Pop-up baby card with a tutorial

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Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

19 April, 2017 - , , ,

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Hi there! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Here comes a card I have made both for Maja Design and Magnolia. I have will also show you how I made the moon and the pop-up effect.

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For this project I have used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection and the Vintage Baby collection. Now to the little step by step:

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I started with making the moon. First I used my compasses. I made a circle with a diameter of 16 cm. Then I drew the rest of it by hand like this. I used hard cardboard for this.

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Then I painted the edges of the moon with white Gesso.

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Then I drew the moon on some Maja Design pattern papers (two times, for the front and the back).

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Then I inked the edges with Distress Ink pad, Walnut Stain.

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Place the baby on the moon.

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Fold a paper strip like a rectangle and fasten it like this. Make two so that the moon will have a good grip inside the card. (You can see this better on the finished card)

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To decorate the card, I have cut out some shapes from Maja papers: heart background, celebration, star tag, (flag and) cloud, castle. The dies are Magnolia DooHickeys.

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I will now show you some details of the finished card, and how the pop-up looks like.

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A close up of the baby.

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Under you see how the front of the card looks like.

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Here is a list of paper used:

Thank you so much for visiting the Maja Design blog today!

With love,

Camilla

From My Garden to Yours!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

24 January, 2017 - ,

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Hello, friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy here, and I’m so very happy to be here with you. If you’ve seen any of my previous projects, you know I handcraft almost all of my flowers. Today I’m sharing a tutorial for one of my favorites, my ‘wild roses’.

All of my blossoms begin with Maja Design Papers. They are perfectly suited to flower making. The papers are double sided and they are nice and strong. They can hold up to just about anything you throw at them, which you are about to see.

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Begin by die cutting 6 petals (3 large and 3 small). I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, but you can use anything you have on hand, or even hand cut your petals.

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Punch a small hole in the center of each petal.

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Spray or brush both sides of each petal with water. You don’t want them to be sopping wet. Just moist enough to make them pliable. As you make more flowers you’ll begin to get a feel for the level of moisture that works best for you.

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Use a shaping tool to form two small petals that will become the center of the bud, as demonstrated below.

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Use the shaping tool to form the third small petal as shown in the photos below.

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When complete they will look like this:

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Roll and squish the three large petals. You may have to spray a bit more water. Use care not to tear the petals as you roll them. Once all of your petals are prepped it’s time to bake them. Yes, bake them. My husband often comes home to find a batch of flowers in the oven instead of cookies. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes, depending on how moist your petals are. Be certain to bake until they are completely dry as this will prevent tearing when you unfold them.

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Always use care when baking paper. Never leave it unattended and check on it frequently. While your petals are baking it’s time to form a base for the bud.

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I use a small wooden bead and floral wire. You can purchase the beads and wire at any craft store. Twist the floral wire around the bead.

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Below is a batch of petals fresh from the oven. The shape is now baked into the paper.

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Thread the first petal onto the bead.

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Adhere two sides of the petal to cover the wooden bead.

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Adhere the other petals gently to form a bud.

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Adhere the second petal gently over the first. Stagger the petals for a more natural look.

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The third small petal is adhered in the fashion shown below.

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Finally, adhere all three large petals. Stagger each petal for a fuller bloom. You’ve done it! You have created a ‘wild rose’ in a few simple steps.

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Below you’ll find a few additional blossoms I crafted to give you an idea just how beautiful Maja Design flowers can be. Each is unique and special. Each one will be a perfect match to whatever project you’re working on. It takes a little more time and effort to create your own flowers, but the result is 100% worth every moment you spend on them.

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Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Wooden Beads, Floral Wire, Adhesive, Mini Mister, Flower Shaping Tools. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! It’s been a great pleasure sharing these flowers with you. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. I send you wishes for all things good and wonderful!

Hugs,Nancy-sign

Xmas trees

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Posted by Pascale B

19 January, 2017 - , , ,

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Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new layout with a step-by-step video. I chose a photo of a  Christmas floral arrangement from the castle of Chenonceau (Loire Valley, France).

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Here are some close-ups:

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Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Xmas Trees by Pascale

Here is the video:

Maja Design papers:

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A gift box

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Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

14 December, 2016 - , ,

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Hi there! I will show you a giftbox I made with wonderful papers from Maja Design. It is not Christmassy at all, but I will give you the tutorial on how I made the simple box; and who knows, maybe you want to try to make a box like this in a Christmassy style?! :)

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Cut out two papers measuring 30 x 7 cm. Then fold both at 6 cm.

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Then fold at 10,5 and 21.

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Make cuts like this.

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Then start with the lid on the box. Cut out two papers measuring 4 x 30 cm. Also here fold at 1 cm first.

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Then fold the other way at each 10,6. This is because the lid has to be a bit larger than the bottom part of the box.

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Make the cuts.

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Put the parts together like this.

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And this.

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Cut out parts to fasten inside the bottom of the box and the lid. (10,4 x 10,4 and 10,5 x 10,5).

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Like this.

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Then use the background die to cut out the bottom part and one on the lid. I use a harder cardboard for this.

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I also have painted the edges with white Gesso.

After putting the parts together and decorate them with beautiful Maja Papers, I have decorated the box on the top with different elements made with DooHickey dies from Magnolia (Vintage Box vol 3). I will show you some details:

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I just felt I had to decorate the whole box with butterflies:)

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The lovely photos and letters are also Maja Design papers.

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Here with the lid taken of.

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Beautiful sentiment <3

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I have used this beautiful collection for my project:

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And here are the papers:

I have also used three sheets from this stunning collection:

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Here they are:

Thank you so much for visiting today! Wish you all a wonderful Christmas, untill I am back for a new post the 28th of December.

Hugs,

Camilla