Guest Designer Julie Lavalette

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

22 May, 2017 - , , , , , , , ,

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Hello Maja Fans, my name is Julie and I am from Scotland, today I am delighted to be sharing with you a mixed media project and two cards.

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I have been crafting for around ten years now and am at my happiest creating in my craft room watching the birds come into our garden. My love for flowers, bygone eras and antiquities I love to express through my creating.

I love bringing a piece of paper to life and creating a story within my card so it becomes a keepsake and has a true meaning for the recipient and I love adding special little touches of details.

My style is definitely vintage/shabby chic, I love using diecuts and making my own flowers, adding lace, pearls, chipboard and mixed media accents into my designs.

So why not grab a cuppa and let me share my projects with you.

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As a child I remember my parents had a Photo Cube in the house where family photos took pride of place and with all the beautiful images Maja Design have to offer I was inspired to making one in a shabby chic style. My cube measures approximately 3.75 inches square and was created by gluing beer mats together to form the cube, adding some coffee stirrer sticks at the joins internally to help strengthen my cube. Next I added tissue tape around all my seams and a little blue Distress paint.

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My papers were all cut to size and tattered at the edges, I then rubbed some Versamark Ink around the edges and heat embossed my Embossing Powders. I added a pretty lace to the back of my paper and positioned them all in place with foam strips on each side. This helps to give my lace more dimension than lying flush next to the cube.

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I tattered my images at the edges and added a little stamping to distress them before matting and layering in place on my cube.

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I decorated with lots of small flowers with a Pearl centre and some dried ones.

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I fussy cut out lots of butterflies using both the 12 x 12 paper and 6 x 6, gosh I adore these butterflies for a perfect finishing touch.

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I added a diecut banner onto the top of my cube with my chipboard sentiment which had been heat embossed with the same colours as the edges of my paper.

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My larger flowers were shaded with Distress Inks and Pearl Stamens added into their centres with some smaller butterflies added onto their petals.

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I finished off my cube by adding small brass feet from my stash that I added highlights of Gilding Wax.

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Finishing of with a few more images of my cube.

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Maja Design Products Used :

Vintage Autumn Basics – Heritage 12 x 12

Vintage Spring Basics 6th of May 12 x 12

Vintage Spring Basics 6th of April

Vintage Spring Basics 6 x 6 Paper Pad

 

Other products used:

Cheery Lynn Designs –

C184 Judy’s Blooms,

DL 278 Horizon Fishtail Banners

 

Sue Wilson Small Flowers – Delicate Garden

Stampers Anonymous – Correspondence Set

6 Square Beer Mats or Chipboard measuring approximately 4 inches square

Tissue Tape

Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap

Distress Paint – Faded Jeans

Treasure Gold Gilding wax

Versamark Ink Pad

Gold and Penny Copper Embossing Powders

Anna Marie Dried Flowers

Flower Stamens,

Cheesecloth and Lace – Ribbon Girl

Scrapiniec Chipboard – Memories Captured

Pinflair Glue, Hot Glue, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Foam Strip Tape

Tiny Pearls and Brass Feet – Hobby House

 

 

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This card uses the exquisite papers from the Sofiero Collection. I love the pretty feminine tones and the elegance of the images that compliment any craft project so well. This card measures approximately 5″ x 10″ and I intend to put it into a frame to keep as my ‘Precious Memory’ as a Guest Designer here at Maja Design.

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I started with tattering the base pink layer of my card with my scissors, this would help frame the soft tones on my design. I gathered lots of little scraps of paper from my Sofiero Collection and cut into approx 1″ squares, tattered at the edges and placed onto my card with foam strips. I now added on my torn layer of paper with tattered edges, some stitching and lace for extra detail.

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My dressing table mirror was diecut in white cardstock and I stippled on some Gesso for extra texture and once dry I added some Gilding Wax for highlights. You will also notice I replaced the mirror part of my diecut with a oval chipboard which had been painted and gilded in the same way. My beautiful image was glued onto an oval chipboard adding Pearls around the frame, finishing with a flower in her hair and a small Pearl added to her choker for extra detail.

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My Ivy chipboard has been painted nestling some small flowers around them and adding a few diecut leaves.

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My lilac flowers were created with Distress Inks and adding Pearl centres, my other flowers have all been creating using Maja Papers.

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Products Used List.

Maja Design Products Used –

Monochromes Shades of Sofiero Blush / Rouge 12 x 12

Exuberance of Flowers in Bloom 12 x 12 

Ephemera 12 x 12

The Sofiero Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad

 

Other Products Used –

Cheery Lynn Dies –

CABD 72 Chrysanthemum

B338 Black Eyed Susan Strip

B178 Flourish Leaf Strip

CAFLRS 13 Flourish#13
Scrapiniec – Ivy and Precious Memories

Dusty Attic – ATC Frame

Marianne Creatables Vintage Mirror

Spellbinders Hydrangea

Gilding Wax – Rose

Gesso

Sewing Machine, White Thread

Lace, Cheesecloth

Mini Pearls, Pearl Ribbon

Distress Oxide Peeled Paint

Distress Ink Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac Foam Strips

Pinflair Glue and Cosmic Shimmer Glue

 

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The inspiration for this card which measures 7.5 x 5.5 inches came from the love between a mother and daughter on my image and the beautiful Vintage Romance 12 x 12 paper called Engagement. I knew these would compliment each other so well and I could replicate the pretty flowers from the background paper onto my card.

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I started by adding tattered layers, accents of cheesecloth, touches of lace and Frantage for a shabby feel.

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My roses were die cut out in coordinating papers and inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, I also added some small flowers with a mini Pearl into their centres.

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My floral arrangement was positioned onto my card with leaves which were inked at the edges and a few flourishes for added detail.

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I finished with a small double layered heart chain, some dried flowers and a little thread positioned through my bouquet.

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Maja Design Papers Used :

 

Vintage Romance Forget Me Not 12×12

Vintage Summer Basics 1924 12×12

Vintage Romance Engagement 12×12

Vintage Summer Basics 6×6

 

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

B304 Ivy Strip

B241 Rose Leaf Strip

B291 Mini Fanciful Flourish Right

B117S Mini Fanciful Flourish Left

B376 Tiny Flower Kit

B433 Small Gardenia Strip

B339 Gardenia Strip

LPC-16 Rectangle Pierce and Cut Tool

DL270 Horizon Boutique Rectangle Stacker Frames

B115 Heart Chain Border

B569 Curved Border Set

 

Other Products Used :

Lace, Cheesecloth

Image from Stash

Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks

Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel

Stampendous Aged Bronze embossing Enamel

Craft Consortium Pearl

 

Thanks so much to Camilla for giving me this opportunity which shall be forever in my heart and for the super talented Design Team at Maja for their endless inspiration.

 

Crafty Hugs to all,

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Mixing Vintage Basic Collections

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

13 May, 2017 - ,

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Jennifer Snyder here today with a graceful birthday card created by pairing papers from the Vintage Spring Basics and the Vintage Autumn Basics collections.  The beautiful thing about the “Vintage Basics” collections is that they were made to mix and match.  That’s just what I did.
Here are the papers I chose:
Maja Design Papers – Vintage Spring Basics – 6th of May -both A and B sides
The tiny delicate butterflies were from the Maja Design Papers – Vintage Spring Basics – 6th of May 12×12 paper. They make great card accents.
The sweet floral pink pops of color are Petaloo rom the mauve flowers Petaloo Penny Lane Forget Me Not – Antique Pink  and the darling cupcake stamp is from JustRite Papercrafts.
 The sweet floral pink pops of color are Petaloo rom the mauve flowers Petaloo Penny Lane Forget Me Not – Antique Pink  and the darling cupcake stamp is from JustRite Papercrafts.  
Thank you for stopping here at Maja Design.

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Funny Cards for Wedding

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Posted by Paulina Monasterska-Tronina

20 April, 2017 - ,

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Hello our blog fans. Today I would like to present funny cards created for Wedding. I like to make original, unusual cards for this occasion lately. I love to combine different elements, use many layers of paper.

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I try to take care of all details and at the same take keep my project light 😉 Hope you like my project.

Here is the paper I used for : Vintage-Autumn-BasicsPadoriaa-sign

 

Special Dream

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Posted by Amy Voorthuis

7 April, 2017 - , , ,

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Goodmoning lovelies,

Are you enjoying your week? Well I am and that’s because we are on a weekend trip from yesterday through Sunday and I am so super excited because hubby and I need some special free time. Today I would like to show you a layout I created with the lovely “Summertime” collection which includes a gorgeous picture of my cousin her daughter on her wedding day. My cousin and are just two months apart and I am the older one hehe she gave birth on a really young age she was just seventeen. And I could not have imagined her daughter to grow up and be such a wonderful young lady that she is now. Due to my cousin was such a party animal when she was that age well enough talking about my family up to my layout.

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All the chipboard pieces are treated with gesso, ruste paste and rusty powder. On the background sheet I sprayed with several sprays and then I stamped with the new designed stamp by Gabrielle Pollacco that I got in my latest DT package from 49 and Market. I just love her work and miss her being on this design team…..I really enjoy creating with this Summertime collection that you can say ot’s my NEW fav…. :-) Then I added a stencil design that looks like metall and I really like the effect it has on my layout.

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On the long swirl chippie on the right side of my picture I also added a stamp frome the same collection as the little crosses. And on the picture I used a word stamp also designed by Gabi. To finish my layout I added some 3D balls in two different sizes and some of the clocks from a sheet in the “Vintage Autumn Basics” collection and some butterflies from “Vintage Spring Basics”collection. I also did some machine stitching on the outer side of my layout and on the fishtale banners.

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Maja Design papers used: Summertime: Cute summer dress, Cute summer dress bs, Wind in my hair bs, Playing at the beach bs and Glittering water Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of May

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Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed my post today, and I have inspired you to play with your lovely Maja Design goodies have a lovely weekend….. 4

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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