Confirmation Card Revisited

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24 October, 2021 -

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

A couple of years ago on one of the craft forums I found a challenge called “Project Revisited”. The challenge meant that you recreate a past project of yours, whether introducing some changes or not. I thought this was great for beginners to check on their progress, but also for any crafter, just for fun. And so with a recent Confirmation card order I thought of this challenge and recreated a card I made a couple of years ago.

I used the Miles Apart collection for the card and kept the design mostly unchanged, but while I used just Monochrome papers then, I decided to go for a patterned paper this time, choosing my favourite rose bouquets pattern and I just LOVE how fresh and delicate it looks!

In the previous card the die-cut doilies were supposed to add some texture and interest to the background, and here I found they provide the structure for the design and make the background less busy. I think it’s awesome how the same element can have opposite functions when used in different contexts!

 

As the card was supposed to go into an envelope I went easier on the flower cluster than in the past card, but it still has a nice dimension:

And here’s what I used for this version of the card:

And how about you? Do you “visit” your past projects sometimes, and if yes, do you change much?

See you soon!

Thank You Teacher Chocolate Boxes

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10 October, 2021 -

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

In a couple of days Polish students celebrate Teacher’s Day. It’s a good occasion to thank all those who care about our kids’ education, also in those difficult times of online schooling. And so I created two chocolate boxes to present to teachers instead of regular thank you cards πŸ™‚

I made the book cover-like packages using cardstock and decorated them with the Miles Apart papers. Boxes have a mirror composition and different colour palettes, but otherwise are alike πŸ™‚ Both feature large flower clusters with hand-cut tags and pearl brads on the front part:

Inside I added small pockets to put a bar of chocolate into and a large tag to write in wishes (or perhaps draw something, as these are meant for the kindergarten teachers):

I kept the design here very simple, letting the papers play the first fiddle, but I couldn’t resist adding these cute doilies πŸ™‚

I hope the teachers who are going to receive these chocolate boxes would appreciate the gift as well as feel appreciated!

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; brads: Latarnia Morska; ribbon: Rayher, dies: Cheery Lynn Design, Craft&You.

That’s all for today, see you soon!

 

 

 

Baptism Exploding Box

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10 August, 2021 - ,

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

Just like last time, today I bring you a Baptism inspiration, but this time I created a delicate baby girl exploding box:

For the box I combined the Celebration and Miles Apart collections, choosing some deliate floral patterns and neutral backgrounds:

I decorated the lid with a stamped and embossed sentiment and a flower cluster:

When you remove the lid, the box opens to reveal the inside:

I decorated the inned walls with die-cut motives, flower compositions and some stamped wishes. To add some glam, I used acrylic gems and iridescent sequins:

In the centre I put a box including a jewellery gift, but replaced the original box lid with a handmade one decorated with a die-cut doily and a signature strip pieces πŸ™‚ The box is tied with ribbon that is attached to the exploding box bottom – this way you can remove the gift box without having to rip it off πŸ˜‰

I think exploding boxes are best when you need to include a small gift or money – they work as both a card and gift box πŸ™‚

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Agateria, Lemonade; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; dies: Craft&You Design, Cheery Lynn Dies; gems: Marianne Design; ribbon: Rayher; sequins, string: my stash.

That’s all for today, see you next time!

 

 

Baptism Cards

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24 July, 2021 - ,

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

A couple of years ago I made two Baptism cards using papers with very delicate patterns. Going through my pics the other day I found those cards and had that idea: how about making them a little bit more bold? So I selected some papers from the Miles Apart collection, changed the design just a tad – and boy, what a difference!

 

I love the cards’ refreshed look, delicate and light due to just a change of papers πŸ™‚ Apart from that, I used stamped images of babies that I coloured with Distress inks, clusters of white flowers, ribbon and sequins.

One is for a girl:

…and one for a boy:

Do you sometimes go back to your old projects and remake them? πŸ™‚

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Whiff of Joy, Lemonade; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; ribbon: Vintage Ribbon; sequins, waxed string: my stash.

 

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

First Communion Patchwork Cards

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10 May, 2021 -

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

As you might probably remember from my previous post, May is traditionally the month of First Communions in Poland. Therefore last time I shared an exploding box and today I bring you two cards:

I used the Miles Apart collection and employed one of my favourite card techniques – the patchwork. I allows you to use up even the smallest pieces of papers and is therefore perfect for many scrappers who – like me – are organically unable to throw such pieces away πŸ˜‰ And so I used a square punch and made two backgrounds in pinks…

 

…and blues:

The cards are actually very, very simple: just a chipboard Host chalice, die-cut leaves, three lilies and acrylic gems. But the layered background with various patterns make them look rich and colourful.

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec; dies: Cheery Lynn Designs, my stash; gems: Marianne Design, my stash.