Saturday, May 22, 2021

2021 Stash Bash #14 - You Are A Rock Star!

 Hello, Crafty Peeps!

A couple of days ago, our family was notified that my grandson had completed this school year with honors.   He is an honor student and has been since pre-K, but for the past two years, algebra has been the bane of his existence.

After final exams, he felt he had not done well on the algebra exam. When my daughter sent the email noting that he had finished the semester with an 89 in algebra (missing getting an a by just one tiny point) we were all relieved.
This design seemed perfect for his special moment. I had to use numbers.  When he saw the card, he laughed and said, "Good one, Bubby!"

The Wonderful Art of Substitution
I don't own any of the stamps used in the tutorial, so I used two of my collage stamps to create the background I wanted.  Since my grandson's struggle is with math, I wanted to use numbers. 

I inadvertently moved my paper while preparing to stamp the second set of numbers, however, since this would be covered by the typewriter image, it was not a big deal.  I also added a third stamp to create a bit more interest in the vertically centered design. 
The next issue was the typewriter image. I searched the internet and found an image that was a perfect match for the stamp Jo used.
I also found another vintage typewriter image that I liked better and I decided to use it instead.
(right-click on the image to download)

I used PhotoShop to resize and print the image. I played around with a few sizes. I now have five images to use on other projects. 😀

Before attaching my typewriter to the face panel, I did my splatter, added some more stamping, and stenciled in a few alphabets. I also stamped "art" onto a scrap and attached it to the card face.

In her tutorials, Jo uses a sharpie to create faux black matting around her panels.  I gave it a try, and I like it.  My black cardstock will last longer now. 
For my interior panel,  I repeated the scribble stamp from the front of the card and added an additional sentiment. 
From Pre-K, my grandson has said that he would always be a five-star student, and he has never wavered in his determination for academic excellence.  Because of that determination, I felt that the sentiment, "Live Everyday with Intention," was perfect for his card. 

My grandchildren are all serious over-achievers. I am happy that paper crafting allows me to create little memories to mark each of their achievements.

Now, I have to come up with something unique for my granddaughter who just received a full scholarship to  University!

Thanks, for stopping by!
Chana Malkah
Stuff I Used:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

2021 Stash Bash #13 - The Good Seed

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

This project had its beginnings as a concept for a seed package.  I was also practicing another background creation technique. The stamping and ink layering turned out so nicely, I decided that the seed package would have to be a challenge for another day! 
Good Seed
This is one of my favorite flora stamps!  I am always looking for interesting ways to use it.  Over the past few months, I have grown my collage stamp stash, a little.  There are a few more that I want, but those will have to remain wish list items unless I receive a sudden and unexpected infusion of cash from an unknown source!😁

I used pigment ink to stamp my image and sentiment.  Pigment ink is messy but I think the stamped images are more intense.  I love using my Bira stamping platform.  Because of its open design, I have more flexibility when it comes to positioning my projects.  
I stamped a second flower on a piece of scrap paper, colored it, and applied a thin layer of Glossy Accents!  I used Zots to apply the new bloom image to the card face.  Although it does not show well in my photographs, the dimension is there, and it is quite nice.

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Stuff I Used:
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - "Vintage Seed Packet" (retired)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Shopping Our Stash #445 - Here Little Fishy

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

Welcome to another fun fortnight challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

The theme of this two-week challenge is so obvious, I feel "redundant" just typing it again.  We want to see your "Fishy" creations.  I almost purchased a mermaid stamp for this challenge and then I remembered I am supposed to be using stash.
I had really become frustrated while trying to complete this challenge.  The fish stamps in my stash were either too small or too large for this pop-up card.  In the end, I smooshed Oxide inks and Brusho onto card stock and used a set of fish dies for which I have no stamps.  It worked like a charm!

I used one of my wave dies as a stencil to create the wave pattern on the back panel.  This card was very easy to create and I love how it pops up when taken out of the envelope.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I look forward to seeing your
"Fishy" creation in our challenge!

Chana Malkah

Monday, May 3, 2021

A Place To Start - May Challenge #5 - Anything Goes

 Hello, Crafty Makers!
It is time for a new challenge at A Place To Start!
This month the theme is
 "Anything Goes!"

We want to see what our crafty friends are doing! The world seems brighter these days, and we know that has translated into your crafty projects!
I am having such success with my practice projects!  This was a technique practice sheet that exceeded my expectations.  I hope all of my background practices help me stumble into projects like this.
I have always been fascinated by the sky!  When I was young, I would climb trees at night and spend hours staring at the dark, starlit sky.  Before harsh street lights and pollution obliterated the view, we could look up in the sky and see all the constellations.  

There was an open field right next to where we lived.  This field crossed several streets and stretched for almost two miles.  All the kids in the community would go there to play.  Spring and Summer were spent flying kites and playing field sports during the day,  and laying in the grass watching the stars at night, while planning how we were going to change the world.  One of our other favorite activities was catching fireflies in jars.  Their glow would light up the field with a soft, eerie fluorescence.  The yellow glow in this card pays homage to that memory!  Can you imagine the beauty of two miles of soft, shimmery light?  Now imagine it with the Temptations and Aretha Franklin playing softly off in the distance.  Fascination is the only way to describe the beauty of the sky that was above me and the beauty of the dreams my friends and I shared beneath it!

Thanks for Visiting!  I hope you will share your creative efforts with us at A Place To Start!

Chana Malkah

Stuff I Used:

Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Challenge #5 - 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/ Optional Twist: Mood Board

Hello, Crafty Peoples!
The optional twist at 613 Avenue Create is 
A Mood Board.  
Of course, you can always play  
Anything Goes!
I like this mood board because it challenges the cardmaker to find a unique way to use very pedestrian colors.  Pink, green, and brown are often used in combination, so the true challenge is finding interesting ways to combine them. 

I decided to make the feather the central theme of my project.  I followed a Tracy Evans tutorial for the background and layout.  I used stamps from my stash, and I also created a couple of elements.
The background was created by applying Distress Ink™ and  Turquois Bursho™ directly to an acrylic block, spritzing it lightly with water, and then placing the block onto the card panel.
In 2000, I purchased a bevy of Martha Stewart Clear Stamps. This is only the second time that I have used a stamp from the Birds set. My new affinity for mixed media cards has energized me to look at my stamps in a very different and exciting light.
I have had this Feathers Stamp set in my stash for about six or seven years. It is a favorite set that has not been used for a while. I purchased the bold alphabet background stamp from AliExpress, but it is available on Amazon.
I liked the idea of the scroll that Tracy used on her card, but I am back in my no spending mode, so I had to figure out how to create my own.
I downloaded and resized this scroll gif image in Photoshop®.  The scroll was watercolored with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and then I adhered torn scraps of old book pages.  I just played around with it until it had the aged look I wanted.  I found two mini brads and used those to attach a sentiment strip to the scroll.

I wanted to pull in a little more of the pink color from the mood board, so I used my wax sealing kit to create a pink medallion.  The tree was colored with a metallic pen.

I kept the inside very simple!
When I started this project, I had no idea where I was going. I created the background and then just scrounged around in my stash to find comparable items to those used in the tutorial.  I must say that I am growing more and more comfortable creating oversized cards.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see your work in the challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Chana Malkah
Stuff I Used:
Martha Stewart Crafts - Birds