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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tissue box

Ohhhh….I really need some hugs!
Feeling a bit sad….. One week ago my youngest daughter left home to study in the States.
She will be gone for almost 7(!!) months!! I’m extremely proud of her but I think all moms can imagine how I’m feeling right now….
So today I have a tissue box to share with you all.
Think I will be needing those tissues a lot!!!! :)


Made this box with the Crea Diem collection.


I tore up some bits of papers and glued them on the box.
I made a mix of gesso and micro beads and glass filler, and applied it randomly.
Wanted to create a bit of a wintery effect.


Had this cute little house in my stash for awhile and I thought it would be perfect for this box.


Added some flowers, gauze, beads and chipboard (Dusty Attic) to create a little scenery.


Cut out the clocks from the -den oersattliga tiden- sheet.


Creating some lovely texture with the papers and the mixed gesso.

Papers used:


Kann dig sjalv
Sa lange jag lever
Ord flyger bort
Skapa dagen
Den oersattliga tiden

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Thank You Teacher

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

A week ago we celebrated the Teacher’s Day in Poland. My mom was a teacher, her sister was a teacher and I also used to teach before the kids were born. I loved the job, but also know how difficult and sometimes unrewarding it can be. Therefore I always appreciate teacher’s work and created this Thank You Teacher exploding box with real pleasure:

mdizab0I placed a delicate flower composition on the top:

mdizab1Removing the top will make the box “explode” and reveal its contents :)

mdizab2The walls feature various “thank you for-s”, e.g. for patience, wisdom, hard work etc.:

mdizab3mdizab4And in the centre I put a mini book with a quotation that reads: “The true Teacher is the one remembered throughout life. And excellent Teacher inspires.”

mdizab5Here’s how I made the book: I wrapped a piece of chipboard with paper, added some smaller “pages” folding and curling the top one with the quotation and tied a piece of baker’s twine with a feather charm:

mdizab6A little trick: to make the book look “standing”, I propped it on a mini roll of paper :)

mdizab7I hope the teacher who received the box like it and felt truly appreciated!

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Coffe in the Arbour. Other: die: Prima; butterflies: UHK Gallery; stamp: Lemonade; baker’s twine: Dovecraft; charm, flowers: from my stash.

Have a nice day and see you soon! :)

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baby carriage

Today I proudly present Maja Designs new baby: the “Gift for you” collection.
What better way to show this new ‘baby’ by altering this carriage!!!
Took me quite some time and lots of work but I’m very pleased how it turned out!
Lot of my work already found a new home but my girls insisted that I kept this one! :)


At first I started to paint the carriage as the original color was an ugly brown color.
Took me quite some layers of gesso to lighten it.
Can’t live without gesso! LOL


Added some turquoise touches so it matches my living room.
The base of the carriage was made using the ‘wrapped in old newspaper’ sheet.


Made the blanket with the ‘from someone special’ and ‘wrapped in old newspaper’ sheet.
The edges of the carriage is the border strip from the ‘ handwritten Post Card’ sheet.


The paper blanket with lace and a piece of a flower trim.
Added a small bear charm, isn’t he cute?!!


Painted the metal pieces of the carriage with some metal paint.


The front side.
Punched some flowers from the ‘wrapped in old newspaper’ sheet.
Distressed the edges and glued them on both sides.


A lovely bow of turquoise ribbon on the back.


Took me some time to make the top of the carriage.
Cut out some small strips of the ‘hope to see you soon’ sheet and distressed all the edges.
Some inking on the sides to get an older look.


Added some beautiful lace on the small strips.


A lovely flower accent on the top.


The wheels were also painted with the metal paint.


Although this is a Chrismas collection, these papers can be used for non-traditional projects as well!!

Papers used:
Hope to see you soon
Wrapped in old newspaper
Handwritten Post Card
From someone special

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx