I finally had time for a little stamping this evening. With all the Passover baking going on, I’ve spent way more time in the kitchen than the stamp room! I used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and put together a quick card.

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I haven’t used the Crazy, Mixed Up Love set much since Valentine’s Day, which is a shame since it is super cute. I pulled it out for this card, and used my Stampin’ Write Markers to stamp the light bulb and saying separately.

Crazy Mixed Up Love Light Bulb by Yapha

Stamps: Crazy, Mixed Up Love
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate,Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper
Other: 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Circle Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits

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These little cuties are a fun addition to any party.  With a Big Shot, Fringe scissors, card stock, and a few other tools, you can easily create your own army of Minion party-goers!

Minion Birthday Party

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

Happy Passover to those of you who are celebrating! I hope that you had fun and meaningful seders. Tammy has another great sketch for us today over at Nacho Average Challenges.

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When I saw those three stripes across the top, I immediately thought of ribbon. I was really happy when I realized that I had ribbon that matched the gorgeous Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. I love this paper for many reasons, but one is because the Daffodil Delight/Tangerine Tango pages are perfect for my mom, while the Gumball Green/Island Indigo pafes are just right for my mother-in-law. This card today would be perfect for her.

Green & Blue Mother's Day Card by Yapha

Stamps: Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Island Indigo, Gumball Green
Paper: Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Water Color Wonder Designer Series Paper
Other: Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon, Pansy Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits

To get that thin Island Indigo ribbon, I just folded the chevron ribbon in half. I didn’t want to risk it fraying if I cut it.

Coffee, coffee, it’s our drink!
If we don’t have it, we can’t think!

I saw that cheer on Pinterest the other day and loved it, probably because that’s the way I feel most days. When I saw this super cute sketch from Fab Friday, I thought the coffee cup from Perfect Blend would be fun for the shape on the front.

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I paired it with the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper. I haven’t used this paper in a while, and I’d forgotten how cute the patterns were, and with such great colors!

Perfect Blend Coffee Card by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Perfect Blend
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Paper: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Fresh Print Designer Series Stack
Other: Burlap Ribbon, 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

I found that scrap of retired 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, and it was just perfect. I almost hate when that happens, because it just encourages me to keep everything!

This Framed Shadow Box Gift Set would make a great gift for newlyweds, or how about an anniversary gift for that couple who needs this reminder?! The simple tea light holder and gift box will make a nice addition to include with the coordinating card.

Always Kiss Me Goodnight Gift Set

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

I can’t believe that Eve is 11 already. It’s kind of crazy, but I have the pictures to prove it. And I used a couple of them on this scrapbook page for the MDS Monday scrap sketch challenge.

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I pulled from the colors in Eve’s clothes & cake — Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Chocolate Chip. (And just in case you are wondering, that is a slice of Linda’s Fudge Cake from The Cheesecake Factory.)

Birthday Wishes Scrapbook Page by Yapha Mason

The Daffodil Delight sunburst is a stamp, one of the overlays from the Then & Now Kit. I placed it over a white punched square. I love that you can make these any colors!

I finally made a Passover card this year! It starts Monday night, so that is really cutting it close. I used the colors from this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge, which are perfect for any kind of Spring card, and the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch!

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When I first saw this sketch, I immediately thought of my Ten Plagues Card, which is my all-time favorite Passover card ever. But I don’t want to mess with perfection, so I needed to come with another idea. Luckily, Eve was around to bounce ideas off of. I thought of making the squares matzah, but she pointed out there should only be eight pieces of matzah, one for each day of Passover. So I put a Jewish Star in the middle square instead.

Passover Matzah Card by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Woodgrain, Jewish Celebrations
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Paper: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Other: Square Lattice Embossing Folder

To make the matzah, I stamped a piece of Very Vanilla with the Woodgrain stamp in Chocolate Chip ink. Then I ran the piece through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I cut it into eight 1″ squares, avoiding the knots in the design. Finally, I sponged So Saffron on top of the pieces, and Chocolate Chip around the edges. And we have Matzah! (Truthfully, it probably tastes about the same, too.) I would have preferred a Happy Passover stamp, but the one I have didn’t fit in the space. Shalom is always useful, though.

With Easter and Passover coming up soon, everyone is breaking out the Spring colors. For today’s card, I combined the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches with the colors from the Color Throwdown, except I substituted So Saffron since Barely Banana retired long, long ago.

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I used my Flower Shop stamp set and the matching Pansy Punch to make this quick and easy spring card.

Flower Shop Card by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Flower Shop
Ink: So Saffron, Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, I Am Me Designer Series Paper, Subtles Designer Series Paper, 2013-2015 In Colors Designer Series Paper
Other: Pansy Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The So Saffron is really much lighter than it appears in this picture. I had to use my phone for the picture, since I ran my camera battery down taking pictures of book spine poetry at school. Check out my twitter feed if you want to see all of the great poems the 4th and 6th graders made using book titles.

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