Creating Wall Art with Maja

Wall Hanging

Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a home decor project!  It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of the shabby-chic style, and I say why not take it off the page and into the home.  For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers and just had some fun tearing and painting away with them.    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial.  Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging….

Wall Hanging part 1

I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel.  I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel.  The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.  I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

Wall Hanging part 2

I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel.  I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar – bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen).  I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March).  The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’.  The stitch I used was from Prima.  The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.

Wall Hanging part 3

For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs).  I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’ stencils from Crafters Workshop.  Here are a couple more views of the panels…


I hope my project has inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating home decor projects. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo


The Versatality of Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here with you again.  Today, I would like to show you just how versatile the Maja Design paper collections truly are.  I have created 4 different cards…all very distinctly different….but all from the very same paper collection, Vintage Spring Basics.


I will show you each finished card first, and then I will share all the little details and “love” that I put into each and every one.  So, without further ado, here is the first card. I fondly refer to it as “The Cupcake.”


And the 2nd card, I call “Butterflies.”


The 3rd card, I refer to as “Groove Thang.”

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and finally, the last card, I call “Blessings.”


As you can see, every card has a very different style (I do like to change things up.)

For “The Cupcake” card, my inspiration was a card that I saw while perusing a magazine at Hobby Lobby in one of the magazines.  I didn’t make note of the magazine, but I did make note of the card maker (Sherry Wright)….I was enthralled by how she used buttons to make the frosting of her cupcake and had to dive into my vast stash of buttons to create my own cupcake masterpiece.


To create the little flag, I simply cut a banner out of the back-side print of the 7th of May, dampened the paper and wrapped it/glued it around a toothpick.  I hand-printed the lettering in brown ink.

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I also did a bit of dimensional stenciling using some Liquitex modeling paste mixed with pink acrylic paint and added some stars to the corners.

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I then added a light touch of background stamping and touch of acrylic paint here and there, some doodling and shading around the cupcake base, and some hand-sewn border stitching along the edges.  I topped off the piece with a strip of brown pom-pom trim.


For the “Butterflies” card, I started out by using the paper 9th of April.  I then added some dimensional stenciling (again with some Liquitex modeling paste and a stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop of the harlequin pattern.)

background dimension

I then stamped the harlequin pattern with the Stampabilities stamp, “Faded Text.”

background stamping

I did the same basic modeling paste stencil technique with the heart, using one of my stencils from my stash.  I mixed the modeling paste with a darker purple acrylic paint.


I cut out all of the little butterflies from the 6th of May paper, and adhered them with glue.  I wanted them to look like they were flying up off the card.


The 3rd card, “Groove Thang” was created using a wax crayon resist technique.  I bought the wax crayon from my local art supply store.  It applies completely clear.  I drew on a scribbled background pattern onto the backside print of 8th of March paper, then sprayed on “Cheshire Cat Cherry” spray mist from Lindy’s Stamp gang.  The wax completely resists the mist.

wax resist

I then used a fun Dina Wakely silhouette stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop……I used a combination of Black archival ink from Ranger and Black India ink from a Faber-Castell pen (both of which the wax also resists.)

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The star strip was a piece of scrap that I had used from another project to punch out some stars.  I doodled around the stars using various widths of my black pens.

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I added some dimensional stenciled stars using the same stencil that I used in my cupcake card.

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The number ephemera strips are actually pieces of tags that my husbands dry-cleaning comes home with….I make him save them for me.  I love collecting ephemera for my projects…especially things with numbers on them.

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I added a bit of stitching here and there

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and considered the card finished.  I wrote on the outside of the card…” never too old to shake your groove thang…happy birthday” – I thought it was appropriate for the fun silhouette that made me think of dancing.

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And the last card, “Blessings” was put together rather easily.  I photographed the steps so that you could see how easy a card can come together.  AND, I don’t know about you, but because my friends and family know that I am a crafter, especially a paper crafter, they tend to expect a hand-made card, so, with that in mind, here is how easily it can be done.

#1  I put down my base layer and inked the edges.  I decided to add some polka-dots using a gelato and a stencil.

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#2  I hand tore a layer, inked the edges and glued it down.

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#3  I layered on a piece of ribbon.

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#4  I cut out another layer and glued it down.

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#5  I chose some pretty red Petaloo flowers, arranged them how I wanted them, then glued them down.

step 5

#6  I chose a flourish rub-on and applied it to the center.

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#7  I needed a little extra something in the top right corner, so I tore another little strip of paper and added another little Petaloo flower.

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#8 Above you can see how I hand-stitched a pretty red border to match the flowers around the edges of the card.

#9  And then finally, I added a rub-on sentiment,  and voila, another finished card to have on hand to give to a friend or family member.


Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “The Cupcake” – 1st of March (bs); 5th of May; 6th of April; 7th of May (bs)  Other supplies:  Ingvild/Prima chalk ink “Coltsfoot Stemens”; Kaisercraft dot stamp; Zutter Distrezz-it-all; Aleene’s tacky glue; Fiskars apron border punch; Polymark dimensional paint; Sharpie ultra fine point marker in brown; Prima clear buttons; Liquitex modeling paste; buttons, ribbon, star stencil, & toothpick from my stash.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “Butterflies” – 9th of April; 10th of April (border strip); 11th of April; & 6th of May.  Other supplies:  Ingvild/Prima chalk in “Worn Jeans”; Martha Stewart floral deep edge border punch; The Crafter’s Workshop harlequin stencil; FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White; Dermacoat acrylic paint in purple; Stampabilites “Faded Text” stamp; Liquitex modeling paste, & heart stencil from my stash.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “Groove Thang” – 8th of March (bs); 1st of March (bs); Stampabilites “Faded Text” stamp; Jaylynn embroidery floss; wax crayon; numbered ephemera (from my husband’s dry-cleaning); Permaball permanent black pen, fine point Faber-castell black pen; heart stencil, Liquitex modeling paste; Dermacoat purple acrylic paint; Black Archival Ranger ink; & Dina Wakely silhouette stencil “Emily/Polly” from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for: “Blessings” – 1st of March; 7th of April (front and back); Days to Remember; ribbon from my stash; Petaloo flowers; flourish rub-on from K & Co.; saying rub-on from Kaisercraft; gelato from Faber-Castell; polka-dot stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop; Aleene’s tacky glue; Ingvild/Prima chalk ink Black Coal; hot glue & Jaylynn red embroidery floss.

Thanks for looking my friends!  I hope I have shown how versatile these gorgeous papers can be….and I hope that you get the chance to create something amazing today!


Shabby Chic Card Video Tutorial

Hello, Maja Friends. Elena is here to share with you my new card I made using some scraps left form the previous projects. I have already told you I am a savvy scrapper, so I can not afford to throw even a small piece of paper. I know it sounds strange, but sometimes you can create something awesome just using those leftovers.

CardMainVintage  I combined 2 collections there ( you know all the collections are designed that way that you can mix them) Vintage Summer Basics and Crea Diem. I have chosen those pieces that have some black accents as well as shabby pale pink, just love this combination.

IMG_3312  I added some embellishments, made a simple work on the background and a pretty card is ready to be given for someone special.


I have made also a video tutorial for you, so you can follow my simple instructions to revise your stash of leftovers.



Hope you have enjoyed it.



Upcycled Art Desk Organizer using Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again, this week to share an upcycled project that I recently finished for my craft desk.  I created an organizer to hold some of my most frequently used pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and brushes.  To create this holder, I used the gorgeous Vintage Spring Basics paper collection.


Here is a photo of the finished organizer full of my pens and pencils.

Art Desk Organizer

And here is a photo of the finished piece before I filled it up.

front view 1 of empty organzier

To create this organizer, I used a drink holder from one of our local Sonic drive-ins. I have had it in my office for quite some time just with this intention in mind.

I would like to mention….that with the drink holder in it’s upright, put together position, because of the way it folds into itself, I marked the sections that would be showing with a “C” for cover, meaning I would want to cover that particular section and on the bottom a “DC” for don’t cover, so that I would know that I wouldn’t need to cover that section because it wouldn’t be showing. When you see the photos of the holder flat later in this post, you may see the marking “C” or “DC” and that was to help me know which parts will actually be seen when put together.

Drink Carrier

To cover the individual pieces of the container, I used the same technique that I used when I created the map of the United States in my project ….”There’s No Place Like Home” …. you can see that post by clicking HERE … but basically,  I outlined the shape on the cardboard that I wanted to trace with a dark colored pen,

trace the piece to be covered

traced over it with tracing paper,


then flipped it over and colored over the lines with a pencil,

flip over and draw over lines with pencil

flipped it back over, and retraced the pattern onto the patterned paper that I wanted to adhere to the cardboard.

flip over and redraw the pattern onto the patterned paper

Then I cut it out, inked the edges, and adhered it to the cardboard using A LOT of Tombow permanent adhesive.

how each section is covered

Here is a photo of 2 of the finished sides of the organizer once all my shapes had been adhered.

side 2 coverdOnce I had finished covering the organizer, the fun began.

covered side

I gave a lot of thought into how I wanted to decorate this piece.  I love to add a lot of dimension and texture to my projects….but I knew that this was a piece that was going to get a lot of handling, so with that in mind, I decided that instead of adding a lot of extra dimension, why not do some stenciling and inking AND why not use up something that I had amassed a huge quantitiy of over the years and really seldom ever used.  What was that? you ask.  Well, it is RUB-ONS.  I LOVE Rub-ons.  I have so many of them…but I almost never use them.  Honestly, I forget that I even have them most of the time.  AND, in my experience, they ruin so easily.  So I pulled out this huge accordion-style paper organizer that I bought just to organize my rub-ons a few years back and just started sifting through my stash.  Well, I am happy to report that I have a gold-mine of rub-ons and yes, quite a few were stuck inside their own packaging beyond use….but I found so many that were not.


I started by stenciling.  Using just some ordinary acrylic paint and a Tulip brand stencil.  I like the Tulip stencils because they have an adhesive back and lend perfectly to the use of paints.

embellishing the paper

And then I started in on the rub-ons.  I guess, the hard part of this was knowing when to stop.  I love color…and I think I achieved exactly the amount of color that makes my heart and soul sing!  Another reason why I love the Maja Design papers so much is how easily they adapt to the use of bright color….they just make the color so much more vibrant to me.

close-up of stenciling and rub-ons

Here are some photos of the finished sides of the organizer with the stenciling, the rub-ons, and some extra ribbon and button trim I added.

side one embellished (flat)

I bought this amazing chicken wire on a roll from Hobby Lobby.  I cut it with my button shank and stapled and hot-glued it to a few places.

close-up of side one

Now, I would like to add that there are 2 areas on this divider….2 small flaps that if you look at the photos that are of the flattened organizer you can see them in the lower right bottom corners.  I had to carefully add rub-ons to these areas by cutting them in half and lining them up as best as I could.

rub-on cut in half

And as far as the fork, knife, and spoon rub-on (that was from Michael’s dollar area) I decided that this organizer could easily be used by placing 4 large cups into the dividers and filling them up with plastic silverware for parties such as baby showers or birthday parties..

spoons and forks

.and that side would be perfect for that.

napkins & knives

Using some basic Mason jars, I spray-painted them, used a bit of sand-paper to age them up a bit, and added some chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall.  These chalkboard tags could easily be changed to read pens, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, etc. as well.

close-up of ribbon and buttons and rub-ons

Okay….once the divider was embellished to my liking, and instead of using the mason jars, I used another upcycled idea …. I teach an art class at my workplace once a week…and I save a lot of the empty toilet paper cardboard rolls for various projects that we do….well, I shoved a bunch of them into the organizer.  This way, I could easily organize the sections with my supplies, and actually giving me much less wasted space.  Here is the before:

using empty toilet paper rolls as dividers

And here is the after:

all filled up

So, here is side one (empty)

front view 1 of empty organzier

Here is the 2nd side:

front and side view of empty organizer

Here is the back side/or front side depending on which way you like it:

back view of empty organizer

And the last remaining side:

side 4 empty

So, there you go.  I hope that I have inspired you to look at something perhaps a bit differently and I challenge you to create your own upcycled masterpiece.

The Vintage Spring Basics papers used for this project included:  6th of May front and back; 3rd of March front and back; 5th of May; 7th of May back.

Other supplies used for this project included:  chalk ink from Prima Ingvild’s Shabby Tote, Garden Grass, Old Rose, Vintage Pink, Teal Damask, Lime Pie, Cold Ice; various rub-ons from Kaisercraft, BoBunny, CTMH, Stampin’ Up, stencil’s from The Crafter’s Workshop and Tulip; acrylic paint from Apple Barrel and Plaid; Tombow Permanent Adhesive; wooden buttons from Prima; ribbon from Webster’s pages and from my personal stash; buttons from my personal stash; chicken wire from Hobby Lobby; & Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Misc: Mason Jars, Chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall, White chalk ink pen from Chalk Ink, Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze. and sandpaper.

Thanks so much for looking! Wishing you a super creative weekend! Hugs!

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Layout tutorial by Camilla

Hi everybody! Today I would like to share a layout photo tutorial with you. I have used papers from the Gammaldags Jul. This is what the layout looks like.Dream Big

Since I want to alter the Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces I will be using, I start with those. It takes some time for them to dry. First I ground with white gesso and then add some Distress Paint (scattered straw) and some Shimmerz (golden wheat) here and there. When the colours have dried I ink the edges using fluid chalk ink (dry sand).

Tut1 To make the chipboards more shiny, I add glossy accent and before it dries I sprinkle some pearls on top.

Tut2 Now the chipboards are ready to be used on the layout.

Tut3 I layer the papers Vackra paket and Karamellstrut from the Gammaldags Jul collection on top of each other like this. The edges are inked with fluid chalk ink.

Tut4 Then I glue down two old book pages and the chipboard circle. I tuck in the photo inside the circle.

Tut5Then I add my other two chipboard pieces and two vines to add to the circle.

Tut6After that I add a bow to create more texture. And I also add some grey and brown mini roses here and there.

Tut7 Tut8 To make it more colourful I add some purple mini roses as well.

Tut9 As final details I add two shabby chic treasures (corners) and some crystal swirls.

Tut10 Tut11 Supplies used: Maja Design Gammaldags Jul collection: Vackra paket, Karamellstrut; Blue Fern Studios chipboards; gesso; Distress Paint; Shimmerz; Fluid chalk ink; glossy accent; pearls; old book pages; flowers; vines; crystal swirls; Shabby Chic Treasures; seam binding

Thanks for watching!

Napkin box tutorial…

Happy Monday!  I recently moved to USA and I have a lot of boxes so I decided to recycle and create something with them, well I made a napkin box using the beautiful Vintage Summer Basics collection.

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I used the 1912 & 1915 papers…. I will show you more closer details…

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And now I will show you step by step how I made it……

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Warm Winter Wishes

Morning Maja friends! Here in the NorthEast region of the US, New Jersey to be exact, we’ve been experiencing some wacky winter weather…arctic temps one day then short sleeve weather two days later! Not much snow, but lots of freezing rain (not too good to make a snowman with!). So I decided to pull out my warm, cozy Vintage Frost Basics paper and put together some snowy, wintry cards: AndreaEwenCSC174rM What I love about Maja papers is that I can use the strips at the bottom of the scrapbooking paper for some lovely sentiments, or just smaller type print of the designs located in the paper itself.Jan13DivaDareM I’ll show you the  technique I used on the above cards: Jantut1aYou’ll need heart dies, ink, paper and an embossing folder.Jantut2a Cut out the hearts using a press machine, mine happens to be a Big Kick.Jantut3a Now ink the inside of the embossing folder. This can go one of two ways…If you ink the bumped out design, the snowflakes will be dyed on the inside. If you ink the negative, the surrounding area will be inked and the snowflakes will be highlighted. I’m showing the negative side being inked, however, the first card at the top is where I inked the snowflakes themselves.Jantut4a While the ink is still wet, lay down the hearts on top of the snowflakes. I was careful to put the larger hearts on larger snowflakes and the smaller ones…on the smaller snowflakes. You don’t want a large pattern to get lost on a small snowflake.Jantut5 Now I run it back through the Big Shot.Jantut6Voila! Rustic inked snowflakes…I personally love the look…though in reality it would just be dirty snow! {wink, wink}
Jantut7Here’s a close up of the heart.

And then here’s a ‘clean snow’ card:VFBGiveawayWell, after all the ‘chilliness’ I was ready for a little summertime, so I made this with Vintage Summer Basics.

CSC173mCan’t hurt to put a little summertime out there…maybe the time will pass a bit quicker! The above card was made with half of a doily, some Spellbinders dies, Liquid Pearls and some twine.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a wonderfully creative day! Andrea-sign


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Night Owl – Walking in the Forest

Hello Maja fans & friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, back again to share a mixed-media project I created with the gorgeous Walking in the Forest paper collection. DSC00272 Walking-in-the-forest-P I love the Fall and I love owls. The Walking in the Forest collection is rich with the gorgeous tones of a beautiful Fall day. I knew this paper was going to be perfect to create an owl inspired project. I started by choosing my background paper…and because I wanted to create a night-time sky, I chose the dark blue paper aptly named, Jeans.  Next, I chose a lighter colored paper (Autumn poem) for my actual tree so that it would provide a nice contrast to the dark background. I roughly sketched out my tree onto the Autumn poem paper ….. tree …and then cut it out. tree2 Then, I stamped onto the tree trunk and limbs and inked the edges to add dimension. tree3 I punched out several leaf shapes from the beautiful papers, using a variety of prints. (papers used for the leaves included:  Autumn in the Air, Autumn poem, Teal Socks, Cozy Scarf, & Mountain Ash) leaves I sketched out my basic owl onto white cardstock. owl sketch After sketching out the owl, I cut it out so that I could use it as my pattern. owl pieced I then pieced my owl together and positioned it on the lower tree branch. owl branch To create my owl’s eyes, I used my McGill starburst punch. owl eyes I wanted to add some extra texture and dimension to my owl, so I drew a border onto the edges of the owl using a pencil.  I then pierced holes along the pencil line.border stitch

Then, I erased the pencil line and hand-stitched details onto my owl.

completed border stitch

I also added some stitched details to the wing.

feather wings

I wanted to add some “patchwork” type details to the piece as well.


Above, I pierced my border holes.  Below, is the stitched-on “patches.”


And there you have the basic construct of this project.

Walking in the Forest paper used for this project included:  Jeans, Autumn poem, Flannel Shirt (words), Fresh Air, Knitted Sweater, Autumn in the Air, Cozy Scarf, Teal Socks, Mountain Ash, & Die Cut Sheet.

Other supplies used for this project included:  Ink:  CTMH, Staz-On, & Ranger; Stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, & Crate Paper; acrylic stamps from CTMH, Kaisercraft, Stampendous, & Prima; black pearl dots from Prima; punches from Martha Stewart, EK Success, & McGill.

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

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