Gloria Steinem Scrapbook Page

Hooray! It’s my turn to have a sketch for the MDS Monday challenge today. It will work nicely for some of the group photos that you most likely have been taking this holiday season.


I used a very special picture that we took in November when my parents were in town. Gloria Steinem came to speak as part of a lecture series at my school, and both my parents and my in-laws wanted to go hear her speak. I was able to get a picture of my daughter, my mother, my mother-in-law, and myself all together to hear her. (If you are wondering why there are so many empty seats, it was because we got there ridiculously early, as usual.)

Gloria Stein Scrapbook Page by Yapha Mason

I hope that you will come play along with us this week. This sketch will last for two weeks, so hopefully you can find some time in between your celebrations. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

Photo of Gloria Steinem by Danny Moloshok.

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Golden Hanukkah Card

Tonight is the sixth night of Hanukkah, so you still have time to get those Hanukkah cards out! This card was a quick and easy stunner I designed for the fourth graders to make with the senior citizens at the Jewish Home this past fall. It uses the Gold Encore ink instead of heat embossing (which I do not recommend for large groups of children).

Golden Hanukkah Card by Yapha

Stamps: Happy Hanukkah
Ink: Gold Encore Ink
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil, Gold Vellum

Happy Winter Solstice! The days get longer from here on out.

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Ornament Tree for Craft Project Central

What if you had a tree base that you could decorate all year round?  This project features a unique and beautiful handmade sculpted tree.  In this tutorial you will learn how to create an armature using upcycled cardboard.  You will also learn how to color your Simply Pressed Clay to create realistic color for your tree. The set also includes instructions for four different types of mini ornaments you can decorate your tree with.  You might even choose to make customized ornaments for holidays throughout the year and change the look of your tree with the changing seasons.  Of course there are also instructions for a coordinating gift card so that you can gift these trees to friends and family for the holiday season.   You might even choose to spend an afternoon or evening making ornaments with them!

Ornament Tree SP

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

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“Tote”ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set for Craft Project Central

Who doesn’t love a fashionable tote?  Just in time for the new year, this project features an elegant tote and three sophisticated cards, all featuring gold accents & embellishments.  Think Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Foil sheets, Gold Glimmer papers, Gold Brushed cardstock, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, gold heat embossing, Gold Glitter, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad for a faux gold look.  This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to coordinate all these wonderful products together for an amazing, perfectly finished look.  This project is easy to assemble but looks like you spent hours on it.  It’s a perfect New Year’s gift for that stylish and chic friend on your list!

Tote ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set SP

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

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My Paper Pumpkin Shaker Cards

I am so excited about this month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit! It is 9 shaker cards, three each  that say hello, happy birthday, and thank you. When I saw the title of the kit, All Shook Up, I thought it would be Shaker Cards, but it could have been Elvis. Which would have been fun too. I need a lot of thank you notes right now, so these came at a perfect time. I didn’t make up the others yet, but I wanted to show you how cute these cards are.

December My Paper Pumpkin by Yapha

If this doesn’t convince you to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin, I don’t know what will! You get a fun kit every month. You can even buy a couple months worth of prepaid subscriptions and gift it to someone else. The redemption code comes in an email, so there’s no waiting on shipping. Each kit is pre-cut and comes with instructions, so it’s great for all levels of crafters. Plus, once you are a subscriber, you can buy some of the past kits and refills!

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New Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals

Prices good December 16-22, 2014. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!


Year End Closouts!

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Circle Framelit Menorah Card

Brenda Quintana has a great tutorial for making a Menorah card with your circle framelits. As soon as I saw this week’s colors from Nacho Average Challenges, I knew that it would be the perfect time to try it out.


I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for my candle flames so that I could stay with the colors in the challenge. They are really iridescent and change colors in the light like real flames to do!

Circle Framelit Menorah Card by Yapha

Stamps: None
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Other: Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

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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Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set for Craft Project Central (My Project!)

Yay!!  It’s my day to have my project up on Craft Project Central for this month! I am so excited to show it to you! This festive set of note cards makes a wonderful gift for teachers, college students, and anyone else who might enjoy sending a personalized note. The handsome display case holds six single-sided note cards plus six folded note cards, for a total of twelve cards in three different designs. Wrapped in cellophane and finished with a tag, the completed project is ready for gift giving. This monogrammed gift pack is great for a stamp camp, a class, or making a gift for a friend. I made this set for Eve’s sixth grade teacher.

Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set SP

Here’s a peek at the cards on the inside — we’re only supposed to be giving teasers.


To get the instructions for this project, just subscribe to December over at Craft Project Central.  Or, you can win a free month’s subscription. Just leave me a comment on this project (not here, over at Craft Project Central) by the end of the day Sunday, December 21st and I will pick one lucky winner!

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Another Debate Scrapbook Page

Heidi has another great scrapbook layout for us over at MDS Monday this week. I love how it has room for one big picture and three smaller ones.


Eve had a debate scrimmage earlier this month. The two 6th grade teams from Brentwood debated students from another local elementary school. The kids all did great. (I blurred out some of the kids faces for their privacy. I know it looks a little strange.)

Debate Scrimmage scrapbook page by Yapha

I used the Sunshine & Sprinkles digital kit from a couple Sale-a-Brations ago. I hope that you will come play with us this week over at MDS Monday. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Endless Wishes stamp set, which is available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount, and Digital. I will be using the Clear Mount stamp set.  You may have just arrived from Mike Funke’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Holly Krautkremer’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.

In addition to showing you this fun set, I have a special sneak peek for you today! I used the Designer Series Paper, Ribbon, and Buttons that will be available  during Sale-a-Bration! These are items that you can earn with your purchase. To counter balance something this new, I pulled out an oldie but a goodie, the Petite Purse Die. This is still available!

Mixed Bunch Purses

I glued the ribbon on top of the straps that are cut out with the die to give them more support. You can see them better here.

Mixed Bunch Purses by Yapha

Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
Paper: Whisper White, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper
Other: Blossom Punch, Petite Purse Bigz Die, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

It’s a little spring-y for December, but aren’t these colors great together? Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is over at  Holly Krautkremer’s Blog.



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