Jul 3 2016

Stuck in the glue mini challenge, my contribution pt 1

Hello summer and rain! Good Sunday evening!
I have found and used my chipboards for our challenge, however I only managed to make one card with one of the ice creams so I will share a part 2 later on. Here’s my first contribution! (When looking at it now I do think I need to add some glitter somewhere… hmm)

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I’ve been shopping more than crafting and I actually used one of my very new dies from Lawn Fawn on this card and the background image is a project life card. I guess it’s better using them than keeping them in my stash. I haven’t really got caught in the beauty of project life just yet. I have a bunch of album pages to create before I’m ready 🙂

There’s one thing I do regret with this card; the double faux stitching. It was a mistake I tried to cover up but it just made it worse and the glue was already dried when I decided to add the stitching. Oh well, the things we make are supposed to look hand made, aren’t them?

This post will be a shortie, I have to get back to getting messy with papier mâché paste and news paper strips. See ya in two weeks or so!

 

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se

Jun 12 2016

Honey, I shrank my stash – Sunday Stash Dive

Haaappy Sunday, scrappy people!

This week I thought I’d take a little dive into my stash. Or at least, start dipping my toes! Here’s why:

The truth is, I have a deep and bountiful stash, and sometimes (…) I find things I sort of forgot about. Things bought in a rose-coloured-glasses moment that then got left behind. Not fair! Just because you don’t belong to the latest and greatest trend or to the most trendy manufacturer, it doesn’t mean you should just be left to gather dust. I think we can all relate to that on some level (there is something almost philosophical about this, I swear).

So, every once in a while, let’s just rummage through our stash and USE these hidden resources! Remember how the mice altered and up-cycled Cinderella’s mother’s old dress? Well, we can be those mice! I believe in you! Rah-rah!

In my craft area, this is the storage container where “good things I might need” goes to die. I call it my Big Boy:

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It has random card stock, rice paper, origami paper, foam, Easy Mount, letter paper, and who knows what, in it. And apparently, also this pack of PolyShrink!

You guys… It’s artist’s grade shrink plastic… and it’s “Fun for everyone”…

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I know at point I had high hopes and dreams of a bright future for this particular pack of shrink plastic. But truth be told, it’s been in my stash for… I wanna say… 7-8 years? i HAVE used it. A long time ago. But it’s kind of pricey, so of course I’ve never gotten rid of it. Of course.

Now… Back when I bought this product I did NOT have a very extensive collection of stamps. I sort of do now. Ans stamps, especially those stamps that almost feels a bit to big for a regular sized greeting card, are PERFECT for using on shrink plastic! Stamp with a good, non-smeary stamp pad and colour it in and shrink it and VOILA!

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You have the cutest little homemade embellishments! They have character, dimension and general adorableness. I’m thinking these would be great to put in my Project Life album. I certainly have some stamps that would be fantastic as tiny, themed focal points in there.

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Another thing I like about this is that you won’t have a huge amount of each one. You can custom make an embellishment for a specific purpose and that’s it.

Also, I do have to confess: shrinking these little suckers are still just as fun as it was when I was a kid. I can’t help it. I love it.

Hope this little Sunday Stash Dive has encouraged you to either give this a go, or sift through your own forgotten treasures at home and go make something!

Ta for visiting! Happy Sunday!

/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks

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p.p.s. This post has also been posted on my personal crafting blog, http://forglueandglory.com. If you want to know a little bit more about me and my projects, please come visit!

Jenandtricks

About Jennie

Jennie, a.k.a Jenandtricks, is a crafter, scrapbooker, creative writer, photographer, blogger and geek. Among other things she runs the crafting blog jenandtricks.com, about handmade items, memory keeping, adhesive experiments and crafting disasters.

Website: http://www.jenandtricks.com

Jun 8 2016

My challenge contribu… is that distress inks?

Wednesday again and I’m late as usual! I did find my chipboards and I colored them and all but you know when you are supposed to make or do something and you somehow just end up doing something completely else? Like playing computer games or even cleaning? Yeah, exactly that happened. I even have a list of cards to make but I just can’t seem to find my mojo again so I youtube and try something new and forget about what I’m supposed to do.

So instead of showing you some awesome ice cream stuff or a birthday card for my soon to be 85 year old grandpa, I give you my clear embossed water colored stripe card with some color lifting! Inspired by Jennifer McGuire, or copied more or less!

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I know less is more but I do feel like adding an olive on a stick or something in the glass, I just have to figure out how to make one that fits.

I used distress inks for the colors, clear embossing powder and a background stamp that was a bit small (hence the lines) but it was quite fun to make. The die is from MFT (first time using it, yay!) and the stamp from Mama Elephant. Not sure if the chevron stamp is from Prima or not, could be!

Okay so maybe next time I can give you something ice creamy or related, at least I’ve found them! Plus I actually have an Idea for how to use them so this should be doable!

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se

May 25 2016

The never ending Christmas stash!

Good Wednesday! I’m a few days late with my post but I’ve been having a tiring cold which kept me in bed (or on the couch to be honest) the past few days. I’m feeling a bit better today and less tired so I should be back on track pretty soon although I sound like an old whiskey drinking hungover smoker when I talk.

Anyway, apparently I’ve put my chipboard ice creams for our challenge someplace very, very safe… I’m not really sure where this safe place is sooo… I will have to find that out and make something pretty, I know I started playing with them a while ago so they shouldn’t be that far away, right?

I’m still working on using up my stash and even after weeks of crafting I see no end of it, at least not of the things I want to use or get rid of, what a big surprise huh? Every time I try to use some of my forgotten items I just end up youtubing and making something else or finding new things I _clearly_ need in order to be able to make just about anything ever again. How did I even manage to get here without them? If I happen to actually use any of my stashed away stuff it feels like I’ve made the tiniest of tiny dents in the stash, so small you can barely see it. Bah!

New strategy!
I decided to take a look at my Christmas stash as it contains old, so very old, things from the stone age of my scrapbooking life. I feel like an archaeologist every time I open the Christmas box and I just sigh while finding relic after relic… However this stash is somewhat limited and it’s very possible to actually make a difference! I realize I do have a very very long way to go and when I’m done I’ll probably have all my Christmas cards covered for the next decade or two.
Anyway, I’ve made a bunch of simple cards using up some scraps and a few 12 x 12 paper, some embellishments and colored card bases I still wonder why i got in the first place. I’ve also used some stamps and dies I haven’t used much, great success!

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I’m not sure why but I just fell for this patterned paper at a sale a few years ago, I guess it was close to my kraft hunting era when I basically just bought anything kraft I could find. The wooden embellishments were a gift from my mom from her trip to Berlin. There were a few different figures; 9 elves and 9 snowmen. I cut out the label behind in three different colors; green, brown and red and I got to use up some of my twine.

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I’ve had a bunch of buttons/plastic items in my Christmas stash since forever and they annoy me every time, I simply don’t know how to use them! At one point I started to cut of the loop on the back to make them flat and easier to use but I ended up leaving them in my stash a few more years, until now! Finally! I even threw two of them away. Useless! For these cards (I made a bunch, all different) I used some scraps (yay!) and some sort of twine I slightly regret buying, and (!) more of my red and green card bases, I even used a few brown and gray!

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This is a stamp I got on sale this winter I believe, I’m happy to use it as it is quite new and very pretty! From Stamping Bella! I colored her with my distress inks (good practice), some wink of stella and stickles for a glittery touch! The red frame is actually one of my 12×12 papers I never use and the card base is slightly structured and not one of my favorites (only had about five left or so), so yay for getting to use them too!

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Last but not least, and maybe one of my favorites, using a fantastic snowflake die from Memory box which I haven’t got to use until now. I also got to use some more colored card bases and my scripty Christmas stamp from Lawn Fawn.
I cut a bunch of white cardstock pieces to use with the die and added different fancy/colored paper (mostly scraps) behind, it’s hard to see in this picture but there’s red glitter in the background! Parthey!

So, anyone fancy some Christmas cards?

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se

May 15 2016

The Tiny Team StuckInTheGlue Chipboard Challenge!

Hello everybody!

The hope of summer is everlasting, even when the rain is pouring down like it did this weekend here in Stockholm. But a gal can dream!

I have to admit I have treated myself to a fair share of ice cream lately, on some of the sunnier days, and this prompted me to take up mine and Therese’s little challenge we set ourselves a few weeks ago.

At the big craft crop we went to recently, one of the attending shops, the ever so lovely Fru Limegrön, gave us a little treat (as we rampaged through her stall,several times per day that weekend!). We both got this cute little set of ice cream chipboard:

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So we decided to make something of it and post it here! The prize is that we will pat ourselves on the back and say “Good job!”. And possibly some more ice cream.

I decided to make one card with an ice cream cone, and one card with something resembling a unicorn-flavoured cupcake. I doesn’t look edible. But if I’d eat it. When promised the flavour of magical unicorn…

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I chose to paint my chipboard with acrylic paint (Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Martha Stewart), since I have always felt that those paints look good enough to eat,  and the stamped sentiments are from Paper Smooches.

Therese, it’s your turn! And the next blof meeting will be at an ice cream bar, m’key?

/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks

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Jenandtricks

About Jennie

Jennie, a.k.a Jenandtricks, is a crafter, scrapbooker, creative writer, photographer, blogger and geek. Among other things she runs the crafting blog jenandtricks.com, about handmade items, memory keeping, adhesive experiments and crafting disasters.

Website: http://www.jenandtricks.com

May 8 2016

DIY Embellishments – dimensional die cuts

Good Sunday evening! Today I thought I’d write a shortie and give you a DIY post of an idea I got from Jennie (of course) about how to give your die cut sentiments some more dimension.
Instead of cutting your foam squares into tiny little pieces which get stuck everywhere and require at lease one tweezer to even get a grip of, simply cut out the same die a few more times and glue them all together.

Depending on how thick your selected paper is and what result you are looking for, I use about 3-6 cut outs. You can really just glue on one at the time and stop whenever you want.
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Try to add just about enough glue on each piece, don’t use a glue that dries super quick, it’s quite tricky to get the pieces to stack up properly sometimes. If you happen to get some excess glue outside I just scrape it off with my tweezer or a tooth pick (my new favorite tool).
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Try to squeeze the pieces together before you add the next one, I found it easier to stack them all neat and tidy if the layers got to dry up a bit under some pressure, you do want to make it look solid.
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Finish off by adding your top layer and if needed, add some pressure and leave to dry for a while.
As you can see the color of your stacks do matter and can be used as a nice detail or contrast.
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I just love doing this on all sentiment dies I use, it’s such an easy way to add dimension, plus the cut out gets really sturdy and less fragile. And it gives a very nice touch to it!
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I guess spray glue would be ideal for this, at least if you have very delicate dies. Of course this can be used for any die cuts and not just sentiments. If you add enough pressure and layers they actually feel similar to wood veneer. It’s a great way to use those scraps that are big enough to cut from.

A photo posted by Therese (@tant_therese) on

I’m sure this is nothing new but I thought I’d share it as I use it frequently myself and maybe you find some inspiration or ideas for using this technique too!

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se

May 1 2016

I still overpacked for the scrapbooking crop

Last week my friend Therese shared her brilliant *Note to Self* about what NOT to pack for a scrapbooking crop, and of course I need to follow suit, because, dude, I did NOT achieve what I wanted with my packing for this years Craft & Hobby event.

“But Jennie, how is this possible?!”, you may ask. “You are so organised and you had such a good plan!”, you might say. Well… My plan was pretty great, but I DID NOT STICK TO IT.

Like, whuuut?! What can I say; I got overexcited when I was packing, and I just lost track.

I packed Way Too Much. Again. Just as I did last year, I just totally underestimated how much I would actually shop at the crop, as well as how much I would get done during the crop. I had a box with about 500 photos with me. I kid you not! And, while I actually made around 12 layouts and started a mini album, I most certainly could have done with less.

I don’t have an excuse: I was sooo overexcited and hyper about going to this crop, doing something FUN, getting some scrapping done and all in all spend some proper quality time with my friends and not have to think about anything else going on in my life at all. Less crappy, more scrappy! The total bliss of just completely delving into that creative state of mind.

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And like I said, I completely overestimated what I would have time to do during the crop. My brain was all like: “You’ll have sooo much time, Jennie, and be sooo much more efficient than last year, so yeah, you’ll do a bunch of layouts and cards and Project Life and mini albums and totally finish those two vacation albums from 2010 you are STILL working on! YEAH! Leeeerrooooy Jeeeeeeenkiiiiins!”

I am only thankful that at the very last minute I opted to NOT pack all of my unfinished Project Life albums and PL cards…

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Well, Therese very wisely suggested that we’d jot down a list as we packed up at the end of the crop, and here are my notes on what I overpacked for the scrapbooking crop:

  • My Sissix Big Shot
    I thought I would use it JUST AS MUCH as I use it when I scrapbook at home. So I packed it. Along with an assortment of dies. And, you guys, it weighs a TON. And I used it ONCE. So. Not. Worth. It. I honestly CAN make plenty of layouts without it.
  • 500 photos
    In a fit of panic I felt like I had noooo photos to scrapbook so I ordered some to take with me to the crop. What I didn’t realise was that I had ordered over 500 of them. And they came in a big box. Which weighed a lot. Which I also packed.
  • All of my wood veneer
    I just couldn’t be arsed to pick out which ones I thought I’d use. So I just brought the entire box of them. I used exactly two pieces. What a fail.
  • Too many alphas
    Yes, I am a Thicker addict but did I need to bring ten different packs? I could just have bought new ones in one of the many stores that were at the crop! OMG, Jennie…
  • Mixed media supplies
    I love mixed media. I love adding paints and layers to my projects. But it was just not PRACTICAL. All the baby wipes in the world could not save me from my phobia of wrecking my stencils and brushes.
  • Too much patterned paper
    Honestly. This was my #1 problem last year. I love shopping for new patterned paper, and once I HAVE new patterned paper, I want to use THAT patterned paper. I had a very nice little kit packed up and then I went and added a whole stack more just in case. So silly. Really. I could have done with just packing white and Kraft cardstock, if even that. Next year I will challenge myself to not pack a single piece of paper. Because… shopping…. yeah.

 

Next year, Gadget… Next year…

Well, that is it for the lamentations of this overoptimistic scrapbooker. I think I have some issues to work through… Does anybody know a good scrapbook shrink? And wouldn’t it be awesome if they could shrink your supplies for when you are packing for a scrapbooking crop?

Ta for visiting! Happy Sunday!

/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks

p.s. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram, Twitter feed or Facebook page!

p.p.s. This post has also been posted on my personal crafting blog, http://forglueandglory.com. If you want to know a little bit more about me and my projects, please come visit!

Jenandtricks

About Jennie

Jennie, a.k.a Jenandtricks, is a crafter, scrapbooker, creative writer, photographer, blogger and geek. Among other things she runs the crafting blog jenandtricks.com, about handmade items, memory keeping, adhesive experiments and crafting disasters.

Website: http://www.jenandtricks.com

Apr 24 2016

What not to bring to a scrapbooking crop *note to self*

So, it’s been a week since we went for a two day scrapbooking crop (well, two and a half for some of us) and we both happened to bring a tiny bit too much stuff this year. I can honestly not remember that I brought this much last year, but on the other hand we only went for one day and I think I was a bit more prepared with plans and stuff. PLANS!
Last year I had this album in mind for my new born niece, it was already planned with color schemes, sketches and themes for all 20 pages. So yeah, packing was easy.
This year, on the other hand, was certainly not planned or prepared at all. I’ve been crafting like crazy the few free weekends up until the crop, I had plenty of ideas and projects in mind which also affected my packing and (lack of) planning. I brought so much stuff that I couldn’t even carry it all by myself and asked my mother to drive me to the venue. I filled my largest suitcase (which I normally use for longer vacations), one messenger bag and two or three shopping bags. I even brought some things home after my first day (but brought some other things with me for the next due to some workshops and yeah, I don’t even know..). But on the other hand, I did write down all the things I never (or barely) used;

  • Guillotine cutter (I ended up sacrificing my fiskars cutter instead)
  • Sequins
  • Punches (brought like three, used none)
  • Stamped images to color (and some already colored)
  • Most of the twine
  • A lot of the dies (brought all, who knows what I might need?)
  • The selection of washi tapes
  • Embellishments such as pearl stickers, enamel dots and rhinestone stickers
  • Most of the card bases
  • Two of the three border punches
  • Almost all 50 promarkers (used some for one card)
  • All my wood veneer
  • Ink pads other than the black ones
  • Dylusions and other sprays (brought way too many, I used one or two)
  • Most of the selection of stamps

Things I should consider next year:

  • BRING LESS STUFF!
  • BRING LESS STUFF!
  • Do plan more, please!
  • Bring a blanket to cover everything at night
  • Bring a seat cushion
  • Use slippers and comfy clothes
  • Pack smart using bags on wheels
  • Don’t bring projects that heavily relies on the use of a heat gun unless you pick seats close to the heat gun station

So, to sum things up: I need to have a plan or some projects to focus on. Preferably in a box with all related paper, items, photos or whatever gathered.
If I don’t have any ongoing projects or ideas; find the challenge in bringing only a few items and focus on using them. I will probably buy stuff too, most likely way too much stuff so there will be no need to bring a whole bunch of paper “just in case”.
Leave embellishments at home, just finish any projects after the crop. It will also give me time to move on with a new project and look at the half finished ones later on with new eyes. For some people this seem to help avoid adding just a little bit too much.

I hope some of my babbling will help you (and my future self) make wise decisions before going to a crop, think twice about every item and make time to plan ahead. Don’t pack stuff “just in case” or “what if I get bored or run out of projects?”. You wont.
Even if you would miss something you can always finish the project at home, maybe borrow from someone else or even buy whatever needed (set your own limits, don’t buy anything you already have and find hard to use up. Be smart).
If you go with friends, tell each other what stuff you will bring to avoid ending up with several copies of the same tools, punches, stamps, dies or whatever you know you all have. If you plan to use something very much then I guess it would be a good idea to bring your own just to avoid getting stuck waiting.

Less is more (easy to carry).

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se

Apr 17 2016

Storage Sunday – Upcycling an old stamp holder

Do you love finding old items in thrift shops and upcycling them? Isn’t it just the best knowing that you rescued something and reused it for something new!

The other day my hubby found this old stamp holder in an old antiques shop, almost complete with the original rubber stamps:
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I adore these old wood-mounted stamps with the handles, I wish more stamps came like this nowadays! The old stamps looked practically unused and the bakelite stamp holder was in mint condition, just a little dusty. What a find!

After cleaning it up it was as good as new! A charming way to store my stamps that are mounted with these handles: jenandtricks_storagesunday_stampholder02

Of course I will try and recycle these old stamps as well, the wooden handles are so gorgeous! I think that if I am careful I can try and get the old rubber stamp off the handle an mount something else on there.

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The little label that says “Stockholm” will have to stay though. A small reminder of my home town.

I hope you enjoyed this article about upcycling. Give it a go! You never know what treasures you will find! Happy Sunday!

/Jennie, a.k.a. jenandtricks

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Jenandtricks

About Jennie

Jennie, a.k.a Jenandtricks, is a crafter, scrapbooker, creative writer, photographer, blogger and geek. Among other things she runs the crafting blog jenandtricks.com, about handmade items, memory keeping, adhesive experiments and crafting disasters.

Website: http://www.jenandtricks.com

Apr 10 2016

Make use of your stashed away stash!

I have slowly moved the contents of my crafting closet into my kitchen, barricading my kitchen table, parts of my counter and floor. My kitchen looks more like a crafting room than a kitchen and I love it. It’s been like this for a few weeks and I can’t remember that I’ve ever gotten this much done. I think I’ve made about 20 cards each weekend since Easter. It’s crazy!

I have been thinking about sorting my stash and put some of the stuff I never use away to use when I craft with my cousins or give away. With this in mind I’ve been digging through parts of my stash I haven’t touched for years and found more or less interesting things. Some items have been moved to my “nah” box immediately and some have gotten a second chance, it’s now or never. I actually managed to find use for some of them! Great success!

At the early days of my scrapbooking era I have found and bought somewhat suspicious kits with (mostly) paper and some embellishments. A lot of things have been left in my stash unused since then but now, they have gotten their 15 minutes of fame and a chance to be moved or used.

So, today I thought I’d share these cards with hope of giving you some inspiration to do something similar with well hidden things in your stash! I am far from done with this but it feels great to be crafting again and to actually make use my stash.

These four cards are made of paper from one of those suspicious kits. I think I bought them just because of a wood mounted stamp that accompanied the paper. I put several sheets in the box immediately but thought that these were actually pretty and usable.

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The plan for this weekend was to prepare for the crop we are attending next weekend but I found a lot of other things to do instead, I guess I just want to save this very exciting task to the last minute and pack my stuff in panic, forgetting most of it and therefore give myself a reason to do “some” shopping.. I’m so unconsciously clever!

Anyway, I might just copy Jennies list (this year too) and buy the rest!

Tant Therese

About Therese

Therese is an organized, compact living thinking multi-crafter with many interests. Right now shes stuck in glue and papercrafts but occassionally other ideas might cross her mind and steal the spotlight. She loves pinterest and DIY.

Website: http://www.tanttherese.se