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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Christmas Paper Piecing Tag/ Door Sign/ Ornament?

I was asked to create a little project for Christmas that involves paper piecing, which is one of my favorite paper techniques. Paper piecing started as a quilting technique for creating complex patterns, but is now relates to any pattern that is composed from pieces of papers. So I created a tag/ door sign/ ornament I can’t decide… I started with stenciling a large tag with a brick pattern. I wanted to create a scene of a boy sitting next to a window looking up to the sky searching for santa. Then I stamped a piece of tissue paper with Ann Butler’s Faux Quilted Stamps. I simply arranged the 1″ square stamps on my stamping block and stamped. looks like a quilt right?I cut the window frame, window back and an image of a boy, I also punched some stars from a white cardstock I colored with Ann Butler’s Crafter’s ink. I assembled all the pieces to a scene. First …

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Hanukkah Altered CD Mini Album

Every year I create a Hanukkah mini album for the holiday photos and every year it stays empty. however this year i made a promise to myself to add all the photos!The mini album is created from CD’s in red and yellow colors which are two important elements that need explaining.   Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and in Israel and elsewhere, jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food. Both foods have round shape like a CD which makes it perfect for a Hanukkah mini …

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
One Sheet of Paper Interactive Mini Album

I love interactive projects especially mini albums. It’s so much fun to go through an album and find surprises in it. Pull a tag, open a door or turn a wheel and find secrets under it. It takes the mini album  to a whole different level. What if I told you you can achieve all that but with only ONE sheet of paper? You can! here’s how… First let me say that I’m so happy I can share a Youtube video tutorial with you because it’s really difficult to explain all the steps with actually seeing how they work. Start with a 12×12 cardstock. I used a black one and covered it later but you can use a patterned double sided cardstock and then you can skip the covering part. Score it on the 4″ and 8″ marks, turn it a quarter of a turn and score again. Continue according to the items:First cut along all the lines (that are …

Monday, December 8th, 2014
2014 Holiday Gift Guide – A Guide for hanukkah Gifts

Are you finished with all your holiday shopping? Do you still need to buy a gift for someone and have no idea what to get? We have teamed up with some fellow bloggers to provide you with fantastic gift ideas for pretty much everyone on your list. What to Give Jewish Friends for Hanukkah If you want to give a Jewish friend something for the holidays, if your family celebrates Christmas, and your child’s best friend is Jewish, or you work with someone who’s Jewish, what should you get them? Here’s the ultimate guide for Hanukkah gift giving! 8 do’s and don’ts in Hanukkah gift giving: 1.      Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas: First of all, it’s important to know that Hanukkah is not a “Jewish Christmas”. It’s a Jewish holiday that is much less important in Jewish religious terms than Christmas is to Christians. However in the United States especially, Hanukkah has taken on a gift-giving dimension because it just happens to …

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Steampunk Desk Organizer

Don’t throw away empty food packages or tp rolls…use them to create something new and useful! I used mine to create a steampunk desk organizer for some new brushes, aquarelle pencils and other supplies. I started with covering all the boxes and tp rolls with paper. I used several patterns that have a steampunk vintage look. The best way to cover something with paper is to use Mod Podge. Just use a brush to apply it. after everything was completely dry I painted the inside with black acrylic and added a nice washi tape border. I assembled all the parts gluing them together to create the desk organizer. Then it was time to embellish! I added steampunk theme metal embellishments like gears, screws, cogwheels and more. I also added other embellishments that looked good with the general theme. I inked the exposed areas with brown and black inks for that industrial feel. Now all I need to do is buy …

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Mixed Media Art Journal: Four Pages Set

Sets are always fun. You have everything coordinated and matched, colors, patterns and theme are already “talking” to each other and you don’t need to figure out how to make everything look good together. This is exactly what I was aiming for in this art journal set. I created four pages that are color coordinated, have the same theme and go together beautifully. The first step was cover all pages with gesso and seal them. Then I added Gelatos to create the background. I used baby wipes to add the gelatos to the paper. Each page got the same colors but in a different order so they will not look the same but still create a matching set. To create the set I wanted all pages to be visible at the same time so I created a gradual effect by cutting each page slightly smaller than the one under it. Then I added a pattern by punching it with a …

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
How to create Peeled Paint effect?

If you’re like me you really like easy and fun techniques to create striking effects. Well, this peeled paint technique is not new but it’s always great to use oth on paper and on canvas. In this Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorial will be using this technique on a canvas. Start by covering the canvas with a paper to create your background base. If you’re using a double sided cardstock like me then check out the video to find out how to soften it with water and making it more flexible to work with so covering the canvas will be easy. Once the canvas is covered seal the paper with Gel Medium. Sealing the paper is very important for the next steps. If you’re doing this technique on paper the process will be exactly the same. In order to create the peeling effect, which is basically a resist technique, use Vaseline. Apply it to the areas where you want the paint …

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