Three Generations Scrapbook Page

It’s my week to design the sketch for MDS Monday! Whenever I see elements of a card or scrapbook page on an angle, I love how they look. Invariably however, I tend to use all straight lines when left to my own devices. With this sketch, though, I am deliberately skewing the papers for a fun and whimsical look. The ribbon helps to tie everything in place, almost holding down the stack of papers.


The last time that my parents were in town I made sure that we took some pictures of them with my brother and his son as well as Eve. I feel like it is important to make sure to take these inter-generational photos when you can.

Three Generations Scrapbook Page by Yapha

Come and play with us at MDS Monday! I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!

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Stamp Review Crew: Zoo Babies Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Zoo Babies stamp set, which is available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount, and Digital. I will be using the rubber version.  You may have just arrived from Bronwyn Eastley’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.

Last week I posted the thank you cards that I am making as a baby shower gift for a friend at work. Today I have the card that I will be giving her with them. It is inspired by these cards by Paula Sievers.

Baby Block Card by Yapha

Stamps: Zoo Babies
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Colors Designer Series Paper
Other: 1″ Square Punch, Little Letters Thinlets

Because the finished card is 3 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ I needed to make a custom envelope for it. I used my Envelope Punch Board to make a matching one out of the same polka dot paper.

Baby Block Card by Yapha

Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is over at Dawn Tidd’s Blog.



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Bat Mitzvah Card in Purple and Blue

Eve is going to a Bat Mitzvah today — it’s the first one of the kids in her class! I needed a card, so I turned to this week’s challenge from Pals Paper Arts.


I really like blues and purples for a Bat Mitzvah card. Something about that color combination really works for the occasion. I changed the rectangle in the middle into a circle to suit the stamps I was using.

Bat Mitzvah Card by Yapha

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations, Jewish Greetings
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist, Vellum 
Other: Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits

The Jewish Celebrations stamp set is still available, in the Closeout section and at a reduced price. Jewish Greetings has long since retired, however, there is a digital version available until the end of May.


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Baby Boy Thank You Notes

I wanted to make a pack of thank you notes for pregnant colleague who we are throwing a shower for at work next week. Luckily, this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches was perfect!

FMS Final 182-001

Instead of a rectangle for the sentiment, I decided to use a baby onesie. It came out super cute!!

Baby Boy Onesie Thank You Card by Yapha

Stamps: Lots of Thanks
Ink: Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso, 2013-2015 In Colors Designer Series Paper
Other: Baby’s First Framelits

I decided to make some with both the chevrons and the polka dot paper.

Baby Boy Thank You Cards by Yapha

Come back for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop on Sunday Night to see the card that I am making to go with the gift!

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Painted Blooms Handy Dandy Purse Pack 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! Featuring the gorgeous Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, this set includes four useful items that we all need in our purses – a hand sanitizer, post-it note holder, notebook, and a mini photo album. The saying on the fronts can be customized for a variety of occasions and recipients, or use it as shown for Mother’s Day. This project is great for a club, a class, or a girls’ night out, as well as making a lovely gift.

Purse Pack SP

To get the instructions for this project, just subscribe to April 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, April 26th and I will pick one lucky winner!

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Stampin’ Up’s Weekly Deals & My Digital Studio Updated Info

Weekly Deals

Prices good  April 14-20, 2015. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!


MDS Update from Stampin’ Up!

While Stampin’ Up! previously announced that the MDS product line would be unavailable after Sunday, May 31, 2015, they are excited to let you know that all of the MDS items will be included in the upcoming Retired List promotion from April 21-June 2, 2015.  Digital downloads, software, and print products will all be discounted by 30 percent and are guaranteed to be available through the end of the promotion (MDS software discs are available while supplies last). Click here to see a list of products, including promotional prices for each item.
New Dates
Stampin’ Up! has extended the availability date for, the digital download manager, and its MDS YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest pages through midnight, June 9, 2015. Demonstrators and customers may call Demonstrator Support for assistance with MDS until Demonstrator Support closes at 7:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, June 9.
Project Life
The Let’s Get Away Digital Project Life Card Collection by Stampin’ Up! from the occasions catalog was posted on the website yesterday and is currently available for 20 percent off.  For the foreseeable future, all Digital Project Life card collections will be made available through the store.  (There are both Project Life by Stampin’ Up! and Project Life digital downloads at that site.)
Future Updates
While Stampin’ Up! will not sell MDS after June 2, 2015 or offer support for MDS after June 9, 2015, it is working on a solution for you to continue to be able to use your digital downloads and order print products. Stay tuned for updates.
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Birthday Balloons for Nacho Average Challenges

Tammy has a fun sketch for us over at Nacho Average Challenges this week. I hope that you will come and play along with us!


As soon as I saw those circles, I immediately thought of balloons.

Birthday Balloon Card by Yapha

Stamps: Celebrate Today
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper
Other: Balloon Framelits, Painted Blooms Cotton Twine

I hope that you will come and join us over at Nacho Average Challenges this week! I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch.

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Maple Sugar Boil for MDS Monday

Heidi has a super fun sketch for us over at MDS Monday! Lots of little boxes on an angle!


I decided to use some more pictures from our spring break trip. We went to a nearby farm and saw maple sap being boiled down into maple syrup. It smelled great! We also got to try a few different maple products, all delicious. They even had alpacas. I used the Autumn Traditions digital kit because it has maple leaves on it, even though this was spring and not fall.

Maple Syrup Boil by Yyapha

We brought a half gallon of maple syrup back to California with us. (And yes I did get one of those notes from the TSA, “We looked in your luggage.” I’m sure they were wondering what THAT was!) I used some of it last night to make this amazing maple glazed salmon. I found the recipe on Pinterest, of course! I hope that you will come play with us at MDS Monday this week. I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch.

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“Lovely Amazing You” 3” x 6” Cards & Holder for Craft Project Central

Greeting cards that stand out usually have a unique design, but another characteristic that gets attention is when the card is a unique size or shape.  With this tutorial, create a lovely and useful set of 3” x 6” greeting cards that will stand tall for attention, and then make coordinating envelopes for them using Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Complete the ensemble and make a perfect gift by creating a coordinating mini magazine holder that is the perfect size for holding this set of tall cards.  You’ll love this project so much that you’ll want to make an extra to keep for yourself!

Lovely Amazing You Cards & Holder

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

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Worm Wishes for the Paper Players

It’s sad but true — in just a month and a half the fabulous 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring. (Stock up now, they sell out fast.) Luckily, there is a great color challenge over at The Paper Players today featuring 3 of the 5.


I pulled out Time to Celebrate, one of the hostess sets from the Ocassions Catalog. I’m a sucker for a good pun, and this one is the whole reason that I got this set!

Worm Wishes by Yapha

Stamps: Time to Celebrate
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper
Other: Square Framelits

I used my Square Framelits to cut out the diamond shaped piece after I stamped my worm. It was easier to get it positioned exactly where I wanted it that way.

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