Friday, 4 April 2014

hybrid hotness | easter sweets packages

Easter is coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I made these little cute Easter egg sweets packages that are perfect to give to little (or big) sweethearts in your life. I filled them with chocolate eggs, but I guess any kind of sweets would do just as well!

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(Supplies: Easter Egg Ornament Template Set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley and Ange Designs)

And just for good measure, I want to share a layout as well!
Last year I bough eggs that were already blown and decorated them very simply by paiting with a sharpie. I shared that in this post and they were also featured in my Easter dinner decorations. I thought it would be fun to do a layout with them. I will most likely use them again this year.

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(Supplies: Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley)

Have a great Firday and weekend everyone!

Monday, 23 December 2013

merry christmas

Busy times these past couple of weeks! I am sure we are all feeling the stress and the pressure to get everything ready and done for the holidays. For me there just has not been enough time or energy to get in front of the computer in the past weeks.

Tomorrow is the big day for us here in Sweden, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. So I wanted to take the opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you get to have a lovely time with your loved ones.

I am excited and nervous to give these gifts to the ones that I love.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

hybrid | birthday box

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One of our special boys had a birthday recently and I made a small box to hold the gift certificate we got for him, along with some sweets. I like this kind of projects for times when the gift is a GC. Just handing over a tiny little credit card looking thing is super boring - even if the gift is appreciated. But this way, it's a bit more festive.

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I used the Clover box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and papers and elements from the Dude Mini kit by Robyn Meierotto. Both are available at Pixels & Co.

I had to enlarge Kelleigh's box to be able to fit the card and sweets, but it was super easy to clip Robyn's papers to the template shapes, and to add the text and elements in PS and then print.

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I printed on both sides of my paper so that the insides would be as pretty before I cut, folded, and assembled.
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The boy was happy and I am very pleased with the results!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

birthday boxes

We wanted to do something really pretty for our mum's birthday presents and for some reason I was put in charge of that (haha).

I got some nice and sturdy boxes from our local craft shop and covered them with beautiful paper from Carina Gardner's Bella Bella Kit from a few years back. Yeah, I've had it for years but never wanted to use the papers because, you know, they were so pretty. But for this project they were perfect.

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I also used the paper to make a card that matched. I cut long strips that I put diagonally across the front of the card. I love the way that looks and feels, with the many layers.

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I tried writing the greeting inside, but after an hour it looked crooked and sloppy and the ink had bled horribly. So I decided to scratch that and just go ahead and print it. I love the big text covering the full page.

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I took me quite a few hours last week to get this finished. The covering of the boxes was tricky business. But I think it was all worth it.

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Friday, 15 March 2013

hybrid | birthday box

My sister, who lives in Italy, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make a little something extra with the packaging of her gift (that was sent with our mother on a plane to visit the girl) since I couldn't see her.

The gift was small but fragile and so it was perfect with a decorated box to hold the stuff.

(Supplies: It's My Party by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels & Co, fabric flower and aqua gem from my craft stash, cardboard box, double sided tape)

Since I wanted the box to be extra sturdy I decided against making it out of just cardstock and instead get a thick cardboard box from our local craft store.

I made a print file with the paper for the top and bottom of the box. I made shapes in the right sizes for each side of the box, including the foldover flaps and clipped the digi paper by Robyn to the shapes. This made it very easy for me to print, cut, and then just attach to the box and fold over.

I also made shapes for the banners and rosette to which I also clipped the papers to and printed. Lastly I also printed the flags and cut out as best I could - I do not have a cutting machine and it was difficult to cut such small shapes perfectly.

I think the finished box is super sweet and festive. I am so happy with the finished result.

Question: would anyone be interested in a tutorial on how to cover a cardboard box with printed digi products? I would be happy to put one together and share here!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

paper crafts | giftbag

A friend of ours turned 40 the other day and we were invited to help him celebrate. I made this giftbag to hold the gift.

The bag was made with papers from Echo Park's Note To Self digi kit, which you can find at, and printed onto two sheets of 12x12 cardstock, cut to size, and assembled.

What you see on the front of the bag is a pocket that holds a card that can be pulled up and out with the greeting. The pocket and card were also made from the same kit, designed in CS6, printed and cut, and then attached to the bag.

I looked and looked for a suitable template to use for the bag. Unfortunately, due to the size of the gift, I had to create my own. I made two identical pieces; each containing the front/back, one side panel, and half of the bottom. Each piece fit on one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. The pocket and card was cut from a third sheet of cardstock.
Otherwise, here is a great tutorial by Nexttonicx on how to cut and fold a giftbag from one sheet of paper.

Once I had the size of each panel figured out, it was easy to clip in my papers and then print and cut. The assembly took about 15 minutes or so with cutting, folding and putting on double sided tape. The finished result is a truly custom gift from start to finish that was very easy to make.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

christmas morning

Christmas is celebrated on  Christmas Eve in Sweden, and the day finally came - even though I did feel like I needed a few more hours of both preparation and sleep - with a sense of anticipation. The presents were wrapped, the table was set, and the food was done. I even managed to get some pretty clothes on!

I take great pride in my wrapping and put in a lot of time and care to make them all match in accordance to a certain theme for each year. This year was kraft with stamped snowflakes (my love for snowflakes is eternal), washi tape, baker's twine, and red satin ribbon.

Many times I draw from the wrapping theme for the table setting. I find this particularly nice as our tree is always placed right by the dining table. This year was no different. I wanted that homespun, traditional look on the table as well.

I went with three thick wreaths along the length of the table and filled the centers with red apples. Those centerpieces smell so lovely!

For each plate setting I made miniature wreaths with a gingham ribbon and a little tag saying "Merry Christmas".  They fit perfectly on the glass plates.

I also used pillar candles, again tied with the gingham ribbon, in simple glass vases, and some large tealights.

My good friend Anneli gave me handmade (by her) three wick candles that I really wanted to use. The only problem was that I had no candle holders - can you believe it - to put them in. That was a total bummer, and it still irks me a little.

It was a quick. easy, and simple dressing of the table that felt perfectly restrained and laid back for a Christmas dinner.

We had a lovely and calm day with good food, a nice visit from Santa, and many wonderful gifts. Also, too many sweets. I will be using photos from the day in digi scrap layouts and Project 52 posts in the coming days.

Until then, take care!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

advent calendar grown up edition

So the husband mentioned a couple of months ago that it would be cool to have a grown up version of an advent calendar. I have been thinking of doing one for years, and now that he mentioned it himself, I knew I had to do it.

Being the natural born procastinator that I am, I put it off for weeks and weeks until I had just a few days to put it together. But oh! What do you get for a grown man if it has to be relatively small both in size and in prize? Finding 24 of those is difficult I tell you. I finally got the last piece on Friday on my lunch break and then spent half the night making number tags and putting everything in bags in order to be able to put them up today when the husband was at work.

It turned out well, I think. Some of the objects are a bit on the heavy side, which meant that I had to go a little overboard on the tape. I wish I didn't have to use tape; I originally wanted to attach the bags to string. In the end I couldn't figure out a way to fasten the string to the wall without making holes. So tape it had to be.

It was a great success when he came home and was able to open the first bag. I now hope the excitement lasts all the way until Christmas!

I put the bags on our chalkboard wall in the entry to the kitchen from the hallway. The chalk banner is always there but usually it says "Remember". I thought it fitting to change it to "Merry Christmas". And, ok, we won't be able to use the wall as a message board for the most part of the month but I think we will manage. As long as we remember to put the trash bin out on the right day, I think we're good. LOL!

I used regular kraft paper bags to hold the items. The tags are made from red striped kraft paper that I free handed the numbers on. I had planned to print the numbers but felt it was a tad too noisy at 1.30 am. I stapled the tag to the bag, also making sure to staple the bag itself shut at the same time. It was not until this morning that I noticed that I had forgotten to change the pink staples that I had used for the BIL and SIL's wedding in August. Oh well!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

card making | wedding gift

I know it's been really quiet around these parts for a while. I have been working really hard to finish all the stuff for the wedding this weekend. It's over (took place yesterday) and it went really well, but I am wiped and need rest. But in the meantime I thought I could share the card and gift that we gave the beautiful couple.

I made a large card with a bit of a retro design based on an ad I saw on Pinterest a while ago. It's actually one full 12x12 paper folded in half. Pretty cool with big cards, I think.

I used digi papers from Hometown Proud by Design by Dani and Country Lane by Pink Paislee for this card.

We decided to give the couple some good wine to enjoy at specific dates; a Brunello for the one monthiversary, a Portuguese wine for the six monthiversary and a champagne for the first anniversary. I arranged the bottles in a wooden box that the husband was able to charm his way into at the wine shop with two red wine glasses (they will have to use their own champagne glasses in a year). The box originally contained wine from the Priorat district in Spain, but I don't think that really matters as it is pretty.

I also created tags that matched the card for each bottle that stated the date when the wine is to be enjoyed.

The husband and I both commented that we were jealous of the gift, LOL. And I can't even drink red wine!

Hopefully I will be able to share some pictures from the wedding in the coming week.

Monday, 2 January 2012

hybrid | handmade christmas gifts

So I took this class on that had me super inspired to bust out the glue and actually make something tangible for once. It was the Mouse, Paper, Scissors Give class that Jessica team taught with Heidi Swapp. The class objective was to create hybrid gifts, just in time for the holidays.

The first gift I made was a calendar for my mother. She has been asking me for years to make her one with my photos, and I have honestly dreaded it a little because I think the calendars you order from online photo sites are dead boring. But Jessica and Heidi got me excited again. Now, their style is a bit (ok, a lot) more frilly and elaborate than mine and my mother's, but that wasn't a problem at all. I just adjusted to fit and it was a done deal.

The calendar is like a book that holds not only a calendar for each month but also a note pad and pen.

For this project I used digital papers from my Get Happy Paper Pack as well as some Bazzil cardstock, and my Almanac Template Pack. The book thingy was included in the class kit, but could easily be recreated. I also used a clip to hold the calendar sheets, and a notepad that I had in my stash.

The second gift was a little tin of "to do" help for my sister.
(Please excuse the lack of quality in these photos, they were taken at 6.30 am the day there were to be given, and there was very little light at that time)

Now this project was super easy to create. I designed a cover for the tin with paper from the Moments Paper Pack and some brushes and fonts, and for the inside lid with paper from the Valpoicella Paper Pack. I also made some notecards, and lastly created magnets by gluing designed cirlces using the same papers, brushes and fonts and then attaching the magnets on the back. After that I simply added a small pen and the project was finished. I have to say, I like hybrid when the bulk of the work is done digitally! Hee!

The third gift was supposed to be something entirely different, but I had a glue meltdown (pun intended) and had to switch gears. For my other sister I created a subway style poster that I framed.
(This photo was also taken that early morning, so again, please excuse the bad photo)

The poster features the places and dates where and when my sister and her boyfriend were born, met, got engaged, and now live. I love, love, love how this turned out. And it was so easy to make as well. Want to make one of your own? Jessica and Heidi has made a little mini class for this one that is available right now. Check it out! The frame, if you are interested is from IKEA - where else?

So that was the extent of my craftiness this Christmas, not counting spending about two weeks on wrapping all the gifts. Perhaps next year if I start a little earlier I will be able to do more?

Oh who am I kidding?

Monday, 14 November 2011

baby alphabet poster

A year ago I created alphabet posters for our godson and for our friends' daughter, and I knew I wanted to make one for my nephew as well. His first birthday (celebrated this weekend) was the perfect opportunity. I really like this idea. It's a custom version of a great tradition for nursery or playroom, and I just know it will be cherished forever. I also really like the combination of fonts. :)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Alphabet posters

For the christening of our nephew, and our friends' little girl - they were both christened at the same time in the same church - I created two posters inspired by this post in general and this creation in particular.

I am so happy with the outcome. I love the fonts I used and that they are personalized for each baby. I really do hope they will bring joy for years to come for these two kids.



I used my Glassy alpha and my pearl buttons from the Make a Splash Elements set as well as an onslaught of fonts and brushes. If you have questions about a certain one, please contact me.

I had them printed with and was so pleased their service and prices as well as the quality of the print. The upload process was really user friendly and they offered a lot of "extras" for those without an editing software. They had lots of different size options to choose from. I had both posters delivered in two days (ordered them at different times). Everything is printed on Fuji Chrystal Archive Supreme paper. I will defenitely use their services again.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Hybrid work

I made this box to hold a birthday present for my mother the other day.
I used my Modernist Papers and iKari's gable box template.

I love how quick and easy this was to whip up in PS and then just print, cut and fold. Super awesome when you want something really unique.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Easter project

A few weeks back, when we had our Godchildren stay with us for a few weeks, I got some metal Easter eggs at a local hobby shop. The boys and I each painted three eggs but I wasn't really happy with the outcome of mine. But I gave it a shot to try and spruce them up a little with some ribbon and my Flutter By butterflies. And I think in the end they turned out quite cute.




I think that if I decide to use them for gifts I will give them as a set because honestly, the smallest one doesn't hold much sweets, lol.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Art collaboration and a gift set

One of my coworkers asked me to do a painting for him after seeing the one I did for another coworker a while ago. It took me a while to get started and then it didn't exactly come out the way I had envisioned it. So after giving it several tries I had to ask my husband for help. I had the shapes and colours all set. I just couldn't get the blending of the black and white right. His solution was to open a bottle of wine and crack the paint bottles open. After a while we were both standing there talking and dragging paint along imaginary lines. The end result was this organic creation.

For the gift we got my sister for her birthday I wanted to do something cute and sassy and chic and cool. All at the same time! So I rummaged through my collection of wrapping paper and was discouraged. I had lots and lots of Christmas themed paper (ok, so I do go overboad in that department, sue me, lol) but nothing that screamed chic and sassy. What to do, what to do? Improvise of course! I went with a black wrapping paper and added a strip of this ultra cool scrapbook paper by Glitz. Then, as a simple last little touch I added a hot pink ribbon and some bling. Simple but effective.

Naturally I had to do a matching card as well. The pink paper got to act the star again, and I added the same ribbon as well as her initial and some sequins.


The gift? My faves; white high top Converse all stars!