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10 November, 2019 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

I’m sure you have already seen our latest release, the Holiday In The Alps collection! 18 gorgeously vintage patterns, introducing the winter season with Christmas images and scenes of winter holidays in the Alps, feature only 3 colours, but still give rich and varied background for you winter and Christmas projects. But not only! Just take a look at my today’s layout:

Not a sign of winter, Christmas or even sports πŸ˜€ I used theme-neutral patterns to create this fun boy page with photos of my godson.

I layered three papers, tow of them hand-torn to create uneven, distressed edges and on that background I placed my photos and decorated them with flowers and metal embellishments:

I die-cut the title word in glitter foam and placed it upon a chipboard heart:

As a finishing touch I added some buttons here and there and splashed the layout with white acrylic paint.

I really like the way it turned out, light and cheerful πŸ™‚ What do you think?

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: die: My Favourite Things; flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts; metal embellishments: mitform; chipboard: scrap.com.pl

 

Are you going use this collection for Christmas/winter projects only, or do you tend to use themed collections for other occasions too?

Hugs!

Best Wishes Balloons

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24 October, 2019 - , ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

What I love about the crafting community is that it brings together creative people willing to share their talent and support other crafters worldwide. I found some of my best friends through crafting sites and even though we’ve never met in person I feel I can rely upon them and they can really brighten my day. In my last post I shared a welcome baby card that featured a shaker element and I complained about how tiresome it was to build up the shaker window edge. And then in the comments I found a very useful tip that Maryann Laursen shared – using craft foam to die cut the shape. And that was it! Why did I never think of that? πŸ˜€

As you can see, I used a slightly more complicated shape to cut, but with the foam it was pretty easy to do and I only needed two pieces to make a decently deep window. So much easier than using foam squares or glueing at least 8 layers of paper! Then I traced the shape on the acetate with a permanent marker and cut it out by hand (now I found that diecutting acetate makes it crack like glass, and besides, craft foam die cuts a bit larger shape than paper due to its elasticity) and then for the top layer I used glitter craft foam:

I used the Celebration collection with the Monochromes papers too as I didn’t want to distract the eye with a pattern. I decorated the balloon with flowers and added some liquid enamel dots for more texture in the background:

I filled the shaker window with sequins of various colours and shapes and added some microbeads:

I was so happy with this new easy technique for shaker cards that I made another card of the same design and using the same papers, but in a more masculine colours:

This time I used a delicate stripes pattern for the background and added pieces of washi tapes to add some interest.

And I really want to give Maryann Laursen a shout-out here. If you go through the posts on our blog, you will barely see one she didn’t comment on! She is a lovely person who is always ready to appreciate creative work and share her knowledge too. Maryann – thank you for being such a loyal Maja Design fan, these cards are for you πŸ™‚

Here is the list of supplies I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: flowers, vintage ribbon: Wild Orchid Crafts; stamp: Lemonade; balloon die, washi tape: Action; sequins, wax string: my stash

 

That’s all for today – thank you for visiting and come back tomorrow for more inspiration!

Welcome Baby Shaker Card

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10 October, 2019 - , , ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

I really love the look of shaker box projects. They offer some dimension and fun elements and are simply interesting to look (and play!). But I seldom make shaker box cards. And when I decided to make a welcome baby shaker card, I was quickly reminded why.

First of all, it’s easy to make shakers with square or rectangular shapes, but not so easy with other, even as basic as the circle. The capsule must be sealed tight so that the contents of the shaker do not fall out. I made many of shakers using adhesive foam squares, but with round shapes they might still leave tiny gaps, so I decided to die-cut round frames and stack them up to make the shaker box, thinking it would save me some time. Boy, was I wrong! To make a 0,5 cm high frame I had to die cut 8 pieces and then glue them one by one together. By the fourth layer the frame started to get crooked no matter how precise I tried to be! The frame is pretty thin, so that was the problem. But finally I managed to create a more or less even frame.

The next problem appeared with the window. I use thick laminating foil for my shakers and with smaller elements I never had any problems, but with this pretty large window the sequins I put in were jumping out or clinging to the foil due to the static electricity. I used soem anti-static spray to deal with it, some also use anti-static powders or pads that are designed for embossing. Finally I was able to assemble my card πŸ™‚

I kept the design very simple so that the shaker remains the main focus. I only added some more die-cuts and a couple of pom-poms to decorate the frame and added a stamped and embossed sentiment.

The image inside the shaker is coloured with Kuretake Twin markers. I accented the details with glitters to get an ombre effect on the moon:

It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t quick, but I still like the result. Do you? πŸ™‚

The list of supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Whimsy Stamps, Lemonade; dies: CreaLies, ScrapMan; pom-poms, glitter cardstock: my stash.

Do you make shaker box projects?

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting and drop by tomorrow!

For The Boys

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24 September, 2019 - , ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

Ah, masculine projects! Who finds them easy to make? Even being the only woman in the house doesn’t make me any smarter. But luckily Maja Design has one of the best masculine papers and therefore Deim&Friends is my all-time favourite πŸ™‚ And since we are going to celebrate Boy’s Day soon (in Poland it’s on September 30th), I decided to make some masculine cards.

I was inspired by the Snapshots paper from the collection, in which you can see the torsos, but not the faces – and having a men’s outfits dies in my collection, I thought it would be fun to follow the pattern πŸ™‚ And it was, really, a great fun to put pieces together like in the old days of making paper dolls!

The first card is more elegant and would be perfect for birthday or graduation. I assembled a suit with a shirt and bowtie and placed it upon the background that reminds me of a pattern on my husband’s silk scarf. Then I added some glam with midnight blue glitter on the chipboard sentiment:

The other card would be great for a teenager, a birthday or congratulations card:

I die cut pieces to assemble a casual shirt and die-cut the number in it. Then I added a signature strip with the words “You rock”, a star charm and a sentiment matted with metallic copper cardstock:

And I really like the way the cards turned out – simple, but fun and with a touch of glam, as who likes to shine more than our men? πŸ˜‰

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Marianne Design, Sizzix, Rosy Owl; chipboard: Scrapiniec; string, charm: my stash.

 

What about you? Do you like making masculine projects or suffer if you have to make them?

See you soon!

Sweet Child O’Mine

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10 September, 2019 - ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

I’m sorry to dissapoint you if you expected some good ol’ rock now – even though I love that Guns’n’Roses’ classic, this post is going to be about a true sweet child of mine πŸ˜‰

Going through some photos I took just two years ago I’ve been shocked to see how my eldest boy has changed! He’s no longer a sweet kiddo, and although he’s a sweet young man now I still miss that little boy of whom I thought “He’s so big now” while taking that photo… And to embrace the sweetness theme of the layout, I used the Denim&Girls collection to make this layout πŸ™‚

I used scraps of various papers to mat the photo and to hand-cut some tags and banners to decorate it. I added flowers, acrylic gems, sequins and clay embellishments to complete my design. The title is composed of various golden foam letters – I used up some leftovers and added visual interest to the words as well πŸ™‚

As you can see, you can make a boy page using pink papers of a girly collection too πŸ˜‰ What do you think?

Here are my supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: letters: American Crafts; flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts; button: Lemoncraft; sequins, gems, clay elements: my stash.

 

Thank you for visiting our blog today, make sure to come back for some more inspiration every day πŸ™‚