Pugs & Kisses!

This week’s stamp set over at What Will You Stamp? is Hot Diggity Dog, so of course I had to play along with it! I was just thinking the other day that it had been a while since I inked up this super cute stamp set.

Pugs & Kisses by Yapha

Stamps: Hot Diggity Dog
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper
Other: Tags & Labels Framelits, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

I used the sketch over at Stampin’ Celebrations for this. It also fits perfectly in this week’s Tag It theme at the Clean and Simple Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.


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Sending Happy Thoughts Your Way

I’m trying to make the most of my last day of summer vacation, so of course I had to stamp a card this morning! I also checked out the new Jonathan Kellerman book from the library (which is NOT a children’s book) so I’ll be spending some time reading that as well!

Happy Thoughts by Yapha

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, All Boxed Up
Ink: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Paper: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Other: Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Leaflets Framelets, Triple Banner Punch, Burlap Ribbon

I used the sketch from this week’s challenge at The Paper Players and the colors from CAS Colours & Sketches. (I did add kraft aka Crumb Cake.)

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First Day of School Card

Judging by my friends’ Facebook posts, quite a number of kids have gone back to school already. For me, we teachers go back on Monday with the kids starting the following Monday. Eve has her seventh grade orientation on Friday, before classes actually start. It’s hard to believe she’ll be over on the middle school campus, instead of with me at the lower school! Today’s card is quick and easy, and perfect to tuck in a lunchbox or backpack for the first day of school.

Back to School by Yapha

Stamps: All Boxed Up
Ink: Garden Green, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Garden Green, Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper

I used the theme of  School Days from the TGIF Challenge and the layout from Pals Paper Arts for this card. I really love this Schoolhouse DSP. It’s perfect for kids’ cards!


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Autumn Leaves Ensemble for Craft Project Central

Don’t you just love fall when the weather is crisp and cool and the leaves look like a colorful shawl spread over the trees? In this tutorial, you’ll learn to replicate those beautiful fall leaves with the Vintage Leaves stamp set and a little ink and cardstock. You’ll use them to create a beautiful fall bowl and greeting card. And I’ll show you a fun way to use the new Stampin’ Up! Cotton Paper Assortment to dress up an ordinary candle. Each of these projects would make a fun class, or you could offer all three together as a stamp camp.

Autumn Leaves SP

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

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Dazzling Diamond Dust Birthday card

There is a fun challenge over at The Friday Mashup today. It is to make a birthday themed project with any technique that you like. I went digging back through the technique archives and found one that I haven’t done in a while — Dazzling Diamond Dust. This is when you cover your stamped piece with Iridescent Ice embossing powder so that the whole thing sparkles. I took it one step further, however, and covered my DSP with it too. The result? A super sparkly birthday card!

Sparkly Happy Birthday by Yapha

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Celebrate Today
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, VersaMark
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper
Other: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Lots of Labels Framelits, Basic Rhinestones

It’s hard to see exactly how sparkly it is in the pictures. Here’s another angle that shows off a little more of the glimmer.

Birthday Sparkles by Yapha

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Happy Birthday for Freshly Made Sketches #200!

Congratulations to Freshly Made Sketches on reaching their 200th challenge! What an accomplishment and what a celebration they are having! This is my favorite sketch challenge site and try to play along every week, so of course I had to join in the party!

Happy Birthday by Yapha

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone
Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper, Neutrals Designer Series Paper
Other: Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon

I used this fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from this week’s challenge at Colour Me! 

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Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals & Paper Pumpkin Special

Weekly Deals

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals, don’t forget that they are only available while supplies last (or through August 24, 2015)


50% Off Your First Two Months of Paper Pumpkin!


If you haven’t tried My Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up-get 50% off your first two months.  Have you seen how amazing these kits are now? Check out this Pinterest board for a closer look.

Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months!  After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription.  After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit PaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT).
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Lettuce Celebrate!

I am super excited to be the featured stamper over at the Color Throwdown this week! And what a great set of colors they have, too! I interpreted them as Tangelo Twist, Garden Green, and Basic Black.

Lettuce Celebrate by Yapha

Stamps: Market Fresh
Ink: VersaMark, Garden Green, Tangelo Twist
Paper: Garden Green, Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper
Other: Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon (dyed), Oval Framelits, Brick Wall Embossing Folder

I love the saying on this stamp. I think I might have to send it to my vegan sister-in-law for her birthday. The ribbon is white 1/4″ cotton ribbon that I dyed with Garden Green ink. It got really dark, so it looks almost black in the picture. It’s more greenish in real life. I used some of the new Halloween DSP on this card.  It will be available on Sept 1st, when the holiday catalog goes live. It is super cute!

I used the  colors from The Color Throwdown and the theme of Celebration from the 100th challenge celebration at As You See It.  Congratulations to the team at As You See It for 100 great challenges!



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Zoo Babies Mini Album for Craft Project Central

This adorable Mini Album is so easy to put together and would make a perfect gift for the “new mom” or Grandma!  You can easily customize this album for any occasion such as birthdays, vacations, graduations, retirement, etc., the possibilities are endless!  Pair it up with this darling mini easel card and you have a special gift for that “special someone”.

Zoo Babies Mini Album SP

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

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Fall Thank You for Nacho Average Challenges

I tried a new technique on this card, it was part of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers at the beginning of August. The background is sponged with ink, and then you flick water on it. She has a video on how to make it.

Fall Thank You by Yapha

Stamps: Sassy Salutations
Paper: Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold 1/8′ Ribbon

I used this week’s sketch challenge from Nacho Average Challenges. I hope that you’ll come and play along with us!


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