lördag 22 mars 2014

Gift bag....

I  love making gift boxes......but I think "gift bags" is a new favorite.

Jag gillar verkligen att göra presentaskar... men present väskor kan nog bli 
en ny favorit.

Black cardstock and patterned paper from Graphic 45

Svart cardstock och ett mönsterpapper från Graphic 45.

A metal charm from Prima attached to the bag with a jump ring for decoration.

En metall dekoration från Prima.

Details made from black cardstock embossed in a folder from Tim Holtz/Sizzix

Detaljer av svart cardstock embossad i en embossingfolder från Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Decoart Metallic Lustre Gold on all the "metal parts"

Metallic Lustre Gold på alla delar som ska se ut som metall.

The back....


A lot of brads to keep the bag together.

Massor av brads håller ihop väskan.


I made two blog posts today, welcome to the Reprint blog for a cup of tea, 
you can find my "little tea party" HERE 

Två blogginlägg i dag....välkomna över till Reprint bloggen på en kopp te.
HÄR hittar ni min lilla tebjudning.

torsdag 13 mars 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

 Graphic 45 are having a Design Team call...... a challenge hard to resist :)

For the DT audition you are supposed to create a blogpost with a minimum
of six projects.....I decided to make four new projects and throw in a couple 
of my own old favorites in the end...so here we go!

First of all: The new stuff!!

I looked through my piles of paper and found a 8x8 Le Cirque paper pad and
a few miscellaneous "golden oldies".

 I combined my two favorite things.... gift boxes and flowers.
The box made from black cardstock.

I must admit I do have "a thing" for flowers..... 

A great way to use every tiny piece of paper...

A few flower punches goes a long way..

Distress Ink on the edges, some rhinestones and pearls...

Another thing that I'm very fond of is surprises... "Don't judge the
book by the covers" is probably my favorite saying...

I guess no one uses dictionaries anymore since Google translator came into our
lives ...... I found another use for an old Swedish-English dictionary.....

A little bit of acrylic paint and some Metallic Lustre on the spine.

It needed something to keep the new colorful pages in place....


Le cirque!!!

My fearless heroine keeps doing "her thing" regardless of all the commotion
going on around her.

Paper rosettes and bits and pieces from different papers....

Beach 2014??? More like Beach 1914.... 

Another thing that isn't what it looks to be at first glance....

A card that fits in an ordinary envelope...

.....but is everything but ordinary when it opens up

Girls on the boardwalk...

Another great way to use tiny paper scraps :)

A Pop-up box card is a cool way to send someone a wonderful surprise
by mail.

A gift for a gentleman?

The box measures 4,5x9x2" 

A clue to what's inside...

Pretty sure it's not a top hat...

I wonder if real gentleman wears purple ties??

Strips of cardstock holds the tie in place...

Lined with a paper that is perfect for a real gentleman....

That was the new projects....and now for the "oldies".
I decided to include some of my favorite projects from the past....

A mini chest of drawers.....or a bunch of stacked matchboxes with
a metal part from an old alarm clock on top?!

A battery operated tea light candle inside. Brass knobs as feet.
A nice addition on my craft table where it keeps my tiny brads organized.

I do like to make "useful things" gift boxes is always useful, but I
especially like to make "personalized" gift boxes.

This one was made for someone celebrating his 18th birthday.

The birthday boy loves mathematics and is studying to
become an engineer, numbers, cogs and gears.....

I used to categorize myself as a cardmaker but I'm not
sure what I would call myself now....

But of course I still do make a card or two....


Sometimes I lose control over my "flower addiction".....

I get carried away.....

Still awake?? 
A lot of pictures......I hope It gave a glimpse of my "creative life" 
Most of all I try to have FUN and do the things that makes me HAPPY!
I hope you do to!!!

måndag 10 mars 2014


So much fun when you get to combine different interests in the same project.
Over at the StampArtic blog the theme for today is about reusing candy wrapper.
I love to build strange things out of paper and I can't deny that I love chocolate!!! 

Trevligt när man kan kombinera olika intressen i samma projekt.
På StampArtic bloggen i dag handlar det om att återanvända godispapper.
Jag älskar att bygga märkliga saker av papper och jag kan ju inte förneka 
att min kärlek för choklad inte  är helt obetydlig :)

 I made a small "cabinet" 13X18 cm.
First of all I had to eat two chocolate bars to make the doors for my little cabinet.
It's a hard job...but I will do what it takes to get the job done LOL.
I embossed the doors in an embossing folder from Spellbinders (Celtic knot)

Till dagens inlägg blev det ett litet "skåp" 13x18 cm.
Först av allt blev jag tvungen att äta upp två chokladkakor för att få material till
dörrarna. Ett tufft jobb men man får ju offra sej.... 
Jag embossade dörrarna i en embossing folder från Spellbinders (Celtic knot)

I tried to find a box of chocolates in the right size for the cabinet, but
in the end I had to build a box of cardstock, maybe it's for the best.....I guess
I have had enough chocolate this week anyway.

Försökte hitta en chokladask i rätt mått för att passa med dörrarna men jag fick 
ge upp. Jag fick knåpa ihop en egen i cardstock i sället. Kanske bäst så, jag antar 
att jag ätit mer än tillräckligt av choklad den här veckan.

The hinges for the doors is small strips of leather attached with brads.

"Gångjärnen" är smala remsor av läder fästa med brads.

Acrylic paint for the doors, I painted the doors black, color washes in 
blue and green and finished them off by dry brushing them with a bit of gold. 
The lock is from Panduro Hobby.

Sen plockade jag fram en annan kärlek, akrylfärgerna. Grundmålade dörrarna 
svarta, sedan flera tunna lager grönt och till sist torrborstning med guld för att
framhäva mönstret. Låset kommer från Panduro Hobby.

Inside there is a pocket to keep secret messages (or maybe hide the good chocolate
from the rest of the family. LOL)

Inuti finns en ficka för hemliga meddelanden (eller kanske den är till för att
gömma den goda chokladen för resten av familjen :)

The pocket is really a piece of a leather wallet. (Actually my husbands wallet, 
I don't think he will miss it, the receipts I found in it was from 1982) 
The inside of the cabinet is covered with metal foil, of course it is candy 
wrapping!!! I used double sided adhesive tape to stick the small pieces to the 
background and then sealed the whole thing with bees wax.
To get a dark, distressed look I applied black Gesso and then wiped it 
back with a babywipe.  

Fickan är egentligen en del av en gammal läderplånbok. (Faktiskt makens gamla 
plånbok. Tror inte han kommer att sakna den, hittade några gamla kvitton 
från 1982 i den) Insidan på skåpet är täckt med folie, godispapper så klart. 
Jag använde dubbelhäftande tape för att fästa de knöliga små bitarna, förseglade 
det hela med ett tunt lager bivax. Kladdade på svart Gesso och torkade av med 
babywipe innan det torkat ordentligt.

And this is my message for today!!!

Dagens budskap: Tala inte illa om kalorier!! 
Dom är absolut oumbärliga för vår överlevnad.

A black velvet ribbon around the edges and a kitchen kabinet handle
on top for decoration.

Ett svart sammetsband runt kanten inuti skåpet och ett kökshandtag
på toppen som dekoration.