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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 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

Cup cakes with tutorial – Maja Design

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the woods this summer. I’ve been walking through fields of yummy blueberries every day and dived into them for a snack. They inspired me to make some cup cakes and I’ve also made a template and a little tutorial for you…

I used the Fika collection by Maja Design. I made them in five different colours- brown (muffins), green (pears), blue (blueberries), dark purple (blackberries) and lilac (tea cups).

Here’s the brown one…

The green…

The blue…

Dark purple…

And finally lilac.

So here’s a little tutorial on how to make these cupcakes.

Cut out the template on a 6×6 patterned paper using the template below. (Click on it and save the larger image.)

Distress all edges.

Fold all the flaps and start adding glue along the right side of one of the flaps. (Inside of the cup.)
Isn’t it a shame to hide such beautiful paper on the inside?

Fold the flap so the flap to the right overlaps it.

Continue with the following flaps until you have glued the entire cup together.

Cute isn’t it? :)

Create a ball out of tulle and newspaper, bubble wrap or whatever you have at hand.

Cut out the middle of a 4″ doily and glue it on the cup. Attach the ball.

Now it’s time for decoration. Use whatever you have. Ribbons, flowers, leaves, buttons. Use your imagination and have some fun. Here’s what the decorations looks like on the lilac cupcake I just made…

Good luck!  

Supplies used:
Maja Design
Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection
En Kopp Te
Bulle Med Blåbär
Kaffe Tack

Flowers and leaves
Hydrangeas (cut in pieces) by Prima
White paper flowers (cut in pieces) from Magnolia
Leaves by Prima
All small roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Big centre roses by Prima Angelica Rose collection

The other stuff…
EK Success Retro flower punch large and small
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Pearl Maker Amber
4″ doily by Wilton
Tulle from Michaels
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain

Castle – Maja Design

My best friend Camilla gave birth to a son a couple of weeks ago. I made him a castle as a welcome home present.

This is my second castle. I made the first one out of cardstock for my niece Josefine. I thought I’d give it a try with patterned papers since I think it looks better. It worked just as fine! It really shows how sturdy Maja Design papers are, I am impressed. You really shouldn’t try this with anything but heavy weight patterned papers or cardstock.
I have cut out the entire castle using my Bosskut Gazelle. The cutting files can be found here.

The front side.

Here’s a close up of the entrance. It says “Welcome home Anton” above the entrance. A lot of gluing when it comes to the windows…
A little close up of the balcony above the entrance.
A close up of one of the balconies above one of the towers.
I also made a card using the same Maja Design papers.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection

Martha Stewart punches (card)
Swirling Lace
Deco Fan

The other stuff…
Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone
Distress Marker Pumice Stone
Pearl Maker Pastel Blue
Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace by Re-Collections

Some mornings you just know… It’s going to be a two cup day – Maja Design

I made this little box with cups for Marie, owner of Maja Design. She always works very hard, but the period she’s going through right now is more challenging then ever.

I have used my favourite Fika collection. The brown papers are really a match made in heaven when it comes to coffee theme.

Some cuttings..

I just took a knife and cut out the two leaves on free hand.

From the side… I have used a cream coloured cardstock as a base.

The box when it’s empty.

The two coffee cups filled with coffee beans.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection
Kaffetåren den bästa är
Kaffe Tack

Spellbinders Nestabilities
Circles Large
Scalloped Circles Large
Labels Seventeen
Labels Six

The other stuff…
Lace by Re-Collections
Brown ribbon from Michaels

Ribbon and lace on box from LSS
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Distress Marker Walnut Stain
Rose by Wild Orchid Crafts

Another calendar…

I made a calendar for my parents using the From My Heart collection by Pion Design. I kind of liked the way it turned out, so I made another one for my in laws.

This time I’ve used soft colours in green and dark grey. I’ve combined three different Pion collections for this one.

And a little close up…  

Supplies used:
Pion Design For Father collection
Pion Design Studio of Memories collection
Pion Design Grandma’s Schoolbook collection
Roses by Prima Printery collection
Clock face and spinners by Tim Holtz Idea-ology collection
Green flower by Re-collections
Leaves by Wild Orchid Crafts
Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page set Cherish
Buttons by Maya Road
Text stamp by Tim Holtz
Brads by Making Memories


I saw a gorgeous calendar by Marianne Skjelstad and thought I’d give it a try and make something similar.

I think it turned out to be a great Christmas present, so I guess I’ll make some more. The measurements are 10.25″ x 8.5″.

And a little close up…  

Supplies used:
Pion Design From My Heart part II collection
Paloma collection by Prima
Other flowers by Re-collections
Leaves by Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page set Cherish
Buttons by Maya Road
Text stamp by Tim Holtz
Brads by Making Memories 

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