What a Lovely Day!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

28 May, 2018 - ,

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I wish a happy to hello to all of our wonderful visitors at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, and I’m thrilled to join you on the blog today. 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.

Maja Design Papers Used:

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

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! It’s an honor to be here with you. I hope your day is filled with joy and fun filled hours of creativity.

Hugs, 

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

You Are So Loved!

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14 May, 2018 - ,

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Hello, dear friends! I’m so happy you’re here with us on this wonderful Monday. It’s Nancy on the blog with you, here to share a new card. 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.

Today’s card is 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.

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.

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

Hugs, 

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

Fairytale Florals Card

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

30 April, 2018 - , ,

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Hello, friends! I hope you’re enjoying a truly wonderful day. It’s Nancy with you on the blog, 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.

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.

Thank you so much for joining us on the Maja Design Blog today! I send wishes for gentle spring breezes and many happy hours in your own cozy craft space.

Hugs, 

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

Springtime Florals Card

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

16 April, 2018 - ,

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Welcome, friends! It’s Nancy with you on the Maja Design Blog. I’m thrilled you’re visiting with us on this beautiful day. Spring is well and truly arrived offering up it’s gifts of bright and beautiful flowers. I look out of my craft room window and marvel at the blooms in my garden, which are my inspiration for today’s card. I’m drawn once again to Maja Design’s Coffee in the Arbour paper collection. The colors are so fresh and cheery, just like a spring day!

Design papers are distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. Handmade florals crafted from design papers are the focal point of the card. Frothy lace and loopy twine bows add a feminine touch.

Below is a close up of the stamped sentiment. I enjoying creating cards to keep on hand to suit multiple occasions, and this one will be perfect for those times I need a last minute card.

The curlicues are made by twisting strips of design paper around the tiny end of a paint brush. A script stamp adds a bit of interest to the corners.

Below is a peek of the interior of the card. Coordinating design papers and script stamping give a cohesive appearance with the front of the card.

Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Kit, Script Stamp, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink in Timber Brown, Lace, Twine, Flower Stamens, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Sewing Machine, Thread, Adhesives.  

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today. Don’t forget to check out the new Mood Board Challenge. We have a new challenge each month and all are welcome to participate. The winner will receive an entire collection (of their choice) of Maja Design papers! May your week be filled with crafty happiness and all of the joys of springtime!

Hugs, 

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

Friends for Life

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

2 April, 2018 - ,

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Hello! It’s Nancy here, and I wish you  the warmest of welcomes to the Maja Design Blog. I hope a lovely Easter was had by all. Today I’m sharing a card I have created for my dear friend’s birthday. For this project I’m drawn to a soothing palette in her favorite color, and I found just what I’m looking for in Maja Design’s Vintage Summer Basics paper collection. This collection is a staple for me and coordinates well with Maja Design’s other paper collections.

The larger flowers are handmade using design papers. If you’d like to make this style of  flower you’ll find a link to the step by step tutorial in the sidebar of my blog. All papers are not created equal, and after thorough testing I have determined that Maja Design paper is the best for flower making. It stands up perfectly to all of the twisting and shaping I use in my process, which breaks down lesser quality papers to shreds.

A trio of sweet butterflies flutter about my little flower garden.

Stamping along the edges adds a special touch, as does the sentiment stamp (below) which is just perfect for my friend.

Decorative corner die cuts anchor the florals as they cascade down the card.

Below is a peek at the interior of the card.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Cottage Cutz Decorative Corner die, Butterfly Punch, Spellbinders Circles dies, Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Kit, Prima and Spellbinders stamps, flower stamens, archival ink, twine, Prima Gesso, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. 

Thank you so much for joining us today. If you’re interested in any of the papers you see here just click on the STORE FINDER tab at the top of the blog to be taken to a vendor in your country. May your week be filled with happiness and crafty delights!

Hugs,

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.