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Maja Design Vintage Winter Paper Collection Give-away!!!!


Okay my friends! Here is an amazing chance to win the entire Vintage Winter paper collection from Maja Design.

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These exquisitely patterned papers are made out of the heaviest cardstock and are perfect for distressing.  AND being that they are designed/created over in the beautiful country of Sweden….they are not that easy to get!  So, with that said, here is your CHANCE!

Here is what you need to do:

1. Become a follower of the Maja Design blog — click HERE! -subscribe to e-mail updates!

2. Are you a follower of my blog? 🙂

3. Like Maja Design on Facebook and/or Twitter AND let them know what you think of Maja Design papers/products

4. get an extra chance at winning by passing on the word of this give-away on your own personal blog (be sure and let me know what your blog address is)

5. get another extra chance at winning by passing on the word via your facebook account

6. leave a note in the comments section here when you have gotten all of the above done….and that’s it!  Be In It – to Win It!

At the end of the month I will be drawing a winner through Random.org …. I will announce the winner on the 30th!  I will need your address AND phone number (the paper is being shipped from Sweden and that is just something they require) and VOILA! the lucky winner will be getting an early Christmas present.

Here is some projects I created earlier this year with these amazing papers….and they are soooo versatile….with one of my fave color combinations of blue and red….do you remember the HEART PROJECT?

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Be sure and check out the entire amazing collection of the papers you could receive if you win HERE!

Good Luck!!!!

Night Owl – Walking in the Forest – Maja Design


Here is my very latest mixed media project, created with the richly colored papers and patterns from Maja Design’s Walking in the Forest paper collection.

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To see this project in full, be sure and check out Maja Design’s blog HERE.

Thanks for looking my friends!!! I appreciate you!!!

Hugs, Nancy

Latest Projects!


So, what have you been creating lately?

Here are some of my latest projects….ALL using the gorgeous papers from Maja Design.

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Above is a layout I created for a dear friend using the brand-new, gorgeous paper collection Vintage Autumn basics from Maja Design.  This is her precious baby girl, Eden.  I have up-close details on the Maja Design blog HERE…if you would like a closer look.

And for the October Mood Board inspiration at Maja Design, I created this layout.

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The little girl in this photo is of my great grandmother on my mother’s side.  On the background, I stitched a harlequin pattern with light pink embroidery floss.

And finally, here is a mixed media piece that I created for my daughter, using the gorgeous Sommartider paper collection from Maja Design.

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Thank you Saylor for helping me photograph this.  At 18 x 24 this is a larger canvas size then I usually work with.  To see how this canvas was created in a stepped-out photo tutorial, please visit the Maja Design blog HERE.

Stand Out – Maja Design’s Sommartider paper collection

Thanks for looking my friends!  I hope something here has inspired you to create today!  Get your hands messy! and stay tuned….I have a blog give-away coming very soon! 🙂

Hugs! -Nancy


Good Morning Sunshine – Maja Design projects


Now that my blog is up and running again….and fully updated for the moment….I would like to share some of the creations I have made using some of the gorgeous papers from Maja Design. This week I have posted a 12 x 12 mixed media piece created using the gorgeous Maja Design “Vintage Summer Basics” collection:  Good Morning Sunshine: 1 Good Morning Sunshine (800x777) To see a stepped-out photo tutorial on how this piece was created, please visit the Maja Design blog post HERE. And here is a layout I created using the very same Vintage Summer Basics collection:  Really Love Really (798x800) To see how this netted flower was created & the basic construct of this page design, visit the Maja Design blog by clicking HERE. Another mixed media piece I created, “No Place Like Home,” was created with the vibrant and gorgeous Sommartider paper collection from Maja Design. Home Maja To see a stepped out photo tutorial on how this map was pieced together, please visit the Maja Design blog by clicking HERE. And lastly, I would like to share a layout I created using the gorgeous Vintage Summer Basics Maja Design paper collection, yet again.  I really adore this paper line. the Palace To see how I created the clay flower used in this layout, please visit the Maja Design blog by clicking HERE. TFL my friends! I hope that something here has inspired you to create something AMAZING today…and perhaps see the ordinary as a bit more extraordinary! 🙂 Nancy


Exciting News!!!


I am sorry that it has been awhile since my last post.  I have had some issues…hopefully now resolved.   With that said…I have a whole lot to share with you!  First, I have taken a Creative Team position with the amazing paper manufacturer, Maja Design.  AND you have got to check out the new Maja Design facebook page!  Be sure and “like” Maja Design on Facebook to be entered to win some of the gorgeous, Limited Edition, Sofiero paper, or a paper collection of the winner’s choice!  There will be one winner for EVERY 1000 “likes”/fans…. so be sure and spread the word, it only increases EVERYONES chances of winning!

So what have I been creating lately?…..

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If you would like to see some close-ups and extra details on how these projects were created…be sure and go over and check out the Maja Design blog!!! TFS my friends! I appreciate each and every one of you!!!


It’s Go Time – Blog Give-away Winner!


I want to thank everyone for leaving such lovely comments on my Maja Design projects!  And before I announce my blog give-away winner….I would like to share an art journal page I created, “It’s Go Time.”

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This is the first complete art journal page I created in my hand-made art journal.

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I created this art journal from an 18 x 24 watercolor paper pad (I like to use watercolor paper because of it’s thickness, and because of all the wet media I like to use in my art journals) ….I tore out the pages….folded them in half… & punched holes in the center of each page, so I could sew them together.

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In between the pages, I added “signatures” – various ephemera, such as a time card, a large envelop, a map page.

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To create the front and back cover, I simply decoupaged some beautiful paper napkins (yes, I said napkins) onto the front and back sides of my sewn together journal.

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I used my big bite to punch the holes into the centers of the folded paper.

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I used some heavy-duty thread-like rope that I had to sew the pages together, creating the binding.

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Above, is a photo of the center of the book, showing the stitching.

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Above, you can see the frayed edges of the pages, since I tore them out of a watercolor paper pad.  If this bothers you, you could easily trim off the frayed edges.  Personally, I like the way it looks, so I didn’t mess with trimming the sides.

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And above is the center pages….(I started in the center)…. showing a finished page on the left, and one just started on the right.

This was a very easy process.  So, if you have been thinking about giving a hand-made book a try, I highly encourage it.

And NOW, without further ado, my blog give-away winner, randomly drawn from a hat 🙂 , is

February 23rd, 2013 at 6:42 pm e Sharon Says:

OK, you certainly don’t make it easy to pick one, because I can honestly say that they are all my favorite in their own special ways.  You have created masterpieces here, Nancy.  If I had to pick just one, I would go with that amazing sun canvas that tells that grey skies are gonna clear up!!!  Or the lamp shade. . . ok . . . I will pick the sun canvas!  Thanks so much, Nancy for having this giveaway, too.  It’s been much too long since I have visited your blog!!!!

Congratulations Sharon!!! Please let me know where you would like your gift certificate, so that I can get it sent to you pronto!!! 🙂

Have a great weekend everybody!!!! and thanks for looking!!!!

Blog Give-Away!


Do you want a $50 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com?  or would you rather have one to A Cherry On Top?   I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner (winner chooses which on-line store above.)  Here is how you enter to win….tell me which project is your favorite in the comments….from all the projects I created using the gorgeous Maja Design paper collections.  Then stay-tuned as I randomly select & announce the lucky winner next Saturday!  The winner will have 2 weeks from the announcement to claim his/her prize! That’s it…..that’s all you have to do….BUT, you have to “be in it to win it!” 🙂  Now, how about a re-cap of the projects I made, to make it a little easier!

Created using the Sommartider paper collection from Maja Design:

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Created with the Vintage Winter, Maja Design paper collection:

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My Little Snowman

Created with the Life by the Sea, Maja Design paper collection:

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Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away

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And finally, created with the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? Maja Design paper collection:

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There you have it!  Which one is your favorite?  Good Luck!


Maja Design – Creating with Sommartider


Today marks my 1st post showing all of the creations I have made using the gorgeous papers from Maja Design’s Sommartider collection.  As February’s Guest Designer, I will be posting my projects for Maja Design papers each Saturday – and don’t forget, after I have posted all of my projects I will be having a blog give-away for either a $50 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com or A Cherry on Top (the winner picks.)  To enter, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite project is that I have created with Maja Design’s beautiful papers this month! that’s it!

My first project is a 12 x 12 mixed media canvas piece:  “gray skies are gonna CLEAR up”:

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If you would like to see a photo tutorial on the process of how I created this mixed media piece, please visit the Maja Design blog HERE.

My next project is another 12 x 12 canvas mixed media piece called “Seize the Moment”:

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again, I used the Sommartider paper collection from Maja Design for this piece…but I did use one beautiful piece of their Fika collection for my branches.



again if you would like to see detailed photos on how I created this piece, check out my post on the Maja Design blog HERE.

I also created a layout using this paper collection as well:

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I just love this photo of my baby girl, not so much a baby anymore.


a photo tutorial on how I created this “quilted” flower can also be found on my post at Maja Design blog


I also tried out the amazing “Paper Ruffles” tutorial posted by the super talented, Gabrielle Pollacco, over at Maja Designs.

The final project I created with the Sommartider paper collection is my personal favorite:

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I altered this paneled lamp shade.  I just LOVE the whimsical and girly feel to this! Every panel has a different piece of patterned paper from this collection.  And I framed each panel with some of the HUGE amount of ribbon I have been hoarding, oh, I mean collecting over the years!  I have also stepped this project out in photos on my Maja Design blog post if you would like a closer look.

Here are a few more photos of different angles of the shade:

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Well, I hope that I have inspired you to create something today! and I sure appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!! TFL!

January 2013 Calendar – Maja Design January Inspiration Mood Board


Every month the Maja Design blog  posts an inspirational  “Mood Board” challenge.  This month I was very inspired by the beautiful blue and brown tones and wintery feel to this month’s mood board.

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Here is the project I created:

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I used papers from 4 different Maja Design Collections Life by the Sea, Ska vi ta en Fika, Vintage Winter, and Sommartider.   Here is a basic photo tutorial on how I created this calendar.

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I started with my basic 8 x 10 sketch journal.  Because this paper wasn’t quite as thick as I would have liked, I first prepped the surfaces of the pages with Gesso- this is basically just painting the pages with the gesso to “prime” them…this allows the use of wetter mediums such as paints, etc. and the paper becomes less porous.

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and because I am not a very patient person, I use my heat gun to quicken the drying process

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To create the background, I used some snowflake chipboard and plastic pieces as a mask. (purchased these snowflakes at Walmart)

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I used one of my Lindy Stamp Gang mists.

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I wanted the background snowflakes to be a bit more pronounced, so I drew around the snowflakes with one of my Neocolor II watercolor crayons.

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After outlining the snowflakes, I went back over the outlines with a wet brush to soften the lines.

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I used my 1 7/8 ” square punch to punch the squares for my calendar days.

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Tip:  I used Mod Podge on the backs of the squares to adhere them to the page….my regular adhesive resists the gessoed pages for some reason, and I am not a big fan of going back and “fixing” projects that have come apart.  I distressed the edges of the squares before adhering them.

I finished up the calendar pages with some number stamps, flourishes, and snowflakes….. stamps from CTMH, Stampabilities, and 2 beautiful little butterflies created by Reneabouquets.

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TFL my friends! Be sure and get over to Maja Design and enter their monthly challenges….you can win one of their amazing collections!

And how about a sneak peak of a new Maja Design collection coming soon!




Scraps of Darkness Monthly Kit Club Reveals “Purple Haze”


Well….it is the 15th of the month again….and today marks the November reveal of Scraps of Darkness’ latest kit: PURPLE HAZE!

“Well she’s walking through the clouds
 With a circus mind that’s running round
 Butterflies and zebras
 And moonbeams and fairy tales
 That’s all she ever thinks about…
 Riding with the wind.”
                          – Jimi Hendrix

And here are some of the projects I created with this dazzling kit:

Layout created using the Purple Haze exclusive sketch

Here is my Lizzie’s first day of Pre-K! She was so excited! I created this layout using the exclusive sketch made for November’s kit from fellow Design Team member, Charlotte Jenkins aka Suepup.

Here are some detailed shots:

I created the title on my Cricut using the Hoot ‘n’ Holler Cricut Lite cartridge.

My next layout is of a beautiful wintery photo my husband took while he was traveling in Germany several years back.

Next is the 3rd layout I created with this gorgeously colorful kit:


 I used 3 different Cricut cartridges in creating this: Mother’s Day 2010, Elegant Edges, and Fancy Frames.


I have shared a tutorial over at the Scraps of Darkness web-site on how I created the flowers for this layout if you are interested… click HERE.

And lastly, here is the 4th layout I created using this AMAZING kit:



I used my EK Success Perfect Petal punch in a little bit of a different way.

I have shared a short tutorial on how I created this border detailing with Liquid Pearls over at www.scrapsofdarkness.com !

TFL my friends! Stay tuned as I will be posting my next blog give-away this next Saturday (another Cricut Lite cartridge, or alternate prize if you don’t have a Cricut) and I will also be  sharing more projects using this gorgeous kit soon!

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