This years first bottle message

A whole bunch of cards came floating my way, finding it’s way through our icy harbour. I could see the intricate details through the glass, taking my breath away…Nancy creates the most fantastic cards imaginable. I am so grateful that she has shared her talent and wonderful creations on her blog http://mytatteredtreasures.blogspot.se/

We want to express our gratitude for the joy she has given us and we will therefor send her a little present. Nancy, please contact me at moodboard@majadesign.nu and give me your address and phone number so we can send you a surprise package with goodies.

So don’t forget to upload your creations on your blog and our Facebook page. You never know who picks it up!Jenny

A beautiful sight

Hello MD fans!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year with our family in Poland which resulted with plenty of photos which I can use for my projects in the coming weeks :)

I also wanted to play by the rules of our January moodboard so I picked neutral background papers and I added colours, which perhaps are not so traditional for Christmas scene. I used Nyhavn and Vintage Summer basics collections, personally I would associate both of them with summer, but I think they worked just as great with a winter theme.

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I played with the layers of filigree elements. Some of them are cut with die cuts, some are punched with border punch and I added a chipboard too. I tried to use both sides of the papers, to take a full advantage of their variety.

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The flower images which you can find in different Maja Design papers and cut out, like I did with the hydrangeas here are a beautiful complement to any flower cluster or layering.

Supplies:

Maja Design :
Nyhavn – Sitting at the docks,
Nyhavn – The sunny sight
Nyhavn – Eating out
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A Gift For You – Die cut sheet

Others : Flowers, crystals, die – Prima, Chipboard – Blue Fern Studios, border punch – Martha Stewart, watercolours – Luminarte

Thanks for spending a moment with me on Maja blog today!

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Live Beautifully

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a Altered Journal I did,using this months Mood Board. I cheated & used the colors, in this months Mood Board, instead of choosing my own colors…

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I used Kaffetaren den basta ar-BS from the Fika Collection, & Wrapped in old Newspaper,Handwritten Post Card, & the Die cut Sheet from the A Gift for You Collection.

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail……

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Here is another project I did, a LO, combining a few of Maja’s Collections….

ca005d96-0397-49f7-a5bf-9f8914e98fd4_zps2de03c71The Maja Design used:Vintage Autumn Basics no.VIII-BS,Vintage Spring Basics:1st of March,Vintage Summer Basics:1905,1905-BS,Walking in the Forrest: Diecut letters-BS

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic                                                                         Other products used:Flowers are: Bobunny,Prima & Petaloo. Petaloo,Berry Stems,Prima crackle,mica flakes,burlap,mesh,cheescloth,beads,Shimmerz-goldie lox,Perfect Pearls mists-bronze,chalk,brown ink pad,Tim Holtz stencil,Viva Modelling cream,gold liquid pearls…

Here are some closeups of detail….3d2ff4ed-cf69-477e-94e8-525e45a853a1_zps3991a2d1On the fish net panel,I used bronze perfect pearls. I used clear crackle on all of the sea shells,then rubbed in either, the rust color chalk,or blue chalk to bring out the cracks. I also inked the edges using a brown ink pad….3224a9e7-21ce-4af0-98f2-39e1fa980aa5_zps23473643I   used the bronze PP,on the string frame,& Seagrass,then inked the edges. I used gold liquid pearls for the tops of the sea grass….35992087-9e19-4846-b157-7abdd2890e66_zps1f200cf6

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11990c21-e936-4286-b392-c57d8bf23c93_zpse5b31d1dI  used Bronze PP on the Barb Wire,inked the edges,glued it on to stained cheese cloth,then sprayed it with clear varnish, & sprinkled on the mica flakes, while the varnish was still wet. Then I glued on some beads….e6ceaf22-ec31-48b3-8944-d515f895413e_zps80b16066

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Getting Family Wedding Photos Scrapped

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Hello Maja Fans! Gabrielle here with you today to share my first layout using the NEW Limited Edition ‘Nyhavn’ collection!  I really love the sunny, pretty colors in this collection, and when I saw the nautical elements in the papers, I knew that I had found the perfect papers to scrap a photo I took of my niece and her hubby.

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My niece’s reception was at a yacht club, and she chose nautical elements for her decor.  Add to that, her wedding colors where orange and blue, two colors that are prevalent in this lovely collection.  So when I saw Nyhavn, I knew this was just the ticket to get this photo scrapped!

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I used ‘The Sunny Side’ paper as my base and dabbed a little Ingvild Bolme chalk inks (Rusty Keys, Vintage Pink) around my photo area and the small cluster in the top right side of the page.  I then added a bit of texture with some home-made texture paste and a few Crafters Workshop Stencils (North Star, Art Is, Time Travel).

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I mounted this orange paper on the ‘Sitting at the Dock’ paper, I also used this paper as the matting behind my photo. I cropped  it to look like uneven pieces of weathered board. All the chipboard I used on this page is from Dusty Attic (Elegant Swirl #3, Elegant Swirl 13, Word Pack #4, Skeleton Clock Frames). I kept the chipboard bare with just touches of grey and white to stay with the weather wood look of the papers. I also did a little bit of stamping with a Graphic45 stamp set.

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The lovely pearl/lace strip running down the left side of the page is from Tresors de Luxe, and the blooms where one of my favorite finds (from a couple years ago) at Michaels, I got a 6 pack of these blossoms for $1.50!!  Sadly most of them were sold out by the time I got to them, but I was happy to get my hands of the few that were there!

I hope you enjoyed my project for today using the Nyhavn collection papers and hope that I’ve inspired you to give this lovely collection a go (remember,…it’s a Limited Edition paper, so when they are gone, they are gone!  So grab yours while you can!)

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Hello Sweeties,
Today I want to share with you my very first project as a member of the Maja Design DT.
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I started with my frame. I covered it first with Gesso and used a stencil to add a design to it with heavy Gesso. When dry, I added a layer of black Gesso. I let it dry. I then dry-brushed the whole frame with white Gesso and started to add some colors with pink and silver Silks with the same dry-brush technic. I finished the frame with silver wax.

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I used a punch to cut the little hydrangea. I added a little bit of glitter in the center.

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The chipboard as simply been embossed with Aged Silver from Stampendous.

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After embossing the butterflies, I used a stamp to give them so texture, then I colored them.

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Papers used:
A Gift for You – When the snow is falling
A Gift for You – Handwritten Post Card
Vintage Frost Basics – 3rd December
Vintage Frost Basics – 4th December
Vintage Frost Basics – 5th December
Vintage Frost Basics – 6th December

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Something Sweet For Grandparents

Hello, Maja Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, Maja here to share some sweet inspiration and a tutorial :)

In Poland, on 21st and 22nd of January we celebrate Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s Days. This is one of the most important family occassions to celebrate – who has greater love and patience towards kids than grandparents? And so for this occassions I created little chocolate boxes that are actually a 2-in1 thing, with the space to write in some wishes:

mdczekI used our latest release, the Nyhavn limited edition collection and some cut-outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection to decorate the boxes. Here’s the box for Grandma:

mdczek1I used chipboard key and keyholder, die-cut doily, flowers, cheesecloth, pearl brad and washi tapes to make it look nicely vintage:

mdczek2And here’s the inside: the space to the left is for the wishes, and to the right with a little pocket to put a chocolate bar into:

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mdczek3Whoa, I managed without a single flower! :D Instead, I used chipboard gears, die-cut vintage vehicle, cut-out balloons, washi tapes and a metal retro brad to make it look vintage and masculine:

mdczek4And the inside:

mdczek6Would you like to make similar ones? It’s very, very simple! :) Begin with measuring the chocolate bar you wish to give and estimate the measurements for your base, adding a quarter of an inch to the width and length of the front and back side and a quarter for the “spine”. My measurements for the standard 100g chocolate bar are 8×8 inches and scored at 3 3/4″ and 4 1/4″:

mtczekWhen you fold the scores, you get something that looks like book covers:

mtczek1Now cut some papers of your choice for the outer and inner decorations. With Maja papers you’d need about four layers of paper on each “wing” to make it sturdy enough to hold the chocolate bar. And so I cut two pieces for each outer cover and one for each inside cover – together with the base it makes four layers for the wing. I also cut two slim strips for the spine. The measurements are so that, when layered, a 1/8″ frame is visible. The smallest piece of paper is the space for the wishes:

mtczek2Now you need to make the pocket for the chocolate bar – I made a white template for you to see better. Make sure the width of the front of the pocket is 1/8″ less than the width of the side, otherwise you won’t be able to close the box. Mine measurements are: 7 5/8″ wide and 4 1/2″ high, scored at 1 1/2″, 2″, 5 5/8″ and 6 1/8″ on the width and 3 1/8″, 3 5/8″ on the height. Then cut out the areas that are crossed out in the photo:

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mtczek4Fold the scores and glue them on the back, forming a dimensional pocket. Make sure the bottom piece goes outside so that it doesn’t hinder sliding in the chocolate bar:

mtczek5Now you can start assembling your box: open the base flat and glue the piece of ribbon across the middle – this will stabilise the “construction:

mtczek6Decorate the inside covers – you should make it flat so that the boxes may close easily. If you want to mae some dimensional embellishment, add the dimension to the width of the spine while preparing the base!

mtczek7Decorate the outer covers – first layer and decorate the panels and then attach them to the base: I recommend double-sided tape for strong permanent fixture. For the outside, you can be as dimensional as you wish :)

mtczek8Finally attach the chocolate pocket:

mtczek9The order of decorating the sides enables you to press the layers firmly – if you e.g. attach the dimensional outers first, you won’t be able to press the insides firmly to make sure they stick :)

Easy peasy, isn’t it?

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Maja Design papers: Nyhavn: Historical Atmosphere bs, Romantic Lunch, Romantic Lunch bs, Strolling along the canal, Strolling along the canal bs, Veteran ships bs, King’s square, Sitting at the dock, Sitting at the dock bs. Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XIV, No. XVI, Heritage. Other: dies: Memory Box, Marianne Design; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; stamps: Lemonade; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; brads: Craftmania.

I hope you like my chocolate boxes and the tutorial :) See you soon!

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photo frame

Hi all! My first project for Maja Design in this new year.
So happy to stay with this fabulous team for another year!
First of all, I want to wish all of my creative friends a wonderful, healthy and creative 2015!!!!
I want to begin this new year with a project I made for my daughter.
As you might know she is studying in America and this mom is seriously missing her! LOL!
I wanted to make something special so I created this photo frame and added the big handle, a bit symbolic so I can always carry her with me, like a little suitcase. I’m a bit sentimental, sorry! LOL
Btw…this girl is having the time of her live, so this mom is happy! :)


Made this photo frame with the gorgeous Vintage Autumn collection.
You can find the best embellies at the most strange places:  found those big wooden buttons at a local christmas market last year! :)
I used No.I for the front and No.XII for the front torn paper and the sides.
The pink rolled flowers were made with the heritage paper sheet.


My beautiful daughter.
Added some lace around the frame.
The chipboard, painted white with gesso, is from Dusty Attic.


These beautiful white fabric flowers are from 13arts.


Added some pearls, a Tim Holtz clock and Prima handles.


A metal handle from an old cabinet.
Gave it a touch with gesso.


This metal leaf and the dangle on the side were found at a local home decor store.


Papers used:
No.I, No.XII and heritage sheet (pink rolled flowers).

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Double Zig Zag Card

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Happy New Year, Maja Design friends! It’s Cathy here today and I’m so happy to be sharing a card with you that I have created using papers from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection. I love creating cards for all occasions. This is a double zig zag card that is generic at the moment but can be personalised at later date simply by stamping a sentiment when the occasion arises.

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The card is closed by the use of a simple band. I have used a Stampin’ Up! border punch and embellished it with some Green Tara flowers and a lovely Prima Rose. I have also used Memory Box Amira Flourish die to add some elegance.

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Here is the inside of the card. It has a series of panels and you can see that I have embellished some. They need to be flat so that the card can close.

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The centre panel lifts up where you can record your message and add your stamped sentiment. I edged the outside with some Kaisercraft White Pearls.

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All of my papers are inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Here I added some Green Tara roses and I used a Martha Stewart leaf punch to create these leaves which I inked with some Prima Dark Bark chalk ink. I also added a Cheery Lynn butterfly and added some Kaisercraft blush pearls. I also used Peaceful Butterfly Wings from Memory Box along with one of my favourite dies Elegant Scrollwork.

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I used Heartfelt Creations Timeless Armour dies to create the lattice heart and added used some of my scraps to create this flower. I used my EK Success daisy punches and added a pearl centre.

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The image of the girl is so adorable! I played around with one of the Spellbinders Heirloom Legacy dies and cut away the parts that I needed to frame her.

Maja Design Papers:  Vintage Spring Basics 4th May, 6th May, 7th May, 1st May and Days to Remember

Have a fantastic day!

Smile, it’s your day

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Hi Maja friends!

I’m so excited to be sharing with you my first official blog post with Maja Design! This is really a dream come true as I have loved the beautiful softness of these papers from the moment I laid eyes on them. And now to be part of a team that has some of the best crafters around is an honor for me.

While the romantic shabbiness of Maja Design’s papers are very suitable for girls, I would like to show you today that it can also be perfect for a project for boys as well. This is a layout I created of my youngest son:

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My style is mixed media and I like to build up layers in my background with mediums. This is followed by more layers of different textures in my photo mat. The neutral and soft colored papers of Maja Design are very well-suited for the kind of backgrounds I like to create.

Some close-ups:
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Some of the details in my background and different items I have used to make my layers interesting.

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I add flowers to almost every project regardless of whether it is for a boy or girl. I have used grey or white flowers to complement the background paper, and colored the rest of the embellishments blue to match the background I have created. You can see these two colors in the papers I used for the layers.

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Another small flower cluster on top to balance up the layout. You can see I like to use chipboards to make my layers more varied and interesting. I have also made die-cut leaves from small pieces of Maja papers.

And to celebrate my first post with Maja Design, I have done a start-to-finish video tutorial of how I made this layout.

I hope you like what I have shared today!

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Papers used: 4th, 5th and 7th of April, die cuts from Days to Remember and Minnen, 1905

Mediums: 13@rts gesso, modeling paste, Ayeeda mists and paints, Ranger’s embossing powder and archival ink
Other supplies and embellishments:
Stamps from Kaisercraft, Prima Marketing and Bo Bunny
Stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop
Flowers from Prima Marketing
Chipboards from Blue Fern Studios
Flair from Um Wow Studios
Metal bits, cloth, gauze and twine from own stash

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Card for a boy

Happy New Year Maya friends! It’s me Heidi blogging my first post today. I’m so excited to be asked to join this amazing designteam with so many talented girls. I’m looking so much forward to work with the Maya papers, and I have so many amazing projects to share with you in 2015.

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Today I have made a card for a boy using papers from both the Nyhavn and Vintage Frost Basic collections. I love the Vintage- and Shabby Chic style, and both my paper projects and my home decor are influenced by that.

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To make this card I have used both new and old embellishments, and I have put it together layer by layer. I have sewn with my sewing machine around the edges of the papers, distressed them and I have also add some white Gesso.

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Supplies:

Maya Design: Nyhavn “King’s Square” and Vintage Frost Basic “16th of December”

craft cardstock, tag, corrugated cardboard, vintage photo, old postcard, old Norwegian rationing card from 1918, paper star, cheese cloth, twine, ribbon and charm.

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