Newbery Medal Committee 2015 Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday! It’s my day to design the sketch on MDS Monday, and I have a lot of squares for you today. The clean lines really let you focus on the three pictures you are featuring.


I used this sketch for some pictures from my recent time serving on the Newbery Award Committee. It was an amazing group of people and I am honored to have served with them! Have you read this year’s Newbery Medal winner, The Crossover, yet? I recommend it to 4th – 8th graders and the grown-ups in their lives. It is a powerful book.

Newbery 2015 by Yapha

I hope that you will join us at MDS Monday this week. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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Stamp Review Crew: Sheltering Tree Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Sheltering Tree stamp set. You may have just arrived from the amazing Heidi Bak’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Lisa Young’s Blog. No worries, even if you are starting here. All of the blogs link in a circle, so you won’t miss a single amazing project. If you get stuck, you can always click the link to the Stamp Review Crew to take you to the master list.

Sheltering Tree was just introduced a few months ago in the Occasions catalog and it is already wildly popular. One of the things I wanted to try with it was a card representing the four seasons. I was inspired by the latest My Paper Pumpkin to make an accordion fold card. The finished card folds up to 4″ x 5 1/2″. Spring is on the front:

Sheltering Tree by Yapha

You don’t have to adjust your monitor — I stamped the tree on Soft Sky cardstock instead of white. When you open up the card, you can see all four seasons:

Sheltering Tree (open) by Yapha

Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Project Life Corner Rounder

Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is over at  Lisa Young’s Blog. I can’t wait to see what she made!

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Paper Succulent Garden Gift Set for Craft Project Central

Create the ultimate no-maintenance garden with these faux succulent plants! You’ll learn how to make five different succulents in a variety of colors and textures that will make the everlasting garden. The coordinating ‘succulent’ card makes for the perfect presentation to give this as a gift to someone special. The Gift Box is a quick, but cute way to add a little special wrapped treat or small gift to include for your recipient. Plus, you’ll get a great tip on how to wrap this Takeout Box without a lot of fuss using your Designer Papers!

Paper Succulent Garden Gift Set SP

This fun project comes to you designed by Julie Beltramo. To get the instructions for Julie’s project, just subscribe to March over at Craft Project Central.  And if you have a minute, please leave Julie a comment on her project.

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Antique Phone Card

There is a fun combo challenge over at the Friday Mashup this week: to use an Antique Style, element or theme and the Embossed Embossing technique. I combined this with the sketch over at Pals Paper Arts.


One of the only antique style sets I have is Timeless Talk, so I used the old-fashioned phone from there. I used the Spring Flowers embossing folder with Gold embossing powder for the Embossed Embossing technique.

Antique Phone card by Yapha

Stamps: Timeless Talk
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, VersaMark, Encore Gold, Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other: Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Deco Labels Framelits

We’ve got another Stampin Review Crew blog hop coming up late tomorrow night and Monday. It’s featuring Sheltering Tree, so you know you don’t want to miss it! You can start right here.

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Floral Bouquet Explosion Box & Card – February Bonus Project for Craft Project Central

Brighten up your home or someone’s day with this beautiful bouquet gift box. This lovely bright box topped with fun spring flowers opens up to reveal a stunning bouquet of flowers on the inside. The box also features fold out panels perfect for adding a picture and pockets where you can place a special note, gift card, or more. Give this as a gift to someone special with the coordinating greeting card and gift bag. This would be a wonderful class project too!

Floral Bouquet Explosion Box & Card SP

This fabulous project comes to you designed by Amanda Corbet. This is a bonus project!  Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting the Craft Project Central badge on your blog, or by referring a friend and when they subscribe, letting us know. And if you have a minute, please leave Amanda a comment on her project over there.

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Lotus Blossom Thank You

There’s a really nice clean sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week. I paired it with the gorgeous colors from this week’s Color Throwdown.

FMS Final 175-001  swatch+331

I used the Lotus Blossom stamp again, this time in the more traditional pinks. These colors were just perfect for it.

Lotus Blossom Thank You by Yapha

Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Other: Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Melon Mambo 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

Did you see the new additions to Sale-a-Bration for March? I’m super excited for the buttons and twine!

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Bright Lotus Blossom Card

There is a great sketch challenge over at Fab Friday this week. I really like the big circle in the middle.


I finally used my Lotus Blossom stamp set, even though I used very non-lotusy colors. This is one of the free Sale-a-Bration options and it is so easy to use! The three layers couldn’t be easier to put together since it is a photopoymer stamp set.

Lotus Blossom by Yapha

Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper
Other: 2″ Circle Punch, Circle Framelits, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding

Stampin’ Up has a video on how to use this stamp set. You can see it here.

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Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals, Monthly Specials, & new Sale-a-Bration Items!

Weekly Deals

Prices good February 24- March 2, 2015. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!



New Sale-a-Bration Items Added!


Starting March 1st, Stampin’ Up! will add four new choices to the list of FREE gifts from which to choose during Sale-A-Bration (an exclusive free gift for every $50 you spend, before shipping and tax).  Take a peek at what’s new!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.

 My Paper Pumpkin Special

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For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has lowered the price of the 3 month prepaid subscription. During Sale-A-Bration (January 6-March 31) you  can save money and instantly qualify for a FREE product!
Why did they choose to discount the 3 month subscription? Because all good things come in threes! Here are three things we know you’ll love.
  1. Save $5.00 on your subscription.
  2. The price point instantly qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
  3. Skip to the fun for three months with all the stamps, ink, and paper ready to go for amazing papercrafting projects.


  • Shop: Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) between January 6 and March 31.
  • Host: Host/Hostess Benefits are great during Sale-A-Bration.  If you place an order or host a workshop during Sale-a-bration where the total reaches $250, you will get an additional $25 in Host Dollars/Hostess Cash to spend!
  • Join: It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator!  New demonstrators can choose one of the following limited-time Sale-A-Bration offers when joining between January 6 and March 31:
    • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit
    • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.

Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration or joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator.


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Birthday in a Box for Craft Project Central

Need to throw a birthday party in a pinch?  This bright and fun Birthday Box has everything you need…just add cake! From invitations to décor, this project has you covered.  And, when you’re box is empty, you can use it for the present!

Birthday in a Box SP

This lovely project comes to you designed by Lisa Althouse. To get the instructions for Lisa’s project, just subscribe to February over at Craft Project Central.  And if you have a minute, please leave Boni a comment on her project.

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You Brighten My Life Tag Card

It’s Tuesday again and that means it is time for another a great challenge over at Nacho Average Challenges. This week Tammy has a super bright color challenge for us.


With colors like these the first thing that I thought of was that cute little light bulb in the Sale-a-Bration set, You Brighten My Life. I got even more excited when I realized that I had Crushed Curry Embossing Powder!

You Brighten My Life by Yapha

Stamps: You Brighten My Life
Ink: VersaMark, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray
Paper: Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Basic Gray, Flowerpot Designer Series Paper, Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper
Other: Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Crushed Curry 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

I loved Brian King’s idea of creating multiple colors of stripes on this great resist paper. I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stripes. You’ve got a little over a month left to pick up your free Sale-a-Bration items. Don’t let it pass you by!

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