Bokeh Gift Ensemble for Craft Project Central

Let’s get out of those winter blues and make a couple bright and cheerful projects that you can keep or send to someone that needs a little brightness to cheer them up.  All you need is a Big Shot, a few circle punches, the Basic Butterfly Stamp Set, Butterflies Framelits, and some bright cardstock!  Gift ensemble includes a shaker card, matching pen and keepsake box!

Bokeh Gift Ensemble SP

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

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Negative Space Thanks with Little Letter Thinlets

There is a fun sketch over at Pals Paper Arts this week. It is quite different from their other sections, at least to me. I like it, though.


When I saw those shapes at the bottom, my first thought was letters. I decided to take it one step further, and use the negative space of the letters. I layered ribbon behind them to show through.

Negative Space Thanks by Yapha

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper
Other: Little Letter Thinlets, Best Year Ever Ribbon

This card uses the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper and matching ribbon. Just a few days left to stock up on these before Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31st!

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Cheerful Critters say “Way to Go!”

I have another double challenge card for you today. I combined the fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketches with the great colors from the Color Throwdown.

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I wanted to make another encouraging card for a friend of mine who has joined me on this weight loss journey. I am amazed at how succesful this program is. The friend who inspired me just hit the -100 lb mark, and I am closing in on -40 lbs myself. It’s such an amazing feeling! Anyway, these colors worked great for the cute little chick in the Cheerful Critters Stamp Set. You could easily turn this into an Easter card by changing the sentiment.

Cheerful Chick card by Yapha

Stamps: Cheerful Critters
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper
Other: Project Life Corner Rounder, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine

Did you see? Stampin’ Up just reloaded the Clearance Rack. Check out the deals before they are gone!

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End of Sale-a-Bration Special, Stampin’ Up’s Weekly Deals, and more!

Yapha’s Sale-a-Bration Special

There is less than a week left of Sale-a-Bration and I have a special offer for you! I will pay your shipping on Sale-a-Bration orders of $50 or more. Certain restrictions apply, and you must order through me directly. Please contact me for more details before placing your order.

Weekly Deals

Prices good March 24-30, 2015. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!


New Sale-a-Bration Items Added!


Just announced!!  Stampin’ Up! has added 10 new items to the options for Sale-A-Bration, in addition to the four below! There is still a week and a half of Sale-a-Bration left. Be sure to get your orders in before April 1st!


Starting March 1st, Stampin’ Up! will add four new choices to the list of FREE gifts from which to choose during Sale-A-Bration (an exclusive free gift for every $50 you spend, before shipping and tax).  Take a peek at what’s new!  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31.

Discontinued Products

As you may have heard, the Blendabilities have been discontinued. I also wanted to let you know that Stampin’ Up has decided to discontinue  My Digital Studio after May 31st. This means that none of the downloads or the program itself will be available. You can, of course, keep using what you have installed on your computer. I would strongly recommend buying any more downloads that you like and backing up everything. When I figure out my plan, I will let you know. You can also keep an eye on the MDS Monday blog. We’ll have all kinds of tips and suggestions.

 My Paper Pumpkin Special

Paper Pumpkin SAB


For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has lowered the price of the 3 month prepaid subscription. During Sale-A-Bration (January 6-March 31) you  can save money and instantly qualify for a FREE product!
Why did they choose to discount the 3 month subscription? Because all good things come in threes! Here are three things we know you’ll love.
  1. Save $5.00 on your subscription.
  2. The price point instantly qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
  3. Skip to the fun for three months with all the stamps, ink, and paper ready to go for amazing papercrafting projects.


  • Shop: Earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) between January 6 and March 31.
  • Host: Host/Hostess Benefits are great during Sale-A-Bration.  If you place an order or host a workshop during Sale-a-bration where the total reaches $250, you will get an additional $25 in Host Dollars/Hostess Cash to spend!
  • Join: It’s a great time to join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator!  New demonstrators can choose one of the following limited-time Sale-A-Bration offers when joining between January 6 and March 31:
    • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit
    • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit.

Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration or joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator.

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Rustic Office Décor Ensemble for Craft Project Central

This Rustic Office Ensemble is the perfect gift for a college graduate, someone starting a new job or a new phase of life! This gift offers functionality, décor and words of advice that can encourage and uplift the man in your life every day! The framed sentiment can either stand on the desk or hang on the wall to remind the recipient of important elements of success. The magnetic board holds a handy, custom notebook and can also be a place for photos or reminders. The pencil holder and business card holder are coordinated perfectly and keep necessary items within reach and clutter off the desk. The matching card tops of this ensemble and gives you a place to congratulate your man on his accomplishments!

Rustic Office Decor Ensemble SP

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

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Good Wishes Your Way

Tammy has a lovely, soft color combo for us this week over at Nacho Average Challenges. I combined it with the clean and simple sketch from Fab Friday.

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I used the great new photopolymer set, Lovely Amazing You, on this card. I love the sayings and the font they used for it.

Good Wishes by Yapha

Stamps: Lovely Amazing You
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Subtles Designer Series Paper

I hope that you will come join us over at Nacho Average Challenges this week!

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Buddies Scrapbook Page

It is a somewhat somber day for all of us over at MDS Monday. This is our first challenge since Stampin’ Up announced that they will be discontinuing My Digital Studio after May 31st. We will continue the challenges until then, and we will also be providing you with a variety of information on how best to prepare yourself for this. I hope that you will continue to play along! Here is this week’s sketch:


This layout was perfect for showcasing some pictures of my daughter and her kindergarten buddy. Each grade has buddies, but the Sixth Grade & Kindergarten buddies are particularly special.

Buddies Scrapbook Page by Yapha

Don’t forget — if you order your My Digital Studio printing through Stampin’ Up now, you earn Sale-a-Bration freebies! You can do that until the end of March.

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Passover Seder Plate Card in Marina Mist & So Saffron

There is a gorgeous spring color challenge over at Colour Me this week and I just had to play along. I combined it with this week’s sketch from Pals Paper Arts.

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Passover is fast approaching (it starts Friday night April 3rd) and I realized that I haven’t made any Passover cards yet this year! Luckily, these two challenges were perfect for one.

Passover Seder Plate Card by Yapha

Stamps: Mazel Tov (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Marina Mist
Paper: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper
Other: 1/2″ Circle Punch, 2″ Circle Punch, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder

Cards for the Jewish holidays are tricky when Stampin’ Up has such a limited selection. I pulled out my retired Mazel Tov stamp set and got creative with the circle punches to make a Seder plate. It almost looks like Matza balls in soup, doesn’t it? Well, either one works for Passover!

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Field of Flowers Canvas for Craft Project Central

Blue skies, a field of flowers and butterflies!  This Field of Flowers home décor canvas will brighten up your home and make you long for Spring!  With a few simple supplies you can create a gorgeous piece of art for your wall.  A coordinating card for any occasion is also a part of this set…just in case you decide to make an extra canvas and gift it to a lucky friend!  This canvas is sure to brighten any wall!

Field of Flowers Canvas SP

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

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Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Whoo hoo! Happy Spring Break to me! I am so excited to be on break for the next two weeks. I am kicking it off with a triple challenge card this morning. I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, the colors from The Color Throwdown, and the theme of Cupcakes from The Card Concept.

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As always when I play along with The Card Concept, my style fits best in their Clean & Layered category. For the colors, I used Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride.

Happy Birthday Cupcake by Yapha

Stamps: Sketched Birthday
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride
Paper: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Regals Designer Series Paper
Other: Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, 2″ Circle Punch, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch

Since the layout of the card was much more vertical than horizontal, I used a piece of cardstock that was 4 1/4″ x 11″, and put the fold on the top instead of the side.

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