From My Garden to Yours!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

24 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello, friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy here, and I’m so very happy to be here with you. If you’ve seen any of my previous projects, you know I handcraft almost all of my flowers. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for one of my favorites, my ‘wild roses’.

All of my blossoms begin with Maja Design Papers. They are perfectly suited to flower making. The papers are double sided and they are nice and strong. They can hold up to just about anything you throw at them, which you are about to see.

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Begin by die cutting 6 petals (3 large and 3 small). I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, but you can use anything you have on hand, or even hand cut your petals.

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Punch a small hole in the center of each petal.

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Spray or brush both sides of each petal with water. You don’t want them to be sopping wet. Just moist enough to make them pliable. As you make more flowers you’ll begin to get a feel for the level of moisture that works best for you.

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Use a shaping tool to form two small petals that will become the center of the bud, as demonstrated below.

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Use the shaping tool to form the third small petal as shown in the photos below.

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When complete they will look like this:

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Roll and squish the three large petals. You may have to spray a bit more water. Use care not to tear the petals as you roll them. Once all of your petals are prepped it’s time to bake them. Yes, bake them. My husband often comes home to find a batch of flowers in the oven instead of cookies. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes, depending on how moist your petals are. Be certain to bake until they are completely dry as this will prevent tearing when you unfold them.

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Always use care when baking paper. Never leave it unattended and check on it frequently. While your petals are baking it’s time to form a base for the bud.

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I use a small wooden bead and floral wire. You can purchase the beads and wire at any craft store. Twist the floral wire around the bead.

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Below is a batch of petals fresh from the oven. The shape is now baked into the paper.

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Thread the first petal onto the bead.

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Adhere two sides of the petal to cover the wooden bead.

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Adhere the other petals gently to form a bud.

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Adhere the second petal gently over the first. Stagger the petals for a more natural look.

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The third small petal is adhered in the fashion shown below.

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Finally, adhere all three large petals. Stagger each petal for a fuller bloom. You’ve done it! You have created a ‘wild rose’ in a few simple steps.

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Below you’ll find a few additional blossoms I crafted to give you an idea just how beautiful Maja Design flowers can be. Each is unique and special. Each one will be a perfect match to whatever project you’re working on. It takes a little more time and effort to create your own flowers, but the result is 100% worth every moment you spend on them.

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Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Wooden Beads, Floral Wire, Adhesive, Mini Mister, Flower Shaping Tools. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! It’s been a great pleasure sharing these flowers with you. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. I send you wishes for all things good and wonderful!

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Special Guest Designer Monika Jakubowska

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Posted by Marie

23 January, 2017 - , , ,

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Hello, I’m Monika Jakubowska.

I`m so honoured and thrilled to be a Maja Design Guest Designer,Thank you for the invitation. I think it will be a fabulous year.
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Today I want to present you my very first creation – a shadow box and a card made for Grandpa and Grandma.
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To decorate this set I used gorgeous, delicate Vintage Baby It`s a Boy VIN-732 and Vintage Baby Special Delivery VIN-737. These papers look so lovely here. I also used my handmade flowers, some chipboards and Prima metal and resin embellishments.

Some closeups:
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Thank you for visiting.

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”Delight”

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Posted by Mary Catt

22 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello my dear friends!!!

Mary here with you today sharing my latest layout using papers from the beautiful ”Vintage Summer Basic” collection.

In this layout I tried to give you a cozy sense using this beautiful photo found on Pinterest, which reminds me relaxed Sundays mornings. There is nothing better than having a hot cup of coffee lying in your comfortable couch. Don’t you think?

But, before I continue I want to give all the proper credits to the photographer.

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For my background, I used the ”1903” paper and I made some layers behind my photo with the ”1912”  and the ”1932” papers using both sides of the last one. I also placed some torn pieces from the pages fo an old book.

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First, I gave my paper a coat of clear gesso and then I applied some white gesso. When dried, I added some texture with modeling paste and a stencil. Then, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists, ”Cocoa Bean Copper” and ”Sassy Sapphire” with some water to make a watercolor effect.

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I heat embossed the title words with ”Byzantine Bronze” and the small border chipboard pieces with ”Cafe au lait”. The chipboards I used are 2crafty and the flowers are Prima Marketing. The metal embellishments are ”Scrap Unlimited” and the flair is ”Cuts2luv”.

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As a final touch, I added some mica flakes in ”Henna” and made some splatters with 13arts white gesso.

Papers used:

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That’s all for today, my friends!

See you again in two weeks!

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A couple of Valentine’s Day Cards

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Posted by Elena Olinevich

20 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello Maja Friends.

The Spring is not here though I am impassonately waiting for it. Christmas is over, so there is no need in winter for me. Actually Valentine’s Day is the day that is going to brighten or winter season days.

So I made a couple of I love you cards.

Valentine Day card for Her, by Elena Olinevich, for Maja Design

Vintage Spring Basics is quite a wide to choose, however I have noticed that I am using almost the same papers when it cmes to create with it. This color combo of phistachino and the cafe au lait is one of my all time favorite. It seems that I have made a tons of cards with these particular papers, but I still love them.

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I added the hearts chipboard pannel and arranges some paper layers.

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I used a simple stamped quote – I love directly on the die cut piece of paper, found in my paper scraps and leftovers file.

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The same chipboard I used for my second card. But this time I used absolutely different colors for the card.

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The idea for these cards was to use a llong ribbon with a bow. It looks more attractive when it doesn’t stand out.

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Thank you for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful week end.

Products used:

6*6 paper pad, Prima Marketing flowers and ribbon, Spellbinders dies

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Xmas trees

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Posted by Pascale B

19 January, 2017 - , , ,

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Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new layout with a step-by-step video. I chose a photo of a  Christmas floral arrangement from the castle of Chenonceau (Loire Valley, France).

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Here are some close-ups:

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Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Here is the video:

Maja Design papers:

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