Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Hello all you wonderful followers of Maja Design.
 A very very warm welcome here to my blog .
today I am showcasing a Rich and colorful TAG in an ENVELOPE .
I have used the beautiful FIKA collection 
which I love .
  The envelope is simply made from paper,
 cut, folded and glued to hold the shape. 

The tag is embellished with chipboard , ribbon, blooms and leaves,
 and popped into the matching envelope.  

WISHING you lots of everything WONDERFUL .
This envelope and gift Tag is for some friends of ours
 who have just moved into their new home …. number 15 .. 
their children are all adults now and married so they chose to downsize .
Their new home has a very pretty established garden, with deep blue and cream blooms . 

House Number 15 

We bought our friends a beautiful fern in a large deep blue ceramic pot , 
and popped in our hand made Tag in the envelope  .
They absolutely loved it and received it with gratitude, love and joy .
full front view of my Tag .
I also love to decorate the back of my tag 
where I leave room to write a message for my friends.x
a little cluster of blooms .
I created this cutsie  little cluster to add interest and contrast 
to the rich gingham envelope . 

Maja Design collection used …….
 FIKA  … Bjornbarskakar, bs, Babarssylt – bs, Vaffia m bjornbarssylt, bjornarsrvtor, Hemma hos mig .
I do hope you are inspired to have a go at creating your own tag and envelope .
till next time 
happy scrapping x

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CSI case file #131 - My Topiary Trees

Another fabulous case file to solve 
case file #131 

to find out more info 
Black,White and Kraft can be added to this palette .
Here is how I solved this case .
I based my LO on Ems fabulous sketch 
string, brads, doodling, wet medium ( crackle paint) , doodling, 
I cherish this photo of my topiary trees.
I no longer have them , but my memories of tending and trimming them
are very close to my heart . They gave me 15 years of joy .

thanks for popping by everyone 
Take care and happy scrapping. 
I do hope you have time to play with this case file 
bye for now until next time we meet   x

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tags, Tags and more Tags

Hello all my scrappy sistas'
welcome to my blog 
Today I am sharing some Tags with you .
when I first began scrapbooking back in 2003 
I created lots of TAGS. 
I love to have affirmations to live by and repeat to myself during the day
so what better way than to create TAGS with affirmations on them
The quotes here are all made with Stamps .
quick and easy !!
I have a place on my kitchen dresser where I display my tags 
I change them weekly 
and also use them as bookmarks 
MY TAGS with Quotes
This tag holds the quote
 Brief is life,
but LOVE is long.
Quote 1.
As long as we have memories,
Yesterday remains,
As long as we have HOPE,
Tomorrow awaits.
As long as we have ART
Today is BEAUTIFUL .
Quote 2.
 The purpose of ART
is washing the dust of daily life off our souls
Quote 3.
is the EYE
of the SOUL

All the tags are nicely tucked up at home in their pockets.
I will share some more TAGS next month 
thanks for popping by and I truly love reading the words you leave for me 
bye for now until next time we meet .

Friday, July 11, 2014

ART journal page

Hello and welcome to my blog where I share my 
I have been keeping art journals for many years 
But never really shared them as I did not know if they would be of interest 
to others.
I love Affirmations and choose one for each page of my journal .

Every day of your LIFE
 is a page of your HISTORY

 I usually create my pages separately and then add them to my journal
This way I have more fun with my paints and inks without worrying about spoiling 
my journal with messy paint runs and drips ..

 I really adore using Tim Holtz distress inks and stains 
I find they are so easy to use and are easily wiped off with a wet wipe, if I apply too much .
I have finished this page with crackle paint to give a rich deep sheen and crackle effect. 

 lots of layering with corrugated cardboard , paper, metal embellies and chipboard 
and washi tape .
inks, paint, stains and crackle paint .

I created this page to add to my ' GRUNGY ' Journal .
I have various journals, some are quite bright while others are 
soft and romantic .
is one of my favourite things to do.
Thanks so much for popping by 
and taking the time to leave me some love x

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Warm and Rustic - Celebration Easel card and a Tag

Hello everyone, I am so happy to have you here on my blog .
Today I am sharing TWO projects 
A richly colored easel card and a TAG 
which I created with the
 Walking in the Forest Collection and the Vintage Autumn basics Collection 
for Maja Design . 
We are having our winter season here in Australia 
and I wanted to create something warm and bright . 
I have chosen a combination of Denim blue and Deep Burnt Orange.
I stacked my elements combining Maja papers with diecut leaves, and various other diecut shapes.
 together with some chipboard twigs .
  I kept with the warm rusty theme and colored my chipboard in Rusty ink .
 I feel the orange and blue are a Perfect marriage....
These blues flowed together beautifully and I added some metal buttons each side of my cluster .

inside view of my card. 
I stamped with my fave word stamp - CELEBRATE !
and added an inked swirly chippie to hold the easel section in place .

I really love this color combination, I rarely use orange in my work, 
but this collection 
has made me think differently ..

Now for my second project .
Recently Some friends of ours had a 'HOUSE WARMING' party
I created this TAG to go with a gift
No. 28 

This Tag has a foundation of chipboard, to create a sturdy base.
I have one at home which is displayed on our kitchen dresser
this tag is adorned with DUSTY ATTIC chipboard .
French Flourish 2pk :DA0273
Mini Number grid : DA1073
Chevron Panel large : DA1066
Main Street small set :DA0989
Dusty in Colour Clear Crackle Varnish: DA0900
I added their house  number 28
to make it personal to them . 

Maja Design materials used
Walking in the Forest -Jeans, Cozy Scarf , Seasons Last Bird song
- Vintage Autumn Basics - No XX111, plus bs .  
Thanks so much for popping here at my blog and looking at my creations
bye for now until next time
happy scrapping and take care x

Thursday, July 3, 2014


Hello my scrappy friends , hope you are all well
Today I am sharing with you my take on the delightful sketch
created by the very talented Nadia Cannizzo 
CLICK HERE for more info on the Dusty Attic Blog
just a little reminder .
Dusty Attic now has a linky on the side bar of the blog
where you can download your beautiful projects for the challenge .
cant wait to see them .

This page is inspired by Nature
 and Dusty Attic has the perfect chippies to showcase my photo.
I just love this Grass Border #1 DA0659


Once again I have used a photograph of nature,
taken on one of our many road trips around Austraalia .
my BackGround is created with a mask and moulding paste.
random stamping and stitching .
the chippies are altered using DA pesto paint, 
and a lttle Rusty Hinge distress paint on the grass heads. 
Finishing off with DA crackle paint and a few random swipes of gesso .
I really love how this worked, you know what I mean sometimes art just flows !!
I have happy memories about this trip .

Dusty Attic items used .
Dusty in Colour Clear Crackle Varnish :  DA 0900
Heart Arrows #2 : DA1026
Polaroid frames :DA0932
Grass Border #1 DA0659
Mini words #2:DA0476
Dusty in Colour Navajo White : DA 0903
Dusty in Colour Pesto : DA0918
thanks so much for
popping by and taking the time
 to leave me some words on my work 
happy scrapping until next time x

Monday, June 30, 2014


Hello everyone, I hope you are all well .
Sadly this is my last post for 
Megs Garden
I have decided to step down from two of my Design teams 
you will still see my work on Maja design , Dusty Attic and CSI 
This year has been exhausting for me 
with Baden having Cancer and an ongoing health issue of my own 
I am feeling burnt out .
Meg very kindly invited me to do some guest spots if I want to .
Thanks so much Meg for having me on the team for more than 2 years 
I have enjoyed the journey designing with the unique papers, big hugz x .
Today I have another layout for you using the new Correspondence Paper Collection 
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Megs Garden 
these papers are the perfect marriage with the earthy hues I love .


the stunning photograph was taken by GEORGE SAAD 
I am very grateful George gave me permission to use his photos in my work

I created lots of different shaped tags with the paper and have them poking out from under the layers.
Correspondence Collection
Vintage brads 
Marion Smith papers..Nirvana
cottage cutz/ leafy dies 
 I love to light candles each night and watch the dappled light create a soft relaxing atmosphere.
when I saw these papers I knew I would use this photograph .
I used lots of layering with diecuts 
These blooms work in perfectly with the theme .
a cluster of the rose buds, the small ivory roses 
with some diecut leaves .  
 I cut this heart with the paper and then light rubbed on some Rusty hinge distress ink 
to create contrast ( these papers absorb the distress ink beautifully )
for the final touch I applied some crackle paint and a vintage brad .
lots of layering of diecuts with touches of Rusty Hinge distress ink  
more layering under the photo 
I find that the extra strips of matching paper 
are fabulous for layering on my work . 

Items Used from Megs Garden 
 Correspondence Collection
Marion Smith Designs-Nirvana 
Small rectangular Parisian Frame fr005
mini Rose Buds - Ivory
Small roses -Ivory
Mia - white
Vintage brads
To go to Megs Garden blog  
thanks so much for popping by to look at my work 
I always love having you here and I breathe your words into my soul
bye for now x