallway…. It fits 6×6 cards as well, so it’s quite spacious.

I have cut out different parts of Pion papers to get the flower frame.

A little close up.

It’s our engagement day today and we usually go to a Christmas market every year since that was the place where we got engaged. However, it’s -17 (1.4 F) outside today so we skipped it.

Hubby keeps telling me that both of his cats (me and the furry one) are so much alike. We absolutely refuse to step outside in cold weather for instance. That is not completely true. Yesterday I sacrificed myself and went outside to take some photos for a Maja thing that will come up on the new Maja blog January 1st. Secret, secret. :)

Isn’t it beautiful? It’s so nice to watch as long as you don’t have to BE there.

We’re going to see a stand-up show with my favourite comedian tomorrow. Naturally it’s going to be a snowstorm with 1.5 ft snow. It’s usually 1½ hours drive, so this could turn out to be an interesting ride.

Have a great weekend!

Supplies used
Papers from the Waiting For Santa part II collection by Pion Design
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Pearl Maker white
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Ovals
Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Ovals
Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia
Punch by Martha Stewart

Maja Design It’s Christmas Time- HUGE giveaway!

I have barely finished my Walking In The Forest giveaway when it’s time for the next one. A lot of things happening at once, but as long as they are good-let’s keep them coming!

I’ve got some really good news considering this giveaway. Since it is Christmas times and we all have tons of Christmas cards to make I’m going to make this giveaway bigger then it usually is…

One lucky winner will win all the 12×12 papers from the It’s Christmas Time collection. THREE lucky winners will win one 6×6 paper pad each from the same collection.

Perfect for your Christmas cards. More information about how you can win these goodies later in this posting.

And to give you some extra inspiration I’ve created a Christmas layout. That doesn’t happen very often so bare with me… :)

The lamppost and the Santa are from the old Gammaldags Jul collection by Maja Design, otherwise all papers are from the It’s Christmas Time collection. I started out using Ingvild Bolme’sbackground tutorial, but I’m not sure how much I really used it in the end. LOL.

I have used a lot of Perfect Pearls on this layout. I hightlighted the lamp in the lamppost with some gold, I’ve also done that on the stamped Holly border. The girl on the photo is my niece Jessica.

I love the rustic feeling you get from these papers, I like to give it an extra touch by using ordinary cheap string that you can find in any department store. The title “Christmas has arrived” comes from one of the strips. Maja Design papers always have borders on the backside of the EAN code so you can actually use them. Some of them are just patterns, some are text in Swedish, some in English.

I just need to add a close up of the snow on the flowers. I just love love love Aleene’s Glitter Snow. I bought it for a mini-album last winter, What I Hate About Winter. It turned out to be quite useful and now I add it here and there on winter/Christmas stuff. 

My new friend Katja, who absolutely loves gold, inspired me to do a golden layout. A combo of rustic and gold… I think it worked out. The sleigh has been altered with Gesso, two colours of Inka Gold, a layer of Crackle Accents and finally some distress ink on top. 

I’ve used Texture Paste for the doily and then added three colours of Perfect Pearls.

I’ve added pieces of a napkin to the cardstock, using Gesso on top. I’ve stamped randomly with a textstamp and added some Perfect Pearls here and there. The leaves has been embossed with an embossing folder, cut out and colourized with Perfect Pearls.

I made a brick wall template with my Gazelle. I ruined it on purpose so it wouldn‘t look to perfect before I added Texture Paste. I’ve painted the bricks with different colours of Distress Markers.

And here are some other creations using this collection…

All you need to do to participate in the giveaway is to become a follower, if you are not already following me, and leave a comment on this posting.

That’s it. :) I will draw the winners on November 4th.Good luck!

Supplies used for the layout:
Maja Design It’s Christmas Time collection
Deck The Halls
Festive Season
Santa And The Christmas Tree
Christmas Thoughts
Die cut sheet

Maja Design Gammaldags Jul collection

The glimmer stuff…
Perfect Pearls Green Patina
Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold
Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
Pearl Maker Gold

Inka Gold wax Gold
Inka Gold wax Lava Green

Dew Drop Gold
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone

Distress Markers
Antique Linen
Old Paper
Walnut Stain
Pumice Stone
Frayed Burlap

Paints etc
White gesso by Claudine Hellmuth
Glitter Snow paint by Aleene
Texture paste
Crackle Accents 

Hex net stamp by Prima
Holly branch stamp by Tim Holtz
Text stamp by Tim Holtz

Dies and embossing folders
Spellbinders Nestabilities die Small Ovals
Spellbinders Nestabilities die Large Ovals
Spellbinders Nestabilities die Scalloped Large Ovals
Tim Holtz/Sizzix die Tattered Florals
Tim Holtz/Sizzix die Tattered Pinecone
Embossing folder by Nellie Snellen

The other stuff…
Sleigh by Kaisercraft
Clock by Prima
Lace stolen from mom again and some of it comes from my old bedroom curtains. :)

Christmas box- Maja Design It’s Christmas Time

First I’d like to remind you that the Walking In The Forest giveaway ends today, so don’t miss it out. I will draw a winner tomorrow that wins the entire collection.

I made this little Christmas box for the Maja Design newsletter. It was thrown together in a hurry, so it’s a perfect gift box to make when you don’t have much time…

I scored the 12×12 paper by 4 on all sides to get a 4×4 box. I cut the flaps and glued it together. Maja papers are really sturdy so you can fill up the box with heavy candy and it will work out just fine. I made the lid 0.25 inch larger so it’s easy to put on the box.

Supplies used:
Maja Design It’s Christmas Time collection
Festive Season
Die cut sheet

The other stuff
Martha Stewart deep edge punch Floral Vine
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Distress Marker Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz/Sizzix die Tattered Leaves
Prima Junk Yard Findings collection Rusty Typo Zippers
Ribbon from Pysseltagen
Roses by Wild Orchid Crafts

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

Maja Design giveaway!

The weather is SO depressing. If you live in Sweden you can hardly believe it’s summer. It’s raining all the time. So to cheer you all up a bit and bring some sunshine into your rainy lives I’m posting a new Maja giveaway. This time we’re going to take a little dive into my childhood memories on the Swedish countryside.

This giveaway contains the entire Life In The Country collection (Lantliv in Swedish) that will be sent to one happy winner. It consists of 18 wonderful twosided 12×12 papers, all in true Maja vintage style. To be quite honest I think the backside of Maja papers are so well designed that I often like them just as much (if not even more) then the front. Many of my favourites are actually backside papers. That says something about the quality of the design… To see all the papers in the collection, you can take a look here.

All you need to do to win this incredible collection is to become a follower (if you are not already following me) and to leave a comment on this posting.

I will draw one happy winner July 15th. The giveaway is of course open to everybody, all over the world!

Here are some examples of what you can do with this cozy collection. To see more photos of the projects, just click on the link…

Good luck!

Who’s Da Boss?


My Summer Memories Mini Album

Chocolate cone

Quick giftbox

Picnic basket

Soaked in Vintage Summer Basics – Maja Design

Today I’m posting FOUR creations from the brand new Vintage Summer Basics by Maja Design. Marie has done an amazing job creating this new collection. As usual it’s very versatile and comes in several different colour schemes so there’s something for everybody.

The postman delivered them just in time for the Easter holidays, so I have been totally soaked in Vintage Summer Basics this weekend.

I surprised myself by falling in love with the pink papers! I’m pretty good at falling in love with beautiful papers, but I don’t remember ever liking pink papers this much.

All papers in this posting are from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and have all been distressed with Distress Ink Walnut Stain. I will only name the papers used.

Those of you who visited my blog yesterday and saw the sneak peeks know that I’ll be sharing one tag, one card, one box with drawers and one layout today.

So, let’s start out with the layout…

I took this photo in the small village of Andahuaylillas in Peru. The village was a real treat. Birds were singing, the farmers were sitting on benches resting after a hard days work. It was like the time had stopped.

The pink background paper is called 1922. I have used the Martha Stewart Double Arches Punch Around The Page set for the 1921 paper and handstitched it.

Time letters has been cut out with my Gazelle, paper Memories. I have used the Weathered Clock die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix for the clock (paper 1922). The butterfly has been cut out with the same paper using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I added some Distress Stickles Rock Candy to make it sparkle. Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The vintage couple has been cut out from the 1926 paper. The wrinkled border is from 1922. So is the floral paper that has been cut out with the Swirling Lace punches (Martha Stewart). The paper with text on is called 1891 and has been punched with the Cherish punches, also by Martha Stewart.

The photo mat has been cut from the 1933 paper. I have used the Memories paper for the tag and the punched brown border (Martha Stewart). White small windows from Prima’s Architecture collection. Clock face and spinners by Tim Holtz. Pink rose by Prima, white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, pink flowers from Recollections.

The next creation is a tag that I just had to make when I saw this gorgeous paper…

I have cut out the tag with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die called Tag And Bookplates. I used 1935 for the tag and 1934 for the circles.

The punched paper (Floral Vine punch by Martha Stewart) is 1934 as well. I have painted it with white Gesso to make it a bit lighter.

The butterfly has been cut out from 1934. I added some Distress Stickles Rock Candy to it to make it sparkle. The chipboard is from Imaginarium and has been painted with white Gesso and distressed with Distress Ink Walnut Stain (so has the papers). Rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The third creation is a box with four drawers that I made for my hubby as an eastern present.

I used 1915 for the top and the bottom. I love how sturdy Maja papers are. They are such high quality so you can use them for making boxes and other things that papers from a lot of other brands can’t.

I used the Cherish Punch Around the Page set by Martha Stewart. Flowers from Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. Bling from Prima, pearls made with Pearl Maker Amber. The vintage image and lined paper from the Memories paper.

Just a close-up…

I used 1916 for the drawers. The panels are made out of 1916 and 1912. Hitch fasteners by Tim Holtz. The panels are made out of 1902.
Mother’s Day is approaching in Sweden. So I made a Mother’s Day card as my fourth creation for today…

The base is made out of one patterned paper, 1933.

I have cut out the Vintage image (from the Memories paper) using a Nestabilities die (labels seventeen). Background from 1935. All flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Pearls from Michaels.

I used the labels seventeen dies again to make the tag where I will write a greeting. I have used 1934 for the largest, 1925 for the middle and ordinary white cardstock for the smallest. I have stamped it with a Tim Holtz stamp using Distress Ink Iced Spruce.

I hope you all got inspired!

Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics sneak peek

I’m posting four creations out of the new Vintage Summer Basics tomorrow. One tag, one card, one box with drawers and one layout! How about that… :)

Marie has done an amazing job creating this new collection. As usual it’s very versatile and comes in several different colour schemes so there’s something for everybody.

So today I’m going to post some sneak peeks to give you a little preview of this new fantastic collection.

From the layout….

From the tag…

From the box with drawers…

From the card…

So don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to see these creations in total. You will LOVE this new collection!

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!

Cakeboxes with cards

I love cake decorating and therefor like to make cakes, but I’m not such a big fan of eating them. :) So I thought I’d make some cake boxes as take aways for guests…

I made two sets, one pink and one blue.

Here’s the blue set. All papers are from Graphic45’s Baby 2 Bride collection. The cake box has been stamped with a Tattered Angels stamp using Distress Ink Weathered Wood.

Cakebox from the top. I have used a cutting file that was included in the software when I bought my Gazelle to cut out the cakeboxes. Pearls made with Pearl Maker Amber. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, leave from Prima. All papers have been distressed with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

Here’s where you open up the box. I used a Martha Stewart punch (Swirling Lace) for the border.

A little thank you card belonging to the box. Thanks for helping me eating it or something. 😉
The thank you stamp is from Joanna Sheen. Flowers from Magnolia.

Here’s the pink set. Papers from Graphic45’s Baby 2 Bride.

I have used the same Pearl Maker (Amber) and distressed the box with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The stamp is from Tim Holtz. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I have used the Martha Stewart punch Deco Fan for the lid.

Butterflypunch and border punch by Martha Stewart (Wild Flowers), flowers from Magnolia.