Menorah in the Window

I was supposed to be in a Hanukkah blog hop today, with a bunch of other Jewish Stampin’ Up demonstrators, but my blog decided to take a vacation for a few days. As you can see, it is back up. (Yay!!!) This is the card I had prepared.

Hanukkah Window Card by Yapha

Stamps: Seasonal Lantern
Ink: Versamark, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry
Paper: Thick Whisper White, Marina Mist, So Saffron
Other: Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Copper Embossing Powder

This is also perfect for The Paper Players Warm and Cozy challenge. The So Saffron piece behind the window definitely makes it look cozy. Although I am not part of the hop right now, you can still hop along!

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You are Priceless for the Inky Friends

Welcome to the Inky Friends Presenting the Gifts Blog Hop! You may have just arrived from Sharleen’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Sarah’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 this link to take you to the master list.

I used the You are Priceless stamp set to make a couple of gift card holders. This set is perfect for gifting to my Plexus team, since the top ranks in the company are all named after jewels. Diamond is the highest, with Sapphire, Emerald, and Ruby just below. I used these jewels all in my first gift card holder, the always fun Twisted Gift Card Holder. I stamped the DSP myself to reflect the correct jewels. I used Wink of Stella on the diamonds, though you can’t really see it in the pictures.

Priceless gift card holder by Yapha

And this is the inside

Priceless gift card holder (inside) by Yapha

Stamps: You are Priceless
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Real Red, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Wink of Stella

My second card focuses on the diamonds.

Diamond gift card holder by Yapha

And this is the inside

Diamond gift card holder (inside) by Yapha

Stamps: You are Priceless
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, 1″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch

Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is Sarah’s Blogwhere she will be showing us the adorable Santa’s Suit.

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Mazel Tov to Evan!

It is my nephew’s bar mitzvah next weekend, so of course I made him a card! The words are from the long retired Mazel Tov set by STampin’ Up and the images are from Papertrey Ink’s Mazel Tov and Mazel Tov Additions.

Mazel Tov on Your Bar Mitzvah by Yapha

Stamps: Mazel Tov (ret. Stampin’ Up), Mazel Tov (PaperTrey), Mazel Tov Additions
Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, VersaMark
Paper: Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Copper Foil
Other: Copper Embossing Powder, 2″ Circle Punch, Layering Circles Framelits

I used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

In other news, Plexus has announced a new children’s vitamin! It is a actually a 2-in-1, containing probiotics as well. It is chewable, no sugar, non-GMO, no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. And I tried it myself — it tastes pretty good! Let me know if you would like more information about it.

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Seasonal Lantern for the Inky Friends

Welcome to the Inky Friends Inking up the Season Blog Hop! You may have just arrived from Mickey’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Tanya’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 this link to take you to the master list.

I was pleased to see that Stampin’ Up included a Hanukkah sentiment and menorah stamp in the holiday catalog this year. It is part of a variety of elements in the Seasonal Lantern stamp set. Some of the elements are perfect for fall, so I usedthem to make a birthday card for my sister-in-law, whose birthday was yesterday.

Seasonal Lantern Happy Birthday by Yapha

Stamps: Seasonal Lantern
Ink: Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Very Vanila, Copper Foil
Other: Happy Birthday Thinlit

Since Hanukkah is eight days long, I thought it would be fun to create a set of eight cards, one for each night, with the menorah stamp. A corresponding number of candles is lit each night, and with a little masking I was able to make the cards match. Here is a look at all eight:

Seasonal Lantern Hanukkah cards by Yapha

And here is a close up of the first and last: (I realized that I put the first one on the right, like the candles are lit and how Hebrew is read, instead of on the left like one would expect in English)

Seasonal Lantern Hanukkah cards by Yapha

Stamps: Seasonal Lantern
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Foil Frenzy DSP
Other: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits

Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is Tanya’s Blogwhere she will be showing us the adorable Santa Paws.

Categories: Birthday, Cards, Hanukkah, Jewish | 10 Comments

Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You Edition

It’s time for another  Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Beautiful You Stamp Set. You may have just arrived from Martha Inchley’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Ann Shach’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.

While this isn’t a stamp set that I would usually use, I had a lot of fun playing with a friend’s.

Beautiful You card by Yapha

Stamps: Beautiful You, Marbled
Ink: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo
Paper: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Other: Layered Oval Framelits, Island Indigo 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (retired)

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

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Yay You Cup of Pink

I got the best message from one of Plexus downline today! I will post it below, but first I want to show you the card I made to celebrate her success.

Yay You Cup of Pink

Stamps: Merry Cafe, Marbled Background, Birthday Banners, Greatest Greetings (retired)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper
Other: Coffee Cup Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits

This is the message I received:

For the card I used the sketch from The Paper Players, the Merry Cafe Stamp Set from What Will You Stamp, and die cuts from CAS on Sunday. The coffee cup stamp in Merry Cafe is a little different than the one in Coffee Cafe, and I like it better. They both fit the same framelits.

Curious about Plexus? I’d love to tell you more! These healthy supplements have truly been life changing for me.

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Stamp Review Crew: Merry Cafe Edition

It’s time for another  Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. You may have just arrived from Mike Funke’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Dawn Tidd’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.

One of the reasons Tanya told me she chose this set was because it has an apple so that I could make a Rosh Hashanah card. Truthfully, that never even occurred to me. But once she said that, I started thinking of ways that I could use this tiny apple. I actually did a little stamp surgery and cut the words “Apple” and “Cider” away from the outline of the apple to make it easier to use. And the set even has a “Happy New Year” sentiment! (This one I didn’t cut, I just masked the “And” with Washi tape.) 5778 is the Hebrew year that it is turning on Wednesday night, so I thought this would be the perfect time to try out the eclipse technique.

Rosh Hashanah 5778 eclipse card by Yapha

Stamps: Merry Cafe
Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Hexagons Embossing Folder, Large Number Framelets

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

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Happy Birthday from the Dogs

It’s my husband’s birthday today, so of course the dogs had to make him a card. (I helped.)

Paw Print Birthday Card by Yapha

Stamps: Birthday Banners
Ink: Emerald Envy, Night of Navy
Paper: Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Party Animal DSP (retired)
Other: Bunch of Banners Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Small Oval Punch (retired)

I used the colors from the Color Throwdown and the sketch from Fab Friday.

If you are curious about this Plexus stuff I keep talking about, my team is running a 7 Day Trial Group. It’s a great way to dip your feet in the water. (And there are prizes!!) Let me know if you want more info.

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Fall Birthday Card

My husband’s birthday is coming up on Saturday, so of course I needed to make him a birthday card. I wanted something wood themed, since he is a woodworker, and something to celebrate Fall since we don’t get much of it here in Southern California. I used the new Pinewood Planks embossing folder and it is awesome!

Pinewood Birthday Card by Yapha

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Copper Foil
Other: Happy Birthday Thinlit, Leaflets Framelits

This angle is a little better for seeing the copper foil.

Fall Birthday Card by Yapha

I used Stamp Ink Paper challenge for a Clean & Simple Fall Card and the SUO Challenge of Autumn Colors.

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A Cup of Happy

I’ve got a triple challenge card to share with you today. I love having a stash of Plexus cards to send with samples, and these three challenges worked perfectly for it!

Happy Cup of Plexus by Yapha

Stamps: Merry Cafe, Stylized Birthday
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Other: Coffee Cup Framelits, Silver Embossing Powder

I used the colors from The Paper Players, the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and the glitter challenge from Crazy for Challenges.

Want to learn more about Plexus? I was live on Facebook earlier today about a great way to try it.

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