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Monday, April 25th, 2011
A special scrapbook (Haggadah) for Passover



Today is the last day of Passover. To celebrate this holiday as well as Easter, which is just around the corner, I wanted to share with you the special gift I gave my mom: a handmade Haggadah designed in scrapbooking style. Before I tell the significance of this gift a few words on what Haggadah is. Haggadah is the “instruction manual” for properly performing the Seder, the festive meal that is the highlight of the Passover festival. Haggadah means either “telling” or “narration” in Hebrew, and this refers to the fact that the central theme of the Haggadah is to tell or narrate the story of the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah consists of 15 steps or sections, within each step there are various rituals. The purpose of the Haggadah is to show that, like the Hebrews who listened and followed G-ds’ will for them to leave their physical, political, and spiritual slavery in Egypt to eventually attain their …

Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Absolutely most definitely by far the greatest Birthday Blog Candy #4!



It’s time for the grand finale! An amazing blog candy, the best one out of all four blog candies! It was not only fun to share my birthday with all of you it was also moving, exciting and touching. All your birthday wishes warmed my heart and I want to thank each and everyone for all their love and support. I know you want to know who won the blog candy #3… And the candy goes to…. RONA CONGRATULATIONS girl! Please send me your email address so you can get all the wonderful things. Over the years I realized that giving is a lot more rewarding then receiving. When you give someone the perfect gift it fills you heart with joy you just can’t get anywhere else. The best gifts I ever gave were to my two boys. It doesn’t take much to make them happy and put a smile on their faces. Whenever I give them a present I’m …

Monday, April 18th, 2011
101 Flowers tutorial: Scraps flower



All of us crafters have a lot of scraps. Paper, buttons, ribbons and all kinds of materials find their way to the trash or to our leftover box. In honor of Passover, which is celebrated today I am spring cleaning my scraps and trying to reuse them for small projects. One of these projects is the #2 tutorial in the series 101 flowers. You can create flowers from many types of scraps and materials here are two ideas: You will need: a scrap of paper, 1-2 buttons, a ribbon and a piece of leftover transparency (I had a round piece). 1. Stamp the transparency to give it a pattern. 2. Adhere a button to the center. You can add another button on top of it, just to give it a little more creativity. 3. Cut any size petals from the paper scrap, and adhere to the transparency. 4. Ink the edges of the petals and curl them a little. 5. …

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Birthday Blog Candy #3! Don't miss it!!



It’s another fabulous blog candy! No, I’m not crazy I just want to share this glorious month with all of you. It has been so much fun reading all your stories about your ideal gift, I could use some of those. But before I go on, it’s time for this week’s winner…  And the candy goes to…. PEARL CONGRATULATIONS girl! Please send me your email address so you can get all the wonderful things. Over the years I got all kinds of wishes, some were written on cards, some people congratulate me over the phone and some in person. No one ever wrote me a birthday wish in the sky or on a pizza. But every birthday when I get a big hug and a kiss from my boys it brings tears to my eyes. Isn’t that the best birthday wish ever?  Are you ready? Here is this week’s amazing giveaway! Here’s how you can win: 1. Leave me a …

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Designer Craft Connection – Spring/Easter project.



Spring is my favorite season! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and everyone is busy with spring cleaning for Passover! My project this month is a layout made only from two cardstocks and a few embellishments! Materials: 2 Prima papers: Reflections collection: Reflections and Kashana.A few buttons and paper flowers. 1. Develop 3″ by 4″ photos with a spring theme. 2. Arrange them on the Reflections paper. 3. Cut flowers with leafs from Kashana paper. 4. Add paper flowers and buttons to complete the flowery springy look. 5. Punch butterflies and add to the layout. 6. Create a title from leftover paper. Don’t miss your chance to win a yummy blog candy. The month of April is my birthday month and the blog’s anniversary, so I’m giving all of you a chance to win a MEGA blog candy. 4 great giveaways, one for each week!! Click here to enter. To get more creative fun spring and Easter craft ideas …

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Technique corner – dress up your buttons



One of my favorite techniques in scrapbooking and crafts is to treat a surface. It’s a really fun way to change its shape and give it a personal touch. We all know a lot of ideas to treat chipboard, canvas, paper and other materials, but I thought why not treat buttons? Dress them up a little, personalize them and give them a makeover. Here are a few ideas: 1. Embellish a button as a small tag. Adhere a sentiment and an embellishment on it. 2. Layer a small flower on a button to brighten it up. 3. Sand a button to give it a distressed, worn out look. 4. Create stamens like you would on a flower. Use small bling and rhinestones. 5. Insert brads to a button to add color. 6. Layer two different sizes of buttons to create extra dimension. 7. Put stickles on a button to add some shine to it. 8. Tie a bow on a …

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Birthday Blog Candy #2! another chance to win!



It’s time for blog candy # 2 in my four birthday blog candies series. But before I show you what kind of goodies wait for you this week I have two important tasks: first, thank all of you for your great birthday stories, wishes and congratulations! You really warmed my heart. Second, announce this week’s winner!! And the candy goes to…. NILI CONGRATULATIONS girl! Please send me your address so I can send you all the yummy things. My favorite birthday was last year, because my eldest son, who was 10 and a half at the time made me an amazing present. He made me a scrapbook all by himself, with photos, embellishments and even journaling. He came to me and said: “Mom, I made a traditional scrapbook for you” (he meant that it’s not a digital scrapbook). I was so moved, happy, excited, surprised and very very proud. After all what a better present can a designer like me …

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