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.

This pretty Card Organizer is a perfect addition to any desk, and designed to organize your greeting cards. The dividers make it easy to stay organized and you can customize the dividers to whatever sentiments you like!  This project makes a nice gift or great class idea!

Quatrefancy Card Organizer

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

Great Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! Prices are good through Monday, April 14, 2014.

Punch Pack
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Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set
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Gingham Standard Stampin’ Around Wheel
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Recipes By Design Digital Kit – Digital Download
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There are two fun new digital downloads this week from Stampin’ Up, a great birthday kit and a lovely stamp brush set. These downloads work with My Digital Studio and any other digital scrapbooking program that allows you to import PNG and JPG files, which is most graphics programs, and even Microsoft Word! Clicking on the pictures will take you right to the store to purchase these downloads. There are also usually more images of what is included in the downloads, so I strongly suggest clicking through to see them.

137930 Endless Birthday Wishes Digital Kit $9.95

Download includes
* 44-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Paper patterns
* 15 embellishments

Features:
* Includes images from the Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set and extra stamps, paper, and embellishments for even more fun

Colors: 
Going Gray, Old Olive, Peach Parfait, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White

137914 Springtime Hello Digital Stamp Brush Set $1.95

Download includes
* 4-piece stamp brush set (1 SVG, 3 PNG)

Don’t have My Digital Studio? You can download a free trial of My Digital Studio. Head over to my online store, add the free My Digital Studio trial (item 130910) to your online shopping cart. Once you check out, you will be able to download it and install it. The new, reduced price for MDS is only $19.95. It’s too good to pass up! If you only have the original MDS, you can now upgrade to the latest version for free.

You can purchase these or any other digital downloads through my online store. (Clicking on the pictures above will take you there as well.) The great news is that they are available for immediate use, with no shipping charges! Just click on Digital Crafting, then Digital Downloads, then Newest Downloads to see all of the recent additions! If you registered your copy of My Digital Studio, you may also receive end-of-the month emails from Stampin’ Up featuring that month’s digital releases.

There is a My Digital Studio tab to the top right hand corner of this blog. It is a handy reference to a variety of My Digital Studio resources, including a list of all of the downloads and a break down of the printing costs. There is also a Learning section on MyDigitalStudio.net that includes a variety of tips and tutorials to help you on your way!

There are two Stampin’ Up colors that I use so rarely that I don’t even own ink pads for them, nor have I bought full packs of them in card stock. Luckily, I have the markers and card stock from the multipacks, because Tammy used BOTH of them in today’s Nacho Average Color Challenge! (What is the likelihood of that? Seriously?) I combined the colors with the sketch from Seize the Sketch and the butterfly theme from The Card Concept.

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As we are winding down this Stampin’ Up catalog (just two months left to go!), I realized that I need to use some things that I have had for quite awhile. One of them is the gorgeous printed window sheet in the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve been saving it for something fun, but I figured, no time like the present! I layered it over the Marina Mist card base.

Too Much Happy by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Yippee Skippee, Hardwood
Ink: Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Sahara Sand
Paper: Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper
Other: Beautiful Wings Embosslit

I hope that you will come play along with us at Nacho Average Challenges. If I can make something out of these colors, I’m sure you can too!

The Envelope Punch Board is no longer a new tool, but there are plenty of new ways to create with it.  Learn to make a fun camera-shaped gift card holder, two treat holders—one of which is shaped like a purse, a clasp envelope, a candy wrapper box, and a really easy card with a coordinating envelope.  These are just a few of the fun things that can be created with the Envelope Punch Board!

Creating with the Envelope Punch Board

This beautiful 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.

I’ve got a triple challenge card for you today. This one combines the sketch from Retro Sketches, the colors from Dynamic Duos, and the theme of “three” from The Paper Players.

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For this card, I used the one of the stamps that come with the Hip Hip Hooray card kit. Even after you use everything else in the kit, you still have these great stamps! I have many different “threes” represented on this card. There are the obvious three rhinestones in the lower right. The stamp itself has three sets of three — two sets of three dots plus three stripes. Plus I used three colors.

Hip Hip Hooray by Yapha Mason

Stamps: Hip Hip Hooray
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper
Other: Arrows Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

This would make a great card for one of Eve’s friends who is turning 11. The fun mix of gingham and rhinestones works for tween girls.

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It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the set Oh, Hello, which is available in wood mount, clear mount, and digital. (I will be using the digital version for my projects today.) You may have just arrived from Dawn Tidd’s blog, or if you are going backwards from Deb Currier’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.

For today’s digital card, I used the colors from this week’s ColourQ Challenge and the card sketch from MDS Monday. These would make lovely thank you notes for just about any occasion!

Thanks So Much for Stamp Review Crew by Yapha Mason

The colors are River Rock, Primrose Petals, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral and White. For part of the MDS Monday challenge, I turned that Ruffled Ribbon into River Rock. That’s one of the great things about My Digital Studio — the retired colors never go away and never run out!

Next up is the super talented Deb Currier! I can’t wait to see what she is creating with this set!

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Have you tried any of the new card kits from Stampin’ Up yet? They are really great. We went back East to visit my parents over Spring Break, and I brought the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit with me. It is a fantastic kit! It makes 20 cards, and contains everything you need, including an acrylic block and ink. The stamps are cute and versatile, too. So on our last night there, Eve, my mom, and I all sat down to make some cards.

Three generations stamping together

We kept the instructions out, which give some great suggestions of the cards you can make, but we pretty much made out own. Especially Eve! These are the ones she made. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry. I hope you can still see her creativity.

Hip Hip Hooray Cards by Eve

A big kudos to my mom, Alice Nussbaum. She is a fabulous needlepointer and Judaic needlepoint designer, among other things. This was her first foray into stamping and card-making. Don’t you think she did a fantastic job?

Hip Hip Hooray Cards by Alice

Below are my cards. I went for a pretty clean look. I was so impressed with how everything came together so easily, and of course with Stampin’ Up’s signature matchy-matchiness. (Is that a word? It really should be.)

Hip Hip Hooray Cards by Yapha

I highly recommend this kit. It is great as a gift, for about age 10 and up, or for yourself if you want a quick, easy, and portable stamp pack!

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