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Monday, March 1, 2021


 Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This month at A Place To Start we are challenging you to show us your clever use of shapes.  The shape can be the shape of your card, your embellishment, your sentiment, or all of the above.  You may use one or as many shapes as you like.  Have Fun!

I chose to create a square card (5"x 5") base. 
 I also chose to use circles to create my fairy garden!
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My background was created by layering Distress Oxide Inks.  I used the smoosh technique to add the inks to my base. 
I smooshed the ink onto my silicone mat, sprayed it with water, and then dragged my card through it.  I would look at the result and press the card into the ink color that I wanted in a particular area.   Distress Oxides don't get muddy like regular distress inks, but I would still advise caution in choosing colors.
I used two colors at a time, using my heat tool to dry the inks between layers.  I did not have a particular color scheme in mind so I just kept adding inks until I had a blend that I liked.  I knew I would be using a 5"x5" base, so I used a 5-1/2"x5-1/2" piece of cardstock to create my background.

Once I was satisfied with my blend, I positioned my images (I used removable tape to position my circle die on the area I wanted to use) and stamped them using my stamp platform.  After that, I stamped text in selected areas The highlighting around the fairy was created by masking her upper body with a scrap circle piece and brushing the ink from the center outward.
The fairy's petals were colored with Arteza brush markers and water.  Liquid Pearls™ was added and sprayed with glitter to create sparkle around the fairy. I added glitter glue to the fairy's wings.  I also used my Sharpie paint marker to add white dots in selected places.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope to see your projects in the challenge at A Place To Start!

Chana Malkah
Stuff I Used:
Recollections Clear Stamp: "Fairies"
Bo Bunny Clear Stamps: "Snow Day"
Martha Stewart Crafts: "Doily Lace Butterflies"
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: "Light of Christmas" (script text)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

WOYWW #612 - Faux Leather Notebook/Journal Pages

Hello, Crafty Makers!
It is time for another round of blog visits for
What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!
 Want to know more about this wonderful weekly blog hop? 
My desk is super clean this week.  I am starting a new project using an old CD.  My colors are too muddy, so I am going to add another coat of Gesso and try again.  I am trying (and mostly failing) to complete a voice-over for my video about my Faux Leather Notebook.
I love my D-I-Y mat.  I taped together six (6"x8") Dollar Tree® cutting mats.   I have a mat that is 12"x24",  folds up, and only cost my hubby $6.00.

I was planning this card last week.  It is only fair to share the final outcome.
Faux Leather Notebook

I created this faux leather notebook in 2015. I never did anything with the blank signatures until now. I don't know much about creative journaling. I have been reading up and looking at samples. This is the first time I've tried it. My pages are not the typical "artistic" journal pages, but they are "ME!"

Age speaks wisdom and age speaks the truth,
and the seasoned tongues are keen,
but give me the honeyed lies of youth
and keep my wisdom green.

Fire may burn and the burning may teach
the moth what candles are,
but let me grasp what is out of reach
and die en route to a star!

Chana Malkah

Saturday, February 20, 2021

2021 STASH BASH #5 - Rainbow Sprinkle Fairy Card

 Hello, Crafty Peoples!

Today I share a project that had been floating around in my head for a few days!   When I pull out an unused stamp, my main fear is that my design will not be interesting.   

This stamp set was purchased over eight years ago. I do not color well.  Most of my "image" stamps are left to languish in my stash.  I have hundreds, maybe thousands if I count all my Itty Bitty™ Unity Stamps that have yet to be inked!

Rainbow Sprinkle
I created this card for "Turner Syndrome Awareness" Month
On The Inside
The rainbows were cut from a sticker pad. They are gold trimmed, but that did not photograph well 

A Little Bit of the Process
The project began as a simple ink blending practice sheet, and although this sheet had a few muddy areas, it worked!
I stamped the background images onto a blank piece of cardstock before stamping them onto my card face panel. 

I used alcohol brush markers to add color to some of the stamped images.  I also added an outline around the butterfly image. I colored it and painted it with a thin coat of glitter glue.  
In this close-up shot, you can see the "ghost" stamping.   I stamped the sentiment and used my craft knife to cut it into single words. The yellow and green circles were made using a bottle cap.

I wanted to create a bit of a 3D look, so I added a third mushroom to the focal grouping. 
I glued the third mushroom down and added foam tape to the center back of the main image.  I also added foam tape to the center of the two smaller mushrooms.  I glued the edges of the grass and the small mushrooms.  The effect is awesome!

Thanks For Stopping By!
Chana Malkah

 Stuff I Used:
Stamps: JustRite® Cling Stamp - "Fairy Garden Wishes"

Prima Marketing:  Engraver

Glitter Glue:  Dollar Tree
Open Star Charm:  Stash