Easter Canvas

Hello Maja Friends. Are you busy with your Easter preparations?

I feel like I always do just jump into decorations almost last minute. So this time I have decided to start creating something like this long time before.

So here is my Easter canvas that I am going to give to my Mother

EasterCanvasElena  I use yellow in my creations not rarely, I would say never. But some changes are needed  for my moving towards so I have already tried greens, so next turn is for the yellow.

And yes, Vintage Spring basics Collection has almost all of the possible colors to choose from lilac and purple, to olive, yellow, eggplant and so on

Centre  My canvas is just about 20*20 cm or 8*8 inches, so it’s  a little bit challenging for me as it is more in size than the card but quiet smaller than my usual and preferrable for the works size of 30*30 cm or 12*12 inches.

But I made some cutting from the papers, put some layers, added some flowers and branches and here is my feeling of this special day

ClosieCanvas1  Those daffodils are so amazing, I love them and they are my messenger for the warm spring. I have put several pictures of them on my canvas, but this one on the background is the pretiest one


I made some water coloring on the background as well as on my embellishments.

so hope my Mom will love it too.

Products used:

Vinatge Spring Basics – 1st of March, 2nd of march, 3rd of March, Days to Remeber;

Prima Marketing embellishments, 2Crafty Chipboard Border.





God Bless This Nest – Ska Vi Ta En Fika?

Hello Maja Design fans and friends.  Nancy Hanttula here, back again.  This week I am sharing a St. Patrick’s Day inspired mixed media project.

God Bless This Nest

I created this piece using the gorgeous Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection.


I knew that the beautiful greens and purples in this paper collection were going to be perfect to create this piece.


So, now I would like to share the basics on how this project came together.  I first started with my basic background.

getting started

I then wanted to add some stenciling….I am all about texture and layering on my projects.


I first laid my stencil down to see where I wanted to go.

stenciling before

I mix acrylic paint with modeling paste to achieve the color and texture/dimension that I want.

stenciling after

I created my “shamrock” using one of my Martha Stewart heart punches.  I punched out 8 individual hearts.

heart punched shamrock

I was going for a dimensional look…so I folded each heart in half and then glued just one of the folded sides down.

fold hearts in half

I mounted the piece onto a wood frame that I bought at my local craft store.  I wanted to add some dimension to my frame…so I added detailing with some dimensional paint.

dimensional paint to frame

After the dimensional paint dried, I painted over it with acrylic paint.

acrylic paint to frame

After the acrylic paint dried, I added some dark purple ink to just the dimensional areas to highlight the dimension.

ink highlights of dimensions

I added a little Prima bird nest to the center of my shamrock…a little metal key and tag from my stash, some additional layering, bling, and stamping…and there you have it.


Papers used from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection used for this project included:  Kladdkaka (front); Pratstund (front and back); Marzipanbakelse (front); Havrerutor (back); Blommor pa bordet (front).  Other supplies used:  Liquitex modeling paste; Martha Stewart heart punch; E6000 glue; hot glue; Prima bird cage; small alphas from the Girls Paperie; Prima’s Ingvild Chalk Ink; wood flourish and wood frame from my local crafts store; acrylic paints from FolkArt and Dermacoat in colors Lavendar, Purple, & Fresh Foliage; Polymark dimensional paint; metal key, metal label, brads, felt, acrylic stamp, and stencil from my stash.

Thanks for looking.  I hope I have inspired you to create something today.



Blog hop with Swirlydoos

Today we are having a real treat for you…. A blog hop in cooperation with Swirlydoos Kit Club.

If you came here from Rae’s blog then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos’ blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality, vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. We hope our beloved designs will inspire you to create great joyful creations.

MajaDesign was founded in November 2007, and since then has been growing to over 450 registred retailers around the world.

We carry 16 collections in stock and during this blog hop we have a grand prize for you. Our four Vintage Basics collections are designed to be timeless favourites and drawn to be mixable with eachother. There are 108 patterned papers in total and they can all be yours…

And here follows some inspiration created by our lovely Creative Team.Andrea EwenAndrea EwenCamilla EkmanElena OlinevichGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid GooyerJennifer SnyderJenny GrotherusMaja Nowakmarilyn_Marilyn RiveraNadia CannizzoNancy HanttulaRachelle SigurdsonRachelle Sigurdson

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 2/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 2/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Our special word is : only

The party continues over at Angelica’s blog. Have fun!Jenny

Nothing but blue skies – Sommartider

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I’m back again to share another mixed media project I created, this time with the amazingly colorful, Sommartider paper collection.


I know I have said it many, many times, but I do love this paper collection.  Whenever I need a bit of color to brighten my day, I create with this collection. Which leads me to this 12 x 16 inch canvas panel mixed media piece I call, “Nothing but blue skies.”

Nothing but blue skies B

I am constantly being inspired by my children.  And this piece was inspired by the packaging of a “Barbie” (at least I think it was “Barbie”, all I have is the inner packaging of a Christmas toy) that my 6 year old daughter got from Santa Claus, and by one of her fairy books (hence, the paper doll-like girls).  While I was creating this, she asked me, “Why are you using my stuff for your art?” In my head I was thinking, “really?”…but I just simply explained to her that some things just inspire me, and after all, I was just inspired by the packaging, which was essentially trash and going to be put, and has since been put, into the recycling.  Well, all that did was lay her claim to this piece, which I was making for her anyway….so a win-win situation, don’t you think!

background B

My canvas pieces always start by figuring out the design I am wanting to create on the background…and then choosing the papers to create the scene.  In this case, creating the background “horizon,” so to speak.

horizon B

I decoupage them down, add some acrylic paint to streamline the design, and add stamping for texture and interest.

the first phase B

For this piece, I created 2 paper-doll girls.

hand drawn and cut out girls B

I then dressed them in clothes from other patterned papers from this same Sommartider collection.  In fact, every single piece of paper used for this project was from this particular collection.  (all papers used are listed at the bottom of this post)

girl with blonde hair B

The “magic wand” was created with a toothpick and some ribbon from my stash.  I glued the ribbon down to make it look like it was blowing in the wind.

girl with brown hair 2 B

The sunflowers were created using stamps from Heartfelt Creations and the button centers were from my personal stash.

flowers B

I created the tree trunk, cut out circles for the “leaves” and added doodled details.

tree B

This was a fun project to create, and really, it is the fun projects that feed my soul.  What about you?

Sommartider papers used for this project included:  Sky: Sol Och Bad (bs); Hills/Grass:  Lunch I Det Grona, Lata Dagar, & Pathway; tree trunk:  Hallonsorbet; clouds:  Massor Med Glass (bs); sunflowers:  Bad Shorts (bs); Park Benches:  Strandmode (bs); the bodies of the girls:  Lata Dagar (bs); the clothes for the girls:  Massor Med Glass (bs), Hallonsorbet (bs), & Blomsterprakt (front & back);

Other supplies used to create this included:  stamps from CTMH, Unity Stamp Co, Kaisercraft, Heartfelt Creations, & Prima; flower stickers from Sassafras and my stash; leaf punch from Martha Stewart; ribbons, buttons from my stash; white paint pen from Elmers; other pens from Permaball, CTMH, & Sharpie; decoupage glue from DecoArt; heat gun from Tim Holtz; and acrylic paint from FolkArt in Calypso Sky (a true personal fave), Lime Green , & Cereale; and acrylic paint in Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel)

Thank you so much looking at my latest project.  I really hope that I have inspired you to create something today that feeds your soul!



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.


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


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.

Vintage Winter

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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A “Vintage Winter” Snowman

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again…..this time to share a Christmas mixed media project I created with the gorgeous Vintage Winter paper collection.  And as I am having a blog give-away of this entire paper collection this month, I wanted to share a new project I had created with it.  AND I am thinking this would be a great present for someone on my Christmas list this year.

SnowMan sm

So here is how I created this project:

Step 1 – I picked my patterns for the background and decoupaged them down onto a 18 x 24 inch canvas.


step 2 – Once the background had dried, I wanted to soften the collaged effect by adding some acrylic paint.  I applied the paint using an old credit card.

paint The purpose of this step was to soften the background and make it appear more cohesive.

paint 2

step 3 – At this point, I started creating my basic snowman shape.  I used 3 different sized white foam balls.

foam balls

I bought some special “Foam” cutting tools, but a serrated knife (and actually I used my husband’s hand saw on the largest ball) would work just as well I think. But with that said, these tools only cost a couple of dollars, and they did file the foam pretty nicely.

foam cutting tools

I did my best to cut each of the foam balls in half.  Like I mentioned before, I did use a hand-saw on the largest one, as the foam cutting knife just wasn’t long enough to go through easily.

foam in half

Before gluing the foam down, I wanted to make sure that my snowman parts fit together.  I filed away a portion of the middle and lower foam balls so that the snowman parts would flow slightly into the lower section. Hopefully, the next photo explains this step better.

indent and file

This is when the foam filing tool came in handy to smooth the edges.  And below is all of the snowman fitting together nicely.

snowman 3

Step 4 – I then glued the foam pieces down to the background.  For this step, I used E6000 glue in the center and your basic household caulk for the outer edge (found at local hardware stores, Walmart, etc.)

basic caulk

I used caulk for this so that if any of the white where to come out of the sides it wouldn’t be a big deal (easy to clean up too) AND it gives the snowman good staying power.

adhering the foam

I centered the snowman just low enough onto the canvas to give plenty of room to add  a fun and whimsical hat to the top of my snowman’s head.

I gave the glue and caulk a full 24 hours to dry.

step 5 – After making sure my snowman had good adherence, I wanted to add a snowy textured effect to my foam.  Now, granted, you could easily forgo this step, as I rather liked the look of the foam for my snowman.  But during the process, I did manage to put a few fingerprint dents into my foam here and there…so I decided to texture it up a bit.  Using the very same caulk that I used to adhere the foam balls down, I pretty much iced it over the foam, much like you would do icing on a cake.

caulk over the foam

caulk before and after

Again, I let the caulk dry a full day.

step 6 – Next, I created my snowman’s hat.  I found these cute little felt hats at my local craft store (less that $2 a piece.)


I cut the backside off of the hat so that I could adhere it down properly.

cut the hat

I wanted to construct and adhere the hat before giving the snowman his face, because I needed to know just how much “face” would be showing once he was wearing his hat.

hat on head

I then added all sorts of fun embellishments to the hat.  First, I added some greenery trim and a glittered poinsettia.  I used hot glue to adhere all of my hat decorations.

embellish the hat

Next I added a little tree, decorated it with miniature Christmas tree decorations,  added some little presents, another white poinsettia and some snowflakes.  I did bend my tree so that it had a bit of a quirky, whimsical look to it.decorate the tree

And here is the finished hat.

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I glued the hat down to the top by generously applying hot glue to the inner hat brim and putting it firmly down onto the head.

step 7 – I created a scarf for my snowman using 2 of the Vintage Winter red patterned papers (Christmas is Coming & the backside of Season’s Greetings).  To make the long scarf pieces, I cut two strips of paper


sprayed them with water on both sides, and distressed, scrunched, and manipulated the paper to achieve a cloth-like look.  After the pieces were dry, I arranged them along my snowman’s neck, gluing them down with hot-glue.

scarf after

step 8 – To create my snowman’s eyes, smile, and row of buttons, I used some black river rocks, (purchased ages ago from my local craft store.)

smooth river rock

Again, I used hot glue to adhere my rocks.

smile and buttons

step 9 – For my snowman’s arms….I went out into my front yard and snapped a few twigs off of my tree.  To adhere them, I punched them into the foam….then pulled them out, filled the hole I had made with hot-glue, and then pushed them right back into the hole now filled with glue….worked like a dream.

inserting the twig arms

step 10 – I created my carrot nose using some heavyweight orange cardstock.  I rolled it into a narrow pointed cone shape and glued it together. Using the same basic steps as inserting the twigs (arms), I pushed the nose into the foam, pulled it out, filled the hole with hot-glue and then pushed the nose back into the glue.

rolled cardstock nose

step 11 – For the last step, I added some dimensional wood and die-cut snowflake pieces to the background.

background snowflakes

I really enjoyed creating this project….and just love the dimension that I was able to achieve without a lot of weight.


I used almost the entire Vintage Winter paper collection on the background for this project.

Vintage Winter

Other supplies used here, but not already mentioned, included:  embellishments and felt hat purchased at my local craft store, chipboard/wood pieces from LYB, Kaisercraft, & Tattered Angels; Mod Podge matte decoupage medium, & Dermacoat white acrylic paint.

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

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Winner of the October Mood Board

Yesterday the storm ”Simone” hit the Swedish west coast. It didn’t reach as far north as first expected, and we are lucky enough to still have electricity. That’s a relief, and it means I’m able to publish the winner of the October mood board…

A reminder of what you got to work with:Moodboard-October

And here are the lovely contributions for this month:

Thank you so much to all of you who joined!


And the Winner is…….


Zaneta Glowa from Sweden!

Congratulations! We will send you the Vintage Summer Basics collection as you requested.


Our November mood board will be a traditional Christmas one… Don’t miss to stop by next Tuesday to play along!Its-Christmas-time-PFröjdefull-Jul-PGammaldags-Jul-P  Wintage vinter-P


Stand Out – Sommartider Paper Collection

Hello MajaDesign fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, back again, to share another mixed media project using the Sommartider Paper Collection.


For this project, I decided to use a larger scale canvas…measuring in at 18 inches by 24 inches.  Above you can see my 8 year old son, Saylor, graciously assisting me in displaying it’s size.

I used the gorgeously vibrant Sommartider paper collection for this project and….oh, how I love this paper collection. It has the perfect combination of prints and colors to satisfy my color obsession.


My 6 year-old daughter immediately laid claim to this piece, and it now resides quite happily in her bedroom.

So, here is how this piece was created:

#1 I painted the entire canvas.  Although it is difficult to see here, I actually used 3 different acrylic paint colors to paint the canvas:  FolkArt’s “Patina” and Apple Barrel’s “Calypso Sky” & “Bimini Blue.”  Note:  Be sure and paint the sides of the canvas as well.  This gives the piece a more finished look.


#2  I then stamped and stenciled onto the background and sides to give interest, depth, and dimension to the piece.


I used various stencils and stamps from The Crafter’s Workshop, Dylusions/Ranger, Close to my Heart, Kaisercraft, Stampendous, Glitz Designs, Unity stamps, and various other odds and ends from the “soles” of flip-flops :) .

#3 I then cut out butterflies from the different patterned papers of the Sommartider paper collection.


After choosing the papers I wanted to use & cutting out the butterfly shapes, I then laid them out onto the background canvas to figure out exactly how I wanted to lay the project out.

I LOVE dimension and texture….and so, I dove into my vast collection of buttons to create the butterfly centers.


#4 After deciding the basic “composition” of the piece, I then glued my butterflies down using Mod Podge & adhered the buttons down using hot glue.


#5  After gluing everything down, I shaded my butterflies using Inktense blocks and a Faber Castell India ink pen in Warm Grey (the key to this step, is to ”smear” the ink after applying it….otherwise, you get a very hard line)……  (If you look at the picture from step #4 and compare it to the pic in step #5, you can really see what shading brings to your projects).  After shading my butterflies, I went back in and added more stamps, stencils, acrylic paint, and some “sayings” around the butterflies.


For all of the butterfly antennaes … I used clothes pins.  I separated them, and then glued them down with hot glue.


& #6  To create my message, I used some of my Stampendous alpha letters to stamp on paper.  I also shaded the letters to add depth via the very same process as I shaded the butterflies.


Thanks for looking! and I hope this has inspired you to create today!   I challenge you…..let’s get MESSY!

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Good Morning Sunshine – Vintage Summer Basics

1 Good Morning Sunshine Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I am back again to share a mixed media 12 x 12 canvas project I created with the gorgeous Vintage Summer Basics. Using a basic 12 x 12 canvas, I painted the base layer with Folk Art acrylic paint with Calypso Sky (a total fave of mine.) DSC00082 I then chose the papesr I would use for the background:  Vintage Summer Basics:  “1945″ – “1934″ – and ” 1944″ … DSC00078 After deciding on the basic background configuration, I decoupaged the papers down to the canvas….and then added a bit more of the acrylic paint to create a “seamless” background. DSC00085 Then, using my McGill’s starburst punch, I punched several “starbursts” from the Vintage Summer Basic paper collection…”1943″ … to use on the background at a later time.



But, before adding the “starbursts” to my background, I wanted to add some depth and texture using some of my textural stamps.


Above is an example of some of the background stamps I like to use to create depth and texture….they include using the bottoms of shoes…:)  My baby sister and I like to go to thrift shops, only we like to look at the bottom of the shoes.  Then when we find a pair with an interesting sole design…we can split the cost…each leaving with one of the shoes to use as a stamp!

After stamping the background of the canvas, it was time to create the sun.

First, I used my Martha Stewart circle punch “Layered Flower” to create my basic sun shape out of the Vintage Summer Basic paper ” 1912″.


I, then, cut out some basic 3 inch paper strips, inked & stamped them, to create some of my sun’s rays.


Before attaching my “rays,” I sketched a face onto my sun.


After I achieved the basic look I was striving for, I then drew over the design with my permanent Faber Castell India ink pens.


After constructing my sun…I added some texture by incorporating some “Puff Paint” by Polymark…I used yellow, orange, and black.


Once the sun and sun’s rays were completed, I added the starbursts to the background.


I finished off the piece with my title.  I hand-drew, and then cut out the title, topping it off with some Polymark dimensional paint.


And last but not least, I created my “clouds” using white acrylic paint onto bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, and shelf liner.


Thanks for looking!  I hope something here has inspired you to create something AMAZING today!

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There’s No Place Like Home – Creating with the Sommartider collection

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I am back again to share another mixed media project.  I created this piece using absolutely every single paper from the gorgeous Sommartider paper collection.


Home Maja

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with maps.  I have maps and a budding collection of globes in my studio, as well as all over my house.  I’m not even sure why I love maps so much…but I know that something about them makes my heart happy…and makes me want to create.

I was inspired to re-create a map of the United States mainland using the gorgeous array of prints from the Sommartider collection…. (and yes, I mean no disrespect for Hawaii and Alaska, they just didn’t fit into my scheme of things.)  I am going to share with you how I did this map….so if you feel so inclined, you could do this with any map, for any country, or area.

My inspiration originally came from one of my kiddo’s puzzles….a map of the United States.


After I put the puzzle together, I took some tracing paper and outlined all the individual states.


After all the states were traced….I made a copy of the traced image via my printer.  I did this so that I would have a “base” to glue my states down onto once they were cut out of the different patterned papers.


I then turned over my traced image, and using a soft leaded pencil, I shaded the lines.  Basically, this works like carbon paper.


Once you have scribbled a generous amount of soft pencil lead onto the back-side of the tracing paper, you just flip it over, place it over the patterned paper of your choice and trace over the lines of the “state” using a fine, but hard, ball-point pen.


This is how you are able to transfer the shape onto the patterned paper exactly as you traced it.  By using soft-lead pencil, you are then able to erase these same pencil lines AFTER you have cut out the shape.


Once the shape has been cut out and the pencil lines erased, I then glued down the shape into my “copy” of the tracing.


After all the shapes were created, I then cut out the entire piece as a whole.


And that is how I created my “map.”  I won’t lie…there is a bit of a time investment in this process.  But I hope it has inspired you to give it a try.

Other ingredients used in this project include.  Crafter’s Workshop stencil: Subway; Ranger Archival black ink; Staz-On archival ink in Teal Blue; black Sharpie marker; black and grey Faber-Castell pens; Stampendous Alphabet stamps; Tombow permanent adhesive; & clear acrylic stamps from CTMH.

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

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