Friday, 9 March 2012

TCR #101 Every Day Luxury (Vardagslyx) and my first page for Meg's Garden

Happy Friday to everyone!! don't we all feel like we deserve something extra just because and for no other reason that it simply feels good to be pampered. Said and done, I took hubbs out for drinks and dinner yesterday evening! Felt like a teenager holding hands and just having a lovely time. The sweet man said we ought to go on impromptu dates more often!

Friday also means it's release time over at TCR and now we've come to palette #101 and the second week of Pion Design's sponsor month. Once again lovely Jenny has provided papers for us in the DT to play with and this week its the collection "Studio of Memories" that has set the colours of the palette;

Vintage Pansy, Velvet Mauve, Antique Blue and Powder Puff - soooo soft and pretty!

I went all girly and very much Her Room:

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Once again the photo is not mine, I found it on internet. The title of my page "Vardagslyx" translates into Every Day Luxury and it refers to what's in the photo; a huge cup of coffee with whipped cream, a heart shaped little cake that all Swedes know by the name of Vanilla Heart as it's filled with vanilla cream that fills your mouth with deliciousness when you bite into it, and a gorgeously scented candle and flowers.

I had a tough moment of hyperventilation when I was about to glue the last butterfly into place and the top of the glue bottle just flew off with a pop and the whole bottom of my page was covered in a gigantic pool of white GLUE! I almost burst into tears but started frantically to wipe off what I could. It turned out the canvas flowers actually got a nice squashed look to them as I could mold the petals when they were gluey. What I couldn't wipe off, dried clear. PHEW!

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Fussy cutting of course. I've tried to photograph the yummie texture that I got by first applying Gesso, then modelling paste, then pressing a floral brocade stamp both into the paste and outside it. When it was still wet, I sprinkled Shimmerz enamels in Jack Frost onto it and zapped the whole thing with my embossing gun. Then I misted it in TA Fall Breeze and Sand. The effect is just fantastic IRL, too bad it never ever photographs true.

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I manhandled snippets of brown lace with my scissors, one of the pale blue Prima flowers and a couple of my absolute faves at the moment; velvet mini forget-me-nots in dusty antique blue from Meg's Garden. I put them everywhere at the moment, they are absolutely to die for!

The bits that I cut off from the lace, I simply glued onto the top of the photo like this. The stamped double border that runs around the whole page and on the photo as well as next to the photo, is new from MME.

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Some more of the background and the gluey squished flowers.

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My first layout as DT member at Meg's Garden was posted on the Meg's Garden blog earlier this week. The theme for March is Victorian/Vintage/or French and my page is Victorian. Here it is:

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I have based the whole page on this paper called "French Garden" from Meg's Garden:

The "frame" is cut out from a paper from KaiserCraft Bonjour collection.

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Just love the image of the fountain with the doves, so perfect to gather a mixed floral cluster leaning to it. I adore those voluptuous garnet velvet violets from Meg's Garden. Just taste that word, feels like something from the "Phantom of the Opera"!

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The chippie window is from DA. I primed it in white acrylic paint, patted it in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo, randomly dabbed it in TA crackle paint in Peeled Paint, smeared on some Stickles Gold, brushed on some brown acrylic paint and some more white acrylic paint till I was happy with the result.

The chippie flourish is from Meg's, it got the same treatment as the window. The "curtain" is wide lace from Meg's that I have cut in half horizontally and misted in TA Old Lace, Rose Tea and Crème de Rouge.

The clock face is also from Meg's. I have mounted it on a trinket from Bo Bunny, but first I painted the face of the trinket in brown acrylic paint and traced the oval shape in Stickles Gold to make it look like a wall clock.

A mini gold tassel also from Meg's.

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Those g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s feathers in claret come all the way frrom South Africa and are a gift from my sweet scrappy friend, the one and only Helen Tilbury. A lot more coming up from the same wonderful gift in pages to come! Thank you darling for all the beautiful goodies!

The crystal stick pins and that mauve velvet pansy also come from the treasure trove at Meg's.

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Et voilà, Mon Jardin Francais!

Dinner today is pizza, no fancy pansy Cordon Bleu.

Have a fabbo weekend! toodelipip!

xoxox Eila


  1. WOW Eila! You really did an amazing job with Meg's Garden. Such a beautiful and warm color palette. Hope all is well! Hugs!

  2. Beautiful work Eila, love the layouts you have created, each divine detail are so lovely. :)

  3. I just love all girly pages and you create them so beautifully. I love your fussy cutting, gorgeous pics and fabulous details.

  4. wauw wonderful work you did again and yes go out more for lovely diners..or what never know what happens..
    Congrats to on being a designer at Meg's i missed that to.

  5. Gorgeous masterpieces! BTW Meg's garden carries Green Tara lace and flowers so if you are looking for the new blooms that you saw on my blog... your best bet is to ask her to order you some, possibly to ship with the second collection release parcel :)

  6. What a beautiful Lo, the vintage picture is wonderful and every detail is so cute. Congrats for this lovely piece!

    Big hugs from
    Vintage Collages

  7. Wow! Just dreamy like!

  8. So much yumminess going on here Eila. Love it all. You have such a wonderful style. Love it.
    Cheers Di xo

  9. Oh my goodness, I can imagine your panic when the glue spilled! Luckily your layout turned out beautiful. The French garden layout is beautiful as well.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. In answer to your question, yes, I know Russian. I studied it in high school and at university, and I used it every day in my work until my son was born. Now I'm a stay-home mom, but I manage to keep up my Russian skills by giving private lessons to a couple students. I've recently found a few Russian-language challenge sites, so I've had fun blogging bilingually from time to time.

    Have a great week!

  10. WOW such gorgeous work Eila.. you've done an amazing job with Meg's papers!! Hugs :))

  11. Ååååå, Eila!!! Jeg blir bare SÅ imponert! Du er helt fantastisk med alle disse lekre detaljene dine.Og alle de punsja bordene.....Helt lekkert. Du er til STOR inspirasjon! Ha en fin søndag. Klem fra meg :)

  12. Oh Eila you are such a superb ambassador for TCR and now Meg's Garden! I love the passion, heart and soul that you pour into each of your creations. Superb. A true artist!! And thank you for the mention!!