Metallic Birthday Card

,Metallic Birthday Card

This metallic birthday card showcases Stampin’ Up!’s Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper – one of my current favourite papers. I love the elegance of the metallic designs and how they can be used for almost any occasion! I think that the pattern on this paper is like a stylized mistletoe….but because of the metallic colours I felt okay using it on a non-Christmas card.

For this elegant, easy birthday card, the greeting from Butterfly Basics (available in wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer) (one of the few sets available in all three stamp options) was embossed in Silver onto Whisper White cardstock. To keep the metallic theme going, the sentiment was then backed with Silver Foil and then placed on top the the Designer Series Paper. Clean and simple, and easy. Just my kind of crafting! I think that the clean lines and graphics also make for a great masculine card.

I apologize for the bit of radio silence over the last little while. I am currently attending the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Live event in Salt Lake City as part of their Events Council. I promise to write more later about this experience (once I’m allowed….and once I’ve recovered LOL). The last while has been crazy busy with preparation for the event itself. I did a presentation on Friday (well, technically 3 of them, since I had to repeat it at 3, 4 and 5pm) sharing an upcoming product suite and some ideas for how to use it in a class. It was a lot of fun once I was over the initial stress and nerves!

 

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You Know What’s Scary? It’s the Last Day for These Specials!

yamstamps merry patterns

Boo! Scary thing is – it’s the last day that you could get the Merry Patterns stamp set for free! This is the stamp set that Stampin’ Up! is offering free with a $375 product order (and NO, it doesn’t have to be just one person ordering – most people have earned it by having a group of friends place orders together, or having a card making party). This card is from October’s Christmas Card Class – each participant received a package of Stitched Felt Embellishments that we then used on the cards. The sentiment is from the Merry Patterns set – as are the tree trunks (those are the patterned candle portions). The “stitched” cardstock trees are created using the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies – which you can also get in a discounted bundle along with the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I thought this combination was fun and coordinated well!

More scary news – it’s also the last day for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale! Selected papers have been part of this special, and if you still need to stock up, you have until end of day to take advantage of this deal! I put together a huge binder featuring all the different designer series papers that were part of the special and had it on hand at the Scrapfest / CreativFest booth this past weekend. I’ll still be able to share this way of seeing the papers, but the deal will be gone….*sigh*

So here’s some good scariness…..how about a Halloween card?!

I received this fun card as part of a demonstrator swap a little while back! We each created a number of copies of our card design, and received a card from everyone participating in the swap! I love this card from Lesley Poper. The eyeballs peeking out of the cup make me laugh….and of course the cup reminds me of my oh so favourite “Grande, Coconut Milk Chai Latte…with cinnamon powder please”. Not sure how happy I’d be to see those eyeballs looking at me though… I am sharing a number of the Halloween themed cards on my various media platforms today at various times – so besides here at the YamStamps blog, you can also check out YamStamps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see different fun holiday projects!

I hope that you and your goblins have a fun and safe Happy Halloween!!

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Quick and Easy Thank You Card

yamstamps quick and easy thank you card

A quick and easy thank you card to share on a Manic Monday. One of the things I have been known to struggle with is sending cards. Not necessarily creating them, or writing them, or even mailing them, but actually keeping the flow going from step one to three! So I have to try to keep it as easy as possible for myself – hence this quick and easy thank you card! The less I have to do to get the card created, the less chance there is for me to get sidetracked along the way…..that’s the theory at least!!

The Colo(u)r Theory Designer Series Paper Stack makes this card stand out – without too much work. There’s a great choice of ombré patterned papers in different colours. You get four sheets of each of the double printed designs – and all the sheets are 6″ x 6″ so good for cardfronts! There are 48 sheets in all, so imagine how many of these quick and easy thank you cards you could make! This background cardstock is Old Olive, same colour as this particular sheet of Designer Series Paper, (no brain work involved in colour picking!), and embossed with the Seaside Embossing Folder. I aligned the ridges vertically so that they echoed the vertical lines of the ombré progression. The sentiment is from the One Big Meaning stamp set, available in wood mount or clear mount. It’s stamped in Early Espresso, which is also the cardstock behind the strip of Designer Series Paper.

A reminder that the Colo(u)r Theory Designer Series Paper is one of the papers included in the current Buy 3 Get 1 Free promotion! Until the end of the month on selected styles of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers, you can buy three packages and get the fourth one for free! If you are entering the order yourself at the YamStamps Online Stampin’ Up! Canada store, you’ll want to enter the 3 most inexpensive papers FIRST (hint: Stacks), and have the most expensive paper (hint: Specialty Designer Series Paper) as the fourth one you enter, because that’s the one that will be free. And YES – you get to pick which one you get for free! So if you’ve had your eye on the Just Add Colo(u)r 12 x 12 Specialty Designer Series Paper, now is the time to grab it…because you could get it for free. Stampin’ Up! has new alcohol based markers coming soon (I’ll write more about them before you are able to purchase them on November 1st, don’t worry), so you can stock up on this colouring paper and be set to play with the new Stampin’ Blends!

If you’re attending the CreativFest / Scrapfest October 26 – 28, be sure to stop by my booth – I’ll have samples of all the selected Designer Series Papers that are part of the sale, so you can see them in person! (oh, and there may be a show special on orders….just saying…). See you soon!

 

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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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