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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In 1 week...

Your Next Stamp Challenges are starting!!!

I just want to say how excited I am about starting YNS challenges! Thank you for helping to spread the word and if you are just finding our site and blog for the first time please hop on over to our challenge blog and check out all the info :)

Plus just to stir some excitement we have something really CUTE and FUN up our sleeves so look for that announcement on October 7th! Keep checking back for some hints at what this is all about - FUN! :)

We are also the proud sponsor of The Pink Elephant challenge this week so be sure to hop on over and join in on the fun for a chance to win some YNS stamps!!!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Madness!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!!

I'd like to thank you for participating in our very first FUN blog hop! I'd also like to give a huge round of applause to our super talented Starlets!!! *clap* *clap* *whistle* Fabulous creations gals!!! Thank you for supporting YNS! We appreciate all of our Starlets and customers!

Well it's Monday Madness here at YNS because we have a ton of stuff to giveaway, cards to share and a challenge sponsor announcement {aka really long post - lol} so without further ado lets start with the WINNERS!!!

Here are our hop winners {all draws were done with a random number generator} as well as the winner from the Windswept Fhiona guessing game - random draw from all the comments on that post.

Windswept Fhiona guessing game winner

Leah The Orange

Stephanie was our Secret Blogger!!!

Secret Blogger {stamp of choice} winner

Angel {no blog link to reference}

Grand Prize {$50 in stamps} winner

Jodi {}

CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners and thank you again for participating - we had so much fun!!! Look for more fun hops in the future :) Please send me an email with your address so I can get your stamps in the mail for you :)

Here are the winners for the card giveaways from the Starlets!!! Send them an email with your address and card choice so they can mail it out for you :)

Amy - Chrisd {simplethingsinlife}

Simonne - Angela {sparklycards}

Cabio - Shana {scrapinshana}

Lana - Ruthie {gedalovitch}

Ryann - Cassie {cassietr_stamping}

Kerri -Rebecca {thereisastampforthat}

Maureen - Jodi {happyscrappinstampinmommy}

Maylee - Kristina {kristinascards}

Stephanie - Handmade Creations

YNS is the proud sponsor of the Pink Elephant Challenge this week so I'd like to encourage everyone to check it out and participate!!!! FUN!!!

Here is my take on the FUN recipe they have for you today. They have asked everyone to create a project that includes dots, use of a punch and a tag. I really like how my card turned out and I am totally addicted to those adorable cookie cutter embellies!!! I used all little stamps from different sets - Merry Christmas, Present, Stocking

Now since I didn't share any cards for the hop I'd like to share a few of my creations with you today!!!

Windswept Fhiona {all the details are below}

Monster Sign {all the details are below}

Monster Sign Side View

Windswept Fhiona - I just LOVE this stamp!!!!
I stamped Fhiona with Memento black ink on Simply Smooth White Prism cardstock and cut her out with my circle nesties. She colored in with Copics and the leaves are colored in with fine tip Bic markers plus I fun flocked her hat - too cute!! The dp is SEI Playday Flower Shower , the pink cardstock is Prismatics and the brown is Core'dinations the ribbon is Stampin Up.

Monster Sign - this is such a fun stamp!!!
I stamped Monster with Memento black ink on Simply Smooth Prism cardstock and then just cut it out along with all the layers with my trimmer and distressed the edges with scissors. Plus I paper pierced along the black layer but you can't see it very well in the picture. Monster is colored in with Copics and then I drew a line so the Doodle Bug Spidie Braddie would hang from the sign. The other fun bats and ghosts are Jessie James Buttons. The dp is My Minds Eye - Boo To You! and the cardstock is DCWV white core and Stampin Up.

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Release Blog Hop PARTY!!!!

Blog Hop Candy is now CLOSED although you are welcome to hop and look at all the wonderful creations :) Thx for stopping by!

Come and join the YNS Blog Hop!

Well the day is finally here!!! We are so excited to introduce 2 new Fhiona Stamp Sets {Windswept Fhiona and Skating Fun Fhiona} to you as well as a whole bunch of really FUN Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps!

We'd like to take a moment to thank our amazing illustrators who worked so hard at creating all these images for us! You all are so talented and it amazes us how you can take our ideas and turn them into fun and whimsical stamps for all of us to enjoy. Also thank you Carol for all your hard work at the rubber factory!

We have got lots of small giveaways along the hop so be sure to check out what all the Starlets are giving away plus one of them is a secret blogger who we will reveal on Monday Sept 27th and at that time a winner will be announced and they will get a free stamp set of their choice!

The HUGE grand prize is $50 in stamps of your choice {plus the shipping is on us for all prizes} - COOL!!! All you have to do is comment on all the the Starlets blogs including the YNS blog {you're here now} plus the last stop is our challenge blog so be sure to check out all the cool stuff going on there and remember to comment on that blog as well!

Today {Wednesday September 23rd} until midnight Thursday September 24th we are offering FREE SHIPPING on your entire order!!! Be sure to check out the YNS store and enter PARTY as your coupon code during checkout.

The Blog Hop Party starts right here at the YNS blog! You will then hop to all the Startlets blogs to check out all their amazing creations they made with the new releases - they are all extremely talented!

You're next hop is AMY's Blog. She will tell you where to go from there but just in case you get lost I have the entire party blog roll right here...










Challenge Blog

Remember to comment on ALL the blogs to qualify for the GRAND PRIZE!!!!

Happy Hopping!!!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Summer Fun

Well it was bright and sunny all weekend so I was in the mood to create a summer fun card to share with you today :)

The image is Summer Fun Fhiona - isn't she just darling? I stamped her with memento black ink on Prism Simply Smooth White paper and cut her out with my square nesties and then colored her in with my Copics. The dp is from our Blossoms and Butterflies collection and the pearls/gems are from the new Prima Marketing collection - I love all the different colors of pearls! The butterfly is made with the Martha Stewart butterfly punch and then I added little crystals to make it sparkle :)

Plus we have so many FUN things going on here at YNS I thought I would take time today to list all the ways you can win free stamps!!!

  1. Join our Yahoo Group for a chance to win $20 that you can use at the YNS store towards stamps of your choice {draw date is October 1st}

  2. Grab our new challenge blinkie and post a comment on our new challenge blog letting us know you are helping to spread to word and you'll be entered into a draw for a free stamp set of your choice plus free shipping {draw date is October 6th}

  3. Follow our new challenge blog and you'll be entered in a draw for a free stamp set of your choice plus free shipping {draw date is October 6th}

  4. Follow this blog and every month we draw a random winner and give away a free stamp set of choice plus free shipping {next draw is October 5th}

  5. Last but not least...we have a HUGE new release blog hop starting this Wednesday so check back for all the details on how you can win $50 in stamps of your choice!!!

Enjoy your day and be sure to hop on back to the YNS blog on Wednesday to join in all the FUN!!!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Wanna Free Stamp Set???

Your Next Stamp Challenge

Hop on over and check out our challenge blog for your chance to win a free stamp set of your choice!!!

Also check out yesterdays post for the Halloween sneeky peeky!!!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Halloween Sneaky Peeky!

Here's a little sneaky peeky of our new Halloween line! I just couldn't resit coloring this adorable little ghostie trick or treater pink so it's a totally non traditional Halloween card but I love the way it turned out!

The image is from Alicia {a new to YNS illustrator} and she just loves to create fun images that make people smile and laugh out loud. She is a welcome addition to YNS and I'm sure you will just adore her entire Halloween collection! These images will be released during our Sept 23rd blog hop :)

The little candies on the card are from Trick or Treat Fhiona and the dp is a sparkly Halloween paper from Doodle Bug {which I love} called Candy Sticks and as you can see from the side view I was in a mood to pop everything off the card :) FUN!
Be sure to check all the AMAZING cards posted on YNS DT blogs! Stephanie has a little sneaky peeky of the new Fhiona so be sure to stop by and take a look :)

Also I am so excited about our challenge blog so be sure to hop on over and check it out! Fun challenges will be starting in October :) YAY!

Hope you enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Your Next Stamp Challenges!!!

I know I said I'd be back Thursday with a card and a post but I just couldn't wait to tell everyone about our NEW challenge blog!!!

I would like to encourage everyone to visit our challenge blog and grab our Your Next Challenge blinkie and help spread the word!

All info is posted on the YNS challenge blog so click HERE to hop on over and check it out!!!

Also we really would love more members over at our YNS Yahoo group - lots of fun things going on - card mingles, contests, card posting and just plain old FUN!!! Click the Yahoo link on the side bar and join today!

I'll be back as promised on Thursday with a card to share with everyone!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall is on the way...

and that means my family goes apple picking!!! FUN! I love this time of year! Although I'm really going to miss the HOT summer days :) I guess I'll just have to stamp a card with Summer Fun Fhiona to keep near by when I'm missing the beach weather! LOL

To celebrate apple picking season I'm sharing this sneaky peeky card today of our super cute image of a little girl with apples :) I love this image and can't wait to show you all the other fun new releases on Sept. 23rd!!! We've got Fall, Christmas, more Halloween and a few new Fhiona stamps coming your way! Plus the YNS store is now loaded with fun new Christmas DP and goodies so be sure to check it all out!

If you haven't stopped by all the DT blogs you've got to check out the AMAZING YNS cards they've been creating!!! We all love comments so be sure to let them know you've been by for a visit :)

Well I'm off for a few days as my hubby is taking a few days of holidays so I'll be back on Thursday with a new card and post! {don't worry all orders will still be shipped - remember to join our newsletter to hear about the secret sales}
Oh and just in case you were wondering...Chris's team kicked my booty way out in left field in our fantasy football game - darn!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Puffy Snow!

Oh how I love when UPS shows up at Your Next Stamp! That's right UPS dropped off some fun things yesterday that I'll be posting to the store very soon!

I just love green and blue together! Such nice winter colors :) Almost as much as I love baubles! You've probably noticed that I bauble almost everything! This card is my sneaky peeky card of the day and yes, it has baubles on it! You'll see lots of fun new things on this card. The tree stamp will be released as part of a larger set on September 23rd during our super fun blog hop - remember to mark your calendars! The picture doesn't show this very well but the snow on the trees is all puffy - COOL! I finally got some of that fun Liquid Applique in for the store so look for that soon! Plus that pretty DP will be available in the YNS store as well :)

Be sure to check out yesterdays post as well for a fun little contest.
Also I have to tell you that the DT has been posting some fabulous YNS cards so be sure to check out their blogs!

We've also got a new Yahoo group so if you haven't joined us yet please click HERE and join in on the fun. We've got a card mingle sign up going on right now! FUN!

Plus we have a secret sale going on right now for our newsletter subscribers so visit the YNS store and sign up today!

Off for a fun filled weekend with my hubby and Brandon and I wish the same for all of you! Oh, and just for the record {because I know he'll read this} I play Chris's team {my hubby} in our fantasy football league this Sunday so cheer me on because Spa Babe {my teams name} is going to kick his teams butt!!! LOL


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sneaky Peeky Fun!

Well you might be thinking WOW Karen has some busy card going on here :) You're right I do and it's for our little sneaky peeky game today!

The card posted has some stamps that belong to a new Fhiona set but I'm not showing you Fhiona, I'll let the DT do that during the HUGE new release blog hop happening on September 23rd so mark your calenders and tell all your friends because this is one blog hop you will not want to miss!!!

If you want a chance to win this new stamp set plus a $10 YNS gift certificate than all you have to do is post a comment telling me what the 4 stamps are that you see on the card plus post the name of the designer paper I used ( can find the DP in the store) then I'll do a random draw for the winner on Sept 23rd! FUN!

Also remember to check out our new Yahoo Group HERE! All members that join and introduce themselves are entered into a draw for a $20 YNS gift certificate :)

I'll be back Friday with another little sneaky peeky!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Join us for a chance to WIN!!!

Good Morning!

We now have a Yahoo Group and we would love to have you join us! Click HERE to join and chat about YNS stuff, cool new releases, techniques and up and coming events with myself and all our DT Starlets! That's right our DT now has a super cute name and I think it matches our stamp images and their delightful personalities perfectly!

To celebrate this new Yahoo group I'm going to give away a $20 gift certificate to the YNS Store on Oct 1 2009 to one of our lucky members! What are you waiting for - come join in on the FUN!

Also did you know that if you create an account at the YNS store you can put items in your cart and they'll still be there when you sign back in - COOL!
Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter as well so you can be the first to hear about secret sales and new stuff.
Today I've posted an adorable Shopper Fhiona shaker card. She's such a happy little shopper! Check back tomorrow for another super cool sneaky peeky of what is coming up near the end of the month during our HUGE release party blog hop! Date to be announced soon so stay tuned!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Too Cute!

A little sneaky peeky at what's coming this month!!!

Ok so I couldn't resist sharing this picture with you! Spa Babe is the name of my fantasy football team and this picture is my team logo :) This is Brandon when he was a wee baby in his Spa Baby bath!!!
The draft went very well and my 'firm butt' theory proved to be a success :) Let the games begin!!! lol

There was a lot of chitter chatter going on amongst the DT this weekend and I'm sure all of you will be very pleased with all the cool stuff we are planning!!!
Our challenge blog will be set up soon so keep your eyes open for that announcement plus a super fun new release blog hop is coming your way this month!!! I'll have more details on that very soon!

Although I'm just so excited that I had to share this Rockin' Christmas Tree card with you as a little sneaky peeky!

Enjoy your day!


Monday, September 7, 2009

and the winner is...

skcatusflower75 - my hubby did a random generator pick and your number came up! Congrats!!! Please send me your name and address along the stamp of your choice! YAY!

Our next draw will be Monday October 5th :) FUN!

To join in the fun all you have to do is follow this blog!

I'll have more fun details about my weekend for everyone tomorrow!


Friday, September 4, 2009

It's Friday!!!

YAY! The long weekend is here which means my hubby is home for 3 days and that gives me more time to play with all the new rubber that just arrived - he he he! Don't worry we'll have some sneak peeks for you really soon!

Also the long weekend means Fantasy Football Draft around here! Yep you heard me right, if you can't beat em' join em'! I used to complain about football season so my hubby started a fantasy football league with all our friends and family so that I would be entertained while watching football. I got totally suckered into this!!! My fantasy team made it to the Superbowl 2 years ago and just missed out last year...this really upsets my brother in law cause check out how I pick my team members...
  1. do I like the color of the teams jersey

  2. do I think their name is cool (Cadillac is on my team and so is Toushy - well that's what I call him anyway)

  3. are their butts firm - this really should be #1

  4. does my hubby rave about how good they are and he can't believe no one has them on their team - I use this info and steal them from the waiver wire before he can - ha ha ha - last year I got Hightower this way - shhh our little secret!

So wish me luck on Sunday - that's draft night :)

Ok moving on to the posted cards...

Thanks Melanie for sending me this cute apple card - love the gems girl!!!

The other is another one of my little cute creations - thought I should post this for my hubby since we're buddies and after he reads this I'll need to suck up. Love you hunny! You are my best buddy!

Don't forget about our 15% off going on all week until Sunday at midnight and I'll post the winner of the stamp set from our amazing followers list on Tuesday :)

Hugs to all and enjoy your long weekend!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Swinging Princess

YAY! another card by me :) While we wait for all the packages to arrive to our new super cool DT you have to look at more cards made by moi :) Hope you're ok with that! Actually I have a really cute one from Melanie that I'll share with you tomorrow :)
Ok so we've all been gushing over all the adorable Fhiona images - which by the way is awesome!!! So glad everyone loves Fhiona! I thought today would be a good day to gush over our other super amazing illustrator Dale! She is so fab!!! This swinging princess is just so darn pretty!

Remember that this Monday is our first stamp giveaway for all of the followers of this blog so be sure to get yourself listed if you're not already! If your name is picked you get a stamp set of your choice! Be sure to tell everyone!!! We will draw a new name every month :)

Also our THANKS sale is on until Sunday night so be sure to take advantage of this great sale and get 15% off your entire order!
I see many of you are interested in the guest designer spots which is fabulous!!! Please email me if you haven't already so I have your contact info to set up your guest spot :)

Well I'm off to play for the day - it's super sunny and hot here so I think Brandon and I will go to the park and swing! {Don't worry all your orders will still get packed and off to the post so you can play too!}


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today feels like Christmas!!!

Good Morning!

Brandon is at Grandma's today and I had some extra time to myself yesterday so I thought it felt kinda like Christmas :) I'm sure you all know what I mean - free time with kids - what's that??? I know everyone is just at the edge of their seats waiting for the DT announcement so wait no further...I decided to make the big announcement today! I hope everyone is alright with me posting the names early :)

As you all have probably noticed everyone who applied is so talented! I had a really hard time making this decision. I would have listed all of you here but that would just be a little crazy - yes, even a little too crazy for me! So if you don't see your name it doesn't mean I didn't absolutely LOVE your work because I did!!! I loved all of your blogs and cards :) I will be calling on guest designers starting in January so if this interests you let me know :)

So let's give a big round of applause for...

Steph H.
Amy L.

{ok stop jumping around...your neighbours are starring, oh, who cares keep jumping - it's FUN!}

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I look forward to working with all of you!!!

Please email me so we can get you started :)

Thank you again for everyone who applied - you are all truly amazing people and very artistic!

As an additional little surprise I have launched a few Christmas stamps today! Plus some of our fun Christmas stuff in our new Christmas section :) The card above is Fhiona with her little friend penguin - CUTE!!! and the paper and brads are from the Colorful Christmas collection.

Plus as a huge THANKS I have decided to give everyone 15% off everything in the store for the rest of the week!!! COOL!!! Your sale code is 'THANKS' The sale will end Sunday at midnight.

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Is it Saturday yet?

First off...thank you for all your wonderful comments! I noticed a special request or maybe it was a demand (just teasin') from Jennifer so here is a cute card to entertain everyone while waiting for the DT announcement :) and I'll have another one tomorrow and the next day and then one more after that :) kind of like counting sleeps as a kid...only 3 more cards until the DT is announced :)

I just love this little fishy from the Happy Birthday Mermaid set and the waves are from the Just Swimming By... Mermaid set. I'm not sure if the picture really shows all the pretty shimmer in the paper frame but it is really sparkly :) Sparkle and glitter? I wonder who made this card :) LOL For anyone new chiming in today I am madly in love with sparkle and glitter :)
Also just for fun I have a little surprise for everyone which I'll share with you later in the week!

Have a super duper day!!!


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Karen Dedman
Designer & YNS Owner

Karen Dedman <br>Designer & YNS Owner
Hello! I’m the lucky owner of Your Next Stamp and I’d like to thank you for visiting us! I live in Ontario, Canada and I am so grateful that I’m able to get inky, be creative everyday and still be at home with my son who brings a smile to my face and makes me laugh on a daily basis. Three years ago Your Next Stamp was just a dream, I feel so blessed everyday that I’ve been able to turn my dreams into reality. I love that we have this wonderful world of stamping and blogging and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and love seeing all your amazing YNS creations! Thank you for all your kind emails and support! I hope that YNS stamps bring a smile to your face and inspire you to stamp and create everyday! Happy Stamping!

Kerri Michaud
Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator

Kerri Michaud <br>Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator
Hello! My name is Kerri Michaud and I’m a stay at home mom to 3 kiddos ages 7, 5, and 2! We currently live in Apopka, Florida which is just outside of Orlando. I got into stamping about 2 years ago after I had my first Stampin’ Up party. I was instantly hooked LOL! Before then I had dabbled in scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, quilting, jewelry making, and whatever other crafty whims that came my way. I think I have found my true passion in stamping and card making though! I also LOVE to make altered items and little gift boxes, etc. I am soooo excited and honored to be part of the Senior DT for Your Next Stamp! I ADORE these darling images and just love working with Karen and the rest of the DT!

Peggy Toole
Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator

Peggy Toole <br>Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Peggy Toole and I am a stay at home mom to 3 great boys who are 11, 12 and 15 and have a wonderful husband who is very understanding about my stamping obsession! We live in the Shuswap, part of the Northern Okanagan in beautiful British Columbia. I have been stamping seriously now for about 3 years and love this hobby and all the wonderful people I've been lucky enough to meet so far! I am thrilled to be part of the Your Next Stamp design team and to be working with such talented women.

Maureen Wong
Designer and YNS Video Goddess

Maureen Wong <br>Designer and YNS Video Goddess
Hi everybody! My name is Maureen and I live in sunny Hawaii with my husband, 2 boys and 3 dogs. When I'm not paper crafting, you can find me reading, watching TV, or playing on the computer. I'm so excited to be designing for Your Next Stamp and I hope I can inspire you at least a little with what I create!

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera <br>Designer
My name is Angel and I’ve been stamping for over 8 years! I also scrapbook from time to time, but prefer making cards or other little projects. I try to escape to my craft room as often as my 3 boys (ages 16, 12 and 10) and all of their extra activities allow! My husband of 19 years, Derek, is supportive of my crafty time because he knows it makes me happy. I also work full time with a wealth management company and am a licensed life and health insurance agent. I’m so excited to be working with Karen and ALL of the YNS crew!

Bonnie Kohane

Bonnie Kohane <br>Designer
I am a second generation SAHM, which i call SAHGM. ("G" for grandma). I have been watching my grandkids for 7 yrs. I am also going through a second generation of crafting, i have a scrapbook that is almost 60yrs old filled with all of my favorite memories. I've been featured in Stamper's Sampler..more of an artsy card magazine...but my style tends to be "cute". Card crafting isn't the only thing i like to do, if i am not working on cards, you'd see me working at my sewing machine, crocheting or trying any new craft technique out there.. i love a challenge..which brings me to say..i can't wait to see what you all create for the YNS challenges!

Brianna Loeffelbein

Brianna Loeffelbein <br>Designer
Hello my name is Brianna also know as Happy Scrapper in the crafting world. I am 26 years old, I am married to a wonderful supportive husband of four years and we have an amazing two year old son Jayden. We live in a small northen town called Brainerd which is located in the state of Minnesota. For the past 7 years, I have been working for our Local UPS Store as store manager and I just love it. When I am not working I am spending time with my family and friends and of course crafting! I have been passionate about crafting my entire life. My main love of course, is Paper Crafting, specifically card making. I also like to sew, bead and crochet and teach others how to show thier creative sides. I am so honored and privileged to be joining such and awesome group of ladies here at YNS, I can’t wait to get started and share all my creations with you!!

Deborah Anton

Deborah Anton <br>Designer
My name is Deborah Anton and I am a stay at home mom to 11 year old twin boys and a wife of 12 years to a patient, loving, and awesome Army Officer. I am originally from California but currently live in Tennessee. I keep pretty busy just on the home-front with my active boys playing different sports, moving every few years, and volunteering with the Army. But in the little "me" time I do get, I love to do anything crafty and hide in my craft room!! I started out 11 years ago designing and creating jewelry for 2 large retailers, which led me to having my own business; until 8 years ago when I met designer paper and glue. A new love relation began! I am so excited to be part of the YNS team and work alongside so many talented ladies!

Jen Roach

Jen Roach <br>Designer
My name is Jennifer and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and 3 year old daughter. I'm a scientist by day and a paper crafter by night ---or really just about any free time I have including my lunch breaks at work!!

I started out in paper crafting back in about 2002 when my Mom and I took a scrapbooking class together. A few years later I decided to give card making a try and it's been my passion ever since. I'm the world's slowest scrapbooker so the instant gratification of card making really won me over. Over the years I have used more and more stamping in my designs and I love learning and trying new techniques and styles.

I would probably define myself as a "scrappy stamper". I *LOVE* patterned paper and most of my cards have lots of it with added layered on embellishments and textures. My cards may not be easy to mail but boy are they pretty!!

Other than crafting, I love to play tennis as you can probably tell from my blog address:

Julie Elak

Julie Elak <br>Designer
Hi, I am Julie Elak, aka "The Last Minute Crafter". My days are kept busy working full time and running after my children. I use almost every free minute to craft, my purse is typically full of copics and a pari of scissors. I began stamping well over 10 years ago, but my love for paper crafting found renewed energy once I discovered the online community in 2009. I started a blog on a whim and am so happy I did. I have made many friendships and found so much support and encouragement on-line.

Laura Nehring

Laura Nehring <br>Designer
My name is Laura, and I am SO excited and honored to be joining the Your Next Stamp Team! I am a former preschool/kindergarten teacher, now stay at home mom to 3 energetic kiddos - 5 year old twin girls, and a 4 year old boy. I met my husband the year I graduated from highschool, and we've been together ever since. We are enjoying life in sunny southern California, where we were both born and raised.

I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I was pregnant with my girls, which led me to stamping and cardmaking a few years later. The point of no return was when I purchased my first Copic marker at a local scrapbook expo 2 years ago... now I'm hooked! I LOVE to color, and it's how I unwind at the end of a busy day! My card making style is fairly clean and simple... I like for the images to be the focus of my creations, so I don't do a lot of embellishing. In addition to Copics, I am also completely obsessed with Kraft Cardstock, and polka dots! I am really looking forward to being a part the YNS team!

Nicole Nastali

Nicole Nastali <br>Designer
Hi! I’m a former kindergarten teacher who is now a stay at home mom to my 2 little girls. My hubby is supportive of all my crafty pursuits and that says a lot about him because I love all kinds of crafts from making headbands, bows, & designing dresses to making party favors and now cards!! I am a newcomer on the stamping scene and have met so many wonderful crafting friends already thanks to the common joy of card making and coloring with Copic markers. I would color all day long if my family would let me…!! Lol! My favorite colors are the blue greens (affectionately called the BG’s) and I try to sneak them into every card I make!! I love to get crafty with my girls (ages 8 & 6) and let them color images right along side me. It’s a fun hobby for us all to share!! A sleepover stamp from YNS was one of my very first stamp purchases & I’ve been in love with Fhiona & friends ever since!! I’m thrilled to be joining the YNS Team with this group of fabulously talented ladies & I can’t wait to share my cards with you!!

Ruza Rebel

Ruza Rebel <br>Designer
I'm a former Administrative Assistant turned stay-at-home mom to a very special young lady. I've been crafting since I was a young child, and when I became a SAHM I turned to crafting to stay busy. Staying busy making cards, altering items, and just having fun with paper is an amazing hobby that I truly fell in love with. I'm very grateful that I have a husband that supports me, that my son loves seeing my creations as well, and my special young lady enjoys getting into my crafts. I truly love the challenge of making something beautiful with the various products available to the crafting industry. That is why I am super excited to share my projects featuring the amazing YNS Digital Stamps, and I look forward to seeing your creations as well!

Sheila Veitch

Sheila Veitch <br>Designer
I was borne and grew up in a small town Canada. I started paper crafting in the fall of 2007, when I saw a stamping catalogue one of my friends had laying around her home. I took one look through the catalogue and was so excited because I knew I had found my favorite hobby at last! Making Cards. I’m a natural born artist, I completed a graphic arts program in college and worked as an artist for several years a life time ago. I currently work as an office administrator in Toronto where I live with my dog Georgie. Though I absolutely love my job, this hobby is my creative outlet. I believe, the cards I make are like little works of art, expressed from the heart. I find that when I’m making a card for a specific person, I am thinking about that person through the whole process. And that in itself can be the gift.

Thanh Vo

Thanh Vo <br>Designer
Hello there! I’m Thanh (pronounced “tan”). I live in the Metro Vancouver area of Canada in a suburban apartment. I'm so excited to be joining the YNS Design Team! I was the July 2012 Guest Designer and have fallen hard for the the images since. I work full-time during the day and can be found in my little craftin' haven at night either sipping a cup of tea or a yummy martini! I'm a Design member for other fabulous companies as well, if you would like to learn more about me, please visit my blog. Take care and I look forward to creating with you!

Wendy McGaffey

Wendy McGaffey <br>Designer
Hey Wendy McGaffey here with a lil about me.....I have been happily married for 27 years... I have 3 grown children and 3 furbabies and I love crafting...☺...I usually have several projects on the go from crocheting a stuffed teddy bear to sewing a memory quilt, but honestly I have to say that paper crafting and making cards is number one on my list...I started out scrapbooking but fell in LOVE with stamps and then became slightly addicted to coloring with Copics .....I am having a ton of fun on the YNS team and absolutely love creating with their products.
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