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Double post today

Sep 13, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Thanks everyone for checking in!

I have 2 posts today! One being a special gift set for Papertrey Ink, and then of course our Saturday Sketch! So scroll down so you don’t miss it!

 Oh, and if you haven’t been here in a few days, you will really want to scroll all the way down! I have been SO BUSY!! There are some great gift giving ideas, so check them out.

Thanks for reading/commenting.

Enjoy the weekend.

Rosh Hashanah- A Holiday Gift Ensamble

Sep 13, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items

Nichole asked her team of designers to create a holiday gift that was thoughtful, and one we would be proud to present to someone. I put much thought into my creation, and I hope it is well recieved.


Rosh Hashanah Celebration Basket

I decided I wanted to be a bit “different“, and try something I have never done! I decided that I would branch out and use Mazel Tov as my set for the gift. “I” am not Jewish, but am so giddy to now have an elegant and beautiful set to make a gift for ANY occasion that my Jewish friends may celebrate through the years!

Rosh Hashanah is this month on September 30th, so I felt it was appropriate to recognize  that holiday.

Nichole provided us with a tip sheet that I found do helpful.

This explains what each holiday is.

 Rosh Hashanah (New Year)-is the most celebrated holiday in the Jewish religion.  The Jewish New Year

is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past

year and planning the changes to make in the new year.


 I knew I wanted to do a gift basket I just wasn’t sure what would be appropriate for such an occasion. I collaborated with my dear Jewish friend Debbie Silberberg (aka SCS name-StampinCPA) about appropriate gifts for this holiday. I decided these items would be perfect for a traitional non-Kosher family. I want  to thank Debbie for helping me with appropriate items for such an occasion.

The traditional colors are blue and silver. The new Night Sky Shimmer, and Silver shimmery cardstock were just perfect for my set.

More detailed supplies will be listed in the Papertrey Ink Gallery at the time of the reveal, on the 15th!

I created a label for the front of the basket to commemorate the occasion.


I purchased a bottle of wine, which I created a box for.


I stamped the Shoffar  image, and Star of David on the cellophane with white Stazon.


For my focal point I used the Faux Metal technique for the very first time! I stamped a versamark pad onto cardstock and embossed with silver powder. Repeated this 5 times, then while powder was still hot, I stamped the image in black pallete ink, then stamped into the hot powder. I then die cut the image with my circle nestabilities, and it made this look like a silver medallion!! A nice touch.


To tie off the wine box, my friend told me that the Hebrew year was 5769, and thought it would be a nice touch to include it on the tag.


A traditional Jewish meal for this holiday would include  Beef Brisket. Next I made a traditional marinade seasoning for the Beef Brisket, and put it into a airtight jar, with a label.

Here is the Marinade mixture ( I doubled the recipe provided here)

8 juniper berries, crushed

2 bay leaves

 1 1/2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Combine ingredients. Store in an airtight container. Label with a 3 month expiration date.

 I also included a simple recipe card, for the use of the marinade seasoning.


A special and traditional treat for this holiday also includes apples, dipped in honey. I purchased a Kosher honey, and put it into a syrup container, which I then added a ribbon and label.


There is an entire bushel of apples in the basket. I also used Dove Milk Chocolates as a “filler” since they coordinated with my colors, and who doesn’t love chocolate?

Lastly was a simple vanilla scented candle, simply wrapped, with the lid stamped in whit e stazon.


Had time allowed I would have loved to have added many more items such as round challah bread, but time escaped me.

I hope you gain some sort of inspiration from my gift today!  When we are friends with people of a different religion, it is nice to try to acknowledge and learn about their customs as well. You may learn something great in the process. I would hope that anyone fo the Jewish faith would be happy with what I put together. It was scary putting myself out there. I enjoyed creating this, and hope you enjoyed seeing it.

Be sure to check Nichole’s blog for all the member creations! They will inspire you for sure!

Thanks again for reading!

To all my Jewish readers-L’Shana Tovah!

Sketch time- Double take

Sep 13, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Saturday Sketch

I know-I am never creative with my blog post name on sketch days! I don’t know WHY! It isn’t really necessary though is it?

Anyway, I have a very different sketch for you today. I have to be honest-it was a difficult one for me, but I did manage to get 2 samples done for you!! WAHOO!! I usually make my sketches FIRST, create after. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the sketch, it was just a little challenging. I think it was because I had a few images I HAD to use for cards I needed. Having said that, I HAD to use my Bella’s. These two in particular. I have missed them so much lately . I also had birthday cards that needed making, so figured it was the perfect time!

mytimess05 is the keyword, should you need one for uploading to SCS.


YOGABELLA-she has gone uninked for longer than I care to admit. But I LOVE her.


Deep Breath

This one is for my friend Erin. Her birthday was the 13th. I bought her this awesome workout video (and medicine ball)I have been doing for 4 weeks (hello lost at least 3 inches everywhere in 4 weeks! Not too shabby eh?! I forgot to measure when I originally started but have lost 2 sizes :D). It is called Melt it off with Mitch Gaylord. OH boy let me tell you, it works!! I still can’t do some of the exercises but try to do what I can. There are 4 or 5 different workouts, and even one called the Perfect 10, which can be done in 10 minutes. Seriously if you can’t find 10 minutes, thats insane.

So, anyway……she had a baby a few months ago and is having a hard time shedding the last of the baby weight.

NOTE: “I” don’t think that-those were HER words! LOL! I am not one of those people who is like “HERE! You need to lose some weight!” Its something she talks about every time we talk. It has worked wonders for me, so I hope it helps her as well.

So that being said I thought Yogabella was the perfect addition to the gift. I wish I had owned weightwatchabella, but sadly I don’t :C She is on “the list” though. I did change my card a bit to fit my theme and elements of my card. This is a 4 3/4 X 5 1/2 size. The goal is inspiration! LOL!

Next up, my friends son is turning 2!! We have his party next weekend, so by a miracle I am ahead of the game! I think he looks just like this boy. (Sorry for the photos-I took them this morning with little lighting, due to sheer laziness)


Birthday Boy

This is miniwagonfella. Yes, another uninked for too long. I think he is just the cutest though, and really fit my layout! I was inspired by my pack of paper by Making Memories. Its great boy themed party paper!! I used my cuttlebug baby face alphabet to create the #2. The sentiment is from Its a celebration set.

I wanted to do what I call a faux layer-so I pierced the “faux” layer for some more detail. I have done this on many of my creations over the years when I am “stumped” for a “little” something, but don’t want to over do it. This is usually a great solution. Plus I felt in this case, it brings your eye to the #2.

I think his mom will like the card. Let’s be realistic, 2 year olds don’t care. I make cards more for self satisfaction thatn anything 😀

SO, there you have it!

I hope you like the sketch today, and get some time to give it a go! Send us a link here so we can all view your take on it.

Also be sure to check out the Sketch Team girls for more amazing ideas 😀

  • Alicia Weimen
  • Dawn Easton
  • Kim Gasper
  • Kirsten Dubosque
  • Kristy Vernon
  • MacKenzie Bruckler
  • Maria Levine
  • Tamara
  • As always, thanks for reading!

    Tomorrow I will share Alexa’s birthday invitations. I am so excited since she hasn’t seen them yet! They came out cool considering our “theme” for this year.

    Stay tuned! 


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