I have been missing in action for quite a while now and thankfully many of you have not given up on me. In fact, some have even written to ask when I might be posting again. Well, here I am! There’s been a lot going on around here! I just finished chairing our big synagogue gala/auction this past Sunday which was a smashing success but which has been consuming much of my free time over the last several months. I can’t wait to share some of the décor elements with you but that will have to wait for a future post when I have pics back (I was too busy working to take any pics myself!)
It has been forever since I played along with the Runway Inspired Challenge. None of the fashions spoke to me but then came this one and holy moly, it was made for me!
As you may recall, we lost our two red chow boys Teddy and Smokey last spring, just six weeks apart. We adopted a sweet and huggable black chow chow in August who we named Huckle Bear but red chows will always have a special place in my heart. So when I read that much of this designer’s collection was inspired by her little chow chow Lilybear, who is apparently well known on the streets of Paris, I knew it was time to get busy on a card. So, without further ado, here it is:
I masked the edges with thin washi tape and then used a dauber to apply Versafine in Smokey Gray. Then I die cut the chow chow from Stardream Flame and added a few enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye. The sentiment is an old one from A Muse embossed in Turquoise onto PTI Berry Sorbet cardstock and popped up with foam tape.
I am beary happy with the result. And just so Huckle isn’t left out given all the focus on red chows, here is a pic of my sweet boy along with my other sweet boy 🙂
I forgot that I had one other card to share when I posted earlier…my mother’s day card for my own mamaleh! As I mentioned, I am taking the online class Watercolors for Cardmakers. This card used an emboss resist technique, i.e. I embossed the stamped image with clear embossing powder and then watercolored over it using a variety of Twinkling H2Os for a rainbow effect with a bit of shimmer to it (sadly subtle shimmer is just too hard to capture in a photo!).
Supplies used: Fabriano 3×5 notecard, Impress Moroccan Tile Background stamp, Twinkling H2Os, Inkadinkado Maison Ornate Alphabet stamps, clear embossing powder, vellum paper, Versamark Ink, Brilliance Graphite Black Ink.
First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamalehs out there! Second, sorry I have been MIA for a while but I’ve just busy with work and life. I am trying to remember that a little creativity helps keep me going. I have this print hanging in my craft room/office and it is the darn truth!
I have been missing my creative mojo lately, so I needed a little inspiration to kick my butt into gear and get the wheels turning again. Having seen so many watercolor projects in the online papercrafting scene lately, I decided to sign up for Watercolor for Cardmakers with Online Card Classes.
The quantity and quality of instructional material has really surprised and impressed me – each day there are 3-4 fantastic videos as well as printable step-by-step instructions and detailed supply lists linking to all of the materials. In addition, there is an online gallery to share your creations and a forum to ask questions. One cool thing about this format is that you can go at your own pace; the other day I started a video, got interrupted by my son and just went back to it later. Another day I didn’t even have time to watch so just doubled up the next day. The ability to do it on my schedule has been fantastic. And you have access to the videos when class is no longer in-session so you can always go back and watch them again. For $25 it is seriously a ton of information and really fun!
There have been so many amazing techniques on display this week swirling around in my head. So, yesterday a friend, who I convinced to take the class with me, came over and we just played around. Now I have even more ideas! Here’s what the craft table looked like when we were finished:
First up is my take on the very first card from class which utilizes a technique involving watercolors and a stencil. I am pretty happy with the result and plan to make more variations of this.
Supplies used: Paper Source Peacock Cover, Amuse Studio Happy Birthday To You (from Birthday Greetings), Versafine Majestic Blue, Fabriano Cold Press Studio Watercolor Paper, Memory Box Disperse stencil, Angora watercolors, foam tape, ribbon, Silhouette tag file
Next up I decided to try the technique that involved placing color directly on a stamp with a dye marker and then spritzing with water before stamping. At first glance, I didn’t think I could do this technique since I don’t have any Distress markers but then it got me thinking about my neglected Le Plumes so I decided to give those a try and was so happy with the result, I ended up doing a color chart (as you can see in the mess photo above).
Supplies used: Bazzill Basics Cardstock in Midnight, Flower stamp – Silhouette 3 by Impression Obsession, Sentiment by Savvy, Delicata Golden Glitz ink, Marvy Le Plume II markers, Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, foam tape.
I loved this result so much I decided to make a gift set using Fabriano 3×5 notecards which are really gorgeous cards with a lovely deckled edge. I used a mix of Le Plume colors and did both first and second impressions (not reinking but just spraying again). For a few, I subbed Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for water and it may just be my new favorite product ever. It’s like a fairy just landed on your paper and sprinkled it with fine fairy dust. I must confess, I do have a bit of a sparkle obsession.
Supplies used: Fabriano cards, Marvy Le Plume markers, Wink of Stella Pen, Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz.
Then I wrapped it up with a little twine bow and tag (retired Amuse sentiment in Delicata gold) all ready for my aunt’s bday (a tad late but made with love).
I am having so much fun with these techniques so don’t be surprised if I pop back later with a few more to share in the class galleries!
Sorry for being MIA – between all of the holidays, work and some health stuff, that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I had high hopes for finally getting a good pic of our sukkah, made from our chuppah frame. Alas, that didn’t quite happen. But, I’m back with a little something I made for a dear friend who is in the midst of wedding planning. There are just times in a girl’s life when no ordinary thank you note will do and goodness knows that in the months leading up to a wedding, there is no shortage of thank yous to write! Continue reading
Please excuse the interruption in the regularly scheduled high holiday programming but there was a challenge over at Moxie Fab World that I just needed to enter and it required me to think of Hanukkah while in the midst of Rosh Hashanah prep. OY! So, over in the Moxie Fab World, there was a Holiday Gift Tag Challenge. And yes, even though Rosh Hashanah is a clearly a much bigger holiday than Hanukkah, the challenge was for the winter holidays, namely Christmas but since Hanukkah doesn’t appear to be getting much love, I decided I better throw my hat in the ring. Continue reading
I will spare you all of the crazy details but life has really gotten in the way of crafting lately so when I saw the current Air Mail Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, I just knew I needed to enter and get those creative juices going again! You see, after finding this older Denami Space Needle “stamp” stamp on eBay a while back, it was simply screaming to be combined with Sending Love from Seattle. I decided to make my own Sealed with a Kiss by combining one of my fave alphabets with the lips from Mama Elephant’s Cup of Wishes. I finished it off with an airmail stamp from Paper Source and skinny airmail washi tape. Inks used: VersaMagic Night Sky, Brilliance Rocket Red and Brilliance Starlite Black. All ready to send to a far-away friend in need of some love!
And with that title, I am now singing “Anatevka” in my head and finding myself a bit distracted from getting down to writing. Oh, how I love the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof!
In any event, here I am, finally! Sorry it’s been way too long between posts but LIFE has just been way too busy lately.
Second, I just have a to share a fun card I made yesterday for a friend’s birthday. It was my first attempt at a “shaker” card where the glitter or confetti actually shakes inside a window. My base is none other than my favorite Curious Metallics White Gold cardstock. I then cut out this fun wine bottle shape, which I modified with a window, from Curious Metallics Gold Leaf using my Silhouette. Then I adhered window plastic to the bottle, arranged foam squares around the edge to make a frame, filled it with metallic confetti and adhered it to the card. I will say that the confetti did sort of stick around the edges so not sure how to avoid that but overall I am quite pleased with the result. For the sentiment I stamped the fun “L’Chaim” stamp I found on ebay and then embossed it with black sparkle embossing powder.
Finally, I promised you at least one more giveaway for my blogoversary and since April isn’t over yet, there is still time for one final celebration of the fact I have been blogging for an entire year! I am so excited about this I can hardly type! The lovely Lauree at 1-800-Dreidel put together the most fabulous box of goodies valued at just over $55 to send to one of you, my dear readers. There are stickers, cupcake toppers, ribbon, cookie cutters, a paper punch, beads and more! It’s so fun! You’ve heard me mention 1-800-Dreidel before – they are one of the few places that cater to Jewish crafters and have a great selection – it’s my go-to source for wine charms and the customer service is fantastic! Check them out! And as another special treat, you can get 10% off your entire first order by entering “Mamaleh” in the customer comment box.
Okay, ready to win this fabulous box of goodies?! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what you’d do with all of these crafting goodies (or just saying hello) AND then click the link below to go to the giveaway on my Facebook page where you can then enter to win, with bonus entries for FB fans and Twitter followers:
Remember, you must click-through after leaving a comment for your entry to be counted. Not on FB, you can enter here. Good luck and thanks for helping me celebrate a year of blogging!
Mama Elephant Cup of Wishes
Paper: Paper Trey Ink Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist
Ink: Embossing Ink, Brilliance Galaxy Gold
Other: Ranger Turquoise Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Yellow Chevron Washi tape by Love My Tapes, Fruit Punch and Yellow Stickles
I forced myself to get inspired yesterday for the Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge. Spring is definitely in bloom in Seattle with lots of tulips and daffys but oy, was this weekend rainy. It was a tea weekend for sure. So here’s my card with some bright spring colors and nice cozy tea. The photo doesn’t quite do all the details of the card justice, especially the gold “and cozy,” but you get the idea. Perfect for one of my random acts of kindness that I really need to get back to!