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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

'Bygone Days of Summer' Card


Hello and welcome! I'm super excited to have the honor of sharing a new card with you and the Maja Design Blog

Today my card is very personal. It is an expression of the love I have for the exquisite, historic city that is my home, and a tribute beauty I see around me every day.


Charleston is a wonderfully preserved Southern colonial city. It is rich in history, boasting breathtaking architecture, quaint cobbled streets, manicured gardens, and cloistered courtyards with teasing glimpses of the lushness within. Maja Design's 'Summertime' papers provide the perfect avenue to transfer what I can to a 6x6 card. I especially love the images of the bicycles in this collection, as this is the preferred manner of transportation for many residents and tourists.

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All design papers are distressed, layered, and stitched. Rubber stamping enhances the 'yesteryear' feel of the card. Acrylic paint is randomly splattered for a rustic effect.

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A dimensional garden is achieved by much fussy cutting from the paper collection and detailed layering. Foam adhesive gives each element a 'pop'. You'll find some close ups below.

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I enjoy coordinating the inside and back of my cards with the design on the front. One of our sweet readers requested photos of this process, which you will find below.

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I also include a little pocket for tucking away a gift card, photo, or note.

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Thank you so much for taking a peek at my card! I hope you enjoy Maja Design's enchanting papers as much as I do. I wish you a day filled with all things wonderful, and hope that each person who enters here as a guest will leave as a friend!

Hugs,Nancy-sign

Maja Design Papers Used: 
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Other Products Used: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Stamps: Prima Rust and Dust Cling Set, Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card, Oxford Impressions stamp set; Archival Ink, Detail Scissors, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Natural Twine, Foam Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Focus on Spellbinders!


Hello and welcome to the Friday Focus on Spellbinders! It's Nancy here, with exciting news to share. We're hosting a fabulous event for the next two weeks at The Funkie Junkie BoutiqueAll Spellbinders products will be available at an additional 15% off the already discounted price until September 2nd! 

I adore Spellbinders products. I've been working on a special post featuring their beauty and versatility, but due to illness I wasn't able to complete my photos. Today I'm sharing cards I created a few weeks ago featuring Spellbinders dies. I'll return next Friday with a brand new Spellbinders project and tutorial.  



Thanks so much for visiting. Head on over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique and treat yourself to a few Spellbinders goodies while they last. Wishing you a day filled with happiness and creativity!

Hugs,   

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Love Potion #9


Hello and welcome! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful day! I'm blessed to have my grandchildren this week, so relishing every moment of my time with them.  

An exciting new challenge begins today at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! Cec is our hostess with the theme It's a Small, Small, World

Her guidelines are as follows: Create or alter something small in a shabby chic or vintage style. Your finished project can be anything from an inchie, matchbook, or domino, to a playing card or note card. This means anything from 1-4 inches, and it does not have to be flat. be creative, and let us know in your post just how small your project is. 

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Frilly and Funkie BlogThree additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique! For entry specifics and  inspiration from my amazing teammates just click on the blog link above. 

I went 'junking' on our last trip to the mountains, scoring a bag full of vintage glass bottles in various shapes and sizes. This is the first of several 'potion' bottles I'm altering for a Halloween display.  


It is the tiniest of my bottles at 3 by 3 1/2 inches, starting out life as a perfume bottle. I want it to look old as the ages, and absolutely dripping with mystery and magic. This little treasure contains a powerful love potion. Love Potion #9, to be exact! It's possible this may come directly from Professor Snape's private storeroom of potions at Hogwarts. 
     

Prima Heavy Gesso provides a base coat, followed by Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste. Next comes a plethora of Prima Alchemy paints, Color Bloom sprays, and Distress Sprays. Metal elements, roses, a chipboard word, and two sizes of Prima art stones are altered as embellishments. There's a full list of supplies at the bottom of this post. 


I'm thrilled that this tiny 'Potion #9' stamp has been hiding my craft hoard. In real life the colors of the bottle and embellishments flow more evenly, with the base color appearing pale blue. I think the camera is picking up on the mica in the sprays and emphasizing them. It's always difficult to display sheen in photos, but my little bottle practically glows! 

I'm so happy you stopped by to take a peek at my potion bottle. Now it's your turn to start creating! I wish you a day of all things good and wonderful! 

Hugs,

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Milady's Closet


I wish you a warm welcome! I'm thrilled to be presenting on the  Maja Design Blog with a brand new card to share! I know I'm always saying how inspired I am by Maja Design's beautiful papers, but I really mean it. I sit down in my craft room and look at them, and ideas instantly pop in to my head. That's exactly what happened with today's card.

Design papers are distressed, layered and stitched for the base. Flowers are a must for this card. The flowers I'm using are from Prima, as well as fussy cut from the paper collection.

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A vintage inspired stamped image provides an elegant focal point.

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Layered papers, lace punched edges, a bit of bling, and a chipboard accent add a soft, feminine feel.

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I adore lace! Here it's layered down the front of the card to hug the florals at the bottom.

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Additional petals peek out from beneath the top panel.

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Below is a little look inside. A pretty stamped corner image is a nice finishing touch, while still leaving plenty of space for a personal note.

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Thank you so much for visiting with me today! I hope you'll find as much inspiration in these papers as I do. Wishing you sweet summer days and miles of smiles! 

Hugs,


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Did you know Maja Design is on Social Media?

Pinterest: Did you know that Maja Design has a Pinterest Page? You can find it right here.
Facebook: You can follow us on Facebook right here and of course "LIKE" us.
Instagram: Maja also has an Instagram account – majadesigninsweden.
(Use the hashtag #majadesigninsweden or the tag @majadesigninsweden
with your Maja papers so we can find you.)