Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Shopping Our Stash #430 - On Trend: Create A Slimline Card

 Hello, Crafty Makers!

Two weeks passed quickly!  We have a new challenge for you at

Shopping Our Stash - Create A Slimline Card!

I was never a fan of tall cards!  Their reintroduction as slimline cards has not really changed my opinion.  In my mind, there is too much real estate and they are difficult to photograph.  When I start the creation of one of these cards, all I see is a vast wasteland and all I feel is the need to remind myself that I don't have to "over embellish."  

I spent almost two hours trying to decide the best way to deal with the empty space at the top of this card.  I was happy with the placement of my image and my sentiment but very unhappy with the "vacant" space above them.  The first thing I did was to add the black linen cord in the center.  I knew this would give the eye some relief.  I must have spent twenty minutes just playing around with the placement of the banner.  This card took 2 and 1/2 days to complete and most of that time was spent in decision making around the components.  I really do envy those makers who can whip out four and five cards in a day!
I kept the inside simple!

Maybe I will do one more of these but with the landscape orientation!  At least the photography will be easier!
Thanks for Stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Shopping Our Stash- Challenge #429 - Make A Mess

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This fortnight, at Shopping Our Stash, the challenge is to 

I wanted to practice the double stenciling technique and I thought this challenge presented the perfect opportunity to do so!  I used three stencils and four Distress Inks as well as stickles, wet glue, and glitter.

I invite you to join us in this challenge!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Chana Malkah
Stuff I used:
DecoArt-Art Nuveau Medallions
Art Nouveau Medallions - Retro Chic

Thursday, September 10, 2020

2020 Stash Party #45 - Toad-Ally Cool - "Off The Wall" Card #1

Hello, Crafty Makers!
Today, I am sharing a project that I made using one of my favorite stamp sets!  These Stampendous Yoga Frogs are so darn cute and the sentiments are so on point!  This is also the first in what I am calling my "Off The Wall" series!
I love this sentiment because my little frog looks as though he is meditating while sitting in an alley!  I am currently playing around with different wall colors.  I think I want to do a set of these and send them to a friend who owns a Yoga studio.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

2020 Stash Party #46 -Best Day Ever - Off The Wall Card #2

Hello, Crafty Makers!
This is the second card in my"Off The Wall" series. I am really trying to make it easier for my clients to order cards.  Creating and naming series is a major first step.

As soon as I finished the background, I knew there was only one sentiment that would work.  I don't have a lot of bold sentiments so I think this "Best Day Ever" stamp will get a lot of use!

I went a little crazy with my stencils and inks but it was crazy good fun!  I truly am having a love affair with Ranger's Speckled Egg Distress Oxide and Regular Distress inks.  Those two colors mixed with Iced Spruce Oxide and Tumbled Glass regular Distress Ink results in a beautiful and dramatic tone on tone fade-out!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stuff I Used:
Cas-ual Fridays - Best Day Ever - (retired)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Look For The Rainbows - A Window Shaker Card

Hello, Crafty Peeps!

I originally created this project for the "Lets Get Messy" challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  But I accidentally posted in on FB yesterday so now I have to create another project for next week! Getting messy means using glitter, pigment ink, acrylic paint, you know, the kind of things that require getting your hands sticky, or messy!  I plan to break out my Geli Plate at some point!
Shaker cards are generally "messy" makes for me!  I use tons of glue and in this case a mix of Distress Inks on the outside and in my windows!  I used stickles and glitter, and glue to embellish cloud windows.  I had so much fun unsticking myself from my panels. 
I added a few sequins to the card face!  I smeared glue on my balloon and then sprinkled on some glitter.  I don't like glitter so much because it gets everywhere!  I used a mixture of stickles and glitter to create a rainbow background in my cloud windows!
I am so glad that I started using craft foam instead of double-sided foam tape on my window projects!  It has made the creation of the projects easier and more efficient.

Thanks for visiting!
Chana Malkah
Stuff I Used:

Monday, September 7, 2020

A Place To Start - Create A Children's Card - September 2020 Challenge

Hello, Crafty Makers!
It is time for a new challenge at 
This month, we are interested in seeing the kinds of cards you would create for children!
In this case, a child is anyone from 0-18 years old so you do not have to limit yourself to "cute" kiddie creations.

Unexpected Friendships
If only we could get the entire world to believe this!  When my kids were growing up, the one phrase they were not allowed to use was, "because it has always been like this!"  We wanted them to learn that while there are many things in life that don't need improvement, most things in life can benefit from a slight tweaking every now and then.  As a result, they grew up learning to enjoy a diverse array of music, dance, literature, sports, and most especially, people.  

For two years, my grandson attended a private international school and we were amazed by his knowledge and acceptance of other cultures!  This past year, he attended a private homeschool academy located in a super-wealthy community!  I was terrified that he would be bullied not only because of his skin color but also because although he is from an upper-middle-class home,  you could put ten of my daughter's home into one of the homes of some of his classmates.  It took exactly one week for this child to develop friendships that have continued to this day.  Because my daughter chose to not have him return to a brick and mortar environment, he is back to full-time homeschooling in a Cyber Academy, however, he and his friends have "bullied" their parents into allowing them to have a "fully masked, socially distanced" Art Meet Up!  The thing that convinced my daughter was a comment from one of his former classmates, "Please, Mrs. Brooks!  It simply would not make sense to do this if Joshua cannot be there...we miss him!"   I really believe the next two generations will teach us old fogeys quite a bit about friendship and inclusion! 

Thanks for Visiting!
I hope to see an entry from you in our challenge!

I am entering this project into the 
#372 "Includes an Animal"

Sunday, September 6, 2020

613 Avenue Create - September - Anything Goes w/Optional Theme: Use A Charm

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This month at 613 Avenue Create the Optional Twist for our Anything Goes Challenge is:
Use A Charm!
I don't know about anybody else but I have tons of charms and I very rarely use them.  If I were into jewelry making, I could create some "boss" bracelets. 

This slimline card is another practice scrap that I decided to use in a project.  I have an idea for a diagonal cut gatefold slimline card that has not come to fruition so far.  The idea works but the elements I want to use are tripping me up. I have one more solution to try before I just abandon the idea for a while.
 Happy, Happy Birthday
There is a slight imperfection in the cut but this card is going to a family member so I am not stressing about it. Also, there is a scoreline that shows beneath the Washi Tape.  The Washi tape was the first element I added and that set the tone for the design of the rest of the project.
While working on this card, I remembered why I stopped making "tall" cards...too much real estate on the inside.  I don't normally decorate the inside of my cards, but with these slimline cards, I find that the inside just looks bare and uninteresting without some kind of treatment.
I had one moment of panic when I realized that I did not have a bold "Birthday" sentiment to match my "Happy" die!
I think my "quill" pen save works rather well!

I hope you will join us and share your "charming" projects in our challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

2020 Stash Party #44 - A Re-Memorable Birthday

Hello, Crafty Makers!
I simply cannot seem to pull my self out of the stencil and background ink blending mode!  Maybe, in 2021, I will get back to stamping and maybe a little bit of coloring. My honest intention, when I started this card, was to create a "Children's" card for a DT assignment.  But my muse was on a totally different page so I ended up creating this floral birthday card!
Re-Memorable Birthday
I was pleasantly surprised by how well my colors blended together.  I added the Fossilized Amber for highlights and used the Iced Spruce to stencil in the Shelled Ginger.
I added a piece of craft foam behind my decorated panel.  To maintain the balance between the white base and the panel, I added a little white splatter. The final touches were a layer of metallic gold card stock and three sequins.  I finished this project in a little under two hours, which is a record for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stuff I Used:
Inkadinadoo Washable Ink-Turquoise (Discontinued)
DecoArt - Art Nuveau Medallions
Art Nouveau Medallions - Retro Chic