Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WINNER Announcement - Fiskasfriends The Power of Community Blog Hop

It is time to announce the winner of my personal giveaway!
The winner of the Fiskars® Teresa Collins Non-stick Detail Scissors and 5 washi tapes from the Love My Tapes etsy store is....

Jennifer Earley

Jennifer, please send me an email to maya.orendahan at gmail.com with your mailing address!

Don't forget to check the Fiskafriends blog to see if you are the winner of the sponsored prizes!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NOT in his element - Scrappy Hands Challenge 35

Happy Sunday, my dear blog readers!

I am still feeling excited from the cardmaking classes I taught last week and looking forward to two more next week. If you missed my post about them and the blog hop, please scroll down. You have till March 29th at 11:59 PM PDT to comment on all blogs for you chance to win awesome prizes, including one right here on my blog,

Meanwhile, I will share my take on the Scrappy Hands challenge 35. The challenge theme is Bingo and here is your bingo card.

I chose the second column - button, ribbon and doily, Here is what I made,

I used "Close to my heart" Later Sk8tr paper collection, I misted a white doily with slate glimmer mist, cut it in 2 pieces and added to the top and bottom edges of the layout.

I liked the "In his element" sticker that came with the collection but unfortunately it really did not describe Eli. He did not like us messing with his hair LOL I added NOT letter stickers ans solved my problem.

To complete the bingo requirements I added orange rickrack and few buttons. Here you go - boyish layout with doily, buttons and ribbon!

Stop by the Scrappy Hands blog to see what other DT members made for this challenge and play with us! The challenge is open to anyone anywhere!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiskafriends - The Power of Community Blog Hop

First of all I want to welcome my old and new readers. If you were following my blog before you know that I am a big Fiskars fan and one of the original Fiskateers. I wrote before how important that experience was for me as a crafter but mostly, being a Fiskateer meant for me and for many many others being part of the community.

I am happy to join my friends from Fiskafriends facebook group in our first Fiskafriend Blog Hop.

While thinking about my crafting friends and online community I decided to look around me and see if I can find a crafting community close to me. I designed 3 simple cards and posted an invitation on my local Facebook page to join me for free card making class.

I am going to share the cards I made and show how I made them using my favorite Fiskars tools.

Card No 1

To make the first card I picked three washi tapes in coordinating colors and adhered them to the front of the card. I used the new tapes from Love My Tapes etsy store, they are just gorgeous! I punched a circle and a scalloped  circle using Fiskars squeeze punches and stamped the sentiment on the white scalloped circle.

The butterfly is punched from washi tape layered on top of vellum. I love using this technique because the vellum doesn't take away the tape transparency but adds sturdiness.

I added the butterfly to the card using a small piece of foam tape and finished with a touch of bling.

Card No 2

This is very simple design that can be used over and over. By changing the selection of washi tapes this card can be made appropriate for any occasion.

I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to be a little smaller than my card front and covered it with selection of happy washi tapes. I trimmed the extra pieces of washi tape and adhered the cardstock to the card front. I added the sentiment with sharpie pen and finished with three small acrylic hearts.

Card No 3

This card requires just a little more work.

I started by stamping the lace flowers on white cardstock that I cut out using my favorite Fiskars micro tip scissors.

I layered torn pieces of washi tape in various lengths directly on the card front. I picked tapes in shades of gray and black.

I added the flowers to the card with adhesive foam for more dimension and finished with a sentiment sticker, a vintage button and jewels.

I thought that these three designs are relatively simple to make and give a good introduction to several paper crafting tools and techniques. And I was right :)

I had a great response to my invitation and I already did two out of four card making classes.

We had the best time chatting, getting to know each other, admiring each others work and just being creative.

These are the cards that were made by ladies that didn't do any paper crafting before.

I am amazed how beautiful their cards turned out and I sure hope we made one little step towards building a vibrant, supportive crafting community.

There is no blog hop without a giveaway ;-) In addition to the sponsor giveaway drawing on the Fiskafriends blog I would like to offer my own giveaway: Fiskars® Teresa Collins Non-stick Detail Scissors and 5 Love My Tapes washi tapes.

Comment on my blog post to be entered into my giveaway. For additional entries you can follow me on Bloglovin (the button is on the left side bar).

Blog comments for my giveaway will close Sunday, March 29th @ 11:59pm (Pacific) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, March 31st here on my blog.

Here is the full list of the blogs participating in the Fiskafriends blog hop:

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If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing START and the Fiskafriends blog and follow the instructions there.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Purim basket

It is hard to believe that today is March 1st. This winter is just refusing to give up and today we had to miss Lila's roller derby clinic because another snow storm decided to show up and mess with our plans.

But the calendar insists that we indeed reached March. March brings Purim and anticipation of spring. I immediately knew what I want to make for the Scrappy Hands box challenge - a decorated box for Purim or as we call it - "mishaloach manot".

I started with a wood box that I decorated with vinyl stickers cut on Silhouette Cameo. I filled it with sweets and added a paper tag with greeting.

Here are few more boxes I made as custom orders. Here the names are in Hebrew. Check what other DT members did for this challenge. Love how different all project are! What about you? Do you like to make altered boxes?