Totally Trees for the Stampin’ Addicts Fall Holiday Blog Hop


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 Tanya’s Blog where she featured the festive A Little Something stamp set  or perhaps Twila’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 Totally Trees stamp set. It’s a really fun and funky geometric set. There are no sentiments, though, so on my first two cards I didn’t use any. They both could be used for so many occasions.

My first card is a fall one, which is what I immediately thought of when I saw this set.


Stamps: Totally Trees
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Layering Ovals Framelits, Woodland Embossing Folder, 3/8″ Ribbon Silky Taffeta Combo Pack (Cherry Cobbler)

My second card is pretty summery. It’s still really hot here in Southern California!

Palm Tree by Yapha

Stamps: Totally Trees
Ink: Emerald Envy, Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist
Paper: Emerald Envy, Chocolate Chip, Marina Mist, Whisper White, 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Layering Squares Framelits, Seaside Embossing Folder

For my final card, I didn’t use any trees at all! I used just the geometric shapes. I think this would make a great first day of school or birthday card. It kind of looks like planets, too, doesn’t it? I used the great colors from The Color Throwdown for this card.

Big Day by Yapha

Stamps: Totally Trees, Birthday Banners
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Archival Basic Black
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Other: Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin 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 7th. Your next stop is over at Twila’s Blog, where she will be showing us the Spooky Fun stamp set. I can’t wait to see what she makes with it!

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Thoughtful Branches Bundle Still Available – Only While Supplies Last!

Stampin’ Up! just announced that the Thoughtful Branches Bundle will continue to be available after August 31, but it will only be available while supplies last so get yours ordered soon!

Thoughtful Branches

Click here to head over to my online store to see the bundle.  You can also purchase the Thoughtful Branches stamp set individually here and the Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies individually here.  But don’t delay, these items are only available while supplies last!

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Best Fishes for a Great School Year

I am mentoring one of the newer teachers at school this year, so I wanted to make something cute for the first day of school. She loves Swedish Fish, so I got her a box of them and gave it to her with this cute card.

Best Fishes by Yapha

Stamps: Jar of Love
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, By The Shore Designer Series Paper
Other: Layering Ovals Framelits, Seaside Embossing Folder

I used this week’s great colors from Nacho Average Challenges and the fun sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches.

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Toadally Awesome!

I have a quick and cute froggie card for you today.

Toadally Awesome by Yapha

Stamps: You’re Sublime
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Old Olive, So Saffron, Dapper Denim
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron,Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper
Other: Layering Ovals Framelits, Dapper Denim 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon

I used the colors from Pals Paper Arts and the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

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Apples & Honey for Rosh Hashanah

School starts up on Monday and with the start of a new school year my mind starts turning to another new year — Rosh Hashanah. It isn’t until the first weekend in October this year, but it never hurts to get started early. I used the super cute L’Shanah Tovah set from Papertrey Ink.

L'Shanah Tovah by Yapha

Stamps: L’Shanah Tovah (Papertrey)
Ink: Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper
Other: Layering Circles Framelits, L’Shanah Tovah dies (Papertrey)

I used the fun and versatile sketch from Stamp Ink Paper.


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Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper Leaf

There is Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Catalog. Let me say that again. There is PUMPKIN PIE GLIMMER PAPER in the Holiday Catalog!! It is gorgeous and perfect for fall leaves among other things. I used it for week two of the Nacho Average Challenges sketch challenge.

Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Leaf by Yapha

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper
Other: Leaflet Framelits, Delightful Dijon 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Seaside Embossing Folder

I hope that you’ll come play along with the Nacho Average Challenges sketch challenge if you haven’t had a chance to yet! I can’t wait to see what you make with this sketch!


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How Now, Brown Cow?

There are some great colors over at Stampin’ Royalty this week. I thought about making another tree with Thoughtful Branches, but instead I went with a brown cow.

Brown Cow by Yapha

Stamps: Barnyard Babies
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Neutrals Designer Series Paper
Other: Layering Squares Framelits

Since the cow is stamped in Very Vanilla, I didn’t want the flowers in the DSP to be white. So I brayed Pear Pizzaz ink on top of the Early Espresso sheet from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I love this trick!


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Fiesta with a Llama!

There was a running joke for a long time among Stampin’ Up demonstrators, about the desire for a stamp set with llamas. After eight or so years of wishing for llamas, we not only have a stamp set with a llama, but a matching framelit as well! (Spoiler alert: there’s another llama in the Holiday Catalog!)

Fiesta Llama by Yapha

Stamps: Birthday Fiesta
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
Other: Fiesta Time Framelits

I used the fun sketch from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches. The angle layer was a little tricky, ,but I just trusted my gut and cut! I also used the theme of “Cute and Cuddly” from SUO Challenges. Are llamas cute and cuddly? I certainly think so!

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Birthday Card with Thoughtful Branches

As soon as I saw the Thoughtful Branches bundle, I knew that I wanted to use it for my dad’s birthday card this year.  His birthday is next week, so I’d better get this card in the mail soon!

Thoughtful Branches Birthday Card by Yapha

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches, Birthday Fiesta
Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Garden Green, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Other: Beautiful Branches Thinlets, Clear Embossing Powder

I wanted my tree to have extra depth, so I started out by using the tree top thinlet to make a hole in the So Saffron layer so the Garden Green base would show through. I cut it from the back, though, so it would be the opposite image of the one I put on top.


My next layer was the bare branches, because I knew some of them would show through.


I really like the stamped tree trunk, so I added that next.


I used Clear Embossing Powder on both the trunk and the leaves to make the tree even more vibrant.

Thoughtful Branches Birthday by Yapha


I used the colors from Can You Case It  and the diagonal from the top left for the Stamp Ink Paper tic tac toe challenge.

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Plexus Pink Drink with Lemon or Lime?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me mention how much I enjoy Plexus. They have an amazing line of natural supplements that have me feeling better than ever! Their flagship product is Plexus Slim, a pink drink that helps balance blood sugar among other things. Some people find it a little too sweet. (I don’t it. I think it’s delish!) One recommended way to cut this sweetness is to add a little lemon or lime juice. So that’s what I pictured on my card today!

Plexus Pink Drink by Yapha

Stamps: Mixed Drinks
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper
Other: Layering Ovals Framelits, Flirty Flamingo 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon

I used the gorgeous colors from this week’s Global Design Project challenge. It was my first time using Flirty Flamingo since it debuted in June!

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By the way, if you have been thinking about trying Plexus, you can find more info on my Facebook Page, or message me privately.

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