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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Grab Our Cute Badge Contest!

Yep you guessed it! It's time for another amazing YNS Starlet Blog Hop! YIPPEE!!!

To join in the fun and be entered in our Grab Our Cute Badge Contest all you need to do is...

1. grab our cute badge from the side bar

2. put the cute badge on your blog

3. come back here and let me know you've done steps 1 and 2

Then your name will be entered in a random draw for some YNS stamps!!! YAY!!! I'll announce the winner of this contest at the end of the hop on March 18 along with the hop winners.

Ok now off you go, we need your help to spread the word about our super fun blog hop coming up on March 3rd!

Thanks everyone!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

I found a new love!

I fell head over heels in love with Ultra Fine Flower Soft tonight!!!!! The shipment arrived at Your Next Stamp today just in time for the release date and I just had to start playing right away! It is sooooo easy to use...a dab of Flower Soft glue...a sprinkle of ultra fine flower soft...and voila beautiful dimension added to your creation! I LOVE IT!!! Yes, I am yelling right now and jumping around the room - lol actually I'm really only yelling quietly because my son is sleeping in the next room. Can you tell I’m excited?!?! Also can you tell I’m a Flower Soft first timer? lol That’s right I had never used it until tonight and it’s awesome!!!

Here is my creation...

I used Fhiona’s Pet Bird stamp along with a the sentiment Happy Spring which is a little sneak peek at one of the sentiments that will be released this Wednesday – YAY! I stamped them both on Prism Simply Smooth White cardstock, the purple cardstock is from the Crisscross Light cardstock pack, the cream cardstock is from the Prismatics Nautical Blue Accent Pack and the DP is Spring Garden by Doodle Bug. I cut the bird out with circle nesties and then before putting the card together I colored the cute bird in with Copics and used the Ultra Fine Sage Flower Soft on the branch leaves – don’t you just think it looks so COOL?! Then I topped it all off with a little flower brad from the Doodle Bug Easter Brads Set and some ribbon.

Have a fabulous weekend!!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bright and Fun!

WOW! We went from feeling like Spring here in Kitchener to a major snow day! I ventured out to get the mail yesterday afternoon and the snow was already half way up to my knees - that's crazy! I guess the duck ducks won't be back anytime soon - lol

So with all this snow I felt like creating a bright and fun card with the Zebra from the Wild Birthday stamp set. I've been wanting to make this zebra anything but black and white for awhile and this card seemed just right for a teal and purple zebra! I even made my own background paper with some reinkers and a sponge.

I hope you have a bright and fun day!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

In the mood for Spring!

It's a beautiful day here in Ontario and we just got back from a nice walk to the pond which is still frozen but my son who is 21 months old is convinced that the duck ducks {that's his wording} should be back from vacation and swimming in the pond by now! lol Well they weren't there yet and I'm sure we'll have to go back tomorrow to check again. I don't mind though, I really enjoy the nice weather and being able to go outside without feeling like you've got icicles hanging from your nose! Although the forecast does call for a ton of snow tomorrow! With that in mind I decided to continue dreaming about Spring weather and play around with some more Spring themed cards which just happens to be the theme for YNS Challenge #10 – YAY!

I’ve used the Franfou Design stamp Bee Stings along with the Hi! sentiment from the Mixed Bag of Greetings set. The pretty dp is Brellas and Wellies Stripes.

I hope you are having a bright and happy spring like day!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Release Winner

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the new releases and letting me know which ones you like best! Sounds like everyone enjoyed them all!!! YAY!

The winner of the random draw is...

Lysa who said..."They are all too cute to pick just one! Love Fhiona's pet bird & dog!"

Congrats Lysa! Email me for your $20 YNS bucks online code!

Keep your eyes open for the March new release blog hop announcement! Fhiona is hopping around YNS in her new bunny costume so this is a hop you won't want to miss!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

YNS Challenge #10

It time for YNS Challenge #10! YIPPEE! I just love challenges and truly enjoy seeing everyones creations each week!

Starlet Anglea is our wonderful hostess for challenge #10 and she has asked us to make a card or creation using spring colors! I just love spring time and with all the snow and cold days here in Ontario I was quite content crafting while dreaming of Spring!

I've used Fhiona's Yummy Cake stamp along with Prism cardstock and this lovely Cupid Pink Paislee DP that I love!!! I loved it so much I used both sides of the paper on my card and decided to finish my card off with some ribbon, beads, a yummy brown felt flower and a matching brad.

If you missed the new release on Monday you still have time to enter my new release contest for your chance to win some YNS bucks and check out all the adorable new images!!!

I look forward to seeing all your fabulous Spring creations!!! Be sure to hop on over the YNS Challenge blog to join in the fun!


Monday, February 15, 2010

February New Releases!!!

It's new release day - YIPPEE!!!

I've got some fabulous eye candy for you today!! I just love bringing you new releases! Thank you Starlets for all your amazing creations and a big thanks to our Illustrators Fhiona and Franfou for creating these adorable images!!! YAY! 

Today I'm introducing you to Fhiona's Pets and Treats as well as 4 new Franfou designs! All the Franfou Designs come with a little personality bio so be sure to check that out on the YNS website by clicking on the more info cloud.

Scroll down and enjoy all the wonderful creations and then post which new release is your favorite for your chance to win $20 in YNS bucks to put towards stamps over and the YNS Store! I'll announce the random draw winner this Thursday.

If you would like more information on the Starlets creations please click their name link above the card to visit their blog and if you would like to see the stamp set in the YNS Store just click the stamp name link. ENJOY!!!

Want some YNS Stamps????

Until Wednesday February 17th at midnight EST I'm giving away a FREE Stamp or Stamp Set of your choice with orders over $60!!!!
Just enter your stamp choice in the comments section during the checkout process!!! YIPPEE!!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous new releases and creations! Remember to post your fav new release below for your chance to win $20 in YNS bucks!!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

New Release Monday - Sneaky Peeky!!!

Monday is Family Day in Canada and President's Day in the US so what better way than to celebrate with some super cute new releases!!!

I'll be displaying all the Starlets awesome creations here on my blog on Monday so I thought I would share a little sneaky peeky of my card with you today!

This is a peek at Fhiona's Pet Fish - CUTE!!!

Be sure to stop by Monday to check out the all the new releases and for a chance to win some YNS bucks!!! YAY!!!

Have a great weekend and a loving Valentine's Day too!!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

YNS is going PURPLE...

I had a blast reading all your purple guesses! Thanks for joining in the fun and guessing the meaning of...

Your Next Stamp is going PURPLE!!!

**Drum Roll Please**

As many of you know YNS stamps are deeply etched, hand cut with care and made of high quality grey rubber

but not for long...

Soon they will be made of high quality PURPLE rubber!!!! YIPPEE!!!

I am so excited! I love fun colorful things and when I saw this purple rubber I just knew that YNS stamps had to go purple!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!

I will be slowly changing all the stamps to purple but look for the official launch in April!

Our winners for this fun purple contest are...

YNS Surprise Pack - Ruthie
who said...
I think you are going to produce in purple rubber now! How Fab!

$10 in YNS bucks - Wilfreda

Congrats ladies! Email me for your prize!

New Release Announcement

Before you go mark your calendars for Monday February 15th!!! I'll be releasing some new stamps here on my blog and you won't want to miss all the fabby Starlet designs and prizes to be won!!!

Big Hugs

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Super Fun Contest...

I have one word for you today...


So you're now thinking to yourself what does this mean??? Why do I care about the word purple? Well I have a little contest for you...

Can you guess what this means???

Your Next Stamp is going purple!

All you need to do is guess what the above statement means for your chance to win a surprise gift pack - COOL!!!

Email me your guess and then post below saying that you have sent your guess to me and I will enter all the correct answers into a random draw for the surprise gift pack. Plus since I'm all about having fun if you choose to play along and email a guess I'll enter your name into a random draw to win $10 in YNS bucks to use towards your next stamp purchase at the Your Next Stamp store. YAY!

I'll give you until Tuesday February 9th to enter your guess!

** You can guess as many times as you like and if no one gets it by Tuesday I'll give you a hint**

Ok so put your thinking cap on, email me your purple guess, post below and have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

YNS Challenge #9 - Use a Charm

WOW! The past few weeks just flew by and it's already time for YNS Challenge #9! YAY! This week the talented Starlet Maureen has challenged us to use a charm somewhere on our card or creation. I love charms!!!

I decided to use a flower charm to go along with the adorable Aloha Fhiona stamp set. I used the sentiment 'celebrate' from the Mixed Bag of Greetings stamp set and then stamped Happy Birthday on the inside of the card.

I'd also like to introduce you to our fabulous guest Starlet Suzie! She'll be joining us for the month of February so be sure to show her some YNS love!!!

Hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog and join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks!!!


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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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