Hello Maja fans and friends! Nancy Hanttula here and I’m back again to share some of my creations using some of the many gorgeous Maja paper collections. Today I am going to share 2 projects….the 1st created with the Limited Edition, gorgeously sweet, Sofiero Collection (and the 2nd, a mixed media canvas, created using the vibrant Sommartider collection, so keep scrolling.) I won’t lie….this is a rather long post, so I hope you find the time to kick back, relax, and enjoy. My 1st project is a door hanging, to be used on a nursery door when a wee little princess is sleeping. I have broken this project down into steps so it can be easily re-created! First: Using some basic “paper plates” that I had stashed in my kitchen… I cut out several sizes of circles from the paper plates. I traced the paper plate onto the paper, making marks at the paper plate creases. I then took one of the smaller circular parts I had cut from the paper plate….traced it in the center… & then scalloped the edges. I cut it out from the paper, cut out the individual “petals”, and inked their edges…and then erased all of my errant pencil markings. Next, I glued down one of the circular pieces that I had cut from one of the paper plates to the back to reinforce it. Below is a backside view of the project. Next, using 2 different sized circles that I had cut from the paper plates as templates, I traced and cut out 2 circles from different papers…punched holes around their edges so that I could stitch borders onto them.
After stitching borders onto the inner circles, I hot glued them down only in the center…being careful to leave space underneath the circle edges for my next step.
I cut some strips of the different patterned paper to create some paper ribbons.
After cutting out the strips…all approximately 4 inches long, & about 3/4 inch wide….I inked their edges, gently folded them in half and stapled them down at the ends.
I then alternated the patterned strips and tucked them under the middle circle and glued them down.
I did the same basic technique to the smaller top circle…only I cut the strips in half.
I used a Martha Stewart corner punch to create a fanciful little embellishment that I adhered to the outside petal tips from the backside.
Below you can see the basic wall-hanging completed, with the addition of the corner punched details. I also added some little pastel clothes-pins, that I bought at Walmart, around the inner circle.
Now the fun part. Embellish the center circle to your hearts content.
I glued a ribbon onto the back so that it could hang either on the wall or from a door knob.
And because I was going for a “prize-ribbon/dream-catcher” type effect, I raided my enormous ribbon stash to embellish the bottom.
Once all the ribbon had been layered and adhered to the back, I secured it by gluing another circle over all of the ribbon.
And without further ado, here is the finished project.
I used a little bit of every piece of the gorgeous Sofiero Limited Edition collection on this project.
Other ingredients used in this project included: CTMH ink, Bella Blvd feathers, Zva Creative bling, Flowers from Bo Bunny, Petaloo, & Kaisercraft, alphabet stickers from EK Success & the Girls Paperie, Martha Stewart corner punch, little clothes pins from Walmart, dragonflies from Reneabouquets Etsy shop, “My Glittered Life”, & ribbon and paper plates from my stash.
Now…for my 2nd project…..Here is a 14 x 18 canvas mixed media piece that I created with the vibrant Sommartider paper collection.
I started with my canvas….and chose scraps from this paper collection for my background.
After choosing my background papers, I decoupaged them down with matte Mod Podge.
After letting it dry, I added stamps and acrylic paint to the background for added depth and interest, and then I constructed my main image…in this case, my birthday cake.
I really wanted my birthday cake to pop out against the background, so I decided to use some bright inks and stamps on my cake layers.
Then I glued all my of my cake layers down to the canvas.
I added fancy ribbon to embellish my cake, and added more stamps and rub-ons to the background.
I created my birthday candle by rolling up some paper and adhering it to the canvas with hot glue.
I added shading and my saying, a few doodles & extra rub-ons here and there, and voila, I considered the piece done.
All paper used for this project is from the Sommartider collection. Other ingredients used here included: alphas from the Girls Paperie, Staz-on ink, Acrylic stamps from CTMH, Prima, Kaisercraft, Rub-ons from Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, CTMH, matte Mod Podge, ribbon from Webster’s pages and from my personal stash, Derwent Inktense blocks and pencils, Faber Castell pens, & Permaball permanent black pen.
Thanks for looking, and I hope I have inspired you to create something amazing (and perhaps, a bit messy) today!
Awesome creations, lovely using Sofiero and all your beautiful details.
Oh my WOW!!! You come up with such clever design ideas Nancy!! That baby door hanger is adorable!! And the canvas has me just wanting to play with my mixed media again!! You always amaze me with your gorgeous projects! xo xo
What a stunner, I am blown away again by your creativity