Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Chanukkah Gift Basket

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Very Late Post!   
I have been a little tired the past two weeks or so and I failed to post one of my challenge projects created as a Guest Designer for the Outlawz Greetings Challenge.  I am just thankful that Linda gave me two months notice and I was able to create my projects in advance.

This is always a difficult time of year for me when it comes to crafting.  Most of the challenges are centered around Halloween and/ or Christmas, two days I do not celebrate.  Also, this time of year is generally when our High Holidays begin and I am focused mainly on spiritual things.  Add to that the fact that Jewish Holidays are celebrated mostly in the synagogue (and have zero commerical emphasis) and you can see my problem.  Some families give gifts to their children during the eight day celebration of Chanukkah, so I figured I would create a little basket.  It felt really weird doing Chanukkah stuff in September.

 I created my own paper for basket and holders. The contents of the basket are: Tic Tac Holder, Tea Bag Holder, and Chanukkah Candles!
The Tea Bag envelopes were made using Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Papers

Thanks for stopping by!
I am feeling better, but will not be on the computer or creating during the eight days of Succoth!

Chana Malkah

Monday, September 28, 2015

Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This week is my final project for my GDT stint at The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.
The challenge theme this week is Anything Goes, and for my project, I chose to create this fun greeting card box!

Giving cards as gifts is one of the fun benefits of being a paper crafter and finding pretty and interesting ways to present those cards is one of my favorite pursuits.   I have found that Graphic 45 papers are probably the best selection for boxes and other 3D projects. 

Slide Out Greeting Card Gift Box 
I was digging around in my ribbon collection when I came across this fabulous ribbon that I found in the sales bin at Michaels fifteen year ago.  It always looked very Christmasy to me, and since I don't celebrate Christmas, I was at a loss as to how I would use it.  Works perfectly here! 
The thumb slot plus the ribbon pull make it super easy to open the the box.  Normally the interior paper would show in the front view.  I didn't realize the mistake until I was in PS and did not want to ask hubby to take another picture!
The cards in this set are all made from the Couture Cut Aparts.  I lined the inside with cream paper to match the envelope.  I am keeping this set so I did not use a sentiment.  I have the matching Couture Stamps and will add the sentiments as I use the cards.
More pretty papers on the holder!  I also used this paper on one of the cards!  None of my peacock feathers were small enough to fit the outside, so I used a FabScraps peacock and a black crystal.  

 Kept the envelopes simple.  Totally forgot I have an envelope punch board.  I created all my envelopes the old fashion way.   Will not do that again!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you will give this project a try!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Earth Safe Finishes - Living The Dream Canvas

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
 I'm back with a fun new project for Earth Safe Finishes™ Chalk It Up Paints with Stamping and Doodling.  For this project, I not only used Chalks, but also Pigments.  Blending the pigment with white made it easy for me to create softer hues and achieve a better color balance.   Colors remain vibrant even after some serious dilution via spritzing and blotting.

Creating this canvas was my first opportunity to work with the new pigments and I had a blast!   This was also my first time using stamps and doodles as focals on canvas.  I am learning that a lack of drawing skill need not limit creatively.  Ironically, the face did not stamp and I had to hand draw most of the image (my apologies to Prima) but no way was I starting over!

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Thanks for stopping by, HUGZ,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Use Pink - Crafty Friend Gift Box

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

Sharing today my creation for this week's challenge at The Outlawz!  I am the September GDT for the Monday Greetings Team and our theme this week is Use Pink!  In addition to finding some wonderful inspiration, you also have the opportunity to win a great prize.

I have wanted, for a while now, to make this wonderful "Double Flip" gift box.  For this challenge, I created a "Crafty Friend" gift selection and it fit perfectly into this large box.

What a cool way to send a "crafty" to your favorite creative buddy!

The tutorial for this box can be found on Crafty Caroline's YouTube Channel

The angled cuts on the side add graphic interest to the design.
(Yes, one flap is slightly crooked.  Should have used the cutter!)
 The flaps were coated with Mod Podge Sparkle.  
I also spinkled on a little Fairy Dust Glitter for additional sparkle!
 The fold over flaps on the inside of the box add sturdiness and stability.  To keep the design cohesive, I  glued a piece of card stock to the bottom of my box.

Supplies Used:
Designer Paper - Pink Paisleee "Oyster Bar"
Base Paper - Bazzill Card Stock (from my stash, don't know color)
Flower - Prima Flowers "Life Time"
Crystals -  Prima - "Sunrise Sunset"
Distress Inks - Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Misc: Ephemera (7 Gypsies), Crystal Heart (stash), Fairy Dust Glitter "Sugar Shimmer"

Thanks for Stopping By

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Use Circles

Hello, Crafty Peeps,

This project should have posted on Monday!   But leave it to me to type in the wrong year...Ugh!

Anymahoo, my personal foibles aside, I was delighted to be invited by Linda Weber to be a guest designer for the Outlawz Greetings Challenge.  
The Monday Greetings Team was my very first design team and I figured I would be an Outlawz DT  member forever.   Unfortunately, my illness forced me to make some changes and one of them was stepping down as the Team Leader for the Greetings Challenge!   

For this week's challenge we were asked to use Circles!   I decided to create a "circle flip" card.

 I created this card the old fashioned way (I could not bring myself to purchase another die that would probably be used only once.)  Actually, it was not that difficult to use my circle die and get it done.
Paper Piecing and Glitter are fast becoming my new design "helpers!"

I hope you will stop by the Outlawz and enter a project in this challenge.  There are so many creative interpretations of "use circles" and we would love to see yours!

You must join to play!  There are seven other weekly challenges that will inspire you!

Chana Malkah

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Wooden Spoon Project - Earth Safe Finishes

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
Here with my post for Earth Safe Finishes
Remember all ESF Products are VOC free!
This week I am featuring a quick little up cycle project using a wooden spoon hubster found at The Goodwill Store.  I trashed my original project because it was just "UGLY!"
Earth Safe "Chalk It Up" Paints eliminate the need for a gesso base coat.  Since I decided my original project was just "not right," I had to create this project in about two hours so not needing that additional coat was a great timesaver!
So sorry I did not get a picture of my pretty little butterfly nestled in the bottom bouquet!
I had fun playing with the Lavendar Cream and Plum Preserves.  Trying to get the gradation just right was challenging.  The color change is not as subtle as I hoped, but it works!

Supplies Used:

Earth Safe Finishes "Chalk It Up" - Lavender Cream and Plum Preserves
Earth Safe Finishes "Chalk It Up" - No VOC Varnish
Craft Designer 1.5" Vine Wreath
15mm Berry Beads
Flowers of your choice
Flatback Pearls


Challenges Entered:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Challenge #217 - Shopping Our Stash - Put A Bird On It

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

I am so happy to be able to do a little creating this week.  After three weeks of "bed rest," I started looking forward to trips to the bathroom! :D)

This week at Shopping Our Stash, we are only asking that you "PUT A BIRD ON IT!"

I conceived this project as a "flip" card, but was not at all happy with the look of the bird cage, 
so I kept the flip fold, but opted to just glue the bird cage.
The fold gives the design a nice graphic.  I wanted a ribbon tie closure but that felt like overkill!

The papers are from the Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary Collection
 The Stamps are Gina K., and of course, the Bird and Cage Dies are Tim Holtz

Thanks for stopping by!