Nothing but blue skies – Sommartider

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I’m back again to share another mixed media project I created, this time with the amazingly colorful, Sommartider paper collection.


I know I have said it many, many times, but I do love this paper collection.  Whenever I need a bit of color to brighten my day, I create with this collection. Which leads me to this 12 x 16 inch canvas panel mixed media piece I call, “Nothing but blue skies.”

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I am constantly being inspired by my children.  And this piece was inspired by the packaging of a “Barbie” (at least I think it was “Barbie”, all I have is the inner packaging of a Christmas toy) that my 6 year old daughter got from Santa Claus, and by one of her fairy books (hence, the paper doll-like girls).  While I was creating this, she asked me, “Why are you using my stuff for your art?” In my head I was thinking, “really?”…but I just simply explained to her that some things just inspire me, and after all, I was just inspired by the packaging, which was essentially trash and going to be put, and has since been put, into the recycling.  Well, all that did was lay her claim to this piece, which I was making for her anyway….so a win-win situation, don’t you think!

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My canvas pieces always start by figuring out the design I am wanting to create on the background…and then choosing the papers to create the scene.  In this case, creating the background “horizon,” so to speak.

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I decoupage them down, add some acrylic paint to streamline the design, and add stamping for texture and interest.

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For this piece, I created 2 paper-doll girls.

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I then dressed them in clothes from other patterned papers from this same Sommartider collection.  In fact, every single piece of paper used for this project was from this particular collection.  (all papers used are listed at the bottom of this post)

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The “magic wand” was created with a toothpick and some ribbon from my stash.  I glued the ribbon down to make it look like it was blowing in the wind.

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The sunflowers were created using stamps from Heartfelt Creations and the button centers were from my personal stash.

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I created the tree trunk, cut out circles for the “leaves” and added doodled details.

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This was a fun project to create, and really, it is the fun projects that feed my soul.  What about you?

Sommartider papers used for this project included:  Sky: Sol Och Bad (bs); Hills/Grass:  Lunch I Det Grona, Lata Dagar, & Pathway; tree trunk:  Hallonsorbet; clouds:  Massor Med Glass (bs); sunflowers:  Bad Shorts (bs); Park Benches:  Strandmode (bs); the bodies of the girls:  Lata Dagar (bs); the clothes for the girls:  Massor Med Glass (bs), Hallonsorbet (bs), & Blomsterprakt (front & back);

Other supplies used to create this included:  stamps from CTMH, Unity Stamp Co, Kaisercraft, Heartfelt Creations, & Prima; flower stickers from Sassafras and my stash; leaf punch from Martha Stewart; ribbons, buttons from my stash; white paint pen from Elmers; other pens from Permaball, CTMH, & Sharpie; decoupage glue from DecoArt; heat gun from Tim Holtz; and acrylic paint from FolkArt in Calypso Sky (a true personal fave), Lime Green , & Cereale; and acrylic paint in Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel)

Thank you so much looking at my latest project.  I really hope that I have inspired you to create something today that feeds your soul!



Stand Out – Sommartider Paper Collection

Hello MajaDesign fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, back again, to share another mixed media project using the Sommartider Paper Collection.


For this project, I decided to use a larger scale canvas…measuring in at 18 inches by 24 inches.  Above you can see my 8 year old son, Saylor, graciously assisting me in displaying it’s size.

I used the gorgeously vibrant Sommartider paper collection for this project and….oh, how I love this paper collection. It has the perfect combination of prints and colors to satisfy my color obsession.


My 6 year-old daughter immediately laid claim to this piece, and it now resides quite happily in her bedroom.

So, here is how this piece was created:

#1 I painted the entire canvas.  Although it is difficult to see here, I actually used 3 different acrylic paint colors to paint the canvas:  FolkArt’s “Patina” and Apple Barrel’s “Calypso Sky” & “Bimini Blue.”  Note:  Be sure and paint the sides of the canvas as well.  This gives the piece a more finished look.


#2  I then stamped and stenciled onto the background and sides to give interest, depth, and dimension to the piece.


I used various stencils and stamps from The Crafter’s Workshop, Dylusions/Ranger, Close to my Heart, Kaisercraft, Stampendous, Glitz Designs, Unity stamps, and various other odds and ends from the “soles” of flip-flops :).

#3 I then cut out butterflies from the different patterned papers of the Sommartider paper collection.


After choosing the papers I wanted to use & cutting out the butterfly shapes, I then laid them out onto the background canvas to figure out exactly how I wanted to lay the project out.

I LOVE dimension and texture….and so, I dove into my vast collection of buttons to create the butterfly centers.


#4 After deciding the basic “composition” of the piece, I then glued my butterflies down using Mod Podge & adhered the buttons down using hot glue.


#5  After gluing everything down, I shaded my butterflies using Inktense blocks and a Faber Castell India ink pen in Warm Grey (the key to this step, is to “smear” the ink after applying it….otherwise, you get a very hard line)……  (If you look at the picture from step #4 and compare it to the pic in step #5, you can really see what shading brings to your projects).  After shading my butterflies, I went back in and added more stamps, stencils, acrylic paint, and some “sayings” around the butterflies.


For all of the butterfly antennaes … I used clothes pins.  I separated them, and then glued them down with hot glue.


& #6  To create my message, I used some of my Stampendous alpha letters to stamp on paper.  I also shaded the letters to add depth via the very same process as I shaded the butterflies.


Thanks for looking! and I hope this has inspired you to create today!   I challenge you…..let’s get MESSY!

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There’s No Place Like Home – Creating with the Sommartider collection

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I am back again to share another mixed media project.  I created this piece using absolutely every single paper from the gorgeous Sommartider paper collection.


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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with maps.  I have maps and a budding collection of globes in my studio, as well as all over my house.  I’m not even sure why I love maps so much…but I know that something about them makes my heart happy…and makes me want to create.

I was inspired to re-create a map of the United States mainland using the gorgeous array of prints from the Sommartider collection…. (and yes, I mean no disrespect for Hawaii and Alaska, they just didn’t fit into my scheme of things.)  I am going to share with you how I did this map….so if you feel so inclined, you could do this with any map, for any country, or area.

My inspiration originally came from one of my kiddo’s puzzles….a map of the United States.


After I put the puzzle together, I took some tracing paper and outlined all the individual states.


After all the states were traced….I made a copy of the traced image via my printer.  I did this so that I would have a “base” to glue my states down onto once they were cut out of the different patterned papers.


I then turned over my traced image, and using a soft leaded pencil, I shaded the lines.  Basically, this works like carbon paper.


Once you have scribbled a generous amount of soft pencil lead onto the back-side of the tracing paper, you just flip it over, place it over the patterned paper of your choice and trace over the lines of the “state” using a fine, but hard, ball-point pen.


This is how you are able to transfer the shape onto the patterned paper exactly as you traced it.  By using soft-lead pencil, you are then able to erase these same pencil lines AFTER you have cut out the shape.


Once the shape has been cut out and the pencil lines erased, I then glued down the shape into my “copy” of the tracing.


After all the shapes were created, I then cut out the entire piece as a whole.


And that is how I created my “map.”  I won’t lie…there is a bit of a time investment in this process.  But I hope it has inspired you to give it a try.

Other ingredients used in this project include.  Crafter’s Workshop stencil: Subway; Ranger Archival black ink; Staz-On archival ink in Teal Blue; black Sharpie marker; black and grey Faber-Castell pens; Stampendous Alphabet stamps; Tombow permanent adhesive; & clear acrylic stamps from CTMH.

Thanks for looking! & I hope this has inspired you to create something today!

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Shh…..sleeping baby – Sofiero Limited Edition Collection & A Birthday Everyday Mixed Media canvas – Sommartider Collection

Hello Maja fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here and I’m back again to share some of my creations using some of the many gorgeous Maja paper collections.  Today I am going to share 2 projects….the 1st created with the Limited Edition, gorgeously sweet, Sofiero Collection (and the 2nd, a mixed media canvas, created using the vibrant Sommartider collection, so keep scrolling.)  I won’t lie….this is a rather long post, so I hope you find the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy. shhh My 1st project is a door hanging, to be used on a nursery door when a wee little princess is sleeping.  I have broken this project down into steps so it can be easily re-created! First:  Using some basic “paper plates” that I had stashed in my kitchen…DSC09808 I cut out several sizes of circles from the paper plates. DSC09810 I traced the paper plate onto the paper, making marks at the paper plate creases. DSC09815 I then took one of the smaller circular parts I had cut from the paper plate….traced it in the center… & then scalloped the edges. a I cut it out from the paper, cut out the individual “petals”, and inked their edges…and then erased all of my errant pencil markings. DSC09823 Next, I glued down one of the circular pieces that I had cut from one of the paper plates to the back to reinforce it. Below is a backside view of the project.DSC09825 Next, using 2 different sized circles that I had cut from the paper plates as templates, I traced and cut out 2 circles from different papers…punched holes around their edges so that I could stitch borders onto them.DSC09828

After stitching borders onto the inner circles, I hot glued them down only in the center…being careful to leave space underneath the circle edges for my next step.


I cut some strips of the different patterned  paper to create some paper ribbons.


After cutting out the strips…all approximately 4 inches long, & about 3/4 inch wide….I inked their edges, gently folded them in half and stapled them down at the ends.


I then alternated the patterned strips and tucked them under the middle circle and glued them down.


I did the same basic technique to the smaller top circle…only I cut the strips in half.


I used a Martha Stewart corner punch to create a fanciful little embellishment that I adhered to the outside petal tips from the backside.


Below you can see the basic wall-hanging completed, with the addition of the corner punched details.  I also added some little pastel clothes-pins, that I bought at Walmart, around the inner circle.


Now the fun part.  Embellish the center circle to your hearts content.


I glued a ribbon onto the back so that it could hang either on the wall or from a door knob.


And because I was going for a “prize-ribbon/dream-catcher” type effect, I raided my enormous ribbon stash to embellish the bottom.


Once all the ribbon had been layered and adhered to the back, I secured it by gluing another circle over all of the ribbon.


And without further ado, here is the finished project.


I used a little bit of every piece of the gorgeous Sofiero Limited Edition collection on this project.

Sofiero Collection

Other ingredients used in this project included:  CTMH ink, Bella Blvd feathers, Zva Creative bling, Flowers from Bo Bunny, Petaloo, & Kaisercraft, alphabet stickers from EK Success & the Girls Paperie, Martha Stewart corner punch, little clothes pins from Walmart, dragonflies from Reneabouquets Etsy shop, “My Glittered Life”, & ribbon and paper plates from my stash.

Now…for my 2nd project…..Here is a 14 x 18 canvas mixed media piece that I created with the vibrant Sommartider paper collection.

EveryDay Birthday


I started with my canvas….and chose scraps from this paper collection for my background.


After choosing my background papers, I decoupaged them down with matte Mod Podge.


After letting it dry, I added stamps and acrylic paint to the background for added depth and interest, and then I constructed my main image…in this case, my birthday cake.


I really wanted my birthday cake to pop out against the background, so I decided to use some bright inks and stamps on my cake layers.


Then I glued all my of my cake layers down to the canvas.


I added fancy ribbon to embellish my cake, and added more stamps and rub-ons to the background.


I created my birthday candle by rolling up some paper and adhering it to the canvas with hot glue.


I added shading and my saying, a few doodles & extra rub-ons here and there, and voila, I considered the piece done.


All paper used for this project is from the Sommartider collection.  Other ingredients used here included:  alphas from the Girls Paperie, Staz-on ink, Acrylic stamps from CTMH, Prima, Kaisercraft, Rub-ons from Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, CTMH, matte Mod Podge, ribbon from Webster’s pages and from my personal stash, Derwent Inktense blocks and pencils, Faber Castell pens, & Permaball permanent black pen.

Thanks for looking, and I hope I have inspired you to create something amazing (and perhaps, a bit messy) today!

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Best friends

Vibeke is back:) Today I want to share some bright colors with you. “Sommartider” is so SUMMER. Blue and perfect.Look at that!! So yellow and perfect. Summer and sun:) I have made the background with gesso and a lots of different mist.I have made the flowers with Maja Papers and some pearls.Supplies:
Sommartider – ”Strandklånning”
Gesso, mist and inks from 13 arts
Chipboard from Blue Fern Studios

Thank you for joining me today.

Hugs VibekeVibeke

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Sommartider … Let the Creating Begin

Hello Maja Design Fans!  Nancy Hanttula here for my very first posting for this month’ s Guest Creative Team contribution.  I am so excited to finally get to share the creations I have made using Maja Design papers.  I am starting out with the Sommartider collection.  So, sit back, and relax, and get ready!  I have a lot to share……Maja Designs Mixed Media

Here is my first project, a mixed media piece.  Here are some photos of how I created this piece:

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I started with a basic 12 x 12 canvas.  I painted the background as well as the sides of the canvas with acrylic paint.  Using stencils, masks, stamps and ink, I created the basic background texture.

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I tore different squares of paper all different patterns from the Sommartider collection and using decoupage adhered them to the canvas.  I then added more stencilling, masking, stamping to the background.

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I then tore and rolled pieces of paper.  I secured them together by adhering the rolls closed with hot glue, and then I adhered them to the background with hot glue.  This is how I created the dimension of my sun.

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I hand-stitched a border around my little “gray” cloud and around my sun rays.

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I then created my title using some alphabet stencils.

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After finishing the title…I did some hand-doodling, added a bit of acrylic paint & stamping here and there for added interest, and voila, I considered the piece done.



Supplies used here included almost the entire Sommartider collection but specifically: Lata dagar, Sol o bad, Lunch idet grona, Klarbla himmel, Kvallsdopp, Badshorts, Citronsorbet, Iskall saft, Hallonsorbet, Bikini, Strandklanning, Strandmode, Badlakan,Varma kvallar, Blomsterprakt, & Massor av glass.  Other supplies included: 12 x12 canvas, Tim Holtz – CTMH – other misc. stamps, hot glue, Decoupage, Poster Stencil, Black Pen, The Crafter’s Workshop – Prima – other stencils.

My next project is another 12 x 12 canvas mixed-media piece:

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Using another 12 x 12 canvas….I first painted the sides, chose the papers I wanted for the background, and using acrylic paint, stamps, and stencils created interest to my background.


After I chose the papers I wanted to use, I decoupaged them down to the canvas.


Although I used the Sommartider collection for the majority of this piece, I did use one piece of the exquisite ska vi ta en FIKA collection because I just felt that I needed a bit darker color for my branches.  I sketched out my branches….and then used my X-acto knife to cut them out.


I then used my XL and Large Paper Shaper Retro flower punches to add some flowers, and free-handedly cut out some green leaves.


Once I got the basic design down, I then decoupaged everything onto my background.


After adhering the flowers and leaves down (and after the canvas had thoroughly dried), I went back in adding extra stamping, outlining, and hand-doodling.

I hand-drew my bird onto the back of the paper and then cut it out with my X-acto knife.



After cutting out my bird, I also adhered it down to the canvas with some decoupage. (Note:  Decoupage comes in different brands…such as Mod Podge, and “Decoupage” … you can even find recipes for making it yourself on Pinterest.)


After my bird was dry…I added a butterfly for my bird’s wings…I adhered it with hot glue.  (FYI: Hot glue is my adhesive of choice for heavy embellishments. Just know, hot glue can be a bit tricky and you need to be sure where you are going to glue it down because once it is down, you will tear something if you try to get it up.)

So after I have everything good and glued down, I go back and add some finishing touches of acrylic paint, outlining, doodling, and stamping.  Once I am satisfied with the result, I am done.



And because I’m kind of a “fancy” Nancy, I had to add some fun pom-pom trim to the sides.  (adhered with hot glue) DSC09213

“ingredients” used for this piece included:  Sommartider collection, specifically:  Blommor i sitt har, Iskall saft, Hallonsorbet, Bikini, Lunch idet grona, Sol o bad  & ska vi ta en Fika paper: vaffla m bjornbarssylt.  Other supplies used here:  misc rub-ons, XL and Large Retro flower punch from Paper Shapers, butterfly from Michaels store, black Pilot pen, white Sharpie, pink pom-pom ball trim from Michaels, Decoupage, various acrylic paint, sketch pencil, X-Acto knife, misc stamps from CTMH-Tim Holtz-misc., Staz-On Ink, and various stencils including some from The Crafter’s Workshop.

And now for my 3rd project using the amazing Sommartider paper collection (can you tell I LOVE this collection?):


Gosh, I love this photo of my precious baby girl (look at those baby fat rolls on her arms, don’t you just want to squeeze her?)…she’s not really a baby any more  as she is now in Kindergarten.  Life really moves so fast.  That is really why scrapbooking our memories is so very important. Don’t you think?



I made the “quilted” flower on this page and here is a photo tutorial on the basic construct of it:


I traced one of my large paper flowers (stashed away in my collection) and cut it out on 2 different patterned papers.


I then drew some inside petals to  one of the flowers (on the back of the paper.)


I then cut out the insides and pierced some holes to stitch around the borders.



After that, I took the other flower and backed the stitched flower…stitching them together at the very end of the petals to keep them lined up.  I then layered the inside with some flowers from stash and voila…my “quilted” paper flower.


I also tried out the BRILLIANT tutorial that Gabrielle shared here at the Maja Design blog (Gabi you ROCK!) for making paper ruffles.  I changed it up just a bit by first using a Martha Stewart border punch.



I don’t think I was quite as successful as the ever-talented Gabrielle (gosh, her paper ruffles were GORGEOUS) but I sure did try…and over-all, I am very happy with the effect (and definitely plan on trying it out again).


Ingredients for this layout include the following Sommartider papers:  Sommarens bild, Blommor i sitt har, Hallonsorbet, Blomster prakt, Lunch idet grona, Bikini,  and other supplies include: Martha Stewart border punch, Cricut Ornament Iron 2 cartridge -frame cut at 11 inches, Thicker alpha stickers, Martha Stewart crepe paper flower, Prima & Petaloo flowers, brads from Spare Parts, butterfly from Reneabouquets, buttons, ribbon, embroidery thread from my stash,  & felt hearts from Hobby Lobby.

and NOW for my very last project I created with this AMAZING paper collection, Sommartider, my FAVORITE project of all:  But, before I show you the finished project, I want to step you through it….just know, I absolutely LOVE how it turned out…and it was a true experiment through the whole process:


I bought this multi-paneled lamp-shade at Walmart for about $12.

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I then took some tracing paper and traced out the dimensions of one of the panels.

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Using this traced out “pattern” – I cut out paper panels for each panel in the lampshade and adhered them using Decoupage (this was the experiment part, as I wasn’t sure the paper would actually adhere.)  But I was sooo pleasantly surprised to find that the paper adhered beautifully. (NOTE:  spray mist the paper with water before decoupaging onto the lamp shade’s fabric surface – this aids in the paper actually bending to the contours of the bend in the lampshade.)

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After the panels dried, I added trim from my stash to all the borders using hot glue.  I just love the whimsical feel to this finished lampshade!  AND I was happy to use some of my HUGE ribbon stash.

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“ingredients” for this project include:  Sommartider paper collection- Klarbla himmel, Blomsterprakt, hallonsorbet, Standklanning, Lunch idet grona, & Badshorts; Lampshade from Walmart, Decoupage, various ribbons and trim from stash, hot glue, Rose trim from Webster’s Pages, a few buttons from my stash and a dash of Prima flowers.

I sure hope that something here has inspired you to get crafty today! And a great big THANKS for looking!