Christmas is Coming

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

20 October, 2018 - ,

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Have you started getting your Christmas card list together?
I’m Jennifer Snyder here today to share my card for the holiday season featuring Maja Design papers.
I am using two Maja Design collections that may surprise you:
I Wish collection – I wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas
Vintage Summer Basics collection – 1905 ( A and B side of paper)
I love the rich dark chocolate color of the Vintage Summer Basics – 1905 sheet.  I used the “B” side of the paper and found a cool little section of the paper with some white distressing on the page to look like old wood on my sled.  Like an old – well used sled/toboggan.
The wood panel (A side of paper) was great for the background on the card.  My idea of possibly an old barn look.
I added some die cuts for decoration.  The sled had foam under it for dimension.
The diecut wreath was created using different tones of green mixed with a white layer.
I wrapped the layers of wreath diecuts together with red bakers twine.
Finish the card with some holiday embellishments and it’s starting to look like Christmas.

Thanks for stopping here to visit.

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.

Smiley

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Posted by Maja Nowak

6 June, 2018 - ,

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Good morning, dear Visitors to the Maja Design blog 🙂

Today I have a layout to share, featuring a photo of my younger son with his signature look, that is smiling widely 🙂

Since the moment he was born he was a very joyful child, always positive and ready to play. When I look through our family album, on almost all photos he looks like this:

Of course, there are moments of a worse mood, especially now that he is in his early teens, but if I were to characterise him in one word, that would be “smiley” 🙂 And I wanted to document this in my layout.

For my page I used one of our older Christmas collections, I Wish (I always use Christmas papers for non-holiday projects, usually the papers are too beautiful to use them once a year! 🙂 ) The design is very simple: just a couple of banners, some buttons and the title made of chipboard sticker alphabet:

I also added some stamping in the background:

In the flwoer cluster I put a clay face that looks very similar to my boy’s smile 🙂

I do hope my son would always have a reason to smile!

And here’s the list of my supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Tim Holtz; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima; molds: Prosvet; art clay: Martha Stewart; cotton ribbon: Prima; buttons Dovecraft, glitter ink: 13@rts.

And that’s all for today, see you soon!

Tender Kiss

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Posted by Amy Voorthuis

1 December, 2017 - , , ,

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Goodmorning lovely Maja Fans,

Oh boy do I dislike cold & rainy weather it’s been raining for days {and freezing at night} now at where I live. So for today I wanted to show you a layout made with lots of flowers and a spring picture of my cousin Jaime & her boyfriend Weston who live in the States oh how I love Facebook 😉 This layout was made with both the I Wish & Vintage Spring Basics collection. The flowers I used are by 49 and Market and totally fit the purple color from the Vintage Spring Basics collection like the other flowers fitted with the I wish collection. The chipboard I used is by The Dusty Attic and I treated them with acrylic paint, gesso and rust paste.

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First I added some stamps on my background sheet that I recently bought, over that a stencil that looks like my stamp. The outer edges of my layout are punched with holes and then were traced with a blunt knife to get the upward effect you see. On my picture you see a piece of chipboard that looks like strings I added some extra thread on it to match my flower clusters a bit more. Then I added some gesso on top of the thread. To give my layout a fresh look I added some white flowers too….I really love that picture <3

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Maja Design papers used: I Wish – for frosty mornings & those memories will last, Vintage Spring Basics: 9th of April & 10th of April.

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Thank you so much for your visit today I sure hope I have inspired you to play with your amazing products you have in you stash or even order new products I have used here.

Have a wonderful  and creative weekend!

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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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Maja Design Papers Used:

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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.