Wallpaper Craft – Use Those Remnants!

yamstamps wallpaper card

I was recently asked to participate in a fun project for the Wayfair blog – making a wallpaper craft! The idea was to showcase how to use leftover remnants of wallpaper. I got to pick whatever wallpaper I liked from the online store (that was a chore in itself, narrowing it down!) and then use it to create or re-create a craft project.

This is the project that was shared on the Wayfair blog. – I did a version of the metallic birthday card with remnants of the wallpaper, plus made an envelope. I was pleased at how easy the wallpaper was to work with – I was worried it either wouldn’t cooperate or would crack or not fold as I wanted, but it is wallPAPER after all…. The wallpaper featured in this is Silver Shimmer – it’s a heavier, almost fabric-like feel. Okay, maybe not fabric. Lightweight pleather?? Anyway – it cut and scored easily enough for me to use the Envelope Punch Board to create the envelope. I added portions of it behind the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper rather than the Silver Foil I used on the original card. The one caution – it will add some heft to your project, so you may end up paying a bit more postage to send it – depending on how much wallpaper you use. The Silver Shimmer wallpaper is as advertised – it has silver tones and it does shimmer, so the whole package together is WOW. This is a wallpaper craft project that will have you wanting to have surplus wallpaper so you can make multiples!

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This is a variation on the theme – showing off the wallpaper a bit more. Love the texture it gives. I used Tear & Tape to adhere the wallpaper to the project (and to adhere the other layers to the wallpaper) – just to ensure it was really “stuck”. I find the Tear & Tape very good for 3D projects or things with a bit more texture or heft. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue would likely work well for a wallpaper craft….but I don’t always work well with liquid adhesives, being the slightly messy crafter that I am….

Here’s a better look at the wallpaper envelope.

You can see the score line, and the corner rounder on the Envelope Punch Board worked with the wallpaper as well!

So thank you to Sarah at Wayfair for inviting me to participate in this really fun project. I still have some wallpaper here….so you may very well see it pop up again in future projects. Or maybe I’ll actually use some on a wall…..(who am I kidding….wallpaper crafting for the win!). What’s the most recent non-crafting item that you’ve used in your crafts lately?? My enquiring mind wants to know…

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Quick Set Up Video – Love Today Planner Kit

A quick video on setting up the Love Today Planner Kit (with an actual appearance from me….at a funny angle….because I couldn’t be bothered to change the location of my tripod so I just kind of turned the camera and leaned into the frame…and because it’s a holiday Monday and that’s about the most effort I could make today….hahaha!)

The video shows you the completed set up for a month – I suggest you 1) Unpackage your pages 2) Sort like with like pages: Labeled Month pages, blank Month pages, Weekly Sheets, Weekly Sheets with Lined Backing 3) Assemble like in the video!

EDITED TO ADD – sorry, I know when I said quick, I didn’t mention that I was speaking quickly as well!! If you like, you can visit the video on the YamStamps YouTube Channel  and turn on the captions….

Hope that helps, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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Ha! I love it when I figure out something clever! Somehow, though, I’m sure someone else figured this out before me, and didn’t tell me about it….

More bang for your buck with the retiring Everyday Hero stamp set.

If you can’t see the embedded video above, go the the YamStamps YouTube channel to check it out!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope that you are able to spend time with those you love, and/or spend time doing something you love! My gift to you is a video of Valentine’s Day crafts! I thought I’d share one of the videos from my appearance on Halton Insider last week. I was fortunate to be invited to TV Cogeco to film some segments to air! I managed to load a few of the appearances on the YamStamps YouTube channel, so you can catch them there, but I thought I’d share one here on the YamStamps blog as well. (If you can’t see the video below, click on the link to go to YouTube to see them).

In this segment, I show a couple of really quick and easy paper crafting decorations you can make – fun for adults or children! You don’t need fancy equipment to make these decorations (though it does make it more fun…haha). You could whip up a few of these right now and still have lots of time to enjoy them!

So you’ll need something to cut the paper with, something to attach the paper with (tape, stapler) and something to hang the decoration – ribbon, string, twine….. You could make them fancier by using different papers, by decorating the papers – stamp on them, colour them, draw on them, emboss them…. I love that you can totally customise these Valentine’s Day crafts to your taste!

(Warning, shameless plug coming up) The same concept goes for the projects in the Clever Cards Online Class! You will learn the concepts of how to make some tricky looking cards (which actually aren’t all that tricky to make once you know how!) and then you can decorate them to your personal taste (or the taste of the recipient) once you have the basics. You may be able to pick up that I tend to go for the more clean and simple look, but you can definitely make more complex and complicated looks if that’s what you’re going for!

Thanks again for reading the YamStamps blog. I feel quite lucky that I am able to spend time doing something I love, and being able to share it with others! Happy Valentine’s Day! Now go make some “love”ly cards and decorations!

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LAUNCHING TODAY! Clever Cards Online Class

YamStamps Clever Cards Online Class - 5 designs to take your cardmaking to the next level!LAUNCHING TODAY! The latest YamStamps online class! Clever Cards shows you five different card patterns that you can use in your crafting. If you feel the need to step up your cardmaking, or want to move on from making simple cards to simply amazing cards, this is the class for you! The class covers how to create these cards: Double Z Fold, Curved Strips, Secret Message, Rotating Image and Twisting Pop Up. Each card has a photo, at least one video showing the construction & decoration of the card, supply list (featuring Stampin’ Up! supplies), and written, downloadable instructions. Lifetime access means you can return to class materials over and over again, when you need them. Online class means as long as you have internet access, you can watch and learn wherever you are, whenever you have the time! You can find out more information about this class, and register HERE. To see more about some of the other online classes that I have available, you can visit the YamStampsMore page.

I can promise that THIS will not happen in class videos….

because this was edited out! I think editing out my goof ups and slip of the lips took longer than anything else….

I hope that you will join me in this online class. I enjoy clean and simple cardmaking, but sometimes, by changing up a few folds and adding some elements, you can turn a simply stamped card into something even more impressive! These are the cards that will impress the friends and family who don’t usually appreciate your handmade cards as much as they should…..I’m sure we all know a few of those people, don’t we?! LOL. If you’re a auditory or visual person (like me), you’ll appreciate the video to listen to and watch what’s going on. If you’re a reader, the written instructions will come in handy (plus they’re downloadable so you can print them out to refresh your memory as you are making your own versions!

Anyway! I am already at work at the next online class focusing on watercolouring on cards. I’ll have to come up with some snappy name for that I guess. Suggestions welcome 🙂

In the meantime, I am working on a few last minute Valentine’s Day giftables (did you catch any of my segments on Cogeco TV’s Halton Insider last week?! Lots of little crafty ideas there!) Hey – you could purchase the Clever Cards online class and whip up one of the fancy cards in time to give to someone tomorrow?! Happy Crafting.

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Quick and Easy “Love”-ly Card

Have you seen Stampin’ Up!’s Falling In Love Designer Series Paper? This is a gorgeous set of papers, double sided, with lots of bokeh effects and images. It’s hard to pick which side to use! (Good thing there’s duplicates!). They make a great background for a simple card.

This is a version of the card that I showed on Cogeco’s Halton Insider the other day. I realize that you have to be within the Cogeco Halton viewing area to catch the show (6pm, repeated the next day at 630). I am working on a way to get the recordings into a format I can share! The other night I actually did a facebook live video on the YamStamps page where I showed my TV screen!! (The recording is posted if you wanted to check it out). Much like at Christmas time, we recorded 5 segments in a row, featuring different projects, that will be aired during the shows this week.

Essentially, you heat emboss the graphic and word of your choice from the Love Sparkles set (available in clear or wood mount) with Gold Embossing Powder. I did an extra thin border for the matting piece in Soft Sky (rather than using a traditional 1/4″ larger piece of cardstock, I did 1/8″ larger), and then wrapped it with some of the gorgeous Metallic Woven Ribbon in Gold. You can get the ribbon for free with a $60 product order until the end of March for Sale-a-Bration! (Download the Sale-a-Bration catalogue here and the upcoming new releases here!). This makes a clean, simple and elegant card – perfect for Valentine’s Day, wedding, anniversary or “just because” kind of card!

I am putting the finishing touches on the Clever Cards Online Class and it will be open for registration in the next couple of days. It’s a great class (if I say so myself LOL) that will break down the construction of a few “fancy folds” type cards that you will be able to decorate for the occasions when you want to give a card that will really WOW the recipient! I’ll post the official release here on the YamStamps Blog so please be sure to come back to the site!

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