Christmas Cheer!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

28 November, 2017 - ,

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Hello, and welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, with a bit of Christmas cheer on this happy Tuesday. Are you in the midst of your holiday preparations? If so, then I’m certainly right there with you. Today I’m honored to share a card created with Maja Design’s fabulously festive ‘I Wish’ collection.

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The Santa Claus image and sentiment are part of the paper collection, and a perfect focal point for a cheery holiday card. The collection features many other vintage images that are equally delightful, making it a very difficult choice.

A simple spray of frosty greenery, pinecones, and berries adorn the right side of the card, with a loopy twine bow providing a finishing flourish.

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There is actually quite a bit of dimension with this card, which I’ll try to capture in the photos below, as well as a peek at the interior design. The design papers are distressed, layered, stitched, and popped up with foam adhesive.

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Additional Supplies:  Twine, greenery and berries from my stash, foam adhesive, sewing machine, thread.

Thank you so much for joining us at the Maja Design Blog! Each time I’m here I count my blessings to be in the company of such wonderful people. I send wishes for happy crafting and a holiday season filled with peace and joy.

Hugs, Nancy-sign

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.

Peace on Earth

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

14 November, 2017 - , ,

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I wish a happy hello to all of the wonderful friends of Maja Design! It’s Nancy back with you today, and I’m up to my ears in snowflakes! Not the cold kind that you sled in, because we don’t get snow where I live, but the frilly and frosty paper ones that I make every year around this time for my Christmas cards. I start early with my cards because time seems to fly during November and December, and I’m also childishly excited over the Christmas holiday.

I never use anything but Maja Design papers for my snowflakes. It stays intact despite the delicate nature of the die cuts, and is perfect for layering into these dimensional flakes. For this first card of the season I’ve chosen the fabulous Vintage Frost Basics Collection.

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The base of the card is formed as usual, by distressing, layering, and stitching the design papers. I’m sticking with just two colors this time around, because soft blues and whites create a wonderful chilly feeling when used together.

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There are no flowers this time (which rarely happens for me), but instead an arrangement of layered snowflakes topped off with a bit of white sand texture paste for a truly frosty finish. Icy branches and tiny snowballs enhance the frozen effect.

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A little bow graces the corner, simply because I love them and feel like nothing is finished without one.

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Below is a peek at the interior of the card.

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Maja Design Papers Used: 

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Other Products Used: Tim Holtz snowflake dies, foam pop up adhesive, clear buttons, floral iced branches and berries, Prima white sand texture paste, Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, archival ink, sewing machine, thread. 

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with crafty goodness and plenty of Maja Design loveliness.

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Autumn’s Bounty

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

17 October, 2017 - ,

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Hello, dear friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy here, with a new card to share. I may have mentioned previously that I love autumn. I can barely wait for that hint of chill in the air and nature’s lavish display of rich colors. This is when I spend my days with Maja Design’s breathtaking Walking in the Forest paper collection. I find that this collection truly embraces the inspiring hues of the season, which is what I’m aiming for with today’s card.

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Each design paper is carefully distressed, layered, and stitched. The sentiment stamp has been on my desk just waiting for fall to arrive!

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A die cut wreath forms an anchor for the plethora of leaves, berries, and flowers as they tumble down the front of the card.

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A twine bow is tucked in along with the florals.

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Thank you so much for visiting us at the Maja Design Blog! Don’t forget to check out the October Mood Board Challenge while you’re here. There’s still plenty of time to enter your project. I send wishes for many cozy hours in your craft space!

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Blossoms of Faith Card

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

3 October, 2017 - ,

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Hello, friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, with a new card to share. The October Mood Board Challenge launched yesterday with projects featuring Denim & Friends in crisp autumn hues. It is such fun working with fall colors, but today I’m using the collection in another way to showcase the versatility. It can be easy to assume it’s primarily a masculine collection, but this card takes us in a completely different direction, with pretty florals and a soft palette.

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The base of the card is prepared by distressing, layering, and stitching the design papers. The flowers that comprise the focal point are ones I received last year and rescued from my stash.

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I added a bit of rubber stamping using a script stamp. A length of aged lace, jewel toned sprigs, and a twine bow complete the embellishments.

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Additional Products Used: Prima Border Sprig, Little Birdie Flowers, Natural Twine, Prima Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for joining us on the Maja Design Blog! You’re the reason we are here, sharing our craft and marveling over the lovely pieces you share with us. Don’t forget to check out the brand new Mood Board and play along for a chance to win an entire Maja Design Paper Collection! I send wishes for a day filled with joy and all things wonderful.

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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.

From the Flower Cart!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

19 September, 2017 - ,

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I wish a happy to hello to all of our friends at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, and what a blessing it is to have this time with you all. We have a special sponsor this week, Petaloo by FloraCraft, and they’ve graciously showered us with beautiful blooms. I’m sharing some of them with you today, along with one of my all time favorite Maja Design collections, Vintage Summer Basics.

I realize it’s autumn in many parts of the world, but the lovely papers and flowers bring to mind flower vendors at the farmer’s market, which is where I draw inspiration for today’s card.

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My base is design papers that are distressed, layered, and stitched. The central bloom is accentuated with tea stained doilies and lace, with a tumbling of florals reaching down the side.

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The center of the card is layered with additional design paper. The lace edge is courtesy of a border punch.  An ivory twine bow brings everything together with a feminine flourish.

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The ‘Flowers 4 Sale’ stamp is from my stash, and I’m thrilled to find a ideal project for it.

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Below is a side view with a view of the interior of the card.

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Other Products Used: Petaloo by FloraCraft Flowers, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Lace, Doilies, Twine, Rubber Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

I hope you’re having a wonderful week! May your days be filled with the joy of family & friends, and plenty of cozy time in your craft space.

Hugs, Nancy-sign

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.