Christmas Eclipse Card

Christmas Eclipse Card

This is the card I teased a preview of on YamStamps social media accounts (well, at least the Facebook Page and Instagram…) earlier in the week. This Christmas Eclipse Card is super easy to make and super impressive! This card features the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight Framelit Dies. You may also notice one of my favourite colours on this card – Night of Navy. Blue and white – such a classic combination.

Essentially, with the Eclipse technique, you stamp the cardstock, and then die cut shapes from the stamped cardstock. The die cut cardstock is then backed with the same shape in a different coloured cardstock – in this case, Night of Navy, and when the project is assembled, the die cut piece is popped up. For this card, the backing layer is peeking out to act as a mat around the edges of the stamped cardstock. You can also do a version when the only evidence of the backing layer is underneath the die cut area (and behind the die cut). If you want to see more of the Eclipse Technique in action, I shared a scrapbook page that also used this technique in the October YamStamps Projects newsletter. New subscribers get a copy of the current month’s project newsletter, plus the weekly updates featuring a different, exclusive project, or highlighting a current special, news or FAQ. Click on the link to subscribe. You’ll also receive the next installment of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects while you’re at it!

I like this Christmas Eclipse Card so much….I think that I will have to use it in the November Monthly Card Class as well! First Wednesday of every month is the Monthly Card Class – 1pm or 7pm – so if you’re looking for a creative break, please consider joining me! Right now, the monthly classes continue to have a variety of cards of different occasion, but they will include a holiday card as well. Contact me to register or if you have any questions.

Also a reminder if you’re in the Toronto area – look for the YamStamps booth at Scrapfest @ CreativFest next week! I’ll have a few show specials, plus the chance to do a make and take AND a free draw for a Big Shot!!

You may notice that the YamStamps site has a new look – what do you think?


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Versatile Designer Series Paper Sunflower Card

versatile designer series paper sunflower card

I love the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper – I think it’s one of my favourites in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. It’s not just for daisy projects! Check out this versatile designer series paper Sunflower Card! Since one of the patterns in this paper package has a leaf motif, it could be used with any botanical (or not) themed image.

The main image on this card is from the Painted Harvest stamp set and I added an accent with the Leaf Punch that coordinates with the leaf images in the set. You can get these two items together in a discounted bundle as well! These images have a softer, more watercoloured look, which I love. Two step stamping, combining more than one stamped image to make a single, more complex image, is what initially drew me to Stampin’ Up! products, and it’s still one of my favourite things! Here, the petals are two layers, as is the leaf. I love that I can get such an artistic, detailed look so easily.

The edges of the cardstock are sponged with some Early Espresso ink, and Gold Metallic Edged Ribbon finishes everything off. When we did this card in class, I did cut out the backing square for the flowers from the larger Early Espresso cardstock – because I don’t like to waste cardstock!

Stampers Club members have found that I’ve used this Designer Series Paper a number of times in different months for various projects. If you have a sharp eye, you might have caught a few other instances of it in projects I’ve shared here on the YamStamps blog….and trust me, there are more to come!! What’s your favourite Designer Series Paper so far this year? Don’t forget to stock up right now – selected Designer Series Paper is on sale – Buy 3, get 1 free during October! I did try to stretch my wings and pick up some DIFFERENT Designer Series Papers to use…..but I think because I like the colours in the Delightful Daisy package, I keep going back to it. I will try to work on that though….LOL. In the meantime, please continue to enjoy this versatile Designer Series Paper Sunflower Card….until I can work up the creative mojo to use a different package of paper!

If you’d like to work on building up your stash of paper/supplies and cards, and are close to Burlington ON, please consider joining the Stampers Club! Stampers Club members can start at any time for a period of 6 months. Members commit to a minimum purchase each month at their exclusive club card class, and will receive Stampin’ Rewards (minimum $20 free product of their choice) during their 6 month membership period. We currently meet the 3rd Monday of each month, either at 1pm or 7pm. Contact me for more details!

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What’s Your Least Used Colour?

least used colour autumn card

What’s YOUR least used colour? We all have colours that we prefer to work in…and those we can’t always find inspiration to use…. For me, my least used colour is Stampin’ Up’s Cajun Craze. At least until this season! It is a perfect colour for autumn leaves and changing shades of nature.

For this autumn themed card, the strip is stamped with the large and small leaves from the Colo(u)rful Seasons set. (If you are reading this today, October 10th, it’s the last day of the World Cardmaking Day Sale and this set is discounted!) Colours used are Pumpkin Pie Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke. After randomly stamping the strip, it’s spritzed with water (Stampin’ Spritzers are perfect for this), and allowed to dry….or hurried along with the Heat Tool. This blurs the colours and gives it a soft effect – almost looking like velvet or some other type of material. It’s a forgiving and easy technique! It’s backed with that least used colour of mine, Cajun Craze, and then the finishing touch is a die cut leaf from the Seasonal Layers framelits in Gold Foil. The Gold Foil sheet was backed with an Adhesive Sheet prior to running it through the Big Shot to make it easier to adhere neatly to the card. (Hint: Make sure you use a brand new sheet….not one that you might have already used some of the adhesive from….so that the leaf sticks entirely….ask me how I learned this tip…..!!)

I did have to make a conscious effort to use this colour for this card, but I think I need to challenge myself like this a little more often! What’s YOUR least used colour? Leave me a comment and let me know, and then maybe even challenge yourself to pull it out and make something with it.

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Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Today is World Cardmaking Day! Stampin’ Up! is already celebrating by offering selected stamp sets at a discounted price until October 10th, and selected Designer Series Papers are Buy 3 Get 1 Free During the entire month! You can shop online in the YamStamps Stampin’ Up! Canada Store here – however, I have one more special offer for you – TODAY ONLY!

I’d like to jump in on the celebrations as well – so for Saturday, October 7th 2017, use this link to purchase the Clever Cards Online Class for just $10 – that’s half price!

If you’d like to hear more about the class, you can go here but if you want the special pricing, you’ll need to use the above link. The special will be in effect Saturday, October 7th ONLY.

I think that the Clever Cards Class is a great way to celebrate World Cardmaking Day. This class features a number of interesting and clever folds that you can use for your cards when you want an extra special card! It’s an online class, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home, and like all the YamStampsMore Online Classes, you’ll have lifetime access to the videos and instructions.

I hope that you are able to spend a bit of time today being creative. World Cardmaking Day is a fun way to celebrate the art and craft of a handmade card – and of course, part of the joy of making a card is sharing it with someone – so I hope that you take the time to send a handmade card as well. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!


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My Least Favourite Card to Make

my least favourite card to make - a sympathy card

My least favourite card to make is a sympathy card, but it’s often the most appropriate and appreciated. Unfortunately, I’ve had to create a few of these for friends lately. I never feel that creative when I’m sad, so often when I “need” a sympathy card, I don’t feel like making any cards at all. My grandmother recently passed away just before her 99th birthday, and we received some lovely sympathy cards, including some beautiful handmade ones (I shared a few on the YamStamps Facebook page). A card can be like getting a hug from a friend in the mail, and it’s truly appreciated at a sad time, but this occasion also reminded me that I should send cards for happy occasions, and “just because”.

Simple, clean cards (also sometimes referred to as CAS – clean and simple – cards) are a great “go to” design in general, but especially when you don’t feel like fussing a lot. The featured sympathy card uses the Colo(u)r Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, and the Better Together stamp set, which is available in wood mount or clear mount. I love how the ombré paper makes this very simple design more interesting and eye catching but not too busy. This particular Designer Series Paper Stack has this design in a number of different colours so you can change up the colours as you feel inclined.

I love the detailed leaf die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, though it can be a bit “fussy” to adhere them to projects. The return of the Adhesive Sheets to the Stampin’ Up! catalogue has made attaching fussy cuts so easy! The sheets are 6″ x 12″. I cut my Gold Foil sheet to 6″ x 12″ and adhered the adhesive to the back, leaving the second liner sheet in place. It’s ready for die cutting after that – I cut my foil into 2″ strips, then die cut the leaf. Peel off the remaining liner sheet, and it exposes the sticky adhesive, already in place on the back of the die cut! The other option is to place a the die cut piece onto an adhesive sheet to tranfer the adhesive onto the back of the die cut. This is great for those moments when you don’t have a pre-lined piece of cardstock prepped, or for the more solid cut outs, but I do find it can be a bit messy for me with the more detailed cuts.

I often find it helpful to make a few sympathy cards to have on hand in my stash, so that I’m prepared if I need one. Often, in my classes I will have a card that doesn’t have a sentiment on it, so that it can be an all purpose card, or so that you can stamp the sentiment when you know what kind of card you need. My Monthly Card Classes are always the first Wednesday of each month here in Burlington, ON, but I also take them on the road for private card classes too. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, want to register for a class, or want to book a private class with your friends and family.

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