Watching you Grow

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. This is the first one using the Beautiful Coffee in the Arbour Collection….



I used:white daisies,white daisies-BS,blueberry cupcake & lemon meringue pie-BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

The butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail….



I just love this photo of little Cass,she is so adorable……


I did my usual,distressed, hand stitched layers. I also did some punch work,tearing & stencil work….


I made the daisy’s,using coffee filters, a MFT die cut. I used DA dots for the centers,painted them yellow,then applied glossey accents & micro beeds…


This is where I did the stencil work using the crafters workshop stencil “Art is” (6×6).I used Viva champain modelling cream.  On the alpha I used picket fence crackle,once the crackle dried I rubbed in brown chalk & inked the edges…..




I dipped the leaves in water,then separated the chipboard,I then used a heat gun to dry the leaves,it helps to make them curl up. My next step was to paint the leaves,using green paint & once the paint dried I applied a coat of rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried I rubbed in some white paint,using my finger (this brings out the cracks & tones down the green)….




A close up of the butterfly….

Here is my next LO using the Walking in the forest Collection…



I used: When leaves are falling,when leaves are falling-BS,mountain ash-BS,die cut letters-BS & a BS of a label

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail…..


I stained all the chipboard with walnut stain,on the buds I used chestnut liquid pearls….


I painted the leaves with TH distress paint,& once that dried I applied a thick coat of crackle. I let the crackle dry then applied lime twist TA & once that dried I rubbed in some rust chalk….


Shows distressed layers that I had inked the edges with walnut stain. I also did some stencil work,using a Kaiser craft stencil & Viva modeling cream. Once the cream dried I rubbed in some chalk….



The flowers are from Prima & BoBunny…


Burlap used in my layers…


I used micro beads on the heads of the grass….


Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Rustic and Warm – CELEBRATION CARD and a TAG

Hi there everyone, thanks for popping by Maja design blog , we absolutely love having you here . Today I am sharing TWO Projects with you  …. A Tag and a richly colored Easel Card, created with the Walking in the Forest Collection and the Vintage Autumn basics Collection.       We are having our winter season here in Australia and I wanted to create something warm and bright . I have chosen a combination of Denim blue and Deep Burnt Orange, with touches of rust.card by Heather Jacob     I stacked my elements combining Maja Design papers with diecut leaves, and various other diecut shapes, together with some chipboard twigs . I kept with the warm rusty theme and colored my chipboard in Rusty ink . card by Heather Jacob       I feel the orange and blue are a Perfect marriage . These blues flowed together  beautifully and I added some metal buttons each side of my cluster .  inside view of card by Heather Jacob       The inside of my card is stamped with the word celebrate with a rusty inked swirly chipboard piece to hold the easel in place .

card cluster by Heather Jacob   I also want to share another project with you …. Recently some friends of ours had a HOUSE WARMING party…. and I created this Tag to attach with our gift ….again I used Walking in the Forest Collection.

Tag by Heather Jacob

Tag By Heather     The base of my tag is made from Chipboard, to create a strong foundation. I covered it in ‘Jeans’ – and proceeded to stack various diecut pieces, using various papers from the Walking in the  Forest Collection.  Tag by Heather Jacob        I love the rich colors of this Collection and the deep blue embraces the Rusty toned chipboard perfectly, creating a warm toasty energy in this cold wintery weather  . tag By Heather Jacob      I decided to add a circle with their house  number 28,  to make it personal to them.

Maja Design materials used Walking in the Forest -Jeans, Cozy Scarf , Seasons Last Birdsong – Vintage Autumn Basics – No XX111, plus bs .  Thanks so much for popping over here at Maja Design Blog and thanks for looking at my creations . I hope I have inspired you in some way …. bye for now until next time, big big hugz to each of you x my signature

Fly with Vintage Summer Basics

Hello everyone! How are you all going? I hope this post finds you well :)

 This is my second layout for Maja Design for June. Once again, I used the neutrals from one of their collections Vintage Summer Basics.



I love this colour combination because I feel that it makes the picture stand out. Especially when the picture is bright like that.

 I used some modelling paste and stencils in the background and coloured the page with 13arts Yellow Amber mist. In some areas I watered it down so it looks lighter.

 The base paper is “1915″ from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and I also used some scraps from a piece of ”Mountain Ash” from the Walking In The Forest collection.


Paper: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics “1915″ and Walking In The Forest “Mountain Ash”


Senior Picture – Walking in the Forest

Hello Maja Design fans and friends, it is Nancy Hanttula here.  Today, I am sharing another layout that I created for my friend to give as a graduation gift.

Senior Pic

I used the gorgeous Walking in the Forest paper collection.


I tried very hard to consciously take photos of every step of my process creating this layout so that I could share it with all of you.  I will have to admit though, apparently I become a bit impatient from step to step and don’t always take the time to assure my photos are properly in focus….so I hope you excuse me…you may see just a few blurs along the way.

#1 – I knew that I wanted to use at least 2 different patterns on the background (Knitted Sweather & Bjork-Birch).  When I do this, I don’t like to waste any of the paper by layering too much paper that just gets hidden and therefore, “wasted.”  So I usually just use a piece of solid cardstock and glue the papers onto the cardstock as shown in the following photo.


Then I just layer the final piece over the final gap in the cardstock.


#2  Next I used a Martha Stewart circle punch on the 6 inch setting to punch out a circle out of the paper Frisk Luft – Fresh Air.


My plan wasn’t to use it in this exact form but to cut out the center and use it as a frame.  I sketched a basic circle with a pencil and then cut it out with my X-acto knife.


And then I set it aside.

#3 Next, I took several of my mists and Tim Holtz Distress stains and went to town on the background. – specific supplies used:  Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels (Candy Corn); Lindy’s Stampgang:  Yellow Rose of Texas, Burnt Umber, Ponderosa Pine Olive; Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Wild Honey, and Gathered Twigs.


#4 Then using FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White…


.I painted the edge of a corrugated piece of cardboard to use to paint a frame around the actual photo.   I also used the foam brush and the same paint to paint a rough frame around the entire layout.


#5  Using the left-over paint, I painted onto a Prima acrylic chevron patterned stamp (#980078) and added stamped details throughout the page.


#6 Next, I cut some film negatives, that a friend had given me to use as embellishments, in half.


I tucked them under the paper layers and adhered them with glue.



#7 Then I cut out some die cut embellishments from the Klippark and inked them with Prima/Ingvild’s chalk ink, Dark Bark.


I added some staples and some extra details to further embellish the pieces.

16c#8 Now it was time to put down the photo, add the circle frame, & add a butterfly I purchased at Michael’s craft store.


#9 I added some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo to add some extra dimension to the circle frame.


#10 I also added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-ons and the title using Prima wood alphas.


#11  I decided that I needed to add some brown painted chevron stamping using the same Prima stamp in various spots for some contrast.  I used FolkArt paint in the color Coffee Bean.


#12  The last details added to this layout were some small areas of sewing machine stitching.


And all those little and big details make up the entire page. :)

Senior Pic

I hope you enjoyed this walk-through into the process of how I created this layout.  And I hope that perhaps it has inspired you to create something amazing today!

Have a wonderful weekend! and be sure and stop by tomorrow as I take you on a tour through my very own personal creative space.

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A layout with Walking In The Forest

Good morning! I hope all is well with you :)

 I decided to use a bit of a different colour combination for my projects for Maja Design this month! I think I love thei light colours of their collections so much that I thought I was using them A LOT! LOL!

 So I tried some new colours. This is the result using Walking In The Forest, an awesome collection! Walking in the Forest

After prepping the page with clear gesso etc, I started by applied some BLACK Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil. When that dried up I added some stamping and some colour.

I then layered my papers, embellishments etc before finishing with my photo and some black splatters with black Ink.

Here are some close ups..

Paper: Maja Design “Walking In The Forest” - Die Cut Letters Flannel Shirt


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!

Autumn is in the air

Hello Maja Design fans and friends! Larissa here with a new layout to share!

It´s Autumn time in the Southern Hemisphere and here in Brazil where I live the weather is very nice and the light is special!

So, I was inspired to create something using  the Walking in the Forest line. I simply could not resist to its colors!



May “layout”


This layout has the Birdsong paper as a base.

I have included a lot of Petaloo´s flowers and a Blue Fern Studios fence chipboard to put it together along with a few cork embellishments by Embelliscrap and shabby chic resins by Prima.

Let´s take a closer look:

may 1


I have included a lot of cutouts (butterfly, owl, birdie)  taken from the die cut sheet:

may 3 and I have used a plain alphabet chipboard to create the title of this layout and have colored it by adding gesso and pigments. How fun!

may 2

Finished it up by adding some texture with stamps and jute strings.

I hope you´ve enjoyed this layout!

Thanks for your visit!


Sweet Little Lief

Hello,today I am here to share with you two LO’s,one using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection & the other using The Walking in the Forrest Collection. I just love both of these Collections!!!



From the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection,I used: No.XIX,No.XIX-BS,No.XX,No.XXI.No.XXI-BS,No.XXII,No.XXII-BS,No.XXIII,No.XIII-BS,Heritage &  BS’s of  labels.

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail:


Shows some distressed,hand stitched layers. I also did some punch work & layered the leafy scroll over the decorative scroll….


For the blue in the chipboard I used Graphite TA glimmer mist,then rock candy crackle & once the crackle dried I applied perfect pearls mist,(blue smoke) using a brush….



I used Petaloo-Dareeling Collection- Tea stained blues for the flowers on this LO….


I used picket fence crackle,on the under piece of the decorative scroll,& when that dried I rubbed in some brown chalk to bring out the cracks…


The tiny roses are prima. I made a layered distressed heart. I cut a hole in the top piece of the heart,distressed it,then inserted the chipboard piece (marrakesh trellis)into the layers. Then I stitched that together….


Rolled corner,I punched in a eyelet then tied hemp around the roll….



Shows another hole that I inserted chipboard in (cyclone wire)


I love how these to scrolls fit together!!!

Here is my next LO, using the Walking in the Forrest Collection



I used: flannel shirt,jeans, & die cut letters-bs

Here are some closeups of detail:


On the reed heads, I used two shades of brown distress stain, & on the leaves I used 2 shades of green. I then applied DA crackle,let that dry then inked the edges with a brown ink pad….


On the stump the seagull is standing on,I applied a coat of Viva Modeling cream,then stamped it with a BoBunny wood grain stamp.Once the dried I used my ink pad to bring out more of the grain. I used picket fence crackle on the seagulls, & applied a second coat where the wings are….


I also dry rubbed on some Viva modeling cream onto the reeds….


I ripped & distressed a hole,then inserted the piece of DA fish net.,I applied some Viva Modeling pasted & once that dried I rubbed in some brown & blue chalk.I also glued some seed beads into the fish net..


Using some of DA’s seashells into the flower clusters.The flowers are from Petaloo Darjeeling Collection,teastained blues…


On these reed heads I applied a thick coat of crackle,then sprinkled on some micro beads,while the crackle was still wet.I also did some stencil work using The Crafters Workshop 12×12 Confetti & Viva Modeling Cream (Champagne).



Used some fabric in my layers(old Halloween)



Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Enjoy the Moments that make you Smile

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. The first on is a photo of me,in my garden taken in the fall. It amazes me how my garden changes,with the colors throughout, our very short growing season!! Speaking of that, last night it was -25 cel,& we still have 2 feet of snow!!!Once the snow goes,& we get warmer weather my garden comes alive! I just posted a LO, on my last post,of what my garden looks like, in the Spring,using the Fika Collection, & now on this LO,I am using the Walking in the Forest Collection….



From the Walking in the Forest Collection I used:Autumn in the Air,Autumn in the Air-BS,knitted sweater,mountain ash_BS,The colors of Fall-BS & Orchestra of Nature. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail….


I did distressed,hand stitched layers & some punch work. I inked all the edges of the paper with Vintage photo distress stain. I cut out the leaves & mushrooms,then applied rock candy crackle & inked the edges….


On all the chipboard I used,caramel,sunset orange,ginger & pesto adirondack ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger) alcohol ink. I then applied rock candy crackle,& once that dried I used a brush & applied pinecone TA glimmermist.


A rolled corner,these blooms are prima,the gold ones are from the sunrise,sunset collection…


I did some stencil work,using Crafters Workshop Art is 6×6…the red flower is BoBunny…


I sprinkled on some micro beads, while the crackle was still wet….


Another BoBunny flower with Prima gold roses…


Here is another LO I did using the Vintage Spring Basics Collection. I used Nadia’s Sketch for Dusty Attic on both of these LO’s……



From the Vintage Spring Basics I used: 8th of April_BS,9th of April-BS,10th of April-BS,9th of April,11th of April-BS & some of the BS’s of the labels.

Here are some closeups of detail…


Shows some distressed,stitched layers,punch work & stencil work…


I left lots of the chipboard raw, but not really. I inked the edges,applied rock candy crackle & rock candy distress stickles…


I used MS texture effects on the buds,wordlet & stencil work. Once that dried I rubbed in some lavender lace liquid pearls,using my finger…


The flowers are Prima,some of them are old ones that I had….



Over layering 2 pieces of chipboard….


Rock candy stickles & lavender lace liquid pearls on the butterfly..Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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