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A Sweet New Year!

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Some of my nieces and nephews are Jewish and so they celebrate the Jewish New Year in early fall each year. One of the traditions of this holiday is the use of apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. And so I like to feature them in the cards that I send to the kids.

Jewish New Year Card

The apple was created using the Create a Critter cartridge from Cricut. And the honey comb was made using hexagon die cuts. I filled the honeycomb with Glossy Accents and a little bit of gold glitter. The be is the last one I had from an embellishment sheet that I bought a few years ago.

Apple Teacher card

This apple was made with the Cricut too but, I used a scalloped punch to make it look like he had a bite taken out of his delicious self. The honeycomb on this card is a stamped image from Paper Smooches Geo Graphic stamp set and it is filled with Glossy Accents and glitter too.

Create a Critter Apples

Nearly this entire card is made using the Create A Critter cartridge. I heat embossed clear powder on the apples to give them a shiny skin. And I snuck a tree branch in from the Lawn Fawn: Critters Down Under stamp set too.

I used an Action Wobble spring under each of these apples to give the cards an element of fun! It is oddly pleasing to give these apples a little pluck and watch them wobble back and forth. 🙂

Happy Stamping,


Rosh Hashana Cards and Spoiler Alert

If your name is Dave and you are my brother-in-law you may want to look away now. Or you may ruin the surprise that is due to arrive at your house in a few days. Or you can do like I used to do at Christmas when I was a kid and peek anyway!

My niece and nephews on my husband’s side are Jewish.  This means I get to be creative for certain holidays during the year. I use my winter stamps to create Hanukkah cards instead of Christmas cards and I send Spring themed cards in place of the Easter cards that my other  nieces and nephews get.  But I recently made cards for one holiday that belongs to Eli, Addie and Sam alone; Rosh Hashana!

This first card is for Addie and it was made possible by the generosity of an artist named DragonCid who posts on I asked permission to use this cute apple and honey image and DragonCid said yes!

I read that it is part of the Jewish tradition to eat apples and honey on the New Year in hopes of a sweet year. So I took that theme and I ran with it. I just love the cute little face on this apple. That is sweet enough for me.

Next up is Eli who loves all kinds of vehicles. Remember these cute characters from  Richard Scarry’s, Busytown?

Don’t ask my why the worm, who has no arms, is the driver in this image. Maybe the cat has a suspended license or something.

 Here is a view from the top. You can see that I used larger dimensional stickers in the middle and thinner ones on the sides to create a rounded look for the apple. I also used Glossy Effects to create the windshield.

Sam was a bit trickier to create a card for, since he is a 5th grader. I wanted to create something youthful but, not babyish.  Sweet but not sickeningly so because, let’s face it, according to the Jewish tradition he will be a man in 3 short years! I think it would be awesome if Sam could grow a cool handlebar mustache 3 years from now but, I think the man thing is more metaphorical or something.

 Hopefully I found that balance for Sam.

And last but, not least, I made a card for Jill and Dave. The card is a flip card and they are fun and easy to make if you have the die cut like I do. However, they are kind of tricky to photograph so I hope you get the idea.

 the front   inside

L’shanah Tovah! Which from what I can gather on the internet, means Happy New Year At least I hope it does or I will look like a schmuck! (I know what that word means)

Happy Stamping,





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