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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Chanukkah Gift Basket

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

Very Late Post!   
I have been a little tired the past two weeks or so and I failed to post one of my challenge projects created as a Guest Designer for the Outlawz Greetings Challenge.  I am just thankful that Linda gave me two months notice and I was able to create my projects in advance.

This is always a difficult time of year for me when it comes to crafting.  Most of the challenges are centered around Halloween and/ or Christmas, two days I do not celebrate.  Also, this time of year is generally when our High Holidays begin and I am focused mainly on spiritual things.  Add to that the fact that Jewish Holidays are celebrated mostly in the synagogue (and have zero commerical emphasis) and you can see my problem.  Some families give gifts to their children during the eight day celebration of Chanukkah, so I figured I would create a little basket.  It felt really weird doing Chanukkah stuff in September.

 I created my own paper for basket and holders. The contents of the basket are: Tic Tac Holder, Tea Bag Holder, and Chanukkah Candles!
The Tea Bag envelopes were made using Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden Papers

Thanks for stopping by!
I am feeling better, but will not be on the computer or creating during the eight days of Succoth!

Chana Malkah

Monday, September 28, 2015

Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
This week is my final project for my GDT stint at The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge.
The challenge theme this week is Anything Goes, and for my project, I chose to create this fun greeting card box!

Giving cards as gifts is one of the fun benefits of being a paper crafter and finding pretty and interesting ways to present those cards is one of my favorite pursuits.   I have found that Graphic 45 papers are probably the best selection for boxes and other 3D projects. 

Slide Out Greeting Card Gift Box 
I was digging around in my ribbon collection when I came across this fabulous ribbon that I found in the sales bin at Michaels fifteen year ago.  It always looked very Christmasy to me, and since I don't celebrate Christmas, I was at a loss as to how I would use it.  Works perfectly here! 
The thumb slot plus the ribbon pull make it super easy to open the the box.  Normally the interior paper would show in the front view.  I didn't realize the mistake until I was in PS and did not want to ask hubby to take another picture!
The cards in this set are all made from the Couture Cut Aparts.  I lined the inside with cream paper to match the envelope.  I am keeping this set so I did not use a sentiment.  I have the matching Couture Stamps and will add the sentiments as I use the cards.
More pretty papers on the holder!  I also used this paper on one of the cards!  None of my peacock feathers were small enough to fit the outside, so I used a FabScraps peacock and a black crystal.  

 Kept the envelopes simple.  Totally forgot I have an envelope punch board.  I created all my envelopes the old fashion way.   Will not do that again!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you will give this project a try!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Earth Safe Finishes - Living The Dream Canvas

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
 I'm back with a fun new project for Earth Safe Finishes™ Chalk It Up Paints with Stamping and Doodling.  For this project, I not only used Chalks, but also Pigments.  Blending the pigment with white made it easy for me to create softer hues and achieve a better color balance.   Colors remain vibrant even after some serious dilution via spritzing and blotting.

Creating this canvas was my first opportunity to work with the new pigments and I had a blast!   This was also my first time using stamps and doodles as focals on canvas.  I am learning that a lack of drawing skill need not limit creatively.  Ironically, the face did not stamp and I had to hand draw most of the image (my apologies to Prima) but no way was I starting over!

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Thanks for stopping by, HUGZ,