Summer Fun

Posted by Nancy Dynes

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Hello! How are you doing on this lovely day? I’m so happy you’ve stopped by the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy today, and I have a new card to share with you. I’m super excited about Maja Design’s new Summertime paper collection, so I’m featuring it again, but in the blue colors this week.

Summer is well and truly arrived. I live in the Southeastern United States near the Atlantic Ocean. We have a humid, subtropical climate, and temperatures have been holding in the mid 90’s for over a week now. A bicycle ride along the beach is a refreshing way to beat the heat, so this is my inspiration for my card.

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The base of the card begins in the usual way, by distressing, layering, and stitching the design papers. The center of the card is cut with a Spellbinders circle die to create an opening peeking through to another layer of paper.

For my coastal theme I want a little bit of mixed media feel. Paint is randomly splattered around the card, but after the embellishments are in place you can only see a few areas in the center. The twine bow is distressed with the same paint.

The flowers are handmade, coated in gesso, and colored with Distress Stains, Lindsay’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays, and watered down acrylic paint.

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Here is a close up peek of the circle cut out. Stained cheesecloth and Prima Art stones lend a seaside feel to this project.

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The bicycle image below is part of the paper collection. It’s fussy cut and popped up with foam adhesive.

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Stamping is added to opposite corners of the card.

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The sentiment is also part of the paper collection. Everything in this collection is absolutely divine. If you haven’t seen it yet be sure to visit Maja Design’s website for a closer look.

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Below is another peek into the circle cut out.

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I enjoy embellishing the inside of my cards. This one is stamped with script and a bicycle to coordinate with the front.

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Maja Design Papers Used:Summertime-K

Additional Supplies: Spellbinders Circle Dies, Cheesecloth, Prima Art Stones, Tim Holtz Distress Sprays, Lindsay’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays, Sizzix and Spellbinders Flower dies, Memory Box Flourish Die, Prima Script Stamp and bicycle stamp (maker unknown).Staz-On Ink, Foam Adhesive, Prima 3D Matte Gel, Natural Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

I’d like to thank my friends here at the Maja Design Blog for your  kind comments on my last post. It makes my heart so very happy that you enjoyed my card.

I wish you days filled with sunshine and crafty adventures!



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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.


  • What a wonderful and creative card. I love how you build it all up and made the flowers to fit sooo well with the rest here. It´s really really beautiful and anyone would be thrilled to recieve such a beautiful card.
    I wish thoug, that you would show a bit more of the gorgeous inside too, that I can get a glimse of here, but not see completely, but it look ammazing the bit, I can see. You´re a very talented artist and makes beautiful work.

    • Nancy Dynes says:

      Thank you so much, Maryann! Next time I’ll get a photo of the inside.

  • Just a very beautiful card. Loving the layers, stitching and the fun spatters. Such fun inspiration made with this collection of “Summertime.” Mine arrived today so can’t wait to enjoy the adventure.