Sunday, April 5, 2015

Scrappy Hands Challenge #36

Happy Sunday my dear blog readers! The temperatures are slowly rising here in New Jersey and it finally feels like spring. I have a cute organization project to share with you today.

I planned to make this dry-erase countdown frame for few months now. I bought the frame back in February and it was patiently waiting for me in the pile of "random things I am going to use one day" on my desk.

That frame got lucky, because it worked perfectly for the new Scrappy Hands challenge. The theme is "Organize" and this little frame will help me to get organized for any upcoming event. Right now we are going to use it to count down days until spring break. My 1st grader can use some motivation ;-)

I designed the frame in the Silhouette Studio software and cut the design from vinyl. I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper for the the background.

And here is another one I made - that one to plan my blog schedule. Hope it will keep me on track :)

Check what other Design Team members did for the challenge and share your take. 

I am off to enjoy some sun and spring weather!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrap It Girl April Challenge

Hello my dear blog readers! Thank you to all of you who stopped by my blog last week and commented on my Fiskafirend blog hop post! I really enjoyed reading your comments, keep doing that! :)

Today I am sharing another card, no washi tape this time, just few paper scrap and Fiskars punches.

I made this card for the April challenge at Scrap It Girl - black, white and one other color.

I picked few black and white patterns from my favorite Jenni Bowlin papers. She is one of my favorite manufacturers (so sad she stopped designing scrapbooking products) so I keep all my scraps.
I punched few circles in two sizes and added them to the card front.

Supplies: patterned paper (Jenni Bowlin), punches (Fiskars), Silhouette Cameo)

I used foam tape under the smaller circles. I chose red for my "one other color" and added a small red heart. The sentiment is cut with Silhouette Cameo from vinyl.

Check from other Design Team members did for the challenge and share your take with us right here. You have a chance to win a wonderful prize from Kimberly!

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 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?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Altered container for magnetic letters

Happy Monday, my friends!

I hope your Monday is better than my. I took 5 wrong turns on my way to yoga today and eventually gave up. My phone is not charging anymore and my "to do" list is just getting longer and longer. The kids went back to school today after vacation week. From all great plans I made for this week we did literally nothing.

I am also late sharing this project I did for Scrappy Hands new challenge. But in this case, better late than never, right? The theme is "box" and I altered a chocolate powder container I kept for years.

My son finally started to show interest in Hebrew. He refused to speak Hebrew (the language we speak at home) till few week ago and I didn't insist. Lately he started to use Hebrew words and even asked for magnetic letters. This container was holding a bunch of English letters, I dumped them out, since he definitely mastered his English reading, and made a fun box for his Hebrew letters.

That's how the original container looked like. I covered it with a piece of patterned paper. I had to look in my stash for thin paper because I didn't want it to crease.

I cut the phrase "Eli's letters" in Hebrew with my Silhouette Cameo from vinyl. I also scatters single letters all over the front.

Eli loved his new container, I hope it will encourage him to use the letters more.

Check what other DT members did for this challenge right here.

This time we have a prize for one lucky winner - set of adorable stickers in Hebrew by Yael Yaniv.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Class valentines and valentine shadow box

Happy Valentine! I hope the weekend is treating you well, regardless if you are celebrating today or not.

Valentine is not big in our house but we take very seriously the class Valentines project (at least I do). Every year I try to do something fun. This year I decided to make something with Eli that we already did with his big sisters years ago - heart shaped crayons.

Eli had the best time peeling the crayons and deciding what colors go where.

I posted more about this project on the Love My Tapes blog, Eli used their beautiful washi tape to write his "tos" and "froms".

This is what he gave to his classmates.

We did something different for the teachers. I designed a card with heart shaped window in the Silhouette software and cut it from white cardstock.  The heart-shaped crayon is added to the card with thick glue dot. The words on the card front are cut from vinyl with Silhouette Cameo.

Eli used Fiskars heart punches to decorate the inside of the card.

I made these chocolate dipped marshmallows for Eli's class party. I already made them once 2 years ago but this time I went with a simple topper - cardstock hearts and vinyl letters. Everything was designed and cut with Silhouette Cameo. The kids loved them!

The last project I am sharing today is a shadowbox I made for me. I used files from the new Digiplayground store to cut the hearts and the quote for the glass.

I used paper for the hearts and vinyl for the quote. I think a have a shadowbox addiction since this is the third one I am making in the last few months.

I made this shadowbox thinking about the Scrappy Hands "Family" challenge. It was posted last Sunday and tomorrow the DT will share another round of inspiration. Go take a look - fabulous projects!

To finish, I am going to share a picture of the rose I received from my husband :)

Thank you for stopping by and reading this long post :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

And So It Begins - Bo Bunny January sketch

There is nothing like a last minute rush! This layout was sitting on my desk for few weeks and I finally got around finishing it, an hour before the Bo Bunny January Sketch challenge is closing.

I used Bo Bunny "Baby Bump" collection and finally scrapped this picture of me, holding my very pregnant belly and counting the contractions. An hour after this picture was taken we got into the car and drove about an hour to my midwife where Ella was born.

I found a perfect 4x6 card for my title in the Misc Me pack, I cut it apart, using the words for the title and the chevron part to accent the picture.

Ella's home birth was an amazing experience for me, definitely one of the highlights of my life. I can talk about it for hours but I will stop right here, since this is a scrapbooking blog. :)

Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Sister vs Sister - Scrap It Girl February challenge

Happy Monday! We have another snowday here in New Jersey, this time with snow. That means all my great plans for productive Monday are thrown out the window (or buried under snow, you pick) No crafting for me today, but I yesterday I spent some time playing with stamps and gelatos and made this layout for Scrap It Girl February challenge. This month we have a recipe challenge - use blue, numbers and arrows. I had a perfect picture to use.

 Supplies: patterned paper (Heidi Grace, Crate Paper), stamps (Fiskars, Heidi Swapp, Autumn Leaves), star punch (Fiskars), gelatos, marker (Faber Castell), mist (Tattered Angles), arrow clip (Freckled Fawn), label (Teresa Collins), tag (Jenni Bowlin)

This is Lila's and Ella's picture before the Small Stars demo bout last fall. It was the first bout for Ella and all Small Stars except Lila. Since they are the oldest in the league, the coaches put them on the opposite teams.

I masked the center of the layout with a piece of paper, stamped their derby numbers all around and splattered drops of glimmer mist. I added arrows with gelatos and blended them well with my fingers.

I cut out roller skates from Crate Paper "Oh Darling" paper and used foam tape to add them to the layout.

The title is stamped with blue ink. I went over the letters with Faber Castell big brush marker in cobalt blue and used a thin sharpie to go over the edges.

Check what other DT members did right here. You have one month to submit your take on the challenge to win a great prize.