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His and Hers – Online Card Classes

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Thanks for all the wonderful messages, comments and e-mails.
I have been doing really well.
Enjoying my Maya (and also back to work).

I have taken a few crafty classes in the meantime, to keep my sanity, though I haven’t had the chance to actually make anything (Boooo).

Three of the classes have been with Online Card Classes by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner and I loved every one. They really pack a lot of tips, tricks and general card-inspiration into each class. I highly recommend taking one of their classes.

At the moment I am participating in an ongoing class by them, called: His & Hers.

Today Jennifer taught a wonderful technique involving partial die-cutting’ and I knew I HAD to try it out with my own spin, here are my cards:

His:

his card by Avital Gertner-Samet

Hers:
hers card by Avital Gertner-Samet

What do you think about the technique that raised me from the online-dead?

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to drop by and wish you all a very happy new year!

I am still here. Still learning how to be a mom.

As soon as I’ll get the hang of it I’ll work on being a mom and a working woman at the same time.

So far it isn’t working for me :)

Not that I am complaining.

I cherish each second I spend with my Maya.

Meanwhile, I treated myself to this baby:

Silhouette Portrait

As soon as I heard that there is a mini version of the silhouette I had to get it. Its big brother has been on my wish for ages but I just didn’t have room for it. Neither in my office nor in my budget…

The Silhouette Portrait is the perfect size for card making or for die cutting accents and journaling cards… It also takes less room than the full-size machine and costs much less.

So far I only made some Christmas cards with it:

Die Cut Christmas Card by Creativity Prompt

Embarrassingly, I got it, as I thought I could finally fit this awesome machine into my very limited work place.

Guess what? I don’t have room.

Even for the cute 8″ by 8″ version…

As I installed it and made a test run I had only a mere 6″ by 6″ piece of work space left.

I am not kidding.

Luckily, I am now moving to a new place and I am going to have a dedicated craft-room/office.

I’m so excited!!!

Clearly, moving means even less time for the near future.

However, the potential… Oh, the potential…

One can only dream.

But what are first days in the new year for if not for dreaming. Right!?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’LL BE BACK IN NO TIME!

P.S.: I have a new stamps set that has been waiting to be debuted since October… Stay tuned.

Scrap Rendez-Vous || Holiday Cardathon Guest Designer

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Scrap Rendez-Vous Holiday 2012 Cardathon

I am just stopping by to say hello and tell you that I am a guest designer for Scrap Rendez-Vous’s Holiday 2012 Cardathon. Here’s a sneak peek of my card:

Sneak Peek

I encourage you to check it out, there’s a sketch included too!

Also browse through all the beautiful cards and sketches from the rest of the guest designers.

While you’re there, I highly recommend to stay tuned and either subscribe or bookmark this eye-candy heavy blog :)

See you soon!

On World Card Making Day I made… Cards

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Argyle Cards | Featuring Everyday Hexagons stamp set by Creativity Prompt

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Happy World Card Making Day (WCMD) everyone!

What have you been doing today? Have you celebrated this special holiday?

I made a bunch of cards…

It all started when I went through my Google reader and saw all the WCMD challenges. Then one challenge in particular had caught my eye, Robyn’s Argyle challenge on Studio Calico’s blog. As soon as I saw it I thought about using my Everyday Hexagons stamps to create the argyle with a little bit of paper piecing, as each hexagon is made out of 6 equilateral triangles. Perfect!

So I took a few stamps and inked them with some Distress and Jenni Bowlin inks and started cutting them into triangles… Then all I had left was assembly. Pretty easy.

Here’s a closer look at each card and the supply used to make them at the end (Each card is made with pretty much the same supply and tools):

Thank You

Thank you card | Featuring Everyday Hexagons stamp set by Creativity Prompt

Thanks

Thanks Card | Featuring Everyday Hexagons stamp set by Creativity Prompt

Many Thanks

Many Thanks Card | Featuring Everyday Hexagons stamp set by Creativity Prompt

Thanks A Million

Thanks A Million Card | Featuring Everyday Hexagons stamp set by Creativity Prompt

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Card Inspiration | Just For U

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Just For You Card by Creativity Prompt

I really liked the look of the die-cut greeting on my ‘Absolutely wonderful’ card, so I decided to create another one.

This time I used a banner die from Simon Says Stamps as well as my trusted Papertrey Ink letter dies. I also made a watercolor background, to shine through the negative spaces.

How did I make this card:

  1. I started out with the background, I stamped the background image with Versamark ink and white-embossed it with a heat gun.
  2. Then I used inexpensive watercolor set, that I got at my local Michael’s, and simply added a wash of light peach, pink and yellow colors. I used a ton of water which caused some warping, so I doubled up the card base with another sheet of cardstock underneath. I really like the result and will definitely try that again.
  3. Next, I cut a slightly smaller panel of cardstock and laid out the individual die-cuts on the panel, secured with some repositionable adhesive and ran it through my Cuttlebug.
  4. I attached the die cut panel to my card base with foam adhesive. Note that the banner die-cut had cut my panel into two pieces, so I adhered each one individually.
  5. Next I added a pop of color with a wood veneer heart by Studio Calico, which I dyed orange with the same watercolor set, then added some orange Stickles on top.
  6. I decided that my card need some more color so I covered the banner ‘positive’ with the same orange Stickles and adhered it flat on the card base, right under the ‘negative’ impression.
  7. I also ran a line of Stickles around the perimeter of my panel.

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Card Inspiration | Absolutely Wonderful

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Card by creativity Prompt

I am taking another class from Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This time I’m taking ‘Kick Start’, which is all about boosting your creativity.

I don’t want to reveal any inside secrets… but Jennifer shares a tip (which involves a post it note and new products) that helps to come up with creative ideas to use new products. This post-it secret also helps in pruning your shopping cart, while shopping…

Anyhow, I used it with my new Absolutely die-cut (designed by Kristina Werner for Simon Says Stamp) and came up with the idea to use two die cuts on one panel so I can have both a negative and a positive impression of a word. The different shadows the words cast are really interesting.

I lined up both dies on my cardstock panel and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I prevented movement by temporarily sticking the dies to the cardstock with removable tape.

Side note: I looked for a word with no repeating letters to go with ‘absolutely’ and ‘wonderful’ won… – It isn’t necessary as I could use place holders for repeating letters and run them through the Cuttlebug a couple times.

To spruce the card up a little bit I used some washi tape stripes, an embroidery floss and a button.

SUPER simple, but I really love the clean and simple result.

How about you, what do you think?

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I added a few other alphabet dies at the end, to give you some more options :)
I used the one by Papertrey Ink that I bought a while back.

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Project Educate Avital | Layout Inspiration

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Project Educate Avital Layout

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My husband captured this moment with his Android when I wasn’t looking and I really liked the fact that he encapsulated not only the moment but a theme in my current life.

I added a scribble on the top left side of the layout “When a law degree and a dual license to practice aren’t enough”, as I felt it gives the story a bit more depth, as this is not a picture of me studying for a class, but a picture of me acquiring more knowledge and absorbing more information in a quest to swallow the world of knowledge that is out there. A quest that has no rhyme or reason to it and has no specific path. I’m taking coding classes, mathematic classes, history classes, English literature classes, Ethics classes – as well as classes for my Continuing Legal Education credits quota. I’m nuts like that. Whenever I feel especially overwhelmed with lack of time and pressure to finish things, I just add another class that I either self-study or take online.

In this layout I tried a layered look that I usually do not go for, as I am a linear type of person. [a.k.a geek]

It was fun trying a new look, but you can tell that layering isn’t my strong suit… Mainly because I lose patience along the way and start adhering things down too soon.

I also added some concealed journaling inside the itty bitty envelope under the photo to include more details and personal notes. I glued an old ribbon that looked exactly like my washi tape to pull the journaling spot from its place.

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Happy New Year!!!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Happy New Year Card

To all my Jewish readers and friends – Happy New Year!

May you have a sweet and wonderful year.

To all my readers of all religions and beliefs – Have a good one and enjoy each day to the fullest!

My Process

To make it I cut a bunch of squares from a 6″ by 6″ paper pad and cut each square in half to make a triangle. Then I stacked all the triangles together and instead of machine-stitch them, I laid a line of liquid glue in the middle and wrapped twine a few times around it, then I threaded the loose ends through a button and tied them into a bow. I looked for a “Happy New Year” stamp in my stash but didn’t find one so I used mini letter stickers instead.

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Put A Stamp On It Challenge

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Washi tape cards

As soon as I saw this cute challenge on Simon Says Stamp’s challenge blog I knew I have to participate.

It’s the perfect challenge to test out all the washi tapes from different brands I’ve been amassing.

Hello washi tape!

If you like it –

Here are my cards –

Washi tape Happy Birthday card

On this card I wrapped an entire mat (which measures 4″ by 5¼”) with strips of washi tape. Then I adhered it to the center of the card fron with foam dots – a ton of them, to prevent it from sinking down. I then aligned my Stepping Stones stamps on my new Fiskars Compact Stamp Press (check out the link below for a good price on Amazon…) and when I needed more than 1 letter, I just used the outlined version… I also stamped one ‘A’ on the flip-side and then stamped the outlined version with Versamark ink and white embossed it on top. I love the quirky look. Great for a masculine birthday card.

Washi tape Hey Y'All card

This time I used the exact same technique, only instead of wrapping a mat, I wrapped three stamped speech bubbles cut-outs from the ‘Hey Y’All’ stamp set. After wrapping it with washi tapes I re-stamped the images with Stazon Jet Black ink and went over it with a permanent marker to make the outline look neater. I also stamped the sentiment and the cute restroom images (how would you call them!?) from that stamp set – again with Stazon and a touch of a permanent marker. To complete the card I added a few washi tape banners on the top left side and outlined everything with the same permanent marker.

So,… what do you think?

If you like it –

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Washi Tape Madness | Storage

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Washi Tape Storage


I have a confession to make. (Actually two confessions…)

I am completely obsessed with washi tapes.
Although I do not have a huge selection (you can see all my ‘stash’ above),
I do seem to add a couple rolls to each purchase…
For good measure, right?
I am also trying out different brands for a future review (stay tuned).
Not all tapes are created equal…

There is something else I’m nuts about – berries and cherry tomatoes.
I eat about a package of tomatoes a day (!!!) and I also eat a ton of berries.
(Have you ever tried a wild berries smoothie with spinach, vanilla soy milk and ice-cream? Divine.)

Luckily, these two passions converge, as I use the cute little fruit and vegetables packages to store my washi tapes. (…and other bits and pieces.)
They are the perfect size and they are clear, which I love. Plus they are totally stackable.

My Storage System

All I do is: [1] give the tiny basket a good wash (NOT in the dish-washer, unless you want to see a molten basket…); [2] take off the label; and [3] adhere a cute piece of patterned paper on top.

Simplicity is key.

Washi Tape Labeling


As it is important for me to keep track of the brand and product names, I also add a tiny label to the inside of each tape roll.

I use regular label stickers from an office supply store and write with a permanent pen to prevent smudging.

It’s super easy and totally optional.

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What is your favorite storage system for bits and pieces? Please leave a comment with your clever suggestions, I love reading them!

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