Springtime Tea!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

18 April, 2017 - ,

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A happy hello to all of our crafty friends here at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy, and I’m thrilled to be here to share my adoration of these beautiful papers with you. I’m feeling lots of love for the Coffee in the Arbour collection at the moment. Every single paper in the collection brings to mind the joy of a lovely spring day. I prefer tea to coffee, however, so I’m going with a teatime theme. This ‘Springtime Tea’ card combines pastels with a fun pop of bright color.

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Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form the base of the card. The card is designed around the focal image, which is found in the paper collection.

Prima flowers, die cut leaves, glass pearls, and a twine bow round out the embellishments.

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Below is a closer look at the design paper. I know I say this all the time, but it truly is amazing how beautifully the papers work together. Honestly, the hardest part is narrowing down which papers to use. SO many choices!

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Maja Design Papers Used:  Coffe-in-the-Arbour-P

 

 

Additional Supplies: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Prima Flowers, Glass Pearls, Natural Twine, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me today! If you’re wondering where you can purchase these gorgeous papers, just click on the link at the top of the blog that says ‘store finder’. Don’t forget to check out our current Mood Board Challenge (you can win an entire set of design papers!). I send wishes for a week filled with all things bright and beautiful!

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‘A Lovely Day’ Card!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

4 April, 2017 - ,

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A happy hello to all of our friends here on the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy, and I’m so happy to be with you on the blog today. I hope you’re enjoying fine spring weather in your area. In honor of this beautiful time of year, today’s card is all in pastels from Maja Design’s Sofiero collection. I absolutely adore this collection. It is the embodiment of all things springtime.

The design paper is distressed, layered, and stitched. Graduated sizes of Spellbinders circles and labels are layered and stitched as well. The sentiment is part of the paper collection. It is from the bottom border of the paper. Most brands of papers leave that section a plain white, but Maja Design makes wonderful use of that area by placing pretty designs and sentiments for use with our projects.

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The circles are folded at the center to add dimension and to accommodate the sentiment. Paper flowers from my stash form a fresh and cheery floral bouquet.

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Twine, lace, vintage buttons, and a tiny painted clothespin add finishing touches to the design.

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Maja Design Papers Used:Sofiero-P1

Additional Supplies: Spellbinders Circles and Labels dies, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, foam adhesive, paper flowers, twine, clothespin, lace, and vintage buttons from my stash, sewing machine and thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me. I truly hope you are having a lovely day. May your week be filled with fragrant flowers, warm breezes, and all the joys of spring!

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An Easter Garden!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

21 March, 2017 - , ,

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Hello, friends! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely day. It’s Nancy, and I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Maja Design Blog. I’m relishing the beautiful weather and staying busy as ever in my craft room with my Easter preparations. I have a new card to share featuring two spring elements, Easter eggs and handmade flowers.

Two of my favorite Maja Design collections, Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Summer Basics, are used in the creation of this card. As usual, the paper is distressed, layered and stitched to form a base. One of the many things I adore about Maja Design paper is that it’s strong and behaves much like fabric when I’m working with it. As you can see, I really put it to the test and it holds up every time.

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You’ll find a blooming rose and a wildflower gracing my little garden. If you visit my blog you’ll find tutorials for both styles of flowers as well as the Easter egg. A die cut flourish, ribbon and cheesecloth add a soft touch.

Design paper is border punched and layered to anchor the egg and florals. A die cut Spellbinder’s frame is tucked in behind the egg.

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Additional Supplies: Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Flourish Die, Spellbinders Frame Die, Foam Adhesive, Button, Lace, Cheesecloth, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for visiting! Don’t forget to check out the March Mood Board if you haven’t already done so. There’s still time to get your project entered. Sending wishes for sunny days filled with many joys!

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Spring Blessings!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

10 March, 2017 - , ,

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Welcome, crafty friends! It’s Nancy here on the Maja Design Blog, and I have a new card to share! Spring is in full swing in my area, and that means warm days, budding trees, nesting birds, butterflies, and fragrant blooms. It also means Easter is quickly approaching, which has me scrambling to complete my cards.

Today’s card features one of my handmade Easter eggs and wildflowers. You can find tutorials for each of these elements on my blog. Below is a close up photo of the embellished egg. I’m using two different Maja Design collections; Coffee in the Arbour and Vintage Autumn Basics. That’s one of the many advantages of Maja Design papers. They work together beautifully!

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The base of the card is formed by three layers of design papers that are distressed, layered, and hand stitched.  The butterflies are die cut and layered for a dimensional effect.

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The sentiment and accent stamps are applied with archival ink.

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The interior of the card is also stitched and embellished with coordinating stamping. You’ll find a peek of the inside in the photo below.

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Additional Supplies: Butterfly Stamps-Prima, Archival Ink, Dies: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, Tim Holtz Butterflies, Floral Flourish, and Magnolia Rose Leaf die, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Foam Adhesive, Burlap, Button, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for being here today. I hope you have plenty of time to enjoy crafting with your own gorgeous Maja Design papers. If you’re not certain where to purchase them you will find a link to all of the online sellers on the Maja Design website. I wish you a weekend filled with the beauty of nature and the joy of loved ones!

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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.

‘Now is the Time’ Card

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

21 February, 2017 - ,

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Hello! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy, and I’m thrilled you’re here with me. I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

I’m reflecting on time this week, as my youngest child  is about to graduate from university. How did all of those years slip away so quickly? They truly did fly by. I’m reminded to savor each precious moment, for time is a gift and memories are treasures. I’m drawing my inspiration for this card from Maja Design’s gorgeous Vintage Autumn Basics collection.

I begin by distressing, layering, and stitching design papers to form a base. All of the embellishments for this card are die cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection. A double layer of vintage die cut clocks anchor the floral arrangement.

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I have a tutorial for these roses here on the Maja Design Blog. Below, a border punch adds a lovely touch to strips of design paper. In the bottom corner you’ll find a stamped sentiment.

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A twine bow ties everything together with a feminine flare.

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Additional Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Tim Holtz Clock (hands) Die, Prima Clock Die, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch, Twine, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Adhesive.  

Thank you so much for visiting! I’m always excited when it’s my turn to join y’all on the Maja Design Blog. May each moment of your day be filled with beauty and crafty adventures!

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