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:

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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

Burrrr***Tut/Mood Board****

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Posted by Rachelle Sigurdson

10 December, 2016 - , ,

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Hello, this is a winter  LO I did using Maja Design’s Mood Board for December. I took this photo of one of our Paps “Jona” I also did a step by step photo tut…..

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http://majadesign.nu/december-mood-board/

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The 49 and Market used:

The Dusty Attic used:

Plus: Dusty Attic Snowflakes

Other elements used: Prills Sage Advice, Prills Mini Pearls, Tim Holtz Snowflake Stencil, Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste, Nuvo Crystal Drops-White Blizzard, Prima Snowflake Paste, Prima Glass Glitter-Pearl, Tim Holtz Clear Crackle, Shimmerz Inklings-Chocolate & Diamonds,Dusty Attic Paint Oceana,Clear gesso, Liquid Pearls-Robin’s Egg, Petaloo Berrie picks & pinecones, Tim Holtz-icicle

Here are some Close Ups:

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Tutorial

Where I live, we get WINTER, snow & cold. Our days are short, & I spend much more time inside our home, so I do more Scrapbooking, in the winter months, to pass the winter away. I love to work on winter LO’s because of the Snow Texture. You may find my tuts confusing, because I do them in the order that I have taken the photos. I have so much on the go, when I am working on a project, plus I have to allow pieces to dry. I do not use a heat gun, I let the pieces dry naturally, either in my front south window, when the sun is out, or my bedroom closest, the smallest warmest room in our home. It has a floor heater, so a placed a rack over top it, & will place pieces of the projects, on that to allow quicker drying…..

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I trimmed the outside edges of the 6th of December sheet, (about 1/8 of a inch),distressed the edges & glued it onto the 8th of December sheet.. I then hand stitched these pieces together…

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I did some stencil work using Tim Holtz snowflake stencil & Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste

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Shows stencil work…

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Once the embossing paste dried, I brushed on some Nuvo Crystal Glitter Drops-Blizzard,  I love the Translucent paste, you don’t loose the detail in the paper…

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I cut out these 2 pieces from the Dec 8th sheet, did some punch work using Martha Stewart Cherish punch, glued on the Dec 6th sheet, hand stitched & distressed the edges….

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I primed all the chipboard with clear gesso…I do this to make sure the crackle sticks to the chipboard…

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I then pained these pieces with Shimmerz Inklings Chocolate & Diamonds..

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Applied drops of  liquid pearls-Robins Egg

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I painted these pieces with DA paint Oceania, then clear gesso…

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I then applied a thick coat of clear crackle

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& placed the Ornate Pendants over top the wet crackle

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Dry & completed Chipboard pieces…

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Primed with clear gesso, then painted with Inklings Chocolate & Diamonds

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Painted with Inklings Chocolate & Diamonds

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Primed with clear gesso, applied a thick coat of the clear crackle, then once the crackle dried I painted the Winged Frame with the Inklings Chocolate & Diamonds

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I applied 2 coats of clear gesso, to seal the color, so it does not bleed through the snow texture….

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I did the same to the frame, as I did with the Ornate Pendants…

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Glued the Photo under the frame…

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Glued on the pearl dangles & Tim Holtz icicle

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Using a brush I applied Prima Snowflake paste, sprinkling on Prima glass glitter while the paste was still wet. I do not like the snowflake paste by its self, it comes to life with the glitter….

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Primed

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Painted with the DA Oceania

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Applied clear crackle

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Once the crackle dried, I painted these pieces, with the Robins Egg, Liquid Pearls…

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I painted the flowers with LuminArt H20 Heavenly White, to give them shimmer. I also glued on some of the glass glitter on to the flower centers…

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I changed the flower centers on all the canvas, burlap blooms, using Prills Sage Advice. I then applied snow texture & glass glitter to the outside edges of all the flowers….

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I glued down the Marrakesh Trellis…

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Placed drops of glue, I use Ranger Glossy Accents, it dries fast & holds…Sprinkled on some glass glitter…

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Glued on the Ornate Pendants…

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Glued on the frame…

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Glued on the beaded tinsel…& the top part of the LO…

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Applied drops, of the Robins Egg Pearls, to the Beaded Tinsel….

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Glued on the framed photo…

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Glued on Bottom part of LO & Snow flakes… I primed the snowflakes with white gesso, then painted them with the clear crackle, & once the crackle dried I painted them with the LuminArt, heavenly white for the shimmer…

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Started this cluster using 49 and Market Rustic Pointsettia Canvas Blooms, Garden Blooms, Petaloo Berry Picks & pinecones. I picked the small pine cones, cut off the bottoms to make them smaller, then sprayed them with a acrylic sealer. I also applied the snow texture & glass glitter on to the pine cones…

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I painted on another coat of the Inklings Chocolate & Diamonds on the frame, for the Shimmer & Started a cluster here…

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& here, top right corner…

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Added this printed piece that I took from the Mood Board…Also glued on some Prills-Mini Pearls onto the snow texture…

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Shows the droplet on Jona’s nose…

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Added a flower cluster over the Santa Frame…

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Added the title….

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added the mini holly into the cluster…

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& into these clusters….

I have also done another photo tut, for my next post on Dec 24.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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