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Monday, December 5, 2016

Maja Design December Mood Board Challenge!


A happy hello to all of my favorite crafty people! I hope you're having a fun and festive holiday season. I am so thankful to be here with you. I am counting my blessings each and every day. 

I have new card to share with you in honor of the December Mood Board Challenge beginning today at the Maja Design Blog! This is something you'll definitely want to fit in to your holiday schedule, as the winner receives an entire collection of beautiful Maja Design Papers--any collection you choose!! I"ve posted the mood board and challenge guidelines below, but be sure to click on the link to the Maja Design Blog to check out the amazing inspiration of my teammates!   
 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've included a couple of extra photos below. I'm sorry I don't have as many as usual. I've been traveling, splitting up my time between our home in Charleston and the one in Gatlinburg, trying to get repairs started our mountain home that was damaged in the wildfires. We were some of the lucky ones. The death toll continues to mount as search and rescue efforts continue. Hundreds of people lost homes and businesses. The devastation there is heartbreaking. I feel guilty going about my normal life and dealing with the fairly minor repairs of smoke, soot, and roof damage when so many others are grieving tragic losses. It's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that we left Gatlinburg last Monday morning with no sign of the wildfire in the National Park spreading towards populated areas. The air was smoky, but it had been for several days. Just a few hours after our departure the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were in flames. I'm sorry. I don't mean to be depressing, but this event has had a profound effect on me. The wonderful people of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are ever on my mind and in my prayers.   
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I'm so grateful you took time out of your busy day to stop by. I hope you'll participate in this months Mood Board Challenge. I send my heartfelt thanks and wishes for all the joys of this wonderous season! 

Hugs, 

Maja Design Papers Used: 

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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.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Frozen Lamp to Light the Night!

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you are well and looking forward to a happy holiday season. It's been a bit of a stressful week as our mountain home is in the path of the wildfires in Gatlinburg. It was reported via national news that our home (and the entire resort of Black Bear Falls) burned to the ground. Receiving that phone call was a very surreal moment. Thankfully for us the reports named the wrong resort. Our home has minimal damage, for which I am much relieved, but deeply saddened for the homeowners in Gatlinburg Falls where there was not one home left standing. The good folks in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains National Park area definitely need prayers and positive thoughts. Many have lost homes and businesses. They're in a severe drought situation and the wildfires continue to burn. What makes it even worse is that the original fire that was started in the National Park and quickly spread to Gatlinburg is believed to have been arson. I can't understand who would do such a thing.  

On a lighter note, I'm back today with a fun project for the latest challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog

My sweet friend, Kathy, is our hostess and her guidelines are as follows: Let's get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season. You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  ...basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme.

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 Blog . Three 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 fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above.

My snow and ice encrusted oil lamp is my 2016 nod to one of my favorite Disney movies, Frozen! I found this little lamp while antiquing, with this particular challenge in mind.

It begins it's transformation with a coat of gesso followed by two coats of Tim Holtz paint in Antique Linen. The next step adds Tim Holtz Spray Stains, Prima Color Bloom Spray, and Prima Art Powder - I'll leave a list of the colors I used at the bottom of this post.

Prima flowers, Prima Art Stones, cheesecloth and white seam binding are colored in coordinating stains. Tim Holtz mini snowflakes that are die cut from chipboard also receive a coat of paint and stains. The cheesecloth is soaked in Prima Sculpture Medium and molded to a shape of my liking.   
A few iced twigs from my stash are tucked in here and there. Of course there is a bow, this time from seam binding. In the end my lamp is embellished and dusted with gesso to a frosty finish. I feel it will fit in quite well in Queen Elsa's ice castle-lol.  

Thank you for joining me today! I'm beyond blessed to have such amazing, artistic friends. Y'all always inspire me with your work. I can't wait to see what you'll create for this new challenge!

Hugs,

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Joyful Noel Card!


Hello, dear friends! Are you busy with holiday preparations? It's Christmas central at my house, and am I ever thankful for Maja Design Papers! They are helping my holiday crafting to go so smoothly.

I'm honored to be up on the Maja Design Blog today! Today I'm sharing a Christmas card created with the festive 'It's Christmas time' collection.
  
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The base papers are distressed and stitched together. 

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I took a chance on my arm being once again strong enough to handcraft these poinsettias. All of the paper embellishments are fussy cut from the collection. With Maja Design you can really 'let the papers do the talking'. 

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There's a great deal of dimension to this card but I'm having difficulty capturing it in my photos. Each element is popped up with one or more layers of foam adhesive. 

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A couple of die cut chipboard snowflakes, some lace and pearls from my stash, and a twine bow help to complete the card.    

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A light dusting of gesso adds a frosty finish. 

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Thank you for visiting today! I also thank you for your kind words on my last project. They warm my heart and mean so very much to me. I send wishes to you for a joyful holiday season!

Hugs,


Maja Design Paper Used: 

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Other Products Used: Spellbinders Poinsettia Die, Tim Holtz Snowflake Die, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Lace, Loose Pearls, Natural Twine, Kraft Chipboard, Gesso, Foam Adhesive, 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.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bountiful Harvest!


Hello and welcome! I'm almost completely recovered from the broken arm, and am head over heels happy to be back in my craft room. It was so difficult to use my computer keyboard these last couple of months that I was rarely online. Now that I can type again I've been running around to y'all's blogs to get a peek at everything I've been missing. I have missed all of you beyond words!

I'm thrilled to be hosting our brand new 'Bountiful Harvest' challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! It begins today and will continue for two weeks. Simply create any vintage or shabby chic project celebrating the bounty of the season in the rich hues of autumn. I can't wait to see your interpretation of the challenge!

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 Blog . Three 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 fabulous teammates just click on the blog link above.

We recently returned from a week of fall leaf peeping in the Smoky Mountains. The stunning colors provided the inspiration for my card. Maja Design's 'Walking in the Forest' is the perfect paper collection to bring it to life.

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The flowers, cheesecloth, and lace are hand stained using Tim Holtz distress sprays. The larger postcard is a digital image purchased from Etsy (a long, long, time ago). I wish I could provide a link to the seller but I no longer recall which shop I purchased it from. The smaller image is part of the paper collection.      

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Gesso and Distress Sprays are combined to add some random splatters to the top and bottom of the card. Last but not least is a twine bow (because I adore bows)!   

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It means so much to me that you took time out of your busy day to visit or leave a comment. I send wishes for peace and blessings to all of my crafty family, and a safe and joyful holiday for those of us in the U.S. preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Hugs,