Rosh Hashanah – Stampin’ Up Demo’s Jewish New Year Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome my friends to a very special blog hop.   If you are traveling in the usual direction you’ve arrived from Yapha’s blog.  Yapha is a very special and creative lady and one I’m blessed to call a friend.  Her creations fill many of my Pinterest folders and especially when it comes to special Jewish holidays she’s the one I turn to first for a creative jolt to the mojo.

Four years ago several of us got together to put on the first ever (as far as we knew anyway) Stampin’ Up Hanukkah Blog Hop.  A hop that was spread over several weeks and that tired us out to the extent that it’s taken us four years to attempt another!  {grin}

Being now older and wiser and with busier lives we came together with a number of other friends some Jewish and some not but who love and appreciate those traditions, to create a quick and easy series of Jewish Holiday themed hops.  Today is our first for this year!!

Today we are celebrating Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year holiday.  Wondering what exactly that is?  You can learn more about it here.

With Rosh Hashanah a mere 7 days away (Oct. 2-4) we want to inspire you in your preparations of  heart and home and perhaps to create a card or home decor item of your own.

As is usual with most blog hops you can follow the hop in either direction using the arrows provided or use the list of hoppers at the bottom of the post to check in with any stops you might have missed.   Enjoy!

Sweet Blessings

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Sweet Blessings Interior

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Supplies:

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes (inside sentiment), Bear Hugs (honey pot), Christmas Pines (Blessing sentiment), Shooting Star (hive), Sprinkles of Life (basket)

Inks: Delightful Dijon, Black Stazon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Paper:  Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Punches: Tree Builder (apples)

Tools & Adhesives:  Big Shot, Pretty Paisleys Embossing Folder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

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Do you ever make a card that just makes you feel good.  Something soft and meaningful with perhaps a touch of country style?   The end result of this project did that for me.   When I started I had a completely different design in mind.  Then I saw the new Pretty Paisleys embossing folder and it took me in a totally different direction.    Being a card for Rosh Hashanah I was pretty sure I wanted to use honey and apples in some form and reflect on blessings for the New Year for those I love as well as myself.

Whether you are Jewish or not…celebrating this holiday or not…I think you’ll find this design works for many occasions and the blessings you would wish for another to whom you would send this card.

May your life be sweeter and filled with a new purpose and a renewed relationship with He who made us in the New Year.

Shana Tovah!

Jean Fitch in pink

 

Added Note: We had a bit of a hiccup with a couple of the blogs and their platforms so really…this isn’t the end.  Please scroll down to the link list and check out Liz and Debby’s blog posts for the hop now that the links are working.

That’s the end of the hop ladies and gentlemen.   Please feel free to circle back through for a closer look and to leave some comments.   If you have an questions please feel free to leave them in the comments or send an email to the project blogger.  We’re always happy to share our love of stamping.   May your New Year be sweet and your desk full of inspired stamping.

 

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Blog Hop Stops:

Nancy Stollnitz Hoetker – www.nancysniftynotes.com

Miriam Biegun Permut – MyInkPad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop – Anything Goes!

Wacky Watercooler New Catalog(ue) Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to the Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop.   This month…Anything Goes!   If it’s current we’re featuring it.   The Wacky Watercooler people are an international crew so don’t be surprised if you see a few different spellings and price guides along the way.   The Occasions Catalog & Sale-a-Bration are still going and if you want some inspiration along those lines check out our last couple of hops here and here.

If you are moving in hop order you’ve arrived from the very talented Heidi Weaver’s blog.   Heidi’s always the first on my list to check every day – her projects never fail to excite me.  You’ll definitely want to go back and check her past posts after the hop.   If you are working in reverse order weren’t your socks knocked off by Jeanne’s  wonderful projects?  Jeanne is our American living in Germany addition to our Watercooler Hop schedule as well as a dear friend I discovered through stamping and hers is another blog to investigate after the hop for sure!   Her cooking and family stories and what can I say…wacky style will keep you scrolling for hours.

However you are viewing the hop we’ve built it in a circle so you can join and hop on and off at will.   If you get lost just click the hop banner or the home watercooler to get back to our hop home site with the list of participants.    You may want to keep an eye on that site in between blog hops as we have plans to post somewhat regularly there too.

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Here’s my first entry.

Petite Petals Blessed Easter Duo

Petite Petals Easter Duo - watermarked

And a couple of close ups:

Petite Petals Blessed Easter Card - watermarked

Blessed Easter Petal Basket - watermarked

Have I mentioned that I love the new Stampin’ Up!  Envelope Punch Board?   Yep…it’s my latest heart throb.  I can’t stop making and inventing things with it.   I’ve even created a Pinterest Board here with a steadily growing set of projects to CASE.    And that lovely punch board makes this basket so very, very easy!   The little basket is a CASE more or less from a fellow demo and you can find more information in this pin.   This is another one of those projects that I’m prepping a tutorial for and that you’ll find yourself wanting to make over and over for many occasions.

Supplies:

Stamps: Petite Petals, Blessed Easter, Woodgrain (basket), En Francais

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede (basket)

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder

Punches:  Scallop Tag Topper , Bird Builder  (for the branch), Petite Petals, Label Bracket , Extra Large oval

Other: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Circle Thinlit Card Accessory dies,  mini silver brads, Daffodil Delight Ribbon – Seam Binding & Stitched Grosgrain, Piercing Tool, Pearls Basic Jewels,

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Here’s another Lattice Cross  project and a link to a quick tutorial/template  for the cross part of it.

This time I’m also using the Scallop Tag Topper punch  that would also fit as part of the grouping above.   Can you tell I’m in love with the Petite Petals punch & stamp set?   Not to mention the En Francais background stamp?   I’ll have a picture tutorial available for this little darling next week.  Just one more picture to take and it’s done!  I think you’ll be surprised at just how easy this box is to make.  Trust me when I say you’ll soon be addicted!   I think you’ll also see this hop that I’m hooked on the Scallop Tag Topper Punch as well.

Tag Topper Lattice Cross Box - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Petite Petals, En Français (background), Teeny Tiny Wishes

 Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Naturals Ivory, Wisteria Wonder, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight

 Ink: Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder

 Punches: Scallop Tag Topper, Petite Petals, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (scallop Circle), Bird Builder (leaves), Banner (tag end)

 Other: Big Shot, Lattice Bigz die, Simply Scored Board, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Adhesives, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Pearl Basic Jewels.

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  Next up is one I’m sending out at Passover this year.   If you remember the Hanukkah Hop from a couple of years ago you’ll remember that I love these Star Fold cards.  This time around I wanted the look and texture of  matzo bread – a traditional accompaniment to a Seder meal.   And the dove with olive branch is another potent symbol for this celebration.   Just as Judaism predates and provides a foundation for Christianity so this year Passover is preceding Easter by just a few days.  Appropriate don’t you think?  I’ll be sharing more about this card later next week so if you want to see the inside and find links to a tutorial (the Hanukkah Hop link has a basic tutorial link) check back.

Star Fold Chag Sameach - watermarked

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations (interior)

Ink: Midnight Muse (interior)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Whisper White, Midnight Muse Cardstock.  Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches: Bird Builder, 2-1/2″ Circle, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle

Other: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Dimensionals

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And lastly a quick look at a gift card/business card holder I’ve just created.  I’ll have more details for this in a follow up post next week.  Just thought you’d like a quick peek.

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Chick Gift Card Holder in pieces - watermarked

Needless to say…I’m working on a tutorial for this one too.  Since I just invented it last night it may just take another week to get it to you.  Still…in plenty of time for Easter.

Supplies:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Stazon Black, Crushed Curry (inked on the Honeycomb embossing folder)

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Basic Black, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie

Punches: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle, Petite Petals, Small Heart, Owl Builder (heart & eyes), 1″ Square, Scallop Tag Topper, Bird Builder, Extra Large Oval, itty bitty punch pack

Other: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Circle Card Thinlit accessory dies, Honeycomb embossing folder, Argyle embossing folder, Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

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That’s it for my post for this third Watercooler Hop of 2014.   Hop along now to see the rest of the fabulous hop entries and look for our Wacky Watercooler crew in the coming months as we create more new hops for your viewing and crafting pleasure.   Click the watercooler buttons to find your way and may your Season of Sale-a-Bration (January 28th-March 31st) be filled with creativity, inspiration and of course lots of FREE new stamping stuff!

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Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 9

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Today is the last day of our first ANNUAL Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are overwhelmed with the extremely positive response we have received about this hop and all the amazing projects! We hope you were inspired to create and think outside the box when it comes to Jewish related projects! Watch out for future Jewish themed hops…we’ve already discussed one for Passover which is at the end of March 2013!

Thank you to everyone who have visited the first 8 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, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
 

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Lighting the Menorah is the central Mitzvah of Hanukkah. We light the Menorah to remember the Miracle that happened when the Jewish rebels (the Macabees) took back the Holy Temple from their conquerors. The enemy had done everything that they could to defile the Temple, including bringing idols into the Temple.

The Macabees cleaned and restored the Temple service. They had only one small flask of the special olive oil that was used to light the large golden Menorah in the Temple. Miraculously, the small flask lasted for 8 days.

The Rabbis made this 8 day period into a holiday, now known as Hanukkah. They decreed that it would be celebrated by lighting an 8 branched Menorah, and increasing its lights each day to commemorate how the miracle became greater with each day that the oil continued to burn.

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Festival of Light

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All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived at the last day of the blog hop and the beginning of Hanukkah.   I came across this music video as I prepared for our final posting.  The snowflakes and light in all it’s forms caught my eye.  I invite you to listen and enjoy as you read through the rest of the post.  To let it create the background and “light” as you continue with our Celebration of the Festival of Lights.

As I watched and listened to  this video the importance of light and of miracles, it’s beauty and its many qualities sank into my heart and soul.   As we begin the celebration of Hanukkah…the Festival of Lights and the miracle it commemorates all of us on the hop have chosen to celebrate light and in particular the light of the candle and all it represents in celebrating this special time.  Particularly the shamash.  The servant candle that lights all the others, that does the work so that the others remain a pure and holy expression of the miracle.  A light by which no work must be done (except by the servant candle) or made practical use of.

Here are the close ups and the details:

Light For the World

Light for the World

Light for the World
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Can you tell that the partial die cuts are intended to represent the flame of the shamash and the other candles with the candle itself implied?   That’ what was in my head anyway. 😀    The miracle that  multiplied the oil and kept the  flame burning for eight days.  This is completely my own design though influenced by a sense of kinship with some of my favorite graphic artists from the 60’s and 70’s such as Corita Kent in some of her more restrained work.

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Light for the World – Inside
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Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Hanukkah Light Digital Sheet Created in Word (see linked document)

Ink:  Midnight Muse Classic Ink, Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Circle,

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Printer, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots.

Card measures 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Much of the text used was created digitally with Word and the fonts on my computer.  The Star of David is from Jewish Celebrations and is heat embossed with gold (what else would expect with a celebration of light…right?).   The rest is basic layering and die cut pieces using the Window Frame Framelits (some of them trimmed). 

Here’s the file you are welcome to use, play with and alter :

Hanukkah Light – Word document uses Castellar font

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Happy Hanukkah Snowflake Window Frame Card

Hanukkah Snowflake Window

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Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Bold Snowflake (single stamp promotion)

Ink:   Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse,  Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches:  1″ Circle, Blossom

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots, Tombow Liquid Glue.

Card measures 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Again mostly die cutting, heat embossing with gold and punching then layering.  The Star of David images are hand cut with the Snips, my favorite hand powered cutting tool (next to punches!).   Lots and lots of dimensionals in this card as I wanted all the various layers to float.  Only the base square of glimmer paper is layered direct to the card with Tombow.  The rest all uses dimensionals.  Tip:  For the narrow frames…cut your Stampin’ Up dimensionals into thirds!  Perfect width!

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What would Hanukkah be without presents right?  😀  Here’s a Gift Card Holder that matches in style and images (to some extent, the Snowflake Window Frame card above.  Works actually for any time of the year.   Saturday at Stamp Camp in fact several made variations for the men in their lives as birthday gift holders.  The pocket inside will hold the gift card in either direction long side or short side.   In many ways this is a CASE of my friend Jackie’s Llama blog Hop Card from a few weeks ago.   You can see that card here.   Next week I’ll share a few more variations along with the directions for the most basic version.

Festival of Lights Gift Card Holder

Festival of Lights Gift Card Holder

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All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Rejoicing With You, Mixed Medley, Bold Snowflake (single stamp promotion)

Ink:   Versamark

Paper: Midnight Muse,  Brushed Gold Cardstocks, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Punches:  3/4″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle, Blossom

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelit, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, Snips, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, embossing buddy, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Piercing Tool, Piercing Mat, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Dimensionals, Snail, glue dots, Tombow Liquid Glue.

Card Holder measures 5″ x5″

Again mostly die cutting, heat embossing with gold and punching then layering.  The  large underlayered snowflake is actually a series of the smaller snowflakes cut in half and slide under the window frame die cuts with glue dots.  The small For You is from Mixed Midley (HolidayCatalog hostess) and the inside text is from Rejoicing with You from the Annual Catalog.   The card shape is cut with the largest Window Frame Framlet with the card fold placed just below the cutting edge.   Have you guessed yet that I’m in love with the color Midnight Muse, the Champagne Glimmer Paper and the Bold Snowflake single stamp from the current Single Stamp Promotion?   Both the Glimmer Paper and the Bold Snowflake stamp go away January 2nd.  Make sure you get yours before then!

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And lastly…I’m dating myself with this next music video.   Peter, Paul & Mary have been a part of my  life almost from its beginning.  I’ve sung, cried, learned and grown from their music and its message.   I’ve been privileged to attend some concerts in person too and each time at each concert they shared this song, Light One Candle.   I found this YouTube recording made at Hanukkah time as far as I can tell and the message dovetails perfectly with the song and sentiments from the first video I shared today.    Enjoy this blast from the past…and if you celebrate or find meaning in Hanukkah don’t forget to light the one shamash candle and the others each night of this wonderful Festival of Lights.    Fill your homes and the world with light in your hearts and in your life.     Whatever your faith or leanings we can all use a little light and find meaning in the sharing of it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our first Annual Hanukkah Hop.  We’ve all enjoyed sharing the Festival of Lights in all its bright and shining aspects with you.   We’re discussing the possibility of a Passover blog hop as well as what we might have in the works for next year!  

Happy Hanukkah to you all!   Wishing you a year of light, love and joy.  

Blessings – Jean

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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 and visit us again on Sunday the 9th, for our final day of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 8

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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Thank you all for your patience.  WordPress is back to working again afer over a day full of issues.    Enjoy!

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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 the first 7 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, 5, 6 and 7.

Wow…totally loving Miriams take on Hanukkah gifts.  I love washer jewelry and as a gal with long bangs I love barettes too!   Thanks Miriam for sharing that.

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Hanukkah Houses…ready for occupancy!

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So…is Hanukkah in your House yet?   Yep it’s in mine…at least I’ve created my own Hanukkah Houses that are filled with goodies to aid in the celebration.   Initially my first thought was that if you had someone living far away…perhaps a son or daughter in college…who would be late getting home to celebrate…you could send off a little package with candles and a small menorah…maybe a gift or two to tide them over until they could get home to share with the family.  (whew…that was a run on sentence if ever there was one!)

By making the box in the shape of a house I thought it would also be a potent reminder of hearth and home.   So I took out an idea from my 2011 convention file that I used last year to make my Big House.     Then…I saw a video by fellow demo Kelly Kittelfinger.   She’d taken the same house pattern I’ve used before and altered it slightly for size and ease of construction.  Brilliant gal also figured out how to get two mini houses out of 1 sheet of paper!    That sent me down another path…neighbor gifts!    There are so many opportunities to share the love and what better occasion than Hanukkah.     Of course you can also make a whole little village just to add to your own house’s decor.

First up the Neighbor gifts:

Basic Cookie Wrap with Window

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all images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Start simple…or go slightly larger.   The single cookie pack is the one that was supposed to be included with my table setting from Day 6 of the hop.  Oops.   I think I mentioned that I wanted to send guests home with a sweet treat to kindle the thoughts and memories of the celebration.   Works for a neighbor gift as well.   Or at a luncheon, in a lunchbox, anytime really that you need a thinking of you type gift.  After all…who doesn’t like cookies.   Of course Miriams lovely gifts would fit in here too.  😀    You can even add a star ornament tag if you happen to have gone overboard with the star folds like yours truly.  

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All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Supplies:

Cookie Packet:

Stamps: Friendship Preserves

Ink: Midnight muse

Paper: Midnight Muse & Very Vanilla

Punches: 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle

Other: Big Shot, Window Frames Framelits, Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Snail, Cookie in Saran wrap.

Star Tag:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy & Very Vanilla Cardstocks, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack

Other: Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle Punch, 1” Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Crop-i-dile

 

Cookie Packet Directions:

Cut Base Paper: 10-1/2″ x 3-1/2″  Score at 3-1/2″ & 7″  (you can get two cookie packets per standard sheet)

Die cut window frame using Big Shot and Window Frame Framelits placing the die in the middle section of the three scored sections.  Fold around cookie and tie with ribbon (add a bit of sticky strip or snail to the back flap to help hold closed if desired.  Stamp Hello image (or other) from Friendship Preserves.  Die cut with framelit and attach with glue dot.

Similar packets can be made with 12×12 sheets.  Depending on the size of the cookie cut into 4″ x12″ or 3″ x 9″ and score in thirds.  I split the difference in sizing in my packets.

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Going a little more upscale here’s my  Hanukkah House mini gift boxes for friends and neighbors.  

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All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

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Shalom cookie house - roof view

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This little Shalom Cookie House continues the cookie theme and I think is my favorite.  I love the simplicity.  Even without the little scallop ribbon tab it’s very cute.   With the cookies wrapped in saran wrap you don’t even have to put a cover in the window.    The only thing cuter would be if I had made cookies using our Stampin’ Up Cookie Stamps.  The house will accomodate 2-3 cookies about 3″in diameter (possibly a little bit larger)

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All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

Hanukkah House mini - roof open

Here’s the little menorah house that at the moment is holding a set of candles and a star tag.  Appropriate don’t you think?    I loosened the roof and added an interior picture so you can get a feel for how the little house works.   Kelli designed the mini’s to hold 3×3 post-it pads so anything that runs about that size will fit perfectly.  I found I was able to get about 20 candles in the box along with the star tag.

Supplies for the mini Hanukkah Houses

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Every Little Bit

Ink: Midnight muse

Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack.

Punches: 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, 1” Circle, 1-3/8” Circle

Other: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Crop-i-dile, Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Snail

 Of course with such a small amount of designer series paper used you could take advantage of our digital Hanukkah themed papers in the Hanukkah Happiness download and get quite a few parts for mini houses out of a single printed sheet.

Here’s the link to Kelly’s video in case you want to make your own:  http://youtu.be/1un0TbK-q2w

These guys are so much fun to make you’ll find it hard to stop.  Takes about 10-15  minutes each once you get the hang of it.  Our Festival of Prints papers are turning out to be quite adaptable too.  When I first got the pack I thought of them as Christmas papers…then started looking closer and discovered over half of the designs would also work for Hanukkah!  Hooray!    Multiculteral paper designs.  I love it!    Of course these little houses will work all year round for any occasion in any color.

Here’s the Big Brother to my mini’s:

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Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations

Inks: Midnight muse

Paper: Midnight Muse & Brushed Silver Cardstocks, Silver Glimmer Paper, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack.

Punches: 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle

Other: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz L die, Crop-i-dile, Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, bone folder, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Snail

And a detail close up:

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I originally intended to put a small menorah inside but my mini has gone walkabout as our Australian sister demos say.   Pretty easy to find this time of year though if you are looking for one.  Means a trip to town though.  In the meantime I’ve filled my little house with a cookie, tag, candles and…

Two Tags Gift Card Holderall images and die cuts copyright Stampin' Up

Two Tags Gift Card Holder
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.. this item from last Sunday’s post with a gift card.   If I can find a small dreidel and some chocolate gelt coins I’ll be all set.

If you’d like to make a large House of your own you can find the basic directions and template on my old blog post  here.   Decoration and paper choices are entirely up to you.  As you can see I’ve done them two ways (more actually since I made one for Valentines but never posted it.   I did make one or two minor changes to the template this time around.  Instead of scoring and folding the diagonals for the roof I trimmed them using my Stampin’ Trimmer (love that tool)  the same as Kelly did on hers and I did the roof attachement like hers too.  If you read my past post and watch Kelly’s video I think you’ll be able to figure it out.  If you have any questions please email me and I’ll be happy to help.

Star Fold tag direction links can be found here.

And lastly…here’s another look at my Hanukkah House village:

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all images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

I wish you could see these close up and in person as they shimmer and shine and the roof details show up much better.    So perhaps you’ll make some of your own?   So you can see?

That’s it from my House to yours…sorry…I couldn’t resist!  😀

Hugs and blessings – Jean

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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 and visit us again on Sunday the 9th, for our final day of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

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Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Hop: Day 7

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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?!

Weren’t Miriam’s digitally created coffe covers amazing!  Simple to create and print too!  I love the new downloads!   And don’t forget to check out Stampin’ Up’s My Digital Studio Facebook Page you could win a whole year of My Digital Studio downloads and the program itself!  Lots of prizes to be had for adding your Like to the page.

Thank you to everyone who have visited these past 6 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, 5 and 6.

Keeping it simple today.  A very simple card and a simple gift card holder.   And the alteration to my menorah I forgot to add for the last hop picture.  Can you tell I’m still loving the Jewish Celebrations set from the Holiday Catalog?   Loving the papers from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack too.  Such a convenient size to use and store.   This large pack of smaller sized paper is perfect for any crafter.  The designs are not specific to any one holiday and so work for all.   It’s all about the colors and the patterns.  there are even some I see myself using for Spring or for Valentines or Father’s Day or……you’re only limited by your imagination.  

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Jewish Celebrations Plain & Simple Card

 Outside

Jewish Celebrations Plain and Simple

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A few people have asked what the inside of a Hanukkah card might look like so here you go….

…the inside 

Inside - Hanukkah Plain and Simple

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This card was as simple as simple could be.  Wheel on the base, die cut a layer, stamp, add rhinestones and voila!  A card in under 10 minutes.  No fancy folds, details or techniques.  Just good old basic stamping and Big Shot.   To be any simpler you’d have to start with a White Base Card and skip the Big Shot.  Hm….that might work too.   Had a friend ask me what a 3 minute card would look like….I think I just described one. 😀

It’s hard to see but I used the Illuminate Glimmer Ink on the Starburst Jumbo wheel to add a bit of texture to both the Midnight Muse card base and the Whisper White Oval Accent die cut.   While hard to see in the pictures it’s perfectly visible in person and I wanted to pair this card with the gift card holder because those same stars are similar in pattern to the designer series paper on the holder.

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations

Ink: Midnight Muse Classic Ink, Illuminate Glimmer Ink

Paper: Midnight Muse & Whisper White cardstock

Other: Starburst Jumbo Wheel, Big Shot, Oval Accent Bigz die, Rhinestone Jewels

  

Hanukkah Gift Card Holder 

Jewish Celebrations Plain & Simple Card:

Jewish Celebrations Plain & Simple Card:

 The picture above is the closest to the actual Bashful Blue and Early Espresso Coloring.

 The following not so much in the color accuracy department but they do show how it all works.

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All images & die cuts copyright Stampin’Up!

All images & die cuts copyright Stampin'Up!

All images & die cuts copyright Stampin’Up!

Supplies:

Stamps: Every Little Bit, Jewish Celebrations

Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy

Paper: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (Holiday Catalog 2012)

Punches:  1-1/4” Circle, 1-3/8” Circle, ½” circle, Itty Bitty Bits Punch Pack (scallop), 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle

Other: Big Shot, Two Tags die, Simply Score, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sticky Strip, glue dots and Snail adhesive

The holder uses the same paper trick I used for the napkin ring holder in this post.  Long strip doubled in half placed just above the cut line.  This time you just staple the scalloped ends together and cover with a scalloped punch piece (both sides if you want to keep it neat and don’t want the staples showing. 😀   Insert your card into the folded piece (I’d use a glue dot to hold it in place) and when the scalloped end is pulled the card will appear from the cover.   

Were you hoping for a template?

Two Tags - Gift Card Holder Template

How about a full set of directions with more pictures?

Happy Hanukkah….your wish is my gift:

Hanukkah Hop – Two Tags Gift Card Holder  – Directions for Gift Card Holder in PDF format

And a little credit.  I’ve seen the basic idea several places but the tutorial I mostly followed was here .  I’ve no idea who the originator was.     I created my own template and detailed directions to share.  Enjoy!

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One last note…I haven’t forgotten about the directions for the Hanukkah Dove or the extra details on the star folds I promised.  Life with stamping events, new Spring Catalog preorders and rain…lots of rain has intervened just a bit.  But I’ll have them up next week for sure.

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 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 8 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 6

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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.


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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!  

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All Supplies:

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.

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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.

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Place Card

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.

Shalom Tag

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. 😀

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Napkin Ring

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.  😀

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Menu Card

My Digital Studio Design.  Create your own – see description or grab the download from the Day 5 Hop Post here.


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Bird

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. 

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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.

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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?

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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!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 5

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

NOTE:  It’s the holiday weekend…so some hop posts may be a tiny tad late in appearing. 😀

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?!

Wow, we are half way through our Hanukkah Blog Hop! Thank you to everyone who has visited these past 4 days. The response we have received has been extremely positive! We hope you enjoy the remaining 5 projects! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2, 3 and 4.  And don’t forget to make the full hop rounds as you do so.  Wouldn’t want you to miss a thing after all!

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With Thanksgiving  last week is it any surprise that food has been on my mind?     

So of course it seemed the appropriate weekend to work out my Hanukkah Hop Menu and Table decorating ideas.   Well…got as far as the menu anyway.  The Table decorating will have to wait for Wednesday.   Must have been all that turkey that put me to sleep!  So just to be on the safe side there won’t be turkey for Hanukkah.  After all…have to keep sharp for those marathon Dreidel Games right?

So when planning a menu where does one start?  In my house Google generally is involved and it didn’t let me down this time either.   Neither did my Stampin’ Up digital design program otherwise known as My Digital Studio or MDS for those in the know.    You did know that you can purchase that program as a download until November 28th for 50% off right?   Stampin’ Up has it’s annual Online Extravaganza running through Wednesday of this week.  Their own version of Black Friday & Cyber Monday with a few other days thrown in for good measure.    So don’t forget to check in with your demonstrator (no the orders don’t have to be placed online)  or the Stampin’ Up online store if your still in your jammies.

I’m still planning myExtravaganza shopping strategy so haven’t yet gotten the upgrade to MDS2 but it’s coming…before Wednesday for sure.   So today I turned to the stamps that came installed with my original program.   Holiday Blitz and Frames with a Flourish may be retired as far as the rubber variety goes but in MDS they live on! And I still love that Villa designer series paper (also included with MDS) that I used on the Dreidel song songsheet I showed you on day 2 of the hop.  In fact…you could say that songsheet and paper dreidel inspired my menu in some ways.   Looks like we have a coordinated set coming together don’t you think?   Might have to repeat that when I go to scrapbook it all!   I wonder…has anyone ever scrapped a Blog Hop?   Hm…now there’s a thought.   Create a digital scrapbook of our hop and share it with my hop sisters.  What do you think?   Doable?

Here’s what I came up with for my menu:

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Digital Supplies List

Brush sets:   Holiday Blitz,   Frames with a Flourish – in Night of Navy

Digital Papers:  Villa – Night of Navy, Whisper White photo layer background

Other images:  Wide Oval Punch – slightly altered & stretched – filled with Daffodil Delight color

Simple right?   Well the design anyway.  Most of the recipes are too for that matter and in case you are interested I’ll share the links for where you can find them.    My plan is to take this design and drop 4 onto a single page that will print me just the right size to cut and trim with my brand new Stampin’ Trimmer or my Stampin’ Up  Tabletop Cutter (that just happens to be on sale through Wednesday), then mount on a cardstock backing and place on each plate at the table.  I’ll also print a larger version to set on the Buffet table so guests can see what they are selecting from.   Now the biggest decision…what type of Latkes to make.   Traditional potato or some other healthier variety.  I’ve found a couple of recipes that look interesting.  Including one that uses cauliflower!

As you can see my menu card does double duty.  It outlines the menu and the schedule.   At the library the other day I found a childrens book that tells the story of Hanukkah in simple and uncomplicated terms.   Now I’m trying to decide whether to just read the story as is, or create my own storyteller version using that book as a basis.   To get the party started I thought we’d have a quick nosh on the appetizers then settle in for the story and the main event…the lighting of the Menorah.   Then in the glow of more lighted candles on the table we’ll sit down to a warm and filling dinner.  Perfect for the weather we’ve been experiencing here in Southern Oregon.    Not quite enough rain to float Noah’s ark but enough…and cold…yep…it’s winter alright even if the calendar does still read Fall.   And then of course…what would be the best ending to the evening…Dreidel games and cookies!     Wait till you see how I’ll package some extra cookies for each guest to take home as a treat.  Surely I’m not the only one who gets hungry at midnight?

 Here’s your own Hanukkah Treat.   No time to create a menu card of your own?  I’ve created a sheet of blank ones that you can handwrite in the menu or pull up in Word and drop a text box on top to fill it all in.   Just print cut and mount on cardstock.   Our Whisper White cardstock works great in most printers by the way if you just want to print and cut.

Right click and save the files or grab the Word document linked here:

Hanukkah Hop menu card sheet  – Word doc (formulated for older Word versions and works with newer as well)

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And in case you like my plan for the night:

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Here’s the recipes I’ve decided on for my dinner in case you want to check them out

And a few other sources for good Hanukkah eats:

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/hanukkah/tp/hanukkah.htm  lots of tasty latke variations – some healthier than the traditional Potato versions.

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/hanukkah/a/han_menu_dairy.htm– dairy menu – that’s where I got most of the recipes featured on my menu.   Who knew that about.com had food as good as the food  network site?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/celery-root-slaw-recipe/index.html– celery root slaw – discovered this at Thanksgiving and while I didn’t add it in here it’s worth a look.

 http://www.kosherinthekitch.com/category/cookies/  – cookie ideas and if you hit the home key some amazing recipes! That’s it for this addition of the Hanukkah Hop Day 5.  

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with all the trimmings.   And don’t forget to check out Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza (that’s not all online) that runs till Wednesday.

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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 6 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 4

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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?!

We hope you all enjoyed the first 3 days of our Hanukkah Blog Hop! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2 and 3.   And don’t forget to circle round to all 4 blogs in the hop for each of those days. 

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Have you had a chance to make a few of the stars I showed you last Sunday?    I had hoped to have more tutorials and links up for you on Monday but it wasn’t to be.  Too much star gazing perhaps on my part?    Whatever caused it I’ve been down with a high fever so for the hop this time around I’m showing you a few more of my “star” creations.

Everyone in the pool!  It’s time to party!     Okay…that’s maybe a little bit over the top for an introduction of my Pool Party and Snow Flurry star.   Though I have to say…when I lived in Southern California the Hanukkah celebrations I was invited to did often end up in the pool!   Hm…maybe that’s why my hand grabbed for the pool party in the first place?   Doesn’t really explain the snowflake though now does it?  

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I think I mentioned last Sunday that the flames of the Hanukkah lights remind me of starshine and today you can see that they also remind me of snowflakes.  Each one unique and glowing and starlike.  In my mind at least.  So I couldn’t help combining the two images.     Believe it or not if you place it correctly the star card will open with the snowflake in place so you can place a greeting inside then fold it closed again.  To see what the card looks like open you can see last Sunday’s star card here.   Of course you can also hang the star up like an ornament or place it on a card holder in the center of a bouquet.    Had a thought too that you could make several of the smaller stars then hang them off the larger one with fishing line or thread and then hang the entire piece from a chandelier as a decorative mobile over your table.   Of course if you live in Florida some might comment on your snowflake motif!

In case you are wondering, that snowflake is from the Snow Flurry die in the Holiday Catalog and it wasn’t cut with paper.   This time around I used aluminum flashing!  Yep…the same metal used on roofs and gutters and available fairly cheaply at your local home store.   That Snow Flurry die is one tough Bigz die and like all Bigz dies it can handle up to 50 different materials (see the list below) and flashing is one of the materials.   Some time back my local Lowe’s store had a flashing that was silver on one side and gold on the other.  Makes for a real two-fer as we used to say.   Also makes for some lovely snowflakes don’t you think?   Layer the various sized snowflakes in alternating colors with glue dots or a glue gun and top it all off with one of our large 8mm pearls.   We made just the snowflakes as winter ornaments at my last Stamp Camp.  Light and simple and fun to enclose in a card to a friend – especially if they live somewhere they don’t get to see the real thing.   Here’s a close up of  both of the stars and their details.

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When I put this together I first had just the snowflake on the star and then I decided to see what setting it off would look like with a 2-1/2″ circle as a backing piece.   I was wonderfully surprised to find that the large snowflake seemed to be made with that size circle in mind.   I love that Stampin’ Up takes these kinds of details into consideration when they plan their designs.  Don’t you?

You’ll notice one little oops in the details.  We no longer sell the textured paper I used.  Not to worry though…the regular cardstock works just fine as you can see from the little star.

Supplies:

Stamps: none exterior – Jewish Celebrations interior – same design as that used in last Sunday’s Star here.

Paper: Pool Party Textured Cardstock, Brushed Gold Cardstock, Very Vanilla used inside

Inks: none exterior – Night of Navy interior

Other: Big Shot, Bigz Snow Flurry die (holiday catalog), aluminum flashing, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch,  glue dots, dimensionals

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Supplies:  

Stamps:   Jewish Celebrations

Paper:  Pool Party & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Night of Navy page from Regals Designer Series Paper Pattern Stack

Ink:  Night of Navy

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 1″ Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch (holiday catalog), glue dots, dimensionals

Here’s the list of 50 materials I promised earlier:   Big Shot approved Materials – SU flyer

and a chart I created  with dimensions and a video tutorial link for the stars: Star Fold Card Dimensions

Here’s a close up of the Snow Flurry die from the catalog page so you can see the individual shapes I layered together.  Largest snowflake is 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″  :

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 And just for fun…here’s what my Pool Party star looks like when my photo program ran an automatic color adjustment routine on it.  I can’t decide if that’s what the star would look like when done in Marina Mist or Bashful Blue.  What do you think?  Gave the silver flashing a nice purple tint too don’t you think?  Interesting that the Brushed Gold paper stayed gold…though it does look just a tad more shimmery to me.   Makes for a more traditional Hanukkah color scheme too.

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Late breaking Hanukkah News…what better place than the Hanukkah Hop to spill the beans….Stampin’ Up has released a brand new My Digital Studio download kit with everything you need to create cards, scrapbook pages and any kind of Hanukkah related project you can imagine.  After seeing what Miriam did with the new download I’m contemplating using it to create table decorations and other holiday favors.    Might even create a few decorative bits to put on the fronts of  some brand new stars.   What could be easier than dropping some of the images and embellishments on a single page then punching them out and adhering to my many stars!  Perfect!    And even better…if you don’t yet have My Digital Studio…it’s on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza sale this week.   Check with your demonstrator for more details.  

Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble Digital Download

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Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

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 Sunday for Day 5 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 3

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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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?!   

If you are following the standard order of the hop you’ve arrived from Miriam’s post with her timely and wonderful gift card holder made with Stampin’ Up’s Petite Pocket Die.  Thanks Miriam!  If you’re moving in reverse that’s okay too, as we’re one happy Stampin’ Up circle of friends on this hop.    If you’ve gotten lost along the way check the buttons at the bottom of the post and the general links to the hoppers blogs to find your way back.

We hope you all enjoyed the first 2 days of our Hanukkah Blog Hop! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1 and 2 and hop on through.

 

Do you ever feel as if you are seeing stars?   That’s been my experience all week!   Stars to fold,  stars to decorate,  to send to friends and of course stars for the Hanukkah Hop!   

While the picture above isn’t mine, it looks very much like what I can see at night from my front deck.  I live out in the country, where lights are few and far between,  at about 1500 feet above sea level.  And after years of living at sea level I now feel as if I can reach up and touch the stars.    Not quite the same as when I lived in New Mexico’s high desert at 7,000 feet but still, they feel close.  And they are inspiring.   That velvety blue sky and God’s original Festival of Lights so often puts me in mind of Hanukkah and the star shine of the candles in the menorah calling us to remembrance and celebration.    

I’m happy today to share these paper stars to complement your own Hanukkah Celebrations.  I hope they will inspire you to create your own.   To send them out to gladden someone’s heart (that is why we create and send our cards right?) or decorate your home with them in some fashion.  

 

Jewish Celebrations in Night of Navy

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!
All materials used are Stampin’ Up!

The smaller star is a story in itself.  The tutorial for the large star I found showed only the one size and I was determined that the big star needed a little brother (Hanukkah is in large part about family right? :D).   Search as I might, and I discovered quite a few other people were looking too, I couldn’t find the cutting or scoring dimensions for a smaller equilateral triangle (the base shape of the construction) so had to drag out my very rusty math skills and the wonderful 1/4″ grid found on the new Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! 

After a bit of trial and error I figured it out.  I did discover though that a small star like the one shown here has very little space inside for holding treats or texts so works best as an ornament or an embellishment  for another card or larger project.  That being the case I mounted it on the circle punched image from Jewish Celebrations (found in the Holiday Catalog). 

Now I just have to decide whether I want to hang it from a thread (our Stampin’ Up Bakers Twine or Linen Thread would work nicely), add it to a banner or maybe even add to a wreath or other decoration for my front door.   Hm…might even make several and string them all together in a  banner like the one Andi showed us last Wednesday.  You did see that banner right?  If not click on the day 2 link above at the top of the post.   I should add that these stars look nice from the front or the back so perfect for hanging across doorways or other areas where both sides will be seen.

And here’s the inside of the larger star when it’s unfolded.  I forgot to take a picture of the little stars interior so you’ll have to come back later in the week when I show more stars and how they were made. 

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations (Holiday Catalog)

Paper: Night of Navy DSP from the Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack, Very Vanilla & Night of Navy Cardstock, Brushed Gold Cardstock

Ink: Night of Navy Classic ink

Punches: Extra Large Oval, Decorative Label, 1″ Circle,  2-1/2″ Circle, Boho Blossom, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle (Holiday Catalog) 

Other: Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, Gold Glimmer Brad (Basics Glimmer Brad Collection), glue dots and dimensionals, stampin’ sponge.

Note: All stamped images used Night of Navy ink.  Some stamped off for a lighter shade.  The large star will fit inside a 6″ Square envelope.  The diameter is approx. 5-5/8″.   The small star fits in a 3″ square envelope and has an approximate diameter of 2-3/4″.  The star folds tuck in so the star will hold itself closed making it perfect for either a card or an ornament.

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Come back throughout this week for the unfolding details (sorry, I couldn’t resist :D).   To see different stars, their details, close up pictures and of course their insides.  These are fold cards after all so what can be folded…can also be unfolded.

Hop stars straight from the desk.

I’m beginning to think I could fold these guys in my sleep.  

Want to make your own?   Here’s the basic video from a sister demo Cindy Elam.  Here’s your chance to view the new Stampin’ Trimmer from Stampin’ Up in action!    Nice view of the Simply Score too!

If you’ve gotten the  folded star bug now, I  found another very cool Origami Star of David here but discovered my fingers weren’t quite nimble enough to make it.

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 4 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 2

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome back to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop!  Day 1 (click the link to see it if you missed it) was a success and emboldened us to continue on with Day 2!!  Did you enjoy Miriams post?   If you missed her faulous treasure chest from todays hop post click on the “previous” button at the bottom of this post or circle back around to it by clicking next on the following blogs.   If you are working in reverse…Did you see Andi’s wonderful Big Shot banner?   Brilliant and no stamping required.   No matter what direction you go to hop you’ll eventually see us all…including Yapha’s gorgeous Window Frame Framelit card sandwiched in the middle.

We are so excited to be able to share with you a festival of 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?!

On to Day 2 and my Digital Paper Dreidels!

One of the joys of celebrating Hanukkah with family and friends are the games and stories and songs that teach as well as entertain.   Growing up I had many opportunities to join friends and neighbors in the traditional game of Dreidel and those memories have stayed with me.   Each year I bring my own set out for a little pre Hannukah practice before going visiting.   After all when chocolate is involved (we generally use the chocolate gelt coins to play)  a little creative preparation and spin control (not to be called cheating…lol) is in order right?     Well…last year I discovered my little dreidel set had disappeared.  I suspect the fur children found them and now they are probably history one way or another.  So…I fired up the internet found a paper template and decided to see if My Digital Studio could come to the rescue.    It did!    And it was so much fun I decided to create a new set this year.   

Here’s the pattern I created this year:

 

Right click and save to grab the .jpg file

I print it out on my own printer using Stampin’ Up’s wonderful Whisper White or Naturals White Cardstock.   Of course you could also have the Stampin’ Up Professional Print Service do the printing for you and the color matching will be guaranteed.    The Whisper White is easier to score and fold but the Naturals White is a tad sturdier.   This year I also discovered that our Simply Score scoring board and stylus tool made the construction part of the job faster and easier not to mention more precise.    Any Stampin’ Up Adhesive will work to construct the Dreidel –  from Snail to Tombow Liquid Adhesive to Sticky Strip.

To actually use it as a top you have to add a dowel or stick of some type to grip and spin.   I’ve attached a PDF version of the Dreidel with directions on construction and also a copy of the traditional Dreidel song I created last year for a homeschool group that wanted to keep it simple but fun.   

Dreidel – 2012 Digital Paper  – PDF file with this years dreidel, songsheet, directions, blank dreidel to stamp or color with the kids.

Dreidel – Baroque Motif  – PDF file with last years Baroque Motif dreidel, songsheet, directions.

Dreidel – Blank Paper Version – PDF – Blank Paper Version to stamp on or color with the kids.

Images copyright Stampin’ Up!

I love how MDS can bring a simple songsheet to life.   Quick and easy and took me about 5 minutes once I found the lyrics online to copy and paste.    One little girl in the homeschool group decided to ask her mom if they could add this to their holiday scrapbook.   Said she was going to add pictures and punches down the sides.   I told her that’s what Stampin’ Up would call a hybrid project.   Print something you create in MDS then add physical (as opposed to digital) embellishment and digital enters the real (hybrid) world.

I’m not the master at My Digital Studio yet that Yapha is – she created our beautiful Banner and buttons using the newest version of the program MDS2 but I’m learning and I know that you can too!    Stampin’ Up has made it easy for you with a free 30 day trial and a website filled with inspiration at www.mydigitalstudio.net .    Don’t you have some Hanukkah projects of your own you’d like to try?   Place cards for the table?   Holiday decor or cards, a banner, little gift boxes, recipe cards or menus.   The list is endless that you can create.   

Here’s a few other downloads that might make your Hanukkah (and other holidays) a bit brighter.  And keep in mind that with the stamp brush sets below any Christmas, Winter or other Occasion download or template can be redesigned with Hanukkah or other Festival in mind:

Jewish Celebrations- http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=131318 – The digital version of the stamp set I used on Day 1 of our Blog Hop.

Jewish Holiday Sayings Brush Set – http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=128334

Celebrate Hanukkah Digital Download – http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=127761 – Designer Card templates make it simple

To order any of these contact your demonstrator or visit her/his demonstrator website.

Back to my Driedel story…..

I’m sure it will be easier to do in MDS2.   For MDS1 I added punches and filled in our Stampin’ Up colors of Bashful Blue and Daffodil Delight then moved them behind the template to add the color.   Then I added stamp brush images from Frames with a Flourish and a flower from the One of a Kind brush set.   Also added a flap section so I could tuck the top in instead of glueing it down.  This allowed me to use the dreidel as a gift box!    Don’t you love it when something you create can be used in multiple ways?      The first picture of the completed dreidel is missing something…can you tell what it is?   Now can you guess what’s in the second picture?

  

I decided to use this particular dreidel as a Tootsie Pop cover.   Of course you can use a dowel or fill it with Chocolate coins or the real deal money.   To use with the Tootsie Pops – place the pop head in the box and feed the stick end through the hole so the dreidel looks more like a dreidel should with a handle to twirl.   

One problem I ran into…before I could take the final picture for this project I put the Tootsie Pop on the table and while I was on the phone with a friend at Demonstrator Support oohing and ahhing over our latest promotional catalog (more on that in later posts)  it appears I unwrapped the Tootsie Pop and consumed it without realizing (of course you’ve never done such a thing, right?)…worst of all…I had no more Tootsie Pops for the photo shoot.   Called the little market down my mountain road and wouldn’t you know…no Tootsie Pops there either…the kids had cleaned them out!   They did offer me one of those candy jewel rings but understood when I said I needed the stick for the dreidel.     So you’ll have to rely on your imagination this time.   Or see what I used after a bit of brainstorming…can you guess?  It’s the applicator/handle from my Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.  Retired product in the stash to the rescue once again!  

Are you ready to  download the file and make one of your own?  

Make sure to buy extra Tootsie Pops or dowels…or stay off the phone when in the vicinity!   Note to self:  Overcast days bring on sugar cravings…and make photo shoots difficult to light!

Here’s the blank template for the dreidel in case you’d like to make your own.   Because it’s a .gif file it can be imported just like any picture into MDS.   A copy to print and color with the kids is also fun (one is attached above).

 

Here’s another dreidel template/resource here:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/hanukkah/dreidel/template.shtml

 And if you’ve never played the dreidel game here’s a link to a basic explanation of how it works:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTLN1T17p4&feature=related

I couldn’t find any great renditions of the Dreidel Song but if you Google it you can find a few sites with lyrics and the melody in case you never learned it in school.  Now that I’ve been making a number of these little darlings I can’t help singing it nonstop.

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 Sunday for Day 3 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

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