Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!
Thank you to everyone who have visited these past 5 days of the hop. We hope you have enjoyed all the projects and found lots of inspiration! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Happy Day 6 everyone! I keep thinking it just can’t get any better and then it does. All of my hop sisters keep outdoing themselves and setting the bar mighty high. Last Sunday was a case in point. I was only able to finish the menu in time so had to promise the rest for today. In the meantime I was blown away by the table settings and decor Andi, Miriam and Yapha came up with. So today as promised here’s mine…finally finished! And as the others mentioned we came up with the idea for showcasing table setting projects from Shelli Gardner, the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!’ and her November Creative Challenge . Don’t you just love a challenge…really gets the creative juices going.
Picture the dove hanging from the chandelier above the table. The lights turned down low. The light reflecting from the silver and shimmer of the place cards, the place settings and the napkin rings and best of all the company and the glow of the candle fire as the menorah shines in the window and out into the dark. A true Festival of Lights…glimmer and all.
One practical tip though: DO NOT hang the dove from your computer screen for inspiration while writing a post. Did you know computer screens get quite warm? Yep…glue dots and adhesives aren’t real fond of up close and prolonged warmth!
Stamps: Every Little Bit (menorah), Jewish Celebrations (star of David, Shalom, Happy Hanukkah)
Ink: Versamark (for heat embossing), Night of Navy, Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker (for writing name)
Paper: Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold, Whisper White, Night of Navy Cardstocks. Silver & Champagne Glimmer Paper
Big Shot: Big Shot, Elegant Bird Bigz die, Perfect Pennants Bigz L die, Two Tags Bigz die
Punches: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle (Holiday Catalog), Boho Blossoms, 1-3/4″ Circle, Large Oval
Other: Gold Glimmer Brad (Basics Collection), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, My Digital Studio (menu card), Midnight Muse Striped Satin Ribbon, Silver cord (retired SU), Rhinestone Jewels, blue sharpie for coloring the birds rhinestone eyes, crop a dile, piercing tool, glue dots and snail adhesive.
On to the descriptions. With the exception of the bird the rest of the table setting pieces were quite simple. Mostly a matter of die cuts and punches with a bit of heat embossed images thrown in.
4-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock scored at 2-1/4″ and folded to create the tent. Stamped with the menorah image from Every Little Bit in Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP. Die cut the doily like round image from Perfect Pennants in Brushed Silver cardstock. Punch a Night of Navy 1-3/4″ circle and write name with Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker. Adhere circle to die cut and attach to the base card.
Tie Midnight Muse ribbon around wine glass stem. Stamp Shalom image from Jewish Celebrations in Night of Navy classic ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. Punch with Large Oval punch. Of course if you want to add a little bling you can back the oval with a Scallop Oval punched piece of Silver Glimmer paper. Might end up sending light reflections into the eyes though. 😀
Cut 2-1/2″ x 9″ strip of Brushed Silver Cardstock. Score lightly and fold in half. Die cut using the Two Tags Bigz die and placing the fold just above the bottom cut line of the scalloped bookmark tag. Overlap the two scalloped ends and adhere one over top of the other with glue dots (use several) Press flat with scallops centered. Punch a Silver Glimmer Paper 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle. Stamp and heat emboss a silver menorah from Every Little Bit on Night of Navy Cardstock and punch out with the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle punch. Using glue dots adhere the menorah punch piece to the Silver Glimmer paper punch piece and then glue dot the combined piece overtop of the scallops on the napkin ring. Insert napkin. 😀
My Digital Studio Design. Create your own – see description or grab the download from the Day 5 Hop Post here.
That little beauty is a tad trickier and deserving of its own post don’t you think? 😀 I’ll try to have it finished before the weekend. Should mention too that my dove was also inspired by the Late Night Stampers Challenge #201 – Add Sparkle. My original plan was to use just the brushed metallic cardstocks then I decided to add sparkle with the glimmer paper too (now the Brushed Gold is only on the backs of the wings). It really does add sparkle to the table setting don’t you think?
One last look at the basic pieces.
With all that beautiful glimmer paper bling involved I had to go for a low light solution for the photography so we wouldn’t see lots of hot spots and lens flare or glare. That being the case I kept to the essentials and left out the silverware and dishes. I also snuck all the candles into the menorah for picturesque balance really since I’m planning my dinner for an earlier night during the holiday. Can you tell I also discovered that storing white and blue candles together in the same box makes for an interesting effect when you are ready to use them? Ah well…blue and white is my color scheme. Stampin’ Up’s Night of Navy and Whisper White to be exact!
Did you notice that shalom tag on the wine glass? There’s a reason apart from the artistic. When my friends and I get together, especially if there is family there as well, the conversation can, at times, become shall we say…a little…spirited. Therefore the shalom is both a greeting and a reminder of peace and harmony.
On a side note: I was asked by a friend the other day the meaning of shalom. She had seen it as a text image in the new Jewish Celebrations stamp set and was trying to figure out different ways to use it. I went searching and found this very apt description online of its many layers of meaning.
Most know that the Hebrew word shalom is understood around the world to mean “peace.” However, “peace” is only one small part of the meaning. “Shalom” is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than “peace, hello or goodbye”….
Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more than just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well-being and harmony.
So…since another phrase my family seems to follow runs…In Vino Veritas (in wine is truth)…and I plan to serve wine with my Hanukkah celebratory meal…I thought it best to be prepared to respond…Shalom. I’m hoping the tag will be a gentle reminder. Or maybe I should rethink the wine?
One more quick reminder…today is the last day for the Online Extravaganza Sale. Have you called your demonstrator with your order yet? Sale ends shortly before Midnight which means…times running out!
Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!
Make sure to come back again and visit on Wednesday for Day 7 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!
Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.
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