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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge Sponsor

Your Next Stamp is this weeks proud sponsor of the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! Be sure to check out all the details and link your card to the Midnight Madness Challenge blog for your chance to win some YNS stamps.

I found the sketch this week really fun and it definitely challenged me to take my creativity to a new level which is awesome!!!

I've used a few different stamps for this card...

Mermaid and Starfish - Happy Days Mermaid stamp set

Bubbles - Just Swimming By Mermaid stamp set

Turtle - Happy Birthday Mermaid stamp set

Thanks! - Thanks! stamp set

The designer paper is DB High Tide and I've used some shimmer cardstock along with the some of the aqua paper from the Prism Teal Paper Pack. I colored the mermaid, turtle and starfish with Copics and then finished the card off with some diamond stickles and pearls. I just love how it turned out!

Just for fun I made my card into a Thank You card so that it goes along with YNS Challenge #4 - giving thanks! You too can combine your challenges and join in the fun over at the YNS Challenge blog!

Enjoy your day!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Mom's Special Birthday Deal

Happy Birthday Mom!

Well actually her birthday is tomorrow but since I have a different card to share with you tomorrow for the sketch I'm sponsoring I thought it would be nice to share her birthday card with you today!

I've used Skating Fun Fhiona which was so much fun to color! I love all the creative ideas everyone has for the ice - I've used stickles but I've seen all sorts of things like glaze and flowersoft used as well by you and the Starlets.

I've got some YNS special deals to celebrate my mother's birthday! YAY! These deals are good until November 25th at midnight EST.

FREE Shipping on your entire order {code HBMFS}


20% off your entire order {code HBM20}

Plus as always you automatically get free shipping on orders over $55 on orders shipping to Canada and US so why not take advantage of the 20% off and the free shipping at the same time!

Visit the Your Next Stamp store today to take advantage of these great offers!

Remember to join in on all the fun over at the YNS Challenge Blog! Challenge #4 is all about giving thanks! Hop on over and check it out!

Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Your Next Stamp Challenge #4

YAY!!! It's time for another Your Next Stamp Challenge!!! This weeks hostess is Stephanie and she as challenged us all to make a card to give to someone we are thankful for!

I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life! I decided to make a card for Brandon's Grandparents for all the wonderful things they do for us. I've used the Monkey Gone Bananas stamp which was designed with Brandon in mind since he is our little monkey! The little flower stamp is from the Wild About You stamp set - which I totally adore! The Thanks! sentiment is from the Thanks! stamp set. I colored everything in with Copics and finished it off with the pearls that I'm totally loving right now! I used the sketch from Jen's Sketch For You To Try - I love this layout! Thanks Jen for all the inspiration. YNS is the sponsor for this SFYTT so why not combine your YNS challenge #4 entry with Jen's sketch for your chance to win $10 in YNS bucks!

Since our challenges are meant to be fun and we want everyone to participate I've decided to allow any stamps to be used when creating your challenge card. Although I would love for you to use a YNS image so if you do your name will be entered in twice for this weeks prize which is $10 in YNS bucks to spend at the YNS store!

In addition to the prize this week I'm giving every single participant a free limited edition YNS digital stamp - YAY! If you already own all of our limited edition digital stamps than I will give you $3 in YNS bucks to put towards your next purchase.

Your next step is to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog and join in all the fun!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blog Hop Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our new release blog hop! I'd also like to give the Starlets a HUGE thank you hug for their amazing creations with Bad Hair Day Fhiona, New Years Party Fhiona and Wedding Day Fhiona!

All the names for Fhiona's hubby were awesome! I really enjoyed reading all the comments and name suggestions. It was a tough decision so with a little help I decided his name will be Fhinn. I like the ring of Fhinn and Fhiona and I just love the fact that Fhinn stands for handsome :)

Here are the winners for the new releases...

As promised everyone who suggested a hubby name was entered in twice for the Wedding Day Fhiona.

Wedding Day Fhiona - Ruthie (Rx)

Bad Hair Day Fhiona - Stampin Silvia (blog - mabie stampin)

New Years Party Fhiona - Melanie (blog - paper blessings)

Congratulations to all of you!!! Please email me your address so I can get your stamps in the mail for you!

All the Starlets will be posting the winners of their digi stamp giveaway and as I receive the names from them I'll post them here as well.

Email me for your digi stamps :)

Simonne - Trish (chatterboxthoughts)

Kerri - Nicole (scrapinsweetheart)

Amy - Melanie

Maylee - Robin with no blog link - this better not be my sister's comment because she already has the digi's - lol - if I find out it's her we'll pick another name!

Cabio - Angelwood

Cathy - itsabrt (inkyfingersrule)

Lana - Cathy

Stephanie - Sheila (blog - crazy and lovin' it)

Maureen - Mary (blog - marydemmons)

Check back tomorrow for YNS Challenge #4! YAY You still have time to enter YNS Challenge #3 so hop on over and check it out!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blog Hop Continued and SFYTT Sponsor

Thanks Jen for sharing this amazing card with us! Jen is the host of the SFYTT. Every Saturday she has a new Sketch For You To Try which I think is awesome! She comes up with some really great sketches and it really helps people to step outside of their crafting comfort levels and try new layouts!

This week Jen asked if I would sponsor her SFYTT and of course I said YES!!! Hop on over and check out her i{heart}2stamp blog and enter your card using her sketch for your chance to win $10 in YNS bucks - YAY!

Remember to check out the Charisma Cardz Challenge and the YNS Challenge #3 as well!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 9, 2009

New Release Blog Hop!!!

**This blog candy is now closed**

I am so excited about our 2nd New Release Blog Hop!!! We all had so much fun during our first new release blog hop that we decided to do it again - YAY!

Please give a big round of applause to our wonderful illustrator Fhiona Galloway for these 3 new Fhiona Sets...

Bad Hair Day Fhiona

Wedding Fhiona

New Year's Party Fhiona


Plus just for fun I've released the Mixed Bag of Greetings set


The Starlets have out done themselves again with some amazing creations! Along the hop you will find super cool creations made with the 3 new Fhiona Sets along with some amazing creations made with our new Limited Edition Digital Stamps.

We're giving away 1 of each new release so that means there are 3 winners in total! Plus each Starlet is giving away some of the new digital stamps to a lucky person who comments on their blog - COOL! For a chance to win one of the new release sets all you have to do is comment on all the Starlets blogs plus you must leave a comment on this blog post as well so I know you've been here and are participating in the hop.

Fhiona's hubby/best buddy needs a name!

If you would like an extra entry into the Wedding Fhiona set please leave a name suggestion for Fhiona's hubby with your comments below :)

This hop is going on all week so to celebrate I'll be including a free surprise gift with every rubber stamp order plus I'm offering a 10% off your entire order discount code at the YNS Store which is valid until November 16th at midnight.

10% code is YNSBH2

Thank you so much for joining us! Your next stop on the hop is to the lovely Simonne :) and just in case you get lost along the way here is the entire hop list...

Have fun!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge Sponsor

Your Next Stamp is the proud sponsor of the Charisma Cardz Challenge this week! YAY!

The theme this week is Merry and Bright and since I've been busy making some fun yet simple cards for my craft fundraiser this weekend I decided to share this bright and fun Christmas card with you today! I've used the YNS Christmas Balls stamp set. I love this set and I really like how my card turned out with the bright colours and the sparkly card stock :)

Join in the fun challenge for a chance to win the Fhiona and Friend Penguin stamp set!

Also we'd love to have you join the the YNS Challenge #3 which is going on right now - FUN!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Fhiona's This Monday!

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been around much this week. I've finally started feeling better and then I was busy getting ready for a craft fund raiser I'm participating in next weekend and of then I had to get ready for the exciting new release this Monday! YAY!

Be sure to stop on by to check out the amazing creations the Starlets have prepared for you for our 2nd Blog Hop! Lot's of prizes to be won so please pass this exciting news onto all your friends :)

We've got a really fun YNS Challenge #3 going on right now as well so be sure to check that out! Plus I've put together a special package price for our new Limited Edition Christmas Digital Stamps!

Thanks everyone! See you on Monday!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

YNS Challenge #3 Plus New Digi's!

What an exciting day!

Today is YNS Challenge #3 - Christmas with a twist by Simonne! You are not allowed to use any red or green on your Christmas card or creation - how fun!

Also I've decided to launch some really fun and cute Christmas digital stamps! Everyone loved the Halloween limited edition digi's by Fhiona so she was kind enough to create some Christmas limited edition Digital Stamps for us which will be available until Dec 31st 2009 - thanks Fhiona!!!! You can check them all out HERE.

I've used the digital stamp Decorated Christmas Tree for my challenge card today along with MME Colorful Christmas designer paper and some of my favorite pearls by Prima Marketing.

Hop on over to our challenge blog and check out all the amazing cards by the YNS Starlets! We would all love to have you join in for your chance to win a YNS stamp set!

Also mark your calenders to check back here on November 9th because we've got a really fun blog hop planned for you!!! We'll be introducing 3 new Fhiona stamp sets - YAY!!!!


Monday, November 2, 2009

November Stamp Winner

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! Even though I am fighting a flu bug my son managed to make me laugh on Halloween with all his quirky little gestures. At first he wanted nothing to do with his monkey costume and then later on in the day he brought it to me and wanted me to help him put it on - that was so cute! Then as the door bell started ringing he realized all the other kids were dressed up and he wanted to hand out the candy so him and daddy handed out candy and then went to visit a few friends in the neighbourhood. The best part was on Sunday night when it got dark he wanted to put his costume on again and then he ran to the door waiting for all the kids and when no one came trick or treating he decided it was time to play with all the left over candy we had - what great fun it is to transfer candy from a bowl to a bag over and over again! The simple things in life are always the best things!
Ok now on to our November stamp winner :) This month I used the random number generator and I got follower 156...

Melanie - I don't have a link to reference but you have red hair in your picture
Please email me your 3 favorite stamps from YNS along with your address. I'll pick one from the three you choose.

We are starting YNS challenge #3 on Wednesday so I hope you stop by and join in the fun for another chance to win some YNS stamps!


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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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