Butterfly Kisses

Hello,today I am here to share with a few projects, I did a couple extra,as my son’s wanted me to Scrap for a wedding they were attending. Here is the first one using a photo of my oldest son getting lots of Butterfly Kisses……

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I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the Butterflies are from LittleScrapShop & the flowers are Prima & Petaloo

Here are some closeups of detail…..

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Shows distressed,hand stitched layers & a flower cluster using prima roses,petaloo flowers & Angelica’s beautiful butterfly…..

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I used TH Vintage Photo Stain on all the chipboard,then inked the edges using a dark brown ink pad….

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My dogs are Papillon’s (butterflys),so that is where I came up with the title,as you can see that my oldest son is getting lots of butterfly kisses…

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I glued some seed beads in the film strip…

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Here is my next project,a canvas using the Vintage Summer Basics Collection

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I used 1912,1915,&1891. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the flowers are Petaloo & Prima,the metal is from Prima & Websters. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did some distressed hand stitched layers & some stencil work using The Crafter Workshop Art is & Viva Modelling cream….

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I stained all the chipboard with TH distress stain (tea dye & Vintage photo),then applied a coat of rock candy crackle.Once that dried I dried brushed on some white paint,& rubbed it in using my fingers. I used picket fence crackle on the feathers & chestnut liquid pearls on the dangling part of the dream catcher.

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Now for the fun part,embellishing the dream catcher. I did some stencil work behind it,wrapped some prima wire thread around the circle part. I then finished embellishing it using,seed beads,beads,bottle cap,jump rings & flower clusters. I love both of the DA dream catchers,so much fun to work with….

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This is my next project,using the CreaDiem Collection. My middle son was a grooms man,this past weekend & bought a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne,for a gift. He asked me to scrapbook the box,so this is how it turned out…

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,Butterflies,flowers & stick pins are from LittleScrapShop. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I used something old & something new on the box,some of the rub ons,stickers & the hearts used in the cluster have been sitting in my room for years.The box the champagne came in is black,so that is why I decided to use this collection.Here are some closeups of detail….

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Of course,because I did the altered box for DD,I had to make a wedding card for Tandri,as he was attending the same wedding. I used the Fika Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic & the roses are from LittleScrapShop…

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The inside of the top part of the card,with a pocket to insert a gift of cash…

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The bottom part of the inside of the card,I left space for Tandri to write…

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The back of the card,I also used lots of old rub on’s on this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…Rachelle

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Rich and Colorful Envelope and TAG

Hello all you wonderful followers of Maja Design. A very very warm welcome here to our blog .Today I have created an envelope and a tag to show you .  The envelope is simply made from paper, cut and glued to hold the shape, with a matching TAG to pop inside the envelope .

WISHING YOU lots of everything WONDERFUL  xoxTag and envelope by Heather Jacob      I embellished the tag with chipboard , ribbon, blooms and leaves . This envelope and tag is for some friends of ours who have just moved into their new home. Their children are now all adults and married so they decided to down size .  Their new home has a very pretty established garden with deep blue and white blooms  …  Tag in an envelope by Heather Jacob …. number 15  …..Envelope and Tag by Heather Jacob Their new house number is ….15 ….. We  Bought a beautiful large Fern in a ceramic pot for them and popped this tag and envelope with it as a gift to celebrate their new Home . They were very happy, and received it with love and joy .Tag by Heather Jacob    Full front view of my embellished tag . Tag details back view by Heather Jacob      I always love to embellish the back of my tags and leave room to write a message for my friends …  tag details by Heather Jacob    Tag details by Heather Jacob     I added  this little cluster of embellies on the envelope to add interest and contrast to the gingham paper … I truly love the richness of this collection and the feel of nature it gives … Maja Design collection used ……. FIKA  … Bjornbarskakar, bs, Babarssylt – bs, Vaffia m bjornbarssylt, bjornarsrvtor, Hemma hos mig . thanks so much for looking at my work and for taking time to leave me some words to breathe into my soul  . Big hugz to each of you .1 my signature

A Set of wedding Cards in Purple

Hello Maja Friends. I hope you are enjoying lazy summer days. as I happy to feel the summer every minute.

Not recently my friend asked me to create a wedding card, as they have been invited to a wedding celebration and she asked me to create something in purple tones.
When someone asks me to do something, I always wnat to see their satisfied faces so I have done 3 cards instead of one, so she could make a choice.

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich1First I thought I need to create something in moderate genre, without any mixed media techniques, though it was quite challenging for me

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Card_ElenaOlinevich1_cl2aAfter I added a resin angel and decided to use some of them too on other cards as well

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich2I used the papers fromm Vintage Spring Basics 6*6 paper pad. and I needed only 3 sheets, as I used the leftovers for all 3 cards

Card_ElenaOlinevich2a_cl  I added tulle, lace , flowers and beautiful papers , of course

Card_ElenaOlinevich2_cland finally my third card:

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich3  I used the butterflies on the background as they remind me about the feeling when you are in love and having a wedding ceremony.

Card_ElenaOlinevich3-clNot sure which card my friend choose, but I hope she will like them as well as this happy couple that will receive it.

Card_ElenaOlinevich3-Cl2  Hope you have liked my wedding cards. Have a wonderful day

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Earthly Flowers

Morning Maja friends! I’m so happy to say that I’ve recently received some happy mail in the form of ‘Coffee in the Arbour’! Delicate, dainty and ultra-feminine papers…I am in love! I had some sweet little daisy stickers hanging around my craft room (actually I had to dig them out) that went so well with the ‘White Daisies’ paper, so I married them to make this: EarthFlowersMI completed this card with some Buttercup liquid pearls, a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, a Deco Fan border punch and a paper distresser. I also pulled out some ‘Life in the Country’ paper to make this one: CongratsMWonderfully shabby and antique looking, I framed the medallion with a stained doily and some glitter. I added some Zva Creative pearl flourishes and a crinkled seam binding bow. For this next card, I upped the classy factor: MyGraceMLove me some Vintage Summer Basics! Framed with a Detailed Scallop Frame from Spellbinders, I added some Zva Creative pearl lines and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. All stamps used on these cards are courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for checking in…hope you like what you see! Andrea-sign

Collage Inspired Cards created with Coffee in the Arbour

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again, and this week I am sharing two cards that I created inspired by a favorite style of mine….collage.

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I love collecting bits and pieces of ephemera and odds and ends.  I have amassed quite a collection of it, and I love to bring it out to embellish my projects.

EPHEMERA  noun     plural noun: ephemera

  1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
    • items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.

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The first card I embellished by distressing a piece of corrugated cardboard with some FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White.

painted cardboardI stacked a lace and paper flower from my stash, topped off by a little green gem, & added a paper bird ephemera piece and fancy scroll corner border.  I created the little bird’s nests by gluing some twine into circles and adding some Prima and BoBunny adhesive pearls into the centers.

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This was inspired by a card that I saw created by a woman named Sherry Wright.

The chalkboard label that I layered onto the background paper (the backside of the Coffee in the Arbour paper “Smell of freshly brewed coffee”), is from EK Success.  I also did some stamping onto the background paper — CTMH & Prima clear acrylic stamps and CTMH ink in Cocoa.

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The other Coffee in the Arbour paper that I used to layer just behind the cardboard was the frontside of “Raspberry Lemonade.”  The other pearl bling is from Prima.

The 2nd card was created using the frontside of “Raspberry Jam Cookie.”

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The added paper layers from this paper collection also included:  “Grandma’s Old Porcelain Cups -fs” & “Raspberry Lemonade-fs.”  The ephemera and bits I used to embellish this card included a butterfly from K & Co, some tickets, a key,

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buttons, cardstock vintage image and flower all from my stash.  The doily is actually a transparent doily that I cut out from a Prima packaging.

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So, do you collect ephemera?  Do you use it to create with?  This week I challenge you to use some ephemera of one type or another on your projects.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my latest creations.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get the opportunity to create something amazing today!

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Rustic and Warm – CELEBRATION CARD and a TAG

Hi there everyone, thanks for popping by Maja design blog , we absolutely love having you here . Today I am sharing TWO Projects with you  …. A Tag and a richly colored Easel Card, created with the Walking in the Forest Collection and the Vintage Autumn basics Collection.       We are having our winter season here in Australia and I wanted to create something warm and bright . I have chosen a combination of Denim blue and Deep Burnt Orange, with touches of rust.card by Heather Jacob     I stacked my elements combining Maja Design papers with diecut leaves, and various other diecut shapes, together with some chipboard twigs . I kept with the warm rusty theme and colored my chipboard in Rusty ink . card by Heather Jacob       I feel the orange and blue are a Perfect marriage . These blues flowed together  beautifully and I added some metal buttons each side of my cluster .  inside view of card by Heather Jacob       The inside of my card is stamped with the word celebrate with a rusty inked swirly chipboard piece to hold the easel in place .

card cluster by Heather Jacob   I also want to share another project with you …. Recently some friends of ours had a HOUSE WARMING party…. and I created this Tag to attach with our gift ….again I used Walking in the Forest Collection.

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Tag By Heather     The base of my tag is made from Chipboard, to create a strong foundation. I covered it in ‘Jeans’ – and proceeded to stack various diecut pieces, using various papers from the Walking in the  Forest Collection.  Tag by Heather Jacob        I love the rich colors of this Collection and the deep blue embraces the Rusty toned chipboard perfectly, creating a warm toasty energy in this cold wintery weather  . tag By Heather Jacob      I decided to add a circle with their house  number 28,  to make it personal to them.

Maja Design materials used Walking in the Forest -Jeans, Cozy Scarf , Seasons Last Birdsong – Vintage Autumn Basics – No XX111, plus bs .  Thanks so much for popping over here at Maja Design Blog and thanks for looking at my creations . I hope I have inspired you in some way …. bye for now until next time, big big hugz to each of you x my signature

Americana Birthday

Happy Thursday Maja friends! Here in the United States we’re gearing up for our country’s birthday, July 4th. Another reason for the Ewen family to celebrate is the birthday of our patriarch, affectionately known as ‘Cheesie’ (as in Big Cheese), my husband, Guy. His mom told him when he was younger that the fireworks that accompany every July 4th celebration were just for him. Though he’s old enough to realize that is no longer the case, we still have quite a celebration for him, including a big barbecue, a huge ice cream cake, and yes, lots of fireworks. Tomorrow’s festivities will also include this card here: July4thM July4thcuThis card features the Life by the Sea collection. I added some die cut stars, wooden stars, sequin stars and some rustic twine. All of the edges are distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink and also roughed up a bit with a paper distresser. The stamp is courtesy of Verve’s American Hero set.

To my American friends…Happy 4th of July! To all my other friends…Happy 4th of July! :) Have a great day and thanks for sharing a part of it with me! Andrea-sign

Saying Thanks in Style

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Hi Maja fans, I’m just dropping by to share a little tag I made using some blue paper from Crea Diem and a creamy/yellow color paper from Vintage Spring Basics.

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I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations floral dies with the cream color paper and tinted the centers with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink.  The vine flourish was cut from a Cheery Lynn die called Fancy Flourish.  I added a little texture with a Crafters Workshop stencil and texture paste.  Finishing the design off with a few adhesive pearls.

If you are like me and don’t want to waste a bit of your Maja papers, then creating cards and tags are a great way to make good use of them.

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Thank You Book and More

Hello, dear Maja Design Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, it’s Maja here to share some inspiration.

Last Thursday my elder son finished his third grade. In Poland it means the end of the first stage of education, now he is going to have new subjects and new teachers. His main teacher will no longer teach him – and that was a very sad goodbye. She was a true teacher with passion, all kids loved her. She is also a very crafty lady and taught kids many crafty techniques, and so we decided to give her a handmade thank you album, in which all kids would place their handmade cards with thanks. The task of gathering and binding all cards together fell to me. And this is what I came up with:

mdksi0I wrapped all the edges of the cover with washi tape and then covered the cardboard with Vintage Summer Basics papers. I placed some beautiful chipboard frame and flower composition, with leaves I die cut from a Coffee in the Arbour sheet:

mdksi1I didn’t want to make the album too decorative, as it was to present kids’ work. So I only delicately stamped the inside covers:

mdksi2As there are 16 children in Kuba’s class, I decided to use some neutral cream paper and add some Maja Design papers stripes and washi tape to decorate each page. For the girls’ pages I used strips of my most favourite Coffee in the Arbour paper – Rose Garden:

mdksi3…and for the boys’ pages I used strips of the Days of December bs. Kuba also used Maja papers for his card :)

mdksi4Some kids made really dimensional cards and in the end the binding wire could barely hold them :)

mdksi5The moment of handing in the album was very emotional, the teacher was in tears and she really loved the book! I hope she would hold as loving memories of the class as we – parents and kids – would!

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Summer Basics: 1932, 1924; Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December bs; Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden, Raspberry lemonade bs.

Other: chipboard, album base – Scrapiniec; metal corners: Tim Holtz; stamps: Making Memories; flowers, lace – from my stash.

Kuba’s card: Coffee in the Arbour: Raspberry cupcake bs, Raspberry jam cookies, Blueberry cupcake, Blueberry cupcake bs.

Other: die: Prima, stamp Lemonade.

 

I have also a card to share. In the middle of the wedding season, I like to have one or two cards at hand, and so when I finished the thank you album, I used some Coffee in the Arbour papers to make this card:

mdslubIt is a simple design, yet papers give it a nice shabby chic look. I layered some papers and distressed all the edges:

mdslub1Then I used my favourite Prima doily die as the background for the flower cluster:

mdslub2I inked the chipboard letters and covered them with glitter to make them more visible against the patterned paper:

mdslub3I hope some young couple would like it :)

Supplies:

Coffee in the Arbour: Grandma’s old porcelain, Feel the grass between your toes, Raspberry lemonade.

Other: chipboard: Scrapiniec, glitter: Stickles Ranger, flowers, ribbon – from my stash.

 

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting the blog and don’t forget to pop in tomorrow :)

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A farewell by Nadia

Hi there..

 Well .. today I am writing this post with some sadness. I have decided to step down from my spot at Maja Design. I have been on this team for 6 months now, and was Guest Designer back in December and worked with their products all of last year so I do feel like I know their papers well.

 But the time came last month for me to make some changes.

My life right now is full on. There is literally no moments off, ever. My baby Sofia is now 1, sleeps less (which is great because I get out and do stuff before getting kids from school)  and I do not wish to miss out on precious time with her right now because I need to scrap, or feel sick in the mornings because I stayed up late the night before scrapping. I mean, I still do , don’t get me wrong LOL but I just cannot do it as often. I basically need to leave my days free and get some scrapping done at night .

My older girls are both in school, so we all know what that is like.

Right now life for me is: Sofia full time during the day, Sofia + 2 more full time from 3:30 until 7:30 pm when they finally are asleep.

Some nights I feel like scrapping. Others not!

So changes needed to be made to find a balance.

I cannot give my creating up right now! NO WAY! This is my lifeline…

But still I needed to make things easier.

I guess you could say I started feeling this familiar thing happening in my tummy lately.. the thing where you get nervous to create things and it starts to feel not so good .. I have had these feelings before and I let them go too long before acting on them , and reached the point where I burnt out.

 So I decided to lessen the load and leave Maja Design for someone who can do justice to their beautiful papers. You see, another thing making me nervous was that I felt that since the time I was asked to join the team (November of 2012, just a few months pregnant with Sofia) , my style has changed dramatically. I feel I have gone from soft, shabby, romantic to a bit of grunge, a bit of mixed media, a heck of a lot of inks, mists etc etc and I did not feel this suited the soft colours of Maja Design’s papers. I felt I was covering up the majority of the paper and for me.. when I cannot do something right I just feel very uneasy.

So with all this, here is a card I crated for my last post at Maja Design.

 It is dedicated to Jenny and Marie. THANK you both so much for having me on your team this year, for reserving a spot for me a year and a half ago, and for this great opportunity!

 

 Thank you all for all your support.

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