Happy Hanukkah

Hello and Happy Hanukkah! I kicked off the holiday by attending a menorah lighting ceremony in Lancaster City last evening and then lit the first candle when I got home. Last week I had a Hanukkah cardmaking class and these are the four cards we made. Stampin’ Up! hasn’t had a new Hanukkah stamp set in many years so I pulled out my favorite retired set, Jewish Celebrations, and also used stamps and dies that I’ve purchased over the years from a few other companies. All of the cardstock, inks, Designer Series Paper and embellishments are Stampin’ Up! products. It is always a challenge to come up with creative ways to make cards for Jewish holidays so I always keep retired products that I think will work well for future holiday projects – so glad for my stash!

I got this fun card layout from LeeAnn Greff’s blog, Flowerbugs Inkspot. The menorah image is from the Jewish Celebrations stamp set. I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out with one of the Tasteful Label dies. The Happy Hanukkah greeting is from a current SU stamp set, Snowflake Wishes. The embossing folder I used for the side panel is Stylish Scroll. The DSP and blue frayed ribbon are from the Boho Indigo Product Medley, which was in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The inside greeting is from Altenew’s Love and Light Stamp set. The cardstock and ink are Misty Moonlight.

This is a fun fold card. I purchased Rubber Cafe’s Celebrating the Festival of Lights stamp set several years ago at a scrapbooking show and it is no longer available. I used Night of Navy cardstock and ink. The DSP is from You’re A Peach, which is currently available in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. I colored in the dreidels with Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. The inside greeting is from Altenew’s Love and Light stamp set. The bling is from Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

This card features the beautiful menorah from Altenew’s Love and Light stamp set, which is still available. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Shimmery White cardstock and colored it with Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends and used the coordinating die to cut it out. I die cut a piece of silver foil with a Stitched Rectangles die and popped the menorah up on it with regular and mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. The card base is Smoky Slate. The DSP is Springtime Foils Specialty DSP, which was a Sale-A-Bration offering a few years ago. The silver ribbon came in a combo pack with gold ribbon and is retired.

This is another fun fold card that uses the Celebrating the Festival of Lights stamp set. I heat embossed the dreidel and greeting with gold embossing powder on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I cut with one of the scalloped dies from the Stitched so Sweetly dies. I cut a piece of NIght of Navy cardstock with a larger scalloped die and adhered them together. Card base is Night of Navy and the gold striped paper is from the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper from the current 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. I added a few Champagne Rhinestone Jewels for a bit of bling.

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Celebrate July 4th!

Our founding fathers,  John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin among them, signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, PA, and so our country became the United States of America on that fateful day.  Having grown up in New York City, the first date my husband and I went on back in early 1972 was to see the Broadway show, 1776, which won a Tony award for Best Musical in 1969.  It was made into a motion picture the same year we saw it on Broadway and to this day it remains one of my most favorite musicals.  The Turner Classic Movie television network always shows it on July 4th and every year, I watch it religiously.  In the final scene, the Continental Congress takes a roll call vote to pass the Declaration of Independence and no matter how many times I’ve seen this movie, it still sends chills up my spine as each name is called and the bell tolls!!

In honor of the holiday, I created a quick and easy gatefold card that uses two of the new In Colors – Blueberry   Bushel and Lovely Lipstick.

To make the card, I cut a piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″, cut two pieces of In Color designer paper at 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ and attached to the front folds.  I used the “Reason to Celebrate” stamp from the Painted Glass stamp set and colored the word “Celebrate” with the Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving off the words “A Reason To.” I die cut the word using one of the smaller ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits set, cut another oval from a piece of Lovely Lipstick cardstock, taped them together and taped the left half of the oval to the left flap of the card. I used a retired punch to punch a few stars from Lovely Lipstick cardstock and attached them using Mini Glue Dots. 

For the inside of the card I cut two more pieces of the designer paper and attached them to the inside flaps.  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″x 5 1/4″ and stamped the greeting  and number from the recently retired Number of Years stamp set using Lovely Lipstick ink.  This card was quick and easy to put together.

Wishing you a Festive Fourth!!  Thanks for stopping by today.