Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shopping Our Stash-Challenge #207-For The Boys

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Welcome to another fun challenge at Shopping Our Stash!   

Masculine cards are not really my forte, but I had all the pieces for this one just lying on my crafting table. Whew, this entire project was made using leftovers from my stash.  The background paper and small banner are both from Graphic 45's French Country Collection. 
The Navy and Ivory Ticking paper and corrugated cardboard papers are from Canvas Corp.  
The stamp is a Unity Stamp Company Itty Bitty Stamp!

 I used this old Mojo Monday Sketch, but did not make my card tall and skinny!

Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your entries in our new challenge!

Chana Malkah

Sunday, June 21, 2015

613 Avenue Create- Challenge #129 - ATG/Optional Twist: Sights, Sounds, Taste of Summer

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
 The challenge this week at 613 Avenue Create is ATG with the Optional Twist of "Create Your own Challenge using the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Summer."

My goal was to create an underwater scene on this mason jar!  As usual, I got carried away messing around with the paint!  But you still get the idea, don't you?
I am in love with Ranger's Abandoned Coral.  Great color and it worked here so well!

Is this an awesome looking crab or what?

Here is how I started:
The great thing about chalk is that it requires no primer coat.  I used ESF Chalk it up English Tea Cake, which gives you a really pretty soft blue base.  The napkins are by Michel Designs.  These cocktail napkins are 3 ply  and very high quality. 
To decoupage the large images (coral and crab) I separted only one of the white bottom plys.  For words and smaller cut outs, I removed the two white bottom plys
Earth Safe English Tea Cake
After coating my jar with the chalk paint, I placed it in a cold oven and set the oven temperature to 170 degrees.  When the oven reached 170 degrees, I turned it off and let the jar remain in the oven for 30 minutes.  Make sure that you allow the jar to cool before applying more paint and/or beginning to decoupage.
To create the bottom of "my sea," I painted the bottom and about 1/4" of the bottom edge with ESF Chalk It Up Milk Chocolate.  I then painted over that with Ann Butler Iridescents Limelight.  You cannot see the shimmer in this picture, but it is very effective IRL.  I also brushed the Iridescents Limelight over the upper part of the jar to mimic "algae" green.
To achieve a deeper blue, I painted and blotted Ranger Mermaid Lagoon Spray Stain around the jar.  I  allowed it to dry and then brushed with the Iridescents Limelight until I was satisfied with the blended colors.  I applied a light coat of Ranger Abandoned Coral Spray Stain to my front focal to contrast the deep blue.  The Clam Bake banner is from the Pink Paislee Nantucket Collection!  
The jar was then sealed with four coats of Mod Podge "SATIN" decoupage glue.  The great starfish charm was in my stash and  is attached with Helmar 450 Adhesive.
I recommend allowing the project to dry overnight.  Allow 15-20 minute drying time between each coat of paint and Mod Podge 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found some inspiration here.  Please visit  Earth Safe Finishes blog to find out about their wonderful VOC free products!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you found some inspiration here!  Also make sure you checkout all the great projectss at  the 613 Avenue Create challenge blog!

Chana Malkah

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shopping Our Stash # 206 - Out On A Limb

Hello, Crafty Folks!

This week at Shopping Our Stash, the challenge theme is "OUT ON A LIMB" which means you can use trees, foliage, etc.

It has been a very long time since I colored anything!  I have always loved Rick St. Dennis' Outhouse images and chose one of those as my first copic project in over a year.  My skills were always weak and I don't anticipate them getting any better, but it was fun to pick up a copic and once again work with one of Rick's "old" images.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shopping Our Stash #205 - Cute Critter Alert!

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Our challenge this week at SHOPPING OUR STASH is "Cute Critter Alert."  

Cute Critter Sticky Note Pad Holder
(repurposed drug packaging)
Stamp: COMOTION Rubber Stamps
As a rule, I don't make "cute or critter" creations, so this was a real challenge for me!  But, since I did need a holder for my sticky notepads, I thought this little guy would look cute on my work table.   I can report that I no longer  lose my pads under the pile of stuff that is usually on my table.  I completed this project about two weeks ago and I have formed the habit of tearing of a sheet and then placing the pad back in my holder, YAY!
I wanted the sides to look like wood, so I used Tattered Angels' Plain Jane Baseboard Matte Mists, Clay and Bittersweet, to get desired effect.   The paper is from my stash, I don't remember the pack.  i usually write the name on the back of the "orphans and widows" but this time I did not!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

613 Avenue Create - Challenge#127 ATG w/Optional Twist Make Something for Your BFF

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This gift was crafted for my SIL, Portia!  She is one of the sweetest people on earth and I had so much fun creating this for her.  She loves York's Peppermint Patties, and when I found these heart shaped ones at Amazon, I was inspired to alter the box and jazz it up!

Portia's nickname is "Chops."

I used Earth Safe Paints to color the embellishments.  The paper is Graphic 45 French Country

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

#204 Shopping Our Stash - Red, Red Wine

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
The challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash is  Red, Red Wine. 
 Use the color "wine"or use your wine stanps.   Use reds, or use a wine/drinking theme (or both!)
I made three projects for this challenge:
Two wine cradles and one wine bag
I love re-purposing and when I saw all the little cardboard sleeves used to protect my infusion meds, I asked my nurse, Amy, to save them for me.  My original plan for this challenge was to make the wine bag only, but, after tripping (twice) over my HUGE bag of cardboard sleeves, I decided to bring one of my ideas for the sleeves to life.

I used one of the infusion kit sleeves  to create the "There's Always Time for Wine" Cradle."
The Good Times Cradle was created using a Viva Ink Gold Carton that I've had for 6 months.
 My wine cradles fit perfectly inside the wine bag .  The Cradles look awesome on my very "rustic dining room table. 

    I learned a few new tricks that will improve my "VERY" novice sewing skills!
The tag is from CCB's "Uncorked Sayings on Kraft."  The Fabric, from 7 Gypsies' "Farmhouse" 
 Just playing around with my inks and gesso on my "Always Time for Wine" cradle,  I learned how to make cardboard look like bamboo.

Thanks for stopping by!  Looking forward to seeing your makes in our Challenge

Chana Malkah
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Garden Wall Canvas - Earth Safe Finishes™

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

This is my inaugural post as a Design Team Member for Earth Safe Finishes!
I am delighted to represent this GREEN product!  I have an auto-immune disease and choosing products that not only protect the environment but also protect me from chemicals/additives that may further compromise my health, has become a mission for  my family.  All ESF products are VOC free!

Finnabair - Ancient Garden Wall - A Chalk on Canvas Creation

One of my favorite places in Philadelpia was a small park along the Banks of the Schuykill River.   There, you could find a series of small cubbies in the style of the old Roman (maybe Greek) Gardens.  I would go there to write poetry, to read and to daydream.  Mostly, I went there because it was beautiful and  I loved the aged patina on the statues and the walls.  This is my attempt to capture the essence of those walls on canvas

A complete description of the project and a brief tutorial can be found at: 
ESF Blog