Friday, May 26, 2023

DIY Kraft Gift Bags - Nurse Appreciation Week: Thanks For Taking Care of Me

 Hello, Crafty Makers!
I just started doing video craft along sessions with a few friends.  When my turn to present came along, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.  I made my streaming video about Gift bags I was putting together for the nurses at my infusion center.

This little note card is cute and so simple to create!  I made a separate short video showing how I created it.

I tried to coordinate the colors on the bags with the colors of the contents!
These are not the best photos, but they give you some idea of the final project!   I was pretty rushed at the end and forgot to take pictures of the bags with the tissue paper, etc.   I snipped these photos from the process video.
Each set included a reusable straw, reusable straw cover, and retractable badge reel.  One notebook, one ink pen, one graphic notepad, and one pen holder.  In my haste, I omitted the shower bombs and another ink pen that was supposed to be included in the gift.  I will take those next month! 

I stamped and then colored the nurse image.  I created the sticker using the scan and print function of my Cameo 4.
I added a pocket to the inside of the notebooks.  Behind the thank you card, and back cover, I added nurse themed stickers.  

Gift bags are fun.  There are so many ways to make your bag "Younique!" 
Chana Malkah
Our sessions often last two or more hours, but I was able to edit the video down to 26 minutes for my YouTube Channel.

Stuff I used:
Distress Oxides: Salvaged Patina, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Shaded Lilac.
Stencils:  The Crafter's Workshop, AALL & Create
Stamps:  AliExpress, Heidi Swapp, Misc. Amazon

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

613 Avenue Create May Challenge: WALL FLOWERS

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
I am sitting on the throne of "better late than never!"  This project was supposed to be posted on Sunday!  I've decided to complete my projects, even if I have to post them late!

The May Challenge at 613 Avenue Create is Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Say It With Flowers!

This project took several twists and turns along the road to completion!  Each time I thought I had nailed down a concept, one of the elements would fail!  I finally took the "throw it against the wall and see what sticks" approach.  I could have improved on the final design, but I was just tired of looking at it!

I made these little vellum flowers several years ago.***  They have been languishing in my stash.  This seemed the ideal time to use them.  I enjoy creating vellum flowers. 

I applied various colors of distress inks to a sheet of vellum.  Next, I applied VersMark Embossing Ink to a sheet of flower stamps.  These were then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I added the wall stencil using Black Soot Distress Ink.
I played around with my window die-cut until I found the floral grouping I wanted to use.

I kept the inside simple!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Stuff I Used:
***The Heartfelt Creations™  floral stamps used in this project came out of my stash.  They are so old, I fear they may have been discontinued.  I no longer have the packaging for the die.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Interactive Floral Card - My First Pop-up Card!

 Hello, Crafty Makers!

This is my first-ever pop-up card!  Well, at least the first one I have ever made using a die!  In full disclosure, this die was free to me.  I rarely, if ever, purchase Anna Griffin products.  They are just too rich for my blood!

Also, I don't really like the idea of always cutting from dies or using  Electronic cutters. Sometimes, I simply want to use my two hands to create a project from cradle to grave!

But, this product needed to be reviewed so, I took the plunge.  I made a process video, but it was too long and there was no way to shorten it.  So I ended up just creating a straightforward "review."

Anna Griffin Pop-up Bouquet Card Die
This is not the easiest product to work with and I think beginners would struggle.  I struggled a little.  I never really intended to create a card with this set, but I found it difficult to describe it without actually going through the process.  I used scraps to create this card because I never planned to post it.  My SIL loves it, so I thought, what the heck!  Next time I will use better papers and brighter colors!


Thanks, For Stopping By!

Stuff I Used:
Die:  Spellbinders : Nestabilities Label 2
DSP: Graphic 45 - Bird Song (retired)
Jute Ribbon, Butterfly: My Stash

Sunday, April 2, 2023

613 Avenue Create - April 2023 Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Stencils

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

The Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create this month is "Stencils!"

The first technique I learned when I started cardmaking was stenciling.  Of course, back then, we used mostly brass stencils and they were more for embossing than creating backgrounds. 

Stencils remain one of my favorite crafting tools.


 I was flipping through my stencils, praying for inspiration, and I came across an old pinwheel stencil. I  figured I could use it to create a background for my pinwheel embellishment.
This pop-up pinwheel has been in my stash for years.  I added double-sided foam tape to the back to add depth.
I cut a wooden skewer in half before coloring it with Distress ink and dipping it into glitter glue!
The stencil pattern was repeated on the inside.

I loved playing with pinwheels when I was a child.  It is interesting to look back and reflect on how little it took to make me happy when I was a kid.  I guess pinwheels, yo-yos, bolo bats, and jackstones are just too analog for kids born into a digital world!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Challenges Entered: (ATG= Anything Goes)

Stuff I Used:
Stamp: - Delight: Heidi Swoop
Stamp: - Life is Good, Everyday: Technique Tuesday, Ordinary Days
Pinwheel Stencil - Diane Wakley: Bendy Pinwheels
Pinwheel Popup - Basic Grey
Rainbow - Simply Gilded
Distress Oxide Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, Worn Lipstick, Salvaged Patina, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet

Wednesday, March 29, 2023


 Hello, Crafty Peeps!

I was filming a product review and decided the best way to showcase the paper was to create an actual card. It is not much in the way of cardmaking, since the paper had to be the focus, but still, I rather like it!

I am a huge fan of Kraft Cardstock and this Desert Storm color is one of my favorites.  I like this color because it is a very light brown that allows ink colors to maintain more of their intensity.

This cardstock is super smooth, so blending the background was easy, and layering on stencils and stamps was a breeze!  Since this was a product review, I had to keep embellishments to a minimum.  I had no plan when I went into this, I just grabbed what was in front of me as I filmed.

I kept looking at this card.  I knew something was missing. It finally dawned on me that I had forgotten to ink around the edges of "Fig. 4."  I had already submitted the review.   I corrected that error for this post. It is funny how a little thing like that can make such a big difference in a project.  At least in my mind!
I corrected that error for this post but my lighting was a bit off! 
I kept the interior simple because my main point was to show how the paper reacts with various inks.

I like it when I am not trying to create a card and I create a card that I like!  I guess "necessity truly is the mother of creation!"

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah
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Stuff I Used:
Background Stamp - AliExpress
Stencils: AALL & Create: #126-Lotz of Starz, #110-Digits Checked
Flower Stamp: Sassafrass Lass - Blooms N' Stalks (retired)

Sunday, March 5, 2023

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/ Optional Twiist - CAS

 Hello, Crafty Makers!

As always, our challenge is Anything Goes w/Optional Twist.
The twist this month is CAS!
     This adorable Conie Fong image is called

Clean and Simple design is one with which I struggle.  I always think my card needs just one more element.  I decided my safest course was to use the image and sentiment, period!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Chana Malkah