Easy Valentine’s Day Card Idea

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Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day Card Idea? Here’s one – use decorative papers to make your card stand out easily. In this card, the backing paper is Stampin’ Up!’s gorgeous specialty Designer Series Paper, Painted With Love. These papers are so beautiful, feature some of my favourite colours and have a metallic touch that makes everything more impressive. I tied in the linear theme with the striped heart image from the set Heart Happiness, also from the Occasions catalogue. The Designer Series Paper features Rich Razzleberry, so I used that colour for the backing cardstock and ink. The variations in the stamped image are created by the stamp itself – so literally all you do is ink the stamp, stamp it on the paper and admire the results!

We will be doing a version of this card in the upcoming February Card Class – Wednesday, February 7th at 1pm or 7pm. Please contact me to reserve your spot! As always, we will have a variety of cards in the class, so you’ll get a Valentine’s Day card idea (well, I guess you’ll actually get the card too LOL), plus 3 other cards to use for a variety of occasions. A lot of times, I leave sentiments off the class cards, so that you can add a sentiment later or use the blank inside to write an appropriate message. This card is actually blank on the inside, so it could be a Valentine’s Day card, or could be used for any other time you want to send a message of caring and support to someone. (Hey, today is also Bell Let’s Talk Day, so this could be an appropriate card to send “just because” to someone!)

As you can see, this is a fairly straightforward card layout – another way to make your cardmaking easier. A basic layout can look very different when you vary the colours, images and backgrounds – but the essential design is the same – whether you’re needing a Valentine’s Day card idea, a birthday card idea or an Easter card idea! (and you thought being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator was difficult? haha sorry to blow that illusion…) The other day when I had a bit of a creative block, I decided it was better to be productive than to mess around and not come up with anything at all – so I used the January Paper Pumpkin kit. Without having to use much brain power, I was able to create a whole whack of cards that I can now share with others. I’m planning on sending them to members of demonstrator group to share the love and thank them for being part of my team! I shared a photo on the YamStamps Instagram account – I guess that’s another Valentine’s Day Card idea for you? Hope to see you at a YamStamps event this month to create cards for the special people in your life!!


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What I Did on My Winter Vacation – Thank You For Your Patience!

Petal Passion thank you card

OK here’s a crafty share first of all – apologies for the lack of activity! So – sharing a thank you card using new product from the Occasions Catalogue to help with my apology?! This card features the Petal Palette stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount), the Petal Pair Embossing Folders, the Layering Ovals Framelits and Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon. I used Stampin’ Blends to colour in the floral images.

So with the lead up to the holidays plus my trip away, my pre-planning did not always go according to…well….plan. I also seem to forget how much time zone changes throw me. While I am able to be up at the “usual” time (or close to it), many of my waking hours seem to be in a zombie-like state (or more so than usual LOL) on my return to my “home zone”. However, that being said, I would not trade my recent time away for anything!

If you live in Burlington ON, or somewhere close by, you probably have heard of the Burlington Teen Tour Band. I was actually a member when I was a teenager, so it’s a joy for me that my son is currently a member of the same organization. After a detailed selection process, they were invited to the Rose Parade in Pasadena California, for January 1, 2018 (the band’s FIFTH time to this historic event!). I was fortunate enough to attend as one of the band photographers and as a chaperone. So from December 26th to January 5th, I got to hang out with some of my favourite teens and adults! This was a busy trip, but it was great to be in the sunshine….we missed the record cold temps of Burlington during our absence (sorry not sorry), and there were some definite once in a lifetime kind of experiences happening.

Burlington Teen Tour Band Pasadena Bandfest Dec 2017

The band getting ready to perform at Pasadena Bandfest.

Burlington Teen Tour Band Rose Parade 2018

The band at the parade. (thanks Andrea, fellow photographer for this capture).

Burlington Teen Tour Band Disneyland 2018

The band performing at Disneyland – last performance of the tour (what a way to finish!)

Sidenote – the band has red jackets that members and chaperones usually have to wear when out and about. Georgia was one of the teams in the Rose Bowl game – and their greeting to fellow Georgia Bulldogs fans is apparently to bark at them….which kind of threw a number of us when this happened while we were touring around California – until we figured out why strangers would bark at us (and until they figured out we were NOT from Georgia! LOL).

Now that we’re home again, the laundry is done and the bags are almost all put away (I’m a little slow on that one…), the house will be ready for Stampers Club tomorrow and it’s back to the regular grind. Well, technicially it was back to the grind last week, but it was definitely a dazed stumble-through week for me. Let’s hope this week gets a bit better.

I’ve sent out a number of Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues to people, but if you still need one, let me know. I am in the midst of following up with those on my mailing list, to be sure that they actuallyarrived…. You can see the online versions here, but there’s nothing like having a hard copy in hand, I know. Until the end of March, select free merchandise with each $60 product purchase, get extra product for hosting a party with qualified sales, and get 2 free additional stamp sets if you purchase the Demonstrator starter kit! Contact me for more details or to book a date!

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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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Happy Easter!

Stampin Up Eater Message

Wishing you a Happy Easter! Sharing some samples from Stampin’ Up!’s Easter Message stamp set – available in clear mount or wood mount. If you like these images, grab them while you can! This set is retiring so will be available until the end of May; stamp sets are guaranteed until May 21st, after which they will be as supplies last. You can shop online, or contact me if you have any questions or need assistance placing your order.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day – Do You Have the Luck of the Irish?

yamstamps quick st patricks day card

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! This is a really quick St Patrick’s Day card – created with the Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies, Stitched Shape Framelit Dies, and the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is available in clear mount or wood mount.

Do you have the luck of the Irish?? One lucky commenter will win a package of cardstock! To enter, comment below and answer this question: What colour cardstock was used for the shamrock? (HINT: it’s a Stampin’ Up! colour….and like Stampin’ Up! colours coordinate, this colour’s name coordinates with today). Answer by midnight eastern time March 17, 2017 to be included in the draw! Good luck!

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Quick Die Cut Card

yamstamps quick die cut card

This quick negative die cut card features Stampin’ Up! Canada’s Special Reason Bundle (available with wood mount or clear mount stamps) – available in the Occasions Catalogue.  When you use a negative image, you can highlight some of the patterned paper you may have in your stash! In this case, it’s the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper. The tough part is picking which side of the paper to show! Keeping the paper and image as the focal points, there’s just a touch of colour on the edge of the Whisper White cardstock – you can achieve this look by running the side of the brush tip of a Stampin’ Write marker along the edge of the cardstock, or a sponge dauber with the coordinating ink. In this case, the colour is Rich Razzleberry.

One tip I can share is that as my plastic cutting pads get older, they tend to curl or bow a  bit more – so sometimes running the die and cardstock through the Big Shot a few times ensures that all the little pieces are completely cut through – and the Big Shot Die Brush helps ensure they all come out easily. Another option is to use the Precision Base Plate, which has no “give” and will ensure good contact the entire time. That will ensure that your quick die cut card is truly that!

If you’re interested in learning other techniques, you can attend a card making class in person or online! We created this card during classes in the past week, but I love this quick die cut card effect, so it may make another appearance in the future, in some incarnation! Do you have a favourite set of dies that you like to use for a negative image effect? (future class attendees will appreciate if you share your faves, so they don’t keep seeing a version of this card repeatedly – haha just kidding – but just about the card – I do want to hear if you have a fave!). Feel free to leave a comment below – and don’t panic if it doesn’t show up right away – comments are moderated to avoid spam! In the meantime – be positive about negative die cuts (sorry, couldn’t resist), and contact me if you have any questions.

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