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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Yep, that's right 3 years ago Chris and I got married! Happy Anniversary babe! He is a wonderful husband and loving father and I'm lucky to call him my hubby! He planned something really special for our anniversary...a hot air balloon ride! Oh, how exciting!

I made him a simple card using the Mini Greetings set to create my background and then the sentiment is from the Wedding Fhiona set which is retiring and on sale so be sure to scoop it up while it's still available!

Plus if you haven't noticed I'm excited to let you know that all YNS stamps (except retired sets) are now on cling, trimmed and all ready to be used with any acrylic block.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Off the Wall Craftiness Challenge Sponsor

Today YNS is the proud sponsor of a fun challenge blog called Off the Wall Craftiness - cute name! The challenge today is an inspiration challenge and you are to use the colors from the photo or create something that is similar to the photo - just have fun with it and create something that was inspired by this yummy photo...

I decided to go bright and fun for my card! I used the turquoise blue and raspberry pink from the photo and paired it up with Fairy Fhiona and a ton of sparkle and bling!!! The sentiment is from the Mini Greetings Set.
{Click on the photo for a closer look}

Hop on over the the OTWC Challenge blog and play along for your chance to win the Just Swimming By Mermaid stamp set!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

YNS Challenge #19 - Patterned Ribbon

It's time for another YNS Challenge! YIPPEE! Amy is our hostess with the mostest and she has challenged us to use patterned ribbon on our cards! FUN!

I have love to collect ribbon so I went through my stash and picked out a patterned ribbon and then picked out a stamp I thought would go nice with the ribbon. I chose to go with a vintage look and used the new Dale Designs stamp Best Friends which I totally adore! You may be wondering how the little boy got plaid shorts...well I very carefully drew them on with my Copic 0.1 Multiliner pen. I've also started using the Neenah Solar White cardstock when coloring with Copics and I really loving the way they blend on this paper. I had a lot fun creating this card and I must say I am very pleased with the end result.

I hope you decide to play along for your chance to win some YNS bucks! Check out all the details over at the YNS Challenge Blog.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Dad's Day

Just a quickie post to say Happy Dad's Day to all the wonderful fathers out there! Here is the card I made for Brandon to give to his daddy today!

Chris LOVES nature and everything to do with leaves and trees so I thought the Branch Tree was perfect for his card. He also has been going on and on about how much he loves the Sparkle Tree House Leaves dp so I used it for the background which I thought really went well with this image. I also completed the inside using the Happy Father's Day sentiment from the Mixed Bag of Greetings set and the Corner Leaf Border to carry on the nature theme. If you are wondering how I stamped the tree...I stamped the entire top portion of the tree with Brilliance Thyme ink and then used my blender pen and went over the branches with Brilliance Coffee Bean ink. The trunk is stamped with the Coffee Bean as well.

On a side note...yes the dp and the ink have sparkle in them! My hubby is wonderful and accepts the fact that I love to add sparkle to my creations even when they are for him!!! lol

Thank for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

This week just...

lew by!!! Where did the week go? Have you ever had that happen to you? I can't believe it's Friday already! Although you will be happy to know that I've been very busy working on lots of fun new releases - YIPPEE!!!

If you haven't noticed the Retired Stamp Set section over at the YNS store be sure to check it out. All the sets in that section are limited edition sets and I have a very few remaining of each set plus they are all on sale! Once they are gone you'll no longer be able to purchase the images as a complete set so be sure to grab your favorites sets while they're still available.

It's my sweet little nieces 2nd birthday this weekend and she is such a little princess so I got her an adorable little pink princess dress and made her a cute little card using the princess cake from the Birthday Princess Set along with lots of sparkle and bling!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blog Hop Winner

Thank you for hopping along our fabulous new release hop! I sure hope you love all the new releases as much as I do!!! YNS Illustrators Fhiona, Dale and Franfou designed some super amazing stamps and the DT rocked this hop with all their fabulous creations! I adore my talented team and would like to thank them once again for all their creativity and hard work! Big hugs to all of you!

Every month I stamp with a super fun loving group of women and last week we made these adorable tent cards! Thanks Sheryl for introducing me to this fun and easy style of card. I used Shopper Fhiona Single for the larger card and then decided to make a mini card using Mini Bubbly Fun Fhiona. The greetings are from the Mini Greetings stamp set which is great for so many different occasions and many of you know that I am totally addicted to this set!!!

The secret hop blogger and the random number was picked by my loving hubby, Chris. He needed to feel like he was helping me with something because he has been laying on the couch for a week now! No he's not lazy, he just has some minor surgery and he needs rest to get all better and back to his normal helpful self and trust me I can't wait until he his back on his feet again! :o)

Ok so without further ado here is our random draw hop winner!!!!

Secret Hop Blogger - Cabio

Hop Winner - JoAnn (Love 2 Scrap)

Congrats!!!! Please email me to claim your prize!!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June New Release Blog Hop!!!

YIPPEE!!! Blog Hop day is finally here!!! I've been busting at the seams with excitement and I'm so happy to finally share all the fabulous new June stamps and amazing starlet creations with you today!!!

I'm going to try and make my post short and sweet so you can start hoping along although we all know this is going to be a long yet exciting post - right? :o) Already you've been introduced to the 10 Single Fhiona images, the 6 new Fhiona Elegance sets and now I'm pleased to bring you...
  • 4 new fabulous and adorable Fhiona sets plus some fun accessories to go along with Fhiona and Fhinn Hiking!
  • 8 new fun and quirky Franfou designs - these always make me laugh :o)
  • 4 stunning new Dale designs and yes I totally had my son and nieces in mind when these images where created - they are so adorable!
  • 1 adorable new Ellie and a new little guy named Ethan
  • a brand new Mystery Stamp Package - FUN!!!
Thank you to all my amazing and talented illustrators for working with me and for bringing all my visions to life! Plus a big thanks to my amazing DT who make such fabulous eye candy with these images for us to enjoy! You all hold a special place in my heart - big hugs to all!

You can check out all these stamps in the June New Release section at the YNS store website plus you will see all these in full color while hopping along our super fun blog hop!

Also if you haven't noticed already I have a new Cling Add On option at the YNS store. You can now choose to purchase your stamps unmounted (bare rubber) or mounted on cling foam all ready to slap onto an acrylic block for all your stamping fun! 

As you hop along be sure to comment on all the Starlets blogs because one of these fab gals is our secret blogger and one lucky random blog hop participant will win...

$50 worth of new release stamps!!!!

Be sure to start at Cabio's blog and then once you have hopped all the way through you should end up back here at my blog which is your final hop stop. The hop will run until Sunday June 13th at midnight EST so if you want to be eligible for the grand prise be sure to hop along before it closes on Sunday night.

Here is the hop order just in case you get lost along the way...

Jodi (Our super awesome June GDT)

Jen Del Muro (Our super amazing Blog Hop guest) 

Karen {you are here now}

Here is my hop card using the new release Kite Flying Fhiona stamp set and it is also for YNS Challenge #18 which starts tomorrow! The lovely Starlet Simonne is our hostess with the mostess and she's challenged us to use buttons! Thank you Simonne for letting me post my card a day early for everyone to see! Be sure to check out all the fun over at the YNS challenge blog!!! YIPPEE!!!

Your next stop is the YNS Store! Have fun shopping and be sure to take advantage of my sale...
June New Release Sale!!!!

15% off your entire order - code is YNSJUNE2010
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

New Release Day 2 - Fhiona Elegant Series

I have to say that the moment Fhiona showed me this new elegance series I feel instantly in love with all the fabulous images! They are so different from all the other designs in the YNS store and it brings me great joy to offer such a wonderful variety of stamps for all your card making and scrapbooking creations!

There are 5 elegant designs in total along with an elegant greetings set and I love them all! That Big Tall Grass is really is BIG and it's simply amazing to work with!!!

The YNS Design Team has created some stunning projects for you!

Check out this fab eye candy…

June New Release Sale!!!!

15% off your entire order - code is YNSJUNE2010

Remember to hop on over here on June 8th for our super awesome blog hop and the final reveal of all the new June stamps! The Starlets have some amazing creations for you and I can't wait for all the fun to begin! 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June New Release Day 1 - Fhiona Singles

Happy New Release Day 1!!!!

Quite often I get asked these 2 very popular questions...

  1. Will you ever release Fhiona as an individual stamp?
  2. Can I order YNS stamps with cling mount already attached?
Well I am very excited to say YES to both of those questions today! YIPPEE!!!!

Today I'm releasing 10 single Fhiona's! You'll also notice that I'm retiring the sets that these Fhiona's belong to and the quantities are limited so be sure to grab the sets that are on your wish list before they are gone!

I'm also very excited about the new cling add on option! This allows you to choose to either have your stamps shipped to you unmounted (bare rubber) or you can now have them arrive at your door mounted onto cling foam, all trimmed and ready to slap onto an acrylic block for all your stamping fun!

The starlets have made some fab creations using a handful of the new Fhiona single stamps...

This is only the beginning of the new releases! I'll be back on June 5th with the brand spankin new Fhiona Elegant series and then on June 8th we have a super fun blog hop planned and it's packed full of new Dale Designs, new Franfou Designs, an adorable new Ellie and a new little boy Ethan plus 4 new Fhiona sets along with some additional Fhiona accessories!!! Whew - that's a ton of new stamps!!! This is one hop you will not want to amazing illustrators have completely outdone themselves with all the incredible images! Big hugs to all of you for making my visions come to life!

June New Release Sale!!!!

15% off your entire order - code is YNSJUNE2010

Now before you go I'd like to also let you know that I'm the proud sponsor of the Cas-tastic Challenge this week so be sure to hop on over and check out this fabulous new challenge blog and join in for your chance to win some YNS Stamps!

The Cas-tastic challenge focus this week is Sentiments so I decided to make a CAS card using one of the fab new Fhiona releases! This new Fhiona set is called 'Hula Hoop Fhiona' and will be released to the YNS store on June 8th!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fhiona Sneak Peek Contest Winner

Thank you for taking the time to participate in my sneak peek contest.

My random draw winner is Dawn Knight! Congrats!!!

Please email me to claim your surprise package!

Be sure to check out all the fab new releases these next few days and hop along with us on June 8th for your chance to win $50 worth of YNS stamps!!!

Happy Stamping!

New Fhiona Sneak Peek!

Today I've got one of the 4 new Fhiona images to share with you! Fhiona and Fhinn hiking!!! 

The very talented Starlet Kerri made this cute frame for their family camping photo using the different stamps that come with Fhiona and Fhinn hiking. Plus she has even given you a little peek at one of the new accessorie stamps...Fhiona's tent!

All these new releases and more will be available on June 8th. Remember to mark your calendars because we've got an super fun blog hop for June 8th as well!

I'll be back tomorrow to kick off the YNS June new all starts with the Fhiona singles! YIPPEE!!! 

Happy Stamping!

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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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