Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Remeber that I said that my niece was going to a Halloween party this weekend. Well - she managed to find an outfit, but I wanted to make something for her to bring (to the two other young ladies that are having the party). I ended up making 2 boxes filled with candy such as worms, frogs, fake teeth, sculls etc.

The only problem I had was that I did not have any Halloween stamps - since I am not really in to the whole Halloween thing (it is not big here in Sweden, but might be soon - just looking at all the things they have in the shops now). So I had to draw something fast myself.
Here's the result - one with a Pumpkin on legs with a dew drop for nose and the witch hat, the other one with a pumpkin and a teenage witch with a spider necklace. I found the spiders in my grocery shop and added them with a dimensional. Cardstock and DPs from SU. Everything coloured with SU markers and aquarelle brush. Highlights with stickles and white gel pen. Boo written in a "spooky way" with gunmetal stickles.
I also wanted to make some candy that was really scary - so I made some fingers for her. They are made out of marzipan, the nail is a non-stop (chocolate candy here in Sweden) and the blood is just caramel colour. I think they really look scary - don't you? However - they taste very nice ;-)
The pics of the boxes looks a little orange - but that's because it's really, really dark outside here now. It's pitch black..
Natti, natti

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hänglar nissar med lussekatter och pepparkakor

Well - I should ask you all to translate the above sentence to see if you are making any
progress in your Swedish training ;-)) Well - it says Hänglar brownie (well - in the Swedish dict. it said nisse = brownie, hm..and I thought it only was something you could eat...hihi...) with Lucia buns and gingerbread biscuits.

In Sweden we have the tradition of celebrating Lucia - December 13th. For those of you that would like to read more about this tradition - check out the following web-site.

I will also post the recipe I use for making the Lucia buns this week - if you would like to make them yourself. I used to make them for my friends and neighbours in Zürich. They all loved it, so I do hope you will do as well - if you decide to try.

As for the card - DPs from the local shop Pysselakuten. Stamp - hänglar och stänglar coloured with SU markers and aquarelle brush, highlights with white gel pen (note - no stickles on this one;-) Sweet treat sentiment and ribbon from SU. Gingerbread biscuit dies from QK (thank you Ann for cutting some for me yesterday). I made a pocket to slide the card into, so you could decide to write the greeting inside of the card or on the back of the insert.

Have a wonderful evening,


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Scandinavian blog

Just picked up some news from Aija's website! She is going to be one of the DTs for a new Scandinavian cardmaking web-magazine! So no wonder that it will be a great web-magazine. Aija is sooo talented!
It starts Dec 1st - so ladies - get ready!!!
I have posted the link on my blog - so all you have to do is click on the image and off you go.......

Kram - Anki

Wish upon a star (Ser du stjärnan...)

I managed to make a card for this weeks challenge at Cute Card Thursday as well - guess if I am happy - two cards within a couple of hours!!! ;-))

You know the X-mas song - wish upon a star - well in Swedish the lyrics go: Ser du stjärnan i det blå (do you see the star up in the blue...)
The theme this week is stars and I borrowed my friends QK Star dies and I must say that I am rather pleased with how it turned out.

Cardstock, DPs and ribbons from stash. Stamp from hänglar och stänglar - coloured with SU markers and aquarelle brush. Highlights with stickles and white gel pen of course. Text made with my Making memories magnetic stamp set.

I also used my WWP from SU to make the whole for the ribbon.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening everyone,


PS. I am also almost done with a box that I am making for my niece. She's going to a Halloween party this coming weekend so I thought I would make a box filled with candy that she could bring. I hope to have this ready on Wednesday at the latest - too bad that I have to work all week....hihi......

Thinking of you

This weeks sketch at WoJ is made by the talented Heather.

Finally I got some time to play with it (had a friend over today who also is in to cardmaking) and here you have the result. I used lying Matthew - I think he is just adorable.

DPs and Kiwicardstock from SU. Buttons from stash. Choc chip ribbon from SU as well as the stamped flowers. I highlighted the flowers with Lime green stickle and added a dew drop in the middle. Stickles on Matthew's angel wings. Image coloured on aquarelle paper with my SU markers and aquarell brush.

Well - hope you like it. We changed to wintertime this weekend and I can tell you - it is sooo dark outside now and I think I need to try to use some additional light to get the pics reflecting the true colours.



Elisabeth Bell Blog Candy

Don't miss the blog candy at Elisabeth's blog. She will give away some lovely personalized prints of her work. Go to the following link:

I will be back with some new posting later tonight. I have a friend coming over at 14.00 and guess if we will be busy making new cards ;-))

Kram - Anki

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's raining tonight and

it sounds like we are having a storm coming our way. So what would be better than posting this card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge - "Autumn/Fall" - tonight ;-)

I stamped Willow with umbrella on SU aquarelle papers and coloured her with SU markers and my aqua brush. Added stome stickles and mini glass pearls (hope you can tell - blue one for the rain drops and copper one on the umbrella). DPs, ribbon, cardstock and sentiment from SU. Dewdrops from The Robin' Nest. Flower from stash.

Well- the boys are already asleep (meaning both my hubby and son ;-), so I have to use the time wisely and colour some more images before heading towards bed.

Looking fwd to hear your comments.

Natti, natti

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall is here

and I needed to make a quick gift to bring this afternoon when we were invited to dinner at one of my closest friends place. We brought some wine, but I needed to make something for the chocolate as well - so here it is - a blessing box turned into a chocolate gift bag.

The DP for the bag is from our local shop - Pysselakuten, ribbon from SU. I thought it would also be a fun idea to make a bookmark to go with the bag - instead of adding any stamped images to the bag itself. So I decided to go with Charlie Bond and some DPs from SU.

Coloured with SU markers and my aqua brush and some stickles.
This would be something her teenage daughter Sara could use - hopefully.

I also enter this as the WoJ challenge this week, since the challenge is fall.

Hope you'll like it! Have a wonderful week everyone.



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Special orders

My sister Louise and her husband Fredrik is attending a b'day party for Fredrik's Dad's wife (long explanation, hm....) Well - they needed a b'day card to go along with their present so I thought it would be nice to use Charlie Bond - especially since he is as elegant as Fredrik ;-)

I wanted to use some DPs in fall colours as well and I must say - I am so pleased with the ones that ordered from SU - so here you go. Altered a tag and stamped 50 on it. Some stickles on his Dry Martini glass.

I also had an order for a card to a little Elias - for his Christening. I used the hänglar and stänglar stamp, QK Eliza for the Christening = Dop. DPs from SU. Sorry for the dark pic - the sun has just disappeard.

Well -need to go, since it's starting to smell lovely from the apple pie that my nieces have made for us (they spent the night here and Isac has been soo happy to have is lovely cousines around). I am longing for coffee as well so...... Sorry for the short description.

Have a creative Saturday everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Joy of giving

My X-mas Sarah Kay stamps from Sweet'n Sassy stamps arrived yesterday. Guess if I am pleased :-)

So of course I needed to stamp and create at least one X-mas card before the vacation. Here's the result and yes - this time I managed to shoot the photo 22.30 - yes, ladies - not 23.00. Maybe I am on my way to actually take some pics in daylight...hihi.......

Well - papers, glass pearls and snowflake are from the local shop Pysselakuten. Ribbon from stash, SU text stamp and of course I also needed to use some stickles - to make this X-mas card a little bit more "festive". I coloured the image with SU markers and aquarelle brush. Chalked the edges with Pinecone.

Hope you'll like it. I have finished off colouring the image with the second stamp "Angels rejoice" - however need to go to bed now, so I have to finalize the card tomorrow.

Also - Isac helped me to cut the papers for this card. He loves being in the craft room with me.

By the way - my nieces are going to spend the night here tomorrow and I would need your help - the oldest one is going to a Halloween party (she is 12) and is not sure what costume to wear. We do not celebrate Halloween here in Sweden, but some has started to pick up that tradition. So any ideas of what she could wear?

Natti, natti


Monday, October 13, 2008

Now it is official

23.00 is the time when I am able to take pics of my Well - maybe I can get my manager to give me some hours free around lunch-time, so that I can go home and have a break from work and focus on some creativity instead...hihi......
Well - anyway - here's my entry for this weeks WoJ challenge
I received the new stamps today and of course I could not resist to open them and stamp the images on aquarelle paper. I managed to colour Matthew with the gift in front of the TV and then finishing of the card just in time before the the magic hour - 23.00 ;-)

Cardstock, DPs are from SU as well as the rub-on and the choc chip taffeta ribbon. Flowers, pearls and buttons from stash. Chalked the edges around Matthew with Pinecone stamp. Sahara Sand marker around the image. Finished off with some stickles (of course) and the white gel pen for highlights. I must say that I really love this fall DPs from SU. They are so nice to work with.

Looking fwd to your comments (they help me make it trough the day at work ;-)

Warm greetings,


Sunday, October 12, 2008

My sketch challenge

and I almost forgot - but of course I promised to come back to you with the winner of my sketch challenge (my very first one). Congratulations Tammi

Hasn't she done a wonderful job with my sketch and look at the colouring and other small details.

Tammi - send me an email with your contact details so that I can ship the little price to you (containing a brand new hänglar & stänglar stamp and some stamped images of the same company).

Once again - congratulations!


Late photo as always

wonder why :-)) Well - I can not get rid of my habit - posting a photo taken at 23.00 (when the lightning is absolutely the best possible in Sweden this time a

So ladies - here is another late posting of the result after playing with the WoJ stamp. I really would love a hot and warm cup of chocolate now - but my boys are already in bed so I guess I should try and get some beautysleep myself. Why can't it be 5 days weekend and 2 working

Anyway - cadstock from stash, DP purchased at the local shop Pysselakuten, pearls and ribbon from stash. Friends stamp from SU, flowers from stash (I wanted to put some flowers in another shade of red, but did not have any so......) and WoJ stamped on aquarelle papers and coloured with SU markers. Highlights with stickles and white gel pen.

Well - Natti, natti - looking fwd to your comments,


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Quick posting before it's time for a Swiss fondue

evening with our neighbours (I used to live in Zürich for 2.5 years and of course I loved the Swiss fondue - so after a recipe from my dear friend Peter Camenzind - this is what we are going to serve our guests).
Also - they got married, so we have prepared a gift voucher for entertainment to them. Therefore I had to make a quick blessing box. It was just perfect - since Angie Juda just had a tutorial set up the other day I altered it somewhat and no image this time (since I am in a hurry). Papers, ribbon, text stamp - all from SU. Pearl from stash. And then I used my WWP from SU.

Anyway - this was really fun to make and you can do it in so many different ways. So go and have a look at Angie's tutorial - she has tons of other great stuff on her site.

Enjoy your Saturday!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Tobias with his excavator

Finally it's Friday! Can't tell you how much I have been looking fwd to this weekend. This week has just been crazy at work - meetings, meetings and meetings. Then my neighbour called me Wednesday and asked if it would be possible for me to create a card for her daughter's boyfriend. She needed it Friday - that's today. Of course I said yes. Who needs to sleep when you can be awake and focus on the fun things - cardmaking! ;-)

Well - I did not have a stamp with an excavator, so I had to draw one. Can't say that it was the easiest thing to draw - but of course I have to practise - being a mom to a 2-year old boy who just loves everthing with an engine - you have to draw tractors, cars, motorbikes every day.... Anyway - I actually used Isac's Lego excavator as my model..hihi..... Isac was pleased with what he saw - so I guess I have to as well. Luckily it was also the right colour - yellow, since Tobias has a yellow one himself...

Edwin is of course from Magnolia.

Papers and stars from stash. I coloured everything with my SU markers on aquarelle papers. Had to use some stickles as highlights, but tried to keep the card clean from flowers etc - since Tobias is turning 24 ;-)

Well - looking fwd to hear from you ladies!



PS. Have you seen what Marlene is up to? Her hubby had a secrete trip planned for her to celebrate her 20x2 b'day and he took her to Venice! I can only say - check her website and print it out and show your husbands. Here's the standard from now on...hihi.......... Have fun Marlene!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You make me happy

This weeks challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar is to make a card in pink and green.

For me this is really spring colours, so that's why I decided to choose the Sarah Kay stamp "Rose's garden". Actually - I had already coloured her for another card, but thought that she would be perfect for this combination.
Well - the colours might seem a little bit different on the photos than in reality (since it is so late)

Papers are from SU, flowers, ribbon and pearls from stash. Text and swirl - from SU rub-ons.
Rose's garden stamped on aquarelle paper and coloured with SU markers and aquarelle brush.

Hope you'll like it.

Natti, natti from a tired (need to be up bright and early for work tomorrow - why is it that I always end up finishing off cards so late at night??? Hm......could be that it is way much more fun than go to sleep..hihi........


Sunday, October 5, 2008

My first sketch

Well - there are so many nice challenges on the net, but here in Sweden there are not that many around, so I thought I make my own. Would love to see what you all talented ladies would do with it. So post a comment below with a link to your blog - if you have used the sketch for a fall or X-mas card.
Sorry for the bad photo, but as always it is way too late when I get around to bring out my camera. DP from stash (just love the X-mas glossy one), text "Hej Tomtegubbar" - is a Swedish X-mas song that we normall sing dancing around the X-mas tree. It is - if I translate it - Hi Santas (as in several - even though we only believe that it is the same one visiting all of us on X-mas Eve ;-). The text stamp with the cute Santa is from SU. I have coloured him and Charlotte with SU markers. Highlights with Frosted Lace and Lime Green stickles and of course white gel pen. Flowers, buttons and ribbon from stash (the buttons are also highlighted with frosted lace). Vintage X-mas flower soft around the Santa. Text made with my magnetic stamp set from Making memories.



PS. Of course there will be a small price in for the winner - next Sunday!

And the winners are

My hubby Petar and our son Isac draw the lucky winners out of all the lovely comments I received. It's also been so much fun to visit the blogs of all you talented ladies all over the world. I went from 900 hits to over 2 300 after just posting this blog candy. So to all of you that did not win - I will be back when I am celebrating 5 000 hits with a hänglar & stänglar candy again - Promise!

Winner no 1:Lim said...
Hi Anki,WOW.. What a great Candy Blog. Congratulations in your entries. That's great!!! Well, the answer to you question of why i like cardmaking so much is because actually save my life. :))(is a long story)Also I love to give handmade cards to my family and friends. Regarding my favorites two from the new collection..Hmmm...This is sohard to answer but I think the two kids in the bicycle. They are so cute.Hugs,LIM

Winner no 2: Cindy said...
YAY for you on 1000 hits !!I love card making because in the short amount of crafting time I have, I can feel satisfied that I have achieved something by making a beautiful work of art. I also love that the list of mediums I can use in card making is endless.I love all the stamps in the set, but the two I think I would use the most are hÄngla med halsduk and Hjärtelapp.My referal post is here : !Cindy, Australia

Winner no 3: Anita C said...
Congratulations on all your hits Anki!! All of the H&S stamps are so wonderful but my favorites are Cykeltjej and Cykelkille because they remind me of my son and daughter. The reason why I like cardmaking so much is because I love that I am enjoying creating something to brighten someone elses day. I have put a post on my blog with a link so that others that come and help you celebrate :){{Hugs}}Anita

Please email me your contact details so that I can go ahead and ship the stamps to.

Kram and once again - thank you all for being so kind and leaving comments on my creations. It is so inspiring to read your honest opinons.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

X-mas gift bag

Well - I am preparing some things for the class that I will hold on Saturday. This gift bag is one of the things I thought I would like to share with them. It is so much fun making this gift bag and it's really easy to do. I found the tutorial for many months ago. It's from the talented Angie Juda. She has a lot of great video-tutorials on her site. This one she call Blessing Mix box - you find the tutorial here:

I have used SU papers for the gift bag and also for the circles behind Charlotte. Text stamp from SU. Ribbon from stash. Cute little Charlotte from WoJ stamped on aquarell paper, coloured with SU markers and aquarell brush, highlighs with white gel pen. I have also used White and Vintage Christmas Flower Soft - hope you can tell.
Instead of tying the ribbon around the bag - I made holes with my Crop A Dile.

Well - this is a quick post tonight, so I hope you enjoy it. Don't know why I always end up taking photos of my creations around 22.00, hm.... therefore the dark pic.

Looking fwd to Friday tomorrow! Finally weekend again!!!

Kram Anki

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I just scored 2 000 hits!

And guess if I am a happy girl!!! ;-) When I posted my blog candy I started at 900, but wow - only within these few days I have been able to read so much lovely comments from all of you around the world. I have also tried to visit the blogs that each and one of you have.
So - since I am so happy - I decide that I will not only pick one winner on Sunday, but three!
First price - 2 stamps, Second one 2 stamps and third one - yes that's right 2 stamps..

Kram from one happy lady!