Monday, September 30, 2013

Think Twice - 613 Avenue Create Challenge - Create Your Own Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peep!  This week at 613 Avenue Create, we have our ever so popular "Create Your Own Challenge."  I love the CYOWs because it probably covers most cards and for those who like to create for the specific challenge, well there are endless combinations that can be derived from these columns.   Download the chart and get to work!  Our sponsors this week are The Paper Shelter and Dr. Digi's House of Stamps.

There is a great tutorial on the blog for those of you who are starting to make your X-mas gifts and cards.

 I have become addicted to magnets and use them as closers on most of my cards. 
 The Pocket (the image is adhered to an acetate window) opens at the top and can
 be used to hold a tag or gift card.

I found this sentiment on a page of rub ons and I thought it would be perfect here!

Image: Dr. Digi's House of Stamps; 
Printed on Neenah Avon White #80 Smooth; 
Colored with Copics and Chalkes
Card Stock: Bazzill Dark Grey; Potpourri Papers: Canteloupe
Designer Papers: Echo Park This & That by Lori Whitlock 
Sentiment: Kaiserscrapbook Rub Ons - Mothers
Metal Finding: Fabscraps
Ribbon: My Stash
Bling:  Want2Scrap
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Visit my challenge blog and play along.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Rose By Any Other Name - Shopping Our Stash

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Over at Shopping Our Stash, we are challenging you to use your oldest flowers or floral stamp in a creation!  The stamp I used for this challenge, may not be my oldest, but I have had it since 1995, so it is pretty old.  This is my first time using the stamp because prior to now, I didn't feel as though my ability to color image was strong enough.  I still have a long, long, way to go, but I am not as tentative as I used to be.  So here goes!

The stamped image is so bold, I knew I would need a strong sentiment to balance out the design.  It was tricky, because the image and the sentiment could not fight for attention; they needed to work in tandem.  It took a minute but I finally came across this fabulous rub on!  Love at first sight!

 I rarely work with glitter glaze, but I found a bunch for $.79 in the dollar bin at Wal-mart and thought, "oh well, what the heck.  You never know!"  This image seemed to beg for glitter.  So I applied the glaze sparingly around the lines of the bloom and on the center spines of the leaves.  In Real Life, the sparkle is fabulous like so many little diamonds!  I didn't want a tab so  I used magnets as closers

I like to leave a lot of white space inside my projects.  I want the sender to have lots of room to write personal notes to the recipient.

 I have fallen in love with this style card base.  It is great fun to think of new ways design the closer and also to integrate the interior design into the focal group(s) on the front.  It is also amazing how changing the orientation or the amount of interior space you expose can have such a dramatic effect on your finished design!

Card Stock: Bazzill - Black and White
Designer Papers: First Edition Paper - Sweet Owl Collection
Rubber Stamp: Comotion Rubber Stamps - Jumbo Rose
Sentiment: KAISERscrapbook - Rub Ons "Friends"
Butterfly: Prima Vinyl Butterflies
Misc: Brad, magnets, ribbon scrap

Thanks for dropping bye!  I look forward to seeing your projects at SHOPPING OUR STASH
PS:  I missed the deadline for posting my card.  This is the Jewish High Holidays and I have really been focused on that and my very sick MIL, so  You WON'T see this project on the SOS Blog.  But the other ladies have some super nice projects, so check it out!


Oh, my,  I am so happy because for this design:

Monday, September 16, 2013

MOMMA SAID....The Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Today, The Outlawz Greetings Challenge Team is looking for "Funny" Images and Sentiments on your cards.  Since this is a Greetings Challenge, all entries must have a sentiment.  If you are not a member of the Outlawz community ( now is the time to join.  We have eight (8) challenges.  One for each day of the week and a bi-monthly Freebies challenge that gives you the opportunity to receive free digital images.  I will list the challenges at the end of this post.
 This a new camera and we are still playing with lighting!  I thought my wise old owl was perfect!

Card Stock: Bazzill Textured Paper, Neenah Ultra Smooth Natural White
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye - Indie Chic "Ginger"
Image: Penny Black - "Mimi in Paris" (Clear Stamp)
Sentiment - KaiserScrapbook Rub Ons "Mothers"
Border Punch: Martha Stewart - Floral Lace
Lace: Prima Lace
Owl: Jolee's Boutique - Plastic Charms
Pearls: Want2Scrap; Ribbon: American Crafts -  "Amy Tangerine"
 Hugz, Chana!

Challenges Entered:
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner

Saturday's Paper Ala Mode
364 members
 Paper ala Mode Challenge where we will use paper to create powerful designs.
Sunday's Clean and Simple CAS
495 members
 Clean and Simple Challenge where we prove that "Less is More"
***Monday's Greeting Card***
601 members
We create cards, layouts, and Mixed Media for all occasions.
Tuesday's  Color  Challenge
464 members
Where we use fun and funky color palettes to create beautiful designs.
Wednesday's Sketch Challenge
451 members
  We use inspirational sketches to create cards, layouts or other creations. 
Twisted Thursday
407 members
Where we sometimes throw a curve ball to create beautiful or fun cards, layouts and other creations. 
Friday's  Alcohol Markers
467 members
Where Copic, Promarker, Spectrum and all other Alcohol Marker Fanatics create amazing
 cards and Layouts 
Creative Freebie Challenge(Semi-Monthly)
524 members
Free Digis
You have an opportunity to earn three or four free images per month! 
 You must use the images to stay in the challenge!
And if you need to unload your Overflow....
55 members
 A place where all the members can sell their crafting supplies: ie punches, paper, die cuts, etc. …
***Free Digis***
605 Members
Many popular digital artists stop by the Outlawz and provide free digis for our members!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Your Love

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
This card is really late, it should have posted Monday.  But Life Issues reared their "non creative heads" and demanded my full attention.  Anymahoo, this week over at The Outlawz, The Greetings Challenge is  KRAFT, BURLAP AND BEADS.  My original plan was to create something using one of the stick pins my friend Teresa sent me almost two years ago.  Her pins are so pretty; I can't  use them (crazy, right?)

September 27, 2013

 I think I have found the style of card that will become my "go to" card base.  I don't know why it appeals to me so much, but it does.  I am also happy, again, to be able to create without using an image.

I struggled with the center of my flower.  I needed to pick up the brunt orange from my CS and my Leaves.  I tried pearls, brads and button, none of which gave me the effect I was seeking.  Just as I was about to swap out my flower, for one made from crinoline, I decided to try a big glob of copper glitter glaze.  It was a round ball until my hubby stuck his finger into it!  Men, really?

Isn't this wonderful printed burlap just fabulous!  I only have a yard, so I use it sparingly!

I love it when a project come together on my drafting table just as I put it together in my head.

Plain Card Stock: Bazill (Black and Butterscotch)
Kraft Card Stock:  Recollections
Sentiment Stamp: Unity Stamp Company Itty Bitty Stamp
Printed Card Stock: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spell Collection
Burlap: Printed Burlap Posta -
Flower: Prima Marketing, Bellas
Brads: Prima Lady Bird Collection (Dream Brad)
Cream Pearls: Want2Scrap; Leaves: Recollection
Inks: Momenta Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Misc.: Scor-Tape, Eyelets, Scrapper's Glue, Magnets (for closure)

My Favorite Stampy Technique - Shopping Our Stash

Hi, Crafty Peeples! The challenge at Shopping Our Stash this week asks crafter's to show off their favorite "Stampy" Technique.  Well, those of you who are regular visitors to my blog know that I really don't do a lot of techniques.  I am pretty much a straight on basics kind of designer.  I know how to do a lot of techniques, but my mind does not immediately go there. As this design took shape, I knew I was in trouble. Here goes.

  I colored this image over two months ago. She and her companion pieces have s been propped up on my WIP (Work In Process) stand ever since. As a matter of fact, these items were sitting there just as they appear here.  I often know how I want a focal group to look, but deciding on which project to use them is another thing all together.  Usually, I wait until the spirit moves me.  I find if I force a design, it does not present well.  At least not to me. Once the decision to use this grouping was made,  I only needed to scor-tape it to my card base.  I cleared away 4 Stash items, 5 if you count the ribbon.
Note: The corrugated cardboard was painted (acrylic) spritzed and then lightly sanded.

The inside panel is where my "Stampy" technique can be seen (such as it is).  I used the "Bordered Sentiment" technique.  This is another focal that actually started its life as the front of this card, but in my warped view of things, it works so much better on the inside.  The white panel on the right provides lots of room to write a personal note!

Images: (Front, digital) Lacy Sunshine Stamps
(Inside, rubber) Unity Stamp Company-Itty Bitty Stamps
Papers: Bazzill Basics - Black, Grey, White
Other papers: Scraps from My Stash
Copics: YR02, Y13, C4, N0, C3
 Misc. Y's, G's, R's and B's (For paint cans and splatter)
Chalks: Yellow and Orange
Sharpie: Black Fine Point
Ribbon: Amy Tangerine Ribbons
Brads: My Stash
Hope you like it!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hugz,  Chana

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shopping Our Stash - School or Office/Workplace

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
Time for some more stash reduction!  This week at Shopping Our Stash we are giving you the opportunity to get rid of some of the paper clips and binder clips that you ordered by the gross because they looked so cute on cards in the crafting magazine!  Oh, yes, and we all need to use those paper punches that give us the little notepaper punch at the top.  I have three because obviously the Fiskars punch would be entirely different from the Martha Stewart and EK Success would be different from both of those.  So get out all that "Chalkboard" paper you purchased and put it to good use.

I still have not used all the G45 ABC Primer Paper I purchased.   For some odd reason, when I see it in a store's clearance section, I buy more.  Guess what?  I didn't use any ABC Primer paper on this card either! Go Figure!  (LOL)

The apple hides the slot that the tab loops through.  This is a fun card style and I plan to try it on a vintage/shabby chic design.

Everything used in this project has been playing hide and go seek in my studio for over a year!
Oh, one exception, the embellishment value pack is only three months old.

The Back Story
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics
Golden Rod Mat Paper: C W I's  Pound 'O Paper
Designer Paper:  KaiserCraft Class of '87 Collection
Embellishments:  Big Lots 3Pk Scrapbook Embellishment Value Pack

Please visit my SOS Teammates for more ideas on reducing your Stash!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Your visits make my day!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back To School - Outlawz Greetings Challenge

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

I want to share two projects that I made for the Monday Greetings Challenge over at The Outlawz.  Finally, an opportunity to use my Graphic 45 ABC Primer papers.  I only have a few sheets, not quite enough to make the 3D project I had planned, so I've just been sitting on it.  The Bookplate Holder Idea is my very own! 
I also made a really simple card for my second project because it allowed me to practice the "Bordered Sentiment" Technique.  I was pleased with both outcomes.

I wanted to see if the tab card would work with a landscape orientation...and it does!  YaY Me!

The Bookplate in the center is removable

Card Base:  Bazzill Basics (Black, Greys, and Whites)
Designer Papers:  Graphic 45 An ABC Primer 
My Mind's Eye: Kraft FUNDAY (Front Cover Burgandy/Krafts Dots) and
(Green Plaid Paper)
Craftwood: Chalkboard with Frame
Misc.: Creative Impressions Gold Fasteners
You can find the tutorial for this card HERE

 This technique really does make your sentiment POP!  I will have to experiment with a few more sentiment stamps!  You can use any size sentiment and still get an eye popping design!

Card Base:  Bazzill Basics (Black, White, Grey); Neenah - Red Hot Pepper - Linen
Designer Paper: Kaiser Craft - Class of '87 (Notepaper and Alphabet strip)
Stamps:  Graphic 45 An ABC Primer
Misc.: Sharpie Marker, Ranger Distress Ink: Ripe Persimmon (Ruler) 
Momento Inks: Bamboo Leaves, Rose Red, Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black
You can find the tutorial for this card HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed these projects!   Hugz, Chana Malkah

Challenges Entered:

Sunday, September 1, 2013

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/optional Twist: Use The Spotlighting Technique

Hello, Crafty Peeples!  Our challenge this week is sponsored by Sandi's Samples and Di's Digis.  Both have fabulous images, so hop on over to 613 Avenue Create for your chance to win!

This is my first time using the spotlighting technique.  I always thought it was pretty cool, but just never  took the time to look for a stamp that was doable (in my book)! Well, I am trying to use things from my stash and the Stampendous stamp I used on this project has been languishing in my "special stamps" container for a long while!

 The most difficult part of this project was trying to pull the colors together and determining if the spotlighting would appear on the front or inside of the project.
After forty-five minutes of playing around, I realized that black needed to be a more dominate element It also became apparent that the Spotlighting worked best on the inside as a peek-a-boo!
 I was really happy with the way my spotlighting turned out.
You can see my oops! (on the slit).  I meant to sand that down before the pictures were taken!  
I love the "Tab Card"!  I want to make a few more of these.  That tab can be a powerful design element and would definitely take an ordinary design to the next level.  I think the peek-a-boo effect, is such a creative visual element!  It teases the eye and enhances cohesiveness in the design/

Cardstock: Lavender - Bazzill Basics; Black - Reflections
Designer Paper: Prima Marketing -Sun Kiss Collection
Stamp: Stampendous - Asperula
Butterfly: Prima Marketing

Thanks so much for stopping by!