Birthday Bear with Balloons

There are some great colors over at Can You Case It Challenges this week. I even pulled out one of my last remaining pieces of Cantaloupe Crisp Cardstock for this one. (Note: Order the soon-to-be retired In Colors now, before they run out!)

Birthday Bear by Yapha

Stamps: Bear Hugs, Balloon Celebrations, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Other: Balloon Bouquet Punch, Bear Hugs Framelits

In addition to the colors from Can You Case It, I also made this to celebrate TGIF Challenges first birthday. Happy Birthday, TGIF! I’m looking forward to many more years of playing along.


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Happy Mother’s Day!

(Hi Mom — if you are reading this, close it now! This card is on its way to you for Mother’s Day!)

I have a clean and simple Mother’s Day card for you today. I used one of the stamps in this month’s My Paper Pumpkin Kit and plenty of yellow, my mom’s favorite color.

Yellow Mother's Day by Yapha

Stamps: Lovely Little Wreath (April 2016 My Paper Pumpkin)
Ink: Archival Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper, Subtles Designer Series Paper
Other: Circle Collection Framelits, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch

I used the theme of Mother’s Day from TGIF Challenges, the colors from Pals Paper Arts, and the sketch from The Paper Players.

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Star Scrapbook with Matching Card 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 star-shaped scrapbook is as much fun to use as it is to create! It is lovely to display when it is open and easy to store when closed. This version, created with the Sweet Li’l Thing Designer Series Paper, makes a wonderful baby scrapbook. If you change the paper it can also be a great scrapbook for Mother’s Day, birthdays, weddings, and many other special occasions. It is perfect for a class or a club project, or just a fun afternoon scrapping with friends. Includes instructions for a coordinating card.

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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 Saturday, April 30th and I will pick one lucky winner!

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Next Year in Jerusalem!

Happy Passover! Last night was the First Seder, starting off the eight days of Passover. I’ve got a clean and simple Passover card for you today. It uses the unfortunately no longer available Dove of Peace stamp set, but good news! There is a gorgeous new dove stamp in the upcoming catalog. Keep an eye out for it in June.

Next Year in Jerusalem by Yapha

Stamps: Dove of Peace, Mazel Tov Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Other: Pool Party Glitter Ribbon

I used the colors from this week’s As You See It Challenge. (In case you are wondering, “Next Year in Jerusalem” is a customary Passover greeting and one of the last parts of the Seder.)


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Quick & Easy Party Treat Mini Bags for Craft Project Central

Have a birthday, baby shower or graduation party coming up soon? How about making these quick and easy mini bags for the perfect party treat? With the Gift Bag Punch Board and a little modification of the scoring, you can have 18 or more of these done in no time! You can use any color combination, Designer Series Paper and greeting with these as well!

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

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You’re My Fave

Have you had a chance to look at Stampin’ Up’s retiring list yet? It is LONG!!! And some accessories are already selling out. All of the stamps are guaranteed available until May 22, but accessories are only while supplies last. I used two of the retiring stamp sets on today’s card. (And the Botanical Gardens DSP will be retiring as well.)

You're my fave by Yapha

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Words of Truth
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Paper: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper
Other: Sweetheart Punch

I used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from the Color Throwdown. (Hey look! I made a card with Melon Mambo and didn’t mention Plexus! Oh wait…)

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It’s My Party, Baby Bear

Did you know that in addition to bright patterns, the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper also has some very soft patterns? These feature Sahara Sand and Mint Macaron and are perfect for baby cards!

Baby Bear Party

Stamps: Bear Hugs
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Paper: Sahara Sand, It’s My Party Designer Series Paper
Other: Bear Hugs Framelits

Be aware though, that the It’s My Party DSP is on the Retiring List, which means it is only available while supplies last. You can see all retiring list items here. I used the stamp set from What Will You Stamp and the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch for this card.


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Faux Leather Flower Pin Gift Set for Craft Project Central

Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate it than with beautiful, colorful flowers. Make this pretty flower pin with a faux leather look. Learn how to give texture to plain cardstock and make easy Do-It-Yourself jewelry. If you don’t like to wear pins, turn the pin into a bag topper or other 3-D embellishment. Change the colors to make this for a wedding or other special occasion. Learn how to make a box to hold the pin. The coordinating greeting card is a gift itself that can be framed or placed in an album.  Great for a stamp camp, or as a class project.

Faux Leather Flower Pin Gift Set SP

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

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Stampin’ Up Retiring Lists are Posted!

The RETIRING LISTS are here with some items DISCOUNTED BY UP TO 50%!


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Where do you find ALL of the RETIRING ITEMS?

  • Click HERE for the pdf lists to save to your computer or print out
  • Shop, check out and have your order delivered directly to you – and YES – on orders of $150+ you will get Hostess Rewards too!
  • Be fast – especially if you want any ink pads, refills or cardstocks in those retiring IN COLORS – trust me – they will start selling out in hours!





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Stamp Review Crew: Balloon Celebration Edition

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It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set. You may have just arrived from Holly Stene’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Martha Inchley’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.

I’ll be honest with you — I didn’t get this stamp set because of the balloons. I got it because I love the coffee saying in it! It strikes me as rather odd to be mixed in with the balloons, but I’m not complaining. Of course I had to make a coffee card for today’s hop. (I used the instructions from Penny Smiley’s blog.)

Coffee Cup by Yapha

Stamps: Balloon Celebration
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Corrugated Kraft
Other: White Embossing Powder, Project Life Corner Rounder

Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is over at Martha Inchley’s Blog. I can’t wait to see what projects she made!

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