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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Curiosity Shop


  

Hello, friends! I'm excited to be sharing a new card on the Maja Design Blog today. It's my very first project created with Maja Design's new paper collection Denim & Friends

If you haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat. The new papers are absolutely gorgeous! I've also used a touch of Vintage Autumn Basics to give you 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.


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 6x6 pack, so the 12x12 papers will have larger patterns. I think the tiny florals and dots are so sweet!



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


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.


Aren't the new papers beautiful? It's such an honor to share them with you.


Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you're having a fun-filled and crafty summer!


Hugs,


Maja Design Papers Used:

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.  

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, June 27, 2017

Sweet Summertime Card!


Hello and welcome on this lovely Tuesday! 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 close to the beach, but we're looking forward to spending time cooling off in the mountains as well. With our son's move to Oklahoma quickly approaching we're trying to take advantage of every moment with him. 
  
Today I have the pleasure of presenting a project on the Maja Design Blog!  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. 


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.


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!




Thank you so much for joining! If you'd like to bring any of these papers home, just click here to search out a store near you. 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 here for a first look at these fabulous papers. I send wishes for everything good and wonderful to come your way.
Hugs,
Nancy-sign


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. 

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.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Focus: Prima Memory Hardware

Hi! I'm so happy you stopped by. I hope you're having a wonderful day!

I have the great pleasure of hosting the Friday Focus on Prima Memory Hardware over at The Frilly and Funkie Blog! That means for the next two weeks, all Prima Memory Hardware Products will be available at an additional 15% discount at the Funkie Junkie Boutique! For a more detailed tour of this Prima wall hanging just follow the blog link above.

This is my last post for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog until January. I'm excited to return in the New Year. It seems far off at the moment, but I know the time is going to fly by! 

I send hugs and love to all of you, my amazing crafty family! 
   

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Always and Forever


Hello! How is your summer going? Are you able to relax a bit, do some gardening, sit on the beach, or possibly enjoy a family vacation? 

I have the blessing of spending time with family this summer. My sweet son is home for a couple of months, and my daughter and grandchildren visited (they just left yesterday). We have a vacation quickly approaching, followed by the frenzy of preparations for my son's move-in day as he begins his PhD program at the University of Oklahoma. I can't believe he'll be way far away in Oklahoma. That's an entire three day drive from where we live on the Southeast Coast. How Is it possible that I'm thrilled, bursting with pride, nervous, and heartbroken all at the same time? It's definitely going to be tough on this mom, I can tell you that. I must conquer my terror of flying!   

That brings me to a little news. I'm taking a short break from the design team here at Frilly and Funkie. I don't believe I ever mentioned that my son is on the autistic spectrum. It's not at all secret or sensitive subject, just something that doesn't really come up. Transitions present a challenge for him. I am keeping my schedule very open in case I need to spend time in Oklahoma as he makes the adjustment to the new environment, though I'm happy to say he's doing really well so far, so maybe I'm worried for no reason. Do any of you happen to live in Norman, Oklahoma? I never thought I'd have a reason to visit Oklahoma, let alone spend time there on a regular basis:-)) I'll be returning to Frilly and Funkie when the new term begins in January, and I'll still be hanging around your blogs to be inspired by all of your gorgeous creations! 

We're beginning a new two week challenge at The Frilly and Funkie Blog today! The lovely Cec is our hostess, and her theme is With This Ring. Her guidelines are as follows: It is wedding season so let's create vintage or shabby chic projects that celebrate the big day. Your creation might be a card, a gift, a decor item or something to keep the memories of the special occasion.  


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 don't have any weddings in our family this year, but it's always fun to create something so festive. 


Between the beauty of Maja Design's Coffee in the Arbor papers and Little Birdie Flowers, this card seemed to make itself. Prima pearls also make an appearance, along with a twine bow and die cut leaves. 


The 'always and forever' sentiment is created with a Tim Holtz stamp. Stitching and distressed edges add a shabby touch. 
Thank you all so much for joining me! I'm super excited to see your fabulous wedding creations over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I send wishes for all things good and wonderful to come your way. 

Hugs,