Peace on Earth

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

14 November, 2017 - , ,

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I wish a happy hello to all of the wonderful friends of Maja Design! It’s Nancy back with you today, and I’m up to my ears in snowflakes! Not the cold kind that you sled in, because we don’t get snow where I live, but the frilly and frosty paper ones that I make every year around this time for my Christmas cards. I start early with my cards because time seems to fly during November and December, and I’m also childishly excited over the Christmas holiday.

I never use anything but Maja Design papers for my snowflakes. It stays intact despite the delicate nature of the die cuts, and is perfect for layering into these dimensional flakes. For this first card of the season I’ve chosen the fabulous Vintage Frost Basics Collection.

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The base of the card is formed as usual, by distressing, layering, and stitching the design papers. I’m sticking with just two colors this time around, because soft blues and whites create a wonderful chilly feeling when used together.

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There are no flowers this time (which rarely happens for me), but instead an arrangement of layered snowflakes topped off with a bit of white sand texture paste for a truly frosty finish. Icy branches and tiny snowballs enhance the frozen effect.

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A little bow graces the corner, simply because I love them and feel like nothing is finished without one.

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Below is a peek at the interior of the card.

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Maja Design Papers Used: 

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Other Products Used: Tim Holtz snowflake dies, foam pop up adhesive, clear buttons, floral iced branches and berries, Prima white sand texture paste, Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, archival ink, sewing machine, thread. 

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with crafty goodness and plenty of Maja Design loveliness.

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Autumn’s Bounty

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

17 October, 2017 - ,

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Hello, dear friends! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog. It’s Nancy here, with a new card to share. I may have mentioned previously that I love autumn. I can barely wait for that hint of chill in the air and nature’s lavish display of rich colors. This is when I spend my days with Maja Design’s breathtaking Walking in the Forest paper collection. I find that this collection truly embraces the inspiring hues of the season, which is what I’m aiming for with today’s card.

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Each design paper is carefully distressed, layered, and stitched. The sentiment stamp has been on my desk just waiting for fall to arrive!

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A die cut wreath forms an anchor for the plethora of leaves, berries, and flowers as they tumble down the front of the card.

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A twine bow is tucked in along with the florals.

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Thank you so much for visiting us at the Maja Design Blog! Don’t forget to check out the October Mood Board Challenge while you’re here. There’s still plenty of time to enter your project. I send wishes for many cozy hours in your craft space!

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Enchant Your Life!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

5 September, 2017 - ,

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Hello, friends! It’s Nancy here, wishing you a warm welcome to the Maja Design Blog. I hope you’re having a lovely Tuesday. I can’t believe it’s the first week of September, with many parts of the world ushering in the first signs of autumn. Mother nature isn’t quite ready for fall in my sub-tropical corner of the world, where she’s gifting us with sunny, hot, and humid days.

The heat draws me to all things cool and refreshing, and once again Maja Design’s gorgeous Coffee in the Arbour collection comes to the rescue. The soft blues and raspberry hues are just what I’m looking for.

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The papers are distressed, layered, and stitched to form a base. A trio of circles draw the eye across the card. The first is die cut from the center layers and popped up for dimension. The circular resin frame is layered over another die cut circle to the left.

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Handmade and purchased blooms cascade from right to left, accented die cut leaves, glass pearls, and twine bows. The sentiment is hand stamped onto design paper.

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The lower corner to the right features berry vines and ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ from the design paper, which are my inspiration for this card.

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Below is a side view with a peek at the interior of the card.

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Maja Design Papers Used:

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Other Supplies Used: Natural Twine, Magnolia Leaf and Flower die, Glass Pearls, Prima Resin Frame, Sentiment Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread.

Thank you so much for visiting today. If you’re wondering where these beautiful papers can be found, please check out the STORE FINDER link at the top of the blog. Also, don’t forget to play along with the September Mood Board Challenge for a chance to win an entire set of design papers. I send wishes for all things wonderful and many crafty inspirations!

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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.

Thank Heaven for Little Boys!

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22 August, 2017 - ,

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Hello and welcome! It’s Nancy on the blog today, and I’m so very happy to be here with you. It was an exciting day in Charleston yesterday as we were in the path of totality for the eclipse. I’ve also just returned from traveling again, this time to my daughter’s home to help out after my grand-girl’s surgery. I’m thrilled to report that all went well and she’s having a smooth recovery. I made her a get-well card to cheer her up a bit, but my sweet little grandson sadly pointed out that I forgot to make a card for him. I decided to remedy that situation as soon as I returned home. All I needed was a little help from Maja Design’s newest collection, Denim & Friends! Did I mention I’m happy to be home? It feels incredibly cozy to be back in my craft room with a cup of hot tea, surrounded by beautiful Maja Design papers!

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The design papers are distressed, layered, and stitched in the usual fashion. The blues in this collection are absolutely lovely. I really can’t get enough of them. They’re perfect for masculine projects, but work just as well for shabby chic pieces.

I tell all of my children and grandchildren they’re my favorites, so this image makes perfect focal point. The ‘You Rock’ sentiment is also prominently featured.

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This is one of the least flowery cards you’ll ever see from me, but I couldn’t resist tucking in a few petals here and there. The paint splatters fit right in with my grand-boy’s personality.

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There is quite a bit of dimension, which I’ll try to capture in the photos.

A natural twine bow adds a finishing touch in the lower corner.

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Below is a look at the interior of the card.

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Other Supplies Used: Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Natural Twine, Foam Adhesive, Acrylic Paint, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today. I send warmest wishes for days filled with sunshine and hearts filled with joy!

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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.

A Shabby Beach Card!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

8 August, 2017 - ,

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Hello, and happy Tuesday! It’s Nancy on the blog today. How are you doing? I hope that summer is allowing you some relaxing creative time. I’ve been traveling quite a bit with my family, but not all of it has been for pleasure. We arrived home Sunday night after a long, grueling road trip. Thankfully, after a good nights sleep, I was up and running again, happily ensconced in my cozy craft room.

I was perusing the many Maja Design collections, trying to decide which papers I wanted to use for my project. It can be difficult, because there are so many beautiful choices! That was the moment my daughter called. She returned from a seaside holiday with her family on Sunday and called to share the joys of their vacation with me. One of her favorite memories is riding bicycles to along beach each morning and playing in the waves with my grandson. That’s when I knew I wanted to make a card for her using Maja Design’s Summertime collection!

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The papers are cut, distressed, layered, and stitched. The sentiment, tag, bicycle image, and ‘summer joy’ stamp are part of the paper collection. Even the blue flowers are fussy cut from a piece of design paper.

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I went pretty heavy on the layers with this card, and will try to show you some of the dimension in the photos. Foam adhesive is used to ‘pop up’ each layer. The flowers are woven in and out of a segment of wooden fence I had in my stash. The cheesecloth is stained and frayed to lend a tattered, beachy look.

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Paper flowers and a twine bow add a finishing touch. Below is a peek of the inside of the card. I enjoy adding special touches to the interior of my cards, and this one includes another postage stamp from the paper collection layered over paper flower petals.

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Additional Supplies Used: Twine, Cheesecloth, Tea Stain, Foam Adhesive, Paper Flowers, Detail Scissors, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

Thank you so much for joining us at the Maja Design Blog. Don’t forget to check out the current Mood Board Challenge. Each entrant has the chance to win an entire Maja Design paper collection, which would be a perfect way to finish up the summer. If you love these papers and want to get a closer look at the collection, you can find it in the PRODUCTS section under Summertime. There’s also a handy STOREFINDER link at the top of the page to easily locate a shop near you. I wish you fun filled days with your loved ones and happy hours in your craft space!

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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.