Chocolate Box For Grandpa

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Posted by Maja Nowak

18 January, 2017 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja friends, welcome to the blog today :)

Remember my post two weeks ago? I made a chocolate box for Grandma and obviously needed one for Grandpa too. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m the only woman in the house and thus I’m surrounded by boys, it’s still quite difficult for me to create masculine projects. I always worry about not going too much on embellishments, or not make it too sweet… And so making this chocolate box was not so easy, but the Vintage Romance and Home For the Holidays collections came to help :)

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I basically kept the same design pattern as with the Grandma’s box, but used blue and brown palette and of course masculine motives like this handsome man 😉

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I added some more cut outs and chipboard pieces and the stamped sentiment that says: Grandpa, you’re superb! :)

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I thought a little glam would not hurt, right? And so I added some glitter cardstock to the sides:

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Inside I added soem stamping on background papers and also a tag to make writing wishes easier – you just pull it out and write not worrying about the decorated other side :)

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Although I was a bit ill-at-ease, I really like the way the box turned out: masculine, but elegant with brown glitter cardstock to emphasise the celebration. What do you think?

 

Here’s what I used:

 

Other: dies: MFT; chipboard: Miszmasz Papierowy, wycinanka; brad: scrap.com.pl; vintage ribbon, metal charm: my stash.

See you!

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“Forever Love” by Tina Ollett

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Posted by Tina Ollett

17 January, 2017 - , , ,

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A huge welcome to you! It’s Tina with you today to share my next Design Team creation.

This project for January, I have titled

…..”Forever Love”….

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This, for me, was a layout of love. Scrapbooking for me is about the memories and sometimes the photos from the most special days of all, aren’t of the best quality but I always insist on using them no matter what. On our special day a professinal photographer was hired, but it was very unfortunate that during the development of our photos that something went horribly wrong. Due to the developing error we we did not receive a great deal of photo’s that were of a good quality or worthy of using to hang on our walls. We depended on our family and friends to help us with photo’s they had taken and this photo is one of them. We were so fortunate to have our two eldest attend our wedding. They were so excited the whole day through. My son walked me down the aisle with my Dad, something I will never forget and treasure always.

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I am mad for anything at present that I can fussy cut from papers. And I found this in the Vintage Autumn Basics No. II sheet that was in my gorgeous Maja stash. I have cut at least a half of this sheet up and layered it in and around the page.

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You can see above in the bottom of the photo the layering of journalling cards that I cut from Vintage Spring Basics “Days to Remember” and also from the Vintage Romance collections “Love Notes”. Amongst the several layers of journal cards I have alternated mats of “Raspberry Jam Cookies” from the Coffee in the Arbour collection. Yes I have mixed a lot of collections this time around . I find the beauty of Maja Designs ranges is that they just blend together so beautifully.
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I have layered the  project with paper doilies, lace motifs, Dusty Attic’s gorgeous chipboards cut up, muslin and even a sewing spool. The sewing spool was wrapped with the bar strip from Vintage Romance’s bside of “Passion”. Passion was used as my background piece with the frame cut from Vintage Romance’s “She’s my Lady”.

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This here, is the side on view of the base of the photo. The lace motif I have used here has been cut into many many pieces and divided throughout the layout to help give it movement.

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I have tucked a few doilies around to help break up the pink from the flowers and the background.

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I just loved these clocks found on the Vintage Spring Basics sheet. I have used the largest of the clocks and cut it to sit behind the photo so it did not overtake the whole layout. I cut some of the smaller clocks with the roses to sit on top of the large one layered.

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From another view…….

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and another…..

Maja Designs Papers used for this project were:

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Maja Designs – Vintage Autumn Basics No.II

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  • Maja Designs – Coffee in the Arbour – Raspberry Jam Cookies

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Maja Designs – Vintage Romance – Love Notes

Other Materials Used

Dusty Attic Ornamental Trim Set

Dusty Attic “Forever”

Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste

Art Basics Heavy Gesso

Liquid Pearls Chocolate

Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Victorian Velvet

E Line Pearl Crystal Prima Marketing Inc – Pearls and Crystals Item# 300470

A Place To Create’s Lace Motif (large)

Muslin, Wood Sewing Spool, Miscellaneous Wood Heart and Bracket

Acrylic Stamp Set Script

I so hope that you have enjoyed your time here today. If you have pieces of different Maja collections lying around in your stash, why not try combining them together like I have here today. Would love to see what you do!

Until next time take care and happy scrapping.Tina-sign

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Special Guest Designer – Bev Rochester

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

16 January, 2017 - , , , ,

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Hello there, I’m Bev Rochester and hail from the North East coast of England.  I was tickled pink to be asked to be a guest designer for Maja Design.  I’ve been crafting for years but have concentrated on papercrafts this past 7 or 8 years.  I’m very lucky in that I have a dedicated craft room (my hubby converted the garage and utility room for me) so have all the space I need to collect more craft stash than I will ever use!

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My style has evolved over the years and I’m finding myself more drawn to soft, pretty and vintage colours, papers and embellishments and Maja papers are perfect for all things soft, pretty and shabby.

For my first card I worked with the Coffee in the Arbor collection – perfect for a pretty shabby chic card.  The sheets used are Raspberry Jam Cookies, Raspberry Cupcake and Raspberry Lemonade.

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I used dies and stamps from Whimsy Stamps, Rosy Owl and Magnolia and flowers from I Am Roses.

I also used a butterfly stencil from Whimsy Stamps with embossing paste and glitter to add texture to the card.

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And of course a card is not complete unless you carry the pretty through to the inside :)

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For my second card I went back to my first love and did some stamping and colouring to pair up with the exquisite Vintage Romance papers.   The papers I used are Passion, She’s My Lady and Just You & Me.

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I used Spellbinders, Rosy Owl, Magnolia and Whimsy Stamps dies as well as stamps from Whimsy Stamps, flowers from I am Roses.  I used a faux stitches stamp around the edges of the paper.

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Again I’ve carried the design to the inside of the card with these gorgeous vintage papers.

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For my final project I used the absolutely gorgeous Sending Love collection.  I used Enjoying Outdoors, Garden Creatures and I’m Happy.  Oh my goodness!  The colours in this collection are … I have no words except to say that this is my favourite collection.  Just beautiful!

I decided to make a shaped card, the base is die cut with a Tattered Lace die set.  I stamped a chicken wire stamp randomly on the top layer, it works so well with the outdoor theme of the paper collection.

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I made a bird using a mould and paper clay, and also stamped out some butterflies onto the patterned paper and fussy cut them out to carry the theme of the collection through.

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And again, the inside finished off to carry the design through.

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Thank you for visiting!

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Two cards for a man *Nyhavn collection*

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Posted by Evgenia Petzer

14 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello dear friends, Evgenia Petzer here with you today. Sometimes when you see the collection, you have a certain association with it. So for me Nyhavn collection is strongly associated with the Masculine scrapbooking. Always when I play with it I am finishing with some masculine projects.

This time its 2 cards for a man.

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some close ups:

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Some tips when working with the men’s projects:

  • add some dark colors as the main accents
  • use some metal embellishments
  • flair buttons, wash tape, clock, star embellishments will always look appropriate

and the second card from the same collection:

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close ups:

i have fussy cut some houses from the papers

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and one of the tags is fussy cut from this Vintage autumn Sheet (Heritage):

have a lovely weekend,

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Evgenia Petzer

My name is Evgenia Petzer and being a mom to 2 boys I am still obsessed with all girly stuff and am In love with the shabby style and everything that is close to it. I love creating cards, albums and altered items. I am so proud and blessed to be Maja Girl.

The Winter ‘Blues’

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

13 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello, dear friends! How are you doing? I hope the New Year is treating you well. It’s Nancy here today. I’m thrilled to join you on the Maja Design Blog on this lovely Friday. I don’t actually have the winter blues-lol. I am, however, totally and completely obsessed with the color blue. Sometimes I’ll go a couple of weeks favoring a certain color, and this week it is blue. Does that ever happen to you?

This is no problem when you have Maja Design papers. They have a fabulous assortment of blues to choose from. Today I’m using Vintage Autumn Basics to bring to life this sequestered garden.

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The base papers are distressed, layered, and stitched. A script stamp adds interest to the upper corner if the card. Two ovals layered on foam adhesive provide a backdrop for the bench. The blue paper roses and leaves are handmade using the paper collection.

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You’ll find some cheesecloth and a twine bow for a feminine touch.

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Maja Design Papers Used: 

Additional Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Spellbinders Ovals Dies, Prima Shabby Chic Treasures, Cheesecloth, Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread, Foam adhesive. 

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you have plenty of time to get cozy in your crafting space this weekend. There are so many lovely Maja Design Papers are waiting for you to create your own treasures!

Hugs,

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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.