March 2019 - Swedish House Crafts

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Spring Time | By Liz

Have you seen the fabulous new products available at Swedish house Crafts?
There are lots of new items in store including this gorgeous chipboard 3D Hanging Egg,

I love the 3D element of this design, which is easy to make up.


I used some Patina pastes by Finnabair on the surround and egg, using three colours for the surround and base and two colours for the egg. I love the effect this gives, to me it made it a little jewel like. So, I added some gems here and there on the egg.


On the bottom base after painting it with the Patina pastes I added some of my handmade flowers, made with 0.6 Foamiran in Lemon using the Lady E designs Leaves 002 dies, I also used the same die for the snowdrop effect flower above using 0.6 white Foamiran with Dark green 0.6 Foamiran for the leaves which I made from the Lady E Design Flower 002 dies.

I have a tutorial for both of these flower types in the tutorials section at the top of my blog,


I then finished off my spring scene with a Magnolia mini world stamp - Wagon with wheels, which I coloured with copics then fussy cut out and some mini chicks I had in my stash.


Links to products I used:-




Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz x

Monday, 18 March 2019

Lulu with Easter Basket | By Sean
Hello and welcome fellow crafters! I'm honored to be a new member of the Swedish House Crafts design team! If you'd like to see more of my work, please go to my blog Scrappy Boy or you can check out my Facebook page Scrappy Boy Los Angeles.

I'm here to share with you my newest card using Lulu with Easter Basket by The Paper Nest Dolls! She is just the cutest image and I had so much fun coloring her!



Here's a close up so you can see the coloring better.


You'll notice in my cards that I LOVE to use layers! Sometimes the more layers the better. For me it gives the card my depth and makes it more interesting. I like to do it on the inside as well.


For this card I used the adorable Lulu with Easter Basket which you can get from Swedish House Crafts. I also used the Hello Spring paper pack by Echo Park. I just love the beautiful, light and airy colors you can get from Spring themed papers.


Swedish House Crafts, is the official and only distributor for Paper Nest Dolls in UK and EU. So it is just round the corner. You can get them from SHC or tell your favourite shop to stock them for you.

Here is a link to this adorable Lulu with Easter Basket.

Lulu with Easter Basket




Friday, 15 March 2019

Daisy Emma Rubber Stamp | By Irene Mendes

Hi PND fans :)

For today card I chose the beautiful Daisy Emma and I painted with prismacolor pencils. I really liked the mix of colors where. I was inspired by the papers used for the base of my card, and the colors are so vibrant that they highlight this beautiful doll

Now the card:




You can find other Paper Nest Dolls Rubber Stamps here in the our store :) And if you want to buy it in your local craft shop, tell them to buy it from SHC. The wholesale site has over 300 dolls...

Thanks for stopping by today! You can find my own personal blog HERE.

Hugs 
Irene Mendes

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Will Work for Carrots | By Laurigami


Hello everyone,

You will have seen that Paper Nest Dolls Stamps are on sale in the shop. As you know I love them. 

I am a designer on the PND team for Christine since February 2016. I am delight that Christine and Suha are now working together, they are both great.

So here is my card made with the stamp "Will Work for Carrots" you find it in the shop here.


I used my copic pens to colour.


I added a little basket to pick up the Easter eggs.




I hope you like.

Hugs Laurigami

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Lady E dies and foamiran at Swedish House Crafts | By Liz

Hi all, well spring weather and Easter are due soon and guess what? Suha has some fabulous new MDF products in store for you to decorate with mixed media, papers or what ever you fancy, so I've made an Easter/spring themed project for you to see,

I've used a MDF large Egg which I have decorated in a mixed media style, then used some of the fantastic new chip boards which are new in store too. I added some handmade Foamiran flowers and leaves too. I have made a small tutorial on how I made the flowers and leaves for you.

Making the foamiran flowers

Snowdrop type flowers

I made up some snowdrop type flowers out of white 0.6 foamiran and the Lady E Design dies Leaves 002 using the smallest size, for the leaves I used the Flower 002 die die using the smallest leaf die,

Both of these dies are larger then what I finished up with, the way to get them smaller is to pop the cut out flowers one at a time against a fairly hot iron, turn the iron on to the start of the three dots or the cotton setting, place the flower head against the iron with a wooden skewer or something similar as the iron is very hot and you need to hold the flower against it for a few minutes.

Simply hold the skewer against the centre of the flower head then watch the foamiran shrink, keep it held against the iron till you get the size you want, or in this case till it stops shrinking. Then carefully lift the skewer away from the iron with the end of the skewer still on the flower head and the flower will curl upwards, let if fall off the iron and shape gently with your fingers.

The leaves are done in a similar way. Hold the die cut leaf, (this one has three leaves on the one die) against the hot iron with the skewer, again watch it shrink, when shrunk as much as it will, carefully take away the skewer. The shrunk leaf will fall off the iron or if not remove it very carefully again with the skewer, at this stage you can scrunch the leaves between your fingers if you wish.

Take a piece of floral wire, bend over one end with a pair of pliers or a jewellery tool to form a closed loop. Make a hole in the middle of your shrunken shaped flower and thread the wire through, so the looped end is last then glue the flower head to the beginning  of the loop. Take your shrunken leaves and wrap them around the wire at the bottom so they have the look of mine above.
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Daffodil Type flowers

Taking the Lady E Design dies leaves 002 and using the middle sized one cut out as many as you wish to use out of lemon 0.6 Foamiran. I kept mine simple but you could use a mould for a little texture. Fold the petals of one flower head together, then scrunch between your fingers for a couple of seconds. This makes the foam a little softer and adds a little shape, do the same steps for the other ones too.

I then cut a strip of the same Lemon foamiran roughly 6mm wide. Take a pair of fancy edged scissors and cut along the length one one edge, add a little colour on this edge with any medium you use. I used soft pastel on mine but you could us oil pastels etc too.
Wrap the strip around a large pen or something circular and cut the length off, then glue the ends together. I used super glue for this, be careful of your fingers.
Take the made up circle and glue it onto the base of the flowers again using super glue or similar, let set.Take some stamens and add these to the middle of the flowers.

Ta Da with a little handmade extras you get a Daffodil type flower out of the same die set as you used for the Snowdrops.
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Now the Egg


I first coated the egg with white Gesso. Then when dry I scrunched a piece of tissue paper up, I  slightly flattened it out and glued it over the  dried Gesso onto the egg. Let this dry a little then simply tear off the excess around the edges, making sure the tissue is stuck , press lightly over the top with your fingers if needed.

I then added the gorgeous chip board background to the top section. This I simply cut down to shape after gluing it on ( cuts easily with a pair of scissors). I painted mine with Finnabair sparks paints.


I then decided to decorate the base section, which was first painted with white Gesso. I missed out the tissue paper just painting the base with the same sparks paints.


Taking the fence chipboard I added a layer of Gesso but I dabbed it on with a piece of foam, this gives a little texture. The fence had some pots or cups on but I didn't want these on so I simply cut them off before painting it, the cockerel was also attached but this I left on. I then painted these when dry with a few colours of distress inks.

Fix the MDF egg onto the painted MDF base, then glue on the  the chipboard fence, leave to set.


I glued some of my Snowdrop type flowers on the other side of the base, then added some feathers from my stash. I also had some mini glittery eggs so I glued this on top of some Sisal to look like eggs on a nest.


I added another Cockerel at the front of the base then added some more flowers and another glittery egg in front of the chip board fence.

Lastly I glued the Daffodils onto the egg on the left hand side to finish it off.

Links to Products I used:

Lady E Design dies

I've loved making this project, if you do one too be sure to share it with us, we'd love to see it.

Happy Crafting!!!

Hugs Liz xx

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Paper Nest Dolls Love Lulu


Today I would like to introduce Love Lulu to you. Isn't she just the cutest? Valentines Day is gone, but we can show love all year round.  I know young (and older) girls who would love this card. 

Did you know that Christine the designer of Paper Nest Dolls bases all the dolls on her own children?

Paper Nest Dolls - Love Lulu

You can find Love Lulu and the other Paper Nest Doll rubber stamps here in the store.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Paper Nest Doll Lulu with Bunny | By Céline

Hi

Céline here, back to Swedish House Crafts Team. I'am so happy to be here again.

Well, have you seen the BIG NEWS ? Paper Nest Dolls stamps are available at Swedish House Crafts !!!! That's so cool for us the Europeans !

So, here a card I made using Lulu with Bunny that you could find in shop here soon.

Hugs
Céline

Friday, 8 March 2019

Paper Nest Doll Lulu with Daffodil


Well Spring is definitely in the air now with some daffodils showing - in the UK anyway. So today we introduce to you Lulu with Daffodil - just perfect for your spring makes.

We also have some papers in the store that complement her beautifully. Like these Maja Papers -
Maja Design- Vintage Spring Basics - 1st of March

Maja Design- Vintage Spring Basics - Days to Remember

New in store is this Laserowe Daffodil wreath. Chipboards - Yellow Spring - Daffodil Wreath

Chipboards - Yellow Spring - Daffodil Wreath

What about some sweet little bunnies to go with her too? They are from Magnolia 
It's Spring Time - Sweet Rabbits

It's Spring Time - Sweet Rabbits
I feel so uplifted seeing all those spring images - I hope you do too, we have many more in store. Just search for Spring and also Daffodil.

Happy Crafting from Swedish House Crafts.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Hugs & Kisses

Monday, 4 March 2019

Introducing Paper Nest Doll Celine and her namesake is back!

Hello! Did we mention already that we have the Paper Nest Doll rubber stamps now at Swedish House Crafts - ha! ha! - we are so excited for them to be here. 

Now along with the dolls we have some extra news - some of you will remember Céline who was on the Swedish House Crafts Design Team previously. Well - she is back! You know she is French right? This adorable stamp was named after her by Paper Nest Dolls creator Christine. Isn't she just adorable with her little poodle and handbag.

You can find the Paper Next Doll Celine here in the shop along with many more of the Paper Nest Dolls.

Paper Nest Dolls - French Girl Celine

Look out for projects being created with the Paper Nest Dolls by the team very soon.

Happy Crafting from Swedish House Crafts.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Winner of the February Facebook challenge - new theme for March


After all the excitement yesterday of welcoming Paper Nest Dolls exclusively to the UK at Swedish House Crafts we kept the announcement winner of the Facebook Group challenge for today.
and the winner is...........

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Congratulations! Sandie

If you want to make a card like Sandie she used Le Cirque - Clown Tilda which we have in store.
Le Cirque - Clown Tilda

Remember you have to be in the Swedish House Crafts Facebook Group to join in the challenge. But you can use any products. The prize is £25 store credit with 25p credit for everyone who uses a product sold by Swedish House Crafts.

The theme for the March challenge is Springtime. Here are a few items you could use from the Swedish House Crafts store. They would make beautiful Easter cards too.

I just LOVE this Yellow Spring paper pad from Laserowe - so bright and cheerful.

Laserowe Love - Yellow Spring - Complete collection



Paper Nest Dolls - Lulu with Daffodil



sooo many more Paper Nest dolls you could use - go and take a look  - too many to mention lol!


Happy Crafting Swedish House Crafts