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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Blossoms of Faith Card!


Hello and welcome, my friends! How are you doing? It's been a stressful couple of days for everyone, with the shock of the tragedy in Las Vegas. My heart is filled with incredible sadness for all of  lives touched in any way by this terrible event. Your life is never, ever the same after you've lost someone you love. I pray you and your families are safe and sound. 

I'm actually posting on back to back days, and blessed to be sharing a project on the Maja Design Blog this lovely fall day. The October Mood Board Challenge launched yesterday with projects featuring Denim & Friends in crisp autumn hues. It is such fun working with fall colors, but today I'm using the collection in another way to showcase the versatility. It can be easy to assume it's primarily a masculine collection, but this card takes us in a completely different direction, with pretty florals and a soft palette.  


The base of the card is prepared by distressing, layering, and stitching the design papers. The flowers that comprise the focal point are ones I received last year and rescued from my stash.   


I added a bit of rubber stamping using a script stamp. A length of aged lace, jewel toned sprigs, and a twine bow complete the embellishments.   



Thank you so much for taking a peek at my card. Don't forget about Maja Design's October Mood Board Challenge, and the chance to win an entire Maja Design paper collection! If you're wondering where you can find all of Maja Design's lovely papers, just click on STORE FINDER for a listing of the shops in your country. I send you wishes for refreshing autumn days, and warm, marshmallowy nights (I think Winnie the Pooh might have said the bit about the marshmallows:-))

Hugs,    

Maja Design Papers Used:  


Additional Products Used: Prima Border Sprig, Little Birdie Flowers, Natural Twine, Prima Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Maja Design October Mood Board Challenge!

Hello, my friends, and happy October! I hope this post finds you well. Has your weather started to turn a little chill in the evening? We don't have that yet in Charleston, but it's still autumn, one of my favorite times of year. I adore the rich, vibrant hues of this season. My husband and I just returned from a holiday in the mountains, where the sights (and flavors) of  fall are in full swing. We had the best time, and I sampled my very first pumpkin treat of the season!  

   

It's also time for Maja Design's newest Mood Board Challenge! You'll find the inspiration board below, along with all of the details for playing along with the challenge.    

This is how we use the mood boards:  
Definition mood board – n
[a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other]
We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truly believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. Feel free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the color scheme.
We will pick a winner and present it on the Maja Design blog on December 26th.
Have in mind that these challenges are a really great way for us to discover new talents and maybe some future Creative Team members…

How to participate?
♥ Create anything you’ll like – a layout, a card, something altered or maybe a canvas, take a nice picture of it and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu. We also need to know your full name, address and a phone number. Please specify what collection you would like to win, if you are the lucky one. We will also want to know if you would like it in the size 12*12 or 6*6. Please send us the pictures in the size of 800 pixels on the width. We would be so grateful if you also could change the file name of the photo to your first and last name including your country.
♥ Feel free to send us more than one picture, from different angles or some close-ups – or why not more than one project?
♥ Publish the project/s on your blog (or/and any social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with a link to our site. Please also add the picture of the mood board.
♥ Feel free to combine your entry with other challenges.
♥ The winner will be revealed the last Monday each month, at the Maja blog. The winner will be sent one collection by their choice, and also a digital Winner’s Badge to use and brag with. 

I used two of Maja Design's collections to bring my project to life; Denim & Friends and Vintage Autumn Basics (for the handmade flowers). I'm always impressed with how easily the different paper collections work together. Below are some close up photos of the details.   




 




Thank you so much for being here with me today. I am beyond grateful for my wonderful crafty family. I hope you're enjoying the delights of autumn with your loved ones. Don't forget to fit in some creative time for Maja Design's October Mood Board Challenge! If you're wondering where you can find these beautiful papers, just click on STORE FINDER for a shop near you. I send you wishes for all things good and wonderful, 

Hugs,    
Maja Design Papers Used:  

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.)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

From the Flower Cart!

Hello dearest friends! Thank you for stopping in to take a peek at my card. Your visit is such a blessing to me. 

I'm presenting on the Maja Design Blogand we have a special sponsor this week, Petaloo by FloraCraft, who has graciously showered us with beautiful blooms. I'm sharing some of them with you today, along with one of my all time favorite Maja Design collections, Vintage Summer Basics


I realize it's autumn in many parts of the world, but the lovely papers and flowers bring to mind flower vendors at the farmer's market, which is where I draw inspiration for today's card.  


My base is design papers that are distressed, layered, and stitched. The central bloom is accentuated with tea stained doilies and lace, with a tumbling of florals reaching down the side.  


The center of the card is layered with additional design paper. The lace edge is courtesy of a border punch.  An ivory twine bow brings everything together with a feminine flourish. 


The 'Flowers 4 Sale' stamp is from my stash, and I'm thrilled to find a ideal project for it. 




































Below is a side view with a view of the interior of the card. Blogger is behaving badly and leaving a ton of space between my text and the last photo. I don't know why this is happening, so please overlook it:-)) 
I hope you're having a wonderful week! May your days be filled with the joy of family & friends, and plenty of cozy time in your craft space. 

Hugs, 

Nancy-sign

Maja Design Papers Used: 
Vintage-Summer-Basics3


Other Products Used: Petaloo by FloraCraft Flowers, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Lace, Doilies, Twine, Rubber Stamp, Archival Ink, Sewing Machine, Thread. 

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.)


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Enchant Your Life!

Hello, dear friend! 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. 


I'm blessed to be posting on the Maja Design Blog today, and the warm weather draws me to all things cool and refreshing. 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.


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.


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.


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


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


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 Maja Design 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!

Hugs, Nancy-sign

Maja Design Papers Used:


Coffee-in-the-Arbour

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

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.)