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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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.

Vintage Card by Padoriaa

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Posted by Paulina Monasterska-Tronina

12 January, 2017 - , ,

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Hello our blog fans. Today I would like to present my first inspiration.  I love vintage and shabby chic style. I’m a big fan of layers, laces and chipboards.  Cards are one from my favourite type of projects to create. Here is my today’s inspiration :
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Papers from the collection called “Vintage Romance” fits perfectly to my project.  I pick few papers and started to prepare the composition. Next was to added some flowers, metal embellishments and chipboard. Cut out elements from the paper and use them like the central point of my card.

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Flowers together with ribbon and laces. Many tiny elements together.

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Vintage stamp with perfect sentence.  Here I used different shades of ink to stamp. It look really nice instead of using a black ink.

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My cards are full of  layers and elements but I always try to make them light. It’s not easy, it takes time  but I love the final result.

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In the end I applied white gesso and splash it with white and gold paint.

Papers used :

825 - When I saw you ds 817 - Love is in the air ds 824 - To be with you ds 839 - Love notes dsVintage-Romance-PVintage-Frost-Basics 

Hope you will like my first inspiration. Hugs :*
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Hello Sweet Baby Boy

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Posted by Amy Voorthuis

10 January, 2017 - , , , , ,

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Goodmorning Maja friends,

Today I am here with you all to show you a card I made with the lovely “Vintage Baby”collection! I am getting more and more addicted to that collection because of the soft colors and that you have both blue & pink sheets in it. For today it’s a baby boy card with handmade flowers and a rattle shaker with metal pieces in it {also some beads and glass glitter}

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I cut out different pieces of the blue & darker brown papers and placed them on top of each other to get more dimension, underneath the last layer I added some cheese cloth and a paper doily that I cut in half. The card is all made out of dies from a manufacturer I design for. Sorry for the different shades in the pictures but we have some bad weather and my camera is acting up!

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What is great about using dies is that you can make your own flowers and you don’t have to worry about the colors not fitting well on your work. I always had a problem finding the perfect blue shade color for my work and now that problem is being solved by making my own flowers. Maja Design papers really allows you to make beautiful paper flowers from their collections because of the high quality & thickness of the papers.

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Actually I used three other Maja Design collections here too, the blue flowers are made with “Nyhavn”collection! The flower with the beads in the center is made with the “Vintage Romance” collection and the feathers & leaves are from the “Vintage Summer Basics” collection and they all go so well together don’t you think so too??

Maja Design papers used: Vintage Summer Basics: 1905 bs, Nyhavn: Old Townhouses bs, Vintage Romance: Marriage proposal bs, Vintage Baby: It’s a boy bs, Adorable bs, Special Delivery bs & Die cuts bs

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Thank you so much for being here with us today and have a wonderful week!

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