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Friday, January 6th, 2012
101 Flowers Tutorial #11: Crochet and Paper combo



Here is another great flower tutorial! This time a combination of two materials I really like: paper and crochet yarn. This flower is a merger of the two materials, and when I say a merger I mean these two materials are connected to each other and can’t be separated, The paper petals are crochet to the flower center and not glued! Here are the instructions: (I initially tried it with fabric but the hole kept tearing so I replaced it with paper).   1.       6 chain stitches and close with a slip stitch. 2.       Row 1: 9 single crochet stitches and close with a slip stitch. The single crochet is not through the chain stitch but around it. 3.       Row 2: double crochet stitch, 2 chain stitched. Close with slip stitch. 4.       Cut 7 petals in two different sizes. Punch a hole on the bottom of each petal. 5.       Row 3: crochet the petals: take one large petal on top …

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
Maximize your supplies: elements on paper



It’s not easy scrapbooking with a tight budget and in this day and age everybody tries to save some money. We don’t have to stop buying products, just find new ways to maximize the products that we have or buy. Here is one idea on how to do just that. This is a layout with the materials from My Punch’s October’s Kit of the Month Club. The paper I used for this layout is by Webster’s Pages. I wanted to embellish my layout with some butterflies. So instead of using stickers or cut-outs I used the butterflies that were already on the paper. I cut each butterfly’s wings and left the centre uncut. This way I could lift up the wings and give them a little dimension. I adhered a piece of paper under each butterfly to cover the hole and secured the wings with 3D foam tape. Then added a few embellishments and a title and my layout was ready. …

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Create * Dream * Enjoy Canvas



There is nothing more personal, more loving and more beautiful than a handmade gift. I wish I could always give my family and friends handmade gifts, unfortunately it takes time to make them and time is always short! However, this time, I made it! A good friend of mine is celebrating her birthday and I made her an inspiring canvas for her new craft room. It’s a happy, flowery, cheerful canvas that will hopefully give her inspiration and encouragement if she doesn’t feel like creating, or her muse has left her. Have fun creating! Einat The funny thing is that I thought I didn’t like yellow. I hardly ever use it my projects, I don’t wear it and nothing in my house is in yellow. But for some reason I made this canvas in a yellow pink combination…who knew that yellow could be so pretty.

Friday, December 30th, 2011
It's a wrap! 2011 Most favorite projects



Wow! I can’t believe another year is over. It went by so fast; it seems I didn’t get anything done. Seriously, it was a great year, with wonderful achievements and projects and I’m really looking forward to 2012! So…let’s say farewell to 2011 with some style and inspiration! Here are my ten favorite projects of 2011: 10. Dear Dad card – I love this card because it’s so simple to make, yet so special and sooo my dad! Read more on how to make the card… 9. Digital paper freebie – toward the end of the year I started designing digital stamps, papers and embellishments, and all of them…FREEBIES! My favorite is the Halloween paper. You can still downloadit here… 8. Love Letters mini album – this mini is part of the SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER tutorials. A series of tutorials with ideas, tips and inspiration on how to make great, wonderful projects from only one sheet of paper! Read …

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Single Sheet of Paper Tutorial: Gift box



Just in time for your new year’s gifts, an easy, fun and inexpensive gift box you can make yourselves from only one sheet of cardstock! Here is a sketch with all the measurements: 1.       Cut a square 10 5/8″ by 7″ from one sheet of cardstock. 2.       Mark a divide line 5″ from the top. This line divides the square to two squares A and B. 3.       Cut 1/2″ from both sides of square A. This would make it smaller than square B. 4.       Make four fold lines 1″ from all three edges of square A and the divide line. 5.       Cut slits where lines marked red on the sketch. 6.       Make four fold lines on square B: three lines 1 1/2″ from the edges and 1″ from the divide line 7.       Cut slits where lines marked red on the sketch. 8.       Fold all lines. 9.       Fold slits inside and adhere to the walls to create a box from square …

Monday, December 26th, 2011
Ins(paper)ation: a layout for my inspiration



“He has the spirit of the sun, the moods of the moon, and the will of the wind.”  Julie Perkins Centrell. My first born is a constant inspiration for me. From the day he was born, he was special. Little did I know how true that would be. Years later he was diagnosed with PDD and we began a special, challenging and sometimes difficult journey. This journey has taught me so much about life, about love, about patients and about joy. This (not so little) guy has inspired me in so many ways and gave me strength to get up and WALK a journey of my own. Sometimes a story can be told in only a few words. This layout has the same logic. A simple layout for you my son, that tells a huge story. I wanted to make it a simple layout so the center of it will be you. No big embellishments or title, just an image …

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
Technique corner – Magic of Creation



This is another DT layout for My Punch’s Kit of the Month Club. I really like this layout because it has in it one of my favorite things in scrapbooking: a scene. The scene has a magical atmosphere about it, mainly because the image of the girl (me) blends effectively into the background and seems to be part of the paper. This look is very easy to achieve: 1.       Find a photo where the image has clean lines that will be easy to cut. In my case I had to find an image of a person sitting, because I wanted to use the bench on the layout. 2.       If you put the image on something, like in my case, a bench, make sure that the sizes fit. Cut the image. 3.       Build the scene. I stamped a street light and added grass from a blue ribbon and flowers. 4.       Add a title. The Hebrew journaling sais: when you have creativity …

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