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.


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.



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.

Light for the World - Miracles inside

Light for the World – Inside
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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


Happy Hanukkah Snowflake Window Frame Card

Hanukkah Snowflake Window

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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!


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!


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!


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.


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



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 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!  


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.


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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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.


So…since another phrase my family seems to follow  runs…In Vino Veritas (in wine is truth)…and I plan to serve wine with my Hanukkah celebratory meal…I thought it best to be prepared to respond…Shalom.     I’m hoping the tag will be a gentle reminder.  Or maybe I should rethink the wine?


One more quick reminder…today is the last day for the Online Extravaganza Sale.   Have you called your  demonstrator with your order yet?   Sale ends shortly before Midnight which means…times running out!

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Wednesday for Day 7 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

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!

Snow Much Fun – Grab it before the deal melts away!

Psst…check out the free shipping deal at the end of the post!  And this free MDS download can be added to your order at the same time!

Free For You From Us Designer Template – Digital Download order # 132810 Cost: FREE!

Snow Much Fun – Grab it before the deal melts away!

Well okay…we haven’t actually had much in the way of snow here just yet but with the deals on snow related items in the Online Extravaganza I’m playing with snow and snowmen anyway!   Two days left before the deals melt away and don’t forget that Wednesday, the last day of the sale will be sporting 3 new super deals just like last week when the sale started.   This time the focus will be on Clear Mount Blocks, The Clear Mount Block Storage Caddy and the wonderful Stack and Store Caddy.   I have to say that last in particular helps me stay organized and lets me see what I have to craft with.

Here’s the first card with new product I designed when the new catalog came out last June.  Yeah  I know…weird to play with snowmen in June but when I saw the new dies…I had a vision.  Besides..it was hot and playing with snowmen cooled things off…at least in my head.  😀   How cool is it that two of the items used are now on sale?  Very Cool!

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This was also a team effort.  Several demonstrators from my local group got together to pool our new toys tools and create for our joint open house.  This was my design but colored beautifully by my upline Cheryl (thanks sweetie!).   Kept it pretty simple as we were looking to show off  new dies, new colors and new embellishments.   I had die cut a piece in my Real Red DSP with the new Apothecary Accents Framelit for another project and set the remaining window negative down on a scrap of Whisper White and realized the windowing possibilities.   Just needed something short and squat to fill it.   And wouldn’t you know I had just been playing with the Snow Much Fun set and my eye landed on the little chubby snowman…and an idea was born!  

Played with the idea of snowballs for throwing but decided to showcase another new die cut instead to carry the greeting.   Turns out that Bitty Banners Framelit die cuts can hold more texts from more stamps than the set designed to coordinate with it.   And being a flower child from way back just had to throw in flowers for ammunition instead of snowballs.    Do you recognize that itty bitty tiny flower?  It’s the flower on the hello stamp in Tiny Tags.  I just inked with a marker and stamped three times for my tiny pointsettia wanna be’s.

Here’s the recipe for the card:


Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tiny Tags (the little flower from hello)

Ink: Black Stazon, Real Red and Gumball Green Classic Inks  – sorry I can’t remember what we used for the nose

Paper: Gumball Green & Whisper White Cardstock, Real Red Designer Series Paper from the Brights Collection Patterns Stack

Other: Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, ApothecaryAccents Framelits, Large Oval Punch, Glue dots, Dimensionals and Snail adhesive.


Don’t you want to reach through the monitor and stroke that satiny ribbon?   I can’t get enough of that stuff and now that it’s 30% off it’s even harder to resist.  And even better…the stamp set is 50% off!  Wowza!  $9.98 (in clear mount) and you can have your very own set of snowmen to play with!  Should mention that the Designer Series Paper is also part of the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack that’s 20% off.  With Christmas and Valentines coming up you really want to jump on that collection (you might want to buy it too!).

I should probably also mention that the Come to Bethlehem set I used in this recent post is also 50% off!   So why are you still sitting there…time to hit the sale entries in my Online Store (click the Shopping icon in my sidebar to get started).

In case you haven’t seen it yet here’s the flyer listing all the deals:

Online Extravaganza Flyer – key to all the deals!

Here’s the items on sale I used in the card.    

Just as a reminder when you buy through my online store link (see the sidebar) you get all the preferred pricing AND you have the chance to qualify for hostess benefits depending on the size of your order.  

Buy before the end of the sale period (Wednesday Nov. 28th before midnight)  and I’ll also throw in free shipping in the form of a gift certificate for your next order or a PayPal refund.  Your choice.

Did you see the free My Digital Studio Download at the top of the post?  Don’t forget to add that to your order!  AND if you don’t yet have My Digital Studio you can buy that for 50% off during the Sale Too!   Or try the free trial version for 30 days.

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!


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.  


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.


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 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:


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


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!

Free My Digital Studio – Day in the Life – download until 10am tomorrow

Hi All,

Stampin’ Up recently offered a free digital download of the “Day in the Life” Kit in celebration of receiving  so many “likes” on their FaceBook page.   Though the free downloads ended on the 10th they generously expanded it to January 12 at 10am Utah time otherwise known as Mountain Time (MT).

Here’s the link and the post if you haven’t gotten yours yet:


Our thanks go out to the thousands of you who have joined us in celebrating our 100,000 Facebook fan milestone by downloading the Day in the Life Digital Kit! If you haven’t had a chance to download your kit yet, no problem. We are extending the download deadline to January 12 at 10:00 AM (MT). Simply visit the link below, fill out a quick survey, and get immediate access to the download!

Note: You don’t have to be a FaceBook member to take advantage of this and you may want to save the file in multiple formats before you leave the download survey page as you only get one bite at the apple.    You can save in MDS format and I recommend that you save the file initially then go back and run it so you have a permanent saved copy on your drive in case the file gets corrupted after installing in MDS.   You can then also save it in the other format for non MDS use.  This saves the file as a zip file which you then can unzip into its individual components for use with any graphics capable software.

If you’d like to see what content is included or would like the index sheet for your own use here’s a PDF showing the materials included in the download.

Day in the Life – Index Sheet

Enjoy.  This is a wonderful set of images and page template that I know I’ll be making use of for years to come.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Before the first day of the new year slips away…..

Before the first day of the new year slips away let me wish you….

…..   from the country!

One of the many things in my In Box today was a post from my favorite online rabbi.   She reintroduced me to a man whose work I had read and enjoyed in college and I thought I’d share his prayer in a basic MDS page.  My plan for the new year is to print this and post it where I can see and pray it often and add it to the front of a new album for the year ahead.

Here’s the original post with a very cool story added to the prayer – http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2012/01/a-blessing-for-the-new-year-from-reverend-howard-thurman.html

Here’s my page:

Here’s a Word doc with the text of the prayer in case you’d like to do some creating of your own:

Prayer – Through the Coming Year – Howard Thurman

Oops…forgot to mention that this page makes use of the new Sale-a-Bration CD-Rom that will be available January 24th as a freebie when you buy $50 worth of Stampin’ Up product.  That disk is amazing!  It contains all the unique SAB images and papers, ribbons and brads in digital form.  Even includes the Decor Element piece as a brush image!   What a wonderful way to be able to use all the lovely SAB products.   Granted the physical paper Everyday Enchantment that I used digitally is even more fun to work with since I can die cut and punch with it.   In an upcoming blog hop later this week you’ll see more samples of it.  I love the use it makes of our many In Colors.  This page also uses the digital version of All Scallops brush image (the stamp set itself is retired)  and the coordinating In Colors Pool Party and Calypso Coral. 

Hugs and Blessings and may you find joy in the  new year ahead!   – Jean



And lest you forget…the Holiday Mini and the Clearance Rack Blitz are also about to slip away.     Holiday Mini order period ends January 3rd and the Blitz ends January 5th.    A few items from the Holiday Mini have carried over and you can find those here:

Holiday Mini Carryover Flyer

The Blitz is Back!!

Hi All,

The Blitz is Back…Clearance Rack Blitz that is!   

I try to be up on all the latest but….

Stampin’ Up slid an amazing promo right by us!   Not a peep, not a hint, not a word!  

As is my practice since I’m a night owl I check in last thing before bedtime to see what Stampin’ Up has in store for her demo’s and customers in the coming day and…

I checked for the latest updates shortly after midnight and lo and behold what to my wondering eyes did appear but a sale to beat all sales before the new year!

Isn’t it gorgeous!  Well…trust me…you’ll think so once you go take a look.   Click on the banner below to see what all the excitement is about.  

Here are the basic details:

Dates: December 15, 2011-January 5, 2012

Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail–while supplies last!
Things to Remember

  • Only online orders qualify for this promotion. Orders can include non-Clearance Rack items, as well.
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards. But only for orders placed through a demonstrator website.
  • Following the Clearance Rack Blitz sales period, some blitz items may remain in the clearance rack; others may be removed and reappear at an undesignated time in the future.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last. There are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

One last VERY IMPORTANT benefit…TODAY ONLY…an extra $35 in hostess benefits will apply to your order…if…you place the order on my online store site…today…AND…the order meets a $350 minimum in merchandise of any type (clearance rack, MDS downloads or regular merchandise).    What this means is that if you place a $350 order today only (12/15)  you will get $85 in free merchandise to select from the regular or holiday mini catalogs.   That’s the regular amount of $50 + an extra $35 from the It’s Good to be the Hostess promo I’ve told you about earlier this year.   So $435 in merchandise for $350 + shipping!  Very cool!   

Even better.  Many items on the Clearance Rack are similar to or virtually the same thing as current merchandise in the Idea Book and Catalog.  Old style Whale Tail punches with current shapes.  Yes they don’t store as easily but they work well and long and punch the same shapes as the new style.   There are a number of previously retired Big Shot dies as well as items from last years Holiday and Occasions minis.    Time to stock up for Valentines, Easter or even next years Christmas.  Or if you are like me and send out Christmas gifts and cards late you can take advantage of them for this year.   I tell my friends and family they aren’t late until Epiphany is past in January.   After all that was the traditional time to actually exchange gifts in past eras as that is the feast celebrating the visit of the Wise Men and their gifts among other traditions.

So check out the sale, make your list and if you need Santa to keep track for you grab the Wish list from my sidebar and send your significant other my way.     If you are local I’ll even gift wrap the goodies for you and your Santa if Santa lets me know when to pick them up.    To take advantage of the deals you’ll have to place the order online through my online store here.   And don’t forget that supplies are limited.  I’ve got my order in already…how about you?

Happy shopping and enjoy the Blitz!

Hanukkah Hugs (a wee bit early)  and Christmas Blessings – Jean

My Digital Studio: Glimmered Projects Tutorial

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving my friends!   I don’t know about you but I can almost taste the turkey, the cranberries, the stuffing and the garden produce I’m sure my friends will be filling their table with.   My lovely sideline (and friend) Linda and her Mom invited me to join their family for a feast!  And if last years dinner was anything to go by… a feast it will be!  Wicketcat of course has her nose out of joint because she wasn’t invited.   Good thing too.  Linda has two active pups and a cat of her own that attempt to rule the roost at her house.    Maybe if I bring Wicket home some scraps she’ll forgive me?

Several of my friends told me yesterday that they were in the midst of storms that were adding snow, ice, frost and all things white and glittery to their week.   Given all the glitter Mother Nature is tossing about I thought I’d toss a little of my own and share a tutorial on MDS glimmer tricks!  

No permanent snow yet in my neck of the woods but the winds are doing a little tossing of their own.  Last night it sounded like a freight train was running just outside my door…very odd circumstance given my usual very quiet valley up in the hills.

Here’s a tutorial (of sorts) for the My Digital Studio Glimmer projects I posted previously and based on several of these ads. 

You can see the project pictures  here.   Mostly this tutorial is a pictorial reminder sheet of the basic steps.  It also assumes a certain level of knowledge about the basics of MDS.   Let me know if you have questions and of course comments are always welcome.     At the end of the pictures I’ve put a link to a PDF version of this tutorial that you are welcome to download, share and use. 

MDS – Glimmer Paper Recycled Ad Trick – PDF version of the Tutorial

Have fun with the project if you decide to attempt it.    You can grab the jpgs of the ads I used in my original post on the subject here by right clicking and saving them to your own computer.  Then import as photos into any MDS project type and get glimmering!

And don’t forget to check out the Online Extravaganza still going on.  The deals are just waiting for you!    You can check them out and/or place an order here.

Hugs and blessings and as always one of the things I am thankful for are my lovely blog readers.   Share the sparkle!   – Jean

Glimmer paper…when you don’t have it in My Digital Studio…you have to make your own!

Hi all,

Are you as in love with Stampin’ Up Glimmer Paper as I am?   Especially the Silver variety in the Holiday mini?   I’m hooked, addicted, desperately seeking glimmer…oh yeah…

Hi…my name is Jean…and I’m a Glimmerhead!

So, what’s a girl to do when her favorite paper doesn’t have a digital equivalent.  Especially when she’s also an MDS addict?   Why make her own of course.  Say what?   Nope, I’m not a programming whiz or anything…but I am an ace recycler.   Have been for years…only now I’ve gone digital with that talent.

To start with…Stampin’ Up has this thing called the Online Extravaganza. 

You may have heard about it?   LOL!   If you haven’t and you inhabit Stampin’ Up cyber space zones you really need to have something checked.  Practically every demo’s blog has a banner.   See where I’m going with this yet?  Let me make it a little bigger….

Do you see the sparkle yet…or should I say the glimmer?   How about on this one:

Can you guess yet?   Okay…I’ll stop teasing.   After inquiring and finding out that Stampin Up does not yet offer a digital glimmer and that the ads were created with non MDS software (oh the horror!) inspiration struck and struck hard.

See glimmer…want glimmer…..STEAL GLIMMER….Ta Da!!    My criminal…um…recycling talents came to the fore and I created these quicky bits just to see if the idea had merit.

First  a card front.

And since the inside is mostly white it doesn’t show up that well on a blog so I skipped it.  Shows up just fine when you print it of course.

Then a small wedding present tag.

Well it’s supposed to be a small tag but I couldn’t figure out how to down size the background in my gleeful and larcenous state.  Still learning my way around the program.

And finally a sheet of Christmas Tags all ready for the whacker!

So what do you think.   Was the experiment successful?   It’s much shimmery and glimmery in My Digital Studio of Course.   I really wish you could see my screen and all the sparkle.

  Might have to have a couple printed up by Stampin’ Up’s professional print service for a true test.  

And I’ll have to see if I can do a print screen by print screen of the process to give you a better idea.    Basically I imported the jpg (the old right click and save works every time)   from the file saved to my computer into MDS then covered the ad part with a punch and used the color matching option to find an appropriate color in another part of the original jpg.  Then dropped on a few layers of whatever and voila…recycled art!  I’m thinking that with a steady hand and few more punches or other ink layers I can do a true fill and still preserve the ornament image.   But that’s an experiment for another day.

What did I learn.    First…I still have a lot to learn about my new software.   Second…learning is fun, stimulating and occasionally leads to head slaps and colorful vocabulary…can we all say SAVE as you go along and don’t be too quick to click okay when a delete screen comes up – I clicked while watching an exciting cop show in another open window.    Note to self…forget TV while attempting new things.    Third…this was so fulfilling and outrageously fun once I figured out the basics.    Oh…and blue tones work best with silver glimmer…or colors that contain blue tones (of the right hue).   Real Red and Cherry Cobbler are amazing with Marina Mist.   Both are new colors since the Color Renovation.   And both of course are perfect with glimmer paper.  Probably why SU combined all three in the original ad (actually I think they used Real Red but Cherry Cobbler works too).

So….from this:

To this:

Not bad for an evenings work.   Oh..and did you read the ads besides looking at their glimmer borders.   There are still lots of great deals going until November 30th.   Don’t miss out.   The two 24 hour specials are gone but there are lots of terrific MDS downloads to play with and stamps to stamp with and ….  well…you get the “picture”…right?

To place an order click here or on my sidebars link to my online store.   If you have more questions about today’s post leave me a comment or drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to explain further.   And don’t forget to try your hand at recycling…an ad (and its glimmer) is a terrible thing to waste. {grin}

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S.  My new Simply Score is on it’s way and should be here next week …the downloads I bought at the same time today were delivered to my desktop in seconds!  Better still…there is always free shipping on digital downloads!    Whether you spend 95¢ or $95 there is never any shipping on digital downloads and never a minimum purchase requirement.

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