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Friday, April 30, 2010

Another dotty creation

Happy Friday!!!

I just love this Cheers! drink set :o) You can use it for so many different occassions. I thought I woud make a simple yet fun card to share with you today. I've even used the spots and dots embossing folder so my card fits right in with Lana's lovely dotty challenge this week, check out all the dotty details over at the YNS challenge blog.

Before I go I just had to show you my proud little Brandon...Who needs the bread when you can eat a spoonful of peanut butter with messy blueberries!?! ? He tossed the bread aside and started making this lovely mess that he is soooo pround of :o) CUTE!!!

Have a super fabulous weekend!!!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

YNS Challenge 15 - Going Dotty!

It's time for YNS Challenge #15! YIPPEE!!! Our wonderful hostess this week is Lana and she has challenged us to GO DOTTY!!! So get out all your dots and start creating :o)

I've used Vacation Don for my challenge card and decided to dedicate this card to my close friend Don who just happened to be somewhat trapped in Europe when the volcano in Iceland erupted. To make a very long story short he ended up traveling all through Europe by car and eventually he was able to fly out of Spain. He ended up in Miami before heading home to Toronto Canada which is perfect for this card because Don loves Miami and his favourite football team is the Miami Dolphins!

Now let me clarify…Vacation Don is actually named after this friend of mine…all my stamps have great personal meaning to me and at first I named this stamp Don because every year we all travel to Miami to see a Miami Dolphins football game and this adorable little character just made me laugh and think of our great friend Don! Click HERE to read Vacation Dons mini biography. If you are new to us here at YNS all the Franfou stamps have names and their own quirky bio.

I’ve added the map of Europe to my card for this particular occasion and I consider the dots on the map as my DOTTY challenge contribution - YAY! Also just in case you are wondering...yes, I drew the road :o) I totally amazed myself and I love the way it turned out.

Welcome home Don!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy 40th!

My parents are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary in May so I couldn't think of any better stamp than the adorable Fhiona and Fhinn Wedding stamp!

Ruby is the colour for the 40th anniversary but the card just didn't look right is red so I decided to go pink instead with a little hint of red in Fhiona's flowers. I could resist adding a little bling {aka crystals} to her tiara and some to her gown as well :o) I attempted to colour the hair the same as my parents and got close except my dad has a little less hair and a lot more grey - lol! I'm sure he'll have something crazy to say about this since he is well known for his crazy sense of humour :o)

Enjoy your day and I'll be back on Wednesday with my YNS challenge card - YIPPEE!!!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Just Beacause


I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend! I've been busy making my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary card which I will share later this week :o) In the meantime I thought I would share a card I made with my wonderful hubby in mind. He's been such a great guy and I know he LOVES this Prince Charming stamp!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and I'll be back on Wednesday with my Your Next Stamp Challenge #15 card! YIPPEE!!! You still have time to participate in YNS Challenge #14 so hop on over to the challenge blog and check out our stitching challenge!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Too Cute!


This week is just flying by!!! I can't believe that it's Wednesday evening already! Brandon and I have been enjoying the sunshine but we also stayed in to tidy up the house and this is the photo I captured...

Is there something wrong with my son??? He has a tantrum if I don't let him vacuum and then instantly grins ear to ear when he finally gets a hold of it! He even throws food on the floor just so we can vacuum it up!!! He really does give me daily giggles which is awesome :o)

I made my Mom her Mother's Day card the other day and thought I would share it with you. I doubt she'll see this post unless she blows the inch of dust off her laptop my Dad bought her 2 years ago for Christmas! I keep telling her I'll teach her how to use it but I think all the technology scares her a bit...although she does enjoy playing bowling on her Nintendo Wii!! She's so cute! That's the reason I decided to use Flower Bouquet Fhiona for her card...she is just super adorable and I know she will make my Mom smile.

Have a great few days and I'll be back soon!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

ScrapFest Totally Rocked!!!

WOW! We had the most amazing weekend at ScrapFest!!! Thank you to everyone who came by the YNS booth and supported me at my first big show! I had a blast chatting and stamping with everyone and I hope you send me photos of your YNS creations! I love seeing what people make with YNS stamps! I had so much fun meeting everyone and I appreciated all the new ideas that were buzzing around the booth - I've got lots of new releases planned plus now I'll get hopping on the new ideas so look for lots of new stamps over the next few months!

Here are a few pics for you to see...

My sister Robin (front in blue) and me (purple)

My wonderful hubby who worked so hard helping all the customers!

I was excited to meet Amy at the show! My pic turned out blurry and she has a pic of us on her blog so hop on over and check it out.

I would like to thank my amazing DT for all their cards they sent me for my display boards! You gals are the best!!! Also I really want to say thanks to my family who helped me prepare for this show as well as be there for support all weekend long! My little niece Catherine came by and did some stamping at the booth too. She was so cute!!! I was having so much fun with her I forgot to get a time I'll have to capture that moment for sure.

Have a fabulous day! I'll be back later in the week so until then...

Happy Stamping!!!


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

YNS Challenge 14

Happy Wednesday!!!

It's time for YNS Challenge #14 - YIPPEE!!! Our hostess with the mostest is Starlet Kerri and she has challenged us to use stitching on our cards and creations. You can get out your sewing machine, add some faux stitching, or punch some holes and use embroidery floss! There are lots of options!!!

I had fun playing with Mini Party Fhiona - she is just soooo cute! I decided to use my paper piercing tool to punch holes around the edges and hand stitched a silky pink embroidery floss all the way around. The sentiment Happy Birthday is from the Mini Greetings set and then I finished my card off with a sparkly doodle bug brad. The white background paper has a really pretty shimmer but unfortunately you can't see it in the photo.

I hope you decide to join in all the fun over at the YNS challenge blog for your chance to win some YNS bucks!

I'm busy busy busy getting ready for ScrapFest this weekend! Word around town is that Starlet Amy will be stopping by the YNS booth on Saturday for demos and some fun make and takes! If you live in town I hope you stop by and say HI as I would love to meet you!


Monday, April 12, 2010

April New Release Winner

Happy Monday!!!

I'd like to send out a HUGE thanks to everyone who commented on the 3 Day New Release posts! I'm happy to see that you all love the new stamps.

Here is our random winner for the April New Release Surprise Pack...

KarenB - 

Congrats Karen! Please email me to claim your prize.

Enjoy your day and be sure to check out YNS Challenge #14 on Wednesday!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Release Day 3 - Introducing Ellie!!!

Welcome to YNS New Release Day 3!!! YAY!!!

Today is the final day of our April release and I am very pleased to introduce you to our newest member of the YNS family...

Fhiona's Best Friend Ellie!!!

I just adored this Ellie character from the day our illustrator Fhiona introduced me to her and I just knew that she would be the perfect addition to Your Next Stamp! I hope you love her too!

Here are the fabulous creations the YNS Starlet Design Team made using the 4 new Ellie stamps...I love them all and couldn't wait to share them with you.

Silvia {Guest Starlet} - Ellie with Pressies

Interested in a chance to win some YNS New Release Stamps????

All you have to do is comment on all 3 New Release blog posts and your name will be entered into a random draw for a surprise pack containing some of the April new release stamps!

Contest closes April 11th at midnight and I'll announce the winner on April 12th.

I hope you love all the April New Releases as much as we do! Thank you so much for joining in all the fun here at YNS!!!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Release Day 2 - Mini Fhiona!

Welcome to YNS New Release Day 2! YIPPEE!!!

When I was thinking about how to introduce New Release Day 2 the first thing that came to mind was...


Yep, I shrunk Fhiona to make this fabulous new line of Mini Fhiona stamps!!! There are 10 Mini Fhiona's as well as a Mini Greetings set that comes complete with 21 Mini Greetings and 18 Mini Images to compliment the Mini Fhiona stamps. My sister Robin said to me one day...wouldn't it be cool to be able to punch Fhiona out for gift tags? It's obvious that I said YES and got to work with Fhiona right away! I've been working on this idea since last December so needless to say I am super excited about this release! These mini's are perfect for punches and small dies,gift tags as well cards, scrapbooking and much more!!!

Here are the fabulous creations the Starlet Design Team came up with...I love them all!!!! These gals are so talented and I'm grateful for all the hard work and effort they put in to bring us all this eye candy! Thank you Starlets!!!

Also available but not shown is Mini Party Fhiona, Mini Bad Hair Day Fhiona and Mini Shopper Fhiona.

Interested in a chance to win some YNS New Release Stamps????

All you have to do is comment on all 3 New Release blog posts and your name will be entered into a random draw for a surprise pack containing some of the April new release stamps!

Contest closes April 11th at midnight and I'll announce the winner on April 12th.

Thank you so much for joining us and be sure to hop back here tomorrow for Release Day 3 which is all about Fhiona's new friend Ellie!!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Release Day 1 - Just for Mom

It's New Release Day 1 today!!! YIPPEE!!!

I've dedicated this release today to my loving Mom because she LOVES flowers and in her own adorable mother way she begged me to release a flower set that had flowers with stems.

Let me briefly explain...when I first opened the YNS Store I released Rosemary's Garden which is named after my mother; this set has different sizes of flower heads along with some other images like leaves and a stem. You can create some really nice designs with all these images but she really wanted a tulip with a stem and tulip leaves all as one stamp so I decided to ask Dale to help me out and she created this stunning flower set called Garden Greetings. This set comes with a tulip, daisy, rose and a lily along with lots of small greetings which are perfect for cards, scrapbooking, gift tags and more. Most impotantly this set has been approved by Mom and she just loves it! YAY

I'm excited to say that all the new release stamps are made with the new YNS purple rubber!!! Take a look...

Here are the amazing creations the YNS Starlet Design Team created with this wonderful flower set. I'm sure my Mom will love them all!

Silvia {Guest Starlet}

Interested in a chance to win some YNS New Release Stamps????

All you have to do is comment on all 3 New Release blog posts and your name will be entered into a random draw for a surprise pack containing some of the April new release stamps!

Contest closes April 11th at midnight and I'll announce the winner on April 12th.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out New Release Day 2 tomorrow! It's all about our favorite little fun gal Fhiona!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Just for fun

Hi all! I hope you had a fabulous long weekend. We had beautiful sunny days and Brandon had so much fun playing outside with Catherine and Isabel. Check out this adorable pic of him driving Bumpa's (this is what Brandon calls his Grandpa) toy Cadillac...

Who knew that a 22 month old could reach the gas pedal plus at times he was looking pretty cool driving with this arm hanging out the window! He had a blast!

I'll be back tomorrow with New Release Day 1 which is dedicated to my Mom.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Guest Designer and Sneak Peek

Hello and Happy Thursday!

I decided to start properly introducing our guest designers by sharing a little bit of info along with a photo. I've never done this before and I just adore all of my designers so I thought I should start giving everyone proper intros into the YNS family!!!

Please welcome our April guest designer...Silvia Mabie!!!! YAY!!! Welcome Silvia!!! Here is a lovely photo of Silvia with her children plus a little bit of info in her own words...

My name is Silvia and I was born in Portugal but am now living in Greece on the gorgeous island of Crete with my awesome hubby Andrew and 3 amazing kids David (6), Emelia (4) and Isabella (almost 3). I love anything crafty, especially card and gift making. I started rubber stamping for the sheer awesomness of scrapbooking and how cool it would be to have all those letters and supplies for scrapbooking..."I'm never going to get into makings cards" is what I said! yeahhh, right! I think for me the most awesome part about making cards is the instant gratification of getting a project done...having 3 kids so little it's a wonder I get anything done!

I don't think I really have a style, I like to try new things and experiment with new techniques...although simple layouts and a few embelishments are always a fav of mine...I also like the one layer cards...I just think they look cool!

Aside from crafting I love to take pictures, hike, swim, laze around on the beach and run...I like to go running at least 3 times a week...sometimes short runs and sometimes long runs!

Thank you sooo much for having me on as a guest designer this month...I am honored!

Be sure to visit Silvia's blog and show her some love!

New Release Info

I've got 3 days of new releases planned starting Tuesday April 6th so be sure to stop by and check out all the new stamps and for your chance to win some too!!!!

There's a new girl in town and not only is she Fhiona's best friend but she is sooooo stinkin' CUTE!!!! Her name is Ellie and here is a little peek...

Card by Starlet Anglea - Ellie with Pressies

I hope you love her as much as we all do!!!

Have a wonderful Easter and be sure to hop back here on Tuesday for Day 1 of the new releases!


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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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