Card Inspired by Swedish Folk Art & CASE Study

Good evening!  I have been looking forward to posting this card, but due to an emergency vet visit yesterday that lasted well into the late hours of the evening, all other plans were curtailed!  I am happy to report Leo is doing better, but we are still monitoring his health and have a regimen of pills to administer–the first week of 2014 has been full of unexpected occurrences!

Luckily, there are a few more hours to get my entry in for this week’s exquisite CASE Study challenge:

It is unbelievable to me that these cookies are even real!  The amount of time and patience it must have taken to create these beauties astounds me, more so because they are meant to be consumed, and I am absolutely terrible at frosting cookies!!  I made a batch of Christmas cookies and we ate them plain as I just could not bring myself to frost.  I can spend 8 hours working on a couple cards, thinking about design, color, placement, but 30 minutes frosting cookies does not hold the same sway!

These cookies reminded me of Swedish folk art– I don’t know much about this art, but have the colors and images in my mind (some from IKEA textiles!).  I looked up some images and found this one (click image to be taken to the source):

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And this:
Swedish Laholm ceramic dish or  fingerbowl with beautiful folk art design.

My paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Sweden in the early 1900’s, and my aunt has kept track of the family’s historical roots, even traveling to Sweden to visit the town where my great-grandmother lived.  So I made this CASE Study and Swedish inspired card for her!

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The background paper is this gorgeous, gauzy scallop pattern that I located at our Northwest Art & Frame– I found so many amazing wrapping sheets there that will be making appearances in my cards.  I was so excited to use this one, and given the challenge, it fit perfectly as a “doily-like” background.  I have dyed some of it using Distress Inks and will be making some cards with that soon.

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It took absolutely forever for my Simon Says Stamp shipment to arrive, but luckily it came in time, as I knew this Simon Says Stamp “Kate” snowflake would be perfect for the feel of this card.  I also used WPlus 9 Fresh Cut Florals stamps, and Memory Box dies for the flowers and leaves; the wreath is from Papertrey Ink.

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Tusen takk (A thousand thanks) for viewing this post!  I love hearing from and connecting with my visitors– just saw that I had one from Sweden the other day!  Drop me a line before you go on your merry way!

And head over to CASE Study and see what the talented crew has come up with!

I will be back with my other CASE inspired entry after I watch a little Downton Abbey premiere!

5 thoughts on “Card Inspired by Swedish Folk Art & CASE Study

  1. That paper is really amazing. I love your card- that cluster of embellishments is fab. Downton Abbey is a great series- if you are to view online on the BBC iplayer site- ‘Death at Pemberley’ is a follow on murder mystery from Pride and Prejudice and is brilliant!!

    1. Thank you Keren! I have been creating these fun little clusters and embellishments with my latest crop of cards. Next post will feature one. I made it through 30 minutes last night of D.A. and will have to watch remainder tonight. I will definitely look into “Death” as I love period pieces if they are done well! Lady Mary is a pale Goth in this first episode of the season and even more acerbic. Will be interesting to see how the characters progress through the episodes! xo

    1. Hey Kimberly! Thanks! You are very kind– and way modest regarding your own work. I really liked your contribution to CASE study as well. And I really, really like your Fusion “Thank You” card with the animal heads for your mom!! So cute!

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