Some Card Inspiration

Good morning Maja Friends.

We are enjoying warm sunny days here, but I have already started my Christmas preparations. A bit early for me, but since I have been to busy last year, so I decided to start doing Christmas card even in the summer, but frankly speaking it was too hot for creating them .

WinterCard_ElenaOlinevichI played with my all time favorite from Christmas collections – Vintage Winter Collection. These blue and white colors are more traditional for me, as they remind me about the snow winters and cold winds.

img_6366img_6359But more cards are coming and I will use all different colors for them ,as I have so many friends all over the world.

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Desperately – Vintage Winter

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again.  Today I am going to share a wall hanging I created using the Vintage Winter paper collection.

Vintage Winter

All of the Maja Design paper collections are so versatile in creating projects – not necessarily themed for say…”Winter” as the name of this paper collection suggests.

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I started by choosing my background paper (Skicka En Halsning – Send a Post Card- front side).

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I layered a torn piece of the next paper (December -back side).

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I then layered part of the packaging from some of the Prima flowers that I used, and a playing card (ephemera from Glitz Designs.) I also used some cardboard and some calendar wheels from Studio Calico.

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I used a frame that I bought out of the dollar bin at my local Michaels craft store….used some ink and used the paper, Julgladje – Christmas Joy, to stamp my sentiment.

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I adhered it onto my frame and the frame onto the background using hot glue.

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I also added an ornate belt buckle that I have had in my stash to the top of my frame.

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And finally, I layered a ribbon like piece of paper that I created but did not use on another project. (shown above)

Thanks for taking a quick peek into my latest creation.  I hope something has inspired you to create something amazing this weekend! Hugs!

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You Are So Loved

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy here today, and I am going to share a card I created with several different saved scraps from 2 different Maja Design paper collections:  Vintage Winter- used for the background; Vintage Summer Basics – the pink paper layer; and Vintage Winter again - used for the card sentiments.

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I adhered my background paper to my card base (I used Tombow permanent double-sided adhesive tape.)  The background paper is from the Vintage Winter paper collection – Baka En Julkaka – Bake a Christmas Cake (fs).

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I distressed and inked the edges, layered a pink paper piece, from Vintage Summers Basics paper collection – 1909, over the background, then layered a loose woven piece of burlap.

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I shaped some Ashlynn wire into some flourish stems and adhered them down with hot glue.

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I added a ribbon flower from Bazzill and some lace.

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I hand-wrote the card sentiment onto some paper from Vintage Winter- Skicka En Halsning/Send a Postcard and glued it down.

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Thanks for taking a moment to take a peek!  I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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Halloween Banner

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again.  Today I would like to share a Halloween banner that I created using papers from both the Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Winter paper collections.

Halloween banner

I started by picking out the papers that I wanted to use to cover the Ranger tags that I would be using in the banner.

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I adhered the papers onto both sides of the tags, inked the edges and then decided on the various embellishments that I wanted to incorporate.

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I knew that I wanted to use some the heritage photos that are on the Heritage paper in the Vintage Autumn Basics collection…but I wanted to give them a Halloween flair.

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So, after I cut out the pictures I wanted to use, I added some hats.

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I used some ephemera pages from Glitz Designs in between my tags to further create the Halloween atmosphere.

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To create the spider web effect, I simply used my hot glue to draw out spider web lines.  The fine strands of hot glue that normally irritate me so, just added to the spider web effect.

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Particular papers used here included:  Vintage Autumn basics:  front & back of No. IX, No. XXI (front), and front & back of No. X;  Vintage Winter paper used:  Vi Onskar Er – Wishing You (back).

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Other supplies used for this project included:  hole punch; Tombow Permanent adhesive; hot glue & glue gun; Glitz Design ephemera paper; Prima packaging; Prima flowers; EK Success flourish stickers; small orange frame from Michaels; Tim Holtz metal “Halloween” adornments; TH Distress Stain in Persimmon; Prima chalk ink in Dry Sand, Rusty Bucket, Branch Bark, & Black Coal; natural twine; Martha Stewart black lace; and buttons & ribbon from my personal stash.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my latest creation.  I hope something here has inspired you to create something amazing today!

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Blooming Gorgeous

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to the Maja Design blog . The weather is extremely cold here in Australia as we are in the middle of Winter. I am dreaming of warm spring days with blooms smiling happily in my garden … Today I am in a Romantic mood showcasing a very romantic card, loaded with blooms, and some resin embellies, embracing the dreamy new collection at Maja Design …..‘Coffee in the Arbour ‘  card by Heather Jacob      Heaps of yummo layering and stitching. I always have such fun creating these cards . card by Heather Jacob       I find the Maja papers such a delight to play with, and  these layers are complimented with the blooms and a key .  Just look how these papers embrace the blooms .I can just imagine sitting at a table enjoying coffee and cake surrounded by a beautiful garden full of color and blooms .. sigh xoxocard by Heather Jacob   I decorated the inside of the card quite simply by adding more striped paper and a small die on the right side .   Card by Heather jacob   I seemed to be a little carried away with the blooms and just kept adding more of them .These papers blend so beautifully with little pink rosebuds, pink and white roses and a resin key .  card by Heather Jacob

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Maja Design papers used for the pink and white card .Coffee in the Arbour …..Grandmas old Porcelain cups, Raspberry cupcake, Raspberry Jam Cookies, Lets share a cookie… Vintage Frost 19th December ..

Celebrate with BLUE AND WHITE – always so fresh and crisp .  BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob    I love the crisp feeling to a blue and white project . Here I have created a tag that pops inside the pocket . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather jacob

BLUE TAG AND POCKET by Heather jacob  My stacked layers consist of leaves , rosebuds, chipboard and dies, finishing off perfectly with a heart and an altered metal piece and  pearl brad . This pocket has a foundation of white cardstock with stamping in blue, and some white gesso splashed randomly to add to the crisp feel of Blue and white . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob Maja Design Papers used for the Blue and white  tag and pocket Coffee in the Arbour..Blueberry cupcake, Lovely weather, and Walking in the Forest – Jeans  .  Thanks so much for popping by and I do hope you are inspired to have a play with these romantic papers . Big hugz to each of you and Bye for now until next time . happy scrapping x my signature

 

Henley Jetty

Hello and a very warm welcome to Maja Design blog. Heather here again with you , showcasing a beachy layout today. Firstly I began by creating my signature stitching on my paper, this time an arty circle then layering and stacking with diecut tags .

HENLEY JETTYFebruary Henley jetty Layout - Copy   I shot this photo facing the foreshore watching my hubby and my grand daughter  walking along one of the rustic old Jetties here in Adelaide. A beach side suburb called Henley Beach.The textured swirl to me speaks of the waves, froth and the salt .February Henley jetty stacked layeringThe heart represents how much I love this photo and my treasured hubby and precious grand daughter . The stitched circle demonstrates the never ending circle of the oceans movement. Constantly moving and flowing around and around … quite mesmerising  and beautiful to watch the rolling, frothing, foaming of the waves. february henley Jetty stacked tagsmore stacked layering with added bling. .february Henley jetty titleThe title ‘Henley Jetty’ is created from the Die Cut letters …. I mounted each letter on foam tape and in my opinion the title looks totally rustic and beautiful .february Henley Jetty tags tiedAs an extra element of interest I tied two tags together with cotton string, representing how all the parts of nature go together . I chose to go mono-chromatic with the blues and white in order to allow the weathered and rustic boards on the Jetty to stand out in the photo . I love to imagine all the different feet and shoes that have walked these boards and the wind, the rain and ocean salt pounding year after year . I have always been fascinated by the strength of a Jetty, how the structure withstands so much weather and time and the never ending pounding and crashing waves of the ocean against the boards .

Maja Design materials – Vintage Winter/ December , Vintage Spring Basics/ 5th March, 6th March, 7th March ……It’s Christmas time/ Die Cut Letters

Thanks so much for popping by and taking a look at all the inspiring ideas from the design team … warm hugz until next time. Heather-sign

 

Maturing With Maja :)

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the Maja Design blog today!

Last time I shared a flowery boy layout. But when boys are growing, you need to forget flowers, I guess – especially when you create things to order. And so recently I’d got two orders for birthday creations on the occassion of boys’ 18th birthday, which is the official maturity age in Poland.

The first one was for a boy (or I should rather say, a young man) who loved the sea and intended to study marine science. As Life by the Sea is my favourite marine collection of all time it was a pure pleasure to create this card:

mdsailI chose the collection’s navy blue patterns and added some red accents with washi tape and string that I tied into a sailor’s knot:

mdsail1I die-cut the age number and added the name with stickers. I also added an anchor charm and some real sea-shells :)

mdsail2I really like the way the card turned out and I hope the birthday man liked it too :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea: Nautic, Nautic bs, Drop the anchor, Bottle message bs.

Other: stamps: Crafty Individuals and Lemonade, stickers Glitz, dies Die-Namics, charm, string, cheesecloth, seashells – from my stash.

 

Another creation was a bit larger and more complicated, as the orderer planned to give the birthday man some money. And for that purpose, I think an exploding box is the most elegant way :)

mdboxI decorated the cardstock base with a mixture of Maja winter collections – mostly using the Vintage Frost Basics papers – in a way that it looks like a traveller’s chest, with belts and “metal” corners. On the lid I put a mini toy car, chipboard gears and stars that I embossed with silver mettalic ep.

mdbox1When you remove the lid of an exploding box, it opens up, presenting the inside. In my box I decorated the sides so that banknotes can be slided behind the strips of paper. For example, one side features printed (blank ;) ) ID card and driving licence as the background for the money. I used the signature strip of one of the papers to decorate it:

mdbox5Another side shows the name and date of birthday, with a bottle of champagne to symbolise the celebration and legality of drinking ;)

mdbox6In the centre, I placed a paper cake decorated with gears and a chipboard number (and well, yes, flowers! LOL )

mdbox2Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 11th of December, 13th of December, 15th of December, 16th of December; Gammaldags Jul: Vackra Paket; Vintage Winter: Snowmen

Other: printed images, brads: Rayher, stickers 7 Dots Studio, chipboard shapes Scrapiniec, dies Cheery Lynn Designs, glitter Stickles Ranger; washi tape, flowers, toy car – from my stash.

 

I hope you liked my boy creations (almost) without flowers :)

see you soon!

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I found a new bottle message…

It’s been raining so much on the west coast this so called winter so we are nearly floating away. I was walking along the wharf in Uddevalla, just looking at all the beautiful lights lighting up the town when a new bottle message came drifting…Monsie-and-Keenie

Tracy Christine has created this breathtaking layout with photos of her two great aunts. She has used the Vintage Winter and the Vintage Autumn Basics collections. If you want to see more of her gorgeous creations, please take a look in her gallery.

Posting something online is like sending out a bottle message. The posting drifts away on the waves of the blue sea, living it’s life of it’s own. You never know who will pick it up and what that could result in.

From time to time I’m looking for just that. Bottle messages. Postings that drifts on the sea of internet, just waiting to be picked up and become praised.

This time Tracy Christine was highlighted, you could be next. I will send out the Vintage Frost Basics collection to her as encouragement. Jenny

Christmas Card by Nadia

Hi everyone. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? If not you better get to it! Christmas is only 4 days AWAY!! :) I cannot wait. I love Christmas. It is my favourite time of the YEAR . I really long for a white Christmas.. sigh.. one day :)

Today I have a Christmas card for you that I hope will inspire you to create something similar in the days to come.

I created this card with the “Vintage Winter” collection

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For this card here I started by adding some very thick Gesso to the edges of a thick Mixed Media card.

I then cut and sanded the “December” paper from the collection into various sizes, before using a sentiment from the Vintage WInter die cut sheet.

I added some lace trip, some twine and some flowers and now it is ready to give to someone special.. hmmm.. I wonder who?

Products Used

Paper: Maja Design “Vintage Winter”collection – December, die cut sheet

Flowers: Manor House Creations

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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Home Sweet Home – Vintage Winter

Hello Maja fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here. This week I am sharing yet another creation using the gorgeous Vintage Winter paper collection.  Don’t forget that I am having a give-away for this entire paper collection over at my personal blog.   But the give-away deadline is November 30th….so be sure and check it out!

Home Sweet Home

I created this on a 12 x 12 burlap canvas.  I hand-cut my tree, house, & rolling hills.

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The individual leaves were created with a Martha Stewart leaf punch, and adhered using hot glue.

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The letter stickers and words are from the Girls Paperie.  The fence was created by another Martha Stewart deep edge punch.

All paper used was from the Vintage Winter paper collection.

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Specific papers used are as follows:  rolling hills:   Fun in the Snow (bs), Crispy Air (bs), & Winter Night (bs);  house:  Christmas is coming; door:  Send a postcard; chimney:  Christmas carols (bs); tree:  Send a postcard (bs); leaves: Wishing you; clouds: Winter joy (bs).

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

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