Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last 2 for October

Few more layouts:
That one with the pictures from October 2006. Poor girl had a fractured toe and had to wear a cast to the party.

Supplies: pink cardstock (unknown), black patterned paper (Cloud 9), silver paper (unknown), letter stickers (Paper Studio and Making Memories), stamp (Making Memories), rhinestones (Heidi Swapp and Treasure Masters), spider web (Me and My Big Ideas)

A little break from Halloween. I used Twisted Sketch 21 for this layout.

Supplies: white cardstock (unknown), patterned paper (Fancy Pants, Sassafras Lass), rub-ons (Jenni Bowlin), letter stickers (Heidi Grace), ribbon (Making Memories)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treating in our neighbourhood was past Sunday. We were lucky that the weather was great and the girls were able to wear their costumes without the coats. Lila was an Eskimo girl and Ella was cheetah of course. Eli also joined them on their candy quest as a little black cat.The cutest black cat that was ever seen if you ask me :)

The little pumpkins are stamped on some orange patterned paper and colored with Slick Writers. The stamps and the dimensional embellishments are from the Target dollar spot. Cheap and cute!

Supplies: White cardstock (unknown), die cut paper (K&CO), patterned paper (DCVW and Cloud9), title sticker (Cloud 9), bats and stars (Cloud 9), dimensional embellishments (Target), stamps (Target), pens (Sharpie, Slick Writers)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More ruffles

It looks like I am in my ruffles period, I just can't control it :)
So here are some more ruffles, pearls and bling.
When I saw those lavender pearl swirls from Zva Creative, right away I knew that I have perfect pictures for them - Lila in her 5th grade graduation outfit. I added some sparkle with clear crystals. I was able to cut few smaller pieces from the swirls and rearrange them the way I liked. The lavender polka dot paper that serves as photo mat is sprayed with purple glimmer mist.
I used a bracket shaped paper by Jenni Bowlin as a template to cut the purple wood grain paper. I than stitched on the ribbon gathering it as I go.
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill), patterned paper (GCD studios, Melissa Frances), pearls and crystals (Zva Creative), Glimmer mist (Tattered Angles), rubons (Maya Road), ribbon (Papertrey ink), punches (Fiskars), sketch (Pinky for Treasured Scrapbooking)

Here I used the pearl oval frames to frame the pictures and the journaling. It was super easy - peel off the frame, place it where you want it and cut around the frame

The frames overlap each other and raised with pop dots on their left side. Tissue paper ruffle is tucked under the frames. (I know, ruffles again. I want to promise it will be my last ruffles layout but I still can't)

Supplies: White cardstock (not sure), patterned paper (Creative Imaginations), pearl frames (Zva Creative), orange tag (Jenni Bowlin kit), stamps (Heidi Swapp), ink (Brilliance), tissue paper

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Yes, October is full of birthdays. First my little sister, mine birthday was 2 weeks ago and today is my mom's birthday. So, just wanted to say - Happy birthday!

I made this little accordion book for my mom. The girls wrote their wishes for grandma and I added the pictures (that we taken in the rain and fog). Mom, I was late shipping it so I thought I will post it here to let you know that it is coming.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Old pictures (1992!) + Jenni Bowlin October kit + some scissors work + machine stitched paper ruffle = new layout

The journaling is in Hebrew, it just felt right because the pictures were taken in Israel. Huge rub-on sheet serves as a photo mat.

The ruffle was inspired by the latest Moxie Fab World Challenge Go there and check all the fabulous ruffles inspired projects. Yummy!

For my paper ruffle I used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to stitch in the middle of the ruffle

And here is something completely different. A door sign to let my girls know that Eli is sleeping and they need to be quite or else...

I altered a piece of cardboard from my scrap bin. I drew the clouds and cut them out. I added Cloud 9 felt flowers and some Zva Creative pearls (they are awesome!) The top edge of the sign is covered by a paper ruffle stitched in place.The chipboard letter are from Target dollar spot. They were pink with white polka dots. I removed the pink paper, inked them with 2 tones of blue ink and covered with gold glimmer mist. The sleeping chicks are done with Fiskars squeeze punch.

7 Days of Creation according to Ella

After our move we signed up the girls for Hebrew school. They both speak Hebrew well but we want them to know how to read and also learn about our traditions.

Well, this past Sunday Ella's class learned about the 7 Days of Creation. She came home excited and told us all about what was created when and than added - And on the 7th day G-d created the food. After I finished laughing I asked her why she thinks so. She showed me a worksheet that they made in class. The picture for the 7th day showed Shabbat dinner table with candles, wine and challah. She just picked up the clues from the picture :)

Here are Ella and Eli sharing a snack. Let's agree - food is important! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Simplified Iris Folding Black Cat tutorial

I love iris folding! It is one of the first techniques I learned to do and I still like it. It is simple and creates a stunning results. Thinking about the Kids Crafts Halloween crop that Amy E and myself are planning for this Saturday at Fiskateers I had an idea for a simple iris folding Halloween project that will be suitable for kids.

There are plenty great iris folding tutorials on the web, I am not going to write another one, I will just show step-by-step how I did my project. I like to use the generic iris folding templates that I found few years ago on the web. Thy are created by Judy Headrick. Each pdf file contains the same template in different sizes. The number of edges will determine the number of the different types of paper that will be needed for the project. For the cat project I used the triangle template.

1. Download the template and print it.
2. Cut a 5"x7" piece of cardstock for the background. I used orange.
3. Cut a 2.5" circle opening using aUSX and a circle shape template in the lower part of the cardstock piece.

3. Attach the cardstock with the opening to the template page face down using temporary adhesive. Triangle template page gives 4 sizes of triangles. When you select a template make sure that the template is larger than the opening. I used the largest triangle. Center the iris as you wish. I put the iris slightly off center. Transfer the numbers on the template that are not visible to the visible part. See the next picture.

4. Choose 3 patterned papers or cardstock to use. I used different types of black - some printed paper from an old paper pack, some Bazill bling and some shiny paper that was a CD envelope in it's former life. Cut few strips of each paper 1/2" width.

5. Create a key. You can skip this if you know what are you doing, but if you work with kids it is nice to have a key. Mark 3 sides of iris with different signs. I put circle, asterisk and star. Glue 3 square samples of the chosen papers and mark them with a selected sign. See next picture.

6. Apply adhesive around the opening and start covering the stripes in the pattern with corresponding stripes of paper. Start with the lowest visible number. Remember that that the paper goes face down. If the iris is not in the center like in my example, some of the numbers will be missing. It is ok. Continue from the lowest to the highest number applying adhesive where needed to secure the strips. That's where the simplified part comes in. In traditional iris folding you use pattered paper or origami paper and you fold each strip. To make it easier for the kids we are not folding the paper. As a bonus we can use cardstock and thicker patterned paper.
7. Continue till you are done and only one triangle is left uncovered.
8. Remove the temporary adhesive, flip the cardstock and decide what paper to use for the last triangle (the iris). Cut a piece of paper large enough to cover the iris and adhere it from the back
8. Cut a piece of cardstock large enough to cover the mess and adhere it to the back of the project.
9. Flip it over and admire.
10. Cut out a cat head from a piece of cardstock (I made a template for my daughter to use) and attach a pipe cleaner tail. You are done!
Notes: I made this project with my 8 years old daughter. I cut the opening and attached the cardstock to the template. She chose the paper, cut the paper stripes, built the key (with my help) and completed the project. She decided to make a face for her cat and than she added the paws, the fish and the trash can :)

In a similar way I used an oval shape and a square iris folding template to make a witch hat

Hope it is clear enough. Post your questions in the comments :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Can't get enough of this punch!

My new Fiskars border corner punch Lace and Lattice is my new favorite tool. :)
I used Fiskars October sketch for this layout and mixed some products from Jenni Bowlin September and August kits.
This cute butterfly sticker is by Martha Stewart. I like that it has 2 layers of wings. Adds an element of surprise to the flat layout.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Happy Birthday to my little sister!

Actually her birthday was yesterday. I did manage to finish this layout last night but decided to wait for the daylight to take pictures. If you will try to guess who is who I will say 2 things: I am the oldest, on some pictures I am taller than her, on other pictures she is taller than me. :)

I think I never felt like she is my little sister. She is the smartest, the most caring and sensitive woman I know. I miss her dearly.

Twisted sketch #17, Jenni Bowlin patterned paper, Making Memories flowers, Target jewels, Fiskars border punch, Doodlebug letter stickers.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Nina!

Today my BFF Nina celebrates her birthday. Happy birthday dear, I wish I could give you a big hug! Love you!