Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vintage Hot Air Balloons

New Challenge at Embellish Magazine - vintage
and I'm also entering this card for Betsy Veldman's challenge to use something vintage and both the fabric and the lace I've used are from my grandmother so I thought it would fit perfectly.

From EM page:
"This challenge requires you to create a vintage project using the color challenge. Vintage is a new trend in interior design and of course paper crafting. A vintage style can be showcased in a variety of ways, including inking edges, using old buttons, crocheted embellishments, and adding other antique elements. Projects can include color by using cardstock and/or patterned paper, instead of by coloring stamped images. Don’t forget that a vintage style can be incorporated into other paper craft ideas, including scrapbook layouts, mini albums, and other altered art.
The main colors are highlighted in Polaroid inspired color swatches. Keep the colors of your project as close to the colors in the challenge image. Remember, colors can be incorporated into your project in more ways than cardstock.

*White/Cream may be used as an additional neutral color."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lucia Card for PTI Blog Hop


In Sweden Lucia is celebrated on the 13th of December and I thought this would make a nice card for this Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink and introduce this holiday to those of you who perhaps haven't heard about it before.

For this card I've used:
Stamps: PTI Wonderful Whimsical, Signature Christmas + Lucia (Panduro)
Ink: PTI Snow White, Dark Chocolate, Tea dye Cham
PTI Bitty Dotts Basics 2008
Baker's Twine, White Organza

St Lucia was a young girl who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304AD. The most common story told about St Lucia is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted men in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry things.

St. Lucia's Day is celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head. The crown is made of Lingonberry branches which are evergreen and symbolise new life in winter. She goes from house to house early on Lucia morning serving coffee and Lusskatter (buns flavoured with saffron and dotted with raisins) while singing a beautiful Lucia song. (see link below) Schools normally have their own St. Lucias and towns and villages also choose a girl to play St. Lucia in a procession where carols are sung.

A national Lucia is also chosen. (see pic of last year's lucia below) Lucias also visit hospitals and old people's homes singing a song about St Lucia and handing out 'Pepparkakor', ginger snap biscuits.

Recipe for Lucia Buns (Lussekatter)

1 stick butter (8 Tbsp.)
1 1/3 c. milk
pinch saffron
3 Tbsp. yeast
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs (1 in dough, 1 to brush)
4 c. flour
raisins for garnish


Melt butter in a small pan over low heat. Add milk and saffron and heat until about body temperature.
Mix milk mixture and yeast and let sit about five minutes. The yeast will dissolve and start to foam. Add the sugar, salt, one egg, and about half the flour. Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding flour to make a smooth dough. Let rise in a warm place about half an hour. Punch down, and then form into buns. One traditional shape is to make a rope of dough about six inches long (about 15 cm) and then form it into an S. Lay it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and tuck raisins into the curls of the S. Let rise again in a warm place, about half an hour. Brush the risen buns with beaten egg. Bake at 400 degrees F (225 C) about 15 min., until buns are golden brown.

Link to a video with the Lucia song: 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Sweets

Here's my entry - inspired by this great Martha Stewart pic that is the challenge this week at papercraft star. I think my little goody bags would go well on that table. For the little bags I've re- used eco friendly paper that I've glued together and passed halfway through my papercrinkler   - so they are super environmentally friendly!!!
Halloween is also the theme at everybody-artchallenge and also at wee memories


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy Halloween!

At  Oh Alice their challenge is called " Dictionary of nonsense" this week and together with CARDS Creative and Simon says stamp call for Halloween cards and for The shabby tea room's challenge for vintage Halloween cards it inspired me to make this one:


This week's curtain call at Stacy's Stamping Stage has beautiful autumn colors that I love - still since I combined this with the challenge at Stamps R Us where the theme is all nature this ended up being a quite summery card!!!

Holiday Mail

Here's my take on Colour Q's latest challenge:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Birthday!

 Dutch Darecard has a  Birthday Bash challenge,
and at Paper Pretties they want you to use an animal!
and for Cupcake Inspirations this is the inspiring picture so here's my entry: