Friday, November 30, 2012

Magnolia Vintage Berries

Good Eve Everyone,
Sandy popping in quickly to let you know that I now have Magnolia's Vintage Berries in stock.
They are available in the following 7 different colours:

They're all so pretty. My favourite are the blue ones - which one is yours???
Have a good evening, and hope to see you tomorrow when both the December challenge and our Advent Calendar kick off!!!

Santa and the Tree

Hello Dear LLC Friends! 
It´s me, Karita, finally back with you all.
First of all I want to say a huge thank you to my dear friend Sandy, who kindly helped me last Friday with my post when I was having Blogger issues, thank you Sandy :)

Today I would like to show you a Christmas card that I've made:
On my card I used the gorgeous papers from Maja Design´s new It´s Christmas Time collection. The papers that I used are: Christmas Thoughts, Christmas Market, Santa and the Tree, and Die Cut Sheet.
I cut Santa and his tree out from the paper and lifted them up with 3D pillows.
Under the corrugated cardboard you can see that I used White jute ribbon, and a piece of the Snowflake trim. And let´s not forget laces.. Here I used Frilled Cotton Lace and Antique Belle.
Here you can see how I´ve used the die cut sentiment circles. I made a little banner :)
And finally theres' a gorgeous tag from Melissa Frances.

That´s all from me now. 
Thank you for looking and take care everyone!
Hugs, Karita

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Anno 2013

Hello everyone. It's Thursday again and this time I got a Calendar to show you. I'm kind of in a "Calendar mode" these days, and have made rather many of these for sale. This time I've used Maja Design's It's Christmas Time:
 I have used a chipboard as background, and the paper from MD is named Ornament. The gorgeous angels are from Inkidos Vintage Angels sheet. I have used Vintage Photo Distress on the edges and behind the picture is of course a bit of Cheese Cloth ;)
As you can see, I am learning to love the wonderful Organza Roses Trim, and I find them so easy to use both as a whole trim and a as separate roses to decorate with. The Memo Pins are from Tim Holtz. I have also used a Large Metal Corner, which I have given a coat of gesso and a hint of glitter.

Well that's it for this time. I hope you enjoy our blog and keep stopping by for inspiration. And we are now getting close to the premiere of the LLC Advent Calendar 2012!
Don't miss it ;o)

With Love
 - Elin 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A little gift for Christmas

Good morning LLC friends.

We are showcasing the Maja Design "It's Christmas time" collection here at the LLC blog this week. I made a bottle-tag with the gorgeous papers. They come in handy this season if you want to make a little extra out of a bottle of wine to give as a gift to someone! 

I used papers from the lovely Maja Design "It's Christmas time" collection. These are the Christmas Baubles (back side) and "Tid for Fest" from the 6x6 pad.

The flowers on the tag are Mulberry Paper Poppies and roses. The lace is the sand beige "Fleurs Des Jardins". My image is the Angel Tilda, colored with Tim Holtz Distress ink pads and markers.
I made small pearls with Liquid Pearls on the trees and around the image and Stickles on Tilda's star.

On the front I used a circle from the Maja Design Cut out Sheet. The two laces I used are the white Rhinestone Lace and the light antique Mauve "Antique Belle", the pearls are from Melissa Frances- all from the Live and Love Crafts' Store.

Here they are. The tag has room for a personal message on the back.
I hope I gave you some inspiration to go on with your Christmas projects! 

Please check back to see Elin's beautiful project tomorrow!

Crafty hugs, 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's Christmas Time!

...well not literally yet...
Fortunately; there's still time left to get all our Christmas cards and projects done, but this week here on the Inspiration blog, we are creating with Maja Design's new Christmas collection, "It's Christmas Time".
This beautiful vintage collection is available at the store both in 12x12 format and as 6x6 pads.

Can you believe that we'll have December the first on Saturday?
On Saturday a new challenge starts, but you have until Friday evening to link up your entry for the November challenge, Christmas and be in the running of winning a £25 Store Voucher.
On Saturday we are also kicking off with our Advent Calendar here on the blog.
Between December 1st-24th, every day there'll be a new Christmas project and every day there will be CANDY!!! All you will need to do is to leave a comment here on the blogpost and pop this blinkie into your sidebar. The html code can be found here.

Now let's take a look at what DT Member Tina has created for us, shall we?!

The papers Tina used on this card are: Merry, Preparations, and Christmas Market. The number tag is from the Die Cut sheet, which cleverly has one side with Swedish sentiments and one side with English ones.

Tina kept it rather simple this time as she thought the beautiful papers speak for themselves. 
The bell has been attached with LLC's "Winter White" Seam Binding.
 The image is from Pion Design's Fairytale of Winter.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Tina & Sandy

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Good morning LLC friends and followers. Elizabeth here to show you our final project of the week. This week we are showcasing the gorgeous Maja Design collection "Shall we have coffee"  (original title 'Skal Vi Fika'). Please scroll down if you missed what the talented ladies of the rest of the DT have created for you this week.

I made a birthday card for you today: 

I used Havrerutor (Oat Coocies)Karleksmums (Chocolate Coconut Squares ) and Kladdkaka (Sticky Chocolate Cake ) papers from the Maja Design. The image is the Ballerina Tilda from Magnolia. I made the wooden floor and walls with my Copics.

I used a Magnolia Doohickey's die to cut out the hart from sheet music, the charm is the antique style G Clef, and I used the antique cream Shabby Seam Binding.

I used the beautiful pearl center from Maya Road, it's called Vintage findings- Pearl Center, the pins are the dark chocolate Vintage Pearl Pins.

The gorgeous ribbons are the oyster creme Rhinestone Lacethe Lace Antique Belle, and the Brown Organza Roses Trim. Finally I used Pearl String to frame  the image. All I needed to decorate the inside was the gorgeous papers and some pearls (Melissa Frances)

Hope you like it!
Please join us next week for lots of Christmas inspiration.
Wishing you all a creative Sunday!

Oh...and please don't forget that the Black Friday Sale ends tonight at midnight GMT!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Purple Fairy

Good Eve Everyone,
Hope you've had a crafty day! 
 It's not very often that I colour purple hair, but today I felt like something a bit different, so here she is:  "Moon Glow" Fair, designed by Hannah Lynn.

...and this is what the complete card looks like:
She was coloured with Copics and for her wings I used "Rock Candy" Distress Stickles, for the flowers Stardust Stickles. The sentiment was stamped with "Dusty Concord" Distress Ink and distressed with "Milled Lavender". I placed a piece of Cheese Cloth underneath the sentiment and also used some 2mm Pearl String.
 The paper I've used is Blackberry Cookies, both the front and the backside. 
And what better embellishments to use than the new blackberries
The black ones sold out in an instant, but there are still some of the red ones left.The flowers are mix of Poppies, Chrysantemum, Shabby Chic Tulle Rose, and Kaisercraft & WOC Roses.

Enjoy the rest of your evening/day and please stop by tomorrow for Elizabeth's project. 
I'm sure she has made something gorgeous with the papers from Maja Design's Coffee Collection.


P.S. This is also my DT Card for the Sketchy Challenges. This last sketch of the year is sponsored by Live & Love Crafts, so for your chance of winning a Store Voucher, why not pop over and take a look at the sketch? This challenge runs until January, 1st. 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday SALE this whole weekend

Hi Everyone,
Sandy here with a short message:

Black Friday Sale is on this whole weekend until Sunday at midnight or while stocks lasts.
Save 15% or more off all products at the Store.

Then myself and the Live & Love Crafts Design Team Members would like to wish all our American & Canadian Friends and Followers:

Hugz from
Sandy, Becky, Elin, Elizabeth, Karita & Tina

Coffee Love

Good Morning Everyone,
Are you surprised to see me, Sandy here on a Friday?
Friday is DT Member Karita's day to post, but do not worry, even though I'm the one writing up the post today, Karita has made a wonderful card to share with us all: 

The large background square is the backside of "Sponge Cake" and the smaller square was cut from the beautiful sheet "Flowers on the Table". As you can see, Karita also used a Heart Doily, which she cut out the middle part of, so that one can see the charming gingham background paper. The letters are die cuts that have been painted with "Picket Fence" Crackle Paint.
It wouldn't be a project from Karita unless there was some paint or gesso on it somewhere, would it?! :-)

To decorate, Karita used some Chrysantemums and Decoration Berries from Kort og Godt, and tied a bow with LLC's "Winter White" Shabby Seam Binding. She also used the metal charm "Double Heart".

Lastly; in case you were wondering what "Hääparille" means, my friend Google has told me it's Finnish for Wedding! :-)

Wishing you all a crafty weekend!

Hugz from
Karita & Sandy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Postcard memories from me.

Hey lovely readers, it's Elin from a cold cold Norway here.
This time of year is the perfect time for crafts and hobbies as it's cold and dark outside, while warm and cozy inside. So I am often in my scrapp-corner these days. This week I got a card for you, a "paperbag"- card wich I just love to make:
 I have used the gorgeous papers from the Shall we have Coffe collection by Maja Design. The sheets are named Leja's Cafe and Sponge Cake. I have used my Post Card stamp on the background and a digital picture. The sweet Antique Belle lace combined with Rhinestones Lace add some bling and vintage to it.
As you can see from the detail photos, I have used KOG Rolled Roses and I have cut a Hortensia to put underneath them instead of the cheese cloth this time! The Love Hanger got a coat of gesso, before I added a hint of Stickles Glitter Glue.

Wishing you a good week, with love

- Elin

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shall We Have Coffee?

Hi everyone, Becky here today with a card made with the gorgeous Shall We Have Coffee collection from Maja Design. I love all of the paper from Maja Design, but I think this must be my favourite, only just mind, lol, I love the purple and green.

I've coloured my free Tilda in with my distress markers, and added glitter with some glamour dust. The paper is both sides of Soders Hojder (The Heights Of The South), the edges have been distressed with Walnut Stain Ink.

 I've used some cheesecloth and along the middle there is some Frilled Cotton Lace with some Light Antique Mauve Antique Belle Lace over the top.

The roses are from WOC, and the purple berries are from Magnolia, I've also used a White Magnolia Shabby Chic Tulle RoseLilac Rolled Roses and White Chrysanthemums and a little bow made out of Plum Sorbet Seasonal Shabby Seam Binding, I love all of these purples, perfect for the purple phase I seem to be stuck in.

Live and Love Crafts currently have a Design Team call on HERE, it is open until 8pm GMT on 12th December.


Becky x

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Coffee Week

Good Eve Everyone,
Sandy here to post DT Member Tina's Inspirational Card. 
This beautiful image is from Inkido's Vintage Angels.

But nope; we're not doing another angel theme week. For the next two weeks Maja Design will stand in focus here on the LLC blog as we'll be showcasing projects from two different paper collections.
First out this week is the Coffee collection.

Remember this photo collage? :-)
These are some of the cookies and cakes that have given name to the different sheets in the Coffe collection.
 Tina went with Chocolate Coconut Squares and Oat Cookies.
Can't wait to see what Becky will serve us tomorrow!

Other Materials Used
Berries - Kort & Godt
Gardenia Flower - Papercraft Scandinavia

Hugz from
Tina & Sandy

Monday, November 19, 2012

WANTED: 2 New DT Members

Do products like these make your heart beat a little faster?
Are you in love with the vintage style of crafting?

If you answered both of the two above questions with yes, then please continue to read!

For next year, I'm looking to expand the Live & Love Crafts Design Team with one more member, so that we all together will be seven. This DT Call is for two positions though as one of the current members will be stepping down at the beginning of January, when the 6 months term is up.

As this time of the year for most of us, is a very hectic period with Christmas shopping and all kinds of preparations, I thought I'd give you plenty of time, so this DT Call will stay open until December, 12th 8 PM GMT.  

If you are a follower either here or on Facebook, you already know that the Live & Love Crafts Design Team is a versatile team with members who enjoy both stamping and working with vintage images. Whether you're a rubberstamper, or scrapbooker or you do altered arts, it doesn't matter as long as you like to work with papers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Sandy via e-mail: info(@)liveandlovecrafts(dot)com

* Regular DT Packages
* Store Discount
* Fame & Glory :-) (exposure on this blog, at the store website and the store Facebook site)
* Being part of a great team of sweet girls

* You should be passionate about the vintage/shabby chic style of crafting and the brands Live & Love Crafts stock.

* You should be an active blogger and regularly post new inspiring projects to your blog, and be prepared to link back to the Live & Love Crafts ‘store website for the products used.

*You should be able to take good clear shots of your cards/projects.

* Ideally you’re not affiliated with any other craft retail store in the UK, and if you are, it mustn’t be a store carries the same brands as Live & Love Crafts. Apart from this, you can be on how many different challenge teams/ vendor teams as you like to, just as long as you feel you have the time.

* The Live & Love Crafts Design Team communicates through a Facebook group, so you’ll need to have a Facebook account.

* You should be able to commit to a 6 months term, starting January 1st 2013.

What's Expected of You

* Blog one project/week with mainly products from Live & Love Crafts (this can be combined with other DT work) Post your project on your own blog, as well as the Store Blog.

* Create one project/ month specifically for the Live & Love Crafts' Challenge (1st of every month) 

*Leave comments on challenge participants' blogs according toa commenting rota 

* Chat about this and that in the Facebook Group

How to apply
* Please drop me, Sandy, a short e-mail:
info(@)liveandlovecrafts(dot)com and tell me why you would like to join the Live & Love Crafts' DT. (You can write in any of the Scandinavian languages, German or of course English).

* Please also tell me a little bit about yourself, i.e. what you love about the vintage style, what type of crafting you do, what your favourite brands are, any other DTs you're currently on etc. 

* Please include a link to your blog. 

* Please also attach or provide links to three of your recent favourite projects. Don't worry if you can't narrow them down to three, but no more than five please. :-O

Looking forward to hearing from you!