Sunday, June 17, 2012

New Store and Candy

Welcome to Live & Love Crafts' Inspiration and Challenge Blog

I’m so glad you found your way over here. I’m Sandra; some of you might know me as Sandy from Sandy’s Stamping Scene. After several months of planning and preparations, I’m now almost ready to now go live with my online store, Live & Love Crafts.

The name pinpoints exactly how I and many of you feel about this wonderful hobby; we’re making cards and gifts we can give away to brighten someone’s day and scrapbooking pages to treasure our dearest memories. It’s something we love doing, but it’s more than that; it’s a lifestyle. Just think about it for a moment; how many blogs have you visited before you ended up here? How many hours a week do you spend in front of your computer, visiting friends and other crafters in blog land? How many friends have you made through this hobby?

…and to continue along those lines; how much time do you spend online checking out what the craft stores have on offer and what new stamps, papers, dies etc. have just been released? Furthermore; how many of you take the opportunity when away on holiday with family and friends, to sneak in to the local craft store if only just for a brief moment to treat yourself to some goodies?

Me personally being a Swede living in the UK, never miss out on the chance when visiting friends and family back home, to also visit any craft store I come near. That’s how I a couple of years ago discovered the beautiful scrapbooking papers from Maja Design; brought a whole bunch with me and almost had to pay overweight on the flight back to the UK…

I believe we’re all familiar with Magnolia; the creators of the sweet and so popular Tilda and Edwin stamps. Magnolia, as you probably all know, is a Swedish company just like Maja Design… and then we have Pion Design and Bildmalarna and Reprint and Papercraft Scandinavia.
I have no idea why it is that so many nice craft products come from Sweden (and for the record; I’m not getting paid by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for stating this… :-)), but I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be stocking products from all of the vendors mentioned above!!!

It doesn’t stop there though. It’s only a coincidence that these companies happen to be Swedish. I’ll also, as the only store in the UK, stock the wonderful vintage scrapbooking papers from the Danish company Riddersholm Design.

I haven’t limited myself to only Scandinavian suppliers though, but will also carry products from Maya Road, Melissa Frances and Ranger Ink.

I believe you’re starting to see where we’re going with this…Live & Love Crafts is not like any other crafts store; we’re SPECIALIZING IN VINTAGE AND SHABBY CHIC CRAFT MATERIALS. My goal is to under one roof bring together the best vintage products and brands from all around the world.

Does all this sound like a dream that you’d very much like to be part of? Well, it doesn’t have to be. I have started recruiting for a Design Team and I’m extremely blessed to have three tremendously talented ladies, all as passionate about the vintage crafting style as I am, joining me on the Live & Love Crafts’ Design Team. These amazing ladies who I know will do a marvellous job of inspiring us all are:
Elizabeth (Norway)
Karita (Finland)
Tina (Germany)

Please go and check out their blogs; you’ll walk away inspired…

I’m still on the lookout for two more members and will post a Design Team Call on this blog in a day or two.

Thanks for bearing with me. Now over to the good stuff; the reason you hopped over here in the first place. :-)

In order to celebrate the Opening of Live & Love Crafts, we’re doing a Grand Candy and this is what the lucky winner will receive:

(I’ll ship worldwide):

3 sheets from Pion Design’s newest collection “Grandma’s School Book”
3 sheets from Maja Design’s newest collection “Vintage Summer Basics”
3 sheets from Riddersholm Design’s newest collection “Huntington Garden”
2 different trims from Maya Road
1 Cameo Broach from Melissa Frances
1 Pack of Chandelier Drops from Melissa Frances
Flowers and Pins from Papercraft Scandinavia
1 Bottle of Liquid Pearls “Baby Blue” from Ranger
  5 Metal Charms from Bildmalarna/Reprint
1 Pack of Kitchen Cloth

Together these goodies are worth more than £30!!!
The Candy will be open until Sunday, July 8th, 8 PM (UK Time).
The random winner will be drawn on Monday, July 9th.

For your chance of winning, please do the following:
1) Become a follower of this blog
2) Post a picture of the blog candy in your blog sidebar and link back to this post.
3) Enter your details in Inklinz below.

That’s it; easy peasy!

Finally over to the question you’re all dying to find an answer to; when does Live & Love Crafts open? Though I don’t have a definitive date at this very moment, I can tell you that much that it’ll be very soon…we’re only a few days away from launch. :-) :-) :-)

Please make sure you sign up as a follower of this blog; I’ll keep you posted on the launch date and will also in the coming days post sneak previews of what the store will have on offer. Furthermore; we’ll do a monthly challenge - details to follow…

One last thing; I hope you like the blog header and background, but don’t get used to it… It has been designed by Linnea of Vintage Made For You. Yes; she happens to be Swedish as well. :-) Some of you might even be using Linnea's fantastic backgrounds for your own blogs. Linnea has created a customized background and header for the Live & Love Crafts’ storefront and once the store is live, the look of this blog will take on the same appearance.

That’s it for me for this time. Until next time,


P.S. Sorry about the long post; I'll be briefer next time. :-)


  1. All sounds great! I will check the blog of your design team directly! So curious!

  2. OOHH Can't wait to see the store!! Congrats on your new adventure! Thanks for a chance to win!! HUgsx

  3. Congrats on your new Store and thanks for the chance to win some amazing Candy.


  4. Congrats!!! :)
    I've seen your (Sandy stamping Scene) and can't wait to see your store!

    ChrisanneXX (little kid)

  5. Da bin ich aber schon jetzt ganz neugierig und gespannt.
    Ich wünsche Dir ganz viel Erfolg und Freude und werde sehr gerne immer wieder hier reinschauen!
    Herzlichen Dank auch für die tolle Gewinnchance!

    Liebe Grüße

  6. Congrats and best of luck on your new store can't wait to see what you offer. I love vintage and shabby chic...Hugs Rita

  7. Congrats on your new store & I look forward to your monthly challenge too.

    Thanks for the chance of winning this lush candy x

    hugs sally x

  8. Hjertelig tillykke med bloggen, glæder mig til at følge med.

  9. OH How exciting! I haven't entered a candy in FOREVER!!! I am in love with those wee hangers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Wow good luck with your new adventure, it all sounds fabulous, love the papers your going to sell and look forward to seeing all the amazin products, good luck, enjoy, hugs Liz xx

  11. Hi Sandy! Thanks for the opportunity of this wonderful sweet, I knew your blog through the blog's Chanelle! Until then I published in the left sidebar of my blog! Success always! Xx

  12. Ich kann es kaum erwarten, in deinem Shop herumzuspazieren und spare jetzt schon jeden Cent, damit ich gleich loslegen kann. Ich liebe den Vintagestil so sehr. Viel Erfolg wünsche ich dir.

  13. Good luck with your new adventure ;o) I can wait to see what you are going to sell!
    Thank you for the change to win this amazing candy ;o)


  14. Gorgeous Candy.. You girls take such Fantastic photos.. .. This Candy is FAB.. I would love to win.. I have shared the photo on my blog.. And Hope to win! :o)

  15. WOW! Your new store sounds like just what I need to get me going with my cardmaking again. I've recently been sidetracked by lots of sewing projects, but when I saw the kind of stuff you'll be stocking I got VERY excited, sounds like just my kind of store.

    Thanks for the chance to win those fab goodies, and of course it will be a pleasure to follow your blog.


  16. It sure it one amazing candy you having! Hoppas på chans att vinna, och önskar dig stort LYCKA TILL med butiken! It's going to be something really special, im sure of that!

  17. Congratulations Sandra, my best wishes are on your way. And ur candy is so yummy...Thanks for the chance.

  18. Congratulations on the new store. Thanks for a chance to win your fabulous candy.

  19. Congratulations on your new store! I wish you have lots of clients :D

    Thank you for the candy :)
    I have my birthday on 8th July, so I'll cross my fingers :)

  20. Congrats on your new Store Sandy and thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful Goodies. I love this wonderful things and all about the vintage stylse. I have had a look at the new store, brilliant!!!

    Hugs, Dunja x

  21. thank you for the chance to win some fab candy I love the colour theme of it good luck on the store to hun

    hugs Wendy

  22. Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous Candy! I wish you lots of succes with you new store! hugs, Marlies

  23. Congratulations and good luck for your new store.
    I wish you every success in the future.
    Thanks a lot for the chance to win this gorgeous candy.I'll put alink on my sidebar.
    Many greetings

  24. Hi Sandy, thanks for the chance to win your wonderful candy.
    Congratulations on opening a fab new store, I love it!!
    melly. xxx

  25. Oh Congrats on your new store - How super exciting. I love all the products you have mentioned, can't wait to see your lovely new online shop :-) Thanks for the chance at some yummy candy too! Jenny x

  26. Super excited to hear that you'll be bringing in some of these wonderful Scandinavian products! I won't need to bug my Swedish pal to bring papers over for me now. Whoopee! Very happy and hope the launch goes well. How lovely to have some delish candy to start. Hugs, Wends x

  27. great, lovely candy, thanks for the chance to win

  28. Congrats on the new store!!! I am a new follower and cannot wait to see some more of your creations! Thanks for the chance to win some lovely candy!

  29. Good luck with your new shop! Vintage and shabby chic sounds really exciting! Thanks for the chance to win this fab candy! I'll keep my fingers crossed! Ani

  30. Hi Just found your new wonderful shop from Debbie's blog ! Just what we needed lots of gorgeous crafty goodies to play with ! I am sure it will be very successful as you have just the best ideas for sourcing what we all want ;0) Thanks for the opportunity to win so many pretty things xx

  31. WOW Sandy thankyou so much for the great offer of winning some beautiful candy, Good Luck everyone!!! Hugs Vick xxx
    YTChannel Vixcrafts

  32. What a fabulous blog and challenge site I found you from the fabulous special guest this week Kat.
    Thank you so much for the chance of winning such fabulous candy Hugs Elaine

  33. Lycka till med affären. Jag är så glad att jag hittade hit. Här finns alla mina favoriter och fantastiska DT. Naturligtvis är jag en följare.

    kram Inger

  34. Congratulations with your blog and store!!
    Very good service! Express delivery!!
    Beautiful candy!! Thanks!
    Wish you success with everything .

  35. So excited to see all the lines you will be carrying. Congratulations on your new business and challenge blog. Wishing you the best.

  36. Good luck with your new blog chall I have already entered great DT to check out your shop..thanks for the chance to win yummy candy

    smiles Christine x

  37. Just want to say, my order has arrived and everything is perfect and oh so lovely! Can't get enough of those Maja Design papers. I'll definitely be back for more. I've not tried the Pion design papers before and they were an awesome surprise. I love the four 6x6 to a page. Inspired! Definitely using those soon. Hugs, Wends x

  38. I wear it proudly on my blog! Good luck with the shop.

  39. Good luck with your new store. This is super candy, thanks so much for the chance to win.

  40. I can't belive that I had win! Thank you!!! That`s my first candy!