Girly Stuff

Hi there, Maja Design Fans :)

Being a mom of two growing boys, I do miss delicate pinky flowery girly creations from time to time. Even though I almost always include flowers or lace in my boy pages, it’s not the same 😉 And so I love taking sweet girly orders like this small notepad for a little birthday girl:

mdnotlShe likes purples, so I chose purple designs from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? collection and added some cute embellies to make it really sweet:

mdnotl2 mdnotl1 I coloured the sitting Tilda stamp with Distress inks:

mdnotl3I also decorated the inner cover with a little chipboard heart and decorating the frame of the stamp with glitter for some glam effect:

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My second project for today is for a slightly older girl 😉 The school year is coming to an end and so I make many thank you cards for teachers, like this very feminine pink card for a dance teacher:

mddanceI chose the delicate colours of the Coffee in the Arbour collection for this one and used a filigree die-cut background for the rosy panel with a die-cut ballet dancer silhouette:

mddance2I tied some chiffon ribbon to resemble delicate dancers’ dresses and added little roses, pearls and a small dress and pointe shoes charm to complete the card:

mddance1I couldn’t resist a little dimension between layers 😉

mddance3Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Fika-PCoffe-in-the-Arbour-POther: dies: Spellbinders, Nellie’s, Marianne Design; stamps: Magnolia, Basic Grey; punch: Martha Stewart; stickers: Authentique; frame: ScrapBerry’s; charms, flowers – my stash.

Have a nice day and see you later!

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birthday cake gift box

Hi there Maja friends!
Ingrid here today with a small birthday gift box.
This was a pre made cake box with I decorated with paper and paints.
There is room inside for a small present.

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Made this with the Ska Vita En Fika and Vintage Autumn collection.

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From the Ska Vita En Fika collection the ‘chaite’ sheet at the top.
NoXII from the Vintage Autumn collection at the bottom.
Some lace, ribbon and puffy paint.

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Made some confetti from the papers as well.
I put the cake on a CD disk with a doily.

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Some fiber paste at the top with micro beads.

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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

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Mood Board winner of June

Dear Maja friends,

Here in Sweden we are enjoying the summer and some great weather, finally. As a matter of fact, the weather is that great that I actually have moved my office outside. Now I never have to stop working, while being able to enjoy the sun at the same time.. 😉 I’m loving it.

This summer we have decided to publish some of our dedicated followers and fans that usually share their Maja-projects with us in different social media. So keep an eye at the blog and maybe you will see your friend’s creations.. Or maybe your own ones..? :)

Now, it’s time to reveal the winner of June’s Mood Board. First a quick reminder of how it looked:

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Please do have in mind that we will choose a winner who have been observed the theme and keeping its track, and also have made the most beautiful creation of course.

This is all the wonderful contributions:

And the lucky winner is…

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Congrats Elya Savkina! Great work, we totally adore it! A collection by your choice is coming your way..!
And a huge Thank you to all the other contestants, we love your creations and appreciate your participation.

Thanks for visiting the blog and for spreading the word about Maja, all over the world.

Have a wonderful day and we’ll see you next Saturday with some lovely upcoming news… 😉

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Baby Cards

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Hello Maja Design friends! It’s Cathy here today and I have two baby cards to share with you. A colleague of mine recently went on maternity leave and I thought I would create a card for her. As this is her first baby, she doesn’t know what she is having…she wants a surprise…so I am covering my bases and have created a card for a baby boy and girl. I have used the Vintage Baby Collection for both cards.

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As you know for my other projects, I use a lot of die cuts in my projects. I used the reverse side of Vintage baby Cherish to create the onesie and the butterfly, just from some left overs from the background of my card base. I used Little B Baby die set to create the onesie and Cheery Lynn small exotic butterfly w/angel wings die.

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To create the base of my card I used Vintage Baby Flowers For Mum and Cherish. I also incorporated Flowers For Mum in the centre as shown. I layered all elements of my centre with foam tape to add dimension. I also love how beautifully Maja Design papers look when you distress the edges. It really adds a vintage look. I tend to distress first then ink the edges with an ink. I chose Vintage Photo distress ink as it’s not too dark. I added some lace and a doily for a shabby chic touch.

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For my second card, I have created an inchie or a patchwork card. I used the Vintage Baby paper pad to create this card. Before scrapbooking and cardmaking became my main craft, I also used to make quilts! Drawing upon my knowledge of quilts, the types of fabrics you need to create a quilt are light, medium and dark so this influenced my choices of papers from the paper pad.

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Each of the squares has been machine stitched and inked. I used foam tape to attach each square to my card. I used Vintage photo Distress ink again.

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This panel is also from a page from the paper pad. The sentiment was a borderstrip from it which I trimmed to fit. I die cut Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangles to frame it and mounted everything with foam tape and finally framed everything with my flowers. This card was so much fun to make!

Maja Design Papers used:

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Green Fingers

Hello Maja friends!

I’m in on a hot Thursday afternoon to share with you my latest project made for Maja Design using the Antligen collection. By the time I finished my layout, my fingers were all purple and white, but what I really want them to be is green! I’ll explain why later, but firstly, here is my page:

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I’m using the Antligen collection from Maja Design, which is really all about Springtime and the earth coming back to life with beautiful flowers after a long cold winter. That fitted the nature theme in my photo perfectly (although the photo I chose was one I took of my favourites – Lavender Augustafolia, was in autumn). Now, the climate here in Singapore is really not suitable for growing lavender because of the over-bearing humidity which kills off the plant by encouraging root rot. In my last tries, I managed to get the seeds to germinate and sprout, and then suddenly they all died off after a month. Then someone gifted me a pot of blooming ones, but they all never survived more than two months even with full sunlight and careful watering. Bear in mind I’m someone who can actually kill cactus…. So when we booked ourselves into the Lavender and Berry farm on our Perth trip, you can imagine how gaga I went over the gorgeous flowers in bloom. And it was effortless for them. *Green eyes* Now I’m trying to grow some cherry tomatoes but they all seemed to have stopped at the seedling stage. Maybe I should give up and just paint my fingers green instead.

So my long story aside and back to the project. I’ve kept my paper layering to a minimum, with just enough to create the flow in my composition and focused a lot more on the background details this time round. Maja Design collections come with a mixture of beautifully drawn images as well as neutral plain papers, which are perfect for adding on mediums to create your very own background if you are into experimenting with mixed media like me. The colors also make it easy to match papers across different collection as well.

Some close-ups:

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Back to my usual style of tucking in chipboards in between my papers. I have strips of green and purple paper from the Antligen collection, as well as some fussy cut flowers from the collection to fill out the composition nicely. To make the fussy cut flowers stand out, I doodled the edges with black gelato. The chipboard I colored with three different shades of purple, two shades of green, and adhered clear Distress Glitter on the edges for some interesting texture.

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A closer look at what I did for the background – stenciling and doodling around the relief, sprinkling of transparent and black microbeads, splatters of watercolor and acrylic inks.

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Hidden details behind the photo with random stamping, a painted metal water fountain with little roses tucked in. It’s starting to look like an English garden! My title is “Great Outdoors” and it describes so well my love for everything under the sun.

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Filling out the bottom part of the composition nicely with some chipboard vines. I painted with two different shades of green and sprinkled on clear microspheres when the paint is wet. And just in case, I sealed the beads with a thin layer of gel medium.

So that’s all I have for today. Before you go, I would love to hear some of your gardening wins and woes too!

Maja Design papers used:

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Syrenen blommar, Kaffe pa trappan, Naturen dofta, Forsommar, Vardagjamning

Other supplies:

Flowers and embellishment: Prima Marketing Inc, Wild Orchid Crafts,
Stencil: Prima Marketing
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
Mediums: 13@rts (modeling paste, gel medium, acrylic inks, paints, microbeads), Shimmerz (Inklingz), Rangers (Distress Paint and Stains), Twinkling H2Os
Stamps: Kaisercraft, Blue Fern Studios

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Midsummer vintage card

Good morning Maja friends! It’s Heidi with you today and I have a card to share with you.

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Today we have a beautiful summer weather and yesterday evening we were celebrating midsummer. Soon I’m starting my summer vacation, and I’m looking forward to long, lazy and warm days!

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This card I have made with the papers “The East Cost” from the “Life by the Sea” collection and “King’s Square” from the “Nyhavn” collection.

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Together with the lovely Maja papers I have used a vintage image of an angel, laces, pearls, chipboard letters, a metal clip and flowers.

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I wish you all a wonderful and creative day! Hugs, Heidi

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Some freshmade lemonade?

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. Its so warm and summer in its full swing here, in Russia. So I urged to play with the refreshing summer collection- Coffee in the Arbour. I actually made 2 cards, and they came out totally different, but today I will show you one, that is full of “sun”- with warm yellow shades that perfectly fits the lemonade image that I used from this collection.

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Some close ups (as you can see I also have used the dried orange piece):CA_petzer_june_det3

I also love to add real stitching, that my sewing machine makes easily, and this little thing makes the card really handmade. I also have added some wooden dots that look also lovely and natural in this atmosphere.CA_petzer_june_det4 CA_petzer_june_det2

Some fussy cutting, lots of layering. The chipboard is from Dusty Attic.CA_petzer_june_det1I have used the Coffee in the Arbour collection (the mini paper pad and this sheet (Delicious Moments)

Have a lovely warm, sunny day! Hugs, from warm Russia

 

Father’s Day Frame

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Hello Maja fans! It’s Irene here again and this time, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you this acrylic frame which I’ve created as a gift for my husband. I’ve used Maja Design’s Life by The Sea collection to create this frame.

Here are some details.

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Hope you all like this simple project! See you soon!

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Life By The Sea collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, Clear Scraps acrylic banner, chipboard, pearls, acrylic paint, ink, stamps, adhesives.

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You Are – Layout

Hello Maja Fans. Elena is here with you today and I have  a Layout to share with you. I found some funny photos of my little boy and it seems that the Layout turned to be a bit serious one.

YouAre_ElenaOlinevich_MajaDesignLOI tried to start working with this awesome wooden background from Nyhavn collection. Absolutely great for some texture on the background.

However I used some floral patterned papers to create those heart dies as well as crown papers for some layers.

Nyhavn_ElenaOlinevich_closeI added some flowers, well I guess it doesn’t look girly. What do you think?

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plane2_ElenaOlinevichLoI also used plane chipboard as an embellishment and colored a bit the background.

Hope you have liked my Layout.

Products used – Nyhavn collection – Old Townhouses, Romantic Lunch, King’s Square, Sitting at the dock; Prima Marketing flowers and Color Blooms, Wycinanka chipboard.

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Moonlight beach

Although the weather is not showing it right now and it’s feeling more like autumn, the summer is surely here! So how about some summer inspiration? Here’s one of my favorite memories, the Moonlight beach – truly deserved it’s name on this day. The light is just amazing and I used it as a colour inspiration for the whole page.
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Supplies: 7th of April – Vintage Spring basics, No XXI Vintage Autumn basics
Others: chipboards by Blue Fern Studios

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a lovely summer :)

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