Birthday Cards

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29 March, 2017 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

I’m often asked to make some cards to order – and today I have two birthday cards to share. The first one is for a man who loves jazz:

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I used my all-time favourite Vintage Romance collection because of the handsome guy image and for me classic jazz is those handsome guys in smart suits 😉 Although other images in the collection are rather referring to cars, I still used a car advert that I partly covered to reveal only the club name – sounds jazzy enough to me 😉

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As I said, the collection doesn’t have any music motives, but I used stamps and washi tape to add some tunes and the piano keyboard, and then a chipboard saxophone to match the card theme:

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I cut some tags from paper scraps and made a music record from cardstock:

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And so I made this romantic collection fit into a jazz theme :)

The other card is a complete change of theme :) It’s the first birthday card for a cute little lady:

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For this one I used the refreshed Sofiero collection as I chose a soft pink and green palette. I’m so happy to be able to layer the Monochrome papers and not to cover beautiful patterns! Plus, I didn’t need to search for matching colours :)

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I added some little flowers and stamped and die-cut the sentiment, also using the Monochrome paper:

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I stamped and coloured the girl image in matching colours:

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But there’s some more to the card: I included the girl’s name too and made the card into an easel form:

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I really like the way the soft colours and delicate flower pattern go together with glitter and the stamp!

 

Here’s what I used to make them:

Other: stamps: Nellie Snellen, Gstamps, Lemonade; dies: Spellbinders, Crealies, Memory Box; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Anemone.

 

And which card do you like more? :)

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Lady In Red

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15 March, 2017 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcoem to the blog today :)

Have you seen the refreshed edition of the Sofiero collection that has been released lately? When I got the news abotu it I was very excited, firstly because when I began designing for Maja Design the collection was already retired, and secondly, because of the new addition, the Monochrome papers! This is such a good idea, no more painful decisions about which beautiful papers hide in the background! :) And as this is a special release, I decided to make a special layout about a certain lady in red. Be careful, huge amount of cuteness ahead!

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I layered contrasting designs in the background and separated them with pom pom trim and lace:

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I cut out a heart shape and made an initial plaque, then I added a resin angel wing:

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I built the flowers cluster between the photos and placed the title in the decorative frame:

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I also added some die-cut leaves to decorate the photo:

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I decorate the other photo with a sentiment I cut out from one of the signature strips:

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Adding bling and accenting details with glitter was a finishing touch. I really like the way the layout turned out, the beautiful pastel papers making the photos stand out! And look at this yummy dimension :)

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And here’s what I used for the layout:

The Sofiero papers:

Other: dies: Spellbinders, Prima, Magnolia; flowers: Prima, Blue Fern Studios; chipboard: Tattered Angels; bling, trim, lace: my stash.

 

Thank you for visiting the blog today, and see you later!

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Faux Envelope Cards Revisited ;)

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1 March, 2017 - ,

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Good morning, Maja fans, welcome to the blog today :)

While visiting some craft company blogs I sometimes come across this “revisiting” idea. DT members return to old collections and make new projects with them. And so I decided to use the concept, and “revisit” one of my older projects: faux envelope cards. I also did a tutorial on them back in June (you can find it here). I also used the same collection, my favourite Vintage Romance :)

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I think this is just a perfect collection for wedding cards! The first card is more vintage in style, and I kept the ivory-green colour palette, as if the colours faded with time :)

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I didn’t use any sentiment, the image is pretty clear :) I added a bouquet of roses and some pretty crystal flourishes:

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Beautiful pearl brads and vintage seam ribbon complete the look:

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The second card is more colourful as I followed the palette of the printed flowers:

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The design is pretty much the same, only instead of an image I added a decorative chipboard sentiment:

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I just love how the printed flowers blend with the dimensional ones!

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And here are the supplies I used:

Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; die: Magnolia; chipboard: Scrapiniec; brads: Craftmania; bling: Prima.

 

And how about you? Do you sometimes “revisit” your previous projects and give them a go again? :)

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In Red And Blue

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15 February, 2017 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today :)

When the days are still dull and short there’s no better remedy than some colour therapy! :) And so I returned to the bright and cheerful Summertime collection and created two cards. The first one is in red tones:

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I layered and distressed some papers. Then I added a couple of paper straws as the background for my embellishments:

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I added roses that correspond to the ones in the background and a cute heart frame:

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I completed the design with some glistening gem stones:

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And then I thought of fans of blue 😉 And made this card in a similar way:

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Again, I layered papers and added some paper straws:

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There’s an ornate frame too, inside which I placed a butterfly button:

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The flower cluster in matching colours and beautiful lace complete the whole:

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Here are the papers I used:

 

Other: art clay, gold paint: Martha Stewart; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; button: Lemoncraft; molds, paper straws, lace – my stash.

 

And which one do you like more?

See you soon!

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Valentine’s Day Cards

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1 February, 2017 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today!

I’m really happy that soon after warm, family-spent Christmas time we can celebrate another day filled with love and friendship :) St. Valentine’s Day is such a positive holiday! And valentine cards are my second to Christmas cards to make. And as February begins, I’m ready to celebrate 😉

What would be a better collection to use for love-themed cards than Vintage Romance, of course! And so I made a masculine and feminine card for Valentines.

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The masculine card is kind of clean&simple style – I tried to handwrite in one of the trendy fonts of lately, as if a love letter, added a die-cut cupid and tiny forget-me-nots that also appear in the card background:

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Though the card is pretty simple, it still has some nice dimension :)

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For the feminine card I went for the shabby chic style.

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I used one of my most favourite designs from the collection, with gorgeous roses and forget-me-nots.  I distressed a crafter’s clay frame with antique golden paint and filled the inside with pink roses and added some cheesecloth on top. I also used cheesecloth to accent the particular layers of the background. And then I noticed that right above the rose frame there’s a “Love Story” printed in the background – how fitting! :)

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Then I stamped the “I love you” sentiment and heat-embossed it with golden ep:

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I really like the way the cards turned out – the Vintage Romance collection is just perfect for love projects!

 

Supply list:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Impression Obsession; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; frame: Martha Stewart clay & paint; mold: my stash; stamp: Lemonade.

 

See you soon!

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