Merry Christmas

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10 December, 2021 -

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

No, I’m not here to wish you a happy Christmas – not yet πŸ™‚ That’s just the title of the layout I made using our festive collection Happy Christmas:

When I saw this gingerbread cookies paper I instantly thought of this photo of my elder son from preschool, when he discovered the fun of playing with gingerbread dough (which was officially called “baking” :D) But I also wanted to showcase more beautiful patterns and motives, so I used the gingerbread paper for the middle panel that I placed against a darker star-patterned sheet. I used a signature strip at the top pf the layout and since I love the gnomes motif too I just cut it out from its original paper and added it to my page πŸ™‚

I die-cut other decorative elements from various papers, as well as the heart and star shapes from kraft cardstock and added some patterns with white gel pen to make them look like gingerbread cookies πŸ™‚

I also added some crystal stones, an art clay angel and glitter snowflakes to finish the layout. And I really like the way it turned out!

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Magnolia, Craft&You Design, CreaLies; border punch: Martha Stewart; angel mold: Prosvet; crystals: my stash.

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting and see you soon!

Love You

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24 September, 2021 - , ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

September 30th is the Boys Day that we celebrate in Poland (although the International Boys Day is some other time). It’s not as popular as Women’s Day, but being the only woman in the house I have little choice but celebrate it πŸ˜€ And so, for this occasion I made a lyaout featuring my boys:

I chose the Denim&Friends collection because its’ my favourite and it’s the most awesome masculine collection to use for a boy page πŸ™‚ I used a plain Monochromes paper for the background and added some stamping and a stencil pattern. Then I hand-cut some tags and banners for the photo I put in the centre:

I also stamped magnolia images onto one of the patterned papers and added some shading with Distress inks and gold acrylic paint for the centres:

Both my boys love reading, and both chose math as their major at school (why?why? πŸ˜€ ), so I added a chipboard square set and stamped book pile using the paper piecing technique:

I think the layout turned out really fine, nicely dimensional yet flat enough to go into a frame or an album. There are flowers, but “masculine” enough πŸ™‚ What do you think?

And here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps, chipboard, stencil: Agateria; stickers: MAMBI; sequins: my stash.

That’s all for today, see you later!

 

You & Me

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10 April, 2021 -

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

The weather has been quite unsteady recently, with cold wind, freezing rain and snow mixed with beautiful sunshine, which is rather typical for this time of the year in Poland πŸ™‚ And so it happens that I’m sharing a winter-time layout on a beautiful spring day! But even though I used a photo taken during Christmas and a winter collection, Holiday in the Alps, with Maja papers characteristic versatility it’s all universal.

I first applied some handwriting pattern with a stencil and gold pearl paste upon the background Monochrome paper and then added a layered cluster of paper pieces and hand-made tags to mat the photo:

I added some flowers in between the layers and some epoxy stickers that perfectly match the stencil paste. Then I arranged the title with alpha stickers mounted on foam:

I completed the page with some metal and art clay elements and sequins for a bit of subtle glam:

I often use flowers in boy layouts and so I did here and I think it still looks pretty masculine πŸ™‚ What do you think?

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stencil: Agateria; paste: Stamperia; flowers: Blue Fern Studios, Wild Orchid Crafts; metal pieces: Mitform; stickers: October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp; sequins: DpCraft.

 

That’s all for today, have a nice weekend and stay safe!

 

For a Boy, a Teenager, a Man

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10 November, 2020 - , ,

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Good morning Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

By common opinion among cardmakers, masculine cards are rather difficult to make. Would you agree? Despite being the only woman in our home, I do struggle when I have to make a card for a man. So once I got into “that” mood, I decided to take advantage of that unexpected mojo and make three birthday cards for three age groups: a baby boy, a teenager and a grown-up man:

For the boy card I used the papers from the Miles Apart collection as the pastel background to a hand-coloured stamped image. I also added a star cut out from one of the mini pad sheets, a plaid ribbon bow, some buttons and a stamed and embossed sentiment circle:

In the card for a teenager I featured the Denim&Friends papers, with a skater image decorated with a metal star charm and a mini flag cut out from a signature strip. I die-cut the sentiment from metallic silver sheet and matted it with a dark navy blue piece to make the whole sentiment pop out:

The last card features the Miles Apart papers again, with a chipboard steampunk heart embossed with various eps for a more rusty look, a metal flower, screw brads and plaid ribbon. I die-cut the sentiment from glitter foam and added some paper flowers too. Can you spot the mini balloons I cut out from one of the sheets? πŸ™‚

 

Here’s the supply list for my cards:

Maja Design papers:

Other: flowers, chipboard heart: Prima; dies: Rosy Owl, CreaLies; metal ger: Mitform; metal flower: Craftmania; brads, ribbon: Rayher; acrylic gems: Scrapberry’s.

 

Do you struggle with masculine cards or do you make them with ease? πŸ™‚

See you soon!

 

First Communion Cards

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24 June, 2020 - ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

due to the world pandemic many celebrations have been cancelled or postponed. Traditionally, the First Communions month in Poland is May, but since the restrictions have gradually been lifted onyl recently, the season is only beginng now. And this year we have two kids from our family who will receive their Fisrt Communion and so I made cards form them.

I made the card for my husband’s goddaughter using the Little Street Cafe collection, from which I selected mauve purple papers for a bit of colour. I added a stamped girl image and coloured her so that she has the same dark hair as Amelia. I used a beautiful filigree chipboard host matted with gold metallic circle and a flower cluster beneath:

I completed the design with die-cut grapes and vine leaves and added some subtle shine with opalescent sequins:

I used the same card design for my husband’s nephew First Communion card:

He’s blonde, so I coloured the stamped boy image blonde too. I used the sky blue and neutral papers from the Celebration collection:

I like the way the cards turned out: simple but elegant, dimensional but still fitting into an envelope.

Here’s the list of my supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Whiff of Joy; chipoard: Scrapiniec; dies: Spellbinders, CreaLies; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts.

 

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting and don’t forget to drop by soon for more inspiration!