Winner of the February Mood Board

It’s finally time to pick a winner… Here’s what the February Mood Board looked like.Moodboard-February15And here are our lovely contributions for this month…

And the winner is…SylviaVanDerSteen_NetherlandsSylvia Van Der Steen!

Congrats Sylvia. The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent to you.

Don’t miss our next cozy spring Mood Board that we will present on our blog next Saturday.Jenny

Making Pretty Gifts

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Hello Maja fans! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a fun little ‘Thinking of You’ gift idea.  I found this cute little unfinished wooden crate at my local Dollar store and thought I would use some of the fresh pretty patterns in the Maja Design papers to dress it up to create a candle holder gift set.

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I used the ‘Naturen doftar’ paper from the ‘Antligen’ paper collection to cover the outside strips of the wooden crate.  I used a mixture of equal parts white glue and water to adhere my paper strips to the wooden crate.  I just love the sweet white dotted green paper for this, I think it gives the project an nice Spring feel to it.

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For the inside of the box I used the pretty gingham design in the ‘Kitchen Garden’ paper from the ‘Life in the Country’ collection.  And for the middle/side walls I used the lovely script/floral paper that is on the reverse side of the Kitchen Garden paper.

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For the front of the box I wanted to keep the clean lines of the box design so I didn’t over embellish the box, I just added a few paintable Prima Blooms, a twine bow and a Dusty Attic swirl chippie (Elegant Swirls#13), which I painted white and edges with some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme’s Branch Bark).

I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your favorite Maja Design papers to create a little gift to cheer a friend of yours!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today, we love to hear your feedback on our projects! xo

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Kitchen Set

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

It seems the less time I spend in the kitchen actually cooking, the more kitchen-themed projects I make – perhaps that’s some kind of compensation :) And so today I have a recipe book I made using A Gift For You collection:

mdrecbookI’ve always associated red with kitchen, and I think that paired with grey it makes a perfect combo, looking so “clean” and neat :) I also think stripes and plaid are great patterns to be used for kitchen themes :)

mdrecbook1mdrecbook3I coloured the stamped image with Distress inks. It pefectly fits into a “frame” I made using the tag from the die-cut sheet :)

mdrecbook2I also decorated the inside covers, using stamps and dies:

mdrecbook4Once I’ve done the recipe book, I thought of making a matching menu-notepad decor. I’ve had that wooden tea pot for ages and now its time has come! :)

mdrecbook5First I painted the whole item with white gesso and then covered one side with blackboard paint. I hand-writtem the ornate “Menu” word and distressed the edges with strokes of the almost-dry brush:

mdrecbook6Then I added some flowers in red and grey and a white resin flourish to match it with the recipe book colour palette:

mdrecbook7The other side contains a small notepad for making shopping lists :)

mdrecbook8I used the same ribbon, button and spoon-charm as on the recipe book :)

mdrecbook9Don’t you think this Nyhavn paper is just perfect as the background?

mdrecbook11I didn’t use many embellishments on the tea-pot decor as I wanted it to be practical and easy for cleaning. But I think it still looks fine – what do you say? :)

mdrecbook10Supplies:

Maja Design papers: A Gift For You: My Dear Friend, Packed by Santas Elves, Given From the Heart, Made by me, Sent with love; Nyhavn: Eating out. Maja-sign stamps: Magnolia, Tim Holtz, die: Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboard: Scrapiniec, punch: Martha Stewart.

Have a good day and see you soon!

 

 

 

wooden iron box

Today I have this wooden iron box to share with you.
I’m always looking for new shapes or things to alter and was happy to have found this iron shaped wooden box! :) For this project I used the gorgeous new limited “Nyhavn” collection from Maja design.


Started this box with glueing the papers, A Dockside in bloom and Romantic lunch.
The metal butterfly is from Xenos.


Made the rolled up flowers from this collection as well and distressed all the edges.


Added a Prima flower and some handmade fabric flowers, which were made by my sweet friend Paulien.


Took a stencil and some modeling paste to create some texture.


My rolled up flowers with a sneak peek of a handmade thread flower.


Added some fun stamens between the flowers.

Papers used:

A Dockside in bloom
Romantic lunch
Rolled flowers with:
Eating out
A Dockside in bloom
Veteran ships
Strolling along the canal

Other products used:
modeling paste
stencil
dew drops
small roses
stamens
gauze
lace

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Something Sweet For Grandparents

Hello, Maja Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, Maja here to share some sweet inspiration and a tutorial :)

In Poland, on 21st and 22nd of January we celebrate Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s Days. This is one of the most important family occassions to celebrate – who has greater love and patience towards kids than grandparents? And so for this occassions I created little chocolate boxes that are actually a 2-in1 thing, with the space to write in some wishes:

mdczekI used our latest release, the Nyhavn limited edition collection and some cut-outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection to decorate the boxes. Here’s the box for Grandma:

mdczek1I used chipboard key and keyholder, die-cut doily, flowers, cheesecloth, pearl brad and washi tapes to make it look nicely vintage:

mdczek2And here’s the inside: the space to the left is for the wishes, and to the right with a little pocket to put a chocolate bar into:

mdczek5And here’s the one for Grandpa:

mdczek3Whoa, I managed without a single flower! :D Instead, I used chipboard gears, die-cut vintage vehicle, cut-out balloons, washi tapes and a metal retro brad to make it look vintage and masculine:

mdczek4And the inside:

mdczek6Would you like to make similar ones? It’s very, very simple! :) Begin with measuring the chocolate bar you wish to give and estimate the measurements for your base, adding a quarter of an inch to the width and length of the front and back side and a quarter for the “spine”. My measurements for the standard 100g chocolate bar are 8×8 inches and scored at 3 3/4″ and 4 1/4″:

mtczekWhen you fold the scores, you get something that looks like book covers:

mtczek1Now cut some papers of your choice for the outer and inner decorations. With Maja papers you’d need about four layers of paper on each “wing” to make it sturdy enough to hold the chocolate bar. And so I cut two pieces for each outer cover and one for each inside cover – together with the base it makes four layers for the wing. I also cut two slim strips for the spine. The measurements are so that, when layered, a 1/8″ frame is visible. The smallest piece of paper is the space for the wishes:

mtczek2Now you need to make the pocket for the chocolate bar – I made a white template for you to see better. Make sure the width of the front of the pocket is 1/8″ less than the width of the side, otherwise you won’t be able to close the box. Mine measurements are: 7 5/8″ wide and 4 1/2″ high, scored at 1 1/2″, 2″, 5 5/8″ and 6 1/8″ on the width and 3 1/8″, 3 5/8″ on the height. Then cut out the areas that are crossed out in the photo:

mtczek3After that you should have such piece:

mtczek4Fold the scores and glue them on the back, forming a dimensional pocket. Make sure the bottom piece goes outside so that it doesn’t hinder sliding in the chocolate bar:

mtczek5Now you can start assembling your box: open the base flat and glue the piece of ribbon across the middle – this will stabilise the “construction:

mtczek6Decorate the inside covers – you should make it flat so that the boxes may close easily. If you want to mae some dimensional embellishment, add the dimension to the width of the spine while preparing the base!

mtczek7Decorate the outer covers – first layer and decorate the panels and then attach them to the base: I recommend double-sided tape for strong permanent fixture. For the outside, you can be as dimensional as you wish :)

mtczek8Finally attach the chocolate pocket:

mtczek9The order of decorating the sides enables you to press the layers firmly – if you e.g. attach the dimensional outers first, you won’t be able to press the insides firmly to make sure they stick :)

Easy peasy, isn’t it?

mdczekSupplies:

Maja Design papers: Nyhavn: Historical Atmosphere bs, Romantic Lunch, Romantic Lunch bs, Strolling along the canal, Strolling along the canal bs, Veteran ships bs, King’s square, Sitting at the dock, Sitting at the dock bs. Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XIV, No. XVI, Heritage. Other: dies: Memory Box, Marianne Design; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; stamps: Lemonade; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; brads: Craftmania.

I hope you like my chocolate boxes and the tutorial :) See you soon!

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photo frame

Hi all! My first project for Maja Design in this new year.
So happy to stay with this fabulous team for another year!
First of all, I want to wish all of my creative friends a wonderful, healthy and creative 2015!!!!
I want to begin this new year with a project I made for my daughter.
As you might know she is studying in America and this mom is seriously missing her! LOL!
I wanted to make something special so I created this photo frame and added the big handle, a bit symbolic so I can always carry her with me, like a little suitcase. I’m a bit sentimental, sorry! LOL
Btw…this girl is having the time of her live, so this mom is happy! :)


Made this photo frame with the gorgeous Vintage Autumn collection.
You can find the best embellies at the most strange places:  found those big wooden buttons at a local christmas market last year! :)
I used No.I for the front and No.XII for the front torn paper and the sides.
The pink rolled flowers were made with the heritage paper sheet.


My beautiful daughter.
Added some lace around the frame.
The chipboard, painted white with gesso, is from Dusty Attic.


These beautiful white fabric flowers are from 13arts.


Added some pearls, a Tim Holtz clock and Prima handles.


A metal handle from an old cabinet.
Gave it a touch with gesso.


This metal leaf and the dangle on the side were found at a local home decor store.


Papers used:
No.I, No.XII and heritage sheet (pink rolled flowers).

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Christmas Greetings!!!

Christmas Greetings, Maja Design fans and friends!

Larissa here wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas!

For today´s post  I did a 3 D project – a Christmas centerpiece featuring the gorgeous Vintage Frost Basics line by Maja Design:

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Inspired by winter castles and the gorgeous vintage images that make this collection so unique I created this three dimensional piece to decorate my home for Christmas…

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Let´s check its details:

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I just hope you like this!

As my term is ending soon and today´s my last post as a Maja Design DT member, I also wanted to thank Maja Design for the fabulous experience! It was an amazing period of time!!!

And thank you all so much for the lovely comments!

Bye, crafty people!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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Advent Wreath

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the blog today :)

Last Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, which for Christians is a 4-week period of preparation for Christmas. Among many Catholic traditions, we attend special daily Holy Masses which my kids love, as they always begin with the church in darkness and the priest leading a procession to the altar, with special Advent lanterns being the only source of light, and singing special songs that I like almost as much as Christmas carols ;) We also make the Advent wreath which symbolizes four Sundays before Christmas.

This year I decided to use our latest winter collection, A Gift For You, to make my…well, actually not a wreath, but home decor with four candles :)

mdadvI got this idea when I saw this little wooden sleigh I just had to buy :) I decorated it with a piece of cheesecloth, glittery berries and a poinsettia before arranging the candles.

mdadv1Then I used the small pad of papers, as they have smaller patterns and are thus better visible on little candles. I used candles of various height for more interest :) I decorated the first candle with a ticket with Santa (as He comes during the first week of Advent :) ), a piece of ribbon and tiny pompom.

mdadv2The candle for the second week is decorated with a tag and poinsettia I cut out from the cut-outs sheet:

mdadv3On the third candle I used a chipboard snowflake covered with glitter and a punched decorative border:

mdadv4Finally the last candle, the shortest as it will be lit for only one week, is decorated with a small tag and a tiny bell that makes you really feel like Christmas :)

mdadv5Finally I accented the ornaments with white liquid pearls and glitter to look like frosted snow :)

Do you celebrate Advent in any way?

Supplies: Maja Design papers: A Gift For You small pad. Other: dies: Memory Box; punches: Martha Stewart; glitter: Ranger; sleigh, cheesecloth, poinsettia, pompoms: from my stash.

See you later :)

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A gift for you

Made this triptych for someone special as a holiday gift.
I used the “A gift for you” collection from Maja Design.


On the front I used the “shipped from the North Pole” sheet for the background.
Added some strips of this sheet and pieces of “when the snow is falling” and “on Christmas morning”.


The lovely handles are from Scrap-Unlimited, a Dutch online store.
They were given a touch of gesso.


Embellished it with a big white flower from 13Arts and small roses and mini cotton balls.


A lovely scenery on the inside with a torn piece of the “on Christmas morning” sheet.


All the small sides were decorated with the backside of the “on Christmas morning” sheet.


For the bottom edges I mixed some modeling paste with 13Arts glass filler.


The total inside with room for some journaling.
The journaling card comes from the pictures and tags sheet.

Papers used:
From santa with love
When the snow is falling
Shipped from the North Pole
Christmas for you
On Christmas morning

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Winter Frame and Winter Album

Hello Elena is here, and today I have some projects to share with you, using new collection – A Gift for You.

Winter_TriFoldFrame_ElenaOlinevich  It is more than beautiful in real life and I have fallen in love with it, absolutely amazing colors so perfect for Winter and Christmas creations.

I have made a Tri_fold Frame on clear acrylic and as it is going to be a present to our friends I didn’t use any of the photo and just kept the central frame save for their own photo.

img_6953I added some transparent sticker corners, so they can easely change any photo they like.

I cut the house dies using some of the background papers as well as the trees and placed them on the frames.

First_Frame_ElenaOlinevich  Also I added some flowers and resin frames, I wanted to keep the wintery and snowy feeling so I added none of bright colors.

img_6961and a third frame:

ThirdFrame_ElenaOlinevichimg_6960Maja Design papers used: A Gift For You:

On Christmas morning, When the snow is falling, Prima Marketing flowers, Dies and Resin Frames, Finnabair Art Ingredients,

And one more project I have to share , it is an album I made using ( again) acrylic base.

It has a very pretty from of Christmas Tree and I used a lot of papers from a Gift For You Collection too.

Album_Snowflake_ElenaOlinevichIt’s size is about 15*30 cm or 6*12 and I placed many hidden envelopes and folded books for the future photos inside.

SnowflakeAlbum_1SnowflakeAlbum_2SnowflakeAlbum_3Final_Snowflake_AlbumEnvelopes2Christmas_treeenvel12I am really busy with preparing Christmas gifts and cards, and really have many of them to share with you. But I will do it next time.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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