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

wall hanging

This wall hanging has already found a new home!
Made this one for a dear friend of mine.
I used the Vintage Summer Basics collection.


I started this project with a blue background and distressed the edges.
Layered some strips of patterned paper and made some texture with modeling paste.


Some modeling paste using a template from the Crafter Workshop and paint splatters.


Made the circles by using a bottle cap and some paint.


A lovely metal bird cage.


A flower arrangement with handmade thread flowers and painted flowers and mini roses.


This gorgeous metal butterfly was found at a home decor store.
It was part of a long string with different sizes of butterflies and leaves.
The little metal butterfly comes from my stash.


This metal leave was a part of the string also.


The letters are from Imaginarium Design and got a layer of puffy paint.


1923, 1933 and 1934

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

 

Romantic Autumn Notebook

Hi there, Maja Fans!

Welcome to the Maja Design blog today and have a look at what I’ve created to share with you :)

Autumn always makes me feel more romantic and nostalgic. I love to sit in the evenings with a mug of raspberry tea and a good book, wrapped in a cozy blanket, or go through photo albums all over again :) It’s also the time to describe and organise summer photos, or make first Christmas arrangements (I like to prepare my gift lists much earlier so that holiday frenzy doesn’t affect me LOL). And thus a beautiful handmade notebook is needed :)

mdromnI made this one using the Vintage Summer and Vintage Autumn Basics collections. For the cover I combined my two favourite papers from the VAB collection: I just love how the beautiul roses look with those stripes! I used the signature strip to cover the line between the papers. I decorated the die-cut plaquette with a fabric rose and paper Prima leaves and a die-cut Prima doily cut into halves. I also cut out a clock face and placed it in the doily centre:

mdromn2I like to decorate the wires of my notebooks too: here I tied a beautiful guipure ribbon and a tag I cut out from the VAB sheet – it can be used as a bookmark, or if you would like to give the notebook as a present – you can write some wishes on it :)

mdromn1For the inner cover I used a Vintage Summer Basic paper, with a more delicate rose pattern. I also stamped several stamps:

mdromn3The notebook is sturdy enough to go into a handbag, but I think I’m just going to keep it on my desk to have it at hand :)

Supplies:

Vintage Autumn Basics: Heritage, No. II, No. V., No. XVI; Vintage Summer Basics: 1921. Other: dies: Prima, Sizzix; brads: Craftmania; leaves: Prima, stamps: 7Gypsies, KanBan; fabric flower: from my stash.

see you!

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Explore the world

With my girl leaving the nest for her study oversea in mind, I made these two suitcases.
She is on a journey to explore the world!!


I used the Vintage Autumn and Vintage Summer collection for this project.



I first started to paint the suitcases with watered ink.
The bleu paper is from the Summer collection, 1921 and
The brown paper is from the Autumn collection, No. VIII.
Distressed all the edges.
The metal embellishments are from Prima.

Group of different flowers:
The big white one is from 13Arts, the blue tulle one from Prima,
the lace one I found online and the small roses (which were white)
were painted with Shimmerz coloringz, Mama sings the Blues.


I cut the air balloon from the No.XIV sheet.


And a piece of an old neck lace for an extra touch.

The butterfly and the gears chipboard are from a Dutch online store, Scrap-Unlimited.
The butterfly got 2 coats of gesso and was a bit overheated  for a more textured effect.
The tiny fleur de lis is chipboard from Dusty Attic.


The gears were also painted with some watered black ink.


I punched some flowers from the No.VIII sheet and distressed the edges.


Top view.


No. VIII and No. XIV


1921

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

A mini album…

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Happy Monday!! Marilyn’s here with you today to share this mini album with a decorated wood box that I made for a special friend.  First, I made the mini album cover with cardboard, it is 5′ x 3 1/2″ and  I covered with the Rose Garden paper from The Coffee in the Arbour collection. I used Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Coffee in the Arbour collections in my project and I decorated it with laces and flowers from Tresor de Luxe.

 

 

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I painted the jute with gesso and made a bow. I added a little frame, pearls and different laces.

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When you open the mini album you see in the first page that I cut “Days to Remember” from the paper with the same name and in the back cover I used the “3rd of May” paper, a stencil, a heart lace and molding paste.

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I covered  out and inside of the box with 2nd of May paper.  I used both sides of the paper, the box’s outside  is with flowers and inside is with the stripes.

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The mini album has ten pages that I worked with different papers, I don’t show you all the pages because I don’t have permission to show my friend’s photos.  It is a surprise gift.

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This is how looks the box…very shabby chic  and inside is the mini album.

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Supplies:  Vintage Spring Basics: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th of May papers and Days to Remember paper. Vintage Autumn Basics: No.XVI, Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden.  Laces and flowers – Tresor de Luxe, Prima-stencil, Shimmerz Paints, Gesso.

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