How Wonderful Life Is….

Morning Maja friends! Andrea is here checking in with you on this lovely Fall day! One of my all time favorite Maja collections is the Vintage Autumn Basics…full of gorgeous roses, sepia/warm brown tones and lots of coordinating patterns. When I first sat down to make this card, I had pulled out a bunch of autumn-looking leaves…maples, oaks and birch…but then decided on vintage flowers! Of course…here’s what I mean: SeptDivaDare14MThe sentiment panel is sugar coated…meaning I sprayed some Elmer’s glue onto the die cut and then sprinkled a little crystal coarse glitter on it. I then distressed the edges of the inside panel and added a bit more sparkle. Underneath that is some stretched out gauze…one of my new favorite accessories. I tied the bow with silk ribbon and added the roses. The sentiment is courtesy of Verve and I also added a trio of copper buttons to the top.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! Andrea-sign

Be Optimistic This Autumn :)

Hello Maja Fans!

Is today the first day of autumn or what?! Where has the summer gone? Today in Poland it’s really rainy and gloomy (as has been through the last couple of days) – quite depressing, actually. And that’s why I decided to make some spirit-lifting cards to share with you today :) Of course, I used the Vintage Autumn Basics papers :)

The first one is a romantic, feminine rose-filled card:

mdkeepI layered some purple and brown papers, added guipure lace and tags, stamping the beautiful retro stamp with the expression I’m sure you all know :)

mdkeep1As the finishing touch, I accented the roses (both dimensional and printed ones) with a litle glitter:

mdkeep2My second card is a more masculine one, using blue and beige tones:

mdkeep3As you can see, I used the very same stamp, only I didn’t ink the crown – instead I stamped a moustache image with a different stamp and then mounted it onto some 3D foam for more interest:

mdkeep4The simple design is completed with cut-out balloons and clock faces and a star-shaped metal charm:

mdkeep5And finally the last card features a large die-cut “smile” word:

mdsmileI layered delicate purple and pink papers and some die-cut doilies:

mdsmile1…and added some guipure lace, flowers and a chipboard swirl:

mdsmile2Supplies:

Vintage Autumn Basics: Heritage, No. XVII, No. IV, No. III, No. XXI, No. XII, No. XIV, No. XVI. Other: dies: Cheery Lynn Designs, Keshi’art, stamps: Personal Impressions, Dovecraft. Flowers: Prima. Guipure, sting, charm: from my stash.

 

And what do you say about this optimistic set? :) Happy autumn, everyone!

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You Are So Loved

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy here today, and I am going to share a card I created with several different saved scraps from 2 different Maja Design paper collections:  Vintage Winter- used for the background; Vintage Summer Basics – the pink paper layer; and Vintage Winter again - used for the card sentiments.

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I adhered my background paper to my card base (I used Tombow permanent double-sided adhesive tape.)  The background paper is from the Vintage Winter paper collection – Baka En Julkaka – Bake a Christmas Cake (fs).

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I distressed and inked the edges, layered a pink paper piece, from Vintage Summers Basics paper collection – 1909, over the background, then layered a loose woven piece of burlap.

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I shaped some Ashlynn wire into some flourish stems and adhered them down with hot glue.

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I added a ribbon flower from Bazzill and some lace.

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I hand-wrote the card sentiment onto some paper from Vintage Winter- Skicka En Halsning/Send a Postcard and glued it down.

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Thanks for taking a moment to take a peek!  I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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Saying Good – bye to the summer

Hello Maja Friends. September has come and we have an Indian summer at the moment – my favorite time.

and this card is like saying good – bye to the summer:

ClearCardNor_ElenaOlinevich I used Vintage Summer Basic Collection and an acrylic card sheets to create this.

But the title I used for it is a scrap of the paper from Coffee in the Arbour collection. Now you see how they fit each other easily.

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Time for Fall

Hello Maja lovelies! The air here in New Jersey is cooling down and I can see some signs of Fall already! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Fall, but summer is my favorite. That being said, I pulled out some Autumn themed papers and accoutrements, starting with Maja Design’s Walking in the Forest collection: MomentsRemembered090914MdAccompanying the papers are some Spellbinders Maple Leaf dies, wooden accents, twine, pearls and Copper Liquid pearls. My design is loosely based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

This Saturday I’ll be visiting with you again…with a quite a few photos of my craft space. See you then…and enjoy the rest of your week! Andrea-sign

Theme Collections All the Year Round

Welcome to the blog today, Maja Fans :)

It’s Maja here to share two cards with which I mean to prove you can use Maja Design theme collections all the year round :)

I love playing with theme papers and use them for other occassions too. Thus you don’t need to put your Christmas papers away for a year in January :) For instance, would you say this wedding card was made using Vintage Winter papers?

mdwBut it is! :) I used the brown, red and cream sheets for the gorgeous ornate background:

mdw1I stamped some crackles onto the top layer and added a bunch of roses, resin frame and metal butterflies:

mdw2Then I added vintage ribbon sprayed with golden mist to match the frame colour:

mdw3For the backround bottom layers you can use even theme-patterned papers, details such as snowflakes or Santa Clauses won’t be visible clearly ;)

Supplies: Vintage Winter: Chocolate, December, Season’s Greetings.  Other: resin frame: RetroKraft Shop; stamps: Kaisercraft, Lemonade; butterflies: Trimcraft; flowers&leaves, ribbon: from my stash.

 

But this doesn’t apply to winter/Christmas papers only. This baby boy welcome card is used with the marine papers :)

mdmajWell, OK, this one is to some extent marine-themed, but I could have omitted the little whale and washi tape and it would look just as ordinary baby boy card, right? :)

mdmaj1I layered several stripes and stars design, die-cut the onesie and coloured it with Promarkers to give it some dimension and matted it with a piece of cheesecloth. Can you see those cute tiny button brads? :)

mdmaj2I used a piece of paper with the signature stripe visible – aren’t those little elements really useful?

mdmaj3Supplies: Life by the Sea: The East Coast, Marina Hovering bs, Islands and Skerries bs, Regatta bs. Other: dies: Sizzix, Poppy Stamps; brads: Making Memories; washi tape: Dekoracyjna Taśma; charm, cheesecloth, linen string: from my stash.

See you!

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For a very special friend

The summer is nearly gone, but we still enjoy +23 degrees here on the west coast of Sweden. It’s very easy to dream of roses and gardens in full bloom.

I have created a card and a mini-album for a very dear friend of mine. I know that Sofiero is one of her favourite collections, and since she is a pink girl it’s all about pink…elena

I have used an embossing folder and Spellbinders Borderabilities dies for this card. elena2Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam ribbon has been colourized with Distress Stain. Chipboard by Blue Fern and the butterfly has been cut out with a Martha Stewart punch.elena3And here’s what the card looks like on the inside.

I am not very good at making mini-albums. They take me forever. I have literally worked for years on some albums. This, however, was not THAT time consuming, considering Sofiero was released last year. :) elena1I have cut out the grid by hand using a knife and glued it to the background paper. I have used a Martha Stewart punch, metal by Tim Holtz and pearls from Pearl Maker.

elena2The white Prima flower is one of my favourites. The little cage was given to me as a present from another dear friend. And now I pass it on to another friend, spreading the love and friendship over the globe.elena3And here’s the first spread. elena3aI have used punches by Martha Stewart and dies by Spellbinders. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. elena3bA little poem and more dies. elena4Second spread with a quote to the left and some borders to the right.elena5The little fairy got a shabby paint and some pearls. elena6Third spread…elena6aI have used texture paste on the background and Crackle Paint on the chipboard butterflies. The pearls have been cut out from a Prima bling.elena6bThe right side… More die cuts and chipboard.elena7And the last pages…elena7aI really liked creating that dress. I have used three layers of tulle in different colours. elena7bClose up… The textured letters are from a Prima sheet.elena7cThe last page has a pocket with tags…elena8 elena9

I have used all papers in the Sofiero collection. I hope you got inspired and see you in two weeks! Jenny

My cup of tea… and a bunch of cards

It’s been a long nice summer with lots of scrapping. For some reason I always scrap the most during hot summers. A bit odd maybe, but that’s the way it is. Today I’m going to share  some of my creations that has come to life during the summer. First a new layout with my precious Joel…
I absolutely adore the blues of the Coffee In The Arbour collection. They are lovely. I have used Enjoying The Moment, Butterflies Are Free, Blueberry Cupcake, Lovely Weather, White Daisies, Smell of Freshly Brewed Coffee and Delicious Moments for this layout.joel_All chipboard are from Scrap FX. The white lace comes from my mother’s huge 16th century chest filled with fabric. It’s a goldmine! Bird by Tim Holtz, flowers from Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. Bling from Prima, all dies used are from Spellbinders.
joel2The white frame is a Prima resin.

When people ask me how I take my coffee my usual response is “intravenously”. There’s simply no such thing as out of coffee in my house. I can’t even remember that I’ve ever ran out of it since I moved out from my parents house. :) This delightful beverage is not to take lightly…

When the new Coffee In The Arbour collection was released it was a continuation of the beloved Fika series. I discovered that I couldn’t create anything with the new collection without dragging out the old one. So here’s a little tribute card to my favourite brown papers of the Fika collection…kaffe

The card was made as a little funny reminder to a friend who claims he will show up for coffee but never does… :)
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I have used Nestabilities and Sizzix dies for the frame and swirls. Flowers, pearls and leaves by Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. kaffe3And here’s what the inside looks like.

A friend of mine gave birth to her third child in late July and I made her this card…amandaI’ve used the Coffee In The Arbour collection…amanda2The small alpha pearls were found in a bargain bin on Michael’s a couple of years ago. Flower, ribbon and leaves by Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The little frame has been cut out from a Melissa Frances package, using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die. Chipboard by Scrap FX, bowknot and metal heart from LSS.amanda3Here’s a glimpse of the inside. Aren’t these papers to die for? Pure love. I’ve used a Martha Stewart deep edge punch for the border and cut out the heart by hand.

Here’s a very feminine birthday card that I made for my mil…lenaI’ve used the Vintage Summer Basics collection by Maja Design. lena2All flowers, doily and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts.lena3And a look on the inside…The border is actually made with a paper scrap from the Coffee In The Arbour collection…

I don’t remember creating that many cards in such a short period of time in years. So here comes another one. A bit of a cheerful one, made with the Coffee In The Arbour collection.britt1I’ve used Nestabilities dies for the frame. Flowers are a mixture of Prima, Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam binding has been coloured with Distress Stain Bundled Sage.britt2And a little close up…britt3And a look on the inside.

And finally. A little boy birthday card for cute Anton that turned two this week. antonI’ve used the Vintage Spring Basics collection and some Fika for the front page…anton2Flowers, doily, trim and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pearls are from my neverending roll of pearls that I bought on the wedding department at Michael’s a couple of years ago.anton3Ups. Some Vintage Summer Basics and Coffee In The Arbour also found it’s way into this card.

I hope you got inspired. Until next time!

Jenny

Wedding Card

Hello Maja Friends. Today Elena is with you to share a card I made for a couple who has their wedding ceremony this very week.

WeddingCard-ElenaOlinevich  I used Vintage Summer Basics 6*6 paper pad. I just love this collection and I do love to create wedding cards this very summer.

I prefer when the wedding cards look a bit complicated and have the colors a bit various from plane white or beige.

img_5628 But I added some white flowers and mauve leaves.

img_5627  True Love  – this is all that matters while you are in love.

Have a good day

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Thinking about You

Hello,today I am here to share with you a card I made using the CreaDiem Collection, & a LO using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection….

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I used: Ord Flyger Bort, Ord Flyger Bort-BS,Skapa Dagen,Skapa Dagen-BS,& Sa Lange Jag Lever

The chipboard is from Dusty Attic & the handmade butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail…..

 

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I did some punch work, tearing, distressing & hand stitching. I used some black corrugated paper in my layers…

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I used black soot distress stain on all the chipboard….

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I used a Prima stamp….

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The metal heart with wings is from Websters, & the tiny roses are from I am Roses…

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This is the inside of the card,I made a pocket to hold a gift card…

Here is my next project a LO using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection…

 

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I used:No.XIII,No.XXIII,NO.XXIII-BS,No.XXI,No.XXI-BS,No.XV,No,XV-BS,No.XIV-BS,No.VIII-BS, Heritage & a BS of a Label..

Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did lots of paper layers,& chipboard layers….

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Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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