In Red And Blue

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15 February, 2017 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today :)

When the days are still dull and short there’s no better remedy than some colour therapy! :) And so I returned to the bright and cheerful Summertime collection and created two cards. The first one is in red tones:

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I layered and distressed some papers. Then I added a couple of paper straws as the background for my embellishments:

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I added roses that correspond to the ones in the background and a cute heart frame:

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I completed the design with some glistening gem stones:

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And then I thought of fans of blue 😉 And made this card in a similar way:

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Again, I layered papers and added some paper straws:

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There’s an ornate frame too, inside which I placed a butterfly button:

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The flower cluster in matching colours and beautiful lace complete the whole:

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Here are the papers I used:

 

Other: art clay, gold paint: Martha Stewart; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; button: Lemoncraft; molds, paper straws, lace – my stash.

 

And which one do you like more?

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Valentine’s Day Cards

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1 February, 2017 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today!

I’m really happy that soon after warm, family-spent Christmas time we can celebrate another day filled with love and friendship :) St. Valentine’s Day is such a positive holiday! And valentine cards are my second to Christmas cards to make. And as February begins, I’m ready to celebrate 😉

What would be a better collection to use for love-themed cards than Vintage Romance, of course! And so I made a masculine and feminine card for Valentines.

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The masculine card is kind of clean&simple style – I tried to handwrite in one of the trendy fonts of lately, as if a love letter, added a die-cut cupid and tiny forget-me-nots that also appear in the card background:

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Though the card is pretty simple, it still has some nice dimension :)

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For the feminine card I went for the shabby chic style.

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I used one of my most favourite designs from the collection, with gorgeous roses and forget-me-nots.  I distressed a crafter’s clay frame with antique golden paint and filled the inside with pink roses and added some cheesecloth on top. I also used cheesecloth to accent the particular layers of the background. And then I noticed that right above the rose frame there’s a “Love Story” printed in the background – how fitting! :)

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Then I stamped the “I love you” sentiment and heat-embossed it with golden ep:

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I really like the way the cards turned out – the Vintage Romance collection is just perfect for love projects!

 

Supply list:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Impression Obsession; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; frame: Martha Stewart clay & paint; mold: my stash; stamp: Lemonade.

 

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Chocolate Box For Grandpa

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18 January, 2017 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja friends, welcome to the blog today :)

Remember my post two weeks ago? I made a chocolate box for Grandma and obviously needed one for Grandpa too. I don’t know about you, but even though I’m the only woman in the house and thus I’m surrounded by boys, it’s still quite difficult for me to create masculine projects. I always worry about not going too much on embellishments, or not make it too sweet… And so making this chocolate box was not so easy, but the Vintage Romance and Home For the Holidays collections came to help :)

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I basically kept the same design pattern as with the Grandma’s box, but used blue and brown palette and of course masculine motives like this handsome man 😉

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I added some more cut outs and chipboard pieces and the stamped sentiment that says: Grandpa, you’re superb! :)

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I thought a little glam would not hurt, right? And so I added some glitter cardstock to the sides:

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Inside I added soem stamping on background papers and also a tag to make writing wishes easier – you just pull it out and write not worrying about the decorated other side :)

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Although I was a bit ill-at-ease, I really like the way the box turned out: masculine, but elegant with brown glitter cardstock to emphasise the celebration. What do you think?

 

Here’s what I used:

 

Other: dies: MFT; chipboard: Miszmasz Papierowy, wycinanka; brad: scrap.com.pl; vintage ribbon, metal charm: my stash.

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Chocolate Box For Grandma

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4 January, 2017 -

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today :)

In Poland we celebrate Grandmother’s Day on January 21st and Grandfather’s Day a day later. Grandparents play a very important role in Polish families. If they live close to their grandchildren, they often look after the kids when their parents are at work and they can’t afford or don’t want to send the kids to a kindergarten. Thus grandparents take an active part in bringing up children, we even have a saying that your childhood ends when your grandparents die. So the bonds are really strong and even though another saying is that parents are to discipline their kids and grandparents are to spoil them 😉 I can’t imagine life being complete without having grandparents. And so in my today’s post I’d like to share a chocolate bar box for Grandma, which is a good idea for a small gift to celebrate the day :)

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I chose papers from the Vintage Romance collection that are universal enough to be used for projects not necessarily about romantic love 😉 I had a ready-made cardstock base for the box,  but you can easily make them yourselves, there are many tutorials in the Internet. I layered some papers in the backround and used a beautiful lady image in the centre:

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I added the flower cluster in matching colours and a stamped sentiment which says: “Grandma, you’re wonderful” :)

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To add some glam, I placed glitter cardstock strips on the sides of the box:

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There is a pocket inside into which you put a chocolate bar, and I added another pocket for a wishes tag, as it would be too uncomfortable to write on the other side of a dimensionally decorated front. I cut out the tag from one of the papers, and also added some stamping to enhance the vintage look:

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Now I need to look for some perfect papers for a Grandpa’s chocolate box :)

 

Here’s what I used to make my box:

Other: stamps: Lemonade, Tim Holtz; dies: Joy!Crafts; flowers, ribbon: Wild Orchid Crafts.

 

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Merry Christmas!

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21 December, 2016 - ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, I’m so happy you’ve found some spare moment in the hot time of Christmas preparations to visit our blog :)

I’m in the middle of that fever too, with getting my home ready for 16 people 😉 and so just a quick post today to share an 8×8 layout:

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I selected the ecru, red and brown patterns of the I Wish collection to decorate the photo of my boys in their Santa’s angels suits 😉 I layered the red and ecru papers for the background:

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…and added some handmade tags nad the title I cut out from the signature strip:

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I also placed a piece of the signature strip across the photo and added a Santa post stamp from the Ephemera sheet:

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Then I added the flower cluster with glittery diecuts and a berry twig I found in some cheap store a couple of years ago 😉

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I put the layout into a dimensional frame:

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….and it will make a home decor Christmas gift for the Grandparents :)

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I hope they’d like it!

 

Supplies:

Other: dies: Magnolia, no name dies; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec; bling: Marianne Design; berry twig, button, clip: my stash

And now, before I get back to work, I’d like to thank you for visiting Maja Design blog this year, for your nice comments and appreciation.

I wish you the happiest Christmas and a fabulous creative New Year!

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