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Monday, October 22, 2018

Autumn Harvest


Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a beautiful and delightful day. I'm presenting on the Maja Design Blog today, and I have a brand new card to share. 

I'm playing with Maja Design's Walking in the Forest papers once again, because I'm completely in love with this season. To quote Winnie the Pooh, it's "a time for hot chocolatey mornings, and toasting marshmallow evenings, and best of all, leaping into leaves!" 

The rich, gorgeous colors in this collection are absolute perfection for creating leafy autumnal projects!   



Honestly, the papers do all of the work for you, bringing the change of seasons to life on the page. I'm layering and distressing each of my layers, then stitching them together on my sewing machine. 
You don't need to add stitching, but I feel like it gives it 'that little something extra'.   



The floral spray provides a focal point as it tumbles down the front of the card, drawing from the colors in the collection. Even the leaves are die cut from the collection then tucked in amongst the flowers and berries. 

I'm doing a bit of rubber stamping on the exterior and interior of the card, as well as with the sentiment used to create the band encircling the bouquet.   



Below you'll find a peek of the inside with coordinating stamping. Of course, you'll also find a bow. I always feel like my cards aren't truly finished without one. 



Thank you so much for spending time with me today. May this day be one of promise and joy, and may all your crafty dreams come true!  

Hugs, 


Maja Design Papers Used:  




Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Leaf Dies, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Paper Flowers, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Natural Twine, Fall Berries, Foam Adhesive, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel

Monday, October 8, 2018

Count Your Blessings


Hello! Welcome, welcome, welcome!! I hope you're having a great day. All is well here, with lots of happy time spent in my craft room. 

It's already the first week of October, and many of you are already reveling in the refreshing brace of fall. It's still in the 90's in Charleston, so we have to wait a couple of months to enjoy those cooler temperatures.

To escape the heat we're planning a mountain holiday, where we'll partake in all the delights of autumn, including nature's glorious display of color. The Smoky Mountains, always teaming with abundance and life, transition from the lush green of summer, to every shade of orange, yellow, red, olive, and brown. It's a sight of such beauty that it seems almost otherworldly, like something out of a story book. That's where I got my inspiration for today's card that I'm sharing on the Maja Design Blog, and there could be no better paper collection to bring it to like than Maja Design's Walking in the Forest.


The beautiful design papers are distressed and stitched to form a multi-layered base.

Purchased paper flowers and die cut leaves of multiple varieties comprise the floral spray, anchoring and drawing the eye to the focal point of die cut tags and bird stamps, all created using the paper collection.

The sentiment is hand stamped using archival ink.



Finishing touches include a loopy twine bow, fall berries, and a dusting of gesso here and there.







I'm off to bring some semblance of order to my craft room. It's not always the tidiest of spaces, but it never fails to be the comfiest. It's my own personal Hobbit-hole, where I'm never far from a tea kettle and a cozy day of crafting.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I wish you the loveliest of days filled with all things good and wonderful. I hope you'll have plenty of time to work on your own creations, and especially hope you'll share them at the Maja Design Mood Board Challenge, where you can win an entire collection of Maja Design paper of your choosing!     

Hugs,


Maja Design Papers Used: 
Forest.


Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Leaf Dies, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Paper Flowers, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Natural Twine, Fall Berries, Foam Adhesive, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel

Monday, September 24, 2018

Spread Joy


Hello, and welcome to all of my sweet friends! I hope you're well and enjoying the advent of the fall season. I'm having a joyful day filled with flower making, stamping, and playing with my pretty Maja Design papers, all of which has led to this new card to share with you, as well as on the Maja Design Blog

I'm using Maja Design's Fika collection again this week, because I'm absolutely in love with purple, and this collection is filled with every hue of this beloved color. I'm working primarily with the deepest purple in the collection (almost a purple-blue), with accents in lighter tones.



I'm like a kid at Christmas with some new stamps I have in my collection, and have been busily stamping away, finding new ways to use them in my projects.



I'm also in flower making mode. I love creating flowers from Maja Design papers. It's the best paper I've ever found for this purpose, and when I take the time to make my own, my flowers perfectly coordinate with each project. I have tutorials for these roses here on my blog for anyone who would like to give them a try.



The leaves are die cut and tucked in amongst the florals, along with autumnal berries resin frames, and a natural twine bow.








I'm now sitting at my very messy craft desk, blissfully surrounded by layer upon layer of Maja Design goodness, and I'm counting my blessings to have had a chance to create something today. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we love is so important to our mental and physical health. I hope you'll be able to find some quiet moments in your day to bring your masterpieces to life.

I would especially love it if you'd point me in the direction of your own gorgeous creations. I wish you a week filled with love, magic, and crafty adventures!

Hugs,


Maja Design Papers Used: 


Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies and Distress Tool, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Flower Shaping Tools, Seth Apter Stamp, Unlabeled Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Prima Resin Frames, Natural Twine, Acrylic Paint and Brushes, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wonder, Believe, Inspire!

I wish a very happy hello to all of my dear friends! I hope you're having a lovely Monday. I've been away since May due to a shoulder injury, and can't tell you how thrilled I am to be mostly recovered and back in my craft room again. I'm back just in time to share a new card on the Maja Design Blog  featuring Maja Design's Fika collection, and my favorite color; purple.


Each layer of paper is distressed and stitched. A bouquet of handmade flowers provides a cheery focal point, with die cut rose leaves and  loopy twine bows entwined throughout.


I have a few new stamp sets I'm using with this card. I've been waiting a long time to be back with all my crafty goodies, and couldn't resist bringing them out to play!


If you look closely you'll find resin butterflies fluttering amongst the blooms.


Finally, a touch of gesso for a shabby chic finish.
  


Thank you all so much for stopping in today. I've missed being here, but have spent my time being inspired by all of your gorgeous creations during my convalescence. May your week be filled with the joyful presence of those you love, and many happy moments in creative pursuits!

Hugs,


Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Flower Shaping Tools, Stamens, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Seth Apter Stamp Sets, Archival Ink in Timber Brown, Prima Resin Butterflies, Gesso, Twine, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel

Monday, May 28, 2018

What a Lovely Day!


I wish a happy to hello to my sweet friends! How are you doing? I hope you're having a wonderful day. I'm excited because I'm presenting today on the Maja Design Blog, and I have a brand new all occasion card to share. 

Once again I'm quite inspired by pastels, which I attribute to the beautiful weather and long sunny days, and the lovely Sofiero collection is just what I'm looking for!



Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. A paper doily anchors the lush bouquet of paper flowers.


Twine bows add a frilly  and feminine touch. The sentiment is part of the paper collection, no stamping needed for this one! I did a bit of stamping with a script stamp to add a bit of interest, then added a dusting of gesso.


Below is a peek of the interior of the card. I always try to coordinate it with the front.


Thank you so much for stopping by. It means so very much to me. It's an honor to be here with you. I wish you a day filled with joy and fun filled hours of creativity!

Hugs, 

Maja Design Papers Used: 







Other Products Used: Doilies, Twine, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Paper Flowers, Script Stamp, Archival Ink, Gesso, Paint Brushes, Adhesives.


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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel


Monday, May 14, 2018

You Are So Loved!


Hello, dear friends! I'm so happy you're here on this wonderful Monday. I hope everyone who is a mother had a lovely Mother's Day, at least in the U.S., as I know it's on a different day in other countries. 

I'm excited to be presenting on the Maja Design Blog today with a card I created for my daughter's birthday. I want her to have a card with all of my love put into it. That's really what crafting and art are about for me; putting my heart and soul into a creation that will hopefully brighten someone's day. I've been drawn to pastels recently, which seems to happen this time of year, so for this card I'm using the beautiful Coffee in the Arbor collection.


The two large flowers are crafted from the paper collection, with the addition of smaller purchased flowers to bring out the pretty yellows in the paper. 


The florals sit atop a base of venice lace and are intertwined with a loopy twine bow.  


Each layer of paper is distressed and stitched. The sentiment stamp is perfect for my sweet girl's birthday.  


Below is a peek at the interior of the card. 

Thank you so much for joining me today! I send wishes for all things good and wonderful, as well as many happy hours of creative time.  

Hugs, 

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies and Distress Tool, Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Kit, Stamens, Yellow Paper Flowers, Venice Lace, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Twine, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel

Monday, April 30, 2018

Fairytale Florals Card!


Hello, friends! I hope you're enjoying a truly wonderful day! I'm presenting on the Maja Design Blog today, and I'm excited to share a new card. I have a friend in need of something special for a loved one battling a serious illness, so I've created this in hopes of providing a bit of cheer to her day. I gave quite a bit of thought to which papers to use, and for this project I am inspired by the beautiful pastels of the Sofiero collection.


It's almost impossible to show glitter effects in photos (I rarely use it), but this card has glittery sparkle within the bouquet tumbling down the center for a 'fairytale' feel. The flowers are a mix of Prima and handmade. You'll find the two that are handmade at the bottom of the floral spray, which are my first attempt at Foamiran flowers.


A label die and hand punched lace anchor the florals at the right edge.


The sentiment stamp below seems perfect for this project.


A loopy twine bow adds a feminine flourish. I love including bows of all types, and rarely feel like a card is finished without one. The interior provides ample of space for a personal message.
Thank you so much for being here with me today! It's such an honor that you stopped in for a visit. I send wishes for gentle spring breezes and many happy hours in your own cozy craft space. 

Hugs, 


Maja Design Papers Used: 


Other Products Used: Heartfelt Creations Flower Die and Stamps, Foamiran, Tim Holtz Inks, Prima Flowers and Nest, Martha Stewart Glitter, Martha Stewart Lace Edge Punch, Spellbinders Labels Die, Archival Ink, Sentiment Stamp, Twine, 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.)
YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/user/MajaDesignChannel