With a spring feeling – Easter cards

Two cards which I would like to present today are only made of paper scraps left from other projects. Isn’t that a great thing that Maja Design collections coordinate so well? The possibilities of mix-n-match are endless and nothing goes to waste :) Just add a few embellies and the card for any occassion is ready.DSC_0750 md DSC_0765 md

I used similar layout and materials for both cards, but I change the colour schemes and the card shapes. I just love the tiny flowers and butterflies which can be cut out from MD papers!
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Vintage Spring Basics : 1st of  May, 3rd of May, 7th of May, 3rd of March, 10th of March
Coffee in the Harbour : Flourishing garden
Sofiero : Princess Margaretha Garden
From my stash : lace, mesh, flowers, rafia, leaves.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your spring cards are coming out totally gorgeous!

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Thinking of you

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Good morning Maja friends! Are you all doing fine?

It’s Heidi here today and I have made a card with my favourite colours; blue and brown using “Vintage Autumn Basics No. XV”.

IMG_0011Together with Maja paper I have used some cool vintagestuff to make this card. In the background you see a piece of an old bookpage and an old postcard. I have also used vintage tulle and lace together with a new doily, pearlstring, tags and flowers.

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Everything is tied together in layers. To make the shape of the papers I have useddies and I have distressed the edges of the papers with Distress Ink “Walnut stain” and blue and white paining.

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Wish you all a lovely day! Enjoy the spring!

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Sea theme inspired cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today, sharing my 2 cards, that I tried to create in a bit more boyish, playful style than I usually do. I absolutely adore the Life by the Sea collection, I think its the best on the scrap-market, yet it was released couple years ago. I think I have used it already so many times, but still can’t get enough of it.

This time I gain made my cards full of details, just teh way I love the cards and all projects to be. I wanted them to be more masculine, so i tried to work without flowers and Used more black colors and added a bit of roughness by creating distressed edges, black splashes.

As Maja Design papers are of a very good thickness, some of the embellishmnets that you can see on my cards are simply fussy cutted from the papers. all of teh chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

So lets have a look?

maja_pirate_card1_petzer  I have prepared some detailed shots:maja_pirate_card1_det2 maja_pirate_card1_det3 maja_pirate_card1_det1

my second card for today (same style, same collection:) I alos have used overlay on it.maja_pirate_card2_petzerHere are some close ups:

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I have use this collection (Life by the Sea)

The sheets that I have used: Marina, Landmark, the West Coast

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Easter Cards

Hello Maja Fans!

Maja here to welcome you to the blog today and share some Easter cards inspiration.

mdeastEven though it seems to me that people send many more cards on Christmas, I still make several cards each year to celebrate this most important Christian holiday. I love the spring freshness of colours we can employ on those cards :) For my cards I used the lovely delicate Vintage Spring Basics collection.

mdeast1My first card features the purple-pink-green combo of the papers I then tried to repeat on the chipboard egg. After inking the egg I covered it with glitter glue for some glam :)

mdeast2For the second, brown-pink card I also used the egg motif, as it’s the most popular symbol for life and resurrection. This time I took small chipboard eggs and tied them together on a piece of twine like a garland:

mdeast3To use up even the smallest scraps, I punched squares out of some left-overs and arranged them patchwork-like for the background, adding some cheescloth for lightness. Then I covered the chipboard pieces wit glitter too:

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Maja Design papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 7th of May bs, 8th of March bs, 9th of May, 8th of April, 8th of April bs, 7rh of April bs. Other: chpiboard eggs: Scrapiniec; twine: Divine Twine; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; glitter glue, Distress inks: Ranger; cheesecloth: my stash.

And how about you? Do you send cards for Christmas only, or for Easter too?

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March Mood Board

Our March Mood Board brings me special memories from a very shiny day in San Diego with Marie. It was a bit cold, but the warmth from the sun really made our day.Moodboard-March15

And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below March 28th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation March 25th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…CathyMcGrathCathy McGrathGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerIrisBabaoUyIris Babao UyjelissaJelissa MeiJennyGrotherusJenny GrotherusPascaleBPascale BJenny

Wishing You Happiness

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Hello Maja Design friends! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. You may think this card looks familiar? I had so much positive feedback on my Keep Smiling card from last month that I thought that I would share how I created it with a tutorial. I have lots of photos to help you as well as the instructions. So let’s get started!

Steps:

  1. Create a card base using white card stock that measures 5” x 7”.

Step One2. Cut a complimentary mat using cardstock 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”, white mat 4 5/8” x 6 5/8”  and Maja mat 4 1/2/ x 6 ½” . I used Vintage Summer Basics 1933 paper.

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3. Cut and emboss Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die. Apply Victorian Velvet distress ink with an applicator while the paper is still in the die.

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4. Cut and emboss Vintage Summer Basics 1933 using Fleur de Elegance die 2 and Spellbinders Elegant Oval die 3 using white cards stock as shown.

step 45. Stamp sentiment then die cut using Spellbinders classic ovals large. Use Victorian Velvet distress ink and an applicator to ink the edges as shown.  (I used JustRite Botanical Medallions and Banners stamp set).

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6. Apply glue on white and Maja pages. Attach leaving an even border.

White on contrast – Maja on the top.

step 67. Place this section onto a metric cutting mat. Cut two pieces of 4mm ribbon that are the longer than the length of the card. Position the card so that the Maja paper lines up with zero. Place one ribbon so that the right ribbon and the left ribbon cross over as shown. Tape it to the mat. Repeat for the top of the mat.

Bottom of the card

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Top of the card

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Very carefully, peel the tape of the board and tape the ribbon to the back of the card. Repeat for the bottom.

IMG_20438. Apply foam tape to the back of the card front and the white Spellbinders elegant ovals die.

step 89. Apply card front to cardbase. Glue Fleur de Elegance to the card front.

Step 910. Glue sentiment to Elegant Ovals and glue Vintage Summer Basics 1933 die cut from Fleur de Elegance next.

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12. Create a bow using your preferred method. Attach using a glue dot.

step 1213. Embellish using 3 sized flowers. I have used Prima Le Mia and Green Tara flowers.

IMG_206314. Curl the ends of paper roses to add interest. (I use a paintbrush.)

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15 Add pearls and you’re done!

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today. Have fun creating!

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Love is All You Need

Hello Maja fans!

I’m in today to share a card I created using the gorgeous Nyhavn collection. It’s a quick card that uses just one sheet of patterned paper. It’s so simple, you can apply the same tips to any card or project if you don’t have the entire day for crafting.

Here is my card:

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For this card, I’ve used both sides of the “Romantic Lunch” sheet of paper. What I did was to use the neutral grey side as a base for the card, and layered it with the patterned and colored reverse side. It is from this colored side that I drew the colors for the chipboards, embellishments and background.

Some close-ups:

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I have two chipboard designs here – the smaller flourish I left nude because there was already enough color on the card. The second chipboard with more flourishes and flowers was colored with Inktense color pencils, and bled with a small wet brush. I also distressed the edges of my layered paper with black paint using my finger.

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While the colored side of “Romantic Lunch” already has a beautiful palette, more details can be added. I patted on gesso randomly, followed by mists in various purples and pinks. The effect is a subtle yet vibrant background.

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To add the last few touches, I had a canvas frill with pearl strings running under my floral cluster.

And this is all I have for today. Thank you for dropping by, and have a good day ahead!

Maja Design paper used:

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Other products:

Mediums: gesso, black paint, mists (Pastel Lavender, Berry) – 13@rts, Derwent Inktense Color Pencils
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
Flowers: Prima Marketing, Wild Orchid Crafts

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Mixed media card

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Good morning Maja friends! It’s Heidi blogging a mixed media card today.  I have actually used Christmas paper for this card, but together with turquoise and white embellishments it makes a great birthday card.

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I have added white and turquoise acrylic paint to the papers and I have drawn around the edges with white and black gel pens.

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The chipboard I have painted white and I have added some turquoise glitter glue on the small flowers and the bling swirl.

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The text is rub-on from Staz.

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Supplies Maja Design: A gift for you – “Wrapped in old newspaper”

 

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Wish you all a beautiful spring day!

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Two romantic city cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. Its finally started feeling like a spring here, so I ahve a bit of romatic mood that I decided to express through my cards. And of course, Maja Design papers are so perfect for this type of mood. I added lots of Dusty Attic    chipboard on my projects.

On the first card  I have used the image with London and here is what I came up with. Here I used lots of natural elements- dried roses, spices and wood.

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card1det2and my second card for today’s post is with dreams of Paris. I again made this image as a central point of my card.card_paris_maja_petzer lots of layers and stitching on both cards. Little bits f lace, acrylic dew drops, I like when there are lots of elements that you can look at your cards.card2det1 card2det2

On both cards I have used the combination of different Maja Design collections: Fika, Vintage Spring, Vintage Summer basics and of course this wonderful sheet (Minnen) with images:

Have a wonderful spring day!

 

 

 

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