Spring Tea Room

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

18 February, 2019 - ,

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Hello, crafty friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy back today with a new card to share. We’ve had temperatures between 70-80 degrees in my corner of the world. Our Camellia’s are in full bloom and spring is in the air, at least for the moment. It really has me feeling like springtime has arrived, and hence the inspiration for this card, the spring tea room!

The spring tea room is a unique traditions of the southern United States. Each spring local churches host a daily tea for a week or two. They come complete with lovely music, the most delectable homemade luncheon choices, scrumptious desserts, and of course, tea! Each lady is escorted to their table by a formally clad southern gentleman. It’s all very genteel, and after enjoying your dining experience you can shop from a vast variety of handmade items and goodies in the tea room shop. If you’re ever visiting this region you should definitely plan to attend a church tea room.

Maja Design’s beautiful ‘Coffee in the Arbour’ paper collection is the absolute perfect paper collection to bring this card to life.

There are several stitched base layers and much dimension throughout, though it is difficult to capture it on camera.

The blooms are handmade from the paper collection and sit atop a chipboard frame featuring flowers and flourishes. A dusting of gesso tones down some of the brighter color. It’s a little trick you can use when you want to achieve a more muted look.

The tea embellishments are fussy cut from the paper collection.

Below is a peek at the interior of the card.

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Other Products Used: Chipboard Frame, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Flower Shaping Tools, Flower Stamens, Gesso Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today! It’s such an honor to be here with you. I hope your week is filled with joy and cozy crafty hours.

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.

Winter Greetings

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

4 February, 2019 - ,

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Hello! I send a warm winter welcome from all of us at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here on this beautiful Monday. I hope everyone is staying toasty and finding ways to conquer to the chill in the air. The flu got the best of me these last few weeks, but I’m finally recovered and so thankful to be back with you all.

My  favorite activity for a cold, damp day is spending cozy time in my craft room. That is exactly what I did this weekend, so I have a new card to share with you! I had some extra papers left from Maja Design’s newest collection, Christmas Season, and want to share ways you can incorporate holiday papers into your projects once Christmas has passed. This versatility of every Maja Design collection is just one of the wonders of their beautiful papers.

Today’s ‘all occasion’ card is monochromatic and focuses on the gorgeous shades of blue that are abundant in this collection. I feel like blues are always ideal for winter creations.

Stitched layers form a base for the florals and various embellishments, which come together to create a peaceful and wintery focal point.

Below is a view of the interior of the card.

 

Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Flower Shaping Tools, Tim Holtz Alterations Ephemera, Wooden Key, Purchased Small Paper Flowers, Glass Pearls, Prima Resin Frame, Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you’ll have a chance to participate in the new February Mood Board. The winner receives and entire collection of lovely Maja Design Papers, which is a great way to begin the New Year. May your week be filled with all things good and wonderful!

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.

Christmas Greetings

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

10 December, 2018 - ,

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Hello, and welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here with you. I hope you’re staying warm and cozy as winter begins to settle in. I have a new Christmas card to share today. I’m super excited because it’s my first time working with Maja Design’s brand new paper collection, ‘Christmas Season’, and I’m completely in love with it!

The papers are distressed, layered, and stitched, forming a base for the embellishments. An image from the paper collection makes for a perfect sentiment and focal point.

A wintery collection of florals anchors the sentiment, while a trio of tiny bells jingle cheerily whenever the card is moved about. Frosty touches of gesso add an icy chill to the florals and around the edges of the card, and a loopy twine bow ties everything together.

Above is a peek of the interior of the card, where there is plenty of space to write a personal note.

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Other Products Used: Twine, Gesso, Holiday Greenery, Jingle Bells. 

Have you finished your holiday crafting yet? It’s not too late to pick up some of these gorgeous new papers to share in your beautiful cards and projects. I know you’ll love them as much as we do! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and spending time with us! I wish you a healthy and happy Christmas, along with many blessings throughout the New Year!

Hugs, 

 

A Very Merry Christmas!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

5 November, 2018 - ,

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Hello, and happy Monday! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, with my first Christmas card of the season to share with you. I can barely believe the festive season is almost upon us, as I still have a couple of Christmas items on my desk from last year that I’ve been meaning to put up-lol.

I’m working with Maja Design’s gorgeous ‘I wish’ collection today. It’s full of warmth and holiday cheer. Looking at the joyful images makes me feel like baking up a batch of holiday cookies while singing my favorite carols.

Several layers of distressed papers are stitched together, topped off with a die cut oval, then embellished with wintery florals and fussy cut images from the paper collection.

A dusting of snowy Gesso adds a wintery chill, and the final touch is, as always, a bow!

Below is a closer look at the hand cut images, which includes the sentiment.

There is plenty of space on the inside of the card to write a Christmas greeting.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Twine, Paper Flowers, Holiday Greenery, Jingle Bells, Gesso. 

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today! I wish we could all sit down to a cup of tea and talk all things crafty. May your week be filled with love, happiness, and the joy 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.

Autumn Harvest

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

22 October, 2018 - ,

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Hello, dear friends of the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here with you. I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful day! I’m in my craft room 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.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Leaf Dies, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Paper Flowers, Rubber Stamps, Archival Ink, Natural Twine, Fall Berries, Foam Adhesive, Glue Gun, Sewing Machine, Thread.

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

Hugs,