Vintage Easter Eggs

Hello Maja fans, it’s Maja welcoming you to our blog on this beautiful sunny spring day (at least here in Poland ;) )

Can you believe Easter is in two weeks’ time?! High time to send you Easter cards to your family and friends :) For a couple of past years some of my Easter cards are egg-shaped. Usually I make them colourful like real eggs we dye and take to church for a blessing on Easter Saturday, but this year I went all pastel and vintage and I love how they turned out :)

mdeaseggI used papers from the Spring and Summer Vintage Basics collections. First I cut out egg shapes using a chipboard template, distressed the edges, stamped some chicken wire pattern here and there and added flourishes using a mask and gesso (I prefer it to texture paste as it dries more quickly):

mdeasegg1Then I traced the lower half of the egg shape again on flowery papers and tore them freely to form an edge like that of a crackled egg. I machine-sewed the oval, tied delicate lace across and glued to the egg:

mdeasegg2I folded out the torn edge and tucked in flowres and sisal:

mdeasegg3And finally I placed the die-cut cross decorated with pearls and a tattered sentiment banner:

mdeasegg4Of course, the eggs open like regular cards, so it’s easy to write in some Easter wishes :)

mdeasegg5Supplies:

Maja papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of March; Vintage Summer Basics: 1933, 1922, 1946

Other: stamps: Bo Bunny, Lemonade; flowers: Prima, my stash; mask: Prima, pearl brads: Craftmania, dies: Spellbinders, Sizzix; sisal, lace: from my stash

I hope you like my egg-shaped cards – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)

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Spring gift box

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today sharing a Spring gift box.
For this box I used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection.
Don’t you just love Spring? It’s by far my most favorite season!

gift boxThis month’s Mood Board inspired me to make this lovely Spring gift box.
The metal feet and handle are from a Dutch online store, Scrap-Unlimited.
Aren’t they just gorgeous?!

detail gift boxThe oval chipboard frame is from Dusty Attic.
The yellow flowers are from Prima.
Cut of the lacy part of one flower and used it as a bow in the right top corner.

detail gift boxAdded some cheesecloth and white and lilac stamens.

detail gift boxThis lovely Spring border comes from the 8th of April sheet.

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Vintage-Springr-Basics-P1Papers used:
1st and 4th of March, 8th, 10th and 11th of April.

Enjoy Spring!
Ingrid xxx
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Hello with Vintage Autumn Basics

Good morning!
I am hoping you are all well. Today I am keeping my post a little short. Life is very very busy here and as you all know I have my beautiful 3 daughters to look after who all still need me very very much on a daily basis.
So I am very happy to create and very happy to share here but not every post will be as detailed as before. I hope you do understand..
Anyway, here is a layout I created for Maja Design using their Vintage Autumn Basics collection
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“Hello”

This is myself and my eldest daughter at Sea World in Queensland in January .

Here are some close ups. I started with the “NoXIII” paper, and built my layers up from that using a mixture of Distress Stains, Distress Paints and inks.

 

 

 

Maja Design collection: Vintage Autumn Basics – “No XIII” paper

Chipboard Title: The Dusty Attic

Chipboard heart and circles: The Dusty Attic

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April Mood Board

Spring is slowly arriving. The trees are waking up, stretching their branches towards the sun… Easter is approaching with new beginnings… Here is our new Mood Board for April.AprilMB

This months Mood Board has an Easter theme and is based on the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I hope you haven’t missed the second opportunity you get by entering the Mood Board challenge? We will invite our Winter Girl based on the participating projects in our Mood Board challenge. The Winter Girl will receive a temporary seat by our table, the Vintage Frost Basics collection to play with and a posting of her own.

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 April 26th. 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 April 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_Grotherus Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

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.

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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.”

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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!

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Enjoy the Moments that make you Smile

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. The first on is a photo of me,in my garden taken in the fall. It amazes me how my garden changes,with the colors throughout, our very short growing season!! Speaking of that, last night it was -25 cel,& we still have 2 feet of snow!!!Once the snow goes,& we get warmer weather my garden comes alive! I just posted a LO, on my last post,of what my garden looks like, in the Spring,using the Fika Collection, & now on this LO,I am using the Walking in the Forest Collection….

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From the Walking in the Forest Collection I used:Autumn in the Air,Autumn in the Air-BS,knitted sweater,mountain ash_BS,The colors of Fall-BS & Orchestra of Nature. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did distressed,hand stitched layers & some punch work. I inked all the edges of the paper with Vintage photo distress stain. I cut out the leaves & mushrooms,then applied rock candy crackle & inked the edges….

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On all the chipboard I used,caramel,sunset orange,ginger & pesto adirondack ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger) alcohol ink. I then applied rock candy crackle,& once that dried I used a brush & applied pinecone TA glimmermist.

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A rolled corner,these blooms are prima,the gold ones are from the sunrise,sunset collection…

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I did some stencil work,using Crafters Workshop Art is 6×6…the red flower is BoBunny…

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I sprinkled on some micro beads, while the crackle was still wet….

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Another BoBunny flower with Prima gold roses…

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Here is another LO I did using the Vintage Spring Basics Collection. I used Nadia’s Sketch for Dusty Attic on both of these LO’s……

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From the Vintage Spring Basics I used: 8th of April_BS,9th of April-BS,10th of April-BS,9th of April,11th of April-BS & some of the BS’s of the labels.

Here are some closeups of detail…

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Shows some distressed,stitched layers,punch work & stencil work…

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I left lots of the chipboard raw, but not really. I inked the edges,applied rock candy crackle & rock candy distress stickles…

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I used MS texture effects on the buds,wordlet & stencil work. Once that dried I rubbed in some lavender lace liquid pearls,using my finger…

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The flowers are Prima,some of them are old ones that I had….

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Over layering 2 pieces of chipboard….

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Rock candy stickles & lavender lace liquid pearls on the butterfly..Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Peace

Hello and a warm welcome on this ist day of April. Beautiful weather here is Australia, a perfect Autumn day . A favourite time of the year for me.

PEACE    7 April LO peace Best 1As most of you are aware, I am a nature lover and today I have a layout in the blues and greens showcasing a cluster of glorious driftwood, seaweed and fungus I found on the edge of the ocean on one of our road trips along the Great Ocean Road, a glorious, rugged open ocean, scenic drive along the coast of Victoria, right down the bottom of Australia. 7 April LO layers 2    I have stacked lots of paper Layering, with clusters of chipboard and blooms. The altered key on the heart echoes how nature truly opens my heart, and sends love flowing through my veins. The entire cluster is tied together with cotton string. Looking deep into nature fascinates and intrigues me . Such intimate detail and captivating elements and tiny living organisms on this rich green piece of fungus. There were tiny little insects moving around through the moist green weed , too small for my camera to detect. Nature holds such beauty everywhere.7 April LO layers 4       a closer view of the chipboard title . this is inked in Bamboo Versacolor ink and when dry I dry brushed some white gesso across the word to bring out the texture. 7 April LO layers string 6      a view from the side . here you can see the layers of altered metal, diecut leaves and shapes. I love to raise the photo above the layering to bring the focus to the eye..

7 April LO layers 5     looking  closer at the cluster from the left side of the photo. paper, leaves, chipboard small tiny elegant branches and tiny roses all complete the cluster . these papers give me so much delight and they also have so much woven into each design… wonderful work Marie on each collection.

Maja papers used……Vintage Spring Basics 5th of March, 6th of March, 7th of March, 4th of April, Days to remember, Vintage Summer Basics 1902.          Thanks so much for looking at my work and have fun playing with the beautiful  Maja Design Collections. Take care and have fun , and hope to see you all again next month xox  Heather-sign

 

A little of Spring…

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Happy Monday Maja friends!! Marilyn is here to share with you this spring page about my dear daughter Paola that I made using one of my favorite collection…Vintage Spring Basics.  My inspiration was a full pleated skirt that I made a time ago and I created the same effect here with the Maja Design papers .

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I cut the tags, butterflies and my tittle from the ” Days to Remember”  paper.

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I tie the tag with a  jute and added a cheesecloth around the flowers.

 

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I love these butterflies, they are in the 6th of May and Day to Remember papers.

 

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Supplies: Days to Remember, 4th, 6th and 7th of May papers from Vintage Spring Basics, Prima flowers, Martha Steward border punch, acrylic paints, gesso.Vintage-Springr-Basics-P1

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Follow your dream

Good morning! I hope you are well. I have been working on a new project to share with you. I think you agree when I say the Vintage Spring Basics collection is beyond beautiful. I have been using it to create this layout.

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A close up of the flowers I have been using. It is a selection of different spring colours.

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I tucked in a small piece of chipboard painted in white.

Follow2I added some texture paste to a mask to create this pattern.

Follow3 A little metal trinklet is the perfect finish touch.

Follow4Products used: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics collection: 5th of March, 10th of March; 11th of March and 1st of April; flowers; text stickers; mask; texture paste; chipboard – Blue Fern Studios; crystal swirls; metal trinklet; leaves; doilyCamilla-sign

 

Winner of the March Mood Board and a new Creative Team member

This months Mood Board has generated so many beautiful projects… MarchMB

Here are our contributions for this month…

And the winner is….Lainie Michel_USALainie Michel, USA!

The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent out to you as requested.

Our next Mood Board is full of life and Easter feelings. It’s light colours and dreams of the warming sun will sure keep you inspired for the coming month. There is now a second reason for you not to miss it. I will pick one of our Seasonal Girls (Winter) among the Mood Board contributions this year. That means that you will get a box of Vintage Frost Basics to play with and become a guest in our cozy little corner…

And. Speaking of Seasonal Girls. Our first Spring Girl made such an impression on us that we decided to keep her. So here’s our new Creative Team member that you will meet on our blog every second Thursday, starting next week…Larissa-Albernaz

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