Merry Christmas!

Hi friends! What a pleasure it is to be blogging today! In a funny sort of a way, it feels as though I am able to share Christmas with all of you, even if in a small blogland-type of a way!

I hope you and your families have all had a wonderful Christmas! I cannot believe how quickly the holidays crept up this year, and how quickly we will be celebrating the start of the New Year. It seems like only yesterday that I joined this incredible team of talent. But you know what they say, right? Time goes by quickly when you’re having fun! And boy, what fun I’ve had! I have spent the most wonderful year alongside some incredibly talented artists, designing with THE most beautiful paper. It really is hard for me to say goodbye, but I know that the 2014 Maja team is packed full of incredibly sweet and talented ladies, and that it will be yet another year of beautiful creations for you all to enjoy.

As for me, I am excited to try something a little different, and step down from designing, to focus more on other passions, like photography! I will, however, be sharing more “unofficial” Maja projects for as long as I have the beautiful paper to create with, so please come visit me when you have the time!

For today, I am sharing my latest creations with the beautiful new Vintage Frost Basics collection. 

I hope they bring a little Christmas cheer your way!

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I love this brand new collection, and how easy it is to create with the gorgeous designs. Each paper is full of vintage Christmas images, making it super duper easy to whip up some Christmas cards in no time at all. I rarely felt that I needed to add extra embellishments, which was perfect, as most of my scrappy goodies were tucked away in storage!

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On each card, I used a mixture of papers, a bit of decorative tape. some of my favorite dies, and a few holiday stamps.

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For a bit of added texture, I tucked in some felt, and a tad of pretty, shabby lace.

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I also wanted to add a bit of sparkle, as it is so very appropriate for the holidays. So I added some sequin trim and a sparkly star pin.

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On this next card, I added a little handmade bow, which is just the perfect little three-dimensional element.

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Just under the bow, a few little stamped holly berries and boughs add yet another little festive touch.

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Supplies Used: Maja Design Paper (6th of December, Christmas Die-Cuts, Days of December), Papertrey Ink Dies (Filigree Border, Heart Border, Half-n-Half Dies), My Favorite Things Dies (Spring Wreath, Christmas Ornaments), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Love Lives Here), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Scarlet Jewel),  Felt, Sequins, Pins and Lace from my stash.

Well, it is time for us to continue our Christmas festivities, so I best be getting back to all the fun. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

Thank you for a beautiful year of memories!Ivana-sign

Girly Frills

I simply melt at the sight of frilly, shabby pink ribbons, lacy bits, and little odds and ends. I love scraps of all sorts and I collect them avidly. Every once in a while, accompanied by a steamy cup of tea, I surround myself with all my scraps scattered about on the floor…And after a good hour or so of sorting, organizing and making itsy bitsy piles, I am usually inspired to create something out of all the little treasures.

That is how this little creation came about.

I just couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t throw all these little mismatched misfits away, nor did they fit into any one particular pile….So, I put them to use and created this little package.

I used several Maja papers: Send a Postcard – Vintage Winter collection, 1933 – Vintage Summer Basics collection, and 5th of March – Vintage Spring Basics collection.

To keep the little box closed and add a bit more frilly fun, I tied two lace bows and glued them to a sparkly pin, decorated with buttons and rhinestones.

For the front of the box, I used Melissa Frances stickers – the girl alpha card and the polka dot oval, Webster’s Pages sparkler, stringed pearls, liquid pearls, and a soft blue button.

Supplies: Maja Design paper (Send a Postcard – Vintage Winter collection, 1933 – Vintage Summer Basics collection, and 5th of March – Vintage Spring Basics collection), Papertrey Ink Dies (Pillow Box, Heart Border, Limitless Layers: Circles), Webster’s Pages Sparkler, Melissa Frances Stickers, Buttons, Lace and Rhinestones are from my stash.

Wishing you all a happy day,Ivana-sign

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! I planned to create a spooky card to share, but at the last minute, changed my mind and created a holiday card with some of the beautiful holiday Maja paper. I decided to try my hand at the 6×6 It’s Christmas Time paper pad. Partly because it is one of the paper packs I have kept in my crafty kit – almost every other Maja paper has been packed up in preparation for our big move. And partly because I love that I have all the patterns and colors I need at my fingertips, in this tiny little compact bundle. I don’t know why I don’t create with 6×6 papers more often!

It was really so much fun to work with, and I loved how little waste is created from this size of paper.

Also, the little Santa Claus image was just the size I needed for this card. Had I used the 12×12 format, the image would have been much too large.

I really didn’t do much to add to the beautiful papers. I only added some snowflakes, a few metallic pearls, a rub-on sentiment, and some twine and a button.

It is so easy to put together a card, when the papers are this beautiful.

Supplies Used: Maja Design Paper (6×6 It’s Christmas Time paper pad), My Favorite Things snowflake die, twine, metallic pearls, button and rub-on from my stash.

My momma and I are enjoying some girl time together, and hot apple cider calls my name, so I best be going.

I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely day!

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Happy Holidays

A very quick post for today, as we’ve just settled in from our wonderful vacation. We cherished every moment spent out on the open road, and marveled at the beautiful scenery. I don’t know that I will be able to share any particular highlight, as each and every day was special in it’s own unique way. From exploring small towns and scenic highways, to enjoying long hot days in the Arizona sun, to all the culinary and touristy adventures, and everything in between…This trip was just what we needed.

Back at home now, we are slowly returning to our normal pace, and I am here to share a little card I created before we embarked on our holidays.

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To create this card, I started with a soft mint paper (10th of March) from the Vintage Springs collection. Just below that, I added a plaid pattern from the Vintage Winter collection (Christmas Joy).

To that, I added a die-cut doily using the Send a Postcard print from the Vintage Winter collection, and the Favorit print from the Ska vi ta en fika collection.

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I added a Melissa Frances vintage sticker to the doily, and decorated the outside with liquid pearls. To the side, I added just a bit of crinkled lace, along with a button and a little die-cut heart. I used my snowflake die to cut out and layer a couple of delicate snowflakes with button and rhinestone centers, and a pretty rub-on for the sentiment.

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I know I say it over and over, but it really is so easy to create lovely cards when the papers are this beautiful. I love how perfectly Maja papers match with other companies’ vintage products, like so many of my beloved Melissa Frances stickers, or other worn and faded vintage trinkets in my stash.

There are so many more beautiful Maja papers that I want to put to use, so stay tuned, as I will be back with many more holiday creations soon!

Supplies: Maja Design paper (10th of March - Vintage Springs collection. Christmas Joy - Vintage Winter collection,  Send a Postcard - the Vintage Winter collection, Favorit -Ska vi ta en fika collection), Melissa Frances Stickers, My Favorite Things Snowflake Die, My Favorite Things Doily Die, Buttons, Lace, Rub-on and Rhinestones from my stash.

xo,Ivana-sign

Merry Christmas

Happy Monday!

My predictions are that by the time this is posted, we will already be somewhere in the South, on our vacation.

Nonetheless, I wanted to create something special to share even while we were away, and I simply couldn’t resist finally digging into some of the beautiful holiday Maja paper.

I know it’s still a ways away, but one can never be too prepared for the holidays. So I’ve created something very Christmas-y for today’s post.

A wee treat baggie that I am sure will come in handy for little gifts or home baked goodies of the season.

For the baggie, I used a white medium sized paper bag, and covered the base with Send a Postcard paper from the Vintage Winter collection.

I used the Ska vi ta en fika green gingham paper (Favoriter) to add punched border at the top of the baggie, and to die-cut the quilted dresden flower. Just beside that I added a Melissa Frances vintage sticker to another dresden die-cut, and added a shabby red bow to the top of the baggie.

The last two die-cuts are from two lovely papers: Vintage Spring Basics (10th of March), and Hot Chocolate from the Vintage Winter collection.

To decorate each dresden die-cut, I added a mix of die-cut snowflakes, stickers, and lots of liquid pearls. I just love how one simple die and a pile of pretty papers can provide for infinite possibilities and so many pretty card designs.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper Vintage Spring Basics (10th of March), Vintage Winter collection (Hot Chocolate), Ska vi ta en fika (Favoriter), Vintage Winter (Send a Postcard), WPlus9 Quilt Cuts #1 Die, EK Success Abstract Flower border punch, My Favorite Things Snowflake Die, Melissa Frances stickers, Crinkled Ribbon, Vintage Button and Rub-On Sentiment from my stash.

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely start to your October! Until next time,

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Beautiful Girl

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying your week thus far. Things have been busier than usual around our household lately, with lots of new happenings on the horizon. I can’t wait until things are a bit settled so that I can share all that has been going on with you.

As you may know, we have also been madly renovating for a while now, and the latest room to get a make-over is my old scrapbook room. Sadly, it will no longer be a crafty space, as it’s destined for new adventures…As a result, all of my scrappy supplies have been boxed up (for the time being), aside from my lovely Maja papers and a few little bits that I’ve managed to keep in my crafty cart.

It has been such a challenge not having all of my crafty bits within reach. You see, I am not a very decisive crafter, and it was very hard to decide what limited supplies to keep unpacked. So while it took some adjusting to, but I am finding that having a limited supply of products to create with is actually helping speed up my creative process.

Anywho, I am so very excited to be sharing my latest Maja creation with you all, as it’s the first time I’ve been able to craft, albeit on a very, very small scale.

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Today’s duo is a little set consisting of a card and a mini envelope using items I had on hand, and some beautiful Maja Design products. I am so happy with these colors and how bright and lively they are. It’s rare to see such vibrant colors for baby cards, so I toned them down a little by introducing soft pinks and lots of cream into the mix.

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To start, I used a WPlus9 Vintage Envelope Die to cut the little pocket. I used a pretty patterned paper, which I fussy cut, and added to the front of the envelope. Beside that, I added an old sticker that has been sitting in a pile of my Maja paper for a long, long time…

I had some Papertrey Ink stamps in my little cart, so I decided to use them on this project as well. I stamped the little hearts and the “girl” sentiment to add to the sticker. I also happened to have some twine and pre-dyed crinkled ribbon, which matched perfectly, so I added them too.

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I decorated the back of the envelope as well, with all of the same elements. I just adore the phrase about little girls, don’t you?

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For this little card, I used the pretty Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of March) and Vintage Summer Basics collection (1912).

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I used a few more stickers, along with more crinkled ribbon, and a punched border at the bottom.

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Supplies: Maja Design paper (Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of March) and Vintage Summer Basics collection (1912)), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Sweet Baby), WPlus9 Die (Vintage Envelope), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet), EK Success Punch (Abstract Flower), Stickers, crinkled ribbon and buttons from my stash.

I just adore how simple both of these cards are, and despite the bold colors, they both still look very soft and sweet.

Wishing you all a sugar-and-spice kind of day,

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Jar Full of Buttons

Hi everyone! Ivana here today to share a little project I’ve created with lots of pretty Maja papers and tiny little buttons!

I thought they were just the perfect thing to perk up the little paper jar, because what crafty soul doesn’t love an old mason jar filled with buttons?

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To create the back of the card, I used the very beautiful yellow pattern, 2nd of April from the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

Over that, I layered a delicate paper doily, along with another patterned paper circle.

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I die-cut the pretty jar shape using the Enjoying the Fragrance print from the Sofiero collection, and then decorated the inside of the mason jar with lots of teensy little handmade buttons and liquid pearls.

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Just above the mason jar, I added a little die-cut circle with a heart cut-out, as well as two more strips of pretty paper, and another dotted clay button.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Vintage Spring Basics – 2nd of April, Sofiero – Enjoying the Fragnance), Papertrey Ink Dies (Love Lives Here, Mason Jar) WPlus9 Stamps (Berry Best Wishes), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Sweet Blush), Handmade Buttons from Ivana’s Creations Etsy Shoppe, paper doily from my stash.

This card took no time at all to whip up, and it just goes to show that when working with papers that pull together this beautifully, crafting is oh-so-very-easy.

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you have a lovely day,

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Thank You for You

Hi everyone! Ivana here today to share my newest Maja creation with you. But first here’s a little update on what’s been going on around our household…

Much of this past month has been devoted to a few big life changes…Transitioning into our new eating lifestyle, hubby becoming a full-time student again, and a very, very exciting new journey for us – the potential of buying a new home.

With hubby going back to school in less than two weeks and juggling both work and studying at the same time, the last few weeks have been centered around this big decision, in an effort to tie up as many loose ends as we can before September creeps up on us. (I’m sure for any one of you with school-aged kiddos, the rush right before September is much the same)

Luckily, we have had tremendous support from our family and friends, who have stepped in to answer questions, offer up advice, and some even to offer their expertise to a couple of young kids trying to figure all of this home-buying business out.

Between realtors, mortgage brokers, home builders and our own research, we have definitely grown an appreciation of how truly massive this undertaking is, and why so many run at the sight of this process.

Thankfully, neither hubby or I get scared easily, and we rather enjoy the process of learning new things and coming up with scenarios and solutions. And thanks to the many supportive friends, family and industry professionals, we have gained so much invaluable information, and feel a lot more informed today than we did at the start of this journey.

I can’t tell you all how grateful I am at the end of the day to know that we are surrounded by so many caring people who are willing to go out of their way to lend us a hand.

Today’s pocket card is inspired by these wonderful folks.

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The pocket card features some of my most favorite Maja Design paper in soft, pastel shades. To create the two cards, I’ve used papers from the wonderfully soft and shabby Sofiero and Vintage Spring Basics collections, but before I get into the details, let’s talk about the little glassine envelope first.

I decorated the front with lace, fabric die-cuts and vintage buttons, as well as a stamped sentiment from this lovely Papertrey Ink stamp. For the top of the baggie, I used the Heart Border die from PTI. I just love how it adds just the right design touch when finishing off empty spaces on a project – especially if you are like me and like to use felt to die-cut the hearts. It instantly adds a warmth and a texture to any project, unlike paper, which can be rather one-dimensional.

For some added texture, I layered two buttons together to create the centerpiece for the large die-cut flower, which I cut using Papertrey Ink’s Lovely Layers die.

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Here is a quick close up of the big, pieced-together flower I created for this little card. It started out as piles and piles of pretty fabric circles, which I layered together to create this little blossom.

For the center, I used a button to secure the layers together and finished it off with a lace layer underneath and a pretty vintage crystal pin.

Layered under the flower are a few lovely papers from Maja Design.

The soft yellow shade as well as the delicate rose pattern are both on the list of my most favorite papers of all time.

Marie (the designer) really has a way of picking the most beautiful, subtle, and delicate colors and designs. I have yet to find a Maja paper that I do not fall madly in love with. Plus, with each color harmonizing so well with another, I love that I can mix and match papers from all the collections…As I often do.

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Inside the baggie, I tucked in two little cards, focusing more on the pink palette for the second mini card.

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Much like the first, I added a handmade flower to the second card, along with some vintage trim, and a few tiny die-cuts.

A few liquid pearls add a bit of dimension and a pattern from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of May) rounds off this set of cute cards.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Sofiero – Enjoying the Fragrance, Vintage Spring Basics – 3rd of March, 3rd of May), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Fillable Frames #11), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Smokey Shadow), Papertrey Ink Dies (Heart Border, Desktop File, Lovely Layers), My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Paper Doll Girl Border, Christmas Ornaments), Papertrey Ink Buttons (Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush), Fabric, Felt, Lace, and Trim from my stash.

Thank you for joining me on this lovely day and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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Thank You – A Card for a Friend

Today’s project is a very special little care pack, for my scrappy soul-mate. We love all the same colors, admire the same beautiful old things, and love using all the same goody bits in our papercrafting. I can’t tell you what a such a joy to have someone to share your loves with.

She also happens to be a total sweetheart. A friend I wish I could meet in person one day. We are separated by many miles, and for now, we rely on emails and a few comments here and there, and spend all of our free time admiring each others work.

I made this card and embellishment pack for her. Because there is nothing that fills my day with joy more than making something from the heart and sharing it with a friend.

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I used a heaping handful of soft colors and textures to make the card. I started with some beautiful Maja Design paper, from the Sofiero collection as well as the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I used beautiful Precious Remembrance stamps for the little tabbed sentiment, and for all the stitches. I stamped the bits in Smokey Shadow and Sweet Blush ink from Papertrey Ink.

I also misted a pretty crinkled ribbon in a soft yellow, and embellished the big beautiful bow with a pin, felt rolled rose, and some lace.

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To the top, I added a little felt heart, along with a chipboard accent and a rhinestone.

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For the layered lace circle, I used Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Circles dies, to cut all the lovely shapes, and Heart Prints hearts for the little felt heart.

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I made a few little rosettes that she can use on her own projects, out of cream felt, and vintage rhinestones. To decorate the little tag, I used PTI’s Tag Sale #3 die, and a few little bits of paper, lace, and die-cut hearts. At the top, I added a vintage button and a bit of lace.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Sofiero – Strolling Down the Rose Path, Vintage Spring Basics – 3rd of March, Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Dies (Limitless Layers Circles, Heart Prints, Love Lives Here, Tag Sale #3), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush), Precious Remembrance Stamps (Thank You), Papertrey Ink Felt (Vintage Cream), Buttons, Rhinestones, Crinkled Ribbon and Lace from my stash.

 I can’t wait to see how she uses these little flowers.

 Wishing you all a beautiful day,

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Enjoy the Journey

Hi everyone! I am here today to show off a little bright number…Which is not something I do that often. I had an itch for a rainbow-inspired card and felt that no other inspiration would do other than a cartoon character from my childhood, Rainbow Brite.

Do you all remember her?

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To start, I used a pretty purple paper from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (9th of April), and traced the top with a pen, using one of my die-cut tags for the guide. Then, I cut the traced scallops to create the fancy top of the card. You could also do this with a border die or use a punch.

I layered a cream cardstock over top, which I stamped with my sentiment and a few fun stars.

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For the top of the card, I used a chipboard half-circle, painted white, layered a bold chevron paper, a die-cut doily, and a die-cut heart border.

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I used similar layers for the bottom of the card, adding in two more Maja Design papers, the beautiful soft yellow and a lovely purple stripe from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (2nd of April, 8th of April).

I added a hand-cut butterfly, some buttons and a pretty patterned brad to finish off the card.

Supplies: Maja Design paper (Vintage Spring Basics Collection – 2nd of April, 8th of April, 9th of April), Simple Stories paper (Vintage Bliss collection), Precious Remembrance stamps (Journey), My Favorite Things die (Doily Details), Papertrey Ink Die (Heart Border), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Winter Wisteria, Ripe Avocado), Buttons and Chipboard from my stash.

See you soon!

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