Be You (tiful)

They have another fun sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week. I have to be honest — I’m getting a little tired of banners. This looked like a good one for Washi Tape, though, so I decided to give it a try.

FMS Final 146-001

Even though the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper has retired, the matching Washi Tape and a few other items are still available. I used the Washi Tape with its fun and happy colors for this quick and easy card.

Be You (tiful) by Yapha

Stamps: Flower Patch
Ink: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Other: Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Flower Fair Framelets

I listed some of my retired stamps for sale over at Splitcoast Stampers. Let me know if you are interested in any of them.

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Secret Gift Box & Card for Craft Project Central

Make this gift box with secret boxes inside for anyone for any occasion, a birthday or a wedding. It can hold embellishments, jewelry, and/or candy. It also looks great on a desk holding office supplies. It is very easy to make and you don’t need a lot of craft supplies. You can leave it simple or add different embellishments to suit your style. Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.


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

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Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals & Other Exciting Specials

Here’s your round-up of all of the current Stampin’ Up specials! Let me know if you have any questions.

Weekly Deals

Prices good July 22-28, 2014. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!

Weekly Deals

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper

During the entire month of July, when you purchase three Designer Series Paper packs, you’ll get one free. That’s like getting $10.95 off your purchase!

Paper Pumpkin

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months. 


Offer Dates: July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).  (Offer not available on prepaid subscriptions.) Click here to subscribe today!

20% Off My Digital Studio Print Products

To show their appreciation for your patience through this difficult transition, Stampin’ Up will be offering a 20% discount on all of our print products through the end of the month. After you have updated your MDS software, you will be able to place orders for print products at the discounted price through the end of day on Thursday, July 31 at 11:50 PM (MT). You can see the discounted promotional pricing here. Don’t forget, you can always download a free 30-Day Trial of My Digital Studio!


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Truly Grateful for Hello Honey

Tammy has a very interesting sketch challenge for us over at Nacho Average Challenges today. That triangle was a little tricky for me!


I am really enjoying the new In Colors, especially Hello Honey. Once I decided that I wanted to stamp the wheat in Hello Honey, the rest of the card came together pretty quickly. (Other than cutting the triangle. That took several attempts.)

Truly Grateful for Hello Honey by Yapha

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Ink: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Other: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon

I hope that you will come and play along. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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Hideaway Cupcake Container & Card for Craft Project Central

This little ‘Hideaway’ Cupcake Container is a festive way to wrap a birthday gift for someone special. Or, how about just filling it with some yummy little treats? Whatever you choose to put inside, the recipient will surely be delighted with the container. The quick and clean card, with the coordinating envelope, will be sure to please as well!

Hideaway Cupcake Container & Card

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

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Building Block Birthday Card

A few months ago, I made a personalized cupcake shaped card for one of Eve’s friends. It was super cute, and I put it in a safe place because her birthday wasn’t for awhile. Unfortunately, the party is this weekend, and I have no idea where the card is! So I made her another one. I used the super cute colors from the Fab Friday Challenge  and this week’s challenge from The Technique Twist, which is to make a Building Block Card.

Fab Fri46

I had never made one of these cards before — they always looked super tricky. But I followed the tutorial, and it was much easier than I thought it would it be. I used the new Little Letters Thinlets for my words, plus the number 2 from the File Tab Thinlets. This is the front of the card.

Building Block Birthday Card by Yapha

You can see the “building blocks” when you partially open it.

Building Block Birthday Card by Yapha

And this is what it looks like when it is opened up all the way.

Building Block Birthday Card by Yapha

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper, Brights Designer Series Paper
Other: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Little Letter Thinlets, File Folder Thinlets, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Simply Scored

The white strips on the sides are for Eve to write her message. I was sure that I would find that cupcake card after making this one, but so far no luck. Maybe it will turn up after the party.

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Stamp Review Crew: Lovely as a Tree Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set, which is available in wood mount, clear mount, and digital. (I will be using the rubber version for my projects today.) You may have just arrived from Shana Gaff’s blog, or if you are going backwards from Nancy Smith’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.

Lovely as a Tree has been around for quite awhile, so coming up with a new idea for it is rather tricky. I am sure that you have already seen some amazing ideas in this hop! I choose to use the Circle Thinlets and make a swing card with it. I think that I will probably use this for my husband’s birthday card, so hopefully he’s not reading this!

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

I used Dawn Olechefske’s great idea for creating an extra flap so there is room to write inside the card. Here you can see the card partially open.

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

And here it is all the way open, with plenty of room to write.

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hardwood, Blue Ribbon
Ink: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Meadow
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Green, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Circle Thinlet Die, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine, Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is over at Nancy Smith’s Blog. I can’t wait to see what she has made!



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Clean, Simple, and Monochromatic for The Paper Players

Sandy has a Clean & Simple: Monochromatic challenge for us over at The Paper Players today. I combined it with this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.

PP205   FMS Final 145-001

I always have such a hard time deciding what color to be monochromatic with. Luckily, the Sweet Taffy Designer Series paper made this easier. It has several sheets that are beautifully monochromatic, and made a great starting point for my card.

Happy Birthday Octopus by  Yapha

Stamps: Sea Street, Memorable Moments
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Basic Black 
Paper: Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper
Other: Circle Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits

I hope that you will come play along with us over at The Paper Players. I can’t wait to see your monochromatic masterpieces!

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Great Outdoors Cards & Paper Weight for Craft Project Central

This outdoorsy card gift set is perfect for hunters and nature lovers alike. With its clean lines and bold colors, the animal motif shines through.  In addition, the project includes a matching paper weight!

Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight

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

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Thank You in Hardwood & Cherry Cobbler

Clean & Simple Stamping is having their 300th challenge today, so I had to play along! I combined it with part of The Friday Mashup, to use a background stamp.


Part of the instructions over at Clean & Simple stamping was to use a LARGE sentiment, so I pulled out the largest one I have, from the photopolymer set Another Thank You. It is large! I used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on top of the Hardwood background stamp.

Hardwood Thank You by Yapha

Stamps: Another Thank You
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine

I’m not sure why my Cherry Cobbler embossing powder looks lighter than usual. I don’t think I’ve ever embossed such a large image with it, so that might have something to do with it.

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