“Tote”ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set for Craft Project Central

Who doesn’t love a fashionable tote?  Just in time for the new year, this project features an elegant tote and three sophisticated cards, all featuring gold accents & embellishments.  Think Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Gold Foil sheets, Gold Glimmer papers, Gold Brushed cardstock, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, gold heat embossing, Gold Glitter, and Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Pad for a faux gold look.  This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to coordinate all these wonderful products together for an amazing, perfectly finished look.  This project is easy to assemble but looks like you spent hours on it.  It’s a perfect New Year’s gift for that stylish and chic friend on your list!

Tote ally Terrific Golden Card Trio Gift Set SP

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

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My Paper Pumpkin Shaker Cards

I am so excited about this month’s My Paper Pumpkin kit! It is 9 shaker cards, three each  that say hello, happy birthday, and thank you. When I saw the title of the kit, All Shook Up, I thought it would be Shaker Cards, but it could have been Elvis. Which would have been fun too. I need a lot of thank you notes right now, so these came at a perfect time. I didn’t make up the others yet, but I wanted to show you how cute these cards are.

December My Paper Pumpkin by Yapha

If this doesn’t convince you to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin, I don’t know what will! You get a fun kit every month. You can even buy a couple months worth of prepaid subscriptions and gift it to someone else. The redemption code comes in an email, so there’s no waiting on shipping. Each kit is pre-cut and comes with instructions, so it’s great for all levels of crafters. Plus, once you are a subscriber, you can buy some of the past kits and refills!

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New Stampin’ Up Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals

Prices good December 16-22, 2014. Click on the picture below to take advantage of these great deals!


Year End Closouts!

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Circle Framelit Menorah Card

Brenda Quintana has a great tutorial for making a Menorah card with your circle framelits. As soon as I saw this week’s colors from Nacho Average Challenges, I knew that it would be the perfect time to try it out.


I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for my candle flames so that I could stay with the colors in the challenge. They are really iridescent and change colors in the light like real flames to do!

Circle Framelit Menorah Card by Yapha

Stamps: None
Ink: Lost Lagoon
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Other: Circle Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

I hope that you will come play along with us. I can’t wait to see what you make with these colors!

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Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set 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 festive set of note cards makes a wonderful gift for teachers, college students, and anyone else who might enjoy sending a personalized note. The handsome display case holds six single-sided note cards plus six folded note cards, for a total of twelve cards in three different designs. Wrapped in cellophane and finished with a tag, the completed project is ready for gift giving. This monogrammed gift pack is great for a stamp camp, a class, or making a gift for a friend. I made this set for Eve’s sixth grade teacher.

Monogrammed Note Cards Gift Set SP

Here’s a peek at the cards on the inside — we’re only supposed to be giving teasers.


To get the instructions for this project, just subscribe to December 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, December 21st and I will pick one lucky winner!

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Another Debate Scrapbook Page

Heidi has another great scrapbook layout for us over at MDS Monday this week. I love how it has room for one big picture and three smaller ones.


Eve had a debate scrimmage earlier this month. The two 6th grade teams from Brentwood debated students from another local elementary school. The kids all did great. (I blurred out some of the kids faces for their privacy. I know it looks a little strange.)

Debate Scrimmage scrapbook page by Yapha

I used the Sunshine & Sprinkles digital kit from a couple Sale-a-Brations ago. I hope that you will come play with us this week over at MDS Monday. I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Stamp Review Crew: Mixed Bunch Edition


It’s time again for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop! This time we are featuring the Endless Wishes stamp set, which is available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount, and Digital. I will be using the Clear Mount stamp set.  You may have just arrived from Mike Funke’s Blog, or if you are going backwards from Holly Krautkremer’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.

In addition to showing you this fun set, I have a special sneak peek for you today! I used the Designer Series Paper, Ribbon, and Buttons that will be available  during Sale-a-Bration! These are items that you can earn with your purchase. To counter balance something this new, I pulled out an oldie but a goodie, the Petite Purse Die. This is still available!

Mixed Bunch Purses

I glued the ribbon on top of the straps that are cut out with the die to give them more support. You can see them better here.

Mixed Bunch Purses by Yapha

Stamps: Mixed Bunch
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
Paper: Whisper White, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper
Other: Blossom Punch, Petite Purse Bigz Die, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

It’s a little spring-y for December, but aren’t these colors great together? Thank you for hopping with us today! Your next stop is over at  Holly Krautkremer’s Blog.



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Silver and Gray Snowflake Card

Nothing starts the weekend off better than figure out a way to combine three challenges into one gorgeous card (if I do say so myself).  I took the sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and combined it with this week’s theme challenge from As You See It (snowflakes) as well as the Friday Mashup (combine the colors Basic Gray or Smoky Slate with Silver and some embossing).

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I combined BOTH Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with the silver foil paper and silver embossing. I would never have thought to make a card in these colors, but I have to say that I am really pleased with how classy looking and elegant it turned out.

Silver & Grey Snowflakes by Yapha

Stamps: Mingle All the Way, Endless Wishes
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Silver Baker’s Twine

This Silver Baker’s Twine is not the regular one from the catalog. This one is leftover from the November My Paper Pumpkin Kit. It is white and silver, as opposed to the other one that is more off white. It is also a little finer. Just another reason to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin!

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Gold & Silver New Year Party Ensemble for Craft Project Central

You will be ready to celebrate the New Year in style with this classic Gold and Silver New Year Party Ensemble! This fun and festive set features a banner, party hat, party blowers and a card/invitation! The banner will look fabulous hanging in your home anywhere you want to add some sparkle! You can create the decorative bottom edges of the banner pieces using the Labels Collection Framelits. The party hat can either be worn or used as a focal point in a centerpiece. And don’t forget party blowers! You can make them yourself to coordinate beautifully with your party décor. They are simple to put together and make any event a celebration! For the finishing touch, the matching card is perfect for invitations for your friends and family to come and ring in the New Year!

Gold & Silver New Year Party Ensemble SP

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

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Hanukkah Blues

I have been meaning to post this all day, but time just got a way from me! I have another Hanukkah card for you today. This one uses the colors from the Pals Paper Arts and the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.

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It was tough with all blues, but I added some rhinestones for a little more interest.

Hanukkah Blues by Yapha

Stamps: Happy Hanukkah
Ink: Bermuday Bay
Paper: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, All is Calm Designer Series Paper
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Banner Framelits

I love the way this slanted piece looks. I always feel like everything has to be straight and even, but this is super fun.

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