Spread Joy

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

24 September, 2018 - ,

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Hello, and welcome to all of our friends of the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy with you on the blog on this lovely day. I’m having a joyful day filled with flower making, stamping, and playing with my pretty Maja Design papers, all of which has led to this new card to share with you.

I’m using Maja Design’s Fika collection again this week, because I absolutely love purple, and this collection is filled with every hue of this beloved color. I’m working primarily with the deepest purple in the collection (almost a purple-blue), with accents in lighter tones.

I’m like a kid at Christmas with some new stamps I have in my collection, and have been happily stamping away, finding new ways to use them to enhance my projects.

I’m also in flower making mode. I love creating flowers from Maja Design papers. It’s the best paper I’ve ever found for this purpose, and when I take the time to make my own, my flowers perfectly coordinate with each project. I have tutorials for these roses on my blog for anyone who would like to give them a try.

The leaves are die cut and tucked in amongst the florals, along with autumnal berries resin frames, and a natural twine bow.

 

I’m now sitting at my very messy craft desk, blissfully surrounded by layer upon layer of Maja Design goodness, and I’m counting my blessings to have had a chance to create something today. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we love is so important to our mental and physical health. I hope you’ll be able to find some quiet moments in your day to bring your masterpieces to life.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies and Distress Tool, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Flower Shaping Tools, Seth Apter Stamp, Unlabeled Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Prima Resin Frames, Natural Twine, Acrylic Paint and Brushes, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog! Your visit is a bright spot in in our day, and we hope you’ll be back each and every day to check out new projects from the design team. Don’t forget to take part in the monthly mood board challenge for the chance to win an entire collection of your choice of Maja Design paper. I wish you a week filled with love, magic, and crafty adventures!

Hugs, 

  

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A coffee tag!

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Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

23 September, 2018 - ,

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Hi everyone! Here I am with a cute little tag I made with the gorgeous Coffee in the Arbour collection! I just love the beautiful colours, and for this one I have combined the soft purple with the soft green colours. Hope you like it!

The image from Magnolia is coloured with Distress Ink, re-inkers and Markers on water colour paper called The Langton. I use synthetic brushes, mostly size 0 and 000.  I have placed some Liquid pearls in her hair. The stamp is masked together with a sentiment stamp from the same collection (Upgrade Le Fleur).

The “Join me for a Coffee?” is cut out from the sheet called “Delicious Moments”.

The beautiful flowers are from Petaloo and Wild Orchid Crafts. I think they fit the papers so well.

Here a close up. The big rose is from WOC. I have placed some Sisal grass under the flowers. All the paper edges are inked with Walnut Stain, and the papers are sewed together on a sewing machine.

I have cut out the “gratulerer” text from Maja papers. The die is from Papirdesign, and means congratulation.

This tag was also published in the magazine Ett Trykk in the August issue.

I hope you are having a lovely Autumn. Maybe you find some time crafting?!

Thank you so much for visiting the Maja blog!

With love

 

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Frosty and Joyful Ornaments

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

22 September, 2018 - ,

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 DIY Frosty and Faux Gold Filigree Christmas Ornaments

 Jennifer Snyder here with a jump on Christmas.
Maja Design has some of the worlds best Christmas collections.  I pulled some of these collections out and got to work like a little elf.
I made some tree ornaments by combining Creative Embellishments chipboard frames with  papers  from Maja Design – I Wish collection and Maja Design – Joyous Winter Days collection

If you scroll down, I will show you how I made the ornaments.

 

The chipboard on this first ornament has been transformed into faux gold filigree using gold embossing enamel.

 

These are the papers I used from Maja Design:
Maja Design – I Wish collection
I Wish Ephemera
I wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas

This short video shows how the ornament looks from all sides.  
Photos simply cannot capture the dimension and angles of the project.  

Instructions for DIY Ornaments
So how did I make these? 

You’ll need two packages of  Creative Embellishments chipboard – Small Intricate Frames.  The great thing about that is you can now make two ornaments like I did or save the unused frames for other projects.

Step 1.  Emboss or paint both sides of the chipboard.  You’ll need one oval and two matching square frames/diamond frames.

Step 2.  Using the square frames as your sizing guide, cut paper to fit behind the squares and then cut two more pieces a little larger to use as side panels. Once again, I used the Ephemera page from Maja Design – I Wish collection

Step 3.  Glue paper to each of the square chipboard frames.  Then fold the chipboard to form a 45degree angle.

Step 4.  Glue the square chipboard frames to the oval.  You will only be gluing the top and bottom of the square to the oval.  At this point, the squares are not really secure enough and need more support.

Step 5.  Glue the paper squares to the sides of the ornament.  This now

 This is the second ornament I created. 
The chipboard pieces have been embossed with aged ivory embossing enamel.

This short video shows how the ornament looks from all sides.  
Photos simply cannot capture the dimension and angles of the project.  

These are the Maja Design papers I used:
Maja Design – Joyous Winter Days collection
Ephemera
Chilly

Thank you for stopping.

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Sunflowers

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Posted by Kerstin-Inga Peters

19 September, 2018 - ,

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Hello Maja friends!

The sunflowers are blooming in my garden, a wonderful flower – beautiful and useful at the same time. They radiated stronger than the sun and provide the birds with plenty of food in winter. Mostly they grow by themselves and only need a support or neighbor’s garden fence.

 

I was inspired to create mixed media layout with autumn feelings and so I used  a lot of leaves dies, stamps and fabric textures.

The autumn colours based on spray inks in yellow, white and brown shades.

 The Monochrome paper sheet ‘Old Brass’ from the Shades of Celebration collection was very suitable for it. 

I’m always in love with the amazing motif papers from Maja Design,

 but if you want to develop artistically completely free, the monochrome papers are perfect, 

because you can hide nothing with your own personal design. 

You know what I mean?!

Old Brass bs

 some details

I love the natural look, not perfect but unique,

 just like outside in the garden and in the great outdoors.

I hope my layout was able to get you into the fall 

and inspire you to play with the wonderful papers again.

 

Have a beautiful time!

Kerstin 

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Trust Your Heart

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Posted by Mary Catt

17 September, 2018 - ,

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Hello Maja fans!

It’s Mary here with you today and I have a new layout to share made for my September inspiration.

As you may already know, I love searching on Pinterest to find photos to scrap and this time I came across with that amazing photo. I choose some papers from the gorgeous ”Denim & Friends” collection that was just perfect for it. But, before I continue more I want to give all the proper credits to the ”unknown” photographer.

As my main paper I used the ”Stonewashed” and I made some layers behide my photo with the ”Paisley”, the ”Leather” and both sides of the ”Summer Shirt” papers. To start, I gave my background a coat of clear gesso. When it was dried, I added some texture with modeling paste and a stencil.

Then  I used Lindy’s Gang spray to color my page and made some stamping here and there.

I heat embossed the Dusty Attic chipboards with Stampendous embossing enamels and then I randomly rubbed some wax to highlight them a little bit more.

When everything was glued down, I added some art stones and I made the final touch with some splatters with white gesso.

 

Papers used:

 

That’s all for today, my friends!

Thank you for stopping by!

 

 

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