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!

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Creating Wall Art with Maja

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a home decor project!  It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of the shabby-chic style, and I say why not take it off the page and into the home.  For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers and just had some fun tearing and painting away with them.    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial.  Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging….

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I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel.  I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel.  The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.  I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

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I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel.  I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar – bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen).  I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March).  The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’.  The stitch I used was from Prima.  The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.

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For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs).  I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’ stencils from Crafters Workshop.  Here are a couple more views of the panels…

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I hope my project has inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating home decor projects. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo

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April Mood Board

Spring is slowly arriving. The trees are waking up, stretching their branches towards the sun… Easter is approaching with new beginnings… Here is our new Mood Board for April.AprilMB

This months Mood Board has an Easter theme and is based on the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I hope you haven’t missed the second opportunity you get by entering the Mood Board challenge? We will invite our Winter Girl based on the participating projects in our Mood Board challenge. The Winter Girl will receive a temporary seat by our table, the Vintage Frost Basics collection to play with and a posting of her own.

And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below April 26th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation April 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_Grotherus Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

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

 

Home For Spring

Hello, dear Maja Fans! I hope you’re enjoying beautiful spring weather at your places :)

I don’t know about you, but my creations very often take their origins in small things or elements that pull the creativity trigger ;) And so was the case with one tiny object I spotted in my local craft store and suddenly felt the urge to finally finish the project I’ve been realising for the last five years (yeah, I’m THAT slow!). I planned to make a home for each season of the year and was only missing the spring one – but no more, here it is:

mdhomeI used a Stamps Away cardstock base and the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers to decorate it. The base was not very precise, to tell the truth, but as I wanted a shabby chic style cabin, it was even better so. So, ready for a little trip around (and a lot of photos? :) )

Let’s begin from the front. I used the fabulous Blommor på bordet paper for the wall and added some “bricks” on 3D dots for dimension. I attached a Tim Holtz hitch fastener for the knob and hung the metal charm keys on it:

mdhome1I punched some twigs and put them into a paper flowerpot, together with yellow mini roses. A resin bird is curiously looking at them ;)

mdhome2The side walls are covered with the Ingefärsparon – bs paper – love the plaid! I also stamped some crackles on for a more distessed look. You can also see a “trimmed box” that I made using two styrofoam balls and deep green Flowersoft :)

mdhome5The other side wall features some “wild vine” climbing around the widnow – I used a Marianne Design die to make it:

mdhome3mdhome4What do you most associate with spring? Of course, gardening! Planting and sowing, digging and watering :) And here’s my mini gardening plot in the backyard:

mdhome9I put an inviting sign on the wall…

mdhome7…”planted” some veggies:

mdhome8…working hard with my gardening tools – aren’t they the cutest? And that mini watering can was the final impulse I told you about at the beginning of this post :)

mdhome6Let’s not forget the roof – I made “tiles” with a border punch and strips of various papers, layering them with some guipure ribbons, cheesecloth and buttons:

mdhome11And here’s the nest of the bird perching on the front window sill :)

mdhome10Want to take a peek inside? (quite difficult, as the house is rather small ;) ):

mdhome12And so, the spring can settle for good in this little house :) And here’s the whole collection – the Home for Autumn is also Maja Design and you can see it in greater detail here.

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Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika? – Ingefärsparon – bs, Blommor på bordet, Favoriter -bs, Cheesecake, Cheesecake-bs, Marzipanbakkelse, Havrerutor; Gammaldags Jul – Vackra packet -bs; Summer Vintage Basics – 1946

Other: house base – Stamps Away; stamps – Lemonade, Making Memories, Kaisercraft; resin elements – Prima, Melissa Frances; punches – Martha Stewart, Fiskars; hitch fastener – Tim Holtz; dies – Marianne Design, Memory Box, Sizzix; bird’s nest, garden sink – Prima; Flowersoft; gardening tools, mini roses, buttons, guipure, keys charm – from my stash.

 

And that would be all for today – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)

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Love to Dance

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. The first one is using the Beautiful Vintage Summer Basics Collection….

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My girl friend took these photo’s of her daughter….

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From the Vintage Summer Basics Collection I used:1921,1922,1903_BS,1899,1908,1891,1924_BS & from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection I used: 3rd of May

The chipboard used is  Dusty Attic. The flowers,ballet slippers & Ballerina are  Prima.

Here are some closeups of detail…

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I did my usual distressed layers,adding some lace,cheesecloth & ribbon into the layers..

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I also did some punch work…

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I used a spectrum noir marker (EB7) on the doily & the music notes….

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On the rest of the chipboard I used picket fence crackle paint,&once that dried I rubbed in some brown chalk & inked the edges….

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Here is my next LO ,I did using the Fika Collection, & yes I am wishing for Spring,we have had a very long cold winter!! We still have lots of snow on the ground,but the days are getting warmer & longer. The photo is of me, in our garden taken in the Spring.My plant combinations in this area are thunderchild trees,& golden elders in the back. In the front I use hosta’s with alluimn.   I used Nadia’s Beautiful March sketch for Dusty Attic….

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From the Fika Collection I used: Vaaffla m bjornbassylt, Marzipanbakelse, Marzipanbakelse-BS, Bjornbarsrutor, & Blabarssylt-BS

I also used 1932-BS,from Vintage Summer Basics & 5th of May-BS from Vintage Spring Basics.

The chipboard used is Dusty Attic.

The flowers are Petaloo & Dusty Attic. The paint used is Dusty Attic.

Here are some close ups of detail….

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On the deVine Frame I first used a spectrum noir marker #EB7,then painted the leaves with DA Forrest & once that dried I applied DA crackle. I let that dry,then dry painted on DA jungle green paint on to the leaves….

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I used the same marker on the birdcage & the stems of the buds. On the buds,berries & the birdcage, I applied some DA sugar plum paint,then once that I applied crackle. Once that dried I dabbed on some razzelberry,LuminArt’,to bring out more tones….

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I used the same on the Alpha….

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God Bless This Nest – Ska Vi Ta En Fika?

Hello Maja Design fans and friends.  Nancy Hanttula here, back again.  This week I am sharing a St. Patrick’s Day inspired mixed media project.

God Bless This Nest

I created this piece using the gorgeous Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection.

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I knew that the beautiful greens and purples in this paper collection were going to be perfect to create this piece.

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So, now I would like to share the basics on how this project came together.  I first started with my basic background.

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I then wanted to add some stenciling….I am all about texture and layering on my projects.

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I first laid my stencil down to see where I wanted to go.

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I mix acrylic paint with modeling paste to achieve the color and texture/dimension that I want.

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I created my “shamrock” using one of my Martha Stewart heart punches.  I punched out 8 individual hearts.

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I was going for a dimensional look…so I folded each heart in half and then glued just one of the folded sides down.

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I mounted the piece onto a wood frame that I bought at my local craft store.  I wanted to add some dimension to my frame…so I added detailing with some dimensional paint.

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After the dimensional paint dried, I painted over it with acrylic paint.

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After the acrylic paint dried, I added some dark purple ink to just the dimensional areas to highlight the dimension.

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I added a little Prima bird nest to the center of my shamrock…a little metal key and tag from my stash, some additional layering, bling, and stamping…and there you have it.

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Papers used from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection used for this project included:  Kladdkaka (front); Pratstund (front and back); Marzipanbakelse (front); Havrerutor (back); Blommor pa bordet (front).  Other supplies used:  Liquitex modeling paste; Martha Stewart heart punch; E6000 glue; hot glue; Prima bird cage; small alphas from the Girls Paperie; Prima’s Ingvild Chalk Ink; wood flourish and wood frame from my local crafts store; acrylic paints from FolkArt and Dermacoat in colors Lavendar, Purple, & Fresh Foliage; Polymark dimensional paint; metal key, metal label, brads, felt, acrylic stamp, and stencil from my stash.

Thanks for looking.  I hope I have inspired you to create something today.

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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

Going Soft and Smokey with Maja Papers!

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I don’t know how winter has been for you lovely ladies in Sweden, but here in Canada it has been extremely cold and snowy this year!  I for one am soooo ready for Spring to make an appearance!  So to warm myself up a little I thought I’d work on a summery photo.  This is a photo I took a few years back of my oldest daughter when we were taking a summer vacation near Sable Falls in (Northern) Ontario.

I’ve recently been putting together a color inspiration board for myself on Pinterest and I find one of my favourite color combinations is purples with greens, but I’m particularly fond of the these colors in soft smokey tones.  So for this page I reached for some of the soft smokey plums in the ‘Ska vi ta en Fika’ collection and mixed it with some taupey grey and soft green from the Vintage Summer basics colleciton.

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I wanted to add some ‘lush’ greenery to the page so I matted behind the photo with some green paper from the Life In the Country paper collection (Sowing Seeds-bs), and added a new vine chipboard design from Dusty Attic called ‘Ivy Corners’ adding a few Dusty Attic purple roses in as well.

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I just love to add vintage style embellishments to my Maja Design layouts because the beautiful papers lend themselves so well to these types of embellishments, like vintage lace (from Tresors de Luxe), Natural floral accents (also from Tresors de luxe), chipboard designs (Skelleton clock and flourishes, from Dusty Attic Designs) and the Flowers are from a tin of blooms from Recollections.

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Clocks are one of those design elements that I feel work with almost any page.  So again on this page I’ve added in some of my favourite clock designs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection (XVI).

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When I get my Maja Design collections, I love to fan out the papers and enjoy how the different patterns and designs look against each other.  I always want to share these pretty designs in a unique and fun way, ….here I was able to do this using a new chipboard by Dusty Attic called ‘Geometric’ border. I glued a small sampling of a few of the patterned papers behind the small square designs.

Maja Design Papers used in this project:  Ska vi ta en Fika (Söders höjder – bs, En Kopp te-bs, Chaite-bs, Favoriter-bs), Life In the Country (Sowing Seeds), Vintage Summer Basics (1932-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my little project today using Maja Design products and hope that it brought you a little Spring warmth as well! xo

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In the Kitchen With Maja

Hello Maja Fans, it’s Maja here with a yummy post for you :)

I must admit I’m not the best cook. I can cook only several meals that are edible and I don’t even try to cook anything that requires more than an hour in the kitchen. However, I never say never and just in case, for future use, I collect cookbooks and recipes. Which means I’m sometimes in need of a recipe notebook :)

mdcook0For this one I used the most “kitchen” collection from Maja Design, i.e. Ska Vi Ta En Fika? That mini plaid pattern looks so much as a kitchen tablecloth! I also chose the yummy plums design to make the background for a hand-coloured stamped image. I like to secure the corners of notebooks with metal protectors so that they endure everyday use.

mdcook1I also made a custom closing band using ordinary elastic band and a pearl brad to block it. Of course, the band was white, but that was not a problem – I used a Promarker in the matching colour to change that :) Thus you can easily create custom bands and ribbons – just remember to colour over a craft sheet or a piece of plastic, as markers stain until wet. Once they’re dry, the colour is sealed.

mdcook7Next, I also like to decorate the wire with a piece of ribbon and button that also is a decorative topping for the string with a metal mini spoon that can be used as bookmark:

mdcook2As much as plaid, I associate lace with cozy home kitchen – so there it is, made with an edger punch:

mdcook3I always add a pocket for some loose pages on the inner cover – here I decorated it with a die-cut doily and chipboard cutlery:

mdcook4Recipe Notebook:

Maja Design papers:Ska Vi Ta En Fika? Sockerkaka bs, Plommonkaka, Marzipanbakelse bs, Favoriter, Favoriter bs.

Other: stamps Inkadinkado, Marianne Design; die Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboards Wycinanka.pl; brad Craftmania.pl; edger punch Martha Stewart; ribbon, charm, protectors, rubber band – from my stash.

 

Speaking of recipes, let me now share my favourite muffin recipe. As I mentioned above, I’m not a good cook and I’m very likely to spoil something, forget an ingredient or two or finally burn a meal ;) And yet these yummy babies are always perfect and they take no more than half an hour to make!

mdrecWhat I love about this recipe is that you can easily change it to your taste and needs without losing the yumminess and puffiness :) I for instance use cane sugar, soya milk and mix rye flour with wheat flour, I even add just water when I don’t have milk at hand. You can also add whatever you like to create various flavours using the same portion of batter (you have enough for 24 muffins, so just add nuts, or almonds, or bluberries, or raisins and you have a muffin party in 30 minutes!). Perfect for Mardi Gras!

And speaking of muffins – here’s a sweet muffin cupcake card:

mdcook5I die-cut the muffin and placed it over the cups design and added a pin-up girl badge and glittery roses to get a cheerful babe card :)

mdcook6Muffin Babe Card:

Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika?: Cheesecake bs, En Kopp Te, Chaite, Chaite bs; Vintage Frost Basics: 22nd December bs.

Other: stamp Lemonade, die Marianne Design, badge Scrap.com.pl, ribbon, lace, roses, pearls – from my stash.

 

Buon Appetite :)

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