Saturday, 17 December 2011

TCR #89_Enjoy The Moments That Make You Smile, more Christmas Cards and the launching of CSI

The evening has embedded Stockholm in a soft layer of snow. It's still not cold enough to make the snow stay very long, but it looks oooh so pretty floating down from the sky.

Only one week to go and Christmas feel is definitely in the air. Invited my hubby out for breakfast out on town yesterday and this morning. Certainly gives the day a rather nice start and we sure needed it, gosh the crazy crazy mob out there!

Thank you sweet ladies who took the time to visit my blog and to leave such beautiful love on my previous post despite the busiest of time!! it really warms my heart and makes your comments even more precious to me! Thank you!

Another beautiful un-Christmassy palette was released yesterday over at TCR. Here it is:

The inspirational photos are from the advent calendar that super-talented and super-sweet Julie Winks made for TCR's Christmas Inspiration. Here's the gorgeous calendar for you, just click on the photo and it will come up bigger:

Absolutely dreamy! Now to my TCR #89 that I have called "Enjoy The Moments That Make You Smile". As you no doubt understand, it was created quite some time before the 15 December challenge was posted over at UOAS. What is it they say, great minds think alike! I promise, I have not had any sneak peaks of Nadia's pretty sketch.

Over the years and as I've grown older, it is always the little moments in life that bring me the greatest joy. This photo is not my own but it still reminds me of my childhood and my mother's battered and stained recipe book. She loved to bake.

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What looks like little specks of blue, are flakes of Shimmerz Enamelz in Jack Frost that I have misted with TA in Electric Blue and mixed before sprinkling onto the page on top of a thin layer of glue. It has THE most fabulous glitter to it IRL!

The chippie title from Dusty Attic I painted in chocolatey acrylic paint and left it without any other treatment. The little silver foil stars are mounted on pop dots and covered in Stickles Waterfall.

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All papers except the music sheet, are from Swedish Maja Design's collection "Vintage Winter" that I have used before but then with patterns in blue.

The strip of caramel lace and bling is from Prima. The little white doily cut in half is from Martha Stewart.

The flowers are Prima. There is a little felt circle with a punched out butterfly topped by a jewel nesting on the right. It comes from Precocious Papers' Etsy shop that I have written about before, check it out HERE

I made a ginger bread figure from brown felt. Took a cookie cutter, touched up the part that cuts with white liquid chalk and pressed it on the felt before cutting out the figure. Then I took Waco pearl maker in white and traced the cookie, looks like icing when it has dried.

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I used a Dusty Attic French Flourish under the flower cluster, it looks like THIS

I first lightly and randomly painted it in Adirondack dabber Snow Cap. Before it had dried I misted it in TA Electric Blue and sprinkled fine glitter on top, then I zapped it with my heat gun. Another heavy spray with the mist and another sprinkling of glitter.

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I repeatedly stamped a Christmas flourish in gold ink before placing the chippie title on top of it.

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Some blue brads from MME Lost&Found 2 around the title.

Here's a cute little measuring "spoon" or whatever it's called from a toy shop. Some star anise and dried cloves for that extra feel of baking. Here you can also see the Christmas flourish that I have stamped in brown around the page.

Here are some cards that I made earlier this month. I have the last batch to share with you in my next post just before Christmas.

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This one is for a very very dear and close friend. The stripey paper is MME, the fussy cut pointsettias are from last year's K&Co Evergreen Christmas collection. The gold flourish is from Dusty Attic, I have just covered it heavily in Stickles Gold. A pair of small golden Christmas bells with a silk ribbon and then a cluster of Prima and KaiserCraft flowers. The silver alphas are American Crafts.

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I've used papers from Meg's Garden for the next 4 cards. Lots and lots of fussy cutting on all 4 of them.

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On this one I dabbed snowpaint to give some more feel of snow on the roof top, the tree branches and around the card. Leaves, ice blue flowers and a snippet from a jewel branch, all from Prima. The white rose is from KaiserCraft.

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Very unusal colours for Christmas but oh so yummie!

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And now on to Danish Tilda for the last two cards.

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On this last card I have stitched strips of fabric, lace and ribbon onto a piece of canvas before cuttting out the heart shape. I made that little rolled fabric bloom and burned my finger real bad, beware of glue guns!

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PSSSS .... The word is spreading like bush fire in blogland, something is happening on 6 January 2012.

Word is absolutely right too! A new challenge site called CSI - Color ... Stories ... Inspiration will be launched and boy are we in for some great challenges!

There's a sneak peek for you HERE

Sooo wonderful to see so many familiar names on the list of DT members, YAY!

Anna Karin Evaldsson

Debbi Tehrani

Eila Sandberg - that's lucky me!

Fi Kenward

Jenny Evans

Keandra Perkins-Willis

Nancy Burke

Shaunery Wharton

Susan Stringfellow

Sylvia Mellander

Tina Walker

Wendy Kwok

If you are a scrapbooker who loves a great challenge, be sure to sign up as a member of CSI and stay tuned for our challenges to begin on January 6, 2012!

And on this very happy note, I have come to the end of this once again long post. Enjoy the days that are left to Christmas - remember to breathe, stop for a second and just enjoy all the little things!

Much love to you all, xoxoxo Eila


  1. Wonderful page you have made again Eila so many sweet things to see and learn to..thanks for all your blogpost work and stunning detail pictures.
    Congrats to on being a DT member at CSI..
    Wish you and your family a wonderful christmas byebye,Lean and yes Chippie she loves your eatable she is at my site when i opening the daily never now!snifsnif.

  2. i forget you arty cards so COOOOL i have one in real live......byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  3. WOW, WOW, and MAJOR WOW Eila! I was stopped at your layout - which BTW is incredible - I LOVE the enamlz....gorgeous...then I got to your cards. I need to take card making lessons from you - these are beautiful, stunning, gorgeous, and absolutely beautiful! Love 'em all! I hope you will have a wonderful holiday season!

  4. wow... your layouts and cards are just what you did with the MEG"S Garden papers...just divine..
    A white Christmas would be day I would love to experience a white christmas.....A joyful Merry Christmas to you Eila,
    have a great day .... XXXX

  5. WOW!!! You sure have been busy Eila. Such gorgeous works of art. I love the sparkly Shimmerz Enamelz on your layout and your cards are just stunning. Hope you enjoyed your special breakfasts out. I made pikelets with lemon juice and sugar and fresh mango, banana, strawberries, grapes and nectarines for everyone this morning as a treat. YUMMY!! Wish I could come over and see some snowflakes falling!! CSI looks really exciting. Here's hoping I can find some time to play. :-)

  6. Ja sannelig har du stått på den siste tiden!! Så mye lekkert som du har laget! Fantastisk nydelige kort!!! Heldige er de som får dem i postkassene sine!
    Og du... for en lykke å komme hjem i kveld og med så utrolig mange herlige og koselige kommentarer fra deg! Du er da bare søt da!
    Benytter sjansen til å ønske deg og dine en riktig god jul, er jo under en uke til jo :)

  7. Wonderful layout and cards you make the best cards love them all...i agree with B! love to see the snow falling would be amazing

  8. These are ALL soooo amazing!! Such attention detail, just breathtaking! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year. Take care xox

  9. Your work is just so beautiful and inspirational. You add such gorgeous details every time.
    And I would love to have a white Christmas one day. It is quite warm in Melbourne today and I just cannot imagine snow falling from the sky but is certainly sounds beautiful.
    And CSI. Fantastic to see your name on the DT list. I cannot wait to play along. I think it is going to be fabulous.

  10. wow allllllll gorgeous projects and I cant wait for CSI to start up :)

  11. HAHAHA! I had to laugh...That layout looks like it was made for the current challenge LOL!

    GORGEOUS Work. LOVE it all. I wish I was in Sweden right now. I miss a white Christmas SO much :o)

  12. Your layout goes into my faves. I have so many beautiful memories associated with baking and your page had me reminiscing those moments!
    The recipients of your lovely cards are a lucky lot. They look divine!
    Can't wait for CSI....
    Hugs from India

  13. Hi Eila, wow you have been super busy, love the layout and those cards are amazing. Snow has not arrived here yet, enjoy it while it lasts, take care, Doreen x
    PS. well done on DT member over at CSI looks super cool, can't wait to play!

  14. Finally I'm all caught up with you Eila - found a little coffee shop with some wifi! What a beautiful colour palette up at TCR and your layout is so beautiful. I have some Shimmerz on the way & am very excited about them!

    So many beautiful cards too - you have been super busy!! I have a burn from a glue gun on my arm that is there for life - those things are brilliant but dangerous!!

    Congrats on your appointment to CSI - I hope you have a wonderful time there & enjoy all the challenges :)

  15. Seasons greetings Eila! I'm so jealous of the snow you've seen in Sweden! Here in Wisconsin (a part of the USA which is typically comparable to Siberia at this time of year), it's been unusually warm (40 deg F most days) and we've barely had any snow! It just doesn't feel like Christmas without a white landscape!:-(

    I adore your advent calendar...I just love the shabby chic embellishments and glitter! It's putting me in the holiday spirit! I also love your vintagy cards...for some reason, they remind me of my grandparents, with whom I spent every Christmas growing up. They're not with us anymore...but there are so many traditional Christmas memories I have of them!

    I hope you and your family have a delightful holiday! Enjoy the snow!

  16. Gorgeous, gorgeous creations here, Eila. You put so many fantastic and beautiful details into your work. Lucky me to have you on my CSI team! Can't wait for the launch! Merry Christmas!

  17. I am still picking up my jaw off the floor. SPEECHLESS! Your creations are truly magical. Huge congrats on the new DT too!