Saturday, 22 December 2012

CSI # 51 Tannenbaum and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It is Saturday and we have 2 days to go before it's Christmas. Santa's sleigh will swoosh nicely on the roof toops of Stockholm, plenty of snow here!

This will be my last post before I take a short Christmas break. I will be back next Saturday again.

Time to share Color..Stories..Inspiration case file nbr 51 that was released last night US EST! Happy and fun colours, just like a bowl of iced rainbow cookies!

  • Magenta Baubles - fuchsia, taken from the glittery ball on the bottom - 185.61.121
  • Pink Frost-ing - ballerina pink, taken from the pink cookies - 250.205.228
  • Sugary Snow - off-white, taken from the white cookie - 247.247.245
  • Blue Christmas - sky blue, taken from the blue glass ball at the top - 173.219.234
  • Jack Frost - teal blue, taken from the matte blue ball on the right - 103.166.183
  • circular objects
  • snowflakes
  • glitter
  • beads
  • rhinestones or pearls
  • texture paste or similar medium
  • dry or wet embossing
  • metal
  • something filigree, like lacy laser die-cuts, border punches, lace cardstock, etc.
  • something shiny
  • doodling/ pen work
  • puffy paint
  • Six-word memoir (inspired by the snowflakes' six sides)
  • Add rhinestones to your journaling spot.
  • Use all five senses to journal.
  • Choose a prompt from here.
  • Write your journaling as a recipe.
  • Inspiration Words:  sparkle/shine, best, decorate, --use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title

And this is my take - "Oh Tannenbaum";

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The backing paper is from Swedish Maja Design.

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The tags are fussy cut from Swedish Pion Design's Christmas collection 2012.

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I have used different stamps under the embossed ivory bubbles; script, music sheet, postal stamps, sentiments, snowflakes. Tiny splatter in teal. Everything looks quite subtle when photographed, but comes across a lot stronger IRL.

Evidence used on my page are; snowflakes, glitter, beads, embossing, something filigree (the die cut teal ornament), metal (the keys), rhinestones and pearls (the swirl in the cluster), instead of puffy paint I have used snow texture, and something shiny (Stickles in Stardust and Diamond).

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Dimensional sticker angel from Norwegian Tilda and a chippie flourish under it.

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Seeing our tree decorated and sparkling the evening before Christmas Eve, presents waiting under it, is really such a joyous moment no matter how many times I've seen it before. 

Hearing the traditional Christmas songs that I always play while putting up the decorations and tasting the glögg (very strong alcoholic mulled wine) and eating the Finnish cake that we have while dressing the tree, are traditions that we keep from year to next. 

Traditions from my childhood home accompanied by new ones that I have incorporated over the years and made ours, memories that Emelie (my husband's daughter) brings with her to her own home now that she is an adult. So many little things that are the essence of Christmas but most of all, it's being together and sharing.

Hyvää Joulua!
God Jul!
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!
Vrolijk Kerstfeest!
Joyeux Noël!
Gledelig Jul!

A Very Merry Christmas to you all!

 xoxox Eila


  1. such an awesome page Eila, wishing you a Merry Christmas, stay warm have a lovely break :)

  2. Your lay-out looks so magical with all the wonderful touches of glitter. Just absolutely gorgeous!

  3. So beautiful Eila. Merry Christmas. Cheers Di xo

  4. Lovely layout Eila, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and lots of relaxing time with friends and family, take care and hope to meet again sometime in the new year x

  5. E love your Christmas baubles on a gorgeous page with all that yummy texture and glitter and shine .- have a great weekend xoxo

  6. I just LOVE this layout Eila. Super stunning work xx

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a safe and happy New Year xx

  7. Beautiful work as per usual Eila! Love this soft and delicate layout! Congrats also on the featued PPP layout at Prima...just gorgeous! Wishing you and the family a blessed and joyous Christmas! Hugs to you...Denise x

  8. Such a beautiful and elegant page, so sparkly and magical and perfectly capturing the essence of Christmas. Loved reading about your traditions! Merry Christmas to you, my sweet friend!

  9. I hope you are having wonderful time, Eila, while enjoying your Christmas break with your loved ones!
    your LO is gorgeous - it has such a special character - i can't stop looking at it! there is something about all the sparkles and the colors you used here. and as usually there is some beautiful story to go along ♥
    merry Christmas to you and to your loved ones! and happy new year! I hope it will be filled for you with many beautiful moments! ♥

  10. Stunning page Eila & sounds like a wonderful Stockholm Christmas. Having now visited Paris with all it's beautiful architectural detail, and imagining Stockholm to have some similarities, I can appreciate your work and finer details even more & see how your surroundings clearly inspire you!