Friday, May 19, 2017

Almost Berry Picking Season

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday, woohoo!!!!!! Who doesn't love a beautiful Friday to start the weekend off right. The weather the past few days has been A-W-E-S-O-M-E. I've been driving around with the top down (on my car, people!) and love the breeze. It's the best time of year after a long, long cold snowy winter. Can you tell I'm loving it?

Another thing I love is berry picking, so this week's theme with the Sisters in Stamping is perfect. I went berry picking as a little girl and I've taken my boys (and visiting family members) to pick strawberries often. It's a lot of work picking those berries, but I love it. A few more weeks and we'll be heading to the strawberry farm to get our buckets of berries, but in the meantime you will have to enjoy a card made with berries instead. Well, who am I kidding, I'll share a photo (or two or three) with you from last year's berry picking excursion before I share today's card.

My berry picking partner, Jonah. His favorite part of going is getting the strawberry smoothie at the end of picking. Guess I can't blame him. 

Almost done. I'll fill this bucket yet.

Okay, you were patient enough with me. It's time for this week's strawberry creation. Hope you enjoy it.

I used the basket stamp to create a tone on tone background for my card. Then I stamped a few baskets on whisper white cardstock and used the blender pen to slightly color them in.  Notice a few of my baskets are empty. It's usually what ends up happening when we go to pick our berries. Someone gets tired and just puts their berries into someone else's container and just calls it quits 

I used washi tape as a ribbon and for something for my baskets to sit on. I used the red thread from the holiday catalog around the rims of my baskets to add a little more color. The basket of wishes stamp set is coming back in the new catalog, so if you didn't get a chance to order it, you will only have to wait until June 1st to order it.

Don't forget to head on over to Sisters in Stamping to see more great strawberry ideas.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ready for Some New Toys?

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Mother's Day to all my stamping companions. Hope your day was fantastic. We had a good day here at the Yurkanin's. A soccer game and time with extended family. Today is also a blog hop with Stamper's Dozen. This month snuck up on me pretty fast. It seems like I just did a post for Stamper's Dozen. Lucky for you we are sharing some great samples today that feature new product and stamps that will be in the upcoming catalog that will debut in June.

These little piggies are so adorable. And the saying..... it's just amazing. Perfect for Mother's Day. We moms all believe we could do things and so we do. The new little glitter dots are A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! You will need to get those right away.

The new catalog is full of so many great stamps and fun new accessories. Let me know if you want one. I will have one waiting for you.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Non-Traditional Card Fold, Love Different

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to another fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing with you some non-traditional card folds. We all know we can take a piece of paper and fold it in half to make a card, but we all love something that is a little different and makes crafting and giving so much more fun and exciting. A little change of the fold can make all the difference and add a whole lot more fun.

A z-fold card is the easiest non-traditional card I can think of. You just take a half sheet of cardstock and fold it in half (like you usually would to make a card) and then just fold the front flap back to the fold. That's it!  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.  I stepped it up a little bit for this card because it's a double z-fold card. In order to get that you just cut a strip of cardstock that is 11" x 1" and fold that in half and then fold the front part back to the crease. Then to put it on the card you just flip it around so that the long piece is attached to the short 2 2/3" piece of the card and the short part of the 1" strip is attached to the long side of the card.

These cards are so fun to make. You can do so much with them depending on the stamp set you use. You can even cut some extra little strips to fit into the center part to make it a bit more 3-D (SEE THIS POST) The possibilities are endless. Have fun with it.

There is a lot of cutting with this card but the finished project makes it so worth it. Any fish enthusiast would love to receive this work of art.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more ideas using non-traditional folds.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Autism Speaks Blog Hop

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to another great blog hop. This hop is special because we are trying to bring more awareness to Autism. April is Autism Awareness Month and I have teamed up with some great demonstrators to help bring more awareness.  Every project you will see as you hop will be using the colors red, blue and yellow. These are the colors for autism awareness.  Read the tidbits about autism on each blog to gain new knowledge in regards to autism and all it entails.

On a personal level, I have several friends whose children have some degree of autism. I have interacted with these great kids and hold them near and dear to my heart. Also, as a substitute teacher I have been in classrooms with children with autism, some mild and others not so mild. We as a society need to be more educated and that's what we are trying to do with this blog hop.

Stampin' Up! demonstrators all across the United States and Canada have decided to come together this month to make a difference. If you are able to, please help us as we are tying to help others. Below you will find an Autism fundraising link. If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated.

Remember this is a blog hop, so click on the names below to see more great creative ideas.


Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community


The link will say Lee Conrey. She is our team captain for this blog hop.

1- Kimberly Van Diepen
2- Kylie Bertucci
3- Lee Conrey
4- Rachel Bronson Yukanin (You are Here)
5- Heather Wright Porto
6- Susan Best
7- Louise Sharp
8- Candy Rattray
9- Maureen Rauchfuss
10- Tammy Fite
11- Billie Moan
12- Monika Davis

Friday, April 21, 2017

Let's Appreciate Our Kindergarten Teachers

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday. It was a short week at school but why do these short weeks feel longer than the full weeks? Doesn't make sense to me. Then again, a lot of things baffle me, lol. Anyway, another Friday means another great post with the Sisters in Stamping. Today is Kindergarten teacher appreciation day and we are sharing some gift ideas for teachers with all of you. Let me tell you as a frequent substitute teacher in kindergarten classrooms, we need to show these teachers more appreciation than we do. They work hard to teach and mold these young little minds.

For my project, I decorated an empty clear mount stamp case that now holds a junior legal pad. Something every teacher can certainly use. Plus, most teachers are addicted to tablets, pens, or anything stationery.

What I do is cut one piece of designer paper the entire length and width of the stamp case. Then, I cut one that is half the width, and another one that is one and a half inch wide.  Then I made a small focal point with the basket and the greeting. These are great gifts for so many people. The nice thing about these is that they fit nicely in many purses and the case protects the tablet from getting all "smashed" up in your purse.

Here's the inside. I always take a piece of the designer paper that matches one from the outside of the case and use it to cover the top of the legal pad. It looks so finished and brings it all together nicely.

The junior legal pads are just a bit too long for the cases so I just take them to a local office supply store and have them cut a bunch of them at one time for a small fee. 

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for even more ideas.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop - Dragonfly Dreams

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to another great blog hop with the Stamper's Dozen. By now, we all know the retiring list of stamps and products is out. I know a tough time to say goodbye to some awesome favorites but don't worry, not all of it is going. There are some fantastic stamps that are sticking around and Stampin' Up! gave us a heads up of some of these sets. They are listed below.

2017-2018 Catalog Carry Over Items:
  • Dragonfly Dreams (item 142924)
  • Jar of Love (item 141587)
  • Banners for You (item 141710)
  • Touches of Texture (item 141934 W/143251 C)
  • Swirly Bird (item 141749)
  • Beautiful You (item 143004 W/143637 C)
For my card this month, I narrowed it down to the dragonfly dreams stamp set. It wasn't easy because I really like some of the other ones quite a bit. It wasn't an easy decision.

I wanted a bright and fun card and I think I achieved that goal. To get the multiple colors on the strip of dragonflies, I die-cut them out of the four colors and then carefully hand-cut them to fit onto the strip of the daffodil delight dragonflies. The fine-tip glue pen is perfect to put these guys together. 

The spotted dots stamp makes an awesome multi-colored background very quickly. Change the greeting and I think you would definitely cheer up someone with this card too.

Don't forget to head over to Bonnie's blog for more inspiration on stamps that will be in the next catalog.

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