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I have had the above print by Mary Engelbreit hanging in my home office/craft space for a while now. I always find that focusing on a craft project helps my brain reset from lawyer mommy life. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that in an attempt to keep myself sane, I am challenging myself to make a greeting card a day and send them to friends to communicate from afar. It’s a win win since I get my creative energy flowing (and a sudden validation for my hoard of craft supplies) and the friend I send it to gets a lovely surprise. Several friends who received theirs this week have already told me it made their week in this time of social distancing. The other benefit of a card is that it’s the type of project that can fill as much or as little time as you want. If you just want to do a quick card with a single stamp, you can totally do something clean and simple. Or, if you have a bit more time, you can layer stamps and inks to your heart’s content. Either way, you get the satisfaction of completing a project in one sitting! Continue reading
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It’s the month of Elul, the end of the Jewish Year 5779. We prepare to enter 5780 and dip apples in honey for a sweet year ahead. Elul is a time of contemplation and return as we prepare to enter the high holy days. I feel guilt for my poor neglected blog, perhaps an unanswered email or two to mamaleh, a lack of intentionality in my content. But, beyond that guilt I also feel immense gratitude. If you are reading this right now, that gratitude goes to you for despite my lack of posts on the blog itself, you are still here, reading, commenting, sharing, fueling my creative outlet. Continue reading
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I am back! Well truly I haven’t gone anywhere but I have been far too busy mamaleh-ing to be blogging. That’s just the truth. I craft and create but adding the layer of writing and photographing (especially in the mess that is my craftroom) has just exceeded my daily allotment of quiet hours. Two year olds are busy bees and they want to do whatever mom is doing! So, it’s currently nap time in my house, or rather was until a minute ago, and I have a few minutes to share a simple and sweet creation with you.
It has been forever since I have blogged. I’ll just blame it on the baby who isn’t even here yet – 8 weeks to go! But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crafting when time has allowed. I’m back today to share with you an invitation I designed recently for a special Shabbat dinner to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Temple Beth Am‘s religious school rabbi.
Serious Crafters have hoarder-like tendencies when it comes to their supplies. The latest rubber stamp, paper, ribbon, or obscure gadget, will simply call to you and you have no choice but to add it to your stash. I used to think I was alone. Now I know better. Continue reading
One of the paper crafting blogs I follow is A Blog Named Hero. A few weeks ago, they had an awesome post with an idea to make color-in thank you cards for kids using stamps. I absolutely loved this idea and decided to take that and make it work for Rosh Hashanah. Continue reading
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!
Stamps: 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
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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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:
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!
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.