Scrapfest / CreativFest Wrap Up

yamstamps scrapfest booth

I survived! Scrapfest / CreativFest 2017 in Mississauga was a lot of fun, but it was tiring for sure. Here I am, and it must have been early enough so I wasn’t yet drooping, but late enough so that I was awake (and smiling)…LOL. I had super helpers – Arlene was there for all three days, Anne made it for two (something about trick or treating with the grandchildren on the Saturday, I mean, really…..LOL), and my mother filled in on the final day too. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, filled out a ballot, chatted, shopped and visited. Thanks to my helpers, and thanks to Lisa of Scrapfest.

Congrats to Jackie H who won the free draw and had her choice of either a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine or a full set of Stampin’ Write Markers, and to Sandre, who won the same choice in the draw that was exclusively for those who purchased a starter kit by Sunday.

yamstamps scrapfest 2017 make and takes

These are the various free make and takes we did over the three days. We did the dragonfly the first day (Dragonfly Dreams and Triple Banner Punch were the featured products), the gingerbread man/reindeer the second day (Cookie Cutter Christmas set and builder punch), and the Daisy the last day (Daisy Delight set and punch / discounted bundle). I wanted to have make and takes that were cute, but quick and easy – Scrapfest attendees tend to be set on cruising all the booths, sometimes in a limited amount of time, or en route to a special class, so it’s good to have something that’s not too much brainwork. (OK maybe that last part was just for me….). I figure that people can take their make and takes and use them as tags for gifts, or stick them onto a cardfront or scrapbook page. Or hang them on the fridge. Whatever works.


yamstamps scrapfest 2017 helpers

Here’s a selfie attempt – that’s Arlene on the left of the picture and Anne on the right. Arlene is the only one who seems to know where to look when taking a selfie….and yes, we did fix the sign so it hung better than that…. I hope to be able to be at the next Scrapfest event – it’s always fun to meet new people and catch up with customers and friends who are getting a little crafty shopping time too! To those who requested to be added to my mailing list – I’ve finished that job earlier today and you should have received something from me already – please let me know if you didn’t get an email and wanted to be on the list! To those who requested catalogues – I’m working on confirming mailing addresses and getting things organized for mail out.

In the meantime – tomorrow brings Week 5 of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas to subscribers’ inboxes, and Wednesday is the weekly email….so I’d better get busy!

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One of Those Days?! Manic Monday Card


I’m sure you can relate (perhaps especially on a Monday?). One of those days where nothing seems to work in your favour and you’re constantly swimming up stream. Like Dory, my mantra is often “Just keep swimming”. Here’s a great card to send to someone who’s going through a bit of a rough patch, and it’s perfect for a Manic Monday, I think! This card is easy to reproduce and a perfect way to brighten someone’s day. It uses the Stampin’ Up! Canada Weather Together Bundle which includes the Umbrella Weather Framelits and Weather Together photopolymer stamp set.

Colours used are Crushed Curry for the background and umbrella top; Island Indigo for the raindrops, Real Red for the hearts and Smoky Slate for the umbrella handle. I did the usual thrifty trick of stamping the umbrella top in the centre of the Crushed Curry cardstock, and die cutting it before using the remainder of the cardstock as the backing for the main image piece. Noone sees the umbrella shaped hole behind the other layers! Since this set has coordinating images and framelits, I was able to cut out a few hearts easily, and add one or two to the front of the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. I combined Thick Whisper White cardstock  for the cardbase and regular Whisper White for the top layer. This way, the whole card feels substantial, but it’s not too bulky or heavy, especially since the umbrella top is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I’m off to continue on my Manic Monday….prepping for the Christmas Card Class on Wednesday – going to be a fun one with lots of bling! The registration deadlines for the November Christmas Card Class and the Tin of Tags Class are coming up soon – visit the YamStamps Events page for more details and registration information. Hope to see you in class soon.

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Create Your Own Patterned Paper

pistachio-cardNow I know that Stampin’ Up!’s great Designer Series Papers are on sale right now (Buy 3 Get 1 Free) but there’s always another option when you have stamps, ink and cardstock! Create your own patterned paper with these essential tools. Here’s another card using the Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair framelits. I used the smaller stamps in the set to create the patterned paper featured in the left hand panel. One of the secrets to getting good placement with random stamping is roughly creating a visual triangle with one image/colour, and for me, making sure I don’t crowd the images too closely together.  You can kind of see that in the panel?! The great thing about this stamp set is that it’s photopolymer – so you can see through to exactly where you’re stamping. They stick to the clear blocks like nobody’s business as well! The slight drawback? Make sure your pad is clean (no fuzzies etc on it) – because the stamps will pick that up. That, and I find them slightly stinky when brand new (of course, that doesn’t last too long!)  For this card, I used oval framelits to cut out the main sentiment and added more flowers for colour and accent.


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Seize the Cake!

seize-the-cake-cardCarpe Cake! (sorry to all those Latin scholars out there, because I’m pretty sure that’s not quite correct…). Anyway – a fun card using a combination of sets. The cake image is from Sketched Birthday, and while there are some good sentiments in that set, I was taken by the “Seize the Cake”from the Something to Say set and thought the two went together quite well.  The Designer Series Paper Lullaby forms the background. I love that the DSP could be used for baby pages or projects, but doesn’t tie you to that theme. Of course, the easiest way to figure out a colour scheme for a project is to take it from the DSP used – so in this case, there’s some Coastal Cabana cardstock and thick Baker’s twine, and I used a blender pen to colour the image with Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey and Baked Brown Sugar. A fun birthday card for a guy or a girl 🙂

If you need to build up your card stash, don’t forget that I have monthly card classes and a monthly Stampers Club where you get to use all sorts of Stampin’ Up! product and techniques to create 4 different cards. Check out my Events page or contact me for more details!

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Medallion Card

medallion-club-cardStampin’ Up!’s Daydream Medallions is a set that I have had in my collection for a little while now, and I should have been using it more often!! LOL. This card uses the stamp set and the coordinating Floral Frames Framelits Dies for the Big Shot, so creating this medallion effect is EASY (especially with the Magnetic Platform)!!! Stamp, die cut, layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a Vintage Faceted Designer Button to the centre of the top medallion as well. Obviously, this is a special card that’s appropriate for hand delivered options. If you wanted to mail it, you would want to put it into a padded envelope, or use SNAIL vs the Dimensionals to make it flatter.  This could be a great Mother’s Day card!

OK I’m off to ensure that my house looks entirely unlived in (aka ready for showing as it’s up for sale!! LOL). Living like this has put a bit of a crimp in my crafting time – as I am a bit of a messy crafter so I’m fearful of getting going on something and then having to clean it up quickly! However, I am actually learning to craft a bit more neatly, and perfecting the “clean as you go” crafting way….

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Yay! I stamped!

ombre-card Well, I’m over the jetlag and recovering from my cold…and I stamped! I have to say, it was wonderful to be back in my stamp room creating (well, once I cleared a spot to do so…but that’s another story…LOL). I created this ombré card for Stampers Club last evening with the Happy Watercolour set. Love! I also have always loved washi tape, and love this Watercolour Wonder metallic version available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue. If you are following me on Instagram, you’ll see another card we did last evening (amongst the other photos I share…LOL). If you like the ombré look – you’ll love the new product coming from Stampin’ Up!…the alcohol based markers called Blendabilities will be packaged in shades of the same colours. I’ll be holding classes exclusively featuring these markers, so be sure to be on my mailing list to be in the loop as to the schedule!!

In the meantime, there’s also a new batch of weekly sale items! Stampin’ Write markers and punches are on the list – you can never go wrong with these tools in your crafting kit!


Stampin’ Write Marker New Color Kit 
Item # 130034
Regular Price: $37.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $28.46 CAN
Extra Large Oval Punch Item #119859
Regular Price: $22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.21 CAN
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Item # 127555
Regular Price: $7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 CAN
Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 CAN
Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.71 CAN
Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
Regular Price: $6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.88 CAN
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad
Item # 131172
Regular Price: $7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.44 CAN
Reasons I Heart You Swatchbook Template
Item # 129013
Regular Price: $13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.37 CAN
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