Saturday, August 31, 2013

Life Is Art - Great Impressions Guest Designer

Hello Crafty Peeples!
This month, I have the wonderful pleasure of being the Guest Designer for Great Impressions Stamps. 
If you are unfamiliar with the company, I recommend that you check out their store.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which stamps to use, they have a tremendous variety and the quality of the rubber and the cut is excellent.  I just found out that there is a store here in Georgia that carries their stamps, so I will be able to get the stamp of the month here and not have to wait for it to hit the online store.  Yay!  I created two projects with my wonderful stamps!
The Back Story
Card Base - Neenah Solar White Linen
Die Cut: Spellbinders' Label 
Designer Paper: Prima Sun Kiss Collection
Flower: Prima; Leaves: Petaloo
Distress Ink: Ranger DI - Tea Dye

I had a left over frame and mat, so I used those to mount and frame the sentiment on the inside of the card!
 The Back Story
Card Base: Neenah Solar White Linen
Die Cut: Sizzix Framelit
Embossing Folder - Spellbinders' M-bossabilities ES-006 So Trendy and Tendance
Chalk:  Mint Green
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black

Thanks to Jenny and all the wonderful folks over at Great Impressions Stamps.  I had fun working with your product and hope we can do this again!

Please stop by and check out the Great Impressions Blog.  The design team presents wonderful projects daily.  Great place for inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Sentiment 
365 Cards - Colors of the Sunset ( My 1st Card )
Less is More - Use a Rubber Stamp -(Always CAS) (My 1st Card)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

For The Boys - Shopping Our Stash

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
This week, thanks to Shopping Our Stash, I got a chance to use some paper from one of my 500 6x6 pads!  I see these pads and I think, "Oh, boy, I just love that collection of papers.  I know what I will do with it!"  Of course, not 1/50th of those big ideas ever saw the light.  So I found some Map Paper by 7 Gypsies (didn't even know I had it.  Come to find out I have two...never opened).  

 I decided to stick with the "boring", "predictable" colors traditionally used for male cards.  Since the Map paper is really the star, I wanted to keep embellishments to a minimum and highlighting colors either neutral or very muted.
 The word band reads, "The Journey Awakens The Soul".

I played around with the composition for a while, but decided that a recessed box card would make the best presentation for this minimalistic design!
I decided to leave the inside blank.  This is part of a collection of cards that I am giving to my SIL.  She sends them out to family and friends.  I didn't want to limit how she could use this one!


Stash Items:  Map Paper (7 gypsies' Global 6x6 Pad);  Patterned Paper ( Studio Calico's Classic Calico Pad);  Die Cuts:  Umbrella Man and Postage Stamp Frame - both by Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix. Ribbon Stampin' Up; Word Band Tim Holtz Idea-ology.   All items in this project are 6 months - 1year old.  The Umbrella Man Die I have had for three months but never used, the Postage Die I have had for 6 months and only used once.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will use this challenge to decrease your stash...a little!  Please stop by Shopping Our Stash to see what my Teammates have created with their "old, long forgotten stuff!"
Chana Malkah

Challenges Entered:
ABC Challenges - No Flowers
Card Mania Challenge - Ribbon
Craftin Desert Diva's Challenge - Anything Goes
Created with Love Challenge - Anything Goes
Make It Mondays - Always Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Die Cut, Punches, Decorative Sisscors
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes (Week 2 of 3 Weeks)
Crafting With Dragonflies - Masculine/Father's Day
So Artful Challenges - Use A Map!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Life's Moments - Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
It is so nice to be back to crafting!  I am a little late posting for the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.  I planned to be done earlier today, but we had a true scare here in Decatur, Georgia this afternoon when an armed gunman entered one of our schools threatening to kill as many people as possible.  This happened not so far from where I live and very close to an area where I used to live.  It was a terrifying having something like that happen here.   Anyway, none of the children or staff were hurt.  The school clerk was able to talk the gunman (a nineteen year old male) into putting down his weapon and emptying his pocket of all the additional clips and weapons he brought into the school.  Brave Lady. She told Diane Sawyer that she calmed him down by sharing with him some of the challenges she had faced in her life and how she had overcome them.  She convinced him that thing would work out if he would just put down his weapon, lie on the floor, and wait to be taken by the police.  It worked!  G-d is Good All the Time!   Anyway,  I changed the card I was working on and created this one instead!

The sentiment stamp is from Unity Stamp Company - Itty Bitty Stamp of The Week Club
My DH likes this shot he says it is more "Vintage".  The man has spent too much time in my Studio!

Thanks for Stopping By!
Challenges Entered:
Love Rubber Stamps - Square or Round Card
Craft-Room Challenge - Something New - (My project is new stamp and new technique)
Cuttin and Stampin Challenge - Monochromatic
Sweet Stamps Blog Challenge - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Try Stampin' On Tuesday - Sketch

Shopping Our Stash - Use Your Oldest Metal

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we would like for you to create projects using your oldest metal.  If you are anything like me, and most of you are, you have several hundred, if not several thousand brads.  And, of course, there are those wonderful eyelets, and photo corners.  I have metal pen tips and footers and drawer pulls (almost all of my Tim Holtz embellies are metal) and metal label holders.

Here is my project using my metal photo corners.  They are the oldest only by virtue of being lost for two years.  I found them while scrounging around for old metal embellishments!  We would love to know what you were able to dig up!

All materials used on this card are at least one year old.  Most are two or more years old.
I love Pocket Cards.  I wanted to create an illusion with this one, so I mounted a light pole on the outside.  
I wanted to chain the bike to the lamp pole, but I did not have a chain small enough'

This is a large tag, that doubles as a photo mat or journal card

I am so happy that I was invited to this team.  I can see that it will help me reduce my stash.  I may even get it to a manageable level.   Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Thanks for stopping by!

Please visit the other SOS designers and see how they used their "metal".

Chana, Owner
Challenges Entered:
Lady Anne's Challenge - Pocket
Mema's Crafts Monday Challenge - Anything Goes/or Back to School or Best Vacation
Try it on Tuesday - Let's Create A Scene

Monday, August 19, 2013

Path of Positivity - Mid Month Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeples!  
Wow, this month is just flying away!  This is my second and final project as GDT at Path of Positivity and I am delighted to work with an image from one of the nicest ladies in craft blog land, Naomi Edwards, owner of Creative Bug Digis.


Using the Creative Bug Digi "Ladybug Travels"

 Papers - (Floral) Prima Fairy Rhymes
Green Plaid from My Stash
Card Base -  Bazzill

Die Cut:  Sizzix Framelits - Labels, Francy 

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Hello, Crafty Peeples!
I'm Back!   This week at 613 Avenue Create, we have our regular Anything Goes Challenge and Our Optional Twist this week is:  Stitching - Faux or Real.  Hope to see you there.
Our sponsors are:  Beansie Doodles and Rick St. Dennis.  Hop on over to our challenge and see what my teammates have done this week!  Here's my contribution.

Image "Irish Dancer" by Beansie Doodles
I was glad to have a chance to use my "Honeycomb" stencil.  I guess some
call it "chicken wire".

There really is Faux Stitching on the 4 Leaf Clover and the Sentiment Tag.
They are hard to see because I made them too small.

This was a great project to get me started!  If you have not been to the Beansie Doodles Etsy Shop, I recommend that you check them out!  Great images!
Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges Entered:
Challenges 4 Everybody -  Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything But A Square
Lacy Sunshine - Girls, Girls, Girls
That Craft Place - Stitch Real or Faux
The Pink Elephant - Anything But A Card
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Craftin' Desert Diva's - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Must Be Cute

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Path of Positivity

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

I am just delighted to share this post with you.  I was asked by one of my online crafting buddies, Lisa Decosse, if I would be a Guest Designer for her challenge Path of Positivity.  I love the idea of this challenge and I was impressed with the materials sent to me.  The list of sponsors & prizes is awesome:

Creative Bug Digital Stamps (10 images), Ike's World (3 Images), Fresh Brewed Designs (3 Images), Decosse's Dynomite Doodles (1 Digital Paper).  Please visit the challenge to see how to qualify for these prizes.  And, as if the above is not enough, Decosse's Dynamic Doodles is providing one (1) digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge!  Whoa!

The Guest Sponsor this week is Fresh Brewed Designs

The theme for this week's Challenge is Optimism, and I chose to use the following quote:
"It is better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong, than a pessimist who is always right"

I decided to make a Journal Card Holder

I found the tutorial at G45.  The tutorial there was for a business card holder, but since I am retired, I decided to do journal cards instead.  I think this would make a wonderful gift for a crafter.
I knew this image would be perfect for my chosen quote.  The pocket has an opening at the top, so you can put in your favorite picture or colored image.
The Papers, Cameo Pendant, and Flower are from the Prima "Fairy Rhyme Collection".
The Journal cards are also from the Prima "Fairy Rhyme Collection"

Please stop by Path of Positivity and check out the fabulous projects and leave a comment! Your comment alone qualifies you for a wonderful prize.  Thanks, Lisa, for inviting me!

Challenges Entered: (will post later)

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I am not posting a project today, but I did want to wish the President a Happy 52nd Birthday!
It is too late to sign the card, so the link is not active

Politics aside, I have the biggest crush on this man!