The Curiosity Shop

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

21 July, 2017 - , ,

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Hello, crafty friends! It’s Nancy, and I’m thrilled to welcome you to the Maja Design Blog. Are you as in love with Maja Design’s brand new paper collection, Denim & Friends, as I am? I’m excited to present the very first card I created using the new collection, along with a touch of Vintage Autumn Basics, so you can get an idea of how well the papers work together.

Maja Design papers speak to me like no others, and this time they inspired a project based on a wonderful memory. It’s no secret that I adore all things vintage. I can trace that love all the way back to my childhood and a special aunt who not only was a crafter, but collected antiques of every sort.  I loved spending time with her and exploring the wonders that filled her home (which just happened to be a very old, restored one room schoolhouse!). Do you have someone like that in your life? My sweet aunt lives on in my memories, and to this day I can’t pass an antique shop or flea market without rescuing some type of rusty or tattered treasure.
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Each layer is distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. Light and dark blues are combined in a monochromatic palette. This paper is from the 6×6 pack, so the 12×12 papers will have larger patterns. I think the tiny florals and dots are so sweet!

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The vintage buttons are from my own collection of curiosities, which is beginning to rival that of my aunt’s.

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The center flower is handmade from Maja Design’s Vintage Autumn Basics Collection. Purchased paper flowers are also worked into the arrangement along with various ephemera, a resin embellishment,  a tiny clothespin, a loopy twine bow, and bits of vintage lace.

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Aren’t the new papers beautiful? It’s such an honor to share them with you here on the blog.

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Maja Design Papers Used:

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Other Products Used: Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals Die, Tim Holtz Ideology Ephemera, Prima Resin Treasures, Vintage Buttons, Vintage Lace, Twine, Paper Flowers, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Wooden Clothespin, Sewing Machine, Thread.  

Thank you so much for stopping by the Maja Design Blog today. I hope you’re having a fun-filled and crafty summer!

Hugs,

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Sweet Summertime Card

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

27 June, 2017 - ,

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Hello and welcome to the Maja Design Blog on this lovely Tuesday! It’s Nancy on the blog today. How are you doing? How are you filling your summer days? Are you crafting, or maybe gardening, enjoying the seaside, or possibly exploring far away places? We’re blessed to live near the beach, but we’re looking forward to spending some time cooling off in the mountains as well. I’m especially excited about having extra time for creative pursuits.

This card is the result of some happy hours in my craft room. Maja Design’s  Coffee in the Arbor paper collection inspires memories of childhood summers for me, complete with flowers, picket fences, and lemonade stands. I love recalling those carefree days and the idea of getting rich with a lemonade stand, the first form of entrepreneurship for me and my little sister. It involved setting a pretty table in the garden (that was half the fun!), making pitchers of fresh lemonade (with the help of my sweet mom), and selling it for about 10 cents a cup to anyone passing by. The riches we gathered were memories, and those memories are the sweetest treasure of all.

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Layers of design paper are distressed and double stitched to form the base, with bits of pretty lace stitched in as well. Circles are layered, cut in half, and staggered. The sentiment stamp is from my stamping cabinet, and seems perfect for this card.

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The picket fence is from my stash. I’m so happy I rediscovered it amidst the many odds and ends that are patiently waiting to be used. You’ll find a plethora of summer blooms and leaves climbing in and around the fence. A natural twine bow is added for a finishing touch. I love bows!

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Maja Design Papers Used: Coffee-in-the-Arbour

Other Products Used: Paper Flowers, Twine, Wooden Fence, Lace, Red Lead Stamp, Archival Ink, Spellbinders Circle Dies, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me here on the Maja Design Blog! If you’d like to bring any of these papers home, just click on the STORE FINDER tab at the top of the blog. If you haven’t heard the news on social media, Maja Design has released a new collection called Denim and Friends (I’m doing a happy dance here)! Don’t forget to take a peek in the PRODUCTS tab for a first look at these fabulous papers. I send wishes for everything good and wonderful to come your way!

Hugs,

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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.

Le Jardin

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

2 May, 2017 - ,

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Hello and welcome to the Maja Design Blog! I hope this post finds you well. It’s Nancy, and I’m beyond delighted to be here with you on this lovely spring day.

As you know, I love every single collection that Maja Design creates. Each is timeless and compliments the other designs beautifully, but the Vintage Basics collections are truly my go-to papers. I simply can’t do without them! It seems the perfect time of year to relish the season’s exquisite gardens, so I’m sharing this new ‘Le Jardin’ card crafted from Maja Design’s Vintage Summer Basics papers.

I don’t believe I’ve ever used this gorgeous floral pattern before. It’s deliciously shabby chic. I don’t know how this pattern escaped me for so long, but I’m making it right today.

Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. I’m feeding my addiction to flower making with these blooms that are handcrafted from the paper collection.

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The florals are layered over a backdrop of pretty, die cut ovals. A resin timepiece is tucked away in the corner. An abundance of die cut sprigs and leaves are interspersed throughout the bouquet, along with a natural twine bow.

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‘Le Jardin’ is stamped onto design paper, then fussy cut, distressed, and layered. All of the ticket shapes are created using a ticket edge punch.

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Here are the Maja Design papers I used today:

I also used: Melissa Frances Resin Clock, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Wild Rose Studio Oval Frame die, Memory Box Blooming Branch die, Magnolia Rose Leaf die, Stampin Up Ticket Corner punch, Hero Arts Clear Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Broken China, Prima Twine, Flower Centers, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Foam Adhesive, Hot Glue Gun, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Maja Design papers are my favorite in all of the world! I can’t say it enough. Every other brand of paper in my craft room is completely neglected. All you have to do is work with them once to see and feel the difference. After that you’ll never want another brand again. I consider them the luxe line in the world of papercrafting, the Chanel of the crafty universe, but priced so you can afford to treat yourself. You can have them on your doorstep just by clicking on the ‘Store Finder’ tab at the top of the blog. For the chance to win a free collection don’t forget to check out our monthly Mood Board Challenge! Thank you so much for stopping by today. I send wishes for all things wonderful!

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Springtime Tea!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

18 April, 2017 - ,

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A happy hello to all of our crafty friends here at the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy, and I’m thrilled to be here to share my adoration of these beautiful papers with you. I’m feeling lots of love for the Coffee in the Arbour collection at the moment. Every single paper in the collection brings to mind the joy of a lovely spring day. I prefer tea to coffee, however, so I’m going with a teatime theme. This ‘Springtime Tea’ card combines pastels with a fun pop of bright color.

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Each paper is distressed, layered, and stitched to form the base of the card. The card is designed around the focal image, which is found in the paper collection.

Prima flowers, die cut leaves, glass pearls, and a twine bow round out the embellishments.

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Below is a closer look at the design paper. I know I say this all the time, but it truly is amazing how beautifully the papers work together. Honestly, the hardest part is narrowing down which papers to use. SO many choices!

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Maja Design Papers Used:  Coffe-in-the-Arbour-P

 

 

Additional Supplies: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Prima Flowers, Glass Pearls, Natural Twine, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me today! If you’re wondering where you can purchase these gorgeous papers, just click on the link at the top of the blog that says ‘store finder’. Don’t forget to check out our current Mood Board Challenge (you can win an entire set of design papers!). I send wishes for a week filled with all things bright and beautiful!

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‘A Lovely Day’ Card!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

4 April, 2017 - ,

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A happy hello to all of our friends here on the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy, and I’m so happy to be with you on the blog today. I hope you’re enjoying fine spring weather in your area. In honor of this beautiful time of year, today’s card is all in pastels from Maja Design’s Sofiero collection. I absolutely adore this collection. It is the embodiment of all things springtime.

The design paper is distressed, layered, and stitched. Graduated sizes of Spellbinders circles and labels are layered and stitched as well. The sentiment is part of the paper collection. It is from the bottom border of the paper. Most brands of papers leave that section a plain white, but Maja Design makes wonderful use of that area by placing pretty designs and sentiments for use with our projects.

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The circles are folded at the center to add dimension and to accommodate the sentiment. Paper flowers from my stash form a fresh and cheery floral bouquet.

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Twine, lace, vintage buttons, and a tiny painted clothespin add finishing touches to the design.

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Maja Design Papers Used:Sofiero-P1

Additional Supplies: Spellbinders Circles and Labels dies, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, foam adhesive, paper flowers, twine, clothespin, lace, and vintage buttons from my stash, sewing machine and thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me. I truly hope you are having a lovely day. May your week be filled with fragrant flowers, warm breezes, and all the joys of spring!

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