Friday, March 30, 2012

Pink for the girls

Beautiful soft pink colors of the Authentique "Uncommon" collection inspired me to scrap pictures from several years ago, when my two oldest were little girls.

I made this layout for Scrapbook Express. The big tag serves as a title. I added a doily and a piece of American Crafts rose ribbon. The ribbon was white, I misted it with Clearsnap Smootch Spritz.

Supplies: patterned paper, tags, letter stickers (Authentique), ribbon (American Crafts), mist (Clearsnap), scallop circle punch (Fiskars), button 

The next layout was made for Tuesday Trio blog. It is based on sketch 111 where the challenge was to use torn paper. And I did :) I love how it turned out, especially the layers under the picture. I saw this picture many many times when I flipped though my storage albums but only when I pulled it out for this layout I realized how I love it. I use a  stamp in Hebrew designed but Riki for the title. It says "My dad is the best in the world" - words from a popular children song.

Supplies: patterned paper, tags (Authentique), bird punch (Fiskars), stamp (Riki Arbraman), buttons 

Since the title is in Hebrew I decided to write the journaling in Hebrew as well. It says: My favorite things: Lila's face, a dress that was bought 11 years ago in the Soviet Union, Ellali's tiny nose, Ofir's eyes, sun ray falling though the patio window

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wind Leaves

Supplies: patterned paper, tags (Authentique), alphabet dies (Lifestyle Crafts), twine 

I realize that I became a one-photo-single-page scrapbooker but from time to time I still make double layouts. Here is one I made for Scrapbook Express. I went again with Authentique papers, this time mixing several collections. I kept it simple, adding just two tags, journaling strips, some fussy cutting and a lot of dimensional adhesive. The title is made using old Quickutz alpha dies.

The layout is about the beautiful kinetic sculptures in Downtown Milwaukee. The name of this artwork is Wind Leaves. I copied the journaling from the wikipidea entry about the sculpture. :)

For the base of the layout I used one of those double papers made by Authentique that come in 12"x24" size. Sadly I will have to cut in half it to fit into 2 page protectors. Or maybe I should do another layout on the front outside page and keep it in one page protector? What would you do? 

Monday, March 26, 2012

5th grade

Few weeks ago I made a layout with Lila's school picture but as you know, I do have two daughters, so I had to make another one. I decided to use the same sketch and again I picked Athentique papers, but this time I went for Blissful collection. I cut out few diamonds from one of the papers and layered them with pop-dots. Plain chipboard letters were inked and misted.

Supplies: patterned paper, tags (Authentique), chipboard (Basic Grey), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), mist (Tattered Angels)


Another project using Authentique papers, this time a card I made for Scrapbook Express. I used papers from Uncommon collection and a sketch from Authentique blog. The flowers are cut with Lifestyle Crafts Bloom cookie cutter dies.

Supplies: patterned paper, letter stickers (Authentique), dies (Lifestyle Crafts), stickles (Ranger Ink)

This die is definitely my favorite flower die. Do you have a flower punch or a die that you use again and again? I want to know.

Fiskateers Spring Blog Hop - the winner

Wow, I am blown away by all the sweet comments that were left on my post! That was one of those projects that turned out nothing like I first imagined. I really liked the final results and I think it will become one of my favorite designs.

I had so much fun going through other posts in this blog hop. So many great projects!

And now to the winner! I had 62 comments, I asked for a random number and the winner is comment #26

Comment #26 was made by Lesa that said:
Stunning card! Thank you so much for the tutorial--know I will be using this one : )
I love how you repeated the border punch on the inside of the card, too.

Congratulations, Lesa! Please email me your address.

Stay tuned for another post today with some crafty projects.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fiskateers Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fiskateers Spring Blog Hop. You should have come from Debby Fiskateer 2852 .  
If you are hopping into the middle of our blog hop and you are a Fiskateer, you can start here:

If you are thinking a “Fiskawhat?”, you should know that Fiskateers  is an online community of craftiness (paper crafts, sewing, gardening, etc.) all based around our love and appreciation of Fiskars (think orange-handled scissors to start). There is a blog, gallery, and message board led by four lovely Lead Fiskateers who along with the other Fiskateers are fabulous at getting creativity flowing via chats, challenges, on-line crops, and interviews with other crafty celebrities. If you would like to join in the inspiration of Fiskateers, or would like to learn more, click on Then, join in the fun at the beginning at for a complete list of blog hop stops.

We’ll be hopping all weekend , March 24th  and 25th  to welcome spring!  

The blog hop officially ends on Sunday March 25th at 11pm CST.

Some Fiskateers are offering sur-prizes…check their directions carefully to participate.

Now, after this long introduction I am ready to share my project. Getting ready for this blog hop I really wanted to use my first squeeze punch. My first squeeze punch came in a prize package from Stephenie Fiskateer #3 together with full Valentine collection from Heidi Grace. That punch was Funky Heart. It was a start of what became an expansive and very loved collection of squeeze punches. Funky Heart is still one of my favorite punches. It is one of the few punches that I have in all three sizes.

I decided to make flowers using folded hearts as petals. I was inspired by this breathtaking project. One day I will make a shadow frame for my craft space. Today I will show you how I made my card.

 I started with 5"x7" blank card and punched the front bottom edge of the card using Leaves border punch. I also made a punched border from green paper using the same punch. The finished border measures 1"x7".

 I trimmed the back of the card to make sure it is the same height as the front and adhered the punched border inside the card.

 Next I opened the card and stamped the sentiment on the front. The sentiment is from Fiskars "Put On Your Party Hat"  stamp set.

 For each flower I punched 7 hearts using "Funky Heart" punch. I made one flower with Large punch and 3 with Medium punch. The paper by Martha Stewart. It comes in great bright colors and has 2 different shades of the same color on the front and on the back of the paper. I also punched out one circle for each flower.

 To make a flower I scored the hearts, folded them to make petals and adhered to the circle forming a flower shape.
I added shiny brads to the center of the flowers and adhered them to the front of the card.

 All done! This is one of those cards that take some time but are totally worth it. 


Thanks for hopping by…next stop is Tami 804 Tami is one of our fearless Lead Fiskateers so I am sure you are up for a treat.
Oh, wait. I hope you leave a comment because there is a prize involved. New in the package, Fiskars Love Takes Flight Limited Edition punch. I would love you to become a follower but it is not required for the giveaway. Just leave me a comment. :)

I am off to check all other stops in this blog hop! See you soon!

I am linking with WIP Monday at Scrap Scene

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Take Twelve - March

By now no one questions me when on the 12th of each month I run around with the camera and look for things I want to photograph. "Oh yes", said Lila last night when I told her I need to find one more green thing, "It is the12th today". She also had a great idea, the flier from her BBYO chapter (Jewish youth organization) that invited her to her first BBYO event was green. The picture of the flier concluded my quest for green things. I also took pictures (in the reverse order) of
- the content of my green embellishments drawer
- our typical dinner salad - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, red onions and vinegar dressing
- chicken noodle soup in a green mug. We have those mugs for years!
- LeapPad Fridge Phonics - letters are huge part of Eli's life. He loves naming them, singing ABC song, looking for letters everywhere he goes and spelling words.
- Eli's artwork from school
- toy boxes in the family room
- shopping bags with groceries in the minivan trunk
- Eli's green sippy cup (For long time Eli called the cup and green color in general "puppy". Why "puppy"? Because of the Green Puppy in his favorite show Blue's Clues)
- Percy with his friends on the dinning table
- daffodils are picking out! We had an unusually warm winter and very warm spring so far!
- I started my morning with dentist appointment. Not my favorite thing to do. At least their business card is cute - in nice shimmery green 

That's it for March 12th. I am looking forward to printing the pictures and making my third layout.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I have something fun to share. I will be joining Scrap-A-Latte Design Team. You can see the announcement here on Scrap-A-Latte new blog. Isn't it a fun name for the store?? Since my favorite drink is latte I think it is going to be a great fit for me! :)

I submitted this layout for the DT call. I made it few months ago but didn't have a chance to share. I took this picture of Ella last summer on one of our nature trips. She is looking through the magnifying glass at some tiny river creatures. She spent about 15 minutes there, listening to the guide and exploring the content of the bucket. She is my nature girl.

I used "Life Stories" kit from My Mind's Eye. I made a photo mat punching around the edge with Martha Stewart punches and waved a piece of twine in between the laced scallops. Chipboard letters are really old, they are from Li'l Davis.
Supplies: patterned paper, diecuts (My Mind's Eye), chipboard letters (Li'l Davis), letter stickers (Doodlebug), punches (Martha Stewart), twine

All tags and diecuts that I used came with the kit. I wrapped a length of twine around the ticket and added it to the layout with several pop dots. I also used pop dots for the picture itself with it's laced border. In real life it really stands out.


I hope you will join me on my new adventure with Scrap-A-Latte. I start officially next month, I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Go green!

March is in full swing now and everyone are talking about green colors and being green, recycling and up-cycling. And this is the theme of the March challenge at Scrap It Girl: Go Green and Recycle!

Accidentally, few weeks ago, I looked at the little plastic tag from the plastic bag with a loaf of bread and thought that I like it. Instead of throwing it away I put it on my craft desk. Few weeks later I had a nice pile of tags in different colors and sizes. "I could make a banner from those little plastic creatures", I told to myself and I did.

I usually start my layout with the background cardstock or patterned paper, but this time I only had an idea for a banner, 2 big bingo cards and "wonder" flashcard. After some digging in my stash I found what was left form the Cosmo Cricket "Upcycle" kit (coincidence?) and decided that it will work.

Supplies: patterned paper, sticker (Cosmo Cricket), bingo cards (K&Co), green letter stickers (American Crafts), red letter stickers (Cosmo Cricket), pin (Jillibean Soup), tag (October Afternoon), star punches (Fiskars), flashcard, buttons, twine
I cut out three flowers from another piece of the same patterned paper and layered them with buttons under the picture. I played a while with the banner and finally decided to leave the tags as they are, just added three layered stars.

So what about you? Are you green? Come join us at Scrap It Girl in Go Green and Recycle challenge! There are some amazing entries, already! Kimberly offers a great prize to the winner!! Show us what you can make!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Trio - sketch 109

Supplies: patterned paper (Authentique), letter stickers (Cosmo Cricket), arrow punch (Fiskars), buttons

Just a quick card today that I made for Tuesday Trio challenge blog. In addition to the sketch, the challenge was to use arrows. Truth to be told I was intimidated by the sketch, I just don't like arrows. I did few small modifications to the sketch and came up with this simple card. I think I like it. I didn't decide yet :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Yellow Brick Road - part II

If you remember from part I, I made one layout with the group picture and a mini album. I still had some pictures left that I wanted to use. I decided to make another layout with Lila and her BFF. The title came from the name of the number they both participated in. I didn't have much of the paper left, so I used the scraps to make the background collage. The chipboard letters and hearts are from my old stash. 

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (Graphic 45), chipboard letters (Cloud 9), chiboard hearts (Heidi Grace), jouranling card and tickets (Jenni Bowlin), paint

I picked 6 more pictures and put them into divided page protector. I didn't embellish them, only matted with the cardstock and patterned paper.
At that point I felt that I did enough with the pictures from the musical. I kept 2 more pictures of Lila and her friend for my (future) category files and the rest of the pictures that were mainly of other kids were sent to school.

Now I had just few small scraps left.
Usually at this point I would put the scraps in the bag and add them to my patterned paper storage. This time I decided that I am going to use what I can. I checked the pagemaps site and found a sketch that I liked.
I made 3 cards, almost identical.
The poppies were cut from the patterned paper and layered. I added black stickles to the centers and few punched leaves in between. After I was done I threw away all paper scraps that were left. Yes, I threw them away. (Except the small paper scrap from the poppies paper, I love it that much). And it feels good!

Supplies: patterned paper (Grpahic 45), cardstock (Recollections, Bazzill), doily die (My Favorite Things), circle die (Lifestyle Crafts), distress ink (Ranger Ink), stickles (Ranger Ink), stamp (Fiskars), leaves punch (EK Success)

I am linking up to Scrap Scene's WIP Monday post!