Last Minute Gift

We are in the middle of the crazy gift shopping season! It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate you need to buy so many gifts. No matter how well prepared you are, how organized your list is there is always that last minute gift you need and then you embark on a crazy search for that perfect gift. Sometimes you find it but mostly you have to compromise. Even if you already bought a gift for everyone on your list maybe you want to add one more gift or maybe buy a present for yourself! I know I always have this problem but I found a solution… You don’t need to go to the mall to buy it You don’t need to pay big bucks to get it You don’t need to get out of your Pajamas and you don’t need to wrap it I got a gift like that on my birthday a few years ago and it was …

5 Minute Craft – Star Card

This card is so easy to make you’ll not believe it! And the best thing about it is that it’s great for Hannukah or Christmas. Change the pattern of the paper, the colors and the sentiment and you have a great card for both holidays! You can also change the size of the card. All you need to remember is to have an equal sides triangle. There might be a slight problem in fitting into an envelope but that’s easily fixed by simply using a large envelope or giving it in person. This card can be a gift card holder or even the gift itself if you put some money inside, because if you fold it a certain way it can stay closed like a gift wrap! Don’t miss out! Keep up with all the crafty goodness by subscribing to the Einat Kessler creative newsletter Have fun creating!

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

8 Days of Light

Hanukkah is one of my favorite holidays! It’s a special holiday that celebrates remarkable miracle of light! Here’s the story of Hanukkah: In 175 BCE, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, invaded Judea.  The Second Templein Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaismwas outlawed. In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned circumcision and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple. Antiochus’s actions provoked a large-scale revolt. By 165 BCE the Jewish revolt was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated, it was cleansed, a new altar was built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels were made. According to the Talmud, olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that there was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil …

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