Enter the Holidays

Morning Maja lovelies! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying playing with my new Maja holiday papers, though lately I’ve been on a monochromatic kick…and it turns out the Maja papers are the perfect medium for that! My first card is very neutral with black accents to catch the eye: WearyWorldmI started off with the papers named ‘my dear friend’, front and back. I am in love with those sweet little angels! I added a sentiment from Verve and a cross stamp and die cut, also from Verve. Next up, a little more traditional colors: HappyHolidaysMFor this card, I pulled out some ‘given from the heart’ papers. I roughed up the edges, added a twine/gingham bow and a sweet little velvet jingle bell. I put a bit of gauze behind the image for a little more shabbiness. The image and stamp are courtesy of Verve and I also highlighted the image panel with some black liquid pearls.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me…hope the rest of yours is a creative one! Andrea-sign

A Gift For You

Morning Maja friends! Andrea here with you today bringing some Christmas goodness in the form of ‘A Gift For You’ papers…the latest release from Maja Designs. I had some beautiful crochet lace and gingham ribbon that I thought would look lovely intertwined with each other…so here’s the result of my inspiration: MajaNov6I used images from the ‘from Santa with love’ papers and roughed up the edges. The silver holly leaves are from a Christmas ornament that I broke down into its many pieces. Each year after Christmas, I scour the stores for clearance ornaments, usually the ones with lots of details, and use them for parts. It’s a great way to find little chochkies to add to your cards. To the gingham bow, I added a double twine bow and some velvet jingle bells. The edges are a cut up frame from Spellbinders Detailed Scallops set. The original dies did not fit around my card, so I cut out two smaller designs and adjusted them up to fit around the edges. (The back of the card is not so pretty…). Finally, I added some Zva Creative pearls. There is no stamping and the only sentiment is the one on the bottom which is the bottom strip to ‘given from the heart’ papers.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! Andrea-sign

Fall Inspired Forest

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today starting off with some big flowers, big bows and lots of Maja paper goodness! Here’s a card I made using the Walking in the Forest collection: FallFramedLilliesMAccessories on this little beauty consist of Verve stamps, a silk bow, twine, crystal stamens, Dark Chocolate liquid pearls, vintage alace, and lots of distressing. I also inked up some gauze and placed it behind the big bow. I was toying with making a Christmas card, but I think I’m going to wait a bit and enjoy this beautiful Autumn weather! Have a great day and thanks for spending part of it with me! Andrea-sign

From Santa With Love

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today, showing off some super special gifts I received this week from Sweden! Seems as though Santa has come to New Jersey a wee bit early…how wonderful is that! A Gift for You is Maja Design’s latest creation and I wasted no time making a Christmas card, though we still have about 2 & 1/2 months before that big day…(though you can never start your holiday card stash too early!). Here’s what I made with ‘from someone special’, ‘from Santa with love’ and ‘given from the heart’ papers: IMG_8299_edited-1 In addition to the papers, I added a glittered snowflake, a bell-adorned candy cane and some vintage lace. I also pulled out some Vintage Summer Basics paper in order to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month:PinkPowerDay1m This card also features Verve’s Pink Power stamps and Zva Creative pearls. Next, I used my very favorite papers, Ska Vi Ta En Fika? to make an uplifting card:InspireHopeDay4MI also used a Verve sentiment on this one, the set is called Inspire Hope. I added a sweet twine bow, daisy chain lace adorned with crystals and some liquid pearls.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! Andrea-sign

How Wonderful Life Is….

Morning Maja friends! Andrea is here checking in with you on this lovely Fall day! One of my all time favorite Maja collections is the Vintage Autumn Basics…full of gorgeous roses, sepia/warm brown tones and lots of coordinating patterns. When I first sat down to make this card, I had pulled out a bunch of autumn-looking leaves…maples, oaks and birch…but then decided on vintage flowers! Of course…here’s what I mean: SeptDivaDare14MThe sentiment panel is sugar coated…meaning I sprayed some Elmer’s glue onto the die cut and then sprinkled a little crystal coarse glitter on it. I then distressed the edges of the inside panel and added a bit more sparkle. Underneath that is some stretched out gauze…one of my new favorite accessories. I tied the bow with silk ribbon and added the roses. The sentiment is courtesy of Verve and I also added a trio of copper buttons to the top.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! Andrea-sign

In Our Sofa…Andrea

Happy Saturday morning, Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today to share my scrap space! I am very fortunate in that a few years ago we added an addition to our house, one that included a master suite and bathroom…which consequently left us with a spare bedroom. Well, not for long as I comandeered the space for my crafty pleasures… {insert sinister laugh here}. Andrea-EwenSo here we go…I apologize in advance for having to use a flash as I picked to two gloomiest days of the year to take photos of a room that only has one window: MR2The above cabinet hold miscellaneous stickers, raffia, bows, extra adhesives, scissors and travel bags for when I go away to craft.MR3I keep most of my paper here, Maja get segregated from the rest since it’s the paper I use most often.MR4I‘m convinced that closet doors are best left closed, as evidenced by the following photo:
MR5In here I keep extra gift bags, wrapping paper, travel bags, lace, stamp cartridges, Christmas cards…basically anything I can’t fit (or don’t like to view on a regular basis) gets shoved in here.MR6The above shelf holds all of my extra inks, glues, Modge Podge, stamps and extra papers. I guess you could say I’m a hoarder, wink wink.
MR7These drawers contain punches (in the bottom drawer) and twine and seam binding in the top drawer.
MR8 This is my main sitting area. I do have an extra chair for whomever would want to chat while I’m working. I have a lovely view of my plants outside.MR9The extra chair is also used as my sewing station. I keep all my notions in the shelf above the machine along with pins, buttons, inks and markers.MR10This is the full view of all of my ‘accessories’. Inks, markers, punches, buttons, flowers paper…basically you name it, it’s tucked in there somewhere.MR11I‘m also very lucky that my husband is a carpenter by trade, so he was sweet enough to make these dividers for all the colors of my papers. I can’t even think of the mess that these papers would be in if they weren’t organized like this.MR12Here is my late night crafting light box. I don’t like these photos as much as natural daylight, but at 2 in the morning, this has to suffice….MR13Above the light box are accessories that I sometimes use to place behind my cards. Gives a little depth perception and charm. I also store my most recent creations on these shelves until they get delegated to a box below.MR14My wall of punches….MR15Buttons, favorite ink pads, liquid pearls and Stickles. Along with boxes of flowers arranged by color….MR16A closer view of my ‘go-to’ section.
MR17The above drawers are designated for pearls/crystals/accoutrements. I also have a decent stash of Zva Creative flourishes and this is also where I store my die cutting machine for easy access.
MR18The sewing center. I keep my scoring board and extra long cutting boards on the shelf just under the counter to my right.MR19Ribbons (unorganized and messy) but divided up by ‘warm’ colors on top and ‘cool’ colors on the bottom.

MR21Whoops…didn’t have time to organize those up above…that is a pretty good picture of how my craft room looks on a daily basis.MR20My view while crafting. Sometimes it’s quite distracting…but I have to say it makes me happy.

Thanks for joining me for this photo heavy post…hope you enjoyed a peek around my craft space! In zero to thirty it’ll be a mess again!

Enjoy your weekend! Andrea-sign

Time for Fall

Hello Maja lovelies! The air here in New Jersey is cooling down and I can see some signs of Fall already! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Fall, but summer is my favorite. That being said, I pulled out some Autumn themed papers and accoutrements, starting with Maja Design’s Walking in the Forest collection: MomentsRemembered090914MdAccompanying the papers are some Spellbinders Maple Leaf dies, wooden accents, twine, pearls and Copper Liquid pearls. My design is loosely based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

This Saturday I’ll be visiting with you again…with a quite a few photos of my craft space. See you then…and enjoy the rest of your week! Andrea-sign

Uplifting Tag

Hello Maja lovelies! Here in New Jersey, USA we’re getting ready for the kiddos to go back to school…so sad…for them! The summer is winding down, my gardens are looking full and a bit tired. Summer is such a hectic time…you’d think it would be the perfect medium for relaxing, sunbathing and reflection, but it seems we’re always on the go, go, go! I did get a chance to sit down and whittle a little tag from some Coffee in the Arbour collection papers, along with some pretty fabric flowers, pearls, silver accents and lots of gems: AugAnniDay5mdThe base of the tag is a Detailed Scallops Spellbinders die and the banners are courtesy of Verve’s Banner Bundle dies. The stamp is also from Verve, it was one cohesive stamp, but I masked it and broke up the sentiment to make it fit. Speaking of Coffee in the Arbour, I’m going to try to get some relaxation in with a cuppa joe before the madness of ‘school time’ sets in.

Enjoy your day crafty peeps! Andrea-sign

Celebrate

Hello Maja friends! It’s Andrea visiting with you today…bringing up a delightful summer card featuring Maja Design’s Vintage Summer Basics collection. I have to say that I will be very sad when summer passes…it is my favorite time of year to be outside, walk among the flowers my husband and I planted in the spring and just generally not be cold! We planted some Maiden grass in our back yard and about this time of year it gets the most spectacular plumes on it. The bad side of that means that when I see them, summer is coming to an end. And then school starts. Ahh, let’s not get ourselves depressed here! Let’s cheer up with a celebration card: AugustDivaDareMThe edges are distressed and inked, the center panel is sewed and the floral cluster consists of a paper flower, fabric leaves, wooden feathers, ceramic stamens and some distressed gauze. Quite a lot of textiles in one little arrangement! I also added some sequins in the mix for a touch of sparkle.

Thanks for tuning in with me today…enjoy your day…and the rest of the summer, you Northern Hemisphere peeps! Andrea-sign

Smile

Hello Maja friends! We are well in the midst of summer here in the United States…my flower gardens are in full bloom, heavy with beautiful, full flowers that delight my eyes. Besides Spring, this is my most favorite time of year. Not only do I love the blooms in my yard, but I also love incorporating them into my cards. Here’s a card I made using the new Coffee in the Arbour collection: July2014DDMIn addition to these gorgeous papers, I used liquid pearls, antique lace, daisy chain lace, a doily, lots of paper distressing, a little sewing machine and hand stitching action and I colored in the Verve stamps with Copic markers. This card is indicative of what I do when I see my beloved flowers…Smile.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting! Andrea-sign