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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!!!


the Sea – Maja Design


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:


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.


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


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!




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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Seize the Moment

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Our Sweetheart

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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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Sweet Little Cupcake

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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


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


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


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


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!




Exciting News


I know that it has been awhile since my last blog post….but it is NOT because I haven’t been super busy or  in a super creative mode!  I am so excited to  “officially” announce that I am the February 2013 Guest Designer for Maja Design – a gorgeous paper manufacturer out of Sweden.  I have been busy creating away with their AMAZINGLY gorgeous and high-quality papers and am super excited to share with you the projects I have been creating over the last several weeks….and I have been creating A LOT of them! So be sure to stay tuned…I will be posting my new projects every Saturday during February, using just 4 of all the amazingly beautiful Maja Design collections.  AND to share my excitement, at the end of February I will give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite project that I created using these gorgeous papers and you will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift certificate to your choice of either Scrapbook.com or A Cherry On Top….that’s worth a whole lot of scrappy goodness!  So be sure and stay tuned.  I cannot wait to share!  Thanks for looking my friends!!! – Nancy

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