Happy Hannukah!

I’m a day late, but happy Hannukah to those who celebrate this fun Festival of Lights!

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This card was so fast and easy to make!
White cardstock was run through a Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder. The Star of David (American Art Stamp) was embossed using Judikins Aegean Silver (one of my favorite silvers), cut out and popped up using foam squares. The little banner was a leftover scrap from another project.

Happy Hannukah!

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Ah, the Sweet Smell of Scraps

I was in a groove, going through my hoarded scrapbook paper, using it up and having fun in the process.
First, I randomly covered card fronts with leftover paper:

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(the blue/pink combos are from Hot Off The Press.)

Then I added images and embellishments:

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(typewriter by Hero Arts; Stampin’ Up punch; imaginisce hot-fix metallic dots)

Here’s a close-up of the embellies:
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And another card:

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(Sillyscape by Hero Arts; clouds dies by My Favorite Things.)

Card for a teen:
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How fun is the above image from American Art Stamp? The speech bubble is a Marvy punch; the “wheeee” is hand written. The images were colored with watercolor pencils.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be showing some fun embellishments on Friday!

Hanukkah Cards, Day 3

Hanukkah, as you may know, is not a Jewish religious holiday, but is a festival celebrating freedom. There are several symbols, including the menorah, or candelabra. There are nine candles on the menorah — eight smaller and one that sits taller than the others. The tall one is used to light the other eight. One candle is successively lit each night for the eight days of the celebration, until all the candles are beautifully aglow!

For more on the history of Hanukkah, try Wikipedia or My Jewish Learning.

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Above is a card that highlights the menorah. The background Star of David (old Stampendous! stamp) was stamped in VersaMark Dazzle; the strip of glitter paper is from Paper Source; the sentiment (Stampendous!) was stamped in ColorBox midnight blue and embossed with a glittery Stardust powder. The crowning touch — the menorah — is a sticker from K&Company.

The next card didn’t come out the way my brain envisioned it (as so often happens!) but I decided to share it anyway.

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I used a Mavy blue marker to color in the stamp (American Art Stamp) so I could show the eight-night progression! The final, fully-lit menorah, was stamped and embossed in Zing silver glitter powder. The white card seemed so … white… so I edged it with Distress ink Chipped China. I might add some Stickles Diamond to the candle flames.

Next up … deidels!

Hanukkah, the Fesitval of Lights

Hanukkah is so early this year (the first candle is lit Friday night, Dec. 8), it almost took me by surprise!

I made some fun cards to send (more on those later in the week), but I was sidetracked by the Keen-on-Neon challenge on the Moxie Fab blog. The challenge is to make neon holiday cards. What could be brighter for Hanukkah?!

Here’s a quick card I made using neon ink pads from Hero Arts:

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(Hmmm…. looks a tad dark in this photo. But trust me, it’s bright!) The deidel is from American Art Stamp. I stamped it repeatedly on the white cardstock using those yummy neons. The sentiment (an OLD stamp from Stampendous!) was heat embossed using grapefruit pink Zing powder from American Crafts. The corners of the green scrap were cut using my Tonic tag-and-ticket punch (LOVE this punch!) The eye-popping green paper is from the Smooth and Silky collection from Die Cuts With a View.

I had to trim the deidel panel and had a perfectly good scrap left over. So I made a tag from a piece of yellow paper from the same DCWV pack:

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I edged the piece in black to make it pop a bit more. The sentiment is an old one from Hero Arts.

Come back during the week for more Hanukkah cards — and stop by the Moxie Fab blog for great neon ideas! Thanks for stopping by.

Random Cards Unearthed

Here are three random cards unearthed (yes, sometimes my desk is like an archeological dig) while (attempting) to restore my studio to some semblance of order:

This one is fairly new. I had a scrap of BasicGrey carstock and this darling chair (Hero Arts) that I had previously stamped. I colored the chair using Twinkling H2Os (aren’t these pretty?):

And here’s a card that is so old it was photographed using my first digital camera, which had two basic settings: close and far.

The lava lamp image is an old one from JudiKins. I gold embossed the image, then cut it out and cut out the inside portion as well to make the background show through. Such an elemental card, with poor technique. The card looks so old fashioned to me now!

One more oldie but goodie:

I found this card on an old computer file. It’s SO old it was scanned into my computer. The card is long gone, but the scan lives on! I think I used a shadow stamp and a rainbow inkpad for the background. The image is from American Art Stamp and the sentiment  (one of the first I bought) is from Hooks, Lines & Inkers.

Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane!

Fabulous Finds Friday, New American Art Stamp

Another Fabulous Find from the Carson stamp show… a new designer and new images from American Art Stamp. These stamps are sassy and adorable! The new artist is Alece Birnbach. Check out this sophisticated sample:

Here are two I made:

(Sentiment is by Hero Arts)

Do you find it hard to stamp cards for teens? I love these scooter images — just the right amount of attitude for my nieces (I also made a set as a thank you gift for a colleague who rides a scooter… she LOVES them!):

And another version:

I can’t end this post without showing you Madison, the “baby” of American Art Stamp owner Robert Tepper:

Robert is shy, but I managed to snap this pic of the both of them:

Thanks for stopping by!