December 2016 - Swedish House Crafts


Friday, 23 December 2016

GIVEAWAY 3: Big 6 Giveaways for Value of £80

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It has been a great month for me and the shop. I really thank you all, from my heart for supporting Swedish House Crafts in this short time. There are lots of fun coming in the future and lots of activities. Just let's hope 2017 has 48 hours per day, lol!

Now let's talk free stuff!


This time there is a beautiful kit of Swedish dies, stamps and paper. That's not all, there are embellishments too to complete the joy of winning! The value of the kit is over £25 in total.


A second and third winners will be chosen for a gift card £15 each to spend on the shop, valid one time purchase.


If you like to play games then this is for you. I have hidden this imagein 3 products in the shop!! Find it and win that product or choose another product at the same price. How? When you find the image, copy the link of the product and paste in the blog comment. One link per person, one winning per person. First 3 to find the image and comment with 3 different product links win. If links are doubled in several comments, the first to comment is the winner. The winners will be announced immediately once I see the comment with the right link, you can let me know on Facebook directly too.


Besides that, the giveaway craft kit winner and the image game 3 winners will receive additional 15% discount code valid once, to spend in the shop for you or for a friend of your choice.

If you have any questions, surely do not hesitate!

If you like to check out the prize closely here is a link to each item in this giveaway.


Follow this blog and like our Facebook page.
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Now to make sure everyone fairly enters and no one gets missed, fill in the form for automatic draw. Please make sure to stay following and liking to the end of this giveaway so your name stays in the draw entries.


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Now confirm your entry in the form and it is not mandatory to look for the image in the products if you do not wish to.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway




Sunday, 18 December 2016

Love Challenges? Want to win items for £50
This is an extra treat from Allsorts Challenge Blog.

Go there and show your creativity to win all of this:

So what's you're waiting for? it is open for 2 weeks, you don't tell me you were busy for Christmas.. well we all are, but the beauty of craft hoarding is attractive!!!

Follow this link to the challenge post and link your work. 

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Get Spoiled at Swedish House Crafts!!

This is a pack of gorgeous themed large amount of 'Magnolia Stamp' dies. It is just a remarkable pack. You won't find those dies separately other than the Early Bird one is you miss buying it by the Early Bird dates. The amount of dies easily exceeds 12 pieces. If you buy 12 pieces dies from Magnolia It would cost you at least £10 each. Beside that, you receive a detailed tutorialised magazine with fabulous images and short direct descriptions. It is just worth it.
The Doohickey Clubs comes out several times a year. When you buy Early Bird you get one extra die/die-set with no extra charge. Then Magnolia informs us when it comes out and ship it to us. We ship it to the our customers when we receive them free of charge. 
Because we tend to spoil our customers often!! When you buy this item you will receive one other item from the shop FREE, the price doesn't matter, and guess what? YOU CHOOSE IT YOURSELF!! All you have to do is add a link or name of the product, you wish to get for FREE, in the text box in the option shown up.
That is not all. You will also receive another pack of goodies from Swedish House Crafts!!
Note that this offer ends on the date the magazine is out for shipping.
Book it now because it is a worthy bundle of cuteness extremism!!
Limited stock available.

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The magazine you book and pay directly. We will inform you when it is ready for shipping. You will receive the magazine, the item you chose for free and the goodies bag all together and free of charge in signed and tracked postage.
The Early Bird date passed since 30 November 2016. However, book it now and you will get the extra die free. This means if you buy the magazine from anywhere else you are not going to get the extra free die that comes with the Magazine. Let's say another treat.
Who is spoiled now, ha? :)

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

GIVEAWAY 2: Magnolia Dies and Stamp Set

this gorgeous set by just leaving a comment on any post and visiting SHC Facebook page!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CONGRATULATIONS LORRAINE! I have emailed you the details how to claim your prize :D

The giveaway starts at midnight and the winner will be automatically chosen and will be announced on Monday.

Good luck :D
Swedish House Crafts - Personal Gift Card
When we get really tired looking for a personal gift. When we want to buy a gift for a crafter, Sure we don't know what to buy. When this happens, we choose a gift card for the most.

Gift cards has never been personal until today. What about sending someone £50 and the recipient uses a special code that is made just for her/him. This possible only at Swedish House Crafts.

You choose the gift code and can make it as personal as you like. See how it works:

If you like to check it out visit SHC web shop by clicking on the image:

If you like the idea, let your friends know about it, may be they'll buy you a gift card :D

Wednesday, 7 December 2016


Hello Great Crafters!

Lets enjoy our holidays and treat ourselves for our crafty works and beautiful creations! We deserve it, right?

I have chosen dies, stamps, papers, ribbons and much more beautiful items from my shop, only gorgeous and high quality with crispy cuts and clear impressions.

Each week a lucky winner will get a new die/die set and stamp and delivered to your home for FREE.

Everyone is lucky so enter now to win. If you are a winner or not, come back next week for another chance. 😁

Congratulations Sandra! I sent you an email. 

1 day to go! Revealing a closer look at the prizes for this week: 

The winner will be announced here in this blogpost after the giveaway is ended for this week. Of course another giveaway will open afterwords.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Prismacolor Pencils in Details

Looking back into my files I found this sleeping beauty tutorial images that I thought I lost while cleaning my files. I really hate when I loose files and images, but how lucky I am today and I hope you find it easy and useful.

This tutorial is about using Prismacolor pencils with White Spirit. It dissolves colours to show transparency. Great for easy shading. In other countries it is called mineral spirits, turpentine and other names like petroleum. You can use it mainly to dissolve non-water based paints, like oil colours (non-water based ones) and wax based too like Prismacolors and Derwent Soft colour pencils which are alternative to Prismacolor pencils. Don't forget Spectrum Noir pencils too. If would like more information about it you can google it out. 

let's start...

Here I used Simply Gorjuss stamp on regular Daler Rowney watercolour paper. I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink pad. It is important to use water-resistant ink for the stamp, alternative to Versafine is Archival ink, Memento and all ink pads that is confirmed to be water-resistant. 

Remember that it is ok if you don't get it at the beginning because this tutorial is repetitive and I am pretty positive you will understand it at the end.

The Skin: 

I used Prismacolor Peach (PC939). I started with drawing a wide line around the face, then I damped the edge of the paper stump in the white spirit. With a circular motion over the coloured area dragging the colour to the white area. The dragged colour get lighter and lighter as it is dissolving. The circular motion prevents the colour from forming unwanted lines. Now the paper gets wet. You need to wait until the dissolved colour spreads on the area as it continues to dissolve until it dries, just seconds we are talking about here. Look here in the two images: the one to the left was taken immediately after colouring and the area was totally wet. There image on right is about 20 seconds after.

Now the face colour has settled down this is final result. You can add some rosy colour for the cheeks. It always depends on how much colour you add and how much soluble you add, it is a relative relation that you need to balance, this is what most beginners miss. It is learned by training anyway, so keep training and you'll be just fine. Repeat this on the hands.

Let's say the colour didn't spread totally, and coloured area was completely dry with lots of white space that you didn't like. You can fix it by repeating the process but colour in a closer area and very light pressure so not to add much colour and disturb the gradient.

 The Hair: 

The hardest part is how to shade a wavy hair. Gorjuss stamps tell you how to shade from the lines. Here I blended two colours: Dark Brown (PC946) for the dark areas and Putty Beige (PC1083) to the light areas. The stem areas usually are the dark areas and the bumps are light. This is not always the case but usually this works just fine. Here in the image you can see that I coloured them leaving a white space between the two colours. Then with the damped paper stump I dragged the Dark Brown towards the Putty Beige and when I am done with all darks I used another stump and dragged the Putty Beige towards the Dark Brown, to prevent colour contamination. Alternative, you can start with the light colour and then do the dark with the same stump.

When using the stump on hair, you do not need to go in circular motion because if lines show then this is hair lines. About the lines, it depends usually of the paper you use, lines show less on watercolour paper.

The result of the hair when it completely dired and blended.


The colour to the jacket was Periwinkle (PC1025). You can use any other colour if you like.

The same way, I drew thick lines as I wished to have dark and in circular motion I dragged the colour around. You can see clearly where I drew the lines and how it ended. You can notice the difference of shading and this is caused of multiple lines and blending times as I did each area separately to focus on one area each time. By saying area I mean the close space; each arm is an area, upper half of the jacket is another area and so on.

Using Olive Green (PC911) and drawn lines on the trousers.

Then again I dragged the lines from dark to light area and this I did on both sides. I mean that you drag the dark colour to the middle of the white and then from the opposite side and again to the middle of the light area. that is how you keep the light are lighter.

By now, you may have got the idea how it works and this is in general is the tutorial about. The following is just extra explanation:

The Watch:

Using metallic pencils is challenging. So creating illusions is easier. I used Silver (PC949) and Metallic Gold (PC950) to create it. Here in the image it does not show clearly the metallic effect unfortunately but it is clearer in the final image down.

The Background:

I used True Blue (PC903) to colour the background in extremely light pressure. and I used again the Dark Brown for the floor. I added a darker line to set a difference between the floor and the background. In circular motion I blended the background but not the ground, you can guess how I did it by now, right?

Then I added more details to the image where it was needed and here it is ready.

I hope this was enjoyable tutorial. Subscribe for more tutorials with other pens and much more.

Items Used:

The materials are from different stores. You can also find them in your local art supplies. The White Spirit is not the same manufacturer that I used but it doesn't matter it is the same and this one is high quality. Some of the items are now on sale in those shops.

Daler Rowney Watercolor Paper