Sunday, May 17, 2015

White on white card

Hello again! Two posts in two days, that is unusual here!

But I do have a super cute card to share so it couldn't wait. I made it for the Scrappy Hands White on White challenge. I love monochromatic cards and this one was so fun to make!

Usually my monochromatic cards are clean an simple but with this one I went for layers and textures.

I picked different paper scraps from my white paper scraps drawer and just randomly layered them on the card. I added white polka dot Making Memories frame (remember them??), a diecut heart that I had on my desk, some white ribbon, a piece of lace and few jewels and pearls.

I finished the card with a wood veneer birdie that I inked with white ink and letter stickers.

So here it is - sweet card made completely out of scraps and pieces I had laying around.

Check what other DT members did here and share your white on white project. We even  have a prize this week!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Washi Tape Projects

Hello there! I hope am not talking to myself here. Sadly my New Year resolution to blog more often doesn't work that well and that's too bad. I have a lot of news to share, some of them very exciting, but that will have to wait just a little more. Meanwhile I want to share a layout I did for Love My Tapes design team. 

More details on the layout are here

Here is another Love My Tapes DT project that I didn't share - card with wide floral washi tape.

Read more about the card here.

That't it for today. I will try my best not to disappear, actually I have another project to share tomorrow,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scrappy Hands challenge 38 - clean and simple

Hello my dear blog readers! It is Sunday morning here, I am enjoying my quiet time while thinking of the busy week ahead of me. If your "to do" list is as long as mine, I still hope you will find 15 minutes a day for yourself, Spend it as you like, we all have our own ways to relax and unwind. My favorite way is crafting. It will not take more than 15 minutes to make this simple card. 

I used 6 butteries punched from aqua glitter paper (leftovers from another project) and lined them up along the edge of the card. I trimmer about 1/4" from the edge and added matching cardstock to the inside edge of the card.

I finished with light blue sentiment sticker. That's it! Can not be any simpler than that,

These cards will look lovely in a set made in several colors.

You can find more clean and simple projects on Scrappy Hands blog. Get inspired by the DT girls and share your own clean and simple project with us.

Thank you for stopping by today! I wish you a wonderful (and crafty) week!

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.