Count Your Blessings

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

8 October, 2018 - ,

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Hello! It’s Nancy with you today, and I’d like to wish a warm welcome to all of our friends of the Maja Design Blog!

It’s the first week of October, and many are already reveling in the refreshing brace of fall. It’s still in the 90’s in Charleston, so here we must wait a couple of months to enjoy those cooler temperatures.

To escape the heat we’re planning a mountain holiday, where we’ll partake in all the delights of autumn, including nature’s glorious display of color. The Smoky Mountains, always teaming with abundance and life, transition from the lush green of summer, to every shade of orange, yellow, red, olive, and brown. It’s a sight of such beauty that it seems almost otherworldly, like something out of a story book. That is my inspiration for today’s card, and there could be no better paper collection to bring it to like than Maja Design’s Walking in the Forest.

The beautiful design papers are distressed and stitched to form a multi-layered base.

Purchased paper flowers and die cut leaves of multiple varieties comprise the floral spray, anchoring and drawing the eye to the focal point of die cut tags and bird stamps, all created using the paper collection.

The sentiment is hand stamped using archival ink.

Finishing touches include a loopy twine bow, fall berries, and a dusting of gesso here and there.

Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Leaf Dies, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Paper Flowers, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Natural Twine, Fall Berries, Foam Adhesive, Glue Gun, Sewing Machine, Thread.

I’m off to bring some semblance of order to my craft room. It’s not always the tidiest of spaces, but it never fails to be the comfiest. It’s my own personal Hobbit-hole, where I’m never far from a tea kettle and a cozy day of crafting.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I wish you a lovely day filled with all things good and wonderful. I hope you’ll have plenty of time to work on your own creations, and remember to share them with us here at the Maja Design Mood Board Challenge!

Hugs,

 

Spread Joy

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

24 September, 2018 - ,

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Hello, and welcome to all of our friends of the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy with you on the blog on this lovely day. I’m having a joyful day filled with flower making, stamping, and playing with my pretty Maja Design papers, all of which has led to this new card to share with you.

I’m using Maja Design’s Fika collection again this week, because I absolutely love purple, and this collection is filled with every hue of this beloved color. I’m working primarily with the deepest purple in the collection (almost a purple-blue), with accents in lighter tones.

I’m like a kid at Christmas with some new stamps I have in my collection, and have been happily stamping away, finding new ways to use them to enhance my projects.

I’m also in flower making mode. I love creating flowers from Maja Design papers. It’s the best paper I’ve ever found for this purpose, and when I take the time to make my own, my flowers perfectly coordinate with each project. I have tutorials for these roses on my blog for anyone who would like to give them a try.

The leaves are die cut and tucked in amongst the florals, along with autumnal berries resin frames, and a natural twine bow.

 

I’m now sitting at my very messy craft desk, blissfully surrounded by layer upon layer of Maja Design goodness, and I’m counting my blessings to have had a chance to create something today. Taking the time to use our hands, minds, and energy doing something we love is so important to our mental and physical health. I hope you’ll be able to find some quiet moments in your day to bring your masterpieces to life.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies and Distress Tool, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Flower Shaping Tools, Seth Apter Stamp, Unlabeled Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Prima Resin Frames, Natural Twine, Acrylic Paint and Brushes, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog! Your visit is a bright spot in in our day, and we hope you’ll be back each and every day to check out new projects from the design team. Don’t forget to take part in the monthly mood board challenge for the chance to win an entire collection of your choice of Maja Design paper. I wish you a week filled with love, magic, and crafty adventures!

Hugs, 

  

Wonder, Believe, Inspire

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

3 September, 2018 - ,

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I wish a very happy hello to all of our friends at the Maja Design Blog! I hope you’re having a lovely Monday. It’s Nancy with you today. I’ve been away since May due to a shoulder injury, and can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be mostly recovered and back in my craft room again. I have a new card to share with you featuring Maja Design’s Fika collection, and my favorite color; purple.

Each layer of paper is distressed and stitched. A bouquet of handmade flowers provides a cheery focal point, with die cut rose leaves and  loopy twine bows entwined throughout.

I have a few new stamp sets I’m using with this card. I’ve been waiting a long time to be back with all my crafty goodies, and couldn’t resist bringing them out to play!

If you look closely you’ll find resin butterflies fluttering amongst the blooms.

Finally, a touch of gesso for a shabby chic finish.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Dies, Flower Shaping Tools, Stamens, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Seth Apter Stamp Sets, Archival Ink in Timber Brown, Prima Resin Butterflies, Gesso, Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you all so much for joining us on the blog today. May your week be filled with the joyful presence of those you love, and many happy moments in creative pursuits!

Hugs,

 

What a Lovely Day!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

28 May, 2018 - ,

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I wish a happy to hello to all of our wonderful visitors at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, and I’m thrilled to join you on the blog today. I have a brand new all occasion card to share.

Once again I’m quite inspired by pastels, which I attribute to the beautiful weather and long sunny days, and the lovely Sofiero collection is just what I’m looking for!

Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. A paper doily anchors the lush bouquet of paper flowers.

Twine bows add a frilly  and feminine touch. The sentiment is part of the paper collection, no stamping needed for this one! I did a bit of stamping with a script stamp to add a bit of interest, then added a dusting of gesso.

Below is a peek of the interior of the card. I always try to coordinate it with the front.

Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Products Used: Doilies, Twine, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Paper Flowers, Script Stamp, Archival Ink, Gesso, Paint Brushes, Adhesives. 

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! It’s an honor to be here with you. I hope your day is filled with joy and fun filled hours of creativity.

Hugs, 

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.

You Are So Loved!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

14 May, 2018 - ,

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Hello, dear friends! I’m so happy you’re here with us on this wonderful Monday. It’s Nancy on the blog with you, here to share a new card. I hope everyone who is a mother had a lovely Mother’s Day, at least in the U.S., as I know it’s on a different day in other countries.

Today’s card is created for my daughter’s birthday. I want her to have a card with all of my love put into it. That’s really what crafting and art are about for me; putting my heart and soul into a creation that will hopefully brighten someone’s day. I’ve been drawn to pastels recently, which seems to happen this time of year, so for this card I’m using the beautiful Coffee in the Arbor collection.

The two large flowers are crafted from the paper collection, with the addition of smaller purchased flowers to bring out the pretty yellows in the paper.

The florals sit atop a base of venice lace and are intertwined with a loopy twine bow.

Each layer of paper is distressed and stitched. The sentiment stamp is perfect for my sweet girl’s birthday.

Below is a peek at the interior of the card.

Maja Design Papers Used:

Other Products Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies and Distress Tool, Heartfelt Creations Flower Shaping Kit, Stamens, Yellow Paper Flowers, Venice Lace, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Twine, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today. I send wishes for all things good and wonderful, as well as many happy hours of creative time!

Hugs, 

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.