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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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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Starting Next Week!

Starting next week, it’s the Annual Twelve Weeks of Christmas! Here are the facts and answers to your burning questions….

  1. Yes, next week really is twelve weeks until Christmas
  2. Yes, this is done each year….
  3. It is a FREE, exclusive gift for YamStamps subscribers only
  4. It is in addition to the regular YamStamps emails – so lots of inspiration coming at you for the year end
  5. It features a different holiday project each week – we start with cards, move on to  gifts, and finish up with wrapping and tag ideas
  6. These projects will be exclusive to this series – they won’t be seen here on the YamStamps blog, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Any other questions? Please feel free to contact me – and be sure to be signed up!

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October 2017 Christmas Card Class

Stitched Felt Embellishments - included in October's Christmas Card Class Fee

Aren’t these Stitched Felt Embellishments cute? This is what participants in the October Christmas Card Class will be receiving as part of their class fee! A package of 15 embellishments (5 of 3 different designs) that we will use on that day’s four different card projects. These will add a fun dimensional effect to our cards, but the remainder of the package can be used after class – either to recreate the cards from class, or on original projects and gift packaging!

There are two remaining Christmas Card Classes on my books at this point in time (I know – only two?!). Wednesday, October 25th at 1pm or 7pm, and Wednesday, November 22nd at 1pm or 7pm. For the October class, there is one option – the $30 class fee will include a package of the Stitched Felt Embellishments. Due to the nature of this accessory, it’s easiest if each participant has their own package for projects. For November, the product will be the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo, and there are two class fee options – $20 for the class supplies only, or $30 which also includes a package of the Mini Tinsel Trim.

Of course, if you can’t make the scheduled class dates, get a group of friends together, and we can set up a private class for you! Please remember that this is always an option if you see a class you’re interested in but need a different time or date option. Contact me to book a private class – it could be a Christmas Card Class, an All Occasions Card Class, a Birthday Card Class….you get the idea.

As always, check the YamStamps Events page to see upcoming classes and events – it’s continuously being updated – and sign up for my newsletters – you’ll get project ideas PLUS notification of specials and events in your inbox! Please contact me if you have any questions or are ready to register for a class!

 

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Registration Deadline today!

metallic washi tape and votive

Today is the registration deadline for the Basic+ Option for the September Christmas Card Class! Class times are 1pm or 7pm, Wednesday September 13th here in Burlington ON. Your Basic+ Class fee of $30 is due at time of registration, and will include all supplies required to make the 4 different Christmas cards during class, PLUS you will receive 5 rolls of metallic washi tape from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue! Pictured above, the five rolls of tape are GORGEOUS and make your crafting easy and elegant.

The votive candle in the picture is simply decorated with strips of the gold and silver washi tape around the top & bottom of the candle – adds an easy custom touch. You could group them on your mantle, or place them on a mirror as a table centrepiece. I shared this idea (among others) with the people at Weddingbells Magazine a while back – because who couldn’t use a little bit of elegance AND thriftiness at a wedding?!

Contact me to register for the class! Basic+ Fee is $30 and includes all supplies and 5 rolls of washi tape. Basic Fee includes all supplies for the class, no additional product. Payment due at time of registration please & thanks. Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

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Snowflakes in August

snowflake card

Yes…I know…snowflakes and August don’t necessarily come to mind together…but I have a reason for this card! It’s been a little quiet in the YamStamps online world, you may have noticed. I was busy behind the scenes creating winter wedding ideas and getting ready for yesterday’s Christmas Card Class! So while it’s been humid and warm outside, (and occasionally inside since our air conditioner was needing repair, but that’s another story)….I was trying to find winter inspiration.

I was asked to prepare some winter wedding ideas for a Stampin’ Up! presentation to Wedding Bells magazine. Most of the ideas I shared were using products from the upcoming Holiday catalogue (which is arriving in various mailboxes across the country as I write this….), but this is one that uses Annual Catalogue supplies – so you can make it right away! Snowflakes and winter are synonymous – at least where I live…so I used that as a basic jumping off point for most of my ideas. This card is Pool Party, as is the background hatching image – which is from You’ve Got This (avaialble in clear mount or wood mount). The large snowflake is from Flurry of Wishes, and is heat embossed in Silver. The silver metallic-edged ribbon adds an elegant touch, and is flat enough not to bulk up the card too much when mailing. For the wedding idea, the insert was the wedding invitation, with additional ribbon on the corners (I put the insert ribbon on the opposite corners to even out the bulk). For a holiday card, you can just stamp an appropriate greeting!

If you’d like to see more of what was shared, I will share other pictures on the blog here, but check out Instagram in the meantime. The YamStamps instagram feed has a couple of shots (including a behind the scenes shot of how I create chaos in my wake LOL), and the Wedding Bells Instagram feed has a picture – but check out their Instagram story while you can (you have a few hours left before it disappears) to see embossing & die cutting featuring Holiday catalogue items!

This weekend, I’m planning on enjoying the warm weather and will NOT think about snowflakes! At some point I’ll have to be finishing planning for the September Christmas card class – which will feature cards using the new metallic washi tape from the Holiday catalogue (you can get a glimpse of it on Instagram). If you’re interested in attending, please register ASAP! Basic+ Fee is $30 and includes the washi tape set. Basic Fee of $20 does not include additional product – just the necessary class supplies. Check the YamStamps Events Page for other upcoming class dates! Hope to see you soon!

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