After a smorgasbord of sunshine and rain during Midsummer, the summer is officially inaugurated. Today saw almost mirages in the asphalt jungle of Stockholm, the mercury hovered at +35C (95F) at 4 p.m. when I got home - that's as hot as it gets here!
This week's palette over at TCR is absolutely lovely dovely, who doesn't adore Bright Red, Baby Blue, Lolly Pink and Buttercup Yellow?
I find it fascinating to see how different all pages look depending on what colour has been used as main. So many of the pages uploaded have used Crate Emma's Shop and Girls Paperie papers, I spent over a day pulling out papers and embellies without getting anywhere, so I just gave it a rest.
CCG are having a DT call, so no uploads in the gallery, only applications submitted. I wish all applicants really really good luck!
With a day to scrap at hand I simply dived in and played for my own pleasure. After a period of creating multi-layered romantic and shabby layouts, I really felt like doing something less elaborate but very Scandinavian. As I had the whole stack of papers from the brand new line from Swedish designer Maja almost untouched, the choice was rather easy peasy.
I used photos that were taken last winter together with the very summery maritime papers to remind me of how incredibly we long for summer when the snow piles up and lakes freeze over.
Here's the first one that I've called Winter Sailing. It's taken by my friend K and shows the marina with the jetties and red buoys that pop in the blue-white landscape.
I had some anchor and star shaped charms in my stash that I used together with the rope- like white thick silk twine.
Some pearls that I stuck in crackle paint and heated to get out the cracks, mimicing ice.
A plexi star and papers with summery motives; sailing boats and red floats so typically used for leisurely summer angling.
Here you can see the crackle paint again.
And the second page I called Frozen Days. It was the fluffy reed in the photo that made me go for the orange in the papers. Orange is by the way the colour most Swedish life wests have.
The photo is of people skiing and skating in the Stockholm archipelago. On a sunny, wind-still day it's really a wonderful experience, though I prefer to sit on shore having my coffee and sandwiches. Simply enjoying a glorious, peaceful moment in life doing absolutely nothing.
The fluffy brownish/orangeish/creamish ribbon is just so touch-me-please yummie IRL. I had to rescue the reel from the cats several times while working on the layout. They loved it too!! Thank you sweet colourful Rebekah Krueger for the gift!
Here you can see it close-up. White acrylic paint, both dry brushed and splatter à la Lindy. My DH said it looked like the stuff seagulls leave behind ... have to admit he's not entirely wrong ;)
I used a Crafter's Workshop mask and misted with TA Gold + Lemongrass + Suede for the flowers that I also cut out. Some Stickles Cinnamon, white acrylic paint, iridiscent and white embossing powder on a cut-off Prima jewel branch that I zapped with my heat gun. Hoped to get a feel of snow and ice on a dry twig but it doesn't come across that well in the photo.
Killed two seasons with one stone; winter and summer! Hope you enjoyed having a peek at what winter looks like over here. Really loved having you for a visit, thank you! Please do come again if you are in the neighbourhood.