Thursday, 10 November 2011

TCR #84 Cookies for Santa

My goodness ladies, I am overwhelmed by the fantastic beautiful comment that you have left on my previous post! thank you so very much!

Yesterday evening I met a bunch of fellow PAs over some bubblies and canapés. We were invited by the newest and poshest hotel in Stockholm for a viewing of their facilities. The hotel is the very same building in which the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken took place in 1973. The bank employees were held hostage in the bank vault and became emotionally attached to their captors just like Patty Hearst did to her kidnappers. The bank robbery is what coined the syndrome called The Stockholm Syndrome.

The hole that the police drilled through the ceiling of the vault is still there as a reminder, although it's now embedded into the tiled floor of the shower room of the hotel gym.

Well, from canapés and bank robbery to Cookies for Santa. That's the title of my layout for the TCR #84 palette released today.

This week we are in the family room with a whitewashed palette. The colours are Woodgrain, Hazelnut, Burlap and White. To me they shouted ginger breads!

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As I don't have kids of my own or any pics of baking with my stepdaughter Em, I found this photo of the two little girls baking ginger breads from a home journal from 1939. Can you see how concentrated the bigger girl is at rolling her dough?

Rather unusal for me, but I have used only two layers of paper for my layout. Both are BoBunny Etc. The top one I stamped with snowflakes using chalk in Pine Cone and some splatter in TA Walnut Gold and Suede. Some small roses, pearls and acrylic stars sprinkled here and there.

Do you see that yummilicious DA Christmas flourish under the cluster? I painted it in white acrylic paint, let it dry. Then rubbed it entirely in Stickles Star Dust and immediately generously sprinkled glitter on it before it dried. Then dipped the ends in Flower Soft Diamond White. The texture is really neat IRL if I may say so.

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I cut out a heart in brown felt, blanket stitched in white around it and then I layered hessian and different strips of lace on it. Finished with a white button, the twine is actually a pulled-out strand from the hessian. A bow from a strip of muslin and a rose from my stash.

The 2 and 5 are from my stash. I plopped some "snowpaint" and a dollop of Stickles Diamond Ice here and there. A mini clothes pin that I painted randomly in white acrylic paint before misting in TA Sand.

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My new fave Martha Stewart punch to give a bit of old worldly feel to the pics that I have dry stippled with Gesso. Some aniseeds for additional feel.

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Here you can see the double punching more closely and the cluster. The sleigh was originally in a sort of pale pine colour. I painted it in TH crackle paint in White Fence and misted it in TA Sand, just like the mini clothes peg. Then I sprinkled it in Flower Soft Diamond White to mimic snow.

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I covered the other felt heart in buttons for no other reason than it looked pretty.

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I like using dried spices associated with Christmas on my Christmas cards, especially cinnamon.

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I made the rolled fabric flower and sprinkled it in pearls and bling.

There it is, my Cookies for Santa. Thank you for taking the time to have a peek!

Wish you all a beautiful scrappy weekend! I'll be making Christmas cards.

xoxox Eila


  1. wow so many details...this is just gorgeous!!!!!

  2. WOW WOW WOW Eila this is one gorgeous masterpeice...I just love how you describe everything...has my mouth watering at all your scrappy supplies!! haha!! The punch work looks amazing and so does the clustering! Thanks so much for leaving wonderful comments on my really do make my day. Now would you believe those Manorhouse flowers are stocked in a shop in Sweden!! Just go to this website and scroll down for find the stockist. Let me know if you have any dramas..I can sort something else out. Oh and that rag texture I use on a page is good ol bandage gauze just pulled and ripped and misted! Take care and have a great weekend :))xx


  3. Så nyyyydelig!!! Paletten denne gangen var helt i min "gate", må se om jeg kan få tid til dette innimellom her. Litt hektisk for tiden siden jeg brått fylte 50 :D
    Elsket stjerneanis'ne du har med her! Og det bare lukter jul av LOen din - herlig!!

    Ha en flott helg! (forresten , det hotellet hørtes jo flott ut og ikke minst, at de har tatt var på litt av "minnene" fra ranet)


  4. I love this page so many cool details and embellies....wonderful work....The colors are so great this week!
    Have a lovely weekend byeeee,Lean

  5. Those little stitched embellished hearts are adorable Eila, I can only imagine how fiddly they were. Great photo it is adorable, along with your lovely page. Have a great weekend.

  6. Hello Eila! Such a pleasure to be visiting you again! And I'm enamored by this awesome artwork! My heart is warmed by its vintage goodness, from the Christmas carol paper to the punched paper lace to the felted, stitched heart embellished with buttons: it's a reminder of a much simpler time, when the holidays weren't nearly as in-your-face and commercial. Sometimes I think it'd be neat to go back to the Depression era and be a kid baking cookies for Santa or making traditional crafts, untainted by the TV ads, Black Friday sales, and materialistic values of today's holidays. This layout celebrates tradition to a tee!:-)

  7. Goodness gracious me! You really should go into business custom making very special layouts for shadow-boxed frames. Each is such a masterpiece & worked upon with the precision of a Swiss clock-maker!! Just incredible Eila - your attention to detail is a rarity - a phenomena actually! Those hearts are worthy of an Etsy store!! Have a great weekend :)

  8. gosh this one is soooooo amazing!

  9. Wow, what a beautiful layout. Love all the tiny, vintage details. :)

  10. Wow! This is a real beauty! Love those hearts and your flower cluster! Simply gorgeous!

  11. wow oh wow !!! a masterpiece !!!!! this is my new fave of yours ... love all the clusters and that heart is divine ..... so awesome .. hugz x
    thanks for all your beautiful words you leave me Eila .. you touch my heart .. xoxoxoxox

  12. Hi Eila,

    I'm a new follower and a friend of Helen Tilbury. I am trying to find where to email you, but i just can't seem to find it. Would you please email me your email address at

    Thank you..i would like to ask you something..


  13. I had heard of the phrase "Stockholm Syndrome" before (in a James Bond movie, I think!), but I never knew the history of the phrase. Now I know. Thanks! That was interesting to read.

    As for the layout--I fell in love with it the moment I saw it on TCR. I especially love the the two hearts. They remind me of decorated ginger cutouts--so appropriate for a page about Christmas baking! This page is totally yummy! :)

  14. What a beautiful LO, the details are so amazing as are your very informative tid bits. Love reading all about them!

  15. So "magnifique".. love this Eila! BRAVO

  16. Oh Elia i can't tell you how amazing those little handmade accents on your page are... they are just to die for...All the little details and layers and the fabric really adds to the texture. I adore the icing snow and the cinnamon sticks... clever lady!!!

    i always did find the white wash palettes a challenge for some crazy reason! but you have done a superb job here!

    Oh i am sorry if i have been miles away in creating land rather than blog land... i am just trying to get all my assignments done so that i have a free December and January. those months are important to me and i want alot more time spent with the family.

    I have a new grin on my face i am sure you will work it out soon why... anyway thanks so much for popping by and always leaving lots of love. you are a beautiful person!

    thanks and mwah miss wally xxx

  17. and i am sorry for spelling your name wrong....Eila

  18. Hi my sweet friend!! this is Beautiful!!! love your hand made hearts with buttons and the cinnamon touch in your page are fantastic...lovely photos, too! Wonderful work!
    Take Care! A big hug!! Muak! :)

  19. Helllllooooo, loving this gorgeous creation, the fine detail is a masterpiece, the little hearts are so cute and love the colours. Hope you are well and loved the story of the bank, catch up soon, take care, Doreen x

  20. Wow Eila, this is breathtaking. Such amazingly stunning FABULOUS handmade embellishments! Love everything inch of this page!! xox

  21. Another stunner. Those handmade hearts are to die for!
    Blomman blev ju kanoners bra och kälken och allt skapar ju en så'n underbar stämning. Vad är de vita trådarna,..är det trassel av nå't slag?