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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

YNS Challenge 13

It's time for YNS Challenge #13 and it's my turn to be hostess YIPPEE!!! I decided to challenge you to use PURPLE on your cards :o) I love purple!!! You can use a little purple or lots of purple so pull out all your purple papers, inks and embellies and start creating!

I decided to use Rainy Day Fhiona for my purple card and I was so excited to finally use one of the scallop cards Starlet Angela was so nice to send to me -thank you Angela!!!! I didn't want to cover the card with dp so I decided to sponge it instead using purple, blue and green ink. I really like how it turned out so I think I'll be doing that again for sure! You may think the Happy Spring sentiment is from Fhiona's Little Buddy stamp set but it's actually smaller and from a new set that will be released next week - YAY!

Be sure to hop on over to the YNS Challenge Blog to join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks to spend on stamps at the YNS store!

I'll be introducing our April guest designer tomorrow plus I'll have a sneak peek of the new stamps!

Until then...Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

What's going on this week...

Hi! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! We didn't have the warmest weather this weekend so we stayed indoors and discovered a really fun play place for Brandon which was so much FUN!!! We will be visiting the Little Tot Spot again for sure. If you live in the area and have a child under 5 years old you should check it out.

Well I don't have a card to post today so I thought I would share all the exciting things going on at YNS this week. It's been busy around here getting ready for ScrapFest and the April New Releases which I am extremely excited about!

I'm the hostess for YNS Challenge #13 which starts this Wednesday so be sure to check that out! You still have time to join in all the fun for YNS Challenge #12 hosted by the wonderful Cabio so hop on over to the YNS Challenge Blog and play along for your chance to win some YNS bucks!

Plus I'll be showing you some sneak peeks later this week of all the fun new stamps I'm releasing next week - this will be a 3 day super fun release which starts Tuesday April 6 - mark your calendars and tell all your friends because you won't want to miss this release!

If you missed my last post - YNS is the sponsor for Embellish so be sure to join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS stamps!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Embellish Magazine Challenge Sponsor

I love challenges so I am proud to say that Your Next Stamp is the proud sponsor of the Embellish Magazine Challenge this week!!! YAY!!!

I decided that Fhiona's Pet Bunny would be perfect for this challenge and as you know I've grown to love stitching on cards so this was a really fun addition to the challenge. Now before you look too closely at my card I need to confess that I totally messed up! Lucky for me I have a good sense of humour and I'm ok with laughing at my own silly mistakes...can you see where I went wrong?

I used light purple instead of blue!!! DUH!!! Ashley emailed me all the details and I carefully wrote them down and got ready to make my card and for some strange reason I got on this purple, pink and kraft mission and after I finished my card I took a double take and realized I didn't use light blue - oops! So if you look closely there is a speck of light blue on my Doodle Bug Brad :o) WHEW!

I hope you join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS Stamps!!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hoppy Tuesday!!!

Brandon has been gearing up for his egg hunt with his nieces Catherine and Isabel by hiding blocks in plastic eggs and then going "POP" and opening them. He is so surprised to find a prize when he pops it open even though he's the one who put it in there - too cute!!!

I've used Hoppy Easter Fhiona on my easel card today. Easter is on the way and Fhiona is just too cute in her bunny outfit so I just couldn't wait to ink this stamp!!! I got my mini sewing machine out once again and I think I did a pretty darn good sewing job although the lady at the store did tell me that if I ever decide to venture into sewing clothes rather than paper that I should buy a larger model...I don't see that happening anytime soon but have you seen some of Starlet Maylee's sewing - WOW!!! I wonder what I have to do to get one of those purses! :o) I also decided to stamp a little background starburst from Fhiona's Happy Birthday stamp set.

Until next time..Happy Stamping

Friday, March 19, 2010

Let's Distress...again

Cabio has challenged us to use some form of distressing on our cards for YNS Challenge #12 and this is something I don't do very often so I thought I would give it another shot and make another card using this technique :o)

I've used the stamp Grasshopper Gloria along the adorable sentiment 'Some buggie loves you!' from the Mixed Bag of Greetings Set. Yes, I actually ripped the paper - lol not something I usually do but I actually really like the way this card turned out.

Remember that I've got a sale going on right now - 15% off stamps at the YNS Store - sale ends this Sunday at midnight.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blog Hop Winners!

Thank you so much for joining us for our New Release Blog Hop! The Starlets creations were fabulous and I hope you enjoyed hopping along just as much as I did!

To celebrate this new release I've decided to have a sale!!! YAY! The sale starts today and will end Sunday at midnight.

15% off all YNS Stamps!

Be sure to visit the YNS Store today!


Using, the lucky winner of TWO of the brand new release YNS stamp sets of their choice is:

DAWN (aka craftykitten) from!

Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Dawn! Please email me to claim your prize!


The mystery prize winner was drawn from the comments left on Maylee's Blog Hop post, and that winner is...

SUZI from Sugar n Spice!
Congratulations, Suzi! Please email me to claim your mystery prize!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

YNS Challenge 12

Hello!!! It feels like forever since I posted on my blog! It has been a crazy few weeks for me. First I was busy getting ready for the new release hop - winners to be announced tomorrow - I hope you all love the new yummy stamps!!! and then my computer decided to have a little melt down and went for a visit to my lovely repair guy for 7 days!!! Plus I've been working on more new releases which you are going to just LOVE!!! OMG I'm just so excited and I can't wait for you to meet our newest addition to YNS! That's all I’ll say for'll just have to wait for the announcement :o) Anywho it feels awesome to be back blogging, creating and sharing so let's get to it!

Today is YNS Challenge #12! YIPPEE!!! It’s also St. Patrick’s Day so HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY!!! I'm part Irish and can’t believe I don’t have St. Patty Day stamps (note to self – create some for next year). I debated making a creative card using lots of green and shamrocks but I ended up with a brown and blue card instead which just happens to be one of my most favourite color combos!

Cabio is our wonderful hostess for Challenge #12 and she has challenged us to distress our cards and creations so I decided to 'frey' or should I say distress the edges around the blue cardstock and around the hugs sentiment. I used the gerber daisy from Rosemary’s Garden which just happens to be named after my Mom (look for a special new release just for her coming soon) and the hugs sentiment is from the Greeting set. I just love cute things so I just knew I had to add the adorable little dragonfly brad from Doodle Bug :o)

I hope you join us over at the YNS Challenge blog for your chance to win some YNS bucks!!!

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Easter and Mother's Day New Release Hop!!!

New Release Day is finally here! YIPPEE! Today you will be introduced to our 6 new Easter and Mother's Day stamp sets! Our illustrators Fhiona and Dale have created some adorable and fabulous stamps that I'm sure you will love! Thank you ladies!

To check out the new sets at the YNS Store just click on the links below...

The Starlets have some serious eye candy for you and this time we decided to make one of the Starlets a secret blogger - FUN! We will reveal one lucky winner of the secret prize after the hop on March 18 so be sure to leave them all comments as you hop along for your chance to win! Plus be sure to stop by the last stop on the hop which is the YNS Challenge Blog and follow the directions to enter the Grand Prize of 2 new release sets!

The hop starts here at my blog and I've made a card using the Fhiona's Easter Basket stamp set and of course I just had to sneak in some of my new favorite embellishment Ultra Fine Flower Soft!!! I used the Raspberry Fizz for the easter grass in the basket.  And yes I finally got a sewing machine although by the look of my 'not so straight' lines I don't think I'll be making clothes for Brandon anytime soon! lol If you would like a closer look at my creation just click the photo to blow it up to the extra large blogger size :o)

Your next stop on the hop is Starlet Maylee!

Here is the hop order just in case...

Karen - you are here :o) 









Beth (Guest Starlet)

YNS Challenges - YNS Challenge #11 all about using a BIG bow on your card or creation - enter our challenge and you'll get 2 entries into the hop grand prize! Check out all the details on the YNS challenge blog

Thanks for joining us and also thanks for helping spread the word by participating in our Grab Our Cute Blog Hop Badge Contest - random draw winner will be announced with hop winners on March 18 so there is still time if you would like to participate! I really appreciate all you do to help spread the word about YNS!

If you missed our contest and don't want to miss our next fab contest and would like to stay up to date on all the YNS announcements please subscribe to my blog to receive email updates, the subscription box is located in the left side bar. You don't need a blog to subscribe - just an email address - YAY!

I {heart} all your comments and I just might be the secret blogger so before you go remember to leave a comment and enjoy the hop!!!


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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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