Beautiful Girl


Posted by Ivana Camdzic

19 September, 2013 - , ,

Write a comment

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying your week thus far. Things have been busier than usual around our household lately, with lots of new happenings on the horizon. I can’t wait until things are a bit settled so that I can share all that has been going on with you.

As you may know, we have also been madly renovating for a while now, and the latest room to get a make-over is my old scrapbook room. Sadly, it will no longer be a crafty space, as it’s destined for new adventures…As a result, all of my scrappy supplies have been boxed up (for the time being), aside from my lovely Maja papers and a few little bits that I’ve managed to keep in my crafty cart.

It has been such a challenge not having all of my crafty bits within reach. You see, I am not a very decisive crafter, and it was very hard to decide what limited supplies to keep unpacked. So while it took some adjusting to, but I am finding that having a limited supply of products to create with is actually helping speed up my creative process.

Anywho, I am so very excited to be sharing my latest Maja creation with you all, as it’s the first time I’ve been able to craft, albeit on a very, very small scale.

girl 1

Today’s duo is a little set consisting of a card and a mini envelope using items I had on hand, and some beautiful Maja Design products. I am so happy with these colors and how bright and lively they are. It’s rare to see such vibrant colors for baby cards, so I toned them down a little by introducing soft pinks and lots of cream into the mix.

girl 2

To start, I used a WPlus9 Vintage Envelope Die to cut the little pocket. I used a pretty patterned paper, which I fussy cut, and added to the front of the envelope. Beside that, I added an old sticker that has been sitting in a pile of my Maja paper for a long, long time…

I had some Papertrey Ink stamps in my little cart, so I decided to use them on this project as well. I stamped the little hearts and the “girl” sentiment to add to the sticker. I also happened to have some twine and pre-dyed crinkled ribbon, which matched perfectly, so I added them too.

girl 3

I decorated the back of the envelope as well, with all of the same elements. I just adore the phrase about little girls, don’t you?

baby 1

For this little card, I used the pretty Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of March) and Vintage Summer Basics collection (1912).

baby 2

I used a few more stickers, along with more crinkled ribbon, and a punched border at the bottom.

baby 3

Supplies: Maja Design paper (Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of March) and Vintage Summer Basics collection (1912)), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Sweet Baby), WPlus9 Die (Vintage Envelope), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet), EK Success Punch (Abstract Flower), Stickers, crinkled ribbon and buttons from my stash.

I just adore how simple both of these cards are, and despite the bold colors, they both still look very soft and sweet.

Wishing you all a sugar-and-spice kind of day,


Jar Full of Buttons


Posted by Ivana Camdzic

5 September, 2013 - , ,

Write a comment

Hi everyone! Ivana here today to share a little project I’ve created with lots of pretty Maja papers and tiny little buttons!

I thought they were just the perfect thing to perk up the little paper jar, because what crafty soul doesn’t love an old mason jar filled with buttons?


To create the back of the card, I used the very beautiful yellow pattern, 2nd of April from the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

Over that, I layered a delicate paper doily, along with another patterned paper circle.


I die-cut the pretty jar shape using the Enjoying the Fragrance print from the Sofiero collection, and then decorated the inside of the mason jar with lots of teensy little handmade buttons and liquid pearls.


Just above the mason jar, I added a little die-cut circle with a heart cut-out, as well as two more strips of pretty paper, and another dotted clay button.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Vintage Spring Basics – 2nd of April, Sofiero – Enjoying the Fragnance), Papertrey Ink Dies (Love Lives Here, Mason Jar) WPlus9 Stamps (Berry Best Wishes), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Sweet Blush), Handmade Buttons from Ivana’s Creations Etsy Shoppe, paper doily from my stash.

This card took no time at all to whip up, and it just goes to show that when working with papers that pull together this beautifully, crafting is oh-so-very-easy.

Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you have a lovely day,


Thank You for You


Posted by Ivana Camdzic

22 August, 2013 - , ,

Write a comment

Hi everyone! Ivana here today to share my newest Maja creation with you. But first here’s a little update on what’s been going on around our household…

Much of this past month has been devoted to a few big life changes…Transitioning into our new eating lifestyle, hubby becoming a full-time student again, and a very, very exciting new journey for us – the potential of buying a new home.

With hubby going back to school in less than two weeks and juggling both work and studying at the same time, the last few weeks have been centered around this big decision, in an effort to tie up as many loose ends as we can before September creeps up on us. (I’m sure for any one of you with school-aged kiddos, the rush right before September is much the same)

Luckily, we have had tremendous support from our family and friends, who have stepped in to answer questions, offer up advice, and some even to offer their expertise to a couple of young kids trying to figure all of this home-buying business out.

Between realtors, mortgage brokers, home builders and our own research, we have definitely grown an appreciation of how truly massive this undertaking is, and why so many run at the sight of this process.

Thankfully, neither hubby or I get scared easily, and we rather enjoy the process of learning new things and coming up with scenarios and solutions. And thanks to the many supportive friends, family and industry professionals, we have gained so much invaluable information, and feel a lot more informed today than we did at the start of this journey.

I can’t tell you all how grateful I am at the end of the day to know that we are surrounded by so many caring people who are willing to go out of their way to lend us a hand.

Today’s pocket card is inspired by these wonderful folks.

thank you 1

The pocket card features some of my most favorite Maja Design paper in soft, pastel shades. To create the two cards, I’ve used papers from the wonderfully soft and shabby Sofiero and Vintage Spring Basics collections, but before I get into the details, let’s talk about the little glassine envelope first.

I decorated the front with lace, fabric die-cuts and vintage buttons, as well as a stamped sentiment from this lovely Papertrey Ink stamp. For the top of the baggie, I used the Heart Border die from PTI. I just love how it adds just the right design touch when finishing off empty spaces on a project – especially if you are like me and like to use felt to die-cut the hearts. It instantly adds a warmth and a texture to any project, unlike paper, which can be rather one-dimensional.

For some added texture, I layered two buttons together to create the centerpiece for the large die-cut flower, which I cut using Papertrey Ink’s Lovely Layers die.

thank you 2

Here is a quick close up of the big, pieced-together flower I created for this little card. It started out as piles and piles of pretty fabric circles, which I layered together to create this little blossom.

For the center, I used a button to secure the layers together and finished it off with a lace layer underneath and a pretty vintage crystal pin.

Layered under the flower are a few lovely papers from Maja Design.

The soft yellow shade as well as the delicate rose pattern are both on the list of my most favorite papers of all time.

Marie (the designer) really has a way of picking the most beautiful, subtle, and delicate colors and designs. I have yet to find a Maja paper that I do not fall madly in love with. Plus, with each color harmonizing so well with another, I love that I can mix and match papers from all the collections…As I often do.

thank you 3

Inside the baggie, I tucked in two little cards, focusing more on the pink palette for the second mini card.

thank you 4

Much like the first, I added a handmade flower to the second card, along with some vintage trim, and a few tiny die-cuts.

A few liquid pearls add a bit of dimension and a pattern from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (3rd of May) rounds off this set of cute cards.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Sofiero – Enjoying the Fragrance, Vintage Spring Basics – 3rd of March, 3rd of May), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Fillable Frames #11), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Smokey Shadow), Papertrey Ink Dies (Heart Border, Desktop File, Lovely Layers), My Favorite Things Die-Namics (Paper Doll Girl Border, Christmas Ornaments), Papertrey Ink Buttons (Lemon Tart, Sweet Blush), Fabric, Felt, Lace, and Trim from my stash.

Thank you for joining me on this lovely day and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!




Thank You – A Card for a Friend


Posted by Ivana Camdzic

7 August, 2013 - , ,

Write a comment

Today’s project is a very special little care pack, for my scrappy soul-mate. We love all the same colors, admire the same beautiful old things, and love using all the same goody bits in our papercrafting. I can’t tell you what a such a joy to have someone to share your loves with.

She also happens to be a total sweetheart. A friend I wish I could meet in person one day. We are separated by many miles, and for now, we rely on emails and a few comments here and there, and spend all of our free time admiring each others work.

I made this card and embellishment pack for her. Because there is nothing that fills my day with joy more than making something from the heart and sharing it with a friend.

shabby 1

I used a heaping handful of soft colors and textures to make the card. I started with some beautiful Maja Design paper, from the Sofiero collection as well as the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I used beautiful Precious Remembrance stamps for the little tabbed sentiment, and for all the stitches. I stamped the bits in Smokey Shadow and Sweet Blush ink from Papertrey Ink.

I also misted a pretty crinkled ribbon in a soft yellow, and embellished the big beautiful bow with a pin, felt rolled rose, and some lace.

shabby 2

To the top, I added a little felt heart, along with a chipboard accent and a rhinestone.

shabby 3

For the layered lace circle, I used Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Circles dies, to cut all the lovely shapes, and Heart Prints hearts for the little felt heart.

shabby 4

I made a few little rosettes that she can use on her own projects, out of cream felt, and vintage rhinestones. To decorate the little tag, I used PTI’s Tag Sale #3 die, and a few little bits of paper, lace, and die-cut hearts. At the top, I added a vintage button and a bit of lace.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Sofiero – Strolling Down the Rose Path, Vintage Spring Basics – 3rd of March, Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Dies (Limitless Layers Circles, Heart Prints, Love Lives Here, Tag Sale #3), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush), Precious Remembrance Stamps (Thank You), Papertrey Ink Felt (Vintage Cream), Buttons, Rhinestones, Crinkled Ribbon and Lace from my stash.

 I can’t wait to see how she uses these little flowers.

 Wishing you all a beautiful day,



Enjoy the Journey


Posted by Ivana Camdzic

25 July, 2013 - ,

Write a comment

Hi everyone! I am here today to show off a little bright number…Which is not something I do that often. I had an itch for a rainbow-inspired card and felt that no other inspiration would do other than a cartoon character from my childhood, Rainbow Brite.

Do you all remember her?


To start, I used a pretty purple paper from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (9th of April), and traced the top with a pen, using one of my die-cut tags for the guide. Then, I cut the traced scallops to create the fancy top of the card. You could also do this with a border die or use a punch.

I layered a cream cardstock over top, which I stamped with my sentiment and a few fun stars.


For the top of the card, I used a chipboard half-circle, painted white, layered a bold chevron paper, a die-cut doily, and a die-cut heart border.


I used similar layers for the bottom of the card, adding in two more Maja Design papers, the beautiful soft yellow and a lovely purple stripe from the Vintage Spring Basics collection (2nd of April, 8th of April).

I added a hand-cut butterfly, some buttons and a pretty patterned brad to finish off the card.

Supplies: Maja Design paper (Vintage Spring Basics Collection – 2nd of April, 8th of April, 9th of April), Simple Stories paper (Vintage Bliss collection), Precious Remembrance stamps (Journey), My Favorite Things die (Doily Details), Papertrey Ink Die (Heart Border), Papertrey Ink Dye Ink (Winter Wisteria, Ripe Avocado), Buttons and Chipboard from my stash.

See you soon!