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Exciting News!!!

August15

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!!!

 

the Sea – Maja Design

July2

The July Mood Board is up and going over at Maja Design – click HERE for details.   And here is what I was inspired to create….

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I absolutely ADORE these Maja Design papers – Life by the Sea  collection.

I’ve never seen more perfect papers to use… to scrap, or create paper crafting projects… for my dear son, Saylor.

And because so many people have asked me about his name…. here is the story :  He is named after my paternal grandfather…my grandfather’s  middle name was Sayler….which was his mother’s maiden name.  Tradition on the paternal side of my family is to name a son’s middle name as the maiden name of the mother.  Thus, Saylor’s middle name is actually my maiden name, I didn’t know this tradition at the time….I just had a difficult time making his full name sound right.   Maybe I was led to this by happenstance, maybe I was meant to follow the tradition…but what I have noticed about my son’s name is this…either you absolutely love it, or you simply don’t “get” it.  For me, I absolutely love it….  and it really is the perfect name for him.

But, back to these papers….Not only are these papers perfect to create for my son…but they are also perfect to scrap America’s Independence day…the 4th of July.  The stars, and stripes, red, white, and blue….all make for the perfect pairing to scrap our summertime favorites.  I have a few fave 4th of July pics I am planning on scrapping with these papers…so keep your eye out! 🙂

Here are some up-close photos & details:

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Above, I used a flourish I cut out from my Cricut  (Cindy Loo cartridge) and added some white Polymark dimensional paint  to accent the “crests” of the waves.

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I used some of my CTMH clear acrylic stamps to create  the nautical themed embellishments.  I stamped them onto cardstock and then cut them out and adhered them with hot glue (a good choice for adding some extra dimension.)

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I used some mini-alphas from Kaisercraft, and some “shelf-liner” for the plastic webbing used along the borders…how crafty is that?!? 🙂

I did some hand-stitching through-out the layout, including around the border….just because I love to stitch on my pages~

I hope this has inspired you to get your hands on some of this amazing Maja Design paper…. and if you don’t believe me, click HERE for a direct link to Maja Design so you can see for yourself.

BUT….before I go, I have to share with you a brand new paper line from Maja Design….a very limited edition…..possibly already sold out….the gorgeously sweet and delicate Sofiero collection

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This paper is so gorgeously sweet and innocent…I cannot wait to create some perfectly darling creations for my little girl.  So, stay tuned!  TFL my friends!!! and wishing all my American friends a wonderfully safe & hopefully family filled Independence Day!

-Nancy

 

 

It’s Go Time – Blog Give-away Winner!

March2

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!

February23

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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The Heart Project

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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!

 

Creating with Ska Vi Ta En Fika paper collection from Maja Design

February23

Hello my friends!  Today is my very last posting for my Guest Creative Team spot at Maja Design.  I have had so much fun creating with Maja Design’s exquisite papers and would like to thank the lovely ladies over at Maja Design for their generosity and support!

Today, I am going to share the projects that I created with the gorgeous “Ska Vi Ta En Fika?” papers.

I created 2 mixed media pieces and (1) 12 x 12 layout.

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Details on how the flower above was created, can be found on the Maja Design Blog.

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Above are 3 deep-edged 4 x 4 canvases I created with this gorgeous collection.

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Details and up-close photos, on how these little canvas pieces were created, can be found on the Maja Design blog.

And for my last project, here is another mixed media project I created.  These canvases are 5 x 5.

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Thanks for looking, my friends!!! I have so enjoyed sharing all of my Maja Design projects with you over the last several weeks!

Stay tuned for my next post.  I am having a blog give-away of a $50 gift certificate to the winner’s choice of either Scrapbook.com or A Cherry on Top!  All you have to do is vote for your favorite project that I created using the Maja Design paper collections!!!!

Life by the Sea – Maja Design

February16

Well, today marks my 3rd contribution over  at Maja Design for February’s Guest Creative Team spot!  This week I am sharing the projects I created with the amazing Life by the Sea collection.

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My first project is a 12 x 12 mixed-media canvas.  To see up-close photos of this project and the steps in it’s creation, please visit the post over at the Official Blog of Maja Design HERE.

My 2nd project is a 12 x 12 layout of my sweet baby boy:

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These papers were perfect to scrap this photo!  To see these beautiful papers and other gorgeous paper collections from Maja Design, click HERE.

I have one more week as the Guest Creative Team member for February.  So, be sure and check back next Saturday, as I have 3 projects to share!!  And don’t forget, I am having a blog give-away right after my last posting for Maja Design.  I will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to either A Cherry on Top or Scrapbook.com  (winner’s choice)- all you  have to do is to vote for your favorite of all the projects I created using the beautiful Maja Design paper collections.   Then, you are automatically entered to win!  BUT, you have to be in it to win it!!! 🙂

TFL my friends! Until next week, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and have a chance to be crafty!!!!

Maja Design – Creating With Vintage Winter

February9

Here is my 2nd Saturday sharing projects I have made from Maja Design’s Vintage Winter papers. Be sure and check out my blog spot over at Maja Design’s blog HERE.

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Here is an (8) panel canvas, mixed media piece, that I created with the gorgeous Maja Design papers, Vintage Winter.

I was very inspired by the gorgeous blues and reds in this collection.  And being that it is Valentine’s season, I wanted to create a Valentine themed project.  Each mini-canvas is 5 x 5 – here they are up-close:

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Be sure and stop by the Maja Design blog if you would like a behind the scenes look on how these were created.

And here is a layout I created with this gorgeous paper:

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TFL my friends! Stay tuned, as I will be sharing my projects using a 3rd collection from Maja Design next Saturday!!!

 

Maja Design – Creating with Sommartider

February2

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.

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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.

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

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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!

Creating – What Have You Been Up To?

December12

I’ll admit it.  Ever since I decided to temporarily “retire” from Design Teams (I was losing the “fun” out of creating with so many life stressors, my full-time job, raising small children that needed more attention – not to mention the insane amount of homework they pile onto kindergarteners and 2nd graders…and life just getting in the way) my posting and my creating has slowed WAY DOWN.  Not that I am not always creating in my mind…thinking of and planning new projects…..and now I run a ART CLASS at my work with my patients every week -( well actually I have been doing that for months now, but since I am always so laxed in posting new up-dates, how would any of my fellow peeps know that?)   So here is my latest up-date to all my latest creations:

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What have you been doing lately?

September16

 

Well…a blog post has been long over-due… I know.   But I have been sooooo busy.   I have been through almost EVERY DRAWER and EVERY CLOSET in my house…..talk about a big clean-sweep.  A few rooms to go….a final round on the garage before a “scaredy-hole” gets installed and then maybe, just maybe, I can relax for a moment and focus back on what grounds my soul…CREATING.  But in the midst of all the cleaning and organizing and general mayhem of a house with 2 small kiddos and a full-time working mommy and daddy…..I have managed to pull off a few projects……and since I am finding the rare moment to actually up-date my blog….I would like to share the projects I have completed since my last “up-date” 🙂  This is going to be a rather long post…so skim through if you don’t have the time…or sit back and relax.  AND anyone who leaves a comment, and is a current blog follower (see the subscribe 2 section on the right hand column if not already),  will be put into a drawing to win a box of paper crafting goodies…and if you have ever seen my give-aways, then you know you will not be disappointed……I’ll blog the prize just as soon as I gather it all together…I plan on stuffing a box FULL of goodness 🙂   Here we go…

So I have had a couple family birthdays over the last couple of months and here are projects I created for the special days:

Above is the creation I made for my oldest sister’s b-day….I created this on a 40 x 40 pieced together canvas …. I had to photograph my just turned 5 year old in the photo to demonstrate just how huge this piece actually is.  I used some amazing 8 x 8 papers from DCWV….some black yarn decoupaged onto the piece…some title stamps from CTMH stamped and individually cut-out.   LOVE this paper!

Above is a 16 x 20 mixed-media canvas piece I created for one of my nephews for his 10th birthday.  I used a lot of 7 Gypsies papers, some CTMH stamps….I did a ton of inking, painting, misting, masking, collaging….I just couldn’t keep up with all the supplies I used on this.

The above project is a 11 x 20 canvas project…framed by this amazing frame I purchased at Michaels (hand-painted) for my dear cousin.  I was going for a “search-a-word” type feel here… Can you see the saying? 🙂  I used an Oklahoma state map for the background (I am obsessed with maps) and used map paper to create the flowers.

The next 2 projects are art journal type pages, both 12 x 12, that I created with my kits from www.scrapsofdarkness.com – I used some stuff from both my Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits.

Next is a photo of the cover I created for one of my art journals (my new obsession.)

I stitched the flourished on this book cover with yarn instead of thread … and I love the added texture and dimension!

The next project I would like to share is another mixed media canvas – 16 x 20.

here are some of my Art Journal pages:

I am creating an Art Journal book for both my kids…..full of my “personal wisdom” per se lol!

whew! lol…and lastly…here is my very latest 12 x 12 art-journal style page I created with my ver August Scraps of Darkness kit:

and a few up-close shots:

Thank you for taking the time to peruse my latest creations! I appreciate each and every one of you!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment to win a great prize! 🙂 Be in it to win it! 🙂 God Bless!

 

 

 

 

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