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Friday, April 22nd, 2016
10 things you didn’t know about Passover

Today Jews around the world celebrate Passover, which is one of the most important holidays for Jews. For those who aren’t Jews Passover is that time once a year when their friends can’t eat pizza. But there is actually more to this holiday than what Jews can or can’t eat. This holiday is all about celebrating freedom, miracles and faith.   Here is the story of Passover in a nutshell: After decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, God saw the Jews’ distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth my people.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command. God then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops. At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan (The Hebrew month coinciding with April) in the year 1313 BCE, God visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, …

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
New Year Creative Resolutions & why I celebrate the new year twice

Being Jewish has its perks and one of them is celebrating New Years twice! First the Jewish new year that is on Sept. 13th (this year) and then the regular new year on Dec 31st. If you are wondering why I celebrate the Christian new year on Dec 31st it’s because this is the calendar we all use and live by. The banks, newspapers, everything with a date works according to this calendar. So having the chance of a Do Over is really nice. I can have a new year resolutions list on September and review it on December or even have a new list. Another great thing about it is I get to have a year and four month to complete the list because I can start on September, which is the Jewish new year and end on December which is the end of the regular year. You can say I’m fooling myself and I probably am, but what …

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 …

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
8 Dayz of Light

We’ll be celebrating Hanukkah in just a few days so I thought I would share with you a mixed media layout you can create with your holiday photos. In this layout I used a few easy but really cool techniques to create the festive light effect I wanted. I started with creating a corrugated paper. I had a piece od corrugated paper I got from IKEA but it was covered only on one side. So I covered it with a 12X12 patterned paper to create the cover. Then I tore it to create a layered effect. I created dripage with acrylic paint to mimic the melting wax of the candles.I added more layers of paper all in orange and yellow colors like the colors of a candle’s flame. I also embossed some of the papers with a Spellbinders embossing folder. I finished my page with hand made candles I created from rolled pieces of paper and layers of flowers in …

Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Happy Hannukah card with Spellbinders

Hanukkah is just around the corner! In two weeks we’ll light the first candle and start the eight days holiday which is one of my favorite holidays. Here’s the first card I created for the holiday, first of many I still need to do… This card tells the story of Hanukkah through it’s bright yellow and red colors which mimic the colors of the candle’s fire. It will also look great next to the Menorah because it can stand on its own. For this card I used papers from the amazing Sunset collection by Prima. I created the front of the card with one of my Spellbinders embossing folder Numbers and letters. This embossing folder I so easy to use and has such an amazing effect! I cut strips of paper to create the candles and added flames I cut from the same paper. To finish the card I added a big 8 and a title. Don’t wait until the …

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Have a wonderful year card

Tomorrow Jewish people around the world will celebrate the new year. Here’s a simple card I made for the new year to give to a special someone tomorrow evening. One of the symbols of the holiday is a pomegranate which is a seasonal local fruit. The pomegranate has a lot of seeds inside that are a symbol of the Torah’s commandments. According to tradition there are 613 seeds in a pomegranate like the 613 commandments of the Torah (I counted the seeds once and there were much less seeds then that but why argue with tradition…). One of the common blessings of the holiday is that your year may be filled with good things like a pomegranate. I wish you all a wonderful, creative and happy year!Einat

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
Wonderful Year Mixed Media Card

In a few days Jewish people around the world will celebrate the new Jewish year. One of the customs of the holiday is to send and give each other cards wishing a happy new year. This Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA is dedicated to this wonderful holiday! I created a mixed media card wishing someone special a wonderful year. I’ve used Prima products including resist canvas pages which are one of my favorite thing to create with. Of course I added all kinds of embellishments and I didn’t forget to design the inside of the card as well.Check out the video for all the tips I share and don’t forget to subscribe. Wishing you all a wonderful year!! Have fun creating!Einat

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