Stamp Review Crew: Lovely as a Tree Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set, which is available in wood mount, clear mount, and digital. (I will be using the rubber version for my projects today.) You may have just arrived from Shana Gaff’s blog, or if you are going backwards from Nancy Smith’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.

Lovely as a Tree has been around for quite awhile, so coming up with a new idea for it is rather tricky. I am sure that you have already seen some amazing ideas in this hop! I choose to use the Circle Thinlets and make a swing card with it. I think that I will probably use this for my husband’s birthday card, so hopefully he’s not reading this!

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

I used Dawn Olechefske’s great idea for creating an extra flap so there is room to write inside the card. Here you can see the card partially open.

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

And here it is all the way open, with plenty of room to write.

Lovely as a Tree Card by Yapha

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Hardwood, Blue Ribbon
Ink: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Meadow
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Green, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Circle Thinlet Die, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine, Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. Your next stop is over at Nancy Smith’s Blog. I can’t wait to see what she has made!



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Clean, Simple, and Monochromatic for The Paper Players

Sandy has a Clean & Simple: Monochromatic challenge for us over at The Paper Players today. I combined it with this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.

PP205   FMS Final 145-001

I always have such a hard time deciding what color to be monochromatic with. Luckily, the Sweet Taffy Designer Series paper made this easier. It has several sheets that are beautifully monochromatic, and made a great starting point for my card.

Happy Birthday Octopus by  Yapha

Stamps: Sea Street, Memorable Moments
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Basic Black 
Paper: Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper
Other: Circle Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits

I hope that you will come play along with us over at The Paper Players. I can’t wait to see your monochromatic masterpieces!

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Great Outdoors Cards & Paper Weight for Craft Project Central

This outdoorsy card gift set is perfect for hunters and nature lovers alike. With its clean lines and bold colors, the animal motif shines through.  In addition, the project includes a matching paper weight!

Manly Man Cards & Paper Weight

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

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Thank You in Hardwood & Cherry Cobbler

Clean & Simple Stamping is having their 300th challenge today, so I had to play along! I combined it with part of The Friday Mashup, to use a background stamp.


Part of the instructions over at Clean & Simple stamping was to use a LARGE sentiment, so I pulled out the largest one I have, from the photopolymer set Another Thank You. It is large! I used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on top of the Hardwood background stamp.

Hardwood Thank You by Yapha

Stamps: Another Thank You
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine

I’m not sure why my Cherry Cobbler embossing powder looks lighter than usual. I don’t think I’ve ever embossed such a large image with it, so that might have something to do with it.

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Spring Concert Scrapbook Page

Great news! Stampin’ Up’s print services for My Digital Studio are back up! Even better news! Stampin’ Up is offering 20% off all print products for the rest of July! To celebrate, I played along with this week’s MDS Monday sketch challenge.

MDSM 69-005

I love when I learn new things from MDS Monday and this week was no exception. I knew that I could group photo boxes and fill them with one photo, but I didn’t know that I could then ungroup them and change some of the boxes to black & white. Super cool, and super easy! I love it! Thanks for the cool new trick!

Spring Concert MDS Scrapbook Page by Yapha

I used Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, and Lucky Limeade to match the colors in Eve’s top. The star punches are filled with Gold Glimmer Paper. The background was made with the Music Notes Digital Stamp Brush in Smokey Slate at 60% opacity for a soft look.

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Personalized Lobster Notecard Gift Set for Craft Project Central

Whoo-hoo! 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!  I made this as an end-of-year teacher gift for Eve’s 5th grade teacher.  She loves lobsters and Martha’s Vineyard, so this was perfect for her. This boxed set of lobster-themed nautical notecards just screams summertime at the beach. The notecards are easily accessible in their handy box, and can be personalized with almost any name. It includes a matching card for easy gift giving.

Lobster Notecard Gift Set

Here is a closer look at the two different notecards that I included in the box. I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to make the personalized headings.


To get the instructions for this project, just subscribe to July 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, July 20th  and I will pick one lucky winner!

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Peace, Love, & Cupcakes (take two)

Wait until you see this week’s color challenge from Nacho Average Challenges! I love these colors! They are just super yummy together!


I knew that these colors would be just perfect with the Peace, Love, & Cupcakes stamp set. This is such a fun set. The images are just a hair larger than I would have liked — I thought about punching them out in circles, but I couldn’t find one that fit right.

Peace, Love, & Cupcakes by Yapha

Stamps: Peace, Love, & Cupcakes
Ink: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Paper: Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Other: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Blushing Bride 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Subtles Candy Dots

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

Categories: Birthday, Cards, Nacho Average Challenges | 3 Comments

Hugs & Kisses Rubber Ducky

There is a very striking color challenge from Pals Paper Arts this week. I just had to play along!


At first I thought flowers, but a lot of people were doing flowers. Then I thought these were good colors for Hanukkah, but it’s 94 degrees out and Hanukkah is months away! And then I remembered the cute little rubber ducky in the new baby set! Perfect!

Rubber Ducky Square Card by Yapha

Stamps: Something for Baby, Good Greetings
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Regals Designer Series Paper
Other: 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon

That super cute greeting is from a new hostess set that will be available in September in the Holiday Catalog. It is a set of 19 greetings, all in that same great font. You definitely want to have a party this fall to get it. Or be your own party! That works too!

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Flower Patch Cards & Box for Craft Project Central

This cute little card box will hold several 3” cards and envelopes!  These cards are nice to have on hand and are perfect to tuck into a gift.  This project also makes a great gift, class idea or easy project to put together to sell at a craft show.

Flower Patch Cards & Box

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

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Hip Hip Hooray Star

LeAnne has a fantastic color challenge this week for us over at The Paper Players! Look how nicely these three new In Colors combine with Wisteria Wonder!


Since the three In Colors all have that gorgeous stitched satin ribbon, I decided it was a perfect time to do another ribbon scrap die cut card. I used the new Star Framelits, which are super fun!

Hip Hip Hooray Star by Yapha

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder
Other: Stars Framelits, Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon, Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon

I hope that you will have time to play with us this week! I can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!

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