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


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


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

Earthly Flowers

Morning Maja friends! I’m so happy to say that I’ve recently received some happy mail in the form of ‘Coffee in the Arbour’! Delicate, dainty and ultra-feminine papers…I am in love! I had some sweet little daisy stickers hanging around my craft room (actually I had to dig them out) that went so well with the ‘White Daisies’ paper, so I married them to make this: EarthFlowersMI completed this card with some Buttercup liquid pearls, a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, a Deco Fan border punch and a paper distresser. I also pulled out some ‘Life in the Country’ paper to make this one: CongratsMWonderfully shabby and antique looking, I framed the medallion with a stained doily and some glitter. I added some Zva Creative pearl flourishes and a crinkled seam binding bow. For this next card, I upped the classy factor: MyGraceMLove me some Vintage Summer Basics! Framed with a Detailed Scallop Frame from Spellbinders, I added some Zva Creative pearl lines and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. All stamps used on these cards are courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for checking in…hope you like what you see! Andrea-sign

Americana Birthday

Happy Thursday Maja friends! Here in the United States we’re gearing up for our country’s birthday, July 4th. Another reason for the Ewen family to celebrate is the birthday of our patriarch, affectionately known as ‘Cheesie’ (as in Big Cheese), my husband, Guy. His mom told him when he was younger that the fireworks that accompany every July 4th celebration were just for him. Though he’s old enough to realize that is no longer the case, we still have quite a celebration for him, including a big barbecue, a huge ice cream cake, and yes, lots of fireworks. Tomorrow’s festivities will also include this card here: July4thM July4thcuThis card features the Life by the Sea collection. I added some die cut stars, wooden stars, sequin stars and some rustic twine. All of the edges are distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink and also roughed up a bit with a paper distresser. The stamp is courtesy of Verve’s American Hero set.

To my American friends…Happy 4th of July! To all my other friends…Happy 4th of July! :) Have a great day and thanks for sharing a part of it with me! Andrea-sign

Be Blessed

Hello Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing you a light, fluffy, feminine card to start off your Thursday…BeBlessedM

This card features the Vintage Spring Basics collection and is adorned with Zva Creative crystals, daisy chain lace, pearls and a sweet sentiment stamp from Verve. The design is modeled loosely on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

Hopefully I’ll be back next time with a Coffee in the Arbour inspired project.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully creative day! Andrea-sign

Just Because

Morning Maja friends! It’s already been two weeks since we last visited and now it’s time for some more card goodness! I have to say that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new Coffee in the Arbour collection to make it’s way to my front door, but in the meantime, I’ll default to my next favorite line of papers…Vintage Autumn BasicsJune14DivaInspHopMd June14DIHm1 June14DIHMAll stamps and dies are courtesy of Verve and I added lots of paper/fabric flowers, twine, pearls and butterflies to enhance the design. I also made my own vellum/sequin flowers by simply punching out a flower design with Stampin’ Up!’s Boho Blossoms punch from vellum and adding a Shine Bright Sequin to the middle. I also added a dab of Star Dust Stickles to each flower point for a bit more sparkle. Love me some sparkle!

Thanks for spending part of your day with me, see you soon! Andrea-sign

The Simpler Things

Morning Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing on some, hmm…CAS cards. Now mind you, these are not true CAS (Clean and Simple), though for me, they are quite toned down. I went to a ‘Stamp Camp’ the other day and I was so impressed with the cards we made and most of them were just straight-forward, easy designs, but effective. That’s the trick! Here’s what I mean: Luke145M I used just one sheet of the West Coast from Maja’s Life by the Sea collection. I added a cork frame dotted with liquid pearls and a bright red polka dotted bow/flower embellishment. Okay, now I start adding more stuff:

WonderfulMarvelousMVintage Summer Basics collection is highlighted here, I added a heart die along with some leafy sprig dies. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I added some liquid pearls. Then I decided to sew the perimeter. Still reasonably low-key, according to my standards. Here’s one that’s {gasp!} flat:

BestMD I am just in love with the Sofiero papers, I’m hoping that Marie will bring them back someday {wink, wink}. I used the back of the description at the bottom of the page for the floral trim pieces and then added a lacey border trim. More liquid pearls to add just a little sparkle… And speaking of more sparkle:

SmittenMThis final card showcases the Walking in the Forest line of papers. This card is really very simple, to make, being that the flower/feather embellishment is one piece. The only other details I added were the liquid pearls and the leafy die cuts. I did also lightly sponge the edges and added the “Smitten” sentiment, which is courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day! Andrea-sign

For the Love of Pearls

Morning Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing you some cards made with one of my most favorite Maja Design paper accoutrements…pearls! I simply love the elegant look of pearls and in contrast, you can soften and feminize a grungy, shabby card with delicate pearls. Maja Design papers are so delicate themselves so when you add pearls, you just up the elegance factor. This first card features the Sofiero collection (I tend to hoard these papers as they are no longer available {insert sad face here}):

PosyThanksMThis next card uses both Walking in the Forest and Vintage Autumn Basics. I love how I can mix collections of paper and they all coordinate beautifully:

BirthdayMMy last card was kind of an experiment, or a ‘pearl of wisdom’ if you will {insert wink here}. I had a doily, wanted to use a doily, didn’t want to use a doily AGAIN, so I settled for laying down the doily, inking it up with some Walnut Stain distress ink with a dauber over some Ska vi ta en fika paper and then removing the doily and….voila! The look without the paper! I then stamped my Verve sentiment in the middle and adorned the perimeter with strips of Zva Creative pearls.

LovenLifeMThanks so much for spending a bit of your day with me, hope the rest of it is wonderfully creative! …And don’t forget to bring out those pearls!

A Collection of Thanks

Happy Thursday Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today…sharing some creativity and inspiration, I hope! I had gone away a few weeks ago to a ‘scrapbooking weekend’ getaway with some gal friends…and since I could only bring what I could carry (hard to pack up an entire craft room) I had to get creative with the limited supplies I had. Luckily, Maja Design papers do all the talking, with minimal accoutrements required:thanksMThis card features the Ska vi ta en fika collection of papers. I adorned the horizontal panels with some paper piercing, vintage lace, paper flowers and buttons.

thankyouMajaI guess that it’s no secret that I love liquid pearls. This card is from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection and is absolutely doused with those lovely liquid delights. I love the freedom I have with them…I can put them just about anywhere. Another benefit of the liquid pearls is the size of the application. Around the outside border, I made very tiny dots. On the inside panels, I made larger ones, just by changing the amount of pressure applied to the bottle. I added some lace, ruffled ribbon, a line of paper flowers and some corner punches on the sentiment panel to finish off the card.

LifeMLastly, I made this hidden sentiment card with the Life in the Country series. I picked up a cute embossing panel which is just 2″ X 6″…perfect for making the white horizontal panel. I added some paper flowers, blue stamens and punched leaves. I also added some Zva Creative crystal flourishes in addition to liquid pearls. Here’s a peek of the inside:

LifeImThanks so much for spending part of your day with me, I hope you were inspired!Andrea-sign