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?  

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

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.

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

 

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

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

 

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!

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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!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 1

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! My sister demos and I 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?!

You should have arrived from Miriam’s blog if all went well with our links.  Wasn’t her first project wonderful!  I can’t wait to see more of her inspiring work over the next few weeks.  All four of us have been sharing our general ideas but every new post will be an inspiring and CASEable surprise for us as well as our readers.  

Here’s my first project that makes use of Stampin’ Up’s new Jewish Celebrations stamp set from the current Holiday Catalog.  When I saw this set I was hooked and couldn’t stop coming up with ideas for it’s use.  With the Shalom greeting and other images it’s not just for Hanukkah.   I’ve added it to my permanent collection on the do not sell ever shelf!    I’m also in love with the new Illuminate Glimmer Ink and the new Silver Dazzling Details, also from the Holiday Catalog!  Perfect for adding shimmer and shine to any Hanukkah project!   And of course our new Midnight Muse In Color is perfect for a holiday that traditionally features blue.

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

 Midnight Muse Framed Menorah Hanukkah Card

 Color Scheme: Midnight Muse, Whisper White & “Sparkle and Shine”                  

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, Window Frame Framelits & Silver Dazzling Details

 

Directions 

Tip:  Rremember that the  Midnight Muse In Color ink is one of the new firm foam pads and requires a light touch.  It’s also a very dark and smudge making ink so keep an eye on your hands and wash regularly if needed when working with our Whisper White.  If you find yourself with some boo boo’s – some smaller stamps can be used to cover up smudges. 

1) Score the Midnight Muse card base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″)  at 4-1/4” line with the Simply Score then fold and crease with bone folder.

2) Wheel the Starburst jumbo wheel across the Illuminate Glimmer pad a couple of times (moving always in one direction) then wheel across the long side of the card base.  Reink wheel and repeat until base is covered in stars.   Should take two – three swipes.

3) With the Big Shot, cut one Oval Accent die piece in Whisper White for the base layer.  Using two Window Frame Framelits cut a slender frame in Midnight Muse.   Very cool that the Window Frame Framelits mimic some of the shape of the Oval Accent die don’t you think?   One might almost think that Stampin’ Up planned it that way…right?  😀

4) Wheel the Starburst Wheel with the Glimmer ink over the Whisper White piece and the Midnight Muse Frame.  Set aside and let dry for a minute.  Sponge daub Midnight Muse around edges of WW.

5) Stamp Menorah in center of WW Oval Accent piece then adhere MM frame around it.  Stamp Star of David image at top and bottom.  Let dry and add silver dazzling details as desired.  Caution:  The Dazzling Details can smudge the ink if you have to come back in with a less than steady hand.  The trick is to drop it down in a line. 😀

While the Illuminate glimmer ink doesn’t show up well  in the picture on the Whisper White, it does shimmer in real life when you tilt the card in the light.

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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 2 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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