A Dash of Cozy

Hello Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today with a ‘garden-style’ variety of Maja Design collections to show you. I’ve been quite busy at work lately and have felt my creativity tank leaning dangerously towards empty…but I have to say that when I pick up a vintage floral patterned paper from Maja…I can feel my mojo rejuvenating itself! Here are a few cards as the result of my ‘fill-up’: SmileMThis card features Vintage Spring Basics collection. I decided that since the crystal flourish from Zva commandeered prime real estate in the middle of my card, I would do something different with my sentiment. I stamped each letter of ‘smile’ individually using a masking technique and then cut out each letter (so that they didn’t look cramped). I then tucked the edge underneath the floral panel. I added a bit of aged lace, pink ribbon, paper flowers and lots of distressing.
TYMI made the above card with Ska vi ta en fika. The edges are all distressed and I also added to this one some lovely rose ribbon. The paper flower pulls in the lighter purple from the striped and polka dotted paper. The stamp is from Verve’s Celebration of Thanks set and the pearl flourishes are courtesy of Zva Creative.
CrochetLoveMI have lots of crocheted flowers in my stash…and one day I will learn how to make my own! I thought that they would make a cozy addition to the Vintage Summer Basics papers I used on this card. More vintage lace, a doily, Zva Creative blue pearls, some plaid washi tape and seam binding all come together to give my card a homey sort of feel. The centers of the flowers were made with Zva Creative crystals and the sentiment is from Verve’s No Matter What stamp set.

Thanks for tuning in today…hope you enjoy your day!



All Of My Smiles

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today…and I’ve made a vintage card with one of my very favorite Maja collections…Ska vi ta en fika. I have to say that before I was introduced to this collection, I was not very much a fan of purple. I rarely used it on my cards…though a long stretch of hallway in my house is painted a dark shade of purple…yet I still don’t consider myself a fan…but…Maja has changed my attitude about it! When I reach for a collection to create with, my first inclination is to pick this series…and I usually have to tell myself…”Self? Pick another one, you just used that on the last two cards!” {grin}. So here’s a purply card to start off your day: SmilesM This second card features the Vintage Autumn Basics collection…I added some fancy die cuts, Platinum Stickles on the perimeter and some Zva Creative pearl flourishes:

LoveYaTagMajaBoth cards feature my love of neutrals and a smidge of color. Just the way I like it. Have a great day and thanks for spending part of it with me! Andrea-sign


Hugs and Smiles…and Lots of Cards!

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing you some cards I’ve made over the past 2 weeks. I had another chance to get away for a girls’ weekend…and I was very productive! Usually I chat the weekend away and have nothing to show for it, but this time was different! This first card features Maja Design’s Vintage Autumn Basics collection:

CSC182mThis next card uses the Crea Diem papers:

VerveMarchInspirationHop2014M Here’s another with Vintage Autumn Basics along with Verve stamps and Zva Creative pearls:

Mojo335m This card is from last week’s Mojo Monday sketch and I used the Vintage Spring Basics paper to create the fade at the bottom of the card:

MojoMonday334mThis next card is a CASE of a card Jenny sent to me featuring the lovely Vintage Summer Basics series:

Smile And lastly, a whimsical card spotlighting Crea Diem:

BelieveThanks for spending part of your day with me today…hope you’ve enjoyed the many different collections I’ve featured here today!



Where There Is Love…

…you’ll find me with my Maja Design papers! Morning Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today…I’ve got some lovely vintage cards to show you…featuring some pearls, lace and vintage goodness all wrapped up with some gorgeous Maja papers! VerveMoreThanLoveMThe cards above and below were both made with the Ska vi ta en fika collection. I wanted to keep the top card monochromatic using purples and just a dash of neutrals to break up the lines. The pearls helped with that, also. On the card just below, I wanted just the accents to be in purple, so that your eye would be drawn to those effects.
FebruaryDivaDare2014m This card below was made with Vintage Spring Basics collection, because I KNOW we could all use a little Spring just about now. I added some Zva Creative flourishes, K & Co. sequined flowers and lots of liquid pearls. The whole card reminds me of wonderful Easter pastels.

BirthdayWishesMThe bow is so simple, yet so elegant. Really, it’s just a series of loops. The first band is laid down across the base of the card. Then I made two loops, one bigger than the other. The bigger one was laid down over the base ribbon and I glued the middle down. Then I did the same thing with the smaller loop. To cover the tack in the middle, I simply added a gem. So easy!

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

Happy Valentine’s Day

Morning Maja friends! Last week Jenny posted our monthly challenge, the Maja Design Mood Board. I don’t know about you, but Marie’s lovely choice in colors, heartfelt sentiments and sweet images really stir my creativity! I have a card today based on this challenge, using Maja’s Ska vi ta en fika collection: HappyValentinesFeb14M

I used Verve Stamps More than Love set, Pastel polka dotted ribbon, some fabric flowers I purchased in the wedding section of Michael’s and some twine. The design is based loosely on last week’s Mojo Monday sketch. FebruaryMBHere’s another card I made using the Life in the Country collection:YoureSoAmazingMaja

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow…I’ll be at work, but hopefully the husband will have dinner waiting for me when I get home! …Well, a girl can dream, right? ;)  Andrea-sign

The Little Things

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you again on this lovely Thursday. A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful experience of going away on a ‘scrapbooking weekend retreat’! It was fabulous…no cooking, no cleaning, no “mom-duties”…just me and my paper supplies for 72 glorious hours. Needless to say, I got quite a bit accomplished…namely these cards…

A bit of Vintage Autumn Basics

TheLittleThingsMA little Walking in the Forest

BestWishesMajaHoldOnMajaAnd finally some Life by the SeaLighthouseBirthdayMajaI had to really narrow down my supplies…limited to only what I could carry. I forgot my beloved twine, quite a few containers of flowers and my whole box of chotchkies. Which leads me to the fact that you don’t need to add a lot of embellishments to Maja Design papers…the lovely designs and perfect patterns speak wonders for themselves…

Have a wonderfully crafty day…and thanks for spending a few minutes of it with me!Andrea-sign

Warm Winter Wishes

Morning Maja friends! Here in the NorthEast region of the US, New Jersey to be exact, we’ve been experiencing some wacky winter weather…arctic temps one day then short sleeve weather two days later! Not much snow, but lots of freezing rain (not too good to make a snowman with!). So I decided to pull out my warm, cozy Vintage Frost Basics paper and put together some snowy, wintry cards: AndreaEwenCSC174rM What I love about Maja papers is that I can use the strips at the bottom of the scrapbooking paper for some lovely sentiments, or just smaller type print of the designs located in the paper itself.Jan13DivaDareM I’ll show you the  technique I used on the above cards: Jantut1aYou’ll need heart dies, ink, paper and an embossing folder.Jantut2a Cut out the hearts using a press machine, mine happens to be a Big Kick.Jantut3a Now ink the inside of the embossing folder. This can go one of two ways…If you ink the bumped out design, the snowflakes will be dyed on the inside. If you ink the negative, the surrounding area will be inked and the snowflakes will be highlighted. I’m showing the negative side being inked, however, the first card at the top is where I inked the snowflakes themselves.Jantut4a While the ink is still wet, lay down the hearts on top of the snowflakes. I was careful to put the larger hearts on larger snowflakes and the smaller ones…on the smaller snowflakes. You don’t want a large pattern to get lost on a small snowflake.Jantut5 Now I run it back through the Big Shot.Jantut6Voila! Rustic inked snowflakes…I personally love the look…though in reality it would just be dirty snow! {wink, wink}
Jantut7Here’s a close up of the heart.

And then here’s a ‘clean snow’ card:VFBGiveawayWell, after all the ‘chilliness’ I was ready for a little summertime, so I made this with Vintage Summer Basics.

CSC173mCan’t hurt to put a little summertime out there…maybe the time will pass a bit quicker! The above card was made with half of a doily, some Spellbinders dies, Liquid Pearls and some twine.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a wonderfully creative day! Andrea-sign


A Very Happy New Year

A Very Happy New Year to you, Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today as an “official” Maja Design Team member for 2014! I was over the moon ecstatic when Marie and Jenny asked me to remain on the team for another year…seems as though I can never get enough of Maja’s beautiful papers! To commemorate a new year of beginnings and new adventures…I thought that a little Ska vi ta en fika would be in order, so I’ve made this frilly, feminine, vintage card for a New Year’s celebration: Maja010214This card uses some items that I lovingly “cannibalized” from a small Christmas wreath that I had purchased on sale. Now, I know that ‘lovingly’ and ‘cannibalized’ really don’t belong in the same sentence together, but I assure you that this practice keeps me in abundance of wonderfully vintage “chotchkies” or embellishments to use on my cards…let me show you: Maja010214BHere is what the wreath looks like all put together. I simply cut off all of those little metal flowers, cloves, silver leaves and glittered globes and tuck them into my focal bow: Maja010214AI have been known to walk around my house with a pair of scissors and snip off branches, flowers and bauble from decorations, too! And here are the embellies in action: Maja010214CAnd here’s a sampling of the Ska vi ta en fika collection: Fika-PThanks for joining me today, hope you have a healthy, prosperous and crafty New Year! Andrea-sign

A Happy Christmas and a 2013 Recap

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today…bringing you some Maja holiday goodness in the form of some cards…a few of which I made over the last 2 weeks and then a little recap of my favorite Maja Design themed card over this past year. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been with the team almost a year now and I can tell you that I absolutely adore Marie’s designs and the lovely, quality paper that she puts into every set. Her papers are definitely my ‘go-to’ papers…I will never tire of their delicate, vintage style! So without further chitchat…here are a couple new ones: HappyChristmasMajaI used the Vintage Frost Basics for my ‘Happy Christmas’ card. This card below is from the same line:

CSC170AndreaEwenCSC169AndreaEwenVintage Summer Basics is the theme for this card above.


And here are some of my favorites:AndreaEwenThis one features the Vintage Summer Basics collection. JanuaryMoodBoardAndreaEwenI used Walking in the Forest for the above card. Andrea EwenOne of my favorites, Ska vi ta en fikaRememberingYouMajaCThis one uses the Vintage Autumn Basics papers. ZvaJuly13blogHopMajaCleanVintage Spring Basics on this one. XmasinJulyMajacleanAnd for this holiday season, It’s Christmas time.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a super New Year! Thanks so much for tuning in and spending just a little bit of your day with me!



Holiday Joy

Morning Maja fans! It’s Andrea here with you today with a few cards that I’ve made over the last two weeks since I was here with you last…featuring my current favorite Maja Design collection..Vintage Frost Basics! Marie has included a page in this line with the most heart-warming and darling die cut images…I just love to use them on my projects to convey a wonderfully vintage and delicate feel. Here’s the first:MajaHolidayJoyThe image was cut out of a piece of 6th of December paper. I framed it with a Floral Oval die cut and added two rows of Liquid Pearls. The gold flourish at the bottom is simply a sticker and then I added a metal heart sponged with white craft ink and adorned with a twine bow/crystal center. The sentiment is from Verve’s Holiday Phrases and that’s stamped on a label punch. I finished the card off with a few resing/gold stars. Here’s another few card using the Vintage Frost Basics collection:ChristmasWishesNov2013VB DecemberDivaInspHop2013MD MajaDesignDec13MoodBoardAEAnd this last one is a card in a card: The tab at the top is a card to be pulled out from the top:CSC168 CSC168IAO CSC168InsideThanks so much for joining me today…I hope you have been inspired! ♥♥♥Andrea-sign