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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hello!

Hi Everyone!

It has been busy here at YNS! I've been working on some exciting new releases - you are going to LOVE them all!!!

Plus last week I decided that YNS just had to be a part of the largest Stamp/Scrap event in Ontario!!! That's right I'm excited to say that YNS will be a sponsor and vendor at ScrapFest 2010! If you live in the area I hope you plan to stop by for a visit - I would love to meet you!

I've also got a fun contest planned for this week so watch for that announcement soon!

You still have time to join in the Sparkly fun over at the YNS challenge blog so be sure to check that out! Remember that if you use your YNS stamps for your project you get 2 entries. I would LOVE to see more of your YNS projects and if you want me to add them to our online gallery just pop me an email with your creation!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blog Hop Winners!

Thank you for participating in our super fun Rock Star/Vacation blog hop! The Starlets creations were fabulous and I loved reading about everyone’s favourite rockers and vacation spots!

Here are the winners for the blinkie contest and the hop contest - both names were drawn by an online random number generator.

Blinkie Contest
Linda lindaslovlies.blogspot

Blog Hop Contest
Margie ohbumbleismemargie.blogspot
 

Congrats ladies!!! Email me to claim your prize!!! YAY!
 
Also just a reminder that our YNS Fan Club moved!!!
 
 
Plus YNS Challenge #8 is all about SPARKLE so be sure to join in the fun! If you use a YNS image you will get 2 entries!!!
 
Have a great day everyone!
 
Hugs

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January New Release Blog Hop!!!

**hop candy is now closed**




Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop! Our hop will run from today until January 25th at midnight EST and I'll announce the winner of the blinkie contest and the hop winner on January 26th.

I am so excited about this new release! Actually I'm always excited about our new releases *grin* but this release is so totally cool and such a great way to kick off the new year!

Did you know that Fhiona and Fhinn are talented Rock Stars? They also love to travel so you'll find yourself chillin out on the beach and rockin n' rollin during this super fabulous blog hop!

I'm very pleased to introduce you to Rock Star Fhiona, Rock Star Fhinn, Aloha Fhiona and Surfer Fhinn! Thank you Fhiona for designing these amazing new sets!!!

Simonne thought it would be fun for us to write about our favourite rock star or favourite vacation destination to go along with our hop projects. FUN! I’ve used Rock Star Fhinn on my concert ticket holder to represent my favourite Rock Band Nickelback!!! My sweet hubby bought me concert tickets for Christmas YIPPEE!!! So I created a holder for my tickets!!! Don't you think Rock Star Fhinn is adorable and totally COOL?!!!

Outside of ticket holder


Inside of ticket holder


Wanna chance to win the entire new release?

All you need to do is hop along and visit all the Starlets blogs – be sure to leave them some lovely comments plus remember to leave a comment on my blog and then follow the directions to enter your name into Mr Linky on the lovely Simmone's blog (she is your last stop) and voila you are entered into our grand prize draw - the entire new release - 4 stamp sets!

Your next stop on the hop is to the lovely and talented Cabio!

Here is the hop line up just in case you get lost along the way!

Karen - you are here now :)

Cabio

Kerri

Lori (guest designer)

Maureen

Lana

Jenny (guest designer)

Angela

Maylee

Amy

Simonne

Plus for the next 5 days I have a HUGE stamp sale going on over at the YNS store! I don't do sales like this very often and the quantities are limited so grab all the stamps you want at these great deals while you can!

Have fun hopping and shopping!

Hugs

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

YNS Challenge #8 - Sparkle




Well it's no secret that I love glitter and all things that sparkle so when it came my turn to host the YNS challenge I just couldn't help myself! Challenge #8 is all about Sparkle! As long as you've got sparkle on your card or creation you can join in the fun!


I’ve used Fhiona and her Best Buddy Fhinn for my card. The dp is Pink Paislee – Cupid Hearts Bloom that I just adore and then I added some glitter dots, heart gems and some extra glitter using the new Copic glitter pens.

I was happy to see so many participants join us for challenge #7 – thank you for sharing all your wonderful creations! The only thing that could possibly make this challenge even better is if we have more participants using our fabulous YNS stamps. You've got 2 weeks to participate in YNS challenge #8 so be sure to grab your sparkly embellies and glitter along with some YNS stamps {HUGE stamp sale on now} and then join in all the fun over at the YNS challenge blog!

See you back here tomorrow for our New Release blog hop! YAY!

Hugs

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blog Hop Blinkie Contest and YNS Fan Club!






I'm so excited for our first 2010 blog hop which starts on January 21st!

Wanna chance to win some YNS stamps???

Starlet Simonne has created this fabulous blinkie for us and we need your help to spread the word about this fantastic new release!

The winner of the blinkie contest will get a YNS stamp of choice from the YNS Store!

Our hop theme is Rock Stars and Vacations so to enter the blog hop blinkie contest you need to do the following...

1. Grab our blinkie code from the side bar and put it on your blog

2. Comment below letting me know that you have put the blinkie on your blog


Wanna double your chance at winning???

Did you say "YES" - I thought so!

Ok so first you need to follow the steps above PLUS post a pic and a short blurb about your favourite vacation destination and/or favourite rock band. The last stop on the hop will be Starlet Simonne and she will have Mr.Linky set up so you can add your post for a second entry into the contest - be sure to look for all the instructions on her blog during the hop that starts on January 21st. The Starlets will be sharing their stories with you during the hop too! FUN!

Don't have a blog? No worries! Just post your vacation/rock band story below and let me know that you don't have a blog. You'll be instructed to link your name to the YNS challenge blog when linking to Mr. Linky during the hop. That will be considered your second entry for the blinkie contest.

I also want to tell you about our YNS Fan Club! We've moved our Yahoo group to SNR Universe and we would love for you to hop on over and join us! It's so easy to share photos and messages - I love this new group!

If you're not already a member of SNR Universe, then don't worry - it's free and easy to join up at http://snrcardiverse.ning.com/ Once you've registered, come on over and join our group at http://snrcardiverse.ning.com/group/yournextstamp

Ok now off you go - join our fan club - grab our hop blinkie - write your story and then come back on January 21st for our hop! YAY!

Hugs

Friday, January 8, 2010

Getting Organized


Hi Everyone!

January really did sneak up on me and I have admit I had a little bit of the 'holiday brain' so I wasn't very organized coming back to work after the holidays - sorry!

I haven't yet introduced you to our January guest Starlets so I'd like to give a very warm welcome to Lori and Jenny! Thanks for joining us ladies! Be sure to show them lots of YNS love!

You will see their fabulous creations on the YNS Challenge Blog this January. Have you noticed that the YNS Challenge Blog has a brand spankin new look?? Thanks to Simonne our challenge blog is organized, easy to follow and looks fabulous!!! Thanks hun - you ROCK! Be sure to check out YNS Challenge #7 which is all about embossing for your chance to win some YNS bucks to use towards your next or maybe even your first YNS stamp purchase!

Lori and Jenny will be joining us for the YNS January blog hop as well!

Speaking of blog hops look for our blog hop blinkie contest this Monday! I'm super excited about the 4 new Fhiona sets being released and I just know you will LOVE them too!

Since I'm in organization mode I thought I share some pics of the new YNS office/craft room! It still needs the YNS logo, some curtains and few more wall hangings but this is what it looks like so far. I'd like to thank my wonderful hubby for helping me paint and organize plus he's the one who put together all the furniture! IKEA stuff is fun but it comes in multiple boxes so you can assemble is at home - there were a lot of boxes!








Have a super fab weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Hugs

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

YNS Challenge #7

Good Morning!

I can't believe that YNS Challenge #7 is already here! Actually it's hard to believe that 2010 is already here! LOL I found this past year went by so quickly especially with a busy little almost 2 year old who keeps me hopping 24/7 well actually he does finally go to bed at 7 pm but there are no naps in his play routine - darn! He does have quiet time with his favorite show which changes weekly and with that said I just have to share with you what happened yesterday...

He decided to break through the child lock we have on the dvd cabinet {which is there because he likes to play with the discs} and he broke his 'right now' favorite dvd so to all the mom's out there yes I had a pity me moment because there was no quiet time yesterday! He's too young to understand why I couldn't put the dvd in the machine so he just kept pestering me until I convinced him to throw the case in the trash - out of sight out of mind! That only took me about 3 hours - LOL Hopefully he'll pick a new favorite show to watch today and not be looking for the one he threw out!

Today is a special day for a friend so I would like to take a moment to wish Jen D. all the best since today is the day she goes into the hospital to deliver her sweet baby boy - good luck Jen! We can't wait to find out his name!

Now onto YNS Challenge #7 - YAY! Maylee is our fabulous hostess and she has challenged us to use any form of embossing on our card. Check out all the details at the YNS Challenge Blog.






I used Bad Hair Day Fhiona for my card and I made my own background paper using all the cute little stamps that come with this set. I've embossed all the little images for some added pop. I also used the new Basic Grey Sugar Rush designer paper and glazed brads which ROCK! Also since my new craft room is finally functioning {I'll share pics soon} I decided to make this card following Simonne's super cool sketch from Sketch Saturday as well! It's always fun to combine challenges!

I hope you join us for YNS Challenge #7!

Hugs

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sketch Saturday Sponsor!





This week YNS is the sponsor of Sketch Saturday! YAY! I'm sure you've noticed over the past few months that I'm a huge fan of challenges and especially love a good sketch challenge! This week my super talented DT Coordinator and friend Simonne is hosting the Sketch Saturday challenge and she has brought us this fabulous sketch...





My YNS craft room is still in limbo so Simonne was kind enough to give me permission to display her super fun card she made following her sketch - thanks Simonne! She has used the adorable Shopper Fhiona stamp set. I just adore the colors she has used - chocolate brown along with pink and red - yummy!!!!



Be sure to hop on over the the Sketch Saturday challenge blog and join in the fun for your chance to win the YNS Shopper Fhiona stamp set!

Also you've still got time to join in the YNS challenge #6! Kerri has an amazing sketch for you which all the Starlets really enjoyed so hop on over the YNS challenge blog and check it out!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!!!

Happy New Year!!!


I really wanted to post a New Years card but instead I'm posting a picture of the future Your Next Stamp craft room. All my crafting goodies are in limbo so I hope you like the little sneak peek of the YNS blue room! YAY! It was totally a builders white before so this is just a tad bit brighter and I love it!









Also here is a super cute photo of Brandon with his new drum set! He had so much fun this Christmas and so did we and I hope you did too!










I look forward to all the fun times ahead in 2010!

Hugs

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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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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: http://tennisgirl27.blogspot.com/

Julie Elak
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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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