Congratulations Timed Card

I really like this week’s sketch over at clean&simple stamping. It is exactly my style, and super easy to create with the Star Framelits. To spice things up a little, I combined it with this week’s challenge from As You See It — speed stamping & shades of yellow.

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I had to do shades of yellow since it is my mom’s favorite color, and speed stamping was very interesting. Basically, you figure out what you want to make, gather your supplies, and start your timer. The idea is to create a card in 10 minutes or less. Here’s what I came up with.

Congratulations Star Card by Yapha

Stamps: Sassy Salutations
Ink: VersaMark, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Brushed Silver, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Star Framelits, Silver Embossing Powder, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

I didn’t have a problem with under 10 minutes — coming up with the idea takes the longest for me. I probably would have done it faster, except that I switched from Basic Gray to Brushed Silver part way through and had to re-cut parts. My finally time was 9 minutes, 7 seconds.

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What I didn’t like, though, was leaving my mess as I created. I prefer to put things away as I use them, and I knew that I would go over time if I did that, so I just let things lay. It wasn’t a big deal, it was just interesting to me how speed stamping changed my usual rhythm. I’m glad that I tried it.

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Rustic Wedding Table Décor – August Bonus Project for Craft Project Central

Rustic wedding themes are all the rage right now, and these three projects would make wonderful rustic decorations for it.  Learn how to make a mason jar rustic-looking, to tint a mason jar, and make two different types of roses with punches.

Rustic Wedding Table Decor

This beautiful project comes to you designed by Christy Fulk. 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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Making Spirits Brights for Stampin’ Addicts Fall Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop! We are excited to be featuring Fall themed items from Stampin’ Up’s Holiday catalog. You may have arrived here from Mary Trautner’s Blog where she featured the fun Tee Hee Hee Halloween stamp set  or perhaps Mary Rindal’s Blog (if you are going backwards), or you may be starting here. In any case, all of the blogs link together in a circle so you won’t miss a stop!

I am excited to be featuring the super cute holiday drink set, Making Spirits Bright. It covers most of the fall and winter holidays, as well as a cute birthday drink. My first project for you is a super cute Halloween card. Clearly meant for a grown-up, I’m not exactly certain who you would send it to — but it sure is fun!

Bring on the Boos by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White, Motley Monsters DSP
Other: White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder

My next project is a Thanksgiving place card. This drink is a pleasant change from pilgrims and turkeys. The base of my place card is 3″ x 5-1/4″, folded in half the long way. You may need to make it longer if you have people with very long names at your dinner. Or just give them nicknames. Your choice.

Thanksgiving Place Card by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright
Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper
Other: Little Letters Thinlets, Deco Labels Thinlets

My third project is a New Year’s Eve card. The words are not attached to the image of the two glasses, so you can use it for any other toast-worthy occasion as well. The stamp set also includes a sentiment that says, “Time to Get Toasty!”

New Year's Toast by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright
Ink: VersaMark, Lost Lagoon, So Saffron
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Other: Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, All is Calm Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder

My final project for you today is a fun birthday card. I love the slightly snarky sentiment that goes with it!

Birthday Drinks by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Making Spirits Bright
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Paper: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Flowerpot Designer Series Paper
Other: Square Thinlets, Circle Thinlets, 2″ Circle Punch, Crushed Curry 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for joining us on our Fall Holiday catalog blog hop. We will be having another blog hop featuring the winter holiday sets starting on Friday, October 10th. Your next stop is over at Mary Rindal’s blog, where she will be showing us the Halloween Bites template for My Digital Studio. She also made our hop header and buttons. Aren’t they fun?

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The Bluebird of Happiness

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve played along with a ColourQ Challenge, and this week’s colors really spoke to me.

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At first I was thinking of a fall card, but then I realized that Cajun Craze made an awesome tree trunk color! With Old Olive leaves, a Pacific Point bird, and Pumpkin Pie legs and beak, I was all set! It came together really easily.

Blue Bird of Happiness by Yapha

Stamps: Nuts About You, Sketched Birthday, Hardwood
Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Other: Bitty Banner Framelits

The interesting texture on the tree trunk happened when I reapplied a coat of marker over some that had started to dry. I think it makes for an interesting bark effect, don’t you?

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Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals and Monthly 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 August 26 - September 1, 2014. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!

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Sign Up Special!

For one week only–August 21-28–new demonstrators will receive $150 worth of products in their Starter Kit for just $99! Contact me for more details, or visit the sign up page.

Big Shot & Bundles

Buy a Big Shot and get a free bundle below OR  Buy a discounted bundle below at a 15% discount.

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Bundle

Item Number

Stamp Set

Framelits

Discounted Price

Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle WM

138923

Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles

$33.75

Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle CM

138920

Sumthin’ Sumthin’

Word Bubbles

$31.25

Decorative Goodies Bundle WM

138924

Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection

$42.25

Decorative Goodies Bundle CM

138921

Oh My Goodies

Deco Labels Collection

$35.95

Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM

138925

Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk

$43.25

Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM

138922

Day of Celebration

Chalk Talk

$37.25

Flowery Daydream Bundle WM

138911

Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection

$54.25

Flowery Daydream Bundle CM

138910

Daydream Medallions

Floral Collection

$45.75

Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle WM

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Bright & Beautiful

Star

$50.75

Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle CM

138200

Bright & Beautiful

Star

$43.95

Paper Pumpkin

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

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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! That’s only $9.97 + tax!  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!

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Rich Razzleberry Octopus

Tammy has some fun and bright colors for us over at Nacho Average Challenges today!

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I wanted to use something other than flowers with these colors. The Bermuda Bay reminded me of the ocean, and Rich Razzleberry was just perfect for a cute octopus!

Rich Razzleberry Octopus by Yapha

Stamps: Sea Street
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper
Other: Circle Framelits, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Brights Candy Dots

I hope that you will come play along with us! I can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!

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Sea Street Summer Fun Ensemble for Craft Project Central

This fun summer time ensemble is just what you need to celebrate the last few weeks of summer vacation! The darling bucket filled with beachy friends is a perfect centerpiece for an end of summer party! And if it’s a birthday you are celebrating, the port hole birthday card is just what you need! The Summer Memories Journal/Album will help you document all of the fun you have had over the summer months.

Sea Street Summer Fun Ensemble

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

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Digital Scrapbook Page and Some Exciting News

I have some super exciting news today! As you know, I love digital scrapbooking and playing along with the MDS Monday challenges. I have not only used their great sketches, but also learned many new  tricks and techniques. I am excited to announce that I will be joining their design team, starting with today’s sketch! Whoo-hoo!! I am honored and excited! This week, we have a fun sketch from Holly, as well as the challenge to use an overlay on the page.

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My husband’s sister and her family live in Pittsburgh, so Eve doesn’t get to see her cousins that often. When they came into town this summer, I made a point to get pictures of my in-laws with all three of their grandchildren.

MDS page by Yapha

That fun font is called Lobster. I found it on Pinterest, of course. I hope that you will come play along with this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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Apples & Honey for Rosh Hashanah

School starts this week and that means that Rosh Hashanah can’t be that far behind! I used Jaydee’s fun sketch at The Paper Players to make a Rosh Hashanah card. That circle in the middle was perfect for my punch art apple.

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I love these sheets of Hello Honey honeycomb paper in the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack. Could they be any more perfect for Rosh Hashanah cards? I don’t think so. I used the third smallest Heart Framelit to make my apple.

Apple & Honey Rosh Hashanah card by Yapha

Stamps: Rotary Alphabet Stamp
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey
Paper: Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Other: Hearts Framelits, Flower Fair Framelits, Bird Punch, Banner Framelits, Curly Label Punch, Regals Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

I hope that you will come play along with us at The Paper Players! I can’t wait to see what you make.

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Elegant Greeting Card Set & Box for Craft Project Central

Nothing makes a better present than a set of hand-made greeting cards. Make this elegant set with a matching carrying ‘case’ and your present will be a hit!   Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.

Elegant Greeting Card Set & Box

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

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