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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Le Jardin!


Hello, my friends! I'm delighted to be here with you on this lovely spring day. I this post finds you well and enjoying plenty of time in your craft room.  

I'm hosting today on the Maja Design Blog! As you know, I love every single collection they create. Each is timeless and compliments the other designs beautifully, but the Vintage Basics collections are truly my go-to papers. I simply can't do without them! It seems the perfect time of year to relish the season's exquisite gardens, so I'm sharing this new 'Le Jardin' card crafted from Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics papers.


I don't believe I've ever used this gorgeous floral pattern before. It's deliciously shabby chic. I don't know how this pattern escaped me for so long, but I'm making it right today.

Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. I'm feeding my addiction to flower making with these blooms that are handcrafted from the paper collection.


The florals are layered over a backdrop of pretty, die cut ovals. A resin timepiece is tucked away in the corner. An abundance of die cut sprigs and leaves are interspersed throughout the bouquet, along with a natural twine bow.


'Le Jardin' is stamped onto design paper, then fussy cut, distressed, and layered. All of the ticket shapes are created using a ticket edge punch.


Maja Design papers are my favorite in all of the world! I can't say it enough. Every other brand of paper in my craft room is completely neglected. All you have to do is work with them once to see and feel the difference. After that you'll never want another brand again. I consider them the luxe line in the world of papercrafting, but priced so you can afford to treat yourself. You can have them on your doorstep just by clicking here for the 'Store Finder' at the top of Maja Design blog. For the chance to win a free collection don't forget to check out our monthly Mood Board Challenge! 

Thank you so much for joining me today. I send wishes for all things wonderful!

Hugs,

Here are the Maja Design papers I used today:  

I also used: Melissa Frances Resin Clock, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Wild Rose Studio Oval Frame die, Memory Box Blooming Branch die, Magnolia Rose Leaf die, Stampin Up Ticket Corner punch, Hero Arts Clear Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Broken China, Prima Twine, Flower Centers, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Foam Adhesive, Hot Glue Gun, Sewing Machine, Thread.  

Did you know Maja Design is on Social Media?

Pinterest: Did you know that Maja Design has a Pinterest Page? You can find it right here.
Facebook: You can follow us on Facebook right here and of course "LIKE" us.
Instagram: Maja also has an Instagram account – majadesigninsweden.
(Use the hashtag #majadesigninsweden or the tag @majadesigninsweden
with your Maja papers so we can find you.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

'Put Your Inking Cap On' Challenge for Frilly and Funkie


Hello, friends! I hope you are well and having a great day. I'd love to hear what is new with you and what you're working on at the moment. 

I've been busy in my craft room. It's time for another new challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! Our hostess this time is the lovely Kathy with the theme of Put Your Inking Cap On. Her guidelines are as follows: Create a vintage or shabby chic mixed media project without using patterned paper of any kind. You may use Distress Inks, Sprays, Paints, Stencils, Stamps, Embossing powders or any medium you choose but NO patterned paper allowed!

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Frilly and Funkie Blog. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and inspiration from my fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above. 

This challenge is super difficult for me. I'm quite disappointed with my results as it is obviously does not reflect my style. Y'all know how much I love my patterned papers, and I find myself a bit lost without any. I'm sorry I have not done justice with this wonderful new journal cover from Eileen Hull's brand release (from which she generously sent us each a die cut cover). I have reworked this three times and I am finally raising the white flag. But what a great learning experience this is! I'm thankful for the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. I rationalize that we all have projects that don't turn out as planned now and again, right? I'm bravely posting it and I haven't even made the photos as teeny tiny as possible (I actually thought about that!).  


I'm working with plain white cardstock for this and it is rejecting my usual distressing and layering techniques. There is a ton of stamping but most of it is covered up by the Distress Sprays... 'sad sigh'. The flowers are from my stash and colored with Distress Sprays. There is also a die cut butterfly under there somewhere. Full disclosure: the journal base is supposed to be a pastel green. 


I think the universe must know I'm a feeling little down and need a pick-me-up, as the below goodies arrived on my doorstep just as I was heading for my chocolate stash: 




What girl doesn't love a little Chanel? It's actually only refills of some of my skin care and makeup products, but they always wrap it up like it's worth a million dollars. They even put the 'free samples' in sweet little Chanel pouches. Best of all, I didn't eat the chocolate!! 

That's all I have for today, but don't give up on me. I refuse to be thwarted (except possibly by this journal) and I WILL be back-lol. I plan to purchase this die set and create one of these journals in my very own style. I hope to see you over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog so I can admire your beautiful creations! Sending wishes to you for all things wonderful. 

Hugs, 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Springtime Tea!



A happy hello to all of my crafty friends! I'm presenting today on the Maja Design Blog! I always get so excited about sharing my adoration of these beautiful papers with you. I'm feeling lots of love for the Coffee in the Arbour collection at the moment. Every single paper in the collection brings to mind the joy of a lovely spring day. I prefer tea to coffee, however, so I'm going with a teatime theme. With this 'Springtime Tea' card pastels are combined with a fun pop of bright color.  


Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form the base of the card. The card is designed around the focal image, which is found in the paper collection.

Prima flowers, die cut leaves, glass pearls, and a twine bow round out the embellishments. 


Below is a closer look at the design paper. I know I say this all the time, but it truly is amazing how beautifully the papers work together. Honestly, the hardest part is narrowing down which papers to use. SO many choices!



Thank you so much for joining me today. If you are wondering where you can purchase these gorgeous Maja Design Papers, I have a link to the list of online sellers here. Would you like to win an entire set of Maja Design papers? All you need to do is check out our current Mood Board Challenge here and start creating. I send wishes for a week filled with all things bright and beautiful!

Hugs,
  Maja Design Papers Used: 

Additional Supplies: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Prima Flowers, Glass Pearls, Natural Twine, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Did you know Maja Design is on Social Media?

Pinterest: Did you know that Maja Design has a Pinterest Page? You can find it right here.
Facebook: You can follow us on Facebook right here and of course "LIKE" us.
Instagram: Maja also has an Instagram account – majadesigninsweden.
(Use the hashtag #majadesigninsweden or the tag @majadesigninsweden
with your Maja papers so we can find you.)