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Monday, May 31, 2010

New Release Contest

Happy Monday!

Well I guess guessing games and contests are the thing of the past! LOL I have a little contest going on HERE and so far Mary Ann and Angela have guessed at what my June 2nd new release is all about. I'll send both of you a little prize pack for participating - thank you ladies!

Wanna a chance to win some YNS Stamps?

If you still want to join in the contest you can and I'll even give you the answer! :o) All you have to do is post a comment on the contest post and I'll enter your name into a random draw for some YNS stamps!

On June 2nd I am super excited to bring you Fhiona Singles!!! YIPPEE!!! Hop on over here on June 2nd for the beginning of my New Release week! Plus we're going to have a super fun Blog Hop on June 8th so be sure to mark your calendars!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 28, 2010

More June Sneak Peeks

I am so excited about these new Fhiona Designs!!! This Big Tall Grass is so amazing and it even comes with all the cute little bugs and butterflies. Look for this fabulous new stamp to be available on June 5th!

Card created by the very talented Starlet Simonne!

Have a super amazing weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Another June Sneak Peek

I'm over the top excited about our June release!!! We've got over 30 new images being released all starting with a special Fhiona release on June 2nd! Remember to take a guess HERE for your chance to win some new release stamps!!!

Today I have a peek of the June 5th release! I'm bringing something a little different to YNS. Fhiona Galloway designed some elegant and stunning new stamps for YNS and the super talented Starlet Kerri has used the image called Cherry Blossoms for this fab sneak peek...

I can't wait to show you the rest of this stunning new release on June 5th!!! YIPPEE!!!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

YNS Challenge #17 - Use a Border Punch!

YAY! It's time for another YNS challenge! Maylee is our super talented hostess for YNS Challenge #17 and she has challenged us to use a border punch on our card or creation!

I LOVE punches and especially love all the fun new border punches that all the different companies keep introducing to the crafting world! I decided to make a simple yet fun summer treat card using Fhiona's Favorite Treats stamp set and thought that this Martha Stewart goo punch was perfect for a dripping ice cream effect!

I hope you decide to join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks! YIPPEE!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sneak Peek Contest


I hope everyone is having bright and sunny days like we are here in Kitchener Ontario! It's still too early to tell but it looks like we are in for a really hot summer.

Today I've got an adorable Flying High Fhiona card to share with you created by the super talented YNS DT member Cabio! I just love how all the starlets colour Fhiona's hair - isn't this just incredible!

Created by Cabio

Ok so I'm sure your wondering why I'm showing you Flying High Fhiona as a June sneak peek since I've already got this super adorable Flying High Fhiona set available in the store...right?

Wanna win some YNS new release stamps????

Here's the fun part...

I'll let you take a guess at what my special June 2nd Fhiona release is going to be all about!

Contest is now closed

This is what you need to do...

 Email me your guess and then post below saying that you've sent me your guess and I'll enter your name into a draw for a special new release surprise package!

Share this contest with a friend and if they send me a guess and mention that you sent them to my blog I'll put an extra ballot into the draw just for you! So the more friends you send over to guess the more entries you'll get - YIPPEE!!!

Contest will end June 1st

Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sneak Peek - Franfou June Release

It's a hot and sunny day here today!!! Brandon had a very exciting birthday weekend and got spoiled with lots of fun gifts and yummy cake!

Today is a holiday here in Canada so before I head outside to play in Brandon's new birthday sandbox I thought I would share this super cute sneak peek - YIPPEE!!!

This is one of the fun new Franfou images which will be released on June 8th! His name is Mike which just happens to be my brother in laws name...he is known to eat way too much at holiday meals and then complains about about having an upset tummy the rest of the day!

My brother law really does stuff himself at all our holiday meals and I still laugh at the time when he ate the entire head off the bunny cake at Easter and was totally stuffed to the max!!!

I made a card using Mike and then I noticed the very talented Starlet Simonne had hers made as well so I thought I would share both with you today!

Looks like Mike has stuffed himself again...

Created by Simonne

Created by Karen (that's me)

Enjoy your day and watch for more sneak peeks this week!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Birthday Boy!

Today is the day! Happy 2nd Birthday Brandon! Time really does fly and it just feels like yesterday that I was holding this tiny little baby in my arms. Hmmm makes me want another one...actually I'm now remembering the 2 days I was in labor with Brandon...I'm sure you don't want to hear about that so let's talk about this super cute card I made to celebrate his birthday!

I've used the adorable Birthday Surprise stamp designed by our super talented illustrator Dale. This stamp will be available in the YNS store on June 8th. YIPPEE!! Mark your calendars starting June 2nd because I've got a weeks worth of new releases coming your way! The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Mini Greetings set that I told you I was completely addicted to!!!

Also I must give a little shout out to Jen Del Muro since one of her amazing sketches that she challenges us to do every Saturday inspired this layout - thanks Jen!!!

I've got a special birthday sale going on as well...

20% off your entire order!!!

Online Code - 2ndbirthday

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Trying something different

I'm all about trying new things so today I had some time to do a little stamping and decided to play along with a fun new challenge blog CAS-tastic! Cool name for a challenge blog! I'll be sponsoring this fun challenge in June so be sure to hop on over and check out this fun new blog! Their challenge this week is One Layer Cards...ok so I freaked out a little bit when I saw One Layer because it's no secret that I have a healthy addiction to dp and love adding multiple layers to my cards :o)
After seeing Maylee's CAS card along with all the other fabulous CAS-tastic DT cards I was really inspired and decided to give clean and simple a try and this is what I came up with... 

I used the fancy shoe from the You're Fabulous set and the greeting in from the Mini Greetings set which I totally love! Actually I'm addicted to all the new mini's so look for more to be released in the future.

Speaking of future releases...look for some fabulous new June releases soon! I'll be starting sneak peeks next week and I just know you love them all!!!! I'm so excited!!!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Summer Fun

Well we finally got some nice hot sun today! YIPPEE! Brandon and I took a walk to visit the duck ducks at the pond while Chris and our neighbour friend decided to dig up the yard so they could lay down some nice new grass! Nothing like a beautiful green lawn and trust me our dandelion infested lawns needed a little TLC!

All this warm sun inspired me to ink up Summer Fun Fhiona and I couldn't resist pairing her up this adorable TPC Studio dp :o))

I hope you are having nice weather and enjoying your weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

YNS Challenge #16 - Cut it out and pop it up!

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for YNS Challenge #16 - YIPPEE! Maureen is our lovely hostess and she has challenged us to Cut it Out and pop it up with foam boosters! She is the queen of cutting out images and turning them into amazing creations! I constantly tell her how amazed I am at how she can cut such tiny little images so perfectly :o)

Although I do miss the hot Florida sun it was nice to come home and get back to stamping and creating. I decided to make my Brother in Law Mike a birthday card for this challenge using the quirky little Franfou image Marble the Mouse along with the fun Cheese to You! sentiment that comes in the Mixed Bag of Greetings set. The screw brads I used in the corners are a little inside joke so I'm sure my card will cause him to roll on the floor laughing :o) I've cut out the cheese and popped it up for this challenge and I also added a little birthday hat just for fun!

I hope you decide to join us for YNS Challenge #16 for a chance to win some YNS bucks! YAY!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 10, 2010

We're back!


We're back home and we have been welcomed with sun but it's a little cooler here than in Orlando! We had so much fun with the family in Disney and my parents fully enjoyed their 40th Anniversary celebration!

Brandon just loved the castle show at the Magic Kingdom! He especially loved Donald Duck dancing on the stage so this morning all he has been asking for is the dancing duck! Chris is working quickly at hooking up the video camera to the TV so he can watch the show over and over again!

Just for fun I'll share a few more vacation pictures with you :o)

Brandon eating ice cream - YUM

Mom and I with our fancy drinks with glowing ice cubes - FUN!

Brandon and I on his first roller coater ride - this was his favorite ride!

Chris, Brandon and I in Downtown Disney at the Christmas store

Brandon hugging the Christmas duck statue - so cute!

We just got back last night so I'll be back to stamping soon and I'll be sure to have a fun card to share with you this Wednesday for YNS Challenge #16 - YAY!

Have a great day and happy stamping!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We're here - YAY!!!

Happy Tuesday!

I don't have any fun cards to share with you today since I had to leave my craft room behind early Sunday morning to hop on an airplane for a fun filled family vacation in Disney World!!! As you may know my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary is in May and they wanted to celebrate in style so they brought us all here for some major fun in the sun.

Brandon was such a little trooper on the airplane and he instantly fell in love with Donald Duck as soon as we stepped foot into the Magic Kingdom! Dreams really do come true here at Disney and seeing all the magic through Brandons eyes is absolutely priceless! We are all having an amazing time so I thought I would share just a few pictures that I have so far...

Brandon all ready to find his flight

Brandon and I in front of the Dumbo Ride

Robin, Isabel and Brandon getting sprayed with water in the splash pad

I'll be back to crafting up a storm once we return but until then...

Have a magical day!

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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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