Happy Blogoversary To Me!

Shalom and sorry for being so quiet lately.  Hope you had a lovely Passover!  We’ve had a crazy couple of weeks in our house that included saying a sudden goodbye to our beloved dog, Smokey Bear.  So, amidst all of that, I just haven’t felt all that crafty or articulate enough to write about some of the projects I’ve been waiting to share. But, a year ago today is when I welcomed you with my very first Made by Mamaleh post so I couldn’t let today pass without a little crafty goodness.

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My Jewish Valentines

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!  This post is a day later than I’d intended but I spent yesterday getting a steroid shot in my hip (and yes, I am only 34!).  All I have to say about that is OUCH!  And, no, not a fun way to spend the day.  So, as a result this post is a day late and most of the cards I am about to share with you are still sitting by the front door awaiting a mail drop.  But, it’s the thought that counts, right?

As I mentioned in last week’s post, take it or leave it, I love Valentine’s Day.  I think it’s a great excuse to remind people you care about them and of course yet another time to break out the card-making supplies.  Kveller had a fantastic piece yesterday: Should Jews Celebrate Valentine’s Day?.  If you want more intellectual food for thought, check it out.  Today I wanted to share with you my attempt at adding a Jewish twist in this year’s homemade Valentine’s cards by incorporating some Hebrew.  Now, I have to tell you, I LOVE alphabet stamps!  I have too many sets to admit in writing.  But, Hebrew alphabets are a totally different story than English ones and nearly impossible to find in rubber stamp form.  So, I have been on the hunt for quite a while and was very pleased to luck out and get this now out of production set still shrink wrapped on eBay complete with book and packaged in a wood box.

These, along with my Teresa Collins Blingage Alphabet and some classic Valentine colors were the inspiration for my cards:

Love/Ahava Valentine

Ahava Love handmade card

Ahava Love card

What do you think?  I totally love that these could really be used for any occasion where you want to say I love you!  Now I need to start thinking about Purim projects…oy!

A Bat Mitzvah Card!

If you haven’t been following on Facebook, my crafting has been on hiatus lately thanks to my craft room reno.  The reno is done and now I am slowly unpacking and organizing and getting ready for some serious holiday crafting (and some fun blog giveaways so stay tuned!)

Today I managed to squeeze in a little card since a friend was less than enthused about the bat mitzvah cards she found at the store and asked if I wanted to make one for her.  I jumped at the chance and asked her to send me the invite as inspiration for the card.  Here’s the invite:

I decided to use the glittery blue and green as a starting point but wanted something with some Jewish-ness to it too while still being youthful.  Here’s what I came up with:

I cut a tall skinny size card that is one of my favorites at the moment (3 1/4″ by 6 1/4″) out of Bazzil cardstock (can’t remember the name, sorry).  Then I stamped some Stars of David (this one is from a Jewish stamp set I bought forever ago) using VersaMagic CloudWhite.  Next I punched some lime green flowers which I glued on and accented with True Blue Stickles.  Then I cut and rounded a piece of white cardstock and stamped Mazel Tov from PTI in Grass by Fresh Ink and then gave it a little Firefly Stickles accent.  Finally I lined the inside with more of the lime green cardstock and then paired it with one of my skinny Impress envelopes.  Sorry it’s not the best pic – photographing cards is so tricky and I am still getting the hang of it  especially now that sunshine has left us but hopefully you can get a sense of it.

New Year Cards!

You know how folks typically get half-way through January guilt-ridden with having failed to send holiday cards? Well , that’s me this month of Tishrei. But, just like the fact you pretty much have all of January to say Happy New Year, the same goes for Tishrei and the entire period of time between Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah (and then some).

My friend Jona and I sat down with our kids well before the holidays started to make a few cards and I even managed to come home and finish mine which have now sat in a nice little stack since then.  🙂 Here was the scene in our kid-card-making chaos:

For my grown-up cards, I went with a honey theme and simple design with a little depth thanks to pop-up foam squares.  With any luck, I’ll actually get them in the mail this weekend.

Handstamped Rosh Hashanah card

Hand-stamped Rosh Hashanah Card
Honeycomb stamp by Impress; bee, beehive and L’Shanah Tova stamps by A Muse Art Stamps (retired)
Hand-stamped Rosh Hashanah Card
 Honeybear stamp by MOMR (Museum of Modern Rubber)

Did you make or send new year cards this year?  Before I go, I just have to share with you Maggie’s brilliant idea for one of her cards.

I love it!

Shanah Tova! And, Happy World Card Making Day (today)!