Birthday cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there and happy last of August!! So summer 2020 is pretty much done and dusted. How was it? For sure different to any other summer I can remember. We stayed at home so much that I have a feeling I have forgotten how to socialize!! I had plenty of crafting time in my hands, but got relatively little done. Really peculiar! The old me would have said: „yes, let´s do this and craft ´till we drop!“ But the new me was drained and empty. I think it´s the uncertainty or the everyday life that kinda puts one „on hold“. And as you are „on hold“ longer, you kind of loose interest on everything.

But luckily, the last days, I´ve felt a little spark again towards crafting. And I just sat down and did random things, like a set of cards. If felt better again, so I´m hoping this feeling will last and get stronger as days go by. Also, the weather is getting colder, so that might spark my crafty mojo more again. Let´s see :).

And now the fun stuff – I did these cards and love how they turned out:

I started with a light blue piece of cardstock and a stencil of mine – Dream Flower – and applied Distress Oxide tones (orange, purple and brown) thru the stencil onto the paper. Then I let the layer dry and after that I stamped the sentiment with black stamp ink on top (the stamp is by Elizabeth Craft Designs).

Next I matted a white card base with some old Basic Grey paper and placed the stenciled and stamped piece on top. A fabric flower and a brad as well as a stamped sentiment for finishing touches, and the card was done.

I also did a second card the same way, only changing the „congrats“ to „happy birthday“ and changing the colors a little bit. I really like the look of the centerpiece with stenciling and stamping on top of each other!

That´s all for today. I hope you have a great first week of September!!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Here we go again.. – Studio Tekturek

Hello everyone and happy Saturday!!! How come it´s already end of August?? Where did this month go? Eek..soon the school starts again and fall is here. It´s been a strange summer for sure. But on the positive side, my mojo is back and I feel better again. Not so drained anymore. And today I´m also sharing my first DT project, created using the gorgeous Studio Tekturek Strawberry Shake collection.

Here is the crazy layout I created with the happy and bright summer collection:

There is a story behind these silly photos… These were taken by me in March while at the hospital (during guarantine, I might add!). A day after my cruciate surgery I was all alone in a 3-bed-room and bored. Also, I might have been unter the influence of painkillers still and I took these photos :).

I found that they work so well with this sugar sweet collection that I made them the focal point of this layout. I´ve used plenty of Strawberry Shake papers, stickers and alphas on this layout. Only the spray ink, stamping, acrylic embellishments are not from the collection, but from my own stash.

I´ve recorded a start-to-finish video to go with this layout, so you get a better idea of each an every step. Hope you like the video and get inspired!!

And if you fall in love with this colorful collection, do contact your local scrapbook store and ask them to stock up some Studio Tekturek at their store ;-). I´ll be posting a tutorial on the 29th of every month during my DT term, so if you liked what you saw, do come back for more next month!!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and happy scrapping!
xxx, Sanna

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Gobal ATC SWAP

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I´ve take a little pause from Insta and my blog for a few weeks, because I have felt very drained and empty inside. Not even crafting (my very fave thing to do!!) could get me excited. So I´ve mainly sat outside in the garden doing nothing (trying to reload my energy levels) or binge watched Netflix. Today, for the first time (as it seems to me) in ages, I sat down in my studio and felt like I might even do something crafty.

I guess my batteries were completely empty? And I´ve been experiencing pain in my operated leg again. And it´s soooo annoying, because it keeps me awake at night and I experience pain when sitting -> affects crafting, motivation, energy levels, mood etc.. And I´ve done exercise – some days even too much – and the pain is still there. So today I gave up and took a pain killer. I don´t like taking them, so it has to be a lot of pain, before I give in. But I really needed a break from everything.

And now to crafting again: Back in May (yes, May!!) I took part in a Global ATC SWAP organized by my lovely, talented friend, Tina Walker. And I mailed my ATC´s right beginning of May to her. Fun fact, it took them THREE MONTHS to finally get to Tina in the US (thanks to Covid). I had already totally given up on them ever getting there, but miracles happen and they eventually arrived. So therefore I´m sharing what I did for the swap with you today. Here is the set of 3 ATCs I created:

And last Wednesday I also received an envelope from Tina with 3 SWAP ATC from Annette, Jen and Michele (from left to right). I LOVE them!!! Thank you ladies!!!

And funny enough, even the sentiment on my ATC´s from May match my current mood. For my ATC´s I´ve followed a FB live by Tim Holtz back in April/May and used his technique ideas on these 3 cards. I´ve got Distress Paint on the background, then some stamping in black. Bits of old newspaper here and there, adhered with matte medium then covered with Distress Crayons and a pattern created on top with stencils. Also some metallic cardstock die cut and embossed (one of Tim´s dies at Sizzix), then inked with alcohol inks. Love the look it creates!

And for finishing touches a stamped sentiment from Dyan´s stamp set and old fussy cut ladies from a vintage catalogue.

Just out of interest, what do you do, when you feel physically and emotionally drained? Crafting has always been something to give me more energy and suddenly not even that felt right anymore. So I took a consious break from everything. It felt like the right thing to do. Come to think of it, maybe it´s the big birthday (5+0) lurking around the corner that has me feeling all these feelings. Maybe I´m just mentally adjusting to the „next level“? Haha…the irony of turning fifty in 2020..I sure picked the best year, eh?

Here´s to a better week to come with more energy and creative fun times *fingers crossed*!
xxx, Sanna

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Studio Tekturek DT pack share

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! Remember, when I told you I had been chosen to be part of the Studio Tekturek desing team for fall 2020 until end of January 2021? Well, guess what arrived the other day? Eekk…my design team package!!!

So let me proudly introduce to you their brand new Summer 2020 collection called „Strawberry Shake„. I´ve recorded a video for you to watch – enjoy:

and my DT package also consisted of a second big pile of gorgeous, previous collections. These date back to 2013 until 2015. And there are some true gems in these collections! So I also recorded a video about them for you to see:

So very soon I´ll (AND my DT colleagues) will start sharing their creations with these collections. I cannot wait to see what everyone makes, because it´s quite a team Ewa got together. So make sure to follow Studio Tekturek and all the DT ladies – there will be so much inspiration around!!!

Remember to follow Studio Tekturek on Insta, Facebook and go to their website. And if you are a store, do contact them, if you are interested in carrying their lines.

So see you all soon again with scrappy goodness created with these gorgeous, happy and colorful collections!!

xxx, Sanna

Bernstein Castle

Hello everyone! This post is something out of my regular posting scheme, but I was thinking, that it might me of interest to like-minded, crafty individuals, so I am putting this up! Travels.. one of my other passions. Seeing and going places, experiencing new things!

Be prepared for a VERY photo heavy and very LONG post. So if this is not your thing (travel stories), feel free to leave this post out :). Due to Covid19 this summer 2020 has been so very different. Travels have been different! I would have loved to fly somewhere and dip my toes into the sea. But then we reconsidered and decided to stay in Austria. And what a blessing that desicion turned out to be! Meet Burg Bernstein (The Bernstein Castle), our vacation location this summer.

Burg Bernstein (The Bernstein Castle) is about an hours drive away from Vienna in the province of Burgenland. This – above – are the first impressions you get when entering the castle. Impressive, isn´t it!!

The Castle is a small family owned hotel with nine lovingly restored rooms. Parts of the castle date back to the 11th century. Each generation living there has left some changes in building´s structure so today you can see a mixture of different architectural styles. The Almásy family – the current owners – bought the castle in the year 1892. It is, by the way, thru that, the birthplace of László Almásy, who´s adventures were turned into the movie „The English Patient“.

There are nine lovingly renovated guest rooms that you can choose from – each with it´s very own and unique character. They are equipped with original furniture , while the bathrooms were changed to suit modern taste. There are no TVs or telephones in the rooms, but you will be surrounded by beautiful nature, clean air and the peace and quiet of the countryside. Believe me, it will be all you need. And when the day comes, that you need to leave, you will be very relaxed and find yourself missing this place already!

The castle is a perfect place for everybody who is looking for peace and quiet and relaxation. The place offers an amazing view over Styria and Lower Austria and has stunning, restorated rooms. On clear days you can see the Riegersburg castle in Styria and even further to the Carinthian alps approx. 150 km away.

You know how you go to a museum and you an only look but not touch nor sit on an old chair. That is different here! You sleep in the old beds, live in the restored, old rooms and use all the old furniture. The castle has no electric heating. It´s done with wood and the old ovens. Also the cakes, the breakfast and the meals you are served are prepared on a wood stove! Alone the smell of old furniture, wood stove cooked foods and meals in candle light immediately give you another mind set and feeling very much apart from the busy everyday life.

Above you can see their stunning breakfast and dining room. Because of Covid19 regulations the long table was not on use. Instead there were smaller table groups placed on safe distance form other guests, to make the stay not only pleasant, but also SAFE. The room booking includes breakfast that will fulfill all your wishes. If you decide to eat outside of the castle, you will miss out in my opinion, but the breakfast alone will leave you amazed!

On our second evening we ate at the castle. Wood stove prepared oriental chicken in candle light. The food was just delicious. And then a variation of home made cakes as dessert (I forgot to take pictures..!). What an ending for an evening!

There are events held on the castle on regular basis and as we had been visiting, we had the opportunity to enjoy a pop-up kitchen served by Gerda Stocker (more about her here, but only in German). She cooks with local and saisonal products (and typical local dishes) and combines wild herbs, wild flowers and wild fuits/berries to her dishes. She has her own „Gasthaus“ she is running, just in case you are interested on visiting.

The Almasy family really does great work in making you feel comfortable during your stay. You can take walks and just relax in the castle itself, walk around the castle (inside and outside) and discover the beautiful garden with old plants as well as interesting corners inside the castle. The fire place room and library invite to sit and relax in the evening and they also have a „ball room“ where weddings or other festivities can be held. You are free to walk and discover everything and if you are interested on learning more about the castle, do take their guided tour. And do try their wines! These can also be purchased at the premises, by the way.

So we did all of this. Ate cake (which was delicious!), tried the wines (recommend it!) and ate and relaxed and discovered the beautiful premises. Only the weather was not so much on our side, so we didn´t go hiking. But you can do that in the area too.

Also, Bernstein itself has a wonderful nature swimming pond, not far away from the castle. Had the weather been nicer, we would have gone for a swim. Now, we just instead booked ourselves a table at Kantine48 – the restaurant by the pond. Food is delicious, but if you want to go eat there, make sure you book a table in advance to make sure you get one.

The region also has lots of thermal baths to offer, so you will have all kinds of possibilities to spend time, while in the area. The Almasy family has put up quite an impressive list of activies for you to discover – do read more on their website. Also, when booking, do contact them directly to get the best information and service, you won´t regret it.

Another place worth visiting is the „Felsenmuseum“ (a minin museum), just a few minutes walk away from the castle. It is a privately founded and funded museum around noble serpentine mills, but offers a vide variety of rarities of precious stones from Austria’s mountains are presented to mineral lovers in rock showcases. But also unique items made by local noble serpentine mills from the previous century can be seen in this exhibition.

The exhibition also shows the creation and extraction of amber, the trade on the amber roads, as well as antique jewelry and ornaments. The most valuable precious serpentine sculptures – created by the sculptor and museum founder Otto Potsch – can be also be seen in this unique exhibition. We visited and were truly impressed by this exhibition! While in Bernstein, make sure you pay a visit.

Last, but not least, the Zotter chocolate factory is about an hours drive away from the castle and we did the full tour. And it was great (if you like chocolate)! So much chocolate to taste & so much to see, lean and experience. Make sure you book the tour while there. We did the Schoko & Aperitif-tour and it was the best choice! Something salty for startes and then the sweet tasting tour thru the premises. What a day!

Just in case that was not enough activities for you to discover, the Almasy family has put up a nice list of possibilites and ideas (incl. contact data) for your stay. That sould help you find even more to do during your stay. But also just take your time in the castle, enjoy the surroundings and a glass of their wine and just relax and take it all in. We had more planned in the beginning, but in the end we mostly just enjoyed the time together in these amazing surroundings and just took time off from the busy everyday.

It was an amazing vacation and I am sure we will revisit some day. It truly left an impression on us!

Have a great week everyone!
xxx, Sanna