Saturday, June 14, 2008

Aqua Swap

In the "Frida and Numa" Communa we had an Aqua Swap.
you were supposed to send 5 items: 1 handcrafted item, 1 handmade card, and three craft supplies.

I got to send to a friend in Canada - Mira.
This is what I sent:

An altered notebook from the front:
Made with Basic Grey papers. The letters were cut by cuttlebug (I think it's You're not the boss of me set). The ribbon is one if the gorgeous ones i got for my birthday last year from Limor and Sharon.

Altered Notebook from the back:

On the side I wanted to hide something that was written there, so I punched out 3 circles from left over pieces I had from the papers I used for the notebook, and glued them on.

I also sent Mira some Basic Grey papers in Aqua colors, some ribbons and a little bag with eyelets and brads in Aqua colors.

This is the card I made for her.

And this is a little part of what I got, my favorite things: the mobile and the card.

My friend, hagar, made me a mobile, and decorated it from both sides. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? I LOVE it.

The "D" if of course for my name!
And this is the card She made for me. Love it too.

I think I was very lucky to get what I got.

Thanks Hagar.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Altered Coffee Tin

Last week, on Thursday, I met some friends from one of the forums.

We decided to create an altered Coffee Tin or any other tin or box of same size, and fill it with candy.
What a great Idea!

Here's my altered Coffee Tin:

It's made basically of simple cardstock paper, in plain colors. I cut it into pieces that would fit the embossing folders of my cuttlebug. Then I embossed two pieces of each color, and I used a couple of embossing folders: Birds & Swirls on the yellow paper, Stylized Flowers ob the Orange, and Floral Fantasy on the Pink and Red.
Then I cut those embossed pieces into much smaller pieces, and started gluing them to a base paper, creating a collage of colors and textures.
When Finished, I glued the collage to the Tin, and covered the whole think with a clear self-adhesive film.
The top used the same technique of embossed papers, and I cut circles using different styles of scissors.

Hagar got my tin, and I was really pleased, cause she seemed to love it, and I love that the person receiving my creations really loves it.

I got a beautiful box from Adi, and here it is:

It was filled with chocolate and candy!

Did I mention it was a great Idea???

Friday, June 06, 2008

Another Challange

May's challenge was a real challenge to me.
What does being an Israeli mean to you? Scrap a page...

At first I thought I'm not going to participate this month.
During the last week of May I found myself categorizing everything I saw as good or bad qualities of Israelies.

The night of submission I found myself sitting at the computer and searching for information, photos, trying to figure out how to scrap my thoughts, but my mind was racing with ideas, so the page turned out a mess.

So I started anew, with a different take.

The photos were taken from these sites, and credit is due:

The flower:

Flags flapping:




Prickly Cactus:

The text reads:
"In one of my favorite episodes of "the west wing", the following question appears:
So What do you call a Society that has to just live every day with the idea that the pizza place you’re eating in can just blow up without any warning? ("Isaac and Ishmael", season 3).
And the answers was, of course, Israel.
During the last decade and a half that has been the essence of being an Israeli, in my mind. Living every day under a threat. Living home everyday with the promise of not giving in to that threat. That we'll keep on living our lives no matter what.
What else is an Israeli? Symbols. A lot of symbols."

The flower (French Lavender) is the one that appears on stickers I used to get every year in Memorial day as a child in school. I think they still give them out. Every memorial day, and only on memorial day.
The flags flapping on top of cars during Independence day and usually the week before and the week after.
The hat is the one everyone used to wear when I was a kid. It's the symbol of the pioneer Israeli, the one that came to this country to build it.
The candles were lit on the floor in a huge square in the middle of Tel-Aviv 13 years ago, right after PM Rabin was murdered. People kept coming to the square where it happened, lit candles, and cried together.
The Falafel - food that's considered to be very much Israeli, and stands for Israeli.
And last - The prickly cactus. It became known as a Nick-name for Israeli-born. They' like the cactus, are prickly on the outside, but sweet and soft on the inside.