April 2017 - Swedish House Crafts


Monday, 24 April 2017

Tilda Gelato Bookmark for You!
For summer books readers! If you are relaxing this summer with some readings, you'll love arm yourself with a bookmark 😁, right? So I did. Oh, this bookmark is a giveaway (read how you enter at the end).

So I stamped Tilda Gelato with Archival ink "Sienna" on a "dirty" kraft paper for the vintage effect. Then I coloured Tilda with Inktense pencils and waterbrush. I drew line with white gel pen around Tilda for the effect of old style stickers, do you remember those ones? When the printing was messed up? and colours sometimes were smudged on upon each other? lol! Now it is vintage funny thing. I admit it was harder than keeping it clean, but I am satisfied with the dirtiness effect.

Why is she standing on a stack of books (stamp from Stampendous originally had an owl on the books)? So, the story is that Tilda is preparing for summer vacation, she gathers her summer readings. It's sunny and warm, a gelato is what is needed!! Where should she go next? I wonder where she'll be reading her books, at the beach or go camping? Or may be a trip to the moon! lol!

This kraft paper is smooth and flexible, not like regular cardstocks, if it gets wet, it bends beautifully, so I won't make a card out of it at all, but great for flexible mixed media projects. Therefore I made hangers of the Gelato die and Medallion die, cool! I coloured the gelato die cuts with Distress ink and pasted on craft foam using Mod Podge matte. I also sealed the bookmark with Mod Podge too. On the Medallion I stamped Special, distressed it. This is a special book mark for a special one (see the how to enter giveaway at the end of this post).

The final effect I reached was imitation of leather, in touch and colour. Very happy with it and very satisfied.

Those are the dies and the stamp:

They are from 2 of 5 new collections, here I used dies from Summer and Galaxy. check out the collection and pre-order it with discount 5%, use TILDA at check out. Or guess the question and get the final discounts, click on the banner to learn more...


I am giving away this bookmark! How to enter:

Pre-order at least 1 stamp or die from the new collections. The winner will find it in her envelope. It will just fall in one of the envelopes on the shipping day and there is a chance that I wouldn't know who's envelope was it. So please, please let me know who the winner is when you receive it.

See you next time to know where Tilda to find out more about her summer vacation...

Suha Hazboun

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

#1 Hidden Star: Kaye English
Hello everyone, it has been a while since we had some inspiration, my fault 😑, but now things need to be changed. Therefore Swedish House Crafts is in need of DT's who will be our inspiration, but that's not all, each and everyone of you is an inspiration too, why not show off your work?!

Did you ever buy anything from Swedish House Crafts and received an email asking you to show your work? Sure you did.

Kaye is not really a social media lover, but that is not stopping her from showing off her great work. She sent me what she did with To My Valentine Papers from Pion Design. It is just so beautiful and inspiring, yes so much work too! Learn more about Kaye our hidden star!

Kaye English

USA, Virginia

Crafting specialty:
My career is a government contractor.  My interest specialty is crafting bound books, scrapbooks, and paper crafts.  I love art and I love paper – I can’t get enough.  I have been making scrapbooks for my 1st/2nd grade Sunday school students for 12 years.  I decided to start making books for grownups last year and found a new love in crafting.  I find joy in telling a story in a book that allows the receiver to insert photos to complete the story.  I also create personal calendars for friends – it makes me so happy when I love what I make and the recipient is excited to receive the gift. 
The intimacy of creating a modem that expresses art and passion that allows the recipient interaction and creativity to make the paper come alive with images of their lives is so incredible Suha, so amazing.  The gift could last a lifetime!  That’s love.  I love bringing joy to another soul.

Favourite brand found at Swedish House Crafts:
I discovered Swedish House Crafts by doing a Google search for Pion’s To My Valentine, so Pion is probably my favorite so far.  But I love Maja Design and will be purchasing Vintage Romance shortly.  I feel so comfortable in the vintage and Victorian genre.  What an era, huh?

Best craft moment:
My best craft moment was the completion of my first adult scrapbook – Graphic 45’s Voyage.  It was so perfect and colorful and as the finished pages turned, they told the story of a mermaid so vividly.  Everything clicked and meshed, it was so beautiful a moment.

Worst craft moment:
My worst craft moment was this last project!  I decided on the dimensions of the book and created the “red” inside pages prior to receiving my paper from Swedish House Crafts.  As I began to put the pages down (not yet glued though [whew!!!] I discovered that my pages were too big for the cover and spine!!!!!  I didn’t want to change the cover – it was just right.  I had to redo the inside pages, which means I had to buy the cherry paper again.  LESSON LEARNED:  measure, measure, and measure.  It doesn’t hurt to create templates too.

Funny fact:
I am a knuckle head!  I lose things all the time (especially small things) – I am so focused on the task at hand that I put things related to it in the strangest places . . . I don’t know why I do this – cannot get away from this even when I intentionally try! (LOL).  You should see me retracing my steps to find things – it is too funny!

So let's see what Kaye has done!

Have you bought toys from Swedish House Crafts and made something you are proud of? Why not send some photos to hello@swedishhousecrafts.co.uk and who knows, you may end up published here and of course claim your treat!