måndag 7 december 2009

G45 cupcakes

I have caught the worst cold I've had in ages. I can barely speak, my nose is running constantly, and my head is spinning most of the time. And December isn't the right month to be in this state, with everything that needs to be done both at work and at home before Christmas.

Well, anyway, today I can sit up, at least, so I thought I'd seize the moment and upload a little something to the blog. This is from last month's DT-kit from Scraplagret, some more Graphic 45 Domestic Godess ♥. I made it into these little cupcakes, which are now sitting on a shelf in my kitchen.

That's all for now. See you when I stop coughing...

torsdag 3 december 2009

Just a quick one...

..before I hop into bed to get a few hours of sleep before taking on the last day of this week at work. Hopefully, tomorrow will be as fabulous as the rest of the week has been.

I made this little ice skate ornament from the very last scraps of my Pink Paislee Mistletoe & CO papers. And no, there's no template, and I can't for the world describe how I did, and I most definitely cannot make one more like it... It's like my grandmother and baking. I've given up asking her for recipes, becasue she just pours in a little bit of this and that, and it turns out fabulous every time!
Not that I'm claiming my stuff to be fabulous... no, this skate has a rip here and a wrinkle there, and it's far from perfect. But it surely was a lot of fun making.
Can you ever get enough of this colour combination? No. I ADORE everything Pink Paislee has done lately, and right now, I'm in seventh heaven, because a little birdie told me that the Nook January kit will feature their new Cupid line, and guess who will be guest designing for the Nook in January? Yup, yours truly :)

Have a splendid weekend, dear blog readers!

onsdag 2 december 2009

Now I can reveal...

...that I have the great honour to be a part of the designteam at Scrap Within Reach, together with a bunch of awesome ladies! Woohoo! Check out their blog to see who else is on. It's one fabulous list, I'll tell you that.

söndag 29 november 2009

Long time no blogging...

I've been so caught up in all these crazy advent preparations, you know, cleaning windows. preparing calendars for the kids, making sure every candlestick and star that is going up in the windows have functioning lightbulbs and so on. And then, you realize that almost nothing of what you have is what you want to put up this year. And there isn't room for those things you want to put up. So yesterday, I got fed up with the curtains in the kitchen, and took out the sewing machine and made new ones out of a couple of old bedsheets with beautiful laces. I also made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go to IKEA today, to get a couple of new shelves for the hall. I'm in the mood of painting everything white right now, and so far, I've painted as much as I could before I ran out of white paint...
So, anyway, I have done some crafting over these last couple of weeks, among other things this advent calendar for Agnes. The small packages contain Polly Pocket stuff, because I foud this really cool package containing one doll and a multitude of clothes and accessories. Perfect for a little girl who is crazy about little dolls with little clothes.
I also made a little Album with our wish lists, from a Maya Road Coaster Album, and lots of Pink Paislee papers. Yes, I have fallen so hard for the colour combination in this collection. I honestly can't get enough if it!
Every member of the family has a spread of his or her own in this album. Albin really wants a Lego Mindstorms NXT for Christmas. I have told him that the only way he is going to be sure to get one is to save up for it. But there's no harm in adding it to your wish list too, is there?
Agnes wants a computer, and guess what colour she wants... Yeah, pink, what else? Well, she's not getting one this year.
As for me... I want a Sodastreamer and a bedroom makeover, complete with new (white) wallpaper and new (white) furniture. I guess I will have to make it myself if it is going to happen. That could keep me busy during the Christmas holidays. And what P wants... well, I haven't photographed his pages, because I don't know what he wishes for and neither does he... as usual :)

söndag 15 november 2009

A few crop layouts...

There is a virtual crop going on at My Scrapbook Nook this weekend, and I have actually managed to steal myself some scrappy time and I got quite a few of the challenges made. The first one is with Lily Bee papers from the Nook November kit. The challenge was to use the kit, and I really needed a kick in the butt to get started on these papers. They are lovely, yes, but I haven't felt that inspired before.
On this one I have used up every little scrap I had left of the Industrial Park papers from Scrap Within Reach. I totally love these papers, and the sweater Albin is wearing on the photo is a perfect match!
Here's our cat, Lillan. The papers are spanking new Life Stories from My Mind's Eye, printed on kraft paper and totally gorgeous. I have never been a big MME fan before, but hey, everyone can change their mind, right?
Some Pink Paislee... I still have a few tiny scraps left of the papers I bought from this line, but they are really, really tiny.
Oh, and I got a great excuse to pull out my favourite October Afternoon papers of all time - the house paper and the cloud paper from the Weathervane collection. The challenge was to make a layout involving some kind of movement, and I hope I succeded by setting some of the clouds loose by mounting them on foam squares, and by doodling little swirls to the Quickutz leaves. What do you think? Can you sense the movement in the layout?
Oh, well, off to hang some laundry. You can't scrap all day, can you? I have a couple of more layouts to share, but I will get to that later. Have a nice Sunday!

Pink Paislee Shadow Box

Here's a very quick post for you today. It has been a very busy week for me, I've been exhausted because of a cold, and I haven't had time or energy to blog about this little shadow box I made last weekend.
I made it from of a frame and a cardboard box. I can't get enough of Pink Paislee's Mistletoe & CO. I got all the papers from the collection, and I just pick them out over and over again. They are so pretty!
Some details.
That's all for now. I hope to show you a few more items tomorrow. There is a Virtual Crop going on at the Nook, and I've been doing a few of the challenges, so I have quite a lot of photos to show :)

söndag 8 november 2009

Christmas Crown

I bought this crown a couple of years ago, with the intention of altering it in some way. It never happened, though, not until now, when I got the gorgeous papers from Pink Paislee Mistletoe & CO in the mailbox. So I altered. And all the time I had a three-year-old with big eyes on the other side of the desk, watching every step of the process with huge eyes, demanding over and over again to have this crown in her room when it was done. And of course she can.
Inside, I put a miniature winter landscape. This is our house, according to Agnes, and she wants us to move into it as soon as possible...
Aren't these papers just beautiful? I want to decorate my entire house in these colours for Christmas! But I guess I'll just have to settle for a few altered objects here and there. Nevertheless, this collection ROCKS.

lördag 7 november 2009

Treasured things

I've had a busy couple of weeks here. Or, to be honest, I have been absolutely swamped here! So this poor blog has kept slipping further and further down on my priority list. But finally there's time for a post.

I made this layout for Scraplagret, using papers from G45 Domestic Godess and MM Vintage findings. They are a perfect match, indeed!
Just look at all the gorgeous embellishments from Making Memories. The zip fastener is from a pair of jeans my DD grew out of.
Have a really nice weekend all of you!

tisdag 27 oktober 2009

Pure Sweetness

Here's just a quick post to show a layout I made for Scraplagret. I've been working with Glimmer Mist and Glimmer screens here, combined with papers from Graphic 45 and Making Memories Vintage Findings (the pretty gold-embossed paper) and decorations from Prima.
Just look at this gorgewous flower. Guess what? I've ordered more of those...

OK, so now I'm headed off for work for the last time this week, even though it's only tuesday. Sometimes, it's nice being a teacher, for instance this week, when we're having fall holiday. Well, it's always nice being a teacher, but I think we all needed a break now. I need to catch up with things around the house, and the kids need to be able to sleep a little longer in the mornings. And I look forward to being able to photograph another DT layout, since it's always too dark when I get home.

See you!

måndag 26 oktober 2009

OZZ Blog Hop Winner!

Finally, it's time for the big reveal!
But first, I'd like to than you all for your sweet comments here on the blog.

OK, OK, I'm going to spill it now.
Without further ado, here's the winner:

laterg8r sa...
love the papers you chose to decorate your book - fantastic mini :D
den 19 oktober 2009 16:02

WOOHOO! Congratulations, Carrie!

E-mail your shipping address to nan@binditall.com, and the Cover-All and pre-punched Page Protectors will arrive shortly. Enjoy :)

måndag 19 oktober 2009

OZZ Blog Hop!!!

Yes, that's it! To celebrate the OZZ-team (Original Zutter Zister, that is, NOT old), we're having a super duper fantastic BLOG HOP this week! So, here's what you need to do:

Leave a comment to this post to be entered in the drawing for an 8X8" Cover-All for Page Protectors, along with a set of pre-punched protectors. Then you hop over to all of my Zisters and leave a comment on their blogs too, because they are all giving away the Cover All and Page Protectors as well! So, the more you hop, the bigger chance to win one!
And let me tell you, these Cover-Alls and page protectors are fabulous. Just look at the one I got:
Here's the story about this album at how it came to be:

About a year ago, in October 2008, I was one of the lucky girls who had been chosen for the first ever Zutter/Bind-It-all design team. I was so honoured. I could not believe my luck, that I was one of those who were chosen among more than a hundred applicants. It was an extremely exciting year, to embark on this journey with Zutter. It was their first Design team, and my first manufacturer team.

The best thing about it was not receiving all the supplies, nor getting inspired by all the fabulous work uploaded each month in our DT galleries, but it was getting to know the rest of the DT girls, from so many different parts of the world. Truly, we were on this train together, and we became like sisters for real, sharing happy times as well as our worries on our own, private space on the internet.

So, when the end of our term started to approach, Nan came up with the idea for this End of DT Swap, so that we all hade something to remember this year by. And, of course, testing a new product :o) It was a bittersweet feeling, making the pages for the swap, knowing that it would be the last thing we made as part of this design team. However, not far after, we all got the offer to continue our journey together as Original Zutter Zisters, which is absolutely fabulous!
So, here are my pages for this album. I made ten copies of this double pager layout, as did the rest of the DT-girls. Isn't that fantastic? Now I have, in this album, original pieces of artwork by all of these fantastic girls! I will cherish this album forever!
Now, hurry over to the other OZZ girls and check out their fabulous pages, and for more chances to win an 8X8"Cover All and pre-punched page protectors.

fredag 16 oktober 2009

Winter at our place

I've been scrapping a great deal of old photos lately, photos I've had in my photo box like forever, just waiting to be scrapped. This one is of Agnes, when she was just a little baby, enjoying the snow for the first time. It feels like ages ago. She has grown so much, become a real little lady with quite a few ideas of her own. Like how to dress, for instance. She wants to wear skirts, and I want her to wear jeans for daycare. It's so much more convenient, but not half as pretty, according to my three-year-old. So, she has developed a few tricks of how to make me let her wear skirts all the time. She has a very special little friend in her daycare group, a little boy who she loves dearly, and now she claims that he won't love her anymore if she wears jeans! LOL! Where do they pick up all those things?

Anyway, here she was just a little cuddly baby, smiling happily at the white, cold stuff that covered our garden. Untill she fell face first into it... she wasn't very happy about that.

torsdag 15 oktober 2009

Just a shortie today...

...to show you a layout I made with what was left of my last DT kit from Scraplagret. I got a new kit today, and WOW... I just wish I had time to dig into it right away...
The photo is from this summer, when we took a trip to the Western Town of High Chaparral. Of course we had to take a ride on the train, which gets robbed every time! Albin got dragged into the action when one of the bandits walked right up to him and asked in a harsh voice where the gold was. Albin answered, in an equally harsh voice: I don't know! Aww, he was so proud of himself afterwards for having stood up to that nasty bandit! He did know it was an act, but it still was a bit scary for the little ones. A little closeup on the flower, which I've cut out with the Slice, sanded slightly, and then rubbed from the back with an embossing tool against a soft surface to give it some 3D effect.

onsdag 14 oktober 2009

A tulip on a lamp post... or something.

This might just be the weirdest thing I have ever made. I don't even know what it is... P says it looks like a tulip on a lamp post. And maybe it does.
The challenge here was to alter an empty toilet roll, and my toilet roll is the stem for this flower... or whatever it might be.
Anyway, the papers I have used is gorgeous Winters Wings from Webster's Pages.
That's all for today. It's really really cold and windy outside, and it's a bit cold in the house too right now, so I guess I'll be snuggling in the sofa with a blanket for the rest of the evening.

måndag 12 oktober 2009

Monday night...

Why are Mondays so horrible? It's hard to get up, it's hard to drag your butt to work/school/wherever you're going, isn't it? Well, this Monday flew by, and it's actually past bedtime. But I have to get these layouts up here before I go to bed.

Both of them are made with the Nook October kit, featuring G45 Domestic Godess, and my word, are these papers gorgeous or what? Just look at the colors, patterns, everything! The first one is about Agnes baking apple cake. She loves baking and helping out in the kitchen.
The other day, when Agnes was home sick, we put on warm clothes and went out into the garden and played with some fallen leaves. We foud a big, ugly toad hiding under a tarpaulin next to the garage, and we built it a new little home from stones and leaves where it could spend the winter, sleeping. Agnes didn't want to kiss it to see if it would turn into a prince, and I can't blame her. It would have made a cute photo, though. The photos I got of her were awfully cute too, and this one begged to be put on a layout asap.
That said, it's definitely time for bed.
Good night.

söndag 11 oktober 2009

A double pager...

I've made a double pager layout. I never make double pagers. Never. Well, I have made, lets see, three of them before. And I've been a scrapbooker for almost four years. Now, that's how often I make double pagers.

This time I had to make one. I'm participating in a cybercrop at JP Hobby, and one of the challenges is to make a double pager out of a certain colourful (EEEK) kit, and to add some 3D effect to the layouts. Considering how uncomfortable I am with double pagers, and the colorfulnes of the kit, the conditions to get started on this one weren't the best. There was nothing even remotely similar to vintage in the kit, and the colours... well, they were a little too much for me, to be honest. But this is what I came up with, and, well, it's OK, I guess. At least I love the photos that are on it. And the colour scheme is perfect for them.
Here's my 3D effect - some of the letters are mounted on foam scuares to make them higher than the others. I outlined them with a thin black pen to add to the impression that they are floating a little bit above the layout.
Here's what I did from another one of the Cybercrop kits. Now, this is more of what I like. You can't go wrong with pink, can you? And this reminds me of how long ago it was since the last time I used pink. I bought a bunch of pink flowers a while back, and I also won a big bag of pink roses, and I haven't touched any of them. That's probably because there's nothing pink in the new G45 collections, which is what I have been using the most lately.
This is a booklet of Friday tickets, for my kids. I have Friday afternoons off, most of the time, and through these tickets, they can choose what they want to do these afternoons.

And, incredible, no ink, no sanded edges and no edge distresser anywhere on this one. That feels a bit weird, actually.
So, it's Sunday afternoon, it's raining, and I'm going to get busy in my scrap room, finishing up another cybercrop challenge - altering an empty toilet roll. Last time I did that, it turned into a mushroom, this time I don't know what it's supposed to resemble, really. It's just some weird thingy derived from a toilet roll. Yeah, I'll show you when it's done, if I'm not too embarrased to post it.
Have a nice Sunday evening.

lördag 10 oktober 2009

The Witches Hat

I don't know when it was the last time this happened - two posts in one day. Yay! It has happened, but it was a long time ago... Well, this time I wanted to show you this hat I made from the Pink Paislee Twilight collection.
I almost got the Slice overheated working on this one. *LOL* I cut, and I cut, and then I cut a little more! You see, I haven't used my Slice much lately, because it's been so darn slow! Cutting a somewhat intricate shape took like forever, and you have to sit there and hold on to the little thingy all the time, because otherwise it will wander away and cut all over the place. But with the new design cards it's possible to increase the Slice's speed, so now it's really really fast, and cuts all the shapes in notime. It's a lot more fun to use it now.

The top pin is covered in Glossy Accents, and then I just poured glitter from a green Pink Paislee Pixee Stix. I love it! I have to get some more Pixee Stix, they are so great!
Yeah, that's definitely the last post for today. Have a nice Saturday night!


As we are getting further into October, and Halloween is almost around the corner, let's take a break from all the Christmas things on this blog and get into the Halloween mood instead. We don't celebrate it much over here, unfortunately, because I kind of need something that keeps me going during these dark, dreary months. I need something to plan for and look forward to, so I prepare for Halloween. Agnes and I bought a couple of pumpkins yesterday, which we will carv lanterns from later, and I have been making some decorative items for the house. We also tried on Agnes Halloween costume last week. Isn't this the cutest little which ever? She is trying to look dangerous and wicked, but I think she just lookes cute.

The papers are from the GORGEOUS Twilight line from Pink Paislee, and I've used my Slice a little here too.
Here's an invitation card. I wonder if anyone would come?
A little gift box with some spooky content, perhaps.
And another card, this time with an older Making Memories paper and a few things from the slice.
All of these were made for the cybercrop at JP Hobby.
I'll be back later with some more Halloween stuff.